Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Look at the Enduring, Positive Reputation of AXS CEO Troy McClain

by Michael Strickland

There is so much great material about Troy McClain that can be found around the net. As CEO of AXS Consulting / ALL AXS, this community, national and world leader has created a buzz around the fact that he touches the lives of countless people.

An article from Mascioli Entertainment corporation sums him up his background and unique story of triumph:

 Troy McClain was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1971. As the son of a construction worker, Troy's family moved from job to job, and in small towns and fishing villages like Kwethluk, Bethel, and Yakutat. Like other kids who moved from school to school, Troy was often in trouble, and he settled disputes with his fists. 

 In 1984, the McClain's adopted an Eskimo girl who after contracting spinal meningitis as an infant was left developmentally delayed and profoundly deaf. Troy's baby-sister, DoraLynn, became his best friend and would provide constant motivation for the rest of Troy's life. 

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 In 1989, Troy's mother bought him a book that changed his life. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump became Troy's inspiration to work hard and to be able to provide for his family so they would never have to worry about money. He promised his mother he would meet Mr. Trump someday. That year, Troy graduated from Mead High School in Spokane, and he put his promise in print. "Trump, I'm coming!" He circled it and mailed it to Mr. Trump after graduation.

In 2013, The Nonprofit Center has lined up some star power to call attention to Idaho Gives. A newly released public service announcement (PSA) features various notable Idaho personalities urging Idahoans to give generously: Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter, NFL All-Pro and former Idaho State Bengal Jared Allen, Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke, critically acclaimed author Alan Heathcock, and “The Apprentice” star/entrepreneur Troy McClain. It is no wonder that so many people connect with his powerful journey.

"One of Donald Trump's favorite contestants from NBC's original series of The Apprentice, Troy McClain has gone on to...
Posted by Troy McClain on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Meet "The Scotsman" Facilitator, Trainer and Business Coach Martin Pow

What do you get when you mix a kilt, the world's most prestigious accounting firm, and Mongolia?

Your answer: Martin Pow.

I first met Martin in September when he visited The McClain Companies to do some training.

Martin has visited many countries with his career working for British, American, Japanese and Canadian Global organizations. Martin returned in the summer of 2014 after working in Mongolia establishing a new Member Firm for Deloitte in a challenging and exciting emerging marketplace.

In one exercise, Martin asked the group to identify the best communicator in the room.

I was picked. Uh oh, I thought to myself.

He asked me to come in front of the room and handed me a long pole, one tht was used to find things and people in the snow after an avalanche.

Martin had me place the pole horizontally across my arms. He said: "Now, without changing the position of the pole, lower it to the floor." I did.

Next, he called up the whole team, about 6 or 7 of us, to line up with the pole, placed again horizontally, this time across all of our arms.

He told us all to lower it the the ground. It was a lot harder than we thought. It took a lot of communication and figuring things out. The path downward was not direct. For several minutes, the pole rested in place as we all kind of looked at it and each other and tred to figure out how to get us all to move at the same time.

Martin has a passion for facilitation, training and coaching others and uses his unique Scottish accent and style to gain trust and build relationships that are trustful and meaningful.

The Deloitte, Mongolia page from March 2014, says:

Congratulations Martin Pow Deloitte Onch's Partner, Enterprise Risk Management Learning Leader. Who just become 12th member of the National Academy Of Governance Mongolia.

Congratulations Martin Pow Deloitte Onch's Partner, Enterprise Risk Management Learning Leader. Who just become 12th member of the National Academy Of Governance Mongolia.
Posted by Deloitte, Mongolia on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Martin is the Deputy Leader for the Enterprise Risk Canadian team for evolving and establishing Risk Management and Quality Improvement across the Canada Deloitte Practices and is known as a leading Executive “facilitator” for risk management and Internal Audit sessions across Canada.

Martin also heads up the Canadian Deloitte Learning and Leadership Academy which provides training and facilitation services to Clients. Martin brings significant risk management and Internal Audit experience from senior roles with global organizations such as Standard Life, where he spent 15 years in the UK including roles as a data center operations manager and IT auditor; Citibank, where he was responsible for their EMEA IT internal audit function; and as the Global IT Auditor for Fuji bank’s global operations.

