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BREAKING: Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, OKs $2B sale of Clippers

A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling at a Los Angeles Clippers game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling at a Los Angeles Clippers game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks…(read more)

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Sterling Trial: Donald Takes the Stand

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[VIDEO] Robert Holguin’s report at abc7.com

LOS ANGELES (KABC) For abc7 reports: The day was described as intense, and at times bizarre and comedic. But almost every time Donald was asked a question, it resulted in a very angry response.

When Donald took the stand, he insulted his wife

On many occasions, Donald would deviate from the original line of questioning and would often insult his wife Shelly’s attorney. His answers at times were also very sarcastic.

“My wife can’t run anything. She’s beautiful and I love her, but she can’t run anything. I’m trying to generate as much success and revenue for my trust.”

— Donald Sterling

In one emotional moment during a break in court, Shelly walked over to Donald and hugged him. He then kissed her hand.

[Also see – Sterling Trial Begins; Donald Not Present]

But when Donald took the stand, he insulted his wife. Read the rest of this entry »


Sterling Trial Begins; Donald Not Present

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — For ABC7 Robert Holguin reports: After a morning delay, the trial that could make or break the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers got underway on Monday. But, Donald Sterling was nowhere to be found.

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[VIDEO] Watch Robert Holguin’s report here.

The legal battle between Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, was caught in a “procedural limbo” during the morning session, after his attorneys filed a motion to shift the case to federal court.

But a federal judge ruled the case did not belong in federal court and sent it back to probate court.

When the trial finally started late in the afternoon, attorneys wanted to hear first from Donald Sterling, who was not there. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Who wants to live in a world where the only place you can speak your mind is in your head?

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The Emerging Liberal Dystopia

For The Daily Caller, Allen Porter writes: You know things are bad when even a hardcore liberal ideologue like Bill Maher can not only see but publicly admit it.

In a recent installment of the infamous “New Rules” segment of the HBO show titled after himself, Maher tackled the trendy topic of the release of Donald Sterling’s recorded remarks. Only instead of falling in line with the mainstream liberal media’s inexorable march for political correctness in this as in all cases—instead of focusing on the “racist” dimension of Sterling’s comments, that is — Maher decided to buck the well-worn mantle of his ideology and, instead, focus on the real story. That is: instead of playing into the fabricated narrative predictably constructed by the pervasively liberal media, Maher saw what is really at stake in a case like this — namely free speech, privacy, and our Fourth Amendment rights.

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The terrifying reality is that we are on the verge of, and moving ever closer to, a liberal dystopia in which speech is directly policed, and thought thereby indirectly policed; one in which principles of political correctness replace moral standards as the ultimate criteria of normative evaluation; one in which the chilling effects on discourse has become a deep freeze. Maher himself made the perfect historical analogy during the May 9 show, which is somewhat ironic:

“Who wants to live in a world where the only place you can speak your mind is in your head? That’s what East Germany was like. That’s why we fought the Cold War, remember? So we’d never have to live in some awful limbo where you never knew who, even among your friends, was an informer. And now we’re doing it to ourselves.”

 

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Reality Check: Boko Haram and the Sultan of Brunei Couldn’t Care Less About Western Twitter Outrage

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For National Review Online, Victor Davis Hanson writes:

Nigeria’s homegrown, al-Qaeda linked militant group, Boko Haram, brags openly that it recently kidnapped about 300 young Nigerian girls. It boasts that it will sell them into sexual slavery.

What do we do in the face of 19th-century evil that is unapologetic, has lethal weapons at its disposal, and uses savage rhetoric to goad us? Tweet it to death?

Those terrorists have a long and unapologetic history of murdering kids who dare to enroll in school, and Christians in general. For years, Western aid groups have pleaded with the State Department to at least put Boko Haram on the official list of terrorist groups. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team was reluctant to come down so harshly, in apparent worry that some might interpret such condemnation as potentially offensive to Islamic sensitivities.savior-generals

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From Greece to Jerusalem to Rome to the Enlightenment to the Founding Fathers slowly grew a standard of human rights that could be applied to anyone, regardless of race, creed, or color. But that is still not how most of the non-Western world works today.

Instead, Western elites now flood Facebook and Twitter with angry postings about Boko Haram — either in vain hopes that public outrage might deter the terrorists, or simply to feel better by loudly condemning the perpetrators. Read the rest of this entry »


Attorney: 3rd Party Leaked Sterling Recording

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tami Abdollah reports: An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks said Thursday that the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ.

