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Kernels - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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 Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.
1. What's for Dinner? - All the major news organizations are reporting blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Even your ever-diligent Kernels is ladling up blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Throwing in a pinch of salt and pepper now and then, we are still being fed blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
With that said, here's your daily regimen of blah.
2. Police Powers Curbed - Unanimously, the Supreme Court ruled today that your cell phone is sacrosanct. If police want to start scrolling through call history or anything else on your mobile device, they must obtain a search warrant.
With so much of our lives now being stored on the handheld piece of electronics, it is not surprising that the Supremes ruled as the 4th Amendment requires to prevent unreasonable searches and seizures.
3. Play then Pay - In another decision, the Supremes told Aereo that if the company wants to play broadcast network programs, the company has to pay. Technological advances doesn't rub out copyright protections.
4. 'Let Them Eat Cake' - Sounding like Marie Antoinette, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today ruled out a unity government of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. His country may be burning and going up in smoke, but he's not about to share power or play nice with others.
So what if half the country now is under control of the opposition. That's no reason to reach an accord that will keep the country together.
Besides Maliki has Iran, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and even the US of A propping up his tinhorn dictatorship.
For those who didn't catch it earlier today, alledgedly Syrian war planes bombed ISIS areas near the border inside Iraq killing civilians. Syria - that's the nation embroiled in a civil war in which our government is supporting the rebels against that government.
We already heard that two battalions of Iran's Quud force were in Iraq. Today we are hearing that Iran is flying surveillance drones in the neighboring country as well.
Cut the apron strings!
Let Maliki twist in the wind.
5. Ready for Pasture? - Apparently not.
Republican Senator Thad Cochran beat back a challenge from Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel in Mississippi Tuesday by reaching out to all voters - mainly black Democrats - to put him over the top.
And in New York's Harlem district, it looks as if Charlie Rangel has won a ride back to Capitol Hill even though his primary challenger is refusing to concede.
6. Economic Shrinkage - Blame the weather if you want, but it is being reported that the US economy shrank 2.9% for the first quarter of 2014.
That's the most dismal the economy has been since 2009.
The stock market, however, continues on its merry way. It shrugged, then seemed to say who cares about the GDP.
Many Americans are still not feeling the economy has turned the corner for the better.
7. Suing the President - House Speaker John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, announced that he will be going to court to get the third branch of government, the Judiciary, to weigh in on the President's misuse of his Executive Branch authority to go around the Legislative Branch.
Generally the courts have been reluctant to step in such feuds between its two co-equal branches of government. Generally the Judiciary expects the Legislative and Executive to knock heads until a compromise is reached.
8. Equality in the Cornfield? - Could it be true or am I only dreaming?
Did a federal judge strike down Indiana's law barring equality to long-term, same-gender couples?
US District Judge Richard Young ruled the Hoosier law violated guarantees of equal protection and due process. The judge refused to stay his order, which is making same-gender marriages legal immediately in the Cornfield.
Also the 10th District US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Utah's ban on equality is unconstitutional, confirming a federal judge's ruling back in December. This is the same court which will rule on the constitutionality of Oklahoma's ban on equality which was also struck down by a federal judge.
Utah is appealing the latest ruling directly to the Supreme Court.
9. Stripped? - The Russian Parliament is reported to have stripped President Valdimir Putin of the authority to use force in and against Ukraine. Naturally, Putin's people are saying he asked the Parliament to do that.
10. Pulling a Pharoah - Reminiscent of Pharoah first telling Moses to lead the descendants of Jacob out of Egypt only to change his mind and try to stop the Exodus with his chariots and horses, the Sundanese government, which released a woman who had been sentenced to death for being a Christian, re-arrested the woman and her husband at the airport as they were leaving the country.
Will a new international outcry rise to the heavens and Sudan once more agree to let her go?
That's what caught my attention for Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.
Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy.