British Defeat Nazis in WWII – Surrender to PC Nazis Now

The headline from the Daily Mail tells the tale:

Achtung! The Eagle has landed again despite Second World War re-enactment threat to ban the Nazi uniforms

For years, the East Lancashire Railway has organized “re-enactments” of World War II battles at several of their train stations. The event included people not involved in the actual re-enactments arriving in attire – both civilian and military – from the 1939 to 1945 era. This year the re-enactments were nearly canceled because people in previous years had shown up in Nazi uniforms.

Some people were “offended” by this.

This leads to the question, “just who who heck do the PC Nazis think the British fought in World War II? Penguins from the Antarctic?”

Church Fined $4000 for Trimming Crepe Myrtle Trees. Paul Bunyan Unavailable for Comment.

The Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, North Carolina has been fined by the city of Charlotte the sum of $4000 for “excessive pruning” of the church’s crepe myrtle on the church property.

The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.

The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees, said Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division.

First thing I would like to know is what poor schmuck has a business card that reads “Pruned Branch Counter for the City of Charlotte” and how will that title look on a future resume?

Quick Hits

Every so often, we run into some news or information that we wish to pass along but the items do not have enough “meat” to base an entire post upon. We have decided to call these “Quick Hits” and yes, in case you are wondering, the picture to the left is a definite nod to Rule 5 of blogging.

QUICK HIT I: From Australia comes this statement of the obvious:

PLAY equipment designed by “safety nazis” doesn’t allow children to learn from risk-taking, an expert has warned.

More kids aged two to seven were getting injured in playgrounds because they didn’t know how to take calculated risks.

A speaker at the Early Childhood Education Conference in Melbourne this week, early childhood specialist Prue Walsh said modern “plastic fantastic” playgrounds were too safe.

Well, DUH!! Conservatives have been saying for years that the more the government and organizations regulate behavior, the more people will rely on the government to tell them what is safe or dangerous, and what is right or wrong. Such actions decrease the individual’s ability to make critical decisions and results in more reliance on government.

QUICK HIT II: Also from our friends down under comes the result of rushing towards “renewable energy,” and the problems of government subsidies in renewable energy for homes.


As part of The Right Blogfest, we are joining with The Patriot’s Corner, Steve and Two Sisters from the Right to each give our own individual take on a single issue. Today’s topic: Memorial Day. After reading our post, we invite you to visit the other blogs for their views and writings on this topic.

As part On April 19, 1775, the opening armed salvo for American independence was fired by an unknown soldier. No one knows, or even has a clue as to who fired what became known as “the shot heard ’round the world.” We do know that two American militiamen died on Lexington Green that day, fighting for dream that became the United States of America.

As we observe Memorial Day on this day in the year 2012, much about the origins of the holiday are unknown as well.

The first “Memorial Day,” and where it was observed is unknown. Officially, the first Memorial Day was proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Prior to that, cities and towns had observed a day in memory – a memorial – to those who had died in the military, but the first town, parish, or people to do so is unknown.

“Memorial Day” was also known as “Decoration Day,” due to the fact that originally, graves of soldiers were decorated to honor their sacrifice. Initially, the Southern States did not participate in “Memorial Day,” and held their own days of observance. It wasn’t until after World War I when the day was changed from honoring only the dead from the Civil War to honoring all American citizens who fought in any war that the Southern states officially began to observe the holiday on the same day as Northern states.

World War I also brought forth the use of the poppy flower which is worn in honor of the dead.

Chamber of Commerce Supports Businessess Who Hire Illegal Immigrants. Wait. What?

This week the Supreme Court announced its decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting. In doing so, the court affirmed a 9th Circuit ruling that allowed the state of Arizona to fine or revoke the licenses of businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

We here at Raised on Hoecakes have always made the distinction between hiring an illegal immigrant and knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant. With the plethora of fake ID’s and other work documentation, it is difficult for a business to know what is real and what is not. Penalties for simply hiring an illegal immigrant seem wrong to us if the owner of the business has acted in good faith. Otherwise, you may get into a type of racial profiling where a person is not hired because of their nationality rather than their status to be eligible to work. A person may “look” illegal, therefore the business may not hire them for fear of being fined. The E-Verify system allows businesses to hire with the knowledge they have made a legitimate, good faith effort to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law outlawing the hiring of illegal immigrants.

All ACC Final! Fear the Turtle!

On Monday, at 3:30 PM, two ACC teams will play for the NCAA Division I Championship in lacrosse.

This is after the University of Virginia spanked Denver University 14 – 8 today. The score was closer than the game.

Virginia will play the winner of the Duke / Maryland game which starts in a few minutes.

Fear the Turtle!

UPDATE: It is all over! My beloved Terps are going to play in the National Championship game against Virginia on Monday. Maryland defeated Duke 9 – 4 in a game where the Maryland defense was simply overwhelming. Throw in a Grant Catalino hat trick, and you have all the ingredients for a Maryland win.

Forty five thousand, thirty nine people were in the stadium and it should be more on Monday.

Maryland vs. Virginia for all the marbles in two days.


All Your Domain Are Belong to Us

Ten years ago, the phrase “all your base are belong to us,” became an overnight internet meme. The phrase came from a “cut scene” in the computer game Zero Wing. The sentence was translated badly (obviously) from Japanese and came to symbolize the world wide appeal of the internet, and the people who simply wrote something, without checking the intent and accuracy of the translation.

Such is the case with the Federal government’s continued attacks on website domains that are accused of a crime.

As we posted earlier, the Federal government through the Department of Homeland Security, has been seizing domains from legal owners and posting the following video:

The seized domains are reportedly those either directly held or indirectly gave access to copyrighted materials such as movies, music, software, or in one case, streaming video of sports broadcasts. The key word in that sentence is “reportedly,” because in seizing the domains, all the government did was get a secret warrant signed by a judge and viola! The government has control of the domain.

Without a trial, without a pronouncement of a verdict, without the chance for the owner to answer the charges, the government can seize the domain.

Scallions – The New, Approved Snack For Schools

Our friend Walter Olson at Overlawyered has the unbelievable story of a Washington, DC school that passed out scallions – green onions – as a snack for school children.

Olson is a much better writer than I ever will be, so hop on over to his article at the Cato Institute as well. Olson references an article from the Washington Examiner:

No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies are long gone as schools aim to provide students with healthy fruits and vegetables as snacks.

But raw onions?

That’s what several classes of students at Southeast’s Turner Elementary were fed Tuesday, instead of the zucchini slices the school’s food provider, Chartwells, said it would serve as part of a federal initiative to provide healthy food to young learners.


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