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democrats at twitterHello again from Joe Biden’s corporate fascist kleptocracy! It’s been several days of intensified gangster warfare between the white-collar criminals of the Democrats and Republicans. Neither gang of bought and paid-for whores is worth rooting for, but a few individuals are. De facto Third Party President Donald Trump and Elon Musk are among them.

democrat criminal enterpriseBecause the people who run the Republican Party are clueless, outdated and utterly useless, it has taken the fluke of just happening to have two maverick billionaires around to find people capable of defying the cesspool of corruption that masquerades as America’s political system.

biden getting his ten percentGarbage families like the Bidens, Pelosis and Clintons (Democrats) and the Bushes, Cheneys and Romneys (Republicans) have been running the country like a Mafia bust-out operation and looting the public treasury.

The latest lie being spread about Donald Trump, America’s Lech Walesa, Nelson Mandela and modern-day Eugene Debs & Charles Stewart Parnell all wrapped up in one, is that he supposedly called for the suspension of the Constitution. He said no such thing, of course, but the media outlets of our country’s two criminal political parties NEED a distraction from all of the new evidence of Joe Biden’s illegitimacy and other scandals, many of which incriminate both parties gangs.

democrat media outletsTHE NEVER-ENDING SWAMP OF DEMOCRAT COLLUSION WITH BIG TECH.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE BIDEN REGIME’S CORRUPT PERSECUTION OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER. Biden is unfit and illegit.

A FURTHER LOOK AT COLLUSION BETWEEN THE CORRUPT FBI AND BIG TECH.

BLOATED AND USELESS REPUBLICAN RICH PIGS CALLED OUT.

JOE BIDEN – WHO STILL HAS MORE “KIDS IN CAGES” THAN EITHER TRUMP OR OBAMA HAD, STILL CALLOUSLY REFUSES TO VISIT THE BORDER. But we all know that the people who pretended to care about those kids in cages were just using them as political props. 

biden crushing unionsThis item is a reminder that Joe Biden’s war on the working class and the poor continued with his crushing of the rail workers.

Democrats have not been the party of FDR and JFK for a very long time now. Stop pretending they still are.

This next political cartoon is a reminder about the Democrats and how mired they are in the FTX scandal. If America had a competent opposition party there might be some consequences.

However, the Republican power players are too busy trashing Donald Trump, and presumably some are already preparing their excuses for dumping Ron DeSantis when he gets sufficiently muddied up by the media (remember, a few years back Democrats and their media outlets were able to – virtually overnight – convince most of the nation that Brett Kavanaugh was a serial sexual predator who even ran a rape gang in college).

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1982) – AUSTRALIAN CARTOON

Christmas Carol-A-Thon 2022 continues with Balladeer’s Blog’s look at this neglected 1982 Australian cartoon version.

A Christmas Carol 1982A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1982) – Burbank Films of Australia produced this mediocre at best animated version of the Dickens classic. Previously I reviewed the 1969 Australian cartoon version and if you were to go strictly by this 1982 rendition of A Christmas Carol you would think that Australian animation technology had not progressed one bit since 1969.

Background figures often don’t move at all and the ones that do just repeat the same gestures and gesticulations ad nauseum like in early video games. There’s also a delayed reaction element to every dialogue exchange early on. The Australian accents add a bit of novelty but that was also true of the 1969 version.

Moving on to the story, Nephew Fred’s visit to his Uncle Ebenezer and Bob Cratchit largely sticks to dialogue directly taken from the novel but pointlessly throws in meaningless asides here and there. The delayed reactions in the early exchanges of dialogue really stick out here. It’s like you’re watching live actors who take a while to remember their next line.

The dialogue flows much better between Scrooge and the two Charity Collectors. Bob Cratchit’s farewell to his boss is trimmed to the bone, robbing it of any impact, but this IS one of those versions which shows Bob joining children in sliding along the sidewalk ice like an overgrown kid so that’s nice.   Continue reading

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BEST OF JANUARY 2022

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective kicks off with this look at January’s best:

death machines 1976 movieDEATH MACHINES (1976) – Martial Arts meets science fiction meets spy antics in this odd, feverish cult film starring a young Ron Marchini. You can read my review of the movie HERE.

FIREPOWER (1979) – Sophia Loren, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Jake LaMotta, O.J. Simpson and others star in this espionage/ caper film that I reviewed HERE.

UGLY MOVES TOWARD A ONE-PARTY NATION – Read it HERE.

hunterwaliHUNTERWALI – India’s films about their Zorroesque masked heroine who uses her sword and whip against a tyrannical Vazier and his men. There were Indian-made movies about the character in 1935, 1959, 1972, 1977, 1988 and 2017.

