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Liberty give Laimbeer another shot

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Apr 032015
 

The New York Liberty are such a franchise. But the re-hiring of Bill Laimbeer as coach less than three months after he was fired by the organization is head-scratching even by Liberty standards.

Oh, wait a minute. Not really. This is the Liberty we’re talking about.

Let me make haste to say, though, I actually don’t think this is a bad decision at all. It’s correcting a bad decision, which was firing Laimbeer back in October without a really strong idea of whom the franchise could get to replace him.

From what I gather from sources around the league, Madison Square Garden Company chair James Dolan had some candidates in mind. But they didn’t work out. Now with the Knicks being the primo disaster of this NBA season, Dolan probably just wanted to get the Liberty job filled. And ultimately decided to go back to Laimbeer.

Who, apparently, wasn’t exactly stunned to get the call to return. Laimbeer was spending the winter fishing and playing golf. And while he wasn’t expecting to coach again in the WNBA this summer, he’s glad to be doing it.

“My passion is still there for the New York team,” Laimbeer said Thursday. “I’d like to accomplish more for this franchise.”

The Liberty were 11-23 and then 15-19 in Laimbeer’s two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. But Thursday, he repeated something he had also told me back in October when he was let go: That while he didn’t always enjoy his first season with the Liberty, this past season he really did like the job and working with the team. (Having a world-class center such as Tina Charles, whom the Liberty got in a trade before the 2014 season, undoubtedly helps in that regard.)

Laimbeer also said something else in October that seems pertinent to the Liberty’s reversal in course this week. He talked about the difference in working for the Detroit Shock, where he answered primarily to one person, then-owner Tom Wilson. As compared to working for a public corporation like MSG.

“They’ve got a lot of moving pieces,” Laimbeer said in October about MSG.

Indeed, they do. But from the Liberty’s inception in 1997 to 2010, Carol Blazejowski was the team’s general manager and front-office point person for the franchise. And while she took her share of barbs (including from me), at least you always knew whose hands were on the Liberty’s steering wheel.

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Future uncertain for New York Liberty

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Apr 032015
 

However, in Laimbeer’s two seasons in New York, the Liberty did not make the playoffs. And on Tuesday, New York parted ways with Laimbeer and pulled the plug on what New York hoped would be “Trader Bill’s” triumphant return to the WNBA. He had led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles (2003, ’06, ’08), then exited the league early in the 2009 season, the Shock’s last in Detroit.

Laimbeer spent some time in the shark tank of NBA coaching before returning to the WNBA. It was supposed to be a successful merging: Laimbeer’s history of success and edgy personality seemed like it might be the right fit for a Liberty franchise in the doldrums.

But after going 11-23 in 2013 and 15-19 this year, the Liberty didn’t renew Laimbeer’s contract. Now what?

Well, I asked the Liberty if anyone with the organization could address that very question on Tuesday. Turns out, they couldn’t. Or weren’t ready to. Or just didn’t want to. Whatever, right?

Hey, the Lib fans don’t need to hear right away what the game plan is going forward. They should still just be basking in joy about the end of the Liberty’s three-year exile to Newark. They got back into refurbished Madison Square Garden this season, so surely they’ll be docile and patient waiting however long or short it takes for the Liberty to figure out who takes the reins for 2015 and beyond.

Because if there’s one thing New Yorkers are known for, it’s patience.

I’m being sarcastic, of course, but in truth, Liberty fans have been much more patient than one might expect. New York’s last appearance in the WNBA Finals was in 2002. The closest that the Liberty have come since to returning to the WNBA Finals was in 2008, when they lost the deciding Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals to Laimbeer’s Shock. New York was swept by Atlanta in the 2010 East finals.

Then in the last four years — the first two under coach John Whisenant — the Liberty have gone a combined 60-76 and won just one playoff game. In Whisenant (Sacramento, 2005) and Laimbeer, the Liberty have tried coaches who won WNBA titles elsewhere.

So, again … now what? Might former Liberty player Teresa Weatherspoon be tapped as the team’s next coach? Do the Liberty plan on combining the job of coach/GM as they did with Whisenant and Laimbeer? Or return to the formula of having those be separate jobs? That was the case from the franchise’s inception in 1997 through the 2010 season when Carol Blazejowski was the GM.

