Grandstanding congressmen and CEO pay

Chafetz vs Planned Parenthood

Obviously, bombs are a cost no object endeavor- while birth control. needs tight oversight.

Reading an editorial about the Planned Parenthood inquisition, I saw a mention that a member of Congress had questioned the pay of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards- a whopping $520,000.

I thought to myself of the companies that have federal contracts, GSA schedules- who promise to do work for the people of the United States at the lowest cost possible. Companies like General Dynamics- who are so far over budget on the F35 program– and yet, keep getting funded. The CEO of General Dynamics, Phebe N. Novakovic, who also happens to be a woman- made $19 million last year. No inquisition there.

From the only news source that carried this in depth- Al Jazeera, read the exchange:

“Your compensation in 2009 was $353,000. Is that correct?” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, began. “Congratulations, it was,” Chaffetz continued when Richards said she didn’t have the exact figures. He went on to note that Richards’ salary had risen to $520,000 since then…

“I would like to register my opposition and objection to the chairman beating up on a woman, on our witness today for making a good salary,” said Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “In the entire time I’ve been in Congress, I’ve never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary… I find it discriminatory and inappropriate.”…

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the committee, said in a fiery rebuttal that it was particularly hypocritical for Republicans to place Planned Parenthood under a microscope and take Richards to task over her salary when they had never taken an interest in the hefty compensations of executives at big banks, drug companies and defense contractors, who had all engaged in law-breaking.

“Last month, Lockheed Martin was fined millions of dollars for using taxpayer funds to lobby Congress to maintain its hold on a multi-billion dollar Pentagon contract. Lockheed’s CEO received a stunning $33 million last year,” Cummings railed.  “Ms. Richards, do you know if there has been any investigation or any effort  — any — to eliminate Lockheed’s federal funding?”

“It sounds like there hasn’t been,” Richards answered.

“You got it, of course there wasn’t!” Cummings said. “These are huge companies that are actually guilty of breaking the law and their CEOs make millions of dollars — Republicans never criticize the salaries of their CEOs or they never try to strip their federal funding, their government subsidies or their tax breaks.”

Source: House GOP ‘beats up’ on Planned Parenthood president — and her salary

The Wall Street bankers made millions, while being bailed out. The program to save the homes of Americans from foreclosure- actually put more money in the hands of bankers than in the hands of the people being bailed out.

If Congress really cared about reeling in government spending- why not put a simple cap on executive salary for any company that receives significant income from the government. Any medical organization accepting funding for medicare/medicaid, a cap. Any defense contractor- a cap. Any bank that is guaranteed by the federal reserve- and has the ability to create money- a cap. Any company where employees depend on federal programs to make ends meet- a cap.

What the cap should be isn’t something random- set by the boards of directors- but based on a ratio of the total payroll of U.S. employees. You want to make more- don’t do business with the people of the United States- or accept our assistance.

Obviously, if the pay of the CEO of Planned Parenthood is relevant to the cost to our country of a government shutdown- this is important stuff.

Whaley and the Syrian refugees

The vitriol in the comments on Facebook, and even the South Park NextDoor site, was incendiary. “You can have them live at your house” and “why don’t you take care of homeless veterans first” were recurring themes. Recall was mentioned too.

What did Queen Nan do?

Whaley and 17 other U.S. mayors sent a letter Thursday asking the president to increase the number of asylum-seekers America will take in.

Source: Dayton mayor would welcome Syrian refugees

And, I actually agree with her and the 17 other mayors. We should do more for refugees- and we should also ground the Syrian Air Force- like yesterday, but, that’s the question you should be asking Congressman Mike Turner- who takes yet another swipe at Whaley for overstepping her authority.

The parallels between Turner and Whaley are becoming more apparent over time- both lust for complete control and a strong mayor form of government, both love media attention, and both can’t stand it when they hire a city manager who actually tries to do the job.

Whaley is predictable in her actions- she always wants to put herself on a higher pedestal- to feel more important, to pry her way kicking and screaming to the Na(n)tional stage. Her ego knows no bounds.

