Monthly Archives: June 2015

ELIZABETHTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

Elizabethtown New Jersey Revolutionary WarIn the spirit of the 4th of July season here’s another neglected battle from the American Revolution.

BATTLE OF ELIZABETHTOWN

Date(s): January 5th-7th, 1777

Location: Elizabethtown and Springfield, NJ

American Commander: General William Maxwell

British Commander: Colonel Charles Mawhood

The Battle: On January 5th American Rebels attacked a British Cavalry patrol, killing one man and wounding another. The next day some cavalrymen and 50 infantrymen set out from the town to kill or capture any Rebels in the area. Continue reading

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COOL NAMED SPORTS TEAM: RED LAKE NATION COLLEGE

RED LAKE NATION COLLEGE MIGIZI

Red Lake Nation College MigiziLocation: Red Lake, MN 

Division: AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium)

Comment: Red Lake Nation College’s mascot animal for their sports teams is the Migizi (Bald Eagle). Not only that, but: Continue reading

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SPANKTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

William MaxwellThe 4th of July is fast approaching! In the spirit of the season here’s another neglected battle from the American Revolution.

BATTLE OF SPANKTOWN

Date: February 23rd, 1777

Location: Spanktown, NJ (Now Rahway)

American Commander: General William Maxwell

British Commander: Colonel Charles Mawhood

The Battle: Colonel Mawhood, with 2,000 men, was roaming the New Jersey No-Man’s Land with orders to destroy any American forces he encountered. At Spanktown Mawhood’s troops came upon American Militiamen herding livestock for supplies while being accompanied by Continental Army Regulars. The American forces totaled fewer than 900 men.  Continue reading

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RAMADAN BODY COUNT: 12 DAYS IN

This should go without saying, but not to the enablers of Muslim violence.

This should go without saying, but not to the enablers of Muslim violence.

It’s no secret that Islam is the sole remaining untamed beast among the world’s religions. (And I say that as a non-believer in ANY of them.) The month-long Ramadan holiday is a long celebration of those Muslim sacraments of killing, killing and more killing. We are into the Ramadan Murder-Palooza for 2015 and I’ll be periodically updating the violence perpetrated in the name of that reactionary pack of savage superstitions called Islam. Decade after decade, century after century Islam is forever retarding the rest of the world’s social progress, ESPECIALLY  REGARDING  WOMEN’S  RIGHTS.

DEAD SO FAR: 1,092   WOUNDED: 1,366

They’re averaging over 200 victims per day this Ramadan! What a peaceful religion! And here are some of the most heinous attacks by Muslim fanatics recently: 

June 26th – In Sousse, Tunisia Muslim fanatics savagely slaughtered 39 beachgoing innocents, furthering comparisons between Islamofascism and the Nazis. (To Godwin’s Law pussies: Don’t bother.) Continue reading

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WNBA STANDINGS

Tulsa ShockWESTERN CONFERENCE – 1. TULSA SHOCK (8-1)    ###    2. MINNESOTA LYNX (7-2)    ###    3. PHOENIX MERCURY (3-5)    ###    4. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS (2-6)    ###    5. SEATTLE STORM (2-7)    ###    6. LOS ANGELES SPARKS (0-7)    ###     Continue reading

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MILLSTONE: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

General Philemon Dickinson

General Philemon Dickinson

The 4th of July is fast approaching! As usual Balladeer’s Blog is posting relevant material and in keeping with my blog’s overall theme here’s a forgotten American victory from the Revolutionary War.

BATTLE OF MILLSTONE

Date: January 20th, 1777

Location: Weston, NJ (Now called Manville)

American Commander: General Philemon Dickinson (Younger brother of John Dickinson)

British Commander: Colonel Robert Abercromby

The Battle: The forces of the United States and the British Army (augmented by their Hessian allies) clashed frequently in the winter of 1777. These battles were often the result of both armies attempting to provision themselves off the increasingly barren New Jersey No-Man’s Land. Continue reading

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HEADLESS (2015) THE CULT FILM OF THE YEAR

HeadlessHEADLESS (2015) – Yes, Headless, one of the fictional films-within- the-film in the horror movie Found (2012) was released as a crowd-funded production earlier this year. Keeping consistent with the way Headless was presented in Found, the gore-drenched flick was filmed as if it was a “lost” horror movie from 1978.  

