The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, July 31st, 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: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. S winds at less than 5 mph, increasing to 10 to 20 mph.
Today is Saturday, July 31st, the 212th day of 2021. There are 153 days left in the year. It is Mutt’s Day and National Avocado Day.
This Day in History
In 1715, seven days after a fleet of 12 Spanish treasure ships left Havana, 11 sank in a storm off the coast of Florida.
In 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that the services of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette “be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States.”
In 1790, the first U.S. patent was issued, to inventor Samuel Hopkins, for a potash process.
In 1874, Dr. Patrick Francis Healy became the first black American inaugurated as president of a predominantly white university, Georgetown.
In 1938, archaeologists discovered engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis.
In 1964, Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up photographs of the Moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than any taken from terrestrial telescopes.
In 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
In 1992, Georgia joined the United Nations.
In 2006, Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother, Raúl.
In 2012, Michael Phelps broke the record for the most medals won at the Olympics.
This Day in Music History
In 1969, Elvis Presley made his first live concert appearance since 1961, playing the International Hotel in Las Vegas. It was the first of 57 shows that helped revive his career and earn him $1.5 million.
In 1971, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” went to No. 1.
In 1976, Orleans released “Still the One.”
In 1980, the Eagles split up after Glenn Frey and Don Felder, during a concert in California, spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage.
In 1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. Eric Herminie told police that he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.
In 1999, Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offence.
In 2019, Woodstock 50, which at one point had Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Santana, and John Fogerty on board, was officially cancelled due to legal and logistical problems.
Actress France Nuyen is 82. Actor Michael Biehn is 65. Actor Wesley Snipes is 59. Writer J. K. Rowling is 56. Actor Dean Cain is 55. Actor Ben Chaplin is 52. Actor Loren Dean is 52.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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New Mexico House leader resigns in face of corruption probe
SANTE FE — The second-ranking legislator in the New Mexico House of Representatives has resigned amid criminal investigations into her ties to a private contractor for the Albuquerque school district where she also works. Democratic House leaders announced the resignation of Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton on Friday. An investigation is underway into possible racketeering, money laundering, kickbacks and violations of a law governing the conduct of state lawmakers. Stapleton said in her resignation letter that she “unequivocally” denies the allegations but decided she must devote her time and energy to fully defending herself. Democratic House leaders say her resignation is in the best interest of the Legislature and state.
Indigenous leaders urge top New Mexico official to resign
ALBUQUERQUE — A broad coalition of indigenous leaders in New Mexico made new demands for a top state educational official to resign based on undisclosed comments that they view as disparaging toward Native Americans. At a rally and news conference convened by the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Native American leaders and allied civil rights advocates condemned comments made at least two years ago by Rachel Gudgel. Gudgel is the director of the Legislative Education Study Committee. The committee provides education research and guidance to state legislators. Gudgel apologized this week and acknowledged that the past comments were insensitive, insulting and harmful.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Broadway to require vaccinations, masks for audience members
NEW YORK — COVID-19 vaccinations and masks will be required for all Broadway audience members when theaters reopen in the coming weeks. The Broadway League announced that audience members will have to wear face coverings and show proof they’re fully vaccinated when they enter the theaters. There’ll be exceptions to the vaccine rule for children under 12 and for people with a medical condition or religious belief that prevents vaccination. Those individuals will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccinations will also be required for performers, crew members and theater employees.
US sues Kaiser Permanente over alleged Medicare fraud
SAN FRANCISCO — The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursements. The Department of Justice lawsuit was filed in San Francisco federal court. It consolidates allegations made in six whistleblower complaints. Oakland, California-based Kaiser told the Sacramento Bee that its practices are good-faith interpretations from guidance received from the agency that oversees Medicare. A lawyer for one whistleblower says if Kaiser loses, it might have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties and damages.
Bezos loses appeal of NASA's plans to use Musk moon lander
Jeff Bezos has lost his appeal of NASA’s contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build its new moon lander. The Government Accountability Office ruled that NASA’s award of the $2.9 billion contract to just SpaceX was legal and proper. SpaceX, which has a more established track record, also had a significantly lower bid than Bezos’s Blue Origin and a third firm, Dynetics. Blue Origin still holds out hope that NASA will change its mind or Congress will require it to give two contracts for the job even though the space agency says it doesn’t have the money.
