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(Politico)   You're a member of Congress visiting Israel. Do you: A) Visit the Wailing Wall? B) Discuss invading Iran? C) Get drunk and go coed skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee?   (politico.com) divider line 17
    More: Asinine, congresses, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, GOP, FBI, Sea of Galilee, Majority Whip, FBI probed, Kevin Yoder  
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2012-08-19 11:48:04 PM
5 votes:
Heaven forbid public money should go to getting poor kids school lunches. IT's so much more important to use it subsidizing drunken skinny dipping in foreign lands. Yes, that is a fantastic use of tax money as well as a fantastic diplomatic strategy.
2012-08-19 09:15:46 PM
4 votes:
I'm having a hard time giving a shiat. Were the off the clock / done for the day? Apparently, yes. So what's the problem here?
2012-08-20 01:36:22 AM
2 votes:

gaspode: Lipo:
According to the article, it wasn't funded by taxpayer dollars. The trip was pad for by a group relatd to AIPAC.

Which is kind of shocking too.. a huge junket to another country for a load of lawmakers paid for by a lobby for a foreign country would generate enormous pushback if it was a different combination of country and lawmakers.


I'd like to see Obama take the Congressional Black Caucus to Kenya.
2012-08-20 01:31:05 AM
2 votes:

ArkAngel: Also this. My question is why the hell the FBI is involved.


To ensure that no Congressman is compromised by Mossad over an embarrassing situation. FBI knows who runs ops against our leaders.
2012-08-20 12:08:05 AM
2 votes:

Ambivalence: Heaven forbid public money should go to getting poor kids school lunches. IT's so much more important to use it subsidizing drunken skinny dipping in foreign lands. Yes, that is a fantastic use of tax money as well as a fantastic diplomatic strategy.


It's always important to spend tax money for sending Freshmen Congressmen to skinny dip in front of other Freshmen Congresscritters daughters, I'm not even gonna speculate on her age.

That's why, it's a fact finding mission, the fact of life perhaps, but facts
2012-08-20 04:26:05 PM
1 votes:
Since nobody became pregnant after the incident we can assume that any rape that happened was legitemate rape.
2012-08-20 12:19:13 PM
1 votes:
A GOP congressman you say? I can't believe it was coed.
2012-08-20 07:25:51 AM
1 votes:
August 11, 2011
Just when you think your contempt for Congress could not get any higher, our elected representatives manage to do something to ratchet it up another notch. After congressional shenanigans helped spark a major market sell-off and sparked fears of a double-dip recession, you'd think every single one of them would be heading back to their districts to figure out what their constituents wanted and to try to explain how they were going to help make things better. Or maybe a few of them would even spend the recess taking a crash course in macroeconomics and public finance, so that they could start exercising their public duties more responsibly.

But what did 81 of them decide to do instead? You guessed it: they are off on junkets to Israel, paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, an AIPAC spinoff that has been funding such trips for years. That's right: during the August recess nearly a fifth of the U.S. Congress will visit a single country whose entire population is less than that of New York City.

Such behavior is especially disturbing in light of our current woes; even Greta Van Susteren of Fox News found it appalling (h/t Mondoweiss here and here). But it's not really a new pattern: in recent decades about 10 percent of all Congressional trips overseas have been to Israel, even though it is only one of the nearly 200 countries in the world.

Why do Congresspersons do this, especially at a moment when it is obvious that they ought to be worrying about conditions here at home? Mostly because such junkets burnish a legislator's 'pro-Israel' credentials and facilitate campaign fundraising. Such trips also expose these visitors to the policy preferences and basic worldview of Israel's leaders, which is of course why AIEF pays for them.

August 10, 2011
This week's reports that 20 percent of the U.S. Congress will be visiting Israel this month are stunning. Eighty-one members of Congress -- two thirds of them Republicans, 47 of them freshmen -- apparently think it is more important to be visiting Israel than it is to be at home dealing with the worst economic crisis in modern memory. America's economy is in flames and these guys are taking lobbyist-funded trips to what, watch Israelis take to the streets to protest the high-cost of living in that country?

