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Douche of the Week: Harry Reid

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Updated: March 21, 2013
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By Mr. Twisted

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled program of commemorating the 10th anniversary of Operation: Iraqi Freedom to bring you a Douche of the Week special. And as you’ve probably already figured out, for us to depart from this series, something truly douche-tastic must have occurred.

Well, it did, and it came from….a politician.

I know, I know—it’s hard to imagine that a politician would be a douchebag, but it’s true. Even those noble souls who swear an oath of public servitude can disappoint us on occasion. And sometimes the imbecilic behavior can even come from the very top of the food chain. Shocking, I know.

Okay, that was pretty tough to type. So let’s get serious now. Politicians are basically making a habit now of pissing off America in general and the Veteran community in particular. This week it came from none other than Harry Reid—the Senate Majority Leader himself (a position which holds tremendous amounts of power in our current government, by the way).

After an explosion at an ammunition depot in Hawthorne, Nevada left 7 Marines dead, Senator Reid spoke on the Senate floor about how the sequester (you know, that whole failure on behalf of our Congress—the body of which Sen. Reid is a leader) was somehow connected to the deaths of these Marines.

The ever-benevolent and wise Senator stated:

“These men and women, our Marines, were training there in Hawthorne and with the sequester, it’s going to cut this stuff back, and I just hope everyone understands sacrifices made by our military, they are significant.”

Yes, Senator Reid; yes we do understand the sacrifices. And we understand them on a level you never have and never will. Now go choke yourself for assuming differently.

There are several problems here with what Sen. Reid said, not the least of which was the completely inappropriate and shameless use of the recently-deceased to further his own political agenda. The very notion of using dead service members for talking points on the Senate floor is despicable on an epic level, but the sad part is that it goes much deeper and is far more ridiculous as a whole story.

politicianFirst, stop and consider what the sequester is: automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies that were to be put into place if Congress did not come up with a budget that reduced the ridiculous levels of spending they have engaged in for a very long time. A deal was made between Congress and the White House that involved discretionary spending, bondholders, and possibly several head of cattle, a unicorn, and the firstborn of everyone in the military.

Second, understand why we got to the point of sequestration: the United States House of Representatives—the legislative body who is, at least in theory, in charge of writing a budget for the federal government—has passed several budgets and sent them to the Senate. The Senate has subsequently failed to pass a single budget since…..April 29, 2009. This means, in real terms, that they have failed to do their job. This is the equivalent of an Infantryman not shooting any live rounds for four years, or a medic never sticking an IV.

Thirdly, let’s ask ourselves a very simple and basic question: who runs the Senate? Sure, the Senate Majority Leader doesn’t force people to vote one way or another, but the person holding that seat controls a significant amount of what happens within those walls in terms of when laws are heard, which committee hears them, and so on. Suffice to say that, in many regards, the person in that position often has more power than the President of the United States (in some ways this is a good thing—we don’t want a king and our Constitution was written to prevent that very thing).

So, what can we take from these three points? Simply put, our government has overspent for a very long time. They put a safety in place to curb that spending, and have now run into that safety. And now one of the people in one of the most powerful positions that led to this has essentially claimed that military personnel are dying because of it.

This is like a snake eating itself and puking so that it has room to eat more.

Not only did Senator Reid disgracefully besmirch the names of fallen Marines, but he did so by using a financial problem in our government that he had a big hand in creating as a possible cause and a way to gain political points for his agenda. There is low and then there is that. To top it off, Reid has held that position since 2007—so it’s not like he just walked in and was handed this sequester problem.

No Mr. Reid, Fuck You!

No Mr. Reid, Fuck You!

For any in doubt about the sequester and whether or not it could in fact have led to the tragedy in Nevada, it is helpful to understand that the sequester is not even cutting real spending. The automatic cuts are about cutting growth—meaning that the Pentagon will still technically increase its spending over the next decade, but do so at a slower pace. For Senator Reid to claim that these cuts have led to military personnel being killed means he is either completely lying and doing it for political gain or he is monumentally ignorant of economics 101. My guess is both, based on what we’ve seen out of him in the last few years.

