Balladeer’s Blog offers one last round of congratulations to the 2017 college basketball champions in the FOURTEEN divisions covered here.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION ONE
National Champions – TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS
Runners-Up – Life University Running Eagles
2016 Champions – Mid-America Christian University Evangels
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION TWO
National Champions – UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS
Runners-Up – Cornerstone University Golden Eagles
2016 Champions – Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats Continue reading
A WAR BETWEEN GODS
CANTO ONE – The jungle and mountain god Tan Vien was accompanying the semi-divine Emperor Hung Vuong XVIII on a Royal Hunt. A turn of fate puts them in a position to save the imperiled son of Long Vuong, the chief sea god. CLICK HERE
CANTO TWO – Tan Vien and Thuy Tinh, the god of the monsoon rains, both fall in love with Mi Nuong, the daughter of Emperor Hung Vuong XVIII. Against the backdrop of their growing rivalry, Thuy Tinh’s father Long Vuong honors Tan Vien for saving his son. CLICK HERE
CANTO THREE – Tan Vien, Thuy Tinh and the patriarch of the Thuc family are among the suitors competing in various contests for the hand of Mi Nuong. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Silver John: Can These Bones Live?
I’m still a fan of Manly Wade Wellman’s pulp hero Silver John, the roaming singer and guitarist who fights supernatural forces in the Appalachian Mountains of long ago, sort of like a countrified Orpheus meets Kolchak. He’s called Silver John because of the silver strings on his guitar and the silver coins he carries in his pockets.
For more details click here: https://glitternight.com/pulp-heroes/
NOBODY EVER GOES THERE – Just a reminder that all the Silver John stories published after his marriage to his beloved Evadare (click here if you missed the tales chronicling that landmark event – https://glitternight.com/2011/06/03/pulp-heroes-silver-john-four-for-friday/ ) jump around in time.
This short story is set when John is much older. Plus the tale breaks from the tradition of having the stories narrated by Silver John in the first person. We get a third person narrative in which the older (probably 40s) balladeer comes to the aid of two young lovers in the town of Trimble.
Mark Banion and Ruth Covel, two teachers at Trimble High, cross to the forbidden side of Catch River, where ancient, shadowy life forms caused the disappearance of an entire textile factory crew plus their families. All of that happened over 75 years ago, but strange sounds still emanate from the creepy-looking abandoned factory and the company houses nearby. Continue reading
As the entire world has learned to its sorrow it is ALWAYS Muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate and who try to force their new host countries to avoid offending their countless religious superstitions. (I’m an atheist so don’t bother trying to accuse me of being Christian or Jewish, etc)
EVERY country experiences the most trouble from its Muslim immigrants, largely because the political left’s parties in the Western World pander to only the worst and most violent Muslims. Muslims who WANT to assimilate are sneered at by American Liberals and dismissed as “Western Triumphalists” who have “internalized Western oppression.”
THIS IS ALWAYS THE ASPECT OF MUSLIM IMMIGRATION THAT GETS IGNORED. IT IS NOT REACTIONARY MUSLIMS ALONE WHO CAUSE THE PROBLEMS BUT THE POLITICAL PARTIES WHO ENCOURAGE ALL OF THE WORST ELEMENTS OF ISLAM. This toxic blend of Muslim fanatics and people who pretend to be Liberals always winds up resulting in the silencing of peaceful, civil Muslims and the elevation of violent Muslim fascists.
At any rate here are some excerpts from Hungary’s Viktor Orban regarding the way the political powers that be keep ramming large-scale Muslim immigration down the throats of the public. All while never expecting other, oil-rich Muslim nations to take in any of these “refugees” who are actually fit young men for the most part.
“The main danger to Europe’s future does not come from those who want to come here, but from Brussels’ fanatical internationalism. We should not allow Brussels to place itself above the law. We shall not allow it to force upon us the bitter fruit of its cosmopolitan immigration policy.
“We shall not import to Hungary crime, terrorism, homophobia and synagogue-burning anti-Semitism. There shall be no urban districts beyond the reach of the law, there shall be no mass disorder, no immigrant riots here, and there shall be no gangs hunting down our women and daughters. We shall not allow others to tell us whom we can let into our home and country, whom we will live alongside, and with whom we will share our country.” Continue reading
Spring is the time of year that always puts me in mind of the many dead and resurrected deities who were featured in various seasonal myths around the world. This is a look at Baal, but if you want more dead and resurrected gods and goddesses click HERE
The Tale: Baal, the storm god of the Canaanites, had emerged triumphant in his war with the sea god Yam and became very hubristic. He insisted he had authority even over Mot, the god of death and warned Mot that the only places on Earth that he could visit were the deserts.
Infuriated, Mot invited/ dared Baal to visit him in his subterranean realm, the land of the dead. Baal accepted the dare/ invitation lest he lose face and once there Mot fed him the food of the dead – mud – thereby trapping Baal in the Netherworld.
With Baal thus imprisoned no rains fell on the Earth and drought consumed the world, killing vegetation and the animals who fed on that vegetation, then the animals who fed on THOSE animals, etc.
In an interesting variation on these other seasonal myths in the story of Baal the “dead season” is not winter but summer, which, given the intense heat in that part of the world, was potentially more destructive to nature than winter. Continue reading
So now we learn that yet again America’s unhinged corporate media and corrupt political establishment played a cutesy word game to pretend that United States President Donald Trump was wrong about something he was actually correct about. Remember when the media tried acting like President Trump was wrong about the Muslim situation in Sweden? And the Boeing situation?
