The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, June 28th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer, just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
— Ronald Reagan
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mostly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 74F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Today is Monday, June 28th, the 179th day of 2021. There are 186 days left in the year. It is Insurance Awareness Day, Paul Bunyan Day, National Tapioca Day, and International Body Piercing Day.
This Day in History
In 1776, Thomas Hickey, a Continental Army private and bodyguard to General George Washington, was hanged for mutiny and sedition.
In 1865, the Army of the Potomac was disbanded.
In 1894, Labor Day became a federal holiday.
In 1896, an explosion in the Newton Coal Company’s Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston, Pennsylvania resulted in a massive cave-in that killed 58 miners.
In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo. The crime became the casus belli of World War I.
In 1922, the Irish Civil War began, with eight days of street fighting in Dublin.
In 1926, Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.
In 1969, the Stonewall riots began in New York City.
In 2004, sovereign power was handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending U.S.-led rule.
This Day in Music History
In 1962, The Drifters recorded “Up On The Roof.”
In 1968, Aretha Franklin appeared on the cover of Time.
In 1975, David Bowie released “Fame,” featuring John Lennon on backing vocals. It become Bowie’s first No. 1 in the U.S.
In 1978, Convoy, based on the 1975 C.W. McCall novelty hit, opened in theaters. Kris Kristofferson played the main character, Martin “Rubber Duck” Penwald.
In 2008, during her performance at the Glastonbury Festival, Amy Winehouse punched a fan she mistakenly believed had thrown a hat at her.
Actor Bruce Davison is 75. Actress Kathy Bates is 73. Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 61. Actor John Cusack is 55. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 55. Elon Musk is 50.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Before building collapse, $9M+ in repairs needed
Owners of units in a collapsed Florida oceanfront condo building were just days away from starting to pay for more than $9 million in major repairs that were recommended three years ago. The 2018 cost estimate from Morabito Consultants was released by the city of Surfside. A separate document from the firm released earlier shows the ground-floor pool deck of the building was resting on a concrete slab that had “major structural damage” and needed to be extensively repaired. That report also uncovered “abundant cracking and spalling” of concrete columns, beams and walls in the parking garage. At least nine people were killed in a partial collapse of the building Thursday. More than 150 people remain unaccounted for.
Average US gas price rises to $3.15/gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents over the past two weeks to $3.15 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the uptick is about one-third of the amount that crude oil prices rose over the same timeframe. A similar rise is likely to occur in the coming days, and additional price hikes in the future may be larger as wholesale prices increase and some states’ fuel taxes grow beginning July 1. Nationwide, the highest average price for regular-grade gas is in the San Francisco Bay Area at $4.33 per gallon. The lowest average is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at $2.63 per gallon.
For some US Muslims, raw talk on suicide, mental health
A group of Muslim mental health professionals — along with some faith leaders and activists in the United States— are working to raise awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention and provide religiously and culturally sensitive guidance. Their effort has gained new urgency in the aftermath of an apparent murder-suicide that left six family members dead in Allen, Texas in April, sending shock waves in Muslim communities in the area and beyond. The loss has sparked a flurry of activities in some Muslim spaces from discussions on mental health and trainings on suicide response to healing circles and private conversations. For some, the tragedy has served as a wake-up call.
‘Cops’ creator John Langley dies during road race in Mexico
LOS ANGELES — John Langley creator of the long-running TV series Cops, has died during an off-road race in Mexico. Family spokeswoman Pam Golum says Langley died of an apparent heart attack during the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250. He was 78. Cops was among the first reality series on the air when it debuted in 1989. It would become an institution through 32 seasons on the Fox Network and later Spike TV, famous for its street-level police perspective and its theme song, “Bad Boys.” Langley was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Los Angeles.
‘F9’ puts charge back into movie theaters with $70M opening
LOS ANGELES — In the biggest sign yet that life is left in movie theaters, F9 sped to $70 million in its first weekend, the biggest pandemic-era opening for a film. The ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise opened only in theaters and had the widest release of any movie since the start of the coronavirus crisis. The domestic total for F9 topped the previous pandemic-best of $48.4 million for A Quiet Place Part II four weeks ago. This weekend, A Quiet Place Part II came in a distant second with $6.2 million, but it has now earned $136.4 million overall.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Pakistan says peace in Afghanistan in country’s interest
MULTAN, Pakistan — Pakistan’s foreign minister says peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest. Shah Mahmood Qureshi says that Pakistan is worried about the rising violence in neighboring Afghanistan, expressing fears of further violence that could cause an exodus of Afghans to Pakistan. He says his country has already taken millions of Afghans as refugees from previous conflicts and does not have the capacity to take more.
Indian police say bomb-laden drones hit air base in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India — Indian officials say they suspect explosives-laden drones were used to attack an air base in the disputed region of Kashmir. The region’s police director-general called the attack an act of terrorism. Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the blasts, according to a military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with military regulations. Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. The Himalayan region is claimed by both in its entirety. If proven to have been carried out by anti-India rebels, the drone attack would mark a major shift in strategy against New Delhi.
UN says Hamas-run Gaza will again receive Qatar-funded fuel
JERUSALEM — The U.N. envoy to the Middle East says shipments of Qatari-funded fuel into the Gaza Strip will resume for the first time since last month’s 11-day war between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. The move indicates a return to the informal understandings between Israel and Hamas in recent years, in which the Islamic militant group has traded calm for much-needed aid and development projects in the blockaded territory. The U.N. envoy says the fuel will be delivered to Gaza’s sole power plant starting Monday. The Israeli military confirms the deliveries without saying who is paying for the fuel.
Catalans jeer Spanish king amid efforts to ease tensions
BARCELONA — Supporters of independence for Catalonia have protested against a visit to its regional capital Barcelona by Spain’s King Felipe VI. The visit came as high-level efforts to allay tensions there gain new momentum. The king was in Barcelona to help mark the opening of a major international wireless trade fair. Demonstrations against visits to Catalonia by the monarch, who is a symbol of rule from Madrid and who has criticized separatist movements, are common. But recent developments have raised the possibility that senior officials might find a path to some degree of compromise. Scores turned out for Sunday’s demonstrations. That’s fewer than in some recent protests.
Greek police arrest 2 trying to sell rare Roman-era statue
THESSALONIKI — Police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki say they have arrested two 56-year-old men for trying to sell a rare Roman-era statue of the Greek goddess Hecate for €40,000. Police said they also arrested a 35-year-old farmer who has allegedly admitted that he had found the statue in his farm west of Thessaloniki and gave it to the two men to sell. An undercover police officer posed as a buyer and after a month of negotiations the two men were arrested Friday.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is libertarianism “the very heart and soul of conservatism”?
Got enough insurance?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how loathsome is Gwen Berry?
Were World War I and World War II two parts of the same conflict?
Did you watch Cops?
What’s the solution to rising gasoline prices?
Have you get richer or poorer during The Rona?
Body piercings — cool or gross?
Best Kathy Bates movie?
Do you agree with William Barr and Mitt Romney that the 2020 election was on the level?