The Kensington Review

16 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 97
Governors Resist Administration’s National Guard Power Grab -- Since the founding of the American Republic, the National Guard has been under the command of the governor of the state from which each unit hails. The National Defense Authorization Act as passed by the House of Representatives and which is currently in conference committee with members of the Senate, would give the president the authority to command the Guard in the even of a natural disaster or a threat to American territory. This miserable idea would concentrate even more power in the Oval Office at the expense of the federal system.

Mexican Election Protests Turn Violent -- The Mexican police broke out the tear gas and riot gear to deal with protests over the recent presidential election earlier this week. The supporters of the leftish Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are trying to get a full recount, while the alleged rightist victor, Felipe Calderon, and his people are trying to get the victory they believe they won certified. This could well get worse before it gets better.

Indian State of Kerala Bans Coca-Cola and Pepsi -- The Indian state of Kerala, which is run by the local communist party, has banned the production and sale of Coca-Cola and rival Pepsi Cola within its boundaries. India’s non-government organization, the Centre for Science and Environment, said that it had tested samples in 12 Indian states and found “unacceptably high levels of pesticides” in the bottled beverages. The Indian Soft Drinks Manufacturers Association disputes this. The real problem might be with the environment in India.

Zogby's “Gold Rush” Poll Shows More Americans Know Less -- HL Mencken, a hero to those who think, once said, “Nobody ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” A corollary to that is, “what most people don’t know is quite a bit.” A poll by Zogby International for the designers of a new online game on pop culture called “Gold Rush” should scare the bejesus out of anyone who still thinks letting the people vote is automatically a good idea.

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