The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, July 13th, 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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No, liberty is not made for us: we are too ignorant, too vain, too presumptuous, too cowardly, too vile, too corrupt, too attached to rest and to pleasure, too much slaves to fortune to ever know the true price of liberty. We boast of being free! To show how much we have become slaves, it is enough just to cast a glance on the capital and examine the morals of its inhabitants.
— Jean-Paul Marat
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunshine and some clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Tuesday, July 13th, the 194th day of 2021. There are 171 days left in the year. It is International Rock Day, National French Fries Day, Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, and Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.
This Day in History
In 1787, the Continental Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance, establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also established procedures for the admission of new states and limited the expansion of slavery.
In 1793, journalist and revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat was assassinated in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday.
In 1863, in New York City, opponents of conscription began three days of rioting.
In 1956, the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence — the the first conference on the subject — began.
In 1973, Alexander Butterfield revealed the existence of a secret Oval Office taping system to investigators of the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1977, amidst a period of financial and social turmoil, New York City experienced an electrical blackout lasting nearly 24 hours. It induced widespread fires and looting.
In 1985, Vice President George H. W. Bush became the Acting President for a day when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery.
In 2020, after a five-day search, the body of actress and singer Naya Rivera was recovered from Lake Piru in California.
This Day in Music History
In 1897, a patent was granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for transmitting electrical signals, leading to the invention of radio.
In 1959, The Shirelles released “Dedicated to the One I Love.”
In 1973, Bob Dylan released Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, the soundtrack album for the Sam Peckinpah-directed movie of the same name.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts, to raise money for the hungry in Africa, took place in Philadelphia and London. The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan all took part.
In 2000, James Brown was formally charged with assaulting an employee of South Carolina Electric and Gas with a steak knife, after he visited Brown’s Beech Island estate to check on reports that he was without electricity.
In 2013, Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol. The 31-year-old actor played Finn Hudson on the popular Fox musical series.
Actor Patrick Stewart is 81. Actor Harrison Ford is 79. Actor Richard Anthony “Cheech” Marin is 75. Boxer Michael Spinks is 65. Actor and comedian Tom Kenny is 59.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFING
Las Cruces area in clean-up mode day after powerful storms
LAS CRUCES — Residents in Las Cruces were picking up the pieces Monday, a day after a powerful storm left a trail of toppled trees, washed out roads and downed power lines. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports crews around the city are hauling away massive trees and other debris. The Sunday storm originated in the Roswell and Clovis areas but then picked up steam over the Sacramento Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. The result was a massive storm system that brought powerful winds and rain. The weather has also led the New Mexico Department of Transportation to shut down US 70 at San Augustin Pass.
US drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge
BILLINGS, Mont. — Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president. That finding from an Associated Press analysis of government drilling data underscores President Joe Biden’s reluctance in the face of resistance to more forcefully curb fossil fuels. The Interior Department approved about 2,500 permits to drill on public and tribal lands in the first six months of the year. That includes more than 2,100 approvals since Biden took office January 20. New Mexico and Wyoming had the largest number of approvals.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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Collapsed condo: Weighing how to honor dead at ‘holy site’
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Even as crews are continuing their search for the last remaining souls that perished in the collapse of condominium town in Surfside, Florida, questions are swirling across the community about what to do with the property. Mayor Charles Burkett and others are referring to the ground where the tragedy struck as a “holy site.” There is already talk about erecting a memorial at the site. Officials say it's too soon to decide what form that remembrance will take. The number of confirmed deaths rose to 94 on Monday, and authorities say 22 other people are unaccounted for.
Governor taps federal cash to boost unemployment fund
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has tapped into a pot of emergency federal cash to refill the state unemployment insurance trust fund. The governor on Monday deposited $759 million from the $4.8 billion Arizona received from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan into the trust fund. The move brings the fund above the level it was before the pandemic hit in March 2020 and soaring unemployment nearly erased the fund’s balance. Ducey’s action is designed to prevent insurance premiums paid by businesses from soaring. And it came on the same week that an extra $300 per week in pay for unemployed workers will stop under a Ducey order designed to force people to return to work.
