How a tiny anti-gay non-profit is plotting to fill its depleted coffers: by waging a nationwide boycott against a corporate financial giant.
In 1799, before becoming the third Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr founded The Bank of The Manhattan Company. Burr would go on to murder Alexander Hamilton in a duel, and be charged years later with treason. He was never charged with murder and was acquitted of treason. In short, the man was like Teflon.
The Bank of The Manhattan Company today you and I know as Chase Bank (NYSE:JPM). Through the centuries it has withstood economic crisis, the Depression, wars, and practically every other challenge the United States of America has seen. It has gobbled up other financial giants, including J.P. Morgan & Co., Chase National Bank, Bank One, Chemical Bank, Washington Mutual, and others.
Today, a faith-based non-profit whose last publicly available tax return shows it to be $1 million in the red, is launching a campaign against the $100 billion international monolith, because its co-founder took offense to a leaked internal anonymous employee survey likely designed to help the banking giant better address the needs of its 260,000 employees.
NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, this afternoon launched a strangely-named campaign, VoidChase.
Luke Brinker at Equality Matters earlier this month detailed theÂ genesis of what today has become an embarrassing notch in NOM’s worn-out belt of tricks.
The conservative media is falsely accusing JPMorgan Chase of giving its employees an “LGBT loyalty test” thanks to dishonest reporting by a number of anti-LGBT activists.
In a June 29Â blog post, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) co-founder Robert George shared a message fromÂ an employee at JPMorgan Chase, whoÂ alleged that an internal employee survey hadÂ included a question asking employees to indicate whether they were any of the following:
1) A person with disabilities;
2) A person with children with disabilities;
3) A person with a spouse/domestic partner with disabilities;
4) A member of the LGBT community.
5) An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.
George baselessly asserted that the survey was a warning to anti-LGBT employees:
The message to all employees is perfectly clear:Â You are expected to fall into line with the approved and required thinking.Â Nothing short of assent is acceptable.Â Silent dissent will no longer be permitted.
Â Today, NOM claims it has “the smoking gun” on this innocuous employee survey.
NOM has obtained new evidence that shows Chase bank not only violated its employees’ privacy with invasive and inappropriate questions on an employee survey aimed at pushing an LGBT agenda, but that the company has lied to consumers and its own employees about the now infamous questions.
Remember, this isÂ the National Organization For Marriage, the same folks whose constitutional law professor Chairman hasn’t won a singleÂ case for NOM in years.Â
How did NOM “obtain new evidence”?Â
It’s shocking that in the world that NOM supports — where corporations are people and corporations have religious beliefs — NOM believes those same corporations don’t have the right to ask employees to take a voluntary and anonymous poll about whether or not they are or have family members who have disabilities, and whether or notÂ they are or support members of the LGBT community.
Jeremy Hooper of Good As You actually broke theÂ boycottÂ news before even NOM announced itÂ this afternoon.
Calling it a “fake, wholly concocted, and truly absurd ‘scandal,'” Hooper writes that “NOM is now going after companies for simply asking employees an LGBT-inclusive question as part of a longer list of questions on any number of topics.”
HooperÂ sarcasticallyÂ quips that “NOM’s boycotts did put Starbucks and General Mills out of business, so Chase ought to be scared.”
The Board of Directors of Chase — the mega-too-big-to-fail financialÂ giant founded by a man who avoided being locked up for murder and treason — if they even know or care about this “boycott,” are likely laughing hysterically right now.
And probably ordering up another survey.
NOM, by the way, defines itself as “a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”
“Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource for marriage-related initiatives at the state and local level.”
How does this have anything to do with their core mission? NOM seems to be moving to become the leader of the anti-gay movement. Let the infighting begin!
UPDATE: 07.21.14 — After five days, NOM has managed to get just 5172 people to sign its petition. That’s a mere 1000 people per day, for the nation’s top anti-gay marriage organization, fueled with millions of dollars and the top CRM resources.
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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.”
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“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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