Happy Halloween!

Trick-or-treating as we know it actually had its beginning hundreds of years ago in Medieval England and Ireland. People would make small, round soul cakes for All Saints Day. Children would go door to door as they do now, but instead of collecting piles of candy and “trick-or-treating,” they would sing songs and say prayers for the dead and would receive a soul cake for their efforts. For each cake eaten, a soul would be freed from Purgatory. This tradition continued even into the last century in some areas.

One more below!

Best 8 Out Of 15?

We are loving it.

Absolutely loving it.

The 2017 Baseball World Series between the Las Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros has been magical. Simply magical.

Except for a relative “blow out” of a 6 – 2 Dodgers’ win in game four, (and even that was a tight game until late) the games have all been edge of your seat, hang on every pitch, what is going to happen now, did that just happen games that restore in us the reason why we love sports.

All images in this post courtesy of the AP

The love started years ago, playing catch with dad along the side of the house. We played Little League and marched in opening day parades. We followed our home team religiously and listened to the broadcasts games on little AM radios.

And the first time we saw a major league field? Well, the only thing better than that was the Coke, peanuts and hot dog we purchased at the game. It was stunning and as a child, filled us with awe. (And don’t forget the program so you could tell the opposing players and best of all, keep score using a little golf pencil they gave you.)

People talk all the time as to how the pace of baseball is too slow and too boring. That may be true in some cases as we wish batters would stop stepping out of the batter’s box and adjust their batting gloves after every single pitch. But baseball is a thinking game. Part of the joy is asking yourself and those around you “what would you do here? What pitch? What location?” The same is true on offense. Do you bunt? Put the runner in motion? Try to steal a base?

The questions are endless and it is easy to get immersed in a game.

This is especially true when it seems that each play, each out, each pitch seems to have the game hanging in the balance.

Such has been the Dodgers – Astros series.

It’s been brilliant.

Smith VS. Tobia. Ding!

At the last Brevard County Commission meeting, Commissioner John Tobia raised the issue of expenditures by Commissioner Curt Smith.

Tobia claims the expenditures were inappropriate and according to the FloridaToday:

Tobia cited county administrative orders, a County Commission policy and a Florida Statute for reasons why the various expenses should not have been reimbursed.

Smith, on the other hand, said the reimbursements were all approved by the County’s Finance Department.

To be honest, in the scheme of things we aren’t talking about a whole lot of money – just $337 bucks which includes:

• Reimbursement on a travel voucher for extra legroom on a flight to Colorado Springs, Colorado ($50.12).

• Reimbursement for Smith’s wife’s baggage fee on a trip to Colorado Springs ($50).

• Charging his purchasing card with multiple tickets to a Friends of Sally’s House event ($225).

• Receiving travel reimbursement for mileage to a Republican Women’s Network Luncheon ($3.78).

• Receiving travel reimbursement for mileage to a Brevard Republican Executive Committee Picnic and Straw Poll ($7.56)

• Receiving travel reimbursement for mileage to a Republican Liberty Caucus Constitution Day Dinner ($1.08).

Tobia raised the issue when Smith was not present which led some to say it was “bad form” or “improper to raise the issue” when Smith wasn’t there to defend himself. But Smith was present earlier in the meeting via the phone but the connection died. Tobia had planned his remarks prior to the phone connection to Smith being lost. Without Smith “in the room,” should Tobia have waited? Maybe. Probably even. At the same time, it is not Tobia’s fault or responsibility to make sure Smith was either at the meeting or had a connection to the meeting. We believe a good case be made either way.

No matter how you view how the topic was raised, Smith did not take kindly to Smith’s expenditures being called into question and viewed it as a political attack.

DNC Chair Perez: “The Electoral College Is Not A Creation Of The Constitution.”

Thomas Perez is the Democrat National Chairman. According to Wikipedia:

Thomas Edward Perez (born October 7, 1961) is an American Democratic Party politician and attorney who has served as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee since February 2017. Perez was the United States Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that he worked as a consumer advocate and civil rights lawyer before serving as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2009 to 2013.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Perez is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado before serving in the Department of Justice from 1989 to 1995, where he worked as a federal prosecutor, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno. He worked as a Special Counselor for Senator Ted Kennedy until 1998 when he served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the final years of the Clinton administration.

Perez was then elected to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council in 2002, serving as the council’s president from 2005, until the end of his tenure in 2006. He attempted to run for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of Maryland, but was disqualified for not having 10 years of legal experience in Maryland (he was admitted to the Maryland bar in 2001). Perez was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in January 2007, until his October 2009 confirmation by the United States Senate as Assistant Attorney General.[citation needed] In March 2013, Perez was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the United States Secretary of Labor, replacing outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 18 and sworn in on July 23, 2013.

Perez announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in the 2017 election on December 15, 2016. On February 25, 2017, Perez was elected Chairman on a second ballot. Minutes after being elected, Perez named Keith Ellison as deputy chair.

With all his legal background you would think Perez would know, or at least heard of the US Constitution. You would think he would have read it maybe once or twice. The Constitution was ratified in 1787 and its ratification was in all the papers. It’s not like the Constitution is new. It’s been around for awhile.

