The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, September 9th 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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[T]he instinct for wholeness requires for its evidence a ... highly differentiated consciousness, thoughtfulness, reflection, responsibility, and sundry other virtues. Therefore it does not commend itself to the relatively unconscious man driven by his natural impulses because, imprisoned in his familiar world, he clings to the commonplace, the obvious, the probable, the collectively valid, using for his motto: “Thinking is difficult. Therefore, let the herd pronounce judgement!”
— Carl Jung
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny. High 96F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Thursday, September 9th, the 252nd day of 2021. There are 113 days left in the year. It is Wonderful Weirdos Day, National Wienerschnitzel Day, National Teddy Bear Day, International Buy a Priest a Beer Day, and International Sudoku Day.
This Day in History
In 1776, the Continental Congress officially named its union of states the United States.
In 1850, California was admitted as the 31st state.
In 1863, Union troops entered Chattanooga.
In 1942, a Japanese floatplane dropped incendiary bombs on Oregon.
In 1948, Kim Il-sung declared the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In 1965, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was established.
In 1971, the Attica Prison riot began, eventually resulting in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison.
In 1991, Tajikistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
In 2015, Elizabeth II became the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch.
This Day in Music History
In 1941, Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia.
In 1954, Elvis Presley performed at the opening of Memphis’s Lamar-Airways shopping mall, and afterward, met Johnny Cash for the first time.
In 1979, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) entered into an arranged marriage with Fauzia Ali. They had five children and nine grandchildren, and remain married to this day.
In 1996, Bill Monroe died at age 84 in Springfield, Tennessee.
In 2007, Britney Spears opened the MTV Video Music Awards with a listless lip-synch, appearing dazed and confused. Over the next few months, she lost custody of her children and was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility.
Actor and singer Tom Wopat is 70. Former animator John Kricfalusi is 66. Actor Hugh Grant is 61. Model Rachel Hunter is 52. Actor Eric Stonestreet is 50. Actor Henry Thomas is 50. Actor Goran Višnjić is 49. Singer Michael Bublé is 46.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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New Mexico high court avoids mayor campaign funding case
ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court won’t weigh in on the Albuquerque city clerk’s decision to deny Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales about $600,000 in public financing for his campaign for mayor. The Albuquerque Journal reports the state high court denied Gonzales’s request to order a state judge or City Clerk Ethan Watson to certify Gonzales for public campaign financing. Judge Bryan Biedscheid in Santa Fe last month ordered Watson to reconsider, saying Gonzales was denied due process before Watson decided July 9 that Gonzales violated financing qualification rules. Appeals, hearings and court filings led to the request last week for the Supreme Court to step in.
Police: Officer in anti-abortion ad ‘against his wishes’
SANTA FE — A pro-life billboard along a New Mexico interstate is tapping the image of a famous Albuquerque police officer to promote its political message. But police officials say he didn’t give the group responsible for the billboard permission to use his picture. Like soldiers and other public servants, police officers are not allowed to use their uniforms or insignias to promote partisan issues. Officer Ryan Holets is seen as a local hero after he adopted the baby of a then-pregnant heroin addict he met while on patrol in 2017. He is also active in national Republican politics but has avoided wearing his uniform at political events.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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United lays out employee rules as vaccine requirement looms
United Airlines says more than half its workers who weren’t vaccinated last month have gotten the shots since the airline announced that it will require proof of vaccination. The airline is detailing rules around its requirement that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 by late September. United officials said that employees who win an exemption from vaccination because of medical conditions or religious beliefs will be placed on unpaid leave in early October. Those whose exemption requests are denied, and who still refuse to get the shots, will be fired. United is citing “dire” statistics around the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States in explaining its new policy.
Defense lawyers say 1st Amendment protected ads on Backpage
PHOENIX — Lawyers defending the founders of Backpage.com against allegations they knowingly ran ads for prostitution say the adult service ads published by their clients were controversial but ultimately protected by the First Amendment. Attorneys for Michael Lacey and James Larkin said the site ran legally allowable ads for escort services, but didn’t publish ads for sex. They say the site beefed up its staff and methods for spotting illegal ads and helped authorities in investigating sexual trafficking cases. Last week, a prosecutor said the majority of the site’s revenue came from prostitution ads but the founders and operators of Backpage tried to conceal it.
