This is is. Election Day 2012. Hopefully, you have voted or are on the way to the polls. If not, then shame on you. Here's your morning Sift.
A- Carlos Miller has an update to the story of a Miami "blogger" who has been engaged in a legal debate with a prominent Miami businessman.
B- Obalesque provides his thoughts on voting this morning.
My biggest fear is that it won’t end tomorrow. That the number of clusterfucks, lawsuits, incidents of violence or shady activities combine to postpone a declared outcome. This would be the ‘Pubs’ nuclear option — the campaign falls short, measures to suppress minority and other undesirable votes fail, Paul Lyin’s lobotomy didn’t stop his drooling — let’s just scramble the pieces, upset the board, and steal what we can when nobody’s watching.C- Photos from Hello, I'm Scott's Friday night.
I like going out with people. I really do. Because the people I go out with are typically nice people. Friends, usually. They’re very, very nice. And most of them smell good.D- South Florida for Beginners has already voted and he's glad he did.
Ever since I saw what the ballot looked like—all ten pages in Miami-Dade—it seemed obvious that we were in for yet another FUBAR Florida election. I had done considerable homework to figure out what the proposed constitutional amendments and local questions and other semi-obscure issues really meant, and it still took me upwards of 20-25 minutes to make sure that I had completed the ballot as I intended. I can only imagine how long a naïve voter might ponder over this monstrous ballot if presented with it for the first time.E- Bark Bark Woof Woof's thoughts for today.
Democracy is messy. It’s supposed to be. It’s designed by people, run by people, and people are human, prone to error, ego, and limited vision at times. That’s why we elect people to do things and help organize and make things work for all of us. Sometimes they screw up. Sometimes they’re in it just for themselves or those they want to impress. But it eventually works out and most of the time for the better. This experiment of America has been doing all right for the last 236 years or so, and we’re getting pretty good at it. And every so often — every two years, as a matter of fact — you get a chance to actually do something about it. And if it’s not exactly to your liking, then make it work. It’s up to you.