Here's some welcome news: a Florida state Senate committee votes unanimously to advance a Republican-sponsored bill to ban fracking. That bill still has to go before the whole Senate, and then before the whole Assembly, and then get signed by the Governor, but the 10-0 margin doesn't bode so well for the fracking corporations that stand against it, and it's nice to see Republicans asserting that sitting on gigantic clean water reserves means you ought to keep them safe for future generations.
Uh oh: FEMA hired a private contractor to deliver 30 million meals for Puerto Rico, and she delivered some 50,000. The salient details -- she "is adept at navigating the federal contracting system," and has five cancelled federal contracts in her past -- tell us this is not a uniquely Trumpian problem. Except, of course, that he promised us he'd get the best people. And you'd think it'd dawn on someone in government that if you want a job done right, you best do it yourself, right-wing whining about TEH NANNY STATEZ!!!! be damned.
Pennsylvania legislator aims to impeach the five state Supreme Court justices who tossed the state's Congressional district map, apparently because waaaaaaaah! He'd need two-thirds of the state Senate and a majority of the state Assembly to do the deed, but the legislature's Republican leaders sound more interested in pursuing other dead ends, namely continued lawsuits. But if the U.S. Supreme Court won't block it, and the state Supreme Court issued the ruling, who does that leave to hear the suits?
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spreads more of his "skepticism" about climate change around, actually saying "humans have most flourished during times of...(w)arming trends." He fixates on the word "warm," like it's all about Los Angeles being different from Edmonton, when the problem is faster temperature changes disrupting agriculture, higher sea levels obliterating coastlines, once-in-a-lifetime hurricanes every few months, and the like. And this whole what-should-the-temperature-be-in-2100-huh-don't-know-do-you silliness (for the record, scientists say it really, really shouldn't get any warmer than it is now) is straw-man reasoning at its most obnoxious.
Finally, speaking of obnoxious, what would Trump votaries say upon learning that Dear Leader got the idea for a massive military parade down the streets of Washington, D.C. from the Bastille Day parade in Paris? After all, 15 years ago Trump votaries were all calling France America's Oldest Enemy when they wouldn't go along with Tha Bush Mobb's Iraq adventure. I kid, of course -- as Mr. Nietschze suggested years ago, what memory would make you remember, pride would let you forget.