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The Racism of an NBA Team Owner and the Long Knives of the Press

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

DonSterlingWe had quite a weekend our here in Southern California over the LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s private conversation with his mistress in which she goaded him into an incoherent racist rant. Subsequent mass outrage has cost him ownership of the team and a lifetime ban from the NBA. Good riddance to Donald Sterling in professional basketball.

However, the LA City Council is requesting all local papers to stop accepting ads from his companies (he owns tons of rental properties, 100s — 1000s?) So the question comes up, “Does a private conversation now rise to the occasion as to being the basis for destroying a person’s livelihood?”

KareemTo my mind, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Lakers center, has the most rational take on the entire circus. He has lived with, studied and written about racism in America his entire life and sees much to be concerned about in the press melee that converged on Sterling.

Abdul-Jabbar, perhaps channeling his closet libertarianism, also blasted the fact that Sterling’s private conversation — however racist — was suddenly broadcast nationwide.

“Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way?” he asked, comparing the secret tape-recording to Mitt Romney’s embarrassing 47 percent remark, recorded without the then-candidate’s knowledge.

“The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime,” Abdul-Jabbar fumed. “We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.”

“So, if we’re all going to be outraged,” the former NBA star concluded, “let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

Guess the next question to be asked is, “Who’s next?”

 

Giving Thanks to Our Veterans On This Special Day

Friday, November 11th, 2011
Happy Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day we honor all those who have served their country making the many sacrifices for the rest of us so that WE can enjoy the benefits of freedom and justice for all.

Memorial Day 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Memorial Day 2007

Today once again we pause to remember all those who gave up everything
they would ever be so that we could . . . just be.

Our eternal gratitude is owed to the fallen, to those that served and made it home,
and to our men and women in uniform who are out there getting it done every day.

Old Glory 2009

Glenn Beck’s Brillant CPAC Keynote Speech — Watch . . . Learn . . . Repent . . . Act!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Yesterday I was totally blown away while watching Glenn Beck’s CPAC keynote speech. Intending to have Fox News on the tube for background noise as I cleaned the fridge and put away the marketing purchases, I simply had to stop, sit and watch this nearly 1 hour tour de force. Leaving very few, if any, stones unturned while castigating both Democrats and Republicans alike for their profligate-spending and ignorance, or pure indifference to our Constitution, Beck delivered the goods.

I like Beck, am thoroughly entertained by his antics on his show and am loving his book. However, I had no idea that he could deliver such a powerful alter-call for coming back to true Conservatism. Anthony Del Pellegrino over at the Politics section of Gather.com puts it this way:

Beck’s almost hour long keynote address was both eloquent and hard-hitting. It was packed with intelligent humor, powerful prose as well as inspirational poetry. From beginning to end, the speech was brutally honest and profoundly accurate.
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Beck touched just about every fundamental aspect of life in America that we have twisted and turned into a politically correct, dysfunctional society that attempts to put a cap on success and deem competition a sin. He drew a clear picture of a nation that is being steered by a government of nearsighted drivers who are more concerned with the sights and sounds along the side of the road than they are with what is right in front of them.

Spend an hour with Glenn Beck — it just might be the most important hour you experience this year.

The American Value System As Explained by Dennis Prager

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Radio talk-show host and conservative columnist Dennis Prager has a series of 5-minute lectures that he calls Prager University.

I recommend starting with The American Trinity, in which he explains that “E Pluribus Unum”, “In God We Trust” and “Liberty”, all three found on our coinage, are the foundations that make for American Exceptionalism.

“E Pluribus Unum” — Out of many, one.

“In God We Trust” — Our national value system comes from a “Creator”, not from mankind.

“Liberty” — In the U.S., we are all born equal, but after that we have the freedom to become whatever our talent, work ethic and luck allows.

As opposed to the European value system, which holds that ALL must be equal throughout their lives. Values remember, not realities — at least not for the ruling classes in the EU.

Plus, lectures on men/women issues, human nature, happiness as a moral obligation and on the belief in God — Well worth yours and my time.

Thanks, Dennis!