(The 80th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    I begin this edition of Michigan Travel Tips by pretending I am standing in front of the house located at 2222 North Gulley, Dearborn, Michigan, and it is a house that is built exactly like the house that sits south of it (at 2212 North Gulley), and that is because, back in the 1950s, the same man was instrumental in having the two places built.  I notice both houses are a little different from what they were on the last day I was living at 2212 North Gulley in 2007, but they do not look run down.  In 2007, the house at 2212 North Gulley sold for about $115,000 (give or take a bunch of factors).  While I stand here in front of 2222 North Gulley, I hold a page of the Detroit Free Press for Sunday, November 21, 2010, and I can see the listings under "Sold in your area" ("Sold in your area." Detroit Free Press, 21 November 2010, p. 5G.). I notice on the page that, recently, the house at 2222 North Gulley sold for $58,000.  I then think how the Democrats in the U.S. Congress over the last several decades were instrumental in causing the housing crash of circa 2008 and how widows all over Michigan and the country who were counting on the equity built up in their houses over the years to help cover their retirement years have seen equity disappear--maybe by fifty percent (or 50 percent).  You are reading material, here, from a man who has no respect for anyone who is a "Democrat" or a "liberal" or a "communist" or whatever is similar, such as an "enslavist" (and you are urged to see my document entitled Conservatives and The United States Constitution Versus Enslavers and Enslavism (or Communism, Sharia, Socialism, et cetera), which can be reached by using this link: Enslavism).  So I now walk away and head for another place or other places.

    One place that I have in mind I so want to tell you about, but I cannot, since it is not open for the season.  I really do want to talk about it, because when I just learn about a place, I do not wish to keep silent about it.  In the future, I will tell you about Ozark School in an edition of Michigan Travel Tips.

    For now, I must move on to another place.  Hey, it is winter, and it is time for ice skating.  At Grand Rapids, you will find the Rosa Parks Circle, which is an ice-skating rink associated with the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department (of Grand Rapids, which is in Kent County of the Lower Peninsula). You should be aware the name "Rosa Park" comes from the Ms. Rosa Parks, who has become a civil-rights icon.  The first season for the ice-skating rink, which is at Monroe Avenue and Pearl Street, was the 2000-2001 season, and this season began on December 3, 2010. (Incidentally, Rosa Parks has a bus station named after her, and it is located in Detroit, and you can learn about how the bus station has been mishandled and poorly maintained by seeing my document entitled Detroit and Death: A Future View of the United States of America, which can be reached by using this link: Detroit).

    Advertisement: The commercial in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips urges you to get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a book written by Mark R. Levin.  This book will help you understand better what Barack Obama is--a man who is purposely hurting the country, even though he is the president of the country--but the book is really about enslavers--politicians--who do not believe in the values of The U.S. Constitution and how The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the power of the government, especially a dictatorship, over the individual (the citizen).  Remember: In the United States of America, it is the individuals who own the government and not the government that owns the citizens, the latter of which is what Barack Obama wants and is pushing for.

    So, I can report that, in essence, the ski season is open in the Upper Peninsula, but from now through roughly the end of March 2011, the ski season can be on and off, and the weather from day to day is what will determine if skiing is none on a particular day.  Generally speaking, the places to do downhill skiing are in the western half of the Upper Peninsula, and the first downhill skiing for the season was done in late November 2010, at least at Ski Brule, but the bulk of the ski resorts did not open till early December 2010, two of which are Marquette Mountain and Mt. Bohemia (and the general information about opening dates I came across on a Web page associated with UPMichigan.com).  When enough snow has fallen, cross-country skiing can be done throughout the Upper Peninsula, but over the last several decades, I have learned the best conditions are usually in the northern half of the region, because that region is more affected by lake-effect snow (related to Lake Superior) than the southern half of the region is--if regular-snowfall for the Upper Peninsula is weak, there can actually be bad conditions for a lot of days in the southern half of the Upper Peninsula, especially down in Menominee County, where a couple of the cross-country ski trails are the Cedar River pathway, which is near Cedar River, and the J.W. Wells State Park system.  If you go to the Upper Peninsula, you will probably want to stay at some place over night, and there are motels and such open throughout the Upper Peninsula in the winter, and you might look for a bed-and-breakfast.  Engadine is a place in the western part of Mackinaw County, which is in the southeast region of the Upper Peninsula, and I found Sandtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, which is a 1920 Sears kit house, is located at Engadine.  By the way, in the early 1900s, Sears (a store chain) sold complete houses--they were kits with all the pieces cut and ready to use.  I cannot vouch for the quality of Sandtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, but I do promote it as a place to do research on.  From the couple photographs of the place that I have seen, it seems to be a worthwhile place, nothing like my imaginary bed-and-breakfast place that is featured in my fictional story entitled An Erotic Tale at Horror Castle, which can be reached by using this link: Castle.

