The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, July 7th, 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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— Albert Camus
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Wednesday, July 7th, the 188th day of 2021. There are 177 days left in the year. It is National Strawberry Sundae Day, National Macaroni Day, Global Forgiveness Day, and World Chocolate Day.
This Day in History
In 1863, the United States began its first military draft. Exemptions cost $300.
In 1865, four conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were hanged.
In 1898, President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
In 1928, sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.
In 1930, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser began construction of Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam.
In 1946, Mother Francesca S. Cabrini became the first American to be canonized.
In 1946, Howard Hughes nearly died when his XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft prototype crashed in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into law.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
In 1985, Boris Becker, 17 years old, became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon.
In 1992, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that women have the same right as men to go topless in public.
In 2005, a series of four explosions occured on London’s transport system, killing 56 people (including four suicide bombers) and injuring over 700 others.
In 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson shot 14 policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, killing five of them. He was subsequently killed by a robot-delivered bomb.
This Day in Music History
In 1950, Johnny Cash joined the U.S. Air Force.
In 1954, Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ in Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, “That’s All Right.”
In 1969, John Lennon released “Give Peace A Chance,” a song he and Yoko, along with a chorus of guests, recorded at their “bed-in” in Montreal.
In 1984, “When Doves Cry” went to No. 1 on the Hot 100, giving Prince his first chart-topper.
In 2009, after a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Michael Jackson’s public funeral was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most TV networks covered the event. Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder all participated.
Richard Starkey, known professionally as Ringo Star, is 81. Actress Shelley Duvall is 72. Actor Billy Campbell is 62. Figure skater Michelle Kwan is 41.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
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Man found dead at White Sands National Park in New Mexico
ALAMOGORDO — Rangers say a man has been found dead at White Sands National Park. New Mexico State Police have identified the man as 63-year-old Jeffrey Minshew of Moriarty. The National Park Service is coordinating with State Police to investigate the death. A possible cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but authorities say foul play is not suspected at this time. An unoccupied vehicle was found in the park about 11 a.m. Sunday. That began a search and the body was discovered around 5 p.m. Monday. White Sands rangers say there is no shade or water along any of the trails in the park. They recommend hikers bring at least one gallon of water per person per day along with high energy snacks.
2 national forests in New Mexico lift fire restrictions
Gila National Forest and Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands officials on Tuesday announced the lifting of fire restrictions due to reduced wildfire danger. Officials cited the arrival of summer rains accompanied by higher humidity levels and lower temperatures. Officials said showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue well into July. Forest officials imposed the fire restrictions to reduce risk of human-caused wildfire during extreme drought conditions that included low fuel moisture levels. The Gila National Forest includes large areas of southwestern New Mexico. The Cibola National Forest and National Grassland includes districts near Grants, west of Socorro and south and east of Albuquerque.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Searchers at collapse site ‘not seeing anything positive’
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Officials overseeing the search at the site of the Florida condominium collapse seem increasingly somber about the prospects for finding anyone alive. They said Tuesday that crews have detected no new signs of life in the rubble nearly two weeks after the disaster struck at the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside. Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said search teams have not found “anything positive” such as livable spaces in the debris. While the effort is still officially called a search-and-rescue mission, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said families of those still missing are preparing for news of “tragic loss.”
Sisters in Florida condo collapse buried in same coffin
SURFSIDE, Fla. — The tiny bodies of two young victims of the Florida condo building collapse are being buried in the same white casket. Lucia and Emma Guara were laid to rest Tuesday alongside their parents, Marcus and Anaely Guara. The four were among at least 36 people killed in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building nearly two weeks ago. Family members attending the service at St. Joseph’s Catholic church say “Lulu bear” loved watching “Jeopardy” with her dad, dancing and doing yoga with her mother. Her baby sister, Emma, was the princess of the family and enjoyed her dad’s piggyback rides.
