Today at the Editor’s glance: The Flagler County Domestic Violence Task Force, Family Life Center and Daytona State College are offering a free half-day conference on domestic violence, open to anyone. It will include six breakout sessions. It’s from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palm Coast campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast. It marks domestic violence awareness month. On Free For All Friday on WNZF, host David Ayres welcomes Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner to talk about the coming legislative session and Renner’s rise to the leadership, along with Bob Snyder, director of the Flagler Health Department, starting a little after 9 a.m. on WNZF. The Stetson University Symphony Orchestra is in concert, Anthony Hose, conductor, 7:30 p.m. at Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and free for Stetson faculty, staff and students with a Stetson University ID and ages 12 and under. Note: Seating is extremely limited. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The University of Florida is conducting an on-line survey on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to learn more about the use of disposable plastic bags, auxiliary materials and wrappings by Florida residents. The study’s principal investigator is Dr. Tim Townsend from UF and the Sustainable Materials Management Research Laboratory. The survey will be administered on-line using Qualtrics from mid-September 2021 until October 31st, 2021. If you are able to participate in this very important, please visit this link below. Survey link: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/timothy-townsend/survey/ … This survey is available to all Florida residents and if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ashley Ricketts via e-mail at [email protected]
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments are now available in Flagler County at Daytona State College’s Palm Coast Campus. Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (MAB) for COVID-19 can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death among high-risk individuals. Individuals 12 years and older who are high-risk, that have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free. Vaccinations continue to be offered at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd on Mondays from 3:30 to 6:00PM. Appointments are preferred; Walk-ins are welcome. The health department is awaiting guidance for the administration of booster doses. CVS, Walgreens, Publix and Walmart are offering boosters to immunocompromised individuals.
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Free For All Fridays With Host David Ayres on WNZF
Blue 22 Forum
LGBTQ+ Night at Flagler Beach’s Coquina Coast Brewing Company
Flagler Beach Farmers Market
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Gamble Jam at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
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“This is a faded simulacrum of the once-great comedian, who now uses his significant platform to air grievances against the great many people he holds in contempt, while deftly avoiding any accountability. If we don’t like his routine, the message is, we are the problem, not him.”
-—Roxane Gay on “Dave Chappelle’s Brittle Ego,” The New York Times, Oct. 13, 2021.
J. K. Knowlton says
Try “drifting farther and farther…” and adding a proportionately larger “Education” container.
@Equal time; another POV:
Dave Chappelle’s Rorschach Test
The comedian’s latest special blurs the line between victim and bully.
By Helen Lewis
It can’t happen here?
“There can be no Plan B because there is no planet B.”
— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Timothy Patrick Welch says
Funny, This cartoon depicts the affect of systemic attacks by American Socialist and Communists against the fabric of American society. I guess the only answer is to have the elitist leaders in our government authorize and assume control. We are all equal but some are more equal than others:) God please direct and protect our countries elected servants.
E, ROBOT says
We are only equal under the law. In all other matters, we are free individual citizens of our Representative Republic.
Timothy Patrick Welch says
We are all equal statement… comes from a favorite book I read as teenager; Animal Farm by George Orwell.
We are not all equal under the law, never have been, never will be.
Ray W. says
I suppose the time has come for a refresher on Winston Churchill’s definition of Liberalism.
“Liberalism has its own history and its own tradition. Socialism has its own formulas and aims. Socialism seeks to pull down wealth; Liberalism seeks to raise up poverty. Socialism would destroy private interests; Liberalism would preserve private interests in the only way they can be safely and justly preserved, namely, by reconciling them with public right. Socialism would kill private enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the pre-eminence of the individual; Liberalism seeks, and shall seek more in the future, to build up the minimum standard for the mass. Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man. Socialism attacks capital; Liberalism attacks monopoly.” Speech on May 14, 1908.
Opponents to Liberalism have been calling it Socialism and Communism for a long time.
