Diana Krall, New Years Eve
- President Obama moves into his second term with pretty much the same situation in Washington and Congress as he has had for the last two years, so nothing will really get done. The budget matters, including the fake drama of the Fiscal Cliff, will still be around in some form because it’s a lot easier to kick it down the road than actually do something, especially when you have a Republican Party that absolutely refuses to work with the president on anything at all. It has nothing to do with policy, deficits or debt, taxes or revenue. The reason is pretty simple: they don’t like him, and so like a kid in grade school who refuses to do his math homework because he hates the teacher, they refuse to budge. You can pick your excuses, ranging from his Spock-like demeanor to his refusal to suck up to the Villagers, but most of it comes down to the unspoken reason that dare not speak its name: he’s black. No one dares say that out loud, but get three beers in any Republican, and I’ll bet they’ll admit it by saying “He’s not one of us.” How many dog whistles do you need? A big tell was that in the last-minute budget negotiations, Mitch McConnell went to Vice President Joe Biden as the go-between the Congress and the president. Why? Because Mr. Biden was in the Senate and knows how to talk to them, and also because he’s the white guy. So we will have another year of gridlock, and the new Congress will make the one just concluded look good.
I don’t think that asking for someone to be fired is a classy move, but re Jeff Ireland it seems reasonable at this point. The Dolphins have not had a winning record in four out of five years that Ireland has had his stinky mitts on this team. When he lets Jake Long go in free agency, no one will be left from his first draft. Why is this ok? How many draft picks has he made and given up on? Am I drunk? Why are we rewarding mediocrity, or worse, losers? Is he really still riding the wave of the Wildcat? Are you drunk? Seriously.B- Reading the Sunday papers can be a frustrating experience for Obalesque.
In the Hurled’s front section, dedicated to international and national news, there were 20 stories. Just four were written by Hurled or McClatchy reporters, including all three on the front page. Six were reiterations from the New York Times, another six were Associated Press, two from the Washington Post, and two from others, including ‘wire services.”C- Belle Isle Blog reviews the past year and looks at what the future may hold for their little part of the world.
Twenty-twelve was critical for Critical Mass in ways that go beyond the mere presence of famous athletes, though. Most importantly, the past year saw a virtually exponential increase in ridership.E- Eye on Miami deems the collapse of US Century Bank to be "the biggest business story of 2012 in Miami."
This burger was seasoned perfectly. Cooked just the way I ordered. And the flavors were great. The chipotle mayo & avocado salsa were perfect.C- Miamism reveals their five most read posts of 2012.
The premise of this Amsterdam-originated chain is simple: they serve up crispy falafel, either in a sandwich or on a salad. You can start with "premium" add-ons (avocado, feta, hard-boiled egg), and/or just deck it out at the Salad bar, which has everything from roasted veggies to tabbouleh, salsa and sauces.B- Bark Bark Woof Woof reviews 2012 and mentions SFDB so, you know...
After some quick reshuffling, Brandon was on another (non-direct) flight from Pittsburgh (his temporary home base), his mom was on a Greyhound bus down from Jacksonville to come help, Jeremiah had a trip to the seafood market to make, and I had a grocery list to feed a crowd of forty so there would be something to cook when Brandon finally arrived. Jeremiah and Steve Santana busted ass the next day to help with the prep, and Brandon's backup kitchen reinforcements arrived Monday afternoon.B- Burger Beast presents his 5 (or 6) Best Miami Food Truck Burgers.
The Burgers are not in any order and are just numbered to keep some order. Eat these
56 Burgers and become one of the enlightened.
A 14,975-square-foot vacant tract of land in Miami’s MiMo district has sold for $1.2 million, according to Chariff Realty. The property, which is located at 6405 Biscayne Boulevard, previously sold for $300,000 in May 2011.I wish I was able to find investments that gave me a 400% return on my money in a year and a half.
Plotted by subsumption of Miami’s profane tranquility–cultural tourist wonder about the hood without really being present in the hood. The native narrative is visibly underwritten by real-estate bestowing onto itself pillaging rights of those things pretending to be the left overs of past relational history. Hence forth carrying on an imagined dialectical relationship between Global mobility and an enlightened court of celestial nobility–the result signaling the illusion that new embodied immortal forms have arrived [here] to think somewhere else–res cogitans versus res extensas!C- The M-Path isn't getting the respect it deserves from city employees, according to Transit Miami.
