Posts by Hawthorn

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  • Lawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta’s dismay

    03/02/2015 6:33:37 AM PST · 5 of 8
    Hawthorn to thackney

    Good move. Among other things, it should encourage Delta to switch some flights to other airports, thereby reducing the congestion at Hartsfield.

  • Oppostion Marches in Moscow; Bullets for the Ukraine

    03/02/2015 6:31:21 AM PST · 8 of 10
    Hawthorn to Lorianne; Sally

    I wonder how Putin’s number one American lackey, Steve Cohen, will spin this item when Cohen next appears on the John Batchelor show?

    Guess I gotta tune in for the next few nights to find out!

  • Oppostion Marches in Moscow; Bullets for the Ukraine

    03/02/2015 6:24:21 AM PST · 7 of 10
    Hawthorn to Kaslin

    Nemtsov obviously committed suicide, just like Alberto Nisman a few weeks ago in Argentina.

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/02/2015 6:20:12 AM PST · 119 of 119
    Hawthorn to USARightSide; Hardens Hollow

    >> I’ll give it a shot: ‘D u r n - d i l l .’ <<

    Close enough for government work, as the old saying goes.

    But DEERN-dull would be closer.

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 6:33:15 PM PST · 104 of 119
    Hawthorn to Hardens Hollow

    >> I have no clue how to pronounce ‘dirndl’ <<

    Me neither. I’ll be dirned if I know!

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 6:25:46 PM PST · 99 of 119
    Hawthorn to DesertRhino

    >> Difference without distinction <<

    Exactly. Saying that Austrians aren’t the same as Germans is just as ridiculous as saying that Canadians aren’t the same as USA citizens.

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 6:21:40 PM PST · 98 of 119
    Hawthorn to Zeneta

    >> What if you call them Australians? <<

    Just add that they live in 57 states, and then you’ll get the Nobel Peace Prize!

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 6:20:30 PM PST · 97 of 119
    Hawthorn to Hardens Hollow; miss marmelstein
    >> lederhosen, that was it! <<

    That's for men.

    The gals wear what in the local lingo is called a dirndl.

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 6:15:50 PM PST · 96 of 119
    Hawthorn to miss marmelstein

    >> Perhaps all the yodelers I’ve seen were really Austrians <<

    Some were Austrian to be sure, but most of them are either Swiss or hillbillies from the USA.

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 11:47:04 AM PST · 27 of 119
    Hawthorn to AEMILIUS PAULUS

    >> Imagine Julie Andrews singing and dancing on a mountain top <<

    Yep, she’s way too old for that sort of thing.

    But you can be sure that Lady Gaga would accept the gig!

  • The truth about the Sound of Music family

    03/01/2015 11:42:11 AM PST · 22 of 119
    Hawthorn to miss marmelstein

    >> Germans do tend to yodel <<

    And what does that have to do with this thread?

    The Trapps were Austrians and, in my experience, Austrians get very unhappy if you call them Germans.

  • How much to replace HVAC?

    02/25/2015 7:55:48 AM PST · 29 of 54
    Hawthorn to Wiser now

    >> I wouldn’t trust Sears with anything <<

    Yep, except the work-clothes department always seems to have exactly what I need, winter or summer.

  • Senate Republicans' Conservative Ratings

    02/25/2015 7:52:58 AM PST · 7 of 7
    Hawthorn to Servant of the Cross

    >> of these 12, many are from clearly ‘conservative’ States: Kansas, Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, North Dakota, Alaska <<

    Alaska is obviously a strange outlier, but the others are farm states. And I think a Senator’s conservative percentage takes a big hit whenever he votes for the agricultural bills — that is, farm subsidies plus food stamps.

  • How much to replace HVAC?

    02/25/2015 7:43:50 AM PST · 20 of 54
    Hawthorn to Phillyred

    You can always get free estimates from outfits like Sears and Home Depot. Here’s how they often work:

    The Sears estimator comes to your home, inspects everything and then gives you a detailed pep-talk about how the new equipment is __ % more efficient than the older models. And besides, the wonderful new equipment has umpteen other benefits.

    Finally, he gives you a cost estimate. Let’s say it’s $7500. But he says that if you will sign on the dotted line today, you can take advantage of a special promotion, and get the installation for only $6500 — and you’ll have 24 months to pay.

