The Live Wire, Nov. 10: Holly Hill Fires Oel Wingo, Parker Takes on Palin, Bill O’Reilly’s Beheadings
FlaglerLive | November 10, 2010
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Today’s Live Wire: Quick Links
- Sheriff Fleming’s Town Hall Tonight
- Feed Flagler Update IV
- Oel Wingo Fired in Holly Hill
- Parker on the Palin Paradox
- Bill O’Reilly’s Beheading Joke
- The TSA’s T&A Problem
- Democrats’ 2012 Hopes
- Remembering Jill Clayburgh
- Beauty Blast: Every Painting at MoMA
- A Few Good Links
- Burglaries Spike 44% In Flagler in 1st Half of 2010; Violent Crime Falls Locally and Statewide
- To Counter Bullying, Flagler Sheriff Is Giving Away 3,000 Internet Monitoring Programs
- Sheriff Don Fleming, Art Critic: Tapped to Jury 9/11 Show, He Pays Tribute to Colleagues
The drive is on to raise thousands of dollars for Flagler County’s food pantries and to pay for the Nov. 24 Thanksgiving meal for some 2,000 people in the second annual Feed Flagler celebration. The effort is also designed to stock families’ and food pantries’ shelves well beyond Thanksgiving, which is what makes this necessary and particularly worthy. There’s also a challenge on: several companies and government agencies are competing to out-raise each other, in money and food donations.
Please do your part. We’re doing ours. We started our own fund-raising through FlaglerLive, seeding it with an initial contribution and further contributions from Hollingsworth Gallery’s JJ Graham, David Millonig in Pensacola, Nancy Nally in Palm Coast and Darrell Smith in Flagler Beach, and Palm Coast Bible Church’s $100 on Monday. Tuesday’s contributors: Inna Hardison and Anthony Mike Kales. Today’s contributors: Thank you Kendall Clark.
If you’d like to donate but would prefer to remain anonymous, just send us a note here and we’ll leave your name out of it. Thank you all. Keep it coming.
Here, so far, is the list of monetary donors through the county’s efforts:
- Bug Guard Services, Inc.
- First Coast Community Credit Union
- Grace Tabernacle Ministries
- Prosperity Bank
- Temple Beth Shalom
- University Women of Flagler, Inc.
- Jean MacAllister
- New Beginnings Church, Inc.
- Cornelius & Ruth Van De Weert
- P. Hassid
- Flagler County’s three Rotary groups
- Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston
- John’s Auto Parts of Bunnell
- Adella Latus
- Michael and Patricia Danforth
Here are the members of Team Flagler’s Food Drive Challenge, coordinated by the county’s Joe Mayer and Christie Mayer (313-4094):
- Flagler County Board of County Commissioners
- Flagler County Tax Collector
- Flagler County Property Appraiser
- Flagler County Schools
- Flagler County Health Department
- Flagler County Clerk of Court
- Flagler County Sheriff’s Department
- Flagler County Supervisor of Elections
- City of Flagler Beach
- City of Palm Coast
- Chicks With Cans
- Waste Pro
- Hammock Dunes Club
- Time to Get Involved: Feed Flagler Challenges County’s Thanksgiving Compassion and Beyond
- Calvary Christian’s Bus Ministry: Treasuring the Homeless, One Sunday at a Time
- Daviana’s Excellent Adventure: Halloween Bash Fills Carts and Kitty for the Hungry
Kathleen Parker is probably most responsible for derailing Sarah Palin’s vice presidential run in 2008 when, as a conservative commentator with a respectable following, she was among the first in that camp to detect the lack of a there there in Palin’s cranium. So when Parker writes about Palin, people listen (or ought to). She writes today in the Post: “Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin. […] Many within the so-called party establishment don’t quite know what to do about Palin. She’s adored by Tea Partyers, to whom she conveniently attached herself as soon as she sensed a shift in the air. A rogue like Palin isn’t going to let a rogue movement fill a stadium – or a desert – without her. […] Watching Palin drop foreign policy and economic nuggets into the twitterverse confirms that the real agenda for Palin is President Palin, and therein lies fresh terror for Republicans. She’s too powerful to ignore, and too (fill-in-the-blank) to take seriously. She is – in a word yet again whispered rather than uttered – “Dangerous.” Not only would Palin the presidential candidate drive away other Republican candidates, but she would most certainly lose a national election.” The full column.
