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TNCRM’s Scott Rose Asks California Commission To Prosecute NOM

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The National Organization for Marriage‘s “Yes on 8” — the group responsible for getting Prop 8 on the ballot and getting it passed — has admitted guilt in 18 counts of violating California state election finance laws.

NOM now is hoping that the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will accept NOM’s offer to settle on NOM’s rampant law breaking for only $49,000.

This reporter sent the FPPC the message below, explaining why strict deterrent penalties must be imposed on the malevolently anti-gay NOM bigots who have admitted to breaking laws.

FPPC officials to whom this e-mail (below) was sent include Commission Chair Ann Ravel, Executive Director John Wallace, Chief of the Administration Division Tina Z. Bass, General Counsel Zackery P. Morazzini, Chief of the Technical Assistance Division Lynda Cassady, and Chief of the Enforcement Division Gary Winuk.

From:

Scott Rose
Minorities Anti-Defamation Professional

To the Entire California Fair Political Practices Commission:

This regards your case against the anti-gay-rights group “Yes on 8,” which is part of The National Organization for Marriage.

NOM is to American LGBTers what the KKK is to blacks and Jews.

NOM wants to settle your case against it, in order to evade full criminal justice accountability for its law-breaking ways.

Meanwhile, the organization is spending umpteen millions upon tens of millions around the country and the world, demonizing sexual minorities on the basis of known falsehoods (i.e. demonizing lies), hate-mongering and inspiring to violence against us.

In state after state, NOM has apparently violated election finance laws, and then tied up the courts bringing apparently frivolous challenges to the laws, not caring about the waste of tax payers’ resources in pursuing those apparently frivolous cases through appeals. If all of these NOM election law violations-related cases had been brought in a single court system, instead of the court systems of many different states, a court almost surely would already have barred NOM from filing any such cases in the future.

NOM must now be given an effective deterrent penalty for having broken at least 18 of California’s state campaign finance laws.

As stated above, NOM hate-mongers and incites to violence against sexual minorities.

NOM sponsors anti-gay hate rallies where its hand-selected speakers yell through megaphones that homosexuals are “worthy to death.”

To see a video of one such NOM anti-gay hate rally, go here.

NOM also incites people to believe that gays are not human. For example, NOM’s Wiliam Duncan led a symposium in an all-day anti-gay hate fest titled “Homosexuals or Homo Sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status?” You can see documentation for NOM’s William Duncan having done that, here.

To spell this out for you: NOM says that homosexuals are not human and deserve to die.

We are sick and tired of these arrogant, tyrannical, hateful heterosupremacists believing that they are above the law.

Many top NOM officials also are top officials with other anti-gay hate groups. NOM founder Robert George, for example, is a board member of the Family Research Council, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified anti-gay hate group. The SPLC classifies groups as hate groups when they continually promulgate demonizing lies against a minority. The SPCL 2012 Intelligence Report on NOM is titled “National Organization for Marriage Continues to Spread Lies Against Gays.” You can view that SLPC report here.

NOM founder Robert George also is senior fellow of The Witherspoon Institute, whose president Luis Tellez is a NOM board member.

The Witherspoon Institute funded a sociological “study” from the University of Texas at Austin’s Mark Regnerus, booby-trapped with malice aforethought to make gay parents look bad. First, Witherspoon/NOM gave Regnerus a $55,000 “planning grant” for a study on gay parents’ child outcomes. After seeing Regnerus’s “plan,” booby trapped to make gay parents look bad, Witherspoon/NOM arranged for Regnerus to have a known minimum total of $785,000 in study funding; a jaw-dropping amount for a sociological study that only surveyed 2,988 total people, only 250 of which were labelled, inappropriately and unscientifically, as having been raised by “same sex parents.”

Witherspoon/NOM have now fully weaponized that scientifically invalid study, and are deploying it pitilessly against gay people and their rights. You can read a letter signed by over 200 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, complaining about the study’s lack of intellectual integrity as well as about the suspicious circumstances under which it got published, here.

To read about the circumstances of the corrupt peer review through which the Witherspoon/NOM commissioned anti-gay hate speech got published in a scientific journal, go here.

Whereas Witherspoon and NOM share top officials in common, NOM is a 501(c)4 while Witherspoon is a tax exempt 501(c)3. There is a strong appearance that in its funding of the Regnerus “study,” Witherspoon and NOM were playing a tax laws shell game, paying for the Regnerus study through the 501(c)3 Witherspoon Institute, even though the study was conceived primarily for use as a NOM weapon to defeat President Obama. To read details about Witherspoon/NOM’s possible violations of IRS tax laws, go here.

As you see, NOM knows no boundaries for its violations of human decency in attacking its LGBT victims.

