Friday, August 18, 2017

Steve Bannon-Victim of the Uncivil War?



Today President Trump fired  his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor  Steve Bannon. He is at least the twelfth person fired by Trump in eight months. Bannon was one of the most controversial white house staffers; he was generally perceived as the architect and driving force behind Trump's "nationalist" ideology. Steve is likely a victim of how badly Trump botched his response to the Uncivil War in Charlottesville Virginia. Trump seemed to blame the people protesting the white nationalists and he refused to explicitly condemn the white nationalists.

“I looked the night before. If you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure there were some bad ones.”


What happens now? Will Steve Bannon return to his old job as editor at Breitbart, an alt right website? Will Breitbart, that tends to support Trump, now go against Trump for firing one of their own? One Breitbart editor, Joel Pollack, has already posted an ominous warning on his Twitter feed: “#War.” Also they’ve already posted this uncomplimentary story. 

Deandre Harris was brutally attacked in Charlottesville by the alt right. 


Trump seems to be in crisis mode. No one knows for sure how this presidency will end but here at The Strangest Adventures, we believe it might end badly but then no one knows the future. 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meltdown!

I'm melting!


President Donald J.Trump has a problem-he is melting down. He is melting down about the investigation into Russiagate, which is the investigation that asks the question–did Russia interfere with the election of 2016 to help Trump get elected? Trump has insisted since even before his administration began there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, but the New York Times revealed there was a connection via Donald Trump Junior. 

Is this as bad as it gets?


In July 2016 he had met with a Russian attorney that promised damaging information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. His admission of this meeting was a real bombshell, there was actually some possible proof of collusion. 

Donnie Junior in happier days


DJT Jr attempted defusing the issue by posting the content of the emails on twitter. This prompted the New York Post, a newspaper known to be friendly towards Trump, to call Donald Trump Junior an idiot. Gentlemen’s Quarterly also called DJT Jr an idiot “of Towering Proportions”. 

Oops!


Before the revelations about the meeting, many voters thought the investigation onto Russian involvement with the election of 2016 was only a distraction but now, who knows?  As a result of these revelations about the meeting Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort head to the Senate for questioning. Kushner has already testified, then DJT Jr and Manafort are scheduled for July 26, 2017. 



Another thing Trump is melting down about is Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, who had properly recused himself from involvement with the Russiagate investigation. Trump mentioned Sessions from the White House Rose Garden, recently. Trump said "I'm very disappointed with the attorney general, but we will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.” Many sources claim Trump is considering firing Jeff Sessions. This hatred of Sessions is even more puzzling considering Jeff Sessions took a major risk by becoming the first United States senator to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in February 2016. 



Republican South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy, recently offered some friendly advice to the Trump administration. He said it’s time for members of Trump's campaign to come clean about any meetings they had with Russian figures during the campaign to avoid the steady “drip, drip, drip” of information being made public about this investigation.

Certainly others have helpful advice for the Trump administration and perhaps we will hear from them in the future. For now, the future is possibly a very dark place for America. Certainly some people are deriving amusement from Russiagate but most people are not. Here at the Strangest Adventures we  are not sure what to think or what will happen next. To quote Donald J. Trump “Time will tell.” 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fake!



Last time at the Strangest Adventures we discussed Trump’s fake Time Magazine cover. Time Magazine has requested that Trump cease displaying these fictional covers. 

Here we offer a rebooted version of that cover that offers some  refinements; perhaps no less fake though.  
-Superior Cover Art-This version has the “visionary stare”.
-Correct red outline with white stripe
-More realistic cover text
-almost correct UPC Code, this code is from a cover of Time.



Marvel’s Earth 65    Merry  Marvel Marching Mutant!

With the current state of “mainstream” Marvel comics right now (Captain America has been revealed be a life long double agent for HYDRA, for instance ) we at the Strangest Adventures will prefer to briefly examine  the alternative  universe of Marvel’s Earth 65. In this universe Gwen Stacy, a cast member of Spider-man. is bitten by the radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Woman. The character debuted in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 as part of the 2014–15 Spider-Verse comic book storyline. 



The only other major superhero written about on Earth 65 is their version of Captain America. There is one villain there worth noting; their version of MODAK is clearly based on a mutated Donald Trump. Why have they done this? Where is this going?




