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GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, representing New York’s 11th congressional district (Staten Island/Brooklyn), keeps making the news, and not in ways that he wants. Grimm is a congressman who was brought into office in 2010 with support from the rightwing Israel lobby; he is being investigated by the FBI for circumventing campaign finance (he got half a million dollars from an Israeli rabbi’s followers even after his ex girlfriend took the rap for funneling the money to Grimm). Ynet reported earlier this month:

An FBI investigation into Republican Congressman Michael Grimm’s campaign finances ties him to Israeli Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto through donations of more than half a million dollars, and has also led to suspicions of senior Israeli police officers accepting bribes from Pinto.

Then on Tuesday night, The Nation reports, Grimm threatened to throw Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, off a balcony at the Capitol Rotunda after the State of the Union address.  Scotto was merely trying to squeeze in a question about the ongoing federal investigation.

“And just finally before we let you go, we haven’t had a chance to talk about some of the…” Scotto began before Grimm cut him off.

“I’m not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president,” said Grimm, before walking off camera.

“So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice.

“What?” Scotto responded. “I just wanted to ask you…”

Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f——-g balcony.”

Radical. There’s more:

Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

[cross talk]

Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”

Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.”

[cross talk]

Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Touchy! The Nation published Grimm’s excuse. Something about being “extremely annoyed” because he was just doing a “favor” for the reporter. Later, (probably after realizing his threat was caught on camera) he apologized:

 I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool. I have apologized to Michael Scotto

Grimm and Netanyahu

Grimm and Netanyahu

Here’s some of the back story. In 2008, Phil Weiss went to Grimm’s district, which had lately elected a Democrat:

Last night I heard something too stupendous to be believed. I was in a Christian church serving the Arab community in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn… and a  local Arab leader, Dr. Ahmad Jaber, said he had gotten a promise from Michael McMahon, the congressman-elect for New York’s 13th District, that he would visit the West Bank to see for himself the apartheid conditions there.

The New York Times also reported that McMahon had major Arab-American and Muslim support.

Then in 2010, McMahon was unseated by Grimm, in a close race, 51-48 percent. The Almanac Of American Politics says Grimm won by calling McMahon “Tax Hike Mike.” But Israel was plainly a factor in the race. McMahon even signed a letter calling on Obama to commute spy Jonathan Pollard’s sentence. He lost the race, though he reportedly won the Jewish vote in the district. And in 2012 Grimm was reelected.

Here’s more from Ynet on the ongoing Grimm FBI saga.

The affair came to light due to an FBI wiretap agreed to by Pinto as part of a settlement with the bureau, after Pinto filed a blackmail complaint resulting the rabbi having to testify against Grimm, the New York Republican Congressman and former FBI agent….

Grimm visited Israel several times, even meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat……The paper said that Grimm was in contact with Ofer Biton, one of Pinto’s assistants, in order to raise money for his election from the rabbi’s followers.

Grimm, it said, had good reason to turn to the popular rabbi since he needed a great deal of money. Pinto supplied the funds to the Republican incumbent, a Catholic who prays every Sunday in church.

Grimm was able to raise more than half a million dollars – which comprised half of his total fundraising for the election, the FBI revealed.

Biton is being investigated on the suspect of embezzling millions of dollars from Pinto’s followers. The New York Times also reported that there were illegal donations that included cash transfers and straw companies. The followers said they gave the money because Biton said Pinto wanted his followers to donate to the politician.

Pinto’s spokesman told the Times that the rabbi had met with Grimm but he wasn’t aware of the donations. Biton outright denied any connection to raising funds for Grimm. Despite the denials, the FBI’s investigation brought to an arrest of Grimm’s former girlfriend on charges of circumventing federal campaign laws to funnel money to Grimm, the New York Daily News reported.

A Catholic who prays every Sunday in church gets the loot from a rabbi? Sounds like it might make a great Hollywood script.

Update: McMahon and Grimm fought for the Jewish vote and for Jewish donors in 2010; and as we noted, McMahon reportedly won the Jewish vote in the district. My headline originally stated that Grimm is a poster boy for the Israel lobby. I changed it. –Weiss.

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    January 30, 2014, 10:40 am

    “Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”” Grimm.

    So Grimm has experience breaking little boys in half??.

    I think we see who the silly little boy is.Imagine, New yorkers have this twit making decisions that effect their lives.

