The Plaintiffs seeking to have New York’s Marriage Equality Law overturned on procedural grounds believe, in their hallucinating dementedness, that they have a constitutional right and a divinely-inspired duty to impose their religious strictures against gay people on the whole population.
Given that Judge Robert B. Wiggins of the Livingston County, New York Supreme Court ruled that their lawsuit may go ahead on a restricted basis, we should all take a moment to remind ourselves of the character and mentality of these theocrats seeking to deprive gay-inclusive, gay-friendly New York families of their rights.
The Plaintiff with the lowest public profile is Rabbi Nathaniel S. Leiter. Rabbi Leiter — who as a Jew should understand and avoid the evil of fraudulent and malicious claims of a minority group that holds disproportionate power — devotes a whole page on his website to an explanation of how marriage equality in D.C. is part of a sinister plot. He refers to gay human beings as “deceptionist deviants” and says that political leaders in Washington will “Â hire homosexualists, eventually allowing infiltration to the highest levels of their staff.” Never mind that Americans have already elected out gay people to elected office, including the out gay (and Jewish) Barney Frank.
Reverend Duane Motley of the so-called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms would not know the Constitution if his wife ripped it up into little pieces and poured milk over them for his breakfast. Here is what Motley has to sayÂ about Legislators of faith that vote for equality: Â “I think what they’re doing, they’re putting politics before their faith, they left their bibles at home when they came to work. That’s wrong and if you’re a Christian, you’re a Christian all the time. We don’t need part-time Christians.”
Then there is Reverend Jason J. McGuire, who, during the week that the Marriage Equality Act passed, declared that what was “missing” from the debate was his insane belief that a gay person can successfully pray to Jesus and thereby be made heterosexual. Reverend McGuire is a party to the lawsuit against equality because he thinks he was not given enough time to convince elected officials that same sex marriage should not pass because all anybody has to do is pray to Jesus and they will be made heterosexual. Rabbi Leiter and Reverends Motley and McGuire are odd bedfellows in this lawsuit, as in private, the Rabbi most likely scorns the Christians for their religious beliefs and the Reverends most likely think that the Rabbi will spend an eternity in hell if he does not accept Jesus. Yet, all three are nasty, theocratic anti-gay bigots, so they are able to get along.
Liberty Counsel’s genius attorney Lena Lindevaldsen, who brought this suit against equality for the Plaintiffs, says with a straight face that Satan arranges all homosexual love matches. Recent news reports have stated that Judge Wiggins dismissed the whole case that the theocrats brought against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; what they do not mention is that it was not legally possible to bring this case against him. That is to say, Lindevaldsen was too ignorant of the law even to understand against whom this case could be brought. Where she made allegations involving Governor Cuomo’s use of a message of necessity, she also was displaying her ignorance, as a Governor’s certified facts accompanying a message of necessity are by law not subject to judicial review.
Where this gang of theocratic political gay bashers struck pay-dirt was in getting their case reviewed and decided by the honorary theocratic gay basher Judge Wiggins. One of the reasons Wiggins should have written his Decision without bias and political propaganda — besides, of course, that the Rules of Judicial Conduct say that that is what a judge should do — is that when he writes about a baseless allegation but sides with the Plaintiffs while scolding the Defendants, he awakens a suspicion that he could be in collusion with the Plaintiffs. Though professional ethics should have precluded Wiggins’s editorializing against a Governor’s certified facts in his Decision, he did so. Judge Wiggins believes that the theocratic professional political gay bashers should have had more time to try to perpetuate the injustices that gay New Yorkers were experiencing through marriage discrimination.
Wiggins even found Governor Cuomo guilty of “arm-twisting” to get the Marriage Equality Law passed. Â Is it not a remarkable thing that although the U.S. legal system considers that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, Judge Wiggins found Governor Cuomo guilty of “arm-twisting,” though there was no trial pertaining to that charge? And here is the interesting thing about this “arm twisting” charge against Cuomo and the forces of equality; on June 14, the Reverends McGuire and Motley sent the Republican New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos a vicious, gay-bashing letter telling him that if the Marriage Equality Act passed, “the pound of flesh will come from the Republican majority.” The same obnoxious monsters that sent Skelos that letter are complaining in a lawsuit that they were not given enough access to lawmakers. Were you Senator Skelos, would you Â want to meet with bullying theocratic lobbyists that had sent you such a crude, threatening letter with a reference to classic anti-Semitism? Â “The pound of flesh will come from the Republican majority.” These same God-fearing hypocrites are now running around trumpeting Judge Wiggins’s lying political propaganda that Governor Cuomo is guilty of arm-twisting to get the Marriage Equality Act passed.
A Bronx cheer please.
New York City- based novelist and freelance writerÂ Scott Roseâ€™s LGBT- interest by- 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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‘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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General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military advisor to the President, during his retirement speech Friday appeared to deliver strong criticism of former President Donald Trump, who appointed him to that post but since has waged war against him.
“Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous, not just because it is the exact sort that incites violence against public officials,” professor of global politics and political scientist Brian Klass wrote at The Atlantic after Trump’s most recent attack on the Chairman, “but also because it shows just how numb the country has grown toward threats more typical of broken, authoritarian regimes.”
Trump had written, “if the Fake News reporting is correct,” General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”
Milley was acting within his duties in a White House approved conversation, according to Klass.
On Friday, Milley appeared to blast Trump.
“We don’t take an oath to a tribe. We don’t take an oath to a religion. We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant, or dictator. We don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator,” Milley declared. “We don’t take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we’re willing to die to protect it.”
“Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Guardian and Coast Guardsmen, each of us, emits our very life to protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price to a country.”
Vanity Fair on Thursday reported General Milley “said he has taken security precautions to protect himself and his family after Donald Trump all but called for his execution last week.”
Watch Milley’s remarks below or at this link.
🚨🚨🚨Wow, outgoing CJS Chair Milley hits Trump at retirement ceremony: “We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant or a dictator. And we don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator …we take an oath to the Constitution … and we’re willing to die to protect it”. pic.twitter.com/AH2eQObge4
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 29, 2023
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