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The Daily Word in NM Drug Court investigations, litigiousness, "acts of daily living," a naked crimewave, and Romney-Venn Diagrams

If your computer is infected with this virus, you will be denied access to the internet beginning next week.

The NM state email investigation is getting more and more complicated.

Judge Pat Murdoch will likely face new charges having something to do with female participants in the piece of the Drug Court Program he presided over.

Drug Court in Northern New Mexico is under investigation for possible embezzlement among other things.

An Audit reveals that APD handed out a lot of unqualified bonuses from 2008 to 2011.

In case you didn't know, Quebecois need a french word for EVERYTHING.

The most litigious man in the world is suing Herman Cain and Kim Kardashian for attacking him while the two were making a sex tape in a Pizza Hut bathroom.

Nation's ongoing naked crimewave. More PCP crime.

Best Buy competes in stupid business-decision-making Olympics.

Politician in Jordan shows us how to debate on T.V. like really angry, shoe-throwing, pistol-packing men do.

Some cities are banning public "acts of daily living" i.e, "homelessness."

Former and original bass player from Cro-Mags totally flipped out on the current Cro-Mags line-up at CBGB Festival.

Mitt Romney's Venn Diagrams look like Venn Diagrams but don't work like Venn Diagrams, so... are they Venn Diagrams?

Hey, "a lot of women tend to forget this is a man's world."

Is Marxism relevant today?

Men in suits get away with things.

Watch this Greek newscaster get egged and Mike Milled on air.

The last minutes of Air France flight 447.

The Valley of Gwangi.

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The Daily Word in mini-iPads, Syrian emails and the key to the universe

All of the fireworks in San Diego's big show accidentally went off at once. (This has never happened to the Big Bay Boom before.)

In the Dirt City, plenty of people flipped a sparkly middle finger to fire restrictions.

We've entered monsoon season.

Apple is working on a mini-iPad. No, dummy, not an iPhone.

Government confirms: Mermaids are not real.

Fukushima disaster was the result of collusion, says expert panel.

Did you know Hannah Montana makes a raccoon repellent?

Lifeguard in Florida fired for trying to save a drowning swimmer.

Wikileaks releases 2.5 million emails from Syria.

Physicists find key to the universe.

How to take care of your vinyl in the heat.

India's going to give its citizens free medication.

Mitt Romney may pick a woman to be his running mate.

"Like a Virgin" moves Madonna to tears during a concert.

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Is New Mexico still a swing state?

Presidential politics were likely not on the minds of New Mexico voters during the primaries on Tuesday. There was no question as to whether Mitt Romney and President Obama would be the major party candidates on the ballot in November. But the general election cycle has begun. At this point, the outlook for the typically competitive and evenly divided state appears surprisingly one-sided.

In recent presidential election cycles, New Mexico received significant attention from candidates vying for the White House. The state’s demographic mix of staunchly conservative Southern New Mexico, liberal Democratic Northern New Mexico, and politically fickle Albuquerque has traditionally made the state into a battleground. In a close election year, New Mexico’s five electoral votes have held strategic importance.

In 2000, Al Gore defeated George W. Bush in New Mexico by a mere 366 votes. Bush flipped the state to the Republican side in 2004, winning by 6,000 votes. The key to Bush’s 2004 victory was his ability to win more than 40 percent of the state’s Hispanic vote. Both elections were won by less than one percentage point.

Those narrow contests made the state a major target for both Obama and John McCain in 2008. Both candidates spent millions of dollars on advertising and made multiple campaign stops in New Mexico. Nevertheless, the contest was not close in 2008. Obama dominated, winning a sizable 15 percent margin of victory. In doing so, he helped sweep in Democratic congressional candidates Tom Udall, Ben Ray Lujan, Martin Heinrich and Harry Teague.

Democrats are hoping that President Obama will repeat his dominant performance in New Mexico this election cycle. Polls so far show the president leading by a significant margin. Consistent high polling for Obama in the winter led Public Policy Polling to write in April, “New Mexico is not going to be a swing state this year.”

Obama is polling remarkably well among key constituencies in the state. He is up 61-35 among women, 67-30 among Hispanics, and 56-35 among young voters. Over the last decade, New Mexico’s electorate has become more favorable for Democratic candidates. The heavily Democratic Hispanic voter population has increased and Albuquerque has leaned more toward Democrats.

Democrats Martin Heinrich and Michelle Lujan Grisham would certainly like help from Obama supporters in November. A high-turnout victory for Obama might help put them over the top in close contests for the open Senate and Congressional seats. Democrats hoping to gain significant ground in the state Legislature also need an Obama wave.

Does Mitt Romney stand a chance of turning New Mexico red in November? Susana Martinez proved just two years ago that the state can still support Republicans in statewide elections. She remains popular with New Mexicans, showing a 54 percent approval rating in April. Her high approval rating, however, does not seem to be translating into support for Romney.

Romney must win over the more of the state’s Hispanic voters if he wants any chance of competing. With his hard-line immigration stance, Romney will likely find this to be an uphill battle. This week, Romney began courting Hispanic voters by releasing an ad citing rising unemployment and poverty for Hispanics under Obama. Yesterday, he appointed Gov. Martinez to a Hispanic leadership team in his campaign.

Yet the forecast still looks favorable for Obama in the Land of Enchantment. The race will likely tighten as November nears. But compared to previous cycles, it does not seem like the presidential campaign will reach a fever pitch in New Mexico. If the race continues to trend clearly toward Obama, both candidates may shift their focus elsewhere. The candidates’ relative lack of attention to the state compared to previous cycles could lower voter turnout and dampen enthusiasm for important and closer contests for the Senate, House and State Legislature.

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The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers

Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fatal shooting last night.

Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)

Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?

Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.

City comes out against unending yard sales.

Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.

Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.

And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.

Mr. Rogers remixed.

A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.

Meat talk.

Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.

Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.

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The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots

New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.

Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.

Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.

Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.

DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.

Romney says something weird about cookies.

Killer swan.

Sex robots are our future.

Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.

"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.

DoubleOh.

Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.

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The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat

25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.

New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.

Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.

Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.

Santorum says birth control is harmful.

One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.

Linsanity is no accident.

People who walk slowly may be prone to dementia.

Mamma Mia! actor to play Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat.

Is this bikini model fat?

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The Daily Word in personhood amendments, cattle mutilations and a 99 Problems supercut

Thai police detain an Iranian national in connection to Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Why Rick Santorum will be Mitt Romney's toughest opponent.

Pakistani general accuses ex-president Pervez Musharraf of harboring Osama bin Laden.

Almost a deal on the payroll-tax cut.

Creepy personhood-amendment making its way through the Virginia house.

Meth Boss arrested in Mexico.

How did a White House staffer loose a finger?

Wild dogs blamed for cattle mutilations in Valencia County.

Ponytails explained, with science!

Even though the book The Wizard of Oz is in the public domain, Warner Bros. are trying to trademark the hell out of it.

Jeremy Lin's awesomeness continues.

Do you feel bad that about how badly the creators of this summers biggest comic book movies got screwed?

Supercut of Jay-Z's 99 Problems.

How much does an average McDonald's restaurant make?

David Lee Roth explains why brown M&M's were forbidden at Van Halen concerts.

What's it like to open a 30 year-old Snickers bar?

This guy has been digging out his basement for 15 years using only R/C scale model construction equipment.

Happy Birthday Cesar Romero!!!

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The Daily Word in Mitt wins Florida, Colbert raises more than Palin and New Mexico's newest gang

Mitt Romney won Florida's Republican primary last night. Newt Gingrich isn't giving up (yet).

Chicago's draconian eavesdropping law poses problems for protestors and journalists at the upcoming G-8 summit.

Traffic crackdown in Rio Rancho.

New Mexico has a new prison gang with a lame name.

In response to an invasive abortion law, a Virginia state senator proposed an amendment requiring men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs to receive a rectal exam and stress tests.

Meet the monkey refugees of Louisiana.

Louis CK sold a sitcom to CBS.

Netflix won't be renting games after all.

DC Comics unveils its long-rumored line of Watchmen prequel comics. I wonder what Watchman co-creator Alan Moore thinks about it? "As far as I know … there weren't that many prequels or sequels to Moby Dick."

What does an artist with Alzheimer's paint?

Stephen Colbert's fake Super PAC raised more money than Sarah Palin's Super PAC.

Everything is cool guys, that red river in Texas was just polluted with pig blood.

SHEEP CYCLONE!!!!

Where did the Frito pie really come from?

Every overhead hand shot from Wes Anderson films.

Check out this recently discovered test footage from a proposed 1936 John Carter of Mars animated movie.

When I'm President this fake Breaking Bad RPG will be real.

Of these three trailers for returning HBO shows, I am excited about them in this order: Game of Thrones, Eastbound And Down and True Blood.

Completely mesmerized by this video.

Happy Birthday Garrett Morris!!!

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The Daily Word in Vaughan, mistletoe shortage, solstice and Amy Koch

Snowstorm coming.

Doug Vaughan pleads guilty.

Jail guards arrested after beating an inmate and then covering it up, according to a criminal complaint.

Jerome Block, Jr. on house arrest.

Druids say the solstice ritual yielded good omens.

Racist ad for Chinese restaurant in Dubai.

16-hour roasted Christmas goose recipe.

Best fails of 2011.

George H.W. Bush backs Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul storms out of CNN interview.

House caves on payroll tax deal.

The next thing to worry about: weaponized bird flu.

Texas drought results in mistletoe shortage.

How Best Buy is ruining Christmas.

The 16 worst Christmas specials of all time.

Chicago Cardinal Francis George under fire for comparing gay-rights movement to the Klan.

LGBTers say sorry to Amy Koch for wrecking her marriage.

NEWS

The Daily Word in England turning into a pygmy, Bill Richardson grand jury investigation, ridiculous bank fees and another pumping party tragedy

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is in hot water again.

Sandia Peak Ski Area is open.

Teen with $4.85 in his savings account ends up with more than 200.00 worth of fees in less than two weeks.

Three giant men of fifties advertising.

Police say this fake woman doctor caused a man's death after a New Jersey pumping party. The man died of an embolism one day after she injected his penis with silicone.

This may be the most insane fast food restaurant ad ever. AND it's Russian. AND it's nearly two minutes long. AND there's a unicorn.

British PM David Cameron is really pissing off the rest of Europe and some Brits.

The teacher in this commercial is feeling great! Just great!
(commercial starts at 3:12.)

Check out these super-sexy rotary telephones pictured on classicrotaryphones.com.

Here's a 24 hours long loop of the sound the star ship Enterprise makes on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

North Korea has warned South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if it lights up a Christmas tree-shaped tower near their tense border.

"Who among us doesn't wager $10K at a time?"

This lady went to some lengths in faking her own rape. Find out why.

Meth lab in a bag.

On this day in 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the The United States.

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