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ESPN and ‘The Map’

 

The other morning, ESPN was reporting on the Chinese/NBA flap and used a map that shows nine dotted lines that encompass Taiwan and other territorial claims of the Communist Chinese that no other nation recognizes.

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Hey, we finally we have a good martini and it only took us until Thursday! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate a bipartisan group of lawmakers blasting the NBA for kowtowing to China. They also slam the Biden campaign for whining that the New York Times is making […]

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Is Free Speech Compatible with Free Trade in China?

 

American populists already blame free trade for costing their country jobs and industrial might. Now they blame it for curtailing freedom of speech. The argument: If the US and Chinese economies weren’t so intertwined, then China couldn’t “export” its authoritarian values by using its huge market power to strong–arm American companies.

Populists correctly note that the NBA’s rebuke of a Houston Rockets official’s pro-Hong Kong democracy tweet is hardly the first instance of Beijing trying to use its financial influence on foreign companies to shape global opinion — especially regarding Hong Kong, Taiwan, and its Uighur reeducation camps. As one China expert told The Washington Post, the Chinese communists don’t tolerate dissent on these issues inside China, “and increasingly they are not tolerating dissent on these issues outside China.”

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Bring signs to games? Make comments on NBA teams social media pages? Freedom or wokeness?  More

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The search is still on for a good martini this week. Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the Turkish military striking Kurdish targets just two days after the U.S. announced it would move forces out of the area so Turkey could attack one of our closest allies […]

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NBA’s China Troubles Show Hard Choices Forced Upon American Firms

 

One way to pitch a Hollywood screenplay is by combining two existing works. “Think of it as Wolverine meets Lincoln.” Apparently this actually happens. Anyway, the descriptive technique also pops up elsewhere. The geopolitical tangle — economic, military, ideological — that is China can be expressed as “the Soviet Union meets 1980s Japan.”

Dealing with such a multidimensional challenge is difficult, as the NBA just found out. Its apologetic stance toward China over a Houston Rocket official’s pro-democracy tweet — “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” — has brought Americans together as few if any recent issues have. The bipartisan outrage over that apology parallels the growing bipartisan consensus that US foreign policy toward China needs a significant course correction.

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No bad martinis in sight today. Nope, we’ve got all crazy ones for you! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as outspoken liberal Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr suddenly has no opinion on China throwing a fit over one pro-Hong Kong tweet from a general […]

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We’ve got nothing but bad martinis today. Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are frustrated by President Trump ordering the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, even as Turkey specifically says it wants us gone so it can attack our Kurdish allies who did more than anyone else in the […]

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Imagine that you are one of the most successful and richest black men in America. You’re adored by millions for your athletic skills. You’re on the covers of magazines and the subject of glowing television profiles. And you use that celebrity to rail against the President of the United States as being racist, a threat […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Senate Republicans expressing major reservations over the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs against Mexico. They also discuss Parkland Officer Scot Peterson facing criminal charges for his non-response to the Stoneman-Douglas High School shooting and wonder whether the charges are appropriate for […]

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Rule 21

 

It hangs in every clubhouse from the low minors to the major leagues — a giant poster with the headline:

TO PLAYERS AND MANAGERS
THIS IS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL RULE 21, REGARDING GAMBLING, etc.

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This week Bridget welcomes Paul Shirley, former NBA player, published author, and founder of Writers Blok, a communal workspace for writers in Los Angeles. Paul talks about the role sports play in helping us learn to fail, operating at peak capacity, how having too much free time can be paralyzing and why being a people-pleaser […]

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The protests during the playing of the National Anthem before NFL games was the straw that broke the NFL’s back. It looks as if the NBA could be next: http://www.fox5ny.com/news/some-nba-teams-played-negro-national-anthem-at-games More

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Protesting Pro Athletes: It’s a Two-Way Street, Isn’t It?

 

President Trump, not one to be shy about his opinions, after recently commenting on how soft professional football has become at a rally in Huntsville, AL, has amplified the professional athlete national anthem protest kerfuffle by declaring:

But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.

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Trump Leaves Transgender Debate to States, 4th Circuit Attacks 2nd Amendment, Fleecing of the Kings

 

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud the Trump administration for rescinding Pres. Obama’s demand that all public schools embrace transgender accommodation and leaving the issue to states or local school districts. They also slam the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that any gun can be banned if it’s “useful for military service.” And David vents about the one of the worst trades in NBA history.

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Sudden Disparate Impact

 

I showed up fifteen minutes early this morning at the office of Thomas “Red” Perez, Secretary of Labor. I was nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs because D.O.L. had seized my onshore bank accounts and my wife’s flex fuel Vespa. D.O.L. also had placed liens on my house. In fact, when I left home at 7:00 a.m., I had to dodge big SEIU scholars in purple shirts liening on my stately front porch columns.

So, I did what my late father told me after he passed away recently, I went to the very top.

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With a 125-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the final game of the NBA regular season, the Golden State Warriors finished the 2015-2016 season 73-9, besting the 72-10 regular season won-loss record set by the Chicago Bulls 20 years ago. So does this singular achievement make the Warriors the best ever? More

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According to Investors Business Daily, Obama wants to be the UN General Secretary after he departs the White House. Being president of the USA is apparently small potatoes for him. It is not his intellect that is huge, but rather his ambition. Whatever the future holds for the United States, it will be interesting to […]

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Can the NBA Bounce Donald Sterling?

 

Now that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and all the NBA owners are, for a thousand good reasons, determined to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league, the obvious legal question is whether they have the power to force that sale. In this case, it looks as though it’s a split decision.

Section 13 of the NBA Constitution and By-Laws sets the grounds for termination, and, as argued on Fox Sports, these do not seem to include any clause that allows the league to terminate membership on the ground that the conduct of an owner has been detrimental to the good will and reputation of the NBA. Yet that same constitution explicitly blocks any recourse to the courts once a final decision is made. Let’s unpack both points. 

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NBA Commissioner Bans Spike Lee for Life—Brian Watt

 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the following statement today at a press conference in response to racist, incendiary public comments — and an action that resulted in death threats directed at completely innocent people — by filmmaker Spike Lee, who currently holds a position with Sirius XM NBA Radio, joint venture of the NBA and Sirius XM.

“The views expressed by Mr. Lee are deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from someone who derives financial compensation from the NBA only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.

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