And, she wants to please people with money- so she can keep her campaign coffers full- and show her prowess at fundraising- the new prima facia scorecard for politicians. Her connections with Miller Valentine, with the Fairgrounds project, the no-bid Arcade fix, etc. are suspect.

The other essential in Queen Nan’s court- is loyalty. There may not be a ceremony involving drops of blood to seal the oath, but, the passing over of Terry Slaybaugh for the interim manager’s job for Shelley Dickstein was most likely due to Slaybaugh’s short jaunt to Milwaukee which was seen as a slight to her royal highness.

There is zero interest for Nan to work to improve service delivery to current Daytonians unless there is a donation to be had or a tent pole accomplishment for her to add to her resume. She just doesn’t operate at that level. It’s the megalomania factor at work.

Dayton is in desperate need of more citizens- as is Ohio. We’ve lost 2 seats in Congress due to population stagnation, and now we’ve lost the speaker of the house. Nan looks at Syrian refugees as additional taxpayers- knowing full well that they also come with federal assistance dollars to help them get started. The idiots commenting on the article in the Dayton Daily news don’t understand that there is a huge difference between documented refugees and undocumented illegal aliens.

The United States was founded and built by “refugees” – and we seem to have done OK. The idea that those fleeing the war zone are ISIS jihadists trying to infiltrate the U.S. is laughable- but, reading comments you’d think they are coming over wielding Kalashnikovs.

The mess in the Middle East is a much bigger problem than just refugees, it’s human rights, it’s religious freedoms, it’s economic, it’s a complete lack of peace and prosperity- and much of it can be attributed to the lack of statesmanship by the political hacks we elect. Europe has an even bigger problem with assimilating refugees than we do, and yet, we’re not working together to stem the flow. Probably because we allow our defense industrial complex to sell way too many weapons to the wrong people- and they in turn buy too many political offices in our country- including Mike Turner’s seat.

If you need to see what refugees can mean to Dayton, all you have to do is look to the Ahiska Turks in Old North Dayton- what was falling down, is now standing tall. And while they didn’t come here originally because of anything any politician did – Mayor Gary Leitzell reached out and made the connections and the “Welcome Dayton” program was born- Nan has had no problem stealing credit and trying to give it to Matt Joseph to prop up her most loyal puppet on the commission.

The likelihood of any Syrians actually showing up in Dayton is small. But, the reality of Nan putting herself on a stage with her heroes Rahm Emanuel and Bill DiBlasio has already happened. Her goal has been reached- and most Daytonians are none the wiser.

The real debacle of Warren Price

Warren Price was highly regarded in his previous jobs.

He brought in an outsider to run the economic development department in Dayton.

He was the “unanimous top pick” of the the Dayton City Commission.

And now he’s gone, and no one on the City Commission has offered a legitimate reason why.

Not only that- they paid him off to leave quietly- with our tax dollars. The paper reports north of $40K- which is almost double the median income of a family of four in Dayton. That’s ludicrous and an insult to the working poor in Dayton.

Putting Shelly Dickstein in charge instead of Terry Slawybaugh was an epic mistake- had Slaybaugh not taken his show to Milwaukee for a short stint after being passed over for the City Manager job- he’d be in it now. With Nan- it’s all about loyalty to her.

The question people have asked me is “What’s the real reason the Price wasn’t right?” Considering I’m on a 3-week motorcycle journey on the West Coast- I’m not in a position to dig around. We’ll see if the Dayton Daily news or the Dayton Business Journal decides to excavate this story.

My guess is that we’re seeing a butting of heads between Nan- who wants to be a strong Mayor leader- and a city manager who wanted to do the job properly- something that’s been sorely missing for the last 20 years. Go back to the Valerie Lemmie/Mike Turner partnership- or Rick Helwig to see how it was supposed to be done.

The only answer I have for Dayton residents is think long and hard before voting for the party boys or the preacher posse come November. I’m going with the men of god. We need someone able to distinguish between a higher power and Nan on the commission in guiding their actions and telling us the truth.

