End Of An Era.

(Image courtesy of Malcolm Denemark / Florida Today)

A beachside icon is closing their doors.

According to the Florida Today:

South Patrick Hardware & Lumber has tripled in size over the decades — the store is now 11 aisles wide. Hundreds of handwritten display labels guide shoppers, alongside homemade signs cut from cardboard: “Vents $2.99 Ea,” “Shims,” “PVC Cement,” and so on.

Operated by the same family since 1962, the old-fashioned hardware store’s front counter features two adding machines, paper receipt books, rubber stampers and four numerical reference charts used to calculate a 6.5 percent sales tax.

“We still hand-write everything. I don’t do nothing by computer,” co-owner Rick Beyer said.

Personalized service is a key reason why South Patrick Hardware & Lumber survived the Great Recession and fierce competition from big-box corporate retailers. But times change. A red-and-black banner hanging outside declares “Going Out Of Business: Everything Must Be Sold!”

“We sold the place. Not sure what I want to do yet,” Beyer told a customer Wednesday afternoon at the counter.

The landmark Indian Harbour Beach hardware store’s last day of operation is Wednesday, and remaining merchandise is on sale for 60 percent off — cash only. Unsold items will likely head to the auction block by Jan. 25. Beyer said he did not know the new building owner’s plan for the property.

South Patrick Hardware was a true hardware store in the old sense of the word. It was a place to hang out. It was a place where you could walk in and describe a part to something and someone in there – either an employee or a customer would know exactly what you were talking about. It was a place where you used to be able to buy nails by weight rather than by the box. It was a place where people could get lumber cut for no charge. Heck, after storms people would bring in wood they found on the beach and South Patrick would cut it for them in trade for keeping some of the wood itself.

Incoming Missive.

From A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.

Bibi say’s He has proof that Obama organized and created the U.N. Resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Twisting The Knife Further.

The other day, we wrote about the duplicity of the Obama administration in stabbing Israel in the back regarding the UN Security resolution.

Shockingly, it appears the administration can’t even tell the American people the truth.

As a matter of background, there is this from Prager University:

Is Israel’s policy of building civilian communities in the West Bank the reason there’s no peace agreement with the Palestinians? Or would there still be no peace even if Israel removed all of its settlements and evicted Israeli settlers, as it did in Gaza in 2005? Renowned Harvard professor and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz explains.

In our previous post, we noted that the Israelis were saying they had “iron clad evidence” that the Obama administration had worked behind the scenes to get the resolution passed and then lacked the leadership to stand up and be counted when the actual vote occurred.

Now others are chiming in about the actions of the Obama administration:

Menorah Technion Rube Goldberg Machine.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began at sunset on December 24, 2016.

According to Wikipedia:

Each night throughout the 8 day holiday, a candle or oil-based light is lit. As a universally practiced “beautification” (hiddur mitzvah) of the mitzvah, the number of lights lit is increased by one each night. An extra light called a shamash, meaning “attendant” or “sexton,” is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher, lower, or to the side of the others.

Back in 2012, two students of the Technion school decided that if you are going to light a menorah, do it in a spectacular way that combines the holiday, the meaning of the holiday, and a love for your chosen field of study.

Thus was born the “Rube Goldberg device” of Menorah lighting.

Technion students Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah. Hanukkah is the holiday of miracles and here is another one.

With Friends Like These….

(Image courtesy of Comically Incorrect.)

(Image courtesy of A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

In case you missed it amongst all your holiday plans and revelry, the other day the UN Security Council passes what is basically an “anti-Israel” resolution which reads, in part:

Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines . . .

Essentially, the resolution wants Israel to pull back to the 1947 boundaries instead of the ones negotiated in 1967 after Israel was attacked and defended itself to the point where a negotiated peace was made.

Initially, the resolution was put forth by Egypt but they withdrew it for a day and then the resolution was passed. Voting for the resolution were for of the rotating member countries on the Security Council of New Zealand, Venezuela, Senegal, and Malaysia. Other permanent members of the Security Council voting for the resolution were China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

The United States abstained from voting.

A “nay” vote from the US would have killed the resolution, but instead, the US stepped aside and decided to abstain.

The resolution does not carry the weight of law, but it can be used to condemn Israel in international tribunals and in other court cases. This is not some “who cares?” type of thing.

The Last Steps | A Really Great Big Story

On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, heart-pounding footage and audio to retrace the record-setting mission. A film by Todd Douglas Miller.

This Really Great Big Story was made in collaboration with our friends at CNN Films. It is one of 12 short films that we will be releasing throughout the year. Stay tuned for more!

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you are having a wonderful and blessed Christmas surrounded by friends and family and those you love.

Our first year of being online, we posted Linus’ speech from “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” as it tells the meaning of Christmas and brings back so many fond memories. What we didn’t realize is that for years our friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove had been doing the same thing – long before we thought of it. (Great minds think alike, we guess.)

Luckily for us, Teach even took the time to upload the video to YouTube and so we thank him for that.

Merry Christmas from all the writers, staff and contributors here at Raised on Hoecakes.

Luke chapter 2:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Tracking Santa With NORAD.


This year, as in every year for the 61 years, NORAD will be tracking Santa Claus as he flies around the world doing what he does while eating cookies and drinking milk.

For 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

You can follow the tracking of Santa at the NORAD website, on Twitter, and Facebook.

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