DSC_0084 In the news: NFL QB’s protest of national anthem riles some veterans

Many comments here.

Random thoughts:

Many vets here are claiming to have served to protect rights. 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. Women did not have full voting rights at the end of WWI.

At least one mention of freedoms granted by the constitution- the constitution does not grant rights or freedoms- it places limits on government.

Do groupthink obedience/conformity drills like the pledge of allegiance or standing for the national anthem get in the way of asking questions?

Do high levels of reverence for the flag lead to situations like the Vietnam War?

“…standing for the national anthem is a way for NFL players to honor the military.”

 

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DSC_0115 In the news: Everett set to ban high alcohol beer downtown

“The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board will decide Wednesday if there will be a ban of high alcohol drinks downtown.”

Elsewhere in Snohomish County:

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

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

In the news: Heroin overdose death rates rising faster in Snohomish than King, Pierce counties

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel Re: Coastal Interceptor Vessels:

‘We need that power’: New Interceptor vessels designed to stop smugglers built in Puget Sound

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

Have these U.S. Customs and Border Protection boats been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Snohomish again:

Nearly nine pounds of heroin get past Homeland Security coastal patrol boats & into Snohomish:

Police, agents haul in 9 pounds of heroin potentially worth millions

 

Seattle heroin-

Post 911 security protocols & massive DHS spending– still unable to keep heroin out of local communities:

Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping meth & heroin out of the US?

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

 

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Photo- Hand raised to ask: Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from local communities?

 

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DSC_0001 There is an ongoing effort to attract visitors to historic downtown Oak Harbor.

Many comments and suggestions here: Downtown Oak Harbor dilemma: Attracting shoppers proving to be a challenge

A few thoughts on this:

Entering Oak Harbor from the south- visitors are greeted by a trailer park on the left that looks to be having a bad day- every day. Nothing against trailer parks. In Coupeville- as you enter town from the ferry- on S. Engle Road- there is a trailer park on the right. It always looks well kept.

Maybe Oak Harbor business leaders could work with the landlord at this trailer park and assist in cleanup or in placing some landscaping between the property & the road.

After gathering an initial impression of Oak Harbor at the trailer park- visitors drive another half mile into town and look over to the left again. The corner lot has turned into a storage site for a number of 55 gallon drums. (photo at top of page)

Maybe lose the drums or build a fenced enclosure to conceal them.

I have spent time walking in historic downtown Oak Harbor and will do so again. Several businesses I’ve been very happy with: Skagit Cycle Center-Oak Harbor shop, Riverside Cafe & Lounge Oak Harbor, Dr. Dawn, Pony Mailing & Business Center, & Gene’s Art & Frame.

The Oak Harbor area is surrounded by pretty scenery- maybe just kick it up a notch.

DSC_0084 Do high levels of reverence for the flag mean people have stopped asking questions?

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- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

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.

Hey school teachers- If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed to vote at the end of WWI?

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

 

Public schools make small children memorize and recite a pledge to a flag.

How many adults start every day at work with a loyalty oath/pledge to a flag?

Does this obedience/conformity drill get in the way of asking questions?

Did high levels of reverence for the flag lead to the decades of undeclared/unwon wars that came after the 1940s? How about the 15 years of war that came after 911?

Is flag Idolatry for people who have stopped asking questions?

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DSC_0319 Near the north end of Perego’s Lagoon

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DSC_0002_005 In the news: Nephew featured in “Making a Murderer” may be freed

Brendan was not required to participate in any interviews with police, prosecutors, investigators, etc. Some will say he was a slow learner and was taken advantage of.

Public schools make small children memorize and recite a pledge to a flag. Maybe they should teach about limited government also.

Any school teachers or students out there who can tell us if basic individual rights are taught anytime prior to high school graduation?

Does the average student- prior to high school graduation- understand that they are not required to participate in any interviews with police, prosecutors, & investigators?

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Possibly of interest: Land of Information Suppression

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DSC_0006 Image from about a year ago here.

DSC_0131 Group identities, head of the line privileges, dividing people into groups of first & second-class citizens away from military bases, civilian-military divide, etc.
 
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Nasty Notes & Veterans Parking

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

Cult-Like Idolatry? No Thanks

Veterans

 

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DSC_0025 2 The US should maintain a strong & ready military- to be used for defensive purposes- not nation building. People should have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces and be able to freely question public policy. Lately, an ongoing militarization of American culture is taking hold- almost to the point of a cult-like idolatry.

Last weekend in Seattle-

From comments:

“That BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF FREEDOM….Our Angle’s are watching over us…”

Because freedom comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas, a 3rd try in Iraq, a no-show on 911, etc.

Everyone’s in on it:

School teachers-

School children are raised not to ask questions. The pledge of allegiance conformity drill emphasizes this.

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- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

No such thing as Veterans Day assemblies at the public schools I attended in the 60s & 70s. Back then- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

 

TV Sports/entertainment industry-

Each football game features militarized tributes to decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

 

Newspeople-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel. Zero questions asked about the decades of undeclared/unwon wars that came after the 1940s.

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Politicians-

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates are OK with ongoing, undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

The majority of voters will align with one of these two parties.

 

Businesspeople-

They like to promote the idea that everyone who showed up for the military is a hero.

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who has served in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who have served over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.

Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

Reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy makes more sense than “Thanks for your service.”

 

Veterans-

They love to get in on the self-promotion:

Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

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

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

More here: Voting Myths

 

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

The worst of it is individuals who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? 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?

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas on the web- why would you be scolded for doing so?

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

Military Myths & Propaganda

Glorifying military service

Veterans

How Many Wars?

Voting Myths

Goodbye Armistice Day

Raised Not to Ask Questions

 

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Photo- Nordland Transit Center

 

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DSC_0084School teachers-

School children are raised not to ask questions. The pledge of allegiance ritual emphasizes this.

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- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

Love to see a student ask: If the wars aren’t won- how can they protect our freedom?

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

Veterans Day was established in 1954, after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?

How many US wars have been won since the first Armed Forces day was observed on May 20, 1950?

 

Newspeople-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel. Zero questions asked about the decades of undeclared/unwon wars that came after the 1940s.

 

Politicians-

In the news: Fla. congresswoman visits deployed mothers in Afghanistan

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates are OK with ongoing, undeclared/unwon wars overseas, the drug war racket, & a secretive, wasteful and ineffective Dept. of Homeland Security.

Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

The majority of voters will align with one of these two parties.

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

Military Myths & Propaganda

Glorifying military service

Veterans

How Many Wars?

Voting Myths

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

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Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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DSC_0003 We’ve been here for three years now. When we first moved in- we cleaned melted phone books out of the ditch because they were delivered to people who did not want them.

Recommendation-

Send an opt in postcard to postal customers. Those who want a new phone book can check the box and have one delivered with their mail or to their home. Please do not dump phone books on and around mailboxes.

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Possibly of interest: Opt out of getting a telephone directory

More here:

Appeals court rules against Seattle’s curbs on yellow pages

“As a result, for every household in the country, the default setting is still to get the yellow pages each year. You can opt out, but few people are aware of the option, and some critics say the lack of accountability makes the system pretty noneffective. My brother, for instance, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, opted out online and still had the yellow pages delivered from Hibu last month.”

Rant over.

 

DSC_022475 minutes ago- or 75 years ago?

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