News: James Yeager, Illinois, Manhattan, Princess

1NewsIcon Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed to veto any legislation that tries to put marriage equality up to a popular vote. He wants to see state lawmakers pass a bill, instead.

Burke21NewsIcon The Toronto Maple Leafs fired their coach, the very LGBT-friendly Brian Burke, because the hockey team hasn’t made the Stanley Cup playoffs since his tenure began in 2008.

1NewsIcon Hateful anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera from Americans for Truth About Homosexuality tells a mother who refused to let her gay son’s boyfriend spend the night that she’s doing the right thing because being gay is like being an alcoholic and shouldn’t be enabled: “We don’t give an alcoholic, we don’t say, ‘I love you so much I’m going
to give you a bottle of scotch every month.’ That’s not true love. True
love is what you’re talking about, it’s defending godly values and
praying for your son to be delivered out of that lifestyle.”

1NewsIcon Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2013.

1NewsIcon Matt Bomer, Eddie Redmayne and other dashing men strutted their stuff at the People’s Choice Awards last night.

1NewsIcon Britney Spears and The X-Factor have parted ways.

1NewsIcon Robert Downey Jr. wants to see Naomi Watts win best actress at this year’s Oscars.

1NewsIcon Those of you who enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield will be excited to hear that the sequel starts shooting soon.

Yeager1NewsIcon James Yeager, the CEO of a Tennessee-based gun company, said he will start killing people
if President Obama tries to limit arms ownership: “I’m not fucking
putting up with this. I am not letting my country be ruled by a
dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch
further, I’m gonna start killing people.”

1NewsIcon Vice President Joe Biden
said today that he and his gun task force will have policy
recommendations to President Obama by next Tuesday. The admittedly
insane NRA
, meanwhile, is “disappointed” by their talks with Biden.

1NewsIcon A new generation of activists continues to expand the queer spectrum: “If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation.” Love it.

1NewsIcon If
Prince William and Duchess Kate have a girl, she will not have to
suffer the indignity of being a simple “Lady,” like any old Crawley. No,
Queen Elizabeth announced the child will be a “Princess.” A boy would be a prince automatically, because, you know, sexism.

1NewsIcon Pat Brady, the Illinois GOP party chairman who supports marriage equality, refuses to give into conservative pressure and step down. “If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,” he said. “But I’m not backing down.”

1NewsIcon President Obama has nominated Jack Lew to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary.

1NewsIcon Finally, enjoy Russian photographer Sergey Semenov’s stunning new view of Manhattan. (Click to enlarge.)



  1. Anthony says

    Re: expanding the queer spectrum. I am obviously going to be left behind by today’s young activists. To me gender is one’s biology, any match or mismatch between stereotypical male or female traits and a particular person is part of one’s personality and the attempts to define more than 2 genders seems just plain stupid. Every attempt to explain why it’s needed boils down to the person wanting to be contrary and nothing else.

  2. ormedic says

    Why is Mr. Yeager not in jail for domestic terrorism? Because that is exactly what he is threatening. He is holding innocent citizens hostage to try and force our President to let him have his way. He is the poster child for why we need gun control in this Country, there are too many crazies with access to guns!

  3. JOE 2 says


    You are conflating biological sex with gender; they are two different things. (Incidentally, biological sex exists on a spectrum as well.) Do a little research.

  4. Stefan says

    Re: the gender discussion. Joe 2 is correct that sex and gender have been widely de-coupled in the academic literature and in common usage.

    The problem I have with understanding queer activism is that if your entire point is avoiding definition then how do you make policy and legal arguments based on that? Self-expression is important, but what are the rights you’re being an activist for? How can you even begin to make an equal protection argument if you can’t even identify the shared behavior against which government is discriminating? Laws govern actions. Even in equal protection case law we’re talking about different treatment with regard to a specific behavior. Thus, homosexuals are discriminated against when they try to marry someone of the same sex. I guess I don’t see “queer activism” as part of the “gay rights” movement at all.

  5. DB says

    There is no reason to ever try to lump in transgender people in gay organizations. Sexual orientation and gender identity are completely separate concepts. If anything this plays into the long discredited stereotype of homophobes that gay people are somehow less likely to fit traditional gender roles than heterosexuals. Gay men are not somehow less masculine than heterosexual men; gay women are not somehow less feminine than heterosexual women. Anyone who thinks so is a virulent homophobe.

  6. Will says

    If LaBarbera wants gays to go to hell rather than heaven…I’d rather go to hell! According to him hell is full of people with open minds. Heaven is full of rich, lying people.

    If hell was full of all these ‘sinful’ people don’t you think they would have over thrown Satan by now? Some as for people who go to heaven.

    I have often wondered if heaven was real, why would I want to go there? Yes, you would get to see people you HAD in your life, but what else? You die and you keep meeting people? What happens after the people you knew die?

    The church is an archaic institution.

