For the past couple of days I’ve been inundated with posts on Facebook saying that Hillary Clinton is the first woman to run for president. I have a message for you guys: Victoria Woodhull has just called and she wants her “first woman to run for president” label back!

People of a certain age will remember those numerous Miss Cleo ads that used to air on TV back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Miss Cleo has recently died. It is not known whether Miss Cleo was psychic enough to predict her own death. (LOL!) Granted she was a fraud who ripped off people who called her because they needed help and guidance but her ads were pure camp and they are totally unforgettable.

And those ads led to this hilarious MadTV sketch that skewered Miss Cleo’s psychic ability by mentioning her failure to predict the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Benjamin Franklin

We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.

Previous post in this series.

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Howard the Duck #17
Wuxtra! Wuxtra! The Real, True Super-Sensational Inside Scoop on the Wanton Past of Doctor Bong!
October, 1977

Credits: Steve Gerber, writer/editor; Gene Colan, artist; Klaus Janson, inker; A. Kawecki, letterer; Janice Cohen, colorist

Synopsis: This issue begins where issue #15 left off (since issue #16 wasn’t even related to the continuity to the comic book series). Doctor Bong welcomes Beverly and Howard (whom he abducted from the cruise ship they were on) to his personal island and he expects them to stay. Howard attempts to leave and Doctor Bong responds by taking his left hand, which is shaped like steel clapper, and hitting himself on his bell-shaped head to produce a “BONG!” noise at a frequency that makes Howard pass out.

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While one of Doctor Bong’s mutant minions brings Howard to a tower in Bong’s castle, Doctor Bong gives Beverly a tour of the facility while uttering such cliches as “style over substance.”

Howard wakes up in a hotel-like room in the tower that has a copy of Gideon’s Bible along with Beverly’s old journal. Soon one of Doctor Bong’s minions enters the room with dinner for Howard. Her name is Fifi, she is an anthro duck like Howard except she’s taller, has more human features, and she speaks with a French accent.

Meanwhile the cruise ship that Howard and Beverly were on prior to their abduction, the S.S. Damned, remains docked off the coast of Doctor Bong’s island with the top deck loaded with giant boulders that fell from the sky in issue #15. But then the boulders mysteriously disappeared while the damaged ship was immediately repaired and even those who lost their lives were somehow resurrected. Doctor Bong suddenly appears on the deck and he tells the captain that unless the ship departs immediately, he can make sure that it gets damaged again. He then hits his bell head with his steel clapper hand and he not only disappears but the ship’s engines start up. At the same time Doctor Bong’s island suddenly disappears into thin air.

Doctor Bong and Beverly sit in the dining room for dinner. Doctor Bong begins to tell Beverly that they’ve met years ago. He then proceeds to go into his childhood where, as a young boy named Lester Verde, he was bullied by the neighborhood kids. When Lester ran home to his mother in tears, he called the other kids a bunch of “monkey mouths.” The mother praises her son for his originality in coming up with that name, tells him that he would make a good writer, and confides that she once wanted to be a writer herself. A third-grade class field trip to a newspaper office solidified his desire to become a writer when he grows up.

When Lester was in college as a journalism major his journalism professor got on his case for his tendency towards sensationalism. Lester retaliated by coming up with a story for the campus newspaper that implied that the professor was accused in a drug scandal, which ruined the professor’s career, marriage, and reputation.

During his senior year he enrolled in a life drawing class where Beverly, who was then a theater student at the same school, worked as an artist model on four different occasions. Lester was immediately smitten with Beverly. He asked Beverly out on a date but she turned him down because she already had a boyfriend named David at the time. In retaliation he found out that David was a Jewish guy who was dating a non-Jew so he told David’s parents, which led to them withdrawing David from college. David later died in a car accident while driving through a snowstorm so he could visit Beverly at college.

After Lester graduated from college he worked for a number of newspapers while providing sensationalist tabloid-style journalism in the hopes that Beverly would notice the byline and consider going out with him. When that didn’t work, he attempted to become a music critic for a midwest newspaper, which was a short-lived gig.

Lester briefly worked for a shock-rock band dressed as the Easter Bunny who gets sent to the guillotine by the band. But an onstage accident causes his left hand to get chopped off for real so that explains why he has a steel clapper instead of a hand.

