In 1884, Grover Cleveland was Accused of Rape. Two Days Later He Was Elected President of the United States

Great article


By Ken Zurski

In July 1884, only two years after being elected the governor of New York, a little known lawyer and relatively new politician named Stephen Grover Cleveland became the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Cleveland’s quick rise in party ranks was no fluke. The Republicans were in disarray. Due to failing health, Chester Arthur the incumbent and former vice president who inherited the White House after James Garfield’s assassination, made only a meager effort to win his parties affections for a full term. Instead Republicans chose James Blaine, a longtime congressman from Maine.  The Democrats seized on the opportunity to elect someone who was considered an outsider.

Cleveland fit the bill.

Grover Cleveland

Conservative, religious, and “remarkable unperceptive to new ideas,” Cleveland easily won election to New York state governorship in 1882 and even though he would vote against the public’s favor on issues ranging…

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President Taft Received The Ball: How the Newspaper Covered the First ‘First Pitch’ in Baseball

Very cool article.



President Taft Tosses First Ball

Great Opening for American League

All Attendance Records Broken in Washington

Washington, April 14, 1910 — The opening of the American League season in Washington today between the local and Philadelphia clubs, was a most auspicious one. President and Mrs. Taft, Vice president Sherman and many other notables were present and the Nationals won by the shut out score of 3 to 0. For the first time on record, a president of the United States tossed out the first ball and what was more he sat through the entire nine innings and seemed greatly to enjoy the contest. The attendance broke all records.

Last year, President Taft saw Washington play Boston late in the season, but then the local players got stage fright when the President arrived and threw the game. Mr. Taft remarked then that he must be “hoo-doo” and remained away from the…

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Moment In Tudor History | Anne Of Cleves Unbelievably Gracious Letter To Henry VIII

I’ve always like Anne of Cleves 🙂


Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII for a very short time. The marriage was annulled after he had qualms about marrying the lady after their first meeting. The wedding took place on the morning of January 6, 1540 only to be dissolved by summer.

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ESP rambles...

His father had joined the Roman army when he was young and full of stubble and therefore spurned by his lover in the little village on the banks of Rhine. The girl didn’t mind the stubble but wasn’t impressed because of his lack of education. So when his son was born, the legionary made sure he got ample education and be kept away from his ancestral homeland. The only tie he kept with Rhineland was the name, Bildung.

One of the reasons why Bildung hated the town was that everyone called him Bill and threw dung at him laughing and shouting that Bildung is German. One day laced with dung Bill had come crying to his father, who was scandalized by the aspersion. He started shouting – Bildung’s not German, Bildung’s a Roman, again and again till the neighbors came and asked him to get the name changed. That…

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The Hollow Gaze – The Linda Sherman Mystery

I really like this lady’s blog.

Synova Ink

linda sherman

Outside a popular Mexican restaurant, nestled beneath the Yucca plant peered the hollow eyes of a human skull. The morbid sight caused two customers to call over the manager who quickly phoned the police. A nearby cemetery was being relocated at the time, so the skull was placed on a shelf in the mortuary and nearly forgotten until an anonymous letter arrived at the Vinita Park Police Department a year later.

“Bridgeton P.D. has L. Sherman’s Skull.”

Who was the anonymous tipster? Why was Linda Sherman’s skull strategically placed in front of her husband’s favorite drinking spot? Was it to intimidate him, or was it because he couldn’t remarry since she hadn’t been officially declared dead?

This fateful tale began a decade earlier with the marriage of two high school sweethearts. Linda Lutz and Don Sherman decided to marry after Linda became pregnant. Neither teenager had graduated high school, but…

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222 Forever: A treatise on eternal possibility

Pam Grout

“Love is not a gated community.”—Frank Ostaseki

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Yes, my friends, it’s finally here. The auspicious date when Taz’s 222 Foundation announces recipient numero uno of its annual $10,222 grant.

Sheroes Hangout is an incredibly inspiring café/coffee shop in Agra, India, not far from the Taj Mahal where I left part of Taz’s ashes.

I discovered this colorful, creative hangout in November when I was in India with TribesForGOOD. During seven-day social impact journeys, this innovative program pairs volunteers with small social enterprises, uplifting both volunteers and communities. That, of course, is how it should be. Win-win-win-win.

My radiant daughter Tasman, in her short 25 years on the planet, was relentless in standing up for those who are marginalized. Her continuous fight for the underdog is why I chose Sheroes Hangout. It’s run by victims of acid attacks, 10 women whose lives have been turned upside down by having acid…

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