The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, December 11th, 2020

The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links of the Day, Morning Local News Briefing, US and Global News Briefing and Conservative Daily Snapshot

“I will be running for Governor again in 2022. -Michelle Lujan Grisham in news conference December 10th, 2020



1000EST -- The Senate meets.

1000EST -- Club for Growth Action kicks off the "Save America Tour," featuring Sarah Palin, Sen Daines, Rep Jordan, and other Republicans. Cobb Cty GOP HQ, Marietta, GA.

1100EST -- Jon Ossoff holds a get out the vote rally with GA labor unions. Atlanta, GA. LIVE via LiveU

1200EST -- Speaker Pelosi holds a bill signing photo op for the ALS Disability Insurance Act. Rayburn Room.

1430EST -- Pres-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris introduce key members of their admin at an event in Wilmington, DE

1500EST -- Club for Growth Action kicks off the "Save America Tour" featuring Sarah Palin, Sen Daines, Rep Jordan, and other Republicans. Tap It, Gainesville, GA.


Rally to open up Rio Rancho
Saturday, December 12th, Noon
901 Unser Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124-6365

Patriot Rally
Saturday, December 12th, Noon @ Roundhouse, Santa Fe
Meet up at 550 and i25, 10am, Caravan heads out at 11am to Roundhouse with The Jericho Walk at St Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe

Peaceful Protests against the Governor
Noon, Saturday, December 12th at the corner of Spruce and Gold, downtown Deming

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  1. Albuquerque mayor reports progress on combating violent crime, but admits there are challenges

  2. County wants state to repay allegedly misspent spaceport tax revenue, cover future costs

  3. City Hall Challenged as Virus Cases Spike

  4. Federal government looks to open up dunes sagebrush lizard habitat to oil and gas

  5. Film Las Cruces: New intimacy coordinator program offers new film industry opportunity

  6. Limbaugh: We may be ‘trending toward secession’

  7. Our Elites Couldn’t ‘Reset’ A Wall Outlet, Let Alone The Global Economy

  8. Self-Victimhood Is a Personality Type, Researchers Find

  9. Airbnb skyrockets 112% in public market debut, giving it a market cap of $86.5 billion

  10. Milley is right — the U.S. should reevaluate its military commitments


Window opens for Virgin Galactic test flight from spaceport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The window opens Friday for Virgin Galactic's first rocket-powered test flight from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico as the company prepares for commercial flights next year. The exact timing of the launch depends on the weather, and the forecast wasn't looking too hot. The test flight will give Virgin Galactic an opportunity to evaluate the interior space of the cabin where customers will be seated and to check fight controls during boost. While no passengers will be aboard, the flight will carry payload belonging to NASA. The test flight was initially planned for November. But was pushed back because of COVID-19 restrictions.

New Mexico expects vaccine delivery within day of approval

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday the first doses of coronavirus vaccine from drug maker Pfizer are expected to arrive in New Mexico within 24 hours of pending federal approval. There are 17,500 doses of the vaccine reserved for New Mexico, which plans to distribute the initial allotment to health workers at high risk of exposure. New Mexico health officials have issued new emergency orders that could limit nonessential surgeries and prepare for rationing of other medical services as the coronavirus pandemic strains resources and personnel at hospitals and intensive care centers.

Lawsuit alleges secrecy at New Mexico prison agency

SANTA FE, N.M. — A newly founded watchdog organization on prison conditions says it is colliding with a culture of secrecy at the New Mexico Corrections Department that interferes with monitoring complaints of civil rights violations by inmates. The New Mexico Prison & Jail Project on Thursday announced a lawsuit against officials at the Department of Corrections alleging that the agency has failed to respond on time to a request for public records. The Albuquerque-based nonprofit group says at least 10 lawsuits have been filed against the Corrections Department so far in 2020 concerning compliance with the state's inspection of public records act.

Immigrant requests pour in for New Mexico virus relief funds

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico officials have received more than 30,000 applications for virus relief payments meant for residents regardless of immigration status. State lawmakers recently approved $5 million in emergency financial assistance for low income state residents who did not receive a federal relief payment earlier this year. That includes immigrants in the country illegally, as well as spouses and children. The deadline to apply for the aid is Friday. The state Human Services Department has discretion in how the payments will be distributed. It could send smaller amounts to more residents or use available tax information to prioritize the most needy.

