The Kensington Review

21 February 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 23
Senator Clinton Denies Endorsement for Consulting Fee Charge -- The Hillary Clinton campaign for the presidency hit a rather nasty ethics problem in the last few days. State Senator Darrell Jackson, one of South Carolina’s most influential black politicians, has endorsed her rather than one of the other candidates. Shortly after he made his endorsement, he admitted that her campaign has given his media consulting firm a $10,000 a month contract. Senator Clinton’s people deny that there was any quid pro quo. Nonetheless, she seems to be acquiring her own moniker, “Slick Hilly.”

Blair Announces UK Draw Down in Iraq-Nam -- Tony Blair is in the final months of his time as Prime Minister. Indeed, his resignation is likely after the May local elections. As he departs Number 10 Downing Street, his legacy will not be a better National Health Service, a more just society or better educated young people. It will be the war in Iraq-Nam. To polish that legacy up a bit, he announced earlier today that about 1,600 troops of Britain’s 7,100 troops will be brought home soon. The spin doctors have their work cut out for them.

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio Want to Merge -- Satellite radio is a new technology that has two main operators in the US, XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Neither is making any money, but they are spending right, left and center for talent and content to generate subscribers. They have decided that they will better be able to succeed as a single entity and have announced merger plans. The result would be a private monopoly. The US government should OK this only if there are strict regulations to prevent, or at least ameliorate, the usual abuses of monopolists.

MPs Beat Peers and Journalists in Annual Pancake Race -- Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, Carneval, Mardi Gras, or if one prefers, Pancake Tuesday. In Rio, there was the usual wild party. In New Orleans, there was a fair attempt at the usual wild party amid the ruins of the drowned city. And at the Palace of Westminster, there was the usual Pancake Race among teams from the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the reporters assigned to cover Britain’s Parliament. This year, the MPs won under protest from the journos. Rehab UK, which “provides assessment, training and development programmes that enable people with disabilities to break into the workforce,” was the beneficiary of this charity event.

© Copyright 2007 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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