The Daily Word in freaky animals, New Mexico schools and Starbucks
Police are searching Albuquerque for 10-year-old Alexandra Greenwall of Rio Rancho, who went missing on Wednesday. Contact the authorities if you have any information.
A US Marine and Iraq War veteran in Maryland has been banned from his daughter's school after having a heated argument with the vice principal over his daughter's homework on Islam.
A woman in the Houston area was sentenced to three years in prison for putting a gun in her son's backpack to get him in trouble.
Starbucks is going to start delivering to select areas in 2015. Looks like that pumpkin spice latte is gonna come to you!
Police in Pennsylvania finally caught Matthew Eric Frein after a 48-day manhunt. Frein is accused of killing a state trooper.
UNM basketball coach Craig Neal has the starting lineup for the team's exhibition game against Western New Mexico.
Police are looking for suspects after a man was shot and killed this morning on Central Avenue. This story is still being updated.
A Legislative Finance Committee report stated that high-poverty schools in New Mexico need better teachers. Not to sound juvenile, but “DUH! That's high-poverty schools everywhere!” I'm done.
A list of freaky lookin' animals to get you squeamish and scared for All Hallows' Eve. Who knows … they may inspire a last-minute costume, no?
Another broken soldier
Would we have known the name Benjamin Colton Barnes if he hadn’t killed someone else before rushing to his own death in Mount Rainier National Park on New Year’s Day? Or would he have been just another young Iraq War veteran on a suicide trajectory?
Columnist Alex Limkin, also a vet, asks this question in his column From the Foxhole.
A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to a study published in November. It also indicates military suicides have been on the rise since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From the Foxhole
Benjamin Colton Barnes
Another broken soldier
100 Birthday Spankings for New Mexico
President William H. Taft signed the proclamation declaring New Mexico the 47th state on Jan. 6, 1912.
So is the war really over?
Iraq War veteran and longtime Alibi columnist penned an article for us about the war’s end. He makes many excellent points, but two really stood out to me:
One, there’s a good reason the end of the war doesn’t feel like a solid victory for the country, why a decade of combat closed quietly and without the fanfare we were taught to expect from earlier American conflicts. It’s because the Iraq War wasn’t borne of any real neccessity. Limkin quotes Dr. Ronald Glasser, a Vietnam vet.
“Political wars usually end by everyone simply losing interest. Eventually, the tedium and casualties and the loss of treasure become too great to ignore, and the wars are simply abandoned and closed down while everyone pretends it wasn’t that important.”
Two, this is not the end. Limkin writes:
The end to the war has been declared. But the declaration hasn’t been that important. A private army of contractors remains in Iraq, funded in part by the $6 billion 2012 budget of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. So is the war really over?
The Daily Word in danger on Lead, Kanye West inspiration and scotch in a can
APD shoots and kills suspected burglar at St. Pius High.
Casey Anthony releases first installment of her video diary.
5-year-old boy falls into open manhole in the Lead construction zone, family says, and swallows sewage.
The final tally of U.S. casualties in the Iraq War: 4,486.
Mom wraps up real-live sergeant as Christmas present.
Songs Michele Bachmann should have resigned to.
iPhone app will pay you to work out.
Robert Frank chosen to be UNM’s president.
Inspirational Tweets from Kanye West.
Best sub-headline of the year thus far: At the Iowa caucuses, the corpse of the Republican Party was wandering around Des Moines, hungry for brains.
Drunk woman rubs her butt on a $30 million abstract painting.
Facebook makes in-person conversations redundant.
Scientists distort light for the Pentagon to create time holes.
“Code Red Velvet,” a song about the cupcake that threatened national security.
Romney wants Big Bird to run on advertisements.
Satellite discovers a buried city in Egypt.
From the Foxhole
My Iraq War
Taking aim at the destroyer
The Daily Word in the end of the Iraq War, the NAACP and the Golden Globes
The Iraq War is over, and the remaining troops are coming home.
Feds issue a scathing report of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying his treatment of Hispanics constitutes extensive civil rights violations.
Man sentenced to 10 years for distributing oxymorphone pills at a party. A 15-year-old died.
Top five places your car will get stolen in Albuquerque.
The Army made a sandwich that's good for two years.
Golden Globe nominees.
CEOs in America enjoyed a pay hike between 27 percent and 40 percent last year.
African-American legislator called the governor a Mexican.
Nob Hill merchants are banding together for a sales day today after that apocalyptic windstorm besieged the Shop and Stroll.
Girl forced to eat jalapeños on nacho day at a Rio Rancho elementary.
Michael Jackson's daughter on that mask her dad made her wear.
The AG's looking to throw the book at Jerome Block Jr.
Chomsky encourages occupiers to keep going through neighborhood-based political organizing.
The most boring celebs of 2011.
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.
MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.
Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?
Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.
PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.
Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.
Those who profited off 9/11.
August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.
Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!
Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.
George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.
Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.
Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.
Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?
It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.
Bear With Me
I Left My Wallet in Ad Duluiyah
My brother did one tour in the land of the two rivers. He came back with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a brain injury, all in the name of ... nothing.
How We Fail
We are a country at war. And not just with immigrants. Reading the news these days, who can tell which brown people absorb the most American vitriol?
From the Foxhole
Beyond the War Zone II
General Petraeus swapped for General McChrystal in Afghanistan
The names of the countries in which we are fighting no longer matter. This is what happens when war drags on interminably. It becomes enough to refer to the conflicts solely by the passage of time during which the dead and the bereft have multiplied insensibly.
The Daily Word 06.03.10: RGA behind Martinez campaign, Palin blames enviro-jerks; Gulf shrimpers sick
Did a UFO land in Angel Fire?
Someone stole a 10,000-pound gas well servicing rig in Farmington, N.M.
There will not be a separate Westside school district, says state's secretary of education.
Look at how much money the guv candidates are going to spend on this election.
Washington Post reports that the national Republican Governors Association was behind Susana Martinez' Palin endorsement and hundreds of thousands in contributions.
Obama extends benefits for partners of gay federal workers.
Shrimpers in the Gulf are getting sick, and some say it's because of the disaster cleanup.
Sarah Palin blames environmentalists for the Gulf geyser.
U.S. says it warned Israel to use restraint when dealing with the flotilla. (Israel commandos killed nine activists trying to bring tons of aid to Gaza.)
Do drone attacks work?
People generally get happier as they age, says study, and no one is sure why.
But grumpiness is good for you, says other study.
Guy unsuccessfully tries to magic away the police.
World's ugliest dog dies.
From the Foxhole
How Cowboys Tame the Blues
Equine therapy for veterans
I meet Gus and his two horses at an empty dirt arena in Santa Fe. It’s a cold morning but the sun is bright. The nearby mountains are capped with snow. There are rows of vacant stables alongside the arena. I move slowly, wrapped in a cloudy haze from lack of sleep. The horses look sleepy as well, tethered to their trailer nodding off. When they yawn, they seem on the verge of speaking. “Get away from me,” I imagine them saying. “What's that, an apple? Give it here.” Such teeth. Such manners.
I had pretty much forgotten about that pesky Iraq War, the one that has gone on so long we could have beaten Hitler twice over in the same time frame.