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Candidate Forum Tonight!

Tonight the Satellite Beach Women’s Club will be hosting a candidate’s forum for the upcoming election in the city. Mayoral candidates Frank Catino and Trever Lowing are attending, as well a City Council candidates Mark Brimer, Llody French, Lorraine Gott, and Scott Rhodes.

The forum will be moderated by a representative from the Tiger Bay Club, a non-partisan political group.

The format will be similar to that of the last forum where audience members can write questions on a card which are then read by the moderator to the candidates. We believe this format is not the most conducive to getting specific answers from candidates as by design, the questions are general in nature.

Our neighbors to the north in Cocoa Beach held a candidate forum this past Saturday in which the format included questions read by a moderator and following that, direct questions to the candidates were asked by audience members. In our opinion, this is the best of both worlds and we hope that in future forums the Satellite Beach Women’s Club would allow citizens to ask specific questions of candidates in addition to the questions submitted on cards.

That is our hope for the future.

For now, we hope the citizens of Satellite Beach take the time to attend the forum and listen to the candidates. An informed vote is a vote well cast.

The forum takes place October 23, 2012, at the Scotty Culp Municipal Center at 7:00 PM.

Be there.

9/11 – The End of the Dream?

Once again we here at Raised on Hoecakes are pleased to join with other conservative blogs to give varying views on a singular topic. As you might expect, today’s topic is “9/11.”

After reading our article, we invite you to click on over to:
The Spin Cycle for “Ten Years After: We Still Lack The Will.”
Two Sisters from the Right, reminds us of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in “To Protect and Serve – Remembering September 11, 2001.”
The Patriot’s Corner writes “9/11 ten years later: We the people declare this a day of remembrance, NOT one of service.”
The Samuel Adams Committee is “Remembering 911.” reminds us that “Mayor Bloomberg is a shameless liar.”

On this, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, there will be much said and written as to where people were, the stories of people that day, as well as what has changed because of 9/11.

There have been moments in the history of this country that are truly seminal. Such moments would include the British burning Washington in September of 1814, the shelling of Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor in 1860, the USS Maine exploding in the Havana harbor in 1898, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950’s and 1960’s, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and finally, the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In all but two of those moments – Fort Sumter and the civil rights movement – it was “us against them.” It didn’t matter who the “them” was – the “us” stayed the same. Perhaps we were a people who, like siblings in a family would beat on each other, but when someone else tried to beat on a brother or sister, well, there was a price to be paid.

Nine-eleven seemed to change that.

When Pearl Harbor, the Maine explosion and the burning of Washington occurred, Americans rallied around each other and the President.

But that didn’t happen after 9/11. Immediately following the attack, the President was criticized for his actions prior to, during and following the attack. Instead of coming together, we as a country splintered.

This is Who We Are

Once again, we here at Raised on Hoecakes are thrilled to join with other conservative blogs in “The Right Blogfest.” Being in the company of, Two Sisters from the Right, The Patriot’s Corner and a new addition, The Spin Cycle, certainly raises the quality of our posts and writings you can view in and through Raised on Hoecakes.

Today’s Topic: Flag Day.


In its most basic form, it is a piece of cloth.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Yeah, the cloth has three different colors that are stitched together, but it is still cloth. A few cloth stars on a blue background adds to the look, but in its essence, it is pieces of cloth sewn together.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

bin Laden’s Kodak Moment

A warm welcome to the readers of and Two Sisters From the Right.

Just when you think the death of bin Laden would fade into the sunset like the end of a John Ford movie, comes the controversy over whether the United States should release the so called “death photos” of bin Laden. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the President’s decision not to release the photos. Sarah Palin tweeted:

Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it’s part of the mission

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) weighed in for the release of the photos:

“I respectfully disagree with President Obama’s decision not to release the photos. It’s a mistake,” Graham said in a statement. “The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable proof of Bin Laden’s death. I know Bin Laden is dead. But the best way to protect and defend our interests overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world.

“I’m afraid the decision made today by President Obama will unnecessarily prolong this debate,” he added.