I’m in the pet department of a store with my backpack. I’m trying to avoid one of the employees an isle over while acting inconspicuous. I head to the isle he is in and looking over a low palette of fish tanks I no longer see him. Looking around, I can see out of the corner of my eye that he has gone down an adjoining isle and is now behind me. I take note of a four legged fish, approximately the size of a monitor lizard with a combined shape of a lizard, fish and small dog. It’s striped like a zebra and has brightly colored fringe around it’s gills, running from the top of its head down its back, and on its elbows and the back of its knees. I continue to try to remain inconspicuous as I leave the area into the rest of the store. Outside I’m with a group of friends who are trying to buy some weed. It turns out to be a police sting. I know I don’t have anything on me so I’m not particularly worried, but I duck behind a car just to double check that I haven’t inadvertently left something in my backpack. Going through it I find a crown royal bag that has a small container about the size of lip balm in it. Just as I discover it I realize the cops have taken notice of me and ditch it just in case. One of them goes through my backpack and pulls out my check book. In the check book I’ve written in chalk some notes about buying from Corsair and the price. He takes this to be information of a drug deal despite my attempts to explain that Corsair is a brand of RAM. The guy is being a huge dick. I begin to argue with him and mouth off “Fuck you, I’ll see you in court.” I make a joke to my friend, L, who's a really big dude, about how maybe we should just kick their asses and get out of there. The joke is particularly funny because the cop dealing with him is about twice L's size. The cop is black and his teeth are small and widely spaced, like a puppy's. The big cop says “huh?” so I ask him if it’s okay for me to be extremely candid before I tell him the joke.
New Mexico courts get a case management tune-up.
There's a push to change New Mexico's capital outlay funding system to a merit based model.
The change of venue motion in the Boyd case has been denied.
UNM researchers released a report saying that business are afraid to come to New Mexico because they perceive the government as being corrupt.
Albuquerque based Research & Polling found that the majority of residents support legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21.
I suspect I’ve been fighting the new unidentified respiratory virus for two weeks as of tomorrow.
Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson comes clean with a racist email.
Stephen Hawking says the God particle could destroy the entire universe.
Behold the viking ring fortress.
Put a coin in dry ice.
Olive Garden offers you endless noodles for seven weeks.
Kate Middleton is pregnant again.
Will Bernalillo County commissioners put pot on the ballot?
The return of “Cops” makes some people angry.
The Grim Reaper spoke to KRQE.
Happy birthday, Aimee Mann.
The cop at the center of the latest APD-involved fatal shooting lied about his role in another shooting, says the LA Times.
Here is a story about shooting victim Mary Hawke’s short life.
The Grey Lady reports “Chief Gorden Eden said at a news conference that the officer’s lapel camera had not captured” the latest officer involved fatality here in Burque.
Gwyneth Doland of Al-Jazeera reports on the ineffective use of police body cameras among members of Albuquerque’s finest.
Discussions are underway to make lapel camera use by APD an enforceable requirement.
The UN Human Rights Committee reports that among human rights violations in the USA, criminalization of the homeless is a pressing issue.
New Mexico Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera will serve her entire term without ever being confirmed.
More details about the ongoing radiation leak at WIPP.
The second suspect in the high-speed car chase crash in Corrales was arrested.
Bernalillo Sheriff's office is welcoming COPS to BernCo supposedly with "full editing control" over the content and apparently not remembering that Mayor Marty banned the show from Albuquerque.
A Florida artist smashed a valuable Ai Weiwei vase in an act of protest.
Detailed mapping and study of abandoned Detroit will determine how many dilapidated and unoccupied buildings there are.
Check out this amazingly preserved ancient Chinese city that was discovered 30 meters underwater in 2001.
Pussy Riot gets two years for speaking out against Putin.
Several articles on the Washington Post today are pissed off at President Obama. Here’s one of them.
Between Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan, Who’s the biggest bro?
Eastdale softball rules!
If you’re a cop who likes beating people, tasing them and stepping on their head when they’re trying to surrender, a warrant wouldn’t hurt.
Hatch wins a green chile battle.
Baldwin on fracking.
From Amish to rodeo.
People who can’t spell vs. Islam.
Ow! ... just ow. (may be NSFW)
Speaking of assholes, we all know that Kobe Bryant is one. So is his wife.
Thanks to Andrew for sending me this one. He writes
Our State Police at work. Enjoy
I'm sure you see plenty of asshole parking jobs, take a picture and email me.
