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The Daily Word in Republicans, bad sex, and space death
Last night's GOP debate is calm and mature... Relatively.
The people at BuzzFeed share with us their lousy sex experience.
Albuquerque honors its veterans- with free stuff!
Yet another “Beauty Through the Decades” video, but this one takes the romantic filter off of the past to show what women were really doing.
A planet far far away causes scientists to rethink the way they see planetary orbit.
Space is terrifying. Death is around every corner, and these astronauts have faced it head on.
Here's a page thats full of people gushing about Fallout 4. If that interests you.
The Daily Word in dog fighting, bee die-offs and racist principals
A year after an accidental release of radiation from WIPP, the Deparment of Energy has said the facility is now totes okay for storing waste plutonium.
Some people's first instinct when they see a bear is to chase it with a hatchet. Police would like to remind you that that instinct is wrong.
A man with an obscured face wants you to know a few things about dog fighting.
A Georgia High School principal blames Satan for the racial remarks she made during a graduation ceremony. Satan could not be reached for comment.
Two Florida hearse drivers have been fired after they made a quick pit stop to pick up some doughnuts. Which I guess you're not supposed to do when there's a corpse in the back of the car.
Crib Notes: Oct. 16, 2014
The Daily Word in US airstrikes, police chief woes and a porn freakout
US jet fighters hit an Islamic State artillery in Iraq in what's expected to be the first in a series of airstrikes.
Watergate “by the numbers.”
The remains of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, who went missing last week, have been found near her home in Bremerton, Wash.
President Obama signed a new bill into law yesterday that could provide veterans with better access to health care.
A toddler slipped through the White House gate. Talk about a threat to national security.
A Colorado man is being charged with sex trafficking an Albuquerque teen after he was arrested as a result of a crime spree.
Shane Harger, former Jemez Springs police chief, was indicted and arrested on rape charges.
Steve Tellez, former APS police chief, could be charged for roughly $1,000 worth of ammunition that went missing in March.
A mother in South Carolina called the popo on her son after he watched porn.
Silent No More
A new monument honors LGBT veterans
From the Foxhole
The Rapid Ride comes to EDo
I was standing up on the Redline coming west down Central by the far back exit when a loud voice snarled: “Is there some reason why your ass is in the back of my neck?!”
If you’ve ever ridden the bus in Albuquerque, you’ve shared the ride with numerous veterans, some better off than others, but most of them pretty much winging it.
You can see them with their canes and their bad knees and oxygen tanks. Some will stare you down. Some avoid eye contact altogether. A lot of them wear hats festooned with trinkets. Some wear bits and pieces of old uniforms.
The veterans that are the worst off appear homeless.
At the sound of the voice behind me, I leapt forward in a panic, unsure of what was happening, prepared to defend myself.
It turned out that I had mistaken a man’s neck for sections of plexiglass I often lean against to keep my balance.
As soon as I caught a look at his scowling mouth, his unkempt hair and repaired glasses (before I even took stock of his tattered camouflage pants), I knew who I was dealing with. Someone that had ridden in troop transports and cattle cars, someone who had slugged through mud and shit. Someone who had come unglued. Given his thinning hair I guessed Vietnam.
Here he was on the Rapid Ride, purposefully avoiding the Local 66 Bus because it was too much like a cattle car—too crowded, too loud, too riddled with despair—and some thoughtless asshole sits on his neck.
Seeing all this in an instant, feeling the strain of his madness in an instant—the impatience, the frustration, the nagging anger and rage—I made a vigorous apology and shifted my position.
Recently the City of Albuquerque has opened a new Rapid Ride stop in the heart of “EDo” at Central and Edith. It is currently operating on a trial basis. It saves me having to walk through the tunnel under the railroad tracks to the Alvarado Transportation Center. This tunnel is no joy to walk through. It smells like piss and shit, frequently has bodies strewn through it, and drivers feel compelled to honk their horns as they enter it as some sort of homage to the downtown. So you can understand why I prefer Central and Edith.
When we reached the new stop, I touched the veteran on the shoulder and bent down. He probably hadn’t been touched in years.
“I’m a veteran, too,” I whispered, “I understand.”
Without turning in his seat or looking up, he nodded his head and briefly touched my hand.
I got off the bus.
The Daily Word in friends in high places, freedom of (adult) speech and Homer's fave
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for “heinous and brutal” war crimes.
The seemingly endless GOP presidential nomination season ends with Mitt as the last one standing. He celebrates with Donald Trump.
Governor Susana Martinez is scheduled to return from California today after attending private PAC fundraisers. Susana PAC has almost a million dollars in its coffers, which the guv aims to use in key state legislative races.
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange still has a little time left to fight Swedish extradition charges, although he lost his latest appeal.
In a split decision, the state Supreme Court upheld the Guild Cinema's conviction for violating a city ordinance prohibiting adult film screenings, which the theater argues infringed on free speech rights.
War veterans make stops in New Mexico as they bike across the country to raise awareness about many serious issues that face returning service members.
Roger Federer broke grand slam records with his most recent win at the French Open, while Novak Djokovic successfully battled into the third round.
Notorious cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson could have ties to unsolved cases in the L.A. area.
Soldiers planting seeds
In this week’s From the Foxhole column, Iraq War veteran Alex Limkin writes of his surprise in learning that older vets are returning to Vietnam to right wrongs: They’re replanting the jungle, disarming bombs, and building houses along the Mekong.
“Soldiers are always trying to make peace with themselves, with their conscience,” Limkin writes. Over the course of the Vietnam War, about 13 percent of the country’s population was killed.
Local filmmakers Moisés González and Deryle Perryman would like to document the efforts of the Vietnam veterans. They’re using Kickstarter to gather the funding. They’ve attained more than $18,000 of their $25,000 goal. If they don’t pull in the full amount over the next four days, they’ll get none of the cash, because that’s how Kickstarter works. Donate here.
“We find ourselves today embroiled in a constant state of war,” González writes on the Kickstarter page. “It's easy to talk about these matters in academic terms, to spout opinions, make political points, but the reality is manifested in young men (and now young women) who carry the war with them for the rest of their lives.”
From the Foxhole
Same Same, But Different
Returning to Vietnam
18 veterans commit suicide each day
That’s the startling opener to Alex Limkin’s column “Flashes of Light,” which is all about staying alive after war.
Limkin, an Iraq War veteran, took a trip with Outward Bound. The wilderness organization leads vets through the backcountry for free. It’s part of an effort to help people cope with post-traumatic stress.
Folks can apply here.
From the Foxhole
Flashes of Light
Staying alive after war
100 Birthday Spankings for New Mexico
President William H. Taft signed the proclamation declaring New Mexico the 47th state on Jan. 6, 1912.
The Daily Word: Geronimo, heroin, therapy kangaroo
Geronimo's great-grandson objects to bin Laden's codename.
House approves antiabortion package.
A lot of heroin in Albuquerque ($300K sold daily), says the Sheriff's Office.
"Seal Team 6, a unit so secretive that the White House and the Defense Department do not directly acknowledge its existence."
PRC investigates whether the gas company broke any rules during the cold snap.
The AP won't cover today's GOP presidential primary debate because of restrictions placed on the press by sponsors FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party.
Pelosi wants more transparency in fraking.
Last WWI vet dies. He was 110.
Things are getting better, so Glenn Beck became irrelevant, argues WaPo columnist.
Sunday by the Big Screen
As Christina Aguilera began to stumble through the national anthem before Sunday’s Super Bowl, nobody in the SCI stood up.