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Harry Reid … Boxer?

Posted on | August 5, 2012 | 20 Comments

by Smitty

I saw this on Hot Air

According to a source familiar with Reid’s thinking, the majority leader, a former boxer, considers himself a political street fighter now

A bit of Wikipedia takes you to LVRJ:

Reid was not born into a Mormon family and did not join the church until he was a student at Utah State University in Logan. After a rough and tumble upbringing in the mining town of Searchlight, Reid became an amateur boxer and has acknowledged getting “called out” from bars in his youth.
“I am, by nature, somebody that … I was raised where you settled your differences physically, and I still have a little of that in me and I’m fighting that all the time. I don’t want to be mean to people,” he said.

Excuse me, but:

Ha ha ha ha!

Dingius Maximus, suited for action

We need far more evidence than a story by Tony Batt in a friendly fish wrapper to put some viagra in Harry’s limp tale. If that story sucked any more, it would be. . .a literary biography, wherein Harry Reid was born behind the Iron Curtain, the son of a freedom fighter, whose father died protecting him and his laboring mother from Commies. Mom snuffs it, too, leaving Harry to be raised by wolves. Then he wanders southeast, in the ruins of the WWII Balkans, barely missing a chance to wax a Nazi sympathizer whose name sounds like ‘morose’.

Hopping on a merchant vessel in his late teens, Reid comes to America, learning English from Isaac Asimov novels. The Foundation Trilogy, of course fires his imagination, as a Progressively perfected humanity seems a swell idea. He drifts west, finagles his way through school, launches a political career, and the rest is indistinguishable from an unflushed toilet.

Oh, no, wait: boxer. I get it. Not the pugilist kind, but:

English could be the language of ambiguity, but maybe not.

This post is not intentionally an insult to the Silver State. It’s just that when I think of amateur Congressional boxers, I think of my bottle-hitting Congress-tool, ‘Gentleman’ Jim Moran.

More at The Lonely Conservative, where we find out how the Dingy One takes care of ‘the family’. I wonder how much honest, simple investigative journalism it will take to uncover enough ethically dodgy crap in Reid’s past to make resignation seem attractive to the fellow.

I disagree with Bill Quick here. Not to be a Harry Reid apologist even slightly, Ethics Alarms has the right of it. What Jerry Sandusky did was unspeakable; let it therefore remain unspoken, unless delivering a subpoena for similar offenses. The Left denies Truth and opts for nihilism. Let the Lefties destroy their souls without choosing to follow, say I.

While not offering a full theory of “Good Clean Mockery” or claiming any authority over the idea, some of my internal editorial principles are:

  • Leave peoples’ names alone. By drawing a line there, I help myself to remember that even Harry Reid has a heart, albeit stone.
  • No potty mouth. The internet is full of little Quentin Tarantinos without me adding to that. The Lord sees all, as might someone from church.
  • Let the unspeakable remain unspoken. Sexuality is a private matter. If you’re going to make these kinds of accusations against Harry Reid, why not let it all hang out at the Chick-Fil-A with someone of the same gender? Pecca fortiter! No? Me neither.
  • Opt for a laugh. As I’ve tried to do in this post.

Update: linked by Hogewash


20 Responses to “Harry Reid … Boxer?”

  1. Like a Reid in the Wind | hogewash
    August 5th, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    […] Smitty has posted a fine example such humor, and at the end he offers some good rules for proper political joking: Leave peoples’ names alone. By drawing a line there, I help myself to remember that even Harry Reid has a heart, albeit stone. […]

  2. Jeffrey Collins
    August 5th, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Is anyone laying serious charges of pederasty at Reid? I mean, everything I’ve seen has been done with tongue firmly, and clearly, implanted in the cheek. It’s always been completely obvious, I thought, that this was “illustrating the absurd by being absurd” as Rush would say. Since anyone with a brain should be able to see that this isn’t serious, I’m having trouble seeing the problem here.

  3. McGehee
    August 5th, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I see the “pederasty” thing as a pushback on the “Romney’s never paid his taxes” calumny, nothing more. That said, I haven’t joined in, either.

