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Gay Marriage Ban Hobbled, Maggie Gallagher Stands To Make Even More Money



The Defense Of Marriage Act essentially being pronounced unconstitutional must have brought great secret joy to Maggie Gallagher, or at least to her wallet. The Chairman of the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) will now be able to make even more than her previously reported 30%+ of NOM’s income stream, i.e. those “donations” the hateful send in religiously.

Here’s how Maggie’s scheme (scam?) works:

The more “in danger” Maggie can proclaim the institution of marriage, the more she can rile up her followers and thus, get them to open their wallets. Maggie does a great job, along with her hate-monger-in chief, NOM President Brian Brown, of creating just enough mass hysteria to have created a mini hate empire.

Now that DOMA is on life support (we actually don’t know its future, nor will we for some time,) Maggie gets points for having been “right” about the Left attacking DOMA. That automatically earns her more cash. Then, with marriage under greater “threat,” she will earn even more money.

Think about it: If the DOMA cases had gone the other way, Maggie would have lost both cash and credibility. But now, Maggie can beg for more money to help her and NOM fight this — all the way to the Supreme Court. Trust me, they will.

Gallagher must be gleeful right now. See, her fearmail — all those emails she and Brian jam down America’s throats every Friday, plus all her ridiculous end-of-the-world prognostications and petulant press releases are all geared to do one thing: make America think that marriage equality — “gay marriage” — will be the end of life as we know it.

I’m often reminded of Bill Murray’s old Ghostbusters movie, in which he and his cohorts decry, “Human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria” when I read Maggie’s and Brian’s words.

Consider her latest press release (read: money and interview begging sheet) titled, “National Organization for Marriage Decries Boston Federal Judge’s Decision Striking Down the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Get it?
“Boston Judge” equals that vast liberal activist court!

“Striking Down” — well, not exactly, as only part of DOMA was deemed unconstitutional, and it will still be in courts for years.

It continues:

“Under the guidance of Elena Kagan’s brief that she filed when she was Solicitor General, Obama’s justice department deliberately sabotaged this case,” charged Brian Brown, President of NOM, referring to the Justice Department’s brief which described DOMA as discriminatory. Despite the explicit language in DOMA that the law was designed to protect children’s right to their mothers and fathers, the judge disavowed that DOMA has anything to do with responsible procreation. “With only Obama to defend DOMA, this federal judge has taken the extraordinary step of overturning a law passed by huge bipartisan majorities and signed into law by Pres. Clinton in 1996. A single federal judge in Boston has no moral right to decide the definition of marriage for the people of the United States,” Brown continued”


Let’s see…

It begins with “Elena Kagan” — them’s fightin’ words! (P.S. Kagan is still Solicitor General, but facts and NOM are usually incompatible.)

“Obama’s justice department” More hot-button fear-mongering. “Obama’s justice department,” next you know, will take away all your rights. They’re already after your guns, right?

The Fox “News” crowd — Hannity, O’Reilly, et al –  this week is nailing Holder (the head of “Obama’s justice department”) to the wall for not prosecuting the Black Panthers for voter intimidation.

“the explicit language in DOMA that the law was designed to protect children’s right to their mothers and fathers” Obama and Holder and the gays want to take away and harm your children! Run!

“responsible procreation” I talk a lot about this in my series, “America’s Right-Wing’s Ridiculous Anti-Marriage Equality Arguments.” Essentially, if America’s heterosexuals really need a law to force them into “responsible procreation,” the Right has much bigger problems than same-sex couples wanting to marry and (maybe) raise families. And if they do not (which is what I believe,) then they should be really pissed at Maggie, Brian, NOM, and the entire Right.

“A single federal judge in Boston has no moral right to decide the definition of marriage for the people of the United States.” Hmm… Sounds EXACTLY like Hawaii’s Governor Lingle’s “reasoning” why she, just one person, shouldn’t decide on the fate of marriage for her state. Never mind that she vetoed a bill passed by both houses of her state’s legislature. You know, the people whom the people elected to represent them?…

And, um, well, actually, it’s not a moral issue. It’s in a federal court. It’s a LEGAL and CONSTITUTIONAL issue, Brian! The courts and the law are what America is based on. Not your version of “morality,” and certainly not NOM.

