Letters from the Lunar Outpost

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.
- Cicero, Great Roman Orator, Politician, and Philosopher (B.C. 106-43)

Monthly Archives: April 2014

Donald Sterling and the Death of Free Speech

“Donald Sterling and the Death of Free Speech” … You really think I’m going to argue that Sterling’s ouster from the NBA is an attack on free speech? Nah, that headline is just some blatant click bait on my part.

You talk about a burning topic, this whole Donald Sterling drama has inspired more discussion here at my work than any story that’s hit the news stream through the 13 months I’ve been here. (And just to be clear, I’m on lunch break right now.)

There’s no shortage of opinions both here at my work and on the Internet as well. What really strikes me though is how widespread a certain misconception is . . .

People are asking, “No matter how bad his racism is, how can you punish Donald Sterling for speaking his mind?” Some are even going so far as to call it the death of free speech in America.

Here’s what people are missing: the First Amendment was created to protect the right of people to speak freely and not be censored by the government. The key part being that, like every other inalienable right defined in the Constitution, it was put there to protect you and me from the government.

Now look at things from the perspective of the private entity known as the National Basketball Association. Put yourself in the shoes of the other twenty-nine owners and all the people employed by the league. If Donald Sterling is out there making racist comments telling his girlfriend not to bring them black people to his team’s games and those comments are made public (regardless of whether it was recorded illegally) once those comments become public, if the NBA does nothing about it or gives this billionaire owner nothing more than a million dollar slap on the wrist, how many people are going to say, “To hell with the NBA! Why should I spend my money on a league that allows a team owner to spout that racist garbage?”

Sponsors were already bailing out on the Clippers left and right, but beyond those sponsors, for the league as a whole, it’s easy to imagine thousands of fans choosing not to spend their money supporting a league that failed to show to the world that it has a zero tolerance policy towards racism.

If the NBA were to lose even a small portion of its fan base, now you’re not just talking about lost sponsors for one team, you’re talking about revenue lost throughout the entire league. That’s something that would impact everyone in the NBA, from the owners and the suits in the front offices, through the players negotiating contracts in a league with dwindling revenues, all the way to the rank and file working the ticket booths and concession stands.

I have to give major props to league commissioner Adam Silver. The NBA has every right to police it’s own and they did exactly what they had to do and I’m going to call it right now, when the vote comes and Donald Sterling is judged by a jury of his peers, those other twenty-nine owners will be voting unanimously in telling Donald Sterling not to be bringing his racist ass to their games.

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Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Donaldgate is that one woman's life is ruined.  How can V. Stiviano ever recover from being introduced to America as the woman who was willing to sleep with THAT guy - Donald Sterling - just so she can live a lavish ifestyle?

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the release of the Donald Sterling tape is that one woman’s life is ruined. How can V. Stiviano ever recover from being introduced to America as the woman who was willing to sleep with THAT guy – Donald Sterling – just so she can live a lavish lifestyle? She did it to herself, but it’s still pretty sad.

So yesterday, a secret recording was released of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling in which he was exposed as a full-blown racist:

– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

– “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that . . . and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)

– ”I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

– “…Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)

Source: The Daily Caller via TMZ

No way you can walk back those comments. And in a sick way, I bet you Donald Sterling probably thinks of himself as a liberated mind, you see, he doesn’t have any hangups if his girl is having sex with them black folks (interracial sex is usually the biggest nightmare in the minds of these mental defectives) no, he doesn’t care if you sleep with them, he just doesn’t want to have to see it or hear about it on social media and at his sports arena. Seriously, I bet he really believes that somehow makes him a bit elevated from your garden variety racist.

When the story broke, after I got past the nausea and disgust that people like this still are still walking the earth and have yet to be completely shamed into non-existence, my very next thought was, “Please don’t let him be a Republican, please don’t let him be a Republican . . . ” While I know that racists come in all shapes, sizes and party affiliations, if this guy had turned out to be a Republican, the media would never let us hear the end of it.

Well, if you want to know what political party someone subscribes to, just follow the money. It turns out that racist Donald Sterling is on the books as having donated to disgraced California Democrat Governor Gray Davis, he’s donated to Democrat Senator Leahy, the lefty from Vermont, as well Democrat senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

So he’s donated to Democrats and no one but Democrats. How else can you tell that Don is a dyed in the wool Dem?

This is only one of many examples in recent memory of Democrats showing their true inner racist when they didn’t know they were being recorded:

150 years ago, the nation was fighting a war to liberate blacks from Democrat plantation owners, today the NBA has to liberate itself from a Democrat team owner. On both moral grounds and from a purely business standpoint, there is no way the NBA can allow itself to continue associating with an owner who is on public record spewing that level of bigotry.

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CNN - The Most Trusted Name in Propaganda

CNN – The Most Trusted Name in Propaganda

Well looky, looky here – with their 8-hour docuseries, “Chicagoland”, it looks like CNN has just been caught manufacturing a propaganda piece and falsely selling it to their viewers as a documentary.

More than 700 emails show that the production team, led by executive producer Marc Levin, worked with the mayor’s team to develop storylines, arrange specific scenes and review news releases for what was billed as an unscripted documentary series. In one email asking for more access to Emanuel, Levin wrote they were seeking more time with the mayor not to show his weaknesses “but instead to show the best of who he is and what he is doing.”

