April 30, 2014

V. Stiviano: “One day, I will become president ... Civil rights"

More wacky stuff from the Los Angeles Times that even Tom Wolfe wouldn't dare make up:
V. Stiviano attorney: Someone leaked Sterling tape 'for money'

Joseph Serna 
April 30, 2014, 4:04 p.m. 
An attorney for V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal, said she had permission to record the Clipper's owner and doesn't know who leaked the tape to TMZ. 
Calabasas lawyer Mac Nehoray declined to state the purpose of the recording, but said it was "by mutual agreement." 
"My client is devastated that this got out," he said, adding that he and Stiviano "have an idea" who released it. He declined to identify that person. 
"Someone released it for money," he said. 
Stiviano recorded the rants that led to Sterling's banishment from professional basketball and said through her attorney that she was never his mistress. 
Contrary to some media reports, Stiviano was not in a romantic relationship with Sterling, her attorney said. 
"It's nothing like it's been portrayed," Nehoray said. "She's not the type of person everyone says." 
Stiviano stepped outside her home several times Tuesday and always had her face covered with a tinted visor. ... 
The conversation occurred at her home in September in the presence of another person and Sterling knew he was being recorded, Nehoray added. 
He also said Stiviano and the 80-year-old Clippers owner never had a sexual or romantic relationship and that descriptions of her as his mistress in the media and in a lawsuit filed by Sterling's wife were erroneous.
Rochelle Sterling, who has been married to Donald Sterling for more than 50 years, filed suit against Stiviano in March in an effort to reclaim a $1.8-million apartment, luxury autos and cash he gave her. 
With paparazzi tracking her every move, V. Stiviano roller-skated in her driveway Tuesday and said she wanted to be president. 
“One day, I will become president of the United States of America and I will change the legislation and laws,” Stiviano said in one of several odd encounters with media camped outside her home. “Modern day history. Civil rights movement.”

Every year or two since the end of the 1980s the United States gets engulfed in a media melee that was prophesied in almost all of its aspects in Tom Wolfe's 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. Judge Richard A. Posner wrote in the mid-1990s:
"When I first read The Bonfire of the Vanities … it just didn't strike me as the sort of book that has anything interesting to say about the law or any other institution…. I now consider that estimate of the book ungenerous and unperceptive. The Bonfire of the Vanities has turned out to be a book that I think about a lot, in part because it describes with such vividness what Wolfe with prophetic insight (the sort of thing we attribute to Kafka) identified as emerging problems of the American legal system… American legal justice today seems often to be found at a bizarre intersection of race, money, and violence, an intersection nowhere better depicted than in The Bonfire of the Vanities even though the book was written before the intersection had come into view."

Isn't it time we admit that the long-searched for Great American Novel has turned out to be Bonfire? Of course, that might suggest maybe we don't have a Great American Country anymore ...
   

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

But who leaked the tape "for money?" Put O.J. Simpson on the case, right away.

Anonymous said...

How Tom Wolfe was able to predict the future?

Jean Cocteausten said...

We are witnessing the birth of a religion. Like most religions it contains seeds of truth (slavery, segregation, chauvinism) surrounded by a large amount of mythology (Trayvon, campus hate crime hoaxes, the “wage gap”, Paula Deen). It started as a set of principles (tolerance and fairness) that almost everyone values, but just like in other religions, the focus has shifted over time to draconian enforcement of belief in increasingly far-fetched myths. That enforcement consists of public humiliations and forced recantations, just like the Inquisition. God forbid these idiots get hold of some racks and thumbscrews.

If you question whether Joshua made the sun stop, fundamentalist Christians will accuse you of being in league with the devil. If you question whether the races are genetically indistinguishable, the new fundamentalists accuse you of wanting to re-enslave blacks. And like most religions it is easily abused for personal gain.

The MSM accounts of the Sterling affair read like a North Korean press release. Maybe this is just a mass hysteria that will soon pass. We can only hope.

jody said...

