Randy Weber’s column is so typical of the GOP ("Dems conducting impeachment in search of a crime," The Daily News, Nov. 16). Don’t he and the Republicans understand they lost the 2018 midterms because of "The Donald?"

I mean, they feel they’re required to be in lockstep with this orange-haired pink guy who only has a third of the country’s support.

Don’t he and his party realize there are more Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination than ever? He bemoans "crimes." Well, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are jailed, and now Roger Stone, next Michael Flynn? Like my Daddy used to say, “If there’s that much smoke, there’s some fire somewhere.”

Randy, y’all better wake up and smell the coffee, or that "Trump train" you referenced in your column is going to derail the entire GOP next year.

Mike Allison



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Gary Miller

Democrats have become the party that tries then fails. The only thing they haven failed on yet is assaination. Will they try that before he is reelected or after he's reelected?

Bailey Jones

What an incredible thing to say. Or, to try to say, rather.

Carlos Ponce

Gary, problem is Democrats believe those worthless polls. Day after Election Day 2020 a lame duck House will make a too late effort to impeach before their term is over .... and the nation will laugh.

Carlos Ponce

Mike Allison, Speaker Pelosi admitted they were searching for a crime to pin on President Trump. Notice how the Democrats form one accusation, dump it when it does not pan out then jump to another accusation. Russia, Russia, Russia didn't stick, Stormy, Stormy, Stormy didn't pan out (in fact Stephanie Clifford had to pay Trump in Court), followed by emoluments, quid pro quo, now bribery. But thank you. The more senseless this Inquisition becomes, the more votes Trump will win and now it's looking like a landslide. And please don't quote those ridiculous polls. Checking the demographics shows why they were wrong in 2016 and wrong today.

As to more Democrats vying for the presidency - that's because they realize that the current crop has no chance. They know the polls are rigged!

Bailey Jones

I know, right? It's like a crime and corruption buffet - so many to choose from, it's hard to pick just one.

Maybe eventually they'll find an outrage that actually offends Republicans.

Carlos Ponce

No Bailey. In a buffet do you put something on your plate and then put it back When you see something else? (Maybe you would but it would make a lot of people unhappy.)

When the Barr investigations reveal the mass corruption during the last administration even Bailey will find an outrage that actually offends.

I find it difficult to believe that Democrats don't find the fictitious Steele Dossier offensive nor that the "whistleblower" complaint, filled with many factual inaccuracies, is offensive.

Emile Pope

You can't fix stupid, but you can outvote it...goodbye GOP

Carlos Ponce

After today's hearings it's GOODBYE Donkey Party!

Kelly Naschke

I wish I could be there to see Mikes face when Trump wins in a landslide in 2020.

Carlos Ponce

"Trump Train"

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come

And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh, I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the country as one

And I believe it could be, next year it's going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides the Trump Train

Oh Trump Train take this country, come make AMERICA GREAT again!

Oh Trump Train sounding louder

Ride on the Trump Train

Come on now Trump Train

Yes, Trump Train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the Trump Train

Come on now Trump Train

Get your ideas together, go bring your good friends too

Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you

And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is

Why must Democrats go on hating, why can't we live in bliss?

Paul R Heinrich

Stealing words and melody from Cat Stevens.

Bailey Jones

IKR? Hard to believe given his president's well known anti-Muslim bias.

Carlos Ponce

"anti-Muslim bias" That's another piece of unsubstantiated Liberal propaganda.

Bailey Jones

Dance, my puppet, dance!

Jim Forsythe

Why do the legal thing ( pay for the use) when it is easer to steal it.

A list of musicians who want Donald Trump to stop playing their music.

Adele : “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning."

The Rolling Stones :“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately."

Twisted Sister :“When Donald started running for office, he asked me, he called me. He says, 'Can I use the song?' And he's a buddy. And I said, 'Yeah. Go ahead.' But as the months went on, I heard a litany of his beliefs that I'd never discussed with him,” Dee Snider told CNN. "I finally called him and I said, 'Man, you've gotta stop using the song. People think I'm endorsing you here. I can't get behind a lot of what you're saying.' And that night. He has not used it since.”

Steven Tyler :"Lawyers for Aerosmith wrote a cease and cease-and-desist letter to the Trump campaign claiming the Republican “did not have our client's permission to use Dream On" or any of Tyler's other songs and that it ”gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump's presidential bid.“

R.E.M: “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him,” Mike Mills wrote on Twitter. “The R.E.M. statement will be regarding Trump's use of our song. Nothing more than that!” “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

Elton John:“I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign. I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I’m not a Republican in a million years. Why not ask Ted Nugent? Or one of those country stars? They’ll do it for you.”

Luciano Pavarotti :“As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump."

Queen : "Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign.

Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want ‘We are the Champions’ to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.”

George Harrison :"The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the [Republican National Convention in Cleveland is offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate."

