The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, July 17th, 2021

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Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

— George Orwell


Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Saturday, July 17th, the 198th day of 2021. There are 167 days left in the year. It is Wrong Way Corrigan Day, National Peach Ice Cream Day, National Tattoo Day, National Woodie Wagon Day, and World Emoji Day.

This Day in History

In 1902, Willis Carrier created the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.

In 1918, the RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, was sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55. Five lives are lost.

In 1945, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin met in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany.

In 1955, Disneyland was dedicated and opened in Anaheim, California.

In 1962, the “Small Boy” test shot Little Feller I became the last atmospheric test detonation at what is now the Nevada National Security Site.

In 1975, an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked with each other in orbit, marking the first such link-up.

In 1979, Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigned and fled to Miami.

In 1984, the national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.

In 1996, off the coast of Long Island, Paris-bound TWA Flight 800 exploded, killing all 230 people on board.

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (journeying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur) was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board were killed.

This Day in Music History

In 1959, while under arrest for illegal possession of narcotics, Billie Holiday died at age 44 in New York City. Years of drug and alcohol abuse took their toll on the singer, who suffered from cirrhosis of the liver.

In 1965, James Brown released “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” It would become hos first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten.

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix played his eighth and final show as the opening act for The Monkees. It did not go well — fans of the “Prefab Four” wanted nothing to do with him.

In 1970, the The Guess Who performed at the White House for President Richard Nixon and his royal guests, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The band did not play its hit “American Woman,” as it was asked to refrain from performing the song “as a matter of taste.”

In 2004, at the end of her show at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas, Linda Ronstadt dedicated her encore to filmmaker Michael Moore, urging fans to see his movie Fahrenheit 9/11. A shocked audience reacted mostly with boos. Approximately half walked out.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Donald Sutherland is 86. David Hasselhoff is 69. Reality-television producer Mark Burnett is 61. Actress Heather Langenkamp is 57.



  1. Albuquerque nearly loses $1.9 million in phishing scam

  2. Las Cruces requiring proof of vaccination, or you must wear a face mask at City Hall

  3. Federal judge in Texas rules DACA illegal

  4. Georgia Secretary Of State Explains Why He’s Just Now Discovering More Than 10,000 Illegal Votes Cast In 2020

  5. WATCH: Dr. Rand Paul Joins Newsmax to Discuss Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Legislation

  6. Government dictating what social-media bans is tyrannical

  7. LISTEN: Does Bitcoin Have the Potential to Become a Generally Accepted Medium of Exchange?

  8. Our Pledge, Songs, And Monuments Fail To Capture America’s Greatness

  9. The Protests In Cuba Tell a Much Bigger Global Story

  10. LISTEN: The Departure from Afghanistan So Far


New Mexico fentanyl deaths double again from 2019 to 2020

SANTA FE — Fentanyl-related deaths in New Mexico more than doubled in 2020 from the previous year, surpassing both heroin and prescription-opioid-related deaths in the state. The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday official data is still being compiled, but preliminary results show fentanyl-related deaths already have risen by 129% from 2019. The rise comes after nearly doubling the year before. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It often is mixed with heroin but also mixed into counterfeit opioids, leading to what are believed to be unintentional overdose deaths. The number of overdose deaths attributed to methamphetamine also increased by 11% from 2019 to 2020.

Biden picks former Sen. Tom Udall for New Zealand ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is nominating former New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall to serve as his ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Udall, a Democrat, retired in 2021 after two terms in the Senate representing New Mexico. He also served in the House and as New Mexico’s attorney general. Biden is also expected to nominate Democratic fundraiser Jane Hartley to serve as his ambassador to the United Kingdom. That's according to a person familiar with the decision who was not authorized to comment publicly.


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US border encounters of migrant families rise despite heat

PHOENIX — U.S. officials say the number of migrant families they encountered at the border in June increased by 25% from the previous month even as summer temperatures rise in the deserts and mountain terrain of the southwestern borderlands. According to new numbers released Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection tallied 55,805 members of families with children in June, compared with 44,746 in May. While a large increase, the figure is far below the high of 88,587 in May 2019. Overall, officials say they saw 5% more encounters with migrants trying to cross the border in June compared with May, an increase they attributed to repeated attempts.

Stocks end a wobbly week lower, breaking 3-week win streak

Stocks ended a wobbly week broadly lower, with a good part of Friday’s loss attributable to weakness in big technology companies like Apple and Amazon. The S&P 500 fell 0.8% and marked its first weekly loss after three weeks of gains. Small-company stocks continued to badly lag the rest of the market, a signal that investors could be becoming more concerned about how strongly the economy will keep growing in coming months. Treasury yields remained relatively low, another sign of caution among investors. The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.29%, well below the 1.75% it fetched in late March.