    The zionist joke that never stops giving.

  2. just
    just
    January 30, 2014, 10:42 am

    Hyman Roth and the Corleone family……..

    This Grimm is a thug– grim, indeed. Former FBI and Marine– he shames both.

    Congresspeople used to shaming themselves.

    • January 30, 2014, 11:21 am

      What a tough guy. Threatening a much smaller man.

    • just
      just
      January 30, 2014, 11:33 am

      meant to say that “Congresspeople are used to shaming themselves”.

      I find it astonishing that having a photo with Netanyahu is good for anyone……more of the “million dollar shot”, I guess.

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/canadian-pandering-clownish.html

      • bilal a
        bilal a
        January 30, 2014, 12:06 pm

        the NY1 reporter was a slight young man , not an ex marine , ex gun waving caribean’ night club ‘ , mafia associate:But Grimm looks nonetheless quite small next to Netanyahu. Maybe thats why he blows up on skinny reporters.

        ———

        “And that’s not even the most colorful story in Grimm’s recent past. (No, I’m not talking about this one.) In 2006, after leaving the FBI, he opened up a health food restaurant with an alleged mobster with ties to the Gambino crime family. And in 2011, Evan Ratliff wrote about FBI undercover operations in The New Yorker, including some eyebrow-raising allegations about Grimm from a New York City Police officer who was moonlighting as a bouncer. At the time, July 1999, Grimm was an FBI agent, apparently dating a married woman.

        According to the NYPD officer, Gordon Williams, Grimm and the woman entered a nightclub in Queens, Caribbean Tropics, around midnight and ran into the woman’s estranged husband. Williams broke up the ensuing altercation..”
        http://theweek.com/article/index/255676/the-real-scandal-with-tough-guy-rep-michael-grimm

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      January 30, 2014, 11:41 am

      Zionism is thuggery. Always has been. No way to ethnically cleanse otherwise.

    • bilal a
      bilal a
      January 30, 2014, 11:52 am

      This film analogy is prescient . Recall in the film version, all of the illegal vice family businesses in prostitution, gambling, smuggling, extortion went legit through the corruption of local gentile politicians, and through the legalization of these vices.

      Now we read that this pimp, Sheldon Adelson, [ alleged] with ties to organized crime, prostitution, trafficking, murder, extortion around his global casino network, is funding Mormon boy scouts for President and German-Italians for congress.

      ‘Congressman Grimm’s Re-election Funded By Chinese Prostitution Money?’
      http://politicker.com/2012/07/congressman-grimms-re-election-funded-by-chinese-prostitution-money/

      On June 28th, the former employee making the accusations, Steve Jacobs, dropped a list of new charges into a sworn declaration, including that he wanted to rid the casino of “loan sharks and prostitution” but was stymied when “senior executives informed me that the prior prostitution strategy had been personally approved by Adelson.” That is all it says, so it’s unclear if the plan purportedly “approved by Adelson” was intended to preserve or prevent prostitution. (Local police reportedly arrested more than a hundred prostitutes and twenty-two syndicate leaders in a 2010 operation at Adelson’s Venetian Macau.)

      The filing also accused Adelson of allegedly hiring illegal workers, and controlling a “Chairman’s Club” that permitted “favored members, including known or suspected organized crime figures.”
      http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2012/07/sheldon-adelson-and-macau.html

  3. Krauss
    Krauss
    January 30, 2014, 10:54 am

    McMahon is also a dirtbag in the story.

    When journalists lament the fact that people are cynical about politics, they tend to focus on national elections. They forget the small pieces to the puzzle, the slimbuckets like McMahon, that inform people’s view of many(most?) politicians between the major national election.

    But the overarching theme is once again how much money matters. Wouldn’t be surprised if Grimm made a few desperate calls to AIPAC to help him fundraise to save himself and offering everything and his soul(if he had one) in return.

    I mean, if Mark Kirk was revealed to be a former bankrobber tomorrow who never got caught until now, AIPAC would move heaven and earth to save him.

  4. Theo
    Theo
    January 30, 2014, 11:42 am

    And the fifth column inside the country grows and grows, we must wonder if any of our politicians is still without a zionist backing and obligation.
    All those traitors in Washington should read up on the history of WWII and what happened to the collaborators at the end of the war.
    History likes to repeat itself.

