Up for Debate: Skinny dippin' lawmakers

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 12:11am

What do you make of reports that U.S. lawmakers took a late-night plunge in the Sea of Galilee last year while in Israel? Is it an embarrassment to our country, a security risk for our Congress members or an innocent romp?

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125 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 8/20/12 at 10:27

OH MY, pictures were taken. How smart was that?

By: Ask01 on 8/20/12 at 11:01

First, the insensitive comments regarding abortion, assuming an undeserved air of moral superiority.

Now cavorting drunk and naked in a foreign country while acting in an official capacity representing our nation.

Fine, upstanding, folks, all of them.

Have I ever acted in an irresponsible manner after over indulging in fermented and distilled beverages, you ask? This discussion isn't about me, for one thing, and I refuse to answer any questions without a lawyer. ( That is politician speak for "Of course I have, I was young once. old even, and full of human flaws.")

I, however, make no claims to sainthood, do not pretend to be morally or intellectually superior to anyone, and, most important, am not in a position to embarrass the nation. When I act silly, dance around with a lampshade on my head, or some other nonsense, the event isn't national news. I just have to be man enough to apologize to everyone involved and gracious enough to accept the same from others who committ the same social faux pas.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 4:19

This is similar to the Secret Service bringing back hookers to their hotel room.
It's completely embarrassing for America to have representatives, in this case, Congressmen, swim nude in a Holy sea. What's next? Doing their laundry in the Ganges?
And how much did it cost taxpayers for these idiots to all junket over to Israel?
Why'd they go there in the first place?
Congreess' approval rating just dropped another point to less than 8.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 4:23

p.s. This Akin fool is forcing Romney/ Ryan to speak out that they favor abortion in cases of rape, "legitimate" or otherwise.
It has to be killing them.
The Palins and the Bachmanns, Evangelicals, and other nut-cases do not condone abortion under any circumstances so this one guy has fractured the Republican party.
Obama has to be lovin' it!

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 4:26

Ask01: I do have pictures with you dancing naked ( office party cir. 1978) with a lampshade on your head and it isn't a pretty picture. Why do you think you were passed over for that promotion?

By: Ask01 on 8/21/12 at 4:47

darge, I was wondering what happened to those.

I need a few copies, including one 8X10 to go on the wall alongside the photo of me propositioning the statue of a voluptuous naked woman in Oslo during fall 1980.

Let me know what I owe you.

Cue the soundtrack featuring "Memories."

By: Ummm... on 8/21/12 at 4:47

If this stupidity had been engaged in by a bunch of Democrats, they would have been trashed by the right-wing media and Faux news saying it was evidence of the morally degenerate nature of liberals.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 4:57

Ask01: I'll put them on Youtube. Who knows. Maybe it will go viral and you'll be fighting off job offers and women's advances.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/21/12 at 4:58

I'm curious has to what angle our locale spin doctors wil take.

As for the incident I think people that presents themselves as moral monitors should act as they would expect of others.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 4:59

p.s. Phylis Diller died yesterday at 95. They're showing clips from her Tonight Show appearences....she and Rodney Dangerfield were so funny in that era, even so today.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/21/12 at 5:11

R I P Phillis Diller.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 5:12

What a ridiculous story...I'll summarize the responses for those that aren't sure...

If you're Conservative: It was a considerable lack of judgment but no harm no foul.

If you're Liberal: This just shows how hypocritical and completely insane the GOP have become.

For everyone else: Locker is the starter??

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 5:19

re: Locker...come on gD, he was 4 for 12.
My grandmother was only 3 for 10.
They're giving him his chance. Hasselbeck is almost as old as Collins.
QB's to be groomed to take the #1 position have to be in the 24 year old range.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 5:40

I haven't even seen him play, Darge. I'd rather watch an endless loop of past RNC'
s than the Titans play.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 5:48

In perspective, the Jets controversy, Sanchez v. Tebow, proved neither can throw the ball or lead the team.
Granted, my grandmother was benched, but she's pissed-off and ready for Sunday.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 5:53

ESPN should be renamed the TTN (Tim Tebow Network). I've never seen so much coverage of a guy who's claim to fame is impersonating an NFL QB.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 5:55

s/h/b whose...more coffee please...

