Harry and the hookers

posted at 10:41 am on August 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Taking a break from the news on terrorism, racism and racist terrorism, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was back home in Nevada this week and stopped by the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas. During the Q&A session, Harry took a question on a perennial topic in Nevada… the oldest profession.

“I believe it has hindered economic development in the state,” Reid told the chamber.

So why does he think lawmakers didn’t act on his advice? Reid didn’t mince words.

“The Legislature, they’re all a bunch of cowards,” Reid said. “They were afraid to do anything about it.”

At the time, most lawmakers said they were dealing with a major budget crisis and didn’t have time to spend on debating whether to outlaw prostitution. Others said it’s a local issue for each of Nevada’s 17 counties to determine — a position Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval took, saying, “It’s up to the counties to decide if they want it or not.”

Three years later, there’s no indication lawmakers are moving to close legal brothels any time soon.

Reid told stories which indicate that he’s quite familiar with prostitution, but not in the way you’re thinking. He talked about hooking being the biggest industry in the town where he grew up during the war and how his mother took in laundry from the brothels. So why is he so opposed to it? Primarily it seems to be an economic question, with prostitution – in Reid’s view – driving away business. This is a rather different approach then the usual moral qualms expressed against it.

If this fight is still simmering in Nevada, is the United States actually moving away from broader legalization of prostitution, rather than towards expanding it? It’s generally a hot topic when you find libertarians debating conservatives, and one where they come down on very different sides. The moral aspects of the question seem to be lost on much of the rest of the world, as Canada has been increasingly in the legalization camp, and many European countries were ahead of them by decades, if not centuries.

This question doesn’t just divide the Right, but the Left as well. The “freedom to do anything” liberals don’t want the puritans shaming sexual activity, but the dedicated feminists feel it contributes to the abuse and enslavement of women. From a strictly capitalist perspective, I’d say that the demand for the product is never going to go away, so you should probably try to collect some taxes on it, eh? (Okay… not really.) But if you can get Harry Reid to oppose it, will you ever see national acceptance for it in the United States?


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If anyone knows the life of a whore it’s Cadaver Reid.

Bishop on August 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

War on Women

of the Night.

itsspideyman on August 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Iraq, Syria, Libya, unemployment, economic stagnation, inflation, tax reform, IRS harassment of the citizenry, politicization of federal agencies, DOJ corruption, racialism and gunrunning, Presidential anti-Constitutional behavior, mini-wars erupting all over the world, ebola, terrorism…

And now comes prostitution in sparsely populated counties of Nevada.

Does this one officially qualify as the single most blatant case of click-baiting yet recorded on the internet, or is there a more flagrant instance?

MTF on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“I believe it has hindered economic development in the state,” Reid told the chamber.

Imagine how much the Searchlight Strangler’s pedophilia has hindered economic development in NV.

HumpBot Salvation on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It was tried 100 years ago. didn’t work.

And Harry’s the biggest. Even his mom was a laundress.

formwiz on August 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Leftist ‘liberals’, this is on you, you god-damned hypocritical savages. Your PC owns all this.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Legalized prostitution leads to sex slavery and trafficking.

In Nevada’s brothels, brothel-owners decide whether licensed prostitutes are allowed to leave the brothel during their off hours. Prostitutes can be required to stay on the premises for weeks at a time, no matter their working hours.

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Does this one officially qualify as the single most blatant case of click-baiting yet recorded on the internet, or is there a more flagrant instance? MTF on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Try this site: http://www.weonlytalkaboutoneimportantitematatimeforweeksonend.com

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Imagine how much the Searchlight Strangler’s pedophilia has hindered economic development in NV. HumpBot Salvation on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Plus I have it on good authority that he hasn’t paid taxes in ten years.

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Iraq, Syria, Libya, unemployment, economic stagnation, inflation, tax reform, IRS harassment of the citizenry, politicization of federal agencies, DOJ corruption, racialism and gunrunning, Presidential anti-Constitutional behavior, mini-wars erupting all over the world, ebola, terrorism…

And now comes prostitution in sparsely populated counties of Nevada.

Does this one officially qualify as the single most blatant case of click-baiting yet recorded on the internet, or is there a more flagrant instance?

MTF on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Tell me when anything on your list above HASN’T been covered on HA?

Walter L. Newton on August 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Wasn’t he the corrupt politician is the movie Casino?

Oil Can on August 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It’s official….Harry Reid is SENILE and needs to be put out to pasture.

easyt65 on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

If you made whoring illegal, Reid would be in prison for life….

right2bright on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Why do you think Jerry Doyle (a conservative talk show host based in Las Vegas) calls Reid “Whore House Harry”. Jerry has shared a story told by Harry Reid of how he learned to swim in the brothel pool.

Must not like prostitutes now for some reason… Would not one of them gently initiate him into manhood?

HilliardPatriot on August 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Geez.

I live in Reno, less than 20 miles West of Mustang Ranch (never been, won’t go.) Just another mile East on I-80 is U.S.A. Parkway, where companies like Zulily, U.S. Ordnance and others are located, and where Tesla may build the battery plant.

