The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, September 11th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day


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Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will [America’s] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she does not go aboard, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

— John Quincy Adams

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather StationGenerally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. Near record high temperatures. High around 95F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Saturday, September 11th, the 254th day of 2021. There are 111 days left in the year. It is Patriot Day, Women’s Baseball Day, National Make Your Bed Day, National Clean Out Your Garage Day, National Hot Cross Bun Day, National Lacemaking Day, and World First Aid Day.

This Day in History

In 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island.

In 1683, coalition forces, led by Poland’s King John III Sobieski, ended the Ottoman Empire’s siege of Vienna.

In 1776, a British-American peace conference on Staten Island failed to stop the nascent Revolutionary War.

In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1916, the Quebec Bridge’s central span collapsed, killing 11 men.

In 1919, the U.S. Marine Corps invaded Honduras.

In 1941, construction of the Pentagon began.

In 1972, San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit commenced passenger service.

In 1973, a coup headed by General Augusto Pinochet toppled Chile’s president, Salvador Allende.

In 1992, Hurricane Iniki devastated the islands of Kauai and Oahu.

In 2011, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened.

In 2012, the U.S. embassy in Benghazi was attacked, resulting in four deaths.

This Day in Music History

In 1967, The Beatles began filming Magical Mystery Tour.

In 1971, The Jackson 5 cartoon series, The Jackson 5ive, debuted on ABC. Each episode featured adventures with animated versions of the group, along with Michael’s pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie.

In 1977, David Bowie appeared during the recording of the television special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas at Elstree Studios in London. The two sang a duet of “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” Crosby died a month later, and their performance became a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV began playing the clip several years later.

In 1982, Frank Zappa’s “Valley Girl” reached its chart peak of No. 32. It was the sole Top 40 hit for the eccentric performer, who released over 60 albums in his lifetime.

In 2000, Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow released a cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’” as a duet. The single reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a week and appeared in the 2000 film Duets.

Today’s Birthdays

Director Brian De Palma is 81. Actress Amy Madigan is 71. Actress Virginia Madsen is 60. Musician, singer-songwriter, and producer Moby, born Richard Melville Hall, is 56. Financial journalist Maria Bartiromo is 54. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 54.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. Talk show host Eddy Aragon stays in mayoral race despite petition over residency

  2. Sheriff Gonzales will get emergency hearing on public financing

  3. Hawkins asks for mill levy support

  4. Hearing addresses how best to deal with drug offenses

  5. Heinrich Welcomes Biden COVID-19 Action Plan

  6. White House adviser says Biden will ‘run over’ GOP governors resisting vaccine mandate

  7. We Should Have Trusted Our Immune Systems

  8. There’s A Reason DC Democrats Are Always Winning, Even When They Lose

  9. 9/11 And The Mirage Of American Democracy

  10. After Toppling Al Qaeda, America Wasted a Staggering Amount of Money in Afghanistan

Mainstream Local/State News Briefing

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When does virus force closure? New Mexico schools now decide

SANTA FE — New Mexico school districts have more control this semester over if and when in-person education has to stop because of a virus outbreak. Schools no longer have to close down because of a threshold of positive cases set by state officials. Instead, they are on their own this month and working to release plans by next month documenting what they will do if there is a major outbreak. Instead of counting raw case numbers, schools are moving to keep track of the percentage of a school that is infected with the virus. The plans will include scenarios for schools that hit 5% infection rates.

Native Americans draft redistricting proposals in New Mexico

SANTA FE — Native American communities across New Mexico are putting the finishing touches on proposed redistricting maps aimed at greater self-determination in future public elections. Participants in a redistricting commission for New Mexico’s pueblo communities said that map proposals may be finalized as soon as next week. The maps will be submitted to a seven-member Citizen Redistricting Commission that is reviewing and vetting redistricting maps for the Legislature, which can adopt recommendations or start from scratch. The state is home to 23 federally recognized tribes with growing political clout on the state and national level.

Boy, 16, arrested in fatal Las Cruces shooting

LAS CRUCES — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Las Cruces last weekend. Las Cruces police said the boy was arrested based on a tip investigators received when they released surveillance camera photos of a car. Authorities believe the boy is responsible for the Sunday morning shooting of Matthew Portillo. Police did not release the teen’s name because he is a juvenile. He faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

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Arrest warrant issued for ex-Idaho lawmaker on rape charges

BOISE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Idaho lawmaker who resigned in disgrace after a 19-year-old intern reported that he brought her to his apartment on false pretenses and raped her. The Ada County arrest warrant comes nearly five months after Aaron von Ehlinger, a Republican from Lewiston, resigned from the Idaho House of Representatives after an ethics committee found he should be formally censured for his behavior. The investigation into von Ehlinger began in March. Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintains he had consensual sexual contact with the young woman.

