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 V.18 No.44 | October 29 - November 4, 2009 

Thin Line

Taliban on the Payroll

When the United States pays off its enemies, American media outlets barely notice. When its foreign allies do so, reporters can’t wait to bite into the controversy.

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Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, on his ceaselessly ringing cell phone.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Talking Points

The Prize Fighter

Local military religious freedom activist nominated for 2010 Nobel

Mikey Weinstein won the Linda K. Estes Giraffe Award, given to honor those who stick their necks out for their beliefs. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Weinstein was thrilled to receive the local prize, named for the former UNM coach who fought for women's equality. On Sept. 17, he attended a gala reception to accept his Giraffe.

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Calf-roping gear lays at the ready on the sidelines.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Photo Essay

World Gay Rodeo Finals

The mission of the International Gay Rodeo Association is to promote the LGBT country-Western lifestyle. “It is a huge surprise to many that the gay community is involved in rodeo, but this being America and the fact that all of us are intrigued with our Western heritage, it only adds to the reality ‘We are everywhere!’ ” the association writes on its website.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline Hungary—The entire 15-man police force in the town of Budaörs resigned last Tuesday after they landed the sole winning jackpot ticket in the country’s national lottery. According to London’s Daily Telegraph, the $16.5 million jackpot is the sixth biggest win in Hungarian lottery history. Police chiefs have scrambled to send backup units to the region, located just outside the Budapest metropolitan area, until more full-time officers can be recruited.

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