The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, October 14th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, Dowd's Extra Clicks, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day


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A man’s character is his fate.

— Heraclitus

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Mainly sunny. High 68F. W winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 25 mph.

Today is Thursday, October 14th, the 287th day of 2021. There are 78 days left in the year. It is Be Bald and Be Free Day, National Dessert Day, national lowercase day, National Chocolate Covered Insects Day, World Sight Day, and World Standards Day.

This Day in History

In 1884, George Eastman received a patent for his paper-strip photographic film.

In 1908, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, clinching the 1908 World Series. The team wouldn’t win another championship for more than a century.

In 1943, prisoners at Sobibor covertly killed most of the on-duty SS officers and then staged a mass breakout.

In 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to exceed the speed of sound.

In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis began when an American reconnaissance aircraft took photographs of Soviet ballistic missiles being installed in Cuba.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1968, the first live television broadcast by American astronauts in orbit was made by the Apollo 7 crew.

In 1979, the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights drew approximately 100,000 people.

In 2012, Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped to Earth from a balloon in the stratosphere. His capsule launched from Roswell International Air Center.

In 2017, a massive truck bombing in Somalia killed 358 people and injured more than 400 others.

This Day in Music History

In 1957, The Everly Brothers scored their first No. 1 with “Wake Up Little Susie.”

In 1966, Grace Slick made her first stage appearance with Jefferson Airplane at a Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on The Dick Cavett Show to promote John’s new album Imagine, Yoko’s new book, and their upcoming art exhibition.

In 1977, Bing Crosby died of a heart attack after finishing a round of golf.

In 1994, Pulp Fiction opened in theaters, reviving classic ‘60s songs such as “Misirlou,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”

Today’s Birthdays

Farah Pahlavi, the Shahbanu (empress consort) of Iran from 1959 to 1979, is 83. Attorney and former White House Counsel John Dean is 83. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 82. Biotechnologist and businessman Craig Venter is 75. Mouthpiece for D.C. groupthink Norman Ornstein is 73. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is 60. Actress Lori Petty is 58.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. Stop the Stadium: Community members gather to voice concerns

  2. Some Albuquerque residents work to defeat stadium bond question

  3. Stop the Stadium group address concerns over NM United stadium


  5. Climate change and its impact on immigration

  6. City Seeks Members for Santa Fe River Commission

  7. COVID-19 numbers decreasing in Lea

  8. County manager wants to ‘facilitate and integrate’ behavioral health at jail

  9. Brewery owner touts benefits of paid sick leave: lower turnover, happier workers

  10. Members of N.M. Delegation Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Land Grant Communities’ Rights

Dowd’s Extra Clicks

When MLG Attacks!

Blue Origin launches second crewed New Shepard mission

Feds to Americans: Expect your heating bills to soar big-time this winter — as much as 54%

High Inflation Is Here To Stay

Strategies To Cut the Military Budget: Realistic Options for an Unrealistic Government

Mainstream Local/State News Briefing

US nuclear repository completes key mining project

ALBUQUERQUE — After seven years of mining, federal officials say work to carve out the eighth disposal area at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository is complete. Managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are planning to use the space beginning next year. Constructed in a deep layer of salt in southern New Mexico, the repository entombs the radioactive remnants of decades of nuclear research and bomb-making. Workers still need to run power to the excavated area known as Panel 8 and install air monitors and chain link to protect the walls. State regulators are weighing a permit change for the repository that some critics say could open the door to expansion.

Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Jurors in Arizona have convicted a U.S. Air Force airman of first-degree murder in the death of a Mennonite woman who was living in New Mexico. The jury reached its verdict Wednesday after deliberating for about five hours. Mark Gooch was also found guilty of kidnapping Sasha Krause in January 2020 at a church near Farmington, where she was gathering material for Sunday school. Her body was found more than a month later outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, with a gunshot wound to the head. Gooch faces life in prison on the murder charge. Sentencing is set for Nov. 24.

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

GOP’s Youngkin stays away from ‘Take Back Virginia’ rally

RICHMOND — Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans are trying to fire up the party’s right-leaning base ahead of Virginia’s critical November elections. Trump phoned into a rally held in suburban Richmond Wednesday. He called GOP nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin a “gentleman” and urged the crowd to support him. Youngkin did not attend. The showcase of conservative enthusiasm came as Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are locked in a tight race in Democratic-leaning Virginia, one of just two states with governors races this year.

San Francisco hasn’t approved any vaccine waiver for workers

SAN FRANCISCO — About 800 San Francisco city workers have asked for medical or religions exemptions to avoid a looming deadline for them to get vaccinated or lose their job. But so far, the city has not approved a single request. That’s according to a city human resources official, who said about 5.5% of the city's 35,000-employee workforce have not complied with the mandate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1. Police officers, firefighters and other employees who work in high-risk settings were expected to be vaccinated by Wednesday. However, among that group 260 police, fire and sheriff’s employees sought religious or medical waivers. A spokesman for the police union says 120 officers face termination because they didn’t meet today's deadline.

Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains

SANTA BARBARA — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains is a threat to ranches and rural homes and is keeping a major highway shut down. The Alisal Fire is covering more than 24 square miles in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. The number of firefighters has nearly doubled to 1,300, but containment remains at just 5% Wednesday. The properties being protected include Rancho del Cielo, which was once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and was known as the Western White House during his presidency. The 688-acre ranch sits atop the mountain range, above the flames feeding on dense chaparral.

Alleged gang members charged in slaying of Chicago rapper

CHICAGO — Five alleged gang members have been indicted on murder charges in last year’s shooting death of a Chicago rapper that prosecutors say was part of ongoing violence over gang territories on the city’s South Side. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago said in a news release Wednesday that the men are charged with murder in aid of racketeering in the August 2020 slaying of Carlton Weekly, also known as “FBG Duck.” They were also charged with assault and gun charges. Four were arrested Wednesday morning and the fifth was already in custody.

USC ex-dean, LA politician charged with bribery scheme

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles politician Mark Ridley-Thomas and a former dean at the University of Southern California have been charged with a bribery scheme in which he promised to steer millions of dollars in contracts to the school if his son got a scholarship and a teaching job. A 20-count federal indictment revealed Wednesday names Ridley-Thomas, who’s an LA City Council member, and Marilyn Louise Flynn, former dean of USC’s School of Social Work. Authorities say the bargain was made in 2017. Late that year, Ridley-Thomas’s son, Sebastian, resigned his state Assembly seat. An Assembly investigation concluded in 2019 that Sebastian had likely made an unwanted sexual advance toward a Capitol staffer.

Mainstream Global News Briefing

Assailant with bow and arrows kills 5 people in Norway

COPENHAGEN — A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and wounded others near the Norwegian capital of Oslo. That’s according to police in the town of Kongsberg who arrested the assailant on Wednesday evening. The police chief says there was “a confrontation” between officers and the suspect, but he did not elaborate. Two other people were wounded and hospitalized in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place. Police were alerted to the attack around 6:30 p.m. and arrested the suspect about 20 minutes later. The community is 41 miles southwest of Oslo.

Mexico gives reprieve to illegally imported ‘chocolate’ cars

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has long had a problem with illegally imported cars, and now President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is pledging to legalize them all. The mainly U.S. cars are known in Mexico as “chocolate,” a play on the word “chueco,” or crooked. Mexicans can legally import later-model cars that meet pollution and safety standards, as long as they pay import duties. López Obrador said many poor families need cheaper cars to get to work, but auto manufacturers and dealers say the measure will fill Mexico with junk cars precisely at a time when the auto market is suffering.

Spain arrests 5 people as suspected members of jihadist cell

BARCELONA — Spanish police say they have arrested five suspects believed to be part of a jihadist group that sought to recruit others to its cause and was attempting to acquire weapons. Authorities said Wednesday that four people were arrested in Barcelona and one in Madrid. Police say anti-terrorism officers moved against the group upon learning that one member was trying to purchase a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Police say the raids discovered machetes and ammunition.

Syria reports Israel airstrikes on central province of Homs

DAMASCUS — Syrian state television is reporting that the country’s air defenses are responding to an Israeli airstrike targeting areas close to the historic Syrian town of Palmyra in the central province of Homs. The report quotes an unidentified military official as saying the strike occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday and it targeted a telecommunications tower and some posts around it, causing only material damage. The strikes came five days after Syrian state media reported that Israeli strikes in Homs province wounded six soldiers. Israel has staged hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

In Japanese court, 5 ask N. Korea to pay for their suffering

TOKYO — A Japanese court is hearing from five people who say there were promised “paradise on Earth” in North Korea but suffered instead and now want the country to compensate them. The court summoned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to speak, but a lawyer says they are not expecting that to happen. Instead, they hope the case sets a precedent for negotiations. North Korea began the resettlement program to bring overseas Koreans home and make up for workers killed in the Korean War. One of the plaintiffs said North Korea promised free healthcare, education and jobs but none was available. She said they wouldn’t have gone to North Korea if they had known the truth.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. Are “mass migrations of people in Guatemala and Honduras” a “direct consequence of climate change”?

  2. Quentin Tarantino’s best film?

  3. Who will eventually win control of the GOP: Team MAGA or the establishment squishes?

  4. Do we need bow-and-arrow control?

  5. Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, or Calvin Klein?

  6. Is bribery in the “public” sector worse than most people understand?

  7. What’s your favorite dessert?

  8. Why didn’t William Shatner go to space with Virgin Galactic?

  9. Are you a credible journalist if you label anyone who opposes left-wing activism a “lobbyist”?

  10. Are you old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?

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