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AdLib On April - 28 - 2014


Surprising most in the public, instead of expressing regret for his recently publicized racist comments, Clippers owner Donald Sterling announced that he will strike back at his critics by financing the startup of a new basketball league that will cater primarily to racists. The new league which he has initially named, “National Independent Basketball Backers Embracing Racists” (NIBBER) will feature players who sign lifetime employment agreements which bind them into servitude to their teams with only room and board for compensation.

Sterling has announced that he has recruited celebrity lawbreaker and racist rancher, Cliven Bundy as his right hand man, to head up the acquisition of players for the league and recruit racists to build their fan base.

Bundy expressed great optimism at the prospects of this new racist league, “I noticed that when I’m driving by the homes of unemployed black basketball players, they’re just spending their days getting abortions for their daughters and putting their boys in prison, probably dreaming of how much better it was in the old days when they could have been making three point shots into their burlap sacks with the cotton they picked.”

As to the fan base, Bundy says that for the militia types and right wing Republicans to whom he is quite popular, basketball and slavery is a real “twofer”.

While the concept of exploiting black men to get them to play basketball without getting paid may offend many Americans, the NCAA expressed bewilderment by the protests against it.

Sterling explained that the league will be primarily based in The South and that to protect the integrity of the fans attending, all those coming to games will have to provide an ID. He also described a new high tech scanning device that all fans will have to go through when entering the building that will make sure that they are carrying guns into the arena, have minimal brain activity and pass a skin color spectrograph that can discern between a white man with a red neck and non-whites.

Some possible team names that have been floated by Sterling and Bundy include, “The Charleston Chattel”, “The Houston Butlers” and “The Tennessee Involuntaries”.

Sterling, whose ownership of the Clippers may be jeopardized by his racism, says he is stunned by how the public has turned on him but insists that he will prevail. “I may be in the minority when it  comes to issues about race but the minority shouldn’t be oppressed and treated like they are beneath anyone else. With that in mind, I am committing myself to establishing this racism-based basketball league so that all of those who are in the minority with me can be judged not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin.”

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. pinkpantheroz says:

    “DISGRACED racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer.

    Sterling has been ill for years, and those around him are surprised he is still alive, sources told
    The New York Post.

    “They thought he would die two years ago,” one source said of Sterling, who on Tuesday was banned for life from the NBA for his now-infamous recorded racist rant.

    “People have been predicting his imminent demise. I’m sure he has the best … drugs money can buy,” said the source, who works closely with pro sports teams.

    “He can do anything to keep himself alive.”

    The source said some of the medication Sterling has been taking is responsible for the puffy appearance of his face.

    Another source said Sterling, 80, was specifically suffering from prostate cancer.

    In an ironic twist, Sterling refused to pay for prostate-cancer surgery a decade ago for then-Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes.

    “I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn’t be covered,” Hughes told The Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin, in 2011.

    “They said if they did it for one person, they’d have to do it for everybody else.”

    Four Clippers players chipped in to cover the $70,000 cost.

    Meanwhile, Sterling has been phoning friends for support, sources said.

    “He’s calling everyone, saying: ‘Tell me I’m not a racist,’ ” a source said, noting that the friends are refusing, for fear that Sterling was recording them.

    Sources said Sterling has also been telling friends that he doesn’t understand the public furore over his recorded comments to then-girlfriend V. Stiviano, whom he scolded for publicly “associating with black people” and told not to bring any black friends to “my games.”

    Source: the New York Post

    I’m not going to say what I think.

    • James Michael Brodie says:

      I pray for him and for his family. I will leave it at that…

    • Kalima says:

      I would like nothing better than to say what I think, but I’d have to “ban myself for life” from The Planet. 😉

      • pinkpantheroz says:

        Like minds, Kalima! We will get the satisfaction that, despite all his money and power, his lasting legacy will be his racism, not his ego-based ‘philantropy’.

        • Kalima says:

          He’s no philanthropist. I read that years ago he bid on some property promising to turn it into a homeless shelter. He got the property alright, and years later nothing has been done there. It was just a con job.

          Yes, racism is about all he will be remembered for before people move on to the next jerk waiting in line. Plenty of those still out there.

  2. Kalima says:

    Well what do you know, it runs in the family.


    Rochelle Sterling: The Clippers’ Cruella de Ville
    by Michael Daly

    If Mrs. Sterling has any intention of attending more playoff games—much less holding on to the team—she needs to explain her role in her husband’s effort to push out minority tenants.


    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, is this surprising? Did anyone think that anyone who was married for years to Sterling would be a liberally-minded Progressive…or a like-minded racist?

