The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, June 21st, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, 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: Sunny with a few afternoon clouds. Hot. High 96F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph.
Today is Monday, June 21st, the 172nd day of 2021. There are 193 days left in the year. It is Take Your Cat to Work Day, Go Skateboarding Day, International T Shirt Day, and World Giraffe Day.
This Day in History
In 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.
In 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1898, the United States captured Guam from Spain.
In 1940, Italy began an unsuccessful invasion of France.
In 1942, a Japanese submarine surfaced near the Columbia River in Oregon. It fired 17 shells at Fort Stevens. Most landed in a nearby baseball field and swamp. No one was injured or killed.
In 1964, the civil-rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were murdered in Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court established the Miller test for determining obscenity.
In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag is a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
In 2004, SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded vehicle to achieve spaceflight.
In 2006, Pluto’s newly discovered natural satellites were officially named Nix and Hydra.
This Day in Music History
In 1961, Bobby Vee recorded “Take Good Care Of My Baby.”
In 1966, The Beatles record “She Said She Said,” a song inspired by an experience John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison had at a party while tripping on LSD. Paul McCartney, who did not partake, found himself frozen out of the recording session. He left the studio, so Harrison played bass on the track.
In 1970, Art Garfunkel made his acting debut in the movie Catch-22. Paul Simon was also slated for a role in the film, but was dropped, leading to the rift that ended their partnership.
In 1975, Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” hit #1 and stayed there for four weeks.
In 1981, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announced the split of Steely Dan and began to work on solo projects. They re-formed in 1993.
In 2007, after dating for 18 years, Tony Bennett married teacher Susan Crow.
Actor Bernie Kopell is 88. Actress Mariette Hartley is 81. Actor Michael Gross is 74. Singer Kathy Mattea is 62. Actor David Morrissey is 57. Comedian Jim Breuer is 54. Actress Juliette Lewis is 48. Actor Chris Pratt is 42. Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey is 36.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Officials: Deadly Pride parade crash appears unintentional
FORT LAUDERDALE — Officials say a driver unintentionally slammed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one person and seriously injuring another. Saturday’s crash at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially drew speculation that it was a hate crime directed at the gay community. However, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli said Sunday that the early investigation shows it was an accident. The 77-year-old driver was taken into custody, but police said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.
12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 10 children
ATLANTA — Tropical Depression Claudette has claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. Ten people, including nine children, were killed in a fiery multivehicle vehicle crash Saturday, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock, who said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads. Eight of the dead were associated with the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Multiple people were also injured. Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house Saturday just outside Tuscaloosa. The deaths occurred as drenching rains pelted much of northern Alabama and Georgia. A tropical storm warning was in effect Sunday in North Carolina.
Kansas officer critically hurt, suspect dead after shootout
WICHITA — A Kansas police officer is in critical condition and the person who fired at officers is dead after a shootout in Wichita. Two police officers were checking on the welfare of two women at a home in south Wichita around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the shooting began. Wichita Police Capt. Wendell Nicholson said someone inside the home started shooting, and one of the officers was hit several times. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. When other officers arrived, the suspect fired more shots at them. Nicholson said the officers returned fire and eventually the suspect was shot. He died at the scene.
Kayaker killed in treacherous water in western Colorado
ASPEN — The body of kayaker who got caught in a treacherous section of the Crystal River in western Colorado has been found. Forty-one-year-old Chason Russell was kayaking with two other people when his kayak over turned and he fell out in a section of the river called the “Meatgrinder” just before sunset Thursday. The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office says his body was found in the area where he was last seen. Russell was a professional adventure guide and a volunteer for Mountain Rescue Aspen. His survivors include a wife whom he married earlier this month.
Police: Man wanted in 3 Oregon deaths arrested in Milwaukee
NORTH BEND, Oregon — Authorities say a man sought in the killings of his father and two other people at a casino campground and in a shooting at a marijuana dispensary in a small Oregon city has turned himself in to police in Milwaukee. Authorities said that investigators believe Oen Evan Nicholson drove the over 2,000 miles from the coastal city of North Bend to Wisconsin. He is believed to have abandoned his father’s truck after crashing it in Oregon on Friday. He is expected to appear in court in Milwaukee in the coming days. It was Nicholson has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Gunmen kill at least 14 in attacks near US-Mexico border
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Mexican authorities say gunmen in vehicles opened fire in the city of Reynosa on the U.S. border, killing at least 14 people and causing widespread panic. Security forces killed four suspects, including one who died near a border bridge. The attacks began Saturday afternoon in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, which borders the Texan city of McAllen, according to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets. Authorities did not immediately comment on a possible motive for the attacks in an area where the Gulf Cartel is active.
Suspect arraigned in killing of American student in Russia
MOSCOW — A court in central Russia has arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman studying at a local university. The body of 34-year-old Catherine Serou was found Saturday in the woods area near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 250 miles east of Moscow. She had been missing since Tuesday. Her mother, Beccy Serou, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, told National Public Radio that her daughter had last texted her: “In a car with a stranger. I hope I’m not being abducted.” Russian news reports have identified the suspect as Alexander Popov and said he had a record of violent crimes. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Yemeni officials say battle for key city intensifies
MARIB, Yemen — Yemeni officials say that heated battles have taken place in recent days between forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the country’s rebels around the strategic city of Marib. The rebels, known as the Houthis, have been trying to seize the area for months. Military officials and tribal leaders from the area said that an estimated dozens of fighters have been killed and injured in the recent fighting. Iran-backed Houthi rebels have been attempting since February to capture Marib from the internationally recognized government to try to complete their control over the northern part of Yemen.
Diplomats: Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks
VIENNA — Top diplomats say further progress has been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was later abandoned by the Trump administration. They said Sunday that it’s now up to the governments involved in the negotiations to make political decisions. It was the first official meeting since Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election last week. Some diplomats expressed concern that the election of Iran’s incoming President Ebrahim Raisi could complicate a possible return to the agreement.
Armenia votes in election triggered by war defeat
YEREVAN, Armenia — Polls have closed in Armenia’s national parliamentary election that was held to try to resolve tensions over last year’s defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Sunday’s early election was called by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in a bid to ease public anger over the peace deal he signed in November, which set off months of protests demanding his resignation. The Moscow-brokered agreement ended six weeks of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, but saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas that had been held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century. Thousands of Armenians took to the streets in the capital of Yerevan to protest the deal.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Ever been to Halifax?
Should America adopt a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning?
Is Pluto a planet?
Did drug “experimentation” make The Beatles a better band?
Would you ever take your cat to work?
Chris Pratt’s best movie?
Would we be better off if government got out of healthcare altogether?
Ever seen a giraffe in real life?
Can George P. Bush be trusted?
Is Couy Griffin an asset or a liability to the cause of liberty?