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PUCK MAGAZINE: THE POLITICAL JANUS

puck joseph kepplerJanuary is an appropriate month for this latest post about Puck magazine (1871-1918). Here at Balladeer’s Blog I’ve long made clear my fascination with that political humor magazine. Puck political cartoons – especially from the covers – are still much sought-after and I own a few myself.

The magazine was a German language publication targeted at new arrivals from Europe and the cartoons stood out early on. There is no language barrier to satirical political cartoons, so even Americans who spoke no German could follow the editorial drift of those humorous illustrations. In 1877 Puck began publishing both English AND German language editions. Here’s a cartoon from its pro-Theodore Roosevelt heyday depicting the wildly different opinions of the bombastic, “rock the boat of political corruption” T.R. 

theodore roosevelt like donald trump  Continue reading

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WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON FOR THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR

William Henry HarrisonBalladeer’s Blog’s annual Shortest Day of the Year post features William Henry Harrison, America’s 9th President and the man whose term was the shortest – just 32 days. Then he died.

Harrison’s military and political career on the way to the White House is well known so I’ll focus on some of the less-covered aspects of his presidency.

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Secretary of State – Daniel Webster, American Legend. Too well-known to need hyping. 

Secretary of the Treasury – Thomas Ewing. Foster father and, in an odd twist, eventually the father-in-law of General William Tecumseh Sherman. 

Secretary of War – John Bell. Recommended replacing civilian superintendents of federal armories with military superintendents.   

Secretary of the Navy – George E Badger. Established the U.S. Home Squadron.

Attorney General – John J Crittenden. Advised against paying interest on a claim of damage caused by then-General Andrew Jackson in 1818. This was 1841 when he finally cleared up this case which had been lingering over 20 years.  

Postmaster General – Francis Granger. Once said “When the sun does shine, white’s your wine” and meant every word of it, dammit! 

*** Harrison’s death in 1841 after being elected in 1840 kicked off the ridiculous – and thankfully now invalid – superstition that all presidents elected in a year ending in zero would die in office.

Through sheer chance of course, Abraham Lincoln, elected in 1860, was assassinated in 1865, early in his second term.

James Garfield, elected in 1880, was assassinated in 1881.  

William McKinley, RE-elected in 1900, was assassinated in 1901.

Warren G Harding, elected in 1920, died in office of natural causes. Continue reading

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BEST OF MARCH 2018

Balladeer’s Blog’s End of Year Retrospective Continues with this look at The Best of March.

Anni on ShariaANNI CYRUS, IRANIAN-BORN CRITIC OF SHARIA LAW – Another member of the real-life League of Extraordinary Women, Anni Cyrus was in the news again, this time for her 2018 Anti-Sharia Law Tour.

As ever, the courageous Cyrus had to endure all manner of threats from reactionary Muslim fascists AND from privileged white women who pretend they’re “heroic” by engaging in childish Handmaid’s Tale cos-play. Meanwhile the Democrats on college campuses worked to block TRULY heroic Anni Cyrus’ talks by claiming she promotes “Islamophobia” or by saying they couldn’t guarantee her safety from mobs of fascist Democrats. CLICK HERE

Jet Benny ShowTHE JET BENNY SHOW – Balladeer’s Blog’s reviews of bad and weird movies are still very popular.

This one addressed The Jet Benny Show, a bizarre attempt at comedy which fused Star Wars with The Jack Benny Show. The result was horrendous in all kinds of ways. CLICK HERE 

Shotgun ZieglerNON-DILLINGER: QUICK TAKES ON OTHER GANGSTERS OF HIS ERA – In keeping with Balladeer’s Blog’s tradition of examining topics which slip through the cultural cracks this blog post looked at some of the 1930s gangsters overshadowed by John Dillinger’s legend.

Figures like Two-Gun Crowley, Jelly Nash, the Tri-State Terror and others are featured in this item from March. CLICK HERE 

Ratings GameTHE RATINGS GAME – I reviewed this overlooked comedy from 1984.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman starred in this hilarious sendup of the perpetually flawed television ratings process which enables some truly absurd programs to thrive while more thoughtful efforts get quick cancellations. CLICK HERE 

Sharyl AttkissonJOURNALIST SHARYL ATTKISSON’S COURAGEOUS EXPOSURE OF OBAMA’S COUNTLESS SCANDALS AND CRIMES – Strong female role model and 21st Century Ida Tarbell, Sharyl Attkisson refused to be intimidated by the Obama Administration’s thugs.

Even now she continues her heroic exposure of the weak, inept and crooked little man named Barack Obama. CLICK HERE

Jimmy Kimmell fat pigJIMMY KIMMEL: THE BALLADEER’S BLOG INTERVIEW – Relentlessly unfunny waste of biomass Jimmy Kimmel is a truly disgusting human being.

Jimmy gets the kind of unfair treatment he gutlessly dishes out on his show, where he controls the final broadcast product and rigs it to make himself look like he actually knows what he’s talking about. CLICK HERE 

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UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

OBAMA’S PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAIT – The controversy surrounding the decapitation porn artist that weak, inept and crooked little Barack Obama had paint his presidential portrait got covered in this blog post.

The timing of this portrait’s unveiling was cosmically bad.

