Monthly Archives: February 2022

NAIA COLLEGE BASKETBALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE

calmaritimekeelhaulersDAY ONE, GAME ONE – The CPC tournament tipped off with the 4th seeded CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS taking on the 5 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED GOLDEN BOBCATS.

The Keelhaulers were trailing UC-Merced by a mere 37-36 at Halftime. After the break CMA outscored the Golden Bobcats 43-35 for a 79-72 victory. Amil Fields led the game’s winners with 24 points. Continue reading

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POLL: SIXTY-TWO PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY PUTIN WOULD NOT HAVE INVADED UKRAINE IF TRUMP WAS STILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE

biden on sanctionsbiden bloodThe latest Harvard/ Harris Poll found that sixty-two percent of the voters feel that Vlad Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump was still in the White House. Out of that 62%, 59% also said Putin invaded because he saw weakness in Joe Biden. (links below) This has resulted in the Democrats’ media outlets frantically pushing another Big Lie, this time that Trump was “praising” Putin by acknowledging the cold-hearted, calculating nature of the Russian leader and his Ukraine moves after baiting Biden into okaying an incursion.

To the rest of us – aka “adults” – it was obvious that Trump meant this the same way that some people point out the cunning and genius for atrocities shown by vile figures like Hitler or Stalin. It was not praise, just a mature observation of how Putin had outmaneuvered the weak and overmatched Joe Biden.

(By the way, the shouder-mounted Javelin missile weaponry that is so damaging to the Russian invaders was PROVIDED TO UKRAINE BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.) Continue reading

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CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON: 1970s CLASSICS 9 – CAP QUITS AND THE ALIEN LUCIFER RETURNS

For Part One of this series click HERE.

ca f 176CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON Vol 1 #176 (August 1974)

Title: Captain America No More

Villain: Steve Rogers’ drama queen tendency to quit being Captain America every so many years. This was already the SECOND time he had pulled this.

Synopsis: Captain America, still reeling from the monumental revelation about the leader of the now-defeated Secret Empire, has been contemplating whether or not his disillusionment is strong enough to drive him to quit being Captain America.

Avengers 125NOTE: In spite of my joke above, I do recognize that THIS time that Cap quit let the Marvel Comics writers explore competing nationwide feelings of the time period. I would argue that this time also should have been the last time this gimmick was pulled. Everybody always knows that Steve Rogers will go back to being Captain America no matter how many times he quits.

While weighing his decision, he motorcycled from Washington DC to New York City, where he and his fellow Avengers fought alongside Captain Marvel and Drax the Destroyer in the first Thanos War (1973-1974). He was also still with the Avengers when they faced the supervillains Klaw and Solarr.

This issue picks up late that same night, after the Avengers’ official farewell dinner for the Black Panther, who was temporarily leaving the team to devote all his attention to Killmonger’s uprising in Wakanda. Cap stands on the rooftop of Avengers Mansion, still engaged in soul-searching. Continue reading

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PAUL AERMONT AMONG THE PLANETS (1873) – ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

venus-landscapeA NARRATIVE OF THE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF PAUL AERMONT AMONG THE PLANETS (1873) – I shortened the title when naming this blog post. Paul Aermont was the pseudonym of an unknown author, so full credit cannot be officially given.  

Paul Aermont, an American descendant of fallen French aristocrats, is living in Albany, NY with his parents. After running off to sea years earlier Paul has sown some wild oats and now seems willing to settle down. In his travels he has learned how to be a pharmacist but while pursuing this stable profession by day the still-adventurous young man spends his free time experimenting with gases and balloons.  

In the early 1820s Aermont discovers a fictional gas which enables his aeronautical balloon & cart vehicle to escape the Earth’s gravitational field and explore our solar system. Like other vintage science fiction that Balladeer’s Blog has reviewed this story presents space travel being possible without breathing equipment. Once in space Paul is rendered inert and is unaware of the “space currents” (sic) blowing him toward Jupiter.   Continue reading

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JIREL OF JOIRY: STORY SIX

Balladeer’s Blog concludes its examination of the stories of pulp heroine Jirel of Joiry, the Medieval French woman-warrior created by female author C.L. Moore in 1934. For the first story click HERE.

jirel in armorHELLSGARDE (1939) – Sadly, this is the last of C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry adventures, but the character gets to go out on a high note. The handsome but treacherous Guy of Garlot ambushes twenty of Jirel’s soldiers and imprisons them in the dungeons of Castle Garlot.

Guy demands ransom, so Jirel meets with him to negotiate since Castle Garlot is impregnable to assault and sieges as it sits atop a high, steep mountain with underground springs supplying it with endless water. The only payment Guy will accept to free Jirel’s men unharmed is the treasure from the remote and damned castle of Hellsgarde. Continue reading

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2022 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON IS UNDERWAY

Yesterday the 2022 postseason of college basketball tipped off in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. The Frontier Conference Tournament started things off.

