The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, June 27th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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History is inspiring. Bravery is inspiring. It is shameful that we no longer teach this to our children.
— David Gelernter
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 79F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Today is Sunday, June 27th, the 178th day of 2021. There are 187 days left in the year. It is Decide to be Married Day, Helen Keller Day, Log Cabin Day, National Bingo Day, PTSD Awareness Day, and Sunglasses Day.
This Day in History
In 1844, Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were killed by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
In 1905, sailors started a mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin.
In 1957, Hurricane Audrey made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border, killing over 400 people.
In 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked en route to Paris and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.
In 1977, France granted independence to Djibouti.
In 1994, members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan. Seven people were killed.
This Day in Music History
In 1956, Fats Domino recorded “Blueberry Hill,” a song first popularized by Gene Autry in 1940.
In 1964, Peter and Gordon’s “A World Without Love” — written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney — went to No. 1 on the singles chart.
In 1968, Elvis Presley appeared on television show that was billed as his “comeback special.” It featured “The King” performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and performed many of his early hits.
In 1987, Whitney Houston charted her fourth No. 1 hit with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” the debut single from her second album.
In 2002, John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, died in a hotel room in Las Vegas from a heart attack triggered by cocaine use.
Billionaire Charles Bronfman is 90. Actress Shirley Anne Field is 85. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 72. Actress Julia Duffy is 70. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 66. Actor Tobey Maguire is 46.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Friends, family describe missing in Florida condo collapse
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Families around the world remain stuck between waning hopes and widening fears Saturday, two days after the stunning collapse of a 12-story condominium near Miami. At least four people were killed and more than 150 people remained unaccounted for as rescuers continued to dig through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside. The building was home to an international mix of foreign retirees, South American immigrants and Orthodox Jews with anxious loved ones across the globe.
Ohio man dies after fall from mountain peak in Alaska park
COPPER CENTER, Alaska — A 52-year-old Ohio man died after he fell off the peak of a mountain in a national park. David Shrider fell 150 feet down the slope of Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near Kennecott, the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Just before the fall, “a family member in the hiking group reported that he asked for help and then rolled … down a slope. When a member of the group found him, he was dead. His son, who was a member of the party, called 911,” the park said.
Louisiana pilot killed after helicopter crashes in Alabama
ALPINE, Ala. — An agricultural pilot was killed in Alabama when the helicopter he was flying crashed in an unincorporated community near Sylacauga. Federal Aviation Administration and Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy identified the pilot as 30-year-old Zachary Warren Pourciau, of Ventress, Louisiana. They said Pourciau was spraying pesticides in the Town of Alpine when the Bell Helicopter OH-58A crashed. Pourciau was the only person on board. What caused the crash remains under investigation.
Man jumps from moving plane at Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a passenger was taken to the hospital after he jumped out of a moving plane at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say United Express flight 5365 was pulling away from a gate evening when the man tried to breach the cockpit, then opened the service door and jumped down the emergency slide onto the taxiway. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. It’s the second disruption at LAX in two days. Authorities say on Thursday evening, a driver plowed through a fence onto the airfield at a FedEx cargo facility before he was taken into custody.
TSA will resume defense training for airline employees
DALLAS — The government is resuming self-defense classes for airline flight attendants and pilots. The four-hour classes feature federal air marshals giving crews advice and training in handling tense situations and, if necessary, defending themselves. The classes were offered for many years but were suspended because of COVID-19. The Transportation Security Administration said this week that the classes will resume in early July. The news comes as airlines are reporting a surge in cases of unruly passengers — more than 3,000 so far this year.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Season’s first eastern Pacific hurricane forms off Mexico
MEXICO CITY — The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season has formed and forecasters and forecasters say it may grow a bit stronger while advancing northwestward off the Mexican coast, potentially causing heavy rainfall on shore. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Enrique’s maximum sustained winds strengthened in its first hours but were holding near 85 mph (140 kph) Saturday evening. Earlier forecasts said Enrique could reach Category 2 strength by Sunday, but the center says the latest conditions pointed to only some slight further gain in power. The storm’s core is predicted to stay at sea while moving parallel to the coast. But a tropical storm warning has been declared from Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes and forecasters warn of 6 to 12 inches of rain.
Disappearances rise on Mexico's ‘highway of death’ to border
MEXICO CITY — As many as 50 people in Mexico are missing after they set off on simple highway trips between the industrial hub of Monterrey and the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Relatives say they simply disappeared on the heavily traveled road, which local media has dubbed “the highway of death,” never to be seen again. The highway disappearances this year, and last week’s shooting of 15 innocent bystanders in Reynosa, suggest Mexico is returning to the dark days of the 2006-2012 drug war, when drug cartel gunmen often targeted the general public. Six the victims are believed to be U.S. citizens or residents.
Authorities puzzle over motive for German knife attack
WUERZBURG, Germany — The suspect in a knife attack in southern Germany that left three women dead has been ordered kept in custody on suspicion of murder. Authorities puzzled over a possible motive on Saturday, examining his mental health and seeking to determine whether he was radicalized. The attack started when the suspect walked into a store in Wuerzburg, went to the household goods department and asked a saleswoman where the knives were. He then grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed three women in the store, before continuing to attack people outside. Six people were seriously injured, one of whom remained in a life-threatening condition on Saturday.
Hundreds protest against Czech police over Roma man’s death
PRAGUE — Hundreds of people have gathered in a northern Czech town to honor a Roma man who died after a police officer responding to a call about an altercation knelt on his neck. Police say the preliminary investigation showed no link between the police intervention and the man’s death. But the angry participants, displaying banners that read “Roma Lives Matter” have condemned the police. Video footage shows one police officer kneeling on the man’s neck for several minutes in the northern city of Teplice on June 19. The man later died in an ambulance. Roma activists and participants of Saturday’s gathering rejected the police explanation. The protesters later marched to a local police station.
Vatican probes alleged abuse negligence by Polish cardinal
WARSAW — The Vatican’s embassy in Poland says that a Holy See envoy spent 10 days in the country checking reports of alleged negligence by retired archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary to the late Pope St. John Paul II. The embassy said Sunday the envoy held a number of meetings and reviewed documents relating to the time that Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz was head of the Krakow diocese in 2005-2016. The findings will be reported at the Vatican. A priest in Poland says he had personally informed Dziwisz of a priest in Krakow diocese abusing a minor, but that there has been no reaction. The priest says he has been questioned by a Vatican commission about a “certain Polish bishop.”
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Did you attend an anti-masking protest yesterday?
Why is Mexico such a violent place?
The Who’s best song?
Has the rise of homeschooling been “a surprising blessing” of lockdown lunacy?
Is there any justifiable hope for finding survivors in the rubble of the Florida building collapse?
Were you an admirer of John Paul II?
Is the TSA inept?
Do you play bingo?
Is the whole “Roswell” thing, overall, a schlocky embarrassment for New Mexico?
Since more Americans are killed by stabbings than from rifle fire, do we need “knife control”?