Monday, October 30, 2017

Trump - Collusion Confusion

Big new this early this morning from Robert Mueller's investigation related to the Collusion Confusion with Donald Trump. One man arrested and more to come I'm sure. I've put together a little something for the occasion and your viewing pleasure. This features President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Special Council Robert Mueller as well as a rat, the smell of which brought all of this to the forefront. Stay tuned for more fun stuff. I'll try and get in a couple more pieces before going in the hospital next week for back surgery.



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Humpty Trumpty

Humpty Trumpty
Every day I turn on the news and there's yet another story about President Trump and the headlines seem to just keep getting more absurd. I've been putting together a few new ideas on Trump themed images as I did so many times for former President Barack Obama and was talking to my neighbor about it. He suggested I do a Humpty Trumpty image so here it is. This is not fake news though. This is an actual photo of King Trumpty busting a yolk over his new wall. Ok, maybe I touched it up a little. I couldn't resist using an Asp Caterpillar for his hair. In fact, I didn't want to mess his hair up so I put his crown on the ground.

I ran across this rhyme on Mad magazine's site:

Trumpty Dumpty
A Nursery Rhyme Updated:

Humpty Trumpty
wanted a wall,

Lining the border,
30 feet tall.

The Mexican people
agreed with a lout,

“We’ll pay for the thing,
if it keeps
Trumpty out!”





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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trump Impeached

Trump Impeached
Ok, so I was searching something on the internet a few days ago and came across the term impeachment and to my surprise, almost all of the google images related to that term were specifically about "Trump Impeachment". I know I'll take some serious heat from my Republican friends on this post and suffer a hit to my social following but so be it. I'm not against Trump at all and for the majority of my life, I've voted conservative but you have to admit, Donald trump is far out of line and something needs to be done. Is impeachment the answer? I don't know but he is out of control on many issues. Regardless, I typically try to keep my political and religious views to myself, even though I do make posts with political content but this time I had to say how I feel about this man running our country. I would hope he could find it within himself to turn things around but I and many others including his own Republican Senators have either serious doubts or have lost hope. I know there is fake news out there on both sides. This is politics and it can get dirty but I try to watch both conservative and liberal news and my deduction after looking at both sides is that Donald Trump should not be in office. Is he really the best that this nation has to offer for out commander and chief? Is he the man to control our national security? Can I trust my children's future on his decisions? I wish he was but I'm afraid I can't. Feel free to post your views on this subject.




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Trump or Treat - Just in time for Halloween

Trump or Treat
It's the Season for Treason so Trump or Treat!! I'm throwing a bone to the Democrats today and will probably take flack from Republicans but it's Political Satire and this is the way it's always been. If it were a Democrat, he or she would get the same and I'm sure their time will come soon enough. I did plenty of these sort of images with Barack Obama over 8 years in office such as "The Nightmare Before Congress" featuring Former President Barack Obama. I was trying to think of what to do for Halloween as far as President Donald Trump is concerned and the "orange " pumpkin, Trumpkin came to mind. It was convenient as I didn't have to pull back the color saturation much on the orange... Ok, that was uncalled for but I couldn't resist. Below is an image I did a while back, "Dr Trumpenstein" which seems fitting for the occasion as well. So, don't take this too seriously. It's all in good fun. Join the "Nightmare Before Congress" movement today and get your Trumpkin before its too late. Sorry for all of the puns.
Dr Trumpenstein
Happy Halloween!



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Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
I'm reposting this image of Snoop Dogg which was originally a commissioned work for and FHM Magazine feature on his Birthday. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg (sometimes shortened to Snoop and formerly called Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. (Read more)...
 
Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg

Happy Birthday Snoop Dogg!!

   


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Premonition From 2010

Premonition
This is a very old Photoshop contest entry from 2010 called "Premonition". This was actually one of my very first photo-manipulations at Freakin News which is now gone, sadly to say. This image was a "Freakshow" contest entryway back and was a prediction of what was to come of the Obama administration. I had long ago forgot about this image. It's certainly not one of my best but while sifting through my archives, I came across it by accident and it sort of rang a bell. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against former President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and certainly not John McCain who in my eyes was a great American War hero. Though surreal in nature and maybe a bit harsh, this image, which was made in 2010 does somewhat reflect the times as far as these individuals are concerned. Barack Obama is aging after many years of service as our President, Nancy Pelosi is somewhat a has been in the news today, and tragically, a great Vietnam War Hero and ex POW, John McCain is suffering from a very aggressive brain cancer. I hope this image isn't too morbid for you. It just struck a cord with me when I ran across it. I'm sure some of the old Freaking News choppers would understand.







