Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 14, 2015

Justin Miller. Just for the heck of it.

• Republicans in Congress are none-too-pleased with the Iran nuclear deal. If EvilI’m reading things correctly, they feel like Iran is just suckering the U.S. into a deal to get sanctions lifted, enjoy their new-found Snickers bars and then develop and bomb that means no more Snickers for anyone.

I think I understand the concern, but at the same time, this is what diplomacy is all about. Trying to find someway to trust each other so we can then trust each other a little more. It can’t always be about whose hoagie is the biggest. (Trib)

• The Deseret News re-re-notices that the governor has launched his re-election bid. Which seems strange given that they’ve written a fair amount about it already. Stranger still is that they asking Dave Hansen about the early start. Hansen is actually a great source on early starts, but he’s kind of disqualified given that he’s running the campaign for Herbert’s main (currently) opponent, who started earlier than everyone else. (Dnews)

• The Boy Scouts of America have rescinded their ban on gay Scout leaders, which prompted a response from the LDS Church:

“As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Noalways had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs. Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”

And as an organization responsible for a huge number of Boy Scouts in the system, the Church will definitely be determining exactly who their Scout leaders will be.

• Election season is underway with vote by mail gone active in Salt Lake City. Vote by mail drives up participation, which is good. But absolutely eliminates the possibility of an anonymous vote, and opens up the possibility of voter fraud. There will be plenty of people who say not to worry about those things, and heck, they may be right. That ship has sailed. But it makes me itchy. (KUER)

• At the same time UTA is looking for a piece of a new tax increase, its ridership is dropping. UTA blames two factors: falling gas prices and no April Comic Con. The latter is fascinating, but perhaps shows a weakness in how UTA puts together its projections. Something something eggs in one basket something something. (Trib)

• Repost at the Hub has Sen. Dabakis saying the Trib is about to be sold. Which has been the claim since the JOA was renegotiated in short-term favor of the Trib’s hedge-fund owners and long-term favor of the Deseret News’ owners.

• At the Hub, Beau Sorenson breaks down the presidential logos. Spoiler alert! Jeb Bush’s sucks. I’m going to go ahead and agree with Beau on his top 3, but not in his order. The rest is just bucketloads of meh.

• Reddit’s chief engineer just quit given the general mayhem the popular site has gone through over the past few weeks and a lack of confidence in leadership. And if you don’t stuff like this can harm such a massive website, a give you Exhibit A, Digg.com.

And if none of that interests you, perhaps you haven’t seen the best images of Pluto in existence. That’s right, we sent a ship to Pluto and it made it


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