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V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

politics

Gary Johnson: Coming to a ballot near you

When voters hit the polls countrywide, they’ll see at least three options for president. One of them is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. As the Libertarian candidate, he’s pitching himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

“I'm going to be the only candidate that doesn't want to bomb Iran. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.”

I got a chance to speak with him about what it means to be a third-party candidate for president in a country that’s increasingly frustrated with its leaders. Read up on his positions regarding the drug war, the Tea Party and minimal government.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Righter Than Right, Lefter Than Left

Ex-guv is ready to throw down with the donkeys and elephants

Gary Johnson changed his party affiliation and became the Libertarian presidential candidate in May. He needs to poll at 15 percent to get into the televised debates between ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. The Libertarian candidate for president spoke with the Alibi about how his new party is working out, his opinion of Gov. Susana Martinez and what minimal government really means.
V.21 No.17 |

News

The Daily Word in vice, dissent and the end times

The Daily Word

From now on, APD officers will use lapel cameras on every call.

The city’s hearing officer is fired after the mayor and police chief deem him overly biased.

The vice squad is investigating two “massage” parlors for ties to global sex trafficking after making prostitution arrests.

Three agents caught up in secret service prostitution debacle turn down lie-detector tests.

Anti-military protestors in Cairo were violently attacked; eleven died of their injuries.

Chinese dissident leaves U.S. embassy, where he sought protection after allegedly suffering abuse during house arrest.

Nobel-prize winner Aung Sun Suu Kyi is “cautiously optimistic” as she assumes her seat in Myanmar’s parliament.

As Gingrich prepares to bow out of the primary, Ron Paul supporters continue their quiet campaign to win delegates.

Johnny Depp’s Tonto costume is modeled after a painting by a white artist whose images aren’t historically or ethnographically accurate.

Caught with your foot in your mouth? Embarrassing public gaffe? God forgives you, according to Rick Perry.

Recent male rush to amp testosterone levels troubles doctors, if not pharmaceutical companies.

Wife of avid Guinness world records collector: “He’s crazy. I would never vote for him.”

Advances in food science could result in less ouchie boo-boos.

Turks and Americans are 22 percent convinced the End Is Near. The French? Much more skeptical.

V.21 No.5 |

news

The Daily Word in the Old Main, supergiant and Anonymous

The Daily Word

U.S. to ease its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Burqueños prison gang exhibits civic pride.

Foreigners stick their foreign fingers in our chile market.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Chicano activist, mounted an armed raid to make a citizen's arrest of New Mexico's district attorney in the '60s. He's speaking at the Statehouse today.

Tour the Old Main, home of the lethal 1980 prison riot.

To protect his riches, this wealthy man adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as his daughter.

Anonymous hacks emails and accuses Ron Paul of being linked to a neo-Nazi group.

Washington the state passes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Komen yanked its funding from Planned Parenthood, so supporters around the country donated enough in a single day to make up the difference.

Baratunde Thurston on how to be Black.

Remember when we sold guns to cartels so we could track them? And then it didn't work out so well?

This cheerleader can dead lift 250.

Meet supergiant—not the band, the amphipod.

Marchers in Egypt protest military mishandling of a soccer riot that killed 74.

The most common regrets of folks at the end of their lives.

Rest in peace:

Sonic Youth collaborator and artist Mike Kelley

"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius

Poet Wislawa Szymborska

Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee

The man who played Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," Ian Abercrombie

V.20 No.51 |

NEWS

The Daily Word: Christmas edition 2011

The Daily Word

Someone failed in their attempt to steal a MAC-10 pistol from Valley Pawn.

Headline: Man Eats Cocaine From Brother's Butt, Dies.

Is Ron Paul a conspiracy-mongering paranoid nutcase?

What people wanted for Christmas in 1975.

Guns for Christmas ads.

Biblical visions were "only" lucid dreams?

These two guys exchanged the same Christmas card for sixty years. Neither of them ever read it.

Hold on to your hats, it's The Queen's Christmas Message 2011.

Santa had a collision with an F-104 fighter jet last night.

On this day in 1924 Rod Serling was born.

