The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, July 5th, 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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More material progress has been made during the past one hundred and fifty years under the American system of business enterprise than during all the preceding centuries in world history. This record of achievement is a challenge to those who would radically change that system.
— Karl T. Compton
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny during the morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 94F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Today is Monday, July 5th, the 186th day of 2021. There are 179 days left in the year. It is Bikini Day, National Workaholics Day, National Graham Cracker Day, and National Apple Turnover Day.
This Day in History
In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act, which permitted coercive unionism, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1937, Spam was introduced by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
In 1946, Micheline Bernardini modeled the first bikini at a swimming pool in Paris.
In 1948, the National Health Service Act went into effect, creating the United Kingdom’s single-payer healthcare system.
In 1950, the Knesset passed the Law of Return, granting all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel.
In 1971, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, was formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.
In 1980, Björn Borg won his fifth Wimbledon singles final, and became the first male tennis player to win the championships five times in a row.
In 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
In 2016, the Juno space probe arrived at Jupiter and began a 20-month survey of the planet.
This Day in Music History
In 1961, Ray Charles released “Hit The Road Jack.”
In 1969, The Who released “I’m Free.”
In 1974, Linda Ronstadt recorded her breakthrough hit “You’re No Good” in Hollywood
In 1986, Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No. 1 on the album chart with Control. It featured the hit singles “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty.”
In 1994, Hootie & the Blowfish released their debut album Cracked Rear View. It eventually sold a staggering 21 million copies.
In 1997, the all-female Lilith Fair tour, organized by Sarah McLachlan, kicked off. The lineup included Jewel, Suzanne Vega, and Paula Cole. Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Fiona Apple joined on subsequent stops.
Musician, songwriter, film composer, and producer Robbie Robertson is 78. Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis is 71. Actor Pruitt Taylor Vince is 61. Actress Edie Falco is 58.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Political appointees included in payouts for unused vacation
SANTA FE — Top political appointees of the governor at agencies outside the field of health care were offered many of the largest payments to acknowledge skipped vacations during the pandemic in 2020. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that individual payouts of more than $4,000 were offered to the state secretary of finance and administration, investment officials and directors of the Public School Insurance Authority and the Expo New Mexico venue that hosts the state fair. The initiative from the governor compensates workers for large balances of unused 2020 vacation time that might otherwise expire.
Albuquerque man gets prison for threatening a police officer
ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for threatening to kill a New Mexico State Police officer who gave him traffic tickets. The Albuquerque Journal reports that 66-year-old Michael Nissen received a sentence of three years and five months. He will have to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. In August 2019, a federal court jury found Nissen guilty on two counts of using interstate communication to threaten to injure someone. According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Nissen was pulled over in November 2018 by State Police on Interstate 40 in Torrance County and issued multiple citations. Nissen called State Police dispatch multiple times and made threats and weapons were later found at his home.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Official: Drilling done, demolition of collapsed condo set
SURFSIDE, Fla. — A top Miami-Dade fire official says demolition specialists have finished drilling holes for explosives that they will use to bring down the precarious but still-standing portion of a collapsed South Florida condo building. Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah on Sunday told relatives of those missing in the collapse that workers were inserting the explosives and expect to detonate them between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday. The work has forced the suspension of the search-and-rescue mission, but officials said it should eventually open up new areas for rescue teams to explore. No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the June 24 collapse.
More mudslides block I-70 in western Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — More mudslides have closed Colorado’s main east-west highway. Westbound Interstate 70 reopened in western Colorado early Sunday after rain released flash floods and mudslides onto the highway Saturday afternoon. An almost 50-mile section of eastbound I-70 remains closed in the area of Glenwood Springs. The Denver Post reports the mudslides happened near a 2020 wildfire that burned about 51 square miles, stripping mountainsides of vegetation. Highway officials had warned that more rain could mean new closures after mudslides blocked I-70 June 26-28. Drivers face the option of waiting for the highway to reopen or making a four-hour detour.
