August 20, 2012, - 10:19 am

FBI Investigates GOP Congressman’s Penis in Israel, AIPAC Gives the Palestinian “Side”

By Debbie Schlussel

A number of media outlets are buzzing about a Politico report that the FBI investigated a year-old, privately-funded Republican Congressional trip to Israel, during which a number of Congressmen and their staffers went swimming in the Sea of Galilee and also consumed alcohol. One of the Congressmen, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas), went skinny-dipping in the lake. Drinking and swimming during a Congressional junket–wow, that nevah evah happens. Yes, this idiot, Yoder, showed poor judgment to take off all of his clothes and possibly expose his unit and rear to the families of others on the beach nearby. He’s a moron, no doubt. But does this really need to literally become a “federal case”? If only the FBI were as eager to investigate leads on Islamic terrorism as they are this temporary boys-will-be-boys indiscretion, then we might be safer than we were before 9/11 (we aren’t).


Priorities: Famous But Incompetent Investigates Idiotic Rep. Kevin Yoder’s Schwang

If a Democrat went skinny-dipping on a trip to, say, Lebanon, I wouldn’t want the FBI involved (but I would wanna know why they and Republicans like Darrell Issa keep visiting Hezbollah–something the FBI never investigates). The men and women of Famous But Incompetent should have better things to do. Sadly, they apparently think they don’t because, after all, Nidal Malik Hasan shooting up 13 lives at Fort Hood is a “workplace violence” incident unworthy of their time, whereas a guy from Kansas skinny dipping in Israel must go through an FBI proctology exam. Apparently, FBI agents were looking at photos, and you almost wonder if they were asking for, um, “measurements” (and Yoder should hope there aren’t photos of him naked, less because of public embarrassment and more because of this ridiculous FBI “investigation”). J. Edgar Hoover’s ghost is laughing. So are Al-Qaeda and other terrorist and organized crime outfits. They know the FBI has its “priorities.”

The FBI looked into whether any inappropriate behavior occurred, but the interviews do not appear to have resulted in any formal allegations of wrongdoing. . . .

Some of those present took photographs of the group right after the late-night swim, sources said.

After the lawmakers and staff returned to the United States, FBI agents questioned congressional staff about the trip, specifically about what happened in Tiberias.

If there’s anything that’s disturbing here, it isn’t the brief skinny dipping, it’s this–typical of what you find from AIPAC–the American Israel Public Affairs Committe, which bills itself as “the pro-Israel lobby” (but is really the lobby of liberal American Jews that pushes crap down Israel’s throat), which funded the trip and always seems to think it must be the pro-Muslim lobby, too. As in every trip in which they take public officials, reporters, and others, AIPAC always makes sure to have its traveling party meet with and hear the “side” of the Palestinians. Salam Fayyad is an open Jew-hater and supporter of Islamic terrorism and–no surprise–he made AIPAC’s cut as a favored speaker on the trip. As I’ve noted in the past, AIPAC constantly takes the position of Palestinians as being morally equivalent with Israel and not too long ago, financed a lobbyist for Yasser Arafat. None of this is new, as AIPAC has long pimped Israel into disasters like the Oslo Accord, the Wye Accord, the Gaza pull-out, etc., and it worked against various state legislators who wanted tough bills to boycott and sanction Iran. But it continues to be disgusting.

Patrick Dorton, a spokesman for AIEF, defended the group’s trip to Israel, saying it was substantive and rigorous.

“As part of the trip, and after of day of meetings including with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority . . . .” Dorton said in an emailed statement.

On the day of the swimming incident, they met with Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority prime minister, according to the itinerary filed with the House.

Um, that ain’t “rigorous.” It’s just stupid and counter-productive. Doing HAMAS/Fatah’s work for it.

Ya think that Arab and Muslim groups take their guests to the Jews they kicked out of their countries or are currently imprisoning to give “the other side”? No, because they aren’t liberal dummies with warped Jewish guilt.

When you give to and/or otherwise support AIPAC, this is what you are supporting. Shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone in the know. Sadly, few are in the know.

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The Israeli government mindlessly continues to send Eid Al-Fitr holiday greetings to the PLO terrorist leaders – as if they would ever show Jews similar goodwill!

With Israelis and AIPAC doing the Arabs’ work for them, the other side has no reason to ever want to reach out to Israel.

About as meaningful as the FBI wanting to know why a Congressman skinny-dipped in Yam Kinneret.

Common sense is missing in both Jerusalem and Washington and these are not the only things in which no seem to have a sense of priorities.

NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    In a word “pandering”…

    As Goes... on August 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    They should send a gift wrapped Shimon Peres to them.

