Monthly Archives: December 2015

HOUSTON MUSLIM CHARGED WITH MOSQUE FIRE

The Muslim man charged with setting the mosque on fire.

The Muslim man charged with setting the mosque on fire.

Despite the media’s incessant, sniveling  warnings about alleged Islamophobia they never have any specific examples. The ghoulish newsreaders were licking their chops with glee at the thought that maybe a Christian or a Jew had set fire to a Houston mosque on Christmas Day.

Once again the media was left saying “D’OH!” as security camera footage from nearby businesses led to the arrest of Gary Nathaniel Moore – a Muslim who regularly attended the mosque. Moore reportedly prayed there up to five times a day for years.

Was he trying to fake an “anti-Muslim hate crime” the same way people try to fake Bigfoot or UFO footage? Continue reading

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TERROR TRAIN (1980) ON THE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT

Terror Train

Terror Train: A New Year’s Eve Horror Film

Before MST3K there was … The Texas 27 Film Vault!

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this neglected cult show from the mid-1980s. 

EPISODE ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: Saturday December 27th, 1986 from 10:30pm to 1:00am.

EXTRAS: Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, as machine-gun toting Film Vault Technicians First Class and members of the fictional Film Vault Corps (“the few, the proud, the sarcastic”) had two and a half hours to work with each week. Interviews with figures like Vincent Price, Forry Ackerman and others were featured and the movies being shown and mocked were often preceded by episodes of old Republic serials like Radar Men from the Moon and others. 

This episode featured Randy and Richard’s interview with Ben Johnson, whom they had interviewed at his ranch earlier in the year. Johnson also appeared in the episode’s film, Terror Train.

Mysterious Doctor SatanSERIAL: For this episode the movie was preceded by a chapter of  Mysterious Doctor Satan

HOST SEGMENTS: The most memorable Host Segment  Randy and Richard did during this New Year’s-themed horror film was a bit where, as Midnight Dallas Time approached, they staged a countdown and then a raucous celebration of the arrival of … December 28th, 1986. Ken “Tex” Miller, Joe “The Hypnotic Eye” Riley and other Film Vault Corps members joined in the festivities in a great example of the wry humor of this pre-MST3K program.  

TERROR TRAIN (1980) – A New Year’s Eve slasher film set on a Continue reading

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EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS (1898): PART EIGHT

Edison's Conquest of Mars 7Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of Garrett P Serviss’ odd sequel to Fighters From Mars, his blatant imitation of War of the Worlds.

PART EIGHT

The Earth fleet departed from the asteroid and resumed course for Mars. To pass the time the flagship’s linguists began working with the 15 feet tall Martian captive in an attempt at communication. Some progress was made, enhanced by the captive’s possession of a book, thus giving the linguists a look at the written language of the Red Planet.   

After 23 days the Earth fleet at last reached Mars. Edison commanded the Terran ships to observe and map the planet below so that an overall strategy could be outlined. Mars featured several continents, all criss-crossed with the canals people were convinced Mars possessed back then. Continue reading

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TOP GODS OF THE NYANGA PEOPLE

Nyanga territoryAfter Balladeer’s Blog’s examination of the Mwindo Epic many readers expressed an interest in Nyanga mythology. I’m all about giving readers what they want so here are brief looks at the deities of the Nyanga people.

KATEE – The god of hedgehogs. Katee spoke through one of his animal avatars to warn the semidivine hero Mwindo about some of Kasiyembe’s death traps.

MWERI – The moon goddess. Her domain is the moon itself and is  composed of alternate hot, sandy wasteland and lush blue waters. Mweri sees everything that happens at night and therefore has ties to lovemaking, fertility, sleeping, thievery and assassinations. She can send dreams or nightmares as well as prophetic messages in those dreams. Visitors to Mweri’s domain can be left wandering in the hot wasteland or even set on fire by her, depending on the goddess’ whim.  Continue reading

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2015 COLLEGE SOCCER CHAMPIONS – MEN

One last round of congratulations for the soccer champions in the TEN divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Rio Grande Red Storm Big ONAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE (OH) RED STORM

Runners-Up – MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers

2014 Champions – Davenport University Panthers 

Southern Wesleyan University WarriorsNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) DIVISION ONE

National Champions – SOUTHERN WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WARRIORS

Runners-Up – Bethel (IN) College Pilots (Riverboat Pilots)

2014 Champions – Lee University Flames  Continue reading

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ISLAMIC STATE KILLS SUFFERERS OF DOWN’S SYNDROME

Islam: Recommended by hatemongers of all eras!

Islam: Recommended by hatemongers of all eras!

The Islamic State, spawned by Barack Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq, issued a fatwa (Muslim justification for killing and killing and killing some more) ordering Muslims to kill children who have Down’s Syndrome and/or are born with deformities or disabilities.

The fatwa was issued on December 14th but I held off posting anything to make absolutely sure it was all true. I’m afraid it is true and untold numbers of children and newborns have already been put to death by the Islamic State.

Another similarity with the Nazis, and, as always, Godwin’s Law pussies don’t impress me so don’t bother citing it. Continue reading

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GHOSTKEEPER (1981) NEW YEAR’S EVE HORROR FILM

GhostkeeperGHOSTKEEPER (1981) – One of those infamous Canadian tax shelter movies of the early 1980s, so you know what you’re in for: the usual slapdash storytelling, low production values and a tale that would have been better handled in the old glory days of radio decades ago.

On New Year’s Eve two men and a woman get stranded in the Rocky Mountains following a snowmobile crash. They seek refuge in a creepy old boardinghouse run by the female Joe Spinnell, Georgie Collins. Collins plays an absolute psycho who has two creepy sons, one of whom is a host for the cannibalistic Native American monster called the Wendigo.  Continue reading

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2015 COLLEGE SOCCER CHAMPIONS: WOMEN

One last round of congratulations to the 2015 college soccer champions in the NINE divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

Spring Arbor U CougarsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COUGARS

Runners-Up – Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders

2014 Champions – Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders 

Houghton College HighlandersNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) DIVISION ONE

National Champions – HOUGHTON COLLEGE HIGHLANDERS

Runners-Up – Mississippi College Choctaws

2014 Champions – Lee University Flames  Continue reading

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DYSTOPIA? YOU’RE LIVING IN IT!

MASCOT SABRE POSE 2You could say we now live in the Dystopian States of America. So many negative predictions for the future have already come true. On top of that our elected officials run the country like a Mafia bust-out operation, making themselves rich while ensuring an increasingly bleak future for the rest of us.

They fancy themselves to be the New Aristocracy from the Royal Houses of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. They spend their entire careers barely one step ahead of a criminal indictment yet they have the audacity to LECTURE the rest of us about values and morals.  

No Democratic or Republican politician is in any way fit to handle the administrative duties they are elected to handle, let alone sit in judgment on the rest of us. They don’t deserve respect. The Democratic and Republican Parties deserve to be treated like a hostile occupying force, like a group of oligarchs who have taken over the country.

Too strong? Continue reading

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2015 COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS

Here’s one last round of congratulations to the ladies who won the National Championships in volleyball for 2015 in the ELEVEN divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

columbia cougarsNAIA  (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – COLUMBIA (MO) UNIVERSITY COUGARS

Runners-Up – Missouri Baptist University Spartans

2014 Champions – Park University Pirates   Continue reading

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