Is Keeping Their Clothes On Too Much to Ask of Congress? John Conyers Apparently Thinks So

We’ve barely recovered as a nation from Representative Joe Barton’s embarrassing junk shot and now we’re being forced to contend with the mental image of Representative John Conyers cavorting around his office in his skivvies. There’s no information as to whether it was boxers or briefs, or perhaps something more…adventurous.

Attending official meetings scantily clad is only one of the many accusations leveled against Conyers, most of which aren’t even sexual in nature. Conyers mostly seems to be abusive toward employees in general. Attorney Melanie Sloan came forward with allegations of verbal and emotional abuse.

Melanie Sloan, a well-known Washington lawyer who for three years in the 1990s worked as Democratic counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, where Conyers remains the ranking Democrat, told the Free Press that Conyers constantly berated her, screaming at her and firing her and then rehiring her several times.

She said he criticized her for not wearing stockings on at least one occasion. On another, she said he ordered her backstage from a committee field hearing on crime she had organized in New York City to babysit one of his children. Sloan made clear that she did not feel she had ever been sexually harassed, but that she felt “mistreated by this guy.”

“I’m no shrinking violet,” said Sloan, who went on to become the executive director for the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and later to open Triumph Strategy, a public affairs firm specializing in crisis response. “His constant stream of abuse was difficult to handle and it was certainly damaging to my self-respect and self-esteem.”

“It made me increasingly anxious and depressed about going to work every day. And there was no way to fix it. There was no mechanism I could use, no person I could go to,” she said.

It sounds reminiscent of the situation that led to Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy’s resignation. Sloan said that she was not the victim of sexual harassment but other women have accused Conyers of the inappropriate touching and rubbing.

Sloan told the Free Press that she never saw any inappropriate sexual touching but that Conyers — who is the longest-serving active member of Congress, having been elected in 1964 — seemed to have a lot of what she characterized as girlfriends around. Conyers has been married to his wife, Monica, a former Detroit City Council member who did prison time for bribery and other corruption charges, since 1990.

Sloan said that since she was not on Conyers’ personal staff but on the committee staff — which had different offices — she couldn’t verify or deny those other claims.

But she said that on one occasion, she was called to Conyers’ office in the Rayburn House Office building for a meeting and, when she got there, he was in his underwear.

“He was just walking around in his office, not dressed,” she said. “He wasn’t doing it to hit on me. It was more like he could do what he wanted. I was quite shocked by it and left quickly.”

Joe Barton channeling his inner Anthony Weiner isn’t in the same category as the rest of the sexual misconduct parade. In fact he’s the victim in that situation…primarily of his own utter stupidity. Conyers was already a disaster without misconduct allegations. You’ll recall that he was the Congressman who famously complained about how expecting Congress to read and understand legislation they pass was entirely unreasonable.

Barton and Conyers, like many who have been in public office longer than many voters have been alive, suffers from the arrogance of power that makes them feel they can do anything without fear of consequences. Showing up to work in only underwear is probably not the worst thing he’s done.

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Tribalism Makes You Stupid: Reactionary Trumpers on Twitter Attack LeVar Burton

Irate Trumpers are rushing to defend the President in his public social media slap fight with LaVar Ball, the father of one of the shoplifting basketball players President Trump helped free from Chinese custody.

The problem is some of Trump’s defenders are attacking the wrong man. They’re confronting Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge, LeVar Burton on Twitter. Maybe they resent having been too intellectually challenged by Reading Rainbow.

While Ball and Burton have similar first names, Ball has been making headlines following his recent social media feud with Trump. Ball’s son, LiAngelo, was released from China, along with two other UCLA players, after they were arrested for shoplifting.

One Twitter user, who mistook Burton as LiAngelo’s father, wrote: “You’re a has been actor with a thief for a son and Trump is the president of the United States. Get the picture?” Burton responded: “One of the many sleights I am having to endure these days. Thanks!”

