The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, July 12th, 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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Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

— Henry David Thoreau

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 93F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Today is Monday, July 12th, the 193rd day of 2021. There are 174 days left in the year. It is Etch a Sketch Day, National Pecan Pie Day, and National Simplicity Day.

This Day in History

In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts.

In 1862, the Medal of Honor was authorized by Congress.

In 1943, German and Soviet forces engaged in the Battle of Prokhorovkaone, one of the largest armored engagements of all time.

In 1948, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramla.

In 1967, riots begin in Newark, New Jersey, as part of a wave of race-based violence that swept the country that summer. In Newark alone, 26 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

In 2006, the Second Lebanon War began as Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israel Defense Forces battled until a United Nations-brokered ceasefire went into effect the following month.

In 2007, U.S. Army Apache helicopters killed civilians in Baghdad; footage from the cockpit was later leaked on the Internet.

This Day in Music History

In 1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut.

In 1969, “In The Year 2525,” by Zager and Evans, reached No. 1.

In 1971, radio stations began running a Coca-Cola commercial with the jingle “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke,” performed by The New Seekers. It was later turned into a television commercial with young people from around the world singing on a hillside. Both The New Seekers and The Hillside Singers recorded full versions of the song as “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing,” and both become hits.

In 1979, soul singer Minnie Riperton, known for her hit “Lovin’ You,” died of breast cancer at age 31.

In 1997, Le Figaro published an interview with George Harrison in which he disparaged modern music, taking aim at U2 and the Spice Girls.

In 2001, Moisant Airport in New Orleans was renamed Armstrong International in honor of native son Louis Armstrong.

Today’s Birthdays

Bill Cosby is 84. Richard Simmons is 73. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 70. Boxer Julio César Chávez is 59. Actress Anna Friel is 45. Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar is 44. Actor Topher Grace is 43. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 43.

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TOP 10 LINKS: NEWS, COMMENTARY, RESEARCH, AUDIO, AND VIDEO

  1. Naked woman arrested after throwing items at APD

  2. Vandals hit Clovis Aquatic Center

  3. Local kennel raises, trains service dogs for veterans

  4. Unprotected pockets: Some New Mexico counties resist inoculation against COVID-19

  5. New law allows immigrants to access state programs

  6. Governors’ races see flood of pro-Trump candidates

  7. The Post Office Pension Ponzi Scheme

  8. The soaring market that threatens to derail the economic recovery

  9. The Great Semiconductor Shortage

  10. ‘Inclusive’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show features plus-sized models

MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING

2 shot, 1 fatally in Albuquerque; officer slightly injured

ALBUQUERQUE — Shots fired across a downtown Albuquerque street killed one person and wounded another early Saturday and a police officer driving through the area was slightly injured, apparently by glass fragments when a bullet hit his vehicle’s windshield. No identities or information on a possible motive were released and no immediate arrest was made. The wounded person was reported to be in stable condition. Police appealed to the public for information on the suspect or suspects. They also asked business owners to provide surveillance video of the 2:30 a.m. shooting. Police Chief Harold Medina said the officer was “in good spirits but obviously shaken up.”

Police investigate homicide at Albuquerque apartment complex

ALBUQUERQUE — Police in Albuquerque say they are investigating a homicide on the city’s southeast side. They say officers responded around 5 p.m. Saturday to a shooting at an apartment complex. Police found a man who had been shot. He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injury. The names and age of the victim haven’t been released yet. Police say it’s still unclear what led up to the shooting. There was no immediate word of any suspects in the case.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING

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4 arrested, guns seized at hotel near All-Star Game events

DENVER — Four people have been arrested and more than a dozen weapons seized at a downtown Denver hotel that is close to several events planned in conjunction with the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Police say officers responding to a tip searched two rooms at the Maven Hotel, a block from Coors Field, Friday night. Three men and a woman in their 40s were arrested, and two vehicles were impounded to be searched. A law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity says police also recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The official says so far investigators have found no evidence to suggest the group was plotting a mass shooting.

Authorities: 1 dead, 5 wounded in El Paso desert shooting

EL PASO — Authorities say a 21-year-old man was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday in a patch of desert on the eastern outskirts of El Paso. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says that deputies were called around 3:15 a.m. and arrived to find several people wounded. They described five people as having serious injuries, without providing more details on their wounds or identities, or on the death of the 21-year-old man. It’s unclear what prompted the shooting, which investigators were still examining Sunday afternoon. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately response to questions about it Sunday afternoon.

