Monthly Archives: July 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BALLADEER’S BLOG’S PRESEASON NAIA RANKINGS

Morningside MustangsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – 1. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS    ###     2. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS (Defending Champions)    ###     3. REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES    ###     4. LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS    ###     5. NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS    ###    

Southeastern Fire helmet REAL6. SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE    ###     7. DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS    ###      8. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM    ###     9. MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS    ###     10. CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY PHOENIX    ###     Continue reading

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“MAVERICK DIDN’T COME HERE TO LOSE” – FRONTIERADO SONG

James GarnerFrontierado will be here this Friday and who DOESN’T love a 3-day weekend with Friday off instead of Monday! Two days to recover from all your Frontierado parties and cook-outs and late-night movie marathons!

Here’s another song for the season. It’s the extended version of Maverick Didn’t Come Here To Lose from the telefilm Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace. That tv movie served to launch the brief 1980s revival of Garner’s character from the 1950s Maverick series. Co-star Ed Bruce sang the song, a shortened version of which served as the new series’ theme song. 

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TRANSGRESS WITH ME: JULY 30th

Mascot with demo and repub headsTime for another round of Transgress With Me.

*** POMPOUS, FINANCIALLY COMFORTABLE DEMOCRAT SNOBS WANT WORLD EVENTS TO GO A CERTAIN WAY SO THEY CAN SELFISHLY GLOAT THAT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN RIGHT. IN CONTRAST, THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR WANT WORLD EVENTS TO GO A CERTAIN WAY BECAUSE IT IMPACTS THEIR ACTUAL LIVES. 

mascot new look donkey and elephant heads*** REMEMBER THE LYRICS TO THE 1960s SONG THAT WENT “HATE YOUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR/ BUT DON’T FORGET TO SAY GRACE” AS A POKE AT MIDDLE-CLASS CHRISTIAN HYPOCRISY? … THESE DAYS THE HYPOCRISY OF LEFT-WING ARCHIE BUNKERS FROM THE 1960s GENERATION COULD BE CRITICIZED WITH LYRICS LIKE “HATE AND THREATEN VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR FOR SUPPORTING TRUMP/ BUT DON’T FORGET TO TELL YOURSELF HOW TOLERANT YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE”

*** NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP, IT’S BECOME CLEAR THAT THE COUNTRY COULD EASILY SURVIVE AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION … BUT I’M NOT SO SURE WE CAN SURVIVE TWO MORE YEARS OF THE FASCISTIC DEMOCRATS TURNING EVERY WEEK INTO THE APOCALYPSE AND CALLING FOR VIOLENCE.    Continue reading

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3 GUNSLINGERS: HAVE NICKNAME, WILL TRAVEL

Hunnewell, KSFrontierado is coming up this Friday, August 3rd. The holiday celebrates the myth of the Old West, not the grinding reality. With just a few days remaining until the big day I’ll be squeezing in some last seasonal posts.

Part of the appeal of old west gunslingers lies in their catchy nicknames. I’ve covered all of the big names over the years, so here are a few more who don’t get the attention they deserve.

cash hollisterCASH HOLLISTER – Cassius M “Cash” Hollister was born in Cleveland, OH on December 7th of 1845. Cash was a two-fisted and fiery man who felt too constrained living in the citified East. In 1877 he traveled to Kansas, where he did hotel work in Wichita before moving on to Caldwell. 

Hollister married Sadia Rhodes in 1878 and in late October of 1879 was elected Mayor of Caldwell following the violent death of the town’s previous Mayor. High office did nothing to diminish Cash’s high spirits and he continued to participate in frequent barroom brawls and street fights.

Choosing not to stand for reelection in 1880, Hollister held no further official position until very early 1883, when he was appointed Deputy U.S. Marshal by Marshal B.S. Simpson. Within months Cash was involved in a series of gunfights against horse thieves and cattle rustlers in the sprawling criminal organization headed by Jay Wilkinson. Continue reading

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BLUE DRAGONS FOOTBALL PICKED FOURTH IN THE JAYHAWK CONFERENCE

Hutchinson Blue DragonsWICHITA – There was one overriding theme on Friday at the 2018 Jayhawk Conference Football Media Day at Newman University.