Thanks to Dandee for sending me this one.
I'm sure you see plenty of asshole parking jobs, take a picture and email me.
Today this writer had the pleasure of attending the Area Five Unified Volleyball Competition held at Johnson Gym on the UNM campus. In a nutshell, New Mexico is divided into Six Areas. Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, Valencia and Socorro are all in Area Five. Unified means there are disabled and non-disabled players on the teams together.
The atmosphere in the arena was laid back and jocular, with athletes in particular taking pleasure in their game. There was yelling. There were victory dances before matches even started. Most importantly though, the volleyball matches were filled with knuckle-biting climaxes that rivaled the third period in a'79 vintage Rangers vs. Islanders hockey game.
Check out the official Special Olympics New Mexico website and schedule here. Events are free, and everyone is welcome. Check out the Rio Rancho Area Five fundraiser t.v. spot if you haven't seen it yet.
Hurrah for the bra clapper.
Go on down to Ho Burger.
Trinity site open Saturday.
Obama robber nabbed in Austria.
Cops bust meth lab near school (That's where they always bust them.)
Eight U.N. workers killed in Afghanistan by mob angry about Qur'an burning.
Happy birthday Rachel Maddow.
Go Daddy founder in hot water with P.E.T.A. for shooting elephant.
Billy Joel decides not to write memoir.
Oil goes over $100 a barrel.
Escaped inmate planned on overdosing on dope and letting bears eat him, but was stopped by voice of reason. Average weekend at Casa de Juan Oso.
Cops get take home cars back.
Bicyclist gets hit by car in northeast Albuquerque.
CYFD workers placed on leave following boy's death.
Woman claims yogurt sample tainted with bodily fluids. Another day at Casa de Juan Oso.
Student loans blamed for downturn in freshman mental health.
Taco Bell launches ad campaign to defend beef.
Woman who says she is gay faces deportation from Britain to Uganda, where, of course, they shoot gay people. Britain says she is not gay.
Hawaii bill would grant access to Obama's birth records. Effort to stop dumb ass birthers.
Shit hitting the fan in Egypt.
Albuquerque Police shoot 14th person in 2010.
Guy who killed self after botched bank robbery was corrections officer.
Burglary suspect got arrested at bar called The Alibi.
Other guy gets shot, finishes sandwich.
Nasa, Pentagon say mystery plume was jet, not missile.
Assertive people in China run risk of being committed.
Amazon no longer selling guide for pedophiles.
But they are still selling pictures of naked pre-pubescent girls.
George W. Bush killed sister's fish with vodka. Jerk.
Woman arrested for attacking cop with sex toy.
Sandia Labs is testing explosives today; expect black smoke and loud booms any minute now.
Mora County sheriff’s deputy found passed out in his patrol car.
In other law enforcement news, every cop in town quits after gunmen shower a Mexican police headquarters with bullets.
Democrats are actually outspending Replicans this time around.
You cannot cook Jamie Oliver's “30-Minute Meals” in 30 minutes.
Rand Paul supporter dudes beat up a MoveOn volunteer lady.
One-fifth of vertebrates may be doomed.
Arctic bears are eating corpses from Russian graveyards .
The world’s first organic milk rap.
Vaya con Dios, former Argentine president Kirchner.
Dateline: Denmark—Warehouse staff at the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen staged a series of walkouts last week in protest of a new company policy limiting beer-drinking at work to just lunch breaks. Jens Bekke, a spokesperson for Carlsberg, told England’s Sky News, “We think times have changed and we need an alcohol policy that is accepted by society—93 percent of Danish companies have an alcohol policy.” Last Wednesday, beers were removed from all refrigerators at the brewery. “The only place you can get a beer in future,” said Bekke, “is in the canteen at lunch.” In response, 800 workers walked off the job. By Thursday, at least 250 remained off the job. The Confederation of Danish Industry and trade union 3F agreed the strike was illegal and would impose fines on workers. Although warehouse staff is now on the wagon, drivers for the brewery are still allowed “up to three” beers a day outside of lunch hours. According to Bekke, alcohol locks on Carlsberg’s delivery trucks prevent the drivers from drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.
On the list of all-time crimefighting debacles, I’d say hiring Steven Seagal to headline his own cop reality show ranks somewhere between giving guns and badges to Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson and Wee Man on CBS’ aborted “Armed & Famous” and the four Police Academy movies that didn’t star Steve Guttenberg.