The Daily Word in ballistic nuclear missiles, weed plants at State Fairs and raining pennies on I-95
While our neighbors to the north are welcoming pot plants at the state fair, the New Mexico Sate Fair kicked out the lone pot plant brought for competition.
Irvin Rosenfeld is going on his 34th year of smoking US Federal Government approved and provided joints.
A truck hauling 45,000 pennies on I-95 crashed and dumped its controversial coins onto the highway blocking traffic for 13 hours.
Learn how to clean your most fried chicken'd records using Elmer's Wood Glue.
Facebook changed its mind about removing a post that including the iconic photo of a naked little Vietnamese girl running and crying and covered in napalm.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the greater Native American community lost their fight to keep an oil pipeline from running thru part of their sacred lands.
North Korea detonated their largest nuclear weapon yet, then announced they would soon have the ability to launch ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.
Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.
Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.
The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.
Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.
The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms
Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.
The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.
The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.
US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.
The Daily Word in White Privilege, North Korea and Erin Andrews
Is there an emotional difference between the North Korean government and the “Oregon Occupiers”? Because I can’t tell.
China’s first ever anti-domestic abuse law has already helped some women feel safe enough to come forward with their stories and sue their husbands.
To Toms or not to Toms; is there a question?
Just when you thought racial tensions in Montgomery couldn’t get thicker…
Google’s given a $1 million dollar grant to help UNICEF to help fight the Zika virus.
Why people need to stFu about how Erin Andrews is using her trauma for personal gain.
I hate when people say they’ll move to Canada if Donald Drumpf becomes president. Here’s why.
The new Ghostbusters trailer is here, I repeat: THE NEW GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER IS HERE.
Victory for indigenous women who were abused during the Guatemalan civil war happened over the weekend.
Tina Fey is brilliant (in case you didn’t know).
The Daily Word in Local Zookeepers, Government and Education
If you haven’t already heard, Harper Lee died last night.
The NM Legislature is finally funding the 5,500 rape kits that are on backlog to be tested.
The ‘Hairy Panic’ tumbleweed has taken over an Australian town.
North and South Korea are gunna go to war any minute now.
The Mayor gets called out by a local (former) zookeeper.
In case you need reassertion that the police don’t care about black people in Florida.
This badass kickboxer is teaching Muslim women to defend themselves.
“Men are just smarter than women. It’s just a scientific fact.”
The Daily Word in Bombs, Politics, and Monkeys
So North Korea did make an H-Bomb?
Sexual abuse and misconduct by law enforcement is barely reported to agencies. Here’s one woman’s experience with following through this appalling ordeal.
The governor of California declared a state of emergency due to a major methane gas leak.
1 million dollars of Chris Christie’s “campaigning” costs will likely end up being paid by New Jersey residents.
Deakin from Animal Collective (finally) finished his solo album.
If you loved playing Sims as much as I did growing up, you’ll definitely enjoy this.
Parents have been polled, and here are the results.
The Daily Word in Chipotle and Luminosity sucking, North Korea, and George RR Martin
North Korea claims to set off a hydrogen bomb. Sure, North Korea, sure.
Chipotle under federal investigation on a pretty extensive case of food poisoning.
Luminosity now has to pay $2 million for deceiving users of its brain training prowess.
Teen pregnancy rates in New Mexico are down 57%, and that's wonderful.
Game of Thrones book delays are hurting George more than they're hurting you. Leave the lovely ol' man alone.
Whedon is leaving Marvel, and has many reasons.
The Daily Word in Seth Rogen, angry Dutchmen, killer Zambonis, Walt Disney, and rectal feeding.
Police ended a hostage crisis at a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia.
In other Australian news, a shark killed a teenager.
Americans believe torture prevents acts of terrorism.
Speaking of torture, Karl Rove wants to feed your rectum.
An APD Officer accidentally shot a civilian on Sunday morning.
Seth Rogen is North Korea's biggest enemy.
The US is the most uncaring nation in the industrial world, and it's all Ayn Rand's fault.
Mother Nature screwed up the day for air travelers in San Francisco.
The liquid in E-ciagerettes is poisonous enough to kill a child.
The Dutch are not happy about Google's privacy violations through data collection.
Walt Disney died on this day back in 1966. He was 65. Here are some inspirational Disney quotes to get you through life or at least through the day.
Odds & Ends
The Daily Word in the Ferguson shooting, World of Warcraft and the Pope
World of Warcraft memorializes late comedian Robin Williams.
