Monthly Archives: November 2019

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE THEIR SHOW TRIAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

pelosi and schumer love illegal immigrantsHere at Balladeer’s Blog I’ve made it clear that I feel neither Donald Trump nor Bill Clinton deserved to be impeached, but at least Bill Clinton faced a fair, ACTUAL impeachment proceeding. The hopelessly corrupt Democrats are subjecting President Trump to a bizarre “Impeachment INQUIRY” which deprives him and the House Republicans of any rights they would have under a REAL impeachment procedure.

What the Democrats are launching today is the public version of the Beria-style Show Trial they’ve been running to replace their failed Russian Collusion farce. Here are some excerpts from a terrific piece about the fascist railroading that Democrats are running. Link is below:

From Roger Simon – like me a former Democrat driven away by what the party has become:

Adam Schiff faceThe crime they (the Democrats) are trying to show is, well… nothing that is real. As in Stalin’s time, what is about to go public Wednesday for everybody to watch is naught but a “show trial,” much like the trial of the British engineers and the yet more ominous Great Purge. Only it is an opéra bouffe version led by Adam Schiff (photo at right), a failed screenwriter with a proven inability to distinguish fact from fiction. Thank God there’s no Gulag where he can send people.”

“But let’s give a look at what he and his cronies claim they are trying to show—some kind of presidential corruption regarding Ukraine. Some so-called whistleblower with a name no one’s supposed to know but everybody does (Ciaramella) accused Trump of threatening Ukrainian President Zelensky umpteen times with withholding U.S. aid if Zelensky did not investigate the activities of his political opponent and the opponent’s son.”

“As it turned out, when the transcript of the actual phone call was produced, it was a good deal less than that. It’s likely the hyperpartisan whistleblower, who never heard the call in the first place, lied through his teeth for political reasons he thinks—in all his virtue-signaling narcissism—are justified.”

NOTE FROM BALLADEER: And besides, MANY presidential administrations have used the threat of withholding American aid as leverage when pursuing their goals. Obama did it to Israel. Democrats running for president are threatening to do that AGAIN to Israel if they get elected. Yes, with a complete lack of self-awareness their own candidates are promising to do what they claim is an impeachable offense when President Trump does it.

            And remember, we know that Obama used THE UKRAINE to get info on Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.

Joe Biden smile“… Also not allowed is any word on the father-son corruption (Biden und Sohn) which is clearly monstrous, worth millions, even billions, and has a direct effect on our relationship with China (which old Joe, the law school plagiarist, assured us was fine and not to be concerned about).

But the actual “favor” (that was the word used) being asked for on the phone by Trump to Zelensky was about CrowdStrike, not about the Bidens, who were an afterthought … It’s the digital firm with roots in California and Ukraine that was hired by the Clinton-associated law firm Perkins Coie to investigate the break-in of the DNC server during election 2016. When CS reported it was the Russians, that was accepted at face value by the FBI. Why the FBI, with all their vaunted cyber facilities, did not do this themselves is open to question—and everybody in the Beltway cesspool knows it, all the despicable creeps wringing their hands over Trump. Omertà rules in Washington, especially among the Democrats and the media (of all places).”

Trump resisting the Deep State“They all know that the real investigation is in progress—what happened early in 2016 and thereafter that instigated the two-plus years of phony national hysteria known as the Russia probe, the probe that did everything it could, but thankfully failed, to upend the Trump administration. The characters who engineered this shouldn’t just be impeached—some have already lost their jobs—they should be sent to stir.”

This whole show trial would just be an amusing farce in the farcical land of D.C. politics were it not for one thing—it just could (not likely, but could) be successful. And if it is, that’s the end of our country as we know it. Half of our citizens will feel completely disenfranchised. Where it will go from there is anybody’s guess.” Continue reading

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ALLEGRO NON TROPPO (1976): FILM REVIEW

Allegro Non TroppoALLEGRO NON TROPPO (1976) – Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the infamous Italian parody of Disney’s Fantasia. In our current year, where the avaricious Disney corporation has engulfed and devoured countless film properties and tried to trademark so many figures from world folklore, writer and director Bruno Bozzetto’s satirical poke at The Mouse That Ate Entertainment deserves to be revisited.

Allegro Non Troppo was the only film until Shrek to take satirical aim at the Disney Empire. Bruno Bozzetto’s film combined black & white live action scenes with state of the art animation for the 1970s. Bozzetto introduces us to an Italian film producer, played by Maurizio Micheli, who thinks he’s come up with an original idea: an animated film with its episodes set to classical music.

Right up front the film takes a shot at Disney’s (even then) notoriously litigious nature by having the overly unctuous producer/ presenter receive a phone call warning legal action since this premise has been done before, in Fantasia. The producer, equal parts used car salesman and circus ringmaster, shrugs off the threats from “Prisney or whoever” and goes on with the show.

Allegro Non Troppo 2Micheli’s character keeps his animator (Maurizio Nichetti) in chains in a dungeon as another swipe at the House of Mouse. As if that’s not enough he also keeps his musicians in a cage, letting them loose only to do their work for him.

Once the browbeaten, put-upon animator begins drawing the illustrations spring to life as the color cartoons sprinkled throughout the movie. In between those cartoons are comedy sketches with the presenter, animator, orchestra and conductor (Nestor Garay). The comedy sketches range from acceptable to cringe-inducing and never approach the brilliance or bite of the opening salvos against Disney.

