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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 CDC Recommendation to Wear Face Masks:

"For the first time, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that even seemingly healthy people wear masks over their mouths and noses when venturing out of their homes into places where it is difficult to maintain distance from other people. But there is still major debate over how much masks -- particularly the homemade fabric masks that the CDC recommends for the public -- can slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

"Researchers, writing in two new papers, attempt to tackle the efficacy of masks, one more rigorously than the other, and come to differing conclusions. One study examined the effect of masks on seasonal coronaviruses (which cause many cases of the common cold) and found that surgical masks are helpful at reducing how much virus a sick person spreads. The other looked particularly at SARS-CoV-2 and found no effect of either surgical or fabric masks on reducing virus spread, but only had four participants and used a crude measure of viral spread.

"The bottom line, experts say, is that masks might help keep people with COVID-19 from unknowingly passing along the virus. But the evidence for the efficacy of surgical or homemade masks is limited, and masks aren't the most important protection against the coronavirus.

"'Putting a face mask on does not mean that you stop the other practices," said May Chu, a clinical professor in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health on the Anschutz Medical Campus who was not involved in either new study. "It does not mean you get closer to people, it does not mean you don't have to wash your hands as often and you can touch your face. All of that still is in place, this is just an add-on.'"

Read entire article here.

— Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
— Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
Posted April 14, 2020 • 07:58 AM
On China's Lack of Truthfulness on Coronavirus:

"Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, criticized the World Health Organization and the Chinese government on Sunday, saying that both stymied the global response to the novel coronavirus, likely allowing it to spread more dramatically across the globe.

"'China was not truthful with the world at the outset of this,' Gottlieb said in an interview on CBS's 'Face the Nation.'

"'Had they been more truthful with the world, which would have enabled them to be more truthful with themselves, they might have actually been able to contain this entirely.'

"Gottlieb, who left the Trump administration last year, said that the Chinese government delayed sharing two vital pieces of information that would have allowed other nations to prevent the spread of coronavirus: evidence that coronavirus could transmit through human-to-human contact and live samples of the virus, which began spreading from a wet market in Wuhan in November 2019."

— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted April 13, 2020 • 08:07 AM
On the Speed and Creativity of American Individualism:

"While many wait and watch for government to solve the coronavirus problem, rugged American individualism is already hard at work -- not just the labs and medical researchers that are working 24/7 on drugs to cure or prevent the disease but also the many individuals and companies that have quickly filled gaps and dislocations caused by the crisis.

"Where would we be without creative types who turned their perfume companies and distilleries into manufacturers of hand sanitizer? Automobile companies have been retooled to produce ventilators, and architects are busily running their 3D printers to create face masks. Restaurants quickly reinvented themselves for takeout and more recently have provided needed produce and other grocery items to their neighborhoods. Everything from how we educate to how we conduct funerals is being reinvented on the fly.

"Thank goodness for the speed and creativity of American individualism."

Read entire article here.

— David Davenport, Hoover Institution Research Fellow
— David Davenport, Hoover Institution Research Fellow
Posted April 10, 2020 • 07:19 AM
On Promoting National Vote-by-Mail Legislation:

"In promoting national vote-by-mail legislation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus of radical House Democrats are following the advice of Rahm Emanuel, who famously said while Obama chief of staff, 'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that [is] it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.'

"Pelosi recently announced that she will try to insert the controversial election measure into the next stimulus package, which is supposed to focus on helping our country overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In the midst of this crisis, the American people want our leaders in Washington to combat the coronavirus and plan for an economic recovery. Instead, Democrats plan a crass political move that will not even secure the right of each registered voter to cast his or her vote on Election Day. What it will do is undermine states' ballot security measures -- such as voter ID requirements -- in order to lock in future Democrat election victories regardless if they are free, fair and legitimate."

Read entire article here.

— David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
— David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
Posted April 09, 2020 • 07:25 AM
On Coronavirus and the Presidential Campaign:

"How will the plague affect this season's campaigns? Let's count the ways.

"Governing itself is an indoor affair and a behind-the-scenes matter, but running for office is a true contact sport, involving flesh pressed and hands shaken, babies adored at close range, people massing in rallies (the bigger, the better), running mates embracing each other in moments of triumph, and young people taking time off from their classes to knock upon strange people's doors.

"These things fade away in the face of the crisis. People stand if they can at a safe 6-foot distance, keep their faces covered, and wipe off the knobs of their doors. Gone are the days when huge crowds all liked Ike, grew giddy when close to magnetic John Kennedy, filled huge stadiums to swoon over Barack Obama, and became so overwrought in 1968 over Robert F. Kennedy that they tried to pull the very shoes off his feet.

"Today, President Trump and presumed nominee former Vice President Joe Biden might not get the chance to rally large audiences at all if conditions don't change by this fall. And suppose things are not back to normal in August? What will the parties do then? Suppose things are back nearly to normal, but not quite enough to justify going ahead with conventions? Will they stage them remotely? Will it all end with both Trump and Biden speaking on screens while delegates watch from their homes?"

— Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner
— Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner
Posted April 08, 2020 • 07:37 AM
On the Need to Come Together to Beat Coronavirus:

"In the end we were unprepared for what has happened, just as we were unprepared for 9/11. Administration after administration, over decades, gave lip-service to the possibility of a pandemic but made no real plans for all of the equipment necessary to be available -- we had no effective early-warning pandemic system, no stockpile of masks, no effective testing, no technology alliance for safety monitoring. Even Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, initially thought this would pass without much effect. In short, we didn't know what to do, and so we had no choice but to shut down society to save lives and to figure it all out. ...

"We all know what needs to be done now: We need to beat the virus and get people back to work. There is widespread consensus that we need to get the number of cases down through our lockdown and, in the interim, build up ubiquitous testing and treatment regimes that allow us to go back with relative safety while we create a vaccine. These are still huge obstacles to reopening that will require government and private-sector cooperation as never before, or many millions will pay the health and economic costs that will continue to rage.

"To get this done, we do need some optimism. We do need to believe we can get it done and that our amazing research scientists are closer every day to finding promising treatments. Yes, it must be tempered by realism and careful decision-making. We also need all of our politicians to stop the blame game and work together; we need our media to take greater responsibility for its actions that too often serve more to divide than to unite us. We need to be united as a country again on a common mission. We need to remember that, against this virus, we are One America."

— Mark Penn, Managing Partner of the Stagwell Group, Chairman of the Harris Poll, and Former Pollster and Adviser to President Clinton
— Mark Penn, Managing Partner of the Stagwell Group, Chairman of the Harris Poll, and Former Pollster and Adviser to President Clinton
Posted April 07, 2020 • 08:08 AM
On Russia Investigation Focusing on Former CIA Director John Brennan:

"U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the Russia investigation is putting increased scrutiny on former CIA Director John Brennan, searching for any undue influence he may have had during 2017's intelligence community assessment of Russian interference.

"Durham, selected by Attorney General William Barr last year to lead this inquiry, drove to Washington, D.C., in March to ensure the investigation stayed on track during the coronavirus outbreak. The top Connecticut federal prosecutor is looking into highly sensitive issues, including whether Brennan took politicized actions to pressure the rest of the intelligence community to match his conclusions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's motivations, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal.

"Officials said Durham has been interviewing CIA officials this year, zeroing in on those at the National Intelligence Council, a center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which oversaw the collaboration between the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency in putting together the 2017 assessment, and looking at how the work product was finalized."

— Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner
— Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner
Posted April 06, 2020 • 08:36 AM
On San Francisco Banning Reusable Shopping Bags to Stem Coronavirus Spread:

"The city of San Francisco is forbidding shoppers from carrying reusable bags into grocery stores out of fear that they could spread the coronavirus.

"As part of its shelter-in-place ordinance, the California city barred stores from 'permitting customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home.' The city noted that transferring the bags back and forth led to unnecessary contact between employees and shoppers.

"This decision leaves shoppers with few options to carry home their goods. The city was the first to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007 to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by residents."

— Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner
— Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner
Posted April 03, 2020 • 07:34 AM
On Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Disappearing Act:

"To characterize Biden's response to the most serious and immediately pressing issue of our time as a series of featherweight banalities would be an insult to the oeuvre of Rupert Holmes.

"Biden has called for - imagine this! - 'a decisive public-health response.'

"Biden proposes to respond decisively with a combination of platitudes ('restoring trust, credibility, and common purpose'), wishful thinking (magicking a vaccine into existence), and memos ('The Biden Plan calls for issuing guidance to states and localities to ensure first responders and public health officials are prioritized to receive protective personal equipment and launching an education campaign to inform the general public about equipment that should be reserved for professionals').

"How serious is Joe Biden about this kind of thing? Consider his earlier campaign promises: 'I promise you, if I'm elected president, you're going to see the single most important thing that changes America: We're gonna cure cancer.' Primitive peoples believed that the touch of a king could cure them of leprosy and other illnesses.

"Perhaps it is the case that Biden, who plagiarized his way through law school at Syracuse, dabbles brilliantly in oncology."

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted April 02, 2020 • 08:00 AM
On FBI Problems With FISA Warrants:

"The Justice Department's chief watchdog issued an extraordinary warning Tuesday that the FBI is failing to follow its own rules when pursuing surveillance warrants in sensitive intelligence and terrorism cases, confirming that problems first exposed in the Russia collusion probe extend to other cases.

"DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote FBI Director Chris Wray in a management alert memo that a review of more than two dozen Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant cases found agents were not complying with the so-called Woods Procedures designed to protect American civil liberties during such probes.

"Among the problems cited was a failure by agents to substantiate allegations submitted to courts, similar to the missteps the FBI made in failing to ensure allegations in the Steele dossier back in 2016 were verified before securing a FISA warrant targeting the Trump campaign and former adviser Carter Page.

"'As a result of our audit work to date and as described below, we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy,' Horowitz wrote."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted April 01, 2020 • 07:49 AM
Question of the Week   
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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Has Covid-19 significantly changed your family's typical July 4th weekend activities or are they essentially the same as in previous years?