Then the press release concludes,

“Does this federal judge want to start another culture war?” asked Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of NOM. “Does he really want another Roe. v. Wade? The simple fact is that the right of the federal government to define marriage for the purposes of its federal law and federal territories has been clear since the late 19th century, when Congress banned polygamy. Only an incompetent defense could have lost this case. We expect to win in a higher court.”

“Does this federal judge want to start another culture war?” Um, no. YOU have fanned the flames, Maggie. As Jeremy Hooper at Good As You so eloquently put it,

“No, Maggie: That would be you who wants to start a ‘culture war.’ Your side created it. Your side fosters it. Your entire adult life has been built around taking things that should be non-issues, obfuscating their reality before the American public, and stirring up animus in the minds of any and everyone you can find so that rage replaces reason. We LGBT activists are living life — you, Brigadier General Srivastav, are turning those lives into battles!”


And lastly, “We expect to win in a higher court.”

Exactly, again. And sorry, Maggie, but civil rights, ultimately, eventually will always win. You’ll have to keep your homophobia and racism to yourself.

What Maggie should have just said was, “We expect to make a fortune begging for donations, instilling fear and hatred into Americans too ignorant and bigoted to understand that the law and the Constitution trumps my “morality.”

Maggie, do you still think you’re better than us?

See you in Court Maggie.

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Arrested Again: Ex-FBI Informant and GOP Former Star Witness Alexander Smirnov



Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant who was arrested just eight days ago and charged with lying to the Bureau about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, has again been arrested, his lawyers state in an emergency court filing Thursday.

Smirnov allegedly used Russian intelligence to smear the Bidens, falsely claiming both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden had each accepted $5 million bribes. His claims were the basis of House Republicans’ impeachment investigation into President Biden.

But as NBC News’ Tom Winter reported, it’s a “mystery,” at least for now, why Smirnov was arrested again, his lawyers say, on the same charges as the first time.

Winter says earlier today at his attorneys’ offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Apparently agents showed up with a valid arrest warrant out of the Central District of California and took him into custody, but according to his attorneys, it was for the same exact indictment and the same exact charges that he had been previously hit with.”

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CNN adds that the warrant “this time” was “signed by federal district Judge Otis Wright, who will oversee the criminal case out of California.”

The federal government asked for Smirnov to be detained but a magistrate judge allowed him to be released last week.

Winter reports that Smirnov’s attorneys say “they would like to know why” he was re-arrested, “and there’s no indication on the docket that the judge has granted some sort of emergency motion to remand him, basically to pull him off the streets because he’s violated his agreement.”

“So a bit of a mystery at this point,” Winter adds.

CNN notes that after his first arrest, “Smirnov was released by Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts in Nevada on Tuesday with several conditions, including GPS monitoring and the surrender of his two passports.”

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Politico’s Kyle Cheney posted the arrest warrant. See it below or at this link.


Image: Screenshot of Smirnov with his face hidden from camera view

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‘Reached His Limits’: Engoron ‘Brings the Hammer Down’ on Trump Attorney



New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has refused a “last ditch effort” from Donald Trump’s attorney to delay imposing the $355 million judgment in Attorney General Letitia James’ civil business fraud case against the ex-president.

“Once the judgment is officially entered, it will start the 30-day clock for Trump to file an appeal. During that period, Trump will need to put up cash or post bond to cover the $355 million and roughly $100 million in interest he was ordered to pay the state,” CNN reports.

MSNBC legal correspondent Lisa Rubin pointed to an email Judge Engoron sent Trump’s attorney Clifford Robert that reads in part, “You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay.”

On social media Rubin notes, “Judge Engoron has reached his limits. It appears that he has signed the judgment and that all that needs to happen now is for the clerk to enter it.”

