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NCAA DIVISION TWO
ONE-POINT WONDERS – The UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE BRAVES welcomed the FROSTBURG STATE BOBCATS and snuck past them by a score of 10-9 ### And the TUSCULUM COLLEGE PIONEERS won 14-13 at the BARTON COLLEGE BULLDOGS.
BLOWOUT – In this game the JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY GOLDEN BULLS took the field against the ELIZABETH CITY STATE VIKINGS. The 1st Quarter ended in a 14-14 tie, but from there the Golden Bulls took control. By Halftime Johnson C. Smith University was up 35-14 on their way to a 49-14 triumph. Continue reading
Yes, from the land of Joe Biden’s corporate fascist kleptocracy, Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes another look at some of the latest outrages from the increasingly unhinged Democrat Party.
We need Third Parties, not just Democrat and Republican options.
FASCISM CREEP: THE BIDEN REGIME’S THUGS IN THE POLITICIZED DOJ GROW WORSE BY THE DAY.
ANIMAL TORTURER AND LYSENKOIST ANTHONY FAUCI’S PERSONAL FORTUNE GREW BY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS DURING HIS COVID POLICIES. Fauci, Big Pharma and Jeff Bezos’ Amazon online commerce thrived while competing walk-in stores went out of business, millions lost jobs, ways of life and lives. And I always think of the lives lost to AIDS back when Fauci was involved in “combatting” that, too.
DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN IN PENNSYLVANIA SENTENCED TO THIRTY MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ELECTION FRAUD. There have been countless stories like this over the past several years but the Democrats’ media outlets still love to pretend that vote fraud doesn’t happen.
ANOTHER LOOK AT THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL ATTACKS THAT DEMOCRATS MADE AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. Donald Trump, a de facto Third Party President, was the best president for the working class and the poor of all colors during my lifetime. He had to fight repulsive Republicans as well. Continue reading
Previously, Balladeer’s Blog examined non-Biblical Samson myths depicting the figure as a sun god. Here in this second installment, I will look at some of the traditions regarding Samson in Islamic literature. For the first post in this series click HERE.
SAMSON IN ISLAM – Right at the start, I’ll make it clear that there is no specific reference to Samson in the Koran. Period. In some of the other scholarly writings by Muslim authorities of the distant past they included Samson aka Shamsun by speculating that he was among the many unnamed prophets of their faith.
However, some of those sources simply list Samson as one of the Judges in the Children of Israel chapters and tend to keep him in the same time period as Biblical tales of the long-haired strong man. Other Islamic sources specifically name Samson/ Shamsun and place the period of his life anywhere from the 1st Century B.C.E. to the time of the Christian Saint George.
NOTE: Yes, that still puts Samson’s existence before Muhammad was even born, but the academic and religious debates about this are outside the material I am covering in this post.
For brevity’s sake I will avoid the in-depth arguments regarding exactly when Islam’s version of Samson supposedly lived. Suffice it to say that the Muslim literature in question states that Samson was born in a “Roman” city, placing his lifetime during the Roman occupation of the Middle East. This is much later than Biblical accounts of Samson. Continue reading
Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes another look at some of the recent news from the Democrats’ war on the rest of us – Independent Voters, non-political people, Republicans, Third Party Voters, etc.
THE EVER-INCREASING VIOLENCE THAT DEMOCRATS ARE USING AGAINST ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THEM.
A GOOD LOOK AT HOW THE DEMOCRATS HAVE GROWN INTOLERANT AND FASCISTIC. So many of us left the Democrat Party to become Independent Voters because the Democrats are no longer the party of JFK and FDR.
WISCONSIN, ONE OF THE STATES AFFECTED BY THE 2020 ELECTION CORRUPTION, TAKES ANOTHER STEP FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at its Comedy Hall of Fame honorees – parody division. A film must be thirty years old or older to qualify. Here they are, in no particular order.
