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  • Film: Things We Lost in the Fire

    first_img4/51 February Just to be clear: this is not a film for everybody. It’s not sensational, it’s not cult, it probably won’t be a box office smash. Watching it through cynical eyes could make the story line a little too soppy, the dialogue somewhat clichéd, the idea of the fortunate helping the not-so-fortunate redundant, and the tale of the recovering drug addict outdated. Del Toro is playing his favourite type-cast loser, and no-one likes films about families these days anyway. Plus, Halle Berry has never really done it for me.All that aside, this is a poignant and subtly moving film about coping with the loss, the love and the legacy the dead leave behind them. When Brian (David Duchovny) dies a “hero, in a twisted fucked up way”, he leaves behind two children, his wife Audrey (Halle Berry) and his best friend Jerry (Benicio Del Toro); together, they must find a way to live in the space he left behind. It’s a film about human strength, the power of compassion, the reality of addiction, and R2-D2. The photography is sensitive and detailed; the camera pushes up close and personal, giving the feel of a hand held camcorder at a wedding, trying to get through people’s eyes into their innermost thoughts and emotions. The tiniest details are lovingly made crucial; volumes are said with the slightest movement. The dialogue is simple and honest, whimsical and raw. The support cast is warm, vibrant and loveable. And finally, Del Toro’s performance is pure genius; subtle, utterly naturalistic and completely believable as the recovering drug addict fallen by the way.Things We Lost in the Fire is understated and touching, holding a powerful message about human survival, and offering hope for life renewed through compassion and togetherness. It may not be particularly fast or furious. But as Jerry would say: “accept the good”… and go see it. by Rowan Tinca Parkeslast_img read more

  • St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

    first_img Lexi Crider and DaJuan Outlaw, Evansville, daughter, Yilanni Navay, Nov. 25Heaven D’Angelo, Evansville, daughter, Irys-Karma Josephine, Nov. 27Doretha Brown, Evansville, sons, Jaylen Micheal Ray, and Jakylen Raymond Marquis, Nov. 28Katie and Joe O’Neil, Mount Vernon, Ind., son, Rhyland James, Nov. 28Kelley and Matthew Walker, Boonville, Ind., son, Emmitt Matthew, Nov. 28Khadijah Sherman and Caleb Quarles, Evansville, daughter, Kyleigh Olivia, Nov. 28Shanna and Robert Risley, Evansville, daughter, Jersey Mya, Nov. 28Sharmayne and Zachary Dillon, Evansville, son, Finnegan Haddix Weddel, Nov. 28Allea and Riley Heftye, Evansville, daughter, Claire Ann Christine, Nov. 29Emily and Daniel Robinson, Newburgh, son, Jack Ray, Nov. 29Mackenzie and Chase Reneer, Evansville, son, Kaeson Wayne, Nov. 29Jessica and Carl Rainey, Evansville, daughter, Cecillia Noelle, Nov. 30Marisa Patwa and Alexander Roll, Evansville, daughter, Sansa Kathryn, Nov. 30Jerica Mullins and Daemon Gossar, Evansville, son, Gabriel Xander, Dec. 1Kristen and Jack Hudson, Dixon, Ky., son, Connor William, Dec. 1Morgan and Jerry Cullum, Morganfield, Ky., son, Micah James Scott, Dec. 1Amanda Ward and Stephen Smith, Carmi, Ill., daughter, Willow Rayne, Dec. 3Ansar Alsadiq and Ali Alhujairi, Evansville, son, Yusuf Ali, Dec. 3Sadie and David McKeon Jr., Evansville, son, Liam Michael, Dec. 3FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Pet Adoption Event at Grove Street PATH in Jersey City

    first_imgJERSEY CITY — Bideawee, one of New York City’s leading animal welfare organizations, will partner with Furnished Quarters, the leading provider of temporary furnished apartments in the Northeastern United States, to hold a pet adoption event at the Grove St PATH Station in Jersey City on Thursday, April 27 from 4-7 p.m. dogs and cats of all ages and sizes will be available for adoption and looking for their forever homes. There will also be giveaways for both pets and people at this special community event.The event will take place at the entrance to the Grove PATH Station (PATH Plaza), just steps from the Furnished Quarters residences at the Grove Pointe and Marbella apartment buildings in Jersey City.Bideawee’s Mobile Adoption Van will be at the PATH station. ×last_img read more

