The Kensington Review

1 November 2004

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Kensington Review Endorses John Kerry -- George W. Bush has been an incompetent president. He should have resigned in disgrace a year ago. However, the American system doesn’t really lend itself to politicians taking the high road. Moreover, John F. Kerry has served well in the Senate for two decades and represents a tradition in American politics that stands for an active government that works to uphold the common good. A vote for Mr. Kerry is not just a vote against Mr. Bush, although there should be a great many of those anyway.

Usama bin Laden’s Video Message Has Little to Do with America’s Election -- Usama bin Laden turned up on videotape right before the US election, and the American media responded with all the thoughtfulness and dispassionate analysis of Daffy Duck in a burning building. Messrs. Bush and Kerry both ignored him, as best they could. Mostly, they blustered that UBL, as the State Department calls him, won’t affect America’s election. That’s wrong on two levels. First, he already has, and second, he doesn’t really care about Tuesday’s election.

The Market Wants a Decision on November 2 -- Tomorrow is election day in the US, and there has been a great deal of punditry over which candidate’s policies would be most beneficial to the stock market. Even if the president had as much influence over the markets as some believe, it won’t matter economically who the president is. What Wall Street wants is to get the uncertainty out of the way so that there can be a rally in stocks to make a run at 11,000 on the Dow Industrials before New Year.

Carlin Destroys Euphemism in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? -- Wal-Mart has refused to stock George Carlin’s new book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? The dustcover shows Mr. Carlin seated in Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” looking expectantly off to the side. Wal-Mart claims the cover may offend, and therefore, to spare sensitive shoppers any undue anxiety, his book won’t get through the door. According to Mr. Carlin, this is exactly the kind of thing that is wrecking America.



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