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Free press, blind fish, and guns

 

Headline from

NAA.org

“Donald Trump is blacklisting journalists.”

Between the Lines

Trump made quite a stir with the announcement that he had banned The Washington Post and several other news organizations from his press conferences.

Of course, Trump makes a stir wherever he goes and whatever he does, but the media have had a field day with this one. How dare he ban journalists?

The Newspaper Association of America CEO wrote in the letter that the Founding Fathers might have complained about the press way back then, but they also understood that a “managed” press would lead to tyranny.

Hm-m-m é . Compare Trump’s action with how President Barack Obama managed the press? He was not as brash as Trump by directly banning certain journalists, but Obama had the press corps under his thumb: You report it my way or you don’t get to participate.

It worked, because none dared to report anything negative about Obama if they wanted to be included in the next press conference. That aptly describes a “managed press,” so I wouldn’t worry about Trump’s management.

Headline from

NPR.org

“Philadelphia Becomes 1st Major U.S. City To Pass A Tax On Soda.”

Between the Lines

That’s quite a bragging point: Philadelphia as the first major city to pass a tax on sodas. What’s next? If this proves successful, it is just another lucrative revenue source for cities, but what does it prove?

This is a city that recently held hearings about curbing violence among its youth. Perhaps the hope is that by reducing the consumption of sugar (Presumably the reason for the tax is to reduce consumption, right?) the level of ADHD will be reduced and there will be less violence?

Headlines from

San Antonio Express-News

“We might have to take some of these animals into protective custody for their own good.”

Between the Lines

As this story points out, some blindfish recently discovered near Mexico depend on the same water sources as do people. We are all too familiar with the issues of preserving blind salamanders in the Edwards Aquifer, often at the expense of developing groundwater for humans.

Humans versus blind cave-dwelling fish. The question is, who will win in the end? It’s an ongoing battle.

Headlines from

San Antonio Express-News

“é the Senate deadlocked, largely along party lines, on amendments to block people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns and to close loopholes in background check laws.”

Between the Lines

This vote came just eight days after the Orlando shooter killed 49 in a nightclub. Stricter gun control has been making headlines ever since, as it quickly became a political issue. Saner heads in Congress realized that a terrorist intent on killing is not likely to be stopped by more laws.

Congress also realized that the background checks already in place did not work. The gun shop where the killer (to be unnamed here) bought his weapons did report his suspicious behavior to authorities. Not only that, but the FBI had interviewed the killer previously. However, the FBI decided to be politically correct and accept his explanation that he only made radical statements in response to being bullied at work because he was Muslim.

 
 
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