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On-air at MSNBC, Rubin explained that Trump’s attorney asked Engoron “to stay the judgment without Donald Trump having to post a bond.”

Robert, according to Rubin, tried to use “a technicality in New York Civil Practice saying they should have filed a motion and they didn’t file a motion, they should have given us notice. We should have been able to counter propose our own judgment.”

Engoron, she continues, asked, “‘What exactly are you objecting to?’ And when Trump’s lawyers couldn’t articulate beyond a small but meaningful error with respect to the calculation of interest for Allen Weisselberg, that was the only real error that they identified. They couldn’t come up with anything else.”

“That’s when Engoron sort of dropped the hammer on them and said, ‘look, enough is enough. You have given me no reason for a stay.”

Rubin notes that at this point, “We’re just waiting for the clerk to start that 30 day clock.”

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Nikki Haley Just Laid the Groundwork to Endorse Donald Trump



Down in the polls by double digits, former Trump UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who recently took off the kid gloves and has been battering her Republican opponent Donald Trump, just laid the groundwork to endorse the man she calls “unstable and unhinged,” by labeling President Joe Biden “more dangerous.”

“I think what’s really important is to know that the majority of Americans dislike Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Haley told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in remarks that aired Thursday (audio below). “So we think that there needs to be an alternative.”

“While critical of both men — who she called ‘too old’ to be president — she said ‘Biden is more dangerous’ due to his management of immigration and the economy,” NPR reports. “Haley hinted that, if Biden and Trump were to face a rematch, she would back Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.”

Trump, despite facing 91 criminal felony charges and civil judgments totaling possibly more than a half-billion dollars (including accruing interest,) is beating Haley, the former South Carolina governor. FiveThirtyEight‘s national polling average puts Trump at 77.7% and Haley at 16.4%. Even in her home state, Donald Trump is trouncing Nikki Haley, 63% to 35% in one recent poll, and 63% to 34% in another.

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Haley did beat the one-term twice-impeached four-times indicted ex-president in January fundraising, a feat some strategists say will allow her to stay in the race longer.

Haley is going directly after Trump, and “launched her sharpest attack yet Tuesday, describing him as getting ‘more unstable and unhinged,'” AFP reported.

“He’s getting meaner and more offensive by the day,” she added. “He’s completely distracted, and everything is about him. He’s so obsessed with his demons in the past that he can’t focus on the future Americans deserve.”

She did not stop there.

“It’s not normal to spend $50 million dollars in campaign contributions on personal court cases,” Haley told supporters. “It’s not normal to threaten people who back your opponent, and it’s not normal to call on Russia to invade NATO countries.”

And yet, despite promising her base she will stay in the race even after South Carolina, and despite attacking Trump, Haley is now paving the way to endorse her former boss.

“I have a lot of concerns about Trump regaining the presidency. I have even more concerns about Joe Biden being president. I mean, you look at both of these men and all they have done is given us chaos, all they have given us is division,” Haley told NPR.  “We need to starting bringing normalcy back to America and that’s why I think we need to have a new generational leader that focuses on the solutions of the future instead of all the issues of the past.”

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Haley “compared the ex-president to a ‘bully,’ and stressed that he failed to obtain significant portions of the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“People don’t like when he goes off the teleprompter and says crazy things like he’d rather take Putin’s side over our allies,” she said. “People don’t like it when he mocks the military. People don’t like it when he calls people names.”

Some think an endorsement from Haley for Donald Trump won’t come.

“Haley endorsing Trump would be career ending for her. MAGA will never support her now. You can’t staddle this. You are either Trump or Never Trump. There is no middle ground between Liz Cheney and Donald Trump,” says former Washington State lawmaker and former state GOP chair Chris Vance, who opposes Donald Trump and describes himself as “a politically homeless Never Trump Conservative.”

Listen to Haley’s remarks to NPR below or at this link.

Image: Haley and Trump in 2020.

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