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  • Bush calls for a nobler politics, but GOP stays the course

    first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionFor liberals who have been around long enough to have spent a healthy chunk of their lives writing about the misdeeds of the George W. Bush administration and thought we’d never see a more destructive presidency in our lifetimes, Dubya’s emergence as a voice of GOP moderation has been more than a little disorienting.Thursday he gave a speech with some thinly-veiled criticisms not just of President Donald Trump, but even of developments within his own party.Yet at the same time, Ed Gillespie, an old aide of Bush’s, is waging a positively Trumpian campaign to be governor of Virginia – and Bush is raising money for him.Which reveals that despite the better intentions of some within their party, Republicans will always revert to stoking fear and hatred if they see electoral advantage in it.And their continued use of those poisonous tools ensures that their own voters will keep responding to the ugliest appeals.Here’s a sampling from Bush’s speech: If Ed Gillespie loses (as the polls suggest he will), some Republicans will probably say that it proves that the kind of campaign he’s running just doesn’t work anymore.But their voices will be drowned out by one 2018 primary contender after another who banks on hatred and resentment getting them the Republican nomination in their races.In many of those races, they’ll be right, at least in the primary.For now, the Republican Party can’t transcend the politics of racial hatred and fear, because that’s what they nurtured their base on.Just ask the leader of their party.Paul Waldman is op-ed columnist and senior writer for The American Prospect, and a blogger for the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census And of course, the rape. This kind of thing has a long history in GOP campaigns.Let’s not forget that it was George W. Bush’s dad, a genteel country-club Republican if ever there was one, who ran a vicious race-baiting campaign against Michael Dukakis centered on the story of Willie Horton.Vote for the Democrat, the elder Bush said in so many words, and hordes of scary black men will rampage across the land, killing you and raping your women.Sound familiar?The boogeyman changes but the song remains the same, and in the age of Trump, Republicans use immigrants to promote fear and division.Interestingly enough, Gillespie is taking pains to distance himself from Trump, no doubt because Trump’s approval is low in the increasingly liberal Virginia, even as he pins his electoral hopes on the same sentiments that helped get Trump elected.“I don’t know the president,” Gillespie insists. “I’ve not met him.”center_img “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.“Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism immigration has always brought to America. . .“Being American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. This means that people of every race, religion and ethnicity can be fully and equally American.“It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.”It should be said that as president, Bush did advocate comprehensive immigration reform.But now his former adviser Ed Gillespie has all but centered his gubernatorial campaign on fear of the MS-13 gang, alleging that because his opponent Ralph Northam does not condemn “sanctuary cities” – of which there are none in Virginia – that Northam is practically indifferent to the prospect of MS-13 coming to kill you and your family. The White House sends Mike Pence to stump for Gillespie, no doubt reading the same poll numbers as the campaign.But Gillespie has obviously decided that if he’s going to get Republicans to the polls, he needs to serve up the red meat.Let his old boss make a speech about the better angels of our nature; Gillespie will count on our basest fears and ugliest sentiments to get him to the governor’s office.Many Republicans believe that one day they will get past this sort of thing, that they’ll put their long history of race-baiting behind them and run more inclusive campaigns.The trouble is that every time they run a race like Gillespie’s – or Trump’s – they make it harder to break out of their own pattern.They convince their supporters to enact their own identity politics and blame those who aren’t white for their problems, then find that when the next election rolls around, those voters are drawn to the most divisive, angriest candidates.That’s the story of the 2016 presidential election: Republicans spent years stirring up anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant feeling, then were shocked when the candidate offering the most naked bigotry trounced all the more reasonable contenders.last_img read more

