- Posted May 16, 2014 by
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Kernels - Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16, 2014
Good evening. I am Mark Ivy. Welcome to the latest edition of Kernels From the Cornfield - No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks! News with a dash of commentarty to spice up your fare for the week of Monday, May 12th, through Friday, May 16th, 2014.
Due to various health concerns, Kernels has been dark for the past few weeks. I am hoping come Monday, May 19th, to return to my daily roundup of current events and news in the headlines along with my own perspective thrown in to the mix.
1. Crisis in the Ukraine - Following what is considered by most in the West as a fraudulent referendum to secede and join Russia in some areas of Eastern Urkaine, the crisis remains at loggerheads. Russian troops remain on the border threatening to invade and annex the pro-Russian portions of the country while the national government in Kiev continues to prepare for a vote for a new government on May 25th. Meanwhile the US and European Union have thrown on more sanctions on Russian individuals and a couple of small companies hoping to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin's rush to reconquer territory lost and return to the glory days of the old Soviet Union. This is not going to happen.
2. Southern California Burning - Southern California is on fire with five major outbreaks still out-of-control. Thousands have been displaced from their homes. One young man has been arrested and charged with arson. Hope springs for the weekend when the Santa Ana Winds give way to breezes blowing off the Pacific bringing in more moisture to the air. The extreme drought conditions and the high temperatures remain a sore spot ready to erupt into more wildfires. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow West Coasters.
3. Malaysia Flight 370 - We know today what we knew over a month ago when the airplane disappeared - absolutely nothing. Questions continue to swirl over whether the search is in the wrong place and whether the Malaysian government is trying to hide something from the families of the missing passengers and crew.
4. The Equality March - More and more judges keep striking down state bans on equality for all couples wishing to be legal in the eyes of the law. Arkansas, a bastion of the Bible Belt, is the latest state to see a judge declare a ban on same-gender marriage unconstitutional. Even here in the Cornfield, Indiana has been ordered to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in another state where the marriage is legal. Idaho is the most recent state to be told it is discriminating against gay and lesbian couples seeking legal recognition of their long-term relationships.
What I once thought was decades away is gaining traction and may be settled within the next five years. If the current trend continues and if as expected federal Appeals Courts concur, expect to see the Supreme Court giving its blessing to the legal recognition of same-gender unions sooner than later.
5. Scandal at the VA - CNN has revealed that 40 veterans died while waiting for treatment by the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The network has unearthed a common pattern at other VA hospitals of veterans being placed on secret waiting lists hiding the real wait time for care.
This is not right and borders on the criminal.
I concur with the Cornfield's own senior Senator Dan Coats who wrote to his constituents:
"As a veteran, I firmly believe our country has a duty to honor and support those who have sacrificed to protect and defend our country. Some issues must rise above politics and the care of our veterans tops the list.
"The reports out of Phoenix and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities are shocking, outrageous and completely unacceptable. Once all the facts are gathered, sweeping changes must be made at this agency. Right now, the credibility of the entire VA health and benefits system is on the line. Along with addressing allegations of abuse, the excessive delays at VA facilities, including those faced by many Hoosiers, must be eliminated.
"While resignations from top leadership may be necessary, the real problem facing the VA is a culture of mismanagement and indifference to the needs of veterans. The VA must refocus and reorganize to ensure that America’s veterans are receiving the care and support they deserve."
6. A Silver Spoon, But Definetly Not Sterling - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. But the NBA and its governors are dragging their feet in a rapid conclusion to this national embarassment. Now it seems that the NBA may be under a legal threat of its own of violating anti-trust statutes. We do need to be more tolerant of each other. We do need to put racism and all forms of discrimination and bigotry in a hole and buried. Sadly, ignorance continues to run rampant in far too many humans and passed on through the gene pool. Here's hoping this fire that has burned for too long is either soon extinguished or contained and put out of sight.
7. Remembering Ground Zero - On Thursday, May 15th, the 9-11 Memorial and Museum was dedicated at Ground Zero in New York City. As I watched and listened to the well executed and solemn ceremony, the memories of that fateful day which changed life as we knew it more than a decade ago came rushing through my mind. The horror of it all was as vivid as it was so many years ago and seemed like it had happened just yesterday.
You can catch my full reflection of the tragedy which lost more than 3,000 lives by reading: Lest We Forget - 9/11 (http://fromthecornfield.com/blog1.php/lest-we-forget-9-12) at From the Cornfield (http://fromthecornfield.com).
That's what caught my attention for the week of Monday, May 12th, through Friday, May 16th, 2014.
Tune in Monday, May 19, for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy. Good evening.
Kernels From the Cornfield - No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks! News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for the week of May 12 through May 16, 2014.
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