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Beto vs Booker, Who Will Drop Out First After Religious Bigotry Statements?

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What a week in truly finding out where some of the Democrats running for President feel about the separation of Church and State.

The topic of the Beto Bomb that was dropped in a CNN forum has been covered extensively all over the interwebs by others and right here at Red State by Bonchie and Joe Cunningham.

However, something that did not garner much attention was that Sen. Corey Booker from New Jersey essentially said the same thing. He just didn’t go all SPARTACUS about it.

The Catholic News Agency picks it up…

On Thursday night, during and Equality Townhall hosted and broadcast on CNN, Robert Francis O’Rourke, a former congressman, was asked by CNN anchor Don Lemon if he thought that “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage?”

O’Rourke answered “yes,” and after applause and cheers from the crowd, added, “there can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so, as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

That’s the part we already know. Here is the part most people have not seen.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), another presidential candidate, was asked earlier in the night if he would strip the tax-exempt status of churches who were opposed to same-sex marriage. Booker said that such a move would entail a “long legal battle,” but signaled his sympathy with the idea.

“I’m saying I believe fundamentally that discrimination is discrimination,” he said. “And if you are using your position to try to discriminate others, there must be consequences to that. And I will make sure to hold them accountable using the DOJ or whatever investigatory [body].”

So here we have in the year 2019, two major candidates for President of the United States saying that they want the United States government to FORCE religious institutions to abide by the modern-day #WOKENESS that has gripped the Feelings over Facts crowd.

That should scare you.

Now it is no coincidence that both Beto and Booker are both circling the drain at just around 2% in the latest polling I have read. This is obviously a desperate attempt to shoot up to over 4% and steal the nomination from Biden.

Will it work? No, not for this cycle.

The way these things work though is those two candidates floated an idea and now the top tier candidates will do polling to see if it works with the base. My guess is those churches in the deep south and the mosques in Minnesota will be equally opposed to being singled out for being called bigots and losing any sort of tax-exempt status they have.

The idea though, now having been introduced will be debated among the progressive left and will gain steam. Bernie Sander candidacy in 2016 and this time around has shown that the actual ideas do not matter. Just the feelings that surround those ideas. If it makes you feel warm and fuzzy than roll with it.

We should all be about the discussion of ideas and have vigorous national debates on it. These things usually turn into a discussion on your feelings though and that is just irrelevant and that is just a damn shame.

The only thing left to do for Beto and Booker after agreeing that this horrible idea is worth exploring is to guess which one of these “serious” candidates will be the first to call it quits in their futile race.

My money is on Beto. Anyone who is scared to use their real name that DOESNT work in Hollywood is too timid to be President.

Place your bets.

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Warrior’s Coach Steve Kerr Attacks America While Defending China

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Golden State Warriors’ coach, Steve Kerr, is really covering himself in glory in regard to the China controversy. The controversy was sparked by Houston Rockets coach Daryl Morey posting a comment on social media supportive of the Hong Kong protesters and then being forced by the NBA to apologize after China complained. The NBA later tried to clean it up after an enormous backlash by the American public but it hasn’t gone over well.

First, Kerr had no comment when questioned about about the controversy, taking the same line that other coaches seem to have been encouraged to take, professing not to know much about the question.

But Kerr has had no problem in the past expounding on politics and attacking President Donald Trump publicly.

The president chided Kerr about his response on China, saying he was fearful of taking the proper stand.

“He didn’t know how to answer the question, and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly,” Trump said.

Then, in another interview on Thursday concerning China and the president’s criticism, Kerr was asked if he’s ever been asked about human rights during his previous trips to China.

Kerr let loose with an unconscionable attack on the U.S. while defending the Chinese.

From Washington Examiner:

“It has not come up in terms of people asking me about it, people discussing it,” the coach told reporters. “No.”

There was a brief pause. Then, he continued.

“Nor has [America’s] record of human rights abuses come up either. You know, things that our country needs to look at and resolve. That hasn’t come up either,” Kerr added. “[P]eople in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall. I wasn’t asked that question.”

