BALLADEER’S BLOG’S PRESEASON RANKINGS FOR NJCAA FOOTBALL

The 2022 College Football season kicks off on August 25th for the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here are my preseason rankings for the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).

Iowa Western College*** 1. IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS    ###     2. NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE BRONCOS (should be the Cavalry), the defending National Champions    ###     3. HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS    ###     4. SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS    ###     

garden-city-broncbusters-helmet-new5. GARDEN CITY COLLEGE BRONCBUSTERS    ###     6. NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE RANGERS    ###     7. IOWA CENTRAL COLLEGE TRITONS     ###     8. JONES COLLEGE BOBCATS    ###      Continue reading

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ULYSSES BLOODSTONE

stan presentsFor this weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero post here’s a look at another Marvel Comics character that never became a hit for some reason.

bloodstone 1MARVEL PRESENTS Vol 1 #1 (October 1975)

Title: Dweller from the Depths (despite the title on the cover)

Villains: The Possessor and the Dweller from the Depths

NOTE: This story introduced the character Ulysses Bloodstone, a mysterious monster hunter who has been alive for thousands of years, sustained by the fragment of an alien Blood Gem lodged in his chest. With his custom-made weapons and the paranormal powers granted to him by the Blood Gem, he has hunted down and destroyed countless monsters for millennia.  

Synopsis: The Dweller from the Depths rises from San Francisco Bay, summoned by the otherworldly music from a blind flutist who is possessed by an alien entity. The Dweller rampages through San Francisco and suddenly a muscular man with blonde hair and wearing a Big Game Hunter outfit attacks it.

bloodstoneThat man’s thoughts tell us he is Ulysses Bloodstone and that the fragment of an alien gem in his chest unerringly leads him around the globe whenever monstrous creatures are about to strike. While television news crews and the police look on, Bloodstone battles the enormous beast.

Our hero’s superhuman strength, reflexes and a degree of invulnerability help keep him alive while he shoots the Dweller over and over again from many angles with the shotgun he carries in a holster on his back. The custom-made gun weighs over a hundred pounds and fires shells that strike with the force of cannonfire. Only Bloodstone’s extraordinary strength lets him wield the weapon so casually. Continue reading

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TRUMP ANNOUNCES THAT NOT ONLY WILL HE NOT OPPOSE THE RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE FBI RAID, BUT ENCOURAGES THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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De facto Third Party President Donald Trump once again pulled the rug out from under his persecutors from the Biden Regime with a courageous reveal that he has nothing to hide. Here is the statement (link below):

trump is fdr“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years…

“This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections! Continue reading

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BIDEN REGIME CONTINUES ITS WARFARE ON THE REST OF US

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democrat platform hatredIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog comes to you from the corporate fascist kleptocracy run by the illegitimate Joe Biden, who sics his thuggish, jack-booted FBI (Fuhrer Biden’s Intimidators) on the Regime’s political opposition. Here are some of the latest dispatches following this week’s Banana Republic raid on Mar-A-Lago.

(By the way, one of the reasons I used to be a Democrat was because they USED TO outspokenly criticize the never-ending abuses perpetrated by the fascists at the FBI and CIA. In recent years Democrats decided that if FBI and CIA thuggery helps their party then they’re fine with it.) 

trump is a lot like jfkTRUMP-BACKED CANDIDATES WIN BIG IN THE PRIMARIES FOLLOWING THE FASCIST RAID ON POPULIST LEADER DONALD TRUMP’S HOME. Voters know Gestapo tactics from the Biden Regime when they see them.

BIDEN’S INFLATION CONTINUES TO CRUSH THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR. Consumer prices rose 8.5% in July. More HERE.

TRUMP’S ENDORSED CANDIDATES SO FAR IN THE 2022 PRIMARIES – ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT WINS, JUST FIFTEEN LOSSES. But the Democrats’ media outlets pretended each loss “proved” Trump was losing influence.

biden the fascistDEMOCRATS MOVE TO CUT SENIOR CITIZENS’ PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS. Can people stop pretending this is still the “old” Democrat Party? It’s not. 

BIDEN REGIME MAKES TRUMP A HEROIC MARTYR. More HERE, and HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

BIDEN’S DISASTROUS POLICIES CAUSE BIGGEST RISE IN LABOR COSTS SINCE 1982.

FBI RAID ON TRUMP PUTS DEMOCRACY AT THE PRECIPICE.

THE FBI: AMERICAN STASI. To say the least. Continue reading

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THE JAMES ALLISON TRILOGY: ROBERT E HOWARD’S NEGLECTED CHARACTER

base x betterJAMES ALLISON – American author Robert E. Howard is, of course, best known for his Big Three pulp heroes – Conan (debut year 1930), Kull (debut year 1929) and Solomon Kane (debut year 1928). Among his many overlooked creations was James Allison, whose trio of short stories serve as a perfect analogy for readers who long for adventures that the modern world denies them.

marchers 2MARCHERS OF VALHALLA – Ironically, this tale which introduces James Allison was never published during Robert E. Howard’s lifetime, even though the two follow-up stories were. We meet James Allison, a man living in early 1930s Texas.

