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Attorney General Merrick Garland listens to a question as he leaves the podium after speaking at the Justice Department Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Welcome to the Banana Republic of America

- The Washington Times

In 2010 the West African country of Ivory Coast held an election. Their then-incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo was unhappy with the outcome, a loss to his challenger, current President Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo refused to leave the palace, surrounding himself with troops, some of whom were killed in the ensuing brouhaha. Eventually, Gbagbo was arrested by pro-Ouattara troops, who extradited Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity. The legal proceedings went on for eight years. Ironically President Ouattara is currently serving his third term as President and is considering running for a fourth despite the Ivory Coast Constitution appearing to limit any president to two terms. Whoever is in charge simply makes up the rules as they go along.

FILE - Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that's been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The Supreme Court and baseball: You can't just make up the rules

I have been an avid Kansas City Royals fan since boyhood. It has not always been easy, as the Royals have made the playoffs only twice since 1985. This year is sadly typical by Royals standards. They currently have the third-worst record in all of Major League Baseball (MLB). My love for the organization continues nonetheless.

Anti-scaling fencing is seen outside the Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Supreme Court: Worst case scenario

Nine Justices sit on the United States Supreme Court. Whenever a sitting justice either voluntarily retires or passes away, a vacancy on the court is recognized. The President of the United States nominates someone to fill the vacant seat, with the advice and consent of the US Senate. A nomination to the Court is considered to be official when the Senate receives a signed nomination letter from the President. Once the Senate has held hearings and investigated the qualifications of the nominee, they vote and if a majority is in favor, the person is approved and takes his or her place on the highest court in the land.

FILE - This Jan. 11, 2020 file image made from video shows Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said in Muscat, Oman. Oman's sultan on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, named foreign and finance ministers for the first time, putting officials in positions long wielded by his late predecessor. (Oman TV via AP)

Vacation in the Middle East? Absolutely yes.

When many Americans hear a generic reference to "The Middle East" their immediate impression may be one of war and/or challenging circumstances. The last two U.S. generations have heard endless tragic stories of American hostages, "death to America" chants from Iran, the war in Iraq and a never-ending dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians. The impression of trouble in the region runs deep.