At the end of March, 2012, National Organization for Marriage internal strategy documents were released through court order.
NOM’s documents described a repugnant strategy of “driving a wedge” between African-Americans and gays, and of fanning hostility between them.
Because . . . don’t you know . Â .. Â NOM is all about love. And, what U.S. society most needs, is wedges driven, and hostilities fanned between minorities.
Civil rights legend Julian Bond said of the NOM documents “It confirmed a suspicion that someÂ evil handÂ was behind this.”
One item in the NOM strategy documents that provoked derision in March, was NOM’s expressed intent to hire an anti-gay goonÂ to lure childrenÂ of same-sex parents into shit-talking their parents on camera.
At the time, it appeared NOM had made that plan, but wasÂ unableÂ to find children of same-sex parents to defame those parents.
Yet NOM found a devious way to make it appear that they had “found” children to bear testimony against gay parents.
NOM co-founderÂ Robert P. GeorgeÂ arranged for $785,000 of funding for a “study” that was supposed to be an election year anti-gay-parent bloodbath. The money came from The Witherspoon Institute, where George is a Senior Fellow, and the Bradley Foundation, where he is a Board member. The Bradley Foundation is notorious, incidentally, for funding extremist anti-Muslim bigots.
Mark Regnerus, a known anti-gay theocrat and a sociologist at the University of Texas, Austin, carried out George‘s dirty anti-gay smear assignment. Regnerus’sÂ bioÂ on the Christian Trinity College site finds him saying that his faith — which in this case, must be read as his anti-gay bigotry — informs his research. Regnerus purported to survey children “raised” by gay parents through to the 1990s; a fundamental lie in all of his propagandizing was that actual same-sex-headed families were too hard to find, so he had to settle for broken heterosexual homes in which one parent turned out to be “gay.”
Had Regnerus wanted to find study subjects substantially raised by gay parents through the 1990s, he would have been able to find such families. Despite the prejudice, gay people in committed relationships, raising children existed at the time. Â It happened, not all that rarely, that children of heterosexual parents lost to accidents or disease were raised by gay relatives. Â Robert George could not be bothered to fund such a study; the $785,000 had to be guaranteed to wind up smearing gay parents in particular, and gay people generally. Â NOM is the organization that holds anti-gay rallies where speakers yell through megaphones that homosexuals are “worthy to death.” NOM’s William Duncan gave a Liberty (so-called) University symposium sessionÂ titledÂ “Homosexuals or Homo Sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status?”
Isn’t that special? NOM says gay people aren’t human. We should study the history of the world, to see whether any anti-minority bigot has ever previously said that the target of its bigotry was not even human.
One shocking, shabby thing is that “sociologists” fromÂ Brigham Young UniversityÂ were involved in the study design. Brigham Young has an “Honor Code” that 1) forbids all members of the BYU community from acting on homosexual desires, and; 2) says that no one may advocate homosexuality or promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.
Get it? Â A study commissioned by the leader of the NOMzis for use as a weapon against gay people and their rights, was designed by “sociologists” whose university forbids them to “advocate homosexuality” or to “promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.”
The anti-gay fix was in, even before the study began. And, it must be noted, there is no way for anybody to “fact check” Regnerus’s data. Properly, the study protects respondents’ confidentiality. Yet, that means the public must take on faith that survey respondents answered truthfully and that no respondents were paid flunkeys. Given Robert George’s overstuffed history of behaving unethically in his gay-bashing politics, no dirty trick should be considered too low for him to unleash it. The study, indeed, is itself a dirty trick, now being promoted in dirty trick ways by George and his anti-gay political henchmen.
If you read Regnerus’s studyÂ conclusion, he nowhere directly states that a homosexual parent ipso facto provokes a bad outcome for children raised. Yet, Regnerus appears to be in synch with the predictable NOMzi & Company gay-bashing political uses being made of his study. For anÂ ABC TV interview, Regnerus says that his study found that children of homosexual parents have dramatically worse outcomes than children of heterosexual married parents. The lying hypocrite is representing his study results to a mass audience, by claiming that his own study says things which it does not say.
Here is how this chuckleheaded small fry academic explains why he did not want to do this study through the National Institute of Health: “I had a feeling when we started this project that it would not survive the politics of, in my opinion, the peer review system at the National Institute of Health (funding) — and it takes so long to get money from them, and there are revisions and revisions;Â I understand that works to the long-term benefit of science, but some scholars don’t feel like going that route.”
Got it? Robert George‘s hinterlands academic whore did not want to submit his work for rigorous peer review that would have required him to revise, and revise, to correct glaring errors in his work. If you can stand to watchÂ the whole video, notice Regnerus’s body language when the interviewer asks him if he knows any people who were raised by gay parents. The bigot makes a dramatic backward-leaning body motion, his head tilted back, as if in a state of total inner turmoil over having been presented with the question; when finally he returns to a normal seated position, he says “Yep” – in that gay-bashing bigot’s “Some of my best friends are gay” manner that nobody among us has ever previously heard.
