The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, June 18th, 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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La Garde meurt, elle ne se rend pas! (The Guard dies, it does not surrender!)
— response by Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, when offered the opportunity to surrender at Waterloo
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny and very hot. High 99F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Friday, June 18th, the 169th day of 2021. There are 196 days left in the year. It is Autistic Pride Day.
This Day in History
In 1778, British troops abandoned Philadelphia.
In 1815, the Battle of Waterloo resulted in a French defeat, forcing Napoléon to abdicate for the second and final time
In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
In 1940, Winston Churchill delivered his “Finest Hour” speech.
In 1981, the F-117 Nighthawk, the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology, made its first flight.
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
In 2007, a fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine firefighters.
This Day in Music History
In 1966, The Beach Boys released “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
In 1977, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, the bass player and drummer (respectively) of Talking Heads, got married. In 2002 they became the first husband and wife in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the band was inducted.
In 2002, Billy Joel checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center in Connecticut for a ten-day stay.
In 2010, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to “A Day In The Life” sold for $1.2 million at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York City.
In 2020, singer Vera Lynn, who became the musical embodiment of Britain’s fighting spirit during World War II, died at age 103.
Politician Jay Rockefeller is 84. Paul McCartney is 79. Actress Carol Kane is 69. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 69. Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith is 58. Singer Blake Shelton is 45.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Hispanic group sues Santa Fe mayor over destroyed obelisk
SANTA FE — A Hispanic heritage group in Santa Fe is suing the mayor over the destruction of a U.S. veterans memorial by activists during a demonstration on Indigenous People’s Day. The lawsuit seeks to block Mayor Alan Webber’s plans to have the monument permanently removed and replaced. The 33-foot stone obelisk honored Union soldiers who died fighting Indigenous and Confederate enemies in the 1860s. Its remnants lie at the center of the city’s historic plaza, encased in a plywood box. The lawsuit argues that the marker is covered by state law protecting historic places and must be restored.
Selection process begins for Supreme Court succession
SANTA FE — The selection process is underway to fill a retirement vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the departure of Barbara Vigil at the end of June. A bipartisan nominating commission was scheduled on Thursday to interview candidates for the high court post. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has final say on which nominee to appoint. Applicants include Santa Fe-based District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington, who last year dismissed a Republican Party lawsuit on the oversight of ballot drop boxes. Appeals Court Judge Briana Zamora of Albuquerque and District Judge Jennifer DeLaney of Deming were nominated previously and passed over by the governor.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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1 dead, 3 shot, 9 others injured in metro Phoenix shootings
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Authorities say one person is dead, three wounded and nine others injured in reported drive-by shootings over a 90-minute span Thursday in three cities west of Phoenix. A suspect was detained. But authorities say it’s unclear if that person was responsible for all of the shootings. The name of the suspect wasn’t immediately released. Police departments in Peoria, Surprise and Glendale are investigating shootings in their cities, along with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Peoria police spokesman Brandon Sheffert says authorities are investigating at least eight separate shooting scenes. He says four people suffered gunshot wounds, and one of those victims died.
Tropical storm warning, flood threat for northern Gulf Coast
MIAMI — A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say heavy rainfall and flooding will likely be the most significant hazard, with the storm reaching the coast beginning on Friday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards late Thursday issued a state of emergency due to the potential weather threats. As of Thursday night, the storm was located about 435 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
US Mint to issue quarters honoring notable American women
A string of notable American women will appear on the U.S. quarter under a four-year program that begins in 2022. The U.S. Mint says its American Women Quarters Program will celebrate women’s accomplishments and contributions to U.S. history. Honorees chosen for the first year are: Maya Angelou, poet and author; Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation's first female principal chief; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American Hollywood film star; and Adelina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement. Mankiller’s husband, Charlie Soap, thanked the mint for recognizing his late wife. He tells Indian Country Today the coin will inspire other Native Americans and “women everywhere.”
