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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

July 06, 2020 • 02:32 PM

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On List of Obama-era Officials Involved in Unmasking:

"Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, has declassified documents related to Obama administration officials' unmasking of Michael Flynn in transcripts of phone calls he had with Russia's ambassador, a senior intelligence official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"Grenell visited the Justice Department last week to meet with officials there to discuss releasing the documents, which include names of Obama-era officials involved in unmasking Flynn's name in the phone call transcripts. ...

"Unmasking refers to a process where top U.S. government officials can request information on American citizens picked up during electronic surveillance of foreigners. Flynn was unveiled as taking part in a Dec. 29, 2016 phone with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

"It is not illegal for U.S. officials to make unmasking requests. But the information on Flynn was leaked to The Washington Post, opening up the possibility that someone in the Obama administration illegally disclosed classified information.

"An unidentified senior U.S. official provided details of the Flynn-Kislyak phone call to The Washington Post for a column published on Jan. 12, 2017."

— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
Posted May 12, 2020 • 07:48 AM
On Revealing Obama's Truth in the Michael Flynn Fiasco:

"No wonder Barack Obama is 'pretty darn invested' in making sure Donald Trump doesn't win re-election. The former president knows his Teflon coating is wearing thin.

"With his nemesis, Gen. Michael Flynn, suddenly exonerated, he also knows that Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are closing in on the truth of his role in the whole dirty Russia-collusion lie.

"'There's more to come,' President Trump told 'Fox & Friends' on Friday, the day after the Justice Department dismissed its case against Flynn, having found that the FBI had laid a 'perjury trap' for his short-lived national security adviser.

"'I believe [Obama] and Biden -- Sleepy Joe was involved in this also, very much.'"

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted May 11, 2020 • 08:04 AM
On Dropping the Case Against Michael Flynn:

"The collusion house of cards has finally and fully collapsed.

"In a stunning turn of events Thursday, the Justice Department dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Exculpatory documents concealed by the FBI and federal prosecutors for more than three years showed that the retired Army lieutenant general never lied or committed a crime.

"The FBI knew Flynn did not collude with Russians. He is a patriot, not a traitor.

"The notion that candidate Donald Trump conspired with Moscow to steal the 2016 presidential election was always an implausible phantasm built on a foundation of Russian disinformation commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats.

"The malevolent James Comey, fired director of the FBI, knew this but it didn't deter him. He and his lieutenants sedulously stacked the cards, one by one, against Trump by exploiting the bogus allegations and pursuing an illicit investigation designed to drive him from office.

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his sycophants in the media propagated the Russia hoax by insisting there was 'solid evidence' that Trump was a secret Kremlin asset and predicting the imminent demise of his presidency. Except no such evidence ever existed. Collusion was nothing more than an illusion and a delusion.

"Tragically, people like Flynn became collateral damage amid the carnage of corruption, dishonesty, abuse and injustice."

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
Posted May 08, 2020 • 08:08 AM
On the Need for Liability Protection Legislation:

"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday predicted that a 'tidal wave' of lawsuits against reopening small businesses would flood the courts if there is no liability protection legislation passed by Congress.

"The Texas senator told 'The Hugh Hewitt Show' that he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that liability protection for small businesses that are reopening after the pandemic is necessary.

"'If we do nothing, there will be an onslaught, a tidal wave of lawsuits going after every small business in America for opening up and risking COVID-19,' he said. 'That's not an acceptable course of action.'

"Cruz said he expects Democratic lawmakers to 'protect trial lawyers' by excluding the liability protection because they are funders of the party. He said Democrats' priority during the pandemic has been political to 'take care of their partisan wish list.'

"'And so I fully expect that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will go to the barricades to protect the ability of the trial lawyers to sue everyone and try to extract billions from the system,' he said. 'I don't know how that will shake out.'"

— Justine Coleman, The Hill
— Justine Coleman, The Hill
Posted May 07, 2020 • 08:02 AM
On Social Distancing Architect Not Practicing What He Preached:

"Dr. Neil Ferguson, director of the prestigious MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, published an explosive report on March 16 predicting that without intervention coronavirus deaths in the U.K. could reach 550,000 and American fatalities could be as high as 2.2 million.

"Alarmed by Dr. Ferguson's predictions, the British government scrapped its original plan of allowing its population to acquire 'herd immunity' to the virus naturally in favor of a strict lockdown. The U.S. government fell into line with similar guidelines shortly thereafter.

"On Monday, the epidemiologist whose projections guided the imposition of strict stay-home measures resigned his position when it was reported that his married lover visited him at his home -- twice -- in defiance of social distancing rules."

— Andrew Davies, Just the News
— Andrew Davies, Just the News
Posted May 06, 2020 • 08:26 AM
On China Facing Global Backlash Over Coronavirus Pandemic:

"BEIJING (Reuters) - An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters.

"The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said.

"As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report's content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.

"The report was drawn up by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China's top intelligence body. ...

