The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, September 8th 2021

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Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.

— T. S. Eliot


Forecast from the KIVA Weather StationSunny skies. High 92F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Today is Wednesday, September 8th, the 251st day of 2021. There are 114 days left in the year. It is National Actors Day, National Ampersand Day, Pardon Day, Star Trek Day, International Literacy Day, and World Physical Therapy Day.

This Day in History

In 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded St. Augustine, Florida.

In 1781, the Battle of Eutaw Springs, the Revolutionary War’s last significant battle in the Southern theater, ended in a narrow British tactical victory.

In 1810, the Tonquin set sail from New York with 33 employees of John Jacob Astor’s newly created Pacific Fur Company on board. After a six-month journey around the tip of South America, the ship arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River and Astor’s men established the town of Astoria, Oregon.

In 1863, a small Confederate force thwarted a Union invasion of Texas in the Second Battle of Sabine Pass.

In 1888, the body of Jack the Ripper’s second murder victim, Annie Chapman, was found.

In 1900, a powerful hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, killing thousands of people.

In 1914, Private Thomas Highgate became the first British soldier executed for desertion during World War I.

In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.

In 1935, U.S. Senator Huey Long (D-LA) was fatally shot in Louisiana’s capitol.

In 1944, a V-2 rocket struck London for the first time.

In 1954, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) was established.

In 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated.

In 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office.

In 1975, U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appears in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time with the headline “I Am a Homosexual.” He was given a general discharge, later upgraded to honorable.

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park closed for the first time in history due to fires.

In 1994, USAir Flight 427, on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport, suddenly crashed, killing all 132 aboard.

In 2016, NASA launched OSIRIS-REx, its first asteroid sample-return mission.

This Day in Music History

In 1932, Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia.

In 1955, trying to hide the wrinkles in his suit, Chuck Berry did the duck walk for the first time.

In 1978, David Bowie released his second live album, Stage. It was recorded at concerts in Philadelphia, Providence, and Boston.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley made their first public appearance as a married couple at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jackson infamously planted a sloppy smooch on his bride.

Today’s Birthdays

Bernie Sanders, a hobo from Vermont who serves in the U.S. Senate, is 80. Historian, author, and founder of The Skeptics Society Michael Shermer is 67. Actor David Arquette is 50. Actor Martin Freeman is 50.



  1. Restaurant Ends 18-Month Standoff With MLG Over Mask Mandate, Permanently Closes

  2. Albuquerque city council to vote on potential speed vans

  3. Albuquerque police horses deterring crime: ‘It’s like foot patrol on steroids’

  4. State Fair organizers say they’ve got plenty of entertainment options

  5. NMSU invests nearly $1.5 million in free iPads for all freshmen

  6. Large Crowd Attends Tuesday’s Anti-COVID Vaccine Mandate Rally At Ashley Pond

  7. Census: Clovis’ population up slightly

  8. Census: Tucumcari’s population drops

  9. Petition to form grand jury to investigate Lujan Grisham filed

  10. Congresswomen differ over vetting of 2,000 Afghan refugees at Holloman AFB


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New Mexico police probe officer-involving fatal shooting

MORIARTY — New Mexico State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old suspect who fired at a SWAT team during a standoff with Albuquerque police. The victim who fired multiple shots at officers responding to a domestic violence call at a residence in Moriarty Monday night was identified as Cimmeron Christy of Moriarty. He was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries sometime after 10 p.m. No deputies or officers were injured. Police said Tuesday state police, Torrance County deputies and an Albuquerque Police Department SWAT team were attempting to negotiate a peaceful surrender when Christy fired the shots toward the officers and they returned fire.

New Mexico repeat offender has long record in three states

ALBUQUERQUE — Police have arrested a suspect in a burglary at houses in northwest Albuquerque who has been arrested more than two dozen times on a variety of sex, fraud and burglary charges in New Mexico, Nevada and Washington. Police said 30-year-old Morgan Fuller has been arrested in New Mexico six times since June 11. The the most recent was Saturday on two counts each of burglary and larceny in connection with the theft of two electrical breakers removed from the two houses in Albuquerque. Earlier this summer, he was arrested on battery, larceny, shoplifting charges in Bernalillo County, where he’s been booked into the county jail 17 times.

Police arrest 1, seeking 1 in Las Cruces fatal shooting

LAS CRUCES — Police have arrested a 28-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting last month in Las Cruces and are asking for the public’s help in locating a second suspect. Las Cruces police said they arrested Hector Victor Calderon on Saturday. They charged him with one count of open murder, two counts of conspiracy and one count of tampering with evidence in the killing of 40-year-old Ezekiel Diaz on Aug. 16. They said they have issued an arrest warrant on the same charges for a 29-year-old man. They warned Tuesday that the second suspect may be armed and should be considered dangerous.


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VT state troopers accused in fake vaccine card scheme resign

WATERBURY, Vt. — State police say three Vermont state troopers who are accused of being involved in a scheme to create fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards have resigned. Troopers Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned on Aug. 10. Trooper David Pfindel resigned on Sept. 3. State police said that the three troopers are suspected of having varying roles in the making of fraudulent vaccination cards. A fellow trooper told supervisors about the alleged scheme. An email seeking comment from the Vermont Troopers Association was not immediately returned on Tuesday. Federal authorities are investigating the allegations.

