Kernels - Monday, June 22, 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 Monday, June 22nd, 2015.

The Kernels News Center has been dark for five months as I have struggled to regain focus dealing with health, emotional, mental and personal concerns. In fact the last edition was January 21st.

Since that last posting, I made the exodus from the Cornfield to the Desert. The Kernels News Center is now located in Laughlin, Nevada. To read more about my new home check out my reports on CNN's iReport.

Uproar and echoes of the 1960s seem to have dominated the news over these past few months. Even today, the nation is wrestling with what was thought to have been slowly put to bed 50 years ago.

They say history repeats itself - so it would seem when looking at the headlines.

Same can be said in my personal life.

My spouse with whom I have shared life for 10 1/2 years decided to leave me without warning. This accelerated the need for me to take the journey to the Desert for my health - better for my respiratory conditions - my emotional and mental state, and financially.

Kernels will continue as is even though I am in the Desert. My op-ed articles on politics and policy will continue to be From the Cornfield though reporting from the Desert. My perspective was formed, shaped and came into adulthood in the Land of Hoosiers. Because Indiana was instrumental in how I think, all will continue From the Cornfield.

Now on with those items of news which made an impression on me this last full week of June.

1. Symbolism of a Flag - Politicians and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle are calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag waving over the State Capitol in South Carolina. Charleston was the site last week of a deadly rampage by a white supremacist bent on starting a race war.

While there are those who see the flag as a symbol of a time when the South stood up for states rights, to many more, it is a reminder of America's dark past when slavery was legal and even considered to be supported by the Bible.

It is time to lower the flag. It is time to bury the past, while remembering the past so as not to commit the mistakes and sins of the past.

Republican Governor Nikki Hailey said it right today when at a news conference she spoke these words, "It's time to move the flag."

Those Republican candidates vying to be President should heed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he spoke out against keeping the flag waving. Candidates who waffle or try to finesse the issue will find their chances less and less probable.

2. Presidential Eulogy - It is fitting that President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy for murdered Pastor Clementa Pinckney in Charleston this week.

While I do believe it is only right considering the massacre and the historical significance of the church, my hope and prayer is that the President doesn't make matters worse as he has in the past with his words.

While a tragedy, a crime against humanity, the President must remember he is President of all the people of all races, all ethnic and national backgrounds.

3. United We Stand - As I mentioned earlier, a sense of deja vu is enveloping many of us of a certain age. The madman who killed nine people in a South Carolina church brought back nightmares of events of the 1960s during the civil rights era.

In the past seven years, more and more of these memories have resurfaced as event after event has occurred, pitting blacks and whites against each other. There are those who seem intent in making sure we are divided and fall.

Some use words to incite while others turn to firearms or knives or bombs.

Time to heal. Time to put aside what occurred centuries ago and build a UNITED States of America once more.

4. Cool Water - Ice water is a must in the Desert. The past week I have been here, the mercury has soared above 110 degrees every day. I am keeping hydrated constantly.

But there may be a problem with those who love their bottled water.

These brands are being pulled over a fear of e coli infection: Wegmans, Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, and Western Beef Blue.

Check your water!

5. Eyes on Supreme Court - Two of the most anticipated and watched decisions from the Supreme Court have yet to be announced. One deals with the fate of subsidies for health insurance premiums in 36 states. The other decision deals with whether there is a constitutional right to wed for same-gender couples.

Rulings are expected any day. Both decisions could have a major impact on all Americans.

6. The 'N' Word - With all the tension between the races, if you believe all the hype and media moguls, why in the world would the President use the "N" word in an interview?

Supporters are saying the President was making a point and was trying to teach the country. The outraged are saying that it should never be used at any time, by anyone - even a President who is of mixed race.

Who is right or who is wrong?

What Pew Research and Gallup Polls have both attested to is that since the President was elected the nation has become more polarized between blacks and whites.

7. Bring Back Ball & Chain - Perhaps we should return to a practice in the 1960s when prison inmates were shackled with a ball and chain or to each other. Perhaps then the two escaped murderers in New York would not have been loose for the past few weeks.

News reports indicate that DNA has been found and perhaps a sighting of the convicts who broke out over two weeks ago.

It made a great movie back in the 60s. Will their story be the next cinematic event?

8. The Horse Race - Yes, the 2016 presidential race is in full swing.

Currently we have nearly a dozen running on the Republican side. On the Democratic side we have the presumptive nominee, two ex-governors and a socialist.

What are their chances?

Where do they stand on the issues?

Later this week I will be providing my perspective on the 2016 race at this point in time From the Cornfield.

9. When It's Broke - Mr. President, hate to tell you, but your non-strategy for dealing with terrorists ain't working.

Of course when you tell the enemy you are still working on, trying to find, haven't got a strategy, it is a sure sign whatever it is you have, is broken.

Perhaps it is time to let the military in the room and let them speak freely.

10. Money Talks - Hear the latest tirade by Taylor Swift?

Neither did I, but apparently Apple heard it loud and clear.

When the country/pop star said she was pulling her music from Apple and its 30-day free policy on music downloads, the company quickly caved and agreed to pay artists during those 30 days.

Wonder if Taylor will write a song about it?

That's what caught my attention for Monday, June 22nd, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Nevada, United States

Kernels - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

by Mark  

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, January 21st, 2015.

1. State of Union Recap - President Barack Obama presented his sixth State of the Union Address to a joint-session of Congress Tuesday evening. The President's speech was pretty much known before hand.

He did not disappoint. He proved, in my opinion, what I mentioned in Monday's Kernels:

The impression I am getting is that back in kindergarten and first grade, the teacher would check the boxes, "Does not play well with others", and "Does not share", when completing the President's report card. He seems to determined to "go it alone", no matter what the voters want and whether he can get his way on anything.

Catch my take on: SOTU - Page Turned? Not, Quite.

2. Yemen, A Goner? - The ally we knew as Yemen appears all, but gone tonight. The Houthi Shiite rebels aligned with Iran seem to have toppled the government while keeping the secular Sunni president in power - at least in name only.

At this time, Americans and Yemeni-Americans holed up in the embassy and in the capital remain on alert.

American warships are in the Red Sea ready to evacuate the Americans if necessary.

In the mean time, the Islamic State is taking advantage of the chaos to move into Yemen and engage in confrontation with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for dominance.

The current coup underway in the capital of Sanaa does nothing, but bolster the terrorist foothold in the desert nation.

3. Stand and Die or Cave and Live - Japan is in negotiations with the Islamic State to save two of its journalists from the clutches of Jihadi John and a fate of being beheaded. The caliphate is demanding $200 million to save their lives.

The ransom demand comes after Japan pledged that amount to humanitarian efforts for those displaced and in need in both Syria and Iraq from the ongoing confrontations in those nations.

The Japanese have been given until Friday to come to terms.

4. Gun or Bomb Not Necessary - To spread terror, you don't need a gun or a bomb. Ask Israelis today about the terrorist who slashed his way with a knife before police shot him in the leg and brought him down.

With multiple victims, the man, being described as a lone-wolf terrorist, wreaked havoc this morning in the West Bank. Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror organization, called the knife-wielder a hero.

A few hours later, Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the House members about Iran and sanctions - without consulting the White House.

Flexing muscles as a co-equal branch of Congress, Boehner asked Netanyahu to address the President's threat or consequences if Congress approves new sanctions on Iran to hold the rogue nation's feet to the fire on suspending its nuclear ambitions.

The White House is not happy.

5. No Charges for Wilson - This just coming in: The Justice Department is indicating that there will be no federal, civil rights charges brought against former Ferguson, Missouri police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown late last summer.

Investigation into police department actions are ongoing.

6. Russia Raises Stakes in Ukraine - While the world's attention has been centered on the ever-growing terror threat from both the Islamic State and AQAP in Europe, Russia is continuing its assault on the eastern half of Ukraine in an attempt to take over the area following its illegal annexation of Crimea last year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on development of more weapons to keep the US and others at bay. Putin rejected the President's assertion in the State of the Union Address that Russia was being affected and held back by what Putin called America's false sense of being Number One in the world.

7. 2016 Watch - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who has tried and lost before to make it to the White House, is looking for another play. He is hoping his brand of social conservatism may win the tide.

With the Supreme Court agreeing to settle the issue of equality for same-gender couples, Huckabee is on the stump stating that no matter what the Supremes say, the states can ignore the court ruling.

Huckabee claims the Supreme Court cannot determine what is law without the states or the Congress drafting new law to back up the Court's rulings.

8. OOPs! File - Some times it is not politicians who do dumb things. Some times it is a government agency or in this case the North Miami Beach, Florida police department.

Seems the NMBPD has been using old, but real-life mug shots as target practice. The excuse to use the mug shots? So police officers know for sure who they are shooting at.

The mug shots were of blacks, Hispanics, whites and even women. The department was an equal opportunity freak.

The department is no longer allowed to continue the practice.

9. Taking Show on the Road - As if the President did not get enough press with his speech last night, he is taking the show on the road. No, not to regular broadcasters and with journalists, as we know them, but with YouTube stars.

With the YouTube stars getting hundreds of millions of views and subscribers, the President is going where the eyes and ears are.

10. Terror Threat in Europe Grows - The threat of terror attacks in Europe continues to grow. France is now saying there are about 3,000 people who need to be under surveillance at a cost of nearly half a billion dollars. These are individuals tied to Syria and Iraq as well as the Islamic State and AQAP.

It is looking more and more that the caliphate is directing the activity in Europe.

That's what caught my attention for Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Indiana, United States

Kernels - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

by Mark  

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, January 20th, 2015.

1. Key US Ally Struggles to Hold - The secular Sunni government of Yemen, which has been critical in the fight against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in this desert nation, is on the precipice, trying to keep from falling into the abyss at this hour.

The government is attempting to stave off the onslaught of Hoothi Shiites, backed by Iran, who are attempting to topple the government. The Hoothi are anti-American.

Just last year President Barack Obama held up Yemen as a success story in the fight against terrorism. That now looks to have been premature.

Yemen looks to become another failed state such as Libya, Somalia, Syria and Iraq. It looks to become another area such as the Maghrib in Mali or the northeastern corner of Nigeria, where terror groups operate with impunity. These groups are dedicated to destruction of western civilization and the US in particular.

Don't expect the President to say much about the growing global terror threat in his State of the Union Address to the joint session of Congress tonight. He and his Administration, as late as a week or two ago, were still proclaiming Al Qaeda was decimated and terrorists were on the run.

The US Embassy in Yemen is preparing emergency evacuation to waiting war ships in the Red Sea off the coast.

2. Growing Islamic State Ties to Europe Terror Threat - As more and more evidence and more terrorists are rounded up around Europe, it is becoming ever more clear that the cells and activities are being directed or in part financed by the Islamic State.

The terrorists captured and at-large appear to have served, fought and trained with the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.

Now the Islamic State is attempting to extort $200 million from Japan to save two Japanese reporters being held in captivity or see the pair decapitated.

3. State of the Union - At 9 p.m. tonight, the President will address a joint session of Congress to deliver the annual State of the Union Address.

The President will rightly note that the economy is getting stronger, though to many in the middle class that has yet to translate. To the middle class the best sign of improvement is at the gas pump.

The President can point to more jobs being created last year than any year since before the 2008 housing market crash.

The President is expected to inform Congress he is sending a request for use of force against the Islamic State. However, don't expect him to address much more on the current threats nor the imminent demise of the Yemeni government tonight.

