Monthly Archives: December 2017

NOVEMBER 2017’s BEST

Balladeer’s Blog’s Best of 2017 continues …

bellona-and-rennellNUMBER ONE – Two gods of Bellona and Rennell Islands – NGUATUPU’A AND TEPOUTU’UINGANGI – As part of my look at gods and goddesses from various Polynesian island groups.

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NUMBER TWO – THE NEW HUMANS (1909): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION – CLICK HERE 

Che Guevara 2NUMBER THREE – A look at how CHE GUEVARA AND GUY FAWKES came to symbolize the opposite of what they were in real life. CLICK HERE 

NUMBER FOUR – A political tell-all about a small part of the sleaze in American politics – DONNA BRAZILE’S BOOK ON HILLARY AND DNC CORRUPTION. CLICK HERE 

NUMBER FIVE – A look at yet another American Liberal like me driven away from the Left by their cowardly hypocrisy, pompous snobbery and hilarious pretentiousness. KERI SMITH – Just CLICK HERE

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER CHAMPIONS FOR 2017

One last round of congratulations to the 2017 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 – Benedictine College Ravens

2016 Champions – University of Northwestern Ohio Racers

Biola Eagles NEWNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division One

National Champions – BIOLA UNIVERSITY EAGLES

Runners-Up  – Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats

2016 Champions – Colorado Christian University Cougars

Bob Jones University BruinsNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division Two

National Champions – BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BRUINS (Threepeat) 

Runners-Up – Providence University College Pilots

2016 Champions – Bob Jones University Bruins Continue reading

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MUSLIM FASCIST ATROCITY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 31st

Islam and toleranceI devote a lot of space to those courageous Muslims who take on the fanatics in their own faith PLUS have to face down the condescending white Westerners who think that ONLY Muslims who hate the Western World are “authentic.”

For the flip side of that here’s another look at JUST A FEW recent attacks by Muslim fascists empowered by Democrats in the U.S. and by Labour in the U.K. and by   “educators” (LMAO) everywhere. More daily battles in the war that Muslim fascists wage against non-Muslims everywhere: 

November 24th: Rawda, Egypt – Muslim fascists attacked a Sufi place of worship, killing THREE HUNDRED ELEVEN innocent people and injuring ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT more. Coexistence!  

November 21st: Mubi, Nigeria – A jihadist suicide bomber killed FIFTY-EIGHT innocent people and injured TWENTY-NINE more. 

December 2nd: Maiduguri, Nigeria – Muslim fascist suicide bombers killed 15 innocent people and injured FIFTY-THREE more. 

Islam and African slaveryDecember 7th: Semuliki, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Islamists of the ADF, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, attacked and killed 14 innocent people while injuring FIFTY-THREE more.

December 21st: Melbourne, Australia – A Muslim fascist who entered Australia as a “refugee” showed his gratitude by blaming his host country for not treating Muslims “fairly” and using a vehicle to injure EIGHTEEN innocent people and kill 1 more.

December 27th: St Petersburg, Russia – Muslim fascists set off a bomb at a supermarket, injuring THIRTEEN innocent people. Continue reading

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THE LUNARIAN PROFESSOR (1909): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

Lunarian ProfessorTHE LUNARIAN PROFESSOR AND HIS REMARKABLE REVELATIONS CONCERNING THE EARTH, THE MOON AND MARS TOGETHER WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE CRUISE OF THE SALLY ANN (1909) – Written by James B Alexander back in the glory days of titles so long they might not fit in a 140 character limit.

The story is set in 1892, when James Alexander pretends that, while on a fishing trip he encountered a humanoid with a head like a globe, six limbs, large eyes and six wings. The being claims to be a “Lunarian,” a man from our moon.

He is a professor and informs Alexander that he and his fellow Lunarians travel from planet to planet by manipulating gravity. They live in vast underground caverns on the moon, caverns with a breathable atmosphere. Their mastery of gravity is the key to their advanced technology.

The professor’s people have been observing Earth for an untold amount of time. James Alexander even learns that in the distant past humans had to fight intelligently evolving reptiles for planetary supremacy. The cavemen won.