Howard is sitting in the tower room talking with Fifi until she tells him that Doctor Bong plans to evolve him because he has been earmarked for reconstruction. What’s more, Fifi is his selected mate and they are expected to produce offspring. Howard becomes alarmed at this bit of information so he runs out of the room and he runs through the castle until he finds Doctor Bong and Beverly. Howard gets subdued by Doctor Bong’s mutant creatures. Doctor Bong tells Beverly that either she marries him or he will decapitate Howard. Beverly reluctantly agrees to marry Doctor Bong only because she wants to save Howard’s life. Doctor Bong then tells his mutant creature minions to take Howard to the Evolvo-Chamber.

Topical 1970’s References: This comic book issue was published around the time that Rupert Murdoch started to purchase The New York Post and other newspapers in the United States (after he did something similar in both his native Australia and the United Kingdom). Murdoch’s tabloids are notorious for sensationalist headlines that exaggerate the real truth. A few years later Rupert Murdoch would start the Fox broadcast network that showed sitcoms and other shows that were a bit raunchier and racier (such as Married With Children and The Simpsons) than the shows on the other three networks. Then Murdoch started Fox News, which is notorious for being far from objective and being biased towards Republicans and far-right politicians.

Lester’s days with that shock-rock band is definitely a parody of Alice Cooper, who used similar stage props (such as guillotine and a boa constrictor) during his 1970’s heyday. Alice Cooper was still going through the guillotine as late as 2014, when this video was shot.

The Bottom Line: It’s a great satire of the tabloids, which seems to predict the rise of the corporate dominated media where, these days, the media in the United States is more focused on what Kim Kardashian is doing than what’s happening in places like, let’s say, war-torn Syria. I can’t even go into a store without seeing a tabloid at the supermarket checkout line that has the latest headline about Kim Kardashian or any of her sisters.

Doctor Bong is among the more memorable villains who appeared in the original Howard the Duck comic book series. Just the idea that his superpower stems from using his steel clapper hand to hit his bell head is pretty hilarious. This issue provides a promising beginning to the Doctor Bong story arc that would be around for the rest of the original comic book series.

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Howard the Duck #18
Metamorphosis
November, 1977

Credits: Steve Gerber, writer/editor; Gene Colan, artist; Klaus Janson, inker; Irv Watanabe, letterer; Jan Cohen, colorist

Synopsis: This issue begins with Howard being put inside of Doctor Bong’s Evolvo-Chamber so his genetic structure can be reprogrammed and reconstructed as if he had been born another species.

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Beverly, who had agreed to marry Doctor Bong so he wouldn’t kill Howard, becomes horrified at what’s happening so she runs to the controls and starts fiddling with the buttons in the hopes of shutting the Evolvo-Chamber down. Instead she inadvertently speeds up the process. Beverly becomes so upset at this failure that she attempts to run away from the castle only to discover that the castle is no longer located on an island in the middle of the ocean. Instead the castle has been mysteriously moved to a mountain peak in the Himalayas so escape is impossible.

Meanwhile the Evolvo-Chamber begins to overheat and is about to explode. Doctor Bong orders an evacuation but Fifi refuses to leave Howard behind so she takes a chair and smashes the bell-like structure where Howard is being held and rescues him just before the machine catches fire.

While Doctor Bong orders his mutant creatures to put out the fire, Fifi carries an unconscious Howard up to her bedroom where she puts him in her bed then leaves the room to get a drink for him. Doctor Bong catches up with Beverly and he tells her that she must never do anything like what she did ever again. He tells her it’s time for them to be married. He hits the side of his bell head with his steel clapper hand and they disappear. They end up on a Soviet ship off the coast of Maine. Speaking Russian, Doctor Bong asks the captain to marry them.

Fifi enters her bedroom with a tray full of something to drink for Howard when she makes this discovery. Howard has become a human being. He’s now a man with caucasian skin, blue eyes, and curly brown hair. Howard becomes shocked at his new appearance when he looks in a mirror. Fifi also tells Howard that Beverly has married Doctor Bong in order to save Howard’s life and they are now on their honeymoon. Howard asks Fifi if there is a way that he can escape this castle. Fifi agrees to help him escape on one condition: That she be allowed to escape with Howard as well.