By: budlight on 8/21/12 at 6:07

All water on the earth is holy; or at least should be treated that way. We allow people to dump barges full of garbage into our rivers and oceans. Water is precious and holy. And we should all be ashamed that we put clorox and other chemicals down our drains.

I'm not sure if these people in Israel really are thinking about where Jesus and all of the people took baths when he was on this earth. My guess is that he took a bath in this very holy water and he was probably naked. Fortunately for Him, there was no liberal or conservative media and no cameras.

If you have never gone skinny dipping, please raise your hand and get in line for sainthood!

I agree that it was not a smart thing to do. A breach of national security? Well, I think the bus of illegal alians in Nashville was more of a threat to our national security and social security than this man who skinny dipped!

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 6:10

Tebow won 6 games in a row for the Broncos.
He's clearly in the game and not overrated. Anymore than Peyton Manning who stunk his last showing.
Sanchez stunk last year, but at 26, he can grow.
Eli Manning may be the only sure thing among QB's.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 6:17

Yeah, dumb luck is still luck, right? Good thing Tebow had a really good defense and opponents who made dumb mistakes...my four year old has a better arm than Tebow.

But I guess when God's on your side, it doesn't matter that you can't throw a simple 5 yard out to a WR...

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 6:21

Tebow should be converted (not by God) to tight end.
Next great QB will be Andrew Luck.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 6:25

It doesn't hurt when your name is Luck, either. Though, it does give you plenty of options as a fan if he falters...

Luck sucks!

**** Luck!

Luck is a Schmuck!

Muck a Luck!

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 6:36

ESPN will have an entire segment, on Andrew Luck being called ''Andy''

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 6:39

''Don't call me Andy''
-Andrew Luck

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 6:41

Tebow may have a problem with ESPN talking about someone else...

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 6:48

Both political parties digging up ''gotchas'' is really getting silly.
Everybody knows how they're gonna vote. They should give the public a break, and call a truce. Have their conventions, and wait for Nov. 2nd., to settle the matter.

By: govskeptic on 8/21/12 at 6:49

What wrong with a personal baptism in the nude? I haven't read his
website nor heard in speeches on him portraying any moral superiority.
The world is full of goofballs and a great many serve in our congress and
post on a large number of websites.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/21/12 at 6:54

The subject matter of the last couple of days shows how much humor is going on at the CITY PAPER. I can imagine them wondering to what lengths they can go in subject matter to get we 19 people entertained.

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 6:59

Rasp.. you're on to something. Rape on day.. nude the next. The clever Devils are using us for their sick amusement.

By: yogiman on 8/21/12 at 7:11

I don't know the way of living of the children today but I do know a "backyard" swimming pool is pretty common today. When I was a boy many cities didn't have public swimming pools and if we had a nearby creek, lake or river we sure didn't take swimming suits when we went swimming unless it was with a bunch of adults.

By: Kosh III on 8/21/12 at 7:15

So much for being "focused like a laser" on jobs.

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 7:19

yogi.. ''moo'' means no!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/21/12 at 7:49

By: yogiman on 8/21/12 at 8:11
I don't know the way of living of the children today but I do know a "backyard" swimming pool is pretty common today.

So, are you saying you DO know or you DO NOT know?

By: BenDover on 8/21/12 at 7:51

They were just trying to keep up with Prince Harry and Locke.


By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 7:57

Romney's cult- religion only baptizes people AFTER they're dead.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/21/12 at 8:02

The truth is the "legitimate rape" comment made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin -- as in pregnancy from "legitimate rape" is rare -- is not a GOP anomaly, but rather another disturbing glimpse into the viewpoint too many social conservatives have about women's health and reproductive rights. And if abortion is not among the "real issues," why is the GOP platform committee considering adding a ban, with no mention of exceptions, to this year's to-do list?

