The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, June 24th, 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: Mostly sunny. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 92F. NNW winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Today is Thursday, June 24th, the 175th day of 2021. There are 190 days left in the year. It is Swim a Lap Day, National Pralines Day, and International Fairy Day.
This Day in History
In 1571, Miguel López de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
In 1812, Napoléon’s Grande Armée crossed the Neman River, beginning its invasion of Russia.
In 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
In 1922, the American Professional Football Association renamed itself the National Football League.
In 1947, Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
In 2010, at Wimbledon, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in professional tennis history.
In 2012, Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise, died.
This Day in Music History
In 1965, John Lennon’s second book of drawings and rhymes, A Spaniard in the Works, was published.
In 1978, Jackson Browne and Pete Seeger performed in Seabrook, New Hampshire, to protest a nuclear reactor planned for the site. It was one of the first “no nukes” rallies involving musicians.
In 1990, New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg spent two days in a hospital after falling through an unlocked trapdoor during a concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.
In 2004, Doris Day received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2012, Billboard named Olivia Newton-John’s 1982 hit “Physical” as the Sexiest Song of All Time.
In 2016, an American jury concluded that the opening of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” was “not intrinsically similar” to Spirit’s song “Taurus.” During the trial, defense lawyers argued that the chord progression had been in use for more than 300 years.
Actress Michele Lee is 79. Guitarist Jeff Beck is 77. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 74. Actor and art historian Peter Weller is 74. Actress Nancy Allen is 71. Actor Iain Glen is 60. Model Petra Němcová is 42. Actress Minka Kelly is 41.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Officer-involved shooting in Santa Fe leaves 1 dead
SANTA FE — One person has been shot to death by city police officers in downtown Santa Fe after authorities responded to reports of a fight and gunfire at a public park. The Santa Fe Police Department says its officers responded to a call about a fight in progress at a park and reports from emergency dispatchers that one person had been shot, with the shooter running away. In a news release, the Santa Fe Police Department says that its officers searched the area, confronted an armed person and shot the person to death. No other injuries were reported. An investigation by state police is underway.
New Mexico struggles with funding drinking water projects
ALBUQUERQUE — Legislative analysts say many New Mexico communities are behind the curve when it comes to funding drinking water infrastructure as drought threatens supplies across the arid state. New Mexico provided roughly $876 million for water projects over a five-year period. But analysts told lawmakers that communities aren’t doing enough to leverage federal and local dollars. They also said the state’s system for financing projects is fragmented and tracking outcomes is difficult, leaving it unclear what taxpayers are getting for their money. Questions also were raised about whether the state can efficiently spend its share of federal relief aid and infrastructure funds to address some of the needs.
Economists detail recovery of New Mexico oil production
ALBUQUERQUE — Legislative analysts say New Mexico is the only top oil-producing state to have recovered to pre-pandemic levels of production. But they warned a panel of state lawmakers during a meeting that the market remains volatile and they should take care not to grow the state’s budget based on forecasts that suggest more favorable revenues in the short term. The panel also heard from industry analysts about the effects of the Biden administration’s actions on permitting and leasing. They said only a fraction of the inventory of federal land in New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin would be at risk since most of the area already is in production.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Beach club tied to US senator refutes claims its ‘all-white’
NEWPORT — An exclusive Rhode Island beach club tied to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has broken its silence to defend itself from claims that it only allows white people after the controversy garnered national attention. Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport said in a statement that the recent characterizations are “inaccurate and false.” The organization said it has included “people of many racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds” from across the globe who come to summer in the famous coastal destination. Whitehouse, meanwhile, also apologized for belonging to a Newport sailing club that he says isn’t diverse.
Bodies of two young girls pulled from South Florida canal
LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Police are looking into reports that the mother of two young girls found dead in a South Florida canal was offering to baptize people in the canal a day earlier. Lauderhill police identified the sisters as 7-year-old Daysha Hogan and 9-year-old Destiny Hogan. Investigators identified the girls’ mother, Tinessa Hogan, as a possible person of interest. She has been taken into custody, but no criminal charges have been filed. Destiny’s body was spotted Tuesday afternoon outside a condominium complex in Lauderhill, which is near Fort Lauderdale. Daysha’s body was found just before 9 p.m., not far from where the first body was located.
Britney Spears tells judge: ‘I want my life back’
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears asked a judge to end the court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008. The dramatic request at a Los Angeles hearing came with her first words in open court in the conservatorship in its 13-year existence. Spears condemned her father and others who have overseen the legal arrangement that she said is abusive and has made her feel like a slave. She said she has been prevented from getting married or having another child, and has been forced to take powerful medications against her will. The judge made no immediate ruling.
