Dec. 9, 2019 The Washington Post

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS

WHAT THEY SAID IN PUBLIC

Sept. 4, 2013

This army and this police force have been very, very effective in combat against the insurgents every single day. And I think that’s an important story to be told across the board.”

Then-Army Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, praising the Afghan security forces during a press briefing from Kabul. Milley is now a four-star general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

July 11, 2019 CNN

Trump pick to be top general says he will ‘not be intimidated into making stupid decisions’

“I’ll give my best military advice, it will be candid, it will be honest, it will be rigorous and thorough and that’s what I will do every single time.”

“Arlington is full of our comrades and we understand absolutely full well the hazards of our chosen profession, we know what this is about and we are not going to be intimidated into making stupid decisions.”

 

Paid spokespeople in uniform continue to claim that the Afghanistan effort is moving forward:

Dec. 9, 2019 Military Times

Senior enlisted leaders react to Afghanistan papers: ‘I’ve never been lied to’

 

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

Will reverting to WWII uniforms help to smooth things out?

Keeping children in the game:

General Milley did a better job with the military families outreach vid.

Compare to Dawn Goldfein’s expression at 1:05

 

If undeclared/unwon wars continue over the next 50 years, will Americans still believe these wars are for freedom?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Related:

Lies And Propaganda For Your Freedoms

New War on Terror Leadership

 

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No crowds today at Fort Ebey.

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

A three-year legal battle to publish government documents reveals that no matter which political party or personality is at the wheel, Dept. of Defense/War on Terror credibility has been squandered.

Dec. 9, 2019 The Washington Post

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS

“When they were leaked in 1971, the Pentagon Papers caused a sensation by revealing the government had long misled the public about how the United States came to be embroiled in Vietnam.”

“But throughout the Afghan war, documents show that U.S. military officials have resorted to an old tactic from Vietnam — manipulating public opinion.”

“John Garofano, a Naval War College strategist who advised Marines in Helmand province in 2011, said military officials in the field devoted an inordinate amount of resources to churning out color-coded charts that heralded positive results.”

 

Paid spokespeople in uniform continue to claim that the effort is moving forward:

Dec. 9, 2019 Military Times

Senior enlisted leaders react to Afghanistan papers: ‘I’ve never been lied to’

 

Iraq

December 6, 2019 Caitlin Johnstone

Pro Tip: Mentally Replace All Uses Of “Conspiracy Theorist” With “Iraq Rememberer”

“…no new laws were passed mandating more government transparency or accountability with its military operations, no war crimes tribunals took place, no new policies were put into place. No one even got fired.”

“The Iraq war isn’t some event that happened in the past; everything about it is still here with us, right now.”

“The use of the word “conspiracy” is studiously avoided by the narrative managers of the political/media class who are tasked with the assignment of teaching us how to think about our world…”

“The pejorative “conspiracy theory” has been such a useful weapon in inoculating the herd from dissident wrongthink that the propagandists do everything they can to avoid tainting their brand, even if it means refraining from using words for the things that they refer to.”

Powerful people and institutions secretly coordinating with each other to do evil things is the absolute worst-case scenario for the rest of the population; it is precisely the thing we fear when we allow people and institutions to have power over us.”

 

A few of our own questions:

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Did the advantage of Guantanamo, indefinite detention without trial and torture allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be won or shut down?

Did the advantage of NATO allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

Did the advantage of the US Intelligence Community, which includes 17 separate US government intelligence agencies, allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

If undeclared/unwon wars continue over the next 50 years, will Americans still believe these wars are for freedom?

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

Will reverting to WWII uniforms help to smooth things out?

If sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why do cartels continue to move product into Hometown, USA?

Welcome Home Troops

Don’t worry- The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Related:

Wars for Freedom?

A Formal Congressional Declaration of War

Fake Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Right To Vote is Protected by the U.S. Armed Forces?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Reinventing Military Uniforms

 

 

 

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A symbol of freedom, federal government credibility and school teachers not asking questions.

 

US Troops at the border, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, border wall efforts and the Post 911 surveillance state (fusion centers, license scanners, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, & social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, tracking of cell phones, etc.) appear to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

Dec 8th, 2019 ABC 7 Chicago

FBI says it presumes base shooting was act of terrorism

 

No Credible Threat?

The War on Terror has prompted law enforcement authorities to calm the public by looking into the future and announcing that no credible threat exists.

This press release features no questions from newspeople:

Dec 7, 2019 WKRG

FBI: No credible threat toward Pensacola community at this time

Where was the threat forecast last week?

