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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “swollen.” This was yet another prompt that I struggled with. In a desperate attempt to come up with something, I finally decided to use my medical training (or lack thereof) to raise awareness for Swollen Ego Syndrome while I publicly diagnosed Donald Trump as having that affliction because he met all of the criteria I came up with that makes up Swollen Ego Syndrome. (I should mention that I am not a medical doctor. LOL!)

I drew Donald Trump having this smirk on his face. I was trying to replicate something I saw years ago. Here’s some background. My then-husband and I used to go to New York City about once or twice a year to visit his father and step-mother, who lived on the Upper West Side. We usually drove and I generally let my husband do all of the driving because I just didn’t have the guts to drive through Manhattan at all. (If you’ve ever been in New York City, you’d understand my reluctance to drive in that city.)

In order to get to my in-laws’ place from the Washington, DC area, we generally went north on I-95 through Baltimore and beyond, crossed the Delaware Bridge, went through the Delaware Turnpike, and headed north on the New Jersey Turnpike before we finally took the Lincoln Tunnel into the city. Lincoln Tunnel always had a slowdown going into the city. No matter what day of the week or time of day it was, there was always this traffic jam where the cars slowed to a crawl right outside that entrance until we managed to get inside of the tunnel.

There are billboards plastered all over the area near the tunnel entrance because the advertisers figured out a long time ago that they had a captive audience. During one of our trips we saw a giant billboard for the Trump Taj Mahal, which was a big hotel and casino in Atlantic City. That billboard basically showed a giant picture of Donald Trump flanked by two smiling bejeweled blond-haired showgirls who were both young enough to be his daughters. Donald Trump had this incredibly smug looking smirk on his face like he was announcing to the world “Look at what I got—I have it all and you don’t! Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!”

That billboard looked so ridiculous, especially since we both knew that Trump had filed for the first of his many bankruptcies just a few years earlier and there were reports that he lost a lot of his own money. It was also around the time that Donald Trump had ditched his first wife, Ivana, for Marla Maples. Or maybe it was around the time that he was married to Marla but he had decided to ditch her as well and he was often photographed in the company of models who were at least two or three decades younger than him. (I don’t remember exactly when I saw that billboard other than I somehow remember that it was before he married his current wife, Melania.) My husband and I were looking at that ridiculous billboard while being stuck in traffic.

I finally blurted out, “Oh my God! He’s a buffoon!” My husband responded, “But he’s a rich buffoon!” We both laughed. Even back then we thought he was a total joke as a businessman. If either one of us had said that day, “One day that man will become President of the United States,” we probably would’ve erupted in laughter because that idea sounded so incredibly ludicrous. But we never said that because the idea of Trump even entering politics sounded so silly and stupid since, at the time, he seemed to be more focused on plastering his name on so many buildings throughout Manhattan while going out with attractive women young enough to be his daughter and getting his name and photo in the gossip pages than in running for any kind of public office.

But now it’s 2018. The Trump Taj Mahal has since gone out of business. My husband and I got a divorce. My father-in-law passed away one year ago this month. (I devoted one of my Inktober drawings from last year to him when I learned from other relatives that he was on his deathbed. He died a couple of days after I finished that drawing.) Donald Trump now sits in the White House as President of the United States. There are times when I still long for the earlier days when Trump was just a celebrity businessman and reality TV star who showed zero political ambition. He may have been a joke back then but at least he didn’t have the codes to the nuclear bombs nor did he have the power to make policies that could be a disaster for not only in the United States as a whole but in the rest of the world as well. So I tried to replicate that Trump smirk from that billboard that was erected a long time ago in my latest Inktober drawing.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “weak.” I struggled with this prompt. I considered different ideas but I ended up jettisoning them because they would’ve been too depressing to draw (such as drawing a picture of migrant children in cages or a Syrian in a refugee camp). I decided to draw some fan art where I had Poison Ivy taking on Donald Trump and defeating him with one of her plants. For added measure, I related it to the prompt word while referencing that infamous Access Hollywood bus recording by having Poison Ivy say “Grabbing me by my pussy is so incredibly weak!”

