President Trump's decision to rescind Obama-era flood standards for federally-funded infrastructure projects is all in the news now that Houston's going to need a lot of infrastructure rebuilt, but one critic kinda blames President Obama for the mess, saying that if Mr. Obama had described his flood initiative as "a sensible taxpayer-protecting land-use measure" rather than a climate change regulation, it might still be in effect. I, too, would rather describe things simply than pretend I'm smarter than everyone else like elite Democrats do, but, ah, when is it going to start being Mr. Trump's fault that he's going after everything that says "climate change" on it?
After getting criticized on Fox and Friends, of all places, for failing to staff his government in advance of a Category 4 hurricane, President Trump takes to Twitter (of course) to tell critics his aim is to "reduce size of government." Which, as you know, is synonymous with reduce the people's ability to realize their will, since our government belongs to us. Meanwhile, Trump votaries still believe his refusal to staff our government is all the Democrats' fault, even though Democrats literally cannot stop any Trump nominees without Republican help.
Defense Secretary Mattis will allow transgendered soldiers to continue serving in our military until he can submit a plan describing how he'll enforce the President's proposed transgendered ban, which he has a little less than six months to do. And boy is his statement drenched with bureaucrat-talk, which may tempt you to hope he could be stalling, but remember: you should regard any reported infighting between Republicans as an attempt to distract you from your agenda. Besides, this whole matter could well be decided in court before then.
John Baer at the Philadelphia Daily News wonders if Rep. Lou Barletta can "make history" by upsetting Sen. Bob Casey in the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Mr. Baer says it's possible, but I say it's probable -- even before he was a Trumphole, Mr. Barletta made his name bashing immigrants, so he's got the edge in voter enthusiasm. Mr. Casey could help himself, I suppose, by running a thousand ads saying Lou Barletta tried to take away your health care -- and if Mr. Barletta whines about it, then run a thousand ads saying Lou Barletta whines in the face of accurate description of his actions. Well, make it snappier, I suppose.
Finally, maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think this six-paragraph complaint about the Jon Snow/Danaerys Targaryen sex scene from the Game of Thrones season finale is less than useless. "I didn’t spend countless hours watching and rewatching episodes of Game of Thrones to suffer through this!" the author complains, as if we should care -- and as if sex scenes can never have any dramatic function whatsoever. Think the episode might have intercut the sex scene with the truth about Jon's birth (and the lie that started the Baratheon rebellion) for a reason? Or could it be that Jon and Dany shouldn't be together, and that they can both sense it even as they're getting it on? Too much sex on TV is merely celebratory, which, frankly, conditions us to be as sex-obsessed as our President.