Darren Wilson has been identified as the police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
North Korea says projectiles fired during the Pope's visit were just a coincidence.
A mother in South Carolina was arrested for dropping the F-bomb in front of her kids in a grocery store. Wait … that's it?
Three Fort Lauderdale men face criminal charges for digging up the cremated remains of relatives in an effort to move them to a cemetery in Maine.
The APS board voted unanimously for Superintendent Winston Brooks' resignation.
Santa Fe police apprehended a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday evening.
An Albuquerque woman allegedly had sex with two German shepherds, then tried to poison her roommates when they found out about it.
APD is investigating a “slaying” after a woman's body was found in a vacant lot in southeast Albuquerque.
The Daily Word in name tags, necrophilia and North Korea.
North Korea fired two missiles at Seth Rogan and James Franco.
Rest in peace, Bobby Womack.
They got Tyler’s name tag wrong at Taco John’s.
The Nanny from Hell is packing her bags.
Will you see a UFO tonight?
Congratulations on your latest statistical victory, New Mexico.
There’s a fire in the Jemez.
A woman claims she was blackmailed by an APD officer.
An Albuquerque woman called her boyfriend 77,000 times in one week?
Happy birthday, Terry Funk.
Susan Petersen, thank you for the links!
The Daily Word in a Yonkers cat graveyard, the "gypsy paver" and plastic selfies
All it takes is a few racist comments to get 'em running for the hills.
A drunk Australian passenger caused a “hijack” alert. Probably shouldn't have what he's having.
President Obama and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warn North Korea if they follow through with nuclear threats, they could face some hefty sanctions.
Apparently a Connecticut high school student was stabbed for turning down a prom date proposal.
For New Mexico residents: If you wanna get your driveways re-paved, this guy probably wouldn't work out.
Police are investigating the discovery of a decomposing body on the desert mesa northwest of Rio Rancho.
Steve Casaus, the stepfather of Omaree Varela (a child who was beaten to death in December, allegedly by his mother), has been “segregated” from other inmates because of the “high-profile” case.
Governor Susana Martinez' chief of staff used government credit cards for personal purchases, but he insists that since he reimbursed the state, he wasn't trying rob tax payers.
A woman underwent plastic surgery to look better in her selfies. Let's use internet jargon for this one: SMH.
The Daily Word in Ukraine, Uganda and, you guessed it, eugenics.
Our army is shrinking.
Fox plans to make a movie about Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea.
Will the FDA approve eugenics? Khaaan!
Ukraine’s fugitive ex-president is sought for “mass murder.”
There’s a new anti-gay law in Uganda.
Rest in peace, Maria von Trapp.
Discover the secret origin of the Bloody Mary.
Discover the secret origins of dirty words.
Take this good email advice.
Beware Paseo Del Norte.
Happy birthday, James Farentino.
The Daily Word in Dennis Rodman, vindictive traffic jams and La Santa Muerte
Council watch: Albuquerque officials get catty on camera.
Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman are still BFFs. Even if Rodman can't sing.
Governor Chris Christie may use traffic snarls to punish his enemies. So whose local slap fight is to blame for construction on south San Mateo?
Lost footage from The Day the Clown Cried, Jerry Lewis's misbegotten Holocaust film and apparently one of the worst movies ever made (but only seven people have ever seen it, so who knows?), has been found.
Can you tell real headlines from fake? Is this one fake?
A Veterans Affairs Medical Supply Center in an Albuquerque is removing all Duck Dynasty items from their shelves.
And La Santa Muerte is stalking the streets of 'Burque.
The Daily Word in New Mexico pot, Aiken for Congress and brutal punishment
A stranded research vessel in Antarctica makes people question whether it's safe for tourists to venture to the icy continent.
A report says that Jang Song Thaek of North Korea (and five of his associates) were fed to starving dogs.
The Justice Department disagrees with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's contraception opposition for religious-based organizations in regards to the Affordable Care Act.
Remember Clay Aiken? Me neither. But apparently he wants to run for Congress.
A man was struck and killed by a vehicle this morning while trying to cross Montgomery Boulevard.
Move over Colorado. New Mexico may be next.
APD says that 9-year-old Omaree Varela (who was killed by his mother) had reported being abused to school officials a year before his death.
While same-sex marriage is now legal in New Mexico, it's still considered unlawful in Navajo Nation.