TPM Distances Themselves from Their Blogger and Carnahan Firebomb Suspect

TPM distances themselves from Chris Powers:

Powers has not been charged in the arson case. In a phone interview this morning with TPMmuckraker, Powers denied having any involvement with what local reports have described as a “fire bombing.”

“I’m innocent,” Powers said. “I was at home when Congressman Carnahan’s office was fired on. I have nothing to do with it.”

In the early morning hours of Aug. 17, someone broke a back window in Carnahan’s St. Louis campaign office and set a small fire, which caused minor damage in the office. Police arrested a suspect some hours later. They released him the next day, but have not divulged the suspect’s name. Police say it is up to the prosecutor’s office whether to issue a warrant; without it they can’t hold a suspect or release his name.

He says he didn’t, Carnahan says he did. Some lingering questions remain: who ID’d Powers as being the suspect? What of the rumors that he took a polygraph? If Powers did do it, was it because he was a disgruntled employee and lastly, if he was a disgruntled employee crazy enough to try to set a congressman’s office on fire, note that he worked as a canvasser. WTH kind of people are showing up on St. Louis doorsteps on behalf of the Carnahan campaign?

As several blogs have reported, Powers wrote a reader blog at TPMCafe under the name Ripper McCord. (Any TPM reader can create a blog and comment on the site, and Powers is not affiliated with TPM.)

Sure, that’s well and good, but this wasn’t a comments section, it was a reader blog hosted by TPM upon which TPM considered the content “affiliated” enough to (still) sell ads:

No, I don’t think TPM is liable or anything of the sort for the incident, rather, two other things come to mind:

1) If one of their bloggers wasn’t paid and is being framed by a congressman for a federal offense, you’d think they would come to his defense. If this is the case, I feel bad for the dude and this is just one more reason why there needs to be a federal investigation into this incident.

2) If Carnahan is correct and this is a case of a disgruntled employee, another Carnahan campaigner who has engaged in unlawful (Javonne Spitz, et al.) behavior while working for the campaign, then I think there is enough of a pattern to ask whether the campaigns selections of campaign workers are safe choices, not just for his campaign but the community as whole if these people are out there engaging voters. It’s also a reflection upon TPM for not condemning the actions of a writer who provides content, on which they sell ads, for them for free. Make the analogy between TPM not paying Powers and Carnahan allegedly not paying Powers yourself.

Regardless, it’s an incredibly bummer of a story any way you look at it. Who to believe?

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*UPDATE: Carnahan “Firebombing” an Inside Job?

Jim Hoft leads with the story that the Carnahan “firebombing?” The one about which I had many questions because it didn’t add up? It may have been an inside job.

The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled progressive activist employed by Russ Carnahan. An unnamed source familiar with the case released the information. Suspect Chris Powers reportedly was upset because he did not get paid so he firebombed the Carnahan finance offices at 2 in the morning.
What a complete shock.

Here’s alleged suspect and Chris Powers raising Cain at Carnahan’s infamous August 2009 townhall:

He’s said to also blog anonymously at Talking Points Memo and described himself as a former journalist. Sources say that Powers has allegedly denied the charges and that the FBI were/are involved. I really hope, for Powers’ sake, that it really is as a listener suggested: just a case of a Carnahan staffer having a bong mishap.

Did the Carnahan camp know this possible truth and consent by silence to the media’s attempt to trump this up as a tea party incident? If this is true, doesn’t this make the fourth incident in which people associated with the Carnahan campaign have run afoul of the law and have engaged in illegal behavior? Why didn’t the Russ Carnahan campaign correct the narrative of the local alternative weekly and Jake Wagman’s subtle suggestion that it was a tea partier? Because he’s in the campaign of his life and is desperate for anything, even the sympathy vote?

The alternative weekly’s heinously irresponsible “blogger” – who once admitted, in print, his inability to vet his posts because he lacked the skills to write ten posts a day and be accurate – and the daily’s Jake Wagman need to issue retractions and clarifications, respectively, and the Russ Carnahan campaign needs to issue an apology for allowing this charade to be pinned on the very people whom he seeks to represent.

Following this story and will update as it develops.

*Adam Sharp has video of his asking Rep. Carnahan about Chris Powers:

and more footage of the infamous August 2009 townhall.

*On further thought – if this is all true I hope Powers gets the help and assistance he needs to not be used in such a manner by a political campaign.

Rage Against Teh Joos! WTC Supporters Attack Man at Rally

The OMG irony of a group of people screeching about bigotry against Islam while blaming “teh joos!”/”teh ZIONIST JOOS!”

That first broad’s voice, aye aye aye.

So … they’re protesting what they perceive as “bigotry” with actual bigotry?

As you see in the video the man simply standing and videotaping the rally is assaulted and attacked by the crowd who grow into a jeering angry mob. One of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever witnessed.

What was that about opening dialog? #Fail.

It’s OK, WTC Mosque Just Another Plot by Teh Joos

So see Christians and Muslims? It’s all the Zionists’ fault.

Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu‘ti Bayumi, a member of the Islamic Research Academy [of Al Azhar] told Al Masry Al Youm that he rejects the building of any mosque in this area [Ground Zero], because the “devious mentality” desires to connect these events [of 9/11] with Islam, though he maintains that Islam is innocent of this accusation. Instead, it is a “Zionist conspiracy,” which many are making use of to harm the religion.

Had he stopped at “I don’t think the mosque should be built there” that would have been fine but dude took it beyond the line that separates sane and insanely bigoted by blaming – who else? – TEH JOOS. Thus, we both think the mosque is not OK for different reasons, ours not seeped in intolerance for the Jewish faith.

Fine. Whatever. That’s what it is. Whatever makes you not build that mosque there. Pick the craziest one and go with it.

*UPDATED IL Dem Congresswoman Uses Muscle to Silence Constituents

One of the most unbelievable things I’ve seen – aside from the beating of Kenneth Gladney and the “tolerant” liberals who supported and promoted his still-denied justice because he was a black conservative.

Illinois congresswoman Melissa Bean barked at constituents and whenever anyone tried to stop the locomotive of distraction and get the congresswoman to do her job by answering to her constituents, her muscle, according to video and numerous eyewitnesses, sprang into action and intimidated them into silence.

Jim Hoft writes:

Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) brought Bruno the Bone-Crusher with her to a town hall meeting this weekend to threaten constituents. The meeting was held at Round Lake, Illinois Public library on Thursday August 12. The Obamacare-supporting democrat allowed the thug to roam around the room to intimidate constituents from asking questions.
Where’d she get this guy, from the WWE?

Chicago politics at its finest.

*UPDATED:

The woman who was intimidated in the video will be a guest on today’s show.

KC Dem Politician Assaults Videographer?

Keepin’ it klassy!

Transcript, replete with pee-paw dialect:

“WHAAOOOP BAAAAA DAAAAAP I’ll know the sh*t outta you boi!”

“Really sir?”

From Jim Hoft:

On August 7, a supporter of Robin Carnahan assaulted an MOGOP videograpger in the parking lot in front of a County Democrat HQ while Carnahan was speaking inside. The assailant has been identified as Bill Skaggs, the Kansas City mayor pro tem (1st district councilman) and former member of the State House of Representatives (1982-2002).

Is it impossible for Carnahan supports to NOT get physical with folks? Geebus. Even if the videographer (the video doesn’t show) had been hollering at Skaggs, you ignore it. It’s not an excuse to get shove-y.