NOM now wants to settle with the Fair Political Practices Commission on its 18 counts of campaign finance law violations — for only $49,000 —  so it can move ahead as though nothing had happened, continuing to violate laws in its hateful and unwarranted attacks against gay human beings. As mentioned above, in state after state, NOM has apparently violated election finance laws, and then tied up the courts bringing apparently frivolous challenges to the laws, not caring about the waste of tax payers’ resources in pursuing those apparently frivolous cases through appeals. If all of these NOM election law violations-related cases had been brought in a single court system, instead of the court systems of many different states, a court almost surely would already have barred NOM from filing any such cases in the future.

NOM must now be given an effective deterrent penalty for having broken at least 18 of California’s state campaign finance laws.

A wrist-slap, easy-does-it settlement of $49,000 does not faze the malicious anti-gay bigots of NOM one iota. The “planning grant” they gave for a weaponized, fraudulent study booby trapped against gay parents was $55,000, leading to a full study grant of $785,000. And as mentioned above, NOM meanwhile is spending umpteen millions upon tens of millions around the country and the world, demonizing sexual minorities on the basis of known falsehoods (i.e. demonizing lies), hate-mongering and inspiring to violence against us.

NOM is laughing in advance at the California Fair Political Practices Commission, believing that the Commission will settle with NOM instead of referring NOM to appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission absolutely must not allow NOM to have the last laugh in their 18 violations of state campaign finance laws.

Sincerely,

Scott Rose

New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’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 “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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Now, GOP lawmakers and political groups are trying to regain ground after some Republicans quickly embraced the decision that, as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre predicted Tuesday, would cause “exactly the type of chaos that we expected when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and paved the way for politicians to dictate some of the most personal decisions families can make.”

“As a reminder,” Jean-Pierre added, “this is the same state whose attorney general threatened to prosecute people who help women travel out of state to seek the care they need.”

President Joe Biden condemned the Alabama ruling: “The disregard for women’s ability to make these decisions for themselves and their families is outrageous and unacceptable.”

But U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) cheered his state’s Supreme Court, while appearing to not fully grasp what IVF is.

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“I was all for it,” he said of the Alabama Supreme Court ruling, calling young people “our number one commodity.”

But when pressed, Tuberville declared, “I’d have to look at the entire bill, how it’s written, I have not seen it,” referring not to legislation but the ruling.

And when told that women will now not be able to have IVF treatments, Tuberville repeatedly replied it was “unfortunate.”

On Thursday night, speaking to a group of religious broadcasters, Donald Trump denounced the Alabama ruling and vowed to protect IVF. On Friday, the beleaguered Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) issued a memo directing Republicans to defend IVF. Also Friday, the Attorney General for the state of Alabama, mentioned earlier by the White House Press Secretary, effectively suggested he would ignore the state supreme court’s ruling, promising to not prosecute IVF families, as ABC News reported.

But Democrats are making clear that despite whatever claims or promises Republicans make, the IVF ruling is the direction conservatives are taking the Republican Party.

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“First Republicans banned abortions so women couldn’t terminate a pregnancy. Now they are coming for IVF so women can’t begin a pregnancy. The GOP agenda is about one thing: government control of women,” observed U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (photo).

CNN congressional correspondent Lauren Fox reports a new NRSC memo “instructs [GOP] candidates to reject clearly and concisely government attempts to restrict access to IVF.”

Just hours later, Sen. Murphy responded, saying, “umm the chairman of the NRSC sponsored the bill to ban IVF.”

He added, “newsflash: no matter what they tell their candidates to pretend, when they get power they use it to control women.”

The NRSC’s goal is to help get Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate. It is chaired by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a MAGA Republican and member of the Senate’s Pro-Life Caucus.

As Bloomberg’s Matthew Yglesias notes, Senator Daines is an original co-sponsor of the Life at Conception Act.

The Center for American Progress’ Colin Seeberger adds, Daines “quite literally has been a longtime co-sponsor of the Lifetime at Conception Act, which would establish legal protections for the unborn just as the Alabama Supreme Court ordered and has led to the suspension of fertility care across AL.”

Meanwhile, Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz notes that the “text of GOP‘s most recent platform claims that ‘the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed’ and calls for a constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions — and jeopardize IVF — by granting 14th Amendment rights to fetuses.”

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Indeed, as The New York Times reported, far-right Christian conservative Tony Perkins, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-LGBTQ extremist group Family Research Council, called the Alabama Supreme Court ruling a “beautiful defense of life and the Alabama Constitution.”

Friday afternoon Donald Trump followed up his vow to protect IVF with a social media post that claims in part, “Under my leadership, the Republican Party will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families. We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to have babies, not harder! That includes supporting the availability of fertility treatments like IVF in every State in America. Like the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Americans, including the VAST MAJORITY of Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, and Pro-Life Americans, I strongly support the availability of IVF for couples who are trying to have a precious baby.”