      Kind of ironic that many black people are among those who now refuse to allow the Sterlings to continue residing at The Staples Center.

      • Kalima says:

        Not in the least surprising, they even resemble each other physically. Isn’t impersonating a government official a felony? She would look like regurgitated bile in an orange jumpsuit.

        Good for them, it’s good to see the tables turned.

        • AdLib says:

          Kalima, yes, it they can confirm she impersonated a government official, it is a crime. Imagine that, one of the elite breaking the law to do what they want? She better sell out too or someone would be smart to file a criminal complaint against her for that.

          • Kalima says:

            I think they already did and it was settled out of court. After this someone should look into it.

            Yes imagine that, the rich getting away with murder while the poor languish in jail for smoking a joint or have their houses taken away for owing $6. Read that yesterday somewhere and had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

  3. AdLib says:

    Stephen Colbert gets a wag of my finger for copying this post and suggesting that Sterling start a racist league of his own. And Stephen, don’t have your lawyers copy my lawyers’ lawsuit or they will have to sue for in return which your lawyers would then copy and a Mobius lawsuit would ensue that creates a black hole and destroys the universe.

  4. AdLib says:

    What is interesting to consider is, might the swift and decisive action against Sterling be more about money than it is about principle?

    The NBA players were prepared to boycott the playoffs if sufficient and quick action wasn’t taken by the NBA against Sterling. Mark Cuban’s selfish statement the day before, about this being a slippery slope to kick out an owner over racist words, evaporated by today after the threat.

    So might it be more likely that this action by the NBA is less due to an awakening of conscience amongst the wealthy, white NBA team owners than the leverage that the mostly black NBA players (who were indeed acting out of conscience and principle) had to damage their wealth by uniting and refusing to play if the NBA and owners didn’t act against Sterling?

    One thing that is undeniable and encouraging is that when the many whose work the wealthy profit off of, come together in protest against the injustices of the wealthy, they have the power to insist on change.

    • Unca Adverse says:

      Bully for YOU! __ SO TRUE! __ !ALL Power to The People!
      “The despotism of capital over labour is the condition
      of their own parasitical existence.” -- Karl Marx

      • AdLib says:

        Unca, it seems to always be the way that the wealthy and powerful accumulate so much hubris as they accumulate wealth and power, they never see it coming when the many push back and overwhelm them.

        And there’s been a lot of that going on lately in a variety of countries. It’s been a bit here and there in the U.S., Occupy Wall Street, fast food worker protests over minimum wage, immigration reform protests, this protest against racism and Sterling…now if only we can unite the majority on taking on the big picture behind all of this, the tyranny of the wealthy minority over the majority, big changes could happen.

    • Nirek says:

      Ad, the NBA did act swiftly. I believe their action is correct. Wish our own justice system were as swift. I know the courts are way too busy, though.

  5. pinkpantheroz says:

    The GOP/TP is alive and well in Australia ( known here as the Liberal Party!) Read this and weep!

    “A KEY authority on race discrimination has blasted plans by Federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis to “water down” the Racial Discrimination Act, saying new polling shows 88% of Australians opposed the change.

    The amendments scrap section 18C of the legislation, the part which makes it illegal for someone “to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person” on the basis of race, colour or background.

    Three other sections -- 18B, 18C and 18E -- will also be removed, replaced by a section that would create rules against racial vilification.

    The changes were proposed after News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt was successfully sued for claiming certain light-skinned Aboriginal people were pretending to be indigenous to benefit themselves.

    Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane said the sentiment shown in the Nielsen Poll published on Monday was in line with multicultural and indigenous communities, human rights groups and the legal profession.

    “Racial tolerance is a pillar of Australian public morality,” he said.

    “Today’s findings are an emphatic statement of our society’s commitment to civility, decency, and tolerance.

    “It is an acknowledgement that race relations should be placed above politics or ideology.”

    The Attorney-General’s office declined to comment on the proposed changes because they were out for consultation until April 30.

    Senator Brandis has previously said the changes would be the first time that racial vilification is included in the Commonwealth legislation.

    “Laws which are designed to prohibit racial vilification should not be used as a vehicle to attack legitimate freedoms of speech,” he said.

    Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said polling showed community was sending a clear message to the government.

    “The time has come for Tony Abbott and Senator Brandis to listen to Australians and abandon their plan to water down protections against racial vilification and hate speech,” he said ” Source: Daily Mercury.

    Note the ‘News Limited’ reference. Murdoch has clout with these creeps!
    The upshot of this is that the GOP/TP want to be able to be bigots without breaking the law!

    • AdLib says:

      ppo, this is amazing.