Martin briefly held the position of Global Head of Internal Audit and advisory services for Placer Dome until they were acquired by Barrick Gold and then returned back to Deloitte in a more senior role. Martin has been a presenter at numerous conferences.
An example of some of the vast topics Martin covers can be found at a 2011 symposium in Vancouver called: Risk Assessment Workshops - Reaching Consensus.

Here is a sample of discussions covered: Risk Assessment & Treatment • Linking the steps in the risk assessment process • Conduct a risk interview before a workshop • Develop risk statements • Understand the steps in planning and delivering a risk workshop • Establish a Likelihood and Consequence matrix • Risk Identification • Mechanisms for Gathering Risks • Conducting Risk-based Interviews • Preparing Risk Statements • Risk Analysis • Likelihood & Consequence Matrices • Prioritizing risks • The Risk workshop • Objectives of a risk workshop • When to hold them • Who should be represented • How long should they be • What are the outcomes • Risk Evaluation • Risk Tolerance • Review of Controls • Risk Treatment • Mechanisms to Treat Risk • Controls and Countermeasures • Facilitator “Magic” • Adult learning • Role of the facilitator • Facilitator challenges & solutions • Evaluations • Preparations •  Tools and Tips

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Complete Beatles Experience Rocks the Nampa Civic Center

by Michael Strickland

For our date night last night, my wife and I had a journey through the British Musical Invasion.

I am always skeptical when I hear that a tribute band is playing. I've seen so many that fall far short of any kind of holistic, worthwhile experience that does justice to the megaband they are recreating.   But Britain's Finest put on an classy, entertaining and very memorable show at the Nampa, Idaho Civic Center.

Their style was tasteful and energetic. Britain's Finest truly captured the spirit of the Beatles. The youthful camaraderie and enthusiasm of the Fab Four was presented with great attention to detail, a truly authentic and fun experience.

Britain’s Finest delivered a non-scripted show that captured the spontaneity, charm, wit, and youthful vibrance of The Beatles. Complete with fresh, energetic rawness and a video and slideshow backdrop of  historic footage from the 60s and 70s, I felt as if I was getting a glimpse of what one of their live performances must have been like.

Hailing from California, Britain's finest produced well done recreations of those familiar songs the world has come to love. Off-the-cuff humor and the cheeky banter between songs came across poised and well-timed. Their costumes, accents, nonverbal behaviors and general demeanor showed a ton of preparation. The musicians "live" their characters.

The songs and costumes spanned the range from the Mop Top, Sgt. Pepper's or the Abbey Road, to the Let It Be eras.The chemistry between the lads was apparent and and contagious. The  group left the audience both delighted and in awe of the evening that "brought back" four men from Liverpool.

It was nice meeting KJ Mac at the Britain's Finest concert. Here is my review: http://bit.ly/1iZJWMG
Posted by Michael Strickland on Monday, September 21, 2015


The group interacted with the audience, took and played requests and invited us all to stand up and dance to "Twist and Shout," Solos were offered for each of the four larger-than-life personas, John, Paul, George and Ringo. My favorite was the acoustic-only version of Lennon's "Hide Your Love Away." After the encore, of "Hey Jude," the crowd gave the band a standing ovation.

Their well-played roles, with great resemblance to the Lads themselves, kept people smiling throughout the show. It was a  wonderful night filled with sing-alongs and joy. The appeal of the music, words, and vivid visuals can transcend all audiences and can speak to any age.

If you're a Beatles fan who always wished you could have seen them, Britain's Finest is the gig. If you've seen the real Beatles and want to relive the magic, then this show can help to transport you back to that wonderful moment in time.

"So let me introduce to you: The Act You’ve Known for All These Years ... "



Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Cruisin Biker Wear 2016 Calendar Is Coming Soon!

Meridian, Idaho business promotes charity events and rides through FREE biker beauty calender 

Veronica Marie from the 2015 Calender
A picture of a motorcycle can bring to mind visions of being on the open road, wind screaming through your hair, tires eating up mile after mile of glorious asphalt. 

Imagine what you receive when you mix these experiences, feelings and visions with some of the most beautiful women in the west.

An all-star creative team including Amanda Woods of Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty, Photographer Lenny Wheeler and Crusin Biker Wear Owner Bree Walker is back with yet another legendary calendar.

