“Bravo! Out of the mouths of babes. . . I would add that "from the actions of babes" let the world move on unchanged. Being gay, married and in love changes nothing, except to enhance the beauty and grace of the human experience. Thanks for sharing!”
“Why is it that the people who always write these types of screeds like Frank M. has just shared with us, that they cannot use the English language properly? Does no one not see the irony in this? Donald Sterling is a black-hearted, troll of a bigot and he needs to be sequestered from the NBA forthwith before he says any other damaging thing. We're not arguing the rights of free speech, freedom of the press or right to privacy. We are responding as decent people, who recognize that there is simply no place for this kind of jackleg, knee-jerk racism. Beneath our skins, we're all the same, whether you care to admit it or not!”
bilo rile me on May 13, 2014 at 11:14:32
“" We're not arguing the rights of free speech, freedom of the press or right to privacy."
Arguing the rights of free speech, right to privacy, and other irrelevant 'rights' where this story is involved, are arguments meant to divert the topic, made by folks who choose to, somehow, defend another racist. The far right is here, pretending to understand this story, in defense of the like-minded.”
“Let's face it; Sterling specifically mentioned Johnson first. Johnson isn't judging him, he's responding to a personal attack. As for role models, skeevy-looking and sleazy-acting Sterling needs to be dealt with post-haste by the NBA; he's an embarrassment of the highest order.”
“What part of what I stated do you not understand? Romney was OUTSIDE of the hall where he was speaking and the remarks were tangential, and were taped surreptitiously and leaked to Mother Jones during the 2012 Presidential race . Sterling was PAYING Stiviano to record ALL of his remarks, which have since ended up in a courtroom as a process of law called DISCOVERY, thereby rendering them part of the public domain. This is when they became known to the public and were rightly trounced upon. I am NOT debating you on anything, I am simply stating facts.”
“You know nothing about me. I had two careers and worked damned hard. I'm partially-sighted and am now disabled. I don't drink coffee and think Starbucks is inane. I lean more towards the middle class than you could ever hope to know and the knowledge i supplied you with, was knowledge gained in high school, so it is readily available to anyone with any curiosity or anyone who cares to really understand how government works. The other problem with people like you, is you make assumptions based on thin air, or a picture. I don't play the violin, but the viola and yes, I've written a book and worked 60 hour weeks. The last problem with people like you, is you vote, when you have no earthly clue what it is your're voting on or for. You vote "platform" rather than "principle" which I don't expect you to understand, either. It's people like you that have put this country in the toilet.”
“Hate speech is not a crime; I never said it was and his opinions are not criminal. I do believe the NBA has a right to expect exemplary behavior from team owners and since the league is 80% African-American, this is just unconscionable to me. What would happen if the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department said he hated Micks? I realize this is not a true analogy as it is an appointed post by the mayor, but really? And as to slavery, the players may be well compensated, but Mr. Sterling is far richer than any of the players of the Clippers. I stand by what I said, mainly because along with the bigotry, it DOES sound atavistic and something like what a slave-owner would say, right down to keeping a bi-racial mistress. Your inference that I think all bigoted comments are akin to slavery is flawed. It is THIS particular comment I find damning.”
“Let me refresh your memory; the Mitt comment was made to one other person outside of the venue, where he was speaking. There would be an implied expectation of privacy. What Sterling said was being recorded and he knew it as it was V. Stiviano's job at the time. Again, since the tape has been introduced into a lawsuit as part of "discovery" it is now part of the public domain. Sterling's behavior and comments are not a one-time thing, either. The NBA has a right to expect that its owners display exemplary behavior when it comes to race, since the league is 80% African-Americna.”
Chances R Few on May 11, 2014 at 21:04:27
“Ms Wallace I am not going to debate you on this. You fully understand what I meant. The privacy Mr Rommey felt is 180 degrees from what Sterling found himself in. This was not a secret society that would never speak of what was said. Mr Sterling was speaking to one person whom he trusted. That is not even close your analogy and frankly I think you know that but are not willing to admit it.”
