How Lucky……

A.A. Milne (of Winnie-the-Pooh fame) once wrote:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

We feel the same. “How lucky we have been to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Yet saying goodbye is what we are doing.

As of today, we are closing this little part of the blog-o-sphere down, at least in its current form.

Our little group of authors and writers are facing issues in our personnel lives. At least three of us are moving out of the area which means we won’t be focusing on the Brevard County scene as much. We all voted to allow one of our staff members to take the keys to the blog with them as they start a new part of their lives in another city up north. There will be a new iteration of “Raised on Hoecakes,” but they are not saying when that will happen.

(In other words, check back from time to time. The blog will be back, we just aren’t sure as to when as they will have work to do on the backend php, a new design, new theme, etc. All that has to be done before they can return to writing, seeking new authors, new graphics, etc.)

Our little motley crew of people have been doing this for over a 11 years. None of us ever made a penny. We never took advertising or asked for donations to a “cookie jar.”

We paid all the associated bills out of our pockets.

It was always a labor of love to us.

We want to thank the over 40 authors who contributed posts and posted under their own name or the name “A. Afterwit” for over 6000 posts. In those posts were over 5500 original graphics, some of which are in use on the internet (and not by us.)

We want to thank those who encouraged us, and to those who linked to us.

We want to thank the people who sent us links, stories, ideas and leads.

Most of all, we want to thank the readers of Raised on Hoecakes and especially those who took the time to make a comment. We didn’t always agree, but one of the things we wanted to do was to make sure that people could disagree without being disagreeable. We hope we have achieved that.

We wish you and your families the best for the future.

We started this blog as a bit of a lark – just some friends getting together to discuss and vent on issues of the day. We were shocked when we made it to a year anniversary. We never dreamed we’d be doing it for eleven years.

We’ve been lucky – luckier than a group of people deserve to be.

We never planned or talked about how to end it, but the time has come to end it, at least in its current iteration.

(Raised on Hoecakes ver 2.0 is being planned!)

Of all the words in all the posts, our last word in our last post from our group as a whole is the hardest to say.


Don’t Drink And Drive Your Suitcase Through The Airport.

ORLANDO, Fla. – An intoxicated passenger who was barred from boarding an airplane at Orlando International Airport rode away from the gate on a motorized suitcase as a police officer on a bicycle followed behind her, court records and newly released video shows.

“We’re going to have a bike pursuing a suitcase in a minute,” an Orlando police officer said as he tried to catch up to the passenger, who was driving a scooter-like electric vehicle mounted to her luggage.

It did not end well.

Seattle Transit Has A Problem.

Public transportation in Seattle has a problem: drug use. Specifically, illegal drug use.

According to the Seattle Times:

Bus and train operators say so many people are smoking drugs on Seattle-area transit that the fumes, and volatile behavior, create a hazardous work environment that discourages ridership.

King County Metro Transit workers filed 44 security incident reports regarding drug use in 2019, then 73 in 2020 and an unprecedented 398 reports in 2021, by Metro’s count. The database reflects both a real increase and more reporting, officials say.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, representing 4,305 active members, says stronger enforcement is needed, including more police and security guards, with greater authority to remove people. Besides toxic smoke, union officials said crews who maintain transit stops have been punched, spat upon and threatened. Many incidents don’t show up in official reports, union leaders say.

One Government’s “Creative Solution” To Curb Sidewalk Counseling.

Back in April of 2020, David Benham was arrested for just being in public while abiding by every word of a local government proclamation. David is the President of Cities4Life, a nonprofit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina, that provides counseling to pregnant women near abortion clinics in a prayerful and peaceful way.

Like so many pro-life ministries, Cities4Life provides women with vital social services and meets many of their material and financial needs, including baby clothes, furniture, maternity clothes, groceries, and even money for rent, utilities, car repair, gas, prenatal care, and follow up ultrasounds.

Yet, even though David and Cities4Life were abiding by the law, they were arrested while standing outside the abortion business.

Party Affiliations On Local Ballots.

State Representative Randy Fine has introduced HB 531, which includes the following text:

The bill requires the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections to print party designations on the ballot for all candidates other than candidates for judicial and school board elections and provides that the members of any governmental unit in Brevard County that are designated for election in districts or other geographic designations may only be elected by qualified electors of that district or other geographical designation in the relevant primary, general, runoff, or other election.


The ATF Didn’t Read Our Valentine’s Day Post.

Every year we put up a post encouraging people to “extend” Valetine’s Day throughout the year. Our point is simply that you should express your love throughout the year and not just on one day. A small box of candy, a card, a few flowers, etc., when the love of your life isn’t expecting something is fun and good way to keep the fires burning.

Apparently the ATF didn’t get the message:

Nothing says “I love you” more than Federal and local law enforcement pounding on your door.

Oy vey.

He’ll Have More Time To Ice Fish And Build Shanties Now.

We posted the other day about Mayor Craig Shubert of Hudson Ohio who claimed allowing ice fishing on the Hudson City lake would lead to prostitution.

Shubert has now resigned.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert resigned Monday, less than a week after drawing international attention and ridicule to the upscale Summit County community when he suggested that allowing ice fishing could lead to prostitution.

Shubert submitted a one-sentence letter to the city’s clerk of council to formally step down.

In a longer statement on his campaign website, he claimed that his comments at a Feb. 8 City Council meeting “were made out of concern for our community; what could become of unintended consequences of new legislation, based on my prior television news reporting experience.”

He also now says he was trying to be funny.

It Is Hard To Keep Up With The Madness.

Here’s an elementary school guidance counselor talking about genders, gender identity and avoiding the science:

The poster notes that they would never let this person near their children, and we agree. Educators should teach, not bring falsities into the classroom.

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