November 30

Why do we believe Oswald killed Kennedy?

I don’t think there will ever be a time when I stop questioning the assassination of JFK and why people think Oswald was the killer. My previous post about JFK Revealed asked a question at the end of the blog. I asked why do we believe that Oswald killed Kennedy? (http://www.andtheunderdogwins.com/jfk-revealed/ )Where is the real proof, the smoking gun, or any sort of evidence? Why has history found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt when Oswald, himself was murdered before he even had a chance to build a case. How were the police and other officials able to comb through the mass chaos of the President being killed in plain sight, and find a suspect that everyone “knew” killed Kennedy? Keep in mind that the President of the United States was killed in daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses. This was the 1960’s and our every move was not being documented at the time. Not everyone had a camera, no one had a cell phone. There are 3 films that caught what happened that day, but it didn’t show who pulled the trigger. This means that very little real time evidence exists, and we know nothing beyond a shadow of a doubt. Together, we are going to take a good look at the time line, and other key bits of information to try to understand why Oswald killed Kennedy, or at least he was the scapegoat.

First, let’s take a good look at the circumstances of that fateful day in Dallas. It was a clear day, and there was a parade route that was open. This meant that people could be very close to The President and their cars, and no one was under any sort of bullet proof protective cover even though this was available at the time. The route of the parade was changed so late in the game, that the cars following the motorcade were not aware and started to go the wrong direction. Besides the President’s motorcade, there were 16 other cars in their party. The total amount of people in this party, not including any sort of security or Secret Service was 88. This did not include the police cars, and unmarked cars. This is a lot of people in a short space who didn’t get hurt, but were exposed and were witnesses. These weren’t just any random people either. This group of people included the Vice President, Congressmen, Senators, newspaper reporters, trained military personal, representatives from CBS and ABC, college students, as well as the President’s personal secretary and personal physician. The fact that only two people were shot during this mass confusion is amazing. First, the assassins would have had to anticipate the change in the parade route. Second, they would have to be an amazingly accurate shot to get their mark through all these people, and the entire crowd. Not one civilian was hurt.

At this time, Lee Harvey Oswald was at work at the book depository and was on his break in the lunch room. There were several witnesses to this fact. No one could ever connect him with even being at the 6th floor at the time. In fact, anyone who was in that building, if that is where the shots came from in the first place, had equal status as a suspect. However, the officer who came into the book depository literally had no clue where the shots came from. According to Officer Marion Baker, he wasn’t sure if the shots came from in front of him, behind him, or beside him. He took a guess and ran into the depository. This was also several minutes after Officer Baker had stopped to talk to other officers and get them to where they needed to be. Basically, a lot of time passed of officers and officials running in circles trying to find anything that could help them find who shot the President.

Officer Baker demanded for an elevator when he walked through the door. This started an argument and confusion since people in the building didn’t know what was going on. When they decided to finally take the stairs, several more minutes had passed, and Lee Harvey Oswald had walked out of the break room with his coke. He wasn’t out of breath, stressed, or fearful until Officer Baker pointed his gun at him and demanded to know who he was. Oswald, was startled, and told him he worked there. Officer Baker left him and ran up the stairs, and Oswald, confused and afraid, left the building, as did many other employees at the book depository. Oswald wasn’t the only one who left. It is reported that the building was then sealed off at 12:33, which is the exact same time that Oswald supposedly left. The 9 blocks surrounding the kill zone was apparently secured and sealed off 9 minutes after the assassination, however many people report utter chaos and this being anywhere near true since people were able to leave their work, their buildings, and even drive home. The President had just been killed right in front of them, who was going to stick around and risk their own safety?

Somehow, Oswald was able to walk 7 blocks and get by without any issues. If everything had been secured, this would never have happened. He was able to walk to a bus stop and wait to get on a public bus. The bus got stuck in traffic. After riding on the bus for awhile, he got off and took a taxi home. He made it home, which was confirmed by his housekeeper. However, he only stayed for a few minutes and then left his house. He went to another bus stop close to his home, and this is where supposedly Oswald shot and killed Officer Tippit. There was supposedly  13 witnesses to this crime. These witnesses can be considered unreliable considering most of them didn’t ID him until after they had seen his face all over the news. Did Oswald kill Officer Tippit? It is very possible and people went on a man hunt for Oswald for a reason. They are in Texas, where everyone has guns, and he was threatened by a police officer less than an hour before. I’m not saying any of this is true, but I am saying there is room for reasonable doubt.