After Ida deaths, Louisiana revokes nursing home licenses

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana health officials are revoking the licenses of seven nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse where residents died after Hurricane Ida amid conditions deemed squalid and unsafe. The Louisiana Department of Health said it alerted the nursing homes of the action on Tuesday. Health Department Secretary Courtney Phillips said in a statement that the homes “clearly failed to execute their emergency preparedness plans to provide essential care and services to their residents.” Seven residents died after being evacuated. State health officials and Attorney General Jeff Landry have launched an investigation into the deaths.

Gambling wave coming to NFL TV screens, but in moderation

Al Michaels no longer has to subtly refer to the point spread if a game comes down to the wire on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Now he can refer to it directly without worrying about drawing a comment from NFL officials in New York. Three years after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and allowed states to legalize sports betting, the NFL has embraced gambling as part of the landscape. Nowhere will that be more apparent than during pregame shows. The occasional mention during games and commercials as the point spread is no longer a taboo subject.

Britney Spears’s father files to end court conservatorship

LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears’s father has filed to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to end the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. The filing says that James Spears only wants what’s best for his daughter, and if she wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes she can handle her own life, he believes she should get that chance. Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. The next hearing in the case is set for Sept. 29. There was no immediate comment from the pop star’s attorney.

A fall movie season (like everything else) in flux

NEW YORK — The fall movie season — usually a reliable rhythm and cozy autumn comfort — is this year, like much of the past 18 months, a little disorienting. On the way are movies once planned to open as far back as April 2020, like No Time to Die, summer movies that hope to find better conditions in autumn, and films that have been shot and edited during the pandemic. What has coalesced is a movie mishmash — something much more robust than last fall’s cobbled-together, mostly virtual fall movie season. But the recent rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant has added new uncertainty to a time Hollywood had once hoped would be nearing normality.


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Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that abortion is not a crime

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion. The court on Tuesday unanimously annulled several provisions of a state law from Coahuila that had made abortion a criminal act. The decision immediately affects only that state on the Texas border, but court President Arturo Zaldívar says it establishes “obligatory criteria for all of the country’s judges,” compelling them to act the same way in similar cases. Only four Mexican states — Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Hidalgo — allow abortion in most circumstances. The other 28 states penalize abortion with some exceptions.

16 die as floods swamp public hospital in central Mexico

TULA, Mexico — Torrential rains in central Mexico have suddenly flooded a hospital, killing 16 patients. Officials say that the deaths Tuesday were possibly due to the loss of oxygen equipment as the power went out. A video posted on social media accounts of the national Social Security Institute say about 40 other patients survived as waters rose swiftly in downtown Tula and flooded the public hospital around 6 a.m. Video recorded inside the hospital shows knee-deep water as staff frantically try to move patients. IMSS Director Zoé Robledo says the waters knocked out power to the area as well as the hospital’s generators. Patients have been moved to other health centers.

Emotions raw before Paris trial for Islamic State carnage

PARIS — Survivors of Islamic State group’s 2015 attack on Paris and those who mourn the 130 people killed that night are bracing for a long-awaited trial that starts this week in Paris. A cell of nine Islamic State militants armed with automatic rifles and explosive vests left a trail of dead and injured at the national stadium, bars and restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall on Nov. 13, 2015. Nearly all the attackers were from France or Belgium as were the cell’s 10th member who is the only one still alive. He is the chief defendant among 20 people charged in a trial that is expected to last nine months. A special secure court in Paris was constructed just to hold the trial.

At Brazil rallies, Bolsonaro deepens rift with Supreme Court

BRASILIA — Tens of thousands of supporters of Brazil’s embattled President Jair Bolsonaro heeded his call and turned out at Independence Day rallies as he stepped up his attacks on the Supreme Court and threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. Bolsonaro has been locked in a feud with the court, in particular a justice who has jailed several of the president’s supporters for allegedly financing, organizing or inciting violence or anti-democratic acts, or disseminating false information. In calling on his followers to take to the streets Tuesday, Bolsonaro had stirred fear that the demonstrations could erupt in violence. But by late afternoon, there were no reports of any serious violence.

Early stumble as El Salvador starts Bitcoin as currency

SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador has become the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours. President Nayib Bukele said the digital wallet used for transactions was not functioning. For part of Tuesday morning, El Salvador’s president became tech support for a nation stepping into the world of cryptocurrency. Bukele marshaled his Twitter account  to walk users through what was happening. Bukele explained that the digital wallet Chivo had been disconnected while server capacity was increased. The president said it was a relatively simple problem. Bukele says, “We prefer to correct it before we connect it again.”


  1. How does the “Los Alamos Reporter” know that “early” in yesterday’s call-out, “many in attendance were not Lab employees”?

  2. Have you seen the restored V-2 rocket at the White Sands Missile Range Museum?

  3. Do you think you’ll spend your final years in a nursing home?

  4. Is it possible that someone is paying for NMSU’s “free” iPads?

  5. Are you a believer or a skeptic?

  6. Best Star Trek captain?

  7. If you live in New Mexico, are you thinking about “closing up shop and moving to Florida”?

  8. What would The King have thought about Lisa Marie marrying Michael Jackson?

  9. Ever met a big-name actor?

  10. Do you bet on the NFL?

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