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 V.17 No.41 | October 9 - 15, 2008 

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Thanks, BoB

Dear Alibi,

Just a quick note to tell you that you helped me.

Before last year, prior to 2007’s Best of Burque Restaurants, after I left my doctor's offices, I usually went to a fast-food place to eat. Eight different doctors. Bad, bad, bad.

So, using your BoB Restaurants, look how many new, better places I go to now. Pretty good, eh?

Thank you.

Loo Courtland

Albuquerque

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    Fifty Bucks for a New World

    Dear Alibi,

    Regarding last week's The Real Side [Oct. 2-8], I find a lot of fault with this article. “Buddy, Can You Spare Some Change We Can Believe In?” You bet! After seven and a half years of the Bush regime [...] we are involved in a war and an occupation costing more than $10 billion a month. Unemployment's at runaway highs, while thousands lose their houses in a never-before-seen foreclosure runaway. We have seen in the past week a stock market crash with many people losing their investments and retirement accounts. This country is in such bad shape, China will no longer loan us money. We are broke, divided and deregulated thanks to Bush and Cheney and their friends. Yes, I can spare $50 to change this broken government and get it back on track.

    John Loessner

    Albuquerque

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      Freaks and State Fair Geeks

      Dear Alibi,

      I'm compelled to respond to the article “Fear, Pity and Loathing at the State Fair” [The Radford Files, Sept. 25-Oct. 1].

      Persons exhibiting themselves in sideshows are there of their own free volition. I've never seen a job listing seeking persons with physical anomalies or any other type of “handicap.” Employment for these people is as good as nonexistent.

      A case in point on this issue is the late musician Wesley Willis. This homeless and profoundly schizophrenic man made a name for himself doing something he loved—making and performing music. The question of exploitation reared its head. But he was truly happy and his quality of life was greatly improved by his income. I feel it also brought positive, needed attention to his condition. Nothing bad came of the unusual opportunity presented to him.

      These “freaks” may never have had several of their life experiences were it not for the unusual jobs they've taken. Disability income provides for bare necessities of living. With opportunities in all areas limited to them, why is their choice of work “exploitative”? Technically, anyone with a job is being “exploited.”

      Fair officials and other bleeding-heart crybabies should speak to these people about their lives and employment. Actually, the whiners should live a “freak's” life for a year. The sideshow attractions historically predate carnivals and fairs (as we know them) and, yes, even the circus!

      The do-gooders here need to find a better cause to champion. They also need to learn what is exploitation vs. self-determination for the “freak” society.

      H. Gearhart

      Edgewood, N.M.

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        You Betcha

        Dear Alibi,

        Jason Darensburg’s letter [ “NeoPalin,” Sept. 25-Oct. 1] beating up Sarah Palin reflects a shocking lack of history for a UNM student and a willingness to viciously attack a fine public servant. He said Palin "hates women and loves war" without offering one shred of proof to support that statement. Never in her 16 years of elected office has she advocated legislation that would deny women their rightful place in society or retract their rights. Palin has been an advocate for women and children as governor. How Darensburg concludes she "loves war" is a mystery as he offers no statements supporting his babble. Palin is the commander of the Alaska National Guard and the mom of a son in the Army. Being a proud parent is exemplary, not the sign of a "loves war" person.

        Three factors make her qualified to be the V.P.

        1) She is a woman of integrity and honesty.

        2) She listens to advisors and makes decisions as an executive must.

        3) She has a track record of opposing "pork" and "good old boy back-scratching," even when it is in her party.

        The history issue is simple: A fine president was a V.P. who had no foreign policy experience, never administered a budget and only met with the president once after their election. Eighty-four days after being sworn in as V.P., Harry Truman became president. Palin shares his integrity but has more real-world experience than Truman possessed.

        The silly statements Darensburg made about McCain selecting her because she is a babe reflects an inability to define real reasons why Palin is not qualified. The older women of the Republican Party are tainted by Washington, the cause of many of our national problems. I am glad to see a woman in public office who wipes runny noses, changes diapers and decided that an unborn child is a precious child, worthy of life, even if he has special needs. Our nation is better when everyday people are in public office.

        Philip Howell

        Albuquerque

        Public Comments (6)
        • Oh, brother! Here we go again!  [ Thu Oct 9 2008 11:45 AM ]

          Once again Mr. Howell brings out that moronic idea of how great it will be to have a 'regular person' in the White House. Am I the only one who thinks this whole argument is totally absurd? Joe Sixpack is NOT QUALIFIED TO BE VP, okay? Nor do I want some 'regular person' who is 'real' one step away from the Presidency, either. Let's face some facts, people: your average American is a complete retard who is incapable of balancing their own check book, let alone run the country. Many of us can't even find our own country on a map! Look, I am not qualified to be VP, and nobody I know is qualified to be VP. I want somebody who has WAY MORE qualifications than the average American to lead us. We deserve it. The job logically requires someone with experience, wisdom and intelligence who is more than qualified for that position and who also believes in and supports the CONSTITUTION, unlike "dangerous" Dick Cheney and his robot, Palin. Is that so wrong?