        There was also a movie about the Daughter of Hunterwali (again with Fearless Nadia in the title role) in 1943. Read about all of them HERE.

AUSTRALIAN NEWS ON JOE BIDEN’S UNFITNESS FOR OFFICE – Watch it HERE.   

brum pictureBRUM (1991-2002): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION – A neglected children’s series from the U.K. I reviewed the adventures of the living toy car HERE

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON: 1970s CLASSICS – My reviews and cultural examinations of memorable Cap and Falc stories pitting them against the Red Skull, the Secret Empire, Nightshade, Solarr, the 2nd Baron Zemo and others.

See the Falcon get his wings from the Black Panther, see the long-lost Peggy Carter return, see Captain America get his Spider-Man level strength (that lasted from 1973-1978) and so much more HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

jirel of joiry picJIREL OF JOIRY – Female author C.L. Moore’s short stories about her 1930s sword-wielding warrior woman Jirel of Castle Joiry.

Jirel really was what a lot of people mistakenly think Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya (not Sonja) was. My review of Jirel’s six stories can be read HERE

A BOTTOMLESS MORASS OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION – Multiple accounts of such covered HERE. Continue reading

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BOMBSHELL TWITTER REVELATIONS EXPOSE EVEN MORE EVIDENCE THAT THE 2020 ELECTION WAS HOPELESSLY TAINTED AND CORRUPT

Biden and Bush asterisks

“I didn’t really win mine, either.”

Here at Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog I’ve never shied away from expressing my opinion that Republican George W. Bush did not really win the year 2000 election and Democrat Joe Biden did not really win the 2020 election. I also state that Republican Rutherford B. Hayes did not really win the 1876 election.

Uninformed and historically illiterate partisan fanatics tend to be okay with my remarks about Bush not really winning, but fall to pieces when I point out that Joe Biden did not really win in 2020.

trump on votingTo all my previous blog posts about the overwhelming evidence that Biden was “selected, not elected” we can now add the recent FLOOD of Elon Musk’s revelations about how his predecessors at Twitter also participated in the Democrat/ Corporate Fascist cheating and worse in 2020. They wanted career criminal Joe Biden installed and did not care what they had to do to bring it about. They even made “By any means necessary” their public slogan.

Time Magazine even bragged about the fixing of the 2020 election, under the illusion that everyone approved of the abuse, fraud and theft. (Note how their article bare-facedly refers to the cheating as “saving” the 2020 election.)

AND REMEMBER, THE BELOW REVELATIONS ARE IN ADDITION TO ALL THE “CHEAT BY MAIL” AND OTHER MISDEEDS ALREADY EXPOSED ABOUT THE 2020 ELECTION. THE “BIG LIE” IS THAT BIDEN WON A FAIR ELECTION.

*** NEW – EXCELLENT BREAKDOWN ON HOW THE BIDEN SCANDALS EXPOSED BY HUNTER BIDEN’S LAPTOP REPRESENTED A FATAL BLOW TO JOE BIDEN’S 2020 CAMPAIGN. For Biden to be installed, the Democrats and their Corporate Fascist allies HAD to cover up the story.

BIDEN CAMPAIGN AND DEMOCRAT PARTY COLLUDED WITH TWITTER TO SWING THE 2020 ELECTION.

democrat media attacking elonELON MUSK HEROICALLY EXPOSES EVEN MORE CORRUPTION SURROUNDING THE 2020 ELECTION. No wonder Democrats are trying so hard to destroy him.

LATEST REVELATIONS: “EVERYONE KNEW”.

FURTHER OUTLINES REGARDING TWITTER’S CONTRIBUTION TO TAINTING THE 2020 ELECTION “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.” 

THE AVALANCHE OF BOMBSHELLS CONTINUES.

EVEN MORE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY REVELATIONS.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FBI AND CORPORATE FASCISTS TIPPING THE ELECTION AND CENSORING NEWS ABOUT IT. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF AND BOWL RESULTS: DECEMBER 3rd

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Keiser SeahawksFIRST SEMIFINAL – The KEISER UNIVERSITY SEA HAWKS visited the GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS (should be the Zebras) in this game. The 1st Quarter ended with the Sea Hawks up 7-0 before expanding that to a 21-7 advantage by Halftime. After the break, Keiser University outscored Grand View 17-14 for a 38-21 Upset and a trip to the title game on December 17th. 

northwestern ia redSECOND SEMIFINAL – Up next the NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS took the field against the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS. A 17-0 Red Raiders lead in the opening Quarter remained unchanged at the Half. The 3rd Quarter ended with Northwestern College on top 31-0 and the 4th in a 38-7 Red Raiders win. It will be Red Raiders and Sea Hawks in the Championship Game.

