The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, September 12th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day


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The pride and self-respect valued by aspiring peoples throughout the world cannot be the gift of outsiders — they must derive from the thoughts and deeds of the peoples themselves. Neither the guilt nor the pity of one's oppressor is a sufficient basis upon which to construct a sense of self-worth.

— Glenn C. Loury

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather StationMainly sunny. High 94F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Sunday, September 12th, the 255th day of 2021. There are 110 days left in the year. It is Defenders Day (Maryland), National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Hug Your Hound Day, National Pet Memorial Day, and National Report Medicare Fraud Day.

This Day in History

In 1814, an American detachment halted the British advance to Baltimore in the Battle of North Point.

In 1848, a new constitution marked the establishment of Switzerland as a federal state.

In 1857, the SS Central America, carrying several tons of gold from California, sank about 160 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Over 400 passengers and crew were lost.

In 1923, Southern Rhodesia, today called Zimbabwe, was annexed by the United Kingdom.

In 1933, Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light in London, conceived the idea of nuclear chain reaction.

In 1940, cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France.

In 1943, Benito Mussolini was rescued from house arrest by German commandos.

In 1953, U.S. Senator, drug addict, and sexaholic John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1959, Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled television program presented in color, premiered.

In 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died in police custody.

In 1983, a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, Connecticut was robbed of approximately $7 million by the Puerto Rican terrorist group Ejército Popular Boricua.

In 2003, the United Nations lifted sanctions against Libya after it agreed to accept responsibility and compensate the families of victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

This Day in Music History

In 1931, George Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas.

In 1944, Barry White was born Barry Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas.

In 1975, Pink Floyd released its album Wish You Were Here.

In 2003, Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes in Nashville at age 71.

In 2007, Led Zeppelin announced a reunion concert, with 18,000 tickets priced at $255 each distributed in an online lottery.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Linda Gray is 81. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 70. Actress Rachel Ward is 64. Composer Hans Zimmer is 64. Comedian Louis C.K., born Louis Székely, is 54. Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson is 40. Actress and singer Emmy Rossum is 35.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. Former Santa Fe school employee accused of fondling child, facing charges

  2. Daylong standoff with Lincoln County sheriffs, state police ends in suicide

  3. COVID-19 hospitalizations leveling off at New Mexico hospitals

  4. A Doctor Writes: Predictions of Doom Have Not Been Borne Out

  5. Enough with the GDP — it’s time to measure genuine progress

  6. Ethel Kennedy, kids bitterly split on RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s parole

  7. Nicolle Wallace Tells Brian Williams Current Deadly Covid Surge is Like a 9/11 ‘Every Two Days’

  8. What 9/11 Was Like For The Only American That Watched It From Space

  9. A modest proposal: Fire all of the post 9/11 generals

  10. America’s Foreign Policy Self-Deception

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

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Mets, Yankees and more pay tribute on 9/11 20th anniversary

The Mets and Yankees held a Subway Series game on Sept. 11 for the first time on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as stadium’s around the country paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 killed in the terrorist attacks. A raucous, emotional crowd packed the stadium in Flushing 45 minutes before first pitch, waving American flags and holding signs promsing to “Never Forget” during a ceremony that included over a dozen Mets players from the 2001 team and representatives from several organizations and charities related to first responders and victims.

Newsom, GOP rivals seek votes in recall’s final weekend

OAKLAND — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Republican rivals are making their final pitches to voters as the recall against the governor winds to a close. The Democratic governor spent Saturday rallying with union members who have been among his strongest supporters. His Republican rivals were greeting supporters across the state, and both major parties were sending volunteers out for a final push of door-knocking. Tuesday is the last day to vote. Both parties say the results of the recall will send a message far beyond California, the nation's most populous state.

Salesforce to help workers leave states over abortion laws

DALLAS — Business-software company Salesforce says it will help employees leave Texas if they are worried about a new law that restricts abortion in the state. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made his position clear by retweeting a CNBC story describing the company's offer to help employees relocate. Benioff said in a tweet directed at employees that the company will help workers exit Texas — it’s their choice. The Texas law bans most abortions after six weeks, before many women know whether they are pregnant. The Biden administration is suing Texas to block the law.

