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

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