Twelve-year-old Elijah Earnheart isn't ready for some football. Organizers for the Pee Wee Football Association of Mesquite, Texas are reluctant to let the 6-foot-1, and nearly 300-pound, child into the huddle alongside other, scrawnier seventh-graders - and coaches. League President Ronnie Henderson insisted that any seventh-graders tipping the scale at more than 135 pounds aren't eligible to play, unless it's for their school's team. However, that hadn't kept Earnheart from practicing for the Mesquite Vikings before getting cut, after three weeks, at Sunday's pre-season weigh-in. Put me in Coach! It's what you need to know:
- Panic seized the downtown Washington D.C. headquarters of the socially-conservative Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group, yesterday after Floyd Corkins II, 28, opened fire upon employee Leo Johnson with a 9-millimeter handgun; wounding the security guard. Police haven't firmly established a motive for the LGBT community center volunteer.
- Bring me my girls! Business manager Michael Poma of San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church apologized to Castro Country Club, an LGBT addiction recovery group, then reversed Pastor Brian Costello's imposed ban upon drag queens at their annual Harvest Feast.
- "Political correctness has to stop," reiterated Republican Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry of Texas in a recent Iowa stump speech aimed at liberals trying to fry Chick-fil-A's bottom line through their aggressive boycotting. Meanwhile, Texas executed its 484th inmate last week; a 54-year-old, mentally-retarded black man named Marvin Wilson.
- It's a gray day in the Sunshine State after the Jacksonville City Council rejected an amendment to the Florida city's human rights ordinance last night protecting LGBT residents from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Council members defeated Ordinance 2012-296 by a razor-thin margin of 10-9 after changing it's original language to exclude transgender protections. In its original form, Ordinance 2012-296 failed spectacularly.
- President Goodluck Johnathan of Nigeria appears poised to spoil the fortunes of his LGBT countrymen by signing legislation passed by the Nigerian House of Representatives last year that criminalizes "expression, assembly, or organization based on sexual orientation or gender identity." Despite its intent to disrupt same-sex marriages, gay rights activist are fearful a broader interpretation of the law could result in the shutdown of Nigeria's HIV/AIDS clinics.
- Hear him roar! Playwright Wayne Self cleverly reinvents Aesop's fable, The Lion and the Mouse, to remind Bristol Palin - and other modern day Christian martyrs - that, "Supremacy turns to hate when the feeling of innate superiority is openly challenged."
- Christmas comes early this year after toymaker Mattel unveiled a "Drag Queen Barbie," designed by creative duo David Blond and Philippe Blond, that retails as"The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll." Some assembly required.
- Boyfriend overboard! It's appears anchorman Anderson Cooper dumped the loose-lipped Ben Maisani halfway through their romantic Balkan cruise after images exposing their allegedly "open relationship" surfaced. But, has Bravo's Andy Cohen already bagged the silver fox?
(Pee Wee image via Flickr)