V.23 No.27 |
The Daily Word in patriotism, spying and scared dogs
LANL is busy determining whether organic cat litter caused the fire at WIPP.
A local veteran is frustrated with the Veteran's Administration.
If you can't turn on your phone, it will not be allowed on some US-bound airplanes.
Hurricane Arthur hit New Brunswick, Canada pretty hard.
"Try burning this one" and other stupid patriotic tattoos.
Germany is retaliating against American espionage by starting to spy on American spies.
Tour De France selfies are dangerous.
V.22 No.37 |
The Daily Word in rage, threats, shootings, poisonous bites and beaver butts
Timeline and coverage of Navy Yard shootings from The Washington Post.
The small town of Mogollon, NM is now much more isolated thanks to heavy rains.
Heavy rains mean good times for New Mexico's reptiles.
A bar in Colorado caught fire after some cleaning rags spontaneously combusted.
"Breaking Bad's" Mike Ehrmantraut (actor Jonathan Banks) reads fairy tales in the style of Mike Ehrmantraut.
The Costa Concordia was successfully righted off the coast of Italy.
A TSA employee called in a bomb threat to LAX TSA Headquarters.
For the first time in its 32 year history Butterball's Turkey Talk Hotline has some male operators.
What happens when you get a black widow bite.
Darwin, the IKEA monkey, will remain in an animal sanctuary and not be returned to his "mother."
V.22 No.24 |
The Daily Word in a "Lone Ranger" press junket, world cup protests in Brazil and bringing squirrels across a body of water
Is Farmington really the 59th most dangerous U.S. city?
Old Santa Fe store Packard's is closing.
The G-8 look "like men who forgot their ties because they overslept."
Angelina Jolie's stunt double brings the first American lawsuit against News Corporation, accusing them of hacking her phone.
Fox News is being sued by the mother of three kids who unwittingly watched their father eat the pipe on You Tube.
When hijacking a plane and flying to Cuba was commonplace.
Here is some handy info regarding light sabers and airline luggage restrictions.
On this day in 1873 Susan B. Anthony was fined $100.00 for voting the previous year. She didn't pay.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
The Daily Word in NCAA, Clooney and portrait gourds
Lobos victorious, will face Louisville in the second round of the NCAA tourney.
Santa Fe's Casanova con man released from jail.
Jury finds Rutgers student who spied on his gay roommate with a webcam guilty of a hate crime. His roommate committed suicide.
George Clooney arrested while protesting Sudan's president.
50 Native American foster kids in San Juan County but only two Native American foster homes.
Feds cough up $4 million to help N.M. schools that are in bad shape.
Aboriginal attorney says Rodarte's fall fashion collection is sickening.
Skip the TSA security lines after paying $100 application fee.
Martin Chavez' former roommate has been accused of embezzlement. Problem for the campaign?
Osama bin Laden sought to kill President Obama so Biden would be prez.
Senators say we'd be shocked to know how the government uses the Patriot Act.
How the music industry works.
How to make a portrait gourd.
People who hate Radiohead.
Fruit flies drink booze when they don't get laid.
V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012
The Daily Word in Russians need more sex, gonorrhea needs a cure and every tyrant needs a lover
Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin encourages his people to start having more sex to help a shrinking population.
A football coach resigns after accidentally posting a naked picture on Facebook.
The Center for Disease Control issues a warning that gonorrhea may soon become incurable.
A TSA agent gets creepy with a female passenger and makes her walk through a naked body scanner three times.
Love letters from some of history’s most notorious tyrants. Who knew Josef “I’m as lonely as a horned owl” Stalin could be such a softie?
New Mexico braces with all their might for the fire and brimstone unholiness that is gay marriage attemps on Valentine’s Day!
A father plays a pornographic film instead of The Smurfs at his child’s birthday party. Easy mistake.
Studies show a homeowner does better in the dating department than a renter.
In Santa Fe, the Senate approves a proposal to impose restrictions on undocumented immigrants getting driver’s licenses.
Again? Two Columbine High School students are injured in a campus hammer attack.
