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FOOL KILLER FIFTY-FOUR: MARCH 1912

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE  

Fool Killer wardrobePART FIFTY-FOUR – There was no February issue of James Larkin Pearson’s version of The Fool-Killer in 1912, so we resume with the March issue, put together with Pearson’s new printing machinery. The Fool Killer’s targets this time around included:

*** Lawyers and politicians who felt constrained by legal precedents. Pearson and his Fool Killer called for dismantling the current system and starting fresh. Yet, once again, we will see below that he also had astonishingly regressive attitudes. The contradictions are part of the fascination. 

*** North Carolina politicians and law enforcement personnel who, despite the state having Prohibition, secretly indulged in drinking alcohol and/or turned a blind eye to speakeasies and bootlegging. NOTE: Prohibition was not a nationwide policy yet. “Dry” states forbade the sell of booze while “Wet” states still had legal drinking.

*** People who chewed tobacco. Pearson had a big thing against chewers and smokers.

*** Lawyers and the legal system, which he wanted overhauled. 

*** Meat packers and meat retailers, who were blaming each other for the inflated prices of meat products. Continue reading

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FOOL KILLER FIFTY-THREE: JANUARY 1912

Fool Killer grayBalladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE

PART FIFTY-THREE – Some of the targets from the January of 1912 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version of The Fool-Killer:

*** With Christmas just past, the Fool Killer targeted community Christmas events which distributed toys to the children of well-to-do “pillars of the community” families while shutting out poor and needy children.

*** The way too many charitable events wound up being so extravagant that very little was left over for the poor. He cited a particular North Carolina event which, when expenses were paid, only $10.00 was left for the needy.

los angeles times bombing*** J.B. McNamara and J.J. McNamara, who had pleaded guilty in December 1911 to the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building on October 1st of 1910. Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, represented the men but was blamed for mishandling the situation. 

              Pearson and his Fool Killer also bashed the witch hunt that this case unleashed on organized labor since the McNamaras were tied to the Iron Workers Union strike in Los Angeles.

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FIVE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT STRUCK AMERICA (1811-1937)

masc graveyard smallerBalladeer’s Blog takes a look at some devastating natural disasters that hit the United States so long ago that some of them have been nearly forgotten. 

HIGH MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKES IN THE MIDDLE UNITED STATES

Dates: December 16th, 1811 … January 23rd, 1812 and February 7th, 1812

Location: Sparsely inhabited sections of Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio

The Events: In New Madrid, MO, residents were literally shaken from their beds by the earthquake at roughly 2:00AM on December 16th. Virtually none of them had ever experienced an earthquake before, but had heard Shawnee legends about one of their gods “stamping their feet hard enough to rend the ground asunder.”

A million-square mile area shook intensely on that day as well as January 23rd and February 7th, 1812. Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY and Saint Louis, MO reported falling chimneys and shattered windows. Across multiple states the ground rose and fell, with sinks and ridges forming and trees ripped in two. Continue reading

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THE IRISH WILD GEESE

irish flagThough purists reserve the label Wild Geese strictly for those Irish Jacobin troops who left Ireland after the Williamite War ended in 1691, romantic military tradition has tended to consider almost all Irish expatriates who served in overseas armies from the 1580s into the 1800s and beyond as part of “the flight of the Wild Geese.”

The popular image of these wandering Irish warriors is of tragic exiles nobly fighting for the cause of freedom “in every land but their own” to twist the most famous poem about the Wild Geese. Their opponents in various conflicts would dispute that claim, naturally, but since this is Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll have none of that in this blog post. 

EIGHTY YEARS WAR – In 1585 an English Catholic named William Stanley raised an Irish Regiment to serve on the Continent with Queen Elizabeth’s forces. Stanley selected his 1,400 troops from the most volatile, hard-bitten Irish rebels whose battle prowess he admired even though he had fought against them only a few years earlier. The Irish Regiment under Stanley helped take Doesborg in August of 1586 and Deventer in October of that year. Continue reading

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FOOL KILLER FIFTY-TWO: DECEMBER 1911

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE

Fool Killer wardrobePART FIFTY-TWO – Some of the targets from the December of 1911 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version of The Fool-Killer:

*** The United States Supreme Court, authors of so many miscarriages of “justice” in the nation’s history, for the way that Pearson and his Fool Killer felt the court’s vaunted dissolution of the Tobacco Trust (American Tobacco Company) was a farce. ATC was, he felt, allowed too much say in their sentence to dissolve into four separate companies.

              There was certainly a lot of truth to that take on the situation. The “new” companies were soon being accused of colluding with each other to carry out the same monopolistic practices that they had before.  Three of those four companies were found guilty of this in 1938 after years of further investigation and litigation. This calls to mind the way Big Tech basically calls its own shots by virtue of all the political figures they own.

