The Kensington Review

26 December 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 154
Rumsfeld Announces Troop Draw Down -- Secretary of Defense Field Marshall Donald von Rumsfeld spent Christmas with the insufficient number of troops he sent to Iraq. While there, he announced that the number of Americans in uniform in Iraq would decline over the next 12 months. Instead of 17 brigades, the US will have 15. It is a start, but enthusiasm must be curbed. American troops wonít be out of Iraq for years, if ever.

Tsunami Anniversary Marked by Sorrow and Debates -- This is the first anniversary of the Boxing Day tsumani that killed around a quarter of a million people. The memorial ceremonies throughout the Indian Ocean region have offered the mourners a chance to do as they must to get through their loss. The rebuilding efforts are getting the once-over from donors who want to see progress. The truth is that this disaster was bigger than anything nature has done in the region for a long time, and humanity hasnít got enough experience of this kind of disaster to respond well.

AIDS Research Expert Says Look to Governments for Cure -- Americaís founding fathers took government to be a necessary evil, but by 1980, many on the right doubted its necessity and underscored its evil. The market was deemed to be the salvation of mankind. A quarter of a decade on, it is clear that in the field of health research, the market canít deliver and government must. Dr. Edmund Tramont, a world-class AIDS researcher, has told Congress business has no interest in an AIDS cure.

Inflatable ďDecorationsĒ are Newest Tacky Holiday Trend -- For centuries, the solstice season has come with special decorations. In Christendom, it has ranged from holly berries and mistletoe (Druidic in origin) to electric twinkling lights (Made in China) on both the tree and the house. This year, there appeared to be a huge number of inflatable, cartoonish snowmen, Santas and reindeer. These tacky things are kept inflated by a fan constantly blowing air into them and are usually lit up by some low-end version of a klieg light. The shops didnít appear to have an inflatable Madonna and child, but there is always next year.

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