Yeah, I went there with one of the vines of Poison Ivy’s plant going into Trump’s pants in an effort to grab him by his cock and give him a taste of his own medicine. Some of you may question the tastefulness of what I drew but after his recent appearance at a political rally where he openly mocked a woman who accused a Supreme Court justice nominee of raping her, I have zero fucks left to give about whether other people will like this drawing or not.

A few months ago I checked out a couple of graphic novel reprints of the Harley Quinn comic book series from the library and Poison Ivy frequently makes guest appearances in that series. (Poison Ivy is a close friend of Harley Quinn and there are hints that they may be close friends with benefits.) By the way, I saw two of the people behind that comic book, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, at a Batman forum held at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Here are some photos of the couple after a fan had given them Batman and Harley Quinn masks that he had obtained for free from a comic book store that he stopped at on his way to Baltimore Comic-Con. (It was Batman Day in many comic book stores and this forum was also held on that same day.)

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

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Josephine Baker: Entertainer, war hero, and civil rights champion.

The U.S. role in turning countries into “shitholes.”

Seven signs your client will never pay your invoice.

President Trump is not as unpopular as you think he is.

Doctor who gave Asperger syndrome its name was kid-killer for Hitler.

Why children aren’t behaving and what you can do about it.

Some said they’d flee Trump’s America. These people actually did.

A sad look at one woman who lost two sons in one night to opioids.

How to make fairy house night lights using recycled plastic bottles.

100 ways white people can make life less frustrating for people of color.

From Starbucks to Hashtags: We need to talk about why white Americans call the police on black people.

You can now use Airbnb to stay in the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, where F. Scott wrote the classic novel Tender is the Night.

Tapes prove how Trump lied his way onto the Forbes 400 list.

Luxury brands prefer to burn millions of dollars worth of clothes to letting the “wrong” shoppers buy them at a discount.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “cruel.” I decided to use it to actually do some fan art that I had thought about drawing for quite some time but I was too lazy to do it sooner. I did a mash-up of Harley Quinn taking on Donald Trump and defeating him with her giant mallet while he’s clutching at his crotch in pain with his tiny hands. Yes, I referred to that infamous Access Hollywood recording and the fact that he’s sensitive about people referring to his hand size. My latest Inktober drawing is more timely than ever before given the fact that Donald Trump spoke at a rally where he literally mocked a woman who accused a newly-seated Supreme Court justice nominee of raping her. Here is my drawing.

I have a DC Super Hero Girls doll (which I purchased during Toys R Us’ going out of business sale a few months ago) that I used as a model while I was drawing. A few months ago I checked out a couple of graphic novel reprints of the Harley Quinn comic book series from the library and they are definitely hilarious and full of dark humor, especially since she can have a cruel streak at times (which nicely dovetails with today’s prompt word). By the way, I saw two of the people behind that comic book, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, at a Batman forum held at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Here are some photos of the couple after a fan had given them Batman and Harley Quinn masks that he had obtained for free from a comic book store that he stopped at on his way to Baltimore Comic-Con. (It was Batman Day in many comic book stores and this forum was also held on that same day.)

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

As of today, I’m now one-third of the way through Inktober. I have many more drawings to do until the end of the month.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “star.” For this drawing I decided to draw the same real-life person that I drew for Inktober last year.

She is a transgender person known as Madonna Girl Dale (although she also has been known as Kesha Girl Dale and Britney Girl Dale) who is such a big Madonna fan that she frequently dresses up like Madonna and prances down Maryland Route 2 between Baltimore, Brooklyn Park, and Glen Burnie. I’ve previously written at length about this person, which you can read in last year’s Inktober post. For this year’s Inktober drawing I drew her next to a poster featuring the circa 1984-1985 Madonna, which was around the time that she scored her first big hit with “Lucky Star” (which also nicely dovetails with today’s Inktober prompt word).

