The Kensington Review

13 August 2004

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US and Iraqi Troops Take Najaf in Fight with Medhi Army -- Moqtada Sadr is yet another vicious little opportunist pretending that God has anointed him to save his people from evil. His Mehdi Army is holed up in the sacred Imam Ali Shrine, profaning it with weapons, and fighting a battle against reality. The Iraqi government, a band of thugs who at least don't insult religion while misruling the nation, has sent its security people, backed up by the US Marine Corps, to clean up the city of Najaf where Imam Ali lies buried. If the mullah is killed, many in the west worry that this will create a martyr for Shi'ite Iraqis. Their concern is misplaced -- like all religious fanatics, he's much more trouble alive.

Jim McGreevey Quits as New Jersey Governor in Gay Sex Scandal -- Jim McGreevey resigned the office of Governor of the State of New Jersey effective November 15. He admitted to an extra-marital gay relationship, and in his resignation speech, he tried to wrap himself in the gay rights banner. The speech itself was rather forgettable, but the fact that he made it at all makes Mr. McGreevey, in the end, an honorable man. America needs a few more politicians like him.

Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts to Go Chapter 11 -- Donald Trump is one of the greatest salesmen in the history of a nation of salesmen. He has sold America on the idea that he is a great businessman, to the point that winning a job with him is the prize on a game show. His Trump Hotels & Casino Reports is preparing to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it has never turned a profit during the 8 years it has traded as a public company. He's dropping his control in a pre-negotiated proceeding to 25% from 56%. Only in America.

Olympics Return to Greece -- The Modern Olympics have survived two World Wars and a Cold War, numerous boycotts, and quadrennial manipulation by governments and corporations. So, as the games open tonight in Athens, in the shadow of Mount Olympus, it is delightfully wondrous to listen to those with a vested interest in the "purity of the movement" go on about the games being bloated, threatened by doping and in general, living on the edge of doom. Yet another reason to teach the classics to eager young minds as early as possible -- the Modern Games are every bit as clean as the ancient Olympics, and in fact, are in some ways better.

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