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.

More here:

Lack of News Reporting Hurts Newspaper Subscriptions?

Port Angeles Drug War Covered By Press Release

Drowning in Meth

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

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These days, WWII veterans are sought out to be guests of honor at ball games, parades, etc.

Some of these events seem to go off pretty well. In some cases, rather than honoring veterans, it looks like these guys are being used for marketing and promotional events, staged to benefit something other than veterans.

0:12 the man is barely conscious when greeted by team owner Jerry Jones:

The US Army is reverting to WWII uniforms.

Love to see the press get out & away from the special occasions and marketing events to interview WWII veterans on what they think of undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

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

Related:

Militarized Parking Lots

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Veterans

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

A Formal Congressional Declaration of War

 

 

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Posted some thoughts over here.

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

 

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Monica’s Mom ( A traditional woman from North Carolina ) said music stars made better music before they got off drugs.

 

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Local beachcombing

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

October 21, 2019 The Pew Trusts

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

Various stories cry out for news reporting.

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Zero questions from newspeople:

Is Port Angeles CBP at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 9 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

Plenty of questions here:

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Why are Border Patrol arrest statistics secret at Port Angeles?

March 19, 2014 Sequim Gazette

Agent counters allegations of ‘boredom’

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

Go and ask the FBI for Chicago bank robbery statistics. You’ll get the numbers. They won’t tell you that statistics/public records must be withheld because stats would assist bank robbers if they were shared with the public.

What other law enforcement agencies, anywhere in the US maintain secret arrest statistics?

Washington State Patrol shares DUI arrest statistics on social media here:

“Our #WSP District 8 troopers removed 1,429 impaired drivers from the roads in 2018.”

“Here is a breakdown of what it looks like in each of our 7 counties.”

Elsewhere, when CBP has something to brag about- the public is promptly notified:

Border Patrol K-9 Sniffs out Cocaine Hidden in Dashboard

Border Patrol Stops Drug Smuggler on I-8

Border Patrol Agent’s Public Safety Check Turns into Heroin Bust

 

Puget Sound area newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Local press tells us that the area is Drowning in Meth

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry- The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns.

Annual Super Bowl security roll out:

December 3, 2019 CBS4 Miami

Critical Super Bowl 54 Security Meeting Held At Hard Rock Stadium

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?

Love to see newspeople ask: What stops terrorists from going 2 states over and driving a truck across the playground at a daycare center?

 

Have enhanced background checks for firearms in WA State reduced gun crimes?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014:

November 4, 2014 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Washington voters choose gun control; huge majority in Seattle area

 

Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases, Initiative 594 (2014)

“Furthermore, the initiative rendered it illegal to hand off a firearm to people outside a person’s immediate family, though exceptions were mentioned, including situations in which people are at a shooting range or hunting.”

Looks like frequent gun crimes roll on.

Enhanced background checks approved back in 2014 have had time to take hold.

Any reporting or updates on this?

More here: Guns in Washington State

 

One or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

Coupeville

Love to see newspeople provide updated reporting on this:

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

Source: WDFW

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

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

Source: WDFW

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

Stewardship is a priority:

Sign below educates the public on local waters.

Saratoga Passage Marine Stewardship Area

Back in 2017, Island County Public Health posted a sign at the Coupeville Wharf about restrictions on recreational shellfish harvesting. I saw no warning signs on 5/21/19 at Monroe Landing.

Image below taken on a March 24, 2019 Penn Cove site visit.

WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

 

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?

Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat

Back in 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.”

Has there been any post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey Island?

More here: Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Any members of the free press available to show up and ask why the people of Louisiana need services in Iraq, absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war?

State-run media update:

Aug 1, 2019 Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Plaquemine National Guard unit deploys to Iraq

Defending this nation in Iraq:

“…you chose to be one of the ones that stepped forward, raised your right hand and swore to defend this nation.”

They did show up. As always, no questions were asked:

Jul 31, 2019 KALB

Louisiana-based National Guard unit to deploy to Iraq

 

Local press promotes the idea that wars are for freedom:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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?

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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

 

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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

The world we live in can get caught up in emotion and misunderstandings.

Less name calling, less bumper sticker slogans, less us vs. them, and more honest discussion, please.

Just started a new blog category: More Discussion Please

Here is the blog that started it off:

Boomer?

Various issues cry out for more discussion. I linked several posts here.

 

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Low tide at Point Wilson

 

Posted some thoughts over here.