That faithfulness was necessary in this case, so please don’t hold it against Headless even if you’re growing weary of the faux-1970’s sub-genre of movies – a sub-genre that is threatening to become as crowded as found-footage films.

Shane Beasley stars as the skull-masked killer, whose real name is never revealed. Beasley has the perfect “look” for this largely silent role and his tormented eyes convey the suffering his character is revealed to have gone through during his childhood and early teen years. Not that the suffering excuses his grotesque crimes, it’s just presented as back-story, like in the Filipino horror film The Road (2011).   Continue reading

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MALDOROR 5:1 – BETWEEN YOUR LITERATURE AND MINE

Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the macabre 1868 French language work The Songs of Maldoror.

BETWEEN YOUR LITERATURE AND MINE

“Hey, Maldoror! You da MAN!”

We are now on the 5th Canto, 1st Stanza. Maldoror goes meta on us and addresses the readers directly, dismissing any moral indignation they may be feeling about his actions by pointing out the obvious: if any of us were all that disgusted with his sadistic reign of terror we could have just stopped reading long ago. 

Continuing along those lines our main character takes credit for erasing the boundaries between the usual literary fare of his readers and his own daring and envelope-pushing brand of writing. This would have been especially true back in the late 1860’s. The Songs of Maldoror makes anything by Poe or Hoffmann or any of the other alleged masters of horror back then look pretty wimpy by comparison.   Continue reading

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GUESS THE RELIGION: A BEHEADING FOLLOWED BY A BIG EXPLOSION

A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY,  MASS RAPE AND INFANTICIDE.

A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY, MASS RAPE AND INFANTICIDE.

Well, of COURSE it’s Islam! Only simple-minded fools or political robots would pretend that it would be otherwise at this particular point in history! Today in France at least 2 Muslims beheaded a victim, scrawled Arabic writing on the head and then rammed a gas business with a car, causing an explosion and multiple injuries. The attackers carried the flag of the Islamic State, the patriarchal, homophobic theocracy spawned by Barack Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq.

In a related story much was made of the recent survey in which 25 % – yes, ONE FOURTH – of American Muslims said they support the use of force against non-Muslims who don’t live according to Muslim prohibitions. Personally I think that’s much less of a deal than the fact that nearly ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of American Liberals support such use of force. After all, American Liberals are mindless, unquestioning foot-soldiers of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party wants the Muslim vote, therefore, the rest of us are acceptable losses in the pursuit of that voting bloc.

American Liberals are the Kapos of the world, happily performing administrative tasks for the intolerant fanatics of Islam hoping that the rest of us will get killed or otherwise victimized before they do. And let’s face it, Muslim fanatics are the ONLY Muslims who are of use to Liberals. Muslims who are peaceful and capable of coexistence don’t help the Democratic Party in ginning up hostility between Muslims and Non-Muslims. Continue reading

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SACRED HONOR:1776 – THE MEN WHO SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

JULY 4th IS COMING! The big names among the signers of the Declaration of Independence get all the attention they need, so Balladeer’s Blog will be spreading the love to ALL the signers in this article. And for a look at Revolutionary War battles PRIOR to July 4th, 1776 click here: https://glitternight.com/2012/07/01/before-the-fourth-revolutionary-war-battles-before-independence-day/

CONNECTICUT –

Samuel Huntington

Samuel Huntington

1. Samuel Huntington – Served as president of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1781. After the war served as Connecticut’s Chief Justice and then Governor.   ###   2. Roger Sherman – In addition to signing the Declaration he also signed the Articles of Association, the Articles of Confederation AND the U.S. Constitution.   ###   3. William Williams – Used his own money to finance various Connecticut Militia units and allowed American and later French troops to quarter in his home.   ###   4. Oliver Wolcott – Went on to serve as a Major General and led his forces against British Loyalists who were launching raids along the Connecticut Coastline. He also Continue reading

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