DC Bombshells!

The universe of DC Bombshells has a very unusual history-it began as a series of retro styled figurines of famous super-heroines depicted pin up style. Only later, after the figurines became popular did DC Bombshells become a  comic book series! In DC Bombshells #37 Harvey Dent is clearly based on Donald Trump. He promises to “Make Gotham Golden Once More”. MAGA? 




In most versions of reality Dent becomes becomes horribly disfigured  which leads him to becoming Two-Face. Where is this story headed? Does Trump become Two-Face?


Trump Versus Time Lincoln! 

Antarctic Press Launches New Comic From David Hutchinson, Trump Vs Time Lincoln, for July12 2017 In Shops: Jul 12, 2017! The Great Emancipator, Time Lincoln, faces an all-new threat to existence--from within his homeland!  Just when he thought it was safe to go back in time, he discovers part of reality has been replaced by Alternate Reality, where what was once fact is now a matter of alternate choice. 


Hecho en Mexico-Donald Trump appears someplace real! 

Donald Trump is in the papers! Actually, in Mexico, Trump IS the paper. Mexican businessman and Corporate lawyer Antonio Battaglia is introducing "Trump" brand toilet paper, marketed under the slogans "Softness without borders" and "This is the wall that, yes, we will pay for." 


 More of the story here. These marvelous wiping papers will only be available in Mexico. At the Strangest Adventures we look forward to be products and comics Trump will inspire in the future and wonder what will he inspire in the future?



Friday, June 30, 2017

Fame Part 2!



What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.- Lord Byron

Donald J. Trump, current president of the United States, is certainly famous or perhaps infamous. But he had fame and was mocked long before the presidency. One magazine that featured Trump was  science fiction and fantasy comics magazine Heavy Metal.

One Heavy Metal article in 1990 was created by artist Peter Kuper and was titled “the Wall”. In the story Donald J.Trump and fellow New York real-estate mogul Fred Helmsley conspire together to build a wall  to create “a haven for beautiful people.” Trump even gives his followers free hats! Read more about this amazingly prescient piece here. Or you can read the entire story colorized in the hardback “Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City” 

Mad Magazine, an American humor publication, was one of the magazines of choice in the childhood of the Strangest Adventures. Mad Magazine is another publication that often featured Trump long before he was president. In 1991, in Mad #300, they printed a modern day parody of the Wizard of Oz drawn by Sam Viviano that featured Trump as the Wizard of Odds and Trump’s now defunct casino Taj Mahal as Ephemeral City! It is now even more hilarious on so many more levels than originally intended.


In 1992 Mad lampooned Trump for over-hyping his success while at the same time having multiple bankruptcies. Once again drawn by Sam Viviano the article titled “WHEN SHOULD WE BELIEVE…? For some reason some people seem to be astounded that such an article exists so snopes had to verify it’s existence. 


Mad of course has not gone easy on Trump as a political candidate or as president, he is a favorite target of their irreverent brand of humor, for example.Trump still manages to appear on the cover of Mad quite frequently.


It must have been flattering when Time Magazine, a mainstream news publication, copied an image concept from Mad for their cover on May 18, 2017. 


Perhaps then Time should have also been flattered when it was discovered recently that Donald Trump was displaying a fake Time cover dated March 1, 2009 in at least five of his world wide golf clubs! The Time cover is an obvious fake. Fake News busted by the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold! MSNBC did a segment on this fake cover and Trump reacted. 


Here at the Strangest Adventures we think Trump is both hilarious and sad for desiring media acclaim so much that he displays fake news that seems to have been created in 2009 in his properties! We have a strong feeling this is not the last time we will hear about fake news.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fame!


Fame is proof that people are gullible – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What does President Donald J. Trump want? Fame! Has he received sufficient fame yet? He is arguably one of the most famous people on Earth now. At The Strangest Adventures we suggest that he is famous beyond Earth too.


Trump has conducted his quest for fame from this gaudy building since 1983.

Trump has been famous for decades. While he was famous for being a real estate mogul in the 1980’s he gained notoriety in New York City on May 1, 1989 by paying $85,000 to take out full page advertisements  in all four of the city's major newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty. Trump said he wanted the ''criminals of every age'' who were accused of beating and raping a jogger in Central Park 12 days earlier ''to be afraid.''The ads said, in part, "Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so.”  Five juvenile males—four black and one Hispanic  were convicted of the crime but were later exonerated by DNA evidence. The story is here.


