Plenty of questions here that don’t get asked. Not asked by veterans, newspeople, school teachers, and maybe school students.

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea to children 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.

In Washington State, these assemblies are mandatory.

The VA tells teachers that The Troops are Defending Liberty and Freedom.

Love to see a student ask: 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?

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

Love to see a student ask: Whatever happened to lessons about Armistice Day?

 

Sports/entertainment industry:

Hey @NFL fans, don’t forget to tweet #SalutetoService as many times as you can today to raise money for our veterans! #Veterans #GoHawks

Do any of the groups that raise money for veteran’s services advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

Port Angeles Veterans Day event:

“It’s called taking care of the country and taking care of the Constitution,” he said. “That’s the most important thing we do and we have done.”

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

Seattle Times- AP WAS THERE: Supreme Court legalizes interracial marriage:

June 12, 1967

“…an interracial couple who had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races.”

1967- not 1867

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

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

More here: Jet Noise Made Them Free?

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

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.

Is post-Vietnam guilt OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

How do The Troops defend The Constitution?

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

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?

More here: How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

 

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

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?

 

Growing up in the 60s & 70s– 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.

Meet a veteran who isn’t shy about going out & grabbing a couple free meals- it’s a proud thing:

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Goodbye Armistice Day – Free Meals, Deals and Discounts

 

The Troops are defending our freedoms?

US foreign policy goals and objectives are mapped out at the very highest levels of government.

Ask yourself- is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to protect American rights and freedoms?

Does someone make sure the mission is to defend the constitution?

Is there anyone who verifies that the mission is to protect our physical security?

How does the executive branch of government defend the constitution via US foreign policy?

Back home- freedoms come & go:

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, federal minimum drinking age, interracial marriage, gay marriage, voting rights, etc. None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, or the outcome of military operations in distant lands.

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.

 

Local paper in a military town-

About two years ago, hometown pride was running high when they posted:

“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?

 

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:

National Guard in Afghanistan

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Veterans Day 2018: All the places vets can get free food and meal deals Sunday and Monday

Growing up in the 60s & 70s– 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.

Do school teachers still teach lessons about the more meaningful Armistice Day?

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 Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to…

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Looking Good:

Okinawa yakisoba: 沖縄風焼きそば

Finished MOS school and had a chance to fill out a “dream sheet” in 1980.

A small number of us chose Okinawa, and we all got to go.

I was 19 and had no wife, kids, or even a girlfriend back home. I joined the Marines to go and see places like Okinawa.

I was assigned to Makiminato, Camp Kinser. We could walk to Naha. Naha was large enough that you might go all night without seeing any other Americans. Attempting to escape the influence of military bases and seeing how the local people lived their lives was enjoyable. There was no curfew at the time. Atrocities committed by US personnel would come later. We drank more than our share, but stayed out of trouble. Mind your manners and you’d find the local people to be warm and friendly. We made friends and were invited out to a few gatherings. 

Christmas Tree

Many of us were spending our first Christmas away from home. In those days, If you were old enough to be in the Marines, you were old enough to drink on or off base. We had a shop Christmas party where people wrapped and exchanged bottles of booze.

A guy from California received a small Christmas tree from his Mom back home. The tree came with real pinecones and lights. After unpacking the box and putting the tree together the lights were plugged in. Now it was time to look sad and lonely and pose for the photo I took. Then off to something else besides thinking of Christmas.

 

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Nov 5th, 2018

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford on Afghanistan: “The assessment of the intelligence community over the past few years about Afghanistan is that if we don’t maintain pressure, we may see an attack on the homeland.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

How are terrorists kept out while meth and heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product into the US?

More here: Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

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 cartels continue to move product into local communities?

October 17th 2018 KABB FOX 29 News, San Antonio

‘Nobody has seen a cartel like this’: DOJ targets Mexico’s most powerful drug organization

“CJNG is responsible for trafficking approximately five tons of cocaine and five tons of methamphetamine into the United States every month, according to the Justice Department.”