  • EXCLUSIVE: Drew Emmitt Talks Leftover Salmon, New Record, And Neil Young

    first_imgL4LM: Sounds like this would be a good opportunity to practice.DE: Absolutely. But, between the two of us we DO already know a few songs.L4LM: How many times do you think you’ve played in the park?DE: Hmmm…good question. Between the Spring and Mag fests and all the other things…I mean…I think the first time was opening for Panic a long time back…like ten or twelve times? That is a moderately educated guess.L4LM: You’re known for your late night pickin’ parties in the park…any chance you will keep the party going after the show stops around a camp fire somewhere?DE: I would…Yes…most certainly. We’re actually staying there. We have accommodations IN the park. We will be out and about in the night.L4LM: You have a pretty busy July on the books, with shows in the mid-west at the start and at Red Rocks at the end of the month. Do you just like working the hardest in the hottest months or something?DE: July is busy but we have actually been taking it pretty easy this summer. We’re playing in Michigan this weekend, but thanks to some stuff like weddings and such we’re not going as heavy as in the last couple summers. We have been wall to wall, every fest imaginable all the time. We have a little lighter schedule, but it’s great. And we have some great stuff scheduled we are looking forward to. And obviously Red Rocks.But we are enjoying taking it easy from the road. It let us take time to record what will be our new record last month too. We’ve been knee deep in that, the recording and all. I’m pretty sure we are all enjoying the break. But July will be back to crazy.L4LM: What is the ETA on this new record? Soon we hope?DE: Not til next year. We are gonna really spend some time on it, then next year go big with it, build some tours around it. We’re gonna finish this year and then come back crazy strong next year?L4LM: We will be hitting the beach at Suwannee Saturday during the day. You thinking of grabbing your flip flops and joining the party on the sand?DE: I would imagine so. I’ve been to that beach, it’s nice. I know it has been very hot, so I think the thing to do is spend a lot of time in the water.L4LM: Well, thanks for taking some time to talk to us about all things Leftover. Sounds like there is a lot of cool stuff on the way!DE: You’re totally welcome. See you out there!“Reefer Man-Because I Got High” If you’re looking to throw a party, a solid first step would be to get multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt to come on out. Over the last few decades, the Leftover Salmon mandolinist, guitarist, fiddle player, occasional flutist, and singer has been the go-to example for being able to pick a quick bluegrass line or rock out to whatever the occasion insists. There’s also the strong chance his friend and Leftover Salmon band mate of nearly thirty years, Vince Herman, will tag along just to make a little mayhem. There isn’t much that Drew Emmitt hasn’t seen, heard, and lived through over the decades of life on the road but his experiences have only made him a wise man with the heart and energy of someone half his age.Leftover Salmon has had some time off from full-scale touring as they worked on material for their forthcoming new album. That hasn’t stopped the band from knocking out a few gigs and working in a quick visit to the Spirit Of Suwannee with Herman for next weekend’s Clusterpluck. With July comes a return to the busy life of a beloved band in high demand. Before the return to full-speed-ahead, Drew Emmitt sat down with our own Rex Thomson to discuss the new disc, their inspirations, and the influence they have had on others.Check out the highlights of their conversation below:Live For Live Music: In those first couple of band gigs from all the way back at the beginning, did you ever expect to end up joined at the hip to Vince Herman the rest of your professional career?Drew Emmitt: Ha! I didn’t know that was going to be the case but I did know that we had a great rapport with each other. I love making music with Vince. Standing onstage with him…he’s one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life and I instantly loved the chemistry between us.Whether I ever thought that thirty years later I would still be onstage with him making music together…I don’t know. But I am damn glad that is how it happened.L4LM: It’s funny…Leftover Salmon has been around for more than a quarter century but thanks to the newest guys in the band you are a fairly young act, minus you and Vince. Do you find it funny that you became the wise old men in a band you, yourself, helped found?DE: Yeah, that’s a really good point…somehow we became a really young band. In our lineup the youngest member is 28 years old. Our banjo player is 33, our keyboard player is 39. Then there is Greg, Vince and myself…I guess we’re the elders. It’s like we’re aging backwards as a band! Even though we’re sort of almost a new band, we are carrying on a thirty year tradition.L4LM: Leftover Salmon is big on honoring the past while making modern music. You’ve been doing some really fun covers of music icon Neil Young. Was he a hero of yours personally?DE: Definitely! All of us, I’m pretty sure, have a strong connection with Neil [Young]’s music. Also to add to that he sat in with us on the HORDE tour. He said Leftover Salmon was his favorite band on that tour. He came and watched our set every night on that tour. Vince finally went and invited him to sit in. Neil said he wanted to, but to not tell the rest of the band in case he couldn’t make it so they didn’t get too excited.So we have a personal history and energy with Neil. Last fall it got suggested that it would be cool to do an almost acoustic show before our shows with Los Lobos in Denver. I think it was our manager’s idea for us to do Neil Young’s Harvest in it’s entirety. We decided to learn it, we got some guests, like my brother who came in and blew some harp for us and we went for it. We did change things up a little but we tried to keep the arrangements as close as possible to Neil’s original ones.We enjoyed it so much we’ve recreated it a couple of times. We did it again at Wanee. He just did it again at DelFest, which was wild. We had Warren Haynes sit in with us on “Down By The River” and that went really great! Who knows…maybe we’ll end up doing that one some more down the line.