Monthly Archives: November 2020

DEMOCRATS AT LAST BARRED FROM DESTROYING VOTE FRAUD EVIDENCE IN GEORGIA

STOP THE STEAL SITE.      PROTECT THE  VOTE SITE.   JOE CHEATED SITE

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As the chaotic fallout from the forever-tainted 2020 election continues, a series of contradictory court orders in Georgia at first accommodated Democrat desires to wipe clean computer evidence of their vote fraud, then blocked it, then accommodated it again, then blocked it again. Hilarious! I don’t ever again want anyone to try telling me that America’s political corruption isn’t beyond doubt. Below are links to the ongoing Georgia storyline and others:

UPDATE: Michigan’s Antrim County has been proven to be won by President Trump after correcting a computer “mistake” which gave thousands of his votes to Biden. HOW AMAZING THAT ALL THESE “TECHNICAL GLITCHES” THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED FAVORED BIDEN. Those votes, like thousands of others, have now been credited to Trump. The effort to stop Biden from stealing the election continues.

#### UPDATE: TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED THE ACCOUNT OF AZ VOTE FRAUD WITNESS BOBBY PITON TO TRY TO MUZZLE HIS TESTIMONY. JACK DORSEY AND HIS ILK CONTINUE TO BE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. 

UPDATE: Arizona rep issues call to withhold the state’s Electoral Votes from Biden

cnn liarsGeorgia madness.

Democrat PA Governor MANDATED use of Dominion Systems.

Wayne Root on 2020 election fraud.

Video of Obama saying signatures must match for mail-in votes to be valid. Hilarious hypocrisy!   Continue reading

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BLACKADDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1988)

blackadder's christmas carolBLACKADDER’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1988) – My 11th Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon continues here at Balladeer’s Blog! Long-time readers know what a big fan I am of Rowan Atkinson’s work – especially his Blackadder programs. Hell, I’m even an enormous fan of his more serious work in Full Throttle. And I never tire of telling anyone who will listen that I think he’d make a perfect Dikaiopolis in Aristophanes’ comedy The Acharnians

As to why it took me so long to finally get around to reviewing Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, it’s the same reason that applied to the George C Scott version: I wanted to handle some of the more obscure Carols before hitting the well-known ones.

This Christmas Special is set in Victorian England with Atkinson starring as Ebenezer Blackadder, owner of a moustache shop. Tony Robinson is on hand as yet another member of the Baldrick family line.

In typically perverse Blackadder fashion the storyline reverses the usual sequence of events. Ebenezer starts out as a kind-hearted and generous soul but soon the Christmas Spirit (Robbie Coltrane) shows him visions of Blackadders Past, Present and Yet-to-Come.     Continue reading

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SIX-HUNDRED & SIXTY SIX (1972) MOVIE REVIEW

666 2SIX-HUNDRED & SIXTY SIX (1972) – Directed by Tom Doades and written by Marshall Riggan, this film is a very unusual blend of science fiction, horror, post-apocalypse drama and religious message. Cult actor Joe Turkel, perhaps best known as the ghostly Lloyd the Bartender in The Shining, stars as Colonel John Ferguson. 

Before I go further I want to point out once again how films can serve as indicators of what was or was not prominent in the public consciousness during the time of their release. This particular movie came out in 1972, meaning that the use of gematria to arrive at 666 as the Number of the Beast was not yet as firmly lodged in the minds of movie-goers as it would be after The Omen became a sensation a few years later.

666 3Obviously, a post-Omen film would not blow their story’s final reveal in the title, like we get with Six-Hundred & Sixty Six.

As our story begins, Colonel John Ferguson is reporting to a man called Tallman (Byron Clark) for his new position as Head of Operations at an underground installation in the American west. Conversation between the Colonel and Tallman, the highest civilian authority at the base, provides plenty of exposition.

It is an undisclosed time in the near future. The United States of America and “the United States of Europe” have been joined into one big political entity known as the New Roman Empire. In fact, Colonel Ferguson and his men refer to “Rome” as the nation they serve. Continue reading

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TRUMP MARCH BUS TOUR FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY STARTS NOVEMBER 29th

vote fraud in 2020

*** See NEW item below   Independent Voter Site Balladeer’s Blog notes the upcoming Trump March Bus Tour for Election Integrity. Things get rolling in Florida this Sunday November 29th and will wrap up in Washington DC.

trump vs goliathWhile de facto Third Party President Trump’s legal challenges continue to play out, it’s a great way to highlight the clear vote fraud in the forever-tainted 2020 election.

