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Maggie Gallagher’s New Culture War Victory Fund Uses Santorum To Beef Up Mailing List

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Maggie Gallagher is using GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to beef up her new venture, by asking email list recipients (apparently, including me!) to “Thank Rick Santorum for Standing Up for Principle!” (Does that sound a little awkward to you, too?) Of course, to “thank” Santorum, you have to give up your name, ZIP code, and email address, so Gallagher and her Culture War Victory Fund (not to be confused with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund!) get to harvest your info, which is how most of these 501 (c) organizations ultimately make money. More on that below.

Gallagher’s email links to an email harvesting page that reads:

Yes, I want to thank Rick Santorum for his fearless defense of life, marriage and religious liberty.

Yes, I want to fight back against the hard left which attempt to smear not only Santorum but many decent and good people who stand up for marriage.

Yes I want to tell the Wall street Journal and all the GOP elites: values voters matter.

Yes I want the mainstream media to know: some truths really are fundamental to the American Republic!

(One would think for all the millions Gallagher is trying to make off the backs of the LGBT community and Rick Santorum, she could at least spell Wall Street Journal properly, but hey, she is dealing with ignorant haters. They probably can’t spell very well, either.)

You see, it’s all a sham. I’m pretty sure whatever relationship Rick Santorum has with Maggie Gallagher, her “Culture War Victory Find” didn’t clear this harvesting haven with him. (Fess up, Maggie and Rick, are you two in cahoots together?)

Find an issue, beat the hell out of it, put together a huge mailing list, (or, in the case of Tony Perkins, pay the KKK $80,000+ to buy a mailing list,) then scam America by claiming you’re going to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT EVIL ________ (insert “culture war” issue topic here.)

Don’t believe me?

Ever sign a petition?

Ever get emails asking you for money?

See?

Need more proof? Pam Spaulding explains the scam here, and links to the $1.3 million proof, courtesy of one of the biggest anti-gay liars of all time, Eugene Delgaudio, whose group earned $1.3 million in 2008, thanks to suckers who hate “the gays.”

(Of course, there are many fine organizations out there who do great work and deserve your support, but you should know that many of these are frauds and scams. Use your judgment. Or, if they’re a charity, look up how they spend their money.)

Maggie Gallagher is asking you to stand with her to thank Rick Santorum for taking a stand against gay marriage.

Gallagher, former Chair of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage — the shadowy organization that’s lost court battle after court battle attempting to shield donors who are too embarrassed that they donated to what has almost become an actual hate group — has been very busy with her latest ventures, including the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance (MarriageADA), a support network for people who feel they are living in fear because of gay marriage, (yes, seriously, that’s what it is….) and now, her latest scheme, the Culture War Victory Fund. You remember the “culture wars,” right? Does anyone aside from Bill O’Reilly actually use that term anymore?

Good Lord!

Maggie Gallagher is so cute and coy. She says, “I’m not speaking for any organization right now. Just me. Maggie, a girl with a pen.” You see, Maggie really fancies herself a journalist — first and foremost — and it’s just too bad that there was that tiny little controversy, where she accepted tens of thousands of dollars to shill for then-President George W. Bush’s “President’s Healthy Marriage Initiative,” which used your tax dollars to fight same-sex marriage and to make sure opposite-sex marriages were “healthy,” I suppose. Sadly, as she says, I forgot…

“I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it.”

That’s right, Gallagher just simply forgot to mention that good ol’ George W. had written her a check — from your tax dollars — to tell people that straight marriage is good, gay marriage, bad.

For those of you who feel like doing some research, Maggie’s new Culture Wars Victory Fund is a product of American Principles in Action, which is related to the American Principles Project, which, both, unsurprisingly, has the same address in D.C., at least as their domain name registration, as, wait for it… NOM, the National Organization For Marriage.

Do with that what you will…

Anyway, here’s the text of Maggie’s email, which, frankly, is too long and offensive for me to read and digest and analyze fully, after spending last night thinking and writing about the suicide of a 19-year old LGBT teen whose mother performed an exorcism on him before throwing him out of the house for being gay.