Oswald was arrested that day for killing police Officer Tippit, not for anything to do with shooting the President. The manhunt for him was a direct result of the police shooting, and not the assassination. When he was caught at the movie theater and taken in, his was afraid for his life, and he was ready to fight. Oswald had no clue he was being blamed for the President’s death until a reporter told him. He was not given any council or representation even though he requested it. Basically, this whole thing happened in a very short amount of time. At 12:30, the shots were fired. At 1:50 PM, Oswald was taken into custody at the movie theater. Really think about this because it is important. An hour and 20 minutes passed after the killing of the President Kennedy, and somehow the police, and secret service had enough information to blame this man for the shooting.

Oswald was never given legal help. While the world was starting to hear the Oswald had killed the President, he wasn’t even directly told why he was in jail. The news media had plenty of time to plant the seeds of guilt before the man even had any lawyer or help. By 11:26 PM that day, Oswald had been charged with two counts of murder including the President. Two hours earlier, he had been charged with killing the officer. November 24th, at 11:21 AM, Lee Harvey Oswald was shot in killed only after the public had been told he was the killer. He was given a few moments to speak and proclaimed that he needed a layer and had been denied any help. He also said he was a patsy before he was killed. This was less than 2 days after the assassination happened! Oswald had been blamed, tried via media, and publicly executed before any holes could be punched in the official story.

So, I keep asking, how did Oswald kill the President, and we all know for sure that it was him. It was never proven where the shots came from in the first place. Even trained officers and eye witnesses couldn’t agree on where the shot came from, so why was the book depositor randomly chosen. Officer Baker said he wasn’t even sure, but he made a choice. Was there a gun found there, or was one planted? There was enough time for people to come in and out of that building as the pleased before it was sealed off. It happened to be sealed off the exact minute that Oswald left. There were so many people who were there that day, and no one can agree on what happened. If that is true, then what evidence do we have to connect Oswald with killing the President? Did he shoot the officer, very possible, but what was the hard core evidence that forever condemned this man?

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What happened from the moment of the shooting until now has been pure propaganda. There is a reason why many of us question what happened today. It does’t seem to make any sense. Why would this man be deemed the Kennedy killer when the public was never given any information on how this is possible. We were just told that this was the case so we should believe it. It’s a lot like a frustrated parent telling their kid to do something because they said so, instead of explaining the reasons behind why. We have forever lined this man with the killing of the President, who was all on his own and didn’t have any help. Look at the news media even today. They will say things like, the new released papers don’t show that Oswald had any accomplishes. Or, there is no proof of a second shooter outside of Oswald. They are still threading the seed of his guilt even now! But, when was he found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that it was him who killed the President? The amount of time that Oswald was found forever guilty is insane, especially given the fact that not one person could agree on the facts of the case.

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We can all speculate on reasons why Oswald could have killed the President. It is so easy to start at the conclusion of Oswald killing the president and then add in things that are evidence against him. He tried to defect, he had a photo take with a riffle and Russian propaganda, he married a Russian woman, and on and on and on. Where is the real evidence? This is why many of us conspiracy theorist were born. Out of the need to know the truth, because what has been presented to us is questionable at best. I think if even next week we find new evidence that another person shot and killed JFK, Oswald will always be someone who was believed to play a massive part in this event.

 

Each frame, and every single photo has been studied by hundreds and maybe thousands of people. While all have their own thoughts and theories about what they see, they can all agree upon one thing. There is nothing seen that points to where the gun shots truly came from, or who pulled the trigger(s). This means that not one person saw Oswald pull any trigger. All they can do is say he was in the book depository at the time of the killing, but so where several other people. People like to talk about the smoking gun that proves that Oswald acted alone. However, I have yet to see the smoking gun that proved Oswald acted at all.

By the way, if you didn’t know what happened to Jack Ruby, the man who publicly killed Oswald, here is some  information for you. Jack Ruby was a nightclub owner with strong mob ties. He said he killed Oswald to spare Mrs. Jackie Kennedy from going through a public trail and the hardships that would bring. Ruby was dying at that point. He knew he had advanced cancer, and he only had so much time left. His life was pretty much over, so killing Oswald not only ensured his silence, but Jack’s silence as well. He died in prison after his conviction was overturned. That’s right, he was still in jail without any official charges pending against him since everything was overturned. Ruby repeatedly asked to be put in touch with people from the Warren commission, but was always denied. He was a free man who was in a jail cell until he died. Is it any wonder that people question the official stories?

There will never be an answer, but I believe that there is no hard evidence to connect Oswald with the assassination. There was such little time between the murder, and his capture that there would have to be some amazing proof to lead them down the Oswald path. It has never come to light, and we have no other suspects who could have killed the President. That’s because it is embarrassing that the amount of people that were there, and the amount of chaos was not contained. No one wants to admit that they missed very important and real evidence.  No one wants the United States come off as fools who didn’t protect their President and have no real idea who killed him.

