The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, July 2nd, 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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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partial cloudiness early with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 85F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Today is Friday, July 2nd, the 183rd day of 2021. There are 182 days left in the year. It is Comic Sans Day, Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day, I Forgot Day, World Sports Journalists Day, and World UFO Day.
This Day in History
In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain. The wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was not published until July 4th.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded President James A. Garfield, who would die of complications from his wounds on September 19.
In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
In 1900, the first Zeppelin flight took place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
In 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
In 1962, the first Walmart store, then known as Wal-Mart, opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.
In 2002, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
In 2013, the International Astronomical Union named Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons Kerberos and Styx.
This Day in Music History
In 1955, The Lawrence Welk Show premiered on ABC.
In 1962, Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the army after serving a little over a year of his three-year commitment. The reason for his discharge was “unsuitability.” His superiors agreed that he would never be a good soldier, in part because he was more interested in his guitar than his rifle.
In 1966, “Strangers in the Night” went to No. 1, giving Frank Sinatra his first top hit since “Learnin’ the Blues” in 1955.
In 1976, a battered Tina Turner left husband Ike in Dallas, after one final blowout. She filed for divorce later in the month.
In 2001, Liverpool renamed its airport Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Comedian, writer, actor, director, and producer Larry David is 74. Singer- songwriter Michelle Branch is 38. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 37. Actress Ashley Tisdale is 36. Lindsay Lohan is 35. Actress Margot Robbie is 31.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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New Mexico gives most US funding to child care of any state
SANTA FE — New Mexico is directing the nation’s biggest chunk of federal coronavirus relief money to helping middle-class families pay for child care. The vast expansion is aimed at getting parents back to work in one of the poorest states in America. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the change Thursday, which immediately expands eligibility for child care assistance to 350% of the federal poverty line. That means families of four making about $93,000 are now eligible for subsidies. That’s up from around $54,000. New Mexico is the latest state along with Georgia, Montana and others to use pandemic relief money to expand child care subsidies.
Recall petition begins against Cowboys for Trump founder
SANTA FE — A political committee has begun circulating a petition to recall Cowboys or Trump founder Couy Griffin from public office as a commissioner in Otero County. The Committee to Recall Couy Griffin said in a news release that it has begun collecting signatures in efforts to scheduled a recall election. The petition alleges that Griffin neglected and misused his position as a county commissioner while skipping public meetings and promoting a support group for President Donald Trump that Griffin treated as a for-profit business. Griffin calls the allegations frivolous and without merit. Separately, Griffin also confronts federal charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol siege.
Indigenous group questions removal of boarding school plaque
ALBUQUERQUE — A historical plaque memorializing indigenous children who died while attending a boarding school in New Mexico more than a century ago has gone missing. Indigenous activists are pushing the city of Albuquerque to investigate. The plaque was in a park near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Members of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women are among those looking for answers. City officials say they are working with tribal leaders and others to determine what steps should be taken. The removal of the plaque comes as the U.S. government embarks on a nationwide investigation to uncover the troubling history of boarding schools that sought to assimilate indigenous youth over many decades.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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As US companies scramble to hire, workers enjoy upper hand
WASHINGTON — With the economy growing rapidly as it reopens from the pandemic, many employers are becoming desperate to hire. Yet the evidence suggests that the unemployed as a group aren’t feeling much urgency to find work. How those two trends balance themselves out will likely set the pace for how many jobs employers can fill in the coming months. On Friday, economists expect the government to report that the economy added 675,000 jobs in June. That would be a substantial gain but nowhere as many hirings as would be expected given the demand for labor and the record number of openings employers are posting.
Collapsed Florida condo building likely to be demolished
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Florida officials are working on plans to demolish what’s left of a partially collapsed oceanfront condominium building. The plans were revealed after concerns about the structure’s instability prompted a 15-hour halt to the search for survivors. After rescue efforts resumed Thursday evening, officials said they had started planning for the likely demolition of the remaining structure. Scott Nacheman, a FEMA structures specialist, said engineers are looking at different methods for the demolition. He said if the building comes down, there initially will be a slowdown in the rescue operation. But he said the demolition of the structure would create a safer working environment that could allow more personnel on the site and accelerate the pace of the work.
Report: Fatal assisted living fire linked to cleaning ritual
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A published report says a father and son charged in a deadly fire at a suburban New York assisted living facility had been performing a pre-Passover cleaning ritual that involves heating kitchen utensils to burn off traces of forbidden food. The Journal News reports that it remains unclear what specific role Rabbi Nathaniel Sommer of Monsey and his son, Aaron Sommer, allegedly played in the March 23 fire at Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley. The fire killed a resident and a firefighter. Information on attorneys for the father and son wasn’t available.
Boy Scouts of America reaches $850M agreement with victims
DOVER, Del. — The Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing some 60,000 victims of child sex abuse in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization’s bankruptcy case. The settlement would mark one of the largest sums in U.S. history involving cases of sexual abuse. Attorneys for the BSA filed court papers late Thursday outlining a restructuring support agreement with attorneys representing abuse victims. The BSA sought bankruptcy protection last year, moving to halt lawsuits and create a compensation fund for men who were molested as youngsters decades ago.
Amber Heard is mom ‘on my own terms’ of new baby girl Oonagh
LOS ANGELES — Amber Heard says she has become a mom and did it on her own terms, as a single parent. In an Instagram post, the actor said she welcomed daughter Oonagh Paige Heard on April 8. A photo of Heard with the baby nestled against her accompanied the announcement. Heard said in her post that she hopes society reaches a point where it’s normal to not want a ring “in order to have a crib.” The actor called her daughter “the beginning of the rest of my life.” Heard has faced a difficult period, with her 2015 to 2017 marriage to Johnny Depp producing a spate of legal actions.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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2 paramedics murdered in Mexico while transporting patient
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say two paramedics have been murdered while transporting a patient in the violence-plagued northern state of Zacatecas. The paramedics were from the neighboring state of Jalisco and were assigned to transport a patient for treatment to a hospital in Zacatecas when they were killed. There was no immediate information on whether the patient was harmed. Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro said Thursday that he “deeply condemned and lamented the killings” of the government health workers. Zacatecas is the scene of bloody turf battles between the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels. Attacks on ambulances sometimes occur in Mexico when cartel gunmen want to kill the patient, but paramedics are usually not targeted.
Tropical storm Elsa, 5th named storm, threatens Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are warning people to plan for possible evacuations as the tiny islands hit recently by massive volcanic eruptions prepares for potential flooding and landslides from Tropical Storm Elsa, which was whirling toward the eastern Caribbean. Elsa is the earliest fifth named storm on record, beating out last year’s Eduardo which formed on July 6, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The storm was located about 260 miles (420 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and is expected to pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday.
China’s ruling party grooms new members for its next century
JINGGANGSHAN, China — A century after its founding, China’s ruling Communist Party is training a new generation of members to extend its control over a changing society. At a network of hundreds of schools, trainees study an idealized version of the party’s early fervor before revolutionary leader Mao Zedong’s guerrillas fought their way to national power in 1949. They visit historic battle sites and recite poems by Mao. Membership in the Communist Party requires several training sessions per year, and leadership roles require more. The party trainees can look forward to faster promotions at state companies and government offices in exchange for their loyalty.
130 countries back deal on global minimum tax for companies
FRANKFURT — Some 130 countries have backed a global minimum tax as part of a worldwide effort to keep multinational firms from dodging taxes by shifting their profits to countries with low rates. The agreement announced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development also provides for taxing the largest global companies in countries where they earn profits through online businesses but may have no physical presence. The deal now will be discussed by the Group of 20 countries at meetings later this year in hopes of finishing the details in October and implementing the agreement in 2023.
Pope: Lebanon must remain a ‘land of tolerance, pluralism’
ROME — Pope Francis is insisting that Lebanon must remain a “land of tolerance and pluralism.” He issued the appeal as he welcomed the country’s Christian patriarchs to the Vatican to pray for an end to the economic and political crisis that has thrown the country into chaos and threatened its Christian community. Francis presided over an evening prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica with the leaders of Lebanon’s Christian churches that featured prayers and hymns in Arabic, Syriac, Armenian and Chaldean. During Thursday’s service, Francis insisted that Lebanon’s vocation was to be an “oasis of fraternity where different religions and confessions meet ... putting the common good before their individual interests.”
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Shouldn’t Independence Day be celebrated on July 2nd?
Are you afraid of public speaking?
Will anyone buy Zorro Ranch?
Lighting off any fireworks this weekend?
Should middle-class households get subsidies for daycare?
Are Americans lazy?
Do you care what Pope Francis has to say about anything?
Why has Arizona prospered so much more than New Mexico, given that they both became states in 1912?
Are you surprised that Lindsay Lohan is still alive?
What really happened in Roswell?