April 28, 2014

Sterling: Set Up on Shakedown Street

Donald Sterling has been a civic embarrassment to Los Angeles for several decades. He's always been buying giant ads in the L.A. Times congratulating himself for winning some Champion of Diversity Award from some civil rights organization he paid off so he can continue to keep his Koreatown rental properties all Korean. 

As the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, he's been the Anti-Jerry Buss, the late owner of the LA Lakers. Both were real estate guys who got into NBA ownership. In fact, Buss suggested Sterling buy the Clippers. (Was this a devious plot on Buss's part to make sure the nearest rival to his Lakers had a terrible owner?)

But Buss always got the best and Sterling was content with the worst. Each hired a 1960s Lakers superstar as their, in effect, general managers for picking players, but Buss hired the ferociously-driven Jerry West while Sterling hired the genial but befuddled Elgin Baylor. Sterling then left Baylor in the general manager's role for 22 years, until poor Elgin was 74 years old. Baylor wracked up 20 losing seasons in 22 years.

Still, it was shameful of President Obama in Malaysia to denounce at length an edited private conversation that was clearly illegally obtained under California law. According to the Daily Mail, the mistress's lawyer, Mac Nehoray, says she has 100 hours of recordings. So, putting together a Greatest Gaffe's album is child's play, especially when she's clearly leading him on along lines recommended by her lawyer.

It's fascinating how few people have listened to or read the comments and figured out what's really going on. Commenter Ray explains:
Instagram photo Sterling objected
 to of his mistress and
Dodger slugger Matt Kemp
This article is nearer to the truth than anything the PC Media will vomit out.

A pathetic and rich old man, desperate for "love" (note the fake "honeys"), and desperate for others to perceive him as still Virile and Manly (thus, a young multikulti skank on his arm that he and the rest of TrendingLand consider 'hot').

He got completely played, and I agree, portions of their exchange smack of preparation and witness-leading. The whole episode has Perfect Storm signatures all over it, dovetailing seamlessly into the Evil White Male Racist/Sexist narrative that's ruled the western nations for four decades, bringing Barry Soetoro two terms as President of the Victimocracy.

This one smells of set-up. The speed with which the Minority Machine whirred into national action also was suspect. The announcers and commentators couldn't get the Korrekt denunciations outta their mouths fast enough. No one had context yet; no one really understood the background yet. But that didn't stop the usual Lemming Rush over each other to see who could denounce most convincingly and passionately the Racist America in which such Evil White Males still hold all the power, etc. And etc.

As Barry Boy hinted darkly, the U.S. is still full of Sterlings, thus there is Much More Still To Be Done before it's safe for Minorities and Women (U.S. females also live under a state of Siege and War, doncha know!) to take their fair place in a nation that stands for freedom, equality, and civil rights blah lie blah.

Half-a-century of disenfranchising, degrading, and denouncing the Evil White Male is starting to show diminishing returns. The Ecomony isn't thriving under Feminism and Diversity. Therefore it is time for the Evil White Males (preferably, very rich and public EWMs) to demonstrate directly to the Almighty People exactly how racist, misogynist, homophobic, LGBT-phobic, and Etc. the nation truly is. Result: rationalizations for continued (and escalated) cultural and legal beatdowns of the EWM, on a silver electronic platter.

All washed down smoothly and imperceptibly with a day-long draught of hoops and entertainment. They don't even realize that their minds just got windexed, and that their "beliefs" were just created for them, right in front of their own blind eyes.
    

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

ESPN led the way--it's as if every_single_anchor and broadcaster had been given a script.

If the Clippers had not made the playoffs, wonder when the ho and her attorney would have pulled this.

Svigor said...

If Sterling's a racist, he's a Jewish racist, not a European racist.

(Maybe the best way to insert this into mainstream conversations is "he's not racist! He's Jewish!"?)

It's interesting that he made such a fuss over all his Diversitism. Makes you wonder about all those other rich Jewish fellows and the fuss they make over their Diversitism.

Y'know, rich celebs don't always get Mel Gibsoned for being racist against blacks. Nobody seemed to care much when Paris Hilton got caught on tape calling a couple of nice black guys "the word which shall not be named." Or when Sean Penn's son used "the word which shall not be named" on a photographer (or whoever he was), at the drop of a hat, indicating it's the kind of word he's been hearing at home all his life.

Anonymous said...

