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Kernels - Wednesday, July 9, 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, July 9th, 2014.
1. Children in Crisis - Is the pressure cooker building too much steam to where the children in crisis along the southern border and the broken immigration system may soon explode rather than oozing out the sides as it has for the past couple of weeks?
The issue became even more highlighted today when President Barack Obama traveled to Texas and late this afternoon met with Texas Governor Rick Perry.
The President held a news conference following the meeting and stated he philosophically did not disagree with the Republican Governor about the onslaught along the border.
The President's solution: Give him the $3.7 billion he's asked for and for the House of Representatives to fall in line and pass the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill.
But even Democrats, some from Texas, are saying that they won't just roll over, but will look at the requested money bill and determine whether to give the President what he wants, less or nothing.
The President refused to do as President John F. Kennedy gong to Berlin to proclaim to the world his solidarity with the German people or President Ronald Reagan who stood at the Berlin Wall and demanded that it be torn down. More than just a photo op, as Commander-in-Chief, if the President had or would visit the crisis at the border, he would send a strong message to the parents, the governments in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to plug the exodus endangering its children.
But no, this President, who has never shied from a photo-op, won't go to the border. He won't own what is clearly as Captain of the American Ship his problem.
But the Congress can't escape its own culpability in this crisis.
Congress is tasked by the US Constitution to provide oversight of the Executive Branch. The Congress is tasked with passing legislation to insure a working immigration system.
Congress has failed and is failing.
A fellow CNN iReporter shared a link to a job posting on a federal government web site back in January. In January, this crisis was not a crisis, but the job posting clearly reveals that it was expected.
Read all about it in my op-ed: None Dare Call It Complicity. It's an eye opener.
2. No Man Left Behind? - What about the American Marine who accidentally turned around and entered into Mexico.
That US military member has been held in a Mexican jail for the past couple of months with what appears to be no effort on the part of the White House to secure his release.
Could it be that this Marine doesn't count because there are no Taliban terrorists, who jump back in the battle to kill us, to trade for him?
That Marine went before a Mexican judge today, but at this moment remains in custody.
3. Wanna Hit? - With the US border in disarray and the country in an uproar over the children in crisis, the President went bar hopping in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night.
The President turned down several requests reportedly to share a marijuana cigarette. Marijuana is legal in Colorado for recreational use.
Photos of the evening show the President shooting pool, kicking back beers and having a good time laughing and joking with bar patrons.
Yet the President won't go to the border and survey the crisis as Commander-in-Chief because it would be a photo-op?
4. It's a Conspiracy, I Tell Ya, a Conspiracy - That's what senior New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is saying about accusations he consorted with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
Menendez is claiming that the government of Cuba has orchestrated a smear campaign against him. He says that Cuban operatives paid these prostitutes, including one who is underaged, to lie about him having sex with them.
Is a Cuban conspiracy possible? Yes.
But it has a ring to me like that "far right wing conspiracy" defense.
5. Drone Attack? - The Pentagon is reportedly developing plans and scenarios to recommend to the President for using a drone to take out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
If it is possible to take out Baghdadi, the problem that has erupted in Iraq will not go away. The issues and concerns which have Sunni and Shia killing each other will not stop.
6. Did You Hear? - Former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, called last night for the impeachment of the President. Palin made some good points, but doesn't look ahead.
Impeachment would go nowhere and accomplish nothing. Bill Clinton was impeached, but remained in office. Same would happen here.
The issues and concerns would not go away.
7. Mideast in Flames - What more can I say?
Israel remains in an undeclared state of war with Hamas. The Palestinian Authority is making noise. Iraq and Syria are in flames.
We are on the sidelines wondering when we will be pulled into the battles.
That's what caught my attention for Wednesday, July 9th, 2014.
Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy.