In a political weather in which an innocuous cartoon frog is transformed into a hate sign, and neo-Confederates and white nationalists carry torches through an American town while chanting “blood and earth” and “Jews will likely not replace united states,” The CW’s 2017 Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” seems specially appropriate. However, its depiction of a parallel planet upon which the Nazis won World War II and produced evil alternatives to such heroes as Arrow, Supergirl together with Flash, in addition struck a nerve with some watchers, who thought this alternate truth thought a touch too real.
The lines tend to be further blurred insurance firms Supergirl celebrity Melissa Benoist pull double duty while the Nazi Overgirl, and Stephen Amell play both Green Arrow and black Arrow. Although The Flash star Grant Gustin guaranteed the two-night event wouldn’t be as bleak even as we might anticipate, given the subject material — undoubtedly, Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak parrot Indiana Jones in promos, declaring, “Nazis? We hate Nazis!” as Stormtroopers dash in — neither does the crossover overlook the more sobering echoes of existing events.
about this week’s episode of Supergirl, role 1 of “Crisis on Earth-X,” Nazi forces led by black Arrow, Overgirl and Prometheus crash the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West, leading to the anticipated battle using heroes in attendance. The fast-paced fight actually leaves short amount of time for representation, but when the visitors tend to be safe therefore the invaders momentarily pressed straight back, the heroes regroup at S.T.A.R. laboratories to lock up the grabbed Prometheus, tend to the wounded and get some burning up questions — beginning with just who those Nazis are, and what they need.
“If i am aware my record,” states Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), “ethnic cleansing, globe domination.” Jax Jackson (Franz Drameh) adds, “Make America Aryan Once More.” It’s an obvious nod to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make The united states Great once again,” which has taken on a social media life of unique as #MAGA, an acronym associated anything from presidential tweets to political parodies to white-nationalist screeds.
Jax’s remark is punctuated first by Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), whom claims, “Which it never was,” then by Iris West (Candice Patton), ready with her very own Twitter-friendly “Hashtag melting cooking pot.”
But it’s Martin Stein (Victor Garber) who underscores the political discourse by noting these mystical intruders “support a reason that has been beaten over 70 years back.” It’s an echo of observations produced in August as startling video footage had been broadcast associated with Unite suitable rally, the function in Charlottesville, Virginia, that concluded in violence as protestors clashed with counter-protestors. Dozens were injured, and one counter-protestor ended up being killed whenever a crowd ended up being rammed by a car or truck driven by a guy linked to white-supremacist teams.
as well as on Arrow, the second part of “Crisis on Earth-X,” Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) finds her own conclusion towards the honest debate that gripped cyberspace not so long-ago: it”s not only OK to punch a Nazi, it’s evidently fun. “Punching Nazis,” she says. “That was surely because satisfying when I thought it could be!”
Here is a sample from Kandi's blog.
I am a crossdresser! There. I said it. October 2014. Never admitted that to myself, but have always been one. Hated myself for it. It has always been a compulsion, an urge, never something I ever enjoyed. What is wrong with me? It turns out, nothing!
Okay, now what do I do? Having purged a small bedroom full of women’s clothes over the course of my 50+ years, let’s start fresh. Let’s see if I can enjoy this. Purchase a few things. Okay, I like that. Add a few more. Keep them for more that an hour, a day, a week. So far, so good. How do I feel? Different, better, happy.
I need to make some life changes. If I am going down this road, I need to look half decent. I begin the road that would result in my dropping 35 pounds and eventually becoming a very competitive runner, routinely winning my age groups comfortably in 5Ks, now winning my age group in half marathons and most recently completing my first full marathon. Happiness matters.
So now I am getting slimmer, getting in good shape, happy with myself. But the big hurdle remains. I am very happily married with two grown and successful daughters. It took well over a month to gather the courage to tell my wife. December 2, 2014 is the day. If she is not on board, this all stops, no questions asked. And I would completely understand her not being happy with it. I find the words, show her my painted toenails, tell her how it all makes me happy. In a moment I will never forget, she says she just wants me to be happy. You know that feeling when you fall in love with someone? I did that all over again, almost 30 years into our marriage. I was immediately transformed. My life is still filled with ups and downs, but my “default” mood is always one of happiness. My smile, previously buried under a crappy mustache and displayed only when made happy (instead of being happy) by family and friends, became ever present. Now what do I do? What have I done!!!!