Former Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer responded, asking: “Why would anyone believe this? In 2016, Trump pledged no cuts to Medicaid and then spent four years trying to gut the program.”

And as Axios reports, “House Democrats’ main super PAC is promising to pour money into attacking Republicans on fertility treatments in the wake of a controversial, first-of-its-kind Alabama Supreme Court ruling, Axios has learned.”

“Trump’s call came a day after President Biden’s re-election campaign blamed him for the ruling, noting his appointment of conservative justices to the Supreme Court, which overturned Roe v. Wade,” Axios adds. House Majority PAC, in a memo set to be released Friday, listed nearly a dozen current and former House Republicans in competitive districts who have co-sponsored at least one version of the Life at Conception Act between 2021 and 2023.”

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The re-arrest of Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant who allegedly may have provided House Republicans with Kremlin propaganda that was the basis for their efforts to impeach President Joe Biden and attack his son Hunter, raised some eyebrows on Thursday.

Smirnov, once considered House Republicans’ Jim Comer and Jim Jordan’s star witness, was re-arrested even after a magistrate judge ordered him released, and at his attorneys’ offices, raising eyebrows from even national security experts, insisting there had better be a good reason for it.

Now, according to a noted legal expert, it appears there was.

“A California judge seems to be suggesting [Smirnov’s] lawyers are complicit in his efforts to flee, in a remarkable line ordering detention for the FBI source whose lies propelled Biden impeachment efforts,” writes professor of law and MSNBC legal contributor Joyce Vance, a former U.S. Attorney.

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U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II in his order wrote on Thursday: “It has come to this Court’s attention that counsel for defendant has sought an emergency hearing in the District of Nevada to arrange the release of Defendant Smirnov, likely to facilitate his absconding from the United States.”

After detailing Smirnov’s arrest and release, Judge Wright ordered his re-arrest, adding: “The U.S. Marshal Service is advised there is to be no deviation from this Order.”

Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld calls Judge Wright’s order “wild,” and adds that Smirnoff’s lawyers released “a terse statement about the extraordinary order.”

“They did not respond to questions about the language in the judge’s order suggesting a ‘likely’ aim to ‘facilitate’ their client ‘absconding from the United States.'”

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A Tennessee Republican state lawmaker says he’s worried Tennesseans might overdose on vaccines if they eat too many tomatoes.

State Rep. Scott Cepicky claims vaccines can already be added to foods like lettuce and tomatoes, and to tobacco products, so he has filed legislation to require grocery store items containing vaccines to be labeled.

“University of California Riverside has already perfected the ability to put human vaccines into our lettuce right now,” Rep. Cepicky told his fellow lawmakers Wednesday while discussing his legislation. “Also, tomatoes, has the ability to do that also per UC Berkeley. And then big tobacco, RJ Reynolds and stuff has perfected the ability to put a human vaccine in tobacco products.”

NCRM could find no evidence supporting his claims, although researchers starting in 2021 were studying if it is possible to do so.

Cepicky, who has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), warned, “there is no law, deeming those that when you go into a grocery store, you should know as a consumer, this head of lettuce is a head of lettuce. The head of lettuce right next week could contain a vaccine in it. All we’re saying is if it does have the vaccine in it, make sure it’s listed as a pharmaceutical so people can get the proper dosage.”

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Facing some pushback from Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Cepicky went on to say, “This is more of a consumer protection bill right here, is to make sure that if you’re going in to buy tomatoes, and there’s a polio vaccine in there, that you are aware of what you’re buying has a polio vaccine. The problem you have is if it’s not treated as a pharmaceutical, being the size and difference between you and me, how many tomatoes do I have to eat to get the proper dosage versus how many tomatoes that you have to eat? And if you eat too many do you get a overdose?”

Asked if his legislation was necessity, Cepicky added, “Well, if you’d have a child that is allergic to a certain vaccine, and it’s not disclosed, when you go to buy that, that vegetable, whatever it is, and your child dies from that, I would think that having place is going to make sure that that is treated as a pharmaceutical so that the consumers know exactly what they’re buying.”

Anti-vaxers gained a foothold during the COVID pandemic, spreading false claims about vaccines. Last year the fact-checking website Snopes deemed it “false” that “mRNA from COVID-19 vaccines has entered the food supply via genetically modified plants bred to contain it or through the consumption of vaccinated livestock.”

“Claims regarding COVID-19 vaccines ‘in your salad‘ have persisted on the internet and recirculated due to misreadings or misinterpretations of several press releases or scientific research,” Snopes added, “Mike Flynn, during a September 2021 podcast appearance, referenced this research, describing it as ‘putting the vaccine in salad dressing.'”

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Flynn, the former Trump U.S. national security advisor, is a far-right Christian nationalist and Trump MAGA activist.

Tennessee lawmakers voted to move Rep. Capicky’s forward.

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