“Heart Of Gold”L4LM: Neil Young has a tendency to…go on…and on…sometimes. Did you guys work out any contingencies for what to do if he took over your show when he came out?DE: I’d have loved it! He is one of the original jam band guys in that he could stretch a song out for a half hour and make it interesting. If he had wanted to play our entire show we totally would have let him do it! He’s Neil Young!I got to see him on the Rust Never Sleeps tour. He had those big giant fake amplifiers and big crazy mic…I think that was the loudest concert I have ever been to in my entire life. It was “ear bleeding” loud. It was crazy.It’s funny how a guy who is known for being such a wonderful acoustic guy can be so loud at the same time. I can really relate to that. I’m a bluegrass guy who also like to play rock and roll. That aspect of Young’s music footprint appeals to me as well.L4LM: Leftover Salmon does a wonderful job of crossing genres as you mention, and you’ve been doing this for basically thirty years. Along the way you have been influencing folks as Young did you. After your decades out there gigging you have influenced plenty of folks to pick up the guitar or mandolin. Do you ever reflect on those kinds of thoughts, or have other artists thank you for inspiring them?DE: Absolutely. It all comes from the Grateful Dead of course. The audience was out there, as they had showed.We basically started out when Widespread Panic did, a couple years behind Phish. We were playing venues about the same size as them, when they came out to Colorado we were playing some of the same bars. We started at a time when there weren’t really a lot of bands doing this, and there weren’t many bands playing bluegrass with electric guitars and drums. And nobody was doing it like we were doing it.When we hit the road, started gigging around the country, I think Leftover Salmon helped create that wave, that business model. Bands saw what we were doing when we came to their town and said “That’s all we need? We could just get a van or a bus and go out and make it happen? Cool.”L4LM: Who would you say followed your example first?DE: The first band that really followed in our footsteps like that was the String Cheese Incident. They have definitely let us know how much they tried to follow our example and how much they appreciated that. And for Leftover’s part we have always loved those guys as well.Then there are the Railroad Earth guys, Yonder Mountain String Band and those Greensky Bluegrass guys. Those guys all know we were out there slogging around the country really trying to do this, make this music a thing. But no matter what we did, in a way, you don’t want to take credit for it when they thank you.We were just out there having fun. We weren’t out there trying to build a jamgrass scene, we had bands following us in our slip stream, but we were just following bands like New Grass Revival, Hot Rize, Flying Burrito Brothers and even some aspects of the Dead and The Band. In a lot of ways we are just a link in that chain.We were there as the jam band scene was being born, and we created our own way of being part of that scene. And others have found that way works for them to and have definitely thanked us. So I guess, in a really long way to answer your question, people have definitely thanked us for what we do and yes, it has been really cool to hear. A lot of bands have said “Yeah, we wouldn’t have gotten to do this if you hadn’t decided to ride around on a school bus for a lot of years.”It’s nice to see these bands doing well, and for so long that they have found their way, and influenced others. It’s not just the sincerest form of flattery but it is wonderful to know the music is gonna go on.L4LM: You’re heading back to the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Florida alongside your partner-in-crime Vince Herman next week for the “ClusterPluck.” How’d you get roped into that?DE: Music promoter Paul Levine, who lives there in the park itself, has been a long time friend of Leftover Salmon. We’ve done many shows with him and he is always looking to get us down there to play. He got Andy Thorn and I down there last year for Hulaween.Levine is just a really good dude that loves to put together good combinations of artists and musicians and see what happens. He’s got Vince and I, The Keels, The Jon Stickley Trio…some other cool folks…Jeff Mosier…all of us are comin’ in to have a party for the people.L4LM: At Clusterpluck, you and Vince are billed as a duo. I know we can expect Vince to drag anyone and everyone out to play with you two, but will there be some solo stuff first?DE: I dunno how that will work. My thought is that is just gonna be a Clusterpluck the whole time. We have a couple straight duo shows booked for later this year though.last_img read more

