The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, July 27th, 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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Pain, or damage, don’t end the world. Or despair, or f****** beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back.
— Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), Deadwood, Season 2, Episode 7 (“E.B. Was Left Out”), original airdate 17 April 2005
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Tuesday, July 27th, the 208th day of 2021. There are 157 days left in the year. It is Bagpipe Appreciation Day, Cross Atlantic Communication Day, Gary Gygax Day, National Chicken Finger Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, and National Scotch Day.
This Day in History
In 1789, first federal bureaucracy, the Department of Foreign Affairs, was established. It was later renamed the Department of State.
In 1816, the Battle of Negro Fort ended when a cannonball fired by U.S. Navy Gunboat No. 154 exploded in the fort’s powder magazine, killing approximately 275 people. It is considered the deadliest single cannon shot in American history.
In 1890, Vincent van Gogh shot himself. He died two days later.
In 1949, the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner, made its initial flight.
In 1955, El Al Flight 402 was shot down by two fighter jets after straying into Bulgarian air space. All 58 people aboard were killed.
In 1974, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted, 27-11, to recommend the first article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
In 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
In 1996, a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
This Day in Music History
In 1968, The Rascals released “People Got to Be Free.”
In 1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike.
In 1983, Madonna released her first album. The self-titled debut did not burn up the charts, and was derided by Rolling Stone, which called her voice “irritating as hell.” But the album got traction in dance clubs, setting the stage for her breakout second album, Like A Virgin.
In 1986, Nancy Wilson wed screenwriter Cameron Crowe at her sister Ann’s home. They remained married until 2010.
In 1987, Rick Astley’s first single, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” was released. It climbed to No. 1 in March of the following year.
In 2017, Journey members Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, and Ross Valory got a tour of the White House and a photo with President Trump in the Oval Office thanks to Cain’s wife, Paula, who was chairwoman of Trump’s evangelical advisory board. The visit didn’t sit well with the band’s guitarist, Neal Schon, who blasted Cain on social media and accused him of using the band to promote his religious views.
Television producer Norman Lear is 99. Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry is 79. Singer and actress Maureen McGovern is 72. Actress Roxanne Hart is 69. Comedienne Carol Leifer is 65. Comedian Bill Engvall is 64. Actor Julian McMahon is 53. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is 51. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 44. Actress Taylor Schilling is 37.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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New Mexico releases plans for masking, vaccines in schools
SANTA FE — New Mexico officials are updating masking and vaccine guidance for schools this fall. Masks are still required for elementary school students, who are too young to receive any COVID-19 vaccine. The new rules allow middle and high schools to let vaccinated students ditch masks if they track who’s fully vaccinated. Less than half of the state’s children aged 12-17 have gotten their shots. Schools will still report COVID-19 cases to the state and test a portion of their unvaccinated staff under the new guidance. School vaccine drives are underway. New Mexico health officials on Monday reported 632 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths, pushing the state totals to more than 209,000 cases and 4,400 deaths.
Police identify 2 men who died in Albuquerque flooding
ALBUQUERQUE — Police in Albuquerque have identified two people who were swept through flood channels during a monsoon storm and died. They are 32-year-old Steven Camp and 31-year-old Alexander Corrie. Officials said Monday they aren’t sure whether the two knew each other or had permanent residences in Albuquerque. A third person whose body also was recovered last week from flood channels hasn’t been identified. Albuquerque Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Tom Ruiz says the three fatalities mark the deadliest single flooding event in Albuquerque, at least in recent memory. The National Weather Service says western and central New Mexico have the greatest chances of getting heavy rainfall this week.
Air Force takes next step in fuel cleanup at New Mexico base
ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Air Force says it’s ready to outline its work to keep a jet fuel leak from reaching Albuquerque’s water supply. A report to the New Mexico Environment Department is the next step in what has been a yearslong effort to clean up the fuel. Officials from Kirtland Air Force Base say they’ll spend the next several months to a year writing a report. Once the state reviews and approves it, the base can make recommendations for final cleanup. The Air Force has spent $125 million cleaning up soil and water around the base that’s next to Albuquerque. The fuel leak was detected in 1999.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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3rd person found dead after Colorado flooding, mudslides
RUSTIC, Colo. — Authorities have recovered the body of a third person who died during flooding and mudslides in an area of northern Colorado that was burned by a massive wildfire. One person is still missing. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday that a man’s body was found in the Poudre River, a day after another man was found dead in the waterway. On Tuesday, a woman’s body was found near the small community of Rustic shortly after a mudslide sent a wave of debris into scenic, winding Poudre Canyon. The sheriff offered sympathies to “the family who tragically lost four members in last week’s flood.”
