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Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.

In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.

If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.

In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voterssome of whom obviously voted for hernow seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Strikingand very AlarmingContrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.

In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."

But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.

Alibi Picks

Welcome to the Danger Zone: Danger Carnival

Seeking some adult-friendly danger this weekend? How about a carnival’s worth? Emerge ABQ’s Danger Carnival is back for a second year! Step right up this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 11pm at Skarsgard Farms (3435 Stanford NE) for a night of art, food and entertainment. Equal parts harvest festival, freak show and vaudeville spectacle, the Second Annual Danger Carnival features fabulous fun for ages 21-plus. Jam along to The Tall Boys, DJ Dave 12, Zack Freeman and DJ James Black. Dandykor offers a spanking booth for the especially naughty, and Olive Bee Photography invites you to celebrate the skin you’re in with a Body Positive Photo Temple. Still feeling adventurous? Check out body parts printing by Zona, then marvel as the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Soo Bak Food Truck brings a taste of “Korean Seoul Food,” while ABQ Mystique’s menu features Frito Pie and beer brat sandwiches. Wet your whistle with Skarsgard Farm’s hard cider and Casa Rondeña wines. For $5, you get five carnival tickets; additional tickets are $1. For more info, and to RSVP for Danger Carnival, visit on.fb.me/1obBV1M. Skarsgard Farms • Sat Sep 20 • 6-11pm • $5 suggested donation • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in airstrike plans, Alison Krauss' imposter and a hearse parade

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The White House kicks off it's “It's On Us” campaign to address sexual assault on campuses.

The American Freedom Defence Initiative has placed anti-Islamic ads on a hundred NYC buses and two subway entrances this week.

Deputies in North Florida are baffled after 51-year-old Donald Spirit killed seven of his family members, then turned the gun on himself.

Alabama District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller is being pressured to resign after being accused of assaulting his wife.

After Congress gave the “OK” for a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, the Pentagon is waiting for President Obama to approve their airstrike list.

A New Mexican woman is in trouble for violating probation after impersonating bluegrass star Alison Krauss and conning an elderly man in Arkansas out of his life savings, his house and his cars.

After two New Mexico counties went to the Supreme Court to put two nonbinding questions about marijuana and taxes on the November election ballads, Secretary of State Dianna Duran went to the federal court to intervene. But they said they won't referee this issue.

Jesus Arredondo Soto has been convicted of killing a woman and her 1-year-old son in 2010. He faces up to two life sentences, plus more than 70 years in prison.

According to a statewide ABQ Journal poll, 50 percent of New Mexico voters opposed marijuana legalization, while 44 percent were in favor.

You ever see a parade of hearses? No? Head to Michigan this weekend.

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The Daily Word in poverty, beisbol and cannabis

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More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.

The Grey Lady covers the National Police Shooting Championships and surrounding protest.

The Isotopes struck a four-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Scope our inaugural Cannabis Issue in print or online for editorials on politics and policy and arts and economics, a N.M. MMJ primer, a cannabis timeline, a compilation of weed quotes and more.

James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.

Alibi Picks

Going Over the Edge for New Mexico Special Olympics

Courtesy of Over the Edge New Mexico

Having recently discovered firsthand how important a part Special Olympics plays in the lives of many intellectually disabled New Mexicans, I take great pleasure in drawing Alibi readers' attention to one of Special Olympics New Mexico's more interesting events. The culmination of months of fundraising by individuals and businesses, tomorrow is the day both Special Olympics athletes and coaches, partners and financial supporters are rewarded for their hard workby climbing over the edge of the New Mexico Bank and Trust building (320 Gold SW) in Downtown Albuquerque and rappelling 16 stories down the west side.

