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Huggy85
08-20-2012, 11:26 PM
Religion or politics.

Ahhhhh, what the heck. Politics will be fine.

Skinny-dipping Republican lawmaker apologizes for nude swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee

TOPEKA, KAN.—A Republican congressman representing the U.S. state of Kansas has apologized for embarrassing his supporters by swimming naked at the holy site of the Sea of Galilee while on a fact-finding mission to Israel.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, 36, has not been charged in the Aug. 18, 2011, incident when he and about 20 other lawmakers and staff members jumped into the water. Politico reported Sunday that he was the only one among them who wore no clothes.

“I feel incredibly remorseful that I have caused embarrassment to my constituents and I have caused folks who believe in me to be disappointed,” Yoder told The Kansas City Star Sunday night.

Some Christians consider the Sea of Galilee a holy site because they believe Jesus walked on water there. Swimming in the lake is permitted but public nudity is not allowed, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

“If someone walks around the beach naked, that’s an offence,” Rosenfeld said, adding that no official complaint had been made against Yoder. He would not rule out charges, saying it was possible even a year after the offence was committed.

“If that kind of incident takes place and someone makes an official compliant, we’ll investigate,” Rosenfeld said Monday.

Politico reported that the FBI opened an investigation into the trip but did not explain why. Yoder and his chief of staff, Travis Smith, said neither they nor any of their staffers had talked to federal investigators.

“The gravity of the situation and the actions I’ve taken are not lost on me, and I feel certainly regret at what has occurred, and I just want to apologize to my constituents for a momentary lapse in judgment,” Yoder said.

Yoder said it was dark and he was in the water for only about 10 seconds.

“Part of the reason I made that decision at that moment was there was really nobody in the vicinity who could see me,” he said. “I dove in, hopped right back out, put my clothes on and, regardless, that was still not the behaviour people expected out of their congressman.”

The Aug. 13-21 trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charity whose mission is to provide grants for educational programs and conferences and to educate politicians and influential people about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the senior Republican on the trip, was furious about the swimming and scolded members for their behaviour, Politico reported.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1243977--skinny-dipping-republican-lawmaker-apologizes-for-nude-swim-in-israel-s-sea-of-galilee


I can't think of any personal comment to make to add to this.

Barry Morris
08-21-2012, 12:21 AM
That's life, that's people!!

Also fun!!! :) :) :)

MsBelsito
08-30-2012, 03:20 AM
The Monarchy leaves much to be desired considering how it's not handling well the recent debauchery of Prince Harry.

MsBelsito
08-30-2012, 03:26 AM
I brought up the above issue as it is so opposite to the Public accountability portrayed in the topic.

Yes, though I realize the congressman's apology could be for wrong motive(s).

Anapeg
08-30-2012, 01:19 PM
Another politician caught being human and silly. This never happens to the rest of us. Our judgement is without flaw. Goofing around with friends and he got caught with his pants down,............so to speak.

MsBelsito
08-30-2012, 02:53 PM
I don't agree with anyone's minimizing or justifying his depauchery and very expensive escapade nor how his grandparents or father are responding to it.

Rather than bring in Prince Harry's step-mother, brother and sister-in-law, I prefer to keep them apart, in terms of the handling of the situation, in Public.

Anapeg
08-30-2012, 04:41 PM
I don't agree with anyone's minimizing or justifying his depauchery and very expensive escapade nor how his grandparents or father are responding to it.

Rather than bring in Prince Harry's step-mother, brother and sister-in-law, I prefer to keep them apart, in terms of the handling of the situation, in Public.

Are you serious right now? REALLY? You introduce the subject then want it not to be introduced into the debate? Do you realize it is yourself you chastise? Take two of the blue pills and lay down and pray this passes.It has got to be absolutely terrifying inside that head of yours.

Upper Decker
08-30-2012, 04:49 PM
The Monarchy leaves much to be desired considering how it's not handling well the recent debauchery of Prince Harry.

What a sad sad life you must live if thats considered debauchery to you.

MsBelsito
08-30-2012, 04:59 PM
Anapeg

There was no reason to be nasty to me.

Just because I did not and do not agree with any of your analysis, gosh !

If you want to be engaged in interactive replying why not be respectful, fair and clear about differences.

I would think there is common ground about some Public issue ?

Anapeg
08-30-2012, 05:44 PM
Anapeg

There was no reason to be nasty to me.

Just because I did not and do not agree with any of your analysis, gosh !

If you want to be engaged in interactive replying why not be respectful, fair and clear about differences.

I would think there is common ground about some Public issue ?

There was no recrimination in my post rather I lamented your state of mind and lack of a grasp on the simplest of concepts. Agreeing or not with my stance is of such small consequence that a device has yet to be invented able to measure how little it truly is. The truly and ultimately sad part is you have not a clue as to what you did to illicit my response and even had I taken time to reference it you would still be at a loss. Carry on your conversation with yourself and I will leave you to it.

MsBelsito
08-30-2012, 05:56 PM
I am not interested in a fight.

Peaceful disagreement though does very much agree with me.

At this point in time to the chagrin of others and myself, clearly, that is not what you want based on your choice of behavior showing on screen.