LOVE AND DEATH (1975)
Written and directed by Woody Allen. In the years before he started churning out relationship movie after relationship movie, Woody crafted this hilarious parody of Russian literature AND Russian filmmaking.
When Love and Death was made, Allen’s comedic approach was up there with Mel Brooks, the Monty Python troupe and the Airplane/ Naked Gun folks in terms of fast and furious laughs with virtually no time to catch your breath.
This movie features love triangles and rectangles, silent film riffs, metaphysics, the principal from the Back to the Future films as Napoleon and the ultimate Black Russian joke. Diane Keaton was terrific at comedy even before her turn in Annie Hall. Continue reading
Just as the Orphic variations of the Homeric Hymns offer alternate versions of some of the ancient Greek myths, there are sources that provide alternate versions of the middle eastern Samson story.
SAMSON AS A NON-BIBLICAL SUN GOD – Before getting into the Biblical and Talmudic Samson tales, let’s take a look at the tradition of Samson being an ancient sun deity. In this context his “seven locks/ braids of hair” were seven solar rays emanating from his head like in ancient artwork of other solar figures.
A few examples would be the idol of Helios with seven rays from his head, Apollo with the same seven rays and even Phaethon having his father the sun god wind the “seven rays like strings upon his hair.”
In this version of the Samson story, it becomes a seasonal myth in which the sun god’s wife Delilah (or just Lilah in some versions) is a winter goddess. She causes the loss of Samson’s strength by cutting his seven locks/ braids/ solar rays, symbolizing the weakening of the sun and the shortening of the days throughout fall and winter. Continue reading
A number of subscribers who don’t follow sports have asked that I put my blog’s name at the beginning of my college football post titles.
DOWN GOES NUMBER TWO – Down in NCAA Division Three the 20th ranked BETHEL (MN) ROYALS played host to the number 2 team in the nation – the SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES. A 7-7 1st Quarter tie turned into a 10-7 Johnnies edge at the break and 17-14 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th the Royals came from behind for a 28-24 victory.
NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – In NCAA Division Two the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BRONCHOS (their spelling) welcomed the 3rd ranked NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS. The Bronchos put the Bearcats on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 13-7 lead, then carried through from there, winning the game 23-14.
AND NUMBER SIX COMES TUMBLING AFTER – This D2 game pitted the traveling DELTA STATE STATESMEN against the number 6 team in the nation – the UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS. In DOUBLE OVERTIME the Statesmen emerged with a 45-42 Upset win. Continue reading
This weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero post here at Balladeer’s Blog will take a look at the very early stories of the DC Comics superheroine called the Black Orchid.
ADVENTURE COMICS Vol 1 #428 (August 1973)
Title: Black Orchid
Villains: Corrupt politicians making their lone appearance.
NOTE: Black Orchid’s origin was just vaguely hinted at for years, but for the sake of streamlined storytelling I’m starting off with it. Susan Linden, an adventurous young woman, roamed the world for a few years, working at a variety of jobs.
While working as a blackjack dealer in a casino, she met wealthy Carl Thorne and the two dated, then married. Eventually, Susan realized that Carl was a black-market arms dealer and reported him to the authorities.
Ms. Linden sought shelter with her old school boyfriend from years earlier – brilliant scientist Philip Sylvian, an expert at botanical science. Carl Thorne’s thugs tracked Susan to Sylvian’s place and mortally wounded her.
With no other hope for Susan Linden’s survival, Philip used Susan’s dying body and harnessed life-force, combining them with his latest botanical experiments in plant/ animal hybrids. The result was a metamorphosed life-form which still looked like Susan but whose physiology was more plantlike than human.
Susan Linden’s transformed self now possessed superpowers which she used to fight the forces of evil as the costumed superheroine called Black Orchid. Her wood-hard muscles gave her massive super-strength as well as greater than human reflexes and agility. She could fly and her hybrid physiology made her immune to bullets. Continue reading