Monthly Archives: February 2023

NEWS ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 19th

Another news roundup here at Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog. We need independent parties.

biden crime family shirtBIDEN CRIME FAMILY: UNDERBOSS HUNTER BIDEN CONNECTED TO RUSSIAN OLIGARCH.

HUNTER BIDEN’S “ART” DEALER STONEWALLING INVESTIGATION INTO THE NAMES OF “BUYERS” WHO USED HUNTER’S PAINTINGS TO FUNNEL MONEY TO THE BIDENS. Life in Joe Biden’s corporate fascist kleptocracy.

BIDEN’S POLICIES HAVE DRIVEN FOOD PRICES UP 11.8 PERCENT AND HE IS CALLED OUT FOR LYING ABOUT THOSE PRICES SUPPOSEDLY GOING DOWN.

BIDEN ATTACKS REPORTER WHO ASKS ABOUT HIS TIES TO CHINA. Buying Joe Biden was the best investment China’s government ever made.

BIDEN CRIME FAMILY: PER COURT DOCUMENTS, JOE BIDEN’S BROTHER JAMES SECRETLY NEGOTIATED 140 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH SAUDIS, THANKS TO HIS CONNECTIONS TO JOE. More HERE

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Not pictured: Pete Buttigieg

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CONDEMNS BIDEN REGIME’S BUTTIGIEG FOR TRYING  TO BLAME THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE EAST PALESTINE, OHIO DISASTER.  

BIDEN’S POLICIES AGAIN SET INFLATION TO SOAR HIGHER. Joe Biden’s war on the working class and the poor continues. 

BIDEN REGIME’S TOP AFGHAN OFFICIAL TELLS AFGHAN WOMEN THEY MAY NEED “BLACK GIRL MAGIC.” Joe Biden’s lifelong racism trickles down to his regime’s functionaries.

JOE BIDEN CALLS AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND “BOY”. Yet another reminder of Biden’s racism and the fact that he comes from a slave-owning family. Continue reading

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PREZ: HIS 1970s ADVENTURES

This weekend’s light-hearted and escapist superhero story will deal with DC’s political comedy character Prez, given how this is Presidents Day weekend.

prez 1PREZ Vol 1 #1 (September 1973)

Title: The Making of the Prez

NOTE: Decades ago, Theodore White was known for his series of books titled The Making of the President, with the year of the election after each new volume. (1960, 1964, 1968, etc) In 1973, many readers would have gotten the implied joke of “The Making of the Prez.”

Villains: Boss Smiley and Misery Marko

Synopsis: On the alternate Earth known in the DC Universe as Earth 72, America not only lowered the voting age to 18 but also made 18-year-olds eligible for holding any elected positions in the U.S. – even president.

Enter stock-car racer Prez Rickard (a riff on the famous Tex Rickard), whose mother named him Prez because she was convinced her son would go on to be president some day. Prez’s political career took off when he synchronized all the clocks in his hometown of Steadfast. (Remember, this is political satire like Al Capp’s Li’l Abner on some levels.)

boss smileyThis caught the attention of corrupt political handler Boss Smiley, whose head was one of those syrupy and kitschy smiley faces that had become widespread by 1973. Boss Smiley and slimy advertising mogul Misery Marko recruited Prez to run for the Senate as their pawn, using the slogan “He made the clocks run on time.” (a Mussolini joke, of course)

Prez ultimately rebelled against Boss Smiley and Misery Marko and, with fellow 18-year-olds, ran his campaign honestly and won. In 1976, Rickard ran for president and won again, filling his administration with colorful youngsters like himself, thus kicking off even more satirical adventures in which Prez and company thwarted political villains. Continue reading

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CONCLUSION: 1972 EPISODES OF N.E.T. PLAYHOUSE

Balladeer’s Blog’s Forgotten Television category takes its final look at episodes of the 1966-1972 series N.E.T. Playhouse. For the opening look at the 1966 episodes click HERE

lorraine hansbLORRAINE HANSBURY: TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK (January 20th) – A 90-minute biography of African-American playwright Lorraine Hansbury, whose works include A Raisin in the Sun. Her husband Robert Nemiroff wrote this drama which includes performances of scenes from her plays. Ruby Dee, Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner, Barbara Barrie and Claudia McNeil were among the cast members. 