Last March, in a discussion in the Kansas House about whether women purchase separate abortion-only policies, Republican state Rep. Pete DeGraaf suggested women should plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire. A few weeks later, Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner, a Republican, said some women might fake being raped in order to get free abortions.

Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum suggested doctors who perform an abortion on a woman who becomes pregnant from an attack should be thrown in jail and this year suggested rape victims who become pregnant from an attack should be forced to keep the baby and "make the best out of a bad situation."


By: BenDover on 8/21/12 at 8:02

Now on to the real issue for the election...


By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/21/12 at 8:05

Ben, you can cut spending all you want but until there is an increase in revenue, yes - TAXES, we will not get out of the hole we are in. That is a simple fact.

By: yogiman on 8/21/12 at 8:07

Sorry, Blanketnazi2,

I'm not as smart as you are (or think you are). I presumed you would be able to understand what I was "saying" when I stated I didn't know how the children of today are growing into adulthood but I pointed out "backyard" pools were pretty common today. A knowledge that made you think I new every detail of the lives of the children of today.

Sorry, I don't know how you're being raised by your parents today.Your way of "living" or being raised into adulthood is quite different from mine in the early 20th century and I had so much to worry about making a error when posting on this site to the more brilliant folks on this site I guess I missed my point to you.

Sorry 'bout that.

By: BenDover on 8/21/12 at 8:20

Meanwhile outside the insular CP circle jerk..

Missouri flips to RR...
Wisconsin is in play again...
RR trending strong in FL, OH, VA...

It's really a horse-race now.

The distractions don't seem to be doing anything except outraging the Solid Blue-Staters... which is the normal order of the country.

By: BenDover on 8/21/12 at 8:22

Tax revenues can go up without tax rates increasing, Blanket. We just need to coax those people who've been hibernating out of fear and uncertainty back into the economy again.

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 8:27

nazi.. Romney pledges to reform the tax code, including removing loopholes for the wealthy.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 8:28

Ben, it's the VP bump...and on the heels of the RNC...jeez. You really are naive.

By: yogiman on 8/21/12 at 8:30

Abortion is pure and simple murder,Blanketnazi2 It's simply legalized murder. Aren't you glad your mother didn't have you aborted?

I'm glad my mother didn't have me aborted. Just think, if she had, I wouldn't be here for you and your fellow posters having so much fun in your efforts to ridicule me by thinking you're smarter than I. You have the attitude if you don't already know what I'm "saying", it's just a bunch of BS and doesn't exist. Such as my percipience on Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama's theft of the Oval Office; called usurpation.

You and some of your fellow posters are constantly looking for spelling errors I might make so you can correct me, but only a couple of you acknowledge a spelling error of your own, and I won't give your names.

By: BenDover on 8/21/12 at 8:30

If gas prices jump by 20% in the last 4 weeks and the media didn't report it... Did it really happen?

Am I allowed to be outraged or should I wait on the media to tell me when it's OK?

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 8:34

With both sides platforms being obvious, its hard to understand how any likely voter is still undecided, but the pollsters say 1 to 3 percent still are.
Debate performance might be the deciding factor.

By: slacker on 8/21/12 at 8:42

Also, which candidate benefits from a pre-election strike on Iran by Israel?

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 8:56

You should wait Ben. That's what followers do.

By: gdiafante on 8/21/12 at 9:00

Someone get the octogenarian a pacifier.

By: dargent7 on 8/21/12 at 9:01

Last week BenD weighed in and had the balls to say, "GW Bush had the "stones" to see Iraq thru..." Yeah. To a Repub-teaican, any war is a good war.
Based on lies, falsified intel, it really doesn't matter. Kill thousands. Maine thousands. Who cares? Not the USA. "We don't do body counts.." Rumsfeld.
Now, this guy wants to weigh in on women's rights, abortion, and rape.