Warren Price we hardly knew you

I interrupt my cross-country motorcycle trip to bring you this update: Dayton can’t have two strong personalities in charge.

The exiting of Warren Price barely 9 months into his job as Nan’s bitch boy is reminiscent of the short stay of the last “change agent” city manager we hired- Bill Estabrook.

Estabrook came to town with great fanfare as Mike Turner’s man for the job, but when he actually tried to lead the city as a City Manager, stealing the limelight from Turner, he had to go.

Rule number one for any incoming city manager from outside the market, when in public, make extra sure the puppet strings are clearly showing. Start every sentence about anything positive with “Thanks to the Mayor and Commission, Dayton is…”

Last time this hit the fan, an internal candidate who had been passed over was put in charge as an interim, until they found Valerie Lemmie. The Lemmie/Turner team managed to dance the dance better than any we’ve ever seen.

Look for recently returned airport director Terrence Slaybaugh to step in. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s done such a good job at the airport, the only stumbling block is if he refuses to accept the term “interim.”

Shelley Dickstein would take the “interim” title in a heartbeat, but, it’s doubtful that she’ll be anointed. Stan Earley has been interim before, and could also be the interim, but, he’s been passed over more times than Manziel throws interceptions.

The reality is, the mayor wants the job. The only thing stopping her is that the party or the commission doesn’t get to name a replacement- the voters do. It’s too late to add a candidate to the upcoming election, meaning a “special election” would be needed. One thing’s for sure, if they choose Nan to step in, Gary Leitzel wouldn’t run for mayor- despite being the best qualified- because the idea of working with Nan would be his worst nightmare.

I don’t know what’s more entertaining in politics these days- the clown posse Republican presidential field- or the “leadership” of Dayton.

I’m getting back on my motorcycle and trying to forget about this latest three-ring circus.

Board of Elections takes care of its own

Once you turn in petitions the rule is you are finished. No statement of your petitions’ validity is given until the actual board meets to certify. I’ve pointed out many times the agenda doesn’t provide any information – just a repeating worthless document- an outline of the structure of the meeting.

When I turned in petitions with 50 signatures that I collected for Congress- and signed the petition circulator statement AFTER I collected them in front of Steve Harsman (as you do with City Commission petitions) he ruled them invalid- kicked me off the ballot. Then when William Pace didn’t sign the agreement to run statement, if the signatures were valid- he was kicked off the ballot (despite someone calling him at 4 p.m. on the last day of the turn in- telling him to sign- and his faxed-in papers were ignored- plus the nominating committee- who was empowered by his petitions was also ignored). Basically- if they can find a reason to fail a non-party favorite candidate, they do. Either party.

But, when one of their own is about to fail- things change. Bryan Suddith, who used to work for the BOE and check petitions, turned in his petitions early marked “Kettering City Council”- the day they were due, he got a call that he was going to be turned in for election fraud because he didn’t put “Kettering City Council, Ward 4” on his otherwise valid petitions.

His anonymous caller told him to call the BOE and say an exact phrase- much like spies use to verify the identity of an undercover agent- like, “the sun shines nicely on the North side of the building today” to be responded to with, “flowers will grow, in the spring.”

This triggered an admission that his petitions were about to be kicked. He rushed down, withdrew his petitions, quickly gathered 100 more signatures (something the low number requirement makes possible) and was placed on the ballot.

District 3 council member Tony Klepacz will run unopposed after the board of elections invalidated petitions filed by Jan Kinner. Kinner had enough valid signatures from residents of the district. However, “no ward designation or number is listed with the council seat on (his) petition,” according to attorney Mary Montgomery with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. She advises the board of elections. Montgomery said it was in the board’s discretion to invalidate the petition. Montgomery County Board of Elections member Kay Wick pointed out “we don’t ask them specifically (for the district)” on the petitions.

However, when asked by other members, Board of Elections Deputy Director Steven Harsman said all other candidates did list the district number. Members also argued Kinner could have called the board of elections to learn the status of his petition.

