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 V.16 No.12 | March 22 - 28, 2007 

News Bite

Oddities in Obscurity

The Legislature’s stranger bills

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

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

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.

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

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

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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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 3)

Folk Yeah!

Albuquerque Folk Festival

Learn about folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern and other international traditions that include music, dance, storytelling and more.
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Courtesy of Cerrillosstation.com

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 4)

First Stop on the Turquoise Trail

Cerrillos Station Open House

Opening reception for paintings by renowned painter Mishcka O'Connor. Family activities including a baby farm animal coral, pop up art show, food trucks, and more. The Attitudes perform live.
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Courtesy of Faye Fearless Facebook Page

EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jun 7)

The Park of Wands

Olivander's Wand Making Class for Witches and Wizards

Learn about the wandlore history of the Harry Potter world. Every attendee will leave the class with their very own custom designed wand.
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