Search in Florida collapse to take weeks; deaths reach 90

SURFSIDE, Fla. — Authorities searching for victims of a deadly collapse in Florida say they hope to conclude their painstaking work in the coming weeks as a team of first responders from Israel departed the site. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Sunday that 90 deaths have now been confirmed. Among them are 71 bodies that have been positively identified, and their next of kin has been notified. Some 31 people remain missing. Crews continued to search the remaining pile of rubble, peeling layer after layer of debris in search of bodies. Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said it was uncertain when recovery operations would be completed.

Volvo to resume production at Virginia plant despite strike

DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks North America says it will restart production at a plant in southwestern Virginia despite an ongoing strike and a lack of a deal between the company and a union representing nearly 3,000 workers. The company said in a news release that it will implement terms and conditions of a tentative agreement that was endorsed by leaders of the United Auto Workers union on July 1. Workers at the tractor-trailer assembly plant in Dublin had rejected that tentative pact. Union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday evening that the “strike is ongoing.” He said that a new vote is scheduled Wednesday on the company’s “last, best and final offer.”

Unopened Super Mario 64 game from 1996 sells for $1.56M

DALLAS — An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $1.56 million. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said that the 1996 video game sold Sunday, breaking its previous record price for the sale of a single video game. A spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry about who purchased the game. The sale follows an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda selling at auction Friday for $870,000. Heritage’s video game specialist Valarie McLeckie says they were shocked to see the Mario game sell for more than a $1 million two days after the Zelda game broke its past record.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING

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Demonstrators in Havana protest shortages, rising prices

HAVANA — Thousands of Cubans have marched on Havana’s Malecon promenade and elsewhere on the island to protest food shortages and high prices. Sunday’s outpouring was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in memory. Many young people took part in the afternoon protest in the capital, which disrupted traffic until police moved in after several hours and broke up the march when a few protesters threw rocks. Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, and protesters chanted “Freedom,” “Enough” and “United.” People standing on many balconies in the Centro Habana neighborhood applauded the protesters passing by. Others joined in the march.

Protests erupt in Georgia after beaten journalist dies

TBILISI — Several thousand people have protested in front of the Georgian parliament, demanding the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten earlier this week by protesters. Cameraman Alexander Lashkarava was found dead in his home by his mother earlier on Sunday, according to the TV Pirveli channel he worked for. Lashkarava was one of several dozen journalists attacked last Monday by opponents of an LGBT march that had been scheduled to take place that day in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. According to media reports, he sustained multiple injuries and had to undergo surgery but was discharged from a hospital on Thursday. The cause of his death was not immediately clear.

Haitian arrested as alleged tie to assassination masterminds

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s police chief says officers have arrested a Haitian man accused of flying into the country on a private jet and working with the masterminds and alleged assassins behind the killing of President Jovenel Moïse. Police chief Léon Charles identifies the suspect as Christian Emmanuel Sanon, without giving any personal information about him. He also gave no information on the purported masterminds. Charles said Sunday that officers found several items at the man’s house, including a hat emblazoned with the logo of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 20 boxes of bullets, gun parts, four automobile license plates from the Dominican Republic, two cars and correspondence with unidentified people. It was not immediately clear if the man had an attorney.

Early returns in Moldova point to win by pro-EU reformers

CHISINAU, Moldova — A pro-reform party in Moldova seeking closer ties with the European Union appears to be heading to a clear majority in early returns from Sunday’s snap parliamentary elections. The election was called by President Maia Sandu in hopes of gaining a parliament made up of pro-EU reformists. Voter turnout in Europe’s poorest country, landlocked between Ukraine and Romania, was just over 48%. Sandu used to lead the pro-reform Party of Action and Solidarity and he has promised to clean up corruption, fight poverty and strengthen relations with the EU. The Socialists campaigned on high social spending, traditional family values and a distrust of closer ties with the West.

Italy explodes in joy after winning European soccer title

ROME — Italians celebrated the European Championship soccer title as a new beginning not only for their youthful national team but for a country that’s been yearning to return to normalcy after being hit hard and long by the coronavirus pandemic. A cacophony of honking cars, fireworks and singing fans filled the night in Rome as thousands took to the streets to celebrate Italy’s win over England. Fabrizio Galliano watched the match on a big screen in downtown Rome and says the win is a tonic after such a difficult time. The 29-year-old from Naples says, “to finally be able to feel that joy that we’ve been missing, it goes beyond sports.”

‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)

  1. Will being pro-Trump help or hurt GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2022?

  2. Do you or someone you know have a service dog?

  3. In 2021, why does the U.S. Postal Service still exist?

  4. How much longer can the housing market continue to boom?

  5. Is Bill Cosby a monster?

  6. Could you point out Moldova on an unmarked map?

  7. Should illegal aliens be eligible for “state and local funded programs in New Mexico”?

  8. Is soccer lame?

  9. When was the last time you bought a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue?

  10. Will Cuba ever be free?

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