President Obama erases $226 million from the Mars exploration program and my dreams of martian discovery in one fell swoop.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from André 3000 and OutKast.
V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012
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.
V.20 No.36 |
The Daily Word in the poors, the HPV vaccine makes you retarded and Spongebob makes you stupid
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.
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.
V.20 No.31 |
The Daily Word 8.6.11: The new trend is "swatting," kids; Australian collar bomb hoax; Cha Cha is dead.
The last American harmonica factory is closing.
Transgendered TSA agent files suit against TSA for treating her like a man.
What the lower U.S. credit rating might mean.
Austrian drain pipe hotel.
Smuggling pot in an ultralight....
Half of a missing early Hitchock film was found in New Zealand.
Cha Cha from Grease, aka Annette Charles, died.
V.20 No.24 |
The Daily Word: Bosque Closure, Sarah Palin Quits Something Else, TSA's Mobil Groping Teams
Rio Rancho police are cracking down on tailgaters.
Police arrest La Familia cartel boss.
UNM scientists prove that men are funnier than women.
Stephen Colbert finds the one Republican candidate who can beat Obama.
Sarah Palin quits her bus tour halfway through.
Watch out for the TSA Mobile Groping Squads.
The Supreme Court will review the patentability of medical diagnostic tests.
Man arrested after IRS accidently deposits $110,000 into his bank account.
Wimbledon officials wants female tennis players to stop grunting so loudly.
Iran wants to send a monkey into space.
Bronies are real, and they're in Albuquerque.
Coming soon to a restaurant near you: horse-semen shots.
This giant chicken-deboning machine is terrifying, awesome.
Man ships himself across country in a crate equipped to play a MMO as part of an art project.
Oh yeah, they remade Footloose.
New iPhone rumor #32.
Pray for a Destiny's Child reunion.
The seven types of friends everyone needs.
V.20 No.19 |
The Daily Word: AIDS vaccine, Nazi guard, self-driving cars
Man found dead with his throat cut near Mountain and Sixth Street.
Guy goes to the lost and found at Sandia Casino looking for his cocaine.
Bears in Roswell and Belen.
AIDS vaccine works in monkeys. A human vaccine may be just around the corner.
Paramedic says he was discriminated against because of his beard in Española. He's a Sikh, and it's part of his religion.
The M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-humpback-humpback-I River is flooding at historic levels.
This technology can read your mind.
World wastes more than a billion tons of food every year.
Bin Laden's diary (crushes revealed! jk).
Dems try to repeal tax incentives for big oil, given the companies are seeing profit.
V.20 No.11 |
The Daily Word: God's Wife, Red Light Cameras, RIP Elizabeth Taylor, Strip Search
Howard Dean defends Obama's decision to attack
South Dakota now requires a three day wait before an abortion.
Albuquerque is losing money on red light cameras.
Homeland Security says they could strip search every airline passenger if they wanted to.
13 illegal immigrants arrested in California wearing US Marine uniforms.
Seven black men shot and killed so far this year in Miami.
Another thing to worry about: the status of US nuclear spent-fuel storage.
Fox News is sending security guards do its war reporting.
The town of Bernalillo files suit against NM Gas Company to recover damages from last month's gas outages.
Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler is resigning from his position.
Maybe you should help James O'Keefe pay off his credit card debt.
Should you give money to homeless people?
Was God's wife edited from the Bible?
Finish those episodes of Dexter and Weeds quickly, Showtime won't be renewing it's contract with Netflix to stream them instantly.
Iran unveils its flying saucer to the world.
Elderly man stoned to death for making gay advance.
Beloved old-timey actress Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79.
Whatever you do, don't take a picture of this guy's mohawk.
Someone found a 50-million-year old piece of lizard skin.
I'm not sure what to think about the costume for the new Wonder Woman TV show.
Barella redesigns its spaghetti box to announce it is redisgning its spaghetti box.
Is your blog among the 100 web sites the movie and music industry want shut down?
I guess yesterday's rumors of Charlie Sheen coming back to Two And A Half Men weren't true.
