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                  Justice Scalia Dies at 79: On Saturday, February 13th, Justice Antonin Scalia failed to

                     attend breakfast at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas. He died, presumably, in his

                     sleep and of natural causes, according to County Judge Cinderela Guevera. Senate

                     majority leader Mitch McConnell (R - KY) said Sunday that it should be up to the voters

                    to decide in November who the next Supreme Court Justice should be. That would leave

                     nine months with a 4-4 panel -- 4 liberal judges, and 4 conservative -- which would

                     effectively introduce gridlock to the last remaining holdout. Ted Cruz has echoed

                    Rubio's comments, and he sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee -- the first stop any

                     potential nominee would make on the road to confirmation. The 2016 presidential ante

                     has, unbelievably, just been upped.   

 

                   • "We're in danger of driving this into the dirt": That quote was from a CBS moderator of

                     the umpteenth Republican debate, held Saturday evening. I almost exclusively read the

                     Economist for US political news -- it's a solid outside-the-fish-bowl perspective. The

                    sub-title of the article read: "A deplorable evening for the Republican party." With

                    Kasich, Rubio, and Bush eying make-or-break primaries, this was their last chance to

                    make waves on national television. The result was a bar fight. From Ted Cruz's insistence

                     that President Obama should ignore his constitutional duty of appointing a Justice on

                     the Supreme Court, to Donald Trump's claims that former-president George W. Bush

                     caused 9/11, it was a debate that I'm sure any level-headed conservative wish never

                     happened.

 

                   • Panda Watch 2016: The New Hampshire Primary results from last week mirrored the

                     polls pretty closely: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won in landslide fashion. For

                     the Republicans: Trump won 10 delegates, Kasich 4, and Cruz, Bush and Rubio all

                     garnering 3 delegates. For the Democrats: Sanders won 15 delegates, and Clinton 9;

                     however, the super-delegate situation in NH changes the results for the Democrats a

                     bit. The Democratic Party has a wonky system in place where superdelegates can decide

                     on whom to bestow their coveted votes. After accounting for this nonsense, Sanders

                     won 13 delegates to Clinton's 15. Democracy and stuff.

 

                     Here's how the polls look going into South Carolina, like any of this matters:

 

                                                        Democrats                                            Republicans

                   South Carolina:     Clinton 59%; Sanders 40%                Trump 42%; Cruz 20%; Rubio 15%

 

 

                   On a Quasi-political Note: I watched an interview with John Oliver, host of HBO's Last

                     Week Tonight, on CBS This Morning from last April. For those of you unfamiliar with

                     the show, I highly recommend it. Oliver delivers a potent brand of comedy to political

                     satire without straying too far from the facts. The hosts of CBS This Morning, which

                     include, among others, Charlie Rose, seemed almost afraid of Oliver's success with the

                     new show -- there are a multitude of young people watching Last Week Tonight and not

                     watching anything related to CBS. In addition to cutting through the palpable

                     awkwardness, Mr. Oliver provided concise, intelligent answers to the thoughtless

                     questions.

 

 

     What’s Relevant?

                   We are now officially within the throes of election season. With highly publicized stories

                     about superdelegates and a toothless victory in New Hampshire for presidential hopeful

                     Bernie Sanders, lots of people are scratching their heads. The lunacy of the DNC's process

                     for handing out delegates is a blight on our democracy. But a collective shrug takes place,

                     and then it's back to the grind-stone. It's even difficult for us to stay up-beat and positive.

                     I do want to take a moment to reflect on the fact that Donald Trump has won his first

                     primary. I did not see this day coming. Clearly, tensions are high. The mood of the

                     electorate can be accurately described as angry.

 

                     Mitch McConnell and the Republican powers that be in Washington are so preoccupied

                     with rejecting any Supreme Court nominee that they probably forgot to eat breakfast

                     this morning. Not only is this stupid (republicans are said to be die-hard

                     constitutionalists), but it raises the stakes even higher for the 2016 Panda Wat... I mean,

                     presidential race. What if a non-republican wins the election? Whoops. 

 

 

Foreign Affairs

 

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                   • After Ramadi, More US Help Needed: If you have been reading my comments or articles

                     recently many of them focus on what it takes to win the war against ISIS. This opinion

                     article from News Week gives a good perspective on how long and difficult this process

                     is. I lived in Ramadi for a year and I still remember the long path it took for the city to

                     have some resemblance of peace. I was encouraged by the news when they said that the

                     city was liberated from ISIS. All that being said, There is a long process to liberating a city

                     and holding that city, we aren’t even talking about an entire country yet. All those

                     politicians whose plan is to make the sand glow are ignorant on the long and arduous

                     process that it takes to win a war. Even in Iraq, the first step was setting up a

                     comprehensible, non-corrupt, and competent government. That may be difficult for us

                     to promote in other countries when we cannot manage that in the US.

 

                   • Time to Welcome Russia As Partner in War to Destroy Daesh -- Mr. Trump: Believe me

                     when I say that I am not a fan of the Trumpkin. Before I start, I must say he is a turd.

                     Now that I got that out of the way, I do find this thought process interesting. This article

                     does not go into too many details about what Don’s thought process was when he made

                     those statements. Sometimes it’s hard to know if he knows what he is talking about or if

                     he just says things that pop into his comb over. This is a decent idea though. Since

                     Russia has had both political ties and weapons sales to the Syrian Government

                     throughout history, I believe there is no better fighting force to deal with Syria than

                     Russia. Putin is scary I know and Russia is looking for new and interesting ways to get

                     back into the international spotlight again, who knows what successful Russian

                     anti-terrorism operations will mean in the international political long-term will mean?

                     However, they are closer to the fight and have more invested in a stable Syria than the

                     US does, so why not give them the reigns? Let the Russians spend the money and the

                     resources with US oversight. It may be a very reasonable short-term solution.

 

                   • Government Slaps Unilateral Sanctions on North Korea: “Oh no Japan has put sanctions

                     on us,” said no one in the North Korean government. So far I have never seen anything

                     keep North Korea from doing whatever they want. They take a break, every now and

                     then, from doing nuclear testing but ultimately the only government that will convince

                     them that they need to stop is China. If you read the article China is stalling the U.N.

                     from international sanctions. So it is unlikely that we will see any decrease in nefarious

                     activities from North Korea. It is hard to say how much of this activity is a legitimate

                     threat. I suppose to South Korea it is all legit. However, as far as America is concerned

                     the best we can do is keep international talks moving forward in the direction of doing

                     something. Sanctions have very little effect on Kim Jong Un; he is still as fat as ever.

 

 

 

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