The Kensington Review

5 December 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 145
White House Cuts Anti-Terror Spending -- Since September 11, 2001, President George “LBJ” Bush has told America that he wants to protect it from further terrorist attacks. Since that date, his administration has handed out $23 billion to state and local governments to enhance police intelligence and first-responder equipment and training. Now, it turns out that the Heimatschutzministerium that paid out this money wanted $3.2 billion for next year. The White House has said, instead, that it will ask Congress for only $1.4 billion. Let this journal be the first to say it; the Bush White House has gone soft on terrorism.

US Says Iran Mothballed its A-Bomb Project in 2003 -- About six weeks ago, President Bush said, “I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.” Monday, a new National Intelligence Estimate was released that said, “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program . . . these efforts probably had not been restarted through at least mid-2007.” If Mr. Bush had any personal credibility left, this NIE destroyed it. In the process, it revitalized the independence of America’s intelligence community.

AT&T to Quit Payphone Business -- The Buggles weren’t entirely right; video didn’t kill the radio star, but it did make him change his ways. The cell phone has done much the same to the payphone. On Monday, AT&T announced that it was getting out of the payphone business. AT&T spokesman Michael Coe noted, “More and more people are using their wireless phones instead of pay phones," adding that the payphone “is rapidly approaching the point where it will not be profitable.” Verizon remains the last big company in the space, and independent owners abound.

Walter O’Malley Voted into Baseball Hall of Fame -- Some folks are Catholic, some Baptist, some Presbyterian. Others are Jewish, Muslim or Hindu. About 50 years ago, a strange sect known as Brooklyn Dodger Fans, as rabidly fanatical as any Inquisitor or jihadi, experienced their own Apocalypse In 1957, team owner Walter O’Malley moved the Dodgers from 55 Sullivan Place in Brooklyn, New York, to 1000 Elysian Park Avenue Los Angeles, California. His name was cursed, his image defiled, and his memory blackened as the Evil One. Monday, Major League Baseball admitted him into the Hall of Fame. Brooklyn can’t believe it.

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