The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, July 24th, 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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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 85F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Today is Saturday, July 24th, the 205th day of 2021. There are 160 days left in the year. It is Cousins Day, National Day of the Cowboy, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, and Tell an Old Joke Day.
This Day in History
In 1847, after 17 months of travel, Brigham Young and 148 Mormon pioneers reached Salt Lake Valley.
In 1866, Tennessee became the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the union following the War Between the States.
In 1929, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, went into effect.
In 1935, the Dust Bowl heat wave reached its peak, sending temperatures to 109° F in Chicago and 104° F in Milwaukee.
In 1950, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station began operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.
In 1959, at the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev engaged in the “Kitchen Debate.”
In 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes from the Watergate special prosecutor.
In 1998, Russell Eugene Weston Jr. opened fire at the US. Capitol, killing two police officers.
In 2013, a high-speed train derailed in Spain, killing 78 passengers.
In 2014, Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashed, killing all 116 people on board.
This Day in Music History
In 1965, The Beach Boys recorded “California Girls.”
In 1971, “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” by the Raiders, hit No. 1.
In 1978, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band opened. Savaged by critics, it became a legendary Hollywood flop despite appearances by Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Aerosmith, and The Bee Gees.
In 1982, thanks to its use in the movie Rocky III, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” went to No. 1.
In 1987, the movie La Bamba, a somewhat fictionalized biography of Ritchie Valens, opened. It was generally well received, especially the soundtrack by Los Lobos. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who died in the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
Actor Dan Hedaya 81. Actor Chris Sarandon is 79. Comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr., known professionally as Gallagher, is 75. Actor Michael Richards is 72. Actress Lynda Carter is 70. Director and screenwriter Gus Van Sant is 69. Singer Pam Tillis is 64. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone is 58. Director and producer Doug Liman is 56. Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is 53. Singer, dancer, and actress Jennifer Lopez is 52. Actress Rose Byrne is 42. Actress Summer Glau is 40. Actress Anna Paquin is 39. Actress Emily Bett Rickards is 30.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
Albuquerque official: 3 dead in flash flood was worst ever
ALBUQUERQUE — A flash flood warning was issued Friday in the south Albuquerque area, a day after a fire official called the apparent drownings of three men in rushing water following thunderstorms the deadliest such incident in the agency’s history. Fire and Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz told the Albuquerque Journal the third body was found Thursday using a drone to scan a floodwater diversion channel not far from where would-be rescuers found two other bodies on Wednesday. The National Weather Service said Tuesday’s storm dropped more than 1 inch of rain in some foothill areas in less than 15 minutes.
Lawmaker questions New Mexico AG's handling of solar case
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ handling of a now-settled case involving a large solar company is raising concerns. Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely is asking State Auditor Brian Colon, who is a friend of Balderas, to investigate why the attorney general agreed to seal all documents in the case against Vivint Solar Inc. The lawmaker also wants to know why Balderas didn’t pursue any specific restitution for thousands of customers as part of the settlement reached last fall. Balderas also is facing a separate ethics complaint in a multibillion-dollar utility merger case that will affect half a million customers in New Mexico.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Arizona governor renews vaccination push as virus cases rise
PHOENIX — As COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Arizona, the governor is reiterating calls for people to get vaccinated but is also maintaining it is a personal choice. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said that vaccines will never be mandated. But he also called them “the surest way of keeping you and your loved ones safe.” The state's top public health official also echoed that sentiment. Dr. Cara Christ, however, hesitated to blame the unvaccinated. She says there’s a lot of hesitancy and misinformation that scares people. Their statements come as the state reported 1,479 new cases, the highest daily number in over a week.
Phoenix area cooled by monsoon rain; flooding reported
PHOENIX — Scorching summer heat in Phoenix summer heat has been replaced by rain, lightning, flooding and cool temperatures because of monsoon thunderstorms. Forecasts called for more of the same into the weekend. Scattered storms that began Thursday continued through Friday, with flash flooding reported and areas receiving 2.6 inches of rain. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Maricopa County until Saturday morning. Sky Harbor International Airport received just over 1 inch of rain during the storm and a high temperature for the day of just 83 degrees. That’s below the normal 106 for the date.
Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze
BLY, Ore. — As fires in California threaten homes, crews in Oregon are making progress against the nation’s largest wildfire. The Bootleg Fire has scorched an area half the size of Rhode Island. It’s 40% surrounded after burning some 70 homes. In central Montana, federal officials say five firefighters were injured when a thunderstorm and swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them. Officials say all five remained in medical facilities and were still being evaluated and treated Friday. In California, blowing embers from the Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe ignited a fast-moving spot fire, prompting a new evacuation. The Dixie Fire in the western Sierra also continued to grow explosively eastward Friday.
Search for bodies concludes at Florida condo collapse site
MIAMI — Firefighters have officially ended their search for bodies in the debris of the collapsed Surfside condo building. The decision concludes a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s urban search-and-rescue team pulled away from the disaster site Friday in a convoy of firetrucks and other vehicles, slowly driving to their headquarters for the announcement. The June 24 collapse at the oceanside tower killed 97 people, with at least one missing person yet to be identified. The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse.
Family of James Brown settles 15-year battle over his estate
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of entertainer James Brown has reached a settlement ending a 15-year battle over the late singer’s estate. David Black, an attorney representing Brown’s estate, confirmed to The Associated Press that the agreement was reached July 9. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Legal wrangling over the Godfather of Soul’s estate has been ongoing since his death at the age of 73 on Christmas Day 2006. More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the years by people trying to lay claim to what’s left, which courts have estimated to be worth anything from $5 million to more than $100 million.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go
ISLAMABAD — The spokesman for the Afghan Taliban says the insurgents don’t want to monopolize power. But he says there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new, negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed from office. Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, told the AP that under the Taliban, women will be allowed to work, go to school and participate in politics but they’ll have to wear the hijab, or headscarf. He laid out the Taliban stance as they are making swift gains on the ground, and the top U.S. military officer says the insurgents have “strategic momentum.”
Relatives: Cubans arrested after protests face summary trial
HAVANA — Relatives and friends of Cubans arrested during the unprecedented recent protests on the island say authorities are carrying out summary trials at a time when Cuba’s government is the target of criticism from international groups and governments, including the U.S., for its crackdown on the demonstrations. Martha Acosta, mother plastic artist Carlos González Acosta, said her son was sentenced to 10 months in prison for public disorder. She said she wasn’t able to attend the trial in Havana because she was not informed of it until it was over. Carlos is one of an unspecified number of people arrested after the July 11 protests.
China’s Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion
BEIJING — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development. State media say Xi visited sites in the capital Lhasa, including the former palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas, Tibet’s traditional leaders. China has in recent years stepped up controls over Buddhist monasteries and expanded education in the Chinese rather than Tibetan language. Critics of such policies are routinely detained and can receive long prison terms, especially if they have been convicted of association with the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India. Meanwhile, domestic tourism has expanded and new airports, rail lines and highways built.
UN experts: Africa became hardest hit by terrorism this year
U.N. experts say Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties. The panel of experts said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Friday that this is “especially true” in parts of west and east Africa where affiliates of both groups can also boast growing capabilities in fundraising and weapons, including the use of drones. Overall, the experts said, COVID-19 continued to affect terrorist activity.
UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion
The U.N. General Assembly has approved its first-ever resolution on vision. It calls on the assembly’s 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries, which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment by 2030. The “Vision for Everyone” resolution, sponsored by Bangladesh, Antigua and Ireland, and co-sponsored by over 100 countries, was adopted by consensus by the world body. According to the resolution, “at least 2 billion people are living with vision impairment or blindness” and 1.1 billion people have unaddressed vision impairment.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Will New Mexico eventually regret legalizing marijuana?
Favorite James Brown song?
Does America need a “Civilian Climate Corps”?
Are you eager to pay taxes for a stadium for the New Mexico United?
Do you enjoy tequila?
Six months in, has the Biden administration been as bad as you feared?
If America is racist to the core, why is Michael Richards a pariah?
How often do you frequent drive-through restaurants?
Is Jennifer Lopez talented?
Will war always be with us?