The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, July 22nd, 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 CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Today is Thursday, July 22nd, the 203rd day of 2021. There are 162 days left in the year. It is National Hammock Day, National Penuche Fudge Day, and Rat Catcher’s Day.
This Day in History
In 1587, a second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
In 1686, Albany, New York was formally chartered as a municipality by Governor Thomas Dongan.
In 1796, surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company named an area in Ohio “Cleveland” after General Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.
In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates writes “America the Beautiful” after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In 1916, in San Francisco, a bomb exploded on Market Street during a parade, killing ten and injuring 40.
In 1937, the U.S. Senate voted down President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.
In 1942, the United States government began compulsory civilian gasoline rationing.
In 1946, a Zionist terrorist group, the Irgun, bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, resulting in 91 deaths.
In 1976, Japan completed its last reparations payment to the Philippines for war crimes committed during its conquest of the country in World War II.
In 1977, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was restored to power.
In 1990, Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France.
In 1992, fearing extradition to the United States, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped from his luxury prison.
In 2003, members of 101st Airborne, aided by Special Forces, attacked a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay.
This Day in Music History
In 1968, Elvis Presley began filming Charro! — the only movie in which he had a beard. Only one song was used, and Charro! was a commercial failure.
In 1969, Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting $50 bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.
In 1979, Little Richard made his famous statement, “If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.”
In 1996, Donovan canceled a North American tour when he was denied entry to the U.S. because of a 1966 marijuana-possession conviction.
In 2007, after playing a show at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Lil Wayne was arrested when police searched his tour bus and found a loaded gun. The rapper served eight months in Rikers Island prison.
Actor and left-wing activist Danny Glover is 75. Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader is 75. Actor, comedian, and filmmaker Albert Brooks is 74. Musician, singer, and songwriter Don Henley is 74. Writer S. E. Hinton is 73. Actor Willem Dafoe is 66. Actor and comedian John Leguizamo is 57. Actor and comedian David Spade is 57. Actor Rhys Ifans is 54. Singer and actress Selena Gomez is 29. Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 28.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
2 bodies recovered, 1 person missing in Albuquerque flooding
ALBUQUERQUE — Two bodies were recovered and the search continued for one other person swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque, authorities said. Firefighters pulled a man’s body from the end of a diversion channel on Wednesday morning and a second man’s body in the afternoon. The names and ages of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities. Crews initially responded Tuesday afternoon when three people were seen floating down the diversion channel in northeast Albuquerque after the area was hit with heavy rains. Swift water rescue units scrambled to the sides of the channel to attempt a rescue but didn’t spot the three people over a two-hour period.
Volunteer firefighter in New Mexico hit by fire truck, dies
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — New Mexico State Police say they are investigating the death of a volunteer firefighter who was fatally struck by a fire truck. They say 59-year-old Janet Tracy of Caballo was at a crash scene south of Truth or Consequences providing aid and support to a victim. State Police say a fire truck driven by a 52-year-old-male who’s also a Caballo volunteer firefighter was being repositioned. The driver says he didn’t see Tracy and backed over her. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. State Police say the fire truck was not equipped with a backup camera and they aren’t releasing the name of the driver.
Chile harvest starts early for some New Mexico farmers
HATCH — The aroma of fresh roasted green chiles is already wafting through southern New Mexico as some farmers are getting a jumpstart on the harvest. They say the season is shaping up to be a good one, with transplanted fields in Hatch among those where workers are busy picking peppers. Farmers say the fruit is growing fast due to perfectly timed rains and cooler temperatures. Instead of starting from seed, more farmers are planting seedlings that have sprouted in a greenhouse to get their fields going faster. They say it’s another tool as water supplies shrink.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Radio host Larry Elder wins fight to enter California recall
LOS ANGELES — Talk radio host Larry Elder will be a candidate in California’s upcoming recall election aimed at removing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Elder scored a swift court victory in Sacramento, where he challenged a decision by state election officials to block him from the ballot. Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl on Wednesday disagreed with a state decision that Elder failed to meet requirements to file recent tax returns. Earl found the rule didn't apply to recall elections. Forty-two other candidates have been cleared to appear on the Sept. 14 recall ballot.
Judge hears fight over lithium mine on Nevada-Oregon line
RENO — A judge in Nevada is considering legal challenges to government approval of a mine at the largest known U.S. deposit of lithium. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du said Wednesday she'll decide by the end of the month whether to grant the conservationists’ bid for a temporary ban on any digging at the site near the Nevada-Oregon line because of potential harm to sage grouse and other wildlife. She also agreed to an expedited review of a new request from a Nevada tribe to join the legal battle. The tribe is seeking a similar restraining order based on its claim the mine would disturb sacred tribal burial grounds.
