The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, June 9th, 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 scope of intervention was potentially endless. Society became an object that the state might manage and transform with a view toward perfecting it. A progressive nation-state would set about engineering its society according to the most advanced technical standards of the new moral sciences. The existing social order, which had been more or less taken by earlier states as a given, reproducing itself under the watchful eye of the state, was for the first time the subject of active management. It was possible to conceive of an artificial, engineered society designed, not by custom and historical accident, but according to conscious, rational, scientific criteria. Every nook and cranny of the social order might be improved upon: personal hygiene, diet, child rearing, housing, posture, recreation, family structure, and, most infamously, the genetic inheritance of the population.
— James C. Scott
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny and hot. High 94F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Wednesday, June 9th, the 160th day of 2021. There are 205 days left in the year.
This Day in History
In 1732, James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of the future U.S. state of Georgia.
In 1862, Stonewall Jackson concluded his successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign with a victory in the Battle of Port Republic. His tactics during the campaign are now studied by militaries around the world.
In 1915, William Jennings Bryan resigned as Secretary of State over Woodrow Wilson’s handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
In 1954, Joseph Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings, offering the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
In 1959, the USS George Washington was launched. It was the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.
In 1972, severe rainfall caused a dam in the Black Hills of South Dakota to burst, creating a flood that killed 238 people.
In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
This Day in Music History
In 1891, Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana. His songs — including “Night And Day,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” — are known for their witty, urbane lyrics.
In 1972, Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan were among the music stars who attended the shows.
In 1984, Cyndi Lauper started a two-week run at No. 1 with “Time After Time.”
In 1990, Wilson Phillips went to the top of the charts with “Hold On.”
In 2017, Adios, the 64th and final studio album by singer-songwriter Glen Campbell was released.
Actor Michael J. Fox is 60. Actor Johnny Depp is 58. Actress Natalie Hershlag, known professionally as Natalie Portman, is 40.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Forecasters warn of hot temperatures for New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is in for a stretch of hot weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say a heat advisory may be needed for parts of eastern New Mexico from Roswell up to Clovis and Tucumcari later this week. Temperatures across the region are expected to reach the triple digits while parts of the Rio Grande Valley will see highs well into the 90s. An upper level pressure system is to blame, but forecasters say a front that is expected to push into eastern New Mexico could bring with it thunderstorms and moisture for this weekend.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum plans expansion project at new site
SANTA FE — Officials at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe have announced plans to build a facility large enough to fill an entire city block. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the new 54,000-square-foot museum will be built on the site of a former Safeway grocery store, which is currently occupied by the museum’s Education Center and Prima Title. It is estimated to cost $60 million. Museum Director Cody Hartley says the existing museum will become an annex, but officials could later decide to not use the current building. Hartley said he hopes to finalize the design phase in 2022 with construction beginning shortly after.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Los Angeles nun to plead guilty to $835,000 school theft
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles nun who took a vow of poverty has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges for stealing more than $800,000 to pay for a gambling habit. The U.S. attorney's office says 79-year-old Mary Margaret Kreuper was charged with wire fraud and money laundering. In her plea agreement, she acknowledged diverting about $835,000 while she was the principal of St. James Catholic School in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance. Prosecutors say she used the money for personal expenses, including credit card charges and large gambling expenses at casinos. She could face up to 40 years in prison.
All-clear after unspecified threat locks down Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU — The U.S. military has declared an “all-clear” after an unspecified threat prompted an hours-long lockdown of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. A military news release didn’t elaborate on the “potential incident” that required the base to close gate entrances and to direct people to shelter in place. During the investigation, tours were suspended while guests at the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum sheltered in place. Tours are now allowed to resume. The military says the Honolulu Police Department and Federal Fire Department helped with the investigation. The lockdown affected two elementary schools on the base.
Retired Gen. McGuire jumps into Arizona Senate race
PHOENIX — Retired Maj. Gen. Michael “Mick” McGuire is formally beginning his campaign for the U.S. Senate. McGuire became the second major Republican looking to unseat Democrat Mark Kelly. He stepped down earlier this year as head of the Arizona National Guard, where he helped lead the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. McGuire introduced himself with an online video highlighting his military career and presenting himself as a political outsider tired of “weak leaders” and “politicians who sit on the sidelines.” McGuire joins businessman Jim Lamon in the GOP primary. Other Republicans thinking about running include Attorney General Mark Brnovich and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs.
