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Comedians Find Intellectual Property Theft No Joking Matter

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Rogan Doesn’t Look Amused

The comedy world – like much of the entertainment world – is rife with people of the Left ideological persuasion.  There are, of course, exceptions – but on the main they are on the Left.

But then there is Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics.  The first of which is: “Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.”  A law proven eminently true – when comedians steal jokes from other comedians.  Instantaneously, these Leftist laugh artists – become stalwart conservative champions of intellectual property (IP) rights.

What Does Conan O’Brien’s Court Fight Over Jokes Mean For The Wider World Of Comedy?: “Freelance joke writer Robert “Alex” Kaseberg has brought a suit against the writers of Conan (and the man himself), claiming that they stole five jokes from him in 2014-2015 (including one in very poor taste of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition). U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino accepted that there was a possible case surrounding only three of the jokes….

“Even if this suit doesn’t end up going to trial, the taint of even alleged joke stealing can be a real black mark on a comedian. In his deposition, O’Brien said ‘Accusing a comedian of stealing a joke is the worst thing you can accuse them of, in my opinion, short of murder. I think it’s absolutely terrible.’ Clearly this is not something that the late night host is taking lightly. However, anytime an established comedian is profiting off of the work of a less well known entity is cause for concern.” More

The Left: A History of Violence and Racism – Net Neutrality ‘Comments’ Edition

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Another Peaceful Left Assemblage

Godfather of Communism Karl Marx counseled: “Accuse others of what you do.”  More than a century’s worth of Marx-Communist disciples – have rigorously adhered to this tenet.

Communism has…a bit of a history-of-violence problem.  It spent the 20th Century – murdering roughly 100 million people.

The American Left really hasn’t held up its end of the bargain on the body count – but that doesn’t mean their past isn’t rife with murder, violence and mayhem.  See: The Ku Klux Klan, the Weathermen/Weather Underground and the Black Panthers – to name but a few.

But throughout their history of violence – the American Left has consistently and very successfully pinned the “Barbarity” label – on the Right.  Accusing others of what they do.

Heck, they’ve even successfully ascribed to the Right the Democrat Party-born Klan – which spent so much of its time murdering blacks and the Republicans who helped them.

Flash forward to the modern era – nothing has changed.  The Tea Party was accused of being a racist, violent response to Barack Obama – America’s first black president.  Except the Tea Party actually got its start protesting mass illegal immigrant amnesty and then massive bank bailouts – which were policies put forward by white Republican President George W. Bush.  And the only violence that ever took place at Tea Party rallies – was initiated by Leftists. More

A Tax Cut – Should Not Include a Stupid, Economy-Debilitating Tax Increase

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s the Long Conversation
We’ve Long Needed to Have

President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have both put forward tax reform plans that contain lots and lots of really great ideas.  They both simplify the code, eliminate some taxes, reduce the rates of others – and in general are geared to allow for vigor to return to our long vigor-less economy.

The fundamental element behind vigor in our economy – is coin.  The crucial component of capitalism – is capital.  And the ugly truth for Leftists is – only people that earn money have money.  And the people that earn more money – have more money.  The rich – have even more than that.

So you need all of these people – most especially the rich – to privately dispose of their capital.  Not have the government take it from them.  So as to fuel capitalism – and allow the reinvigoration to begin.

Capitalism works – in large part because of Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”  Capitalism coin never stays put – it’s always on the go.  The Invisible Hand moves that money – all over the place.

To wit: A rich person buying a yacht – does more for a poor person than a thousand government programs.  Because – who sells the yachts to rich people?  Poorer people.  Who drives the yachts to the lots to be sold?  More, even poorer people.  And who builds the yachts to be driven to the lots to be sold to rich people?  Lots and lots of additional poor people.  And then there are the crews to sail the yachts, the repair crews to fix them, the harbor crews to harbor them,….

How do we know this?  Because in 1991 the Feds imposed a “luxury tax” on expensive cars, furs, jewelry…and boats.  Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts) and George Mitchell (Maine) in particular crowed about the rich finally paying their fair share.  Except: More

Walmart Isn’t Conservative – Walmart is a Massive DC Self-Interested Special Interest

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Contributor to the America Last Approach

Walmart and the founding Walton family have long been seen as conservative stalwarts.  The Waltons have indeed contributed much money to conservative causes – much to the Left’s chagrin.