Navajo officials work to add sites for virus isolation, care

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo health officials are working to boost the number of isolation and alternate care sites for those infected with the coronavirus. The Farmington Daily Times reported Tuesday the tribe had awarded a $50 million contract to Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc. and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare in October to operate alternate care sites and to provide clinical and logistical support. The Office of the President and Vice President said in a statement the locations will be designated specifically for those who have tested positive for the coronavirus to prevent household spread. There have been 18,575 new confirmed cases and 693 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the Navajo Nation.

University of New Mexico files complaint over naming rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico has filed a complaint against one of its biggest donors in a naming rights dispute. The university confirmed Thursday that it's seeking arbitration in a dispute with Dreamstyle Remodeling. The company entered into what was expected to be a 10-year, $9 million agreement in 2017. The agreement included naming rights to University Stadium and University Arena. Dreamstyle owner Larry Chavez paid the university $1.5 million, but there's conflict over what is still owed and if there is a contract in place at all. Chavez says he proposed a new deal, but the university wouldn't consider it until previous obligations were fulfilled.

New Mexico begins sewage testing for COVID at prisons

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico has begun monitoring sewage from prisons and youth rehabilitation facilities to more efficiently detect COVID-19 outbreaks in the southwest of the state. The state Environment Department announced the initiative Wednesday. The goal is to sample human feces in group-living situations to quickly identify coronavirus outbreaks. The results may be used to more effectively deploy individual testing to pinpoint infections and halt the spread. Initial sampling will take place at federal, state and local jails, along with facilities overseen by the state Children, Youth and Families Department. New Mexico has reported nearly 113,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

New Mexico panel recommends raising medical pot plant count

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An advisory board is recommending that New Mexico clear the way for licensed medical marijuana producers to grow more plants. The board during a meeting Wednesday voted in favor of a petition that sought to significantly increase the current plant count limit. The medical marijuana industry has pushed for eliminating the limit amid patient complaints about high costs and a lack of variety. Officials with New Mexico's medical cannabis program noted that previous increases in the plant count failed to bring down prices and that another increase already is in the works for next year. The state health secretary will have the final say on the recommendation.



There are a number of things that still need to be tackled before the end of the 116th Congress, including finalizing the omnibus appropriations deal or getting a longer term CR, a COVID relief package, and the NDAA. These are all items that have been in the works for months but are now coming down to the final days of an extended session, which is no surprise to those on Capitol Hill. The House & Senate agreed on one thing so far: they need another week to sort this out. The House & Senate will use a 1-wk CR to move their deadline for completion to Dec 18. We'll see if this is enough time for each chamber to get their work done, or if there is just too much on Congress' plate this late into the 116th Congress. House Majority Ldr Hoyer announced that the House would leave for the weekend and not return until at least Tuesday.


Audio from Joe Biden's private zoom call with civil rights leaders leaked, and was published by The Intercept, in which he warns about the perils of pushing to "defund the police." Biden telling the leaders "that's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police." The Pres-elect will introduce key members of his staff tomorrow in Wilmington. He has not yet announced an Atty Gen, which is of increasing interest as Biden's son is involved in a federal investigation.


More big name Republicans are in GA today to campaign on behalf of Sens. Loeffler & Perdue. A day after a visit from VP Pence, Sarah Palin & Jim Jordan will take part in the first 2 stops of the "Save America Tour." Loeffler & Perdue's Dem challengers will get some A-list support of their own next Tuesday when Pres-elect Biden comes to the state.


Pres-elect Biden finds himself under intense scrutiny regarding his potential cabinet selections. Meanwhile, his son Hunter has admitted he's the subject of a federal investigation, which Fox News has learned began in 2018 and involves a Grand Jury. The federal investigation into Hunter Biden was active and ongoing during the final days of the 2020 election, but was kept in a "covert" status, according to DOJ sources. The investigation has since been upgraded to an "overt" investigation.


Pres-elect Biden, in leaked audio, appeared to blame the "Defund the Police" movement for down ballot Democratic losses. This comes as the movement is making progress by liberals locally: In LA, where the city council made its first move to eliminate hundreds of police jobs. In Minneapolis, where the city council voted to cut millions from police budgets even amid record crime rates. In Seattle, where the police budget was cut by almost 20%. And nationwide, as cities are losing police chiefs and struggling to hire new ones. Where will Biden's pick for Atty Gen stand on cutting police budgets? We look at top choices floated for AG, what they've said about police reform in the past, and what the choice means for the future of law and order. 


