The Daily Word in Trump, Global Warming and Sobriety
It's not a myth! All Disney Pixar films are connected.
After Donald Trump approached Chelsea Handler to introduce himself, she responded, “Great.” Hero.
After three consecutive years of increasing temperatures, 2016 was the hottest yet.
The Supreme Court is taking on a case regarding free speech and trademarks from a band called The Slants.
There was a bomb threat at Manzano Day School this morning.
By the way, here's some dope noise that no one knows.
Rio Rancho, We Have a Problem
ACLU and City Settle Free Speech Beef
Earlier this week, the City of Albuquerque and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled a lawsuit alleging that the Police Oversight Commission (POC) violated the First Amendment rights of several citizens during a meeting last December.
“The terms of this settlement constitute a big win for free speech,” said ACLU-NM Executive Director Peter Simonson. “In a healthy democracy, the public must be able to criticize their government without fear of suppression or retaliation. This settlement not only affirms that right, but expands the public’s ability to communicate with this commission.”
The plaintiffs in this case, Charles Arasim, Kenneth Ellis, Silvio Dell’Angela and Eli Chavez, are all community activists who routinely speak out against police brutality. The four men say they were denied an opportunity to voice their concerns over a perceived conflict of interest involving one of the POC commissioners.
In addition to the $14,000 in damages and attorneys fees, the settlement is supposed to include procedural adjustments to the Commission’s rules to promote enhanced free speech and expression and citizen involvement.
Kenneth Ellis Jr. says he is happy with the settlement because it affirms his right to question the government. “As the father of a son who was wrongfully killed by Albuquerque police, I must speak out about the problems with the police and the Police Oversight Commission—even when the government doesn’t like what I have to say,” Ellis said. “No other family should have to go through what ours did.”
The fiasco began when these men attempted to challenge the ethical standards of then-POC Chairperson Linda Martinez for having deep ties to the Fraternal Order of Police. Martinez served as the law enforcement advocacy group's former president while serving as chairperson of the Commission. According to the complaint, the Fraternal Order of Police has a policy that opposes civilian oversight of police activity at any level of government. Martinez, who vacated the office after her second term, was not eligible for reappointment.
The Daily Word in scummy lawyer tricks, Craigslisting your baby and FIRE
Hey Albuquerque, you're getting paid less than everyone else.
Anti-war demonstrators may have had their First Amendment rights violated, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says that doesn't mean they get to sue.
If you haven't done so already, go ahead and cancel those Jemez mountain camping plans. The Thompson Ridge Fire has grown by 5,000 acres since yesterday.
Friendly advice: Don't try to get rid of your baby via Craigslist.
George Zimmerman's lawyers would like you to believe that a video of "two homeless men fighting over a bike" will help you understand why Zimmerman had to kill Trayvon Martin.
Google Glass porn? "Er… no," says Google.
This old lady decided to jump off a bridge for her 102nd birthday.
The Daily Word in sound barrier breakage, cop texts and heavy metal India
On Monday, "Fearless Felix" will jump out of a balloon over New Mexico, and try to fall faster than the speed of sound.
Pre-debate fact checking …
… and what will be left out.
Amorous APD officer pulls teen girl over, gets her number and starts texting.
Are you qualified to be a U.S. citizen?
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls for "righteous anger" over border agent's death.
Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin has a "dystopian nightmare vision."
L.A City Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries, then didn't.
Arrest of "Innocence of Muslims" douchebag raises questions about free speech.
Mexicans heart Morrissey por vida, and vice versa.
"Tommy never seems to complain, although sometimes he bites Mrs. Bullis."
Heavy metal idolatry in India is often preceded by an engineering degree.
Neo-Nico's deadpan drones.
Free speech on campus
Reporter Jes Abeita covers controversy at UNM about racist anti-abortion posters.
Freedumb of Speech
Racist anti-abortion posters draw student ire
The Daily Word in Joe Arpaio, Chris Stevens, Susanna Martinez, Paul Watson, and Lynette
Rio Arriba County residents comment on Sheriff's department's shorter business hours.
Games, food and safety.
A Valencia County man is mad at Governor Martinez and some cows.
In Denmark, public transportation is completely awesome.