    You say, “Give that to me in writing, and let me research it for a few days.”

    He says, “I’m glad to give it to you in writing, but the promotion expires in two days.”

    He then goes back to his computer and says, “Oh, I just got a notice that there’s a new sale, and you can get the installation for only $5500. But only if you sign and make a $1000 deposit today.”

    At that point, your spouse chimes in and says, “Hey, honey, that’s too good a deal to pass up. The regular price is $7500, but we can get it for $5500 if we go ahead and accept it right away.”

    Exhausted by all this back-and-forth, you surrender, sign on the dotted line and give Sears a check for $1000. The estimator gives you ten pages of paperwork and says a scheduler will call you shortly.

    Later in the day, you go to your computer and research the same equipment you’ve just bought from Sears. Amazon has it for $3000, with free shipping if you join Amazon Plus.

    You call a local installation company, and they quote an installation price of $1500, plus cost of local permits.

    So you call Sears to cancel your purchase. They say, “Sure, you may cancel. But you lose your deposit.”

    In other words, you’re gonna pay another $4500 to get the installation, whether you buy from Sears or from a competitor.

    Bottom Line:

    Beware of the high-pressure sales tactics used by the big companies like Sears, Home Depot, etc. No matter how smart you think you are, they encounter “smart” prospects like you every day — and they can often pull the wool over your eyes!

  • ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

    02/24/2015 4:31:15 PM PST · 92 of 109
    Hawthorn to Unam Sanctam

    >> they throw homosexuals off buildings <<

    Indeed. And they’ve announced that once they occupy Italy, they’ll throw them off the “Tower of Pizza.”

    (Unless they get stuck in cheese on the way up?)

  • The Bill O'Reilly scandal, made simple

    02/24/2015 4:14:27 PM PST · 70 of 90
    Hawthorn to Laissez-faire capitalist

    >> Corn is a liberal! <<

    No, he’s not really a liberal. He’s hard left.

  • The Girl From Foggy Bottom (Marie Harf)

    02/23/2015 4:21:32 PM PST · 19 of 19
    Hawthorn to hecht

    Why apologize to Stan Getz? He didn’t write either the melody or the lyrics for “The Girl from Ipanema.”

    In fact, the English-language lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel. Seems to me that you should be apologizing to him.

  • Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly assails GOP establishment for trying to coronate Jeb Bush

    02/22/2015 5:13:26 PM PST · 18 of 19
    Hawthorn to Ax
    >> I’ve been wondering about [coronate] since Rush started using it a couple of campaigns ago <<

    Rush is a great man. But his frequent linguistic faux-pas probably make his hero, the late Bill Buckley, turn over in the grave.

  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 3:39:22 PM PST · 24 of 26
    Hawthorn to Big Red Badger

    >> What say You on Our current Tyranny? <<

    I don’t worry about the “tyranny” part.

    IMHO, this too shall pass.

    No, what I worry about is the deteriorating international situation, which I think has been greatly exacerbated — or even brought on — by the Big Ø’s evident determination to downgrade the USA until we are no longer capable of world leadership.

    Moreover, since this thread is about Nazi Germany and in particular, about events in Munich, I must say that BHØ seems more and more like Neville Chamberlain, specifically when it comes to their mutual fondness for appeasement.

    Just as Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler contributed mightily to the horrors of WW II, Zerobama’s on-going attempt to appease the Persian Ayatollahs threatens to lead to nuclear war in the Mideast, maybe even worldwide, not to mention the possible annihilation of Israel. That, and not our current tyranny, is what worries me.

  • Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly assails GOP establishment for trying to coronate Jeb Bush

    02/22/2015 11:19:41 AM PST · 13 of 19
    Hawthorn to twister881

    >> Bush v. Clinton in 2016? <<

    Sure. And while we’re at it, we may as well get ready for George P. Bush vs. Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky in 2028!

  • Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly assails GOP establishment for trying to coronate Jeb Bush

    02/22/2015 11:17:30 AM PST · 12 of 19
    Hawthorn to E. Pluribus Unum
    When did coronate become a verb?

    What about that good old-fashioned verb, crown?

    (Or am I asking too much of today's headline writers?)

  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 10:59:56 AM PST · 20 of 26
    Hawthorn to Big Red Badger

    >> Brutal,Ruthless and Effective,,,

    >> Ultimately,

    >> FAIL!