Atheists, humanists sue over Mississippi’s license plates
JACKSON, Miss. — Four words on Mississippi’s license plates have sparked a federal lawsuit. American Atheists, the Mississippi Humanist Association and three nonreligious state residents filed a lawsuit against the state over its “In God We Trust” license plate. The complaint accuses the Mississippi Commissioner of Revenue of violating the people’s freedom of speech and religion by forcing them to display the religious message on their personal vehicles. The license plate has included “In God We Trust” since 2019. The lawsuit claims that car owners are forced to promote the religious statement or pay an additional fee for a specialty plate without it. Gov. Tate Reeves, in a statement on Twitter, said he plans to defend the state’s values.
Chicago Archdiocese settles sexual abuse suit for $880,000
CHICAGO — Two men who say they were sexually molested by a notorious Catholic priest who was imprisoned for molesting other boys have agreed to a settlement of $880,000 from the Archdiocese of Chicago. According to attorneys for the men, they alleged they were repeatedly sexually abused by Norbert Maday starting when they were as young as 10 years old. Attorneys Jason Friedl and Martin Gould say their clients were altar boys and students at St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School when the abuse happened. Archdiocese spokesman Manny Gonzalez declined to comment on the settlement that was announced Wednesday.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Witnesses: Airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills more than 50
NAIROBI — Health workers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region say an airstrike has hit a busy village market, killing at least 51 people, and soldiers blocked medical teams from travelling to the scene. The alleged airstrike in Togoga comes amid some of the fiercest fighting in the Tigray region since the conflict began in November. An official with Tigray’s health bureau tells The Associated Press that more than 100 other people were wounded, more than 50 seriously, and at least 33 people are still missing. A nurse says a wounded baby died in one of the blocked ambulances.
Last Apple Daily newspaper edition sold out across Hong Kong
HONG KONG — Across Hong Kong, people lined up to buy the last print edition of the last remaining pro-democracy newspaper. By 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Apply Daily’s final edition of 1 million copies was sold out across most newsstands. The newspaper said it would cease operations after police froze $2.3 million in assets and arrested five top editors and executives last week, accusing them of foreign collusion to endanger national security — another sign Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city. In recent years, the newspaper has become increasingly outspoken, criticizing Chinese and Hong Kong authorities for limiting the city’s freedoms not found in mainland China and accusing them of reneging on a promise to protect them for 50 years after the 1997 handover from Britain.
Regional human rights body condemns Nicaragua crackdown
MANAGUA — The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says that Nicaragua has entered a new phase of repression with at least 20 opposition figures arrested in recent weeks and “constant human rights violations.” Antonia Urrejola told members of the Organization of American States’ Permanent Council that the crackdown appears to be part of a government strategy to snuff out internal dissidence ahead of the Nov. 7 elections, in which President Daniel Ortega will seek a fourth consecutive term. She says an extended “de facto state of exception” in Nicaragua has “intensified the closure of democratic spaces.”
Australian judge says woman can be extradited to Chile
SYDNEY — An Australian judge has dismissed a woman’s appeal against extradition to Chile where she is wanted on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s rule in the 1970s. Adriana Rivas was an assistant to the head of the DINA secret police in Chile. Her lawyers say her tasks were mundane and she was not a DINA agent. She says she never met the seven alleged kidnap victims, who have never been found. A Federal Court judge in Sydney turned down her appeal against a Sydney magistrate’s decision last year that she could be extradited. She can still appeal the ruling before a full bench of the Federal Court.
Ex-Colombian rebels, kidnapping victims meet face to face
BUCARAMANGA, Colombia — Men and women who were kidnapped by Colombian’s biggest guerrilla group during a decades long internal conflict have met face to face with their captors during an event meant for the rebels to admit their responsibility. The meeting was a step toward reconciliation contemplated in a peace deal signed in 2016 by the government and the combatants. The emotional meeting between the victims and members of the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was convened by a commission with no judicial powers charged with helping clarify what exactly happened during the conflict. Colombians remain divided over who should be held to account for decades of violence.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
No nukes or go nukes?
Ever been to the Philippines?
Is Robocop (the original) a brilliant movie?
Head Start — “public investment” or boondoggle?
Do you believe in “brightly colored, butterfly-winged creatures who float around using magic”?
Will the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse scandal ever end?
Did you skip/miss regular health checkups during Rona hysteria?
Is Ron DeSantis now the inevitable GOP nominee in 2024?
Ever seen a UFO?
Why does the “hydrogen future” never arrive?