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The Iranian Wrestler Who Was More American Than LeBron James

He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country.

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Navid vs. LeBron: Who Really Fought For Justice?

Last summer, the Iranian government executed World Champion wrestler Navid Afkari, for the “crime” of demonstrating on behalf of the people in his country for greater political freedom and economic opportunity. He was arrested, tortured, and had his family threatened if he did not “confess” to “crimes” that carried the death penalty. The government claimed that he killed a member of the regime’s security services, but prior to being tortured and threatened, he denied it, and so did all the eyewitnesses at the scene.

UFC’s Dana White took up his cause, as did President Donald Trump, but to no avail. He was executed on September 12, 2020.

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According to Wikipedia “Navid Afkari was an Iranian wrestler who was sentenced to death and executed by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for protesting against the regime during 2018 unrests in Iran, as well as the alleged murder of an undercover security guard from the IRGC that occurred during the 2018 Iranian protests.”

This man was a world champion wrestler. He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country. He took a huge risk in joining the protests, and ultimately paid for his stand for freedom with his life. In Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, he gave his people, and the cause of freedom, his “last, full measure of devotion.” He may not have been an American citizen, but he was an American in Spirit.

Contrast this with LeBron James. LeBron is a world champion basketball player. He is world famous. He too, has spoke out against injustice, but done so only when it would clearly benefit him, and not when it carried even the remotest sense of risk.
In 2019, when Daryl Morley, the GM of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the protesters in Hong Kong, LeBron very quickly rebuked Morley. He made clear his displeasure with Morley for his tweeted support for the people of Hong Kong and their peaceful protests to preserve the rights and freedoms granted to them by the treaty between Great Britain and China governing for the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.

LeBron said that free speech is great and all, but Morley needs to understand the “consequences” of his words on the economic interests of other parties. In other words, LeBron was more concerned with Morley offending the Chinese government and the affect that would have on his economic interests in China, than in the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.

He has no problem criticizing his own government over its stands, and took a stand for racial justice. In principle, all of these are laudable.

However, he inserted himself into many of these discussions before he knew the full facts, which were, in each case, more nuanced than he initially believed. And in each case, these was were easy calls for James to make. He risked nothing by taking these stands. The NBA supported him. The leftist mobs lauded his “courage.” His life, liberty, and livelihood were never at risk.

Who is the better role model as an athlete and as a man? Navid Afkari, or LeBron James? Who is the real American?

You decide.

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The Dead Do Tell Tales

The words of Dr. William Maples, in describing typical suicide victims, are poignant

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It’s shame that the late Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly hung himself, couldn’t have been examined by Dr. William R. Maples. Epstein’s body would have had a lot to say.

Poignant Words

Apart from the FBI subterfuge surrounding Epstein’s death, I found the words of Dr. Maples, in describing typical suicide victims to be poignant. Maples is a forensic researcher, diagnosing how and when people died. In his book, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples, he writes, “Many of the skeletons that come into my laboratory belong to suicide victims who behaved like shy hermits in their final hours.”

“Usually they are found in remote places. People often go to some hidden place to kill themselves, whether from a desire to act alone and unhindered, or because they wish simply to disappear in solitude, spending their last moments in reflective silence.”

Would these people have killed themselves if they could’ve regularly attained reflective silence? Was their quest to die alone simply an ill-advised solution to the stresses they faced? How would their lives have been if they knew appropriate, reliable ways to find solace in the here and now, at home, at work, and everywhere in between?

Be True to Yourself

The masses take pills by the boatload. The masses race though their days. The masses, by and large, live lives of tension and turmoil. Stress has become the malady of the generation, and it’s better to not to follow the crowd.

Being true to yourself means doing what you need to do to stay healthy, balanced, and relaxed. It means having inner directedness. It requires drawing upon your knowledge, experience, and instinct to carve your own path; and to have less stress because you are less swayed by popular or prevailing norms. It is thinking and acting based on an ever-developing internal guidance system.

Being true to yourself means is learning what doesn’t work. You determine what is and is not relevant to you, and ultimately, what is and is not appropriate for you to stay in control of your day, every day, and of your life which could well extend for many decades.

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Joe Biden Bingo

Here is a tool which could help you to stay tuned on broadcasts featuring our acting president

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Even if you caught only snippets of Joe Biden’s recent press conference, you know that his mental decline continues unabated. It’s unlikely that even a handful of Americans watched the event in its entirety. Who would want to waste their time?

What’s occurring is a national travesty, and it is increasingly evident to larger portions of our population that Joe Biden is being abused as an elder, as he abuses others.

Throughout his 365 days in office, Biden has struggled to pronounce a word and then offers a non-sequitur to what he was originally saying. With regularity he tells stories that are simply false. He refers to his vice president as president. He insults vast segments of the population. He stumbles and stammers repeatedly. He checks his watch, fumbles with his mask, and snaps at people when he doesn’t like a question. And those are the least of his faux pas with audiences.

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If you’re having trouble listening to Joe for more than a minute, the tool above might work for you. On the Facebook site, “Best of the Web,” I saw this Biden bingo card. It could help you to stay the course when tuned into other broadcasts featuring our acting president.

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