Wick said she had heard of other candidates seeking the status of their petition and rectifying any issues by gathering signatures on a new petition with the district number. Board members John Doll, Gregory Gantt and Kay Wick voted to invalidate Kinner’s petitions. Member Rhine McLin abstained.

Current Kettering Vice Mayor Bruce Duke will face challengers Patricia Higgins and Bryan Suddith for the District 4 seat.

Source: Candidates for Nov. election set

Wick knew what happened. As to Kinner calling the BOE to learn the status of his petition- absolute HORSE SHIT. Unless you know the exact words to ask- the secret phrase, ZERO information will be given, not even what candidates will be discussed in the upcoming meeting. I’ve ASKED repeatedly for the classifications of valid and invalid petitions before, only to be told “come to the meeting.”

Special privilege was granted to Suddith. Kinner deserves to be on the ballot. And the BOE needs to be investigated and charged with racketeering and election fraud.

Also, petitions that have questionable language or unnecessary “gotchas” built in need to be evaluated and reformulated every time a candidate is kicked off the ballot for procedure. The failure rate is getting too high. Wick is correct “we don’t ask them specifically (for the district)” on the petitions.”

Dayton’s petitions ask for Ward and Precinct- yet they don’t require them to be filled in, and they are the only petitions that require notarization (other than Oakwood- which was supposedly going to remove this antiquated rule).

This kangaroo court needs to be investigated. Not by the Secretary of State, but by the Justice Department. Kudos to Rhine McLin for abstaining.

Whaley’s candidates withdraw from Dayton School Board race

Late yesterday, Jerry Brunswick and John Lumpkin both withdrew from the Dayton School board race.

This is the day before the the Montgomery County Dems are to meet to endorse.

This brings the race to the 3 incumbents, Rev. Robert Walker, Nancy Nearny and Sheila Taylor, vs. one challenger, John McManus.

Word on the street was that Brunswick and Lumpkin were Mayor Nan Whaley’s hand-picked candidates and that Matt Joseph helped them get their signatures.

Once again, “democracy” is thwarted by the Monarchy of Montgomery County.

This just went from an interesting race to not much of one.

Veterans and active duty military save money on Cell bills

Defense mobile logoIf the prices sound too good to be true, it’s only because the big 4 cell phone companies rip you off. is a reseller of cell plans- to veterans, active duty military and some children of vets- that cuts out the big salaries of the CEOs and all the other BS and gives you a cell plan you can live with.

They are currently partnered with AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile- you can get on any of those networks if you own your phone and it’s either programmed for those networks, or unlocked.

For example, I was on T-mobile, paying about half of what I was on Verizon- and with military discount, I was at $67 a month. With Defense Mobile, a better plan on AT&T network is $50 a month, before the 10% discount for being an American Legion or VFW member (an American Legion membership costs $25 a year to save $60).

Besides being on a better network for coverage, the hot spot that I was paying extra for, is included in the DefenseMobile plan- one pool of data, no separation between phone data and hot spot data as T-mobile had.

The best bonus? DefenseMobile only hires veterans. You can phonetically spell your name and say Niner, and they get you.

I had a discount code for 25% off your second month- but I can’t find it right now- I think it was EMC25- try it on the phone and see what happens.

To all you veterans and active duty in Dayton- thank you for your service, from one of you.

Is it still Pecha Kucha night without free beer?

PK Dayton vol 24 poster

Click on image to download a larger PDF suitable for printing

Well, you can find out. PK Dayton is hosting Volume 24, Thursday, Aug. 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Engineers Club on Monument in Downtown Dayton. Parking is free. Admission is free. But, unfortunately, since the Engineers have their own liquor license, it’s a cash bar.

But don’t worry- you’ll still have a chance to listen to people see what they can say in 400 seconds with 20 slides- shuffled along exactly every 20 seconds.

These events are always fun, interesting and unpredictable. I know at least half the presenters (as is almost always the case) and you’ll find them absolutely fascinating.

And what’s best, unlike a trip to the City Commission- the event is interactive and heckling, cheering, applause and laughing is encouraged.