Sept. 27, 2018 Nashville Tennessean

As cartel drugs flood Tennessee, meth and cocaine deaths are climbing fast

“As far as drugs on our streets, there has been a significant increase in crystal methamphetamine,” Shaffer said. “The super labs in Mexico are pumping it out by the tons, really.”

Welcome Home Troops

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

October 4, 2018 WTSP 10 News

Mexican cartels driving a spike in local methamphetamine use

“The U.S. government cracked down on purchasing certain ingredients for meth in 2006, which significantly cut the number of meth labs found on this side of the border. That’s when the cartels stepped in to meet the market demand.”

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

General Dunford speaks of the intelligence community. The CIA was established in 1947. If the intelligence community provides an advantage in fighting undeclared wars, why does the Dept. of Defense have such a poor record in winning these wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

 

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Photo- Looking for the Coupeville ferry

 

Think back to the long 2016 primary season. Think of the recent midterm elections. Some issues just don’t show up for debate or discussion.

What stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Not on the Agenda – America’s Wars Are a Non-Factor in Today’s Midterm Elections by Maj. Danny Sjursen Posted on November 06, 2018

“…on the profound issues of war and peace, there is precious little daylight between the two parties. That, right there, is a formula for perpetual war.”

Is post-Vietnam guilt OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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

 

The Heroin Racket:

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

A secretive, wasteful, and ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security:

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 in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

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

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

 

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

 

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

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

 

Guantanamo prison.

“…they swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Promotion of Corn Ethanol

What is ethanol fuel and why is it bad for your small engine outdoor power equipment?

2 STROKE VS 4 STROKE: AVOID ETHANOL IN SMALL ENGINES

Mechanics see ethanol damaging small engines

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war:

North Carolina Army National Guard

October 06, 2018 The News & Observer

National Guard soldier from North Carolina dies in Afghanistan

Utah Army National Guard

November 5, 2018 CBS This Morning

Days before being killed in Afghanistan insider attack, Utah mayor urged Americans to vote

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.

Related:

Voting?

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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Photo- New Day at Port Hadlock

 

When did Armistice Day turn into Discounts And Freebies Day?

Nov. 1, 2018 Indianapolis Star

Where to find Veterans Day 2018 free meals, deals and discounts

Local TV News station promotes corporate marketing blitz:

Applebee’s serving free meals to veterans next Sunday

More here.

 

Meet a veteran who isn’t shy about going out & grabbing a couple free meals- it’s a proud thing:

Growing up in the 60s & 70s– 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.

 

I think it is strange that modern American culture sees veterans as separate & different from the rest of society.

Veteran’s parking spaces-

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans– no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

There is no possibility that I would use one of these spots.

Meet some veterans who have become disgruntled Re: discount availability:

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

Hey school teachers– do you still teach lessons about the more meaningful Armistice Day?

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

 

Past efforts:

Goodbye Armistice Day – Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

 

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Photo- Fog clears at Port Townsend

 

Stormy surf out there today.

Three or four feet off the ground.

This one is past its prime, but it gives an idea of how large some varieties of mushrooms may get at Fort Ebey.

Sunny when you get out in the open.

 

Drug War

Senator Cantwell sets the tone. TV newspeople deliver a story to compliment the Senator’s programs.

Instead of asking public policy questions- the big effort here is to stage a takedown of a doctor who had already been run out of town.

Meth is a growing problem. Is the meth problem growing because of big companies or doctors overprescribing meds?

Questions that go unasked by newspeople:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

November 2, 2018 Seattle Times Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

Meth making supplies were restricted a few years back. No shortage today:

Feb. 13, 2018 New York Times Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

“The cartels have inundated the market with so much pure, low-cost meth that dealers have more of it than they know what to do with.”

