VA Troubles Continue
Agency's mental health plan still in draft form
By Dan Frosch
More than any other war in U.S. history, the conflict in Iraq has provoked a surge of concern for soldiers returning home bearing the psychological burdens of battle.
By Tim McGivern
Inventory. Which is more remarkable: The mainstream corporate media's current state of disarray or the mainstream corporate media's cluelessness of their own precipitous decline?
The Messiah's Senator
"Reverend Moon is the most remarkable person I've ever met"
By Jim Scarantino
On Valentine's Day, Republican state Sen. Mark Boitano, who represents part of Albuquerque's Northeast Heights, joined opponents of gay marriage in a press conference to promote "pro-family" legislation. The Albuquerque Journal photo showed a tense Boitano surrounded by gay rights activists. What the story did not mention is that for 30 years Boitano has been a follower of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who calls gays "dung eating dogs" to be "eliminated" or "burned."
A Culture of Secrecy
What has happened to the principle that American democracy should be accessible and transparent?
By Charles Lewis
"Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." –George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
Singin' in the Rain
By Laura Sanchez
The Feb. 23 Council meeting featured a packed audience but a shortage of councilors with Debbie O'Malley and Tina Cummins sick, Sally Mayer late, and Eric Griego and Miguel Gomez leaving early. Councilor Michael Cadigan postponed his bill fast-tracking Montaño restriping until O'Malley could present her opposing bill. Councilor Martin Heinrich's bill encouraging community participation in Nob Hill planning passed. And Mayer's bill restricting vehicle weight on San Pedro in her District 7 passed after Council President Brad Winter expanded the San Pedro restrictions into his District 4.
The Death of Fiscal Conservatism
Republicans can cut taxes. They just can't stop spending.
By Greg Payne
During any given election you can count on Republican candidates to campaign against government spending, bureaucratic waste and increased taxes. Consider some direct quotes from the state legislative campaign of one of my GOP colleagues we'll call "Justin" in order to keep my life within the Republican caucus realtively hassle-free.
All Ages Shows
A single organism of optimistic energy
By Jessica Housand
Have you seen an adolescent smile lately?
When the Launchpad's lights are dim and the crowd is thick with sweaty kids from all ages, I see the teens smile. Their eyes light up. They grin, all teeth, an endless throng of pearly incisors and cuspids. On stage, the band pacifies this restless mass with music imitating the raw passion of youth. Discontented misfits transform into human beings devoid of teenage angst, purified by noise.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O'Leary
Dateline: New York—A disco-era icon is about to go up for sale on eBay. The multicolored dance floor where John Travolta struck his famous Saturday Night Fever pose will be auctioned off on the website the first week of April. The 24-foot by 16-foot dance floor was rescued from a soon-to-be-demolished nightclub. Bar owner Jay Rizzo, who saved the floor, told the New York Post, “It has literally been the heartbeat of this club.” The club, where the floor had been a fixture since the 1977 film was made, closed last month after being sold to a real estate investment company. The plastic floor, covered in more than 300 multicolored lights, is expected to sell for some $80,000.
Not to be confused with the PBS television series, we all should be asking ourselves a similar question. [The year] 2005 should prove to be an interesting year in as much as it is an election year and everyone will be jockeying for position from the mayor's race to city council. Mayor Martin Chavez could well be re-elected, for overall his administration has been quite successful and has accomplished many positive things. As for city council races, in particular, District 7, that's debatable.
A Bullet to the End
Hunter S. Thompson Remembered
By Darlene Vander Hoop, AKA Norma Jean Thompson
I blame this sentimental blathering on the swift and concise suicide of Dr. Hunter S Thompson. He once told me he thought he'd die quickly from something akin to an unexpected breeze wafting in through a back door ... “Poof” gone; something fast, almost clean, but not quite. Suicide by gun to head is never that clean, but it wasn't a shotgun.
QTPOC Meet and Greet
By Megan Reneau
Connect with other queer and or trans people of color. Learn about organizations and events from members of the community.
Wildlife Rescue Training for Volunteers
By Renée Chavez
Learn ways you can help and care for more than 2,000 wild animals each year. Ages 11 and up welcome.
April Fools A.R.T. Fest
By Megan Reneau
A block party on Harvard with four stages of music, free outdoor yoga classes, face painting, aerial performances and much more.
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The Sneaker Ball at SkyLight
A three course dinner, happy hour, raffle prize, and live music by JJ & The Hooligans all to benefit the Santa Fe Prom Closet.
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