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The Daily Word 11.24.10: Dead miners, new sea creature, U.S. heads to Korea, 100-proof turkey, John Travolta’s baby

Another gas explosion snuffs out hope for the 29 trapped New Zealand miners. All are presumed dead.

Deep sea robots discover a new species in a new genus: the “squid worm.”

Animal Planet discovers world’s ugliest cat. Kinda looks like Sonny Bono.

International pissing contest: U.S. says it’s sending an aircraft carrier for “joint military exercises” off Korea.

“100-proof turkey” takes three days to prepare and is served with 100-proof vodka gravy.

Tough times for Ireland.

Ohio State president mouths off about college football contenders.

Sarah Palin’s new book insults Betty Friedan and devotes several pages to complaining about Murphy Brown.

American workers are out in the cold, but the companies they work for just had their best quarter ever.

... Not surprisingly, Wall Street execs are already back to buying $40,000 cell phones and renting dwarves for their parties.

John Travolta, 56, and Kelly Preston, 48, salve the grief of losing their oldest son last year by having another baby. This one doesn’t have a stupid name.

Music nerd makes homemade Blue Man Group instrument thingy for a talent show.

V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Lt. Col. Steve Loomis (second from right) stands with his platoon in Vietnam in 1970.
Courtesy of Steve Loomis

News Feature

Army Strong

A gay soldier's life of service

Lt. Col. Steve Loomis was discharged from the military in 1997, five days before he was eligible for retirement. He'd been in the Army on active duty for almost 20 years and in the Reserve for another 10.

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The color guard of American Veterans for Equal Rights marched in Albuquerque’s Veterans Day Parade for the first time in 2009.
Courtesy of Steve Loomis

Feature: Schedule

Veterans Day Events

Thursday, November 11

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N.M.’s Congressmen on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Jeff Drew

For 17 years, openly gay, lesbian or bisexual men and women have been barred from serving in the military. On Thursday, May 27, the House of Representatives passed a defense bill that included a repeal of that policy. The Senate Armed Services Committee followed suit the same day.

The Alibi contacted New Mexico’s five congressmen to get their views on the issue.

V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010
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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NM Blogosphere Roundup: Virgin Galactic, our local spaceport, Bible references etched on US troop rifles, local comics

Terminal Hanger concept, Spaceport America, New Mexico.
Terminal Hanger concept, Spaceport America, New Mexico.

In Sir Richard Branson's new National Geographic reality tv show Virgin Galatic, as Sindicator points out, Spaceport America ("the world’s first and only civilian space exploration site") is located in southern New Mexico.

Only In New Mexico tips us off to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headquartered in Albuqueruque, and are currently lobbying to stop Bible references from being inscribed on high-powered rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers.

7000 BC reports that New Mexico's seminal & lively 'undergound' comics scene is alive and well with a meeting this Sunday at the Santa Fe Public Library and a UNM Continuing Education class next month: Creating Comics Panel by Panel.

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