NXIVM co-founder sentenced to 3 1/2 years in sex slaves case
NEW YORK — A former nurse who co-founded and once ran the cult-like NXIVM group has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Nancy Salzman must also pay a $150,000 fine. She has agreed to forfeit more than $500,000 in cash, several properties and a Steinway grand piano. Speaking in Brooklyn federal court, the 67-year-old said she fell under NXIVM leader Keith Rainere’s spell when they started working together 20 years ago and that she started rationalizing and overlooking the wrongdoing she saw around her. She offered an apology to everyone she’s hurt and said, “I don’t know that I can ever forgive myself.”
Elizabeth Holmes drawn as villain, underdog as trial begins
SAN JOSE — The highly anticipated fraud trial of fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes began Wednesday with dueling portraits of the former entrepreneur sketched by prosecutors and defense lawyers. A federal prosecutor cast Holmes as a conniving entrepreneur who duped investors, customers and patients for years, even though she knew her startup, Theranos, was nearly bankrupt and its much-hyped blood-testing technology was a flop. Holmes’s defense team countered with a more heroic narrative describing her as a tireless worker who tried to develop a faster, cheaper and less invasive way to test blood samples.
Prosecutor: Robert Durst gold medalist in running from truth
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors say there is overwhelming evidence proving New York real estate heir Robert Durst killed his best friend 21 years ago. Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments in Los Angeles Superior Court that Durst killed Susan Berman in 2000 because he wanted to prevent her from telling authorities what she knew about the disappearance of his wife in New York in 1982. Durst has pleaded not guilty. Defense lawyers present their arguments Thursday. They plan to point out numerous holes in the prosecution’s case that they say failed to deliver evidence to convict Durst.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Trudeau criticized at debate for calling Canadian election
TORONTO — The leaders of Canada’s opposition parties have used the second debate of the campaign to criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for calling parliamentary elections during a pandemic. Trudeau called the vote last month hoping to win a majority of seats in Parliament, but polls indicate his Liberal party could lose power to the Conservatives in the Sept 20 election. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole asked Trudeau during the French-language debate why he forced elections amid the coronavirus pandemic. Leftist New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau of being selfish, saying the election is nothing but an attempt to grab more power. Trudeau defended his efforts, noting Canada is one of the most fully vaccinated nations in the world.
China chases ‘rejuvenation’ with control of tycoons, society
BEIJING — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to schoolchildren. Behind the changes is President Xi Jinping’s vision of reviving an idealized earlier era of vigorous party leadership, with more economic equality and tighter control over society and billionaire entrepreneurs. Since he took power in 2012, Xi has called for the Communist Party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and Beijing’s global technology ambitions.
Afghanistan’s last Jew leaves after Taliban takeover
KABUL — The last member of Afghanistan’s Jewish community has left the country. Zebulon Simentov, who lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, kept kosher and prayed in Hebrew, endured decades of war as the country’s centuries-old Jewish community rapidly dwindled. But the Taliban takeover last month seems to have been the last straw. An Israeli-American businessman who runs a security group that organized the evacuation told The Associated Press that Simentov and 29 of his neighbors, nearly all of them women and children, have been taken to a “neighboring country." The group was reaching out to U.S. and Israeli authorities to find a permanent home for Simentov, whose estranged wife and children live in Israel.
New UN test ban chief says goal is to bring pact into force
The new head of the U.N. nuclear test ban treaty organization says his goal is to have the treaty enter into force, which would require ratification by eight countries — the United States, China, Iran, Israel, Egypt, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Robert Floyd said at a news conference Wednesday: “I remain optimistic, but I’m also realistic. I don’t underestimate the challenge.” The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty has 196 member states — 185 that have signed the treaty and 170 that have ratified it. But it needs the eight non-ratifying countries that had nuclear power reactors or research reactors in 1996 before it can take effect.
Duterte’s party picks him as VP candidate in Philippines
MANILA — The Philippines’s governing party has nominated President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice presidential candidate in next year’s elections. His candidacy is seen as an attempt to stay near the center of power while avoiding constitutional term limits. The party’s nominee for president declined to run in what some suggested may be an attempt to leave room for Duterte’s daughter to run. Duterte is notorious for using vulgar rhetoric and for a crackdown on illegal drugs that has killed thousands of mostly petty suspects, but he maintains immense popularity among Filipinos. He said he hoped his nomination “will allow me to continue serving the Filipino people and help lead the entire nation toward greater progress.”
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Are “hate crimes” a major problem in New Mexico?
Hugh Grant’s best movie?
Do you know a wonderful weirdo?
Why does the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development exist?
Sudoku — fun or maddening?
Should Manny Gonzales end his campaign for mayor?
Do you like bluegrass music?
Why do people join cults?
Ever bought a priest a beer?
The Ren & Stimpy Show — bizarre, brilliant, or bizarrely brilliant?