The Daily Cartoon and Live Briefing: Friday, July 5, 2024

Not a Democracy MAGA by Rick McKee,
Not a Democracy MAGA by Rick McKee,

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Weather: Sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. North winds near 5 mph, becoming east during the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent. Heat index values up to 108. Friday Night: Partly cloudy during the evening, then becoming clear. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds near 5 mph in the evening, becoming light and variable.

Today at a Glance:

Almost all government offices and courts are closed today.

Free For All Fridays with Host David Ayres, an hour-long public affairs radio show featuring local newsmakers, personalities, public health updates and the occasional surprise guest, starts a little after 9 a.m. with guests Pastor Charles Silano, the county’s David Lyndon of veterans affairs and Rep. Mike Waltz. FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam’s Reality Check is off today. See previous podcasts here. On WNZF at 94.9 FM and 1550 AM.

First Friday Garden Walks at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, 10 a.m. Join a Ranger the First Friday of every month for a garden walk. Learn about the history of Washington Oaks while exploring the formal gardens. The walk is approximately one hour. No registration required.  Walk included with park entry fee. Participants meet in the Garden parking lot.  The event is free with paid admission fee to the state park: ​$5 per vehicle. (Limit 2-8 people per vehicle) $4 per single-occupant vehicle. Call (386) 446-6783 for more information or by email: [email protected].

The Blue 24 Forum, a discussion group organized by local Democrats, meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE. Come and add your voice to local, state and national political issues.

First Friday in Flagler Beach, the monthly festival of music, food and leisure, is scheduled for this evening at Downtown’s Veterans Park, 105 South 2nd Street, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is overseen by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and run by Laverne M. Shank Jr. and Surf 97.3

Free Family Art Night: “Textured Turtles”, Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, 78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach.  All art supplies are provided. No art experience is needed, and all ages are welcome. Free Family Art Night is a popular, monthly program typically scheduled on the first Friday of each month to coordinate with the free, family-friendly movie shown outdoors at Rockefeller Gardens. The two programs offer a stimulating evening for families, at no charge, in the heart of downtown Ormond Beach. Our art program takes place in the OMAM Classroom, rain or shine, but the City’s outdoor movies are weather dependent. Movie information can be found here or call The Casements at 386-676-3216.

In Coming Days:

Rally for Reproductive Rights: Members and friends of the Atlantic Coast Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State ( will gather to rally for Women’s Reproductive Rights from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at the northwest corner of Belle Terre and Pine Lake Parkways in Palm Coast. They protest Florida’s six-week abortion ban and urge voters to vote “Yes” on Florida Amendment 4, Right to Abortion Initiative. This event will last an hour and is open to the public; all are welcome. There is no charge. Participants are invited to bring US flags and their own signs promoting religious freedom, separation of church and state, and reproductive rights. For further information email [email protected] or call 804-914-4460.

July 4: Choral Arts Society Presents “Celebrate America”, 1 p.m. at St Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. Choral Arts Society provides a wonderful concert of “Music from the Stage” with many of your favorites. There is no admission charge, but tax-free donations are accepted to assist in providing scholarships to local college-bound students. Please go to for more information, or send an email to [email protected]

July 16: Identity Theft/Scams/Fraud Workshop at Flagler Woman’s Club, 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 1524 S Central Ave, Flagler Beach. The Flagler Woman’s Club invites you to join us for a workshop on Preventing Identity Theft, Scams and Fraud. Cmdr. Frank Lutz of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will present. Please call Mary at 386-569-7813 to reserve your spot.

For the full calendar, go here.

Etymologies: It would have been a nice finale to July 4 to see Joe Biden appear on television and channel LBJ in March 1968. Johnson’s approval was a dismal 36, lowest of his presidency, his disapproval was 52, almost exactly where Biden is today: 37-57, lowest of his presidency, but falling. Or plummeting. Or vanishing. What will it take? 25? 20? Every day since last week’s debate has been an unnatural disaster for his campaign. He’s done nothing to convince anyone that his performance was just a one-off. He’s scurried off behind Jill Biden’s justifications. He’s dug in. He’s fired up the petulance. He may not be as old as he looks in his workdays–and I sincerely still believe he’s a workhorse and getting done what has to get done–but he’s acting like the two old men on the Muppets combined. No one questions what he achieved. He pretty much saved the country four years ago. But even Christ knew his time was up 40 days after the crucifixion, that it was time to make room for the living, not just the saintly. Day after day Biden has sunk lower in stature and relevance, but the pressure doesn’t seem to be enough. It’s as if he’s taking a page from the playbook of Arab despots: who cares about public opinion? Trump meanwhile for once has played it cool, letting Biden hang himself. But I can’t help thinking there’s a sense of inevitability about this. It doesn’t seem possible that Biden will stick it out. He’s stubborn. He’s arrogant. He’s not mad. But the longer he stays the madder the decision. He has to give way. He will give way. Johnson had called his decision “completely irrevocable” when he addressed the nation on March 31, 1968 (where are you on that final volume, Robert Caro?). Biden made the necessity of withdrawing irrevocable last week. 



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July 2024

pierre tristam on the radio wnzf

Friday, Jul 05

Free For All Fridays With Host David Ayres on WNZF

washington oaks state park garden walks

Friday, Jul 05

First Friday Garden Walks at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

palm coast democratic club

Friday, Jul 05

Blue 24 Forum

Palm Coast Community Center

First Friday is returning to Flagler Beach this September. (© FlaglerLive)

Friday, Jul 05

First Friday in Flagler Beach

Friday, Jul 05

Free Family Art Night at Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens

Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

flagler beach farmers market

Saturday, Jul 06

Flagler Beach Farmers Market

315 South 7th Street, Flagler Beach

flagler beaches

Saturday, Jul 06

Flagler Beach All Stars Beach Clean-Up

scott spradley

Saturday, Jul 06

Coffee With Flagler Beach Commission Chair Scott Spradley

Law Office of Scott Spradley

grace community food pantry

Saturday, Jul 06

Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way

Flagler School District Bus Depot

cornerstone center logo

Saturday, Jul 06

Sunshine and Sandals Social at Cornerstone

Saturday, Jul 06

Random Acts of Insanity Standup Comedy

Cinematique of Daytona Beach

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For the full calendar, go here.


There is division in the American house now. There is divisiveness among us all tonight. And holding the trust that is mine, as President of all the people, I cannot disregard the peril to the progress of the American people and the hope and the prospect of peace for all peoples.
So, I would ask all Americans, whatever their personal interests or concern, to guard against divisiveness and all its ugly consequences.
Fifty-two months and 10 days ago, in a moment of tragedy and trauma, the duties of this office fell upon me. I asked then for your help and God’s, that we might continue America on its course, binding up our wounds, healing our history, moving forward in new unity, to clear the American agenda and to keep the American commitment for all of our people. United we have kept that commitment. United we have enlarged that commitment.
Through all time to come, I think America will be a stronger nation, a more just society, and a land of greater opportunity and fulfillment because of what we have all done together in these years of unparalleled achievement. Our reward will come in the life of freedom, peace, and hope that our children will enjoy through ages ahead. What we won when all of our people united just must not now be lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness, and politics among any of our people.

–From LBJ’s speech to the nation, March 31, 1968.


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