Daily cartoon and live briefing: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Time: Rather cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then likely showers with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 90. Winds west around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tuesday evening: Rather cloudy. Showers likely with a risk of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers with a slight risk of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Winds southeast around 5 mph in the evening, becoming light and choppy. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tropical Storm Watch: No significant activity.

Today’s Editor’s Look:

In class: It’s pre-trial day, all day, before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins, including a pre-trial for recently convicted rapist Kwentel Moultrie, who is now appearing on his second-degree murder charges. and armed robbery.

The Community Road Safety Team led by Flagler County Commissioner Andy Dance meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. You can also join by zoom. Meeting ID: 823 5444 1058, Passcode: 565882

Palm Coast City Council Meet in the workshop at 9 a.m. at the Hôtel de Ville. Council will discuss its legislative priorities and discuss changing the date to a later week when new office holders are sworn into council. The full agenda is available here.

The Census Bureau releases 2021 statistics on income, poverty and health insurance from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey at 10 a.m.

St. Johns River Water Management District Board of Directors holds its regular monthly meeting at its headquarters in Palatka at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend and comment in person on Council agenda items. A live stream will also be available for members of the public to observe the meeting online. Board Room, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka. Click on this link to access the streaming broadcast. The live video stream begins approximately five minutes before the scheduled meeting time. Meeting agendas are available online here.

The Flagler County Planning Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. View board materials, including agendas and reference materials, here. Watch the past meeting or meetings here.

Notebook: Xenophobia has yet to meet its Xanax. On Monday morning, I came across a description by Gibbon of Rome in the 5th century that made me think of that Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker in the late 1990s who made headlines after he told Sports Illustrated, “Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark,” a reference to the New York City subway line that runs from Flushing, Queens, to Times Square in Manhattan, “you look like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to a kid with purple hair, next to a queer with AIDS, right next to a guy who just got out of prison for the fourth time, next to a 20-year-old mother with four children. It’s depressing.” I remember writing a column for The Ledger about how I grew up in two places: Beirut and Line 7, which is the featured image on my Facebook page to this day. (the 7 train) I wrote this column – a love letter to line 7, itself a lovely symbol of New York – on a trip to New York, while driving this line. Rocker’s quote sounded awfully like something I later discovered in Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise: “When Armory went to Washington the following weekend, he felt a bit of the spirit of crisis that s Turned to revulsion in the returning Pullman car, for the berths opposite him were occupied by stinking foreigners – Greeks, he supposed, or Russians. He thought how much easier patriotism had been for a homogenized race, how much easier it would have been to fight like the colonies fought, or like the Confederacy fought. And he didn’t sleep that night, but listened to the aliens laughing and snoring as they filled the car with the heavy scent of the last America. These poor Greeks seem to bear the brunt of xenophobia from everyone, but not just from Greeks. Juvénal in his Satires shreds them all:

My friends, I can’t stand
A Rome full of Greeks, but few islands are Greek!
For the Syrian Orontes has long since polluted the Tiber,
Bringing his language and his customs, bagpipes and harp strings,
And even their native timbres are dragged too,
And the girls forced to offer themselves to the Circus.

Edward Gibbon.

But I had started with the Gibbon trigger. Here he is, in train number 7 from Rome in the fifth century: “From the time of Hadrian, it was the just complaint of the naive natives that the capital attracted the vices of the universe and the mores of the nations the more opposite. . The intemperance of the Gauls, the cunning and levity of the Greeks, the savage stubbornness of the Egyptians and the Jews, the servile temper of the Asiatics, and the dissolute and effeminate prostitution of the Syrians, mingled with the diverse multitude who, under the proud and false denomination of the Romans, presumed to despise their fellow-members, and even their sovereigns, who dwelt beyond the precincts of the ETERNAL CITY. One word bothers me more than all the others in this paragraph, since it is that of Gibbon, from whom one expects less unenlightened bile: the word just. Caesar of the ironists that he is, I don’t see the irony here, letting me think that it’s rank racism. He is no stranger to it, especially when it comes to these hordes from the east. Didn’t he refer to the “effeminate luxury of Eastern despotism” (don’t say gay, Gibbon) or worse. He refers to “an Arab by birth, and therefore, in the first part of his life, a thief by profession”. In order not to leave blacks without insults, he also evokes “the inaction of the negroes [which] does not seem to be the effect of either their virtue or their pusillanimity. Gibbon might cause the occasional double-take, but it’s still pure joy and a wonder to read, no matter what page you turn to. He writes English like Mozart wrote music. You can never get bored either. Even when one or the other has fallen prone to the prejudices of his age.

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The prodigious aqueducts, so justly celebrated with the praises of Augustus himself, filled the thermal baths, or baths, which had been built in all parts of the city with imperial magnificence. The Baths of Antoninus Caracalla, which were open at fixed hours for the blind service of senators and people, contained more than sixteen hundred marble seats; and more than three thousand were counted in the baths of Diocletian. (58) The walls of the high apartments were covered with curious mosaics, which imitated the art of the pencil in the elegance of the design and the variety of colors. The Egyptian granite was beautifully encrusted with the precious green marble of Numidia; the perpetual current of hot water was poured into the vast basins by so many wide mouths of brilliant and solid silver; and the least Roman could buy, with a small piece of copper, the daily enjoyment of a scene of pomp and luxury which might excite the envy of the kings of Asia.(59) From these majestic palaces issued a swarm of dirty and ragged plebeians, without shoes and without cloaks; who lingered for whole days in the street or in the Forum to hear news and to hold disputes which dissipated in extravagant games the miserable subsistence of their wives and children; and spent the hours of the night in dark taverns and brothels in the indulgence of coarse and vulgar sensuality.

–From Gibbon Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 31 (1776).

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