"Calabasas lawyer Mac Nehoray declined to state the purpose of the recording, but said it was "by mutual agreement.""

they are trying to get around tokowitz's obvious main line of defense right off the bat.

it wasn't recorded with his consent, but the bad guys are realizing that might be a problem, so they're putting it out there right up front, right away, that yes it was, and please, proceed with banning him, fining him, and taking his team away from him, because that recording will, oh ho ho, be SO admissable in a court of law should toko want to go that way.

in ohio said...

"Great _____ Novel" does a disservice to a language as rich as English. We Americans are too plentiful, and English too large (in terms of vocabulary, it's by far the "biggest" language) for one quintessential novel. In my opinion, there have been three American Novels for the ages: Moby-Dick, Bonfire, and Infinite Jest. All three epitomize their era, all three tell stories that haunt, and all three contain the finest imaginable prose.

And now that the composition teaching in the schools has collapsed, I doubt we'll see another.

Anonymous said...

OT, but not really

FSU Heisman winner flushed millions by not paying for crab legs at Grocery.

Story not on Drudge or Bing news summaries. ESPN has it.

I wonder why this is not being given full mega wattage by the media????

Anonymous said...

Not that it matters but so far Sterling has not been subject to any formal judicial process.

He was basically voted off NBA Owners Island by the other owners. Sure they used racism rather than some other form of moral turpitude but so what?

I didn't notice but at least one Black organization did notice things the President was saying:

Obama’s Anti-Black Rant

Obama chose to expand his remarks beyond the early Sixties period, past the triumphs of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, to give a mini-lecture on what went wrong, in his estimation, with the Black Freedom Movement. The result was a brief but vicious slew of slurs against African Americans – the kind of slander you expect to hear on FOX News, or from a half-drunk white guy at a country-western bar.

http://blackagendareport.com/content/obama%E2%80%99s-anti-black-rant

Tenfort Williams said...

"She's been looking like a queen in a sailor's dream
And she don't always say what she really means"
Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot.

foreign Expert said...

stiviano has to be filipina, not black mexican

Oswald Spengler said...

They don't use the terms Cathedral and Crystal Methodism for nothing.

David Cummings said...

I couldn't agree more.

Shouting Thomas said...

Listen, V. Stiviano may be a conniving whore, but you got to like her brass balls approach.

And, she's very optimistic.

Anonymous said...

"""""Obama chose to expand his remarks beyond the early Sixties period, past the triumphs of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, to give a mini-lecture on what went wrong, in his estimation, with the Black Freedom Movement. The result was a brief but vicious slew of slurs against African Americans – the kind of slander you expect to hear on FOX News, or from a half-drunk white guy at a country-western bar.""""""


They can just chalk that up to Obama's white side of the family, as in "But of course, and after all, we've always known that the main reason the President's not fully down with the struggle is because he's not black all the way."

Surprised that Michelle didn't publicly comment later on by saying "Of course, what Obama meant to say is that while some progress has been made in some aspects regarding civil rights, as African-Americans we all know that there is still so much work to be done and so many other federal programs to pass."

That would've helped to smooth things over.

A guess: For the NAACCP'S humanitarian man of the year award next month in LA, wouldn't it just be simpler to replace Sterling by giving the award to......Barack Obama?

First the Noble Peace Prize and then the NAACP award. That way, the main focus can remain where it truly belongs, on the President as the culmination as the nation's first black president.

Anonymous said...

"in terms of vocabulary, it's by far the "biggest" language"

This is false. The biggest Dutch dictionary is slightly larger than the OED and I think there are Chinese dictionaries that are much larger than either of those. The personal vocabulary of individuals depends more on their mental capacity than on their native language.

Why Dutch and Chinese, you ask? Nerdiness. It takes a lot of nerdiness to compile large dictionaries. The biggest German dictionary, the one started by the brothers Grimm and finished only a few years ago, is also about the size of the OED.

Anonymous said...

Alpha male Silicon Valley:

British tech entrepreneur opens up about 'vicious beatings he suffered at hands of his ex-girlfriend' and how he 'hid the knives' in their San Fran home for fear she'd stab him

Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur Ben Way describes the alleged domestic violence in an article posted on tech news website TWnow.com Tuesday
He claims he was punched in the jaw, bitten, scratched, stabbed in the foot with a stiletto and struck in the genitals during the attacks
The 33-year-old is going public with his experience in an effort to make the subject of domestic abuse against men less taboo

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616514/British-tech-entrepreneur-opens-vicious-beatings-suffered-hands-ex-girlfriend-hid-knives-San-Fran-home-fear-shed-stab-him.html

Anonymous said...

