The Kensington Review

20 October 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 124
Kansas GOP Candidates Migrate to Democratic Ticket -- When one thinks of progressive politics in America, the State of Kansas does not spring immediately to mind. It is a hotbed of social rest that exists comfortably between Nebraska and Oklahoma, a buffer state that plays basketball sandwiched between two football playing powerhouses. So when Republicans in Kansas start running for office as Democrats, as nine have done this year, one ought to take a closer look.

US Claims Space Belongs to America -- One of the cornerstones of the neoconservative catechism is the belief that American power must be used to prevent any potential rival from arising. Having seen where this school of thought leads (3,000 coalition and 650,000 Iraqi dead and counting), one would think that the administration would move onto more plausible approaches to global politics. Not so. Mr. Bush has just signed a revised space policy that says “The United States will oppose the development of new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit US access to or use of space.” For people who believe in zero sum games, as the neo-cons do, this means the world should stay out of American Outer Space.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Breaks 12,000 -- Wall Street got all excited over the Dow Jones Industrial Average finally crossing the 12,000 barrier in intraday trading earlier this week. The index of 30 big-name stocks got to 12, 049.51 before retreating south of 12K on Wednesday. Small investors beware, though, as it took 7.5 years to get there from 11,000. Indeed, the return on the DJIA since Mr. Bush became president has been about 13.5% over the almost six years of his presidency. A 2.5% compound rate of return is nothing about which to get excited.

“Spamalot” Opens in West End -- Monty Python’s Tony-award-winning show “Spamalot” opened at the Palace Theatre earlier this week, and the reviews were about as good in London as they were in New York. There, the critics were delighted to see American musical theatre given the treatment it deserves (satire) along with a deflating of local boy made good Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Baron Lloyd-Webber to those who care). While a few were disappointed that it was too much like the film (yes, they said that), the reviews are largely between excellent and rave.

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