The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, July 3rd, 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: Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Saturday, July 3rd, the 184th day of 2021. There are 181 days left in the year. It is Disobedience Day, Eat Beans Day, Stay Out of the Sun Day, American Redneck Day, National Fried Clam Day, National Independent Beer Run Day, and International Cherry Pit Spitting Day.
This Day in History
In 1608, Québec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1852, Congress established the second U.S. mint, in San Francisco.
In 1863, the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminated with Pickett’s Charge.
In 1884, Dow Jones & Company published its first stock average.
In 1890, Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.
In 1969, the biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred when the Soviet Union’s N-1 rocket failed and destroyed its launchpad.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan.
In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
In 1996, British Prime Minister John Major announced that the Stone of Scone would be returned to Scotland.
In 2013, Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military after four days of protests calling for his resignation.
This Day in Music History
In 1957, Ray Charles released his self-titled debut album.
In 1969, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones was found dead in his swimming pool. The death was ruled accidental. Jones, 27, had high levels of alcohol in his blood.
In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub at age 27. No autopsy was performed, and while drugs are suspected, the official cause was listed as “heart attack induced by respiratory problems.”
In 1976, at a show in Anaheim, Brian Wilson appeared onstage with The Beach Boys for the first time in 12 years.
Feminist extremist Gloria Allred is 80. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 78. Humorist Dave Barry is 74. Actor Tom Cruise is 59. Actress Connie Nielsen is 56.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Jobs seekers can nab $1,000 federal bonus in New Mexico
SANTA FE — Federal relief funds will be used to offer back-to-work bonuses of up to $1,000 for New Mexico residents who find a job in the coming weeks and stop receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Announced Friday, the program from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is aimed at encouraging a return to work before federal unemployment supplements expire Sept. 4. Support payments decline gradually to $400 by late July, providing a bigger payout the sooner a job is secured. The Department of Workforce Solutions says it expects up to 15,000 people will take advantage of the program at a total cost of up to $10.1 million.
Body of missing Navajo Army veteran found in Nevada
FARMINGTON — The body of a Navajo woman missing for two years has been found in Nevada, and her boyfriend is facing murder charges. Authorities in Farmington, New Mexico, say the body was found in Clark County, Nevada, in February. DNA test results this week showed the remains belonged to Cecelia Finona, who was 59 when she was last seen at her Farmington home the evening of May 30, 2019. Police on Friday filed charges of murder, kidnapping and and tampering with evidence against her boyfriend, Jerry Jay. It was not clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Troopers say 5 killed, 5 injured in crash west of Phoenix
PHOENIX — Arizona troopers say five people have died and five others were injured in a tractor-trailer crash west of Phoenix. The crash occurred on Interstate 10 Friday afternoon when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a car carrying five people. KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported the crash split the car in half and it burst into flames. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said all five passengers in the car died at the scene. The tractor-trailer then hit an SUV carrying a woman and her four children. Troopers said those five were all taken to hospitals in Phoenix with serious injuries. Troopers say the tractor-trailer driver was uninjured, and they are still investigating what happened.
Ransomware hits hundreds of US companies, security firm says
WASHINGTON — A ransomware attack has paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies. That’s according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs says a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate appears to be behind the attack. He says the criminals in the REvil gang targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management software as a conduit to spread the ransomware more widely. Other researchers agreed with Hammond’s assessment. It was not immediately clear how many Kaseya customers might be affected or who they might be.
US Supreme Court to hear Maine religious school tuition case
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Supreme Court has decided it will hear a case brought by families from Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools. At the heart of the case is a Maine Department of Education rule that allows families who live in towns that don’t have public schools to receive public tuition dollars to send their children to the public or private school of their choosing. That program excludes religious schools. Families who want to send their children to Christian schools in Bangor and Waterville sued to try to change that. The high court said Friday it is taking the case.
