August 20, 2012


Congressmen Skinny-Dip in Sea of Galilee

Officials apologize for impromptu open-water swim

A bunch of Republican congressmen got drunk in Israel, took some—if not all—of their clothes off, and went for a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee. There is a joke here, and it is the previous sentence. Last August, during a fact-finding trip funded by the American Israel Educational Foundation, a number of congressmen, GOP officials, and family members went for a late-night swim in the Christian holy site, according to a report on an FBI probe (really, FBI?) into the incident. Representative Kevin Yoder, a Kansas Republican, took his clothes off before getting into the water, while the other congressmen involved—Reps. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)—were all at least partially clothed. Alcohol was involved, of course. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was on the trip and did not take part in the swim, reportedly scolded the amateur open-water-swimming enthusiasts the next morning. Yoder has since released a statement: “It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”

Via Politico



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Rancher Feeds Candy to Cows

Rising corn prices force shift

With the price of corn rising, some ranchers have turned to an unconventional feed for their cattle: candy—the chocolatey kind. Joseph Watson mixes second-hand candy with an ethanol by-product and mineral nutrient mix to create a healthy, balanced feed for his cattle. The packaged candy comes from companies at a discounted rate because it’s not fit for human consumption, but the mix seems to work for cows. "It has a higher ratio of fat than actually feeding straight corn," Watson explained. "It's hard to believe it will work but we've already seen the results of it now." Watson’s 1,400 cows are putting on weight and have yet to show any health problems.

Via WPRI News


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Japanese Activists Raise Flag on Disputed Island

Ownership of archipelago hotly contested

Japanese activists sparked protests in China and Taiwan on Sunday when they raised their country's flag on a disputed island in the East China Sea. The 10 protestors from the Hong Kong-based group Ganbare Nippon, five of whom are members of Tokyo's metropolitan assembly, swam ashore on Uotsuri Island, an uninhabited island just over one and a half square miles in size. Chinese protestors responded to the news with rallies in the streets, in which Japanese-made cars, including police cars, were flipped and smashed. Uotsuri is the largest of the Senkaku Islands, which were formally annexed by Japan in 1895 and have been controlled by Japan since the end of post-World War II American administration in 1971. Both Taiwan and the People's Repubic of China claim the Senkakus, which they refer to as the Diaoyu Islands.

Via Wall Street Journal


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Diana Nyad Continues After Hitting Storm

Still attempting a record Cuba-Florida swim

After a brutal storm blew in Sunday night, open-water swimmer Diana Nyad is again moving toward her goal of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. This marks Nyad's fourth attempt at the 103-mile swim, which she is scheduled to complete Tuesday. Nyad's 50-person crew is doing their best to adminster to the swimmer, who has suffered jellyfish stings on her neck and face, in addition to contending with Sunday's storm. “The first night we had a rough night,’’ said Mark Sollinger, the operations chief for Nyad’s support crew. “Things couldn't look better right now." Nyad, who will turn 63 on Wednesday, has made two unsuccessful attempts since last summer.

Via Washington Post