Welcome to another 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, April 22nd, 2016.
1. State of the Race – Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s convention manager, told the annual gathering of the Republican National Committee in Florida on Thursday that there are two Trumps – one on the stump and the one who will govern.
Remember not too long ago when I wrote: Person Versus Persona?
Did I call it or did I call it?
We have sunk to bathroom politics – literally. Shaking My Head
Ted Cruz is mangling and distorting statements from Donald Trump on the controversial, so-called bathroom law in North Carolina. In addition, Cruz has shown a told misunderstanding and ignorance on what a transgender person is.
In an ad out today, the Cruz campaign ad refers to transgender individuals as grown men “pretending to be women.“
How ignorant is this man who is reputed to be so intelligent?
His campaign signs say “TrusTed“. My response is: Trust Me – Uhm – No.
The skuttlebutt is that the Cornfield’s own Indiana Primary on May 3 could be the #NeverTrump movement’s last stand.
Will the movement go down like General George Armstrong Custard and the 7th Calvary at the Little Big Horn?
2. Earth Day – Today around the world, the Earth is celebrated.
It is day to think green.
And you thought thinking green was only for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Learn more about Earth Day: http://mentalfloss.com/article/78560/10-fascinating-facts-about-earth-day
3. Unhappy Brits – President Barack Obama is finding the welcome mat being rolled up as he visits the United Kingdom.
Some Brits are not too happy with the President sticking his nose in the nation’s internal affairs when he wrote an op-ed urging the British people to say, “no” on leaving the European Union.
Making matters worse, when questioned on the issue by a British reporter at a press conference today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the President took umbrage and showed he was not pleased with being asked why he was meddling. The President in his remarks before the question had doubled down on his view that the United Kingdom should stay in the EU.
The reporter pointed out that the President had previously stated that the US of A would not submit to some of the rules and levies which the EU put on Great Britain.
Cameron did his best to pull the President out of the hole which he continued to dig.
4. Death & Mayhem – At least seven people, including children, have been found dead in Pike and Adams counties in Ohio this morning.
The dead were found in at least three locations, according to some reports.
Peebles High School was placed on lockdown.
This is a developing story.
5. Intentional Negligence? – Does a dashcam video reveal that Florida police officers allowed three teenaged girls to drown last month after the car in which they were riding plunged into a pond?
An article from The Root, claims the officers did just that.
The full story and link to the video: http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/04/dashcam_footage_shows_fla_deputies_discussing_whether_to_rescue_girls_who.html
6. Suicide Rise – The rate of suicides in the US of A has increased alarmingly since 1999.
According to a new study, the suicide rate rose 24% from ’99 to 2014. In previous years from 1986, the rate had been in decline.
“Many people view suicide as a mental health problem, but many people who die of suicide do not have a mental health problem. It’s a public health problem,” said Kristin Holland, a behavioral scientist at the Center for Disease Control.
7. Feel Good Friday – Did you read about the 8-year-old buddies who raise money for those with cleft lips and palates?
Both of the boys were born with the deformity, became best friends and try to help others.
Together the pair has raised thousands of dollars for Operation Smile.
You have to read their story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2016/04/22/8-year-old-best-friends-raise-money-cleft-surgeries/83275290/
8. Weekend to April’s End – Expect to see more of those April showers ahead of May’s flowers.
9. Taken Hostage! – Did you see the story about a man in Latvia who was taken hostage by – wait for it – a beaver?
I kid you not!
The man ended up getting 15 stitches in his leg from beaver bites.
Read it for yourself: http://theweek.com/speedreads/620194/beaver-reportedly-took-man-hostage-latvia
10. Gone! – Across the Cornfield can be heard the sound as doves cry. The ground has been drenched by a purple rain. The lightning flashed and the thunder rolled as our Prince drove his little red Corvette up the heavenly highway from the Land of Lakes for a command performance in the hallowed hall of Valhalla.
Prince, 57, was found dead in his Minnesota studio on Thursday.
Rather than mourn, let us celebrate his life and legacy with a party, like it’s 1999.
That’s what caught my attention this Friday, April 22nd, 2016.
Tune in Monday for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy