The Kensington Review

25 July 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 88
Democrats Incensed over White House Plan to Withhold Some Roberts Papers -- The White House has said it will not release some of the papers Judge John Roberts, nominee to the Supreme Court, wrote when the judge was a member of earlier administrations. The Democrats are up in arms over this. They believe that they should get their hands on all the information available to make an informed decision. The White House, which relies on faith rather than facts, is prepared to fight this tooth and nail. Some helpful advice to Democrats – vote “no” unless the papers come to the Senate.

London Plainclothes Cops Kill Innocent Man -- Jean Charles de Menezes was a 27 year-old electrician who moved to London from his native Brazil for the same reasons lots of people choose to become Londoners. Mainly, he came to the city for the chances his home town of Gonzaga in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais couldn’t give him. After three years as a Londoner, he was shot to death in a mistake of the worst sort. Three plainclothes policemen killed him thinking he might be tied to the July 7 bombings – the police later said he was not and apologized. They also said it could happen again.

AFL-CIO May Split, Teamsters and SEIU Lead the Way Out -- America’s largest labor entity, the AFL-CIO, came into being in 1955 when the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged. The AFL, led by Samuel Gompers, was a rather conservative political force, opposing the socialists in the Knights of Labor. The CIO, led by John Lewis of the United Mineworkers, was a more militant bunch. However, the merger offered both a strength in unity that their separate characters prevented. Now, it looks like the marriage may be over, but the question is will it be a divorce or a death that ends it?

Canadian Government Secures Surprise Win in World Stupidity Awards -- Regular readers will know this journal views awards ceremonies with loathing. With a couple of exceptions, they are times for the self-absorbed to pat one another on the back. However, last Friday, the 2005 World Stupidity Awards were handed out at "Just for Laughs, the Montreal International Comedy Festival" in Quebec. The Kensington Review wholeheartedly ascribes to the motto of sponsoring body, the Academy Recognizing Stupidity Everywhere [ARSE]; “The Academy believes that everybody is stupid, some people just need to have it pointed out.” And so, the winners are:

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