The daily cartoon and the live briefing: Saturday May 28, 2022

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Time: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Saturday evening: Slight risk of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly clear with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds south 5 to 10 mph in the evening, becoming light and choppy. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Today’s Editor’s Look:

Pool Safety Day: The City of Palm Coast Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with AdventHealth, will host the 10e Annual Pool Safety Day from 1-4 p.m. inside the Palm Coast Aquatics Center at 339 Parkview Drive in Palm Coast. During the event, Lifeguards from the City of Palm Coast will lead fun activities to teach safety in and around the pool in a fun and engaging way, including pool games, and more! There will also be a live safety demonstration conducted by the Palm Coast Fire Department.

Grace Community Pantry, 245 Education Way, Bunnell, drive-thru open today 10am-1pm. The pantry is organized by Pastor Charles Silano and Grace Community Food Pantry, a disaster relief agency in Flagler County. Feeding Northeast Florida helps local children and families, seniors, and active and retired military members who struggle to put food on the table. Working with local grocery stores, manufacturers and farms, we take high-quality food that would normally go to waste and turn it into meals for those in need. The Flagler County School District provides space for much of the pantry storage and operations. Call 386-586-2653 to help, volunteer or donate.

Florida Master Gardener Plant Clinic, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast. If you have a question or need to diagnose a plant or pest problem, come see the Master Gardeners at the library. The clinic will be held the last Saturday of each month in the lobby. The Flagler County Public Library partners with the Master Gardeners of Florida through the UF Flagler County Extension Office.

LGBTQ+ Ice Cream Party at Sally’s Ice Cream at Flagler Beach, 401 North Oceanshore Boulevard (A1A), from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come join us for an ice cream party for all ages! We work to create spaces in our county for togetherness and unity, while often visiting local businesses that support our cause. Don’t forget to bring cash to buy your ice cream!
2nd Saturday of each month.

Flagler County’s two high schools hold their graduation ceremonies at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The Flagler-Palm Coast High School ceremony begins at noon. The Matanzas High School ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are required for admission to these events. Families can visit the “Seniors” page on each high school’s website for additional details, including ticket and parking information, as well as instructions for graduate students. If you plan to attend a graduation ceremony, be aware that traffic and parking will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30. Please plan your trip accordingly. Both graduation ceremonies will be streamed live on this page and on each of the high school websites. Once the ceremonies are over, the live stream will be replaced with recordings of the event, as they become available. Recordings will also be available on Flagler Schools video pages.

Memorial Vigil for Buffalo and Uvalde Victims: A candlelight vigil, without speeches, is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach in memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Buffalo and Uvalde over the span of 10 days. It was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed to tonight due to weather. See: “From One Massacre to Another: Friday Vigil in Veterans Park to Mark Mass Murders in Uvalde and Buffalo.”

Annual Palatka Blue Crab Festival on the city’s scenic waterfront in downtown Palatka, run Friday, May 27e until Sunday May 29e and features 34 musical acts across three stages. Performers are on stage Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday 8am-11pm, 210 St. Johns Avenue. Admission and parking are free. Headliners include R&B singer Ginuwine, known for hits like “Pony” and “So Anxious,” Grammy-nominated country music group Little Texas, and reggae icons The Original Wailers and Meachum L Clarke & Company Gospel Choir, The Band Be Easy, Fortune Child, Papercutt, Chillula, and more. For more information, visit www.palatkabluecrabfestival.com. Follow us on Facebook @bluecrabfestivalpalatka and Instagram @palatkabluecrabfest

