The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, September 10th 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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Everything great that we know has come to us from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and created our masterpieces. Never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
— Marcel Proust
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mainly sunny. High near 95F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Friday, September 10th, the 253rd day of 2021. There are 112 days left in the year. It is Stand Up to Cancer Day, TV Dinner Day, National 401(k) Day, International Makeup Day, and World Suicide Prevention Day.
This Day in History
In 1608, John Smith was elected council president of Jamestown.
In 1776, Nathan Hale volunteered to spy for the Continental Army.
In 1813, the U.S. defeated a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie.
In 1846, Elias Howe was granted a patent for his sewing machine.
In 1897, a sheriff's posse killed at least 19 unarmed miners near Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
In 1943, German troops began their occupation of Rome.
In 1967, the people of Gibraltar voted to remain a British dependency rather than become a part of Spain.
In 1977, Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, became the Western world’s last person to be executed by beheading.
In 2002, Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joined the United Nations as a full member.
In 2008, the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest scientific experiment in history, was powered up in Geneva.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida after causing catastrophic damage throughout the Caribbean. Irma resulted in 134 deaths and $64 billion in damage.
This Day in Music History
In 1955, Chuck Berry’s first hit, “Maybellene,” reached its peak chart position of No. 5.
In 1968, The Beatles recorded “Helter Skelter.”
In 1970, B. B. King played for inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago. The show was released the following year as the album Live at Cook County Jail.
In 1991, Nirvana released the single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
In 1999, Standin’ on the Corner Park opened in Winslow, Arizona.
Actor Philip Baker Hall is 90. Musician and singer-songwriter José Feliciano is 76. Actress Amy Irving is 68. Actor Colin Firth is 61. Director, producer, and screenwriter Guy Ritchie is 53. Actor Johnathon Schaech is 52. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 47.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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New Mexico's $37 million plan to recruit more teachers
SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials are offering school districts $37 million to pay for the salaries and career advancement of their entry-level staff. The education department hopes teaching assistants can get pay increases and take classes toward an associated degree. Teaching assistants earn around $25,000 per year, but they could increase their income with degrees relevant to schools like education, nursing and social work. The New Mexico Teacher Fellows program announced this week offers $4,000 toward college tuition for education-related study for two years. There are around 600 unfilled teaching positions in the state, and long-term substitute teachers are also in short supply.
Las Cruces woman sentenced 9 years for beating little girl
LAS CRUCES — A Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after pleading guilty to what prosecutors described as a vicious, hourslong beating of a toddler. Desirae Vargas pleaded guilty to a felony child abuse charge on Thursday and was immediately sentenced to prison. She will get credit for the two years she has already spent behind bars. Prosecutors said the now-32-year-old Vargas beat her then-boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter for hours on the night of March 23, 2019. The little girl is now living with relatives.
Airman’s attorney aims to limit evidence at murder trial
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Arizona judge ruled Thursday that expert testimony on cellphone data will be allowed in the case of a U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of killing a Mennonite woman. Authorities used the data and other records to link Mark Gooch to the shooting death of Sasha Krause last year. Krause’s body was found outside Flagstaff, more than a month after she disappeared from her church community in northwestern New Mexico. The judge in Coconino County took up several motions during a hearing Thursday but didn’t immediately rule on all of them. The hearing will continue Friday afternoon.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Sports betting starts in Arizona in time for NFL season
PHOENIX — Arizona’s first sports betting operations are now open in time for the start of the NFL season with live wagers allowed on college and professional sports. Betting began Thursday online and at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the downtown Phoenix arena where the Phoenix Suns play and at temporary betting windows at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field. The action was made possible by a new law enacted by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last spring. Online fantasy sports wagering became legal late last month. Before that, Arizona was one of the few U.S. states where it was still banned.
DOJ: San Francisco trash company to pay $36M for bribery
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s trash disposal company has agreed to pay $36 million in criminal penalties for its role in a wide-ranging bribery scheme involving the city’s former public works director. Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds announced that the three subsidiaries of Recology Inc. have pledged to cooperate in ongoing investigations in exchange for the government deferring prosecution. The agreement is subject to court approval. Prosecutors say the companies conspired to bribe Mohammed Nuru from 2014 through January 2020, when the then-director of the Department of Public Works was arrested. The company holds the exclusive right to dispose of waste in San Francisco.