When Democrats were forcing through a vote in 1936, strongly opposed by Republicans, to pass the Social Security Act, the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial proclaiming that the Act was a communist plot to overthrow America’s ideals. I supposed Timothy Patrick Welch belongs to a long line of similarly-minded thinkers who cast out factually inaccurate ideas. Perhaps, 80 years from now there will still be people who believe that Liberalism is both socialist and communist. They weren’t right in Churchill’s time, they weren’t right in Roosevelt’s time, they aren’t right now, and they won’t be right 80 years from now.
Our founding fathers, by ratifying the Constitution, created a liberal democratic Constitutional republic. At the time, there were large bastions throughout the fledging nation that opposed the ideals our founding fathers expressed. Decades ago, I read a history of the intense struggle to ratify the Constitution. It seems that Pennsylvania’s delegates were split but it appeared that the federalists would prevail, so many of the anti-federalists left town. Lacking enough members for a quorum, the federalists enlisted tracking dogs to capture enough anti-federalists, who were tied to their chairs until a quorum was called and the federalists voted to ratify the Constitution. Perhaps, Hegel was right in proposing his famous trilogy. Whenever one group in society proposes an idea, the Hypothesis, another group will automatically propose the opposite idea, the Antithesis. Out of the clash between the opposing ideas will come the Synthesis, and societal change will occur. Hegel argued that this was a constant process and that no society would ever remain stagnant. If Hegel was right, Timothy Patrick Welch is simply another part of a never ending clash of ideas, and we will careen through life not knowing what will come next. If Hegel was right, there will always be people like Timothy Patrick Welch who will say anything in the unwitting furtherance of a false equality between Liberalism and Socialism and Communism. Liberalism is not Socialism, nor is it Communism. Liberalism’s goal has always been the furtherance of the masses and the opposition to monopoly.
As an aside, the conservative Wall Street Journal ran an article this week detailing efforts by investors in American energy companies to pressure the companies into delaying or stopping plans to drill new oil wells. It seems that investors want crude oil prices to remain high in order to enhance the value of their investments. After all, American energy companies are extracting over 11 million barrels of oil per day right now. Drilling new wells to produce more oil might lower oil prices, which makes sense to me from the investor perspective, given that OPEC voted to cut production by six million barrels per day, with Saudi Arabia voluntarily cutting its own production by another one million barrels per day. At the time of OPEC’s initial vote, world-wide crude oil production was just under 100 million barrels per day, which meant that just under 7% of the world’s needs were taken out of the supply chain. Oil prices have jumped from around $35 dollars per barrel to just over $80 dollars per barrel. In July, OPEC voted a second time, this time to agree to slowly increase crude oil production by 400,000 barrels of crude oil each passing month, meaning that OPEC will return to normal production just in time for the 2022 elections. Since investors in American energy companies now know the pattern of oil production for the next year, why drill for more? The less influential will pay more at the pump, but what is that to the large investment firms? Of course, gullible Republicans are already blaming Biden for the higher gas prices, but this one is on OPEC. This is what monopolies do; they control production to manipulate prices for their own gain, and if they can get the gullible to blame someone else, so much the better for the monopoly. Churchill saw this long ago and railed against it. Timothy Patrick Welch sees this today and misunderstands it. The “elites” he targets are the wrong elites, only he doesn’t know any better.
William Shirer drew from his diaries written during his years in pre-war Germany during the Nazi rise to dominance in German society. One day, the Nazi’s announced public support for labor unions, arguing the importance of unions to German strength (the translated German slogan during the National Socialist Party’s election campaign that saw Hitler placed into a strong role in the German government was “Make Germany Great Again.”). The next day, the Nazi’s raided labor offices, seized all the union funds for state use, placed German corporate and business leaders on labor union boards, and instituted union rules that included issuance of work permits describing the type of job a union member could be hired to perform. A German worker could not be hired unless he presented a permit and the new union rules would not allow German workers to change jobs without approval. Companies favored by the Nazi regime were assured a ready supply of labor that could not leave regardless of pay or work conditions. As a salve, the Nazi government subsidized German tourist venues, such as cruise ships, ski resorts and beach resorts, which began to offer low-cost vacations to union members. A union member was no longer free to choose a workplace, but he could take his family on vacation once per year at little cost to his now-state controlled budget. This is what socialism looked like at the time the Chicago Tribune was calling social security a communist plot to overthrown America.