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We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.
Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.”
If poll numbers are to follow social network numbers, then this election could be one hard fought online. In the New Mexico Gubernatorial Race of 2010, there was a clear difference between a candidate who interacted with their prospective constituents online and one who didn’t; still social media numbers in that case showed the opposite regarding which candidate was able to rally supporters online and it was those numbers that predicted the victor.
In this race both demographics are stacked to the left. Above from, Alexa, the largest most trusted web traffic ranking site online, is today’s three month look back at where the Presidential candidates rank in world wide web reach.
Though most all numbers, like claims and campaign promises can be altered, these digits do tell a story about each campaign, their approach, their demographics, and perhaps their standing in the race.
Below are the present day (moment) stats of your candidates for President of the United States in a scant 65 days. Check-in with your candidates, your choices on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Decide what’s worth noting to you as you step into a voting booth on Nov. 6.
Notable to this blogette are not only the level of interactions between the campaigns and online voters but the number of followers and follows on both accounts.
Votes may not translate from “friends” or “like” totals, but should they?
If eligible voter turnout in this election reaches more than the 57.1% the census reported for the 2008 race, and the “legitimate” social network following built on either side of the aisle cast their vote, social media will predict the outcome.
Clearly born with a flare for the dramatic, Hollywood actor turned New Mexico star, Jackamoe Buzzell is ringing in his 40th with a charity bash chalk full of funny.
All proceeds from this sure to please celebrity roast benefit local organization, The Fatherless Child.
Jackamoe will be honored during this, the first “Best Live Comedy” Celebrity Roast, Saturday March 24th at Park Inn by Radisson, 2500 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm.
A word from Jackamoe:
Instead of going to Olive Garden and then seeing a movie by myself on my 40th birthday and feeling bad for myself, I thought I would try to do something positive for others. In this case children. What is more positive than raising money for those youth who suffer from chronic psychiatric illnesses and/or developmental disabilities. I myself am a fatherless child that still has really bad ADHD and didn’t learn how to read until 7th grade.
I am giving up my soul and any self dignity I still have left up for a good laugh. Any aspect of my life is up for a joke, which includes my two beautiful late wives. Even if you don’t like me, you will still enjoy the laughter and comedy and may even laugh more. And if you can’t stand me, please feel free to roast me yourself. Anything goes and nothing is off limits! Just talk to Stephen HAHA Hunt about it.
Hopefully you’ll buy a ticket for the children and join us for a great evening of FUN and FUND RAISING! Looking forward to seeing you at the show!!
Jackamoe Buzzell has entertained thousands of fabulous people with his baseball bat while playing a Gangster at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse. You may have also scene him on In Plain Sight, Surreal Life or Punk’d and even naked on Penn & Teller: Bullshit on Showtime. On March 24th, 2012 he turns 40 years old! He’s also celebrating 25 years in the entertainment business! What better way to celebrate than to be the ‘victim’ of comical jabs at a Humor For Humanity Comedy Roast produced by Rev. Stephen HAHA Hunt formerly of The 1st Church of Sex & Ice Cream.
Our friend Frank X. is pitching-in to represent the Land of Enchantment – live from Capitol city!
Join him TOMORROW at 6:00 p.m. at The Teahouse (821 Canyon Road) to organize a “help flash mob”, help decide on what Santa Fe can do come Saturday for a couple of hours….be it picking up trash in a park, helping the elderly or donating books to our public library. Frank says, “Hope to see you and there is GOOD in America”.
Duke City what is up? Does anyone in ALBUQUERQUE want to organize a HelpMob for a few hours on Saturday morning in conjunction with the one running in Las Cruces, and the one Frank X. is running in Santa Fe?
Bring the kids, and pick up trash at a local park, collect books for a local library, make it light, social, and fun…an opportunity to do a little good and an excuse to see old friends and make new! Share and Tweet #HelpMob to get involved and help spread the “good” werd!
She nearly had me at sapphire blue dress…but the woman on the verge of becoming Princess Katherine the Great makes an even better show in her request for support and awareness of anti-bullying efforts.
Among the list of organizations that Prince William and his Lady have asked their supporters to benefit in lieu of wedding gifts is Beatbullying – a group that work[s] intensively with those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.
According to the flurry of media reports surrounding the future Queen – she experienced long-term difficulties, suffering through the throws of pre-teen bullying – talk about IT GETS BETTER! Good show Kate!
And now from one Queen to another…I admired his humble beginnings, loathed his wicked ways and now admire his change.
With the rash of child and young-adult suicides bringing the evils of bullying to the forefront of decent human consciousness many called-out one who was perceived as one of the biggest cyber-bullies of all time – in fact Mario was a long time victim of the aim of the evil that is harassment, name-calling, and outright blind hate.
With that background in tow – the coffee shop success of his snarky multimillion dollar online life began – but with the clarity that comes after tragedy the Queen of online mean turned a new leaf, a kinder, gentler exposé of the gossip we hold so dear (you know you do – admitting it is the first step).
And with that, “Hollywood’s most hated” website was re-monikered to “Hollywood’s most sassy…“, vulgar scribbles turned sillier, and words less hateful more punny. We didn’t hear much about this being publicized, but then why would it get press – hateful gets far more headlines.
Lesson Learned: It gets better when we get better, don’t be a bully Susana!
p.s. NOT EVER to be confused with the C-wordness of my (twin-brother from another mother) my BELOVED M.K. whose prose are PURE POETRY of the ages…
Remember when you held the reins of your life firmly in your hands and you cast them down into the mess that would plague you for decades to come.
I do, and those poor choices of my early 20′s left only myself and a select other few to recover from the wake of those youthful indiscretions – none the less, recovery is a long, hard road. And the clarity of hindsight is of little use or potency once bridges are burned and lines are crossed.
So why not tread carefully and make cautious moves rather than maliciously casting off promising endeavors as they’re just beginning to bloom (as promised), especially when it’s thousands that will be immediately affected and thousands more for generations to come.
Right now Governor Susana Martinez and YOUR elected legislators hold the reigns reins of our still youthful yet top ranked film industry in their decisive hands.
As we reported yesterday straight from the mouth of a Roundhouse insider the slow wheels of our Government are turning and in what direction those wheels will turn the tide remains unknown – you have time to act (pun intended).
Despite proverbial nails in the hypothetical coffin of NM Film that mainstream media may be quick to tweet, broadcast and post, small businesses, trades, cast & crew and our state’s up and coming workforce in training are still in it to LIVE IT.
Please make your presence known and your voice heard in these days and minutes left to exercise your democratic rights to ask for a fair shake not a shake-down of New Mexico Film.
UPDATE 3/14/11: While “$1.5 billion in credits” goes out to big oil and other industries, today your NM Senate Finance Committee passed a measure limiting New Mexico Film Incentives to $50M. Source
Our “Quote of the other day” belongs to State Representative Brian Egolf -
We have less than a week to go in the session. The Governor is still ignoring jobs & the economy and focusing exclusively on political wedge issues. I am working hard to protect the film incentive program to keep good jobs here in NM and to hold the line on important conservation issues. I expect that the final days will be very eventful! 3/12/11
Tonight, after a long day in the Senate, amendments being batted about and readied to be heard by the Senate Finance Committee that stand to (carry out the Governor’s vendetta against film) limit New Mexico’s film futures have been held-off until Monday morning.
IATSE 480, the NM chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, is rallying small business owners, trades and other film supporters in the lofty efforts to maintain globally recognized position New Mexico has carved out for itself as a leader in Film.
Thousands upon thousands of New Mexico jobs and the very existence of hundreds of local small businesses hang in the balance. And as Statewide educational programs and institutions ramp-up training and build-up futures for creating and maintaining a sustainable workforce for generations of New Mexicans to come, our Governor vows to veto a state budget that includes Film Incentives with any cap over $45M.
