For those Americans who put us through this hell, nothing will be forgiven, or forgotten

first_imgBut this is a guy who intentionally turned his back on Americans in the face of a national emergency. A quarter million Americans are dead, and hundreds of thousands more are likely to die, because he prioritized his own reelection prospects over saving American lives. He lied about the danger of COVID-19, over and over, causing other people to lie as well. That’s not forgivable—it’s actually beyond any reasonable capacity to forgive, or forget.And yet 70 million or so Americans supported that, tried to rationalize it, and they went right back and voted for Trump. That’s what I can’t get past. Is there anything, in fact, that this person could have done that would have been a bridge too far for them?And what he’s doing right now is unforgivable as well. There’s nothing unusual about this election, other than the fact that it’s occurring during a pandemic. There has been no “fraud” or any cause for bringing 10 lawsuits to try to stop votes from being counted. It’s simply anti-American behavior. If it weren’t so dangerous, it would actually be embarrassing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One thing I noticed about the campaign was the preponderance of the “in-your-face” element of Trumpism. From the flags draped on pickup trucks to the obnoxious, oversized signs in their yards, to the fact that half of the voters in my precinct showed up in some type of Trump garb, whether it was a stupid hat or a T-shirt, it made me realize that these people were making known their aggression toward me. Whereas Joe Biden voters certainly supported their candidate, it was evident that Trump supporters wielded their allegiance like a bludgeon. It was intended to offend, to threaten; not only to hurt others, but to negate their existence.In other words, it was just what you’d expect by taking a magic marker out and scrawling the word “FASCIST” across huge swaths of the country. And like spoiled, full-grown infants, they were proud of themselves, as they basked in their imagined power. But there was another type, too, like the GOP poll observers I worked next to on Tuesday. Buttoned up in Oxford shirts and sweaters, they kept their nature well-disguised. Gay also talks about these types, the doctors, the lawyers, the so-called educated among Trump’s base of support.The ones who want to seem urbane. The ones who want to be invited to all the good parties. They lie to pollsters. They lie to family and friends. And when they fill out their ballots, they finally tell the truth.The truth, as Gay observes, is that what we’re seeing is all about identity politics—just not the kind conservatives would prefer to talk about. As she puts it, “There is no greater identity politics than that of white people trying to build a firewall around what remains of their empire as this country’s demographics continue to shift.”So we continue to have two Americas: one which respects democratic institutions and is willing to work for the betterment of society as a whole; and one willing to dispense with those same institutions for their own gain, by surrendering whatever shred of decency and integrity they have to someone like Donald Trump.And as Gay notes, the past few days have proved they’re still out there. They’re not going anywhere, no matter what words of solace or unity are offered.They are not concerned with the collective, because they believe any success they achieve by virtue of their white privilege is achieved by virtue of merit. They see equity as oppression. They are so terrified, in fact, that as the final votes were counted in Detroit, a group of them swarmed the venue shouting, “Stop the count.” In Arizona, others swarmed a venue shouting, “Count the votes.” The citizens of this version of America only believe in democracy that serves their interests.It will be a relief to have a president who I can comfortably refer to as a “President.” Who actually works for the good of the American people, and who doesn’t spend all his time trying to divide us all with hatred. It will be a relief not to wake up each day to some new horror or angry, monstrous  tweet from an unbalanced sociopath.But I won’t have any more illusions about my fellow citizens. I won’t forget this or forgive them for putting the rest of us through this nightmare. As Gay says, by now, I know exactly who they are. And yet, people are supporting him in this.I guess I’m wondering—and I’ve wondered this a lot over the past four years—what the hell happened to these folks?  Did they learn nothing in high school? Or college, if they went?  Didn’t their parents give them some sense of what it means to be an American citizen?Roxane Gay, writing for The New York Times, is shaking her head at this naive white boy.This is America. This is not an aberration. This is indeed our country and who the proverbial “we” are. The way this election has played out shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been paying attention or if you understand racism and how systemic it really is. Polling can account for a great many factors, but unless they ask about the extent to which racism motivates voters — and find a way to get honest answers on this topic — they will never be able to account for this.Some Trump voters are proud about their political affiliation. They attend his rallies. They drive around with their cars draped in Trump posters and flags and other paraphernalia. They proudly crow about America and pride and nationalism. They are the subjects of fawning profiles that aim to explain their voting tendencies as the result of “economic anxiety,” as if they are tragically misunderstood. They aren’t. We know exactly who they are.- Advertisement – This was a close election, far closer than it should have been, and there is simply no excuse for that. Yes, suburban women turned against Trump and so did a smaller group of college-educated white men, but by and large, in the face of record-shattering turnout, most of the same people who voted for him in 2016 voted for him again. And that is just sick—there is no other word for it.I can understand people voting for a scumbag like Trump because their 401ks did well over the past four years. I get the fact that most Americans don’t give a damn about anything but themselves; that’s been true forever, and it isn’t news.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Joe Cole compares Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after Wolves win

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Alexandre Lacazette helped Arsenal defeat Premier League rivals Wolves (Picture: Getty)Joe Cole likened Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after the Frenchman helped the Gunners secure an important victory over Premier League rivals Wolves.Goals at the end of each half from Bukayo Saka and Lacazette saw Mikel Arteta’s side clinch a 2-0 win at Molineux on Saturday and move up to seventh in the table, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Lacazette has endured a frustrating season at the Emirates and has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, but showed his class at Wolves with a goal that led Cole to compare him to Gunners hero Wright.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was a fantastic finish,’ the former England star told Premier League productions.ADVERTISEMENT‘It was so much like Ian Wright, it’s just all Ian Wright. I said it when he signed… I watched him play over in France and his movement was top drawer.‘The touch and finish… it was so confident.’Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood added: ‘It’s a great goal. He’s got real quality. Joe Cole likened Lacazette to Gunners hero Wright (Picture: Getty)‘What I like about Lacazette – and you have to give the manager credit – he’s been left out recently but when he comes back in he’s affecting the game which shows good attitude and good management.’Despite Arsenal’s victory, Cole does not expect Arsenal to go on and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.He added: ‘Credit to Mikel Arteta for putting together this team.‘I can’t see it happening, I can’t see them beating Leicester and Tottenham, but they’ve given themselves a chance and they’re still in it.’More: 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 CityArteta, meanwhile, was full of praise for his team after the 2-0 victory and said: ‘It was a massive win.‘We had two and a half days to prepare and they had a week. We played two games while they were training.‘They [Wolves] are a really well organised team and it’s really tough to come here and win, we needed everybody to play with high attention and commitment.‘We had good possession and scored two goals. When we had to suffer, the team enjoyed to suffer together, which is massive for us.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Redknapp makes top-four prediction after Chelsea and Arsenal winsMORE: Mikel Arteta explains why he was shouting at Ceballos during Wolves win Joe Cole compares Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after Wolves win Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jul 2020 1:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Hargis “Wayne” Milam

first_imgHargis “Wayne” Milam, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away May 18, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born November 24, 1953 in Detroit, MI.Wayne worked over 44 years as a paint specialist for Aurora Lumber Company.He was a member of the Church of Christ in Aurora. Wayne began working at Aurora Lumber after high school and was known as “The Paint Guy”. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying Reds baseball, basketball, He was especially into Bengals football and fantasy football. Wayne was very laid back, and took everything peacefully. He never raised his voice or said a bad word. Wayne loved to be with family, especially his granddaughter.Surviving are wife, Barbara Jean Milam of Aurora, IN; daughter, Lori (fiancé Daniel Rieman) Milam of Cincinnati, OH; son, Matt Milam of Cincinnati, OH; siblings, Connie (Terry) New of Aurora, IN, David (Jody) Chase of Carmel, IN, Bob (Pam) Chase of Greenwood, IN; Ronnie (late, Joann) Milam of Aurora, IN; and granddaughter, Haley Rieman.Friends will be received Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, May 23, 2017 at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad. 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

NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter

first_img Enes Kanter says Zion Williamson is ‘overhyped,’ calls him ‘Julius Randle with hops’ There appears to be at least three teams interested in signing Enes Kanter.The Trail Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are all expected to pursue the 27-year-old center when free agency begins June 30, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics most likely landing spot for star “It’s amazing, like a first year of school,” Kanter told reporters shortly after signing with Portland. “I was actually nervous, but I think they help me a lot. Amazing locker (room). From the first moment that I stepped in everybody was trying to help, talking to me about lots of stuff. It’s become very easy.”The Lakers completed one of the biggest trades in NBA history earlier this month when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks. They’ll look to add multiple role players to surround Davis and LeBron James if they fail to sign a third star this offseason. Free agent center Enes Kanter is expected to receive interest from the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on June 30, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2019Kanter began the season with the Knicks but was released after the trade deadline. He then signed with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games.Kanter was also a reliable scorer in the playoffs for the Trail Blazers, who advanced to the Western Conference finals before falling to the Warriors in four games. Related News Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ talks to clear cap space ‘have gone nowhere’ The Celtics, meanwhile, will also need to retool their roster this summer as Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are both reportedly planning to sign elsewhere.Boston has reportedly explored trading for Steven Adams, Jrue Holiday and Clint Capela. It also has been linked to free agents Nikola Vucevic and Kemba Walker.last_img read more