Why don’t you think about that, Maggie, and your “Culture War Victory Find,” which is using anti-LGBT hatred to line your pockets?

The “Culture War,” Maggie, has real, honest to goodness, flesh and blood casualties.

Anyway, finally, here’s the text of Maggie’s email:

You and I have fought hard for marriage together with millions of other Americans.Maggie Gallagher

Will you stand with me today (regardless of which candidate you ultimately support) by thanking Rick Santorum for his fearless and consistent defense of life, marriage and religious liberty?

Click here to sign petition.

I just had to share with you the reasons for my personal decision to rally for Rick Santorum, to show him and the media how many people care about his fearless, deeply moving, personal and political faithfulness to the core principles we care about most.

I’m not speaking for any organization right now. Just me. Maggie, a girl with a pen.

Four years ago, I set out to found a single-issue national organization to fight for marriage—and win.

So, now that I’ve stepped down as NOM’s Chairman of the Board, why am I personally supporting Rick Santorum?

I explained in my nationally syndicated column here:

On Tuesday night in Iowa, he stood before the cheering throngs like a Republican Rocky, or better yet, a latter-day Rudy suddenly lifted above his Notre Dame teammates in a fantastic storybook finish.

Rick Santorum was a contender.

Santorum stood before the cameras, the living embodiment of a certain Northeastern Catholic sensibility: tough, hardworking, less than slick, often underestimated, the kind of guy who has to work hard to get respect because life is tough, not fair—the kind of man who gets knocked down but who will always get up again.

As he recalled his immigrant coal-miner grandfather’s funeral, Santorum’s words sang: “I knelt next to his coffin, and all I could do was look at his hands. They were enormous hands. And all I could think was: ‘Those hands dug freedom for me.'”

“What wins in America,” Rick Santorum said, “are bold ideas, sharp contrasts, and a plan that includes everyone.”

What moved me most are the words Rick Santorum used to “connect the dots”—to explain why support for marriage, for life, and for an economy that provides the dignity of jobs to average Americans are not three separate things. They are bound together by principles—by American principles:

“Whether it’s the sanctity of life in the womb, or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum,” he said.

Unlike some values voters, I am not anti-anybody, certainly not Mitt Romney. Romney is in my view a fundamentally decent, extremely capable man, who fought hard for marriage in Massachusetts. If he is the GOP nominee, I can vote for him with a clean conscience.

But, when the guy who has taken more hits than any other for standing up for life and marriage fights his way with nobody’s help from nowhere to, well, becoming a major contender for the GOP nomination, I have to cheer. I have to show I stand with him in some special way. Will you help me? Click here now to act.

The left, which thought it had buried Santorum years ago, is going after him with a hatred unmatched. They hate him with that special ire reserved for a man’s virtues, not his vices.

They will go after him not just to defeat Rick Santorum, but to smear his good name, to associate it with their own muck, to take a decent and honorable man and try literally to make his name mean mud.

(Any mother who has tried to google “Santorum” and gotten the gross and obscene definition gay activists have tried to make of his honorable family name—a name which literally means ‘holiest of holies’—will know exactly what I am talking about).

They will not succeed.

The American people, I promise you, are not going to reject a man they would otherwise support because he believes in traditional Christian views of sex and marriage. Especially when he believes—not just with his words, and not just with his vote, but with every action of his soul and his life—that a man’s job is to support his children, born and unborn, to commit a loving and faithful marriage to one woman, and to devote himself to being a good dad.

That’s Rick Santorum.

The media and some GOP elites are trying to dismiss Rick Santorum as a mere “culture warrior” with no chance to win. Will you stand with me today against all those powerful elites who say life, marriage, and religious liberty are not “core” issues to voters?

Will you stand up and say: “Yes life, marriage, and religious liberty matter to me. Thank you Rick Santorum for fighting the good fight your whole political career?”

Here are the unconventional things I’m asking you to do: Regardless of which of these good men you ultimately plan to support, can I ask you today to sign this petition, thanking Rick Santorum for standing up so bravely for life, marriage, and religious liberty?

Can I count you as a “values voter” committed to demonstrating to the media and to Republican elites that social issues matter?

I know it will mean a lot to Rick Santorum and to the social conservative movement. And ultimately to the American Republic.

Win or lose we have a chance to demonstrate that consistent, principled support for marriage, for life, and for religious liberty, matter.

Elections come and go. God’s enduring truths remain.

By signing this petition you will be saying “yes”:

  • Yes, I want to thank Rick Santorum for his fearless defense of life, marriage and religious liberty.
  • Yes, I want to fight back against the hard left which attempt to smear not only Santorum but so many decent and good people who stand up for marriage.
  • Yes, I want to stand tall and tell the Wall Street Journal and all the Washington GOP elites: We values voters are here, we are not going away, and we matter.
  • Yes, I want the mainstream media to know: Some truths really are fundamental to the American Republic. Among these are life, marriage and religious liberty!

Thank you again for being a consistent, principled voice for fundamental truth.

I’m so proud to fight the good fight in the company of people like you.

Together, we can—and will—make a difference.

Maggie

P.S. If you do one thing this week, would you show that values votes matter by thanking Rick Santorum? In doing so, you are not committing yourself to vote for any candidate—some things are bigger than politics! Especially life, liberty and marriage! Thanks in advance for responding to my call to principled action.

 

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Texas AG Ken Paxton’s office “dysfunctional” with child porn and shady political dealings

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for a third term in office while facing civil and criminal fraud charges for allegedly handly sketchy trade deals, giving office positions to donors, and trying to overturn the 2020 election.

However, a new Associated Press (AP) story paints Paxton’s office as highly political and dysfunctional.

Paxton’s office botched “Operation Fallen Angel,” an investigation that indicted six men on allegations of forcing teen girls to “exchange sexual contact for crystal methamphetamine.” Paxton’s office largely dropped the charges because they lost track of their key witness.

Another prosecutor said he quit Paxton’s office in January after supervisors pressured him to withhold evidence in a murder case, the AP wrote.

Eight of Paxton’s top deputies quit or were fired in autumn 2020 after they went to the FBI to accuse Paxton of using his office to help a donor who had employed a woman that Paxton admitted to having an extramarital affair with. The FBI’s investigation is ongoing.

The AP story notes that Paxton gave a senior role to a California attorney who gave him $10,000 to fight his 2015 securities fraud indictment. Paxton also hired Tom Gleason, a former police officer whose father donated $50,000 to Paxton’s legal defense. Gleason was given a job advising Paxton on child exploitation as well as Medicaid and voter fraud.

Gleason was fired less than two months into his new job. Paxton’s office didn’t explain why, but “three people with knowledge of the matter” told the AP that, during a work presentation at the agency’s Austin headquarters, Gleason played a video of “a man raping a small child” to highlight the difficult work facing child abuse investigators.

“It was met with outrage and caused the meeting to quickly dissolve,” the AP wrote. “Afterward, Paxton’s top deputy, Brent Webster, told staff not to talk about what happened.”

The AP also wrote that before Texas’ March primary elections, Amber Platt, a deputy over criminal justice cases, held a meeting asking lawyers in Paxton’s offices about which upcoming cases that would best help his reelection chances.

Despite all this, Paxton has a five-point lead over his Democratic opponent, Rochelle Garza.

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Russia is torturing civilians in camps around eastern Ukraine

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The Russian military has established 10 torture sites in the eastern city of Izium, Ukraine, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Torture is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.

Eight men died killed under torture in Russian custody, the AP wrote. All but one were civilians.

Russian forces captured Andriy Kotsar, tied him up, and threw him for several days in a trench covered with wooden boards. They beat his legs and arms and smashed his knees with a hammer. They then took his ID and passport so that he would find it hard to prove his identity, get help, or escape.

Russian forces captured him two more times after that. The torture was worse both times, Kotsar said.

