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Oddities in Obscurity

The Legislature’s stranger bills

By Marisa Demarco

Retired Cocks—It's nice to know the folks in our state Legislature maintain a sense of humor. Take, for instance, Rep. Thomas Taylor's memorial in support of good digs for feathered fighters out of the fray. He writes persuasively: "Whereas the lonely cluck of the warrior with no battle plucks at our heartstrings and stirs the very fabric of our compassionate souls." The cocks have probably not spent any time thinking about their golden years, Taylor laments, and it would be really unfair to cook them up and eat them. Therefore, the state should implement a retirement program "befitting the majesty" of the fighters. This would include "twice-weekly visits from the very best cage-free hens the state has to offer, one high-definition television for every six cocks and a subscription to ESPN, Animal Planet and CMT pure country, but not to the Food Network or FOX News." Amen.

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Personage Vita

Beyond Videodrome

In a world where television is all-consuming, we can turn it off

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

I mostly hate television, but ever since we got basic cable I watch it all the time. It pains me to see the parade of materialism and celebrity worship that dominates my chosen programming, but I can't help myself. Turning it on and checking out for a bit is easy. And that's one thing. Another thing entirely is being compelled to watch television in public. It's hard to impossible to find a place to eat, drink, shop, do your banking or travel without coming in contact with TV and being compelled to stare. And that's just frustrating. I am advertently and inadvertently wasting my time on something I despise, which is exactly what Mitch Altman was doing too, before he quit.

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Ortiz y Pino

Ten Days? Ha!

Why 60 days isn't enough

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

After the New Mexico Legislature had been in session for a couple of weeks this year, the Albuquerque Tribune ran an editorial suggesting New Mexicans would be better served by a 10-day session than by the “lengthy” 60-day session we were embarked upon.

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Roundhouse Roundup

This is the End

The Alibi gives you the ups and downs of buzzword bills hashed out by the state’s Congress this session.

By Christie Chisholm and Marisa Demarco

Politics are supposed to be about the people. We’re the intended deciders of the direction of our country and states, our counties and school districts. Our U.S. representatives are hired by us, and since we can’t all make the trek to Washington, they do it instead, taking with them our ideals and desires. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Isn’t that right?

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Eric Garcia

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Finland--A Finnish Member of Parliament is aiming for re-election by campaigning in Klingon. Jyrki Kasvi, a self-proclaimed Trekkie, is hoping to lure hip young voters by translating his website into Klingon. “Some have thought it is blasphemy to mix politics and Klingon,” said Kasvi. “Others say it is good for politicians to laugh at themselves.” Kasvi said his politics posed certain translation problems, since Klingon does not have words for matters such as tolerance, or for many colors, such as green--the party under whose banner Kasvi is running. Kasvi’s site (in English, Swedish, Finnish and Klingon) can be accessed at www.kasvi.org.

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Letters

I am so happy, but not surprised, that the Alibi printed a piece in support of our club, the Highland MCs [Thin Line, "Jowls Aquiver," March 15-21]. I've always read, passed on to my students and respected the Alibi. Now I am a die-hard fan for life.

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A painted sheet spread over the grass at Civic Plaza reads "No More War" at Saturday's peace march.
Tina Larkin

Portraits of Peace

A photo essay

By photos by Tina Larkin

This Saturday, March 17, hundreds of Albuquerqueans converged Downtown to march in protest of the Iraq War. Alibi Staff Photographer Tina Larkin was able to capture a few moments of the day.

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It's Gonna be Lit

New Mexico Hempfest

By Rini Grammer
Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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Sun vs. Moon

Solar Eclipse Party

By Renée Chavez
Storytime and crafts surrounding the solar eclipse.
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Goooood Morning, Albuquerque

North Valley Coalition Mayoral Forum

By Rini Grammer
A mayoral forum to focus on both Valley issues and citywide issues. Moderated by Weekly Alibi news editor, August March.
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Elizabeth Leggett

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Back to the Future

Bubonicon 49

By Maggie Grimason
Over 50 authors, artists, filmmakers and more celebrate all genres under the theme of time travelling. Convention proceeds benefit UNMU's library and the Roadrunner Food Bank.
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All Too Short a Date

Westside Summerfest

By August March
Savor delicious food from food trucks, shop from local artisans and grab a drink from the microbrew garden. Legendary artist Chubby Checker performs live.
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