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The NBA's China Problem Gets Worse After 2 American Arenas Eject Hong Kong Supporters

This week's demonstrations at NBA games are a refreshing reminder that Americans won't just "stick to sports."

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If the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its team owners wanted American fans and league employees to stop talking about China and just focus on the upcoming NBA season, they picked a really dumb way to make that happen.

On Tuesday night, security guards at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center ejected a pair of fans from a preseason game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Guangzhou Loong Lions, a Chinese team. The fans had been holding signs reading "Free Hong Kong," and NBC Philadelphia reported that the fans were heard chanting the same slogan during the game. Video of the incident quickly circulated on Twitter.

On Wednesday night, when the Guangzhou Loong Lions played a game in Washington, D.C., there were more protesters with more signs. One asked people to "Google Uighurs" in reference to the Muslim-minority group that's been systemically persecuted and forced into internment camps in western China. Others expressed support for the protests in Hong Kong. Again, the signs were confiscated and the fans were escorted from the arena.

But in trying to silence a handful of fans, the NBA has turned a minor public relations crisis into a full-blown Streisand Effect. And while prominent sports media outlets have not exactly covered themselves in glory by trying to ignore the story, it's now quickly becoming unavoidable. By Thursday evening, one of the protestors kicked out of Wednesday's game in Washington had taken to the pages of the New York Post to accuse the NBA of practicing "Chinese-style censorship and authoritarianism on American soil."

The NBA's crackdown on expressing support for Hong Kong's independence began after Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong" last Friday night. The tweet was quickly deleted, but China (a huge and growing market for the NBA's product) retaliated by announcing that CCTV, China's state-run television network, would not broadcast NBA preseason games staged this week in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Social media has made it impossible to contain the protests that have resulted from the league's attempt to repair relations with China's authoritarian Communist Party and its state-funded subsidiaries.

Some creative types want to sustain pressure. In less than 24 hours, a GoFundMe page seeking to raise money for "Free Hong Kong" shirts has received nearly $3,000 in donations. The shirts will be distributed outside the Golden State Warrior's arena in San Francisco. Organizer Lee Bishop says he wants to "hold our American corporations accountable to our American values and liberty that should be spread across the globe."

The NBA and its constituent teams are, of course, independent corporations free to do as they please when it comes to allowing political messages to be displayed during games. But it's also right to point out that the league has a history of being involved in political causes, like when it withdrew its annual All-Star Weekend event from Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017 to protest the passage of a state law discriminating against transgender individuals. Moving that event to New Orleans didn't hurt the league's bottom line. Severing corporate ties to China and potentially losing hundreds of millions of Chinese fans would be financially costly. This has led some people to the reasonable conclusion that the NBA is woke only when being woke makes financial sense.

Exporting American goods and values—including cultural interests like basketball—has helped make the world a more peaceful place. Sending American sports celebrities to China is good for the players, and great for Chinese fans of basketball. But the NBA cannot expect to kowtow to China's demands for censorship without blowback from the folks at home. America is the land of the free and the mouthy.

As with the backlash against Activision Blizzard, an online gaming company that similarly tried to silence pro-Hong Kong opinions, demonstrations at NBA games this week are a refreshing reminder that Americans are often motivated to do even more the thing they are told they cannot do. What's more, our Constitution protects our right to do so.

If the NBA wants to forfeit the speech of its employees for money, it can. It can also bar fans from arenas for just about any reason. But in that case, American fans could give the league hell. T-shirts and signs may be only the start.

The NBA needs to think carefully about whether winning in China is worth losing in America.

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  1. So that’s what it takes for a Filthadelphia fan to get ejected from something, huh?

    1. Sigh…..we long for the days that a Court was actually in the Philly stadium to adjudicate cases. 🙂

      This is pretty unbelievable; the rank hypocrisy is stunning. I would feel differently if the NBA was trying to be apolitical. But they aren’t. They chose to side with communists and totalitarians.

      1. And when Trump makes his “big deal” with the Chinese I’m sure we’ll hear all about how he sided with communists. Maybe you don’t know this but Trump promised Winnie the Poo that he wouldn’t say a word in support of Hong Kong. So here you are attacking the NBA for an offense against people fighting this evil empire but barely battering an eye when the supposed leader of the free world betrays the protesters even more.

