The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, July 10th, 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: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 99F. Winds NW at less than 5 mph, becoming ESE and increasing to 15 to 25 mph.
Today is Saturday, July 10th, the 191st day of 2021. There are 174 days left in the year. It is Wyoming Statehood Day, Pick Blueberries Day, Nikola Tesla Day, National Kitten Day, and National Piña Colada Day.
This Day in History
In 1778, during the American Revolution, Louis XVI of France declared war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
In 1890, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
In 1921, in what came to be called Bloody Sunday, 16 people were killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gunfire in Belfast.
In 1925, Tennessee’s so-called “Monkey Trial” began, as John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher, was accused of teaching evolution.
In 1938, Howard Hughes began a 91-hour airplane flight around the world that set a new record.
In 1962, Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, was launched into orbit.
In 1985, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in Auckland harbor by France’s intelligence agency.
In 1991, Boris Yeltsin took office as the first elected President of Russia.
This Day in Music History
In 1965, Sonny and Cher released “I Got You Babe.”
In 1967, Bobbie Gentry’s first single, “Ode To Billie Joe,” was released. It would go on to top the Hot 100 for four weeks.
In 1976, Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight” hit No. 1.
In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to jail for tax evasion.
In 1985, Playboy published nude photos of Madonna taken before she was famous.
In 1989, The Monkees got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four reunited for the first time— Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.
In 2012, Slash, who left Guns N’ Roses in 1996, got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen, who was master of ceremonies, commented that it was “quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.”
Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie is 74. Banjo player Béla Fleck is 63. Singer-songwriter Rebekah Del Rio is 54. Actress Sofía Vergara is 49. Actor Adrian Grenier is 45. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is 44. Jessica Simpson is 41.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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New Mexico GOP seeks legal intervention on $1.75B budget row
SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are asking the state attorney general to weigh in on a $1.75 billion spending dispute. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed the Legislature’s allocations of the federal pandemic relief money earlier this year, saying it should be distributed by her administration. Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas was asked to intervene after Republican lawmakers fell short in an attempt to override the governor’s veto. Albuquerque Senate Democrat Jacob Candelaria also supported the veto override. He says his colleagues in the Democratic majorities of the House and Senate have a “fair weather commitment to the law.”
University of New Mexico won’t require COVID-19 vaccinations
ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico says it will continue to encourage that students, faculty and staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in August for the fall semester but no longer plans to require it. University President Garnett Stokes said in an email that vaccinations are key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus and that the university is working toward a 100% vaccination rate. However, the university noted in a statement that the vaccine remains under emergency use authorization by the federal government. The university previously proposed a vaccine requirement and posted a draft policy on its website.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Hunter Biden paintings pose ethical challenge for president
WASHINGTON — The White House has established an arrangement that would allow President Joe Biden’s son Hunter to sell his artwork for tens of thousands of dollars without knowing the identity of the purchaser. It's an agreement established in attempt to avoid any potential ethical concerns surrounding his sales. Under the arrangement, a private art gallery owner will set prices for his work and will handle all bidding and sales, but will not share any information about buyers or prospective buyers with Hunter or anyone in the administration. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the administration believes the agreement “provides quite a level of protection and transparency."
Heat, wind spur California fire; evacuation hits Nevada area
BECKWOURTH, Calif. — A California wildfire that closed nearly 200 square miles of forest has forced evacuations across state lines into Nevada as winds and scorching, dry weather drove flames forward. Authorities say the Beckwourth Complex is showing extreme behavior, including sending spot fires far ahead as the northeastern flank headed toward a main highway near the state line. The blaze in the northern Sierra Nevada prompted the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to order evacuations for a section of Rancho Haven, near Reno. Meanwhile in southern Oregon, a wildfire burning near Klamath Falls more than doubled overnight.
Grizzly bear is fatally shot after killing California woman
HELENA — A grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her this week has been fatally shot in Montana. Wildlife officials using night-vision goggles killed the bear overnight Friday after staking out a chicken coop that the bear had raided near the town of Ovando. Leah Davis Lokan of Chico, California, was on a long-distance cycling trip and had camped by the town’s post office with other bicyclists when she was attacked and killed Tuesday. Friends said Lokan was a free spirit, adventurous and aware of the dangers she faced on the trip.
