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NowrozIt has been a very challenging week on a personal note as I joined our family as we bid farewell to my Aunt while fighting off one of the worst flu’s I have had in a very long time.    I finished a tribute to her in my Founder’s Corner.   As I caught on business for the day (and was briefly supportive of the team at the Daily Outsider), what I picked up courtesy of Professor Turley was quite a culmination of the week as the soap opera that is now on-going in Washington in the aftermath of the Rex Tillerson Firing (and what he did during his year is also going to be a focus of study for years).

Earlier, I released this Virtual “Haft-seen” to my Facebook & Twitter Personal Profiles.  I have tried to do that for a number of years–this is a tradition that goes back some 6,000 years as the people’s of Iran (including Kurds; Azeris, Turks, Baluchis); Tajiks and Afghans of all stripes) gear up for the first day of Spring where it signifies renewal and a sense of purpose and hope for the future.   Every single “S” reflects a tribute to nature, a tribute to hope and renewal==as I take a few days to continue to begin  planning for the new quarter as I leave all w/this opening thoughts from Professor Turley’s column–Happy Spring:

This  evening, I discussed why I thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions would fire Andrew McCabe. Now that has come to pass in a late night announcement that McCabe has been terminated just 24 hours before his retirement (and eligibility for a pension).

via Sessions Fires McCabe — JONATHAN TURLEY


Thought 4 the Week

Some “Food 4 thought” as a new week dawns which I hope all enjoy…..

Insufficient Funds—Maybe you’ve had that awkward experience when you’ve reviewed your bank account statement and discovered you made a purchase but didn’t actually have enough money in your account to cover it. Most likely you had overdraft protection on your account. That’s where the bank will advance you the money, allow the payment to be processed, […]

via The 1 Thing That Provides “Overdraft” Protection for Your Relationship Bank Accounts — Leading with Trust

Out & About…

It has been quite a week and quite a month as the team at the Daily Outsider was busy w/curation efforts.  I decided to be a bit “different” as I captured this courtesy of the team at the Economist of London.    The idea of drive less cars is a reality–and we must accept it.  The question is whether we will or not?

It is witness to such, though, that continues to sustain my sense of hope:


Lebanon should be proud today as 111 Candidates are running for Lebanon’s Parliament.   A lesson to be learnt by all in the Middle East right now–Ellie Faras as always lays it out in beautiful terms which is a pleasure to share for my weekly “Out & About” here in my Word Press Corner….

As Lebanon’s 2018 elections go on in full swing, a total of 976 candidates have presented to the Ministry of Interior affairs as of the deadline at midnight on March 6th. Of those, 111 candidates are women. There are two ways to look at this. 111 candidates being women is essentially only 11.37% of the […]

via A Record 111 Women Are Running For Parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 Elections — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

At the City of Laguna NiguelI have been reflecting upon the year and what an interesting year it has been–and March has just begun!!

I had the pleasure to join a City of Laguna Niguel Leadership Forum representing the Scouts.  Mayor Elaine Geneaway  was gracious enough to tag me on Facebook with this image–it was insightful and made me continue to take stock of all that I’m blessed with in every which way.

It was also a month that continued my on-going work Community Engagement & Public Policy Work with Commitments to the City’s Traffic Commission as a very challenging sitting meeting of the Commission ensued last night that I am still trying to assess.    I remain hopeful that I made a positive contribution.      Beyond the confines of my Community Projects, I am also as I write this first notation of the Month listening to the program from the Persian Program Iran Farda on the latest from Iran and the continued challenges posed by the policies of the Islamic Republic especially in light of what one of the analyst noted on the very perceptive commentary by the US Central Command Commander.     What is interesting is how a number of key Commanders in Iran have written to Iran’s Supreme Leader objecting to the future as his health apparently is on the wane and Iran continues to be unstable and the work by the resistance in Iran continues to bear fruit with non-violent resistance.

I am grateful to be able to be supportive of the work of the Daily Outsider assessing and curating the latest analysis as next week –as I continue to be supportive of the on-going daily curation of the Daily Outsider Social Media Curation effort.    This was also as I saw coverage of Vladimir Putin’s State of the Nation address showcasing Nuclear-Tipped weapons which will be at best problematic.

