When a general advised Napoleon Bonaparte that the time was not ripe for a proposed battle, he replied: "Bah, I make the circumstances!" For a while he did. People like Sean Spicer may not be aware that they are positioned to create pseudo-events. Napoleon was Capricorn, Trump, a Gemini.

Before getting into anything more about Weedonnie, it has to be stated that this essay is illustrated making liberal use of the work of various visual artists who are (or like Ronald Searle,have been) professional cartoonists. There are many branches of this form including political caricature as well as
generalized humourous drawings like that above, modified by Rod to make a more pointed statement. It is hoped that no one will be offended at the republication of these works and the occasional mashup of material which may be in copyright. If not, please let us know and we will replace it with Rod's original India Ink, mapping-pen drawings on the same theme. Horrorscope readings are all  about ascertaining character and predicting the future. We will say more about this later.

This about a prophet of gloom and doom and the unlikely business of trying to suggest that mortals can determine future events. Who did say "I'm going to make a name for myself..?" A few hints he was an Victorian English eccentric, probably a genius, an explorer, a murderer, and a man whose seminal work, assisted by many technical add ons allowed Donald J. Trump to expose himself on line.

Born Edward Muybridge he had his name legally changed to the Old English form. In 1850, at the age of twenty, he emigrated to America where he worked as a bookseller. Eleven years later, he returned to England and became a professional photographer. In 1867 and 68 he became famous for producing large scale photos of Yosemite Valley. Today he is remembered for his stop-action photos and a device he created for projecting images in motion. In 1874 he shot and killed Major Harry Larkyns, his wife's lover, but filing an insanity plea was acquitted in a jury trial on the grounds of justifiable homicide. In the following year, he took part in a photographic expedition in South America.

His prediction that he would "make a name for himself" became a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the 1880s, Muybridge entered a very productive period at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, producing over 100,000 images of animals and humans in motion, capturing what the human eye could not distinguish as separate movements. He spent much of his later years giving public lectures and demonstrations of his photography and early motion picture sequences, traveling back to England and Europe to publicize his work . His ground breaking work led to the modern world of motion pictures, television, and much more, but this is not about him! As a kid Rod saw a lot of his work in the penny arcades of carnivals. These flicks were infamous but popular with mid-twentieth century pre-teens. Google them to see why.

Weedonnie probably missed the fun of seeing Muybridge's female actresses in motion at a carnival side-show; in any case that entertainment was phased out before he became an elementary school student. Whether he suffered from having too much, or too little imagination, is conjectural.

The elementary school Trump would not have had hair spray but he probably did have that fish-like pout. Calvin is by Bill Watterson. The Trumpet was born in New York City in 1946, the fourth of five children born to Frederick Christ "Fred" Trump (1905–1999) and Mary Anne Trump (née MacLeod, 1912–2000). His father's strange middle name reflected the fact that his German grandfather, Frederick had married Elisebeth Christ. It was this emigrant that amassed the nuclear grub stake inherited by various Trumpites from that time forward. Trump's father Fred was born in the Bronx, and worked with his mother as a real estate developer, primarily in the New York boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

More about his personal history later, but the subject of this scroll-down, is prophecy and predictions.

There has been a pile of prophecy oozing out of the past; out of times recently past,  but also out of prehistoric times. In the latter case it is often labelled as fable (entirely fabulous), myth (involving mortal and immortal gods) and legend (treating men seeking godhood). By-the-by,  "Mr. Trump's favorite Bible verses are the ones that mention The Donald Himself, the fabled TRUMP OF DOOM ..."

For instance, Isaiah 27:13―"It will come to pass in that day that a great TRUMP will be blown ...and the righteous will assemble. However in verse 28: "Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand." This has caused some of Trumps critics to cast him in the future role of "Prince of Darkness." You can read all about that by googling "Trump of Doom."