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

Welcome Home Troops

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

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

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

If the US Dept. of Homeland Security was a College Football or NFL team, we’d have all the stats all the time. Is there some sort of Hometown Pride that gets in the way of newspeople asking questions in these areas?

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Question for newspeople:

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

2011-

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

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

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.”

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound heroin? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

More here:

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Gathering leaves for a new compost pile, before the next windstorm comes in.

Point Partridge

Fort Ebey

Oct 26, 2018 WJHL News video:

Kingsport Police urge people not to call the department to ask about times for trick or treating

These are the folks who will be voting in the big midterm elections coming up.

 

Columbus Day lessons are taught earlier in October. This spirit of adventure is replaced days later with events where “Kids could “trick or treat” from car to car in the parking lot…”

Oct. 28, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Local children turn out to ‘Trunk or Treat’

 

It’s clear that most of the WWII generation is gone now. They were self-reliant people who would have had no use for the dumbed-down messages of our modern culture, like this one-

A message to teach you and your family how to put candy into a bowl so you can pass it out to trick or treaters:

More here:

Halloween Safety Tips 2018

Scary is OK for Halloween-

Killing Halloween – 2018

X-Ray Your Halloween Candy – 2018

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

 

Federal support for the Cincinnati area after heroin moves past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

Oct. 25, 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati, Hamilton County to get U.S. Homeland Security help in combating opioid epidemic

Possibly related:

WKRC series: HOOKED ON HEROIN

 

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

 

A Wall?

June 7, 2018 The Epoch Times

DEA:

“Hard drugs—cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and now fentanyl—are usually brought in via concealed compartments in passenger vehicles and trucks, Coleman said.”

 

Apr. 10, 2018 Business Insider

Trump wants to beef up border security to ‘knock the hell out of the drug flow’ — but it could still miss most of the smuggling

“The US Drug Enforcement Administration said in its 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, however, that Mexican transnational criminal organizations transported illicit drugs into the US across its southwest border using varied methods.”

“The most common method employed by these TCOs,” it said, “involves transporting illicit drugs through US ports of entry in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.”

 

Secretary of Homeland Security:

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?

 

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

More here: 17 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

 

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Enjoyed working on an October afternoon project.

Thanks for the apples Carl.

Along for the day: Classic Deep Cuts

Oct 24, 2018 NBC 5 News Chicago

Video:

Mayor, CPD Say ‘No Credible Threat’ to Chicago After Apparent Explosive Sent to Obama in DC

If the fusion center 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: No Credible Threat

Elsewhere in the War on Terror:

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

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Photo- Local beach glass

 

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold 475 tons of drugs to people who did not need them.

“Overall, in its 14 previous Take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.”

“Last April, the public turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,700 of its local and tribal partners nationwide.”

 

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Remember the old tradition of having your Halloween candy X-rayed?

It is still a good idea.

Before the kids are allowed to eat any candy- round them up and carpool with neighbors to the hospital, courthouse or law enforcement HQ to get the loot X-rayed.

The X-ray will reveal any needles, razor blades, or metal filings in the treats.

Is there a test for weed killer or rat poison? Ask about it.

Cold War era ritual lives on:

Washoe County, NV

Sheriff’s Office Offering Free Halloween Candy X-Ray Screening

 

Birmingham, AL

Urgent clinics will x-ray Halloween candy

 

Silver Spring, MD

Free Halloween Candy X-Rays At Patient First Centers

 

Henrico County, VA

“Beginning Oct. 26, Patient First will continue its annual Halloween tradition of offering free candy x-rays at all local centers. Bags of candy may be brought into any Patient First Neighborhood Medical Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 for digital x-ray imaging.”

 

Franklin County, KY

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will also X-ray Halloween candy at the courthouse from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and have extra deputies throughout the county handing out candy.”

