DreamWorks throws weight behind troubled amusement park project at Meadowlands

Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation has struck a deal to bring Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other animated movie characters to a planned amusement park as part of a revived entertainment and retail mall in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The partnership between the developer, Triple Five (developer of the Mall of America), and DreamWorks is a rare bit of good news for a site that has sat vacant and unfinished since May 2009, when the previous developers ran out of money after spending $1.9 billion on a five-story complex just west of Manhattan, near MetLife Stadium, called Xanadu.

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Friday, July 13, 2012 4:05 AM

What bunky said. It's really pretty much a social thing. If a majority of the world had Tuesday and Wednesday off, you'd see the same thing regarding those days.

The building I work in does have a weekend crew (Friday-Monday 10 hour days) and they mostly love having 3 days off in the middle of the regular work week. Makes it easier to make appointments and stuff, plus stores (and amusement parks) are significantly less busy. I could never do it though, I'm one of those social people who needs to be off with other people.

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Friday, July 13, 2012 7:37 AM

I worked for AT&T all my life, which is a 24/7/365 kind of business and there are many positions and departments that require round the clock staffing. Tours were usually assigned by seniority, so naturally the youngest amongst us would get stuck with the crappy shifts. But there were plenty of older ones who were drawn to night time or weekend shifts due to increased pay for those times, or who found that balancing family life was easier and even cheaper when at least one parent was home most of the time. It's just what you get used to, I guess.

Maybe Meadowlands should contract with Chick-fil-A for each and every one of their concessions. There. Problem solved.

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Friday, July 13, 2012 1:08 PM

I always get hungry for Chick fil a on Sundays, too. Then I remember they're closed on Sundays, and it makes me sad.

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Friday, July 13, 2012 2:07 PM

I'd like to eat Chik-Fil-A, but their politics ruin my appetite (much like Domino's). Been a long, long time since I ate food from either place...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 12:41 AM

What politics?? What did I miss? Man, I just ate there tonight!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:48 AM

Chic-Fil-A only serves gay chickens. lol

Seriously, the restaurant chain give boatloads of money to, and directly supports, religious groups who practice quack psychology that supposedly makes gays straight, or something. Many gays have claimed that programs like this have psychologically messed them up, and I just do not agree with anyone trying to rid the world of homosexuals. They do this because of Bible interpretations that being gay is an "abomination".

I ate at my local Chic-Fil-A recently, and discovered that they serve pork (bacon and ham) for breakfast. What I find hilarious is that the same book of the Bible that says homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus) also says that pork is unclean and should not even be touched. Leviticus also says that planing two different crops in a field is bad, and wearing clothes made of two different fabrics is bad. I wonder if their uniforms are 100% cotton or if they buy their food from farmers who only plant one kind of crop?

Chic-Fil-A is run by a bunch of bigoted hypocrites, in my humble opinion.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:45 AM

Hmmm...I had no idea...

This is a tough one...avoid the yummiest chicken nuggets I have ever had because of my personal hatred for ignorant homophobic hypocrites, or eat the chicken and drink the delicious sweet tea while hating myself for supporting an evil corporation...oh man! I shouldn't have asked. It was bad enough when they were closed on Sundays for religious reasons. Now...*sigh*

At least I don't like the changes in Domino's and won't probably eat there again anyway. No conflict of interest to be had. Hehehe...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:10 PM

I have the same dilemma, Bunky. I love Chick-Fil-A's food. I want to write a joke that begins,

"So a gay dude walks into a Chick-Fil-A, and..."

...but I can't come up with the rest or a punchline.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:26 PM

LostKause said:

What I find hilarious is that the same book of the Bible that says homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus) also says that pork is unclean and should not even be touched. Leviticus also says that planing two different crops in a field is bad, and wearing clothes made of two different fabrics is bad. I wonder if their uniforms are 100% cotton or if they buy their food from farmers who only plant one kind of crop?

Chic-Fil-A is run by a bunch of bigoted hypocrites, in my humble opinion.

Two things here: First, why do people who self-identify as "Christians" get most of their moral arguments from the Pentateuch? I'm not Jewish myself (even though I do come from Jersey, LOL), but I do know which "Holy Book" various religions *supposedly* follow....Fundamentalist Christians of the 21st century seemingly think Jesus was just too liberal for them...hmmm. Does make one wonder how they so casually belly-up to the crustaceans at the buffet line without a sense of guilt... ;~)

Second, I accept fully that Truett Cathy (sp?) wants us all to live in a simpler time. Ward and June Cleaver are vaguely irrelevant, and acceptance of change is not easy for people of his generation. People sometimes want to condemn our Founding Fathers for possessing slaves...it's really tricky to try and judge people of a different era for words and actions that may have once been accepted but are now seen as morally reprehensible. My hope is that people like Cathy, and Tim Tebow of my alma mater, will come to realize that loving acceptance IS the significance of Jesus. Adherence to values that have become somewhat outdated or irrelevant just means your message will go largely unheard.

