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    Kernels - Monday, November 16, 2015

     

    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, November 16th, 2015.

    1.  Strategy? - While saying that the US strategy in dealing with the  Islamic State is working, President Barack Obama, talking from the G20  Summit in Antalya, Turkey, added that "if we find a strategy that works"  the US would double down on that strategy.

    So which is it, Mr. President?

    Of course last year the President told the world the US had no strategy to deal with the caliphate.

    Most military analysts are saying that the war - yes, Mr. President, we are at war - cannot be done from the air.

    Over and over the experts, contrary to the President, are saying the terrorists can't be contained, they must be destroyed.

    The  President refuses to recognize this as a military operation when he  said in Turkey that the jihadists are not soldiers fighting a war, but  rather "killers with fantasies of glory". He went on to say they  happened to be savvy with social media.

    "My only interest is to end suffering and keep the American people safe," Obama said, adding: "If there is a good idea out there, we're going to do it."

    The  President has ruled out what many, including Democrats hoping to  succeed him in the Oval Office have suggested, a no-fly zone and safety  zones in Syria.

    Anonymous, the hacker group, have even declared war on the caliphate following the Paris attacks. From its Twitter feed:

    Make  no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won't stop opposing  #IslamicState. We're also better hackers. #OpISIS — Anonymous  (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015

    2.  The Other 'Act of War' - While all the media attention has been on the  horrific attacks in Paris, the Thursday suicide bombings in Lebanon have  been shuffled onto the back burner and out of sight.

    Yet, that was just as horrific, striking in a commercial zone killing innocents as well.

    Lebanon's  Interior Minister announced that eleven terrorists have been arrested.  He also noted that the attacks, which killed 44, had been planned for a  strike on a hospital originally. The plan was to send in five suicide  bombers to the hospital, but increased security caused the jihadists to  change target to the commercial area packed with innocents.

    For more details: http://news.yahoo.com/lebanon-arrests-9-over-beirut-bombings-interior-minister-144647497.html

    Another take on the lack of coverage: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/paris-beirut-terrorism-empathy-gap/416121/

    3.  New Threats - Much like Adolph Hitler, who outlined exactly what he  planned in Mein Kampf, the Islamic State keeps telling the West of its  plans - then follow through as it did in Paris.

    A  new threat in a video was released today. In that video, the terrorists  stated specifically that Washington DC would soon be the site of an  assault similar to the one which shook Paris Friday night.

    In the video, all nations taking part in airstrikes against the caliphate were put on notice of reprisals.

    "We  say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God,  you will have a day, God willing, like France's and by God, as we  struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we  will strike America at its center in Washington," said the jihadi spokesman in the video.

    The spokesman, identified as Al Ghareeb the Algerian, went on to say, "I  say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby  traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers  and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger  than before."

    The full story: http://news.yahoo.com/islamic-state-threatens-attack-washington-other-countries-122051922.html

    A  terror assault in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend was blunted and the  would-be suicide bombers arrested. That attack was to take place in  conjunction with the Paris horror.

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/british-jihadist-may-planned-paris-style-attack-istanbul-144128055.html

    4.  Not in My State - Governors across the US of A in reaction to the news  that one of the Paris terrorist slipped in with Syrian refugees fleeing  the civil war in that country have informed the White House that Syrian  refugees are not welcome in their states.

    The  President still plans to allow in at least 10,000 refugees from Syria  this year. He also rebuffed calls for only allowing Christians, but not  Muslims in as refugees.

    "That’s shameful. That’s not American, it’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion," the President said in a news conference in Turkey today.

    Yet  at least 19 states' governors have noted that the security of their own  citizens is their priority. Most of the governors said without  extensive, in depth background checks these refugees are not welcome.

    The Cornfield's own Governor Mike Pence had this to say, Indiana "has  a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around  the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the  safety and security of all Hoosiers. Unless and until the state of  Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place,  this policy will remain in full force and effect.

    Most legal scholars note the governors have no legal legs upon which to stand.

    5.  Bombs Away - In response to the Paris attacks, France bombed military  targets in Raqqa, Syria, titular capitol of the Islamic State Sunday  night.

    More raids led by the US and members of the coalition have dropped more  than 100 bombs on oil tanker trucks in Iraq. The idea is to cut off the  source of revenue for the caliphate.

    More bombing missions are expected to continue as France has now declared the attacks in Paris an act of war.

    Debate is ongoing whether France, a member of NATO, will invoke Article 5.

    That article states that an attack on one member state is an attack on all the members of the military alliance.

    Turkey, who objects to arming the Kurdish forces, is a member of NATO.

    It  is Kurdish forces which have been doing most of the fighting against  ISIS on the ground. It was Kurds, with US air power, who took back  Sinjar this past week.

    6. Face Off - No, it is not a movie or a television game show.

    A  firefighter whose face was badly burned is the recipient of a face  transplant in an extensive and historical surgical procedure.

    While  attempting to rescue a woman from a blaze in 2001, Patrick Hardison,  sustained third degree burns across his face and scalp. For the past 14  years, he has had no ears nor eyelids. His face had been grossly  disfigured.

    Now 71 surgeries later, including a graft from his thigh, Hardison has a new face, complete with ears and eyelids.

    Read all about it and see the transformation here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/71258/former-firefighter-receives-most-extensive-face-transplant-history

    7. Tumbling Prices - That pain at the pump is becoming less and less severe.

    Oil per barrel dropped below $40 following the Paris attacks. This is the first time since 2009.

    Price  watchers are predicting $1.50 per gallon gas in the near future  nationwide. Last time the price was under $2 was in 2009 as well.

    Get the scoop: http://time.com/money/4114842/gas-prices-cheap-2-gallon/

    8. 'Tis the Season - Have you read about the mall in New Jersey who is charging kids to sit on Santa's lap?

    The charge is not your weekly allowance either. The fee is $35 to $50 to enjoy Cherry Hill Mall's Adventure to Santa.

    Now you do get pictures and a video for saving up those dollars and quarters all year long.

    Last year it was free...but guess the feed for Santa's reindeer has risen astronomically.

    Read the full sad details: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151116_Parents_fume_at_Cherry_Hill_Mall_s_pricey_Santa.html

    Breaking news: With the uproar, visits with Santa at Cherry Hill Mall will be free it was announced a short time ago.

    9.  Must Reads - A couple of interesting cards from Vox that are must reads  to understand the Islamic State and the Syrian Civil War:

    On ISIS: http://www.vox.com/cards/things-about-isis-you-need-to-know

    On Syria: http://www.vox.com/cards/syrian-refugees-war-assad

    10. Week Ahead - Winter weather is threatening Colorado.

    Heavy rains will sweep through the South.

    Severe weather with chance of tornadoes throughout the Great Plains.

    So grab your heavy coat or break out the galoshes. This is going to be a wet week.

    Blame the massive El Niño, forecasters are saying.

    That’s what caught my attention this Monday, November 16th, 2015.

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

    I am Mark Ivy
    Good day!

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