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V.23 No.35 |

news

The Daily Word in "Longmire" cancellation, kids with guns and affirmative consent

The Daily Word

Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death last year for fatally shooting 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, has asked to be made a citizen of the Islamic State.

California passes an “affirmative consent” bill to address the problem of rape on campuses.

A police officer in Atlanta was arrested for allegedly killing a woman he met online and then burning her body.

Soaring rents prove problematic for people living in urban areas, as that's where everyone wants to be.

The Washington Post on young children and guns.

Albuquerque authorities are investigating a robbery at a Dairy Queen, during which an employee shot and killed the suspected robber.

So, not only did they still a car, but they left a bag of caca and a gun?

A judge will decide today whether to grant the $350,000 buyout for former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Longmire,” formerly shot in Garson Studios in Santa Fe, has been canceled. Now fans wonder whether another network will pick it up for a fourth season.

A couple guys found out why those rocks in Death Valley move.

V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Thursday, July 31, 2014

From drugs to baseball to home invasion, test your New Mexico news savvy with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in hungry gators, a stegomastodon skull and a POW's return

The Daily Word

Colleges look at fraternities to ease the pressure.

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, urging Iraqis to “come together,” as Al Qaeda-inspired militants continue their march toward Baghdad.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war, has been returned to the states.

A priest was shot and killed at a church in Phoenix, Ariz., while another was wounded.

Bobby Lee Pearson, who was on trial for a burglary charge, died in a fight mere hours after being acquitted.

You don't want your gun? Take it to the landfill!

Two Chinese nationals were apprehended and face federal charges for trying to buy military sensors from an Albuquerque company and smuggle them back to China.

Doctors at UNM Hospital are trying to reconstruct an 8-month-old child's organs after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.

It's a stegomastodon skull!

A Louisiana tour guide likes to swim with gators … and feed them … with his mouth.

V.22 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word in book banning, disenfranchised Republicans and gun deaths

The Daily Word

A new election rule looks like it will make it harder for Republicans to become Mayor of Albuquerque, even when Dems split the vote.

And Republicans in Rio Rancho are also feeling disenfranchised.

That whole minimum wage law thing? We're still talking about it. Now the servers have their say.

New Mexico legislators are fighting about whether or not they should be allowed to ban books, especially ones about brown people.

2,635 people have died via gun violence since the Newtown massacre. At least.

Who doesn't love trolling celebrities on Twitter? Watch out, though, because sometimes Internet tough guys meet the real deal.

This just in: Kids everywhere love toys.

Pope? Nope.

Update: Smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel signifying that a new pope has been chosen.

V.22 No.4 |

news

The Daily Word in kitty murder, Jim Nabors and Mayor Marty

The Daily Word

Ex-Mayor Marty is on his way to D.C. He'll be joining a lobbying firm that represents clean air activists, education boosters, Wal-Mart, Verizon and shady car title loans.

The ancient church at Alameda kicks off a centennial celebration with a bunch of funerals.

A proposed New Mexico law written to reject Federal law (something something guns, something something states' rights) has been rejected. Duh.

Cats are killing everything. Fortunately, we have natural controls in place.

Legalized gay marriage in Washington state meant that Gomer Pyle could get married.

The Boy Scouts of America are thinking about maybe not being so mean to gay kids.

And an Arkansas town pretty much just declared martial law.

V.22 No.3 |

news

The Daily Word in legislators, chemists, engineers, men of God and The Hulk

The Daily Word

Another detail about one of the victims in the South Valley Griego shooting.

Will NM lawmakers follow the trend of blaming gun violence on mental illness, or will they really do something to curb America's gun culture?

Here's a great photo taken at yesterday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Alamogordo.

A chemist at a Massachusetts state lab was caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

Engineers are cold and dead inside.

New film about the Hemingway clan.

This lady volunteered to conceive a Neanderthal through artificial insemination of an artificially created embryo. Really?

ALL 131 reasons David Banner got mad on T.V.'s The Hulk.

Obama referred to Stonewall in his inauguration speech.

Life on Mars, now more than ever.