        1. We should just declare war and get this whole end of the world thing started.

        2. Hmm, we have rumor about Trump vs actual actions by the NBA. Yeah, rumors are way more important.

          Idiot.

        3. “…Winnie the Poo…”

          Lefty ‘tards take up entirely too much time making asses of themselves with ‘clever’ nick-names.
          Fuck off, you piece of shit.

          1. That particular idiocy doesn’t seem to be limited to leftards. Plenty of rightards do the same.

            And I find it pretty amusing that Xi is insulted by being compared to Winnie the Pooh.

      2. The NBA ruined basketball a long time ago when they allied with Nike to promote Jordan & dunking over real team basketball…Thus, traveling, steps, palming, carrying the ball etc…are all ok now! It’s garbage!

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  2. Meanwhile in the UK…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7557947/Shy-awkward-student-19-faces-JAIL-sex-assault-conviction.html

    ‘Shy and awkward’ student, 19, who googled ‘how to make a friend’ then touched a schoolgirl, 17, on her arm and waist while trying to chat to her faces JAIL after sex assault conviction
    Student Jamie Griffiths, 19, searched ‘how to make a friend’ on the internet

    1. The bitch who went to the cops over that deserves to rot in hell

      1. No, she doesn’t, but the progtard politicians who made this a crime deserve to be burned at the stake, or drawn and quartered

          1. Nah, that’s more of a purgatory thing, IMO.

            1. something is enough.

            2. She needs mental health care. I’d save the purgatory/hell questions for the parents who raised such a fragile flower to…well, not adulthood apparently, but to the age of 17. Which, off the evidence of the last few years, is the new “4”.

    2. That reminds me of a Big Bang Theory episode.

      (Just jump to around 3:40)

      1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    3. That’s really sad and outrageous.
      Sounds like the only remotely sexual part of the interaction was in the girl’s head (she seems pretty messed up too). She thought he would have touched her breast and that makes it sexual assault?

  3. These protestors should really go whole hog and set up protests outside movie theaters this holiday season.

  4. Fuck China.
    Fuck the NBA.
    Fuck Adam Silver.
    Fuck Popovich and Kerr and the other merry band of faux social justice intellectual shit heads in that league.
    Fuck Nike.

    Fuck ’em. Fuck ’em all.

    Let it be known when the moment came to support freedom of speech and liberty we know who the hypocritical cowards in America really are.

    Imagine being a dissident or someone unjustly languishing in prison or gay activists or human rights organizations in China doing God’s work with little help and having to watch this sickening display on AMERICAN SOIL. It must be disheartening.

    But then we gotta listen to Kerr’s TDS or Lebron’s fake outrage or Pop’s vacuous history takes or Silver baby gibberish about the NBA being a ‘progressive’ league.

    Sure. And then you all suck Chinese cock.

    1. I forgot….Fuck that owner of the Nets and his 1.4 billion angry Chinese. Yeh, like they have the freedom to express themselves. As if we’d know the truth.

      1. +600 million screaming chinamen.

        1. In a forest? Do they make a sound?

          Will their government allow it?

          1. If a person screams in an internment camp, can you hear it?

          2. “Are you crazy, Jin Yiang? You can’t do that here! This is Palo Alto. We don’t enjoy all the freedoms that you have in China.”

          3. Haaahahah!

            If a Chinaman (or a billion Chinamans) screams in a forest and no one is there to hear it, it makes a sound IF PRESIDENT XI SAYS IT DOES. And only if he says. If you disagree publicly, you will earn, like the Blizzard forum members who mentioned Hong Kong protests, the BAN OF A THOUSAND YEARS!

    2. Preach it, brother.

      And stop listening to those NBA returds.

    3. Heeeeeeelllllllllooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    4. “Silver baby gibberish about the NBA being a ‘progressive’ league.”

      “Progressive” as in “Great Leap Forward?”

    5. >>>But then we gotta …

      only if you want to watch shitty hoops …

      1. But…but…I can’t boycott the NBA, I’d miss the suspense of people taking all those 0 foot shots! An endeavor which has a success rate of barely 99.4%, I mean, dunks are made only 16,000 times per season!

    6. +1,000,000,000,000,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Oh yeah, a guy I know said he was just passing by the Veriz… er Capital One Arena and he was handed a free T-shirt that said Free Hong Kong. Fuck. I want a free T-shirt.

