The Kensington Review

28 July 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 89
Report Says Heimatschutzministerium Wastes Taxpayers’ Billions -- According to a report issued yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security, the beloved Heimatschutzministerium, is wasting money by the millions if not billions. The report, which hit the media by way of a Washington Post report from Griff Witte and Spencer S. Hu, said 32 contracts with a combined value of $34 billion “experienced significant overcharges, wasteful spending, or mismanagement.” If this isn’t giving aid and comfort to Al Qaeda, one wonders what would.

US Policy Objective Achieved with Collapse of Rome Conference -- The final stop on neoCondoleezza Rice’s otherwise pointless trip through the Middle East was in Rome for an international conference called to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. Nothing came of it, despite the spin-doctoring of Terge Roed-Larsen, a UN special envoy for Lebanon, who called it a “stepping-stone” rather than a “failure.” With all due respect, it was a failure, which is precisely what the US administration hoped to accomplish.

Chicago City Council Passes “Big-Box Store” Minimum Wage Law -- The Chicago City Council, usually a rubber stamp for whatever guy named Daley is mayor, voted 35-14 against the Mayor on Wednesday to force “big-box stores” to pay their employees almost double the national minimum wage. The 38 retailer stores affected by the bill want a mayoral veto, but Mr. Daley is being coy at the moment. After a federal investigation uncovered City Hall contracting and hiring fraud, he may not have the power to stop the law. It takes 34 votes to over-ride any mayoral veto.

PR Consultant Takes Responsibility for Error -- TextTrust is a Toronto-based company that sells software designed to correct spelling mistakes on the Internet. A news release from TextTrust required a correction on Tuesday, ironically to correct a spelling error. This embarrassing mistake could have caused finger-pointing and in-fighting. However, PR consultant Pat Brink said, “I made the mistake.” In these days, that makes Mr. Brink a hero.

© 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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