The Kensington Review

23 May 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 62
Florida Moves Primary Up, May Lose Influence -- The Great State of Florida, where bungled elections are the norm, has decided to move its primary up to January 29, 2008. The intention is to increase the influence of the state in the presidential selection process. As usual, Florida’s political leadership can’t seem to follow simple instructions. By placing the primary on that day, the state will lose delegates to the nominating conventions, and candidates who campaign there will be denied representation in the state’s delegation. This is exactly the opposite of what the politicos there say they want. The state isn’t doing its reputation any good.

Chekist Accused in Murder of Litvinenko -- The murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy turned dissident and exiled to London, by exposing him to Polonium 210 was a spy-novel classic. The fact that British investigators have determined that Andrei Lugovoi, an ex-KGB officer, should be charged adds to the Cold War mood of the case. Relations between Britain and Russia are about to get colder still since the British have asked for Mr. Lugovoi’s extradition and since the Russian constitution prevents that. It’s like old times again.

NYC’s Yellow Cabs are Going Green -- New York City’s yellow taxis are famous the world over for their sticky floors, rapidly moving meters and drivers who can’t speak enough English to say, “we’re lost.” These icons of New York have been burning gas to go 14 miles per gallon. Mayor Mike “I’m not running for President” Bloomberg announced yesterday that such mileage is unacceptable, and by 2012, the city’s 13,000 cabs will be hybrids.

“National Bingo Night” Hits New TV Low in America -- Newton Minnow famously said, “When television is good, nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your TV set and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.” Yes, children, TV used to go off late at night. With the arrival of “National Bingo Night” on ABC, one can only hope the idea of “sign-off” returns.

© 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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