The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, July 30th, 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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— Dwight D. Eisenhower
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunshine and some clouds. High around 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Friday, July 30th, the 211th day of 2021. There are 154 days left in the year. It is World Snorkeling Day, National Cheesecake Day, Paperback Book Day, Share a Hug Day, and System Administrator Appreciation Day.
This Day in History
In 1502, Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
In 1619, the first colonial legislative assembly in the Americas, the Virginia General Assembly, convened for the first time.
In 1729, Baltimore, Maryland was founded.
In 1864, Union forces attempted to break Confederate troops’ lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches.
In 1871, the boiler of the Staten Island Ferry’s Westfield II exploded, killing dozens of passengers.
In 1930, in Montevideo, Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup.
In 1945, Japanese submarine I-58 sank the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 sailors. Most died during the following four days, until an aircraft noticed the survivors.
In 1956, a joint resolution of the Congress was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing “In God We Trust” as the national motto.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law that established Medicare and Medicaid.
In 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He was never seen or heard from again.
This Day in Music History
In 1942, Frank Sinatra ended his association with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, recording the last two of over 90 songs before moving on to great acclaim as a solo star at Columbia.
In 1966, “Wild Thing,” by The Troggs, hit No. 1.
In 1977, Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want To Be Your Everything,” written by his brother Barry, went to No. 1.
In 1996, Sublime released its self-titled album. It was also the band’s last, since lead singer Brad Nowell had died of a heroin overdose two months earlier.
In 2001, performing at OzzFest in Michigan, a thong-clad Marilyn Manson wrapped his legs around the head of a 26-year-old security guard. The guard sued, claiming his head was “completely engulfed” in the performer’s groin. An undisclosed settlement was reached. (In addition, Manson paid a $4,000 fine after being charged with a misdemeanor.)
In 2003, Sam Phillips, the record producer who launched Elvis Presley’s career at Sun Records, died of respiratory failure at age 80.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is 74. Actor William Atherton is 74. Actor Jean Reno is 73. Director Richard Linklater is 61. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 60. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 58. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 57. Actor Simon Baker is 52. Actress Hilary Swank is 47. Actress Yvonne Strahovski is 39.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Governor says lawmaker must go if charged in kickback probe
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton should be prepared to resign if she is indicted in a probe into allegations of racketeering. The leading state legislator has connections to a company that had contracts with the school district where she worked. Lujan Grisham spoke Thursday as authorities also investigate possible money laundering, kickbacks and violations of a law governing the conduct of state lawmakers. Williams Stapleton could not be reached for immediate comment. She has been suspended without pay along with 11 other school district employees. Lujan Grisham says she is “horrified.”
New Mexico education secretary replaced, new top cop named
SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has named two new cabinet secretaries. The top jobs oversee the departments of safety and education. Former Los Alamos Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus will become the new education secretary next month. Deputy Chief of the Rio Rancho Police Department Jason Bowie will become the next secretary of public safety. The department oversees the New Mexico State Police. The governor has seen a wave of retirements among department heads. Grisham is still looking to fill top positions at agencies such as the Department of Workforce Solutions.
Ruling upholds dismissal of charges against former sheriff
SANTA FE — A state appeals court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of charges accusing a former Torrance County sheriff of embezzlement, fraud and other financial crimes. A Court of Appeals panel disagreed with parts of a trial judge’s decision dismissing the case against Heath White but said prosecutors failed to provide evidence that probable cause existed to warrant making White stand trial. White was accused in 2019 of using taxpayer dollars to buy personal items found on his property, but the Court of Appeals said the purchases had been approved and that White had inquired about returning the items after he left office.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Navy charges sailor with setting fire that destroyed warship
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Navy says a sailor has been charged with starting a fire last year that destroyed a warship docked off San Diego. The fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard marked the maritime branch’s worst warship blaze outside of combat in recent memory. The amphibious assault ship burned for more than four days and was left with extensive structural, electrical and mechanical damage. It was later scrapped, and estimates to replace it ran up to $4 billion. The Navy said Thursday that the sailor was a crew member at the time and has been charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel.
Tribes seek order banning digging at Nevada lithium mine
RENO — Two tribes in Nevada that joined a legal battle over plans to build a mine at the largest known U.S. deposit of lithium are urging a judge to temporarily ban digging for an archaeological survey. They said Thursday that the trenches would desecrate sacred tribal lands near the Oregon line where their ancestors were massacred in the late 1800s. Lithium Nevada Corp. says a review has included “substantial consultation” with local tribes that never raised similar concerns. Tribal lawyers said in their filing that the government also should be consulting with at least nine other tribes in Nevada, California and Oregon with ties to the mine site.
Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen
BOSTON — Disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974. Court documents show that McCarrick is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. McCarrick was defrocked by Pope Francis in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children. An attorney for the man alleging the abuse by McCarrick says he is the first cardinal in the U.S. to ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor. A lawyer for McCarrick told The Associated Press that they “look forward to addressing the case in the courtroom” and declined further comment.
Largest US quake in half-century causes Alaska little damage
ANCHORAGE — The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and it struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was about 29 miles below the surface of the North Pacific ocean. The Alaska Earthquake Center says it was the largest quake in the U.S. since a magnitude 8.7 quake in the Aleutians in 1965. A year before that, a magnitude 9.2 quake devastated parts of Anchorage and other Alaska communities.
Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over ‘Black Widow’ release
LOS ANGELES — Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over its streaming release of Black Widow, which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings. The Black Widow star and executive producer filed a lawsuit Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court that said her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. Johansson’s potential earnings were tied to the box office performance of the film, which the company released simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service Disney+ for a $30 rental. Disney said the lawsuit has “no merit whatsoever.”
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Mexico may release thousands of elderly, unsentenced inmates
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president says he will issue a decree that could release hundreds or thousands of elderly inmates or those who have spent ten years or more in prison and have not been convicted of any violent offense. The move by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is meant to address the slow trial process in Mexico. Because of legal loopholes and an antiquated system, an estimated 12,358 suspects have spent a decade of more in prison on federal charges but with no verdict. Because some of them are accused of violent crimes, not all will be released by the Sept. 15 deadline, the president announced Thursday.
China flooding brought fear, then washed away livelihoods
XINXIANG, China — The night the rains came, all Yu Ruiping could do was huddle at her market stall. The electricity went out. Her phone went dead. And the water just kept rising. When the skies cleared, the market was surrounded by chest-high water. Yu and her husband were trapped for two days with nothing to eat but a few packages of instant noodles. The torrent of rain last week burst dams and collapsed bridges, immersing large swaths of central China’s Henan province in water. Authorities announced a sharp rise in the death toll Thursday to 99 people.
Fire erupts at warehouse of Brazil’s national film institute
BRASILIA — A Brazilian government warehouse storing movies, documents and antique projectors from Brazil’s film industry has caught fire in Sao Paulo. The fire department says 15 fire vehicles and 50 firefighters are at the site trying to prevent the flames from spreading to a larger area of the building. The warehouse is owned by the national film institute, Cinemateca. It houses South America’s largest collection of films, some made of cellulose nitrate, a highly flammable material. The films in the warehouse were copies for exhibition, not originals, and the extent of the loss from the blaze Thursday night isn’t immediately clear.
Guatemalans protest president, attorney general
GUATEMALA CITY — Thousands of Guatemalans have taken to the streets in protest, blocking highways and calling for a national strike over the government’s apparent unwillingness to tackle corruption. Pressure has been building since Attorney General Consuelo Porras fired anti-corruption special prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval. The United States government says it’s lost confidence in Guatemala’s commitment to battling corruption and has suspended cooperation with the attorney general’s office. President Alejandro Giammattei has spoken of his friendship with Porras, who was appointed by his predecessor. Some 10,000 people blocked one of the country’s main highways early Thursday while singing the national anthem.
Brazil cold snap gives rare chance for snowmen and snowballs
BRASILIA — A fierce cold snap has prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, with snow accumulating on streets of cities where the phenomenon is rarely seen. At least 43 cities registered either snow or freezing rain late Wednesday. Brazilians in the city of Bom Jesus built a snowman in a plaza and had a snowball fight. In the city of Sao Joaquim, trees were weighing heavy with frost and icicles. Snow is uncommon in Brazil, even in its southern region during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter. Brazil’s last blizzard was in 1957, when 4.3 feet of snow was recorded in a city in Santa Catarina state. Temperatures are expected to keep dropping, with more snow possible. The Brazilian government’s meteorological institute says low temperatures should endure until the start of August.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Trump sends law enforcement to Albuquerque, pandemonium. Lujan Grisham sends law enforcement to Albuquerque, crickets. What gives?
Should women be eligible for the draft?
Will Sheryl Williams Stapleton be indicted, convicted, and put in jail?
Ever been snorkeling?
Is “In God We Trust” a violation of the First Amendment?
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best movie?
Ever been to Baltimore?
Why have 23 senior officials left the Lujan Grisham administration?
Will you ever put on a lifejacket again?
If Scarlett Johansson wins her lawsuit, do you think she’ll give all the money she receives to the poor?