  4. Bill54
    August 5th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Sometimes the only way to fight back is to make a mockery of the opponent. Also, didn’t Alinsky say to personalize? To make your opponent live up to his or her own standards? So we use the same tactics they do, and devil take the hindmost.

  5. jackafter6
    August 5th, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Did you get John McCain to write a guest post? You can turn the other cheek if that’s your style, but my philosophy is a little different. Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war! Rage rage against the dying of the light. Don’t start none, won’t be none.

  6. richard mcenroe
    August 5th, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Having been to Searchlight (as has Stacy) I suspect the only “fighting” Harry Reid did there was punching his own self repeatedly in the head for staying as long as he did.

  7. Blake
    August 5th, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Reid actually meant he’d gone a few rounds with Barbara Boxer. If you know what I mean, and I’m sure you do….

    Harry, when did your affair with Barbara Boxer end?

  8. Adobe_Walls
    August 5th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Apparently he’s been busy.

  9. DaveO
    August 5th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    “After a rough and tumble upbringing in the mining town of Searchlight”

    Which is another way of saying he was a bully, frequently in trouble with the law, and poor enough to do anything for a buck. Later, after returning to Searchlight as a lawyer, the townsfolk willingly sent him off to Congress so he could bully, frequently cause trouble with the law, and do anything for a buck (on someone else’s dime).

    The youth becomes the man he is. Pederasty is a rather light charge considering what Reid IS as a human being.

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 5th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I am just a poor boy From Searchlight, Nevada I have squandered my resistance I have been the attack liar for the DemocratsAll lies and jests Fortunately the press hears what it wants to hearAnd disregards the rest When I left Searchlight, NevadaI found the fun of boys In the company of pederasts In the quiet of the halls of Congress Laying low, seeking out special dealsTo boost my modest salary soLooking for the deals that only they would know Lie la lie … Asking only Senate wages I amassed 10 million in land But I get no offers, Just a come-on from boys in local school yards I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there Lie la lie … Then I’m lying about Mitt Romney And wishing he was gone I need Obama… Yet the Ritz Carlton winters are bleeding me Bleeding me, going home In the clearing stands a majority leader And a liar by his trade And he carries the reminders Of the lies he went and told  Or the back room deals he cut outIn his introspection and his shame “I am Dingy, I am Dingy” But the liar still remains Lie la lie …

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  12. Bob Belvedere
    August 5th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Reid launched a ‘When did you last beat your wife’ style of attack.

    We just responded in kind with a similarly absurd charge to make a point.

  13. smitty
    August 5th, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Oh very nicely played!

  14. smitty
    August 5th, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    And I’m saying that, like Adolf Hitler comparisons, the little boy thing is too far.

  15. K-Bob
    August 5th, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I’m also in agreement with leaving peoples’ names alone.  Naturally, I will laugh when Rush or Levin play with someone’s name.  They tend to assign humorous nicknames, rather than just damage the person’s actual name, but even that is an area where only the best of humorists should tread. (The funniest is Rush’s “rhymes with” tag whenever he mentions George Lakoff.)

    But in writing, I try always to use the name a person goes by. It sort of helps keep your arguments straight when you can’t rely on props and bluster. It’s especially important when you are arguing with those on the other side of the fake, left-right divide.

  16. Harry Reid Wants to Raise the Electricity Rates on His Own State to Help His Son | The Lonely Conservative
    August 5th, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

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  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 6th, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    It is fake.  The werewolf pups are too cute to be Dingy Harry’s.  Find some really ugly mutts and I might believe.  

  18. Bob Belvedere
    August 6th, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    This ain’t beanbag.

  19. 1bulwetweft
    August 6th, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Cool – why don’t we match Dinginess with Congressman Jim Jordan (2-time NCAA D1 Wrestling Champ) and see what he’s got?

  20. Guglielmo Boogliodemus
    August 7th, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    He’s a convert to Mormonism, hence, not a “real” Mormon. Trust me on this. As a convert, he gets a pass on a lot of shady behavior as he’s expected to not measure up. Mitt is from a long line of Mormons and seems to be in good standing. You won’t see him swapping it out at Reid’s level and Reid knows it. That said, Romney seems to be running a smart and so far flawless campaign.