The Kensington Review

13 February 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 19
Bush Hikes User Fees in Budget -- The biggest lesson in Republican Party politics George “LBJ” Bush ever got came when his father had to backtrack on his “Read My Lips, No New Taxes” pledge. At the time, Bush the Elder cut a deal with Congress that set America up for the surpluses enjoyed by Mr. Clinton. The deal also incensed the rank and file of the GOP so much that many backed Ross Perot for President, handing Mr. Clinton the White House. So, when Mr. Bush decided to raise taxes in his latest budget, he called them user fees instead.

Jafari Wins Shi’ite Nomination for Iraqi PM -- Ibrahim Jafari, a physician by trade and current interim leader of Iraq by quirk of history, won the Shi’ite bloc’s nomination for Prime Minister of Iraq by a single vote. In what may be heralded as a triumph of parliamentary democracy, Dr. Jafari is now almost guaranteed to be the Prime Minister, since the Shi’ite hold a majority. However, his victory came about through the machinations of Moqtada al Sadr, the man who will be Iraq’s Ayatollah Khomenei before this farce ends.

Not Quite Ad Fascism at Turin’s Olympics --Using the word “fascism” in any Italian context is intellectually dangerous and morally dubious. At the same time, if it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck and flies like a duck, it might just be a duck. Brand protection of sponsors at the Olympics almost (but not quite) goes to lengths that would have been recognized in the country seventy years ago.

Michele Kwan Drops out of Turin Olympics -- Michele Kwan’s 12-year affair with the Winter Olympics came to an end over the week-end because of a new (or perhaps old) groin injury. The one medal she hadn’t won, Olympic gold, slipped through her fingers forever. After a special dispensation from the skating powers that be, she was practicing for one last stab at it, and she realized she wasn’t going to be at her peak. With grace, she withdrew from the competition, where she shouldn’t have been in the first place.

The Danish flag appears here as a protest against the violence being done to the free press of that country and elsewhere by those offended by some cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be unto him. A perceived insult is not an excuse for intimidation and violence, even in the name of the Creator. One cannot insult God, only small-minded men who falsely claim to speak for Him.

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