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"What Do We Do Now?"
Few celebrations at state GOP rally
By Margaret Wright [ Tue Nov 6 2012 11:50 PM ]
The mood's been somber in the Marriott hotel ballroom since Obama’s win was flashed on the big screens looming in each corner. Lieutenant Gov. John Sanchez tried to console a woman who looked on the verge of tears, saying that this loss could serve to rally and galvanize conservatives to work even harder as they go forward.
"But what if the country goes completely bankrupt in the meantime?" replied an older man with an "I voted" sticker on his lapel. "It could happen."
"I'm feeling a little flabbergasted that people in this country and this state don't realize what's going on," said Bob (he didn't want to share his last name). A retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, Bob said individuals need to take more responsibility for their own actions and not rely on government to take care of things for them.
"When are they going to wake up and realize that the country is in a malaise that, to a large extent, is caused by government?"
Take the passage of Albuquerque's minimum wage ordinance, for instance, said Bob. It's a sign that people are caught in a cycle of government dependence: Instead of getting more education or working harder, they legislate themselves a raise.
There’s a clear segment of the country that favors the policies of Romney, Bob continued. The fact that their candidate didn't win does not bode well for the overall economic health of the country, he added.
“I think we’re going to see that there’s an overwhelming number of counties that vote Republican, and it’s only the cities that vote Democrat,” he said. “You have an influx of people into cities who are dependent on government, and people who are not dependent on government leave the cities. And of course what’s happening now? Cities are going bankrupt.”
Mayor Richard Berry and Westside City Councilor Dan Lewis were both pleased that the Paseo/I-25 bond measure passed resoundingly.
"I'm excited because it'll alleviate enormous traffic problems and improve air quality," said Berry. "Plus, the Mid-Region Council of Government estimates that it could create up to $2 billion in economic activity."
Berry said he had misgivings about the minimum wage increase initiative, particularly the effect it could have on organizations that provide home healthcare services to the elderly and disabled. Still, he said "our bosses—the voters—have spoken, and I wouldn't be doing what I did if I didn't believe in the will of the people."
“I’m excited,” said Monica Youngblood of her race’s outcome for state House district 68. “My constituents want legislators who can help the governor reform New Mexico in a good way, and my seat is good pick up in the right direction.”
Rio Rancho Voting Woes
By Margaret Wright [ Tue Nov 6 2012 6:17 PM ]
Man-about-town / Alibi contributor Clifford Grindstaff reported that a woman from Sandoval County appeared at an Albuquerque polling place this afternoon seeking advice about where to vote. And voters in Rio Rancho (the majority of which is in Sandoval County) reported this morning that they were waiting in long lines to cast their ballots. One woman told KOB News that she’d waited for 2 hours and 20 minutes before she was able to vote at Puesta Del Sol Elementary School.
Let’s hope that the Sandoval County Clerk’s office was able to iron out any difficulties before the work day ended. As of this spring, there were more than 50,000 eligible voters in Rio Rancho. The county only has five polling locations to serve the entire town.
(Comic) Relief for Your “Raging Election”
By Margaret Wright [ Tue Nov 6 2012 1:25 PM ]
Give your burning, breaking news ulcer a few moments of respite. For your Election Day amusement, a small compendium of comedian tweets:
@iamjohnoliver: If Mitt Romney wins the election tonight, the White House will be one of the smallest houses he's ever lived in.
@GregtheGrouch: My polling place smelled like fish sticks today.
@steveagee: Vote yes on prop These Nuts
@Hamptonyount: How much did it cost you guys to vote? I feel like I got a deal.
@JohnCleese: Presidential election today when we finally find out just how batty America is...
@jackiekashian: Andy, "I anticipate a happy ending. To my raging election."
@toddbarry: They don't make a sticker for what I did today.
@tedalexandro: Senior citizen volunteers overseeing newfangled computer voting machines? There's no way this could go wrong!
@birbigs: Today is Halloween for adults. Let's all pretend we live in a democracy. #VOTE
@friedmanjon: I just voted for some Kenyan guy. LOL!
