The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, October 12th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day

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Well, you know, like, I don’t really give a f*** what the general public think.

— Sid Vicious

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 61F. Winds SW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Today is Tuesday, October 12th, the 285th day of 2021. There are 80 days left in the year. It is Pulled Pork Day, Drink Local Wine Day, Free Thought Day, National Farmers Day, National Gumbo Day, National Savings Day, and International Moment of Frustration Scream Day.

This Day in History

In 1492, Christopher Columbus’s first expedition made landfall in what would come to be called The Bahamas.

In 1692, the Salem witch trials were ended by a letter from Province of Massachusetts Bay Governor William Phips.

In 1773, America’s first insane asylum, Virginia’s Eastern State Hospital, opened.

In 1792, the first celebration of Columbus Day was held in New York City.

In 1810, the citizens of Munich held the first Oktoberfest.

In 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many government schools.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion the White House.

In 1944, the Axis occupation of Athens came to an end.

In 1945, Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.

In 1968, Equatorial Guinea gained its independence from Spain.

In 1999, Pervez Musharraf took power in Pakistan through a bloodless coup.

In 2000, the USS Cole was badly damaged by two al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen’s Aden harbor, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.

In 2019, the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, while under construction, collapsed, killing two and injuring 20.

This Day in Music History

In 1962, Little Richard headlined a package bill at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England, where he met The Beatles for the first time, who were also on the bill.

In 1970, Jesus Christ Superstar opened on Broadway.

In 1978, Sid Vicious was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who was found dead in the bathroom of their hotel room with a stab wound to her abdomen. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before he could be prosecuted.

In 1997, John Denver died at age 53 when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

In 2013, Lorde, 16, became the youngest solo artist to write and record a No. 1 hit when “Royals” claimed the top spot.

Today’s Birthdays

Chris Wallace is 74. Marxist terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as “Carlos the Jackal,” is 72. Actress Susan Anton is 71. Actor Hugh Jackman is 53. Actor Kirk Cameron is 51. Skier Bode Miller is 44.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. ABQ Homicides Up 65% Under Keller, 30% Rise Nationally

  2. Firefighters union won’t endorse a candidate for Albuquerque mayor

  3. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department extremely understaffed

  4. ALVARADO SQUARE CLOSED TUESDAY, OCT. 12

  5. Former UNM President William “Bud” Davis dies

  6. Court documents reveal witness list in Williams Stapleton racketeering case

  7. San Andreas Fault study taps new vein in earthquake research

  8. Los Alamos Young Guns Girls Sweep Top Spots In State High School Clay Target Association Zone 1 Singles Competition

  9. Groups express concerned about hydrogen hub push

  10. Rep. Stansbury Recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

Mainstream Local/State News Briefing

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New Mexico professor against vax, mask mandates fired

LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University professor who publicly opposed campus vaccine and mask mandates will no longer be teaching there. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports David Clements, a business college professor, posted on his social media account on the Telegram platform that he had been “terminated.” The university confirmed Monday that Clements was “no longer employed by NMSU.” The professor, who was on track for tenure, had been suspended since August over public declarations that he would not abide by any COVID-19 vaccine or mask mandate. The provost recommended Clements be fired during a meeting last week. Clements has argued masking and vaccine policies are unconstitutional.

Official: Same-day registration unavailable on Election Day

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico officials say voters who show up at polling places to register to vote on Nov. 2 for municipal elections will be out of luck. KUNM reports that same-day registration is always available during the early voting period at county clerk’s offices and at additional sites in some counties. However, offering it on Election Day itself requires approval from the Voting System Certification Committee and the Secretary of State’s Office decided not to make the request after getting feedback from participating counties. The office’s elections director says there are some technical updates being done and a request for the 2022 primary likely will be made.

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

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High winds prompt PG&E to shut power to 25,000 in California

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric has started cutting power to about 25,000 customers in northern and central California as high winds toppled trees, downed power lines and ignited at least one of several fires that forced people to flee from their homes. Forecasters issued an extreme fire danger warning as winds gusted to 55 mph in mountains and 25 to 45 mph in valleys. PG&E cut the power Monday and says the planned outages are necessary because winds could raise the risk of trees falling on power lines and sparking fast-spreading wildfires. Southern California Edison began turning off power to up to 9,000 customers to reduce the threat of wildfires.