GALILEO (January 27th) – An airing of the 1968 Italian film about the famed scientist who was charged with heresy for agreeing with Copernicus by refuting the notion that the sun and the planets revolved around the Earth. Liliana Cavani directed this 1 hour and 45 minute production starring Cyril Cusack.   

HARRIET (February 3rd) – Adaptation of the 1943 stage drama about the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. The drama follows Stowe from her early fantasy writings through her important novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an indictment of the Democrats’ “peculiar institution” of slavery. Kitty Winn, Gretchen Corbett, Dolph Sweet, Richard Dysart and Madeleine Sherwood starred. 90 minutes. Continue reading

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PRESIDENTS AND PRESIDENTS DAY

Presidents Day weekend is fast approaching, 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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POLITICAL CARTOON AND MEME ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 15th

democrat republican or awakeIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some of the most recent political cartoons. We need independent parties.

This first one is a reminder of how Joe Biden invited the Russian invasion of Ukraine with his public remark that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would be acceptable. So much blood on this man’s hands.

biden invited ukraine invasion

The Washington Jeff Bezos Post is ribbed in the item below about how monumentally wrong they have been with so many stories on their front page while burying corrections in the back pages.

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Up next is this reminder that under Biden’s predecessor inflation was only at 1.4%. Joe Biden’s disastrous policies caused the skyrocketing inflation. 

biden inflation

Below is a terrific depiction of political hypocrisy. Continue reading

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1971 EPISODES OF N.E.T. PLAYHOUSE: FORGOTTEN TELEVISION

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Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the 1971 episodes of N.E.T. Playhouse. For the opening look at the 1966 episodes click HERE

LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS (January 7th) – A 1970 British telefilm. This comedy dealt with an eccentric young British genius drafted to work as a Russian translator for the military intelligence service during Egypt’s 1956 bid to nationalize the Suez Canal. During the resulting crisis, the young genius steals some classified documents to try to impress his mocking family members and chaos follows. 90 minutes.  

jeremt brett ideal playAN IDEAL HUSBAND (January 14th) – Adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde. THE Jeremy Brett starred as the good guy, Viscount Arthur Goring, who takes action when the brother of his lady love Mabel Chiltern (Susan Hampshire) is being blackmailed by a conniving socialite (Margaret Leighton). Originally aired in England in 1969. 90 minutes. 

A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS (January 28th) – This was a 90-minute production of Arthur Miller’s memorable play about several days in the lives of blue-collar workers during the Great Depression. Among the cast members were Harvey Keitel, Estelle Parsons, Tony Lo Bianco, Jerry Stiller, Dick Van Patten, Jack Warden, Cathy Burns and J.D. Cannon.  Continue reading

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VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A CLASSIC POP FICTION COUPLE

Happy Valentine’s Day from Balladeer’s Blog! In the past I’ve marked the day with sentimental items regarding President and First Lady McKinley or my heart-felt (yet sappy) review of the 1942 movie Casablanca, so this year let’s go with some dark humor instead.

For everyone who’s tired of couples who are held up as being epitomes of a “perfect” romance:

so long

But then there are those couples who remind us of good old Mom and Dad: Continue reading

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NEWS, MEMES AND POLITICAL CARTOON ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 13th

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some of the latest news, etc.

james carvilleDEMOCRATS STILL POMPOUSLY SNOBBISH AS JAMES CARVILLE CLAIMS “THE LEVEL OF WHITE TRASHDOM IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS STAGGERING.” Anyone who has ever heard Carville speak knows that he sounds (and looks) like the most stereotypical in-bred hick imaginable. For the umpteenth time I will point out that one of the reasons so many of us have left the Democrat Party is because they have become such pompous snobs, cowardly hypocrites and hilariously pretentious fools, just like James Carville.

