Freedom is not free. Just ask the NBA.

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Freedom is not free.

Just like anything in life worth living (or dying) for, one must understand the fact is our inalienable individual sovereignty can be taken away from us by those who rule from the shadows with bloody fists at a second’s notice.  The socialists led by the likes of witchcraft practicing and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Committee Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, are fighting to take away our children’s future.  It’s either them or us, and it’s difficult teaching kids the truth of this because they can’t believe such a thing could happen.  Not to them. 

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Los Angeles Chinese Communist Technocrat Lakers or the L.A. Clippers? I’ll take America any day, baby, let’s go Clips!!!

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Now I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for things like freedom and democracy. 

Chinese communist technocrats ban God.  In China, they confiscate bibles, bulldoze Christian churches and put Muslims in concentration camps by the millions.  And that’s who commie-lover Lebron James does his business with.  By the billions.  Same with Kobe Bryant and all the elitist financial demon Nike shoe mercenaries of the NBA.

Jerry West, has always been my favorite basketball player of all time.  In his day, the Logo could take the ball to the hole, shoot the lights out from anywhere, and shut down the opponents high scoring guards.  True legends like Clyde Frazier, Earl the Pearl Monroe, and the Big O.  He is the vision of the NBA, his silhouette on their basketball, and I followed him and loved his Lakers, and then Jerry Buss let him go.

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LAKERS’ GUARD STEVE NASH PLAYS DEFENSE AGAINST CHILD SUPPORT

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When future NBA hall of famer Steve Nash first signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers he talked about hittin’ a few jumpers, maybe winning a championship, and how his family would benefit by him being so close to his children.  Now, however, the superstar guard finds himself in a full court press to keep those same children in Arizona and out of California.

That’s because Nash’s ex-wife, Alejandra Amarilla, has spiced things up by attempting to move the couple’s children to California in order to get a child support order from her ex.  This in turn appears to have prompted her aging point guard ex to dig in for what promises to be an expensive legal battle for the two.

Mom says she just wants to move the kids to California so they can spend more time with their father.  And she’s hired one of L.A.s biggest divorce lawyers to prove it – and maybe to do a little battle in both the California and Arizona family law courts.  Dad, on the other hand, believes it’s all just a scheme to get child support and not necessarily what’s in the best interests for the kids.

The couple announced their split in 2010, five years after they were married.  Previously, an Arizona family law judge ruled that Amarilla is not entitled to child support in Arizona, however, she might be able to seek it in California, should she move there.

So maybe there are better schools in California, as mom has stated.  And maybe the former Mrs. Steve Nash and the former couple’s children will enjoy living in California for six months and…if things haven’t settled by then…mom can file in California’s family law court.  And the child support case will be back on, only this time it’ll be California style.  And little Stevie will probably be on the financial hook for a heckuva lot more than if he’d just settled things with the former missus back in Arizona.

MCCOURTS SETTLE IN EFFORT TO KEEP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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The good news is, according to the Ventura County Star, that two years and three days after Frank and Jamie McCourt issued a statement to announce their separation, they have issued another statement asserting they’ve actually agreed on something else: how to settle the property issues in their divorce case.

The bad news of course is that this does not bode well for true blue-blood Los Angeles Dodger fans everywhere.

That’s because this is being done with one purpose in mind.  So Frank can narrow his beady little sites on beating Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig for ownership of the Dodgers.

Per the agreement, Jamie would get about $130 million and relinquish any claim she might have to a share of the Dodgers.  In turn, Frank, without Jamie as an obstacle to his plan of selling the Dodgers’ television rights in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, appears set for a winner-take-all court showdown for the Dodgers with MLB and Selig.

The proposed settlement would conclude what many are calling the costliest divorce in California history.  The McCourts have already incurred $20.6 million in legal bills related to the divorce.  It was estimated it would cost at least another $14 million to settle the outstanding dispute over whether the Dodgers were Frank’s sole property or community property.

Now, for Frank to keep the Dodgers, he needs U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross to deny Selig’s request and to grant an auction of the Dodgers’ television rights.  In the absence of the pending settlement, Frank could not have kept the team without defeating Selig in Bankruptcy Court, then beating Jamie in divorce court regarding the issue of whether the Dodgers were or were not community property.

The sad part in all this is now both Frank and Jamie can no longer use the Dodgers as their own personal piggy bank for financing their lavish existence.  In her initial pleadings regarding the divorce, Jamie described how the couple drew combined salaries of $7 million per year, plus $46 million to buy side-by-side oceanfront estates in Malibu to bookend the $27 million side-by-side homes they bought near the Playboy Mansion.  There were also properties in Massachusetts, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and Mexico, not to mention the $400 dinner and $1,000 per-night hotels, the private jet travel, and house calls from makeup artists and hairdressers.

It’s no wonder Frank’s holding on so hard to maintain ownership of our beloved Dodgers.  And why Dodger fans everywhere continue to suffer the hardened fate of mediocrity.

MCCOURTS TO SETTLE DODGERS OWNERSHIP ISSUE – NEXT YEAR

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If you’re a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and you were hoping for a quick fix to your fantasy woes, sorry, but no such luck.  The Los Angeles Times has reported that Frank and Jamie McCourt won’t be settling their divorce case any time soon.

In fact, it is expected that the bigger question of who actually owns the Dodgers will be decided by fire and trial during the 2012 baseball season.  So there probably won’t be any pitching upgrades or big expensive bats added to the lineup before then.

The McCourts’ trial is expected to last for more than a month.  Of course the ultimate resolution of the baseball ownership shenanigans won’t be decided before they resolve the issues that rest before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  “Until it gets out of bankruptcy,” Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon said, “the baseball team cannot be sold by this court.”

The 2012 trial is expected to resolve all remaining issues between the couple, which includes team ownership, permanent support, and division of assets.  The trial will probably be the most expensive, if not complex, part of this litigation.  Attorneys’ fees in the case are expected to approach the $35 million mark.

However, Frank did score a major victory in court last Wednesday when both sides agreed he would only have to pay a paltry $225,000 per month in temporary spousal support to Jamie, replacing the $412,000 per month he had been paying.  Poor Jamie.  What’s a woman to do?  Certainly not go out and hire a big bat that might make the team more competitive on the field.  That would be too easy.

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