New Web Address

by Mark  

Following months of the blog software crashing my personal blog, Inside My Mind, for no reason, I decided to change the format to WordPress. For years I have used and enjoyed the b2evolution software for my blogs.

However, this continued crashing has become unacceptable. It has only been happening to Inside My Mind, but not to From the Cornfield and Kernels From the Cornfield.

It is a mystery.

I have also switched all my blogs over to the WordPress software.

Hope you enjoy the new layout and continue to read my daily snippets of the news From the Cornfield from all across the US of A and around the world with a dash of commentary to season your daily fare!

UPDATE your bookmarks:

Inside My Mind: http://marksden.com/mind

From the Cornfield: http://fromthecornfield.com/cornfield

Kernels From the Cornfield: http://kernels.fromthecornfield.com/news

Location: Nevada, United States

Kernels - Friday, June 26, 2015

by Mark  

Dateline The Desert:

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 Friday, June 26th, 2015.

1. Dignity Constitutional Right - The big news of the day is the Supreme Court ruling which struck down bans across the land on same-gender weddings. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court said that dignity was a constitutional right which meant that so-called gay marriage was constitutionally a basic right.

Read or view the video of my reaction: A Constitutional Right to Dignity.

2. Slain Pastor Laid to Rest - The Reverend Clementa Pinckney was laid to rest today in Charleston, South Carolina. A state senator as well as a minister, Pinckney was killed over a week ago by a deranged young man bent on starting a race war. Eight other parishioners of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were also murdered.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in attendance. The President delivered the eulogy.

To his credit, the President did not wax political today, but remained in religious form as fitting standing behind a pulpit.

The President did talk about the controversy over the Confederate battle flag and the days of slavery and Jim Crow from the days of carpetbaggers onward. He then looped it back to how grace covered all.

In closing the President broke into what many call the anthem of the Church, "Amazing Grace". The President to quote the coaches from The Voice was a little "pitchy" at times. 3. Presidential Candidates React - Democratic presidential candidates applauded the Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for same-gender couples today. Republican candidates were split with some acquiescing to reality while others vowing to fight on and insure that "religious liberty" is preserved in light of the ruling.

Recent polls found that over 1 in 6 Americans supported equality for same-gender couples. However, GOP voters by 6-1 remain opposed. Younger Republicans, on the other hand, split from the older generation and support equality by 7 to 1.

Whether you support equality or do not, the fact is without a constitutional amendment equality and dignity is now the law of the land. For Republicans this is not a winning issue in a general election. In the primaries, however, it may still be cause for who gets the nod and who does not.

4. OOPs! - Not that it will likely make much of a difference in her campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president, the State Department announced that the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton failed to turn over at least 15 emails. Clinton's scrubbing of her home server and full contol of her emails has been a source of controversy and irritation over the past several months.

Meanwhile, as different accusations keep piling up, Clinton is losing ground in New Hampshire to Senator Bernie Sanders. Clinton is down to 43% while Sanders is up to 37%. What appears to be a coronation may be usurped by the man known as "Mr. Socialist".

5. Three-Prong Attack - The Islamic Caliphate is claiming responsibility and celebrating three terrorist attacks on three continents today. Jihadists attacked in Kuwait in the Middle East, Tunisia on the north of Africa and in France.

The most upsetting attack was in France where a severed head with a message was left. Altogether about 100 were killed in the attacks.

Contrary to the Administration of President Obama, ISIS is not on the run, nor is terrorists backing down.

6. Remember the Iranian Deal - In a matter of days, the deadline between Iran and the rest of the world on its nuclear program is to be completed. June 29th is on the horizon and though there has been progress, a deal may or may not be achieved by the deadline.

A big headache may be Iran's insistence that all sanctions be lifted before Iran agrees and signs any deal.

Don't be surprised if this deadline like so many others comes and goes without a deal.

7. Deadly Crash - A small plane went down in the Alaskan outback killing all. Recovery efforts are ongoing.

Thoughts and prayers to families of those who died.

8. Canada? - Those two murderers who have been running free for nearly four weeks are now thought to have crossed or getting closer to stepping into Canada.

One of the prison workers charged with aiding and abetting the escape of the killers stated that he had no idea the tools, the access he gave them to sensitive areas in the prison was helping the pair in planning and making their escape.

