The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, July 1st, 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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— Thomas E. Dewey
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Thursday, July 1st, the 182nd day of 2021. There are 183 days left in the year. It is National Financial Freedom Day, Canada Day, International Joke Day, and International Reggae Day.
This Day in History
In 1858, the Linnean Society of London held a joint reading of Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution.
In 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began.
In 1867, the Canadian Confederation occurred, uniting the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a federation called the Dominion of Canada.
In 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice formally came into existence.
In 1898, the Battle of San Juan Hill was fought.
In 1916, the Battle of the Somme began.
In 1963, ZIP codes were introduced.
In 1968, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Phoenix Program was officially established.
In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.
In 1980, “O Canada” became the national anthem of Canada.
In 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the Motion Picture Association of America.
In 1991, the Warsaw Pact officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.
In 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement.
This Day in Music History
In 1956, the family-friendly Steve Allen Show, which did not want Elvis Presley shaking his legendary pelvis, made him sing “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. Both The King and the canine were dressed in formal wear.
In 1967, The Beatles started a 15-week run at No. 1 with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.
In 1972, Neil Diamond went to No. 1 on the singles chart with “Song Sung Blue.”
In 1982, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the early rap classic “The Message,” the first hip-hop hit with lyrics about struggles in the inner city.
In 2016, Lady Gaga received her driver’s license, at the age of 30.
Actor Jamie Farr is 87. Actress Geneviève Bujold is 79. Singer and actress Debbie Harry is 76. Actor, comedian, writer, and producer Dan Aykroyd is 69. Actor Andre Braugher is 59. Pamela Anderson is 54. Actress Julianne Nicholson is 50.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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New Mexico opens door to new era of civil rights lawsuits
SANTA FE — Efforts among a handful of states to hold police accountable for brutality and misconduct are expanding as New Mexico opens the door to civil rights lawsuits in state courts against government agencies. Starting Thursday, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act removes immunity provisions that shield government agencies from financial liability related to misconduct, though individual officials won’t pay for damages. As the law takes effect, local police agencies are bracing for an onslaught of lawsuits that can carry awards for damages of up to $2 million per event. Advocates foresee advances in protections for vulnerable populations, including children at foster homes and prison inmates.
1 dead in New Mexico after vehicle driven into flooded road
CARLSBAD — One person was found dead in a vehicle driven into floodwaters that covered a closed road in Carlsbad after heavy rain drenched southeastern New Mexico. The New Mexico State Police was investigating the incident. The identity of the person found dead in the vehicle was not immediately released. A shelter was opened at a Carlsbad elementary school for residents of a neighborhood evacuated because of rising water but most people chose to stay with family and friends. The National Weather Service extended a flood warning issued for the Carlsbad area through Wednesday night and said minor flooding was expected.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Hundreds of deaths could be linked to Northwest heat wave
SALEM, Ore. — The grim toll of the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has become more apparent as authorities in Canada, Washington state and Oregon say they’re investigating hundreds of deaths likely caused by extreme temperatures. British Columbia’s chief coroner says her office received reports of at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between Friday and Wednesday afternoon. Normally, she says about 165 people normally would die in the province over a five-day period. She says many of those deaths could be heat related. Health officials said more than 60 deaths in Oregon have been tied to the heat, and at least 20 in Washington state.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies at 88
WASHINGTON — The family of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he has died. He was 88. Rumsfeld’s family says he died late Tuesday “surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico.” The two-time defense secretary and one-time presidential candidate had a reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military, but it was unraveled by the long and costly Iraq war. Regarded by former colleagues as equally smart and combative, patriotic and politically cunning, Rumsfeld had a storied career under four presidents and nearly a quarter century in corporate America.
$40B pledged for gender equality, with $2B from Gates group
A U.N.-sponsored global gathering to promote gender equality has generated about $40 billion in pledges towards aiding women and girls. The Bill and Melinda Gates’ namesake foundation made a significant $2.1 billion contribution. The pledges were made at the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women in Paris. Private donors, government officials and civil society leaders are meeting there to make financial and political commitments. The Ford Foundation said it will spend $420 million on gender equality initiatives. Separately, the George Soros-founded Open Society Foundations and Paypal each pledged more than $100 million.