If people have been lying in wait for Sterling it's because he's been a well-known scumbag for decades! Between the slumlordism, the cynical buying off of the LA Times and local civil rights groups, the really over-the-top sexual harassment of his employees, the moral bankruptcy of staying married while openly running around with young floozies, and of course the paying of the LA DA not to prosecute his son for shooting a friend in the back in an argument over a TV starlet, Sterling is richly deserving of the abuse he's getting now, setup or not.

Harry Baldwin said...

I've been listening to our president make pronouncements since 2008, and my impression is that they only time he displays sincere emotion is on the topic of racial grievance. When he was talking about Skippy Gates, Trayvon Martin, and Old Man Sterling, we hear the president expressing himself honestly. On virtually every other topic, he's just giving whatever performance he feels is called for.

Maybe I should amend that--when he's referring to those he regards as enemies, such as Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, he's also expressing his genuine emotion.

But he's just flapping his gums when he talks about his reverence for our nation's veterans, or his faith that the ACA will improve medical care, or his concern for the unemployed, or his belief that the economy is improving. None of that stuff touches him.

Jason Young said...

Maybe it's worth pointing out that the tapes were released during the Clippers' playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, a team owned in part by Peter Gruber, Magic Johnson's pal and fellow co-owner of the Dodgers.

Granted, this is extremely weak evidence of skullduggery, but it is suggestive. The timing of the release is more likely when mischief occurred than when it did not, etc.

Dave Pinsen said...

The part of Obama's response that was most facile and transparently ludicrous was his suggestion that Sterling's recorded comments were motivated by ignorance. As if an 81 year old self-made billionaire real estate developer in America's second largest city, one who has owned an NBA team for decades, would be ignorant of race.

Contra the quote from your commenter though, Chris Caldwell argued that the recent Supreme Court decision on Affirmative Action is effectively the beginning of the end of it.

Anonymous said...

""""Each hired a 1960s Lakers superstar as their, in effect, general managers for picking players, but Buss hired the ferociously-driven Jerry West while Sterling hired the genial but befuddled Elgin Baylor. Sterling then left Baylor in the general manager's role for 22 years, until poor Elgin was 74 years old. Baylor wracked up 20 losing seasons in 22 years."""""

Steve, you're not seriously picking on Elgin Baylor, right? Isn't he in the NBA HOF? Hoops isn't my thing, but certain names I remember reading about and always thought he was a pretty good pro on the court. Sometimes some of the great/excellent athletes make the worst in the front office, (e.g. Michael Jordan).

There was a Mannix episode, where Joe Mannix is on a college campus basketball court asking about a homicide, and the coach (an old college buddy) tells him the potential perp "Defenses like Elgin Baylor" I took that to mean that Baylor's on court strength was his defense.

And there was a bit part for a lot of UCLA Bruins as extras, including a young, still at UCLA, Lew Alcindor (as he was billed in credits).

Always stuck with me: "He defenses like Elgin Baylor."





Steve Sailer said...

Elgin's a lot nicer guy than Jerry. But, read up on how West badgered John Calipari into trading him the draft pick that West needed to pick 17-year-old Kobe Bryant and you'll see which 60s Laker superstar you'd rather have as your main executive.

Anonymous said...

>>Steve Sailer said...
"""Elgin's a lot nicer guy than Jerry.""""

In other words, Jerry West is the official face of Lakerdom. He's Derek Jeter, so to speak and he takes the brand seriously. Baylor on the court probably did too but the front office is another animal entirely.

To me, the Lakers remind me of the Yankees. They've got the most championships (or are close to the record) and make a big deal of winning.


""""But, read up on how West badgered John Calipari into trading him the draft pick that West needed to pick 17-year-old Kobe Bryant and you'll see which 60s Laker superstar you'd rather have as your main executive."""""

Yes, and Kobe went directly to the NBA to...the Lakers. Another reason players don't need the one and done.

Oh, no question. Was West or Baylor the Lakers captain back in late 60s early 70s? Who was the leader on court?

But, I guess Elgin Baylor was good at playing D, a white version of Bill Russell or something.

Anonymous said...

*Still, it was shameful of President Obama in Malaysia to denounce at length an edited private conversation that was clearly illegally obtained under California law.*

Every website I saw had the sense to refer to the owners's "alleged" or "purported" comments. Most commentators were prudent enough to acknowledge that the tape was not yet authenticated. Not the president, though.

Steve Sailer said...

