Another milestone was reached here at CRW this month. The blog now has in excess of 20,000 unique page views. I am so thankful to all of you who took time from your busy schedules to check out my blog. Thank you!
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As many of you know, I believe in the power of thanking someone. That includes my readers, and over the past several months, I have tried to include a Thank You when milestones were reached here at CRW but also over at my other blog Cyber-Esq.
February 2011 represents one such milestone, in my humble opinion. Despite not posting as much content as I would have liked, February 2011 was CRW’s most successful month to date – the blog received just shy of 4,000 unique visitors for the month.
It will be hard to duplicate February’s results, but I am going to give it my best effort. Once again, I appreciate everyone who takes the time out of their busy schedules to visit my site.
Washington (CNN) — To no one’s surprise, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the first constitutional challenge to the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress.
The justices without comment refused to get involved at this early stage, while various state and federal challenges are continuing. The high court rarely accepts cases before they have been thoroughly reviewed by lower courts.
A challenge to the law was brought by a California conservative group. Higher profile lawsuits have been brought by state officials in Florida, Virginia and almost two dozen other states.
As some of you Californians know, in July, a police officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (known as BART) was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 22 year-old Oscar Grant. Last week, the judge in the case gave the officer, Johannes Mehserle, the minimum sentence for the shooting, a term of 2 years.
Oakland is on alert today due to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry’s sentencing of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle to a mitigated term of two years in prison. Perry also threw out the gun enhancement portion of the case, saying it wasn’t supported by evidence.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mehserle, who was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter, fatally shot Oscar Grant, 22, on New Year’s Day 2009 at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station during an arrest that was caught on camera. Mehserle contends he mistakenly pulled out his handgun instead of his Taser when he shot Grant as he lay face down.
If you are a child of the 80s, then chances are you listened to Men at Work (MAW) at least once or twice while growing up. The Australian band had several hit songs in the U.S. and around the world, including Who Can It Be Now? and Down Under.
Last year, Australian music company, Larrikin Music, sued MAW, claiming that the well-known flute riff in Down Under was actually stolen from a children’s song, Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. Kookaburra was written more than 70 years ago by Australian teacher Marion Sinclair who sold the rights to the song to Larrikin before she died.
As part of its lawsuit, Larrikin sought a whopping 60% of the song’s royalties from MAW. Yesterday, however, an Australian judge found that figure “excessive, overreaching and unrealistic.” Nevertheless, the judge did order EMI Songs Australia and songwriters Colin Hay and Ron Strykert to pay 5% of the song’s royalties earned since 2002. A statute of limitations barred Larrikin from seeking royalties paid prior to 2002.
A spokesperson for EMI indicated that the company plans to appeal the ruling.
What do you think about the judge’s ruling? Do you remember the song Down Under, and if so, do you think the flute riff was worth 60% of the song’s royalties? Even 5%? Do you have any idea what even 5% might translate to in terms of a dollar amount?
If you would like to refresh your ear by listening to a few MAW songs, the band is a trending topic this morning on Yahoo as a result of the court ruling. You can also download the Down Under video and take a trip down music memory lane before deciding if the judge’s ruling is a civil “right” or “wrong.” For comparison purposes, you will also find an Australian news clip released at the outset of the lawsuit, which compares the two songs. These videos are courtesy of YouTube.
Just a quick post to start off June 2010, and a word of thanks to our readers for helping to make CRW such a success. This year, 4 out of 5 months, CRW has enjoyed well over 1,000 unique page views each month. Also, May 2010 saw our busiest single day ever!
We appreciate each and every visit to our site, and hope to keep your interest going forward. If there are any subjects that interest any of you, and which you think would be a good topic to cover at CRW, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This week, Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Show and proclaimed that Judeo-Christian belief was the basis for American law and should continue to be used as a guiding force for creating future legislation. Responding to critics of a National Day of Prayer, Palin urged her listeners/followers:
“Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the ten commandments.” [sic].
You can link to an article here discussing the Palin interview along with video of her appearance. Today, I wrote an article for Instablogs.com responding to the idiocy and hypocrisy of Palin’s statements. I invite any of you who are interested to link to my article here.
If Sarah Palin can name one Founding Father without assistance, I will eat my shoe. In the meantime, let me help her out. How about Thomas Jefferson? Can’t get much more “founding father” than T.J., now can you? Here is but one nugget of wisdom that Jefferson shared on the question of religion in general, but national prayer days specifically:
“It is… proposed that I should recommend, not prescribe, a day of fasting and prayer…that I should indirectly assume to the United States an authority over religious exercises which the Constitution has directly precluded… It must be meant, too, that this recommendation is to carry some authority…to be sanctioned by some penalty on those who disregard it; not indeed of fine and imprisonment, but of some degree…perhaps in public opinion…Civil powers alone have been given to the President of the United States, and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.” –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Miller, 1808. ME 11:428.
I don’t know about you, but I am mighty tired of self-righteous, bigoted, hypocrites like Sarah Palin trying to tell the rest of us how to live our lives. How about you?