9. Get Out of the Water - If you are going to North Carolina and taking your swim trunks or bathing suit, think twice. For the second time in as many weeks a shark has attacked a swimmer off the coast.

10. Too Strange to Be Fiction - Did you hear the one about the 18-year-old boy who killed a chicken an hour because his mother wouldn't listen to him?

In a story that is more Ripley's than Washington Post, it makes one scratch and shake one's head.

You can read it for yourself at Gawker.com.

That's what caught my attention for Friday, June 26th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good day!

UPDATE: One of 2 killers shot, the other being chased by police. Capture or shooting of second escaped felon may be imminent.

Location: Nevada, United States

Kernels - Thursday, June 25, 2015

by Mark  

Dateline The Desert:

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 Thursday, June 25th, 2015.

1. Thumbs Up, Mr. President - President Barack Obama is grinning from ear to ear today after the Supreme Court in a 6-3 vote upheld subsidies for all Americans who enroll for healthcare whether on a state exchange or the federal exchange. A thumbs down could have gutted the President's signature legislation and placed a large part of his legacy in the toilet.

In making the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority stated that not focusing only on the four troubling words which indicated only those who purchased health insurance through a state exchange were entitled to subsidies, talked about looking at the law in its totality. Roberts said in that context the intent was for all to be eligible, not limited.

The President's week is going well as the Supremes also shot down a challenge to the Fair Housing Act. Then there is the fast-track authority granted by both chambers of Congress for the President to negotiate trade with Asia.

But not all is rosy. There is still the pesky issues in foreign affairs which are more than just a thorn in the President's side. There is also the increased divisiveness in the nation since the President took office.

2. Killer Heat - While the mercury has soared in the Desert with averages around 115 degrees for a week now, on the other side of the world, the heat wave is anything, but dancing in the streets.

The unusually hot temperatures have resulted in over 1,000 deaths in Pakistan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of Mother Nature and their families.

3. My House or People's House - One CNN iReporter has taken umbrage at the President telling a heckler at a White House event in support of Gay Pride Month (June) on Wednesday, saying "This is my house...".

KCRep opined that she always thought it was "the people's house".

Check out her take and voice your own opinion at: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1252313.

4. Leave My Founding Father Alone - Turns out that not everyone is happy with the announcement last week by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that the department would be taking suggestions for replacing Alexander Hamilton, first Treasury Secretary, with a woman on the $10 bill.

Such notables as former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Wall Street Journal are decrying Lew's maligning of Hamilton. The Journal even compared the action to Vice President Aaron Burr dueling and killing Hamilton. Burr, by the way, was later charged with treason.

Most people are reportedly want to keep Hamilton and replace Andy Jackson, Old Hickory, on the $20 bill.

And where do you stand?

5. Uber Uproar - Last week Uber was handed a defeat when California courts ruled that its drivers are employees even though the company refers to them as independent contractors. But what is happening in Paris, France may be more troubling for the for-hire transport company.

Taxi drivers in gay Paree have taken to the streets to protest Uber cutting in on their traditional role. The drivers are not only protesting and marching, but have taken to turning Uber vehicles over. Near the Italian border tires were burned in the street. Airports and train stations were blocked to keep Uber from picking up passengers.

6. ISIS Attacks - No, the war is not over. The Islamic State has launched new attacks in northern Syria. After several major wins, at least in the propaganda war, over the past month, ISIS is continuing to rampage.

A shrine in Palmyra, captured last month by ISIS, it has been learned was destroyed. The terrorist organization has displayed it has no respect for ancient artifacts and history as it has wreaked destruction of many relics and artifacts over the last year.

While back home in the US of A, there still is not a strategy to deal with the terror threat and war in the Mideast.

7. Then There Were Two - Now it is not one, but two corrections staffers who are accused of helping two murderers escape three weeks ago from a New York maximum security prison. The latest accused is alleged to have given the killers tools concealed in frozen hamburger.

Some are now wondering if the boots found earlier this week may have been a plant to ease the public's concern over the apparent lack of forward progress in finding the escaped felons.

8. Supreme Watch - The other biggie case that Court watchers, the public and presidential candidates have been on the edge of their seats over is whether the Supreme Court will decide that same-gender couples have a constitutional right to wed. Many thought that decision would be handed down today. Now tomorrow is the day that has people holding their breath.

