The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, June 19th, 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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We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Partly cloudy and very hot. High 98F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Saturday, June 19th, the 170th day of 2021. There are 195 days left in the year.

This Day in History

In 1846, the first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields.

In 1862, Congress prohibited slavery in U.S. territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

In 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

In 1934, legislation established the Federal Communications Commission.

In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage.

In 1960, the first NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

In 2018, the 10,000,000th U.S. patent was issued.

This Day in Music History

In 1962, Nat King Cole recorded “Ramblin’ Rose.”

In 1964, Martha and the Vandellas recorded “Dancing in the Street.” Many artists have covered the song, including The Mamas & the Papas, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, and Little Richard.

In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Matal v. Tam, that Asian-American rock band The Slants could copyright its name, regardless of whether it caused any offense, because “trademarks are private, not government speech.”

In 2020, Bob Dylan released his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Gena Rowlands is 91. Writer Tobias Wolff is 76. Writer Salman Rushdie is 74. Actress Phylicia Rashād is 73. Actress Kathleen Turner is 67. Actress Poppy Montgomery is 49. Actress Robin Tunney is 49. Actress Zoe Saldana is 43. Actor Paul Dano is 37.

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

  1. Doña Ana County jail officer stabbed, wounded by inmate

  2. Former NM cabinet secretary found guilty of embezzlement

  3. Martinez to GOP candidates: Reach across partisan divide

  4. Why Wouldn’t America Talk About The Lab Leak?

  5. Press freedom watchdogs fail to condemn antifa assault on gay, Asian journalist

  6. NYC shrink who talked about shooting white people now says they are ‘psychopathic’

  7. Reining In the Fed

  8. Biden Is Cracking Down On Guns Again With AR-15 Pistol Ban, And He’s Using Heller To Do It

  9. Georgia seeks private investment to expand roads

  10. Bacevich: Get out of NATO, shut down combatant commands

MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS

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New Mexico official delays vote over stream access issue

ALBUQUERQUE — The debate over whether the public has a right to fish or float streams and other waterways that flow through private property has percolated for decades in many western U.S. states. It has reached a boiling point in New Mexico, but a resolution has been delayed again. The state Game Commission chairwoman opted Friday to defer a vote on the applications of landowners seeking to prohibit public access to portions of streams that run through their property. She cited recent questions raised by critics about a potential conflict of interest. She denied having conflicts, but asked the attorney general's office for a review.

Former US congresswoman eyed for rural development post

LAS CRUCES — Former U.S. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Torres Small’s nomination on Friday. Supporters said her experience as a water rights attorney and her time on the House agriculture committee would serve her well if she’s confirmed. The Las Cruces Democrat served one-term in Congress before losing her re-election bid last year to Republican Yvette Herrell.

New Mexico water provider stops diverting from Rio Grande

ALBUQUERQUE — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers has stopped diverting from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. The curtailment that went into effect came about two weeks earlier than last year when New Mexico also was mired in drought. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says the curtailment likely will last until November. In the meantime, the utility will rely exclusively on groundwater it referred to as a “savings bank.” Customers are being asked to limit outdoor watering and conserve water when they can.

MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Arizona governor signs $100M wildfire funding plan

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation providing $100 million in funding this year to battle wildfires, react to the damage they cause and create a new force of more than 700 state inmates to clear brush. The Republican called the bill he signed at the Capitol an important step in bringing relief to rural communities impacted by a series of wildfires this year. The measure was rushed through a special legislative session as several wildfires are burning across the state. The $100 million appropriation includes $25 million to pay for state prisoners to clear brush and $75 million for firefighting, flood prevention and other recovery efforts.

19-year-old accused of firing at people across Phoenix area

PHOENIX — An Arizona teenager suspected of killing one person and injuring a dozen others during a 90-minute string of drive-by shootings in metropolitan Phoenix told police he believed people were after him because of his involvement in another shooting. That’s according to court documents released Friday. Nineteen-year-old Ashin Tricarico is accused of opening fire on vehicles and pedestrians from a white SUV in at least eight separate shootings in three cities that stoked fear throughout the region. The man who died was in a pickup truck that careened into a canal alongside a freeway. Police said he was shot in the neck.

Conservative activists heckle Pence at conference in Florida

ORLANDO — Some attendees at a conference in Florida for conservative activists heckled former Vice President Mike Pence during a speech. Several attendees shouted, “Traitor!” as Pence spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy Conference at a resort in Orlando. Pence ignored the shouts and plowed through his address. Many supporters of former President Donald Trump have been angry with Pence after the former vice president said he did not have the power to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. During the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, some angry protesters chanted, “Hang Mike Pence!”

