Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Music Break - Lesser-Known Originals

With some popular songs, the original version is not as well known as a later cover version.  This is often the result of an American act covering a song first recorded by a British act, thus bringing the song to the American public, while the original is heard mostly back in Britain.  One fairly well-known example is Black Magic Woman, made famous in America by Santana, but originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac, written and sung by the band's founder, Peter Green.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Alexandria National Cemetery

Alexandria National Cemetery is located in an out-of-the-way area of Alexandria, Virginia.  It is much smaller than the better known Arlington National Cemetery a few miles to the north, but is still the final resting place of over 4,000 people, including five Buffalo Soldiers and four civilians who died pursuing President Lincoln's assassin.  Also known as Soldiers Cemetery, it is located adjacent to a group of civilian cemeteries, each owned by a local church.

The main gate of Alexandria Cemetery faces east.  The area in front of the gate and wall is part of one of the civilian cemeteries.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Haines Shoe House

Most of us have heard of the nursery rhyme about the "old woman who lived in a shoe", but in southern Pennsylvania a few miles east of York is the real thing.  The Haines Shoe House was built in 1948 by Mahlon Haines, who had created his own chain of shoe stores.  The house sits on its own namesake road, the south end of which intersects with PA Route 462.

I first read about the Shoe House in Weird U.S., but Off the Beaten Path! and Roadside America also recount its story.  The place has been recently purchased by a local couple, who sell ice cream and other treats on its ground floor, as noted by the York Daily Record and Penn Live.

Here's the south side of the Shoe House, including the ground-floor entrance to the snack shop.

Sunday Links

Here are some things going on in the middle of Memorial Day weekend:

From Fox News, two anti-drilling activists chain themselves to a Shell Oil ship.

From the Epoch Times, actress Susan Sarandon urges people to visit Nepal.

From WUIS, a novelist explores the "optical illusion" of being bi-racial.

From CNN, although protests following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer were mostly peaceful, 71 people were arrested.

Also from CNN, mass graves of human trafficking victims have been found in northern Malaysia.

From The Big Story at AP, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says that Iraq's army appears to lack the "will to fight".

From Soopermexican, some illegal aliens get upset when Hillary Clinton's Secret Service detail asks them about their status.

From Grabien, a correspondent for the Atlantic calls Hillary Clinton's relations with the press "corrosive".

From the Washington Examiner, a body of released Hillary Clinton emails (Yes, some have been released.) says little about the violence in Libya that was going on before the Benghazi attack.  (via American Thinker)

From The Daily Caller, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) says that he will not be anyone's vice presidential running mate.

From CBS Detroit, a tanker fire shuts down Interstates 75 and 375.

From Canada Free Press, the approval of gay marriage in Ireland by way of a referendum (about which I posted on Friday) can be attributed to some extent to American money.

From Yahoo News, in Ireland, the Catholic Church "reels" in reaction to the "Yes" vote on gay marriage.

From ABC News, a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and his wife have been killed in a taxi crash.

From the Chicago Tribune, a teenage inmate in Cook County, Illinois is "eating the jail".

And from The Blaze, a high school football player makes the most impressive catch that I've ever seen.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ireland Votes On Same-Sex Marriage

From WUIS:
Voters in Ireland are deciding today whether the country will amend its constitution to make same-sex marriage legal.
The vote follows months of debate in the heavily Catholic country. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will pass and Ireland become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in a national vote.
There are actually two questions being voted on today, each with its own ballot.  From The Irish Times:
Voters will be given two ballot papers: a white ballot paper for the marriage referendum and a green ballot paper for the age of presidential candidates referendum.
Ireland currently requires its president to be at least 35 years old, which is the same as in the United States.  The proposed change would reduce that age to 21.  The Irish Times also reports that the referendum has a requirement that where implemented in the United States, has our friends on the left screaming in horror.  In Ireland, each voter must (gasp!) show an ID.
All voters should bring evidence of identity with them. Anyone who fails to produce evidence of identity when requested, or who fails to satisfy the presiding officer that they are the person to whom the document relates, will not be allowed to vote.
A number of documents that will be accepted as evidence of identity are listed on polling cards and on posters displayed at polling stations.
Read more at the two links above.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Colonel Sanders To Return

Pretty soon, we'll be paraphrasing the little girl in Poltergeist II by saying, "He's baaaaack."  KFC is bringing back their longtime icon Colonel Harland Sanders for their latest advertising campaign.  He will be portrayed by Darrell Hammond, who used to impersonate President Bill Clinton on Saturday Night Live.  The real Colonel Sanders, who founded KFC, died nearly 35 years ago at the age of 90.  

