Trump wraps up his year of ignorance with doltish climate change tweet

first_imgBetter than the greatest CPA. I know the details of health care better than most, better than most.”He insisted that on the “big bills,” he knows more “than any president that’s ever been in office.”It was unfortunate, judging from the excerpts that the Times released, he was not pressed to answer in detail questions about the “big bills,” or on climate change.It is one thing to let Trump prattle on without interruption, thereby creating a record of his inanity.(Isn’t that what Fox News affords?)However, it’s also essential to continue asking him questions that challenge his falsehoods and test how he reacts when contradicted.Trump’s ongoing ignorance, like his contempt for democratic norms and insistence on monarchical-like loyalty, are mainstays of his personality. “He tweeted, ‘In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!’”Trump either was again playing dumb or evidencing his inability to distinguish between “weather” and “climate.”Man-made global warming, as the name suggests, refers to the steady rise of average temperature of Earth’s climate system because of the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.Indeed, at the moment much of the rest of world is warmer than normal even if a portion of the United States is chilly.His response was greeted by a tweet storm of ridicule from elected Democrats, scientists and ordinary social media users who continue to marvel at his willful contempt for scientific knowledge.His missive was a timely year-end reminder that this president refuses to educate himself on the most basic aspects of key policy issues.Coincidentally on Thursday, Trump, in a New York Times interview – demonstrating his rambling, self-absorbed mind-set – insisted that he knows “the details of taxes better than anybody. (“I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this:[Former Attorney General Eric] Holder protected President Obama,” he told the New York Times.“Totally protected him. When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president.“And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest”)He is no more able to absorb and comprehend scientific information than he is to comprehend that there are limits on his powers as president.(“I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department,” he said before saying he would not involve himself with a potential re-investigation of Hillary Clinton.)Trump’s defenders have insisted that he is “new” to the role or thinks like a “businessman.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionEven though he is vacationing in Palm Beach, Fla., where temperatures are in the 70s, Trump tweeted on Thursday seemingly mocking those who accept climate science, suggesting that the East Coast will be so cold on New Year’s Eve that global warming may be a good thing instead of an environmental calamity. In fact, no chief executive would presume to run a business about which he was so ignorant.Moreover, continued inability to master key aspects of the job is not a plausible excuse for Trump’s vacuity, but rather an admission of fundamental unfitness.His followers will never admit as much but the majority of Americans, according to an array of polls, have figured out he is not up to the job.It seems appropriate to end the year’s political horror show with confirmation that Trump remains dangerously unfit, something the media is obligated to reveal – each and every day.What voters decide to do with those revelations will determine the course of Trump’s presidency and the country’s immediate future.Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence on his Arsenal future

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 8:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a transfer away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he remains committed to Arsenal and will not seek to quit the club in the January transfer window.The 30-year-old has just under 18 months remaining on his current contract and is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal with the Gunners facing an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Despite an encouraging start to new manager Mikel Arteta’s reign, Aubameyang is said to have told Unai Emery’s successor that he has no intention of committing his long-term future to Arsenal.The former Borussia Dortmund striker, who has scored 15 goals in all competitions this term in spite of Arsenal’s woeful form, starred in last night’s 2-0 win over Manchester United and afterwards hit out at speculation he is ready to quit the north London club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told RMC: ‘The English press likes to talk a lot. For now, I’m here. I’m 100% here.’ Arteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:30FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenal-beat-man-utd-2-0-2079544/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Aubameyang produced a captain’s effort last night at the Emirates, leading from the front as Arsenal restricted United to only a handful of opportunities after goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos helped establish a commanding lead.As they did during Sunday’s defeat against Chelsea, however, Arsenal tired after the break and Arteta admitted his team is not yet capable of producing the levels of intensity he desires over the course of 90 minutes.He said: ‘That wasn’t the plan [to sit back in the second half], I have to admit, but at the moment we are suffering a little bit to maintain the intensity we had in the first half. I think it will come, it is part of the process, the way we train, but at the moment we don’t have much time to do so.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But as well I really liked the resilience, and I like to see them suffer together. When they had to defend deeper… I want to see that reaction that instead of getting annoyed with each other when someone gives the ball away.‘It was a positive reaction and everyone was tracking back. So I am pleased with that aspect of the game as well.’Will Aubameyang leave Arsenal in the summerYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused of ‘copying’ Mikel Arteta’s tactics in Arsenal’s win against Manchester UnitedMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang aims dig at Manchester United fans after Arsenal’s win Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence on his Arsenal futurelast_img read more

Inflating Scores

first_imgAre we putting so much emphasis on ratings that football teams think they have to run the score up on weaker opponents?  We know that the college football playoffs is something that will be determined by a select committee.  We hope that this committee is able to determine who the top 4 teams are and give us a good playoff format this first year.I think it is happening at the high school level even though the Indiana system is simply win and go on.  However, some teams like to see their name at the top of polls.  How else can you explain why Columbus East thought they had to humiliate South Dearborn this past Friday night?  I have watched the Columbus East scores for the past few years and listened to some of their games.  There are times when the coach has left his starters in the entire game even though they were winning by 5 or 6 touchdowns.  This past Saturday, TCU scored 82 points on Texas Tech winning 82-27.  I am not sure what that proved except that they have now scored the most points in a game this year.  Michigan State left their starters in against Michigan and scored a touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game.  A simple kneel down would have run out the clock.  These are some examples of inflating scores just to impress the pollsters.last_img read more

Carver and Barrow fined over clash

first_img Tempers flared after Haidara had been caught by McManaman with a tackle which saw the defender carried from the pitch on a stretcher. Match referee Mark Halsey took no action at the time and FA chiefs declined to take retrospective action because one of the match officials had seen the incident clearly and decided it did not warrant punishment. A Newcastle statement confirmed: “Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver has been fined and warned as to his future conduct as a result of the charge brought against him by the Football Association following United’s match at Wigan Athletic on 17 March 2013.” Barrow’s punishment was confirmed in a Wigan statement, which said: “First team coach GB has been fined £1,000 and given a one match touchline suspension with immediate effect after accepting an FA charge of misconduct following an incident at half-time in the match against Newcastle United at the DW Stadium on March 17.” Magpies number two Carver has received an undisclosed cash penalty and been warned as to his future conduct, while Barrow has been ordered to pay £1,000 and will serve a one-match touchline ban. The pair were charged with misconduct by the Football Association in the wake of Wigan’s controversial 2-1 home win over Newcastle on March 17. Newcastle coach John Carver and Wigan counterpart Graham Barrow have each been fined for their conduct in the wake of Callum McManaman’s challenge on Massadio Haidara.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers: Blame me for draw