- Palin, GOP Snooki
- Palin Goes Bonkers in Orlando
- Don’t Celebrate Yet, Republicans: Between Din and Tea Stains, a Reality Check
From PrisonPlanet: “Despite multiple reports of TSA agents groping, molesting and sexually assaulting passengers in a nationwide epidemic of abuse, a TSA.gov website claims that there are no instances of groping or even squeezing occurring at all, and that TSA agents are completely “professional” in their duties. The denial appears on the blog.tsa.gov website, an official Transport Security Administration clearinghouse for news about the TSA and airport security. […] This claim is of course a flagrant lie designed to quell the massive backlash against invasive new airport security measures which is being led by numerous prominent travel and pilots associations. New TSA “pat down” measures introduced at the end of last month for people who refuse the dangerous naked body scan involve TSA agents using the front of their hands and literally cupping and squeezing women’s breasts and men’s testicles. As USA Today reported last week, “The searches require screeners to touch passengers’ breasts and genitals.””
From Nate Silvers’ FiveThirtyEight: “Elections with results as dramatic as this year’s are sometimes referred to as “realigning elections.” The term — although somewhat ambiguous and overused — usually refers to an election in which one party not only gains a significant amount of power, but coalitions also shift, the signature of which is usually that the rising party performs particularly well in certain geographic regions or among certain demographic groups. The 1980 election, for instance, was arguably the beginning of a long-term shift toward Republicans in America’s suburbs, with Jimmy Carter’s share of the suburban vote dropping from 53 percent in 1976 to 37 percent in 1980: the 16-point swing against Mr. Carter was about twice the one he suffered in cities or rural areas. Likewise, in 1994, the shift against Democrats was particularly sharp in the South: 19 of the 52 representatives they lost came from that part of the country. The 2010 elections, by contrast, were remarkable for their orderliness — and they tended to reinforce, to an almost uncanny degree, existing political coalitions. […] What does this mean for 2012? Democrats — if they are expecting to do better than they did this time around — might actually be pleased that elections have become so strongly aligned to partisan orientation. They now have just 12 seats in which Mr. Obama won a minority of the vote to defend — whereas Republicans have 55 where he took the the majority. So if there is even a fairly modest shift back to Democrats in 2012, and the shift is again fairly uniform, they could be in a position to achieve quite a few gains.” The full post.
From our own Linda Lowen at Women’s Issues: “The death of actress Jill Clayburgh on Saturday hit me harder than I’d expected. (I’ve always known I’d collapse when Diane Keaton died. My high school yearbook — of which I was editor-in-chief senior year — features photos of me channeling Annie Hall in a men’s shirt/tie/vest combo courtesy of the Salvation Army. But Jill Clayburgh? No photos exist as evidence of my deep connection to her, yet I was moved by her passing.) Jill Clayburgh is one of those lesser-known female icons who separates the women from the girls — literally. Women 45+ are having different reactions from women 30 and younger who are largely saying, “Who?” at the news of her death. She was often overshadowed by her contemporaries — the aforementioned Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, even Sally Field who beat her out for a Best Actress Oscar — yet she holds a special place of honor in the world of pop culture and women’s issues. If you were of an age to see her landmark film An Unmarried Woman in 1978, you never forgot her role as Erica, the title character whose comfortable life as a married Manhattanite with a charming husband and teenage daughter is shattered by divorce.” The full post.
This is a beautiful video on so many levels, thanks mostly to the simplicity of its concept and the nostalgic appeal of its music. It ends abruptly, which is a shame. Worth the ride anyway: every painting at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, in two minutes:
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- Orson Welles On Art and Politics
- Cultural Development Richer Than Economic: How to Grow Palm Coast Into a City With Soul
- Cox Enterprises donates former Atlanta Journal Constitution building to the city.
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- MBA: Mortgage Purchase Applications Increase slightly last week