Sunday, October 2, 2011

Daily Grind: Oct 2 edition

Today is our official launch day, and so we announce with full confidence a 100% chance today of Foo.

Today's Foo alert level is 5, or The Pretender, which is possibly our favorite song here at the Darth Politico.

The number one reason for today's alert? In Salt Lake City, they're fining a movie theater that served beer during a performance of The Hangover Pt 2. I guess they have a law that no depictions of sexual activity or full-frontal nudity can be combined with evil alcohol. Good things they weren't here in Austin this past week at Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse. This is just patently ridiculous, and we'd like to give a shout-out to our friend Jeff Vice of MSN Movies' Parallel Universe, The Big Movie Mouth Off, Radio from Hell, The Mediocre Show, and the Geek Show Podcast for his comments in this news broadcast.  We'd also like to point out that at another bar that received a fine for serving alcohol to a minor received a SMALLER fine. Ridiculous. And 100% Foo.

If the universe has a sense of karmic irony, here it is. In Mission, TX a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)  chapel has been denied a building permit. Remember last summer's "Scandal" about the "Ground Zero Mosque" that was neither at Ground Zero nor a mosque nor an actual scandal? Well, at the time, a poll was taken that found that one in four Americans would oppose putting a Mormon place of worship in their neighborhood. At the time, some warned that Mormons especially ought to defend the rights of Muslims to build their community center at Park 51, given the history of intolerance towards the faith. But Mitt Romney stepped into it all the same and opposed it. Seems the chickens are coming home to roost.

And is Chris Christie really thinking about running for President?  I really hope he does. Because I just didn't think it could get any crazier or split the base any more. And I'd love to see him join the dogpile on Perry. Plus-- with his increased oversight on big polluters and a one-year moratorium on fracking in NJ, he actually has a better environmental record than Obama. Jon Stewart's been all over Chris Christie the past few weeks, though. Just go watch that.

And finally, over 700 were arrested yesterday trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the Occupy Wall St movement. Good for them. This kind of asymmetrical response from law enforcement will only strengthen the movement and attract more people to it. When they break out the dogs and fire hoses, then we will have won. But don't expect the lamestream media to cover this, even supposedly liberal rags like the old gray lady The New York Times.

I'm reading more and more from a lot of friends who are complaining about lack of mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall St movement.
Ummmm. . . how many years have we been saying "The Revolution WILL NOT be televised"?
That Rueters story and even the NYT article are actually covering what's going on-- or at least partially--which is better than what has happened recently. But regardless of what is or is not being covered, any press is good press. But this will ultimately live or die based on social media and the last free press-- the internet. For what's REALLY going on, I'll point to a friend who was actually there. And leave you with this:

"Picket signs and picket lines. Don't punish me with brutality. Talk to me so you can see what's goin' on."

Because all of this has happened before. And it will all happen again. 

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