November 28

Hydrating Collagen Eye Patches

Hello Underdogs, I hope you are taking care of yourself during the holiday season. I am trying something new today called Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads. This is something that I got in my most recent Birch Box, and I have been waiting to try these out. (not a sponsor) If you have never tried Birch Box before, it is a subscription box that you get once a month for $9.99. It has 5 items that are skin care and make-up based for you to try out. They give you a good sample size, and then they give you information on how to purchase the full size product. It’s a stressful time of year, so it’s nice to be able to have a sample of these eye pads to put on and watch some YouTube while I try to relax. Well, at least I attempted to relax, but these eye patches had other plans.

The eye patch comes in a vacuumed sealed pouch. You can see the outline of the eye patches in the package, it is packed so tightly. I have never tired anything from this company before which is called Wilmaschumann European Skin Care.  The directions say to apply the eye patches after cleaning your face. Leave on for around 20 minutes, and then don’t rinse after you are done. This is a one use only, but I kind of added my own liberties to that direction. I cleaned my face, and then opened the package. The directions do say to use the eye patches immediately after you open it, so I tried to work quickly. Apparently, too quickly because I didn’t realize that the inside isn’t sealed, but in a tray that looks like what you get your contact lenses come in. However, it’s not sealed like contacts, so the liquid went everywhere!

The directions also say to look at the photo on the package to see how to apply. They have one eye patch under an eye, and the other around the lips. I thought it was an eye patch, as per what it says on the package, so I just applied them under my eyes. The eye patches are a white gel like I would equate to a jelly soap. It keeps it’s shape, but you can ripe it in half. It is thin, and not super sticky. That might have been a different story if all the liquid hadn’t come out when I tried to open it up. It is easy to apply, and it doesn’t tell you which side to use to apply to your skin. The eye patches are cooling, and there is a very, very hint of a smell of roses.

The eye patches didn’t stay on very well. They kept sliding down my face. I ended up putting on the eye patches, and then put my glasses on over the top to keep them from going down my face. I noticed pressure after a few minutes, and I kept checking to see if I had accidentally gotten some of the stuff in my eye. While I didn’t, it felt like it had, so I moved the eye patch back away from my eye zone. However, I have had these off for about a half hour now and I still feel it. I left these on for 20 minutes, and after removing them, I lightly massaged any left over liquid into my skin. Again, there was a lot of pressure around my eyes, but I could see a difference because my the area under my eyes didn’t seem as puffy.

I then decided to flip the side and try out what the package had said, and put them around my lips. I tore them in half and put them around my lip, and the full second one on my forehead where I have some wrinkles. I didn’t feel anything around my lip and my forehead. I left those on for about 20 minutes, but I honestly didn’t even see any difference at all. It was cooling, however, which is always a huge benefit in my book!

I really didn’t enjoy these eye patches. The reason is because of the pressure. It wasn’t there before I tried out the eye patches, but it was for awhile after I took them off. It was actually to the point where it was uncomfortable and my eyes were watering. The puffiness was a lot less, and I could visually see the difference. However, I don’t think the amount of pressure under the eye is worth it at all. Even though the scent was minimal, it was a bit much because it’s right by your nose. It goes right up your smeller if you want it to or not. I’m glad this was part of a bigger patches because I wouldn’t get these on my own. While the eye patches do what the packages says it should do, I did’t like it. The amount of pressure that went on under my eyes was too much. My skin got very tight, but it was actually bothering me to the point where I wish that I hadn’t put them on in the first place.

I wouldn’t try these again do to the pressure. It was painful, and I didn’t care if it did what the package said that it would do. If you like to not have puffy eyes, then I would recommend trying out these eye patches. However, you may have the same reaction that I did, so you may want to think twice about your purchase. If beauty is pain, then I should look like a rock star today! I would give this a 2 out of 5 stars. It works, but it is too painful to care about the results.

 

Have you ever tried a product like these eye patches, and actually felt some pain? Leave your comments below.

 

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November 27

The Justice League Review

The Justice League is finally out so be prepared for spoilers. If you haven’t seen this movie, then don’t read any more because you may read something that you wish you hadn’t! You have been warned. Also, this post contains affiliate links. Take a look at my Disclaimer on the Shameless Self Promotion Page. Here is the official underdog review of The Justice League!

I have been sitting here for the last 24 hours after watching  The Justice League trying to understand exactly what about this movie rubbed me the wrong way. I know the movie didn’t make as much money as predicted, and the critics hate it. However, I never let any of that influence my thoughts, I just know people like to know this information. I hardly ever agree with a professional critic, because I am a fan of comics, and I am a fan of superheros. Superhero movies normally get a bad rep because they are corny and out there.  I grew up on Batman, and Superman. I am a huge fan, so like many people, I have been waiting for The Justice League since I was a child! Maybe the problem I have is that a movie will never be as good as what I imagined that it could be and I was let down. I am willing to say that was part of it. I’m also willing to say the story wasn’t that good, and I feel that you could tell more than one person directed this show.

