"Why won't Crazy Allen answer questions?" (photo courtesy of Jim White)

Pouting Baby is talking to us again.  –  JW

I ask a lot of questions.  That’s how I learn things.  My Mommy and the other grown-ups I know give me very good answers to the questions I ask.  I thought all grown-ups were good at answering questions, but then I read about what Crazy Allen did to Ms. Nicole when she tried to ask a question Tuesday night.

Before we get to Ms. Nicole’s video of asking the question, it makes sense for us to ask some questions about Crazy Allen and why I call him that.  Crazy Allen is now a Congressman in Florida, but before that, he was in the military.  It was while he was in Iraq that Crazy Allen showed the world how crazy he is.  Here’s how Fox News described what he did:

He was the officer in charge on Aug. 20 of that year [2003] when soldiers under his command in Taji, Iraq, beat an Iraqi policeman they believed was hiding information about imminent attacks. Not getting the information he wanted, West took over the interrogation and, according to court reports, discharged his 9 mm pistol just above the policeman’s head. According to West, the Iraqi then spilled the beans about a planned ambush.

But the New York Times talked to the man Crazy Allen shot at:

Soon, the soldiers began striking and shoving Mr. Hamoodi. They were not instructed to do so by Colonel West but they were not stopped, either, they said. ”I didn’t know it was wrong to hit a detainee,” a 20-year-old soldier from Daytona Beach said at the hearing. Colonel West testified that he would have stopped the beating ”had it become too excessive.”

Eventually, the colonel and his soldiers moved Mr. Hamoodi outside, and threatened him with death. Colonel West said he fired a warning shot in the air and began counting down from five. He asked his soldiers to put Mr. Hamoodi’s head in a sand-filled barrel usually used for clearing weapons. At the end of his count, Colonel West fired a shot into the barrel, angling his gun away from the Iraqi’s head, he testified.

Ms. Marcy and Mr. Bmaz tell me that pretending to kill a prisoner is a big no-no that everyone in the military learns about when they first join. Crazy Allen decided to do it anyway. But the answer he got to his question was exactly what Ms. Marcy and Mr. Bmaz tell me torturers get: a lie told to make the torture stop.

According to the interpreter, Mr. Hamoodi finally ”admitted there would be attacks, and called out names.” Mr. Hamoodi said that he was not sure what he told the Americans, but that it was meaningless information induced by fear and pain.

Crazy Allen was in a lot of trouble with the military, but even though he should have gotten a Dishonorable Discharge, he was allowed to “retire” and was fined $5000.

How did Crazy Allen get elected to Congress? For one thing, Mr. Jim found out that he got a lot of money and other help from the guys who tried to get Little Davey P his fifth star. And then, when Crazy Allen won the election, he hired a chief of staff who might be even crazier. You have watch this video from Ms. Rachel on Crazy Joyce:

At least they made Crazy Joyce resign before Crazy Allen took his job. Ms. Rachel told us about that here.

Anyway, on Tuesday, Crazy Allen held what he called a Town Hall meeting, but he got scared about what questions the people would ask. Instead of setting up microphones where anyone could walk up and ask him a question, he had his staffers read questions that people wrote (and that the staffers chose!). Ms. Nicole had a question about his answer to one of those questions, and when she tried to ask it, she was arrested. Here is what Ms. Nicole said on her blog Wednesday afternoon after she finally got out of jail:

It figures, my blog is the last place you’ll read about my arrest and subsequent incarceration after attending Allen West’s so-called Town Hall Meeting last night.

Since I spent last night in jail and, thanks to the sickeningly awful people at the Broward County Jail was subjected to three hours in solitary confinement in a 7×10 room, and then maced. Nice, huh?

Lucky for us, Ms. Nicole shot video of Crazy Allen’s answer that she wanted to ask a question about:

Ms. Nicole’s blog post and video also scared Crazy Allen. Here is what he said on Twitter today:

It’s pathetic how anyone with a camera nowadays can call themselves a reporter and post false info on web. I’m still not backing down.

Why won’t Crazy Allen answer Ms. Nicole’s question? Why won’t he invite everyone he represents to ask him a question? It’s not like they are going to pretend to kill him just to get him to answer. They wouldn’t do that, they want him to tell the truth, not make up a lie just to get them to stop.