Trump is turning and turning in an ever-widening spiral

first_imgWith their version of the identity politics practiced by progressives, alt-right theorists hold that the tribalism to which people are prone should not be transcended but celebrated.As Lopez explains, the alt-right sees society as inevitably “a zero-sum contest among fundamentally competing identity groups.”Hence the alt-right is explicitly an alternative to Lincoln’s affirmation of the Founders’ vision.They saw America as cohesive because of a shared creed.The alt-right must regard Lincoln as not merely mistaken but absurd in describing America as a creedal nation dedicated to a “proposition.”The alt-right insists that real nationhood requires cultural homogeneity rooted in durable ethnic identities.This is the alt-right’s alternative foundation for the nation Lincoln said was founded on the principle that all people are, by nature, equal. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Trump is, of course, innocent of this (or any other) systemic thinking.However, within the ambit of his vast, brutish carelessness are some people with sinister agendas and anti-constitutional impulses.Stephen Miller, Bannon’s White House residue and Trump’s enfant terrible, recently said that “in sending our [tax reform] proposal to the tax-writing committees, we will include instructions to ensure all low- and middle-income households are protected.”So, Congress will be instructed by Trump’s 32-year-old acolyte who also says the president’s national security powers “will not be questioned.”We await the response of congressional Republicans, who did so little to stop Trump’s ascent and then so much to normalize him.George Will is a columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective. A man who interviewed for the position that Pence captured, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, is making amends for saying supportive things about Trump.In 2016, for example, he said he was “repulsed” by people trying to transform the Republican National Convention from a merely ratifying body into a deliberative body for the purpose of preventing what has come to pass.Until recently, Corker, an admirable man and talented legislator, has been, like many other people, prevented by his normality from fathoming Trump’s abnormality.Now Corker says what could have been said two years ago about Trump’s unfitness.The axiom that “Hell is truth seen too late” is mistaken; damnation deservedly comes to those who tardily speak truth that has long been patent.Perhaps there shall be a bedraggled parade of repentant Republicans resembling those supine American Communists who, after Stalin imposed totalitarianism, spawned the gulag, engineered the Ukraine famine, launched the Great Terror and orchestrated the show trials, were theatrically disillusioned by his collaboration with Hitler: You, sir, have gone too far.Trump’s energy, unleavened by intellect and untethered to principle, serves only his sovereign instinct to pander to those who adore him as much as he does.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle.Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such.He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue pageant of scripted indignation — his flight from the predictable sight of players kneeling during the national anthem at a football game.No unblinkered observer can still cling to the hope that Pence has the inclination, never mind the capacity, to restrain, never mind educate, the man who elevated him to his current glory.Pence is a reminder that no one can have sustained transactions with Trump without becoming too soiled for subsequent scrubbing. Unshakably smitten, they are impervious to the Everest of evidence that he disdains them as a basket of gullibles.He understands that his unremitting coarseness satisfies their unpolitical agenda of smashing crockery, even though his self-indulgent floundering precludes fulfillment of the promises he flippantly made to assuage their sense of being disdained.He gives his gullibles not governance by tantrum, but tantrum as governance.With Trump turning and turning in a widening gyre, his crusade to make America great again is increasingly dominated by people who explicitly repudiate America’s premises.The faux nationalists of the “alt-right” and their fellow travelers like Stephen Bannon, although fixated on protecting America from imported goods, have imported the blood-and-soil ethno-tribalism that stains the continental European right.In “Answering the Alt-Right” in National Affairs quarterly, Ramon Lopez, a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate in political philosophy, demonstrates how Trump’s election has brought back to the public stage ideas that a post-Lincoln America had slowly but determinedly expunged.They were rejected because they are incompatible with an open society that takes its bearing from the Declaration of Independence’s doctrine of natural rights.last_img read more

