The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, April 15th, 2021

The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Clips, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day

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Perhaps it’s not reasonable to ask God to break the rules of physics every time we fall by the wayside or make a serious error. Perhaps, in such times, you can’t put the cart before the horse and simply wish for your problem to be solved in some magical manner. Perhaps you could ask, instead, what you might have to do right now to increase your resolve, buttress your character, and find the strength to go on. Perhaps you could instead ask to see the truth.

— Jordan B. Peterson

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Cloudy in the morning followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds during the afternoon. High 76F. SE winds shifting to WSW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Today is Thursday, April 15th, the 105th day of 2021. There are 260 days left in the year.

This Day in History

In 1736, the Kingdom of Corsica was founded.

In 1755, Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London.

In 1817, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1892, the General Electric Company was formed.

In 1923, insulin became generally available for use by people with diabetes.

In 1945, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by U.K. and Canadian forces.

In 1952, the B-52 Stratofortress flew for the first time.

In 1986, the U.S. conducted bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a discotheque bombing in West Germany that killed two American servicemen.

In 2013, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev planted two homemade pressure-cooker bombs, which detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The terrorists killed three people and injured hundreds of others, including 17 who lost limbs.

In 2019, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was seriously damaged by a fire.

This Day in Music History

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis released “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” at Sun Records. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 1 on the country chart.

In 1967, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a four-week run at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Stupid.” They became the only father-daughter act ever to score a top single.

In 1972, Roberta Flack started a six-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”

In 1996, the remainder of Jerry Garcia’s ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on August 9, 1995.

In 2001, punk pioneer Jeffrey Ross Hyman, better known as Joey Ramone, died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer at the age of 49.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Claudia Cardinale is 82. Actress Lois Chiles is 74. Actress Emma Thompson is 62. Actress Emma Watson is 31. Actress Maisie Williams is 23.

TOP 10 CLIPS (TURN OFF THE NOISE / CUT THE CORD)

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  1. James O’Keefe Appears on Hannity to Break Down Latest “Expose CNN” Video

  2. CNN Technical Director Confronted by O’Keefe IN PERSON After Sting

  3. Dan Bongino Eviscerates Radical Left For Pushing Racism In Daunte Wright's Case

  4. Rashida Tlaib’s Anti-Police Rhetoric Is So Insane, Bernie Just Called Her Out

  5. Tipping Point — Digging into Biden’s Infrastructure Plan with Adam Guillette

  6. Biden Nominee Says She Doesn’t Want to Defund Police, Ted Cruz Reads Her Own Words

  7. John Kerry Makes America Look WEAK: “We’re Talking to China About Talking”

  8. Oakland City Council Restores Police Funding After Massive Crime Surge

  9. DeSantis RIPS 60 Minutes For Defending Hit Piece: “Admit That It Was False”

  10. CNN Insider: We Hyped COVID to Boost Ratings — Hoped More People Died

TOP 10 LINKS

  1. Albuquerque photography studio experiences second break-in in a week

  2. Isotopes Park planning for some changes ahead of opening night

  3. NMSU gives Chris Jans 6-year contract extension as hoops coach

  4. New Mexico state parks return to normal operations

  5. The truth about ‘racism’ & cops

  6. Gov. DeSantis Holds Second Roundtable with Public Health Experts

  7. The Left Claims Tucker Carlson Is A White Supremacist For Quoting Their Plans For Crushing Republican Voters Through Amnesty

  8. Enjoy Tax Day 2021. They Just Get Worse From Here.

  9. Trump celebrates possibility that Murkowski may not seek reelection: ‘Wouldn’t that be great?’

  10. Senator Hawley Hates Monopolies and Loves Freedom (Except When He Doesn’t)

MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS

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New Mexico school district wants 20,000 youth vaccinated

SANTA FE — Albuquerque Public Schools is ramping up its efforts to get vaccines to students. Operations chief Gabriella Duran Blakey says 50 students were included in a vaccine clinic Wednesday as part of a partnership between the school district and city health workers. Next week, the school district says it will aim the power of its mailing lists and social media at students to encourage them to register for the vaccines being offered in New Mexico. As soon as next Wednesday, students could be eligible for vaccine clinics aimed specifically at them. Parents are required to attend in order to sign release forms.

Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

ALBUQUERQUE — Activists say the Biden administration’s review of the federal oil and gas leasing program should result in more protections for an area of northwestern New Mexico that some consider sacred. The fight over drilling on federal land bordering Chaco Culture National Historical Park has spanned multiple presidencies, and an effort to update the area’s management plan remains unfinished after years. The activists held a virtual gathering Wednesday as the comment period is about to close on the administration’s leasing review. The coalition said U.S. officials need to do more than just check boxes and instead engage in meaningful consultation with tribes and other groups.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Capsized ship off Louisiana: 12 missing, 1 dead, 6 rescued

PORT FOURCHON, La. — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island in its search for a dozen people missing off the Louisiana coast after an offshore oilfield vessel capsized in a storm. Petty Officer Carlos Galarza says the search continued Wednesday evening. One body was recovered Wednesday and six survivors were rescued Tuesday. The lift boat Seacor Power overturned Tuesday afternoon in high seas and hurricane-force winds. Lift vessels lower huge legs to the sea floor to become offshore platforms. The Coast Guard says winds were 80 to 90 mph and waves rose 7 to 9 feet high when the lift boat overturned.

