The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Friday, July 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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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunshine and some clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 100F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Friday, July 9th, the 190th day of 2021. There are 175 days left in the year. It is National Motorcycle Day and National Sugar Cookie Day.
This Day in History
In 1776, George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read to members of the Continental Army in Manhattan, as thousands of British troops on Staten Island prepared for the Battle of Long Island.
In 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain.
In 1850, President Zachary Taylor died after eating raw fruit and iced milk. He was succeeded by Vice President Millard Fillmore.
In 1863, the Siege of Port Hudson ended, giving the Union complete control of the Mississippi River.
In 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing blacks full citizenship and all persons in the U.S. due process of law.
In 1877, the inaugural Wimbledon Championships began.
In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his “Cross of Gold” speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention.
In 1918, in Nashville, an inbound local train collided with an outbound express, killing 101 and injuring 171, making it the deadliest rail accident in American history.
In 1944, American forces took Saipan, bringing the Japanese archipelago within range of B-29 raids, and causing the downfall of the Tojo government.
In 2011, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan.
This Day in Music History
In 1955, “Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley & His Comets, became the first rock-and-roll song to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart, where it stayed for eight weeks. The song was originally released as a the B-side of “Thirteen Women,” but became a massive hit after it appeared in the film Blackboard Jungle.
In 1977, Elvis Costello quit his job at a cosmetics factory to pursue a music career.
In 1995, at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played their last show with Jerry Garcia, who died a month later.
In 2009, in an article published in The Guardian, Leonard Cohen admitted that “Hallelujah” is overplayed: “I think it’s a good song, but I think too many people sing it.”
Actor Richard Roundtree is 79. Author Dean Koontz is 76. O. J. Simpson is 74. Actor Chris Cooper is 70. Actor Jimmy Smits is 66. Actor Tom Hanks is 65. Courtney Love is 57. Actress and voice artist Pamela Adlon is 55. Musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Jack White is 46. Actor and television director Fred Savage is 45.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Gallup hospital shedding nearly 80 jobs; patient counts drop
GALLUP — A Gallup hospital is eliminating nearly 80 jobs as it responds to reduced patient counts following a $14 million loss in 2020. The job cuts by Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services include 27 layoffs made in May when it closed WellSpring Recovery Center plus elimination of 27 currently vacant positions. Gallup’s Independent reports that other moves include severing 18 contracts with temporary or traveling workers and laying off six local physicians and staff. Interim CEO Don Smithburg said federal pandemic-relief funding provided “only a temporary reprieve from financial challenges that have been persistent for years.”
Relief fund partners to donate shoes to Navajo children
SHIPROCK — Hundreds of children from several Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico soon will have new kicks. A relief fund created by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah teamed up with four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III and his foundation to deliver 300 pairs of Nike shoes. They gathered Thursday at the Dream Diné Charter School in Shiprock to distribute the goods. With no shoe stores on the Navajo Nation, organizers say they're already receiving messages of appreciation from Navajo moms. The relief fund was started last year to help get essential supplies and equipment to the tribe during the pandemic.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Tropical storm pounds East Coast after killing 1 in Florida
SAVANNAH — Tropical Storm Elsa is carving a destructive path up the East Coast after killing at least one person in Florida and spinning up a tornado in Georgia that flipped recreational vehicles, tossing one of them into a lake. One person was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, when a tree fell on a car. Elsa gained strength Thursday afternoon across North Carolina. The system was expected to move near or over the northeastern U.S. on Friday. Tropical storm warnings extended up the coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts amid warnings Elsa could cause considerable flash flooding in the Northeast.
Aftershocks expected for days after California, Nevada quake
SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say a magnitude 6 earthquake that was felt across hundreds of miles in California and Nevada didn’t cause any major damage or injuries. Aftershocks are expected to rattle the region for days. The quake struck Thursday afternoon near the eastern Sierra community of Walker near the state line. But it was felt across California in San Francisco and in Nevada all the way to Las Vegas. Miles of U.S. 395, a major Sierra route, were briefly closed by rockslides and authorities say some cars were struck but there weren't any injuries. It was the largest quake to hit the area since a magnitude 6.1 temblor in 1994.
