The Simpsons & The First Amendment

A new survey by the McCormick Tribune Feedom Museum indicates only 28 percent of Americans were able to name more than one of the five First Amendment freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Compare that with 52 percent of Americans who could name at least two of The Simpsons cartoon characters. This week on television…
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Last Ride

Thanks to the security guys at the Seven Clans Casino for helping get the top up on my car after the Last Ride Blues Festival Saturday night.  (It’s a long story.)  Some people shouldn’t be allowed to drive.  I’ve always said, if you get intro trouble, find at casino security guy–or three to help you.  I’ve…
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DELIRIUM

Congratulations to everybody at the Alerus Center for bringing  Cirque dul Soleil’s DELIRIUM to the area.  It is a spectacle.  I’ve never seen anything like it. Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, DELIRIUM has a great deal of soul.  (Also there is no trapeze IN DELERIUM.) It’s also rare for a production to…
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Swag

This week on television we’re going to be talking about swag.  Swag stands for Stuff We All Get.  (You can substitute the sh-word, if you care to, to create the variation shwag.) Actually, "we" don’t all get it.  Swag is the free stuff that celebrities get for appearing on shows like this weekend’s Emmy Awards.  It’s…
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Dick King

It’s terribly sad to have to report the passing of Dick King this evening.  Dick died this afternoon at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.  He was 85. Since 1976 he led the Dick King Classic Swing Band.  As we said in an earlier blog, Dick almost single-handedly kept the big band sound alive in our area. …
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