The recent movies released from DC haven’t been my favorite. I hated Batman Vs. Superman, as well as Man of Steel. I had fun with the Suicide Squad, but Wonder Woman was by far one of the best super hero movies I have ever seen! Wonder Woman was well written, had a great back story, and a villain that wasn’t weak or kind of boring. After that wonderful movie, The Justice League had a lot to live up to!  This movie had the traditional big team introduction. It’s what I like to call, “The Super Friends Problem.” This is when you need to get these major personalities with otherworldly powers together to fight a bigger battle,  and you need a good reason for them to get together. There is always a conflict that makes these very different beings join forces and fight on the same side. Something always goes wrong that either hinders the team, or breaks them apart and they come back together after finding that being on a team is better than being on their own. The Justice League followed this formal, as has many other movies. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but when does that formal become too stale for the audience to care?

The big villain of the story is Steppenwolf, and the 3 ancient boxes that could destroy the world as we know it. There were parts that this story line seemed way too much like Lord of The Rings. While a good story, this was a bit overdone. I really didn’t care for Steppenwolf as the villain. His CGI made him look like a pissed off goat. I didn’t really care about him, or his evil plan to take over the planet. Superman coming back to life after being dead was scarier than Steppenwolf. While I hated how they brought Superman back, I wished they would have explored his darker side and have him been the real villain of the story. To me, his threat was worse than the entire Steppenwolf story line.  What was the hardest part about this movie to me is the glimmer of amazing moments that went nowhere. My favorite scene of the whole movie was the Amazon women protecting the box and keeping it moving. That was so amazing! The explanation of the Gods and seeing the Lantern die and the ring take off was amazing as well.

The chemistry of the main cast was also very good, but we didn’t get much of them on screen together at once. I honestly was worried about The Flash, because there is already an active series and they decided to not cast that actor. However, the young man who plays this version of The Flash is wonderful. I really enjoyed his humor, and his story. I would love to see a stand alone movie about him. It worked for Spiderman: Homecoming, and I think his own movie would do well. Aqua man will have his own movie coming out in the next year or so, and I’m very excited about it! For the first time ever, Aqua man seems like a bad ass warrior that could knock the crap out of anyone who gets in his way. Coming off of Wonder Woman, it was hard to see her want to not take a leading role even though she is a leader. It seemed like a little bit of back tracking! Cyborg was okay, and Batman is not my cup of tea. I hate the casting but I understand what they are trying to do with him aging. I don’t have an issue with the story line, I just don’t like Ben Afflack at all. People say this is the best Superman on film ever. While I strongly disagree with this statement, I will say that this is the best version of Superman that this actor has portrayed on screen so far.

After much reflection, I think the reason that I didn’t care for this movie as much as I hoped is because I was let down. The story in my head has been building up for years, and I can say what I came up with was more entertaining than the show on the screen. Again, there were a lot of great moments, but things didn’t flow together very well. I thought it was pointless to focus on that one family who got caught up in the crossfire of the big battle. Why was there so much screen time devoted to these people who added nothing to the story line? I also had two very big issues with The Justice League. First, Wonder Woman seemed pretty reluctant to take a leadership role. This seemed very out of character for her, specially after coming off such an amazing movie. To me, this seemed like back tracking and this whole thing was invaliding her worth. Why would they spend so much money in one of there many re-shoots to add more Wonder Woman scenes if they tried to make her seem second fiddle to Batman, and eventually Superman.

The second issue that I have is why was Superman needed in this movie at all? Quite frankly, the whole movie could have not had him in it at all, and they still would have defeated the bad guy. While Superman was a help, he wasn’t essential to the story line. It could have been a very good story if we followed Superman down a dark path, but instead he was confused, angry, and then got over it and saved the day. I get that they wanted to bring Superman back, but the other members of The Justice League seemed like their task would have not been possible unless they brought Superman back to help them fight. That just didn’t seem realistic, even in the world of superheroes. Why did we waste so much time watching two very fast and strong people (The Flash and Cyborg) slowly dig up Superman’s grave? Again, this was pointless, and didn’t make sense even within this world. It was just strange to me that the whole team agreed to rob a grave, and try to play God in order to bring back Superman, even with the risk that it wouldn’t work, or Superman wouldn’t be the same. Why waste that time, and form a strong plan within their own ranks instead of trying to raise Superman from the dead and hope he isn’t a zombie!

 

I would recommend to go see this movie. It’s always fun to go see a super hero movie. If you go into this movie and know that the story is weak, but you get to see all of these superheroes on the screen at the same time, then you will have a good time. I liked this movie, but I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it either, but I wish the story could have matched this cast of characters. There were so many glimmers of good moments, but they faded fast and didn’t pan out at all.  I am looking forward to the next installment of The Justice League, just as the post credit scenes set up so well. I would give this movie a 3 out of 5. I enjoyed it for what it was, but sad that the story wasn’t better.