A Liberty spokesman said that no one from the organization was available to comment Tuesday. So all we have is the statement from Knicks’ assistant general manager Allan Houston, thanking Laimbeer and saying the organization will “begin our search immediately to secure a general manager and coach to help us move forward and reach our ultimate goal of a WNBA championship.”

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Here is Your Illuminati Bracket

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Apr 012015
 

What is the Illuminati? Just a secret society that may or may not exist that may or may not be hundreds of years old and may or may not include major celebrities, politicians, and athletes.

Since youre already out of your office pool for the real March Madness, you may as well have some fun picking your candidate for Illuminati.

Of course, satirical articles like this one are just making fun of the whole idea of an Illuminati. Unless, of course, this article is a false flag planted by the Illuminati to throw you off the trail.

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So you should either not take this bracket seriouslyor you should take it really seriously.

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#1 Vinny Del Negro

How does this hapless basketball coach keep getting work? Sure, hes not in the NBA right now, but you know he will be again. It boggles the mind, and we smell a conspiracy theory.

vs. #16 Tim & Eric

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Indiana House passes controversial religious freedom bill

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Mar 242015
 

A controversial religious freedom billthat wouldprotect business owners who want to decline to provide services for same-sex couples was passed by Indianas State Housetoday, the latest in a larger battle over same-sex marriage and rights.

The bill reflects a national debate over the dividing line between religious liberty and anti-gay discrimination.The question ofwhether the religious rights of business owners also extend to their for-profit companies has been a flashpoint as part of a larger debate over same-sex marriage.For instance, the bill would protect awedding photographer who objects to shooting a same-sex wedding.

TheIndiana House voted63to31to approve a hot-button bill that will likely become law, andRepublican Gov. Mike Pence said he plans to sign the legislation when it lands onhis desk. The state Senates version of the bill would prevent the government from substantially burdening a persons exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means.

Supporters say the measure supports religious freedom while opponents fear discrimination against LGBT people. The push towards this kind of legislation comes as same-sex marriage becomes legal across the country. In September, a federal court rulingstruck down bans onsame-sex marriage in Indiana and other states.

Jason Collins, an athlete who publicly came out as gay after the 2013 NBA season, will be in Indianapolis as a Yahoo Sports analyst covering the NCAA Final Four and publicly questioned the bill.

Indianas religious freedom bill is modeled on a 22-year-old federal law calledthe Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which played a key role in the Supreme Courts Hobby Lobby decision in 2014. The court ruled that closely held corporations with religious objectionsdonot have to comply withhealth-carerequirements that they cover contraceptives like Plan B.

A growing list of cities are passing gay anti-discrimination ordinances, which has raised the ire of more conservative state houses.Severalstates have adopted laws related to religious freedom. Utah recently passed a bill aimingto protect people who are LGBTfrom employment and housing decisions based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, while still protectingreligious institutions that oppose homosexuality. The billdidnot deal with whether a business can deny services because of religious convictions.

In debating the measure Monday, lawmakers on both sides of the issue cited the Bible to defend their positions, the Indianapolis Starreports.

Republican Rep. Bruce Borders spoke about an anesthesiologist who declined toanesthetize a woman in preparation for an abortion. According to the Star, Borders said he believes the Bibles command to do all things as unto the Lord means religious believers need to be protected not just in church but in their workplaces as well.

Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney argued that Jesus served all people.

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NBA 2K15 HD – My Career #32 – Neanche gli ILLUMINATI possono fermarci! – Video

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Mar 052015
 



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NBA 2K15 Shoe Creator | Jordan 10 Lady Liberty | Xbox One PS4 – Video

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Feb 192015
 



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San Diego's Foremost Regenerative Medical Group, National IRM Launches Complimentary, Educational Seminars on Stem …

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Feb 192015
 

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

San Diego’s foremost regenerative medical group, National Institutes for Regenerative Medicine (National IRM) launches complimentary seminars to educate Southern California residents on the revolution of stem cell therapy as an alternative solution for patient’s suffering from the most common knee, hip, back or neck pain as well as other arthritic and degenerative conditions. National IRM is an affiliate of the Cell Surgical Network, a collaborative research partner helping to rapidly advance the field and educate the public about Regenerative Medicine.

