Monthly Archives: April 2019

POLO: U.S. OPEN ROUND THREE CONCLUDES

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. Polo was already centuries old when Alexander the Great’s men played it! FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE  

Las Monjitas PoloROUND THREE, DAY TWO: FIRST MATCH – LAS MONJITAS VS PARK PLACE. Las Monjitas – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Black Habits – rode against Park Place – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Cossacks.

Polo Silhouette LogoThe First Chukker saw the Black Habits dominate the Cossacks on both sides of the ball, swatting in 4 Goals while limiting their opponents to 1. In the Second Chukker the defenses clamped down, forcing the teams to settle for just 1 Goal each for a 5-2 Las Monjitas lead.

The Ball flew between the Uprights like shrapnel once again in the Third Chukker with Park Place outscoring the opposition 3-2. Heading into Halftime the Black Habits held a 7-5 advantage. Continue reading

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ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: MANY MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS STILL TRY TO DENY THAT IT HAPPENED

Remembering the April 24th Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Muslim Turks during World War One took on extra poignance this year following the Muslim violence against Christians in Sri Lanka recently.

Here is my seasonal post about the Armenian Genocide and the way that Deniers still refuse to come to grips with it: 

Another of the courageous Muhammad drawings for the upcoming May 3rd Contest.

Another of the courageous Muhammad drawings for the upcoming May 3rd Contest.

Here in the Western World we spring from the womb reaching for a microphone so we can vent about everything we find disgusting in our own nation’s past. I’ve always seen that as a virtue. We spend an enormous amount of effort forever examining and re-examining our past and masochistically thrashing ourselves for that past.

The Muslim World is the exact opposite. Their nations and culture seem largely incapable of introspection or honest debate. The Muslim World is AT LEAST as guilty as the West when it comes to Colonialism – in fact Islam had spread through blood and conquest throughout Africa and Asia and various Pacific Island nations AND was involved in the African Slave Trade centuries before the much-maligned Western World ever got a foothold there. Not only that but the Muslim World remains active in the Slave Trade to this very day.

Muhammad juggling the heads of the victims of Islamic beheadings.

Muhammad juggling the heads of the victims of Islamic beheadings.

The inhumane and barbaric attitude that Islam has toward women is every bit as bad as slavery, too, and it’s an attitude the Muslim World maintains long after those allegedly “Patriarchal” Western Democracies have moved on to more enlightened times. Islam’s harsh treatment of ethnic and religious minorities within its own borders far exceeds the abuses of the Western World, too.

Refusing to let their history books reflect any of these facts has been a big weapon for Islam.

American Democrats mindlessly and unquestioningly believe EVERYTHING in the incredibly biased histories that the Muslim nations have written about themselves. Democrats even buy into the ridiculous claim that everywhere Islam spread the indigenous inhabitants “happily and peacefully” converted to Islam. That’s as absurd as the old, OLD Christian claim that THEIR religion was spread happily and peacefully.

Yet another Muhammad drawing  entered in the May 3rd contest.

Yet another Muhammad drawing entered in the May 3rd contest.

The main difference is that in the Western World rational analysis of history, even when unflattering, eventually became a positive feature. In the Muslim World clinging to old prejudices and shutting off the mind to ANY alternate versions of the past is still adhered to.

Today Muslims are still trying to remain oblivious to the past. Too many are trying to deny their genocidal treatment of the Armenians during World War One. It doesn’t matter how well-documented that genocide was, the Muslim World denies it just like they continue to deny the Holocaust happened during World War Two.

Since the hilariously pretentious asses of Western Liberalism have backed themselves into a corner where they have to go on with their “Islam – right or wrong” attitude, unfortunately this genocide may get expunged from history books. At least from history books used in classrooms around the world when any Muslim students claim they are “offended” by the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide.    Continue reading

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ADAM WARLOCK: THE MAGUS – CHAPTER LINKS

Tom Fleming WarlockAdam Warlock, one of the Marvel Comics superheroes who are not that well known to the public at large right now, will probably be a household word soon like just about every other Marvel character who gets thrown at the big and small screens.

At this point if Marvel tried launching film versions of It, The Living Colossus or Fin Fang Foom they’d probably take over Kaiju leadership from Japan & Godzilla. Recently Balladeer’s Blog did an examination of The Magus, the seven-part 1975-1976 Adam Warlock story by Jim Starlin. If you missed it here are chapter links:

Magus 1PART ONE – ENTER: THE MAGUS – Includes my quick recap of Adam Warlock’s fictional history from 1967 to 1975, including his encounters with the Fantastic Four, Thor and the Incredible Hulk.

Then it’s on to Adam’s first clash with the galaxy-spanning Universal Church of Truth and the mad god it worships – the Magus. CLICK HERE 

Magus Part TwoPART TWO: DEATH SHIP – Adam Warlock gains a new ally in Pip the Troll when he is taken captive by the Church’s starship The Great Divide.

