Monthly Archives: June 2021

JUNETEENTH: THE DAY DEMOCRATS LOST THEIR SLAVES

Democrats KKKIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog wishes you a happy Juneteenth, commemorating the day Democrats lost their slaves. African-Americans continue fighting for their freedom from the Democrats, who today treat people of color like they still own them and that they MUST vote for Democrats and ONLY Democrats. Democrat Joe Biden, embodying the grotesque hypocrisy of that detestable political party, EULOGIZED A KLANSMAN – DEMOCRAT SENATOR ROBERT BYRD – yet Biden thinks he’s fit to give finger-wagging lectures to the rest of us.

And y’know what? I’ve managed to go my whole life without ever knowing a Klansman let alone praising them after their death. But a piece of garbage like Joe Biden – whose racial slurs and other incidents of racist behavior are legion – presumes to elevate himself above the nation at large as if he’s some sort of High Priest of Racial Awareness. I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican, so I’m not being partisan when I point out that Joe Biden is the herpes sore on the Body Politic.

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Hillary Clinton with the Klansman she called one of her “mentors” – fellow Democrat Robert Byrd.

In further commemoration of Juneteenth here’s some more reminders about Democrats: the party of slavery, Dred Scott, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow and so much more. .

The hypocritical Democrats love to COMMIT the atrocities that they then go on to blame THE REST OF US FOR! They love to act like THEY can just move on and forget their role in slavery, Japanese internment, the Trail of Tears and so much else, but the rest of the country bears some absurd collective guilt over those things for the rest of eternity. For example … Continue reading

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FIRST 16 FIGHTING YANK STORIES FROM THE 1940s

fighting yank a picWith the big 4th of July holiday coming up, this weekend’s light-hearted bit of superhero escapism will combine some Revolutionary War nostalgia with some World War Two nostalgia. Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the early adventures of the Nedor Comics hero called the Fighting Yank.

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THE FIGHTING YANK

Secret Identity: Bruce Carter III

Origin: See below

Powers: The cloak bestowed upon wealthy Bruce Carter III by the ghost of his ancestor, a Revolutionary War soldier, granted him a large degree of super-strength, made him bulletproof and let him run at over 60 miles per hour.    

startling 10STARTLING COMICS #10 (September 1941)

Title: Introducing The Fighting Yank

Villains: Nazi Spies

Synopsis: Wealthy Bruce Carter III is the spitting image of his ancestor, Bruce Carter I, a soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War. Unjustly accused of neglecting his duty Carter’s ghost has been wandering since then hoping to restore the family honor. He believes fighting in the expanding World War will provide that opportunity for his look-alike descendant, so he emerges from his life-sized portrait on the wall of the Carter home. The ghost leads Bruce III to the attic of the old family home and reveals to him a cloak which will bestow super-powers on the wearer.

              In his first adventure, the Fighting Yank rescues a Senator from Nazi spies who have replaced him with a lookalike. That lookalike has been using the Senator’s popularity to rally the people toward an alliance with the Axis Nations. Our hero exposes the deception and clobbers the spy ring. Bruce Carter III’s girlfriend Joan Farwell recognizes him under the domino mask and shares his secret identity with him from now on. Continue reading

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THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION IN THE SECOND MADAGASCAR CONFLICT

MadagascarPreviously Balladeer’s Blog has examined Garrison Tales From Tonquin (Tonkin), the 1895 collection of short stories by James O’Neill, an American who served in the French Foreign Legion in Algeria and Vietnam during the 1880s and 1890s. I’ve also covered the Legion at Camerone and during the Great Syrian Revolt of the 1920s.

SECOND MADAGASCAR AFFAIR – This time around I’ll take a look at the French Foreign Legion during the 2nd Madagascar Conflict/ Expedition. The fighting went on from December 11th of 1894 to September 30th of 1895. This entire affair was so mishandled by French politicians in Reunion, by the War Minister and by General Jacques Duchesne that they basically killed thousands more of their own troops than were killed by the opposing forces.

TAKING IT FROM THE TOP – Typically for my French Foreign Legion posts, I’m not on their side in the war that the French government sent them to fight. It was the usual colonial nonsense, in this case exploiting unrest in the targeted country to use as an excuse for intervening and making Madagascar a French Protectorate. Regular readers know I don’t write sentiments like that to please politically correct fools, it’s just how I sincerely feel. If I felt any other way I wouldn’t hesitate to say so. 

map of madagascar picDECEMBER 1894 – On December 11th France declared war on Madagascar after its rulers refused to willingly become a French Protectorate. Though the French Army would be running this military campaign, the French Navy and their Marines kicked off the action by bombarding and then seizing Toamasina/ Tamatave on the eastern coast of Madagascar.

              Though that location would have been ideal for a fairly quick march on the capital city of Tananarive/ Antananarivo, the French Army had beat out the French Navy for control of this war by UNDERCUTTING THEIR BID. (!) To stay within the lower costs the War Ministry had allocated, the army’s General Duchesne instead insisted on starting their campaign at Majunga/ Mahajanga on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, nearly doubling the amount of territory to be fought through.

