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    Kernels - Monday, July 21, 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 21st, 2014.

    1. What Happens Next? - The other day the events of the world began to  encroach upon my personal space, disrupting the serenity I usually feel  inside Mark's Den. Those events took over my thoughts. I had to record  what was happening Inside My Mind.

    It seems like all around me The World Is Burning? Those thoughts I shared prompted a follow-up article from fellow CNN iReporter, takamine69: Another day in paradise..part deux.

    Today, after a weekend of bombardment of "news" about the shooting down  of Malaysian Flight 17, I began to hear a faint echo of another time.  This led me to wonder if this is a Lead-Up to Entanglement?

    2. Higher Calling? - Was it a higher calling which inspired two young  American men to leave the relative safety and security of life in the US  of A to volunteer in service to the Israeli Defense Force?

    If  it was a higher calling, it lead to the two young men becoming martyrs  for the nation they died to defend. Over the weekend these two young men  lost their lives in the Israeli incursion into Gaza to halt the  aggression of Hamas and stop the rockets being lobbed into the Jewish  State.

    3. Not Me - That appears to be what Russian President  Vladimir Putin is trying to convince the world concerning the brutal  downing of Flight 17, which resulted in the death of 298 people.

    Putin,  his deputies and Russian media are doing their best to deflect any  blame the Russian Federation may have in shooting down the commercial  airliner.

    As if taking cues from Moscow, even the rebels in  alliance with Russia in eastern Ukraine are blaming the Ukrainian  government in Kiev for the disaster. Grudgingly, the rebels are allowing  access to the downed aircraft and recovery of the bodies of those who  were killed.

    A CNN/ORC poll over the weekend found that 56% of  Americans believe that the rebels shot down Flight 17. Another 24% are  leaning that way. But only 1 in 10 Americans want the US to respond  militarily if it turns out that Russia was complicit and responsible for  the crime.

    In the meantime, rebel forces have agreed to allow  Malaysian inspectors to recover the bodies of those killed and to turn  over the "black boxes" to Malaysian authorities. According to CNN's Phil  Black this is happening now.

    4. Added Protection - Expanding  upon two executive orders of his predecessors, President Lyndon B.  Johnson in 1965 prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion,  gender or nationality and President George W. Bush in 2002 amending the  order to add exemption for religious groups, President Barack Obama  today added gender identification to protected classes which may not be  discriminated against in hiring practices by the federal government and  government contractors.

    In 1969, President Richard Nixon barred  discrimination based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or  disability. President Bill Clinton added sexual orientation. Today the  President added gender identity.

    The order only applies to the federal government and employers contracted by the federal government.

    5. Border Crisis - Tired of waiting on the federal government to act,  Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today he is sending 1,000 members of  the Texas National Guard to the border where nearly 60,000 children  have landed on US soil primarily from Central America in recent months.

    The Texas Governor, with sights set on the White House in 2016, is also  calling on President Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000  Border Patrol agents to replace the Guardsmen down the road.

    6.  Keeping Pot at Home - Coloradans may have voted to allow recreational  use of marijuana, but they don't want people smoking at the corner  watering hole.

    According to the Qunnipiac University poll,  citizens of the Mile High State also don't want concert goers lighting  up and puffing on a joint either.

    In other words if you got 'em, don't smoke 'em unless you are at home or in members-only pot clubs.

    7. That's With a 'B' - A Florida jury over the weekend awarded the  plaintiff $23.6 billion in damages after successfully winning a suit in  which she claimed that RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was responsible for  the death of her husband, 36, in 1996 from lung cancer.

    The company has said it will appeal the award.

    According to the suit, the company did not disclose that nicotine was  addictive and smoking can cause lung cancer. The jury agreed.

    8. Death Toll Rises - The number of dead Palestinians is fast climbing  towards 600. The number of Israeli soldiers killed stands at 25. The  death toll has increased after Israel launched an incursion into the  Gaza Strip to halt the launching of rockets in to Israel by Hamas and to  close and destroy tunnels used to launch attacks upon Israelis.

    Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with UN Secretary General Ban  Ki-Moon, the Egyptians, Kuwaitis, Qataris and others in Egypt to work  out a cease-fire between the warring camps.

    9. In Case You  Missed It - Climate Central is saying that the world's oceans were the  hottest they have ever been since record keeping began in 1880 during  the month of June. In fact the oceans were warmer than any month ever.

    The average temperature of the oceans in June? 62.65 degrees.

    10. Grateful Nation Salutes - Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts was  awarded the nation's highest military honor today. Pitts, an  Afghanistan veteran, was given the Medal of Honor in a ceremony today at  the White House by President Obama.

    Pitts, in humility, called  on the nation not to remember his name, but that of his nine fallen  comrades-in-arms who lost their lives in one of the most ferocious  battles in Afghanistan.

    Sergeant Pitts, I, along with the rest of your fellow Americans, salute you for your sacrifice and service.

    That's what caught my attention for Monday, July 21st, 2014.

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

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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