Earlier in the article, Mr. Herrero mentions that “like all things Cuba-related, the debate over Gross’ incarceration has since devolved into an ideological three-ring circus where finding a solution has become a secondary objective behind not appearing to be making concessions to the enemy.”C- Jeff Eats releases the superlatives in his review of Fish Shack in Pompano Beach.
Every so often Jeff Eats comes across an absolute HOMERUN…Fish Shack is a GRAND SLAM!D- Go Hydrology! finds himself pulled between calendar and water years.
Thus, after very careful thought, I have become a stickler (and what we call in the profession as an over-zealous advocate) for computer totals for the region from May 1st to April 30th, the first six months of which match our wet season and the six months after that our dry season.E- When you want to quiet down a handful of restaurant reviewers, just (publicly) ask them which places they don't like...as they did at Eater Miami.
I am not so naïve to assume that bipartisan agreement can be achieved simply by listening to the other side. I also do not think that civic discussions always lead to changed mindsets. But at the very least, treating others civilly and refraining from stereotyping can lead to more peaceful coexistence. Not in some heavenly afterlife or idyllic liberal utopia, but right here, right now, on earth.H- Car2go and DecoBike are partnering up, according to Curbed Miami.
The idea is to make it easier to switch modes of transportation depending on your needs at the moment and where you're going.I- Bark Bark Woof Woof does a review of The Hobbit.
Fortunately, director Peter Jackson has a good story to work with, and thanks to his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has a great deal of respect for Tolkien’s work.
However, what I do not sympathize with is their bullying tactics and the insolent sense of entitlement displayed by some of the most vocal among them.Wait for it...
He shot, and hit my left thumb. Here's the crazy part: I'm thinking, Man, that's gonna leave a mark. He shot some more. I went down. I couldn't tell you if that shot knocked the gun out of my hand or didn't. Probably did. He came around. At that point I'm faceup. He shoots, starts hitting me. Once in my thigh, in my upper arm. And I'm thinking, Better get small.I'm real sensitive to one-sided criticism of police officers and this kind of story is one of the reasons why. Sure, they take the job knowing full well what they may face and some of them make some pretty stupid and egregious mistakes along the way. But stories like Lt. Murphy's are overlooked and passed over by far, far too many people who are only there to criticize and mock.
If you look back at my grade-school pictures, I was always a front-of-the-line kid. I was always small. So I learned that you have to be able to take a beating and still come back, because if you give up, you're just gonna get picked on. That was part of surviving in Brooklyn. When the big guys gave you charley horses, if you started crying, they'd just give you more.
So I flipped over, started low-crawling. I had my vest on. If I tucked my head, stayed small, maybe he just hits the vest. He does, hits me right in the back. At that point, I'm probably hit half a dozen times. It got very quiet. It got nice and warm. Cozy. I started closing my eyes for a second. I thought, This is going out....
And then I thought, Fuck you.I'm not going out in a parking lot. I'm not going out like this. I'm not gonna let my wife down. I'm not gonna let my daughter down, and I'm not letting my stepkids down.
An increased cost of living will bump up Florida's minimum wage by 12 cents on Jan. 1.B- WPLG: Video, local photographer chronicles lives of the homeless in South Florida.
The new $7.79 wage is expected to add about $370 to the annual wages of 210,000 in the state, the National Employment Law Project reported.
MIAMI - Community leaders gathered Thursday to kick-off the annual "No More Stray Bullets" campaign.D- WPTV: Of course!
For the past several years, this campaign has been raising awareness about the danger of shooting off guns during holiday celebrations.
After a chase along a canal, deputies say they opened Pierre Revol's wallet and found crystal meth instead of cash.
The discovery of drugs was a shock, Revol allegedly said, claiming he bought the wallet from some guy on the street for a buck and had no idea about the dope tucked inside.
The story didn't stick with deputies, who charged the 26-year-old Boynton Beach man with drug possession and resisting arrest, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report.
At 26,981 square feet, the house has a whopping 33 rooms and is listed for $22 million. It has a huge pool with underground viewing porthole, a tennis court, a yacht-sized boathouse, a private harbor, a long dock, lawns galore, and a guest house.B- Obalesque wishes everyone a New Year and expresses his appreciation for their readership.
This blog may be inactive until 2013 — or not — but in case it is, Happy New Year, everybody, and thanks for all your visits, comments, and emails without which I’d curl up and die like a slug in the sunlight.C- A colorful animated rain map can be found at Go Hydrology!
A recent outing had Jeff Eats “sampling” ribs, chicken, pulled pork sandwich, french fries, sweet potato fries…Now, trust me here—everything and I do mean everything was delicious.C- South Florida foodies had a hard time deciding their best meal of 2012 at Eater Miami.
I don’t have an answer that doesn’t involve a course in constitutional law or a thorough examination of the reason for man’s inhumanity. But if other people have found ways to do it and still enjoy the fundamental freedoms that we are entitled to, then there has to be a way to end the slaughter of children without infringing the Constitution, emasculating the issue-prone of the species, or banning Call of Duty: Black Ops.
395 or 195?B- TC Palm: Life in South Florida.
195 gets you there faster. If I have a tourist friend from out of town and they want to look at the cruise ships, then 395. When I want to feel Miami coursing through my veins, I decide I have an errand to do at 4 a.m., hop in the car, and blast "Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer as I fly over the Julia Tuttle, I stare out over the water, see Miami Beach, and say to myself "the world is mine." Then, usually, I realize that I left my wallet at home or locked myself out of the apartment.
FORT PIERCE — Brenda Albury spent Christmas Eve night at the bedside of her goddaughter, but not in the way either of them expected.C- South Florida Business Journal: Aren't these called "Best Buy?"
The goddaughter, a 13-year-old Pine Creek Village resident, was walking to her apartment with her mother late Monday afternoon when several shots were fired toward them, said Albury, who also lives in the complex but was out of town at the time. A bullet grazed the woman's leg, but her daughter was seriously injured, Albury said.
Microsoft will bring its first South Florida retail store to Dadeland Mall next year, the company announced Wednesday.D- NBC Miami: Our well-regulated militia.
According to a post on Microsoft's blog, the company will open six new retail stores across the country in 2013, said Jonathan Adashek, general manager of the Communications and Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group for Microsoft.
The stores sell all types of Microsoft merchandise, from Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft and third-party software, games, peripherals and more.
A Pompano Beach man has been ordered held without bond on suspicion he opened fire from the second-story balcony of his apartment complex on Christmas Day, authorities say.E- WPTV: Absolutely. This will stop the school shootings.
At a hearing Wednesday, Broward County Judge Arlene Backman told Jymys Estrada, 21, that he isn’t eligible to post a bond. Estrada was taken into custody Tuesday on charges of discharging a firearm in public and possession of an altered firearm, according to a sheriff’s arrest report. The Honduras native was being detained on an immigration hold, the judge said.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - From Boca Raton to the Treasure Coast, our communities have seen violent crimes drop by 25 percent since 2007. That means fewer murders, aggravated assaults and armed burglaries. But a group of local religious leaders says that isn't good enough.
"It is easier for children to get a gun and kill someone than it is to get a quality education in school," says C. Shahid Freedman.
"The time has come to put metal detectors in all the schools," says Thomas Masters, Mayor of Riviera Beach.
Kwanzaa is non-religious and non-political. Its positive message overshadows its creator. If the black community practices: Unity; Self-determination; Collective work and responsibility; Cooperative economics; Purpose; Creativity and Faith.
At one point one of the chefs, and I assume by his presence the owner, came up and asked how the food was. I didn’t say a word. I just chewed and gave him that, “Bro... it’s... wow” face.B- Eater Miami is doing their end of lists so make sure you head over and check out all of them...for this evening's Sift we're going to highlight their Top Newcomers of 2012.
As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys & 2012 in One Word. Now it's time for our favorite New Restaurants of 2012.C- Homestead is Home is claiming that South Miami police cars are being used for official business in Homestead.
803(6) is more than a rule to introduce documents. It also shows how to use the words of the rules to your advantage. All the lawyer has to do is parrot the language of each subsection in a question and the court will reflexively grant the request. The words are important. They have legal meaning. Use them to your advantage.F- Primanti Bros on Fort Lauderdale Beach is a big hit with Burgers by the Beach.