It’s been said time and time again – though perhaps gone unheard, that that cap is “a job killer”. Supporters of the industry have been promised that the current incentive rate will stand at 25% (only 3rd highest in the nation), but it was also a begrudgingly PROMISED during her campaign that no change would be made without a full and transparent study of incentive benefits.
SB 44 passed the House this session allowing for such data to come to fruition but that forthcoming research and report will be rather mute with a production limiting cap. At $45M films the magnitude of last year’s Cowboys & Aliens and Thor would eat-up most if not wipe-out the entire allotment of incentives thereby taking away the chance for more productions within the year and all the jobs film and support service related.
As film, small business, education and training supporters we have through Monday morning to reach out to the Senate Finance Committee here and to the Governess herself here (505-476-2200) to voice our plea to KEEP NM FILM.
IATSE Local is raising money throughout the night to help get the message out and Film Works New Mexico is organizing business owners and other film supporters to lobby Senate Finance members live and in person at the Roundhouse, tick-tock.
The bill to put an end to our Film Incentive Program is being heard this Thursday, January 27th @ 1:30PM in Room 317 – Film Works for New Mexico
“…the song tell[s] a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalyptic overreaction by military forces.”
With the Epic “Ignore” going on at the Roundhouse toward the passionate & viable industry we call Film, there have been several calls to action to show support for simply maintaining something that thousands of New Mexicans have already worked so hard to attain – the very prestigious, successful and promising position New Mexico holds as a LEADER in Film and Production.
Those of us already in the campaign know what we’re fighting for and if anyone is unaware we should all be at the ready to $pell out for them the impact on our great state this brightest light since green chile shines down upon us. These may be romantic, enigmatic, fanciful descriptions of a very real threat posed by those armed with manipulated numbers and forked tongued “data”, printed out in upteenlate on official letterhead paper – but that cannot win out over the facts in the end?
Like a big screen saga in itself, we hope and quite literally pray – not for an apocalyptic overreaction resulting in the obliteration of this industry we hold so dear, but simply to be heard and understood for all that Film brings to the businesses, students, artists, communities and trades of New Mexico – that the evil that is arbitrary crosshairs is removed and that the true examination and transparency of the state’s film programs is provided, as promised.
Far many more of us care about this teeming situation than can possibly collectively voice, center stage at the rotunda, but let’s do show our support and at least know that we stand together for something that will benefit New Mexico for generations to come, if not lost on deaf ears. We know their eyes might see.
Wear your Roundhouse Red, fly your flag, float your balloon to keep New Mexico Film – perhaps we can achieve at least a seismic shift in awareness that we are here and we support each other.
Blaze into the New Year with The Duke City Darlins, Slow Burn and Twist of Fate at Malarky’s this Friday night at a benefit ROCK PARTY for the Romero Family – survivors of a devastating auto accident on Dec. 1st.
If you don’t know the Darlins – Don’t miss this opportunity to meet them and get involved!
“We are the Duke City Darlins. We are a LOCAL PROMOTIONAL BUSINESS benefiting NM. We manage, organize, and host events for CHARITY purposes and promote local talent, businesses, events, etc.
We are women of the “alternative lifestyle” being tattooed, pierced, or otherwise modified we all have the common goal of bettering and giving back to our community. This is achieved by donating to charities thru our fund raising, donating our time to the community when we can, and promoting safe, legal tattoo/modification practices. We are here to do good things for our community, have fun while accomplishing those goals, and building life long friendships along the way.
