The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, July 19th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
— Bruce Barton
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mix of sunshine and clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 92F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Monday, July 19th, the 200th day of 2021. There are 165 days left in the year. It is Stick Out Your Tongue Day, National Get Out of the Doghouse Day, and Global Hug Your Kid Day.
This Day in History
In 1701, representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy signed the Nanfan Treaty, ceding a large territory north of the Ohio River to England.
In 1848, the two-day Women’s Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.
In 1870, France declared war on Prussia.
In 1900, the first line of the Paris Métro opened for operation.
In 1903, Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France.
In 1963, Joe Walker flew a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 347,800 feet. Exceeding an altitude of 100 kilometers, the flight qualified as a human spaceflight under international convention.
In 1969, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) crashed his car into a tidal pond at Chappaquiddick Island, drowning Mary Jo Kopechne.
In 1977, the world’s first Global Positioning System signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
In 1979, communist rebels overthrew the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
In 1981, at a private meeting with President Ronald Reagan, French President François Mitterrand revealed the existence of the Farewell Dossier, a collection of documents showing that the Soviet Union had been stealing American technological research and development.
In 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 (Denver to Chicago) crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. A majority of those aboard survived.
This Day in Music History
In 1966, 50-year-old Frank Sinatra married 20-year-old Mia Farrow. They divorced two years later.
In 1969, Jimmy Buffett married beauty queen Margie Washichek, who was crowned Miss USS Alabama of 1967. They divorced two years later.
In 1975, Lefty Frizzell died at age 47 after years of alcohol abuse.
In 1981, the mayor of Odessa, Texas, declared July 19th Roy Orbison Day.
In 1986, Genesis had its first (and only) No. 1 with “Invisible Touch.”
In 1999, Lou Bega released his debut album, A Little Bit of Mambo.
Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli is 60. Actor Campbell Scott is 60. Actor Anthony Edwards is 59. Comedian Jim Norton is 53. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 45. Actor Jared Padalecki is 39.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US
BLY, Oregon — The largest wildfire in the U.S. has torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon. It’s one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive Bootleg Fire, just north of the California border, grew to more than 476 square miles, an area about the size of Los Angeles. A fire spokeswoman says erratic winds are feeding the blaze, creating dangerous conditions for firefighters. In California, crews are trying to tame a growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe. The Tamarack Fire has charred nearly 29 square miles of dry brush and timber.
Police: Bomb threat closed Mackinac Bridge for 3 hours
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — Authorities say a bomb threat closed the bridge connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas for about three hours on Sunday afternoon. The Mackinac Bridge Authority said law enforcement notified them of the threat. The bridge was closed in both directions around 2:15 p.m. The Michigan State and Mackinaw City police investigated. The bridge authority says nothing was found after an “extensive search.” The bridge was reopened shortly after 5 p.m. The more than 26,300-foot structure is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County residents are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status — a mandate that health officials hope will reverse the latest spikes in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The rule went into effect late Saturday for the nation’s largest county, where the rising caseload is led by the highly transmissible delta variant. LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said on ABC’s This Week that the mask rule will save lives. California has seen a steady rise in cases since the state fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing.
Who’s in? California recall candidate list draws confusion
SACRAMENTO — The list of candidates running in California’s recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom includes 41 people but remains unsettled. Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder says he should be on the list of candidates released Saturday and state officials aren’t giving details about why he wasn’t. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is in dispute over whether he can be listed as the city’s retired mayor, and a YouTube creator says he’ll sue to get his nickname included on the ballot. The list includes 21 Republicans, eight Democrats, one Libertarian, nine independents and two Green Party members.
‘Space Jam’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ to take box office No. 1
Black Widow ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in only its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad. LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Space Jam: A New Legacy defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday Space Jam: A New Legacy grossed $31.7 million in North America, while Black Widow took in $26.3 million. Not many expected Space Jam: A New Legacy to pull off this win. The poorly reviewed film was pegged for an opening in the $20 million range.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Australia to deport commentator Hopkins for quarantine boast
CANBERRA — British commentator Katie Hopkins will be deported from Australia after boasting on social media that she planned to breach quarantine rules. Hopkins traveled to Australia to appear in a reality television program and was in 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney before filming was to start. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Hopkins would be deported after boasting on Instagram her intention to flout quarantine rules. The network and production company behind Big Brother VIP said her contract to appear in the program has been cancelled. Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, are under lockdown to contain a coronavirus outbreak caused by the more contagious delta variant.
Probe: Journalists, activists among firm’s spyware targets
BOSTON — An investigation by a global media consortium alleges that military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group is being used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. NSO Group is the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire outfit. The consortium of 17 news organization says it identified more than 1,000 individuals in 50 countries allegedly selected by NSO clients for potential surveillance. They include nearly 200 journalists. The leaked targeting data was obtained by the journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories of Paris and human rights group Amnesty International. NSO Group denies the data was leaked from its servers and calls thr report “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories.”
Hundreds of Jews visit contested holy site in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims have visited a contested Jerusalem holy site under heavy police guard after Muslim worshippers briefly clashed with Israeli security forces there. No injuries were reported after Sunday’s renewed tensions. The hilltop compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the biblical temples, and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, home to the Al Aqsa Mosque. On Sunday, the Jews were visiting to mark Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning over the destruction of the biblical Temples. Islamic authorities say police used heavy-handed tactics and that Jewish visitors violated a long-standing ban on prayer.
Wildfires rage in Russia’s Siberia, cause airport to close
MOSCOW — Heavy smoke from raging wildfires has covered the Russian city of Yakutsk and 50 other Siberian towns and settlements, temporarily halting operations at the city’s airport. Russia has been plagued by widespread forest fires, blamed on unusually high temperatures and the neglect of fire safety rules. Local emergency officials said 187 fires raged Sunday in Siberia’s Sakha-Yakutia region. They say the total area engulfed by blazes has grown by 100,000 hectares (about 247,000 acres) in the past 24 hours. More than 2,200 emergency workers and others are fighting the blazes. Villagers choking on smoke from the wildfires have complained that Russian authorities are not helping them enough.
Tadej Pogacar wins 2nd straight Tour title
Tadej Pogacar has won the Tour de France for a second straight year after a mostly ceremonial final stage to the Champs-Elysees in cycling’s biggest race. The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard. The 22-year-old Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
What should the penalty be for calling in a bomb threat?
Are you a hugger?
Has California become a national embarrassment?
Did Chappaquiddick cost Ted Kennedy the presidency?
Favorite Jimmy Buffett song?
Have you been able to read or listen to any of Mike Yeadon’s skepticism of COVID-19 orthodoxy?
Ever been to Paris?
Are you old enough to remember when models were … pretty?
Have you gone back to the movies yet?
Why do some people hate roads, freeways, automobiles, driving, etc.?