The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, June 29th, 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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[I]f you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. ... If you knew it, you’d say, “Wait a minute. The decision I just made does not make much sense. I had better go and get some independent advice.” But when you’re incompetent, the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is. In logical reasoning, in parenting, in management, problem solving, the skills you use to produce the right answer are exactly the same skills you use to evaluate the answer.
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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Showers in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon. High 71F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Today is Tuesday, June 29th, the 180th day of 2021. There are 185 days left in the year. It is Camera Day and Waffle Iron Day.
This Day in History
In 1880, France annexed Tahiti.
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
In 1956, the Federal Aid Highway Act was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, officially creating the Interstate Highway System.
In 1974, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada.
In 1975, Steve Wozniak tested the first prototype of the Apple I computer.
In 1976, the Seychelles became independent from the United Kingdom.
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
In 2007, Apple released the first iPhone.
This Day in Music History
In 1966, Neil Diamond made his television debut, performing his hit “Cherry, Cherry” on American Bandstand.
In 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album.
In 1974, Gordon Lightfoot’s single “Sundown” went to No. 1.
In 1984, after a failed attempt at shooting a studio video for “Dancing In The Dark,” Bruce Springsteen did it live at his concert in St. Paul. During Clarence Clemons’s sax solo, The Boss brought 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him.
In 1999, former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett was arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.
Actor Gary Busey is 76. Comedian and actor Richard Lewis is 74. Actor, politician, and talk-show host Fred Grandy is 73. Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf is 72. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 60. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 59. Actress Melora Hardin is 54.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Supreme Court allows recall effort against Trump booster
SANTA FE — An effort to recall the founder of Cowboys for Trump from his public office as a county commissioner can move forward under an order of the New Mexico state Supreme Court. In a written order, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin and upheld a lower court ruling that said voters can circulate a recall petition. A group from Otero County has accused Griffin of using his elected county position for personal gain. Griffin has called the allegations baseless and politically motivated. Cowboys for Trump has held horseback-riding parades across the country in support of President Donald Trump.
Airman from Albuquerque dies at military base in Qatar
SANTA FE — The Department of Defense says a member of the New Mexico Air National Guard has died at a military base in Qatar. The department said in a news release that Lt. Col. James C. Willis of Albuquerque died in events unrelated to combat that are under investigation. The 55-year-old airman was providing support to military efforts against the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria. Willis had been assigned as commander of the 210th Red Horse Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Amish put faith in God's will and herd immunity over vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccination drive is falling far behind in the deeply religious and conservative Amish communities across the U.S. The Amish don’t have any religious beliefs that forbid them from getting vaccines. But experts say their mistrust of the government and wariness about preventive medicine are fueling the low rates. Another factor they say is the widespread skepticism in the rural places where the Amish live. Public health officials are trying to combat that. They’ve put up billboards, posters and reached out to bishops in Amish churches. But that has done little to increase vaccinations among the Amish.
3.9 magnitude earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area
OAKLAND — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.9 earthquake has rattled the San Francisco Bay Area. The earthquake’s epicenter was in San Lorenzo, an East Bay community in Alameda County 13 miles south of Oakland. Communities south of San Francisco — across the bay from San Lorenzo— felt the quake. A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported in near Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday. The quake was initially rated a 4.2 but was downgraded to 4.0 and then 3.9. The initial epicenter was reported as Ashland, near San Lorenzo, but the geological survey later also revised that.
Boeing’s next airplane likely to be delayed by FAA concerns
Federal regulators are indicating they won’t meet Boeing's schedule for approving the company's next airliner, a new version of the two-aisle 777 jet. The Federal Aviation Administration is raising concerns about late changes Boeing is making in the plane’s software and hardware. Boeing shares fell Monday on news of the FAA’s concerns. Among other things, the safety regulator is worried about a test flight in December in which the plane’s nose pitched up or down without the pilots directing it to do so. That was reminiscent of a factor in two crashes of another Boeing plane, the 737 Max.