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Street’s euthanasia bill untimely and unclear 11 July 2012It is concerning that Maryan Street said she took up the bill because ‘she could not think of a reason not to’. Though she says the Bill is ‘predominantly to do with terminal physical illness’, part of the Bill refers to ‘end of life directives’ for those that suffer from an irreversible medical or mental condition that, in their view, renders their life unbearable. Including both medical and mental conditions could well lead to confusion.  Dr Hutchison says euthanasia and assisted suicide are complex areas where there are grey zones in law and in practice.  However, modern care and knowledge, along with significant advances in technology, provide huge help.  “In April ‘Hospice New Zealand’ has published a ‘Quality Review Programme and Guide 2012’ of standards for palliative care.  It describes the unique and interwoven roles of primary care services and specialist palliative care services to provide high quality palliative care and end of life care to all people in New Zealand. “I vividly remember Peter Brown’s private members bill which was narrowly lost in the Parliament in 2003.  Peter spoke passionately and sincerely regarding the awful time his late wife had during her terminal illness.  However, on talking to him, I couldn’t help think that if he and his wife had received the skilled services that are available today, their suffering could well be far less.” read more

Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgery

first_img“The first team player Ousmane Dembele has successfully undergone surgery … for a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh. The Frenchman will be out for around six months,” the La Liga champions said in a statement.The 22-year-old has suffered a number of hamstring problems since joining from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 in a deal worth up to 147 million euros ($160.5 million).Dembele has made only nine appearances this season.He was close to recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in November before suffering a relapse in training last week.The former Rennes attacker also missed the majority of his opening year at Barcelona with a similar problem which kept the forward out for four months.Dembele’s latest disappointment is a blow to France’s hopes of following up 2018’s World Cup triumph by winning the Euros this summer, while Barca coach Quique Setien spoke earlier this month of his excitement at the prospect of the youngster’s return.Ousmane Dembele will be out for around six months after undergoing surgery on his right hamstring, Barcelona announced on TuesdaRead Also: PSG plotting shock freebie move for unsettled Barcelona star His long layoff could prompt Barcelona to buy a replacement up front, if the club are allowed to make an emergency signing by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).Barcelona can apply for permission from the RFEF but any new arrival would have to be playing in La Liga or out of contract, and would not be allowed to feature in the Champions League.Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose, Getafe’s Angel and Lucas Perez from Alaves are all reported targets.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dembele’s absence also means he will be sidelined for the rest of this season for Barca, who will be without another attacker after losing Luis Suarez to a long-term knee injury last month. Loading… Ousmane Dembele will miss Euro 2020 after Barcelona announced on Tuesday the France international will be out for around six months following surgery on his right hamstring.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

Wenger: Giroud becoming an animal

first_img Press Association The French forward has scored a dozen goals in his last 12 appearances, helping the Gunners climb back up the Barclays Premier League table. Giroud, who missed three months earlier in the campaign because of a broken leg, felt he needed to be less emotional and add a “killer attitude” to his game, similar to that of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has helped fire the Blues towards the title and could lead the attack against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. “(There is) congestion as well. We don’t only have Sanchez and (Mesut) Ozil, but also (Jack) Wilshere in this position, (Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain, (Aaron) Ramsey, all offensive players,” he said. “When you have to spend £35m to £40m for a position where you already have players, you have to question what is the logic?” Wenger added: “When a big player goes from your club, everyone says ‘you have to buy another one with the same qualities’. Once he has gone you have brought another one with the same qualities, he wants to come back and it is not obvious to spend so much on a position that is exactly the same. “Where does Cesc play today? Behind the striker. Where does Ozil play? Behind the striker.” Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is starting to become a bit of an “animal”, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger believes 6ft 4in French international Giroud is now showing just what a powerful, all-round centre-forward he can be. “Olivier Giroud has a fantastic body strength… and sometimes he needed to be challenged really physically to become really that animal he can be,” said Wenger. “He has the kind of game which is linked with his back to goal, protection (of the ball), so he gets hit a lot, sometimes that game demands as well more commitment and toughness. “But on the other hand, Olivier Giroud is a player who has improved tremendously technically. “You take some pictures of Olivier Giroud when he arrived, and today he is a different player – let’s not forget this guys is 92kgs, when he walks on your feet, you feel it.” Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is set to return to face his old club for the first time since joining Chelsea in the summer from Barcelona. Much has been made of the suspected reasons behind the £30million transfer to Stamford Bridge rather than seeing the Spain international head back to the Emirates Stadium instead. Wenger is, though, “extremely happy” with the club’s completed summer transfer of being able to sign Alexis Sanchez, adding to an already talented attacking pool. last_img read more