Regenerative Medicine, commonly referred to as Stem Cell Therapy is a ground-breaking procedure that heals the most common joint and osteoarthritis conditions with human tissue. In a single day, National IRM uses a simple injection of a patient’s own Adipose (Adult) stem cells to help regenerate and rebuild almost any joint in the body, increase mobility and allow patients to continue an active, virtually pain-free lifestyle. Initially available only overseas to NFL and NBA athletes and celebrities, National IRM pioneers the most advanced, minimally invasive technology in Southern California’s own backyard.

“As we age, the ability to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle is critical for longevity,” states Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and National IRM’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jon Wilensky. “With age, however a variety of factors inhibit our ability to continue active lifestyles, often in the form of painful, joint related conditions. We’re taking a proactive approach to life by offering individuals access to the most advanced Adipose Stem Cell Therapy as an effective alternative to a long and painful recovery typically associated with surgery.”

In an effort to reach Southern California residents seeking a solution to chronic, arthritic pain, Dr. Jon Wilensky and The National IRM partnered with Omni La Costa Resort and Spa to offer monthly, complimentary seminars to educate the public on the revolution of stem cell therapy and how this state-of-the-art treatment can help improve longevity and quality of life for candidates suffering from common, joint related conditions, or who may be considering elective surgery due to injury or arthritis.

The next Stem Cell Therapy Seminar will take place Thursday, February 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Registration for the seminar is free and available on National IRM’s Seminar website http://explore.nationalirm.com/seminar/

About National IRM National Institutes for Regenerative Medicine (National IRM) is the foremost regenerative medical group in San Diego, CA with a mission to enhance lives by providing the latest advancements in adult stem cell therapy. Through an effective, minimally invasive procedure, National IRM uses uses a patient’s own cells, Adipose (Adult) stem cells to help repair some of the world’s most common tendon, ligament and bone injuries as well as arthritis. Boasting a team of board-certified specialists, National IRM delivers a multi-disciplinary approach to regenerative medicine, customizing stem cell therapy programs specific to patient’s condition to help regenerate and rebuild almost any joint, increase mobility and allow patients to continue an active, virtually pain-free lifestyle.

National IRM is an institutional Review Board (IRB) Approved Research Network. National IRM affiliated with the Cell Surgical Network for the investigational use of SVF for degenerative condition

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The age-old thought process behind Libertys WNBA megadeal

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Feb 182015
 

After firing and re-hiring their coach within a three-month span, the Liberty are firmly pointed forward and have a clear goal in mind: to get younger.

On Monday, the Liberty consummated a blockbuster WNBA trade, shipping 32-year-old Cappie Pondexter to the Chicago Sky in exchange for 27-year-old Epiphanny Prince, in a swap of guards who played at Rutgers. The age difference was no minor detail.

When we made the change to bring [coach] Bill [Laimbeer] back about a month ago, we talked about doing a full evaluation of the Liberty and where we were headed, Kristin Bernert, the teams Senior Vice President of Business Operations, said Tuesday on a conference call. We decided that we probably needed to make some roster moves and plan not just for next year, but for the next 5-6 years. We have a young post player in [26-year-old] Tina Charles. Can we align somebody like Cappie, with a similar skill set, around the same age as Tina? This sets us up for 5-6 years down the road.

With youth the buzzword of the day, Laimbeer part of the methodically assembled core of the 1980s Bad Boy Detroit Pistons as an NBA player detailed what he envisions for the future.

Were building a basketball team for many years to come and want [players of] a similar age, said Laimbeer, who parted ways with the Liberty in October only to return to the fold in January. Essence [Carson], [Alex] Montgomery, those are players are in their mid-20s, right in their time slot where they should be blossoming. Accumulating this kind of talent, theyre all going to grow together. Thats our plan and hopefully it will come to fruition.

Right now, the team that we have assembled is wing-dominant. Were gonna play a little small ball with this lineup. We want to grow our players. This is not win right now. This is about building something. Were going to be more wing-dominant, but with Tina in the post we want to grow to see what we have and then the following year we can add a piece that we really need.

