Monthly Archives: February 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BADLANDS BEAUTY (2014)

THE BADLANDS BEAUTY (2014)

THE BADLANDS BEAUTY (2014)

The Badlands Beauty (2014- Glitternight Productions) is an explosive action film starring the supermodel known as M*E*T*A*L. Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will remember M*E*T*A*L as the beautiful woman who poses as Edward Wozniak’s Neo-Pulp superheroine the Matriarch.

M*E*T*A*L is moving into acting in what may be the most memorable movie debut since Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. Our gorgeous heroine is an outlaw biker babe who can out-drink, out-shoot, out-fight and out-ride all of the male bikers in her dangerous circles. While M*E*T*A*L – called Nomad in the film – is partying hard at a dive in an unnamed town in northern Mexico she Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL RANKINGS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG

Indian Hills WarriorsDIVISION ONE – 1. INDIAN HILLS COLLEGE WARRIORS   ###   2. VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS   ###   3. KILGORE COLLEGE RANGERS   ###   4. COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO GOLDEN EAGLES   ###   5. SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE TEXANS   ###   6. SHELTON STATE BUCCANEERS   ###   7. MCLENNAN COLLEGE HIGHLANDERS   ###   8. NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE PLAINSMEN   ###  

Cincinatti State Surge 2DIVISION TWO – 1. CINCINATTI STATE SURGE   ###   2. RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE STATESMEN   ###   3. NIAGARA COLLEGE THUNDERWOLVES   ###   4. OWENS COLLEGE EXPRESS   ###   5. Continue reading

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SIXTEEN FORGOTTEN SECRETARIES OF STATE

For President’s Day here’s a look at some of the men and women who proved pivotal to the administrations of the Presidents of the United States. From America’s very first Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson all the way up to John Kerry in the present day a variety of colorful figures have served in the premier cabinet post of the country’s Chief Executive. Many of those Secretaries may not be household names here in the 21st Century but they would definitely stand out on any staff. Here is an examination of sixteen such figures in chronological order. Figures like James G Blaine, William Seward, Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger are so well-known that they are not included on this list.

Timothy Pickering1. TIMOTHY PICKERING (1795-1800)

Served under: Presidents George Washington and John Adams

Noted for: Conspiring with Alexander Hamilton to undermine some of the policies of the Washington and Adams administrations. When Adams discovered this he ordered Pickering to resign, but Pickering refused, forcing Adams to fire him. Pickering remains the only Secretary of State to officially be fired by the President.

2. HENRY CLAY (1825-1829)

Served under: President John Quincy Adams

Noted for: Fighting a duel with Continue reading

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VICE PRESIDENTS: A LOOK AT HISTORY’S SECOND BANANAS

John Adams

John Adams called the Vice Presidency “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.” A very old joke went “Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea and the other became Vice President. Neither was ever heard from again.” In George S Kaufman’s and Morrie Ryskind’s classic stage work Of Thee I Sing one of the characters turns down an offer to be Vice President because he’s ashamed to have his mother know. He’s persuaded to accept the office when it’s pointed out that if he doesn’t tell her about it she’ll never find out.

The office has featured eminently forgettable figures as well as comic relief buffoons like Dan “The Global Village Idiot” Quayle and Joe “Koo Koo For Cocoa Puffs” Biden. In the light-hearted style of Balladeer’s Blog’s look at U.S. Presidents here’s a look at the men who got to hang around and see if the country’s Chief Executive wound up six feet under. I’m omitting VP’s who went on to actually become President, so no John Adams or Thomas Jefferson, etc.

AARON BURR

Served Under: Jefferson 

Noted for: Shooting dead more Treasury Secretaries and hatching more plots to start his own country than any other Vice President.

