Browns fan urinates on Art Modell’s grave, posts video to YouTube


WBAL Radio reports:

A video had surfaced on YouTube of a man who appears to be urinating near the grave of late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.  That video has since been removed.

The man is wearing a Cleveland Browns jersey and launches into an obscenity-laced tirade about Modell moving the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore.

The incident occurred at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville.

In an interview with WBAL Radio, cemetery spokeswoman Kim Tarleton calls it “disappointing and disrespectful” that someone would do such a thing.

Baltimore County police confirm they are aware of the video and are investigating.

Reporters via sports media sources on Twitter indicate that a Ravens urinated on Bob Irsay’s grave a few years ago. Irsay owned the Colts and moved them from Baltimore to Indianapolis.

Elijah Cummings admits he doesn’t know fellow committee member’s name


UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers. Be sure to also check out a post on Maryland Governor (and 2016 presidential hopeful) Martin O’Malley falling asleep during a meeting.

The Daily Caller:

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t know all of his own committee members’ names.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings admitted in Wednesday’s oversight hearing on the IRS missing emails scandal that he hasn’t bothered to reach across the aisle to learn his fellow committee members’ names.

“Mr. Chairman, you, uh-,” Cummings said. “This has been very interesting because one member on your side, the gentleman, I don’t know his name, said that the man was under investigation…”

I guess Cummings was too busy exchanging emails with Lois Lerner about the conservative groups being targeted by the IRS to actually learn his colleague’s name.

Wednesday Caption Contest: Kerry & Bibi


(AP – HT: Weasel Zippers)

The above picture of John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu inspired my latest caption contest. Just leave your humorous caption in the comments below.


Gov. Martin O’Malley falls asleep during meeting

(The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

The above photograph is included with a story in The Daily Record by Bryan Sears.

From the story:

The timing of O’Malley’s struggles with the sandman — those early afternoon, right-after- lunch hours — came during a more than two-hour portion of the meeting set aside for discussion of wetlands permits for the controversial Cove Point liquid natural gas export facility in Lusby, Calvert County.

The heavy eyelids didn’t escape the notice of a number of attendees and reporters in the room at the time.

Tracey Eno, a resident of Lusby and opponent of the facility, was irked by the governor nodding off during the meeting.

“I’ve been asking for a meeting with the governor for months,” Eno said. “In lieu of that, I was given a meeting with his energy director. Finally I got the chance to look him in the eye. As I patiently explained to him why we were opposed to this, his eyelids dropped and he fell asleep. I don’t feel like he heard our message.”

The board ultimately voted unanimously to approve the permits.

Sears notes O’Malley’s grueling schedule which recently has included a lot of 2016-related campaign and fundraising trips out of state.

In 2012, I wrote about reports O’Malley was “wasted” in a Tampa bar during the Republican National Convention.

The Quinton Report featured as a NewsBusters Editors’ Pick again


 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:

Twitchy also mentioned The Quinton Report on this subject.

Is Jody Hice the GOP’s Todd Akin of 2014?


Could Jody Hice, a congressional candidate in Georgia, hurt Republicans this fall?

Michael Graham thinks so:

Rev. Jody Hice, a radio talk show host (!) just won the runoff in the Republican primary for Georgia’s 10th Congressional district.

The vast majority of Republicans outside the Peach State have never heard of him. Then again, until the summer of 2012, nobody had heard of Missouri’s Todd Akin, either.

Then Akin started talking about “legitimate rape” and “women’s bodies just shut down,” and suddenly every Republican in a swing district or purple state was being asked about their fellow Republican.

Cue Rev. Hice!

Hice’s comments on women running for elected office got him noticed during the primary campaign:

”If the woman’s within the authority of her husband, I don’t see a problem,” Dr. Jody Hice of the Bethlehem First Baptist church in Barrow County said of women in positions of political power.

Graham also points to Hice’s comments about Islam:

Radio talk show host Jody Hice told members of the Coweta Tea Party that Islam, in its most complete form, isn’t deserving of First Amendment protections because it is not just a religion.

“When you talk about Islam, you are talking about totalitarian way of life. You are not talking simply about a religion,” Hice said.

Instead, it is “a totalitarian geopolitical system that has everything within it. It has its own financial system, it has its own military, it has its own government, and — yes — it also has its own religious component,” Hice said at Tuesday’s tea party meeting.

“The whole picture of Islam is not just a religion. It is an entire massive geopolitical system,” Hice said, and “its intent is to take over the world, to dominate the world.”

Graham also points to other controversial comments made by Hice.

