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    Kernels - Tuesday, June 17th, 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 Tuesday, June 17th, 2014.

    1. It's About Time! - Ahmed abu Khattalah, alleged leader of the  September 11th, 2012 raid on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi,  Libya, which resulted in the murder of four Americans including the US  Ambassador, has been captured. He is currently aboard a US war ship  being questioned.

    As the mother of one of the slain Americans asked today, "What took so long?"

    My question: Why now?

    Could it be because a CNN/ORC poll revealed that six in 10 Americans  are dissatisfied with the way the Benghazi terrorist attack and  investigation has been handled?

    Could it be because 61% of Americans think the Administration has been dishonest?

    2. No Mystery - Anyone who watched the CNN town hall with former First  Lady, former New York Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton can attest, contrary to her denial that she's not made a  decision, Hillary is running for President until she's not. There's no  doubt about it.

    3. Speaking of Hillary - During the town hall  today, Hillary said she's still looking for answers to the Benghazi  tragedy. This raises the inquiry of why she is still looking when she  told US Senators, "At this point, what difference does it make?"

    Because it always made a difference - then and now. That is why.

    4. Time to Go - It is evident, as the US moves closer and closer to  being sucked in again in Iraq, it is way passed time for Shiite dictator  Nuri al-Maliki to go. There can be no peace and no unity in Iraq as  long as he stays in power.

    Highlighting the need for Maliki to  step aside are reports that the Iraqi military executed some 40 Sunni  prisoners last night. This is the same tactic that the Islamic State in  Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is guilty of doing and which a United Nations  official says is a war crime.

    5. Shooting Craps - As President  Barack Obama meets with his National Security Council and members of the  Congressional leadership to weigh the options to deal with the crisis  in Iraq, it is like shooting craps in Las Vegas. You never know what a  roll of the dice may turn up.

    This is a time when the old saying is apt: Damned if we do and damned if we don't.

    Maybe we shouldn't have "reassessed" that red line.

    6. The Enemy of My Enemy - With Iran being the main Shia stronghold and  backer of Shiites worldwide, the Persian country is sending troops to  prop up fellow Shiite Maliki against the insurgence of ISIS which has  support from the Sunni tribes.

    This  is leading to accusations that the home of Sunnism, Saudi Arabia, is  fomenting the insurrection in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates.

    The attacking ISIS and Sunni forces are now within 40 miles of the nation's capitol.

    The US has had no direct dealings with Iran since the 1979 capture of  the US Embassy in Tehran and the taking of our American personnel and  families hostage. For over three decades Iran has been the enemy.

    Now  in a twist of fate to battle and repel the Al Qaeda-inpired ISIS, the  US and Iran are talking strategy to defeat the terror group's march on  Baghdad.

    In the meantime, Iran continues to pursue a nuclear bomb unimpeded.

    7. Yesterday's Crisis - What has slipped from the headlines, Ukrainians  are mourning 49 lives lost when a military plane was shot down by  Russian separatists as European leaders complain to Moscow.

    People  are asking how to cook since Russian natural gas giant, Gazprom, cut  off the flow as the Ukraine, Russia and the company couldn't come to  terms on payment.

    But that's yesterday's crisis.

    8.  Red States Versus EPA - Don't be surprised to find Red States, not just  coal states, mounting legal challenges to the EPA's announced new  regulations that will reduce carbon emissions while raising the cost of  electricity, laying off workers and closing power plants.

    Louisiana  Governor Bobby Jindal is threatening legal action. Texas Governor Rick  Perry says the EPA is acting unconstitutionally.

    In  the Cornfield, a major coal state, our leadership plans to fight the  EPA to save jobs and keep costs lower while still working towards lower  carbon emissions.

    All of these elected officials and their  constituents are for clean air and water. They just want to do so in  what they believe is a rational and logical way which has less of an  economic impact.

    9. It Wasn't Kansas But - Remember in The  Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and Toto were caught up by a twister and  transported to the Land of Oz from their Kansas farm country?

    The only real casualty then was when the house fell on the wicked witch.

    It took me back to 1976. I was crossing southern Texas returning from  Galveston to my home in Leesville, Louisiana. To the south and right of  me was the Gulf of Mexico where a hurricane was moving onto shore. The  waves were already lapping across the beach and turning the highway into  a waterway. I looked north to my left to see three tornadoes setting  down on the flat land.

    Scary times.

    My heart and thoughts go out to Nebraskans who died and those who survived, but left destitute.

    10. Rest in Peace - To the fans and admirers as well as the surviving  family, prayers and thoughts on the passing of Baseball Hall of Famer  Tony Gwynn and American icon, radio host and voice artist, Casey Kasem,  who lost their fights to disease. May they rest in peace.

    11. Pump Check - Hope your gas tank is full. With Iraq burning gas prices are soon to soar.

    This past Friday, I filled up Iohn's van when the price was $3.68 per  gallon. A mere hour passed and the price had jumped 27 cents to $3.95  per gallon. Today it is at $3.84.

    Don't be surprised to find the pump price to jump well beyond $4 if the smoke doesn't clear soon in the Persian Gulf.

    That's what caught my attention for Tuesday, June 17th, 2014.

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

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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