Why College is some BS.

First of all, I made up this topic on the fly. Why you ask? College is the reason this post is going up so late! Continue reading to get an insight as to how college life is treating me so far.  Continue reading “Why College is some BS.”

Currently Reading; Assassination Vacation.

Hey everyone, I’m about to finish Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. I love this book and have hardly been able to put it down. Sarah is a historian and voice actor, probably mostly known for voicing Viloet in The Incredibles film series.

The book is very well written, hilarious, and packed with amazing, well researched history. The book covers Sarah’s trips to all the points of interest in three assassinations of U.S. Presidents. Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley each gets about a third of the book. Surprisingly Robert Todd Lincoln, Abe’s son is present at all three murders. Vowell jokes the Robert Todd had a second job as an angel of death.

The book showed up as a recommendation because I read lots of David Sedaris books who is an American Humorist and I get lots of history books from Amazon. Vowell does have a similar feel to Sedaris. They both can take you down a path of funny and awkward, but kind of hit you with a poignant end.

Lincoln’s death is well covered in American History from film to middle school, but Vowell still produces great facts with a terrific narrative. The stories about John Wilks Booth’s brother were particular amazing.

Edwin Booth was the greatest Shakespearean actor in the United States in the 19th century. He was well loved, had a statue placed in New York, and actually saved Robert Todd Lincoln from being hit by a train a year before John Wilks Booth killed the president.

The Garfield portion was my favorite. He’s become one of my favorite Presidents. And by far my favorite Christian Conservative Republican. Usually not my scene. Garfield was just a hard working, self made man. The last president born in a log cabin and the last with a beard. In his 200 days in office he straightened out the Post office and hired Frederick Douglas. I’ve become obsessed with the 20th President and would like to make plans to visit his home in Mentor, Ohio and his tomb in Cleveland.

I’m finishing up the book currently and it’s about President McKinley. There’s no not much too him. Has some racist undertones, Spanish-American War, God meant the U.S.A. to be number one. Seems sort of too 2018 for me. Vowell has lots of great stories pertaining to an anarchist movement in New York, and some great stuff on Teddy Roosevelt, who would take office after McKinley.

I couldn’t recommend this book anymore. I love it immensly. Happy reading folks and keep up to date with Mid-American-Culture.

I Guess he’s back, back again.

Good morning everyone. Marvel Comics decided to kill off Wolverine, the mighty mutant Canuck nearly 5 years ago. He died in a series apptly named The Death of Wolverine. Just so everyone knew what was coming.

Wolverine was a very popular character for decades. He was the crop of characters that joined the X-Men in the late 1970’s. He had previously been introduced fighting the Incredible Hulk over in his book.

Wolverine would spend the 80’s and 90’s growing into one of Comics most popular characters selling with the likes of Spider-Man, Batman, and the Fantastic Four.

Wolverine or Logan as he was known to his friends, was a killing machine that was impossible to kill. He would end up with a heart of gold though and would take the scared, new mutant kids under his wing and teach them the way of the Samurai and stuff.

Bad thing was, Wolverine was so popular it became a running joke about how in the hell he could appear in 7 x-men books, his own book, a one shot special and make a guest appearances in Daredevil all in the same month?

The biggest blow to good ole Logan would be the inevitable washing away of what made him cool in the first place. Wolverine was really a man of mystery set to fits of bezerker rage. He didn’t know who he was or where he came from.

Marvel would eventually throw all that out the door. He even gave up his iconic cigars. I mean it’s cool if YOU smoke Logan, you have a mutant healing factor! No, Marvel would take away all the mystery in 2 mini series called Origin.

Origin would take away all the mystery from the story. Who he was, which was apparently a rich land owner’s son. It just stole the mystique of the character and he couldn’t go back. So while Origin sold very well, it would only go down hill. Because when he was an unstoppable weapon of death he still had no idea about himself. He constantly battled his demons and wether or not he was a man or an animal. Now he was no more complex a character than any one else. James Howlett was his real name, and he was actually an heir to a rich family name and was nigh invulnerable. Essentially Batman and Superman mashed together.

No one was interested in this. They made him a head master at the Xavier school. Now Wolverine was a teacher. They had him and Storm date post her divorce from the Black Panther. He would lose his healing factor. Then get a super suit. No one cared. Let’s just kill him off.

So he died.

He was still around though. Hugh Jackman was ever present on screen. During the Secret Wars story line a alternate universe Old Man Logan would be brought to the main stream. The Ultimate Universe Logan had a son named Jimmy Hudson who would show up in X-Men Blue, and normal universe Daken would be around on drugs and fighting Moon Knight. Plus, you had the next gen Wolvie, Laura Kinney. Laura was a clone of Logan who had a messed up story and lots of doubt about who she was, coupled with “are clones even real people” syndrome that most fictional clones seem to have.

She would step up to fill Logan’s blue boots. It would be pretty awesome. They would take all the good and cool of the legend of Wolverine and not give it all away. Plus little girls could pull the claws now and ask random bubs what was up? Oh and plus Honey Badger! She’s a clone of Laura and she’s just a kid but tons of fun.

Well, like all things in comicdom, James Howlett AKA Logan AKA Wolverine is coming back. Something about a damn infinity stone because there’s a Marvel Movie about Infinity Stones so we gotta cram that into the comic pages. With Logan’s return, they have kicked Laura out of her All-New Wolverine costume and back to her X-23 belly shirt. It’s kinda sad. She had grown a lot as a character in the last four years.

Have a great week everyone and like always Make Mine Mid-American-Culture!

A Must Read Children’s Book

Do you have kids? Do you know a kid? If so, I’ve got the perfect book for you!

Okay, excuse the corny infomercial intro that I just used. In all seriousness though, i had to take the opportunity to talk about this wonderful book. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was written by Jill Twiss, with the help of comedian and television host John Oliver. On his TV show, Oliver did a piece on Vice President Mike Pence, in which he highlighted Pence’s despicably homophobic views, among other glaring character flaws of the Vice President. Coincidentally, on the week that Oliver aired his piece on Pence, Charlotte Pence, the Vice President’s daughter, was having a children’s book published. This book was titled A Day in the Life of the Vice President, and focused on the Pence’s pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Never missing an opportunity for a good laugh, Oliver helped to publish his own children’s book about Marlon Bundo on the day before Pence’s was set to release. The big difference, however, being that in Twiss and Oliver’s book, Marlon Bundo falls in love with and marries another boy bunny. On the surface, this looks to be a blatant attempt at trolling the Vice President over his homophobia. Which, in all fairness, it is. But, also in all fairness, the book is much more than that. It tells a heartwarming story that encourages acceptance of all people, regardless of who they love. I think that is a beautiful message to send to children. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being who you are. On his show, Oliver announced that all of the proceeds from the book are being donated to The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United. These are two great causes and i would encourage everyone to help by purchasing a copy of this book.

I must confess, the book was actually published on March 18, 2018. However, as Oliver later stated on his show, they were flooded with so many orders, that there were immense delays in shipping. In fact, the book was the #1 selling book on Amazon for weeks after its publication. It still holds the #1 spot in Political Fiction, as of the writing of this article. I ordered the book two days after it was initially published. It arrived a little over one week ago. Now that it is here and I have had the chance to read it, I can say with certainty that it was well worth the wait. In fact, I intend to purchase several more copies with the intention of donating them to some sort of local charity dealing with children. Everyone should have the chance to read this fantastic book.

You can buy the buy the book here.

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