    While you are outdoors--maybe while skiing--I have some thoughts for you to think about or talk about with someone.  It was on Monday, November 29, 2010, that I first heard about and learned more about the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act of 2010 (H.R. 6426) and some related matters, especially an entity called "Outdoors Alliance for Kids" (or "OAK").  The bill known as the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act is not the subject of this piece, since it is being developed and has yet to be passed by either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate--the topic is OAK, which supports the bill.

    Let me first note, though, that on April 16, 2010, President Barack Obama started up the "America's Great Outdoors Initiative," one theme of which is "conservation," through the signing of a "Presidential Memorandum."

    Look at what the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (or OAK) is.  Recently, I found the mission statement for OAK is: "The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest in expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors."  Now read text that I found that focuses on "shared values" of the entities associated with OAK: "The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the well-being of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depends on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors.  While childhood is the best time for instilling and fully benefiting from a connection to nature, in today's world children are increasingly moving away from the understanding of the natural world.  Although families have the leading roll in connecting children with the outdoors, local, state and national decision-makers have a critical roll to play to ensure that children, youth and families have the access, opportunities, skills and encouragement to connect with the great outdoors.  To reconnect with nature, OAK believes that every child should have the opportunity and encouragement to play outside, touch soil, feel rain, watch leaves, sleep under the stars, count waves, eat food fresh from the garden, roll down a hill, catch a fish, and enjoy the satisfaction of climbing to the top of a hill or a tree. Such simple acts create a pathway to longer hikes, an appreciation for wildlife, a desire to care for special places, healthier bodies, deeper family relationships and wiser people, which in turn OAK believes offers hope for a better world."  (I say that the final sentence of the previous quoted material is "gag" material.)  Now look at one of the "partner's resolutions" that is tied to OAK: "...making the outdoors more relevant and culturally appropriate to engage more diverse audiences in the outdoors...."  Think--What does that nonsense mean?  Keep in mind that some of the "partners" that make up OAK are: the Outdoor Foundation, the National Wildlife Foundation, National Recreation and Park Association, Children and Nature Network, YMCA of the USA, and the Sierra Club, the last entity of which is a highly left-wing pro-manmade-global-climate-change group (manmade global climate change is a hoax and is being pushed along by communists, as you can see and learn by looking at my document entitled "CAP AND TRADE" and Carbon Dioxide Facts and Nonsense, which can be reached by using this link: Carbon).

    By the way, I believe useful research would find that at least some of these entities--the Outdoor Foundation, the National Wildlife Foundation, National Recreation and Park Association, Children and Nature Network, and YMCA of the USA--have become infected by Marxists and Marxists' ideas and push the nonsense of manmade global warming.

    Promotional announcement: The Landmark Legal Foundation is made up of lawyers, such as Mark R. Levin (of The Mark Levin Show, a nationally syndicated radio show), who fight in court cases against those who do not uphold The U.S. Constitution and the rule of law for the country, and the Landmark Legal Foundation fights for the rights of the individual and against Marxists, communists, and the like.  In this day and age when Barack Obama, who I am convinced has a truly highly ill mind, is going against the rules of the country while pursuing a goal--I believe--to hurt the country and remake it or destroy it, I believe the Landmark Legal Foundation needs your help desperately; for example, retired lawyers who want to protect the country should consider donating time to helping the Landmark Legal Foundation.  I urge you to avoid making any donations to entities that promote manmade global warming or climate change and make a donation to the Landmark Legal Foundation instead (by the way, you should look into supporting the Heritage Foundation).

    While I am still thinking about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I shall pass along information about a couple art galleries or art centers in the region, since I have not covered one in a while.  The Copper Country Community Arts Center, which is open all year, is at Hancock, which is in Houghton County (one of the counties of the Keweenaw Peninsula).  The place has three galleries, two of which are the Kerredge Gallery and the Youth Gallery (the third is a sales gallery).  I notice one of the feature exhibits is, basically, a model truck exhibit, and it has dozens and dozens and dozens of trucks.  Elsewhere, the Besse Center Gallery North and South is located at Bay College, which is in Escanaba of Delta County.  From now through January 28, 2011, one of the exhibits is "Diane Lee: Seascapes, Landscapes, Dreamscapes."

    Note: On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, the Barack Obama administration announced an oil-drilling ban for the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Coast, and the Pacific Coast related to U.S. waters as part of a five-year plan, meaning the Barack Obama administration, as I see it, is purposely reducing the jobs in the oil-drilling industry in the country (while other countries are not reducing their oil-drilling operations) and making the country more dependent on oil from other countries--or the country will have less domestic oil that can be used to make all types of products that need to be made with oil.  The ban was not imposed by the U.S. Congress through a federal act that was signed into law by Barack Obama.  In essence, Barack Obama made a dictate through the Executive Branch of the federal government--he did the work that a dictator does--and Barack Obama has attacked the United States of America again.

