I will admit at first I was a bit concerned when I saw what appeared to be an outpouring of sympathy for beleaguered Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, in the comment section on one of yesterday's blog entries.
Finally, I had gone too far (even though what I was saying was nowhere near as harsh as the things I have said about the senator in the past). One writer after another was lining up to defend Sen. Nodler and my frequent reports about his "movie meltdown."
One claimed to be a lifelong Democrat who just happened to tape Nodler's appearance on KODE (and I am not saying that didn't happen), but the statistics on my website seem to indicate otherwise.
Nearly every comment appears to have been made by someone from the same computer and apparently no one from that computer has ever visited the website before. My statistics indicate the person has made 15 visits to the site today, going directly to yesterday's Nodler story (apparently to leave comments) nearly every time (my records only show the last 20 visitors so I have no way of knowing if the person went directly to that link the first few times he or she visited.
I will go along with one thing the person said. It is possible that my recollection of Nodler's TV interview was off. If that is the case, I apologize. Obviously, I was confusing it with the comments Nodler made to Max McCoy of The Joplin Globe.
"If you have clients who cannot behave without disturbing other patrons," Nodler said, "they shouldn't be there. The fact that someone is disabled is not a license to act inappropriately." And while Nodler has a point, his subsequent actions, including his paranoid comment in the next paragraph that this happened because someone was out to get him, certainly indicate a meltdown, at least of the political variety, to me.