When a Leader Just Won’t Go

first_img“He cannot bear being the loser and so now is doing everything within his power to assault the reality he hates,” said Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist who has studied Mr. Trump and written about his appeal to voters. “Once he has exhausted all possible avenues to challenge the election, he will spend the rest of his life insisting the system conspired to deprive him of his victory,” said Dr. Burgo, the author of “The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age.” “He will take refuge in blame, self-pity and righteous indignation to shore up his sense of self, thereby warding off the humiliation of true defeat.” – Advertisement – Meanwhile, many Republican legislators, loath to upset Mr. Trump, are helping to prop up the illusion that he is still somehow in power, in a way reminiscent of the courtiers who flattered, lied and enabled their way through the final days of Emperor Haile Selasse’s reign in Ethiopia in Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Emperor.” Interestingly enough, there appears to be some precedent for this within the Trump family itself. When the president’s father, Fred, developed Alzheimer’s, the family reportedly conspired to help him believe that he still ran the Trump organization. According to Vanity Fair, the elder Mr. Trump would show up for work every day, signing blank papers and using an office phone connected only to his secretary’s line. “Fred pretended to work,” a family friend told the magazine.With his vast coterie of enablers willing to believe his baseless assertions about the election, Mr. Naftali said, Trump might be better compared to the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “Many of us assumed that Trump’s behind-the-curtain moment — when Dorothy arrived and, thanks to Toto, found out that the Wizard was a humbug — would come because of his handling of the Covid emergency,” he said. “But one of the reasons the president is able to continue this fantasy that he won a second term is that 73 million people don’t agree that he was a humbug. Even though the Wizard is on his way out, Oz still exists.” All these things raise the question (asking for a friend): How do you get someone to face reality and get out of the White House? last_img read more

Bethany Speedway opens with record numbers

first_imgJ.J. Baumli made his first visit to victory lane at Bethany Speedway after winning the Saturday night headliner for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. (Photo by Judy Staley) By Chet Querry  Fifteen-year-old Saban Bibent from Cincinnati Ohio led early in the Sprint Car feature. Bibent was challenged by Jay Russell while lurking back just a little was Tyler Drueke. Bowers took the lead and went on to win his fourth feature in five appearances at Bethany Speed­way. Clancy held on to second while Dakota Sproul slowly snuck his way up through the field to third. Sobbing slipped one spot to fourth late and Grabowski, who did triple duty in three IMCA divisions, climbed his way to crack into fifth. Chad Clancy jumped into the lead from his fifth place starting spot while right behind him came Bowers. Jesse Sobbing, who started 12th, went right to the top and passed his way toward the front. Clancy had a little bit of a lead most of the race but Bowers kept working his way around in a little higher line. Drueke went to the top lane following a restart, slowly started picking off cars and cutting distance to the leaders. Bibent drifted just a little high and opened the door from Drueke to take the lead. Shayle Bade sat in the top four the entire race and worked herself past Russell for second. Adam Gullion finished fourth and Bibent fifth. BETHANY, Mo. (May 9) – The first race of the season at Bethany Speedway started off with rec­ord-setting numbers: More race cars in the pit area than has ever been, including the Northwest Missouri State Fair; the biggest count of fans that has attended Bethany Speedway since they reopened for regular racing in 2018; and drivers representing 12 different states from as far as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Arizona.  Feature wins went to Steven Bowers Jr. in the IMCA Modifieds, Tyler Drueke in the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars, J.J. Baumli in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Truman Asher in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.center_img Brad Derry had been working his way up and on the restart sat in third. Baumli held of Grabowski diving to the inside and picked up his first-ever win at Bethany, which also happens to be the first track he raced at. Grabouski was second with Derry right behind him. Carson Masoner and 22nd starting Darin Nelson completed the top five. Also the defending national Stock Car champion, Grabouski and eight-time national champ Mike Nichols drew the second and fourth starting spots while Baumli lined up third on the initial green. The Modified feature was one of the best there’s been and ran green to checkered after two early cautions. Defending national champion Jordan Grabouski qualified through a ‘B’ feature and moved up quickly at the start. Steven Bowers Jr. continued his Bethany Speedway success Saturday night, scoring his fourth win in five IMCA Modified starts at the Missouri speedplant. (Photo by Judy Staley) A quick yellow put Baumli in front for the restart. Nichols and Grabowski went back and forth for second. Around mid-race, Nichols sailed it into the third corner and tried to dive to the inside of Grabouski. It didn’t stick and resulted in Nichols getting turned around.  The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature ran non-stop. Shuffling early in the event finally settled down about halfway through. Asher took the win with Tim Stallbaumer, Josh Sink, Bran­don Patava and Hunter Longnecker finishing second through fifth.last_img read more