    1. Made in China. Ironic.

      1. I read somewhere that there’s a good chance that some of the stuff that says made in China is actually made in North Korea. Who knows?

        1. That’s where China goes for slave labor, when they want extra “slave”.

    2. Funny thing: Hong Kong was free, but then they kicked the British out!!!

  6. The NBA needs to think carefully about whether winning in China is worth losing in America.

    Same with Activision Blizzard. I just read that revenue from mainland China makes up 5% of their total. Well, they just pissed off a huge portion of the market that sends them the other 95%.

    And they’re about to have a big game release with Call of Duty Modern Warfare, which is expected to break sales records. It’ll be interesting to see how many gamers can resist buying it.

    1. It doesn’t matter. Gamers aren’t real people.

      1. I challenge you to roll for initiative – – – – – –

    2. It’s funny. No problems with that stupid Pandaria expansion on WoW, but this sends them over the edge.

  7. If the citizens of Hong Kong won’t petition for American statehood, maybe we could trade Mainland China Washington State for HK? They could have Antifa mobs to practice suppressing and we would get educated folks who value freedom after having felt the difference on their hides!

    1. Throw in California and New Jersey to sweeten the deal.
      But they have to pay for the wall.

    2. Don’t trade away Washington! We need one low tax state on the West Coast to retire to.

      1. I don’t think that’s gonna be true much longer. The low tax part, I mean.

  8. This has led some people to the reasonable conclusion that the NBA is woke only when being woke makes financial sense.

    WELL DUH. Did anyone really think otherwise?

    1. The corollary also, appears to be, that the NBA is patriotic only when being patriotic makes financial sense.

      1. No shit.

        Plain for all to see.

      2. You might assume the “N” in NBA stands for National, but apparently it stands for something else.

        Anybody want to weigh in?

    2. This has led some people to the reasonable conclusion that the NBA is woke only when being woke makes financial sense.

      Not woke. Woke people are oppressive authoritarians. It should read:

      This has led some people to the reasonable conclusion that the NBA is principled only when being principled makes financial sense.

  9. I was truly shocked by this scene. I had know idea the Philadelphia 76ers had fans.

    1. They’ve got a good team now too.

  10. Once again, I am deprived of my chance to make a political point by boycotting all things NBA, because I have ignored all things NBA for years.
    I didn’t watch NFL, so I couldn’t boycott that bullshit either.
    Either I am a trendsetter, or completely out of touch.

    1. What a fucking surprise. I’m shocked.

  11. Wish I could patronize the NBA less, but unfortunately I already couldn’t give a shit.

    1. I too will continue my policy of not watching the NBA, as there is a hockey game on somewhere.

    2. One huge plus Clay Travis has pointed out…unlike the NFL, cord cutting is going to CRUSH the NBA. How many of their games are cable? The vast majority of all of their broadcasts are cable and the few network games they have don’t draw enough ratings to justify more network games.

      They are less popular than they believe and ESPN grossly overpaid for the privilege of airing their games.

      1. They are less popular than they believe

        I’m with Longtobefree and Colossal Douchebag when it comes to the NBA and even I’ve noticed the decline in popularity. Pro basketball used to crop up in polite conversation with relative frequency. Enough that you had to at least know a couple big names and who the team to beat was not to seem like an invalid. Anymore, people don’t even ask if you watch pro basketball and/or don’t act like you’re out of touch if you don’t.

        1. Lebron James is on the noticeable downside of his career and they don’t have a star remotely able to replace him. And he was, mind you, nowhere near able to replace Jordan. He barely replaced Kobe.

  12. There’s no inconsistency here. Being ‘woke’ just means you are an anti-american radical leftist that rejects western civilization. And who doesn’t embody that more than a communist dictatorship?

    The leftist crowd who never takes a minute off in sports or entertainment to bash everyone to the right of Warren, suddenly silent against the thugs on their left? What a shock…

  13. “This week’s demonstrations at NBA games are a refreshing reminder that Americans won’t just “stick to sports.””

