The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, June 16th, 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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We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours, and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more, and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try to sustain it by the future, and think of arranging matters which are not in our power, for a time which we have no certainty of reaching.

Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present; and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means; the future alone is our end. So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.

— Blaise Pascal

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny. Very hot. High 101F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Today is Wednesday, June 16th, the 167th day of 2021. There are 198 days left in the year. It is Global Wind Day.

This Day in History

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his “House Divided” speech in Springfield, Illinois.

In 1897, the treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States was signed.

In 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

In 1911, IBM was founded — as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company — in Endicott, New York.

In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

In 1976, a nonviolent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa, turned into days of rioting after police opened fire on the crowd.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81. He was the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor.

In 2010, Bhutan became the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.

In 2016, Shanghai Disneyland Park opened to the public.

This Day in Music History

In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded “Like A Rolling Stone” in New York City.

In 1967, the three-day Monterey Pop Festival began. The event saw the first major U.S. appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, the Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, and Jefferson Airplane.

In 1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died at the age of 25 from drug-related heart failure.

In 1988, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil married mud wrestler and fashion model Sharisse Rudell. They divorced in 1993.

In 2007, Rod Stewart married model Penny Lancaster on the Italian Riviera just outside the resort of Portofino. They remain together to this day.

Today’s Birthdays

Writer Joyce Carol Oates is 83. Actress Valerie Mahaffey is 68. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 66. Professional golfer Phil Mickelson is 51. Actor John Cho is 49. Actress Missy Peregrym is 39.

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

  1. Speed enforcement vans could return to ABQ

  2. Cleared for takeoff: Airline safety center departs Sandia Labs after 30 years

  3. Officials discuss cannabis issues

  4. New Mexico households to receive extension of SNAP benefits for June

  5. Trial begins for former NM cabinet secretary accused of embezzlement

  6. LISTEN: Biden Wants to Give IRS More Money and Power

  7. BLM flag flown at Naval base in Africa last year; complaints sent by alleged whistleblowers

  8. Why I’m suing to stop Biden’s blatantly anti-white farm-aid bill

  9. Is America Becoming A One-Child Country?

  10. How we conveniently ignore the ‘terrorists’ among our allies

MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Man linked to 5 killings in 2 states faces more charges

ALBUQUERQUE — A New Jersey man facing murder charges in two states has been charged with the death of a New Mexico man. Albuquerque police announced that Sean Lannon has been charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Randall Apostalon. The earlier charges stem from the slaying of Lannon’s ex-wife and two of her friends, whose decomposed bodies were found in a pickup truck that was left at an airport parking garage. Apostalon’s body also was found in the truck. Lannon also is charged in the beating death of a man in New Jersey. Defense attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New Mexico education department mistake shuffles $35 million

SANTA FE — New Mexico is accepting a U.S. Department of Education decision barring the state from reducing funding for school districts that get certain federal aid. Education Secretary Ryan Stewart says the state would likely lose an appeal. The federal funding will now go straight to schools surrounded by land that isn’t taxable, like Indian reservations and military installations. The state Legislature was relying on taking the so-called Impact Aid “credits” to redistribute some of the federal funding across districts for the annual education budget. Stewart is now asking for $35 million from a reserve fund to cover the budget shortfall.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS

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AP says it will no longer name suspects in minor crimes

NEW YORK — The Associated Press says it will no longer publish the names or photographs of people charged with minor crimes, in a recognition of how such stories can have a long, damaging afterlife on the internet. Names or mugshots won’t be used in stories about crimes where there is little chance the organization will cover the case beyond the initial arrest. The AP says the policy wouldn’t apply to serious crimes such as those involving violence or abuse of the public trust, or cases. News organizations are increasingly being asked to scrub stories from the archives in minor cases because it could affect a person’s ability to find a job or run for office years later.

Foam brings fire at Illinois chemical plant ‘under control’

ROCKTON, Ill. — An industrial firefighting team continues to battle a fire that has consumed an chemical plant in northern Illinois and forced the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses. Before pouring fire-fighting foam on the now-destroyed Chemtool plant in Rockton, U.S. Fire Pumps dug a trench around the facility and  placed booms in the Rock River to prevent residual material from escaping. Rockton fire Chief Kirk Wilson said smoke plume from the fire has dissipated substantially as a result of U.S. Fire Pumps’ effort. Absorbent booms were installed to prevent contaminants from leaking into the nearby Rock River, which the village relies on for its drinking water.