Driven by sheer horsepower, their work reminds me of the art of Picasso, the poetry of Yeats and the music of Handel ... all in the backdrop of a classic James Dean-style attitude.

Last year'signing was legendary. You could feel the spirit throughout the room: the community, the beautiful women, the amazing motorcycles, the enthusiasm and fascinating stories from all the people who put this brilliant work of art together.     

In the Ballad of Easy Rider, the Byrds sang: The river flows / It flows to the sea / Wherever that river goes / That's where I want to be / Flow river flow / Let your waters wash down Take me from this road / To some other town. 


Let that town be Meridian Idaho as you visit Cruisin Biker Wear!

With Hair by Kristi Wherry, Wardrobe by Unique Irish, and Production Management by Tiffany Larocque Model/Actress And Production Management, Cruisin Biker Wear is the Treasure Valley's motorcyclist resource. Their annual calendar will come out again soon. The calendar is a celebration of the resilience of the human body and spirit. Each month features breathtaking, high-quality photographs of beautiful models on motorcycles. Each model and bike has a wonderful, inspiring story behind them.  

"The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon... it sounds romantic, but it's true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special."  - Antoine Predock
It's a beautiful weekend for a calendar production! Cruisin Biker Wear 2016 Calendar coming soon!
Posted by Tiffany LaRocque on Saturday, September 19, 2015
Bree said that her main goal is to bring the biker community together and to help those in need:

The rides that we put in the calendar are mostly rides for charity. We all raise a lot of money and are very passionate about helping our community whether it be for Vets, cancer etc. Getting the word out via the calendar and our website where we list all the upcoming rides and events, gets more bikers out to these events, which equals more money raised. And I can't say enough good things about Amanda Woods (mentioned above) Lenny of Lenny Wheeler Photography.  I couldn't have done this without their support! I feel very blessed to have the team I do!

Cruisin Biker Wear's calender also provides you with information about local events including bike rallies, toy runs, motorcycle events, poker runs, bike weeks and motorcycle rides.

Whether it's a ride to the mountains or a charity event, the Cruisin Biker Wear will give you the schedule on where and when to be for all the motorcycle action.

When the events are over, revisit the calender for fantastic photos of gorgeous biker women and beautiful bikes!




Following Plagiarist Disgusted Reader on the Idaho State Journal Politics Blog

Disgusted Reader is a character who frequently posts on the Idaho State Journal blog. He is also obsessed with casting the first stone.

But sometimes when we complain about others, to excess, we reveal our own flaws.

Below is the first instance of plagiarism that I caught from this rabid blogger back in 2008.

He hates Obama with a passion, and in a tirade, his post begins:
First President to refuse to show a valid Birth Certificate.  And then we get to see one that has no problems, so why did he refuse to show it?First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he’s never lived in. First President to Preside over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government. First President to Violate the War Powers Act ...

Read the full post here.
LINK: 
http://www.pocatelloshops.com/new_blogs/politics/?p=8612&cpage=1#comment-72722


When I pointed this out, his explanation was:
You sure do love super hunky and newworldorderwar websites, don’t you? So, are they the first to post it or are they the plagiarists? Inquiring minds want to know? I’d also like to know how you know, just color me suspicious. Mine came from a friends personal email with no accompanying URL and I checked each line to see whether I agreed or disagreed with it and yes, I edited my version of it as I didn’t like the way it was written.
Nonetheless, the majority of words, phrases and sentences he reposted are found verbatim in other places. That would not get past an elementary basic writing course. 

Seven years later, I caught his plagarism again. Commenting on a Sept. 12, 2015  story called: It’s complicated: the relationship between religion and politics, by Neal Larson, Disgusted Reader writes (EXCERPT):
WHEN – he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done, people said it didn’t matter.
WHEN – he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan, Muramar Kaddafi and Hugo Chavez, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – his voting record in the Illinois Senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question, people said it didn’t matter. WHEN – he refused to wear a flag lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry, people said it didn’t matter.
Neal Larson of KID 590AM & 92.1FM
Unfortunately, these words are found several places on the net and his writing gives no attribution. Read his full post and my response here

LINK: http://bit.ly/1QW5DI9

Here is his explanation this time:
I and a bunch of bloggers wrote it over time on a bunch of blogs. That plagiarism? We told anyone who wanted to copy and paste away. No patent, no nada. ... Welcome to the Internet where rules don’t exist because, “what difference would it make?”
I wonder what policies the Idaho State Journal has for those who copy the work of other writers and place it on the ISJ site unattributed.




