Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror.
I SOUGHT A SOUL THAT MIGHT RESEMBLE MINE
I’m not bothering with a detailed look at Maldoror 2:12 because it was a fairly run of the mill (for Ducasse) look at the hopelessly groveling nature of prayers to a deity. He has just one point to make – that prayers are basically butt-kissing disguised as devotion – and makes it over and over again.
I’ll pick up with Maldoror 2:13, which – for cross-referencing purposes – I’m titling I Sought a Soul That Might Resemble Mine. This stanza begins with our supernatural main character lamenting his lonely uniqueness and longing to find someone like himself. Continue reading
From September 1974 comes this cover featuring Ultron attacking the Avengers, Fantastic Four and the Inhumans.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron out in theaters fans got a huge kick out of my previous look at a vintage Ultron cover. This new one was the concluding part of an Avengers/ Fantastic Four crossover from back in the days before such crossovers were a constant thing.
Plus, since it’s no secret at this point that the Avenger Quicksilver gets killed in the movie it seemed appropriate to highlight Ultron crashing Quicksilver’s wedding to the Inhuman and former Fantastic Four member Crystal. All this plus Franklin Richards was used as a deus ex machina for the first time ever in this tale! Continue reading
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KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
ROUND ONE – GAME ONE – This was the only game in Round One of the KCAC Tournament yesterday. The 5 seeds – the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES – battled the 4th seeded UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY SPIRES in what turned out to be a TWELVE INNING marathon. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Swedes made it a 1-0 game in the 2nd. The Spires tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the 6th Inning and neither team scored again until the top of the 12th when Bethany College added 2 more runs. The Swedes shut out USM in the bottom of the Inning for a 3-1 triumph. Pitcher Robert Johnson got the save.
KENTUCKY INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Continue reading
“I come from a long line of slave-owning scumbags.”
Ben Affleck, best known for being a cowardly apologist for and enabler of Muslim homophobia and misogyny, is at the center of a new controversy because of his heavy-handed attempts to get his family’s history of slave-owning censored from a PBS documentary. Meanwhile, another film has been released about Affleck’s slave-owning family.
In the new movie titled Roots 3: The Ben Affleck Story, Affleck was quoted as saying “I learn a few lines for movies and that makes me above you commoners. My role in life is giving finger-wagging lectures to the peons. I should be above the humiliation of being exposed as the scion of a repulsive family of slave-owners. That’s off the record, by the way.” Continue reading
For the next six weeks we’ll have daily coverage of college baseball conference and national tournaments mixed in with my usual topics.
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SO-CAL DIVISION – ROUND ONE – GAME ONE – The CCCAA postseason got started with a game pitting the 17 seeds – the IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE LASERS – against the 16th seeded LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE EAGLES. The Eagles converted a 2-0 1st Inning edge into a 6-0 advantage by the 5th Inning. In the top of the 7th the Lasers made it a 6-2 ballgame then exploded in the 8th Inning for TEN runs to take a 12-6 lead. They shut out Los Angeles Mission College the rest of the way while adding 4 more runs themselves for a 16-6 comeback victory. Irvine Valley College Pitcher Justin Zielinski improved to 8-2 with this win. Continue reading
An August 1969 Avengers cover featuring one of the team’s earliest battles with Ultron.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron out in theaters it seemed a good time to take a break from a very ugly world with some escapism. Thor, Iron Man and the Vision are the only Avengers from this cover that will appear in the movie, but if you want to get technical the blonde giant is Hawkeye from the period in which he abandoned his bow and arrows and had replaced Hank Pym as Goliath.
This was waaaay back when Ultron was still numbering his iterations and this time he went by Ultron 6. It was the first time he used adamantium for his android body. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog’s Official Movie Hostess, the sexy Casey James.
Special thanks once again to Balladeer’s Blog’s Official Movie Hostess, the extraordinarily lovely Casey James. Casey took some time away from stealing the hearts of men and women around the world to host another look at bad films from my archives.
DEATH BED (1977) – My review of this rediscovered lost movie from the 1970’s was one of my most popular posts back in 2010. Death Bed features a water-bed that is alive and has digestive juices inside it instead of merely water. The supernatural bed, spawned by the bloody tears of a demon, devours everyone who lies on it.
No it’s not a joke, it’s a real horror film with one of my favorite weirdass premises. The body count is extremely high as the title menace feeds on literally dozens of victims through the course of the movie. Absurd, bloody and with a narrator who is trapped in a wall near the bed. (Don’t ask.) FOR MY FULL LENGTH REVIEW CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2011/02/04/a-bed-that-eats-people-who-sleep-in-it-its-death-bed-from-1977/ Continue reading
THE MUSLIM SACRAMENT OF STONING GAY PEOPLE.
Oh, yeah … Muslim savages. The Islamic State, spawned by Barack Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq, was the site of this ongoing display of Islam’s barbarity. But to demented Americans the REAL hell of this tableau is that the guys doing the stoning would probably refuse to cater a gay wedding. Now THAT’S inhumane! Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror. This time around the title character battles an angel from Heaven.
THE ANGEL OF THE LAMP
The vile supernatural being Maldoror is lurking near a Paris cathedral. He is furiously cursing a lamp that hangs high overhead in the sacred place because the “holy” light it shines prevents him from attacking the worshippers inside. He begs the lamp to permit itself to be extinguished by the wind, reminding it that it owes nothing to the worshippers that it protects from his assaults.
Maldoror can tell the lamp is acting specifically on orders from his archrival God because of the way its light glows more and more intensely to drive him out whenever he attempts to enter during a mass but the people in attendance at the mass seem oblivious to the blinding intensity of the light which assails him. Our protagonist has returned to the cathedral in the dead of night to confront the lamp. Continue reading
ANDRIANAMPOINIMERINA – A past King of the Merina people and the Demi-God who ruled over the birds called crows. From the time Andrianampoinimerina was a small child crows were his special protectors and always kept a watchful eye on him.
Once when a wild boar attacked the youngster the crows guarding him rapidly beat their wings in the eyes of the boar and pecked at it, ultimately driving it off. Continue reading