Baltimore: #10 Most Liberal City

Baltimore CityForbes.com lists the Most Conservative and Most Liberal Cities in America in a new feature. Baltimore ranks 10th on the Most Liberal Cities list.

The ranks are based on an article in The Economist, “which pulled data from an MIT study on how city governments reflect their constituents’ politics to produce a ranking of cities with populations of over 250,000.”

The cities ranking ahead of Baltimore are (from 9th to 1st): Buffalo, New York City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Boston, Oakland, Seattle, Washington (DC), and San Francisco.

The most conservative cities are (from 10th to 1st): Aurora (CO), Tulsa, Omaha, Anaheim, Arlington (TX), Jacksonville, Colorado Springs,  Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City, and Mesa (AZ).

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The last time the city had a mayor who wasn’t a Democrat was from 1963 to 1967. Republican Theodore McKeldin served his second stint as mayor those years. Other mayors since then have included Nancy Pelosi’s father, William Donald Schaefer, Curt Schmoke, and Martin O’Malley. Since O’Malley there was the criminal Sheila Dixon and the current incompetent chief executive Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Violent crime in the city is much higher than the national average. In 2015, there were 344 homicides. That is second only to 1993 when there were 353 homicides.

It’s the same city that had massive problems with its speed camera program. Member of City Council are also considering a $15 minimum wage and warnings labels on soda and other sugary drinks. The city is so liberal that the Georges Soros-founded Open Society Institute has a major outpost here.

Another example: then-President of City Council Stephanie Rawlings-Blake authored legislation at the behest of Planned Parenthood that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs. These signs had to note that the centers did not provide abortions or referrals for abortion. A similar law in Montgomery County was struck down. A lawsuit against the city by one of the centers has still not completed its way through the judicial system.

What do you expect from a city where Red Emma’s is the a liberal hangout in town and an openly Marxist group that helps stir up as many problems as possible?

O’Malley ally politicizes MD flood deaths

O'Malley ally Jim RosapepeState Senator Jim Rosapepe, Democratic Party ally of former governor and failed presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, has already politicized the deaths of Saturday night’s Ellicott City flooding.

The Baltimore Sun reports on Rosapepe’s comments implying climate change is at fault for the flooding that caused two deaths.

Specifically, Rosapepe asked, “Did climate change kill two people in Ellicott City this weekend?”

Other comments from Rosapepe in the article in The Sun:

“It would be very naive if we did not see this as part of climate change. Those of us who live upland are really impacted by climate change, and this is the perfect example.”

“It’s a little bit like terrorism, in that we don’t know what nut-job is going to shoot someone else. But we do know that there are nut-jobs out there that are likely to shoot someone. So we have to prepare ourselves.”

“Ellicott City was built for the climate of the 19th century. It’s beautiful, and that’s why we love it. But it needs to be built to be safe for the 21st century climate.”

Rosapepe’s Praise of O’Malley

In 2015, Rosapepe wrote what I termed a “love note” to O’Malley in The Hill ahead of what became an embarassing presidential campaign.

Among other things, he called O’Malley a “Pope Francis Democrat” wh o would run on his Catholic values – while ignoring the fact that Pope Francis has consistently spoken out against abortion and in favor of traditional marriage.

Rosapepe’s comments on the flooding in Ellicott City this weekend are channeling his hero O’Malley. O’Malley never let the chance to be a partisan hack go to waste. O’Malley even went after the George W. Bush administration well after they were gone from Washington during a press conference ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

It’s shameful that Rosapepe would give this interview less than 48 hours after two people lost their lives in Saturday night’s flooding.

DNC email: Cambridge, MD is a “shitty town”

DNCThe Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) finance director referred to Cambridge, Maryland as a “shitty town” in an email that was part of the #dncleaks earlier this week.

Cambridge, in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is home to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Harriet Tubman’s birthplace and a museum, several other museums, and many other attractions.

The Eastern Shore is a conservative area. It makes up most of the state’s First Congressional District, which is occupied by Republican Congressman Andy Harris.

The email was sent by Jordan Kaplan, National Finance Director of the DNC.

Capital News Service, via WTOP, had this to say about it:

National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan was asked by a colleague in May about his visit to Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“It was fine. Shitty town and were(sic) only stayed for a few hours. We spent the night in Annapolis.”

Read the whole email.

Other DNC Emails About Maryland

Other emails released by Wikileaks referred to Maryland politics. The Capital News Service story reported on them also.

In one email, Alexandra Shapiro (Mid-Atlantic Finance Director) wrote “This is just sad” when she forwarded an article about a Martin O’Malley fundraiser to retire campaign debt after he withdrew from the race.

Another email leaked involved O’Malley too. After O’Malley complained during a debate about not getting enough time, John Fritze asked the DNC about debate procedures. In a response that was referring to either O’Malley or Fritze, the party communications director Luis Miranda told a colleague, “Hilarious. What a joke that guy is. You can tell (Fritze) on background that it’s entirely up to the networks and leave it at that.”

