Monthly Archives: July 2022

MURDERCYCLE (1999)

murdercycle posMURDERCYCLE (1999) – Okay, I want a Ghost Rider vs Murdercycle film! ESPECIALLY with Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider. Anyway, despite the title, this movie is a nice throwback to the days before so many low-budget filmmakers were trying to be intentionally over-the-top and campy with their productions and titles in hopes of garnering sales from a reputation for being so-bad-it’s-good.

Flicks like Suburban Sasquatch, Rubber, Lycan Colony and the Birdemic sequels take some of the joy out of bad movies in my opinion with their calculated awfulness. I prefer to soak in films that were trying to be straightforward but whose creative teams lacked the budget or the talent to fulfill the production’s potential.

Murdercycle was at least played straight without those constant winks and nods from the cast like we get in so many would-be Psychotronic movies today. The only cutesy in-joke comes from the names of several characters and it’s never acknowledged by the dialogue (see below).

the murdercycleLet’s take this from the top – an object from space lands near a Top Secret government facility concealed within a seeming shack in the middle of nowhere. It’s not a meteor but an alien weapon and when a man on a dirt bike draws near the fallen object he falls victim to its jack-in-the-box/ face-hugger tech.

In a bit of business that put me in mind of the 1980s Bruce Campbell movie Moon Trap, the alien device fuses with the nameless biker AND his motorcycle. The result is a deadly biomechanical entity that is part humanoid, part motorcycle and part alien Terminator. We have our Murdercycle!         Continue reading

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DUTCH HENRY: NEGLECTED GUNSLINGER

This year the Frontierado Holiday falls on August 5th. Here is another seasonal post and, as always, Frontierado is about the myth of the old west, not the grinding reality.

dutch henryDUTCH HENRY – Henry Borne, spelled Bourne in some sources and Born in others, was born on July 2nd, 1849 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. His parents were fresh from Germany and the old “Deutsch-Dutch” confusion on the part of non-German speakers led to Borne’s eventual nickname Dutch Henry.

The family moved to Montague, Michigan where Henry worked as a lumberjack in his teens. Around 1866 the young man enlisted in the 7th Cavalry but had left the army by 1868. Later that year Dutch Henry was arrested for stealing 20 government mules at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

After serving just 3 months of his prison term the resourceful Henry escaped and in 1869 was in Kansas, keeping “off the grid” as it were as a buffalo hunter for years. During lean times Borne would work as a freighter in Kansas and Colorado.

quanah parkerCome 1874 and Dutch Henry was living on the Texas Panhandle. He was on hand at the storied Adobe Walls store called Myers & Leonard’s when the Second Battle of Adobe Walls began on the morning of June 27th. A combined force of several hundred Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa warriors attacked, led by Comanche Chief Quanah Parker (at right). Continue reading

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NEWS ROUNDUP: JULY 20th

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Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some recent news stories.

IN JULY OF 2021 JOE BIDEN CLAIMED “NO SERIOUS ECONOMIST IS PREDICTING HIGH INFLATION.” The working class and the poor are paying the price for Biden’s inflation thanks to his and his “experts'” monumentally bad judgment.

DEMOCRAT MEDIA OUTLETS HELP DEMOCRATS ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND ILHAN OMAR FAKE THEIR PROPAGANDA PRETENDING THEY WERE HANDCUFFED AT DEMONSTRATION IN WHICH SEVENTEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE ARRESTED. More HERE. And the media wonder why people are so aware of their pro-Democrat or pro-Republican biases.

biden off bike“BRANDON FALLS.” COURAGEOUS POLITICAL DISSIDENTS MOCK THE FASCIST BIDEN REGIME BY MAKING A TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE PLACE WHERE THE UNFIT MAN FELL WHILE ON HIS BIKE. Hilarious! Ugly political trash like Joe Biden can’t stand being ridiculed.

MORE COURTS RULING THAT CERTAIN STATES VIOLATED THEIR OWN ELECTION LAWS IN THE FOREVER TAINTED 2020 ELECTION. Scrutiny of that most corrupt election since 1876 and 2000 must continue, to try preventing repeated abuses.

biden frowningCAREER CRIMINAL JOE BIDEN GREETED IN MA WITH CHANTS OF “LET’S GO BRANDON.” Heroic American dissidents strike again. 