*** Churches which allowed Bingo, a game that the odd Pearson viewed as “gambling.”   

*** George W Perkins at U.S. Steel for what Pearson and his Fool Killer considered the miserly amount that Perkins made employees eligible for under the company’s new profit-sharing plan.   

*** The masked and armed men who tarred and feathered school teacher Miss Mary Chamberlain in Shady Bend, KS. What newspapers of the time called “gossip from jealous women” regarding the teacher prompted the ugly incident, which had been planned at the mill owned by wealthy citizen E.G. Clark. The masked, pistol-packing mob stopped Chamberlain in her buggy and carried out the deed.  Continue reading

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DEMOCRAT ATROCITY ROUNDUP: MARCH 8th

Biden a fool, Cuomo an animalIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes another look at Democrats, those nauseating scavengers of human misery who pretend to be THE moral models for the rest of us. Well, actually, it might be more appropriate to point out that they are very often the CAUSE of human misery with their fascism, intolerance and inability to think for themselves. 

Biden a dunceBut either way, Democrats pompously pretend to be THE moral models for the rest of us. It’s the same type of behavior that alienated so many people from the religious right long ago but Democrats are saying “Hold our beer” and showing how rabid intolerance, political witch-hunts and pretended moral superiority are REALLY done. 

JOE BIDEN AND HIS UNDERLINGS STILL NOT TESTING ILLEGAL BORDER-CROSSERS FOR COVID BEFORE RELEASING THEM INTO THE COUNTRY.

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE WAGING WAR ON THE WORKING CLASS AND THE POOR.

ANOTHER REASON PEOPLE REJECT DEMOCRAT “FACT CHECKERS” AS PARTISAN PROPAGANDISTS.

DEMOCRAT ANDREW CUOMO’S PEOPLE ACCUSED OF REWRITING NURSING HOME REPORT TO CONCEAL THE REAL DEATH NUMBERS. BUT HE WON AN EMMY FOR HIS LYING PRESS BRIEFINGS.

NBA JUST FINE WITH CHINA DECLARING HOMOSEXUALITY A MENTAL DISORDER. SILENCE IS CONSENT, DEMOCRATS TELL US.

MORE FROM GEORGIA ABOUT THE VOTE FRAUD AND OTHER ISSUES FROM THE FOREVER-TAINTED 2020 ELECTION.

AND YET ANOTHER COURAGEOUS WOMAN COMES FORWARD AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSER AND MASS-MURDERER OF THE ELDERLY ANDREW CUOMO. BELIEVE ALL WOMEN!

THUGGISH FASCIST JOE BIDEN BLOCKING WORKERS WHO WANT TO LEAVE THEIR UNION

NOTED RACIST AND HATEMONGER JOE BIDEN STILL SPREADING CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT INDIAN-AMERICANS ARE “TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY”

BIDEN REGIME POLITICALLY REWARDING THEIR RIOTERS FROM LAST YEAR.

ACCUSED RAPIST JOE BIDEN REALLY HATES THESE PEOPLE OF COLOR.

ANOTHER OF THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ANDREW CUOMO BY A BRAVE WOMAN.

EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES BASHES BIDEN FOR TRYING TO STEAL CREDIT FOR TRUMP’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Continue reading

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BIDEN SCANDALS AND SCREWUPS CONTINUE DESTROYING THE COUNTRY

Biden crouching

BIDEN: Cover me. I think I can make the limo! AIDE: But sir, it’s just your Secret Service detail.

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog provides another look at senile and corrupt Joe Biden, head of the Biden Crime Family, the fool for whom an election was stolen. Plus further stories about the Emmy-Winning mass murderer and accused serial sexual harasser Andrew Cuomo, the piece of garbage that the Democrats’ media outlets tried to pretend was handling New York’s Covid problems well.

AN EXCELLENT LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CRIMINALS LIKE ANDREW CUOMO KNOW THAT THEIR DEMOCRAT MEDIA OUTLETS WILL PROTECT THEM FROM P.R. FALLOUT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

BIDEN CONTINUES TO HAVE KIDS IN CAGES AND DEMOCRATS CONTINUE REMINDING US THEY NEVER REALLY CARED ABOUT THOSE KIDS, THEY JUST USED THEM TO ATTACK TRUMP.biden kids in cages

YET ANOTHER CUOMO ACCUSER COURAGEOUSLY COMES FORWARD. BELIEVE ALL WOMEN!

FASCIST FIGUREHEAD JOE BIDEN: COME FOR HIS ILLEGITIMACY AND CORRUPTION … STAY FOR HIS DODDERING IDIOCY.

REPORTER PONDERS ANDREW CUOMO’S NEXT STEPS IN HIS WAR ON THE FREE PRESS.

MICHIGAN PASSING LEGISLATION TO PREVENT FURTHER FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS AFTER 2020 DEBACLE.