The whorehouses are not keeping businesses away from the Reno/Sparks area, but the upcoming vote on the Margin Tax might.

Reno_Dave on August 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

NASA wants to send rats to the space station. Why not Harry Reid and a set from both sides in DC?

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

And here I thought this was going to finally be the expose on his alleged pederasty. Dang.

GWB on August 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The “freedom to do anything” liberals don’t want the puritans shaming sexual activity, but the dedicated feminists feel it contributes to the abuse and enslavement of women.

Unless Bill Clinton does it.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Harry just wants more of those sweet, sweet brothel payoffs.

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Reid hates prostitution because he thinks the women should service him for free.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

When the GOP held the House and Senate Nancy Pelosi bragged about how the Democrats engaged in Obstructionist Politics to the point where it brought the Government to a stand-still. People got so frustrated, while Democrats lied and blamed the GOP, that they voted Democrats into office, giving them a Super Majority. NOW, years later, Harry Reid has single-handedly brought Congress to a stabnd-still again by REFUSING to allow the Senate to do their jobs by not allowing ANY legislation passed in the House to be discussed or voted on in the Senate. How the Liberals say it is the GOP who are the ‘Do-Nothing’ Party. Twice now Democrats have engaged in Obstructionist, bringing Congress to a stand-still. For too long they have held America HOSTAGE. Reid, Pelosi – both need to go! When the GOP actually had the ability to do anything, however, Boehner and McConnell did very little. These two need to go as well. This country might be ‘We, the People’, but our government is ‘We, the Elite, Millionaire, Partisan, Oligarchist Politicians0.

easyt65 on August 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

And remember, the Woman, Nunn in Georgia would not necessarily
support Harry….HAHAHHAHAHHAHA.

ToddPA on August 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

It’s interesting that the feminists are against it, even as they “slutwalk” across major cities. Apparently giving it away is okay, but being paid for it is shameful.

I wonder how they would feel if government sanctioned payment for it though…

BKeyser on August 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Screw this bum.

rplat on August 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Oddly enough, I think Reid is being semi honest here. The real reason is probably what remnants of his faith he has left. It’s stunning (and shameful to me, actually) to recall, but Reid is in theory a Mormon, and he’s a convert to the faith at that.

Mormons aren’t exactly prostitution friendly, you know?

Why Reid is allowing his faith to influence him here, when gambling and abortion–also things the LDS church regularly speaks out on, and one of the reasons Utah has no legal gambling at all, not even a lottery–don’t bother him is beyond me.

But still, if he wants to let some morality into his life for once, I’m okay with that.

Vanceone on August 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

HotAir should really start covering Gov Walker and his re-election fight. Another front page Johm Doe hit job in the Milwaukee Jouenal Sentinel today. I don’t see how he can win with the biggest newspaper in the state going after him daily. That MU Law poll out tomorrow could be the death knell if he’s losing.

mypalfish on August 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Reid hates prostitution because he thinks the women should service him for free.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I heard that from a reliable source that his real problem with it is they didn’t legalize prostitution with young boys……

dentarthurdent on August 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

If you made whoring illegal, Reid would be in prison for life….

right2bright on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

+1000

unclesmrgol on August 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Plus I have it on good authority that he hasn’t paid taxes in ten years.

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

You not having any credible source for that claim makes it all the more legit, as Dingy Harry himself has demonstrated.

That lying, hypocritical tax cheat really ought to be ashamed.

Aizen on August 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Sooo… Harry is against prostitution. There is a phrase that I am trying to remember that is relevant to this; something about pots and kettles…

ghostwalker1 on August 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Noted pederast and member of world’s 2nd oldest profession criticizes world’s 1st oldest profession.

Film at 11.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Yeah, his mom took in laundry from the brothels. Right.

Anyway, having prostitution be illegal in Vegas just seems… un-American. lol

Midas on August 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Ahhhh, the Mustang Ranch…I’m told they used to have a Labor Day special back in the day of “two in the hot tub for $250″…so I’m told.

As a long time Nevadan, I can tell you most people/tourists have no idea there is legal prostitution and could even point it out. The legal brothels in my town are one block off the restaurant district and you wouldn’t know they were there or what they were if you weren’t looking for it. If anything, people actually come to Nevada to partake in the various cat houses. It IS a tourist destination of sorts.

We all just wish Harry would go away…sorry America.

Wyznowski on August 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Leftist ‘liberals’, this is on you, you god-damned hypocritical savages. Your PC owns all this.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

In “civlized” UK of all places…….but,

The majority of the perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage.

It’s no doubt going in certain communities right here too.

hawkeye54 on August 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Reed thinks prostitution should be illegal because he doesn’t like competition.

earlgrey on August 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Last year:

Harry Reid Helps Warren Buffett Acquire Big Energy Firm: It would make Buffett’s holding company the nation’s ‘largest utility holding company.’

This year:

Tax-Loving Obama Supporter Warren Buffet Financing Burger King’s Move To Canada To Avoid U.S. Taxes

Does this mean that Warren Buffet is now officially more ‘evil, unpatriotic, and economically treasonous’ than The Evil, Unpatriotic, and Economically Treasonous Koch Brothers™?