I’m thankful that my constant criticisms of the ridiculous tribalism in politics are routinely validated. I’m not thankful it exists, but I am thankful to know I’m not crazy for opposing it.

 

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Abortion Clinic Closes After Psycho Abortionist’s Rant Caught on Video

An abortion mill in San Diego is now closed and an abortionist has been stripped of his medical credentials after malpractice complaints and some seriously psychotic behavior caught on video.

FPA Women’s Health, a chain of California abortion facilities, has shut down its troubled office on Miramar Road in San Diego, effective on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The San Diego location was the site of an incident involving abortionist Robert Santella and pro-life activist Zephaniah Mel. Santella threatened Mel with a pair of surgical scissors during a bizarre demonic rant, that included hissing and a confession that he loved killing children during abortions.

That behavior, along with complaints of malpractice and botched abortions, resulted in Santella’s firing from the abortion chain, which he had been affiliated with for over 30 years. Santella was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board charged him with negligence and unprofessional conduct.

Here’s another angle on the same incident.

Two years ago, a pro-life alternatives facility, Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, moved in next door to the abortion facility, and impacted FPA’s business by offering women assistance and positive alternatives to abortion.

Now, Operation Rescue has confirmed that the San Diego FPA abortion business is relocating once again, this time to the more conservative East County community of El Cajon. That facility is located at 1625 E. Main Street, Suite 202, in El Cajon — right next to an Albertson’s grocery store, which is sure to create tension in the community.

“We are thankful that this abortion business has been once again forced to move, thanks to the prayers and action of pro-life activists, who have been so faithful on the sidewalks throughout the decades. When abortion businesses relocate, it usually results in a loss of business – which means babies’ lives are spared,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray the El Cajon FPA office shuts down soon and has nowhere to relocate.”

The most interesting aspect of this story is how the video illustrates the true nature of the abortion debate. Abortion friendly media typically portrays abortion protesters as crazy people who could become violent at any moment, while abortionists are made to look heroic and compassionate defenders of women.

In the video, the pro-life activists is soft spoken and polite while the abortionist is unhinged and gleefully celebrating his barbaric occupation.

In truth, an abortionist is only a “doctor” in the same sense that a meth dealer is a “pharmacist.” Anyone who has a medical degree who chooses abortion as his specialty must be either a zealot or just a really bad doctor with limited career options. In this case it looks like Robert Santella falls into both categories.

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Promising Republican Candidates Are Being Torpedoed by Antiquated Notions of Sexual Morality

By now you have probably heard about the resignation of Ohio state representative Wes Goodman. A conservative Republican and former aid to Congressman Jim Jordan, Goodman was compelled to resign when he was caught having extramarital—yet consensual—sex with another man in his office. Goodman is like Roy Moore, just another Republican being sacrificed on the altar of puritanical notions of morality that really have no place in electoral politics.

While Moore, being the seasoned veteran has courageously bucked the prudish GOP establishment and remained in the Alabama U.S. Senate race despite a growing number of allegations of sexual “misconduct” happening nearly 40 years ago while Moore was in his early 30s and almost all the women involved were above the age of consent.

As we’ve learned the hard way, not a single piece of  the conservative agenda can be implemented—or even pursued—without solid control of all three branches of government. Still, some believe that these crucial majorities are less important than the moral character of individual candidates and office holders. We need Republicans who will do what is necessary to get elected and keep Democrats from holding office. How they conduct themselves in public or private life only matters insofar as it keeps them from achieving that goal.

Unreasonable litmus tests are being applied to candidates by some Republicans, as if marital fidelity or refraining from soliciting sex with children were reliable indicators of whether a politician can be trusted to vote in a way that gives his party political victories. If not for the priggish expectations and outdated sexual mores of some voters, the GOP could have a far more bragging rights in Washington and in state governments.

