Lion of the Blogosphere

Guido Congressman from Staten Island

This incident happened last evening after the State of the Union address. Reported at Real Clear Politics:

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—— 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.”

This demonstrates once again how Staten Island has the lowest class of people on the planet. The whole island is populated by guidos, who behave even worse than this Congressman.

Some other indicators of Michael Grimm’s guidoness:

  • Italian mother
  • Attended Catholic school
  • Described here as a “gym rat” who part enjoys “Arnold Schwarzenegger-style weightlifting”
  • Worked as a stockbroker at “Whale Securities,” which sounds like a bogus boiler-room operation to me (and described as a boiler room at NY Magazine).
  • Attended New York Law School (not NYU, but the crappy law school with a similar name) described by Above the Law (along with Brooklyn Law School) as being full of guidos and guidettes.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Posted in New York City, Politics

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  1. Reporters are scum. Worse than Guidos. I’d operate with the starting assumption the reporter probably deserved to be tossed off the balcony. In fact, more people should toss reporters off balconys. The world would be a better place.


    January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    • Grimm voluntarily decided to talk to the guy. (Or are you going to argue that it wasn’t truly voluntary?)

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      • He voluntarily talked to him about the SOTU, not about allegations about himself.

        Dave Pinsen

        January 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    • I don’t have much respect or sympathy for the press, journalists, entertainment industry, etc. However, it’s a little disturbing that a congressman can’t control himself. Don’t get me wrong. I have an extreme temper. But I haven’t let it get away from me in public for a very long time. After serving in the marines and FBI you’d think he would have developed some self-control, too.


      January 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    • Yeah, who the hell does this reporter think he is, approaching a publicly elected official in a public place to ask about unflattering public allegations? Why even bother with news, we’ll get everything we need to know from their Facebook pages.

      Sheila Tone

      January 30, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    • Thank you. I was just about to respond and point out that there’s a class of people who are even lower than any guido or Jersey Shore type and that’s reporters.

      Want to know the psychological profile of the typical person who becomes a reporter? Think back to kindergarten. Remember the kids who were “tattle tales,” “teacher’s pets,” “goody two shoes”? Those are your future reporters. Anyone who behaves that way past the age of 6 is a loathsome human being. Scum with a capital S.

      They always put on a charade of innocence, as if they have no conception that their prying personal questions might reasonably annoy and anger people. Give me a break. Those assholes should be publicly flogged. It would have brought great joy to my heart to see that pencil necked faggot get thrown off the balcony by the tough guido congressman.

      That said Lion, your analysis of his proleness is right on the mark, as usual. You did miss one thing though:

      – Owner of a loud and unruly dog (per The Hill profile).

      Another tell-tale prole marker.


      January 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

  2. Scary, Catholic weightlifting man!

    The Anti-Gnostic

    January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    • You need to watch the Jersey Shore.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      • Instead of watching “jersey Shore”, wouldn’t it be a better use of the Lion’s time to absorb some classic Italian writings, paintings, and other works of high culture? This way he can feel superior to guidos by saying in honesty that he has experienced more of the best Italian culture than they have. Looking down at people because you have a higher IQ is just prole, isn’t it? It’s what white proles do to NAMs,

        And what could the “Jersey Shore” crew do in return? To get even they would have to go on an extensive campaign to learn about HBD. Imagine the guido guys reading Paul Fussell and learning what “g-loaded” means! Imagine Snooki trying to raise her SAT score by taking a course from the Princeton Review – since Lion has convinced her that SAT scores are indicative of IQ. Imagine some quidette from Staten Island saying that she’s giving up her weekly nail salon appointment because she’s now too “future time oriented” to care much about how her nails look! Imagine each of the guys aiming to be voted “Lion of the Guidosphere!”

        Just trying some humor, folks!


        January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

  3. Attended New York Law School (not NYU, but the crappy law school with a similar name) described by Above the Law (along with Brooklyn Law School) as being full of guidos and guidettes.

    I once worked for Milbank Tweed, one of the biggest law firms you can find, over 500 attorneys in their NY location. One of the partners whom I was working under, graduated from New York Law School. And yes, he was a Jewish guido (plenty of Jews who are guidos, as with Italians). There is affirmative action in BIGLAW. Yes, proles who are top of their class in their respective guido law school, have a shot to a prestigious law career.


    January 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    • Yes, there absolutely are Jewish guidos.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      • Iranian Jews?


