The daily cartoon and the live briefing: Monday, May 9, 2022

The Handmaid’s Manual by Dave Whamond, Canada,

Weather: Quite sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday evening: Generally clear. Low around 60. Winds northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Today’s Editor’s Look:

In class: Circuit Judge Terence Perkins holds arraignments, sentencing and other hearings.

The Flagler County School Board is holding a closed session at 9 a.m. in the Superintendent’s Office, Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell, to discuss strategy in collective bargaining with his unions. In addition to board members, the session will include Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt, school board attorney Kristy Gavin and four district directors: Jewel Johnson, Patty Wormeck, Robert Bossardet and Paul Peacock.

Flagler Beach Municipal Commission hold a special meeting 17 hours at City Hall to consider approving a $24,000 contract with a new 4th of July fireworks producer, but the proposal is clouded in questions. See: “Flagler Beach 4th of July fireworks reappear as city seeks to lock down producer, but questions linger” and “Flagler Beach could have had its 4th of July fireworks if it didn’t hadn’t waited until April 24 to book the show” and “July 4 Fireworks at Flagler Beach may not happen as longtime Pyro supplier Santore is booked elsewhere.

Bunnell Town Commission meets at 7 p.m. The commission will consider the nomination of the members of the next charter review committee. at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, where the City Commission holds its meetings until it is able to occupy its own City Hall on Commerce Parkway, likely in early 2023. Its former City Hall turned out to be too elusive, just like its City Hall before it had been. To join via Zoom, go to To access meeting agendas, documents and minutes, go here.

Nar-Anon Family Groups offers hope and help to families and friends of drug addicts through a 12-step program, 6:00 p.m. at St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Entrance to Fellowship Hall. See the website,, or call (800) 477-6291. Find virtual meetings here.

Navy bombardment in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that live inert shelling will take place this week at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest. Shelling can sometimes be heard at Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombardments are scheduled as follows:

Monday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Live)
Wednesday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Live)
Thursday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Live)

During periods of bombardment, wildlife may be temporarily relocated. Use extra caution when traveling through Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas. Secure all objects around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always watch out for large animals, including black bears, and practice bear measurements. The phone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, call (904) 542-5588.

Particularly: The European today celebrates its embryonic creation in 1952. Newton Minow, chairman at the time of the nascent Federal Communications Commission, gave his famous speech on this day in 1961 before the National Association of Broadcasters, qualifying the “vast wasteland” television. In fact, he was praising television at its best, citing Twilight Zone, CBS Reports and The Fabulous Fifties as examples. “But,” he said, “when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit in front of your television when your station is on the air and stay, one day, with no book, no magazine, no diary, no balance sheet or note book to distract you. Keep your eyes peeled for this set until the station goes offline. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland You will see a procession of game shows, formulaic comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, chaos, violence, sadism, murder, western bad guys, western good men , private detectives, gangsters, more violence and cartoons. You can read the full speech here. Incidentally, today is the birthday of Mike Wallace (1918). He died in 2012, too early to see his son come to Jesus and his decision to get away from the sulphurous Fox.

Today is also the dreaded Victory Day of Russia, although the Ukrainians are sure that the Russians have something else to come this year. also the day of memory and honor in Uzbekistan and, in Flagler, just another day of, well…

Now this:

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Sharing a building with the Mercatus Center was the heavily Koch-funded Institute for Human Studies, chaired by Charles Koch. The IHS was founded by FA “Baldy” Harper, a free-market fundamentalist who had served as a trustee at the Freedom School, where he wrote essays for The Freeman, calling taxes a “theft,” welfare ” immoral” and the unions. “slavery” and oppose court-ordered remedies against racial segregation. Charles Koch had enthusiastically praised Harper, saying, “Of all the teachers of freedom, none was so beloved as Baldy, for it was he who taught teachers, and in teaching, taught them humility and gentleness. The purpose of the IHS was to cultivate and fund an agricultural team of next-generation libertarian scholars. Worried at one point that the war of ideas was going too slowly, Charles reportedly demanded better metrics to monitor students’ political views. To the dismay of some faculty members, the candidates’ essays had to be run on computers in order to count the number of times they mentioned free market icons Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman. Students were tested at the beginning and end of each week for ideological improvement. The institute also hosted the Charles G. Koch Summer Internship Program, a paid scholarship placing students who shared the Kochs’ views in like-minded nonprofit groups, where they could join the Libertarian Network.

–From Jane Mayer Dark Money: The Hidden Billionaire Story Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday, 2016).

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