(The 117th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    If you only look at something from a distance, you may not notice the defects it has or may not notice it is not as good as you think.  On Wednesday, November 11, 2012, I was at the Detroit Opera House (Detroit, Michigan), and I saw a presentation of the Broadway musical known as Elf (I talk about the visit more in T.H.A.T. #117, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #117 link).  Many people think the work done to renovate the Detroit Opera House some years ago was well done.  I am disappointed with the renovation work at times.  For example, look at the raised panels--of, for instance, blue and gold paint--on the walls of the messaine level of the Detroit Opera House.  You will see gold paint was slopped on, and some of the gold paint that should only be on the frame areas is on wall.  Someone did sloppy work.  I think the painter did not use half-inch-wide or one-inch-wide horse-hair brushes to do the painting work, which would have allowed painter to easy keep gold paint off the walls, where it should not be.  The painter did not take care, and, in essence, the painter gave restoration painters a bad name.  I could do better--much better.  Yes, when you really look at something, you might really see what it is.  Oh, speaking of gold of sorts, I did like looking at the statue entitled "Torso of a Dancer" that was on display in the dance-studio area.  I bet a lot of people do not know "Torso of a Dancer" exists at the Detroit Opera House to see, being people who really do not look for things or look at things in detail or well.  When you really look at Detroit, you will really see what it is, and, in fact, when you really look at Michigan, you will see what it really is.  Here is another look at Michigan!

    For the first time, I am going to take you to a place where ignorance is developing more and more, even though the place is tied to an what some people like to called an "institution of higher learning."   Since the early 1990s, I have regularly used the library at the Dearborn Campus of the University of Michigan, which is known as The Mardigian Library, and I have used to to help me  become more of an expert in Detroit television history and television history in general, and since 2008, I have used it to become an expert in a former U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker known as The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (originally known as The Mackinaw WAG-83), which is a museum at Mackinaw City, at the Straits of Mackinaw, Michigan.  [I make an aside here--You are urged to see my document entitled THOUGHTS AND PIECES OF LOGIC for the individual woman and the individual man, particularly the section known as "Thought Number Six: The 'Dumbing Down' of Libraries", which can be reached through this Logic link.]  On December 17, 2013, I went to The Mardigian Library, and the mission was to find information about old radar systems that may have been used on The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (I already had some information about radar systems used on the ship, such as information found on the Internet, but I wanted more information).  Generally speaking, since the 1990s, reference books have been on the ground floor on the library, and old magazines have been on the second floor on dozens of shelves, and books have been the upper two floors.  I wanted to do research in paper indexes, such as those related to articles published in the 1940s and 1950s, and see editions of Radio and Television News.  Well, I went up to the second floor to look at magazines, I when I got up there, I was shocked.  The shelves, which used to be packed as a rule with old magazines, were only about half full.  It looked as if half the old magazines were gone--thousands and thousands of magazines were gone.  Oh, the library no longer had any editions of Radio and Television News.  I was pissed off!  I had driven a bunch of miles, and old mangazines were gone.  I guess those old magazines were just taking up too much space, and I say in jest--I guess, in the near future, the library staff is going to take down shelves and make more play areas for the kids (students, many of whom seem to be foreigners, unconcerned with what happens in an American library, where history--let us hope correct hiwtory--about America is supposed to be cared for).  There is an old rule of mine, which I had to pass along to one of the library staffers when I asked where the library staff had moved some paper indexes, and it goes like this--Using a computer, you cannot easily call up what you do not know, since you cannot see or stumble across computer-stored information that you do not know exists, and to do a good job of research, you have to use books and such that have pages that you can flip through and skim to discover things that you do not know (then you may be able to do more research through computer searches).  By taking the old magazines away, the library staff was making it harder for people to learn things.  Oh, I say in jest--I guess a library does not look good unless the shelves have a lot of bare space.  In addition, some of the paper indexes that used to be gathered together in a single area with others are on shelves that people (students or "kids") cannot stumble across or examine easily,  such as by simply walking, and that is silly since the shelves with the paper indexes that can be stumbled across easily are surrounded by a lot of open shelf area.  I say that, basically, the staff of The Mardigian Library is doing a rotten job and The Mardigian Library is turning into a low-grade library.  Only rotten librarians, though they may have degrees in library science, throw away assets to leave a lot of open areas on shelves.

    Yes, I guess the kids attending the University of Michigan in Dearborn need more play areas, so the librarians have to get rid of things.

    Then again, the communists and supporters of communism have to get rid of the things that are related to the real history of the country to keep people stupid about the country.

    Although this edition of Michigan Travel Tips has focused on The Mardigian Library as a place to see--if only to see how a library is going to crap--this edition really is promoting your visiting libraries to see if you can notice rottenness developing.

