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Tim Torkildson

Tim Torkildson
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Tim started out life as a clown with Ringling Brothers Circus. He has never recovered. His poetry has appeared often in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and the New York Times. He is the author of an autobiography, Clown Notes. In his spare time he collects lug nuts.

Memorial Day Limerick Junction: On modern media matters

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 – On this Memorial Day Weekend 2016, it’s almost hard to remember that since this country’s founding, one of America’s...

Stocks and bonds and oil, oh my! For bears and bulls alike

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2016 – Recently, we read the following informational tidbit in the Wall Street Journal:   "Stocks rebounded from a January selloff, pushing the Dow...

Ringling Bros.’ circus tales; or, the elephants’ last hurrah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2016 — This just in from the hallowed New York Times: The days of lumbering elephants performing under big-top tents are coming...

North Korea’s Dear Leader Kim Jong-un bombs in Pyongyang

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2016 – Upon opening the New York Times this morning, we duly noted this seismic piece of encouraging international news: “North Korea...
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Pew: Middle class decline and fall fuels rise of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, December 26, 2015 – From the Washington Post, no less, we encounter this interesting nugget of news: "For anyone trying to understand the emergence of...

Selfies, revenge porn, and the indignities of social media

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2015 – Silly me . . .  I thought the whole concept of “revenge porn” was something cooked up by The...

Should ‘The Simpsons’ have been killed? A TV lament

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2015 – Have you ever tried to watch “The Simpsons” on your PC through the Fox Network website? You go to...

Jobs? Who needs ‘em? Obama kills the Keystone Pipeline dead

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2015 – As reported on CNN Friday afternoon, we learned once again what we always knew to be true: President Barack Obama...

CDN’s resident poet examines the weighty issue of weight

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2015 – Recently, while noshing on a bagel lathered thickly with cream cheese, I came across this disturbing headline from TheLocal.it: Why are...

‘Beltway Buzzards Feasting on Benghazi E-mail Corpse’: A poetic lament

WASHINGTON, October17, 2015 – I'm getting awfully tired of the 2016 presidential campaign, which actually hasn't even really started yet. Mostly, I'm tired of the frumpus involving...

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Death and the Limelight: The tragedy of “Gurl Nineteen” Ruth Polsky

Ruth Polsky was responsible for giving many post punk bands their first taste of America, including The Smiths, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Cocteau Twins.

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