Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cruising the Web

Michael McCann, who writes on sports law, goes over the legal and tax implications of the NBA trying to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers. It's not going to be as easy as it seemed from the discussion on sports radio and TV yesterday. Unless Sterling agrees on his own to back off, this could go on for a very long time. And, apart from his pride, Sterling has a whole lot of tax reasons to oppose selling rather than trying to hold on to the team until he dies and it passes to his heirs. Banning him seems to be clearly acceptable based on the powers that the NBA's constitution gives the commissioner. Forcing him to sell is not as easy.

Don't believe the stories you've seen in the media and popular culture about Hurricane Carter. There is a lot more to the story than what Bob Dylan or the movie, "The Hurricane," would like us to believe.

Rich Lowry describes the media attention that awaits any Democrat willing to challenge Hillary for the nomination. Losing while running a valiant campaign can be quite resume-enhancing. And Hillary should welcome the opportunity "to exercise her atrophied political muscles."

Charles C.W. Cooke eviscerates E. J. Dionne's most recent screed against Georgia's new gun law. Just about everything in the column is false and betrays a real ignorance about the state of gun laws in the country.

The Washington Post's Fact Checker has some problems with Joe Biden's attempt to blame Republican presidents for an increase in income inequality.

William Easterly explains what celebrities don't seem to understand when they hold rock concerts to combat famine.
As Amartya Sen famously pointed out, democracies don’t have famines. If autocracy is the problem, the insulting stereotypes perpetrated by celebrities make the problem worse rather than better. These stereotypes make it harder to recognize how much Africans deserve (and are already fighting for) greater political and economic rights to actively determine their own destinies.

Why does autocracy sometimes lead to famine? The most fundamental reason is that autocrats often don’t care enough about the population to prevent famine. Autocrats maintain power through coercion and repression, not popular approval. Democratic rulers are forced to care about the population because the populace protests and/or votes to drive them out of office if they cause or allow disasters like famine to happen. In the United States, one of our elected officials suffered enormous political damage from something far more trivial than a famine: just a traffic jam on a bridge!

This is the question on Obamacare that should really worry Democratic candidates; "Where is the $2,500 in health insurance savings President Obama and Democrats promised me?"

Harry Reid's exercise in holding a vote on a resolution on the Keystone XL pipeline is a phony, cynical effort to give Democrats up for reelection some political cover.

Juan Williams comes to Paul Ryan's defense.

Ron Fournier explains why President Obama is wrong in saying that the debate over Obamacare is over.