  • Carlos Santana Joins Online MasterClass Teaching Staff

    first_imgGuitars make for great holiday presents. Learning the new instrument, however, can be difficult and intimidating at first, which is why having a knowledgeable instructor plays a key role in mastering the frets and six-strings simultaneously. Well, class is now in session folks, as guitarist Carlos Santana has joined the online education series MasterClass as the organization’s newest guitar teacher.The iconic guitar player took to Twitter on Thursday to announce his involvement with the online video series, which recruits well-known professionals across the creative spectrum to guide subscribers in learning their skill of interest through pre-recorded tutorials and lecture videos from the comfort of their own home. A new trailer promoting Santana’s new online classes show the famous musician riffing away on his guitar while explaining that he loves to teach in hopes of “watching humans unfurl their wings.”There are few guitarists more qualified to teach guitar than Mr. Santana. Regardless of how one feels about classic rock, Santana is a true rock guitar pioneer who has played everywhere from the original Woodstock to sharing concert billings with Phish. With over 50 years of professional playing in those hands of his, Santana should make for a wonderful teacher who is just as adamant about teaching folks the soulful impact of the guitar as much as he is with the technical fundamentals.“I’m so glad to be teaching you my way of life—music,” Santana mentioned in a statement shared to his Twitter on Thursday. “My first-ever online class isn’t only about playing guitar, it’s about how to connect your mind, body, and soul to create sounds that heal people. Join me on this journey.”Contemporary artists and composers who have taught their own MasterClass series include Tom Morello, Herbie Hancock, DeadMau5, Hans Zimmer, Armin Van Buren, and Christina Aguilera.A statement shared by MasterClass on the announcement of their new instructor also goes on to assure that “Students can expect to walk away with an introspective look at Santana’s unique approach to the guitar, ranging from how to write and carry a melody, and incorporate various genres into his music, to advice on leading a band, and even a guide to his expressive guitar faces.”Carlos Santana – MasterClass Official Trailer[Video: MasterClass]Fans and aspiring guitarists can learn more about how to sign up for Santana’s MasterClass by clicking here.last_img read more