Using her pilot skills, the pair escape on the Flying Bonger, which is a bell-shaped flying vehicle. Once the Flying Bonger reaches New York City, a U.S. Air Force jet starts to follow. Fifi tells Howard that there is no way of contacting the jet because the radio frequency has been programmed to communicate with Doctor Bong only.

The jet shoots down the Flying Bonger, which crash lands in the middle of Central Park. Howard manages to emerge unscathed and he slowly craws away from the crash site. When the police, fire fighters, and other emergency people arrive, they pull the body of Fifi, who died in the crash, from the wreckage.

The issue ends with Howard in Central Park trying to adjust to being a human male who’s back in New York City without Beverly because she married Doctor Bong.

Topical 1970’s References: There’s mention of the Soviet Union and how that ship had to secretively slip off the coast of Maine, especially since the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was still going on at the time.

The Bottom Line: It’s a pretty wild issue with Beverly being forced into marrying Doctor Bong and Howard suddenly becoming a human being. Just seeing Doctor Bong hit the hide of his bell-shaped head with that hammer he has for a hand is one of the more ludicrous ways I’ve ever seen a comic book villain use his power. Of course that getaway flying contraption shaped like a bell only completes the sheer lunacy of Doctor Bong.

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Howard the Duck #19
Howard the Human!
December, 1977

Credits: Steve Gerber, writer/editor; Gene Colan, artist; Klaus Janson, inker; Irv Watanabe, letterer; P. Rache, colorist

Synopsis: Howard, the newly-minted human who used to be a duck, walks aimlessly through the streets of Manhattan. At one point he sees a five-dollar bill lying on the ground so he picks it up and puts it in his pocket.

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Howard enters the Port Authority Bus Terminal where he goes straight to the men’s room because he feels the need to wash his face. A stranger approaches him asking him for spare change because he’s a starving artist. Howard refuses saying that he’s on a personal austerity program himself. The stranger then asks Howard to buy him a cup of coffee and a donut and Howard refuses while telling the stranger that he has bad breath. (The stranger looks like someone who has been living on the streets as a homeless person for quite some time.) The stranger then introduces himself as Mad Dog and tells Howard that if he wants to get rid of Mad Dog, he needs to buy him a color TV. Howard also refuses that request.

Finally Mad Dog said that he’ll settle for a cup of coffee and he accompanies Howard to the nearest coffee shop. The guy working the counter takes one whiff of Mad Dog (who apparently hadn’t showered or bathed in quite some time) and tells the two men that the coffee shop is closed. Mad Dog protests that the coffee shop isn’t supposed to close for another hour. When the coffee shop employee tells Mad Dog to go home and take a bath, Mad Dog responds by flipping a table over, which starts a huge brawl in the coffee shop.

A couple named Elton and Amy happens to be sitting near the brawl. Amy tells Elton that they should be leaving so they can get out of harm’s way. Elton, who’s a bit of a flake, is more into feeling the intense emotions he has for Amy than getting out of the way. When Mad Dog accidentally bumps into Elton in the throes of battle, Elton becomes enraged because Mad Dog had interrupted him at a time when he feels that he and Amy are starting to relate to each other so he throws Mad Dog through the coffee shop’s front window and proceeds to fight Mad Dog.

At the same time Howard decides to sneak out of the coffee shop because he wants nothing to do with that major brawl. Amy follows Howard and catches up with him. She tells Howard that she decided to leave while Elton is involved in the fracas because Elton has been making her serve as his mind and it’s starting to drive her mad because she’s tired of doing all the thinking for him. Howard attempts to ignore Amy but she tackles him to the ground. She tells Howard that she finds his misanthropic nature to be refreshing after dealing with Elton and she likes that he’s the polar opposite of Elton.

Amy pressures Howard into coming with her to her apartment in Greenwich Village where she does yoga stretches while telling Howard about her dysfunctional relationship with Elton.