      Also amazing is the reality of democratic governments actually being oligarchies, when politicians can act against the wishes of 88% of the people and instead in the interests of the elite…and remain in power. It’s quite a stark symbol of how undemocratic our political systems have become.

  6. escribacat says:

    Well done, Adlib (again!) Why do these old white fossils always look like old white fossils?

    • Nirek says:

      E’cat, NOT all old white men are like these idiots. I’m an “old white guy” and feel the same as you about almost all issues.

      • kesmarn says:

        Nirek, I realized yesterday that I’ve been a little hard on the “old white guy” sector of the population myself and I think I owe you and the Planet an apology! I should have clarified that it’s the racist and/or sexist folks who produce the eye-rolling reaction. (And “white gal” Sarah Palin qualifies in that department.)

        Not the good guys!

        • Nirek says:

          Thanks Kes, but you are right about those who are racist and sexist being for the most part “old white men”. My point is that they are a minority of us older white men.

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks so much, escribacat!

      Maybe because dinosaurs have very limited facial expressions?

  7. James Michael Brodie says:

    AdLib, I wish I could write like you. Well done, my friend… 🙂

  8. James Michael Brodie says:

    Perhaps the world is changing a bit. Perhaps the words we consider toxic are changing. Some folks act like this is the first time a person lost respect, credibility or standing over their words choices.

    There was a time when saying nice things about people of color would cost you. Even the Supreme Court was disdainful of the rights of Blacks. Professional sports banned Black players. Social scientists promoted their theories of Black genetic inferiority.

    Some in the GOP (Santorum, Gingrich, Trump, Limbaugh, etc.) are clinging to those days. And they are being outed at such a pace that the tired old defense that such comments are “isolated” no longer hold water.

    Today, hateful language may get one in trouble, may come back to haunt. May cost money. There is a growing power among people of goodwill to go along with the long-held anger and frustration at negative speech and its former place of prominence.

    And while there will still be pushback from those who insist that old days are over, the reality of the Donald Sterling, Cliven Bundy, Phil Robertson and others will force all of us to challenge our beliefs about others — and, hopefully, grow as a society.

    • Hey Jim, hopefully social evolution will not be as slow as the evolution of species.

      I do believe that there are far more decent, accepting people than there are the haters and bigots. Lucky for us humans, we have language and arts to help the world change for the better. Artists are really instruments of change for a higher purpose. Writers, poets, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, actors all contribute to our betterment as human beings.

      Big changes come slowly, but I think with the information age, the changes we need will come about a little bit quicker. That’s the great thing about the internet.

      Here is a great example;

    • Unca Adverse says:

      A civil rights movement is still needed NOW!

    • AdLib says:

      James, the world is changing and the intolerance which used to be more widespread does seem to be concentrated more in the older generations and the least Progressive parts of the country.

      This is absolutely a good thing and this situation fires a powerful warning shot across the bows of those who harbor racism in our society.

      The bigots however do continue to flock together and the rise of militia groups and the frequent use of open racism by Republicans to appeal to their base and protect their power continue as well.

      Despite the dishonesty of the SCOTUS Five, racism is not over in this country but it is in retreat. I think we’ll see it proudly displayed by Republican candidates and pundits this year and in 2016 but they are pandering to a community that is dying off.

  9. Kalima says:

    Of course if he sells his stake, he stands to gain billions.


    LA Clippers owner banned for life

    The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers pro-basketball team is banned from the sport for life after making racist remarks on tape.


    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, living in LA I have seen Sterling’s obnoxious self-promotion full page ads in the LA Times for a very long time. All the charities he gives to always seems to be a purchase of publicity, awards, etc. (like the NAACP award he was going to get). Sterling is an egomaniac, what matters more to him than money is his ego so even though he’ll get hundreds of millions, watching the PR image he’s built up his whole life (even changing his last name to sterling out of vanity) crumble and seeing that he will be seen in sports history as being infamous, is probably the most devastating thing you could do to him.

      So this is the worst punishment he could get and he of course deserves it.

      • Kalima says:

        I’m not an American, don’t follow your baseball or basketball so I had never heard of him before this incident.

        Ok, then he really does get what he deserves.

        What is it with the Donalds anyway?

        Donald Trump. Donald Rumsfeld……

    • James Michael Brodie says:

      Not about the money. Pay him. So long as he leaves.

      • Kalima says:

        Exactly! Still, it’s not much of a punishment if he gains from it.

        • James Michael Brodie says:

          What he loses is prestige. He already had money anyway, so a bit more is no big deal. Besides, half of that loot is going to Mrs. Sterling…

          • Kalima says:

            😆 Hope she enjoys every penny of it after living with that creep.

