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Bradlee Dean: Obama Put Elena Kagan On The Supreme Court To Legalize Gay Marriage

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var addthis_config = {“data_track_addressbar”:true};Bradlee Dean appears to be claiming that President Obama appointed Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure same-sex marriage will become law. In his World Net Daily column, “Elena Kagan: Just In Time For ‘Gay’ Marriage,” Dean, head of the anti-gay hate group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, sets up his conspiracy theory by, of course, “quoting” Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

It’s amusing that Dean should try to quote FDR, who was president when, 71 years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And it’s amusing that Dean should try to quote FDR, who is considered to have laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Act. And it’s amusing that Dean should try to quote FDR, a Democrat and, by today’s standards, a socialist. In fact, FDR was called both a socialist and a communist in his day.

Of course, Dean isn’t very good with facts, and FDR never actually said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way,” according to several sources, but why let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, right?

Meanwhile, Dean goes on to claim:

Thirty-one of the 50 states have passed constitutional amendments banning homosexual marriage (which has never existed in the history of mankind), while nine states and Washington, D.C., have deceived themselves into thinking that they have defied God and the people by unlawfully passing homosexual marriage.

But later, Dean writes:

Seven million California voters made their voice heard that they were in agreement with “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” banning homosexual marriage.

So, when voters in three states decide they wish to extend the institution of marriage to same-sex couples, that is “unlawfully passing homosexual marriage.”

But when,

“Seven million California voters made their voice heard that they were in agreement with “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” banning homosexual marriage”

that’s democracy, apparently.

Which one is it?

Dean seems to claim that when the courts and the state legislatures decide that same-sex marriage should be legal, that’s evidence of “judicial activism” or of “bypassing the people” or other “unlawful measures.”

But when the voters decide they want their LGBT neighbors, friends, and co-workers to have the benefits and responsibilities of marriage, that’s “unlawful”?

You really cannot have your cake and eat it too. (Perhaps FDR said that, too.)

“The stage has been set – and just in time. Before the November elections, Obama came out in support of homosexual marriage,” Dean writes. “Of course, he first had to repeal the military’s DADT policy and place a few minions in key positions … such as the Supreme Court … before he made his announcement.”

Such a one is Elena Kagan.

Elena Kagan had never judged a case a day in her life, yet Obama, unqualified for office himself, has seen fit to “qualify” her on the Supreme Court bench – just in time for the Court to review homosexual marriage.

One would have to assume, then, that Supreme Court Associate Justices Louis Brandeis and  Felix Frankfurter (an FDR, appointee, by the way,) and Chief Justices John Marshall, Earl Warren, and William Rehnquist — all having never judged a case a day in their lives until they sat on the Supreme Court, yet are among America’s greatest examples of jurisprudence — were also “unqualified.”

World Net Daily, it must be noted, is now home to the birther fringe, the “gay Obama” conspiracy theorists, racists, and anti-gay hate group leader, Bradlee Dean.

It is also now home to former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, a recent former Republican presidential front-runner.

My, how far Santorum has fallen. And my, how comfortable, there, in the muck of homophobia, racism, and birtherism, one assumes he must be.

By the way, you know what else FDR said (for real)?

“Let us not be afraid to help each other—let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.”

and

“A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted — in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest — at the command — of his head.”

and

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”

 

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100 Minutes of Whining: Here Are the 7 Most Absurd Moments From Trump’s Arizona Grievance Festival

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Donald Trump spoke for over 100 minutes during a long-winded speech at a “Rally to Protection Our Elections” in Phoenix.

Much of Trump’s speech was focused on repeating his debunked lies that he won the 2020 presidential election, when in reality he was defeated by Joe Biden.

But he also found time to bash much of America while praising the local extremists behind Arizona’s audit of the vote in Maricopa County and listing his many perceived grievances.

Trump attacked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), all the Republicans who are “worse than Democrats,” Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), soccer’s United States Women’s National Team, and said his supporters have to “fight” against everyone who said he lost the election with language that echoed his speech that preceded the January 6th insurrection.

Much of the speech was just bizarre due to the combination of Trump brazenly lying about things that happened while also pontificating on the delusions that populate right-wing media.

Here are the seven most ridiculous moments from the speech.

7. Trump is so out-of-touch you thinks Americans must show their papers to purchase groceries

Despite being ridiculed when Trump spoke of this delusion in the past, Trump falsely claimed Americans need to show identification to purchase groceries as he pushed voter I.D. laws.

6. Trump imagined what he would do if he were Native American

Trump complained about the Cleveland Guardians baseball team and praised the racist logo the team retired. “If I was an Indian, I’d sue. Sue them Indians,” he said.

5. Trump argues America is becoming a communist country

“Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country. That’s what’s happening, that’s what’s happening,” Trump said without providing any evidence. “We are beyond socialism.”

4. Trump explains how it hurts Republicans at the polls when his supporters believe his election lies

Trump repeatedly mentioned during his speech his belief that when his supporters believe his false claims of election fraud, it makes them less likely to turn out to vote. Trump said this is how Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate.