R. Kelly nears OK for new legal team for upcoming trial
NEW YORK — A judge has signaled that jailed R&B singer R. Kelly will likely get to keep his new defense team for a sex-trafficking trial. At a hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly questioned one of the new lawyers about her communications with one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends that could raise a potential conflict of interest. The lawyer insisted she never gave legal advice to the woman. The judge still must get Kelly's permission before signing off on the change in lawyers. The trial is scheduled to begin in early August.
Janet Malcolm, provocative author-journalist, dies at 86
NEW YORK — The author and journalist Janet Malcolm has died at age 86. She was known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself. A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and author of several books, the Prague native practiced a kind of post-modern style. She often called attention to her own role in the narrative, questioning whether even the most conscientious observer could be trusted. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked her book The Journalist and the Murderer No. 97 on its list of the 100 best nonfiction releases of the 20th century.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Iran votes in presidential poll tipped in hard-liner's favor
DUBAI — Iran has begun voting in a presidential election tipped in the favor of a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time Friday for the vote. Public apathy has been widespread after a panel under Khamenei barred hundreds of candidates, including reformists and those aligned with the outgoing president, the relatively moderate Hassan Rouhani. State-linked opinion polling and analysts have put hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the dominant front-runner among the four candidates. Former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati is running as the race’s moderate candidate but hasn’t inspired the same support as Rouhani.
Crew starts making China’s new space station their home
JIUQUAN, China — Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China’s new space station their home for the next three months. Their launch and arrival at the station on Thursday are a milestone in the country’s ambitious space program. Their spacecraft connected with the station about six hours after blastoff. About three hours later, they opened the hatches and floated into the station. The crew will conduct experiments, test equipment and prepare for expansion of the station next year. China has now sent 14 astronauts into space after becoming the third country to do so on its own. Pictures of the three showed them unpacking equipment and at one point turning to the camera to salute audiences on Earth.
UN alarmed by abuse of civilians in growing Myanmar conflict
BANGKOK — The UN’s office in Myanmar has expressed concern about escalating human rights abuses after reports that opponents of the ruling military may have executed 25 civilians and allegations that troops burned down a village. The struggle between the military regime that took power in February after ousting the elected government and those opposing the takeover has sharpened in recent months. Elements of what had initially been a nonviolent civil disobedience movement have evolved into a fledgling armed resistance force. The UN office called on all parties in Myanmar to respect human rights norms and standards.
Nicaraguan government pursues NGO in widening crackdown
MANAGUA — Nicaraguan authorities have ordered the capture of a former education minister and a businessman as the government’s crackdown continued to expand beyond leaders of the political opposition. The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that arrest orders were issued for Humberto Belli, who served in the administration of former President Violeta Chamorro, and Gerardo Baltodano, owner of Café Soluble, for not appearing to provide statements as scheduled. Both Belli and Baltodano had served on the board of the nongovernmental Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES), which is under investigation.
N. Ireland Unionist leader ousted amid turmoil in party
LONDON — The leader of the senior party in Northern Ireland’s government has resigned after colleagues revolted over a deal to appoint new leaders to the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing administration. Edwin Poots announced he was quitting as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party following a meeting of senior party officials. Poots said he would stay in the post until a new leader was elected. The statement came hours after Poots nominated DUP legislator Paul Givan to be Northern Ireland’s new first minister. Michelle O’Neill of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein was reappointed deputy first minister. The appointments appeared to resolve a crisis that had threatened to sink Northern Ireland’s power-sharing administration, but infuriated many in Poots' party.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
How does your family celebrate Juneteenth?
Why have fewer than 15 percent of the humans who have journeyed to space been women?
David Lynch’s Blue Velvet — genius or trash?
Favorite song by The Beach Boys?
Do you know anyone who is autistic?
Napoléon — hero or tyrant?
Do you listen to modern country music?
Will the U.S. and Iran ever make peace?
Do you trust New Mexico’s legal system?
Will Phyllis Schlafly be honored by the U.S. Mint as part of the American Women Quarters Program?