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    Kernels - Monday, July 7, 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 Monday, July 7th, 2014.

    1. Not in My Backyard - Swamping news coverage across the Cornfield and  across the nation is the issue of immigration. The nation seems to be  seeing a plague of xenophobia sweeping across the land.

    Southern border governors are fuming. The President is trying to use executive orders. Congress can't agree.

    On one hand we have a humanitarian crisis with the influx of  unaccompanied children crossing from Central America, through Mexico,  landing in the US and turning themselves in to Border Guards.

    Under  the law signed by President George W. Bush, these children cannot just  be turned around and kicked out. The children must either be placed with  relatives in the US of A or detained until arrangements may be made to  return the children to their home countries.

    The children are  actually a separate issue from immigration reform. The children from  Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are coming legally under the 2008  law. The Administration is following the law determining which children  to send to relatives and which to return to their home country.

    Protests in places such as Murrieta, California are misplacing their  anger at the children being shipped to detention centers rather than  where the anger, the frustration should be directed - at the door of  every Representative, every Senator and at the White House.

    President Barack Obama is traveling to Texas this week, but at this time  looks like he will not be accepting Governor Rick Perry's invitation to  tour the border and see for himself the problem. Optically, this might  not be in the President's best interest to not visit the border.

    It's passed time for the adults to join the discussion, send the kids to their rooms, and find a workable solution.

    2. Capitol City Violence - Three police officers will be laid to rest  this week in the Hoosier State. Two were killed over the weekend. One  was in Gary and the other in Indianapolis.

    Speaking of  Indianapolis, the Cornfield's capitol seems to be in a contest to become  the violence and murder capitol of the nation.

    The number of  shootings and the number of officers being targeted has reached alarming  levels that haven't been seen since the unrest in Gary a couple of  decades ago.

    At least, Indy was spared the tragedy of Chicago  over the Fourth of July weekend when 14 people were killed and over 80  were injured.

    To think the city and Illinois have some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

    3. Caught in the Squeeze - An American teenager visiting relatives in  the West Bank was caught in the escalating violence. The teenager, again  an American citizen, was beaten by Israeli police.

    Things are beyond getting out of hand.

    Emotions are flaring and flames of war are becoming larger and larger. Hamas shelling Israel. Israel bombing the Gaza.

    How long before Lebanon and Jordan are drawn into the no-win war?

    4. We Should Have Known - The level and scope of spying on ordinary  Americans by the National Security Agency, according to The Washington  Post, is even worse than we thought. Reportedly 90% of the information  being collected falls into what is known as "incidental collection".

    That is 9 out of 10 of those whom the NSA was spying on were not  targets, were not foreigners, were not doing anything other than using  the internet or their cell phones.

    You have to read it for yourself to see just how bad and how damaging to our constitutional liberty the NSA programs are.

    Visit The Washington Post (http://washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-  nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-  foreigners-who-are/2014/07/05/8139adf8-045a-11e4-8572-  4b1b969b6322_story.html) for all the details.

    5. California  Here I Stay Away - Can you believe the video of the California Highway  Patrolman (CHIP) beating a woman over and over in the face in the middle  of a highway?

    What is up with California police officers beating people?

    Remember Kelly Thomas?

    Doesn't sound like a place I want to visit any time soon.

    The officer has been place on administrative leave pending the outcome  of an investigation into the incident. The California Highway Patrol  says there is more to the story than what is seen in the video.

    6. Call to Allegiance - Seems the want-to-be Caliph of the new Islamic  Caliphate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the seldom seen leader of the Islamic  State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is believed to be the star of a video  shot in Mosul delivering a sermon at a mosque. Baghdadi called for the  faithful to rise up and to pledge allegiance to the new caliphate.

    It is not known for sure if the man in the video actually is Baghdadi.

    Intelligence analysts are studying the video to not only determine if  who the man is who they think he is, but if there may have been coded  messages to sleeper cells to wake up and begin warring activity in  Baghdad.

    7. It's Over - Well, that's what the Mississippi  Election Commission ruled this evening proclaiming Senator Thad Cochran  the winner of the Republican run-off against State Senator Chris  McDaniel winning by nearly 8,000 votes.

    But as expected, McDaniel says he will mount a legal challenge to the commission's finding.

    8. Forget the Tax Pledge, Take the No Gun Pledge - A group headed by  former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is attempting to pressure  candidates to sign a pledge to support more gun-control legislation.

    Candidates are being sent a questionnaire to determine who will or who  will not get Bloomberg's blessing. The idea is to counter the political  pull of the National Rifle Association on candidates.

    That's what caught my attention for Monday, July 7th, 2014.

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

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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