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This Is Your Congress – NY Rep. Apologizes After Threat To Throw Journalist Off Balcony & "Break Him In Half"

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Grimm's statement last night...

I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.

and his hurried apology this morning (via @sahilkapur )


The ubiquitous apology that solves all problems...

And the initial outburst...

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

My home state of New York sure knows how to pick its Congressional Representatives. From Peter King, who for all intents and purposes thinks he is living the life of a capo in a real life Goodfellas movie, to Michael Grimm, another Republican Congressman, these people are literally thugs. As I have said before, I have a lot more respect for the mafia than I do for politicians and bankers, at least the mob faces jail time.

So here’s what happened. From Real Clear Politics:

After being asked by NY1 reporter Michael Scotto about the investigation, Grimm replied, “That’s off-topic. This is only about president’s speech,” and walked off camera.


Scotto briefly concluded his report, and Grimm — assuming the broadcast was over — returned to admonish the reporter. The camera remained on, however. “Let me be clear to you: You ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f##king balcony,” Grimm threatened.


After a brief back-and-forth about the validity of the question, Grimm concluded, “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Never forget that these are the people voting on everything from your civil liberties to going to war. Frightening.

Check out a video of the incident:


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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:32 | 4380052 VD
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apology only bc it was caught on camera = fukn skum bully thug

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:35 | 4380068 john39
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caught taking money from a fucking dirtball corrupt israeli rabbi.   the epitome of the U.S. congress.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:38 | 4380075 Haywood Jablowme
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is it time to hang these little bitches yet?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:39 | 4380088 john39
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take a look at aspects of this story that the U.S. press is, for some reason, failing to report:

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:44 | 4380119 StacksOnStacks
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Rep. Grimm has had over 10 people killed while in office.

Rep. Grimm has had under 10 people killed while in office.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:49 | 4380160 SAT 800
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Bitch slap the reporter first; then throw him off the balcony; enough talk, already; let's have something interesting here.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:56 | 4380170 Bearhug Bernanke
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:58 | 4380182 Hooter Shaker
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I would've loved to have been that reporter....


"I dare piece of shit!"

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:31 | 4380989 stormsailor
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you touch me you prima donna cocksucker and you will lose that digit, right here, right now.


but lets take it outside and you can try your best to do your worst,  you chickenshit faggot.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:58 | 4380183 eclectic syncretist
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:04 | 4380215 Ignatius
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FWIW, I'm tending to come down on the 'Snowden is psyop' side of the fence.

I didn't start there and I'm not claiming it definitively, but it don't smell right.

Smell that smell?  "...decision should be left to journalists..."

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:20 | 4380287 Canadian Dirtlump
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I think ( as pointed out primarily by webster griffin tarpley who geo politically has it nailed, but whose socialist leanings are becoming more bizarre ) is is a limited hangout operation.


You watch, through all this clamoring, nothing will end up happening other than the NSA programs will go on and flourish - thanks in no small part to people like that Hysterical Stooge Peter King.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:48 | 4380407 Herd Redirectio...
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I raised the question very early in Snowden's career.  Still no 9/11 revelation, still no credibility, IMO.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:49 | 4380422 WillyGroper
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 Could that be his ace in the hole should he end up a tree ornament?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:09 | 4380524 Herd Redirectio...
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Well, if so, its really quite selfish.  The blockbuster only gets released when his life is in danger?  And even then, the bargaining chip is to NOT release that information, in return for his life?  So best case scenario (for Snowden) he never leaks this crucial info?

And what if he is offed, then the info is leaked, but w/o credibility, and questions raised about why it wasn't leaked earlier?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:54 | 4380714 NotApplicable
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I don't understand why you'd think Snowden would have any dirt on 9/11. He was a hired hand used to facilitate massive spying, which was exactly what he disclosed to us.

If there's any setup in this, I see it as the CIA battling the NSA for control, much like they battle with the FBI.

And even if it is a turf-war, that makes little difference to us.

Oh, and Snowden already said that he wasn't dumb enough to keep some info as an insurance policy, because then someone can kill him in order to get it released (spy vs. spy, ya know).

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:04 | 4381190 Ignatius
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Many little pieces that just don't add up.  I may be wrong, but as of now I'm skeptical.  The only real thing to come of this is that NSA meta-spying has become headlines on corporate news.  Everything else was either known (Tice, Binney, Drake, et al) or could easily be implied.  What it has done is 'normalize' strictly unconstitutional, illegal behavior.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:53 | 4380443 willwork4food
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Still no Congressmen hanging on trees..

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:29 | 4382703 Papasmurf
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They hang plentifully on bar stools.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:55 | 4380717 Tim_
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Edward Snowden wants to let the American media decide what is best for us!

"Whether it’s provided I can’t speak to until it’s been reported because it would be classified and I prefer that journalists make the distinctions and the decisions about what is public interest and what should be published" (Source).

"I don’t want to pre-empt the editorial decisions of journalists but what I will say is there’s no question that the US is engaged in economic spying" (Source).

"However, as I’ve said before I prefer for journalists to make those decisions in advance, review the material themselves and decide whether or not the public value of this information outweighs the sort of reputational cost to the officials that ordered the surveillance" (Source).

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:14 | 4380255 zaphod
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If Snowden wins the peace prize it would bring some respectibility to that circus, some but not much.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:00 | 4380484 Miffed Microbio...
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Only if Obama is publicly stripped of his will there be a modicum of respect for that award.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:03 | 4381193 The Count
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Better idea:


Take the peace prize away from Obama who did absofuckinglutely nothing to deserve it anyway. Then give it to Snowden.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:09 | 4380244 StacksOnStacks
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Do people predict history or does history just follow what we predict?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:55 | 4380175 linniepar
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Try and break me in half, boy!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:03 | 4380501 Miffed Microbio...
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I doubt if any congressman could. As with everything else in their lives, they pay others to do what they are incapable. This is why they fear no collapse because they know they could buy the best protection available. At least this is their assumption.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:03 | 4381198 Race Car Driver
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Doesn't anyone else find it disturbing that he would like to 'break in half' like a (little) 'boy'?

I bet he was referencing breaking little boys in half from experience. He's GOP - the kid diddler party.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:44 | 4380123 piceridu
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This answers a lot of questions as to why nothing will ever change:


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:39 | 4380092 Four chan
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the best congress money can buy?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:01 | 4380195 Ham-bone
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let's just say...

the Congress money buys.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:51 | 4380433 WillyGroper
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380098 outamyeffinway
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Come to my side of town you fucking pussy. I'll show you what a little bitch boy you really are. Not man enough? You got what it takes to hang in the big D?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:55 | 4380144 Grande Tetons
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Tempting, I know...but leave the canned hunts to the pussies. 

Case in point

Remember De Niro in the Deer Hunter. That is the Texan or True American way, IMO. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:07 | 4380228 Killtruck
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I think you mean the Western PA way, asshole. Did you even watch that movie? Texas my ass.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:21 | 4380277 Grande Tetons
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Yes I did. By way...I was making reference to the manner in which the hunt was conducted...that being with honor. Many Texans pride themselves with honor as do many Americans. 

Pennsylvania was the setting, American wartime guilt and contempt was the plot. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:55 | 4380452 shovelhead
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Them thar Texicans aint practicing 'one shot, one kill' on them road signs.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:14 | 4380543 Killtruck
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"Remember De Niro in the Deer Hunter. That is the Texan or True American way, IMO."

And I was making reference to the fact that you're attempting to co-opt the traditional values of the Western PA region [replicated on screen by the depiction of working-class Russian immigrant steel mill workers] as something that could ever be or would be "the Texan Way". Did I miss that part in the film? Where Michael daydreams about his childhood in the hill country? No. I didn't. So give credit where it's due. It's a movie that perfectly depicts life and culture in Western PA and the values of the people who live there, so keep your Texas pride the hell out of it.  