It came out in the middle of revelations about previously covered-up details of Obama’s horrific Iran Deal AND the way he permitted a drug ring run from the middle east to thrive on our southern border to avoid embarrassing reactionary Muslim fascists. CLICK HERE   

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TRANSGRESS WITH ME: NOVEMBER 29th

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Yes, it is time once again for another round of Transgress With Me here at Balladeer’s Blog.

** IT’S TIME TO CALL FOR THE PRIVILEGED WHITE ONE PERCENTERS OF HOLLYWOOD AND SILICON VALLEY TO LIVE UP TO THEIR SELF-RIGHTEOUS PREENING AND DONATE ALL BUT TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF THEIR OWN FORTUNES TO FINANCE THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THEY PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT.

** AS A FOLLOWUP, THIS SHOULD BE DEMANDED OF THOSE SHALLOW POSEURS EVERY TIME THEY PRESUME TO LECTURE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.

** AN OLD SAYING GOES THAT “THE DISSENTING OPINIONS OF ONE GENERATION BECOME THE PREVAILING VIEWS OF THE NEXT.” THAT IS NO LONGER TRUE SINCE DEMOCRATS INTOLERANTLY TRY TO PRESERVE THEIR EVERY POLITICAL WHIM BY SETTING THEM IN STONE AND DECLARING IT “HATE SPEECH” TO QUESTION THEM.

** THE SUPPOSEDLY “INTOLERANT” DEAD WHITE MALES OF THE PAST RECOGNIZED WHAT THE FASCISTIC POLITICAL LEFT DENIES – THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS SHOULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO AMEND THE LAWS ACCORDING TO EVOLVING PHILOSOPHIES AND ATTITUDES. INSTEAD THE LEFT INSISTS THEY HAVE “THE ONE TRUE WORLD VIEW” AND THAT THEIR NARROW-MINDED VALUES ARE ENTIRELY AND ETERNALLY “RIGHT.” NOW AND FOREVER. 

** TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HOLLYWOOD SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SWITCH TO A SOCIALIST SYSTEM IN WHICH ALL THE MONEY MADE IS DISTRIBUTED EVENLY AND NO POSITION EARNS MORE THAN ANY OTHER POSITION. ALL THEIR MANSIONS ARE TO BE USED AS HOUSING FOR THE POOR, TOO. Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING TALE FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

truro-massTwo thousand fishermen from Cape Cod had gone off to enlist in the Continental Army, and in their absence the British had repeatedly landed raiding parties to harass the citizens.

Every man, woman and child on the Cape hated the soldiers and sailors of King George and would do anything to work them harm. When the Somerset was wrecked off Truro in 1778 the crew were helped ashore, but they were immediately marched to prison.

It was November – the night before Thanksgiving Day in fact – and ugly weather caused a British three-decker warship to yaw wildly and drift toward land with a broken tiller. No warning signal was raised on the bluffs; not a hand was stirred to rescue. The New Englanders who saw the accident watched with sullen satisfaction.

Ezekiel and Josiah Breeze – father and son – stood at the door of their cottage and watched the warship’s peril until three lights twinkling faintly through the gray of driving snow were all that showed where the enemy lay, straining at her cables and tossing on a wrathful sea.

They stood long in silence, but at last the boy Josiah said “I’m going to help the ship.”

“If you stir from here to help King George’s men, you’re no son of mine,” said Ezekiel. Continue reading

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RANDOM WEIRDNESS: JAPAN’S LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY

My fellow fans of J-Horror know that Japan practically invented weirdness. What none of us knew is how far back they go with that mastery of entertaining madness.

John Adams fighting a giant snakeTheir view of American history is mind-boggling. This 1861 work of “J-History” if you will, features little-known events like JOHN ADAMS FACING A GIANT SNAKE (left) and George Washington hitting a tiger. It also corrects the mistaken assumption that Washington’s wife was named Martha when her real name was apparently “Carol.” (?)  

Balladeer’s Blog’s Presidential Action and Horror Films bit only WISHES it could be this mind-bending. Credit Nick Kapur with drawing attention to this item from the Waseda University Library. To see every page of this acid trip AND Continue reading

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AMERICAN PRESIDENTS EISENHOWER THROUGH TRUMP

Mascot with demo and repub headsA large number of first-time readers have discovered Balladeer’s Blog recently and some of them have expressed confusion since I trash both Republicans and Democrats. Here’s one of my biggest hits – a tongue-in-cheek look at U.S. Presidents from Eisenhower to Trump so newbies can see that, yes, Virginia, I DO take shots at both major political parties.

  

EisenhowerDWIGHT EISENHOWER

Character Type: Well-meaning but befuddled sitcom grandfather.

Military Service: World War One and World War Two

Motto: “FOOORE!” (Remember,  the traditional cry as you’re teeing off in golf? Oh, never mind!)

Nickname: Uncle Milty

Pro: Knew enough to distrust Richard Nixon long before it became the national pasttime. 

Con: Was the first president to pronounce nuclear as “nucular”.

john f kennedyJOHN F KENNEDY

Character Type: Rich playboy who disdained both Liberals and Conservatives and played by his own rules.

Military Service: World War Two

Motto: “Thank God for television!”

Nickname: FDR  

Pro: The man was shrewd enough to distrust both liberals and conservatives equally. I can’t praise that attitude highly enough given our present circumstances.  Continue reading

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