"And now that the composition teaching in the schools has collapsed, I doubt we'll see another."

Teaching people to write fiction is very, very dumb. All of humanity's great literature was written before the birth of the creative writing scam. Originality cannot be taught. It's not like chemistry or medicine where a teacher or a textbook can impart some data to a student. Just telling him "be original" takes 2 seconds and is a waste of time anyway. Either he can or he can not. A class isn't going to change that.

Anonymous said...

This bimbo is so far in over her head at this point she can't walk this back to a safe place. Taping private conversations and releasing them to the media threatens too many powerful interests. Being just a lackey for some Mr. Big, she'll have to take a big public fall for this, otherwise the little people will get dangerous ideas.

anony-mouse said...

-born in the US

-at least 35

So sounds about right.

Same race as BO and gender as HC.

At least she's not named 'Bush' or 'Clinton' so what are you complaining about?

Anonymous said...

"FSU Heisman winner flushed millions by not paying for crab legs at Grocery.
Story not on Drudge or Bing news summaries. ESPN has it."
_____________________________


Yes, it is on Drudge. That's where I found it earlier today.

That guy is doing all he can to drop in the draft next year.

Perhaps he'll go with baseball...if he can keep from being arrested for other things.



Anonymous said...

"stiviano has to be filipina, not black Mexican"

++++++++++++++++++++

Yeah, I can't believe Sterling is so stupid he acts as if he thinks she's Mexican.

Anonymous said...

So on top of it all, she's bat-shit crazy?

heartart said...

This is a strange "happening" It is so obvious it was a set-up but WHY? Someone with deep pocket wanted this Sterling man out of the picture. What would you think if the wife did it just to humiliate him.

Anonymous said...

From Bondfire:

Let me ask you this. How does he do on his written work? Mr. Rifkind let out a whoop. "WRITTEN work? There hasn't been any written work at Ruppert High for fifteen years! maybe twenty! They take multiple-choice tests. Reading comprehension, that's the big thing. That's all the Board of Education cares about....at Colonel Jacob Ruppert High School, an honor student is somebody who attends class, isn't disruptive, tries to learn, and does all right a reading and arithmetic.

Calvin Candie said...

Do players now realize that everything that they say about YT fair game?

Think it through Lebron...

countenance said...

I fear that V. Stiviano could very well be President one day.

Comprehensive immigration reform and a burgeoning low information undertow could make it happen.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I didn't get the rationale for the emphasis on Sterling until I watched all I could tolerate of CNN's 'Wall to Wall' coverage.

Everyone was tripping over themselves to denounce racism. Sure. Me too. I'm against racism.

And every other owner has stated that they will vote Sterling out of the league. And why not? There is no upside to defending a highly unpopular position that will lose.

But even more, if Sterling is running a plantation, then in what sense is every other owner *not* doing the same thing? It is in every owner's interest to make this go away ASAP.

Not to mention that if this goes on for more than a couple of days, the mandatory 'other side' will have to be found. The facts of this can only support a couple of days of outrage. Then at least a little nuance regarding race in the US will trickle out. That would be inconvenient.

Oswald Spengler said...

"I fear that V. Stiviano could very well be President one day."

"Comprehensive immigration reform and a burgeoning low information undertow could make it happen."

------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Sí, se puede!"

Anonymous said...

http://www.vdare.com/articles/ann-coulter-on-the-nba-a-man-of-sterling-character

"Sterling so enjoyed describing sex with 'this piece of trash' that he occasionally got lost in his Penthouse-style reveries, even when the deposition question was not, technically, about how much the prostitute had sucked him."

Why no charge of misogyny?

Harry Baldwin said...

American legal justice today seems often to be found at a bizarre intersection of race, money, and violence, an intersection nowhere better depicted than in The Bonfire of the Vanities even though the book was written before the intersection had come into view.

