James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

posted at 11:01 am on January 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Oh, it’s fun to pick on celebrities who don’t know much about the issues on which they’re asked to pontificate — and at least James Taylor has the honesty to preface his answer to The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy with an admission of ignorance. In fact, he does so twice, when Nicholas asks him about Obama’s continuation of George Bush’s drone policy and on the “executive orders” Obama promised on gun control (actually executive actions, most or all of which don’t require actual EOs). At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that he’d rather follow Laura Ingraham’s advise to just “shut up and sing.”

Being a good sport, Taylor provides an answer — which won’t exactly endear him to anyone outside of Obama’s orbit:

Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans ‘need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms’ in order to keep children safe. Following his performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, TheDC asked Taylor if he agreed with Obama’s executive actions on gun control. ‘I think the nation is very divided on gun control,’ Taylor told TheDC, ‘but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

Since Taylor admits to a rather significant level of ignorance on the topic, it’s not quite clear what he means on this. If he thinks that a majority of gun owners support sensible regulation regarding background checks and restrictions on fully-automatic weapons, well, he’s right. If he thinks that the majority of gun owners think no one should own a magazine with more than a ten-round capacity and that the government should ban semi-automatic rifles because they look scary while remaining functionally no different than legal types, he’s way off base. In fact, overall majorities — not just of gun owners — have recently been shown to oppose the “assault-weapons” ban.

Furthermore, most Americans aren’t going to buy the “sacrifice your freedoms for the public good” argument. Jeff Dunetz tells Taylor, “You first”:

OK JT, I will bite…which freedoms should we sacrifice? OOH I know–why doesn’t the government start to control which songs you are allowed to play? Here’s another idea, how about we not only sacrifice our first and second Amendment freedoms’ but other freedoms also? Honestly who needs that habeas corpus stuff in the constitution it’s not even English. Right James? This is America we should only recognize the rights that are written in English..none of that Latin stuff.

There is only one problem with sacrificing our “freedoms” James—we can’t. Or at least YOU can’t and neither can our government. You see, freedom isn’t the only thing that makes America special..it’s where those freedoms come from–not the government, but from God.

Humans are endowed by their Creator with the natural right to self-defense (in more than one context, too) — and not just self-defense, but effective self-defense. Otherwise, it’s meaningless. That’s why the Constitution didn’t say that people have the right to bear knives, or clubs, or maces. The founders recognized that free citizens should have the right to arm themselves as they see fit, with the highest-tech weaponry of the time — firearms. Free citizens who abuse that right, like any other, would forfeit their liberty, but the Constitution was built on the predicate that a free citizen would be a responsible citizen until proven otherwise, rather than the reverse. That assumption has worked well for more than 220 years, and does to this day, as the 60 million or more law-abiding households with firearms attests.

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.


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Let’s sacrifice your right to free speech for the safety of our ears not to hear your bullsh*t, James Traitor.

MelonCollie on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

“Those who sacrifice their liberty for security deserve neither”

Skywise on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

What ever happened to “Question authority” and “Never trust anyone over 30″?

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The only guy who can manage to turn a Christmas song into a dirge.

Bishop on January 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

So when James “another gram of heroin please” Taylor was a twenty something protester, I don’t recall him supporting more govt control. Now that his hippies are in charge, they suport a govt far more totalitarian than the one they protested against in the 60′s.
Good comrade

Bevan on January 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

He tried his best,…and that’s the important thing.

a capella on January 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Uninfringed.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

No Jimmy, You sacrifice safety for freedom.

ronsfi on January 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Benjamin Franklin disagrees.

OldEnglish on January 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

James Taylor’s music gives me a migraine.

Mr. Arrogant on January 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The lady at the end realizes Taylor just made the conservative case against Obama and his voters.

“Educated”, yet so ignorant.

Tater Salad on January 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Those that would sacrifice liberty for security will have neither.

Or something like that.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little Someone else’s liberty for safety

FIFY

Galt2009 on January 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I went to a corporate event where Sweet Baby James was paid in excess of 6 figures to croon for us capitalist pigs for less than 2 hours…

I can’t take seriously anything he says, he’s another world class liberal hypocrite with a ton of $$$$$..

GFY James….

Tim Zank on January 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I’m not willing to sacrifice my safety so the touchy-feely crowd can feel, well, touchy-feely.

Blake on January 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Oh good Lord!

What’s next? Honey Boo Boo’s views on Middle East Peace? Snookie opining about fiscal policy? Beyonce talking about entitlement reform???

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor,

Are you kidding? These are people exploiting their fame found in America to undermine the freedoms that made their success possible. They’re infantile idiots — wretched useless dangerous little children.

F*ck them all.

rrpjr on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.

I’ve never gotten the impression that James Taylor is much of a thinker. More of a feelings guy. I doubt his view would change even if he educated himself a little more.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Comma, comma, comma, com, com, yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah.

jon1979 on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that he’d rather follow Laura Ingraham’s advise to just “shut up and sing.”

HeII no, Taylor is a useless imbecile and deserves no sympathy.

SWalker on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

This is the Daily Caller at their best.
Really…it’s the best they can do.

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

OE beat me to it.
Cold keeping me slow. But faster than JT.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

It has always seemed strange to me that whenever there is a highly publicized violent act, the very first reaction of the enlightened is to put limits on self defense.

warden on January 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

What ever happened to “Question authority” and “Never trust anyone over 30″?

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The people that believe that got older and in power. Hard to be a rebel when you’re “the man.”

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Hey James Taylor, let’s not and just say you did.

jake49 on January 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

My freedom is not subject to the whims and desires of madmen and criminals*.

Yes, it IS that simple.

*Nor ignorant celebrities.

Bruce MacMahon on January 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

Um…NO. which part of that don’t liberals get?

Leave me the liberty to provide for my own safety, and all bases are covered.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Heh! I’m on fire DownUnder – literally!

OldEnglish on January 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Start pixelating guns on TV instead of breasts.

Breasts don’t kill…

JoeHanson on January 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I really like JT’s music-partially because his songs work well with my voice-but politically he’s a leftist sheep.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

The people that believe that got older and in power. Hard to be a rebel when you’re “the man.”

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I know, but I think it’s important to point out. Some people still think hippies were cool, instead of the lying, disgusting, freeloaders that they were and still are. The fact that they all turned out to be big government worshipping drones proves what hypocrites they’ve always been.

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

They said the same thing in Argentina, right before the military dictatorship rolled in.

RedRedRice on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Just another progressive nancy boy who believes he has all the answers. Time to go a little French Revolution on these scum bag aristocrats. Rather than an Oscar or Grammy ceremony, how about some heads on pikes?

djtnt on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

This is the Daily Caller at their best.
Really…it’s the best they can do.

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Everyone else is talking about gowns and stuff.
So this is all we get.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

Hold on, let me think about th…

No!

But I DID think about it….

44Magnum on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Shuddup, James. Don’t bother me.

“In my mind, I’m gone to Carolina…”

kingsjester on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

fastphil101 on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

‘but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms,

Opting for the illusion of personal peace and affluence will get you neither. Once you give up a freedom you won’t get it back.

chemman on January 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I seriously had no idea who this guy was. I had to wiki him of all things.

He should really just keep his mouth shut though.

Gatsu on January 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it

….James should have made some “sacrifices” to his own freedom when he was beating on women in between concert gigs…..don’t remember him taking his a$$ downtown to turn himself in “for the common good”…..

…wonder if James agrees to sacrificing “freedoms” like the Patriot act….NSA wiretapping and other policies that had his liberal friends in the streets when Bush did it but now they have their lips pressed firmly to Obama’s ass while he does it.

Going to go out on a limb and say Taylor’s “sacrifices” fall directly in line with what promotes the liberal agenda…nothing more…nothing less.

Baxter Greene on January 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Heh! I’m on fire DownUnder – literally!

OldEnglish on January 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

10 degrees F here. And I am not in a “cold” spot.
Bishop would say I am in a heat wave.

Understand it is hot down under. Drink water.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

It has always seemed strange to me that whenever there is a highly publicized violent act, the very first reaction of the enlightened is to put limits on self defense.

warden on January 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I would argue that they are not enlightened. Just foolish and speaking foolishness with their lips.

chemman on January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

James Taylor – You put his music on when you want the last of the guests who have overstayed the party to leave.

bw222 on January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

Funny, I haven’t seen this survey that the libs keep repeating 24/7. Show me the data that a majority of guns owners feel strongly that something needs to be done.

trs on January 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Well, I’m a steamroller, baby,
I’m bound to roll all over your rights.

Fallon on January 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

J . T . couldn’t keep his own son safe from a window .
Keep that in mind and just ignore the poor fool .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Joe Biden – James Taylor 2016!!!!

Khun Joe on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Understand it is hot down under. Drink water.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I coached long distance runners for most of my life and had more issues with them being dehydrated in the winter time than summer when it was hot. So even though it is 10 F where you live right now drink water.

chemman on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Well… now that James Taylor has informed my on what the majority of Americans think….. well, I’ve always hated being in the majority.

2nd Ammendment Mother on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

If this is true, then this country and it’s society of cowardly sheep, really sucks. This poor sick Republic is about to crumble down around our ankles.

rplat on January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

What ever happened to “Question authority” and “Never trust anyone over 30″?

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

-
When he said that he exposed the pretense of any objectivity… ‘Just join the collective and BELIEVE’
-
BTW… no one is forcing James Taylor or any other Obama Zombie to own a gun… But if he wants to have his freedoms reduced/taken away he can move to N Korea…

Would someone please ask these surrender fish if they believe that the millions and millions of murders perpetrated by the Charismatic Leaders of the Communist/Fascist/Marxist countries during the 20th century were an anomaly. Do they not believe in learning from history?

RalphyBoy on January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The deification of Obama by these freaks is frightening.

jawkneemusic on January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

This is the Daily Caller at their best.
Really…it’s the best they can do.

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

..hell of a lot better than the pathetic tongue baths we’ve seen so called “journalist” giving Obama day in and day out.

Maybe you’d like to join journolisto’s at the bar so all of you can “swoon” and get all light headed at the mere sight of Obama passing by….then spend the rest of the night blushing at the fact “Obama actually looked in my direction”…..”.ohhhhhhh…..I think he touched my hand!!!!”

Baxter Greene on January 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Knowledge of history is your friend Mr. Taylor.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

…just cut off your jimmy…Jimmy!…and hand in your two sisters below it!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

What ever happened to “Question authority” and “Never trust anyone over 30″?

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Might want to reread “Animal Farm” for that answer, especially the last 5 chapters.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

James Taylor Barbra Streisand, Al Gore, Michael Moore – liberals who want others to sacrifice while they enjoy the best of everything:

http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/liberals-hypocrites.html

bw222 on January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

J . T . couldn’t keep his own son safe from a window .
Keep that in mind and just ignore the poor fool .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

That was Eric Clapton-not JT.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I coached long distance runners for most of my life and had more issues with them being dehydrated in the winter time than summer when it was hot. So even though it is 10 F where you live right now drink water.

chemman on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I do.
Skiing in Colorado and Utah drove that point home.
In the cold, don’t wait to get thirsty. If you do, you’re behind the eight ball.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

J . T . couldn’t keep his own son safe from a window .
Keep that in mind and just ignore the poor fool .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

…think that was Eric Clapton.

Baxter Greene on January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Government humping leftists scare me more than 100 Adam Lanza’s. Lanza is a nut, liberals willingly seek tyranny.

jawkneemusic on January 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Asking James Taylor to intelligently comment on anything is a reall Ballasy move.

44Magnum on January 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I’m sorry but I can’t form an opinion on this topic until Don Henley and Bono have weighed in.