Of course the Justices could delay until next week to let everyone know the fate of same-gender equality nationwide.

9. The 2016 Horse Race - I revealed today my predictions on chances of winning the nomination on the Republican and Democratic ticket for President in 2016. I did not delve into positions or policies, but who has declared and how I think each will fare as they seek their party's nomination.

Check it out: And They're Off...

10. 'You're Fired!' - Univision is dropping its coverage of the Miss America pageant in reaction to what it says were disparaging remarks made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in launching his campaign.

Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants is stirring the controversy. Trump said that Latino immigrants were bringing in drugs and rapists to the US among other things. Trump also called for a wall, not just a fence, along the country's southern border.

That's what caught my attention for Thursday, June 25th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Nevada, United States

Kernels - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

by Mark  

Dateline The Desert:

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, June 24th, 2015.

1. An Apology? - The surviving Boston bomber apologized today to the victims and the American people for raining down fire and causing death during the Boston Marathon a couple of years ago. Not that it is going to do him much good. The judge will impose the death sentence.

If it is like the Timothy McVey case, this jihadist terrorist will be caged at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana for years before justice is served.

2. Rest in Peace - Today South Carolinians and people and politicians across the country gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to honor and remember the victims in the deadly rampage. The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, also a South Carolina State Senator, lied in state at the Capitol today. His funeral is set for Friday. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy. Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance.

Even as Pinckney's body was brought into the rotunda, controversy erupted. The Confederate battle flag flying at the Capitol did not come down. Governor Nikki Hailey noted she did not have legal authority to lower the flag.

Across the South the furor continues over ridding the flag from any and all public vestiges and government properties. Several retailers are also removing all Confederate merchandise from the shelves.

3. Talk about Audacity - The young man who attempted to start a race war by shooting up the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and killing nine one week ago today, stood silent with hate in his eyes as survivors and victims' families forgave him for his crime. His reaction was another racist rant.

Hate is hate. Forgiveness, yes, but forget never.

4. Those California Raisins - Those cute little figures from the 1990s have found their way into the hallowed hall of the US Supreme Court. Earlier this week the Court ruled that a New Deal program from the Depression Era was unconstitutional.

At issue was the government's power to seize almost all of a raisin farmer's crop when the economy was having a rough time. One California raisin farmer cried foul when the government siezed one half of his crop and fined him another $200,000. The Supremes, in a split decision decided by the conservative justices, said the government had overstepped.

5. Trillion Dollar Firebug - OOPs! Seems the Air Force's new fighter, the F-35, is not the cat's meow. The trillion-dollar plane has a habit of erupting into flames when attempting to take off.

Seems inspectors warned the Air Force about the problem as far back as 2007. Now eight years later and the jet's issue has yet to be corrected.

The fire yesterday was not the first. It also happened last year. And may happen again.

6. Organic Is Best - Especially for the bottom line at Whole Foods. Last year California accused and fined the grocery chain for over-pricing. Now New York is investigating and claiming that Whole Foods is doing the same foul practice in the Empire State.

Of course Whole Foods is claiming it never intentionally sticks it to customers.

7. Michigan Equality - Preparing for a decision by the Supreme Court that same-gender marriage is a constitutional right, lawmakers in Michigan are hoping to circumvent the ruling with a bill that has been submitted which would limit officiating a marriage only to persons of the cloth. No civil marriages allowed.

What about all the atheists, agnostics and other non-religious citizens of the state?

Sounds like this bill if it became law would set up a whole new set of lawsuits - which would go the plaintiffs' way and against the state.

8. Families Won't Face Charges - The President today made a change on its stance about negotiating with terrorists. The US will continue to not negotiate, however, the government will no longer threaten families whose loved ones are being held hostage with criminal charges.

US law and policy was that families were barred from negotiating, raising ransom money or paying ransom money to save their loved ones. With the rash of hostages slained by ISIS, families of victims have grumbled and publically been castigating the government not only for its lack of assistance in getting their loved ones free, but coercing them to not try and save their loved ones on their own by paying ransom.

This is the right move to make. Not that I believe that it will necessarily save any lives. But to threaten prosecution of victims' families is just wrong.

9. Spy Vs Spy - No, it is not an excerpt from Mad magazine, but the US is being accused of snooping on allies' leaders in a new revelation by Wikileaks.