To Mr. Reid: You are a true douchebag and are now hereby given the title of Douche of the Week, which puts you in the running for Douche of the Year—a title to be granted by our panel of expert judges at a later time and after much deliberation (i.e. probably when Nick, Tommy, and Rob are halfway through a bottle of Maker’s Mark). For now, accept this title and the fact that you are not only monumentally stupid but also disrespectful to those who work harder than you do as they deal with cuts in their benefits, all while “calligraphers” at the White House make $200k a year and you continue to become a millionaire in public office.

And this group still does their job better than you do yours.  Those elected may not wish to pay proper tribute to your lives and service to our great country, but we do.

RIP Marines – Stand Easy

Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.

Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.

Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.

Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio

Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.

Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.

Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.

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27 Comments

  1. Quickburn

    March 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    You guys went easy on this parasite. Semper Fi, Marines.

  2. JoeC

    March 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Douches everywhere should be organizing a march to protest that you have lumped them in with trash like this clown. I would love to see how he connected the dots to associate an accident like this to sequestration. The mortar that blew up was probably produced months or even years before it was used in a time before sequestration was in place. If sequestration caused this, I would love to hear his reasoning for what caused all of the other accidents of this nature. I know MCAAP has had two large explosions in the last 40+/- years much larger than this one. If sequestration is the cause, how did those two occur. Idiot.

    It may only be March, but I think this combined with his other acts of douchetastication are grounds for awarding him douche of the year right now. I can’t imagine anyone making a comeback to claim the titel being as far behind in the race as they are right now.

  3. Robbiek3/187

    March 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    No sir, I believe balloting has now officially closed for Douche of the Year AND a sure fire first balloter for the Douchebag Hall of Fame.
    Harry Reid will forever be the Pantheon of Douchebag-edness.
    Well done, sir on giving this tool his comeuppance.

  4. Sgt.Joey

    March 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    The definition of insanity….doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result!Why do honorary douches keep putting these same ones back in office time after time? I will go now to seek solace in a bottle of Brandy and the young pretty thing that I am training on weights in my gym!!Tough job,but someone’s got to do it.

  5. Jeff

    March 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Is there a Douchebag Hall of Fame? If not lt’s get started on one and if so I agree with Robbiek this ass clown needs to be in it

  6. Logan

    March 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love the Douche of the Week column and love to read and have always agreed. I’m not so sure about this one though. While I think it insensitive to say anything other than Rest In Peace about these heroes (In which he did provide sympathy). I don’t really understand how he’s trying to push his agenda here. He didn’t mention the Republicans or anything of the sort. I understand that he had a large part in having the sequester happen, but from what I know was that it was the Republicans in the Legislature and Obama not coming to a compromise, a bi-partisan issue to a tee. Another thing I don’t completely agree with is that “sequestration only cuts growth”, with the established Tuition Assistance Program cut right-away, it seems as it was more than growth. Furthermore, he’s really the only Pro-Gun Democrat we have, he’s even said he won’t let the Assault Weapons Ban make it to the floor. If I am wrong, then please correct me, but as of right now, I don’t believe him to be a douche. Rest In Peace Marines.

    • Mr. Twisted

      March 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Logan,

      Two quick points: 1) the cutting of the tuition assistance program immediately after sequester started proves one thing above all else — that they are willing to use the military’s benefits as political capital. You’re absolutely right; they shouldn’t have been cut that fast. The fact that they were shows how little respect is given to military members as opposed to, say, food stamp recipients. Think they would toy with those so easily? Doubtful–but they’ll happily throw Active Duty personnel under the bus to prove a point.