Chickyraptor on January 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

J . T . couldn’t keep his own son safe from a window .
Keep that in mind and just ignore the poor fool .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Political rival or not…that was not exactly a comment worthy of this site, pardner.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

…those “sacrifices” were already made in Newtown James…..they had strict gun laws and an assault weapons ban…..
…………How did those “sacrifices” end up working out genius????
………………How are they working out in Chicago?????…..Mexico?????

How come none of you liberals are all upset about the 440 “children” shot in Chicago where liberals have instituted their draconian gun laws…..those “sacrifices” you speak of????

How come liberals never take in account the absolute failures of their policies????

Baxter Greene on January 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Some people still think hippies were cool, instead of the lying, disgusting, freeloaders that they were and still are. The fact that they all turned out to be big government worshipping drones proves what hypocrites they’ve always been.

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Doesn’t the above description pretty much describe the OWS movement? Sure, today they’re pooping on police cars and throwing old people down stairs but tomorrow, they’ll be the Obamaphone lady and eventually they’ll be that annoying lady on the Scooter Store ad who is very proud that she didn’t pay a dime for her scooter (without any acknowledgement that it was apt to be the American taxpayer that got stuck with the bill via Medicare).

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

‘Sacrifice freedom for freedom! and stuff.

/Slavery is Freedom

rayra on January 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Shut up and sing Fire and Rain.

And HAL, if you’re here, sing Daisy!

22044 on January 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Ok , so I was wrong . What you missed pardner was the compassion
intended in the comment . So shoot me because I felt sorry for the
wrong guy .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The media clearly wanted to portray the OWS crowd as a modern day, romanticized version of the hippies, but the OWS was such a failure they couldn’t make it stick. Hippies should be viewed the same way, but unfortunately they aren’t.

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

“We’re putting you Jews into these ghettos for your own safety.”

Anyone who tries to justify the abridgement of our most basic American freedoms and values by pretending it’s “for the children” desevers to be ridiculed harshly. If he or she is a government official, employee, or politician, they should be fired and/or removed from office.

RobertE on January 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I will not sacrifice my freedom on the altar of communism cloaked in political correctness. I will however sacrifice plenty of Useful Idiots should they come. Molon Labe.

rayra on January 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Less of a ‘celebrity opining’, please!

Enough of nitwits already done it, Why go out of your way to dig up ‘celebrities’ to ask their opinions?

Sir Napsalot on January 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Come on, people, you’re being too harsh on the guy.

I mean, it takes a lot of talent to go from complete irrelevance to sheer stupidity overnight.

UltimateBob on January 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

People should be able to vote without presenting ID, just like they buy guns without ID.

Felons should be able to vote, just like they can buy guns without a background ck

Retarded/Mentally challenged/Crazies should be able to vote no questions asked, just like they can get guns without any ck on their sanity.

Voting right is as fundamental to our foundation as the right to have gun. Right?

So let’s demand the reversal of all voting ID requirements and stand firm against gun control requirements (ID/tracking/cks, etc..)

what could go wrong?

FREEDOM!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

fastphil101 on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Thank you for quoting Franklin correctly. Too many people (including twice ahead of your post in this thread) are incorrect about the quote and make it sound like something it doesn’t say.

James on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Ok , so I was wrong . What you missed pardner was the compassion
intended in the comment . So shoot me because I felt sorry for the
wrong guy .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Don’t mistake the intent….JT deserves all the critique you can shovel on him for such a asinine statement..

But we need to not be AS bad as the Left and bring kids (Right OR Left wing) into it…some lines shouldn’t be crossed and those that do do nothing for their argument, IMHO.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I also propose that we bulldoze over parts of the US Constitution. Especially the Freedom of Speech part. We should ban all aging rock stars from offering public opinion on politics.

Dennis D on January 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Another example of liberal logic. Give up the weapon that keeps you safe in order to have more safety . . . or something.

TarheelBen on January 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

IMHO … You still don’t get it .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Why do I care what a mediocre singer past whatever prime he had has to say about the matter.

it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that he’d rather follow Laura Ingraham’s advise to just “shut up and sing.”