GEORGE CLINTON

Served Under: Jefferson and Madison

Noted for: Leading American Rebel forces against the British troops of Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL RESULTS FROM FEBRUARY 14th AND 15th

CENTURY CLUB – DIVISION TWO – The SINCLAIR COLLEGE TARTAN PRIDE were hosting the COLUMBUS STATE COUGARS yesterday and put up 100 points to the 78 scored by their guests   ###   The ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE WOLVERINES meanwhile outdid even the Tartan Pride by scoring an incredible 125 points on the road to defeat the MANOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS by a score of 125 to 96   ###   And the GLENDALE (AZ) COLLEGE GAUCHOS notched a tight 102-98 OT victory over the SOUTH MOUNTAIN COLLEGE COUGARS.    

Brookdale College Jersey BluesCENTURY CLUB – DIVISION THREE – The top-ranked defending champions, the BROOKDALE COLLEGE JERSEY BLUES, were on the road against the PASSAIC COLLEGE PANTHERS and went home boasting a 107-82 victory   ###   Meanwhile the WYTHEVILLE COLLEGE WILDCATS won a 105-89 catfight with the visiting CENTRAL CAROLINA COUGARS   ###   And the OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE VIKINGS made the SUSSEX COUNTY COLLEGE SKYLANDERS rethink their Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S QUICK LOOK AT PRESIDENTIAL PROS AND CONS: EISENHOWER TO OBAMA

Eisenhower34. DWIGHT EISENHOWER – Motto: “FOOORE!” (Remember, the traditional cry as you’re teeing off in golf? Oh, never mind!) *** Nickname: Uncle Milty *** Pro: Knew enough to distrust Richard Nixon long before it became the national pasttime.  Con: Was the first president to pronounce nuclear as “nucular”.

35. JOHN F KENNEDY – Motto: “Thank God for television!” *** Nickname: FDR *** Pro: The man was shrewd enough to distrust both liberals and conservatives equally.  Con: Continue reading

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VIETNAMESE MYTHOLOGY: THACH SANH

Thach SanhTHACH SANH – A son of the supreme deity Ngoc Hoang. His father forced him to incarnate as a human and in this demi-god form he fought monsters, rescued the son of the chief sea god Long Vuong, vanquished his evil foster-brother and married a beautiful princess.
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He then went on to lead her father’s people in a war of conquest, uniting the legendary and traditional “original 18″ villages (though some sources say 15 villages) that were the basis of the nation that eventually grew into ancient Vietnam.
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The number 18 has special significance in Vietnamese mythology, like the number 8 in Shinto myth, 16 in Yoruba myth, 4 in Navajo myth, 5 in Discordianism and 12 in many western belief systems. There were also said to have been 18 rulers in the possibly non-existent Hung Vuong Dynasty. For another example, Ngoc Hoang and the heavenly deities were said to live in the 18th Heaven above the 18th Heaven (AKA the 36th heaven, a name used in some English translations)  
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Thach Sanh is said to have Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S QUICK LOOK AT PRESIDENTIAL PROS AND CONS: HARRISON TO TRUMAN

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

BENJAMIN HARRISON – Motto: “What this country needs right now is a man whose grandfather was president  barely a month before dying.” *** Nickname: Baby McKee’s Grandfather *** Pro: Was the  president who first had the White House wired for electricity.  Con: His administration was slightly overshadowed by the press’ obsession with his terminally “cutesy” grandson, Baby McKee.

GROVER CLEVELAND, TERM 2 – Motto: “He’s back … deadlier and more powerful than ever before!” ***  Nickname: Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM: SAINT CLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Saint Clair College SkippersSAINT CLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE SKIPPERS

Location: Port Huron, MI

Division: NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)

Comment: You can insert your own Gilligan’s Island comment if you like, but I find the nickname Skippers to be Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S QUICK LOOK AT PRESIDENTIAL PROS AND CONS: BUCHANAN TO CLEVELAND

James Buchanan15. JAMES BUCHANAN – Motto: ” A president every bit as lousy as Barack Obama and George W Bush!” *** Nickname: The Man Who Lost Half The Country *** Pro: Gave his name to the fictional high school on Welcome Back, Kotter.  Con: More states seceded from the Union under him than under any other president. 

16. ABRAHAM LINCOLN – Motto: “The guy who put the ’man’ in Great Emancipator!” *** Nickname: Continue reading

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