          "We're Americans and we want someone just as dumb and clueless and angry as we are to lead our country! We don't need no stinking qualifications, and we hate people who are smarter than us (which is virtually everyone)!"

          It's the American way, I guess. God help us to rid our nation of these imbeciles, please.


          Last edited [10/9/08 11:48 AM]
        • uh oh  [ Thu Oct 9 2008 11:50 AM ]

          Let's face some facts, people: your average American is a complete retard who is incapable of balancing their own check book, let alone run the country.

          I hope these people aren't allowed to vote.

          They are? OH SHIT!! THEY ARE?!

          They're not qualified to run things, but they are qualified to figure out whom to delegate that responsibility to?

        • good point  [ Thu Oct 9 2008 12:04 PM ]

          sloppy. Hmmmm. I'm still with JD63 though.

        • Yes.  [ Fri Oct 10 2008 10:36 AM ]

          Sloppy, thanks for the reply!

          In answer to your question, "They're not qualified to run things, but they are qualified to figure out whom to delegate that responsibility to?" The correct answer is YES, although really they aren't even qualified to do that, according to the Constitution. Thanks to the Electoral College, we are only qualified to delegate who we delegate to have that responsibility...! In their 2000 decision awarding Bush the Presidency in 2000, the Supreme Court said we didn't even have THAT power, frankly...

          The Constitution also states that the VP must be EQUALLY QUALIFIED as the President to hold that position. Clearly, McCain is qualified to be President (at least on paper), but Palin is clearly NOT qualified any way you look at it. That's all I'm saying.

          Plus, despite what Cheney and Palin say, the Executive Branch is sworn to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, which they obviously refuse to recognize. Any attempt to nullify the Constitution is considered SEDITION by that document. If Dick Cheney wants to legally expand the powers of the VP, he needs to petition for an Amendment to do so. The fact that Palin spoke of "flexibility" in the powers of the VP during the debate shows that she is already more than willing to abuse her power before she even gets it...

        • I totally love  [ Sun Oct 12 2008 7:20 PM ]

          that there's a pot leaf in each issue of the Alibi these days. Sorry, there was no place particularly appropriate for this comment. You know, I love the Alibi and do my best to support it. Everywhere I go, I always grab tons of copies. There's always someone who asks me to get them a copy and I always like to start over with a fresh copy wherever I am. I like doing my part to jack up the circulation numbers. I also talk about the Alibi pretty much wherever I go. I ask the person behind the counter at any given business I frequent if they like the Alibi. I tell them that I like the Alibi and I expect them to like it too!

        • Is someone not doing their job?  [ Sun Oct 12 2008 7:34 PM ]

          Usually there's someone to ban me as soon as I make an "undesireable" post. As soon as it becomes obvious who the poster is (me), I am no longer able to post under that name. I was under the impression that the Alibi web page was monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, probably in shifts. Wow, I wish I had that job! Wonder what it pays? I don't get bored very easily (obviously). I'm sure I could handle it. I'd do a really good job. What do ya say Alibi? Why don't you pay me to monitor my posts and delete them as soon as they show up? I guarantee you no one could do a better job of it than me!

         

        Good Column

        Dear Alibi,

        [Re: The Real Side, “Buddy, Can You Spare Some Change We Can Believe In?” Oct. 2-8] This makes me sick. It's such a huge waste, and supposedly commercials don't really affect people’s opinions much, anyway. So you lament the waste but you don't offer any solutions to the problem. Maybe there aren't any. I think it would be great if advertising money was somehow removed from politics. But that would sort of be like inhibiting free speech. It would be great if lobbyists were illegal, but again, same problem.

        Rotorvator

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        Public Comments (3)
        • What? Latta in print!?  [ Fri Oct 10 2008 5:37 PM ]

          How is it that Latta got in the print edition of the Alibi? This is a terrible oversight! We have sworn that his words would never again see the light of day in our pages! It's an outrage!

          LTM - oh, c'mon that's funny. Now I know why maren kept asking if rotorvator was me. She knew I was going to get in print and it was probably too late to stop it! But hey, things went really well, I made clever contributions that people seemed to appreciate, and I proceeded to make friendly posts from then on, refraining from personal attacks, elucidating perverse sexual fantasies and, above all, NOT asking if anyone was hot! And I STILL get banned!

        • I thought, "Wow,  [ Fri Oct 10 2008 5:41 PM ]

          the Alibi is being really mature here. They're going to give me another chance to make 'normal' posts. Cool!" I had every intention of being a good boy too. But then, because I wanted to get free tickets to some "Death" movie, I made a comment about being a suicidal drug addict narcissist. This was a big "no-no." As a result, I was once again banned! Wow. I mean, I didn't really have anything to say. It just said, "Make a comment and you'll get tickets." So I did, thinking the suicide thing would be relevant to the "death" thing.

          But you know what? I'll even refrain from typing about how much of a suicidal psycho I am if it'll make you happy! So whaddaya say: why can't we be friendly again?

        • BTW  [ Fri Oct 10 2008 5:42 PM ]

          How do I get my free ticket?

         
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