It is therefore puzzling that Perez seems not to know about the contents of the Constitution.

Reversing Regulations Takes Time. Too Much Time.

Whew! Glad we repealed this one:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is scrapping rules on telegraphs even though carriers no longer exist, part of the Trump administration’s effort to slash regulations, the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.

The last Western Union telegram in the United States was sent in 2006 and the commission had stopped enforcing the rules in 2013. The last major telegram service worldwide ended in India in 2013.

The FCC said in a notice it was removing “outmoded regulations” on telegraphs effective in November to “further our goals of reducing regulatory burdens, eliminating unnecessary rule provisions, and making the agency as efficient and effective as possible.”

There are close to 1,000 pages of FCC media regulations alone.

While it may sound like we are being sarcastic, we are not. Why in the world would there be or should there be a regulation on telegraphs – a device that is no longer in use and does not have the infrastructure to be used?

Everyone Freaks Out About Director of the Michigan State Police’s Post.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is the Director of the Michigan State Police. She has been a cop since 1987, and has worked her way up through the ranks until being appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to here current position. According to her official biography, she is 100th person to hold the position of Director and the first female. According to everything we have read about her, Etue is well respected by the police and the community.

It is therefore surprising that people are calling for her to be fired.

The drama starts when Etue reposted a meme on her personal Facebook account which took NFL players to task for their protests.

The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a post on her personal Facebook page that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates,” the state’s governor said Thursday.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue came under fire after she shared a meme on Sept. 24 that read: “Dear NFL: We will not support millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our Armed Forces and Veterans. Who wins a football game has zero impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has every impact on our lives. We stand with the heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”

Etue apologized after the backlash that followed. But she has not publicly explained why she shared the meme.

Michigan Gov. Rich Snyder had already said he was not going to fire Etue, who is white and earns $165,000 a year. Etue must still work during the five days she will not be paid.

“Colonel Etue posted something on social media that was inappropriate. The colonel has served honorably as an enlisted trooper for 30 years, and I hope we can come together as Michiganders to move forward and find common ground, rather than rehash past mistakes,” Snyder said.

However, some people are not willing to “move forward:”

In The Country For “Humanitarian Reasons?” Support ISIS And Plan To Blow Up A Mall.

Vicente Adolfo Solano

According to the Department of Justice, Vicente Adolfo Solano is a 53 year old citizen of Honduras who came to this country in 2002 on a tourist visa and was granted legal status for “humanitarian reasons.”

As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

Solano repaid the US’s kindness by planning to detonate a bomb in a Florida mall.

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man who described himself as a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall, according to court documents filed Monday.

Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, appeared at a brief hearing Monday afternoon on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at the

Dolphin Mall west of Miami. Solano was arrested Friday after accepting a fake bomb provided by the FBI outside the mall, according to an FBI affidavit.

It gets better:

“I am here because I like the way (Islamic State) confronts the United States and the countries of the coalition,” Solano allegedly said in one video, wearing a black mask and shirt and standing in front of black flag. “The United States is the most terrorist country of all. I am going to plant a bomb … that’s how it’s going to be done.”

In a second video, Solano said he is a “sympathizer of the Islamic group, ISIS” using another acronym for the Islamic State.

If the US is the “most terrorist country in the world,” why was Solano still here? Shouldn’t he have packed up his bags and returned to the “less terroristic” land of his birth in Honduras?

Dear Ellie.

Here at Raised on Hoecakes, we often get emails from people offering services and content for posts. These are always spam emails and like most people we hate spam emails that clutter our mail boxes and waste our time.

A few days ago, we got an email from some woman named Ellie in the UK. She was offering a “free infographic” on the human body. We know that the infograph would have all sorts of references to her company, (an overly expensive web design company) which means the infograph is just an advertisement.

As we have said, we don’t do advertisements here and we don’t do businesses with less than reputable companies.

Instead of replying angrily about her being unprofessional (friends don’t let friends spam) we went another direction.

(We are showing the emails in order and have removed all references to the company for which Ellie works.)

From: Ellie
To: Team
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2017 11:14 AM
Subject: Enquiry

Hey Team,

As a really brief intro, I’m Ellie and between acting out scenes from Frozen with my two little boys (yep, boys – why couldn’t they just have been obsessed with dinosaurs or spiders?! Deep breath – let it go Ellie) I design infographics here at [company name redacted] 🙂

Anyway, I’m sure you’re super busy so I’ll keep it short.

I’ve created an infographic for a client titled ‘20 Gross and Gruesome Facts about the Human Body’. The whole infographic has been custom designed (all characters were hand-created) and the facts are really interesting (and pretty gruesome)!

I’ve been tasked with the job of raising some awareness around the graphic (in the hope that people actually like my work lol) and wondered if you thought it might be something entertaining for your audience (especially with Halloween just around the corner)? If not I completely understand – I’ll just lose my job and won’t be able to eat for a month (think of my poor cats).

Would you mind very much if I send it across for you to take a look at?

Thank you for your time Team!

Kindest regards



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