V.21 No.46 |

News

The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

The Daily Word

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

sports

Gun Girl

My weekend as a gun-lovin', gun-wieldin' member of the Wild West.

I took my first gun class this weekend, and boy was it an eye-opening experience for someone who knew absolutely nothing about guns. The course was titled "Introduction to Handguns for Ladies Only," and was given at Calibers, an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Albuquerque.

The class instructor, Lindsey, explained to us that because men and women have very different reactions to guns (men are generally less leery and less emotional about shooting), Calibers chose (wisely in my opinion) to offer a separate women's class. Lindsey, who was incredibly knowledgeable as well as personable, is only 22 years old. She has been shooting guns since she was a child, and has been working at Calibers for 5 years—since she was a teenager!  She knew more about firearms than anyone I have ever met.

The first thing that struck me about the class was how little I really knew about the subject matter. I felt like I was taking a beginner's foreign language class with how hard it was to keep up with the strange words. Terms like "single-action", "striker-action," "de-cock," "mag clip," "mag release," "front sight" and "cartridge caliber" were completely beyond me. I soon realized I did not even have the most basic handgun knowledge, like the difference between a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver, or what an actual bullet looked like.

The first day of the 2-day course was in a classroom setting. We learned firearm safety (never point a gun at something you are not willing to destroy), basic handgun anatomy (semi-automatic vs. revolver, single action vs. double action), ammunition basics (bullet types and caliber measurements), handgun maintenance (you should clean your gun once a month whether you fire it or not!) and, of course, handy tips on selecting and purchasing a handgun (it is a gun shop, after all). We also learned about New Mexico gun laws. There don't seem to be many. There is no waiting period to buy a gun and no required registration. New Mexico is an Open Carry State, meaning it is legal to carry a loaded weapon as long as it is not concealed. "Seriously?" I thought to myself. You need a permit to carry a concealed gun, but not one that is openly visible? Does that seem strange to anyone else? New Mexico law also allows a person to have a concealed loaded firearm in his or her vehicle—including motorcycles and bicycles. Yup, this is the West, folks, where it is absolutely fine to tote around your loaded gun in a cute little bicycle basket. I did feel a little better learning that in New Mexico you must be 21 to buy a handgun, though only 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun and only EIGHT to shoot at Calibers Shooting Range. I was still learning how to shoot a water gun when I was 8!

Course participants were encouraged to bring their own hardware (the polite term for guns and ammo) to class. Since many people apparently inherit guns or get guns as gifts (who gets a gun as gift?), about half of our 12-person class brought their own. When it came time to learn how to load and unload ammo, the rest of us experimented with different types of handguns, all semi-automatics (which are nowadays much preferred over revolvers). Loading rounds in a semi-automatic handgun is much harder than loading a revolver though and I struggled to get even 5 rounds into a gun designed to hold much more. The next day we would be shooting on the range and everyone seemed to be pumped, except me, the petrified one. What if I accidentally shot someone? Maybe I should just watch and brush up on the lingo I just couldn't quite seem to master.

The next morning I awoke at the crack of dawn (extremely unlike me, especially on a weekend) and drove to Starbucks to get a latte (also extremely unlike me, since I don't drink coffee) in the hope that the caffeine would keep me alert enough to not shoot anyone (like classmates) or any thing (like my foot) that I wasn't supposed to. In preparation for shooting, our class practiced things like stance (the stance you see on old cop shows is, by the way, totally outdated, no one shoots standing sideways anymore),  grip (sorry lefties, almost all guns are built for the right-handed), sight alignment (which part of the gun to look at before you fire), trigger control (this one I understood—"index finger" is pretty easy to remember), breathing (don't forget to breathe) and follow-through (don't let the recoil hit you in the head or knock you off your feet.)

