The Daily 202: Trump’s attacks on Gretchen Whitmer help explain his struggles with women and in Michigan

Many Americans have grown disconcertingly numb to this president advocating the imprisonment of his political opponents over policy disagreements. But this episode touched a nerve, coming just over a week after FBI agents foiled what they described as an advanced domestic terror plot to kidnap Whitmer because of their anger over Michigan restrictions to slow the spread of covid-19. Prosecutors say that these anti-government paramilitaries were training, conducting surveillance and experimenting with explosives with the intent of acting against the governor before Election Day. These men allegedly planned to try Whitmer for treason and then execute her.

“Ten days after that was uncovered, the president is at it again – inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans. People of good will on both sides of the aisle need to step up and call this out and bring the heat down. This is the United States of America. We do not tolerate actions like he is giving comfort to.”

Trump’s “lock ’em all up” riff captures in miniature several of his problems 15 days from the election, especially in the Wolverine State and among female voters. The president lacks message discipline, and his focus remains on issues that seem unlikely to turn the tide of a race he is losing.

Trump is always looking for a good foil. His efforts to caricature Joe Biden as a senile socialist have failed. The former vice president is viewed more positively than he was a few months ago. This contest has remained remarkably static. 

For a host of reasons, Biden does not engender the sort of vitriolic anger among the Republican grass-roots base that Hillary Clinton did four years ago. That appears to be part of why the president has focused so much this year on attacking other Democrats who a lot of Republicans love to hate, whether it be Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Whitmer or others.

Saturday’s rally came six months to the day after Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” He did so to express support for armed protesters who had swarmed the Capitol in Lansing to protest restrictions imposed by Whitmer. Back in March, Trump referred to Whitmer as “that woman from Michigan.”

Trump has also long struggled to condemn odious people or groups that support him, as he did with the Proud Boys during the first debate and QAnon during Thursday’s town hall on NBC. The converse is also true: Trump often attacks individuals who are more popular than him if he perceives them as critical of him, as he has with Tony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, and Whitmer. The president fancies himself a counterpuncher, but throwing such punches often seems to prove counterproductive.

During a rally on Sunday, Trump ridiculed Biden by saying derisively that, “He’ll

Marketing Exec Watchen Nyanue Shares Why Climbing The Corporate Ladder Is A Daily Choice For Black Women In The Workplace

It’s been nearly seven months since those who are fortunate enough to still have jobs have been working remotely. Yet, many people are still finding their rhythm and footing on the corporate ladder.

While recent reports have shown that 1 in 4 women have chosen to step away from corporate due to the global pandemic, there is still an opportunity for others to show up and take the next step up the ladder with the right support and resources.

Watchen Nyanue, Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA Chicago Sky and Founder and CEO of I Choose The Ladder, a career development company, has made it a priority to help women understand what comes with the territory of deciding to work in Corporate America – and how they can strategize to be successful – especially during the pandemic.

“Although it does not seem like it, working in Corporate America is a choice. It’s a choice that we make every single day. And if you’re going to make that choice, you want to make sure that you’re putting yourself in the best position to win,” said Nyanue.

After recognizing the privilege of having high-powered mentors from all nationalities throughout her career – and being called out on it by friends who didn’t have the same experience – Nyanue decided to create “I Choose the Ladder” to help others. “As someone who has been standing on shoulders to get me to any rung on the ladder that I want, I thought it was my responsibility to make sure that once I was where I wanted to be, that I was sending the elevator back down for other women who look like me,” said Nyanue.

Nyanue and her team host an annual event with leaders from various industries who candidly share their experiences and expertise to help Black women better position themselves as they show up at work. For Nyanue, being specific and intentional about focusing on Black women in the workplace is imperative given the lack of support many receive.

“I personally do not believe that we should tell other people’s stories. I’ve never been a woman of color in the workplace. I’ve always been a Black woman in the workplace. So, the problems that I know and the problems that I can solve for are the ones that Black women face. I’m not arrogant enough to think that I can solve problems that don’t really apply to me,” said Nyanue.

Weathering In The Workplace

One of the many problems that she is solving for is weathering in the workplace. For some Black women, there a number of pandemics that they have experienced personally and professionally. So for some, working remotely or going into the office during this time adds another layer of complexity – and stress.

To that point, Nyanue said, “The level of weathering that you’re going

The Importance of Jewelry in Our Daily Lives

Jewelry is categorized under two subdivisions, contemporary and traditional, each displaying attractive and eye catching designs. Both classic groups exhibit jewelry constituting of precious gem stones, gold, silver, other metals and natural materials.

The primary objective of wearing jewelry as pieces of ornament is to look beautiful and this trend is not confined to recent times but rather from time immemorial, as jewelry has been associated with women for their personal beautification. The origin dates back to ancient times when beads and shells were used as body ornaments, while bones, wood, elephant tusk and ornamental stones were carved and etched to produce attractive artifacts.

They had widespread usage ranging from functional utility like pinning clothes or were status symbols and adorned the person from head to toe. However, nowadays the increasing demand for jewelry pieces has made craftsmen more creative and stunning items in gold, silver, platinum and gem stones have flooded the market in variety of styles and designs. The major items include necklaces, amulets, bangles, bracelets, earrings, nose ring, anklets to name a few.

Today, the jewelry designs are not merely based on the traditional metals, rather the contemporary jewelry items reveal a gamut of materials ranging from wire, tumbled stone and other lesser known elements. They create affordable and inexpensive items which are popular with masses and are used as accessories to highlight the wearer’s appearance. The manifold functions of jewelry are widely acknowledged. It is still used as a form of currency and exhibits the affluence of the owner. The lesser known usage includes buckles, clasps, brooches or pins, as well as amulets which are mostly worn to ward off evil influences, according to ancient superstition.

From the ancient periods, the trend of amassing wealth through jewelry acquisition still continues today. This is believed to stem from the fact that this pattern of stocking of jewelry is a source of future security against economical blow down or other such unforeseen eventualities. Wedding in the Asian countries still centers around jewelry gifts and exchanges between the two parties which again reinforces the phenomenon of security considerations. In some nations, it is a renowned practice for commercial trading while in other countries, jewelry, especially ornaments of gold, symbolizes group bonding and wearing a ring connotes the marital status of people.

The purity of American or European gold is specified in karats. While the American gold jewelry has at least 10K purity, the European ornaments center around 9K purity. In the Asia, Middle East and Africa, the gold jewelry of highest purity of 22K or 24K is mostly prevalent. Other precious metals such as Platinum alloy range of jewelry are of 90% and 95% purity while silver jewelry is predominantly known to be of sterling silver.

Costume jewelry primarily constitutes of items made of enamel, natural clay, stainless steel, glass and other such similar raw materials. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts, etc., made of bead are also very popular, especially with the younger generation. Necklaces and bracelets made of …