The Daily Word in deadly crash over the weekend, wacky presidential candidates and Chanukah Song update
Suspected drunk driver kills three over the weekend, says “sorry” before being taken into custody.
Hollow chambers discovered in King Tut's tomb could lead to the discovery of Queen Nefertiti.
Mother and son go missing after finding a 25-pound gold bar in the house.
How do the 2016 presidential candidates plan on eradicating death? Well, at least this candidate has a plan for that.
Don't shoplift, unless you can change your face.
Ted Cruz and I have one thing in common: we both love The Princess Bride.
Never mention a woman's weight, unless you want to get hit upside the head. That's exactly what happened to one guy, after commenting on a stripper's weight at a South Carolina strip club.
Adam Sandler gives the Chanukah Song an update.
This Week at the Guild Cinema
Festival of Film Noir, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price, and Green
Look what’s playing at the Guild this week. We accidentally lost their ad in our print edition—sorry for the inconvenience, everyone!
The Daily Word in the Coors and Montano Wal-Mart appeal, a heavy metal disability and Arundo donax
Is Sotheby's auction house misrepresenting properties in Santa Fe?
Interesting Rio Grande Sun article about a vehicular homicide case in northern New Mexico.
A Swede was granted disability benefits for his heavy metal music addiction.
This Osmonds record was kind of metal. And bizarre.
A federal employee is in trouble for farting too much at work.
The woman who was photographed at an Occupy protest being shot in the mouth with pepper spray has been fined $260.00.
Rioting in New Delhi over the gang rape that occurred last weekend.
Iron Butterfly member Lee Dorman died.
Learn about Rankin and Bass.
The Daily Word in Obamacare challenge, LiLo's new movie, Gangnam Christmas
Happy Cyber Monday!
The supreme court has revived a Christian college's challenge to Obamacare.
Lobos hold it together for a 69-54 win over Portland to take record to 6-0.
Just how bad was Lindsay Lohan's new movie?
Real ID Act has some New Mexicans scrambling to get their passports.
Woman arrested after reportedly riding a manatee for thrills.
A clown collapsed and died while blowing up balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A Black Friday shopper died after being tackled by Wal-Mart eployees.
Man parked on a median off of Academy charged with his fourth DWI.
A NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will spend a full year aboard the ISS to study how the human body reacts and adapts to the space environment.
SpaceX founder wants to help colonize Mars.
Christmas lights Gangnam style.
60-square-mile Sandy Island shown on Google maps does not appear to actually exist.
Five members of the LANL security force fired for "improper use of a live fire shooting range."
What our friends would be like if they were cats and dogs.
The daily word in Beirut blast, meteor shower and sexy Big Bird.
Bomb blast in Beirut kills at least eight.
The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend!
New Mexico organic peanut plant is cleaning up after national recall.
Madonna is getting into all sorts of trouble.
Dressing up as sexy Big Bird is just so not cool and Sesame Street agrees.
Tigers end Yankees season with four game sweep.
Now you can help Mitt catch women with his binder!
Marathon meeting ends in a “no” for new Westside Wal-Mart.
Forget the Fountain of Youth. Here is the real secret to staying young forever.
Obama and Romney bring comedic relief to annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner
Man pleads guilty to punching Darth Vader’s wife.
Somebody help this poor puppy!
The Daily Word where the GOP Says "We’re Going to hurt some people" and Rep. David Wu Resigns
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was spotted at a pro-Qaddafi rally.
Landslide in South Korea kills 32.
Fourteen-year-old Mexican hitman sentenced to three years in prison.
RIP Elliot Handler, creator of Hot Wheels.
Netfix acquires 3,000 hours of Televisa telenovelas.
Philadelphia reporter attacked during live report on animal cruelty.
Don't fall for the black money scam.
Olympic skier Jeret Peterson dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Afghanistan is getting it's own version of The Office?
New study shows that people from polar regions have larger brains and eyeballs.
Park Rangers rescue same hiker twice this month.
Frank Darabont steps down as showrunner for the Walking Dead.
John Goodman joins the cast of Community.
Two British teens visit Wal-Mart for the first time, hilarious commentary ensues.
Check out the Navy's new laser/gun death machine.
George Lucas loses copyright lawsuit against the prop designer who designed the original Stormtrooper helmets.
The Daily Word: Scott Owens Goes Free, Gun At School, Secret Recipe For Invisible Ink
Scott Owens found not guilty on all charges.
A 13-year-old APS student brings a loaded gun to school.
Banks can't freeze Moammar Gadafi's funds because they don't know how to spell his name.
First Lady Michelle Obama was almost killed yesterday.
Happy 4/20 Day marijuana smokers/losers.
Police car torched in Four Hills neighborhood.
Car slams into crowd at McDonald's job fair.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs law giving Tea Party flag the same status as the American flag.
After almost 100 years the CIA declassifies the secret recipe for the Kaiser's invisible ink.
Drugs don't work in space.
Meet the Republican governors who attack federal spending while accepting federal dollars.
One porn company owns nearly a quarter of all 1-800 numbers.
This is why you nerds can't have nice things.
Florida job center fights unemployment by spending $14,000 on superhero capes.
Why do so many smart people deny science?
Walmart listens to customer requests, loses $1.85 billion in sales.
Attempt at setting Q*bert world record aborted after someone unplugs the game.
Read about Superman's 1942 crossover with Flash Gordon and Dick Tracy.
That culinary institute the Olive Garden sends is chefs to is not what you think it is. Actually, it's exactly what you think it is.
Newly released FBI documents show J. Edgar Hoover's interest in UFOs.
Largest ever spider fossil found in China.
The cast of Happy Days is suing CBS and Paramount for unpaid royalties.
