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The Daily Word in a stolen tortoise, a sharp wit, a titanic exhibit and an anniversary

NM Governor Susana Martinez is in Rome.

Mister Turtle the tortoise is safe and sound in Santa Fe.

An exhibit featuring items from the Titanic opens in Albuquerque this Saturday.

Check out this big old Bull Durham building sign.

Michael Bloomberg wants retailers to keep tobacco products out of plain view, like they do in Canada.

How to maybe win rock/paper/scissors.

"A whole bunch of large, menopausal rats..."

Rochester Police employ the lost art of letter writing.

North Carolina has extensive rules for MMA fights.

Mark E. Smith quotes.

It is the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Possible chemical weapons attack in Syria.

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The Daily Word in apples, tuna and hamburgers.

Apples fight cancer.

A man was cooked to death in a tuna factory.

The world’s greatest dad in pictures.

A home invasion prank turned tragic.

There’s been an increase in birth defects in Iraq.

Call the sexy meningitis hotline.

I can’t stop thinking about hamburgers.

Badvertising. Ew.

Enjoy these ghost photos.

Albuquerque is experiencing 18% office vacancy.

Calibers is conducting a coyote killing contest.

There was a crazy house party on Atrisco.

Happy birthday Penny Marshall.

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The Daily Word in Westboro Baptist Church, NM bankruptcy rates, Penn State penalities.

Westboro Baptist Church appears to have not have actually shown up to the candlelight vigil held last night for the Aurora shooting victims. They were probably too busy being blocked from protesting the funeral of a fallen soldier.

Yay for falling bankruptcy rates in New Mexico!

NCAA doles out intense punishment for Penn State.

More than 100 killed in Iraq after bombings and shootings make for the deadliest day this year.

13 killed in Texas pickup accident.

200-year-old Rancho De Corrales Event Center destroyed by fire.

Which would be more likely to provoke you to stab your husband: An obnoxious facebook post, or the fact that he was high on PCP?

AMC says no more masks at their movie screenings. Sorry superhero cosplayers.

Girl, where'd your arm go?

You may now smell like books.

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The Daily Word in shady behavior, hard time(s) and pseudo-utero

The World Health Organization says diesel exhaust fumes cause lung cancer.

The arrest of seven Zetas drug cartel members from Mexico may reveal links to money laundering via horse breeding and racing in several U.S. states, including New Mexico.

The worst recent surge of killings in Iraq renews fears about sectarian violence.

Former assistant of Gabrielle Giffords will take her place in Congress after beating out conservative opponent.

Handy tip: Don't keep $1.25 million in envelopes around your apartment if the Russian security state is on your ass.

George Zimmerman's wife is now in trouble with the law, too.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (along with approximately 7 million other U.S. citizens) is having a rough time in jail.

A newly formed public-interest reporting organization aims "to foster a stronger journalistic culture in our state."

Jay McCleskey, top advisor to Gov. Susana Martinez, obtained names and email addresses of non-union public school teachers on behalf of her political action committee. Why McCleskey wanted the list isn't clear. It's against the law for state employees to contribute to the work of PACs.

Joy Junction emergency shelter is set to expand in the midst of what its CEO calls a statewide "crisis" of homelessness.

Scientists were shocked to find algae thriving under Arctic sea ice.

Stress of contemporary life got you on the rails? Self-soothe by crawling back into the (recycled-fiber) womb.

Stevie Wonder joins the Albuquerque Isotopes! (Don't get as excited as I did at the prospect.)

V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Chuck Hosking prepares to ride to Kirtland Air Force Base.
Rebecca Belletto

From the Foxhole

Preach the Gospel Always

If necessary, use words

Chuck Hosking is an American marvel, as close to a homegrown prophet as you’re likely to come across.

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The Daily Word:Limbaugh's losing more advertisers; Iraqi emo kids are getting stoned; Himalayan viagra

Firesign Theater's Peter Bergman died.

Vintage covers from lesbian pulp novels.

The first Santa Fe spice arrest.

Steven Seagal is being sued.

Another unexplained light phenomenon appeared over Phoenix.

Delicious sounding egg in an onion ring. *[8pm]original site is down because everyone wants to know how to make these delicious eggs.

The stoning of Iraqi emo kids has begun.

Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts are losing advertisers faster than fleas jumping off a dead rat.

The Iran War Clock.

No cowbells or saxophones allowed under Nazi rules for jazz.

Watch this guy completely lose his shit over a role playing game.

Dick Clark's nifty Flintstones home is for sale.

"Himalayan Viagra" wars.

Today is the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

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The Daily Word in Dear Leaders, political assassinations and President Palin

China recognizes Kim Jong Un as North Korea's new leader.

Sunni chief denies ordering the deaths of his political enemies.

Sarah Palin thinks it's not too late.

A new casino may be coming to the fairgrounds.

"This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back.;)"

Three local restaurants receive red stickers.

R.I.P. Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

First Earth-sized planet discovered.

Should you get a QR-code tattoo?

Don't move!

Keep it cool guys, Jon Bon Jovi is not dead.

Simpsons + Breaking Bad

This youtube video about the Norwegian butter shortage will change your freaking life.

Keep those brain-eating amoebas out of your neti pot.

Happy Birthday John Hillerman!!!

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The Daily Word in Republican Debates, Prisoner Exchange and Strip Searches

Republican presidential candidates debated in Las Vegas last night. Hey Sarah Palin, who do you think won?

Turkish troops enter Iraq after Kurdish attacks kill 26 Turkish soldiers.

Tea Party leaders asks small businesses to stop hiring people until Obama stops his war against business.

Prisoner exchange in Israel.

Lions, tigers and bears on the loose in Ohio after zookeeper commits suicide.

Officer-involved shooting in Grants.

