The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, July 18th, 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: Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 94F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Today is Sunday, July 18th, the 199th day of 2021. There are 166 days left in the year. It is Lake Superior Day, National Caviar Day, National Ice Cream Day, Perfect Family Day, and World Listening Day.
This Day in History
In 1870, the First Vatican Council decreed the dogma of papal infallibility.
In 1925, Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf.
In 1968, Intel was founded in Mountain View, California.
In 1976, Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics.
In 1984, James Oliver Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s in California, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police.
In 2013, the City of Detroit, tens of billions of dollars in debt, filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
This Day in Music History
In 1953, 18-year-old Elvis Presley, a truck driver by trade, stopped into Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios), and paid $3.98 to record two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”
In 1960, Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry,” recorded when she was just 15, hits No. 1 for the first of three weeks.
In 1972, all six members of Sly and the Family Stone were arrested in Hollywood after police searched their tour bus and found two pounds of marijuana and two vials of cocaine.
In 1988, Ike Turner was sentenced to one year in a Santa Monica jail for the six grams of crack that were found in his car during a traffic stop the previous year.
In 2014, Shakira became the first person to accumulate 100 million “likes” on Facebook.
Director Paul Verhoeven is 83. Singer Dion Francis DiMucci, better known as Dion, is 82. National Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre is 81. Actor James Brolin is 81. Eurotrash huckster Richard Branson is 71. Actress Margo Martindale is 70. Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 60. Actor Mark Sinclair, known professionally as Vin Diesel, is 54.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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3 Texas Democrats who fled elections bill vote get COVID
WASHINGTON — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to pass election-integrity measures have tested positive for COVID-19 in the nation’s capital. The Texas House’s Democratic caucus says in a statement that one of the three tested positive on Friday and the other did so on Saturday. It didn’t release their names or conditions. Republicans and others criticized the Democrats after a photo showed them on a charter flight to Washington without masks, though federal pandemic guidelines don’t require masks on private flights. More than 50 Democrats left the state to deny the Republican-controlled Legislature the necessary quorum to pass a bill that would enact voting reforms.
South Dakota’s Noem taking swings at potential 2024 rivals
DES MOINES — More than 18 months before the first presidential primary of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early-voting states and trying to make friends in key places. But South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has come out swinging as she tries to carve a niche among an early crowd of possible GOP rivals for the White House. Her style is evidence of how competitive the nomination race will be if Donald Trump stays on the sidelines. Noem charged into Iowa on Friday with barbed comments for her fellow GOP governors.
California fire prompts evacuations; Oregon blaze balloons
SAN FRANCISCO — A California mountain town was evacuated Saturday as a rapidly growing wildfire also forced the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through a region known as the California Alps. The Tamarack Fire grew overnight to about 10 square miles and was burning near Markleeville, close to the Nevada state line. A notice posted on the 103-mile Death Ride’s website ordered riders to evacuate immediately. Meanwhile, the largest wildfire in the U.S. burning in southeast Oregon expanded by 62 square miles overnight in windy conditions. The fire, which is 140 square miles larger than New York City, was 22% contained.
4 Michigan festivalgoers dead; 3 exposed to carbon monoxide
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Authorities say at least four people have died while attending a weekend country music festival in southern Michigan. The deaths include three men who likely succumbed to carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer. They were attending the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway. Two more men were in critical condition from the same exposure. Separately, state police reported the death of a 30-year-old woman. The cause and manner was unknown, although investigators were looking for a suspect. The three-day festival is scheduled to conclude Sunday. Its headliners include Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean.
Queens DA: Television actor indicted in fatal shooting
NEW YORK — A television actor has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Queens man in February. A grand jury Friday indicted Isaiah Stokes, 41, on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Tyrone Jones, 37, of Queens Village. A message was sent to his defense attorney seeking comment on the charges. Authorities said surveillance footage shows Stokes exiting a vehicle near the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 200th Street and firing 11 rounds into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Stokes has appeared in Law & Order and Boardwalk Empire.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Europe flood death toll tops 160, costly rebuilding ahead
BERLIN — Rescue workers labored to deal with damage laid bare by receding water as the death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 160. The death toll in western Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state increased to 98 on Saturday, while in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, 43 people were confirmed dead. Belgium’s national crisis center revised the country's confirmed death toll to 27. German authorities still fear finding more people dead but said the number unaccounted for continues to drop. Meanwhile, thoughts have turned to the lengthy job of rebuilding communities that were devastated in minutes by the flooding on Wednesday and Thursday.
Family: Palestinian Authority covering up critic’s death
RAMALLAH, West Bank — The family of a political activist who died in the custody of Palestinian security forces last month has accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to cover up his death. Relatives of Nazir Banat said they still haven’t received an official cause of death. They also say the Palestinian Authority has sent tribal elders to the family in hopes of reaching a settlement that would allow his killers to avoid prison. His brother on Saturday called the Palestinian Authority's behavior criminal. Nazir Banat was an outspoken critic of the authority who died in custody shortly after being arrested. The internationally recognized Palestinian Authority has formed an investigative committee into the death.
Jihadis expand control to new Burkina Faso fronts
BANFORA, Burkina Faso — An increase in attacks by extremist groups in Burkina Faso’s west has put the military on edge. Violence linked to Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso has been largely centered in the country’s north and east. But signs have emerged over the last two years that the conflict is shifting to the calmer west and southwest regions near the borders with Mali and Ivory Coast. Residents and security forces in the area say they are bracing for war amid increasing attacks and reports of more jihadis using the region’s plush forests for refuge.
Pogacar eyes 2nd Tour de France title on Champs-Elysees
SAINT-EMILION, France — Tadej Pogacar is all but guaranteed to win a second straight Tour de France after completing the penultimate stage unscathed. With the final day of the race usually uneventful until the final sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the Stage 20 time trial marked the last serious test after nearly three exhausting weeks. Wout van Aert claimed the 31-kilometer stage from Libourne to Saint-Emilion. Pogacar played it safe and finished eighth. He will carry an unsurmountable lead of more than five minutes into the final day, a 109-kilometer ride from Chatou into the heart of Paris.
‘Titane’ wins top Cannes honor, 2nd ever for female director
Titane has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making Julia Ducournau the second female filmmaker to win the festival’s top honor in its 74 year history. The awards ceremony Saturday started where it should have ended, with jury president Spike Lee mistakenly announcing the serial killer odyssey as the night’s biggest winner. At the end, Titane’s triumph was announced by Lee and Sharon Stone. Best director was awarded to Leos Carax for Annette, the fantastical musical that opened the festival. Cannes’s closing ceremony caps 12 days of red-carpet premieres.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Ever tried caviar?
Have the subsidies bestowed on Intel’s Rio Rancho facility been worth the cost?
RoboCop or Total Recall?
Will Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, or another player come to dominate suborbital tourism?
Were you raised in a perfect family?
Do government schools do enough to avoid hiring sexual harassers/abusers of children?
Ever been to Lake Superior?
Do you think being married to Barbra Streisand is a living hell?
Can Vin Diesel act?
Is karma real?