Monday, November 10, 2014

Pretty in Pink. By Geniusofdespair

The most beautiful sight one can behold. Better than a Miami Wilds don't you think? Too bad the bird species is moving to South Carolina
It was11/l05/06 when this Blog was born because of a disappointing election. I wrote this after the 2006 election:

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election: The day after

Eye On Miami

Keeping up with a blog is a royal pain in the ass. It has already gotten old. How long have I been doing it? This is the third day. Sitting in my pajamas commenting on the day is not my cup of tea. It feels too personal. Anyway, to comment on the election, I am disappointed that voters made it a super majority to get amendments in the Florida Constitution.

I knew Crist would win. He is better looking than Davis. So no surprises there. I did think that Shaw was pretty good on the Everglades but I think it was time for a change. You might say as an Independent with a Democrat leaning I should be happy about the election and that I shouldn’t “despair.” However, we are in such a deep hole, I don’t think either party can get us out of it now. And, the Democrats will ultimately get the blame for not fixing everything which will translate badly to the next presidential election. Thus, I predict we will get another Republican unless the Democrats can find a good looking candidate.

Back to local politics, while at the polls I was astounded at the stupid questions voters asked me. I wanted to say “Go Home”. They were so uninformed on what they were voting on. That is why all the amendments passed. And, that Zoo thing, developing OUR land with private crap (hotels, theme parks, etc.), how the heck did that pass with over 60%? Oh, yes, feel good, unclear language triumphs again. 

Maybe this is a time for this blog to die. I am sitting on a hot deposition (that probably few of you will read) but the despair has taken hold, and instead I reminisce about the bad old days. I have been writing for 8 years (made about $250 in donations during that time)....and what do we get Rick Scott. Wow, depression abounds. Our Blog numbers are great and I look at the Roseate Spoonbill and my heart soars. But the article I took the photo from said they are leaving South Florida:

Although its range is still considered to extend no farther north than the Everglades, the spoonbill turns up here by the dozens and dozens each year. It apparently has joined neo-tropical species such as the white pelican, reddish egret and black whistling duck that are moving from crowded, warming subtropical habitats to the roomier, food rich estuaries of the Lowcountry.

Another year? Do it for the Spoonbill I tell myself but they are leaving for South Carolina. Do it for the endangered Pine Rockland (unfortunately that can't move). Do it for the future of the lobbyist's children who know not what their parents are doing as they all lie to themselves, minimizing the damage they do for the almighty dollar. Let me leave you with a question. If someone upchucks on the bride at her wedding, the daughter of a lobbyist, is that a sign?


Michael Froomkin said...


Don't quit or kill the blog. Take a short break maybe to recharge, but we need you.

Anonymous said...

If you leave, who will man the watch?

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite blogs and has been an invaluable help to me in my work in government. Please keep up the amazing work!

Geniusofdespair said...

I don't know if I could weather 4 more years of Rick Scott, my constitution is just not strong enough. Gimleteye is a stalwart, he is a better bet to throw a few punches.

Mindy Dickman said...

I, too, have felt defeated and ready to say I failed to accomplish what I had set out to do. My goal was to be supermom and raise 2 angels. A few years ago my kids were 2 and 5 and I can still remember the day I thought I had to find a way to "quit" my job as a mother because all my work seemed to amount to nothing right. The kids were fighting and I got stuck looking at what was wrong instead of staying focused on the solutions. I empathize with your feelings, Genius, I know that pain. Writing is obviously like breathing for you so just follow your heart and make the changes you need to make. Thank you again for teaching me so much!!
Take care
P.S. Peggy Gaines, a meditation teacher in South Miami, has helped me find peace. During meditation, answers come to me and I see that life is good. Now I know, no matter what, I am a super mom;)

Anonymous said...

From the grassroots we need you. You have an effect please be assured of that. Let us support you, how can we help?

Anonymous said...

You have done an amazing job. Over the years it has been the place to come to verify what I saw and felt in the marketplace of ideas. While sometimes we agree, and a few times we disagree, I enjoy the discourse. We are the sum of our life experiences. Did you know it is very difficult to have a decent conversation with many people in this town on civic issues? The infrastructure is broken here on many different levels, and that is the problem, not the blog. When 60% of the registered voters fail to show up for a critical election like this, a whole lot of people, organizations, and institutions failed. I sometimes wonder if they still teach civics in high school anymore. And I have many, many more questions for other functional areas of our community. But, in spite of everything else, the blog is working, doing its job! So don't despair, you lift many people. Keep the light burning!