 

Williamsburg, VA

“X-Ray machines at several Velocity Urgent Care centers across Virginia will be looking at something other than skeletons for once. They’ll be screening your child’s candy for potentially dangerous items. This free service will be available in select Velocity Urgent Care centers on Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st after the Trick-Or-Treat festivities are complete. Parents can bring their kids anytime between 2:00-8:00pm on those days to have their Halloween candy x-ray’d.”

 

Virginia Beach, VA

“Patient First locations are bringing back the use of their X-ray machines to scan for metals, plastics and other dangerous materials to give parents and kids peace-of-mind.”

 

Norfolk, VA

The X-ray will help detect objects like glass, metal or plastic. However, parents still need to supervise trick-or-treat candy since not all foreign materials will appear in an x-ray machine.”

 

Richmond, VA

“Patient First offering free X-ray of Halloween candy”

 

More here:

Killing Halloween – 2018

Halloween Safety Tips 2018

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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

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?

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

 

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.

More here:

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

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

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

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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The post 911 surveillance state (fusion centers, license scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, & social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, etc.) appears to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

October 17th 2018 KABB FOX 29 News, San Antonio

‘Nobody has seen a cartel like this’: DOJ targets Mexico’s most powerful drug organization

“CJNG is responsible for trafficking approximately five tons of cocaine and five tons of methamphetamine into the United States every month, according to the Justice Department.”

Sept. 27, 2018 Nashville Tennessean

As cartel drugs flood Tennessee, meth and cocaine deaths are climbing fast

“As far as drugs on our streets, there has been a significant increase in crystal methamphetamine,” Shaffer said. “The super labs in Mexico are pumping it out by the tons, really.”

October 4, 2018 WTSP 10 News

Mexican cartels driving a spike in local methamphetamine use

“The U.S. government cracked down on purchasing certain ingredients for meth in 2006, which significantly cut the number of meth labs found on this side of the border. That’s when the cartels stepped in to meet the market demand.”

More here: Cartel Meth

Welcome Home Troops

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

 

What works?

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security?

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

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.

 

Operation Macho Swagger at Port Angeles

2011-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions.

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

“… 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.”

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

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

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

More here: News tip/story idea

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey Surf

 

Local authorities dictate a one hour window for trick-or-treat time 2018.

Your family will start at 6:00 and be done for the year at 7:00 p.m.

This is true in several locations:

Oct 17, 2018 Meadville Tribune

Crawford County municipalities prepare for 2018 trick-or-treating

Blooming Valley, 6 to 7

Conneautville, 6 to 7

Richmond Township, 6 to 7

Townville, 6 to 7

North Shenango Township, 5 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 24, 2018 Green Bay Press Gazette

Halloween in Kewaunee County: Parties, trick-or-treat times

Halloween has been moved to another day in these locations:

Casco: Sunday, Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Luxemburg: Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

October 25, 2018 Connect FM DuBois, PA 96.7 FM – 107.9 FM

Trick-or-treat times for Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk Counties

Several communities have moved Halloween to a different day.

More here:

Oct 17, 2018 The Athens Messenger

A full list of 2018 trick-or-treat times

October 19, 2018 WAOW ABC 9

2018 Central Wisconsin Trick or Treat times

Maybe Mom or Dad can jump through their ass to get off work & commute home for a 2 – 4 p.m trick-or-treat outing mandated by Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

October 22, 2018 ClickOnDetroit | WDIV Local 4

Halloween 2018: Trick-or-treat times in Southeast Michigan

Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions:

Auburn Hills: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bloomfield Township: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clarkston: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Waterford: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Britton: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 22. 2018 Union Leader

Halloween 2018: Trick or Treat Times, Parades and other Spooky Fun

Several locations have decided that trick or treat will take place this year on Tuesday, October 30.

Moms and Dads, the people who set up last year’s block party and the people who live in the cul-de-sac should be free to send the kids out on their own schedule. No one size fits all mandate handed down by some central authority required.