AME Zion Church removes bishop after alleged misconduct
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has removed a prominent bishop from office after his peers accused him of fraudulently having church property deeds transferred to a shell corporation that then secured millions of dollars in loans against those properties. Staccato Powell was removed by a vote of the General Conference, a denominational gathering being held in Atlanta. The vote upholds a previous committee decision finding Powell guilty on 20 counts, according to conference minutes posted online. Powell had already been suspended in January. Bishops said his removal affirms “our standards of mutual accountability.”
Alaska Native artist creates stamp for Postal Service
JUNEAU — An Alaska Native artist has created a new stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. A ceremony marking the release of Rico Worl’s Raven Story stamp was held in Juneau. Raven is a trickster or transformer and a key figure in Tlingit culture. Worl says he was inspired by a story in which Raven discovers that a clan leader had in his possession the sun, moon and stars. Raven assumed human form to share those items with the world. The stars were in the last box Raven opened. Worl said he hopes the stamp will be a gateway for people to learn about his culture. The Sealaska Heritage Institute hosted the unveiling and says this is the first stamp by a Tlingit artist.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Hong Kong police arrest man for booing national anthem
TAIPEI — Hong Kong police have arrested a man on suspicion of insulting the national anthem. A police statement said the man was allegedly caught booing the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympic event at a mall. The man was allegedly waving colonial-era Hong Kong flags and booing at a medal ceremony when the national anthem played. Hong Kong passed a law in June last year that criminalized any actions that insult the national anthem. Violating the law can mean a fine of up to $6,400, and up to three years in prison.
Iraq military: Many feared dead in terrorist attack in north
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s military says a terrorist attack on a funeral procession has claimed many victims in the country’s northern province of Salahaddin. An Iraqi official says the attack on Friday killed eight civilians and police after militants opened fire on the crowd. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The death toll could not be immediately confirmed. Iraq’s military said it would provide details once an investigation is complete. Northern Iraq has been a hotspot for Islamic State group activity since their territorial defeat in 2017 by Iraqi security forces with assistance from the U.S.-led coalition.
Tunisia’s turmoil is being watched warily around the globe
TUNIS — Days of political turmoil in Tunisia over the economy and the coronavirus have left its allies in the Middle East, Europe and the United States watching to see if the fragile democracy will survive. European countries worry about a flood of migrants should Tunisia slide further into chaos. Nearby Italy is notably concerned. Autocratic leaders from Egypt to Saudi Arabia hope the power grab by Tunisian President Kais Saied spells doom for the region’s Islamists. But they also fear a reignited Arab Spring, like the uprising kindled by Tunisia a decade ago. And pro-democracy campaigners around the world wonder if the country is drifting back toward dictatorship.
Earthquake shakes Peru’s north Pacific coast
LIMA — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has shaken the north Pacific coast of Peru, sending people fleeing their homes, damaging a centuries old church and injuring at least one person. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake happened at 12:10 p.m. local time Friday, with an epicenter about 5 miles east of the city of Sullana. It was also felt in southern Ecuador. The earthquake caused many citizens of Sullana to leave their homes. A woman was injured after being trapped under a collapsed wall. Footage from local TV stations showed that part of the cornice on the façade of Piura’s cathedral fell off. Earthquakes are frequent in Peru.
UN warns hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots
Two U.N. agencies are warning that hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots in the next three months with the highest alerts for “catastrophic” situations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, southern Madagascar, Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria. The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program said in Friday’s report that between August and November “acute food insecurity is likely to further deteriorate” especially in Ethiopia where the number of people facing starvation and death is expected to rise to 401,000 — the highest number since the 2011 Somalia famine — if aid isn’t provided quickly.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Has the protection of “endangered species” gotten out of control?
Ever seen a show on Broadway?
Will more New Mexico government-school entities join the Floyd Municipal School District in resisting Rona madness?
Harry Potter — brilliant or annoying?
Noticed any mask litter lately?
Could you live in a place where earthquakes are frequent?
Mutt or purebred?
Bezos or Musk?
Favorite James Taylor song?
Are avocados overrated?