The Kensington Review

17 February 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 21
UN Tells US to Close Guantánamo Prison -- The latest UN news is a 54-page report in which the world body demands that the US close its prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The folks in Bush administration, and a substantial number of Americans, believe that the UN is pretty good at making a nice, secular holiday greeting card but little else. So, while the UN is right, the US has the might, but it has no intention of closing the place.

British Parliament Considers Voting Itself into Irrelevance -- The big news in Britain this week was the ban on smoking in England and Wales that the “we-know-what’s-best-for-you” crowd rammed through Parliament. A lovely piece of misdirection it was as well. The real worry is the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which has had its second reading and is now in committee. If passed, ministers (rather than the Parliament) will be making most of Britain's laws.

Bernanke Speaks English, Not Greenspanspeak -- The new Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, delivered his first report to Congress on Wednesday. There weren’t any real bombshells regarding economic policy or Fed perceptions about the economy. However, the top story here is that Professor Bernanke speaks English rather than the gobbledygook his predecessor turned into such a high art. It’s a victory for transparency.

Jonathan Farrar, age 12, Donates $1,000 in Savings to School -- The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah could have written this headline, Chapter 11, Verse 6 “ . . . and a little child shall lead them.” When he heard about some financial trouble his school district in Arkansas was suffering, Jonathan Farrar got out $1,000 he had saved up to go see the New York Yankees play in the Bronx and gave it to the district. It was part of $400,000 the community raised to cover the projected budget shortfall. George Steinbrenner, the Yankees owner, is bringing Mr. Farrar to New York soon.

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.

© Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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