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ANOTHER POLL SAYS TRUMP HAS BEEN BETTER FOR YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAN OBAMA WAS

Trumping Obama's legacyIt’s no secret that Donald Trump is a de facto Third Party President, which is why he’s had to fight the crooks in both major political parties. Recently yet ANOTHER poll showed people recognizing the fact that President Trump has been better for young African-Americans than Obama was.

Remember, I’m skeptical of polls but anti-Trump loons eat, sleep and breathe polls, so it’s always fun to watch them froth at the mouth every time polls show a result they don’t like. Hilarious! Fifty-five percent of the respondents recognized that Trump was better for young African-Americans, as stated. CLICK HERE 

 

Donald Trump never called racist till running against DemocratsMeanwhile, regarding Africa, even anti-Trump zealots like Aubrey Hruby have been forced to admit that UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP AMERICA INVESTS MORE IN AFRICA THAN UNDER ANY OTHER PRESIDENT!

The cornerstone to Trump’s strategy is his Prosper Africa program. It’s just another way that the Donald is pretty much “the new FDR.” CLICK HERE 

AND REMEMBER, I’M NEITHER A DEMOCRAT NOR A REPUBLICAN – FOR MY LOOK AT U.S. PRESIDENTS FROM EISENHOWER TO TRUMP CLICK HERE 

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FIRST BATTLE OF MACHIAS: REVOLUTIONARY WAR

With the Fourth of July Holiday coming up Balladeer’s Blog will be making some seasonal posts, like this one, covering often-overlooked elements of America’s war for independence from Great Britain.

Machias, MEFIRST BATTLE OF MACHIAS – This battle took place June 11th and 12th of 1775, less than two full months after the Battles of Lexington & Concord kicked off our Revolutionary War. At this point in the 1700s Maine was still technically a Department of Massachusetts, which is why Maine is not listed as one of the original 13 colonies despite all the action that took place there.

With British forces under siege in Boston, Loyalist sellout Ichabod Jones contracted with the Brits to supply their troops there. A few of Jones’ ships plus the British war sloop Margaretta arrived in Machias, ME on June 2nd.

Initially the townspeople of Machias voted against doing business with Ichabod Jones since he intended to provide supplies for Redcoats in Boston. The Margaretta, commanded by James Moore, pulled to within bombardment distance of Machias, frightening just enough citizens to change their votes in favor of trade with Jones and his merchant ships.

Colonel Benjamin Foster, leader of the local Rebel Militia, gathered his men to fight back. Continue reading

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KILLRAVEN FOUR: THE MUTANT SLAYERS

FOR PART ONE OF BALLADEER’S BLOG’S EXAMINATION OF THIS OLD, OLD MARVEL STORYLINE CLICK HERE  The revisions I would make are scattered throughout the synopsis below.

Killraven four mutant slayersAMAZING ADVENTURES Vol 2 # 21 (November 1973)

Title: THE MUTANT SLAYERS (Revised Title: DEATHLOK, THE DEMOLISHER)

Synopsis: Another issue means ANOTHER change in creative team for this promising but star-crossed series. This fourth change in four issues gives us Don McGregor as the writer and Herb Trimpe as the artist.

McGregor will stay and will handily develop the flowery prose that also characterized his run on the 13-part Black Panther story Panther’s Rage, previously reviewed here at Balladeer’s Blog. Unfortunately, Don’s writing in this issue is as hopelessly lame and “comic bookish” as Herb Trimpe’s artwork.

We are told that the Martians had their human quislings – in this case led by a human cyborg called the Warlord – transport Killraven and his Freemen, who were ambushed and captured last issue amid the ruins of LaGuardia Airport, to this new underground base. The base’s location is undisclosed for now.

REVISION: Given Ryker’s Island’s proximity to LaGuardia Airport I would have made THAT the location that the captive Freemen were transported to. And given the island’s use as a prison before the alien conquest of Earth it would be ideal for my revised storyline.

I would make the Warlord be specifically Warlord RYKER as in Simon Ryker (no relation to the island’s namesake). Simon Ryker was, of course, the main villain in Deathlok (sic) the Demolisher, another of Marvel’s promising but short-lived sci-fi comic books of the 1970s.

