The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, June 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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Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.
— William Howard Taft
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 81F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Wednesday, June 30th, the 181st day of 2021. There are 184 days left in the year. It is Asteroid Day and National Organization for Women Day.
This Day in History
In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
In 1882, Charles J. Guiteau was hanged for the assassination of President James Garfield.
In 1892, the Homestead Strike began near Pittsburgh.
In 1906, Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.
In 1908, the Tunguska Event, the largest celestial impact on Earth in recorded history, resulted in a massive explosion over Eastern Siberia.
In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States.
In 1956, a TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided above the Grand Canyon, killing all 128 on board both planes.
In 1966, the National Organization for Women was founded.
In 2013, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
In 2019, Donald Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
This Day in Music History
In 1973, George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the singles chart with “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).”
In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman.
In 1977, Marvel Comics published a Kiss comic book with a vial of band members’ blood mixed into the ink.
In 1990, New Kids On The Block started a three-week run at No. 1 with “Step By Step,” the group’s third top hit.
Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 62. Boxer Mike Tyson is 55. Actress Monica Potter is 50. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 39.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Recreational marijuana legal to possess, grow in New Mexico
SANTA FE — It’s legal for people in New Mexico to possess recreational marijuana and grow those plants at home. The change Tuesday came as regulators opened discussions on rules for the launch of pot sales next year. The milestone was celebrated by cannabis consumers and advocates for criminal justice reform who say poor and minority communities have been prosecuted disproportionately for using marijuana. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said it's a huge step forward for social justice and economic opportunity. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C. Connecticut and Virginia are set to join the list Thursday. New Mexico is among those that did it through the legislative process rather than by voter-approved ballot initiative.
Man sentenced to 30 years for killing Navajo police officer
ALBUQUERQUE — A man who shot and killed a tribal police officer in a remote corner of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. Kirby Cleveland was sentenced Monday for the 2017 killing of Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo. Cleveland's attorneys had sought several delays over the last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and to find witnesses to testify on Cleveland’s mental condition in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence. Cleveland had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. The case highlighted the dangers faced nationwide by tribal police officers who often must patrol vast jurisdictions alone.
Horse owners say New Mexico regulators violated civil rights
ALBUQUERQUE — An organization that represents racehorse owners and trainers is accusing New Mexico regulators of violating their civil rights. The New Mexico Horsemen’s Association announced that it is suing the state Racing Commission in federal court. The association says it had no other recourse because the commission barred the group and its members from contacting any commissioners or attending its regular public meetings. Commission Chairman Sam Bregman said in a statement that it was the association that was violating the law, not the commission. He also said horse racing in the state will prosper with or without the association.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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GOP donor funds South Dakota National Guard troops in Texas
SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will use a donation from a Republican donor to fund a deployment of up to 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. Noem joins a growing list of Republican governors sending law enforcement officers to Texas. Noem’s spokesman says private funding for the deployment will alleviate taxpayer costs. But Democratic state Sen. Reynold Nesiba warns that it sets a dangerous precedent. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has authorized a 90-day deployment of up to 40 National Guard troops to the border. His office says that deployment is not privately funded.
Blackouts in US Northwest due to heat wave, deaths reported
SPOKANE — As the Pacific Northwest swelters in an unprecedented heat wave, an electrical utility in Spokane has announced that more rolling blackouts have started that will cut off electricity and air conditioning to some customers. The announcement came as the heat started to ease in Seattle and Portland, Oregon but moved into inland areas. Avista Utilities says it took temporary measures to cut power and conserve it on Monday in Spokane to meet demand as the temperature soared well past 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). Officials also said a dozen deaths in Washington and Oregon may be tied to the heat.
Police kill man near California pot farms evacuated by fire
WEED, Calif. — Officers shot and killed a man who pulled a gun as they tried to keep him out of a complex of marijuana farms in an area of far Northern California where thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate because of a raging wildfire. The Siskiyou County sheriff tells The Sacramento Bee that the man was trying to drive into a subdivision and pointed a handgun at a group of officers. The sheriff says the man may have fired a couple of rounds and the officers killed him. The violence erupted as the fire forced several communities to evacuate during a heat wave enveloping part of the U.S. West.
