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ABBA, 100 Year Old Organs And Political Depression.

We are tired. Really tired. We are tired of the idiot elected officials who lie to get into office never having read the Constitution, and not being concerned with the rights of people. Instead, all they are concerned with is increasing their influence and the authority of the government no matter what the costs.

Before we get into the latest outrage, we decided to do something “happy:” a video of a 100 year old organ playing ABBA’s hit song from the disco era, Dancing Queen.

There are lots of interesting trivia to go with this.

While ABBA was extremely popular, they were an extremely hard working group. They would spend eight to 16 hours a day writing songs, rehearsing, and working on their craft. That always amazed us. They would literally lock themselves in a little cabin / studio and work. Who says the creative process doesn’t take effort?

The card to play the song on this organ was cut by hand. There’s some skill in that as well.

The first line of “Dancing Queen” is “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…..” which seems to us to be the perfect description to many of the clowns in office.

The latest example?

What Is Wrong With These People?

We can’t figure out whether we are more gobsmacked, outraged, or worried that local governments may adopt the same idea that was passed by resolution by the Warren, Michigan City Council.

The seven members of the Warren City Council on Sept. 10 voted themselves lifetime health care benefits, just before several members were to be term-limited off the board. The unanimous vote, for what critics call a golden parachute, would saddle taxpayers with untold future costs. But it wasn’t even on the night’s agenda.

And it was kept under wraps long enough to exceed the 72-hour limit for a mayoral veto, Mayor Jim Fouts declared Monday. The costly benefit was worded so as to apply to anyone who’d ever served on the City Council. That includes Fouts, who served 26 years on the council before being elected mayor, although he said he was adamantly opposed to the plan.

“I’m absolutely not going to implement this,” Fouts said, almost shouting into the phone.

Referring to the council members, he said, “If they want to sue me, they can sue me. I’m still going to send them a veto message” even though the deadline for doing so under Warren’s city charter expired in mid-September. Fouts said it’s a warning sign when elected bodies pass something unanimously, because “when you see that happen, like Harry Truman said, watch your wallet.”

One thing to remember is that in Warren, the Mayor is not part of the City Council and only appears at the meetings or responds when needed.

Another source on the same issue:

Hands On Originals Wins……..Again.

We’ve covered the case of Lexington, Kentucky printer Hands On Originals before here and here.

The Cliff Notes version of this case is rather simple.

In 2012, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) sought quotes for tee-shirts for a Gay Pride Festival. The organizing committee called various shops asking for quotes based on a tee shirt with printing on the front and back of the shirt.

Hands on Original was the lowest bidder for the shirts. The GLSO then called Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands On Originals in an attempt to negotiate a lower price for the tee-shirts. At this time, the caller identified the group he was representing and the fact that the message on the tee-shirts was to promote a gay pride festival and parade.

Adamson declined to print the tee-shirts as the message was against the company’s beliefs.

One of the important things to note here is that Adamson did not decline to print the tee-shirts because of the sexual orientation of the group, but the message the group wanted on the shirts.

In 2014, the GLSO filed a complaint with the the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission which found that Hands on Originals had discriminated against the GLSO.

Correcting History.

You have probably seen the photo before – six Marines struggling to raise the US flag atop Mount Suribachi during the bloody fight for Iwo Jima in World War II.

The picture, shot by photographer Joe Rosenthal is iconic but there is a bit of a story behind it.

The flag being raised there is actually the second flag that was raised on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

Mount Suribachi was the dominant feature of the island of volcanic ash island of Iwo Jima. It was heavily defended and being used to spot artillery for the Japanese. The Marines had slogged and fought their way up Suribachi and when they reached the summit, a flag was planted at approximately 10:30 AM. When the flag was raised, it was seen by Marines on the island and on the offshore ships. A huge cry of celebration went up from the Americans. However, the flag was not easily seen at the northern end of the island which meant a bigger flag was needed.

A second, larger flag was brought ashore. Rosenthal and other photographers followed the flag up the slope and recorded the larger flag being raised and the first flag being lowered.

“This Is CNN.”

Project Veritas is at it again, this time exposing the bias and hatred rampant at CNN.