R.Crump was not very subtle about his feelings for Trump.


However those ads certainly seemed to  convince famous cartoonist R. Crumb that Trump was certainly a hateful man.
You can read the whole story of Trump getting his comeupannce here or buy Hup #1-#4 here.

Incredibly, in 2016 in true trumpian style, Trump continued to insist they were guilty, despite their complete exoneration in 2002! That man never apologizes for anything!


Trudeau: ‘If Trump wins, I’ll miss civilization as we know it.’


Even before then, on September 14, 1987, cartoonist Garry Trudeau ran the first Doonesbury comic strip that mentioned Donald Trump after Trump had floated a political trial balloon, hinting that he would run for president. Trump comic strips were later compiled and now can be purchased here.


Panel slightly altered for humorous effect.


Even earlier in 1975 in Spidey Super Stories #8, Spider-Man fought a very strange enemy, The Wall. Was this a foreshadowing of the wall that Donald Trump would promise in 2016? We doubt it, no one in 1975 could have predicted that he would promise a wall on the Southern border of the United States in 2016! However, in the 21st Century Trump would often be depicted as a villain.



 In just one example, he is villainous in Savage Dragon #226. More about Trump’s appearances in comic books and other media next time at The Strangest Adventures!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Russiagate!


Will Trump turn a blind eye towards Russia?


Was May 9th, 2017 a turning point in history? President Trump's  administration was under investigation for having had contact with Sergey Kislyak, who is considered a spy and a recruiter of spies by US intelligence officials. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who was a surrogate of the Trump campaign, certainly met with Kislyak at least twice while Trump was still merely a presidential candidate; Sessions failed to disclose  the encounters during his confirmation hearings as Attorney General. There are others on the Trump campaign that also had contacts with Russia, including Mike Flynn, which is what the Russiagate investigations are looking into. On May 9th, 2017  Trump fired the head of the FBI, Mike Comey, who was heading up the FBI’s part of the investigation into the Trump presidential campaign. Mike Comey was in charge of the FBI’s part of the Russiagate investigation and Trump fired him. By the way Comey found out he was fired, not by a phone call or in person, but on TV as though he was a contestant on a TV show! Trump firing Comey is similar in some ways to  the Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when  Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, who was a special prosecutor looking into the Watergate burglary and subsequent cover up that led to the Watergate scandal. The similarities of the two firings are undeniable!

Or will President Trump stand resolute against Putin and other world leaders?


On CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin called the move a "grotesque abuse of power”. Dan Rather said, of the Comey firing: "What We Have Here Is Clearly A Cover-Up”. Rather might have some experience in these matters as he was a reporter during the original Watergate scandal. These are just two examples of the press reaction to Trump firing Comey.

Is the future flag of the Russo-American empire?


Then, the next day, May 10th, 2017, Trump himself actually met with Kislyak in the White House. Trump also met with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Oddly enough the only news outlet that was allowed to cover and photograph this event was TASS, the official Russian news agency! If anyone doubted that Trump had any bias towards Russia, their doubts were demolished by the circumstances and timing of this event. Very Nixonian! In case no one understood that, Trump met with Nixon's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger later in the White House that same day!

Trump is rarely ever seen smiling but he is certainly smiling at Kislyak!


Where it will all go from here? Will another Watergate type prosecutor emerge?  Or will this FBI enquiry find the truth with new FBI Director Andrew McCabe?  WARNING! This is what true pundit thinks of McCabe. What about subpoenas that have been served?   Will we ever know the truth? The Strangest Adventures begin now!

Kissinger and President Trump in the White House, it smells like 1973 in here!

Photos:TASS/Getty Images  

Sean Spicer The Bush Man!


Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer!

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was recently seen hiding in the bushes to avoid the press after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey! He claims he was hiding AMONG the bushes!

Another day, another Strange Adventure!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Unplugged!


One of television's most opinionated voices, Bill O’Reilly, was just fired from Fox News, a cable news network, amid sexual harassment  accusations.  Bill and Fox News have, to date,  paid $13 million in  settlements to five women since 2004. Of course, loosing over 30 sponsors of The O’Reilly Factor could be why Bill was fired. The support of Donald Trump doesn’t help. The Atlantic claims the success of Donald Trump is why O’Reilly is now unemployed. . But more sexual allegations are expected soon.