The art for this poster is by South Park resident artist Cathy Mong, who will paint your pet for a ridiculously low price (by appointment, not at the event).

This fun event is run by three residents of South Park, Matt Sauer, Jill Davis and Shayna McConville, proving once again that all the cool kids live near me.

Hope to see you there.

Congressman Turner’s new fiancee

Congressman Mike Turner poses for a photo with his fiancee, Majida Mourad, and his daughters Carolyn, left, and Jessica at the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball 2015 on June 13. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTED

Congressman Mike Turner poses for a photo with his fiancee, Majida Mourad, and his daughters Carolyn, left, and Jessica at the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball 2015 on June 13. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTED

The Dayton Daily news calls Congressman Turner’s new fianceeone of the most beautiful people in Washington.” They describe Majida Mourad as “a Toledo native who is the vice president of government relations at Cheniere Energy Inc.”

Cheniere Energy is a big supporter of fracking.

They left out that she is “a Senior Advisor to The Abraham Group” a Washington based  “international strategic consulting firm headed by former Energy Secretary and U.S. Senator, Spencer Abraham.”

She gets a mention for the revolving door from government to lobbyist by Open Secrets.

And apparently they don’t know how to do a quick google as one of my readers did- from an Oct. 14, 2008, story:

Now, meet Majida Mourad, the beauty school grad who falsified federal employment and top secret security clearance forms and gave details of security for our nuclear weapons to Muslim nations on the State Department terrorist list.

Majida Mourad heads both Muslim-Americans for McCain and Arab-Americans for McCain, and is a lobbyist for Arab and Muslim nations.

Heads Up Muslim-Americans for McCain, Has One Up on “Grease”‘s Frenchy Mourad has many former top co-workers from the Department of Energy seeing red because it is well known that she lied on federal employment and top secret security clearance forms–a federal crime–and got away with it, with the help of her friend, then-Secretary of Energy, and now partner, fellow Lebanese Arab-American Spencer Abraham. Both Abraham and Mourad are partners in The Abraham Group, which represents Arab and Muslim nations lobbying America.

When Abraham became Secretary of Energy, he enlisted the White House to appoint Mourad as one of his top Energy advisors. But upon applying for the job, Mourad lied on both her SF-171 form for federal employment and her application for Top Secret security clearance–a federal crime–claiming she had a college degree from Indiana University. In fact, after several semesters at IU, Mourad barely completed enough credits equivalent to a year at college at the time.

The only degree Mourad did in fact have at the time was a diploma from a cosmetology school. So, as a beauty school graduate, she does have one up on Frenchy, the “Beauty School Drop-out” from “Grease.” Oh, and the divorced Mourad (who also went by the married name Majida Dandy), was an uncredited extra in a pool party scene on the ’90s TV series “Beverly Hills 90210?”

Given this information, the use of Mourad in the McCain campaign–after John McCain had to dump federal insurance fraud convict and Hezbollah agent Ali Jawad in May–raises serious questions about the McCain campaign’s vetting process when it comes to Middle Easterners and about which Arabs and Muslims would get hired in a McCain administration.

Mourad who worked for pro-Hezbollah/Arafat former U.S. Senator and Energy Secretary Abraham throughout his political career, is now Abraham’s partner in lobbying on behalf of various Muslim and Arab nations seeking energy contracts with America. So much for John McCain’s claim that he doesn’t want lobbyists on his campaign.

Sources close to Abraham also say that Majida Mourad does not do anything without the tacit approval and involvement of Abraham–who sent $86 million of your tax money to Hezbollah in South Lebanon at the request of the Arab American Institute’s Jim Zogby, who blocked federal tracking of alien visa holders entering America (also at Zogby’s request), and who was one of two U.S. Senators who refused to sign a letter to Bill Clinton asking him to condemn Yasser Arafat at the height of homicide bombings in Israel in 1999 and 2000. Read the complete dossier on Spencer Abraham’s pan-jihadist activities.