Key lawmaker quizzes airlines on delays, worker shortages

WASHINGTON — A key senator wants to know whether labor shortages are causing delayed and canceled flights at major U.S. airlines. Maria Cantwell, who chairs the Senate Commerce committee, sent letters Friday to the airline CEOs of six airlines — American, Southwest, Delta, JetBlue, Republic and Allegiant. Cantwell says she is troubled by reports that highlight the role of worker shortages in a surge of delayed and canceled flights. Congress approved $54 billion to keep airline employees on the job, but the airlines have shed thousands of workers through voluntary buyouts and long-term leave. Now some are hiring again to deal with a jump in travel.

‘Boy Next Door Killer’ gets death for murders of 2 women

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge gave a death sentence to a man prosecutors called “The Boy Next Door Killer” for the murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third. Judge Larry Fidler called the crimes “vicious and frightening” before handing down the sentence Friday to 45-year-old Michael Thomas Gargiulo. Gargiulo was found guilty of the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin, a 22-year-old fashion design student who was about to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher, who was a witness at the trial. He was also convicted of killing 32-year-old mother of four Maria Bruno in 2005.

Man who killed Wisconsin mother, her 2 daughters gets life

MILWAUKEE — A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Wisconsin mother and her two young daughters has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Arzel Ivery admitted in April that he killed 26-year-old Amarah “Jerica” Banks, 5-year-old Zaniya Ivery and 4-year-old Camaria Banks in 2020. The criminal complaint says he told police he killed Banks after fighting with her, then strangled the girls because he didn’t want them to live in a world without their mother. Police say he then set their bodies on fire in a garage in Milwaukee.


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Gente de Zona on Cuba: ‘It is the people who are marching’

MEXICO CITY — The slogan “¡Patria y vida!” — “Homeland and life!” — is heard loudly during the demonstrations in Cuba. It is a verse of a song that has become the anthem of these protests and that emerged from artists who for the first time dared to express their disagreement with the government. “Patria y vida” is performed by Yotuel Romero, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo and El Funky, who change the Cuban revolutionary slogan “homeland or death” created by Fidel Castro to: “Homeland and life.”

Hundreds greet Aristide on return to troubled Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Haiti after nearly a month in Cuba. That has thrilled hundreds of supporters who gathered at the airport Friday to welcome the twice-elected, twice-deposed president a time of tensions over the recent assassination of the country’s leader. Aristide was receiving unspecified medical treatment in Cuba. Meanwhile new details emerged about the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Authorities say 24 police officers were standing guard when a the president's house was attacked. And Colombian authorities accused a former Haitian official of giving orders to kill the president.

Officials now say no ban on animal sacrifice in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir say there is no ban on the sacrifice of animals during the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday, a day after they asked law enforcers to stop the sacrifice of cows, calves, camels and other animals. A senior government official told a local news portal that the government’s communication was “misconstrued” and it had been seeking proper transportation of animals and the prevention of cruelty during the festival. Muslims traditionally mark Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, by offering special prayers and slaughtering livestock, usually a goat, sheep, a cow or a camel, to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. This year’s holiday falls on July 21-23 in the region.

Lawyer in Vatican abuse trial says no evidence of misconduct

ROME — The lawyer for a onetime altar boy accused of sexually abusing a younger boy at the Vatican’s youth seminary has asked a Vatican court to absolve her client. In her closing arguments Friday, Lawyer Rita Claudia Baffioni said there was no evidence of misconduct. She said the seven-month age difference between alleged victim and aggressor, who were 13 and 14 at the start of the alleged abuse, made the charges against the Rev. Gabriele Martinelli not believable. Prosecutors have asked the tribunal to convict Martinelli and sentence him to six years in prison. They have also asked for a four-year sentence for the former rector of the seminary.

Not rotten: Ex-Sex Pistol defends TV show in row with singer

LONDON — Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has told a London court that he dislikes former bandmate John Lydon and hasn’t spoken to him since 2008. But Jones denied that a planned TV series about Sex Pistols would make the singer once known as Johnny Rotten look bad. Jones and drummer Peter Cook are suing Lydon at Britain’s High Court for the right to use the band’s music in the Disney-backed drama Pistol, which is based on a memoir by Jones. Lydon has slammed the show as “disrespectful” and is refusing to grant permission. But Jones said during Friday’s court hearing, “It isn’t our intention to make him look bad.”


  1. Will Rona hysteria ever end?

  2. Is cryptocurrency a fad, destined for oblivion?

  3. Could you live in New Mexico if air conditioning didn’t exist?

  4. Do you trust the official account of what happened to TWA Flight 800?

  5. Ever been to Disneyland?

  6. Donald Sutherland’s best movie?

  7. Do you have a tattoo?

  8. Should the drinking age return to 18?

  9. Do you use emojis?

  10. Is drug addiction a disease, or a manifestation of weak character?

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