8 people wounded in shooting near Fort Worth car wash
FORT WORTH — Police say eight people were wounded early Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, when a person began shooting toward groups of people near a car wash and multiple people returned fire. Police said in a statement that the eight gunshot victims were taken to hospitals and were in stable condition. Police said no suspects were in custody. Police say detectives have determined that the shooting began following an argument between several men. Police said one person then left the scene, retrieved a gun and began shooting toward groups of people. Police said multiple people in the area then returned fire.
Jimmy, Rosalynn Carter mark 75 years of ‘full partnership’
ATLANTA — Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary on July 7, extending their record as the longest married presidential couple in American history. The 96-year-old former president tells The Associated Press that the first secret of a long marriage is to pick the right partner. He calls his marriage to 93-year-old Rosalynn Carter a full partnership. But he and Rosalynn Carter offer other pieces of advice, as well. The devoutly Christian couple still reads the Bible together daily and looks for common interests to share. They also work out any differences before going to sleep each night.
Universal takes top three spots at domestic box office
Although the box office has yet to fully recover from the lockdowns, one studio has good reason to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Universal Pictures currently has the top three films at the domestic box office with F9 in first, The Boss Baby: Family Business in second and The Forever Purge in third. It’s the first time that’s happened for Universal since 1989, and the first time for any studio since 2005. The Universal films also account for a whopping 77% of overall grosses this weekend.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Cuba evacuates 180,000 as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches
HAVANA — Cuba has evacuated 180,000 people amid fears that Tropical Storm Elsa could cause heavy flooding as it passes over the island Sunday night and through Monday, after battering several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people. The Cuban government opened shelters and moved to protect sugarcane and cocoa crops ahead of the storm. The storm’s next target is Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 15 counties, including in Miami-Dade County, where a high-rise condominium building collapsed last week. Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane until Saturday morning, causing widespread damage in several eastern Caribbean islands on Friday as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
Blast rocks Caspian Sea sector near Azerbaijani gas field
MOSCOW — A strong explosion has shaken the Caspian Sea area where Azerbaijan has extensive offshore oil and gas fields and a column of fire rose late Sunday, but the state oil company says none of its platforms were damaged. The cause of the blast is not immediately determined, but state oil company SOCAR says preliminary information indicates it was a mud volcano. The Caspian Sea has a high concentration of such volcanoes, which spew both mud and flammable gas. SOCAR spokesman Ibrahim Ahmadov is quoted by the Azerbaijani news agency APA as saying the blast took place about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Umid gas field, which is 75 kilometers (45 miles) off the coast of the capital, Baku.
Suez Canal says deal reached to free seized vessel
CAIRO — The Suez Canal Authority says it has reached an agreement to settle a financial dispute with the owners of a hulking container ship that blocked the crucial waterway for nearly a week earlier this year. The authority did not reveal details on the settlement deal with the Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the Japanese owner of the Ever Given. It says the deal will be singed in a ceremony in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. The vessel had run aground in the canal on March 23 before it was extracted six days later. It has since been held as the canal and the vessel’s owners have negotiated a settlement.
Cyprus faces its ‘most destructive’ forest fire ever; 4 dead
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’s interior minister says four people have died in what he called the “most destructive" fire in the island nation’s history. Nicos Nouris said Sunday that Civil Defense volunteers discovered the charred bodies outside the village of Odou on the southern edge of the Troodos mountain range. Authorities believe the bodies belong to four Egyptian greenhouse workers who had tried to flee the flames but crashed their truck. Nouris said Greek and Israeli aircraft joined 11 other planes and helicopters in firefighting efforts. The blaze, which began Saturday, has forced the evacuation of at least eight mountain villages and has scorched 21 square miles.
Vatican says pope ‘reacted well’ to intestinal surgery
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis has “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital. In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman says the 84-year-old Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by a narrowing of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine. Spokesman Matteo Bruni didn’t say how long surgery lasted.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is the bikini vulgar?
Ever considered driving for Uber and/or Lyft?
Was it a mistake to lower the voting age to 18?
Linda Ronstadt’s best song?
Do you consider yourself a “workaholic”?
Spam — delicious or gross?
Are any of the “Fast & Furious” movies worth seeing?
Ever worked at a job that made you pay dues/fees to a union?
What’s wrong with cloning humans?
Before you read today’s Blast, did you know that both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are still alive?