Recently she posed for some photos (link is NSFW) for an upcoming issue of DicE magazine which, based on what I saw on that magazine’s Instagram account, is primarily a motorcycle magazine with models posing sexy next to a motorbike. Not bad for someone who has spent so much of her life dancing to Madonna music along Maryland Route 2. If you want to learn more about Madonna Girl Dale, I suggest checking these links:

Meet Dale Crites (2011)

“Meet Dale Crites, a.k.a. BritneyGirl Dale,” The Baltimore Sun, November 22, 2013.

“Britney Girl Dale,” Uncustomary.org, March 24, 2015.

Filmmaker Dan Bell’s 2015 documentary Britney Girl Dale.

Filmmaker Dan Bell’s interview with radio station 98 Rock about his experiences with filming his documentary Britney Girl Dale.

Montage of Britney Girl Dale’s messages left on radio station 98 Rock’s voicemail in 2015.

Madonna Girl Dale (2015) Documentary Short/Baltimore’s Madonna Impersonator.

Madonna Girl Dale interview with The Maryland Crabs podcast, January 19, 2017.

“Britney Girl Dale/Madona Girl Dale/Dale Crites” thread on the Kiwi Farms forum.

Madonna Dale YouTube channel.

MadonnaGirlDale on Instagram

MadonnaPaulaAbdul4Ever on Instagram

MadonnaLoveDale on Twitter

Madonna Girl Dale on Facebook

Dale Crites LinkedIn page.

Dale Crites IMDb page.

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Their ancestors were on opposite sides of a lynching. Now they are friends.

Why is the West praising Malala but ignoring Ahed?

A look at how Barack Obama chose Wall Street over Main Street.

Dolls’ heads were used to lobby pothole repairs in the British town of Swindon.

The next financial crisis will be worse than the last one.

Millions of poor rural voters now hate Trump and millions of rich voters still support him, but the press only profiles poor people who remain Trumpists.

The last slave ship survivor gave an interview to anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston in the 1930s.

How the GOP tax cut will also shrink your paycheck.

Survey of top U.S. evangelical churches reveals three explosive insights.

An interview with 98-year-old Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials.

How poverty changes the brain.

Hedge funds killed the newspaper industry, not the web.

The black Baltimore arabber tradition is on its last leg. For the city’s sake, it should continue.

Trump voters, he’s taking you for suckers.

The right is waging war on academic freedom.

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Discovery of the first new blue pigment in 200 years leads to quest for the elusive red.

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers’ lives.

A look at the history of the 45 RPM record.

The #MeToo moment: How one harasser can rob a generation of women.

The American Renaissance is already happening.

The five greatest slave rebellions in U.S. history.

Norway wants to criminalize drug use and focus on treatment.

There is scientific evidence that clutter causes anxiety.

Housing a prisoner in California costs more than a year at Harvard.

The majority of U.S. workers live in “employment monopsonies” where there is little or no competition for workers.

The people who turned old dolls into planters and scared the hell out of their neighbors.

Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and the New York cesspool that created them.

How Denmark became one of the happiest countries in the world.

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This U Street bar in Washington, DC shuts down every August so its owner can build schools around the world.

Government costs rise when the local newspaper dies.

Meet the real-life woman behind many of Gustav Klimt’s paintings.

What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire?

Take a virtual tour of ancient Rome circa 320 C.E.

In 1912 this Georgia county drove out every black resident.

IKEA asked people to bully a plant for 30 days to see what happens. The results are eye-opening.

The “Real” America: 21.5% unemployment, 10% inflation, and negative economic growth.

How Donald Trump’s grandfather originally made his fortune.

This British gent lives life like it’s the 1940s.

A new study finds that IQ scores are falling and they have been for decades.

This political theorist predicted the rise of Trumpism. His name was Hunter S. Thompson.

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The American Revolution’s greatest leader was openly gay.

The hidden problem of homelessness on college campuses.

Ex-KKK member denounces hate groups one year after rallying in Charlottesville.

The violence Central American migrants are fleeing was stoked by the U.S.

Monica Lewinski says unexpected headlines trigger her trauma. Here is how she copes with them.