  5. just
    just
    January 30, 2014, 11:49 am

    An interesting headline in the wapo:

    “Israeli leaders engage in war of words amid worries about what peace might bring

    Individuals close to the prime minister’s office responded in the Israeli news media by saying that Netanyahu was trying to goad the Palestinian leadership into rejecting the idea that some of the 350,000 Jewish settlers living in the West Bank could remain. That way, the thinking went, the Palestinians would appear unyielding.

    The plan apparently backfired.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-leaders-engage-in-war-of-words-amid-worries-about-what-peace-might-bring/2014/01/29/06a51cc6-8921-11e3-a760-a86415d0944d_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

    • bilal a
      bilal a
      January 30, 2014, 11:56 am

      More : from link

      “Bennett, who only an hour or two earlier had returned from his first trip to Poland to visit the death camps at Auschwitz, told the audience, “Why can’t Palestinians rule over Jews?

      Because they will kill them!”

  6. marc b.
    marc b.
    January 30, 2014, 12:04 pm

    annie, if you haven’t had the chance yet you should read Richard Silverstein’s posts on the subject and related links in the comments. if anyone in the federal government has the stomach for this, it has ‘Watergate’ potential, with links to the despicable Cantor, porn producers, blackmail, extortion, shady real estate deals, loony rabbis, etc. the verifiable tip of the whole stinking mess makes ‘American Hustle’ look like Sesame Street.

  7. American
    American
    January 30, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Grimm and the Rabbi and Ofer Biton is a long and long running and dirty story.
    Commented on here over the past few years http://mondoweiss.net/?s=Ofer+Biton

    One interesting part also relates to that special visa bill for Isr in congress.
    Biton an Israeli, was in the US illegally to begin with.
    He came to the US under another US congress sell out that issued visas to people who had at least $50,000 to invest in the US.
    Turns out Biton lied and didnt have the money…which makes one wonder if Israelis are even checked for anything as it is now —even without the new free and unquestioned entry congress now wants to give them.
    He got deported only cause the scandal broke.

  8. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    January 30, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Lot of coverage of this Grimm story in Silverstein’s blog:
    here,here, and here.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    January 30, 2014, 1:07 pm

    RE: “An FBI investigation into Republican Congressman Michael Grimm’s campaign finances ties him to Israeli Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto through donations of more than half a million dollars . . .” ~ Ynet

    ALSO, NOTE THIS FROM THINKPROGRESS.ORG, 1/29/14:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The latest revelations, reported by the New York Daily News last Monday, were that in 2010, more than 20 transactions suggest supporters of Grimm and candidates in California, South Dakota, Illinois and Virginia swapped more than $75,000 in donations. Melanie Sloan, head of the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and a former federal prosecutor, said the donations “certainly are suspicious.” For the past three years, her group has listed Grimm as one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress. . .

    SOURCE – http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2014/01/29/3220031/michael-grimm-balcony/

    P.S. FROM POLITICALWIRE.COM, 1/20/14:

    The New York Daily News says Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) engaged in “donor swapping” in his 2010 campaign, “a controversial practice that allows candidates to sidestep fundraising limits.”

    “The swapping works like this: A donor who gives the maximum to Candidate A then donates to Candidate B. In return, a donor or friend of Candidate B gives an identical amount to Candidate A.”

    “A Daily News review of 2010 fundraising records found more than 20 transactions suggesting supporters of Grimm and candidates in California, South Dakota, Illinois and Virginia swapped donations totaling more than $75,000.”

    SOURCE – http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/01/20/grimm_used_donor_swapping_to_skirt_fundraising_limits.html

  10. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    ThorsteinVeblen2012
    January 30, 2014, 1:25 pm

    The Grimm reaper of Zion.

  11. Denis
    Denis
    January 30, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Good one, annie. I was waiting for you to get Michael Grimm in your cross-hairs. MW has been one of the best sources on this scary guy. (Unfortunately, MW’s search engine is so hard to deal with anymore, trying to do the back research is a waste of time — i.e. 500 hits and no way to sort them chronologically. . . hint, hint.)

    One of the best articles on this Grimm creep is a 2011 New Yorker piece by Evan Ratliff.
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/02/110502fa_fact_ratliff?currentPage=all

    Ratliff’s piece and Grimm’s most recent violent outburst on camera gives one the impression that this Tea Party zio-monkey is, like, in perpetual ‘roid rage.

