The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, July 25th, 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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— James C. Scott
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Today is Sunday, July 25th, the 206th day of 2021. There are 159 days left in the year. It is Hire a Veteran Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, National Wine and Cheese Day, and National Parents’ Day.
This Day in History
In 1814, an American attack on Canada during the War of 1812 was repulsed.
In 1861, Congress passed the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, stating that the War Between the States was being fought to preserve the union and not to end slavery.
In 1868, the Wyoming Territory was established.
In 1898, the American invasion of Spanish-held Puerto Rico began, as troops under General Nelson A. Miles landed and secured Guánica.
In 1946, the Baker nuclear test exploded underwater, creating radioactive sea spray that caused extensive contamination.
In 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog. It sunk the next day, killing 51.
In 1969, President Richard Nixon declared the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States expected its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense.
In 1976, Viking 1 took the famous “Face on Mars” image.
In 2000, Concorde Air France Flight 4590 crashed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing 113 people.
In 2007, Pratibha Patil was sworn in as India’s first female president.
This Day in Music History
In 1959, 13-year-old Dolly Parton, introduced by Johnny Cash, made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing “You Gotta Be My Baby.”
In 1965, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan played an electric set for the first time, horrifying folk-music fans.
In 1966, The Monkees recorded their debut single, “Last Train To Clarksville.”
In 1989, after leaving Def Jam, Beastie Boys released their second album, Paul’s Boutique, on Capitol Records.
In 1995, Charlie Rich, known for “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl,” died of a blood clot at age 62.
Model Iman, born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, is 66. Actress Illeana Douglas is 56. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 54. Actor D. B. Woodside is 52. Actor David Denman is 48. Actor Jay R. Ferguson is 47.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Former state police officer convicted of drug charges
ALBUQUERQUE — A former New Mexico State Police Officer has been convicted of distributing marijuana intended for a 16-year-old girl he pulled over and a separate drugs-for-sex scheme. U.S. District Court records show 36-year-old Daniel Capehart of Bloomfield was convicted of two counts of distributing marijuana and a third count of distributing methamphetamine. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Capehart faces between five and 40 years in prison for a series of drug drops arranged by undercover officers and FBI agents in 2018, including two near schools.
Police: 2 injured in downtown Las Cruces shooting
LAS CRUCES — Lac Cruces police say two people were injured in a downtown shooting early Saturday. Both are expected to survive. Police told the Las Cruces Sun-News they received a call around 2 a.m. about a shooting near the Plaza de Las Cruces. Two people were taken to an area hospital. The gunman remained at large Saturday afternoon.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support
BLY, Ore. — Out-of-state crews are heading to Montana to battle a blaze that injured five firefighters as the West struggles with a series of fires that have ravaged rural lands and destroyed homes. Authorities say progress is being made on the nation’s largest blaze, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. But additional mandatory evacuations were ordered Friday evening, and less than half of the fire has been contained. Meanwhile, crews from California and Utah were headed to Montana, where five firefighters were injured Thursday as they worked the Devil’s Creek blaze near the town of Jordan. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for four northern counties because of wildfires causing “conditions of extreme peril.”
Tucson’s Hotel Congress in first phase of renovation plan
TUCSON — Tucson’s iconic Hotel Congress is getting a revamp that staff say is more than a century in the making. The Arizona Daily Star reports the historic property is slated to re-open Aug. 12 after the first phase of a $750,000 remodeling effort. It has been closed all of July. Hotel managers say the improvements include expanding the outdoor plaza where they typically host concerts. The space will have a retractable canopy with a commercial misting system. Inside, the 2,200-square-foot Copper Hall will serve as a jazz music lounge and tasting room highlighting local wines. The hotel is investing more than $100,000 in the effort.
Imprisoned ‘Dating Game Killer’ Alcala dies in California
SACRAMENTO — A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” has died while awaiting execution in California. Rodney James Alcala was 77. California prison officials said he died of natural causes at a hospital. Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in California between 1977 and 1979, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country. Prosecutors say Alcala stalked women like prey and took earrings as trophies from some of his victims.
