A U.S. Army soldier places an American flag at Arlington National Cemetery.Troops place an American flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at the cemetery for every Memorial Day.credit: History.com
“Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was cancer…Little Richard’s influence was massive. The Beatles recorded several of his songs, including “Long Tall Sally,” and Paul McCartney’s singing on those tracks – and the Beatles’ own “I’m Down” – paid tribute to Little Richard’s shredded-throat style. His songs became part of the rock and roll canon, covered over the decades by everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks, and Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elvis Costello and the Scorpions. “Elvis popularized [rock and roll],” Steven Van Zandt tweeted after the news broke. “Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard was the archetype.”
His music is from another generation but it had a profound influence on everything Rock-N-Roll that followed. Respect and godspeed sir.
“On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine during World War II.”
V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain
Wikipedia – Victory in Europe Day
V-E Day 1945: The celebration heard ’round the world
I heard on the radio today that we are losing U.S. WWII vets at the rate of 300 a day.
off topic [Read more…] about ramblings…
I’ve got a generator that won’t start.
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I hope you are all well and weathering this situation OK.
My wife and I are staying in for a while. The lineup for tonight involves beer and board games.
How are things where you are? Are you and yours OK?
R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’ back on the charts
“Monday, the track continued its upward trajectory, landing at number 39 as of 2:30 p.m. EST.”
““It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song by American rock band R.E.M., which first appeared on their 1987 album Document. It was released as a single in November 1987, reaching No. 69 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart on its re-release in December 1991.”
My Dad passed away this morning. His battle with mixed Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia is mercifully over. I slept next to his bed the last 2 nights and I was holding his hand when he passed.
He never got over missing my Mom. She was truly the light of his life and he was lost without her.
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I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas. I hope you find some joy this season.
Patch Tuesday is tomorrow so back it up or lock it out. I’ve got a busy day ahead tomorrow so I won’t be able to post at my usual Patch Tuesday time (just after 1300 hrs EST).
Stuff I bookmarked recently. Some off topic, some not (mostly off topic today).
Personal note – I got my tix for Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett and the ♥’s!
AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ Certified 25 Times Platinum In U.S.
“On December 6, AC/DC’s 1980 breakthrough album “Back in Black” was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies.
“Back in Black” first went platinum in October 1980 and had previously been certified 22 times platinum in December 2007. The RIAA lists “Back In Black” as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time.”
and the bell rang 13 times…
Rumors are that they will tour next year. Some of those say Brian Johnson will be back out front.
related: Dee Snider: New AC/DC album will feature tracks recorded by Malcolm Young
NFL Network Reporter Jane Slater Reports How She Used Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Christmas Gift To Bag Him Cheating
“An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app ? wish the story wasn’t real.”
Aw man, so much karma…
Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan
“A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.
The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.”
Long read and worth every second.
The US, like China, has about one surveillance camera for every four people, says report
“One billion cameras will be installed globally by 2021…There is a difference in how the cameras are implemented, though. In China, most cameras are installed for the purposes of widespread video surveillance of cities, whereas cameras installed in the US are primarily for the purposes of retail and commercial usage.”
Well, I’ve got 12 at my house so…
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor René Auberjonois dies at 79
“Fellow actors George Takei, William Shatner and more pay tribute online to the actor who played Changeling Odo.”
Caroll Spinney, Who Played Big Bird And Oscar On ‘Sesame Street,’ Dies At 85
“The Sesame Workshop said Spinney had died at home in Connecticut, and that he had long lived with dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions.“