The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, June 15th, 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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— Davy Crockett
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny with a few afternoon clouds. Very hot. High around 100F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Today is Tuesday, June 15th, the 166th day of 2021. There are 199 days left in the year. It is Global Wind Day.
This Day in History
In 1502, Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Martinique during his fourth voyage.
In 1648, Margaret Jones was hanged in Boston for witchcraft — the first such execution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1836, Arkansas was admitted as the 25th U.S. state.
In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
In 1864, Arlington National Cemetery was established when U.S. Army Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs set aside 200 acres of the estate formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee for burials.
In 1877, Henry Ossian Flipper became the first black cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making it the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
In 1961, NASA’s Plum Brook Reactor, located in Ohio, first went critical. Used for space-related nuclear research and development, it was shut down in January 1973 and demolished in May 2012.
In 1970, Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.
In 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted, the second largest during the 20th century, killing over 800 people.
In 2012, Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
This Day in Music History
In 1933, singer-songwriter-musician Waylon Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas. Best known as one of the founding pioneers of country music’s Outlaw Movement, his hits include “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” “Rainy Day Woman,” and “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” He died in 2002.
In 1973, Motown Records released “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. The track became Gaye’s most successful single and one of his most well-known songs.
In 1981, Duran Duran released its eponymous debut studio album. It reached No. 10 on the Billboard chart, and featured the hit single “Girls on Film.”
In 1988, during Bruce Springsteen’s stay in Rome during a world tour, a photographer took a shot of him sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. It confirmed the rumors that the two were having an affair.
Civil-rights activist Ward Connerly is 82. Actor and author Simon Callow is 72. Actor Jim Belushi is 67. Actress Helen Hunt is 58. Actress Courteney Cox is 57. O’Shea Jackson, known professionally as Ice Cube, is 52. Actress and anti-Scientology activist Leah Remini is 51. Actor Jake Busey is 50. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 48.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Military veteran runs for New Mexico governor as Republican
SANTA FE — Investment adviser and West Point graduate Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque says he’ll seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico in next year’s election. In a news release Monday, Zanetti says he wants to “restore some dignity” to the governor’s office.” Zanetti says he wants to work with local officials to reduce crime rates and improve schools. Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is running for reelection in 2022. Democrats control every statewide office and hold majorities in the state House and Senate.
New Mexico governor urges limits on fireworks amid drought
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging cities and counties across New Mexico to consider banning the sale of fireworks ahead of the July Fourth holiday. She pointed to the persistent drought that has blanketed much of the state and the fire restrictions already in place on national forest lands. While state statutes prevent the governor from imposing a statewide ban on fireworks, the governor’s office is encouraging municipalities to take action to limit fire danger. Restrictions are in place across Doña Ana County for the next month, and Rio Rancho and Farmington have warned residents to be careful over the holiday.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Texas power grid manager issues weeklong conservation alert
DALLAS — The electric power grid manager for most of Texas has issued another conservation alert, urging users to reduce energy consumption through Friday to avert an emergency. With summer still six days away, the alert is the second one from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas since the deadly February winter blackout. ERCOT says forced generation outages combined with potential record June demand is squeezing the power supply. More than 12,000 megawatts of the grid’s nearly-87,000 megawatts of generating capacity was offline. ERCOT urges setting thermostats to 78 degrees and avoiding the use of large electric appliances.
Mississippi: Ex-lawmaker killed near home of slain relative
WATER VALLEY, Miss. — A former Mississippi lawmaker has been found shot to death in a rural area outside the burned home where her sister-in-law was found dead after Christmas. Ashley Henley was a Republican who served in the state House from January 2016 to January 2020 from a district in DeSoto County. The North Mississippi Herald was first to report that Henley’s body was found Sunday night in rural Yalobusha County, about 70 miles south of DeSoto County. Her body was outside the home where the body of her sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones was found Dec. 26.
Two drown after rescuing children from Texas river
SEGUIN, Texas — Searchers have recovered the body of a second person drowned after both were swept away after rescuing two children in a Texas river. Guadalupe County sheriff’s officials say the body of 30-year-old Victor Villanueva was recovered Monday afternoon from the Guadalupe River about a mile downstream from where he went missing. The body of 22-year-old Casandra Kendrick Sunday night. Both vanished after saving two children struggling against the current in the popular swimming and tubing river near Seguin, about 35 miles northeast of San Antonio.
