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    Kernels - Wednesday, November 18, 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 Wednesday, November 18th, 2015.

    1. Striking Back - French police are striking back at terrorists in and around Paris.

    The  raid in Saint Denis, France resulted in the capture of seven terrorists  and the death of two others. One of the jihadists who died detonated a  suicide bomb vest. At least four police officers were slightly wounded.

    French authorities say the raid stopped an imminent new round of terror activity.

    The  dead male terrorist is being submitted to a DNA test to ascertain if he  may be the most wanted man in the world, the mastermind of the Paris  attacks and the not-so-long-ago attempt on that train traveling between  Belgium and France which was thwarted by Americans, French and British  passengers.

    This just in from the Washington Post:

    "...the  suspected overseer of the Paris bloodshed, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who had  once boasted he could slip easily between Europe and the Islamic State  strongholds in Syria.

    "The  confirmation was made after forsenic experts combed through the  aftermath — blown-out windows, floors collapsed by explosions —  presumably seeking DNA and other evidence. The intelligence officials  spoke on condition of anonymity before announcements from authorities."

    However,  in a press conference, French prosecutors denied the identities of the  two killed terrorists is known. The prosecutor also said that Abaaoud  was not caught in the raid and was still at-large.

    Diesel, a French police dog, was also killed during the assault on the terrorists Tuesday night.

    Elsewhere  Belgium and German police are also on the move rounding up jihadists.  In Turkey, these maniacal Islamists were stopped before they could head  to Europe for more mayhem and murder.

    In  the US and Canada, two Air France flights were grounded in air after  someone called in bomb threats. The planes were searched and no  explosives were found.

    Eight  terrorists bound for Europe were captured in Turkey. The eight are  suspected of wanting to join the European cells to carry out more  terrorist attacks. Turkish officials say the eight were posing as  refugees.

    Russia and France continue bombardment of Islamic State targets in Syria.

    For  Russia, it is now in the game with ferocity after the ISIS bombing of  its Metrojet over the Sinai. No longer are the Russians in Syria to only  prop up dictator Bashar al Assad.

    The  saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend is in full display as  President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin huddle to  discuss hitting the caliphate and destroying the threat.

    2.  Mother Nature's Fury - Three are dead and thousands without power after  a violent storm struck Washington State on Tuesday. The storm also  struck Idaho.

    Falling  trees downed by the strong winds were the danger that resulted in the  death of the two women and one man. Trees collapsing and crushing  vehicles in the wake of the storm.

    Meanwhile in Colorado, people were digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season.

    Our thoughts and prayers with all the victims of this unleashed fury from Mother Nature.

    3.  Stay Out! - President Barack Obama, speaking from the annual  Asian-Pacific Cooperation meeting , warned China to stop building  islands in the disputed South China Sea.

    The Chinese responded for the US to butt out.

    As reported by AFP:

    "The  United States should stop playing up the South China Sea issue, stop  heightening tensions in the South China Sea and stop complicating  disputes in the South China Sea," Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

    "No country has the right to point fingers at" China's construction activities, he added.

    4. Refugee Conundrum - Join the conversation and add your thoughts. But please, keep the discourse civil.

    Refugee-Phobia: Lest We Forget at From the Cornfield or on CNN's iReport.

    5.  STDs Uptick - There is a mystifying rise in the number of cases of  sexually transmitted disease, the CDC is reporting. This follows years  of a decline in the number of reported cases.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was an "alarming" increase in 2014 in the number of cases reported.

    USA Today reported:

    "STDs  affect people in all walks of life, particularly young women and men,  but these data suggest an increasing burden among gay and bisexual men,”  Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral  Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in a statement.

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/18/cdc-alarming-increase-stds/75978596/

    6.  VA to Revamp - The Veterans Administration is submitting a plan to  Congress today to revamp its program to use private doctors and  facilities, following scandal after scandal.

    The  plan acknowledges that the VA medical system is not adequate in  providing care to the ever-increasing number of veterans needing medical  attention.

    The WP reports:

    The  goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of  the agency’s existing private health-care programs into a single system,  is to eliminate gaps in care created by a tangled bureaucracy that has  inadvertently impeded rather than broadened veterans’ access to care.

    All of these programs have been layered on top of each other without someone saying, ‘How do we rationalize them?'” VA Secretary Robert McDonald said in an interview.

    We want an integrated network,” he said. “We want the very best providers connected with us. This is a big deal, and it will be a big improvement over what we have now.

    The  behemoth slow movement has been a complaint from veterans for years.  Even this planned overhaul is coming nearly two years after the first  scandal broke.

    7.  Snakes Head Rears - At least 30 people were killed in a Boko Haram  terrorist attack in northeaster Nigeria. The rogue group, which wants to  impose Sharia law in the northeastern part of the nation, exploded a  bomb in a crowded marketplace.

    The group, which kidnapped over 200 school girls two years ago, has pledged allegiance to the caliphate.

    A month ago, the terrorists bombed a mosque, resulting in the death of 27.

    AFP noted:

    Boko  Haram was named in the latest Global Terrorism Index as "the most  deadly terrorist group in the world", having killed 6,644 people last  year.

    The  index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, said the  Islamic State group, to which Boko Haram has pledged allegiance, killed  6,073.

    8.  Hot Tamale - Did you read where the US Customs and Border Protection  has seized hundreds of contraband being smuggled into the US of A from  Mexico?

    Of all things, the contraband was tamales!

    The alleged smuggler faces a fine of $1,000. He claimed none of the tamales contained pork.

    After  inspection, 450 of the tasty treats were determined to have pork in the  ingredients. He was fined the $1,000 with intent to distribute the  contraband.

    The tamales were found in a passenger's suitcase on November 2 after he landed at LAX in Los Angeles.

    9. 'Not My Time' - You think?

    Republican presidential wannabe, Bobby Jindal, suspended his campaign last night saying it was "not my time". Now, that is an understatement.

    Why did it take so long to come to the realization that most of the country has known for months?

    Now if only others would get their heads out of ______ (you fill in the blank).

    Why is Martin O'Malley still in the race?

    Why is Lindsey Graham?

    Why is Jim Gilmore?

    Why is Rick Santorum?

    Why is George Pataki?

    Why is Mike Huckabee?

    Why is Rand Paul?

    Why is Chris Christie?

    Oh  and did you see that Pataki, Graham and John Kasich have all demanded  equal time (12 minutes) from NBC after Donald Trump hosted Saturday  Night Live last weekend?

    10.  On a personal note - A dear online friend, Janie Lambert, aka Ryn in  the CNN's iReport community, and her family are mourning the loss of a  mother, wife, daughter and friend.

    Autumn, Janie's daughter, lost the battle after a car accident over the weekend.

    Autumn  left this world for a better one, but even in her death she is helping  others to live. Her daughter, Zoe, gave the final approval for her  mother's organs to be used to save others.

    Thoughts, prayers and much love to Aiden and Zoe, Autumn's children, as well as Janie and De, and the rest of the family.

    May the God of peace and love envelope them in His arms and console them during this time of grief.

    That’s what caught my attention this Wednesday, November 18th, 2015.

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

    I am Mark Ivy
    Good day!

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