Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes for a layup past Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — Continuing their turnaround from a terrible season start, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their fourth consecutive victory by beating the struggling, booed-at-home Washington Wizards 134-111 behind Russell Westbrook’s 23 points and 12 assists Friday night.From 0-4 to 4-4, the Thunder are clicking right now, led by Westbrook, who missed the first two games after a procedure on his right knee and sat out the final quarter of the rout at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award TIP-INSThunder: Came in shooting 27 percent on 3s, but hit 47 percent — 15 for 32 — against Washington. … George has complained of a nerve issue with his left foot, and coach Billy Donovan said George thinks it affects his defense. “There’s times where he wishes he could push off a little bit better and move a little bit better — more to the extreme that he’s capable of doing,” Donovan said. “I think he still feels he’s hindered by it.”Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. played with a bruised big left toe and scored nine points in only 16 minutes. … Brooks on Ian Mahinmi, who started at center while Howard was sidelined but now returns to a backup role: “His minutes are going to shrink quite a bit, but he has to be ready whenever he’s called on.”NEW SPONSORThe Wizards’ jerseys had a sponsor’s logo for the first time, part of a multiyear deal with an insurance company that also will advertise on uniforms for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go. Nearly all NBA teams now have such a jersey sponsorship arrangement; the Thunder still do not.UP NEXT:Thunder: Host the Pelicans on Monday.Wizards: Host the Knicks on Sunday. And even though OKC was the team playing on the second night of a back-to-back, it looked a lot fresher and more active than Washington, which was coming off a two-day break and finally got to see new center Dwight Howard make his debut.After missing all of training camp, every exhibition game and the first seven regular-season games with a sore backside, Howard started and immediately appeared to have an impact, scoring 13 first-quarter points. But soon enough, Washington got into its usual bad habits, the ones that have led to loss after loss so far: ineffective defense and low-effort rebounding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Wizards have lost four games in a row to drop to 1-7, and spectators let the players hear their displeasure in the second quarter, jeering when OKC went ahead 61-40 on Jerami Grant’s dunk on a pass from Westbrook. When Paul George made his third straight 3 attempt, a night after going 0 for 10 from beyond the arc, it made the halftime score 79-50, equaling the Thunder’s record for most points in a half.An Oklahoma City team averaging 109 points this season was already at 110 after three quarters. 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Deutsch: We should all be Christian? Coulter: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donnie? Deutsch: So I should not be a Jew, I should be a Christian, and this would be a better place? Coulter: Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but you’re not. Deutsch: I actually am. That’s not true. I really am. But – so we would be better if we were – if people – if there were no Jews, no Buddhists – THE pundit industry saw a nice uptick recently thanks to Ann Coulter’s appearance on MSNBC’s “The Big Idea,” hosted by Donnie Deutsch. Seems an ignorant and offensive statement about religion was made in the course of the interview. Too bad the pundits hit the wrong target. Saying that Ann Coulter is not nuanced is like saying lye does not remove rust. Duh. But we could all stand to think more, and emote less, about objective differences between different worldviews. The latest tempest, of course, was Coulter’s teapot use of the word “perfected” to describe Jews who would believe in Jesus. The context was Deutsch’s line of questioning about what America would look like if Ann Coulter’s dreams came true. Fair enough. But when, in the course of her answer, she dropped the C-bomb, the normally affable host turned surly and promptly charged her with first degree IWC, Interviewing While Christian (italics mine): Coulter: Whenever I’m harangued by – Deutsch: – in this country? You can’t believe that …. Why don’t I put you with the head of Iran? I mean, come on. You can’t believe that. Coulter: The head of Iran is not a Christian. Deutsch: No, but in fact, “Let’s wipe Israel” – Coulter: I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention. Deutsch: “Let’s wipe Israel off the Earth.” I mean, what, no Jews? Coulter: No, we think – we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. Is it really a shock to learn that Christians – by the hundreds of millions, actually – believe everyone would be better off Christian? And did I miss where the New Testament teaches that Jews are somehow exempt from the message of the Gospel? The right word to describe Donnie Deutsch’s comparing his guest to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his pondering whether she plots to have a Jew-free world, is chutzpah. She has just finished telling him that in her “dream America,” the Democratic Party would look like Joe Lieberman. Strange that a closet anti-Semite would hold up as her exemplar the most conspicuously religious Jew in American public life. This doesn’t matter. She was talking theology, not politics; and her host literally did not understand what she was saying. Oh, Coulter could have filled out what she meant by “perfected,” or chosen words like “fulfilled” or “completed” (both of which are used proudly by many Jews who become Christians); and she might have added that Jews do not cease being Jewish if they accept Jesus as the Messiah, or that she didn’t mean Christians are somehow “perfect.” But this doesn’t matter, either. All that matters, as Deutsch inadvertently demonstrated, is that the dogmas of secularism are rigid, and brook no dissent. One angry guest on an L.A. talk-radio show labeled Coulter, among other nasty things, “divisive” and “bad news for the Republican Party.” Why is admitting substantial differences divisive, and not merely candid? Answer: indifferentism, aka relativism, is today called tolerance; orthodox religious faith is labeled fanaticism. Deutsch’s claim to practice his Jewish faith is counterintuitive, to say the least, considering that the world got its monotheism from the unshakable conviction that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the one true God. The Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptians were not amused by this then, as their ideological successors are not amused today. Paradoxically, the unique truth claims of Judaism and of Christianity, especially regarding their respect for the family and for the dignity of the human person, are a source of unity between church and synagogue. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched arm in arm with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., famously said that the first prerequisite for interfaith dialogue is faith. In light of the hysterical reactions to Coulter’s unvarnished observation, that advice is as rare as it is wise. Patrick Coffin is a writer in Santa Clarita. Contact him through his blog, seizethedei.blogspot.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RelatedShould airlines offer women-only toilets?Should airlines offer women-only toilets?Skyscanner reveals travellers becoming more tolerant of children, despite first class baby banSkyscanner reveals travellers becoming more tolerant of children, despite first class baby banBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner pollBA and Virgin Atlantic give boost to British airlines in Skyscanner poll Plans by one airline to add women-only toilets to its flights have split opinion in half according to the latest poll run by flight site Skyscanner.The poll asked whether travellers agreed with All Nippon Airway’s latest move to introduce dedicated women-only loos to most of its planes. The airline, which offers flights to Paris, Frankfurt and London as well as dozens of long haul routes, says that it introduced the women-only toilets following requests from its passengers.46% of voters agreed with the move saying that all airlines should do the same. However, 51% disapproved of the idea. Over 900 people voted in the Skyscanner poll which seems to have polarised the sexes.The move by ANA has sparked controversy because many men feel that they will be getting a raw deal. With fewer toilets to choose from when flying, men may have to queue for longer on flights that offer women-only WCs.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Development Director said:“Women-only lavs are great for the girls, but the problem is that most planes would not be adding extra toilets, instead they would convert a uni-sex toilet into a ladies-only loo. This is bad news for the boys as it’s likely to mean more queuing.”Comments from some of the respondents illustrated the split in opinion:“We need women-only toilets because men make so much mess” said one voter.But another countered: “If they introduce women-only loos, then they should introduce men-only loos too. Women take ages.”The onboard commode conundrum joins the other great toilet debate that has been at the heart of a long running row between men and women ever since the water closet was invented: should the toilet seat be left up or down?Cheap flights carrier Ryanair caused controversy last year when it joked that it might start charging people to use its toilets.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map