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Sex, Satan and Babylon’s Boule

In Pursuit of Truth returns with the story of how Satan works through pop music, as well as Hollywood and the arts, to spin webs of deceit. The drama opens with a look at Paganini, the long, gaunt Italian violinist who played finger frets with the speed of the Devil. What follows includes in-depth looks at the deaths — in many cases, likely murders and assassinations — of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Malcolm X and many others.

This is billed as “Episode 1 (Beguiling Beginnings),” so look for a series of updates as this eye-popping tale unfolds.


Bungle In The Jungle

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

A couple weeks ago we covered SNUFFY SMITH, and a fortnight earlier we hit BEETLE BAILY. These two were part of King Features Syndicate’s follow-up to their successful batch of made-for-television POPEYE shorts, created to capitalize on the popularity the Sailor Man had enjoyed with the release of his earlier Paramount theatrical pictures to TV. Now we see KRAZY KAT, the third wheel of the “King Features Trilogy”, and it’s an odd one for a couple reasons…

First, Snuffy and Beetle were current funny papers strips in the ’60s. (And still are today, for that matter!) The KK strip ended almost two decades before these cartoons were produced. Kids had no clue who these characters were.

Second, KK was just odd by nature. The cat was non-binary gendered way before it was trendy. Mostly treated as female here, it was way more ambiguous in the source material… Instead of chasing and trying to exterminate the mouse (Ignatz), the cat is in love with the rodent, and takes his constant attempts to murder her with a brick to the braincase as some kind of S&M show of affection. Meanwhile, the bulldog, rather than menacing the cat like a normal canine, is in love with KK, and acts as a cop to protect her from the mouse!

This weirdness predates the start of the KK newspaper strip in 1913, as the Krazy and Ignatz were spun-off from the earlier DINGBAT FAMILY strip, where they were originally a fringe element. Never a huge hit, their series managed to stand-out with its avant-garde content and format. Maybe that’s why KFS decided it was suitable for TV in the Beatnik-Early Hippie era.

KK’s history in animation goes back the to the primordial silents in 1916. These early works reflected the general weirdness of the comic strip. But, in the 20s, animated KK devolved into a knock-off of FELIX THE CAT, who was the first really big animated cartoon series star. Despite transitioning to talkies, these ‘toons petered-out at the end of the ’30s.

Aside from a few tribute cameos, this series was the last new KK material created to-date. From 1963. More from The OldHorseman.

Trebek’s Replacement Chosen

The executive producers of the wildly popular gameshow “Jeopardy” have chosen their man to replace the late Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this year after a 37-year run on the show.

Admitting it was a difficult decision, those in charge considered such luminaries as Betty White, LeVar Burton and Anderson Cooper, but eventually settled on a familiar face. See who they chose in the following segment of Facts Verse.


Iron Man’s Double Disaster

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

A couple weeks ago we covered THE MIGHTY THOR, and before him, THE INCREDIBLE HULK. But these two weren’t the only new Marvel characters making the jump to the company’s TV wheel show just a few years after their four-color print debuts…

Ol’ Greenskin was the most successful of Marvel’s attempts to put their characters into live-action, prime-time TV in the ’70s. They brought him back to try and launch others (including Thor) in the late ’80s, but none took root.

Iron Man didn’t even get a tryout in either era. (No. EXO-MAN doesn’t count!) But he was there at the start of Marvel animation. (If you can really call it that, with art lifted directly from comics and CLUTCH CARGO level motion added.) And he got various animated appearances in later decades… But it wasn’t until the 21st Century MCU that Tony Stark’s armor-plated techno-hero became a household name. (The Black Sabbath song had nothing to do with the comic book character.)

Kind of funny that, groundbreaking as Marvel’s 1960s superheroes were, they still felt obliged to stick to genre conventions… A doe-eyed Lois Lame knockoff. (You’ve come a long way, Pepper.) The whole well-guarded secret identity thing.

The episodes featured today include the introduction of Happy Hogan, sort of Iron Man’s less-lame answer to Jimmy Olsen. We also see the introduction of supervillain Jack Frost (who would later go by “Blizzard”). You might think he’s a poor man’s Mister Freeze… Well, maybe Mr. Zero, since BATMAN’s villain hadn’t really been developed beyond his ’59 introduction until well after this story was published in the comics. From 1966. More from the OldHorseman.

