May 31, 2023 · 11:01 pm
FOR PART ONE OF THIS RETROSPECTIVE (2016) FROM INDEPENDENT VOTER SITE BALLADEER’S BLOG CLICK HERE.
ANOTHER BRAVE WOMAN EXPLAINS WHAT DROVE HER AWAY FROM “THE PARTY”. “I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech.”
MOTHER JONES COMPARES PRESIDENT TRUMP TO FDR, TRUMAN, SERPICO, BRUBAKER AND MORE.
COURAGEOUS PROFESSOR DEFIES THE CHURCH OF IRRATIONAL THOUGHT AND POLITICAL INTOLERANCE. “Reasoning requires you to understand truth claims, even truth claims that you think are false or bad or just icky. Most of you have been taught to label things with various “isms” which prevent you from understanding claims you find uncomfortable or difficult.”
HATE GROUP’S POLL ABOUT TRUMP BACKFIRES ON THEM. Hilarious.
REAL PEER REVIEW RIDICULES UNHINGED “EDUCATORS” (LMAO) BY QUOTING THEIR OWN WORDS. Before Libs of Tik Tok, there was Real Peer Review. Continue reading →
May 31, 2023 · 1:05 pm
A VOYAGE TO THE WORLD IN THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH (1755) – This intriguing work was published in London anonymously and no author has yet been decisively identified. The novel’s narrator – who remains as anonymous as the book’s author – parties away his inheritance and then ships out for Italy.
Exploring on Mount Vesuvius our hero accidentally falls into what we readers are eventually told is just one of many holes that lead to the interior of the Earth, where another world awaits. A miraculous landing on a haystack saves the narrator’s life but he finds himself unable to move because of the greater gravity of this interior world.
A friendly inhabitant of the inner Earth applies a chemical salve to our protagonist’s body, a salve which allows him to stand up and move about in the higher gravity. A second salve massaged into the narrator’s body renders him capable of understanding and conversing in the language of Inner Earth.
The inhabitants of this interior world dress in silk robes and live to be 200 years old or older. They possess limited telepathy. Precious gems litter the ground but those jewels are meaningless to the Inner Earthers. Their society is partially socialist but with families held sacrosanct and with paternal authority sovereign in each household until the children reach adulthood.
Periodically a King is elected for a lifetime term. Common-sense morality prevails, and ingratitude is especially frowned upon. All of the inhabitants are strict vegetarians, as are the animals so the humans and the beasts interact peacefully.
In addition to the usual above-ground animals, Inner Earth also boasts gigantic birds who are trained to provide air travel throughout the subterranean land. Our hero gets to meet the reigning King in the world capital called Oudentominos.
The King makes him welcome but stresses that visitors are usually encouraged to leave after a year. That custom was set in place when a still-extant colony of British men and women discovered Inner Earth nearly a hundred years earlier and have been causing frequent problems.
During our protagonist’s stay the cantankerous Brits once again come close to mutinying so the Inner Earthers attack them and subdue them. The men are castrated and both sexes of the Anglos are scattered around Inner Earth to prevent any more rebellions from fermenting.
As for life on other planets in our solar system: Continue reading →
May 30, 2023 · 4:41 pm
Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are familiar with my odd sense of humor. While searching for some more obscure films to watch and review, I came across this synopsis of the storyline for a 1974 Italian comedy. The movie in question is La Cugina (The Cousin), and the English translation of whatever the contributor actually wrote in Italian is … a bit garbled. Hilariously entertaining, but garbled nevertheless.
Here it is, word for word: Continue reading →
May 30, 2023 · 12:01 am
Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some of the latest. By the way, the above reference to the Church Committee (not “Commission”) is about the 1970s investigations into the corruption and political bias in the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, etc. Apparently, people forgot why those agencies should never be trusted and need to re-learn all of it.
BIDEN’S FBI CONTINUES TO COVER UP THE BIDEN BRIBERY SCANDALS AND OTHER MISDEEDS. More HERE. And HERE.
JOE BIDEN AGAIN LEANS ON BIG TECH TO VIOLATE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. “Only The Party dispenses truth” is apparently career criminal Joe’s motto.
IRS HEAD STATES THEY OBEY THE BIDEN REGIME’S DOJ. Impeachments have been launched over far less.
THE BIDEN REGIME’S IRS BEGAN HARASSING COURAGEOUS REPORTER MATT TAIBBI WHEN HE REPORTED NEWS THAT BIDEN WANTED COVERED UP. More HERE. And HERE. Continue reading →
May 29, 2023 · 12:01 am
HAVE A RESPECTFUL MEMORIAL DAY, EVERYONE! Two years ago I marked the holiday with a look at the U.S. forces who fought in Russia from 1918-1920. Last year I examined American forces during the Boxer conflict. For this Memorial Day let’s look at some Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the Spanish-American War.
Branch of Service: Navy
Rank: Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class
Citation: “In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, 2 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries, Charrette displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.”
The Merrimac was being intentionally sunk to try blocking the Spanish ships from being able to come out to fight the U.S. fleet. Charrette was taken prisoner and later exchanged on July 6th, 1898. NOTE: Charrette subsequently served in World War One.