While admitting that it is an exhilarating experience, one of last year's participants stresses that it is just plain unnatural-feeling (and frightening) to climb over the side of a 16-story building. I can tell you it is pretty entertaining to watch and an unusual sight in Downtown Albuquerque, almost as if Philippe Petit has come to town. The donations raised go toward a host of things including sports equipment, medals, health screenings and travel expenses. Participants start going over the edge of the building at 9am and can be watched best from anywhere along Fourth Street between Gold and Silver. Event is free. New Mexico Bank and Trust • Fri Sep 19 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

Comedy Matters

Rage and Humor

Lewis Black talks politics, anger and making it at an older age

Lewis Black is so angry!
Clay McBride
Lewis Black is so angry!

There are a lot of angry people in America. They’re angry over police brutality, failed politics and stupidity. Especially at stupidity. Stupidity makes them so angry they could spit fire. The angriest of them all is comedian Lewis Black, who will be at Route 66 Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) on Friday, Sept. 19, channels this anger into explosive comedic energy.

Well known now for rage-fueled stand-up rants, Lewis started as a playwright in New York City.

“I wrote plays for about 20 years and on the side because I was fascinated by it. I did stand-up on occasion just for fun,” says Black. “I didn’t really care about [stand-up] as a career. I just thought of it as a way to get something I wrote up on stage.”

Black ran a theater in New York for nine years, which featured debut plays by such writers as Alan Ball and Aaron Sorkin. “I would open every show and talk about what we were doing,” says Black, “so I got very comfortable on stage. Saturday nights we’d do a free show, and I would open with my stand-up.”

“I’m tired of people trying to tell me what I am. Both sides make me sick. I describe my politics as psychotic. It’s not about party politicsit’s about fucking stupidity.”

Lewis Black

Black made the shift to stand-up full time after an awful experience at a theater in Houston. After the theater lied to Black about certain finances of a production and claimed they didn’t have enough money to bring him back to see a play of his produced, a broke Black ran across town to a comedy club. “I did a 15-minute audition at the club, and they hired me for a run five weeks later. They gave me a room and a car, and so at age 40 I started going on the road with comedy.”

In 1998 Black was hired to fill time on “The Daily Show.” The hugely successful comedy and satirical news show gave Black the platform he needed to showcase his talent for hilariously articulating political failures in this country. “[‘The Daily Show’] helped me find an audience,” says Black. “But I stopped trying to figure out what my demographic was a long time ago.”

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The crux of Black’s humor is his hatred of all that’s useless and stupid. “People call me liberal, which is a word that is used pejoratively. I’m tired of people trying to tell me what I am. Both sides make me sick. I describe my politics as psychotic. It’s not about party politicsit’s about fucking stupidity.”

And so on a nightly basis Black takes the stage and vehemently and intelligently shouts about the awful state of this country’s political landscape. “On stage I feel like I have to be more insane than what’s going on outside, and right now the bar is high,” says Black. “I think the thing that has evolved here in the US is greed. I also think it didn’t help [that] the economy went belly up, and a bunch of people got screwed, and they bailed out the banks. And yes the banks needed to be bailed out but they didn’t do much for the people. So what I do is try to make people feel like they’re not crazy for being mad and make all of this funny.”

Living is hard, the state of the country is tentative at best, and daily we see news stories that make us want to scream. Watching Black is cathartic in many ways. His anger envelops the audience in a warm empathy and makes you realize you’re not alone in thinking a lot of people are stupid.

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Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian. She performs all over the country and runs two monthly shows in Albuquerque: Comedians Power Hour and the Bad Penguin Comedy Show at The Box. More at genevievemuellercomedy.com or on Twitter: @fromthefloorup.

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due Tour

Friday, Sept. 19, 8 to 9:30pm

Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino
14500 Central SW
rt66casino.com
Tickets: are $45-$70
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The Daily Word in Albuquerque's famous Tex-Mex cuisine

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Hey, Albuquerque made a top-5 list of cities for foodies in Women’s Health Magazine! Let’s see what this well-researched article says about us. “Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines have been ABQ mainstays forseeminglyever.” Have you ever seen an entire city facepalm itself, Women’s Health?

Rain is coming! Thanks to Tropical Storm Odile.

A Las Vegas, NM man may have the second ever authenticated photo of Billy the Kid.

Forensic study of Richard III’s skeleton reveals that when he went down, he went down hard.

Santa Fe’s advisory Public Safety Committee is struggling to wrap their heads around the marijuana decriminalization law. “It’s unlawful but it’s not a big deal?” said committee member Joe Arellano. “I’m not sure I understand.” Actually, Joe, that’s pretty much it. This isn’t hard. Really.

And later today, we’ll find out which major league team the ‘Topes will feed into.

Personals

"I Saw You" Makin’ My Muffins

Who saw? Who was seen? Was it you?

"I believe the world to be a muffin pan, and there certainly are a lot of muffins here." Aaron Funk | Reply for free or see more “I Saw You” posts at alibi.com/personals.

Blond at Smiths with Bright Pink shoes and shirt. UNM

You said, "I think they fucking heard it" as you passed by me. You have a large back tattoo and are probably the coolest chick in this burg. I'd like you to know that the sight of you caused my heart to jump out of my chest and I had to chase all over the damn parking lot for an hour before I could catch it. I trapped it with some peanut butter and a box. My heart now resides safely back where it belongs but the image of you will stay with me for a long time. Signed, "Some Old Fuck." View post

Ain't Muffin Around

You were my go-to when I needed a quick cuppa Joe.

The muffins were what I deemed to be a "glorified cupcake minus frosting."

Last week my heart broke, that sign glaring me in the face…

Shut down…

Who will be my muffin man now?

Will you reopen, or can we recipe swap, Just Muffin Around?

Hopelessly Devoted View post

Maryland

Had a random friendly conversation with you walking up the stairs about the weather in Maryland where you're from. I wish I had least introduced myself. Let me know if you ever get bored, far from home. View post

Marble, September 5

You and I exchanged several glances. You were with your friend that had the baby, and I was with a couple of friends at the same table. I was wearing the red shirt. Sorry I was too shy to say hello. When I finally mustered up the courage you were gone. I'd like another chance to talk to you. View post

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The Daily Word in a toy factory in downtown Albuququerque, bad ad hoc hypothoses and removing that U2 album from your iTunes

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Barelas man is untasable.

It is going to be cooler and wetter in New Mexico.

Some folks are upset about a graphic State Fair float.

The Etsy guy is starting a toy factory in downtown Albuquerque.

It's time for the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses.

The effects of Fukishima on Mushi Mushi Land.

Here is a long list of crap you are doing wrong.

Get up to date on the bizarre Rob Ford/Doug Ford switcheroo that took place in the Toronto Mayoral race.

One quadruple amputation? OK. Three quadruple amputations? Suspicious.

Vice Magazine tries to vape cheap vodka.

The vice chair of the Arizona GOP made some naziesque comments over the weekend ....

Apple has put up a special page for removing the U2 album from iTunes.

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The Daily Word in robots, rats and rockstars.

The Daily Word

Kanye West stopped his concert because a fan in a wheelchair wouldn’t stand up.

Country crooner Lynn Anderson was arrested after a drunken car smash.

Courtney Love rocks the guitar lamely.

A Samsung robot sentry shoots everyone, period.

Quadrupedal robots frolic gracefully to the tune of a new cheetah algorithm.

An Albuquerque pumpkin heist will likely scar toddlers’ psyches.

A virtual Boobie Squeezing Simulator makes girlfriends obsolete.

Scottish independence might be an actual thing.

A sleeping Brooklyn toddler survived a savage rat attack.

Switzerland will take Snowden.

A gravedigger photographed himself with the exhumed remains of his long deceased nephew.

The Bernalilllo County Commission will take legal action against the Secretary of State to ensure key issues (including decriminalization of marijuana possession) will be on the ballot in this November’s election.

It’s State Fair time.

Jose Nino’s baby won’t go to sleep.

Let the shooting competition begin.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Happy birthday, Tom Hardy.

Today’s Daily Word was made possible with generous link-cullling assistance from Constance Moss, Geoffrey Plant, Janet Miller, Lisa Barrow, Kyle Silfer and Susan Petersen. Thanks, you guys!

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