 

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South Indian Island

 

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations/US Troops in distant lands, or the Sound of Freedom:

0:20

Probably designed by some bureaucrat that never mowed a yard:

The many examples:

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Just Be Honest.

Stop with the glorification of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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.

More here:

Fake Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Reinventing Military Uniforms

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

 

 

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

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Fort Ebey surf

 

 

Late November weather – We’ll take it

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Turned off the likes button after collecting too many likes from spammers/scammers or whatever they are.

WordPress does not seem to offer any way to mark these as spam/report them/block them, etc.

It’s been going on for a long time:

Nov 2, 2012

WordPress Likes Spammers

Jul 22, 2013

+1 for the suggestion to have the ability to moderate likes.”

Jun 19, 2018

Just as there now is a way to remove unwanted followers there should be a way to delete unwanted ‘Likes’ and whatever ‘they’ link too.”

Another issue:

Reblog button has disappeared from blogs

 

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Photo- Waiting on a wave at Fort Ebey

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

The formal congressional declaration of war would also be the time for a careful review of important issues such as: PTSD, suicide, war crimes, a $6.4 trillion price tag, lies about freedom, propaganda, dressing women to look like men, exit strategy, mission creep, nation building, reduction of traditional military benefits offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who should register for the draft, etc.

More here:

Fake Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Reinventing Military Uniforms

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Looking north towards the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

 

Life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns.

Nov. 24, 2019 The Spokesman-Review

Federal facial recognition is coming to Sea-Tac Airport

CBP has set an Oct. 1, 2021, deadline to use facial recognition to screen international passengers at the nation’s top 20 airports – including Sea-Tac.”

 

REAL ID too:

Get ready to enjoy your $6.4 trillion worth of War on Terror freedom over at the airport with your REAL ID card:

Nov. 7, 2019 The Seattle Times

Is your Washington driver’s license compliant with REAL ID? We’ve got answers to your questions.

“Starting Oct. 1, 2020, airline travelers aged 18 and older will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant state ID or driver’s license — or another accepted form of identification, like a passport — in order to fly within the United States.”

Bring some cash to pay a little extra for that special WA ID card:

Get your EDL/EID

Hey-with all this talk of freedom-can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) and her REAL ID down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Terrorists must not be trying very hard.

The more tortuous inspection procedures become out at the airport-the more I wonder what prevents terrorists from disrupting security in that crowded part of the airport just outside of the screening checkpoint.

What stops hardcore terrorists from blowing themselves up in crowded airports just prior to showing ID or being face scanned at security checkpoints?

Terrorists have access to hundreds of crowded public places in the US-free of federal supervision, screening, scanning, pat downs, etc., why aren’t they blowing themselves up at these locations?

Blogged about this back in 2012.

Since then:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 9 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping meth and 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

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

2019-

KING 5 News

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

Peninsula Daily News

Clallam health official: Narcan helping to cut overdose deaths

“About half of the overdoses have been from prescription drugs, not heroin, she said.” What about the other half?

 

Was sending US troops to Iraq & Afghanistan meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things?

Was a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things?

Looks like some weak links are in place.

 

Hey newspeople,

We all want to stay safe.

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.

October 23, 2019, Q13 News video:

‘The Pacific Northwest is drowning in methamphetamine:’ 17 arrested in major drug trafficking operation

Drowning in methamphetamine?

Looks like a decade of checking passports/enhanced and Real IDs at the border has not kept bad guys from moving product into the Puget Sound area.

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry- The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Since 911, have people been at risk out at the airport because there has not been any requirement for REAL ID in order to fly within the United States?

When you finish your Armistice Day tributes, maybe you could ask some questions on this.

 

Related: Papers, Please! – The Identity Project

 

Personal blog here:

Drowning in Meth

Fake Freedom Isn’t Free

Wars for Freedom?

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

 

 

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A symbol of freedom, federal government credibility and newspeople not asking questions.

 

BeerAdvocate:

Topcutter floaties – why?

What it looked like last time I had one.

More info:

Ask Bob Brewer: “Floaties” in Craft Beer

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

Probably some of this going on too.

 

A good day to work outside for a few hours, then wind down at about the start of rush hour time.

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

Probably some of this going on too.

 

Tore down the old compost pile today. We started it about 12 months ago. It’s time to make room to start a new pile, now that the leaves are off the trees.

What would’t fit in containers was dumped in the garden. We’ll share it out to individual trees and shrubs, then till what’s left into the ground.

