LA Lakers to Boycott Second Game of the Western Conference Finals Against Phoenix Suns
By: Jim Byrd
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance– that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” – Herbert Spencer
Nothing quite aggregates the inerudite fog that the Obama administration, the Democratic led Congress, and the heterogeneous disposition that various states and cities wander around in, than the above quote. And the Attorney General of this “nation of cowards,” epitomized the Obama administration last week when asked by the House Judiciary Committee if he had read the new 10 page Arizona immigration law. Holder, after spending weeks denouncing, criticizing, and demonizing the law because it â€œhas the possibility of leading to racial profiling,â€ was â€œunfortunate,â€ and because he questioned whether the law was unconstitutional, answered,
I have not had a chance to — I’ve glanced at it. Iâ€™ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what Iâ€™ve heard about the law. But Iâ€™m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is.
Compounding the Obama administration’s superficial ineptness, the queen of our security, custodian of our southern border, and former Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, took as strong a stance against the Arizona law as did Holder:
That’s not the kind of law I would have signedâ€¦ I believe it’s a bad law enforcement law. I believe it mandates and requires local enforcement and puts them in a position many do not want to be placed in. When I was dealing with laws of that ilk, most of the law enforcement agencies in Arizona at that time were opposed to such legislation.
Napolitano would have you believe that most of the law enforcement agencies of Arizona changed their minds in less than a year regarding immigration enforcement. And incidentally, Napolitano did admit that her statements regarding the Arizona immigration law were formulated without reading the 10 page law. She never read it, and rest assured that Obama never read it, and rest assured that…, etc., etc.
Pitted against reality in an epic battle in which it long ago decidedly submitted to defeat, the City of Los Angeles has persuaded the Los Angeles Lakers to withdraw from the NBA finals against the Phoenix Suns unless their home games are moved to Austin, San Francisco, Mogadishu, or any other bureaucracy that harbors a vapid disdain towards the rule of law in favor of moral and cerebral ineptness. The Phoenix Suns have also decided to boycott the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona; refusing to play any more games within the Great State, they will only wear jerseys inscribed with Los Suns, and concur that Mogadishu should be their surrogate home city.
Of course it would be preposterous to believe that the Lakers would boycott the NBA finals, or that Phoenix would move to another city over a law passed through a democratic process in Arizona. These modern day Leftists lack the five essential ingredients necessary to bring their vacuous threats to absolute fruition: standards, morals, perseverance, character, and the innate ability to transform an abstract political philosophy into a transcendental sociopolitical governmental foundation, the United States Constitution, as did a group of leaders in 1776. They may pick and choose a contract here and there to break in violation of contract law, boycott a few travel plans to Arizona, but when matters of momentous significance are on the line, they will unceremoniously assume the submissive position that afflicts all invertebrates.
The NBA Players Association has entered, at their own peril, the arena of national politics by labeling the Arizona immigration law “disturbing.” Remember, this is a game, a game of basketball, a sport. As with all professional sports, basketball is watched and supported by Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Atheists, Upper-Class, Middle-Class, Lower-Class, blacks, whites, and all ethnicities. The NBA Players Association and the Phoenix Suns are provoking commercial genocide.
Basketball, or as it was originally called, Basket Ball, was the creation of James Naismith in 1891 for one purpose: “The game of basketball was the result of a challenge from a teacher to his student to pique the interest of an incorrigible class during the usually dull winter months.” A perfunctory perusal of any sports page of the past ten years or so will attest to the fact that the “incorrigible class” has come full circle and is now the players, owners, league, and Players Association.
In the game of one-upmanship of aborted cognizance, San Francisco is impossible to beat, but the Los Angeles City Council never goes down without a fight, and with regard to the boycotting of Arizona, Los Angeles may have achieved a tie. Possibly, but the jury is still out.
What I find ironic is that the majority of city council members, governors, civic leaders, and politicians who have reacted to the immigration law in Arizona with rabid revulsion, all seem to have surnames of a south of the border persuasion. It does seem quite coincidental that certain similarities exist in the surnames of enemy nations or a similar genre of enemies that wish to usurp the American way of life. Just a casual, anecdotal observation reveals that most of the surnames against the Arizona law, or pretty much any law against criminals that cross the border into this country, are of a Hispanic bias, just as the surnames of, say, the Third Reich, mostly wore umlauts for hats.
A few nuggets of wisdom, patriotism, and words of social cohesiveness from a few of the Los Angeles City Council members, I have on loan from the pages of Time Magazine:
“The Lakers are critical to continuing the momentum,” says Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar, who was born in Mexico. His statement was referencing the momentum of the Los Angeles boycott of Arizona. Of what “momentum” he is referencing is anyone’s guess, as the only momentum to be found is the rapidly increasing national support for the Arizona law, and comically, a poll from the LA Times regarding Los Angeles’ boycotting Arizona. The result of the poll of Los Angeles residents was a resounding, “No. The city should mind its own business. 93.4%.”
