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V.21 No.41 |

news

The Daily Word in the Mullet Messiah, Million Muppet March, McRibs, and "Americans"

The Daily Word

New Mexico is now a federally funded "Solar Energy Zone."

Fearless Felix finally fell.

Everybody loves a great art-forgery story.

Nifty pictures of Space Shuttle Endeavour's passage through Los Angeles.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston is in hot water over his choice of words when referring to women.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn says lust is not a crime.

Did you know that some competitive horses are clones?

John Rogers owns A LOT of photographs.

"Million Muppet March" planned.

The Cuban Missile Crisis wasn't over when the U.S. thought it was over.

Check out this "new" T-Rex song!

Why does the McRib appear around Christmas?

Man claims discrimination after being kicked out of a Perth bar because he has a mullet.

"Americans" is a short film about American politics starring Sean Penn and Kid Rock. They hug and buy a Prius, as well as some other weird shit.

It's from a squid.

I really don't know what to think of Duncan Trussell.

On this day in 1894, E.E. Cummings was born.

V.21 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word in high-speed bus chase, new iPad, Kony 2012

The Daily Word

Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.

People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.

BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.

Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.

LSD might help people quit the booze.

Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.

Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.

Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.

NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.

Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.

New iPad not as fast as they say it is.

Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.

Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.

Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011

news

Sheriff plans to hold deputy graduation at a church

UPDATED 4:50 p.m.

Legacy Church will be the site of tomorrow’s graduation ceremony for new sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Dan Houston’s bio on the Bernalillo County website states that he’s worked as the church’s security director for years.

Sheriff Department spokesperson Jennifer Vega Brown confirmed that Houston is a member of the church. She points out that under former Sheriff Manny Gonzales, graduation ceremonies were also held at Legacy Church. The Albuquerque Police Department has held two graduations there in the last few years, as well as at Hoffmantown Church, the APD chapel and secular venues, according to spokesperson Trish Hoffman.

Vega Brown says Legacy is a common place to hold large events, and other government agencies utilize the church. Plus, she says, the auditorium is just an auditorium. “When you walk in the front door, you don’t know that you’re in a church.” The county uses the venue, she says, because it’s free, there’s no fee for parking, and it can accommodate the number of people who will attend the 18-cadet graduation.

When the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union got wind of the venue earlier this week, Executive Director Peter Simonson had to object. “There are countless nonreligious sites that the Sheriff’s Department could have used to hold their graduation ceremony,” he said in an interview with the Alibi. “What’s really at stake is whether a government official can use his authority to impose religious beliefs on employees.”

The U.S. Constitution prohibits that, Simonson says. Holding the graduation ceremony in a church violates the religious establishment clause of the First Amendment. Not to mention, he adds, there’s a comparable provision in New Mexico’s constitution. Both indicate “no government official should endorse a particular religious faith in their capacity as an agent of government,” according to Simonson.

There’s grounds for a lawsuit here, he says, if a plaintiff steps forward.

Vega Brown counters that there’s nothing about the event that’s an endorsement of a religion. Though it’s standard practice to have a chaplain deliver an invocation, the Sheriff’s Department had not yet lined one up for tomorrow’s ceremony.

The ACLU of New Mexico issued a letter earlier today asking for the Sheriff’s Department to hold the graduation somewhere else. But it would be impossible to reschedule this late in the game, Vega Brown says.

V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010
Marisa Demarco

politics

Video: Dan Houston

We endorsed Dan Houston for Bernalillo County sheriff in 2010. Houston surprised us with his forward-thinking positions, and he seemed like the right kind of guy to boost morale in the department.

V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010
Marisa Demarco

Feature

Bernalillo County Sheriff

The Alibi endorses: Dan Houston

Job Description: Bernalillo County’s top law enforcement official. Oversees and manages more than 400 employees.

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