While participating in a prisoner uprising to seize the vessel he also learns more about the atrocities perpetrated on over a thousand worlds by the Magus and his Universal Church of Truth. CLICK HERE   

GamoraPART THREE: THE TRIAL OF ADAM WARLOCK – *** FIRST EVER APPEARANCE OF GAMORA *** Overcoming even more Black Knights of the Church and another battle with the Soul Gem, Warlock at last confronts the Matriarch, the worldly leader of the Universal Church of Truth.

She puts Adam on trial for heresy as part of her plan to seize control of the Church from the Magus. CLICK HERE

Magus fourPART FOUR: ONE THOUSAND CLOWNS – Pip the Troll and Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, try to free Adam Warlock from the Pit of the Sacred Palace.

Meanwhile our hero resists the Matriarch’s surreal attempts to indoctrinate him into the Universal Church of Truth. CLICK HERE   

Magus 5PART FIVE: THE INFINITY EFFECT – Face to face with the real form of the Magus, Adam Warlock learns the horrific fate that lies ahead for him as he will transform into the Church’s god while being tortured over a period of 5,000 years.

Gamora’s mysterious secret is revealed. CLICK HERE

Magus 6PART SIX: THE REDEMPTION PRINCIPLE – While evading the Black Knights of the Church Adam, Gamora and Pip encounter the dying Matriarch.

Thanos reveals Gamora’s mind-bending, paradoxical origin and the In-Betweener draws ever closer in order to steal away Warlock and transform him into the Magus. CLICK HERE

Magus 7PART SEVEN: HOW STRANGE MY DESTINY – The story’s final mind-boggling developments unfold as Adam Warlock struggles to fight his fate.

Plus Thanos’ real motives for helping our hero are revealed in the final battles with the Magus, his Black Knights and the cosmic being called the In-Betweener. CLICK HERE  

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BILLY IDOL: HOT IN THE CITY

Balladeer’s Blog’s Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead returns with a look at Billy Idol’s song Hot In The City

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FOOL KILLER: PART ELEVEN – MORE MELUNGEON VARIATIONS

Fool Killer RedBalladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT, CLICK HERE

Fess Parker as the Melungeon Fool KillerPART ELEVEN: MORE MELUNGEON VARIATIONS

In the previous installment I took a look at the Melungeon origin myth for the Fool Killer and the way it bore some resemblance to a figure from Portuguese folk tales that the so-called “Hill Portughee” brought with them. That tale also dealt with the creation of the club/ walking stick/ cudgel that the Fool Killer carried with him in many of his incarnations.

I finished off with the legends of the Fool Killer slaying “fools” who entered the East Tennessee Hills intent on mining or stealing Melungeon gold.

MELUNGEON VARIATION TWO: We’ll pick up this time with more of the oral traditions which supposedly started in the late 1830s or 1840s but weren’t set down in writing until the 1880s and later so there’s no way of verifying when they really began.

Skull walking stickThe area covered was still Eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. The Fool Killer roamed those regions, wielding his iron club/ walking stick/ cudgel topped with a skull crafted from Melungeon gold.

By now his mission had evolved to killing foolish Federal agents sent into the hills to try to shut down what Washington, DC saw as the “counterfeit” minting of gold coins by the Melungeons. The Fool Killer finished off any Feds that he caught confiscating those coins from merchants or arresting said merchants. Continue reading

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DEMOCRATS AND THEIR RIDICULOUS BELIEF THAT THEY’RE “INTELLECTUAL”

By the time most people are out of their 20s they shrug off the immature and insecure preoccupation with how “intellectual” they supposedly are. American leftists are perpetual children so they never outgrow that pompous, boorish pose. 

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When you learn to look beyond the now-meaningless words “liberal” and “conservative” …

Just as American Conservatives have hopelessly politicized the word “patriot” to the point where it’s meaningless, American Liberals have hopelessly politicized the word “intellectual” to the point where it is meaningless, too. Conservatives will describe someone as a “patriot” IF that person mindlessly agrees with all their political views. Liberals will describe someone as an “intellectual” IF that person mindlessly agrees with all their political views.

In reality neither American Conservatives nor American Liberals are in any way fit to bestow labels like patriot and intellectual on anyone NOR are they fit to strip away such labels. Liberals are hilarious the way they pretend that even semi-literate movie stars and singers are “intellectual” as long as they unquestioningly spout Liberal dogma. American Liberals simultaneously pretend that even people who have multiple degrees are “dumb” if they hold opinions that the mindless conformists of liberalism disagree with.

Take for instance George Clooney. He dropped out of college but because he zealously spouts nothing but liberal talking points the American Left considers him “intellectual”. On the other hand if he was a Hollywood celebrity who dropped out of college and who expressed opinions that American Liberals disagree with he would be mocked and ridiculed as “an uneducated white American”.

democrat republican awakeAmerican Liberals are such pretentious fools they even made fun of “the kind of college” that Sarah Palin graduated from. Even people like me who criticized Palin couldn’t help but laugh at that hypocrisy given how Liberals were conveniently forgetting how so many of the entertainers they revere as deep thinkers never went to college at all or even may have dropped out of high school (like Susan Sarandon).