Yes, the fries are on the burger. No need for side items... It all ends up in the same place so why not eat it all at once!G- If you find yourself in Sweetwater during lunch, Burger Beast has a great Nicaraguan spot for you.
Carne Asada Tortilleria Nica is one of many Fritangas that can be found in Sweetwater. Sweetwater is the hub of the Nicaraguan community in South Florida. And el Centro Comercial Managua where Carne Asada Tortilleria Nica Fritanga is located would probably be its White House. You can also find the very popular Raspados Loly in this same strip mall.H- The Chowfather updates his Top 20 Restaurants in Miami (-Dade).
Police investigating the ambush Monday in upstate New York in which two firefighters were killed said Tuesday that they had found what appeared to be human remains at the gunman's home. Authorities said they believed the remains were those of the gunman's 67-year-old sister, who lived with him.No doubt the NRA, if they even take the time to address this latest carnage, will profile Spengler [pictured above right] as another nutjob because that's what some gun owners apparently morph into when they use their guns to do exactly what they were designed to do.
William Spengler, 62, opened fire on the volunteer firefighters as they responded to a blaze in Webster just before 6 a.m. ET Monday in a small cluster of homes near Lake Ontario, police said. The firefighters — Michael Chiapperini, 43, a lieutenant with the Webster police, and Tomasz Kaczowka, 19 — were shot dead, and Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him.
Earlier, police said Spengler had left a three-page typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people."
Although Spengler couldn't legally own firearms as a convicted felon, police said he was armed with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle.
The one thing all mass shooters have in common is guns. That's it. Mental illness, abusive childhoods, collapsed relationships, setbacks at school or work, and every other form of stress or trauma take place in every nation in the world, but of all the developed democracies only in the United States do we have more than 10,000 gun-related deaths each year. Every other developed democracy has some form of effective gun control. The United States doesn't. Those looking for other explanations have reasons for looking for other explanations. People in the other developed democracies watch the same movies and play the same video games, but they don't shoot each other at anything even approaching the rate that Americans do. It's about guns. When that silicon chip inside the head of people in other developed democracies gets switched to overload, they can't just go grab a gun and start shooting. People in the United States can.
Republicans in California eagerly supported increased gun control. Governor Reagan told reporters that afternoon that he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” He called guns a “ridiculous way to solve problems that have to be solved among people of good will.” In a later press conference, Reagan said he didn’t “know of any sportsman who leaves his home with a gun to go out into the field to hunt or for target shooting who carries that gun loaded.” The Mulford Act, he said, “would work no hardship on the honest citizen.”
BOYNTON BEACH — A pregnant woman and her boyfriend remained in serious condition at Delray Medical center late Tuesday after they were wounded in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting in the 100 block of Northeast 17th Court.B- South Florida Business Journal: Heading north.
The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. near near Ezell Hester Jr. Community Park. Police found Kiara Andrews, 220, and James E. Williams, 22, in the front seat of a black 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with gunshot wounds, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said late Tuesday.
Florida's effort to crackdown on pill mills has led to the same types of clinics popping up across state lines in Georgia, The Wall Street Journal reports.C- South Florida Business Journal: Not only good for our health.
Georgia now has 125 such clinics compared to less than 10 in 2010, according to the state's Drug and Narcotics Agency. More than 16,500 people die every year in the U.S. due to overdosing on opioid painkillers, which are now the nation's deadliest drugs outpacing heroin and cocaine combined, the Journal reported.
The 10th annual ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon generated $52.2 million in total economic impact for the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County in 2012, according to a new study by the Sport Industry Research Center.D- South Florida Business Journal: More money for Sam Zell.
The three-day event, held during the last weekend in January, features a 5K race, half marathon, marathon and health and fitness expos.
The economic impact of the Miami marathon increased 26.3 percent from the 2011 event, according to the study. The increase is attributed to a rise in individual spending by international visitors and an increase in the number of non-local participants.
Tribune Co., which is trying to emerge from bankruptcy court, is dropping the Associated Press news service for seven of its newspapers, including the Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, TimeOutChicago.com reports.E- CBS4: Dashing through the Keys, in a white, old open Toyota.
