Mission Statement - True North is not for everyone 

Editor’s Notes

Flying high, left, right, and centre

Carlius Dowius says a bird needs two wings to fly: a left wing, and a right wing, with the decisions, naturally, taken by the centre. In politics, the best decisions are made at the centre. A problem is that the centre tends to shift one way or another. Too many fail to meet the challenge and find themselves behind, too far right or too far left, and out of control. True North has a compass bearing on a centre that is too far right for some and too far left for others but one that is very comfortable for us. — 648 words.

Laughter rules in the court
of Judge Harold Wright

(You already know him as Doctor of Punology. From now on he will also wear the mantle of Judge Wright who holds court in the realm of satire. This continuing column represents our philosophy that there can be no life without laughter.) Hit the laugh click.

BBC captures talk between two villains:
What Castro and Chavez spoke about

Inside is a BBC transcript of the conversation between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. It has been edited for brevity. Mr Castro spoke with Hugo Chavez for almost 30 minutes. He called during a daily radio show Mr Chavez has, called Hello President. — 2,404 words.

America: A democracy in the making:   
‘Slavery is not dead. It's not even past’

Bob Herbert of The New York Times writes, “The Rev. Al Sharpton seemed subdued, quiet, reflective - which was unusual. Just when we thought the news couldn't get any weirder, we learned this week, via The Daily News, that Mr. Sharpton's great-grandfather was a slave who was owned by relatives of Senator Strom Thurmond, the longtime arch segregationist who ran for president as a Dixiecrat in 1948. — 736 words.

Pentagon whistle-blower on
the coming war with Iran

Pentagon whistleblower Karen Kwiatkowski, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, formerly worked for the Pentagon, and the National Security Agency, says, “Maybe we're in a foxhole together. You know what they say, there are no atheists in a foxhole, and I think in political sense, many true conservatives and classical liberals, people that love freedom, unlike George Bush, people that really love freedom, we are in a foxhole. We are threatened. And so we gotta call on every possible help we can get.” — 5,855 words.

Iran's very bad N-word
and dangerous Cheney

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing ministry of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. He was a CIA analyst for 27 years and now serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). Mr. McGovern, in calm delivery, points to Vice-President Dick Cheney as the primary danger of mounting an unjustified war on Iran. Don’t miss this if you want to understand world politics during the next few weeks. — 1,818 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

French built Canada’s first lighthouse in Nova Scotia

The Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia is the largest historical reconstruction in Canada. The site of Canada’s first lighthouse, the fortress was built in 1713 to protect France’s interests in the new world and to serve as the centre of its massive seasonal fishing industry.  Reconstruction of about one-fifth of the fortress was completed in 1982.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at:   www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright, True North's  Doctor of Punology, says,  “A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion."
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