US Navy decommissions massive ship destroyed by fire

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Navy has decommissioned the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego nine months after flames engulfed it in one of the worst U.S. warship fires outside of combat in recent memory. The ceremony Wednesday at Naval Base San Diego was not public, with the Navy citing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The amphibious assault ship is expected to be towed to a ship yard. The ship that ignited July 12 burned for four days and was left with extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage. A Navy official said arson was believed to be the cause.

Mom suspected in children's deaths pleads in carjacking case

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A California woman suspected of killing her three children has pleaded not guilty to carjacking during an alleged escape. Liliana Carrillo entered pleas Wednesday in a Kern County courtroom to carjacking, attempted carjacking and auto theft. Authorities say she is suspected of killing her young children on Saturday in Los Angeles. She hasn’t been charged in that case but was charged with a carjacking after she was arrested that same day in Tulare County, about 200 miles away. Authorities say Carrillo was embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the children’s father, who claimed she was dangerously delusional.

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill aimed at shutting down one of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails. The 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma is operated by the GEO Group under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it’s the only for-profit detention facility in the state. The bill would allow GEO to continue operating the jail until 2025. The bill is likely to face a legal challenge. The Northwest Detention Center currently houses fewer than 200 detainees because of pandemic-related precautions. The Tacoma immigration lockup has long been a target of immigrant rights activists.

Prosecutor: Missing student killed during 1996 rape attempt

LOS ANGELES — The San Luis Obispo County district attorney says missing California college student Kristin Smart was killed in 1996 during an attempted rape by a fellow student and the suspect’s father helped hide her body. District Attorney Dan Dow said that Paul Flores was charged with first-degree murder in the case and his father, Ruben Flores, was charged with accessory after murder. The son and father were arrested Tuesday after recent searches turned up evidence connected to Smart’s killing. A lawyer for Paul Flores has declined to comment. A lawyer for Ruben Flores says his client is innocent.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Mexico moves to require biometric data from cellphone users

MEXICO CITY — Activists and opposition figure are crying foul after Mexico's Senate passed legislation to require cellphone companies to gather customers' biometric data, like fingerprints or eye scans. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party supported the bill, saying it is needed to fight crimes like extortion and kidnapping that frequently involve cellphones. But civic groups said Wednesday that the measure will put customers’ personal data at risk and that criminals could easily evade the measures. Mexico has tried cellphone registries before, but the government hasn’t even been able to block cell calls from within prisons.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

OTTAWA — A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons. William Amos appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday. The pandemic has meant many Canadian lawmakers participate in sessions via video conference instead of in person. A screenshot shows Amos standing behind a desk between the Quebec and Canadian flags, his private parts hidden by what appears to be a mobile phone in one hand. Amos says his video was accidentally turned on as he was changing into his work clothes after going for a jog.

Russia targets student magazine with raids, criminal charges

MOSCOW — Russian authorities have charged four editors of an online student magazine with encouraging minors to take part in illegal activity for a report about the nationwide protests supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. All four were ordered by a court Wednesday not to leave their residences for the next two months, and were banned from using the internet and communicating with anyone other than immediate family, lawyers and law-enforcement. The charges come amid heightened pressure on independent news media. Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin's most visible foe, was arrested on Jan. 17 upon returning to Russia from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

21 killed, 3 injured when bus, truck crash in southern Egypt

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities say a bus overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt, causing a collision that killed at least 21 people and injured three others. Officials say the bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the truck on a road in the southern province of Assiut on Tuesday. Both vehicles caught fire. Traffic accidents kill thousands every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. Crashes are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws. The country’s official statistics agency says around 10,000 road accidents took place in 2019.

Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official on Tuesday. The royal family is observing two weeks of royal mourning for Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99. The palace has said members of the royal family will “undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances” during the mourning period. The family also released previously unseen photos as they shared memories of Philip. Meanwhile, preparations stepped up for Philip’s funeral, which will take place Saturday at Windsor Castle. Attendance will be limited to 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.

‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)

  1. The Grateful Dead — overrated?

  2. Why is Albuquerque Public Schools involving itself in the vaccination of students?

  3. Do you own a dictionary?

  4. Is Lisa Murkowski the worst GOPer in the U.S. Senate?

  5. Should significant law-enforcement resources be devoted to cold cases?

  6. Are all “accidental” incidents of nudity during virtual meetings truly accidental?

  7. Favorite Emma Thompson film?

  8. Is there anything wrong with for-profit jails/prisons?

  9. Was Ronald Reagan justified in bombing Libya in 1986?

  10. Would you help a loved one cover up a serious crime he or she committed?

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