As for the cartoons and the works of classical music to which they are set: Continue reading

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MONMOUTH POLL: TRUMP HAS HIGHER FAVORABILITY RATINGS THAN THE 2020 DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES

mascot new look donkey and elephant headsThe highly respected, non-partisan Monmouth Poll has shown that – despite the 24/7 attacks from the Democrats’ media outlets, de facto Third Party President Donald Trump has higher favorability ratings than the 2020 Democrat candidates for president. (And that’s the YEAR 2020, not the number of candidates the Democrats have running for president. Although …) The link is below.

President Trump is one point ahead of Quid Pro Joe Biden, two points ahead of Elizabeth “The Fake Cherokee” Warren, three points ahead of Bernie Sanders, and SEVENTEEN points ahead of Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigeig, the bizarre little man who invokes the Bible even more nauseatingly often than the religious right does.  Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG

Per the Glitternight Index:

helmetmaryhardinbaylorNCAA Division Three    1. UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS    ###   2. UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS   ###   3. MUHLENBERG COLLEGE MULES   ###    4. WHEATON COLLEGE THUNDER   ###   5. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS   ### 

Salisbury Seagulls helmet6. SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS   ###    7. CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS   ###   8. UNION (NY) COLLEGE DUTCHMEN   ###    9. SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES   ###    10. BETHEL (MN) UNIVERSITY ROYALS   ###      Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE MOON (1895): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

People of the Moon biggerTHE PEOPLE OF THE MOON (1895) – Written by Tremlett Carter. An unnamed narrator, a scientist of some sort, sees a glowing 18 inch object floating in the sky. A bird who makes physical contact with the glowing orb is killed by the object’s electric charge.

Our narrator jury-rigs a means of grounding against the electricity and hauling the orb down to his laboratory. The object slowly reaches room temperature and ejects from its interior a book written in an unearthly alphabet.

The anonymous narrator’s friend Professor Hector Goss visits him in the midst of all this and excitedly tells our protagonist about a secret society that he belongs to. Goss and his fellow society members have been performing scientific research by directing the astral/ spiritual bodies of hypnotized human guinea pigs.

Before dying, their most recent test subject visited the moon in his astral body and saw a city on the dark side of Earth’s satellite. He also spotted life – humanoid AND dragon life. Professor Goss jumps to the conclusion that the unearthly book that Nameless Narrator holds came from the moon.

Conveniently, Nameless and Goss had previously devised a fool-proof system of deciphering any and all languages so they translate the mysterious book and learn all about the beings on the moon. Continue reading

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ELEVEN MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FROM WORLD WAR ONE

Medal of HonorHappy Veterans Day from Balladeer’s Blog! In keeping with the whole “Eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” tradition here are eleven World War One figures who were awarded the Medal of Honor.

J HUNTER WICKERSHAM

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant, US Army

Site: Limey, France on September 12th, 1918

Citation: Advancing with his platoon during the St. Mihiel offensive, he was severely wounded in 4 places by the bursting of a high-explosive shell. Before receiving any aid for himself he dressed the wounds of his orderly, who was wounded at the same time.

He then ordered and accompanied the further advance of his platoon, although weakened by the loss of blood. His right hand and arm being disabled by wounds, he continued to fire his revolver with his left hand until, exhausted by loss of blood, he fell and died from his wounds before aid could be administered.

Jake AllexJAKE ALLEX

Rank: Corporal, US Army

Site: Chipilly Ridge, France on August 9th, 1918

Citation: At a critical point in the action, when all the officers with his platoon had become casualties, Cpl. Allex took command of the platoon and led it forward until the advance was stopped by fire from a machinegun nest.

He then advanced alone for about 30 yards in the face of intense fire and attacked the nest. With his bayonet he killed 5 of the enemy, and when it was broken, used the butt of his rifle, capturing 15 prisoners.

FRANK MONROE UPTON

Rank: Quartermaster – US Navy

Site: The USS Florence H on April 17th, 1918 Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 9th

HEADLINES

Glenville State Pioneers helmetTAKING DOWN NUMBER SIX – In NCAA Division Two the GLENVILLE STATE PIONEERS traveled to play the number 6 team in the nation – the NOTRE DAME COLLEGE FALCONS (School Motto: “No, not THAT Notre Dame”). The Pioneers needed Overtime to do it, but they brought down the Falcons 23-20 in the extra session.

Central Methodist University Eagles helmet NEWNUMBER NINE NOOGIED – Over in the NAIA the CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY EAGLES welcomed the country’s 9th ranked EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS. The Eagles proceeded to make the Crusaders their prison brides, thrashing them by a final score of 42-7.

FDU-Florham Devils helmetWAS THE OVER-UNDER ONE HUNDRED-FORTY POINTS? – Defense was apparently optional in yesterday’s D3 game between the FDU-FLORHAM DEVILS and the visiting ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY GOLDEN WOLVES. The Devils won this mega-shootout by a tally of EIGHTY-FOUR to FIFTY-SIX!

Arizona Christian Univ helmet GOODWE WENT TO A FOOTBALL GAME BUT A BASEBALL GAME BROKE OUT – At the other end of the scoring spectrum, the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM found themselves on the road against the LYON COLLEGE SCOTS. This defensive epic ended in a 9-7 win for the Firestorm. Continue reading

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