The Daily Word in Udall, the flu, the legislature and hotdog-eating catfish
Yesterday, US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) campaigned for Clinton in the Beehive state.
This year's piñon harvest is the best our state has seen since 2005.
Over at USA Today, former KUNM reporter and current Penn State journo lecturer Cindy Simmons makes fun of Gary Johnson.
NM Department of Health officials confirmed the first cases of influenza for the 2016-2017 flu season here in New Mexico. Department of Health Secretary Designate Lynn Gallagher used the announcement to reiterate an important scientific concern about this phenomenon, saying, "... I want to remind New Mexicans about the importance of getting influenza vaccine as the best way to protect yourself, loved ones, and the community from flu."
Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net reports on the aftermath of legislation that made it to La Tejana's desk as a consequence the recent special session of our state's glorious legislature.
Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has been named New Mexico's Teacher of the Year.
A recent survey conducted by ZiaPoll indicates that a heroic HRC is favored over misogynist monster and Putin plaything Donald Trump by 10 points in New Mexico.
There is a gender pay gap among academics at the University of New Mexico, says a report issued by the school's office of the provost.
The 550th Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base was deactivated earlier this month. The squadron specialized in combat search and rescue.
Dig catfish? Well, they dig hotdogs! Check out this week's NM fishing report to find out how you can make your angling dreams come true at Burque's Tingley Beach or any number of cool water holes around the state.
Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally
Low Riders and High Hopes
On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.
Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.
Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.
High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.
“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.
Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.
In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”
Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.
“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”
“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”
Two Men Attacked with Boxcutter
An Interview with Gary Johnson
Libertarian candidate talks to Weekly Alibi
The Daily Word in Gary Johnson, drive through dope, naked accident victims and curly tail grubs
The Albuquerque rally for third-party presidential candidate and former NM Governor Gary Johnson, originally scheduled for today, has been rescheduled to August 20.
A New Mexico Man charged with incest told authorities that he felt the relationship would spare his mother from further abuse and neglect.
Health department officials have rejected plans for a drive-through medical cannabis dispensary in Albuquerque.
In more local news, a naked man jumped into traffic and was hit by a car on I-40.
Second Judicial District Judge Alisa Hadfield set up a strict list of restrictions on news media covering the trial of former APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez. The two are charged with the death of homeless camper James Boyd in 2014. Their trial commences in September.
On Wednesday night, the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s by a score of 8-7, completing a four-game sweep of the Nevada team.
Although fishing on the Jemez River is slow this week, conditions are fair at Cochiti Lake for those using curly tail grubs. Meanwhile, hotdogs for bait still kill at Tingley Beach.
Motorcyclist Killed During Outage
Third Party Candidates Offer Variety
Presidential campaign filled with outliers
Getting to Know Mary Jane
A primer on New Mexico’s medical cannabis landscape
The Daily Word in Branson, Bronson, bats and bands.
Space tourism may not happpen.
Brittany Maynard decided to die.
The World Trade Center is open for business.
You can buy a Microsoft Band right now, if you want.
Relax to the soothing sounds of bats.
Bats invaded a courthouse in Utah.
It’s a good time to learn more about bats.
Hyundai/Kia will pay $360 million for lying about fuel economy.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda survived his latest tightrope stunt in Chicago.
Meanwhile, an extreme sports enthusiast laughed in the face of danger by impulsively jumping onto a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks.
A new “ruby slippers” app allows you to trigger responses on your phone by clicking your heels.
Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify.
Here are some ideas for your next stupid rock band tattoo.
Alexandra Greenwall’s disappearance and return remain shrouded in mystery.
The DOJ/APD settlement agreement aims to overhaul law enforcement practices in Albuquerque.
Happy birthday, Charles Bronson.
The Daily Word in the First Amendment, cannabis and green chile
Democratic candidate for New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller's new attack ad uses the pop culture cachet of the A1A Car Wash from "Breaking Bad" to reference the dirt on Republican opponent Robert Aragon. Oh and the ad is narrated by "Gomie" (Steven Michael Quezada).
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides announced that Spaceport America, located in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin, is just four test flights away from its inaugural commercial travel flight .
