The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, June 14th, 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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America will never be a socialist country.

— President Donald J. Trump, 2019 State of the Union Address


Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mostly sunny. Very hot. High 103F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Monday, June 14th, the 165th day of 2021. There are 200 days left in the year. It is Flag Day.

This Day in History

In 1789, survivors of the HMS Bounty mutiny, including Captain William Bligh, reached Timor after a nearly 4,600-mile journey in an open boat.

In 1846, Anglo settlers in Sonoma, California, started a rebellion against Mexico and proclaimed the California Republic.

In 1900, Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

In 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) state to celebrate Flag Day as an official holiday.

In 1940, the German occupation of Paris began.

In 1949, Albert II, a rhesus monkey, became the first primate in space, riding a V-2 rocket launched from White Sands, New Mexico. He survived the flight but died after a parachute failure caused his capsule to slam into the ground.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that placed the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1959, Disneyland opened the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere.

In 2002, asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles, about one-third of the distance between our planet and its moon.

In 2017, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others were shot by a left-wing terrorist (and Bernie Sanders volunteer) during a practice for a charity baseball game. The perpetrator, James Hodgkinson, was killed by police.

This Day in Music History

In 1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two-month hospital stay, “I Fall to Pieces” gave the singer her first country No. 1, and became a huge crossover hit.

In 1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at the top of the album chart with Glass Houses, his second No. 1 album.

In 1984, a model of Boy George was unveiled at Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London.

In 1986, three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena after falling from a balcony.

In 2012, Ringo Starr’s birthplace in Liverpool was saved from the threat of demolition. Fans of The Beatles and city residents successfully lobbied to save the house, a run-down, three-bedroom Victorian.

Today’s Birthdays

Politician Steny Hoyer is 82. Donald Trump is 75. Actor Will Patton is 67. Singer George Alan O’Dowd, known professionally as Boy George, is 60. Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 52.



  1. Residents raise concerns over proposed PNM substation

  2. Former APS teacher faces more sex abuse charges after fourth victim comes forward

  3. New trail system in Sunland Park will soon connect with Paso del Norte trail

  4. Poor water management, statewide drought cited as reasons for dropping water levels at Elephant Butte

  5. ‘These things pull like a bulldog’: Massive fish caught at Elephant Butte

  6. Next five days crucial for state to meet its reopening goal

  7. Police retirements surged after George Floyd killing, data finds

  8. CDC claims COVID-19 kills ‘healthy young children’ as doctors push back on vaccinating kids

  9. Pinkerton: Dr. Fauci, Meet Dr. Frankenstein – Did ‘Gain of Function Research’ Create a Monster?

  10. The Conversion of Thomas Sowell


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Widow of New Mexico police officer suing for wrongful death

ALBUQUERQUE — The widow of a New Mexico State Police officer fatally shot in the line of duty in February has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, asserting the agency failed to equip her husband. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Gabriella Jarrott has filed suit against the state Department of Public Safety. Officer Darian Jarrott was fatally shot after pulling over 39-year-old Omar Cueva along I-10 east of Deming. Cueva, the target of a federal drug sting, was later killed in a shootout with police. The lawsuit contends Jarrott was tasked with pulling Cueva over without knowing how dangerous he was. It is asking for unspecified damages.

Crews trying to contain wildfire south Belen

BELEN — A wildfire south of Belen that jumped the Rio Grande has residents preparing for a possible evacuation. Valencia County Fire Department officials say the blaze, which has burned 0.47 square miles, was at zero containment as of early Sunday. The fire was first reported Saturday afternoon north of Veguita, near Highways 346 and 304. According to fire officials, it has managed to cross the river and burn on both the east and west sides as well as spread north. Firefighters are trying to contain the fire outside the bosque in order to also protect homes nearby. Authorities say homes in Jarales and near Highway 304 are at risk.


Judge tosses hospital workers’ vaccine requirement challenge

HOUSTON — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by employees of a Houston hospital system over its requirement that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their refusal to get vaccinated. Of them, 117 sued seeking to overturn the requirement and over their suspension and threatened termination. In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes deemed the lead plaintiff's contention that the vaccines are “experimental and dangerous” to be false and otherwise irrelevant. He also said it was “reprehensible” of her to compare the vaccination requirement to the Nazis’ forced medical experimentation on concentration camp captives. The plaintiffs' lawyer vowed to appeal.

Shop owner’s plea as California reopens: ‘I need customers’

LOS ANGELES — California is just days away from reopening its economy but business owners who have struggled in the past year still face an uncertain future. Merchants and restaurateurs on Los Angeles’ oldest street say they are hopeful it will bring a recovery but they’re hurting. Martha Medina, who owns the largest shop on Olvera Street, says she does not expect to return to normal but to a “semi-normal.” Medina’s shop selling Mexican folk art and clothing has cut back to being open five days instead of daily. The state is due to lift restrictions Tuesday after tamping down the virus.

