* CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The 3rd seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES tangled with the 2 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS FIGHTING SAINTS – in this Semifinal game. After a blow-for-blow opening Half the Wolves held a 36-33 advantage at the break. Early in the 2nd Half a 16-4 run by Cardinal Stritch set the pattern for the rest of the game with the Fighting Saints playing catch-up. In the end the Wolves won by a final score of 83-68. Tony Smit recorded a Double Double for the victors, with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Continue reading
“Maldoror and His Smile” by Lord Orlando
Balladeer’s Blog begins a comprehensive examination of The Songs of Maldoror, often referred to as just Maldoror. The original 1868 French language work by the self-designated Count de Lautreamont (real name Isidore Ducasse) was in verse form, which is great for poetry geeks like me but if you prefer prose there are plenty of prose translations available.
This work of surreal horror was so far ahead of its time that the author himself, in one of the few existing copies of his correspondence, expressed fears that he might be jailed or thrown into an insane asylum and requested that the publisher literally “stop the presses.” Just 88 copies of the book were completed in that initial run and for a few decades The Songs of Maldoror languished in obscurity.
By the 1890s those few copies of Maldoror had been circulating among the more adventurous literati of the time period and the work began to be hailed as a forgotten masterpiece by Maeterlink, Bloy, Huysmans and de Gourmont. This new acclaim ultimately resulted in a new run of copies – this time in the thousands instead of dozens like the first run. This also accounts for why some reviewers mistakenly refer to The Songs of Maldoror as an 1890s work, despite its original publication date of 1868. Continue reading
* CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE *
GAME ONE – The top seeded COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES clashed with the number 8 seeds – the OREGON TECH HUSTLING OWLS. Call it overconfidence or whatever you like, but the Coyotes got off to a slow start against the Hustling Owls. They pulled it together to take a 5-point lead by the break but Oregon Tech would come out even stronger in the 2nd Half. They soon tied up the game and then the two teams traded the lead back and forth before the College of Idaho finally pulled away for a 71-64 win in this wakeup call. Demetrius Perkins recorded a Double-Double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Yotes. Continue reading
“As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go they emigrate to America and become university courses.” – Frederic Raphael
Welcome back to Balladeer’s Blog, the only site on the web that truly criticizes American Liberals and American Conservatives equally. I’ve loved using the above quote for years when dealing with the hilariously pretentious asses called American Liberals. More specifically the pompous and narrow-minded Faculty Lounge Fascists, of whom Barack Obama is the most comical example. These people pretend they’re “educated” (a word they say like a haughty baroness from a bad Gothic romance) but are merely credentialed in ever-narrower fields of study.
These people don’t know anything that they weren’t told to think while in a classroom setting, and they blather on about their tiny area of interest with the same laughable snobbery shown by the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons. They will grandly pretend they’re fit to decide if someone is qualified to speak about “gender theory” or “transracial-heteronormativity in the Patriarchy” or whatever other subjects that have been invented by the bureaucrats who masquerade as educators here in the 21st Century.
Here’s a breakdown on why it’s fun to confuse them with that Frederic Raphael quote: Continue reading
Before MST3K there was … The Texas 27 Film Vault! In the middle 1980’s, way down on Level 31 Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, machine-gun toting Film Vault Technicians First Class hosted this neglected cult show. Balladeer’s Blog continues its celebration of the program’s 30th anniversary year.
ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Unknown but definitely before May of 1986. One of the old newspaper articles from early May of that year refers to Glen or Glenda as one of the movies having already been shown on The Texas 27 Film Vault. Anyone with more specific info feel free to contact me.
SERIAL: Unknown. Again, if you have info contact me via my FAQ page.
COMEDY SKETCHES: Unknown. We’ve exhausted the episodes where I DO know the date, serial and sketches. Contact me.
THE MOVIE: Continue reading
NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – There was only one game in this league’s tournament yesterday and it pitted the top seeded UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES against the 6 seeds, the CITY VALLEY STATE VIKINGS. The Jimmies were in control for the entire game and by Halftime had compiled a 48-31 lead. After the break UJ coasted to a 94-65 victory and moved on to the next round. Brequan Tucker’s 17 points led the Jimmies.
APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 9th seeded MONTREAT COLLEGE CAVALIERS upset the number 8 seeds, the SAINT ANDREWS UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS, in an Opening Round game. The Cavaliers were chasing the Knights the bulk of the game, trailing them 26-20 after a defensive-minded 1st Half. After the break it was more of the same until a 9-3 run to close out Regulation let Montreat tie the game at 61-61. In Overtime the Cavaliers emerged with a 75-68 triumph. Josh Foster led the victors with 18 points. Continue reading
Just some more insanity from the religion that is perpetually retarding the rest of the world’s social progress. (I did not compile this and yes, I know the person who did misspelled “seismology” and “gynecology”. I’ve seen similar typos at HuffPo and right-wing sites, too.)