Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Random Pixels investigation reveals that an 8-week-old kitten is more popular than Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

It's been two weeks since Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine gave his State of the City address. One of my Facebook friends called it an "over the (big) top State of the City Broadway production."

Here in the Random Pixels newsroom, we were impressed by the mayor's ability to transform a usually dull affair into something resembling a Presidential inauguration, Papal Coronation and Heisman Trophy ceremony, all rolled into one spectacular, self-aggrandizing, dull affair.

But the mayor is worried that some may have missed it.

In the two weeks since he gave the speech, he's been promoting it ad nauseam on social media.

He's even paid for an ad that's running on the state's most widely-read political blog, SaintPetersBlog.

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But despite all that promotion, the mayor's speech has been viewed just slightly more than 1,700 times.

By comparison, a YouTube video posted just two days ago of a tiny kitten battling its reflection in a mirror has been viewed more than 80,000 times.

This kitten is infinitely more popular than Miami Beach
Mayor Philip Levine. 

But back to the speech. At about 17 minutes into his 45 minute snooze-fest, the mayor talks about the city's search for a new police chief with "ability and an enviable record."

"We found those qualities in Chief Dan Oates, who only five months into the job, is already making a difference and you can feel it," the mayor said.

Last April, Levine was quoted as saying, "We believe that a culture of excellence should be in every [city] department head and Police Chief Dan Oates exemplifies that."

But if I had one wish, it would be to listen in on the conversation that Mayor Levine is almost certain to have very soon with his "world-class" police chief.

While the mayor was concluding his trip to Israel, someone broke into a house on Sunset Island.

The burglary might have gone unnoticed except for the fact that it occurred just two blocks from the mayor's house.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when the mayor has that talk with the chief.

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