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The Quinton Report on Beretta featured by Twitchy

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Earlier today, a post at Twitchy included a tweet I made linking to my previous story, “Beretta moving all of its manufacturing out of Maryland due to anti-gun laws.”

Beretta USA is moving all of its manufacturing to a new plant being built in Gallatin, Tennessee. The current plant is in Accokeek, Maryland.

Nanny State: Mexico bans soda ads – is the US next?

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The Daily Beast reports on a BBC story:

After surpassing the U.S. as the most obese country in the world in 2013, Mexico is taking action against ads for high-calorie food and soft drinks. Ads featuring those items will be banned on TV between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. The ads will also be restricted in movie theaters. Mexicans, who have the highest rate of diabetes in the world, are also the world’s largest consumers of sugary drinks, with an average of 43 gallons per person a year. The ban comes a year after the government added taxes to high-calorie foods and sugary drinks to combat obesity.

The U.S. has already messed around with print and television ads for different classes of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, so with the current emphasis by liberal nanny-staters, including First Lady Michelle Obama, on obesity I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in the U.S.

Howard County Executive (and candidate for Maryland Lt. Governor) Ken Ulman would probably be all for it after the county enacted a ban on sugary drinks that resulted in vendors not being allowed to sell anything but diet soda at a recent Fourth of July event. Luckily, sanity prevailed and Mike Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks in NYC was struck down in court. DC considered a similar ban.

Florida tops list of scariest states

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Estately ranked the 10 Scariest States in America and Florida topped the list at #1.

Florida’s entry:

The most dangerous state in America is the most likely place to experience a real life Sharknado. Or even a Sharkicane. Both are sometimes accompanied by Sharkning, which is terrifying.

Hurricanes—1st, Shark Attacks—1st, Tornadoes—1st, Lightning3rd, Spiders—5th

The complete top ten:

  1. Florida
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama
  6. North Carolina
  7. California
  8. South Carolina
  9. Mississippi
  10. Virginia

From South Carolina’s listing:

The only thing we have to fear in South Carolina is just about everything.

Murderers—3rd, Shark Attacks—4th, Hurricanes—5th, Spiders—5th, Meth Users—7th

Maryland ranked 25th:

At least there are no bears in Baltimore.

Lightning—5th, Murderers—7th, Dentists—8th

Here are the criteria used:

  1. Bears:  Estimated black bear population per 10,000 square miles (source: Black Bear Society).
  2. Clowns:  The number of clowns per capita available for hire (source: National Clown Directory).
  3. Prison:  Incarceration rate per capita (source: U.S. Department of Justice).
  4. Flying:  Total airline passenger boardings among the 62 largest U.S. airports in 2013 (source: F.A.A.)
  5. Hurricanes:  The number of direct hurricane hits for individual states from 1851-2004 (source:  N.O.A.A.).
  6. Shark Attacks:  Total number of unprovoked shark attacks from 1837-2013 (source: Florida University International Shark Attack File).
  7. Spiders:  Total number of venomous spider species (source: Venombyte).
  8. Snakes:  Total number of venomous snake species (source: Venombyte).
  9. Dentists:  Active dentists per capita (source: Center for Disease Control).
  10. Tornadoes: Average number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles (source: N.O.A.A.).
  11. Heights: Combined rankings for total number of skyscrapers over 700 feet and number of topographically prominent American mountain summits on list of top 50 (sources:  Wikipedia and Wikipedia).
  12. Meth Labs:  Total meth lab busts and seizures in 2012 (source: Huffington Post).
  13. Lightning:  Total number of injuries and deaths caused by lightning between 1959 and 1994 (source:  N.O.A.A.).

Here are the complete rankings:

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The concert event of the summer: SlutRock D.C. 2014

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They don’t have the website (or is it a domain issue?) that they advertised on a banner at a past event in DC, but SlutWalkDC is still active on Facebook and has recently rescheduled an upcoming event so college students will be back in town for it at the end of the summer.

The event, SlutRock D.C. 2014, will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.

Few details are available on the concert yet:

SlutWalk with a concert twist! More details coming soon!

I’ve requested comment from the National Park Service regarding this event and the status of any and all applicable permits that might have been applied for or granted.

Where’s James Watt when you need him?

(Note for the sarcasm-impaired: I used a great deal of it in the subject line.)

 

Watch Dolly Parton play the Benny Hill Show theme song

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Trey Barrineau of the Entertain This! blog at USA Today reports:

Parton picked up a tiny saxophone covered in rhinestones (of course) and played the goofy “Boots” Randolph instrumental hit from 1963 that’s now probably best known as the theme music to the lowbrow British comedy series The Benny Hill Show.

Here’s the video:

7 Facts you should know about the U.S. Army on its 239th Birthday

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Saturday (June 14, 2014) is the 239th Army Birthday (and it’s also Flag Day.) Here are some facts about the United States Army that you may or may not know already.

