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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Party Like It's Halloween

Northern Express - October 29th, 2012

Night spots from Mackinaw City to Manistee play host to costumed party people this weekend.


Halloween is one of the biggest party nights of the year for nightclubs in Northern Michigan as hordes of costumed revelers turn out to dance the night away.

Traditionally, the Halloween fun takes place the weekend before the actual date, but there are exceptions.  Papa Lou's in Petoskey, for instance, will host its annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.

Here are some other nightclub events happening 'round the region:
   

• Maliboo Masquerade -- the 6th annual costume party takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 at Odawa Casino in Peotskey with some high-stakes prizes.  $500 will be awarded for the Best Individual Costume, with $500 for Best Group Costume.


• The Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino hold their Halloween parties on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, respectively.  Each casino is offering over $2,500 in cash giveaways in contest prizes, plus a chance to win a trip to Greenbrier Resort.

• Hooters in TC is hosting a Halloween Bikini Contest on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  The party starts at 7 p.m. and members of the audience are eligible to serve as judges.

• The Galactic Sherpas rock CIty Park Grill in Petoskey for their annual Halloween Bash.  Dance to funk and rock sounds and enjoy the costume contest.

• Haunted Hayrides are offered at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay on Oct. 26-27 from 7-9:30 p.m., with cider, mulled wine and other refreshments.

• Need more?  Click here for the full Northern Express Hot Dates listings.




Express Top Film Pick:

"Seven Psychopaths" 

  Colin Farrell stars as a blocked Hollywood screenwriter who finds inspiration from a loony group of psychopaths, some in his life and some in his imagination. Christopher Walken excels as a professional dog-napper, Sam Rockwell is his partner and Woody Harrelson is a relentless gangster who comes looking for Bonny, his beloved Shih Tzu, which they hold as hostage. Inspired goofiness written and directed by Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges"). Rating: Three and a half stars.

  -- By Roger Ebert (Comedy, R, 109 minutes



 
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