Jared Kushner has book deal, publication expected in 2022

NEW YORK — Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and one of his top advisers during his administration, has a book deal. Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Kushner’s book will come out in early 2022. Kushner has begun working on the memoir, currently untitled, and is expected to write about everything from the Middle East to criminal justice reform to the administration’s handling of the pandemic. The announcement comes during an ongoing industry debate over which Trump officials, notably Trump himself, can be published without setting off a revolt at the publishing house. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Judge OKs Weinstein’s extradition for California rape case

A New York judge on Tuesday approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to California, where he faces additional sexual assault charges. The decision ended a legal fight prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense’s concerns about Weinstein’s failing health and a squabble over paperwork. Judge Kenneth Case said there was no reason to delay Weinstein’s transfer any longer. The judge denied the defense’s request to keep Weinstein at a state prison near Buffalo — where he’s serving a 23-year sentence for a rape conviction last year — until the start of jury selection in the Los Angeles case. Los Angeles authorities plan to collect the 69-year-old Weinstein in Alden, New York, at the end of June or in early July giving his lawyer time to appeal.

Abuse victims to seek school action on Schembechler’s legacy

DETROIT — Former University of Michigan football players and others who say they were sexually abused by a now-deceased team doctor are expected to call for action by the University of Michigan’s board as the legacy of the school’s gridiron coach is being questioned over what he knew. The group has planned a news conference Wednesday in Ann Arbor — a day before Michigan regents are to hold a regularly scheduled meeting. No action items involving former head coach Bo Schembechler, Dr. Robert E. Anderson or litigation against the school by abuse victims were listed on the agenda. Hundreds of men allegedly were abused by Anderson during his nearly four decades working for the university.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Kim warns of ‘tense’ food situation, longer COVID lockdown

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned about possible food shortages and called for his people to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions. The North’s official media said Kim also called for discussions on the “current international situation" as he opened a major political conference. The report wasn’t specific, but North Korea has been ignoring calls to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States that have stalled for two years. Meanwhile, the North’s economy has decayed further as the pandemic choked off trade and bad weather destroyed last summer's crops. Kim urged officials to find ways to boost agricultural production, saying the food situation “is now getting tense.”

Ethiopia envoy: Eritrean troops in Tigray will ‘leave soon’

Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador says Eritrean troops who have been fighting with his country’s forces in a war against the Tigray region’s fugitive leaders “will definitely leave soon." That would be welcomed by many including the U.N. whose humanitarian chief accused the Eritreans Tuesday of using starvation as “a weapon of war.” The war in Tigray was the subject of an informal closed U.N. Security Council meeting. U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that over 350,000 people were in famine conditions, with starvation deaths reported. Ethiopia’s Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie Amde said there is “food insecurity" but disputed the famine-related data.

UN envoy regrets failure to mediate a Yemen cease-fire

The outgoing U.N. special envoy for Yemen has expressed “deep regret” to the Security Council that he failed to mediate a cease-fire and peace talks between Yemen’s warring parties during the past three years. But Martin Griffiths said he hopes that diplomatic efforts, especially by Oman, “will bear fruit” despite painting a bleak picture of the Arab world’s poorest country in his final briefing to the council. Griffiths said the country in the throes of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and people are forced to, quote, “live under violence, insecurity and fear, with limits to their freedom of movement, religion and free expression.”

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

JIUQUAN, China — China is set to send the first three crew members to its new space station on Thursday morning. A space agency official told reporters at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China that two of the astronauts have flown previously while the third is flying in space for the first time. The three men plan to spend three months on the space station conducting spacewalks, maintenance work and science experiments. The main section of the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, station was launched in April. Thursday’s launch is one of several missions to build and supply the station and send up crew.

Car bomb explodes inside Colombia military base; 36 injured

BOGOTA — Military officials in Colombia say a car bomb exploded inside a base in the Colombian border town of Cucuta leaving 36 people injured, including three in critical condition. Defense Minister Diego Molano described the blast as a “vile terrorist attack” that targeted Colombian soldiers and sought to injure as many troops as possible. Molano said the National Liberation Army, Colombia’s largest remaining rebel group, was likely behind the attack, though he did not provide any evidence to support that claim. He also said dissident members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia could have been involved.

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

  1. Why has “the news” stopped covering the news?

  2. Do you follow professional golf?

  3. Is speeding a serious problem in Albuquerque?

  4. Will you read Jared Kushner’s book?

  5. Why is America’s birthrate so low?

  6. Will Tucumcari “prosper from out-of-state visits to purchase and consume marijuana and cannabis products”?

  7. Is the UN mostly useless or completely useless?

  8. Could the War Between the States have been avoided?

  9. Knowing the risks, why do people still smoke?

  10. Do you practice mindfulness?

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