THE DEMOCRATS OF SOCIAL MEDIA CONTINUE THEIR PLANS TO SILENCE CRITICISM OF THEIR POLITICAL PARTY CLOSE TO ELECTION DAY. It will be like the way they buried the proven TRUE reports about the Hunter Biden/ Joe Biden scandals in 2020.  Continue reading

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THE SICKLE OF FIRE (1896): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

masc graveyard smallerTHE SICKLE OF FIRE (1896) – Written by Charles Kelsey Gaines, an American author who set this particular short story in British Columbia. The main characters are our narrator and a scientist named O.D. McKazy.

Hydropyrogen, a newly discovered element, is theorized to be a lost element that was used by the ancient Greeks for their never-recreated Liquid Fire. The element is the lightest element known (in this fictional context). Hydropyrogen is derived by burning a certain seaweed under an electric current.

When put under pressure and extreme cold, the element solidifies into sharp, slender crystals colored red. Those crystals can be stored in glass containers but if they come into contact with water they burst into flame. Continue reading

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“FARMER” PEEL: NEGLECTED GUNSLINGER

The Frontierado Holiday is coming up on August 5th. As always, the holiday is about the myth of the Old West, not the grinding reality. 

pistols and cardsFARMER PEEL – Gunslinger Langford Peel got the nickname “Farmer” Peel through the same sense of irony that earns some tall people the nickname Shorty and some fat people the nickname Slim. Peel was always well-dressed and smooth-tongued and the furthest thing away from the image of a Farmer that you could get among the high-stakes gambler/ gunslingers of his era. 

Peel was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1829 but his family moved to America during his childhood. In 1841, at the age of 12, Peel was accepted into the U.S. Army as a bugler. Buglers and drummers could indeed be enlisted into the service as company musicians with their parents’ consent. Education in their intended musical instruments was part of the bargain.

David Robb great Farmer Peel

David Robb would have made a great Farmer Peel

The young Langford Peel was shipped off to Governor’s Island, New York and then Carlisle Barracks, PA for his military and musical training. After 13 months he was discharged at Carlisle on October 24th, 1842 but chose to reenlist. Come 1845 the 16 year old blonde was with Company B of the First Regiment of U.S. Dragoons at Fort Atkinson, IA. (Yes, this would indeed have made him the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B when he was first posted there. I’m kidding!)

By the spring of 1846 Peel got his first action against Native Americans, bugling and fighting for his unit in what is now Pawnee County, Coon Creek and along the Arkansas River. Already skilled at gunplay, Langford notched 3 kills in his first battle and became even deadlier in the future, seeing a great deal of action against the Great Plains and Mojave Desert Tribes.  Continue reading

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MOTHER JONES: DEMOCRATS VS THE REST OF US – JULY 17th

mother-jonesOnce again, Mary Harris Jones – aka Mother Jones – speaks with Balladeer’s Blog despite having passed away in 1930.

MOTHER JONES: Thank you, Balladeer, now if you’ll kindly shut your mouth I’ll proceed –

BIDEN CRIME FAMILY – EVEN MORE EVIDENCE ABOUT JOE BIDEN’S ENTANGLEMENT WITH HIS UNDERBOSS HUNTER BIDEN’S RACKETS. Mother Jones: The Bidens deserve a RICO investigation.

BIDEN REGIME’S INFLATION CONTINUES TO CRUSH THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR. More HERE.  Mother Jones: Joe Biden is a callous and uncaring monster.

JOE BIDEN’S POLICIES SERVED TO MASSIVELY LOWER THE REAL INCOME OF THE WORKING CLASS. Mother Jones: Like I said above … 

PRIVILEGED WHITE ONE PERCENTERS THE PELOSIS TO CASH IN ONCE AGAIN; BUY STOCKS AHEAD OF CONGRESSIONAL VOTE. More HERE.  MJ: Corruptocrat Nancy and her husband try to show the Bidens how it’s done.

biden sidewaysUNFIT JOE BIDEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST – BLUNDERS AND BLITHERING FROM START TO FINISH. More HERE, Video HERE, and HERE, More HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE. MJ: In contrast, Biden’s predecessor was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his statesmanship in the Middle East.  Continue reading

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN: CURSE OF THE CONJURER

conan jason momoaThe Marvel Comics run of stories based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan character from 1970-1993 helped maintain the character’s place in the public consciousness after the end of the Pulp Magazine era.