He continued:

“[N]one of us are perfect, and we all have different issues that we have to get to, and saying that is my right as an American,” he said. “Doesn’t mean that I hate my country. It means I want to address things, right?”

He added, “So we can play this game all we want and go all over the map and, you know, there’s this issue and that issue. The world is a complex place, and there’s more gray than black and white.”

Wait, what? Did he really just make an equivocation between the U.S. and an oppressive Communist dictatorship that has killed millions of its own people, is oppressing millions in Hong Kong right now and has thousands locked up in concentration camps and reeducation centers because we have gun crime? Yes, he did.

“No one’s perfect?” Yes, the U.S. government doesn’t lock people up for political and religious belief, China does. The U.S. doesn’t harvest people’s organs, China does. The U.S. has guaranteed rights for its citizens, Hong Kong people don’t know if they will be shipped off tomorrow and that’s why they are protesting.

He’s attacked Trump in the past, accusing him of “blatant display of nationalism” for controversy over a Philadelphia Eagles visit including a “celebration of America” featuring the United States Marine Band and United States Army Chorus

But China’s nationalism, oppressing and killing millions of people earns a “no one’s perfect.”

There is no comparison. And it’s vile, to say the least, to make that comparison and somehow find America wanting or even equal.

Hong Kong would love to have our Second Amendment right, as some protesters have proclaimed on their signs. But people like Kerr think that right should be curtailed because he thinks a gun is evil.

Kerr knows he has the right to speak here in the U.S. as he ironically claims. He wouldn’t have that right in China. Yet he doesn’t get he’s defending the suppression of speech by his actions.

No, Coach Kerr, a gun is not evil. Defending Communist dictatorships, that’s evil.

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Babylon Bee Ties in NBA’s China Pandering With National Anthem Protests in a Hot Take We All Need Right Now

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As a writer, sometimes the struggle is real when it comes to choosing the right words to use to express the anger/frustration/and or outrage you feel over certain hot button issues.

It is in those times that I’ve often found that the satirists at the Babylon Bee will swoop and and save the day with the perfect take.

Such was the case this week with the controversy surrounding the NBA’s despicable China pandering in the aftermath of the Daryl Morey Hong Kong tweet controversy. As a result of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acting stupidly, fans are getting kicked out of games now for expressing support for Hong Kong protesters. Journalists are being censored for asking questions to NBA teams about the issue.

The NBA has fancied itself for some time now as the “wokest” of all major sports leagues, in spite of the fact that their rules prevent players from doing what former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick and other players have done in the NFL by way of kneeling during the national anthem.

Players have gotten around the no-kneel rule by standing with their arms linked together, which is allowed under league rules. Many of them don’t even pay attention as the anthem is being played.

It is perhaps with that in mind that the Babylon Bee published their piece on the NBA’s “new” anthem “requirements” for players on Wednesday:

NEW YORK, NY—In an effort to salvage its relationship with China, the NBA is now requiring all players to stand for the Chinese national anthem at the beginning of every game.

The official song of the People’s Republic of China, “March of the Volunteers,” will be played at the start of all professional basketball games, whether at home or abroad.
[…]
“We hope this gesture of goodwill will show China that we love them and there is no need for our multi-billion-dollar deal to fall through,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “March on, Mao!”

Brit Hume quipped that he had almost forgotten that the Bee was a satire site when reading the piece:

Indeed.

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Blizzard Now Facing Boycott, Criticism From US Lawmakers for Censoring Support for Hong Kong

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Activision Blizzard, the folks behind such games as World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, is the latest company facing backlash after actions many believe were kowtowing to China.

Blizzard is now facing an avalanche of criticism after suspending a professional Hearthstone player at one of their tournaments and making him forfeit the $10,000 prize money he won.

The player, Chung Ng Wai, was interviewed during a live broadcast and expressed support for the Hong Kong protesters, saying, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” a slogan of the protesters.

Not only did Blizzard punish the player as we previously reported, but they suspended him for a full year and also fired the casters who were doing the interview, judging them part of the offense. Blizzard said they will not work with them in the future.

