The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, October 13th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, Dowd's Extra Clicks, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day


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This country is going to hell. This government has f***** up from end to end.

— Jimmy Carter, 1979

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mainly sunny. High 63F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Wednesday, October 13th, the 286th day of 2021. There are 79 days left in the year. It is Emergency Nurses Day, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, National Stop Bullying Day, National Fossil Day, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, National Train Your Brain Day, National Yorkshire Pudding Day, International Day for Failure, and World Thrombosis Day.

This Day in History

In 1775, the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, predecessor to the U.S. Navy.

In 1821, the Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire was publicly proclaimed.

In 1843, B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world, was founded.

In 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology was founded in Atlanta.

In 1903, Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first modern World Series.

In 1923, Ankara became the capital of Turkey.

In 1944, Soviet forces took Riga.

In 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes. Three crew members and eight passengers died immediately. The survivors suffered numerous hardships, including exposure, starvation, and an avalanche. Some were forced to resort to cannibalism. A total of 16 survivors were rescued.

In 1977, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181.

In 1983, Ameritech Mobile Communications launched the first U.S. cellular network in Chicago.

In 2010, 33 miners arrived at the surface after a record 69 days trapped underground in Copiapó, Chile.

In 2013, a stampede occurred during a Hindu festival in Navratri, India, killing 115.

This Day in Music History

In 1957, The Four Preps, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby all appeared on a CBS television special to introduce the brand new Edsel automobile. Introduced in a recession, it was were considered unattractive and of poor quality. Following a loss of over $250 million — billions in today’s dollars — on the model, Ford announced the cancelation of the Edsel on November 19, 1959.

In 1979, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” by Michael Jackson, went to No. 1.

In 1980, George Jones won Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” starting a career resurgence.

In 1984, Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” topped the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, R&B, and UK Singles charts.

In 2017, Dolly Parton donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital, which helped her niece battle leukemia. She announced the donation on a visit to the facility, where she performed songs from her children’s album I Believe in You.

Today’s Birthdays

Singer Nana Mouskouri is 87. Musician, singer-songwriter, and producer Paul Simon is 80. Singer-songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur Sammy Hagar is 74. Singer, actress, author, and philanthropist Marie Osmond is 62. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 59. Actor Kate Walsh is 54. Moron Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is 32.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. City Invests Nearly $800,000 More Into Park Safety


  3. Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine ranks UNM high on Top 100 lists

  4. NMSU named to Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list

  5. City Council Work Session Recap for Oct. 11, 2021

  6. Commission receives face mask warning

  7. NMHU offering free tuition to 2022 graduates

  8. River confab aims to ‘reengage’ community

  9. County approves memorandum of agreement with FEMA

  10. New Mexico begins alcohol deliveries despite public health concerns

Dowd’s Extra Clicks

U.S. sees biggest revenue surge in 44 years despite pandemic

At UN Climate Summit, Expect More Hot Air, Few Realistic Solutions

Luria’s plea to give Biden full authority to attack China is folly

Mainstream Local/State News Briefing

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Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 deaths for 9th time in 13 days

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 48 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the ninth time in the past 13 days. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 34,506 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll is at 1,456. Tribal officials still are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel. The tribe’s reservation is the country’s largest, at 27,000 square miles, and it covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

New Mexico pledges support for tribal adoptions in state law

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s child protection department is pledging to restore the agency’s credibility. Secretary Barbara J. Vigil says she will repair the agency's reputation after a series of scandals. Most recently, the state Legislature learned it was given misleading child maltreatment data by her predecessor. Vigil says the Children, Youth and Families Department will be more transparent and accountable. Speaking at the Indian Child Welfare Act summit Tuesday, Vigil pledged to defend the federal law after which the summit was named. It prioritizes tribal members in adoptions of Native American children. Supporters fear the U.S. Supreme Court could invalidate the law soon.

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

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Pilot in deadly California crash repeatedly warned to climb

A recording shows that the pilot of a twin-engine plane was repeatedly warned to fly straight and to climb before he crashed into a San Diego suburb, killing himself and someone on the ground. An air traffic controller repeated warnings more than a dozen times to Dr. Sugata Das before the plane plowed into a neighborhood in Santee on Monday, burning and damaging several homes. The crash also killed 61-year-old Steve Krueger, a UPS driver who was nearing retirement. The crash is under federal investigation. But some experts say the pilot may have been distracted by something or may have become disoriented in cloudy weather.

Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is scheduled to open Feb. 24. Park officials also announced ticket prices on Tuesday. A one-day ticket will be $34.99 at the gate and $30.99 online. An annual pass costs $79.99. The new park is also offering several combo deals for Legoland and its waterpark. The new park will be located near the main Legoland theme park and be separately ticketed. The Peppa Pig theme park will feature rides, interactive attractions, play areas and live shows. It’s based on the popular preschool animated television series, and families visiting the park will be able to meet Peppa and her friends.

