ancient-greece-mapBalladeer’s Blog once again focuses on one of the ancient Greek comedians whose entire corpus is very, very fragmentary, touching briefly on all of their known works. For background info on ancient Greek comedy plus my previous reviews click here: 

LYSIPPUS – This writer of Attic Old Comedy redefines the expression “fragmentary” because even less is known about his life than about shadowy figures like Susarion and Epicharmus. Lysippus came in 1st place with an unknown comedy at a Dionysia around 440 BCE. Fragmentary evidence survives from just three of his comedies out of an unknown total body of work so this will be my shortest blog post on ancient Greek comedy. 

We’ll start with my favorite random quote from Lysippus’ fragments. It displays his pride in Athens and reflects the city-state’s status as the combined New York, Rome and Tokyo of its era:  “If you have never come to Athens you are a fool. If you have come to Athens and not been captivated by her charms you are  ignorant. If you have been captivated by the charms of Athens and ever left her you are but a beast.” 

I. BACCHAE – Not to be confused with the various tragedies of the same title or the comedy by Diocles. Too little survives to tell if the play presented a comedic version of the tragic events depicted in other works titled Bacchae. The parabasis included the type of segment that would later be frequently repeated in Attic Old Comedy as Lysippus took shots at his competitors. That segment featured joking insults that break the fourth wall and Continue reading


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Muslim violence and shariahRegular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I’m an atheist but there is no denying that Islam – the religion founded by the blood-soaked child rapist named Muhammad – is the most homophobic, misogynistic and otherwise intolerant religion in the world right now.

People around the world know that Muslim immigrants have a greater tendency to engage in fascistic violence than Hindu immigrants, Buddhist immigrants, etc. It is always and only Muslim immigrants who demand that every place they migrate to MUST obey their commands to live in a way that does not offend their 7th Century mindset.

Here are just a few of the latest Muslim fascist attacks.

January 17th: Muna Garage, Nigeria – A Muslim fascist suicide bomber killed TWELVE innocent people at a market and injured FORTY-EIGHT more.

January 19th: Eringeti, Democratic Republic of the Congo – ADF, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, ambushed and killed TWELVE innocent people while wounding over TWENTY more. 

January 12th: Unguwan Gajere, Nigeria – Gunmen from Miyetti Allah, one of the local affiliates of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, killed TEN innocent people and wounded 2 more. Continue reading

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frozen bodiesTHE ARCTIC DEATH (1927) – Written by Wilford Allen, On A Far World, covered below, was a prequel to this same tale. The Arctic Death is set in the 1930s, which was “the near future” when the story was first published.

A mysterious epidemic called the Arctic Death is spreading southward from the North Pole, leaving countless frozen bodies in its wake. Professor Charles Breinbar, the greatest scientific mind of the decade, uses high-tech “Q-Rays” to determine that the victims did not just die of cold but were snuffed out by malign disembodied entities of some sort.

Breinbar devises special insulation which allows him and his assistant to enter the region currently being affected by the spreading wave of fatalities. Investigating the area our heroes witness people dropping dead in the streets after being affected by energy emanating from floating balls of light.    Continue reading

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Bigfoot 1970BIGFOOT (1970) – Bikers battle Sasquatch!This neglected landmark in Golden Turkey history unites nearly all the bad movie Mafia from the American Southwest in the 1960s and 70s and throws in Haji, Doodles Weaver and a few Mitchums for good measure.

Hell, I could swear one of the planes from Skydivers and Red Zone Cuba shows up as well. (Look at the FAA registration number)

This movie’s crowning choice in casting finds Balladeer’s Blog’s old buddy John “He’s probably even in the Zapruder Film if you look hard enough” Carradine along for the ride. Continue reading


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Reaction to Balladeer’s Blog’s musical shoutout to INXS the other day has been through the roof! As a followup here’s Michael Hutchence at his Jim Morrison-y best as the strangest dining companion in history: it’s The One Thing

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donald-trump-and-melaniaThe more that the forces of conformity try to browbeat all of us into pretending President Trump is not doing a wonderful job for the working class and the poor the more fun it is to see more and more people stop humoring them and begin pushing back.

As I said awhile back, at this point even if I DIDN’T support President Trump (the new FDR) I would PRETEND that I did. The anti-Trump fascists are such humorless, pompous and indignant fools. Roughly sixty-three to sixty-four million voters DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR OF UPSETTING YOU FASCISTS JUST BECAUSE YOUR CROOKED CANDIDATE HILLARY LOST!

The fact that the anti-Trump pieces of garbage think they can demand the elimination of all evidence of President Trump’s victory once again proves my old saying that “THEY are the fascists they’ve been waiting for.” ( Yes, I’m intentionally overusing the word fascists like pathetic “resistance” cowards do.)

Trump is SerpicoTRUMP CARD ONE: De facto Third Party President Donald Trump’s FAKE NEWS AWARDS were terrific! He is one man alone against America’s cesspool of corruption which INCLUDES the corporate media.

TRUMP CARD TWO: Apple CEO Tim Cook joined the chorus of voices praising Trump’s tax plans. All of the working class people benefiting from Trump’s presidency so far also continue smiling, even though bloated rich pigs like Democrat Nancy Pelosi and the repulsive Bush family try downplaying it.  

TRUMP CARD THREE: A CBS poll showed President Trump’s support among African-American voters MORE THAN DOUBLING since he took office. And in the election of 2016 he got more of the African-American vote than any Republican in decades. Now, personally, I refuse to take ANY polls very seriously, especially after 2016’s mammoth errors, but it is ALWAYS fun to see Trump-haters ignore polls which go in Trump’s favor but “trump”-eting any and every poll that goes against him.  

black-trump-supportersTRUMP CARD FOUR: Republican trash like Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and all the stuffy white males at National Review continue proving President Trump’s status as a de facto Third Party President. The Paul Ryans and Lindsey Grahams of the world apparently don’t like the way Trump attracts so many voters of color. I guess they want the Republicans to go back to being the party of Boring White Clowns In Suits.  

TRUMP CARD FIVE: Trump-haters played Wile E Coyote to President Trump’s Road Runner AGAIN yesterday as they tried claiming the doctor that gave Trump a glowing appraisal following his ANNUAL PHYSICAL was a paid Trump stooge. In reality it was THE SAME DOCTOR WHO GAVE OBAMA HIS PHYSICAL! Too funny! 

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Bop Girl Goes CalypsoSome of my e-mailers requested that I review this movie, but I already did years ago. Here it is again for those folks who requested it, along with a reminder that you could have instant gratification for your bad movie fix if you check my Bad Movie page first and see if I’ve already reviewed the film you have in mind. Here is the link:

BOP GIRL GOES CALYPSO (1957) – Category: Bad, youth-oriented 1950s movie that is incredibly campy.      In the late 1950s there was a brief flurry of films implying that Rock and Roll was a dying fad. Some producers of those films were backing a musical style they felt would become “the next hot trend” in popular music, in this movie’s case, Calypso. My favorite line: “Rock and Roll is yesterday! Calypso is where the money’s at now!”

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