Meanwhile at Doctor Bong’s castle in the Himalayas Doctor Bong learned from his mutant minions about Howard’s and Fifi’s escape in the Flying Bonger. Beverly expresses glee at the news and Doctor Bong responds by hitting his bell head with steel clapper hand in order to freeze Beverly in her place. Doctor Bong orders his minions to take Beverly to the bedroom while he goes to a computer in his study in order to find a way of getting rid of Howard the Duck. As Doctor Bong browses the latest newspapers online he finds a news story in a local New York newspaper that mentions Fifi’s death in that Flying Bonger crash but no mention of anyone else on board that craft. Doctor Bong hits himself on the head in order to transport him to Manhattan in his search of Howard.

Howard ends up spending the night with Amy and it’s implied that he and Amy may have done more than just sleeping. The following morning Elton is pacing outside of Amy’s apartment. Apparently he somehow figured out that Amy had spent the night with Howard. Finally Elton grows tired of pacing back and forth so he breaks into Amy’s apartment and wakes Amy up. Elton and Amy are shocked to see a duck sleeping on Amy’s couch. Apparently Howard’s night with Amy had somehow reversed the change he underwent and he’s now a duck again. Howard doesn’t realize this until he wakes up and decides to take a shower. When he sees that he’s too short to reach a lot of things in the shower, Howard realizes that he’s a duck once again. At that point Doctor Bong appears in the bathroom.

Topical 1970’s References: When Elton first punches Mad Dog in the coffee shop he utters the quote that was made famous by Peter Ustinov in the film Network: “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” (Network was released shortly before this issue was published.)

The Bottom Line: It’s a pretty interesting issue seeing how Donald responds to being human. This issue definitely have a “Stranger in a Strange Land” vibe about it even more so than usual and I think it’s because Howard is a human who’s blending in with the general population for once.

These issues were reprinted in Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, Volume 2, which can be purchased onine at AbeBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookDepository, Half.com, IndieBound, Indigo, Powell’s.

Next post in this series.

The Howard the Duck Series

Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, Volume 1

The Early Stories
Howard the Duck #1-3
Howard the Duck #4-5
Howard the Duck #6
Howard the Duck #7 and Marvel Treasury Edition #12: Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck #8

Howard the Duck #9-11
Howard the Duck #12-14
Howard the Duck King Size Annual #1 and Howard the Duck #15
Howard the Duck #16

Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, Volume 2

Howard the Duck #17-19

On Monday, July 25, 2016 I was doing a lot of reading on social media about the Democratic convention in Philadelphia along with the protesters who are worried about the future direction of this country (especially with finding well-paying jobs being way more difficult than it used to be, the frequent clamoring for war in the Middle East, climate change, etc.) and I started to have one of those paranoid anxiety attacks that I’ve been getting every now and then, especially since my hip revision surgery in 2011 followed by my husband’s abrupt walkout just three months after that surgery. I just couldn’t take it anymore so on Monday night I shut off my personal Internet wi-fi, put my smartphone on airplane mode, and popped my DVD copy of Finding Nemo in the DVD player and just watched.

I kept my smartphone on airplane mode for the entire day on Tuesday, July 26 (yesterday). In fact, I didn’t even take my smartphone off airplane mode until this morning (Wednesday, July 27). I have to admit that it wasn’t so bad living without my smartphone for a while. In fact, it was quite relaxing.

Before I got my first smartphone I used to check email only once a day. After the smartphone I had grown used to checking email every time it alerted me to a new message. Yesterday I switched back to my pre-smartphone habit of checking email once (using my laptop) and I have to admit that I liked it. The vast majority of emails I receive aren’t very urgent and reverting back to checking it once a day have put emails back in their proper place in my life (mainly something that shouldn’t require my constant vigilance).

I stayed away from social media for most of yesterday. I only went on Facebook once using my laptop and that was to look up information about this upcoming free event that’s taking place in Arlington tomorrow night on what a creative economy would look like (which also included networking opportunities) and clicking on the link to make an RSVP.

I went to the movies yesterday because one of the movie houses in my area has something called “Five Dollar Tuesdays” where you only pay $5 admission to see a film. (The only condition is that this $5 discount only applies to movies that have been released for seven days or longer.) I decided to check out Finding Dory since I saw the original Finding Nemo on DVD the night before. (My verdict is that while I enjoyed the movie, I liked the original better. I probably won’t be buying Finding Dory when it gets released on DVD.)

