The Kensington Review

12 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 69
Congress Drops Permanent Base Ban in War Appropriation -- The talk about getting US troops out of Iraq is largely just talk. The Republican Congress just passed a $94.5 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $65.8 billion to continue waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both chambers passed language that would have prevented the Pentagon from spending any of it on permanent bases in Iraq. In the version that came out of conference committee, that restriction is gone.

Guantánamo Suicides Shame America -- Over the week-end, three prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay committed suicide. The camp commander, Rear Admiral Harry Harris, said that the deaths were “an act of warfare waged against us.” This “Twilight Zone” reasoning only underscores the delusions of the administration’s policy here. America needs to close the prison, try the detainees and restore some of its good name.

UAW Head Says US Automakers’ Troubles “Can’t Be Ridden Out” -- Yesterday, United Auto Workers’ President Ron Gettelfinger issued a report in advance of his union’s convention that opens today. The report read, “The challenges we face aren't the kind that can be ridden out. They’re structural challenges and they require new and farsighted solutions.” Farsighted is not something Detroit does well.

Philly Cheesesteak Joint Demands Customers Order in “English Only” -- The Philadelphia Cheesesteak is a culinary phantom, full of hype and lacking in anything extraordinary. After all, one well-known recipe calls for “Cheez Whiz®,” a processed cheese-like sauce that Kraft Foods claims is safe to eat. Yet, Philadelphians swear by these sandwiches. Recently, Geno’s Steaks, one of the temples to the cheesesteak, put up a sign that read, “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH’ [upper case in the original].” So much for the City of Brotherly Love.

© 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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