The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, June 13th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights.
— Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny and very hot. High near 100F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Sunday, June 13th, the 164th day of 2021. There are 201 days left in the year. It is National Sewing Machine Day.
This Day in History
In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress train its army.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh received a ticker tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York City.
In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Miranda v. Arizona, that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
In 1971, The New York Times began publication of the Pentagon Papers.
In 2002, the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
In 2015, James Boulware opened fire outside police headquarters in Dallas. He was later killed by a sniper.
This Day in Music History
In 1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Recordings from the shows were used as part of Frampton Comes Alive, which became the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.
In 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus started a 17-week run at No. 1 on the album chart with Some Gave All. It featured his breakthrough song “Achy Breaky Heart.”
In 1995, Alanis Morissette released her studio album Jagged Little Pill. It featured the hits “You Oughta Know” and “Ironic,” and went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
In 2005, Michael Jackson was found not guilty of all charges of child abuse by a jury of eight women and four men at the end of a 16-week hearing in Santa Maria, California.
In 2008, a Chicago jury acquitted R. Kelly of all charges of child pornography.
Actor Malcolm McDowell is 79. Writer Whitley Strieber is 76. Actor Richard Thomas is 70. Actor Stellan Skarsgård is 70. Comedian Tim Allen is 68. Actress Katherine Victoria Litwack, known professionally as Kat Dennings, is 35.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Travel rebound: 2 million people go through US airports
DALLAS — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020. The Transportation Security Administration announced Saturday that 2.03 million travelers were screened at airport security checkpoints on Friday. Airline bookings have been picking up since around February, as more Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19 and – at least within the United States – travel restrictions such as mandatory quarantines began to ease.
Virginia county plans to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist
ARLINGTON, Va. — A northern Virginia county is paving the way to rename a major highway that currently shares a name with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Arlington County Board said at its Saturday meeting that it plans to vote next month to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston. He was also the first black man to be elected to Congress from Virginia. The five-member board voted unanimously Saturday to defer a final vote to July 17. In a press release, the board said the extra month will allow for additional community engagement. The county currently estimates the name change will cost $300,000. The name change would only cover the parts of Lee Highway that run through Arlington County.
Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day
CHICAGO — A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic has jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day. Dan O’Conor said Saturday that he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city’s North Side last year to relieve stress. He continued jumping in through the fall before winter came and things got harder because he’d have to hack a hole in the ice-covered lake before taking the plunge. He posted videos of his jumps online and says he was encouraged by the response. So he decided to stick it out for a full year.
Rapper Polo G is arrested in Miami after album release party
MIAMI — Officials say rapper Polo G has been arrested in Miami on charges including battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief. Jail records show 22-year-old Taurus Bartlett was booked Saturday into jail on five charges and released on bond hours later. The Miami Police Department released affidavits saying the rapper ended up in a struggle on the ground with officers. One affidavit says an officer was trying to handcuff Bartlett and was struck multiple times. The artist’s mother and manager said he was stopped after an album release party.
Star dog handler hurt in wreck en route to Westminster show
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — The road to this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show passed through a major change of date and venue. The road also proved dangerous for one of the nation’s best known dog handlers. His wife and fellow star handler said Saturday that Bill McFadden was rear-ended and injured while driving a van full of dogs cross-country to the show. Taffe McFadden says he was hospitalized for a time after the crash Tuesday in Wyoming and is now recuperating at home in Acampo, California. Judging began Saturday toward the best in show prize. It will be awarded Sunday night.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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13 killed in hospital attack in opposition-held Syria town
BEIRUT — Activists and a medical group say shells have hit a hospital in a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed fighters, killing at least 13 people, including two medical staff and two ambulance drivers. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shelling, which came from areas where government troops and Kurdish-led fighters are deployed. The Syrian American Medical Society, an aid group that assists health centers in opposition areas, said al-Shifaa Hospital in the town of Afrin was targeted by two missiles that destroyed the emergency and operation rooms. The office of the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province accused Kurdish fighters of the assault, a charge denied by the group’s leader.
UK-EU Brexit spat over N Ireland clouds G7 leaders summit
FALMOUTH, England — Turbulence from the divorce between the U.K. and the European Union has provided an unwanted distraction at the Group of Seven summit. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that post-Brexit agreements will fail if the European Union continues to take a “theologically draconian” approach to the rules. Johnson has held meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU officials on the sidelines of the summit he is hosting in southwest England. The two sides are wrangling over Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that borders the bloc. The spat drew in U.S. President Joe Biden, who said he's concerned about the potential threat to Northern Ireland’s peace accord.
8 dead, 3 injured in China factory's chemical leak
BEIJING — Chinese authorities say eight people have died and three others are injured by the leak of a toxic chemical at a plant in the southwestern city of Guiyang. The accident came as workers were unloading a shipment of methyl formate from a vehicle at a chemical handling facility. An investigation is underway. The Chinese economy’s emphasis on chemicals and heavy industry has led to frequent deadly accidents, often traced to weak adherence to safety standards and corruption among enforcement bodies. Those responsible are often handed harsh punishments, but high demand and the desire for profits often trump such concerns. Industrial accidents, many involving chemicals, have killed hundreds in recent years, including 78 at a plant in eastern China in 2019.
Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally
SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask, in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later from atop a sound truck, where helmeted but largely maskless backers cheered and chanted as he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine would be imposed for violation of a mask requirement.
Peru’s Fujimori repeats election fraud claim, trusts no jail
LIMA — Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori says she trusts she will not be sent back to prison after a judge reviews her freedom in a money laundering case and insists that fraud was committed by her rival in a recent election she narrowly trails. With all the votes tallied from last Sunday’s presidential runoff, the leftist Pedro Castillo had 50.2% support against 49.8% for Fujimori. But electoral authorities said they are scrutinizing a small number of ballots amid fraud claims. Amid the uncertainty, a prosecutor has asked a judge to return Fujimori to prison for failing to abide by the terms of her release.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Given more than half a century of movies, documentaries, television shows, podcasts, and books about crime, should police still be required to inform arrestees of their Miranda rights?
Are Latinos beginning to abandon the Democratic Party?
Do you trust the Pentagon’s missile-defense system?
Is a “fully digital version of the U.S. dollar” inevitable?
Alien abductions — for real, or the delusions of mentally ill and/or lonely people?
Do you think Joe Biden could define what carbon dioxide is?
Should Bolsonaro pay his face-diaper fine?
Will Jeff Bezos make it to space on July 20th?
How much does the average American know about France’s contributions to his country’s independence?
Do you own a sewing machine?