Albuquerque you have until March 15 to vote in this year's Best of Burque! Where's the Best Place to Take a First Date? The Best Plant Nursery? The Best Funeral Home? We gotta know! You have 12 days left to vote and make your voices heard, so what are you waiting for?
The Daily Word in elections, fact-checking, and a very boozy deserted island
Janet Reno died this morning. Reno was the first woman to serve as the attorney general. Her two terms at the White House were tumultuous, defined by several shocking events including a federal raid on a cult in Waco, TX, and in 2000, the government’s seizing of Elián González, a young Cuban refugee who was at the center of an international custody battle and a political tug of war.
Tomorrow is election day. If you haven't done so already, VOTE.
I know we're all going to be glad when this election season is over. But one thing I'll miss? The fact-checking.
In a year full of frightening political threats from China and Russia, it's refreshing to hear of an international dispute done the civil way: with booze. Since 1984, Canada and Denmark have been fighting over the ownership of a small island off the coast of Greenland by regularly placing their country's flag and a bottle of whiskey and schnapps, respectively.
Whatever goes down on election day, the nightmare of Trump will linger for some. He has successfully whipped the nation into a fever-pitch of racist anger and violence, especially against Latinos. And that anger and violence will not go away, even if Trump isn't elected.
The Daily Word in The Presidential Debate, Bionic Yarn and Mars Colonization
Speaking of debates, here's one way to settle them.
Have a strong opinion about the presidential candidates? Today is National Voter Registration day, so make sure you register and go vote on Nov. 8!
Say hello to recycled polyester, otherwise known as Bionic Yarn, a clothing material made from used plastics. Optimistically speaking, this could make a huge positive impact on the atrocious amount of plastics currently floating in the oceans.
To be happy is to be healthy. And it's contagious.
Nearly 300 tech firms across the country are declaring Nov. 8, election day, a paid company holiday.
Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico about his plan to colonize Mars. Watch the talk live here.
In an analysis of revolutionaries vs reactionaries in modern American history, opinion writer David Brooks states, “It doesn't matter how much living standards rise or the poverty rate falls, it makes you seem smart and woke to be alarmed and hypercritical.” Read the article for more thoughtful insights about our strange yearning for an idealized past, and why “it's stupid and impossible to turn back the clock.”
The Daily Word in Electronic Voting Machines, The Summer Olympics and Neutron Star Collisions
A neutron star collision is more than just a smash hit by Muse. Physicists are studying gravitational waves in these collisions, hoping that since two colliding black holes can produce gravitational waves, two colliding neutron stars might be able to as well. Detecting these waves would helps scientists understand quark matter, something that is currently pretty mysterious.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marks the end of one boy wizard's journey. J.K. Rowling's latest novel, which was the most pre-ordered book of the year and is currently the script for a play in London, depicts the famous Harry as a 37-year-old father and gracefully closes the door on the strange, fantastical world that has been alive for the better part of two decades.
Over 40 people were injured in Kosovo while attending a beer festival after someone in the crowd shouted “ISIS” as a “joke.”
Critics are skeptical of Brazil's level of preparation for the quickly approaching Olympic games. The nation failed to keep their promise of treating 80% of sewage entering the once clear and beautiful--and now entirely polluted--Guanabara Bay. Polluted water is just one concern being raised, another being high crime.
Deciding to use electronic voting machines in major elections was a step up from punchcards, but supplied more than a handful of new problems. The GOP presidential candidate has expressed that the upcoming election will be "rigged." One way to do that? Hacking electronic voting machines.
The Daily Word in Al Qaeda, Bosque Restoration and Newtonian Physics
A new Al Qaeda recruiting video uses footage of Trump's anti-muslim sentiment.
A new study validates both sides of the home birth argument.
Santa Ana Pueblo's Bosque Restoration Division employs a successful mutlifacted approach to restoring the native habitat.
Getting to Trader Joe's will become even more difficult.
The National Guard is still at work helping residents affected by the storm in the SE part of the state.
APD reminds us that what goes up, must come down.
New Mexico residents can now register to vote online.
Best of Burque voting begins!
Attention residents of Albuquerque!
For over two decades, the Weekly Alibi has asked YOU to help us honor the very best that our unique city has to offer. Well, it’s that time again. From art galleries to vape shops; from best politician to best local band, this is your chance to let the world know what you love about Burque.
Just log in and fill out the ballot. It’s that easy!
The Daily Word in a cryptid sighting, an ear canal insect and voting
Absentee voting for the New Mexico general elections starts today.
This woman is searching Albuquerque's west mesa for her missing sister.
New York City water really does make the best bagels.
A prominent Santa Fean was attacked at his home.
Thou shalt probably not preach Jesus stuff when in uniform.
Doug Ford has a good chance of winning the Toronto mayoral race.
Here is disturbing video of a large hideous insect being pulled out of a man's ear.
US border with Mexico is now only "the last line of defense" against illegals.
CNN needs writers with better aptitude for metaphor.
Late-term Abortion Ban Voting Starts Now
Junk science-based ordinance gets its weeks in court of public opinion
Happy Voting Day!
Polls stay open until 7 tonight
Today, it’s your Burqueño right and responsibility to choose the mayor, approve or disapprove some bonds, and possibly select a councilor for your district. Polls stay open until 7pm, and you can vote at any of them. The city’s even provided a map of polling locations that includes wait times.