    Sorry, but I gotta disagree with what I infer to be your opinion. The brutality and ruthlessness of the Nazis were not what caused them ultimately to lose the war.

    No, I submit that there was never a “failure” of the Third Reich. Rather, the regime was CRUSHED by the combined impact of America’s industrial might on the western front and Russia’s inexhaustible supply of manpower on the eastern front. Absent those twinned pincers, west and east, the Third Reich might still be with us today.

    (A very good recent book about the Nazi regime’s distressingly effective control over the German people is “The End” by Ian Kershaw.)

  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 10:41:44 AM PST · 19 of 26
    Hawthorn to Vermont Lt

    >> show one video of the powers that be shooting into a peaceful crowd and you will change the world <<

    I wish it could be so, but nope, things don’t work out that way always, only sometimes. Granted that it happened in Romania in 1989, and it happened a few years ago during the “Arab Spring” in Tunisia and Egypt. But popular uprisings failed to topple Gaddafi in Libya or Assad in Syria. And you seem to have forgotten about the Tian An Men massacre in 1989, and about the similar massacre a few years later in Burma. Plenty of “video” about those incidents, yet the repressive regimes didn’t fall.

    As I read history, the Nazi regime was so ruthless and savage toward its own people, thanks to the Gestapo and the SS, that overwhelming external force was the only possible means to end the Third Reich.

  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 7:20:28 AM PST · 8 of 26
    Hawthorn to JimRed; Kaslin
    >> They were convinced that most Germans felt the same way <<

    Kudos to them for their bravery. But from what I've read, I'd say that rather than most, the numbers probably were closer to 50-50.

    In any case, there was no chance that a popular uprising could succeed, even if such a movement had been supported by 80% of the people. The methods used by the SS and the Gestapo to suppress dissent were simply too brutal, too ruthless and too effective.

  • [Freeper Requesting Prayers for Daughter and also:] Prayers please. Daughter lost phone overseas

    02/22/2015 6:26:31 AM PST · 59 of 180
    Hawthorn to Suz in AZ

    Why don’t you tell us which country she’s in? I dare say that there are people here on FR with expertise on just about every place in Asia. Some FReepers even live over there. So if you’d be more specific, you might get helpful info.

    Also, if any part of her trip was purchased with a major credit card, the loss of the phone may be covered by the card issuer’s “automatic” insurance. So call the card issuer ASAP today and ask what they can do for you.

  • Generic iPhone Charging Cord Caused Anaphylactic Reaction In My Niece

    02/21/2015 7:29:23 AM PST · 38 of 72
    Hawthorn to Hulka

    >> A warning about buying from Wal-mart? <<

    Just wait until FR’s merry little band of Walmart bashers discovers this thread!

  • Barack Obama's 'Reckless Disregard' of the Law

    02/20/2015 6:11:35 AM PST · 9 of 11
    Hawthorn to Tupelo

    >> to quote John Nance Garner, “Not worth a warm bucket of spit?” <<

    If you believe that “spit” is the word Garner actually used, then I have a bridge over the Hudson River to sell you!

  • Hyper-Left Elizabeth Warren: Democrats' Fresh Face?

    02/19/2015 8:59:45 AM PST · 16 of 25
    Hawthorn to Kaslin

    >> What’s the appeal of Warren? <<

    Well, she’s obviously a “minority” because she claims to be 1/32th Cherokee.

    Therefore, if the Dhimmis nominate her, they’ll have a threefer:

    1. She’s a woman.

    2. She’s from a racial minority.

    3. She skillfully articulates a hard-left brand of populist economic policy.

    In other words, What’s not to like?

  • Jon Stewart and Me

    02/19/2015 8:02:27 AM PST · 7 of 39
    Hawthorn to Kaslin

    Loony to be sure, but certainly not the looniest words to emanate from the Judge.

    (And one has to wonder just what goes on at his mysterious New Jersey farm when the cameras aren’t watching?)

  • Feds say Walmart was biased against lesbians

    02/19/2015 7:56:05 AM PST · 22 of 42
    Hawthorn to nascarnation
    >> the only threads with more excitement than WM/Costco/Target are Catholic/Protestant/Fundamentalist <<

    Megadittos to that! You've made a very astute observation. The WM bashers on FR can't hold a candle to those around here who love to bash some religion other than their own.

