THANK YOU once again to all of you readers for making Balladeer’s Blog so enjoyable to write. As I always say the unusual and controversial items I sometimes churn out here mean that readers have to be open-minded and very secure in their own beliefs not to just take offense and leave.
Here are some of my most popular blog posts from the past 12 months.
PRIME CUT (1972): Gangster movie review HERE.
TEN TELEVISION FLOPS – Ten resoundingly odd tv shows that failed. Click HERE.
EXPLAINING THE TAINTED AND CORRUPT 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FOR OVERSEAS READERS. Click HERE.
MY REVIEWS OF WILL JORDAN’S RYAN DRAKE ESPIONAGE NOVELS. Click HERE.
JOKER: THE 1919 PULP HERO – Click HERE.
MONDO MIKE HAMMER – I review some of the oddest Mike Hammer movies from America and Japan. Click HERE. Continue reading
Independent 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.
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. None of us choose the skin color we were born with or what country we were born in but we can certainly choose what political party we are or are not associated with. Do you still choose to belong to the party of the Democrats after all their crimes against humanity? #WALKAWAY and become an Independent Voter .
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
Sorry about this being late. I’ve had a bit of a relapse. Balladeer’s Blog’s look at 1970s Iron Man classics comes to a close with this review of the Return of the Mandarin storyline leading up to the hero’s 100th issue anniversary. For Part One of these Iron Man 1970s classics click HERE.
IRON MAN Vol 1 #95 (February 1977)
Title: Ultimo Unleashed
Villains: Ultimo and the Mandarin
NOTE: We jump ahead to issue #95 from where we left off with issue #81 and the end of the Black Lama storyline. By this point in the 1970s Marvel considered it okay for Tony Stark to go back to selling “defense systems” to the government and the military.
Synopsis: At the Long Island headquarters of Stark International, Iron Man tests his armor’s latest upgrades against an atomic piledriver. Witnessing the test are a few Stark employees, including the blonde Krissy Longfellow, Tony’s newest executive assistant and his replacement for the departed Pepper Potts-Hogan.
The atomic piledriver is destroyed and Iron Man switches back to Tony Stark and dives into his latest office work regarding his company. Soon he winds up pondering Krissy Longfellow’s enigmatic appeal and that leads him to contemplating some of the previous women in his life, like Pepper, the late Janice Cord and Roxie Gilbert, whom he has finally given up pursuing.
His reverie is interrupted by a phone call from Senator Andrew Jackson Hawk in Washington D.C. Hawk informs Tony that he and his committee have frozen all of Stark International’s new defense contracts because of evidence that Tony is selling classified information to the Communist Chinese and the Soviet Union.
NOTE: The “evidence” has all been faked by the Mandarin for reasons that will be made known below. Continue reading
*** Sorry, I have been ill the past few days but am now getting better and should be back to posting regularly.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 5 seeds – the NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (as in Shipbuilders) – faced the 4th seeded UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI-HAMILTON HARRIERS for the title in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
Things looked bad for the Builders as the Harriers seized a 4-0 lead in the 1st Inning and made that an 8-2 advantage by the 3rd. Continue reading
(NOTE FOR OVERSEAS READERS: “C’mon, man! I heard you liked me” is what Biden allegedly said to the woman who accused him of rape, that’s why “C’mon man!” is so often used.)
As a former Democrat who left the party to become an Independent Voter years ago, I can say that the Biden Crime Family has come to embody many of the reasons I left that political party. An article titled High Plains Grifter nicely encapsulates career criminal Joe Biden’s shadiness. The link is below, but first some excerpts:
“In her book “The Laptop from Hell” Miranda Devine describes how Biden used whatever office he held at the time to trade favors for himself and wealth for his family members. Insider Tony Bobulinski is quoted in the book:
‘I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain, and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from Communist-controlled China.’
“The most egregious and obvious abuse was Biden extorting Ukraine to fire the prosecutor zeroing in on Hunter Biden’s involvements in Ukraine or face the withholding (of) financial aid.”
“Biden has been able to keep secret his real wealth thanks to the loosie goosy financial regulations in Delaware, where many corporations seek to base.”
“… the details of how Biden, whose career has been partially dedicated to enabling financial secrecy in Delaware, made a significant portion of that money remains a mystery.” NOTE FROM BALLADEER: For overseas readers I want to emphasize that. It has long been the practice for corporations to want their base offices to be in Delaware, where the likes of Joe Biden have always helped the “big businesses” from whom they claim to protect the working class and the poor.
“The lies are catching up because Biden is at the top of the pile, all alone in the spotlight. He is used to lying and not being held accountable as he has had a highly compliant media covering for him.” Continue reading
Yes, 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 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
It’s less than two months until the major holiday Frontierado, so here’s a third blog post about Pony Express Riders – April 3rd, 1860 to October 26th, 1861. A few weeks ago came Balladeer’s Blog’s look at the first Pony Express riders.
As always, Frontierado celebrations are about the myth of the old west, not the grinding reality.
THE CLIFF BROTHERS
CHARLIE CLIFF – The younger of the two Cliff brothers to ride for the Pony Express was born in 1844 in St. Louis County, MO. Sometime in 1852 the family moved to St. Joseph, MO and by May of 1860 Charlie and his older brother Gus were Expressmen, the official title of Pony Express Riders.
Charlie’s rout passed through Kickapoo Indian territory but the tribe was peaceful and the young man never experienced difficulties with them. However, in 1861 he encountered a small company of nine covered wagons headed west and shared their plight of being besieged by over one hundred Sioux warriors. The siege lasted three days with periodic gunplay before a larger wagon train approached and the Sioux, realizing they were outnumbered, rode off. Continue reading
As I always say here at Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog, we need alternate political parties. At any rate, here are some quick headlines.
FASCIST BIDEN REGIME IS STILL REFUSING TO ENFORCE THE LAW PREVENTING DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE THE HOMES OF THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. The DOJ has yet to prosecute anyone for protesting near a justice’s home … even though doing so is banned by federal law. Like all fascist regimes, Biden and his Democrats allow their party’s violent mobs to run wild.
A LOOK AT SOME OF THE LATEST DEMOCRAT VIOLENCE AGAINST THE REST OF US.
REMEMBER WHEN DEMOCRAT “EXPERTS” CLAIMED GAS PRICES WOULD NOT RISE UNDER BIDEN? More HERE. For Democrats, an “expert” means anyone who will mindlessly affirm their partisan views. As we have all seen, Democrats even pretend it requires an “expert” to be able to tell men and women apart.
ANOTHER EXAMINATION OF “THE PARTY” REGARDING ITS CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. Continue reading