The thoughts of a writer.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

R. Rosicky's in the USA!


R. Rosicky’s in the USA!
By Kevin J. Curtis

Rock Rosicky was tough as nails. He had disappeared in enemy territory during his third tour of duty in one of the most dangerous places on Earth. There was little hope of his return now—some 14 days after he missed his extraction date.
Losing an operative such as Rock was not unheard of, but it was also not something that Major Schlitz liked dealing with. He knew Rocky personally and it was not only a huge loss to the Special Forces unit, but also a deeply personal one. Sadly, Major Schlitz was contemplating closing the entire project down and pulling all of his resources and operations out of the country.
It wasn’t that he was too afraid that Rock would talk if he was captured; or even that he had any really critical information to give if he was broken during torture. It was more that the whole project was now severely undermined and the idea that it was still a secret to the enemy forces was both in jeopardy and in doubt.
As the major shredded the last document, he reached for that bottle of local moonshine and was about to take a bump off of it when he heard the crackle of the two-way radio coming from the bottom of his desk drawer. Carefully removing the booby-trap before opening the drawer containing the radio, he disabled the mine that had been rigged to destroy both the radio and the person opening the drawer where it was kept.
He clicked on the microphone and spoke.
“Cobra one to Dragon two, please repeat.”
“Dragon two to Cobra one, all is well but, destroy all traces and abandon location. You have two hours to rendezvous for relocation.”
“Dragon two, can we extend the search, over?”
“Negative Cobra one, flee now. That is an order.”
“Roger, Dragon,” Major Schlitz replied sadly.
“Don’t worry Brent,” came an unexpected transmission.
“Repeat?”
Then the final transmission came through; breaking all protocol and transmission codes. But it was worth it!
“R. Rosicky’s in the USA! R. Rosicky’s in the USA! R. Rosicky’s in the USA! That’s all! Rock is in the USA!”

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump Says Both Sides at Fault


Trump Says Both Sides at Fault
Unassociated Press
August 29, 2017


Refusing to take the side of the chickens, President Trump said that both the chickens and the sheep were in the wrong during a farmyard protest yesterday that turned violent. Poultry groups were incensed by the President's lack of condemnation of the sheep. The grand wizard of the sheep said Trump's views are basically the same as his.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Minnesota State Fair




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CuTRis Disclaimer

Sorry to Disappoint you, but I have to try to see all sides in order to make good decisions. This in no way means that I always agree with one side or the other or neither or both. If you can only see one side and have no desire to at least try to understand the other side, that is unfortunate. It may (in my opinion) compromise your ability to see the truth or to make positive changes.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Grilling Dinner Again




















Does anyone want that last cob of corn?

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Bat Festival






https://www.evensi.us/minnesota-bat-festival-minnesota-valley-national-wildlife/208033772

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Friday, August 18, 2017

CuTRis Pulls Emergency Fuel Shut-off


CuTRis Pulls Emergency Fuel Shut-off
Unassociated Press
August 18, 2017


In an effort to stop the negativity, the hostility, the fighting and the killing, CuTRis has pulled the emergency fuel shut-off!
"I don't know if it will make a difference," said CuTRis, "But I really had no choice!"
As the world deals with hate inspired violence, one can only hope that this desperate move will have a positive effect! God Bless us all; and please stop the negativity.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hate Groups Suck

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/17/us/hate-groups-us-map-trnd/index.html

They come in all colors shapes and sizes. But all hate groups have one thing in common. They suck.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stop Talking and People will Like You Better...


http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/15/politics/donald-trump-press-conference/index.html

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

History vs. Hate and Truth vs. Hysteria

Working for an organization that promotes the preservation and understanding of history has not changed my mind about the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. But amidst the hysteria of political correctness, there is actually a historical aspect to consider; as well as a political one.

First of all, let me go on record as saying the white hate groups are wrong. That kind of thinking is as anti-American as it gets. But let me also add that any hate-group of any ideology, racial identity or religious or political affiliation is also bad.