Chung said he didn’t regret what he did. “Today, what I have lost in Hearthstone is four years of time,” Chung said, referring to the years he spent playing the game, according to the New York Times. “But if Hong Kong loses, it would be the matter of a lifetime.”

And Blizzard’s alleged original Weibo statement was troubling to say the least, saying they were very angry and disappointed by Chung’s statement and didn’t condone it in any way. They also added they would “always respect and defend the pride of our country.”

Weibo is one of the biggest social media platforms in China.

Blizzard is an American company. But you wouldn’t know it from the statements meant to appease the Chinese.

Blizzard players were not happy. They flooded the forums such as the one for World of Warcraft, bashing Blizzard’s decision and posting support for human rights, criticism of China and Blizzard, and support for Hong Kong. While Blizzard said their objection was to political expression on the broadcast, they reportedly deleted those posts while leaving up posts that supported their decision.

Some are now calling for a boycott of Blizzard.

Perhaps the most significant name calling for a boycott and cancelling his World of Warcraft subscription was Mark Kern, who led the team that created the game.

From NY Times:

In an interview, Mr. Kern said China was a major source of revenue for the gaming industry, and he knew he was “closing many doors” careerwise by speaking out on Twitter.

But Mr. Kern, who lived in Hong Kong as a teenager, said the company’s actions were “a deterioration of Blizzard values that really broke my heart.”

“It’s one thing to stay out of politics in games, quite another to take harsh, punitive actions designed to appease a government whose values are against what Blizzard has traditionally stood for,” he said.

Blizzard isn’t the only company embroiled. The NBA is also facing backlash for appearing to toady to the Chinese and apologize for a pro-Hong Kong statement made by Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. South Park mocked China for their censorship and is now banned from Chinese platforms.

People are beginning to wake up to China’s influence curtailing free speech, but the encroachment has been going on for some time. It’s time for people to be loud and verbal that we, as Americans, will not tolerate it.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed and blasted Blizzard’s actions.

“Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions,” Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, wrote on Twitter. “China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally.”

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat, concurred, saying on Twitter that Activision Blizzard showed “it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Rand Paul Stands Almost Alone On Backing Troop Withdrawal From Syria

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As Turkey launches “Operation Peace Spring” with the goal of preventing what they call a “terror corridor” along the Southern border of the country, those who did not support the U.S.’s decision to slowly move troops out of Syria are held in contrast to the Senator who stands almost completely alone in backing President Trump’s move in the region: Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul.

Republicans who worry removal of troops might create a situation leading to an emboldened ISIS also claim concern for Kurdish fighters in the region who have fought alongside U.S. troops to battle terrorists.

Trump’s decision, which he correctly reminds the nation is one he ran on, is being viewed favorably by Paul, who, as a libertarian, prefers a more isolationist foreign policy.

The Kentucky Republican has been pushing Trump to take a less interventionist foreign policy approach for nearly three years, much to the chagrin and discomfort of most Republicans in Congress. And in the face of near unanimous condemnation from both parties in the wake of Trump’s Syria move, Paul is stepping in as the most vociferous defender of the president’s move and a notable beneficiary of his efforts to build an alliance with Trump after their ugly 2016 campaign attacks against each other.

With Republicans and Democrats alike piling on Trump and raising concerns that his decision could lead to Turkish attacks on U.S. Kurdish allies and a resurgence of ISIS, Paul declared that “most Americans would actually agree with President Trump that this is not a war that has our national interest at stake.”

“These are the people that have never met a war they didn’t like and have never met a war they wanted to end,” Paul told reporters on Tuesday afternoon, singling out the Cheney family as part of their long-running feud with Paul. “They’ve been wrong about everything in foreign policy for the last several decades.”

Paul has engaged in foreign policy twitter disputes with GOP Rep. Liz Cheney (MT) of late, accusing her father Dick Cheney, former Vice President under George W. Bush, of the same warmonger spirit he says he sees with the “war caucus.”