DeathlokI’m combining Deathlok’s story with Killraven’s in a sort of Ultimate Killraven way, since Marvel in recent years had KR, Deathlok and other figures from their canceled post-apocalypse titles get thrown together as a team due to time anomalies, etc ANYWAY.

Warlord Ryker would still hate Killraven for causing the loss and cybernetic replacement of his (Ryker’s) arm and eye during his escape from the gladiatorial pens a few years earlier.

Back to the real story, the Warlord and his fellow quisling Carmilla Frost (in her first-ever appearance) are watching several waves of guards struggling to shepherd Killraven along to join his Freemen in their new prison cells. Expository dialogue makes it clear that Keeper Frost is a molecular biologist and, like all the other Keepers, she is a scientist who sold out her fellow Earth people in exchange for privileges. Mostly, access to the Martians’ advanced science to continue their work.

The Warlord rants a great deal about how he warned the Martians to execute Killraven years ago, but he was such a good fighter in their gladiatorial games that they kept him alive for sport. Eventually the Warlord knocks out KR from behind.

REVISION: As always, I’d have jettisoned the tenuous War of the Worlds connection by getting rid of the ridiculous Martians and just made it regular aliens – say from the Zeta Reticuli area of space – who had conquered Earth.

Carmilla FrostInstead of watching Killraven struggle against guards I would have Warlord Ryker and Carmilla Frost watching and taking notes as other Keepers subject the rebel leader to various tests – many of them painful, of course – to determine the nature and origin of his paranormal abilities called simply The Power in the first two issues. (This was 4 years BEFORE Star Wars, so The Power is NOT a ripoff of The Force.)     Continue reading

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LOST FLASHMAN PAPERS

After my 9th anniversary post for Balladeer’s Blog on the 21st I got reader requests to centralize some links for the Lost Flashman Papers blog posts that I’ve done. So here we go:

Lee Horsley good Flashman

Lee Horsley: If British, the perfect Flashman.

FLASHMAN DOWN UNDER – Time Period: 1850-1852. Features Harry’s adventures during the early days of the Australian Gold Rush. CLICK HERE

FLASHMAN IN THE OPIUM WAR – Time Period: 1859-1860. Covers Flashman’s escapades in China during the Second Opium War, ending just before Flashman and the Dragon would begin. CLICK HERE 

FLASHMAN AND THE KINGS – Time Period: 1860-1861. Phoebe Carpenter and her husband drag Harry into the Taranaki War in New Zealand. CLICK HERE

crossed sabresTHE BATTLE CRY OF FLASHMAN – Time Period: 1862-1863. How Flashman – for entirely selfish reasons while being blackmailed by President Abraham Lincoln and Alan Pinkerton – secretly prevented Great Britain from recognizing the Confederate States of America. CLICK HERE 

FLASHMAN ON THE GOLD COAST – Time Period: 1873-1874. Chronicles Sir Harry’s exploits during the Third Ashanti War, serving under General Garnet Wolseley. CLICK HERE

Arabian PeninsulaFLASHMAN OF ARABIA – Time Period: 1852-1854. Harry’s exotic adventures after getting separated from Richard Burton, the famous explorer, during Burton’s covert journey to Mecca and Medina while disguised as a Muslim pilgrim. CLICK HERE 

FLASHMAN’S GUIANA – Time Period: 1876-1877. Sir Harry and his wife Elspeth leave America behind them, only to get caught up in a search for gold in the region of British Guiana being fought over by Venezuela and Great Britain. CLICK HERE  

 

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS CHAMPIONS FOR 2019

One last round of congratulations for the women’s tennis champions in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog: 

georgia gwinnettNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES (Four-peat) 

Runners-Up – Keiser University Seahawks

2018 Champions – Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies 

Barry Buccaneers logoNCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) DIVISION TWO

National Champions – BARRY UNIVERSITY BUCCANEERS (Three-peat)

Runners-Up – Lynn University Fighting Knights

2018 Champions – Barry University Buccaneers  Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG TURNS NINE YEARS OLD TODAY

masc chair and bottleTHANK YOU once again to all of you readers for making Balladeer’s Blog so enjoyable to write. As I always say the weird and controversial items I churn out here mean that readers have to be very secure in their own beliefs not to just take offense and leave.

