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 V.19 No.23 | June 10 - 16, 2010 
Jeff Drew

Talking Points

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

It's been in effect for 17 years. Openly gay, lesbian or bisexual men and women can't serve in the armed forces. Specifically, they’re barred from showing a tendency toward homosexual acts. The policy also prevents the military from rooting out those hiding their sexual preferences. Still, estimates suggest as many as 13,000 people have been discharged, and thousands more decided not to re-enlist because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

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Council Watch

Berry, Berry Bad

A hundred or more people carrying flowers, white crosses, flags and heart-shaped cardboard signs showed up at the Monday, June 7 City Council meeting. They were protesting Albuquerque’s policy of allowing federal officers to check the immigration status of everyone who is arrested.

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Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: South Diversion Channel

Don't forget your water bottles, you guys. It's getting hot out there. Betty Sprocket has been sweating so profusely she feels like she was baked in a salt crust after getting home from a ride. Today we're riding the South Diversion Channel trail in a big loop that circumscribes some South Valley neighborhoods and industrial yards, a short portion of Rio Bravo, and the dry, open throat of the South Diversion Channel itself. Get on at the southernmost tip of the Paseo del Bosque trail (near Rio Bravo and the river) and keep going south. Paseo del Bosque becomes the South Diversion Channel. I guess you could ride east on Rio Bravo and do the loop clockwise, but it's better to start out going south. The views are typical South Valley tableaux: junkyards, panels of endearingly bad graffiti, those dirt-bike-trail-covered hills rising up in the east. O, the many faces of Albuquerque. I love them all so much! Finish your ride coasting downhill on Rio Bravo, being sure to check out all the sweet South Valley rims you'll see rollin' by. Does anyone know where to get chrome dubs specially made for the velocipede? I'm ... asking for a friend.

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Ortiz y Pino

Missed It by This Much

I just spent a year campaigning for lieutenant governor. Looking at the experience through the lens of some of the many numbers involved gives a peek inside electoral politics. It also offers a glimpse of how much work it will take to recapture democracy in New Mexico. Consider these digits:

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Ain't I a Woman?

Whatever Happened to Equal Rights?

A Santa Fe County woman pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of impersonating a police officer on Friday, May 28, in return for probation and community service. Police said in August that she pulled someone over using flashing lights and a bullhorn. She attributes her lapse in judgment to "an unrecognized psychological obsession, brought on by many years of wanting to be a police officer."

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: India—Media outlets are reporting that local police are keeping a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged “special mission of spying” for neighboring Pakistan. The white bird was found by a resident of India’s Punjab state—which borders Pakistan—and taken to a rural police station near the city of Amritsar. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink. Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India news agency that the bird was suspected of landing on Indian soil with a secret message—although no note was actually found. To be safe, officials in the northern state ordered that the animal be held in an air-conditioned room under 24-hour-a-day police guard and that no one be allowed to visit it. According to PTI, senior officers have asked to be updated on the situation three times a day.

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What a beautiful Memorial Day weekend we've had. School's out. A nice time for our daughter to go visit the grandparents. Apparently Southwest Airlines doesn't think so.

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Pat Davis
Marisa Demarco

Election 2010

There Was Almost a New Sheriff in Town

Seven Bernalillo County sheriff contenders squeezed into the most crowded race on the Dem primary ballot. One of them was the first openly gay male candidate to run for sheriff in the nation.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Get on the Canna-bus

Duke City Medical Cannabis Convention

This event will have educational seminars covering a variety of subjects on cannabis. The seminars will be hosted by experts in their line of knowledge.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

The Truth is Out There ... in Rio Rancho

2015 New Mexico UFO Conference

What does the government really know? Featuring three top speakers, Col. John Alexander, Nick Pope and Nick Redfern.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Blow the Kids' Minds

Playground Build Day

Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Ready. Aim. Fire! Squash?

20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'

Punkin' Chunkin' is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. See large and small pneumatic air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and more.
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Today's Events

Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Heights Community Center

Breaking News Today at Council on International Relations

New Mexico School for the Arts Open House at New Mexico School for the Arts

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