V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Freedom of Assembly
Preaching to the Prez
Christian groups shout mixed messages at the White House
A coalition of Christian groups goes to Washington, D.C., to protest prayerfully.
V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012
AP photo by Eric Gay
Team USA women's basketball dominance overshadowed
While the USA men's basketball has been making headlines with its blowout win over Nigeria and the relentless stream of questions about whether this team could beat the 1992 Dream Team, there's been a steady storm of wins accumulating on the women's side that very few people have talked about.
On Tuesday, the women put up nearly twice as many points as their opponent, Team Canada. Team USA slaughtered Canada so effectively that only two players— Chelsea Aubry and Kim Smith, both D1 talents during their college days in America—scored in double figures.
Aside from demolishing Canada, Team USA has now won 39 straight Olympic games. The last time the women's basketball team lost was in 1992, when that storied men's Dream Team was unveiled to the world.
Since '92, however, the men's game has teetered back and forth between nonchalant dominance and embarrassingly lackadaisical effort, resulting in a disappointing bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. While the men's team recommitted after those Athens games, the women's team never needed to; they never stopped winning. They haven't lost a game in the preliminary rounds of the Olympics since 1976—the very first time women's basketball was even a sport in the Olympics.
Team USA faces a tough challenge on Thursday, going up against an Australian team that made waves of its own in the publicity field, and has played some mean games of basketball, to boot. The Opals will challenge the Americans inside with strong post play, but might have trouble with the way Team USA likes to get out and run on the break.
More importantly, the mainstream press is doing its quadrennial look at women's basketball: seemingly impressed, ESPN even featured a story about how the US women are the real Dream Team. That being said, it's troubling, as with so many other professions and occupations, what kind of disparity the women will come back home to, regardless of whether they medal or not, gold or otherwise.
While the league minimum in the NBA—where every player on the men's team has a job after the Olympics are done—is at least $473,604 dollars, depending on whether it's a rookie contract, women in the WNBA cannot earn more than a $103,500. Anthony Davis has trademarked his unibrow, just in case he needs to supplement his income. Meanwhile, female greats like Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi barely have name recognition.
It'd be wonderful if the Olympics rewarded the best play with the most money or the most fame, or whatever it is that society decides is the way to reward these people who dedicate their lives to excellence. Unfortunately, it seems the thing we value most is a good story.
V.21 No.31 |
The Daily Word in Judo, Annan and Doctor Who
A smiling tribute to American blubber was stolen from Dairy Queen.
Horse owners like N.M. horse slaughterhouse.
Ex-APD officer who kicked a suspect in the head a bunch of times wants his job back.
Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.
Bone marrow transplants eradicate HIV.
What Robyn Lawley—the prestigious plus-size lacy underpants model—eats.
The lady who takes pictures of babies dressed like flowers and peas and things is totally nuts. (Satire)
The Olympic rings as fascinating infographics for nerds like me.
Is being an Olympic gymnast any fun anymore?
Swimmer Ryan Lochte digs one night stands, says his mom.
Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win the gold in Judo.
How not to write about female musicians.
"Doctor Who" trailer for series 7 features dinosaurs.
V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
What a Way to Make a Livin’
The American workplace is built for 1950s Man, a pomaded machine who didn’t need vacation or time with his kids.
V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
ACLU: Pharmacist refuses to refill a birth control prescription
Susanne Koestner called a Walgreens in Albuquerque to refill her birth control prescription in mid-June. The pharmacist working told her he wouldn’t do it and she should get her birth control the next day from someone else, according to an American Civil Liberties Union news release. He said it was against his religious beliefs.
So Koestner had to call a different Walgreens because she couldn’t wait. (Birth control is time-sensitive.)
“Something is very wrong when a man can walk in to any pharmacy and buy condoms, but a woman can't fill a birth control prescription prescribed to her by a doctor,” says Koestner in the release. “As a patient, I am at the mercy of licensed pharmacists and pharmacies when it comes to being able to receive the medications my doctor has prescribed for me.”
This was a hot topic in 2005, when states were considering whether to make emergency contraception available over the counter. Former Alibi Editor in Chief Christie Chisholm wrote about the issue back then.
Some states have made laws protecting a pharmacist’s right to refuse: Pharmacists can refuse to dispense specifically emergency contraception in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi and South Dakota. So-called “conscience clauses” got their start in the ’70s after Roe v. Wade.
