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Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 8.28.16 PMWhat happens when you get a seriously disturbed “patriot” who is one of the most powerful Republicans in Missouri, a whore for ALEC, and even crazier than Michele Bachmann?  Well, you get a man who thinks that a woman who is allowed to have an abortion to save her life is simply having one as a matter of convenience.

If you could cross Glenn Beck with Alex Jones, Erick Erickson, and Ann Coulter you would come out with Brian Nieves.  Not only is he a disgrace to the GOP, but, he’s listed as one of the dirtiest politicians in the country. Indeed, Nieves is a card-carrying Alex Jones “patriot”.  He’s also a Koch Machine whore, and a member of ALEC.

He is also erratic, violent, and seriously disturbed.

Brian Nieves, a Republican state senator from Missouri has mentioned that he thinks that being a liberal is a mental disorder.  I think he has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the only mental disorder is one from which he is suffering.  He thinks is perfectly acceptable to allow a woman to die in order to save the life of a fetus.

This is the same well balanced individual who once threatened to kill a political rival’s aid. Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks refused to file criminal charges against Nieves for threatening to kill a campaign worker of his Republican opponent.   All of this makes a heck of a lot of sense.  It’s something a colleague and I have been discussing for several weeks, now.  The men of the GOP who are the most anti-woman may just be the ones having all the extra-marital affairs.  At least, that’s what the rumor is about Nieves, who thinks it’s okay to allow a woman to die in order to try and save the fetus.

Brian Nieves

Brian Nieves

“…“Based on the reports and evidence I’ve received, I cannot prove there was anything more than that,” Parks said about the confrontation. “The only thing I can prove is that three people were in that office at the time, that Brian and Shawn were engaged in a shouting match, that Shawn left and returned to get his sunglasses, left again and that Brian and Shawn exchanged text messages as Shawn was driving to Jefferson City,” Parks said.

Bell, a Republican political consultant, said in his statement to police that he was leaving Washington to return to Jefferson City and when he drove by Nieves’ headquarters he saw a vehicle belonging to Bailey parked outside so he stopped to congratulate him on the campaign. Bell said after he went inside, Nieves came up behind him and grabbed him and pushed him against the wall.

At one point, Bell claims Nieves dragged him into another room and ordered him to remove his shirt to prove he was not wearing a wire. Bailey told police he was not present in that room. Nieves also ordered Bell to phone his wife, Julie, to apologize for some of his tactics in the campaign and for allegedly “flipping them off” when they were driving in town.
In her statement to police, Julie Nieves acknowledged that her husband had called her at work and put Bell on the phone who “was apologizing profusely” about the way things went during the campaign, however he would not admit to having “flipped off” Nieves and her when they were in their car with their children.

Julie Nieves also told police she talked to Bell about a mass mailing that listed people who Brian Nieves allegedly was having affairs with. Police also interviewed James Harris, Bell’s employer, who took Bell to the Missouri Highway Patrol headquarters in Jefferson City to report the incident. The patrol instructed him to file the complaint with Washington police. Harris came back to Washington with Bell to file the police report….”

I suppose it is at this point where one should ask if Brian Nieves is addicted to Viagra. It would fit the poor, scared, little, white man profile.

Crime Times

Crime Times

How dirty is he?

…Although he is of Puerto Rican descent, Brian Nieves, a newly elected state  senator and the former majority whip of Missouri’s House of Representatives, reacted angrily in 2008 after President Obama suggested that American children learn Spanish in addition to English. The president, Nieves said, had “belittle[d] the feelings of the majority of Americans.”

This January, Nieves threw what the Kansas City alternative newspaper The Pitch called “his first tantrum of the year” on the floor of the state Senate when he learned that Missouri’s Democratic attorney general had built a Spanish-language website for that office in 2009. Nieves claimed it broke the state’s “English-only” law.

A self-described “Patriot candidate,” Nieves says he is part of a “Patriot uprising” and even named his talk radio show The Patriot Enclave. Nieves also is a major star of the film, “Don’t Tread on Me—the Rise of the Republic,” which was produced by Patriot conspiracist Gary Franchi. In the film, Nieves says that “with the election of President Barack Hussein Obama … I think people finally realized, ‘Hey, this is our government; this is our nation, and we’re going to take it back.’ I think that’s what gave birth to the Patriot uprising.”

Brian Nieves

Brian Nieves

Nieves appears a dozen times in the film discussing state sovereignty alongside such hard-core members of the antigovernment movement as Alex Jones, a conspiracy-monger who believes the federal government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, and Richard Mack, the former Arizona sheriff who preaches that county sheriffs don’t have to obey the federal government.

During a 2009 “Boot Camp” put on by the Show Me Patriots, Nieves warned darkly: “Sooner or later there’s going to have to be a showdown. So be encouraged, be motivated … because 30 years from now, somebody’s going to ask you what you did during the Patriot uprising. … And it’s my prayer that you’ll be able to say you were right in the middle of it and that you had a piece of this fight.”

Nieves, who once described the torture technique of waterboarding as putting “a little water in the face,” was allegedly in a real fight last year. The Kansas City Star reported on Aug. 9, 2010, that Nieves was at the center of a complaint made to police by a campaign worker for Nieves’ opponent in the state Senate primary, Dick Stratman. When the staffer, Shawn Bell, stopped by Nieves’ headquarters to congratulate the winner, Nieves allegedly threw Bell against a wall and then drew a gun on him. Bell alleged that Nieves then berated him, threatened to kill him, and asked him if he was wearing a “wire.” Nieves then allegedly head-butted and slapped Bell, pulled him into an office where Nieves looked through Bell’s phone, made him take off his shirt, and made Bell call his wife to apologize to her for things that happened during the campaign. No criminal charges were ever filed in the case.

