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 SoberOne
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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.


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