The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, July 16th, 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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One of the common themes in the history of medical research is that a small number of influential authorities, often only a single individual, can sway an entire field of thought. In science, young researchers are taught to challenge authority and to be skeptical of all they're taught, but this isn't the case in medicine, where the opinion of figures of authority carry undue weight.
— Gary Taubes
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Friday, July 16th, the 197th day of 2021. There are 168 days left in the year. It is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day, National Corn Fritters Day, National Fresh Spinach Day, and World Snake Day.
This Day in History
In 1861, at the order of President Abraham Lincoln, federal troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the War Between the States.
In 1935, the world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City.
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as the MLB record.
In 1945, the United States successfully detonated a plutonium-based nuclear weapon in New Mexico.
In 1965, the Mont Blanc Tunnel, linking France and Italy, opened.
In 1969, Apollo 11, the first mission to land men on the Moon, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
This Day in Music History
In 1959, The Coasters recorded “Poison Ivy.”
In 1969, The Beatles recorded “Here Comes The Sun.”
In 1972, Smokey Robinson performed his final show with The Miracles at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, D.C.
In 1981, Harry Chapin died in a car crash at the age of 38.
In 1990, court proceedings began in a lawsuit against Judas Priest, accusing the group of implanting subliminal messages in their song “Better By You, Better Than Me.” The legal action alleged that the messages caused two teenage boys to enter a suicide pact. (One of the boys killed himself instantly; the other died three years later from complications related to the suicide attempt.) The case was dismissed a month later after the judge determined that the supposed subliminal message was an accidental recording oddity.
In 1996, the Sultan of Brunei, the world’s richest man, marked his 50th birthday with a Michael Jackson concert. Jackson earned about $15 million for the performance, which was free to the 60,000 in attendance.
Broadcaster and former football coach Jimmy Johnson is 78. Musician, singer, and actor Rubén Blades is 73. Former actress Phoebe Cates is 58. Professional poker player Phil Hellmuth is 57. Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders is 53. Corey Feldman is 50. Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 34.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
Uncovering boarding school history makes for monumental task
ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Interior Department is embarking on a massive undertaking to uncover the troubled legacy left by indigenous boarding schools. Over more than a century, the schools represented a systematic attempt by the federal government, church groups and others to assimilate indigenous youth into white society. The challenges of identifying the schools, students and their tribes and possible burial sites for children who died while attending the schools are immense. Records are scattered across the country and in some cases have been lost or destroyed. Some advocates are pushing for the establishment of a federal commission that would be dedicated to investigating the schools.
Ousted Albuquerque police chief files whistleblower lawsuit
ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque’s former police chief is accusing top city officials of violating open record laws and a state statute meant to protect whistleblowers. Michael Geier and his former assistant, Paulette Diaz, filed their complaint against the city in state district court late Wednesday. It specifically references Mayor Tim Keller and Chief Administrative Officer Sarita Nair, saying they micromanaged the police department and undermined Geier’s efforts to address crime and comply with federal mandates related to police reforms. After Geier was ousted last fall, Keller’s administration had defended the decision to appoint a new chief. The mayor’s office said Thursday that Geier's accusations were baseless.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Cuomo to be questioned in sexual harassment investigation
NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general’s office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion. The timing of the interview Saturday in Albany was confirmed by two people familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Democrat has been accused by several women of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks. He has apologized and said that he “learned an important lesson” about his behavior around women. The third-term governor has rebuffed calls to step aside over the allegations.
Retired investigator: Biden nominee stonewalled 1989 probe
BILLINGS — A former federal law enforcement officer is alleging that President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee U.S. lands in the Western states stonewalled a 1989 investigation into the sabotage of an Idaho timber sale. The allegation against U.S. Bureau of Land Management nominee Tracy Stone-Manning was made in a letter from a retired investigator released Thursday by a Republican lawmaker. Two of Stone-Manning's friends were convicted of spiking trees to prevent them from being cut down and she testified against them at trial after receiving immunity. She was never charged with any crimes. The retired investigator alleges she was suspected of helping plan the sabotage.
Connecticut diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse claims
NORWICH, Conn. — A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut has filed for federal bankruptcy protection to resolve dozens of lawsuits alleging the abuse of teenage students at the former Academy at Mount Saint John School, a residential treatment center for troubled youth in Deep River. Documents filed Thursday by the Diocese of Norwich, which oversaw the facility, indicate it has $50 million to $100 million in estimated liabilities owed to 50 to 99 creditors. To date, nearly 60 former residents of the school have sued the Diocese and a former bishop for damages, exceeding the Diocese’s current financial ability to pay, according a statement issued by the Diocese.
