Time: Sunny, for the first time in a long time. But hot. Highs around 90. Northerly winds 5-10 mph. Thursday evening: Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Highs in the upper 80s. Tropical storm watch: It’s still Fiona and Gaston, the first bound for Bermuda and the second lost in the Atlantic. Neither is a threat to the Americas.

Today’s Editor’s Look:

Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue, Palm Coast.

Flagler Beach Municipal Commission meets at 5 p.m. for the second budget and tax hearing, and at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting at City Hall, 105 South 2nd Street in Flagler Beach. The city commission will consider an ordinance banning smoking and vaping on the beach and in public parks. The full agenda and background documents are here. Watch the meeting on the city’s YouTube channel here. Access the meeting agenda and documents here. View the list of committee members and their email addresses here.

Notably : Iraq invaded Iran on this day in 1980, starting an eight-year war that claimed a million lives, some of them as a result of chemical bombings of Iraq when Saddam Hussein was a friend of the Reagan administration. A few years later, Reagan used Oliver North, that friend of a few people in Flagler, to trade weapons with Iran for hostages he was holding in Beirut. Which suggests this line from Gibbon: “Yet the circumstances of their trial and conviction were so clumsily handled, that these wicked men achieved, in public opinion, the glory of suffering for the stubborn loyalty with which they had supported the cause of Constantius, ” the warmongering Reaganist of his day.

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“They suggested also what is suggested in England at every turn, that conservatism here has all the charm, and leaves dissent and democracy and other vulgar variations nothing but their bald logic. Conservatism has cathedrals, colleges, castles, gardens, traditions, associations, fine names, good manners, poetry; Dissent has the dark brick chapels of provincial side streets, the names of Dickens, the uncertain tenure of hand the poor mens sibi conseia recti. Differences which in other countries are slight and variable, almost metaphysical, so to speak, are marked in England by a chasm.

–From Henry James English hours (1905).

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