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Veterans Day. 2019.

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It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we in America should pause and recognize the service of the men and women who protect our freedoms, defend the innocent, and act a deterrent to evil in the world.

As long as there are people and nations seeking to deny rights and basically enslave others, there will be a need for the military to stand up and say, “no. Not today. Not on my watch.”

You have to admire, appreciate and honor that stance – that devotion – that willingness to lay your life on the line so others can live in freedom.

Today, we take time to thank veterans for their service.



Midway.

The movie “Midway” opened this weekend which may have been timed to coincide with Veteran’s Day on Monday.

Nothing like using vets to promote a movie, eh? But we digress……

The battle of Midway is literally the turning point of the war in the Pacific in World War II.

We know that it is difficult to compress days, weeks and even months into a 2 hour 18 minute flick. We know that it is impossible to tell the story of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who were part of the Midway story. You have to combine some things and we get that. What bothers us is when things are historically inaccurate or real life characters are turned into cartoons who do nothing but speak cliches.

The film is getting mixed reviews and we think that is to be expected. Directed by Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “Day After Tomorrow”) critics seem to note that as a docu-drama, the movie fails on many levels. Patrons seem to like the movie because it is “flashy” and full of stuff that goes “boom.” Patrons like video game type movies.

One reviewer from the Military Times is exceedingly harsh on the film.
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We’ll Go With “Muttonhead.”

Lord knows we here at Raised on Hoecakes try not to call people names just for the sake of calling them a name. We don’t think that name calling adds to conversations and the exchange of ideas.

So after reading about English “influencer” “Freddie Bentley,” while our first inclination was to simply think of him as an idiot, we didn’t think that was nice and so we looked up synonyms for the term “idiot.” Due to his nationality, we are going with “muttonhead” for this guy. (“Mutton” is much more of a staple of the English diet than the American diet.)

Appearing on “Good Morning Britain,” Bentley made the incredible statement that the history surrounding World War II should not be taught in schools because it may affect the mental health of school kids.

It was a hard situation, World War Two, I don’t want anyone to think I’m being disrespectful,’ he said, but added: ‘I remember learning it as a child thinking “Oh my God it’s so intense”.’

[….]

He is fearful that the bloody subject may worsen any mental health issues that children already have.
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The End Of The 11 Foot 8 Inch Bridge.

You may remember that we wrote about a railroad trestle bridge in Durham, NC that has become famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) as drivers of trucks ignore or fail to see the signs warning of the 11′ 8″ height of the bridge to the road surface below. There are electronic signs that turn on when an over-height truck approaches and then a sign that starts flashing when the truck approaches the intersection warning the driver they need to turn. Since 2008, 150 drivers have failed to heed the warnings, the latest being in September of this year where a Ryder rental truck decided to test the laws of physics.

And lost.

(We would love to be at the Ryder rental location when the customer explains they drove into a bridge and “can opened” the top of the truck.)

Now the bridge is being raised by 8 inches. While that may not seem like much, it should help somewhat. The real problem is that there isn’t much “play” to raise a bridge. As it is a railroad bridge, it is not as if there can be a little “hump” in the bridge. Trains and the cars they pull don’t like humps and they don’t like large changes in the grade of the track surface.
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Sorry We Destroyed Your Home, But That’s The Way It Goes!

There are always times that we think the world has gone mad.

Take the case of Leo Lech who owned a home in Greenwood Village, Colorado which he was renting to his son.

In 2015, a suspected WalMart shoplifter was running from the police. The guy broke into the home and barricaded himself in the bathroom creating a standoff with the Greenwood Village Police Department which lasted 19 hours.

During that time, the police were busy.

When they were finished, it looked as though the Greenwood Village, Colo., police had blasted rockets through the house.

Projectiles were still lodged in the walls. Glass and wooden paneling crumbled on the ground below the gaping holes, and inside, the family’s belongings and furniture appeared thrashed in a heap of insulation and drywall. Leo Lech, who rented the home to his son, thought it looked like al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound after the raid that killed him.

But now it was just a neighborhood crime scene, the suburban home where an armed Walmart shoplifting suspect randomly barricaded himself after fleeing the store on a June afternoon in 2015. For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls.

The home was in such bad shape that Greenwood Village condemned the property.

Without a home and Greenwood Village offering a mere $5000 for expenses in relocating, the Lech’s sued the various members of the police department and Greenwood Village itself. Basically, their claim was “the police destroyed our home, and under the takings clause of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, we want to be compensated for that loss.”

How much loss?
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Deer Hunter Harassed By Adult And Kids.

A 30-year-old Brooklyn resident named Dominick Lobifaro was confronted by a man and kids over his hunting of deer.

