South Carolina ranked #1 in Most Patriotic States

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Movoto (via The State) ranks the 10 Most Patriotic States:

  1. South Carolina
  2. Maine
  3. North Carolina
  4. Wyoming
  5. Virginia
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Alaska
  9. Alabama
  10. Arizona

Maryland ranks 30th.

The criteria used for the rankings:

  • National Historic Landmarks per Capita
  • Veterans per Capita
  • Money Spent to Fund Veterans
  • Percent of Residents That Voted in the Last Presidential Election
  • People Who Google For American Flags to buy
  • People Who List America as an Interest on Facebook

Baltimore ranks 3rd in Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World

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Animal Planet ranks the Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World and Baltimore is #3:

Baltimore’s rat problem is bad enough that at one point, rats tunneled so intensely beneath a particular area of pavement that when garbage collectors drove over it, their truck sunk up to its axles. Rats in the vicinity took full advantage of the mishap and swarmed the truck, gorging on the garbage inside.

Baltimore also enjoys the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for rat-related research, beginning during World War II and continuing today, much of it carried out at Johns Hopkins University.

The full list:

  1. New York
  2. Boston
  3. Baltimore
  4. Chicago
  5. New Orleans
  6. Atlanta
  7. London
  8. Paris
  9. Rat Island (The Aleutians)
  10. Deshnoke, India

Are federal agencies buying ammo to drive the prices up?

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There have been a lot of reports in the past couple of years of federal agencies, usually ones you wouldn’t expect to, buying large quantities of ammunition.

Congressman Mick Mulvaney, via Politchicks, has a theory on that:

Mulvaney also shared his views on why the federal government has purchased so much ammunition in recent months. He explained that after researching the subject for over a year he had concluded that it was being done in an effort to drive up the price of ammunition. He also explained that the lead needed to produce the bullets was now being purchased from China as the last source in the United States had recently closed its doors.

Does this sound plausible to you?

Report: Email may exist proving Bergdahl swap driven by VA scandal

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Shannon Grady of Politichicks (Hat Tip: Young Cons) reports on a recent town hall held by Congressman Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina:

According to Congressman Mulvaney, there is believed to be an email from officials inside the White House exclaiming, “The VA scandal is killing us and we need to move on the Bergdahl trade without going through Congress.” If this email exist and can be brought forward as evidence it will certainly eliminate the President’s claim that he acted in the event of an emergency. Given the bi-partisan furor which ensued after he took such unilateral action, it seems clear that this would be the best path for impeachment.

Could this lead to impeachment if this email does exist?

Orioles’ Tommy Hunter discusses his Catholic faith

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An article in Catholic Review today discusses Tommy Hunter and his recent conversion to Catholicism. Hunter, who grew up a Methodist, recently received his First Communion and Confirmation from Auxiliary Bishop Denis Maden after taking RCIA classes at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Excerpts:

“I think it’s cool,” said the 260-pound, 6-foot-3 blond-haired baseball player as he relaxed in the Orioles dugout this spring. “You have something that you’re held accountable for and I think that’s something that’s benefiting me in my life.

“It’s a little more stability in my life,” he added.

[...]

Hunter met his wife, Ellen, an Ohio native who is Catholic, about three and a half years ago, and cites her for inspiring him to continue in his faith.

“My wife is definitely there to help me out and guide me along the way, which I couldn’t be more thankful for,” he said. “I was a hot mess before I met her.”

They attended Mass at the cathedral, where they connected with Monsignor J. Bruce Jarboe, the parish rector, who contacted Bishop Madden about confirming the baseball player.

Hunter’s wife, who works as an occupational therapist, served as his sponsor.

[...]

“I’ve got some guys on this team who are pretty big believers in faith so it’s easy to be real with people,” Hunter said. “The things we go through, not many other people have to go through, and it’s kind of a unique setting that you get to experience with other guys.”

Nanny State: County bans sales of non-diet soda at 4th of July event

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BaltimoreSun.com:

On Friday, vendors running booths at the county’s flagship fireworks event will have to comply with new regulations on their food and drink offerings for the first time since Howard County Executive Ken Ulman passed an executive order to ban sugary drinks and restrict other junk food in county buildings and at county-sponsored events.
While Ulman and health advocates have touted the regulations — the first and only of their kind in the state — as an important step in the fight against obesity, some vendors have balked at what they consider unnecessarily restrictive rules.

The executive order, signed into law on Dec. 11, 2012, effectively bans non-diet sodas at county-sponsored events and limits the percentage of high-calorie packaged snacks that vendors can offer.

According to the regulations, 50 percent of packaged food offered at county events must contain 200 calories or less per portion. Non-diet cold drinks must contain 40 calories or less, and diet drinks may only contain five calories and constitute only 33 percent of a vendor’s beverage offerings.

The regulations apply to county events , except for Wine in the Woods, and buildings (including vending machines.)

Here’s what vendors had to say:

“I was furious when I first read this order because the bottom line is people have a choice of what they feed themselves,” said Beth Barnes, who has operated a kettle corn stand at Lakefront Fourth of July celebrations for nearly a decade. “[The regulations are] a violation of a person’s freedom, their right to choose.”

“We work when everybody else plays, so we have to provide products that people want to have while they’re playing,” said Douglas Henley, who owns Convenience Catering and Concessions and will be flipping hot dogs and hamburgers at his Lakefront booth on the fourth.

