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3/9 – Dianne Feinstein calls out Hillary Clinton

In a bit of interesting political news, a surprising name has come out to tell Hillary Clinton (#15 FCIL) that she needs to give a full explanation of “why she used a private email account for all her official correspondence.”  You’d think it was some vindictive redneck Republican, but it’s actually the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, like Hillary, is another rather rare #15 FCIL in politics, and told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Clinton “needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is. From this point on, the silence is going to hurt her.”  In addition to a number of questionable political and legal aspects regarding Clinton’s secretive emails, her use of a private account may violate federal rules requiring officials to keep all their communications for record-keeping purposes. While Clinton has said she asked the State Department to make public all emails she had previously turned over to them, The Times reported that those messages “previously had been selected by members of her staff and were not a complete record of her four years at Foggy Bottom.”

Washington has no lack of female #15s, it seems. Just a few months ago Senator Barbara Boxer, another FCIL, announced that she will be retiring at the end of her term. The word “retiring” doesn’t mean she’ll be playing Bingo down at the local VFW, however. “I am never going to retire,” she says. “The work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016.”

Whoever said Left brainers can’t dabble in poetry? Check out Boxer’s farewell poem.

The Senate is the place where I’ve always made my case
For families for the planet and the human race
More than 20 years in the job I love
Thanks to California and the Lord above
So although I won’t be working for my Senate space
And I won’t be running that next tough race
As long as there are issues and challenges and strife
I will never retire because that’s the meaning of my life.

Wow, do you think a #2 BEAR or #10 BCAR would agree that issues and challenges and strife are the meaning to life? Say it ain’t so!

BTInsiders know we’ve been telling you again and again and again and again for years that Hillary will do all it takes to become President of the United States. Meanwhile, conservative commentator Ben Domenech recently stated that “the only person I think who could beat Hillary Clinton is Michelle Obama.

Welp, bring on another female #15!

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3/6 – The aloof, world-renown Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

An excellent article recently came out on a #10 BCAR who we rarely talk about. It’s ironic, really, as he could easily be considered the most recognizable #10 in the world behind Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods. Well, there’s also Kermit the Frog (aka Jim Henson), but we’ll stick with human beings for now. At any rate, his name is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he is quite the mixture of a man.

My shyness and introversion from those days still haunt me, he writes. Fans felt offended, reporters insulted. … If I could, I’d tell that nerdy Kareem to suck it up, put down that book you’re using as a shield and, in the immortal words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (to prove my nerd cred), Engage!

Says veteran sportswriter, Jackie MacMullan, “He was a jerk. I have sympathy for Kareem because I’ve been around Bill Russell (#13 FCIR) a bit. People always wanting a piece of you. I just always felt Kareem could have managed it better. Kareem’s response? It’s true, he says. I should have dealt with everyone better.

Yet, as Kareem already alluded to, it wasn’t always because he didn’t care. “Sometimes there’s that sense that he’s unapproachable, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (#13 FCIR)But having been around the world with Kareem, it’s clear he’s incredibly shy and that his shyness gets mistaken for aloofness.

Indeed, why so aloof? When we take a brief look around the #10 BCAR world, we see that Kareem is not alone. One word often used to described Tiger Woods has been aloof.”  Take fellow golfer and #10 Vijay Singh, who for years has desired to “shed his aloof reputation.”  Yet, just like Kareem, people who know Vijay well say he is “easygoing, funny, generous to a fault, wholly misunderstood and unappreciated, victimized by the media’s portrayal.”  With regards to Woods himself, his former coach Hank Haney (#8 BEIL) described him as “a walking contradiction — charming but cold, focused but aloof.”  Take a look at Jim Henson’s biography, and a picture is painted of a “guy who comes across as crazy, aloof, insecure, and mentally unstable.”  We don’t even need to touch on Michael Jackson, who was widely known as aloof, yet caring, shy, yet kind. Another, Richard Chamberlain, was described as “a fine actor, but aloof.”