This brings us back to Wes Goodman, a solid conservative by any political metric. Here are just some of his conservative bonafides:

I have never run for office before. I got into this race because too many of our career politicians have stopped fighting for what matters to us. Continuing to elect the same people and expecting different results for our county, our state, and our nation will not work.

I’m proud to be the endorsed conservative Republican in this race. We have been endorsed by Congressman Jim Jordan, Ohio Right to Life, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, Ohio Pro-Life Action, Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio, Citizens for Community Values Action PAC, Ohio Family First PAC, the Ohio Citizens PAC, and business leaders, pastors, community leaders, and current and former elected officials across the district. I also have the highest rating in this race from Buckeye Firearms Association. I’m the only candidate in this race who has pledged to oppose tax increases.

Pro-life, family values, gun rights, and opposition to tax increases. This is exactly the kind of person we need on the Republican farm team but self destructive “stupid party” members have aborted a promising political career over nothing more than some less than discrete sex Goodman had with a man who was not his wife, and fewer than 50 allegations from young people that Goodman made sexual offers or advances either in person or via social media.

Ohio State Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) was quickly notified and, in turn, asked Goodman to resign from his position — which he did. But many people have long been aware of Goodman’s inappropriate sexual behavior; behavior that is very different than his married “family man” persona, IJR has learned.

Goodman has a reputation of reaching out to those involved in politics via Facebook Messenger — but things tend to quickly turn south, as he has been known to flirt with men, solicit sex, and even send pictures of his genitals, according to dozens of sources. The majority of the people he targets are between the ages of 18 and 24 and have had very little interaction with him personally.

In many instances of his alleged sexual misconduct, Goodman apparently offered to be a “mentor” for those looking to get into politics. Because of the power he had, his victims say they were afraid to report instances of abuse for fear of damaging their own political careers.

Goodman clearly has the social media savvy that is crucial in today’s politics, is apparently very generous with his time, and appears tuned in to the needs of millennials. These are all areas where Republicans tend to be weak but sanctimonious moralizers discount all that in favor of their Victorian views on sexuality. Like Roy Moore, Goodman also seems to recognize and honor the age of consent for the most part.

Democrats have learned the important lesson that the time to hold people accountable for their moral decisions is after they have outlived their political utility, while the GOP still foolishly squanders political potential still in its prime all for the sake of an antiquated obsession with honor and virtue.

This is why even when Republicans win, they lose. The desire to be represented by honorable people who practice what they preach is as naive and unrealistic—not to mention hateful—as expecting people to use bathrooms appropriate to their biological sex. Republicans should all be focused above all on winning elections over Democrats and winning legislative victories even if the results don’t match their campaign rhetoric. Instead, many Republicans inexplicably choose to live in a fantasyland where truth and decency are considered more important than victory.

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Watch Ben Sasse Crush the Myth that the American Bar Association is ‘Objective and Neutral’

Yesterday, Senator Ben Sasse took to the Senate floor to speak about the importance of the Senate’s duty with regard to confirming judicial nominees. In doing so he dropped some truth about the real nature of the American Bar Association, noting that they are not a neutral party and are in fact a liberal advocacy group and should be treated as such.

In many ways, the ABA is like the mainstream media. They are decidedly left of center on virtually every issue but try to portray themselves as being objective and fair. The left likes to pretend that it is actually the center so that they can dishonestly portray anyone on the right as “extreme.”

Sasse made some strong points about how the ABA’s recommendations should be understood.

“The American Bar Association is not neutral. The ABA is a liberal organization that has publicly and consistently advocated for left-of-center positions for more than two decades now,” said Senator Sasse. “The ABA has no right to special treatment by members of this body. It’s pretty simple — if you’re playing in the game, you don’t get to cherry pick who the referees are. Take just a moment to look at the amicus briefs that they have filed in recent years.”

Senator Sasse continued his speech, saying he supported the ABA’s right to take and fight for more liberal positions. It’s the right given to them and every American by the First Amendment. He says the issue he has is that the ABA attempts to “masquerade” as a neutral party.

