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FRONTIERADO FLASHMAN: FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS (1982)

Frontierado is fast approaching! Friday, August 2nd is the big day! Here’s my January review of Flashman and the Redskins again since it’s appropriate to the holiday. 

Alan Bates -better Flashman than MalcolmFor Balladeer’s Blog’s Number One Harry Flashman Novel click HERE  . 

For background info on George MacDonald Fraser’s infamous anti-hero Harry Paget Flashman you can also click that link.

 

flashman and the redskins 27. FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS (1982)

Time Period: Part One – 1849-1850, Part Two – 1875-1876

The Flashman novels jump around to different periods of the fictional Harry Flashman’s life. This book covers his adventures with the Forty-Niners on the way to the California gold fields as well as his much later involvement in the Sioux Uprising.

Favorite Book Blurb: “The West is just wild about Harry!” (It came long before “See what I did there?” was a thing, but the sentiment still applies.) 

NOTE: Once again Fraser used the structure of a swashbuckling, guns-blazing adventure story to cast his critical eye on some of the Great Names and Great Events of the 19th Century. Get ready for another generous helping of “History Noir” as only George could write it: by blending fact, fiction and satirical subtext in a way which scandalizes BOTH the political right AND the left.

And as always when viewed against the backdrop of history’s major atrocities the amoral carnal and monetary pursuits of that British blackguard Harry Paget Flashman look almost harmless by comparison.  

flashman and the redskinsSynopsis: The plot of Flashman and the Redskins picks up immediately after the end of Flash For Freedom (1971). Still stranded without funds in 1849 America our antihero returns to the welcoming arms – and bed – of brothel madam Susie Willink. That voluptuous MILF has been bitten by the Gold Bug and invites Harry to join her and her stable of prostitutes as part of a wagon train headed to California.

Soon the expatriate British Cavalry Officer is traipsing across the continent alongside the young Kit Carson himself. Harry, Kit, Susie and their wagon train wind up negotiating with and/or fighting Pawnee, Arapaho and other assorted tribes of Native Americans as well as combating cholera, thirst and hunger along the way.

Since Fraser can never resist slipping Flashman into tantalizingly unresolved historical footnotes we get Harry’s account of the mysterious final days at the original Bent’s Fort. Tossed in for good measure we learn that our favorite British scoundrel was the man who supposedly taught the young Crazy Horse how to wink, which was reportedly a very UN-Oglala-like thing to do.  Continue reading

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LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES AND FASCISM

Mascot with demo and repub headsIt’s been quite awhile since one of Balladeer’s Blog’s “Liberals and Conservatives and …” items, largely because of how increasingly outdated and irrelevant the labels Liberal and Conservative have become in recent years.

Regular readers know that I get attacked by both left-wingers and right-wingers since I refuse to play along with their silly “shirts versus skins” thinking which dictates you MUST declare yourself part of either the left or the right even though we can all see what a monumental mess that divisive thinking has resulted in.

More and more of us adults have accepted that a combination of supposedly “left-wing” and supposedly “right-wing” approaches to life is far more constructive than the shrill, “strictly one or the other” partisanship practiced in the past.

The people who still pretend to be “Liberals” though their worldview has NOTHING to do with liberty and EVERYTHING to do with imposing taboos have run rings around the people who still pretend to be “Conservatives.” One of the false notions pushed by the left-wing Archie Bunkers of the 1960s generation is that fascism is purely a product of right-wing fanaticism when it is really a product of fanaticism from either end of the political spectrum.

mascot new look donkey and elephant headsEven the meaning of the word fascism comes from fasces, the ancient symbol involving a bundle of rods or sticks with an axe-head protruding from them. From there the axe-head was largely dropped and fascii (plural) from then on referred to the bundle of rods or sticks.

The sticks gave way to arrows in some imagery, like the infamous “Yoke and the Arrows” of the Falangists in the Spanish Civil War. The overall message of the clump or bundle of sticks remained the same as it had been for centuries: one stick (or for more dramatic impact, one arrow) could be easily broken. Together in a bundle the multiple sticks could NOT be easily broken.

This has always been the grotesque appeal and the message of fascism no matter which side of the political spectrum practices its ugliness: one lone, otherwise insignificant person can be easily broken, but TOGETHER, many otherwise insignificant people cannot be easily broken. That description applies to fascist groups all the way up through the present-day gang which is ironically called Antifa (the biggest fascists of the moment).  Continue reading

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POLITICAL CARTOONS: JULY 26th

Captain Pike

ROBERT MUELLER

Robert Mueller did his best Captain Pike imitation this week to further cement what a joke and a waste of time his farcical “investigation” was. Some compared Mueller’s testimony to Weekend at Bernie’s and given how brain-dead Murky Mueller seemed they may be on to something.

It was hilarious to watch this corrupt and worthless little man slither off into the sunset accompanied by the boos and impotent outrage of anti-Trump fascists.   

This cartoon found another excellent comparison for the crooked Mueller’s abysmal performance: 

Mueller deer in the headlights 

But there’s something to be said for this next comparison, too:

Mueller wile e coyote

And if you prefer the classics: 

Mueller Hindenburg

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FAQ: ARE SJW’s LOSERS OR JUST FOOLS?

Mascot new lookSJW’s: LOSERS OR JUST FOOLS? – SJW’s are the modern-day equivalent of those primly disapproving religious nuts who spent their lives trying to impose their own uptight notions of right and wrong on other people. Except SJW’s are even more sad and pathetic.

