THANKSGIVING EVE POST

"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

“Please, sir, may I have some more?”

It’s that time of year again! Just a note in the spirit of the holiday season to mention my favorite Thanksgiving Eve movie.

Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving I make a point out of watching the musical Oliver! And yes, I know it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

I know the musical sentimentalizes  several characters that Dickens portrayed in a sinister way in the book (especially Fagan and The Artful Dodger) but the finished product has always seemed very holidayish to me. Continue reading

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NEWS, MEMES AND POLITICAL CARTOONS: NOVEMBER 23rd

biden shelvesI’ll make my Thanksgiving Eve blog post later today. For right now, Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some news, memes and political cartoons.

ANTI-WOMAN AND ANTISEMITIC BIDEN REGIME SUED FOR THE WAY ONE OF JOE’S MEN PHYSICALLY ATTACKED AN ISRAELI WOMAN OUTSIDE A BAR. Well, remember, Joe Biden is himself an accused rapist and his alleged victim cited Joe’s remark “C’mon, man! I heard you liked me!”

biden beriaBANANA REPUBLIC-STYLE MERRICK GARLAND CALLED OUT FOR ATTEMPTING TO OBSTRUCT A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION. Garland and his ilk have acted like people who commit such offenses deserve to be investigated and impeached. 

BIDEN CRIME FAMILY SCANDALS AND THEIR BIASED MEDIA OUTLETS CONTINUE TO DRAW CRITICISM.

EMERSON COLLEGE POLL: DONALD TRUMP CAME OUT OVER THIRTY PERCENT HIGHER THAN RON DESANTIS IN REPUBLICAN CHOICE FOR 2024. More HERE. And HERE. And while it’s way too early for such polls, it flies in the face of the Republican Establishment claim that it’s time to once again switch horses in mid-stream.

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HARVARD POLL: TRUMP OUTPERFORMS DESANTIS AGAINST BIDEN AND HARRIS. I will say again, it’s way too early for such polls, but it is certainly the opposite of what the corporate media has been pushing.

DEMOCRATS GETTING TIED TIGHTER AND TIGHTER TO THE FTX SCANDAL. Continue reading

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KOMMISSAR X: ALL SEVEN MOVIES

kommissar xWhat James Bond hath wrought! Among the many imitations of Ian Fleming’s 007 were American rip-offs like Derek Flint and Matt Helm, but often overlooked here in 2022 are Germany’s Kommissar X films. The series of novels began in 1959 and number at least SIX-HUNDRED TWENTY! You read that right. Truly, no man is Bert Island.

The Kommissar X (also known as Commissioner X) tales were similar in style to Germany’s own Jerry Cotton novels which began publication in 1954. The Jerry Cotton character even beat Kommissar X to the big screen, with professional Smug Prick George Nader starring as the federal agent in eight movies.

Kommissar X was played by Tony Kendall, with Brad Harris as his sidekick Tom Rowland.

kiss kiss kill killKISS KISS, KILL KILL (1966) – Also released under the titles Hunt for the Unknown, Chasing the Unknown and Jagd auf Unbekannt, this was the first film appearance of Kommissar X, aka Private Investigator Joe Walker, and his colleague Police Captain Tom Rowland. Like James Bond and Jerry Cotton, Joe Walker had his own memorable theme music to accompany him as he kicked butt, bedded down with beautiful women and drove fancy sports cars.

chasing the unknownStylish villain Oberon (Nikola Popovic), called “O’Brien” in some dubs, is a mastermind who has accumulated a fortune in gold through dishonest means and wiped out his accomplices in order to nab their share of the loot, too. He also has plans to abduct a nuclear physicist, which gets Kommissar X mixed up in all this.

In Yugoslavia, our hero tangles with some of Oberon’s underlings and renews his acquaintance with Captain Tom Rowland, who is in the country to train police departments in state-of-the-art criminology. Ultimately, the pair trail Oberon to his island fortress, where they face the villain’s army of beautiful female soldiers as they try to recover the stolen gold AND the nuclear physicist.        Continue reading

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KOREAN WAR EPISODES OF NAVY LOG (1955-1958)

navy logNAVY LOG (1955-1958) – Here’s an unusual segment of Balladeer’s Blog’s recurring Forgotten Television feature. Rather than review the entire series I will take a look at this program’s episodes regarding the often-overlooked Korean War. Most episodes of Navy Log featured half-hour dramatizations of real-life incidents from World War Two, so in keeping with my overall theme of things that slip through the cultural cracks, my focus here will be the few Korean War incidents dramatized on the show.