Tropical weather lashes Gulf Coast with brisk winds, rain

NEW ORLEANS — High winds and heavy rains are striking coastal Louisiana and Mississippi as a disorganized and unpredictable tropical weather system churns through the Gulf of Mexico. The storm has forced the cancellation of Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and is threatening Father’s Day tourism in areas already suffering economic losses caused by coronavirus lockdowns. Forecasters say the storm is likely to dump anywhere from 5 inches to 10 inches of rain along parts of the Gulf Coast. Coastal surge flooding is possible and flash flood watches extended along the coast from southeast Louisiana into the Florida Panhandle and well inland into Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Georgia.

11 U.S. mayors commit to develop reparations pilot projects

SACRAMENTO — A group of 11 U.S. mayors has pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of black residents in their cities. The mayors have committed to form commissions to advise them on how to develop the programs. Once they can identify funding, the mayors say they will develop and implement programs to pay reparations to a cohort of residents. The mayors, who represent big cities and the tiny town of Tullahassee, Oklahoma, say their goal is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could operate. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are leading the group.

MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS

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Hong Kong court holds first hearing for Apple Daily execs

HONG KONG — The top editor of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper and the head of its parent company have been brought to court for their first hearing since their arrest under the city’s national security law. Ryan Law, the chief editor, and Cheung Kim-hung, the CEO of Next Digital, are charged with collusion with a foreign country to endanger national security in a case widely seen as an attack on press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Three others also arrested Thursday — two Apple Daily senior editors and another executive — have not been charged yet and were released on bail late Friday pending further investigation. The Apple Daily supported massive protests demanding more democracy in 2019 and has criticized the subsequent crackdown.

North Korean leader swears to overcome economic hardships

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has solemnly sworn to navigate his country out of deepening economic troubles as he concluded a major ruling party meeting, acknowledging food shortages and urging officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the U.S. North Korea’s state media released Kim’s comments shortly before President Joe Biden’s special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, arrived in South Korea on Saturday for talks over stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North. Kim Jong Un presided over a four-day plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, which he summoned to discuss efforts to salvage a dismal economy, hurt by years of mismanagement and U.S.-led sanctions that were made worse by pandemic border closures.

Apathy greets Iran presidential vote dominated by hard-liner

DUBAI — Iranians have voted in a presidential election dominated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s hard-line protege after the disqualification of his strongest competition. That fueled apathy that left some polling places largely deserted despite pleas to support the Islamic Republic at the ballot box. Opinion polling by state-linked organizations indicated that judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi — who is already under U.S. sanctions — was the front-runner in a field of only four candidates. Former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati is running as the moderate candidate but hasn’t inspired the same support as outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, who is term-limited from seeking the office again. The polls closed at 2 a.m. Saturday after the government extended voting by two hours.

UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly has condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country in a resolution demonstrating widespread global opposition to the junta and demanding the restoration of the country’s democratic transition. Supporters had hoped the 193-member world body would approve the resolution unanimously by consensus, but Belarus called for a vote. The measure was approved with 119 countries voting “yes,” Belarus voting “no,” and 36 countries abstaining. While not legally binding, the resolution reflects international condemnation of the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s party from power

Police say 17th century paintings found in highway dumpster

BERLIN — German police are appealing for information about the possible owners of two 17th-century paintings discovered in a highway rest stop dumpster. Police said Frida that a 64-year-old man found the oil paintings at the rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany last month. He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne. Police said an initial assessment by an art expert concluded that the two framed paintings were originals. One is a self-portrait by Pietro Belloti that shows the Italian artist smiling and dates to 1665. The other is a portrait of a boy by the 17th-century Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten.

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

  1. Should Republican candidates in New Mexico “reach across the partisan divide”?

  2. Do you follow NASCAR?

  3. Will water issues always limit Albuquerque’s growth?

  4. Is the U.S. still the global leader in innovation?

  5. Are tolls roads/freeways preferable to higher taxes?

  6. Did Xochitl Torres Small get her new gig because she was the best person for the job?

  7. Does Mike Pence deserve to be heckled?

  8. Best Kathleen Turner movie?

  9. Would you work in a jail or prison at any pay rate?

  10. Does New Mexico spend enough taxpayer revenue to fight wildfires?

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