"Another of Mr. Trump's favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 14:8―"For if the TRUMP produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" But this same source also says, "24 - Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." and "33 - Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."

Christianity,which is far from homogenous, remains the world's largest professed religion, but at the current rate of growth Islam is said poised to overtake it by 2070. According to the Bible the last days will not be pretty: "
Timothy 2:3-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."

"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." Film clip from Hitchhikers Guide To The Universe depicting the end of time.

Some folk are almost never right, but pride insulates them from becoming open to the possibility that they are wrong.

By that, he meant a Decade of Greatness.  Rod doctored the above cartoon to include a painting by William Blake.

The religious right in America fails to understand the concept of separation of Church and State.  God may be in his heaven but apparently is neither in control of human minute-by-minute thought nor terrestrial politics, no matter what some folks say. Interestingly Jefferson, second from left, is a Donald Trump role-model. The 84th Congress passed a joint resolution "declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States". The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956. Ike was a Republican with a strong religious and military background. His executive orders helped bring down the brief but damaging reign of McCarthyism; the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without regard for evidence.

While the Victoria Era, which ended near the beginning of the last century was not a pretty place for the lower classes. However, it was a time when the future was regarded with more hope than at present.

Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race, campaigning against "communism, Korea and corruption." He a landslide victory, defeating Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson.

This was a post Utopian fair. Money is not everything but it is not a completely rational or stress-free idea to  try to live without it. "Eisenhower's two terms saw considerable economic prosperity except for a minor decline in 1958. Voted Gallup's most admired man twelve times, he achieved widespread popular esteem both in and out of office (January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961)."  This decade may be the one Trump sees as the apex of American "Greatness." He apparently missed the fact that while money was commonplace peace of mind was not.

During the war years the head allied honcho, General Eisenhower famously said that he could not imagine wanting to be considered for any political job "from dogcatcher to Grand High Supreme King of the Universe." Sound familiar?
Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race, campaigning against "communism, Korea and corruption." He a landslide victory, defeating Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson. He rattled the US sabre and engaged in wars However, his New Look policy of nuclear deterrence prioritized inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing funding for conventional military forces.In his farewell address to the nation, Eisenhower expressed his concerns about the dangers of massive military spending, and government contracts awarded to private military manufacturers. He coined the concept of "military–industrial complex". .

Eisenhower died two years after this exposition opened. Unlike Trump Eisenhower was entirely German in ancestry.
The Schopenhauer family migrated from Karlsbrunn in the Saarland, to North America in 1741, Like Donald he became a baptized Presbyterian. In 1892, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Abilene, Kansas, which Eisenhower considered his home town.

Eisenhower made greater use of press conferences than any previous president, holding almost 200 over his two terms. The Cold War deepened in frightening ways during his terms of office.  Except for opposing Joseph McCarthy, he left most political activity to his Vice President, Richard Nixon. Unlike Trump, Eisenhower was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. He also launched the Interstate Highway System, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the establishment of strong science education via the National Defense Education Act, and encouraged peaceful use of nuclear power by making amendments to the Atomic Energy Act.

David A . Wilson has said that the Feminist Movement of the 1970s came fifty years after the emergence of a technical utopia.  By then the promises of the twentieth century were accompanied by "a close awareness of  the destructive and dystopian potential that exists in the modern world."  He suggested that, "Scientific futurologists of the 1950s and beyond who may have convinced themselves that they can predict the future, but should convince no one else."

As Wilson says, "There are probabilities but the future remains to be seen.  He admits that, "we cannot live without some sense of the future." But, "circumstances may change. Indeed, while there are precedents which can be used to prognosticate, history remains "the evolution of the unintended."

Some men aspire to be gods, but are biologically and temporally contained. It is some comfort to known that attempts to predict the future have a high failure rate.

This Canadian born superhero had no luck at the last spins of the wheel, but this might actually be Canada's century.  In that event, we may have even more cause to be fearful.