  • Inoculating against misinformation

    first_img Understanding what plagues us “So [the lack of trust] is not entirely surprising, but what’s surprising is how quickly it became violent, especially against health actors,” Vinck said, “In general, on the political side, you have low trust, but when it comes down to health actors, trust is higher. So the fact that it became violent just shows the importance of political trust and having an understanding of the broader context.”The most recent survey, conducted in December, shows the potential impact of public education campaigns done in conjunction with local partners. In the city of Beni, in the epidemic’s epicenter, public knowledge about Ebola has increased dramatically since September, and 82 percent said they’d accept vaccination. Along with that change, Pham said, the number of new cases dropped to near zero.By contrast, in two other cities at the epidemic’s epicenter, Butembo and Katwa, public knowledge about the virus remained low. Acceptance of a vaccine is also low — just 38 percent in Butembo — and infection rates high.“I think the success in Beni was because people worked really hard,” Pham said. “But also people in the community started to cooperate, they started to understand.” In the lawless eastern provinces of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country, an Ebola outbreak that has quietly become history’s second-largest epidemic may wind up turning not on drugs or quarantine, but on a third, often underappreciated factor: trust.Though it’s known that gaining the confidence and cooperation of local people is a key to successful epidemic response, the long, terrible history of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has elevated it from one element among many to a matter of paramount importance, according to survey work led by Harvard researchers Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham.The pair, both assistant professors at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School and researchers at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), have worked with Harvard Medical School’s Eric Nilles, an infectious disease expert and director of the initiative’s Program on Infectious Diseases and Humanitarian Emergencies, and partners at three local universities to survey thousands of residents of the affected region.Their results, published recently in The Lancet Infectious Disease, show that near the epidemic’s epicenter there is widespread distrust of local politicians, doubt whether Ebola even exists, and concern that the outbreak was fabricated for financial or political gain. The results of their survey, Vinck and Pham said, indicate that educating the public and gaining its trust in this case is even more critical than in epidemics elsewhere.“When the outbreak started, [responders] were approaching Ebola the same way they approached previous outbreaks,” Pham said. “What complicates this response, compared with other outbreaks, is that there is an ongoing [violent] conflict.”While effective outreach should disseminate accurate information in order to fight rumor and misinformation, Vinck said that outreach might most effectively be done cooperatively with trusted local leaders: politicians, religious leaders, and health care workers. In addition, he said, information distributed to the broader public should not be merely provided but also exchanged, both conveying what health care workers think is important and responding to residents’ questions about the epidemic.Survey responses showed the importance of that two-way exchange, as many residents said they’d received information about what to do if they became sick, but little about courses of action if a neighbor fell ill or about the status of the broader epidemic. “We might imagine that violence would [fall] in the interest of solving the health crisis, but because so many people believe in rumors, it’s not happening.” — Patrick Vinck Film shows how doctors can make a difference Relatedcenter_img After screening, Partners In Health founders discuss data, leadership, and hope Radcliffe hosts symposium about epidemics from Ebola to the opioid crisis The disease has struck a mineral-rich region along Congo’s border with Rwanda and Uganda, which has experienced long-running unrest. It was the site of two pan-Africa wars in the 1990s and early 2000s, and ongoing fighting between the Congolese Army and well-armed militias ever since.Between October and December, there were 313 incidents of violence in North and South Kivu provinces, including attacks against Ebola responders, abductions, and massacres of civilians by armed forces, according to the New York University–based Kivu Security Tracker. The violence was reflected in the survey data, in which local residents listed “banditry” and “ongoing armed conflicts” among their highest concerns. In response to one question, 29 percent said they’d been robbed in the previous year alone.“You’ve got massacres, you’ve got violence, and nobody’s paying attention to that,” Vinck said, “so it fueled the mistrust early on. Ebola is very deadly. … We might imagine that violence would [fall] in the interest of solving the health crisis, but because so many people believe in rumors, it’s not happening.”After Ebola was detected last August, international health workers drew on experience gained in the 2013 West Africa Ebola epidemic and arrived in force, armed with new treatments and a vaccine developed in response to the earlier outbreak.Despite the robust response and new tools, health care workers were repeatedly assaulted and, in March, Doctors Without Borders was forced to withdraw from Ebola treatment centers in two cities after the centers were attacked and partly destroyed. According to statistics cited by the organization, 40 percent of Ebola deaths still happen outside medical centers — an indication that many of the ill are not seeking treatment — and 35 percent of new cases can’t be linked to existing ones, meaning a big part of the transmission network remains unknown.“We have a striking contradiction,” Joanne Liu, Doctors Without Borders’ international president, said in a March 7 statement. “On the one hand, a rapid and large outbreak response with new medical tools such as vaccines and treatments that show promising outcomes when people come early, and on the other hand, people with Ebola are dying in their communities, and do not trust the Ebola response enough to come forward.”So far, the disease has sickened more than 1,000 and killed more than 600, according to the World Health Organization. The massive 2013 outbreak killed more than 11,000.The surveys that Vinck, HHI’s research director, and Pham, director of its Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science, led in collaboration with colleagues at three Congolese universities over the past three years were begun to better reflect public opinion about security in the region, which, in addition to fighting, has seen widespread atrocities and the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war.When the outbreak began late last summer, researchers added questions about Ebola to their regular quarterly poll in September. Responses showed that roughly a quarter, 230 of the 961 respondents, didn’t believe Ebola was real and almost 40 percent, 372, wouldn’t accept a vaccination that protected against it.Other results show that 33 percent believe the outbreak was fabricated for financial gain; 36 percent believe it was fabricated to destabilize the region; and one-fifth, 171 out of those polled, believe it was fabricated for both reasons and that Ebola wasn’t real. More than a third, 36 percent, didn’t trust local authorities to represent their interests.last_img read more

