The Election Is Over. The Nation’s Rifts Remain.

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgThat is, when people used to go to church. Before the coronavirus.“I just don’t think it’s ever going to be the same,” Ms. Graham, 65, said. “Because I felt like it was beyond political. It was personal.”On the other side of Pennsylvania, 300 miles to the east in Monroe County, a cellphone salesman named Austin Garone said he was exhausted by the thought of telling an ex-girlfriend which way he had voted. By Sunday morning, a semblance of serenity had returned to Maplewood. Mr. Kurland, a digital designer and a musician whose garage loudspeakers had rocked his neighborhood, mowed the lawn. His wife, Ms. Kumar, a psychologist, walked the family’s two black Labradors.That the president of the United States was tweeting again about a stolen election did not perturb them. They had already danced for joy in their driveway.Contributing reporting were Mike Baker from Seattle; Campbell Robertson from Mercer County, Pa.; Sabrina Tavernise from Monroe County, Pa.; and Will Wright from Louisville, Ky. The sounds of something unleashed — banging pots, honking horns, primal shouts — burst from all directions in Maplewood, N.J. And as another Queen song boomed from the muscular loudspeakers in his garage, Zack Kurland stood at the edge of his driveway, arms raised like Rocky.We are the championsWe are the championsHis wife, Neena Kumar, came running and leapt into his arms. News had just arrived that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had been declared the winner of the presidential election of 2020, and now the two were twirling in an impromptu public dance of triumph.- Advertisement – It has been a hard four years for Ms. Graham, with various political disagreements, including with sons who went from supporting Mr. Obama to supporting Mr. Trump. Especially difficult was the brutal mocking of Democrats — in other words, people like her — on social media by members of her church. Their disdain was so vitriolic that she had trouble attending Sunday services. These small moments reflect the sizable fissure in the collective American psyche that Mr. Biden sought to begin closing in his speech on Saturday night. With a stand of American flags behind him, he said the time had come to restore the nation’s soul; to embrace the first three words of the Constitution: “We the people.”Mr. Biden knows from experience how difficult such simple sentiments are to attain. Another historic moment not long ago — the 2008 election of the country’s first Black president, Barack Obama, with Mr. Biden as his vice president — also prompted dancing in the streets. And it, too, was framed as a moment of healing unification. The feeling did not last. MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — A late-morning stillness had settled over a November Saturday in a cozy blanket of suburban serenity. Suddenly, at stadium-level blast, there came the shattering rock ’n’ roll roar of victory:We will, we will rock youWe will, we will rock you- Advertisement – “Whether certain of my family members will elect to not attend certain events because my husband and I are there — that’s possible,” she said. But Mr. Biden still recognized a need to sound the call, once again, for the nation to come together. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric,” he said. “To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.”His words seemed directed as much to the individual American as to the nation at large, as if to recognize the gaping rifts created over the four tumultuous years since Mr. Trump was elected. Friendships have fractured. Workplace relationships have cooled. Family gatherings have been altered by fears that a request to pass the salt might somehow lead to a political brawl.In Trump-solid Mercer County, Pa., a retired special education teacher named Beverly Graham, a Democrat, celebrated the big news on Saturday by pouring a glass of honey whiskey. She drank it in quiet toast, then tackled the chore of cleaning the bathrooms. – Advertisement –center_img Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET The moment evoked an iconic American image: a World War II sailor spontaneously kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform in Times Square after the news of victory in Europe. Only instead of V-E Day, this was V-B Day: Victory for Biden. But not everyone was dancing. Triumph in a foreign war unifies a country; triumph in an election has the lurking potential to further divide. And by Sunday morning, some of the celebration and grieving had melted away to expose a difficult question for divided families and a divided nation:Now what?- Advertisement – Mr. Garone ultimately decided that the president had not done so. But he is not volunteering that he voted for Mr. Trump in 2020.“If she asks, I’ll tell her,” he said. “But if not, I won’t mention it.”And in Louisville, Ky., a lawyer named Dustin Meek said that she had spent considerable time trying to navigate the political schism between herself, a self-described progressive Democrat, and her family in her Trump-supporting hometown of Ashland, 190 miles to the east.“We’ll start out the evening saying, OK, no discussion of politics,” Ms. Meek, 54, said. “But inevitably, a joke will be thrown, or something will come up and people will poke, and honestly, I have to say, it has strained the relationships.”“It’s hard,” she added.She and her family members cannot seem to even agree on what constitutes “fact,” she said. They follow right-wing news websites, while she favors more traditional news sources that Mr. Trump has encouraged his followers to distrust.Ms. Meek expressed hope that the less inflammatory rhetoric of a new president would ease things. And she said that she would not allow politics to get in the way of attending future family gatherings. They had broken up in 2016 over politics, mostly, after he voted for Mr. Trump — a choice, he said, she found incomprehensible. This time around, she had been calling, texting and sending long Facebook missives, all to persuade him not to vote for Mr. Trump again.“People just hate Trump so much,” Mr. Garone, 26, said. “It’s an emotional reaction and they lose their sense of reason.”He said he had told his ex-girlfriend, still a close friend, that he would not vote for Mr. Trump if she could demonstrate that he had infringed upon her rights as a bisexual woman. True, a record number of more than 75 million Americans had voted for Mr. Biden, the Democratic challenger, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, the first woman elected as vice president. Also true was that more than 71 million others now had to grapple with the concept that their candidate — Donald J. Trump, the Republican incumbent — would most likely be branded by his own worst epithet: loser. If Trump loyalists were honking their horns at all on Saturday, it was probably to clear rejoicing Biden supporters from the streets. And the only hope being offered by their leader was a vow to challenge in the courts what he asserted, without evidence, was a fraudulent election.By refusing, for now, to publicly accept the election results, Mr. Trump was all but inviting dance-interrupting discord. And some accepted his invitation.Trump supporters held “Stop the Steal” rallies outside state capitols across the country, though their cries of electoral corruption sometimes came as news of Mr. Biden’s declared victory was lighting up smartphones everywhere.In Sacramento, Calif., videos captured confrontations that devolved into physical assaults; some in the scrum wore the black-and-yellow polo shirts often associated with the Proud Boys, a far-right, pro-Trump group not unfamiliar with violence. Another video, from Salem, Ore, showed a man in Proud Boys apparel discharging what appeared to be pepper spray, after which a crowd battered a vehicle with fists and a baseball bat.last_img read more


