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    The Turkish Dilemma

    Turkey is a schizophrenic country.  Throughout its history it has alternately viewed itself as both European and Asian.  By being “European” this means a secular government and free market economy, or what passes as such in a Muslim country.  By “Asian,” one means Muslim.  Born of the ashes of the defeated Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, the country became a military | Read More »

    The February Supreme Court Docket

    February is a very light month for the Supreme Court’s oral argument schedule in that they will hear very few cases.  To summarize them: (1) Kerry vs. Din-  When applying for a visa, an applicant must first visit a US embassy or consular office.  This case involves an American woman who married an Afghan citizen while working there.  The immigration law grants consular officials some discretion | Read More »

    Exposing Scott Walker: The Latest Poop on the Would-Be-President

    We have all heard the stories of Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree and how this supposedly disqualifies him from being the President of the United States.  Apparently, the Left has slipped some other qualification to be President into Article II of the Constitution when no one was looking or paying attention.  This lack of a college degree has led to all sorts of | Read More »

    Reopening the Social Issues Debate in Missouri

    Embattled Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is term-limited in Missouri come 2016.  Once considered a possible Senatorial candidate for 2016, his star was seriously tarnished given his performance in Ferguson this past year.  Everyone is aware that outside the metropolitan St. Louis and Kansas City areas, Missouri is increasingly drifting toward the Republican Party.  Six of their 8 representatives are Republican.  Nixon has to deal with | Read More »

    The (Ben) Carson Show

    I recently was compelled to reread my copy of Heritage Foundation Guide to the United States Constitution because I thought I may have missed something in the chapter about Article II and the qualifications for President.  Nope- I was right all along.  I could not find any clause stating that a President had to have been previously elected to any office.  And although it has been | Read More »

    The Chances of Ted Cruz

    Power hungry.  Arrogant.  Unwilling to yield or compromise.  Self righteous.  Single-minded piety.  High intellect.  Brilliant with a hard edge.  Charisma.  Fearless.  Extremely smart.  All of these have been used to describe Texas .  There is likely a hint of truth in all these statements.  Detractors focus on the negatives while his supporters see them as strengths.  Say anything you want about the man, but he | Read More »

    Overcoming Paul (Ron, that is…)

    Kentucky looks to be a candidate for President in 2016 for the GOP.  Like the presumed choice of the more establishment Republican, Jeb Bush, this Paul must overcome his last name. Some political pundits find it interesting that the elder Paul is a pariah within the GOP.  A great degree of Ron Paul’s policies dovetail nicely with conservative Republican policies- smaller government, greater states rights, | Read More »

    The Perry Second Chance

    When Texas Governor Rick Perry opted not to run for another term, it became obvious that he was gearing up for another presidential run.  Since 2012, he has appeared at events in Iowa at least 33 times and, in fact, his campaign began almost the day after he bowed out of contention in 2012.  If we look over the history of both parties, we generally | Read More »

    The Rubio Factor

      has instructed his staff to proceed as if he will be a candidate for President in 2016.  This makes sense as gearing for a presidential run can be easily converted to another senatorial run in 2016.  Thus, this writer does not necessarily believe this is a signal that he will run.  I do, however, believe that he is looking into the possibility.  He recently | Read More »

    Gay Marriage in Alabama: Relax & Take a Deep Breath

    It seems that everyone here has their knickers in a twist because the US Supreme Court refused to extend a stay on a lower court ruling on gay marriage in Alabama.  Some are saying that this foretells the future since they have a case before them to be heard in April with a decision likely in June.  You need to understand this in perspective and | Read More »