What's going on, Albuquerque?
Tags: #1, Champs, MorningFix, Pornatopia, mosquitos
I don't think the language of the words is as important as what's in the heart.
I agree with Kenny. I can sorta understand how some folks may have been taken aback. There is something to be said for saying the allegiance in the language of the country that the allegiance is to. More than that, I have to agree that it comes down to what is in your heart.
Your post today inspires me to write a book, but I'll try to keep it short. (1) It's great that an Albuquerque team, especially a girls' team, won a national title. It shows the state can produce enough good athletes to form a team. (2) Interesting that the top cities were from states carried by Obama. I saw a similar poll yesterday about the states with the largest percentage of obese people. Mississippi and Louisiana were 1-2 in the 35 percent range. Texas was eighth, I believe, maybe 10th; New Mexico didn't make the list, as I thought it might.. All 12 were states on the list voted for McCain in the last presidential election. (3) The zoo. It's one of Albuquerque's an New Mexico's finest assets, something we can legitimately thank Dr. Frank Hibben, UNM anthropologist/archaeology for. I got my first look at the zoo as a young kid and it was the biggest thrill I ever had. I can remember still where all the cages were. It's a great place today, in some ways (no, not all) as good as Denver or the famous San Diego zoo. I've been to the San Diego zoo, and I get the same feeling I get when I visit today's NM State Fair. It forget its main calling -- the animals themselves -- just like the state fair forgot it is an agriculture/farm/ranch show -- not a circus. Carnival, yes. Circus, no. The Journal is no help here. It covers police news at the fair and gets an action shot of the midway, forgets about the Junior Livestock Sale, the Queen Contest (which should be covered every day as the girls go through three distinct competitions). If it were my newspaper, I would have a reporter and a photographer on site at 10 or 11 p.m., when the queen is normally crowned to get it in the morning paper. No such luck. The Journal may cover it in the preview advertising section the following year. Keep an eye out to see if they use a picture of last year's queen in this year's advertising preview insert. It should be out in a few days.
I vote the Journal be turned over to Izquierdo. Then I might be bothered to scrape together a couple quarters on a daily basis.
Also, the "article" about Pornatopia is one of the sparsest I've seen in a long time. They couldn't be bothered to give any of the background? That's too bad. It's quite a juicy sticky interesting story.
The hullabaloo at the Corrales Village Council meeting says more about the historical ignorance of those in attendance than anything else. New Mexico is a tri-cultural state and is proud of that. The symbol on our State flag is native american and, yes, we are officially a bi-lingual state. I grew up in a part of town where we speak Spanglish daily to this day and I love it.
What language you speak means nothing aout your allegiance to your country. Remember that many of the veterans on the Bataan Death March spoke Spanish as their first language. Either learn something about your community's history or continue to show your ignorance, newbies. :-)
I'm guessing that the same folks who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish are completely unaware that the man who wrote the thing was a Socialist. So they are reciting the words of a Socialist. Aiiiiyeeeeee! Cracks me right up.
Wasn't it a reporter from KOAT that called in the first complaint to the city about Pornatopia a couple of years ago so they could do a story on how "controversial" it is?
Wish they would call it Pornotopia again. :)
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