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Proven Success With AXS CEO Troy McClain: Revisiting the First Season of Donald Trump's Apprentice

by Michael Strickland

There is nothing like going to work every day at a club filled with high energy, motivation, success and extra smiles and joy to go around.

I
first met AXS CEO Troy McClain a few weeks ago. I can safely say that I am amazed at this experience of working at his awesome company. With Donald Trump's popularity booming, it is fascinating to take a look at this Idaho legend who first rose to the big stage on one of Trump's reality TV shows.

"Who would have thought a country boy from Idaho could go on national television, be seen by 28 million Americans every week and still appreciate the simple things like fly fishing on a backcountry stream?" Troy's official website reads. "That is Troy McClain. Troy’s rise to prominence happened as he climbed Donald Trump’s ladder on NBC’s 'The Apprentice,' advancing all the way to the finals."


Troy is a ball of energy and enthusiasm who seeks to utilize his success to Give First to his community and to those who need help the most.

With two little words, a flick of the hand, and that famously coiffed comb-over, real estate tycoon Donald Trump parlayed his financial success into a hugely popular reality television series based on personal and corporate intrigue, according to the product description of the first DVD set. Billed as "the ultimate job interview," The Apprentice lives up to its acclaim as 16 candidates vie for top position at one of Trump's companies and an accompanying $250,000 salary.

Beating all odds, Troy rose to the top from the original 250,000 contestants, landing second only to 
Harvard MBA Kwame Jackson.

Divided into two teams based on gender, the contestants competed against each other in assignments designed to test their business acumen, from selling lemonade on the streets of Manhattan to managing an NYC pedicab company. The team that made the most money won both a prize and immunity, while the losing team faced Trump and his assistants George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher in the dreaded boardroom, where one member is was then ceremoniously dismissed. 


Even more impressive is the number of people who have told me that they love Troy not only because he is successful, but honest, moral and ethical. His belief in Giving First finds Troy doing a tremendous amount of charity work in Idaho and around the world.

In 1989 my mother bought me a book: "The Art of the Deal" by #DonaldTrump. I read it cover to cover and promised her...
Posted by Troy McClain on Wednesday, September 9, 2015


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Reveiwer Kathleen C. Fennessy gave her take on this classic: "Who'd have predicted The Apprentice would become such a hit? (Donald Trump aside).  And not just any hit, but one of the top-rated programs of the 2004 television season. A number of reality shows had crashed and burned before The Apprentice made its debut. Just as it was starting to seem as if the heyday of the non-scripted program was coming to an end--not counting American Idol -- NBC's entrant into an overcrowded field was as an out-of-the-gate, must-see phenomenon." 

Who is Troy McClain?

Called a “Living Energy Drink” by the Idaho Press Tribune, Troy focuses on growing people and businesses to great heights in his role as CEO of The McClain Companies. He has spearheaded a number of startup, turnaround and growth companies. Troy's philosophy is: The best way to get ahead is to give back. An international speaker, he has collaborated with the top names in business, including Warren Buffet, and has toured with Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and many other influential leaders, athletes and entertainers.  
Troy has served and been honored by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, the Kellogg Innovation Network, Special Olympics International and a long list of others.  
Troy lives in Boise, Idaho, with Crystal, his wife of 11 years. He serves as the guardian of his special needs, adopted sister he affectionately calls “Kid Sis.” When not on business travel, Troy also fishes, hunts, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spends quality time with loved ones. His enthusiasm, experience and determination have enabled Troy to live “the American dream,” pulling himself and his family out of poverty through hard work and street smarts. Troy McClain works tirelessly to make that dream the reality for everyone whose life he touches.
Troy is forging ahead with new ventures.  He invites you to join him on his journey. See below: 
Many of you have noticed an increased level of activity on my page. First, thank you for following and supporting my...
Posted by Troy McClain on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Related Reading:

Follow a Great Leader - Then Lead With His Vision. Uplift, Inspire and Serve With Troy McClain.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Author Karen Marie: And What I Learned About 68 Seconds of Positive Focus

It takes just 17 seconds of focused and pure thought to bring about manifestations. I first learned this concept from the Global Information Network while communication with staff at their Boise, Idaho Headquarters.