Baylor admirably fell on his sword for the good of the Lakers by retiring early in the the 1971-72 season when he was 37. The Lakers had assembled the greatest fast break team of all time, but Baylor's surgically-butchered knees were slowing them down. They got off to a 6-3 start and might well have made the NBA semifinals with Baylor in the lineup, but he could see he was getting in the way, so he retired. The Lakers immediately won 33 in a row, and won the NBA championship.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

I was a bit younger so I don't remember this clearly, but did Marge Schott get this much coverage in the press? I remember she was taken to task as well, but is this being magnified because of the demographics of the NBA and there's a difference compared to MLB?

eah said...

Still, it was shameful of President Obama in Malaysia to denounce...

Mr Sailer,

It's just the latest "shameful" act by Obama; hopefully, you've been keeping count. To review: it was "shameful" for him to comment on the Gates arrest: it was absolutely despicable of him to say what he said about Trayvon Martin.

But by now nothing that jerk says or does surprises me.

Anonymous said...

>>Steve Sailer said:
"""They got off to a 6-3 start and might well have made the NBA semifinals with Baylor in the lineup, but he could see he was getting in the way, so he retired. The Lakers immediately won 33 in a row, and won the NBA championship."""""

Interesting. Then I have to assume that the Lakers on court leader was more Jerry West during this time.

What also struck me about the Mannix episode was how well Kareem even then (had all his hair) was extremely well spoken. He probably did well in the classroom as well.

Btw, Mannix actor Mike Connors was a UCLA alum and was on the basketball team.

Steve Sailer said...

Kareem scored 1130 on the SAT old style, maybe 1230 new style.

Most of the great centers had 3 digit IQs (Mose excepted). David Robinson scored 1300 old style.

Anonymous said...

>>Steve Sailer said...
""""Kareem scored 1130 on the SAT old style, maybe 1230 new style."""""

So, his SAT was not 940? I guess 940 SAT, under normal circumstances wouldn't get you into UCLA?

Then Kareem most likely did very well academically at UCLA. But, reading your recent post he wrote at Time, I tend to think that Derbyshire's observation that most educated blacks are quite leftist if not socialist in their political persuasion.

Ed said...

I think Drudge peruses this blog.
https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/460879651884122112

jody said...

i won't work for a racist!

if the clippers players actually cared about this stuff they would refuse to cash their next paycheck. and all the rest of their paychecks after that, until tokowitz was removed.

i bet they won't.

out of the literally hundreds of africans he has paid literally hundreds of millions of dollars to over the last 30 years, i bet not one of them has actually stepped up to do real activism and refuse to do business with him by not cashing their paychecks.

keeping it real only goes so far, and ends at the bank window.

Anonymous said...

Both Sterling and "Stiviano" are such thoroughly repulsive people I can't get very interested in this story.

Each one of them in their own way validates stereotypes that people around the country have about folks from Los Angeles.

jody said...

from our perspective here in HBD land, this is just democrats turning on each other. toko is jewish, a lifetime democrat voter, donated thousands of dollars to the obama election campaign and the re-election campaign. his mexican mistress is a democrat, almost all his players are democrats, his coach is a democrat, the NBA commissioner is a democrat and almost everybody reporting on the story is a democrat. the US television media is desperate to frame this as 'one of those old white guys we always told you about' but it's actually one of their own instead, and they definitely do not want to provide any perspective on the situation or alternate opinions on the topic.

this is pretty similar to the alec baldwin situation, where, as a major liberal and lifelong champion of elevating the vibrant into control of america, they gave him a pass on his decades long habit of calling people faggots, but, when the cultural marxists had finally taken control of the country, they were no longer willing to let that go.

even being a lifelong supporter of the vibrant ascendancy and the cultural marxists, will not protect these guys once the transfer of power is complete. the message today is thanks for helping us take control of your country, now, you're not needed anymore, and mind what you say about us, we aren't willing to let that go anymore.

bill clinton got to watch his dreams become reality when his wife lost her 'rightful' place as president, to the kind of guy bill had always wanted to control america, or so he said. it was interesting observing his anger when the liberals from arkansas lost the election to one of the guys they had held up and championed for decades. with liberals, they never want to lead by example and be first to give up their jobs to the vibrant. those platitudes are always about your jobs, not their jobs.

colbert would be wise to observe the new identity dynamics as they emerge, and understand he doesn't get a free pass forever just because he's on the cultural marxist side.

jody said...

"Still, it was shameful of President Obama in Malaysia to denounce at length an edited private conversation that was clearly illegally obtained under California law."

you ready to write yet about how the man has ruined the office?

commenting at length on a local news story happening back in the US, illegally obtained, while in a foreign country, at a press country for that foreign country. this guy is a disgrace.

ogunsiron said...