Bornali Borah wins gold in the Khelo India Youth Games

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Weightlifter Barnali Borah of Assam clinched the gold medal in the Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune today. Barnali participated in 45 kg junior category. She lifted 55kg in the snatch and 77 kg in clean and jerk. Tridip Baruah from also from Assam, bagged a bronze medal in the 67kg category. Also read: Local Sportslast_img

`Superman’ Lewis, `Stone’ Williamson start search for gold on successful note

first_imgCOLIN `Superman’ Lewis and Joel `Stone’ Williamson started Guyana’s hunt for `Gold’ on a positive note on Wednesday evening when the Caribbean Boxing Championships got underway in St. Lucia.Despite being drastically reduced in terms of the compliment of boxers representing Guyana at the championships, the two Guyanese–Lewis (welterweight) and Williamson (lightweight)–were unstoppable as they both finished their `prospecting’ within the three rounds of both their contests against their opponents from Barbados.According to reports, St. Lucia’s Boxing Association’s president, David `Shakes’ Christopher is quoted as saying “The Guyanese puppies’ are biting very hot and provided quality entertainment for a hungry St. Lucia crowd, despite arriving in St. Lucia on Wednesday morning.”Adding, “It was quality execution of boxing on display and we are looking forward for such displays. I have said before that Guyana has some of the best boxers in the Region and what we saw tonight (Wednesday) proved that I’m not wrong.Guyana almost missed the championships due to the lack of funding and Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) president, Steve Ninvalle, explained that if it was not for the intervention of Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Sport, George Norton, the team would have been smaller.Originally, the GBA wanted to send a full team of 13 boxers, three coaches and two referee/judges, but because of funding, the association could have only sent four boxers, a coach and a referee/judge.The other boxers on the four-man team are; Desmond `Dynamite’ Amsterdam (middleweight) and `Lightning’ Keevin Allicock (bantamweight), while the coach is GBA’s Technical Director, Terrence Poole and the referee/judge is Lawrence Assanah of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).Assanah will be attempting to become the third Guyanese referee/judge to be certified as an AIBA One Star referee/judge. Romona Agard and Richard Braithwaite picked up their One Star badges in Barbados last year.Ninvalle extended gratitude to Minister Norton, the National Sports Commission, the GDF and the Guyana Olympic Association for assisting the six-man team to St. Lucia.Guyana won the inaugural Caribbean Development Tourney when it was hosted here in Guyana in 2015 and made a successful defence of the championship title last year in Barbados; winning 10 gold medals and one silver from an 11-member team.All four of the boxers at this year’s championships won gold medals last year after which Allicock went on to win a silver medal at the Junior Commonwealth Games that were held in The Bahamas earlier this year.last_img

Nigerian Teams Arrive Lomé for 2018 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup

first_imgWorld Cup debutant and 2018 Zenith Bank Basketball Women’s League Most Valuable Player, Nkem Uwa Akaraiwe alongside Grace Okonkwo were also listed.Following her sterling role in the colours of Dolphins, 2018 3×3 u-18 African Youth Games MVP, Ijeh Fumnaya Linda was also listed by the team’s Coach, Acha Chris.The men will hope to defend their title which they won in 2017 while the women who lost out narrowly to Mali in 2017 final will hope to go a step further and win the title.Points will be gathered from the competition as part of a prerequisite to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where 3×3 style of basketball will make a historic debut.Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Basketball Association, Frank Jituboh, is the leader of the Nigerian delegation to Togo. He is also the Director of Nigeria’s 3×3 team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s men and women’s national basketball teams arrived in Lomé, Togo Thursday for the 2018 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup.The men’s team captained by Azouma Dike of Kano Pillars is made up of his teammates from the Kano club. They include Abdul Yahaya, Lucky Subel and Godwin David.Still buzzing from their Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League victory and a fairytale 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup run where the D’Tigress got to the quarterfinals, the women’s 3×3 team will hope to tap into the superlative form of Nkechi Akaraiwe who scored 32 points, 2 assists and 5 rebounds to hand First Bank Women’s Basketball club the 2018 Zenith Bank Basketball Women League on Wednesday.last_img read more