LA sheriff sends deputies to assess Venice homeless crisis
LOS ANGELES — The sheriff of Los Angeles County has dispatched deputies to Venice Beach to assess the homelessness crisis. A day earlier, Sheriff Alex Villaneuva called out city officials for failing to adequately address the growing number of people sleeping outdoors along the famous strand. Venice is typically the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department. But Villanueva said he was moved to act because of “the failures of local politicians.” Villaneuva says he is not trying to start a turf battle with the police department, but is trying to help.
Wawa to mark ‘Mare of Easttown Day’ with new cheesesteak
PHILADELPHIA — For all the love Wawa has gotten thanks to the HBO hit Mare of Easttown, the popular Pennsylvania convenience store chain is giving a little back. To celebrate its newest store opening in the county where the Kate Winslet-led crime drama is set, Wawa is dedicating Thursday as “Mare of Easttown Day,” an homage to the show that introduced the world to the coffee and hoagies Pennsylvanians have loved for years. Customers at the Delaware County store will get to enjoy free coffee, a Wawa Delco t-shirt and a limited edition cheesesteak named for the crime drama.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Toddler who washed up on Norwegian island is identified
COPENHAGEN — The body of a toddler who washed ashore on Norway’s southwest coast in January has been identified. It’s a 15-month-old Iranian boy who died months earlier in the English Channel hundreds of miles away after the smuggling boat carrying him, his parents and his siblings capsized. After finding the body, police in Norway carried out DNA tests to establish the identity of the child who disappeared on Oct. 27, some 300 miles south of the Norwegian island where he was found. Police say the toddler and his family drowned when a group of migrants tried to cross the waterway from France to England.
Nicaragua arrests 2 more potential challengers to Ortega
MANAGUA — Nicaragua’s National Police have arrested two more potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega, the third and fourth opposition pre-candidates for the Nov. 7 elections detained in the past week. Félix Maradiaga was arrested after being called to the Attorney General’s Office to provide a statement. He is being investigated for alleged crimes against the government. His campaign says in a statement that police stopped him, his driver and his lawyer after they had left the Attorney General’s Office. Later Tuesday, police announced the arrest of Juan Sebastián Chamorro, another pre-candidate and former director of the opposition coalition Civic Alliance.
South Africa’s health minister put on leave over contract
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize has been placed on special leave over a corruption scandal involving an irregular government contract. The contract saw $11 million paid by the health department Mkhize heads to a company connected to two people who used to work for him. Mkhize has been spearheading the COVID-19 response in South Africa, which has the most cases and deaths in Africa. The move was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement from his office. It said Mkhize was placed on special leave “to attend to allegations and investigations” around the irregular contract. South Africa’s minister of tourism will stand in as the acting minister of health.
Malta seizes 1,630 pounds of cocaine hidden among bananas
VALLETTA, Malta — The customs department in Malta says it has intercepted 1,630 pounds of cocaine in a record-breaking drug seizure for the Mediterranean island nation. Customs Mata says the drugs have an estimated street value of up to 100 million euros and were hidden in a 40-foot refrigerated container carrying 1,080 boxes of bananas. Officials say the container was en route from Ecuador to Slovenia and was selected for screening while transiting through Malta Freeport, an international transshipment hub on Malta’s southeastern tip.
Rio de Janeiro’s Christ statue: ‘Thou shalt not bribe’
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is trying to set a moral example for corruption-battered Brazil by introducing its own compliance program. After years of bribery and corruption revelations, administrators of the 125-foot-tall figure launched a program to provide full transparency to the site’s operations. Almost 2 million people visited the statue in 2019, the year before the pandemic hit. While the Christ statue has come to symbolize Brazil for many people, Rio de Janeiro state has become emblematic of Brazil’s rampant corruption. All governors elected between 1998 and 2014 were jailed at different points over corruption allegations.
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