NCAA DIVISION TWO

Colorado Mines Orediggers NEWFIRST QUARTERFINAL – The COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES OREDIGGERS faced their hosts the ANGELO STATE RAMS. The Orediggers led 14-7 in the 1st Quarter and 21-10 at the break. From there Colorado School of Mines managed a bit more separation from the Rams for a 42-24 Upset victory. Continue reading

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SUPERHEROES OF CENTAUR COMICS

This weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero blog post examines the Golden Age superhero pantheon of the company called Centaur Comics.

Air ManAIR MAN

Secret Identity: Drake Stevens

Origin: Drake Stevens’ father, Ornithology Professor Claude Stevens, was murdered and when the police were getting nowhere Drake donned a costume equipped with various technical gimmicks and set out to bring the killers to justice.

As always happens in comic books Drake decided to continue fighting crime under his new nom de guerre Air Man.

First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #23 (August 1940). His final Golden Age appearance came in 1941.

Powers: Air Man’s costume boasted feathers filled with an experimental anti-gravity gas as well as a jet-pack. In addition to that he sported guns plus a Chemical Belt loaded with egg-shaped explosives. On top of that Air Man was highly skilled at unarmed combat and had Olympic-level gymnastic abilities. 

Comment: Air Man was one of those Golden Age superheroes who didn’t hesitate to kill off his adversaries when the situation called for it.  

Blue LadyBLUE LADY

Secret Identity: Lucille Martin, novelist

Origin: Returning from a trip to China on board a luxury liner, Lucille Martin was given a priceless statue by a Chinese woman named Lotus. She was told to guard the statue from some men who were pursuing Lotus and by way of payment the Chinese woman also gave her a blue ring.

When the men pursuing Lotus killed her, Ms Martin accidentally discovered that the ring gave her super-powers. She donned a costume, called herself the Blue Lady and brought Lotus’ murderers to justice as the start of a crime-fighting career.  

First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (October, 1941). Her final Golden Age appearance came in 1942.

Powers: Accidentally breaking the blue-bird shaped gem on the Oriental ring released a gas which bestowed upon the Blue Lady the strength of ten men, invulnerability and the ability to teleport via blue mists. She could also generate those blue mists to hide in and to disorient her opponents. In turn, other gasses were the Blue Lady’s weakness.  Continue reading

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BLACKADDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1988)

blackadder's christmas carolBLACKADDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – Balladeer’s Blog’s 13th Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon continues! Long-time readers know what a big fan I am of Rowan Atkinson’s work – especially his Blackadder programs. Hell, I’m even an enormous fan of his more serious work in Full Throttle. And I never tire of telling anyone who will listen that I think he’d make a perfect Dikaiopolis in Aristophanes’ comedy The Acharnians

As to why it took me so long to finally get around to reviewing Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, it’s the same reason that applied to the George C Scott version: I wanted to handle some of the more obscure Carols before hitting the well-known ones.

This Christmas Special is set in Victorian England with Atkinson starring as Ebenezer Blackadder, owner of a moustache shop. Tony Robinson is on hand as yet another member of the Baldrick family line.

In typically perverse Blackadder fashion the storyline reverses the usual sequence of events. Ebenezer starts out as a kind-hearted and generous soul but soon the Christmas Spirit (Robbie Coltrane) shows him visions of Blackadders Past, Present and Yet-to-Come.     Continue reading

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TRANSGRESS WITH ME: DECEMBER 1st

Hello from Joe Biden’s corporate fascist kleptocracy! We need Third Parties!

orwell on the party and truthTime for another round of Balladeer’s Blog’s recurring feature Transgress with Me. As I’ve often mentioned in the past, I used to be a Democrat before their increasing intolerance and fascism drove me to leave the party and become an Independent Voter.

*** DEMOCRATS ARE NEITHER LIBERAL NOR PROGRESSIVE.

*** DEMOCRATS NOW FEEL THAT A PERSON’S VIRTUE IS REFLECTED BY THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE PARTY AND TO CORPORATIONS THAT DONATE MONEY TO THE PARTY. 

*** DEMOCRAT “TEACHERS” (LMAO) HAVE REPLACED CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN THE PUBLIC’S MIND WHEN IT COMES TO GROOMING AND MOLESTING CHILDREN.

