Chasing breakfast

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Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

Coupeville

Took a ferry ride and went to see my sister yesterday. At the end of our visit she pointed out the new flag she had placed at the front of her home and asked why she didn’t see one when she came to visit us on July 4th. I was able to provide her with some answers.

Bait and switch on incentives used to get people to stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces

No matter what political party or personality is in power, there are ongoing moves to modify what people thought they were earning in exchange for 20 years of unrestricted worldwide service.

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.

 

Undeclared/Unwon Wars That Never End

No matter what political party or personality is in power, the wars roll on.

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.

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.

 

The Heroin Racket

We’re told that we are in a life and death struggle in the War on Terror. Bad people will come here to destroy our American way of life if we don’t send The Troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2009, we need a special ID to go have lunch in Canada and then return home.

Seems like strict post-911 security protocols, the War on Terror, and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security would be a drug cartel’s worst nightmare.

No matter what political party or personality is in power there is no shortage of cartel-sourced meth or heroin anywhere in the US.

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

Welcome Home Troops

 

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Oak Harbor

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

Oak Harbor

Fooling Visitors to Oak Harbor

 

Coupeville

Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

Coupeville waterfront WDFW page

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

 

Coupeville

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

Don’t book a bed and breakfast stay in Coupeville and plan to walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations.

Traffic leaving ferry advised to take a fuel-efficient double the distance route to get to downtown Coupeville.

 

Island County

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

$225,000 federal grant goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

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?

What impact has Homeland Security grant money had in keeping heroin and meth away from Island County?

 

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Waiting on a wave – Fort Ebey

 

Mount Baker from Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor scene

In the news: Washington driver’s licenses change July 1 to comply with REAL ID

Love to see newspeople schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 8 years.

New, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility is unable to keep heroin away from local communities:

Federal, local officers make drug arrests in Port Angeles

Forks Father and Son Arrested For Heroin Sales

What role does Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure play in keeping heroin and meth away from the Olympic Peninsula? (Not asking if they react after product arrives in local communities.)

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin? Even one time?

 

If special ID works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving product into US communities in 2018?

Seems like strict post-911 security protocols & the War on Terror would be a drug cartel’s worst nightmare. What does our a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security have to say about all this?

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

So critical to the safety of America- the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of have until Oct. 1, 2020 to make use of a weaker standard:

Homeland Security Establishes Enforcement Date for Real ID

 

Ohio

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Forced separation of migrant children from their parents, National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Ohio:

June 20th, 2018 NPR: A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

“…Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth.”

“What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore,” says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.

“They are more violent,” says Ryan Cain, the lead detective on counternarcotics for the county. He says in a rural county with a culture of hunting, it’s not uncommon to encounter meth users who are hallucinating — and carrying a gun.

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.

 

West Texas counties:

San Angelo Car Salesman Pushed a Pound of Meth a Day

 

Minnesota:

Immigration is not the only border issue

“Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall Noon Rotary Club that the Mexican drug cartel is flooding Minnesota with methamphetamine.”

 

Fayette County, Texas:

Local authorities swing into action after $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine moves past National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Fayette County.

Fayette Co. K9 sniffs out major meth bust

 

Western Wisconsin:

‘Beyond An Epidemic’: Meth Abuse Skyrocketing In Polk County, Wis.

 

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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

State-run media update:

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Photo- A symbol of federal government credibility and newspeople asking questions.

 

In the news:

NYPD ramping up 4th of July security, but no credible threats

No credible threat to Esplanade fireworks celebration, officials say

D.C. police chief: ‘No credible threat’ of attack on Fourth of July

Los Angeles Police say no threat to July 4 celebrations after Ohio terror plot

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.

Elsewhere in the War on Terror:

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

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Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system not to leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

Another round trip ferry crossing the other day. No security screening at either terminal.

On occasion, the press will do a story on a ferry security drill.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

More here: Washington State Ferries Security

Recent fatality at Anacortes Ferry Terminal:

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

 

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“Keystone terminal gives way to ‘Coupeville’ ferry”

“The name change will help eliminate confusion visitors may find when they research ways to travel to Whidbey Island.”

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island- no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

Don’t book a bed and breakfast stay in Coupeville and plan to walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations.

Photo below- Keystone ferry inbound.

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Looking for the Coupeville ferry

Proper Geographic Names

 

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Photo at top of page:

Traffic leaving ferry advised to take a fuel-efficient double the distance route to get to downtown Coupeville.

 

Looking south towards Perego’s Lagoon.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

From the Bluff Trail

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen: Jan 24th, 2018

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.”

The press asks zero questions about where this statistic came from.

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

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Forced separation of migrant children from their parents, National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Ohio:

June 20th, 2018 NPR:  A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

“…Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth.”

“What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore,” says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.

“They are more violent,” says Ryan Cain, the lead detective on counternarcotics for the county. He says in a rural county with a culture of hunting, it’s not uncommon to encounter meth users who are hallucinating — and carrying a gun.

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 $40.6 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.

 

West Texas counties:

San Angelo Car Salesman Pushed a Pound of Meth a Day

 

Minnesota:

Immigration is not the only border issue

“Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall Noon Rotary Club that the Mexican drug cartel is flooding Minnesota with methamphetamine.”

 

Fayette County, Texas:

Local authorities swing into action after $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine moves past National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Fayette County.

Fayette Co. K9 sniffs out major meth bust

 

Western Wisconsin:

‘Beyond An Epidemic’: Meth Abuse Skyrocketing In Polk County, Wis.

 

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, mass casualty shootings, etc.

State-run media update:

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Photo- A symbol of the free press and federal government credibility

 

Walking past Perego’s Lagoon.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

North of Perego’s Lagoon – just off the Bluff Trail.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

North of Perego’s Lagoon – just off the Bluff Trail.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

Ebey’s Bluff Trail Loop

More here: No collecting or burning driftwood

 

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Photos- Firewood that got away and became driftwood.

 

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

Looking north towards Perego’s Lagoon.

How to get there: Two Bluff Trails

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June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

 

Photo at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

The beach above (MONROE LANDING) is on the north shore of Penn Cove. Here is another beach on the south shore with the same status:

Public Clam and Oyster Beaches: COUPEVILLE

More here: Penn Cove – Treated Water Not Safe?

 

 

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Looking north towards the San Juan Islands