Obama just can't seem to rise above that stupid stuff. Is it any wonder people like Putin and the Iranians don't respect him very much ?

Anonymous said...

"out of the literally hundreds of africans he has paid literally hundreds of millions of dollars to over the last 30 years, i bet not one of them has actually stepped up to do real activism and refuse to do business with him by not cashing their paychecks.

"keeping it real only goes so far, and ends at the bank window."

And their black coach, Doc Rivers? He's a very much sought after guy, former coach of the Celtics. He went to the Clippers for the bright lights of LA and a team stocked with up and coming stars KNOWING exactly what Sterling was. In fact when all this broke and he was asked to comment, his first response was, "I'm not surprised by it."

Anonymous said...

"Obama just can't seem to rise above that stupid stuff. Is it any wonder people like Putin and the Iranians don't respect him very much ?"

He's a petty, thin-skinned guy. He went off today on Fox when he was asked about criticism of his foreign policy. The Fox reporter should have come back with, "But Mr. President, your own hometown paper, the very liberal Chicago Tribune has been very critical of your seemingly aimless foreign policy. What say you to them?"

jody said...

"Steve, you're not seriously picking on Elgin Baylor, right? "

he's saying baylor was pure garbage as a general manager, and he is exactly correct. toko the 'racist' allowed this guy to do jack for over 20 years, paying him to be terrible, then at the end, baylor pulled the race card. when if it had been any other guy in that job, he would have been fired years ago.

reminds me of how the dolans allowed isiah thomas to just plain do or say anything he wanted when he was employed by the knicks. racist tirades came and went, while thomas was doing terrible at his job simultaneously, and dolan simply allowed it all.

"To me, the Lakers remind me of the Yankees."

they went through an absolutely, mind bogglingly incredible streak of pure luck over a 30 year period, where 5 of the top 10 players of all time played much of their career for the lakers. what other team has had anything even remotely like that.

but that's all over now, and will never happen again, so lakers fans should start having some perspective about not winning another championship for another 10 years at least, and possibly never again.

"Baylor admirably fell on his sword for the good of the Lakers by retiring early in the the 1971-72 season when he was 37."

yeah i kinda think you forgot to mention the part where wilt chamberlain was the main reason they were so good.

"Most of the great centers had 3 digit IQs (Mose excepted). David Robinson scored 1300 old style."

listen to wilt's interviews. the guy is clearly smart, flat out. no qualification at all, like oh he's smart for a basketball player, oh he's smart for an african. him and alcindor come from the same era and sound the same, think the same. they care so much less about this stuff than suburban liberals who are 30 years old.

o'neal is not smart by any stretch of the imagination though, and he's probably the number 2 or 3 center ever and a top 10 player ever. he is however a genuine good guy and very friendly. he even rarely took a swing in over 10 years of other giant guys hitting, smashing, crashing, and hacking all over him. it would have been interesting to see prime eaton and o'neal playing. i remember wilt being totally impressed by eaton and asking to show him some moves. mark was one of the few guys with the body and ability to actually defend shaq.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was legal to tape a conversation if you are a party to the conversation. It is not eavesdropping which is illegal

Anonymous said...

>>jody said:
>>"To me, the Lakers remind me of the Yankees."

"""""they went through an absolutely, mind bogglingly incredible streak of pure luck over a 30 year period,""""""

Hold it, jody. 30yrs ain't luck. NY between '20-64 won 29pennants in 45 yrs and that's not luck either. It's called greatness.


"""where 5 of the top 10 players of all time played much of their career for the lakers."""""""

Then that's greatness, or rather a great franchise. And greatness breeds more greatness. The more you win the more that the best players want to play with that team since they figure 'This teams always wins and I want a championship or two before I retire. I know I can at least contribute and the team does the rest.'


'"""""what other team has had anything even remotely like that.""""""""

Uh, the Yankees. Ruth; Gehrig; DiMaggio; Mantle; Berra; Ford; and now Jeter and Rivera.

That's why the Lakers to Yankees analogy is so apt.


"""but that's all over now, and will never happen again, """"""

Ok, I don't know NBA so who knows. But, if history is a guide, don't count them out just yet. Kobe got his 5 Rings and he at least contributed to the success. He wasn't a mere role player.


""""so lakers fans should start having some perspective about not winning another championship for another 10 years at least, and possibly never again."""""

Okay, whatever.



