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Kernels - Tuesday, July 8, 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 Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.
1. Not in My Backyard - The dual tragedy of both a broken immigration system and the crisis of children gathering at the southern border is taking all the air out of the room.
Neither side seems really willing to sit down and hammer out solutions to both concerns.
Take for example, President Barack Obama will travel to Texas tomorrow, but has declined, though he is Commander-in-Chief, to view the problem along the border first hand, turning down an invite from Governor Rick Perry.
The President instead has extended his own offer for Perry to meet him in Dallas, hundreds of miles away from the crisis. Many are asking if the border trouble may be Obama's Katrina moment.
You remember President George W. Bush flying over New Orleans seeming out-of-touch and indifferent to the plight of the residents in a city wiped out by the hurricane, don't you?
Is the President sending a similar signal of indifference?
The President is requesting $3.7 billion to deal with both the porous border, broken system and the humanitarian crisis with the children. Some Republican lawmakers are already saying, "No," but offering up no solution themselves.
In the meantime, American citizens along the border are seething. That frustration is spreading and even being heard and voiced in the Heartland, in the Cornfield.
The problems are real. The vitriol, the hatred of some, however, is not rational and misplaced.
Should We Redact These Words? I wonder in an opinion today at From The Cornfield.
2. War? - Looks like it may be all out war, perhaps even before I complete tonight's Kernels, between Israel and Hamas. This has the potential of drawing Lebanon and Jordan, which border Syria, into the fight.
While moving farther southwest, the fight between Sunni and Shia is being waged on a new front in Yemen, where Shiites have seized a major town in the Republic.
All I can say is, "Worser and worser."
3. American Imam - An internet iman, an American in Michigan, has been identified as being a top recruiter to the jihadist movement. Reportedly, Ahmed Jibril, walking the line of legality, is a driving force in reaching impressionable young people in the US and other Western nations to take up arms in the conflicts raging in Syria and Iraq.
Taking full advantage of America's freedom of speech, Jibril is being careful not to cross the line or call on would-be extremists to take up arms against their home country.
4. It's Cleveland! - The Republican Party announced today it would conduct its 2016 National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The GOP also announced a June convention rather than the traditional late summer timeframe.
Cleveland stretched out along Lake Erie is in a must-win state for any party wanting the White House. The pivotal state is a smart choice for Republicans.
5. War on Women? - Seems the National Organization for Women have labeled the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic nuns, as part of its list of "The Dirty 100". The nuns are on the list being targeted by NOW because instead of only servicing, treating and being charitable to Catholics, the nuns are guilty of helping anyone in need.
NOW is upset that nuns are suing to not be forced to provide coverage for contraceptions for the women in the order who have taken a vow of chastity and have been wed to Christ.
So NOW has launched its own "war on women" - Catholic nuns that is - who happen to be women - for not towing the feminist line.
6. Challenging the ACA - A decision is expected any day from both the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the 4th District Court of Appeals which may have a devastating effect on President Obama's signature health care insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.
At issue are these 10 words: "[T]hrough an Exchange established by the State under Section 1311."
The section clearly says an exchange established by a state, which 16 states did. But what about the 34 states which did not set up a marketplace exchange?
The crux is subsidies to purchase health insurance. The plaintiffs are claiming that in those 34 states which did not establish an exchange, enrollees are not eligible for the subsidy.
This has the potential, depending on how the Courts rule, to be a death knell for the ACA. If the Courts split, the cases will most certainly land in the Supreme Court. A concurring opinion from both may not make it to the Supreme docket.
That's what caught my attention for Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.
Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy.