The Kensington Review

10 December 2004

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Rumsfeld Questioned by Troops, Offers No Answers -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld went to visit his war earlier this week and discovered that not everybody thinks things are going well. He gets points for taking unscripted, unscreened questions from the men his zeal has put in harm’s way, unlike the commander-in-chief. At the same time, he’s smart enough to know that tough questions from non-coms require good answers. He didn’t have any.

Iraq’s Shi’ites Present Unified List for Upcoming Election -- The Iraqi population is roughly 60% Shi’ite Muslim, 20% Arab Sunni Muslim, and 20% Kurd, with smatterings of others. This means that the government of Iraq derived from any truly free election is likely to be Shi’ite-based. The only hope for those opposed to such is a split within the Shi’ite community. Yesterday, the United Iraqi Alliance put forward a single Shi’ite list, avoiding that very thing.

IBM Sells PC Unit to China’s Lenovo -- There was a time when a person bought an IBM computer for the office because, well, no one ever got fired for buying from IBM. The IBM XT was cutting edge technology once upon a time, with a CGA graphics card and a 20 MB hard drive. But the personal computer market has become a commodity business in the 21 years since the XT turned up. So, IBM called it quits and sold its PC unit to Lenovo, a Chinese company. Both sides win.

Madame Tussaud’s Nativity Scene Offends Religious Establishment -- Given the religious history of the British Isles, it takes something quite special to bring together the Church of England, the Vatican and Kirk of Scotland. After all, the legacy of Jesus Christ hasn’t. But Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London has achieved unity among the faithful. Using the museum’s amazingly accurate replicas of modern celebrities, a simple nativity scene has most church leaders shaking their heads, or worse.

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