  • Unai Emery insists Arsenal are just ‘following’ Nicolas Pepe amid intense transfer speculation

    first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 31 Jul 2019 10:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link427Shares Advertisement Emery admits Pepe’s arrival is a ‘possibility’ (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘No deal is official now, and I will only speak in the next hours or days if it can be official for us.‘We are working on the possibilities to sign players. We signed [Dani] Ceballos, and we have a possibility with Pepe. We are looking for the possibility to improve, but only if we can take more steps in the squad.‘Our target is to sign another player if he can really, really improve us.‘Our target is continuing to sign another player if we can.’ Comment Advertisementcenter_img Unai Emery insists Arsenal are just ‘following’ Nicolas Pepe amid intense transfer speculation Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £73m deal for Pepe (Picture: Getty)Asked whether Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could play together in the same team, Emery replied: ‘Yes first because he is left footed.‘We have a left footer in Bukayo [Saka], a young player who has a big future for us.‘For example on the wing one left-footed player can play on one side or the other. It can give us different options.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesSpeaking after the win over Angers, Aubameyang labelled Pepe a ‘great player’ and urged Arsenal to sign the Ivorian ‘quickly’.‘When there are great players like that who are close to signing with a great club like Arsenal… it’s very pleasant to have a player like that,’ Aubameyang told beIN SPORTS.‘I hope that he signs quickly and that it gets done.’MORE: Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson sends message to Jurgen Klopp with wonder goal against Lyon Arsenal are yet to finalise a deal for Nicolas Pepe, claims Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has said that Arsenal are yet to close a deal for Nicolas Pepe and maintains that the club are merely ‘following’ the Lille forward for the time being.Widespread reports suggest that Arsenal will make an official announcement over Pepe’s arrival in the coming days and Lille president Gerard Lopez claimed on Wednesday that an £73million transfer had been agreed.Arsenal have been on the hunt for a new winger this summer and after a £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha was rejected, the club turned to Pepe who impressed with 22 goals and 11 assists in France last season.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Emery refused to confirm an agreement for Pepe following Arsenal’s penalty shootout victory over Angers on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked how Pepe could fit in at Arsenal after the victory, Emery replied: ‘He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player.‘We are speaking about a lot of players, we want to select on players who can really help us, give us big performances and improve our squad.‘We have different options. This one at the moment is not closed, but he is one we are following.’last_img read more

  • Complex lending policies have helped drive the demand for fixed rate home loans to new highs

    first_imgIncreasingly complex lending rules are driving borrowers to fix rate home loans, according to one major mortgage broker.DATA from one of the nation’s largest mortgage brokers, Mortgage Choice, revealed fixed rate home loan demand reached a three-year high in July, accounting for 29.63 per cent of all loans written.“This is the highest level of demand we have seen for fixed rate home loans since December 2013, when fixed-rate home loans accounted for 33.06 per cent of all loans written,” said John Flavell, CEO of Mortgage Choice.Mr Flavell said the surge in fixed-rate popularity wasn’t a surprise, as many Australian lenders had recently introduced policy and pricing changes.“These changes have helped make the mortgage market more complex than ever before. “Subsequently, borrowers wanting certainty and security over their repayments for a set period of time are increasingly turning to a fixed-rate mortgage.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAcross the states, Queensland had the third highest proportion of fixed rate borrowers at 28.08 per cent of all loans written.Western Australia had the highest proportion of fixed rate borrowers at 35.77 per cent.Mr Flavell said competition for borrowers had stepped up.“A few of Australia’s lenders have lowered the interest rates charged on some of their fixed rate products, with some trimming up to 10 basis points from their four and five year rates,” he said.“As a result, many of the fixed rate home loans now on offer are very competitively priced.”Despite the rise, Mr Flavell said variable rate home loans remained the most popular product across Australia, making up 40.71 per cent of all loans written.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or on Facebook at Kieran Clair journolast_img read more

  • Amazing floating house at Burleigh Heads is a Gold Coast first

    first_imgThe “floating” spaceship house at Burleigh Heads.PINCH yourself — you’re looking at the Gold Coast’s first floating house.Less than a year ago the 405sq m block at Burleigh Heads was home to a blue fibro shack.Fast forward 12 months and neighbours are now reportedly starstruck by the jaw-dropping three-level house that now commands their quiet street.Sitting on stilts, the latest timber design by architect Paul Uhlmann creates a floating illusion above Burleigh Heads which is comparable to a spaceship.What a tub!The house was built for Rosetta Naumoski, who described the finished product as her “dream home”.Ms Naumoksi bought the block on Hill Ave for $879,000 and teamed up with Gold Coast builder Nick Mcdonald from Mactech Constructions.“I saw the block 18 months ago when I was hunting for a place to build my dream home,” the mother-of-two said.“The couple who had been living there had been there for the past 40 years but the home was falling to pieces.”Homeowner Rose Naumoski at her spectacular new Burleigh Heads home with builder Nick McDonald. Picture: Glenn HampsonAccording to Mr Uhlmann the house spans 8m wide and is the most dramatic floating design he has done.“The colour of the home makes it appear as if its hanging off a cliff, the black bottom across the side of the house has given it that effect,” he said.Ms Naumoski said building the home was something she had planned to do for a long time but said the landscape of the block made it an almost impossible feat.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It is my first build and I wanted it to be exactly what I had dreamt up,” she said.An aerial view of the amazing house.“I have done two renovations in the past but I got bored of that pretty quickly and wanted to make something from start to finish.”Ms Naumoski said architect Paul Uhlmann’s design was altered a lot to fit her dream home requirements.“Originally the design had a lot of iron but I love timber and light and bright spaces so we changed it a lot in that regard,” she said.The spectacular new Burleigh Heads home. Picture: Glenn HampsonThe home has ocean views from every level and has a special feature on each deck, including a firepit, outdoor tub and pool.Builder Mr Mcdonald said the build took his team of nine just under eight months.“We are very used to working with difficult aspect blocks but this block in particular was by far a challenge because it is the narrowest and the street was tight,” he said.And there’s a pool. Picture Glenn HampsonMr Mcdonald and his team build custom luxury homes on the southern end of the Gold Coast but said this was no ordinary build.“There was a few obstacles and it wasn’t built like a normal house from the bottom up,” he said“Getting the cranes in was the tricky part and once we finished a level there was no going back. It had to be spot on.”The balcony catches plenty of sun. Picture: Glenn Hampsonlast_img read more

  • This Brisbane home comes with a bookshelf that fills an entire wall

    first_imgThe home is only six months old.It will be auctioned on-site at 2pm, on Saturday, April 7. Over in Woolloongabba this two-bedroom home at 26 Merton Road may not look fancy, but its prime location is set to draw a crowd.The home has been in the same family for more than 70 years.Agent Karen Pierce said it was at one of the higher points in Woolloongabba, and had views of the city skyline. This might be every book lovers dream home.COULD this be the perfect pad for book lovers?There is set to be a lot of auction action this weekend across Brisbane, with plenty of homes set to go under the hammer.But only one home comes with its own specially designed $6000 book shelf.The six-bedroom home at 18 Thalia Court in Corinda comes with the unique addition that the current owners call ‘the library’.“They installed it because they just loved the idea of it,” said agent Jackson Evenden.He promised that the book shelf was staying with the home, as it was specially designed and built to fit the wall of that room. “I think they are just really avid bookreaders,” he said. The rest of the home is quite lovely as well.He was unsure of just how many books the shelf could take, but he estimated it could hold at least a few hundred. For those interested in bidding, it will be auctioned on-site at 10am on Saturday, April 7.Bidders can also buy up a piece of French style in Brisbane’s east. The four-bedroom home at 45 Nelson Place in Carindale is being marketed as a French Provincial style home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoModern home with a French twist.Agent for the sale Denis Najzar said the eye-catching home was built as a passion project by the current owner. “They were just looking for something a bit different,” Mr Najzar said. “They got a bit of inspiration from what builders were doing in Melbourne.” The home is one of the many pre-war houses in the area.center_img City views and walking distance to the Gabba, what more could you want?“It is close to the city and it is close to South Bank,” she said. It will be auctioned on-site at 11am on Saturday, April 7. The owner wanted something a bit different.He said there was an intense attention to detail inside the expansive home, which includes a butler’s pantry, granite breakfast bar and rich timber staircases.“The French Provincial style hasn’t been seen a lot in Brisbane,” he said. last_img read more