Reimagined Harry Truman presidential library set to reopen
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — After nearly two years of renovations, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, is ready to welcome visitors again. The museum looks similar from the outside, but the inside has been completely reimagined in how it presents Truman’s story and his legacy for the modern world. The nearly $30 million project is the most extensive since the museum opened in 1957. Work was slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The new museum presents Truman’s story from his Missouri childhood until his death. It has interactive exhibits and videos combined with hundreds of artifacts. Museum director Kurt Graham said a primary focus was explaining how decisions Truman made still affect today's world.
Chris Christie’s book ‘Republican Rescue’ coming this fall
NEW YORK — The next book by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is addressed to his fellow Republicans. Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden will be published Nov. 16. It will be published by Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon and Schuster. Christie has differed with Trump and many party members and rejected their contentions that Trump won the election in 2020. Christie has often been mentioned as a possible 2024 presidential contender and has said he will not wait to see if Trump is running before making a decision.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Mexico finds migrant suffocated in truck freight container
MEXICO CITY — Mexican immigration agents say they came upon a heart-rending scene on a roadside in sweltering southern Mexico — a tractor-trailer with its door open, and a migrant who had apparently suffocated to death inside. Around the truck lay eight other migrants too weak to move. Nearby, a 2-year-old boy stood alone by the guard rail, apparently abandoned by whoever had been accompanying him on the clandestine trip to the U.S. border. The survivors told agents that more than 100 migrants had been crammed into the trailer. When they could no longer bear the lack of air and high temperature, they banged on the doors to be released.
Two explosions hit Congo’s eastern city of Beni
BENI, Congo — Congo on Monday banned public gatherings for two days in Beni, after the eastern city was hit by two explosions. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a busy intersection in Beni on Sunday, the same day another explosion rocked a Catholic church, authorities said. Neither bomb killed any civilians, but the government closed major gathering spaces for two days and imposed restrictions on public meetings as a precaution against further explosions. Congolese army spokesman Lt. Anthony Mwalushay said the suicide bomber has been identified as a Ugandan who was a member of the Allied Democratic Forces rebels. The suicide bombing was the first such attack in Beni.
Ethiopia declares immediate, unilateral cease-fire in Tigray
NAIROBI — Ethiopia’s government has declared an immediate, unilateral cease-fire in its Tigray region after nearly eight months of deadly conflict as Tigray fighters occupy the regional capital and government soldiers retreat. The cease-fire could calm a war that has destabilized Africa’s second most populous country and threatened to do the same in the wider Horn of Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray are gripped in the world’s worst famine crisis. Ethiopia says the cease-fire will last until the end of the crucial planting season in Tigray. The season’s end comes in September.
World Bank raises China growth outlook to 8.5%
BEIJING — The World Bank is raising its forecast of China’s economic growth this year to 8.5% from 8.1% and says vaccinations against the coronavirus are needed for a full recovery. The report adds to positive signs for China. Factory and consumer activity are back above pre-outbreak levels, though authorities have re-imposed travel controls in some areas to counter outbreaks of new variants of the virus. The World Bank said Chinese growth is likely to decline to 5.4% next year as the rebound from last year’s history-making global slump fades and activity returns to normal.
Greek police recover Picasso, Mondrian works stolen in 2012
ATHENS — Greek police say they have recovered two paintings by 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, nearly a decade after their theft from the country’s biggest state art gallery in Athens. A statement said the two works were in the hands of the police, but provided no detail on their condition and on whether any arrests had been made. The paintings were stripped from their frames during a well-organized, overnight heist at the National Art Gallery on January 9, 2012. The burglars had also taken a pen and ink religious drawing by Italian 16th century painter Guglielmo Caccia. They had initially grabbed a fourth work, also by Mondrian, but abandoned it as they fled.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Should Gwen Berry be kicked off the Olympic team?
Is the iPhone overrated?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how nuts is Gary Busey?
Will Couy Griffin be recalled?
Do you know someone who is incompetent, but doesn’t know he/she is incompetent?
Why aren’t all the Amish dead from COVID-19?
Weed’s now legal in New Mexico — plan on toking up today?
Is football gay?
Do you know any Korean War veterans?
Waffles or pancakes?