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:33 | 4380622 Grande Tetons
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I am not a Texan, Amigo. 


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:15 | 4380265 mccvilb
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Harry Whittington probably wonders if he was on the guest list or one of the "quail." 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:43 | 4380353 Grande Tetons
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Plus one for knowledge of the subject matter and for constructing a cogent and eloquent reply. 


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:02 | 4380761 percolator
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And you get minus 1 for lack of knowledge on the subject matter you posted.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:00 | 4380754 percolator
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Don't believe everything you read especially from MSNBC. 

The article you referenced was a European Hunt where pheasants are released from a tower which is very different than a "Canned Hunt" where animals are fenced in and cannot escape the premises.  Depending upon the set-up and conditions a European Tower Shoot can be very challenging for even the best of shooters and the birds can fly far away.....

The Humane Society's goal is to ban ALL HUNTING

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:19 | 4380294 Shitonya Serfs
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Sounds like you're a real tough guy... take the train to Grant City, then just light jog.

STATEN ISLAND, NY 10314,+NY+10314&hl=en&sll=38.997934,-105.550567&sspn=5.386296,13.787842&hnear=50+Borman+Ave,+Staten+Island,+Richmond,+New+York+10314&t=m&z=16

Looks like a duplex, so pick the right (left) one. Grab the sign out of the yard for us. And make a basket from the street as you walk away satisfied.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:00 | 4380488 corporatewhore
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do politicians actually live in the district they represent?  that's so old fashioned.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:14 | 4380540 Shitonya Serfs
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True. But it never hurts to investigate. I doubt very few know where their supposed representatives live. Everyone should know; and visit them there, rather than in the [police/security] controlled environments. Things would change if just one person showed up to confront...imagine an angry mob. I'd like to see them explain that to their wife and kids, as they cower in the basement....The Purge....

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 01:03 | 4383230 Seize Mars
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Nice work, kiddo

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 01:24 | 4383256 SmackDaddy
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I like your style.  Just know that most of the people on here are old, broke, limp-dicked failures. 

Jesus Christ, that's all a half mill gets you in Staten Island.  You couldnt pay me to live in NYC.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380104 Dr. Richard Head
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it has been time for quite some time. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:49 | 4380153 TerminalDebt
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yeah people talk about corruption and do nothing.

Show me your pitchfork and I'll take notice.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:10 | 4380240 nickels
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I just saw a video of a crime being committed. As a responsible citizen, I want to report it. Who do I call?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:42 | 4380380 nickels
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Continuing this thought experiment,(and answering my own question)- what if 10,000 people called Eric Holder's line 202-514 2001 at the Dept. of Justice and said "I want to report a crime." You can participate in a march, sign a petition, or call your Congressman and responsible parties can safely do nothing. If an individual witnesses a crime and calls to report it shouldn't there be paperwork generated to document  each report? Can such a cumulative effect be safely ignored? Hmmmmmm---

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:56 | 4380468 WillyGroper
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Oh good grief.

Dontcha know they're busy with the 70K signature petition to deport the Bieber?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:05 | 4380513 Trucker Glock
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This will blow over faster than if he'd been caught smoking in the Capitol shitter.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:53 | 4380440 jbvtme
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"hanging little bitches"...i'm long amerikan made hemp rope

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:15 | 4380273 Kirk2NCC1701
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@john39: "...corrupt israeli rabbi".

As a technical point... it is not the rabbi who is 'corrupt' for giving the bribe, it is the US politician who is corrupt for taking the bribe.  The person doing the bribing is just "doing business", regardless of what group/clan/tribe/nation they belong to.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:36 | 4380349 Going Loco
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'it is not the rabbi who is 'corrupt' for giving the bribe, it is the US politician who is corrupt for taking the bribe'

Nonsense. The giving and the taking of a bribe are both crimes. The giver seeks to corrupt and the taker is corrupted.

