Put another log on the fire and warm up the hot chocolate on this cool autumn night...and don't forget to read your evening Sift...
A- Guys from Hialeah obviously read babalu.
B- Broward County administrators have rethought their discontinuation of Tri-Rail shuttle service, according to Transit Miami.
Remember that vote by Broward County Commissioners to remove funding for Tri-Rail feeder buses in Broward County? Well, the Sun-Sentinel reports that on Tuesday the commission will consider replacing the funding for shuttle buses for at least the coming year.C- Lowrider motel from Miami Fever.
These shuttle buses are a crucial part of the Tri-Rail service, as the stations themselves are generally far from employment centers. The buses, funded by the county, provide the final link to work or home for many Tri-Rail riders.
D- After a brief hiatus from posting, Random Pixels gives us nothing but bad news about Miami Herald circulation numbers.
As I predicted last month, circulation figures released today for the latest reporting period show the Herald's readership continuing its sharp decline.E- More Blog About Buildings... finds some tacky law ornaments in Broward.
The Herald, which once boasted the largest circulation of any paper in Florida, now trails The St. Petersburg Times and the Orlando Sentinel in circulation on Sunday.
F- MenuPages Blog: South Florida tracks the price of admission to the SoBe Food and Wine Festival.
Get ready for sticker shock. Prices have skyrocketed for February's South Beach Wine and Food Festival. That Grand Tasting for which you paid $187 last year? (And $137 in 2007?) It's $212.50 now. And that's pretty standard for the big ticket events, most of which went up by about $50. Still, Lee Brian Schrager, the man in charge of it all, expects sellouts.G- What are the statewide early voting numbers looking like? Discourse has the answer.
H- Both Reidblog and Miami & Beyond note the Republican Party's turn towards anti-intellectualism. From the former...
Is the Republican Party destined to become the dunce party? Maybe so... having spurned "big city America", science, and intellectual elitism in favor of small-town, "real America", the Party of Palin is losing the major metropolitan areas that Ronald Reagan once coopted. Worse, by courting anti-intellectualism and pandering to the worst instincts in American life: jingoism, racism, tribalism and regionalism, including questioning the patriotism of whole coasts, how does the party grow, especially since Hispanics (especially non-Catholic Hispanics,) are running away from them in droves, turned off by the race-baiting, "whites in the White House," anti-immigrant rantings of the right; and African-Americans barely give the GOP a second look? I think it's clear which way the tide in this country is turning, and it's not in the direction of the Limbaugh-Buchanan-Hannity party.I- Eye on Miami has two videos of voting lines in Miami-Dade County that make me wonder what would have happened this election if voting had been relegated to one day.