Lawsuit: Farm hired white immigrants over black US laborers
JACKSON, Miss. — Six black farmworkers in Mississippi say their former employer has brought white laborers from South Africa to do the same jobs type of jobs they were doing, but for more pay. They say in a lawsuit that Pitts Farm Partnership has been violating federal law with the pay discrepancy. Mississippi Center for Justice and Southern Migrant Legal Services filed suit for the six workers. Pitts Farm grows cotton, soybeans and corn in Sunflower County. Representatives of the farm did not immediately return email or phone messages to The Associated Press on Wednesday or Thursday to respond to questions about the lawsuit.
Oklahoma high court to hear prosecutor’s death row request
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a prosecutor's request that two members of the state’s Pardon and Parole Board should not be allowed to vote on a high-profile death row inmate’s commutation hearing. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater wants the high court to prevent board members Adam Luck and Kelly Doyle from deciding the fate of death row inmate Julius Jones. Prater alleges Luck and Doyle have a conflict of interest because of their work with released inmates. The board is scheduled to consider Jones’s request for a commutation on Monday. A hearing before a Supreme Court referee is set for Friday.
Witness says R. Kelly kept her locked up before sex assault
NEW YORK — A former radio station intern says R&B singer R. Kelly kept her locked in a darkened room for days before sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious in 2003. The woman recounted the episode for the first time in public at Kelly’s New York City sex trafficking trial. She was the latest in a string of accusers to take the witness stand against Kelly since the trial began on Aug. 18. The 54-year-old Kelly has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Flooding north of Mexico City leaves streets submerged
TULA, Mexico — Two days after flooding claimed at least 14 lives north of Mexico’s capital, the streets of Tula remain submerged as full reservoirs upstream continued releasing more water. Mexican authorities say heavy rains in recent days in central Mexico filled the area’s reservoirs to their capacity forcing water releases that only added to woes downstream in places like Tula. Hidalgo Gov. Omar Fayad and other local authorities had urged people in Tula and other vulnerable areas to move quickly to higher ground Wednesday evening because more water was on its way from upstream reservoirs. The governor spent Thursday touring affected communities.
Hurricane Olaf heading toward Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Olaf is closing in for a strike on the Los Cabos resort region at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. As the storm approached Thursday, authorities closed ports in the area, prepared temporary shelters and urged people to monitor public announcements. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the area could see hurricane-force winds and very heavy rain by evening and through the night. The hurricane was centered about 45 miles east-southeast of Cabo San Lucas late Thursday afternoon. The ports of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo closed to vessel traffic as tourism operators moved boats to safer moorings.
UN envoy: World must prevent Afghanistan economic collapse
The U.N. special envoy for Afghanistan is urging the world to unite to prevent the collapse of the Afghan economy, to address fears that the Taliban’s Islamic state may spread to its neighbors, and to fight terrorism. Deborah Lyons warned Thursday that the Taliban have already “visibly welcomed and sheltered” al-Qaida members, and Islamic State extremists remain active “and could gain strength.” She told the Security Council it will have to decide how to engage with many of the 33 members of the Taliban government on the U.N. sanctions blacklist, including the prime minister, deputy prime ministers and foreign minister.
Thinner, energetic Kim stands out at North Korean parade
SEOUL — In an unusual North Korean parade that showcased military animals and virus workers in hazmat suits instead of ballistic missiles, leader Kim Jong Un still managed to seize the spotlight by looking thinner and more energetic than he has in years. Experts say Kim’s weight loss is more likely a result of an effort to improve his shape than an indicator of health problems. It may also have a political purpose. Pandemic border closures and international sanctions have Kim facing perhaps his toughest moment as he approaches a decade in rule, and analysts say it has become crucial for him to build an image as a young and vigorous leader who can steer the country out of trouble.
Polish Senate rejects media bill affecting US-owned company
WARSAW — Poland’s Senate voted has rejected a media bill seen as targeting a U.S.-owned television network’s ability to keep broadcasting independent news. However, the Senate has no power to stop it altogether. The bill is to return to parliament’s lower house and if it passes there, it would then go to the president — who has said he would not sign it into law in its current form. The bill, which passed parliament’s lower house last month, would prevent any non-European entity from owning more than a 49% stake in television or radio broadcasters in Poland. It is widely seen as an attack on media freedom.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Why is the “sanitation” industry so frequently mixed up with political corruption and organized crime?
Are you a neurotic?
Would Afghanistan benefit from a strong dose of benign neglect?
Can you imagine what it would be like to be married to Madonna for even one day?
Have you ever used a firearm to defend yourself?
Nirvana’s best song?
How’s your 401(k) doing?
Is “The Library” Seinfeld’s greatest episode?
Does the typical high-school graduate in America know a single thing about Nathan Hale?
Ever been to Winslow, Arizona?