I speak of morals. The law may say something different.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:50 | 4380415 DollarMenu
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Well, there you go

Rabbis are all about the law, they care not about morality.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:44 | 4380675 TerminalDebt
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If you can find a non-corrupt police officer you can try bribing them and see if attemped bribery is crime or not.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:38 | 4380080 atomp
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Need to test all Congress members brain tissue for CTE.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:45 | 4380095 hedgeless_horseman
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Need to test all Congress members for brain tissue.  Maybe this is why congress made it illegal for anyone but the government to test for mad cow disease in America?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:02 | 4380198 atomp
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I'm not sure a blood test would get the same results, unless it was a very large sample.

(CTE testing requires post mortem examination)

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:25 | 4380314 GeezerGeek
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Thanks for providing yet another reason to require Congress and the administration to undergo CTE testing ASAP. Toss in SCOTUS, too, leaving...TOTUS in charge!

P.S. No reason to test Brainless Joe Biden; nothing there to test.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:55 | 4380450 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"Need to test all Congress members brain tissue for CTE."

Correct, but who would do it, a proctologist?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:38 | 4380084 Recognizer
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Whoa, what happened?  I say anytime you can legitimately work the word defenestraion into a converstation you go for it!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:18 | 4380107 hedgeless_horseman
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It is a technical correction, as Congressman Stark threatens to throw Jan out of a window, but it is apparently only a door.  This new "representative" threatens to throw the reporter off the balconey, and not through a window.  Accuracy counts!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380106 NOZZLE
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Listen to Stark raving Mad's statements, the cliown is a madman. "Increasing the national debt makes you richer, the Republicans want tax cuts which is causing us to borrow more which of course "Increasing the national debt makes you richer" so he is arguing against himself.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:01 | 4380194 Rearranging Dec...
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I love how Stark denigrates the journalists educational credentials when the journalist asks very simple questions to which Stark doesn't t have cogent answers. So now everything with the Economy is fine because a bunch of Congress critters and upper ranks of the executive branch were educated in the Ivy League?  As if that alone could levitate everything! The emperors are truly naked!



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:10 | 4380212 hedgeless_horseman
hedgeless_horseman's picture how Stark denigrates the journalists educational credentials when the journalist asks very simple questions to which Stark doesn't t have cogent answers.


We get a lot of ad hominem around here these days.

It is a favorite of poster VD, aka vast-dom.

Come to think of it, I don't believe that I have ever seen vast-dom and Pete Stark in the room at the same time.  Coincidence?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:49 | 4380408 HoofHearted
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I never even considered winning an argument by throwing some bastard out the window. Now there's a man who thinks outside of the box or outside of sanity or something.

Should I try this with the students in one of my classes? My guess is the department head may suggest that I not try the politician way...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:25 | 4380590 Herd Redirectio...
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Its the 'Gordian Knot' School of Thought.  I must also ashamedly admit to never having threatened to solve a problem by harnessing the powers of gravity, combined with a long drop.

"No man, no problem"

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:59 | 4380181 tip e. canoe
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Jan's got mad style.  check out his conversation with Pelosi on the minimum wage:

let a thousand Jans with cameraphones & youboob accounts bloom across campaign stops all over this great nation just in time for midterms, so the farce may go viral.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:48 | 4380241 Millivanilli
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I loved the question , "where did you study economics. " lOL  


Look at where we are now based on the studied economists from the ivory tower.   The more debt we have the wealthier we are.   


Tell that to the schmuck getting a car title loan...



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:47 | 4380698 Frank N. Beans
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thank you HH, that was hilarious

That reporter should have his own show.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:32 | 4380056 Occident Mortal
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Grimm 'breaks boys in half'?


