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Rolling Stones to Trump: ‘Cease All Use’ of Our Music ‘Immediately’



One More Band That Has Had to Warn the Trump Campaign to Stop Using Their Music

What is it about conservatives who love to claim President Obama and liberals are “lawless,” yet can’t seem to follow the most basic laws?

Several years ago NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, was caught (by NCRM) posting copyrighted materials to its website, including here, and here, and here. Later, they were caught using images of large crowds, trying to claim they were at a NOM rally – they were not. They also received cease and desist letters for using a Peter, Paul, and Mary song without permission, and a John Mellencamp song without permission.

Sarah Palin was sued by a New Jersey newspaper in 2013 for the illegal use of an iconic 9/11 image which she decided to co-opt and put her own name on, you know, to honor those lost that day.

After months of denying responsibility, Mike Huckabee was sued by Survivor after “Eye of the Tiger” was played at Kim Davis’ rally celebrating her release from jail. So was Newt Gingrich, back in 2012.

That’s just a small sampling.

And then, there’s Donald Trump, a man who employs plenty of attorneys. 

In June, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young slammed Donald Trump for using his song, “Rockin’ in the Free World” without permission during his presidential campaign launch. “Donald Trump’s use of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ was not authorized,” Young’s longtime manager Elliot Roberts said. “Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of Bernie Sanders.”

In September, Michael Stipe had harsh words for the brash billionaire who used a famous R.E.M. song at a Tea Party rally. “Go fuck yourselves,” Stipe said to Trump. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” 

One month later, Aerosmith’s attorneys sent Trump cease and desist letters giving the GOP frontrunner 24 hours to stop using “Dream On.” 

“Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use Dream On or any of our client’s other music in connection with the campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr Trump’s presidential bid,” Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s attorneys wrote. “If Trump for President does not comply with our demands, our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you.”

In February, Adele made it clear she wanted Trump to stop playing her music. He reportedly had been playing “Rolling in the Deep” and “Skyfall” at his rallies.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesperson said.

That same month, Elton John’s publicist told Trump to stop playing his music. “Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton.” 

And now, today. The Rolling Stones “have issued a statement saying that the US presidential candidate does not have permission to use the band’s music,” the BBC reports, noting that Trump has “been playing their songs at his rallies for months.”

“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” the statement says. 

The hit song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” has been a particular favorite of the Trump playlist, perhaps appropriately.


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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre



On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’



Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..



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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies



Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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