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COVID-19: People Will “Pooh Pooh” This Because Of The Source, Attacking The Messenger Instead Of The Message.

Dr. Stephen Smith appeared on FoxNews with his take on treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin [an antibiotic.]

We know that some people will dismiss this because it is FoxNews, but this is not a talking head from the network. This is a doctor out in the field working with patients and charting results.

Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of The Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health, said on “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday night that he is optimistic about the use of antimalarial medications and antibiotics to treat COVID-19 patients, calling it “a game-changer.”

Palm Bay: The One That Is Not Getting Much Attention.

We have tried to stay away from commenting on the release of FBI investigative reports concerning the corruption in the City of Palm Bay.

It is not that we are not interested, have not read the reports, or even not gotten angry about what is contained in the reports. We, like most residents are red-eyed, “spittin’ mad” at the contents of the reports and the actions of those in the reports. However, it is clear to us that this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as information and documentation is concerned. That can be proven by looking at the references to the support files listed in the Investigative Report Binder. There are many files that are the basis of the summary reports that have not been provided at this point in time while others have. Most likely this is because the FBI and FDLE as well as the Palm Bay Police Department continue to have ongoing, open investigations of which most citizens are not aware.

(To be fair, we know that there are other things going on, but we won’t say who is looking into what due to people having taken us into their confidence and we never betray that type of confidence.)

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole.

After Slade and electric guitars yesterday, today we are going with the smooth sounds of the one and only Nat King Cole.

If you ever get stressed out by the holidays, sit in your favorite chair, turn out all the lights except for the lights on your tree, and play this song. It is like audio eggnog – soothing, relaxing and a perfect way to wash the stress away.

UPDATE: We got an email from a reader saying the video we originally had in this post was not the entire song. We have changed to this version with actual video of Nat King Cole and we like it a great deal more. Thanks to the reader who let us know of the issue.

Best Halloween Costume.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Five year old “Charlie” became interested in the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Her father not only fed that interest, he nourished it by reading books with the child on the going to the moon, and encouraging her to “reach for the stars” in her own way.

But the father’s encouragement went much deeper and farther than that.

He built a Halloween costume that looks like the lunar lander and also an astronaut costume for Charlie’s two year old sister.

Charlie (age 5) is the lunar module itself, and her little sister Ellie (age 2) is an astronaut. Charlie enters the costume by crawling underneath and there is a pair of shoulder straps that she uses to lift the entire costume. The costume looks heavier than it is — it’s almost entirely made of foam and foamboard. The front hatch magnetically closes and magnetically stays open, and doubles as a candy sample input port. The ascent stage (top part) separates from the descent stage (bottom part with landing pads) as you’ll see below.


Posting Schedule.

With Brevard County missing the blunt of what could have been a horrific impact of hurricane Dorian (which was at one point in time tracking dead on to land as a high Cat 4 between Melbourne and Palm Bay,) we are going to chill out the rest of the week.

As of this writing some of our staff are without power (nothing major – just irritating) as well as the fact that with preparing for Dorian, helping people to prepare for the storm, and just the overall stress of a storm coming our way, we are going to chill probably until Sunday as far as hard content is concerned. We have a couple of interesting posts in the queue ready to go. Until then, we are going to sit back, relax, watch the kids play for a day, and revel in what is import – family, loved ones and friends.

Until Sunday or Monday, we will continue to post “fluff” posts. (After all, we had enough of those posts to take us into October, so we might as well use them at some point.)

Hope all of the people who read and follow Raised on Hoecakes that were in the path or near the path of Dorain are okay, suffered minor, if any damage, and are starting to take down windows coverings etc, are doing well.


A. Afterwit.

Baltimore Sun Attacks Clean Up Effort.

Volunteers clear an alley strewn with trash near Fulton Ave Monday morning. They were inspired to come out and help by Scott Presler, a Republican activist who organized the cleanup via Twitter. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

The Baltimore Sun editorial board came out with a editorial that basically slammed the clean up effort of people in West Baltimore.

We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?

It made for good photos, compelling videos and catchy Twitter hashtags. A group of conservatives rolled their pickup trucks into one of West Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods Monday for a cleanup day. Loaded down with trash bags and shovels, they cleared alleyways of old tires, food containers, paper and other debris. They pulled up weeds and cut away overgrown grass. The group posted before and after pictures on social media showing their progress.