    Now, I return to the topic of school.  On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, Mark R. Levin interviewed a woman associated with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (founded in 1971) on his syndicated radio show--The Mark Levin Show.  The topic was the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which is new.  The woman sounded like a teenager, though she is a mother.  She was so "for" the new act.  What I heard was a woman who is naive about the world and what people do, and what I heard was a woman who is a follower of nonsense.  During the interview, Mark Levin asked her a number of questions, answers to some of which I have decided to put in this document to show the types of nitwits that can affect laws--in this case, a woman associated with the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  I have three statements made by her, which were made near the end of the interview, and you should study them:
    The new federal act limits the number of bake sales and such that can take place on school property of public schools during a year, and more specific laws could be put together later and probably will be by entities of the Executive Branch, and, at one point during the interview, the woman said, "The bake sales were in there as political compromise."
    Answering the question about whether bake sales should be removed completely--at this point, Mark Levin was clearly playing with the naive woman, but she was unaware of it--the woman said, "I would get rid of them all together."  (The woman was not joking.)
    And one more comment that she made was: "You know with obesity rates as high as they are, it doesn't make sense to raise funds in schools at the expense of our children's health."
    I went to the Web site for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, after having heard the interview, and found the mission statement and goals and accomplishments of the entity.  One goal is: "To represent the citizen's interest before regulatory, judicial and legislative bodies on food, alcohol, health, the environment, and other issues."  Another goal is: "To ensure that science and technology are used for the pubic good and to encourage scientists to engage in public-interest activities."  Some of the accomplishments touted were: CSPI after threatening to sue soft drink companies got the companies to remove high-calorie soft drinks from schools in 2006, and CSPI  was able to threatened Kellogg's with a lawsuit, which agreed to adopt nutrition standards for marketing foods to kids in 2008, and CSPI helped get the U.S. Congress to get calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants in 2010.
    I say--Such nonsense the CSPI promotes.
    When I was growing up in Inkster, Michigan, I walked to grade school and I usually walked (or ran) or rode a bicycle to junior high or high school--that was in the late 1950s and 1960s.  Today, I still walk a lot or ride bicycles, and it is not done as some "yuppie" thing or "liberal" thing or health thing, and I still shovel up to what amounts to five-hundred feet of lane when it snows, and I do not do the gym thing or the exercise club thing--such nonsense, if you do other things and do not just sit around.  And I still eat cupcakes and cakes and candy, as I did when I was growing up.
    By the way, when I was growing up in Inkster, I went to Fred C. Fischer Elementary School.  There, we had hot-dog day once a month or so.  For each hot-dog day, I bought one hot dog (with bun), one bag of potato chips (the personal size), and one carton of milk (which was small).  That was all I needed to buy, since on each hot-dog day, a number of children bought more than they would finish or could finish, and I ended up with extra hot dogs--maybe two extra a day-and extra potato chips and cartons of milk, since I was able to get them for free from whoever was giving them up (though I was in competition with my friend, Chuck Roman, who also did well each day).  It was a feast each hot-dog day, and I finished everything at lunch.  All those potato chips and all hot dogs did not hurt me or make me fat!
    Since the 1960s, people have pushed the busing thing, so children growing up over the last several decades, especially those growing up in big cities, have learned not to do any regular physical activities, and schools have made gym class a place for training wimps (it seems you cannot throw those dodge balls in gym class in the gymnasium, as I did in high school), and parents have taken up the habit of driving children to school all the time (and end up sitting in cars and SUVs outside of schools for quite a while while they wait for the children to come out of school), and parents have taken up driving their children to so many other places that the children should be able to walk to or ride a bicycle to, and places like Detroit have let the neighborhood parks slip into ruin so that children have few safe places to go to run around.
    I state--Really, the idea of cupcakes and cookies and such is a matter for parents, and maybe, if a school wants to make a policy rated to such items, it might (directed by parents or supervised by parents)--it is not up to the federal government and nitwits of some defective supposedly "public interest" group.

    A country that has government people who promote and push through banning bake sales at schools is in trouble--big trouble--especially when banning them is based on the wrong causes for obesity (one of which is busing, which has been going strong since the 1970s or so).

    Enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan!

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 of Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    The Besse Center Gallery North and South, Bay College, Escanaba, Delta County, the Upper Peninsula.

    The Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, Houghton County, the Upper Peninsula.

    Rosa Parks Circle, the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, Grand Rapids, Kent County, the Lower Peninsula.

    Sandtown Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, Engadine, Mackinaw County, the Upper Peninsula.

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