A Special Start To Our Christmas Music Tradition.

Over the past few years, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, we have posted a Christmas themed song, video, or something like that each and every day.

This year, we wanted to start out with something in keeping with that tradition, but with a little more of a special meaning.

One of our contributors has been dealing with the issue of their mother being cooped up in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers for the last year or so. As you can imagine, it was draining on her as well as our friend. It was always the goal to get her home by the holidays. Many people said she would not make it, but the woman is a fighter and last week, she left a rehab center to return to her home of over 60 years.

Apparently, she always liked Bing Crosby, so this is for her.

Welcome home.

Share the Hoecakes

Main Course.

We were going to post this one before Thanksgiving, but decided to save it.


Once again, this is from AF Branco at Comically Correct who, in case you like his work, has a coffee table book out now. It would make a nice gift for someone on you list. (And for the record, we have not received or expect to receive anything for mentioning Branco or his book.)

Happy Black Friday ya’ll!

Happy Thanksgiving.

The staff of Raised on Hoecakes wish you, your family and friends, a wonderful Thanksgiving.


If you are one of the people that are going to be heading out shopping for “Black Friday” deals, please remember that there are people who think turkeys can fly.

Once again, count your blessings, friends and family and have a great Thanksgiving.

Clock Kid Sues For $15 Million.

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You may remember the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year old kid back in September who, while attending school in Irving, Texas brought a clock to school in a pencil case that looked like a small briefcase.

Mohamed showed the clock to a science teacher who seems to have understood the problem of clock in a briefcase into a school. The teacher told Mohamed to put the clock in his locker and take it home.

Mohamed did not do that. Instead he took the clock into another class where he the alarm either went off or like many digital clocks, began flashing after a power disruption. The teacher of that class freaked out as did some of the students.

Mohamed was taken to the principal’s office. Police were called. According to the police, Mohamed became combative and needed to be handcuffed. When he was asked about the clock, he couldn’t say how he made it or where the parts came from. The police took him out of school and arrested him on the charge of a “bomb hoax.”

After everyone had calmed down. people began to scream that the kid was a victim of racial profiling. “He was just a bright kid,” they claimed.

His celebrity got him visits to the White House. He met with astronauts. He met with heads of state and appeared on television.

Through it all, Mohamed claimed he built the clock. Him building the clock is an important part of the narrative in the story. If he built it, he is a pretty darn smart kid. If he didn’t build it, other issues arise.

It certainly seems that he did not, in fact, build the clock at all. It appears more than likely that he took a clock sold at Radio Shack during the 1980’s, put it in a case and said “look what I did!”

The kid lied.

Who Killed The Liberal Arts?

Another video from the Prager University.

What in the world happened to the liberal arts? A degree in the humanities used to transmit the knowledge and wisdom imbued in the works of great Western artists, writers, musicians and thinkers like Shakespeare and Mozart. But today, that same degree stresses Western racism, sexism, imperialism, and other ills and sins that reinforce a sense of victimhood and narcissism. So, what happened? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute explains.

We’re Not Number One! Hooray!

There are some things in life where you just don’t want to be at the top of the heap.

Being the “drunkest city in the state” would be one of those things. put together a list of the “Drunkest City In Each State.”

(Yes, really.)

To identify the drunkest city in each state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of men and women who report binge or heavy drinking in each state’s metro areas. Metro level data was aggregated from county level data provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Health outcomes, including the number of potential life lost per 100,000 people due to premature death annually and the percentage of adults who report fair or poor health was also aggregated from county-level data obtained from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. All data are as of the most recent available year.

Naturally, after reading the article explaining the methodology, we were interested in seeing which Florida city was “crowned” as the “drunkest in the state.”

We thought it might be one of the larger population centers with tourism ties such as Miami or Orlando. Perhaps “party towns” such as Daytona Beach or Panama Beach would make the top of the list.

The town at the top surprised us greatly.

According to, the “drunkest city in Florida” is…. drum roll please…

Sea Wars: The IKE Awakens.

Okay, the men and woman of the USS Eisenhower (CVN69) seem to be really excited about the new Star Wars film. (They also seem to have a little too much time on their hands.)

Sea Wars: The IKE Awakens.

Well done gang. Well done.

Cocoa Beach: Lessons In Leadership.

As predicted here on this blog, the last Cocoa Beach Commission meeting’s most “interesting” moment was when it came time for the five members of the Commission to elect a new Vice Mayor.

As Mayor Dave Netterstrom is leaving his position at the end of this year, the person elected to be Vice Mayor would assume the duties of Mayor until a new mayor can be elected in November 2016.

Netterstrom asked for a preliminary, non-binding vote and it turned out the vote was two commissioners voting for Mike Miller and two commissioners voting for Tim Tumulty.

As I sat in the room with some friends, I thought, “this is going to be interesting because Netterstrom will be casting the deciding vote. He is going to have to take a stand.”

I should have known better.

Netterstrom announced that he would determine his vote by flipping a coin.

A friggin’ coin.

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