As Turkey made its announcement of their intent to secure the southern border, reports of air strikes began leaking out noting Turkish jets “began pounding suspected positions of Syrian Kurdish forces in the town of Ras al Ayn, the Associated Press reported, citing Turkish media and Syrian activists.”

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In The Midst Of Criticism Over China Policy, Trump Administration Comes Out Swinging Over Treatment Of Uighur Muslims

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Against the backdrop of criticism over China policy involving everything from trade to social media diplomacy, the Trump administration via The State Department announced Tuesday the imposition of travel visa bans on Chinese government and Communist officials for what State considers human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang providence.

On a call with reporters, State Department officials noted that the move was part of a broader effort by the administration to prioritize religious freedom.

“Promotion of protection of religious freedom is a major goal” of the administration, one official noted.

Officials also noted the decision was unprecedented and that the U.S. was the first to take action on it. The hope is that other nations will eventually follow suit in condemning the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China, who are prevented from making certain purchases, staying in hotels, or obtaining  passports. There are also thought to be more than a million Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese camps, and the rest are surveilled by the state.

The justification for the visa ban, which will prevent Chinese officials or their family members from traveling to the U.S.,  according to one State Department official was a direct response to the policy of mistreatment on Uighur Muslims on the basis of “preemptive counterterrorism.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has referred to treatment of the Uighur community in China as the “stain of the century,” made a statement Tuesday explaining the decision.

Pompeo is imposing the restrictions on government leaders and Communist Party officials who are found responsible for or complicit in the detention and abuse of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other minority Muslim groups in Xinjiang, according to the State Department. Travel by those officials’ family members will also be restricted.

“The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups,” Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday. “The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.”

The travel ban comes a day after the U.S. added 28 Chinese companies to a blacklist over treatment of Uighur Muslims, angering Chinese authorities in the process.

“There is no such thing as these so-called ‘human rights issues’ as claimed by the United States,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. “These accusations are nothing more than an excuse for the United States to deliberately interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

State Department officials said Tuesday they hope the decision will help potential allies, particularly ones located in Muslim-heavy countries in the Middle East, build a coalition to address the Uighur abuse and incentivize them to begin accepting the “scale and scope of the problem.”

 

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Woke NBA coach Steve Kerr: Lemme get back to you on this whole “China violating human rights” thing

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It is passing strange that this outspoken figure, normally so willing and able to comment on injustices in the United States, has no thoughts whatsoever on Hong Kong’s uprising. He was asked for comment last night and … total blank:

It’s not as if Kerr doesn’t keep up on current events, or as if western media hasn’t covered Hong Kong, or as if the NBA has no presence in China that might make major political developments there of some interest to him.

Somehow this issue ended up in his blind spot.

Does he have any thoughts generally about how China does or doesn’t respect human rights? For instance, here’s a wacky fact that I didn’t know until today but which Kerr, an NBA coach, might be aware of. Not only does the NBA have a cozy relationship with Chinese totalitarians, it’s so cozy that the league operates a training center in Xinjiang province — the same place where China is interning millions of Uighur Muslims. That’s a bit like staging a hoops barnstorming tour of Poland circa 1944. Slate wrote about it last year:

Operating in such a place seems antithetical to the public stance of a league that has recently gone out of its way to tout its progressive, social-justice bona fides. After the Trump travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority nations, prominent NBA figures took the side of the critics. League commissioner Adam Silver took the unusual step of criticizing the ban, saying “it goes against the fundamental values and the fundamental ingredients of what makes for a great NBA.” Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy compared the ban to Hitler registering the Jews.

NBA stars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have condemned police violence and racism in the United States, while players and executives have protested the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant children from their parents. According to his LinkedIn page, the NBA executive George Land oversees the Xinjiang training center. On Twitter, Land’s most recent activity is a retweet of the MSNBC host Chris Hayes condemning the U.S. separation of thousands of mothers from their children. But what about Xinjiang? Thousands of Uighur children are reportedly languishing in orphanages, awaiting their parents’ release from the concentration camps. The NBA didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Nor did Land. Nor did China’s foreign ministry.