    “What’s the story on these accusations of you shaking people down for campaign contributions?”

    “STFUp or I’ll break you in half and throw you off this balcony.”

    “OK, never mind.”

    Somebody needs to transition this violent thug out of Congress and, even better, out of society, perhaps with the help of a multi-count indictment.

    Not that the voters of Staten I. suffered a great loss when Grimm beat McMahon:

    “But Israel was plainly a factor in the race. McMahon even signed a letter calling on Obama to commute spy Jonathan Pollard’s sentence. But McMahon won the Jewish vote in the district.”

    Sounds like good ole’ American hard-place-and-a-rock democracy at work. Give a traditional Irish-American Catholic NY pol the scent of a few shekels and he’ll follow it anywhere — and here’s proof x2.

    Grimm’s ace in the hole in that election was actually the one in Guillani’s backside, the one Grimm had his head stuck up. But Grimm had to have significant financial resources to get that far. Given his wobbly career trajectory, it’s really hard to see how he got from being an incendiary FBI turd being investigated for pulling a gun on his date’s husband in a busy NYC restaurant to US Rep for Staten Isl.

    This is an interesting question, for if you juxtapose Ratliff’s piece and the current NYT series on Christy’s people, you get the sense that there is an underworld in US politics of ex-FBI agents and ex-US prosecutors turned pols. The reason that’s interesting is b/c Ratliff points out that the Justice Dept/FBI has access to hundreds of millions of dollars — mostly forfeited drug money — that is used to pay off tens of thousands of criminal-informants to entrap people.

    That’s a huge amount of money, and if a small percentage got siphoned off into a campaign here and there, who would know? Worse, who would prosecute? Anyone who has ever heard the names J. Edgar Hoover or John Connolly knows how filthy the FBI is. And if AIPAC were to tap into this underworld, they would have access not just to votes in Congress, but to information on every congressperson who doesn’t vote the way they “should.” Anyone who assumes J. Edgar Hoover’s tactics died when J. Edgar Hoover did would be naive, and I’m thinkin’ Franklin/AIPAC scandal here.

    • annie
      annie
      January 30, 2014, 1:44 pm

      oh my, i so love gossip, when i get some time (we’re backed up!) i will definitely be checking grimm out more.

    • amigo
      amigo
      January 30, 2014, 2:23 pm

      “Sounds like good ole’ American hard-place-and-a-rock democracy at work. Give a traditional Irish-American Catholic NY pol the scent of a few shekels and he’ll follow it anywhere — and here’s proof x2.”Denis.

      As an Irishman and a Catholic, I resent your inference.

      • annie
        annie
        January 30, 2014, 3:24 pm

        you’re right amigo. i was skimming. sorry.

      • amigo
        amigo
        January 30, 2014, 3:48 pm

        You do not need to apologize Annie.Denis should.

      • Denis
        Denis
        January 30, 2014, 4:34 pm

        amigo: “As an Irishman and a Catholic, I resent your inference.”

        The reference was to those who are: 1) Irish-American, 2) Catholics, and 3) NY pols. Your resentment is based on you identifying with 1 out of 3 — I really feel for you.

        As one who was raised in an Irish-American Catholic family, has a surname with an Erin-green apostrophe, and who lived in Boston long enough to have a pretty good idea what E.Coast ethno-centric politics is about, I’ll respectfully stand my ground on this one, amigo.

        Sounds like you’re bending over backwards to find a PC issue to whine about. Maybe you should go after annie’s line (which gave me a chuckle, btw):

        “A Catholic who prays every Sunday in church gets the loot from a rabbi?”

        Éire go Brách!!

      • annie
        annie
        January 30, 2014, 5:28 pm

        just so you know, i can’t take credit for that line. i wrote ” a Catholic who prays every Sunday in church? sounds like the makings of a hollywood script.” or something like that. i just thought this was a strange line to run across at ynet.

