Mandeville, LA – This essay and audio recording, written and recorded by: Mike Church ©2014. This work originally appeared at the Daily Caller and is presented in the unedited form Mr. Church submitted in.
01 May, 2014 – I am still staring in disbelief at the TV that just broadcast NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement that Donald Sterling has been fined $2.5 MILLION and banned from the NBA for life. The Red, White & Blue NBA logos, framing Silver brings the whole, sad affair together and styles it as the first days of the French revolution, 2014. The NBA could at least pay the estate of Phillip K Dick a royalty for bringing into professional life the world created in “The Minority Report” by Dick. What an ironic choice of words that was for the title! Robespierre’s rotting carcass & burning Soul finally have something to smile about but let’s hope it takes the Chinese a few months to mold then sharpen the blades on the Guillotines they must surely be building for American thought police who now have every excited hope their utopian dreams, our nightmare, will come true.
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What was even more shocking, if that’s possible, was Kevin Johnson’s grave dance afterward. Johnson gloated over Silver’s Solomonizing saying the decision was one “where sports provides a place for fundamental change on how our country should think and act.” So, secretly recorded, private conversations that reveal Sterling’s knuckle headed opinion on whom his adulteress should be taking Instagram pics with, are the source of “fundamental change?!” Never mind that nary a soul is morally outraged over Sterling’s adulteress, there’s no “zero tolerance” counseled for breaking God’s 6th & 9th Commandments. There is no concern for the adulteress’s NSA like abridging of her concubine’s privacy and trust. Why not? “Well, there is an aged, wealthy, white guy to be pilloried here, to the gallows, men!”
The fact is that we have now reached the era when Catholics cannot own tech companies, see Brendan Eich and bigots cannot own sports franchises thanks to the NBA. Religious belief precludes the former and racial preference the latter. Back to Hizzoner, Mayor Kevin Johnson. After the Obamaesque “fundamental change” part of his sermon, he then went on to establish the new rules we’re all expected to live by. “This is also a statement about where we are as a country. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional basketball player worth millions of dollars or a man or woman who works hard for their family. There will be zero tolerance for institutional racism, no matter how rich or powerful.” I wonder what other thoughts are on the short list of Johnson’s “zero tolerance” proclamation? Since history shows us that is a moving goalpost let’s explore what we are currently assured will NOT be on the zero tolerance list. Racism when directed at white people and the bigotry of hedonistic pagans directed at Christians. Let’s deal with black on white racism and the 100% tolerance policy practiced by Johnson and his ilk.
Exactly 6 years ago this week, Barrack Obama, publicly spoke out against his former pastor of 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright had been embroiled in a simmering controversy over recorded sermons where he thundered “no no no, not God Bless America; God d–n America!” In a 2008 press conference discussing the issue Wright doubled down on his vitriol, condemning the U.S government for inventing the HIV virus “as a means of genocide” against African Americans. In his “denouncement” of Wright, Obama said “And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing.” That’s precisely what they were. The President never bothered to address Wright’s “genocide” charge, nor did he address Wright’s “sermons” where he quoted the Black Liberation theologian James Cone.
Cone’s view of white people is expressed in his works published since the 1960’s, here’s a small sample from 1990’s A Black Theology of Liberation, used by Wright. “If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community… Black theology will accept only the love of a God who participates in the destruction of the white enemy.” Obama sat in the pews and absorbed this violent racism for 20 years, but after learning of Sperling’s “racist remarks” while in Malaysia, Obama sounded the alarm bells. “[W]e constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.” So the “zero tolerance” threshold used byJohnson and Obama,is a one-way street. But Obama’s complicity on the Sperling exorcism and complicity with Wright is not a solo act. Also joining the fray is 2008 Obama endorser Oprah Winfrey, telling CBS This Morning that Sterling had a “plantation mentality in the 21st century” and that “[s]omething has to be done…like, now,” about it. I take that to mean that friends of Sterling, who attend his parties, fly his personal jet or share his bed should stop doing so, taking their cues from Oprah.