In a rambling E-mail Nieves sent to supporters after the incident, he wrote: “We did something The Machine did not want done and for that the Nieves family is indeed being punished and made an example of!”…”

Daily Kos

Daily Kos

This is an example of his violent behavior on behalf of the Koch Machine and ALEC.

“...Background:  Missouri NEA and retired NEA members have been appealing to Republican legislators to represent the common good instead of taking their marching orders from the American Legislative Exchange Council.  ALEC’s goal is to dismantle our public education system in order to open up investment opportunities for private companies in the education business.  Although charter schools were originally a good idea, they are now being used by rich and powerful entities to divert public funds into private pockets.

One of my retired MNEA friends had a letter in our local paper a few weeks ago complaining that Sen. Brian Nieves was too busy getting ready to attend an ALEC meeting in Cincinnati to meet with his constituents who made the trip to the Capitol for that expressed purpose.

On Wednesday, May 11, that same friend and several other retired teachers went back to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of public school education.  They called and left a message asking for an appointment with Sen. Nieves but did not get a return call.   When they arrived at the Senator’s office, he was on the floor of the Senate, and his secretary was kind enough to turn up the speaker in the office so the retired teachers could listen.  Sen. Nieves was proudly proclaiming that his wife and three children were all skilled gun handlers and “excellent” shots.  This was in support of a bill to lower the age for carrying  hidden guns.

Shortly after his exhortation on behalf of the rights of citizens to bear arms, the Senator returned to his office, called the two retired teachers into his office and shut the door.  There on his desk was a copy of the newspaper with my friend’s LTE.   Two male aides stood on either side of the Senator, arms folded across their chests,  as the Senator began a screaming session that lasted close to 20 minutes.  His opening salvo was “You stupid f…..”   He shouted, shook the paper in the man’s face, walked around him several times all the while shouting obscenities and threats.  Sen. Nieves was in the Navy and ridiculed my friend for having served in the Army as if that had anything to do with the topic at hand.

My friend is a large man and could probably have decked Nieves but knew enough to restrain himself.  He tried talking sense to Nieves, but that just set Nieves off even more.  He called my friend “doughboy” pointing to his physique which is exactly what Nieves called the aide to his competitor last August in a similar verbal assault.    In fact, Nieves gave my friend a copy of the 12 page handwritten police report by the young man last summer.   Nieves’ point was that my friend had put his family at risk by noting in his LTE that Nieves was going out of town at a meeting.   (No, it doesn’t make any sense since Nieves is gone  3-4 days every week to Jeff City, but we are not talking about a rational person here.)

At one point, my other friend who was  “blindsided” by Nieves’ screaming  obscenities, held up his hands and asked if the three of them could sit down and talk quietly.  At which point, Nieves screamed at this man too.  Keep in mind these are well-bred gentlemen who are accustomed to civilized encounters with other people and who may never have experienced such low class behavior in their lives.  And they are both over 70 years old.

I asked the friend who was observing all of this why he didn’t take out his iPhone and record the episode, and he said, frankly, he was afraid to do so, especially with the two bodyguards glaring at them.  Personally, I’m not sure the two aides were there to protect Nieves as much as they were to keep Nieves from physically assaulting the two older men.  

When they were finally allowed to leave, the third friend with them was in the reception area and shocked.  He said he heard every word as did many people out in the hallway.  (I can’t imagine what life must be like for the two women who work in that office.)

My friend who was the target of Nieves’ attack called the Capitol Police to report the incident and was told that the police don’t file charges unless there is physical contact.  They then called the Senate Leader Rob Mayer who told them basically that this is how Nieves is and they shouldn’t have elected him if they didn’t want him to represent them.   Thanks a lot, Sen. Mayer.  So much for the gentlemen’s code of conduct in what passes for representative government in Missouri today. …”

Salon

Salon

This man is clearly disturbed.

Huffington Post

Huffington Post

“…But Nieves quickly continued the “senseless argument” after the priest said he was “saddened that any elected official would reduce himself/herself to name calling.” Nieves accused liberals of being “bullies” and then questioned whether the priest supported a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. When the priest replied that he supported reproductive rights and opposed the death penalty, Nieves wondered whether liberals like the priest were suffering from a mental illness.

“A person commits a heinous crime, the kind we hear about in the news, and they are not allowed to be executed but an innocent baby who is wrapped in the comfort of his/her mother’s womb – Having been created by God – can be literally ripped apart, viciously murdered, and this ‘Man of God’ supports it?!?!?!” Nieves wrote.

Nieves continued to argue with the priest for another 30 minutes, writing that an abortion to save the life of the mother was “a matter of convenience” and that the priest made him sick.

“I am perhaps too old and tired for this debate this evening,” the priest wrote. “You don’t seem to understand, or wish to understand what I said about education or providing birth control so abortion is no longer necessary. But then again, you couldn’t scream your disgust at me if you did.”…”

One of the problems with people electing disturbed ‘patriots’ who believe every insane fringe conspiracy theory, is, when they get in a position of real power, they are dangerous.  Brian Nieves of Missouri is proof that lunatic ‘patriots’ have no business even owning a gun, let alone being elected to high government positions.  When you add the fact that people like Nieves are being supported by the Koch Machine, it is enough to question their judgement, if you’ve never bothered doing so before now.

 

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