What does he mean by that?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:38 | 4380081 Grande Tetons
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Grimm is the kinda guy who kicks a barking puppy and pisses his pants when he sees an unleashed pitbull walking in his direction. 

Fucking bully, 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:37 | 4380071 Renewable Life
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But if anyone threatens to throw that POS off a balcony, they'll be arrested and sent to prison!!

Everyday that goes by, it's more and more obvious, this Country is headed for another Revolution, and not the peaceful kind!!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:38 | 4380348 ParkAveFlasher
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The 11th Congressional District encompasses Staten Island, and I can assure you, the power bosses who pull his strings make Grimm look like kindergarten substitute.  Here's one off the top of my head:


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:39 | 4380079 spankthebernank
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This is nothing. How about GW Bush falsley sending thousands of young men to their death in a war for oil and opium.  Maybe not tomorrow, but the end is nigh.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380108 Four chan
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an aside, the oil, and opium were great.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:52 | 4380165 SAT 800
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Fuck, you gotta connection man, I love Opium. The King of Drugs; where it all started. YES !

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:09 | 4380234 Doowleb
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Oil and Opium?

What was the reason the left wanted to leave Hitler alone? Volkswagon and schnizel?

Haven't heard a death toll, soldier ramp up complaint about Afganistan, Cindy Sheehan, or for that matter a peep about any ongoing battles or deaths since saint zero took over. 

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

Face it, you love all wars, except ones entered into by Rebuplicans.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:23 | 4380309 Kirk2NCC1701
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Yup, crafty, decrepit, fat old men send young, healthy, gullible/malleable, fit men off to war -- to bleed, get maimed (in body, mind and spirit) or get killed -- just so that these old 'bastards' can maintain their decadent, hypocritical lifestyle.

Either send these old coots off to war (if they weren't there as young men), or turn the fuckers into Soylent Green!

(Speaking as an indignant, almost-old-man, who's tired of the BS from the fat old fucks around me)

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:56 | 4380174 thunderchief
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The dogs of war...

"You're not man enough to die like I want to kill you!"

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:06 | 4380220 firstdivision
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How many boy's does Representative Grimm break on a daily basis?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:26 | 4380327 Landrew
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Do you think he treats all of HIS BOYS like that?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:08 | 4380516 walküre
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I dunno .. Kid's got the kind of face that just screams


Alternatively break me in half.

In this case, I'm with Grimm. Cool last name anyway. Does he chase fairy tale ghosts in NY?

Reporters are an annoying breed for the most part. Don't wish that plague on my worst enemy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:33 | 4380059 Agent P
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He's done. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:40 | 4380074 hedgeless_horseman
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Nah.  People don't give a shit.  Stark survived and thrived. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:40 | 4380097 Stoploss
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:47 | 4380142 spankthebernank
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Howard Dean couldn't even survive an awkward celebratory yelp.  This guy will survive making a death threat?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:55 | 4380454 DollarMenu
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Dean was a surprise in a presidential nomination race who had to be stopped immediately.

This guy is just an asshole tool.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:47 | 4380146 Al Capowned
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He' is Probably earmarked for promotion, sociapthy is an asset in government not a liability

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:25 | 4380321 Kirk2NCC1701
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If you want to know who rules over you... find out who's allowed to criticize and threaten others. - Kirk

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:35 | 4380060 seek
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A new poster child for the replace congress campaign. I can only wish my state's senators would be as foolish.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:34 | 4380061 Dr. Engali
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Had that comment went the other way around the reporter would have been vistied by men in black suits. Fuck them assholes.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:45 | 4380118 LetThemEatRand
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Seriously.  And likely it would have been deemed a terrorist threat and he would be facing decades in Federal prison (or worse), while the Congressman at most has to worry about a few voters getting pissed at him.  There's the state of the Union for you.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:50 | 4380157 Skateboarder
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What is this Union you guys keep talking about? There hasn't been one since March 27, 1861.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:01 | 4380196 buzzardsluck
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Mental masterbation at this point but still interesting to know.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:58 | 4380185 alangreedspank
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The men in black suits make sure this is only a one way.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:35 | 4380063 Eternal Complainer
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Uttering threats not a crime for made men?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:55 | 4380154 hedgeless_horseman
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Repeat after me...

