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READY TO FIRE

READY TO FIRE

Brad Goins September 19, 2013 0

Not long ago, the Up Fronter reviewed the first CD by local band The Loaded 44RZ. The band has stayed in business and just dropped a new, full-length, high-octane CD titled Ready To Fire.

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ON DICTATORS

ON DICTATORS

Brad Goins September 19, 2013 0

In his most recent comedy, Sasha Baron Cohen plays an especially vile dictator — the murderous Gen. Aladeen, who lords it over the mythical Republic of Wadiya. At one point in the film, one

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The Very Worst Of Up Front

The Very Worst Of Up Front

Brad Goins September 5, 2013 0

Welcome to this special 30th anniversary selection of the very worst stories that have appeared in the “Up Front” column in the last five years — which are the years that have passed since

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On Writing For Lagniappe

On Writing For Lagniappe

Brad Goins September 5, 2013 0

I started working at Lagniappe on the second day of 2000. On the first day of 2000, I sat in my Lake Charles apartment listening to the news that George Harrison had been stabbed

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Nobody Does It Better

Nobody Does It Better

Brad Goins August 15, 2013 0

Somebody at the governor’s office has figured out how to work the email machine. On July 18, the first of a series of press releases came out of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office. The big

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On Haters And Hipsters

On Haters And Hipsters

Brad Goins August 15, 2013 0

I actually don’t read anything, because I feel like the haters really like to hate out loud and that people who love sometimes love quietly. So I don’t really listen or look at anything.

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He’s A Socialite; I’m James Bond

He’s A Socialite; I’m James Bond

Brad Goins August 1, 2013 0

I read recently that there’s some group or organization or something that’s named “SWLA Socialite.” I’d say that’s tantamount to a group of old, wealthy New Yorkers on Madison Avenue getting together and calling

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On Clichés

On Clichés

Brad Goins August 1, 2013 0

Wazzup? Hey, is it hot enough for you? I think I wrote another File 13 about clichés a long time ago. But I always say, if something is worth saying once, it’s worth saying

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I’m Fixing To Write This

I’m Fixing To Write This

Brad Goins July 18, 2013 0

Here’s a question that ran in The Informer column of the American Press on page 3 of the July 3 edition. I quote it verbatim: “What is the status of us giving tanks and

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On Nonsense Dialogues

On Nonsense Dialogues

Brad Goins July 18, 2013 0

Let’s begin our brief visit to the world of nonsense dialogues by considering a dialogue that’s absurd but not at all nonsensical. The dialogue comes from the famous scene in the Monty Python movie

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