The thoughts of a writer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Is the Confederate Flag Racist?

Yes it is. So, arguably, is the Nazi Swastika—though that sign has kinder origins that date back over 5000 years before Hitler polluted it. The Confederate flags have no such history. They were created to protect a way of life that would perpetuate the idea that some people were the property of other people. While all colors of people have throughout history, been both slaves and slave owners, the stain on the history of the United States that is represented by the Confederate flag—is undoubtedly a racist one.

I've heard supporters on television say that the flag is a way to honor those who died. I, personally, do not see it that way. A lot of people died on both sides of the American Civil War; and the side in favor of slavery ultimately lost. Their flag has no business flying anywhere. The only place for this flag is in the museum as a memorial to an unfortunate part of our history.

—KJC

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Vegetable Garden

Mine is on the left.



Originally we had planned to have one garden for small plants and one for tall plants. But then me and my wife ended up each having our own vegetable garden. We are (mostly) growing different plants, so it just seemed to work best that way.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Nobody Ate Anybody!


Nobody Ate Anybody!
UnAssociated Press
June 26, 2015


"Nobody ate anybody!" CuTRis snarled at reporters. "You guys just make stuff up!" Clearly agitated, CuTRis growled menacingly before charging at reporters and chasing them away from his territory. Satisfied, CuTRis returned to his den for some peace and quiet.

Archived Photo

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Bear CuTRis May Have Eaten was Wolf


Bear CuTRis May Have Eaten was Wolf
UnAssociated Press
June 26, 2015


Another new photo today has skeptics doubting that CuTRis really ate a bear. In fact, it now appears that CuTRis may have actually eaten a wolf! People who know CuTRis have said that he doesn't eat much red meat; and prefers chicken or fish.

CuTRis Shown in Dogfight with Wolf

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New Evidence Shows CuTRis Ate Bear!


New Evidence Shows CuTRis Ate Bear!
UnAssociated Press
June 26, 2015


A new photo this morning has skeptics doubting that CuTRis was really ever eaten by a bear. In fact, it now appears that CuTRis may have actually eaten the bear! People who know CuTRis, have said that he can eat a lot and they would not be particularly surprised to find out that he may have consumed an entire bear in one sitting.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

CuTRis May Have Been Eaten by Bear



CuTRis May Have Been Eaten by Bear
UnAssociated Press
June 25, 2015


Rumors of CuTRis being eaten by a bear were strengthened today, with the release of this new photo. CuTRis was unavailable for comment and may be inside of the bear's stomach or he could even be bear poop by now.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RE: Restaurants During my Trip

I made these pork ribs after coming home and nothing I ate during my trip even came close. It was served with grilled corn and baked potatoes.





The restaurants in Ely and Two Harbors were over-priced and they can only wish they could cook as good as me. My reviews are on Tripadvisor.com.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

North American Bear Center


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - We visited the North American Bear Center. They seem to be always adding to this place. New sections were under construction.

Under Construction

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International Wolf Center


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - We visited the International Wolf Center.
If you've been there before, it is almost exactly the same (as when I visited in 2009).

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Creek Ridge Lodge - Ely, MN


Monday, June 15, 2015 - We went to Ely, Minnesota. We spent three nights at Creek Ridge Lodge and we loved it! We had the entire place to ourselves—since the restaurant and bar are only open Thursday through Saturday. I highly recommend this place.

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Two Harbors




Sunday, June 14, 2015 - We visited Two Harbors, Minnesota.







 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Police Arrest-What We See

I see: Someone disobeying the law who is not cooperating with law enforcement officers.

You see: A minority person being abused by police.

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Urban Fishing & Garbage

I did a little fishing early this morning and ended up pulling someone's litter out of the lake. Most of it had its origins in fishing and made me wonder why anyone who likes to fish would be so stupid as to allow their trash to end up in the lake. There is a garbage can near the end of the fishing pier. Is that too far to go to throw your crap away? There are way too many irresponsible people on this Earth mucking it up!

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Traffic Jam

Why not just close all the roads at the same time? The result of construction closings is visible in my nearly 2-hour drive from the north suburbs of St. Paul to the south suburbs of Minneapolis. Notice the HOV lane on the left. It was also congested. Incidentally, the HOV lane was the only place I saw an accident—probably caused by slower traffic from the regular lanes merging into the much faster traveling HOV traffic. Also notice the signs displaying "30 MPH." At this moment we were traveling 3 MPH in my lane. The planning of this mess was poor.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Blues according to Popa Chubby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNpfkRU-cIE

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Nut-Free Facility?





What is it like to work in a "Nut-Free Facility?"
Everywhere I've ever worked has been full of nuts!

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Free Garage!


The sign says, "Free Garage."
So when I stopped to ask them how I can get my free garage, they said I would have to rent an apartment! What? That isn't "free!!!"
Don't be fooled by this sign. You don't really get a free garage...

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Red Light Not a Suggestion



Yesterday I saw a woman drive her car through a RED stoplight and almost smash into a city bus that was waiting to turn. A few minutes later I watched three cars run another RED light. I know you are in a hurry, but is it worth dying for or killing someone else for??? The RED stoplight is not merely a suggestion. It is legally binding to stop.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

CuTRis Seen With Rolling Stones

CuTRis Seen With Rolling Stones
UnAssociated Press
June 3, 2015


CuTRis was spotted hanging out with the Rolling Stones this morning. The band will be playing at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis later this evening.


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Car Window Rock

From Inside

From Outside


My car's windshield got hit by a rock yesterday. Despite the damage, the spot looks cool closeup.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

What to do with that Chicken...

What should I do with that free range chicken my in-laws gave us? I decided to grill it. It was good!

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Wear Orange June 2nd to Prevent Gun Violence

June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day

 http://wearorange.org/

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Osprey!



My son wanted to see nature and we saw several Ospreys in Rice Creek Regional Park.

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