Islamic State’s Apocalyptic Vision

General Martin Dempsey stated recently that because the Islamic State group is motivated by an ‘apocalyptic, end of days strategic vision’ the United States and a coalition of partners must confront it ‘head on’ in Syria. ((Dempsey Hits Islamic Militant End of Days Vision. AP Aug. 22, 2014. Available: http://news.yahoo.com/dempsey-hits-islamic-militant-end-days-vision-120301204.html)) This has helped me to…

Conversation Fracked Up at Areday 2014 Summit

If you watched the conversation between Origin Oil’s Riggs Eckelberry and T. Boone Pickens, ((On Stage with T. Boone Pickens. Originoil.com. Available: http://www.originoil.com/ceos-update/on-stage-with-t-boone-pickens))you might have thought it was curious that Pickens ended the segment by asking how much the company’s stock was selling for. Of course as founder of B.P. Capital, which owns 46% interest…

Your Way or the Highway

According to a recent article by Matt Bai, ((Bai, Matt, The scourge of small-money politics. Yahoo News, Aug. 7, 2014. Available: http://news.yahoo.com/the-scourge-of-small-money-politics-083659479.html)) it’s not only the influential members of society that we have to worry about.  We have to worry about ourselves. Apparently, if you get enough of us together, we can be influential in…

Anglicans versus U.S. Conservatives: 1-0

  Responding appropriately to the Church of England’s decision to ordain female bishops is complicated. In the case of the Mormon Church, I couldn’t see how a movement to ordain women would have a good effect on female members. However, the Church of England’s case is different in several ways and there are factors that…

Argentina Fights for Its Life

U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Griesa called a hearing on Friday to discuss the case of Argentina and the vulture funds. In this hearing, Griesa reaffirmed his ruling of June 16 favoring the vulture funds. He also said that Daniel Pollack would continue as mediator. However, he did not clarify what would become of the frozen…