The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, July 11th, 2021

The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day

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It was beautiful and simple, as all truly great swindles are.

— O. Henry

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunshine and some clouds. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Today is Sunday, July 11th, the 192nd day of 2021. There are 173 days left in the year. It is Cheer Up the Lonely Day, International Essential Oils Day, National Blueberry Muffin Day, National Mojito Day, National Rainier Cherry Day, and National Swimming Pool Day.

This Day in History

In 1796, the United States took possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.

In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut in Major League Baseball.

In 1921, former president William Howard Taft was sworn in as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the only person ever to hold both offices.

In 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was first published in the United States.

In 1977, Martin Luther King Jr., murdered in 1968, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1979, America’s first space station, Skylab, was destroyed as it re-entered the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

In 2015, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from the maximum security prison in Altiplano, in Mexico.

This Day in Music History

In 1962, The Marvelettes released “Beechwood 4-5789.”

In 1970, the soundtrack to the film Woodstock hit No. 1, helping recoup massive losses from the festival.

In 1976, Andy Gibb married his girlfriend Kim Reeder.

In 1987, Heart started a three-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Alone.”

In 2014, Thomas Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, died of cancer at age 65. He was the last of his band’s original members to pass away.

Today’s Birthdays

Screenwriter and director Tom Holland is 78. Actor Stephen Lang is 69. Actress Mindy Sterling is 68. Actress Sela Ward is 65. Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is 62. Guitarist Richie Sambora is 62.

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

  1. Former APD detectives claim they were pushed out after raising concerns with sex crimes unit

  2. Medicare patients may now pay extra at hospital

  3. Covid and the death of independent thought

  4. Federal bill would ban vaccine database in response to Biden’s ‘door-to-door’ pledge

  5. CDC: Homicides Up A Record 29% In 2020

  6. Texas man hailed as national hero arrested for illegal voting

  7. Pro-abortion activists hang ‘God Bless Abortions’ banner on massive Jesus statute in Alabama

  8. Critical Defense Contractor Theory

  9. Biden struggles to impose his will as problems multiply

  10. Biden is betting big on Afghanistan’s air force. But their problems continue to grow.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING

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California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters are struggling to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave hits the U.S. West this weekend. The Beckwourth Complex headed into Saturday showing no sign of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada. It’s tearing through bone-dry timber and prompted Nevada authorities on Friday to evacuate a community across the state line. Other fires are burning in Oregon, Arizona and Idaho. Authorities say fire conditions are tough as another heat wave engulfs the West, challenging records and bringing dangerously hot temperatures. Las Vegas late Saturday afternoon tied the all-time record high of 117 F.

2 men die in homebuilt aircraft crash in Oregon

PORTLAND — Two men from Albany, Oregon, were killed when a homebuilt trike aircraft they were in crashed near Millersburg. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened in a field behind Deciduous Avenue. When they arrived on scene they found the pilot, 57-year-old Charles Kizer and his passenger 49-year-old Matthew Irish dead at the scene. They were flying in a North Wing Trike, a two-seater, motorized glider-type aircraft. The sheriff’s office said there were witnesses of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to help investigate. A trike is an ultralight aircraft composed of a robust hang-glider and a powered tricycle.

Arizona man accused of plowing truck into cyclists indicted

HOLBROOK, Ariz. — An Arizona man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists taking part in a weekend race has been indicted on aggravated assault and other charges. Authorities say Shawn Michael Chock was released from the hospital July 2, about two weeks after he fled the crash in Show Low and was shot by police. A grand jury in Navajo County Superior Court has since indicted him on nine counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of fleeing an accident and unlawful flight. His attorney declined to comment on the charges Friday when reached by The Associated Press.

WV gov says lawmaker should resign for explicit TikTok video

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling for the resignation of a state lawmaker who posted a sexually explicit TikTok video to his public account. State Del. Joe Jeffries was stripped of a committee assignment on Friday after word spread of the social media posting. The governor issued a statement Saturday calling Jeffries’ behavior “sad" and “childish.” Justice also said he had expected to hear an apology from Jeffries by Saturday morning, but none was forthcoming. Jeffries did not immediately respond Saturday afternoon to a phone message left at his office or an email from The Associated Press.