        Pinto supplied the funds to the Republican incumbent, a Catholic who prays every Sunday in church.

        anyway, i think phil probably added the loot line, he spices up my posts on occasion, as he did this one. ;) i was up at the wee hrs polishing off the scarlett post and never got around to finishing this which i began yesterday.

        anyway, not being from the east coast, i wasn’t aware all ny irish catholic politicians were corrupt, if that is what you infer. anymore than any other kind of politician that is, they are all pretty much corrupt. but not necessarily…

      • amigo
        amigo
        January 31, 2014, 7:05 am

        “Mr. Grimm often speaks of his Sicilian mother, allowing Italian-American groups to introduce him as Michael Castronova Grimm. Castronova is the maiden name of his mother, Petrina, who said in an interview that her parents had Sicilian roots but were born in New York.”NYT

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/nyregion/michael-grimm-gop-congressman-fights-critics.html?_r=0

        Add the above history to Ellen,s claim that his Father was German/Irish and there is not enough Irish left to make a leprechaun.

      • amigo
        amigo
        January 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

        Denis, I had better inform my Irish Catholic friends whose children are emigrating to America to stay out of American Politics.Especially those heading for the East Coast.

        God bless America!!.

      • Denis
        Denis
        January 30, 2014, 11:10 pm

        amigo, just tell them to Google “Tammany Hall.” The essential players haven’t changed, except that more rabbis are, apparently, paying to play.

        If I ever get to Eire, I’ll shout you dinner and we’ll resolve some of these prickly issues.

      • Ellen
        Ellen
        January 31, 2014, 1:06 am

        Not that it matters, but Grimm’s mom is Italian and his father German/Irish whatever…. And we do not know where or if this guy spends his Sunday praying in a Church.

        But Grimm is the kinda’ guy who’d gather with snake handlers on Jones Beach under a full moon if it helps his campaign and power lust.

  12. K Renner
    K Renner
    January 30, 2014, 1:39 pm

    ha ha, what a goon. I heard about this yesterday but I didn’t know just how bad he really is.

  13. PeaceThroughJustice
    PeaceThroughJustice
    January 30, 2014, 2:24 pm

    There’s another aspect to the back story: during the 2010 election McMahon’s campaign manager pointed out that Grimm was receiving a lot of out-of-state funding, including from a lot of Jews Florida. The media of course (including Phil’s old employer) seized on this as another example of “the world’s oldest hatred,” rather than asking why out-of-state money might be pouring into a local congressional campaign.

    McMahon threw his campaign manager (Jennifer Nelson) under the bus, but it was too late.

    • jsinton
      jsinton
      January 30, 2014, 7:42 pm

      Yeah, on richardsilverstein.com it was talking about Eric Cantor’s top seven funders are also associates of Rabbi Pinto, and coincidentally also all from out-of-state.

  14. Balfour
    Balfour
    January 30, 2014, 2:54 pm

    Hair-trigger temper? It’s just the steroids speaking…apparently Grimm also does a mean Jack Nicholson/ Col. Jessup impersonation about serving in uniform and defending the United States of America. ( Just don’t ask him about why he wears military service ribbons that he claims were issued to him “as an administrative error”)

    • lysias
      lysias
      January 30, 2014, 3:45 pm

      Mysterious line in the 2014 Almanac of American Politics’s piece on Grimm:

      Military Career: Marine Corps, 1991 (Persian Gulf).

      Those biographies usually give a stretch of a few years for a politician’s military career. Was Grimm only in the Marine Corps for one year? How could he do that? Did he get a discharge for health reasons after the Gulf War?

  15. lysias
    lysias
    January 30, 2014, 3:33 pm

    What an ad this clip will make for Grimm’s Democratic opponent this year!

  16. January 30, 2014, 6:05 pm

    You mention that Grimm had the support of “the right wing Israeli lobby “. What do you mean by this ? Is this a group of internecine Israelis who funnel money illegally into US political races ? Is this American Jews who support Israel ? Remember that even if a poll says that Grimm did not get the majority of the Jewish vote in his district it is still possible that he got the majority of the Jewish donations. After all, Biton said that Pinto wanted his followers to donate to Grimm. Is this a Jewish/Israel lobby or is it an Israel lobby ? When you use the words Israel lobby you give innocent Americans the impression that this is some activity carried out by a foreign country and US Jews are not involved. For example, is AIPAC an Israel lobby or is it a Jewish lobby or is it both? Are we allowed to discuss these details ?

  17. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    January 30, 2014, 11:47 pm

    I looked up “poster boy” and it is usually someone famous. Corey Booker is famous. Grimm is not famous. I do not think poster boy is accurate.

