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    Kernels - Monday, June 16th, 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 commentary to spice up your fare for Monday, June 16th, 2014.

    As you may have noticed Kernels has been dark for over a week due to  some flare-ups with my health and another procedure from which I am  still recovering.

    That doesn't mean I haven't been reading, listening, watching and closely paying attention to the headlines and current events.

    During this time period, at times it seems that the world has erupted  like Mount Vesuvius destroying Pompeii. The violence, the upheavals, the  crises have been literally earth-shaking at times.

    1. Across  the US of A we have seen instances of individuals going berserk, killing  and maiming from Oregon to Nevada to California to the Carolinas.  Irrational behavior resulting in murder and mayhem has been rampant.

    The  spotlight has once more focused in on the weapon rather than the root  cause and dealing realistically with mental health concerns. (Cast Away Stigma of Mental Illness)

    Remember laws are passed to keep honest people honest. Those of the  criminal element don't care how many laws are passed. Those with a  psychological break have no concept of right and wrong.

    2. The  nightmare of veterans being mistreated by insufferable waits and dying  in Arizona has turned out to be the tip of an ice berg of monumental  proportions capable of sinking a thousand Titanics.

    Meanwhile  both chambers of Congress were able to unite across party and  ideological divides to zero in on keeping America's promise to those men  and women who have donned the uniform. (Cornfield Lawmakers Unite to Support Veterans)

    3. Children are fleeing from poverty and atrocities in Central and  South America. These youngsters are dashing for the US border with hopes  of being picked up by the Border Patrol and sent to relatives living in  the States.

    Yet  oozing out of this tragic situation are tales of abuse and human  trafficking as well. Questions of why parents are sending their children  north on a wing and a prayer to uncertainty.

    Is  life so bad, so unbearable that parents think, no matter the danger,  life in the US of A in detention is better than life in their home  country?

    4. We have seen the political arena turned on end as  the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives was felled by a gnat  landing on a mighty oak. Acorns fell across the spectrum. (Cantor's Sin - Morality Tale for Hillary, Other Politicians?)

    With Eric Cantor's defeat, legislation to secure the border, deal with  the influx of desperate children, fix the immigration system has died on  the vine until a new crop arrives in Washington DC next year.

    5. One computer on an intranet connected through a local area network - a network - crashes and two years of emails are lost?

    Sounds like smoke and mirrors and a lot of CYA by the IRS and Lois Lerner.

    I have a bridge with beach front property for sale in the Arizona desert for a song too.

    Shadows of "All the President's Men"?


    6. Ukraine is fighting back as Russian tanks roll across the border. The world has moved on to something shinier - Iraq.

    7. The joy of the last American prisoner of war being released and  returned to the US of A has become a quagmire of political pointing  fingers. Questions abound about how Bowe Bergdahl was captured.  President Barack Obama admits to breaking the law, but states exigent  circumstances, while Congress fumes. (No Surprise - The President Could Not Wait)

    8. Iraq is going up in smoke - literally. The Islamic State of Iraq and  Syria (ISIS), which already controls a swath of Syria, is marching on  Baghdad and seized a third or more of the nation. ISIS, an offshoot of  Al Qaeda, is so depraved and bloodthirsty that even the parent group has  denounced its ferocity and evil.

    The President who campaigned  before his first term on a pledge to withdraw US forces from Iraq and  end the nearly 10-year second Gulf war, now is in a dilemma wondering  when to once more involve America's military might in the Desert to  thwart the march of ISIS.

    Even  direct talks with Iran, a member of the Axis of Evil, is on the agenda.  US warships are moving into position for what seems to be inevitable.

    What is the world coming too?

    Word just in:  Adding to the 100 troops already sent to Baghdad to help transport  Americans out of harm's way, the President, in compliance with the War  Powers Act, has sent a letter to Congress stating he is deploying 275  soldiers to the besieged capitol who will remain until the all clear is  signaled.

    So much for the vow last Friday of "no boots on the ground".

    What is the world coming too?

    So much for wars winding down.

    So much for Al Qaeda and jihadists on the run.

    So much for peace in our time.

    One lesson seems for sure: health or no health when Kernels goes dark  the evil that lurks begins its maniacal dance of destruction.

    That's what caught my attention for Monday, June 16th, 2014.

    Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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