Breaking: NFF appoints Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach

Posted On Sep 22 2020 by

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain, Joseph Yobo, as Assistant Coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three-time African champions’ technical crew. Yobo, who played for the Nigeria U20 boys, Flying Eagles, during the FIFA World Youth Championship, now known as FIFA U20 World Cup, in 1999, won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001, and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014. The attack-minded defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013. He played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level. A thoroughbred and dedicated professional who played his club football in five countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille in the French top flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC in the English Premiership, Yobo scored several crucial goals for the Super Eagles in important qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. He was also among the scorers when the Eagles thrashed South Africa’s Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a group phase match in Tunisia 16 years ago. Born Joseph Michael Yobo on September 6, 1980, the flamboyant stopper also played club football in Belgium with Standard Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich City in England, having started out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsJoseph YoboSuper Eagleslast_img read more


Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on Clippers

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgFormer Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, teaching and study.Microsoft published Ballmer’s resignation letter on its website Tuesday, along with a response from current CEO Satya Nadella thanking him and wishing him well.The 58-year-old said he plans to hold on to his Microsoft stock, noting he’s the biggest shareholder outside of index funds, and will continue to offer feedback on products and strategy.Ballmer stepped down as chief executive in February. He says his resignation from the board is timely, as the company is readying for its next shareholder meeting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


DDTV: INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF ICE-CLIMBING ON MUCKISH

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgBY IAIN MILLER: After 5 consecutive days and nights of sub zero temperatures in Co Donegal, the large snow dump of the previous week was showing signs of good consolidation and the high reaches of the counties north faces were showing good signs of the promise of ice. Alas the forecast for next few days was for a warm front to move in and for the rains to come in abundance.The obvious solution to the crisis was to get out and have a wee look for ice before the weekends rains arrive.And so, Kevin McGee, Patrick McDermott and myself went on a wee quest up the north face of Muckish Mountain in search of ice.Kevin and myself arrived and set off up the last 500m of hard frozen iced road to the Muckish North face road end, things were indeed very wintery. We headed up towards The Hog’s Back buttress where with it’s North East aspect, minimal drainage and only partially frozen turf, it was not in a climbable winter condition. We contoured around the coire staying as high as we could passing through many outstanding winterised mountain features inc 8 foot ice chandeliers, ice pillars, walls of drifted spindrift and a cave with an icicled roof. This was an outstanding full on winters journey and it took us to the base of Balor’s Buttress, where Kevin had a very cunning plan and out of the cloud, winds and mist Patrick joined us for a wee play.Kevin’s plan was to climb a new route up the very steep and ice covered buttress. Kevin led off and climbed a new 25m pitch of grade V winter mixed climbing to an exposed ledge half way up the buttress. Patrick and myself followed him up and Kevin led of the 2nd pitch of very hard climbing indeed. After a bit of airtime from Kevin, (he fell off in spectacular style) and with darkness approaching we abseiled back to the ground and walked off the mountain in growing darkness.AN absolutely outstanding day out in very rare winter conditions in the Donegal mountains.For more information and a free guide to winter mountaineering in Donegal, http://www.uniqueascent.ie/winter_climbing DDTV: INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF ICE-CLIMBING ON MUCKISH was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF ICE-CLIMBING ON MUCKISHlast_img read more