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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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Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
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On Exculpatory Evidence on Michael Flynn:

"Michael Flynn is the victim of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in modern times -- an innocent man who was unfairly targeted by the FBI, wrongfully prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and coerced into a guilty plea under threat.

"New court documents finally handed over to Flynn's lawyer contain exculpatory evidence that has been long sought, yet concealed until now. The charge against him should be dismissed. Then, he should sue the very people and government that persecuted him under the pretext of a legitimate prosecution.

"The unvarnished truth is that the retired Army lieutenant general and former National Security Adviser never did anything wrong and committed no crimes. He was set up by unscrupulous FBI officials, then relentlessly pursued by Mueller's team of overzealous prosecutors who were desperate to show that President Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

"Of course, no such conspiracy with Moscow ever existed. It was a fantasy built on the sand of Russian disinformation and lies.The FBI knew it but didn't care. As I wrote in a column as far back as 2018, the FBI lied to Flynn to ensnare him in the crime of making a false statement, even though Flynn did not lie at all about his perfectly legal and appropriate conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. ...

"So, how is it possible to charge someone with lying to the FBI when the only witnesses -- the two agents -- determined that the person they interviewed did not lie? The answer is quite simple: you cannot bring such a prosecution. Yet, Mueller did it anyway. The goal was to put pressure on Flynn to say something incriminating about Trump, even if that meant inventing a story that prosecutors wanted to hear."

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Legal Analyst and Commentator
Posted April 28, 2020 • 08:08 AM
On Allegations of Joe Biden's Sexual Misconduct:

"Democratic leaders in Congress continued on Sunday to remain quiet on the sexual assault allegations leveled against their party's presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, even as anger over the accusations mounted from the party's more progressive wing.

"Neither House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., nor Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have made any public comment about the allegations by Tara Reade, a staffer for Biden in 1993, that the then-senator from Delaware sexually assaulted her.

"Pelosi and Schumer's offices did not return Fox News request for comment.

"There is growing anger from both progressive Democrats and supporters of the #MeToo movement about the lack of response from Democratic leaders toward the allegations. The hashtag #dropoutbiden was trending on Twitter on Sunday -- until it was allegedly removed -- and many supporters for former Democratic presidential primary hopeful Bernie Sanders are calling on Biden to suspend his campaign for the White House. ...

"Over the weekend, a video emerged from 1993 in which Reade's mother appears to allude to the sexual assault accusation during an interview with CNN's Larry King."

— Andrew O'Reilly, FOX News
— Andrew O'Reilly, FOX News
Posted April 27, 2020 • 07:33 AM
On U.S. Military's Fight Against Coronavirus:

"Though often omitted from public conversations about pandemic solutions, the U.S. military has a huge stake in fighting deadly infectious diseases and quietly has been researching novel treatments for years at its secretive biodefense lab at Fort Detrick.

"The reasons are mission obvious. With soldiers deployed in exotic locations around the world where novel viruses like Ebola, Zika or bird and swine flus can strike with lighting speed and alarming fatality, the Pentagon wants to make sure it has treatments to keep its forces from being disabled

"It's from that body of research that an intriguing potential remedy, an organic extract, has emerged. And of all sources, it comes from the common but toxic flowering plant oleander.

"Dr. John Dye, chief of viral immunology at the USAMRIID lab at Fort Detrick, confirmed to Just the News that his team began testing the extract known as oleandrin a few years ago and found it was effective in fighting the Ebola and Marburg viruses. The Army lab is now ramping up a rapid plan to test oleandrin against COVID-19."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted April 24, 2020 • 07:32 AM
On Two Americas Suffering Under Coronavirus:

"OK, so the country has been shut down for about a month, and we're seeing cracks start to form. While some epidemiologists are talking about keeping things closed down for months longer, we're also seeing growing public protests around the nation, as people call for restarting things.

"Others shame them as 'virus deniers' and accuse the protesters of wanting people to die. But it's hard not to notice a class divide here. As with so many of America's conflicts, the divide is between the people in the political/managerial class on the one hand and the people in the working class on the other. And as usual, the smugness and authoritarianism are pretty much all on one side. ...

"There really are two Americas here: Those still getting a paycheck from government, corporations or universities, and those who are unemployed, or seeing their small businesses suffer due to shutdowns. And the America still getting paid is, so far, not showing a whole lot of sympathy for the America that isn't.

"That's a formula for disaster, and it has been made worse by the heavy-handed approach taken by some government officials enforcing quarantines. We've seen news story after news story of officials going after people whose actions pose no danger of contagion -- lone joggers on a beach, lone paddleboarders off the California coast, a father throwing a ball to his daughter in a public park -- and every time that happens the shutdown loses moral authority."

Read entire article here.

— Glenn Harlan Reynolds, University of Tennessee Law Professor and USA TODAY Board of Contributors
— Glenn Harlan Reynolds, University of Tennessee Law Professor and USA TODAY Board of Contributors
Posted April 23, 2020 • 07:28 AM
On Deal Reached to Replenish Small Business Loan Program:

"The White House and Congress have reached a deal on a new funding package that will replenish a lending program meant to aid small businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus outbreak, two administration officials confirmed Tuesday. ...

"The deal totals more than $480 billion and appropriates $320 billion for the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $60 billion of which is set aside for small lenders and community financial institutions. It also includes $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program; $25 billion for testing; and $75 billion for hospitals, according to details released later."