I ask this in all seriousness: Have any NBA players or personnel toured a Chinese, ahem, “detention facility” as part of the league’s charm offensive towards Beijing?

We’re not going to see an old photo emerge of Kerr and, say, Steph Curry standing outside barbed wire smiling and giving a thumbs-up, are we?

You’ll be pleased to know that the visceral disgust which the Daryl Morey episode has evoked in Americans of all stripes is putting pressure on the league. Adam Silver issued a statement last night affirming that the NBA respects Morey’s right to his opinion, which I assume is a nudge to the Rockets not to fire him as GM in order to placate China. Whether Silver would have felt so strongly about Morey’s rights had there been no bipartisan domestic backlash I leave for you to surmise.

Note the last paragraph about basketball being a unifying force. Once upon a time, the argument in favor of U.S. corporate outreach to China was that our values would gradually infect them and transform their culture. How’s that infect-and-transform dynamic working out in the context of the Morey episode, do you think?

Anyway, is Silver’s statement good enough for China? He’s giving them nearly everything they want here. With the eyes of international media upon him and Americans hooting at him to defend western liberalism, he’s offered not a word of support for Hong Kong here nor a word of criticism for China. But maybe that’s not good enough: News broke this morning that Chinese state TV and the local digital carrier have suspended coverage of the NBA preseason to protest Morey’s comments. The clash of civilizations doesn’t get any starker than this quote:

“I think as a values-based organization that I want to make it clear … that Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression,” Silver said in an interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo Japan.

CCTV did not agree with Silver’s remarks.

“We are strongly dissatisfied and we oppose Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right of free expression. We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech,” CCTV said in its statement in Chinese, which was translated by CNBC.

One of the key points in this dispute (as well as the subject of last week’s now-famous “South Park” episode) is the west tacitly agreeing to impose Chinese censorship standards on its own corporate culture in exchange for access to China’s humongous market. Silver’s trying to adjust the terms of that devil’s bargain here — the league won’t criticize China if it decides it wants to start feeding the Uighurs into a wood-chipper, say, but it’s also not going to censor its own personnel who might have a problem with it. Go figure that that’s not good enough for a totalitarian state. In China, when a subordinate makes trouble for the leadership, he’s dealt with. Silver is refusing to punish Morey. Ergo, the whole league must be punished by losing its preseason TV coverage.

That’s one part of what’s driving the outrage, a growing awareness among Americans that China’s illiberal views on freedom of thought are leaking into corporate America via executives’ bank accounts. The NBA isn’t the worst offender but it may be the most visible one. It’s one thing to have some faceless Facebook PR apparatchik issue a statement that’s soft on China, it’s another to watch James farking Harden reassure China that he loves the country after his GM offered the tiniest gesture of support for Hong Kong protesters. What’s especially galling is that people of wealth and influence enjoy a freedom to dissent that the average wage slave can only dream of. If you work at a Chinese-owned factory in the midwest for 20 bucks an hour, your thoughts on Hong Kong may affect whether you can put food on the table. If you’re James Harden or Adam Silver, you don’t have that problem. Except you do, apparently — maybe more so than the factory worker because so much money is at stake. It takes a lot of dough to buy global silence on concentration camps but the Chinese have figured it out.

Inescapably, though, some of the outrage at the NBA is a simple matter of contempt for their hypocrisy. As many others have noted over the past 36 hours, the league is known for — and celebrates — its wokeness. People like Kerr and Gregg Popovich are beloved figures among sports-loving liberals for their willingness to chime in on matters of social justice, and have received glowing coverage in the press for it. I don’t begrudge them their greater interest in American injustices than Chinese mass oppression either; it’s natural to worry more about how your friends are being mistreated than people a world away. But that rule of thumb isn’t foolproof: Surely we can agree that once the level of foreign oppression reaches the concentration-camp stage, some reflection on whether you should continue to do business there while ignoring what’s happening is in order. And yet here’s Steve Kerr, the woke coach, playing dumb right in front of reporters.