Remember, for city elections, an ID is required. According to the city’s website, though, they’re pretty liberal about what constitutes voter identification:
• Government-issued card containing the voter's name and photo
• Driver's license
• Student identification card
• Credit or debit card
• Insurance card
• Union membership card
• Professional association card
• City Clerk-issued identification
• Other membership cards with the voter's name and photo
It’s certainly nice to see that if you’re one of the folks who could be negatively impacted by a voter ID law, you can at least present your Costco card in lieu of a driver’s license.
Municipal elections aren’t the sexiest of the elections (and that’s really saying something), but they represent a chance for normal people like you and me to have a say in what happens close to home. Take a few minutes to vote today and you’ll be justified in complaining about the results for the next 364.
The Daily Word in Arizona's voting law, news on same sex marriage and New Mexico fire updates
Supreme Court shuts down Arizona voting law that requires people to show citizenship verification.
A Pew Study concludes that news stories revolving around same sex marriage have taken on more of a supportive stance rather than an opposing view.
So ... they're still looking for Jimmy Hoffa?
Zimmerman trial enters second week of jury selection.
New Mexico wildfire update from fire officials: Thompson Ridge is 80 percent contained. Tres Lagunas is 90 percent contained. Jaroso is zero percent contained. White's Peak is 25 percent contained, and Silver Fire is five percent contained.
Some Albuquerque home invaders messed with the wrong woman.
Some don't see eye to eye on the "Rio Grande Vision."
So now you wanna lick some eyeballs?
Why I let lady issues determine my vote
If you refuse to look away while one political party puts personhood for fetuses above personhood for women, this election is relevant to you.
The GOP platform does not make exceptions for abortions in cases of rape or incest, or even some insignificant detail like the life of the mother. They tell us rape resulting in pregnancy is a gift from god. They tell us some girls “rape easy.” I could go on, but I’m sure you know the rest. (If you don’t, the gist of it is really, really misogynist.)
I’m hardly saying President Obama is perfect, or even that another Obama presidency will prevent a gaggle of old white men from talking about vaginas. But a non-vote allows them to continue talking about women as second-class citizens. A non-vote doesn’t combat the notion that we’ll go slut-crazy with unfettered access to birth control. A non-vote won’t keep funding for Planned Parenthood—an organization that provides cancer screenings, treatments of STDs and low-cost contraception as 97 percent of its services. And most of all a non-vote doesn’t tell Republicans that these issues are real, deciding factors for many women of all class, color and circumstances, no matter how much they try to tell us otherwise.
Obama has let a lot of us down on a lot of things to be sure. But he (and the Democrats behind him) continue to do all right when it comes to ensuring women have basic agency over their own bodies. And I haven’t even mentioned the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act or basic civil rights for our LGBTQ community.
Plus, why would you vote for a party that erects a “lady tent” to convince us ladies to like them as much as we all like pink.
Where to watch results roll in
Our three-reporter election team is heading out to various camps around the city. In the meantime, watch preliminary results roll in online.
Politico’s got a few states breaking red or blue on its still mostly gray map.
At the New York Times’ 538 blog, the counting has begun. The forecast is looking Obama-y.
In New Mexico, the Secretary of State’s Office has results online for you. Nothing’s up yet since our polls are still open.
The county clerk’s site is the place to check in about Albuquerque’s minimum wage. Nothing will be there until after 7 p.m.
Rio Rancho Voting Woes
Man-about-town / Alibi contributor Clifford Grindstaff reported that a woman from Sandoval County appeared at an Albuquerque polling place this afternoon seeking advice about where to vote. And voters in Rio Rancho (the majority of which is in Sandoval County) reported this morning that they were waiting in long lines to cast their ballots. One woman told KOB News that she’d waited for 2 hours and 20 minutes before she was able to vote at Puesta Del Sol Elementary School.
Let’s hope that the Sandoval County Clerk’s office was able to iron out any difficulties before the work day ended. As of this spring, there were more than 50,000 eligible voters in Rio Rancho. The county only has five polling locations to serve the entire town.
Tips for avoiding long lines at certain polls
Lines at Jefferson Middle School have shot out the door and down the sidewalk. The Student Union Building voting site on UNM campus has lines an hour or so long. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver tweets that waits are longer than 30 minutes at Rio Bravo, Siesta Hills, Van Buren, Del Norte, McKinely, Cibola and Hayes. But the wait is less than 15 minutes at Downtown sites, including Washington Middle School and the Clerk’s Annex. Scope a map of polling locations and wait times. You can vote at any one of 69 convenience centers.
If you refuse to vote for a candidate that supports endless war, the 2012 presidential election is irrelevant to you. If you refuse to vote for someone who's in favor of mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders, this election is irrelevant to you. If you refuse to vote for someone who has proven time and again that they will put profit before people, banks before families, business before human dignity, this election is irrelevant to you.
Sure, you could vote third party. But that third party candidate is not going to win. Obama is. Having out-raised Romney and being the incumbent, it was good as done before it even began. Not that it matters.
Because whether the next president is donkey or elephant, children will still be slaughtered by American bombs in Yemen and Pakistan. Children will still be cut down by American guns in the streets of Mexico. Palestinian children will continue living under United States-backed apartheid and Saudi children will still wake up every day as subjects of a dictatorship.
And American children? American children, regardless of who wins, will still grow up under the most odious surveillance state in history. They will still inherit a country more likely to throw them in jail than any other country, or government, in the world. Tomorrow, we will still have heavily-armed private contractors in Iraq, troops in Afghanistan (until at least 2024), CIA in Syria and drones in no less than six countries.
No matter how you look at it, both candidates would pursue sociopathic policies and do extreme damage to the planet and the people living on it. The only good thing to be said about this election? It's almost over.