The team also made me aware that  17 seconds can be expanded to 68 seconds to create a bigger miracle.

Since this was so fascinating, I looked to see if any books had been writter on the subject. Sure enough, I found this one: The 68 Second Spark: shift your focus, shift your life, published August 18, 2015 by Karen Marie (Author).

Marie says:

Sixty-eight seconds isn’t a lot of time but add lazar focus to something you desire and those sixty-eight seconds can change your life. If you are wanting something that you feel is out of your reach, try the process laid out for you in The 68 Second Spark and you may miraculously find it showing up in your life. Simple steps are clearly laid out including all the elements necessary in this short, simple book that Karen has used time and time again to bring desired changes, items, and outcomes into her life and she has helped others do the same. You too can have success with this process!

#LawsOfAttraction "It takes just 17 seconds of focused and pure thought to bring about manifestations and amazing gifts...
Posted by Michael Strickland on Monday, September 14, 2015

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What I Learned from About 68 Seconds of Positive Focus

It takes just 17 seconds of focused and pure thought to bring about manifestations. I first learned this concept from the Global Information Network while communication with staff at their Boise, Idaho Headquarters.

The team also made me aware that  17 seconds can be expanded to 68 seconds to create a bigger miracle.

Since this was so fascinating, I looked to see if any books had been writter on the subject. Sure enough, I found this one: The 68 Second Spark: shift your focus, shift your life, published August 18, 2015 by Karen Marie (Author).

Marie says:

 Sixty-eight seconds isn’t a lot of time but add lazar focus to something you desire and those sixty-eight seconds can change your life. If you are wanting something that you feel is out of your reach, try the process laid out for you in The 68 Second Spark and you may miraculously find it showing up in your life. Simple steps are clearly laid out including all the elements necessary in this short, simple book that Karen has used time and time again to bring desired changes, items, and outcomes into her life and she has helped others do the same. You too can have success with this process!

#LawsOfAttraction "It takes just 17 seconds of focused and pure thought to bring about manifestations and amazing gifts...
Posted by Michael Strickland on Monday, September 14, 2015
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blaine Athorn, Beaches and Coral Reefs: Memories of the First Global Information Network Family Reunion

Atlantis Hotel
The first GIN Family Reunion was magical. It was a networking, giving, and mutual learning experience that the members who attended will never forget.

It set the stage for this event to become a staple in profound GIN experiences, something that every member should strive to attend as often as possible.

Th gathering took place from October 29 – 31, 2010 at the Bahamas Atlantis Hotel Nassau, Bahamas. A variety of big-name presenters graced the stages and conference rooms. The master of ceremonies was Blaine Athorn.

Blaine Athorn
Blaine is a Memory Power expert trainer and has consulted for fortune 500 companies including Xerox, Texas Instruments, Aetna Insurance and The Hartford Insurance Company just to name a few. Tens of thousands of people throughout the world have participated in Blaine’s live training programs.

Hilly Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. Can you imagine the beautiful state of mind that this environment created for the talks, workshops, fun and other activities?

A popular cruise-ship stop, the location is known for its beaches and coral reefs, destinations for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its characteristic pastel-colored British colonial buildings. Nassau exhudes Bahamian and British flavor. It is the capital city of the Bahamas and boasts miles of spectacular beaches. Long stretches of vivid coral reefs are perfect for snorkeling. There are festivals and parades with  high-energy, spectacularly costumed dancers.

GIN members basked on the gorgeous powdery white beaches and swam in pristine turquoise waters, They shopped at luxury boutiques and local markets, enjoyed some of the freshest seafood right out of the ocean and were able to try their luck at the largest casino in the Caribbean.

GIN's first Family Reunion was a new adventure each day. And every night was spent in Paradise.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

AXS CEO Troy McClain Lives and Shares The American Dream

Called a “Living Energy Drink” by the Idaho Press Tribune, the nation was introduced to Troy McClain on Donald Trump’s hit TV show The Apprentice. He was selected as a finalist from 250,000 applicants and rode his underdog status all the way to the final four. Troy focuses on growing people and businesses to great heights in his role as as CEO of AXS. He has spearheaded a number of startup, turnaround and growth companies.

