The Kensington Review

15 June 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 72
Dems Say Iraq-Namese Surge Has Failed, White House Disagrees -- The two political parties in Washington have already started trying to frame the debate over September’s report from General David Petraeus on the effectiveness of the troop surge in Iraq-Nam. Even before the general has opened his word processing program, the Democrats have written a letter to the president saying the surge has failed. Meanwhile, Tony Snow, back in action after a cancer scare, has already said the September report will be important but not pivotal. America’s leaders are being entirely predictable; facts be damned, there are political points to be scored.

Palestinian Authority Loses Gaza and Rafah to Hamas Militias -- What may someday be called the “Palestinian Civil War” has been raging for about a week, now, and it looks like Hamas has beaten the pants off Fatah in Gaza. Yesterday, Hamas combatants marched into Fatah’s Preventive Security force headquarters. Hamas also took the town of Rafah, the second after Gaza City in the strip right next to Egypt. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah has dismissed the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government and declared a state of emergency. Palestinian legislator Saeb Erakat of Fatah said yesterday, “Gaza is now officially out of our control as the Palestinian Authority.” Peace in the Middle East, anyone?

Disney Teams up with Bollywood Studio for Hindi Animation -- Walt Disney Company, the studio that created the feature-length animated film as well as Mickey, Donald and Goofy, has teamed up with Yash Raj Films of India to produce original Hindi-language features with new characters. Local talent from animators to actors and actresses will produce the work. While aiming to be “culturally relevant for the whole world,” Disney is really after a billion person market that it has yet to enter in a meaningful way.

Louisiana Town to Ban Saggy Trousers -- Local government officials in the Louisiana town of Delcambre have decided to pass a city ordinance banning saggy trousers. The fine for wearing them low enough to expose a portion of one’s underpants in public is $500. There is also a risk of six months in jail. It’s nice to know that the schools, local economy and transportation infrastructure of Delcambre have reached such world-class levels that town fathers can now turn their attention to the fashions worn by those in their jurisdiction.

© 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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