Going on that smartphone diet also enabled me to focus on a few creative projects that are of the sort that I usually feature in this blog. (I will eventually feature them in this blog once I’m finished.)

It felt nice putting my smartphone on airplane mode for a long time. I’m realizing how much I had allowed my smartphone to take up a much larger chunk of my life than I should have. There are a variety of decluttering and housecleaning projects that I keep on putting off because I kept on falling into temptation to check that Facebook app on my smartphone or checking email or whatever.

The only disadvantage of not using my smartphone at all while doing only brief web surfing with my laptop: I didn’t keep up on the latest news that day. Three of my smartphone’s news apps tend to do push notifications on really major urgent news. This means that—let’s say—if Russia had decided to launch an old Cold War-era nuclear missile on Washington, DC, I would not have known until the big boom followed by a mushroom cloud. (Of course if that had happened, I wouldn’t be here typing this blog post. LOL!)

Back before there were personal computers and smartphones, I used to get my news from reading a newspaper in the morning then watching the evening news on one of the major three networks. I’ve given up my newspaper subscription for financial reasons (plus the newspaper has far fewer pages along with less content than it used to). I’ve given up cable TV as well (for financial reasons) and I haven’t gotten around to buying an antenna for my TV set. (These days I use my TV to play console games and watch DVD’s.) If it weren’t for the push notifications from my smartphone’s news apps, I would not know what’s going on in the news. So putting my phone on airplane mode had cut me off from yesterday’s news and, to be honest, I didn’t miss it at all. Especially since the big news this week is the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and things are starting to get ugly there (which triggered my anxiety).

I took my smartphone with me when I went to the movies mainly because I wanted to have it with me in case of an emergency. Fortunately everything was fine and I didn’t have to take it off airplane mode at all.

I have taken it off airplane mode and I’m now back to being a normal smartphone owner. It was great putting it on airplane mode for over 24 hours because I got some peace out of it. Unfortunately I can’t do this very often mainly because of the current state of my mother’s health plus I’m also looking for some side work so I have to be reachable to anyone who wants to talk to me but prefers to communicate by phone. I’m definitely going to consider doing this again in the future if I get another paranoid anxiety attack.

A few months ago I walked around the campus of my alma mater, University of Maryland at College Park, while snapping pictures. I didn’t bother with going inside of the undergraduate library, Hornbake Library. Had I done so, I would’ve been greeted with an extra surprise.  I learned about this in this post on the Living a Doll’s Life blog of all places. Basically the Hornbake Library has been having a special exhibition in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice in Wonderland. The exhibition started last October and it’s going to close at the end of this month.

I became very interested in a special exhibition devoted to Alice in Wonderland since it’s being held at my alma mater and I live close to the campus. I thought it would be a shame not to see it at least once before it closes. The big snag is that the exhibition is in a special room at Hornbake Library and that room is currently on a limited summer schedule where it’s only opened Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. I had some free time on the Tuesday before the Fourth of July holiday weekend so I decided to go to the campus.

Since I discovered that exhibit in a doll blog, I thought it would be cool to bring some small dolls with me that would also be appropriate for the occasion. The white rabbit is a Goodreau Dolls Scrappy the Rabbit while the girl is a Little Pullip Alice Fantastic. I took this next photo while I was eating lunch in the Food Court located in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union.

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When I was at campus in February, I saw that the University Book Center from my own student days had increased its space but I couldn’t investigate because it was closed that day. (I was there on a late Saturday afternoon.) This time I was able to go inside the store since I came on a weekday afternoon.

In my student days the University Book Center occupied the basement level. Since that time the same store had expanded by one floor. The upper floor sells mainly University of Maryland Terrapin clothes (including t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and even shoes).

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The lower level is still the way I remembered it, down to the exposed pipes on the ceiling.

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After I ate lunch at the Stamp Student Union I made the short walk to Hornbake Library where I saw the new statue dedicated to Frederick Douglass along with three huge banners hanging at the front, including one banner dedicated to Alice in Wonderland.

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The exhibit was held in the Maryland Room that’s located on the first floor. I knew I came to the right place when I saw a statue of Testudo the Terrapin wearing a Mad Hatter hat.

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Here are a few signs about the exhibition.