 

May 5, 2019 The New York Times

To Stand Out, the Army Picks a New Uniform With a World War II Look

“Probably not by coincidence, that’s what the Army was wearing the last time the nation celebrated total victory in a major war.”

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

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.

 

Public Appearances

The Army had it right at one time.

Ditto for the Navy.

Today, it looks like there’s no time to change out of camo prior to showing up to the elementary school, race track, television appearance, etc.

Do the folks who stage televised reunions also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

Service members who show up for surprise reunions at ball games made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom?

Love to see newspeople ask WWII veterans for their take on undeclared/unwon wars that never end. Is a retro uniform an improvement?

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

 

Credit to the USMC for not showing up in camo.

US Marine Corps

“THE MCCUU IS A FIELD UNIFORM AND IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR WEAR IN A CIVILIAN ENVIRONMENT.”

 

More here:

Fake Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

 

 

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Gee whiz guys.

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Now this:

Nov 14, 2019 Stars and Stripes

Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost American Taxpayers $6.4 trillion, Study Finds

 

Get ready to enjoy your $6.4 trillion worth of freedom over at the airport with your REAL ID card:

Nov. 7, 2019 The Seattle Times

Is your Washington driver’s license compliant with REAL ID? We’ve got answers to your questions.

“Starting Oct. 1, 2020, airline travelers aged 18 and older will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant state ID or driver’s license — or another accepted form of identification, like a passport — in order to fly within the United States.”

Bring some cash to pay a little extra for that special WA ID card:

Get your EDL/EID

Hey-with all this talk of freedom-can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) and her REAL ID down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Hey-newspeople, we all want to stay safe.

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.

October 23, 2019, Q13 News video:

‘The Pacific Northwest is drowning in methamphetamine:’ 17 arrested in major drug trafficking operation

Drowning in methamphetamine?

Looks like a decade of checking passports/enhanced and Real IDs at the border has not kept bad guys from moving product into the Puget Sound area.

Since 911, have people been at risk out at the airport because there has not been any requirement for REAL ID in order to fly within the United States?

When you finish your Armistice Day tributes, maybe you could ask some questions on this.

 

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.

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

Why are we told that American rights and freedoms are somehow connected to decades of 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.

 

More here:

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Drowning in Meth

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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

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Nov 12, 2019 Sioux City Journal

PHOTOS: Freedom rocks in eight Iowa counties

 

If undeclared/unwon wars continue over the next 50 years, will Americans still believe these wars are for freedom?

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

 

November 13, 2019 The Future of Freedom Foundation

America’s Soldiers Did Not Fight or Die for Freedom

 

Why do we speak of the US Armed Forces as if they function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

 

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.

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Just Be Honest.

 

More here:

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Port Townsend scene

 

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Veterans in uniform salute themselves:

More here:

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 Global Sport Matters

Opinion: Sports helping prop up ‘plastic patriotism’

I served to protect the rights of Americans, the freedoms, including the right to freedom of speech contained in the very Constitution I took an oath to support.”

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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.

 

If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, kneel, etc.- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

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

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Freedom of Speech

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

Is there any case in which 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?

1965

Did the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

Was it the Viet Cong that restricted rights to freedom of speech or expression in public schools?

JUNE 10, 2019 TIME

High School Students’ Graduation Speeches Keep Getting Censored. But They’re Seen by Millions Anyway

“In 1965, a young Iowa middle schooler named Mary Beth Tinker decided to wear a black armband to school to protest the war in Vietnam. She was suspended for doing so, eventually leading to 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In a 7-2 decision, the court found that students at public schools maintain their First Amendment right to free speech.”

More here:

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

We’re the best at giant flag rituals.

Newspeople promote the latest marketing strategy developments:

Do the folks who honor veterans also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

More here:

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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A symbol of freedom, federal government credibility and newspeople not asking questions.

 

Why are flag rituals part of routine sporting events?

August 7, 2019 The Future of Freedom Foundation

Welfare-Warfare State “Freedom” and “Patriotism”

“…from the time the United States was founded, through the entire 19th century, and until the early part of the 20th century, the American people did not have a national anthem or a Pledge of Allegiance.”

 

November 7, 2019 Cato Institute

Trump Wants to Escalate the Already Disastrous Drug War in Mexico

“…the last thing the United States needs to do is become bogged down in another endless, unwinnable war.”

“Trump and other drug warriors refuse to face the reality that as long as the United States retains a policy of drug prohibition, violence in Mexico likely will get worse, not better.”