  7. JOE 2 says

    STEFAN and DB –

    Queer activists and those who include transgender people in gay organizations are battling the binary conceptualization of sex, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation. In Norman Rockwell America, you either have a penis, identify as male, present as male, and are attracted exclusively to women; or you have a vagina, identify as female, present as female, and are attracted exclusively to men. Queer activism, and the inclusion of “T” with “LGB,” are about recognizing that the binary model doesn’t reflect reality. People exist at various points on all four of those spectrums (biological sex, gender identity, gender presentation, and sexual orientation). In regard to policy and legal arguments, I think that queer activists are asking that civil rights not be restricted to people who exist only at the “Norman Rockwell points” on those spectrums.

  8. SoLeftImRight says

    James Yeager is certainly on the knife’s edge of treason/ domestic terrorism. Mere verbal threats do not quite get there, but after these threats, if he indeed brandishes a gun or kills anyone, he should be prosecuted for both.

    View to see a smart and nuanced treatment of b*tsh*t crazy gun nut Alex Jones on the same topic.

    The biggest flaw in the Constitution is the poorly conceived and expressed 2nd Amendment, which allows purely crazy people to believe they have “rights” which don’t exist and are entirely out of proportion to the principles of liberty and equality that this nation was supposed to stand for.

  9. houseoftrash says

    James Yeager was out to get some attention, and now he has gotten it, with a minimum of effort. Did you all not see that from a mile away? No? OK. But, seriously, folks.

    He is cute, I’ll give him that.

  10. Anthony says

    Joe, I am not conflating anything. I am following the established practices and actual meaning of language that apparently all but some doezens(?) of Adacmics and some Queer activists have decided should change immediately and somehow the rest of the world should magically get on board with no explanation of the logic that would make something like that makes sense. You can’t try to shove a change like this down folks throats and pretend that it’s not a change and that you just happen to smarter than we are -cause that’s how it’s presented most often and exactly how you presented it.

    Again, gender is biology and statistically speaking it is a binary construct with a small number of exceptions. No one is asking anyone to behave or operate based on the biology they have. That behavior and choices in appearance, again, is their unique personality.

    I’ve read pieces where folks claim there are over 500 genders. And while I personally think they are, again, falsely conflating gender with personality, even if I could be convinced otherwise, what’s the point. You walk up to someone and say, I’, gender #273. Which one are you? At the point, gender become irrelvant so shouldn’t the arguement become “there are no genders”. I don’t find logic there either, but I can see how folks with your beleif don’t end up there.

  11. says

    Anthony, you just have a different concept of gender to queer activists / theorists and a lot of others (not just a small community). Here biological sex is something you can prove by looking at DNA, gender is something you have to prove to the rest of society in the old binary frames of reference – masculine / feminine. “He’s not manly enough,” “You’re such a girl”, “She’s too manly” are all questioning of one’s gender that cannot be resolved by determining how many x or y chromosomes you have. Moreover, as I saud, this concept isn’t limited to queer theory, this difference is something the medical world has already accepted, for example, here in the UK you can have your gender changed on your birth certificate after undergoing gender reassignment -but of course this doesn’t affect your biological sex.

  12. JOE 2 says


    I’m sorry if you felt that I was trying to shove anything down your throat and/or to imply that I’m smarter than you are, because neither of those were my intent. Actually, it was you who said, “…attempts to define more than 2 genders seems just plain stupid.” Rather than being defensive, and rather than describing points of view other than your own as “stupid,” you might consider learning about new, research-based developments in our (humans’) understanding of sex and gender. WILL.I.AM. is correct when he says that differentiating between sex and gender is something the medical world has already accepted.

    I am not “pretend[ing] that it’s not a change,” nor is there “no explanation of the logic that would make something like that makes sense.” My attempt at explaining the logic was, obviously, not helpful. If you’re truly interested in opening your mind to new information, it’s readily available online. If you prefer to call queer activists and members of the medical and psychological communities “stupid,” and to explain others’ perspectives as “wanting to be contrary and nothing else,” you have every right to do so, just as people have every right to say that the moon landing was a hoax and that the earth is actually flat.

  13. Mary says

    Why does Gov. Chafee not want marriage equality put up for a vote by the people? Rhode Island is reliably liberal. Even the Republicans there are of the socially progressive variety. I could see it passing there in a public referendum with no problem at all.

  14. woodroad34d says

    James Yeager got his gun license revoked. I’m surprised that the FBI hasn’t done an investigation on this obviously uninformed, insane individual/domestic terrorist. It’s never been settled that people nowadays have an individual right to bear arms–the 2nd Amendment historically has been set up for a young nation to arrange for a militia — not individual crazies.

    I really like the idea of @David R to insist on insurance with a hefty price tag. If you really “need” to have a gun be prepared to mortgage your house, car, and your life so that you have some way to pay back the victims of your “choice/fear”.

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