Quick Bites

by SDM

Please Step Out of the Sunshine

The beginning of the February 19th village council meeting to interview attorney candidates shows precisely why people from around this county think Palmetto Bay is run by a fool.

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Mayor Stanczyk noted as she opened the meeting that they were live-streaming the interviews, meaning anyone can watch the session live on the internet.

Then she asked each of the firms who were in the queue to testify to wait in the lobby so that whichever firm was being interviewed would have “some privacy.”

We swear, we are not making this up. Watch it for yourself here. (Just a few minutes of your precious time, scout’s honor.)

Of course, several stunned folks on the dais and in the audience explained to her cluelessness that not only was this a public sunshine meeting, there are televisions in the lobby where anyone can listen in on the interviews.

SDM Says: Is this the best we can do, Palmetto Bay? C’mon man.

Garcia Ignores Campaign Contributor’s Honoring of Hugo Chavez

The Miami Herald reported that former Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt contributed $2,500 to Congressman Joe Garcia’s re-election campaign.

The contribution raised hackles in Miami’s Venezuelan diaspora when Delahunt was found to have attended former Dictatory Hugo Chavez’s funeral. (SDM wonders how Mr. Garcia would react to a lobbyist attending Fidel Castro’s funeral.)

SDM Says: Mr. Delahunt has a right to cultivate his clientele and Mr. Garcia’s constituents have a right to ask why the congressman would do business with a guy who represents a police state that has forced so many of its citizens to flee.

South Dade Commissioner gets it Partially Right

You may have missed South Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss’s forceful repudiation of Commissioner Javier Souto at a recent county commission meeting.

Mr. Souto, who is reaching the terminus of a long and undistinguished legislative career, issued a veiled threat to fellow commissioners for daring to consider doing business with a global firm that did/does business with Cuba.

Mr. Souto implied that doing business with a firm with business ties to Cuba is like doing business with a firm who does business with the former apartheid regime in South Africa. (For the youngsters out there, this was a big deal back before cell phones.)

Mr. Souto is right in one sense when he draws this analogy, though many of us in the United States are tiring of what has looked for a decade or more to be a failed foreign policy.

Where Mr. Souto went way wrong and drew Moss’s ire was when he repeated another tired old saw, namely that “Cubans built Miami.” One doesn’t need to investigate very deeply to determine how absurd this contention is historically.

But, for argument’s sake, let’s say Mr. Souto is right. SDM Wonders: Why would anyone want to take credit for everything that makes up Miami? SDM loves this community, but it ain’t perfect by a long shot.

Our government institutions are borderline functional and often outright corrupt. Our economy is perilously perched on a very limited base and lacks significant industrial components. Even SDM who recognizes the need for rational development recognizes that our public infrastructure and environmental planning are both abysmal. (Where do you think all that stuff you put into your septic system eventually end up?)

SDM Says: If you demand credit for “building this community” (and that means you, too, Mr. Moss when you said “black folks built this town”), then you better be ready to accept the blame as well.

SDM Knows Now That We’re Getting Old…

SDM found this story in Slate.com and it convinced us we are now completely out of touch with the next generation.

We aren’t big users of Facebook because we think they are reading our minds, not literally of course but by inference based on data. So we hadn’t seen the gender identity drop-down button that offers 58 options (!!) to describe one’s gender.

We are feeling really old here at SDM now. Back when we were coming up, you didn’t choose your gender, you were your gender. Now, however, kids get to choose from this list:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Cis [According to Wikipedia: Cisgender and cissexual (often abbreviated to simply cis) describe related types of gender identity where an individual’s experience of their own gender matches their bodies. This includes people who were once transgender but physically transitioned so their gender identity matches their physical sex. Glad we cleared that up.]
  • Cisgender
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • Female to Male
  • FTM [Female to Male]
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • Male to Female
  • MTF [Male to Female]
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other [This list doesn't cover it?!?!]
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans*
  • Trans Female
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans Male
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans Man
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-Spirit

SDM Says: Please don’t ask your grandchildren if they are confused about their identities. You don’t want to know the answer.

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