JOE BIDEN’S WAR ON THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR CONTINUES AS HIS DISASTROUS POLICIES LEAVE AVERAGE AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO MAKE THEIR MONTHLY PAYMENTS.

eric adamsDEMOCRAT ERIC ADAMS COURAGEOUSLY CALLS OUT THE INTOLERANT EXTREMISTS WHO HAVE “HIJACKED” THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

NEW JERSEY MAYOR AND TOWNSHIP COUNCIL LEAVE THE DEMOCRATS TO BECOME REPUBLICANS. I would have preferred that they become Independents instead, but leaving the increasingly fascistic Democrats is a good move. “Municipal leaders have a responsibility to best represent their constituents, and it is our belief this change of party is in the best interest of the community,” said Mayor Pannullo.

biden owned by china againHORRIBLE JANUARY JOBS REPORT REFLECTS FURTHER FAILURE ON JOE BIDEN’S PART.

BIDENFLATION ACCELERATED IN JANUARY. Biden’s war on the working class and the poor rolls along.

COURAGEOUS FEMALE ROLE MODEL TULSI GABBARD CUTS BLOATED REPUBLICAN RICH PIG MITT ROMNEY DOWN TO SIZE.

SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE ACTIVE U.S. MILITARY CALLS OUT THE BIDEN REGIME’S POLITICIZATION OF THE ARMED FORCES. Political litmus tests from the Democrats invade all spheres of American life now.

fascist antifaINTERNATIONAL HATE GROUP ANTIFA MEMBERS ARRESTED AFTER BEATING A MAN IN BUDAPEST. They’re really KLANtifa.

DOZENS MORE FBI AGENTS COME FORWARD TO BLOW THE WHISTLE ON THE BUREAU’S POLITICIZATION BY DEMOCRATS.

EVEN MORE EVIDENCE COMES OUT ABOUT HOW THE BIDEN REGIME ARRANGED THE POINTLESS MAR-A-LAGO RAID TO SOFTEN UP THE PUBLIC FOR BIDEN’S SOON TO BE REVEALED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS SCANDAL. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S NCAA D3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL RESULTS: FEBRUARY 12th

NCAA DIVISION THREE

st joseph ct bluejaysEASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE – The number 1 team in the nation – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH (CT) BLUEJAYS – hammered the DEAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS 87-60   ###   Meanwhile, the 2nd ranked RANDOLPH MACON COLLEGE YELLOW JACKETS defeated the ROANOKE COLLEGE MAROONS 69-50   ###   And the number 3 CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS won 85-73 at the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS.

John Carroll Blue StreaksCLOSE CALL FOR NUMBER SIX – The (6) JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY BLUE STREAKS took it on the road against the OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY POLAR BEARS. At Halftime the Polar Bears were on top 44-36 but the Blue Streaks roared back to force Overtime with a 77-77 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session John Carroll University managed a 95-89 victory. Luke Chicone’s Double-Double of 19 points and 10 rebounds led the Blue Streaks. Continue reading

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SUPERHEROES OF CHESLER PUBLISHING

Balladeer’s Blog’s escapist, light-hearted superhero blog post for the weekend takes a look at the superheroes from Harry A. Chesler ‘s publishing company. 

Alias the Dragon 1THE DRAGON

Secret Identity: Bill Norton, Police Scientist

Origin: Tired of being relegated to the scientific end of crime solving, Police Scientist Bill Norton decides to seek out some action. He devises a flame-thrower pistol for himself plus a costume and starts fighting crime as the Dragon in his series titled Alias the Dragon.

First Appearance: Skyrocket Comics #1 (March 1944).

Powers: The Dragon had the strength and agility of a very athletic man. He wielded a pistol which could shoot fire like a flame-thrower and the dragon-scale cape of his costume was bullet-proof. In addition this hero was a first-rate scientist in criminology.

Comment: The Dragon was one of those Golden Age superheroes who didn’t care if he killed the criminals he fought. As Bill Norton our hero serves under Captain Donovan, no first name given. This character’s willingness to kill and his flame-thrower gimmick can’t help but remind a Bad Movie Fan like me of Robert Ginty’s two-movie character the Exterminator.

Yankee GirlYANKEE GIRL

Secret Identity: Lauren Mason, wealthy socialite 

Origin: Lauren Mason’s family line included practioners of the mystic arts, but the only spell-casting Lauren herself ever employed was a magic conjuration employing the words “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” (I guess her delivery made all the difference.) Chanting those three words transformed her, Shazam-style, into the super-powered Yankee Girl. 

First Appearance: Either Red Seal Comics #17 (July 1946) or Dynamic Comics #23 (November 1947). There is still some dispute. 

Powers: Continue reading

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