  • Faehner, Jacobson win appointments

    first_imgFaehner, Jacobson win appointments Faehner, Jacobson win appointments The Bar Board of Governors made an appointment to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors and to the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims at its August meeting.The board appointed immediate past Young Lawyers Division President Michael Faehner to fill an unexpired term that ends June 30 on the Foundation board.And it chose Melanie Jacobson, a former judge of compensation claims, to serve a four-year term on the statewide nominating commission, representing the jurisdiction of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. October 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Proposed judicial compensation rule

    first_img Proposed judicial compensation rule The Judicial Compensation Work Group has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court proposed new Rule of Judicial Administration 2.190, Judicial Compensation. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposal, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 15, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the chair of the work group, Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer, Second District Court of Appeal, Post Office Box 327, Lakeland 33802-0327, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. The chair has until August 30 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUDICIAL COMPENSATION WORK GROUP – AMENDMENT TO THE RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION (JUDICIAL COMPENSATION), CASE NO. SC06-1036 Rule 2.190. JUDICIAL COMPENSATION (a) Statement of Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to set forth the official policy of the judicial branch of state government concerning the appropriate salary relationships between justices and judges at the various levels of the state courts system. Although ultimate discretion in establishing judicial compensation is vested in the Florida Legislature, the salary relationships referenced in this rule reflect the policy of the judicial branch when requesting adjustments to judicial salaries. (b) District Court of Appeal. The annual salary of a district court of appeal judge should be equal to 95 percent of the annual salary of a supreme court justice. (c) Circuit Court. The annual salary of a circuit court judge should be equal to 90 percent of the annual salary of a supreme court justice. (d) County Court. The annual salary of a county court judge should be equal to 85 percent of the annual salary of a supreme court justice. July 15, 2006 Regular News Proposed judicial compensation rulelast_img read more

  • Bellmore Strip Club Arson Probed

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A fire at a Bellmore strip club appears to have been intentionally set early Monday morning, according to Nassau County police, who are investigating the case as an arson.Officers and North Bellmore Fire Department firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Billy Dean’s Showtime Café on Newbridge Road at 12:40 a.m. Monday, police said.Firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no reported injuries.Arson/Bomb detectives determined that the fire had been intentionally set at the rear exterior of the building, causing damage to the hallway and bathroom, police said.Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

  • 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