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I am an Ordained Minister, a Shaman, a Reiki Master Teacher, an Aromatherapist, a Massage Therapist, an Herbalist in training, & a Crystal Healer in training! I am also a Writer! I am one of the Neo- Celí Dé (a form of Celtic christian mysticism based on original early Christianity, & certain Celtic philosophies, perspectives, & certain Druidic elements). I am also a proud member of Clan MacKay. NO PARTIES, JUST PATRIOTISM!

These are a few of my favorite things!;

  • The Harry Potter series! both the movies and the books by J.K. Rowling!
  • Twilight book saga, and movie series by Stephanie Meyer's!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The 4th of July Guest post with Jay Mims!!! Welcome Jay!

The O'Raven Chronicles is Honored and Amused to Host this Guest Post for and by Jay Mims!

DISCLAIMER: The Views within this guest post do not necessarily reflect those of The O'Raven Chronicles! lol 


Hello Gentle O’Raven readers,
I’m doing a special Christmas in July tour, and what better day to kick it off then our nation’s birthday? With that in mind, here’s “Mimsey’s Top 11 American Icons”. Why 11? Because I’m a giver. 

CAPTION: And a sexy beast.

11) Weird Al
CAPTION: A perfect addition to any weekend getaway

Al Yankovic is an amazing musician, songwriter and satirist. He also has one of the funniest Twitter feeds ever. Also, if you have never seen UHF then seriously stop what you’re doing and watch it. Right now. I’ll wait.


CAPTION: While you’re at it, consider that Al is aging backward. He may in fact be a Time Lord. Yes, Weird Al is actually Doctor Who.

And if Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Elvis Presley have taught us anything, it’s that taking someone else’s original work and putting your own spin is THE AMERICAN WAY!
CAPTION: It’s a tough burden being this good.

10) Wonder Woman

CAPTION: Fighting crime with fashion accessories!

Wonder Woman, the DC Comics superheroine, may be an Amazon from the island of Themyscira, but that red, white and blue corset is as American as apple pie.


CAPTION: I like to believe that whever she goes, whatever she does, Lynda Carter is wearing this outfit at all times.

With super strength, the ability to fly, super speed, a magic lasso, bullet proof bracelets, a throwable tiara and an invisible jet, Wonder Woman has it all covered. She also has one of the most memorable themes EVER. Seriously, that thing will be stuck in your head ALL DAY! 


CAPTION: Yes, invisible jet. She can fly but has an invisible jet. Why? Because she’s Wonder Woman! Deal with it!

9) Rocky Balboa

CAPTION: The Italian Stallion ladies and gentlemen!

Rocky Balboa, the lovable loser played by Sylvester Stallone scratches his way to success through perseverance, hard work, and the ability to be beaten repeatedly in the head. If that’s not the American Way, I don’t know what is.


CAPTION: And in Rocky IV he defeats He-Man and brings down Communism. Through friendship!

What’s really great is that in the original Rocky, Balboa doesn’t even win. It’s Rocky II where the dude actually wins. And in true American tradition, ends up being best friends with Apollo Creed! No seriously, this epic boxing film is really about friendship!

CAPTION: And subtle homoeroticism.

8) Jeannie/Samantha


CAPTION: Girl power!

In the 1960s, America had not one but two TV shows about near-omnipotent women who decide that what they really want is a man in their lives. Kind of. Bewitched was about a beautiful woman who marries a man, tells him she’s a witch, and then her mother-in-law make his life a living hell. With Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur!


CAPTION: “It’s so hard to get ahead in life!”

I Dream of Jeannie is about an Air Force astronaut who finds a beautiful genie and hijinks ensue!

CAPTION: This show is 100 times better if you imagine this series as a prequel to Dallas.

Both shows were incredibly progressive in terms of gender politics, where the male characters were mostly comedic foils, the women really wore the pants in the family, and the marriage was an equal partnership. A very 1960s skewed partnership, but you take progress where you can get it.


CAPTION: Also, this is what Barbara Eden looks like at 78.

7) Batman


CAPTION: I am vengeance! I am the night! I EXFOLIATE!