Average US price of gas rises 2 cents per gallon to $3.13

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents to $3.13 per gallon over the past three weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says crude oil prices rose more during the same period but these hikes weren’t passed on to gasoline consumers. She says that’s because of consumer resistance to high prices. The price at the pump was 95 cents higher in the June 11 survey than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the country was $4.31 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average was $2.60 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

‘In the Heights’ makes muted debut, edged by ‘A Quiet Place’

NEW YORK — Just when a party was poised to break out in movie theaters, the below-expectation debut of In the Heights dampened Hollywood’s hopes of a swift or smooth recovery at the summer box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation opened with a modest $11.4 million. Forecasts had ranged from $15-$20 million. The release of In the Heights, which is a lavish musical accompanied by glowing reviews from critics and considered a milestone movie for Hispanics, was widely seen as a cultural event. But A Quiet Place Part II edged it with $11.7 million in its fourth weekend of release. On Friday, John Krasinski’s thriller became the first film of the pandemic to reach $100 million domestically.

Ned Beatty, indelible in ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Network’ dies at 83

NEW YORK — Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer raped by a backwoodsman in 1972’s Deliverance launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83. Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones. After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in Deliverance as Bobby Trippe, the happy-go-lucky member of a male river-boating party terrorized by backwoods thugs. The scene in which Trippe is brutalized became the most memorable in the movie and established Beatty as an actor whose name moviegoers may not have known but whose face they always recognized.


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Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu’s long rule

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament has narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, becomes prime minister and was sworn into office after a 60-59 vote. Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett will preside over a fragile coalition comprised of eight parties with deep ideological differences. But the 71-year-old Netanyahu made clear he has no intention of exiting the political stage, calling the new coalition a “dangerous government.” The vote ended a two-year cycle of political paralysis in which Israel held four deadlocked elections.

Nicaragua arrests 5 more opposition leaders in crackdown

MANAGUA — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has arrested five opposition leaders, following the detentions of four presidential contenders earlier this month. The moves over the weekend suggest Ortega has moved beyond arresting potential opposition candidates in the Nov. 7 elections, and has begun arresting any prominent member of the opposition. On Sunday, police arrested prominent ex-Sandinistas dissident Dora María Téllez and Hugo Torres, as well as Ana Margarita Vijil. On Saturday, police arrested Tamara Dávila, who was active in Unamos, a movement formed by former Sandinistas angered by Ortega's autocratic ways and perpetual re-elections. Also arrested Sunday was Suyen Barahona, the leader of Unamos.

Islamist party makes early victory claim in Algeria election

ALGIERS — A moderate Islamist party has claimed victory Sunday in Algeria’s legislative election even though results were not expected for several more days. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in the North African country, the head of the Movement for a Peaceful Society said the party “leads results in the majority of wilayas (regions) and overseas.” Party chief Abderrazak Makri also denounced alleged fraud attempts “to change the results.” The party did not provide the basis for its victory claim on Sunday. The chief of Algeria’s election authority says a third or less of the country’s 24 million eligible voters cast ballots in Saturday's election.

England players booed for taking a knee despite plea by team

LONDON — Sections of fans at Wembley Stadium have booed England players for taking a knee before the European Championship game against Croatia. The boos came despite pleas from the team to respect the gesture. Croatia’s players did not take a knee. The English Football Associated told fans ahead of the game that the team is taking a knee “as a mechanism of peacefully protesting against discrimination, injustice and inequality. This is personally important to the players and the values the team collectively represents.” Many fans believe that taking a knee is a political act.

Djokovic claims 19th Slam with 5-set comeback at French Open

PARIS — Novak Djokovic came all the way back after dropping the first two sets to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open final for his 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic’s victory moves him one major championship away from tying the men’s record of 20 shared by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The 34-year-old Djokovic eliminated 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal in a four-hour semifinal. And the 22-year-old Tsitsipas had the upper hand early in his first Grand Slam final. But Djokovic eventually completed his sixth career comeback from two sets down and second of the tournament.


  1. Is NIMBYism a serious problem in New Mexico?

  2. Is Daniel Ortega a thug?

  3. Why would anyone pursue a career in law enforcement these days?

  4. Would the United States be better off without California?

  5. Is left-wing or right-wing terrorism a greater threat to public safety in America?

  6. Why are Democratic leaders in Congress (as well as Joe Biden) all in their 70s or 80s?

  7. Where does Benjamin Netanyahu go from here?

  8. Have you read any of Thomas Sowell’s books?

  9. Is the federal government doing enough to track, and possibly even deflect, near-Earth asteroids?

  10. Ever been to Disneyland?

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