“Here's what both of you are missing: 1) The man signed a 'contract' with the NBA. He represents the NBA. The NBA has a right to expect that its owners display a certain amount of decorum and adhere to a certain set of standards; plus, the NBA is 80% African-American. I'd be pissed if I heard that. 2) The 'private, taped' conversation is a part of a civil lawsuit and is an item of 'discovery' in a case. As such, it becomes part of the public domain, pure and simple.
I'm throwing in a number 3: This kind of hate-speech is unconscionable. It smacks of the antebellum south and pre-Civil Rights Act of 1964. Maybe we should just go ahead and re-institute the Jim Crow laws. All I know is that when a man owns a team and it's "all right if the play for me, I just don't want them sitting near me," it sounds like slavery, pure and simple, right down to his sleeping with a woman who is half-Mexican and half-African American. Sterling is a troll and deserves to be banned for life and to be stripped of his team”
“Thank you. No one made this big of a fuss when Mitt Romney was caught in camera saying derogatory things regarding 49% of the population of this country. What is caught on tape, video or otherwise in a setting that is in the 'public' domain is one thing. Sterling's girlfriend was using that tape in a civil lawsuit, thus it became fair game in a process known as 'discovery'. Were Sterling talking on a phone and this became known from transcripts made by the NSA, then yes, we have a huge problem.
The only huge problem we have right now, is people like Chris S. who doesn't understand how his own government works, but nonetheless feels he needs to make a 'statement' regarding the 'political correctness' in this country. Well, Sport, I'm here to tell ya, that you're wrong on every single count. Take a few civics classes, some logic classes and while you're at it, some critical thinking classes and get back to me on that, will ya?”
Gordonfan24 on May 11, 2014 at 12:00:27
“I understand all too well, that people like you will look past her illegal activity. Sorry, I need to work 60+ hours a week to provide for my family. I don't have time to take any classes. Maybe you could write us a book and give us all a good learnin' while you're playing your violin hanging out at Starbucks.”
“I don't think she did; parse it down. Yes, the IV amendment needs to be protected, especially in this time of encroachment by government agencies. So too, do the I, III, IX and XIV, but again, the government is not the agency reacting here, the NBA is. The NBA has the right to expect that they will be represented by people who will display like-minded standards or morality and fairness. The other issue here is that the NBA is 80% African-American. What Sterling said and what is unsaid is that "it's okay for them to play for me and earn me money, I don't want them around me". That, my friend, smells like slavery, which the Emancipation Proclamation did away with and which we put to rest with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It is the NBA's right collectively and with the leadership of Adam Silver to protect the image of the NBA, and to further it's image as a place of equality, outside of the purview of the United States Government. Were I Adam Silver and it were up to me and if it were possible, I would force Sterling to sell to the lowest bidder, if not strip him of the Clippers altogether. There is no place in society for people with such vitriolic and hateful attitudes, and certainly not in positions where they wield power and money.”
Rache511 on May 11, 2014 at 14:18:32
“Mary, pursuant to your position upon the matter, we may as well all forget about freedom of speech, pronounce it dead and bury it, if a person can be stripped of his personal property rights for stating a politically incorrect position. If our society has no place in it for "people with such vitriolic and hateful attitudes", then our society is no longer the society it was originally created as and needs to return to, lest we all become deprived of our right to hold unpopular points of view.”
smokert5555 on May 11, 2014 at 07:20:33
“Yes, it's not a 4th amendment issue. But it is a privacy issue and does need a national discussion, especially in light of the ease of recording any event or conversation. Does privacy end as soon as you open your mouth? If not there, where?
Mr. Sterling has the right to be a bigot, as long as he doesn't act on it. His opinions should not and can not be criminal. However, if he acts on them in any way, then it can become criminal. The NBA does have the right to basically force him to sell the team and in the meantime, have someone represent his interests while staying in line with NBA guidelines.