Marilyn Manson surrenders on New Hampshire assault warrant
LOS ANGELES — Rocker Marilyn Manson surrendered to police in Los Angeles in connection with a 2019 arrest warrant out of New Hampshire where he allegedly assaulted a videographer at a concert. Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault stemming from an alleged incident on Aug. 19, 2019, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford. Manson was booked and released last week without bail pending a court appearance in New Hampshire. Manson’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. Los Angeles police confirmed Manson’s surrender.
‘Laredo’ actor William Smith dies; played cowboys, brawlers
LOS ANGELES — Actor William Smith, who played cowboys, brawlers and no-nonsense tough guys in nearly 300 films and television shows, has died at 88. Smith’s wife, Joanne Cervelli Smith, said he died Monday in Los Angeles. With his chiseled, mustachioed face and bulging biceps, Smith was a constant presence on screen in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He grappled with Clint Eastwood in an epic bare-knuckled brawl in 1980’s Any Which Way You Can. He starred as a Texas Ranger in the NBC western series Laredo from 1965 to 1967. And he played in the final season of the original Hawaii Five-O on CBS.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Payment to Mexican president’s brother raises hackles
MEXICO CITY — Video of a man giving a packet of cash to a brother of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has raised hackles in Mexico. López Obrador won office in 2018 on his pledge to fight corruption and live austerely. It is something he personally has done, but his family may be another question. López Obrador's supporters note that the video is from 2015 and the amount involved is relatively small, around $7,500. But the origin of the money is unclear. The president says the money was a personal loan to his brother from a man who later went on to serve in López Obrador's administration.
Hackers disrupt Iran's rail service with fake delay messages
TEHRAN — An Iranian news agency says the country’s railroad system has come under cyberattack. The hackers posted fake messages about train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the Iran. They also urged passengers to call for information, listing the phone number of the office of the country’s supreme leader. The semiofficial Fars news agency reported on Friday that the hack led to unprecedented chaos at rail stations. No group has so far taken responsibility for the incident. Earlier in the day, Fars said trains across Iran had lost their electronic tracking system.
Chinese regulator halts Huya-Douyu game-streaming merger
HONG KONG — China’s market regulator has blocked the merger of Tencent-backed game streaming platforms Douyu and Huya following an anti-monopoly investigation, as authorities ramp up scrutiny of some of the country’s biggest technology companies. Huya and Douyu — which provide videogame live-streaming services akin to Twitch in the U.S. — are two of the largest companies of their kind in China. Both count gaming firm Tencent among their investors. Authorities say the merger would eliminate and restrict competition. The ban is the first instance of regulators prohibiting market concentration in the internet sector. The two companies first announced last October that they planned to merge, but market regulators later said that they would review the $6 billion deal.
UN approves extension of aid from Turkey to rebel-held Syria
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution extending the delivery of humanitarian aid for six months with another six months virtually guaranteed from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria, where the U.N. says 3.4 million people are in desperate need of food and other assistance. The resolution was adopted Friday after a U.S.-Russia compromise deal. The key issue had been whether the council should authorize deliveries through the Bab al-Hawa crossing for another year as the West, U.N. and humanitarian groups called critical — or for six months as Russia, Syria’s closest ally, insisted on.
Families of Beirut blast victims want officials prosecuted
BEIRUT — Families of the victims of last year’s massive blast at Beirut’s port have rallied in the Lebanese capital to pressure parliament to lift immunity of three lawmakers. The judge investigating the explosion had requested such a step. One of the protests on Friday took place near the residency of the parliament speaker, where the legislature’s justice committee was studying the immunity request. Last week, the judge announced he’d pursue senior politicians and former and current security chiefs in the case. Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material used in fertilizers exploded on Aug. 4, killing 211 people and injuring more than 6,000.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Ever been to Wyoming?
Will New Mexico ever ban critical race theory?
Is it government’s job to prevent “market concentration”?
Do you eat blueberries?
Evolution or creation?
Kittens or puppies?
Every Which Way but Loose or Any Which Way You Can?
Who hacked Iran’s railroad system?
Do you like piña coladas?
Do Democrats at the Roundhouse have a “fair weather commitment to the law”?