*** REPUBLICANS ARE STILL DELUDED THAT THERE IS A WAY THEIR CANDIDATES CAN BEHAVE THAT WILL GET THEM POSITIVE COVERAGE FROM THE OPPOSITION PARTY’S MEDIA OUTLETS. They still don’t understand that they should have been keeping up with Democrats in the Media Arms Race.

democrats hate free speech*** YOU WON’T EVER FIND THE DEMOCRATS TYING THEMSELVES IN KNOTS WORRYING ABOUT FINDING CANDIDATES THAT WILL GET PRAISED BY FOX NEWS, ONE AMERICA NEWS, NEWSMAX, BREITBART ETC. The Democrats’ greatest advantage is that their only viable rivals are the clueless, outdated and utterly useless Republican Party.

*** The pretentiousness, pomposity and non-stop snobbery of Democrats does far more than Fox News could EVER do to turn people against Democrat Party talking points.

*** Elon Musk, like de facto Third Party President Donald Trump, was long a darling of the Democrats until daring to disobey The Party. Now The Party wants them destroyed.

*** Democrats are only content in environments where they have a captive audience, like in schools or wherever they can use the full force of the government or other higher “authorities” to impose silence on those who disagree with them.

*** “By any means necessary” was the fascistic slogan of the Democrats in the 2020 election.

*** Democrats demonize and dehumanize anyone who does not support their every opinion, yet they pretend to be models of “tolerance”. Continue reading

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JUNGLE JIM ON SCREEN

jungle jim johnnyNews of the disastrous reaction to screenings of the unwanted and unneeded fifth Indiana Jones movie, starring a 136-year-old Harrison Ford, caused me to reflect on the 1980s flood of Indiana Jones imitators. Studios even revived the old H. Rider Haggard character Allan Quatermain by casting Richard Chamberlin as Quatermain in a few movies.

Conspicuously absent from that 1980s eruption was Jungle Jim, the former comic strip character who had been depicted in a film serial, several movies and a television series from the 1930s to 1950s. Obviously, the same attempts to update Allan Quatermain would have to be made in reviving Jungle Jim, but it certainly could have been pulled off.

After all, decades before Raiders of the Lost Ark, “Jungle Jim” Bradley, mercenary jungle guide and adventurer, was fighting Nazis and other menaces while finding lost cities & ancient artifacts, all while romancing lovely ladies. Throw in the occasional giant spider or huge, man-eating eel and enjoy!

A 1980s Jungle Jim series could have combined the best elements of Indiana Jones, Crocodile Dundee and Allan Quatermain.  

At any rate, all this led me to write this examination of the big and small screen escapades of Jungle Jim in all their fun, outdated, absurd and So Bad They’re Good glory. Johnny Weissmuller, the former Tarzan actor, actually had to speak in complete sentences as Jungle Jim, emphasizing his poor thespian skills.

jungle jim 1937JUNGLE JIM (1937) – This 12 episode serial from Universal starred Grant Withers as the title character in the pith helmet. The story involved Joan Redmond, a wealthy young heiress who disappeared in the African jungle with her parents years earlier.

Sightings of a white woman in command of a pride of lions have inspired media speculation that the now teenaged heiress was still alive. Two rival jungle expeditions set out to find her, one launched by the tale’s heroes and another launched by the tale’s villains. 

The good guys, guided by Jungle Jim, want to bring the young Lion Goddess back to her home country and her inheritance. The bad guys, led by the young lady’s villainous relative Bruce Redmond, want to kill Joan, thus allowing Bruce to claim the inheritance for himself. Further complicating things are two international criminals who have been stranded in the jungle with Joan for years and have been passing themselves off to her as if they are her parents. Continue reading

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FOOL KILLER PART 66: JULY 1913

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE

Fool Killer wardrobePART 66 – Some of the Fool Killer’s targets on both sides of the aisle in the July of 1913 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version of the folk figure:

*** Democrat Walter Hines Page, President Woodrow Wilson’s Ambassador to Great Britain. Page was part of the plutocrat or “plute” class that Pearson and his Fool Killer despised. Page had provoked Pearson’s ire through his public claims of simple living, all while he was renting a $20,000 per year mansion in England for himself, an enormous amount for the time.

*** Modern day gun owners. Pearson and his depiction of the Fool Killer defy categorization, since the attitudes expressed would annoy people on both the political right and the political left. Going back to 1910, Pearson’s Fool Killer openly disdained gun ownership in the 20th Century, yet many of his other positions would be placed on the political right.

*** Pearson’s fellow Christians, whom he thought bestowed most of their affection to the devil with their lifestyles, rather than to God. Here we see a position usually attributed to the political right. One of the intriguing things in every installment is the way Pearson and his Fool Killer cannot be pigeon-holed as left-wing or right-wing. Continue reading

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