What we’re learning, in other words, is that most or all of these “outspoken” A-holes are quivering frauds when speaking up might cost them something instead of earning them another sweetheart post on Deadspin or wherever.

Frauds. Next time they to purport to you lecture you about your flaccid social-justice conscience, ask them if they’ve been to the new training facility in Xinjiang yet. Exit question: Could the Rockets maybe offer to have Morey summarily execute this guy as a goodwill gesture to China?

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Human Rights? Money? The NBA Had a Choice to Make, They Went for the Money

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On Friday evening, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the people of Hong Kong. Almost immediately, the Chinese government, the Chinese Basketball Association and several Chinese businesses denounced Morey and moved to sever ties with the Rockets. The Ringer was told by league sources that the team’s ownership has been debating whether or not to fire him.

Here’s a screenshot of Morey’s original tweet, which has been deleted.

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The team’s owner, Tilman Fertitta, quickly sent out a tweet distancing himself from Morey’s tweet.

The NBA has also separated itself from Morey’s comment. They issued a statement on Sunday night which read:

We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.

Following the swift backlash over Morey’s brave support for Hong Kong, he issued an apology. He wrote that he’s “had a lot of opportunity since his original tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.” I’ll bet he has.

According to the “NBA Red Card,” a study into the digital performance of the NBA compiled by the Mailman Group, the Rockets were the second most popular NBA team in China as of September 3. The Ringer points out that “Hall of Famer Yao Ming played for the Rockets and helped exponentially grow the sport’s popularity in the country. But Yao is now the chair of the Chinese Basketball Association, which criticized Morey in its statement for making “an inappropriate comment related to Hong Kong” and said it “strongly opposes” the general manager’s remarks.

Morey is being punished for speaking up for human rights and freedom. He took a stand against tyrrany. One would think he would have been celebrated for upholding the values upon which our country was founded.

Thankfully, many Americans rallied to his side. Here are a few of those responses via Twitchy, starting with my personal favorite:

This is a hostage video. What an embarrassment for the @NBA.

Houston Rockets suspended by Chinese sponsor after GM posted (and quickly deleted) this tweet.

This whole situation is gross. The NBA made a big deal about supporting players’ freedom of speech. Apparently that ends when money gets involved.

If you’re doing business in China, no disloyal politics allowed.

Houston Rockets suspended by Chinese sponsor after GM posted (and quickly deleted) this tweet…If you’re doing business in China, no disloyal politics allowed…NBA should stand with @dmorey. But won’t. $$$

Can’t believe the National Basketball Association is being run by *checks notes* the Chinese Communist Party.

Caving to godless, communist murderers of millions. The @NBA is trash and a total hypocrite being woke about how awful America is bit kneeling before China

People fighting for their freedom, there’s nothing “complicated” about that “I’m sorry to find that political freedom is not acceptable in the 2nd largest economy in the world”

This whole situation is gross. The NBA made a big deal about supporting players’ freedom of speech. Apparently that ends when money gets involved.

And it’s not like @dmorey said something all that provocative. Supporting democracy seems pretty safe.

Here’s how a Chinese newspaper reacted.

So far, three Republican senators and even one Democrat, have expressed support for Morey.

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New Planned Parenthood Characterized As a “Regional Haven”… for Whom?

As we’ve covered previously here at RedState, earlier this year, Missouri passed a “Heartbeat Bill” which is one of the strongest pro-life measures in the nation.  As described by Representative Nick Schroer, who sponsored the bill:

“It starts off with a roughly eight-week abortion ban, once the heartbeat or brain activity can be detected in the child,” Schroer explained. “If, for any reason, any court were to overturn that, we have a tiered severance package which would kick it to a 14-week ban.”

If that limit, “which is linked to our scientific and legislative findings,” he said, also were blocked by a court, the law moves the limit to 18 weeks, then to 20 weeks.

The bill also would “ban abortions in the state of Missouri if, for any reason, Roe v. Wade is overturned (or) the Supreme Court dictates that it is going to be up to the states to legislate in the area of abortion,” Schroer said.

