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Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally
Low Riders and High Hopes
By Sam Kerwin [ Fri Aug 26 2016 9:32 PM ]
On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.
Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.
Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.
High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.
“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.
Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.
In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”
Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.
“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”
“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department to conduct DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols this weekend
NM DOT announces two major weekend construction closures around the Big I
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 26 2016 7:31 PM ]
This weekend will see the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the county, with deputies on the lookout for aggressive driving, seatbelt use, proper child safety restraints, valid insurance and registration and driving under the influence.
These patrols and checkpoints begin today and will continue through Saturday, August 27th. The BCSO asks local media to make the public aware of their presence in the hopes of deterring these preventable driving practices.
Beginning at 9pm this evening, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the I-25 Northbound exit ramp at Lomas will be closed, as will the I-25 Northbound flyover ramp to Eastbound I-40. Detours will be posted near these work zones.
As always, avoiding a DWI is in motorists' hands.
Yellow Cab: 505-247-8888
Checker Cab: 505-243-7777
Safe Ride ABQ: 505-203-5386
Green Cab: 505-235-5140
ABQ Cab: 505-883-4888
UBER? use your app.
Lyft has regained permission to operate in New Mexico as well.
The Daily Word in a horrific child murder, Phillippino assassins and KFC's top secret recipe
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 26 2016 11:54 AM ]
A 10 year old girl was abused and murdered in a bizarre crime that resulted in the arrest of the girls mother and two other people.
Owners of the bankrupt Flying Star chain are not happy with a proposal that includes selling their restaurants.
From the Philippines comes this story about independent, government sanctioned assassins who kill drug dealers.
Donald Trump's The Apprentice required contestants to agree to an unusual and invasive set of contract demands.
Riders on New York City's D-Train spent thirty minutes atop a bridge in a stopped subway car without air conditioning, full of crickets and worms, with a screaming, urinating woman.
Did the nephew of Colonel Sanders divulge Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe?
Courtesy of Dahli Delia's Instagram
Bless the Freaks
Saturday, Aug 27: Freak Asylum
By Megan Reneau [ Fri Aug 26 2016 11:00 AM ]
Jayy Von Monroe of Blood on the Dance Floor performs as his alter-ego Dahli Delia, featuring Candy Rose, Lola Turner, Billy D. Andrews and Ramiyah Devereaux.
Make it 'Til You Make It
Saturday, Aug 27: Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire
By Joshua Lee [ Fri Aug 26 2016 10:00 AM ]
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the maker movement.
Friday, Aug 26: Votives • instrumental, ambient, post rock • Cryogenic Styles • Five Mile Float • indie • Spice Boys • punk rock • Cee Mo
By August March [ Thu Aug 25 2016 2:00 PM ]
See the second of a series of events hosted by Weekly Alibi featuring the best local bands.
The Daily Word in Groceries, Triple-A Beisbol, Kirko Bangz and Gigantic Bluegill
By August March [ Thu Aug 25 2016 12:32 PM ]
As of 6am this fine August morning, there is a grocery store in downtown Albuquerque and it is open.
The Albuquerque Isotopes went 12 innings against the El Paso Chihuahuas, but lost 4-2 after Chihuahuas' third baseman Carlos Asuage and shortstop Jóse Rondón came alive late in the game.
Members of the Kirtland Air Force Base 512th Rescue Squadron recently saved a couple of hikers who were lost in the mountains of Colorado. But they had to leave the llamas behind.
The Daily Lobo reports on violence at the Metropolitan Detention Center and the protests that have consequently ensued.
H-Town rapper Kirko Bangz caused some trouble in Hobbs.
New Mexico's Human Services Department will now be under the guidance of a special master.
At Shady Lakes, Northwest of town, "There are some gigantic bluegill hanging out at the trout gutting station."
Face the Sun
Friday, Aug 26: Mountainair Sunflower Festival
By Joshua Lee [ Thu Aug 25 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy arts and crafts, a sunflower hat contest, food vendors, children's activities and juried art show. Live entertainment from Rye Creek, Erineo, The Roadrunners and Kubatana Marimba Southwest.
Albuquerque Museum Archives / CC BY 2.0
Wednesday night at the terminal
By August March [ Wed Aug 24 2016 10:56 PM ]
Because of the power of the interwebz, it's possible to listen to and view parts the jam-packed history of rocanrol music made here in the Duke City.
This is what I found tonight.
King Richard and the Knights were a mid-sixties Burque band fronted by Dick Stewart. Stewart also started one of this town's first record labels, Lance Records. The original guitarist for the outfit was the father of local '90s guitar legend Lewi Longmire (Apricot Jam).
Then there's Cracks in the Sidewalk. After an art-damaged opening sequence featuring Dirt City new wave progenitor Rodger Venue, Cracks take over. Black Maria's Gordy Andersen, Judson Frondorf, Chris Partain, Jez Velazquez and Mike Rose rock the heck out on Channel 27.
Ah, The Drags. Keith Herrera becomes all drums now while Lorca Wood melts into the rhythm and guitarist/crooner C.J. Stritzel dishes on dark dreams.
Unit 7 Drain was a thing in the early aughts. Two of them are currently engaged with a new thing called Shoulder Voices, which is awesome. Note the creeping glam goodness of Little Bobby Tucker seeping through their sound, signaling the future.
Before I turn the terminal over to a very good friend, who, by the way, plans on rocking nothing but the Smiths, Clan of Xymox and DJ Shadow for the next six hours (she's on fleek), here's the highlight of tonight's outing.
Here is a totally awesome new video by Chicharra, a masterfully multi-layered insect glam ensemble from right here in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Black Culture and Black Futures
Thursday, Aug 25: NM Black Expo 2
By Robin Babb [ Wed Aug 24 2016 5:00 PM ]
Discuss shared cultural experiences regarding health care advocacy, education advancement, policy advocacy, community development and celebrate Black culture.
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Twelfth Night: Ducdame Ensemble at Meow Wolf
Immersion performance in which audience members follow actors through Meow Wolf, eventually settling in the stage area.
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