  • China’s economy will be ‘biggest but not strongest’

    first_imgInvestors must be careful not to equate China’s future status as the world’s largest economy with its being the world’s strongest, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told the IPE Conference & Awards.In a wide-ranging speech, the former NATO secretary general covered the conflicts in the Middle East, saying it was difficult to see a resolution to the problems in the region.He also addressed China, the US economy and Russia, saying the former Soviet country was a “weak nation” suffering from a lack of economic reform and an over-reliance on oil and gas.Rasmussen said China would place economic security – and its ability to trade – above all else, despite recently outlining a new approach to military engagement that placed a greater emphasis on an “offensive” military. “I do not underestimate this Chinese assertiveness,” Rasmussen said, speaking at the conference in Barcelona.“However, I still think the bottom line is that, on balance, China will prefer peaceful, constructive cooperation with the US instead of confrontation.”He said China desperately needed international stability, and that the survival of “machine China” was dependant continued growth, which, in turn, required stability.Rasmussen noted that the Chinese economy would gradually grow to become the largest in the world, accounting for approximately 40% of global GDP by 2014 – but he warned that such dominance was not the only measure by which to assess the economy.“To be the biggest is not equivalent to being strongest,” he said.He said the US would remain relevant as both an a centre of economic growth and global power for decades to come – partially down to the fact its two neighbours are peaceful, and its borders run along two oceans.“Surrounded by peaceful neighbours and fish,” he said, “you can focus on exercising global leadership because you don’t have to deal with regional borders.”Touching on the EU during questions from the audience, Rasmussen, who was prime minister of Denmark for eight years until 2009, also called for a more outward-looking union.“It is very close to my heart to see Europe develop to take on a stronger role on the international stage,” Rasmussen said.He explained that a range of issues – from the refugee crisis, the UK potentially leaving the EU to the ongoing euro-zone crisis – were conspiring to bring about a more introspective union.He also questioned whether Greece would ever be able to repay debt accrued by successive governments.“The fact is, the Greeks will never be able to repay their debt,” he said. “You will have to write off some debt [and], the only choice is between doing it by default or by design.”He backed a number of reforms, including to free movement within the EU, supporting the UK’s stance that there should not be immediate access to social welfare systems for those immigrating from another member state.“We need profound reform to our pension and retirement schemes,” he added, citing a need for higher retirement ages, including these in a list of “fundamental” reforms European states need to complete if they wish to become influential on the international stage.last_img read more

  • Stanley H. “Stan” Davis Sr.

    first_imgStanley H. “Stan” Davis Sr., 80 Years, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday May 3, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born November 20, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Harold Davis and Esther (Kinnett) Davis.He worked as a Lab Group Leader for Monsanto, retiring after over 37 years of service.Stan was one of the original founders of the Manchester Vol. Fire Dept., where he served as treasurer. He was President of the Manchester PTA, coached baseball and basketball for the Manchester Community, was a Cub Scout Master, and he judged several times at the Science Fair. Stan enjoyed bowling, loved to hunt, fish and raise a garden. He loved old cars and enjoyed going to car shows. Stan worked in the garden center at Walmart. He was very friendly and always smiling, he didn’t know a stranger. He was a great husband, dad and he especially loved being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Stan was very involved with his family and community, leaving behind a great legacy. He will be greatly missed.Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Anita (Parish) Davis of Aurora, IN; children, Stanley H (Dianne) Davis Jr. of Rising Sun, IN, Deborah (late Alan) Tarplee of Aurora, IN, Michael W. (Kelley) Davis of Lawrenceburg, IN, Cynthia (late Gary) Ollier of Lawrenceburg, IN, Steven L. (Mary) Davis of Guilford, IN, Kathleen J. (Brian) Ickenroth of Aurora, IN; sisters, Margie (Jerry) Stephens of Milan, IN, Carolyn (Stanley) Bear of Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Zachary & Brittany Davis, Bridget (Cameron) McCreary, Derek Davis, Matthew (Shawna) Davis, Sophia Davis, Samantha Lane, Rebecca Ollier, Kaitlyn Davis, Kelsey Davis, Carson Davis, Kayla Hensley, Braden & Kara Ickenroth; great-grandchildren, Alexie & Breckin McCreary.He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received Sunday, May 6, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home, Monday May 7, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Rick Burcham officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