        January 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      • Andrew Dice Clay is a famous Jewido!


        January 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      • Jackie Martling once said to Andrew Dice Clay, “You’re the opposite of Joey Buttaffuoco: a fake Italian in real leather”.

        Dave Pinsen

        January 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      • There are communities within driving distance of where I live that are full of Irish guidos. I have yet to see a Jewish guido, but I believe Lion’s statement.


        January 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM

  4. Do you think de Blasio can wave a magic wand to his fellow Italianos in Staten Island, where they can stop becoming guidos? After all, many of them voted for him.


    January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    • Bill DeBlasio’s birth name is Warren Wilhelm, and he was born in Cambridge, MA. He’s mostly German, of whom the last such mayor of NY was Robert F. Wagner, the 50’s and 60’s. His parents were Ivy League of Several Sisters educated, and he himself holds a MA i international affairs from Columbia. Hardly t stuff from which guidos are made.

      And besides, would a real guido marry a black woman six years older than himself?

      None of this, however, makes him any less loathsome.


      January 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

  5. I wouldn’t say NY Law School and Brooklyn Law School is “guido”, but more of a genuinely “Native” New Yorker school. The heavily accented Jewish or Italian finds these schools to be symbolic of their heritage.

    NYU use to be a Native New Yorker school, so was Columbia to a certain degree, and definitely the CUNY – Public schools.

    All it takes is the administration to wave a magic wand, by advertising how studying in NYC is a very sexy thing and by attending their respective school, it will give students this opportunity. Watch the floodgates of future transplant SWPLs come into NY, whom I think are 100x worse than guidos, when it comes to their arrogance and delusional worldliness.


    January 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    • Wallace Stevens went to New York Law — Guido?

      Dave Pinsen

      January 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      • The proleness of the school wasn’t there during his time.

        Remember what they said about the CUNY Public Colleges in NYC, back in the day? There were the poor man’s Harvard schools. Really? It’s definitely not true today!


        January 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM

  6. But Grimm is a Brooklynite–he lives in the small slice of his district that *isn’t* in S.I. It was pretty unprecedented for the Staten Island GOP to endorse some not from that borough for Congress, but they did.

    The Man From K Street

    January 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

  7. Whoa, you certainly have a thing about staten i. Yes, there’s a certain anti- intellectual trashiness that characterizes this crowd of majority italian /minority irish/other catholic ethnicities civil servants esp nypd and fdny, who at least during the 60’s and 70’s when i grew up there, thought nothing of throwing bricks through windows of would-be black neighbors who dared to move there. At that benighted outpost i attended known as new dorp high school, protestants were exotic! Even more than jews, rare though they were.

    It was quite an insular world. Even i, who was pretty well read, assumed the rest of the country was just like si.

    But these are the people you want to be with in any emergency. For all their boorishness, they possess a generosity not found among swpls.


    January 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    • From what I remember growing up during this era very few Italian kids had any desire to throw any rock through anyone’s window. And they wouldn’t have indulged in such a desire even if they’d had one. They’d have been far more afraid of a beating from their parents than the cops.

      Also, is there any hard data on the ethnicity of the whites in States Island (i.e. what percentage are Italian, what percentage are Irish, etc…?)


      January 29, 2014 at 6:44 PM

  8. Doesn’t look like a stereotypical guido at all in that pic. Not everyone with Italian ancestry who lifts weights and threatens someone when he’s angry is a guido.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    • Not all Italians are guido.
      Not all guidos are Italian.

      But there is strong overlap between the two.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      • A “strong” overlap? Measured how? Is there a “guidometer” that we can use on each Italian to see if he/she qualifies so that we can get even an approximate percentage? No, Lion is just overreacting to the presence of guido types since they are ostentatious. But think of it this way. No matter how “strong” the overlap is between guidos and Italians, the term guido was created by Italians themselves. If the boorishness that’s being characterized by the term were standard behavior among Italians then why would Italians themselves create the term? Such behavior would be considered normal and there would be no need to give it a special label. Anyone from another culture who objected to that behavior would be told “well, this is just how we are.” The very fact that an ethnic group sees the need to give a certain kind of behavior a special label shows that it is the exception. Lion has an IQ of 145 and doesn’t realize se this. Yours truly (maybe because of her apparently guidette genes) has an IQ of 120, yet could figure this out on her own. As always Lion says and implies foolish things when his only real goal is to feel superior. It’s a case of the ego overwhelming the intellect.