       
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Down with my back

Down with my back
A quick silly image to try and make light of this "Pain in my Back"!

Only a couple of people out there are aware of the problems I've had with my back especially over the past year. I didn't want to say anything for several reasons. I wanted to be sure I had exhausted all options before I announced taking this step. It's been a long road. My back problems started at a very young age and I've dodged back problems most of my life. Over the past year, I went through hell with the VA system trying to get some relief. Note: See my friend and fellow Navy Veteran, Rock Cowels facebook page "Dead Veterans Don't Need Benefits". Harsh but true. After a full year of runaround as the VA system was clearing 10 city blocks in New Orleans to build an obnoxious 1 billion dollar plus hospital that is still not fully functional today since the flooding of the last one in 2005, I finally got out of the VA system and found a real doctor. My issues are far more serious than the VA said even though they wanted to get me hooked on opioids with no resolution to the problem. I now have a surgeon who has done all he can shy of surgery to get me some relief. I've finished a round of cortisone injections which gave me some temporary pain relief but I'm at a point now where I can hardly sit behind my computer anymore. So,  I saw my doctor this morning and surgery is scheduled for the 7th of November. I have 2 ruptured discs at L4-L5 and L-5 S-1, 4 fractures as well as a severe misalignment due to a Spondylolisthesis which I was diagnosed with as a teen... (All of which were missed by the VA system with numerous x-rays and MRIs). He will be doing a fusion of L-4 L-5 and L-5 S-1 with two rods. I've avoided this all of my life and it has now apparently caught up with me. I'm hoping for a quick recovery as I have been in the gym every day for years now and have strengthened my core. I'm not totally out of the game though. I will be posting a few images I've been working on over the next three weeks. After that, I'll be down for a while but when I recover, I'll finally be able to put in the kind of hours I've wanted since launching my new web site and will be able to promote it more with fresh new content. Wish me luck!! 







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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Remembering my Dad on His Birthday

Today I'm remembering my Dad on his birthday. Malvin R. Pike born October 14th, 1919. He would have been 98 years old today. I always said my dad would live to be 100. He was a strong man, always fit. Born a poor share cropper from a very large family, he had to grow up fast. He quit school to work the farm in the 6th grade and later finished his education while working at Exxon. He served bravely in WWII and was wounded 4 times. Of course, they didn't count shrapnel holes as wounds back then. Four purple hearts,  two bronze stars and numerous other accommodations, he was on the first wave of Higgins boats to land on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6th 1944. After the war ended, he started work at Exxon where he remained until he retired. He married my Mom, Mary Matherne Pike shortly after returning from the war and had six kids. I was the last of the six. Below are a few more pictures of he and my mom.

Happy Birthday Daddy!











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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

Rodney Pike by Sebastián Cast
I'm honored to have received my caricature portrait by the super talented Sebastián Cast. I've followed his work for quite some time now and I believe he's right up there with the great Sebastian Kruger. Below is the source image I provided for the portrait as well as a bio and a few samples of his amazing work.

Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

Sebastián Cast was born on January 29, 1973 in the city of Buenos Aires capital of the Argentine Republic. There he realized his studies in the schools of fine arts Manuel Belgrano and the institute Beato Angelico. He continued his training in the Studio of the plastic artist Claudio Piedras (Ex Grupo Espartaco) focusing mainly on the study of the living model. And caricature with the caricaturist cartoonist Hermenegildo Sábat. Through the years, he made numerous solo and collective art exhibitions. He belonged to the ALFA artistic group. Between the years 1993 to 2010 was dedicated to the realization of street caricatures in the city of Mar del Plata in the summer seasons. He also did it in several provinces of the country like Santa Fe and San Luis. And in other countries like Spain (in Lloret de Mar, Barcelona). You can visit his Web Site for a more complete bio and you'll want to follow him on facebook as well.
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Joe Lieberman Caricature Study 2017

Joe Lieberman Caricature - Click here for extreme high resolution
This is a recent caricature study of Joe Lieberman. No particular reason other than he has interesting features. Most of you don't know but I've been through quite an ordeal over the past year with my back. I fought with the VA system for a full year with no help. I now have an outside doctor who is taking good care of me. Unfortunately, my back has worsened and it will require surgery so all of that to say, that's the reason I haven't posted much of anything lately. I'm not sure of the exact date I'll have the surgery. I meet with my surgeon in 3 days so we'll see how it goes. I hope to be up and running full swing very soon so I can promote this web site and several other projects I have in the making. So, here's Joe for you! I'll be posting the outcome of the surgery soon I hope. I have so much I want to get done and share. Thanks for stopping by!!

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