 

What do you think? Did you like The Justice League? Leave your comments below!

 

 

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November 26

Haunted Colleges: Part 2

Hello Underdogs, and welcome to the second blog post in the series about haunted colleges. This is not a way for you to find a place for you to study! Instead, this is to bring you some information on some of the spookiest places for you to get your degree right next to a student that has been dead for 100 years! I have a few more personal stories to tell you about my own college life before I move on to some more famous stories. In the meantime, enjoy learning about why it was so hard for me to study! Well, one of the reasons anyway!

Like I said in my last post about haunted colleges, I went to school in Iowa, and then Nebraska for my second degree. I lived on campus in Iowa, and had some very spooky things happen to me and my friends during my stay there! First, the campus was out in the middle of nowhere. It was a corn field, and a college campus just right there all of a sudden. Being where it was, the college was surrounded by several cemeteries. Some of them were very well marked, while others were a few old family plots here and there. There was one cemetery in particular that was very close to where I lived. It was so old that there were bodies literally falling out of their graves. The graves that were buried on the hill, were slowly sliding down. It was a sad sight, and it would have been nice to see someone be able to fix this since it was someone’s final resting place.

This cemetery was pretty spooky, but even worse at night. I am a bit ashamed of this, but one night my friends and I decided to go take pictures of the graves, and the bodies that were coming out of the ground. It’s disrespectful, but I was a child and didn’t think how rude this could be. It wasn’t hard to see the body parts, even when you drove by because it was in that big of disrepair. It was dark, but still a bit of light left in the sky. My two friends and I pulled over and took our disposable camera and took a few pictures. For those to young to know what a disposable camera is, it is a camera that you use to take a limited amount of photos on. You then turn it in, and get it developed and you get printed photos. You can’t see the photo that you see after you take it, but only after you get the photos back.

What happened after I took the photos will remain with me for the rest of my days. Almost instantly, we all felt a heaviness. We then took off in the car, all scared and worried. In the very short drive from the location of the cemetery to the school, we almost got ran off the road two times, and was almost involved in a crash. It was also like there was someone or something in the back seat with us that shouldn’t have been. It was a dark, cloudy figure the size of a human being. It was all so much that by the time we got back to campus, we all jumped out of the car and ran! My friend then took the camera and said we had to destroy the film because not only did we disturb what was there, but they were teaching us a lesson. She broke open the camera and exposed the film to the headlights of the car, thus destroying anything we may have caught.

Almost instantly, the heavy feeling lifted, but we were all afraid and quickly ran into the dorm rooms. Before I walked into the building, I apologized out loud for being so insensitive to the resting place of those who didn’t want to be disturbed. We didn’t get off lightly at all. The rest of the night, we heard knocking, voices, scratches, and more. Electronics would go off even if they were unplugged and had no batteries. I was also plagued with terrible dreams and I was too afraid too sleep after that. This only lasted for one night, but it was enough to teach me a lesson. I never took photos of graves or headstones ever again. It’s not the right thing to do unless you have permission. The college was already a hot bed for paranormal activity, so us doing what we did seemed to wake something up, even though I feel we made peace with whatever followed us back to the college before we went inside. It didn’t mean the college forgave us!

No matter what, this was a scary event that taught me a strong lesson. I think the college was waiting for something like this to wake it up and give us a night of terror! It’s still in my nightmares every once in awhile! This is one of the reasons that I am so intrigued by haunted colleges, because it seems as though sometimes, they are alive! Do you have any spooky college stories from your haunted colleges? Leave your comments below.

 

November 23

Thanksgiving

Hello Underdogs,

We are going to take a break for the holiday! It is Thanksgiving in America, so enjoy your day.

 

I am thankful for a roof over my head, no matter how long I may have it.

For the use of my arms, and legs, and my eyes, for my health

Electricity, Water, and Gas

For my friends and family

For my dogs

And for all my readers!

 

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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November 21

Popcorn in a Brown Bag

Hello Underdogs, and I hope you are having a wonderful day! With the holidays , and so many movies coming up, it’s hard not to focus on a favorite snack. I love popcorn, and it’s not only a staple in the movie viewings at home and at the theater, but for a variety of other things. Sometimes, popcorn can be a great dinner when you have a huge lunch, and you still need to eat something. Christmas time is a huge for popcorn time in my family. We usually spend the night eating popcorn and watch movies after all the crazy of the day! I have own machine that I love! Sometimes, I am too tired to set it up, wait for the popcorn machine to heat up, and then have to clean the machine. It really is a pain cleaning the machine! I also don’t always like the overwhelming salty and fake butter taste of microwave popcorn. That’s why I decided for this try it Tuesday to make popcorn from a brown paper bag in the microwave!