    Or as Rodney King supposedly said, "Caint we all just get along?"

  • Why Not One Governor is Qualified to be President

    02/19/2015 7:36:46 AM PST · 24 of 28
    Hawthorn to Bratch

    >> Were I a governor, I’d tell the feds to pound sand and that if they didn’t like it, to send in the troops. I might ultimately end up in federal prison, but I’d light a fire and spark a movement — and become a hero and martyr to millions. <<

    Well, you might want to ask Governors Orville Faubus of Arkansas and Ross Barnett of Mississippi how things worked out for them when they did exactly as you suggest.


    You go up against the U. S. Army and you lose. Then you pretty much fade away into obscurity. I bet not more than one in ten from among today’s FReepers can even identify both Faubus and Barnett. So much for heroic martyrdom.

  • Why Not One Governor is Qualified to be President

    02/19/2015 7:21:02 AM PST · 23 of 28
    Hawthorn to Paladins Prayer

    >> they obviously didn’t even read the first few sentence posted here <<

    Welcome to FR!

  • Feds say Walmart was biased against lesbians

    02/19/2015 7:14:09 AM PST · 5 of 42
    Hawthorn to smokingfrog

    More fodder for the legion of Walmart-haters here on FR?

  • John Batchelor on the ISIS situation in Libya and Iraq.

    02/18/2015 10:00:32 AM PST · 23 of 23
    Hawthorn to Lorianne; Sally

    >> I find his show most informative on world events and the discussion is always more intelligent than what you can find on most other media. <<

    I agree completely. But I really wish he’d take issue with at least some of Cohen’s sanctimonious pro-Kremlin pontifications.

    (On the other hand, maybe he has disagreed with Cohen from time to time, and maybe I just missed those shows.)

  • John Batchelor on the ISIS situation in Libya and Iraq.

    02/18/2015 6:52:42 AM PST · 19 of 23
    Hawthorn to Lorianne

    I like Bachelor’s show a lot, and I’ll keep listening. But the frequent visits to the show by Prof. Stephen Cohen, who seems to be Putin’s number one booster in the USA, can be very irritating.

    My main problem with those visits is this:

    Even though I believe it’s OK to have Cohen as an occasional guest, Bachelor appears never to challenge the guy. In fact, John sometimes sounds even worshipful toward Steve. He just lets Steve pontificate uninterruptedly with an air of academic authority about how the West is needlessly provoking the pitiable, persecuted Russians.


    Cohen is married to Katrina van den Hoevel, infamous editrix of the long-time pro-Stalinist “Nation” magazine. Sort of a red flag, doncha think?


    02/15/2015 6:11:32 AM PST · 56 of 121
    Hawthorn to Secret Agent Man

    >> morning commute, someone started shooting at folks waiting to get through the main gate entrance, back in the 1990s <<

    The shooter was Mir Amal Kansi. American agents (CIA or FBI?) captured him in Pakistan and brought him back to the USA. He was tried in the Fairfax Co VA courts and eventually put to death at the Virginia state penitentiary.

    Way to go, Virginia!

  • Gaffney Peachoid Getting A Makeover

    02/12/2015 5:57:28 PM PST · 6 of 28
    Hawthorn to Resettozero

    Why make it shiny? Peaches are fuzzy!

  • ISIS SEIZES RAMADI CITY – 300 US Marines Trapped at Base – Contact With Base Lost

    02/12/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · 228 of 350
    Hawthorn to FatherofFive; stboz

    >> Did Kerry order the Marines to surrender their weapons? <<

    Uh, last time I saw the chain of command, the SecState wasn’t in it.

  • U.S. Marines handed over their guns before leaving Yemen

    02/11/2015 7:06:42 PM PST · 10 of 15
    Hawthorn to allendale

    >> They do not surrender their weapons.<<

    Except when they want to board a commercial aircraft?

  • Vaccinations Are for the Good of the Nation

    02/11/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · 38 of 67
    Hawthorn to Teacher317

    >> If you’ve been vaccinated, then what’s your worry? <<

    1. Children under one year of age should not be vaccinated. And as such, they are extremely vulnerable to measles-generated encephalitis, which can cause lifelong brain damage.

