Kensington Review

 112August 2022

 

Cogito Ergo Non Serviam

 

Latest Commentary:

Garland Calls Trump Bluff over Warrant Release -- Donald Trump is not much of a stategist. That requires forward thinking and planning, and the ex-president and failed casino owner has trouble thinking beyond today. So, when he began demanding, via his minions, that the Department of Justice release the search warrant the FBI executed at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, Attorney-General Merrick Garland agreed to do so. He filed a motion in court to unseal the document, making it available to the public. However, that meant the judge would give Mr. Trump an opportunity to object. Mr. Garland had called Mr. Trump\\'s bluff, and Mr. Trump has no hand to play. [12 August]

Trump Invokes Fifth Amendment 440+ Times -- Yesterday, Donald Trump appeared at a deposition that is part an investigation by the New York State Attorney-General. It is a civil proceeding focused on the financial shenanigans of the Trump Organization. During his testimony, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself more than 440 times. In a criminal proceeding, a jury cannot read anything into that. In a civil matter, a jury can. Here in the land of logic and reason, it is clear he has committed acts that could be construed as criminal in nature. He cannot be allowed back into public office. [11 August]

Ukrainian Special Forces Hit Russian Base in Crimea -- The Russian air base near Saky and Novofedorivka on the Crimean Peninsula suffered explosions yesterday that killed one, injured about a dozen and destroyed nine aircraft. In addition, fuel and ammunition went up in flames. The Russian Defense Ministry, at first, that nothing had happened, but satellite imaging proved that to be a lie. Their story changed to an accident. Then, the Washington Post reported that an unnamed source claimed Ukrainian special forces led the attack. The New York Times says partisans were also involved. The Ukrainian government has not claimed responsibility. The war has entered a new phase, one in which the Russians must play defence because this was no accident. [10 August]

Search Warrant Executed at Trump Florida Home -- The FBI executed a search warrant last evening at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump\\\'s Florida home. The warrant appears to have focused on classified documents that Mr. Trump wrongfully took with him when he left the White House. Reports are that he simply refused to give back what he stole from the American people. So, the FBI went it an took it as per the legal requirements to do so. Mr. Trump and the right are having kittens over this, but the truth is the entire episode was handled within the law. An indictment of Mr. Trump is that much closer now. [9 August]

Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act, 51-50 -- After sitting all week-end during an endless process of pointless amendments, the US Senate voted on a straight party line to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. The IRA, not to be confused with an Individual Retirement Account nor with the Irish Republican Army, is a pared down version of the Build Back Better Act that Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) torpedoed earlier in the year. The bill has a lot of good things in it, but it is unlikely to do enough about the long-term climate problem the US and the world faces. More immediately, it is not going to cause prices to dip any time soon. It is a fairly big deal, despite not being as great as the Democrats said nor as bad as the Republicans claim. It now goes back to the House for a vote. [8 August]

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