In Prince, the Liberty think they acquired a younger version ofPondexter.Laimbeer said Prince is a scorer with deep range who can handle the ball and [functions well] in the pick-and-roll.Prince said shes excited to play with Carson, a former college teammate at Rutgers.

Im really excited to get back out with E, she said. We pushed each other [in practice].

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NBA 2K15 – MyCareer – Reunited with my highschool coach, teammates turned NSA – Video

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Nov 252014
 



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Nitrogen Sports Bitcoin Sportsbook Video Review – Video

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Sep 192014
 



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Fans Think Illuminati Rigged NBA Lotto In Cavaliers’ Favor – Video

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May 272014
 



Fans Think Illuminati Rigged NBA Lotto In Cavaliers' Favor
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The Internet Speculates Cleveland Cavaliers Are Illuminati

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May 252014
 

Now that the NFL draft has wrapped, its time for the NBA to start recruiting new players for the upcoming 2014-15 basketball season.

For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA draft lottery, which means theyll be able to secure their SECOND STRAIGHT No. 1 draft pick.

They MUST be illuminati, right? Well at least thats what the Internet thinks.

How else do you explain the Cavaliers going into the drawing with 1.7 percent chance of landing the first pick and actually winning their third NBA lottery in just four years? (And not only that, but they did score one of the biggest picks of all in 2003 when they got first dibs on signing LeBron James)

ALL SIGNS POINT TO ILLUMINATI.

The Cavs grabbed Kyrie Irving in 2011, Anthony Bennett in 2013 and this year the NBA draft odds is naming former Kansas teammates Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins as possible lottery picks.

Who do you think the Cavaliers will sign?

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Basketball Fans Think Illuminati Rigged NBA Lottery in Cavaliers' Favor

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May 222014
 

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If you watched the NBA lottery drawing on Tuesday night, you learned two things: Mallory Edens is adorable and the Cleveland Cavaliers are owned by a cult of old-money power brokers who sculpt world events in their favor.

Indeed, Dan Gilbert and the Cavs front office are Illuminatior at least thats what the Internet believes after watching Cleveland secure its second straight No. 1 draft pick.

How else do you explain the Cavaliers winning their third NBA lottery in four years? The team went into the drawing with a 1.7-percent chance of landing the first pick, a phenomenon which clearly points to its involvement in the seedy underworld of uber-billionaire shadow games.

All the signs are there.

Yes, it is crazy and/or insane with no brain. I was quick to dismiss these findings at first, but upon closer inspection, Ive been able to draw some eerie parallels between Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and the sect of ultra-rich fixers responsible for most of the worlds assassinations and volcanic eruptions.

Its only too clear to me now that Cleveland has colluded with a powerful, religious cult to acquire a college student for the franchise. Theres no other way to slice it.

Now, should it choose to hold on to the top spot, Cleveland will have the pick of its choice from the 2014 NBA draft.

Well have to wait and see what the Cavaliers do with their new golden ticket. Much conjecturing has occurred in the time since the drawing that this pick might be able to influence LeBron James into returning to Cleveland.

If James does come back home, consider this question answered. Being able to bring the worlds greatest basketball player back to town after practically spitting on his name would officially confirm Dan Gilberts status as the uber kaiser of the Illuminati.

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PJTV – Free to Kiss But Not to Dis: Did the NFL Kiss Free Speech Goodbye? – Video

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May 152014
 



PJTV – Free to Kiss But Not to Dis: Did the NFL Kiss Free Speech Goodbye?
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Offensive speech

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May 072014
 

Last week, when the NBA banned racist team owner Donald Sterling, some said: What about free speech? Cant a guy say what he thinks anymore?

The answer: yes, you can. But the free market may punish you. In America today, the market punishes racists aggressively.

This punishment is not censorship. Censorship is something only governments can do. Writers complain that editors censor what they write. But thats not censorship; thats editing.

Its fine if the NBA or any private group wants to censor speech on its own property. People who attend games or work for the NBA agreed to abide by its rules. Likewise, Fox is free to fire me if they dont like what I say. Thats the market in action, reflecting preferences of owners and customers.

