The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, September 7th 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
— Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mainly sunny. High near 95F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Tuesday, September 7th, the 250th day of 2021. There are 115 days left in the year. It is Salami Day, Grandma Moses Day, National Acorn Squash Day, National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day, National Beer Lover’s Day, National Grateful Patient Day, National Threatened Species Day, Neither Snow nor Rain Day.
This Day in History
In 1857, Mormon settlers slaughtered members of the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
In 1901, the Boxer Rebellion officially ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
In 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania set sail on her maiden voyage, travelling from Liverpool to New York City.
In 1921, in Atlantic City, the first Miss America Pageant was held.
In 1923, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) was formed.
In 1927, the first fully electronic television system was achieved by Philo Farnsworth.
In 1940, Germany began the Blitz, bombing London and other British cities for over 50 consecutive nights.
In 1953, Nikita Khrushchev was elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
In 1988, Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returned to Earth after nine days on the Soviet Union’s Mir space station.
In 2008, the federal government took control of the two largest mortgage-financing companies in America, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
In 2017, Equifax announced an identity-theft event potentially impacting approximately 145 million U.S. consumers.
This Day in Music History
In 1936, Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1963, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was born in Compton, California.
In 1978, Keith Moon died at age 32 after overdosing on medication that was supposed to help him overcome his alcoholism.
In 1994, Weezer released its breakthrough single, “Buddy Holly,” named for the rock-and-roll icon on what would have been his 58th birthday.
In 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot five times in a drive-by following a boxing match in Las Vegas. He died six days later at age 25.
In 2003, Warren Zevon died of cancer at age 56.
Singer Gloria Gaynor is 78. Pundit Peggy Noonan is 71. Singer-songwriter and musician Chrissie Hynde is 70. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 67. Actor Michael Emerson is 67. Actor Tom Everett Scott is 51. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 34.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Lake Tahoe residents relieved homes spared from wildfire
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — People who fled South Lake Tahoe under threat of a wildfire have been trickling back home, but many shops remained dark Monday and the resort town’s normally bustling streets remained quiet. Evacuation orders were downgraded Sunday to warnings for the town on the California-Nevada state line. Returning residents said they were relieved to see the scenic resort town remains intact. Some 22,000 people were forced to flee last week as the Caldor Fire approached. Authorities say easing winds reduced the fire’s spread in recent days but warned that Tahoe residents aren’t out of the woods yet. Authorities say people with health problems should stay away because of smoky air.
Virginia is set to remove Richmond’s Lee statue on Wednesday
RICHMOND — A towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond is about to come down. The imposing, 21-foot tall bronze likeness of Lee on a horse sits atop a granite pedestal nearly twice that high in the grassy center of a traffic circle on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to take down the statue in June 2020, 10 days after George Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests. The plans were stalled for more than a year by two lawsuits filed by residents opposed to its removal. But rulings last week by the Supreme Court of Virginia cleared the way for the statue to be taken down. Administration officials said they plan to remove the massive sculpture Wednesday.
Judge refuses to block new Arizona sports betting law
PHOENIX — A judge is refusing to block a new Arizona law allowing sports gambling to be run by professional sports teams in a decision that will allow the major gambling expansion start as planned later this week. The decision Monday evening from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith means sports betting can start Thursday barring a successful appeal. The ruling came just hours after he held an unusual Labor Day hearing on the request filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. Smith rejected all the tribe’s arguments, including that the sports betting law violated the state constitution.
New Jersey’s largest dairy farm nearly destroyed in tornado
The morning after one of the most intense tornadoes recorded in New Jersey history all but demolished the largest dairy farm in the state, owners Marianne and Wally Eachus looked at each other and just cried. An EF3 tornado ripped through Mullica Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, and nearly demolished Wellacrest Farms. More than a dozen cows have died and several more remain missing days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through the Northeast. Seven tornadoes were recorded in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dozens of people have died. Now, the Eachus family must rebuild. But it’s a massive effort that starts with cleanup.