Graham’s closing:

The Hobby Lobby story has made it obvious Democrats plan to make 2014 about the “War on Women” as much as they possibly can. They’re going to target suburban women who can’t imagine being told they must live “within the authority of their husbands.” (Neither can their husbands, by the way). Democrats are thrilled that Rev. Hice will be running in November. They’re cheering him on!

What makes this even more aggravating for Republicans trying to repair the party’s brand is that Hice’s runoff opponent, Mike Collins, is a conservative Republican. When it comes to actually casting votes, he’d have voted the same way as Hice at least 95% of the time.

But without the off-putting rhetoric and over-the-top statements.

Why did prominent GA Republicans who should know better back this guy? What were they thinking?

When September rolls around and Hice’s comments are all over the media, I hope somebody remembers to ask them.

Besides outgoing Rep. Paul Broun (who lost in the U.S. Senate primary), Erick Erickson of RedState endorsed Hice:

I spoke this past weekend at a fundraiser for Jody Hice. I am supporting Jody and, luckily, the largest part of population in his district lies within my listening audience’s reach in Atlanta. I am happy to encourage people to support him.


 I am proud to support him.

I generally have had the attitude in the case of candidates like Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell, and Richard Mourdock that their primary opposition must have run pretty shoddy campaigns to get beat by them. That makes me wonder what they would have done in November in general elections had they defeat candidates who were considered “nutty.”

With that being said, national Democrats will try to make Hice the poster child for their continuing “War on Women” theme against Republicans. Whether Hice wins his general election or not, his name will be invoked in NARAL, Planned Parenthood, DCCC, DNC , and other groups’ fundraising emails across the country. Also look for Michelle Nunn to try to tie Hice to David Perdue in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia.

Todd Akin has recently re-inserted himself into the news cycle pushing his new books and doubling down on his remarks from before, so he will still occupy some of the attention by the Democrats this year for a bit. However, Hice will still be around to talk about into the fall elections.

It doesn’t matter what you think of Hice or what I think of Hice (if you have to pigeonhole me, I’m a social conservative.) These tactics will almost certainly be used, depending on how desperate Democrats get. I respect the Republican voters of the district’s choice for their nominee, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be used as whipping boy by national Democrats in the fall campaign. It will remain to be seen if those tactics work or if people are tired of them. They may be effective in limited situations if not nationally.  I’m just pointing out what to me, and some others, is pretty obvious.

Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments. I welcome your input.

The Quinton Report on Beretta featured by Twitchy


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.

Watch this awful Elizabeth Warren campaign video

The below video, “Run Liz Run”, was posted to YouTube by Ready for Warren.

From the description:

Our campaign to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016 is gaining huge momentum. Warren came to Netroots Nation in Detroit and #ReadyForWarren was there to greet her in style alongside thousands of grassroots progressives.

Americans of all stripes are calling for a leader who will fight for an America that works for all of us, not only the wealthy and the well-connected. Join us.

Filmed at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, MI. Song written and performed by Jessie Murphy & friends. Video produced, directed, and edited by The Self Agency.

Anti-Israel protest organized by Marxists


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.

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 in Gallatin, Tennessee from Accokeek, Maryland. Administrative offices will remain in Maryland. Original plans had been just to manufacture new product lines at the new plant. Another case of Maryland Democrats and Martin O’Malley damaging the economy of the state while also trampling on liberties. Beretta is spending $45 million in Tennessee to build the new plant.

Beretta USA statement:

Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.

“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added.

The transition of production from Beretta U.S.A.’s Maryland facility to the Tennessee facility will not occur until 2015 and will be managed so as not to disrupt deliveries to Beretta customers. Beretta U.S.A.’s production of the U.S. Armed Forces M9 9mm pistol will continue at the Accokeek, Maryland facility until all current orders from the U.S. Armed Forces have been filled.

“We have not yet begun groundbreaking on the Tennessee facility and we do not anticipate that that building will be completed until the middle part of 2015,” continued Cooper. “That timing, combined with our need to plan an orderly transition of production from one facility to the other so that our delivery obligations to customers are not disrupted, means that no Beretta U.S.A. Maryland employee will be impacted by this news for many months. More importantly, we will use this time to meet with every Beretta U.S.A. employee whose Maryland job might be affected by the move to discuss with them their interest in taking a position at our new facility in Tennessee or, if they are not willing to do so, to lay out a long-term strategy for remaining with the Company while our production in Maryland continues.”

Beretta U.S.A. anticipates that the Gallatin, Tennessee facility will involve $45 million of investment in building and equipment and the employment of around 300 employees during the next five years.

Beretta U.S.A. has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from its Accokeek, Maryland facility.