The simple answer is found in Niednagel’s book, Brain Types and Parenting“Though seemingly hard to get to know, BCARs are a joy to work with, and they are often entertaining and humorous to those close to them. When you earn their trust, they can be transparent and open, often appearing Front-brain dominant.”  And again, “Living in harmony may be their desire, but the real world is not always harmonious. They need to be free to forgive others, as well as themselves. Idealism will need to give way to realism without becoming fatalistic and uninvolved.”  Niednagel goes into much more detail as the pages continue.

Last, Kareem’s passion for writing has existed for years, but only now is coming out in the open. He has almost 1.7 million followers on Twitter, recently published a children’s book, and writes columns for various publications. You get to be a storyteller, he says. And you get to share information in a way that can sometimes change people’s minds and at least make people open up and expand what they know to be true. I think that’s pretty neat. Says Jerry West (#6 BEIR), This is not somebody writing a little column. His language is unparalleled. It doesn’t surprise me. There is no athlete I’ve ever met brighter than Kareem. That is quite the compliment!

The moral of the story, it seems, is to recognize your faults, and do something about it. Similarly, to recognize your strengths, and do something about it. Kareem is working on both. Thinking on the time he met Brooklyn Dodgers slugger Duke Snider back in 1980, he says, What a wonderful guy. And that really made me start thinking, Have I been that wonderful guy? That’s what changed my attitude. I bled Dodger blue when I was a kid. When they left Brooklyn, I cried. I had heard someone else tell me a story about Carl Furillo. That he was a real a——. I don’t want to be remembered like that. That’s not me. I’ve got that much graciousness in me.

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3/6 – Bethany Hamilton’s Brain Type


Did you all make your guesses? Bethany Hamilton may remind you of a few #1 FEARs, and yes, that is what she is (compare her to tennis professional #1 Caroline Wozniacki). Outgoing, smiley, fun-loving, athletic, and very down-to-earth, she displays all the typical characteristics of the #1 design (also notice her enunciation).

Keep studying! Keep honing your skills!



3/4- Benjamin Netanyahu’s epic speech to Congress

It was quite the speech, not only for its tremendous force, logic, and clarity, but also for its tact. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (#15 FCILput forth a compelling case to Congress on Tuesday as to why the United States shouldn’t agree to any nuclear deals with Iran, something President Barack Obama (#13 FCIR) has been keen on. Still, Netanyahu began his speech by turning “the other cheek” and “praising President Obama even while the White House snubs him and seeks to discredit his stance on Iranian nuclear negotiations.”

In Benjamin’s own words, We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. Some of it is widely known . . . Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well-known. He then went on for several minutes to detail what some of those “less well-known” things were, including the 2010 Carmel forest fire and the siege of the Israeli embassy in Cairo during the 2011 unrest.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (#15 FCIL) wasn’t abashed with her feelings, “applauding half-heartedly and then quickly exiting the chamber after the speech, before Netanyahu did.”  Pelosi has been irate with House Speaker John Boehner (#7 FEIL) for inviting Netanyahu in the first place, saying, It is out of the ordinary that the speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation.”

Netanyahu showed the world exactly why he is a master of the podium, giving several sharp one-liners intended to stick in the minds of his audience. He urged the U.S. not to “be fooled” by Iran’s recent efforts to oppose the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, stating, “When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy — is your enemy.”  Great emphasis was also put on the fact that the deal would leave in place a “vast nuclear infrastructure” that would not require nuclear facilities to be destroyed. As the restrictions would then expire in a decade, Iran would be poised to do its bidding without intervention. While 10 years seems like a long time from a political perspective, “It’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation,” Netanyahu said.

We’ve often stated before that #15s typically aren’t reliant on teleprompters like their #13 cousins, and Benjamin didn’t disappoint. Several times throughout his speech he paused and gave statements from the heart, frequently looking up at his audience instead of down at his notes. At the beginning, he even stopped to diffuse partisan tension by acknowledging Harry Reid (#16 BCIL) and his recent freak exercise injury, saying, “You can’t keep a good man down.” Sincere or not, an honorable gesture on his part.

Yes, the cool, charismatic Q3 Benjamin was at his best, though it remains to be seen whether the speech will have any affect on nuclear negotiations. Regardless, he certainly did his job as an ever-so-rare, worthy world leader, putting the interests of his nation ahead of politics. It’s comforting to know that someone actually exists in global governance who is consistently principled, stable, and a genuine builder and protector of his country.

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3/3 – Bethany Hamilton: What is her Brain Type?

She is an American professional surfer who survived a shark attack in 2003, leaving her with only one arm that later inspired the movie, “Soul Surfer.”  At some point, you have most likely seen her or heard about her, and her name is Bethany Hamilton. An outspoken Christian, the movie was based on her autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting,” in which she details the nightmarish incident between her and the shark.

We thought BTInsiders should take a look at an interview and try guessing her Brain Type. She and her husband are expecting, and wanted to share the good news with their fans.

We’ll post the answer before the weekend.




2/27 – Arron Afflalo, one very unique basketball player

The NBA doesn’t have too many Left brain dominant players, for sure. Of those 8 Left brain dominant Brain Types, the #11 FCAL is virtually non-existent. We say “virtually,” because there are only a few with name recognition: consider Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards, and Arron Afflalo, now of the Portland Trailblazers.

Arron Afflalo was just traded from Denver to Portland, where he has been averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 rebounds a game this season. One unnamed NBA executive says of him, “Love him. He’s the most organized and diligent guy I have ever been around in the NBA.”  Of course, that can be a good thing. At the same time, it can be telling of where they’re wired, and can be considered a negative depending on a player’s projected role and overall potential.

We’ve now already told you Afflalo’s Brain Type, and he’s no Michael Jordan. In fact, he is the exact opposite of #6 BEIR Michael Jordan. Rather, he’s a semblance of the old-timers Buck Williams or Marques Johnson. To be sure, not the biggest names in basketball legend. While the #11 has found varied success in the NBA, they’re not naturally gifted in athletics, especially from a free-flowing and graceful perspective. Instead, their greatest asset is normally determination, team play, and hustle. Like the #9 FCAR, they possess lots of energy, but are not nearly as coordinated and smooth.

Afflalo is a bit of an overachiever, and for that we sincerely congratulate him. The Blazers seem to be looking for a little more offensive and defensive help, which Afflalo can provide. On the other hand, if they’re looking for a “go-to” guy when the real pressure hits, Arron will be thinking “team play” first, “hero” second.

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2/25 – The passing of the “Rundown Man,” Jerome Kersey

It was with great sadness that the world said goodbye to former All-Star NBA player, Jerome Kersey, a man “whose speed, size and leaping ability made him one of the more powerful dunkers in franchise history.”  Kersey, only 52 years of age, suffered from a pulmonary embolism only a few days after having knee surgery. The state medical examiner  office says Kersey died when a blood clot broke loose from his left calf, traveled to his lungs and caused a pulmonary thromboembolism, possibly related to the knee surgery he had. The word “possibly” is used because the clot could have been pre-existing.

Kersey was a talented, well-liked #9 FCAR who consistently had a smile on his face. Early on in his NBA career he became known as the Rundown Man for his ability to chase down players about to make a layup in the open court, and even block their shot (how’s that for #9 energy?). Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform, Blazers Owner Paul Allen (#13 FCIR) said in a news release. My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.

It’s very unfortunate, very sad he’s way too young, former teammate Clyde Drexler (#2 BEAR) told the media. He was a great guy, a great friend, an incredible teammate and just a real pillar of the community.  A tremendous loss for the Blazers family and the city of Portland because everybody loved him. On the court, because of the way he played: just that all-out energy, and he gave you everything he had. And off the court, because he was so gregarious and such a great guy.”

Kersey even had a good #9 voice, as seen in the video below when he sang the national anthem back in 1989 (with help).



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2/23 – Goodbye to the “Greatest Cub Ever,” Ernie Banks

It’s a little bit of old news now, but we couldn’t let it slip by. His nickname was ‘Mr. Cub,’ also known as ‘Mr. Sunshine’, and he was a true legend in baseball.

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known. Approachable, ever optimistic and kindhearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub,” stated Cubs chairman, Tom Ricketts.

