LEO FONG: HIS BEST B-MOVIES

Leo FongThanksgiving week rolls along here at Balladeer’s Blog with this look at some of the most enjoyable – on whatever level – B-movies from the one and only Leo Fong! Leo’s been called a poor man’s Bolo Yeung cross-bred with an even poorer man’s Joe Don Baker … but I was drunk when I called him that, so make of it what you will.

All lovers of Psychotronic filmmaking worship at the altar of Fong and his many action flicks from the 1970s through today are still watchable in a very odd way and will always leave viewers smiling. We may snark away at the abundance of errors and absurdities in Leo’s movies but there’s no denying that a Leo Fong film has more heart and sincerity in it than any corporate blockbuster has in decades. 

Murder in the orientMURDER IN THE ORIENT (1974) – Leo Fong IS Lao Tsu, but not THAT one, in this lethargic treasure quest/ revenge story. Leo (He’s ALWAYS Leo to me no matter what his character is named) learns his sister has been killed by the Golden Cobra crime gang. That gang is after a pair of samurai swords on which Imperial Japanese war criminals serving in World War Two engraved a split map leading to a fortune in stolen gold.  

Leo’s sister was collateral damage in that quest, and her death brings down on the Golden Cobras’ heads the stone-faced revenge of our man Fong and his late sister’s equally deadly boyfriend, Paul Martelli (THE Ron Marchini). All the performers seem like reluctant draftees rounded up and forced to “act” at gunpoint. Even the action sequences reek of half-heartedness in this odd little honey. Continue reading

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CNN EXPOSES HOW EASY IT IS TO HACK DOMINION VOTING MACHINES

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One by assassination, the other by vote fraud?

As the disputed election of 2020 continues to expose the incredible rot in America’s notoriously corrupt political system, let’s take a momentary break from the ongoing court cases and challenges.

CNN of all outlets did an expose on how easy computerized voting systems like Dominion are to hack. HILARIOUS since they now pretend it’s blasphemy to imply that that can happen. And remember, in 2019 even Democrats like Elizabeth Warren warned about how easily hijacked Dominion systems are. But now we are told to pretend that’s not so. “We have always been at war with Eastasia.”

We watched hackers break into voting machines – YouTube

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 21st

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Southeastern Fire helmet REALA TALE OF TWO HALVES – The SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE took it on the road against the AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES. The Gyrenes led 7-0 in the 1st Quarter and 13-10 at Halftime. From there the Fire shut out Ave Maria University while going on top 17-13 to end the 3rd Quarter and ultimately winning the game 24-13.

Pittsburg State Gorillas“GORILLA” WARFARE – Over in D2 the PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS visited the WEST TEXAS A&M BUFFALOES. The Gorillas were out in front of their opponents 14-7, 28-21 and 35-28 in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Quarters, respectively. In the 4th, Pitt State polished off the Buffaloes by a final count of 42-28.

Dordt College DefendersSPIRIT OF SIXTY-FOUR – This game pitted the DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS against their hosts the BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS. The Defenders seized a 23-0 advantage in the opening Quarter and never looked back. Ultimately, Dordt College obliterated the Chargers to the tune of SIXTY-FOUR to NOTHING!  Continue reading

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A BRIT LOOKS AT THE ATTEMPTED COUP AGAINST TRUMP

democrat voterDe facto Third Party President Donald Trump, who has helped the working class and the poor more than any other president of my lifetime, has been fighting America’s cesspool of corruption for years now. Paul Weston in the U.K. weighs in on the ramifications of the blatant, in-your-face vote fraud which took place in 2020 and Trump’s ongoing struggle against it.

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IRON MAN VS THE BLACK KNIGHT

robert downey jr iron manHere at Balladeer’s Blog I like to listen to you readers. Many of you have enjoyed my takes on the earliest adventures of Marvel Comics characters like the Avengers, X-Men, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. The MOST popular so far was my look at the first 20 Iron Man stories in the 1960s, so here is a bonus I.M. blog post picking up where that original one left off.

tales of suspense 59TALES OF SUSPENSE Vol 1 #59 (November 1964)

Title: The Black Knight

Villain: The Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)   

Comment: This issue of Tales of Suspense allows for a lot of side notes about the evolution of Marvel Comics’ particular iteration of the Black Knight figure AND the nature of the Marvel vs DC competition of the time. 

           The reason that Marvel Comics began pairing up some of its heroes in one particular comic book was because of a new agreement with their rivals at DC. Each had agreed, “arms limitation”-style, to limit the number of titles they published per month for a time. Instead of having two separate comic books for Iron Man and Captain America, Tales of Suspense featured both heroes in individual adventures.