Carlos Ponce

Do the artists named own the rights to the songs they perform? Often not. Taylor Swift has been told not to sing the songs she made famous. The "Big Machine Label Group" owns them and is blocking her use. Paul McCartney sold the rights to the Beatles' songs he wrote long ago. He tried to buy them back but Michael Jackson outbid him. With Michael's death, I believe he now has them. Just remember, the next time an artist complains about how their songs are used, "You can't Always Get What you Want".[beam]

Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein owns them. His company ABKCO Records, owns the rights to ALL of The Rolling Stones songs.

Jim Forsythe

Taylor Swifts contract says that starting November 2020, she can record albums one through five all over again.

Right now the problem Taylor has is the performance rights belong to the publisher, not the record label.

All the examples you gave, someone owns the rights and are not trying to use the songs without paying the for the right to do so.

The rights to the Beatles’ recordings are owned by the band’s company Apple Corps Ltd. and Vivendi Universal Music Group, which purchased EMI Records in 2012. Universal has retained the EMI Records name and identifies each Beatles recording as “An EMI Recording.”

The publishing rights to George Harrison’s later Beatles’ songs are owned by Harrisongs Ltd., founded by George Harrison. Harrison was under contract to Northern songs until 1968.

The publishing rights to most of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Beatles’ songs are owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. About a dozen of the earliest Lennon and McCartney songs are not controlled by Sony/ATV, including “Love Me Do,” which is published by MPL Communications Ltd., Paul McCartney’s own publishing company.

Carlos Ponce

Apparently Paul R Heinrich is not a fan of Ray Stevens.

Carlos Ponce

While you're complaining, Paul, listen to "EAT IT" by "weird Al" Yankovic. It does sound familiar.....[cool]


Jim Forsythe

Many Musicians Refused to Let "Weird Al" Yankovic Parody Their Songs. But others have let him, such as Michael Jackson for beat it, eat it.. Al always asks permission.

Weird Al Yankovic said: "I was very surprised to get permission from Michael Jackson, this is 1984 when I did 'Eat It,' when Michael was the King of Pop. We sent him a request, can we do a parody of your song and call it 'Eat It?' We thought we'd never hear back, it took a few weeks but we heard back and he said 'yeah that's fine.'"

August 1, 2003 Yankovic added: "He was the first megastar to give his blessing. When he let me do 'Eat It,' it raised the bar. I could then phone people who said 'no' and say: 'Well, Michael Jackson doesn't have a problem.'"

One such artist was Survivor, who granted Al permission to parody their song "Eye of the Tiger." That song's co-writer, Jim Peterik, told us: "I'm going, 'Okay, if Michael Jackson can approve it, I think I can, too.'"

Wayne D Holt

Jim, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana also gave Weird Al permission to parody Smells Like Teen Spirit as Smells Like Nirvana. Cobain thought Al was very talented and loved the video Al did in the same location Nivana had done the Teen Spirit video. Don't know if we're allowed to plug a video here but if so, it's at https://youtu.be/FklUAoZ6KxY It's the usual Weird Al genius on display.

Carlos Ponce

Michael Jackson was savvy enough to own the rights to his songs. That is not true of most musicians including those on your list who object to their use by politicians. That is why you hear many "covers" of those songs performed by various artists. Like Hollywood, many recording artist are politically Left. Notable exceptions include Lee Greenwood - "God Bless the USA".

Jim Forsythe

A performers political leanings has noting to do with others paying to use their music.

As a general rule, a campaign should be aware that, in most cases, the more closely a song is tied to the “image” or message of the campaign, the more likely it is that the recording artist or songwriter of the song could object to the song’s usage by the campaign

If a band perform cover songs at weddings or nightclubs, the venue would need to have the appropriate licensing agreement or face legal exposure

A band can not just steal others work!

A different situation is presented if a band, instead of simply wanting to cover a song live, decides it wants to record a cover version of another artist's song. If you're interested in a license for recording or selling a copyrighted song, you'll need what's called a mechanical license—a license that allows one artist to create a new version of another's copyrighted song.

Dee Snider Twisted Sister on why they sold some of the rights. But both parties have a say so as to who can use a song.

..[You're] in your 40-, 50-percent tax bracket," Snider explained. "That money that you get [from your publishing] goes in there. When you sell it, you sell it as a capital gain. So you're only paying 20 percent instead of 50 percent. So you get a multiple of 10, 12 years, then you're only gonna pay 20-percent tax on the money instead of paying nearly half of it."

Snider maintains that he sold his rights for "a lot of money...a lot." And he clarified that retains some interest in them. Universal just gets the largest piece of the pie.

Queen Each member of the band owns whatever songs each one of them wrote as they were given the credit on the Queen albums? - All members of Queen through Queen Productions?

For Trump tp use a song legally, permission must be secured and payment may be required.


