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Where the Wild Things Came From

How children's books evolved from morals to madcap fun

During the 18th century and for much of the 19th, there wasn't a whole lot of North American literature for children. And when children's books did get published, they weren't designed for pleasure. Books were for schooling or for teaching religious and moral lessons—with properly serious illustrations chaperoning the text. — 191 words.

New web site may be path to success
for authors, publishers, and companies

Prolific best-selling Ottawa author and publicist Randy Ray has developed a new web site to promote his publicity services, which he offers to authors, publishers and companies.  Mr. Ray has helped many clients get their message out across Canada on CTV, CBC Radio, CH-TV, A-Channel and Global TV, and in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, Halifax Herald and many Ottawa-area weekly newspapers.  Mr. Ray's web site is:  He can be contacted at: (613) 731-3873 or

Editor’s Notes

Despite all appearances Little Miss Sunshine
wasn’t going to where she seemed to be going

The Oscar-winning movie Little Miss Sunshine won my heart when I saw it on full movie screen last year. I’ve always been dismayed, to say the least, by shallow-brained mothers (mostly) who would dress their daughters as adults and parade them for private and public viewing like so many dogs, cats, horses, or cows. I seriously think this is a form of child abuse. Yes, little girls will want to dress up like mommy. But that is their own private fantasy to be shared, if at all, with their peers. Not to be promoted by adults. — 589 words,

In the Court of Judge Harold Wright
Hi Tech problems have their day

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Wherefore Turkey?

How poultry made its way onto the holiday menu and why
turkey lost its place on the Christmas table of the wealthy

At Christmas, most of us will sit down to feast on a turkey dinner. The bird also shows up on the table on Thanksgiving. How did we end up with the tradition of eating turkeys during the holidays? — 515 words.
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From the desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Yes, This Is Your Grandfather's Ford

The Ford Lauderdale, the Volvo Vermont, and other car names that actually make sense.

Kia announced recently that in 2009 it will start selling a seven-passenger SUV called the Borrego. If you're like us, you might be wondering, what the heck is a Borrego? — 707 words

More Than Half of Afghanistan "Under Taliban"

‘ . . . the Taliban are gaining increasing political legitimacy in the minds of the Afghan people.’

KABUL — More than half of Afghanistan is back under Taliban control and the NATO force in the country needs to be doubled in size to cope with the resurgent group, a report by the Senlis Council think-tank says. A study by the group found that the Taliban, enriched by illicit profits from the country's record poppy harvest, had formed de-facto governments in swathes of the southern Pashtun belt. — 601 words.

Promoting Innovation

The rumble of reform can be heard deep within the U.S. military
can Gen. David Petraeus fix the Army's broken promotion system?

To an outsider, it may seem a mere bureaucratic blip that Gen. David Petraeus was called back from Iraq last week to chair the promotion board that picks the Army's next new one-star generals. But, in fact, the story (first reported by Ann Scott Tyson in the Washington Post) is a very big deal—potentially the first rumble of a seismic shift in the very core of the U.S. military establishment. — 820 words.

Hillary. Obama trade personal history
blows about foreign policy experience

WASHINGTON — Most of the time, Barack Obama seems like he's boxing in the wrong weight class. But last Monday in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he delivered an unscripted jab that was a beaut. — 825 words.

Kadyrov calling for Chechen women in headscarves
and favours illegal polygamy because of male shortage

GROZNY -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has called for all women to cover their heads with scarves, the latest in a series of his unofficial orders toughening social customs for women in the violence-wracked, mainly Muslim Russian region. — 453 words.

Critique of Iranian leader reveals political rift

Calling the holocaust a hoax is bad enough but now Ahmadinejad is accusing Iran’s former nuclear negotiator of being a spy, calling to mind the paranoid lunacy of Red hunter McCarthy who accused American military of betrayal.

TEHRAN An influential hard-line newspaper has made a rare direct attack on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his recent harsh accusations against veteran politicians before parliamentary elections in March. — 561 words.

American cartoonists take on Detroit auto for resisting 
Washington policy on reduction of fuel consumption


“We’re Number 2!” And Other Stories
You’ll Never Read About Venezuela

‘77% of Venezuelans trust in democracy’

Every year, the Chilean polling firm Latinobarómetro releases a giant report on what the Latin Americans are thinking, and every year this report confuses the crap out of the English language press, who can’t seem to understand why it contradicts everything they’ve ever written about the region. — 640 words.

Ken Livingston, Mayor of London

City of London hosts European conference on Venezuela

LONDON, England (Venezuela Information Centre, UK) — More than two hundred delegates from 12 European countries met at a conference in London on Saturday 10 November to support democracy and social progress in Venezuela. Both Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, and Miguel Angel Martinez, Vice President European Parliament, took part in the conference. — 565 words.

Venezuela Supreme Court provides legal reasons why
it will not rule on reform before December 2 referendum

CARACAS — Venezuela's Supreme Court has announced that it would not rule on the constitutionality of the proposal to reform 69 articles of Venezuela's constitution until after the referendum on December 2. Various sectors of the opposition have demanded a response from the judicial body after submitting numerous cases claiming the unconstitutionality of the reform proposal. — 668 words.

Wells Fargo: Housing crisis
worst since Great Depression

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Wells Fargo & Co, which has sidestepped many of the credit and liquidity problems plaguing U.S. mortgage lenders, believes the nation's housing slump is the worst since the Great Depression and is far from over, Chief Executive John Stumpf said.  — 481 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

By whatever the name Prince Edward Island is beautiful

Prince Edward Island is affectionately referred to by locals as The Island ’but over the years it has also been called Spud Island, The Garden of the Gulf, The Million-Acre Farm, and the Cradle of Confederation. Its earliest settlers, the MicMac called it Abegweit, which means Cradle in the Waves.

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:

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says A backward poet writes inverse.

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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