Archive for April, 2017

The march to tyranny continues in Turkey. Ataturk is spinning in his grave…..


220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganI recently posted a blog column on the troubling image of President Donald Trump calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his success in securing what are viewed as near dictatorial powers in a recent referendum.  Erdogan did not waste any time in using the powers.  Turkish police have arrested 1,000 people suspected of being supporters of Erdogan’s main opponent, US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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After an interesting few weeks, a great laugh courtesy of Prof Turley..a pleasure to share for my weekly “Thought 4 the Week”…hope all enjoy…..Have a fab rest of the week..onward to May….


If you are one of those people who long to look dirty but not feel dirty, Nordstrom has the answer for you.  The chain is selling a pair of $425 jeans that are designed to look covered in dirt to show that “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”  They are called the “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” and they may be the single dumbest idea I have encountered this year.

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I have been working away and picked this up–this is huge–hopefully the Trump Adminstration makes note of this especially as the Corporation for National Service is slated to be shut down…


The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million…

Source: Volunteer Time Value Pegged At $193 Billion – The NonProfit Times

Truly challenging Times……


Below is my column in USA Today on the concern over arguments being advanced in the dozens of personal cases pending against President Donald Trump across the country.  As someone who acquired his wealth in the New York real estate market, Trump has been a frequent litigant and is someone who is not deterred by threats of litigation.  Indeed, in that market, litigation is treated as an extension of the business and often used in leverage or delay tactics.  As President, Trump cannot maintain the same approach to the courts if he has any concern over the position of his office.  Much of the privileges surrounding the presidency are not expressly stated in the Constitution. They are, therefore, vulnerable to the curtailment of negative rulings.  For that reason, most presidents have avoided court tests and invoke privileges and immunities cautiously.  Yet, no president has ever had this massive number of private lawsuits…

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We have been discussing how the left has fallen out of love with free speech and how free speech is now being treated not as the defining right of liberty but the very threat to liberty.  Indeed, the most existential threats to free speech around the world are now coming from the left, which has embraced speech codes and the criminalization of speech with a passion.  There are exceptions like Bernie Sanders who recently declared that Ann Coulter should be allowed to speak at Berkeley — a position that I obviously have shared on this blog.   However, that principled position was countered by the most common response of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean who declared that hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.  He is obviously wrong but his inclination — even eagerness — to limit free speech is now a mainstream idea among liberals who once were…

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I just picked this on the Turkey Elections–Professor Turley captured it eloquently as we’ve been sharing updates via Tweet at…..


donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_cropped220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganThe world has condemned the referendum that narrowly gave near dictatorial powers to Turkish President ­Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not only was the government accused of tampering with the close results, but the referendum represents the final demise of democracy in Turkey.  Erdogan is also responsible for destroying the separation of church and state.  However, Erdogan did get one call of congratulations . . . from the President of the United States.

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Working away at as I picked this up–once again quite perceptive especially as indeed faith-based politics continues to be dominant especially by the likes of leading lights in the Conservative Movement in the United States including Erick Erickson (who had an interesting column out in his Resurgent Site this morning) and others……


socrates-1There is an interesting study out this week by two University of Kentucky researchers that the number of atheists may be twice as large as previously estimated.  The number may be closer to 26 percent — an fascinating prospect given the politics surrounding faith-based initiatives and policies.  As I have previously discussed, both parties have courted the religious vote and largely ignored the sizable number of Americans who are either agnostic or atheist.  That number may be finally reaching a political tipping point for office holders to heed their preferences for secular government and the separation of church and state.  We have previously discussed studies indicating that one out of four Americans may not believe in God. This study would seem to support those earlier estimates.

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Some interesting “Food 4 thought”……

Blanchard LeaderChat

I went out to my network and asked people what books, not about coaching, have made the biggest difference for them as a coach.

I was surprised at how few responses I got on this particular question—because I have so many on my list.

This possibly could be because I started coaching before there were any books about coaching. So I turned to other disciplines for guidance.

The Career Counselor’s Handbook by Howard Figler and Richard N. Bolles.

JoAnne Maynard, PCC, Blanchard staff coach, says: “There is so much great coaching advice in this book, which is not a coaching book, that it surprised me.  Neither author is technically a coach, but they present many key principals coaches can use.”

A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon.

Renee Freedman, MCC, former director of the SupporTED Coaching Program, offers: “This is a lovely book…

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Some beautiful “Food 4 Thought”…Thank You Professor Turley!!! Happy Easter & Happy Passover!! 🙂 🙂


Happy Easter to all of our bloggers and readers that are celebrating today. The bunny came to the Turley house and left baskets overflowing with chocolates and candies, including a doggie basket for Luna (which is impressive given the historical Bunny v. Dog tensions).

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..and as the drama over the US Supreme Court ensues….


225px-ruth_bader_ginsburg_scotus_photo_portrait500px-The_CardsharpsBelow is my column on the unfolding future of the Supreme Court after the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the elimination of filibusters in the selection of Supreme Court nominees.  For years, commentators have been discussing the timing of the retirement of our older justices, including Justice Ginsburg.  There was rising concern when Ginsburg decided to stay on the Court past the midterm mark of the second Obama term.  Those concerns have now been magnified and realized with the Trump election and filibuster elimination.  Of course, the same concerns are raised by the possible retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote on the current Court.  New rumors have arisen  this week about Kennedy. However, of all of the older justices, it is replacement of Ginsburg that could produce the most profound changes for the country.

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