Expect to hear the President set up an agenda for Democratic hopefuls to use in the 2016 election cycle in hopes of keeping the White House and regaining at least one chamber of Congress.

4. Yellowstone River Contaminated - A pipeline busted spilling oil into the Yellowstone River contaminating drinking water with 50,000 gallons in Montana.

Expect opponents to the Keystone XL Pipeline to use this break as another reason not to pursue construction of that project.

5. Segue to Oil Spill - BP is facing a $13.7 billion fine from the Gulf of Mexico spill back in 2010. A civil trial began today which could impose the largest fine in history.

The US government contends that BP should pay the maximum for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. BP may may have been paying and trying to win back good will, but the Justice Department is not buying.

6. US Goes for Roman Polanski Again - The US is asking a Polish court to extradite film maker, Roman Polanski, on decades old sex with a minor charge from the 1970s.

Swiss Courts already rejected an extradition in 2010. Will the US have any better luck with Poland?

7. Abbreviated Kernels - With the State of the Union Address beginning shortly, tonight's edition will end here to allow me to focus on the SOTU.

That's what caught my attention for Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Indiana, United States

Kernels - Monday, January 19, 2015

by Mark  

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, January 19th, 2015 from my hospital bed at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

1. Global Threat Grows - The security across the world is threatened on this Monday evening. The threat grew over the weekend and extends from Europe to the Arabian Peninsula to Africa and to the US of A.

Across Europe terror cells have been disrupted, members arrested from Great Britain to France to Belgium, which has the largest per capita number of terror suspects on the continent, to Germany to Spain to Greece and Italy, intelligence and police agencies have been rounding up persons of interests. Most have returned from fighting along side the Islamic State or have trained with one of the Al Qaeda affiliates.

Boko Haram made an incursion into neighboring Cameroon. The terrorist group was forced to retreat as Cameroon forces fought back, unlike Nigeria.

In Yemen, home of the most dangerous of the Al Qaeda affiliates, AQAP, the government is under siege from the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels against the Sunni rulers of the desert nation. Yemen may soon be another failed, lawless state such Libya, Syria, Iraq.

In the US of A, there is still a racist terrorist who bombed the NAACP office in Colorado Springs still on the loose. There is the radicalized 20-year-old Ohio man who planned to pipe bomb the US Capital and kill people running from the building with rifles and 600-rounds of ammunition he bought and led to his arrest last week.

With President Barack Obama preparing to deliver his State of the Union Address on Tuesday to the US Congress, one thing is certain that he cannot say with validity: We are more secure and safer now than when he took office six years ago.

2. First the White House, Now Fox News??? - Don't tell me we are not living in the last days. Last week the White House admitted that it was a mistake to not have a visible, recognizable face at the Unity March in Paris last Sunday.

Sunday Fox News and its anchors were out in force apologizing for spreading rumors and not accurate news about "no-go zones" in Europe where police do not enter and Sharia, Islamic law is the only law allowed. Seems that is not the case even though Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is doubling down with eyes on the White House in 2016.

Instead what we have in Europe is no different than what we have in some of our urban areas in the US where police and others are reluctant to go in the night time hours when gangs run supreme. Still police officers go when needed - same in Europe.

But will this reality change the dialogue?

Will fear and distortion rule the day?

3. Wasn't This a Movie? - Several years ago I recall a movie where two teenagers took a crime spree and became national heroes. Of course what has played out over the past week from Kentucky to Florida was no movie.

Allegedly the family of the boy and the boy thought the girl was 19, but is only 13. She would use forged checks to buy cigarettes.

When US Marshals located the sleeping couple in a stolen vehicle in Panama City, Florida, the young man was more than ready to return home to Kentucky to face the medicine. The 13-year-old girl was transferred to Family Services.

4. Honoring Martin Luther King - Today is a national holiday for the civil rights leader. What better way to commemorate his life than a staging of the 1965 Selma march?

