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Bill Richardson's Latest Ploy to Become President

Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:36 pm

N.M. Orders 500 Talking Urinal Cakes
'Hey, Big Guy. Having a Few Drinks?:' N.M. Fights DUI With Talking Urinal Cakes
By TIM KORTE
The Associated Press

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - New Mexico is hoping to keep drunks off the road by lecturing them at the last place they usually stop before getting behind the wheel: the urinal.

The state recently paid $21 each for about 500 talking urinal-deodorizer cakes and has put them in men's rooms in bars and restaurants across the state.

When a man steps up, the motion-sensitive plastic device says, in a woman's voice that is flirty, then stern: "Hey, big guy. Having a few drinks? Think you had one too many? Then it's time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home."

The recorded message ends: "Remember, your future is in your hand."

The talking urinal represents just the latest effort to fight drunken driving in New Mexico, which has long had one of the highest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation. (The new tactic is aimed only at men, since they account for 78 percent of all driving-under-the-influence-related convictions in New Mexico.)

"It startled me the first time I heard it, but it sure got my attention," said Ben Miller, a patron at the Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. bar and restaurant. "It's a fantastic idea."

Jim Swatek, who was drinking a beer nearby, said: "You think, `Maybe I should call the wife to come get me.'"

Turtle Mountain Brewing owner Niko Ortiz commended the New Mexico Transportation Department for "thinking way outside the box."

Department spokesman S.U. Mahesh said the bathroom is a perfect place to get the message across. In the restroom, "guys don't chitchat with other guys," he said. "It's all business. We've got their total attention for 10 to 15 seconds"

Similar urinal cakes have been used for anti-drug campaigns in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Australia, and for anti-DWI efforts on New York's Long Island, said Richard Deutsch of New York-based Healthquest Technologies Inc., which manufactures the devices.

But Deutsch said he believes New Mexico is the only state to buy the devices.

New Mexico had 143 alcohol-related deaths in 2005, for the nation's eighth-highest rate per miles driven. The problem is blamed in part on the wide-open spaces that make it necessary to drive to get anywhere, and the poverty and isolation that can lead people to drink to relieve their boredom or misery.

Also, some have complained that the state has only recently begun to emerge from years of lax enforcement.

Gov. Bill Richardson led a successful push two years ago to require ignition locking devices for anyone convicted of DWI a first in the nation and each year the Legislature has agreed on tougher penalties for repeat offenders.

New Mexico also has started a toll-free "drunk buster" hot line, boosted DWI enforcement in problem areas and increased police checkpoints. The state also has a DWI czar.

In November, a wrong-way drunken driver slammed into a car near Santa Fe, killing five family members, authorities said. The governor has since directed state regulators to issue cease-and-desist orders against three airlines to stop serving alcohol on flights to and from New Mexico. The culprit in the fatal wreck had been seen drinking on a flight into Albuquerque hours before the accident.

At the Turtle Mountain, the urinal cakes have proved so intriguing that three have been swiped already.

"I'm mystified why someone would stick their hand into one of our urinals," Ortiz said. "But I'm sure we'll see them on eBay. Hopefully, the seller will advertise it as, `Stolen from Turtle Mountain.'"

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Note to our ever vigilant ACLU: these have not been installed in the women's restrooms, so I expect you to prepare a class action suit immediately alleging violaiton of the equal p (for protection) clause.
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Re: Bill Richardson's Latest Ploy to Become President

Post by lmpower » Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:25 am

Corlyss_D wrote: ************************************************************

Note to our ever vigilant ACLU: these have not been installed in the women's restrooms, so I expect you to prepare a class action suit immediately alleging violaiton of the equal p (for protection) clause.
This may be intended as humor, but I'm willing to bet it actually happens.

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Post by RebLem » Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:58 pm

Yes, this has been a big story here on the local news. Also, the governor has gotten behind (sort of) legistlation banning cockfighting in the state. Most counties in the state ban it, but it is fairly popular, in the southeastern, and, may I say, mostly Republican part of the state, represented in Congress by Republican Steve Pearce.

Conckfighting's advocates put out a lot of blather about how it is part of the Hispanic heritage of the state, but polls show that 89% of New Mexicans want an end to it, and that that includes 78% of New Mexico's Hispanic population. Still, Bill Richardson didn't do much on this issue in his first term, saying only that he would sign a billl if it came to his desk. Now, he seems to be a little more behind it, because he has come to understand that going into the primaries with this albatross around his neck would not be a good idea.

Still, my main reason for opposing Bill Richardson is in 3 short words: Wen Ho Lee, whom Richardson, as Energy Secretary, jailed without formal charges, but accompanied by a massive propaganda campaign against him, in solitary confinement for nine months in order to, in the end, extort a confession from him to a minor charge in exchange for a sentence of "time served." All of this happened, need I remind you, before the passage of the Patriot Act. At a time when we Democrats are trying persuade the American people that George Bush is over the top on violations of civil liberties in the name of national security, this offender against those principles is not a person we should want on the national ticket.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:25 pm

RebLem wrote:Conckfighting's advocates put out a lot of blather about how it is part of the Hispanic heritage of the state, but polls show that 89% of New Mexicans want an end to it, and that that includes 78% of New Mexico's Hispanic population. Still, Bill Richardson didn't do much on this issue in his first term, saying only that he would sign a billl if it came to his desk. Now, he seems to be a little more behind it, because he has come to understand that going into the primaries with this albatross around his neck would not be a good idea.
I would object to cockfighting too, but I don't know that I would advocate a state law against it. The supporters of a ban need to figure out how to link watching cockfights to serial rapists and murderers.
Still, my main reason for opposing Bill Richardson is in 3 short words: Wen Ho Lee, whom Richardson, as Energy Secretary, jailed without formal charges, but accompanied by a massive propaganda campaign against him, in solitary confinement for nine months in order to, in the end, extort a confession from him to a minor charge in exchange for a sentence of "time served." All of this happened, need I remind you, before the passage of the Patriot Act. At a time when we Democrats are trying persuade the American people that George Bush is over the top on violations of civil liberties in the name of national security, this offender against those principles is not a person we should want on the national ticket.
D'ya think Reno might have had something to do with that, rather than Richardson? I mean, since when does the SecEnergy dictate what happens to suspects in custody in a federal investigation?
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