Tierra Blanca High Desert Ranch High Desert Youth Program owner/operator Scott Chandler, who stands accused of abuse and torture of troubled teens, has filed a defamation/libel lawsuit against Steve Cowen (the father of a youth resident/alleged victim), reporter Rene Romo, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the New Mexico State Police.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden discusses efforts to combat a 10-49 (department code for "information") failure within APD and progress that he's made moving APD away from "siloing information."
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson posits that medical marijuana could be a potential treatment for ebola.
Historical teevee drama "Manhattan" was renewed for a second season by WGN America.
Former UNM student Monica Pompeo is suing the university for violating her First Amendment rights by forcing her to drop a course titled "Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts." The academic conflict began when Pompeo critiqued mid-'80s lesbian romantic drama Desert Hearts by referring to lesbianism as perverse and using the word "barren" a lot.
PBS considers nuevomexicano farmers' concerns about the state green chile industry competition with out-of-state growers while coping with extreme weather's negative impact on crop yields.
Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde, Nico, Tim Robbins and Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar).
The Daily Word in the ArtBar, Bigfoot and OMG raccoons
It's Wednesday, July 2,
and ArtBar by Catylyst Club will be closing its doors due to problems with the State Alcohol and Firearms department,
Joline Gutierrez Krueger of the Journal is freaking out about raccoons,
whereas the state of Georgia says it's okay for you to bring guns wherever you want! Including bars, government buildings and airports,
and in a revelation straight from my nightmares, plants can hear themselves being eaten.
Odd Man Out
Election night with the Libertarian presidential candidate
The Daily Word in election hangovers, papel picado, Canuck art
State election results, unofficially.
Nate Silver FTW.
Are super-PACs in fact just big, fat money pits?
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake jolted our neighbors to the south.
Big gains for gay marriage equality yesterday...
... but it was a " dark day" for FetishMovies.com and friends.
New Hampshire elected an all-female delegation to Congress.
Indian country victories.
One of many third party bummers.
GMO labels fail in California.
"Below the pagoda a spontaneous, medieval army was massing."
Newspapers are still useful.
Mass MoCA is too far away.
Gary Johnson: Libertarians won't be to blame
Gary Johnson spent the night mingling with supporters casually and thanking them for their votes. He took the stage a short while ago after running mate, Judge James Gray.
"A wasted vote is a vote for somebody you don't believe in," Johnson said. "There were a lot of wasted votes tonight. There were more wasted votes than I've ever seen in my life."
He told the Alibi in an interview tonight that things were looking good, but then as Election Day neared and the presidential race seemed tight, "we saw things evaporate. I thought we would have done better."
His crowd of supporters punctuated his speech with cheers as he spoke of his platform: "Roll back the police state. Stop the war. Stop the military intervention. Marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Repeal the Patriot Act."
Johnson said no one can blame the Libertarians for the state of the country. "We should all be proud of ourselves, because over the next four years, none of us are going to have to say we're responsible for this. Don't blame me. I didn't vote for either one of them. I voted for Gary Johnson."
Judge Gray pleaded from the podium with Johnson to run again in 2016. Johnson told the Alibi that's the last thing anyone wants to talk about today, especially after a prolonged and dirty election cycle. "I ran two campaigns for governor where I did not mention my opponent in print, radio or on TV," Johnson pointed out.
After he made his way off the stage, someone from the audience shouted that Colorado had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Johnson said the state's move will lead to a change worldwide in drug policy.
Homegrown presidential candidate
I'm at Gary Johnson's presidential campaign party at Hotel Albuquerque with about 150 of his fans and friends.
The former New Mexico governor hasn't yet made an appearance, but I got a chance to talk to spokesperson Joe Hunter. He says the campaign isn't looking to pull any particular percentages around the country. "The number we end up with tonight is not that important."
If Johnson gets 5 percent of the vote in New Mexico, the Libertarian Party will be a major party in our state during the next election cycle.
"What we have done is created a good foundation," Hunter says. "We've identified hundreds of thousands of Gary supporters." Johnson made more than 1 million friends on Google Plus, 100,000 Twitter followers and 400,000 Facebook friends, according to Hunter. He visited 20 college campuses and drew hundreds of attendees at each, even with only a couple of days notice, Hunter says.
Johnson ended up on the ballot in 48 states and in D.C. His name wasn't listed under presidential options in only Michigan and Oklahoma.
As the election neared, Hunter says third-party candidates lose supporters, especially if the race is looking close.