Actor Michael K. Williams, Omar on ‘The Wire,’ dead at 54
NEW YORK — Actor Michael K. Williams, who played the beloved character Omar Little on The Wire, has died. New York City police say Williams was found dead Monday afternoon at his apartment in Brooklyn. He was 54. Williams created one of the most memorable characters in TV history on the HBO series that ran from 2002 to 2008. Little was a robber of drug dealers who lived by a strict moral code and delivered some of the show’s most famous quotes, including, “All in the game.” The Brooklyn-born Williams also appeared in the HBO programs Boardwalk Empire and Lovecraft Country.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Taliban say they took Panjshir, last holdout Afghan province
KABUL— The Taliban say they have seized the last province not in their control after their blitz through Afghanistan last month. They overran forces who had opposed their takeover. According to witnesses, thousands of Taliban fighters charged into eight districts of Panjshir province overnight. A Taliban spokesman confirmed Monday that the province was now held by their fighters. Experts had doubted that the holdout efforts could succeed long-term. The Taliban’s rapid advance through Afghanistan met little resistance in the final days of America’s 20-year war in the country. The U.S. withdrew its last troops a week ago and ended a harrowing airlift to evacuate Western citizens and their Afghan allies.
Guinea’s new junta leaders seek to tighten grip on power
CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea's new military leaders are seeking to tighten their grip on power and are ordering the deposed president’s soldiers to join them. Col. Mamady Doumbouya also barred government officials from leaving the West African nation, ordering them to hand over their passports and government vehicles. Guinea’s governors also have been replaced by regional military commanders selected by the junta. It remains unclear how much support Doumbouya has in the larger military. Before seizing power on Sunday, he had directed the army’s special forces unit. The international community has called on the junta to immediately release Conde, the deposed president. The West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS has threatened economic sanctions if the demand is not met.
Amnesty: Syria refugees suffered abuse, torture upon return
BEIRUT — Amnesty International says Syrian security forces have subjected Syrians who return home to detention, disappearance and torture. In a new report, it documents what it says were violations committed by Syrian intelligence officers against some returnees, including 13 children between mid-2017 and spring 2021. Among those were five cases in which detainees had died in custody after returning to Syria, while the fate of 17 forcibly disappeared people remains unknown. Amnesty says the abuses were proof that it’s still not safe for refugees to return to any part of the country torn by civil war. It criticizes countries like Denmark, Sweden and Turkey for putting pressure on Syrian refugees to go home.
Polish lawmakers uphold state of emergency at Belarus border
WARSAW — Poland’s parliament has upheld the state of emergency along the border with Belarus that was declared last week amid migration pressure. The vote came after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told parliament that the country faces a threat from Russia and Belarus. The state of emergency was declared last week by the president in a step unprecedented in the country’s post-communist history. Morawiecki told the parliament that Poland was seeing “scenarios written in Moscow and Minsk” that threaten Poland’s security and sovereignty. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia — the three European Union nations that border Belarus — accuse Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of pushing migrants from Asia and the Mideast into their countries illegally.
Firebrand Myanmar monk Wirathu released from prison
BANGKOK — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar notorious for his anti-Muslim remarks has been freed from prison after charges that he tried to stir up disaffection against the country’s previous civilian government were dropped. The monk, Wirathu, became prominent in 2012 after deadly riots broke out between Buddhists and ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. He founded a nationalist organization that was accused of inciting violence against Muslims. Another activist monk confirmed Wirathu was released. Wirathu turned himself in for arrest last November. He had been a fugitive from justice since May 2019, when a warrant was issued for his arrest for comments that “bring into hatred or contempt” or “excite disaffection against” the government.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is Lindsey Graham insane?
Who, and/or what, is to blame for Albuquerque’s mega-violence?
Do you love beer?
Favorite Warren Zevon song?
Are beauty pageants sexist?
Salami or pepperoni?
Television: blessing or curse?
Ever been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Who will win the Duke City’s mayoral contest?
Did you watch The Wire?