Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

Clips: July 2017

NPR: Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn’t The End Of It

WMRA: EPA, State Funds for Protecting Waterways Threatened
My friend Bobby Whitescarver talks about trying to clean up the Middle River (yes, that Middle River.)

Seattle’s Sake-Marinated Fish
I had a chance to sample something like this the recently in Denver and the Slow Food Nations event. Exquisite!

Outdoor Life: An Open Letter to Secretary Zinke
A call to defend, celebrate, and cherish national monuments

Columbia Journalism Review: What we miss when we obsess over Trump’s tweets

The Hill: Newspapers rip Trump voter fraud panel in July 4th editorials
“The First Amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment, and you don’t get to separate the freedoms that are in there.”

Kathleen Parker: Bizarre. Absurd. Ridiculous. Embarrassing. Trump.

CNN Politics: Sasse warns of ‘weaponizing distrust’ after Trump’s media attacks

NY Times Op/Ed: The Hijacked American Presidency

Clips: June 2017

WaPo: Flat-out gross and disgusting’: Cable TV erupts at Trump’s Mika Brzezinski tweets
Condemnation of the president’s tweeting. Strong words from Republican commentators. Nicole Wallace’s video is a must see.

CNN Politics’ Chris Cillizza:  7 things Sarah Huckabee Sanders got totally wrong in her defense of Trump’s tweets

WaPo Opinion: The destruction of political norms started decades ago. Here’s how it happened.

Troutbitten – A Slidable Dry Dropper System

Field and Stream: Poll: 94 Percent of Anglers Depend on Public Access

Clips: May 2017

Land Conservation
50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything | Short Film Showcase

Marine Resources
Dock to Dish brings seafood directly to the restaurant door

Clips: April 2017

How to run a meeting like the Secretary of Defense

Public Lands
LA Times: Op-Ed The Bundy family and followers are on trial again. Win or lose in court, theirs is a lost cause

LA Times: Here are the national monuments being reviewed under Trump’s order

Outdoor Life: An Open Letter to Secretary Zinke on National Monuments

Field and Stream: The Battle Over Public Lands and Public Lands Flow Chart

Can States Protect our Waters?

New school would turn fishing guides into knowledge guides

WaPo: Nearly 200 million chickens, turkeys and cows are making a mess of the Shenandoah River

Marine Debris Bill Introduced

The War On Pirate Fishing

Want to get rid of or repair outdoor gear? Repair Lair may be your place

VOX: Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump

LA Times Editorial series about President Trump
1) Our Dishonest President
“The United States is not a perfect country, and it has a great distance to go before it fully achieves its goals of liberty and equality. But preserving what works and defending the rules and values on which democracy depends are a shared responsibility. Everybody has a role to play in this drama.”

2) Why Trump lies
“Investigate. Read. Write. Listen. Speak. Think. Be wary of those who disparage the investigators, the readers, the writers, the listeners, the speakers and the thinkers. Be suspicious of those who confuse reality with reality TV, and those who repeat falsehoods while insisting, against all evidence, that they are true. To defend freedom, demand fact.”

3) Trump’s Authoritarian Vision
“Trump betrays no sense for the president’s place among the myriad of institutions in the continuum of governance. He seems willing to violate long-established political norms without a second thought, and he cavalierly rejects the civility and deference that allow the system to run smoothly. He sees himself as not merely a force for change, but as a wrecking ball.”

4) Trump’s War on Journalism
“Most presidents, irritated as they may have been, have continued to acknowledge — at least publicly — that an independent press plays an essential role in American democracy. They’ve recognized that while no news organization is perfect, honest reporting holds leaders and institutions accountable; that’s why a free press was singled out for protection in the 1st Amendment and why outspoken, unfettered journalism is considered a hallmark of a free country.”

5) Conspiracy Theorist in Chief
“Trump seems as willing to mouth off today as he was on the campaign — about wiretaps, inauguration crowds, fraudulent voters, you name it. And the problem with that is that he is no longer a blowhard TV personality or a raunchy guest on Howard Stern or a self-promoting real estate magnate or even a long-shot candidate for the Republican nomination. He’s now the president of the United States, and he is allowing the credibility of his unimaginably powerful office to be exploited and wasted on crackpot ideas that have been rightly discredited by politicians from both parties.”

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