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In Defense of The Arts… And Sciences

The Arts & Sciences are profoundly important to a decent education however arts and science have been decimated in public schools.

Indeed, the US is no longer the number one place to receive an education according to one study, having slipped to 16 in the share of degree attainment of young adults according to the Washington Post.

President Trump plans to cut the budget for arts, planning to adopt the Heritage Foundation’s “skinny budget” according to report by Fortune Magazine.

This would be a travesty at a time when educational attainment and science and math scores are slipping.

Music and the arts teach critical thinking and are intrinsically linked to math and science due to the critical thinking skills that music & arts teaches and requires.

The education Fresno Unified School District provided to my friends and I was topnotch,  2 magnet schools, Holland Project TALENT (now Bullard) and Roosevelt High School.

In both schools arts and science were integrated.

Roosevelt is home of the School of Performing Arts of which my classmates, Audra McDonald and Sharon Leal are perhaps the best known.

I can only tell you that our school did very well in Academic Decathalon, finishing second in CA my Senior year (my friends from junior high and high school were core of team, coached by legendary Dave Sischo) and of course anyone probably knows Audra has won the most Tony’s ever.

To gut funding for the Arts & Sciences damages the funding for Roosevelt High School Performing Arts programs.  Roosevelt is an inner city school (yup) which was actually bussed INTO my freshman year for desegregation.

I have been lucky to have talked to 2 Medal of Honor winners in my lifetime.  Greg “Pappy” Boyington (who lived in Sunnyside behind a friends house) and General Chuck Yeager.

I only know General Yeager through twitter, however the joy I experience in talking to General Yeager is matched by the music in a symphony.

No music.  No NASA.  No Magic Carpet Rides.  Simple as that.

I would remiss to point out that NASA is as unconstitutional as the National Endowment of the Arts, if we are going to get technical.

Quite frankly I think federal funding through Dept of Education should be used to balance out inequities between funding levels in school districts and to ensure that arts and sciences are taught at a high level as a priority.

That, and make sure kids aren’t hungry so they can learn.









Did @GODSIZEhiroshi Of @GODSIZEofficial Steal A Jewelry Design?

Having great respect for Japanese and Japanese culture this pains me to write.

Vera Von Monika alleges that Japanese jewelry house Godsize, run by  has stolen her design.

According to Ms. Von Monika,

Yes, i created the design!

He’s stealing MY work and I’ve work proposals to that sketch. He doesn’t pay and steals!?



According to Ms. Von Monica she submitted the artwork in October.

Here is my sketch! He wanted a collaboration but we didn’t have everything settled yet.



Did Godsize steal Ms. Von Monika’s design?

Troubling Rise of Theft of Art And Lack of Credit For Work On #SocialMedia

Apparently feeling that proper credit for work done isn’t worth their time due to their positions in  a for profit business that relies on volunteer labor, certain someone’s failed to give proper credit for works created.

I have noted 3 properly credited works, however.  DMCA takedowns were not filed on those instances.

Given the longstanding policy posted on this blog as to copyright, DMCA takedowns were filed and honored by Twitter and WordPress (so far.)

This lack of credit is not surprising given the strange goings on in their former slack chat, so I wonder if they believe if anyone else has any rights at all?

(A certain intern refused to do assigned work, and wrote sexual poetry that a 17 year old minor responded to.)

This is simply more reason while small, but abusive businesses that rely on interstate commerce for their existence should be regulated.

As Congress expressly has the power to regulate interstate commerce, and the Commerce Department exists for this reason it should be simple enough to do.

Given the patriarchal nature of the CEO of the related entity, it seems clear they wish to undermine congressional authority to act in the nations interest.


Have a listen to The Mid  Merican Podcast Presented by Lone Conservative yourself to judge what you think their intent is.






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Why The Justice League Can Never Hold A Candle To The Avengers!

Koustave has penned an article entitled,

Why Avengers Can Never Beat Justice League

exploring the motivations behind the teams.

I however will examine the technology, powers of the teams and explain why the Avengers can and would beat the Justice League in combat.

  1.  Thor ~ A God.  Only comparable on Justice League is superman, whom a green rock can defeat.
  2. Hulk ~ An irradiated mutant who only gets stronger the angrier he gets.  Technically stronger than Thor, the Justice League has no counter.  I think Aquaman loses here.
  3. Iron Man ~ A Technological marvel, nearly as strong as Thor in his suit but with lasers.
  4. The Vision ~ Green Lantern can’t hold what he can’t touch.  The Vision is an android that can become immaterial and phase back into being within his target.  Can you say OUCH?
  5. The Scarlet Witch ~ Oops Wonder Woman’s magic rope just caught herself.  Darned hexes…
  6. Quicksilver ~ The Scarlet Witch’s brother, and son of Magneto.   He’s at least as fast as the Flash, and would probably fight dirty and trip him or something.  High speed wipeout leaves major road burn…
  7. Hawkeye ~ Batman with arrows.  Can Batman get close enough to do anything to a guy that can see him coming and can hit what he sees?
  8. Captain America ~ Adamantium shield hurts when it hits.    (His character motivation is the dichotomy between being a “Boy Scout” unfrozen in the very strange to him ’60’s.  The “boy scout” is a member of the Greatest Generation, and the 60’s were very strange to them, indeed.)


Actually I like both teams for different reasons.  But (with the exception of Batman) I always saw the Marvel characters as having a more varied, and interesting backstory.

Marvel was made by Stan Lee to address what he saw as flaws in character development at DC and fill a void in the marketplace.

He didn’t replace DC.  Both brands are beloved, for all the right reasons.

Comics historian Peter Sanderson wrote that in the 1960s:

DC was the equivalent of the big Hollywood studios: After the brilliance of DC’s reinvention of the superhero … in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it had run into a creative drought by the decade’s end. There was a new audience for comics now, and it wasn’t just the little kids that traditionally had read the books. The Marvel of the 1960s was in its own way the counterpart of the French New Wave…. Marvel was pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterization, addressing more serious themes, and in the process keeping and attracting readers in their teens and beyond. Moreover, among this new generation of readers were people who wanted to write or draw comics themselves, within the new style that Marvel had pioneered, and push the creative envelope still further.

Game on!


Star Wars Dioramas

I’ve created some fun Star Wars dioramas of iconic scenes from Star Wars.

I stick my friends and I in for fun.

Krew Bonsai Dagobah Krew Bonsai Endor Krew Bonsai Hoth Krew Bonsai Kashyyyk Krew Bonsai Tatooine



I also made some other friends into Barbie dolls for fun.

Barbie Mansion




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Baseball All Star Week

Major League Baseball had it’s All Star game.

In honor of the game and my friends I have created baseball cards for them.

Anastasia and Bob













Stevie and Cory








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