“The Jayhawk Conference is an elite conference. There are eight great teams,” Hutchinson College head coach Rion Rhoades said during his turn at the podium.

“The conference is a grind. You have to be on your A-game,” Butler coach Tim Schaffner said.

The other six coaches had similar feelings about the 2018 football season. With the new scholarship rules in place for one full recruiting cycle, all eight coaches agreed that the KJCCC has more talent on all eight teams top to bottom than at any time in the league’s storied history. Continue reading

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FRONTIERADO POKER: THE RULES

 

“You’re not goin’ nowhere, ya bottom-dealin’ Hombre,” the gambler-gunfighter exclaimed, “We’ve got us a few apparent paradoxes and their effect upon contemporary religious thought to discuss!”

Here’s a refresher on the rules for Frontierado Poker, the game that is strictly my own invention, to be played on Frontierado (the first Friday of every August).

1. Remove all face cards from the deck. The game is played with a 40-card deck.

2. Every player antes up. (I’m not advocating gambling. You can decide for yourselves what you play for.)

3. Each player is dealt 4 cards (the deal rotates like in many conventional poker games). Continue reading

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TEN NEGLECTED GUNSLINGERS OF THE OLD WEST

MASCOT COWBOY 2JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL FRONTIERADO! As always Frontierado is about celebrating the myth of the Wild West and not the grinding reality. Part of the fun each year is an examination of neglected gunslingers from the 1800s. 

The likes of Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane and Jesse James have been the subject of a variety of movies and folk tales. Unfortunately some figures from the Wild West led lives at least as interesting as the big names did but have not gotten nearly as much attention. Here is a look at ten such men and women. Continue reading

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LINKAPALOOZA

FBI a subsidiary of the clinton campaignAs our de facto Third Party President Donald Trump continues battling America’s 3rd World-level cesspool of corruption which masquerades as a government here are some quick headlines and links.

BUSINESSES CONNECTED TO DEMOCRAT SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL’S HUSBAND GOT ONE HUNDRED THIRTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL MONEY FUNNELED TO THEM. Another news item for the file marked “How do all of our members of Congress become multi-millionaires while in office?”  – CLICK HERE  And look into Democrat Maxine Waters’ multi-million dollar house while you’re at it.

AMERICAN STEEL WORKERS APPLAUD TRUMP TRADE AGENDA – Working class hero President Trump kicks Republican and Democrat butt while making good on his campaign promises. CLICK HERE

Fisa ScandalSAN FRANCISCO LETTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS VOTE – Hey, why not? Illegal immigrants in California have been voting for Democrats for years and gave Hillary millions of votes in 2016. San Francisco says it’s just for “local” elections but in national election years their local and national items are on the same ballot. I guess they’ll go by “The Honor System” to make sure the illegals don’t fill in the national part of those ballots. CLICK HERE

GAY TRUMP SUPPORTERS SPEAK OUT – CLICK HERE
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DESPERADO: FRONTIERADO SONG

Frontierado is coming up on Friday, August 3rd. For the holiday season here is another “Frontierado Carol.” It’s Linda Ronstadt with Desperado

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CLIVE BARKER’S THE SCARLET GOSPELS (2015)

Scarlet GospelsTHE SCARLET GOSPELS (2015) – Written by Clive Barker, or I guess I should make that “Written by Clive Barker” (wink). I notice from other reviews of this disappointing novel that I’m far from alone in thinking Barker wrote only the Prologue and a ghost writer completed the work. Probably Damon Lindelöf. (I’m kidding!)

How do you go wrong with a novel featuring Barker’s recurring Occult Detective Harry D’Amour taking on the Hell Priest aka Pinhead (or “Lead Cenobite” as he was known to the ancients. Hellraiser fans will get it.)? How do you do it? With horrific writing that is worse than most fan fiction, that’s how.

Let’s start with the good: the Prologue. This prologue is so tantalizingly good that the jarring plunge in quality the rest of the way makes reading The Scarlet Gospels feel like some exquisitely refined brand of torture being pioneered by the Cenobites and their Order of the Gash.  Continue reading

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