Last week, the Detroit Free Press disclosed that Abraham has been serving as a surrogate speaker to Michigan Arab voters on behalf of John McCain. Sources close to Abraham say that Abraham is heavily tied to and closely involved with the McCain campaign and that Mourad’s involvement is proof of that. So much for John McCain’s claim that we must fight the terrorists over there (Iraq) so we don’t have to fight them over here. Now we know that the terrorists’ Senator and Energy Secretary is squarely inside the McCain campaign.

Those familiar with Mourad are outraged and alarmed that John McCain has enlisted her for more than half a year to head up his outreach efforts to Muslims and Arabs. About a dozen individuals who worked with her confirmed that Ms. Mourad claimed repeatedly on applications for both federal employment and Top Secret security clearance that she was a graduate of Indiana University.

But, in fact, while Mourad went to the school part-time, at the time she had barely completed a full year of credits at the school. I checked with Indiana University’s Registrar’s Office, and the school confirmed that Majida Mourad attended University of Indian’s Kokomo campus and finally graduated with a 2-year Associate’s Degree (the equivalent of a Community College degree) in June 2004, after four semesters of correspondence courses and just a few months before she and Spencer Abraham were dumped from the Department of Energy by an angry Bush Administration and well after Ms. Mourad lied on her federal forms.

IU says Ms. Mourad attended the school for 12 semesters over 11 years from Fall 1993 through Summer 2004. The school also confirms that Mourad “attended” online/correspondence courses from 2002 to 2004, while she was supposed to be working full-time at the Department of Energy. Yes, you the American taxpayer paid her high salary at Energy not only after she had the chutzpah to lie on and falsify forms,but also while she was “attending school” full-time.

Her former colleagues are alarmed that not only did Ms. Mourad and Spencer Abraham cover up her federal crime of lying to get Top Secret security clearance and federal employment, but this beauty school grad also frequently toured high-security federal nuclear laboratories with high security nuclear energy, technology, and weaponry. Several published schedules of then-Energy Secretary Abraham’s trips to nuclear facilities confirm that “90210” extra and senior Energy advisor Mourad was with him.

In December 2001, Paul Sperry–now an editorial writer at Investor’s Business Daily–reported on then-Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham’s pledge of $1.2 million in additional tax dollars to a United Nations program, in which Abraham gave tours of and a course about U.S. security measures for nuclear reactors to representatives from countries including then-Saddam-controlled Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, and Sudan, most of which were then on the State Department Terrorist list (and most of which remain on that list). Energy Department sources say that it was beauty school grad, federal employment/top secret security clearance form falsifier, and Abraham senior advisor Majida Mourad who allowed and oversaw this outrageous compromise of our national security.

So, how did Majida Mourad get away with lying on federal forms and not doing jailtime?

Here’s how it went down, according to several Bush Administration sources. Abraham wanted the Bush Administration to appoint beauty school grad Mourad to the position of one of his top senior advisors at Energy, as a political appointee. After she filled out the forms and lied about having a degree from Indiana University, the White House did its due diligence and discovered that she, in fact, had no degree from Indiana University at the time. The White House told Abraham that Mourad was not to be hired and that she would get no political appointment. Abraham was told that Mourad had to go.

But the White House chose not to prosecute Mourad. Behind the White House’s back, Abraham hired Mourad anyway. He got away with it by hiring Mourad as a contract employee and she continued to work as his senior advisor, accompanying him on all trips around the world.

When several Department of Energy employees objected to the continued employment of Mourad on the grounds that she committed a federal crime and falsified at least two federal applications, Abraham and then-Energy counsel Lee Otis (incredibly now a Justice Department attorney) fired several of them. They also required other Department of Energy employees to sign confidentiality agreements, promising not to disclose Mourad’s crime, in order to retain their employment. And finally, Abraham and Otis threatened Energy employees with retaliation in the form of lawsuits and prosecution, were they to disclose Mourad’s crime….

So, why did Spencer Abraham risk his career and persecute whistleblower employees to protect fellow Lebanese Arab Majida Mourad and cover-up the federal crimes she committed?

