COLLEGE BASKETBALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

* MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE *

Mount Mercy University MustangsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded MOUNT MERCY UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS did battle with the 3rd seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN for the MCC title yesterday. The Mustangs prevented the Statesmen from winning their 3rd conference tournament crown in a row, defeating them handily by a final score of 93-76. James Boonstoppel and Kyle Lamaak each had 20 points for Mount Mercy University.   * THE MUSTANGS MOVE ON TO THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT! *   Continue reading

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MERINA MYTHS: THE DEMIGOD RARAKY

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RARAKY – The Merina demigod of tobacco. Raraky (sometimes called Paraky) was the only son of the blessed Merina man Andriamitandrina and his wife. Raraky grew ill and neither medicine nor prayers to the gods could save him. After he died his family debated what to do with the corpse. Some counciled eating him like food in order to feel that he was still with them. Others advocated hanging the body in their home in order to feel that he was still with them. Continue reading

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EARLY COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPS CROWNED

* CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE *

calmaritimekeelhaulersSEMIFINALS – The top seeded CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS defeated the 4 seeds – the LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES – by a score of 80-60. Zach Davis led the Keelhaulers with 17 points while teammate Kameron Hoyt notched a Double Double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.     ###      And in the other Semifinal the SIMPSON UNIVERSITY RED HAWKS – the 2 seeds – routed the 3rd seeded PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE PIONEERS to the tune of 95-78. Shaquille Jones had 27 points for the Red Hawks.     

* APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *  

Union tn Bulldogs logoCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament for this year was virtually “all chalk, all the time”. Even the title game was a 1 seed versus 2 seed affair. The (1) UNION COLLEGE (KY) BULLDOGS kept things chalky by defeating the (2) MILLIGAN COLLEGE BUFFALOES. A 39-31 Union lead at the Half ultimately became an 84-63 victory when the buzzer sounded. Dominique Hagans led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 8 rebounds. * UNION COLLEGE GETS THE AAC’s AUTOMATIC BID TO THE NAIA TOURNAMENT. MILLIGAN GETS THE RUNNER-UP BID. * Continue reading

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: WORLD RESPONSE TO THE ISLAMIC STATE “SHAMEFUL AND INEFFECTIVE”

Islam clingingAmnesty International has labeled the world’s response to the Islamic State “shameful and ineffective.” I’ve always been blunt about my opinion regarding the need to openly oppose Islam’s reactionary forces but this hypocrisy from Amnesty International is hilarious.

If the world had been capable of a mature, long-term view when the U.S. and other nations were STILL IN IRAQ in large enough numbers then they would not have been pressuring us to leave prematurely, which is what enabled the rise of ISIS and will enable the rise of ANOTHER such force if “the international community” once again does its usual half-assed job of dealing with a situation like this. Premature withdrawals do more damage than not going in in the first place, as we’ve seen with Obama’s insane haste to flee Iraq.

Obama  work here is doneLet’s be honest here – no matter how many nations are involved in the anti-Islamic State effort it will be treated like an “imperialist U.S. invasion” the minute the world – with its short attention span – wearies of the conflict. The presence of all the other nations with us will once again be smugly dismissed as “a coalition of the bought, the bribed and the bullied” like in the most recent incursion into Iraq. No matter HOW determined the international community was to send troops in we’ll be told it was a war based on lies from that eeeevillll America.

What Amnesty International is REALLY saying is: “Hey, Western Democracies – DO SOMETHING, you callous bastards!” But we all know that right after we do “Do something” the cries in the Middle East will change to “Get out of our countries you racist imperialists! You just want to exploit us and steal our oil! Withdraw IMMEDIATELY so we can throw away the accomplishments and sacrifices of your dead soldiers by allowing another group just like ISIS to take over.”  

ARE THE PEOPLE AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND ELSEWHERE CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT: Continue reading

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MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

* CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

Cardinal Stritch Wolves logoFIRST SEMIFINAL – The 3rd seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES tangled with the 2 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS FIGHTING SAINTS – in this Semifinal game. After a blow-for-blow opening Half the Wolves held a 36-33 advantage at the break. Early in the 2nd Half a 16-4 run by Cardinal Stritch set the pattern for the rest of the game with the Fighting Saints playing catch-up. In the end the Wolves won by a final score of 83-68. Tony Smit recorded a Double Double for the victors, with 26 points and 10 rebounds.   Continue reading

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MALDOROR: A NEGLECTED MASTERPIECE OF SURREAL HORROR

"Maldoror and His Smile" by Lord Orlando

“Maldoror and His Smile” by Lord Orlando

Balladeer’s Blog begins a comprehensive examination of The Songs of Maldoror, often referred to as just Maldoror. The original 1868 French language work by the self-designated Count de Lautreamont (real name Isidore Ducasse) was in verse form, which is great for poetry geeks like me but if you prefer prose there are plenty of prose translations available. 

This work of surreal horror was so far ahead of its time that the author himself, in one of the few existing copies of his correspondence, expressed fears that he might be jailed or thrown into an insane asylum and requested that the publisher literally “stop the presses.” Just over 80 copies of the book were completed in that initial run and for a few decades The Songs of Maldoror languished in obscurity.  

By the 1890’s those few copies of Maldoror had been circulating among the more adventurous literati of the time period and the work began to be hailed as a forgotten masterpiece by Maeterlink, Bloy, Huysmans and de Gourmont. This new acclaim ultimately resulted in a new run of copies – this time in the thousands instead of dozens like the first run. This also accounts for why some reviewers mistakenly refer to The Songs of Maldoror as an 1890’s work, despite its original publication date of 1868. Continue reading

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BASKETBALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS CONTINUE

* CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE *

college of idaho coyoteGAME ONE – The top seeded COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES clashed with the number 8 seeds – the OREGON TECH HUSTLING OWLS. Call it overconfidence or whatever you like, but the Coyotes got off to a slow start against the Hustling Owls. They pulled it together to take a 5-point lead by the break but Oregon Tech would come out even stronger in the 2nd Half. They soon tied up the game and then the two teams traded the lead back and forth before the College of Idaho finally pulled away for a 71-64 win in this wakeup call. Demetrius Perkins recorded a Double-Double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Yotes. Continue reading

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