V.24 No.11 | 3/12/2015
The Daily Word in racist frat boys, kissing skeletons and the ABCs of death
By Constance Moss [ Mon Mar 9 2015 12:38 PM ]
A fraternity in Oklahoma has been shut down after its members posted an online video of themselves using racist slurs.
Meanwhile, this art project's video has gone viral, raising awareness and jerking tears all over the globe.
New York's homeless population has reached an all-time high of 60,000, and 25,000 of them are children.
Competition turned deadly at the world's largest dog show.
In less tragic canine news, this dog was found by TSA in a checked suitcase at La Guardia.
A must-listen: It’s dark, it’s smooth, it’s Metallica and Hall & Oates all in one.
Here are some ideas for your Harry Potter-inspired bathroom.
Cranky over daylight savings? Turn that frown upside down with an episode of Majestic Loincloth!
V.24 No.4 |
The Daily Word in police errors, guns and standing while peeing
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Jan 23 2015 9:30 AM ]
What were the “errors” made by Cleveland Police that led to the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice?
Thousands are gathering in Riyadh to pay their respects to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who passed away yesterday.
66-year-old Rodney L. Halbower is being charged with two counts of murder in connection with the serial killings of six women in 1976.
TSA seized a record 2,212 firearms from carry-on luggage in 2014, 83 percent of which were loaded. Hot damn!
Tai Chan, a New Mexico deputy being charged for the murder of a former fellow deputy, is asking the judge to let him go home to Santa Fe while he awaits trial.
A kidnapping phone scam is plaguing New Mexico residents.
Since the GOP now has the majority in the New Mexico House, bishops want to restrict late-term abortions.
A special needs educational assistant at Belen High School is being charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her students.
A German judge rules: The man can pee standing up!
V.23 No.48 |
The Daily Word in a 9-year-old's arrest, an Austin shooting and Barbie's decline
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Nov 28 2014 9:24 AM ]
An Ohio teacher is recovering from her sixth surgery after four teens dropped a 4.5lb rock on her car and crushed her skull.
Forget Barbie. It's all about the Frozen toys this year.
Today, the UN Committee Against Torture urged the US to “fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth.”
Due to an injunction for acting like a taxi company, Uber has suspended its transportation operations in Nevada.
KRQE's got you covered of you wanna read a little about Black Friday before venturing out into the unknown (if you haven't already done so).
Wanna see all the crazy stuff the TSA has found in people's bags? Note: Be glad they check this stuff.
A 20-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a teenage couple last month in Santa Fe is being returned to the City Different.
The new I-25/Paseo overpass currently in construction will be “cast in colors that mimic the sun hitting the Sandia Mountains.”
A 9-year-old girl was arrested and charged with battery for allegedly punching her 6-year-old sister in the head.
V.23 No.27 |
The Daily Word in patriotism, spying and scared dogs
By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Jul 7 2014 1:31 PM ]
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
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Sep 17 2013 8:11 AM ]
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
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jun 18 2013 9:20 AM ]
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
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Mar 16 2012 11:20 AM ]
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
By Adam Fox [ Tue Feb 14 2012 10:25 AM ]
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
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jan 5 2012 10:50 AM ]
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
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Sep 14 2011 9:47 AM ]
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.
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Aug 6 2011 8:05 PM ]
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
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Jun 22 2011 9:25 AM ]
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
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 12 2011 9:48 AM ]
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-
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
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Mar 23 2011 10:33 AM ]
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
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Jan 26 2011 3:56 PM ]
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.
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