As always, IMO, and please feel free to disagree (respectfully, LOL).

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:31 PM

LostKause said:

I have the same dilemma, Bunky. I love Chick-Fil-A's food. I want to write a joke that begins,

"So a gay dude walks into a Chick-Fil-A, and..."

...but I can't come up with the rest or a punchline.

"Do you serve gays?"

"No sir, cannibalism is a sin."

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:33 PM

LostKause said:
I have the same dilemma, Bunky. I love Chick-Fil-A's food. I want to write a joke that begins,

"So a gay dude walks into a Chick-Fil-A, and..."

...but I can't come up with the rest or a punchline.

I'm bad at jokes, but I think there is something there...I have an idea for a joke, but it really isn't for posting here. Hehe...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 3:29 PM

rollergator said:

Two things here: First, why do people who self-identify as "Christians" get most of their moral arguments from the Pentateuch? I'm not Jewish myself (even though I do come from Jersey, LOL), but I do know which "Holy Book" various religions *supposedly* follow....Fundamentalist Christians of the 21st century seemingly think Jesus was just too liberal for them...hmmm.

Just to be fair to a position that I happen to disagree with, the first chapter of Romans, if applied literally to our context, does have a pretty strong words against homosexuality. Of course "Paul" (some of these quotes admittedly come from letters that were written by someone who was almost certainly not Paul, but claimed to be) also has pretty strong words against women teaching men, women wearing gold jewelry or braiding their hair for church, and a whole host of other things that we now consider trivial.

And I'm sure Tebow, Cathy, et. al. would argue that the values (well, the certain ones they highlight) are a core part of the message and never become irrelevant or outdated and that helping people live according to those values is a way of loving them.

I think it's just as dangerous (to the faith and possibly to society) to say Jesus didn't have anything negative to say about anyone or any behavior as it is to say Jesus hates the same people I hate.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:07 PM

Thanks, Andy. I realize now that I probably worded that REALLY badly. I didn't mean to say that the values themselves are outdated - as you stated, values are timeless. I do think however, that the manner in which those values are espoused (*preachiness* in common parlance) can be off-putting to many...very many. I thoroughly believe in living what you preach, and the two aforementioned individuals do exactly that, for which I applaud them.

I guess my issue is when the mindset is more of "my ways are right, yours are wrong" as opposed to "we may disagree, but I'm nonethless in hearing differing points of view from which I can more fully understand (and even evolve) my own beliefs. For instance, the notion of abstinence-only education...I think some of the more Fundamentalist thought that often prevails has been shown to be effective only at increasing teen pregnancy. It's nice to believe that kids won't have sex, and to tell them not to...but a more *pragmatic* solution would involve acceptance of current reality to some degree...IMO.

Another example is how President Obama expressed how his personal beliefs on homosexuality have evolved. And he considers himself a Christian as well...I guess I'm just more of a "big-tent" thinker. We live in a systems world, and it's my belief that we need to be able to adapt rapidly WHILE keeping basic values in mind. On this, I think that equity and fairness dictate that even should one hold to the concept that homosexuality is "wrong", that discrimination and hatred are somehow "more wrong" - that moral judgements are between the individual and the God of their understanding. Yes, I do know that makes no sense, LOL...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:07 PM

What you choose to believe is "code" in the Bible is completely irrelevant to someone who doesn't share your belief... a point largely lost on most Americans.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:32 PM

I find that most "bible thumpers" are serious hypocrites. Most of my family are included in this list also. Me, I don't even pretend to be a good church goer.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:51 PM

Wait, everyone! Willam says it's ok!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO-msplukrw

warning: video might be considered R rated. Not suitable for work, if you're kids are in the room, or if Truett Cathy is anywhere near.

:)

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 6:39 PM

Corkscrew Follies said:
I find that most "bible thumpers" are serious hypocrites..

Yes, one true judge and all that...

I am not a fan of organized religion at all. I definitely believe in some sort of higher power, but that is about as far as I'll take it. However, I have found that I pray to a god of some sort quite regularly when riding coasters. A few examples:

When riding Stinger at Dorney: "please god, don't let it get stuck," or "please god, let it be over soon".

The first time I rode Kingda Ka: "please god, get me off this thing. I don't wanna die," or "oh my god, we're gonna die".

On finding out that it is supposed to storm all week for my upcoming anniversary vacation: "Please god, don't let me have spent all that money for nothing. Please let me ride my 100th coaster this week".

On discovering that Great Adventure is dead: "Thank you Jesus!"

And many more...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 9:10 PM

Corkscrew Follies said:

I find that most "bible thumpers" are serious hypocrites.

Aren't we all?

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:48 PM

Not me. I'm more of a humorous hypocrite.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:04 AM

I never used to be religious, but that was before I discovered the cult of Gonch.

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