Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ok, Hoist

Thankfully, this may remain on the internet for some time:

Mr. D'souza keeps showing up on the teevee even after having been indicted for election law fraud. He seems to revel in the victimhood situation, wallowing and splashing like a 4-year-old in one of those plastic backyard play-pools. Meanwhile, the Clippers won their series with the Warriors last night, and Mr. Sterling says "I shoulda just paid her off." Given what Rollie Massimino reported that Sterling said to him in 1983:

...Anyhow, according to Phipps, Massimino boarded the jet, and when he landed in Los Angeles he exited the walkway and spotted Sterling. “They met,” said Phipps, “and between 3 and 4 in the morning my phone rings.” It was an irate Massimino. “I’m sorry,” he told Phipps, “but I’d never work for that son of a bitch. Ever.”

Phipps, half asleep, sat up on his bed and asked what went wrong. “Here’s this guy,” Massimino said, “and he has this blonde bimbo with him, they have a bottle of champagne, they’re tanked. And Don looks at me and he says, ‘I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers.’”

Massimino told Phipps he began screaming at Sterling and swore he’d rather die than become coach of the Clippers....

I guess I'm still glad the Clippers won last night, although the Warriors are a great team too, and have an embattled black coach who, unlike Doc Rivers, is likely going to be fired for Steve Kerr (according to reports). But why in the world did Mr. Rivers take the damn job in the first place? This Massimino story was out there for many many years, as well as so much more (just do the google on Sterling).

The Sterling story isn't over either. Apparently he likes to fight, and given our current Supreme Court, which seems to put money and property above all else, I won't really be surprised to find that in this great land of ours a person like Mr. Sterling cannot be removed from his property for the reasons Mr. Silver has offered. Silver has dumped Sterling. Eventually, Sterling may well dump Silver. Since all these black players found a way to work for the guy already, when they surely had heard about his obnoxious racist attitudes, will they now manage to screw their courage to the sticking place?

The truth is, this country lavishly rewards those who sell their souls for the big green. Carlos and Smith came home in '68 to death threats. In 2005 their act of protest earned them a statue at their alma mater, San Jose State University. The millionaire athletes can, of course, erect their own statues if they choose. Mr. Sterling clearly believes that would be the same thing.

By the way, only a month ago former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said this to the public:

In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld complained that relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai had gone “downhill like a toboggan” under the current president, even though the Bush administration’s ties with the Afghan leader had been “first rate.”

“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense ranted angrily. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement.”

“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he added. “It does not take a genius.”

Granted, Mr. Rumsfeld holds no current position from which he can be catapulted into oblivion, and Errol Morris has already made abundantly clear to any who care what Mr. Rumsfeld is all about. Perhaps Rumsfeld's remarks are just another example among literally thousands and thousands of the true nature of the Fox enterprise. We have invited Goebbels into our midst.

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