Troy's philosophy is: The best way to get ahead is to give back. An international speaker, he has collaborated with the top names in business, including Warren Buffet, and has toured with Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield (of Chicken Soup for the Soul)  and many other influential leaders, athletes and entertainers. Troy has served and been honored by  Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, the Kellogg Innovation Network, Special Olympics International and a long list of others.

Troy lives in Boise, Idaho, with Crystal, his wife of 11 years. He serves as the guardian of his special needs, adopted sister he affectionately calls “Kid Sis.”  When not on business travel, Troy also fishes, hunts, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spends quality time with loved ones.  His enthusiasm, experience and determination have enabled Troy to live “the American dream,” pulling himself and his family out of poverty through hard work and street smarts. Troy McClain works tirelessly to make that dream the reality for everyone whose life he touches.

Great reviews for Dr. Tammie Barrett a Chiropractor and Member of the Global Information Network

Tammie Barrett is an incredible person and has become a treasured friend because of the Global Information network, writes Greg Rhodes, a Level VI executive member.

According to healthkit.com, Dr. Tammie Barrett is a female chiropractor with expertise in general treatment. She practices in Sydney Austrailia.

Greg said that his family has been using Tammie as a Practicioner for some time and that "the impact she has had on the entire family is magical."

Below are some reviews of Tammie from whitecoat.com.au:

Very professional service. Absolute depth of knowledge, and time to discuss with you in a layman type of language,that you are able to absorb.
29/09/2014 
Lovely, helpful and caring doctor took the time to find the root of the problem and help with solutions to underlying issues.
11/08/2015 
Tammie is great with children, listens to all concerns and gives fantastic general health advice as well as being an excellent chiropractor. I love that she is so dedicated to her work and particularly loves treating children.
10/01/2015

Learn more by liking the Global Information Network Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/globalinformationnetworkhq

Monday, September 7, 2015

Kim Davis: Breaking Down the Controversy

by Michael Strickland

I was perusing Facebook this morning and came across a fascinating analysis of the Kim Davis case. Davis supporters ask if she should be granted reasonable accommodation for religious grounds. They are conflating sworn duties with reasonable accommodation to perform said duties.

I'm no lawyer, but from what I have read, accommodations apply to the extent that there is no adverse impact on the stated functions performed by an organization. If you cannot or will not complete the job, you should not be in it. A reasonable accommodation is when an organization does something like allow a Sikh to wear a ceremonial head dress when normally the dress code calls for no hats. A firefighter cannot refuse to fight fires, based on religious objection. This case sees an elected official refusing to perform her sworn duties. That is how this case is different.

The post below offers an excellent explanation of what happened to Kim Davis, and what she brought on herself.

So the saga continues. For those of you who are not very political or are not from our fair (usually) Commonwealth,...

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Kimberly Jean Bailey Davis is a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who defied a U.S. Federal Courtorder requiring that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Courtcase that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States Davis filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court seeking to put the lower court's order on hold while she seeks an appeal. After the Supreme Court denied the application, Davis continued to deny the licenses, saying she was acting "under God's authority".

On September 3, 2015, she was jailed for contempt of court. Kentucky's attorney general is considering whether a special prosecutor should pursue potential charges of official misconduct against her.

Some have asked: What are the limits of objections for religious conscience?

The law says that the limit is an adverse effect on the function of the orgranization. The adverse affect here would be misrepresentation of services, damaging the county representation, and leaving them open to countless discrimination lawsuits that they would lose.

 Religious Discrimination & Reasonable Accommodation: The law requires an employer or other covered entity to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or practices, unless doing so would cause more than a minimal burden on the operations of the employer's business. This means an employer may be required to make reasonable adjustments to the work environment that will allow an employee to practice his or her religion. Examples of some common religious accommodations include flexible scheduling, voluntary shift substitutions or swaps, job reassignments, and modifications to workplace policies or practices.
SOURCE: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/religion.cfm

This case us far from over and yes, it will be theater. Rosa Parks had the moral leverage of sitting still and being arrested against a government law that excluded one group. It will be interesting to see if a government official can claim the moral high ground by doing a Rosa Parks in reverse.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Wayne Hoffman's Idaho Freedom Foundation Lawsuit Against Boise Schools Stirs Controversy

The heat is on. My blog about Wayne Hoffman's Idaho Freedom Foundation Lawsuit Against Boise Schools has been posted on Facebook and drew thousands of views within a few hours.

