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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.