C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Chuck Berry ::posted Thu, 01 Jan 2015 04:00:00 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1y9pxdn
Before the Copyright Act of 1976 (effective as of 1978), copyrights were only good for a maximum of 56 years: a first term of 28 years and renewable for another 28. However, the Copyright Act of 1976 made it so that the copyright on original works would last until the end of the author’s life + 70 years. So, all of that film, music, and other types of art you could have used from 1958 without fear of getting sued will have to wait just a bit longer. Have a safe and happy Public Domain Day!
What are you favorite public domain works?
Most Ridiculous Christmas Post Of 2014 Goes To The NY Post’s Kyle Smith ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:54:23 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1xA1mls
Kyle Smith is a film reviewer for Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid rag, the New York Post. You may have read his outrage and recent screed against GQ’s article about all the crazy Republicans that occupy Congress. To him, being a liberal or Hillary Clinton is all the crazy he needs to know about.
Anyway, for Christmas he wrote an article about the 13 Most surprising things that have ever happened on Christmas day. (For me, it was my father’s birthday, because without him there wouldn’t be me.)
It looks like all he did was do a quick Google search to come up with Time’s slideshow called It Happened On Christmas Day, whch highlighted historical events such as when George Washington crossed the Delaware and when William the Conqueror crowned King of England. To fill out his post he decided to switch to celebrity births and deaths.
1977: Charlie Chaplin dies.1899. Humphrey Bogart born.1989: Billy Martin dies.1995: Dean Martin dies.
There were many other celebs born or died on Christmas day like Isaac Newton, Cab Calloway, but guess who he chose to highlight as an incredible thing?
Benefits of a US-Iran Partnership ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:12:02 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1tn7v0z
The US must not miss the opening right before us for agreements with Iran that would bring economic benefits to both nations. Such a partnership seems possible because the nuclear negotiations have been extended, and Iran is in compliance with dramatic demands for intrusive inspections by beefed up U.N. inspection teams.
The greatest benefit so far to the U.S. and Iran is that negotiations have forestalled military action advocated by hawks, which could have sparked a regional war. The US has far more to gain with Iran as an ally than an adversary.
Iran’s population of 60 million people is a huge untapped market that is not yet open to US businesses, although European industries are moving in to establish trade. America’s ranchers and farmers would benefit from trade with Iran, because that country will buy meat and wheat, as well as other products common in our society.
Despite the historic tensions between our countries, the Iranian people remain pro-U.S. and pro-western. On the evening of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US, a candlelight vigil in Tehran, Iran, gathered some 10,000 participants in a spontaneous outpouring of sympathy for the death and destruction caused by the attacks.
Iran is not only the oldest culture in the world, it is also the most sophisticated and western in the Middle East. Education and literacy rates in Iran are the highest in the Middle East, and the education of women is not controversial. Iran’s universities currently graduate more women than men.
Iran’s formidable size, population, regional influence, as well as common interests with the US in stability in the region, make an accord with Iran a step beneficial to both nations.
Nathanial Batchelder is director of the Oklahoma City Peace House and is a member of Americans Against the Next War (AANW).
Gov. O’Malley To Commute All Death Row Sentences ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1y7D0T3
Gov. Martin O’Malley is a good Democrat, and he’s almost definitely running for the Democratic presidential nomination. I don’t think he’s got a chance, but he’s good VP material:
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will commute all remaining death sentences for those in the state’s prison system to life without parole, he announced Wednesday. Maryland’s General Assembly repealed the state’s death penalty in 2013 for all future convictions.In a statement, O’Malley said, “In a representative government, state executions make every citizen a party to a legalized killing as punishment.” He noted that the legality of executing the four remaining death row inmates was in question and argued that “leaving these death sentences in place does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland — present or future.”
Fox News’ End Of Year ‘Worst In Media’ List Is Unintentionally Hysterical ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1rABLJF
Here at Crooks and Liars, we honor the worst of the worst with our lifetime achievement award. In the ten years of this publication, the winner was an easy pick, as you will soon see. However, the folks at the both-sides-do-it academy of crap and garbage, a.k.a. Fox News, have to counter reality with a fake “awards show.”
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and former Cosmo Centerfold /monotone host at Faux, Scott Brown, asked a reporter from the Daily Signal who she thought was the worst of the worst in 2014.
In case you’re unsure of what the Daily Signal actually is, it’s the multimedia news organization of the Heritage Foundation, who is incredibly close to their friends at the good ol’ John Birch Society. These are the “Agenda 21, FEMA Camps,” tin-foil hat-wearing contingent of the racist organization. Of course their opinion is sought on Fox News!
War in Afghanistan ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:50:01 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1B5oURw
By Clay Bennett
December 31, 2014 Policing
December 30, 2014 Respect
Can Each Of Our Readers Spare $5 To Support C&L? ::posted Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:00:00 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1y71UCj
I want to thank everyone who has donated so far to our 10th year anniversary and holiday fundraiser. When talking to a lot of normies this year, cynicism is as high as it’s always been when the topic of politics comes up.
But I have to tell you all that I truly love reading, researching and writing about it. I love reading up on the history of the world (Guns Of August) and the history of our nation (The Invisible Bridge) just as much as reading the new Bosch/Michael Connelly novel.
We are also preparing to do another upgrade to the website. I’m sure you noticed that C&L has undergone a complete makeover since the start of 2014. C&L works wonderfully now on all mobile devices and the redesign allows all our videos to play effortlessly on your cell phone or tablet, as well.
So please, if you can spare a huge donation, let it fly. If not, we ask that our regular readers each donate $5. If enough of you do it, that helps a lot.