The French are very incensed that alledgedly its president was a target of US spy agencies.

When will it end?

Never. But in the past the government was much better at keeping the lid on the pressure cooker.

We all know that eveyone spies on everyone. But its done in secret not online where the world can prove it.

10. Manhunt Update - Oh...never mind...there isn't one. This is starting to seem more like the sequel to Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

The two murderers continue to elude authorities in upper New York. One is now thought to be barefoot.

That's what caught my attention for Wednesday, June 24th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Nevada, United States

Kernels - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

by Mark  

Dateline The Desert:

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 Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

1. Rally 'Round the Flag - The lyrics are changing across the South. Instead of rallies to support the flag, it is rallies demanding the removal of the flag.

No, it is not the Stars and Stripes, but the Bars and Stripes. The howl is getting louder by the minute.

In Virginia the state is moving to remove the Confederate battle flag from license plates.

In South Carolina people are gathering in the street to demand the removal of the flag from the State Capitol building.

In Mississippi, the Speaker of the State General Assembly has called for removal of the Bars and Stripes from the state flag.

Meanwhile major retailers, including Wal-Mart, are taking the flag off the shelves.

Will success in retiring the flag to museums change anything?

Will the removal signify that racism is being buried?

Will the demise of the flag stop those bent on a race war or stifle hatred?

2. Opportunists - Never let it be said that politicians and especially presidential candidates will miss an opportunity to cash in on the latest public sentiment.

Primarily Republican hopefuls are joining in the call for removal of the Confederate battle flag from the public square. Some, however, are attempting to stradle the fence to their detriment. Some are trying to ignore the whole situation.

What next? Will they be "evolving" on same-gender marriage?

3. Manhunt Coming to a Theatre Near You - The hunt for the two murderers who escaped from a New York maximum security prison goes on.

Boots worn by one of the fleeing convicts was found in a cabin about 20 miles from the prison. But authorities seem to be no closer to closing in on the felons.

4. Let Me Google That - In a nod to the growing influence of modern technology, four Republican Senators want to replace the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) with Google.

The Senators claim that the best source for information is not found with the government, but the search engine giant. This is the second year in a row such a bill has been submitted.

A 2014 GAO report (http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664955.pdf) confirms that Google would serve both the government and public better than the NTIS.

5. Stonewall - No, not the famed Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson, but the bar in New York that is known as the birthplace of the modern gay movement has earned its place on the historic registry.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has given its blessing to naming Stonewall Inn as an official NYC landmark.

Read more at TheStonewallInnNYC.com.

6. Reporter's the Story - In what appears as a direct violation of journalism's prime directive, CNN anchor Don Lemon has stolen the spotlight with both using that word and the Confederate flag thus making himself the center of controversy.

The prime directive is that reporters report the story. They do not become the story.

7. Fast Track - It has been anything but a fast track for President Barack Obama in getting Congress to give him fast track authority in negotiating a Pacific trade bill.

Most of the opposition has been from his own Democratic colleagues in both the House and the Senate. Most notably, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has publically opposed the President on this issue. Pelosi calls such a treaty would hurt American workers.

Republicans uncharacteristically have been allies with the President. Republicans say that it would open markets for American-made goods.

8. Did You Hear the One - A man in California claimed that he was served fried rat instead of fried chicken at a KFC. The internet went crazy.

DNA testing has revealed that the man was mistaken. What he was served was chicken after all.

But I thought everything I read on the internet is the Gospel truth.

9. Local Election - A member of CNN's iReport community is running for his city's town council in this year's balloting.

Think you know who he is?

I won't "out" him. I will leave it up to him if he wants to let the world and the iReport community know who he is.

I am sure he will take all the support he can get.

Best of luck in the fall election. However, if I were a member of your community, you know how my vote would go.

10. That's Greek to Me - What once was thought as the Eurozone's Achilles heel breaking the union, now the financial crisis in Greece is considered more an irritation.

Not that the collapse of the Greek economy and default on its national debt would not have an impact, compare to when Spain and Ireland was in trouble, the fall would no longer be the end.

Leaders of the EU are hoping to reach a deal in what has been a multi-year impasse in resolving Greece's financial mess.

That's what caught my attention for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Nevada, United States

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