We're halfway through the week, readers. Smile and remember we're on the down slope into the weekend as you check out your evening Sift...
A- Babalu has spent the last couple weeks vilifying and denigrating the Spanish Government and the Catholic Church for their efforts to release Cuban political dissidents. Ironically, they were on hand to welcome one of those freed dissidents to the United States when he arrived in Miami. The hypocrisy couldn't have been any thicker in MIA's Terminal J today.
B- Miami Favs loves a daytrip to Wynwood.
C- When you're in Lauderdale and in the mood for coffee but don't want to tap DD or Starbucks, FTL Collective has some suggestions.
This locale will make you feel like you’re in your good friends’ home if not your own, especially with the presence of helpful owner Aileen. Undergrounds Coffeehaus aims to please everyone with their wide variety of books, themed nights, Turkish coffee, crafting sessions, and nearly two dozen kinds of tater tots. Most books, art, and other items around for entertainment are available for purchase. Events scheduled regularly so head over to their website to keep up with what’s going on.D- Mini-lobster season is rather stressful for a Keys resident like Ferfelabat.
There are people who will tie up to your boat while you are diving. Most are harmless. Some want to steal your GPS numbers and / or your equipment. Sometimes they have worse intentions. Leave someone on your boat at all times and have a shotgun handy – especially during mini-lobster season.E- UVu Blog links to a video profile of Coconut Grove artist Nancy Martini.
F- Sex and the Beach was there for the unveiling of the Julia Tuttle statue at Bayfront Park.
The statue is beautiful, thanks to the handiwork of Daub and Firmin studios. In a graceful gesture, Tuttle's palm extends upward holding the famous orange blossoms that convinced Henry Flagler to bring his railroad to the shores of the Miami river. That offering summarizes the story: "I gave orange blossoms and a city was born."G- Both The Reid Report and Miami Dade Dems have the 411 on the big Republican dirty tricks story that may yet involve Marco Rubio.
H- Bark Bark Woof Woof offers commentary on the Arizona immigration law ruling.
Aside from the fact that the Obama administration has increased the deportation of immigration law violators over the Bush administration, every attempt by the Obama administration to fix the immigration laws has been blocked by the Republicans. Why? Because they know that it would hand another victory to the Democrats, so they know they can't have that. They would rather demagogue immigration and all the issues -- employer sanctions, separated families, the Neo-Nazis patrolling the border -- that come with it and get face time on cable TV than actually do something. What a surprise.