        In addition, he lists having an Italian mother and having attended Catholic school as signs of being a guido. I guess I’d qualify then. So would Pope Francis. Luciano Pavarotti probably attended Catholic school also. It’s getting crowded in here, isn’t it? And now we learn that you can even complete law school and be a guido! This is really a case of bending the pieces to fit the puzzle. I thought guidos were supposed to be stupid and anti-intellectual. Can talk of the “think-tank guido” be far behind?

        The funny thing is that if Lion had simply said that Italians tend to have anger problems and that most could probably benefit from some anger management training, he’d have been close to the truth!


        January 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      • Vinny on Jersey Shore was a law student.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      • Ok, but he’s not wearing gaudy jewelery in that pic, he’s got a nicely tailored suit on, with a conservative hair style, etc (though I do wonder why he shops for menswear all the way down in Philly).

        Dave Pinsen

        January 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

  9. Should we say Grimm is very alpha?
    He may have gone to NY Law School, but still have managed to become a congressman at a young age.


    January 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    • Guidos are supposed to have lots of swagger. Watch the Jersey Shore.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      • So is grimm alpha or not? I agree with you that he is a guido.


        January 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    • In the traditional meaning of the term, sure. In the Heartiste meaning? I guess you’d have to see him in action.

      Dave Pinsen

      January 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

  10. Such behavior towards the press should be the default behavior of every single American towards the press. They are loathsome destroyers. If every press question were met with hostile defiance we might get a press with at least a tiny shred of honesty rather than the mere parroters of the Ruling Class narrative that we have now. More power to Grimm. I wish he would have clocked the guy and broken his nose.


    January 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    • I agree. Kill ’em all. Even God won’t be bothered to sort ’em out.

      Robert the Wise

      January 31, 2014 at 4:06 AM

  11. The reporter Grimm threatened to toss off a balcony is named Michael Scotto. So it’s Guido vs. Guido. sort of like the Hatfields and McCoys.

    Grimm is probably pleased that his “off-the-record” comments were recorded. It will remind his constituency of John Gotti.

    ice hole

    January 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

  12. lion, who is behind the atlanta snowstorm mess? guess the race of the mayor…


    January 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

  13. >>The reporter Grimm threatened to toss off a balcony is named Michael Scotto. So it’s Guido vs. Guido. sort of like the Hatfields and McCoys.

    Scotto is a slight, effete, wisp of a man, and he works as a journalist. He is not a guido (the better word is cugine/cuginette, That’s what they used to call themselves). He is as bewildered and repulsed by the guido phenomena as we are.


    January 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

  14. If you want to see a charming take on the guido phenomena without scorcese-esque braggadocio and violence rent the move “Spike of Bensonhurst”, written and directed by – of all people – Paul Morrissey, of Warhol notoriety.


    January 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    • Not sure I’d call “Spike” charming. It was a vicious slap to the people in Bensonhurst Brooklyn and it’s ethnic stereotypes/insults were so extreme that film critic Leonard Maltin warns of them in a movie review book of his. Of course, the trouble with viewing such works as “Spike” or “Jersey Shore” as representative of anything is that they are fiction and mean to entertain – not represent anyone or analyze a whole community. They aren’t works of sociology. The people in “Jersey Shore” are being paid to act like buffoons. And if Vinny of that show is a law school student this doesn’t mean that Italian law-school students are represented by his behavior or even that the behavior he exhibits on the show is typical of how he behaves off-camera.

      I took Paul Morrissey to task for his viciousness in “Spike” over 10 years ago in a lengthy letter. I never received a reply but managed to meet him at a film event in 2003. After casually stating that I had a “chip on my shoulder” he admitted that my critique of “Spike”‘ contained some good reasoning. I remember one scene in particular where an Italian mother from the community marches into a restaurant and upbraids a local Mafia boss for failing to keep the local kids in line (her son had been involved in a fight and she feels Spike was a bad influence on him.) She orders the Mafia boss to “do something about that Spike kid” as she intends her son to be lawyer or engineer one day (apparently she excels in future time orientation and is already planning an SWPL future for him!) I told Mr. Morrissey in the letter that a neighborhood contains upward of 100K people and that a few Mafia chiefs couldn’t possibly control the actions of that many people, even just the children. It is only when the vast majority is kept civilized by the influence of the family that there would even be a chance of mobsters keeping down the crime rate in a community by being tough guys who keep other tough guys in line. Mr. Morrissey’s implicit message in the film is that Italian neighborhoods are kept orderly by the Mafia but NAM neighborhoods are instead torn apart by their own Mafias.

      I better leave it at this or Lion will start censoring my posts or taking away my posting privileges!


      January 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

  15. NYT, 01/29/14

    …This month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Diana K. Durand, a fund-raiser for Mr. Grimm, on charges that she illegally funneled more than $10,000 into his campaign. Mr. Grimm has also faced a continuing federal investigation into accusations that he or his campaign illegally solicited money from foreign donors….After serving in the first gulf war in 1991 [as a marine], he [Grimm] worked 11 years as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, going undercover on Wall Street to put white-collar criminals behind bars.

    Grimm might have developed an anger management problem, but he’s certainly quite bright in order to get through the rigorous screening, testing, and background investigation that White males must exceed to get hired by the FBI.

    E. Rekshun

    January 29, 2014 at 6:26 PM

  16. Maybe Grimm was simply having a grim day.


    January 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM

  17. This demonstrates once again how Staten Island has the lowest class of people on the planet.

    How does the crime rate compare to other districts?


    January 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

  18. I take it you are not a big fan of Italians.

    Joe Walker

    January 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

  19. “Rep. Michael Grimm didn’t know whom he was dealing with on Tuesday when he threatened to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto off the US Capitol balcony and “break you in half. Like a boy.”

    The journalist is a cousin of Anthony Scotto, former head of the Brooklyn longshoremen’s union and a former boss in the Gambino crime family.

    “Michael is a tough reporter and in true Scotto fashion, he’s not easily intimidated!” “Good Day NY” host Rosanna Scotto, Anthony’s daughter, told me.
    “Grimm’s outlook may be grim,” laughed one Brooklynite. “Is he nuts, or what?”


    January 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

  20. ahhh, the italian american, very interesting.

    when i was in grad school the three italian americans, who didn’t know each other prior to grad school and were from ohio, philli and new york, asked ALL the questions in class and sat together.

    it’s weird but they really are a “white ethnic” group. the italians on the west coast i knew before were fairly indistinguishable from other whites in behavior, like dimaggio i guess. joltin’ joe was from sf.

    i haven’t noticed ne irish are like this.

    one fascinating cultural difference: italians and jews love to argue. nw european protestants think arguing about anything is bad form.

    when the italian american says he going to throw you over a balcony he doesn’t mean it. when the white trash guy (german, scottish, english) says it, he means it.

    of course, italy is two countries. there’s the italy of reinhold messner and the italy of scorsese. the italians in nyc are especially dark. did most italian immigration to the us come from s italy?

    jorge videla

    January 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    • Jews and Italians in NYC have a lot of similarities, both argumentative, loud mouth and almost non assimilable when living among themselves.

      On the Hollywood screen, Jews and Italians have taken each other roles. 2 Jews and 2 Italians in this famous scene in our beloved Mafia movie. Robert Duvall, of course is not Jewish/Italian.

      Gotta love that New York Accent!


      January 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      • Duvall’s character in the Godfather was adopted by the family; he’s supposed to be Irish-German.

        I always found it interesting that none of the three Oscar winners for the great Italian American movie Moonstruck were Italian: screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Irish), Cher (Armenian), and Olympia Dukakis (Greek).

        Dave Pinsen

        January 30, 2014 at 5:28 AM

      • Italian Americans, especially those in the Northeast get no love!

        Reasons: Italian Americans are still as seen uneducated, overly racist, blue collar and of course, prole. Guys like Grimm and Christie, who are part Italian, come off as petty hot heads.

        A few years ago, there was a professor in NYC, of Italian descent, who complained that his own people are underrepresented as elites, and are for the most part, not that educated, which is definitely true.


        January 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      • The story is more about Jews than you might think. The congressman might be a guido but Israeli activists are closely tied to him and that’s why he might go to prison.

        ….he is being investigated by the FBI for circumventing campaign finance (he got half a million dollars from an Israeli rabbi’s followers even after his ex girlfriend took the rap for funneling the money to Grimm).


        January 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

  21. Lion, explain bogus boiler room stock operations! I only have a vague idea of what you’re talking about. I’ve never gotten a call from one, and don’t know anyone who has.

    Sheila Tone

    January 30, 2014 at 1:53 AM

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  23. Alphas NEVER apologize!

    Robert the Wise

    January 31, 2014 at 4:04 AM

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