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V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
Gary Johnson makes his pitch to hundreds in downtown Albuquerque.
Sam Kerwin

News

Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally

Low Riders and High Hopes

By Sam Kerwin [ Fri Aug 26 2016 9:32 PM ]

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.”

V.25 No.33 | 8/18/2016
Presidential candidate Gary Johnson
Gage Skidmore

News Interview

An Interview with Gary Johnson

Libertarian candidate talks to Weekly Alibi

By Carolyn Carlson
Alibi political correspondent Carolyn Carlson had some questions for presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Brad Winter and Klarissa Peña

Council Watch

City Councilors Buzz Through Business

Bees, boards and busses on agenda

By Carolyn Carlson
Your City Council discusses the importance of bees, boards and commissions as well as the now infamous ART project.
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V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

The Daily Word in American Citizenship, Natural Disasters and Fragile Bones

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 16 2016 10:54 AM ]
The Daily Word

The Donald should be able to pass a naturalization test in his own country, right? It's only fair.

Over 10,000 Louisiana residents are staying in emergency shelters after enduring four days of rain and flooding, while the city of Baton Rouge struggles with water damage.

Cecile Richards fights harder than ever for abortion rights.

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th. Know what that means? Free entry into any National Park! Road trip time.

This is why Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line in the Olympic 400 meter race was a fair way to win.

Scientists have developed a drug that stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures for people with osteoporosis.

This guy's weekend plans? Just peering over the edge of an active volcano. Nothing special.

V.25 No.31 | 8/4/2016
Albuquerque’s City Council

Council Watch

The Return of the City Council

Civic leaders return from break and get busy

By Carolyn Carlson
Civic leaders return from break and get busy.
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V.25 No.28 | 07/14/2016
Lord Voldemort

Indiana's Joyous Goodbye to Mike Pence

Anticipating greater tragedies to come

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Jul 19 2016 1:24 PM ]

As a native Hoosier, I feel like I am in the unique position to express both sadness that the hateful, enemy-of-all-women Mike Pence will (presumably) be Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 election, but also great joy that he will be out of my home state and ceasing to make us look bad. Being saddled with the dying city of Gary is bad enough.

As Samantha Bee said, "Indiana hates Mike Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes." And it's true. The Indiana Governor is so out-of-touch that in a 1999 op-ed he wrote that Disney's Mulan was a ploy to get women to enlist in the military, describing it as "mischievous liberal propaganda." About as mischievous as, say, trying to mandate funerals for aborted fetuses. Pence also claimed in a 2001 essay that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness." Meaning: one in three smokers does die from a smoking related illness, which seems like a pretty high number to me, but you know, I'm not in line for the presidency or anything.

In summary: Mike Pence is somehow even crazier than other notable, absolutely out-of-their-mind Indiana natives like both Michael and La Toya Jackson and Axl Rose. Hands down zanier and more of a bigot than Red Skelton.

We don't have the best legacy in Indiana, but we do have Plan-It-X records, Bloomington and Indianapolis, the Hoosier National Forest and Clifty Falls State Park, Larry Bird and Brendan Frasier.

That Mike Pence will be added to Indiana's legacy, instead of written from history as the terrible, bumbling governor he is, is a regional tragedy, and sadly,on track to become a national one.

V.25 No.25 | 6/23/2016
City Councilors Dan Lewis, Trudy E. Jones and Isaac Benton

Council Watch

Water Quality, PNM and ART

Council meets before summer recess

By Carolyn Carlson
Albuquerque’s City Council meets about water quality, PNM and ART.
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V.25 No.23 | 6/9/2016
City Councilors Diane G. Gibson and Brad Winter
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Protests and Public Funds

City Council listens to citizen concerns

By Carolyn Carlson
Solar power committment postponed, public campaign finance gets onto the ballot, money is put away for open space acquisition, a board will form to help businesses impacted by ART and more.
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V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Totally professional Bern

podcast

Feelin' the Bern

By Robert Maestas and Courtney Foster [ Thu May 26 2016 3:38 PM ]
Rob and Courtney take to the streets and join the rally, interviewing other rally goers and volunteers about politics, ideals, and the ridiculousness of this primary season. The New Mexico primary election is June 7th—Get out and vote!
V.25 No.20 | 05/19/2016

The Daily Word in Nature, Banksy and Stonehenge

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 24 2016 12:59 PM ]
The Daily Word

If you're also wondering "who the f*ck builds a stonehenge," the answer may not be as mysterious as you think. But until someone builds a time machine and travels to the past, who really knows?

Today marks The European Day of Parks, a cause for celebration and appreciation of the region's protected natural places. Find that last bit of inspiration needed for a European adventure in these stunning photos.

Works by the forever anonymous and controversial artist Banksy are lent by private collectors and shown at a gallery in Rome.

Governor Martinez is one Burqueña who will neither support nor protest the Albuquerque Trump rally. The reason? She's “really busy.”

Venezuelans, furious about food shortages and inflation, protest against President Maduro on the streets of Caracas.

Don't fear trans people in bathrooms, fear diaper changing stations. Learn from this woman's mistake and remember to put the table back up.

V.25 No.20 | 5/19/2016
The Albuquerque City Council in session
Eric Williams

Council Watch

ART Noise, Solar Options and Undercover Cops

Council covers many civic issues

By Carolyn Carlson
Even after being taught how, the council tragically ignores their ability to see auras.
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V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016

The Daily Word in Millennials, Art and David Cameron

By Megan Reneau [ Thu May 5 2016 12:00 PM ]
The Daily Word

I don't know why anyone is surprised that Beyonce performed in North Carolina when she's kind of ignored the LGBT community in the past.

People will no longer be jailed if they aren't able to pay court fines in Colorado Springs.

Millennials are so _________.

By white men, for white men.”

If you don a sombrero, a fake mustache or utter “Cinco de Drinko” today (or ever) please don't talk to me.

This doctor said the hospital she works at told her not to talk about abortions with her patients.


David Cameron respects Donald Trump. I think we can agree that the UK and the US are in the shitter right now.

This feminist artist makes jabs at famous artists.

V.25 No.18 | 5/5/2016
Councilors (L-R) Ken Sanchez, Pat Davis, Trudy E. Jones, Brad Winter, Dan Lewis, Don Harris, Diane G. Gibson, Klarissa J. Peña and Isaac Benton
Courtesy Cabq.gov

Council Watch

Your City Council, Hard at Work

Making Burque better for all citizens

By Carolyn Carlson
May proclaimed Mental Health Awareness Month, the make-this-area-not-creepy brigade raises concerns about Silver Street Market traffic, officer Daniel Webster has a park named after him and a councilor reveals her expertise with dogs.
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V.25 No.17 | 4/28/2016

Council Watch

Council Chooses Watchdog, Allows Pets on Bus

Brief meeting is productive

By Carolyn Carlson
The council postponed putting public finance changes on the ballot, chose the new Inspector General, allowed dogs on buses (sometimes) and bumped up the Police Oversight Board’s lawyers.
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V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016

News

The Daily Word in space menses, Vietnamese brides and the moon of Makemake

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Apr 27 2016 2:56 PM ]
The Daily Word

Ever pondered space menses?

Hillary Clinton is setting up offices in ABQ.

A local high school baseball team is cheering up a sick teen for her birthday.

This article will bridge the gap in your knowledge of bridges.

There is a massive and awful market in China for Vietnamese brides.

A moon has been discovered that orbits the dwarf planet Makemake.

For all those adults who don't have a squad, here's how to get one.

Curious about demonology?

Don't feel bad, plankton get drunk too.

This is the most polluted city.

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