            Similarly, instead of having separate comic books for the Hulk, Giant-Man & the Wasp and the Sub-Mariner, they shared Tales to Astonish in different combinations for a time. Strange Tales was likewise shared by Dr Strange, Nick Fury and the Johnny Storm Human Torch.

All of this stayed within the title-limitation arrangement made with DC while still allowing many of Marvel’s most popular characters to remain on newsstands along with Spider-Man, Thor, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

iron man vs black knightSynopsis: The Black Knight (Nathan Garrett), usually a supervillain opponent of Giant-Man & the Wasp, was in prison following the recent clash between the Avengers and Baron Zemo’s original Masters of Evil, of which he was a member. The Knight’s winged horse Elendil at last located its master’s cell window, allowing him to retrieve some chemicals from its saddle-bag. With those chemicals the Black Knight dissolved the bars of his cell, mounted Elendil and flew off, wanting revenge. Continue reading

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2020 ELECTION DRAMA CONTINUES: STILL NOT OVER

STOP THE STEAL SITE.      PROTECT THE  VOTE SITE.   JOE CHEATED SITE

trump vs goliathThe disputed election of 2020 is still rolling along. December 8th is the date for vote certification and the Electoral College meets on December 14th. It has ALWAYS been this way, but here in 2020 the Democrats and their media outlets keep acting like everything is over and done with. They didn’t think so in 2016, in fact some of them still claim Hillary Clinton was the real winner. They didn’t think so in the year 2000, when Al Gore didn’t concede until DECEMBER 12th.

The news media – like most anti-Trumpers – have very little understanding of America’s actual political processes, as evidenced by their hilariously rabid and deranged reaction to the Trump Team’s press conference yesterday. Here are some thoughts and some items to keep an eye on:

stop the steal*** AMERICA’S DEMOCRATS DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE WORDS “DEBUNKED” AND “DISCREDITED” MEAN. They seem to think that as long as there is ANY alternate point of view to any information or argument being put forth then that means the information has been debunked or discredited.

               Conveniently, any piece of information which does not pander to their preconceived notions is dismissed as if it’s been “debunked” or “discredited.” “Disproven” is joining the list of words that Democrats apparently can’t use correctly. The buffoons on Facebook (“The confirmation bias community”) are especially guilty of this farcical maneuvering.  

*** AMERICA HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN FOR HAVING ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. Democrats, in fact, LOVE pointing that out … except when that corruption benefits THEM.  

*** IN CONNECTICUT, A COMPUTER ERROR WAS FIXED AFTER THE DEMOCRAT WAS MISTAKENLY DECLARED THE WINNER. THE REPUBLICAN HAS NOW BEEN NAMED THE WINNER. Funny how these “computer errors” overwhelmingly favor Democrats, isn’t it?

*** NINE MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY.   MORE. Continue reading

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EIGIL HOLST: RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1973)

rivals of sherlockFor Balladeer’s Blog’s review of the first episode of this 1971-1973 series about London by Gaslight detectives from both the Victorian and Edwardian Ages you can simply click HERE   

HolstEpisode: THE SENSIBLE ACTION OF LIEUTENANT HOLST (March 4th, 1973)

Detective: Eigil Holst, created by Danish author Palle Rosenkrantz. The first Holst mystery was published in 1903.

Comment: Palle Rosenkrantz is considered the Grandfather of Danish Crime Authors and Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize is the equivalent of America’s Poe Award. His 1903 novel The Forest Lake Mystery, which introduced his police detective Eigil Holst, is considered the first Danish crime novel.

Synopsis: In Copenhagen, harried and put-upon Detective Lieutenant Eigil Holst gets two fresh cases added to his pile – a missing persons case involving the wife of a local merchant, and a Russian Countess who claims her brother-in-law has pursued her with the intention of murdering her.

Holst and DimitriJohn Thaw portrays Lieutenant Holst but neither boozes like Inspector Morse nor manhandles suspects like he did in his Sweeney days. Holst displays a casual savviness and a street-smart air, especially when dealing with a slippery hotel front desk employee. “Professional” is the defining adjective for Thaw’s Holst. 

In any event this particular case isn’t a “whodunnit” but a “who’s telling the truth” mystery. Continue reading

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SITE FOR REMINDING STATE LEGISLATURES OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS DISPUTED ELECTION

Stop the Steal signWith so many lawsuits and vote audits still up in the air regarding this tainted 2020 election and with the December certification of votes and the meeting of the Electoral College still weeks away, here is some positive action that voters can take.

Below is the link to remind your State Legislatures – especially in states where the heavily flawed Dominion system was used – of their responsibilities and their power regarding this clearly dishonest election. (Bush got away with stealing the 2000 election so, unfortunately, it IS possible that Biden will get away with stealing the 2020 election. Let’s not pretend that the real winner – Trump in this case – is guaranteed to prevail in America’s notoriously corrupt system.)