The Lunarians grow vegetation in hydroponic trays and dispose of their dead through a disintegration process that breaks the bodies down into their base elements, thus nothing gets wasted. Though their own culture is socialistic the Lunarians have no shyness about earning profits by selling their advanced technology to other inhabited planets.  

The Lunarians have even developed methods of predicting the future. Alexander asks about Earth’s future and the professor from the moon is happy to lay it all out for the Earthling. Continue reading

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MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER CHAMPIONS FOR 2017

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

wayland baptistNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS

Runners-Up – Missouri Valley College Vikings

2016 Champions – Hastings College Broncos

Southwestern Christian U EaglesNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division One

National Champions – SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES

Runners-Up – Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats

2016 Champions – Southwestern Christian University Eagles Continue reading

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BEST BLOG POSTS OF OCTOBER 2017

Balladeer’s Blog’s Best of 2017 continues …

Rappaccini's Daughter 2NUMBER ONE – BEATRICE THE POISON WOMAN – A Halloween Season look at the beautiful but deadly hybrid woman from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s horror story Rappaccini’s Daughter. CLICK HERE  

NUMBER TWO – LATEST DEMOCRAT ATROCITY ROUNDUP – They love to lecture the rest of us for hellish situations of their own making. CLICK HERE 

Frankenstein's Army 2NUMBER THREE – FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (2013) – A review of this look at a horror movie about a descendant of the original Dr Frankenstein. This Doctor F is reanimating custom-weaponized corpses for the Nazis during World War Two. CLICK HERE 

NUMBER FOUR – My review of ROBERT LUDLUM’S NUMBER ONE NOVEL – THE MATARESE CIRCLE. In this age of debates over globalism and the ugly influence of multi-national corporations on the political process The Matarese Circle is THE Ludlum novel to discover if you haven’t already. CLICK HERE 

Soul of Kol NikonNUMBER FIVE – THE SOUL OF KOL NIKON (1913) – My Halloween Season review of this neglected novel by female author Eleanor Farjeon. The story deals with a Changeling using his supernatural command of music to try to steal a soul for himself from a human victim. CLICK HERE 

NUMBER SIX – THE CENTENARIAN (1822) – My review of a Gothic Horror novel by Balzac himself. A Frenchman has lived for centuries through the supernatural abilities he has learned from the Rosicrucians. He serves as a veritable Puss In Boots for his descendants, using his powers to prey on anyone who gets in their way. CLICK HERE

Bourne IdentityNUMBER SEVEN – THE BOURNE IDENTITY – My review of ROBERT LUDLUM’S NUMBER TWO NOVEL, about amnesiac intelligence agent Jason Bourne. CLICK HERE  

NUMBER EIGHT – THE BLACK REAPER (1899) – My Halloween Season review of this Gothic Horror story about a black-garbed figure who springs from the corn fields, wielding a scythe to very deadly effect. CLICK HERE

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ROSE MARIE, STAR OF GHETTO BLASTER, DEAD AT 94

Rose MarieGHETTO BLASTER (1989) – Rose Marie, best known as Sally Rogers on the ancient Dick Van Dyke Show, started in movies at age 4 in 1927 billed as “Baby Rose Marie.” Legend holds she was in a Vitaphone SOUND short released as an opener for The Jazz Singer, usually credited as the first feature-length movie with sound.  

That Al Jolson feature film kicked off the slow but inevitable end of the Silent Film Era but Rose Marie was still going by Baby Rose Marie until 1934. This legend of the big and small screens gets the usual affectionate Balladeer’s Blog sendoff with a look at one of her worst and most bizarre cinematic appearances – Ghetto Blaster.

IMDb screw-ups strike again as they mistakenly have the much younger actress Rosemarie (one word) listed in the credits for this film in which Rose Marie portrayed Helen, the mother of Richard Hatch’s character Travis. 

Ghetto BlasterI’ll start the review-proper for Ghetto Blaster by pointing out that you should buy this film for the  Battlestar Galactica (Original Series) fan in your life. Richard Hatch from that show tries to portray the kind of grim and relentless inner city vigilante made iconic by Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

Given Hatch’s generally pleasant and inoffensive demeanor this is roughly similar to having Ned Flanders star as Dirty Harry but is twice as funny. Travis (Hatch) returns to his old neighborhood after being away for years. He’s disgusted to see how much the place has changed for the worse. Continue reading

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