Kevin Yoder has brought the fine up-standing state of Kansas into the national spotlight. But that's nothing new for these local politicos. Now keep in mind when you are reading this that Kansas is part of the Bible-Belt.
Yoder swam naked in the Sea of Galilee. Most people would
say: the nerve of the guy to swim naked
in the area where the Man walked on water. True, he did have some nerve, but he also found out that politicians can't walk on water. Some say he should be crucified on the cross of politics and sent back to the
farm. Maybe he is not worthy to be in the sinful
halls of Congress or maybe he is, only time will tell. A Republican today, a Democrat tomorrow - somehow they fight for that 15 minutes of fame.
Yoder brought further attention to
Kansas by making David Letterman’s top 10 list, titled
"Congressman Kevin Yoder Excuses."
10. "What's the big deal, I was naked the whole trip."
9. "It was spring break; chill out."
8. "People in the Middle East are pretty easygoing about nudity."
7. "In my defense, I had been drinking heavily."
6. "Trying to take the focus off Mitt Romney's taxes."
5. "It had been days since a congressman did something
4. "It's Obama's fault."
3. "Putting the 'junk' in 'congressional junket.'"
2. "I can't swim naked, but Barney Frank can walk around like
this?" (Picture Frank in a blue sweater and jacket.)
1. "That's how we party in Kansas."
And in the comment section of the
local paper, a guy said “Kansas has arrived, when we made Letterman’s top 10
Another was a bit more concise, he said: “Forget nude swimming, we should be asking why our elected officials are taking
these trips which are paid for by lobbying organizations in the first place. Do
you really think that this was a "Fact-Finding Mission?" No, this is
a luxury leisure tour meant to buy influence. 10k per person is what the AIEF
paid for this "Congressional Delegation." Heck, bring the wife and
kids and a entourage of staff members too! 10k per person is a bargain compared
to the BILLIONS Israel receives as a result of these lobbying efforts. Israel
is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War
II. To date,the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in assistance,
-all with the help of some well orchestrated lobbying efforts.”
Oh, don't ask me why the U.S. gives them that much money. I took a history class "The History of the Middle East," while I attended the local U and when it was all said and done, I still didn't know what they were fighting about over there. As for this incident, this swimming adventure happened August 18, 2011 and it's just now making the news. Um, wonder why?
I guess what he’s done isn’t
worse than that Moss guy did in Topeka. He is a principal of a high school
there and on this particular day, he spent the day working with the kids of East Topeka and when the school bell whistled, he promptly went on the prowl looking for a woman of the night to satisfy his illicit desires, but the gal just happened to be
a cop in disguise. So much for his career of teaching kids! He is now at home
wondering how he didn’t know she was a cop. One consolation for him: he is on leave with pay.
I'm not passing judgement on either one of these fine gentleman, I'm just telling you the news of the day!