Time to make the donuts. Happy Monday morning, readers. Enjoy your morning Sift.
A- An interesting picture from the Design District gets us started this Monday morning courtesy of Miamism Pix.
B- Fantasy Fest pictures are already starting to trickle in from the Green Parrot.
C- Beached Miami shares their thoughts on the Dolphins-Broncos game.
And then the Dolphins collapsed. Oh man, did they collapse. It was like watching a drunk on stilts play a game of Jenga on the Titanic. We were up 15 to zero with less than three minutes left. The play of full-time cherub, part-time quarterback Tim Tebow — starting his first ever pro game, mind you – was so bad, the announcers spent the better part of four quarters questioning his ability to play NFL football. And then he threw two touchdown passes and scrambled for a two-point conversion to tie the game with seconds left.D- Political Cortadito documents the circus that is Hialeah early voting.
Soon after, a second line -- much closer, at the 100-foot mark -- was drawn. And, for the most part, it was respected. Su alcaldito Carlos Hernandez crossed it to walk a little old lady to the polls, but Ladra was later told that was his grandmother so that has to be okay. And former State Sen. Rudy Garcia -- who put on a big, intimidating show by bringing a busload and a half of voters from his campaign headquarters and flying a plane banner overhead at noon with his I heart Hialeah slogan and "I want to save Hialeah" -- helped some voters get off the bus but was told he couldn't do it there because it was within the 100-foot boundary. The driver had to move the vehicle a few feet.E- The same Republicans who would have a problem with Obama curing cancer are complaining about the end of the Iraq War, over at Bark Bark Woof Woof.
F- A guest blogger at Eye on Miami runs down the employment opportunities that the casino industry is going to bring to Miami.
Not finding the exact numbers on line but let's start with the number of croupiers in Las Vegas. Then we can find the related professions in Las Vegas and come up with a multiplier factor. So if we find there are 3500 croupiers and 20,000 prostitutes, we have a multiplier of 5.7. We can run the same numbers for pimps, pawn shops, extra police, bail bondsman, lawyers (oh happy day!), night courts, muggers, Gamblers Anonymous chapters, minimum wage jobs, homes for all of these people (mainly section 8), water (which we do not have) for all of these people, 24 hour establishments in the area (I know a great spot for a tattoo parlor near Braman Cadillac), noise in the area, laundries (I hear brothels use lots of towels). And don't forget the beauty parlors; our Ladies, and Men, and Children, of the night, day, afternoon, evening, lunch break, coffee break, must always look beautiful. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.G- South Florida Guy packs up the blog and takes it with him on a trip to Pensacola.
On this trip, I'm heading to Pensacola. Florida is shaped like a boomerang and I'm driving from the southeast tip to the northwest corner. You know you are truly in North Florida when the rest stops are nicer than the city parks back home. This being October, there is also a chill in the air. Something that happens very rarely in Miami.