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Kernels - Friday, June 27, 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 Friday, June 27th, 2014.
1. Norte Rio Grande - A Mexican police helicopter entered into US airspace in Arizona early this morning firing shots near US Border Guards. The Mexican government apologized and said it was a mistake. No one was injured and it is not known who the Mexican authorities may have been chasing. The area is known to have drug cartel activity.
2. Droning On - Armed US military drones are now flying the not-so-friendly skies over Baghdad. This is on top of reports that Iraq is buying fighter jets from Russia which may require Russian pilots to operate.
In the meantime the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to grab territory and take more control of the nation at war with itself.
Looks like the Kurds in the northern autonomous region are preparing to proclaim a Kurdish state independent of unity with Iraq.
The question remains: Why are we bothering to meddle when the Iraqi Shiite government continues to align with those not so favorable to the US or to our ideals of liberty?
Did you hear about the addditional 1,000 Marines joining the other 1,000 Marines on standby in the Persian Gulf?
3.Nervous Saudis - With ISIS continuing to take ground in Iraq the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is beginning to worry about when ISIS or other terrorists organizations may set sight on the home of Islam's holiest of holies.
5. Tragedy or Homicide? - It's beginning to look like a father who "forgot" his almost two-year-old son in a hot car while he worked may not have been an accident after all, but rather a homicide.
Information found on the computer used by the toddler's father, Justin Ross Harris, who has been arrested on a charge of murder, indicate that someone did a search on how long it takes animals to die in hot cars.
It is not known whether it was Harris or someone else who conducted the internet searches or when those searches occurred.
Part of me wants to believe this was a tragic accident in Georgia. Another part of me wonders how a father could forget his son in a car seat in a closed vehicle for eight hours while he worked.
6. Lost, But Found - The strange tale of a 12-year-old boy lost for two weeks then found in his father's basement after the house and basement had been searched repeatedly by Detroit Police and the FBI is becoming more bizarre all the time.
Now the story is his step-mother may have been abusing the boy. The step-mother has now been arrested for a probation violation unrelated to the boy's disapperance.
The story seems incredulous, but kids, especially boys, have been known to pull some pretty talented stunts. Was this a stunt or a plea for attention?
7. Not Giving Up - Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel who tried to upset Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran in a coup attempt during the GOP run-off election Tuesday is vowing to fight on and not cede the floor. McDaniel is crying, "Foul", over Cochran reaching out to black Democrats to put him over the top in the open run-off election.
Time for McDaniel to step back and wait until the next door opens rather than nailing the door shut by refusing to bow to the voters.
A former McDaniel campaign worker has apparently committed suicide after being exposed in a conspiracy to take candid pictures of Cochran's invalid wife.
8. Cornfield Equality - My life-partner of nearly 10 years, Iohn, and I decided Thursday to take advantage of the change in status to seek legal recognition of our relationship on Saturday.
This morning Iohn called the Clerk of Court's office to insure the county was complying with the judge's ruling. The person in the Clerk's office on the other end of the line told Iohn that the county would issue a license to a same-gender couple, BUT the county did not have the "right paperwork" to do so.
Read the full story: Creative Way to Say 'No' to Equality.
Check out my position on the issue: Equality - Where I Stand.
9. Tug of War - President Barack Obama and the Congress - especially the Republican-controlled House of Representatives - are involved in an intense contest of Tug of War. It's the classic battle that has raged since the beginning of the Republic between the Legislative and Executive Branches.
The current tussle is the Executive Branch (the President) trying to legislate through excutive orders while the Legislative Branch (the House) attemtping to administrate the departments and bureaucracies under the President.
Time for the President to concentrate on executing the legislation enacted by Congress as written, passed and signed into law. Time for the Congress to work together, write and pass legislation for the good of the country and leave it to the President to faithfully execute those laws.
True the President was spanked by the third branch, the Judiciary, Thursday for acting unconstitutionally by trying to dictate to the Legislature what is and isn't a recess. The Judiciary, however, hates to get involved in these high-testosterone beefs.
There are constitutional questions, which the recess appointments were, and then there are political questions. Most of what we are seeing play out falls directly into the political arena.
Find a way to work together or voters (those who actually pay attention and vote) may get fed up and neither Executive or Legislative will be happy.
As People's Court Judge Marilyn Millian would say, "It's time for a little rough justice" from the voters.
10. Ask and They Will Vote - If the Republican Party is serious about reaching out beyond just old, white folk and winning elections and a shot at the White House, it would behoove the Grand Old Party to listen up.
Right or wrong, Cochran had the right idea in Mississippi. If you want the black vote or any other minority or segment of society, you have to get out into the neighborhoods and ask for the vote.
McDaniels has it wrong to be complaining that because Cochran went out and knocked on the doors of black, traditionally Democratic voters, doors the Senator tainted the party's vote.
No, Cochran was expanding the party.
Many voters, everywhere, either stay home or vote a party line simply because no one bothered to stop by and make them feel their vote mattered.
Republicans, want the vote? Then ask. Get out into the communities and prove you appreciate every vote.
Democrats don't get too comfortable and assume you have a given demographic's vote sewn up. You also have to stay in touch.
That's what caught my attention for Friday, June 27th, 2014.
Tune in Monday for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy.
THIS JUST IN at 9:25 p.m.: Mexico denies firing shots from helicopter.