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 ( 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.


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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