The Daily Word in affirmative action, transgender rights and possible fraud
First the Food Network and now Smithfield! You're making some enemies, Paula!
Affirmative action takes the backseat ...
Berlusconi gets seven years, but will it stick? No pun intended.
Colorado court rules in favor of a transgendered girl who was denied access to the girls' bathroom.
Phillip Garcia found guilty of kidnapping.
Have some mental health providers been mishandling funds? Tsk Tsk Tsk ...
When did they start letting people in Aransas Pass have monkeys? Should I move back to Texas?
What the hell happened last year?
2011 zipped by in a blur of catastrophic weather, war, civil unrest and ideological battles. This week’s news section gives you some of the highlights.
What will this year bring?
This much we know: The 2012 elections will consume most national media as November nears. There will be talking head saturation—and reader/viewer fatigue—as America’s politicians try to hang onto their seats. It’s like the Super Bowl/World Cup/World Series/NBA Finals/UFC Ultimate Ultimate Ultimate Knuckle Basher all rolled into one.
Except the election actually matters. Zing!
Or maybe it doesn’t. Zing! Zing!
Either way, this thing in Iowa tonight is just the beginning.
Top Ten Films of 2011
Did you see a lot of movies in 2011? Did you see as many as Alibi film editor Devin D. O’Leary? Check out his top ten list right here. And please feel free to add your own personal top ten list if you disagree!
The Daily Word in what happened in 2011, what's coming in 2012, a divorce over something that happened in the 1940's
Beloved elderly man dies in the cold on his porch in La Mesilla, NM.
New state laws for 2012 bring about happy hour bans, fire-breathing regulations and more.
Canadian drug found successful in treating ovarian cancer.
99-year-old Italian man divorcing his wife of 77 years over her 1940's affair.
Amazon, Facebook and Google consider a coordinated anti-SOPA blackout.
Target becomes target (hehe) for large public gathering of breast-feeding moms.
Too bad Christmas is over: I would have wanted a Batman iPod dock with built in taser.
Let's make some New Year's Eve resolutions.
Fox apologizes to Jews for Facebook poll on Jesus' death.
Words of comfort: Russia test fires long-range missile with new warhead.
Year in Review: Film
Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and a Planet Full of Apes
The best films of 2011
Year in Review: Food
Chewing on 2011
The rising cost of eating, medium-rare pork, nutrition guidelines and foodborne illness top the list of hot stories
Every December, the Hunter PR firm announces the results of a nationwide survey for the top 10 food news stories of the year. The list says as much about the media that writes the headlines as it does about the people who remember them.
Music to Your Ears
Five Favorites of 2011
Honestly, I spent most of 2011 obsessing over mod music and glam rock from the ’60s and ’70s, and so I don’t feel quite equipped to compose an authoritative or complete list of the year’s best new sounds. (Besides, the Internet is populated by young bloggers on the hipster tip who are doing just that for me—not that I was into Real Estate, Youth Lagoon or Lana Del Mar in the slightest.) I did, however, spend hours obsessing over certain songs. Below are the five I repeated to an embarrassing degree.
The Best Dishes of 2011
No contest—my choice for No. 1 meal in 2011 is Masa’s omakase in New York City, and Prune is certainly in the top 10 (see Have Fork, Will Travel). But I’ve eaten some amazing food here at home this year. The dishes that follow, available on regular menus or as specials, stand out as top notch. I have a hard time distinguishing between them for quality and sheer enjoyment, so in no particular order:
Must’ve Seen TV
Best (and worst) of 2011
The Daily Word in politics, human to animal contact and TALKING IN ALL CAPS
Again with the debt ceiling.
Kim Jong-il's two-day funeral begins.
Yes, Congress really is as bad as you think.
Rick Santorum promises to pack up and go home if he comes in last in Iowa.
Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring from the Senate.
No New Mexico float in the Rose Parade this year.
Surprise! Newt Girgrich's divorce papers contradict his claims about the split.
Questions are being asked about Jerry Sandusky's wife.
Mayor Berry reviews the first half of his term.
Vladimir Putin is too cool for vote rigging.
Two killed in a shootout at a Church's Chicken in Chicago.
Tweeting the phrase human to animal contact will attract the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.
A $25 computer about to begin production.
The great exploding churro lawsuit has been settled.
Toys R Us sued over loose wagon wheel.
ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS is exactly as awesome as the name implies.
The 50 most entered BitTorrent phrases of 2011 are…
Adorable anti-gender marketing rant from a 4-year-old.
2011s best animal videos.
When will the Co-op get a man aisle?
SETI to search the moon for alien footprints.
The Grand Canyon Burger sounds awesome!
Save cash and avoid airport impulse buys.
The true weight of the internet is somewhere between a grain of salt and a strawberry.
Former Saturday Night Live writer dead of apparent suicide.
Sweet old computer magazine covers from the 70s/80s.
The dead and dying shows of 2011
The 2011-2012 season has hit its midway point. Shows are taking a break for the holidays and will be back with new episodes in late January or early February. Some of them anyway. A few have already gone off to that great television channel in the sky. While the fall 2011 season wasn’t exceptionally bloody, there were a handful of high-profile network casualties.
Best of Burque
It's a bird, it's a plane!
It's the Weekly Alibi's 18th annual Best of Burque issue. Faster than a speeding red-light runner. More powerful than Don Schrader's home-brewed goat head yerba maté. You, the readers, picked the best of the best in the Duke City. We, Albuquerque's faithful alternative weekly, compiled those green chile slathered nuggets of local goodness into what is sure to be the best Best of Burque issue of 2011.
Don't take our word for it. The issue (officially) hits stands on Thursday, April 7, but if you hunt diligently it can be found in select locations on Wednesday, April 6.
Who will win best Albuquerquean? Which bar has the best staff? Which radio station came out on top? Tune in next week to find out.
Psychic Predictions, Past and Future
The Alibi's resident skeptic cashes in a few bets
On Dec. 14, 2009, I wrote a list of 15 predictions for 2010, published in the Alibi. Having investigated mysterious and unexplained phenomena for more than a decade, I actually have a documented history of accuracy. In fact, my success rate for 2008 was about 90 percent. As 2010 came to a close, I thought it was time to dust off my forecasts to see how I fared.
Year in Review: Food
The Year in Food
Farm laws and spilled secrets
Some will argue that 2010 was the year homemade sausage finally came of age, or the year the school garden movement exploded. Others will remember 2010 as the year KFC's Double Down sandwich made its glorious debut. With so many food preferences and priorities, you can hardly make an end-of-year food list to please everyone, so let’s start with what the people think. Some of them, anyway.