The Strangest Adventures views all this with amusement.  Bill O’Reilly has consistently misled viewers over the years by providing misinformation. It will be interesting to see if Fox changes any after this chaos-we say no. In any case, adios Bill O’Reilly, you will not be missed. There are other younger people at Fox News to misinform the American public now!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Resist!



Since the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States many Americans have taken to protesting his policies in different ways. What policies have they protested against so far and what will they protest against in the future? The answers may not be easy during these Strange Adventures but let’s examine just a few protests which focus on delivering a message to President Trump in Washington DC!




January 12, 2017: The Women’s March on Washington

Many Women, actually, many human beings,  believed that Mr. Trump expressed misogynistic viewpoints during his campaign for president and were concerned this could influence Trump’s actions as president.  This resulted in a massive March in Washington DC! Certainly the Trump administration is hostile to many issues that women, indeed, many people, care about deeply. The designer of the Obama hope poster, Shepard Fairey, even helped promote the event by printing full page advertisements of the posters he created for the occasion, to be used as impromptu  protest posters! The Women’s March on Washington had up to one million protestors; there was much networking and political organizing and many consider it a success!



March 9-13, 2017: Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Many people, especially The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)  in North Dakota, which has a chance of destroying local waterways. They are also concerned that some wildlife and some sacred sites could be damaged by the DAPL. Bill Moyers provides more information. The protesting has taken on an  urgent air after President Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving plans for the DAPL. The Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalists are just two of the groups that support the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and there are other groups, including many veterans! We wish them success against possibly over whelming odds. Trump seems as though he would not understand or even listen to the protests!

April 22, 2017: March for Science

The March for Science is on Earth Day this year! Scientists will march to preserve funding for, and to increase interest and belief in, science! Many scientists believe the Trump administration is anti-science and anti-funding science. Many Trump appointees and even Donald Trump himself seem dubious about established scientific theories. Scientists and anyone that cares about science and ecology are being treated like enemies by Trump.But NOVA asks, is this crossing a line for scientists? We always wish success for science!



September 16, 2017-Juggalo March

Yes, fans of the musical group, Insane Clown Posse, known as Jugglealos, vowed they would march on Washington D.C. to protest the FBI declaring them to be a criminal gang! The fans follow their favorite band around the country, similar to how Deadheads used to follow the Grateful Dead around the country, though the music is much different and their culture is very unique and complicated.They also have a contentious relationship with Donald Trump! If they march it could be the Strangest Adventure Washington DC has ever seen!

There are of course, other issues  that many Americans disagree with Trump about. 
More protests and events in the Washington DC area in 2017 via The Peace Center. All protestors are welcome to Washington DC. Perhaps that is the only way some people think they are being heard now.


Black Power!


Most comic book fans think Amalgam Comics, a joint effort of Marvel Comics and DC Comics, was only printed in 1996 but most forget that Amalgam comics were also printed as early as the 1970’s. Black Power was arguably the most famous character of this early, experimental Amalgam Comics era. 



Jefferson Lucas was raised in the slums of Yorktropolis. Later, he received great powers from a suit that the criminal Gambini had experimented on in a  prison laundry laboratory. In the first issue he established that his name was Black Power. He needed super-powers to fight The Pin-Whale Gang; they were corrupting his neighborhood. Later Jefferson discovered these powers were always within him. He also fought the KKK, when they were causing racial strife in Yorkopolis! Black Power had his most famous adventures in the future era of 1984!



Amalgam was published on an informal basis over the years and never sold very well. Not to let that stop them but Amalgam even attempted the universe spanning Secret Crisis Infinite Wars in the 1980’s where Amalgam introduced the character of Grandmaster-Flash. The quality of that series, many fans felt, was inferior to DC Comic’s similar Crisis on Infinite Earths or Marvel Comic’s Secret Wars, plus there were only four issues of SCIW as opposed to eight issues of those other titles. Did DC and Marvel consign their second rate writers and artists to work on SCIW? Many fans have speculated yes! Did the big two conspire to keep Amalgam low quality to keep them from stealing readers from their own titles? Did early Amalgam have a meaningful impact on the world of comic books? Only time will tell.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trouble Ahead!?!?