Notably : Amnesty International today marks the anniversary of its founding in London in 1961. It was the creation of lawyer Peter Benenson. The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, when the Nobel Committee declared that “the defense of human dignity against torture, violence and degradation constitutes a very real contribution to the peace of this world”. Visit Amnesty International here. Abolition of the death penalty is one of Amnesty International’s main campaigns. But it is perhaps a coincidence that today is also the birthday of Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738), inventor of the guillotine, used for the first time, ironically, during the French Revolution, in 1792. It was considered a breakthrough in human means of slaughtering human beings. “The Frenchman, born smart, created the guillotine”, wrote Flaubert in a letter in his youth (“The Frenchman, born smart, created the guillotine”). Which begs the question of the Stand Your Ground vigilantism of the born-again Florida fanatic, the guillotine by other means. A few years later, Flaubert describes the execution by guillotine of a murderer, and how over 10,000 people flooded the town where it took place, sleeping in the snow and causing the town to run out of food (as if, would have – he added if he had known, it was an NRA convention in Texas a few days after a pile of children were slaughtered by weapons revered by the NRA). Balzac saw it this way (in the novel Gosbeck): “The rich invented judges and courts of law to secure their property, and the guillotine – that candle in which so many ignorant people come to burn.” (“To guarantee their property, the wealthy have invented courts, judges, and this guillotine, a kind of candle where the ignorant burn themselves.”) Balzac compares the guillotine to bankers and doctors in the same novel, while Will Durant, author of this Balzacian series on the history of the world, compared it to public opinion: “Let’s leave something to the guillotine of public opinion”, he wrote in The age of Napoleon (and in the same book titled The Satire of Jane Austen “as clean and complete as a guillotine”). Alexandre Dumas, for his part, recalls that the anonymous executioner at the guillotine was called Monsieur de Paris. In America you need a database to keep track of mass killers, although Pol-Pot’s obsessive method with record keeping could be useful.Now this: It’s been a daunting and overwhelming week, not to mention the overwhelming Briefing (read on, you’ll understand why). There’s no antidote, except maybe a beer at Brown Dog, and this:

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May 21 [1977], the National Rifle Association had held its annual convention in Cincinnati. The organization was founded in 1871 to improve the marksmanship of those who might be called upon to serve their country in times of war, then branched out to serve sports interests. During the crowd-pounding Prohibition era, he led the movement for federal machine gun laws. And by early 1977, its leaders seemed perfectly content to work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to craft common-sense gun control laws. They even planned to move their headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Colorado Springs, to bring the NRA closer to its identity as a sports organization and distance it from its constituents who preferred it as an armed self-defense advocacy organization – who soon, however, raised their voices in alarm. “It seems to me that the best way to deter murderers and thieves is to arm law-abiding people, not disarm them” – that was NRA cardholder Ronald Reagan, in a 1975 radio commentary responding to Attorney General Gerald Ford’s proposal, welcomed by many NRA leaders, to ban inexpensive handguns known as “Saturday Night Specials” because they were so frequently used in the commission of impulse crimes. That same year, a California state senator and former John Birch Society recruiter named H. L. Richardson formed Gun Owners of America in alliance with Richard Viguerie. (The direct mail piece: “Radical…Gun grabbing…Soft on crime…Destroy our Constitution and unleash what may well be the most terrifying crime wave in history…”) Within the NRA , a fundamentalist Christian publisher of gun magazines named Neal Knox, who opposed the very regulation of machine guns, maneuvered to take control of the organization’s new lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Affairs , appointing as director the fearsome former architect of the 1950s federal illegal immigrant deportation program called “Operation Wetback”, Harlon Bronson Carter, whose nickname was “Bullethead” – for his shaved head, and also his way of favorite phrase. (At the age of twenty, he had been convicted of shooting dead a Mexican immigrant. The conviction was overturned because the judge had incorrectly instructed the jury.) In 1976, Carter created the first committee to political action of the NRA. They got great results on polling day. Six days later – labeled “Bloody Monday” by his victims – Harlon Carter cleaned up NRA headquarters in Washington, firing eighty-four staffers; a secretary said she was ordered to perform sexual favors on one of their replacements from Carter’s faction. Their new goal, Carter announced, was “No compromise. No gun laws.

–Rick Perlstein Reaganland: America’s right turn 1976-1980 (2020).

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