Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post GoldieBlox Sues Beastie Boys Over “Girls”: Preemptive Move Claiming Fair Use, Parody
Hasn’t it also been reported that the Rube Goldberg machine depicted in the video was constructed by male engineers?
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post NOM’s Officers Get Pay Increase Even As NOM Suffers $1M Deficit
The two items which stood out to me after a first glance at the 990s…
First, the Ruth Institute was part of the education fund, right? The implication was that activities directed by Jennifer Roback Morse were a subset of the educational arm’s activities (Morse was never titled NOM Education Director, for example). So, it’s also possible-to-likely that Morse had a much better year financially than NOM as a whole, ending with $1.6M in net worth. But, it’s also likely that those assets were used as collateral for NOM’s $2.7M year-end debt.
Which leads organically to the second item: How does NOM finance $3M in debt as an org which had only $7M total revenue the prior year? I’m not the expert here, but if I was running a nonprofit, even with a great relationship with my bank(s), I would expect this proposal to fall flat: Hey, I know our relatively young org has never broken the $10M revenue mark yet, but this is our big year, sign us up for a $3M line of credit, OK? Thanks!
The logical answers are that the debt is self-financed as much as possible, and that some/much of the finance gap has to be garnered either from, or collateralized by, wealthy supporters, with significant chunks coming at not-cheap interest.
And, is it just me, or is it telling that none of NOM’s public face in 2013, including fundraising appeals, has mentioned the existence of 2012 debt? Until now, potential donors to the “Million Dollar Match” campaign have had no idea that the entire thing might be insufficient to recover from 2012 debt in 2014.
Perhaps affirming Morse’s shift in focus, the Ruth Institute site is hawking some of her anti-marriage equality pieces, but a mini-flurry of blog links yesterday and today doesn’t include anything on Illinois, Hawaii or ENDA.
And topping the blog off at the moment is promo for a “revamped” version of Morse’s 2004 booklet, “101 Tips for a Happier Marriage…”
Curious about the background of the NOM/Ruth collaboration, I found some odds and ends thanks to archive.org and the NOM and Ruth sites.
The first cut of the Ruth site in Aug 2008 named it as JRMorse’s project. Its street address has been constant in San Marcos since then, a PO box at a UPS Store named “Suite 222.”
In latter 2008, Ruth carried a disclaimer on donations that it wasn’t yet an approved nonprofit. NonProfitFacts.com reports that it did get the nonprofit status and reported income for 2008-09 only, in sync with the NOM merger ending Ruth’s run as a separate entity.
Timeframes for the merger are murky. By Feb 2009, Ruth site footers named it as a NOM project, but it wasn’t “announced” at the Ruth blog until June. Topping off the murkiness, NOM’s divorce announcement names a 3 year timeframe for the collaboration.
Little link love seems to have been shared between the two blog sites since March of this year, maybe coinciding with an initial separation and filing of Ruth’s incorporation papers. Ruth doesn’t yet show up at GuideStar.org, also meshing with the “a 501(c)(3) Corporation” designation in the Ruth footers being a new thing.
As a web developer, it would surprise me if Ruth had been sharing NOM’s site development people or tools. On the whole, Ruth websites seem a little neglected. Donations from the donate.html page at RuthInstitute.org are via PayPal, but from /pages/donate.html, links hit a dead end at kintera.org with an explanation-free “Closed” page.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the divorce, like many, was a long time brewing. JRM’s initial connection was with Maggie Gallagher, but she dropped out in early 2010, Brian Brown wasn’t content with as much independence for Ruth. So, the 2008-09 corp was dissolved, resulting in donations, finances and control more under his thumb. JRMorse went along with being routed to campaigns here in MN and elsewhere in 2012, but with tensions growing that became unworkable after NOM’s stunning losses.
Ruth’s supposed focus on getting college kids thinking about marriage doesn’t have to be dependent on the anti-gay stuff, and now that it’s clear the anti-gay stuff is a loser on campus, Ruth has no reason to remain yoked to it.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post NOM apparently OK with homosex in school bathrooms
Great catch, Laurel…
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Now That The Marriage Equality Ship Has Sailed, NOM’s Donors Are M.I.A.
