Monthly Archives: May 2015

MALDOROR 3:5 – THE RED LANTERN AT TWILIGHT

Maldoror 3 5 red lanternBalladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror. This is one of the most twisted sections of  a book loaded with them.  

THE RED LANTERN AT TWILIGHT

All of the action in this stanza takes place at twilight and the first moments of darkness. The supernatural being Maldoror comes upon a French brothel that used to be a convent centuries before. A rough wooden bridge leads across a stream of filth to the establishment. Customers take their leave by crawling out through a grate into a courtyard littered with chickens and chickenshit.     Continue reading

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ACTION CONTINUES

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St Thomas (Fl) Bobcats logoDAY THREE – GAME ONE – This elimination game pitted the 9th seeded SAINT THOMAS (FL) UNIVERSITY BOBCATS against the 10 seeds – the VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS. The Bobcats seized a 3-0 lead in the 1st Inning and made it a 5-3 lead in the 3rd. Saint Thomas University let a 9-4 5th Inning lead slip away and the score stood at 10-10 when the Lions were done batting in the top of the 8th. The Bobcats slammed in 4 runs in their half of the Inning and rode them to a 14-10 victory. Chris Rodriguez got credit for the win. Continue reading

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MUSLIM “SCIENCE” STRIKES AGAIN!

Muslim "scholar" Mucahid Hicad Han, who wages war on masturbation, uh, single-handed as it were.

Muslim “scholar” Mucahid Hicad Han, who wages war on masturbation, uh, single-handed as it were.

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know I am critical of all religions but there’s simply no denying that at this particular point in history Islam is the most homophobic, misogynistic and otherwise intolerant religion in the world. It’s also the most irrational and is forever retarding the rest of the world’s social progress. So don’t send me wimpy comments or emails.

Muslim “scholar” Mucahid Cihad Han advised a man on a television call-in show that masturbation makes a man’s hand “pregnant” and he will be condemned to care for his hand’s children in the afterlife as punishment for his masturbatory “sins.”   Continue reading

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LATEST COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTS

As always Memorial Day Weekend is to College Baseball what March is to College Basketball. Here are the latest scores.

* NCAA DIVISION TWO *

Mercyhurst University Lakers logoDAY TWO – GAME ONE – Starting off the day in D2 World Series play was this battle between the MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY LAKERS and the TRUMAN STATE BULLDOGS. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Lakers grabbed a 1-0 edge over the Bulldogs in the 2nd. In the 5th Inning Truman State tied the game at 1-1 and that is where things remained deadlocked until the ELEVENTH Inning when Mercyhurst University knocked in 2 runs, then shut out the Bulldogs for a 3-1 victory. Jake Hall was the winning Pitcher. Continue reading

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MORE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS: A SELECTION

Medals of HonorHAPPY MEMORIAL DAY FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG! This is a terrific day for commemorating the service of the men and women who go out and actually DO something. In keeping with my blog’s theme of addressing items that slip through the cultural cracks I’m showcasing a few of the Congressional Medal of Honor winners from the neglected war the U.S. fought in the Philippines from 1899 to 1902.

Arthur M Ferguson

Arthur M Ferguson

ARTHUR M FERGUSON – Lieutenant Ferguson won the Medal for his actions on September 28th, 1899 near Porac on Luzon. Back in April of the same year Ferguson had won the Distinguished Service Cross for dangerous recon work he did against some Philippine forces at Calumpit. For the Medal of Honor Arthur had charged a body of the enemy, inflicting injuries and possible deaths all while capturing a Philippine Captain and returning with the prisoner to American lines.

WILLIS H DOWNS – Yet another member of Young’s Scouts, one of the most famous units of the Philippine War! Private Downs won the Medal for his actions on May 13th, 1899 at San Miguel de Mayumo on Luzon. With 11 other Scouts and without waiting for the supporting batallion to aid them Downs and company charged over 150 yards against a force of approximately 300 of the enemy. Downs and his comrades routed the enemy force despite their superior numbers and their position, which should have been impervious to all but a full frontal attack by a similar force. Continue reading

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ACTION IN THE NAIA, NCCAA, D2, D3 AND NJCAA