Indeed, that was Mr. Banks, the kindhearted #2 BEARwho sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago from a heart attack. He was 84. Ernie became the Chicago franchise’s first black player when he made his debut late in the 1953 season. Banks began his professional career with the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs in 1950. After spending two years in the army, the Monarchs sold his contract to the Cubs, and Banks jumped straight to the Major Leagues, hitting .314 in the 10 games he played in that first season. The next year he became Chicago’s starting shortstop, and then in 1955 he racked up 117 RBIs while blasting 44 home runs, the most ever for a shortstop at that time.

Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher (#13 FCIR), who was known for saying “Nice guys finish last,” spoke differently about Banks. “Banks is one nice guy who finished first — but he had the talent to go with it.” Indeed, as BTInsiders well-know, #2 BEARs can be extremely kind, sensitive people (with good nurture), coupled with fantastic inborn athletic skills due to their gross-motor, Right brain adeptness. They love life, and live it freely. “He rejoices merely in living, and baseball is a marvelous extra that makes his existence so much more pleasurable,” wrote sportswriter Arthur Daley. Banks was also said to “go right up to people and ask about their families and how they were doing rather than baseball. He wanted to know all about people’s lives. Baseball was not the first thing he would talk about. He cared about people.”

Jon Niednagel can certainly attest to the warm-hearted ways of Ernie Banks, having spoken to him on occasion while he worked for the Chicago Cubs back in the early 1990s. He was a true gentlemen, having worked his way through life by overcoming the odds, and learning to make peace with those who were at odds with him. As one story goes from 1957 (recalled by late umpire Tom Gorman), pitchers Don Drysdale (#15 FCIL), Bob Purkey, Bob Friend and Jack Sanford all knocked down Banks with pitches that year. “And each time he was knocked down,” Gorman said, “Banks hit their next pitch out of the park.”

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2/18 – Greg “The Great White Shark” Norman is still attacking

He just turned sixty, and “continues to attack life.”  He’s one of the most memorable golfing legends in history, probably because you can’t help but see his famous shark logo whenever you’re around the game of golf. Yes, we’re talking about Greg Norman, and as one author writes, “Greg Norman doesn’t do retirement. You wonder if he doesn’t do sleep. His motto attack life  remains foremost in his DNA.”

You got that exactly right!

“FEIRs, always in motion, may make you tired just by watching them,” wrote Niednagel nearly two decades ago (and who Typed Norman long before that).  “They are noted for their zealousness and for enjoying life to its fullest, having the gift for finding excitement in everything they do. Tackling life’s opportunities head-first, they would not be considered gun shy or timid.”

The only thing, seemingly, that can slow down an #5 FEIR is bad health, ala John Daily (see Cigarettes and Diet Coke for Jon Daly). When they take care of themselves, however, the fountain of youth is flowing within them. “I’m the fittest I’ve ever been as I approach 60, which seems to be a strange statement to make, but I’ve worked out extremely hard since 1991,” Norman said in a phone interview. “I can play two hours of tennis like I did yesterday and go to the gym for two hours. I’ll do that three to four days a week. My genes are very, very good. When I look at 60, I feel 45.”

Norman’s adventurous life has included jumping out of planes and swimming with great whites. Last year, he had quite the scare when he nearly lost his left hand in a chainsaw accident while trimming tress on his Jupiter, Florida, property. “When it happened I looked down and went, ‘Oh (expletive), this is not good.’ But I all of a sudden kicked in to a calm mode. I remember thinking I was liking that it happened now instead of when I was playing in the prime of my career. And I immediately thought about making the best of this situation. If I don’t golf the rest of my career, I’ve had a great career. There was no panic button.”

By the way, this “no panic button” is one thing that makes #5s such great quarterbacks.

Greg’s business company, Great White Shark Enterprises, continues to do well, though he thinks it’s only 20% of what it could be. “It’s such a fulfilling mental place to be in. There are so many opportunities. The future is there because of the way I have established the company today.”

Whether or not Norman returns to golf due to his hand injury remains to be seen, but to him, that’s life, and he has no regrets. “I’ve always lived to seize the moment, to squeeze every drop of expectation out of myself for whatever that moment gives you. In my mind, what’s done is done, and everything you can do from this moment on is up to you.  never really cried over spilled milk. If I have surgery, I look forward to coming back stronger. I’ve always been forward thinking.”

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