The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, June 26th, 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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Renault (Claude Rains): I’ve often speculated on why you don’t return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Did you run off with a senator’s wife? I like to think that you killed a man. It’s the romantic in me.

Rick (Humphrey Bogart): It’s a combination of all three.

Renault: And what in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

— Casablanca (1942)

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny with a few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. N winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Today is Saturday, June 26th, the 177th day of 2021. There are 188 days left in the year. It is Bartender and Mixologist Day, Beautician’s Day, Forgiveness Day, Great American Picnic Day, National Canoe Day, National Celebrate Your Marriage Day, National Chocolate Pudding Day, and World Refrigeration Day.

This Day in History

In 1870, Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

In 1906, the first Grand Prix motor race was held at Le Mans.

In 1917, American forces began to arrive in France. They would first encounter combat four months later.

In 1924, the American occupation of the Dominican Republic ended after eight years.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act.

In 1945, the Charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco.

In 1948, Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” was published in The New Yorker.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

In 1967, Karol Wojtyła (later John Paul II) was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI.

In 1974, a Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time (to sell a package of chewing gum) at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

In 1975, two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement were killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a “right” to marriage.

This Day in Music History

In 1943, thanks to Dooley Wilson’s rendition as piano-playing Sam in Casablanca, Rudy Vallee’s 12-year-old version of “As Time Goes By” went to the top of the charts, where it stayed for four weeks.

In 1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No. 1 with “Quarter To Three.”

In 1976, Peter Frampton released “Baby, I Love Your Way.”

In 1977, Elvis Presley gave his last concert. He died less than two months later.

In 2008, Total Guitar voted Celine Dion’s rendition of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” as the worst cover version ever. Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Bob Dylan song “All Along the Watchtower” was picked as the best cover.

Today’s Birthdays

Politician Chuck Robb is 82. Musician, singer, and songwriter Mick Jones is 66. Singer-songwriter Patty Smyth is 64. Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe is 53. Actor Sean Hayes is 51. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 51. Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is 47.

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

  1. Old Route 66 motel getting makeover

  2. Migrant woman stuck atop Sunland Park border wall rescued during Harris visit

  3. Silver City officer sues county over jail incident

  4. Do ‘Kids’ Count — or Bureaucrats?

  5. Rep. Leger Fernández Votes to Restore Obama-Era Protections Against Methane Emissions

  6. Heinrich Statement On Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Report

  7. Getting a Grip on Eyepopping Waste in Federal Pandemic Spending

  8. More Than 500,000 Possibly Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Have Been Filed in Maryland Since May 1

  9. Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant wishes only to terminally ill children who are fully vaccinated

  10. The Afghan army we tried, but failed to build

MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS

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New Mexico lawmakers turn attention to horse racing

ALBUQUERQUE — Legislative analysts say New Mexico horse racing regulators have more to do if they want to further reduce the number of racehorse fatalities at tracks around the state. They also warned during a legislative committee meeting that more challenges are likely as the industry looks to recover from the effects of the lockdown and prepares for implementation of a new federal law aimed at regulating racing. The Legislative Finance Committee is in the process of reviewing the New Mexico Racing Commission and authorization for the panel to continue operating would be needed by July 2022.

US officials double down on push for nuclear modernization

ALBUQUERQUE — A top U.S. nuclear security official and the leaders of three key national laboratories are doubling down on the push to modernize the country’s nuclear arsenal and the science and technology that back it up. During a virtual forum, the officials acknowledged global pressures that include more investment by Russia and China in nuclear weapons and advanced laser capabilities. The head of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, Kim Budil, says the United States has an opportunity to re-imagine its entire nuclear enterprise. Budil and the directors of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, which are both in New Mexico, also talked about the global race to attract the next generation of scientists.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS

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AP-NORC poll: Most say restrict abortion after 1st trimester

NEW YORK — A new poll shows a solid majority of Americans believe most abortions should be legal in the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy, but most say the procedure should usually be illegal in the second and third trimesters. The poll comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a blocked Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, two weeks into the second trimester. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 61% of Americans say abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances in the first trimester of a pregnancy.

California to extend eviction ban, pay back rent for tenants

SACRAMENTO — California will ban evictions for unpaid rent through the end of September and will use federal money to pay off eligible tenants’ debt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders announced the deal Friday. The agreement extends California’s current eviction moratorium that was scheduled to expire Wednesday. To be eligible, tenants must make 80% or less of the area median income. Tenants who are not eligible can still qualify for the eviction ban if they pay at least 25% of what they owe by Sept. 30. Landlord groups say the state needs to move more quickly to distribute money to aid landlords who haven’t been getting paid.