Error mars vote count in NYC mayoral primary
NEW YORK — The Democratic primary for mayor of New York City was thrown into a state of confusion Tuesday when election officials abruptly retracted their latest report on the vote count after realizing it had been corrupted by test data never cleared from a computer system. New York City’s Board of Elections withdrew data Tuesday evening that it had released earlier purporting to be a first round of results from the city’s new ranked choice voting system. That data had shown Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams losing much of his lead. The Board of Elections later said 135,000 test ballots had been inadvertently included in the count.
Fox News fined $1 million for sex harassment and retaliation
NEW YORK — New York City’s human rights commission has fined Fox News $1 million for violation of laws protecting against sexual harassment and job retaliation. It’s the largest such penalty in the commission’s history. It was announced as part of a settlement agreement with Fox News, which also requires that the network’s New York-based employees and contributors receive training on how to fight gender-based discrimination. The investigation was launched following media reports of misconduct cases, which cost the late Fox News chief Roger Ailes and prime-time personality Bill O'Reilly their jobs. The fine was based on four separate violations, which the commission would not detail.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Ferry sinks in rough seas near Bali; 7 dead and 11 missing
DENPASAR, Indonesia — Rescuers are searching for 11 people missing after a ferry sank near Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. Seven bodies have been recovered and 39 people were rescued, many of them unconscious after drifting in choppy waters for hours. The ferry sank about half an hour after leaving an East Java port on a 30-mile trip to a port on Bali. The national search agency said the ferry carried 41 passengers, 13 crew members and 3 canteen waiters. The agency said 39 people were rescued and at least seven bodies were recovered. Four boats have been searching for the missing people since Tuesday night, battling waves up to 13 feet high in the overnight darkness.
Islamic State group says it’s behind Congo suicide bombing
BENI, Congo — An Islamic State group in Africa has claimed responsibility for its first suicide bombing in eastern Congo. The announcement Tuesday is deepening fears that extremists have now laid roots in this corner of the continent long plagued by armed groups. The claim came just days after a Ugandan man detonated his explosives at a busy intersection in the eastern town of Beni, where both U.N. peacekeepers and the Congolese army have maintained a large presence in recent years. While no civilians were killed in Sunday’s suicide bombing, it came on the same day that another explosion rocked a Catholic church in the area.
Kim berates North Korean officials for ‘crucial’ virus lapse
SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has berated top officials for failures in coronavirus prevention that caused a “great crisis." The country's official media did not say what crucial lapses warranted Kim to call the important political meeting where he criticized his top officials. But his strong words raise the specter of a mass outbreak occurring in a country that would be scarcely able to handle it. So far, North Korea has claimed to have had no coronavirus infections, despite testing thousands of people. Experts are concerned about any potential outbreak, given the country’s poor health infrastructure. State media also said Kim had recalled a top official. Experts say that may suggest he will replace his Cabinet premier.
At 100, China’s Communist Party looks to cement its future
BEIJING — For China’s Communist Party, celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday is not just about glorifying its past. It’s also about cementing its future and that of its leader, Chinese President Xi Jinping. In the build-up to the July 1 anniversary, Xi and the party have exhorted its members and the nation to remember the early days of struggle. Experts say the party has long invoked its history to justify its right to rule. Shoring up its legitimacy is critical since the party has run China single-handedly for more than 70 years.
France legalizes IVF for lesbians and single women
PARIS — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a law that will allow single women and lesbians access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. The wide-ranging bioethics law, presented by French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, was adopted Tuesday by the National Assembly with 326 votes for and 115 against. The new law will expand access to fertility treatments such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), now reserved in France for infertile heterosexual couples only. Many French women travel to neighboring countries where such procedures are authorized, like Spain and Belgium, to get help conceiving.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Why do government projects almost never come in on time and on budget?
Do you watch the Fox News Channel?
What is the solution to Albuquerque’s economic stagnation?
Mike Tyson — the greatest of all time?
Will China’s Communist Party survive another 100 years?
How likely is it that a huge asteroid or comet impact will occur during your lifetime?
Are “poor and minority communities … prosecuted disproportionately for using marijuana”?
When was the last time you were on a ferry?
Will Kristi Noem be a top-tier candidate for the GOP nomination in 2024?
Was Gunnery Sergeant Hartman too cruel to “Private Pyle”?