Prosecutors air more claims in R. Kelly case; 1 involves boy
NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims. Prosecutors aired a raft of additional allegations — but not new charges — against the R&B star in a court filing Friday. Kelly denies ever abusing anyone. Jury selection is due to start Aug. 9 in federal court in New York. A message was sent Saturday to his lawyers about the additional allegations.
Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg dies at 88
Physicist Steven Weinberg, the 1979 winner of the Nobel prize in physics with two other scientists for their work unlocking mysteries of tiny particles, has died at 88. Spokesperson Christine Sinatra at the University of Texas at Austin says Weinberg died Friday at a hospital in Austin. He had taught at the University of Texas since 1982. Weinberg was awarded the Nobel prize with scientists Abdus Salam and Sheldon Lee Glashow for their individual contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. Scientists have praised that work for furthering mankind’s understanding of the universe.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate
PARIS — Tens of thousands of people across France are protesting new virus measures. French lawmakers are debating a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and other venues and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers. French virus infections are spiking and hospitalizations are rising. The government is trying to speed up vaccinations to protect vulnerable people and hospitals and avoid new lockdowns. Most French adults are fully vaccinated and polls indicate a majority support the new measures. But not everyone. Police fired water cannon and tear gas Saturday on rowdy protesters in the French capital but most protests were peaceful.
Man in central China survives 3 days in flooded garage
ZHENGZHOU, China — A news report says a man in central China has been rescued after spending three days trapped in a flooded underground garage during torrential rains. The Shanghai news outlet The Paper said Saturday that the man was trapped and lay on a ventilation duct surrounded by floating cars. Meanwhile, at least four bodies were found after a traffic tunnel was drained. State TV reported the death toll rose to 58 after record rains hit the major city of Zhengzhou on Tuesday. In another city, Hebi, rescuers used bulldozers and rubber boats to move residents out of neighborhoods that still were under water.
New floods hit Belgium amid stormy weather
BRUSSELS — New floods have again swamped areas of Belgium and washed away cars as a wave of thunderstorms and heavy rain hit the country on Saturday. The French-speaking provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant south-east of the capital city Brussels were particularly hit. They had already been impacted by the devastating floods that left 36 people dead and seven missing in the nation with 11.5 million inhabitants. Belgium’s crisis center issued a warning to the population as the bad weather is expected to last for several days.
Nicaragua arrests 7th presidential contender in Nov. 7 vote
MANAGUA — Nicaraguan police have placed under house arrest yet another presidential contender, the seventh so far. Almost all of those who could have challenged President Daniel Ortega in the Nov. 7 elections have now been detained. Opposition leader Noel Vidaurre was placed under police custody at his home on Saturday. Half a dozen other potential candidates have been arrested in a crackdown that started two months ago. Police also placed under house political commentator Jaime Arellano. Dozens of other journalists and opposition activists have also been detained. Almost all were arrested under “treason” laws that Ortega has used against political rivals.
Vatican closes 2020 with shortfall, but better than forecast
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican closed out 2020 with a deficit of 66.3 million euros, which was better than projected and even lower than 2019. The Vatican’s economy minister, the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, credited lower spending and a milder-than-expected drop in revenues for the results. According to figures released Saturday, the shortfall was narrower than the range forecast by the Vatican, which was between 68 million euros and 146 million euros. It was also lower than the 79.2-million-euro deficit recorded in 2019.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Should compulsory-education laws be repealed?
Are the people of France more pro-freedom than the people of New Mexico?
Have you ever hired a veteran?
What would it take to get you to ride even once on Albuquerque Rapid Transit?
Favorite Dolly Parton song?
Why are there never any rallies to protest the federal government’s $28.5 trillion debt?
Ever been to Tucson?
What are your thoughts about the “Face on Mars”?
What’s better than a hot fudge sundae?
Will Los Alamos ever be free of chemical and nuclear contamination?