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(Mother Jones)   Hero congressman: I had to go on that $16,000 safari to protect America from terrorists   (motherjones.com) divider line 59
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2013-03-15 05:22:00 PM  
Those wild elephants, man.
 
2013-03-15 05:22:46 PM  
So where's  the report of the facts that he found?  I'd love to read them, and the tale of how he found them.
 
2013-03-15 06:12:25 PM  
Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?
 
2013-03-15 06:25:07 PM  
FTA:  Former Congressional Ethics Chair ...


Damn the irony is right there in the headline; color me shocked.

Wait irony is when the unexpected happens...
 
2013-03-15 06:41:15 PM  
Were there young colored boys involved?
 
2013-03-15 06:43:30 PM  

Granny_Panties: Were there young colored boys involved?


Only the rent boys.
 
2013-03-15 06:44:56 PM  

hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?


0bummer is from Kenya .  0bummer is a Muslim.  Muslims support terrorism.  Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization.  Therefore Al Qaeda is helping 0bummer hide his real Kenyan birth certificate, and Bonner, Real American Hero (TM) that he is, is saving our country by investigating.

Man, I can't believe you libtarded liberal libbies couldn't figure this out yourselves.
 
2013-03-15 06:49:52 PM  
 
"Sadly to say, [the trip] does comply with the loophole-ridden ethics rules that [Bonner's] committee has developed," he said. "The problem is, it does not comply with what was originally intended" with the post-Jack Abramoff scandal lobbying reforms, Holman added.

"It was clearly intended that any lobbying entity that has business pending before Congress does not sponsor travel junkets," explained Holman, who helped craft the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. That's certainly the case with ICCF funders like ExxonMobil, whose oil profits would be hit hard by the carbon-pricing bills Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced, or the Nature Conservancy, which depends on million-dollar EPA grants like this to fund its annual budget of nearly a billion dollars.

The reason those rules don't apply to groups like the ICCF, which is funded by lobbyists and organizations that hire lobbyists, is because "Bonner's ethics committee has decided those regulations won't apply to nonprofits," Holman said. "With that devastating blow, they have essentially crippled the travel restrictions."

The fact that taxpayer dollars weren't used is beside the point. "The problem is that lobbyist and special-interest money is being used to pay for the trip. It's being financed by groups and people who want something in return from Bonner," Holman said.




Wonderful.
 
2013-03-15 06:52:35 PM  
If he's such a good patriot, then he'll pay the $16,000 back.
 
2013-03-15 06:53:10 PM  
Research? Sounds legit to me.

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2013-03-15 06:57:10 PM  

hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?


Look libs,  maybe you are OK with Al Qaeda killing lions.  I mean, "meat is murder", right?  But maybe this god-fearing patriot just loves America and sustainable ecosystems enough that he is trying to do something about it.  Mock him at your peril, for when Al Qaeda slams a bunch of Rhino carcases into the Empire State Building, I'll be there to tell you I told you so.  Wake up dik-dikple!
 
2013-03-15 07:02:58 PM  

BSABSVR: Wake up dik-dikple!


Nice.
 
2013-03-15 07:07:04 PM  
Well that excuse was lolworthy.
 
2013-03-15 07:09:44 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Wait irony is when the unexpected happens...


No, irony is saying one thing and meaning another.
 
2013-03-15 07:11:39 PM  

James F. Campbell: Doktor_Zhivago: Wait irony is when the unexpected happens...

No, irony is saying one thing and meaning another.


Would that mean a felony is meaning one thing and killing another?
 
2013-03-15 07:15:56 PM  

hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?


There has not been a single successful terrorist crickets attack.
Mission successful.
 
2013-03-15 07:30:04 PM  

WelldeadLink: hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?

There has not been a single successful terrorist crickets attack.
Mission successful.


You have not seen Israel lately???
Need to be bombing [spins wheel] Tazmania.

/Those dastardly devils.
 
2013-03-15 07:35:16 PM  

Gyrfalcon: James F. Campbell: Doktor_Zhivago: Wait irony is when the unexpected happens...

