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Did a MD GOP candidate lie about having a college degree? #integritymatters

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On his editorial board questionnaire for The Baltimore Sun (screenshot at the bottom of this post), Maryland State Senate candidate Don Quinn indicated he has a B.S. from Washington State University. His Linkedin profile (screenshot also below) indicates he has a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Washington State University and was there from 2008-2012. Other candidate profiles online, including this one, indicate that he graduated in 2014.

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Here’s what an official in the Office of the Registrar had to say when asked:

Donald Quinn has not received any degrees from Washington State University.

There is also no listing for Quinn in the online commencement guides at WSU. I’ve laid out the facts and I’ll let my readers decide whether Quinn lied. (The screenshots below are in case any changes get made now that I’ve written this.)

Quinn was also recently in the news when he was blasted on Red Maryland Radio last week for a palm card his campaign was distributing that seemed to attack his opponent, Senator John Astle, over his large gun collection.

Here’s the portion of the card with that claim:

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Quinn, who won the GOP primary by a narrow margin over Eric Knowles in June (despite being endorsed by both Bob Ehrlich and Michael Steele), encountered controversy during his primary campaign as well.

Among the things that I reported on Quinn before the primary:

  • Quinn’s residency was called into question and he was driving around a vehicle to events with Washington state plates.
  • He also only registered to vote on January 8, 2014 – the same day he filed to run for State Senate in District 30. He was still apparently registered in WA until then.
  • Quinn registered the domain name for the website FindLocalPot.com and before I pointed that fact out the website also had a copyright notice for his business on the site itself (that disappeared after my report.) Quinn claimed he just did the site for a client he didn’t name despite all the evidence to the contrary. Of course, after Quinn responded in the comments on that story, several comments were left using different names but the same IP address blasting me. These comments stopped when I pointed out the IP address being identical for all of them.
  • The Capital Gazette published a Fact Checker piece that largely agreed with what I wrote about the pot website.  In that piece Quinn claimed he had taken a leave of absence from his business in January, which doesn’t match his spin in the comments on my original piece. Of course, the business was registered in Wyoming and that state dissolved the whole company in January for non-payment of taxes.

As a result of all of this Quinn, a candidate for Senate, took to his campaign website and published a screed attacking a lowly, obscure blogger (me.) It’s a pretty amusing rant to read despite all the falsehoods in it (and yes I saved a copy of it in case it disappears too.) I’m sure the Knowles campaign would’ve been surprised to know about me supporting Knowles after all the abuse they heaped on me when I questioned the timing of when Knowles endorsed Steve Schuh for County Executive.

I stated clearly more than once before the primary that I gave Knowles and Quinn both no chance to take down Astle in November. Knowles’ defense of Michael Peroutka since and Quinn’s attack on Astle for gun ownership show they both would have run into problems in the general election campaign.

This is an issue that should matter to voters, activists, and officials in both party, since it’s an issue of integrity. This is the reason vetting of candidates is a crucial issue for the Republican Party in Maryland.  Otherwise you end up with candidates like Janice Fountaine or you have a state party that attempts to get Michael Peroutka to run for Attorney General.

With all this being said, I would hope generally the Republicans running for the Maryland General Assembly make gains this year. I just don’t expect it to happen in District 30 (I didn’t expect it to there no matter who won the primary.) I’ll be focusing primarily on Democrats and the O’Malley-Brown machine’s attempt to get a third term as governor for the rest of the campaign season this year.

The promised screenshots are below the fold.

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AP drops ISIL moniker – now refers to them as “Islamic State group”

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Associated Press blog:

Back in June we talked in this blog about AP’s preferred abbreviation for the fast-growing Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria, known variously at the time as ISIL and ISIS. We explained why our preference was ISIL.

Things then changed with ISIL’s decision in July to rebrand itself as the “Islamic State.” In a recent story, we explained that AP now refers to the organization as “the Islamic State group” (not simply “the Islamic State”) and the reason for this approach.

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Prior to the group’s self-declared rebranding in July, The Associated Press opted to refer to it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, believing it was the most accurate translation.

The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.

So they changed the name to match what the group calls itself basically. When do they start using the term pro-life instead of anti-abortion now?

Police: Woman wanted to shoot pregnant woman and take her baby

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Police in Berkeley County, South Carolina arrested Julie Marie Gookins (above) on Thursday after she allegedly pointed a gun at the stomach of an 8-months pregnant woman. Gookins was charged with kidnapping, burglary, weapons charges, and attempted murder. A judge denied bond to Gookins in a court hearing Friday.

The 26-year old victim told police that Gookins approached her while she was unloading groceries from her vehicle in the garage. The victim said that Gookins pointed the gun at her stomach and told her to go to the backyard or she would shoot the woman and her unborn child. After they went to the backyard, the victim said she was able to knock the magazine off the gun and then threw the gun into a pond. Police say a neighbor heard the disturbance, stopped Gookins as she was attemtping to leave, and held her down until police arrived. The victim did not require medical attention.

During the bond hearing Friday, the victim told the judge that she was afraid Gookins would kill her if she got out of jail. Police said that information from witnesses and evidence gathered indicated that Gookins wanted to kidnap the victim, then kill her and take the baby.

Ben Carson’s Gaffes

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My latest piece in The Ring at Practical Politicking discusses Dr. Ben Carson’s history of gaffes over the past couple of years and how they are evidence that so far he isn’t mounting a serious or credible campaign for President in 2016.