California man gets prison for coercing women for sex films
SAN DIEGO — A producer for a now-defunct California porn website has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos. Ruben Andre Garcia was sentenced in San Diego for conspiracy and sex trafficking involving San Diego-based GirlsDoPorn.com. Prosecutors say the porn recruiter, actor and producer falsely promised models answering ads that the sex films wouldn’t be distributed on the internet and also at times coerced them to finish videos through threats. The site’s co-creator, Michael James Pratt, remains at large and there’s a reward for information leading to his arrest.
Emotions stir Michael Phelps in his return to US trials
OMAHA — Michael Phelps is back at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials just to watch for the first time since 1996. The 23-time gold medalist says seeing the athletes post fast times stirs something in him. Phelps says that body-wise, he’s ready to get in the pool and do a time trial. But no, he’s not planning on a comeback. He’s in Omaha watching with his wife and 5-year-old son. Phelps says he doesn’t miss dealing with nerves and the pressure to perform, as well as going through warmups and warm downs, getting tested and massaged.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Australia says it’s reached a free trade deal with Britain
CANBERRA — Australia’s trade minister says the country has reached a free trade agreement with Britain. The agreement is the first for Britain since it left the European Union. Trade Minister Dan Tehan says the two prime ministers reached the agreement during negotiations over dinner in London. Britain’s Boris Johnson and Australia’s Scott Morrison will make a formal announcement on Tuesday morning in London and release further information. Tehan says, “Their agreement is a win for jobs, businesses, free trade and highlights what two liberal democracies can achieve while working together.”
Investigation begun into China gas explosion; toll now 25
BEIJING — An investigation has begun into the cause of a gas line explosion at a market in central China where the death toll has risen to 25. Rescuers climbed over smashed bricks and slabs of concrete to find victims after the blast in Hubei province as residents were buying breakfast and vegetables. Officials announced the higher death toll and the formation of an investigation team at a news conference. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a thorough investigation to create a “good atmosphere” for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party on July 1. The blast appeared similar to one in 2013 in a northeastern port when underground pipes ripped open following a leak.
Operator says China nuclear plant facing ‘performance issue’
HONG KONG — The French joint operator of a Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong says it is dealing with a “performance issue” but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is jointly owned by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and French multinational electric utility Électricité de France, the main owner of Framotome, which helps operate the plant. Framatome says it is “supporting resolution of a performance issue” at the plant. It says the plant is operating within safety parameters according to available data, and that Framatome is working to "propose solutions to address any potential issue.”
UN envoy: More insecurity in Mali will have ‘drastic’ impact
The new U.N. special envoy for crisis-wracked Mali is warning that further insecurity, especially in the country’s center and north, will have “drastic consequences” for the immediate region and beyond. El-Ghassim Wane urged the military-led transitional government to prepare for elections next February. He the U.N. Security Council that the West African nation “is at a critical juncture,” calling the situation “challenging, desperate and frustrating.” Wane said: “The encroachment of violent extremism on many Malian communities presents a serious setback.” Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising that led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led war.
New Zealand apologizes for 1970s raids on Pacific people
WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s government is formally apologizing for an immigration crackdown nearly 50 years ago in which Pacific people were targeted for deportation, often after early-morning home raids. Aupito William Sio recalled the terrifying day during his childhood when police officers holding German shepherd dogs turned up at his family home before dawn and shined flashlights into their faces while his father stood there helpless. Sio is now the government’s minister for Pacific peoples. He and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced the apology for what became known as the Dawn Raids. The formal apology will be held at a commemoration event on June 26.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Can Greg Zanetti beat Michelle Lujan Grisham?
Best Waylon Jennings song?
What’s the future of the Boy Scouts of America?
If wind energy is so great, why does it exist solely due to taxpayer subsidies and government mandates?
Did you watch Friends?
Does Albuquerque’s Tiny Home Village stand even the slightest chance of success?
Ever been to Arkansas?
How much money would it take for you to take the “vaccine”?
Is Scientology a scam?
Is 78 degrees good enough when outdoor temperatures are in the triple digits?