 

What you will need:

  1. Brown Paper Bag: You want a brown paper bag the same size you would use to take to lunch.
  2. 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn.
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste. (optional)
  4. 1 teaspoon of oil. (Your choice, but you can use veggie, coconut, or any other kind that you would like.)
  5. Mixing Bowl
  6. Mixing Spoon
  7. Seasoning (optional)

 

In a mixing bowl, add the kernels of popcorn, the salt, oil, and any seasoning that you wish. Stir them together until you are happy with everything being evenly coated. Once the kernels are coated, transfer to the brown paper bag. Gently fold the bag over a few times to close it up, and make sure it will fit into your microwave without it hitting the top. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. This will depend on your microwave, so this might be a trial and error. The trick is to listen to the sound of the popcorn and count how many seconds that are going between the pops. When the popcorn is popping 3 seconds apart, then it’s time to stop the microwave and take it out. Be very careful, and treat this like normal microwave popcorn. It will be hot, and it will release steam when you open the bag. Do not burn yourself!

You might have to try this a few times to get used to what will work for your own settings. It might burn, or it might need to cook a bit longer. Once you find your best time to make the popcorn, you can experiment with some flavors. You can find several at a grocery store that you can use like cheddar, sour cream and onion, and caramel. However, you can use things at home. Here are a few suggestions for you to use.

While you are mixing, add Parmesan cheese! You won’t need to use a whole lot, just enough to lightly coat your popcorn. I also have garlic salt and pepper in my house at all times. You can also lightly coat your popcorn before or after you cook it. If you like spice, add hot sauce! If you like the sweet and salty, use the salt, and a small amount of chocolate, like adding a few M&M’s. You can pretty much make any sort of combo that you wish. Different oils will also equate a different taste. I would suggest that you try out a few different kinds to see what you prefer!

The reason that I really like using this recipe is because it’s no where near as greasy as something you can buy at a theater, microwave, or even making popcorn from a machine. I have used the pre-made packages several times when I make my own at home. While others really like using that, and it is convenient, I don’t like how salty it is. This is a nice, and quick alternative to a healthier popcorn experience!

 

Have you ever tried making your own microwave popcorn using a brown paper bag? What are your favorite recipes if you have used this? Leave your comments below!

 

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November 20

100

Hello Underdogs, and welcome to my 100th post on this new format, and with having a professional hosting system! I recently decided to become a more grown up blogger and try something new. I put a lot of time, effort, research, and money into moving my blog from a free hosted site to getting my own domain! It was a very terrifying step, but I am glad that I took them. I am still in the baby step phases, but I am slowly learning what it takes to be a better blogger, and how I can bring you better and higher quality posts. I went from an impossible 7 day a week schedule, to a more manageable 4 days a week. I have listened to your comments, and seen what you are reading and am confident that I have made the right choices with my theme days, and the topics that I am writing about. I go with the flow, so I am sure I will have changes in the future. For now, I am happy with the direction, And the Underdog Wins is going!

I want to thank you all for being there for me, and staying with me through this whole transition and learning process. Several of you have been with me for the past 5 years, and that means the world. All of the newer members of the Underdog family have been just as wonderful as my senior readers, and I look forward to a long relationship with you! In 100 posts, I have been able to meet and talk with some wonderful people who are fellow bloggers, and people who are fans. It is amazing to get real feedback from people who took time out of their day to not only read, but to comment on a post.  There is no blog without you, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and your support!

I’m always looking towards the future while trying to keep one foot firmly grounded. I can’t wait to see what the next 100 posts will be, and I am trying to make them better as we move forward. I want to be able to continue bringing you high quality conspiracy theories, life style items, try it Tuesdays, and the supernatural. I want to continue to share my experiences with movies I love, things I had to try out, and things that I question. The world is a vast and amazing place and we know so little about it. I think the questioning, dreaming, and research can help find more about the universe, and bring us all a little bit of happiness and understanding.

I once read that sharing your goals are vital and can help you reach your potential. So, I hope that I can get some better equipment such as a computer, and a camera. I would love something with local business and local vendors. I know how important supporting your neighbors are, and I would like to help people find awesome local places! I want to keep my relationship with the affiliate companies and maybe get a few sponsors! I also want to bring you more posts in form of a series, and maybe even make a YouTube channel. It’s all a lot of work, and I am willing to do what I can to continue doing what I love, and continue to bring you the best that I am able!

Again, thank you all for being part of this journey and the first 100 posts on this format. I am excited to see what the future will hold, and I promise to do the best I can to make my goals happen. Keep reading, keep commenting, and keep believing in the win of the Underdogs!

