The Kensington Review

12 April 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 44
Run-Off Needed to Fill Cunningham’s Seat -- With Randy “Duke” Cunningham in jail for abuse of office, the people of California’s 50th Congressional District have no representative in the House. Yesterday, a special election to fill that seat didn’t result in a winner. A run-off election in June will pit Democrat Francine Busby, who finished first with 44% of the vote, against former Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray, who garnered 15% of the ballots. Appearances are deceiving, though; most expect Mr. Bilbray to win the seat.

Bush’s Bluff Called on Nuking Iran -- The media and anti-Bush pundits have managed to work themselves into a lather over recent revelations that the Pentagon is entertaining the idea of using nuclear weapons to halt Iran’s atomic research program. The irony is amusing if one’s sensibilities run that direction, but the president isn’t going to nuke Iran. Anybody who has ever played poker knows what a bluff is. Mr Bush has made one, and Iran has called it.

ABC Hit Shows to be Free on Internet -- The introduction of a new technology is the greatest threat to any industry. Fletchers, buggy whip makers and steam locomotive manufacturers just haven’t got the same market since the invention of gunpowder, the internal combustion engine and airplanes. What the internet means to TV networks is still unclear. However, ABC has decided to find out rather than let events run it over.

French Scholar May Have Cracked Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” Code -- Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” is the most famous painting in the world in part because of the “sfumato” or “smoky finish” it bears. Jacques Franck, an acknowledged Da Vinci expert with a rather controversial reputation, says he has figured out how it was done. Surprisingly, it wasn’t done with a roller in a single stroke.

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