As the team as the Daily Outsider worked to finalize the curation roadmap for the month, What I ran across below this morning I also released to my personal Facebook truly embraced my sense of purpose from Jorge Luis Borges in addition to what I take comfort in as well–The Prayer of St. Francis:

“After a while you learn the subtle difference,
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn’t mean sex,
And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts,
And presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats,
With your head up and your eyes open.

And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn,
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth,
And you learn and learn,
With each day you learn.”

Onward to March…..

Out & About….

President Trump listens to Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) speak against his plan to arm teachers during a meeting with the nation's governors at the White House. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)
It has been a challenging Month in our World.    As #NeverAgain gathers momentum thanks in large part to the brave outspoken views of the Youth of #Parkland, what I saw in the Washington Post was telling as well that captures the essence of it all on the lunacy of arming teachers–partly in response to the President’s Idea on arming teachers:

There is also the testimony from Admiral Rogers about that President Trump has not ordered action against the Russians–as there has been hacking of 7 States Election Systems–and as the entire US Intelligence Community has noted how Russia poses a National Security Risk–I wonder what would happen to Admiral Rogers in the aftermath of the National Security Risk.

Profound challenging times as the team at The Daily Outsider gears up for March…..

Onward to March…

Residents perform a traditional dance as part of a morning exercise in a park in Qingdao, Shandong province July 6, 2008. Qingdao, famous for its local beer and beaches will host the Sailing competitions of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as its still facing a huge algae bloom at the city's offshore waters just over a month before the beginning of the games.  REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW) - RTX7OWKFor this final “Out & About” on the grid, I wanted to share this very interesting advise from a great man which I hope all enjoy–as he shared it before he passed away last year!!!

Onward to March with all its’ possibilities!!

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary:

Source: Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara | The Japan Times

“Out & About”…


It has also been quite a week as the students of Parkland have made the National Headlines.    I salute them for the courage of their convictions–even though they were savagely attacked by the likes of Dinesh D’Souza whom I pushed back hard–and called him out as I did.

There is also an interesting development that was out the US Supreme Court about how it refused to hear appeals on California Gun Laws–as Justice Thomas dissented as the Heller Decision continued to be governing.    Florida, though, decided against an Assault Gun Ban which prompted a Tweet from Me reminding them how many of us @ordinaryfaces have to die–but Justice Thomas was in the news for another reason–what happened in 1991 that the ever eloquent Corey Robin noted which I have noted below…

Onward as I leave you all w/the opening thoughts from this very enlightening column:

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, has an article in the current issue of New York making the case for the impeachment of Clarence Thomas. I don’t have any problems with the substance of the piece, though I don’t think Abramson breaks much new ground on the Thomas sexual harassment front or…

via Did Jill Abramson Plagiarize Ian Milhiser? — Corey Robin

Over the President’s Day W-End, I had a chance to read this during my daily “Think Hour” which can extend into “hours” due to commitments for the Daily Outsider and the on-going research work .    The five points he mentioned here is ever so poignant–it is worth noting as it is a pleasure to share this for my periodic weekly “View of the Week” here in my Word Press corner…

As it begins, a lot to contemplate no doubt!!

Work-life balance is a fallacy. The very term is an oxymoron. Is “work” something you do apart from your “life?” Does your “life” not consist of your “work?” And think about the definition of the word balance – “a state of equilibrium or equal distribution of weight or amount.” We have bought into the idea that having fulfillment in […]

via Forget Work-Life Balance and Focus on These 5 Things Instead — Leading with Trust

Today was an interesting day as I was busy curating for the Daily Outsider Twitter channel in the aftermath of the rally in Florida and the eloquence of Emma Gonzales which I reflected upon in my Personal Twitter Feed.  .     Professor Turley made some very interesting points about it which I note for the record–Interesting how John Edwards continues to linger on–What a Campaign John Edwards had which in many ways in 2004 set the stage for Barack Obama…

Here is the opening thoughts–I can’t help wonder how the White House will react as the “Freak Show” of the @realDonaldTrump White House continues:

Below is my column in the Hill newspaper on the implications of the scandals involving two women who have claimed affairs with President Donald Trump in prior years. There are real risks here for the White House which has been issuing categorical denials. Some of the greatest threats to a presidency come from the outer […]

via Does Trump Have an Edwards/Clinton Problem? — JONATHAN TURLEY