I’m so confused.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Prostitution-oldest profession
Lawyer-2nd oldest,hired by the first prostitute

docflash on August 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Climax Tax.

hillsoftx on August 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Once he is out of the Senate, Dirty Harry might change his mind, since prostitution would be the only way he could get laid…

Steve Z on August 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The legal brothels in my town are one block off the restaurant district
Wyznowski on August 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

You have had it now. I know where you live. I do disagree with them being legal however. It is a form of white slavery. Having the State recognize that as legal is a moral issue for me. I know it is not going away. My objection is legalizing it.

CW20 on August 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

But if you can get Harry Reid to oppose it, will you ever see national acceptance for it in the United States?

What does Harry Reid have to do with it? He’s not the moral arbiter of what is acceptable or unacceptable in this country.

J.S.K. on August 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Why do you think Jerry Doyle (a conservative talk show host based in Las Vegas) calls Reid “Whore House Harry”. Jerry has shared a story told by Harry Reid of how he learned to swim in the brothel pool.

Must not like prostitutes now for some reason… Would not one of them gently initiate him into manhood?

HilliardPatriot on August 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I assume that’s where he caught the syphilis that is turning his brain into swiss cheese.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Actually it should be legal for individual citizens to be in business for themselves. New Zealand does it that way and it is working well. Keeps the pimps and mob away from it, the woman are empowered to earn $200 + an hour, guys get satisfied and get an education on how to be a lover. Besides, the government gets to tax it instead of spending gobs of money plugging the dike with a toothpick.

If it is quiet on a back street, those that do not wish to partake really don’t ‘see’ it.

Jay Galt on August 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

“I believe it has hindered economic development in the state,” Reid told the chamber

It would be a lack of water that would be the biggest hinderance and its senior Senator.

RickB on August 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Does this one officially qualify as the single most blatant case of click-baiting yet recorded on the internet, or is there a more flagrant instance?

MTF on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Quick, quick… there’s a new Ferguson thread. I think that was on your list of important things to talk about.

Walter L. Newton on August 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I’m so confused.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Your mental state is now equivalent to Harry’s. Nothing a trip to the art museum and a good glass of Chianti could not resolve.

Harry, however, is already lost to us. I have it on good authority.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

They probably aren’t paying Harry enough tribute or it has something to do with his mother.

crankyoldlady on August 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Frankly, I’d rather see all the hookers gathered up into nice, safe, legal brothels than out walking the streets and hanging out in motels and bars.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Ah, the two-facedness of the Democrat mind!

Abortion: Legalize, we can’t tell women what to do with their bodies.

Prostitution: Illegal! Women can’t use their bodies for personal gain!

fossten on August 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

This California Republican lives near Reno and for once Harry Reid is RIGHT!. It has NOTHING to do with Libertarianism.

Non-Nevadans think there’s a legal brothel on every street corner in the cities of Reno and Las Vegas and on the Strip. It’s not, it’s strictly a thing for tax-starved rural counties and as many tourists discover to their sorrow it is definitely NOT legal in Vegas and Reno.

It’s definitely a deterrent to business investment.

kd6rxl on August 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Come on folks, the greedy SEIU desperately needs to grow their membership so that they can give more to Democratics.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

his mother took in laundry from the brothels

Ewww!

ITguy on August 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

At the time, most lawmakers said they were dealing with a major budget crisis and didn’t have time to spend on debating whether to outlaw prostitution. Others said it’s a local issue for each of Nevada’s 17 counties to determine — a position Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval took, saying, “It’s up to the counties to decide if they want it or not.”

Let’s be clear, we’re not sure if it were Harry Reid or his invisible friend who talked with all those folks.

RJL on August 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

his mother took in laundry from the brothels

Ewww!

ITguy on August 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Could his dementia be caused by long standing syphilis?

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

his mother took in laundry from the brothels

Ewww!

ITguy on August 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Harry Reid was a towel-boy in the brothels.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

From a strictly capitalist perspective, I’d say that the demand for the product is never going to go away, so you should probably try to collect some taxes on it, eh? (Okay… not really.)

You made a perfectly valid argument. And then you peed all over it.

Rusty Nail on August 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Harry and the hookers

No self-respecting prostitute would be seen with Harry Reid.

At least they’re honest about what they do for a living.

GarandFan on August 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Frankly, I’d rather see all the hookers gathered up into nice, safe, legal brothels than out walking the streets and hanging out in motels and bars.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

And keeping bad company with Secret Service agents!

de rigueur on August 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Frankly, I’d rather see all the hookers gathered up into nice, safe, legal brothels than out walking the streets and hanging out in motels and bars.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

And keeping bad company with Secret Service agents!

de rigueur on August 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Why not just any government employee? Personally, I think it is natural for whores to stick together.

earlgrey on August 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Prostitution-oldest profession
Lawyer-2nd oldest,hired by the first prostitute

docflash on August 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sales(wo)man – 1st oldest – prostitute had to sell herself first
Prostitution – oldest 2nd oldest profession
Lawyer – 2nd 3rd oldest, hired by the first prostitute

HilliardPatriot on August 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM