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    Kernels - Thursday, June 19, 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 Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

    1. Boots on the Ground - Don't be fooled by the terminology being used.  When President Barack Obama announced today that he is sending up to  300 members of special forces into Iraq as advisers and not in a combat  role, he went back on his vow to put "no boots on the ground" last week.

    Read my full take: It IS 'Boots on the Ground'.

    2. Lessons We Should Have Learned - Returning to Iraq after pulling the troops out in 2011 has me asking: Did We Learn Anything from Viet Nam?

    It also has me wondering if what we are seeing play out now in the  Persian Gulf may be a foreshadowing of what may be on the horizon once  we pull US forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

    3.  Guard Change - The Republican caucus in the US House of Representatives  voted today to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with  House GOP Whip California Congressman Kevin McCarthy. That opened up the  #3 spot which went to Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.

    With  the change in the guard, which left Ohio's John Boehner in place as  House Speaker, don't expect to see much change in how the caucus  conducts its business. Gridlock will go on.

    4. Do as I Say NOT  as I Do - If there is anywhere in the world to be safe, secure and free  of contamination threat, you would think it would be the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

    That's another belief shattered.

    It is being reported that up to 75 scientists were exposed today to  live anthrax. If so, these scientists may have be facing pain and even  death in the coming days. Other staff, the families and the public are  not at risk, according to the CDC.

    5. What Was He Smoking? -  Former Montana Governor, and hoping to snag the Democratic crown from  Hillary Clinton, Brian Schweitzer is anything but dull and boring.  Schweitzer is reported to have honed in on his "gaydar" and pronounced  that Southern men are "effeminate" and that alarm bells go off when  seeing outgoing Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor.


    I think Billy Bob, Bocephus and Bubba might take offense at the idea.  I'm sure there are many of the "good ole boys" who would be happy to set  Schweitzer "straight".

    By the way, Governor, usually it is gay people who possess "gaydar". Trying to tell us something?

    Schweitzer has reportedly now apologized for his remarks using social media.

    6. Under the Radar - NATO announced today that it had detected Russia  increasing the number of troops and more activity on its border with  Ukraine.

    While  the world is distracted by what is happening in the Persian Gulf, could  Russian President Vladimir Putin be planning to move in and annex more  territory under the excuse of protecting those of Russian ethnicity?

    7. Out of the Water! Jaws Returns! - Did you hear about a one-ton shark  headed toward the coast of Texas? So much for my plans to visit  Galveston Island this summer. The shark was recently spotted 100 miles  off the western coast of Florida, but headed to Texas.

    8. He  Can't Wait - Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a page out of President  Obama's playbook. Perry announced today his state could not wait for  Congress and the federal government to get its act together to deal with  the human tragedy occurring along its border with Mexico. Perry is  stepping up police patrols and involvement along the border to deal with  the onrush of illegal immigrants pouring over the border.

    This of course is much like the President using executive orders because he won't wait on Congress to act.

    9. Hands in the Cookie Jar? - Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott  Walker, who beat back a recall attempt a couple of years ago and is said  to have White House aspirations, has been charged with violating  campaign finance laws today. Walker is being accused of being a part of a  nationwide scheme to use illegal means to raise campaign funds. Walker  maintains his innocence.

    Walker is up for re-election.

    So was the Governor caught with his hands in the cookie jar or is it sour grapes over Walker repelling the recall attempt?

    10.  Equality in the Church? - The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted today to  allow its ministers to conduct same-gender marriages in those states  where it is legal. The measure still must be approved by the majority of  the 172 presbyteries across the nation.

    That's what caught my attention for Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

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

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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