V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission, lawyer Siamak Nehoray said. He would not identify the friend.

Nehoray said she sent snippets of the conversation recorded on her phone electronically to her friend for safekeeping in case anything happened, but only two went through, Nehoray said.

He wouldn’t elaborate on what prompted her to send the recordings. Read the rest of this entry »


Future Clippers Owner: Tracy Morgan?

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Gut Check: Save the Lectures

As dyspeptic as Andy Rooney, as cranky as Mark Steyen, and as subversive as Andrew Breitbartwrites: In the interest of time (I’m nearly a half century old and have fewer years ahead than I’ve already swallowed up), I do my best to avoid black holes: what I call “time-suck” stories that are so murky and slippery you can’t make heads or tails of them. These stories are often most attractive precisely because their messiness lets you make them into anything you want.

[See Greg’s book: Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You at Amazon]

In the absence of grip, rage becomes the recipe, as media hacks like me become bombarded with shrill demands for coverage.gut_check “WHY AREN’T YOU COVERING THIS STORY?!!!” is the usual refrain, often linked to stories that start loud and end in a fizzle (the Million Muslim March, anyone?). Sometimes we should cover them; other times they should be covered with a blanket and labeled “not worth it.” You see this more in our Munchean era of the constant Scream, as the internet transforms into a chorus megaphone of endless complaint, directed at those the public wish to persuade. It’s a legitimate activity — if you’re concerned, why not rally people to a neglected cause? Other times, though, it drags simpletons like me down a hole. A black hole. I avoid these holes if I cannot answer a simple question with a definitive yes: “Do I add any clarity to this mess?” If it’s no, or an “I don’t know,” I skedaddle. I don’t want to make things worse. I don’t want people to get hurt. I don’t want people to look at me and say, “Thanks for nothing, asshole.” Some of my louder and even smarter pals might disagree, but the Bundy saga was a hole — one filled with quicksand that I had no interest in drowning in. So I avoided it. Others didn’t. I’m not as smart about land issues as some, but I know a swamp when I see it. The more I read about it, the less I understood. It’s like a Pynchon novel, only more entertaining. But there’s something just as bad as these rage lasagnas, in my opinion, and it’s something you should also ignore. I refer to lectures from the media about “cozying up to extremists.”Unknown Like the piece in the Washington Post by Dana Milbank, with a headline that says exactly that: “Bundy saga reveals the risk of cozying up to extremists.” Or another from the same paper by Kathleen Parker, that reads, “The GOP’s bad fling with Cliven Bundy.” I totally get the importance of vetting any subject to avoid looking stupid. But I wonder, how many in the media offered this sage advice as most of their ilk (and their liberal cohorts in politics) gave repeated, slobbering wet kisses to the Occupy movement, which — after awhile — was reduced to a dwindling bundle of anti-Semitics, lurid felons, and fecal squatters? You’d think the OWS movement would have been relegated to the dustbin of ridicule, but instead glowing anthologies retell the story of the movement, minus the other “movements.” Do the media ever level this warning about extremism when faced with the likes of Reverend Wright? Or Bill Ayers, who actually wanted to blow people up? What about Al Sharpton? Did anyone, beside the typical cranky right winger, ever tell our president, “Hey, maybe you shouldn’t really have this race-baiting charlatan at the White House?” I find Al’s outrage toward Don Sterling quaint. Say what you want about the gibbering Sterling, but he didn’t create horrible hoaxes that ruined lives or incite hate that found its way on the streets of New York. Read the rest of this entry »


TMZ Official: No Comment on Whether We Paid for Sterling Audio

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For the Washington PostErik Wemple writes: Ever since TMZ posted on Friday night its story about the recorded racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to V. Stiviano, news outlets had taken to calling those comments “alleged.” That’s an important bit of caution, given how easy it is for people to alter, fabricate and otherwise doctor audio — or anything that bubbles up on the Internet.

“The reason we were able to secure the tape is based purely on fact that we have an experienced news desk that has spent the years building a solid network of sources and contacts, and the fact that we got the tape was the result of those relationships over the years.”

— Evan Rosenblum, executive producer of TMZ

Yet Evan Rosenblum, executive producer of TMZ and TMZ Sports, didn’t put much credence in the whole “alleged” thing. “We spent eight days” vetting the tape before publication, “contacting everybody under the sun and doing our due diligence trying to vet this thing. It didn’t go up on the Web site until we were 100 percent sure it was authentic.”

After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today banned Sterling from the league, those “allegeds” will find their way to a speedy extinction. Read the rest of this entry »