Jack the Ripper ups his game

Photo by New York Times

On September 30, 1888, Jack the Ripper emerged once again from the shadows of London’s East End. He was preying on his favorite target – female prostitutes.

Five murder victims—Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly are referred to as the “canonical five.” These women, killed between August 31 and November 9, 1888, were most likely killed by the same man. There’s plenty of other possible murders that could also be related, but these five women are officially recognized as Jack the Ripper’s victims.

The “Double Event” cemented the Ripper’s infamy. Efforts to apprehend…


That’s not news. It’s digital diarrhea.

Oh, look. A journalist behind a newsdesk. Those were the days. Photo by PBS

I know I’m really dating myself here, but I fondly remember a time when the news was actually the news and not propagandized entertainment. Walter Cronkite read the relatively unbiased news reports without fanfare or embellishment while eating supper in our burnt orange and avocado green kitchens.

There was no flash, no glitz, no sensationalism. Cronkite and most of the other newscasters of that time looked like your dad. Even when women(finally)began anchoring the news, they looked like your neighbor or that nice cashier at Stop and Shop.

As a whole, they were pleasant to look at but unremarkable.

That’s…


Watch this you guys it’s gonna be epic Photo by National Park Service

It was a good choice

On March 17, 1776, eight years of British occupation in Boston came to an end with a simple yet clever “hey — look over there!” diversionary tactic. The Brits probably felt really stupid too, which was a bonus.

During the siege on Boston following the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775, the New England militia surrounded the city to limit the movement of British troops. Action was limited to skirmishes, minor raids, and the occasional sniper fire.

In June 1775, the Brits did manage to capture Breed and Bunker’s Hills, yet they suffered heavy causalities and their efforts…


She was a victim, not a villainess

Photo by tudorsfandom.com

Anne Boleyn is one of the most misunderstood women in history. She is most often portrayed as a scheming, self-serving seductress who got what was coming to her. But this assessment is grossly unfair when one considers the circumstances of her life and the mores of the times.

Anne Boleyn was a victim of the ambitious men in her family. Her father, uncle, brother, and later her husband pulled all the strings. Anne was a commodity to exploit, a means to an end. Her life had never been her own. …


Yes no maybe so

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall rockin’ the bling Photo by Town and Country

When longtime lovebirds Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles (finally) got engaged in 2005, their press release pointedly stated:

It is intended that Mrs. Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

Clarence House, the official London residence of the Prince of Wales, drove the point home in March 2020 when a spokesman for Charles and Camilla reiterated that:

The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne. …


Girl couldn't catch a break

Holy crap what now? Photo by https://line.17qq.com ›

Mary Tudor’s life was needlessly tragic, primarily thanks to her vainglorious father, Henry VIII. If he wasn’t directly responsible for Mary’s misery all the time, he was still the driving force behind it. Henry took everything from her — mother, father, home, religion, title, and legitimacy.

Mary’s first of many heartbreaks came when Henry cast off her mother, Catherine of Aragon, after almost 20 years of marriage.

In Henry’s defense, he had a lot going on. He was desperate for a male heir by that point. …


Dose of hope my ass

Ladies and Gentlemen … TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN! Photo by WashingtonPost.com

So I made it through exactly 93 seconds of Biden’s Ted Talk on How to Shitlib like a Pro. And I want an award or a crown or a gift certificate to Dunks for making it that far. I read about it after the fact and even watched a video or two on YouTube. Yep, I am a glutton for punishment.

My impressions? A cringy display of pretty much everything wrong with this country. No substance, just a Blue MAGA smorgasbord of identity politics and platitudes. Biden exudes all the effortless charm and sincerity of a used car salesman. But…


Hypothetical cop-outs and the Fauxgressives who love them

Sike! Stock photo by Dreamstime

My grandma always said you get more done by doing than by talking. This is why the social media Fauxgressive fad of starting every Tweet or Facebook post with “what would (blank) mean for you and your family?” is so gross. Carrot dangling, in any situation, is kind of dickish. When you’re playing with people’s lives, however, it’s nothing short of despicable.

So many people in this country are suffering — jobless, homeless, and hopeless — and many more will be joining those ranks in the coming months and years. …


Game of Thrones has nothing on these nuptials

Darling, I love you with all my heart that’s about to be pulled bloody and still beating from my chest Photo by bridemagazine.co.uk

It’s a rare wedding that goes off without a single hitch. The photographer’s late, the caterers drop the ball, the best man is drunk. Sucks at the time but makes a great story later.

But few weddings, if any, can rival the nuptials-turned-massacre of Astorre Baglioni and Lavinia Colonna on July 15, 1500, in Perugia, Italy.

In 14 century Perugia, civil unrest was growing. Like in so many other times and places, the nobles lived large off the struggles of the citizenry, and resentment inevitably built up. …


A young woman whose only crime was defending herself against a lifetime of incest, sexual assault, and physical abuse

Beatrice Cenci Photo by PBS.org

“There is a fixed and pale composure upon the features; she seems sad and stricken down in spirit, yet the despair thus expressed is lightened by the patience of gentleness … The lips have that permanent meaning of imagination and sensibility which her suffering has not repressed … Her eyes, which we are told were remarkable for their vivacity, are swollen with weeping and lustreless, but beautifully tender and serene. In the whole mien there is a simplicity and dignity which, united with her exquisite loveliness and deep sorrow, are inexpressibly pathetic.” …

Kathy Copeland Padden

is a news junkie and history buff randomly alternating between bouts of crankiness and amusement during the Apocalypse. Come along!

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