Who needs Barbie? These high-tech dolls teach girls how to code.

Japanese-Americans imprisoned in internment camps in the 1940s watch the crisis stemming from the current detention of immigrants in camps with heavy hearts.

How America treats its own children makes it an outlier.

The Muslim World War II heroine that time forgot.

So we’re gonna pretend these refugees aren’t a result of our actions in Central America?

Study finds that most manufacturing jobs are dead ends.

There’s an obscure Monopoly game rule that changes the whole game—and you probably had no clue it existed.

A Holocaust survivor says that America feels like Germany before the Nazis took over.

Sex robot can now refuse to have sex if she’s not in the mood.

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A Shot of a Ferris Wheel on the Day Before the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, August 30, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 1, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 2, 2018

That awful hazy, hot, and humid weather that had plagued most of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival decided to stick around for the last day. Despite the super-hot weather, I decided to see this year’s Greenbelt Labor Day Parade mainly because I wanted to see some of the marchers.

I decided to drive my car to the parade route instead of walking because it was just so hot outside. I managed to find a spot on a side street just a few feet away from the parade route so I carried my portable folding chair. I ran into a friend of mine from my church congregation so I sat near him in a shaded spot. When the parade began just a few minutes after I arrived (I was late getting out the door that morning compared to other years I attended the parade), I pulled out my smartphone and took a few photos.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The mayor and the entire city council of Greenbelt rode in an old-fashioned red fire truck.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Since 2018 is a mid-term election year, the politicians were out in full force. Ben Cardin is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The local chapter of the Moms Demand Action marched in the parade while calling for sensible gun reform.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Paul Pinsky is running for re-election to the Maryland State Senate.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Alonzo T. Washington is running for re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Former NAACP leader Ben Jealous, who’s running for governor of Maryland, marched in the parade. Seeing him march brought back memories of last year’s Greenbelt Labor Day Festival when I saw him in person mingling among the festival attendees. Earlier this year I saw him in person again at this fundraiser for his campaign and I had my picture taken alongside him. Here he is in the parade wearing a full suit despite the high heat and humidity.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Unlike the other two times I saw him in person, I wasn’t able to shake his hand. I later learned that he had to go to another campaign-related engagement after the parade so he couldn’t stick around. I still think it would be cool if he got elected governor and I could tell people that I actually met him in person before he was elected and I have the pictures to prove it. After Ben Jealous passed by me, I took some more photos of the parade.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

A robot participated in the parade. This one was with a local Boy Scout troop.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The Greenbelt Dog Training group brought their pooches with them to prove how well-behaved they were.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The Greenbelt Makerspace also participated in the parade as well.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Like I wrote earlier, the politicians were out in full force because this year is the mid-term elections. Neal Simon (no relation to the famous playwright Neil Simon who recently passed away) is running for the U.S. Senate.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Winnie Obike is running for the Maryland House of Delegates.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Aisha Braveboy is running for state’s attorney.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Last, but not least, Calvin Hawkins is running for an at-large position on the Prince George’s County Council.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

There were more floats and people marching but I didn’t take as many photos as last year because the heat was getting to me at times and I just wasn’t in the mood for doing an excessive amount of picture taking this year. If it weren’t for the fact that Ben Jealous was marching in the parade and I had some friends from the Greenbelt Makerspace who were also involved in the parade, I would’ve blown it off this year because of the extreme heat and humidity.

Once the parade was over I waited until the people dispersed and the police moved the barriers up the road (where the parade was still traveling) before I got in my car and took a back route to Roosevelt Center (where the festival was taking place). I managed to find convenient parking outside the Coop Supermarket. In fact the parking lot was half-empty because the parade was still winding its way past Roosevelt Center and many people were on the parade route. I had to go to the festival on the final day because I was being honored at an awards ceremony plus I had to pick up my art from the art show. I’ll write more about what it was like to go to the festival in extreme heat and humidity in my next post.

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2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 3, 2018
The Day After the End of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 4, 2018

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