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BALLADEER’S BLOG IS THANKFUL FOR …

ThanksgivingYes, it’s Thanksgiving Day, another holiday when Democrats – who have absolutely no identity outside of their political opinions – encourage each other to make with their typical ankle-biting, childish political remarks that they mistakenly think are Really Deep Thoughts that other adults haven’t already had … and matured beyond.

But, being 100% sincere in this post, Balladeer’s Blog is thankful for …

*** The way that more and more voters from both parties are openly observing how neither the Democrat nor Republican office-holders respond to the wishes of their constituents. ANYTHING that drives people away from those two gangs of white collar criminals is a positive development. 

*** #WALKAWAY and #BLEXIT and similar movements show that more and more of the working class and poor of all colors as well as gay and female voters are realizing that the Democrats abandoned us long ago.  

*** More and more former Republicans are realizing that the repulsive George W Bush/ National Review faction of their party cares ONLY about maximizing profits … not their constituents and not the nation as a whole.

*** Neither Jeb Bush nor Hillary Clinton are president. 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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THANKSGIVING THEMED BAD MOVIES AND SHORTS

For this holiday week Balladeer’s Blog is focusing on topics that are seasonal. This time around it’s bad movies and hilariously lame educational shorts that have a specific Thanksgiving theme. As always my Bad Movie page contains full-length reviews of the films I’m offering a brief synopsis of here.

BLOOD FREAK (1972) – This movie is about a man who turns into a murderous monster with the head of a turkey after he eats a chemically treated gobbler at the turkey farm where he works. Blood Freak has been a cult classic for Thanksgiving for decades now, with many Movie Host shows of the late 70s onward making a point of screening it at this time of year (including The Texas 27 Film Vault). The biker who turns into the blood-crazed turkey monster is an Elvis look-alike which adds to the fun. So does the desk-bound, chain-smoking, script-reading narrator who sermonizes about the evils of drug abuse while the movie plays.

A DAY OF THANKSGIVING (1951) – This 12 minute educational short would make a nice dessert after a Turkey Day screening of Blood Freak. The Johnson family – composed of Mom, Dad, Dick, Susan, Tommy and the toddler Janet – can’t afford a turkey for Thanksgiving. The children are at first callously (and comically) bratty about it, but relent after Dad – in his sexiest voice for some reason – gives the kids a lecture about being grateful for what you have instead of obsessing over the things you don’t have. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIVALRY GAMES: THE BETTING ODDS

Pilgrim and football playerCollege football rivalry games are as much a part of the Thanksgiving season as turkey and pumpkin pie. Here is a look at some of this week’s holiday offerings in the way of in-state grudge matches or other traditional gridiron clashes for the season. To find odds for the upcoming NCAAF games click HERE 

The OLE MISS REBELS and the MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS play their rivalry game – also called the Egg Bowl – Thanksgiving night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm Eastern Time.

The UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERS take on their arch-foes the VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES this coming Friday. The kickoff is set for 3:30pm Eastern Time.

The OREGON UNIVERSITY DUCKS will square off against the OREGON STATE BEAVERS in the annual clash known as the Civil War. Catch it on Friday at 4:00pm Eastern Time. Continue reading

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A 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.” Continue reading

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OLIVER! – YOU’VE GOT TO PICK A POCKET OR TWO

Thanksgiving Eve is here and that means Balladeer’s Blog’s annual showing of Oliver! late tonight. As Oliver Twist meets Fagin and his band of child pickpockets here’s the song You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two.

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NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE PILGRIMS: COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM FOR THANKSGIVING

new england college pilgrimsThanksgiving Week continues! I’m sure we all remember how the Pilgrims of the 1600s fled England to escape persecution for their horribly malformed faces (see left).

William Bradford sought out Professor Charles Xavier and together the two men parted the waters of the Atlantic Ocean so that Puritan Mutants could make their Exodus and walk all the way to the New World.

Upon arrival, Xavier decided to lie and say that he and his fellow Pilgrims had reached Plymouth Rock. This was not true, of course, but even then Charles Xavier was a pathological liar.   Continue reading

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