The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, July 8th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mainly sunny. High 96F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Thursday, July 8th, the 189th day of 2021. There are 176 days left in the year. It is Be a Kid Again Day.
This Day in History
In 1776, church bells (possibly including the Liberty Bell) were rung after John Nixon delivered the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
In 1889, the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published.
In 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.
In 1947, reports were broadcast that a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers was charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
In 2011, Atlantis was launched in the final mission of NASA’s shuttle program.
This Day in Music History
In 1981, The Go-Go’s released their debut album, Beauty and the Beat. It reached No. 1, becoming the first album by an all-girl band to do so.
In 1995, TLC started a seven-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Waterfalls.”
In 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single, “Wannabe,” in the United Kingdom. It went to No. 1, and did the same when it was released in the U.S. in 1997.
In 1998, the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress agreed to house the music and film archives of Frank Sinatra.
In 2003, a tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of a former girlfriend, went up for auction on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetched over $100,000.
Singer Sidney Liebowitz, known professionally as Steve Lawrence, is 86. Economist and former politician Phil Gramm is 79. Chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is 72. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Lambert is 69. New Age Guru Marianne Williamson is 69. Actor Kevin Bacon is 63. Actor Billy Crudup is 53. Musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer Bek David Campbell, known professionally as Beck, is 51. Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 44. Actress and left-wing activist Sophia Bush is 39.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Republican lawmaker enters race for New Mexico governor
ALBUQUERQUE — State Rep. Rebecca Dow says she’ll seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico in next year’s election. The Truth or Consequences resident made the announcement Wednesday, becoming the fifth Republican looking to unseat Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Dow is serving her third term in the Legislature. A consultant to early childhood providers, Dow says she’s tired of New Mexico being last when it comes to educational outcomes, child well-being and employment opportunities. Lujan Grisham announced her reelection bid at a June rally in Albuquerque.
Canal breaches after storm, causing street flooding in Belen
BELEN — The central New Mexico city of Belen was mopping up after a storm dropped heavy rain, causing a canal to breach and resulting in street flooding that stranded motorists. Local news outlets reported that the breach was secured by Wednesday morning but standing water remained in some areas after the Tuesday night storm. No injuries were reported. The city declared a flood emergency early Wednesday and an emergency shelter was opened at Dennis Chavez Elementary School in Los Chavez. It wasn’t known whether any residents used the shelter. The municipal court was flooded and was closed Wednesday for repairs. Belen is 30 miles south of Albuquerque.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Police officer fatally shot in ambush near federal building
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A western Indiana police officer was fatally shot when he was ambushed near FBI offices in Terre Haute. Sgt. Ryan Adamson of the Terre Haute Police Department identified the officer as 30-year veteran Detective Greg Ferency. In a statement late Wednesday, the FBI said Ferency had been assigned to an FBI task force since 2010 and was “ambushed.” The shooting occurred outside a federal office building behind the Vigo County Courthouse. The FBI says one of its agents then shot and wounded the suspect. Law enforcement officials said the suspect underwent surgery at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute and is in custody.
Families, rescuers hold vigil near collapsed building
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Family members and rescue workers have opened a vigil near the site of a collapsed Florida condo building. It began Wednesday evening shortly after officials announced that they had given up hope of finding any survivors. The gathering included a rabbi reciting a Jewish prayer, followed by a Christian minister leading a recitation of “The Lord’s Prayer.” Earlier Wednesday, officials informed the families of victims and the public that they had exhausted every option available in the search-and-rescue mission and were transitioning to a victim recovery effort. A Miami-Dade Fire Department helicopter conducted a flyover of the somber event.
Dozens of states target Google’s app store in antitrust suit
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Dozens of states are taking aim at Google in an escalating legal offensive on Big Tech. A lawsuit filed late Wednesday targets Google’s Play store, where consumers download apps designed for the Android software that powers most of the world’s smartphones. The complaint filed late Wednesday represents the fourth major antitrust lawsuit filed against Google by government agencies across the U.S. since last October. It also comes against a backdrop of proposed laws in Congress tailored to either break up or undermine the power amassed by Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon while each have built trillion-dollar empires that reflect the immense popularity of their services.
Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season. They beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to wrap up the series four games to one, with Ross Colton scoring in the second period. Andrei Vasilevskiy posted a series-ended shutout for an NHL-record fifth consecutive time dating to the 2020 final. The victory came in front of over 18,000 fans at Amalie Arena, a far cry from last fall’s win in an empty arena in Edmonton, Alberta.
Countercultural filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. dies at 85
Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of superstar Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85. Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at home in New York. He had Parkinson’s disease for more than five years. “He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote. Downey was a Hollywood journeyman who made a name for himself with radical, anti-establishment films, like the low-budget Madison Avenue advertising industry satire “Putney Swope” and the Western Jesus parable “Greaser’s Palace.” He is survived by his wife, author Rosemary Rogers.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Mexico high court strikes down limit in rape case abortions
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a state law that limited legal abortions for rape victims to the first trimester of a pregnancy. Wednesday’s court ruling involved the state of Chiapas, where a doctor cited the statute in denying a rape victim an abortion because too much time had passed. The court ruled the Chiapas state law unfairly denied the woman’s right to dignity and free choice. All but two of Mexico’s 32 states allow abortion in rape cases, but some impose limits. The decision came one day after legalized, first-trimester abortion went into effect the central state of Hidalgo, only the third state in Mexico to allow it.
New UN proposal: Aid to Syria from 1 crossing from Turkey
A newly proposed U.N. resolution would allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to rebel-held northwest Syria through just one crossing point from Turkey for a year. An initial Security Council draft would have authorized sending aid through two border crossings but Russia called it a “non-starter" last week and diplomats said China officially objected Wednesday. Ireland and Norway circulated the new draft with a single crossing at Bab al-Hawa late Wednesday. Acting U.N. humanitarian chief Ramesh Rajasingham told the Security Council in late June that closing Bab al-Hawa would disrupt lifesaving aid to 3.4 million people in northwest Syria.
Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts
BANGKOK — China’s most popular social media service has deleted accounts on LGBT topics run by university students and nongovernment groups, prompting concern the ruling Communist Party is tightening control over gay and lesbian content. The founder of an LGBT group says WeChat sent account holders a notice they violated rules but gave no details. She says dozens of accounts were shut late Tuesday. It isn’t clear whether the step was ordered by Chinese authorities, but it comes as the Communist Party tightens political controls and tries to silence groups that might criticize its rule. The party decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and other sexual minorities still face discrimination.
Haiti’s future uncertain after brazen slaying of president
PORT-AU-PRINCE — An already struggling Haiti is stumbling into an uncertain future, reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse followed by a reported gunbattle in which authorities say police killed four suspects in the murder, detained two others and freed three officers being held hostage. Officials are pledging to find all those responsible for the pre-dawn raid that shot the president to death and critically wounded his wife. Heading into Thursday, authorities have not provided any details on the suspects, including their ages, names or nationalities, nor have they said anything about a motive or what led police to the suspects. The prime minister has assumed leadership and decreed a two-week state of siege in a beset with poverty, violence and political instability.
Egypt urges UN to back call for binding deal on Ethiopia dam
Egypt’s foreign minister says he will urge the U.N. Security Council to require Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to negotiate a binding agreement within six months on the contentious issue of the water availability from the dam that the Ethiopians are building on the Nile River's main tributary. Sameh Shukry said in an Associated Press interview Wednesday that 10 years of negotiations over the hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile have failed to ensure that water will continue to flow downstream in sufficient amounts to Sudan and to Egypt, where 100 million people depend the river as their source of water. The Security Council is scheduled to meet Thursday on the dispute.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is Marianne Williamson a flake?
Why wasn’t even one Albuquerque Transit Department driver “laid off or furloughed” during COVID-19?
Do you read The Wall Street Journal?
Can Rebecca Dow beat Michelle Lujan Grisham?
Kevin Bacon’s best movie?
To what extent have you disengaged from Big Tech?
Did any actual culture come out of the “counterculture”?
Why can’t Haiti overcome its violence, corruption, and poverty?
Have Americans “become comfortable with the permanent security state”?
How confident are you in the security/integrity of the 2024 election?