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fresno pacific sunbirdsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded Defending Champions – the FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SUNBIRDS – battled the 2nd seeded LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES for the NCCAA crown. Neither team scored in the 1st Inning but the Sunbirds managed a 1-0 edge in the 2nd. That became a 3-0 lead in the 3rd Inning and 3-1 in the 4th when the Flames got on the board. In the 5th Inning Fresno Pacific University put up 3 more runs and rode those the rest of the way to a 6-2 victory. Pitcher Josh Medeles threw for the win. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUNBIRDS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA BASEBALL Continue reading

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TOP FORGOTTEN U.S. NAVAL BATTLES OF WORLD WAR ONE

Navy in World War OneYes, Memorial Day Weekend is here so Balladeer’s Blog will once again feature a few seasonal posts. In keeping with my blog’s theme I will take a look at more military actions that don’t get the attention that others do. The members of the armed forces who died in those battles deserve to be remembered as fondly as those who perished in more renowned clashes. The army gets more attention than the navy and World War Two gets more attention than World War One so I’m shedding light on two neglected areas at once with this look at U.S. Navy battles of the First World War.

OCTOBER 15th, 1917 – America entered the war just six months earlier and the Navy had been transporting the American Expeditionary Force under General “Black Jack” Pershing to Europe, with additional Navy craft escorting those transport ships and fighting German U-Boats. On this date the USS Cassin encountered U-Boat 61 and, after an hour’s pursuit the German submarine turned to fight the Cassin. After a lengthy exchange of torpedoes and depth charges the Cassin was battered but still afloat, while the U-61 suffered substantial damage also, including the destruction of its conning tower, forcing the sub to break off the action and flee.

NOVEMBER 17th, 1917 – The USS Fanning and USS Nicholson clashed with the German U-Boat designated U-58 when eagle-eyed sailors spotted the German sub’s periscope above the water line. Depth charges from the two U.S. ships damaged the U-58 and forced it to surface and engage in standard ship-to-ship combat. The Fanning and Nicholson sank the U-Boat, becoming the FIRST United States ships to Continue reading

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTS

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Vanguard U LionsDAY ONE – GAME ONE – The 10 seeds – the VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS – started the day against the 7th seeded LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS. In the 4th Inning the Lions took a 1-0 lead then followed that up in the 8th Inning with 2 runs to the 1 notched by the Blue Raiders. The final score was Vanguard University 3  Lindsey Wilson College 1. Pitcher Sean Isaac went 9 Iron Man Innings for the Lions. Continue reading

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MALDOROR 3:4 – THE SUPREME DRUNKARD

Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror. This time around our supernatural protagonist commits his greatest affront to God so far.

THE SUPREME DRUNKARD

The coveted Portuguese translation of The Songs of Maldoror.

The coveted Portuguese translation of The Songs of Maldoror.

This is the 4th stanza of the 3rd canto. On a beautiful spring morning Maldoror comes upon God lying in a drunken heap on the side of a road in France, sleeping off his binge of the night before. Periodically he makes to stand up but always collapses back down into slumber.

A passing hedgehog prods the hungover deity with his spines but that fails to rouse him. A woodpecker and a screech owl try to wake him up by pecking him and clawing at him to no avail. A mule kicks the Creator in the temple and a toad spits in God’s face but not even these assaults and insults excite a response from him.   Continue reading

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MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS: A SELECTION

Medal of HonorHAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG! It’s a time for remembering the people who go out and actually DO something and acknowledge their service along with the physical risks and the political abuse heaped upon them. In keeping with my blog’s theme of addressing items that slip through the cultural cracks I’m showcasing a few of the Congressional Medal of Honor winners from the neglected war the U.S. fought in the Philippines from 1899 to 1902.

Hiram BearssHIRAM BEARSS (Correct spelling) – This Captain won the Medal for his actions on November 17th, 1901 during a battle at the confluence of the Sohotan and Cadacan Rivers in Samar. Bearss led his men in a surprise attack on the enemy positions in the fortified cliffs. Relying mostly on bamboo ladders the Captain and his troops drove their opposition from their entrenched positions, literally “charging uphill” against enemy fire.

They also had to contend with the countless booby-traps lining the hills, many of which had been in place since the Spanish- American War of 1898. Those deadly traps took the form of pits, poison- tipped spears, trip-sprung vine nets loaded down with literally tons of stones and many others. The opposition in the caves honeycombing the cliffs needed rooting out as well with various forms of death lurking around every twist and turn in the caverns. Continue reading

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