3. Trump explains how a politician repeating lies creates disinformation

During a speech that will keep fact-checkers busy, Trump explained disinformation in a way that seems to perfectly describe why he traveled to Arizona to repeat his “Big Lie” about election fraud.

2. Trump describes his unconstitutional fantasy of being reinstated as president

Despite both the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department warning this conspiracy could fuel more violence by Trump supporters, the former president discussed being reinstated.

1. Trump gaslights America by lying about his attacks on democracy and voters

Of the many lies Trump told, one of the most absurd had to be his claim that, “I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy.”

 

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Republicans Boot Only Person With Elections Experience From AZ GOP’s $9 Million ‘Audit’ Fiasco: Report

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Republicans once referred to Ken Bennett as the “director” of their widely-panned audit of votes in Maricopa County, but he has reportedly lost his privileges to even enter the building where the fiasco is taking place.

Bennett, who served as Arizona’s Secretary of State and president of the state Senate, was the one person associated with the recount with experience in elections. He was officially listed as the liaison to the state Senate, which paid $150,000 of the $9 million the audit is reportedly costing.

“Questions are mounting about who is in control of the long-running partisan review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results — the Arizona Senate, which ordered it, or the outside firms that are running it,” The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening. “On Friday, Ken Bennett, the Senate liaison to the audit, was not allowed into the building at the state fairgrounds where the audit is taking place, a day after he shared data with outside critics from an ongoing ballot count.”

“While this work is supposedly being overseen by Senate representatives, many times that oversight is not there,” the newspaper noted. “The Cyber Ninjas have for weeks resisted getting outside checks of the audit, insiders say.”

Reporter Ryan Randazzo explained why the outside review is threatening.

“The data Bennett provided to outside analysts, Larry Moore and Benny White, showed the results of the ongoing machine count of the ballots tracks very closely with the the county’s tally,” the newspaper reported. “If that trend continues, it may call into question the results of Cyber Ninja’s count, because [Senate President Karen] Fann has said that the Cyber Ninjas’ count did not match the county’s.”

The newspaper reported Cyber Ninjas spokesperson said any decision to ban Bennett was made by Fann’s office.

 

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New Details Revealed in Florida Republican’s Plot to Disrupt the 2020 Election

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New details have been released in the investigation of former Florida State Sen Frank Artiles (R) over his involvement in running “scam” campaigns in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 election.

With his trial expected to begin August 30, prosecutors are firming up their case against the former GOP lawmaker in a political corruption case the Tampa Bay Times reports, “has roped in prominent players across Florida over the last several months, including a GOP-linked research firm in Gainesville, a top not-for-profit Miami hospital network and a veteran Republican operative who leads a Tallahassee-based political organization.”

According to the Miami Herald, new revelations show that Florida political operative Alex Alvarado — linked to Artiles — was funneling money to sham campaign officials in an effort to disrupt key 2020 state Senate elections.

The report notes that “documents released late Friday, provide new details into the breadth of the criminal investigation into Artiles and his longtime acquaintance, Alexis Pedro Rodriguez.”

“Prosecutors say Rodriguez was recruited by Artiles and paid some $44,000 to change his party affiliation from Republican to no party to qualify on the ballot and attempt to sway the outcome of the Miami-Dade Senate District 37 election. GOP candidate Illeana Garcia won the race by 32 votes. Rodriguez, who shared the same surname as the Democratic incumbent, received more than 6,000 votes,” the Herald reports. “Between June 15 and November 15, 2020, Artiles was under contract to work for veteran Republican political operative Pat Bainter for $15,000 a month, court documents show. Bainter paid Artiles $90,000 and reimbursed him for his travel, a courier service and $4,000 for ‘research,’ according to those documents.”

As part of the scam, one woman who was pregnant and desperate for money agreed to take $1,500 to chair a political committee with no plans to have her do any work.

In testimony 25-year-old Hailey DeFilippis, explained to investigators she was listed as the chair of “The Truth, a dark-money-funded political committee that spent $180,000 on political mail advertisements promoting sham candidates in key 2020 state Senate elections — two in Miami-Dade and one in Central Florida.”

She was later paid $2,500 more for the “inconvenience” after reporters called up asking about the group.

“Artiles signed a contract with Bainter on June 9, 2020. The next day, Rodriguez met Artiles at Artiles’ Palmetto Bay residence to fill out campaign forms, according to investigators who noted in an arrest affidavit that Rodriguez had ‘no prior knowledge as to what forms needed to be completed to qualify as a candidate for elected office and relied on Artiles’ instructions.,'” the report adds. “Neither Bainter nor Gardner have responded to phone calls or emails seeking comment since the Herald learned they were served subpoenas. The powerful GOP-linked research firm, based in Gainesville, also served as a general consultant for Republican Senate campaigns during the 2020 election cycle.”

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