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Editor’s Notes

As bizarre as it may seem history shows that Bush
rants about Iraq/Iran like Hitler did about Poland

Were they not so dangerous Bush and Cheney could be simply dismissed as tiresome-sillies. Please read below Madness as Method ‘Once our cowboys have talked their crazy talk, they have to walk their crazy walk’ by Maureen Dowd, op-ed Washington columnist for the New York Times. — 332 words.

Madness as Method

‘Once our cowboys have talked their crazy
talk, they have to walk their crazy walk’

By Maureen Dowd
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

Dick Cheney’s craziness used to influence foreign policy. Now it is foreign policy. — 797 words.


In the Court of Judge Wright we learn of a
minister whose faith has been tried (again)

A 5-year-old boy went to visit his grandmother one day. Playing with his toys in her bedroom while grandma was dusting, he looked up and said, "Grandma, how come you don't have a boyfriend now that Grandpa went to heaven?" — 161 words.

Health Watch

The bottled water backlash
Bottled water equals 1.5 billion barrels of oil

The bottled water industry is on the defensive as restaurant owners and cities are canceling their bottled water contracts and advocating for tap. — 3,545 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Road Test

Not a single vehicle on the road is as familiar as the Wrangler. I'm not talking about prestige here, but respect and admiration. The Wrangler is a cult truck, and I don't know anybody who doesn't like it. — 993 words.

‘The Witch Wind’ sets records
as it blisters Southern California
and puts 500,000 on the run

By Wendy Asman
West Coast Editor

Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen.

Raymond Chandler, Red Wind

In California, like the rest of North America the wind blows from west to east but when it wheels around and heads west they call it “The Witch Wind”. — 689 words.

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

We all know stories of remarkable deeds by persons we dubbed heroes. This lady would have to be at or near the top of the list. The abbreviated story here can be fleshed out by clicking on the blue links. May she enjoy eternity.  — Roger Cunningham.

Andrée de Jongh: Belgian woman helped
as many as 700 Allied airmen avoid nazis

Andrée de Jongh,
Resistance Fighter Set Up 1,000-Mile (1,600 km) Allied Escape Route
Andrée de Jongh, 90, a Belgian resistance fighter who established the most successful escape route in Europe for downed Allied airmen during World War II — a 1,000-mile trek across occupied France, over the Pyrenees into Spain and down to the British colony of Gibraltar — died Oct. 13 in Brussels. No cause of death was reported. — 820 words.

Hillary's mystery money men

The man who helped make Bush's first fortune now wants to claim the Clinton campaign. Is someone cooking the books at Hillary Inc.? — 3,355 words.

Government Surveillance Threatens Your
Freedom, Even If You Have Nothing To Hide

By  John Dean

Author John W. Dean is a columnist for FindLaw and a former counsel to the President.

The case against expanding surveillance powers for a White House that's already out of control.

"I've got nothing to hide, so electronic surveillance doesn't bother me. To the contrary, I'm delighted that the Bush Administration is monitoring calls and electronic traffic on a massive scale, because catching terrorists is far more important that worrying about the government's listening to my phone calls, or reading my emails." So the argument goes. It is a powerful one that has seduced too many people. — 1,327 words.

No Moscow gold for singers
who fake the lyrics on stage

MOSCOW — Mayor Yury Luzhkov has banned municipal funding for singers who, as is common in the entertainment industry, lip-sync in their performances. — 66 words.

Reporter jailed for cardboard-stuffed-dumpling hoax
after pleading guilty and saying he was muddleheaded

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Zi Beijia, a Chinese reporter who fabricated a TV news story saying that Beijing dumpling makers used cardboard as a filling, was recently sentenced to one year behind bars with a fine of 1,000 yuan for the crime of "infringing commodity reputation". — 423 words.

China helps Africa where West failed: state bank
More than $50 billion in debt write-offs last year

BEIJING (Reuters) — China is spreading prosperity in Africa where the West failed, a Chinese bank official said recently in a sharp rebuke to critics of his country's growing role in the world's poorest continent. — 397 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Only two NHL players score back-to-back cup winning goals

Jack Darragh and Mike Bossy are the only NHL players to score back- to-back Stanley Cup-winning goals. Bossy, of the New York Islanders, did it in 1982 against the Vancouver Canucks and in 1983 against the Edmonton Oilers. Darragh accomplished the feat in 1920 and 1921 when the Ottawa Senators knocked off the Seattle Metropolitans and the Vancouver Millionaires.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply. 

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