Some people say Jesus was also born on this day in the year zed.

V.20 No.50 |

news

The Daily Word in Ron Paul winning and Gary Johnson the Libertarian

The Daily Word

North Korea's Kim Jong Un may share power with his uncle.

Gary Johnson to leave the Republican party and run for president as a Libertarian.

Veteran calls Newt Gingrich a "Fucking Asshole" at an Iowa grocery store campaign stop.

Fire damages a Heights stripmall.

Canada may have found a vaccine to prevent AIDS.

People are starting to freak out about Ron Paul winning.

A man thought to be a John Wayne Gacy victim found alive and well in Oregon.

US Chamber of Commerce was hacked.

Earth has another moon?

Wendy's is about to overtake Burger King to become the second-largest fast food chain in terms of sales.

Surgeon removes a pen from a woman's stomach 25 years after she swallowed it.

Bored? Lonely? Unemployable? The Emergency Hall and Oates Line is here to help with whatever is ailing you.

Six steps to achieve your 2012 resolutions.

Bill Murray didn't care for the script to Ghostbusters 3.

Top 10 creepiest Santa Clauses.

The unexplained mysteries of 2011.

The most expensive apartment in Manhattan sold for $88 million to a 22-year-old.

How to Make It in America, Hung and Bored to Death all cancelled by HBO.

Sweet-Baby-Jesus it's the Hobbit trailer! Also, check out these leaked photos of the upcoming Lord of the Rings Lego sets.

Happy Birthday Samuel L. Jackson!!!

V.20 No.38 |

news

The Daily Word in Troy Davis, Edupunk and Corrales' chicken mayor

The Daily Word

World reacts angrily to the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia last night.

Ron Paul's supporters are scared of N.M.'s ex-Gov. Gary Johnson, who's in tonight's national debate.

Dog? Horse? Donkey? Chicken? Who will be Corrales' mayor?

Urban farm in Downtown Albuquerque on Second Street and Silver.

Meet TV's fact-checkers.

Images of the satellite that's falling to Earth.

Parking meter wasteland.

Universities seek students with cash money.

Uncreative writing.

Edupunk: A guide to a free online education.

Man builds lady cave to sleep in. (NSFW if your work sux.)

One Million Moms seeks to halt Schweddy Balls.

V.20 No.36 |

news

The Daily Word in the poors, the HPV vaccine makes you retarded and Spongebob makes you stupid

The Daily Word

The U.S. poverty rate jumps to a 52-year high.

People are excited about this woman I've never heard of running for Senate.

Michelle Bachmann claims HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Must resist joke.

Arizona isn't getting enough attention these days.

Is it ironic that Ron Paul's campaign manager died of pneumonia, penniless and uninsured? Yeah, it is.

Atlanta vegans get life in prison for the starving death of their 6-week-old.

These are the next 12 terror threats to keep you up at night.

Disasters have been declared in all but two states so far this year.

Vladimir Putin = badass.

I guess I need this if I die app.

Kabletown Comcast is launching low-cost, high speed internet for poor families.

Watching Spongebob Squarepants makes your dumb kids dumber.

How is Tyler Perry the highest paid man in entertainment if I've never seen one of his movies?

You need naked men and horses to harvest marijuana in Kyrgyzstan.

Why doesn't anyone want to talk about Operation Northwoods?

The man who coined the term pop art dies at the age of 89.

Finally some good news for parents flying with children.

Let's take a tour through Egypt's Great Pyramid.

Consumer Reports notes an uptick in reports of glass bakeware exploding.

Ozzy Osbourne's music helps rescue autistic boy.

Playboy's October issue will have a cover price of 60¢.

Dwarf porn star eaten by a badger. You read that right: Dwarf porn star eaten by a badger.

Flooding could result in higher pumpkin prices this year.

Bartender fired for a 9/11 joke.

Confuse your grandpa with these hipster nicknames.

Warner Brothers sued for copyright fraud and abuse.

Happy Birthday Nas!!!

V.20 No.27 |

news

The Daily Word where a dog bites Morrissey, Ron Paul Retires and there's Carmageddon in LA

The Daily Word

Republicans gave away the debt ceiling fight.

