The Kensington Review

1 November 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 129
Duncan Hunter Signals White House Bid -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) announced on Monday, eight days before the mid-term elections of 2006, that he is starting his bid for the White House in 2008. While he is certainly more qualified that the current occupant to lead the nation, one must wonder just what he thinks he's doing. The Republicans are the party of primogeniture, the eldest son inherits. In 2008, it's John McCain's turn. So just what is Congressman Hunter think he's doing?, these last ditch efforts are already too late.

Blair Survives Iraq-nam War Inquiry Vote in Commons -- Thanks to the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (the Welsh Nationalists), the House of Commons debated whether this was the time to hold an inquiry into the war in Iraq-nam. For three years, New Labour has managed to keep the House from even discussing how the government took the country into a war that has never enjoyed majority support. The Tories, who backed the war and who therefore are as guilty as Labour, decided to vote against the government on this question, so there was a chance of a defeat for Prime Minister Blair. Even with 12 Labour MPs in rebellion, the government carried the day 298 to 273, but it was a victory worthy of Pyrrhus.

US Newspaper Business Sees Declining Circulation -- Circulation at US newspapers has been on a downward slope since 1987, and in the last six months, that trend has continued. The Audit Bureau of Circulations says circulation at the country's newspapers is off about 2.8% from this time last year. In part, this reflects a growing belief that the future of these organizations is online. In addition, some newspapers are dumping lower-value circulation. Finally, there's the effect of the National Do Not Call list, which has prevented telemarketing of newspapers. There is little on the horizon to suggest that this trend will reverse itself.

NASA Decides to Save Hubble Telescope -- Christmas came early for those who believe that America's space program should be about real science rather than Buck Rogers fantasies. NASA chief Mike Griffin announced yesterday that astronauts will go to service the Hubble Space Telescope after all. The Hubble's batteries and gyroscopes are running down and need replacing. The stupidity here is that there was ever any doubt that this mission was necessary.

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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