    Not sure this is the proper conclusion, and I’m sure the comment is flavored by the false equivalence regarding that NFL QB impersonator Kaepernick. Fail.
    Kaep had no political issues at all until he got splinters in his ass from sitting on the bench; he’s not out of the NFL because of adopting his GF’s stance, he’s out because he’s a whiny loser.
    The NFL, properly, IMO, said ‘stuff it; we’re here to play football’, and then gave him a Jackson to STFU.
    By comparison, the NBA has put themselves in the political arena, given the choice to cancel the game in Charlotte, and Steve Kerr’s very loud and public claim to expertise regarding gun grabbing, since his Dad got shot.
    The NBA has not also distanced itself from LB James:
    “While LeBron James was introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally, Curry made no appearances at political events. ”
    https://www.sfgate.com/elections/article/After-years-of-silence-Steph-Curry-gets-political-10604186.php

    Pretty sure the proper interpretation is:
    “The NBA has proven itself to be hypocritical, and deserves to be slammed for it.”

  14. The 76ers? As in 1776? That’s about slavery, right? (For the humor-impaired, that was intended as sarcasm.)

  15. “China Problem”?

    Whaaaaaaat?

    Reason has assured me for years that trade with Slave Emperor Xi has absolutely no downsides.

    1. This. I was waiting for someone to point out the hypocrisy of preaching unfettered free trade as if there were no repercussions with trading with a communist dictatorship.

    2. Free trade is about Americans’ individual rights to do business as they see fit, not approval or disapproval of trading partners.
      And I haven’t seen anyone claim there are absolutely no downsides, just that the positives outweigh the negatives.

      1. Don’t see how years of widespread of censoring content here to appease the Chinese is worth a flood of cheap shit.

        1. “Don’t see how years of widespread of censoring content here to appease the Chinese is worth a flood of cheap shit.”

          “Censoring” does not mean what you seem to think, and I’m quite certain you can’t even come up with an example of what you claim happened.

          1. Movies routinely change chunks of their story to not offend the Chinese. This isn’t unknown information. Gaming has been extremely unwilling to do anything to offend the Chinese for years now.

          2. Before you infer no censorship happened, maybe you ought to read the article.

          3. I mean they just banned south park for making fun of their censorship. And you can google the multiple changes and removals from the recent avengers infinity war/endgame movies upon their Chinese releases. Scenes in the soul world were removed because they too closely resembled the Christian idea of purgatory iirc.

        2. Other people seem to disagree. Value is subjective.

      2. And I haven’t seen anyone claim there are absolutely no downsides, just that the positives outweigh the negatives.

        When they do this, do they do it at an individual level or a national one? From an economic standpoint or a personal liberty standpoint?

        My experience is the ‘civil libertarian’ bullshit that highlight how cheap and easy selling out as a nation and/or as a responsible individual is. Free shit is a reprehensible anti-market deception that all libertarians should reject out of hand but cheap shit in support of oppression is a-OK as long as the numbers balance.

        1. as long as the numbers balance

          And we don’t pay attention to debt when balancing them.

  16. Oh, so now kissing up to China includes throwing people out of your games in the USA for being pro freedom? Good grief. They’re worse than the NFL now.

  17. While the NBA is a private business they play in arenas heavily subsidized by taxpayers so no they shouldn’t be allowed to kick out political protesters.

    1. They should name the arenas appropriately as well:

      “Taxpayers Arena”

      “Stolen Money Fieldhouse”

      “IRS Center”

    2. Also, a ticket for general admission was purchased. They either should’ve refused or informed about the ‘No Free Hong Kong’ policy up front and/or refunded the money on the backend. Possibly some sort of mitigation in between, but the story from all corners sounds pretty straight up ‘You showed the signs, you’re out.’

  18. “But it’s also right to point out that the league has a history of being involved in political causes, like when it withdrew its annual All-Star Weekend event from Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2017 to protest the passage of a state law discriminating against transgender individuals.”

    That is a loaded and biased reading of what NC’s law did, which was maintain that sex segregated facilities can remain sex segregated.

    1. True. But even if the description were accurate, the NBA, while boycotting North Carolina for being inhospitable to transgendered bathrooms, happily accepts tens of millions from a regime that punishes homosexuality as a crime. One might be forgiven for thinking that throwing people in prison for their choice of sex partner is slightly worse than denying someone’s choice of bathroom.