    Warning announcement!  Because of incidents at schools for children and incidents at other places for people in general tied to "Sharia" or "Islamic Law" or even the religion/political system known as "Islam," I now regularly have this paragraph as a part of each edition of Michigan Travel Tips.  The governmental system of the United States of America based on The U.S. Constitution and "Sharia" or, informally, Islam law, are not compassible and cannot co-exist, and one reason is "Sharia" (et cetera) is a political system, in which there is one-party rule, and that one party is basically made up or controlled by religious leaders who base all the ways of their culture or society on "Sharia" or "Islamic Law."  Those who uphold and practice "Sharia" have no tollerance for the existence of Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism or non-religion, and that is a fact, and "Sharia" is a political system in which women are second-rate human bodies and in which clery can be involved in determining  business tranactions, and there is no "freedom of speech" tied to politics in a society related to "Sharia."  When you travel around Michigan and in other states of the country, watch for signs that rotten people are trying to teach you or family members, especially children, that "Sharia" is good and "Allah" is good and teach you or family members that the United States of America is bad and that, for instance, Christianity and Buddhism and Hinduism are bad, which I have evidence is happening and which is being brought about by people who are clearly working to make "Sharia" and "Islamic Law" a dominant political system in the world (it is a political system as rotten as socialism and fascism and communism are, since it promotes violence and thuggery and coercion and killing under the face of religion).  By the way, a society based of "Sharia" really creates nothing in the long run and does not advance the human society as a whole since it is too busy surpressing the ideas of people and keeping that ideas of the society based of ways of only a few minds up front (the political leaders, whose main purpose is too keep themselves enriched through  the work of others, the many)--it is a gang-run society really.  Yes, if you run across people pushing the idea that Muslim-stuff is better than U.S. is, especially to little children, go public and make it known to other good people and fight back against it!

    Since it is already the middle of winter, it is time for me to talk about where people could spend some vacation time in Michigan this summer, given people who work often decide on when they want to take vacation time over the next twelve months or so.  Do not worry, I will not suggest you go out and see a wind-turbine farm, as might Ellen Creager ("The Michigan Traveler") of the Detroit Free Press, which is that communistic-based newspaper published in the dead city known as Detroit (I noticed Ellen Creager talked about wind-turbine farms in her article entitled "Michigan's new tourist attraction?  Like them or not, wind turbines" for the Detroit Free Press on October 20. 2013 [Creager, Ellen.  "Michigan's new tourist attraction?  Like them or not, wind turbines."  Detroit Free Press, 20 October 2013, 6:01 a.m.]  I say that the push to have wind-turbines farms replace coal-fired power plants, nuclear power plants, and hyroelectric plants is all nonsense, coming from defective people--ignorant about life and nature and the worldl.  Anyway, my mind still has the vision of what Palm Springs, California, has become, since the push for a lot of wind turbines has come about there with all the wind turbines dotted around the country side, as I saw in the first episode of the new season of The Amazing Race television series that started on February 20, 2011--it was an ugly scene (I talked about it in T.H.A.T. #83, for example, and T.H.A.T. #83 can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #83 link).  As Ellen Creager noted in her article, there has been an annual something called "Wind Turbine Day" at Elkton, Michigan, for a few years, and I do not recommend it as something to see (if you want to learn something about wind-turbine farms and related matters, see my document entitled The Power and the Power Killers: Energy in the United States of America, which can be reached by using this Power link).

    Holy cow!  Jeepers creepers!

    I have changed my mind, and I will not mention something to see this summer, given I have found a place that may be gone by then and I should make a note of it now.

    On Saturday, December 28, 2013, I came across through an Internet search a place called "Jeepers!" which is considered an animated theme park aimed at families with small children.  I had never heard of it before.  On that day, I learned that two such places--one in Southfield (Michigan) and one in Clinton Township (Michigan) had once existed and were now gone--closed.  Today, there seems to be only one "Jeepers!" left in the state, and it is at Great Lakes Crossing mall in Auburn Hills (of Oakland County in the Lower Peninsula).  Wow--or is it jeepers--the Jeepers! idea almost came and went and I missed it.  Basically, Jeepers! is an indoor amusement part, which has games, such as air-hockey game equipment, has rides, such a small roller coaster for kids and a bumper-car area, and has food.  There is even a train for tots.  The place is open for about nine or ten hours a day as a rule, being open when the mall is open as a rule.  Officially, the sign on the palce is "Jeepers!  Food, Fun & a Monkey."

    Um, it seems some libraries are going the way of some Jeepers!

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

    Your travel tips in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    Jeepers!, Great Lakes Crossing, Auburn Hills, Oakland County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Mardigian Library, the University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus, Dearborn, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.


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