Walmart has long been a Leftist bogeyman – in large part because they remain rightly, reasonably opposed to the unionization of their stores.  Which drove the Left nuts.  And led to years of union-funded Leftist campaigns against the company.

To aid in their defense against this onslaught, the Waltons elicited conservative assistance.  Because conservatives bizarrely think people should be free to choose whether or not to join unions – and unions do not.

And it worked – Walmart remains a right-to-work entity.  God bless America.

But as time has marched on, it’s looking more and more like the Waltons cut these checks not in the interest of ideology – but in the interest of Walmart protectionism.  On a whole host of other issues, Walmart has been anything but conservative.

Which tells all of us what many of us have all along known – Walmart is just another massive, massively self-interested Washington, D.C. special interest.

Walmart has long been a lead outside champion of a ridiculous tax increase scheme ridiculously misnamed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).  Their brick-and-mortar stores have to collect sales and use taxes for the states and localities in which they are located.  Internet companies that sell in those states and localities but are not located there – do not. More

Stupid Trade Policy Isn’t the Only Reason We Lose Jobs – But It’s a Big One

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Our Very Stupid,
Long-Unrequited Trade Policy

President Donald Trump is President Donald Trump in no small part because he campaigned acknowledging the elephant that left the room – that being the millions of jobs that have emigrated from the United States over the last several decades.

The Rust Belt – hasn’t always been rusty.  The oxidation onslaught came – as their jobs went.  Trump won – because he directly addressed why in a way no one from either Party had…basically ever.  Rust Belt states a Republican hasn’t won in ages – rewarded him.  Pennsylvania – last Republican red in 1988.  Michigan – 1988.  Wisconsin – 1984.  That was the ball game.

A political aside: Trump is obviously not a politician.  He is a far-from-perfect messenger – with a wholly imperfect message delivery system.  But he has an instinctual feel for what resonates with average Americans.  And a four-decade, uber-successful global business career that time and again showed him what works – and what doesn’t.  And the ability to connect the two – in a faulty-but-winning way.

Imagine what a polished politician – with honed political skills and rigorous message discipline – can do with the path to victory Trump has illuminated.  “Trumpism” certainly can long outlast Trump.  And it must – if the Republicans ever again want to win the Presidency.  Sorry, NeverTrumpers – but all we less-government-types need to acknowledge and embrace this.  End political aside. More

Google and Facebook Are Now Driving the ‘News’ Media Cart

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Meet the New News Bosses

Our recurring joke – that is itself a ceaselessly recurring joke – is when we mention the “Media-Left,” we always follow it with “please pardon the redundancy.”  The Media-Left merger is now seamless.  I could hand you a New York Times article and a Daily Kos article – and you would be hard pressed to determine which is which (aside from the latter’s propensity for profanity). We will provide many such examples in just a bit.

As Rush Limbaugh repeatedly points out – the Media are the horse, the Left merely the cart the Media drags along behind.  And the Democrat Party is the inert, inept product in the cart – dragged along by both.

Without the Media’s tens of billions of dollars per annum in issue advocacy, the Left would be almost wholly relegated to college campuses, Hollywood – and maybe eight states.  Of the 535 seats in the United States Congress – the feckless Democrat Party would hold maybe forty.

You can not deconstruct the Left – without deconstructing the Media.  You must, in fact, lead with the Media.  Since the Media leads the Left. More

Since They All Have Nukes and Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Bring On the Counter-Boom

In the 1994 movie “Maverick,” there is a huge, climactic poker tournament.  James Garner’s character Cooper is charged with security – he is to ensure every player turns in their weapons prior to play.

Play ensues and tensions rise, and suddenly nigh every player draws guns they aren’t supposed to have – and a massive shootout ensues. After which James Coburn’s character The Commodore disgustedly shouts “Your security didn’t work a damn Coop – everybody’s got a gun.”

And so it is with the “global community”’s decades-long efforts to prevent the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.  We have a long, proven track record – of being utterly incapable of stopping any nation that wants nuclear weapons from obtaining them.

