SAMSON MYTH: VARIATIONS

Just as the Orphic variations of the Homeric Hymns offer alternate versions of some of the ancient Greek myths, there are sources that provide alternate versions of the middle eastern Samson story.

samson and lionSAMSON AS A NON-BIBLICAL SUN GOD – Before getting into the Biblical and Talmudic Samson tales, let’s take a look at the tradition of Samson being an ancient sun deity. In this context his “seven locks/ braids of hair” were seven solar rays emanating from his head like in ancient artwork of other solar figures.

            A few examples would be the idol of Helios with seven rays from his head, Apollo with the same seven rays and even Phaethon having his father the sun god wind the “seven rays like strings upon his hair.”

            In this version of the Samson story, it becomes a seasonal myth in which the sun god’s wife Delilah (or just Lilah in some versions) is a winter goddess. She causes the loss of Samson’s strength by cutting his seven locks/ braids/ solar rays, symbolizing the weakening of the sun and the shortening of the days throughout fall and winter. Continue reading

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HEADLINE ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 26th

democrat republican otherIndependent Voter Site Balladeer’s Blog takes another look at some recent headlines. WE NEED THIRD PARTIES.

JOE BIDEN’S INEPT POLICIES CONTINUE TO DESTROY THE ECONOMY.

JOE BIDEN, WHOSE DAUGHTER ASHLEY WROTE IN HER DIARY USED TO TAKE “INAPPROPRIATE” SHOWERS WITH HER AND “PROBABLY” ABUSED HER AS A CHILD, MAKES A LEERING REMARK ABOUT YET ANOTHER CHILD. More HERE. And HERE. This time the little girl was 12, not 10 like the little girl he drooled over last time. Democrats, can you please leave children alone?

Senile Joe BidenPOLL: SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT SAY THE COUNTRY WAS SAFER WITH DE FACTO THIRD PARTY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN OFFICE.

BIDENFLATION HAS ALREADY COST THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IN REAL INCOME PER YEAR. Joe Biden and his fellow one-percenters are just fine, though.

#BIDENHATESPEECH TRENDS AFTER DEMOCRAT SLAYING OF 18-YEAR-OLD REPUBLICAN CAYLER ELLINGSON. More HERE. And HERE. And since Democrats always whine that “silence is consent” that means every single Democrat who does not condemn this political slaying is okay with it.

DEMOCRATS IN NEW YORK CALLED OUT FOR PREFILLED ABSENTEE BALLOTS. The latest Democrat innovation to their favorite activity – vote fraud. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM SEPTEMBER 24th

A number of subscribers who don’t follow sports have asked that I put my blog’s name at the beginning of my college football post titles.

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Bethel (MN) Royals helmetDOWN GOES NUMBER TWO – Down in NCAA Division Three the 20th ranked BETHEL (MN) ROYALS played host to the number 2 team in the nation – the SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES. A 7-7 1st Quarter tie turned into a 10-7 Johnnies edge at the break and 17-14 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th the Royals came from behind for a 28-24 victory. 

Central OklahomaNUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – In NCAA Division Two the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BRONCHOS (their spelling) welcomed the 3rd ranked NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS. The Bronchos put the Bearcats on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 13-7 lead, then carried through from there, winning the game 23-14.

delta stateAND NUMBER SIX COMES TUMBLING AFTER – This D2 game pitted the traveling DELTA STATE STATESMEN against the number 6 team in the nation – the UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS. In DOUBLE OVERTIME the Statesmen emerged with a 45-42 Upset win. Continue reading

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BLACK ORCHID: HER EARLY STORIES (1973-1976)

This weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero post here at Balladeer’s Blog will take a look at the very early stories of the DC Comics superheroine called the Black Orchid.  

adv 428ADVENTURE COMICS Vol 1 #428 (August 1973)

Title: Black Orchid

Villains: Corrupt politicians making their lone appearance.

NOTE: Black Orchid’s origin was just vaguely hinted at for years, but for the sake of streamlined storytelling I’m starting off with it. Susan Linden, an adventurous young woman, roamed the world for a few years, working at a variety of jobs.

           While working as a blackjack dealer in a casino, she met wealthy Carl Thorne and the two dated, then married. Eventually, Susan realized that Carl was a black-market arms dealer and reported him to the authorities.

          adv 428 splMs. Linden sought shelter with her old school boyfriend from years earlier – brilliant scientist Philip Sylvian, an expert at botanical science. Carl Thorne’s thugs tracked Susan to Sylvian’s place and mortally wounded her.

           With no other hope for Susan Linden’s survival, Philip used Susan’s dying body and harnessed life-force, combining them with his latest botanical experiments in plant/ animal hybrids. The result was a metamorphosed life-form which still looked like Susan but whose physiology was more plantlike than human.

           Susan Linden’s transformed self now possessed superpowers which she used to fight the forces of evil as the costumed superheroine called Black Orchid. Her wood-hard muscles gave her massive super-strength as well as greater than human reflexes and agility. She could fly and her hybrid physiology made her immune to bullets. Continue reading

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DEMOCRAT ARRESTED FOR MURDERING A REPUBLICAN TEEN

Stop Democrat ViolenceAmid Joe Biden’s incessant hatemongering and Democrat Tim Ryan’s literal calls to “kill” Republicans whose politics he decrees to be “not normal” a Democrat has been arrested and confessed to using his vehicle to kill an 18 year-old following a political argument.

