The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, July 26th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, 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: Sunny with a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Monday, July 26th, the 207th day of 2021. There are 158 days left in the year. It is Holistic Therapy Day, Aunts and Uncles Day, Americans With Disabilities Day, National All or Nothing Day, and World Tofu Day.
This Day in History
In 1775, the entity that would later become the United States Post Office Department was established by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin took office as Postmaster General.
In 1788, New York ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 11th state.
In 1861, George B. McClellan assumed command of the Army of the Potomac following the Confederacy’s victory at the First Battle of Bull Run.
In 1891, France annexed Tahiti.
In 1936, Germany and Italy intervened in the Spanish Civil War to support Francisco Franco and the Nationalist faction.
In 1945, the USS Indianapolis arrived at Tinian with components and enriched uranium for the Little Boy nuclear bomb.
In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council.
In 1956, following the World Bank’s refusal to fund building the Aswan Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for president of one of the two major political parties at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
This Day in Music History
In 1960, Sam Cooke released “Chain Gang.”
In 1968, Jeannie C. Riley recorded “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
In 1969, The 5th Dimension’s two lead singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., tied the knot. They remain married to this day.
In 1986, Peter Gabriel went to No. 1 with “Sledgehammer,” bumping his old band, Genesis (with “Invisible Touch”), out of the top spot.
In 2002, Beyoncé made her film debut, playing Foxxy Cleopatra, in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
In 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in her bathtub. The cause of her death was “immersion associated with drug intoxication.”
Singer Darlene Love is 81. Mick Jagger is 78. Actress Helen Mirren is 76. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 65. Actress Sandra Bullock is 57. Actor Jeremy Piven is 56. Actor Jason Statham is 54. Actress Olivia Williams is 53. Actress Kate Beckinsale is 48.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US
Some U.S. parents say they’re planning to continue to homeschool their children, even as schools resume in-person classes. Danielle King of Randolph, Vermont, says requiring homeschooling for her 7-year-old daughter was a “silver lining” in the pandemic. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs. Others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis, and found it beneficial to their children. The U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed the surge. It says the rate of households homeschooling their children rose to 11% by September 2020, doubling from 5.4% six months earlier.
California’s largest fire burns homes as blazes scorch West
INDIAN FALLS, Calif. — California’s largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in remote areas with limited access for firefighters. Meanwhile, numerous other fires gained strength and threatened property across the U.S. West. The massive Dixie Fire had already leveled a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark Saturday. An updated damage estimate was not available Sunday. That blaze is 21% contained. Firefighters also reported progress against the nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon. It’s 46% contained. Fires also burned in Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Airports in the US West dealing with shortage of jet fuel
A shortage of jet fuel, coupled with supply chain issues and an urgent demand from firefighting aircraft, continues to cause problems at airports around the West. In Nevada, state and federal lawmakers said they are investigating a possible shortage of jet fuel that could delay cargo delivery and passenger travel at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the coming days. A spike in demand for jet fuel both by commercial airlines and from firefighting aircraft in Montana and the Pacific Northwest led to departure problems and daylong flight delays recently at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. In California, recent flights in and out of Fresno Yosemite International Airport were disrupted by jet fuel shortages blamed on the lack of tanker truck driver deliveries.
Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church
ANCHORAGE — A strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Alaska’s largest city is now a church offering salvation instead of temptation. Linda Dunegan bought the building that used to house Fantasies on 5th in Anchorage. She’s now leasing the bottom floor to a new Baptist church, something she has prayed about for five years. The journey to savvy real estate investor with 19 properties in three states once seemed implausible for a girl barely surviving on a daily bowl of rice in her native Vietnam. Dunegan and her family escaped from the war-ravaged country in 1975. She says she thanks God for her family and her role with the start-up Open Door Baptist Church.
On a quiet weekend, ‘Old’ tops, ‘Snake Eyes’ sinks
M. Night Shyamalan’s Old easily won a slower weekend at the North American box office, while the G.I. Joe pic Snake Eyes lived up to its name. Although both are fresh offerings from major studios, moviegoers turned out in modest numbers on a weekend where there was the notable distraction of the Olympics as well as rising concerns about the delta variant. Universal on Sunday said that Old, which cost $18 million to make, grossed an estimated $16.5 million. Paramount’s Snake Eyes origin story brought in an estimated $13.4 million in ticket sales against an $88 million production budget.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules
PARIS — France’s parliament has approved a law requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions. President Emmanuel Macron and his government say they are needed to protect vulnerable populations and hospitals as infections rebound, and to avoid new lockdowns. The law adopted early Monday requires all workers in the health care sector to start getting vaccinated by Sept. 15, or risk suspension. It also requires a “health pass” to enter all restaurants, trains, planes and some other public venues. To get the pass, people must have proof they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus.
China sends supplies to flooded area, rebuilds barriers
XINXIANG, China — Trucks carrying water and food are streaming into a city in central China after flooding killed at least 63 people, while soldiers repaired flood barriers. Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and other debris after rains that began Tuesday subsided. Some neighborhoods still were waiting for water up to two meters deep to drain. Trucks dropped off instant noodles and other goods Sunday at a stadium in Xinxiang, 40 miles north of the metropolis of Zhengzhou in Henan province. One volunteer said she walked down 15 floors from her apartment after the flooding knocked out power. The official Xinhua News Agency says losses were estimated at $2 billion.
Bus swerves off road in Croatia; 10 killed, 44 injured
ZAGREB — Croatian police say 10 people have been killed and at least 44 others injured when a bus swerved off a highway and crashed. Police say the crash happened early Sunday near the town of Slavonski Brod on the highway between Zagreb and the Serbian border. The road is a key artery in the summer for tourists and foreign workers returning home. Authorities have detained the driver, who apparently fell asleep while driving. The bus, which was traveling from Frankfurt, Germany, to the capital of Kosovo could be seen flipped over the grass. The injured were transferred to a local hospital, where one official said eight of them were in serious condition.
28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria — Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi. The Rev. Israel Akanji said more than 80 other children are still being held by the gunmen. So far 34 children kidnapped on July 5 have either been released or have escaped from the custody of the gunmen. It is unclear when the other children will be released. Gunman have carried out a spate of mass abductions from schools in northern Nigeria this year, mainly seeking ransoms. Akanji said the church does not pay ransoms to criminals but cannot stop families from doing whatever they can to free their children.
Israeli airlines launch first direct flights to Morocco
JERUSALEM — Two Israeli airlines have launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations. Israir’s flight departed Tel Aviv for Marrakech on Sunday with around 100 Israeli tourists, hours before Israeli national carrier El Al dispatched its first direct flight to the same destination. Israel’s tourism minister said that these new direct flights would “help advance fruitful tourism, trade and economic cooperation and diplomatic agreements between the two countries.” Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize relations in late 2020 as part of the U.S.-brokered “Abraham Accords.” Morocco was among four Arab nations to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Ready for your Rona booster?
Favorite Sandra Bullock movie?
Did the Americans with Disabilities Act go too far?
Do you have a favorite aunt or uncle?
Approximately how many hours of the Olympics have you watched so far?
When will America elect a female president?
Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Guardians?
Do you eat tofu?
Can Beyoncé act?
Who is “the worst human being known to mankind” alive today?