"""""yeah i kinda think you forgot to mention the part where wilt chamberlain was the main reason they were so good."""""

DOH!



""""listen to wilt's interviews. the guy is clearly smart, flat out."""""

There was never any ebonics coming out of Wilt's mouth. He was in a few movies and it wasn't just for his height, it was also because he could speak quite well. Not a real actor, but at least somewhat competent in the limited roles.



"""""no qualification at all, like oh he's smart for a basketball player, oh he's smart for an african. him and alcindor come from the same era and sound the same, think the same."""""

Admit it, Jody. If folks close their eyes and listen to either one speak, they almost sound as if they're not black, or rather what one presumes a US black to sound like when they open their mouths.

Svigor said...

I thought it was legal to tape a conversation if you are a party to the conversation. It is not eavesdropping which is illegal

It varies by state. Most places, recording a conversation you're not a party to is illegal without a warrant. Some places, usually blue strongholds with high rates of corruption, it's also illegal to record a conversation you're party to without the consent of the other parties, without a warrant. At least, that's my understanding.

Anonymous said...

I'm catching up on this. Explain to me how the ex-mistress can make money off this.

outsider said...

The core evil of this evil society is not prezBarombas favorite bugbear of racism, but the credentialism imposed by his loyal donors the educational-bureaucratic complex, that will soon mean you will need a Masters to flip burgers, though exceptions may apply to minorities.

MKP said...

Well I'll be damned. Komment Kontrol is real.

Steve, was it "Skank" or "Jew" that doomed my comment? No hard feelings, just trying to orient myself to the rules.

Anonymous said...

Left unsaid, even by Steve, is that Baylor is an amiable moron and West isn't. Baylor is the epitome of the guy with physical skills vastly superior to the norm, but, as Eddie Stankey described Carl Yastrzemski, an All Star from the neck down.

Neither Wilt nor Kareem is as smart as Bill Russell.

And Ray is right, we've reached the endgame. In Massachusetts we're already there. There's been a spate of kids dying in foster homes under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The latest is a little girl whose foster parents were visited by the local cops for something. The cops wrote a report about their concerns for the girl and faxed it to the DCF, per policy. The report wasn't read for 9 days, and the little girl ended up dead in the interim.

So now we're left with our mulatto governor looking at his Jewish social services secretary looking at his mulatto woman who heads DCF, and no one seems to have any clue about anything other than assigning blame.

Competence is so last century!

Anonymous said...

"""""Neither Wilt nor Kareem is as smart as Bill Russell."""


On court, absolutely. But off court? Total BS.

Remember Bill's quote:
"Most athletes have been on scholarship since the third grade."



"""""but, as Eddie Stankey described Carl Yastrzemski, an All Star from the neck down.""""

Bear in mind that Stanky wasn't the most amicable banana in the bunch. He absolutely hated ex-teammate Alvin Dark, who later went on to manage 2 pennants and won in '74 with Charles Finley's A's. So nice guys can finish first, but only Bill Russell has 11 rings.

David said...

>you will need a Masters to flip burgers<

In East Tennessee you need a Ph.d in Library Science to be considered for a job in a metropolitan public library branch (stamping books in and out, cataloguing material, and assisting people with the computers and printers). Starting pay is $9/hour.

But "We work!" trumpet elderly Republican retirees sucking social security checks and generous pension payments, often for having done little more than show up 40 hours a week for a couple decades at a job their uncle got them, no Ph.d or even any degree required. These folks were a large segment of Sheldon Adelson voters, uh, I mean Romney voters. Arrogant, out-of-touch dolts.

Anonymous said...

Total BS?

Russell wasn't playing 3-4 years after his expiration date because he foolishly let his "spiritual advisor" pick his financial team.

ray said...

"Every website I saw had the sense to refer to the owners's "alleged" or "purported" comments. Most commentators were prudent enough to acknowledge that the tape was not yet authenticated. Not the president, though. "



That's looking at the magician's front hand. They pretend honorability and prudence of judgment, but in fact, they only placed into question whether sterling made the comments... which they already know can and will be proven later.



The hidden hand is what is assumed by those commentators and in those articles. Read and listen carefully and you'll see that and that as One, they have ALREADY found him 'guilty' of racism.



See? The Medea leads the viewer to agree unconsciously with its (erroneous and damning) assumption of the crime of racism, then pretends fair inquiry by focusing on whether the tape voice was sterling's. Most people can't, and won't, be able to distinguish this subtile cueing. Cheers.