James feels profound disappointment over his mundane existence and the era in which he lives. Most of all, he feels inferior to his brothers, who were slain in the World War, and his father, who was wounded while charging up San Juan Hill with Theodore Roosevelt.

Even if the drab, stifling modern era DID serve up an adventure, Allison feels he is in no condition to pursue it because he has lost one of his legs in a riding accident. One day James limps his way up a hill to take in the scenery when a beautiful (of course) woman approaches him. Continue reading

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MARS REVEALED (1880) ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

mars revealedMARS REVEALED (1880) – Written by Henry A. Gaston, this is another work that combines science fiction with religious and spiritual concepts.

The novel’s narrator, while walking in the hills of northern California during springtime, is approached by a Celestial Spirit. The spirit interrogates him about his lack of knowledge regarding the arcane secrets of the other planets in our solar system.

Our narrator expresses a willingness to be tutored in those secrets and the spirit offers to show him any planet of his choice. He selects Mars and the Celestial Spirit flies off with him toward the Red Planet. The voyager is awed by the sight of Earth far below and by the hills and valleys of the moon as they fly past it.

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Approaching Mars, the Earthman sees that the planet has a pink atmosphere and, rather than be all red like it appears from Earth, the Martian surface is red mixed with silver and green. After circling Mars a few times, the Celestial Spirit and the Narrator land atop the highest mountain peak on the planet.

Mountaintops on Mars are covered in snows that have a pink tinge to them because of the pink atmosphere. Trees larger and taller than any on Earth grow far down from the peaks and those trees give off a perfumed scent.  Continue reading

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AMERICA THE BANANA REPUBLIC: FUHRER BIDEN’S INTIMIDATORS RAID POPULIST DONALD TRUMP’S HOME

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I’ve been sorting through details about tonight’s abomination from the installed, illegitimate Biden Regime. Until we know more, I decided to post this item pointing out how the Biden Regime has thrown away all pretense of legitimacy or legality with this atrocious behavior.

America under the Democrat Party is a banana republic in which elections are fraudulent and popular political opponents of the Regime get attacked by the unquestioning filth who carry out raids like this. Recently, de facto Third Party President Trump had announced a strategy for cleaning up America’s infamous cesspool of corruption that masquerades as a government. (More HERE) Polls indicated that voters preferred Trump to the career criminal installed in the White House via cheat-by-mail and other measures.

trump is a lot like jfkTotalitarian regimes around the world are notorious for oppressive actions like this. Raid the personal and professional areas frequented by popular candidates who pose a threat to the regime, then seek to discredit them via manufactured “evidence.”

Biden and his lackeys have provided all the incentive that is needed to doubt ANY AND ALL ACCUSATIONS they make against President Trump based on items they allegedly find in this perverse raid. Continue reading

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OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IN TOOMORROW (1970)

Olivia Newton-John has passed away. In memoriam here is my 2020 review of her 1970 film Toomorrow, which went unreleased for several years due to legal battles. 

ToomorrowTOOMORROW (1970) – What is one part Monkees episode, one part Frankie & Annette Beach Movie, one part Help!, one part Donny & Marie in Goin’ Coconuts, one part KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park and one part Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? The answer is Toomorrow, the infamous Don Kirshner/ Val Guest cult movie with a then-unknown Olivia Newton-John in a starring role.

The aim was to launch a new pre-fab pop band like the Monkees, but this time consisting of an Aussie (Newton-John of course), a Brit (Vic Cooper), an African-American (Karl Chambers) and a white American (Benny Thomas).   

Olivia sings and also dances around the guys while they play, Benny plays the guitar, Karl is the drummer and Vic plays the keyboard AND his special invention called a Tonalizer. The band is called Toomorrow because, as Karl observes, they are “Too much! Too-Morrow!”

Toomorrow 2We’re told that Vic’s Tonalizer is what gives Toomorrow its special “sound.” How special is that sound? So special that its unique vibrations can revive the stagnant culture of an alien race that’s facing decay and collapse. It seems the aliens’ own musical output has grown stale because they have long since progressed beyond the troublesome “emotions” and “heart” that Toomorrow’s members pour into their songs. 

Buy this movie for the Sandbaggers or Dalgleish fan in your life, because Roy “Neil Burnside” Marsden co-stars as Alpha, the captain of the aliens’ spaceship. His forever-terse voice is unmistakable despite the – admittedly competent – makeup and prosthetic effects for the ET’s (above right). Continue reading

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POLITICAL CARTOON ROUNDUP: AUGUST 8th

On this 8th day of the 8th month, let’s take another look at some recent political cartoons.

This first one deals with the callous Joe Biden’s word games while the working class and the poor suffer under his policies.

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Up next is this non-cartoon reminder from Australia’s Ross McLean about the way China gets its money’s worth from Joe Biden.   Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S PRESEASON RANKINGS FOR NAIA FOOTBALL

The 2022 College Football season kicks off on August 25th for the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here are my preseason rankings for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

Morningside Mustangs*** 1. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS (Defending National Champions)    ###     2. NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS    ###      3. GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS    ###     4. MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS    ###     

Southwestern College Moundbuilders NEW5. SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS    ###     6. LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS    ###     7. CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (MI) CARDINALS    ###    8. KEISER UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS    ###      Continue reading

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