      2) If you think Harry Reid is in any way a “Pro-Gun Democrat,” please read here: http://gunowners.org/is-harry-reid-pro-gun-or-anti-gun.htm

  7. Lisa T

    March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Sorry. Republican politicians still win douchebags of the century. Hands down. (The majority of the country agrees with me.)

    • RU Rob

      March 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Hmmm…there was no mention whatsoever of party affiliation in this piece. Please don’t insinuate that The Rhino Den is bashing a particular party, we hate all douchebag politicians. Regardless of what side of the isle they sit on.

      • James

        March 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

        So lets see a Republican Douche of the Week then. Should be pretty easy to do. Shut your eyes, put all the names of the GOP House members in a jar, and pick one.

        • RU Rob

          March 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Do a little digging and you can find them. Off the top of my head I know for a fact that there are at least two. I also should mention that Congress, as a whole, has won that honor three times.

          Since one is a little hidden…I will give you a hint: http://rhinoden.rangerup.com/a-douche-roundup/

          I stand by my previous statement.

          • James

            March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

            I stand by previous statement written below. This article came out six days ago on Faux News. Here you are regurgitating it on this page. Mindless rabble.

            http://nation.foxnews.com/harry-reid/2013/03/20/did-harry-reid-exploit-tragic-marine-accident

          • Mr. Twisted

            March 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

            Hey James, maybe you should look at when this story was posted.

            Guess what? I don’t read Fox News. There were more news sources that carried it than just them.

            Also, feel free to point out something that is actually wrong, rather than just calling it “mindless rabble.” You have no statement to stand behind, as you have yet to make anything resembling a point that shows where we are wrong. You are simply saying “stop being mean to Democrats and be mean to Republicans, too!” Trust me when I say this–I spent the last 2 1/2 years of my life working for a very large political interest group that goes after Republicans more than it does Democrats, so I am no stranger to what they have done.

          • James

            March 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

            Your statements are equally empty and provide no support, it is simply your opinion.

    • Virgil Hilts

      March 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Young Lady..the MAJORITY of the country agrees with me? The majority of the country is paying NO ATTENTION to you…let alone spinning in circles in rapt fascination with your perspicacity or sage-like wisdom. Get a clue, get a life….maybe just…nah…get a clue

  8. Lt.Roman

    March 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

    At this stage of the process, i believe that a Douchebag Group category is appropriate.Reid,Feinstein,Bloomberg, are just a few of the names that come to mind for this prominent Douchebag Group.

  9. James

    March 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I had to roll my eyes when I saw that a politician was the Douche of the Week. I lost a dollar to myself when I saw it was a Democrat. I’m starting to think Ranger Up and its writers are nothing more than the mindless rabble I typically encountered in my 11 years of service in the Army, mindlessly drooling over Faux News in the one stop. I’m no liberal by any means, I did serve in the Army from 2001 to 2012.

    Harry Reid of all people? The man literally used his fists to get out of poverty and into the Senate. The Senate is not the problem with this country, the GOP led House is where the problem lies. I think the rest of the country will agree with me in 2014. How about old Boner from Ohio as the Douche of the Week. He is part of the reason your tuition assistance is gone right now. Instead of voting Republican, members of the military should just shoot themselves in the foot as that would garnish the same results.

    I’ve been wearing your shirts since 2009 but now I’m thinking everytime I buy one of your shirts I have to consider, am I supporting Teabilly propaganda?

    • Mr. Twisted

      March 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      “The man literally used his fists to get out of poverty and into the Senate.”

      Did you ever think to ask yourself how, exactly, Senator Harry Reid became a multi-millionaire *after* becoming a Senator? Look at the salary of a US Senator, now look at Sen. Reid’s net worth; see something demonstrably wrong?

      As RU Rob said above, we don’t discriminate–we are equal opportunity Douche-callers. Rep. Boehner is, I wholeheartedly agree, part of the problem, as are other Republicans. But that’s the problem with arguing from a Republican v. Democrat point of view–there is a lot of wrong in both parties. We are not here supporting/attacking one or the other–we are calling out stupid when and where we see it.