This is NOT assault.

In common law, assault is the act of creating apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact with a person.


An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal and/or civil liability. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and tort law.

Campaign contributions are NOT bribery.

Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.


Now, get back to grazing.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:56 | 4380171 john39
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foreign money on top of it all.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:20 | 4380285 tip e. canoe
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hmm, let's see what the other Black Horse has to say about those 2 words:

What is ASSAULT?

An unlawful attempt or offer. on the part of one man, with force or violence, to inflict a bodily hurt upon another. An attempt or offer to beat another, without touching him; as if one lifts up his cane or his fist in a threatening manner at another ; or strikes at him, but misses him. 3 Bl. Comm. 120; 3 Steph. Comm. 469. Aggravated assault is one committed with the intention of committing some additional crime; or one attended with circumstances of peculiar outrage or atrocity. Simple assault is one committed with no intention to do any other injury. An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Pen. Code Cal.

What is BRIBERY?

In criminal law. The receiving or offering any undue reward by or to any person whomsoever, whose ordinary profession or business relates to the administration of public justice, in order to influence his behavior in otlice, and to incline him to act contrary to his duty and the known rules of honesty and integrity. Hall v. Marshall, 80 Ky. 552; Walsh v. People, 05 111. 05, 16 Am. Rep. 509; Com. v. Murray, 135 Mass. 530; Hutchinson v. State, 36 Tex. 294. The term “bribery” now extends further, and includes the offense of giving a bribe to many other classes of officers; it applies both to the actor and receiver, and extends to voters, cabinet ministers, legislators, sheriffs, and other classes. 2 Whart. Crim. Law,

What is BRIBERY? definition of BRIBERY (Black's Law Dictionary)

then there's the Legal Word for the Day:


The intent to commit a crime: malice, as evidenced by a criminal act; an intent to deprive or defraud the true owner of his property. People v. Moore. 3 N. Y. Cr. R. 458.  (source: Black’s Law Dictionary)


nope, nothing to see here, nothing at all.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:39 | 4380357 Kirk2NCC1701
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The key in all this is JURISDICTION.  The person doing the bribing is (potentially) in trouble only if they are in US jurisdiction.

In other countries, it is or can be framed (hidden, masked) as an "expedite fee", and is spoken of as such in open conversation -- both oral and written.  Also, note that foreign laws may allow for 'bribing' of other foreign entities -- by re-framing the activity in more sanitized words and processes. 

It may come as a surprise to some, but large US companies have clever work-arounds and middle-men (at arms length) to do the bribing for them.  I've witnessed this myself.   If a person doesn't know this, then they clearly don't have any experience with global sourcing... "they don't get out much".

This whole 'bribing' stuff is just more material for the Judicial, Legal and Political Industry to glam onto, to maintain their cushy lifestyle.  Fucking self-serving hypocrites!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:24 | 4382237 tip e. canoe
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The key in all this is JURISDICTION.

indeed, secret is that key works both ways.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:35 | 4380065 stock trout
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Just positioning himself for Christie's VP. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:36 | 4380066 arnoldsimage
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a wee bit of ptsd, perhaps.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:37 | 4380073 NOZZLE
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Unlike the Demoshits, who make excuses for sick animals like Pelosi, Reid, Debbie WashUrPussy, Mel Reynolds, MassageBoy Obama, the puke who thought Guam was going to tip over, the witches from from CA, the ape with the Clonopin eyes from Georgia or the rest of the genetic dregs we get rid of our problems immediately.