Source: politico

That’s what passes for news reporting now on CNN. You talk about a sleazy attempt to manipulate hearts and minds, this is it: the producers of “Chicagoland” secretly collaborating with Mayor Emanuel’s administration, behind the scenes, working hand in hand with them on the production. Even after the release of these damning emails, CNN is still trying to deny the collaboration.

Here’s just one sickening sample of the hero worshiping agenda driving the show:

Creator and executive producer Marc Levin made a pitch to the mayor’s office last May as Emanuel’s hand-picked school board was two days away from a vote to close nearly 50 schools. “This is a real opportunity to highlight the Mayors leadership – his ability to balance the need for reform and fiscal reality with compassion for affected communities and concern for the safety of Chicago’s school children,” Levin wrote of the school closings to Emanuel senior adviser David Spielfogel and two press aides. “We need the mayor on the phone in his SUV, in city hall with key advisers and his kitchen cabinet and meeting with CPS head BBB (Barbara Byrd-Bennett) and with CPD (Superintendent Garry) McCarthy.”

source: Chicago Tribune

Can we now please stop using CNN as the one remaining example of a station outside of Fox that isn’t a full-fledged member of the Obama State Media?

Let’s just call it for what it is, the Non-Fox News in America has become as one-sidedly leftist as anything you’d find in the state-controlled medias of China, North Korea, Russia or Iran. You could read through 1984 all over again and still be hard pressed to find anything worse in the Ministry of Truth than the steaming piles of propaganda we’re being fed today.

Journalism is dead. Cheerleading has taken its place.And yet, this is only a small glimpse, just a tiny taste of how bad things are going to get when the media starts ramping up their campaign for Hillary in 2016. CNN and NBC may have been forced to cancel their loving tributes to, er . . . I mean, their documentaries on Hillary (and you can only imagine just how horribly blatant those puff pieces were going to be to force them to get scrapped) but you can be fully assured the pro-Clinton propaganda machine will be in full force in the coming months and what they’ll be airing will be even more insidious, because they’ll be doing everything they can to pass off their cheerleading for Hillary as legitimate news reporting.

Journalism is dead and cheerleading has taken its place.In 2008, the media anointed a young radical from Chicago and with all the enthusiasm they could muster, they made history by helping propel one of the least qualified candidates ever into the presidency. In 2012, they managed to convince America to double-down on four years of failure. Old Media news in the form of TV, magazines and newspaper is already headed the way of the MSNBC and the dinosaurs, but we still need to do everything we can to limit their damage by hastening their demise.

Journalism is dead. Cheerleading has taken its place.The activist pigs who run the American media have made a conscious decision to abandon all the ideals they were supposed to uphold when it comes to journalism and objectivity. Now it’s our turn. Everyone of us who cares about making sure we have a free and open debate in America must do our part to expose these gross manipulators of the media. We must shame them and humiliate them for abandoning journalism and replacing it with cheerleading.

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If you’re still scrambling to get your taxes out by tomorrow’s deadline, instead of cursing yourself, perhaps you should be congratulating yourself.

Most tax advisors say the later you file, the less likely your chances of an audit. Some go one step further and say you should even file for extensions as most returns are already selected for auditing in a given tax year by the latest extension deadline of October 15th.

Remember, though, that if you owe taxes, you are still expected to pay by April 15th or face penalties. Even if you’re not sure of the amount you’ll owe or if you don’t have the money to pay, send along a check for a small amount, even $10, with your promptly-filed return to show good faith on your part and lower future tax penalties.

Source: Legal Zoom, 10 Ways to Avoid a Tax Audit

Wouldn’t you know the one year I push aside my procrastinating ways and do my taxes well ahead of time, I come across this bit of information?

Now the Good Lord knows that I have nothing to hide, but even if you do feel confident that you have all your ducks in a row, an audit by the IRS has got to rank as more trying and invasive than a proctology exam.

There aren’t many things humans are better equipped to do than making excuses for procrastinating. If you’re expecting a refund, go ahead and file early, but for those who are going to owe, no excuse making needed here, now you’ve got a totally legit reason to put off filing until the very last minute.

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Derrick Gordon Likes PenisDerrick Gordon has become the latest athlete that no one had ever heard of until he announced to the world that he’s gay.

Like his rainbow Nike hashtag shirt proudly proclaims, this is all about a man’s desire to be true to who he is.

Gordon explained it this way: “I just didn’t want to hide anymore, in any way. I didn’t want to have to lie or sneak. I’ve been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, ‘Why not me?'”

source: ESPN

It must be difficult to know that you’re gay but feel like you have to act straight just to try to fit in with your teammates. So good for him, Derrick Gordon can now #betrue to who he is. Now can we as a society please just fast forward to the point where this is no longer a big deal?

So he likes the penis. Big deal. I don’t like the penis myself, but I do like women and most women like the penis so how can I look down at someone just because they like the penis?

You know what I’m looking forward to? I’m looking forward to the time when this is no longer a big deal. I have a dream that all of us will one day live in a nation where a college or pro athlete can come out of the closet and it won’t even merit a headline.

Seriously, I’m tired of all these coming out stories clogging up my newsfeed.

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