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(The New York Times)   Thanks to the skinny-dipping Kansas lawmaker, theres an "unwanted spotlight once again on the practice of private groups paying for foreign travel"   (nytimes.com) divider line 14
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2012-08-23 08:59:08 AM  
Unwanted BY WHO?

Because that's exactly who should have a spotlight on them.
 
2012-08-23 09:01:57 AM  
Well, to be quite fair, there's only one foreign country whose Washington lobby sponsors frequent propaganda vacations for almost anyone who wants to go. You can see why that story gets old quickly.
 
2012-08-23 09:05:08 AM  
Unwanted by those who wanted a spotlight thrown on skinnydippers.
 
2012-08-23 09:08:20 AM  
In an alternate universe, Republican media are losing their shiat over a trip made by some Democrat Congressmen to China paid for by the America-China Public Affairs Committee.

Ignoring the fact that any private entity paying for junkets for Congressmen is inherently corrupt, the fact that it has been made by another nation is even worse.
 
2012-08-23 09:16:09 AM  
was it ever determined if the girl he was exposing himself to was of legal age ?
 
2012-08-23 09:28:33 AM  
Lynn Jenkins?

upload.wikimedia.org

I know. I'm a baaaaad widdle boy...
 
2012-08-23 09:29:58 AM  
I was in San Salvador a couple of weeks ago at a strip bar and one of the ladies there said American officials were their best customers.
 
2012-08-23 09:32:10 AM  
This is why Teddy Roosevelt only skinny-dipped in the Potomac.
 
2012-08-23 09:32:14 AM  
They should be taxed for said trip as if it was won as a prize so that the total cost (travel, food, etc.) is reported on their income.
 
2012-08-23 09:48:43 AM  
It doesn't matter. All that matters to me is that I am so proud that it was a fellow Kevin who was brave enough to do the deed. ALL skinnydipping is good, and it should happen more often. Even if penis and manboobs gives you eyebleach, get over it because skinnydipping is good for females, too.
 
2012-08-23 10:08:05 AM  

Deneb81: Unwanted BY WHO?


WHOM

/got nothing
 
2012-08-23 11:10:36 AM  
Perhaps they could ask Keith Ellison about the $13,350 trip to Mecca that he got from the Muslim Brotherhood Muslim American Society.
 
2012-08-23 12:06:45 PM  
"unwanted spotlight once again on the practice of private groups paying for foreign travel"

When you own a member of Congress, you should be able to send him wherever you want.
 
2012-08-24 02:24:28 AM  
I work on State contracts.. every 6 months or so I have to watch a video on how I'm not supposed to bribe or provide ANYTHING of value to a government employee because it could potentially influence their decisions and make them choose our company. The idea is that we could lose contracts, pay fines and generally end up as a bad and damaging news story.

As a result I can't bring say.. bagels to a morning meeting. If we have a lunch meeting they have to pay for their food. Completely makes sense despite being a little annoying for the little stuff. Any sort of prize pack, raffle or anything of value gets reviewed.

They provide the company with public funds and there has to be a decision based totally on the merits of a proposal / contract. How is there not the same standard at the federal level for the highest elected officials? I've never understood this... Congress votes on matters that appropriate massive amounts of funds and pass regulations that hugely influence entire industries. After spending X years.. people retire and get appointed to the boards of several companies who directly benefited from their policies.

Companies get caught bribing officials in this country and others and pay an out of court settlement without admission of guilt.

Wish we had corruption indicators kinda like the radiation exposure badges that everyone was forced to wear. Once you hit X dollars it turns black and we could at least hold a public shaming.

/not sure of the actual solution.
//was it ever representation of people's interest above money's?
 
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