The House fails to pass the Bulb Act.

Americans are having fewer children.

The Westboro Baptist Church chickens out of protesting Betty Ford's funeral.

Bronze letters stolen from buildings in Belen.

Recall elections begin in Wisconsin.

OUTRAGE after Michelle Obama eats a hamburger.

Ron Paul is retiring from Congress to focus on losing his presidential election.

Why the dollar store is a ripoff.

Bring your protractors to Pittsburgh.

The National League wins the All-Star Game.

Some dog hates Morrissey almost as much as I do.

L.A. is preparing for Carmageddon.

I've been a Netflix member since 2000, and in that time they've never raised my rates, but what the hell Netflix?

Greatest headline ever.

RIP Sherwood Schwartz.

Best ever cover of They Might Be Giants' Istanbul (Not Constantinople).

The last know surviving dinosaur was the triceratops.

What is a derecho?

Front row on world's steepest roller coaster.

Five million 4chan posts visualized.

Richard Simmons discovers planking, but when will he master flanking?

Happy Birthday Bob Crane!!!

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011

news

Ron Paul pushes first bill ever that would lift U.S. marijuana ban

Forty years after Richard Nixon declared war on drugs, 16 states, including New Mexico, have approved the use of medical marijuana.

If Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) get their way, the federal ban on marijuana would cease entirely.

The bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday calls for state control of marijuana production and possession—independent of the federal government. That means states could continue to prohibit marijuana or could choose to legalize it. This is the first bill introduced to Congress that would end federal marijuana prohibition.

This comes as good news to Erik Briones, president and founder of Minerva Canna Group, a marijuana provider in Rio Rancho.

“The war on drugs is basically a failure,” he says in a phone interview, as a hash-making device whirs away in the background. “If you look at the stats, we have the highest rate of teens trying drugs, and more and more coming across the border. The government spends trillions of dollars, and they're losing the war.”

A symptom of the criminalization of marijuana, Briones says, is the overcrowding of prisons across the country.

“If you take out everyone in jail for marijuana-related charges, the prison population would be cut in half,” he says.

Thirteen states have decriminalized the use of non-medical marijuana, treating small-quantity possession like a minor traffic violation. Interestingly, New Mexico is not on that short list, though we've legalized medical cannabis.

More states are moving toward decriminalization, Briones says, but the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to bust licensed producers in Colorado, Montana and California.

“For the DEA, it's all very black and white,” he says. “We're all a bunch of scumbag criminals”

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act of New Mexico allows registered users to possess and use marijuana without facing arrest, prosecution or penalty. The law—protecting patients, primary caregivers, licensed producers and practitioners—passed in 2007.

Other states look to New Mexico when formulating their medical cannabis policy, Briones says, due to the tightness of the regulations.

Twenty-five licensed providers operate in New Mexico, with the majority in Albuquerque. Providers can grow up to 150 plants at a time.

V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010

news

The Daily Word 8.31.10: Hurricane Earl is coming, Ron Paul is skeptical, drinkers outlive non-drinkers

The Daily Word

Hurricane Earl: Coming to an East Coast city near you.

Ron Paul doesn’t think there’s gold in Fort Knox.

This study claims moderate drinkers live longer lives than non-drinkers. Wha?

A Molotov cocktail is hurled at a Cancun bar, killing eight.

A mobile meth lab is discovered near Coronado Mall.

That big red $5.4 million dollar bicycle bridge visible from I-40 is finally unveiled.

Always a good hair day; NFL star Troy Polamalu’s hair is insured for $1 million by Head and Shoulders.

A 70-year-old woman fights off two purse snatchers. Go, Grandma!

V.19 No.16 | 4/22/2010

Feature

To the Alibi, With Love From the Right

Tea party figureheads share their message with the Alibi’s readers

While I was having a pleasant afternoon with my father at the tea party in D.C., I was able to sit down with several of the rally’s speakers. I asked them what they wanted the Alibi’s readers to understand about the tea party’s message and what us liberals just weren’t getting. Most were more than happy to speak directly to you. Here is what they had to say:

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