Here’s a look at a few of Glitternight.com’s biggest hits since last June:

GODS OF FIJI – A look at some of the major deities in the neglected pantheon from the islands of Fiji. CLICK HERE 

THREE GUNSLINGERS: HAVE NICKNAME WILL TRAVEL – A look at gunslingers Cash Hollister, Zip Wyatt and Black Ike. CLICK HERE

Joe MagaracJOE MAGARAC: FORGOTTEN AMERICAN FOLK HERO – The steel mill equivalent of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and John Henry. CLICK HERE

THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND – A review of a neglected horror novel that was ahead of its time. CLICK HERE  

THE PRISONER: My examination of all seventeen episodes of this cult series which combined Kafka, George Orwell and others while setting the standard for Twin Peaks and Lost. CLICK HERE

ROBERT GINTY MOVIE MARATHON – Six of the more Psychotronic films starring the Exterminator himself, Robert Ginty. CLICK HERE 

A LOOK AT BRANDON STRAKA, LAUNCHER OF THE #WALKAWAY MOVEMENT – Straka, openly gay, is one of us who have left the Democrats in disgust over their increasing intolerance and overall sense of derangement. CLICK HERE

REVIEWS OF RECENT MOVIES – Balladeer’s Blog readers requested that I review some recent movies instead of the usual oldies or obscure foreign films that I review. I looked at Solo: A Star Wars Story, Justice League, The Last Jedi, Ocean’s 8 and Alien: Covenant. CLICK HERE 

DYSTOPIA NATION: THE NEW COLONIALISM – The latest in the Dystopia Nation series looked at the New Colonialism. CLICK HERE

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EMPOWERED AFRICAN-AMERICANS DEFY DEMOCRATS AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

democrat republican awakeDemocrats, the party of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow and the Dred Scott Decision, notoriously HATE independent-minded African-Americans who defy those Democrats. The privileged white-bread leadership of the Democrats continues to act like it owns people of color like they did on their plantations in the south long ago. (No Republicans owned plantations, or I’d be happy to say so since Balladeer’s Blog criticizes both political parties.)

Recently, some courageous African-Americans pushed back against Democrats at Congressional hearings looking into more reparations for slavery, that “Peculiar Institution” that Democrats fought to spread and prolong as long as possible.

Burgess OwensBurgess Owens pointed out what many have long stated: that the Democrat Party is the only wildly pro-slavery institution left with continuity all the way back to the slavery era. Therefore the Democrat Party organization should pay reparations. Or, as I point out, at least SHOW THE DECENCY TO CHANGE THEIR PARTY’S NAME since they push to eliminate all reminders of the Confederacy and the earlier years of their party’s beloved slavery.

Among other things, Owens said “I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race … How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race”  

Coleman HughesColeman Hughes, who reminded booing racist Democrats that he is himself a Democrat, also defied the Democrat Party on reparations. He also debunked the Democrats’ frequently-stated lie that the U.S. government never apologized for slavery and Jim Crow, noting that both the House and the Senate have previously issued those apologies.

Hughes, who blasted Republicans as well as Democrats (My kind of guy) went on to say “Black people don’t need another apology. We need safer neighborhoods, and better schools. We need a less-punitive criminal justice system. We need affordable healthcare. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery.”

And so it went, as Burgess and Hughes were joined by other People of Courage who defied the Democrat demands to shut up and obey the Party.

Larry ElderOthers weighed in on social media, like Larry Elder with this:

U.S. gov’t did not own slaves. Republicans did not own slaves. Democrats did. Democrats passed and enforced Jim Crow. Democrats founded the KKK. Slavery ended 150 yrs ago and lasted, after America became a country, for 78 yrs. To pay for , will dems sue themselves?”

Another thing to remember is that some people of color also owned slaves. For just one small – but telling – example, Democrat Kamala Harris’ OWN FATHER has pointed out that earlier members of their family had owned slaves. Continue reading

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