“That is fine, but what’s not fine is that the ABA, which is a liberal advocacy organization, would masquerade as a neutral and objective evaluator of judicial candidates,” said Senator Sass. “The ABA cannot take blatantly liberal positions on the one hand and then masquerade as a neutral party on the other and then demand a special seat at the table in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Senate to try and tell us who is and isn’t supposedly qualified to be a judge.”

Listing the leftist causes the ABA has lent its support to over the years, Sasse called out his colleagues who lazily “outsource” their votes to the ABA or hide behind ABA recommendations as if they hold some special authority about who should or should not be a federal judge.

He asks fellow senators and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to not be fooled or pretend that the ABA is neutral. He says Americans deserve honesty.

“Just like the ABA has every right to advance its liberal policy positions, every senator has the right, and indeed the duty, to give our advice and consent on judicial nominees. If senators decide they like and value the ABA’s policy positions and they like and value the ABA’s ratings, they are free to give them due deference and consideration,” said Senator Sasse. “But don’t hide behind it. Don’t pretend the ABA is something that it is not. Do not ignore the facts of what the ABA has become. The American people deserve honest, not thinly veiled partisan ship.”

The leftist activism of the ABA is similar to that of the American Medical Association. The AMA comes out in favor of left wing causes like Obamacare while pretending it speaks for all medical doctors in the same way the ABA represents itself as speaking for the entire legal profession. Good on Sasse for driving these points home.

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Roy Moore’s Slip and Fall Lawyer Trent Garmon Was Disciplined for Ambulance Chasing

Even without the molestation charges and the overall skeevy “dating” behavior by Roy Moore, I might be loath to support him just based on what hiring Trent Garmon as his lawyer says about his judgement. You would think that a Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court would be able to find better counsel than a literal slip and fall lawyer with a shady past.

Garmon seems like the kind of lawyer who carries neck braces with him just in case.

Somehow he got the gig of defending  Chief Justice and U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore against 40 year old allegations of sexual misconduct when his legal experience is primarily chasing ambulances. His bizarre appearances on television and the incoherent warning he wrote to the Washington Post have been marveled at with morbid fascination across the blogosphere. It makes me wonder if Garmon himself doesn’t have some sort of dirt on Moore that he’s leveraging to get some national exposure. Something weird is going on because by all appearances this guy is Lionel Hutz.

Garmon appears to have used intentional deception to obtain personal injury clients and has used the excuse that as a minister he was reaching out to families suffering injuries and wrongful deaths in order to “minister” to them. (Oh and hey by the way I’m also a lawer so you are in luck.) Garmon filed an appeal in response to the ambulance chasing sanctions, claiming that he was not allowed to bring character witnesses.

In its “order and Judgment” issued on December 21,2012,  the Disciplinary Hearing Officer provided a succinct summation of the facts of this case:

“On September 2, 2011, Brandon and Christie Gentry’s 13 year old son Austin Gentry was riding as a passenger in an automobile, and was killed in a collision.  Within one or two days following the funeral services for Austin Gentry, which were held on September 4, 2011, Trenton Garmon called the Gentry home and spoke to Brandon Gentry.  Mr. Garmon had no previous contact or relationship with the Gentrys; he had not known them or represented them, was not kin to them, and, in fact, did not know anyone who did have contact with or a kinship to the Gentrys.  Mr. Garmon had seen a newspaper report of the death of Austin Gentry, and identified himself to Brandon Gentry as “a pastor and an attorney.”  Mr. Garmon attempted to establish a connection to the Gentrys by claiming a separate relationship with a Phillip Gentry, asserted by Mr. Garmon to be a cousin.  Phillip Gentry was in fact not a cousin of Brandon or Christie Gentry, but was a name given to Mr. Garmon by Freddie Kitchens, who performed various Services associated with Mr. Garmon’s law practice.  The Gentrys did not know either Phillip Gentry or Freddie Kitchens, nor have any connection to either of them.  Brandon gentry testified that he was certain that Mr. Garmon identified himself as both a pastor and an attorney, and that Mr. Garmon stated that he would like to meet with the Gentrys to discuss their legal rights.