EDWARD LEE BAKER JR.
Branch of Service: Army
Citation: “For extraordinary heroism on 1 July 1898, while serving with the 10th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Santiago, Cuba. Sergeant-Major Baker left cover and, under fire, rescued a wounded comrade from drowning.”
NOTE: This African-American had served in the storied Buffalo Soldiers during campaigns against the Native Americans in the west prior to the Spanish-American War. After that conflict, Baker served in the Philippine War (1899-1902) and the subsequent campaigns against the Moros and others. Continue reading →
May 28, 2023 · 1:32 pm
Balladeer’s Blog’s main Memorial Day post will be tomorrow but here’s a seasonal item for the holiday weekend.
The Memorial Day Holiday is marked here at Balladeer’s Blog with posts about neglected conflicts and neglected military units from American history. The latest unit to be examined is the Navy of the Republic of Texas. I’ll examine the period from the Texas Revolution against the tyrannical Mexican government up through the Texas Republic joining the U.S. as the State of Texas.
During the Fall Season of 1835 Texas rebelled against Mexico’s despotism and in March of 1836 officially declared their independence. On September 1st, 1835 two Texas ships – the San Felipe and Laura – clashed with the Mexican vessel Correo de Mejico. Maritime fallout from the incident severely limited Mexico’s efforts to prevent the rebellious Texans from importing arms and supplies for the conflict.
By November of 1835 the Texas government established an official navy to serve at sea and along the Rio Grande. Commodore Charles E Hawkins was in command. During the Texas Revolution their navy prevented the Mexican Navy from establishing a blockade of the new Republic’s coast and its port cities. Those naval forces simultaneously raided Mexican merchant ships, plundering supplies for the Texan land forces. Continue reading →
May 27, 2023 · 12:01 am
This weekend’s escapist, light-hearted superhero blog post centers around Marvel’s Power Man. Last year I covered his first twenty issues HERE. Here are more of his 1970s tales.
POWER MAN Vol 1 #21 (October 1974)
Title: The Killer with My Name
Villain: The original, villainous Power Man (Erik Josten)
Synopsis: The flood of glowing headlines that Power Man has been getting after crushing Cottonmouth’s drug ring in the previous issue get soured a bit one day when Luke goes to Noah Burstein’s clinic. He has gone there to visit his girlfriend, Dr. Claire Temple, but she has left behind a note for him saying she has left New York and can never see him again.
The hurt and angry Power Man returns to his Hero for Hire office above the Gem Theater. Luke gets attacked there by the original Power Man, a former operative of Baron Zemo who was given his super-strength by the Avengers foe the Enchantress.
That villain, real name Erik Josten, is demanding that Luke stop using the Power Man name since he has been using it for years. The resulting destructive battle causes the building to start collapsing, trapping a little girl inside. Naturally, Luke Cage wins the fight and saves the child. Continue reading →
May 26, 2023 · 4:40 pm
FOR PART ONE OF THIS RETROSPECTIVE (2016) FROM INDEPENDENT VOTER SITE BALLADEER’S BLOG CLICK HERE.
POLITICAL CARTOON ROUNDUP FROM OCTOBER 14th 2017. But especially relevant here in 2023.
TRANSGRESS WITH ME. Another round of the recurring feature that’s only for people with a backbone.
THREE FOR SUNDAY. Starting with journalist Sharyl Attkisson, the Ida Tarbell of the 21st Century.
A VOTER OF COLOR RECOUNTS HIS JOURNEY FROM ANTIFA TO BEING A TRUMP SUPPORTER.
MOCK HEADLINES. A bit of comedy. More of them HERE. Continue reading →
May 26, 2023 · 11:16 am
Here is a fantastic and very appropriate saying from a courageous man who still fights for freedom. It means “Diversity without diversity of opinions is dictatorship.”
El Noticiero de Alvarez Galloso
La diversidad sin diversidad de opiniones es dictadura RCAG
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May 25, 2023 · 3:47 pm
PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS – Here at Balladeer’s Blog I like to cover neglected items, even when it comes to popular subjects like Peter Pan. Before the figure became established in the public consciousness as the leader of the Lost Boys in Neverland, J.M. Barrie presented Peter in a very different form.
Six chapters of Barrie’s 1902 work The Little White Bird were devoted to his original concept for Peter Pan and presented his lair as London’s Kensington Gardens rather than Neverland. Instead of the dog Nana there was the dog Porthos, and instead of Wendy Darling there was Maimie Mannering, but still with the kiss/ thimble bit of business.
This was followed by the 1904 stage play about Peter Pan, which established the more well-known lore regarding the character. In 1906, the six chapters from The Little White Bird were published in a separate book as Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. That was followed by the 1911 novelized version of the 1904 play, with the novel adding some finishing touches to Peter Pan lore.
J.M. Barrie invented a detailed mythology for this first rendition of his renowned figure. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens tells us that babies are hatched from eggs laid by birds on the island in Serpentine Lake inside Kensington Gardens. Within a very short time Solomon Caw, a crow who is the leader of all the birds in the Gardens, delivers those baby birds destined to become children to the mothers who wrote to him requesting them. Continue reading →