      • Icouldchoketommywithhisrangerpanties

        May 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

        “The man literally used his fists to get out of poverty and into the Senate.”

        Reid grew up in poverty, he turned to boxing instead of other things many people who live in poverty turn to.

        I’m also not so sure he is easily bought. While serving as the Nevada Gaming commissioner a man named, Jack Gordon, attempted to bribe Reid. Reid in turn, went to the FBI where they recorded future conversations between Gordon and Reid. When the FBI came to arrest Gordon, Reid began choking Gordon out of anger and was quoted as saying, “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!”

        I’m off to burn the Ranger UP shirts I bought back before this company became joined the ranks of the right wing nut job conspiracy theorists. Relax Ranger UP, we surived Bush, you will survive Obama.

    • RU Rob

      March 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      I am not going to make everyone happy all the time, nor will I try. We call it like we see it and will defend to our death your ability to disagree with us.

  10. Dave

    March 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Greeting my fellow fighters,With all respect to this weeks Douche bag prick i would like to ask if we can have jim carrey as next weeks nominee for the song and dance that idiot posted and for the comments he made.thanks .And back to this weeks prick,he has costed more problem for us in Nevada,this prick need to retire and move to canada with jim farrey

  11. SGTCrazy

    March 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Let us not forget his other nick name. “Senator Harry “We have lost the War” Reid for his comments regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom and Anbar Province. You know the “War” they like to refer to as the Iraq War.

    RU Rob is right. Ranger up has done a great job of calling it when they see it. They should be admired for doing so. The problem here is that while Republicans do stomp on their cranks every so often they do so much less and when to do it isn’t as public or blatant and obvious.

    Democrats have a Long history of disrespecting and politicizing things like the Global War on Terror both Operations thereof. Thus having everyone fooled into believing that we are fighting TWO wars when in actuality it is one war with TWO separate operations. This is reflected in the ribbons you wear on your right breast.

    Oh yea and why has it always got to be FAUX NEWS. Whats up with that. Last time I checked the other News Networks were just as bad or worse. Ever watch Piers Morgan have a gun rights advocate on his program? Ever seen that person get a fair shake while trying to make a point during a civilized conversation. Last time I checked when Bill O’Riley interviews someone he disagrees with he at least allows that person to make his or her stated point and to even counter a point without being shouted down. How bout MSNBC Rachael Maddow calling soldiers mindless fools and just generally disrespecting everyone that she disagrees with.

    If those who watch Fox News are mindless why is it that Fox news has more viewers than all the other cable news channels combined?

    Please enough with the Fox News Crap. Here in Asscrackistan we watch what is on AFN and get a good mix of them all. Believe me they are all just as bad as the other in one way shape or form. Fox news just happens to be the best.

    Harry Reid is an idiot and the perfect example of why we need term limits for Senators and Congressmen. He never should have even mentioned those warriors. Accidents happen while training as unfortunate as that is it is a fact of our jobs. We engage in activities that no amount of risk assessment or precaution can prevent something from happening at some point in time.

    Grow up people. This isn’t a Republican issue or a Democrat one this is an American issue. Senator Reid stomped on his crank Disrespected 7 marines who had no choice in the matter and has been duly called out on it.

    Also on the gun note. Harry Reid is introducing a Background check bill and WILL allow the Semi Automatic weapons ban bill to have its vote. He is not the gun friendly Democrat many say he is. He doesn’t stand by principle he bends and breaks under pressure. He could care less about protecting and defending the Constitution all he cares about is advancing HIS Parties agenda so that he can get reelected again. The citizens of Nevada who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves.

    2014 will be a repeat of 2010. with the possibility of republicans gaining control of the senate. Especially If a gun control bill of any type is passed.