    Worry on August 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

More like J. Edgar Hoover’s ghost is saying “ooohh….peen….”

SDF on August 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

Yep, more Kardashian Nation!

Skunky on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Like Debbie, I’m a libertarian when it comes to people’s personal lives, which unless they commit crime, aren’t any one’s business.

    To paraphrase Trudeau, the nation has no business policing people’s swimming habits any more any more than it has any business policing their bedrooms.

    What’s the FBI’s excuse? Yoder may be guilty of exercising poor judgment but being stupid is not a crime.

    If it was, every one guilty of doing something stupid in our Kardashian nation would deservedly be behind bars.

    NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congressman Yoder went for a late night swim. Its not exactly like he exposed himself to women and children!

And if late night skinny-dipping is a federal crime, I’d love to know what the federal government’s business is with people swimming in the nude after dark!

There is no evidence of anything illegal but perhaps public indecency and I understand its a very minor deed in the cosmic scale of things, nowhere close to mass murder.

Did a Congressman really deserve that kind of humiliating treatment? No wonder every one is laughing at the FBI’s titillating interest in a summer pastime!

NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Exactly, Norman and the way non-religious Israelis go to the beach in many places isn’t much more than skinny dipping. I don’t know where this was but if it was Ein Gev or any other kibbutz on the Lake shore, no worry about offending the religious. There’s a separate religious beach in Tiberias but I think it’s the only one on the entire Lake.

    Italkit on August 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Ok, well, I went into the NY Daily News and they say it was a restaurant next to the Christian Baptism site. Doubt there were any baptisms going on however, late at night.

      Italkit on August 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

Considering the time it happened, I don’t think there was any one around to offend. Now there is the problem of paparazzi but then again any one who is a celebrity knows that the lack of privacy is always a consideration. There’s no escaping the fact you are a “person of interest” and Congressman Yoder should have known better that someone might take compromising photos of him. Even though apart from sick freaks, what he did late at night in Israel is no one’s business.

Including that of our Famous But Incompetent.

NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

And where were they when the fallout hit over Napolitano’s lack of ethics and leadership as evidenced by “Floozy” Barr’s pornfest going on at ICE, not counting all the other felonious activities perpetrated by the pole smokers and butt-snorklers that transpire in the beltway on a daily basis?

Nice to see everyone has their priorities in line….WTF!!!

IceNoMore on August 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

Its a media distraction. Anything to take people’s attention off of the economy and whatever clever thing Biden has to say. They have started to realize that attacking Romney/Ryan’s taxes and personal lives are not successful, so plan B is to attempt to distract the public w/ this nonsense. Plan C is to abandon ship, which Newsweek has started to do.

jdiz on August 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

Yup – its an underhanded effort by the liberal Politico gang to try to embarrass Republicans with charges of hypocrisy. The only hypocrites I can see are the ones in the Politico “newsroom.” They make Penthouse look like a respectable publication with this kind of “reporting” – and its another reason why the mass media is in steady decline.

NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

You’re right Debbie the Federal Bureau of Infuriation would rather investigate a doopey congressman’s stupid behavior than deal with the further delayed trial of that scumbag Nidal Hasan. This POS’s latest stall tactic is his beard. I say strap his butt down in a barber chair and shave him with a straight razor and hot water only. I betcha he’d be screeming to Allah then. The FBI under Eric(my people)Holder is a laughing stock from what it use to be. Heck if the Feds investigated everytime an elected offical in Washington did something stupid there would be nobody left to run the place.

Ken b on August 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

The last head of AIPAC went to work for the Democratic Party. There is a revolving door between AIPAC and the Democratic Party, just like there is a revolving door with the heads of reform Jewish organizations and the Democratic Party.

For shame.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Are we sure this happened in Israel and not at the Kennedy compound in Mass. since that is where most congressional “exposure” has happened over the years?

Gman213 on August 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Geez what a waste of time. Somehow I get the impression this payback for ex-cult member Obama’s security detail having a hooker fest in Rio.

Who cares if Yoder wants to get his snorkel wet? As long as he does so privately.

impressivepackage on August 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

“If only the FBI were as eager to investigate leads on Islamic terrorism as they are this temporary boys-will-be-boys indiscretion…”

Do you think they will ever get around to investigating Obama’s Social Security fraud, Selective Service Fraud, and other frauds?

CornCoLeo on August 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Politicians, contrary to the way the MSM likes to paint and even promote Democrats, aren’t “reg’lar folk”, or “just like us.” Politicians have a special duty and responsibility to tjeir power and to their constituents. They need to be held to a higher standard.