Here is a multi-part 1970s Marvel Conan story that was adapted from the Gardner Fox novel Kothar and the Conjurer’s Curse.

conan 46CONAN THE BARBARIAN Vol 1 #46 (January 1975)

Title: The Curse of the Conjurer

Villain: Shokkoth of the Many Stones

Synopsis: While riding through the Border Kingdoms, Conan meets a wizard named Merdoramon. This figure, knowing that a Cimmerian’s word is their bond, pays Conan a pouch of gold to deliver a mystic amulet to Themas Herklar, the Regent of the kingdom called Phalkar. The enchanted item is called the Amulet of Blue Fire.

Conan accepts the gold and gives his word to deliver the amulet to Themas Herklar. Putting the amulet around his own neck for the journey, the barbarian rides west toward Phalkar.

conan meets stefanyaBefore long he passes through the village of Sfanol, where he sees the inhabitants about to burn at the stake a beautiful young woman named Stefanya. She cries out to Conan for help, and he decides it is time for him to take action. 

shokkothOur hero saves Stefanya from this fate and learns she was being burned for her service to the late sorcerer Zoqquanor now that he is no longer alive to protect her. The panicked woman tells Conan that they must retrieve Zoqquanor’s body from the ruins of his castle, which was leveled by the same superstitious villagers who tried to burn her alive.

Stefanya insists that a spell cast by the sorcerer when he was alive binds her fate to his, and if his body is destroyed so will she be. In the ruins of Zoqquanor’s castle, Conan and Stefanya find the premises now being guarded by Shokkoth of the Many Stones, a monstrous creation of the late wizard. Continue reading

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TOP PROSPECTS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE 2023 NFL DRAFT

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While the 2022 NFL draft class have not yet taken the field, teams and fans alike are already keeping an eye on the best college and high school football players ahead of the 2023 draft, scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 27th – 29th in Kansas City.

football on fieldOver 10 million viewers watch the first night of the NFL draft every year. While those figures pale in comparison to the Super Bowl, you can bet industry insiders are all glued to their screens. Pundits endlessly pore over pick possibilities in the lead-up and will start speculating on how new arrivals will contribute to their franchise the second a draftee puts on his new team’s cap for the cameras. Continue reading

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THE RIPPAVERSE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED

Eric JulyEric July aka YoungRippa59 has launched what he’s calling the Rippaverse. July has been touting this independent publishing project for quite some time and, after investing $200,000 of his own money and, having now raised well over 2.25 million dollars more, went live with his website on July 12th. UPDATE: He is now over 3.7 million dollars. People know a good thing when they see it.

Unlike similar independent comic book projects that usually involve a long wait after an order is placed, Eric July has promised that buyers will begin receiving their books IN AUGUST! July is one of the courageous visionaries like Ethan Van Sciver and Jon Malin who operate outside the stifling corporate environment of the Big Two comic book publishers.

Isom 1Rippa’s first superhero is called Isom and his 96-page debut book is lengthy enough to deserve the term Graphic Novel. And this is just the start of a brand-new superhero universe that Eric vows will compete with Marvel and DC eventually.

Get in on the ground floor by placing your orders today for Isom #1 plus any extra merchandise that strikes your eye. And best of all – the Rippaverse is HIRING!

Check it all out HERE. And for Eric July’s trailer for Isom and the Rippaverse see below. 

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IRISH TOMMY: PONY EXPRESS RIDER

crossed pistolsAs promised, Balladeer’s Blog returns to some brief looks at assorted Pony Express Riders as seasonal posts now that the Frontierado Holiday is fast approaching. (It falls on August 5th this year.) Frontierado is about the myth of the old west, not the grinding reality.

expressmanIRISH TOMMY – Thomas J. Ranahan was better known as Irish Tommy during his days as an Expressman (the official title of Pony Express riders). Ranahan was born in Ireland on August 28th, 1839 and his family moved to America in 1841, settling in Vermont.

The Ranahans moved on to Kansas in 1855 and a few years later Irish Tommy alternated between being a stagecoach driver for the parent company of the Pony Express and filling in for Expressmen who fell to illness, horse thieves, bandits, hostile Native Americans or the elements. Continue reading

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