This clown has to go, NOW and should resign immediately.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:38 | 4380085 skins1
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Don't mess with 'Strong Island'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:05 | 4380511 Vooter
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...and its lovely architecture...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:39 | 4380086 orangedrinkandchips
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nothing to hide...NORMAL BEHAVIOR......NORMAL....move along....


Never ever corner a fucking that one.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:30 | 4380605 Herd Redirectio...
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One time my dog chased a coon into a burrow...  Lets just say separating them was... Unpleasant.  Still have all my fingers, though!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:39 | 4380091 squid427
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I said it before, we are not governed citizens. We are subjects ruled by organized crime. The only good that I see from this is that their masks are comming off and they are showing their true colors.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380099 Kaiser Sousa
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i would have whipped his mother fucking ass right there on camera...

Nothing will change until the people take back this country from the MoneyChangers and the government they own...

ur votes r meaningless....

there is no republican or democrat...

just the ruling wealthy elite and they aint giving shit up with out sheeding some of their blood.........


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:44 | 4381068 stormsailor
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armlock him to his knees, unzip and piss on his head.  i've done that to someone before.  but i was very drunk.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:44 | 4382344 Trucker Glock
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Did she give you her number for a second date?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:41 | 4380109 Judge Crater
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That is the problem, all these politicians are blowhards who talk big.  If Grimm wanted to toss the reporter off the balcony, he should have followed Jackie Chan's advice, "Just do it!"  Grimm doesn't even know how to say "No comment."

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:43 | 4380112 nantucket
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hayek has a whole chapeter in "the road to serfdom" about how the worst rise to power in totalitarian systems (Chapter 10.  "The Worst Get to The Top").  this congress-hole is exibit A.


“the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful” in any society in which government is seen as the answer to most problems. They are precisely the kind of people who elevate power over persuasion, force over cooperation. Government, possessing by definition a legal and political monopoly of the use of force, attracts them just as surely as dung draws flies. Ultimately, it is the apparatus of government that allows them to wreak their havoc on the rest of us.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:46 | 4380124 SharkBit
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"professionalism and respect"?  Go back to basic manners school.  Just another idiot not man enough to simply say I'm Sorry but like a true politican tries to spin his way out.  Down with this dude!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:46 | 4380127 linrom
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CEO material.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:24 | 4380316 corporatewhore
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One favorite nutcase CEO for whom I worked had an entire third floor filled with stuffed animals he'd accumulated over the years.  At the end of the day he'd take a tennis racket and beat them. 

I wonder why he never ran for congress

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:45 | 4380129 Johnny Cocknballs
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So I guess ZH deletes comments these days?  

An earlier post is now gone, and not a thing false, unfair, or incendiary about it.

So much for fight club.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:56 | 4380173 RebelDevil
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I think the user can delete his/her comments or account on their own too.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:46 | 4380134 The Carbonator
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Grimm is a Republican who thought for a second he can act like a Democrat.


This guy is the only Republican in the Senate out of NYC.  He is surrouded by Democrats and sees these antics all the time go unreported and unpunished.  Grimm needs to say this to himself 10x while clicking is heals "only Democrats can get away with extortion, bribery and destruction".


He will be destroyed, while the real destroyers are calling for the "year of action".


Now if you think I'm a supporter of his I am not.  Last February I attended a two 2nd Amendment protest rallies outside his office because he signed onto the fascist Cuomo SAFE act in NY.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:17 | 4380553 Clowns on Acid
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Grimm represents Staten Island in NYC... what do you expect?

Whenever has that little dirtbag Scotto ever asked a DEM poltician about their crimes (some of whoich far heinous than $4600)? Make that a non white DEM politician in NYC...when has NY 1 or Scotto ever asked an uncomfortable question of one of those guys / gals?