US Supreme Court backs Minnesota Amish in septic tank fight
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Supreme Court has sided an Amish group in Minnesota that’s fighting efforts to compel them to install septic systems. The case pits families with the traditionalist Swartzentruber Amish in southeastern Minnesota against Fillmore County. Minnesota courts have sided with the county. But the Supreme Court on Friday sent the case back to the Minnesota Court of Appeals with instructions to take another look, in light of its ruling last month in a different religious freedom case. While the order was a strong indicator what the justices think should happen, the next step is up to the Minnesota court.
Ex-’Predator’ host turns himself in, resolves video issue
LANSING — The former host of To Catch a Predator turned himself after a Michigan judge issued a warrant for his arrest for no-showing at a court hearing to explain not giving a defense lawyer more footage of a police sting operation. Chris Hansen checked in at the jail in Corunna Friday, was released and has 14 days to produce the full video. Hansen says the matter has been resolved. The sting operation resulted in three men, including a state corrections officer, being charged with trying to meet underage girls for sex. Hansen was embedded with law enforcement.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Canada hunts for survivors of fire that destroyed small town
VANCOUVER — Officials are hunting for any missing residents of a British Columbia town destroyed by wildfire, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered federal assistance. The roughly 1,000 residents of Lytton had to abandon their homes with just a few minutes notice Wednesday evening after suffering the previous day under a record high of 121.2 Fahrenheit. Officials said Friday it’s unclear whether anyone remains in the village due to a lack of cell service and because it’s not safe to enter most of the area. In Ottawa, Trudeau pledged that the federal government will “help rebuild and help people come through this.”
Mexico’s Pemex suffers huge gas pipeline fire in Gulf
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s state-owned oil company says it suffered a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The gas leak sent flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters. Petroleos Mexicanos said it had dispatched fire control boats to pump more water over the flames. The company said it had brought the gas leak under control. Pemex, as the company is known, said nobody was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field. But the accident gave rise to the strange sight of roiling balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Press groups slam Mexican leader’s ‘lie of the week’ contest
MEXICO CITY — Press and human rights organizations are criticizing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s weekly “contest” that roughly translates roughly “Lie of the Week.” Each week at his daily morning press conference, López Obrador presents a few news articles he feels are unfair, an exercise he calls “Who’s Who in Lies.” The authors of those articles are singled out for criticism. López Obrador talks more to the press, but is also more openly hostile to them, than almost any of his predecessors. The Inter American Press Association says the practice stigmatizes and intimidates journalists, in a country with a high level of violence against reporters.
Elsa strengthens into season's 1st hurricane in Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Elsa has strengthened into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and it’s blowing off roofs, snapping trees and destroying crops in the eastern Caribbean, where officials closed schools, businesses and airports under the threat of flash flooding and landslides. Forecasters say it might reach Florida as a tropical storm by Tuesday. The Category 1 storm unleashed heavy rains and winds on Barbados and on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which are struggling to recover from recent massive volcanic eruptions. Authorities in Barbados reported damage but not deaths.
UN: Over 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray face famine now
The United Nations says more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s crisis-wracked Tigray region are now facing the worst global famine in decades and 1.8 million are on the brink. And it warned that despite the government’s unilateral cease-fire there is serious potential for fighting in western Tigray. The dire reports by senior U.N. officials to the U.N. Security Council's first open meeting on Tigray Friday painted a devastating picture of a region where humanitarian access is extremely restricted, 5.2 million people need aid, and Tigray forces that returned to their capital Mekele have not agreed to a cease-fire.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Could any member of New Mexico’s congressional delegation pass a basic test on nuclear science/engineering?
Ever been to Idaho?
How would history be different had the Confederacy prevailed at Gettysburg?
Should public money be allowed to be used for tuition at religious schools?
Tom Cruise’s best movie?
Are you naturally obedient or disobedient?
Did you watch To Catch a Predator?
Should the federal government be doing more to combat ransomware attacks?
Are you a redneck?
Why is the Mexican government so dysfunctional?