Clutch save: Dad of Nats P Joe Ross saves fan with Heimlich

SAN FRANCISCO — Father to a pair of big league starting pitchers, Willie Ross made a crucial save at a ballgame in San Francisco. Ross, dad of veteran pitchers Joe and Tyson Ross, performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking fan during a game between the Giants and Washington Nationals, dislodging bits of a hot dog to clear the woman’s airways. Ross is a pediatrician at Stanford Hospital. He was at the park to see Washington, for whom Joe Ross plays. Tyson Ross is a right-hander with the Texas Rangers. Willie Ross was watching the game in a lower box when he noticed the female fan choking.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING

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Austrian leader Kurz and partner expecting 1st child

BERLIN — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he and his partner Susanne Thier are expecting their first child. Kurz said on Facebook that the couple were “overjoyed and grateful, that we will soon be three.” The 34-year-old chancellor is under investigation by anti-corruption authorities on suspicion he made false statements to a parliamentary commission investigating the Ibiza affair, which led to the downfall of then-vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and the collapse of Kurz’s previous government. Kurz has denied the allegations and rejected suggestions he should resign.

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins national election in landslide

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party has been declared the winner of last month’s national election in a landslide, assuring a second term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The National Election Board of Ethiopia says the party won 410 seats out of 436 contested in the federal parliament, which will see some seats remain vacant after one-fifth of constituencies didn’t vote due to unrest or logistical reasons. The vote was a major test for Abiy, who came to power in 2018 and oversaw dramatic political reforms but has been accused by critics of backtracking from some promises. No voting occurred in the conflict-hit Tigray region.

Government raises price of staple bread once more in Lebanon

BEIRUT — For the seventh time in a year, Lebanon’s economy ministry announced on Saturday new prices for bread, slowly removing subsidies as the country sinks deeper into a dire economic and political crisis.  The ministry said raising the price was necessary as the national currency continues to slide down before the dollar, making imports of basic supplies including fuel and wheat more expensive. The currency, pegged to the dollar for nearly 30 years at 1,500 to the dollar, has lost over 90% of its value. It is now trading at nearly 20,000 Lebanese pounds to the dollar. This is the second price hike this month.

Cicak to be 1st female chair umpire in Wimbledon men’s final

WIMBLEDON — There will be a female chair umpire for the Wimbledon men’s singles final for the first time in the history of a tournament first played in 1877. Marija Cicak will officiate Sunday when Novak Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini for the championship at the All England Club. The club announced Cicak’s selection Saturday. The 43-year-old from Croatia is a gold badge chair umpire and a member of the WTA Elite Team since 2012. Cicak was the chair umpire for the 2014 Wimbledon women’s final and the women’s doubles final three years later.

Paul Verhoeven blesses Cannes with lesbian nun drama

CANNES — The veteran provocateur Paul Verhoeven premiered his lesbian nun drama Benedetta at the Cannes Film Festival with a solemn vow to resurrect sexuality in movies. Benedetta predictably stirred the French Riviera festival over the weekend. Belgian actress Virginie Efira stars as a 17th-century French nun who communicates directly with Jesus and who falls in love with a new member of the convent. Some have dismissed Verhoeven’s movie as “nun-sploitation.” Cannes, where movies like Taxi Driver and Blue Is the Warmest Color have made controversial premieres, loves a jolt of violence or a splash of sex. The arrival of Benedetta has sent nun puns flying around the Croisette.

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

  1. How would American history be different had Alexander Hamilton survived his duel with Aaron Burr?

  2. Do we need a federal law banning a Rona vaccine database?

  3. What explains America’s huge homicide spike in 2020?

  4. Why is loneliness such a problem in America?

  5. Does a politician’s private life have any relevance to his role as a “public servant”?

  6. Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird?

  7. Does the entertainment industry hate Christianity and/or Christians?

  8. Would you fly in a homebuilt aircraft?

  9. Knowing what we now know, is “public health” a swindle?

  10. Do you have a swimming pool?

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