    2. Even among vaccinated people, the immunity sometimes doesn’t “take” — or it wears off.

  • Vaccinations Are for the Good of the Nation

    02/11/2015 7:52:20 AM PST · 35 of 67
    Hawthorn to Conscience of a Conservative

    >> It is highly unlikely that the measles came from the illegals <<

    Probably correct. I think the most dangerous place to take your unvaccinated (that is, “unvaccinatable”) newborn infant might be the produce section of your neighborhood Whole Foods store.

    And when you park your car in the store’s lot, try not to let your kids approach a Volvo, Prius hybrid, or BMW that has a child’s seat.

  • FCC Pushes Net Neutrality Regulations In Secrecy

    02/10/2015 6:32:04 AM PST · 8 of 10
    Hawthorn to LeoMcNeil

    The reporting on this issue seems really deficient. The federal Administrative Procedure Act (APA) allows independent agencies like to FCC to make regulations only after a defined period of public comments. Those comments become part of the open, public record of any rule-making process.

    As a part of the rule-making process, the POTUS is allowed to submit comments to the FCC, just as is any other party — individual, corporate, governmental or whatever. But the POTUS can’t “order” the FCC to do something. And I don’t see how his suggestions could be “secret.”

    Net neutrality may be as bad as some people say, or it may turn out basically to be “neutral.” I haven’t studied the issue, so I can’t take an informed position one way or the other. But I sure wish the news stories would do a better job of explaining the procedural issues involved.

  • Fewer debates designed to stymie conservatives, Jindal says

    02/10/2015 6:21:36 AM PST · 6 of 11
    Hawthorn to From The Deer Stand

    >> Republicans allowed every debate to be moderated by left-wing hacks <<

    You beat me to the point. The number of debates isn’t so important. Nine or nineteen or whatever — AOK.

    But when time after time, you allow Dhimmi henchmen like Jorge Stephanopolos to run a debate, you’ve already lost half the battle.

  • North Korea says its people do not want ‘flashy lights’ after satellite image

    02/10/2015 6:09:25 AM PST · 7 of 19
    Hawthorn to C19fan

    >> their people can enjoy the Milky Way at night <<

    Reminds me of my childhood — before the days of ubiquitous “light pollution” — when even from within a city, you could look up at the sky on a cloudless night and see hundreds of stars beautifully arrayed across the entirety of God’s heavenly firmament. Awe inspiring!

    I guess that to have that kind of near-sacred experience today, you need to go either to North Korea or to some deep canyon in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Israel and Egypt forewarned of synchronized ISIS-Sinai assaults in both countries

    02/10/2015 5:56:01 AM PST · 3 of 6
    Hawthorn to tired&retired

    Not to put too fine a point on the matter, but a coordinated attack with mortars and other battlefield equipment on a detachment of Israeli troops isn’t “terrorism” — no matter how “terrible” the result may be.

    No, it’s plain, old-fashioned military aggression, otherwise known as “war.”

    (Terrorism is the deliberate targeting of non-combatants, with the goal of intimidating them and their leadership into some kind of submission or political accommodation.)

  • S.F. water manager faces suspension for urinating in reservoir

    02/09/2015 6:43:07 PM PST · 70 of 87
    Hawthorn to johniegrad

    >> pissing in a patients surgical wound <<

    I’m not a medical person, but I’ve heard the following:

    Because almost all urine is sterile, the military teaches soldiers that in a battlefield emergency, urine may be used to clean wounds.

    Did your medical training teach you about the safety and efficacy of using urine to clean wounds?

    Inquiring minds want to know. Seriously!

  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/08/2015 8:19:34 PM PST · 17 of 17
    Hawthorn to tsomer

    >> I wonder if NPR, claimed to be a “nonprofit,” has to pay the RIAA “royalties.” <<

    I imagine that they need to have licenses from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to play songs controlled by those three copyright enforcers. I do remember watching C-SPAN once when somebody asked Bryan Lamb why his bumper music was always something written by Bach. He said it was to avoid paying for copyrighted songs.

    >> The artists get little if any actual royalties <<

    Maybe they don’t get enough. But if so, it’s something they need to negotiate with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and the various publishers. I think it’s a marketplace matter, not a governmental problem.