The answer is never...... 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:35 | 4381007 eatapeach
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Grimm is ex-FBI, ex-Marine. And my phone is acting strange. The new OS (droid) is shittay, clunky, andamassivebackdoorforcocksuckingeavesdroppers.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:48 | 4380137 surf0766
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So he was voted in as tea party and then proceeded to turn RHINO...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:08 | 4380225 Mi Naem
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Shocking, just shocking! 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:51 | 4380143 Cacete de Ouro
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Grimm later tries a U Turn
"I meant as long as it's a ground floor balcony with a nice flower bed of soft turf next to it, you know just sort of lift him over the railing and place him on the flowers"

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:49 | 4380150 therearetoomany...
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Should lose his job immediately, and charged with assault,,,

Republican Democrat whatever....

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 01:33 | 4383268 dvfco
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This almost sounds like a bad Fairy Tale! 



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:49 | 4380158 QQQBall
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The little people have no right to question their rulers. If you do - you get thrown outta window, broken in half or ruined by the IRS

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:52 | 4380162 BadDog
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Time to bring back dueling

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:55 | 4380169 Spastica Rex
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:04 | 4380211 falak pema
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peppermint and gangsterment; you have those who chew gum and those who chew humans.

As Gerald Ford said : I can't chew and think (like a gangster) at the same time. 

These days our elites have no problem doing both as they have been fed on derivatives and steroids.

Talk about 0.001% progress! 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:59 | 4380486 Spastica Rex
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Best government money can buy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:13 | 4380838 Son of Captain Nemo
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You need to patent that one and make tee shirts!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:57 | 4380179 squid427
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Spastica, I love the new term gangsterment. It is officially part of my lexicon now.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:58 | 4380187 Son of Captain Nemo
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Are we really shocked by this?...

Better use of our time is watching Pakistan and Afghanistan holding up the American "chuckwagon" with their threats of not honoring U.S. forces in there Countries, or the attacks on Syria or in Africa that aren't being reported in the MSM.

Congressman Grimm is (nothing more nothing less) than a byproduct of America's love affair with it's "exceptionalism" -that is the exact opposite!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:58 | 4380188 Fix It Again Timmy
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Member of Congress, my ass! - Those creatures haven't been sighted for over 100 years - try Corporate Serf/Slave instead....

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:00 | 4380193 falak pema
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Kiev on the Potomac! 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:03 | 4380199 f16hoser
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Fuck Him! He said it, he meant it! This little prick should have his head stuffed into a public toilet and given a "Swirly!"

I rate this guy right up there with Hank "I saved Quam from sinking" Johnson.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:02 | 4380203 buzzsaw99
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President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn star and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion!!!! A great man, a great american... [/idocracy]

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:05 | 4380218 Mi Naem
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Reality is stranger than fiction. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:52 | 4380430 dexter_morgan
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+100 for idocracy reference

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:04 | 4380208 SgtShaftoe
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From a systems perspective this whole mess is a tightly coiled spring, and every day they keep it all going the spring gets more and more compressed.  When this fucker let's loose, it's going to be epic. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:05 | 4380209 Mi Naem
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I'm no fan of Congress, and I don't know Grimm, but the "Journalist" was clearly a cheap shot artist weasel whose entertainment value would have been substantially enhanced by a flight over the balcony rail. 

..he and a bunch of others I can think of. 

Then it's Congresses turn. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:08 | 4380235 notadouche
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I thought our representatives were supposed to answer to the people about anything, not just what they cherry pick.  Shouldn't we expect our politicians to be gracious and answer any question from the media without the threat of physcial violence?  So, what next, the citizen threatened with the gulag if they ask the wrong question or heaven forbid publicly dissent?   

This guy gets a lot of free shit off of the public purse.  I think he should be able to handle any question no matter how objecionable he may find it.  

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:31 | 4380341 corporatewhore
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the role of journalist is not to play Oprah.

be a bitch, be nasty, be tough.  it's irrelevant.  you're not there to make friends.  the truth needs help getting exposed and it isn't going to happen if we blame the messenger.

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