beer belly guy above? His name is Donald Sterling. I see his oozy, slimeball grin over and over and over again splashed on page after page of my morning Los Angeles Times. He places more ads than the Kochs during election season. And they're expensive ads.
Full page ads.
And they all feature his big ol'
ego smiling mug. You'd think after being exposed to so much Donald Sterling, I'd know what he was selling, but I don't. Seeing his omnipresent face irks me so much that I literally avert my eyes or turn the page. He's just. That. Annoying.
Well, now he's more than annoying. He's despicable. Via Think Progress:
Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, told his girlfriend not to post pictures on Instagram of herself with black people and not to bring black people to his basketball games, according to an audio recording posted by TMZ. [...]
Sterling tells his girlfriend: “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” [...]
In 2006, he was sued in a housing discrimination lawsuit that alleged that Sterling wouldn’t rent apartments to black families in Beverly Hills and other LA neighborhoods. The suit alleged that Sterling had once said that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
Go to Think Progress for the rest. But wait! There's more!
June 12, 2007: Donald Sterling is Homeless and Needs Your Help:
[T]he text is just a jumble of incomplete sentences. The only thing that is clear from the ad — from the giant Donald Sterling head to the giant “Sterling Homeless Center” on the building” — is that this homeless service center is really all about one thing: Donald T. Sterling.
March 1, 2011: The Donald Sterling PR Trainwreck Continues:
You want to celebrate Black History Month in March? And you want to sully your star player’s image by sticking your smarmy mug next to his in an advertisement? AND you somehow want to let in 1,000 underprivileged children for free, without providing any information on how that will work.
And just when you thought he couldn't get any worse, Donald Sterling Skimps on Copywriting:
So much for his Sterling reputation. Maybe he and Cliven Bundy can go live on a ranch together far, far away.
Spelling error photos via SonsOfSteveGarvey.com.
Via Mike Lukovich, amuniversal
In the past couple of days, the Los Angeles Times letters to the editor about the jobless and homeless knocked it out of the park. I'm sharing a few samples, because our voices matter:
Re "222,000 in state to lose jobless aid," Dec. 25
So, Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky claim that funding extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless would hurt their chances of getting hired.
By that logic, it would necessarily follow that the homeless should not be given rent subsidies for an apartment because it would hinder them from buying a house someday.
I get it now.
"222,000 in state to lose jobless aid" — that was the headline I saw Christmas morning, and it totally ended the joy that day should have brought.
I hope Santa had 535 lumps of coal for each voting member of Congress.
That was just in California. Nationwide, the number of those who will no longer receive unemployment benefits skyrockets to 1.3 million. Did I mention that Congress members-- who are paid $174,000 a year-- are taking a holiday break (yes, another one) to rest from all the work they didn't do?
And we all know what unemployment can lead to, right? If you answered "homelessness," you would be correct. And as so many American families struggle to eat and stay alive, the very, very wealthy struggle to come up with ways to keep up with the over-the-top Joneses by outdoing one another with preposterously showy novelty perks.
There is no link to the following letters, because, true to form, The L.A. Times failed to post these online. I transcribed these from my morning paper and added a link that is a MUST-read:
Re "Union Station's homeless," Editorial, Dec. 25
Once again we read on this Christmas Day that the business community-- in this instance, aided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority-- finds no room for the desperately poor at Union Station.
One way to justify keeping the homeless at bay is to perpetuate blatant stereotypes, exemplified by the oft-repeated phrase "aggressive panhandling." Both words are extremely negative and imply that people asking for charity are not only "bums" but that their actions, as the word "aggressive" conveys, border on violence.
When our favorite nonprofit organizations beg for our money, we call it intensive fundraising and assume it to be normal and expected, even when we are "aggressively" bombarded with stacks of nuisance letters and phone calls-- something no person without a home has ever done to me.
I suspect The Times was being ironic when it mentioned that only 4,000 shelter beds are available each night for Los Angeles County's more than 57,000 homeless, and then that outreach workers should encourage people at Union Station to seek out Shelters.
Douglas J. Miller
On Christmas Day, an article in the Business section reported on houses built with moats and other luxuries selling for as much as $50 million.
In the same paper, The Times editorialized on the homeless in Union Station. The editorial noted that there are 57,000 homeless in L.A. and only 4,000 beds to serve them.
Something is seriously wrong.
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