That being said, this is obviously an Obama-election-year witch hunt to discredit Republican opposition at any opportunity. If it was a democrat we’d have never heard about this.

DS_ROCKS! on August 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

It’s just so mind-blowingly stupid. Isn’t the FBI a little bit outside its jurisdiction on this one? Ya think? I mean, it’s only a foreign country. If anyone is going to investigate this black-hearted act of evil, shouldn’t it be the ISRAELI authorities? Of course, they probably concluded that investigating this was a complete waste of time.

Some of the news stories have been playing up how this is such a “holy site.” It’s news to me – but if it’s THAT holy, why are people allowed to swim in it at all? So I guess people can plop their smelly carcasses into the water, as long as they bring some dirty laundry with them? Someone explain THAT one to me.

Statusmonkey on August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    It’s not “holy” like Jerusalem is holy or other sites are holy, it’s where Christians go to get baptized, actually at the head of the Jordan river as it exits the Kinneret (sea of galilee). I guess some people would consider it holy, some think that it’s where Jesus got baptized.

    Italkit on August 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

OT, but related,

Thanks to Debbie, Republican Rep. Michael McCaul is launching an investigation into corruption at ICE.

Via Fox News:

McCaul, R-Texas, whose subcommittee oversees the Department of Homeland Security, reached out to the attorney in a recent lawsuit against DHS to begin probing the claims about conduct at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The investigation I’m sure will be all-encompassing,” spokesman Mike Rosen said. “(McCaul) believes it’s kind of a culture (at DHS) that’s grown over there –I don’t know how long –a culture that is, unfortunately … I guess in some ways it’s become an incubator for corruption, for misconduct, for waste.”

impressivepackage on August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

The FEEBs did an excellent job of invesigation at that bridge in Chappa – Chapa – quidik, didn’t they. Midnight bathing in the safety of a car!

Nir Leiu on August 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

AIPAC isn’t even a very good organization. They have NEVER won a contested Congressional vote. Not even once.

I_AM_ME on August 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

There’s no question that the Republicans involved exercised atrocious judgment. They all know, or should know, that there is a double standard in the media, and that they have to be more careful than their more liberal counterparts. The fact that so many freshmen were involved suggests that this may have happened before — if anything, all else being equal, freshmen would be more cautious than long-standing members.

It would be surprising if AIPAC was unaware of things like this happening. They, too, should have exercised more oversight over the event.

That being said, I think the FBI’s investigation is similar to the ‘revelation’ that Israel is spying on the US. A convenient way for Obama to do what he can to put Israel on the defensive, so it won’t attack Iran, and interfere with his getting re-elected. The timing of this, after a year has passed, and when the issue of Iran is more and more crucial, is not coincidental, at least to me.

And the added bonus of throwing AIPAC off balance again, and giving more ‘credibility’ to J Street.

Little Al on August 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm


Its much ado about nothing. Where’s the crime? I don’t think any one saw his “snorkel” and its not an interest for me – I’m not gay but you might wonder why the FBI is so concerned about a Congressman’s supposed sexual proclivities.

As for AIPAC – Jon is right… they might as well be an Islamic lobbying group. To call them “pro-Israel” is pretty much a stretch.

The only reason this story came out at all is we’re bored to death during the dog days of summer and we need the entertainment.

NormanF on August 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

NF, I am somewhat of a libertarian myself, but these people were in a sensitive public role when they were visiting Israel. They were not just a few adults who went skinny dipping. They were visiting a country that is being attacked virtually universally, and as presumed friends of Israel, it behooved them to act in such a way as to create as much credibility as possible.

This is all the more the case since many of Israel’s best friends in the US are Evangelical Christians, who, as these Congressmen knew, or should have known, would frown on the kinds of antics they exhibited.

And it just gave Obama another opening to attack Israel, something that someone, whether AIPAC or Cantor, or some of these visitors should have thought of. There is no excuse for this. If there were no political context, I would take a much more permissive view, but their actions cannot be separated from the political context.

Little Al on August 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Oh, please! It’s not like it happened on Tel Aviv beach at high noon on Shabbat. I doubt anyone but the fishes saw them and speaking of fishes, it was a dumb thing to do because there’s a species in the Kinneret that likes to nibble on human appendages. They don’t do any serious harm but it doesn’t feel so great. I know this because I’ve gone in barefooted.

    Italkit on August 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

Nice to know that FBI knows where Yoder’s penis went, but cant find MF global’s $1billion+, or Solyndra’s $500million, or…….the shovel ready stimulus.

Gino on August 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

way to go man.

Last word on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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