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Today at a Glance:
In Court: The Monserrate Teron trial enters its fourth day, with the defense putting on its case. Teron, 59, is accused of sexually assaulting his 7-year-old niece in Palm Coast in November 2019. Before Circuit Court Judge Terence Perkins, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse.
- A Shattering Day for Teron’s Trial on Child Rape Charges as 2 Other Alleged Victims Make Similar Accusations
- 11 Year Old Tells Jury Her Uncle Raped Her ‘Multiple Times’; Defense Fails to Impeach Her Credibility
- Jurors Seated in Teron Sex Abuse Case After a Day of Triggered Anxieties and Traumas
- In Trial of Man Accused of Raping 7 Year Old, Judge Will Allow Evidence ‘Devastating to Defend’.
- 57-Year-Old Army Veteran and Palm Coast Resident Faces Charges of Raping 7-Year-Old Girl
Book bans: A Flagler Palm Coast High School committee of faculty and community members meets at 8:30 a.m. at FPC to decide whether to retain or ban The Upside of Unrequited. The meeting is open to the public but not to public participation. See: “On Flagler Schools’ Ban List: The Upside of Unrequited, a Review and a Recommendation.”
The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue, Palm Coast.
The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South 2nd Street in Flagler Beach. Watch the meeting at the city’s YouTube channel here. Access meeting agenda and materials here. See a list of commission members and their email addresses here. Tonight’s full meeting agenda is here.
In Coming Days:
Flagler Pride Weekend is on June 10-11 in Palm Coast’s Central Park: All applications (Vendor, Sponsor, Volunteer, Speaker, Entertainment) for Flagler Pride Weekend are now open until midnight on May 20th, 2023. No late applications will be accepted or considered. Vendors, apply here. Flagler Pride weekend is scheduled for June 10-12, at Palm Coast’s Central Park.
Notebook: It is a very special wedding anniversary today. Too bad I have to spend it in court covering one of our county’s most lurid cases. Maybe the Brown Dog will send a lifeline.
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Free For All Fridays With Host David Ayres on WNZF
Scenic A1A Pride Meeting
Blue 22 Forum
Flagler Beach Farmers Market
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Touch-a-Truck ‘Sky’s the Limit’ Event in palm Coast’s Town Center
Gamble Jam at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
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I pull out my phone. My mind is spinning. I need to zone out on BuzzFeed or something. I know this doesn’t exactly make me unique, but I love the internet. I love it. I think the way I feel about the internet is the way some people feel about the ocean. It’s so huge and unknowable, but also totally predictable. You type a line of symbols and click enter, and everything you want to happen, happens.
–From Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited (2017).
Ray W. says
Yes, the internet is a really entertaining medium. When one sees an editorial cartoon featuring a billboard listing a significant number of ills, real and imagined, that will fuel Florida Man in his run for the White House, immigration will likely play a large role in his presentation. I thought I might resort to the internet to see what I could dig up on the issue of the immigration problem, real or imagined, throughout our political history.
I recently argued that undocumented immigration has been a relatively stable, though not great, problem over the last 20 years or so, according to DHS estimates, but I did not go far enough back through time. It struck me that our second president, John Adams, is remembered for many things. One of the biggest historical mentions remains his signing of four bills now known as the Alien & Sedition Acts. Two of the Acts sunsetted after a number of years, one was struck down as unconstitutional, but one remains in effect, the one that allows a president to seek to inter immigrants during time of war. Yes, in 1798, Congress and President Adams felt it important enough to pass and enact laws that allowed, among many things, a president to arrest, imprison, deport, detain, or otherwise deal with immigrants who were thought a danger to the nation.
Can it be argued that immigration has been a political punching bag since the earliest years of our nation? That politicians have found support from the gullible among us by whipping up fear and angst against anyone thought to be different from “us”, whoever “us” really is?
Ray W. says
An glaring oddity arose as I researched the Alien & Sedition Acts. The two major political parties during the John Adams administration were the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party. The more things change, the more they stay the same. All those FlaglerLive commenters who delight in arguing that Republicans were at one time the party that freed the slaves have to admit that they originally were Democrats, too.
One similar note. Those few FlaglerLive commenters who repeat the claim that JFK would be a conservative today are partially right in their assertion. JFK’s foreign policy team included a number of anti-Soviet hawks who left the party in the years after the assassination. They found a home in the Reagan administration. While these hawks were not the only members of the burgeoning ne0-conservative movement, it is accurate to say that the term neoconservative means old democrat. As such, the old democrats performed a critical role as the Republican Party pivoted to a more vigorous and confrontational position against the Soviet Union. It is odd that Reagan became a Democrat on foreign policy. It was only later that Republicans became enamored with the idea that JFK would be one of them today. While neo-conservatism peaked during both of W’s’ administrations, today’s Republican Party has pivoted away from both original conservatism and neo-conservatism. There is not a neo-conservative hawk alive today who doesn’t fully support the Ukraine against the Russian Federation.
1.) As a kid who was friends with the Catholic kids next door, we were made very aware that we were not to mention the name “Nixon” in that household.
2.) I was puzzled by McCain’s (whom I admired a lot) complete dislike and distrust of the Russians. The fact that he was disparaged by Trump, who admires Putin, tells me a lot about where the *conservatives* are now.
Enough Craziness says
this is such a far left lie… give me a break.
Ah, yes. *Free* Florida.
Please Free Florida from DeSantis.
DeSantis married his wife at Disney World. I guess it was okay then. Maybe it was a woke wedding.