If I were a follower of Hinduism, I would be wondering how many lifetimes as a chicken the Colonel has endured since then.  For him, karma wouldn't be a bitch, but a hen.

Read more at Fox News, CNN Money and Adweek.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Links

On the 35th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption, some stories from today:

From Politico, Medicaid signups under Obamacare's expansion of that program increase so much that some Republican governors are thinking "I told you so."

From Yahoo Finance, Obamacare may have negatively affected consumer spending.

From Grabien, President Obama cuts back the flow of "military-style" equipment to local police departments.

In Frontpage Mag, Bruce Thornton says "We're still dumbing down the Iraq war."

In National Review, Quin Hillyer asks Jeb Bush (R), who can't seem to figure out what to think about the Iraq war, "Why Art Thou Even Running?"

From The Washington Times, former Governor John Sununu (R-NH) calls hindsight questions about the Iraq war "dumb".

Also from The Washington Times, the Supreme Court has struck down a Maryland tax law on income earned in other states.

From Breitbart's Big Government, according to presidential candidate and Maryland resident Dr. Ben Carson (R), presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D) "realizes the less she talks, the better off she is."  (A good idea for politicians in general, maybe?)

From The Blaze, the Supreme Court rules that a convicted felon may transfer his guns to someone else, as long as the felon no longer has control over them.

From Reuters, a U.S. Appeals Court has reversed part of a verdict that Apple won against Samsung.

From the New York Post, Al Sharpton's daughter, who recently sued New York City for a sprained ankle, was still able to climb a mountain in Indonesia.

From WGN, service on the Chicago Transit's Yellow Line has been suspended due to an embankment under the tracks giving way.

From CBS News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gives his reasons for running for president, even though he hasn't yet announced his candidacy.

From Weasel Zippers, CNN commentator Sally Kohn complains that the bikers who fought in Waco, Texas aren't being called "terrorists" or "thugs".

And from the Chicago Tribune, a tongue-in-cheek review of the latest Mad Max movie, in which the reviewer feared that while watching the movie, he might lose part of his anatomy.

35 Years Ago, Mount St. Helens Erupts

Thirty-five years ago today, a volcano in southwestern Washington named Mount St. Helens erupted, spewing ash over much of the state, setting off a landslide, creating local floods, and killing 57 people.  The eruption remains the deadliest and costliest in U.S. history.  Here are some reports recalling that fateful day in 1980:

From USA Today, some facts about the eruption.

From io9, an image of Mount St. Helens today.

From CBS News, the return of nature to the area, including the death and rebirth of Spirit Lake.

From the Epoch Times, "exactly what happened" during the eruption.

And from KOMO News, a man who at the time was a high school student recalls the ash cloud arriving in Spokane.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nine Dead In Waco, TX Biker Shootout

In Waco, Texas, nine people were killed and 18 others injured in a gunfight that broke out between rival motorcycle gangs at a restaurant in a shopping center near Interstate 35.  Members of five different gangs are thought to have been involved.  All those killed were gang members.  No innocent bystanders or police officers were injured.

Read more at NBCDFW, the WacoTrib, KWTX, KCEN and the Statesman.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

American Forces Kill ISIS Leader In Syria

In an overnight raid in eastern Syria, American Special Operations forces killed ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf, who had been involved in the organization's black market financial operations, and captured his wife Umm Sayyaf.  A Yazidi woman, thought to have been enslaved by Umm Sayyaf, was rescued.  All American personnel are reported to have returned from the raid safely.

The sources of this information are BBC News (via the Examiner) and CNN (via Hot Air)