The Lord of the Rings is finally being released on Blu-Ray this summer (not that I have a Blu-Ray player).
For some reason I really identify with Paranoid Parrot.
Coming soon: Koala burgers.
Twenty-five police officer fails.
Seven supermarket rip-offs.
I haven't watched the Masters of the Universe in a long time, but I don't remember He-Man being all sweary.
V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Phil Mocek: You don’t have to show ID to fly
After plenty of trial postponements, Seattle software developer Phil Mocek had his day in court. He didn’t testify. Instead, a video Mocek made with his cell phone camera was shown to the jury. On Friday, Jan. 21, he was still found not guilty of four charges: disorderly conduct, concealing identity, refusing to obey an officer and criminal trespass.
In November 2009, he refused to show ID other than his boarding pass to Transportation Security Administration agents. They called police officer Robert Dilley, who wrote in the criminal complaint that Mocek raised his voice, refused to identify himself and wouldn’t stop photographing agents, passengers and the checkpoint.
I caught up with Mocek on Monday to talk about the trial results. Needless to say, he was pleased with the verdict. But why go through the trouble? Why get arrested? Why drive (not fly) back and forth between Seattle and Albuquerque for a number of trial dates that are then postponed?
This is what he wants you to know:
“It should be more obvious to the public now that TSA does not require us to show documentation of our identity in order to travel, and TSA staff are not law enforcement officers. TSA does not bar photography in airports, though there are arguably a few exceptions. “
TSA’s attempt to identify passengers has two objectives, he says. One is airline revenue protection. Years ago, classifieds sections of newspapers were filled with people selling airline tickets they couldn’t use. Anymore, if you can’t make your flight for some reason, the airline will resell your seat. “Presumably the airlines really like keeping people from using someone else's ticket,” he says.
The second objective, he says, is to allow the federal government to restrict people’s movements based on two blacklists—one if of people so dangerous they shouldn’t be allowed to fly, and the other is a list of people who can fly after additional searches. TSA confirms this in a 2008 blog, which says TSA doesn’t maintain its own watch list, but instead subscribes to a terrorist list from the Terrorist Screening Center.
From the blog:
“TSA uses two subsets of this list, the no-fly and selectee lists. These small subsets of the overall list are reserved for known or suspected terrorists that reach a threshold where they should not be allowed to fly, or should get additional scrutiny.”
Mocek says if the people on the blacklists are so dangerous, they should be hauled in front of a judge, not put on a secret security list.
But what about the argument that checking IDs before people board a flight is an important safety measure?
“It seems to be fairly simple for a 20-year-old college student to get a fake ID,” Mocek says. “A determined criminal would be able to get falsified identification documents. It's easy to get around these requirements. Checking ID only affects honest people.”
Mocek’s been flying without presenting identification since about 2006. He read about a lawsuit initiated by John Gilmore, who was barred from flying without identification in four years prior. So Mocek started not showing ID, too. “If we don’t flex our rights at times when we don’t feel like we need them, someday when we do really need them, they won’t be there anymore.”
Most of the time when he didn’t present a driver’s license, clerks would divert him to a second line, he says, but he would be allowed to board eventually. In 2008, TSA announced that anyone who willfully refused to show ID would not be allowed to fly.
From that announcement:
“This new procedure will not affect passengers that may have misplaced, lost or otherwise do not have ID but are cooperative with officers.”
Mocek says the policy suggests TSA is trying to enforce compliance, rather than actually being concerned with passengers’ identities.
Either way, he doesn’t fly anymore. After TSA started doing requiring invasive body searches or electronic strip searches, he’d had enough. “When I first started flying without ID, if I had said to people, ‘This is a trend. In a couple of years, TSA will be lifting crotches and breasts,’ people would have told me I was crazy. But that’s what’s happening today. We don’t know how far they’re going to go.“
He says he’s not sure what will happen next with his case, if anything.
Hear the trial for yourself. A nearly complete record of the audio can be found here.
The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez
130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.
This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.
How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?
Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.
What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?
National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.
UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?
Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.
A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?
The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?
Haunted Scarecrow at Warehouse 508
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