Here are links:

DEMOCRAT CRUSHES AN 18 YEAR-OLD BOY TO DEATH WITH HIS SUV FOR BEING PART OF A REPUBLICAN “TERRORIST GROUP.”

MANIAC MURDERS REPUBLICAN “EXTREMIST” TEEN.

POLITICAL MURDER.

ALLEGED KILLER FREED AFTER CONFESSING TO MOWING DOWN TEEN OVER “POLITICAL ARGUMENT. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE

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San Diego Mesa CollegeA DOUBLE-SHOT OF THAT OT LOVE – This game pitted the (7) SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE OLYMPIANS against their hosts the EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE HUSKIES. A 7-0 1st Quarter lead for the Olympians was cut to a 14-13 edge by Halftime. The Huskies went up 19-17 to end the 3rd Quarter but the 4th ended in a 25-25 tie. Neither team scored in the 1st OT but in the 2nd San Diego Mesa College logged 8 points to win the game 33-31.

compton-college-tartars-helmetTWO IN A ROW – The COMPTON COLLEGE TARTARS took the field against the visiting SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIRS. The scoring in this game was as odd as the Tartars winning two in a row. Compton College led the Corsairs 6-0 in the opening Quarter and 12-0 at the break … And then no more points were scored, so the Tartars improved to 2-1 with this 12-0 win. Continue reading

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ROBERT E. HOWARD’S REAL RED SONYA (NOT SONJA)

red sonyaTHE SHADOW OF THE VULTURE – This story by Robert E. Howard, the ONLY Howard story to actually feature Red Sonya, was first published in the January 1934 issue of Magic Carpet Magazine. As I’ve mentioned in many other reviews of old pulp characters, Howard’s REAL Red Sonya was indeed a warrior woman, but not one from his fictional Hyborian Age.

It was Marvel Comics who distorted Red Sonya into “Red Sonja” and placed her as a guest star in assorted Conan stories as well as her own series. That Red Sonja has more in common with female author C.L. Moore’s warrior woman Jirel of Joiry than she does with Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya.

red sonya picThe Shadow of the Vulture is one of Howard’s historical adventures and it’s set during the 1520s, largely at the Siege of Vienna from September 27th to October 15th in 1529. Red Sonya of Rogatino is a Polish-Ukrainian woman who is more skilled than most men with swords and guns.

The storied red-haired woman has a personal grudge against Muslim Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who was besieging Vienna with over 100,000 soldiers against Vienna’s 21,000. Red Sonya was glad to serve against Suleiman’s armies whenever she could.  Continue reading

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AND ANOTHER FORMER DEMOCRAT JOINS THE REST OF US IN OUR DISGUST WITH THE PARTY

sasha stoneIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog presents another former Democrat whose take on the way that political party has become intolerant and fascistic greatly resembles mine from years ago when I left “The Party”.

Sasha Stone, on Free Speech platform Substack, recently detailed her disillusionment with the Democrats and disgust with Joe Biden AND the forever-tainted 2020 presidential election. In addition, Stone also addressed career criminal Joe Biden’s recent bout with projection when he accused his regime’s critics of “semi-fascism.” 

Sasha titled an episode of her podcast “The Semi-Fascists Are Coming from Inside the House.” (For overseas readers, that’s a play on the well-worn “The calls are coming from inside the house” meme.) You can read the text or listen to it HERE. A great line from Stone is “The side that purges dissent, demands ideological compliance, and dehumanizes the opposition isn’t the side that believes in Democracy.”

#WalkAwayAnother great take from Sasha addresses the notoriously corrupt 2020 presidential election, which has joined the 1876 and year 2000 elections on the scrap heap of political outrages which installed the likely loser of the race in the White House:

“The 2020 election was even further proof, at least to me, that the Democrats had now become corrupt, that they had way too much power and wealth such that we might never have a free and fair election again. They spent $1 billion, the most expensive election in history to elect Joe Biden.

sasha stone pic“They changed voting laws to close the enthusiasm gap they battle with in every election and simply collect votes from voters who weren’t motivated to go to the polls themselves. They took complete control of nearly every major institution just to stop Trump… ”

And there is this terrific item in which Stone details how she finally reached the point that so many of us reached long ago with the hatemongering, criminal Democrats. You can read it HERE

Sasha has joined us in choosing to #WALKAWAY from that increasingly unhinged party. You can subscribe to her YouTube Channel HERE. Below is a sample of one of her videos.
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FOOL KILLER 64: MAY 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 gray64. The May of 1913 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s Fool-Killer was lacking in urgency and satirical bite, but I found it to have a certain slice of life feel to it that captured its era yet also underlined certain tableaus that are seemingly eternal.

*** The Fool Killer reflected on how the already hopelessly corrupt Democrat and Republican Parties always set aside their fighting to close ranks against any true forces of political reform in the United States. That is especially relevant for us in 2022.

*** Dr. Friedrich F. Friedmann became a well-known figure in 1913. He had come to America from Berlin pushing his Turtle Vaccine, which supposedly treated tuberculosis. He made $125,000.00 for the American rights, but after much fanfare his vaccine was found to be ineffective and his nationwide distribution clinics folded. Skepticism regarding the claims about the vaccine proved to be well founded.

*** An unnamed Chicago surgeon called for people to automatically have their appendix removed rather than wait until they get appendicitis. This call was roundly ridiculed. 

*** Pearson and his Fool Killer advocated granting women the vote nationwide. Continue reading

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