The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, December 5th, 2020

The Top 10 Links of the Day, Morning Local News Briefing and Conservative Weekend Snapshot

“So it's an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn't have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts -- you know, they, they kill children. It's a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.”
― Bill Gates (Not a Doctor)

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TOP 10 LINKS OF THE DAY

  1. State says COVID vaccine could arrive in NM this month

  2. Eight businesses agree to test employees routinely to avoid 2-week closures

  3. Industry official: New Mexico’s oil and gas industry will recover ‘incrementally’

  4. Direct flights from L.A. to Santa Fe grounded for now

  5. GOP Rep. Cloud says Justice, FBI putting up ‘roadblocks’ in efforts to verify voter fraud

  6. CDC urges ‘universal’ indoor mask use when not at home

  7. Doctor who refused to wear mask has medical license suspended

  8. Many Epidemiologists Want Social Distancing and Masks Forever -- Even After the Vaccine

  9. U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to revive Medicaid work requirements

  10. Oliver Stone, America Firster

MORNING LOCAL NEWS BRIEFING

New Mexico sets priorities for who gets first vaccine doses

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s initial batch of 17,500 vaccine doses from drug maker Pfizer is slated to go to medical facilities and long-term care centers with an emphasis on people within those facilities who have high or medium exposure to the virus. The state on Thursday also set a new record for the number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day at 44. The state’s plan for vaccine distribution hews closely to nonbinding guidelines adopted this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.New Mexico’s lieutenant governor wants educators to be be among the first people to get vaccine access. 

New Mexico agencies seek more funding amid virus pressures

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two of the state agencies that have been key in New Mexico’s response to the coronavirus pandemic have laid out their budget requests to a panel of state lawmakers. The Health and Human Services departments have been dealing with a surge in cases, deaths and hospitalizations as pressure mounts to do more testing and tracking to get spread under control. The Health Department is seeking a special appropriation of nearly $9 million for vaccination efforts. The Human Services Department is calling for more money to be funneled to its behavioral health program to address growing mental health needs amid the pandemic.

New Mexico extends virus reporting requirement for employers

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico employers must report all positive COVID-19 cases among their workers to state officials. The Environment Department announced Friday that it adopted another emergency amendment to New Mexico's workplace safety laws to extend the disclosure requirement. Under the provision, employers have to notify the state within four hours of learning about a positive case. The department is seeking to make the requirement permanent through a formal rule-making effort. A virtual public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18. New Mexico is dealing with a surge in coronavirus-related deaths, having marked a new record Thursday for the number of deaths reported in a single day.

Navajo Nation extends stay-home order to halt virus' spread

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has extended a stay-at-home order through Dec. 28 to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The extension takes effect Monday and includes weekend lockdowns. The Navajo Nation has had some of the most restrictive measures aimed at COVID-19 anywhere in the country, and most of those have been in place since March. They include a mask mandate. Residents are required to stay home unless they must report to work, or need to get food, medication or essential supplies. Businesses have limited hours. Nez has urged residents not to leave the reservation or to gather with families.

Police provide details of deadly encounter with Black man

SANTA FE, N.M. — Activists are trying to bring attention to the case of a young Black man who was shot by New Mexico state police while on a road trip from Indiana to Arizona. Rodney Applewhite was on his way to Phoenix to visit family for Thanksgiving when he was shot following a police pursuit and altercation in which authorities say he grabbed an officer's gun and tried to unholster it while being taken into custody. Activists rallied Friday in New Mexico, Arizona and Indiana. They renewed calls for police reforms. Authorities also provided more details about what led to the deadly encounter, describing a string of erratic behavior. 

Man suspected in New Mexico homicide fatally shot in Arizona

TONOPAH, Ariz. — The FBI says a man accused of killing a New Mexico woman was fatally shot after he fired at law enforcement officials in Arizona. The agency says members of its Violent Crimes Task Force were trying to arrest 60-year-old Leonard Francis Kieren when he shot at them, and they returned fire. He was pronounced dead Friday afternoon in a remote area west of Phoenix. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico says Kieren was accused in the shooting death of 57-year-old Kathleen Lorraine Vigil last month. She was found dead at her home near San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Army Corps withdraws plan to charge for reservoir water

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's attorney general says the Army Corps of Engineers has reversed course on an Obama-era proposal to charge for water drawn from reservoirs that the Corps manages. North Dakota Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem headed the effort that was also backed by attorneys general from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They sent a letter last year to the Trump administration asking that the proposal be withdrawn. Stenehjem said it would have usurped states’ authority over their own water. He says that in North Dakota, 75% of Missouri River water could have been subjected to fees. 

WEEKEND CONSERVATIVE SNAPSHOT

  • Matt Gaetz (R-FL) warned that Republicans are on the wrong side of the argument over legalizing marijuana. Gaetz was one of five Republicans who voted on Friday with Democrats to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of controlled substances.

  • Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who will take the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the new Congress, wants to return to the Obama days of America apologizing to the world for being America. Meeks says that, when addressing global challenges, the U.S. must lead by “humble example.”

  • During an interview with Dan Bongino, recently pardoned Michael Flynn said of former FBI Director James Comey: “I don’t know how that guy can look at himself in the mirror. I know where he’s going to go at the end of the day. And I know where people like him should go.”

  • The elite and powerful are radicalizing conservative America, claims the headline of an opinion piece on the MSNBC website. It refers to the continuing attempts to challenge the 2020 election results. The Democratic Party’s propaganda arm continues to discredit those attempts. The headline, though, is quite laughable when one considers that the fields of academia, entertainment, technology, and media are all controlled by the left. They are the elite and powerful.

  • A U.S. District judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordered the program fully restored and told the Department of Homeland Security that it must begin accepting new applicants on Monday. DACA was established by former President Obama without congressional legislation, even though he stated, shortly before creating the program, that he had no authority to unilaterally change U.S. immigration policy.

  • A group of GOP Senators is pushing a bill that would provide special protections for federal government employees who are working from home. The proposed legislation would remove their home addresses and personal phone numbers from public websites and make it a crime to post such information. It takes little effort to acquire the address and phone number of almost any private citizen. The troublesome aspect of such legislation is that it is one more elevation of government employees above regular Americans. It represents another degree of separation between the people and those who govern them. The political elites continue to build a wall of immunity around themselves.

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