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Friday Mailbag: ND political polling, Dems attacking PPP loans, accountability for cops, and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Opinion MINOT, N.D. — Remember that old Dick Van Dyke movie about the flying car? The one called ” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ?

It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and I always thought the odd name referred to the sound old cars made when starting up. I recently learned the actual origin (thanks, Reddit!) — turns out it is British military slang for the permission slip WWI-era soldiers needed to leave their barracks and visit a brothel.

No joke.

Also, the author of the children’s book “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”? None other than Ian Fleming, better known as the guy who created James Bond.

It’s a wild, wild world, my friends.

Anyway, it’s time for another Friday mailbag, which have been a little inconsistent of late. I apologize. If you’d like to send something in for this column, send it to rport@forumcomm.com. Submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity. Luke writes: 1) Have you seen any polling lately for N.D. for the general presidential election or the house of reps election? I have not seen anything since like March. 2) I’m just curious, is there anyone in the Dem-NPL that has a scintilla of name […]

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