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November 19

Terrifying Childhood Movies

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Hello Underdogs, I know I have been doing a few supernatural series recently, but it got me to thinking about some other kinds of movies. Mainly those terrifying childhood movies that were seemed like they should be harmless on the surface, but they ended up scaring you for life! It might be scary because of something very unnerving that happened, very good make up, or an event that happened out of left field. It may not even be something outwardly spooky, but something that you recognize as psychologically damaging that makes these movies terrifying. Here is a list of terrifying childhood movies that really were messed up once you think about it!


1 The Return to Oz: This movie that came out in 1985 was supposed to be a fantasy squeal to The Wizard of Oz. This movie is dark, cryptic, and down right unsettling. You can pretty much point to any scene in this movie and say it’s terrifying and be correct! The hall of mirrors, the shock therapy, the talking rocks, the rollers, it’s all too much! This couldn’t be more opposite than the happy original movie! If Dorothy was having issues before returning to Oz, I’m very worried about how bad it would be for her after coming home again after this adventure! This movie is horrible and I don’t recommend it for anyone who is under the age of 16. It’s just not a children’s movie at all!

2.Song of the South: In the 1980’s, many of Disney’s classic movies were released again into movie theaters. This means that we could see the greats like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. This also included some movies that Disney may actually want to forget about. In fact, the original movie is now banned and you can’t find a release anywhere now since they had to censor it. I have seen this movie exactly once, and I was around 5 or 6. This is how I was introduced to the concept of racism. I had no idea what it was when I walked into the film, but knew what it was after watching this movie. I was so upset, and knew how wrong this movie was that I cried, and threw up. This is  probably the most damaging childhood movie I have ever seen.

3. Fantasia: While this is classic, this is a very terrifying childhood movie! This is a musical that features beautiful music and animation. However,  before I understood what any mind altering substances were, this movie made me realize that there had to be something out there in the world that made this seem like a good idea. I can’t give you an exact moment that bothered me more than the others, but there was just something about this colorful movement that made me realize everyone involved in this movie had to high.

4.Who Framed Roger Rabbit: This terrifying childhood movie is actually one that I really love! There is something so fun about the world of animation interacting with the human world! We get to see a lot of our favorite cartoon characters make appearances in this movie. However, there is that scene where the sweet little shoe gets melted while we helplessly watch it scream. It seemed like a young shoe, and it was murdered for  pointless and scary. What’s worse is when Judge Doom has his eye popping scene! This movie is just as classic as it is scary!


5.All Dogs go to Heaven: While it is already hard enough to think of your beloved dog passing away, it’s even worse watching them go to Hell. There is scene in this movie where the dog, Charlie ends up going to Hell. It’s so disturbing to see a dog fall into a pit of fire and see him struggle with pain and fear. Dogs are part of the family, and if you are an animal lover, this will hurt you deeply. I only saw this movie once, but the damage was done for a life time! This didn’t help me deal with the deaths of my dogs, it made me fear for their souls and mine too!

 

Those are just a terrifying childhood movies! I know many of you will wonder why I didn’t include “Labyrinth, ” “The Dark Crystal,” or “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It’s easy since I am a huge Jim Henson fan, and “The Dark Crystal” is one of my all time favorite movies, and so is “Labyrinth.” I don’t think there was a time that I was ever afraid of either of these movies because I just loved them so much. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” was just strange. I did’t think it was scary or terrifying at all. I thought it was just there was some very weird moments. None of those movies got to me the way the ones that I listed above has.

It’s your turn, what is a terrifying childhood movie that stayed with you after all these years? Would you watch it again now as an adult?

 

 

November 16

New eBook Alert!

No, my Underdogs, it’s not a conspiracy! There really is a new ebook from me that is ready for you to download via Amazon! I wanted to take a few moments today to promote my newest book. I don’t have any shame, as you can tell from my entire section on this blog called, Shameless Self Promotion. It’s a hard job to promote yourself, especially when you don’t like to leave the house. So, I have to do the best I can with the tools at my disposal. Take a look at my page, where you will see other eBooks of mine on sale! There may be some promotions coming up soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

My new eBook is called, “Bath Bomb For the Holidays:” “Your Guide to DIY Gifts!” This is a book that I have written because I have a lot of experience making and selling bath bombs. I also am not ashamed to say that I am poor. As a full time care giver to two people in my life, I have little time to make money the traditional way. That is why I do things like sell eBooks, and have affiliate programs. I also have an Etsy site where you can purchase my bath bombs that you find demonstrated in my eBook. Follow the link to my site here:Lisa’s Etsy Page

This eBook was a labor of love. I honestly enjoy making my own gifts for the people in my life. I don’t have much family, but I’m blessed with a lot of wonderful friends! I just don’t have the money to buy gifts for all the people that I care about, but I still want to celebrate the holidays with them by giving them something that came from the heart, and from my own hands. I have so much fun making the bath bombs and the other DIY items that I talked about in my book. It’s a lot of determination, but it is also a lot of stress relief. There is something very relaxing about making these items for my loved ones. I wanted to share this option with the world!

So please, take a look at my book link at the end of the blog post here. Purchase my eBook and write a review! You can also borrow it for free through Kindle Library, or take advantage of your subscription to Kindle Unlimited! I will be back next Thursday with my normal Theory Thursdays, but today, it’s all about the shameless self promotion! It’s not a conspiracy that it takes money to live, and this is one of the ways I am supporting myself, while staying true to my art, which is writing! I love all my Underdogs so much! Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart for all of your continued support!

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November 14

World Market Haul

Hello Underdog! As much as I love Cost Plus World Market, it is not a sponsor. Maybe that will change someday so until then, I will let you all know about my most recent trip to this awesome store! World Market is a store that has a variety of furniture, decorations, clothing, bath and body items and of course food, from around the world! I honestly feel that one of the best ways to learn about other cultures is through the food. It can be very hard to get food from other areas of the world, especially if you live very far away! That’s where places like your local markets can come in handy. However, if you grew up in a very small town like I did, I didn’t have access to anything like a Chinatown, or anything with authentic food out side of Pizza Hut. Cost Plus World Market was my first introduction to foods from around the world and I have continued to find it a great place to go, especially after I have been fortunate enough to travel. Take a look at my World Market haul!

 

First, the most important thing needs to be addressed! World Market carries Clearly Canadian! I repeat, World Market carries Clearly Canadian! This is something huge for any of us who grew up the in nineties! It is flavored sparkling water that has a variety of flavors such as peach, grape, and cherry. They run about $2.99 per bottle, which honestly isn’t that bad since I recall this drink being more of the expensive treats to get at the convenience store when I was a kid. I can’t begin to explain how happy that I am that Clearly Canadian is back and in stores. It tastes just as good as I remember. I drank 3 or 4 to really make sure for you guys! This still also has the added benefit of what I remember as a child, which is to help calm an upset tummy. It still helps you if you have a bit of acid problems like I do. I’m so excited about this, I may have to go back for another 3 or 4!

 

 

I also got a bunch of the mini cheese balls at World Market. I know they are for Halloween, but they were on sale so I stocked up! These will take a very long time to go bad so I have no issue buying several boxes. Each box has 35 individually wrapped snacks size bags filled with cheese balls. An interesting side note, these are great for people who are going through chemo. That is the reason that I bought so many. They are mild enough for the person to eat, and still get a mild and tasty flavor. My cousin, who is currently battling cancer, will eat these so I buy as many as I can until they go away. They are only around for Halloween. These are made with real cheese as well so don’t feel too bad about yourself if you eat a few bags!

 

 

 

The next item I got was some Japanese candy called Super Lemon! This is the funniest packaging I have ever seen since it is made to look like old fashioned comics. That is honestly why I bought them. That, and I love lemon so I was willing to give these a try. I wasn’t prepared for how sour these were! The first taste is just like biting into a real lemon but worse. I would equate this to a war head! After a few very long moments, it starts to calm down and eventually will taste like a regular lemon head. And then it will punch you in the gut again! I actually like these a lot, despite the powerful amount of sour that is involved in this candy. It is a lot of fun, and it’s even more fun to share with your friends and challenge them to a taste test!

I’m not 100% sure where the next item I got came from, but I think it might be French. The candy bar called Coffee Crisp has French  writing all over it so I can assume French or Canadian. It does say on the packages that it makes a nice light snack, and comes from natural ingredients. The smell is  heavy, like dark chocolate, and espresso beans. With this strong of a smell, I was surprised how light and sweet that this tasted. The flavor of the coffee is just a hint. As you eat, it starts to taste more like a flavored coffee drink. This is a layered candy with the outer chocolate, a crispy cookie, followed by a layer of chocolate flavor and coffee, and then another crispy cookie. I like this a lot, but a little goes a long way.

The last item that I got is called Every Burger. This is another treat from Japan and it’s written all in Japanese so I’m still not sure what it says yet. I am a big fan of the candy kits, and this looks like it could be one. It might just be a box full of tiny gummy shaped in the form of a hamburger. I’m actually going to save this for another Try it Tuesday. I have a few candy making kits so I want to try all of them at one time. This was just one thing that I had to get from World Market while I was there because this looked like so much fun! Stay tuned for the a future Try it Tuesday with the candy making kits from Japan!

 

That’s my haul from World Market. I hope that you enjoyed it. I love finding gems like these from other countries because you can learn so much about the world through food. I love too learn,and I love eat, so this works out pretty well! What are your thoughts about these items? Would you try any of them out? Leave your comments below!