  • Pulev will shock Anthony Joshua — Bulgarian’s manager

    first_imgKubrat Pulev will inflict another crushing defeat on Anthony Joshua – and then offer him a rematch, said the Bulgarian’s manager Ivaylo Gotsev.Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger for Joshua, who avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr with a points victory in an immediate rematch in Saudi Arabia in December. And Gotsev has suggested that Britain’s heavyweight star will again need a return bout after suffering another setback in his rescheduled world title fight with Pulev.“Yeah, we’ll give it to him, just like he did with Ruiz, but I can assure one thing – Kubrat is going to be ready for the rematch as well,” Gotsev told Sky Sports.The first fight against Ruiz he looked like a deer in the headlights and the second one he ran like a deer.“He’s not going to let himself go like Ruiz did, for whatever reasons. I mean that wasn’t serious. Kubrat is a serious contender, he’s a No 1 contender, the mandatory contender. He got there by blood, sweat and tears, and he’s legitimate.“He is the biggest fight of AJ’s career, right now, coming up. “Once again, AJ did not impress in his last performance. The first fight against Ruiz he looked like a deer in the headlights and the second one he ran like a deer.“They know this is a serious fight and quite honestly, Kubrat seems to think that AJ is very afraid of him and that’s why it’s taking so long. I happen to agree.”Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum insists that Croatia remains a potential location for the fight, but Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has maintained that his “absolute priority” is to deliver a homecoming clash for Joshua in the UK.“I talked to Ivaylo Gotzev. He has a potential deal with Croatia,” Arum told Sky Sports.“He had a conference call with the Croatians and with people in Eddie’s office to set it forth as a potential destination. “We know Eddie and Joshua want the fight in the UK. Hopefully by September, you will be able to do fights in the UK with limited spectators.“Eddie told me about the possibility of doing it at the Royal Albert Hall with 1,000 people. Well-spaced, serving a meal and drinks. Getting a gate by making it a prestigious ticket to have.”The Pula Arena, a Roman amphitheater, had been identified as a possible venue for the Joshua-Pulev fight by Gotsev, who has put forward a date in September.“The arena is so inviting in stature, such a noble site and we can recreate an amazing atmosphere, and have these two gladiators face each other,” said Gotsev.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double “Kubrat is just excited to fight. He’s champing at the bit. He’s really hard to keep down any longer, because he wants this fight.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaIvaylo GotsevKubrat PulevSaudi Arabialast_img read more

  • Sherwood waiting on news from above

    first_img Press Association Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract after taking over from the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December but, despite enjoying a decent start in his first senior managerial appointment, there are suggestions his tenure could be a short one. According to reports, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy – who was not at Saturday’s crushing 4-0 defeat to Chelsea which has left the team four points adrift of the Champions League spots – is lining up Holland coach Louis van Gaal to take over at the end of the season. When asked about the possibility of a new man coming in in the summer, Sherwood told a number of national newspapers following the loss at Stamford Bridge: “The silence is deafening, isn’t it? It’s up to Daniel. “It’s up to the club to make that decision. One thing I guarantee people is that there is no one who cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don’t. I need people to be hurting like I’m hurting.” The 45-year-old former Spurs midfielder, who has overseen eight wins in his 13 Premier League matches in charge and led Spurs through to the last 16 of the Europa League, insists he would not be willing to work under a new manager if there are changes this summer. However, he indicated he would be suited to the post of technical director at White Hart Lane – a position currently held by Franco Baldini. “I never want to be a number two,” Sherwood said. “I feel like I can do the number one job. I don’t think I’d be good at number two. I’m too opinionated. I wouldn’t want to do the number two job. “I do think there is a place for a technical director. I’m someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field. There’s a definite place for that. “A lot of clubs need to have a person like that, otherwise you get no continuity, you just end up buying seven or 10 players every window and your turnover of players is far too great.” center_img Tim Sherwood claims the “silence is deafening” from the Tottenham board amid speculation he could be replaced as manager in the summer.last_img read more

  • England fall in FIFA rankings

    first_img England had climbed to 13th from 20th last winter after a run of six straight wins, but they now find themselves below Romania, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic in the standings. Northern Ireland moved up eight places to 43rd. They sit four places below Scotland, who dropped by one position. Press Association Wales fell three places to 37th and the Republic of Ireland are now 66th in the table, having moved up by one position since the last rankings were published in February. World champions Germany are top of the rankings. Argentina and Colombia are second and third respectively. Spain, meanwhile, have dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2007. Like England, they failed to make the knockout stages in last year’s World Cup and were subjected to a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Holland in their first group stage match. center_img England have dropped two places to 17th in the latest edition of the FIFA rankings.last_img read more