Wow. What a busy day in the South Florida blogosphere. Things were popping today which means that SFDB readers get an extra large evening Sift. Enjoy.
A- Boy Writes Miami tells us about his voting experience as only he knows how.
By my watch, it was around 11:13 PM when CNN called it for Obama and the rest of the networks followed suit. That means there were people in line who had to hear “Barack Obama has been re-elected as the President of the United States” while they still had a f*cking [Ed.] half-hour wait to get to the polls! That’s ridiculous.B- Blind Tastes snags the Sift mention for a Cobaya event that was posted on at least 4 South Florida blogs today.
C- Burger Beast posts a video of his latest show on Chat Chow TV's The Grind.
D- More South Florida rain charts at Go Hydrology!
E- Hello, I'm Scott attended Redbull Flugtag but wasn't that blown away by it.
It was during this 30-minute adventure to find and get food that the event got underway. Waaaaaaay off in the distance, we would see craft of suspect engineering launch from the pad and fall straight into the water. The first few times it was funny. After the 7th or 8th time, it was less amusing. Even with food in our bellies.F- Beached Miami interviews local filmmaker Andrew Hevia about his new documentary, Rising Tide.
Why focus on these seven artists? Who are they and what did they signify to you in the context of the Miami art community?G- Salty Eggs opines on Obama's big win last night.
AH: I went into the movie with the idea of focusing on a younger generation of Miami artists, specifically those who came of age since Art Basel Miami Beach first opened. With only one exception, these artists are Miami natives and their experience was interesting to me because they are part of a wave of talent that made the conscious choice to stay in Miami rather than pursue careers in more developed art scenes.
To the Tea Party, and everyone else who pulled the Republican Party so far to the right that it was barely recognizable even to its own extremely conservative base: Thank you, you backwards, noxious masses. You crazy-ass swine, you degenerate yahoos, you made this happen, and I love you. Because of your incredibly atavistic, utterly wrongheaded bullshit, you have guaranteed Barack Obama another term in office. Your dumbassed insistence that government should keep its hands off Medicare has now insured that the man you believe is a fascist communist Kenyan will now be president for four more years.H- What the hell is up with the weird granite Centrust sign in downtown Miami, asks Curbed Miami.
I- It's a big weekend at the New World Symphony, according to South Florida Classical Review.
Stéphane Denève, chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, will lead the Miami Beach ensemble in Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 3, a harrowing work composed at the end of World War II, subtitled Symphonie Liturgique for its invocation of texts from the Latin mass.J- Random Pixels names the election's winners and losers.
K- Great post by Justice Building Blog on the 6 ways the Republican Party has committed suicide.
The second thing republicans did to themselves was to actively destroy any reasonable, moderate republican who was capable of working across the isle with their democratic counter-part. Indiana Senator Richard Luger was just such a republican. First elected to the senate in 1976, he ably represented Indiana for 36 years until the very qualities that made him so successful and valuable to his party- his reasonableness and ability to comprise, was used against him in the primary, where he lost to a Tea-Party ideologue, who was never Luger's equal as a politician.L- On Two Shores joins me in watching the wackiness at Babalu.
Not to be missed are Ziva’s unhinged predictions (short version: 200,00 stormtroopers commanded by Alinsky’s ghost imposing Chicago-style Islamic martial law -this beauty comes from a website hilariously called “American Thinker”), Drillanwr temper tantrum threatening to grab her marbles (what I’m sure are meager charitable donations) and keeping them for herself and El Loco Fontova’s freakout at Obama’s share of the Cuban American vote (47% or 49% depending of the source.) Memo to Fontova: you know what your real problem is? The Americans you derisively call Lahteeno favored Obama by 72%. Chew on that, cupcake.M- Bark Bark Woof Woof mulls over the possibility of Puerto Rico statehood.
There will be some push-back from the Republicans, especially the knuckle-draggers who claim that the island should declare English the “official” language before admittance (when English becomes the “official” language here, we can consider it), that the majority of the population is poor and dependent on government services (hello, Mississippi), and that they will all be Democrats and add two more D’s to the Senate. Given the GOP’s current standing with the Latino community, perhaps admitting Puerto Rico would go a long way to mending a fence or two.