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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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Why Mainline Republicans Should NOT Be Trusted in Latest Threats

When conservatives and populists finally got someone who they believed in, the mainliners were the first people to jump ship.

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We’ve all been told for years and years that we have to support the mainline candidates but when conservatives and populists finally got someone who they believed in, the mainliners were the first people to jump ship. And they still continue to perpetuate their angst ridden accusations. From this no-name guy who I can’t even remember who is threatening to pull people out of the party to Liz Cheney to your average mainline Republican, Chris Widener, the founder of PolitiCrossing take them apart piece by piece in his latest video.

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The 90-year Shame of the New York Times

Despite its constant lies, propaganda, and censorship, the New York Times is regarded by many as the ‘newspaper of record,’ offering ‘all the news that’s fit to print’

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The New York Times deliberately buried the story known as the Terror-Famine, in 1932 and 1933, which astoundingly killed 3.9 to 7.0 million Ukrainians, at least one out of every eight people, perhaps one out of every four people.

The editors at the Times were well aware that the famine was orchestrated by Joseph Stalin who forbade outside food and aid shipments, confiscated household food items, and restricted the mobility of Ukrainian citizens.

What made Stalin do this to a region known as “the world’s breadbasket”? He sought to punish independence-minded Ukrainians, quash anyone who represented a threat to his totalitarian government, and vanquish Ukraine’s small farms in favor of Soviet state-run collectives. Stalin lost no sleep over the legions of emaciated bodies, near death, scratching for any morsel of food they could find.

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Maniacal and Mendacious

Why did The New York Times bury this heart-wrenching, world-shaking story? Then, as now, their leftist bent was so intense and so all-encompassing that they couldn’t help themselves. The blunt truth is that they do not care who is hurt as long as socialist/Marxist/communist ideology prevails on earth.

In another 10 years, it will be at least 100 years since the Times and other heavily left-leaning organizations, which today comprise the highly biased ‘mainstream media,’ have been dominant.

In 2121, one hundred years from now, is it realistic to believe that the facade which the mainstream media has foisted on Americans and on free people around the globe will not continue to dominate?

Will their maniacal ideology, somehow, finally be exposed by some new form of information dissemination or some fundamental shift in media coverage?

Sheeple at the Trough

Just how biased and detrimental their slanted news coverage has been to humanity, globally, is difficult to fathom. For decades on end, when you prop up socialist, Marxist, or communist regimes, are you helping anyone?

The mainstream media has held a news and information monopoly for so long, so skillfully, that the facade is not remotely understood by those in its spell, and bitterly denounced by those who see the mainstream press for what it really is. In the long run, truth generally prevails.

Even today, after five years of attempting to prove it, not a shred of evidence indicates that Donald Trump, his administration, or his campaign colluded with Russia.

Still, you have Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and all the other dolts in Congress who will readily appear on TV and spew lies. They play the ‘talking head’ game with sympathetic hosts and continue the guise, holding sway over those who don’t know how to find out the truth.

A Stranglehold for the Ages

The stranglehold that the Left and the mainstream media has on humanity leads to some intriguing philosophical questions. Even before the mass media came into being, has there always been some entity that enforced its will upon the unwitting masses?

Throughout history, dictators and other rulers imposed their version of the truth on the unwitting masses. Even in societies where news and information was somewhat freely exchanged, has there always been a faction that sought to slant reality and the will of others? It seems likely.

In the 21st century, roughly half of the U.S. and roughly half of the globe are still subject to Leftist manipulation. Despite all the information sources that exist today, why does so much of the world still fall for obviously manufactured and manipulated news?

How can people keep tuning in to CNN or MSNBC, or for that matter the nightly news on ABC, NBC, or CBS? How many times does CBS have to be caught red-handed doctoring the news, slanting stories on 60 Minutes, and laying traps for people like Governor Ron DeSantis, only to be exposed?

And then, within a matter of days, having learned nothing, CBS reverts right back to more of their insidious ways of presenting information.

Living with Perpetual Lies

How often can The New York Times offer a story the latter proves to be completely untrue, and its editors knew was untrue at the time, and yet its readership is unfazed?

How can the Times continue to be regarded by many as the ‘newspaper of record,’ offering ‘all the news that’s fit to print’? What tidal wave of human understanding, once and for all, needs to occur before we universally recognize highly biased reporting sources for what they are?

In the U.K., news publications openly advocate a position, left or right, and don’t play pretend. Consumers understand the bias that each media outlet or newspaper maintains, can read articles, and judge them accordingly.

In the U.S., the mainstream press continues to push lie that they offer an objective, balanced view of what’s happening in the world. How can they continue to do this? Sadly, enough fools buy what they say… lock, stock, and barrel.

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