  1. Almost 70% of all Medals of Honor have been awarded to soldiers in the U.S. Army. Figures from August 2013 show that 2,403 Medals of Honor had been awarded to soldiers while 3,468 had been awarded to service members in all branches combined. 1198 of the Army Medal of Honor recipients were awarded the medal for actions during the Civil War.
  2. The youngest officer to become a General in the Army was only 20 years old. Galusha Pennypacker, of Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army at the age of 16 in 1861. He received a brevet promotion in January 1865 to Brigadier General after the Battle of Fort Fisher. He received a full promotion to that rank a month later and also received the Medal of Honor for those actions. After the war, he continued in the regular Army as a Colonel. George Armstrong Custer was also one of the youngest officers promoted to general during the Civil War. He was promoted from Captain to Brigadier General only three days before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
  3.  Henry “Hap” Arnold was the only person to hold the rank of five-star general in two branches of the military. Arnold became a five-star general (General of the Army) and was only behind Marshall, MacArthur, and Eisenhower in seniority at that rank. He retired in 1946 and a law passed by Congress in 1949 made his last rank General of the Air Force – since the Air Force didn’t exist as a separate branch until 1947.
  4. The oldest active duty regiment in the Army is the Old Guard. The Old Guard has been designated as the 3rd Infantry Regiment since 1815. Before that, it was organized as the First American Regiment in 1784. There have been five Medal of Honor recipients who served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment – the last was during Vietnam. In addition to the ceremonial units at Fort Myer adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment is at Fort Lewis, Washington. That battalion is equipped with Stryker armored fighting vehicles (wheeled) and is part of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. UPDATE: One highly-knowledgeable reader points out that the “oldest continuously-serving unit in the Regular Army is D Battery, 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery” that was formed as Alexander Hamilton’s Battery during the Revolution.
  5. The earliest actions that an African-American soldier received the Medal of Honor for resulted in William H. Carney receiving the MOH. While he actually received the Medal in 1900, the actions he earned it for took place on July 18, 1863 at Battery Wagner on Morris Island in South Carolina. Carney served in the 54th Massachusetts, the unit immortalized in the movie Glory.
  6. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an Army operation. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark could choose any member of the Regular Army or the Militia to be a member of their Corps of Discovery. The expedition was funded by the War Department and the Army Quartermaster procured supplies for it. The soldiers were split into squads and were in uniform for the whole expedition.
  7. The Army Astronaut Badge is said to be the rarest badge issued by the U.S. Army. As of 2008, around 15 soldiers had earned it. Most of them have been graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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May 2014: Another record month for The Quinton Report

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Site traffic for The Quinton Report in May surpassed the previous monthly site traffic record set earlier this year in March.

Here are the top 20 posts, based on traffic, from May:

  1. It’s Memorial Day, not Veterans Day (and why that distinction is important)
  2. UMBC student Matt Vesely missing – last seen in Perry Hall, MD (a post when he was found ranked highly too)
  3. 47% of Maryland residents would leave if they could
  4. A note about Ryan Miner
  5. Maryland tied for “most gerrymandered state”
  6. Clayton Kelly, Chris McDaniel, and rumors about Thad Cochran
  7. Larry Hogan, “a businessman, not a politician”, filed for bankruptcy
  8. Catholic blogger mistakes Memorial Day for Veterans Day; then politicizes it
  9. Schuh’s campaign gets it wrong on Constitution, Pledge
  10. Baltimore mayor shows her ignorance of farms
  11. ‘Total victory’ for pro-life pregnancy centers in Montgomery County case
  12. Charles Lollar earns a D+ from the NRA
  13. Prankster invades O’Malley’s Reddit AMA
  14. Is this church ad over the line or just tacky?
  15. Hogan internal poll memo omits GOP primary; shows him losing in November
  16. More on Larry Hogan’s Campaign Staff and Consultants
  17. GOP calls on O’Malley appointee to resign over campaign sign theft charges
  18. Opponents call for investigation into Hogan’s campaign finances
  19. Union-connected O’Malley appointee charged with campaign sign theft
  20. Sarah Silverman refers to the unborn as “goo” on Bill Maher

You’re Doing Twitter Wrong

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Rusty Blazenhoff of CNET has the details on a video by the comedy duo Tripp and Tyler:

In their latest video, sketch-comedy duo Tripp and Tyler confront each other on all the offensive ways they’ve been using Twitter. Yes, they are speaking to each other, but make no mistake, this eye-opening piece is really directed at you, dear self-proclaimed social-media guru.

Here’s the video:

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to speak at GOP conference later this week

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Robert Stacy McCain breaks the news that Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is speaking at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans later this week.

More on the event:

Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson family and star of the series “Duck Dynasty,” will address the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference, Thursday May 29th at 6pm. Also speaking on Thursday evening are RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ron Johnson and Ben Sasse.


Other Speakers at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference include Governor Rick Perry, Governor Phil Bryant, US Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, & David Vitter; Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Allen West! The Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans has become one of the premier political events in the country. 

McCain will be covering the event on his blog, The Other McCain.

Sarah Silverman refers to the unborn as “goo” on Bill Maher

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Mediaite reports on Sarah Silverman’s appearance on Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. The report indicates that Silverman told Maher about her pro-abortion fundraiser in Texas that was picketed by Westboro Baptist Church. Silverman seems to compare all pro-lifers to those protesters and shows her opinion on unborn children:

She said her aim is show these people “a human face to this side that they only know as ‘people who want to murder babies.’ And meanwhile, it’s goo. It’s goo that they’re so worried about. And they’re born, and it’s you’re on your own, slut.”

Silverman also said she had never had an abortion and was mocked by Maher about the way she admitted that fact:

“And the truth is, and I don’t like to admit this,” Silverman continued, “I’ve never had an abortion and I don’t know if I would. But it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t fight to the death for women to make their own choices for their own human bodies.”

“Thank you for being brave enough to admit you’ve never had an abortion,” Maher joked in response.

The fictional version of Sarah Silverman she portrayed on Comedy Central’s The Sarah SilvermanProgram in 2007 spoke of having had 3 abortions.