But its important that government not have the power to silence us. We have lots of companies, colleges and sports leagues. If one orders us to shut up, we can go somewhere else.

But there is only one government, and it can take our money and our freedom. All a business can do is refuse to do business with me, causing me to work with someone else. Government can forbid me to do business with anyone at all.

Of course, government never admits its doing harm. Around the world, when government gets into the censorship business, it claims to be protecting the public. But by punishing those who criticize politicians, its protecting itself.

Thats why its great the Founders gave America the First Amendment, a ban on government abridging the freedom of speech.

But I wonder if todays young lawyers would approve the First Amendment if it were up for ratification now.

There is a new commandment at colleges today: Thou shalt not hurt others with words. Students are told not to offend. At Wake Forest University, for instance, students cannot post any flyers or messages deemed racist, sexist, profane or derogatory.

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Donald Sterling and the death of Free Speech. – Video

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May 042014
 



Donald Sterling and the death of Free Speech.
We take a look at how the mainstream media is capitalizing on Donald Sterling's protected speech to demonize the 1st Amendment. Absolutely absurd! Boycott the NBA for not standing behind freedom!…

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In our opinion: Why government can't tackle hate speech without shredding First Amendment

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May 042014
 

The elderly owner of an NBA team spouts racist comments in private that are secretly being recorded. The league ends up punishing him, but is that enough? Should government do something to punish people who say such things?

Hateful and hurtful comments abound daily on the Internet. Sometimes people who harbor such feelings end up committing crimes. Should government monitor cyberspace and take action against such speech?

To students of the United States Constitution and its origins, the answers to such questions are clear. The nations Founding Fathers exhibited extraordinary wisdom when they added a Bill of Rights to the Constitution that included, in its First Amendment, a guarantee of free speech, free press and the free exercise of religion.

The natural inclination of most people in power is to suppress dissent and put an end to ideas that might threaten their power. But the Founders understood that ideas, like commerce, flourish best in a free marketplace, and that the best way to combat hatred and falsehood is to do so head-on, with logic, reason and persuasion.

That wisdom has become only more self-evident since their day.

A government that attempts to ban speech cannot ban the ideas behind that speech.

Left uncontested in societys dark corners, false and dangerous ideas can fester and grow until they burst again into view, too large to confront with reason. On the other end of the spectrum, a government concerned with speech may ban good ideas merely because it perceives them to be a threat.

Unfortunately, Americans are not born with an understanding of these fundamental notions of freedom. Each generation must confront them anew.

One of the most disturbing recent manifestations of this is a bill being sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. It would empower the federal government to analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.

This analysis would end with a report that includes recommendations for addressing such hate speech, as long as these are consistent with the First Amendment.

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In our opinion: Can't tackle hate speech without shredding First Amendment

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May 042014
 

The elderly owner of an NBA team spouts racist comments in private that are secretly being recorded. The league ends up punishing him, but is that enough? Should government do something to punish people who say such things?

Hateful and hurtful comments abound daily on the Internet. Sometimes people who harbor such feelings end up committing crimes. Should government monitor cyberspace and take action against such speech?

To students of the United States Constitution and its origins, the answers to such questions are clear. The nations Founding Fathers exhibited extraordinary wisdom when they added a Bill of Rights to the Constitution that included, in its First Amendment, a guarantee of free speech, free press and the free exercise of religion.

The natural inclination of most people in power is to suppress dissent and put an end to ideas that might threaten their power. But the Founders understood that ideas, like commerce, flourish best in a free marketplace, and that the best way to combat hatred and falsehood is to do so head-on, with logic, reason and persuasion.

That wisdom has become only more self-evident since their day.

A government that attempts to ban speech cannot ban the ideas behind that speech.

Left uncontested in societys dark corners, false and dangerous ideas can fester and grow until they burst again into view, too large to confront with reason. On the other end of the spectrum, a government concerned with speech may ban good ideas merely because it perceives them to be a threat.

Unfortunately, Americans are not born with an understanding of these fundamental notions of freedom. Each generation must confront them anew.

One of the most disturbing recent manifestations of this is a bill being sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. It would empower the federal government to analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.

This analysis would end with a report that includes recommendations for addressing such hate speech, as long as these are consistent with the First Amendment.

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