New York AG could try to sue gun manufacturers under new law
ALBANY — New York can try to sue gun manufacturers over harm caused by their products under legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed. The new law comes at a time when New York City in particular is facing a rise in shootings. Cuomo also said Tuesday he would declare that gun violence in his state is a “disaster emergency” and start tracking hotspots of shootings. Cuomo said declaring the emergency will make it easier to spend money on efforts to address and reduce gun violence.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney resigns
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney has filed documents to resign from her conservatorship. Tuesday’s filing is the latest of several such moves that have come in the fallout from the pop singer’s comments in court decrying the legal arrangement that controls her money and affairs. Samuel Ingham III filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting that the court appoint Spears a new attorney. Last week, the Bessemer Trust, an estate-management company that Spears had requested to replace her father as conservator of her money, withdrew from the case. And in a letter obtained by Deadline, Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph resigned Monday.
Preschool show boasts girl power, plus nonbinary bison Fred
LOS ANGELES — If there’s a missing necklace or a herd of caribou on the loose, Ridley Jones is your go-to guy. Or make that your girl. The 6-year-old title character of Netflix’s new animated series has all the daring of classic screen heroes who were routinely male. Chris Nee, the creator of Ridley Jones, says she’s eager to give TV’s youngest viewers, preschoolers, the chance to see a girl as an action star. The characters include a nonbinary bison named Fred as part of Nee’s focus on diversity. Her previous shows include Doc McStuffins, about a black girl aspiring to be a doctor. Ridley Jones debuts July 13 on Netflix.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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5 dead in southern Mexico from mudslide, drowning
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — Four residents of the southern Mexico state of Chiapas died when a landslide caused by heavy rains collapsed their house, and a Portuguese woman died when she fell into a rain-swollen river. The landslide claimed the lives of a woman and three children. Rescuers found the body of the 23-year-old Portuguese woman Tuesday several miles downstream from where she fell in at a series of jungle pools known as Agua Azul. The normally turquoise waters of the tourist spot were a muddy brown from heavy rains in recent days. The landslide occurred Monday in a rural community just outside the Chiapas state capital.
China wants cross-border aid and sanctions relief for Syria
China says it wants the U.N. Security Council to not only extend humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria from neighboring countries but to tackle the impact of Western sanctions and the need to expand deliveries across conflict lines. The mandate for cross-border aid expires in just four days. China’s U.N. ambassador told reporters after closed briefings to the council Tuesday that he hopes “with more diplomatic efforts we can find a solution” not just on cross-border aid. The U.S. ambassador warned that if cross-border deliveries to Syria’s northwest end “people will starve to death.”
Australia’s largest city Sydney locks down for third week
CANBERRA — Sydney’s two-week lockdown has been extended for another week due to the vulnerability of an Australian population largely unvaccinated against COVID-19. The extension means most children will not return to school next week following their midyear break. New South Wales state leaders say the extension through July 16 was made on health advice because a number of cases were still infectious. Twenty-seven new infections reported Wednesday were from the delta variant, which is considered more contagious than the original coronavirus or other variants. Only 9% of Australian adults are fully vaccinated.
2nd chemical fire at Bangkok factory highlights health risks
BANGKOK — Chemicals at a burned-out factory burst back into flames briefly, sending more toxic black smoke into the air around the Thai capital. The new blaze highlighted the continuing health danger from an industrial accident that killed one person and injured dozens more. Putting out the first fire took more than 24 hours. Firefighters doused the site with water and foam to keep the highly flammable chemicals from reigniting, but flames broke out again and burned for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. The air quality and water in the area of the factory was being tested before authorities decide to narrow the evacuation zone to allow some residents to return home.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama celebrates 86th birthday
DHARMSALA, India — The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has celebrated his 86th birthday by thanking his supporters and expressing his appreciation to India, where he has lived since he fled his homeland in 1959. He said in a video message: “I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust.” The Dalai Lama has made the hillside town of Dharmsala his headquarters since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Dalai Lama well on his birthday on Twitter and said he also spoke to him by phone. The acknowledgment appears significant amid deteriorating ties between India and China.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Does “child services” too frequently go too far?
Strawberry sundae or hot-fudge sundae?
Why does New Mexico have the worst unemployment rate in the contiguous United States?
What would it take to get you to live in New York City?
Is Britney Spears a victim?
How are you keeping your children or grandchildren away from woke garbage?
What do you know about Buddhism?
Should hiking be allowed at White Sands National Park in the dead of summer?
Will anyone be held accountable for the Florida building collapse?
How the hell did Martin Heinrich ever become a U.S. Senator?