In the news:

Feb 15th, 2018

CNN News video: Keeping a lid on emotions and being a great speaker at the scene of the crime School shooting survivor to lawmakers: ‘You need to take some action’

MSNBC News video: 2:11 “18 mass shootings this year at schools”

Washington Post: No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.

Q13 FOX News video: Sales of bulletproof school supplies, like backpacks, jump after shootings

Feb 16th, 2018

New York Times: F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act

Washington Post: The FBI said it failed to act on a tip about the suspected Florida school shooter’s potential for violence

US Army accelerates process for awarding heroism medals. United States Military Academy accelerates process for awarding admissions.

Washington Post: JROTC members killed in Florida school shooting receive Medal of Heroism; one is admitted to West Point posthumously

Alternative/independent media- asking questions: “Is it possible that depressed teenagers are more deadly than the most elite warriors on earth? Does it seem strange that after mass shootings, hundreds who were there give no specifics?”

Are there any images or videos that show evidence of the suspect in action?

Being expelled from school- does that function similar to a restraining order?

Sun-Sentinel: “Authorities answered about 20 calls about school shooter Nikolas Cruz in the past few years, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday.” Sheriff’s Office to investigate earlier calls about confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Feb 20th, 2018

Army Times: Florida Governor Rick Scott orders National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by attending funeral services and paying respect to the JROTC members lost in the recent school shooting.

Feb 21st, 2018

CNBC: Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

Feb 22nd, 2018

Washington Post: Talk of banning all semiautomatic weapons.

First Responder not responding?

CNN News video: Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says

Sheriff says video may never be released. It looks like it may take some time to get this all figured out. This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Problems with school surveillance video:

Sun Sentinel: ‘Communication failure’ led to 20-minute delay in school shooting video, chief says

“In the weeks to come, Coral Springs police will conduct an internal review, the chief said, to discover any mistakes that were made and learn from them.” This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Feb 23rd, 2018

Daily Wire: BREAKING: CNN Reports FOUR Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred

Feb 24th, 2018

CNN: “The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN that it is investigating the claims that, in addition to Peterson, three other deputies did not try to enter the high school after the shooting began.”

 

Alternative/independent media- asking questions:

 

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

In the news: CACI keeps $60M Army National Guard media support contract

“$60 million contract to help the Army National Guard develop and deliver marketing messages across media markets…”

 

More from the press: Sequim man sentenced in drug, gun case

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working?

What methods are failing?

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of the free press

 

Two Bluff Trails

I’ve never been one to say that military benefits are inadequate. Just stick with whatever was offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re good.

Over the past few months, things have gone downhill.

DeCA can’t keep the shelves stocked. A year ago- things were good. Not anymore.

The plan is to save money by defunding the commissaries. Less people will want to shop there after the transition, then we’ll have the numbers to show that it makes no sense to continue to support funding for the commissaries.

Message sent by DeCA to The Troops:

Not seeing any “this offer expires on” date here.

 

 

DFAS can’t mail out IRS Form 1095. No problem with this a year ago.

Extended time on hold with DFAS to request 1095 form results in being transferred to TRICARE. Message during TRICARE holding time tells us to contact DFAS. After another extended time on hold, TRICARE says they are unable to send out the form because of some sort of problem with their system. No attempt is made to update web sites so people will know what to expect or to reduce phone calls.

Each one of these agencies maintains a Facebook page. It’s easy to post comments there, and people are letting them know how things are going.

Recommendation for budget savings:

Phase out ongoing undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of Support The Troops Nonsense & federal government credibility

 

Photo above: looking northwest towards Point Partridge.

A line from Point Partridge to Point Wilson is the eastern boundary of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. To the south is Admiralty Inlet.

Listen for the Point Partridge bell buoy on days with any wave action. When the time is right, look for surfers here.

More here: Two Bluff Trails

Fort Ebey Bluff Trail

Fort Ebey

Coupeville

Same spot in 2016: Flooded field – Coupeville

Yearly rain: 4.38 in. (YTD)
YTD Rain Last Year: 1.39 in.

Thanks for your multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan guys. Sorry, we’re spending so much on undeclared/unwon wars that we can’t pay for the benefits that were in place last time you re-enlisted.

On-base grocery sales are falling rapidly. Can the military keep commissaries alive?

The plan is to save money by defunding the commissaries. Less people will want to shop there after the transition, then we’ll have the numbers to show that it makes no sense to continue to support funding the commissaries.

 

We didn’t plan for this.

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949. This would be the time to look hard at how much all this costs.

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

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of checks and balances & federal government credibility.

 

Fort Ebey

Coupeville

Same spot in 2016: Flooded field – Coupeville

Yearly rain: 4.38 in. (YTD)
YTD Rain Last Year: 1.39 in.

Fort Ebey

Vendor info here.

Market info here.

Vendor info here.

Market info here.

In the news: “Langley cop saves man from opiate overdose”

“Evan Thompson / The Record — Langley Police Officer Charlie Liggitt used Narcan to save a Langley man from overdosing on heroin.

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.

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

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?

More here:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

News links: News tip/story idea

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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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

KOMO News Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

On the national scene:

Cartels are OK with prescription painkiller restrictions, because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep heroin out of local communities.