CSX 2Q profit more than doubled as railroad hauled 27% more
OMAHA — CSX railroad’s second-quarter profit more than doubled as the economy continued to rebound from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. Florida-based CSX says it hauled 27% more freight than a year ago when the economy slowed to a crawl because of COVID-19 restrictions. The railroad said Wednesday that it earned $1.17 billion, or 52 cents per share, during the quarter. The results included a one-time boost of 12 cents per share related to a property rights sale to the state of Virginia. That beat the 37 cents per share that Wall Street analysts anticipated.
PG&E will spend at least $15 billion burying power lines
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric plans to bury 10,000 miles of its power lines in an effort to prevent its fraying grid from sparking wildfires when electrical equipment collides with millions of trees and other vegetation. The daunting project announced Wednesday aims to bury roughly 10% of PG&E’s power lines at a projected cost of $15 billion to $30 billion. Most of that expense will likely be shouldered by PG&E customers, whose electricity rates are already among the highest in the U.S. The commitment comes just days after PG&E acknowledged a tree that toppled onto a power line may have ignited another major fire.
Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assaults in California
LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom to four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts. Sheriff’s deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into court Wednesday in a wheelchair. He was wearing a brown jail jumpsuit and face mask. Attorney Mark Werksman entered the plea for the disgraced movie mogul a day after Weinstein was extradited to California from New York, where he was serving a 23-year prison term. He now awaits a second trial on a second coast, and the possibility of another lengthy sentence. Weinstein’s charges involve five women and span from 2004 to 2013. The 11 counts together could bring a sentence of 140 years.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25
BEIJING — China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of the country’s most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to at least 25. The dam operation occurred as floods overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou. A video posted by a news site showed subway passengers standing in muddy water chest-high as torrents raged in the tunnel. Transport and work have been disrupted throughout the province, with rain turning streets into rapidly flowing rivers, washing away cars and rising into people’s homes. Authorities say 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety. Henan province is crisscrossed by many waterways linked to the Yellow River, which floods often.
4 journalists at shut Hong Kong paper charged with collusion
HONG KONG — Hong Kong police have charged two editors and two editorial writers at a pro-democracy newspaper with collusion weeks after the outlet was forced to close and its assets were frozen. Apple Daily Executive Editor-in-Chief Lam Man-chung is the eighth executive or journalist at the shuttered newspaper arrested in recent weeks as city authorities crack down on dissent. He and the three others detained Wednesday after their bail was revoked were charged under the city’s year-old national security law. The Hong Kong Journalists Association criticized the “repeated targeting of journalists” from Apple Daily and asked the government to explain how news and publishing work that’s constitutionally protected could endanger national security.
Violence flares in Haiti ahead of slain president's funeral
QUARTIER-MORIN, Haiti — Hundreds of workers have fled businesses in northern Haiti after demonstrations near the hometown of slain President Jovenel Moïse grew violent ahead of his funeral. Associated Press journalists saw the body of one man who witnesses say was shot Wednesday in the community of Quartier-Morin. It is near the town of Trou-du-Nord, where Moïse was born. Roadblocks were set up between the two communities, temporarily barring cars from entering or leaving as two plumes of thick, black smoke rose nearby. Fleeing people said they saw burning tires and men with weapons demanding justice for Moïse. Many workers walked hurriedly in a single file along the main road that connects Quartier-Morin with Cap-Haitien, the city where events to honor Moïse start Thursday ahead of Friday’s funeral.
Powerful magnitude-6.8 quake shakes Panama and Costa Rica
PANAMA CITY — A powerful magnitude-6.8 earthquake has shaken Panama and Costa Rica. The epicenter was relatively far from the largest population centers, though, and there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says Wednesday's quake was centered off the Pacific coast of Panama and Costa Rica’s shared border, about 30 miles south of Punta de Burica, Panama. It occurred at a depth of about six miles. The tremor was not felt in Panama’s capital, but shaking occurred in some parts of western Panama and Costa Rica. Authorities say they have begun to inspect structures for any damage.
Russia launches lab module to International Space Station
MOSCOW — Russia has successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station. The module is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew. A Proton-M booster rocket carrying the Nauka module lifted off as scheduled at 7:58 pm local time Wednesday from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launch had been repeatedly delayed because of technical problems. Nauka initially was scheduled to go up in 2007. Now that it’s been launched, a series of maneuvers will prepare for the 22-ton module to dock at the International Space Station on July 29.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Do you own a hammock?
Does Larry Elder have any chance of becoming California’s next governor?
Ever been to Albany?
How many times a week do you eat green chile?
Favorite Albert Brooks movie?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” or “America the Beautiful”?
Is every “education” initiative pushed by Ben Ray Luján pre-approved by teacher unions?
Are you afraid of the “Delta variant”?
Was Franklin D. Roosevelt a tyrant?
Have you been following what’s going on in South Africa?