"Reuters couldn't determine to what extent the stark assessment described in the paper reflects positions held by China's state leaders, and to what extent, if at all, it would influence policy. But the presentation of the report shows how seriously Beijing takes the threat of a building backlash that could threaten what China sees as its strategic investments overseas and its view of its security standing."

Posted May 05, 2020 • 07:47 AM
On Proof That a Cabal at the FBI Acted Above the Law with Extreme Political Bias:

"Had the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the newly disclosed documents related to Gen. Michael Flynn three years ago, instead of fired FBI Director James Comey improperly leaking his 'memos' on President Trump, there definitely would have been a special counsel -- only it would have been investigating the FBI for gross abuse of power, not the Trump administration.

"The new documents are in effect the 'smoking gun' proving that a cabal at the FBI acted above the law and with extreme political bias, targeting people for prosecution rather than investigating crimes. ...

"It is all coming out now, but it is way too late. Attorney General William Barr seems to see this all very clearly, but the time to act with tough indictments is truly now, with the release of these explosive documents."

Read entire article here.

— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and Harris Poll Chairman, and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and Harris Poll Chairman, and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
Posted May 04, 2020 • 07:21 AM
On the Role of Science in Public Policy:

"If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don't worry -- we have science. ...

"The invocation of science as the ultimate authority capable of settling questions of how we should govern ourselves is a persistent feature of modern Western life going back several centuries, and has always been a mistake. It is especially so in this crisis, when so much is still unknown about the coronavirus and immensely complicated and consequential public-policy questions are in play. ...

"Of course, our policymakers should be informed by facts and reason, but science has a limited competency. Once you are outside a lab setting and dealing with matters of public policy, questions of values and how to strike a balance between competing priorities are involved and they simply can't be settled by people in white lab coats. ...

"Obviously, science already has made an enormous contribution to our fight against the coronavirus, and may -- through therapies or a vaccine -- go a long way to solving this crisis. But life is not an equation, and neither is politics or policy.

"We, as a self-governing people, will have to decide the important questions about how to respond to the coronavirus going forward, not the doctors on TV or the researchers in the labs."

Read entire article here.

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor and Politico Magazine Contributing Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor and Politico Magazine Contributing Editor
Posted May 01, 2020 • 07:31 AM
On Providing a Liability Shield for Businesses in Wake of COVID-19:

"The business community is pressuring the White House and Congress to shield companies from lawsuits as they seek to reopen, setting up a politically charged battle as coronavirus restrictions around the country begin to ease.

"As Congress considers more legislation to jolt the economy back to life, Democrats, labor unions and trial attorneys have voiced fierce opposition to a liability shield for employers. But top Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration appear eager to extend businesses of all sizes a layer of legal protection from any coronavirus-related litigation.

"The debate over liability protections has quickly emerged as a new sticking point as Congress weighs another round of coronavirus relief aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the GOP-controlled Senate won't pass a bill providing more assistance to state and local governments if it doesn't include those legal protections.

"'Imagine you are a businessman thinking about reopening, and you've heard that the trial lawyers all over the country are sharpening their pencils getting ready to sue you, claiming that you didn't engage in proper distancing or other issues related to health and safety,' McConnell said this week on Fox News.

"His remarks came on the heels of similar comments from Larry Kudlow, President Trump's top economic adviser.

"'You've got to give the businesses some confidence here that if something happens, and it may not be their fault -- the disease is an infectious disease -- if something happens, you can't take them out of business, Kudlow said on CNBC."

Read entire article here.

— Alex Gangitano and John Kruzel, The Hill
— Alex Gangitano and John Kruzel, The Hill
Posted April 30, 2020 • 07:38 AM
On HRC Endorsing Biden for President:

"Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is still alive, has endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

"That is inspiring: A corrupt, decrepit, exhausted relic of the 1990s has given her blessing to a corrupt, decrepit, exhausted relic of the 1970s. Mrs. Clinton already has lost an election to Donald Trump, a visitor from the 1980s, and Joe Biden might very well do the same.

"(Or not.) ...

"Mrs. Clinton came to prominence when most Americans had never sent an email or heard of a web browser. Joe Biden was elected to the Senate in the first year that color televisions outsold black-and-white models. He comes from the other side of a great divide -- and that is not only a matter of age. 'Hillary Endorses Biden' is a headline that belongs on newsprint, like 'Dewey Defeats Truman.'

"The response to Mrs. Clinton's endorsement in 2020 was, 'So, what?'

"The day after tomorrow, it will be, 'Who?'"

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted April 29, 2020 • 08:08 AM
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In which one of the following years was the National Park Service established?
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"Americans put a man on the freaking moon, landed a robot on a postage size stamp of land on Mars, harnessed the power of the atom, defeated Germany in a world war -- twice, invented the automobile, and defeated gravity and invented human flight. Yet right now many of us are sitting alone in our homes behind cloth masks with dubious protective qualities thinking about banning children from attending…[more]
—Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
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