“When gays get so angry about a chicken sandwich, it is because Chick-fil-A has given around $5 million to fight to discriminate against us. When we praise brave Eagle Scouts who give up their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s prejudice, it’s not about scoring political points; it’s because there are kids in dens who are being taught to believe that they are less than equal. When we rant about the pastor who preaches that gays should be thrown into a concentration camp, we scream out of fear. And our fears are justified — in the last seven days, a lesbian in Nebraska was carved with a knife, a gay man in Oklahoma was firebombed, and a girl in Kentucky was kicked and beaten — her jaw broken and her teeth knocked out — while her assailants allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at her.”—
Turns out all that time you spent on your backyard trampoline coulda meant something.
Trampoline, part of gymnastics, is a relatively new sport in the Olympics. Initially the trampoline was used as a training tool for tumblers and athletes in the 1930s.
As its popularity grew, the first Trampoline World Championships were held in London in 1964.
The sport made its Olympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000 and featured acrobatic displays with athletes jumping up to 33 feet high.
In London, a medal event will be held for both men and women where 324 gymnasts will perform a series of 10 skill routines, with a variety of single, double and triple somersaults with and without twists on the trampoline. Judges will deliver marks for difficulty, execution and time of flight, minus penalties.
“More than 80% of eligible voters are online; Similarly, 83% of mobile phone owners are registered voters; 1 out of every 3 likely voters in November say that they didn’t watch tv in the past week; Voters are spending more media time on their mobile devices than newspapers & magazines combined.”—
I clicked-through and my immediate, knee-jerk reaction is, “Oh brilliant, Google. I’m so glad you’ve brought the ability for the electorate to be distracted by the horse-race into the 21st century; what with your tracking trending searches, etc.”
A Chicago woman attempting to row the 1,500 mile perimeter of Lake Michigan in a fundraising effort to support breast cancer survivors was sexually assaulted in her rowboat early Sunday, police said.
Jenn Gibbons, 27, was in the cabin of her 700-pound rowboat while it was tied to a dock around 4 a.m. Sunday in an area along Lake Michigan in Schoolcraft County, Mich. A man who may have been following Gibbons’ journey via her blog opened the hatch to the portion of the vessel where she slept, climbed in and assaulted her, said Sgt. Michael Powell of the Michigan State Police.
Gibbons was able to break free and lock herself in a rest area toilet stall nearby, Powell said. The man eventually left and she called police, Powell said.
Police are still investigating the incident and searching for a man they describe as in his 30s, about 5’8’’ with facial hair, light eyes and an average build. He was wearing a grayish green T-shirt, jean shorts and tennis shoes.
Gibbons could not immediately be reached for comment this morning, but in a message posted on her blog, she vows to continue her trip, which was scheduled to begin June 15 at Diversey Harbor, and wants to be on the water as soon as next week.
“I know that I had a choice in telling people about the details of my attack, particularly that it was a sexual assault. To go through this at all, let alone publicly, is extremely difficult. I chose to talk about it in the hope that someone might be able to provide more information about the person who did this to me,” the post says.
“I am driven by two main philosophies, know more about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via passingfox)