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April 29, 2014 - 12:48 pm

The National Basketball Association has the right to accept and reject the owners of its franchises, so there don’t seem to be any First Amendment issues with the actions that Commission Adam Silver took today when he issued Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban. The NBA has a brand to protect. The teams are franchises. The NBA isn’t the government. The NBA doesn’t want Donald Sterling as a franchise holder, it doesn’t have to have Donald Sterling as a franchise holder. I’m sure this will end up in court, but it all starts with what the NBA deems unacceptable from its franchise owners.

But the Los Angeles City Council is government. And now it is now wading into a situation that the NBA has already taken care of, and in a particularly odious way.

Government colluding with media to go after a private citizen who has not been accused of any actual crime other than thoughtcrime.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to back the NBA’s decision to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling from games and practices for life, condemning racist remarks attributed to Sterling and demanding a personal apology to Magic Johnson and all Angelenos.

Fine, so far.

The resolution, presented by Councilman Bernard C. Parks, also asked The Times and other newspapers to stop running ads for Sterling’s real estate empire and “alleged civic activities.” The Times had no immediate comment on the request to drop Sterling’s advertisements.

Whoa.

The LA government doesn’t need to do a thing. But its members clearly want to be seen doing something, even if it’s terrifying and illegal. They need to step back and stand down. They’re behaving like tyrannical clowns.

The resolution also called on the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP to revoke its nomination of Sterling for the NAACP Humanitarian Award. The award has already been withdrawn after the remarks attributed to Sterling were released by celebrity news website TMZ last week.

If anyone can come off looking worse than than a racist like Sterling, it’s opportunistic local political hacks. Congrats, LA!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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You know... the ACLU defended the rights of the Nazi Party to march through Skokie, when that suburb was filled with Holicaust survivors and their families.

BECAUSE...they said...the right to hold a personal belief...no matter how abhorrent, ensures that EVERYONE is protected. Defending Larry Flynt and graphic porn was based upon the same concept. Protect the right to offend, because then all else is embraced in freedom.

This guy had a "private" conversation with his "girlfriend" that was illegally taped. He did not march hatred down the street or put it on the newstands for public consumption.

You won't find anyone defending his right to hold private offensive thoughts. There will be no Woody Harrelson sympathetic portrayal of him. Or any ACLU lawyers banging down his doors to represent him.

I don't know where the line of hatred is drawn...I only know that hypocrites draw it.

The man gets no sympathy from me. And no protection of his rights from the guardians of "civil" ones. That is reserved for Nazis and pornographers...and the "correct" side of speech freedom.
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By this standard, they could add Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Sharpton, the black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific congressional tri-caucuses, Salon.com, and about 30 members of the Science Fiction Writers of America just for a warm up.

Unfortunately the deck is permanently stacked cuz bigotry only exists with power. Everyone else gets a "get out of the KKK" pass.
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I feel like I am watching a piece of the French Revolution in action, where the bloodthirsty mob sits and waits for the next victim/villain to be denounced. where anyone can denounce anyone else, and will for financial or political gain.
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What a great diversion from Reality, AKA
Bengazigate. The Lefto-media will run with
This for months...
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In the beginning, AG Holder called out Americans as cowards for not having a conversation about race; the fact that such a conversation is impossible aside, we're now having that conversation; so how's it going? The Knockout game and the white guy getting a beating from a black mob in Detroit not too long ago an't nuttin to an big-mouthed, ill-tempered, angry old white guy with a lot of money proving once and for all that racism is not only alive and well but flourishing. Holder must be tickled.
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Is the United States becoming a Stasi State? You don't need the NSA, just a lynch mob of hysterics railing against racist speech/thought crimes. Next we'll have the obligatory show trials -- where property can be confiscated and lives ruined. "Off to the Gulag" the new Democrat anthem.
33 weeks ago
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Becoming???
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I'm the eternal optimist...(let's see -- there's been the mob attacks on Phil Robinson, Paula Deen, Brendan Eich, etc, etc., for the crime of expressing heinously politically incorrect speech/thoughts...eventually, as "liberal tolerance" exponentially expands I expect more and more will be ensnared -- including good little Leftists.)
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You know... the ACLU defended the rights of the Nazi Party to march through Skokie, when that suburb was filled with Holicaust survivors and their families.

BECAUSE...they said...the right to hold a personal belief...no matter how abhorrent, ensures that EVERYONE is protected. Defending Larry Flynt and graphic porn was based upon the same concept. Protect the right to offend, because then all else is embraced in freedom.

This guy had a "private" conversation with his "girlfriend" that was illegally taped. He did not march hatred down the street or put it on the newstands for public consumption.

You won't find anyone defending his right to hold private offensive thoughts. There will be no Woody Harrelson sympathetic portrayal of him. Or any ACLU lawyers banging down his doors to represent him.

I don't know where the line of hatred is drawn...I only know that hypocrites draw it.

The man gets no sympathy from me. And no protection of his rights from the guardians of "civil" ones. That is reserved for Nazis and pornographers...and the "correct" side of speech freedom.
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And UCLA is going to return $3.4m Sterling was donating for a kidney center.
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Sounds like a misguided effort by the LACC to defuse racial tensions and keep Watts standing this summer. I don't think its going to work.
33 weeks ago
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By this standard, they could add Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Sharpton, the black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific congressional tri-caucuses, Salon.com, and about 30 members of the Science Fiction Writers of America just for a warm up.

Unfortunately the deck is permanently stacked cuz bigotry only exists with power. Everyone else gets a "get out of the KKK" pass.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
I feel like I am watching a piece of the French Revolution in action, where the bloodthirsty mob sits and waits for the next victim/villain to be denounced. where anyone can denounce anyone else, and will for financial or political gain.
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Actually, I feel like I am watching a (yet another) re-run of the French Revolution.

"The defining feature of communism in bloodthirstiness. Scratch a socialist and you will find a taste for the gulag."

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