Mr. Sterling's words are not akin to slavery. The players are compensated and had the choice not to sign the contract. The words are akin to bigotry. While slavery is bigoted, all bigoted acts are not slavery.”
“If you're going to use this argument, than you have to also excuse Mitt Romney for his remark and the "49%" that was supposedly off the mic. Any expression of thought such as this is damning and is indicative of the person's true moral compass. Sterling's attitude strikes me as "they can play and earn me money, but I don't want them near me", i.e. the antebellum south, or simply put, slavery.
No matter how it was conveyed to the public -- short of illegal wiretapping -- and I agree that because there was no government intervention, there is no 4th amendment transgression, this racial bias is simply unacceptable in this day and age and Sterling should be shunned, given a lifetime ban and he should be forced to sell his team. It is THAT bad. When we start using ''situational ethics'' and fall back on the Bill of Rights, when we don't know what in the HELL we are talking about, then we suffer as a society. Since it has been going on for some time, look around you and you can see the results. Sterling needs to be made outcast.”
Kimiko Austin-Rijs on May 11, 2014 at 19:19:06
“Mitt Romney was NOT in the privacy of his own home. He was speaking in public. What a terrible analogy.”
Chances R Few on May 10, 2014 at 16:46:53
“Sorry I can't buy the Mitt analogy. That was a public forum. He was not in his home. While he may have expected that his words would go no further there really should not be any expectation of privacy. Anyone of those guest could have told the media what he said. Yes the information was obtained covertly, But he was talking to a room full of people. I am sure they didn't sign privacy contracts before they entered.”
“No surprise says no one in Viola Fury's house. This is precisely what happened in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and Hungary in 1956. General Vocjiech Jaruzelski forestalled an invasion by Russia of Poland in 1981 by proclaiming Martial Law and putting a damper on Lech Walesa's budding Union in the Gdansk Shipyards. Oh. But wait! The Russian tanks were already there! This "military exercise" will become an invasion in a red-hot minute if the protests continue.
The demonstrators themselves have proven to be more than a match for the police and the Military has said it will do nothing. Will the West pull a Neville Chamberlain and more precisely, will Mr. Obama back up his words uttered during the Olympics? Ya know; the ones about freedom and letting Ukraine declare her own sovereignty and stuff? Russia has a very old habit of re-claiming what was once theirs, even if it wasn't originally, or for only five minutes. I predict we'll blink and let it go, as Ukraine is only on "Russia's doorstep".”
“I think this guy is Dad of the Year. He's picking up his kid; he's not out running around on his wife, doing drugs or drinking. He obviously has a very strong connection with this daughter, if they can laugh and joke and have a moment's pleasure during what has become for most, a stressful life. I love it when the daughter said "We're bad people!" I just wish we had more bad people like that.”
“Apparently, she has. Wait until she has something really challenging, like becoming blind and parkinsonism, both of which I have. If I didn't have my sense of humor, I'd have a miserable life. I have a great life and laughing about my own pratfalls and dumb moments enriches it!”
“I got whip-lash from falling on ice and it hurt my playing career for 6 months. That being said, pratfalls, Fails ARE funny! They are the stuff of life and if you cannot take them in that context, I am sorry for you. It is harmless fun and I am the first to laugh at my own gaffes and idiocies and clumsiness. I loved it when the daughter said "We're bad people!" Not by a long shot! Rock on, Daddy!”
“I have several of his movies on DVD that I watch over and over. Just recently, I finally saw "Face Off" which is a total tour-de-force! He out-performs Travolta who isn't even on the screen when Cage is present. How the Hell did I miss this? I missed this because I was constantly on the road of buried in an orchestra when it was released. Just awesome! Thanks ghidra! I'll be sure and catch those others as well! ViolaFury”
“This is actually a very shrewd move and a good one on the part of Vladimir Putin. By visiting the Americans and the Canadiens, he is showing a gracious side that up until now, has been lacking in his dealings with western leaders. By appealing to the common man, he is not only showing grace, but hearkening back to his own political upbringing, before the split up of the Soviet Union. Whether or not it is seen as a blatantly cynical move by the media and the rest of the world remains to be seen. But, I for one, am not unsurprised by Mr. Putin, at all.”