That is why length of education has never been a true indicator of intelligence anyway, but this attitude of Liberals perfectly illustrates their pompous snobbery and their tiresome status anxiety. Plenty of American Liberals are terrified that people might think they aren’t “intellectual” if they dare to be individuals rather than conform to the latest Liberal talking points.

This bizarre fusion of Machiavelli and Marx could be paraphrased like this: “Many in the working class were prevented from completing formal education due to various factors, and this has left them insecure about their intellect. This insecurity can be used to keep them in line by praising them as intellectuals as long as they conform to Liberal dogma but dismissing them as uneducated if they deviate from such dogma.”

Another laughable quality about American Liberals and this aspect of their insecurity is the way they immerse themselves only in television shows, movies and news outlets that reinforce their prejudiced – and hilarious – notion that they are the country’s intelligentsia.

Readers who often email me asking if I’m a secret Liberal can use this as proof that I’m not a Liberal just as I’m not a Conservative. If I was an American Liberal I would pretentiously act like my various odd and obscure interests made me more intelligent than other people. In reality I think words like “intellectual” and “patriotic” are not universally definable and will always be subject to each person’s individual opinions, similar to words like “beauty” or “justice”. Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN ACTION CONTINUES

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. Polo was already centuries old when Alexander the Great’s men played it! FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE  

Iconica PoloROUND THREE, DAY ONE: FIRST MATCH – ICONICA VS LA INDIANA. In this Match Iconica – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Creators – rode against La Indiana – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Indians.

I often praise Polo for the way men and women can play on the same team. In this Match Maureen Brennan rode into action as part of Iconica’s foursome.

International Polo Club overheadThe Creators put the ball between the Uprights 3 times in the First Chukker, compared to the 1 lone Goal mustered by the Indians. In the Second Chukker La Indiana outscored their opponents 2 Goals to 1 to pull within 4-3.

Chukker Number Three saw the Indians shut out Iconica while swatting in another Goal for themselves, producing a 4-4 tie at Halftime. Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASEBALL RANKINGS

Per the Glitternight Index:

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*** 1. NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (Shipbuilders)     ###    2. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI AT CLERMONT COUGARS     ###    3. SOUTHERN MAINE COLLEGE SEAWOLVES     ###    4. MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN (Co-Ed Now) OWLS     ###     5. PENN STATE AT DUBOIS LIONS     ###    

Wright State Lake Campus Lakers*** 6. WRIGHT STATE AT THE LAKE LAKERS     ###     7. BRYANT & STRATTON (NY) BOBCATS     ###     8. FLORIDA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CONQUISTADORS     ###     9. STRATFORD UNIVERSITY CARDINALS     ###     10. COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH’S (sic) FIGHTING SAINTS     ###     Continue reading

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DEMOCRAT ATROCITY ROUNDUP: APRIL 23rd

#WalkAwayThe biggest regret of my life is that I used to belong to the increasingly deranged party of the Democrats. I became an Independent voter long ago and I’m glad to see other former Democrats taking to social media with their stories about why they decided to #WALKAWAY.

Mueller fake newsEver since the release of the Mueller Report further debunked the already absurd Russian Collusion and “obstruction” (LMAO) fantasies of the Democrats they have frothed at the mouth and proceeded as if the exact opposite happened. People who still rant and rave about collusion and obstruction are as idiotic as people who claimed Obama was “a Muslim sleeper agent” or say that aliens abduct them on a nightly basis.

Democrat lunacy aside, that Party of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, Japanese Internment, The Trail of Tears and so much more continues to pile on the abhorrent behavior. Links are below but for just a handful of the latest Democrat atrocities:

*** Democrats have now labeled the police “The Blue Klux Klan.”

*** Democrats now push antisemitism fanatically, led by hatemongers like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

*** Democrats now move to have candidates they don’t like kept off of state ballots.

*** Democrats do that while continuing to fight legal efforts to stop their vote fraud travesty called “vote harvesting.” Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN, ROUND TWO CONCLUDES

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. Polo was already centuries old when Alexander the Great’s men played it! FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE  

EquuleusROUND TWO, DAY FIVE: FIRST MATCH – EQUULEUS VS COCA COLA. Equuleus – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Constellations – rode into action against Coca Cola: Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Red Colossus.

I often praise the way both women and men can play on the same team in Polo. Gillian Johnston was part of Coca Cola’s foursome and scored 3 Goals in this Match. 

International Polo ClubIn the First Chukker the Red Colossus dominated on both sides of the ball, notching 4 Goals while limiting the Constellations to just 1. The Second Chukker saw the two teams score 2 Goals each, making the new tally 6-3 with Coca Cola on top.

Equuleus fought back to within 1 in the Third Chukker, putting 3 goals between the Uprights to the 1 mustered by their opponents. The Red Colossus held a mere 7-6 edge come Halftime. Continue reading

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