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China Cuts Off NBA Game After Player Boldly Uses T-Shirt to Criticize ‘Brutal Dictator’ Xi

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When an NBA player decided to send a message to the Chinese government about repression, it didn’t take long for Beijing to prove his point.

A Chinese telecom giant pulled the plug Wednesday on the season-opening game between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks in a display of raw censorship that should make clear to the National Basketball League and every one of its fans exactly what kind of dictatorship it’s dealing with when it kowtows to China.

The only question is whether the league — and President Joe Biden’s administration — will be honest about it.

The incident started on Wednesday when Celtics backup center Enes Kanter took to social media with a video that blasted the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Tibet — the Himalayan country that China has ruled with an iron first since forcibly annexing it in 1951.

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Unlike many in the league who walk on eggshells when it comes to China for fear of taking a hit financially, Kanter was scathing.

Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the image of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet who’s lived in exile since fleeing Chinese rule in 1959, Kanter said Chinese oppression is so brutal Tibetans can be arrested just for possessing such a photograph.

“Brutal dictator of China, Xi Jinping, I have a message for you and your henchmen,” he said.

“I will say it again, again and again, loud and clear, I hope you hear me:

“Free Tibet, free Tibet, free Tibet.”

Oh, they heard it all right.

As Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, Tencent, the Chinese technology giant and NBA partner in China, abruptly shut down the Celts-Knicks game. Not only that, but Tencent, a company that Bloomberg reported is increasingly under the control of the communist dictatorship, even removed Celtics highlights (though stats are still available, Yahoo reported.)

The NBA did not immediately respond to the Chinese action, but the league’s past actions are not reassuring to any American who cares about freedom.

The same executives who had “Black Lives Matter” murals on the courts last season to virtue-signal concerns about freedoms and equality in the freest, most equality-oriented country on earth, evidently don’t give a tinker’s damn about equality or human rights when it runs the risk of interfering with major business deals with one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

Remember back in October 2019, when then-Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a message supporting Hong Kong protesters against the mainland government’s crackdown? The Washington Generals have put up stronger fights than the cowards of cupidity who run the NBA.

LeBron James, the NBA star who rarely fails to find the wrong side of any issue to land on, covered himself in even-greater-than-usual disgrace with his comments about Morey’s statement (which had been quickly taken down from Twitter for fear of offending the league’s Asian overlords.)

Morey wasn’t “educated on the situation at hand,” James said, with an arrogance shared by commissars the world over.

Kanter, to his everlasting credit, took on James at the time, too. It’s worth noting here that Kanter, a native of Turkey, is an outspoken opponent of Turkish dictator-in-the-making Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter, unlike James and his fellow Black Lives Matter posers, actually knows what repression looks like.

The NBA basically crawled to China then — Morey’s deleted tweet was quickly followed by an apology from Morey and a public shaming of him by the league in a statement filled with skin-crawling self-abasement.

“We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable,” the statement said, according to CBS News.

“While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.”

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Morey ended up going to the Philadelphia 76ers — a team that is also persona non grata with Tencent’s Chinese executives. According to Yahoo Sports, the Philadelphia team’s games and highlights are also unavailable from the company, proving communists neither forgive nor forget.

There’s more to all this than another spat between the brutal Beijing dictatorship and an American sports league that cares more about the money that comes from international expansion than it does about human freedom.

The reality is, China’s oppression of Tibet is just one of the reasons a decent human being would despise its current regime.

It’s stamping out of freedom in Hong Kong. It’s committing literal genocide against the Uyghur Muslim population. It has adopted an increasingly belligerent stance toward Taiwan that could well lead to war. And it is almost certainly responsible for the global pandemic that now caused almost 5 million deaths worldwide and more than 750,000 in the U.S. (Both numbers are certain to rise.)

So far, the crisis-plagued, incompetent presidency of the doddering Joe Biden has shown little stomach for confronting the Chinese threat (quite possibly because Biden and his son Hunter are compromised financially or morally already).

Beijing’s ugly display of intolerance with the Celtics this week, increasing Chinese arrogance in dealing with the U.S.  and the undeniable danger it poses to the United States and abroad, make it clear that the country is bent on domination — cultural, military and, eventually, political.

The NBA has already proven it is either too dishonest or too greedy to care.

In less than a year in office, the Biden administration is well on its way to proving the same.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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