Also, remember last year when a Muslim fascist used a makeshift explosive in New York City and Trump called it “a bomb” but our insane corporate media acted like Trump was “wrong” and “irresponsible” because they felt such a cobbled-together explosive device should not have been referred to as “a bomb.” I could go on and on with other examples but we’ve all lived through them once already.
Well it turns out that President Trump was right about Obama and his fellow criminals bugging him but, Comey and others tried discrediting President Trump by playing the kind of word game that Mafiosi play on the witness stand.
Trump’s foes in America’s 3rd World Level swamp of corruption pretended that since the word “wiretap” no longer technically describes the type of electronic surveillance that Obama and our “intelligence community” thugs were subjecting President Trump to, that they were being “truthful” when they claimed there was no evidence of wiretapping. IN OTHER WORDS TRUMP WAS RIGHT AGAIN BUT HIS FOES IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES WERE ONCE AGAIN GIVING DECEPTIVE ANSWERS.
FOR OVERSEAS READERS I WILL POINT OUT AGAIN THAT IT ISN’T THAT ANY OF US THINK TRUMP IS A SAINT, IT’S JUST THAT OUR MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT ARE SO LOATHSOME IT’S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO ROOT FOR HIM AGAINST THEM. Continue reading
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2nd seeded NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS took on D2’s last surviving 1 seed – the FAIRMONT STATE FALCONS – for the championship.
The Bearcats contained the Falcons in the 1st Half and had acquired a 32-21 lead by the break. From there it was a much tighter game but Fairmont State could not dig themselves out of the hole they had found themselves in and Northwest Missouri State won by a final score of 71-61. Justin Pitts led the Bearcats in scoring with 23 points while his teammate Chris-Ebou Ndow notched a Double Double of 17 points and 18 rebounds. * THE BEARCATS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCAA DIVISION TWO * Continue reading
It’s the time of year when Balladeer’s Blog highlights comparative mythology, both in terms of other cultures’ dying and resurrected deities or in this case by showcasing alternate gospels that Christian authorities of long ago deemed to be non-canonical.
THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS – Yes, it’s the “tell-all” memoir of the figure remembered as the traitorous apostle. Among the many explosive aspects of this gospel is the credence it gave to the long-argued possiblity that Judas lived on for a time after Jesus’ death and may have even had disciples of his own, like the other followers of Jesus when they dispersed.
The other gospels generally depict their attributed author (yeah, right) as being the apostle who was closest to Jesus and who understood his teachings the best. The Gospel of Judas plays the same game, even going so far as to imply that Judas alone was privy to a particularly secret teaching of Jesus.
This “secret” is a full-on, flat-out Gnostic interpretation of Jesus and his mission. Jesus is shown laughing at the disciples’ misunderstanding of who he really is and identifies the god of the Old Testament with the Demiurge. The “Savior” is even referred to in connection with the goddess Barbelo from Gnostic myths. Continue reading
The symbol of the nonexistent Balladeer Political Party
The old saying “Those who CAN – do. Those who CAN’T – teach” is especially relevant given how Left-Wing Archie Bunkers from the 1960s generation distorted America’s educational system. The saying could be modified as “Those who CAN function in the real world and accept the fact that other adults are free to hold whatever opinions they like – DO. Those who CAN’T function in the real world and accept the fact that other adults are free to hold whatever opinions they like – TEACH.”
Well, okay, they don’t “teach” in any real sense of that word. They simply abuse their authority over students to brow-beat them into agreeing with their own political views. Part of this can be blamed on the lack of action taken by the political right.
Trust me, if high schools, colleges and universities ever get to the point where the teachers and administrative staff are roughly 90% or more Republicans instead of the current situation where they are roughly 90% or more Democrats, the political Left in America would have taken action LONG AGO!
Lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit would have been launched at the merest HINT of political bias in the curriculum. Terms like “viewpoint discrimination” or “viewpoint harassment” would already be cemented into law. Also, “Viewpoint Diversity Directors” would have been the Left’s latest job-scam and would occupy six-figure per year positions at schools. And the Left would have sold Democrat office-holders on the belief that educational institutions should be open for lawsuits if there is ever any sizable imbalance of political party affiliation in the faculty and administration members.
Left-Wing Archie Bunkers would more than deserve it if things get to the point where the political Right uses their own vile tactics against them and makes it so that all reviews for grant money or such have to be subjected for approval to Viewpoint Diversity officials to make sure American Liberals aren’t letting their many, MANY political prejudices influence who gets research funds and who doesn’t. Hilarious. I would still OPPOSE it, but it would be well-deserved karmic justice. Continue reading
*** NJCAA DIVISION ONE ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 4 seeds – the HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS – took the court against the 6th seeded EASTERN FLORIDA STATE TITANS for the NJCAA Division One title.
The Blue Dragons went straight for the jugular with a 21-4 run to start the game and by Halftime led the Titans by a score of 39-16. (Yes, sixteen.) After the break Hutchinson College coasted to an 84-58 victory to earn their 3rd hoops crown. Devonte Bandoo’s 22 points led the Blue Dragons while his teammate Shakur Juiston put up a Double Double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. * THE BLUE DRAGONS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA DIVISION ONE * Continue reading