But when we are talking about removing historical statues, memorials and the like, we are also treading on questionable grounds. If someone finds something objectionable, does that give him/her the right to destroy that portion of history? If so, should we also re-write the textbooks and historical accounts so that they no longer reference slavery and other social injustices? Holding history up to a measurement without considering its historical context is really not a good way of evaluating its worth.

Does this mean that I want to see a lot of confederate flags waving wherever I go? Absolutely not! The confederacy lost the war and therefore does not "get to" be represented—except perhaps, as a historical footnote.

But to forget the history that has led us all to where we are today is a grave mistake. Likewise, to glorify the divisions in our society is a crime against the population as a whole. I believe that we can benefit from history, truth and tolerance; and that hate and hysteria will only breed more of the same.

—KJC

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday Chicken Dinner

Grilled over charcoal

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Fireworks at the Capitol


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Minnesota State Capitol Grand Reopening

https://mn.gov/admin/capitol-grand-opening/schedule/

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Neither Here Nor There: When Death Visits

While I knew he had been in a battle with cancer, the last I had heard from my former coworker was that he had beaten it. Today I received an email that said he hadn't. That same ending had also happened to my friend Fred about ten years ago.

Very early this morning, I had a dream about my friend Charlie who died five years ago from cancer. In the dream I knew Charlie was gone and I had actually talked to his family; rather than him. I had known Charlie and Linda and their kids for a long time. After the news of my coworker, Mark's recent passing I decided that maybe it was a good time to try to connect with Charlie's family. That was when I discovered his wife Linda's obituary—dated a little over a year after Charlie had died. I had no idea Linda was gone too.

So for the moment I am reeling in shock at the events of this morning. It started with a dream and the reality manifested itself during my day. It is rather surreal as in neither here nor there. Or perhaps it is both here and there. For now, I am here and they are there—wherever there is.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Dangers of Urban Camping


The dangers of urban camping should never be taken for granted. For example, if the camper in the picture to the right rolled out of his tent while sleeping, he might end up on Interstate 94!

Legal Discrimination

I would just like to point out that if you create an organization or program to promote diversity, and this entity excludes all persons from one racial group in favor of others, that you have created and perpetuated racial discrimination in the process.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Northwest Fur Post




Worth its weight in beaver pelts, is a visit to the North West company Fur Post. Our guide took us into the year 1804 where French Voyageurs labored in the (British) fur trade with the Ojibwe.

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Duluth


With all of the wonderful places to visit while in Duluth, my favorite is still Canal Park and the Lake Superior Marine Museum.

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Duluth Train Depot


We visited the Duluth Train Depot so my son could ride on Thomas the tank engine and Percy. I enjoyed the train museum. This is one of many places to see in Duluth.

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Split Rock Lighthouse


We traveled to Split Rock Lighthouse and though the weather was rainy, we still enjoyed the sights and sounds. This is a definite "must see' experience when near Duluth/Two Harbors, Minnesota

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Scaramucci Firing Still Off Mark

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/01/scaramucci-tenure-short-but-he-left-lasting-media-legacy/526685001/

Scaramucci Firing Still Off Mark
UnAssociated Press
August 1, 2017

The firing of Whitehouse Communications Director Anthony Saramucci (after only 11 days) was still off the mark. While warranted, another Whitehouse figure still needs to be removed in order to reclaim some semblance of government sanity.

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National Night Out!

Tonight!

https://natw.org/

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Lucifer Arrested

http://www.twincities.com/2017/08/01/lucifer-nguyen-wanted-in-mendota-heights-killing-arrested-monday-night/

One has to wonder if by being named Lucifer, that this guy never really had a chance...

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35W Bridge Collapse - 10 Years Ago

http://kstp.com/news/35w-bridge-collapse-gusset-plate-on-display-mill-city-museum/4554934/

I was working a live Cable TV broadcast that evening.

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How to Enjoy In-Law Family Picnic

Step 1: Locate the beer drinking guys. 
Step 2: Stay near the coolers until someone offers you a beer.
Step 3: Do important man stuff (i.e. drinking beer)
Step 4: Repeat

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