Brian Brown, President of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, today sent a fundraising email to supporters in which he claimed total credit forÂ Chick-Fil-A‘s multimillion dollar take last week, which Governor Mike Huckabee initiated and fostered. Stating that the “the silent majority is rising up and rejecting the gay ‘marriage’ lobby’s tactics,” and calling gay people “homosexual thugs and bullies,” NOM has tossed away all claim to not hating gay people, and lost all right to proclaim animus has nothing to do with their opposition to same-sex marriage. This is truly an astounding development, and one I trust legal experts will capture and use in future trials. The question of anti-gay animus is one of several that convinced several federal courts to overturn Prop 8.
NOM literally just threw caution to the wind and blew their entire legal position. No one can now use them in court, NOM can submit no amicus briefs and be taken seriously by any court in the land.
Here’s the text of Brian Brown’s fundraising letter:
Marriage Supporter –
Make no mistake about it: the national backlash against the homosexual lobby’s failed Chick-fil-A boycott is a decisive win for NOM and the pro-marriage movement.
You see, the homosexual lobby’s attack on Chick-fil-A isn’t just a bullying of one of America’s best businesses. It’s a full-frontal assault on all of us who believe in the unchangeable definition of marriage as one man and one woman.
By voting with your presence and wallets to support Chick-fil-A’s brave leadership, you effectively triumphed over the gay “marriage” thugs and bullies to produce the largest sales volume in the pro-marriage company’s history! This is a big win. Now with victory in sight, we must capitalize on our decisive win to sustain the momentum for marriage in America.
NOM is leading the charge to support Chick-fil-A’s pro-marriage stance, but I need your immediate contribution of $50, $100, or as much as you can give right now, to sustain the fight against the gay “marriage” thugs and bullies everywhere.
Wealthy homosexual activists, such as the so-called Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), know they cannot persuade the American people simply to discard traditional marriage at the ballot box as an outdated institution. In fact, every time the issue is put to a democratic vote, Americans overwhelmingly reject the redefinition of marriage in states across the nation, from California to Maine. That’s why the homosexual lobby is using a different strategy this time by working to bully and intimidate the media and enough politicians and activist judges to impose same-sex “marriage” on everyone.
But with NOM and Chick-fil-A’s brave leadership, the silent majority is rising up and rejecting the gay “marriage” lobby’s tactics. While others have backed down to the homosexual thugs and bullies, NOM hasn’t been afraid to fight back. But we can’t sustain this battle unless supporters like you help us with your urgently needed contributions right now.
That’s why I’m asking you to make a critical, immediate contribution of $50, $100, or as much as you can give right now to sustain our momentum for marriage in the wake of the Chick-fil-A victory.
Remember: the only way to stop a bully is to fight back and fight harder. And if you make an immediate contribution, NOM will continue to expose and defeat the gay activist bullies who want to silence Christians and impose homosexual “marriage” on all of us.
President, National Organization for Marriage (NOM)
P.S. The homosexual lobby’s assault on Chick-fil-A is a full-frontal assault on all of us who believe in the historic definition of marriage as one man and one woman. And the only way to stop a bully is to fight back and fight harder. But we need your immediate contribution to do this. This is your chance to make your voice heard and thank Chick-fil-A for their brave leadership in supporting marriage.
Clearly, as they convert to more antagonistic and ugly rhetoric, it’s easy to seeÂ NOM sees the writing on the wall. They’re now willing to sacrifice everything, because they have so little to lose.
Remember to share this with all your friends and families who claim that people who don’t support same-sex marriage aren’t homophobic bigots. Because the people who have been claiming that professionally for years just slipped.
Prediction: next time the Southern Poverty Law Center releases its updated list of active anti-gay hate groups,Â NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, will be on the list.
Paging Mark Potok…
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
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“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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