No. Do not sing. Please. If you must, then in the privacy of your home and shower, okay?

hawkeye54 on January 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Oh, it’s fun to pick on celebrities who don’t know much about the issues on which they’re asked
– Ed

Shouldn’t it be more ‘fun’ to pick on ‘journalists’ who chase down celebs – who are merely walking to their car – to ask them their thoughts on issues that they weren’t offering in the first place?
DC sends their guy down to Washington to cover the gun control debate…sure, nobody around to talk to about that
‘Hey, there’s a famous musical artist…let’s stick a mic in his face! Flip cam ready bro? Got it. Let’s hit 5 Guys and go home.’
And poor Andrew Breitbart hoped he would inspire an advancement of journalistic quality and meaningfulness…

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Carly Simon gave up some of her freedom when she married James Taylor. He used to beat the crap out of her.

Screw him.

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

So when James “another gram of heroin please” Taylor was a twenty something protester, I don’t recall him supporting more govt control. Now that his hippies are in charge, they suport a govt far more totalitarian than the one they protested against in the 60′s.
Good comrade

Bevan on January 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

This!

brtex on January 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

So, Mr. Taylor it would be ok to imprison a folk singer who wrote a protest song if it means more social harmony?

Hmm? Whassat? oh. You were not refering to YOUR freedom.

kurtzz3 on January 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Taylor no can haz cheezburger.

In paradise.

hit and run on January 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

IMHO … You still don’t get it .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

:Shrug: We’ll agree to dis-agree on the subject…but im sure we’ll BOTH agree that Taylor’s comment is about what to be expected from Liberals.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

- Samuel Adams

Resist We Much on January 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

JT, love your music, hate your politics. Now, shut up and sing already.

College Prof on January 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Ok , on that we can agree .
I was wrong about the person .
I intended to offend no one .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Gun free zone, restrictions already in place. The Newtown shooter was committing a crime just bringing that gun on campus, yet wasn’t deterred. As a matter of fact, he was emboldened because he knew there would be no one there to oppose him. We didn’t have these things occur before such restrictive laws. Makes lone think that maybe these laws are a contributing factor.

If someone is bent on mayhem, they will commit it, whether they can get a gun or not. A large vehicle for example is even more lethal than a firearm.

AZfederalist on January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Now, I’m a napalm bomb, baby
Just guaranteed to blow your mind
Yeah, I’m a napalm bomb for you, baby
Oh, guaranteed, just guaranteed to blow your mind
And if I can’t have your love for my own (now)
Sweet child, won’t be nothing left behind
It seems how lately, baby
Got a bad case steamroller blues

Sounds like violent hate speech only a deranged stalker would use. Take away James Taylor’s free speech rights now! He’s a threat to society!

Fenris on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

10 degrees F here. And I am not in a “cold” spot.
Bishop would say I am in a heat wave.

Understand it is hot down under. Drink water.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Should change soon – think global warming.
We had our cold snap a week ago (Colorado), but forecast is a high of 63 today and 70 tomorrow.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

If you really wanna ask JT a tough question –
ask him why he hasn’t made a decent record since 1981 (with the possible exception of about 60% of 2002′s October Road).

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Just another Useful Idiot with marginal musical talent.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on January 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Ok , on that we can agree .
I was wrong about the person .
I intended to offend no one .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

None taken, really. JT remarks are about what you would expect from most (not all, hopefully) of the Entertainment establishment that think that every sound they utter is worthy of recording.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

We should ban all aging rock stars from offering public opinion on politics.

Dennis D on January 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

My opinion – this moron doesn’t qualify as a rock star. I never could stand his music.

Carly Simon gave up some of her freedom when she married James Taylor. He used to beat the crap out of her.

Screw him.

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I’d like to see clips of Carly Simon talking about her history with JT interleaved into this interview. That would give a much better picture of JTs real attitude about violence.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The Newtown shooter was committing a crime just bringing that gun on campus, yet wasn’t deterred.

AZfederalist on January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That’s probably a bit of an understatement – he shot his way in.

GWB on January 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

Done. Ban all live James Taylor concerts so that no one risks their life driving to and from the show. If only one life is saved, it’s worth it.

xblade on January 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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