The Kensington Review

13 April 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 45
Maryland Drops out of Electoral College -- On Tuesday, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley signed a law that effectively changes the way Maryland’s electors in presidential races are chosen. In future, Maryland’s electors would be bound to vote for whichever candidate received the most popular votes nationwide. Hawaii and California are considering similar rules. The way the legislation is worded, the new approach will only enter into force if states holding a majority of the electoral votes pass such laws. It’s a flawed concept, but it side steps the need to amend the constitution for fix a greater flaw.

Insurgency Kills Two Iraq-Namese MPs with Bomb in Parliament Cafeteria -- Yesterday, a bomb went off in the cafeteria of the Iraq-Namese parliament building, the former Baghdad convention center. Iraq-Namese lawmaker Mohammed Awadh died, and several more were injured. Initial reports say it was a suicide attack, but that hasn’t been proven. What has been demonstrated is the ability of the insurgents to strike even at the heart of the allegedly secure Green Zone in Baghdad. The security arrangement there has been deeply heavily infiltrated by those seeking to bring down the regime.

Subprime Mortgage Lenders May Get Federal Bail Out -- Wednesday, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress [JECC] issued a report on America’s housing situation, and the reading was grim. Nearly 2 million hybrid adjustable rate mortgages are due to reset, and the housing market is wobbly already. This means foreclosures are certain to rise this year and next. The Democrats in Congress are already preparing bail-out money for borrowers, and indirectly for lenders. They may be acting too hastily. They need to attach some strings.

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007 -- The biggest lie ever written was “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.” The greatest truth was “We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard ... and too damn cheap.” Both came from the pen of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. who passed away this week at the age of 84. Fans of his will remember his wit and creativity, and his detractors . . . did he have any?

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