The Kensington Review

8 April 2005

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Country Going Wrong Way, Bush Avoids Blame -- The National Broadcasting Company, owned by General Electric (which also owns insurance companies, weapons manufacturers, and at least one medical equipment maker), and the Wall Street Journal (the daily bible of corporate America) just released a poll that says most Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Despite that, a plurality believes the president is doing a good job. Many leftish commentators have suggested that it is just a matter of time before the chickens come home to roost. But an alternate (and much gloomier) interpretation suggests that Americans simply think things can't be helped.

Kashmir Bus Service Attacked by Enemies of Kashmiris -- Usually, grand send-offs for travelers are reserved for cruise ships. Bus passengers have to do without the confetti and the brass bands. However, in Kashmir yesterday, India's Prime Minister turned up to wave "good-bye" to garland-decorated passengers crossing the de facto border between India and Pakistan. The trip was the first such journey in almost 60 years. Some say, the trip included fireworks, but authorities denied that a grenade had been thrown.

Marks & Spencer Wins Tax Case -- As the British electoral campaign moves into high gear, the UK Independence Party is making a great deal of noise about Britain being run by Britons. Noting that most laws governing the British people come from a rather undemocratic Brussels rather than London (which has democracy issues of its own), they suggest that EU membership is a loser all the way around for Brits. The most recent decision by the European Union on taxes gives retailer Marks & Spencer hope of just treatment from Her Majesty's Treasury and a 30 million rebate. In other words, EU membership does help.

Pulitzers Awarded, State of the Art is Healthy -- "The Media" uttered with just the right exasperated sigh has become a curse word of some prominence and potency. And in the recent Terry Schiavo story, the over-coverage of the death of John Paul II, and their willful neglect of the pre-war lies and misrepresentations by the White House, they have not distinguished themselves. However, it is often best to judge not the average professional but the extraordinary one to determine the state of an occupation. The 2005 Pulitzer Prize winners suggests things are just fine, if one can boost the signal and tune out the noise.

Copyright 2005 by The Kensington Review, J. Myhre, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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