In Illinois, a law was passed demanding pharmacists dispense contraception.
The local chapter of the ACLU says the Albuquerque pharmacist’s refusal constitutes sex discrimination. “... Walgreens is free to accommodate the religious beliefs of its pharmacists,” says ACLU-NM Staff Attorney Alexandra Freedman Smith in the release. “However, religion cannot be used to discriminate against people, and that is exactly what happened here.”
The ACLU and the Southwest Women’s Law Center sent Walgreens a letter requesting that if a pharmacist on staff can’t fill prescriptions due to religious beliefs, another pharmacist should be on duty who can.
V.21 No.24 |
The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes
Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.
Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.
APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.
"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.
When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?
Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.
State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.
Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.
After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.
We're going to spy on Africa more.
Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.
Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.
Burger King's bacon sundae.
Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.
V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Follow the Leader
Retiring legislator fought for women and the working class
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
The Daily Word in earthquakes, a jailed Zimmerman and Lil B
A series of earthquakes in the U.S. was likely caused by fracking wastewater.
An earthquake in Indonesia leaves the country relatively uninjured.
The guy who plays Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” has been robbed in ABQ twice.
In Sunland Park, you can’t tell who donated to a campaign.
Two APD officers who were fired for misconduct could end up back on the job.
Zimmerman makes his first court appearance and will stay in jail.
Trayvon Martin’s family talks about the second-degree murder charge announced yesterday.
J.K. Rowling’s writing a book for adults.
Lil B’s 90-minute lecture at NYU.
This leaf may be able to easily wean opiate addicts off their drug. But the herbal remedy may soon be banned in the U.S.
Our oil’s coming from new countries.
The photos that created America’s child labor laws.
Debate about women, motherhood and work plays out between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney.
"Since there is an infinite number of alternative universes, there must be one in which there isn't an infinite number of alternative universes. Perhaps this is the one."
Car commercials with shooting.
V.21 No.7 |
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?
V.21 No.3 |
The Daily Word in film caps, Gingrich and Megaupload
17-year-old student stabbed and killed at school.
City pays woman back after police destroyed her weed.
State lawmakers looking to banish the $50 million cap for film rebates imposed last year.
Look inside the Fukushima containment vessel.
Santa Fe's minimum wage will be the highest in the country.
Congress is going to hold off on PIPA and SOPA votes.
Romney may lose to Gingrich in South Carolina.
College students are playing the fainting game. I thought that was for kids.
Hackers retaliate after Megaupload is shut down.
A matrilineal state in India (where women rule).
If that capsized cruise ship dumps its fuel, it will pollute one of the most pristine segments of the Mediterranean.
Why is it hard to believe in evolution?
Advice that doesn't make sense until you're too old to need it.
Pulitzer Prize: Meh.
V.21 No.2 |
The Daily Word in Bigfoot's right to free speech, Robert Anton Wilson week, and (Un)-Occupy Albuquerque in Santa Fe
(Un)-Occupy Albuquerque will be protesting in Santa Fe next week.
What happens to stuff dropped off at Santa Fe recycling stations?
It is Robert Anton Wilson week!
Here is a different way of evaluating NFL teams and games.
"If you need a brassiere, wear one" and other dating tips for women circa 1938.
Too fat to fit in the CT-scanner? Try the one at the zoo.
Court finds state violated Bigfoot's right to free speech.
V.20 No.52 |
The Daily Word in Gary Johnson, apes and Buddhist bartenders
Buffalo rampages through Edgewood, N.M.
Former Gov. Gary Johnson ditches the GOP and goes Libertarian in his quest to become president of these United States.
Should be a $4.2 million surplus in the state budget. Gov. Susana Martinez wants to spend it on college prep programs.
Barbie is a hoarder.
Best insta-celebs of the year.
The 10 most absurd quotes about women in 2011.
Apes to video chat on iPads.
Wendy's $16 foie gras burger.
At Vow's Bar in Tokyo patrons are served by real Buddhist monks.
The professional laugher.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
An interview with one of the activists behind an iconic feminist health guide
Our Bodies, Ourselves celebrates 40 years amid much political debate on women’s health issues like abortion and contraception.
V.20 No.42 |
The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips
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.
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.33 | 8/18/2011
When your wife has to drive alone
The world becomes a confusing and aggressive place. Even the trumpets get anxious.
Sean Costanza at Blackbird Buvette
Stand-Up Comedy Thursday at The Stage @ Santa Ana Star
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