    2. Thanks for posting this for me. I’ll add that unless the NBA supports transgender women being allowed to play in the WNBA, and severs any and all ties with them until they make it so, the NBA can stfu about the transgender issue.

  19. At some point we’re going to have to recognize that, once a multinational has significant assets within the reach of an authoritarian or totalitarian state, it is hostage to the demands of that state, and will do its bidding.

    We have to disentangle our economic and media institutions from China, or they’ll just become extensions of Chinese policy.

    Free market ideology is great between free societies in peace time. It doesn’t really work between free and unfree societies in an effective state of war.

    1. Brett once again nails it. The staff writers at reason seem to have an issue with the idea that there are exceptions to every rule.

      1. It’s not an exception. It is a simple question to anyone: Why are you climbing into bed with totalitarians?

        Had they been up front about their “we’re all about the money and only the money” then there wouldn’t be much controversy over the apparent hypocrisy of their other political stances. We’d all know exactly what they really stand for.

        Meanwhile someone should ask the players association how they feel about living on the finest plantation money can buy?

        1. “Why are you climbing into bed with totalitarians?”

          Well, we have been told for decades that this would make them stop being totalitarians. I guess that hasn’t worked out so well.

        2. Thomas – they threw people out of basketball games for daring to back freedom loving people. If that doesn’t prove that doing trade with totalitarians like the Chinese isn’t a bad idea, I don’t know what is.

      2. There aren’t exceptions to every rule. Where did you get that from?

        If you are thinking of “the exception proves the rule”, I’d suggest you look up what it really means, it’s pretty interesting. It does not mean that every rule has an exception.

        1. There aren’t exceptions to every rule.

          True.

          Also, there is no rule that says in each, any, or all conflicts between more free institution and less free institutions more free institutions normally or always win.

          Just as with poverty being the natural state of man and the wealthy being the exception, many more humans have been subjects than free men.

        2. ^+1
          Repeating debunked shibboleths gets you nowhere.

    2. At some point you’re going to have to recognize that companies are fundamentally hostage to the demands of their customers. If the NBA (or anyone else) wants to put the demands of an authoritarian government over those of its customer base, then it will swiftly become the Chinese Basketball Association, with no business or relevance in the US. Alternatively, they can recognize their own best interests, take the Chinese losses on the chin, and continue being a real company.

      This nationalist garbage about economic patriotism is just that: garbage. You’re welcome to subscribe to collectivist fallacies if you want, but it’s an odd look to wear around the libertarian parts of the internet.

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  21. And, it should be noted. the “China problem” extends to all sorts of companies. Including many of the brave truth tellers of our media.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/20/if-the-media-dont-want-to-be-called-propagandists-they-need-to-stop-publishing-chinese-and-russian-propaganda/

    Sure like to see Reason take an honest look at all this.

  22. This ejection wouldn’t stand up in court, right? Seems like your ticket is a reasonable contract to watch the game and while things like physical violence and harassing players or fans might void that contract, it seems like a court would at least require the NBA refund you the price of your ticket.

    Otherwise, what’s next? MAGA hats? And, being clear, this isn’t to say that the NBA can’t have a ‘No MAGA hats’ policy, they certainly can. They just that they can’t violate contract law and expect legal protection by accepting payment for admission and *then* instituting a ‘No MAGA hats’ policy.

    1. I’d imagine that this could be an easy lawsuit, because it wasn’t like the protesters were running onto the court or anything, so technically they weren’t causing a distraction or uproar. At least, no more of one then the other few thousand fans cheering for their teams.

  23. already wasn’t watching NBA anymore because it blows, but now I want to goto a Mavs game with a Free Hong Kong sign.

    1. I know what you mean, I’m not into professional sports at all, but it would be worth it just to get thrown out.

      1. You could follow one guy’s idea and go to the campuses for ESPN’s weekly College GameDay broadcasts and bring signs to those…

  24. I’m sure they would have been ejected just the same if they were saying “Black Lives Matter”, right?

  25. It can also bar fans from arenas for just about any reason.

    Yeah, don’t the stupid tax cattle get that they’re just supposed to pay for the venue for their betters and shut the hell up?

  26. This has led some people to the reasonable conclusion that the NBA is woke only when being woke makes financial sense.

    Those people are wrong. Favoring the totalitarians in Beijing is totally woke. In case you weren’t paying attention, those deplorables in Hong Kong were insisting on things like “freedom”. Heck, they’d even adopted noted alt-right symbol Pepe as their mascot. They totes weren’t checking their privilege. Look at the Twitter mob. It’s a perfect match for the Cultural Revolutionary tradition.

  27. If I actually had tickets to an NBA game I’d show up in a shirt that reads “black lives matter” on the back and “yellow lives matter” on the front.

    Would make for some great visuals as you get escorted out the door.

  28. As Clay Travis pointed out, it’s going to be awkward if, say, the Lakers win the NBA Title and refuse to visit the WH.

    “You played and shut up in front of a REAL-LIFE actual dictator…but you won’t visit the elected President?”

    The NBA being “woke” was obliterated in just a few days because they made it clear…they are ONLY about the money. Shame they didn’t realize that this could be a problem when they were having such fun being “woke”.

  29. What’s important to NBA leftists (owners, executives and players) is that men be able to use women’s bathrooms in North Carolina, not that people are are oppressed and killed in communist-occupied china.

  30. Where was this energy for Colin Kapaernick in support of #BlackLivesMatter? Even if you disagree with him, players and fans alike deserve the right to have their voice heard under the first amendment.

    1. Jesus McJesusface
      October.11.2019 at 6:24 pm
      “Where was this energy for Colin Kapaernick in support of #BlackLivesMatter? Even if you disagree with him, players and fans alike deserve the right to have their voice heard under the first amendment.”

      No one stopped that fraud Kaepernick from making his statements; he’s welcome to do so.
      But as an NFL QB impersonator, no team is required to hire him to throw interceptions while ‘making his statements’

    2. If you mean energy from Reason, it was there, in as much as they’re enthused about this development, they were clear in their defense of NFL player’s legitimate interest in using their position to protest.

      If you mean energy from Reason’s commentariat, I think that libertarian-leaning folks more or less universally despise actual authoritarian governments and cheer their detractors, whereas support for something like BLM is more muddled (or at least more nuanced).

  31. “One asked people to “Google Uighurs” in reference to the Muslim-minority group that’s been systemically persecuted and forced into internment camps in western China.”

    This is a bit of a distortion, and not surprising if you are informed by what the Han Chinese press reports. And it should be corrected if you want an accurate picture of what’s goin’ on. There is no “Muslim minority group” in Xinjiang.
    Anything west of Gansu and Qinghai (and Sichuan, for that matter) provinces are considered to be “Chinese” only by the Han, certainly not by the current and historical residents. The majority of the people who live there are ‘minorities’ only in reference to the huge eastern Han Chinese population; in the western regions (Tibet and Xinjiang), they are majorities; the Han are an occupying minority, assisted by collaborationists.
    The Uyghurs and Tibetans simply live in territories militarily occupied by the Han Chinese; except for the ease of travel, it is very similar to the Soviet occupation of central European countries until the collapse in ’89.
    This is nothing new; the Han have, off and on, militarily occupied those regions for something like 3,000 years, mostly ‘off’ since the occupation costs more than the Han can collect in tribute.
    See “China, a History” – John Keay for a good primer.
    Regardless the Han commies are as yet trying to win the ‘civilized nation look-alike’ contest; anyone who remembers Tiananmen Square will know they have yet to squash either the HK protesters or the Uyghurs or the Tibetans under tank treads, so there is yet hope.
    But screw the NBA; if Kerr and company can whine about lefty causes and thereafter claim virtuous silence when their wallet is at issue, screw the lot of them for hypocrisy.
    As mentioned earlier; getting off a plane in Xinjiang, my first image was a billboard of Steph Curry peddling his sponsor’s shoes. If Apple is to be blasted for ‘slave wages’, how does Curry get a free ride advertising in an occupied country?

    1. To use another example, the Hungarians were a ‘minority’ in Hungary compared to the Russian population of the USSR.

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  34. Strange that we hear a lot about politics in sports as in “…suddenly K.K. shocked America when he knelt and turned a game into a political statement.” As if the feds hadn’t spent millions subsidizing the “Pledge” and “the National Anthem” at games. So why “suddenly”? Because most Americans are political zombies, willfully blind to being propagandized by the feds, who they lovingly refer to as “my” government, not “the” govt. Public ed has worked. Few survive.

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