The Kensington Review

8 August 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 95
Bush Gets Democrats to Yield on Warrantless Domestic Spying -- On Sunday, an incompetent, foolish and stubborn president enjoyed a victory over a spineless pack of collaborators posing as an opposition party. As he signed new legislation, Mr. Bush took the power to eavesdrop on people away from the already pro-executive FISA court and gave it to National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The former was added because even the collaborators in Congress know Mr. Gonzales cannot be trusted with anything more dangerous than a stapler. Be that as it may, as of Sunday, the American government doesnít need a warrant to listen to Americansí private telephone conversations if one party to the call is outside the US.

Russian Air Force Bombs Georgian Village? -- The Georgian government (the one in Tbilisi not Atlanta) claims that the Russian Air Force violated its airspace earlier this week and fired a missile that landed near the village of Tsitelubani northwest of the capital. The Russians denied they participated in the event. Reuters published photos of what appear to be missile parts and a hole in the ground near the village. The question is who did it?

Jim Cramerís CNBC Rant Has a Point -- Jim Cramer, a former hedge fund boss and now a commentator on CNBC, made himself famous on YouTube and elsewhere with a rant that crossed the border from childish to insane a couple of days ago. While Erin Burnett tried to have a civilized discussion about Bear Stearns' ill-advised press conference regarding its own mess, Mr. Cramer played along but eventually began to hurl invective at the Fed. Opinions can differ about Bear Stearns, but he is right about the Fed.

Bonds Breaks Aaronís Home Run Record -- Barry Bonds finally hit his 756th career home run last night in San Francisco. To his fans in the city by the Bay, it was a moment of triumph and glory. To his legions of detractors, it was a time to remind the world of Mr. Bondís alleged use and abuse of steroids that has tainted his career and baseball. To this journal, it was a moment of relief that a piffling controversy over a statistic has drawn to a close so that baseball can return to normality.

© 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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