And, yes, it is still technically morning, according to my time stamp. SoFla bloggers were rather busy last night so sit back and enjoy your Sunday morning Sift.
A- Mood Vane was out and about last night and has some photos from the Auter Explosion event at Cinema Paradiso in Lauderdale.
B- Watch Burn Notice for its shots of South Florida, says Miami Beach 411.
Unarguably, being a Miami Beach local enticed me to watch this series. The familiarity brought upon by the great depiction of the city of Miami gave me a sense that it was all happening in my own backyard. Shots of our beautiful beaches, landmark hotels, beachfront terraces, beautiful high rise buildings and downtown neighborhoods would make anyone want to live here and making me appreciate it all even more. Moreover, Burn notice did a great job capturing the essence of the people in Miami, from tourists drawn from all over the world and most of all the melting pot of different cultures that makes up our local community. I give Burn Notice two thumbs up on putting Miami on the map and showing off how we live.C- The Miami Herald is a day late and a dollar short with yesterday's report on South Florida's real estate collapse, according to Eye on Miami.
It took the Miami Herald a while, but the newspaper finally got around to reporting the ghost town subdivisions in the outer reaches of South Dade: "Real estate bust turns South Dade suburbs into modern ghost towns". It covers some of the same grounds as the AP story published two months ago: "Disaster: Homestead, FL. hit by foreclosures".D- Justice Building Blog opines on the death penalty.
The Herald has been sitting on this story for more than a decade, because powerful advertisers in the newspaper-- from furniture suppliers (Rooms-To-Go, Carl's Furniture) to Sprawling Subdivision XYZ (Lennar, Caribe Homes: just read the paper!) are so important to the paper's bottom line. Any implicit criticism of the suburban sprawl model elicits howls of protest from advertisers, like Pino and the clatch of downtown lawyers who represent the Growth Machine.
Who are we kidding?
The justice system doesn't work.
The death penalty doesn't work.
And we remain the members of a select club of nations, including North Korea and Iran and China, that executes its citizens.