Brandon Gentry further testified that Mr. Garmon followed up with a subsequent call, and then Mr. Garmon called a third time, on which occasion he spoke with Christie Gentry.  Mrs. Gentry was indignant about the calls, and was clear that Mr. Garmon again used the reference to the alleged cousin and to Mr. Kitchens to gain access to the Gentrys, and stated to Mrs. Gentry that he had talked to her husband about their legal issues and would like to set up a meeting at which he could come to see them, or would meet with them in his office.  Mrs. Gentry advised respondent that she was related through marriage to the District Attorney of Marshall County, and that she would report the matter to him.  While there are other details of the conversation that were disputed by the respondent, including his denial that he identified himself as an attorney, Mr. Garmon acknowledges making the initial call to Brandon Gentry and the subsequent call to Christie Gentry, although he did not recall the intervening contact with Mr. Gentry.  Mr. Garmon testified that he did not call to solicit employment for monetary gain, but was reaching out to act as a referral to a local evangelist named Rick Burgess.

Christie Gentry testified that respondent Garmon made no effort to inquire about the need for counseling, her church affiliations or the Gentrys’ spiritual resources. Mrs. Gentry testified that she resented the calls, and that it was clear that Mr. Garmon was “trying to make money” off of their family tragedy, and that his conduct was cruel and despicable.

The Panel heard all of the witnesses, and has weighed their credibility and finds the facts as testified to by the Gentrys to be true and accurate. . .”

The nature of the allegations about Moore are obviously very serious and troubling but the players on Team Moore and their stories are getting weird.

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Country Who ‘Hacked Our Election” Used Video Game Images to Prove U.S. Is Cooperating with ISIS

Lately Russia has been characterized as a country of devious masterminds who “hacked” our presidential election, swayed public opinion with bad Facebook memes, and who have orchestrated Donald Trump’s election victory so he can be their puppet in the White House. Now Russia has used it’s elite cyberwar expertise to accuse the United States of colluding with ISIS. The thing is, they used screencaps from a mobile phone game as their “proof.”

“This is the irrefutable evidence that there is no struggle against terrorism as the whole global community believes. The US are actually covering the ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East,” it wrote in the English version of the tweet posted in both English and Russian, as captured on archive.org.

I guess when so much of your international intrigue budget is devoted to setting up lunches with Donald Trump, Jr. you can’t really expect to produce great results across the board.

Twitter users quickly noticed one of the images used as evidence came from another source — a YouTube video of gameplay from the mobile phone video game “AC-130 Gunship Simulator.”

In that image, the Ministry of Defense did not cut out all of the text from the trailer, which clarified: “Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content is subject to change. The image clearly contains a piece of the words “All content.”

Another image appears to be taken from an old Iraqi Ministry of Defense video.

The tweet has already been deleted and presumably whomever posted it has been sent to Siberia.

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Known Hollywood Dirtbag Tom Sizemore Booted Off a Movie Set for Allegedly Molesting 11-year-old Girl

Actor Tom Sizemore has a laundry list of character defects ranging from drug abuse to domestic violence. Now according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Sizemore may be adding “child molester” to his deviancy resume. It’s just another of the flood of accounts of movie people behaving badly, but this one is particularly heinous it involves the violation of a child.

Actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Months later, he returned for reshoots in Malibu after her parents declined to press charges. The incident has never been revealed publicly.

When contacted, the now 26-year-old former actress, whom THR is not identifying at her request, declined to address the matter except to note that she’s recently hired a lawyer to explore legal action against the actor as well as her parents. Sizemore declined to address the situation. “Our position is ‘no comment,’” says his agent Stephen Rice.