Since he is a Brit a regenerated Dr. Who can't run. Pity, since he does seem in tune with tomorrow. Superman has also been able to break time barriers, but he is decidedly an illegal immigrant in the United States. Aside from that would Americans accept a president whose clothes were designed in Canada.

Like the Japanese, Canadians are "So sorry!" Perhaps Wolverine can't make the political cut?

Like Trump he is off-the-wall aggressive.Americans think we are pathetically passive, eh?

How bad can it get?  Here's what Slate magazine predicts. This is a fairly plausible prediction even if Trump fails to rally his dissident troops.

Nixon? America had "Disco Dick" and New Brunswick, Canada, "Disco Dick" (Hatfield). Pop music has been on a downward slope, so perhaps has nowhere to go but up?

The mail-order used book trade in Canada was crippled when special postal rates were eliminated on products having social, educational value.  Painters of pictures were similarly cut out of the picture when the government stopped allowing write-odd against corporate taxes. This is probable.

On the other hand Canada is left as almost the only safe destination for Americans who have no grasp of foreign languages.

Apple engaged in some risky changes in April, 2017, which sent its stock into a nose dive. Expect the unexpected. Meanwhile we'll continue to use their Aunt Jane hardware from the year 2012.

Even here in Canada there has already been a trend in that direction. April 3. "Bombardier backed down on its plans to offer hefty bonuses to six members of its senior executive team, putting off half of their $32 million in bonuses until 2020 and only if the company meets certain financial targets."  They had been losing money and had heavy government subsidized backing to keep them viable.

"The average American family savings account balance is $4,220; 24.3% of American families have no savings at all.
Only 39% are certain they could come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose next month; 13% have no health insurance; 7.7% do not have a bank account of any kind."


It would seem that common folk have more to fear the fear itself. Trump is one bitter pill of a man. Sad.

Who could have divined the political future of the United States and Canada in 2015? The polls were all showing a Conservative loss to the New Democratic Party (a recently re imagined socialist group and the major opposition to the federal government.  "Pretty boy" Justin was declared "Just not ready," but oops! He did institute some promised liberal policies and manna rained down from heaven to feed some of the masses.  A poll in April, a year-and-a-half after the election, found that over half of Canadians (56 per cent) continue to approve of the Liberal government, down from 61 per cent since the New Year. Trump's victory also surprised pollsters. His ratings Gallup approval rating plummeted to a historic low (37%) for any US president. Still he remains as president and the world may be lost in the wilderness.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says we are only two and half minutes away from nuclear doomsday, the closest Armageddon estimate since the early 1980s. Former Defense Secretary William Perry says he is “terrified.” Novelist Philip Roth says what is most frightening about President Donald Trump “is that he makes any and everything possible, including, of course, the nuclear catastrophe.” - salon.com, March 27, 2017.

"The fear factor is serious. President Trump’s Jan. 27 travel order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries has been halted — with his administration promising a new travel order — but the fear factor is already causing great ripples in the academic community.

And it’s affecting not just individual students, but the academic community overall: 177 scholars chose to not attend the International Studies Association  annual conference in Baltimore last week, on Feb. 22-25, all of them citing reasons related to the Trump travel ban."- usatoday.com

Time magazine has headlined the fact tat "At Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump Blends Pleasure, Profit and Politics." Meanwhile, salon.com noted in April that, "The exorbitant cost of keeping Melania and Barron Trump in their gold-plated penthouse in New York City has inspired thousands to sign a petition asking that they be forced to leave town. The viral Change.org request, titled “Make Melania Trump Stay in the White House or Pay for the Expenses Herself,” had a million signatures at last word. "Trump — who said during the campaign that he “would not be a president who took vacations” — has spent a staggering amount of his time in office playing golf and chillin’ at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Each trip costs taxpayers $3 million." And their Washington residence continues to drain the American economy.

The redistribution of money from the public purse means more blood will be shed metaphorically and in the real world.