2019 African Games: D’Tigers, D’Tigress Open Camp

first_imgThe team will camp at Bolingo Hotel, Abuja.Meanwhile, the Women’s team to be coached by Niagwan Jacqueline will include Abel Marvelous Chizi (MFM Basketball Club), Musa Murjanatu (Air Warriors of Abuja), Anaswem Jossett (Customs) and Mac -Dangosu Theresa of FCT Angels.Umeh Gloria Nwamaka and duo of Okoro Ifunanya and Iornumbe Regina from First Bank of Lagos complete the list of players invited to camp.Acha and Jacqueline will be assisted by Okoh Christopher and Faustinus- Akhere Juliana Ojoshogo respectivelyShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The basketball team to the 2019 African Games in Morroco will commence camping today in Abuja.Yahaya Abdul (River Hoopers of Port Harcourt), David Godwin, Dike Azuoma and Okoh Lucky Subel both of Kano Pillars have all been invited by the 3×3 National Team Head Coach, Acha Chris Ikwue.Akintunde Akin Moses, Agu Ibe Abuchi (Gombe State Bulls), Iduh John Mathias (Gombe State Bulls and Ogunsemore Babajide Micheal complete the list of eight players invited to fight for the four available jerseys.last_img read more

Chittenango soccer teams roar to 3-0 starts

first_img Tags: Chittenangosoccer The championship game Aug. 29 had the Bears facing Oneida, who had topped Tully 3-1. It would go beyond regulation, but Chittenango maintained its poise and prevailed 2-1 over the Indians.Larsson’s goal in regulation was answered by Oneida, but in the sudden-death OT period, Paul put home the game-winner, as Simmons got five saves this time around.Meanwhile, in the girls Chittenango Tournament, the order was a bit different, but the first-round results the same as the host Bears hammered Oneida 9-0 and Homer beat Tully 4-2. Both of the varsity soccer teams at Chittenango hosted season-opening tournaments in the last week of August, displaying plenty of production along the way.In the boys tournament, the opening round Aug. 28 pitted the Bears against Phoenix, and Chittenango roared to a 12-2 victory, taking 21 shots as Anthony Roberts and Sean Larsson each got three-goal hat tricks, Roberts adding an assist.Artie Paul notched three assists to go with his single goal. David Mullin got two assists, with Mikel Bascual, Owen Bailey, Abraham Alpuerto and Tom McIntosh also finding the net. McIntosh and Alek Reymond also had assists. Goalie Jake Simmons made nine saves.center_img Sarah Martin stood out for Chittenango, scoring four times. Ally Shoemaker had two goals and one assist, with Emily Moon getting one goal and two assists. The other goals went to Maryanna Garcia and Ashley Thompson as Cassidy Kelly stopped all seven shots she faced.In the final against Homer, the Bears would match what its male counterparts accomplished, taking the tournament title by a 2-1 margin, though this one ended in regulation.Were it not for 17 saves from Trojans goalie Catherine Apker, Chittenango may have scored plenty. Still, Martin notched one goal and assisted on Madison Wagner’s tally, with Moon adding an assist and Kelly making each of her seven saves important.After both teams rested, OHSL Liberty division schedules got underway last week, with the Chittenango boys going to Homer last Wednesday night and continuing to produce plenty in a 6-2 win over the Trojans.On the way to 23 shots, the Bears saw Larsson and Roberts each score twice, with Paul getting a goal and two assists. Mullin added a goal and McIntosh picked up an assist.It was the same for the Chittenango girls Thursday night as it bashed Hannibal 10-0, with Martin and Moon each getting three-goal hat tricks and combining for three assists as Garcia got two goals and two assists. Thompson and Carolyn Myka earned single goals.While the girls Bears faced Jordan-Elbridge and visit Homer this week, Chittenango’s boys  get tested Tuesday night at CBA before hosting Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday, the first half  of a varsity doubleheader where the girls would follow by taking on Cicero-North Syracuse.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more