    Shoot Safe, Shoot Straight

    SGTCrazy – OUT

    • James

      April 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

      It’s sad that Faux News is the number one viewed news source. According to a study by Fairleigh Dickinson University Faux News viewers were less informed than those that got their news from other sources. In fact, Faux News viewers answered less questions correctly about domestic issues than people who watched no news at all according to the survey.

      Shoot straight and always call stupid out wherever you see it

      • Jeremiah

        April 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        I really, really didn’t want to get into this debate here, but I just have to say as a German American, just shut up. Don’t take that the wrong way to say I don’t respect your right to free speech, but every time you have tried a rebuttal, you have attacked the person’s ethos, without providing any verification of your own ethos, used a whole lot of pathos (calling it faux news, using the word “propaganda” etc.) You have yet to provide any logos, actual facts, to a debate where everyone else is providing facts and sources, and then not even addressing their sources or facts, with one exception that you didn’t even provide a source or actual statistic for. You know why I mention being a German American up there? As a people, Germans have had to learn that letting people sway you with speeches made entirely out of attacking another individual, or appealing to emotions will screw you over in the end (see nearly every war Germany has ever been in, particularly the World Wars, and the takeover a fascism on multiple occasions). If you wish to site sources or facts, please do, I love a good debate, but understand what it means to be a good debate. If someone wishes to site Godwin’s Law on me, I welcome it, but understand I am not attacking him personally, just his tactic of debate.

        • James

          April 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

          Just shut up because I don’t agree with you, typical mindset of the Tea Douche. I provided the results from a poll a well respected University provided. How is that not providing facts and a source of my facts? I would say the Rhino Den writers are the ones just blasting facts from the fourth point of contact.

          • Jeremiah

            April 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

            One time out of four rebuttals? Oh, and here is the same study, fact checked at a different site. . My rebuttal to your statement. This study shows that MSNBC and CNN viewers has almost identical rates, odd huh? Yeah, had to look up where the heck you were coming from. What you got was research bias, in other words, they bullshitted the results. By the way, I was attacking your METHOD of arguing, not you, as was evident if you read all the way through. Please note something, I did not put a derrogatory term on either of the Liberal (lean any farther left and fall over liberal) News Media mentioned above. Your constant use of Faux news automatically makes it appear you are coming from a personally attacking angle. In an official debate, doing this would be seen. Oh, and here is the rebuttal placed by fox news, . Good night, and God bless.

      • Jeremiah

        April 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Ok, now to do my logos so I am not called a hypocrite in about two seconds, because man that was an unconfortable amount of ethos for me, I feel dirty actually. Now, I have watched CNN debated, NBC, all the Liberal media types (to call them something else is complete bull) and noticed something, on the astoundingly rare times they allow a conservative who is intelligent to speak (there are idiots and geniuses to the right and left, but they find mainly idiots? what could possibly be the reason for that) they are outnumbered and cut off from speaking, mostly these guys didn’t even mention things like the 80+ interuptions in the Vice Pridential debates by VP Joe Biden. Piers Morgan is a star example, cutting off debates from the right with “You are an idiot aren’t you,” a phrase which I seriously want to go through his show just to count the number of times he says it. While Fox news does have a conservative slant to things, they actually allow liberals to come on and debate issues from their side and give them their time to voice their opinions. As far as being “uninformed” just think of this, how often do you find out that stories the media is telling you are complete bullshit that get a two second redaction, or even no redaction at all? Does vaccinations causes autism ring any bells? Completely scientifically disproven, and not given almost any time in the media for a retraction. And as for putting Republicans on the Douche of the Week, how about Republican leadership that allow crap laws and amendments to go through due to political pressuring, that the democratic side of congress pushes forward, then proceeds to blame the Republicans for the dang ramifications? I mean, seriously, when there have been bills that have gotten pushed through, without any Republicans signing it, and the crap bill blew up in their faces, automatic response of Democratic Party? Blame the Republicans, and people bought it because of the liberal media. I am approaching complete non-germane territory, and for that I apologize to all those reading. Have a good day, and God bless.

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