OMG I can’t watch

No. Make it stop.

I miss the halcyon days when MTV played music and we watched that shit all day. It’s very easy to romanticize it 35 years later. And then you remember these affronts to human dignity.

This one is physically painful to me. Eddie Money’s mad cheesin’ is the very definition of cringe. In fact, if you look up “cringe” in the dictionary, there's a picture of Eddie having facial seizures. And c’mon. Apollonia is waaaay out of your league, dude. This was definitely a pity date, or she lost a bet, bless his heart.

I like the song, though. …


Union busting Irish immigrants

How the rich get rich, and the poor get poorer

John “Black Jack” Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, was hanged in 1878 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was executed ostensibly for a cold case murder. The case against Kehoe was so flimsy that the governor was extremely hesitant to sign the death warrant. The real reason he was sentenced to die was for encouraging the Irish immigrants working the Pennsylvania coal mines to organize for better working conditions.

How dare they.

The inspiration for the Molly Maguires’ name goes back to 19th century Ireland and a widow who fought against English landlords stealing Irish lands. …


Fess up, comrade

My summer place

Russian operatives are the unicorns of our time. You hear all kinds of fantastical second-and-third-hand stories about them, but you never encounter one.

Unless you’re on social media. They are positively swarming every platform. Just ask a neolib.

And no, horses wearing rainbow party hats do not count as unicorns.

It’s curious, isn’t it? All of a sudden, the Democrats, who admittedly rig their own primaries, are very concerned about attacks on our democracy. Unless it’s perpetrated by them, of course. Then it’s patriotism.

If you are accused of being a Russian sympathizer every time you tell Zuck what’s on…


Nobody’s Perfect

Satisfaction” finally pushed me over the edge

First off, let’s just agree that it’s a rare band that hits the mark every time. Unheard of, actually. Even the greats occasionally belch out a steaming pile of horribleness to assault our eardrums. And oh, how it pains me to hurt the ones I love …

… but I’m gonna do it anyway.

Here are a few songs that have a very high “ew” factor.

The Beatles are the Masters. In my mind, there’s Elvis, the Beatles, and then everyone else. They are gods who walked as man.

But damn, if this song doesn’t suck some septic ass. It’s…


Buncha bastards, the lot of ya

Mentally ill or another pawn of the patriarchy?

On November 6, 1479, Juana, the third child and second daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, was born. Like all royal families of the time, their daughters were raised to marry foreign princes or kings and spread Spain’s influence across Europe. Juana’s kid sister, Catherine of Aragon, was married to Henry VIII of England, the lucky girl.

Juana had been promised since birth to Philip of Flanders, the Duke of Burgundy, and the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian’s heir. He was the chief reason Juana became known to history as “Juana the Mad.”

Long since married by proxy, the teenage…


If the title triggers you I’m going with yes

Medicare for all? What’s that?

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) disorder is characterized by an uncontrollable compulsion to talk about the Marmalade Moron all day, every day, including during sleep, sex, and surgery. Not even general anesthesia can thwart this inexplicably but increasingly prevalent method of self-induced dementia. Aside from COVID, it’s the greatest public health crisis of our time.

Millions of people who were previously at least semi-kinda-normal are succumbing to the endemic, annoying plague of TDS. You’d think Team Blue would be so grateful Trump’s gone they’d never care to utter his name again.

Oh, if only.

Signs to watch out for if you think you or a loved one may have been afflicted:

  • An inexplicable obsession with Trump’s sex life…


Let’s dish the history of pizza

Want.

Pizza has become such a staple of the modern diet that certain people (raises hand)consider it one of the basic food groups. However, its origins are difficult to pinpoint as it all depends on how you define pizza.

If you loosely define pizza as flat bread with toppings strewn on it, there is evidence that the Persian army during the 5th and 6th centuries used their shields to cook flat bread in this way out in the field. The soldiers would then cover the bread with stuff like cheese and dates for a quick meal.

People have been putting various…


Please don’t hurt me

Back in the days when you didn't have to be independently wealthy to buy concert tickets

Obviously, musical taste is highly subjective, and my opinion is just that — my opinion. Now read on to see why my opinion is the only correct one. See what I did there?

Right then. We’re off!

The Rolling Stones kinda suck live


Lady Astor takes a seat

Photo by John Singer Sargent Wikimedia Commons Photo Public Domain

In 1919, American-born Nancy, Viscountess Astor, became the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons. Her husband, Waldorf Astor, was sitting MP for Plymouth Sutton. When he succeeded in the peerage and took his place in the House of Lords, the Conservative Party elected Lady Astor in his stead. She held the seat until 1945 when she retired.

Lady Astor was the first woman to take a seat in Parliament, but the first woman elected to the Commons was the Countess de Markievicz, an Irish nationalist married to a Polish count. …


Hey I can doom and gloom with the best of them! Just peruse some of my stuff, lol. I think balance is important. And humor.

Thanks! Have nice Thursday!

Kathy Copeland Padden

is a news junkie, history buff, and music fanatic observing the End Times with crankiness and bemusement. Come along!

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