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THE FROGMEN – Two U.S. ships are sunk in mined North Korean waters. To prevent the possibility of North Korea or China recovering classified information from those ships a pair of Navy Frogmen are let loose from a submarine to blow up the sunken vessels before that can happen. 

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OPERATION THREE-IN-ONE – When a Marine Corps unit is cut off by North Korean forces and is being whittled down, Army and Navy officers quickly improvise a rescue plan in hopes of saving the Marines.

THE POLLYWOG OF YOSU – Six Navy frogmen are sent in to surface behind North Korean lines and blow up a tunnel being used by the North to transport supplies to their troops. When a member of the unit is wounded by the explosion, he is not left behind, but is evacuated with the others at great risk to themselves. 

LUNGER AT KUNSAN – The spectacular exploits of the commander and crew of a Navy Mine Sweeper near Kunsan, Korea.  Continue reading

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NEWS ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 21st

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog comes to you once again from career criminal Joe Biden’s corporate fascist kleptocracy. WE NEED THIRD PARTIES.

Biden clownNINETY-THREE MORE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING BIDEN CRIME FAMILY CORRUPTION. More HERE.

THANKSGIVING GAS PRICES SET TO BREAK RECORD. Joe Biden’s war on the working class and the poor continues.

BIDEN REGIME CALLED OUT FOR WEAPONIZING FEDERAL AGENCIES AGAINST POLITICAL DISSENT.

EVEN DEMOCRATS FORCED TO ADMIT THAT TRUMP HAD NO NUCLEAR DOCUMENTS AT MAR-A-LAGO AND NO “NEFARIOUS EFFORT BY TRUMP TO LEVERAGE, SELL OR USE GOVERNMENT SECRETS.”  

democrat vote fraud cartoonBERLIN ELECTIONS RULED COMPLETELY INVALID OVER IRREGULARITIES. Meanwhile, some Americans are still naive enough to pretend that American elections are immune to such things.

MORE COVERAGE OF CHEAT BY MAIL AND OTHER VOTE FRAUD SCAMS. More HERE. And HERE.

DEMOCRATS STILL OBSTRUCTING EFFORTS TO STOP THEIR “BALLOT HARVESTING” SCAM.

EXCELLENT SUMMARY OF WHY WE NEED TO KEEP INVESTIGATING WIDESPREAD VOTE FRAUD. Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF AND BOWL RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 19th

olivet nazarene tigers pawVICTORY BOWL – This season-ending showcase game in the NCCAA pitted the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS against the SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. By Halftime the Tigers were on top 21-3 and the Lions cut that to 21-10 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th, Olivet Nazarene won the game by a final score of 21-16.

NNAS_VANEPTUNE BOWL – This Bowl game features the USCAA facing NCAA Division 3. From the USCAA the NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (think Shipbuilders) played D3’s BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE EAGLES. After a scoreless 1st Quarter, the Builders had a 14-7 lead at the Half. That became 21-7 in the 3rd Quarter before an explosive 4th saw NNAS log a 38-28 victory.

NAIA PLAYOFFS – FIRST ROUND

Lindsey_Wilson_KYGAME ONE – The LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS took on the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Rottweilers). It was all defense in the 1st Half, leaving the Blue Raiders with a mere 3-0 edge at the midpoint. After the break Lindsey Wilson College put up 20 points to Reinhardt U’s 22 to win out 23-22.  Continue reading

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MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS

cap original human torch and sub-marinerThis weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero blog post will examine the early years of Marvel Comics, which was called Timely Comics back in 1939.

Their first superhero series was titled Marvel Comics, which was changed to Marvel MYSTERY Comics beginning with the second issue.

mar c 1MARVEL COMICS Vol 1 #1 (October 1939)

Title: The Human Torch

Synopsis: A human-looking android is created by scientist Phineas Horton and made known to the public. Bizarrely enough, the android’s body bursts into flames upon contact with the air (it’s the little things, really) so this misnamed Human (Android) Torch is sealed up tight to prevent it from running amok.