The bill’s provisions include allowing criminal charges to be filed against a doctor who performs a nonemergency abortion, with a potential prison sentence ranging from five to 15 years.

The measure includes an exception for an abortion in an emergency situation, but it does not include any exceptions for an unwanted pregnancy caused by rape or incest.

Since the bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on May 24, 2019, it has, not surprisingly, faced legal challenges. One of the biggest ongoing battles has been the contention by Planned Parenthood that its lone abortion clinic in the state would be forced to shut down under the new law.

Don’t worry overmuch, though. A new “mega clinic” has sprung up nearby – just across the river in Illinois:

Less than 15 miles from the border of Missouri, a state that is barely holding on to its last abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood has quietly erected one of the largest abortion clinics in the nation.

The 18,000-square-foot “megaclinic,” which will open later this month, was constructed in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and is equipped to provide services to 11,000 patients, Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday. CBS News first reported the clinic’s opening.

“Quietly.”  Why “quietly“?

The new clinic has been in construction for more than a year but was built in secret to avoid protesters and delay, officials said.

“Unfortunately, just given all of the stigma associated with abortion care and the targeted regulations against abortion providers, we needed to make the decision to open this facility in secrecy just like many other Planned Parenthoods around the country had to do in order to protect the project and be able to complete it on schedule, because we know that there is so much significant unmet need for family planning and abortion care around our region,” Rodriguez said.

A Post-Dispatch reporter who visited the site Wednesday morning found no signage inside or out indicating it was to be a Planned Parenthood facility. The head construction worker said he only found out Tuesday. Plans on the table were labeled generically “Medical Office Building.”

Yeah. Heaven forbid residents of the surrounding community be informed of the “mega clinic” springing up in their midst. Wouldn’t want them to have any say in it or anything. Democracy may die in darkness; secrecy thrives in it.

Here was the real kicker for me, though.  Local radio host Annie Frey posted a link to this article on her Facebook page yesterday:

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STL Radio Host Annie Frey (97.1 FM Talk) on new Planned Parenthood facility.

 

A “regional haven” for abortion access. That sounds so…warm and fuzzy. If only those hellbent on “quietly” erecting megaclinics so as to avoid the associated stigma were as concerned with providing a haven for the lives their temples will be snuffing out.

I hear ya, Annie, but it’s hard to be still on this.

 

 


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Great News for L.A.’s Homeless Population: ‘Second Phase’ of City’s Plastic Straw Ban Now Underway

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The long-running housing crisis and homeless problems in California’s big Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been well-documented. But the tens of thousands of those living on the streets in L.A. can rest a little easier this week as the ‘second phase’ of the city’s straw ban has gone into effect.

KABC reports:

The first phase of the “Straws on Request” initiative went into effect in April on Earth Day, and applied to restaurants with more than 26 employees. The second phase expands the ordinance to include restaurants of all sizes, including fast food and sit down businesses.

Under the city ordinance, restaurants can only provide plastic straws if a patron asks for one.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the city’s Bureau of Sanitation held a press conference Monday morning in Echo Park to remind restaurants of the law.

O’Farrell said the law seeks to reduce “single-use plastic waste from littering our beaches and waterways.”

Per the L.A. County website, “non-compliance may result in notices of violation and $25 fines for each day the business is in violation, not to exceed $300 annually.”

CBS Los Angeles notes that the L.A. version of the straw ban goes even further than a similar law already in place at the state level:

The Los Angeles ordinance is more restrictive than a state law that bars full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws because it applies to fast food restaurants and is the latest in a series of moves to by several other cities and organizations to cut down the use of plastic straws.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (D), who led the effort to get the straw ban in place, told a journalist during a news conference this week that in his opinion people didn’t really need straws to drink with anyway. He also provided smoothie drinkers with some helpful advice:

Twitter users had a some thoughts and questions after reading the news about Phase Two of the straw ban and O’Farrell’s suggestion:

Fox News took an in-depth look at the homeless crisis in Los Angeles back in August. Watch their report below to find out just how bad it is, and what L.A. is (not) doing about it:

Infuriating.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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