“No comment” doesn’t seem like something you’d say if the allegations are false. Though at the time Sizemore reportedly issued a denial. A denial doesn’t carry much weight when everyone already knows you’re a piece of garbage.

Sizemore, notorious for his long rap sheet that includes charges of drug use and battery against women, has not previously been accused of molestation. An actor with a tough-guy image then at the height of his scandal-driven infamy, when the Utah incident occurred he’d recently been convicted of physically abusing and harassing his ex-girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss.

Sizemore is said to have denied the young actress’ claim as soon as he was confronted with it. His management firm Untitled and talent agency CAA quietly dropped him shortly afterward. He’s currently repped by the boutique firm Pantheon.

The girl said she was violated during a photo session related to a movie called Born Killers.

The roughly half-hour session required the young actress, who had a small role in the production, to be seated on Sizemore’s lap in a holiday tableau. This is when Sizemore allegedly either rubbed his finger against the girl’s vagina or inserted it inside. Production manager Cassidy Lunnen recalls that “the girl was so young it was unclear to her and [later] her parents what had actually taken place and if it was intentional or not.”

During one setup, which required just the two of them, Robyn Adamson, who portrayed the wife, stood away, near the photographer. She recalls of the girl, who was wearing a flannel nightgown: “At one point her eyes got just huge, like she could’ve vomited. I was watching her. She soon reintegrated and kept going, although she had trouble taking direction. Later, when I was told about what happened, I knew exactly what it was.”

In the midst of this horrible story is a reminder that not everyone in the entertainment industry is as awful as the plethora of actors and producers who have been outed as serial abusers or enablers in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall. There are some good people who work on movie sets.

Word spread quickly. “It filtered down to the crew,” says Roi Maufas, who worked as a production assistant. “The little girl said what she said and we all thought, ‘That f*cking sleazebag.’ There was never any doubt. He was this guy who was already known for making inappropriate comments, being drunk, being high. We’re talking about consistent behavior, just being ‘Tom Sizemore’ on set every day. Then this happens. Guys reached for hammers. [Producer James R. Rosenthal, who died in 2011], who was livid himself, had to stop a group of us from going to visit Mr. Sizemore to kick the guy’s ass.”

Without condoning vigilante justice, I will say that grabbing a hammer when a creepy scumbag hurts a little girl is a response I can respect.

The actress who was molested, now 26, has said she is looking at taking legal action against Sizemore if possible.

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Lunatic Paul Nehlen Defends Moore While Associating Speaker Ryan with Pedophilia

I have no problem with mounting primary challenges against the top dogs in Congress but in Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen’s campaign to unseat Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is like a clinic on how not to win…and how to look like a crazy person in the process. In a recent campaign press release, Nehlen declares Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore “falsely accused” and says Ryan is guilty of accepting “pedophile” money from disgraced former Speaker Denny Hastert.

Nehlen has vehemently defended Moore on Twitter while also launching vicious and crude attacks against anyone who suggests Moore is not fit for office if he’s the sort of character who would attempt to take advantage of underage girls. In true paranoid fashion, Nehlen calls charges against Moore an attempt at a “coup.”

If you need more evidence that Nehlen is a nutter, his message is resonating with Gateway Pundit and he’s okay with that.

Here’s the content of the press release in full.

Nehlen to Ryan: “Judge Moore Was Falsely Accused, But You Are Guilty Of Spending Filthy Pedophile Dollars”

Delavan, WI — Republican congressional candidate Paul Nehlen is calling on Speaker Ryan to account for his use of dirty donations from disgraced deviant Denny Hastert, former Speaker of the House, and a frequent contributor to Ryan’s campaign.

“Of all the politicians to fail to defend Judge Roy Moore against false allegations, Paul Ryan enjoys special place in the pantheon of hypocrisy” Nehlen began.

“Speaker Ryan has created an atmosphere where the Democrats can falsely smear a righteous candidate with stories of moral impropriety,” Nehlen said. “This is exceptional from man who himself is on record taking money from a convicted pedophile. I ask, what funhouse mirror do you have to use to look yourself in the face, Ryan?” Nehlen continued.

“Other recipients of Denny Hastert’s money saw the error in their ways, but the Witless Washington Wonk used the ‘We Spent It’ defense when he should have rightly gathered a pile of funds and demonstrated the concept of fungibility he so often lectures us plebes on,” Nehlen said.

“Ryan won’t drain the swamp, but Judge Moore will,” Nehlen asserted. “That’s why the fake conservatives like Paul Ryan are lining up against Judge Moore. They know their day of reckoning is close at hand.”

“The Washington Post hasn’t done a single good thing for the people of Alabama in the last 40 years, so it’s hardly surprising that nobody in Alabama believes WaPo over Judge Moore, a man who has made significant personal sacrifices for his beliefs and those of his fellow Alabamians,” Nehlen said.

“Paul Ryan keeping Denny Hastert’s sticky donations ought to disqualify Ryan from making judgements on anyone accused of moral impropriety, especially Judge Moore, who to this day denies the accusations, while Ryan gleefully benefits from his position because of his pedophile payroll partner,” Nehlen concluded.

Wishful thinking and knee jerk reactions have most of the MAGA gang dismissing the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations as “fake news” but in light of the latest evidence, that’s starting to look less like political spin and more like abject denial.

For years I’ve disagreed with the conventional wisdom on primary challenges against ensconced Republicans. I hate the “team sport” mentality that lets Congressional Representatives in safe districts hold on to their seat as if it were a life long appointment.

The GOP jersey wearers attack and demean primary challenges as a waste of resources and/or a betrayal of the party, but you don’t change a party by continuing to send the same people to Washington and expecting them to give you different results.  Politicians who know they’re “safe” soon become unaccountable.

So in principle I have no gripes about primarying Paul Ryan. That being said, I think primary challenges should be mounted by good candidates and not buffoonish losers like Paul Nehlan who spew nonsense like this to get attention. If anything is a detriment to real change in the GOP it’s knuckleheads like Nehlen making Republican leadership look sensible and effective by comparison.

If the allegations against Moore continue to be corroborated it wont hurt Nehlen too badly because he really has no credibility to lose at this point. I suspect that Speaker Ryan wouldn’t even need whatever money he received from Hastert to beat Nehlen by 70 points again anyway.

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Air Traffic Controller Arrested for Possessing a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’

When you’re thousands of feet in the air going hundreds of miles per hour in a tin can packed with people, it’s comforting to know there are stable professional people on the ground making sure you’re safe. Well, it was.

Paul DanDan, an air traffic controller who worked in the control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, has been charged with possessing a “weapon of mass destruction.”

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $45,000 bond. The FBI said they are assisting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police with their investigation and that they don’t anticipate federal charges to be filed against  Dandan at this time.

CMPD officers responded to a 911 call on November 3 in reference to a person being in possession of a homemade explosive device in the 300 block of Minitree Lane. CMPD bomb squad agents confirmed that the object in question was a homemade pipe bomb.

It seems that the definition used by police for “weapon of mass destruction” is a little more broad than the one used by the federal government with regard to terrorism.

Dandan claims he was given the bomb by his roommate who built it to “use against a neighbor.”

Detectives learned that 39-year-old Derrick Fells build the explosive device. He admitted to detectives that he made the bomb in order to use it against a neighbor. Investigators allege that Fells changed his mind and gave away the bomb to Dandan.  According to CMPD, Charlotte Douglas Airport said Dandan, who was an air traffic controller, only had access to the offsite air traffic control tower and could not access any restricted areas of the terminal or ramp.

The Federal Aviation Administration is cooperating with the investigation and has revoked Dandan’s access to the airport, thought they haven’t said whether he is still employed by the FAA.

 

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