Pfizer's giant manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, MI, stands ready to roll out the first batches of a coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of an Emergency Use Authorization approval by the FDA. Late yesterday, an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine for people over 16 years old. As they await the final step, trucks are lined up and ready to depart from the facility to begin distribution of the first doses of the life-saving medicine all across the US. Pfizer announced on Nov 18 that a final data analysis found its vaccine to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.


The holiday travel season has begun and health experts fear it may lead to more spreading of the coronavirus. 2 airports in FL are now offering on-site COVID testing for future travelers, and American Airlines is offering test kits to help travelers avoid long quarantines. Also FL is preparing to receive the coronavirus vaccines, rushing to give it to front-line health care workers, as hospitals struggle for more staff and bed space in the recent surge. 


Once the newly approved vaccine leaves Pfizer's US distribution points, the company says it will then reply on its strategic transportation partners, like FedEx, UPS, DHL, and select commercial airlines, to fly the doses to major hubs to be transported to designated "Point of Care" locations. And because Pfizer's vaccine must be consistently stored and transported at arctic temps, there's an entirely different operation going on behind the scenes to manufacture large quantities of dry ice, special containers, and other special equipment. Commercial airlines like United, Delta, & American will initially play a smaller role because they're restricted from transporting bulk quantities of dry ice aboard passenger aircraft, but they'll likely be more involved in transporting future vaccines with less stringent temp requirements.


The CDC plays a critical role in immunization approval and vaccines development is one of the CDC's core missions. The CDC has extensive experience in encouraging vaccine use, and assessing effectiveness. What side effects might Americans experience in the biggest vaccination effort in US history.


Small businesses, the backbone of America, are feeling backed into a wall with rules many say are arbitrary. NY state has designated Port Chester, a small town in Westchester County, as an "Orange Zone" due to high numbers of COVID-19 infection in the area, which means "non essential" businesses are closed. Yet, just a mile down the road, Rye Brook, NY, is open. Meanwhile in bordering CT, salons & fitness centers are still allowed to operate. We talk to several business owners in the area who say the govt is picking winners & losers, and these arbitrary zone designations are forcing clients to go just minutes away.


With the race underway to distribute a COVID vaccine, global supply chains are feeling strained as they gear up to ensure the fastest, safest delivery. Complicating the transportation: Pfizer's vaccine, as well as Moderna's, must be kept at very cold temps. While cold food-chain systems already exist for seafood & ice cream, the sheer volume of freezers needed to meet demand for global distribution of vaccines coupled with shortage of warehouse space and aircraft that need to be specially fitted is creating challenges. How quickly can global supply chains mobilize? 


Spirits are low for craft distilleries, wineries, & breweries. They're fearing the federal excise tax on their products could increase by a whopping 400% at the end of the year, and it may force them to pass it along to consumers with price hikes. For the past 3 yrs, smaller alcohol producers have enjoyed a lower tax rate than larger producers, thanks to the cuts in 2017. But a key provision of that legislation is set to expire Dec 31, leaving craft distillers begging Congress to take action. There's bipartisan support to keep taxes low for these small businesses who create jobs and buy grain from local farmers, but their plight has been overshadowed by the stalemate over COVID aid.


With no relief from Washington and parts of the nation still under pandemic lockdowns, small businesses across America are taking drastic measures to make ends meet. In Chicago, one restaurant owner has turned his stores into COVID-19 testing sites. Moe's Cantina has partnered with a local doctor and hired 7 technicians to administer the rapid tests at its 2 shuttered Chicago locations. The test costs $135 and they don't take insurance, with any profits going to cover rent, on which they are way behind.


Time magazine has named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its “Person of the Year.” Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal says Biden and Harris won the honor for “changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.” Felsenthal notes, “Every elected President since FDR has at some point during his term been a Person of the Year, nearly a dozen of those in a presidential election year. This is the first time we have included a Vice President.” Time’s other Person of the Year candidates were President Donald Trump; frontline health care workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci; and the movement for racial justice. Also Thursday, Time named the Korean boy band BTS its Entertainer of the Year and named Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James its Athlete of the Year.


Jerry Falwell Jr. has dropped a lawsuit against his former employer Liberty University that alleged the Christian school defamed him after he resigned as president amid a salacious sex scandal. A judge in Lynchburg, Virginia this week granted a motion from Falwell’s attorneys seeking to dismiss his claim, at least for now, The News & Advance reported Thursday.  “I’ve decided to take a time out from my litigation against Liberty University, but I will continue to keep all options on the table for an appropriate resolution to the matter,” Falwell said in a statement to the newspaper. Court documents didn’t indicate why the disgraced evangelical leader decided to drop the complaint he filed in late October. The judge’s ruling left the door open for him to refile a similar suit later. In a statement, Liberty said that Falwell’s decision “was not prompted by any payments, promises, or other consideration” from the university. “The University’s administration and Board of Trustees are pleased that Falwell has dropped his lawsuit and look forward to pressing onward with the work of Liberty’s President and Chancellor Search Committee to find the new leadership to succeed Falwell,” the statement said. In August, Falwell, 58, left the famously ultra-conservative school started by his father, televangelist and modern religious-right co-founder Jerry Falwell Sr.


A state representative from the Hill Country in Central Texas wants to give Texans the option to opt-out of the United States. State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, told his supporters on Facebook that he plans to file a bill allowing for a referendum on secession. "The federal government is out of control and does not represent the values of Texans," Biedermann wrote in a Facebook post. "That is why I am committing to file legislation this session that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation." Biedermann goes on to quote Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Consitution. “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit.  The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform, or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”


Two days after an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a remote, wooded area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, military officials said that the pilot died. The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing announced the death late this afternoon. It’s not known if the pilot died in the crash, or if the person was able to eject from the plane before the crash. The military plans to wait a day after notifying the service member’s relatives to release the pilot’s name. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss; our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” 115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo said. “Today is a day for mourning, the 115th Fighter Wing and the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot’s family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot.” “We are an extremely close-knit group at the fighter wing. The loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness to every member of our organization,” he said. The F-16 had flown out of Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison. Planes from that base had been flying nighttime training missions earlier this week. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday in Delta County, north of the U.P.’s Garden Peninsula and about 250 miles northeast of the base. That area is part of the Hiawatha National Forest and is known for its dense woods and inland lakes. Local authorities, state police and U.S. Forest Service personnel responded to the scene the first night, setting up perimeters and organizing an initial search for a pilot they thought might have been able to eject from the jet before the crash. The U.S. Air Force sent a crew to the area by Wednesday to coordinate the operation.


A judge on Thursday cited improper fundraising emails by Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner’s campaign in disqualifying Gardner and her office from a gun case against Mark McCloskey, who with his wife pointed firearms at protesters outside their Central West End home in June. Circuit Judge Thomas Clark II’s order said two fundraising emails that Gardner’s reelection campaign sent in response to political attacks before and after she charged Mark and Patricia McCloskey with felony gun crimes in July raised the appearance that she “initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes.” “Like a needle pulling thread, she links the defendant and his conduct to her critics,” Clark wrote. “These emails are tailored to use the June 28 incident to solicit money by positioning her against defendant and her more vocal critics.” The judge’s order deals a political blow to Gardner, whose office has waged numerous legal challenges to defend her practices and reform-minded agenda during her first term. In a text message, Gardner’s spokeswoman Allison Hawk said the Circuit Attorney’s Office “will review the court order and determine our options.”


-- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday that positions in trade talks with Britain remained apart, with ensuring a level economic playing field and access to UK fishing waters for EU fleets the key sticking points. UK PM Boris Johnson on Thursday conceded the talks are not likely to lead to agreement. The two sides will decide on Sunday whether they have conditions for an agreement, or not.

-- Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the central bank had done all it could to mitigate risks from a no-deal departure from the EU and it was ready to deal with any disruptions to financial markets. 

-- Friday in Hanoi, Vietnam and Britain sign an agreement which will pave the way to a free trade deal designed to replace the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement.


The world's largest asset manager is maintaining privileged access in the corridors of power in DC, and now the White House, as Pres-elect Biden taps BlackRock execs for key roles. Not only does BlackRock tout its Chinese expertise on it's website, but nearly 40% of BlackRock-managed iShares Emerging Markets ETF is represented by Chinese paper, and they remain a long-term investor in HikVision and other companies banned by the Trump Admin. China has viewed Wall Street as a gateway to America's central nervous system, and Wall Street can be bought... can the presidency? We look at cabinet picks, pour over the China connection, and what impact China will have over the presidency by their Wall Street proxy.


College campuses are under siege, according to Secy Pompeo. The Secretary told reporters that China is buying influence at America's highest educational institutions through donations and research programs, and, in turn, creating a national security threat and eroding free speech on campus. According to reports, more than $1bil has come into colleges and univs from China since 2013. So which schools are cashing in? FOX Business takes a look at some of the schools who have benefitted from China's cash and could be unknowingly helping the communist country.


