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October 2, 2005

What I Learned Today


Contrary to legend, the folks that live in DC are quite fond of visiting the tourist attractions of DC.

Today, for instance, I went on a walking tour of Embassy Row. And here’s some stuff I learned I wanted to pass on:


  1. You are right, the Cosmos Club is a big deal. Even Jack Abramoff felt intimidated and asked his right-wing friend Rabbi Lapin to make some up for him. The following is quoted verbatim from an email Abramoff sent to Lapin. I find this hilarious. It reminds me of college age resume padding. Apparently, Abramoff never matured beyond his College Republcan days.

    “I hate to ask your help with something so silly, but I have been nominated for membership in the Cosmos Club, which is a very distinguished club in Washington, DC, comprised of Nobel Prize winners, etc. Problem for me is that most prospective members have received awards and I have received none.

    I was wondering if you thought it possible that I could put that I have received an award from Toward Tradition with a sufficiently academic title, perhaps something like Scholar of Talmudic Studies? I wish you were still heading PJC (for this reason only!) so I could get one from them too, perhaps something like Distinguished Biblical Scholar Award. Indeed, it would be even better if it were possible that I received these in years past, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I think you see what I am trying to finangle here! Do you think this is possible? IT would only used in this situation, but there is a chance that they would have to call someone to verify.”

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    Jason Bradfield9:30 am, October 3

  2. That is just freaking hillarious. Not only does he ask a friend to lie for him so he can get into an exclusive club, he asks a rabbi.


    —AltHippo • 3:25 pm, October 3

  3. Thanks, Jason. I can’t believe this is the first I’ve heard of that. Looks like the story came out in June. I know there’s an overload of insane stories coming out about the Republican Party nowadays, but surely this should have been ridiculed more widely.

    Keith4:53 pm, October 3

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