“Russian torture in Izium was arbitrary, widespread, and absolutely routine for both civilians and soldiers throughout the city,” the Associated Press investigation found. The torture included waterboarding and electrocution, among other pain-inducing methods.

Mykola Mosyaky, a 38-year-old Ukrainian soldier, was handcuffed, thrown in a pit of dirty water, and hung by the wrists until his skin went numb.

“They beat me with sticks. They hit me with their hands, they kicked me, they put out cigarettes on me, they pressed matches on me,” he stated. “They said, ‘Dance,’ but I did not dance. So they shot my feet.”

Dr. Yuriy Kuznetsov, an emergency room physician in Izium, said that Ukrainians are showing up to his hospital with torture-related injuries, including “gunshots to their hands and feet, broken bones and severe bruising, and burns.” The victims never say how they got their injuries, worried about retaliation if they do.

A father and son who were both tortured said they could hear women’s screams every night as Russian soldiers raped them in a nearby garage.

Russians showed one local woman the body of her battered, unconscious soldier husband, pressuring her to provide information that she knew nothing about.

At least 30 bodies taken from a mass grave in the city showed “visible marks of torture,” including “bound hands, close gunshot wounds, knife wounds, and broken limbs.”

“[Torture] serves three purposes,” said Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch. “Torture came with questions to coerce information, but it is also to punish and to sow fear. It is to send a chilling message to everyone else.”

On September 30,  Russia held sham referendums in the eastern Ukrainian territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson. While the referendums sought to cede the territories to Russia, their outcomes were pre-determined by Russia as a way to basically lay claim to the territories.

The U.S. called the referendums illegal and also authorized an additional $12 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said of the referendums, “Recently, someone somewhere held pseudo-referendums, and when the Ukrainian flag is returned, no one remembers the Russian farce with some pieces of paper and some annexations. Except, of course, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. Because everyone who is involved in any elements of aggression against our state will be accountable for it. And I thank everyone who brings these moments of victory closer, who returns the Ukrainian flag to its rightful place on Ukrainian land.”

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Supreme Court refuses to protect Mike Lindell from a billion dollar defamation lawsuit

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The Supreme Court just started its new term, and among its first act, it refused to hear an appeal from Mike Lindell — the conspiracy theorist, supporter of former President Donald Trump, and MyPillow CEO — who wanted the court to throw out a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against him.

The lawsuit was filed by Dominion Voting Systems, a manufacturer of voting machines, to litigate against Lindell for his repeated claims that their machinery played a role in “stealing” the 2020 election from Trump. He made his claims on Fox News and various media and social media outlets.

In response to Dominion’s lawsuit, Lindell filed a countersuit accusing the voting machine company of using the court system to “silence Lindell’s and others’ political speech about election fraud and the role of electronic voting machines in it.”

His countersuit also accused the company of “waging lawsuit warfare on private citizens…under the auspices of ‘defending election integrity’…[rather than] fixing their notoriously and demonstrably insecure voting machines.” The lawsuit said the company had “embarked on a concerted, collective enterprise to extort silence from their dissenters or bring financial ruin on any and all who persist in speaking their minds.”

In August 2021, Lindell held a public “cyber symposium” which, he said, would show undeniable proof about how voting machines helped steal the 2020 election.

Rob Graham, a cyber expert who attended the symposium, said, “[Lindell] gave us experts NOTHING today, except random garbage that wastes our time.” Graham said the Lindell had promised to give cyber experts who attended the symposium “packet captures from the November 2020 election could be unencrypted to reveal evidence of voter fraud.” Graham said those packets were never provided.

Fox News refused to run advertisements about the symposium. Lindell was accused of using the symposium as nothing more than to try and maintain relevance and continue the narrative about the “stolen election.”

Several months after the 2020 election, Lindell claimed that Trump would return as president by August. 2021 Lindell said this would occur either through Supreme Court rulings or “two other bonus pathways” involving vote audits in states that Trump lost in 2020.

Lindell said that once the Supreme Court considers his evidence of voter fraud, the justices will unanimously rule 9-0 in favor of allowing Trump to become president once again.

Lindell was wrong.

 

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