This kind of use may involve rights such as synchronization of music with video and the possible use of the master sound recording. The campaign will need to contact the song’s publisher and possibly the artist’s record label to negotiate the appropriate licenses with them. And remember, campaign videos containing music that are posted on the internet also require these licenses. Once the commercial has been produced, the TV and radio stations, and any websites that transmit the commercial, must have a public performance license

False Endorsement, where use of the artist’s identifying work implies that the artist supports a product or candidate

Jim Forsythe

Absolutely. I'm a Republican, but I'm a Republican from the old school - Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry in a September 2012 interview with Noise Creep.

Alice Cooper, the famous rock star, supported George W. Bush during his 2004 campaign

The legendary singer Frank Sinatra, initially a democrat, turned republican in the 60s and became a staunch supporter of Ronald Reagan.

Rapper 50 cent admitted in an interview he is a republican.

Famous rapper LL Cool J supported NY Governor George Pataki in 2002 and also attended the Republican Convention in 2004.

Wayne Newton, the famous entertainer in Las Vegas, who is also known as "Mr. Las Vegas" supported Donald Trump for president. "I love Donald, and he would make a great president,"

Punk legend Johnny Ramone shocked many of his fans in 2002 when he revealed to the world in an interview that he supports George Bush and aligns with GOP. "I'm an ultra conservative...I'm not a God damn Hollywood liberal, I'm not..."

Gene Simmons Kiss front man endorsed Mitt Romney as 2012 GOP nominee.

Dave Mustaine, the front man of thrash metal band Megadeth, and the original lead guitarist of Metallica is a serious republican. In an interview with Music Radar, Mustaine said, "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican."

Meat Loaf Meat Loaf is a registered Republican. In a 2012 interview with Esquire

Jim Forsythe

Country singer Trace Adkins is a well-known conservative/republican and a lifelong supporter of the Republican Party. He performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. In 2015, he performed the National Anthem at Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam's second inauguration.

Rock star Ted Nugent is a vocal supporter of the Republican Party and various associated conservative causes, specifically gun rights and hunter's rights

Country star Hank Williams Jr. is also a full-on conservative/republican.

Singer Sonny Bono,entered politics in late 80s and was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, he ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1992,

Britney Spears is a registered as a Republican

Buzzfeed in 2012 reported that the rapper Nicki Minaj supported Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.

Jessica Simpson Singer Jessica Simpson is a republican

Lee Ann Womack performed "I Hope You Dance" at the Republican National Convention . Sara Evans and Larry Gatlin also performed at the convention.

Grammy-nominated singer Kid Rock campaigned with Mitt Romney in 2012 and supported Donald Trump for 2016 election.

Sully Erna, the vocalist for rock band God smack, said in a 2004 interview that he wants a Republican in office. I'm a Republican. I want Republican. I'll tell you that, but I want a Republican in office.

M. Shadows of heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold had said in an interview:

democrats are a bunch of -- idiots The band said that the song "Blinded in Chains" from City of Evil is about the philosophical war between Republicans and Democrats.

Some of the other notable musicians Big Boi, Kinky Friedman, Barry Manilow, Donny Osmond, and Kelly Clarkson.

Carlos Ponce

What melody, Paul? I don't hear a thing!

Paul R Heinrich

You know, and I know you know, the song is Peace Train by To Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens). And I am also a fan of Ray Stevens, especially The Mississippi Squirrel Revival.

Charles Douglas

People get ready ...the TRUMP train is NEARING;

Dont need no baggage ..but just you just keep on A-CHEERING.

All you need is faith to hear the diesels RUMBLE;

When you get to victory ...you just thankkkkkkk,.. the DONALD!

All of yall, lets get on that train!!!!!! Lets get on that train before that IG REPORT comes out in two weeks!! Goodbye Brennan, Clapper, Big Jim COMEY ...who loves to stand in the woods looking up, having questions! Guess what Big Jim? We have answers! INDICTMENTS then JAIL. Goodbye Andrew McCabe, goodbye FBI love birds Lisa Page and your boy friend Peter Strzok!!! Deep State operatives one and all. If I had suspected this kind of low-down, horrific, frame ups, counter-intelligence spying on Americans would occur in this country by Americans ON AMERICANS, there is no way I would have set foot in Vietnam wearing those wet, funky, Jungle Fatigues, let along pick up an M-16 in its defense! Furthermore I now believe Eric Snowden deserves an apology! We are half way to being a banana republic right now, and it started under an ineffective leader name OBAMA, who did not understand red lines and changed CALCULUS! I see the stripping away of our Constitution by the Left, daily! No borders, no free speech for conservatives, no due process for conservatives, gun confiscation, and more. This is what happens when you allow the devil to use you to pave the way for the ANTI-CHRIST! The devil will carry you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay ....and make you pay more than YOU can AFFORD! The Day of RECKONING is coming!

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