Southwest Airlines plans to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says it will raise minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 employees. That's about 12 percent of the airline’s employees. Southwest said that it plans for the raises to take effect Aug. 1, although the company has to talk to its unions before raising pay for some of the workers. Southwest is announcing the pay raises to keep and retain workers as air travel picks up. The number of air travelers in the U.S. has topped 2 million on several days in the last couple weeks, although travel levels are still one-fourth below this month in 2019, before the pandemic.

Juror in Scott Peterson trial didn’t disclose being a victim

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for convicted murderer Scott Peterson say a juror committed misconduct by not disclosing during jury selection that she had been a crime victim. Peterson’s lawyers said in a court filing seeking a new trial that the juror did not tell the court she was a victim of domestic violence. Peterson was sentenced to death in the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the son she was carrying. The California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence because prosecutors improperly dismissed potential jurors who disclosed they personally disagreed with the death penalty but would be willing to impose it.

What pressure? Biles soars to lead at U.S. Olympic Trials

ST. LOUIS — Simone Biles sure looks ready for Tokyo. The world and Olympic gymnastics champion raced to the lead at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Her all-around total of 60.565 was nearly three points ahead of Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles. The top two all-around finishers after finals are assured of a spot on the Olympic team, though Biles, Lee and Chiles have separated themselves from the pack. MyKayla Skinner, Grace McCallum and Kayla DiCello are in the mix for the fourth spot.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS

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18 dead in gunbattle between drug cartels in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in northern Mexico say the bullet-ridden bodies of 18 people were found after what appears to have been a shootout between members of rival drug cartels. The Zacatecas state security department said that the bodies were found in a remote, rural area of the north-central state. The department says there is evidence the deaths resulted from a confrontation between gunmen from the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels. Zacatecas was once dominated by the old Zetas cartel, is now being fought over by at least five cartels. The gun battle came two days after the bodies of two abducted police officers were found hanging from an overpass in the Zacatecas state capital and seven people were discovered shot to death in a neighboring city.

Tropical Storm Enrique strengthens off Mexico Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Enrique has formed off of southern Mexico and forecasters say it’s likely to grow into the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season while heading to the northwest parallel to the coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Enrique’s maximum sustained winds have strengthened to 65 mph (100 kph) and could grow to hurricane force late Friday or Saturday. The storm was centered about 205 miles (325 kilometers) south of the port of Manzanillo early Friday evening and was headed to the west-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). The storm is expected to remain offshore, but could cause heavy rains and dangerous flooding in southwestern Mexico.

12 German soldiers wounded in attack on UN mission Mali

BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister says 12 German troops and a soldier from another country taking part in a United Nations mission in Mali were wounded in an attack. The U.N. mission in the country had said earlier Friday that 15 peacekeepers were wounded when a temporary operational base in the Gao region was targeted with a vehicle bomb. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said three of the soldiers were seriously wounded. She said two were in a stable condition while the third was still undergoing surgery. All of the wounded soldiers were flown by helicopter to Gao, where they were being treated at German, French and Chinese medical facilities.

UN envoy calls for new international talks on Syrian war

The U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling for new international talks to discuss concrete steps to give impetus to ending the 10-year Syrian conflict, such as exchanging prisoners and a nationwide cease-fire. Geir Pedersen told the U.N. Security Council that he believes these and other areas “of vital concern for average Syrians” have the potential to achieve common ground among Syria’s warring parties. He says progress would “promote internal and regional stability and build trust and confidence.” Pedersen says he senses that key players are interested in deepening talks.

Swimming Australia says bad treatment a decades-long issue

SYDNEY — Swimming Australia says unacceptable treatment of some swimmers is a decades-long problem amid media reports that six former elite athletes will soon make public their experiences of abuse in the sport. Swimming Australia said in a statement that it is “deeply concerned and understands the gravity” of fresh claims of abuse within the sport after meeting with former Olympic swimmer Maddie Groves. Groves withdrew from Australia’s Olympic swim trials which finished in Adelaide nine days ago after saying there were “misogynistic perverts in sport.” The swimming association said it was unaware of the nature of the claims from the six swimmers.

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

  1. Do you care what Martin Heinrich thinks about UFOs?

  2. Is it appropriate for governments to officially recognize religious holidays?

  3. Casablanca — best film of all time?

  4. Is there a “right” to same-sex marriage?

  5. Was U.S. involvement in World War I a mistake?

  6. Forgive, forget, both, or neither?

  7. Should the U.S. get out the U.N.?

  8. Have you read “The Lottery”?

  9. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is Teresa Leger Fernández worse than Ben Ray Luján?

  10. Is your marriage worthy of celebration?

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