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    Kernels - Special Weekend Edition, November 14, 2015


    Welcome to a special edition of Kernels From the Cornfield - No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks!

    News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for Saturday, November 14th, 2015.

    On Friday, a few hours before Paris was the scene of six separate terrorists attacks by the Islamic State, I wrote:

    'Contained'  - In an interview with ABC News today, President Barack Obama stated  that the Islamic State has been "contained". He went on to say that the  US and its coalition partners had notyet been able to "decapitate" the  caliphate, but its "days are numbered".

    "Contained" - not by a long shot.

    At the time I did not know how prescient that sentence would be.

    Jihadists  struck in a coordinated assault at soccer stadium, a theater and other  locations as Parisians were enjoying the end of the week on a Friday  night.

    In  the wake of the "act of war", as French President Francois Hollande  called it, 129 people, including an American female student, were killed  and at least 300 were wounded.

    Of  the terrorists, eight were killed or blew up with their bombs. The hunt  is now on for others who may have been involved in providing support  for such an operation.

    Like  earlier this year following the twin attacks in Paris that shook the  world, authorities looked again to a known supply route for weapons in  neighboring Belgium. Belgium police conducted a raid today and rounded  up three suspects believed to be involved with the Paris attacks.

    However, Belgium Foreign Minister Jan Jambon said, "for now no evidence of Belgium involvement" in last night's deadly acts.

    The  US military announced Friday that prior to the multiple attacks in  France on Tuesday, the caliphate's second-in-command was taken out.  However, in December the US claimed the terrorist leader was killed, but  had to back off later when he was found to be very much alive.

    Once  more the terrorists, as did Al Qaeda nearly a decade and a half ago,  fail to understand that rather causing Western Civilization to cower in  fear, such attacks merely cement our resolve and bring us together in  unity.

    Like a family who may feud from time to time, when one member is attacked, we all respond as one.

    CNN iReporter Yadray, who lives in Paris, has captured the mayhem and confusion in some great uploads:

    Terrorist Attack in Paris (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1282352)

    Terrorist Attack in Paris..report #2 (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1282352)

    Massacre at Bataclan Theater (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1282350)

    Bataclan Theater...1 p;m; Central European Time (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1282259)

    Some are blaming the migrants who have been fleeing the horror of war in Syria. Some are blaming the open borders across Europe.

    While  there may be some sneaking in under the cover of the migrants, the  majority are seeking security and a new life free of terror.

    Yes, the borders make it easier, but becoming a closed, pent up society will only give the warmongers what they want.

    Where was or is the intelligence community in all of this?

    Were there signs of an impending operation?

    Was there chatter that went unheard?

    Questions  are swirling around how Democratic presidential hopefuls will react to  the state of emergency in France and the caliphate threat when they  square off to debate at 9 p.m. Eastern Time in Des Moines, Iowa.

    The hawkish Hillary Clinton is expected to be more firm about going after ISIS in Syria.

    The  doves, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, while expressing unity with  France, will most likely be more cautious about any US response or  involvement.

    Republican  wannabes, with the exception of Rand Paul, have all slammed the  caliphate and called for the US, with allies, to go in and put an end to  the terrorist organization.

    Our  thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as well as  our solidarity in the fight against radical Islamists.

    Tune in Monday for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.

    I am Mark Ivy
    Good day!

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