Many people want to just hide their heads in the sand like ostriches, acting like Montag’s Wife by mindlessly consuming only the media outlets pushing the narrative permitted by Big Tech fascists like Jack Dorsey. Sharyl Attkisson has a great story about these cowardly people HERE

(And how disgusting are some of the latest labels that Twitter, Facebook and their ilk inflict on items they don’t like: “Accurate but misleading.” … “Accurate but lacking in context.” Always imposed on just ONE side of the issues, too – the anti-establishment side.)

##### AND REMEMBER, AL GORE DID NOT CONCEDE UNTIL DECEMBER 13th, 2000. WE ARE STILL NOT AT THAT DATE YET. #####

For some of the latest stories regarding the mounting – and already overwhelming – evidence of vote fraud see the many links below:

*** NEW: There was a Trump team win AND a Trump team loss in PA in a separate case. The Democrats’ media outlets only reported the loss. The win – a judge blocking certification of the vote pending further hearings. Again, a separate case from the one linked below.

Pennsylvania provides more Eleventh Hour help for Trump

Voter Integrity Project: Findings and Conclusions – YouTube Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON 2020 BEGINS!

masc graveyard smallerIf it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving then it must be the start of Balladeer’s Blog’s Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon! As always I review obscure versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol AND well-known versions. I also post new reviews each year PLUS rotate in old favorites from the past. Long past? No, YOUR past.

Kicking off my Eleventh Christmas Carol-A-Thon is this look at many truly rare versions of the Carol. Long-time readers are aware of the obsessive lengths I have gone to over the years to obtain some of these gems but this post doesn’t bore you with those details. 

Ghost of Christmas PresentAren’t we all pretty fed up with the same versions of A Christmas Carol being rammed down our throats like Razzleberry Dressing every Christmas season while many of the clever but lesser known variations of the Dickens Yuletide classic languish in obscurity?

Drawing on the extensive, albeit geeky, expertise that I’ve gained in this subject over the years I’d like to spread the word about some of the versions of the story that can be found in the remote hinterlands of home video or audio.

This post will be a look at variations of the actual Dickens story, set in London in the 1840s. An entirely separate article could be written about adaptations of A Christmas Carol set in different time periods and locales, like Rod Serling’s anti-war parable Carol For Another Christmas, or the 1975 conservation short The Energy Carol or even the year 2000 Brazilian version depicting the Scrooge figure as a drug lord who repents. Just think of me as the Ghost of Christmas Carol Obscurities.

After reading this list you’ll hopefully conduct your own search for versions of the Carol beyond the limited world of Mr Magoo, Alastair Sim and George C Scott (“Dickens, you magnificent bastard! I read yer booooook!”) . 

The man all mimes aspire to be ... damn them.

The man all mimes aspire to be … damn them.

Marcel Marceau Presents a Christmas Carol (1973) – Marcel Marceau is possibly the only name that comes to mind if you try to think of famous mimes. In fact “Famous Mimes” would make for one easy  Jeopardy category because the response would always be “Who is Marcel Marceau?” Anyway, this BBC presentation featured Marceau acting out a pantomime of the Carol and playing every role.

This was accompanied by narration by another actor who once portrayed Scrooge, Michael Hordern. If you prefer versions of the Carol devoid of any and all speaking there are several silent movie Carols available out there.   Continue reading

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A THANKSGIVING TALE FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG! 

truro-massTwo thousand fishermen from Cape Cod had gone off to enlist in the Continental Army, and in their absence the British had repeatedly landed raiding parties to harass the citizens.

Every man, woman and child on the Cape hated the soldiers and sailors of King George and would do anything to work them harm. When the Somerset was wrecked off Truro in 1778 the crew were helped ashore, but they were immediately marched to prison.

It was November – the night before Thanksgiving Day in fact – and ugly weather caused a British three-decker warship to yaw wildly and drift toward land with a broken tiller. No warning signal was raised on the bluffs; not a hand was stirred to rescue. The New Englanders who saw the accident watched with sullen satisfaction.

Ezekiel and Josiah Breeze – father and son – stood at the door of their cottage and watched the warship’s peril until three lights twinkling faintly through the gray of driving snow were all that showed where the enemy lay, straining at her cables and tossing on a wrathful sea.