1939 human torchThis figure escapes, learns to control its ability to “flame on” and “flame off”, and defeats the crime boss Anthony Sardo and his gang. When Phineas Horton hints at using his android creation to make money, the Torch rebels and flies off to function in the world on his own. Continue reading

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KONG ISLAND (1968) BAD MOVIE REVIEW

kong islandKONG ISLAND (1968) has also been released under the titles King of Kong Island and Eva, the Savage Venus. Every one of those titles could let viewers build a strong case for false advertising. There’s no island, no king OR King Kong and though the third title listed above may hint at something lurid, the wild jungle woman of that title has very little screen time.

Under any name, this movie appeals to most of us fans of So Bad They’re Good films. We get a regulation Mad Scientist, his army of robot/ bionic apes which AREN’T really robotic or bionic, a sultry young woman raised in the jungle by the animals and plenty of action scenes.  

This Italian film was produced by Brad Harris, who also starred as the beefcake hero who shows off his bodybuilder frame in shirtless scenes. Ladies got to ogle Burt while men got to ogle Eva, who is known to the Kenyan natives as … the Sacred Monkey. (?) Years later the Hong Kong movie Goliathon would combine a jungle queen and a gorilla that really was as big as King Kong. 

The Characters:

brad harrisBURT DAWSON (Brad Harris) is the muscular soldier of fortune who hires on for any job, legal or illegal. Kong Island opens with Burt and a few accomplices on the run after robbing a payroll. They stop in the wilderness to split the loot only to be double-crossed by their colleague Turk (Paul Carter), who shoots down the other survivors of the raid.

Burt, too, catches a bullet from behind, but apparently the large sweat stain on his back stopped the bullet or something because he shows up later, with a gunshot wound on his shoulder despite being shot in the back. Go figure. Burt recovers and turns up in Nairobi, Kenya looking to hire on for any shady or dangerous job available. Continue reading

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NEWS ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 17th

Time for another news roundup here at Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog.

biden deludedPENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRAT CHARGED WITH WIDE-SCALE VOTE FRAUD.  Yet, no matter how many scandals like this get exposed, year after year, Democrat media outlets still insist this type of thing doesn’t happen.

FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY ACKNOWLEDGES TRUMP WAS RIGHT ABOUT TIK TOK.

BIDEN RIDICULED BY OTHER WORLD LEADERS AND MEDIA FOR HIS G20 BUMBLING. He’s a clown and an embarrassment. 

democrat ftx scandalTHE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CORRUPTION AT FTX. More HERE. The Democrats’ second-largest donor at the heart of this latest crushing blow to the working class and the poor.

WASHINGTON POST REPORTS THAT THE FBI FOUND NO NUCLEAR SECRETS OR OTHER SUCH ITEMS IN THE MAR-A-LAGO RAID. But you’ll notice they waited until AFTER the midterm elections last week to report this. Another “the walls are closing in on Trump” farce flops. 

biden inflationTHANKSGIVING DINNER ITEMS WILL COST TWENTY PERCENT MORE THAN EVEN LAST YEAR’S MASSIVE INCREASE. Joe Biden’s disastrous inflation rages on.

WHISTLEBLOWERS CONTINUE TO EXPOSE THE ROT AT THE FBI (FUGGEDA BOUT INTEGRITY).  One of the reasons I used to be a Democrat before going independent was that Democrats used to be outspokenly critical of the FBI’s never-ending abuses. In recent history, however, Democrats are just fine with FBI corruption as long as it benefits The Party.

FETTERMAN STAFF ADMITS HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM BASIC TASKS THAT GO WITH BEING A SENATOR. The Fetterman Monster idiocy continues. Continue reading

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THE CAPTIVITY OF THE PROFESSOR (1901) ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

captivity prof picTHE CAPTIVITY OF THE PROFESSOR (1901) – Written by A. Lincoln Green, a presumed pen name, this story was first published in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine in the February 1901 isssue.

Years before H.G. Wells’ short story The Empire of the Ants came this tale for which that might have been a more appropriate title. The Captivity of the Professor is set in the jungles of Brazil. Our narrator is an entomologist from Scotland who is so intent on studying rare ant species that he ignores warnings of an indigenous tribe and travels into a forbidden region of the vast rainforest.

Before long the professor discovers an unusual ant of unknown species, possessing an oversized head and huge mandibles. The rest of the ant’s fellows fall upon our narrator and, proving to be incredibly intelligent, manage to herd him to their colony using painful bites to spur him along. Continue reading

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