dsc_0055-copy-3 Looking north from Hill Road

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dsc_0050-copy-2 The Bluff Trail takes you to the high ground in the distance.

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dsc_0036-copy-2 Between storms

DSC_0081 copy In the news-

Extensive discussion & many comments follow this article: Town takes hard stance against increased OLF flight operations

More here: Commissioners deny grant, calling Coupeville ‘anti-Navy’

Related article here: New group seeks to find balance between community, Navy

My take:

I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service. Lose the macho swagger. Lose the all caps comments, multiple exclamation points, & multiple ellipsis. Lose the group identity speak. Don’t tell us that our rights and freedoms come from people in uniform, or that we wouldn’t be able to post comments on the web if not for military operations in distant lands.

More here: DOD Maintaining Freedom?

Local scenes:

Ebey’s Landing

Bluff Trail

Fort Casey

Hill Road

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Coupeville Wharf & a sunny/foggy morning on Penn Cove

 

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Freedom isn’t free?

If a house is prevented from burning, is it because firefighters protect our rights and freedoms?

Think of your local fire dept.- it serves a clear-cut purpose, no need for people to repeat phrases or slogans in order to justify its existence.

We don’t claim that firefighters protect our rights and freedoms- as if they are part of some kind of civil rights organization. No need for a parade of fire trucks at the next football game to maintain the proper attitudes of support for the work these people do.

State-run media update:

Air Force Leads DoD Support of Super Bowl LI

“This year, it’s the 70th anniversary of the Air Force, so they will lead the way, said Christine S. Thompson, a sports outreach specialist in the office of the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs.”

“The Air Force turns 70 this year, and what better way to celebrate our birthday than to have the Thunderbirds do the flyover for the Super Bowl?” said Katie Spencer, the sports outreach program manager for the Air Force.

Sports outreach specialist, sports outreach program manager? It’s a full-time job at the Pentagon to craft & send the right messages through military pageantry at major sporting events.

Love to see newspeople ask:

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

The Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers.

Marketing partnership/strategy update:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘We’re all about patriotism’

We celebrate those who keep us safe.

Meanwhile- A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

“Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras”

More here: Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Heroin-trafficking cartels move product into local communities while we’re in a life and death struggle with some folks in Yemen? Maybe our sports outreach professionals can help to make sense of all this?

Five Presidential Administrations have had their hands on the wheel in Iraq. The US has been bombing there- going back to 1991. Certainly, the current refugee/travel restriction situation is tied to a post Desert Shield militarized foreign policy.

A giant flag ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

Pregame update: 2017 Super Bowl: Houston weather means stadium roof closed for Patriots-Falcons

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beers require the least advertising.

Related:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

DOD Maintaining Freedom?

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Autumn Afternoon – Fort Casey

 

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DSC_0005 (2) In the news:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, airport & mall shootings, child abduction, etc.

 

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel:

“Of the 41 law enforcement agencies providing security, 25 of them are federal.”

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe?

(crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums)

Looks like federal security experts are on top of any concerns:

‘Operation Team Player’ nets $20M in fake sports merchandise

Somehow, heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into the area:

DEA maps show where Mexican drug cartels hold sway in Texas

Welcome Home Troops

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Background info:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

News tip/story idea

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Oak Harbor parking mayhem

 

DSC_0061 Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Heroin-trafficking cartel moves product into North Carolina:

Deputies: Largest heroin bust in Rowan Co. has ties to Mexican cartel

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

Statewide investigation leads to bust of Mexican heroin ring

“A 3-year-long federal, state and local heroin trafficking investigation ended this week with the arrests of three Mecklenburg County residents.”

 

DHS federal agents unable to keep $3.3 million in heroin from rolling up into Philadelphia:

Joint Investigation Leads To Major Drug Bust In Philadelphia

 

8 pounds of heroin moves past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Maine:

8 pounds of heroin seized in Sanford in state’s largest heroin bust in history

 

Ohio-

“Overdoses are coming in all the time and we’re constantly full on a day-to-day basis,” Harshbarger told CNN.

