Have you ever misinterpreted a news bite?

United States
January 29, 2017 9:51am CST
This morning I saw a news bite scroll across the bottom of the TV screen. I was watching the local morning news show out of Chattanooga. The bite said, and I'm paraphrasing here: Governor Haslam talks about border tax. I guess my mind went a different direction, of course it was 6 am don't forget! I interpreted that to mean the Governor is considering putting a tax onto the Tennessee borders that tourist would have to pay - silly me! I know he is looking for ways to shore up his budget, but taxing tourists who enter the state seemed a little harsh! What the bite was really about was his thoughts on Trump's potential tax on goods coming here from Mexico. I guess I was in the Twilight Zone for a few minutes and sometimes that is a much more fun place to be. Photo: pixabay.com/en/tv-series-dumbing-down-critical-1945130/
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@DWDavis (15711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
Such things as state border taxes are one of the reasons the Articles of Confederation failed and was replaced by the Constitution back in the 1780s. It is funny, though, that your mind went in that direction. Most states do tax tourists with rooms and meals taxes in excess of ordinary sales taxes, but since locals are subject to the also, they are allowable under the Constitution. Was your governor in favor of or opposed to The Exalted Orange One's proposed 20% wall tax on goods coming into the US from Mexico?
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• United States
29 Jan 17
We pay 10 percent tax on all food - so tourist or local it doesn't matter! I didn't read the article but he is a GOP, so you can assume his preference. And he and his family own Pilot Gas Stations.
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@DWDavis (15711)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
@AbbyGreenhill So chances are he also supports throwing the Sioux under the Dakota Access Pipe Line bus and the Keystone Pipe Line.
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• United States
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis Since I'm not in his court so to speak I don't pay much attention to what he says. He's a very rich man in an elected position and his family has been and still is in trouble for some of their little tricks regarding gasoline.
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@LeaPea2417 (23127)
• Toccoa, Georgia
30 Jan 17
That has happened to me before too.
• United States
30 Jan 17
I think sometimes our brains move to quickly!
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@LeaPea2417 (23127)
• Toccoa, Georgia
31 Jan 17
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, I agree.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
31 Jan 17
well I think it wouldnt be too far fetched to think of your own state when you ponder a border tax, esp when it mentions your gov, and you arent on the border.
• United States
31 Jan 17
Thank you, glad you /anyone agrees with me LOL.
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@paigea (22675)
• Canada
30 Jan 17
The twilight zone can be fun. Yes I have done that. And newspaper hesdlines are easy to misunderstand too
• United States
30 Jan 17
I guess I had Trump on the brain - at least I have one to use!!!
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@PatZAnthony (13234)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
Would it be something if we had to pay a tax each time we entered or left a state!
• United States
30 Jan 17
It sure would, I wouldn't go to Murphy, NC for sure!
@JudyEv (141174)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jan 17
I often misinterpret news items. It is easy to go with your first thoughts sometimes and not think things through properly.
• United States
29 Jan 17
Our Gov. has been proposing so many taxes (on gas, etc.) that it wouldn't surprise me if he proposed a tax to enter our state!
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Jan 17
I've probably done that, though I can't think of an example right now. I was a bit irony/sarcasm-challenged this morning for a just a split second while reading a fellow member's funny post.
• United States
29 Jan 17
Some of the so-called funny posts often make me scratch my head trying to find the humor.
@amadeo (78190)
• United States
29 Jan 17
I have been in the Twilight zone for years.
• United States
29 Jan 17
At least you are honest about it Alfredo!!!!!
• Eugene, Oregon
29 Jan 17
With the news this weekend, the twilight zone is sounding good.
• United States
29 Jan 17
You got that right!
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@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
29 Jan 17
Oh yes, I do interpret things locally that are sometimes intended to be interpreted globally. It does give one a startle when we come back from the Twilight Zone.
• United States
29 Jan 17
Glad I'm not alone in the Twilight Zone !!!!!
@vandana7 (68982)
• India
29 Jan 17
Plenty of times..but then I hardly watch news nowadays...it is so irritating with every little thing becoming an issue...noise, noise, noise.
• United States
29 Jan 17
I watch because I want to know what's happening in my area- including the weather.
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