The Kensington Review

7 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 93
Abramoff Scandal Claims Congressman Ney’s Career -- Congressman Robert W. Ney threw himself on his sword over the week-end, deciding not to continue his campaign for a seventh term in the House of Representatives. Identified in the media as “Congressman A” in lobbyist and felon Jack Abramoff’s plea deal, Mr. Ney handily won a primary earlier this year with a 2-1 margin of victory. The seat, though, was being targeted by Democrats as one they could win because of the scandal. Mr. Ney may have left the field of battle too late.

UN’s Lebanon Resolution Rejected by Lebanon -- The cries of delight from Washington (and Crawford, Texas) reverberated across the Sunday morning talk shows. The US and France had cobbled together a UN Security Council resolution that would end the fighting in Lebanon. “Hurray! America and France make peace!” the talking heads jabbered, “It’s peace in our time!” The mood was dampened by the unhelpful attitude of the Lebanese, who happen to be doing the lion’s share of the bleeding and dying. Maybe someone should have invited them to the peace talks.

BP Closes Alaska Pipeline as GM Mulls Camaro Revival -- BP announced that a pipeline in Alaska was corroded and leaking oil. It has closed the pipeline indefinitely cutting off 8% of US oil production, about 400,000 barrels a day. Over the week-end, GM announced that it would bring back the Chevy Camaro by 2008. Just what Detroit needs to produce with gas headed for $4 a gallon and oil spiking above $77 a barrel today, a V8, 400-horsepower car with no room in the back seat.

Survey Finds Teens Bored -- They have iPods, the internet, and 150 channels of cable TV in their rooms. There are 12 screens at the multiplex at the mall, and they have more free time than they will ever have again in their lives. Yet a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll suggests that a large majority of the 12- to 24-year-olds are bored with their options in entertainment. And a huge minority “labor” under the misapprehension that they don’t have enough choices. The problem really lies elsewhere; there’s too much crap out there that isn’t entertaining.

© 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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