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Editor’s Notes

The jerk who stole Christmas

I was about to start off by writing “The Grinch who stole Christmas” but then I said, “No. You can’t call him that because the Grinch had redeeming features. This jerk doesn’t have any. — 484 words

Judge Harold Wright clears the court for
adults only testimony by Bowser and Blue

No words just a singing tribute to medical specialaist

Health Watch

Lipitor raises risk of brain hemorrhage
while reducing overall stroke risk: study

Patients who have had strokes and are taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) to lower their cholesterol may be at increased risk of a brain hemorrhage, a new study finds. — 324 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Even these top-of-the-line units are not perfect; a GPS receiver is only as good as its most recent database update. But in general, these are incredible machines’

GPS systems that really bring it on home

In the beginning, GPS did not stand for Global Positioning System. It stood for the Grunting and Pointing System, used by cave dwellers to indicate the nearest watering hole. — 1,175 words.

Australian politician says need to wear clean shorts
was learned after rowdy night in Russian strip club

DARWIN, Australia -- A senior Australian lawmaker who was once handcuffed in his underpants to a pole during a drunken night in a Russian strip club said Wednesday that he had learned from the experience: "Always wear clean underwear." — 184 words.

Why Jamie Lynn Spears is in the family way

‘The red states have a vastly higher teen pregnancy rate than the blue. It isn't an accident.’

Jamie Lynn Spears, sixteen, star of the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101, has announced she is twelve weeks pregnant with the child of her boyfriend, student Casey Aldridge, nineteen. — 468 words.

From the Desk of RCAF Lt. Col. (Ret’d.) Harold Wright

Canadian Defence Associations draws
end-of-year focus on Afghanistan, NATO

CDA urges Ottawa to foster free flow of information so that Canadians can have more informed opinions on Afghanistan

The Conference of Defence Associations wishes readers a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. It will return in the New Year with more updates. We hope that you will spend some time during the holidays to keep informed about Canada's mission in Afghanistan — while we may have holidays, our soldiers in Afghanistan will continue as before. Please write to them — they would appreciate a note of support from back home. — 1,863 words.

Plenty of blame for Afghanistan as Gates
tries to kick-start more support for Bush’s war

It was not a pretty sight: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, last week, accusing NATO allies of not doing nearly enough in Afghanistan. But beyond the finger-pointing, there is a much more serious issue. Unless the United States and Europe come up with a better strategy — and invest more money, attention and troops — the “good war” will go irretrievably bad. — 483 words

Taliban resurgence, record opium production, reluctant
Karzai prompt growing fear of failure and desperate bid
by Bush apointees to encourage enthusiasm for his war

WASHINGTON — Deeply concerned about the prospect of failure in Afghanistan, the Bush administration and NATO have begun three top-to-bottom reviews of the entire mission, from security and counterterrorism to political consolidation and economic development, according to American and alliance officials. — 1,215 words.

Are You a "Sex Addict?"

Kevin Federline accused Britney Spears of being one, Gerald Ford thought Bill Clinton was one (and Clinton has had counseling for it), British comedian Russell Brand just came out as one, and Halle Berry's ex-husband Eric Benet sought treatment for it. But who's really a sex addict, and does it matter? — 1,445.

America's 2007 Petulant Plutocrat of the Year is
found in corporate snakepit: health care industry

‘Nearly 30 percent of Americans with health insurance, up from 18 percent in 2004, now say they're having trouble paying for food, heat, and housing.’

Drum roll, please. The time has come to name our Petulant Plutocrat of the Year. — 1,334 words.

100 volumes of history to shed light on Stalin
as Putin tries to soften public on Soviet leader

Historians have announced the start of a project to increase understanding of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's rule and help Russians come to terms with one of the grimmest pages of their history. — 413 words.

Debt Crisis Spells Doom
for "Free Market" Consensus

The credit squeeze is set to trigger the end of the boom that has shaped our times. Politics will have to change with it.

New Labour has led a charmed economic life for the past decade. Britain's ejection from the European exchange rate mechanism in the early 1990s and a unique set of international conditions helped deliver a record that earlier generations of British politicians could only have fantasized about.  — 1,105 words.

Chinese company gains control of Iomega

HONG KONG — Great Wall Technology, a Chinese computer maker, will gain control of Iomega, the U.S. distributor of computer data storage equipment, in a complex deal worth as much as $323.1 million. — 334 words.

Wal-Mart's Crimes Against Forests

Wal-Mart pays protection money to the Russian mafia

‘A new study says Wal-Mart's "good wood" procurement policy is just more corporate greenwashing’

If a tree falls in the forest, will Wal-Mart hear the sound? — 1,055 words

Pelosi says she miscalculated GOP determination on Iraq
Democrats fail as a party in congress, Republicans win

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., admitted Thursday that she had underestimated the willingness of Republicans to stand behind President Bush's Iraq policy despite the drubbing the GOP took in the polls in 2006. — 524 words.

Alan Greenspan: The Boy in the Bubble

In the spirit of never accepting responsibility
for anything — find someone to blame

‘This is the work of a true master’

You don't get to top positions in Washington unless you're very good at blaming others for your mistakes. And when it comes to economic policy, Alan Greenspan has long held some of the very top positions.  — 811.

The prolific, best-selling Kings of Trivia offer 20 questions to challenge the mind and warm the hearts in the spirit of Christmas

Christmas Quiz

By Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

(Mark Kearney of London, Ont. and Randy Ray of Ottawa, are the authors of eight books about Canada, including ``Whatever Happened To…? Catching Up With Canadian Icons.’’ For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

Since Victorian times, puzzles and games have helped make Christmas a happy time for kids and adults of all ages. Christmas crackers with amusements tucked inside, special games and toys associated with Hanukkah and board games left under the tree by Santa have long been an integral part of holiday celebrations. With this trivia quiz, we’re keeping the tradition alive with 20 challenging questions that will add some cheer and knowledge to a season known around the world for joy and merriment. — 1,270 words.

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, and his colleague George Carlin succinctly deal with profound questions of life and living: When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you put your two cents in ... what happens to the other penny?

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Rosaleen Dickson
Randy Ray
Harold Wright,