Rich Galen

The Kurds are predominantly Sunni, but for most their ethnicity is more important than their branch of Islam.

More complexity: Ramadan began on Saturday (U.S. time) meaning that the faithful among the world's 1.2 billion Muslims will be observing the major rules of the holy month through approximately July 28.

The major rules include no eating, drinking or smoking during the daylight hours. In the northern hemisphere the lunar calendar's march backward toward the summer solstice means the days are very, very long.

That tends to make many Muslims extremely cranky long about five in the afternoon.

ISIS (also known as ISIL) is a Sunni-based offshoot of al-Qaida, but according to the Voice of America, the child is attempting to push the parent off the stage:

"In the winter, al-Qaida's top leadership disowned ISIL and its mercurial leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - a slap down for refusing to obey orders and for his ambition to carve a borderless caliphate across the Levant taking in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and even Lebanon."

Thus, we might be looking at the two major terrorist organizations going to war with one another. That might be a good thing were it not for the possibility that one of the battles might be which can create more havoc in the West.

This is having an effect on your wallet. According to AAA the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline this weekend was $3.678 per gallon. A year ago that was $3.501. In California the price of a gallon of regular is $4.102. Premium is $4.32.

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at