Los Angeles City Council member Ed Reyes, one of the co-authors of the Arizona boycott legislation, is also holding out high hopes for the Lakers. “It would be huge,” says Reyes, hoping the Lakers would boycott the playoffs against Arizona. Mind that Reyes was born in Los Angeles, and is only an American citizen in the academic sense. It would be huge for Los Angeles alright, as boycotting an NBA playoff as a team would probably be the demise of that team as it is known, in that city. Reyes would love to see “Laguneros” â€” Spanish for Lakers â€” on the team’s jersey for at least one of the games against the Suns.
Reyes’ city council colleague Richard Alarcon is even more direct. “I love the Lakers, and hope they repeat [as NBA champions],” says Alarcon. “But there are some things more important than basketball. Democracy is more important than basketball. And the Lakers should make a statement.” Reyes is correct that “democracy is more important than basketball,” but considering that the Arizona law was passed by a democratic vote, and Alarcon version of democracy is of a Fascist’s persuasion, the then following statement would be more accurate: Democracy is more important than the Left’s version of Democracy. Since the discussion is encompassing, at its most basic level, people living and working where they should not, i.e., sneaking into a jurisdiction for a self-serving benefit, it is certainly worth mentioning that Alarcon was investigated in 2010 by the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division for not living in the district in which he ran for office.
Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, has taken a different approach, and with Villaraigosa being an economic prodigy, solvency is just around the corner for a functioning bankrupt Los Angeles. Villaraigosa went to law school, and was also a member of Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board. For starters, Villaraigosa had to abandon his legal approach to economic solvency because of a technicality: he failed the California Bar Exam four times and is not licensed to practice law by virtue of, quite frankly, being inflicted with the obtuse. So his only avenue was economic, where his genius has been roused from a lifetime of dormancy.
Villaraigosa appears to have stumbled upon the economic theorem employed by the Left: if costs are raised exponentially as revenues drops, then somehow, a balance sheet in the black will magically appear from nowhere. FDR perfected this theorem to prolong the Great Depression by at least a decade. Villaraigosa’s solution to an ever increasing budget deficient, now hovering around $500 million for Los Angeles, “In California, I think thereâ€™s a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state.” Villaraigosa’s economic astuteness is highlighted by his agreement with the boycott of Arizona, and apparently he and the city foresee a financial windfall when Arizona and other states and cities reciprocate the strategy. All illegal immigration is a net gain for Los Angeles, and the country, this according to Villaraigosa.
Here is a short list of the “economic might” that illegal immigration costs the state of California and the nation according to the Center of Immigration Studies, compiled from census data: Illegal immigration cost the state of California $10.5 billion per year, or $875 million per month, or $20 million per week. An added bonus of “economic might” about which Villaraigosa can brag is that Mexicans smuggle 80% of all cocaine in the U.S. across the open border we share with Mexico, and 50% of all heroin. After all the “economic might” is calculated from illegal immigration, $8 billion is sent back to Mexico annually, further contributing to illegal immigration’s “economic might” here.
The City of Angels very well could be conducting their council meetings by the illumination of candlelight. There is this dam in Arizona, the Hoover Dam, that has been providing electricity to Los Angeles since 1936, ergo, Arizona would win the boycott competition by myriad watts, if they so choose to engage.
Irreparable Harm to Arizona’s Reputation? Read the headline at dailyfinance.com. The lead sentence stated, “As bad as the financial hit may be, the cost to the state’s reputation is almost immeasurable.” The disconnect from reality by the Left is breathtaking at times. This article was 100% fabricated, and written under the guise of a fantasy that if you write it enough times, it becomes fact. Several national polls have the Arizona immigration law gaining traction across the country. From the Pew Research Center, polling numbers for the law conclude, “Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them.” And as disclosed in a preceding paragraph, the LA Times poll concluded that 93.4% of residents of LA polled said LA should mind its own business. Financial hit and soiled reputation, indeed.
Reyes, Alarcon, and Villaraigosa, and others whose alliances lie with Mexico rather than America, justify their LÃ¨se majestÃ© for a community that does not exist, the Latin American Community, the Hispanic Community, and whatnot. This Latin and Hispanic Community does not exist, or at least north of America’s southern border. The Latin and Hispanic community does exist though, south of the border in Mexico, Central America, and South America, and Reyes, Alarcon, and Villaraigosa are welcome to reside there, for comfort’s sake, of course.
This is a nation of Americans, sans the 14 million illegals, a nation of individuals with individual liberties, and individual freedoms. What it is not is a nation of “communities” of various ethnic backgrounds, heritages, and languages. The immigrants that filtered through Ellis Island, the Italians, the Irish, the Polish, never lost their pride and their ties to their homelands, even though they lived in Italian communities, Irish communities, etc. But what set these Americans apart from their contemporary illegal and legal immigrant brethren is that they were not leaches, learned English, worked, created a life, and assimilated a little each and every day, with passion and thankfulness, with the hopes of becoming American. These “communities” that Reyes, Alarcon, etc. belong to only seek citizenship, not becoming American.
It seems in the past month, my beliefs are aligned more so with the state of Arizona and its immigration law, and its ban on anti-American rhetoric taught by ethnic study programs, but then again, I always try to side with the founders, and I am sure they would side with Arizona.
Jim Byrd's website is A Skewed View.