            You would think that with all of his money he would have had that ugly warlock wart removed from his wrinkled face. I don’t understand rich people sometimes. They have all that money yet they look like scarecrows. Good riddance!!

            • Kalima says:

              Well Unca Adverse, I wouldn’t go as far as that but am very much for relieving them of some of their assets through fair taxation and those pesky back-taxes they owe the government and the citizens. That of course means globally. If they leave in a mass exodus like they did in France rather than pay the higher taxes, well at least they won’t be sponging off the rest of us.

            • Unca Adverse says:

              The idle rich need corner the market for Columbian neckties…

            • James Michael Brodie says:


  10. pinkpantheroz says:

    Marvellous, AdLib. A triumph! I’m waiting for the announcements of the coaches. One, for sure, will be Vlad ‘The Patriot’ Putin. I’ll be bidding for two franchises, the ‘Washington Whiteskins’ and the ‘Atlanta Cowards’. It may be difficult to tell teams apart, what with them all having white uniforms and helmets, the conical type, with 2 holes halfway down, but I’m sure that Nascar decals will feature prominently, and the games will be held at NRA Firing Ranges all around the country. Can’t wait!!

    • AdLib says:

      ppo, very funny stuff!!!

      Hmm…what other team names could there be? The Koch’s Kentucky Klansters (KKK), The Mississippi Master Racers and the Oklahoma Oppressors.

      Like the uniforms and scenario you describe! Maybe they could also change the rules so that on the court, only white players can have access to the key?

  11. Kalima says:

    Hilarious AdLib!

    That the conservative press have tried to paint Donald Sterling as a raving Democrat is also funny. Tomasky does a great job of trashing this bs.


    Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism
    by Michael Tomasky

    Oh, how eager the conservative press is to call Donald Sterling a Democrat! It’s all part of their larger fantasy narrative about conservatism and race.


    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, I saw on the Daily Show or Colbert that Fox News even covered the Popes sainthood by dividing the Popes into “Liberal” and “Conservative”.

      This story has nothing to do with political parties, Sterling is simply an old, wealthy racist and his political party is irrelevant. Sterling was all about self promotion and using his money to advance himself, he wasn’t an ideologue.

      But Republicans are so excited that finally, a publicized racist isn’t a hard core Republican that they have to try and push the meme that Democrats are “just as racist as we are!”

      • Kalima says:

        It obviously backfired except for those living in those fox holes.

        Sterling is a flaming racist, and his political leanings are just an excuse for the Teapublicans to jump on. Lord knows they have little else on their menu these days now that Benghazi has died a slow and embarrassing 100th death.

        Dividing two popes into “Liberal” and “Conservative” was just too ridiculously funny. For those of us of the Catholic faith, politics is not the main issue. Jesus wasn’t a politician. Thank God. 😉

  12. kesmarn says:

    Too funny, AdLib! Well done!

    Can I nominate a potential cheerleading squad?

    Phyllis Schlaffly

    Michelle Bachmann

    Sarah Palin

    Jan Brewer

    Sharon Angell

    Megyn Kelly

    Elizabeth Hasselbeck

    Yes, it’s true. A few of them are a bit — shall we say — long in the tooth, but when you consider that it’s pretty likely that Bundy and Sperling (and probably all of the fans of this new league) have the severe cataracts that go along with being “color blind” older white guys, I don’t think they’ll notice those wrinkles and varicose veins on the “girls.”

    If they are bothered by them, they can just pull those pointy hoods down a little bit so that their eyes don’t line up with the eye hole openings any more.

    • AdLib says:

      Kes, now that is a frightening proposition. Jan Brewer, Sharon Angle, Phyllis Shlaffly, etc. as cheerleaders! But if that’s not what they already are, what else are they?

      “Give me a ‘K’! Give me another ‘K’! Give me another ‘K’, What does that spell? Republican!”

  13. Nirek says:

    Ad, if it were not so sad it would be funny. We have too many bigots here in America. But like the President said “just let them keep talking” and they will show themselves to be what they are, racist jerks.

  14. SueInCa says:

    Very good, Adlib. The only thing you forgot was to add Donald “the pimp” trump to the mix. A real three ring circus then.

    • AdLib says:

      Sue, left out Trump because how can one not take him at his word that he has “great relationships with the blacks”? I mean, when one becomes President, he only insists they’re traitorous, lying, Christian hating terrorists who aren’t American and he can prove it.

      • Nirek says:

        Well Ad, that makes him a perfect fit for the three ring circus Sue is talking about. But it could be even more rings if you count other TP/bigots.

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