“I am enchanted by their use of the English language, but I have spent many years around Russians. When I played viola professionally, I had at one time, a Russian stand partner, fresh from what was then Leningrad. She and I muddled along for several years, each trying out our horrible Russian and English on one another. Part of the way the parse our language is that there are no pronouns and it is direct. Later, I had the great good fortune to join the Russian program of SAT@home, whose mission statements is as follows:
"SAT@home is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to solve hard and practically important problems (discrete functions inversion problems, discrete optimization, bioinformatics, etc) that can be effectively reduced to Boolean satisfiability problem. At the moment we are searching for triple of mutually orthogonal Latin squares of order 10."
As long as the problems I am solving are "practically important," I figure I'm doing the right thing! Cut them some slack. They're wonderful, creative and if they seem crude and out of touch, thank Stalin for that. They still rule in the worlds of Music, Ballet, Astronomy and they're tough. Five invasions in the 20th century alone left them with little time for niceties; they were too busy surviving. Could we have done the same?”
“The whole political scene is beginning to take on an aura of something out of a bad Bass-Rankin recreation of "Lord of the Rings" movie crossed with what the Japanese thought Disney-themed movies were like in the 70s. A sort of tie-dyed Elf Land construct-bastardized Chutes and Ladders game. All we're missing are sad-eyed dwarves. But, we do have Rand Paul. Polls and Poll Land is something that has become a chicken-and-egg thing. The polls say one thing, and then the candidates, or hopeful candidates, or non-candidates, or my neighbor, tailor their views to fit the poll. The pollster-elves then run back and cobble up a new poll and poll a bunch of confused fairy-land visitors, who may have voted, and satisfied with their results, call it Splendiferous. Until something happens, or reality sets in, or the moon rises, or my cat yawns. Then, the Magic Pumpkin comes down and declares the previous poll Null and Void, because Romney said the "trees in Michigan are the Right Height" and a new Poll is declared by Purple-Poll Eaters and the PPP. Got that? Simple. Now, on to rational numbers.”
“I think it's like the most "favored nation status" but I'm reading between the lines. I believe the ones in power are being pressured by Putin to shun any commerce at all with the EU, so that although Ukraine is a "separate" entity, it in fact isn't. Most of the former SSRs are faced with a similar choice and I believe that Putin and company are looking for an eventual re-unification of the good ol' CCCP. Just sayin'. So, this facilitates that eventual happening and also will bring back the good old days of "duck and cover?" Pravda. Spaciba, fellow-traveler.”
“I hang around in enough circles both internet and in real life that I feel I can say with confidence that Nic Cage is iconic. No less a reviewer than Roger Ebert said once, that he would pretty much watch anything with Nic Cage in it because the man is fearless as an actor and I have to agree. Any one who performs in public or knows that they will leave behind an oeuvre of work and is willing to put themselves out there with the kind of reckless abandon that Nic Cage does, deserves not only our admiration for his efforts, but also for the number of times, he's pulled it off. From total schlub to raging, completely incoherent mania, Cage never ceases to amaze, or entertain.
I have some small connection musically with his Great-Uncle Anton Coppola, primarily as an Opera conductor. I spent 12 seasons with him; he has written as well as conducted, and an absolute master at his chosen passion and expected no less from the people fortunate enough to work with him. From where I sit now, to see Nic popping up on a "Feeling Cagey" website, would be a tribute he can appreciate, I think. A testament to his talent and fearlessness. He's a joy to watch, even when bees are involved.”
ghidra15 on Nov 22, 2013 at 23:50:58
“I agree. I think anyone who disses him should see him in Bringing Out the Dead or Adaptation and say that again.”