Scrum-half Conor Murray ready to play in all of Ireland’s World Cup games

first_img Madigan could well start at 10 or 12 to keep Johnny Sexton fresh, and that would compel both recognised scrum-halves into action once again. Schmidt tasked Madigan with learning the details of scrum-half play as long ago as last summer, mindful of the need to squeeze as many varied resources as possible into his final 31-man World Cup squad. Leinster and Ireland’s skills coach Richie Murphy went to work with Madigan behind the scenes on recalibrating several elements of his directional play, leaving Schmidt happy to eschew a third specialist scrum-half. Murray and Reddan have offered Madigan a guiding hand throughout, but the Munster pivot said Leinster’s utility playmaker hardly needs his hand held. “During the World Cup camps over in Ireland and over here, he’s been doing his bit of passing and box-kicking and just chatting around the hotel to me and Eoin about things,” said Murray. “He’s got a good idea of how the game of rugby is played and what he expects his nine to do, so that’s something that will come quite easily to Ian I think. “He’s been there a few times with Leinster when they’ve had sin-bins or injuries or things, so he’s not a complete stranger to it and I’m sure he’s had a dabble in it as a youngster too. “Ian’s a very talented, skilful player, he can play full-back and centre comfortably so nine is just another string he can add to his bow. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with Ian over the pre-season and the last few weeks. “It’s his own game really, you can’t tell a fella how to play. “Maybe if he needs a pointer here or there in terms of decision-making at nine that he probably would just take for granted when he’s playing at 10 or something like that. “But it’s just little chats here or there it’s not one or two specific things, it’s just constantly talking to each other just in case. “He’s a natural playmaker and we back him to back his instincts. “I won’t tell Ian how to play, if he needs something from me in terms of nine he’s not afraid to ask questions. “I’ve known him for years, he’s a good friend of mine and it’s a natural process.” Press Association British and Irish Lions number nine Murray may take a seat on the bench for Sunday’s Wembley clash with Romania, with Eoin Reddan likely to step up to keep both men fresh. Fly-half Ian Madigan is head coach Schmidt’s emergency scrum-half, but Murray is happy to keep ploughing away to alleviate any undue pressures on the Ireland squad. Kiwi boss Schmidt will look to mix up selection for Ireland’s second Pool D encounter, with one eye on the pivotal battles with Italy and France. “Mentally you have to prepare to be involved in every game,” said Murray. “And all going well you should be involved in most games, if not all of them. “So it doesn’t change for me or Eoin during the week, we’re both preparing for a Test match at the weekend. “If there were three or four scrum-halves in here they would be doing the same thing, because anyone can be called to slot in at any point. “And you have to slot in without disrupting the team.” Leinster stalwart Reddan was icing his knee after Saturday’s 50-7 victory over Canada but has trained without issue through the week. The 34-year-old is the obvious candidate to step up and start against Romania in London, easing the burden on Munster playmaker Murray. Conor Murray has prepared himself to play a role in all of Ireland’s World Cup matches, with just two specialist scrum-halves in Joe Schmidt’s squad.last_img read more

Clippers unable to keep up with LeBron James and streaking Cavaliers

first_imgJ.R. Smith’s 3-pointer put the Cavs up 23, and after the Clippers failed to get off a last-second shot, several Los Angeles players, including Griffin and Barnes, briefly stayed on the floor as if in shock.After scoring a season-low five points Monday against Philadelphia, Love came out aggressively. He scored 10 points in the first 3 minutes, setting the tone for the Cavaliers. CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 23 points, Kevin Love had 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers pushed their winning streak to 12 games Thursday night with an easy 105-94 win over the Clippers, who also lost their composure.The Cavs built a 32-point lead in the third quarter, allowing James and Love to sit out the fourth and rest. With their longest winning streak since a franchise-best 13-gamer in 2010, the Cavs moved into first place in the Central Division. Cleveland was seven games behind Chicago when the streak began with a victory over the Lakers on Jan. 15.The Clippers were whistled for five technical fouls, including four in a contentious third quarter when they lost their California cool and forward Matt Barnes was ejected.Blake Griffin scored 16 and Jamal Crawford 13 for Los Angeles, whose subs made the score respectable in the fourth. On Jan. 16, the Cavs beat the Clippers 126-121 for the second win in their streak. Cleveland was a different team back then, “in disarray” as Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it before the game. But the Cavs are now connecting at both ends of the floor, first-year coach David Blatt has his team’s attention and Cleveland is looking every bit like an NBA title contender.The Clippers figured to be a strong test for the Cavaliers, but were no match as Cleveland won its eighth straight over Western Conference opponents.The Cavs led by 23 at halftime and the Clippers began to unravel emotionally early in the third. Barnes was called for a technical for shoving Love, and seconds later, Chris Paul got a technical for something he said to referee Lauren Holtkamp. DeAndre Jordan was assessed a technical for taunting, and Barnes was sent to the locker room for muttering a choice word to official Eric Lewis. Barnes had to be restrained by his teammates from charging after Lewis.James and his teammates produced some highlight-package plays in the first half, when the Cavs moved the ball well on offense, clamped down on defense and built a 65-42 lead.With a national TV audience watching, James drove down the lane for a two-handed slam and followed it up moments later with another strong layup. Cleveland’s passing was superb, and Kyrie Irving, who made only one field goal, had the best assist of the first 24 minutes when he fed James for an alley-oop dunk to give the Cavaliers a 21-point lead.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more