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V.22 No.13 |

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The Daily Word in water wars, Elmo's further transgressions and Justin Bieber's monkey

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The next battle in the New Mexico water wars has begun: Carlsbad issues a "priority call" to stop Roswell and Artesia from pumping groundwater.

Round about we go, arguing about a roundabout. Perhaps some circular logic is in order?

The AP style book agrees: People aren't illegal.

The ACLU wants to make sure the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission actually listens to its constituents.

The mean old Germans took Justin Bieber's monkey away!

C'mon guys, we ran out of "tickle-me-Elmo" jokes months ago. This stuff is just depressing now.

Now, let Yogi Okie Dokie entertain and unsettle you.

V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
If good fences make good neighbors, then scary giant walls are probably twice as effective.

Film Review

Harvest of Empire

Polarizing issue of immigration has its origins exposed in historical doc

New, PBS-style documentary by Peter Getzels & Eduardo López, tries to tackle the issue of immigration from a fresh perspective. Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González (“Democracy Now!”), Harvest of Empire asks one very simple question: What are these people doing here in the first place? The knee-jerk, surface-layer answer is that people from poor countries emigrate to America to make more money. Simple, no? But why are so many Latin American countries riddled with civil war, organized crime and overwhelming poverty in the first place? The answer, as in so many cases, lies in America’s neo-colonial government policy.
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V.21 No.41 |

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The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird

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Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.

Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.

Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.

A diamond planet bigger than Earth.

Anarchist Peter Rabbit.

13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.

Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.

Do you guys care about the veep throwdown? Guardian says it's crucial. And USA Today breaks it down. All the way down. "Joe just needs to be Joe," says the prez.

Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)

America is not mostly Protestant anymore.

How to find truth on the Internet.

In today's so-obvious-maybe-it's-not-news news: NRA backs Heather Wilson.

Some pop stars to be naked on their album covers.

Gov. Martinez wants to evict the Mexican gray wolf pack.

And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.

V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012

news

The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine

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An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.

Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.

A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.

Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...

Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.

Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.

This month in free speech.

The stoner Olympics.

Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.

These gorillas are all happy to see each other.

Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.

How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)

Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.

Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

news

Obama ups the ante on immigration reform

He’s all: Congress, I’ll see your “failure to fix a broken system” and raise you one “executive order that resembles the Dream Act.” Some op-ed writers are seeing the move as a challenge to the GOP.

This morning, President Obama announced a policy—effective today—that will protect people from deportation who came to the States as kids. The executive order applies to folks who are under 30, got here before they turned 16 and have lived in the country for more than five years. Immigrants also must have finished high school, and be in college or the military. A criminal record disqualifies you.

I wonder how the news will affect a student we wrote about in 2010, who was slated to graduate a couple weeks ago from a graduate program at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. She came to the U.S. when she was 7.

Or Ramon Eduardo Dorado Mendoza, who was stopped by Albuquerque airport police for speeding in 2010 when he was driving down I-25 near the Lead and Coal exit. He was escorted to the border, along with his father, and separated from his mom and sister. Mendoza had been in the country since he was 4. He had no criminal history.

Folks say Obama’s move was calculated to garner Hispanic votes around the country. Mitt Romney advocates “self-deportation,” which even Gov. Susana Martinez doesn’t like. Romney hasn’t yet responded to the president’s executive order.

The Obama administration has been criticized for holding the record for deportations, though, the president says, those numbers may be deceptive.

Obama is scheduled to speak about the announcement in the Rose Garden today. There’s a live feed here.

V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012

News Feature

Deported and Dispossessed

Border Patrol separates people from their survival tools

Lawyers shed light on a policy that results in folks being deported to Mexico without their belongings.
V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012

Making Sausage

Boss Party

It’s Gov. Martinez’ bash, and she’ll pack it with controversy if she wants to

The guv stuffs even brief sessions with contention: 2012 brings us relentless hammering on driver's licenses, an embattled education secretary, abortion, medical marijuana, bullying and prescription pills.
V.20 No.48 | 12/1/2011

Ortiz y Pino

Send Me Your Weary

If a democracy can’t do anything more when confronted by serious problems than kick them down the road for someone else to solve at some nebulous “more cooperative future time,” does that actually qualify it as a legitimate form of government? Or has Congress simply become a debating society on a grand stage?
V.20 No.45 |

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The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver

The Daily Word

Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.

The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.

N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.