@mileskahn: Does anyone know if Fox News is on suicide watch? I'm really worred about them.
@mitchfatel: Just released! Documents prove Obama is half black!
@DougBenson: I'd like to see four more years of BREAKING BAD. Can we vote for that?
@mileskahn: Nate Silver says there's a 95% chance that if Obama wins he's "so getting laid."
@JenKirkman: An old lady who lives at the senior place I'm voting in just yelled out her room "Shut up!" to a crying baby. She's prob a hologram of my future.
@aasif: Are you kidding me Florida?
@PaulScheer: Vote No on Prop 36 which requires everyone you know to have a podcast. #vote2012
@julieklausner: Putting on shoes, getting ready to vote. If they don't have stickers OR a sugar free lolly for me, I'm going to flip my shit.
@JoshSneed: Just stole a big roll of "I Voted" stickers when this guy wasn't looking in case anyone that just wants to be left alone needs one. 'Merica.
@EugeneMirman: The Internet isn't the only place to tell strangers they're idiots, you can yell at folks in voting lines or throw leftover CSA veggies too.
@thelovemaster: Interesting how they word proposition descriptions to spin u. Think I just saw 1 promising daily blow jobs. #gotmyvote
@aishatyler: Yes. Vote first. Game second. You can't save the universe from the Covenant menace if you haven't saved democracy first.
@Ruth_A_Buzzi: How can we vote when they haven't even done that part where we see them in their swim suits?
Who’s Looking After Your Vote?
DOJ poll monitors dispatched to three N.M. counties
By Margaret Wright [ Tue Nov 6 2012 11:45 AM ]
On my way to work this morning after voting (shout out to the nice poll workers at Willianna Carroll Elementary!), I tuned in to radio host Bob Clark’s morning call-in show on KKOB 770 AM. There was some discussion (including with a freaked out caller) about the United Nations sending monitors to the U.S. to supervise the elections process. (Some jurisdictions are themselves freaked out about the prospect enough that they’ve threatened to arrest international monitors.)
Clark mentioned that there don’t appear to be international monitors here in New Mexico, but there are supervisors from the U.S. Department of Justice keeping at eye on some counties here in the state. Turns out that DOJ observers and personnel will be working in three counties (Bernaillo, Cibola and Sandoval) today to make sure everything’s been done in compliance with federal elections law.
There’s been some serious sound and fury over the integrity of the elections process this year. Advocacy organizations like controversial True the Vote have dispatched their own vote monitors. We did a run-down in our election guide of some of the other issues that have cropped up about voting access and the factions fighting to either limit or expand access to the ballot box. Especially if the final count is close, the indignation and accusations over voting irregularities may be far from over after polls close tonight.
The Daily Word in scary storms, scary animal hunts and scary breakfast
By Margaret Wright [ Wed Oct 31 2012 11:18 AM ]
NYU medical research suffers setback from the storm.
Also, here's a "crisis map" with user videos.
The world series of poker has a winner.
Los Lunas coyote hunt backlash.
Tired to tears.
The Navajo Nation endorses Rep. Martin Heinrich.
Make sure your Halloween makeup is true-to-life.
The GMO debate in California heats up on the eve of a proposition on the state ballot to regulate them.
Halloween counterparts in Asia.
The Daily Word in predator drones, old bunnies and predator shoes
By Margaret Wright [ Wed Oct 24 2012 10:05 AM ]
An Italian court convicted a group of scientists to six years in prison for not predicting something they're not capable of predicting.
Paraplegic man left in the desert on the Navajo Nation dragged himself to safety after three days.
Doubts swirl around the alleged shooting of Mexico's Los Zetas crime cartel founder.
Topless Ukranian feminists may be hatching plans to disrupt the upcoming election in their country.
Some great instrumental hip-hop just arrived.
American formerly held in solitary confinement in Iran visits a California prison.
An entreaty to commit social network suicide.