Montana state northern lightsDAY ONE: GAME ONE – The 4 seeds – the MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS – took on the 5th seeded ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS.

By Halftime the Lights held a 37-32 advantage. After the break they put up another 37 points to the 35 scored by the Battlin’ Bears for a 74-67 victory. Mascio McCadney led Montana State-Northern with 18 points. Continue reading

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DEMOCRATS VS THE REST OF US: FEBRUARY 22nd

democrat failures coming home to roostTwenty-first Century Democrats are not liberals and they’re not progressives. They are illiberal and regressive, which is why so many of us have left that political party to become Independent Voters. Just as America’s Democrats cheer on Justin “Blackface” Trudeau’s fascist tactics against the populist movement of Canadian Truckers they support the fascist treatment of the populist January 6th protestors. (People who think that was an “insurrection” need professional help and a history lesson.)

freedom trucker protest bitBy the way, JOE BIDEN STILL HAS MORE KIDS IN CAGES THAN EITHER TRUMP OR OBAMA HAD. But as we all know, Democrats never really cared about those kids, they just used them as a political stick.

JOE BIDEN’S INFLATION STILL DRIVING RENTS SKY-HIGH. The Biden Regime’s war on the poor and the working class continues.

BIDEN’S POLICIES DRIVING BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT LEVELS HIGHER AND HIGHER. Under his predecessor’s policies black unemployment was at a record low. 

Nancy Pelosi demagoguePRIVILEGED WHITE ONE PERCENTER DEMOCRAT NANCY PELOSI PLOTS AUTHORITARIAN MEASURES AGAINST POTENTIAL AMERICAN TRUCKER CONVOY. Democrat fascism continues.

DEMOCRATS IN VERMONT FOLLOW NEW YORK’S LEAD IN OPENING UP VOTING TO FOREIGN NATIONALS. Coming soon to a location near you if Democrats get their way. 

DEMOCRAT BAIL POLICY IN CALIFORNIA: MAN ARRESTED THREE TIMES IN EIGHTEEN HOURS AFTER BEING RELEASED ON BAIL TWO OF THOSE TIMES IN A ROW.

HEROIC RESISTANCE TO THE BIDEN REGIME VIA PUBLIC “F*CK JOE BIDEN” MEME CONTINUES. Courageous dissent will always find a way. 

THE DEMOCRATS AT THE WASHINGTON POST CALL INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM “A KEY COMPONENT OF WHITE SUPREMACY.” More HERE. Absurd. Continue reading

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A SHOGGOTH ON THE ROOF (2000)

mockumentary shoggoth on the roofA SHOGGOTH ON THE ROOF (2000) – This comedic short film is a 19 1/2-minute mock documentary from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. It was a very early effort to mimic the Found Footage approach of the previous year’s Blair Witch Project and centered around a fictional musical parody of Fiddler on the Roof using Shoggoth monsters plus other characters and situations from H.P. Lovecraft’s horror tales.

shoggoth setThe tongue in cheek story began with found film footage of what appeared to be stage rehearsals for the nonexistent musical A Shoggoth on the Roof. A tape of that footage was received by members of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, who then set out to investigate its bona fides while filming their own efforts in mock documentary style.

As the short movie rolls along, it becomes clear that something horrific happened to shut down the Other Gods Theater’s 1979 attempt at staging the musical before it could even debut. Finding the survivors of that ill-fated production proves difficult and getting them to talk proves even harder. Continue reading

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15 PRESIDENTS DAY ITEMS

presidents day bitToday is Presidents Day, so here are several articles about America’s executive branch. 

democrat republican otherAMERICAN PRESIDENTS FROM EISENHOWER TO TRUMP – Be forewarned that my takes on U.S. Presidents can offend members of both major parties since I’m an Independent Voter. Anyway, don’t try accusing me of belonging to either party. I go after both sides’ presidents. Click HERE

U.S. PRESIDENTS FROM WASHINGTON ONWARD – If you want takes on our presidents from the very beginning this is the post for you. Click HERE.

VICE PRESIDENTS: JOKES ABOUT THESE ULTIMATE SECOND BANANAS – Prefer to see jokes about America’s various Vice Presidents instead? Click HERE.

THE FOUR MOST INCOMPETENT PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY – There are two Republicans and two Democrats on the list. Click HERE.

1912: BATTLE OF THE THREE PRESIDENTS – My take on the 1912 election, which pitted Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft against each other. Click HERE.

FIVE MOST UNQUALIFIED PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY – This post does not go by how these presidents performed in office, just their levels of experience before the presidency. Click HERE. Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: COLUMBIA-GREENE COLLEGE

For some random fun, here’s another college with cool-named sports teams and a cool logo.

columbia greene twins logoCollege: COLUMBIA-GREENE COLLEGE

Team Name: TWINS

Location: Hudson, NY Continue reading

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