Cartels are OK with restrictions on supplies needed to make meth because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep cartels from moving product into local communities:

New York Times: Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

Reno Gazette-Journal: Oregon meth deaths soar as opioid deaths decline

Welcome Home Troops

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

Homeland Security grant money at work – Port of Anacortes

 

Whidbey Island

Vendor info here.

Market info here.

Vendor info here.

Market info here.

Market info here.

Working Waterfront

Anacortes

Anacortes

From Anacortes

Hat Island – lower right.

Anacortes

Feb, 2018

In the news: A sensitive DHS report about anthrax got outed — because it was left in a plane’s seat pocket

Another source:

“Recipients of the draft “after-action” reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding.”

 

Back in 2011 – The Garage Sale Incident:

Charge: Bellingham man tried to sell border security map found at garage sale

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale.

Quite a story about the bad guy & his fate.

Zero reporting on how these sensitive documents left the workplace. Any violation of procedures?

“It’s not known how Rankin got the government documents, as Ellsworth said authorities were told several stories.”

Not known how Rankin got ahold of the documents?

Why try to change the story now?

The embarrassing connection to a garage sale has been out since October 2011.

Question to ask:

How do sensitive DHS documents leave the workplace without being signed out for official business?

Were government officials held accountable in any way?

“We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their hard work, commitment and dedication to this case” said Chief Patrol Agent John Bates of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector.

Chief Bates-

Were procedures violated Re: handling of sensitive documents?

What steps have been taken to prevent a similar event from happening again?

How does the US Department of Homeland Security compare to the US Navy in working to prevent such incidents?

Navy COs get fired for this sort of stuff.

In the DOD/US Armed Forces- sensitive documents/computer disks, etc. are tightly controlled.

These procedures are not new- & serve to prevent misplaced/sensitive documents from being released to the public at garage sales.

People without a proper security clearance & need to know- do not have access to sensitive documents.

We are talking about DHS- an agency tasked with preventing another 911.

Original blog: The Garage Sale Incident

 

Elsewhere on the local scene-

Oct, 2010

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA:

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors.

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Did any government employees lose their job related to the 2010 & 2011 stories above?

Was there any follow-up from the press anywhere in the Puget Sound area related to the 2010 & 2011 stories here?

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Amphibious landing – Blaine Sector

 

After bragging about intense security to protect your freedoms, and nearly two years of planning– fans get the word that 40 federal agencies and 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard, are not enough to keep the big game safe enough for the traditional tailgating scene that takes place at similar size stadiums all season long every year:

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

COPS TO EAGLES FANS: NO TAILGATING AT SUPER BOWL

Security on hand to make sure everyone enjoys a happy, safe & fun game day:

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

A Giant Flag Ritual before the game will make it all good.

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beer requires the least advertising.

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill

School teachers, Congress, the press, and people in general have taken a vacation from asking questions.

Checks and balances are gone.

School teachers-

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea that The Troops are in distant lands- fighting for American rights and freedoms.

 

Congress-

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949.

In the news: Trump orders U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay kept open indefinitely

“Other officials favor trial for terrorism suspects in federal courts. Since 2001, federal prosecutors have obtained hundreds of convictions in international terrorism cases.”

In previous undeclared wars, how did the US deal with prisoners without a Guantanamo Bay prison facility?

School teachers- whatever happened to Armistice Day?

More here: Glorifying Military Service

 

Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?

More here: Land of the Free Nonsense – Marijuana

 

The press-

The press is meant to function as a form of checks and balances- no matter who has been elected to public office.

MSN News: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

CBS Philly: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

Posting a press release from a federal agency is all there is to reporting the news. Reporters asking questions? Not a chance.

No Credible Threat?

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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

The folks who can’t keep Heroin-Trafficking Cartels from moving product into local communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe.

CBP Public Affairs Officer interviews CBP Supervisory Office of Field Operations Officer.

Federal employees creating the news:

Did sending The Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan make US more safe?

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More here: DHS Creates its Own News Reports for the Super Bowl

 

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?

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Shallow water – Fort Casey

 

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

“Comments are disabled for this video.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Counterfeit goods crackdown:

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking retail items after they show up in Minneapolis? Did the confiscated items make it through any port of entry?

In the news:

“Minnesota opioid deaths rise despite attention, intervention”

“Last year was the first, since the opioid epidemic emerged in the late 1990s, in which heroin was implicated in more deaths (147) than common opioid painkillers (140), the Star Tribune’s analysis found.”

“Meth use is growing problem in Minnesota, North Dakota”

“Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine currently flowing into the Upper Midwest comes largely from Mexican cartels.”

“Falkowski explains how people now get meth from Mexico and Interstate 35 is a direct connection between that country and Canada. Of course, Minnesota is a stop along the way.”

 

Welcome Home Troops. We’re producing public affairs videos and looking for fake sports merchandise after it arrives in retail outlets.

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

A Giant Flag Ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

 

When the press gets a chance to ask questions- they play the role of federal public affairs personnel instead:

Black Hawk helicopters to patrol skies on Super Bowl Sunday

Any similar plan in place on 911?

More here: Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

 

In the news:

Super Bowl brings massive security resources to Minneapolis

“He said there is no credible threat to the Super Bowl…”

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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

 

Don’t miss our companion blog- found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- New Day at Port Hadlock