The Kensington Review

17 May 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 59
Bush’s Reasonable Immigration Speech Falls on Many Deaf Ears -- President Bush spoke to the nation, and the world, on Monday night and delivered an uninspiring but rational speech on immigration. If he could focus on solving this sort of issue rather than traipsing off in search of empire, he might have the makings of an adequate leader. He proposed getting control of the border, providing a path to citizenship for illegal aliens with deep roots in the US, and a guest worker program. Unfortunately, the issue is too emotionally charged for the parties concerned to listen to reason. Putting a government together in Baghdad may prove easier.

US and Libya Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Khaddafy made a grand gesture in December 2003, offering to give up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for normalized relations with the West, after the CIA and MI6 busted up a big shipment of equipment. On Monday, Secretary of State NeoCon-doleeza Rice acknowledged that he has succeeded in getting a clean bill of international respectability from the Bush administration. Many families who lost loved ones due to his sponsorship of terrorism are livid, but to forgive is not to forget.

Skype Offers Free Phone Calls in US and Canada -- Skype, a unit of eBay, has offered free phone calls from now until the end of the year for users of its service in the US and Canada when they call a regular land line or cell phone. The idea is to grab market share from other Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications firms. This is a long way removed from the phone companies that just turned over call records to the NSA; it is 21st century technology and the beginning of free calls all the time.

“The Albino Code” Mocks Brown’s Weak Work -- Dan Brown’s barely literate book “The Da Vinci Code” comes to the big screen this week thanks to Opie and Forrest Gump, better known as Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. Whether their talents can save what was an almost unreadably poor book remains to be seen. Nonetheless, those interested in a work that is better written are encouraged to watch “The Albino Code,” a parody of that other film.

© 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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