Trump in the wayAnd don’t forget, there are still court cases winding their way through the system while the rest of this drama plays out. 

The link regarding state legislatures.  (This link was disabled by the TechnoFascists. Thankfully a reader pointed this out to me. To avoid that happening again I am providing links for the 6 individual states in question:

ARIZONA    And HERE

GEORGIA HOUSE and SENATE  Continue reading

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PULP HERO G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES: STORIES THIRTY-FOUR THROUGH THIRTY-SIX

Curse of the Sky WolvesBalladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This continues a story-by- story look at the adventures of this World War One American fighter pilot who – along with his two wingmen the Battle Aces – took on various supernatural and super- scientific menaces thrown at the Allied Powers by the Central Powers of Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Muslim Turks.

G-8 was created by Robert J Hogan in 1933 when World War One was still being called simply the World War or the Great War. Over the next eleven years Hogan wrote 110 stories featuring the adventures of G-8, the street-smart pug Nippy Weston and the brawny giant Bull Martin. The regular cast was rounded out by our hero’s archenemy Doktor Krueger, by Battle, G-8’s British manservant and by our hero’s girlfriend R-1: an American nurse/ spy whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed.

Curse of the Sky Wolves34. CURSE OF THE SKY WOLVES (July 1936) – As we all know if there’s one thing more dangerous than wolf-men it’s wolf-men involved in aerial combat. This exciting adventure introduces a new villain – Amed Ghezi, an Ottoman Muslim Turk who wields the secret of turning men into deadly, relentless werewolves.

Since G-8 and his Battle Aces have proven to be the most dangerous opponents of the Central Powers Amed Ghezi and his lycanthropic shock troops are called to the Western Front to eliminate our heroes once and for all. G-8, Bull Martin and Nippy Weston have survived mummies, walking skeletons, headless zombies and intelligent gorillas but will these supernatural foes be their downfall? Find out amid dogfights, gunfights, fist-fights and desperate battles with savage wolf-men on land and in the skies over No Man’s Land!   Continue reading

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SOME REMINDERS ABOUT WHAT A WEAK, INEPT AND CORRUPT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS

Obama sad face 1Barack Obama has often been called “The piece of dog crap stubbornly clinging to the bottom of history’s shoes.” And with good reason. In the midst of this disputed 2020 Election the country just looked down and noticed that we all just stepped in a pile of Obama again.

The man once voted “The worst president of the post-World War 2 Era” (CBS News/ Quinnipiac Poll) recently slithered out to try lecturing the rest of the country. Hilarious! He was also called “The most unfit president ever.”

As we once again scrape that little demagogue off the bottoms of our shoes let’s revisit several items pointing out what a weak, inept and crooked president Barack was.

(And remember when a member of Obama’s administration resigned over having SHOT AT a police officer? I do.) Plus here’s a hilarious video that lists just a handful of the Obama scandals: (MEANWHILE, TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING IS STILL AT 52%)

The piece of garbage called Obama is in no way fit to lecture the rest of us about anything.

And here are TWENTY BOOKS ABOUT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SCANDALS. There are plenty more out there but I just went with the Top Twenty here:

Gangster Government

GANGSTER GOVERNMENT – Written by Columbia School of Journalism graduate David Freddoso.

The title Gangster Government would be the perfect title for any list of books about Obama.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: OBAMA AND HIS TEAM OF TAX CHEATS, CROOKS AND CRONIES – It’s been said that the Obama Administration may have been the most corrupt since the days of the Ohio Gang under Republican President Warren G Harding. This book details why.

Worst President in History

THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY: THE LEGACY OF BARACK OBAMA – Written by Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan, this thoroughly documented and highly detailed work of investigative journalism has been called “the definitive takedown of the Obama Presidency.”

THE SCANDALOUS PRESIDENCY OF BARACK OBAMA – Another of Matt Margolis’ blistering exposes of one of the most damaging and crooked presidencies in history.

THE OBAMA SCANDALS: THE TWENTY-TWO WORST OUTRAGES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION – This riveting book was authored by Keith Koffler and is a must-read.

Commander In Failure

COMMANDER-IN-FAILURE: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN REFLECTS ON AMERICA’S FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT AND HOW HE FAILED US ALL – Martin Luther King Person of Courage Kiara Ashanti penned this masterful deconstruction of the weak, inept and crooked little man named Barack Obama.  

THE PEOPLE VS BARACK OBAMA – A very apt book title when it comes to the president who damaged the working class and the poor more than any other president of my lifetime. 

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