We all have different qualities; we are mothers, daughters, friends, and family. We do modeling (nude or otherwise we don’t believe in putting restrictions on our ladies), promotions (We were Rock the Inks official Street Team), artists, musicians, etc. We all have different perspectives to offer – All put together we are a POWERHOUSE of talented, diverse, modified ladies in the Duke City. Thank you for checking out our group.” – DCD
UPDATE 1/10/11: It was announced today that New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez proposes DECREASING the NM Film Tax Subsidy to 15% from the current 25%…
It is just as unlikely that Governor-elect Susana Martinez will up and abandon her post as the head of our great state, as it is that she would be relegated to Reality TV infamy – ours is leading-lady material – Will she step-up to the role?
Sometimes starlets don’t have the right people around them à la Loca Lohan, and sometimes they’ve got a few screws loose à la Debra Winger.
Well NM can’t afford to let our latest star fall. Come Jan. 1 our principal player is Susana Martinez, when she takes center stage as our new Governor. We will then be her cast & crew – this show hinges on her success so let’s get behind her and in front of her – at the sound stage that is the Roundhouse.
Early this month Los Angeles flexed its tax incentives to try to curb the industry’s blood letting into the runaway Chuck Wagon that’s made so many trips here to New Mexico – Make sure our leading lady and her round house know you want them to hold these reins and keep a wrangle on what’s ours!
Actor RJ Mitte of the Emmy winning series Breaking Bad took the time to guest w/co-star Steven Michael Quezada on NM’s Own late night TV Talk Show, The After After Party.
At his tender age Mitte is an accomplished man with talent beyond his years who charmed the crowed and the camera with his easy wit and affability. He is certainly a star to watch for all of the above reasons and many more.
Mitte is an active member and spokesperson for the organization I AM PWD, which stands (quite literally) and works for Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities.
From the PMD Fact Sheet:
The U.N. estimates that there are 650 million people in the world living with a disability; the US Census says there are 56 million Americans with disabilities. They remain virtually invisible in media.
With the endorsement of the governing bodies of all three national unions, the I AM PWD Campaign and its growing network of union member activists and partners will focus on several areas throughout the duration of the campaign:
ACCESS, INCLUSION and ACCURACY.
Creating a nationwide network of advocates both inside and outside of the entertainment and media industries.
Work with the AFL-CIO to create a Disability Constituency Group within the federation.
Eliminate the virtual exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities at all levels in the entertainment industry.
Learn more about I AM PWD here and follow Mitte, New Mexico’s Own AMC series Breaking Bad and The After After Party where all of the above are making a difference in bringing work and equality to New Mexico EntertaiNMent & beyond.
Tonight at Malarky’s, Slow Burn “Albuquerque’s Ultimate Party Rock Band” take the stage for a second night bringing “booze, babes, raffles, prizes & auctions” together with the raucous clang of hard rock topped off with the sweetness of triumph over adversity.
The sexy ladies of the Duke City Darlins join Slow Burn in this one of a kind event where the music and good times are the passion play aiming to slam the lid on “intimate partner domestic violence”.
Join them to raise funds and awareness for S.A.F.E. House New Mexico, who “provide temporary shelter, services, and education for women and their children who are in a state of crisis as a result of physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse, and to assist in developing other services to meet related needs of women as the Association may see fit in the future.”
It’s been a long time since Demi Moore was a but a child from Roswell New Mexico. She’s experienced quite the trajectile ride from Area 51 to center stage/screen, global dogooding, to gyrating on rappers and her youthful hubs.
But something the Dems ain’t done es una película de Nuevo México. Yes, from the time she absconded to and conquered La, la land, to her infamous purchases of small town America and commendable humanitarian efforts…N. Mex hasn’t seen much of ‘er.
Let’s git’ wit Mrs. Kutcher (@mrskutcher) and ask her when she’s coming home, who does she want for her home state’s first Governess, when she’s gonna make a flick here, etc., etc.
Because we is good people – from So. Nem. to N. 25 and everywhere in-between, whose booming film industry could really use a boost from her wattage – a little love from the Roswellian could result in more j-o-b-s which she could help parlay in to more philanthropic ways from we her neglected homies.