Rapper Tyga arrested in domestic violence investigation

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say rapper Tyga has been arrested in a felony domestic violence investigation. Los Angeles police say the 31-year-old, whose legal name is Michael Stevenson, was booked after a Tuesday incident in Hollywood. He was released after posting $50,000 bond. The arrest came after his ex-girlfriend Camaryn Swanson posted images online of her face with a black eye. Swanson says in an Instagram story that “I’ve been emotionally, mentally and physically abused and I’m not hiding it.” An email seeking comment from a representative for Tyga was not immediately returned.

Kanye West puts Wyoming ranch, business sites up for sale

CODY, Wyo. — Rapper, music producer and clothing entrepreneur Kanye West is selling his ranch and business properties in northwestern Wyoming. His West Ranch went on the market for $11 million. The property covers six square miles of open land, tree-studded hills and outcrops south of Cody. The city of about 10,000 is near Yellowstone National Park. The Cody Enterprise reports the listing comes after West listed seven commercial properties in Cody for more than $3.2 million. West moved to Wyoming in 2019 and is estranged from wife Kim Kardashian West, who filed for divorce this year. It wasn’t clear if the property sales mean West is leaving Wyoming or just reorganizing his business there.

Mark Harmon makes quiet exit as ‘NCIS’ regular on CBS

NEW YORK — Considering he’s starred for more than 18 seasons on television's most popular drama, Mark Harmon made a quiet exit from NCIS on Monday night. His character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, said he was retiring to Alaska. At Harmon’s request, CBS didn’t promote the special episode, so it came as a surprise to fans. The 7.37 million viewers it received Monday will likely increase substantially when streaming and delayed viewing is figured in. NCIS has been on the air since 2003, and has been television’s most popular drama in 11 of the past 12 television seasons.

Mainstream Global News Briefing

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Pamela could be hurricane again as it makes Mexico landfall

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Pamela is picking up forward momentum in the Pacific off Mexico and forecasters say it should be back to hurricane strength again before striking the coast north of the port of Mazatlan on Wednesday morning. Pamela weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Mazatlan late Tuesday and was moving north-northeast at about 12 mph. The storm had maximum winds of about 70 mph. The hurricane center warns of possible life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area. Weakened remnants of the storm may reach Texas by Thursday.

Pre-Hispanic woman sculpture replaces Columbus in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A replica of a mysterious pre-Hispanic sculpture of an indigenous woman has been chosen to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus on Mexico City’s most prominent boulevard. The statue was unearthed in January in the Huasteca region, near Mexico’s Gulf coast. It’s known as “The Young Woman of Amajac,” after the village where she was found buried in a field. But nobody really knows who the stone sculpture was supposed to depict. The replica will be larger than the six-foot original. City authorities decided the Columbus statue should be moved to a less prominent site, and should be replaced by an indigenous woman.

Court rejects fired physicist’s intellectual freedom claim

CANBERRA — Australia’s High Court has dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change. Physicist Peter Ridd had argued he was unlawfully dismissed in 2018 by James Cook University in Queensland state. But the five judges unanimously said a clause in his contract protecting intellectual freedom was not a “general freedom of speech” clause and didn’t protect him from being fired for misconduct.

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

ROME — A European court has ruled that the Vatican can’t be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests. The European Court of Human Rights affirmed that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors cannot be attributed to the Holy See. The court dismissed a case brought by 24 people who said they were victims of abusive priests in Belgium. The 24 had argued the Holy See was liable due to the “structurally deficient” way the Catholic hierarchy had for decades covered up cases of priests who raped and molested children. They appealed to the Strasbourg-based court after Belgian courts ruled they had no jurisdiction given the Holy See’s immunity as a sovereign state.

Venezuela general who broke with Hugo Chavez dies in prison

CARACAS — Venezuela’s government has announced the death of Raúl Isaías Baduel, a former Venezuelan defense minister and ally-turned-critic of the late President Hugo Chávez who was in prison awaiting trial since 2017 for alleged links to a purported plot to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Tuesday via Twitter that the 66-year-old Baduel died from COVID-19. Baduel was considered by some to be a political prisoner since his initial arrest in 2009 and subsequent prosecution, just after breaking with Chavez and becoming one of the leader’s staunchest critics.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. In 2021, is America going to hell?

  2. Paul Simon’s best song?

  3. What the heck does it mean for a college or university to be good “for Hispanics”?

  4. In the most extreme circumstances, can cannibalism be justified?

  5. Do you still watch anything on network television?

  6. Do U.S. troops and taxpayers have a moral obligation to defend Taiwan from China?

  7. Is New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department unsalvageable?

  8. When was the last time you took your parents to lunch?

  9. Should FEMA be abolished?

  10. Have you ever been bullied?

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