first_img Trailing to goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke inside 36 minutes, Reds striker Daniel Sturridge pulled one back on the stroke of half-time. The contentious penalty came just after the break when Suarez was adjudged to have been brought down by goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Steven Gerrard equalised. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepted the blame for the poor first half which saw them drop two points at home to Aston Villa, but defended striker Luis Suarez against accusations of diving. “I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half when (Leandro) Bacuna handles the ball,” Rodgers said. “The second I thought was a penalty. Luis has taken it up to the keeper and, once he has touched it around him, his body makes contact with Luis. “Obviously from Paul’s (Villa manager Lambert) perspective he will think it has been harsh.” On his adventurous team selection, which saw defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva dropped to accommodate Sturridge, Rodgers added: “I go with my gut feeling. I thought it was an offensive team. “I have played that before. If you want to blame me, blame me. “It is a good point. I don’t think we were anywhere near our level in the first half, give credit to Villa for that. “The front two was a real threat for us and tactically we had to change it.” Villa boss Paul Lambert unsurprisingly disagreed on the penalty incident. “Brad has pulled his arms away. It is hard for the referee to judge it. He has a split-second decision to make but I think Brad used his experience to pull his arms away and then you get punished,” he said. Asked whether he thought Suarez had dived, he added: “I’ll let you be the judge of that. “I am not being critical of anyone. I’m not getting caught into that, the guy is a world-class player.” Of his team’s performance, Lambert said: “I thought we were excellent. I thought Ron Vlaar was excellent, Benteke looked back to himself but we lost Gabby (Gabriel Agbonlahor) at a vital time and he was unplayable. “I always thought we looked a threat on the counter-attack. We might have sneaked it but I don’t think anyone could begrudge us a point.” Gerrard, who played in the deeper holding role in the first half, admitted his performance – like the team’s – was well below the required standard. “They deserved a point. We were nowhere near good enough in the first half,” he told Sky Sports. “They put a lot of men around me in the first half. Whenever I got the ball they swamped me and I admit it wasn’t one of my better 45 minutes. “The problem today and the reason fans will be disappointed is our immaculate home record. “It is no time to panic and we will carry on fighting for fourth. They are all big tests now.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sound success cheers Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho may be sorry for criticising the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard struck in the first half to secure a victory far more dominant than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, with Mourinho full of praise for the Stamford Bridge faithful afterwards. “It improved a lot, a lot,” the Chelsea boss said. “You know the answer – there is no comparison. “I don’t want to speak again about it, for good and for bad, because they pay me to coach. “They pay me to win matches, they don’t pay me to be critical of the crowd, so I feel sorry for my comments a couple of weeks ago. “But the reality is there today, the difference was amazing.” There was also a marked difference when it came to the hosts’ display before and after half-time. Mourinho used a host of superlatives to describe Chelsea’s first-half performance, but they noticeably tailed off after the break despite West Brom being reduced to 10 men. The Blues manager wanted more goals from his side but understood his side’s intensity dropping, despite looking increasingly irritated on the touchline. Press Association “Yeah, but I am always annoyed,” he said with a smile. “I am always annoyed and the players know that. “But sometimes I have to realise that there are reasons for things, like national team matches, people having to play two matches in a row, coming back, travel. We didn’t train properly. “The players know that they have a marathon of matches, they know they play in Germany on Tuesday, so the intensity went down. “They knew that the points were not at risk. The objective was to win the three points and I think they also knew that because we spoke about at it at half-time that the first half was absolutely beautiful. “Many, many times I am upset, but I think not today.” As well as his own players, Mourinho was quick to praise West Brom for the manner in which they limited further damage after the break – comments Albion boss Alan Irvine agreed with. “It could have [been a thrashing], there’s no doubt about that because this was a hard enough place to come with 11 players,” he said. “Jose said immediately after the game that it was a magnificent performance by 10 players and I have to agree with him in terms of the defensive side. “Obviously from an attacking point of view we would have wanted a lot more, but it was a tough task already made even tougher.” Irvine had no complaints about Claudio Yacob’s first-half dismissal, saying the decision was “understandable” – but was angered by Costa’s opening goal. “I thought it was offside,” he said. “The lad was offside, so our defenders did what they were supposed to do. “When it shifts back onto the right foot of the crosser, they step up and as they do that he is offside. “It was a great finish, a great chest and finish, but I am not going to blame our players for something that was an incorrect decision.” At the start of November, the Portuguese risked the ire of his own supporters by saying it felt like the Blues were playing at an “empty stadium” when near neighbours QPR visited. It was an assessment subsequently backed by many a Chelsea fan and seemingly acted as a catalyst to a much-improved atmosphere for West Brom’s visit on Saturday. last_img read more