Off to the range we went. Those of us who did not bring our own ammo had to buy 50 rounds for our shoot. I had so much trouble getting the ammo into the gun that I was the last one to finish shooting our initial 25 rounds. This is a skill that will take some practice for me. I shot four different types of guns: a Barretta 9mm standard-issue Army Reserve model, a Glock .40, a Glock 9mm and an HK 9mm. We were supposed to shoot the man on the paper poster in the chest, which was marked with a rectangle. If you were really good, you could then graduate to shooting the man in the brain, which was marked by a much smaller rectangle. I never graduated to the brain rectangle. In fact, I seemed to be shooting poster man everywhere except his chest. Lindsey came over, gave me a few corrections, and viola! I lethally wounded poster man on the next shot. And the next and the next. Well, now things were looking up. This was probably as close to being a bad ass as I will ever get in my life.

Unbelievably, I gained some confidence and got so into the shooting toward the end of class that I bought another round 50 rounds and stayed on the range after everyone else had left. My second paper poster man was a huge improvement on my first, although I was still not able to shoot him in the brain. Oh well, there's always next time. Oh and there will be a next time because I found out that every Thursday at Calibers is "Ladies Day" so women shoot for half price! Just like happy hour at the local bowling alley. Woo hoo! How can you say no to that?

A majority of the women in my class indicated that they were going to follow this course up with the Concealed Carry Permit class, which, if you pass, gets you an official CCP in the state of New Mexico. I have no desire to do this, or to ever own a gun. But as my boss, John, said as I shared with him my skepticism about guns before the class, "If you are ever in a situation involving a gun, wouldn't it be better to know something about guns than not to know?"  Yes. I'm glad I took the class, and I'm glad I now know.

V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012

Occupy the Alibi

La Lucha, Unida

Mexican peace movement crosses the border

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity traveled from the top to the bottom of Mexico in a "caravan of consolation" to demand an end to the drug war and the violence it entails. On Saturday, Aug. 18, it comes to Albuquerque.
V.21 No.32 |

news

The Daily Word in Paul Ryan, Woodward and "f-bomb"

The Daily Word

Old man accused of shootin' prairie dogs.

Folks trying to raise the minimum wage by $1 in Burque may have gathered enough signatures to demand the issue goes to voters.

Paseo/I-25 interchange off the ballot and back in councilors' laps.

"Baby Got Back" as sung by 295 movies.

Olives cure motion sickness—and other DIY remedies your mom advocates.

How to avoid Olive Garden's infinity breadsticks.

This Is Sand <----art video game

Colbert on Romney's daring veep pick: Paul Ryan's "white, Christian and male!"

Michelle Obama welcomes Ryan to the race.

First female presidential debate moderator in two decades.

Woodward (of Woodward and Bernstein, the Watergate journos) has a book coming out on President Obama.

A comedian's sister was killed in a car accident. Her insurance company, Progressive, defended the killer in court.

A year of open-source living.

Someone stole Will.I.Am's DeLorean.

17-foot python captured in Florida.

"F-bomb" added to the dictionary, along with "gastropub" and "sexting" and "mash-up."

news

The Daily Word in Olympic butts, Albuquerque bomb threats and bunker children

The Daily Word

Three American soldiers killed by an Afghan pretending to be a cop

The memorial for the Sikh temple victims is happening today.

July: Hottest. Month. Ever.

There was a bomb threat at Pro’s Ranch Market

A new early species of human was discovered

Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is supernaturally awesome.

Kissing. Butts.

You, too, can learn to speak four languages in a year.

“How does one crip walk?”

Play with Politico’s nifty swing state map

Seven missing athletes from Cameroon probably defected in London. It happens.

“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”

Sometimes you love God so much, you just wanna make your children live in an underground bunker for their entire lives.

Romani people in France continue to get merde-ed upon.

“Walking Dead” deleted zombie horde scene

Anonymous hacked Australia.

The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell does a mariachi “Golden Brown.”

Have a gooey, flaming National S’more Day!

V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

Guest Editorial

Gun Rhetoric Fires Blanks

Once again, we’re in the middle of two sad American cycles: senseless, lethal violence and the slew of specious arguments that inevitably follow, flying hither and yon like, well, bullets that never quite hit the mark.
V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012

Feature

Shoot.

Guns, drug cartels, federal agents and the apocalypse collide in a Deming firearms store

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