Doctors say you should never use bumper pads in infant cribs.

Strip search called for at the World Scrabble Championship after a letter goes missing.

Bill Gates to testify in Windows 95 antitrust case. Wait, what?

America's angriest cities.

In 2013 we mine the moon!

For fretful parents only: how to diagnose your toddler with ADHD.

Ten things debt collectors won't tell you.

New Zealand Mom spreads STD rumor to sabotage daughter's rival.

This day in history: wind power edition.

Eighteen years after his death, River Phoenix's final movie will be released.

How Barnes & Noble is wrecking comics.

The Stone Roses set to reunite after 15 years.

Movember is almost upon us.

Horror nerds are the worst type of nerds, right?

Harry Belafonte falls asleep during interview.

Screw you puppies!

True Blood adds new blood characters.

Happy Birthday Robert Reed!!!

NEWS

The Daily Word in protest signs, Sanchez shoots Sanchez, The Walken Dead and Sonic Divorce

Who needs payphones?

Protest signs from New York and Albuquerque.

Can't get enough of this protest sign picture from last week.

I don't know wtf is going on here. Warning: ICP content.

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced they are separating.

Wall Street Journal Europe may have been inflating their circulation numbers by essentially buying their own newspapers. Here's their rate card if you're still interested in advertising....

The Walken Dead.

Herman Cain's tax plan is the same as the tax system in SimCity 4.

Is the U.S. leaving Iraq completely?

Sanchez on Valium vs. Sanchez on ATV.

Woman stabs boyfriend for not buying her beer.

JeJu Loveland, Korean erotic sculpture garden. More photos here.

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August was still deadly for Iraqis and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

As I reported in today’s Daily Word, August was the first month without the death of a U.S. troop in Iraq.

But it was still grim for Iraqis. From the last paragraph of this CNN story:

For Iraqis, August saw the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months. On August 15, for example, a barrage of attacks across the country killed at least 84 people and wounded more than 200.

And August was not easy for U.S. service members in Afghanistan, either. It was the deadliest month in that part of the Middle East, with 66 casualties.

Obama says:

"Hundreds of thousands have deployed again and again, year after year," he said. "Never before has our nation asked so much of our all-volunteer force — that 1 percent of Americans who wears the uniform."

The war in Afghanistan is the longest in U.S. history.

V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010

Bear With Me

I Left My Wallet in Ad Duluiyah

My brother did one tour in the land of the two rivers. He came back with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a brain injury, all in the name of ... nothing.

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Babylon’s hummus is dressed with olive oil and a dusting of sumac.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Babylon Café

Iraqi Burque

As Central Avenue heads east toward the mountains, the gravitational pull of Nob Hill starts to wear thin. Groovy cafés and thrift stores are succeeded by storage units and mom-and-pop car lots. This sleepy urban backwater is where you’ll find the Babylon Grocery and Café, in a strip mall just east of Wyoming. The wood-clad Iraqi restaurant and grocery store has only been open for six months, but it already has the weathered and eclectic feel of a long-standing outpost in a desert far away.

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Ward 54

Estimates suggest the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will produce more than 1 million veterans.

In this week’s news section, I highlighted the lack of media coverage on veteran’s issues. I spoke with local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War in January after Kenneth Ellis III, who was being treated at the VA Medical Center for PTSD, was killed by Albuquerque police. He was pulled over for bad plates, and stepped out of the car with a gun to his head.

Romeo Rocha, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, said he hoped Ellis’ death would give PTSD more media attention. "It's still showing up, but it's not making headlines anymore,” he told the Alibi in January.

Even if American media isn’t focused on the issue right now, an Italian documentary at the Venice Film Festival follows three veterans who served in Iraq and how they were treated by the military. It’s called Ward 54, so named for the psychiatric ward of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2005, Mark Benjamin penned a piece for Salon.com that shined a light on the hospital’s neglect of PTSD patients.

Benjamin spoke of the substandard care for mental disorders caused by the war in a “Democracy Now!” interview:

“... the entire time that they’re at Walter Reed, the Army seems to be more bent on trying to determine that their problems were not, in fact, caused by the war and that, in fact, these soldiers were just crazy of their own accord.”

Though, as the AP story on Ward 54 points out, a report to Congress last month shows that these wars have produced significantly high rates of suicides for the U.S. military. More than 1,100 service members killed themselves between 2005 and 2009. The suicide rate is only going up in 2010.

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The Daily Word 09.01.10: Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over, Stabbed Over A Crying Baby, A Visit To The Mystery Stone

President Obama declares Operation Iraqi Freedom over in a Oval Office address last night. Nobody seemed to like it.

The fed says NM paid $100 million in unemployment benefits to people who didn't qualify.

Albuquerque bus rider stabbed over a crying baby.

Hurricane Earl to soak the east coast this weekend.

Eleven year-old girl dies from an asthma attack after jackass cop blocks the family's way to the hospital.

One of Mexico's most brutal drug lords know as The Barbie has been captured.

A woman in California was tortured for four days over a Facebook post.

What happens when you lend homeless people your credit card?

Some of the states suing to stop President Obama's new health care law are also accepting its subsidies.

Fancy math shows when to book for the cheapest flights.

A woman in Vancouver was attacked with acid.

Don't get on Google's shit list.

No state fair for Michigan this year.

See some good design from Tokyo's Good Design Expo here.

Have you visited the Mystery Stone in Los Lunas?

New York's water is full of tiny shrimp.

A new dinosaur nicknamed the stocky dragon is discovered in Transylvania.

This writer thinks cephalopods possess consciousness.

Goddamn hipster dinosaurs.

Denny's is selling a fried cheese grilled cheese sandwich.

I hate The Jersey Shore and Family Circus, but I love Jersey Circus.

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