JANUARY 1895 – In a relative feeling of “Team Spirit” the French Navy cooperated by now taking the area designated by the army for their landing site. On January 15th Majunga/ Mahajanga was bombarded and seized, fortress and all. Soon, however, the cosmic unsuitability of this location became apparent. Continue reading

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS: “THE WORLD NEEDS MORE TRUMPS AND FEWER BIDENS” PLUS MORE …

With Hunter Biden introducing six-figure “buys” of his “artwork” as the latest innovation in political bribery, Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog notes another item from Australian news that deals with the disastrous Joe Biden and his team. 

‘The world needs more Trumps and fewer Bidens’: Alan Jones – YouTube

And more about Joe Biden, the crooked, yet doltish clown who brought back monumental political corruption and who can be relied upon to be bribed, bought and bullied by world leaders. Biden is a catastrophe for the working class and the poor. Continue reading

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HAPPY BLOOM’S DAY 2021!

jamesjoyceYes, it’s the 16th of June, better known to James Joyce geeks like me as Bloom’s Day. The day is named in honor of Leopold Bloom, the Jewish advertising sales rep and Freemason who is one of the major characters in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The novel also brings along Stephen Dedalus, the protagonist of his earlier novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

For those unfamiliar with this work, Ulysses is Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness novel in which he metaphorically features the events from the Odyssey in a single day – June 16th, 1904, in Dublin. (The day he met Nora Barnacle, the woman he would eventually marry after living together for decades)

Bloom represents Ulysses/Odysseus, Stephen represents Telemachus and Leopold’s wife, Molly Bloom, represents Penelope. Continue reading

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THE YEAR 2440 (1771) – ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

year 2440THE YEAR 2440 (1771) – Written by Louis-Sebastien Mercier, this French novel was at first published anonymously in Holland because of its criticism of the French aristocracy and of religion. Also for its bold rejection of societal norms of the time period. It was years before Mercier dared to take public credit for the work, and even then he did so largely because some were crediting The Year 2440 to Rousseau or Voltaire. 

The novel was wildly popular for such an underground work and had to be smuggled into a country and then sold by merchants who dealt in “illicit reading material.” The Spanish Inquisition put it on its list of prohibited books. Here in the U.S. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are known to have owned First Editions of The Year 2440. Continue reading

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NEGLECTED NEWS ITEM ROUNDUP: JUNE 14th

independent voter cartoonIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some recent news stories about the white-collar criminals who run the cesspool of corruption which masquerades as our government. (Links in the text.) 

SENILE AND CORRUPT JOE BIDEN DOES ALL BUT SLOBBER ALL OVER HIMSELF AT G7 SUMMIT. Doddering figurehead continues to beclown himself, but America’s corrupt politicians are glad to have “graft as usual” back in fashion.

CHINA BREAKING LIMBS AND USING GENITAL TORTURE ON UYGHURS – BIDEN AND NBA ARE OKAY WITH IT. “Silence is consent” Democrats tell us.

WANDERING, CONFUSED JOE BIDEN HAS TO BE RESCUED YET AGAIN BY HIS WIFE JILL. Biden the Buffoon humiliated again.

WASHINGTON POST CALLS OUT JOE BIDEN’S LIE ABOUT ALZHEIMERS. And the Biden lie count keeps going up.

BIDEN REGIME CONTINUES ITS WAR ON THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR. The callous, the comfortable and the uncaring Democrats are fine with it.

EVEN THE WASHINGTON POST ADMITS BIDEN IS BRUTAL TO THE PRESS. But Big Tech is glad to censor news stories which put Biden in a bad light.

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Corrupt, senile, tiny-handed Joe Biden

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: HUNTER BIDEN, THE UNDERBOSS OF THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY, PROVES JUST AS RACIST AS HIS FATHER JOE. The racial slur count for the Bidens continues to soar. 

KAMALA HARRIS GETS UGLY WITH THE PRESS AGAIN. Hypocrites pretend it’s okay to be testy with reporters if you have a “D” after your name.

HUNTER BIDEN, UNDERBOSS OF THE BIDEN CRIME FAMILY, PIONEERS NEW SCAM – BRIBING THE BIDENS BY PAYING SIX FIGURE SUMS FOR HIS “ART.” Remember how “donations” to the Clinton Foundation were Hillary’s Pay For Play graft?

VIDEO OF ACCUSED RAPIST JOE BIDEN SCREWING UP AGAIN AT THE G7 MEETING. Other world leaders happy to be back to a U.S. figure they can buy, bribe and bully.

FASCIST BIDEN REGIME STILL HAS KIDS IN CAGES AND STILL HAS FAMILIES SEPARATED. But as we all know, Democrats never really cared about those kids or those families. They just used them as political tools.