Brian Brown’s blog post this a.m. is claiming $150K, but the donations page is still stuck at $50K, telling us:
* NOM can’t manage its own donation page competently
* the extra $100K likely came from a single, or just a couple, large donors
* despite his money beg this morning, not even $1K came in today
All on top of the fact that the reason big-money funders resort to matching gifts is doubting the competence of the org to raise money effectively from its supporters.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Late Night: You Can’t Cover MY Contraception, Obamahitler!
Yeah, ridiculous. Especially heinous considering parents covering their adult kids into their mid 20s — letting the parents intrude on their adult daughters’ health coverage.
Relevant, but seldom mentioned, fact: Rep. Wieland’s non-government job is running an independent insurance agency owned by him and his wife. So, despite his claim that he just wants to represent individuals like himself, his lawsuit, if successful, would create a new product line of carved-out insurance plans to pad his bottom line.
These are the people who pretended to have the support of FRC-Action, where Josh Duggar is the newly-installed Executive Director. The FRC, no stranger to media relations, never indicated any public support.
If that was their first misstep, the next was imagining that lame duck Michele Bachmann and other legislators would stay in DC instead of kicking off their summer vacations.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post NOM’s PR Ace Sure Knows How To Discourage NOM’s Donors
The entire article at CampaignsAndElections.com is a remarkably thin piece of stenography on Schubert’s (and NOM’s) behalf.
It’s adorable, though, that Schubert whines about NOM supporters not having the strength of character or the simple courage to do what they believe is right.
Let’s just call it a courage deficit — supposedly, there are folks who are avidly, decidedly in support of NOM’s mission, who would contribute to NOM, but only in secret. But, how has the courage deficit developed? It’s a core feature, not an accident, of NOM’s strategy.
Since Prop 8, equality-minded orgs have bred courage and fortitude into their donors and supporters. Armchair activists have been challenged to put their hearts and souls on the line, opening up simple conversations with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues letting those folks know who they are and why they stand where they do.
By contrast, NOM has coddled and infantalized its supporters. It has promised to go to the ends of the earth to protect the names of donors. Even now that it has lost on that front and burned through most/all of its appeal options, it isn’t shifting gears to develop a fresh new message about Christians needing to show courage and fortitude by openly, publicly backing NOM.
Good for them. Doesn’t bother me a bit.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case
I keep wondering when any of these folks will discover a line they will not cross when it comes to using kids — along with distortions and lies about them — as human shields in their political battles.
Here is a heart-breaking account, crying out for judicious, adult attention if it is to be prevented (or, in the worst case, handled appropriately) in the future, but to some it is nothing more than a grandstanding opportunity.
(The underlying dog whistle to his core audience is that upstanding Christian parents of a pregnant 12-y/o rape victim would surely put the needs of the fetus ahead of the 12-y/o.)
And that’s not so different from Bryan Fischer sexualizing every questioning Cub or Boy Scout on their coming-out journey as a predator in the making, or Brian Brown screeching that openly gay kids must be credited with the downfall of the entire BSA if they are kept safe and not shunned.
Yup, congratulations to Brian Brown for taking the gloves off and taking his fight to kids and youth. Never mind the rascally adults trying to steal definitions of words from Brian. Forget forever NOM’s claims that they’re neither anti-gay nor homophobic.
Congratulations to Brown, as well, for utterly disproving that NOM and his career have had anything to with “protecting the children”. When it suits him, he will put the full force of his megaphone, his organization and its money in play to tell gay boys that their participation will destroy the Boy Scouts.
Vile and disgusting? Oh, yeah. But how fan-frikin-tastically clear, how unambiguously authentic, how refreshingly black-and-white, for Mr. Brown to put kids in the crosshairs of the culture war he wants to win at any cost.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Minnesota One Step Away From Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
Kersten’s marriage was under direct attack by GOP Rep. Tim Kelly, who offered an amendment that would have stripped the word “marriage” from Minnesota statutes and relegated all current marriages, as well as future same-sex marriages, to the status of civil unions.
