The Kensington Review

4 April 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 41
Bush Misreads Mood of Nation on War Funding -- George “LBJ” Bush got the job of president because a segment of the American people felt a connection with him. Despite being a reformed boozer, he was seen as the kind of guy with whom the average Joe could have a beer. Now, with 60% of Americans ready to bring the troops home from Iraq-Nam, it seems Mr. Bush has lost that connected feeling (if it really was ever there). His threat to veto the war appropriations bill headed his way will not play the way he expects.

Ukrainian President Dissolves Parliament in Deepening Confrontation -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved parliament earlier this week and called for new elections. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who lost the presidential election in 2004 after winning it in a rigged ballot that brought on the “Orange Revolution,” claims that the president is violating the constitution in doing so. Mr. Yushchenko maintains that it is the Prime Minister who is undoing the constitution. The confrontation is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. On the other hand, it is unlikely to lead to violence either.

European Stock Markets Bigger than USA’s, Sort of -- The Financial Times reported yesterday that the value of stocks on European stock exchanges is actually greater than that on US stock exchanges. This is a great example of how numbers in economics and finance actually don’t mean what they appear to mean. As the old saw has it, “Figures can lie and liars can figure.” To its credit, the FT said much the same thing.

Showtime’s “The Tudors” Challenges HBO’s “The Sopranos” -- On Sunday, April 8, the final episodes of “The Sopranos” will start airing on HBO. Rival pay-TV network Showtime has made an interesting programming move in starting its series about Henry VIII, “The Tudors,” the Sunday before. While Henry and his family will be on an hour after Tony and his crew, the challenge for Sunday night grown-up drama is there for all to see. For once, the winners will be the viewers.

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