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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.

    Good evening!

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