This is where I tell you who Batman is. You are on the internet. Don’t play that game.


CAPTION: Batman fights a shark using a lightsaber. Your argument is invalid.

This is a man whose super-powers are his indomitable will, his commitment to justice, and money. Like Scrooge McDuck levels of money.  And if a man who uses a can-do attitude, overwhelming force, and all the technology the military industrial complex’s money can buy isn’t an American icon, then I don’t know what is!


6) The Fonz



The breakout star of the TV series Happy Days, Fonzie played by Henry Winkler defined cool. He could start the jukebox with a fist thump, was best friends with a ginger, and could jump a shark in a single bound.


CAPTION: Leather jackets always make the best swimwear.

Here was a short Jewish guy who stood up for those who couldn’t defend themselves, always kept his cool, and NEVER took gruff from bullies.


5) Spider-Man


CAPTION: Spider-Man wants candy!

Living by the code that with great power, comes great responsibility the Marvel character Spider-Man is as American as homemade apple pie. He lives in New York, he takes care of his elderly aunt, and he makes money by selling photos of himself. Self-promotion, the American way!


CAPTION: He makes it look good!

If I’m being honest, Spidey was and is my favorite hero. He was the first comic I ever read, was my favorite cartoon character, and I love all the movies. Even Spider-Man 3! He’s everything you could want from a hero, and is a true American icon.


CAPTION: In all seriousness, this is one of the best comics ever written.

4) Bruce Springsteen


CAPTION: Go ahead, start singing Born in the U.S.A. we’ll wait.

The Boss is a true American icon. A Jersey boy who made good, Bruce is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the epitome of the working man, and has probably contributed more to the American musical landscape then Francis Scott Key.


CAPTION: A man and his guitar, a love story.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Springsteen, and if you’ve ever listened to Top 40 Radio between November and January, you’ve heard that song. The highlight for me is The Boss’ interaction with Clarence, the saxophonist for the E-Street band. Clarence Clemons passed away June 12, 2011.


CAPTION: Play on Clarence, play on!

3) Superman


CAPTION: He’s here to rescue you!

Standing for truth, justice, and the American way, the man of steel was sent to Earth from his dying planet Krypton, found by loving parents in Kansas, and raised to be a beacon of hope.


CAPTION: He’s also a cat person.

An immigrant from another planet, Supes does everything in his power to make sure no one gets hurt on his watch. He’s the big blue Boy Scout, represents the best people can be, and is a true American icon.


2) Michael Bay



The director of such art house films as The Rock, Armageddon, and the Transformers trilogy, love him or hate him, the guy’s movies make money. And giant explosions. And Megan Fox running in slow motion.


CAPTION: Michael Bay doesn’t find explosions. Explosions find Michael Bay.

His films fart bald eagles and crap apple pie. Michael Bay bleeds red, white and blue. He’s done more to promote the military then Top Gun and Stripes combined. What’s more, the guy makes the kinds of movies he wants to make. He’s a true American hero.


CAPTION: He even makes Martin Lawrence look intimidating!

So, what’s #1? What is Mimsey’s all-time favorite American icon?


CAPTION: Who else?

1) Captain America
The original Avenger himself, Captain America is an American story. A weakling who volunteers for an experimental drug, Cap gets a mega-boost of awesome and proceeds to punch out Hitler.


CAPTION: The first issue came out in March, 1941. Just laying it out there.

Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, published by what would become Marvel Comics, Captain America fights evil with a giant shield, red, white and blue color scheme, and a lot of punches. In fact, there’s not many problems that can’t be solved by Cap hitting it as hard as he can. Why? Because he’s American! USA! USA! USA!

And so as we wrap this up, let me leave you with this wonderful theme tune of the beloved Captain America!


Jay Mims has seen every Muppet movie, even the terrible “Wizard of Oz” one. He lives with a passive-aggressive Dalek named Steve, a quasipet cat named Eartha Kitty, a lizard named Bob, and may have adopted a second cat Meowthezar. He writes books and is far funnier on Facebook then in real life. He is terrible at Twitter. His next book "The Gray Ghost Inn" is due out October 15, 2013. Feel free to email him here.

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