Speak for yourself. It was already in view for a great many of us.

Anonymous said...

http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2014/04/30/heisman-trophy-winning-qb-jameis-winston-reportedly-shoplifts-crab-legs-after-ncaa-expands-meal-allowances/

Anonymous said...

Is this US or North Korea?

http://www.amren.com/news/2014/04/fbi-director-says-new-agents-must-visit-mlk-memorial/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/view-from-tour-bus-north-korea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWKSrFrg46Y

Bow before the holy Jew and Magic Negro. Or no job for you.

(If we don't respect MLK, are we exempt from taxation since we are not allowed to work for the government? No taxation without representation in government force.)

Separation of church and state is over. We must worship the holy Jew and magic negro.

This keeps up, why not say "YOU MUST VOTE FOR OBAMA OR NO GOVERNMENT JOB FOR YOU"?

Imagine agents being forced to kneel before Jesus?

Anonymous said...

From Delewareonline, another pontificator columnist, Ruth Marcus, tut tut tutting about what Sterling was doing all along. One observation jumped out:

"""""Stiviano, striking in a Cosmo girl way, with a Mexican/African-American background that makes Sterling’s reported aversion to having her associate with – or, more precisely, appear on social media to associate with – African-Americans all the more bizarre"""""""


STRIKING IN A COSMO GIRL WAY? WHAT?

Cosmo = fashion glamor models like Kate Moss, even Naomi Campbell.

THIS Stiviano is on the level of Kate Moss??????

Percy Gryce said...

Brilliant insight, Steve, particularly as this has been a season of the literati rethinking the Great American Novel (GAN). In his big new book on the GAN, Lawrence Buell mentions Wolfe and BOTV, only to dismiss them. More's the pity.

Reviews of Buell's book here and here.

A.C. said...

Tom Wolfe was a genius.

Maxwell Power said...

Nice to see the Tallahassee PD finally taking an interest in what this guy does

Dennis Dale said...

Re your speculation of a Milken connection I see the Rev Jackson was on the court before the last Clipper game, after attending Milken's Wed event.

Black Sea said...

I don't know about becoming president, but I see a reality show in Ms. Stiviano's future.

ray said...

Yeah Wolfe saw it. But Melville laid it all out a century and a half ago... right down to the national hubris of ancient Ahab, same as ever was. Don't need no God and don't accept no rebukes for pride. Gonna kill God instead! :O) That's sure to work out well.


Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Stiviano for president! Have her run against Palin.

ray said...

Personal favorite from Stock Casting: 'My client is devastated that this got out'.


So it goes onto my Hypocrisy Top Five for the Sterling smackdown week, currently competing with the Crippers woops Clippers threatened walkout. Throw down those jerseys, Big Men! Throw down!


It was courageous and inspiring. No wonder they are heroes to millions.

Dave Pinsen said...

Infinite Jest? No. The Great American Novel should also be a great read. That's true of Bonfire, but not Infinite Jest. It's also true of Franzen's Freedom and The Corrections, but Bonfire's prescience vaults it above Franzen's novels.

Dave Pinsen said...

Chuck Palahniuk wrote the short story that became the nucleus of his first novel, Fight Club, in a writing workshop.

Percy Gryce said...

FSU Heisman winner flushed millions by not paying for crab legs at Grocery. Story not on Drudge or Bing news summaries. ESPN has it. I wonder why this is not being given full mega wattage by the media????

It was on Drudge all day long. It's still there now.

David said...

>he and Stiviano "have an idea" who released it. He declined to identify that person.<

He might have an idea who released it because he is that person.

>"Someone released it for money," he said.<

Indeed.

Don't let's stop looking into the trannie/immigration angle. Let's keep our eye on the ball, so to speak. V.S. has the vibe, so maybe something will come up.

Anonymous said...

Neither is Selena Roberts that type of person but at least V Stiviano succeeded in railroading someone.

Resign Selena Roberts you are a disgrace to your profession!

Anonymous said...

Listen, V. Stiviano may be a successful conniving whore unlike Selena Roberts who is only a conniving whore.

Sam said...

Posner's also the guy enabling the reverse gay witch hunt Uganda case. So shame on him.