The accidental overdoses are from heroin and fentanyl, he said:

Coroner’s office running out of room because of overdose deaths

 

9 kilo’s of cocaine move past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Will County:

Major Cocaine Arrest In Will County

 

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, airport & mall shootings, child abduction, etc.

State-run media update:

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

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Photo- Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

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More info here: Whidbey Island Rocks

dsc_0261-copy In the news: Mayor Severns is headed to DC in March to support NAS Whidbey. A local petition tells us that “maintaining freedom” is part of what the base is about.

Maintaining freedom?

I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

When we return from an undeclared war or military conflict without a victory- what becomes of American rights and freedoms?

If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

 

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

A Land of Make Believe

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

 

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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Photo- Hill Road

 

dsc_0091 I’d have more respect for traditional veteran’s groups if they were to question or advocate for shutting down failed wars that never end.

New from DAV:

Many veterans were excited to see retired Marine Corps General James Mattis become the Secretary of Defense. This is how he spent his first full day in office.

 

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Whidbey surf- Fort Ebey

 

dsc_0153 Looks like Martin Luther King Day and the message of nonviolence on Monday did not create a lasting impression-

In the news: Fires, Bricks Mark Daylong Assault On Inaugural Festivities

 

New York Times: Watch Live: Women’s March on Washington (and Elsewhere)

Did failed wars that never end make the list of things to protest over the past 8 years?

Rejecting the groupthink here:

 

Will it now be cool for Port Townsend newspeople to question the Port Angeles Border Patrol?

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

During the last Republican administration:

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

Related news links here: Saying No to the federal government

2017 update:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

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Foggy morning- Libbey Beach

 

DSC_0015In the news: Seattle heroin safe injection sites

Seattle TV station: Find out how Heroin Hits Home

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $41.2 billion– how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

 

Heroin continues to move past a $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and into Seattle.

Newspeople ask zero questions about local Homeland Security/CBP staffing & their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area:

On death’s door: The fight to save a heroin addict’s life

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

Clallam County, WA

Forks newspaper features a three-part series on the “heroin epidemic.”

“The students at Forks High School care a lot about their community and are frustrated and saddened by the effects of substance abuse in their neighborhoods.”

 

Clallam County, WA

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep heroin out of Port Angeles.

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

 

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

More here: Welcome Home Troops – A Land of Make Believe Success Awaits

 

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South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

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dsc_0064State-run media updates:

Who needs a free & independent press when you can get state-run media updates related to any concern?

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

If special games require special security- what keeps regular games safe?

Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

 

Looks like heroin-trafficking cartels are not intimidated by a federal public affairs & marketing blitz:

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

 

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

 

Why heroin is Mexican drug cartels’ new product of choice

 

DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

 

Exclusive: Obama administration to launch new effort on heroin crisis

 

Refuge: Grandparents rescue grandkids from heroin crisis

 

Puget Sound Heroin

Instead of showing up to ask any questions- Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel.

What role do coastal patrol boats play in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

News links here: Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

More here:

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

Whidbey Heroin Boondoggle – Zero questions from the press

 

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Rush Hour – Nordland

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DSCN3049_003 If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Sports can be discussed in honest ways in mainstream media.

The Troops:

Richard T. Gromlich, retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard: “Today, our military members around the world continue to put service before self. They proudly serve to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve today. They are the best of best.”

More here: Armistice Day becomes teach children Wars are for Freedoms Day

 

The Press is ready with a military solution to the unsecured portion of the airport:

ABC News: More Armed Officers Could Help Prevent Airport Shootings: Expert

“They have become a common sight at many U.S. mass transit hubs since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — armed officers, such as National Guard members in camouflage and with weapons visible.”

It’s all a normal thing in NYC-

State-run media report:

The New York Times:

Away from home- failed wars that never end:

Obama Says He Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Than Planned

U.S. to Send 600 More Troops to Iraq to Help Retake Mosul From ISIS

US Sending 200 More Troops to Syria to Battle ISIS

 

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One of the locals- Port Hadlock