(Washington, D.C.) A brave CNN insider came to Project Veritas to expose anti-Trump bias at the cable giant. Cary Poarch, who works at CNN’s Washington D.C. Bureau, tells Project Veritas “I decided to wear a hidden camera…to expose the bias running rampant” at the network. Poarch documented CNN’s bias for months; recording undercover footage of numerous long-term employees, some of which talk about Jeff Zucker’s anti-Trump agenda. In the video are Nick Neville, Christian Sierra, Hiram Gonzalez, David Chalian, and Mike Brevna. These employee’s positions range from media coordinator to high-ranking executives. I decided to secretly record the 9:00am rundown call meetings with senior management and executives, says Poarch. In the recordings, Zucker details his expectations for CNN’s coverage and very matter-of-factly states “impeachment is the story.”

Jeff Zucker has served as president of CNN Worldwide since 2013.

Nothing much we can add to this.

The Shooting And Death Of Ronald Davis.

We have been critical of the actions of police in certain instances here at Raised on Hoecakes. Generally speaking, those criticisms involve corrupt officers who are supported by the “thin blue line” of other officers and police unions. At some point we hope that officers say that the corrupt cops hurt the reputation of the good cops, casting all police in the same light. That’s a problem to us and we wish it would stop.

However, not all of the actions of police are wrong and unwarranted even when their actions result in the death of a civilian.

Take the case of Ronald Davis of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Davis, who was 31, was shot and killed by St. Paul Police Officer Steven Mattson on September 15, 2019. Davis has been described as gentle man who gotten married, was a father and just graduated school. He was a “gentle person” who was “always polite,” according to a site called Fight Back News!

This is how the same site describes what happened:

After allegedly bumping his vehicle into the back of a cop car, he stepped out of his vehicle and Mattson gunned him down.

Because of the outcry from the community on this incident, the police released the body-cam footage of the incident from Officer Mattson.

EDITOR’S NOTE: NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Video includes language and violence.

“Brush And Nibs” Wins Free Speech Case In Arizona.

(image courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom.)

In 2015, Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski of Phoenix, Arizona met each other and decided to combine their talents to design and produce custom, hand lettered invitations to events including events such as a wedding. Duka and Koski were creating specific, individual invitations that celebrated marriage. The two formed a company called “Brush & Nibs” which offered the custom and hand lettered invitations. What the two devoutly Christian women refused to do was to use their talents to create specialized wedding invitations for same sex marriages due to the women’s religious beliefs.

From the Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented Duka and Koski:

But this wedding focus drove Joanna and Breanna straight into a problem. Phoenix law required Brush & Nib to create and speak according to Phoenix’s definition of marriage.

As Joanna and Breanna were starting their business, they kept seeing news reports about authorities forcing Christians in the wedding industry to promote same-sex wedding ceremonies. Meanwhile, their friends began to ask them if Brush & Nib would promote same-sex wedding ceremonies. Then Joanna and Breanna saw the ensuing social media frenzy over the U.S. Supreme Court creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. They realized that they may not have the freedom to create art consistent with their artistic and religious beliefs. They had to find out for sure.

“The 3rd ID Does Not Condone This Behavior…..”

In July, a soldier in complete uniform went off over an incident at Savannah, Georgia mall parking lot.

We’re going to show you the video, and then a news report on the incident. First, the video. This video is not safe for work as there is some strong language and some violence against a woman.

There are lots of issues with this guy’s behavior. First and foremost is his reaction itself. It’s a parking space. At a mall. On a sunny day. With a child. Have some sense of what is important in this world. In the scheme of things, a parking space is not worth getting that upset about.

Florida House District 28 Candidate Elizabeth McCarthy Withdraws.

Elizabeth McCarthy has withdrawn from the Florida District 28 House race. The district, which is northeast of Orlando, is currently represented by Republican David Smith.

McCarthy, filed as a Democrat citing her long experience in health care and other issues.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, for one, introduced McCarthy as a hero, and someone who advises him on health care issues.

McCarthy said her experience in legislative affairs, understanding policy, politics, crafting law, networking, and communicating ideas, has long made her interested in running for a legislative office for a long time, but that the timing was not right until this year. She’s building a platform around the environment, education, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, unions, and health care.

Normally, we wouldn’t comment on this race unless something odd and spectacular happened.

It did.

Vimeo Bans Project Veritas.

A few days ago we wrote of a video concerning Google and how Project Veritas had exposed what appears to be a concerted effort to ban conservative voices.

Almost immediately after the video was published on Google owned YouTube, it was taken down by Google.

Project Veritas then posted the video to Vimeo.

Vimeo has now removed the video from their platform and closed the Project Veritas account:


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