One year after the volcanic eruption on White Island that killed 22 people and injured dozens, mostly tourists, New Zealand's workplace regulator has filed charges against three people and ten companies involved in the excursions. Worksafe, New Zealand's primary regulator for workplace related incidents, said that while the event was unexpected, it was not unforeseeable. There were 47 people on the island when the volcano erupted.


Turkey's President Erdogan said Friday that U.S. sanctions over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems would be disrespectful to an important ally in NATO but  that Turkey will be patient and see what trend emerges after the Biden administration takes office next month. Reuters has reported that  the sanctions are expected any day now.


Bahrain, UAE and Egypt welcomed Morocco's decision to resume diplomatic relations and communications with Israel. Bahrain also welcomed U.S. recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Western Sahara region. Jared Kushner told reporters on a conference call Thursday it was inevitable that Saudi Arabia would eventually strike a similar deal with Israel, but observers say a final deal is unlikely until after Biden takes office.


-- Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said clinical trials of their COVID-19 vaccine showed an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late next year and marking a setback in the global fight against the pandemic. The news comes on the same day as Australia axed a domestic vaccine project.

-- Covid-19 skeptics and far-right protesters plan rally against coronavirus measurements in Dresden, Germany.

-- Shops, most hospitality venues, gyms and hairdressers all reopen in Northern Ireland as its coronavirus lockdown is lifted.


-- Chinese authorities have detained a Chinese national working for the Bloomberg news bureau in Beijing on suspicion of endangering national security, Bloomberg reported on Friday. According to the report, Haze Fan was seen being escorted from her apartment building by plain clothes security officials on Monday and authorites said she was "detained by the Beijing National Security Bureau according to relevant Chinese law on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities that jeopardize national security".

-- Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been charged under the city's national security law, amid a widening crackdown on dissent. Lai, who founded the Apple Daily tabloid, was charged on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security. He was arrested under the national security law in August. He and two executives of Next Digital, the company that operates the Apple Daily newspaper, were later charged for fraud over accusations that they violated lease terms on office space the company.


EU leaders have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 at least 55% compared with 1990 levels, which would put them on a target for their goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.


Lawmakers in Argentina's lower house on Friday passed a bill that would legalize abortion in most cases, responding to long-sought demands from women's rights activists. The bill, which needs approval from the country's Senate in a debate expected before the end of the year, allows for abortions to be carried out up to the 14th week of pregnancy. It would make Argentina the biggest country in Latin America to allow abortions.


The Vatican’s nativity scene and Christmas tree are unveiled in St. Peter's Square, but in a quieter ceremony than usual with coronavirus protocols in place.


Estonians hope to set a world record in “ice” swimming with some 1,000 participants taking part in a relay of 25 meters each in a pool of icy water.


  • On Thursday, 106 of the 201 Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a court filing supporting the lawsuit brought by the state of Texas against four so-called battleground states over unconstitutional changes to election rules. Eighteen other states are backing the Texas legal action.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is particularly upset that at least two incoming Republican representatives have openly supported the online pro-Trump group known as QAnon. According to the speaker, support for QAnon – which has yet to loot a single store or burn down a police precinct – represents a “danger” to Congress.

  • Attorney General Bill Barr knew some time before the general election that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was the target of a federal investigation. The fact that Barr kept this knowledge under wraps will not endear him to President Trump’s supporters but debunks the Democrat narrative that the AG acts only in the president’s political interests.

  • The latest Democratic Party approved media narrative is that President Trump is attempting to destroy the democratic process by challenging the election. One leading anti-Trump newspaper accused the president of “slandering” American democracy. So, media elites are now using random words in an attempt to make themselves appear literate.

  • An MSNBC headline claims or certainly implies that the DOJ is investigating Hunter Biden only because President Trump demanded the probe.

  • New York Times opinion piece asks: What Really Saved the Republic From Trump? Meanwhile, half of the nation – at least – genuinely believes that a defeat for Trump in the ongoing election dispute likely signals the end of the Republic.

  • As the targets of a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas and backed by a number of other states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin filed last-minute response briefs with the United States Supreme Court on Thursday. The briefs were more emotional appeals to the Court than they were legal arguments, describing Texas’ claims as “meritless” and politically-motivated.

  • Time magazine has chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as “Person of the Year.” That choice implies two interesting conclusions. First, that the former vice president, on his own, lacks the substance to warrant the title and, second, that the potential Biden presidency will likely be more of a co-presidency, with Harris wielding as much influence as Biden. Perhaps, also, the Time decision takes into account that Biden’s tenure as president may not last very long and that his running mate could quickly replace him or, at least, run in his place for what would have been his second term.

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