Kathy Copeland Padden
Political junkie, history buff, and music freak spending the End Times alternating betweencrankiness and bemusement. Come along! It's fun!
The United States Revokes Charlie Chaplin’s Re-Entry Permit
“A democracy is a place where you can express your ideas freely — or it isn’t a democracy.” — Charles Chaplin During the Red Scare hysteria of the late 1940s and early 1950s, legendary actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, who never gave up his British citizenship and was well-known for his left-wing politics, inevitably ran afoul of the U.S. Government. When returning from a trip to the U.K. in September 1952, Chaplin was refused re-entry to the country where he had been living and working for almost forty years.
No One Wants to Work Anymore
You know, I’m loving this “no one wants to work anymore” narrative created by end-stage capitalism enthusiasts. The truth is, “no one wants to pay a decent wage” is a far more accurate assessment of the situation. Capitalists blaming workers who refuse to work for starvation wages is the height of victim-blaming hubris.
The Raid on Deerfield
Ifyou visit the Old Burying Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts, tucked away in the back corner there is a grassy mound with a weathered gravestone atop it. The only inscription it bears is the date “1704.” This centuries-old memorial honors fifty inhabitants of the tiny village killed in the overnight hours of February 28/29 by French and Native American raiders.
Monty Python’s Circus Takes Flight
Monty Python’s Flying Circus made its television debut on October 5, 1969. It was broadcast at 11 pm after most Britons had gone to bed. The episode was entitled “Whither Canada?” yet there wasn’t a single mention of Canada during the entire program. If you were a stickler for logic or reason then Monty Python wasn’t the show for you. However, if you had a rather warped sense of humor and wanted to laugh your buttocks off, you were in for a treat.
The Night of the Long Knives
“If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this: In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people, and thereby I became the supreme judge of the German people.”
The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down
I didn’t want to lose you You said “You didn’t choose to- It’s just how your karma came” The day my sister-in-law Sharon died was a typical mid-March day in Boston. It was bright and sunny, and there were melting piles of snow and puddles everywhere. Although it was still cold, the sun was approaching the equinox, and the promise of spring was in the air.
Which of Henry VIII’s Queens Would Be Most Fun to Party With?
It’s a question we all contemplate at one time or another: which of Henry VIII’s brides would you bring your next night out on the town? Who would cluck like a mother hen, and who would do shots of Schnapps with you? Who’s passed out in a bathroom stall, and who’s impatiently shaking the car keys?
Five Saints Looking Totally Chill During Execution
This has always blown my mind. I mean, I look more agonized when I get a paper cut than these guys do being chopped, roasted, stabbed, beheaded, and all the other god-awful fates (no pun intended) the early saints reportedly endured.
Confessions of a Cultural Catholic
My name is Kathleen Marie Patricia, and I grew up Irish Catholic in Boston. Like everyone else I knew, I attended twelve years of parochial school and went to Mass every weekend. I didn’t even know any non-Catholic peers until I was in my teens. These kids went to public school! They were like exotic aliens to me.