No, irony is saying one thing and meaning another.

Would that mean a felony is meaning one thing and killing another?


I dunno. I never fell on nobody.
 
2013-03-15 07:37:00 PM  
Do I really need to click the link to find out if this guy is a republican?
 
2013-03-15 07:39:17 PM  

hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?


I just spoke to delegates from Crickestan and was informed in no uncertain terms that they're going to sit this one out.

But seriously, we're using national security as an excuse for taking vacations now? Really?
 
2013-03-15 07:42:36 PM  
Just wait until somebody claims that the trip they took to Thailand and the resulting photos of them in ladyboy bars was an investigative trip to research the connection between Al Qaeda and Thai ladyboys.
 
2013-03-15 07:43:15 PM  
Slide your foot into the next stall over because you take a wide stance on the toilet.
Get blowjobs from multiple women because you love the country.
Go to safaris to research Al Qaeda.

Republican excuses are so lame.
 
2013-03-15 07:57:37 PM  
I hate damn near all of you at the moment.
 
2013-03-15 08:09:50 PM  

ongbok: Just wait until somebody claims that the trip they took to Thailand and the resulting photos of them in ladyboy bars was an investigative trip to research the connection between Al Qaeda and Thai ladyboys.


Well, has anybody researched the connection between al-Qaeda and Thai ladyboys? Someone's got to do it, and I don't see any of you volunteering.
 
2013-03-15 08:09:59 PM  

Kittypie070: I hate damn near all of you at the moment.


..... OK,  I'll bite.

*Sigh*...

Whats up little buddy?
 
2013-03-15 08:29:52 PM  

hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?


Well, a golf outing for President Imbecile is probably more expensive.  Obama spent more money seeing how fast a shrimp could run on a treadmill.  $16,000?  Hardly a blip on government radar.  Congressmen steal that much in Post-It notes in a week.
 
2013-03-15 08:40:33 PM  

armoredbulldozer: hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?

Well, a golf outing for President Imbecile is probably more expensive.  Obama spent more money seeing how fast a shrimp could run on a treadmill.  $16,000?  Hardly a blip on government radar.  Congressmen steal that much in Post-It notes in a week.


Pick a link darling.
http://www.politicususa.com/cost-obama-christmas-vacation-bush.html

https://www.sodahead.com/united-states/george-w-bush-still-remains-a s- the-leader-in-wasting-taxpayers-money-for-personal-gain/question-34041 45/

But I do agree that G.W. Bush was an imbecile.

But seriously, how much did President Obama spend on shoe shines for the past 4 years?
And he must be using toilet paper. And the good stuff too. None of that single ply sandpaper rolls that the teabagger folk use.
I hear he has his own personal plane and at least 4 body guards as well.

Hmmm, shrimmmmmmp. gotta go and eat some of that. As long as it didn't come from the gulf of Mexico. Kock sucker oil barons poisoned all that seafood.
 
2013-03-15 08:49:43 PM  
Kenya believe it?
 
2013-03-15 08:58:38 PM  
$16,000 sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
 
2013-03-15 09:30:21 PM  
So... the purpose of these "research" trips is to get congressional decision makers out of the US (away from prying eyes and sunshine laws) so that African warlords and Oil companies can make their pitch in person??
 
2013-03-15 09:53:28 PM  
he had sex with a giraffe.
 
2013-03-15 10:02:48 PM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Kittypie070: I hate damn near all of you at the moment.

..... OK,  I'll bite.

*Sigh*...

Whats up little buddy?


Lions are kitties. Really big, really vicious, man eating kitties. Kittypie070 likes kitties. Even the ones that brutally kill the cute little dik-diks and other really adorable fauna.
 
2013-03-15 10:05:33 PM  

karmaceutical: So... the purpose of these "research" trips is to get congressional decision makers out of the US (away from prying eyes and sunshine laws) so that African warlords and Oil companies can make their pitch in person??