The work begins. Removing more body hair than your average polar bear. Developing those routines that women do, not men. Moisturizing. Frequent shaving. Now do I really want to do this? I begin purchasing items to be included in my wardrobe. I have no fear of buying women’s clothing as a man. None. A bra fitting? Why not. A new dress? Of course.
I schedule a makeover at Janet’s Closet in Detroit. I need to see what I would look like. Not bad. To paraphrase Rudolph (the Red Nosed Reindeer)….I’m cute!!!!! Or at least not hideous. I let the girls there talk me into wearing clothing I would never dream of wearing now and I make a walk through the mall. I survive (although read by some teenage girls). I go out with some seasoned “girls” (I hate the term “gurls”). I survive! Now the real work begins. How do I build a real life for Kandi. She is not simply going to hang out at CD bars and shop, shop, shop (although she does a lot of that).
My world view is one of extreme optimism. The world is so much better than the media would make you believe. No question, we live in troubled times. But I have now been out probably 300 times. I am frequently complemented, have received more hugs from total strangers than one can count, had drinks and meals purchased for me and am an active member of a church, many charitable organizations and even a woman’s social group. I also understand that I have the blessing of my wife, a HUGE benefit to my being able to achieve that happiness. Come on along for the ride!
My last three stops on Tuesday were Roz & Ali (nee Dress Barn), Macy's and Burger King. I will describe them in reverse order.
My wife asked me to pick up some fast food from Burger King on the way home, so I stopped at the King closest to my home. Although it was in between lunch and dinner, this King is always busy because it is easy access from Interstate I-84.
I walked in, placed my order, waited 5 minutes for the special no-ketchup Whopper, received my order and exited the premises without incident. I was an invisible older women. Although a couple of guys did check me out briefly, they were younger and probably not interested when they saw I was old enough to be their mother or grandmother!
This was a "I'm feeling so great that I don't want to return to boy mode stop" just to extend my day out. The store was not very busy — just a few older women like me perusing the racks. A couple of sales reps greeted me, but that was the extent of my interaction with any living beings.
I did find a beautiful Calvin Klein dress that was marked down considerably and I thought about trying it on, but I did not for reasons you will read below.
Roz & Ali (nee Dress Barn)
I visited my favorite Dress Barn — the one near my former employer where they know me in boy and girl mode — also where I filled out a job application.
I know the manager and sales rep who were on duty by name and they know me by name. I had conversations with both of them about the store's name change and I also asked the manager about my job application. She said they weren't hiring right now because they had closed three other local Dress Barns during the summer.
Perusing the racks, nothing knocked me out, but I found two dresses in Misses size 14 that had potential and the sales rep opened a changing room for me. First I tried on the floral print you see in the photo above. It fit perfectly and I was surprised how much better it looked on me than on the rack! It was a keeper.
The second dress was a sexy black number — something I could see Sophia Loren wearing to a funeral. The top of the dress was too small and I could not zip it up. The sales rep found one in Woman's size 14W, which I was able to zip up easily, but it was too roomy in the waist, so I rejected it and went home with just one new dress to add to my wardrobe.
By the way, the reason I did not try on the Calvin Klein dress in Macy's was because changing out and back into a skirt suit was so time-consuming at Dress Barn that I did not want to repeat it at Macy's. Removing the jacket, skirt and blouse was easy enough, but putting everything back on was a harder because the blouse had a lot of finicky buttons, so I did not think it was worth it especially since I had just bought a new dress at Dress Barn.
Hair Salon Redux
Thursday, I had an appointment for a haircut at the salon I visited on Tuesday. My hairdresser, Miss K, was off on Tuesday, so after she seated me at her station, she said, "I'm sorry I missed you on Tuesday. The girls said you were beautiful."
So I immediately retrieved my iPhone and showed her my photo that Miss C took on Tuesday.
She took my iPhone, examined the photo closely and remarked, "You look like a businesswoman."
"That's what I intended."
"You do look beautiful!"