Monthly Archives: March 2012

COLLEGE BASEBALL STANDINGS FOR THE NJCAA

 The Iowa Western Reivers, a noted baseball power in the NJCAA, come in at number 2 in the Division 1 poll, tied with the Louisburg Hurricanes. Walters State is in the top spot.  

NJCAA1 – 1. Walters State Senators *** T2. Iowa Western Reivers *** T2. Louisburg Hurricanes *** 4. Central Continue reading

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A GREAT BOOK EXAMINING MUHAMMAD’S MENTAL STATE

Sujit Das’ work Islam Dismantled: The Mental Illness of Prophet Muhammad is a much- needed critique of the founder of Islam. It’s easy to find books criticizing the founders of other belief systems from around the world but when people are brave enough to subject forever-intolerant Islam to these same rational examinations the cowardly political correctness police pretend it’s “hate speech” or “Islamophobia.”

I’ve mentioned in the past my personal belief that Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, was a mentally unbalanced man who Continue reading

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2012 COLLEGE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS

 The 2011-2012 college hockey season is over in the divisions covered by Balladeer’s Blog. The St Norbert College Green Knights (logo at left) repeated as the national champions of NCAA Division 3 hockey. It was a case of “Keefer Madness” as St Norbert’s Cody Keefer registered a Hat Trick in the Green Knights’ 4-1 victory in the title game.

Here’s a final round of congratulations to this year’s various college hockey champs!

NCAA Division 3 – ST NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS (def the Oswego State Lakers)

NJCAA – MONROE COLLEGE TRIBUNES (def the Williston State Tetons – as in the mountains)

ACHA Division 1 – Continue reading

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LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES AND THE SUPREME COURT HEARINGS ON OBAMACARE

 Welcome back to Balladeer’s Blog, the only Independent Voter site on the internet that is truly non-partisan in its criticism of the shrill children called Liberals and Conservatives.

Both sides of the American political spectrum have hilariously overreacted to the inept presentation made before the Supreme Court by Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Verrilli’s role in such a hearing is to provide some justification regarding the constitutionality of Obamacare but he sounded like a poorly-prepared 12 year old reading his book report to the class. 

Liberal pundits have been uproariously downbeat about Verrilli’s universally panned performance and Conservative pundits have been just as uproariously upbeat about it. They all Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASEBALL TOP 25: WEEK OF MARCH 26TH – APRIL 1ST

 Basketball season is over in the divisions covered by Balladeer’s Blog, so it’s on to baseball! Seamheads have been emailing me about how anxious they are to start my coverage since the season’s over a month old for collegiate play.

As always I’ll cover baseball for colleges in the NAIA, D3, D2, USCAA, NCCAA, ACCA and NJCAA all the way up through the World Series in each division.

For starters here’s a look at the Top 25 in the NAIA:  1. Lee Flames (up from 3) *** 2. LSU-Shreveport Pilots (as in riverboat pilots) *** 3. Oklahoma City University Stars *** 4. Embry- Riddle Aeronaut Continue reading

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INUIT MYTHS: KIVIOQ

 For more of my entries on Inuit myths click here: https://glitternight.com/inuit-myth/

KIVIOQ – The greatest hero and monster- slayer of Inuit mythology. The exact structure of Kivioq’s saga varies wildly from region to region, some of them with a fully Continue reading

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2012 COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

 All the championship games in the divisions of college basketball covered by Balladeer’s Blog are over now. Here’s a final round of congratulations to this year’s champs and the teams they faced in those title games.

NAIA Division 1 – CONCORDIA (CA) EAGLES (def the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison)

NAIA Division 2 – OREGON TECH HUSTLIN’ OWLS (def the Continue reading

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PAM GRIER’S FOUR BEST BLAXPLOITATION FILMS

Previously Balladeer’s Blog has examined blaxploitation horror films as well as some blaxploitation films that transcended their genre. This time around I’ll take a look at Pam Grier’s 4 best films from the body of work that prompted Ebony magazine to call her “the Mocha Mogul of Hollywood” in the 1970’s.

   4. SHEBA, BABY (1975) – Pam plays private detective Sheba Shayne in this thoroughly enjoyable actioner. When white gangsters are leaning on the savings and loan run by her old flame, Sheba heads home and uses her gun and her fists to put the bad guys in their place.

Some of the most highly stylized stunt work in Pam’s films is on display in Sheba, Baby. Any Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson movie from the decade would have been proud of the action-packed finale, which  features plenty of Continue reading

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NCAA DIVISION 2 AND NJCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TODAY

 Today ends the 2011-2012 college basketball season for the divisions covered by Balladeer’s Blog. The final two championship games take place this afternoon and evening.

First up, the Western Washington University Vikings (logo above left) play the Montevallo Falcons at 1pm ET for the D2 title. Tonight at 9pm ET the NJCAA championship game features the South Plains College Texans taking on the NW Florida Raiders. The Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG INTERVIEWS PHILIP LEE MCCALL II, AUTHOR OF ING THE VIKING

 Balladeer’s Blog recently got to interview Philip Lee McCall II, best-selling author, reviewer, publisher and imaginist about his latest book, Ing The Viking. McCall’s previous works include The Imaginist and Poisonous Prose: A Limited Collection of Dark Rhymes (2  volumes). 

All of those books are available at Amazon.com, plus McCall has The Imaginist II coming out in just over two months. The time seemed right to try to ride Mr McCall’s coattails to some more blog hits for myself (I’m kidding!) so I sent my private jet to pick him up and fly him to my spacious villa overlooking Japan’s Inland Sea. 

We passed the time trying to spot one of the thousand dragons of the Shinto god Kotohira swimming in the waters below while “PLMII” as he’s called, graciously answered my interview questions. 

Balladeer’s Blog: For the uninitiated could you provide an overview of Ing the Viking’s setting and raison d’etre? 

PLMII: Ing the Viking is an anthology which collects the stories of a fabled Viking’s adventures. I worked with a group of fantasy artists to render art for each tale. I was honored to have the great Larry Elmore not only excited about the project but also provide two images for the book.  This book was definitely a labor of love and homage to both Norse mythology and the Pulp fiction era. There are Continue reading

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