In another message, DNC finance chief of staff Scott Comer described Chris Van Hollen’s primary victory in the Senate race this year as “so beautiful.”

Another message involves Steny Hoyer.

Brian Wilson of WMAL accused of harassment

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson is co-host, along with Larry O’Connor, of Mornings on the Mall on WMAL radio in Washington, DC. He previously worked at Fox News Channel as anchor and reporter.

On the heels of Roger Ailes’ departure from Fox amid sexual harassment allegations, an allegation has now been made against Brian Wilson by a former employee of the network.

The New York Times reported that Rudi Baktiar accused Wilson of improper behavior in 2006 and that she thinks she lost her job over reporting it. Wilson denied the accusation when contacted Friday.

Specficially, Bakhtiar claims that, while having coffee in her DC hotel lobby, Wilson told her he wanted to help her get a permanent job and then said, ““You know how I feel about you, Rudi.”

After that, Bakhtiar says Wilson repeated himself after her response. She alleges that she asked him what he meant and he responded:

“Well, I’d like to see the inside of your hotel room,” adding that he wanted a friends-with-benefits relationship.

Bakhtiar says she was told to report the incident to Human Resources and that her on-air appearances ended and she was eventually let go. The reason given for her firing was due to her job performance.

Wilson denied the allegations to the Times and said, “I take strong exception to the facts of the story as you have relayed it to me, period. Beyond that, I will have no further comment.”

Bakhtiar admits she is risking a lawsuit from the network for violating provisions of a settlement. She told the Times that her lawyer was contacted by Fox News after their inquiries.

The full story discusses an environment where sexual harassment was prevalent according to multiple former employees. These are the latest accusations following an internal investigation that started this week after former host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of harrasment. Reportedly, current host Megyn Kelly also alleged harassment by Ailes as part of the internal investigation.

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Wilson’s departure from Fox News made news too.

Howard Kurtz, who was then at The Washington Post, wrote:

Fox insiders say Wilson has had temper issues. In one story involving guns, they say, Wilson was furious after a producer removed the sound of gunfire from his taped piece, even going so far as to knock over file cabinets.

Another story by Betsy Rothstein, who was the editor of FishbowlDC then, noted:

As some may know, Wilson had a very brief stint as the DC Bureau chief, but things were turbulent. He had a number of personnel problems, including temper tantrums and threatening producers in the newsroom with his outbursts.

Another story at FishbowlDC included more details:

Insider reports reveal that Wilson went haywire when a producer tried to replace a shot in one of his TV packages. Wilson reportedly “yelled” and “kicked a chair.” The producer then went to Human Resources to report the incident. Next thing you know, Diane Brandi, of legal affairs in New York, comes to Washington. Sources say Fox News employees said they wouldn’t feel comfortable if Wilson returned to Fox News.

Politico reported in June 2007 on Wilson:

Brian Wilson has been the Fox News D.C. bureau chief for less than six months and already he’s making an impact. Two weeks ago, he had to write an apology letter to Rep. John Conyers for using B-roll of him that was intended to be footage of indicted Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson.

Wanted teen taunts police on Facebook Live

Facebook LiveFacebook Live is the latest outlet for criminals to be seen and heard. At left is a picture, provided by the Spartanburg County (SC) Sheriff’s Department, of Nicolas Shane Earnhart.

According to Fox Carolina, Earnhart went on Facebook Live Tuesday and taunted police. According to the reporter who saw the video, “Earnhart said he knew he was going to jail but authorities were going to have to come find him.”

Earnhart is wanted for multiple counts of breaking into a car, multiple counts of petit larceny, grand larceny, and burglary.

Police consider him armed and dangerous and previous media reports, including one by WSPA indicate that almost every picture he posts on social media includes him brandishing at least one weapon. WSPA also reported that one picture posted on Earnhart’s account showed an assault on a law enforcement officer. Upon further research, the latter appears to have been an emoji of a police offier next to the emoji of a gun with profanity written above it.

I have not been able to find an account for Earnhart doing a quick Facebook search. The local sheriff’s department posted numerous pictures and other information online.

Other Crimes and Criminals on Facebook Live

Before Facebook Live was a thing, a disgruntled employee at a Virginia television station gunned down two of his coworkers while they were doing a live shot on the air. He also posted the video to his Facebook account.

Other examples of crimes and terrorist attacks shown via Facebook Live:

  • The Paris attacks by ISIS were streamed live.
  • A Chicago man was murdered while streaming live video just last month.
  • Just today, police in Norfolk, Virginia reported on a triple shooting that was streamed live yesterday.
  • After Philando Castile was shot by police, his girlfriend streamed live video that showed the final moments of his life.
  • There have also been reports of sexual assaults and other cases, ususally involving minors that were streamed live.

With the ubiquity of mobile devices and apps including Periscope, Twitter’s new live video, Snapchat, Facebook Live, and other platforms, we will continue to see more of this. It’s not a knock on the platforms, just a statement on life in the 21st century.