That amendment failed by a 22-111 margin before the final 75-59 vote on the marriage equality bill.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post NOM’s Attack On Iowa Supreme Court Hasn’t Thwarted Justice
Great news, and also unsurprising news to me after being an Iowan for my first 24 adult years.
Iowa has a strongly non-partisan process for selecting justices for its supreme court. The governor appoints them from a pool of candidates deemed to be qualified by bar association members and appointees. So, despite the governor’s mansion returning to Republican hands in 2010, in sync with bouncing the 3 justices, the governor couldn’t immediately flood the appointment committee with social conservatives after taking office. The probable outcome from the beginning was that any of the competent, qualified justices bounced from the court would be replaced by competent, qualified justices.
I can’t wait for whatever fundraising messages come next from NOM. OK, so you funded our ouster of 3 justices, which has turned into a bust, and a 4th justice, which fell flat. Please, please, please, drop more money in the bucket so we can pretend that (a) we can dump more justices (including the ones we helped put on the court, and (b) it will make even the tiniest difference.
Besides the palpable resignation on Plante’s part, note what’s missing thus far: Neither Brown nor Plante are making bellicose promises to unseat the entire GOP delegation in the RI Senate. No commitment to rewarding no-voting Dems in both houses with future campaign cash.
But of course, it’s no big deal that Plante couldn’t hang on to a single GOP supporter in the RI Senate.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Shorter NOM: Quick, Send Money Before SCOTUS Makes Us Redundant!
I love the header graphic they’re using.
I’m not much of a graphic designer, but I’ve worked with some great ones. In this one, it’s not the org that’s getting the focus. In fact, the top half of its logo is divorced from the bottom half. It’s not members of the org getting graphic attention, either. It’s Brian Brown… or, well, his desk?
I don’t envy Brown’s post-NOM job hunt. Having a keen eye for self-promotion won’t help him any in getting another top-dog job.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Unanimous Support For Marriage Equality By Rhode Island State Senate Republican Caucus
I love imagining NOM’s pitch to its donors now. “Yeah, your previous dollars got us nothing here, not even a single GOP senator. Sorry about that. So, give us more money now, because we’re going on the warpath to unseat the entire Republican delegation in the senate. Wait, what? You’re questioning our competence? You don’t want to throw good money after bad?”
Yikes. As much as I’m happy that MN’s FDL (Dem) control means that we’ve got a shot at a decent health care exchange, I’m skeptical about passing marriage equality, and the balance could shift all too quickly/decisively in 2014.
This quote made me laugh: “We don’t segment our constituents by race or cultural background, any more than we separate them by age or gender.”
Age? So, services for infants/toddlers, kids in foster care, and senior citizens are all the same?
Thanks for the update, Pam.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post MA-GOP Senate Frontrunner, Like The Party Itself, Has A Bias Problem
Based on the Globe reporting, he sounds determined to muddle his message
The “I’m a traditionalist” comes out on conservative talk radio.
Hours later, after a Dem press conference attacking him, his line is “I believe DOMA should be reversed.” As senator, that’s the only piece of the issue where he could potentially play a role; he wouldn’t have any option to reverse marriage equality in MA (apart from supporting a never-gonna-happen 2006-style anti-gay federal marriage amendment).
It would be welcome, as far as I’m concerned, if he identified as a traditionalist in his own church and also a supporter of letting civil law treat everyone equally… but that strikes me as unlikely.
Bose in St. Peter MN commented on the blog post Scott Lively’s Ignorance Provides A Teachable Moment About The Definition Of Bisexuality
The correlation with obnoxious stereotypes is obvious, and a convenient direction for Lively to go.
I can’t escape the sense that it’s less about Lively’s ignorance and more about maliciousness. He’s determined to slime bi people side-by-side with the rest of the community as unprincipled and incapable of committed relationships.
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