AUSTRALIA AGAIN POINTS OUT THAT BIDEN IS A FRAUD AND HAS TO HAVE HIS WIFE WITH HIM DURING INTERVIEWS TO CONSTANTLY CORRECT HIS SCREW-UPS

HILL-HARRIS POLL: 71% BELIEVE CUOMO KNEW HE WAS NOT REPORTING THE REAL FIGURES OF THE COVID DEATH TOLL. BUT HEY, HE WON AN EMMY FOR HIS LIES.

A LOOK BACK AT HOW DEMOCRATS USED CUOMO’S SELF-AGGRANDIZING LIES AT HIS PRESS BRIEFINGS AS A CHEAP POLITICAL STICK. THEIR WORDS OF PRAISE FOR THIS POLITICAL THUG ARE NAUSEATING NOW THAT HE’S BEEN EXPOSED. (Better look before Twitter takes them down to spare Democrats even more humiliation.)  Continue reading

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FLASHMAN’S GUIANA – LOST FLASHMAN PAPERS

Flashman faceFor Flashman Down Under, Flashman in the Opium War & Flashman and the Kings click HERE   For Flashman on the Gold Coast click HERE  For Flashman of Arabia click HERE 

Balladeer’s Blog now moves on to another Harry Flashman adventure never completed before George MacDonald Fraser’s death.

Lee Horsley Flashman

IF HE WAS BRITISH, LEE HORSLEY WOULD HAVE MADE A PERFECT HARRY FLASHMAN.

Projected Title: FLASHMAN’S GUIANA

Time Period: 1876-1877

NOTE: The title Flashman’s Guiana is a play on “Booker’s Guiana,” as the colony of British Guiana (19th century spelling) was often sardonically referred to in the 1800s. That reference came about from the way the Booker business empire virtually ran the colony. From a 21st Century standpoint we might look on it in a sinister Weyland-Yutani way.

… Strictly for storytelling purposes, of course, if you’re a lawyer representing the Booker Group. Honest. Really. (Although after this latest merger I don’t know if anybody would still care.) Anyway, as you readers have requested, this time I’ll establish the action then go back to detail the setup.

crossed sabresThe Action: Sir Harry Flashman and his wife Elspeth visit British Guiana right after their American Tour ended in August, 1876. A combination of Her Majesty’s Government’s interests and Flashman’s own hunger for large amounts of filthy luchre to sustain his and Elspeth’s grand new lifestyle wind up launching the British blackguard into his latest adventure.

Sword and pistols in hand, Harry leaves Elspeth back in the capital city of Georgetown while he takes part in a covert search for gold in the jungle region disputed by Great Britain and Venezuela. Continue reading

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FOOL KILLER FIFTY-ONE: NOVEMBER 1911

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE

Fool Killer grayPART FIFTY-ONE – The Fool Killer is back to hurl his Truth Bombs at some more malefactors. NOTE: This month the Fool Killer added a Blacksnake Cattle Whip and a Double-Geared Buzz Saw to his arsenal of weapons. The one to whip the foolish, the other to slice skin off their backs. Some of the Fool Killer’s targets from James Larkin Pearson’s November of 1911 edition of The Fool-Killer:

*** The roughly seventeen multi-millionaires whose wealth supposedly allowed them to control the entire country. In more recent years that number has been lessened to around fifteen, but the basic sentiment remains the same – the country seems to exist for the profit and power of a very, very few.

*** Women who chewed tobacco. Pearson and his Fool Killer supported women’s right to vote but for some reason women chewing snuff really, really bothered him.

*** The federal authorities responsible for sending 12 year old Albert Dewey Carter to five years in prison for stealing $5.00 from the post office. 

*** Writer Upton Sinclair, whose wife Meta had just left him for poet Harry Kemp.

*** Corporation lawyers who “smothered their consciences for a fat salary.”  Continue reading

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PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN DEFEATS AMERICA’S CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION

Trump in the wayIndependent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog is happy to report that America’s organized crime gangs called the Democrat and Republican Parties continue to enhance de facto Third Party President Donald Trump’s status as a folk hero! They doctored videotape “evidence,” they violated the Constitution by trying to impeach a president after they told us he was out of office AND they tried to pretend that the January 6th protests over vote fraud and other issues from the forever tainted 2020 election were “an insurrection.” LMAO.

Remember, I’m a former Democrat who spent years of my life around them and trust me, Democrats feel nothing but contempt for the Capitol Building and also feel contempt for people who DO revere the Capitol Building and its “symbolism” so it was especially nauseating to hear them act like they cared about anything except political theater with their absurd overreaction to the events of January 6th.

At any rate, instead of letting Trump peter out into a spent force the Democrats decided to make him even MORE of a martyr and a figure of hopeful defiance for the working class and the poor by trying this idiotic impeachment attempt. 

With his image as a maverick populist hero who fights America’s corrupt politicians cemented, here’s another revisiting of the blog post I wrote when Trump first won in 2016: Continue reading

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