    >> Intangibles - intellectual clouds, light rays, electric pulses or sound waves are not property <<

    Sorry, but if Congress and the Courts invest those intangibles with the status of property that can be bought and sold, then they are property, regardless of whether you approve.

    >> If you’re a scholar, sell a book <<

    What if somebody makes bootleg copies? Then the author gets no return whatsoever for his work.

    >> There are enough penalties for plagiarism <<

    That’s a totally different issue. And let’s ask Doris Kearns Goodwin, who seems to have paid no price at all for her plagiarism. Ditto for the CNN commentator Zakaria (I forget his first name) of Pakistani origin? I believe he’s still going strong, again despite his admitted plagiarism.

    >> If you’re a singer, sell the record <<

    Again, what if somebody makes bootleg copies of your record? You get no return.

    >> “Intellectual property” as a concept is an open invitation to havoc <<

    Tell it to the Founding Fathers, who had the wisdom to put patent and copyright protections into the Constitution. Even though they never used the modern term “intellectual property,” that’s exactly what we’ve had — in effect — for the last 226 years since the US Constitution became operative. It doesn’t mean, of course, that every single aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law as enacted by the Congress and interpreted by the Courts is wise or beneficial. Far from it. But as a general concept, intellectual property has long served us well.

  • New ALL-TIME RECORD trade deficit with China. Nobody is doing one thing, about this.

    02/07/2015 6:35:17 AM PST · 82 of 94
    Hawthorn to central_va; logi_cal869; C. Edmund Wright

    >> Karl Marx 1848 <<

    Hmm. Most interesting!

    My intellectual heroes include Adam Smith and Milton Friedman, while your intellectual heroes include Karl Marx. I guess that sorta ends the argument.

    Anyway, thanks for letting us know!

  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/06/2015 5:59:37 PM PST · 12 of 17
    Hawthorn to tsomer

    >> Playing a record at a party, or loaning it to a friend will be a crime <<

    Sorta hard to enforce, doncha think? I imagine non-commercial uses will be exempt, just as today you can sing “Happy Birthday” at a non-commercial event w/o paying a fee to an organization like BMI or ASCAP. (I’m told, however, that the song is still under copyright protection for commercial uses.)

    >> Will playing the record more than once be a crime as well? <<

    For commercial use? No, the “rights” organizations (RIAA, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, maybe others) would probably prefer blanket licenses, like they used to have for small restaurants and like I guess they still have for radio stations. And the cost of a license would probably be tied to the commercial enterprise’s revenue.

    >> Hippy rockers might get some retirement pay, something I’m all for <<

    Not me. Let ‘em rot in whatever rat holes they’ve been inhabiting for the last 30 years.

    >> This proposal was written by the RIAA. If it passes and if they’re selling any stock, I’m buying <<

    Uh, I think you’d have to be a recording company to join the Association.

    >> There will be no music on the radio <<

    What about live performances? I think the world needs more of such entertainment.

    >> There will be no refuge in folk song covers. Led Zeppelin will have to pay retroactive royalties to Memphis Minny’s descendants <<

    That’s already the case. Old songs have long been protected, thanks to the retrospective copyright law that Congress enacted 15 or 20 years ago. The proposed new regs would cover the performance components of old recordings, with the new royalties going to the performers or the recording companies or maybe both. Publishers and songwriters would appear not to benefit anew, since they are already protected.

    >> I wonder if visual artists can get on the bandwagon? Maybe we could set up a reasonable fee schedule, like 5 cents a glance. Then descendants of artists could charge the museums for a piece of the action. Such a boon to creativity! <<

    Hey, now you’re really onto something. I’m with you!

    >> Of course, the RIAA will not be able to enforce every potential instance of non-compliance. They’ll need help. Get those resume’s up to date’s; it’s going to be a goldmine <<

    Yeah, not only the lawyers could strike gold, but also some of those worn-out hippy rockers you mentioned might get work. Give ‘em a badge and a gun, then put ‘em out in the trenches!

  • New ALL-TIME RECORD trade deficit with China. Nobody is doing one thing, about this.

    02/06/2015 2:33:30 PM PST · 67 of 94
    Hawthorn to central_va

    >> the other stores that carry USA manufactured goods would flourish <<

    Yep, great idea! Let’s shut down Walmart and make those flyover-country rednecks pay more for their shoes, clothes, toys, etc. etc. That’ll teach ‘em!