Nov 26, 2014
We lost a friend today when he passed away suddenly.
All we can think about is the number of times we seem to have taken friends and family for granted or at the very least, not told and shown them how much they mean to us.
During this time of year, it is easy to think of friends and family, but in actuality, it is something that we should do throughout the year.
Find a friend today and tell them how grateful you are that they are in your life.
Tomorrow, they may not be able to hear you.
Nov 25, 2014
All living things are made of cells. In the human body, these highly efficient units are protected by layer upon layer of defense against icky invaders like the cold virus. Shannon Stiles takes a journey into the cell, introducing the microscopic arsenal of weapons and warriors that play a role in the battle for your health.
Stay healthy this holiday season.
Nov 24, 2014
Here at Raised on Hoecakes we use WordPress as our blogging software of choice. There are a few reasons for this, but the main reason was for ease of use and support from the developers of the software.
WordPress has a major security release which is said to address a bunch of security issues that are deemed “critical” by the WordPress folks.
In that light, we installed the update to WordPress 4.0.1.
The problem is that the word on the electronic streets is the update breaks some plugins that people use on their sites. Developers of the plugins are scrambling to update their work, but it will undoubtedly take time. Luckily, we don’t seem to be using any of the affected plugins. We have searched around the site and don’t seem to be finding anything out of the ordinary.
If you find something that has you scratching your head and wondering “what is going on here?” please let us know.
Nov 24, 2014
This past weekend, Saturday Night Live revisited the School House Rock classic, “I’m Just a Bill.”
The new version has a different take than the original in light of the Executive orders proposed by the President this past week.
Nov 23, 2014
The folks at Oscar Mayer have come up with a new twist on the traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey: a “hot durkey.”
We kid you not.
The directions are in one loooooooooong image, so we cut it is two. The rest of the instructions are below the fold.
We wish you luck on this one.
Nov 22, 2014
We have never been ones to think that the media should somehow be “unbiased.” We hope that they are, but we are realistic in that the world, moral and political views of writers and editors are going to either sneak in or be deliberately be in the way the media reports a story.
While the First Amendment protects the press, the First Amendment does not require that the press print the unbiased facts of a story. For example, during World War II, newspapers were prevented and agreed not to print the images of deadly battles with Americans lest the people at home get discouraged. Going back in time, the 1775 Boston Massacre was portrayed as an unprovoked attack on innocent American citizens when it was anything but that and in fact the mob had attacked the British soldiers first. Bias can be seen in the newspapers during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Lincoln was portrayed as everything from an saint to a devil in a stove pipe hat. Reading the newspapers of the day, it is sometimes difficult to understand the papers are actually talking about the same person.
The bottom line is that the media has a bias.
Perhaps nowhere has that bias been on display more than the “bookend Times” this past week. On the east coast, the New York times had two articles ready to be published on the Keystone Pipeline vote, both praising the Democrats and specifically Senator Mary Landrieu who is in a run off election in Louisiana against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy. The articles were written to cover whether the Pipeline vote passed or failed.
The Times accidentally published online both versions of the articles before the vote was completed.
If the Senate votes to pass Keystone, the Times has a quote from Hawaii Democratic Senator Brian Schatz ready to go that praises Senator Landrieu:
“She’s a force to be reckoned with, and a powerful advocate for the oil and gas industry,” said Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who opposed the bill. “She obviously believes it’s in America’s best interest. I disagree, but I don’t think anybody can doubt her capabilities as a legislator and her ability to get people to her side. We wouldn’t be having this vote if it weren’t for Mary’s persuasive abilities.”
Nov 21, 2014
Ami Horowitz is a video producer who decided to film a “proof of theory” experiment at the University of California at Berkeley.
I have always thought that there was no connection between intellect and wisdom. To put this theory to the test, I headed out to the University of California, Berkeley.
Students at Berkeley clearly have a lot of intellect; it is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country. But do they have wisdom?
Horowitz’s experiment was to go UCB waving a flag and shouting for support for the terrorist group ISIS while filming the reaction of students. Howowitz then swapped out the ISIS flag for that of Israel.
The differences in the student’s reaction is stunning.
The shocking video above unfortunately proves once and for all that there is in fact no connection between intellect and wisdom.
Nov 20, 2014
Tonight, President Obama will give a speech on his plans for immigration reform by executive orders.
The President has said that the American people want “comprehensive immigration reform” and in his opinion as the Congress will not act, he feels compelled to do so. The problem is that there is no poll that supports that supposition. A November, 2014 NBC / Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans disagree with the President.
Overall, the individual issues that are most important to voters are job creation and economic growth (23 percent of registered voters pick that as their top issue), breaking Washington’s gridlock (another 23 percent), the deficit (12 percent), health care (9 percent) and Social Security and Medicare (another 9 percent)
Just 7 percent pick the military action against ISIS as their top issue, and only 2 percent point to the Ebola outbreak.
Instead of concentrating on what Americans feel is important to them, once again we see Obama go off on a tangent. It seems to be a pattern with Obama. When the country is facing issues that the public wants addressed, Obama goes and tries to “solve” an issue that people aren’t overly concerned with. Moreover, while most Americans are against amnesty for illegal immigrants, amnesty is part of the President’s plan he will unveil.
However, lurking beneath the immigration issue is that this appears to be another case of a man who has no solid rock of principles which he stands upon.
For example, take this quote from his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope:”
“[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before.”
”Not all these fears are irrational,” he wrote.
“The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,” Obama noted. “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
So while Obama was against amnesty and immigration reform in 2006, now he is for it.
We believe that people can change their minds on issues. People grow, mature, get more facts, etc., so it is possible that Obama’s position has “evolved.”
That evolution does not explain his flip flop on executive orders.