Wenger: I’m here to make fans happy

first_img Press Association “It’s nice to hear the fans supporting the boss and obviously it’s a fantastic night for us and we’re happy for that,” he told Sky Sports 1. ”It’s always the same when you’re losing, the first one in front of the criticism is the boss. We will always be all together, keep the faith, keep working hard and I think there’re no thoughts about changing the boss, because he’s still the man for the situation.” Giroud suffered a broken leg earlier in the season, but is back to lead the line for the Gunners, with summer recruits Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez working well alongside him. And the France international was praised by Wenger. “He’s still not 100 per cent there but he gives a presence,” he added. “He links up well, plays good one-twos and protects the ball well. When we have to kick the ball long because Newcastle closed down our centre-backs well, you always have a good chance to win the ball.” Although Alan Pardew admitted his Newcastle side were not good enough to warrant getting anything out of the game, he never gave up hope that Arsenal would crumble when 3-0 up – as they did to draw 3-3 against Anderlecht in the Champions League last month. “In terms of the two results the first goal was going to be more significant today; the fact they had got beat and we had a good result (in beating Chelsea last weekend),” he said. “I still felt, even at 3-1, that the game was in the balance. If we could have scored the second goal we had half a chance. The demons might have returned from Anderlecht, but we couldn’t get ourselves into that position and probably didn’t deserve to. “Arsenal came out flying and had a really good purple patch and we were hanging on. We weren’t as efficient with the ball as we have been. “A lot of the credit has to go to Arsenal, they didn’t give us a lot of time and they were quick. We grew into the game a little bit and had a chance to equalise that we should have taken.” The Arsenal manager has endured a turbulent relationship with the club’s supporters this season following disappointing defeats against the likes of Swansea, Manchester United and, most recently, Stoke. Banners have urged the 65-year-old to leave and, following the defeat to the Potters last weekend, Wenger was hit with a volley of verbal abuse as he boarded the train back to London. But, as Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both struck two goals in a straightforward victory on Saturday, the majority of fans inside the stadium showed their support for the long-serving boss. Giroud’s header put Arsenal in front at the break before Cazorla, on his 30th birthday, hit a second, with Giroud making it 3-0 shortly afterwards. The visitors pulled one back through Ayoze Perez, but, by the time Cazorla added a fourth with a late ‘panenka’ penalty, Wenger was the toast of the Emirates. “I’m grateful for that and I enjoy it, but the most important thing is the way we play football,” Wenger said of the fans singing his name. “I think what is most important is that our fans go home happy because we have played well and won. “My job is to win football games and make people happy. “What happened last week – I have worked for 18 years in this country and I’ve been accepted by 99.9 per cent with a big respect. I can take the 0.1 per cent and live with it. My job is to make people happy – if they are not happy, I have to live with it.” Giroud, who now has four Premier League goals for the season as Arsenal closed in on the top five, was pleased to hear the fans getting behind Wenger. Arsene Wenger is content with making the majority of Arsenal fans happy after hearing his name ring around the Emirates Stadium following an impressive 4-1 win over Newcastle.last_img read more

Kohli leads India to T20 win over South Africa

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli led from the front with an unbeaten 72 to help secure his team’s comprehensive seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 International  yesterday.After disciplined Indian bowling restricted the touring side to a below-par 149-5, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (40) helped the hosts chase down the target with an over to spare in the north Indian city of Mohali.After the series opener in Dharamsala was washed out, Quinton de Kock made his debut as South Africa’s Twenty20 captain, as they explore leadership options before the 20-overs World Cup next year.The left-hander top-scored with 52 and Temba Bavuma contributed 49, but the subsequent South African batsmen could not capitalise on the decent start. Deepak Chahar drew first blood when he dismissed Reeza Hendricks for six after Kohli won the toss and elected to field.de Kock and Bavuma helped South Africa overcome the early setback with a fluent partnership.de Kock raced to his fifty before Kohli produced a magnificent piece of fielding, running to his left from mid-off to take a tumbling one-handed catch and send back the skipper.Ravindra Jadeja caught Rassie van der Dussen off his own bowling to peg back South Africa who found boundaries hard to come by.Bavuma, making his Twenty20 debut, along with Anrich Nortje and Bjorn Fortuin, fell just short of his fifty, foxed by Chahar’s slower delivery.The touring side milked 16 runs off the final over from Navdeep Saini, but fell short of the 150-mark.India’s chase got off to a fast start as Rohit Sharma greeted Nortje with two sixes in the debutant’s first over.Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Rohit before Kohli and Dhawan effectively killed off the contest, Kohli hitting three sixes in his 52-ball knock. Bengaluru hosts the third and final match on Sunday before the teams clash in a three-Test series next month.last_img read more

PSG Through to UCL S’final

first_imgPSG produce two late goals to end Atalanta’s tantalising run in their debut season in the UEFA Champions League in Lisbon on Wednesday night.It’s the first time the Parisians will reach the last four of the Champions League since 1995.They will now face either RB Leipzig or Atlético Madrid who are meeting this evening in the semifinalShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img