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Weather: Tropical storm conditions expected. Showers with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 30 to 40 mph. Gusts up to 55 mph, decreasing to 45 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent. Thursday Night: A slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows around 70. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
Nicole closures: Courts, schools, Daytona State College, the University of Central Florida, and many government offices are closed today in observance of Nicole. Waste Pro’s garbage pick-up in Palm Coast is suspended today.
The Flagler Beach City Commission meeting scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled to Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The Supervisor of Elections issued the following advisory: Due to Tropical Storm Nicole, the Elections Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11, 2022. Voters who wish to submit documents or paperwork supporting their eligibility to cast a mail ballot or provisional ballot are welcome to use the drop box outside of our entrance on Thursday or Friday at:
Supervisor of Elections Office
1769 E. Moody Boulevard
Building 2, Suite 101
Bunnell, FL 32110
The office will be open to the public on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., based on the emergency order (22-02) issued by the Florida Secretary of State (attached). The deadline for submission of written evidence supporting voter eligibility for provisional ballots, and signature affidavits to cure vote-by-mail ballots has been extended until 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 12 at 5:00 P.M. Paperwork and affidavits will not be accepted after this extended deadline. The Canvassing Board meeting scheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Friday, November 11 has been rescheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, November 13. The purpose of this meeting is to canvass Vote-By-Mail Ballots, Provisional Ballots, and certify the unofficial results of the 2022 General Election.
Free Virtual Book Discussion Moderated by Author Kimberlee Williams on her book, “Dear White Women, Please Come Home”. Please join SURJ Flagler as we explore what it means to be white and truly connect with our black and brown sisters. This online/Zoom discussion will be split into two sessions and is open to all- no matter your gender identity or race. The first discussion will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 PM, with the second discussion on Wednesday, November 16th, also at 7:00 PM. To register, go here.
In Coming Days:
Funeral arrangements for Palm Coast Firefighter-Paramedic Brant Gammon, who died on Nov. 3, are as follows: visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Clymer Funeral Home, 39 North Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. Further visitation scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Parkview Church in Palm Coast, 5435 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Parkview.
FEMA Assistance Reminder: If you were impacted by Hurricane Ian and live in one of the 26 counties designated for disaster assistance, Flagler County among them, FEMA may be able to help. To apply you can visit a Disaster Recovery Center, go online to disasterassistance.gov use the FEMA app on your smartphone, or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Notably: It is Ennio Morricone’s birthday. All Americans have heard him even if very few have heard of him. Morricone, who died in Rome in 2020, was one of the great film-music composers and the inventor of Spaghetti Western music–“A Fistful of Dollars,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “My Name Is Nobody,” and so on. He also scored “Cinema Paradiso,” because to understand Morricone, one must have that sickness for nostalgia some of us cannot be rid of, or do without. He could have scored the last election and made you think: we’ll always have yesterday.
Now this: With all that time you have on your hands, compliments of Nicole, and if for nothing else but Ennio Morricone’s music.
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Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
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To me, DeSantis doesn’t seem quite so levelheaded. He picks and hypes battles designed to cast him as some conservative superhero. In that regard he’s histrionic and hyperbolic, and I could easily see him overplaying his hand, especially in regard to religion. The “God” ad signals that any presidential bid by DeSantis, who is clearly plotting one, will aggressively court Christian nationalists and, in the process, empower them. That was already becoming clear from his penchant for foregrounding biblical references in his oratory. During an appearance last February at Hillsdale College in Michigan — which is, of course, a pivotal presidential battleground state — he exhorted the audience: “Put on the full armor of God. Stand firm against the left’s schemes. You will face flaming arrows, but if you have the shield of faith, you will overcome them.” DeSantis may need to use whatever shield he carries against Trump first. The former president and his minions are showing greater and greater annoyance with DeSantis’s success and, in particular, the signs that DeSantis would seek the 2024 Republican presidential nomination regardless of whether Trump announces his own bid. Early this week, Trump suggested to a group of reporters that he had dirt on DeSantis and was prepared to spill it. “If he did run,” Trump said, “I will tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife.”
–From Frank Bruni’s “Ron DeSantis’s God Complex,” The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2022.
You can’t change stupid overnight. The GOP prevailed in the house and will prevail in 2024 regardless of who runs due to the current inept President Biden who refuses to acknowledge his disastrous decisions. Media like this is part of the problem, always promoting a liberal point of view. Hardly ever providing a balanced objective view presenting facts which don’t align with the liberal agenda.
As our great president Biden would say ” What a bunch of Malarkey”
So much for a red wave/ tsunami, best quote I heard after the elections sums it up like this, ” This is what happens when you wash Klan robes with Maga hats, everything comes out pink”
Ray W. says
As I recall, Florida’s presidential vote decided the Electoral College in 2000; it was a roughly 450 vote margin when the Supreme Court stepped in. The Senate was split 50/50. I had to look up the House split; it was 221/212, with two independents. I remember talking with a Republican lawyer from the team during the Volusia County recount over a pizza break. I commented that our founding fathers were brilliant in their checks and balances and that after 212 years, the balance of power hung on some 500 votes in one state. Clearly, pitting partisans against partisans was still working after such a long time, and it still is.
Chris should be happy that our system of checks and balances still works. He should gladly comment that the press, which existed at the time of the founding of our nation, still plays an important role. Without the press, we wouldn’t have a Federalist Paper collection to review and learn from. Without the press, we would not know so many things about our history. Without the press, politicians would not be held accountable. As I still cling to Hegel’s famous trinity (Hypothesis, Antithesis, Synthesis), I take the position that 22 years after my comment during that recount, we might again be split 50/50 in the Senate and both parties have a possibility of holding as many as 221 seats in the House. Yes, democracy as our founding fathers designed it to be, seems to still be working. Every Republican scheme (hypothesis) triggers a Democratic scheme (antithesis), and the resulting schematic clash creates an everchanging social scheme (synthesis).
I argue that Chris is barely right, in that both parties have sufficient media power to get their word out so that checks and balances can work. Chris is massively wrong in arguing that the press is a bad thing. A person can be right and wrong at the same time. Just look at Jason’s comment below. Yes, the facts he points to are at least partially correct, but he is massively wrong in his assertion of blame. Crude oil prices, war in the Ukraine and massive stimulus spending by both parties are responsible for today’s economy. No one party carries all the blame. The first trillion-dollar stimulus package was signed by Trump and passed by the Senate 96-0. Inflation had already doubled by the time Trump left office (easy for Jason to check for himself). This is one major reason why we need a free press.
In sum, Chris and Jason would do well to exercise some intellectual rigor before posting their comments, but Hegel likely was still right. Both commenters left holes in their arguments. I simply responded.
Can it be argued that it is likely that young voters, who seem to have aligned with Democratic candidates nationwide presage the need for the Republican party to significantly change its platform? Can it be that the Dobbs decision brought out relatively large numbers of young women in Michigan, which had an abortion issue on the ballot, leading to a flip of the state Senate and House to the Democratic Party? Can it be argued that Dobbs led to the election surprise? Can it be that the press had little to do with the election and that today’s version of reactionary Republicanism caused its own surprise outcome?
I have long told my clients about the grocery store rule. Most of us know by the time we are six years old that if we grab the biggest bag of candy in the store and ask mom to buy it, she will say no, but if we behave and ask for one piece of candy in the checkout line, we just might get it. This is why individual candy bars are located in checkout lines. If we ask for too much, we get nothing. If we ask for a little bit more than we expect, we just might get it. Is it wrong to argue that Republicans just might have asked way too much of ordinary Americans?
Ray W.: “Can it be argued that it is likely that young voters, who seem to have aligned with Democratic candidates nationwide presage the need for the Republican party to significantly change its platform?”
Wow. I don’t know. As youngsters in the 60’s, we were very much democratic in the sense that we were all for the underdogs. We were hippies who wanted marijuana legalized. “People of color,” who were then “colored people,” were friends. The KKK were horrible. Yet so many of us are now far right Republicans who do not seem to have the same values as we did then. Then, you could have never told me that pot would still be illegal all these years later, and you couldn’t tell me that Neo Nazis would still exist (for that matter, rubber tires and electric lines wouldn’t exist, either).
For young voters now, it is unacceptable to be prejudice against color, race, gender preference, being LGBQT, religion, but it’s perfectly acceptable to be ageist. Your Hypothesis, Antithesis, Synthesis theory does seem to work, but it also seems that it tends to start all over again, with each generation, with minor variations.
Ray W. says
Laurel, as I understand Hegel, he posed the idea that the Hypothesis/Antithesis/Synthesis explanation was a continuous, or a never-ending process, in that societal friction will always exist and that societal change is the constant, though societal change might occur more rapidly or more slowly, depending on the clashes in society. Society was changing rapidly in the 60’s, and it seems to me that it could be changing rapidly now, as the so-called conservative movement seems hell-bent on erasing the true conservative element from the Republican Party platform.
As for young people finding it acceptable to defend ageism, I have heard the argument from young attorneys that our generation has significantly limited their options. That anger may be manifesting toward the so-called conservative party today.
Chris: Do you call “inept” balanced? Would you please list Biden’s disastrous decisions? Please do not include inflation, which is caused by the current spending rate, and please don’t list oil, which is controlled by big oil that has made outrageous record profits and is favored by Republicans. Other than that, I’m listening.
50 years of Joe Biden. Decades as a Senator, 8 years as VP and now President and he’s solved absolutely nothing, but has created a crisis after crisis and lied repeatedly to further his political agenda and maintain his power and control over the American people.
Under Biden, it now costs me $100 to fill up my tank, $3000/month to rent my apartment (not even in a nice area), and my grocery bill is eating away at my savings. Very few things are still affordable – Car insurance ($23 per month from Insurance Panda), my electric bill ($22/month thanks to Solar Melon), and gym ($15/month from Planet Fitness). But I’m sure those will go up too. Even crime and murder rates are through the roof.
It’s so bad that even some of my left leaning friends reluctantly say (in private) that they miss mean tweets and low inflation.
Jason: Biden has done many good things because he knows his way around Washington, and knows how to compromise. It is clear that the programs you listen to don’t tell you about the good things he has done. Try some different channels, and you just may be surprised!
Nobody misses mean tweets, that man is a baby.