Perry screws up. Big time.

A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.

Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.

Someone stole a ghost bike.

A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.

Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.

Caviar lipstick.

Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.

Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.

There are no more rhinos in West Africa.

Ex-banker takes over Greece.

California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.

Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?

The Leila texts.

V.20 No.42 |

News

The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips

The Daily Word

Gaddafi is dead.

Was the Elephant Butte killer really a killer?

New Mexico is considering opening a "foreigners only" DMV in Albuquerque.

Maybe the Declaration of Independence was illegal.

The State Fair is insolvent.

Tattoo Barbie.

Who runs the world?

In Alabama, "Mexican" is a dirty word.

Authorities capture or kill all the animals freed from a preserve in Ohio—except for one monkey.

Disneyland big brothers hotel workers with a system employees call the "electronic whip."

Archeologists unearth a street from the 1600s in Santa Fe.

We are using a lot of antidepressants.

The new Cranberries single—their first in a decade—is not so great.

The real Sybil says the multiple personalities weren't real.

V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011

news

The Daily Word in Tim Gunn, The Sucklord and teleportation

The Daily Word

Second report also clears Darren White.

Onion joke goes terribly wrong.

Tim Gunn is coming to New Mexico.

Race car champ Al Unser Jr. arrested for DWI.

12-year-old finds out she’s pregnant after sexual assault.

Chemical castration for pedophiles in South Korea.

ICE sweeps the country, picks up 2,901 undocumented immigrants, 36 in New Mexico.

Feds may challenged four state immigration laws.

The advertising genius behind “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

Meet The Sucklord, asshole.

Online dating is hard.

Sex-toy company is launching a vibrator into space.

China’s also going to space.

The album that changed everything 20 years ago.

A dress made of cow and yak nipples.

Tiny robot rocket jumps.

45 years of KUNM.

Gov. Martinez to appoint Commish Block’s replacement. His resignation was announced yesterday.

Why rats feel like they’re being teleported all the time.

This cantaloupe thing is serious, the deadliest food-borne outbreak since 1998.

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Gov. Susana Martinez
Gov. Susana Martinez

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Driver’s license checks no mas. For now.

Everyone is talking about driver's licenses. First Gov. Susana Martinez required 10,000 foreign nationals to show proof of residency. Then, Mexican-Americans rallied to fight back: protests, letters, and lawsuits abound.

Yesterday, a District Court judge in Santa Fe, Sarah Singleton, issued a temporary halt to the guv’s push. The order came in response to a lawsuit brought against the Taxation and Revenue Department. Freedman Boyd, working with the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, filed the suit. He says Martinez’ license verification effort violates the separation of powers between New Mexico's executive and legislative branches.

“We think it's a great step towards ending this unconstitutional action once and for all,” says David Urias, an lawyer who also worked on the lawsuit. “We believe the courts will step in and stop it.”

This would be good news for El Centro and Somos un Pueblo Unido, organizations that advocate for immigrant rights. Both groups have vocally opposed the program, saying Martinez is targeting immigrants for political gain.

Somos un Pueblo Unido issued a news release yesterday about the judge's decision, explaining their stance on the residency certification. The organization “believes the program is inefficient, costly, confusing, and is being used to intimidate immigrant families in New Mexico … .”

Today El Centro will hold a rally called “Don't Target our Families” outside of the Taxation and Revenue Department at the northeast corner of Central and San Mateo at 5 p.m.

V.20 No.35 |

news

The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader

The Daily Word

Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.

MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.

Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?

Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.

PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.

Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.

Those who profited off 9/11.

August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.

Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!

Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.

George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.

Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.

Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.

Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?

It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.

V.20 No.33 |

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Daily Word: 8.19.11-Balloon Records, Syrian Casualties and Immigration Policy

The Daily Word

If you love balloons, this might make you mad. France surpassed one of Albuquerque's ballooning records.

Thirteenth arrest made in News of the World scandal—an L.A.-based celebrity journalist.

David Letterman receives death threat from online jihadist.

New policy might mean fewer deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat and don't commit crimes.

Suicide attack kills eight at British council in Kabul.

New people's movement in India, led by Gandhi-esque social activist, meant to stop corruption.

xkcd illustrates the best workout.

New study supports the idea that not getting enough sleep can really mess you up.

A comedy about dealing with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, he needs your story contributions for a cool project.

With 15 more civilian casualties, the UN says Syrian government may be guilty of crimes against humanity.

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