 

November 7, 2019 The Future of Freedom Foundation

Another Drug-War Massacre

“…Send in the U.S. military and the CIA into Mexico.”

“Just ask the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Bombs, missiles, shootings, arrests, indefinite detention, torture, raids, prison camps, kangaroo military tribunals, extra-judicial executions, warrantless searches, and state-sponsored assassinations.”

“As we have been saying here at The Future of Freedom Foundation for 30 years, there is one — and only one — way to get rid of drug cartels, drug gangs, and drug lords. That way is through drug legalization, complete drug legalization. Not just marijuana. All drugs, including cocaine, heroin, meth, and opioids.”

“With drug legalization, the drug cartels, drug gangs, and drug lords are out of business overnight. Gone.”

 

November 12, 2019 Antiwar.com

Let’s Invade Mexico!

“…America starts its wars by overestimating its own powers, underestimating the enemy, and misunderstanding the kind of war on which it is embarking.”

“Dope dealers against the Marines? A cakewalk.”

You know, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. That sort of cakewalk. Let’s think what an expedition against the narcos would entail, what it would face.”

 

US Troops at the border, El Chapo takedown, opioid lawsuits, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep bad guys from moving product into the Puget Sound area-

Zero questions from newspeople.

The large drug bust story is always reported as a big success. This, after drug traffickers are somehow able to move product past National Guard Troops, strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- before product arrives in Hometown, USA.

Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents. Any similar effort after a big drug bust?

Preventing drugs from entering local communities would kill the chance for various agencies to get publicity for the occasional big drug bust happening in those communities:

October 23, 2019 Kent Reporter

16 indicted for trafficking large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine in Seattle area

“Federal, state and local law enforcement fanned-out throughout the Puget Sound region Wednesday, arresting 17 people – two from Auburn, another from Pacific – in connection with multiple counts of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said.”

“In the last year, DEA working with other federal, state and local law enforcement, have seized 3,400 pounds of methamphetamine, representing a record amount for the region.”

“The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office, the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET) and the Burien Police Department (BPD) Street Team. TNET is comprised of the Tacoma, Lakewood, Auburn, Bonney Lake, and Puyallup Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). Other assisting agencies include the Kent Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office SeaTac Police Department Street Team. The investigation was supported by North West High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA).”

“In addition to the agencies listed above, these law enforcement agencies assisted with the arrests and search warrants executed today: King County SWAT, Valley SWAT, Pierce County SWAT, Washington State Patrol SWAT, Lakewood Police Tactical Team, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET), Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET), West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNet), Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Hoquiam Police Department and Aberdeen Police Department.”

“The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew Colasurdo and Marci Ellsworth.”

Snohomish 2015

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

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

More here:

Drowning in Meth

 

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Photo- Legal retail products not sourced through violent cartels.

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

Can we honor The Troops in honest ways?

 

November 12, 2019 Peninsula Daily News

‘Determination and indomitable spirit’: Veterans honored in Port Angeles ceremony

Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty” Gray of the U.S. Navy:

“Whether you have led a platoon, driven a tank or commanded an artillery battery, it is your determination and indomitable spirit that has led our nation to victory since the establishment of our country…”

Rear Adm. Gray,

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

 

Looks like people who did no time in uniform are seen as second-class citizens:

“Gray told the veterans in attendance they are “1 percenters,” adding they have done more for their country than the other 99 percent of citizens.”

“…folks in our country who completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that you have underwritten with your blood and sacrifice. Thank you for that, for being part of our great country.”

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

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.

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

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

The people in our country completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that are somehow linked to the US Armed Forces?

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars that never end. When do we get to vote on all this?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Do the folks who honor veterans also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

The freedom talk brings questions related to credibility.

If the troops are fighting for American rights and freedoms- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

With all this talk of freedom- would it 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?

 

One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations tells us: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Veterans give rights?

If the U.S. Armed Forces protect the right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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

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.

 

Did you serve?

This is a question I see often when reading comments on the web. This question may be directed at those who question US foreign policy.

The vibe from some veterans seems to be:

Don’t say things that I disagree with. If you didn’t do time in uniform you have no right to speak out. If you did time in uniform- you should see society as a group of first & second-class citizens. Those who never wore a uniform are second class citizens and their commentary should be supervised by those who once wore a uniform.

My answer to the question:

I did some time in the Marines. It did not serve to prevent 911.

 

More here:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Photo- A frosty morning at Mystery Bay

 

Another calm day on Monday, and a good time to work outside. Gathered more leaves to make a new compost pile in the coming weeks.