"The house would be printed in 31 sections using the largest 3D printer currently available, then transported by truck to the site and fitted together."
Japanese Juggling Festival excellence.
Do they click when you walk?
Beware Shark Bites
By Margaret Wright [ Fri Oct 19 2012 9:00 PM ]
If the first few chorus lines of Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love You" cycle through your head when you've made solid contact with the green felt of a billiards table, effortlessly sinking bank and feather shots, you might check out the Runout Challenge this weekend. The private Albuquerque Billiards Club is hosting the all-ages, public contest, and a $3 entry fee buys an open break of 15 balls. Run them all, and the next rack is yours. You get as many runs as you can pay for over the course of both days. The highest number will be rewarded with cash prizes. Don't forget to take your time, that chalk is free. And don't kiss balls unless you absolutely have to. Go to runoutchallenge.org or call 750-3315 for more. Albuquerque Billiards Club • Saturday and Sunday • 10 am-6 pm • $3 • ALL-AGES! • runoutchallenge.org
The Daily Word in binders, backsliding and boosting productivity
By Margaret Wright [ Wed Oct 17 2012 9:53 AM ]
Both George Zimmerman and his wife were in court today, and a date has been set for the murder trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Journalists under Taliban threat in Pakistan.
Fact-check those feisty contenders for prez.
Binders! Binders full of women.
Conservative city councilors dive into the fray over Albuquerque's proposed minimum wage increase.
Is Afghanistan's security situation losing ground?
Verizon is watching you.
New project will try to identify remains of migrants who perished in the Sonoran desert.
Geez, AZ: Investigation launched over Arizona National Guard misconduct allegations.
Damien Hirst, butterfly killer.
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson enters academia.
The lovemaking travails of a very ancient lizard.
By Margaret Wright [ Fri Oct 12 2012 8:00 PM ]
Artist Tristan Tzara became folk hero to many when he made declarations in his early 20th-century Dadaist "Manifestos and Lampisteries" like: "Art, in the infancy of time, was prayer. Wood and stone were truth. In man I see the moon, plants, blackness, metal, stars, fish." And Tzara is, in fact, hero to Albuquerque expatriate artist Thomas Powell. His recent body of work derives inspiration from Tzara's radical ruminations. "My translation of lampistery is as something you shine light on," says Powell, "something that's revealed." Some of the pieces have a Dadaist political bent, while others a dark comic surreality. A metal cowboy wheels on an “Endless War” carriage, the heft of his massive gun appearing to throw the apparatus off balance. There's a trophy display reminiscent of a desert Toontown massacre, a boot's sole aimed skyward from a sawblade stand, and an animal skull implausibly balanced on a ball and chain. Centerpieced in the space is Powell's spiral “Nautilus,” a kind of dark carnival fun house that comments on recent history. The show runs through the weekend, closing on Sunday. If you make it over at the right time, it's possible Powell will be there too, chuckling over the colorful absurdity of it all. [AC]2 • Noon-4 pm • FREE • ac2gallery.org
The Daily Word in broken deals, peaceful ideology, eavesdropping and dressing up for the show
By Margaret Wright [ Wed Oct 10 2012 9:35 AM ]
Don't drift away.
Hospital waste ended up in a local landfill.
One of three jailed Pussy Rioters gets released.
A plan to merge two European companies into one aerospace giant has broken down.
Policy that gives immunity to telecom companies helping the government with warrantless surveillance won't be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
Bitty dino ankle biter.
Proposed California law could land a blow to GMOs.
"We have an ideology that advocates peace. The Taliban cannot stop all independent voices through the force of bullets."
Yum, Coco Crisp.
Does your kid's breath stink? Look up their nose.
Philip Glass goes '80s acid clubbing. (This might make the right side of your face twitch.)
"But what if there are no gods? or, suppose them to have no care of human beings."
"projet COMMUNAUTé": highly recommended. (Other series may be NSFW.)
alt-J at Cottonwood 16
Bucket Composting with the Bokashi Method at Bear Canyon Community Center
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