The Kensington Review

21 July 2004

Latest Commentary:
Kobe's Trial Takes Constitutional Twist -- This journal has deliberately avoided the Kobe Bryant trial in Eagle County, Colorado, until now. A "he said, she said" case involving a major celebrity is not a fertile subject for intellectual exercise so much as it is a fertile ground for gossip and related nonsense. Some of the nonsense revealed earlier this week shows some judges shouldn't be trusted with a gavel. The Supreme Court of Colorado decided 4-3 that the judiciary can muzzle the press in pursuit of the state's interest. At least, there are three judges in Colorado in their right minds.

Brazil Threatens to Shoot Down Drug Trafficking Planes -- The Brazilian parliament has passed and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has backed a law that lets the Brazilian military shoot down planes suspected of carrying drugs. With prohibition and interdiction failing to stem the tide of drugs in the Americas, this escalation is a sign of desperation. Best of all, in order to reassure people that there won't be any chance of mistakes a procedure for firing is in place that suggests any suspected planes will have left Brazilian airspace by the time all nine steps have been carried out.

SAB Miller Needs a Sense of Humor -- SAB Miller, megabrewer that makes Miller in addition to others, is suing some T-shirt makers. The problem is with the Mullet haircut -- long in back, short up front. Fashionable back when David Bowie first showed if off when he put out Diamond Dogs (for readers under 30, that was a really long time ago), the Mullet is now the great laughing stock of hairdos (except for the Combover balding men wear). A rather cheeky T-shirt maker has decided to mock the Mullet using a parody of Miller's slogan's and logo. SAB Miller has shown no sense of humor and as a result has missed a great advertising opportunity.

Drunken Flight Crew Beats Passenger -- Air rage is not all that uncommon, and to be quite honest, air travel in the last 20 years has devolved to a level of barbarism that normally one associated with the Royal Navy of 1800. When passengers act up, it is usually the result of poor manners, quick tempers and industry-related provocation. However, when the people serving the drinks and food take it upon themselves to beat up a paying customer, there isnít a whole lot left to say.



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