Seven often-debated movie questions that have already been answered.
New Chicken McBites coming to a McDonald's soon.
The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez
130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.
This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.
How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?
Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.
What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?
National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.
UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?
Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.
A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?
The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?
The Holy Trinity: Turkey, Stuffing, Hand Art
Thanksgiving. It's the all-American holiday. A day of repose, a time to gather and reflect and celebrate violence by watching football.
The Daily Word 10.15.10: Space Booze, Muslim haters want to schmooze with tea party, Wal-Mart to buy more local parsley, Reid and Angle speak harshly
Albuquerque police officer accused of raping a relative placed on leave.
Oklahoma woman steals donut, urinates in parking lot, offers police officer sex.
Whoopi Goldberg, Bill O'Reilly yell at each other on air over his NY Mosque comments. Joy Behar also yells at O'Reilly.
Scientist warns of small asteroid strikes.
Tea Party people set to when enough races to have wide reaching influence.
Wal-Mart to start buying more local produce.
UK anti-Islamic group wants to be friends with Tea Party people.
Nearly one in twenty black people will get AIDS.
Health clinic that services porn industry comes under fire for not disclosing identity of HIV positive performer.
Reid, Angle trade barbs in debate.
Nearly a dozen people have been arrested in a NY gay bashing.
The Daily Word 08.26.10: Glenn Beck and MLK, uranium drilling, pizza burger
40 new plant and animal species discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Think: giant sea spiders and carnivorous flower sponges.
Where did the stimulus money go?
Glenn Beck to host a rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the speech's anniversary.
Ex-RNC chair and Bush's campaign manager reveals that he's gay.
Women of Wal-Mart join together in a class-action discrimination suit.
German singer won't do jail time for exposing two men to HIV.
Cigarettes will no longer be free for those over 54 in Cuba.
Uranium drilling starts near Grants.
Old man in Santa Fe says the 15-year-old girl was teasing him.
Federal money will help New Mexicans buy food from farmer's markets.
President Obama will be in El Paso on Tuesday.
Rio Rancho may outlaw selling cats and dogs in pet stores.
Journal apologizes to Juarez, which is not the murder capital of the world.
Burger King's 2,500-calorie pizza burger.
The Daily Word 8.24.10: egg recall, George Michael, medical marijuana
... And not to be outdone, Wal-Mart plans a meat recall of its very own.
George Michael, of WHAM! and urinal mishap fame, could face jail time for driving under the influence.
Toshiba is launching a new 3D TV, no glasses required.
Medical marijuana is helping Colorado’s budget deficit.
The U.S. troop count in Iraq falls below 50,000.
The City of Albuquerque does a homeless raid in Phil Chacon Park.
A German man shot in the back of the head five years ago just now found out.
Home burglars are caught by Dallas man using an iPhone app.
A gator is loose in Chicago.
Could You At Least Buy Me Dinner First?
I think it was when the Wal-Mart manager said, “I just can’t help you, because I have no idea how that works”, and then walked away from me, that I really started to get ticked off. Bad customer service has been the theme for several of my blogs. I am pretty good at turning the other cheek, picking my battles and so on when it comes to a horrifying experience with a corporate giant. Westley Trellis, well, not so much. Trellis took a baseball bat and smashed to bits twenty-nine flat screen televisions, causing over $22,000 in damages in a Wal-mart electronics department. One commentator opined that perhaps Trellis was “simply slashing prices?”
Another time I wanted to lash out at corporate America, government agencies, was the Summer I was, well, nabbed for not being “entirely” forthcoming on some tax information. I had “forgotten” to report something, and well, I got in trouble with the IRS. They sent letters, of course I didn’t respond to them, and eventually received a default judgment and was ordered to pay some money back to the IRS. Well, I didn’t, and so they garnished wages from me that fall. I basically worked at this job I had for free in order to pay back my debt. I wanted to get angry, and I wanted to tell them off, ask them if they would consider dinner first before just jamming their you know what in my you know where, but I didn’t.
Joe Stack had a different approach to his IRS experience. He took his Piper Cherokee airplane and flew it right into the Echelon Building in Austin, TX. An online article tears Stack apart, calling him a man “with a serious grudge”, and “left a lot of innocent people in his wake”. Well I don’t know if I would put IRS and innocent in the same sentence, and while I am saddened for the injured parties, I share some empathy for Stack’s ordeal. Eventually people succumb to the rage in their heads when they are not listened to, or treated badly, and they end up doing things like Trellis, and Stack did. Wal-mart and the IRS may consider taking some responsibility themselves instead of writing off Stack, a software engineer and musician, who was handled badly, ignored, and stuck in a Web of poorly handled consumer relationships by corporations and government agencies. Stack has a 6-page, 3000 word manifesto online that you can draw your own conclusions from.
How do we communicate to these corporate bears, and government gorillas in a way that gets our point across without crashing planes, and busting up televisions? Is it possible? There are many ways to handle bad service, and avoid the caveat emptor mind-set; I don’t know if one is better than another. I have managed to avoid suicidal tendencies from bad service, and batting practice in the Wal-mart electronics department, but there are times when I cheer silently for the ones that make such grand gestures. I don’t think they actually believe their cries of injustice will be heard, but their actions will not be forgotten.
When are we going to demand that they put customer relationships at the front of the line again, and keep the “bottom line” from towing the whole ship down to the bottom of the ocean? Now we just have to find the middle line between bats, and planes; and the ability to make changes, and communicate just a little bit better with each other, perhaps even listen a little more. I have hope, even if while I write this, phone pressed desperately to my ear, my expected hold time is 32 minutes. Don’t worry I don’t even like baseball and flying makes me nauseous.