— Morgan Chalfant, Brett Samuels and Alexander Bolton, The Hill
— Morgan Chalfant, Brett Samuels and Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Posted April 22, 2020 • 07:49 AM
On Suspending the Payroll Tax:

"The best economic idea we've heard in response to the coronavirus crisis is a payroll-tax suspension. President Trump restated his support for it at a recent press briefing, and for good reason: It would reward work and production rather than the growth of government. Republicans should rally around the idea as the centerpiece of their next economic revival plan.

"The plan we recommend would cancel all payroll-tax collections from May 1 to the end of the year. This would suspend the Social Security and Medicare tax, known as FICA, which takes 7.65% from a worker's paycheck, with another 7.65% paid by employers, up to $137,700 of income. Self-employed Americans, usually socked with the full 15.3% payroll tax, would also find relief.

"Every worker in America would get a substantial pay raise for the remainder of the year, but because the tax is regressive, lowest-wage workers would be helped the most. The majority of low- and middle-income workers pay more payroll tax than income tax. Even minimum-wage workers would see a nice boost in their paychecks while their employers would pay less too.

"By reducing employer payroll costs, this plan would encourage firms to start hiring. Several economic studies document what common sense would tell us: Lowering the tax on employment leads to more of it. Because the tax relief would be temporary, businesses would gain an incentive to hurry up and hire right away, or as soon as their work resumes. There is no time to waste: The U.S. needs to put perhaps 20 million people back to work."

— Steve Forbes, Forbes Media Chairman and Arthur Laffer, Laffer Associates Chairman, Co-founders of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity
— Steve Forbes, Forbes Media Chairman and Arthur Laffer, Laffer Associates Chairman, Co-founders of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity
Posted April 21, 2020 • 07:36 AM
On Sunlight and Coronavirus:

"Preliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight, providing evidence from controlled tests of what scientists believed -- but had not yet proved -- to be true.

"A briefing on the preliminary results, marked for official use only and obtained by Yahoo News, offers hope that summertime may offer conditions less hospitable for the virus, though experts caution it will by no means eliminate, or even necessarily decrease, new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The results, however, do add an important piece of knowledge that the White House's science advisers have been seeking as they scramble to respond to the spreading pandemic.

"The study found that the risk of 'transmission from surfaces outdoors is lower during daylight' and under higher temperature and humidity conditions. 'Sunlight destroys the virus quickly,' reads the briefing.

"While that may provide some good news about the outlook for outdoor activities, the Department of Homeland Security briefing on the results cautions that enclosed areas with low humidity, such as airplane cabins, 'may require additional care to minimize risk of transmission.'"

— Jana Winter and Sharon Weinberger, Yahoo News
— Jana Winter and Sharon Weinberger, Yahoo News
Posted April 20, 2020 • 08:05 AM
On Paycheck Protection Program Having Run Out of Funds:

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) took aim at Democrats for stifling efforts to refund the popular small business lending program that ran out of $349 billion on Thursday.

"'One week ago Mr. President, I warned that the Paycheck Protection Program was running out of money. I tried to a pass clean funding bill. Senate Democrats blocked it,' McConnell said during a Senate 'pro forma' session on Thursday afternoon, after the Small Business Administrations announced Thursday morning that it had run out of cash by approving over 1.6 million loans.

"'Here's where we are, a week later, with absolutely no progress. This morning, the program ran out of money and shut down, just as I warned a week ago,' McConnell continued."

— Tobias Hoonhout, National Review OnLine
— Tobias Hoonhout, National Review OnLine
Posted April 17, 2020 • 07:36 AM
On the Extensive Cover-Up of COVID-19 Orchestrated by the Chinese Government:

"EXCLUSIVE: There is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China's attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China's government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

"This may be the 'costliest government cover-up of all time,' one of the sources said.

"The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human -- a naturally occurring strain that was being studied there -- and that 'patient zero' worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

"The 'increasing confidence' comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, the sources said. Fox News has requested to see the evidence directly. Sources emphasized -- as is often the case with intelligence -- that it's not definitive and should not be characterized as such. Some inside the administration and the intelligence and epidemiological communities are more skeptical, and the investigation is continuing.

"What all of the sources agree about is the extensive cover-up of data and information about COVID-19 orchestrated by the Chinese government."

Read entire article here.

— Brett Baier and Gregg Re, FOX News
— Brett Baier and Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted April 16, 2020 • 08:02 AM
On the Need for State and Local Governments to Cut Spending:

"While the federal government has been appropriating trillions of borrowed dollars to deal with the massive economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, state and local governments have failed to deal adequately with their skyrocketing expenses and shrinking revenues. We will all likely pay a heavy price.

"In an event not seen in any of our lifetimes, a virus has caused our booming economy to come to a screeching halt.

"Whether you agree with President Trump's response or not, the reality is that the federal government is the only entity that can simply print more money -- states, counties, cities, towns and other local governmental units cannot.

"The failure of state and local governments to act in the best interest of the taxpayers by addressing the economic challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic now -- rather than waiting until later -- is going to reverberate throughout our country for the foreseeable future.

"Governments reliant on sales tax revenues are going to be devastated, since millions of us are staying at home and only venturing out buy food and other essentials. Governments relying on income taxes will also take a big hit, since unemployed workers have much lower taxable incomes. Property tax collections are likely to also drop, since some jobless workers will be unable to pay their taxes on time."

Read entire article here.

— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Former U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman (R-UT)
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Former U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman (R-UT)
Posted April 15, 2020 • 07:38 AM
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In which one of the following years was the National Park Service established?
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Quote of the Day   
"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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