Actor Allison Mack gets 3 years in NXIVM sex-slave case
NEW YORK — Smallville actor Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the scandal-ridden, cult-like NXIVM group. The sentence was handed down in Brooklyn federal court. Mack had previously pleaded guilty to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. She cooperated against Raniere and took responsibility for helping him create a secret society of brainwashed women who were branded with his initials, which was expected to lower her sentence. Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on the series Smallville. She’s to surrender to prison Sept. 29.
James Franco settles for $2.2M in school sex misconduct suit
LOS ANGELES — James Franco and his co-defendants have agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he intimidated students at an acting and film school he founded into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations. The sides reached an agreement in February, but the details and dollar amount were not revealed until Wednesday. Two ex-students at Franco’s now-defunct acting and film school, Studio 4, first brought the suit in 2019. The sides released a joint statement saying the defendants still deny the allegations, but all agree that it is a critical time to focus on addressing the mistreatment of women in Hollywood.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Tropical Storm Enrique misses Baja resorts, then dissipates
CABO SAN LUCAS — What had been the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season has dissipated as it moved ashore after brushing past the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and missing a direct hit on the beach resorts there. Enrique lost its tropical storm status Wednesday morning when its maximum sustained winds were down to 35 mph while in the Gulf of California to the east of the peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system broke up when it crossed onto the peninsula in the afternoon. Enrique became the Pacific season’s first hurricane Saturday, but it stayed at sea while brushing past the Cabo Corrientes bulge on Mexico’s southwestern coast Sunday night and then heading for Baja California.
Russia rejects renewing aid from Iraq to Syria's northeast
Russia’s U.N. ambassador is calling a proposal to reopen a border crossing from Iraq to Syria’s northeast for delivering humanitarian aid “a non-starter.” Vassily Nebenzia also refuses to say what will happen to the only crossing now in operation, from Turkey to Syria’s rebel-held northwest. He said at a news conference that Russia is only discussing a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would continue delivery of aid to northwest Idlib. Russia has come under intense pressure from the U.N. and Western nations who warn of dire humanitarian consequences for over a million Syrians if all border crossings are closed.
15 killed in Haiti’s capital amid spike in violence
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s national police chief says a shooting rampage down a main street through a neighborhood in the capital killed at least 15 people, including a journalist and a political activist. Police Chief Leon Charles gave no details on how many shooters were involved. He says the attack occurred late Tuesday in the Delmas 32 neighborhood just hours after a spokesman for a group of disgruntled police officers known as Fantom 509 was slain in that same area. Charles blames allies of Fantom 509 for the mass killing but hasn’t provided any evidence. There hasn’t been any comment from members of Fantom 509.
Activists, journalists included in Myanmar prisoner release
BANGKOK — Myanmar’s government has begun releasing about 2,300 prisoners, including activists who were detained for protesting against the military’s seizure of power and journalists who reported on the protests. Buses took prisoners out of Yangon’s Insein Prison, where friends and families of detainees had waited since morning for the announced releases. The head of the Yangon Region’s Prison Department confirmed that more than 720 people were released from the prison, which for decades has been the main facility for political prisoners. State media showed prisoners being released in other places around the country, and more are expected to be released over several days.
UK Methodist Church votes to allow same-sex marriages
LONDON — Britain’s Methodist Church has announced that same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on its premises. After debates on the topic at the Methodist Conference, the proposals to allow same-sex marriages passed with 254 votes in favor and 46 against. The Methodist Church said that ministers who oppose the changes will not be forced to carry out same-sex marriages. The church has a membership of 164,000, making it the fourth-largest denomination of Christian churches in the U.K. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, though smaller religious groups like the Quakers in Britain back the practice.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Is Joe Biden a radical leftist?
Should New Mexico’s government schools “implement anti-racism policies” and create advisory councils “to address education for black students”?
Have you attained financial freedom?
Does anyone pay attention to movie ratings any more?
Is Allison Mack’s sentence too lenient?
Do you listen to reggae music?
Should no man “be in public office who can’t make more money in private life”?
Dan Aykroyd’s best role/character?
Did NAFTA need to be modified?
Ever been to Canada?