San Francisco sees rise in shootings, aggravated assaults
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco saw an increase in shootings in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The city also saw a slight uptick in aggravated assaults like those seen in viral videos that have drawn national attention. But Police Chief Bill Scott said Monday retail robberies have declined despite brazen thefts caught on video. Scott said there were 119 shootings in the first half of the year, compared to 58 in 2020. The number includes both fatal and nonfatal shootings. The chief used the news conference to push for more officers amid left-wing activists’ lobbying to cut police funding.
Radio host Larry Elder enters California recall election
LOS ANGELES — Conservative talk show host Larry Elder is entering the California recall election aimed at removing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The 69-year-old attorney and author joins a large Republican field that so far has no clear front-runner. He says he decided to enter his first campaign after witnessing California’s out-of-control homeless crisis, spiking crime rates and whipsaw coronavirus lockdowns. Newsom was elected in a 2018 landslide in the heavily Democratic state. The recall election scheduled for Sept. 14 gained strength following school and business closures during the pandemic that upended life for millions of Californians.
Alonso bests Mancini, Ohtani for 2nd straight HR Derby title
DENVER — Pete Alonso danced to his second straight Home Run Derby title, besting Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini and Juan Soto on a night of record long balls in the thin Rocky Mountain air of Coors Field. The New York Mets first baseman hit 74 total home runs and beat Mancini 23-22 in the final round, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles. Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 after the first two minutes of the final round, then hit six homers on six swings over the first 28 seconds of his final minute.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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At least 8 dead in hotel collapse in eastern China
BEIJING — Authorities say at least eight people have died and nine remained missing in a hotel collapse in Suzhou city in eastern China. The city government said the building collapsed Monday afternoon. Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twenty-three people were trapped. Six have been rescued. Most were hotel guests. More than 600 people including earthquake rescue teams and 120 vehicles have been mobilized for the operation. Suzhou city is in Jiangsu province near Shanghai.
Police patrol Havana in large numbers after rare protests
HAVANA — Large contingents of Cuban police are patrolling the capital of Havana following rare protests around the island nation against food shortages and high prices. Cuba’s president says the demonstrations were stirred up on social media by Cuban Americans in the United States. Many young people took part in the Sunday protests in Havana, which disrupted traffic until police moved in after several hours and broke up the march when a few protesters threw rocks. That demonstration and others in communities around the tightly controlled country marked some of the biggest displays of anti-government sentiment in decades.
Mexico: 68 activists, 43 journalists killed since late 2018
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government says 68 activists have been killed during the current administration, and 43 journalists have been murdered. The totals include those killed since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018. The issue came to a head in late May and early June, when in the space of a month, three activists were gunned down in separate incidents. López Obrador has promised to protect journalists, but critics have questioned whether the government is doing enough. The Interior Department said Monday that 1,478 activists and journalists are currently receiving government protection, but nine of those killed were in that program.
Japan’s gov’t sees Taiwan tensions as regional security risk
TOKYO — Japan believes rising tension surrounding Taiwan requires its attention “with a sense of crisis” as China intensifies military activities in the area and the United States steps up support for the self-governing island. Japan’s concerns about Taiwan, Beijing’s growing rivalry with the United States and China’s military building were included in a Defense Ministry paper adopted Tuesday by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet. The paper said stabilizing the situation in Taiwan was important for Japan’s security. The paper also noted China’s increased military capability and the lack of clarity to its defense spending were concerning.
Lawyers: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to face more corruption charges
BANGKOK — Lawyers for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi say they have been informed by the military-installed government that four new charges of corruption have been filed against her. The military overthrew Suu Kyi’s elected government in February and arrested her and top members of her National League for Democracy party. Since then, the new government has filed a number of criminal charges against Suu Kyi and several of her colleagues. Suu Kyi’s supporters and independent analysts say the charges are an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military’s seizure of power. She is currently on trial on charges of sedition and several minor offenses.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
What should be done with the site of the collapsed condominium in Florida?
Will Gavin Newsom be recalled?
What kinds of content do you listen to via radio?
Barbershop music — charming or lame?
Was Ronald Reagan a great president?
Why do people reject liberty?
Harrison Ford’s best role?
Patrick Stewart’s best role?
What do you know about Nathan Bedford Forrest?
Why does the United States government defend wealthy counties like Taiwan?