By way of this general announcement I will once again remind the ridiculous poseurs who refer to themselves as SJW’s that, if they expect me to allow their comments to show – comments in which they absurdly refer to themselves with that hilariously pretentious and grandiose SJW label – then they have to address me as a “Heroic Defender of Freedom.”

Doing so might just convey to you what silly “only child” jackasses you look like to other people when you use that lame SJW title.

First – Calling YOURSELF an SJW is as meaningless as the way some of you compound this narcissistic idiocy by labeling yourselves a “Public Intellectual” on your social media home pages. Face it, if you’re reduced to designating YOURSELF as an intellectual – public or otherwise – you’re probably not one.

Second – The term “Social Justice” is as ridiculous as the Right-Wing term “Family Values.” Reasonable adults will not necessarily ever agree on the meaning of such silly generalities. Everyone knows when SJW’s and their ilk refer to Social Justice they REALLY mean only their own definition of it – a definition polluted by their political prejudices and self-centered drama queen tendencies.

Third – “Warriors” do not simply file a complaint about every person who says something they disagree with. “Snitches,” “Crybabies” and “Informants” do, however. Continue reading

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COCKROACH ROBERT MUELLER, NOTORIOUSLY CORRUPT PROSECUTOR, SCUTTLES ALONG OUR KITCHEN FLOORS AGAIN

Mueller t-shirtRobert Mueller has replaced Richard Nixon as the National Cockroach. Even among notoriously sleazy American Prosecutors, Mueller has a name that’s synonymous with sludge. Just search under “Robert Mueller Scandals” and take your pick from all of the left-wing and right-wing news outlets. Mueller’s infamous involvement in abetting gangster Whitey Bulger by keeping innocent people in prison for years is just ONE of this greaseball’s many scandals.

Mueller CockroachI joked recently that next the Democrats will beg Mueller to write a fictionalized account of what he thinks happened in the nonexistent “Russian Collusion” (LMAO) fantasy. Then they can call him back AGAIN and ask hypothetical questions about what each line in the fictional account might mean, all the while pretending that their obsession with trying to revive Murky Mueller’s failed Witch Hunt means there’s smoke there.   

 

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MOTHER JONES: TRUMP LINKS JULY 21st

mother-jonesMary Harris Jones aka “Mother” Jones fought the same kind of bloated rich pig oppressors that de facto Third Party President Trump fights. And it’s no secret that Trump has done more for the poor and the working class than any other president in DECADES! 

Once again Mother Jones has communicated with Balladeer’s Blog from beyond the grave to let me know about her favorite Trump links in recent news. 

cancer patient Natalie HarpCANCER SURVIVOR CALLS PRESIDENT TRUMP HER GOOD SAMARITAN. President Trump has been doing amazing things for cancer sufferers, just like he recently moved mountains to help those with kidney ailments.  – click HERE

DONALD TRUMP MUST BE THE CLEANEST MAN IN WASHINGTON DC. Don Surber echoes my take on how clean the Donald must be or the Democrats would have produced SOMETHING on him by now. Instead, every investigation they start goes nowhere, and this week another witch hunt against him was called off. – click HERE 

Donald Trump never called racist till running against DemocratsPRESIDENT TRUMP PROVEN TO BE TREATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN CUSTODY BETTER THAN OBAMA Numbers don’t lie – click HERE 

DEMOCRAT CHUCK SCHUMER GOT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM EPSTEIN. While President Trump banned Epstein from his properties over a decade ago, the minute he learned what Epstein was like, the media keeps coming up with pics of Trump with Epstein from 1992 or so AND IGNORING ALL OF EPSTEIN’S RECENT TIES TO DEMOCRATS. Hilarious hypocrisy!  – click HERE

EVEN MORE PROOF IT WAS LOCAL PUERTO RICAN POLITICIANS, NOT TRUMP, WHO FOULED UP DISTRIBUTION OF HURRICANE RELIEF. Even more protests from the suffering victims against the corrupt Puerto Rican pols – click HERE

WOMEN FOR TRUMP. Further reflections from women for Trump’s reelection. And by the way, already more women have contributed money to President Trump’s 2020 campaign than did to his 2016 campaign!  – click Continue reading

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APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY PLUS THE 6 OTHER MOON LANDINGS

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! America’s Apollo 11 moon landing gets all the attention, so in keeping with Balladeer’s Blog’s overall theme here’s a look at the six missions that followed that very first manned moon landing. 

Apollo 12 patchAPOLLO 12 – Overall Commander: Charles “Pete” Conrad (not to be confused with Peter “Chuck” Conrad)

Command Module Yankee Clipper Pilot: Richard F Gordon, Jr

Lunar Module Intrepid Pilot: Alan L Bean 

Less than four full months after Apollo 11’s successful mission the Apollo 12 crew provided a SECOND fulfillment of President John F Kennedy’s goal of landing men on the moon and returning them safely to the Earth. 

The Lunar Module Intrepid touched down on the moon’s surface on November 19th, 1969 at 1:54am EST and lifted off to rendezvous with the orbiting Command Module Yankee Clipper on November 20th at 9:25am. Splashdown in the Pacific Ocean was on November 24th at 3:58pm.

The Mission: The Yankee Clipper was struck by lightning during its ascent from the Earth, knocking out all power but the back-up systems successfully restored all operations to normal. Apollo 12 made a perfect touchdown at its predesignated landing area, already improving on the previous mission, which had been very slightly off-course.

After landing at the Ocean of Storms Astronauts Conrad and Bean had to contend with a much more powdery surface than the Apollo 11 crew had encountered. The lunar dust and powder clung to the Astronauts’ suits and nearly clogged vital portions of the high-tech outfits. Continue reading

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