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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.

    Good evening!

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