The Kensington Review

1 August 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 92
FBI, IRS Search Alaskan Senator’s Home -- Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) issued a statement earlier this week which read, “My attorneys were advised this morning that federal agents wished to search my home in Girdwood [about 40 miles from Anchorage, AK] in connection with an ongoing investigation. I continue to believe this investigation should proceed to its conclusion without any appearance that I have attempted to influence the outcome.” The investigation revolves around his links to an oil-services company called VECO, whose CEO and a VP have pleaded guilty to several federal corruption charges.

US Arms Sales to Middle East May Backfire -- The US has announced a rather big arms deal for five Gulf Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE), about $20 billion worth of weapons over the next 10 years. In addition, Egypt will get $13 billion, and the Israelis $30 billion. Any sale must be approved by Congress. Of course, the Administration will sell the idea as a check on Iranian Shi’ite adventurism in the region. Further, the White House has made the Gulf States promise that the weapons won’t be used against Israel, nor should they be. One just wishes the Busheviks had extracted a promise that the weapons wouldn’t be used against the people governed by those states as well.

Northwest Airlines Reports Profits, Suffers from Pilot Shortage -- Northwest Airlines, America’s fifth largest carrier, emerged from bankruptcy at the end of May and has reported a profit for the second quarter of 2007. Net profit was $2.15 billion in second quarter 2007 compared with a net loss of $285 million in the same period 2006. However, the company has also cancelled hundreds of flights in recent days due to a shortage of pilots. The company blames the pilots, but part of the problem is insufficient staff.

Second Graders Rebel Politely over Green Beans, Get Resu lts -- Cooking for hundreds of picky kids on a limited budget and with even more limited time is hard, but sometimes, the results just aren’t quite edible. The kids at William V. Wright Elementary School in Las Vegas, for example, couldn’t stand the green beans they got at lunch. Led by Constantine Christopulos, a second grader, they embarked on a very polite letter writing campaign asking the food-service department of the Clark County School District to change things. Apparently, asking politely still works because, with reporters in tow, the department sent staff to the school to let the kids pick something else.

© 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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