Tyson Foods recalls almost 4,500 tons of chicken products
DEXTER, Mo. — Tyson Foods is recalling almost 4,500 tons of ready-to-eat chicken products after finding the products may be tainted with listeria bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall Thursday after two consumers reported falling ill with listeriosis. Further investigation revealed one death besides the two listeriosis cases traced to pre-cooked chicken Tyson produced. Listeriosis is a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. It causes fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
FAA: New tool limits disruptions caused by space operations
Every time a rocket takes off or a space vehicle returns to Earth, it can cause airline flights to be routed around the space operation. That’s because airspace near the space operation is closed, sometimes for hours. Federal officials said Thursday that they have developed technology to better track space operations and shorten the time that airspace is closed for safety. The Federal Aviation Administration says the system was used for the first time last month. The new tool or platform automates the delivery of data about a space vehicle’s flight path to the nation’s air traffic control system.
Avenatti sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for extortion
NEW YORK — A New York judge has sentenced the combative California lawyer Michael Avenatti to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe announced the sentence Thursday in Manhattan, where a jury last year convicted Avenatti of charges including attempted extortion and fraud. Avenatti gained fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump. The sentence marked another chapter in the fall of a man who was popular enough on social media and cable news shows three years ago that he considered running for president.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Israeli Supreme Court upholds contentious Jewish state law
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law that defines the country as the nation state of the Jewish people. In its 10-1 ruling, the court rejected claims by opponents that the law discriminates against minorities. In its ruling, the court acknowledged shortcomings in the so-called Nation State Law. But it said the law “did not negate Israel’s democratic character” outlined in other laws. Proponents of the 2018 law claimed the legislation merely enshrined Israel’s existing Jewish character. Critics said it further downgrades the status of Israel’s Arab minority, which makes up around 20% of the country’s population.
China slams Olympic boycott call, ‘politicization of sports’
BEIJING — China has criticized what it called the “politicization of sports” after British lawmakers urged a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows an investigation of complaints of human rights abuses in its northwest. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson says a boycott “will not succeed.” The British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee called for the government to urge British companies to boycott the Beijing Games, scheduled for February. The appeal adds to pressure on China's ruling Communist Party over reports of mass detentions and other abuses of mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson says Beijing opposes “interference in other countries’ internal affairs by using human rights issues as a pretext.”
2 US men, ex-Colombia soldiers held in Haiti assassination
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Seventeen suspects have been detained so far in the stunning assassination of Haiti’s president, and Haitian authorities say two are believed to hold dual U.S.-Haitian citizenship and Colombia’s government says at least six are former soldiers in its army. The chief of Haiti’s National Police said Thursday night that eight more suspects were being sought and three others had been killed by police. Officials had earlier said seven were killed. Colombia’s government says it was asked about six of the suspects in Haiti, including two of those killed, and determined they were retired Colombian soldiers, though it hasn’t released their identities. Haitian officials identified two of the detainees as Haitian Americans, but gave no details beyond their names.
Italy OKs port for rescue ship with 572 migrants aboard
ROME — Italy has agreed to allow the disembarking of 572 rescued migrants after a charity ship’s desperate plea. Earlier on Thursday, SOS Mediterranee said food was running short and tensions rising on the crowded vessel Ocean Viking. Luisa Albera, an official of the humanitarian group, had said five requests to maritime authorities to assign a port of safety had gone unmet. Separately, the Italian coast guard said it located nine bodies from a June 30 shipwreck of a migrant boat near the tiny island of Lampedusa.
Egypt, Sudan urge UN action on Nile dam, Ethiopia says ‘no’
Egypt and Sudan are urging the U.N. Security Council to undertake “preventive diplomacy” and call for a legally binding agreement to resolve a dispute with Ethiopia over the availability of water from its dam on the Nile River. But Ethiopia insisted the matter can be solved by the African Union and many council members agreed. Egypt and Sudan sent their foreign ministers to New York to appeal for council action. They said 10 years of negotiations with Ethiopia have failed and the dam is being filled, posing “an existential threat” to 150 million people in their downstream nations.
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