Lieutenant General Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn!
   
Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn is Trump’s Former National Security Advisor. Flynn just “resigned” from that position. Why was Trump’s National Security Advisor forced to resign? First some background about Mike. Flynn is a big fan of unproven conspiracy theories also known today as Fake News. In 2014 Flynn was ousted as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency over concerns about his leadership style and his Islamophobia. After his forced retirement former Lt Gen. Flynn started the Flynn Intel Group, which was a private intelligence and consulting firm. Only his son, also named Mike Flynn, served as the chief of staff to his father. The Junior Flynn who was even more fond of conspiracy theories than his father! Young Flynn helped promote the “Pizzagate” hoax on twitter.The Pizzagate Hoax was about Hillary Clinton running a child sex slavery ring from the basement of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington DC; to a normal person that sounds like an article from the Onion but some people believed it.  One man even drove to that pizzeria (which does not even have basements) in Washington D.C.!

Flynn Jr. WAS a part of the Trump transition team until Trump fired him. As for the senior Flynn he met with Russian officials BEFORE Donald Trump was inaugurated which is a violation of the Logan Act. That Flynn was involved with Russia is no surprise to anyone with even a cursory glance at his history with Russia. Flynn was making regular appearances on Russia Today (RT) a Kremlin financed propaganda machine/international television channel. While that, while concerning, is not illegal, he also got paid to travel to Moscow and give a speech on the occasion of RT’s 10 anniversary! This violated The Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution by having  deals with conflicts of interest that might arise by accepting  payments from a foreign country. The big question would be why would Trump pick such a person as this National Security Advisor? Is this an isolated incident/person or is this the beginning of a pattern? Unlike other Western national leaders, President Trump will not speak harshly aboutPutin or Russia. Did other members of Trump’s team illegally meet with Russian officials before the inauguration? Is Trump in Putin’s pocket? Let’s hope not! Only the future will reveal that!



Mike Pompeo!

Mike Pompeo is now the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a position he only has because he was nominated by Donald J, Trump. Pompeo has no experience in the intelligence community in any capacity whatsoever, so the  big mystery might be why was he nominated? Trump is often drawn to people he has seen on TV, especially on Fox News! As a member of the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi Mike was undoubtably seen on that network often as they loved to report  on that committee and it’s activities for many years after events in Benghazi occurred. 
Mike Pompeo was elected in 2010 to the House of Representatives on a wave of tea-party antipathy against President Obama. Mike also served on the House Subcommittee on the CIA. He has received briefings from the CIA. This history would not indicate someone that should head the CIA, yet he does. In a normal political environment this would not be acceptable, however life under President Trump is not the normal political environment. 
In the Wall Street Journal Mike Pompeo wrote “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed.” Goodbye privacy. 

Perhaps the greater concern should be about Gina Haspel, selected to be Deputy Director of the CIA. Until recently she was an undercover operative. Gina Haspel ran a secret black site in Thailand where detainees were subjected to torture during the George W. Bush Administration. Trump HAS stated he’d like to return to waterboarding so one can expect that’s probably going to happen. 



Nikki Haley!

Nikki Haley is a two-term Governor of South Carolina and she is the first Indian-American governor as well as the first female governor of that state. Nikki Haley has been  mentioned as the possible future of the Republican Party. Her experience and aptitude in governance is unquestioned however she has very little knowledge of foreign policy or international diplomacy. Which makes it perplexing that she is now the US ambassador to the United Nations. Recently, she offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at the UN Security Council. "The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea; Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine." Hold on a minute Nikki Haley! Great words, however they seem to contradict Trump. Good luck making that work out well Nikki Haley! 



Bonus-Protest Button!

Here is a meager contribution to the growing Anti-Trump protest movement in the United States, a protest button based on a punk rock era Anti-Reagan protest button, courtesy of The Strangest Adventures. Step 1. Print on Standard size 8.5” X 11” paper, card stock preferred. Step 2. Cut out with scissors. Step 3. Attach a safety Pin to the back with tape. Now you have an “instant” protest button, made from household items. Here are some upcoming events in Washington D.C. you can wear your button to. You are urged to participate.