Our Halloween Safety Tips 2018

Scary is OK, this is why people pay to ride roller coasters. Traditional Halloween images are meant to be scary to ward off evil spirits.

Skip the dopey “Harvest Festivals” and Carnivals put on by schools, churches, malls and businesses. Send the kids out in a traditional witch, devil or gargoyle costume. Halloween is meant to be fun. For just one night a year, try to lighten up and enjoy it. Things will get back to normal on November 1st.

Last year:

Local Authorities Work to Crush Halloween

More here:

Parental roles update:

 

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Hand raised to ask how a country that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking The Troops for freedoms, staging July 4th events celebrating freedom and fighting undeclared/unwon wars for freedom is not OK with Moms and Dads running the show on October 31st.

 

Riepma Apples

“…gives us a glimpse of the conflicting interests and priorities of the politicians, generals, and citizens inhabiting this theater of war.”

“The only reason Lynn’s unit are being publicly showered with affection and attention is because powerful people in Hollywood are hoping to profit from their story under the guise of reclaiming it for the American people, which represents a fascinating, yet painfully honest portrait of the United States’ reception to and treatment of its veterans — something that is rarely addressed in most mainstream films.”

 

Military Town – Special parking spots marketing strategy over at the grocery store:

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

Related: Victory Celebration

 

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Photo- Fog clears at Hill Road

 

Featuring narration by Willard Scott:

National Victory Celebration Persian Gulf war Parade JUNE 8, 1991

Desert Storm US Casualties

148 U.S. battle deaths, 145 nonbattle deaths

 

2003 Iraq Mission Accomplished

2003 Iraq Mission Accomplished US Casualties

American casualties: 139 killed, 542 wounded

2015 update:

Since the speech, 4,637 military members in the Iraq War coalition led by the U.S. have lost their lives, versus 172 prior, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.”

2016 update:

“As of June 29, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,424 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of the Iraq War.”

2018 update:

“The Pentagon will no longer say how many forces are serving in Iraq, using an unchanged, blanket number of about 5,200 troops when queried.”

 

War in Afghanistan – Operation Enduring Freedom

2018 update:

“If You Forget About a War, It’s Time to End It”

“And a democracy that spends more time debating kneeling before the flag than the justification for issuing folded ones desperately needs to get reacquainted with the Constitution – and its moral compass.”

“Our loved ones didn’t sign up to serve a president. They signed up to serve the American people, most of whom have no idea what they’re fighting for.”

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.

Any chance the midterm elections feature any talk of shutting down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea to children 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.

In Washington State, these assemblies are mandatory.

The VA tells teachers that The Troops are Defending Liberty and Freedom.

Love to see a student ask: 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?

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

Love to see a student ask: When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

Love to see a student ask: Whatever happened to lessons about Armistice Day?

 

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Ready for business.

A few towns obviously have people who work together to set priorities and make a positive impression for visitors.

Winthrop, WA

Photo above: Out for an early weekday coffee in Winthrop. We walked from our room and watched the town wake up.

Lynden, WA

Seaside, OR

Family friendly. Pedestrian friendly.

We used to visit Ocean Shores, WA. Ocean Shores is a much less pedestrian friendly town. This works against seeing the sights on foot, walking to dining, shopping, drinking, etc.

Leavenworth, WA

Local info here.

Wenatchee River near Leavenworth

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold more than 2.7 million pounds of prescription drugs to people who did not need them:

October 1, 2018 WTVQ ABC 36 News

EASTERN KENTUCKY TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $3.7 MILLION TO COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

“DOJ expanded on DEA’s Drug Takeback Days and has collected more than 2.7 million pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs since April 2017.”

That’s a lot of product since April of 2017.

 

October 1, 2018 SCV News

Feds Earmark Almost $320M to Combat Opioid Crisis

This is the same federal government that can’t keep cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of Hometown, USA

Welcome Home Troops

Questions that go unasked:

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

The script says opioid.

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey beach walk