The Kensington Review

8 January 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 4
Reid and Pelosi Send Letter Warning Bush against Baghdad Troop Surge -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to President George “LBJ” Bush warning him against sending more troops to Iraq-Nam. They noted that this tactic (it isn’t a strategy, kids) hasn’t worked on the two other occasions it was tried and that a great many military leaders doubt it will work. While they can’t really stop him, they have made it clear with their letter that Mr. Bush owns the surge approach and all the fatalities and failures that will follow from it will be his fault alone.

Warsaw’s Archbishop Resigns over Role as Communist Spy -- Archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, didn’t quite make it to his inauguration as such. Half an hour before the ceremony, he resigned from the appointment by the Pope. It turns out that, despite his long-standing denials, he had been a spy for the communist government of Poland. In addition to being a Catholic priest, he was a member of the Sluzba Bezpieczenstwa; SB is Polish for KGB.

Diet Pill Makers Fined by FTC, Not FDA -- This journal has no problem with grown-ups taking any kind of drug for medicinal or recreational reasons. The former is often a miracle of human technology, while the latter is stupid, but it does society too much damage to prohibit it. However, when a pill manufacturer fails to disclose what it knows or when it tells lies about its product’s efficacy, it is engaged in fraud, and it deserves to be punished. The Federal Trade Commission has just fined four companies that make “diet” pills for making claims “not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.” It’s about time.

Magnus Magnusson Signs off at 77 -- To a world drowning in stupid game shows like “Deal or No Deal” and “Wheel of Fortune,” the passing of Magnus Magnusson, the host of “Mastermind” (the hardest quiz show ever), is even more bad news. In addition, he was President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, prolific author on subjects such as the Vikings and archaeology, chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, and an honorary knight (he never took British citizenship, an Icelander to the end). His entire life was a repudiation of what “game show host” means in any other context.

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