MEDIA FORCED TO ADMIT OVER AND OVER THAT TRUMP WAS RIGHT ABOUT WHAT THEY CLAIMED WERE “LIES.” Your best bet: if it was called a Trump Lie, it was probably just an Inconvenient Truth for anti-Trump loons
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REVOLUTIONARY WAR: PRIVATEER ACTIONS IN SEPTEMBER OF 1778

crossed sabresWith the Fourth of July holiday rapidly approaching here is another seasonal post. Previously, Balladeer’s Blog has looked at the swashbuckling actions of some American privateers from the Revolutionary War. This time here’s a look at one of the most successful months for our privateers – September of 1778.

crossed swords picSEPTEMBER 1st-5th – The American privateer ship the Active seized multiple prizes and took aboard several British Prisoners of War. Unfortunately, the Captain of the Active had stretched his crew too thin. The captive Brits gleaned the vulnerable position of their captors and rose up to seize control of the ship and were determined to link up with the first British vessel they could find to help take in the seized U.S. ship and consummate their freedom.

SEPTEMBER 6th – The 10-cannon brig the Gerard, an American privateer, under Pennsylvania’s J. Josiah, came upon the seized Active and, after a long chase, compelled the ship to surrender. Captain Josiah and his men learned they had just saved the American privateer crew and had recaptured the British POWs. The Gerard escorted the Active back to its Philadelphia port in case the POWs grew frisky again.

SEPTEMBER 17th – The 18-cannon privateer ship Vengeance, under one Captain Newman of Massachusetts, chased the British packet ship Harriet (16 cannon) for at least 6 hours before engaging it in battle. The Americans won and the Harriet surrendered.        Continue reading

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SHANG-CHI: HIS FIRST TWELVE ADVENTURES

With the first trailer for the next Marvel Comics movie, Shang-Chi, out already, here’s a look at the first twelve  Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu stories.

shang chi picFirst, a little background information. In the early 1970s Marvel was experimenting with hybrid titles that would combine the old and the new by fusing licensed properties with unique Marvel twists.

The most famous and longest-lasting example was Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu. In 1973 Marvel licensed the use of Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu plus other characters from the Fu Manchu tales. Rather than just churn out a Fu Manchu comic book series “the House of Ideas” instead combined it with the Kung Fu craze of the time and created Shang Chi, the son of Fu Manchu.

Shang Chi, as a surrogate Bruce Lee, and Sir Denis Nayland-Smith, as a surrogate Braithwaite from Enter: The Dragon, were the core of the new series. Shang Chi started out as an operative of his evil father Fu Manchu, but realized the error of his ways and threw in with Sir Denis and his team to battle his father’s malevolent schemes.

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shang chi 1SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15 (December 1973)

Title: Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu

Villain: Fu Manchu

Synopsis: One night Shang-Chi, the son of the insidious Dr Fu Manchu, penetrates the Mayfair home of his father’s old enemy Dr Petrie and, though he hesitates when he sees how old the sleeping man is, kills him as ordered. A wheelchair-bound Sir Denis Nayland-Smith, Fu Manchu’s archenemy, arrives in the bedroom too late to save his longtime ally Dr Petrie but is holding a gun on Shang-Chi.

Shang effortlessly disarms Sir Denis and turns to leave, only to be amazed at the way Nayland-Smith is weeping over the dead doctor. He engages Denis in a conversation about why the Britisher has opposed his father for so many decades. Shang-Chi is disturbed by the passionate conviction with which Nayland-Smith describes his father’s global activities, activities that Fu has kept hidden from his son.

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What really piques our hero’s curiosity is when Sir Denis shows him how Fu Manchu had him abducted recently in Burma and tortured until he could no longer walk, thus confining him to a wheelchair. Conflicted, Shang-Chi goes to Honan, China to visit his mother and question her about his father’s true nature. She informs him that what Nayland-Smith said is true, but she had hoped her son would not learn the truth until he was much older. (Shang was around 18-19 years old as this series started.)

Determined to confront his father about his lies, Shang-Chi fights his way through his father’s international headquarters, decorated in priceless Chinese artwork and other fineries. After overcoming all of the guards barring his way, our hero faces a gorilla that has been biologically mutated by Fu Manchu. Even this creature is overcome. Continue reading

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PYTINE (423 B.C.) – ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY

As anniversary month continues at Balladeer’s Blog here’s my 2012 review of Cratinus’ ancient comedy Pytine.

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PYTINE (423 B.C.) – Welcome to Balladeer’s Blog’s latest post on ancient Greek comedies. If Pytine was an episode of Friends it would be titled The One Where Cratinus Fires Back At Aristophanes. This play is also known under English language titles like Wine Flask, Flagon, The Bottle, and others along those lines.

Cratinus, galvanized by the tongue-in- cheek caricature that Aristophanes presented of a drunken, washed- up Cratinus in his previous year’s comedy The Knights, turned that caricature into the premise of his final comedy.

THE PLAY

From the fragments of Pytine that remain it seems Cratinus had an actor portraying himself (Cratinus) as the booze-soaked Grand Old Man of Attic comedy at the time. I always picture the character as a cross between Dudley Moore in Arthur and Tom Conti in Reuben, Reuben. Anyway, in the play Cratinus is married either to Thalia, the Muse of Comedy or to simply a female personification of Comedy.  

Comedy complains to Cratinus’ friends, who make up the chorus, that she wants to take her husband to court for abandonment. She states that he is neglecting their marital bed because he has been spending too much time sleeping around with Methe, in this comedy a personification of  Drunkenness. Continue reading

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