“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 – “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?
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J.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. 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.
Ervin Zukanović recorded another excellent performance for Roma last night in the victory against Sassuolo in guests with a result of 2:0.Zukanović’s manager Silvano Martina spoke about the B&H national team player and great performances for Roma. Martina played the key role in the completion of the transfer of Zukanović from Sampdoria.Martina revealed that everything was ready for the transfer of Zukanović to the German Stuttgart.“We even bought the plane tickets and arrived at the airport. Then we got a call from Walter Sabatini (sports director of Roma), who said that Roma wants Zukanović. We decided to take a risk and we did not go to Germany at all. We decided to wait for Roma. When they told us to come to their premises, we did it. With due respect to the Germans, Roma is on a whole another level,” Martina said for the Italian media.Martina added that Zukanović is an excellent player who can play in defense consisting of three or four players.“Ervin told me he is very happy in Roma. Spalletti decided that Zukanović starts playing right away and I think Roma benefited from that decision,” Martina concluded.(Source: klix.ba)
The American Soybean Association (ASA) showed support for increased attention to honey bee research activities in a letter to Congress last week.ASA and more than 40 other agricultural groups in the letter commended President Barack Obama’s FY 2016 budget, which includes an increase to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research budget for pollinator health among other honey bee analytics and projects.“For over a decade, beekeepers have been suffering from higher than typical overwintering losses. These losses and the unpredictability of their severity have threatened the sustainability of this important segment of agriculture,” the groups state in the letter. “That is why all sectors of agriculture, including row crop, specialty crop, beekeepers, and related agricultural industries have come together to express support for the allocation of these funds and exhibit our shared interest in pursuing this research so that we may all base our decisions on sound science.”The groups said they support the President’s holistic approach to better understanding the factors that are making it so difficult for beekeepers. They also requested that the agriculture community be informed on all of the opportunities and hurdles that will lead to better honey bee colony health.ASA asked Congress for assistance in ensuring funding to fully pursue pollinator health initiatives.“The issues surrounding pollinator health are important to the agriculture community and we ask your assistance in funding USDA-ARS to fully pursue its Pollinator Health Initiative so that we may continue to be armed with sound scientific evidence to guide solutions.,” the groups state in the letter.Click here to read the entire letter.