Oklahoma court declines to bar duo from death penalty case

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request to remove two members of the state’s Pardon and Parole Board from a high-profile death penalty case. The court denied a prosecutor’s request to remove Adam Luck and Kelly Doyle from considering the commutation request of Julius Jones, who was sentenced to death for a 1999 killing. District Attorney David Prater argued that Luck and Doyle have a conflict of interest because of their nonprofit work with released inmates. Prater said he respects the decision and is ready to proceed with Monday’s scheduled hearing in which Jones is asking the five-member board to recommend that his death sentence be reduced.

Lucky cat: Falling feline gets saved at Miami football game

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The most notable catch in Saturday’s game between No. 22 Miami and Appalachian State didn’t even happen on the field. Wasn’t even a football. It was a cat. The animal somehow got into Hard Rock Stadium, then got caught by one of its paws off the façade of the upper deck. It eventually fell to the lower level of the stadium, where fans using an American flag as a makeshift net of sorts were able to safely catch it before it was carried off to safety.

Mainstream Global News Briefing

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Search in Mexico hill collapse slowed by fears of landslides

TLALNEPANTLA, Mexico — Fears of new landslides are slowing the search for more victims from the collapse of a hillside that brought tons of boulders down on a neighborhood outside Mexico City, killing at least one person. Authorities in Tlalnepantla in Mexico state reduced the number of people missing from Friday's landslide from 10 to three Saturday after seven of  the missing were located. Armed forces dogs continued to search the rubble for victims but officials focused their efforts on evacuating at least 80 homes. “You can still see cracks” in the hillside, said Ricardo de la Cruz, undersecretary general of Mexico state.

Hurricane Larry wipes out power, trees in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — People in the Canadian Atlantic coast province of Newfoundland woke up to streets littered with branches and debris, torn and tossed around by the ferocious winds of Hurricane Larry. Larry made landfall as a Category 1 storm just after midnight Friday along the southern coast of the island, bringing sheets of rain and sustained winds of 80 miles across the Avalon Peninsula, which includes the provincial capital of St. John’s. The city’s streets were lined with fallen branches Saturday morning, and trees were uprooted and overturned on many lawns.

Iran says UN atomic agency head arriving in Tehran for talks

TEHRAN — Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is arriving in the country for talks with Iranian officials. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael Grossi is arriving Saturday, and will travel to Tehran. He’s scheduled to meet Iran’s vice-president and head of the country’s atomic organization, Mohammad Eslami, on Sunday. Gharibabadi also said the two sides will issue a joint statement. It will be Grossi’s first visit to the country’s since new president Ebrahim Raisi took office.

Peru: Abimael Guzmán, head of Shining Path insurgency, dies

LIMA — The Peruvian government says Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency in Peru who was captured in 1992, has died in a military hospital after an illness. Justice Minister Aníbal Torres says 86-year-old Guzmán died after suffering from an infection. Guzman, a former philosophy professor, launched an insurgency against the state in 1980 and presided over numerous car bombings and assassinations in the years that followed. He was captured in 1992 and sentenced in life in prison for terrorism and other crimes.

Pope: Aim to counter fundamentalist violence with schooling

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is urging fellow religious leaders and others to counter breeding grounds for fundamentalist violence by promoting opportunities for schooling and for combating poverty. Francis made the call in a message to a meeting which began in Bologna on Saturday night. The four-day gathering is aimed at fostering understanding among religions. Francis told the participants that “we must help each other to free the horizon of the sacred from the dark clouds of violence and fundamentalism.” He said “fundamentalist violence takes hold more easily” where “poverty and ignorance reign unchecked.” The Bologna forum drew participants from Group of 20 nations.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. Medicare Part A is scheduled to enter insolvency in three years — how fun will that be?

  2. Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry milkshake?

  3. Johnny Cash’s best song?

  4. Are dogs treated too well in America?

  5. Does Newsom get recalled on Tuesday?

  6. Did you watch Dallas?

  7. Why does violent Marxism attract so many academics?

  8. Ever been to Newfoundland?

  9. Do cats have nine lives?

  10. Do you boycott “woke” companies?

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