Minnesota governor restricts ‘conversion therapy’ for minors
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order aimed at banning so-called conversion therapy. But he says it’s just a start and called on the legislature Thursday to make the ban permanent. Minnesota is now one of about 24 states that restrict mental health professionals from seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Eleven Minnesota cities already have bans, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Duluth. The governor’s order empowers state agencies to ensure that no Minnesotans under age 18 are subjected to conversion therapy. The Minnesota Family Council calls the order “executive overreach” and an attack on the constitutional rights of patients, families and therapists.
Movie producer charged with operating prostitution service
NEW YORK — A movie producer has been arrested in California on a New York indictment accusing him of using a movie production company to operate an international prostitution business. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said Dillon Jordan used the movie company and a purported event planning company to conceal proceeds he made from exploiting women. Jordan was arrested Thursday in San Bernardino County, California. He awaited an initial court appearance. An indictment said Jordan kept a roster of women who lived across the U.S. and performed sexual acts for Jordan’s clients in exchange for money. A lawyer for Jordan didn’t immediately comment.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe
BERLIN — More than 60 people have died and dozens are missing as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging, debris-filled torrents that swept away cars and toppled houses. Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state said at least 30 people were killed, while 28 deaths were reported in Rhineland-Palatinate state to the south. Belgian media reported eight deaths in that country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock at the scope of the flooding and the number of deaths, adding that everything would be done to find those still missing. Evacuations also were ordered in the Dutch city of Maastricht.
Dutch crime reporter de Vries dies after Amsterdam shooting
THE HAGUE — A renowned Dutch crime reporter who was shot last week in a brazen attack has died. Peter R. de Vries’s family announced his death Thursday in a statement to Dutch media. In the Netherlands, de Vries was widely lauded for fearless reporting on the Dutch underworld. He was shot July 6 on an Amsterdam street after appearing on a TV show. Two suspects were detained. The journalist had recently been an adviser and confidant for a witness in the trial of the alleged leader of a major crime gang. While the motive for de Vries’s shooting remains unknown, the attack had hallmarks of the increasingly common gangland hits taking place in the underworld he covered.
Vatican prosecutor seeks prison for priest in abuse trial
VATICAN CITY — A prosecutor for the Holy See has asked a Vatican court to convict and sentence an Italian priest for the alleged sexual abuse of a former altar boy on Vatican City property. The charges against the Rev. Gabriele Martinelli stem from abuse that allegedly took place at the Vatican’s youth seminary. The case is the first to go to trial alleging sexual abuse within the Vatican’s walls. Prosecutor Roberto Zannotti argued Thursday for Martinelli’s conviction on charges of aggravated carnal violence and aggravated libertine acts. The prosecutor said he is seeking reduced prison sentences because Martinelli also was a minor and a seminarian when the alleged crimes were committed.
Haiti police reject reports implicating govt in slaying
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Authorities in Haiti are forcefully pushing back against reports that current government officials were involved in killing Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, calling them false claims. National Police chief Léon Charles on Thursday singled out a report from Colombia’s Caracol television news that claimed interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph was the mastermind of the July 7 killing. He called it propaganda that created a diversion, adding that police have no evidence to support those claims. Haitian authorities have otherwise not been very forthcoming with information, suggesting that media reports implicating current officials had struck a nerve in the government.
UN envoy: ‘Spoilers’ are trying to obstruct Libyan elections
The U.N. special envoy for Libya is accusing what he calls “spoilers” of trying to obstruct crucial elections in December to unify the divided North African nation. And the Security Council warned Thursday that those undermining the electoral process could face U.N. sanctions. Jan Kubis told a ministerial meeting of the council that he spoke to many key players during his visit to Libya and all reiterated their commitment to presidential and parliamentary elections on Dec. 24. But he said, “I am afraid many of them are not ready to walk the talk.”
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
What should the U.S. government do, if anything, about the situation in Cuba?
Have you visited the Trinity Site?
Will Joe DiMaggio’s record ever be broken?
Were the moon landings faked?
Are you afraid of snakes?
Barry Sanders — greatest running back ever?
Have you canceled your Facebook account yet?
Ever owned a guinea pig?
Why is housing in Santa Fe so expensive?
Is John F. Kennedy Jr. still alive?