And we made it. TGIF, Friday is in da house. Enjoy your morning Sift and remember to check out the SFDB Weekend Widget in the right sidebar.
A- Suntanned Mumford considers the Freedom Tower.
The Freedom Tower is a classical mediterranean composition, modeled on the Giralda tower in Seville, that seems to be shunned or betrayed by almost every element in its context. It stands alone. The AmericanAirline Arena ignores it, Bayside pretends to be a suburban mall, facing towards the bay leaving the tower to look at parking. Condo Towers to the north look as if they wish it didn’t exist, so they could build higher without guilt of domineering over history.B- AshAndBurn posts a few images from Jimbo's.
C- Six things Vice President Joe Biden should avoid saying to the Class of 2012 at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, courtesy of Salty Eggs.
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Florida this spring to deliver the commencement address at Cypress Bay High School in Weston. In a battleground state, with President Obama’s re-election on the line, it is — to paraphrase Biden himself — kind of a big fucking deal. So mark June 4 on your calendar. Biden will be a guest of the local congresswoman, U.S. Representative (and key Democratic buck-raker) Debbie Wasserman Schultz. He will no doubt go in with prepared remarks. Only, this is a guy who, as has been amply chronicled, never met a script he couldn’t toss. And it wouldn’t be Biden if there weren’t a chance for some impromptu comedy gold.D- It appears that Miami's Cuban-American exiles may be working to disrupt the Pope's visit to Cuba...at The Cuban Triangle.
I have no idea if this Cuban “occupy” movement and its day of protests was hatched in Miami or by activists in Cuba. But my bet is that opponents of the Cuban government will continue to distance themselves from it. The protesters have every right to request of the Vatican whatever they wish. But the Pope, Cuba’s church, and Cuba’s Catholic laity are also entitled to celebrate a pastoral visit as they wish. The protests accentuate the image of a movement focused more on actors outside Cuba than within, and they do the cause of opposition to the Cuban government no favors.E- Jimbo's letter to the City of Miami is up at Eye on Miami.