An excerpt:

[Matt] Lewis also noted that Carson would be “easily dismissed as a crank” if he stayed on the path he was on. It would appear that Carson hasn’t not changed course since Lewis made these remarks. While he may be good for a sound bite and throwing out red meat on the stump, this won’t make him a serious or credible candidate unless he makes changes quickly.

I previously wrote a feature article for Practical Politicking looking into whether Carson is a serious candidate. Today’s piece on his gaffes is a followup to that original piece.

Juveniles charged with burning down Tom Clancy’s home

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WBAL:

Two male juveniles in southern Maryland have been charged with arson for setting the fire that burned down the unoccupied estate of Tom Clancy in Calvert County.

The two boy, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with Arson 2nd Degree for their involvement with igniting the blaze that destroyed a two story unoccupied wood frame dwelling of the famed writer’s estate.

The fire marshal says the fire last [F]riday was brought under control withing 15 minutes but caused $149,000 in damages.

I’m not sure whether Clancy was still living in the Calvert County home much before his death last year or if he was living in his luxury penthouse in Baltimore primarily. I do remember there were reports when he was still married to his first wife that she purchased him a restored Sherman tank that was on the grounds of the mansion. There were even news reports discussing the house itself, which was the inspiration for the waterfront home that Clancy protagonist Jack Ryan owned in some of Clancy’s novels.

The Quinton Report featured as a NewsBusters Editors’ Pick again

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 Newsbusters featured a post from The Quinton Report in their Editors’ Picks yesterday. They referred to my post as, “Beretta moving all manufacturing out of Md. for gun-friendly Tennessee.” My original title was, “Beretta moving all of its manufacturing out of Maryland due to anti-gun laws.”

Here’s where they mentioned it:
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Twitchy also mentioned The Quinton Report on this subject.

Anti-Israel protest organized by Marxists

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WBAL’s George Lettis reported last night on pro-Israel and “pro-Palestinian” events in the Baltimore area yesterday. The pro-Israel event was in Owings Mills and included a crowd of hundreds and a speaker from the Israeli Embassy. He also reported on a “pro-Palestinian” event in downtown Baltimore that appeared to include no more than a handful of people.

Here’s the excerpt of the WBAL story that refers to the “pro-Palestinian” protesters:

Meanwhile, a modest group of pro-Palestinian protesters at the Inner Harbor had a much different view of the conflict and berated America’s support of Israel.

“Israel has bombs and nuclear weapons furnished to them by the United States, and my tax dollars were paying for that while children in this country are going hungry and don’t have any place to live. They’re going to give money to Israel to bomb women and children,” said pro-Palestinian protester Lee Patterson.

“I’m making the analogy of kids throwing rocks against somebody using a gun. I mean, yes, Hamas is shooting rockets over as more of an act of defiance, and if you’re an occupied people, you have a right to resist,” said pro-Palestinian protester Steven Ceci.

You can note in the picture above that Ceci’s sign also mentions the border crisis and one of the protesters seen in the video is holding a Jobs Not Jail sign. Another sign appears not to be related to the issue at hand either, but this is typical of progressive protests.

One thing Lettis didn’t note in his report is the event was sponsored by the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly (PPA) (they had an event page for “Stop the War on Children! From Gaza to the U.S./Mexico Border to Baltimore!”) I noted before that Ian Duncan of The Baltimore Sun also neglected some of the Marxist ties involved in a story   on the PPA”s planned George Zimmerman protest until after I detailed them.

Ceci is with the Baltimore PPA and he even included a comment on my original post confirming that he is a “communist” and the PPA is affiliated with the Workers World Party (WWP.) I noted the connections between the Baltimore PPA and the Baltimore WWP at the time as well. Other organizations that are connected to the PPA and its Solidarity Center have included Occupy Baltimore, the SCLC, UPP, the Green Party.

Here’s what I wrote about these connections previously:

Additionally, the only “Like” that the Baltimore People’s Assembly makes on their page is the Facebook page of the Baltimore Worker’s World Party. The Baltimore WWP lists it’s physical address as the same location as the People’s Assembly Solidarity Center. They also have their website listed as the site of The Daily Worker.

The [Baltimore] WWP has traditional socialist and communist imagery on their Facebook page including a cover photo of mass murderer Che Guevara.

The Workers World Party split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1959. The split was partly because of the SWP’s support of Henry Wallace in the 1948 election and because the SWP was supporting Mao Zedong in China. Since then the WWP has supported Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jong-Il. They also supported the Chinese crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989. Additionally, WWP supported the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground.

One of the other groups affiliated with the People’s Power Assembly in Baltimore is Occupy Baltimore. Occupy Baltimore made the news for many things – including discouraging police reports of sexual assault.

This post was written to provide background that George Lettis of WBAL didn’t provide on these protests.

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.)

 

1997: Elijah Cummings talked about ‘horror stories’ of ‘dreaded’ IRS audits

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I noted previously that there was a time when Congressman Elijah Cummings owed the IRS $30,000 in back taxes. When I wrote about that, I also pointed out some 1997 comments he made about the IRS in a column published in the Baltimore Afro-American.

From that column, as noted by The Baltimore Sun in 1999:

All of us pay taxes. Many of us share a paralyzing fear that we have made a mistake when we file our tax return by the April deadline. We have all heard the horror stories of the dreaded audit or the mistake made by the IRS and the years it took to fix it.

This is in contrast to comments made recently by Cummings. In fact, last night he was almost in tears as he apologized for IRS commissioner John Koskinen being put through “hell” by being asked hard questions by Rep. Trey Gowdy and other Republicans.

Watch those remarks below:

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.