Snuffy’s Turf Luck

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

It’s a oft-seen trope in popular culture. A minor character ‘blows up’ and ultimately becomes the star of a series that wasn’t meant to be about him or her. HAPPY DAYS (previously featured on this channel in both its original live action and cartoon spin-off forms) had Fonzie. FAMILY MATTERS was cursed with Steve Urkel… But it goes back way before television.

FRITZI RITZ and BLONDIE were part of a genre of newspaper comics that served as excuses for depicting hot gals (hey, we didn’t have Internet then either!) before the former got her strip usurped by her niece NANCY and the latter got married and the focus shifted to her husband Dagwood. THIMBLE THEATRE ran for a decade before POPEYE joined the cast.

BARNEY GOOGLE started way back at the dawn of the newspaper comic strip medium, actually starting on the sports page before the comics page was a thing. This little guy’s adventures were enormously popular, and he was celebrated in song and (silent) films… Then, in 1934, Barney’s travels brought him to North Carolina, where he met ornery little hillbilly SNUFFY SMITH, who soon became the star of the series.

King Features Syndicate, purveyor of newspaper comic strips worldwide, had enjoyed considerable success releasing a big batch of newly-produced Popeye cartoons to television starting in 1960. So they followed-up by trying the same with other comic strip characters. We covered BEETLE BAILY week before last. Now it’s Snuffy’s turn. Although he was rarely seen in the funny pages by this point, Barney Google turns up as a supporting character in this ‘toon.

BTW, after nigh-on three dozen years livin’ amongst Tarheels, I’ll attest that their depiction here is pretty much spot-on.  More from the OldHorseman.


John Cena Licks The Boot

Many of us have watched and enjoyed the career of John Cena, the WWF wrestler who embodies an American Average Joe. But not anymore. Now Cena is a Hollywood actor and he’s licking the boot of the Chinese Communists. He’s not only sold mus down the river but also Taiwan and Hong Kong, so he can get along with the Communists who own much of the Hollywood infrastructure. Hey, John. Nice knowing ya! More from The Quartering.

Mark Dice calls it the most pathetic public apology ever. Yes, it appears John Cena has sunk his career as an American hero. Henceforth, he shall be known as a coward.

The Sinister Ideology Of Disney

Through the years, the wonderful world of Disney movies brought us the incomparable Mickey Mouse and Goofy, the magical Aladdin and the innocent and curious Simba. But were these lovable characters mere distractions from the true sinister ideology behind the Disney productions?

Truth be told, Disney movies are wicked and should be kept away from our children. They are filled with subliminal messages promoting Satanic symbolism and sorcery. Their goal: getting into your mind and controlling your thought process by supernatural or demonic means, such as sexual innuendos in The Lion King and Aladdin. In Beauty and the Beast, a nude woman subliminally pops up on the screen several times. And all this right before our eyes. It’s mind-blowing.

The following video, presented by The Truth Hunter channel, breaks down some of the subliminal messages in these films and reveals the real story behind the company and its patriarch, Walt Disney.

Hollywood’s Men In Drag

McAllister TV launches a new series of Hollywood movie reviews with a look at the 1939 drama The Women from MGM. What was most remarkable about The Women is that the picture depicted only women, never showing a single male, not a bellhop or a clerk or a cab driver.

But compounding the joke, none of the women shown are actually women, but instead females portrayed by men. These include Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Norma Shearer, Marjorie Main and Rosalind Russell. All of these actresses weren’t actresses at all, but men in drag.

Here, we come to see the many ways these freaks are laughing at us, and trying to deceive us, and present us as misfits. McAllister TV not only dissects the dialogue and plot lines, but also the many bizarre inside jokes, like a fashion show, featuring detached hands and symbols suggesting adrenochrome. In other words, massive Hollywood deception and subterfuge is revealed.


Ratings Crash For Woke SNL

Saturday Night Life got a temporary ratings boost when it hired the controversial and spacey industrialist Elon Musk as guest host. But only a week later, SNL has sunk to new record lows.

Viewers are no longer watching the boring, half-century-old show. We’ve not only had it with the format, but the snide personalities, the woke Leftist politics and all the predictable propaganda. Time to trash SNL. For that matter, pretty much all of NBC could go down the tubes without anyone missing a beat. More from The Salty Cracker.



One Last Lockdown

Coming this summer….to a non-theatrical channel close to you. Says Dr. Anthony Fauci, “I hope they make a true story based on this movie.” More from Ryan Long.

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