Although there have been allegations of a personal relationship between the attractive Mourad and Spencer Abraham, sources say that is unlikely and that the more likely reason is that Abraham likes Mourad’s access to celebrities and the wealthy. The 38-year-old Mourad has been squired around Washington by 69-year-old gazillionaire AOL founder Jim Kimsey. And she was rumored to have “dated” her former employer, Congressman Sonny Bono, which sources say was a likely reason she was not employed long by his successor, Congresswoman Mary Bono. Mourad bragged to third parties that Mrs. Bono gave Mourad a David Yurman bracelet with eyes on it as a parting gift, saying “No matter where you go, I will always have my eye on you.” And Mourad told a Washington magazine that an ideal date of hers was when a boyfriend flew her to London to have dinner. (Very low maintenance woman.)

Mourad is also tight with pro-Hezbollah, pro-Syria, anti-Israel Republican Congressman Darrell Issa a/k/a Jihad Darrell, with whom she recently co-sponsored the showing of a Muslim movie at an Arab film festival in Washington.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Who is Majida Mourad? Muslim-Americans/Arab-Americans for McCain Chief Committed Federal Crimes, Lied on Top Secret Clearance Forms; Right-Hand (Wo)Man to Hezbollah Bud Abraham; Plus, Who is Randa Fahmy Hudome?

Of course, Turner is already known to help the person he sleeps with- his former wife built her marketing consulting firm on the back of no bid contracts from the Dayton Development Coalition, Kettering Health Network (who hired her once she’d been exposed), and doing work for the Home Depot PAC, as well as for the Army Corps of Engineers while her hubby was on the Armed Services Committee. All of which has been extensively documented on this site.
I wonder if he’ll invite Donald Trump to the wedding?

It’s not an enforceable law until someone gets shot

Hookah Star Hookah Bar

Hookah Hell on Wayne Avenue

The Hookah Star Smoke Shop and Natural Juice Bar wasn’t a normal retail establishment. It wasn’t a bar either- it was a party palace, especially after 2am when normal bars closed.

It’s been a sore spot for the South Park neighborhood almost as soon as it opened. Loud music, trash, and the patrons running around the ‘hood at all hours on Friday and Saturday nights. The police had finally started showing up the last few weeks to shut it down and clear it out. They also were checking it out on curfew sweeps the last few weekends at 11- to catch kids under 18 out after 11.

On Aug 3rd after one of the police raids, the owner posted this on his FB feed:

Nimr Ibrahim shared his post. August 3 at 2:46pm · Nimr Ibrahim People think we shut down but we not we was over capacity we was jumping and they come and fuck the night up but its all good we still jumping ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Source: (1) Nimr Ibrahim

So he thinks he’s just in trouble for “over capacity” due to fire code. Apparently, the City doesn’t do a good job of explaining permitted uses to him. He was operating the wrong kind of business in the building at the wrong time.

After the shooting early Sunday morning as the police came for a 3am roust, the city finally takes zoning seriously:

The city’s zoning department, on Monday, told the Hookah Star & Smoking Shop, 1243 Wayne Ave. to cease occupancy immediately because the zoning district does not allow nightclubs.

“To me, it’s crazy. They consider a hookah bar a night club – it’s not a nightclub,” said owner Namr Ibrahim. He cited the absence of alcohol, a dance floor and strippers at the Hookah Star to support his claim.

Neighborhood groups said the smoke shop has allowed large crowds to gather at all hours of the night and early morning.The business has been a magnet for noise and troublemakers who often visit the shop after the bars close at 2 a.m., according to neighbors.

Source: Dayton moves to close hookah bar after shooting |

Hmm, not a night club- but “we was jumping.”

No other competent city would have let this go on for so long. Here is a legitimate public nuisance, ruining the quality of life for a neighborhood that has done everything within its power to pick itself up- so successfully in fact, that the property tax values were raised, when everyone elses went down.

If the city spent more time doing the things they were supposed to be doing, instead of buying vacant buildings downtown with no stated public use, for $150K over appraised value, maybe no one would have gotten shot.

Then again, maybe that’s what it takes to get laws enforced in Dayton.