Louisiana police boss says he’s open to federal oversight

BATON ROUGE — The head of the Louisiana State Police says he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have been directed at black people. He also said that he would welcome a U.S. Justice Department “pattern and practice” probe into potential racial profiling if that is deemed necessary. Col. Lamar Davis’s comments to the Associated Press came a day after an AP investigation identified at least a dozen cases over the past decade in which state police troopers or their bosses ignored or concealed evidence of beatings, deflected blame and impeded efforts to root out misconduct.

California man gets prison for massive charter school scam

SAN DIEGO — The co-owner of a network of online charter schools who was accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars in California education funds is going to prison. Jason Schrock was sentenced in San Diego to four years in prison. He and a co-defendant also were fined $37.5 million. The two ran a network of online-only charter schools in California. Prosecutors say they used a variety of schemes to inflate enrollment in order to obtain more state education money. Authorities say they earned as much as $4,000 per student while providing “little to no education" to most students.

Disney backs theatrical releases for remaining 2021 films

NEW YORK — After endless disruption due to the pandemic and the super-charged growth of streaming services, moviegoing may be going back to something a little like normal. The Walt Disney Co. announced that all of its remaining films this year will open exclusively theatrically. That includes the Marvel release Eternals (Nov. 5), Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (Oct. 15), the animated release Ron’s Gone Wrong (Oct. 22), Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (Dec. 10) and the sequel The King’s Man (Dec. 22). All of the films will have a minimum run of 45 days in theaters before streaming.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez make romance official in Venice

NEW YORK — After weeks of smooching on yachts and holding hands on intimate walks, Jennifer Lopez and old flame turned new again Ben Affleck made it official Friday night. They smooched and hugged on the red carpet for the premiere of Affleck’s The Last Duel at the Venice International Film Festival. She was dripping in Cartier diamonds in a white Georges Hobeika mermaid body hugging gown with plunging neckline and high side slit. He was dapper in a black tuxedo. There was plenty of PDA for the cameras after a summer of love for the two. They rekindled their romance in May, 17 years after they broke up in 2004.

Mainstream Global News Briefing

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At least 1 dead, 10 missing in landslide near Mexico City

TLALNEPANTLA, Mexico — A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City has given way, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and at least 10 missing. Rescue teams scaled a three-story pile of rock where houses had been in a Tlalnepantla neighborhood Friday. They are slowly excavating areas looking for people trapped below. Images from the area showed a segment of the steep, green side of the peak known as Chiquihuite sheared off above a field of giant rubble with closely packed homes remaining on either side.

Olaf weakens after hitting Mexico’s Los Cabos as Cat 2 storm

CABO SAN LUCAS — Hurricane Olaf has slipped back to tropical storm force after slamming into the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula with 100 mph winds and then drenching the region with torrential rains. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says winds had dropped to 40 mph by Friday afternoon. At least 700 local residents spent the night in shelters while while an estimated 20,000 foreign tourists hunkered down in their hotels. Officials say they have no reports of lives lost.

Fighting in Myanmar kills at least 15 after uprising call

BANGKOK — Fifteen to 20 villagers including several teenagers have been reported killed in some of Myanmar’s deadliest fighting since July between government troops and resistance forces. The fighting near Gangaw township in the northwestern Magway region started on Thursday. It followed a call for a nationwide uprising by the opposition National Unity Government, which seeks to coordinate resistance to military rule. A villager says members of a lightly armed self-defense militia fired warning shots but could not stop the soldiers and that clashes continued after that. He says 15 villagers were killed Thursday and Friday. Independent media put the total at 20 or more.

Prosecutor seeks to interview Haiti PM in president slaying

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s chief public prosecutor has invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry to meet with him next week as part of an ongoing investigation into the slaying of President Jovenel Moïse, noting that Henry spoke with one of the main suspects in the case just hours after the killing. The carefully worded invitation issued Friday noted that Henry had multiple phone calls with Joseph Felix Badio, who once worked for Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and whom authorities say had a key role leading up to the July 7 killing of the president at his private home. Chenal Augustin, who works in the prime minister’s communications office, told The Associated Press that the office would not issue comment on the matter.

Pope, patriarch, Canterbury archbishop make climate appeal

ROME — The world’s top Christian leaders have issued a joint appeal for delegates at the upcoming climate summit to “listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices to save the planet. Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians have made their first-ever joint statement. In it, the three Christian clerics said the coronavirus pandemic gave political leaders an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the global economy and make it more sustainable and socially just for the poor.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. Where were you on September 11th, 2001?

  2. Based on Albuquerque’s experience, would the Louisiana State Police benefit from federal oversight?

  3. Was Alexander Hamilton a hero or a villain?

  4. Can Gwyneth Paltrow sing?

  5. Don’t you wish religious leaders would shut the hell up about “climate change”?

  6. Scarface or The Untouchables?

  7. Would your garage benefit from a good cleaning?

  8. How is using race to influence redistricting anywhere even close to constitutional?

  9. The Jackson 5’s best song?

  10. On a scale of 1 to 10, how horrible is Martin Heinrich?

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