Trump endorses Paxton for 3rd term as Texas attorney general
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has drawn the endorsement of former President Donald Trump for election to a third term, calling the legally beleaguered incumbent “a true Texan who will keep Texas safe — and will never let you down.” The endorsement comes in the face of ongoing investigations of securities fraud allegations and whether his petitioning of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election of President Joe Biden constituted professional misconduct. Paxton had drawn challenges for the GOP nomination from Land Commissioner George P. Bush and ex-state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.
Gunman in California shooting had domestic violence arrests
LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot this weekend when his SWAT team tried to rescue hostages held inside a San Joaquin Valley home by a man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and a handgun. Four other people, including the suspect, were also killed in the shootout. The gunman had been previously arrested multiple times for domestic violence offenses. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says Deputy Phillip Campas was slain during the violence Sunday afternoon in Wasco, a small community northwest of Bakersfield. The suspect has not yet been named publicly but authorities say there was a restraining order filed against him that prohibited him from having firearms and going to the home.
Chicago, police union reach tentative contract agreement
CHICAGO — The city of Chicago and its police union have reached a tentative contract agreement after four years of negotiations. According to city officials, the tentative contract announced Monday is aligned with the consent decree that calls for reforms to how the Chicago Police Department operates. It calls for rank-and-file police officers to receive a 10.5% retroactive pay raise and 9.5% more through January 2025. The reforms in the contract includes the end to a ban on investigation of anonymous complaints, and the changing of officer testimony after viewing video. In addition, officers can now be rewarded for reporting misconduct of other officers. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the agreement recognizes the stress of the job and provides additional health and wellness supports for officers.
Tesla reaches milestone with first $1B quarterly profit
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Tesla’s quarterly profit has surpassed $1 billion for the first time. The results come as the electric car pioneer navigated through a pandemic-driven computer chip shortage that has caused major headaches for other automakers. The financial milestone announced Monday extended a two-year run of prosperity that has erased questions about Tesla’s long-term viability raised during its early years of losses and production problems. Tesla posted a $1.1 billion profit for the April-June period while producing more than 200,000 cars for the first time. But Tesla cautioned its recent momentum could be slowed by a persisting shortage of chips that have become vital parts in modern cars.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?
TOKYO — How are we to judge the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks? It’s a straightforward question but it’s difficult to answer. That’s because there are many interests involved. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has a big stake in the Olympics going well, which could help him in general elections in the fall. Japanese sponsors of the Olympics seem like big losers. More than 60 domestic sponsors have spent more than $3 billion to be associated with the Olympics. Now many don’t want to be associated with the Games. Fans also seem like big losers since they are banned from all but a few venues. And, for some, just getting through the Olympics in one piece will qualify as success.
Koreas agree to restore communication channels, improve ties
SEOUL — South Korea says the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to restore suspended communication channels and improve ties. The presidential office in Seoul says President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached such an agreement during several rounds of exchanges of letters since April. The Blue House says the two Koreas tested their communication channel on Tuesday morning. The development comes amid more than two years of a stalemate in U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
Haiti arrests top security official in slain president probe
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Authorities in Haiti have arrested a top official who served as general security coordinator when President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Attorney Reynold Georges told The Associated Press on Monday that he believes the arrest of Jean Laguel Civil is politically motivated. It isn’t immediately clear if Civil has been charged with anything. The arrest comes as more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered around one of Haiti’s most notorious gang leaders to commemorate Moïse. The crowd was mostly dressed in white as they cheered on Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer who now leads a federation of nine gangs that officials have blamed for a spike in violence and kidnappings in recent months.
Tunisia on edge as president suspends parliament, fires PM
TUNIS — Troops surrounded Tunisia’s parliament and blocked its speaker from entering after the president suspended the legislature and fired the prime minister and other top members of government. The moves came in the face of nationwide protests over Tunisia’s economic troubles and the government’s handling of the coronavirus. Some protesters celebrated. But others accused President Kais Saied of a power grab, and the North African country’s overseas allies expressed concern Monday for its young democracy. Tunisia is often regarded as the only success story of the Arab Spring. But its economy has struggled. Tunisians are angry at the economic malaise and the poor handling of the pandemic.
Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile
SANTIAGO — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal that shook the Catholic Church in Chile and who was eventually defrocked by the pope, has died. He was 90. Karadima died on Sunday of bronchopneumonia and kidney failure in the nursing home where he was living, according to his death certificate. After being defrocked in 2018, Karadima was sanctioned to a lifetime of penance and prayer for having sexually abused minors in a parish in Chile’s capital. The Chile abuse scandal first erupted in 2009, when victims publicly accused Karadima of molesting them for years.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is it “black” or “Black”?
Ever been Rickrolled?
Do you know any Korean War veterans?
Why are police departments allowed to be unionized?
Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons?
Why do government reports take so long to produce?
Can Madonna sing?
Were Nixon’s misdeeds substantially worse than other presidents’ plots and schemes?
Do you enjoy drinking scotch?
Thinking of buying a Tesla?