Alibi V.13 No.46 • Nov 11-17, 2004 
Stacey Adams

Newscity

Confrontation at the Altar

Politics and religion deliver New Mexico for Bush; where was Bill?

For Edward Gallegos, ballroom dancing is more than just a hobby, it's a way of life. He spent his professional career in dancehalls, teaching and perfecting the moves that he still breaks out at the Corrales Senior Center on Friday mornings. And to keep the elixir flowing, since he retired in 1994, Gallegos, an 83-year-old widower, has employed himself as a dance host on cruise ships, receiving discounted room, board and gratuity in exchange for palming the backs of well-to-do widows who still enjoy life's finer pleasures.

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Thin Line

“Thin Line”'s Guide to Expatriation. Facts are sometimes hard to face, but, yes, George W. Bush, running on a record that even many Republicans found appalling, still won the election.

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Payne's World

No Más! No Más!

Reflections on the 2004 campaign

Like many of our fellow countrymen, we're glad the election season is over. Things got so nasty and vile in the final days of the campaign we found ourselves seeking solace in tabloid-esque yet nonpolitical Internet postings. Like the harrowing tale of a kitten surviving a spin through the full cycle of a washing machine. There was also a hair-raising report about marauding bands of blood-sucking monkeys in India.

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Ortiz y Pino

A Question of Moral Values

How frightening is it that theologians, not political scientists, offer the best insights to help us understand what the heck happened at the polls last Tuesday?

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Stacey Adams

On Assignment

Rapid Ride Comes to Albuquerque

New transportation plans offer a brighter, cleaner future

If you're like most Albuquerqueans, you probably don't ride the bus. For years folks have complained that they're rarely on time. They're sometimes filled with characters that, although interesting to read about in the latest dime-store novel, aren't the sort you want to find lurking over your shoulder while reading said novel. A rather disappointing way to start one's day.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: California—Unable to purchase an airline ticket for Australia, 31-year-old Neil Melly of Canada stripped naked, scaled a barbed-wire fence at the Los Angeles International Airport, ran across the tarmac and attached himself to the plane's wheel well. Melly had tried earlier to buy a ticket for a Qantas Airways flight for Australia with only a credit card receipt. Ticket agents refused to give him the ticket. Melly ignored police officers repeated request to remove himself from the airplane's wheel well. He eventually complied when city fire fighters arrived. Melly, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had been listed as a missing person in Canada. He was booked on a trespassing charge and released. Airport authorities are looking into improving the fence Melly scaled.

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Letters

Whether you know it or not, I know that your agenda goes far beyond "protecting marriage." It was not long ago that gays could not teach, could not join the AMA, the Bar. They were forced to live on the fringes of society, ostracized, under the constant threat of blackmail, exposure, imprisonment and institutionalization.

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Quit Your WINEing!

Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
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Sex Ed, But Not Terrible

Sex Ed Game Show and Carnival

A game show with consented audience participation on everyone's favorite subject as well as prizes, a spanking booth and more.
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Art Created by Valerie Serna

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Gettin' the Wrigglies

Vermicomposting: Worm Farms for Fun and Profit

Jeremy Bridge addresses everything needed to know about compost worms, from how to select and establish a bin, to harvesting compost and troubleshooting common problems.
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Ready to Cross the Fine Line

8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews

The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
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