You see, Winfrey also attended Wright’s church until her popularity on TV began to rise. Then, according to sources quoted in a Newsweek story, Winfrey bailed on Wright because “[s]he’s always been aware that her audience is very mainstream, and doing anything to offend them just wouldn’t be smart.” In other words, Wright’s repugnant use of the pulpit to cry for violence against white Americans didn’t rise to the Oprah threshold of “[s]omething has to be done [about it]…like, now.” Surely a universal policy of “zero tolerance” for any act of racism would have sent Oprah, post-Wright sermon, to a screening of Steel Magnolias with a warning of imminent danger! No, the talk-show diva would hold her fire until the prospect of owning an NBA franchise required it.
[David] Geffen told ESPN Tuesday of [Oprah]Winfrey “…thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own a [NBA] franchise.” Here’s a question, why isn’t it a great thing for an important white American, say Willie Robinson of Duck Dynasty to own a [NBA] franchise?
A mere two days after demanding that “something be done about Sperlin, like now” WInfrey admitted she was hot after Sperling’s most prized possession: ownership of the L.A. Clippers. Through her spokesperson Winfrey beamed. “Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available.” Mirabile dictu! (speak of miracles) what a coincidence, the team has become available, thanks in part to Oprah’s celebrity being loudly added to the mob’s roar for Sperling’s head. Listening to the skin-color co-ordinated discussions of who ought to own the Clippers now that it’s been established that aging, white, knuckleheads can’t produces a narrative of what is really going on here and it has everything to do with “racism” as in “hostile takeover by racism”. Geffen told ESPN Tuesday that Winfrey “…thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own a franchise.” Here’s a question, why isn’t it a great thing for an important white American, say Willie Robinson of Duck Dynasty to own a franchise? Hmmm, let’s listen to NBA Commish Adam Silver explain the evolving qualifications for NBA franchise ownership, “As you know, we have an African-American primary owner in the league right now. Shaquille O’Neal just became a small owner of the Sacramento Kings. David Robinson is an owner of the San Antonio Spurs. Vivek Ranadive, a person of color born in Mumbai, India, just became the primary owner of the Sacramento Kings. So I believe we have a very diverse league, but I’d always like to see it become more diverse.” Really?
On PBS’s Newshour Tuesday evening, Grantland’s Charles Pierce demands that Silver carry the diversity torch and pitchforks to Orlando and show “zero tolerance” toward the Devos family that owns the Orlando Magic. Why on earth would Pierce advise this course? “On another venture, what does Adam Silver do now, for example, with the DeVos family in Orlando, which funds anti-gay candidates and anti-gay issue ads all over the country, as well as owning the Orlando Magic? Does he talk to them? This is an entirely new world. And if we’re going to step into it, let’s step all the way into it.” So what is really going on here is a perverse for of wealth re-distribution that Marx himself would be ashamed of. Identify groups of philosophically or politically opinionated people who are pronounced unworthy of ownership and then use this unworthiness, promoted by a media that lathers the allegedly “offended” into a frenzy, to seize the property by any means necessary and then anoint new owners who are worthy. Some are saying “this is how the free market settles discrimination without government getting involved.” Oh yeah, then explain the permanent subsidy at least 15 of 29 NBA franchises operate under with their tax-financed palaces? This despite the fact the class of scientific soothsayers known as economists now reject, 85-15 the sanity of subsidies for pro-sports franchises. Yet the government is involved at every level of that on-going scam of the citizenry, why would they want to crash their own party?
While it may be true that at one level the “Free Market” settled this “discrimination” because the NBA isn’t a wholly subsidized subsidiary of the government the case for that discrimination is dubious. It is non-sensical that a function of the market is 1. Pay me fantastical sums of money for my sports service and then 2. In all deeds and all thoughts subordinate yourself to my existence in all its forms and to all those who RESEMBLE me. That sounds more like a cult ready to hop the next comet that comes close enough to earth for us to see its tail. A cult that is laughing all the way to a bank built on the current and future misfortunes of those that will suffer under the bogus new “zero tolerance” edict. There’s only one, sure-fire way to combat this, turn the people away from the false god of sports and back to the real God of All who plays in his own stadium, never changes the rules and is willing to die to save our children’s souls. He sounds like an owner any civilization with sanity would love to play for.
Mike Church is a New Orleans native and a radio host appearing daily on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel. He is an author and editor of “Patrick Henry-American Statesman” and is the writer and director of 7 Docudramas on American history including “The Spirit of ‘76” and the recently released “Times That try Men’s Souls-Washington’s Crossing”.