At last it's fall. Cooler weather, beautfiul seasonal foilage changes, leaves rustling about as we all continue to stand dumbfounded at the nuttiness that surrounds us on a daily basis. Welcome to Fall 2008 where not only are leaves falling from the trees but so are banks, brokerage houses and home prices. It's another wonderful day in the neighborhood and this forum is ready to give you the latest updates, links, and happenings in Central City and beyond...
And They're Off: It's only about 40 days or so left in the run for the White House race and boy does it look like a it's going to be a nasty barn burner. At every turn, I'm amazed at the amount of the electorate that can't seem to make up it's mind about who will be the next leader of the free world. So far, Maverick Mac has been nudging Team Obama out of the lead. Subseqently the bouncing O comes ebbing back into play but not quite in a notable lead. Oh that McaCain! especially with that smart play of bringing on Alaska's Governor Palin. She's been a story with legs that the media can't stop fixating on. What's really going on here? What must be done to stop this momentum? Is everyone registered? Where's Bill & Hillary? Is this OMG moment? Stop the presses...O.K. Just when I thought it was time to exhale, then a 700 Billion pound gorillla was sitting in the room. Yikes! If you are not registered to vote in this critical election cycle, I implore you to do so. Remember every vote counts and I mean every vote. I challenge each of you to assist anyone who has not registered. You can do it by phone at 1.866.MY VOTE.1 Well, what are you waiting for. I've begun this campaign by chiding my LTC about his apathy in getting registered. There you have it, I'm starting on the home front and working my way out. Let's hear where you are getting started.
Slackers Unite: Yes folks I'm locked and loaded for the release of Michael Moore's latest salvo in popular culture with his current film, Slacker's Uprising. He's throwing the switch at midnight(9.23.08) allowing the film to be downloaded for FREE. According to his press material "Slacker Uprising" traces Michael Moore’s 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election and records the thrilling -- and frightening -- response he received across the country. I don't recall his tour crossing into this terrority but I'm floating the idea of at least finding a screening site for this film. The press release continues, neither Moore nor Brave New Films will make any money from the film, which had a budget of over $2 million. "This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans," said Moore. "The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November. I think 'Slacker Uprising' will inspire million to get off the couch and give voting a chance."
“Our mission here at Brave New Films is to get out a message of social justice,” said Greenwald. “This year , that means getting people to take a close look at what’s at stake in this incredibly important election. You can find literally no better storyteller in the world for that purpose than Michael Moore. Michael is a genius and an inspiration to people all over the country. This new movie is a gift to our country in this critical moment, and we’re honored to be distributing it for free over the internet.”
Moore’s goal four years ago was to convince millions of non-voting "slackers” -- mostly between the ages of 18-29 -- to give voting a try. Starting out in Elk Rapids , Michigan , in front of an audience of 400 , the tour caught on like wildfire with up to 16 , 000 slackers each night coming to see Moore and his traveling band of speakers , comedians , and musicians.
To encourage the slackers to show up, they were offered a clean change of underwear, Ramen noodles, and a promise that no event would start before noon and no politician would be allowed to speak. These enticements filled basketball arenas and football stadiums every night on the "Slacker Uprising Tour."
Part concert tour , part stand-up comedy performance and part rock concert , SLACKER UPRISING is an uplifting and patriotic look at the birth of a new political generation in America -- a generation of young people who would signal the era of “Obamania” that would take place just four years later.
Along with Moore’s appearance, "Slacker Uprising" features live performances or appearances by Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam), Roseanne Barr, Joan Baez, Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine), R.E.M., Steve Earle, and Viggo Mortensen.
To view a trailer and a scene from "Slacker Uprising,” go to http://www.slackeruprising.com/
Sounds like a good evening of grass roots mixing and mingling. What say thee, well, shall we take it for a spin, if we dare...We are all ears and then some!! Let the comments rolls...