We have yet to arrive to that day which Dr. King dreamed about, but we have come far from those troubled days in the 1950s and 1960s. There are still too many on each side trapped and living in the 1960s. There are still too many on each side not willing to move forward.

Recall that the Israelis had to wander in the desert for 40 years to allow those who still held on to Egypt to die out before the children of Jacob could go home to the Promised Land. Perhaps we may have to wander in our own desert a little longer before we can climb the mountain and enter the Promised Land?

5. Sports Bone - The big, big game - that's the Super Bowl - is primed and ready, but not without some controversy. The New England Patriots after routing the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, winning the AFC championship, will face off against the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the NFC championship, after sending the Green Bay Packers packing, 28-22.

This will be the sixth trip for the Patriots when they travel to University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1.

Oh yeah, the controversy? Seems the Patriots are accused of deflating the balls for the game Sunday against the Colts. It won't change the outcome, but if true, there could be the second big fine in as many years on the team.

6. Who Hacked Who? - Word is that the reason the US was so sure the North Koreans had hacked into Sony to get it not to show the rude comedy from Seth Rogen, The Interview, is because the US had already hacked the Chinese grid used by the North Koreans.

Can we say self-righteous indignation?

7. Speaking of Seth Rogen - Seems Rogen, who is such an expert on what is a good movie and is not, is joining up with that other American-lover, Michael Moore to slam the best grossing January release of an American film, American Sniper. Never mind that it is also up for best picture of the year for the Academy Awards.

Moore and Rogen know best.

The movie opened with over $100 million in ticket sales. Compare that to Rogen's $1 million. And Moore never doing much better than Rogen.

When has Moore ever appreciated the US of A except to try and take movie goers money?

The subject of the movie is America's most decorated sniper with the most kills and a former Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. After four tours in combat, Kyle met his death trying to help another veteran with PTSD.

But to Moore, Kyle was no hero - he was a coward.

8. Equality March - On Friday, as expected, the US Supreme Court decided to hear appeals from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of equality for same-gender couples. The 6th District is the only Appeals Court to uphold states rights on the issue of marriage and equality. All the other courts to-date have ruled in favor of a Constitutional right for same-gender couples.

9. State of the Union - The President will deliver his State of the Union Address tomorrow night before a joint-session of Congress and in prime time. If what we have seen so far from the President is any indication, the speech will be a wish list of what will never become reality.

While voters may have been clear a few months ago during the 2014 Mid-Term Elections that what was wanted was for Congress and the President to work together for the good of the country, that does not seem the route the President will take.

The impression I am getting is that back in kindergarten and first grade, the teacher would check the boxes, "Does not play well with others", and "Does not share", when completing the President's report card. He seems to determined to "go it alone", no matter what the voters want and whether he can get his way on anything.

If all goes well, I will have my take on the State of the Union from Mark's Den and From the Cornfield Tuesday night.

10. Thank You Readers and Commenters - It is you, the readers and commenters that make Kernels From the Cornfield. Special thanks to my fellow members of CNN's iReport community.

How many of you have notice how a subject of Kernels shows up in a day or two as topic on CNN?

Boko Haram? Call It What It Is? To mention a couple.

It is your comments, your participation that gets the attention of the "real news". Keep it up.

And I'll try and stay out of the hospital.

That's what caught my attention for Monday, January 19th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Indiana, United States

Kernels - Thursday, January 15, 2015

by Mark  

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, January 15th, 2015.

1. Belgium Raid Terrorist Dens - Belgium security forces spread out across the nation to the north of France today hauling in a number of terrorist suspects.

In one raid in the city of Verviers, three terrorists came out guns blazing. Two terrorists were killed. The third is now in custody. The three had recently returned from Syria, where they fought along side the Islamic State.

Belgium officials stated that "major imminent attacks were thwarted."

Ties to the terrorists who launched attacks in France last week are being researched in Belgium, but seem unrelated.