"Our lawsuit isn't just about Boise" @idahofreedom "Governments across the state give nice perks to union bosses. It's...
Posted by Michael Strickland on Saturday, September 5, 2015


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Hoffman's IFF position is stated clearly in the blog entry I posted on Idaho Content Writing. And here is and opposing view from blogger Sisyphus (James Kent) which he posted on the Facebook thread.

James Kent Wayne's strident and extremist organization is suing the highest performing school district in the state over less than $40,000 on the myopic contention that the money needs to go straight to the kids. They've already spent more on that in attorneys. The lawsuit will be far more expensive than for any amount in contention while leaving a hole in the collective bargaining for the benefit of all the teachers and education overall. Thus his vindictive anti-union motive is revealed.. Let's remember, the Idaho Education Association sponsored the referendum against the Luna Laws which succeeded in every county in the state. In 2013, the IFF got a third of its revenue from the Albertsons Foundation, the prime backer of the Luna Laws. Moreover, the IFF just a couple weeks ago railed against the massive amount of bond elections the districts in Idaho are obligated to bring in order to make up the revenue lost from a misguided legislature lobbied heavily by the IFF. The IFF is bad for education, bad for kids, and bad for Idaho.

Who is Wayne Hoffman? (SOURCE - Idaho Freedom Foundation):

Wayne Hoffman is one of Idaho’s leading experts on public policy, the Idaho Legislature and the practice of journalism. Hoffman has spent 25 years writing about government and politicians. He writes a weekly column, found in newspapers and on websites throughout Idaho, and is often invited to speak on complex issues including taxation, health care, free markets and education.

Throughout his years in the news business, Wayne won numerous awards for investigative and political journalism. During his years of covering the state legislature, governor’s office and state agencies, Wayne often exposed government waste, failed government programs and politicians whose voting records were inconsistent with their rhetoric. After leaving the news business in 2005, Wayne became the special assistant to the director of the state Department of Agriculture. In 2006, he managed the communications efforts of several successful political campaigns and became the communications director for Congressman Bill Sali. Wayne lives in Nampa with his two children. Wayne has been at the helm of Idaho Freedom Foundation since the organization launched in January 2009.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Gathering For Anyone Who Desires Health, Wealth and Happiness

by Michael Strickland

I love a good family reunion. Fond memories cross my mind and heart of cooking, sharing stories, watching games and frolicking with cousins at various relatives houses.

But times have changed. In "the good ol' days," children and grandchildren would come to the family ranch just to be together, writes Erin Anderson in the Lincoln Journal Star.

But these days many grandchildren have kids of their own. And they live all over the country. Orville and the ranch are gone.

Doesn't that sound like so many of our families today?

Many other experts have written extensively about family reunions and why they are so powerful. The reunion is a way for families to reconnect with their roots and find a sense of belonging. But what about those who don't have a family? How can they take advantage of such amazing energy, connections, love and other benefits?

Hundreds will gather in beautiful Orlando and engage with some of the best motivational leaders on the planet. One of those who will speak and lead major events is Blaine Athorn.

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That’s right! There is no better fit for our wonderful club than that of Disney World in Orlando, Florida! We would like to invite you and your family to the most magical place on Earth for speakers, workshops and motivation on October 16-18th! Join us as we reunite, rejuvenate, and rekindle our inner child in the surroundings of life’s simplest pleasures. Bring your family and join our family for this world-class event to be hosted at luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek. 
The organization says “this gorgeous venue will set the perfect backdrop for dream-building and getting into our core principles to create lifelong memories. Make a decision now to be a part of our trip because, in the words of the great Walt Disney, ‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.’”

These days with families living far and wide, it's the latter -- weddings and funerals -- that tend to draw the largest number of family members, Anderson said.

Why wait for the nuptials and funerals?

Register today!