In the 1990s, then-Democrat President Bill Clinton took a titanic victory lap celebrating the deal he cut to prevent North Korea from going nuclear.  Here he is back in the day, describing its incredible effectiveness – doing his best Neville Chamberlain impersonation:

“North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.  South Korea and our other allies will be better protected.  The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons….The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments.” More

As Always Everywhere, ‘Green Energy’ Is Killing New York’s Economy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Cuomo’s Crony Wrinkle
Added to the ‘Green Energy’ Scam

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to loathe actual energy.  You know, oil, gas, coal, etc.  The sources of energy that actually produce energy – cheaply and efficiently.

And instead has an incredible affinity for fake energy.  You know – wind, solar, ethanol, etc.  The alleged “green energy” – which is neither green nor energy.  Alleged energy sources that are in many instances actually worse for the environment than real energy sources.  That can’t even exist without massive government cash infusions.  And that produce what little energy they do – in a woefully inefficient manner.

But when you fetishize a belief in the Greatest Scam on Earth – that would be global warming…ooops, I mean climate change – the real-fuel-loathing and the “green energy”-fake-fuel-black-hole almost always follow.

New York Governor Cuomo is rigidly holding to this foolish form.

You Won’t Believe How Badly Cuomo’s Anti-Pipeline Stance Is Crushing New York’s Economy: “The US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy dug deeper into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-pipeline stance. They wanted to know exactly what the repercussions were for average New Yorkers, so that the governor can make a more educated decision the next time a gas pipeline proposal comes across his desk.  Gov. Cuomo has blocked two pipelines — last year, he blocked the Constitution pipeline and this month he blocked the Northern Access.” More

Apple: ‘We Won’t Pay You. We’ll Keep Using Your Stuff – But We Won’t Pay You’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

We Really Wish They Would

I loathe thieves.  You want something – you pay for it.  It really is just that simple.  So when it comes to wanton thievery of the magnitude that follows – I get more than a little perturbed.

Computer giant Apple is currently in a huge intellectual property dispute with tech innovation giant Qualcomm.  I’m no lawyer (which perhaps affords me some additional clarity of thought which law school eradicates) – but this is pretty cut-and-dry, massive scale theft.

Here’s the deal: Qualcomm has some patented items which Apple needs to make its iPhones and cellular iPads.  Qualcomm and Apple negotiated an agreement – where Apple would pay Qualcomm in exchange for permission to use the patented items.  Lawyers drafted contracts – and representatives from both Apple and Qualcomm signed them.

End of story, right?  Of course not.  This is Brave New America – where even blatantly obvious obligations can and will be willfully ignored.

Apple Halts License Payments to Qualcomm in ‘All-Out War’: “Apple Inc. cut off billions of dollars in payments to Qualcomm Inc., turning a contract dispute into what one analyst called an ‘all-out war’ that forced the chip supplier to slash forecasts given only days ago….Shares fell as much as 4.1 percent to $51.05 Friday morning. It was the lowest intraday price since June.”

Get that?  The chip supplier forced to “slash forecasts given only days ago” – is Qualcomm.  Through no fault of their own, Qualcomm is having its entire company downgraded because of one titanic deadbeat – Apple: More

Climate Change Liars, Running Out of Global Real Estate, Seek Solace in the Philippines

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Ridiculous Anti-Capitalism – with a Ridiculous Face

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was the “Greatest Show on Earth.”  From 1919 – until this year, when Leftists radicals culminated a years-long assault on the Circus by successfully shutting it down.

Global warming – ooops, I mean climate change – is the Greatest Scam on Earth.  A now decades-long push by the Left to get human beings to stop advancing the human condition.  The same people that shuttered the Circus – are looking to end human achievement.

The environmentalist movement is an anti-capitalism movement.  But for decades (but less and less these days, thanks to decades of government-school indoctrination) – you looked like an idiot being anti-capitalism.  Because its unfathomable success was glaringly obvious – both standing alone, and especially in contrast with the other major option, Socialism.

So the Left dressed up their Socialism in green costumes – and declared that they were Saving the Planet.  Which is why we call the environmentalists “Watermelons” – because they’re green on the outside, red on the inside. More