At least 2 dead in California plane crash that burned homes

SANTEE, Calif. — Authorities say at least two people were killed and two others injured when a small plane crashed into a suburban San Diego neighborhood, destroying two homes and a delivery truck. UPS identified an employee among the dead. Officials didn’t immediately know conditions of the survivors of Monday’s crash in suburban Santee, or whether they were in the plane or on the ground. Witnesses described a retired couple being rescued from one home. The plane was a twin-engine Cessna flying from Yuma, Arizona, to San Diego. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were on board.

Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into ‘22 governor’s race

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, is set to announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday. That’s according to his campaign spokesperson. The 48-year-old is a self-described progressive who led a nationally prominent investigation into sexual abuse of children by clergy. Shapiro is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor. The Democratic incumbent, Gov. Tom Wolf, is constitutionally barred from running for a third term. Shapiro has Wolf’s endorsement.

Virgin’s Branson leads high school band, prompts backlash

NEW ORLEANS — Billionaire Richard Branson says it was an honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to don a drum major’s uniform and march ahead of a famed New Orleans high school band. Some of the school's fans apparently were less enthusiastic about the appearance, which was part of opening ceremonies last week for a new Virgin Hotel in New Orleans. The president and CEO of St. Augustine High School tweeted a letter acknowledging that many people have told him only students who have earned it should be allowed to wear the uniform. Aulston G. Taylor says others felt the event and publicity was great for the school.

Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. Gruden released a statement Monday night that he is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL. It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when The Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

Mainstream Global News Briefing

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Suspected cartel gunmen in north Mexico kill 3-year-old boy

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in northern Mexico say suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a car, killing a 3-year-old boy and wounding the child’s parents. Prosecutors for the border state of Sonora say that after Monday’s attack in Ciudad Obregon, the father managed to drive the car to a hospital, where the toddler was pronounced dead. The state prosecutors’ office says in a statement that “it hurts us as a society when drug cartels take the lives of children.” Sonora has been wracked by gang violence, including the killings of at least half a dozen indigenous people.

Mexico presents plan to shutter private power plants

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president has presented details of a plan that is likely to squeeze out private power generating plants and may provoke complaints under the Mexico-U.S.-Canada free trade accord. The constitutional reform presented by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would cancel contracts under which 34 private plants sell power into the national grid. The plan declares “illegal” another 239 private plants that sell energy direct to corporate clients. It guarantees the government utility a market share of “at least” 54%, contradicting promises to reserve 46% for private companies. Many of the private plants were built by foreign investors under a 2013 reform.

Mexico’s anti-corruption effort takes a PR blow

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president has made punishing corruption the centerpiece of his political agenda. So when the country’s arguably worst, self-confessed, most corrupt official was photographed dining out carefree at a luxury restaurant over the weekend, it wasn’t good optics. The case comes at a time when Mexico’s attorney general is trying to lock up 31 academics in a maximum security prison because he claims they improperly received about $2.5 million in government science funding years ago. Meanwhile, the same attorney general hasn’t managed to jail any of the top figures implicated in a big corruption case at the state-run Pemex oil company that almost bankrupted the firm.

UN chief: Afghanistan faces ‘make-or-break moment’

The United Nations chief is warning that Afghanistan is facing “a make-or-break moment.” Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the world to prevent the country’s economy from collapsing. He also appealed to the Taliban to stop breaking its promises to allow women to work and girls to have access to all levels of education. He says 80% of Afghanistan’s economy is informal, with women playing an overwhelming role. He says: “without them there is no way the Afghan economy and society will recover.” He said the U.N. is urgently appealing to countries to inject cash into the aid-dependent Afghan economy.

Hezbollah leader wants investigator in Beirut blast replaced

BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group has escalated his attack on the judge leading the probe into last year’s port explosion, calling on authorities to replace him with a “truthful and transparent” investigator. Judge Tarek Bitar was appointed in February by a government body to lead the investigation. Bitar has been the recipient of heavy criticism from Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, who has repeatedly accused him of politicizing the probe. On Monday, Nasrallah spent nearly a quarter of his one-hour speech meant to address the country’s multiple crises to criticize almost every decision Bitar has made.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. Are you aware that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a defrocked minister who claimed that “Jesus was a socialist”?

  2. Could you hack it as a farmer?

  3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of an attention-seeking buffoon is Richard Branson?

  4. Do you care what people think about you?

  5. Will the Taliban “stop breaking its promises to allow women to work and girls to have access to all levels of education”?

  6. Is Cancel Culture essentially modern witch-hunting?

  7. What frustrates you?

  8. Shouldn’t Los Alamos National Laboratory be working on nuclear bombs, not earthquakes?

  9. Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell?

  10. Does shooting out the windows of an office building amount to mere “vandalism”?

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