The executive order doesn’t place any restrictions on prepared foods like funnel cake, ice cream and Henley’s burgers.

However, he and Barnes said, some customers are just looking for a cold drink.

“If it’s hot, the soda and stuff goes like wildfire,” Henley said.

Republican County Councilman Greg Fox has filed legislation that would eliminate the rules and the regional beverage association opposes them. However, David Nitkin, the county’s communications director claims the rules don’t “restrict freedoms” (the Sun’s paraphrase) because: “People have freedom to bring the soft drink of their choice.”

That’s fine for those attending but it says nothing about the freedom of the business owners. Although they do have the freedom not to participate and limit the options of those attending. Then again, that is probably what the government’s intent is.

County Executive Ken Ulman, the “Michael Bloomberg of Maryland” who came up with this idea, is the Democratic nominee for Maryland Lt. Governor (on the ticket with Anthony Brown) in November.

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.)

 

OKC Civic Center hosting a Satanic Black Mass led by sex offender

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A group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu is holding a Black Mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21. The permittee (see the permit at the bottom of this post) for the event is Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender. The Civic Center is owned by the city and funded by a foundation that includes a city government official and the head of a Catholic hospital on its board. The event has been condemned by the Archbishop of Oklahoma City. (I first read about this on Fr. Z’s Blog.)

From the Civic Center’s website:

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Adam Daniels has connections to Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner, a.k.a. Adam Misicko), the organizer of the planned Black Mass at Harvard University (which didn’t take place.)

Dawn Eden had more on that at the time:

Moreover, I am not encouraged by the fact that Greaves is close with registered sex offender Adam B. Daniels, who, along with his wife, run a Satanic worship center in Oklahoma. Here is a video interview in which they talk about why they personally submitted the application for Greaves’ Satanic Temple to build a monument to Satan at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Just this week, Daniels told an Oklahoma news stations of his “conversations” with Greaves.

Look up “Adam B. Daniels” in the national sex offender registry and you will see that he was convicted of sexual battery in 2009. The rap sheet notes that he has satanic tattoos all over his body. The court ruled that he had to remain on the registry for life.

In what appears to be some sort of sick joke, the website of Daniels’ Satanic “church” features a “rape awareness” page decorated with images of flowers.

Greaves too has committed criminal sexual activity. He was photographed last year exposing himself upon the grave site of the mother of the Westboro Baptist Church founder as part of what he called a “satanic ritual,” which you can read about here.

Daniels was previously “Dark Overlord” of the Church of the IV Majesties. That group had planned on holding a fake exorcism at the Civic Center in 2010, which Daniels tried to cancel after he was kicked out of that group. It’s not clear if that event ever took place. Here’s what James Hale, a co-founder of that group, said at the time: “We Satanists don’t deal with sex offenders.”

Earlier this year, The Catholic League was critical of the Civic Center for hosting a performance of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” last December.

The League noted:

When it opened in the East Village in New York in 1998, [William] Donohue said, “it sounds like a routine homosexual play: full-frontal male nudity, filthy language, discussions of body parts, butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, ranting about nature, damning God for AIDS, etc.” The play was a flop, never making it to Broadway. In December, the taxpayers, both nationally and in Oklahoma, paid for it.

If you live in Oklahoma City and you’re offended by this, you should contact the Civic Center and other officials and politely let them know about it. Also, if you’re a Catholic elsewhere who is offended you should make sure your opinion is heard.

The Public Information Officer for the Civic Center is Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock. You can email her here or call (405) 297-3882 to let her know your opinion on the matter. The main business office number for the Civic Center is (405) 297-2584. The Civic Center is also on Twitter – @okcciviccenter.

The Board of Directors includes City Councilwoman Meg Salyer of Ward 6. You can call her at (405) 297-2402. Her email address is ward6@okc.gov. She is on Twitter and her handle is @MegForWard6.

Another board member is Joe Hodges of St. Anthony Hospital. The hospital’s mission statement is: “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.” St. Anthony Hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, a Catholic organization which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Hodges is regional vice president for SSM.  You can contact SSM about Mr. Hodges role on the board of the Civic Center by calling (314) 994-7800 or emailing them here. You can also possibly contact Mr. Hodges directly at the hospital by calling (800) 227‑6964 or the main number at (405) 272‑7000.

The Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, might be another good person to contact to express your displeasure. You can reach the Mayor at (405) 297-2424 or email him at mayor@okc.gov. He is on Twitter at @mickcornett.

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Official: Pop tart “gun” suspension of 7-year old should be upheld

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Baltimore Sun:

A hearing examiner recommended the Anne Arundel County school board uphold last year’s two-day suspension of a second-grader who was accused of nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun.

But an attorney for the family of Joshua Welch said if the county board agrees, he’s prepared to take the matter to the state Board of Education.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to clear this little kid’s name and take the brand off his record,” attorney Robin Ficker said.

Hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum, who was brought in by the school system to hear the case, sided with school officials in the sanctioning of Welch, then a 7-year-old Park Elementary School student whose suspension in March 2013 drew national media coverage and debate. Kimberly and B.J. Welch have since transferred their son to another school.

The school system has tried to say the suspension wasn’t about the “gun”, but the family’s attorney strongly disagrees with that characterization.

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: