Watch as an Alabama commissioner goes on a six-minute rant prompted by the state’s ban on same-sex marriage being overturned.
Almost every state in the nation has a Public Service Commission. In some states, where energy is not a big industry, these commissions are not especially powerful. But the Alabama Public Service Commission is. Several members have gone on to run for governor, at least two have won.Â
Meet Chip Beeker. A Republican who last November ousted a long-time incumbent, Beeker has a message and he’s not shy about sharing it. His campaign, which took in hundreds of thousands of dollars, was focused on three issues: protect consumers, create jobs, fight Obama.Â
Yes, even at the local level, at least in Alabama, being anti-Barack Obama is a ticket to officeÂ â€“ and a ticket to getting on Fox News, which featured Beeker’s campaign ad last year.
Beeker is now using his powerful seat onÂ Alabama’s Public Service Commission to attack, well just about everything.
In a six-minute rant delivered at this week’s commission meeting â€“ a commission created to regulate utility rates â€“Â Beeker attacked U.S. District Judge Callie Granade’s rulings that struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, and managed to travel between those same-sex marriage rulings to “the moral decline in our nation” to the measles outbreak.
“Recently a federal district judge in Mobile ordered that a constitutional amendment passed in Alabama by 81 percent of the people who voted is unconstitutional,” Beeker lamented.
“I say clearly that I support Gov. Robert Bentley, Chief Justice Roy Moore and other officials who have taken a stand against this usurpation of the rights of Alabamians. But this order must be viewed for what it is, just another example of the federal government’s overreach and refusal to respect its proper role.”
“In light of the other actions taken by our government, we should not be surprised by the outlandish stroke of this judge’s pen,” he added, launching into a diatribe.
Beeker claimed that “the results of the removal of God from the schools is as plain as the results of the attempted removal of God from all of the United States. Over the last 20 years or so, we have turned from God and his principles in order to be politically correct.”
Beeker’s written remarks included references to housing the Ten Commandments in public buildings, welfare, teen pregnancy, “wealth redistribution,” the measles outbreak, daycare in schools, the EPA, immigration, political correctness, multiculturalism, and so much more.
“When I was a child the federal government did not work to punish success and reward sloth,” Beeker announced. “But, with the Washington, D.C. wealth reÂ-distribution scheme, that is exactly what is currently happening.”
“When I was a child the federal government did not entrap people in a welfare state â€“Â from which there is no escape. But, in a day when the federal government feeds, houses, and clothe people without providing an escape from the cycle of welfare.”
“When I was a child we would have never imagined that the federal government would send American citizens unemployment checks because they canâ€™t find a job, but endorse the idea that people who come to this country illegally should be allowed to stay and take jobs that those same Americans could have.”
Beeker was motivated enough to suggest a strong response to the judge’s same-sex marriage ruling.
â€œWe should regularly remind ourselves that the motto of our great state is â€˜We Dare Defend Our Rights,’â€ he said, â€œand ask ourselves what steps we are taking to defend our rights.â€
In one local Alabama article, the reporter issued called Beeker’s rant “full-bore crazy,” and issued this advice, in bold:
“WARNING: Do not just read the column. Watch the video above, preferably in a safe place with a cold beverage.”
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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report
President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”
That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.
China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)
The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:
The Dow is down 573 points perhaps on the news that Representative Seth Moulton, whoever that may be, has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.
“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”
“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”
Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.
Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal
The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.
The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.
“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”
President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8.
The move is consistent with the entirety of the Trump administration’s policies and actions.
Just ten days ago the Dept. of Justice tried to strong-arm the Equal Employment opportunity Commission to set aside up to eight years of findings and rulings and support the DOJ’s position firing LGBTQ workers is legal.
One week ago the DOJ in similar fashion urged the Supreme Court to rule that firing transgender workers is legal.
And on August 14 the Trump Dept. of Labor moved to prioritize the rights of so-called “religion-exercising organizations” over those of LGBTQ workers. The DOL offered a new proposal that appears to be a roadmap which faith-based organizations claiming to have religious beliefs or moral convictions can use to protect themselves from charges of discrimination.
As NCRM has reported previously, the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBT administration in modern U.S. history.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Completed More Cancer Treatment
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent outpatient pancreatic cancer radiation therapy and has been declared cancer-free, according MSNBC’s Pete Williams and a statement from the Supreme Court.
“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the SCOTUS statement says. “No further treatment is needed at this time.”
The three-week treatment was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Ginsburg, who is 86 and keeps an active schedule, has maintained she will continue to serve as long as she feel capable.
NEW: Justice Ginsburg has completed a 3 week course of radiation therapy to treat a tumor on her pancreas. “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.” pic.twitter.com/vGo8hyNRJZ
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) August 23, 2019
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