Lobifaro remains calm and collected during the encounter, while the adult and the kid act out of control, cursing at the man and demonstrating a distinct lack of education and thought process.

Hey, the kids wanna know — why you wanna kill deer?” the unidentified man asked Lobifaro as he sat in his truck.

“Cuz I eat them,” Lobifaro, of Brooklyn, replied, prompting the boy with a hockey stick in his hand to quickly cut him off.

“What did the f–cking deer do to you?” the boy demanded.

Lobifaro warned the pair that he was recording the escalating squabble, which erupted in front of several other kids on scooters and bikes, video shows.

Moments earlier, the unidentified man told the children playing outside that Lobifaro came to the area to “kill all the deer,” causing one of them to start crying, he told The Post.

“I’m sorry that they’re crying — you need to explain to them that it’s part of life,” Lobifaro continued.

But that explanation didn’t satisfy the child, who then asked if Lobifaro would like to see one of his own pets killed, the footage shows.
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Another Assault On Freedom Of Speech.

Massachusetts State Representative. Daniel Hunt (D–Boston) has decided that calling someone a name should be grounds for a criminal penalty.

Hunt proposed H3719 which reads:

Bill H.3719

Section 53 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

(c) A person who uses the word “bitch” directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person in violation of this section, and shall be subject to the penalties provided in subsections (a) and (b). A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the use of the b-word. We usually do not condone that language and our 95 year old decider of what is “proper language” has said she is not thrilled with its inclusion, but said if we are going to talk about the term and specifically cite the word in the context of the bill itself, she would allow it.

There is to be a joint hearing of the Massachusetts’ Senate and House of Representatives on the bill on November 15, 2019.

Ideally, the hearing should last roughly 20 seconds for the adults in the room to bang the gavel to start the hearing, comment that the proposed bill is clearly unConstitutional, and then bang the gavel for the hearing to end.
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Oh Deer.

An Arkansas man is dead after the deer he believed he had shot and killed got up and gored him.

According to the USToday:

Thomas Alexander, 66, shot the animal with a muzzle loader near Yellville, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains Tuesday evening and got out of his deer stand to check on it, Keith Stephens, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, told USA TODAY.

“Evidently, it got up and attacked him and he was gored several times,” Stephens said.

Alexander was able to contact his wife, who then called emergency services, Stephens said. Emergency personnel requested an air evacuation, but the hunter stopped breathing and had to be taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The article goes on to say that there is no autopsy which is going to be performed, so the cause of death could be the goring, another medical condition, or a combination of both.

The deer in the story is still “at large” and the State of Arkansas is using dogs to track the deer in order to find it.
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Crossing Guard And Vet Had Weapons Confiscated For Criticizing Police.

Stephen Nichols is an 84 year old Korean War Veteran, a widower, and a retired law enforcement officer. He was also a crossing guard at the Tisbury School in Martha’s Vineyard.

Nichols had a concern with the schools resource officer, a police officer named Scott Ogden. Specifically, Nichols’ concern was that when kids were arriving at school, Odgen was away getting coffee.

The MV Times explains what happened:

Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning. While dining at Linda Jean’s a couple of weeks ago, Nichols said he told a friend about this and suggested somebody could “shoot up the school” in that officer’s absence, which he described as “leaving his post.”

Nichols said the waitress made a complaint to Tisbury Police about what she overheard and on the strength of that, [Police Chief] Saloio and another officer relieved Nichols of his crossing guard duties while he was in the midst of performing them and subsequently drove to his home and took away his firearms license and guns.

“He came up and told me what I said was a felony but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Nichols said of Saloio.

The confiscated guns were later turned over to Nichols’ son-in-law, Nichols told The Times.

Asked if he was given a letter or any paperwork for the seizure of his license, Nichols said,

“No he just told me to hand it over so I took it out of my wallet and handed it to him.”

Nichols said he has been licensed for firearms since 1958.

He said he didn’t receive any paperwork or receipts for the seizure of his guns, either.

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Florida: Not The Father? That’s Okay. Pay Child Support Anyway.

Joseph Sinawa thought he was the father of a child. That’s what he was told and he signed the birth certificate saying as much.

However, the relationship or whatever he and the mother had soured and even though Sinawa was paying child support, he did not have visitation rights.

Sinawa went to court to seek those visitation rights. A judge in the case ordered a paternity test to prove that Sinawa was indeed the father of the child.

‘Lo and behold, the DNA testing came back saying that Sinawa was not the father.

If he is not the father, he should not be forced to pay child support would be the thinking of any rational human being. After all, not only was he paying the child support, he couldn’t see the child which is why he went to court in the first place.

The judge agreed with Sinawa and issued an order that as he was not the child’s father, Sinawa did not have to continue to pay child support.
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