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Basically the exhibit consisted mostly of books from the collection of Clare and August Imholtz, who had spent three decades collecting anything to do with either Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, or both. They had acquired various editions of Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, in many different languages. The next photo shows the smallest editions that the couple currently have in their collection.

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This next photo shows a copy of Alice in Wonderland that was signed by Alice Hargreaves (née Alice Liddell), who was Lewis Carroll’s original inspiration for the Alice books.

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The two Alice books were originally published with illustrations by John Tenniel. The Tenniel-illustrated editions still remain in print but there have been a variety of editions where Tenniel’s illustrations were replaced by illustrations done by others. The vast majority of the collection on display showed these other illustrations, many of which are quite fanciful and colorful.

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There were a few Alice-related ephemera on display as well, such as these two ads that used the Alice characters.

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There were also a few magazines on display that also included Alice-inspired illustrations.

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There were a few miscellaneous items as well, such as paper dolls and crossword puzzles based on the Alice books.

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There was a table with a few copies of both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass where people can sit down and read the books.

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Outside the Maryland Room there was a nearby hallway that had wall displays devoted to the various characters in the two Alice books.

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It was a relatively small exhibit that I was able to go through in about an hour. The next photo shows a view from the front doors of the Hornbake Library.

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Like I wrote at the beginning of the post I decided to bring a couple of appropriate small dolls. I never had the chance to use them because of the nature of the exhibit. (It was all books and other published items that were displayed behind glass cases.) I picked up a couple of free items at the exhibit which I displayed with the dolls after I returned home.

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Here’s a bookmark that has a riddle that was actually printed in Alice in Wonderland.

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There was a free Word Puzzle sheet that was similar to the kind of word puzzles that Lewis Carroll used to create. I tried the puzzle but I bombed out because it was a pretty difficult one. (And I’m a person who has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.)

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The last two photos show the two sides of this free postcard I picked up at the exhibit.

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Basically this exhibition will be up until the end of this month. The Maryland Room in the Hornbake Library is on a summer schedule where it’s only open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For the latest up-to-the-minute news on this exhibition, I suggest looking at the official blog. While I personally found the exhibition very interesting, keep in mind that there are no hands-on multimedia exhibits and the displays are totally static (which is something you’ll need to consider if you are thinking about taking young children to this exhibit).

Not too long ago I mentioned in this blog about how a tip I submitted to the RoadsideAmerica.com site was accepted. Two of my photos along with a short blurb written by me is now online. There were more photos of that place than what Roadside America could accept on its site so I’m just going to post the outtakes here.

There’s a local artist named A. Clarke Bedford whose art definitely attracts attention. Every now and then I see one of his art cars parked somewhere and take pictures. (The first time in 2013 and the second time just a few days later. I took some more recent pictures back in May.) I’ve had people tell me that his house in Hyattsville is just as heavily decorated as his vehicles. One of his websites, Vanadu.wtf, have his home address right on the front page so last month I decided to check it out in person. Yes, his house definitely stands out in a neighborhood full of cozy houses and tidy lawns.

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Art Home in Hyattsville, Maryland, June 24, 2016

And those photos just scratch the surface of that house. If you’re ever in the Washington, DC area and want to check the house out in person, his home address is listed right on the first page of Vanadu.wtf and on this page on RoadsideAmerica.com so all you have to do is program it into your GPS. You’ll be hard-pressed to miss it.

Those postings on the emails of the Democratic National Committee on Wikileaks’ servers has pretty much confirmed what many of us had long suspected—that the Democratic National Convention, under Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had been siding with Hillary Clinton from Day 1 of the primaries. From cutting back on the number of debates then scheduling them at odd times (such as the weekend before Christmas) to colluding with the mainstream media to provide more favorable coverage to Hillary Clinton to those persistent rumors that Donald Trump is really helping Hillary Clinton by running a fake campaign, it’s all there in the open now.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned from her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee only to have Hillary Clinton bring her aboard her campaign just hours later. It is now so obvious how close the two of them have colluded to go through great lengths to ensure that Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination even if they went through efforts that were either illegal, immoral, or both.

Right now I am very close to changing my voter registration from Democrat to Independent because I am thoroughly disgusted with the Democratic Party. I’m waiting until after the convention ends because Bernie Sanders’ name will be placed in nomination at the convention and I’m waiting to see the outcome of this.