Eco-fugitive Paul Watson is hiding out somewhere at sea.
Collection of the "Rahm Emanuel likes Nickelback" dude's protest signs.
Latest on the "Innocence of Muslims" video, backlash, and weirdness.
How the restricting of the "Innocence of Muslims" video in some countries demonstrates web-firms' role in free speech and censorship.
Anyone can make a "reply-all" goof.
Someone stole the strategic maple syrup reserve!
"This Man Beats Women" advisory on Chris Brown CDs.
Record-setting tightrope-walkers did it without a net.
Anthrax-tainted heroin in the U.K.
Gallery of "On The Road" book covers.
Lynette from "Shit 'Burquenos Say" is now working for UNM.
On this day in 1965, Lost in Space premiered.
The Power of Pussy
The Daily Word in hipster topics, inmate heroes and Dave Mustaine
An inmate work crew in Las Cruces saved a man’s life.
Someone won $1 million in New Mexico but might not know it yet.
A judge told Gov. Martinez she couldn’t publish the salaries of some state workers on the Sunshine Portal. So she put them on the New Mexico home page.
Megadeth singer blames President Obama for mass shootings. And if you can’t trust Dave Mustaine about politics ...
Brits are pissed that Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum.
Can’t hang with the footage of mosquitos biting people in this story about West Nile being on the rise. Stupid nature’s vampires.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order to deny Arizonans benefits from the new federal Dream Act-esque immigration program.
This month in free speech.
Anti-Semitic jerk in Hungary finds out he’s Jewish.
These gorillas are all happy to see each other.
Where does all that aid money go? Haiti’s still without safe housing for most people.
How to shop for groceries when you hate shopping for groceries. (Step One: Realize that your problem is not really a problem. After all, you could be living in a tent in an earthquake-ravaged country.)
Coffee shop bans people from talking about annoying hipster stuff like denim, left-handedness and anything that happened before 2000.
Best gravel voices in movie/TV history.
Occupy the Alibi
A Police State of Mind
Protesters being beaten in the Middle East. North Koreans fleeing across the Demilitarized Zone. That’s what we think of when we envision a “police state.” But the world’s largest police state that suppresses freedom of speech is the country we call home.
The Daily Word in Bigfoot's right to free speech, Robert Anton Wilson week, and (Un)-Occupy Albuquerque in Santa Fe
(Un)-Occupy Albuquerque will be protesting in Santa Fe next week.
What happens to stuff dropped off at Santa Fe recycling stations?
It is Robert Anton Wilson week!
Here is a different way of evaluating NFL teams and games.
"If you need a brassiere, wear one" and other dating tips for women circa 1938.
Too fat to fit in the CT-scanner? Try the one at the zoo.
Court finds state violated Bigfoot's right to free speech.
The Daily Word featuring blame, yakuza, sunscreen, free speech and booth babes
We may finally have someone to blame for starting the Wallow Fire.
Meanwhile, firefighters in Rio Rancho are penalized for harrasing a rookie and his "private part."
The ever-resourceful yakuza and their crime syndicate overlords are capitalizing on Japan's tsunami disaster.
For my July 1 birthday, L.A. schools are banning flavored milk.
Meanwhile, two landmark court rulings favor students' free speech when they're online at home.
Here are five things to keep an eye on as Republican presidential challengers start lining up.
The Daily Word 4.24.11: Deepwater anniversary; Don Cherry Jacket-Watch; McDonald's beat-down update; barking is free speech
Unregistered Christians in China get arrested.
Listen to Johnny Dollar, radio serial. All 196 episodes!
Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry. JACKET-WATCH. This is probably the best link in this blog.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump doesn't vote.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico one year ago.
Traffic stops/searches based on police detecting an odour of marijuana declared unconstitutional by Massachusetts Supreme Court.
READ THIS: Alfred Kahn's bureaucratese memo.
Awesomely bizarre "facial flex" infomercial.
Goofy Hank Crawford version of Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove it."
Porn Festival Screwed
Film showcase blocked by zoning regulations
Molly Adler and Matie Fricker learned the word "turgid" from the city's zoning code. The two co-own Self Serve, a sex shop.