The Kensington Review

14 July 2004

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Homeland Security Officials Consider Postponing Election -- Officials at the Heimatschutzministerium (Department of Homeland Security in Oldspeak) have asked the Justice Department what legal basis there could be to postpone November's election in the event of a terrorist attack on the USA. It appears that some sort of legislation may be required since there is no federal agency that regulates federal elections. If the Feds want to do such a foolish thing, they shouldn't do it in a foolish way. One expects that they will.

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Blames US and Israel for Iraq Kidnappings and Murders -- Conspiracy theory flourishes in the Muslim world. In part, this stems from the closed nature of many Islamic, and especially Arab, societies. In part, the failure of the Islamic world to build upon its successes 700 and more years ago accounts for this -- there must be some plan by evil conspirators that keep the faithful from greatness. In part, though, there is a failure of logic, and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, prove even educated people can come up with incredible nonsense. He blames the kidnappings and killings of foreigners in Iraq on the US and Israel.

US Trade Gap Narrows -- The latest figures for the US trade deficit (the value of imports minus the value of exports) dropped for the first time in six months and gave analysts a pleasant surprise. May's trade gap was $46 billion, $2.3 billion lower than the experts thought. This could result in some upward revision in US growth estimates, but any enthusiasm beyond a single cheer is excessive.

American League Beats National League 9-4 -- Most of the pre-game hype focused on the not-that-friendly relationship between Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza. Forced to be a pitcher-catcher battery for the All-Star game, the media thought it had a story about men hating each other but working together. After Mr. Clemens gave up 6 runs in the first inning, the game was over, and the story didn't count for much.

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