Friday, September 30, 2011

Occupy Phoenix? The Weather is Agreeable and the Bastards Need a Kick in the Ass

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The Occupy Wall Street protest shows no signs of slowing down, and the spark that started the protest is spreading across the country with other Occupy events, including Phoenix. Some Baja Arizona folks are planning a trip up on Oct. 15 to occupy the Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 West Washington Street.

Organizers have a spot on Twitter @occupyphoenix so you can keep up with their plans and they have a Facebook event page at #OccupyPhoenix.

While some still have a hard time putting their arms around what's taking place in New York City right now, I'm starting to think that this is the beginning of something more. However, isn't an occupation of Phoenix long overdue?

If you need two good reasons to go up there — now, I'm not thinking about Wall Street, I'm thinking of our own home-brewed idiocracy that needs your attention — here are two stories you need to follow:

On Tuesday, Capitol Media's Howard Fischer reported that a federal judge is blocking state lawmakers from imposing new restrictions on payroll deductions from the paychecks of unionized employees:

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Political Roundtable: GOP Prez Candidates Visit AZ, Fast & Furious Gun Scandal, Carmona Mulls Senate Run & More!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Tune in tonight for another edition of the Arizona Illustrated Political Roundtable, featuring Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, Arizona Public Media reporter Andrea Kelly, Republican strategist Jonathan Paton and Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod. Tonight, we talk about Rick Perry's problems with Arizona Republicans, Richard Carmona's potential U.S. Senate run and the Independent Redistricting Commission. And you won't want to miss a heated exchange on the Fast and Furious gun scandal.

The show airs at 6:30 p.m. tonight on Channel 6.

Now Open: Apple Farm Bakery Diner

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM


The new restaurant Apple Farm Bakery Diner in the old 5 and Diner building at 4520 N. Stone Ave. is open.

We tried contacting the owners of the Apple Farm Bakery Restaurant in Benson to get some more information on this restaurant, but never got a response. That restaurant is known for homemade American food done country-style, and seems to be a hit with most people who've tried it.

If anybody's eaten at this new restaurant, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Jonathan Rothschild Has a Campaign Video

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Jonathan Rothschild has an ad available on YouTube promoting his candidacy for mayor, and I guess it's fine. It doesn't really say anything other than pitch the idea that he's a nice guy who loves Tucson and would appreciate it if you voted for him. You'd almost think there's an iMovie setting for banal campaign videos that pulls photos from your computer, throws in some fades between the images, adds some subtle piano work in the background and waits for your narration.

Nothing wrong with that — and in our weak mayor form of city government, it's arguable whether the mayor can do all that much one way or the other — but not terribly inspiring either.

In my case, my wife is having a terrible time trying to find a job, and we're hoping that some new leadership might make it so we can stay in Tucson in the long term. Unless the "family business" Rothschild mentions is hiring someone with a degree in family and human development, I feel about the same about the future after watching the video as I did thirty seconds earlier.

However, YouTube was nice enough to recommend other videos related to Jonathan Rothschild when the ad faded to black, with my animated recap of meeting Mr. Rothchild up top. Thanks, YouTube!

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What to Listen to This Week: Friday 'Back & Forth' Edition

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Following up on the tracks from yesterday, here are five songs hand-selected by our music writers for your enjoyment, including tracks by Zombi, Wooden Shjips, Roy Head, Timber Timbre, and Wilco.

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Tom Prezelski: 'The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Needs to Hear from You'

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Former State Representative Tom Prezelski started a new righteous Facebook open group page today, Tucson Should be Represented By Tucsonans, and included an equally righteous comment by Prezelski on the latest maps issued by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission this week:

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Mr. An's Frozen Yogurt Store Opens Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM


Kwang C. An, the local restaurateur more commonly known as Mr. An, will open his new frozen-yogurt store FrozAn this Saturday at Casino Del Sol.

I stopped at the casino for other business this week and found An putting finishing touches on the store. The place will sell frozen margaritas, daquiris and other drinks, too. Can you imagine the potential of a frozen-yogurt shop with a liquor license? The possibilities are endless. The store's slogan, "Creations and Libations," is pretty sweet, too.

While dining at the casino I was suddenly surprised by Mr. An arriving with a plate that was on fire. That Mr. An sure is a character. It was all so surreal: Sitting in a casino for the first time in decades, thinking about frozen drinks and staring at flaming sushi rolls. Hot and cold. He'd also changed from a sky blue shirt to a black one. It was like two versions of the same An. So strange.


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Online Poker Site Full Tilt Poker Might Finally Pay Up

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

If you’re an online poker player, odds are you’ve been a little short on cash since April 15, when a federal indictment against the world’s three largest poker sites shut down access to players’ bankrolls.

Most of PokerStars’ players have gotten their money back, but those who had a ton of dough stored on Full Tilt Poker haven’t been so lucky.

Maybe things are about to change, though. The web site, which of late has seemed to be the leading source of information on Full Tilt’s financial woes, this morning posted a press release from FTP saying it is going to be acquired by a French investment group known for rescuing bankrupt companies.

For those people completely clueless about what I’m talking about, in April the U.S. Department of Justice seized the domain names of Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker and Ultimate Bet/Absolute Poker, alleging the sites had violated federal laws dealing with bank fraud and money laundering.

The complaint was recently amended to allege Full Tilt was in effect a global Ponzi scheme, where the owners of the site — including well-known professional poker players Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson — were pulling out millions of player funds for their own use. It is alleged that the site had far less money available in comparison to what players’ collective account balances were, meaning that most people wouldn’t have been able to cash out if they wanted to.

The agreement to purchase Full Tilt Poker, as well as to refund the balances of all the players — my balance is under $70, for the record; but I know friends who have more than $10,000 stuck on there — is contingent on the feds agreeing to the whole thing.

Group controller Laurent Tapie told a French gaming media outlet that "there's a long way to go" before everything is worked out, but he has the money to pay everyone back and wouldn't have agreed to buy the site if he couldn't do so.

Even if the site gets sold and everyone gets their money back, though, it will still be a long time before online poker of any substance returns to the U.S. A handful of congressmen have talked about wanting to legalize and regulate (read: tax the crap out of) online poker, but all signs point to that not happening for quite a while. At least until after the 2012 elections, when notorious anti-poker senator Jon Kyl leaves office.

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