They stood long in silence, but at last the boy Josiah said “I’m going to help the ship.”

“If you stir from here to help King George’s men, you’re no son of mine,” said Ezekiel. Continue reading

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MORE TRUMP COURT WINS AS ELECTION DRAMA PLAYS ON

Stop the Steal signDe facto Third Party President Donald Trump, the hero of the working class and the poor against America’s corrupt political system, just picked up a few more First Downs on his desperation drive down the field with time running out in the 4th Quarter. A Judge has blocked final certification of Pennsylvania’s results pending a further hearing on Friday. (link below) 

In Nevada a similar judicial action handed Trump another chance to present evidence regarding the already infamous levels of vote fraud in the tainted 2020 election. (link below) PLUS, in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, final results of that House race are on hold as well, over fraud-friendly “mail-in” ballots being filled out in the name of dead people. (link below) This country’s already well-known political corruption is being exposed even more with each passing day.

UPDATE: Privileged white male one-percenter and Techno Fascist Jack Dorsey’s Twitter has banned the account of Doug Mastriano, the Pennsylvania State Senator who organized the Gettysburg Election Integrity Hearing. Dorsey and his ilk were elected by nobody but they are appointing themselves judges of what the rest of us are allowed to discuss and hear about. They are garbage. Absolute garbage. Continue reading

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OLIVER! FOR THANKSGIVING EVE

"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

“Please, sir, may I have some more?”

It’s that time of year again! Just a note in the spirit of the holiday season to mention my favorite Thanksgiving Eve movie.

Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving I make a point out of watching the musical Oliver! And yes, I know it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

I know the musical sentimentalizes  several characters that Dickens portrayed in a sinister way in the book (especially Fagan and The Artful Dodger) but the finished product has always seemed very holidayish to me. Continue reading

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TRUMP: A POLITICAL JANUS LIKE THEODORE ROOSEVELT

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Here at Balladeer’s Blog I’ve long made clear my fascination with the political humor magazine Puck (1871-1918). Puck political cartoons – especially from the covers – are still much sought-after and I own a few myself.

The magazine started out as a German language publication targeted at new arrivals from Europe and the cartoons stood out early on. There is no language barrier to satirical political cartoons, so even Americans who spoke no German could follow the editorial drift of those humorous illustrations. In 1877 Puck began publishing both English AND German language editions.

Here’s a cartoon from its pro-Theodore Roosevelt heyday depicting the wildly different opinions of the bombastic, “rock the boat of political corruption” Teddy Roosevelt. President Trump is a lot like T.R. and his cousin F.D.R. – hated by corrupt career politicians but loved by the working class and the poor. Like Trump, Theodore Roosevelt was at odds with the loathsome Republican Party establishment – think of vermin like Mitt Romney and the Bush Family.   

theodore roosevelt like donald trump

Finally the paper shortage during World War One brought about the end of this iconoclastic magazine.

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LEO FONG: HIS BEST B-MOVIES

Leo FongThanksgiving week rolls along here at Balladeer’s Blog with this look at some of the most enjoyable – on whatever level – B-movies from the one and only Leo Fong! Leo’s been called a poor man’s Bolo Yeung cross-bred with an even poorer man’s Joe Don Baker … but I was drunk when I called him that, so make of it what you will.

All lovers of Psychotronic filmmaking worship at the altar of Fong and his many action flicks from the 1970s through today are still watchable in a very odd way and will always leave viewers smiling. We may snark away at the abundance of errors and absurdities in Leo’s movies but there’s no denying that a Leo Fong film has more heart and sincerity in it than any corporate blockbuster has in decades. 

Murder in the orientMURDER IN THE ORIENT (1974) – Leo Fong IS Lao Tsu, but not THAT one, in this lethargic treasure quest/ revenge story. Leo (He’s ALWAYS Leo to me no matter what his character is named) learns his sister has been killed by the Golden Cobra crime gang. That gang is after a pair of samurai swords on which Imperial Japanese war criminals serving in World War Two engraved a split map leading to a fortune in stolen gold.  

Leo’s sister was collateral damage in that quest, and her death brings down on the Golden Cobras’ heads the stone-faced revenge of our man Fong and his late sister’s equally deadly boyfriend, Paul Martelli (THE Ron Marchini). All the performers seem like reluctant draftees rounded up and forced to “act” at gunpoint. Even the action sequences reek of half-heartedness in this odd little honey. Continue reading

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