All I know is this, if Hillary Clinton still gets the nomination, I will not only change my party affiliation but I will also vote for the Green Party because I refuse to vote for either Clinton or Donald Trump. It’s sad in a way because I once was sympathetic towards her, especially when, as First Lady, she had to deal with the fallout from her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in such a public manner. But the more I saw her in action, the more alienated I became, especially when I saw her frequently reaching out to Wall Street types who were the same people who were instrumental in tanking the economy back in 2008. That was why I didn’t vote for her in 2008 and I didn’t vote for her in the Democratic primary in Maryland this year. Had Hillary Clinton won in a fair vote, I would not only vote for her in November but I would encourage others to do the same.

But, thanks to Wikileaks and reports of voter irregularities in places like Illinois, Massachusetts, and Nevada there is no way I will ever support her. While I would love to see a woman in the White House one day, I want a woman who is far more ethical than Hillary Clinton.

Long before this latest Wikileaks scandal Hillary Clinton has had issues. The late political blogger Steve Gilliard wrote this post highlighting Clinton’s weaknesses as well as being listed among the most detested politicians back in 2007 and this has not changed at all. The left-leaning film director Michael Moore has just written this opinion piece on 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win and, sadly, I’m afraid he’ll be right if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination. Numerous polls have repeatedly shown that, in a matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Trump will win more votes. This latest poll has just said the same thing as earlier polls. Yet in other polls that show a matchup between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, Sanders wins. It’s obvious that if the Democrats really want to win the White House this November, they should back the candidate who polls best against Donald Trump. To put an unpopular politician like Hillary Clinton as the official Democratic nominee would be suicidal.

If Hillary Clinton really cares about the future of this country and is very concerned about the potential fascist leanings of Donald Trump, she should withdraw from the race now and cede all of her delegates to Bernie Sanders. If she does it now, history will be kind to her while portraying her as the woman who did what it took to save the United States from fascism by sacrificing her own political ambitions. Because if she doesn’t do this, then she will totally ruin not only her political career but her reputation as well and the Democrat Party will implode far worse than the Republican Party did at its own convention last week. It will be far more likely that the Democrats will go the way of the Whigs unless it changes course and do the right thing.

So, Democrats, if you keep up with your efforts to shove Hillary Clinton in voters’ faces as the Democratic nominee, I will vote for my first woman president in November—Jill Stein. There is no way I can, in good conscience, vote for Hillary Clinton and there is no way in hell I will ever vote for a self-serving buffoon like Donald Trump. Being forced to make such a choice would be like having a medical professional ask me if I would rather have stage 4 lung cancer or a growing inoperable brain tumor.

By the way, I highly recommend reading this interesting editorial: The Corporate Liberal in America.

 

I recently found this t-shirt on sale at a local Five Below for only $5.

Jurassic Park T-Shirt

I’ve just learned that the Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Scultz has just resigned from her post in the wake of the Wikileaks scandal where previously confidential emails confirmed what many of us registered Democrats have long suspected: That the DNC had done everything to make sure that the primaries were rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton getting the nomination. This announcement has come one day before the Democratic Convention is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia.

I feel vindicated because it was so obvious that the primaries were fixed from reducing the number of televised debates to scheduling them during odd hours (such as the weekend before Christmas) to colluding with the media to provide favorable coverage of Clinton at the expense of her rivals (especially Bernie Sanders). It’s nice that there is written evidence even though, from their viewpoint, it was totally stupid (as this headline states: Even the Smart Reptiles Don’t Write This Stuff Down). Thanks to Wikileaks, no one can ever accuse me of wearing a tin foil hat when I mention that the Democratic primaries have been rigged.

I live 130 miles south of Philadelphia. If it weren’t for the fact that I still have to deal with the financial fallout from paying last month’s $400 car repair bill, I would be in Philly right now among the protesters. I’m still a registered Democrat as of this writing while I’m watching the convention from afar with baited breath. I’m hoping for the best outcome (Bernie Sanders gets the nomination) while preparing for the worst (it’s little more than a glorified coronation for Hillary Clinton). Whether I remain a registered Democrat after this coming week will depend on how what happens at the convention.

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