Before you hate on me (y’all didn’t even know she did half this stuff till I tol’ you) for bein’ hater I ain’t hatin’ I’m just callin’ a sister back home.
The Dems is currently betwixt Chi-town, Motor City and Gay Paree shooting the sure to be cinematic gold LOL: Laughing Out Loud with Miley Cyrus (who filmed her BIG Hannah Montana movie in her home state of Tennessee…hmmmm).
Maybe Dems, Kutch and the affable Willis can star in the sure to be remade Threesome, N. Mex Style…a.k.a. two slabs of beef with extra cheese!
And p.s. if Moore has any trouble finding us…NPH can show her the way ;)
If you’re going to find yourself in the Los Angeles area in the near future and you want to spend a magical night with NM’s Own Neil Patrick Harris, there’s still time to bid on a dinner for four at the famed Hollywood Magic Castle where you will be joined by NPH himself.
Current bidding stands at $2,500 with proceeds to benefit Project Angel Food, whose mission is “to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.”
That may seem a little pricey being that it is at the high-end for average monthly income of most employed New Mexicans – but we’re sure NPH will get an even heftier haul from someone with beaucoup disposable cash and it’s so good to see our home boy giving back here, there and everywhere he can!
Now these are dreads with purpose. Hair booms are a completely green, renewable resource that sop-up the oily slicks of horror rapidly flowing toward innocent wildlife, habitat, inhabitants and industry of the Gulf.
But the booms themselves are endangered because the organizations that are working tirelessly to help ease this mess are coming-up short hosed.
Your sad, old pantyhose can help rescue the gulf coast. We’ve all got or know someone who has wads of nylons in the very back of their underwear drawer.
Gather-up your grandma’s old medias and hook-up with Matter of Trust dot Org for the complete instructions on how to send ‘em in to aid in the mass clean-up required to save our Gulf Coast from the catastrophic (and ongoing) BP oil spill.
And P.S. Calling all NM Alpacas and furry friends. Matter of Trust and Excess Access need all the hair & fur clippings you can muster for their reserves.
Pop-culture trends in fashion and behavior alike have dubbed everything from pink to bitter as the “new black”. Finally a definitive answer!
I’m so brown that I’m not even allowed to think about Arizona, but I can’t seem to escape the topic today.
Thankfully, Arizona Governor Brewer’s bill mandates State law, therefore I am safe from (federal) harassment so long as I don’t travel a scosche to the West – Where the fear of ~socialism meets reactionary totalitarianism?
Harry Winston Brooks is open to suggestion to save the terminal congestion that is the underfunded, over administrated, blood red APS ~budget. Tonight’s scheduled town hall meeting for the communal grasping of proverbial straws for ideas on how to fix the school district’s money woes, affecting thousands of students and educators has been canceled. Brooks is asking the community he works for to touch-type their ideas on the APS website, just in case some/one of us might bring more than a bandaid or a sweeping chopping block to the tableau.
The Duke too is announcing his economic recovery plans for the city, and is on record asking that us pilgrims, “come to the table“.
Good thing El Majico has worked so hard to put New Hollywood New Mexico on the entertainment map, so much so that the Duke has inherited the #1 city in the country for television and film production. The entertainment industry is one of the few industries that is in the black and in fact reporting profits in these here, “tough economic times.”
Maybe a good screenwriter can pen a solid, state economic recovery plan set in the school district – Hey, the Emmy winning series Breaking Bad has wrapped season three. Get them there cast & crew on the task, pilgrim.
So much in fact that our local crime stoppers is running short on funds. In his efficient, effective and appropriate use of media and publicity Berry has so far been reaching into the community to clean out the bottom of the barrel with the help of its citizens.
So whether it’s your Abulita making the calls, reformed rule breakers or just plain tattlers it’s the tips from the community that will help the Duke continue to make a difference in metro crime.
Call 843-STOP to report a crime or tips to solve existing cases.