Weekend Quick Takes-Start Of The NBA Political Season And More

In this week’s quick takes, we take a look at the hypocrisy of the NBA (and other celebrities) and other news of note.

China Ain’t So Bad

The NBA showed its hypocrisy this week. The General Manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted sympathy for protests in Hong Kong against increasing totalitarianism by the Chinese government. As with any dictatorship, China did not approve of criticism of its authority and cancelled the broadcast of an NBA pre-season game.

The NBA, seeing the potential to lose money, quickly backtracked and tried to downplay any criticism of the Chinese government. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes-Start Of The NBA Political Season And More”

Quick Takes-Government Control

This week gave us two wide-ranging examples of the desire by some to have the government involved in most everything…yes, even kid’s lemonade stands

Texas Makes Lemonade Stand Legal

Think government interference hasn’t gone far enough and the government bureaucrats aren’t trying to control every aspect of our lives?

The governor of Texas signed a bill into law this week that would allow kids to run lemonade stands on private property. The bill is in response to police who shut down a lemonade stand that some kids had opened to raise money, so they could buy their Dad a Father’s Day gift. The police had responded after a complaint that the stand violated local codes.

A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Speaking of government desire for control, this week will mark a year since the Federal Communications Commission repealed ‘Net Neutrality’, the Obama Administration’s regulation of the internet. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial this weekend on the hysteria that surrounded the repeal of the Obama era regulation a year ago.

Prior to the repeal, critics said that it would basically be the end of the internet as we know it. Bernie Sanders, socialist and advocate of government control, said “This is an egregious attack on our democracy.”

The Senate Democrats official Twitter account argued that “If we don’t save Net Neutrality, we will get the internet one word at a time”, telling us that the internet would become so slow as to be unusable for normal people who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay increased fees.

Yet that hasn’t happened. On the contrary, internet speeds and bandwidth have increased. How else could so many people have streamed ‘Game of Thrones’? The internet hasn’t fallen apart, it hasn’t become the bastion only of the rich who can pay more for faster speeds and nothing really has changed since before it was regulated.

And if you remember, the FCC did not implement ‘Net Neutrality’ until 2015. Yet somehow the web had grown exponentially prior to that, and web surfers had been fine before then. It seemed like a solution in search of a problem. And despite cries from liberal groups across the spectrum on how its repeal would be disaster, no one has really noticed any change, have they?