Are George and his NOMzis expecting for this anti-gay hackwork to fly for them in court? Yes. George‘s Witherspoon Institute publishedÂ an article: “Supreme Court Take Notice; Two Sociologists Shift the Ground of the Marriage Debate.”
The thing is, Republican anti-gay bigots are losing, and they know it. Â They used to accuse President Obama of deliberatelyÂ sabotaging DOMA-related cases, but Speaker John Boehner allocated over $742,000 to DOMA defense, yet his star attorney Paul Clement is 0-4, often against Republican-appointed judges who ruled DOMA unconstitutional. Absurdly, NOM is now blaming such results on “coastal elites,”Â a bigot dog whistle for the word “Jews.”
The NOMzis know they can’t win with the truth, so they pay $785,000 for gay-bashing lies. There is no chance that Regnerus’s hack work would hold up in a court — except of course that the Romney-signed NOMÂ pledgeÂ calls for him, as president, to appoint only, as attorneys general, federal and Supreme Court Justices, anti-gay-rights extremists who will apply “the original meaning of the Constitution,” which did not allow women to vote, and which called each African-American slave 3/5ths of a human being.
The studies did not treat of a single married same-sex couple, yet George and his NOMzis say that they “shift the ground of the marriage debate.”
Listen; this kind of junk non-science has been used in the past in the United States, against African-Americans, against Chinese, against Jews, the list goes on . . .
It isn’t any more honorable this time around.
Robert George and his Witherspoon Institute now have a bells-and-whistlesÂ websiteÂ devoted exclusively to the study. On that site, you can read gay-bashing propaganda not actually contained in the study,Â for example;Â “New studies show that children do best when they are raised by their biological parents in a stable, intact marriage.”
If we are going to be fully honest about “outcomes,” then intact heterosexual marriages have produced the overwhelming majority of major criminals. Charles Manson gang member Lynette Fromme, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, and John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan, both grew up in NOM’s cherished “intact biological families.” The overwhelming majority of pedophiles are in heterosexual marriages. Robert George‘s late, hideous co-gay basher Chuck Colson was raised in an “intact biological family;” Colson was known as Richard Nixon’s “dirty tricks man” and “hatchet man;” he once said he would walk over his own grandmother to get Nixon re-elected. Â Family values; hello? Â After his felony conviction and disbarment, Colson would have been hard-pressed to find a professional-level job; he found a means of getting suckers to send him money, by “finding” Jesus; you are permitted skepticism as to the sincerity of his “faith.” Raj Rajaratnam was raised in an “intact biological family; he is now serving an 11 year prison sentence for 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud.
By contrast, there is the life story of Jordan Pisey Windle. Jordan was born in Cambodia, where he was orphaned at 1 year of age. Until he was two, he survived in a roofless orphanage. Jerry Windle, an American gay man, adopted him, nurse him back to health, and now is doing everything possible to encourage his son’s precocious diving talent. This summer, at 13, Jordan is going to the Olympic trials. Meantime, Jerry started seeingÂ AndrÃ©s Rodriguez. After they had been dating for a while, Jordan askedÂ AndrÃ©s “Are you going to join our family? Can I call you Papi?” Do not expect for any bigot’s mind to be changed by the heartwarming story of Jerry’s adoption of Jordan. In particular, do not expect for the arch anti-gay bigot Robert George to make any effort to go meet that family, and to learn empathy for them. For one,Â Robert GeorgeÂ is not enough of a menschÂ — he is not decent enough — ever to acknowledge how wrong he has been. Even more significantly though, Robert GeorgeÂ is too accustomed to living off of the gay-bashing bigotry cash cow; how do you think he got $785,000 to pay a podunk academic to carry out his election year anti-gay hit job?
The George-Regnerus study, we must note, used a disproportional number of broken African-American and Hispanic marriages, meaning that a lack of resources very likely had more to do with the “bad” outcomes than did homosexuality. But why would Robert George care about that, why would Robert George care about doing something actually directed at improving child outcomes, when he can instead pin the blame for all of the “bad” outcomes on his hated homosexuals?
Daniel WiklerÂ of the Harvard School of Public Health is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health.
Asked for comment about Robert George’s funding of Regnerus’s study, Professor Wikler said: “You can imagine what I think of these tactics.”
New York Cityâ€“ based novelist and freelance writerÂ Scott Roseâ€™sÂ LGBTâ€“ interest byâ€“ line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His â€œMr. David Cooperâ€™s Happy Suicideâ€ is about aÂ New York City advertising executive assigned to aÂ condom account.
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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion
It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.
“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.
“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”
“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”
Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”
“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”
University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case
Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.
Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.
The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”
The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.
“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims
President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.
Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”
President Biden on whether he plans to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) when he goes to Florida:
“I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.” pic.twitter.com/nJvW9kKH7T
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.
President Biden says he’s had good conversations with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about Hurricane Ian aid:
“He complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had, he told me how much he appreciated it … This is not about … our disagreements politically.” pic.twitter.com/SymBlqG75X
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.
President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.
But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”
“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”
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