The effort was organized by pro-Trump activist Scott Presler. He claimed the event was not political. Yes, he was inspired to come by tweets from President Donald Trump describing the area, represented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, as a “rodent infested mess.” But the visit wasn’t about showing support or animosity for either man, he said.

Call us skeptical.

This is an interesting perspective. Assume for a moment that the Sun is right – that the clean up was politically motivated by Trump’s description of the area. If that is the case, shouldn’t the opposite have occurred as well? Shouldn’t the people in the district have shown support for Cummings and get out there and prove Trump wrong? Where were the supporters of Cummings running out of their homes to support the effort? Shouldn’t that have happened if the only motivation of people is “political?”

Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore. More than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash, according to Mr. Presler’s Twitter feed. He doesn’t post any photos of the totality of the trash, so we’ll have to take his word for it.

Please notice the above picture taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Jerry Jackson, who apparently went to the West Baltimore scene to photo-document the clean up. If there are no pictures of the “totality of the trash,” isn’t that on the Sun, and not on the people cleaning up?

The editorial board then attacks this tweet by Pressler.

Palm Bay: More On Rebman And The Homeless.

After our post the other day on homeless “advocate” Tom Rebman’s comments to the City Council, a screenshot of a Facebook post Rebman had made about the alleged incident was put up in a Palm Bay forum. (See below for the post.)

Clearly something is amiss here.

In the post, Rebman claims that a Code Enforcement officer told the people in the camp they had to leave the property. Rebman claims the Code Enforcement officer was accompanied by a police officer.

On July 26, in response to Rebman’s remarks on the alleged incident, both City Manager Lise Morrell and Chief of Police Moya said no one was told they had to leave the property by any officer or person from the City. One can take this as a “he said / they said” type situation. Neither Rebman, Morrell nor Moya was at the camp when the the residents were supposedly told they had to leave. Moya and Morrell are relying on the statements of City employees while Rebman is relying on information from the camp’s inhabitants.

Who to believe?

The problem in believing Rebman is that the Code Enforcement officer cannot demand or remove people from the property. That would be a function of a complaint to the property owner, who it appears was unaware of the camp on his property. We find it difficult to believe that a Code Enforcement officer was doing anything other than inspecting the property after other residents had complained.

Oh Noes! An “Electronic Petition” Against Bryan Lober!

A Facebook group called “Brevard Ethics” has started an online petition on concerning Brevard County Commissioner Byran Lober.

The petition was brought to our attention because it mentions us. (More on that in a moment.)

First, let’s get the basics out of the way….

Online petitions are not worth the paper they are printed on. This petition is no exception to that rule.

Online petitions are easy to set up, don’t cost anything and don’t take any real time or effort. There is also the fact that the petitions may be signed by people who are outside of the physical location of the people the petition wants to address. By that we mean it is very easy on social media to get friends to sign a petition that deals with Brevard County even though they don’t live within the County itself. We don’t know about you, but we don’t care what someone in Nome, Alaska has to say about a local politician by the name of Bryan Lober.

The other issue is that it is possible to “sign” the same petition multiple times. acknowledges that problem:

A Bit Of Housekeeping Bad News. (For Some.)

A few days ago our hosting fees came due.

After some debate and discussion (we’ve been doing this for nine years now,) we decided to keep going.

We re-upped for another two years of hosting that will take us until April of 2021.

Unless something happens, we are still going to be here for the election cycle of 2020.

(We aren’t expecting thank you and “keep going” notes from some local politicians and governments.)

Just thought you’d want to know.

Mon Dieu.

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We are trying to think of something profound in the wake of today’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. We are drawing a blank.

It was not that we are a group of Catholics. We aren’t. It is not that we are architects. We aren’t. It is not that we are Parisians, or even French. We aren’t.

But the glory of the glory of the Notre Dame Cathedral was something that crossed all religious, occupational, and educational lines, as well as any lines on a map. Notre Dame was inspiring and now the French and indeed the world, have to try and figure out what to do next.

There is little doubt in our mind that God cares about a church, and we doubt “Our Lady” does either.

It is always about the people and Notre Dame let everyone in.

Somehow it’s loss following Palm Sunday an Easter is poignant on another level, but for now, we are saddened by the loss of a magnificent building.

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