What is known is that the Islamic State jihadist, who killed four hostages at a kosher grocery, had taken out a $10,000 loan in Belgium and sold his vehicle to a guns trafficker in that country, who is now in custody.

Six other suspects, including a fourth gunmen in last week's attacks, are being sought by French authorities. The gunman is thought to have escaped the country and may now be in Syria.

2. Linebacker Will Miss Game - Across the Cornfield fans are in shock after the arrest of Josh McNary, the Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker, on a charge of felony rape.

McNary is alleged to have raped a 29-year-old woman he picked up at a bar on December 1. He is also charged with criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Both the Colts and NFL are investigating. McNary will not be on the bench for Sunday's big game against the New England Patriots.

3. El Capitan Scaled - Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed their free climb of Yosemite National Park's 3,000- foot vertical wall, El Capitan, on their 19th day making history.

The pair slept in hammocks as they scaled the daunting face of the cliff. Several times one or the other fell, caught by their harness ropes, as they reached for cracks to pull themselves up Dawn's Wall.

Hats off for the daring and successful climb!

4. Cuba Restrictions Relaxed - Restrictions on travel to Cuba were relaxed today, following President Barack Obama's historic announcement of normalizing relations late last month.

Travel to Cuba will be allowed for educational reasons and a few other purposes. The amount of money that can be sent home by Cuban Americans to family on the island nation will be increased.

Financial institutions can open accounts with Cuban financial institutions. Some imports from Cuba will now be allowed.

A complete roll-back of restrictions would require an act of Congress. At this time, that doesn't seem to be forthcoming any time soon.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, whose parents were born in Cuba, called the move a gift to the Castros.

5. Case of Hypocrisy? - French authorities are being accused of being hypocrites when it comes to free speech. At issue seems to be some speech is OK, but other speech is not.

A French comedian, who has been arrested many times for incorrect, offending or unflattering speech or gestures, was arrested again yesterday for comments, now deleted, posted on Facebook.

French law enforcement are being accused of "cherry picking" what is protected speech and what is "offensive". As if the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are not offensive to millions and should be protected, but those who criticize the cartoons are guilty of hate speech.

If so, this is not right.

Hate speech, anti-Semitism speech and Holocaust denial speech are punishable in France as is condoning or praising acts of terror. I understand the logic in those cases.

But arresting a comedian for being a comedian, which is in the same vein as the satirical take of the cartoonists, seems off and wrong, from where I sit in the Cornfield.

6. Boko Haram Continues Pillage - Like cattle stampeding, trampling and destroying everything in their path or swarms of locust devastating crop lands, Boko Haram, the Nigerian terror group, continues to pillage, rape, kill and raze town after town in northeastern Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army is underpaid and not sufficiently equipped to halt the onslaught. Civilian leaders, fearful of a strong military, keep the soldiers in a weakened position. By doing so, the Nigerian government is complicit with the killing, raping and destruction of its citizens and cities.

Where is the outcry from the rest of the nations?

7. Roadblock - Looks like the Republican march to curtail the President's executive actions on immigration may have hit a roadblock in the US Senate.

While the House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security and defund the immigration actions of the President, it appears getting the votes in the Senate may not happen.

GOP Senators need six Democratic Senators to join them to reach the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.

8. Target Retreats - Retail giant, Target, is closing operations in Canada. The store's expansion into the international market has not gone the way it had hoped.

9. Notable Quote - Independent Senator Angus King of Maine told CNN that the most dangerous threat to the nation's security is "unemployed 22-year-olds" who are drawn in by the pitch from radical extremists.

10. Kerry in France - After the failure of any recognizable US officials to attend this past Sunday's Unity March in France, Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to the country, which continues to reel from dual terrorist attacks last week.

Kerry said earlier today he wants to give France "a big hug".

That's what caught my attention for Thursday, January 15th, 2015.

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

I am Mark Ivy.

Good evening!

Location: Indiana, United States

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