Well... it was to Kenya of all places, so maybe he can say to his constituents that he was looking for Obama's real birth records. Since he's from Alabama, he'll probably be reelected in a landslide.
 
2013-03-15 10:06:32 PM  
he boffed a lion
 
2013-03-15 10:14:52 PM  
Does it really cost $16,000 for some redneck with a gun to drive you around a national park in a jeep?

/dnrtfa
 
2013-03-15 10:15:54 PM  

ox45tallboy: Even the ones that brutally kill the cute little dik-diks and other really adorable fauna.


To be fair, they're usually diks to the other animals.
 
2013-03-15 10:19:37 PM  
It is not funny, it is not ironic. It is despicable, disgusting, disrespectful and deserving of having the assgoblin kicked the hell out without pension.
 
2013-03-15 10:20:40 PM  
he let a zebra have its way with him
 
2013-03-15 10:23:01 PM  

dookdookdook: Does it really cost $16,000 for some redneck with a gun to drive you around a national park in a jeep?

/dnrtfa


Two business class tickets to Kenya would cost half that. Then $1000 a day for a good safari lodge, so it sounds about right.
 
2013-03-15 10:43:40 PM  
Fiscal conservatism.  Family values.  Sanctity of life.  Protecting America from terrorists.

Just another in a very, very, very long list of Republican bullshiat.
 
2013-03-15 10:51:56 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: So where's  the report of the facts that he found?  I'd love to read them, and the tale of how he found them.


That brings up a good point. When these guys go on "fact-finding" missions, are they required to write up detailed reports on the facts they found, and how?
 
2013-03-15 11:10:14 PM  

buckler: BarkingUnicorn: So where's  the report of the facts that he found?  I'd love to read them, and the tale of how he found them.

That brings up a good point. When these guys go on "fact-finding" missions, are they required to write up detailed reports on the facts they found, and how?


Only if the ethics committee or similar group investigates and gives a majority ruling where they ask Congress to ask for the report. Of course that would require the Republican Majority controlled Congress to ask for these reports and embarrass their own member.
 
2013-03-15 11:13:41 PM  

limeyfellow: buckler: BarkingUnicorn: So where's  the report of the facts that he found?  I'd love to read them, and the tale of how he found them.

That brings up a good point. When these guys go on "fact-finding" missions, are they required to write up detailed reports on the facts they found, and how?

Only if the ethics committee or similar group investigates and gives a majority ruling where they ask Congress to ask for the report. Of course that would require the Republican Majority controlled Congress to ask for these reports and embarrass their own member.


Hey, you, unpaid interns!  Yeah, you!  Write me a 90 page report on possible Al Qaeda contacts in Kenya.  No, I don't care if it makes any sense, I'm going to go shoot some zebras or something.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:23 PM  
he's a hero for preventing tax payer money from going to welfare moochers who would probably just use it to go on vacation or something instead of working.
 
2013-03-15 11:29:07 PM  

limeyfellow: Of course that would require the Republican Majority controlled Congress to ask for these reports and embarrass their own member.


Asking any Republican about his member, specifically where he's been sticking it, will usually embarrass him.
 
2013-03-16 12:25:21 AM  

Clock Spider Jerusalem: he let a zebra have its way with him


Fun fact: you can't ride a zebra or use it as a pack animal. They just sit down and refuse to move.
 
2013-03-16 12:52:16 AM  

Kittypie070: I hate damn near all of you at the moment.


Nobody killed any lions. I would swoop on anyone who killed a lion.

Here is your salmon, my kitteh. Soaked in the briny tears of a Republican eaten by a cheetah.
 
2013-03-16 12:59:39 AM  

armoredbulldozer: hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?

Anyone? Crickets?

Well


I'll take alts nobody missed for $1000, Alex
 
2013-03-16 01:04:27 AM  
Aaaand Republican. Raise you hand if you called it.
 
2013-03-16 01:28:46 AM  
*sniffs specially brined salmon*

*nibbles*

*crawls unhappily up into Gyrfalcon's lap*
 
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