August 8, 2011
Perhaps seeking a salty dip in the Dead Sea to end a stressful debt debate, nearly one in five members of the House in Representatives will use their summer recess period to visit Israel, The Jerusalem Post reports.
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Almost all of the week-long trips are sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, which promotes similar trips for Congress every other August, the Post reports.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer will head the Democratic delegation, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will lead one of the Republican groups.

American Israel Education Foundation is a supporting organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which describes itself on its website as "America's leading pro-Israel lobby...AIPAC works with both Democratic and Republican political leaders to enact public policy that strengthens the vital U.S.-Israel relationship."
2012-08-20 02:57:21 AM
1 votes:
As much as I hate the modern Republican party, I find myself having absolutely 0 outrage at this.

No, seriously. "An it harm none, do as thou will". The actions here caused no harm to anyone there, and probably did a lot of good. Honest enjoyment of ones self in a non-harmful manner is IMPORTANT for mental wellbeing and stability, and I would encourage politicians of any stripe to relax, let down their hair, and let loose. A mind that is stressed and pressured is not flexible, and true politics is the art of compromise, horse-trading and diplomacy.

Well, okay, it did potentially harm someone, but I think Eric Cantor's butthurt was a preexisting condition.
2012-08-20 01:08:40 AM
1 votes:
I'm guessing the FBI is on this because of new policies after that Secret Service/Columbian whorehouse thing.
2012-08-20 12:21:14 AM
1 votes:
They were just baptizing each other.

But given the usual nature of GOP scandals - misspeaking about rape, getting caught with the rent boy, voter caging, influence peddling, selling the American government to corporations - this is pretty tame. I'd be perfectly happy if they limited themselves to these types of scandals for a while.
2012-08-20 12:20:32 AM
1 votes:

martissimo: Ambivalence: Heaven forbid public money should go to getting poor kids school lunches. IT's so much more important to use it subsidizing drunken skinny dipping in foreign lands. Yes, that is a fantastic use of tax money as well as a fantastic diplomatic strategy.

It's always important to spend tax money for sending Freshmen Congressmen to skinny dip in front of other Freshmen Congresscritters daughters, I'm not even gonna speculate on her age.

That's why, it's a fact finding mission, the fact of life perhaps, but facts


According to the article, it wasn't funded by taxpayer dollars. The trip was pad for by a group relatd to AIPAC.

Even if it were paid for with tax money, who cares? It's after hours, they were done for the day, cut them some slack. I'm more offended that the FBI felt the need to waste taxpayer dollars investigating this.
2012-08-20 12:18:53 AM
1 votes:

Relatively Obscure: Ambivalence: Heaven forbid public money should go to getting poor kids school lunches. IT's so much more important to use it subsidizing drunken skinny dipping in foreign lands. Yes, that is a fantastic use of tax money as well as a fantastic diplomatic strategy.

The article states that the trip was privately funded.


Well that's what I get for skimming TFA, as long as getting naked and hanging out with kids is cool then (by Israeli naturally, not a crime here if no sexuality involved), it's all good I suppose

It still runs contrary to the laws these guys would love to push on the rest of us peons however
2012-08-20 12:04:38 AM
1 votes:

skinnycatullus: xlbrooklyn: I'm having a hard time giving a shiat. Were the off the clock / done for the day? Apparently, yes. So what's the problem here?

I don't care, either, but I'm not one of their fundie mouthbreathing supporters, who I am sure will be scandalized by such a blatant disregard for Holy Land etiquette.


Also this. My question is why the hell the FBI is involved. If there was some law broken, wouldn't it be up to Israel to do something about it?
2012-08-19 11:45:54 PM
1 votes:

TsarTom: alcohol may have played a role


That line is always a sign of a good story.
2012-08-19 09:38:26 PM
1 votes:
Is this against the law or something? I can't really bring myself to care that some people had some drinks and swam.
2012-08-19 09:24:20 PM
1 votes:

xlbrooklyn: I'm having a hard time giving a shiat. Were the off the clock / done for the day? Apparently, yes. So what's the problem here?


i really don't give a fark, but i wonder how republicans would feel if a similar cadre of freshmen dems were skinny dipping in, say, france.
 
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