Many Sun Sentinel readers may notice little difference because AP stories in its print edition appear to have been rare in recent weeks. However, a major advantage of the AP is its ubiquity with 3,700 employees, mostly journalists, and 300 locations, including every state capital.
MONROE COUNTY (CBSMiami) – A 46-year-old Boynton Beach woman led deputies in the Florida Keys on a chase that reached speeds of 120 mph and left her sitting in her urine and feces early Sunday.F- NBC Miami: More Keys women.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Laura Rager was southbound in her white Toyota at 73 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at 2:23 p.m. when Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes spotted her, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. He turned around and attempted a traffic stop, backed up by Deputy Jon Huff.
Rager pulled over but just as the deputy was getting out of the car, she took off. She reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, crossing both the white and yellow lines of the roadway and forcing several vehicles off the road.
A Florida Keys woman was arrested after deputies said she drank a few martinis and then fired a handgun from her porch.G- WPTV: Snuggle Alert!
Beverly Richards, 58, was arrested late Sunday night and faces charges including improper exhibition of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public and use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, according to online records. She was since released from jail.
Richards said she shot the gun after having a couple of martinis because she was angry that she would not be able to see her granddaughter on Christmas, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies. Firing the gun, she said, made her feel better.
One more warm day and then a significant cool front sweeps through the area tonight. That front will drop temperatures 30 degrees overnight, so a SNUGGLE ALERT is in effect. Temperatures warm up quickly again with another front for Saturday.
The good news through all this is the Dolphins are the second youngest team in the NFL and have no expiring contracts of players that they simply can not lose. While fans would love to see this guy or that guy brought back, none of the players heading out the door are game changing playmakers. That will not go unnoticed by Jeff Ireland. With Reggie Bush the only “home-run threat” it’s clear that even he has no lock on the roster next season. The Dolphins are not going to throw money to the wind and let it fly. They will stick with their plan and they will stick with their way of doing of business. Right or wrong in the public eye.C- Blind Tastes posts his final installment of the Ten Days of Bourbon Christmas.
(Reuters) - Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms.
Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out.
The busiest table at the R.K. Gun & Knife show at an exposition center near the Kansas City, Missouri airport was offering assault weapons near the entrance.
West Plains, Missouri dealer Keith's Guns sold out of about 20 AR-15 style assault rifles in a little over an hour, owner Keith Gray said.
An AR-15 type assault weapon was among the guns authorities believe suspect Adam Lanza stole from his mother to use in the massacre of 20 school children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school on December 14.
|Merry Christmas, America!|
Seraphic Fire has had a remarkable year. In 2012 the Miami based chamber choir celebrated its tenth anniversary, was a classical Grammy nominee for two albums, signed a recording distribution deal with the innovative classical label Naxos, gave acclaimed performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor and presented a wide-ranging exploration of psalm settings. To conclude this landmark annum, the choir offered highlights from Handel’s Messiah, the group’s first performance of this Christmas perennial in two seasons.B- El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza provides Worst Pizza with free drinks, appetizers and dessert and also gets 7 out of 8 stars for their pizza.
Mike told us he would put the pizza pie in their coal ovens but wanted us to sample some of their other specialties first. How could we say no to such a generous offer. After bringing over what seemed like every appetizer and specialty drink on the menu like Passion Fruit Cocktail, Tamarindo Cocktails, I was almost too full for the pizza. Each and every item he brought to our table was fantastic. Seriously, I couldn’t find fault with any of them. It doesn’t seem like you can go wrong with anything on their menu.C- Gun Free Zone's answer to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary: a meme!
WE WILL KEEP YOUR KIDS AT THE MERCY OF DERANGED KILLERS UNTIL WE GET WHAT WE WANT.D- Eye on Miami thinks the idea of police officers patrolling the halls of America's schools is ridiculous.
Signed, Gun Control Advocates
This has to be the message we pounce everywhere: Gun Control Advocates are nothing more than self-confessed terrorists that really do not care about the children or people in general but on their own political gain.
It is time for society to "stand our ground" for common sense. Ban assault weapons. Get them off the streets.We cannot legislate certainty any more than we can legislate madness, but we can ban assault weapons and should. If Congress can't shake the N.R.A., voters must elect members of Congress who can.