The confused, uncomprehending face of utter incompetence.
It’s been well-established that Barack Obama may well be the most simple- minded man to ever occupy the position of President of the United States.
Obama views the 21st Century strictly in terms of the issues and concepts of the 1960’s so in his five decades out of date worldview he feels that as long as he disses America’s allies and crawls for America’s enemies he MUST be doing the right thing.
Any negotiator knows that you never let the party on the other side of the negotiations know how desperate you are for a deal. Little Barry, however, in just one of many foreign policy blunders has repeatedly made public statements about how getting a deal – ANY deal – with Iran will be “the major accomplishment” of his last years in office.
While the countless people still suffering without jobs or the countless people who lost their healthcare because of the Obamacare debacle might have hoped Obama would address THEIR very real problems Little Barry callously dismisses them. Hey, they’re just Americans. Why worry about his own constituents when he can look really DEEP, dude, by negotiating a half-assed, unenforceable deal with one of the nuttiest regimes in the eternal problem child called the Muslim World?
The Iranians are really putting the screws to Kerry and Barry, humiliating them over and over again as they get more and more concessions just because they know they CAN. Obama will probably be inviting the Iranians to “think of John Kerry as your own personal Ned Beatty” if he has to in order to claim he got a deal. Anything to justify the Nobel Peace Prize that Obama was given after less than a year in office based on NOTHING but the empty talk that has always flowed from Barry’s lips. Continue reading
Once again Balladeer’s Blog examines a neglected epic myth from around the world. Previously I have dealt with epics from the Navajo, Vietnamese, Iroquois, Aztec, Hawaiian, Chinese and other belief systems.
The mythic tale of Aiwel Longar comes from the Dinka pantheon. Nhialic is the supreme deity to the Dinka and the first man and woman he created were Garang and Abuk. The Dinka people live in the Upper Nile in Sudan, as they have for centuries.
I often cover the way in which cultures which come into contact borrow mythic material from each other to embellish their own respective belief systems. The story of Aiwel Longar clearly influenced (and vice versa) Egyptian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim myths. It also bears striking similarities to the Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl.
PART ONE – Born as simply Aiwel, this figure was a gift from the god of the Nile River to Aiwel’s widowed and childless mother. The infant already had a full set of teeth when his mother picked him up out of the Nile River, where the river god had set him adrift.
Like many mythic figures Aiwel could Continue reading
The International Polo Club in Palm Beach (Wellington, FL) was the site as professional polo’s U.S. Open for 2015 got underway. Eight teams compete for the championship. FOR BALLADEER’S BLOG’S QUICK PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE: http://glitternight.com/2015/03/23/polo-is-joining-balladeers-blogs-sports-coverage/
GAME ONE – COCA COLA vs LAS MONJITAS. For those readers who say they can’t get into sports where the teams have corporate names Balladeer’s Blog will also coin unofficial nicknames for them. Think of Coca Cola as the Red Colossus for obvious reasons and for the Las Monjitas restaurant chain, consider them the Little Nuns (the literal translation of Las Monjitas). Defense was the story in the 1st Chukker, which ended in a 1-1 tie, but Las Monjitas had taken a 4-3 lead as the 2nd Chukker came to a close. When Chukker number 3 was in the books the Red Colossus had come back to knot the score up at 5-5 to head into Halftime. Continue reading
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
It’s no secret that Islam is the most homophobic, misogynistic and otherwise intolerant religion in the world at this particular point in history. It’s also the religion the most antagonistic toward human freedom.
Spring keeps trying to arrive but this bitter winter refuses to give up just yet. Our nationwide longing to be liberated from the tyrannical grip of winter made this a good time to examine some of the ancient myths about winter and the coming of spring. The celebration of those myths at this time of year plus the fact that many of those myths centered around dead and resurrected deities necessitated Christianity’s attempt to superimpose its OWN dead and resurrected deity over top of those older stories. Hence the celebration of Easter in springtime. (And it’s not just Christianity that behaved that way – other religions also would superimpose their own celebrations over top of those held in honor of the previously dominant gods in their region. I’ll cover the behavior of those other belief systems – especially Islam and the Incan faith – another time.)
Not all seasonal myths conformed to the following pattern. I’m limiting this list to the ones that did.
Pantheon: Greek (The Romans called her Proserpine)
The Tale: Persephone was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Demeter (Ceres to the Romans). Persephone caught the eye of Hades, the god who ruled over the realm of the dead. Overcome with lust Hades (Pluto to the Romans) emerged from his subterranean domain and stole Persephone away to his realm to become his Queen.
The Savior: Demeter went searching for her daughter throughout the world, often assuming the form of a mortal woman. Her search wore on and on with no results, causing Demeter to fall more and more deeply into despair. Because she was the goddess of nature that despair manifested itself in colder weather, in the leaves falling off the trees, other vegetation dying and some animals hibernating or migrating to flee the cold. Continue reading
* NCAA DIVISION TWO *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Balladeer’s Blog’s college basketball coverage for the 2014-2015 season officially comes to a close with this final title game in the divisions covered here. The sole remaining 1 seed – the FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE MOCCASINS – played the 3rd seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS. The Crimson Hawks had upset three other 1 seeds along the way (D2 has eight 1 seeds in its tournament) but the Moccasins proved to be too much for them. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror.
THE LASH OF LIGHTNING ACROSS MY BROW
We now move on to the 2nd Canto of The Songs of Maldoror. For the benefit of newcomers I’ll point out that prose translations of this work are plentiful for those who don’t like poetry. I’m continuing my practice of assigning unofficial titles to each part simply to make cross-referencing easier since otherwise we have just the numbers to go by.
The first part of the 2nd Canto (or Maldoror 2:1) is simply an address to the reader from the author Isidore Ducasse, the self-designated Count de Lautreamont. I’ll pick up with the second part of the 2nd Canto, or Maldoror 2:2.
The supernatural being Maldoror opens this part by recounting how God tried to prevent him from continuing with his bizarre, blasphemous writings. At first the deity attempted to paralyze our vile protagonist’s hands whenever he would try to put pen to paper. Maldoror overcame those efforts so God tries a more direct approach and unleashes a thunderstorm on our main character’s home. Continue reading