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      January 31, 2014, 12:57 am

      Yonah, he is famous now. And he is the lobby’s boy. So yes, this makes him a poster boy.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        January 31, 2014, 1:08 am

        Ellen- The headline is not accurate. Maybe as many as 9 out of 10 headlines here are accurate. Not this one.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 31, 2014, 1:42 am

        Cult pathology

        Zionism, Scientology – what is the difference, honestly ?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hole_(Scientology)

        “Defectors from the Church say that from around 2002, Scientology leader David Miscavige began to publicly slap, kick, punch or shove executives at the base who had angered him.[12] John Brousseau, the estate manager at Gold Base and a veteran Sea Org member, said that Miscavige repeatedly faulted his subordinates’ work, “constantly berating them, nitpicking everything they’re doing, pointing out inadequacies, ineffectiveness, lack of results, blaming it all on them and their inability to do anything right, and on the other hand saying how he’s got to do everything himself – he’s the only one who can do anything right.”[13] High-level meetings became tense affairs punctuated by “profane, belittling rants”.[2] According to emails said to have come from Miscavige’s “Communicator” – the personal assistant responsible for passing on transcribed messages from the leader – he routinely berated subordinates with terms such as “CSMF” (for “Cock Sucking Mother Fucker”)[14] and “YSCOHB” (“You Suck Cock On Hollywood Boulevard”).[15]
        A practice called “overboarding” was reintroduced as a further method of enforcing discipline on the base. It had been devised during the 1960s when Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard was living aboard a former Irish Sea cattle ferry Royal Scotman [sic] (later Apollo), in which he roamed the Mediterranean at the head of a small fleet of ships crewed by Sea Org members. In response to perceived violations, Scientologists were thrown over the side of the ship; sometimes they were bound and blindfolded before being tossed overboard.[16] Scientology spokesmen describe the practice as “a Sea Org ritual akin to traditions in other religious orders” and “part of ecclesiastical justice.”[17] Some Scientology churches (or “orgs”) adopted a land-based version of overboarding by making staff members stand against a wall while other Scientologists threw buckets of water at them, but the practice was largely abandoned in the 1970s.[18] According to author Janet Reitman, Miscavige reintroduced it in the 2000s and ordered dozens of senior executives to go out of doors in the middle of the night and assemble at the base’s swimming pool or its muddy lake. They would then jump or be pushed into the water, often in freezing conditions, while fully clothed and with Miscavige watching.[19] The Church acknowledges that overboarding took place but characterises it as part of its “ecclesiastical justice” system for dealing with poor performance.[17]”

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        January 31, 2014, 2:02 am

        seafoid- You should write headlines for MW. Or for the national enquirer.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 31, 2014, 4:57 am

        There is no free thinking in Israeli schools.
        IDF fodder .

        “the Israeli civics teacher threatened with dismissal after a student accused him of expressing “extreme left” opinions will not be fired after all, officials from the ORT education network decided following a second hearing on the matter on Thursday at its headquarters in Tel Aviv.
        • Adam Verete, who teaches civics at the ORT school in Kiryat Tivon, was also accused by student Sapir Sabah of expressing opinions “against the state,” in a letter she wrote to Education Minister Shay Piron.
        • The hearing committee was expected to deliver its decision on Verete’s continued employment Thursday evening or Friday.
        • Verete’s attorneys, Michael Sfard and Adar Grayevsky, were present at the hearing, along with the Education Ministry’s northern district supervisor and representatives of the ORT education network.
        • At the end of the hearing, Verete urged teachers to continue expressing their opinions in class “as, the Education Ministry makes clear, significant learning involves teachers expressing their opinions, in a pluralistic atmosphere in the classroom that respects all opinions.”
        • Verete said teachers should not be afraid to express their opinions.
        • Verete’s father, Yoram Verete, told Haaretz that the family had received threats since the affair began. “It’s hard, we received threats on our lives and family,” Yoram Verete said. “His wife is pregnant, it’s not easy to stand up against this whole system, and he did so wonderfully. The feeling as a father is of great pride, on the one hand, and great worry on the other. It is a terrible burden and very tense.”

        All Verete did was say that the IDF was not a moral army

        So take your National Enquirer and do a mitzvah for enlighenment.

  18. mcohen
    mcohen
    January 31, 2014, 5:16 am

    Seafoid says

    a mitzvah of enlightment”

    A Catholic who prays every Sunday in church gets the loot from a rabbi

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