Seaside, OR

We found a new spot in Seaside. Luann was our bartender. We were very happy with our visit on a day that was still nice enough to sit outside.

U Street Clam Dip- loved it:

See you next time.

An early start from Whidbey Island gets us to the busy seaport town of Astoria in time for lunch.

Heavy lifters moving through:

With a Cadillac package of additional resources- the world’s most powerful military force will need another five years to see success in Afghanistan.

Five more years brings us to something like a 21 year US war in Afghanistan.

NPR: ‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan

“The key, he says, is not to eliminate all violence, but to bring it to a level at which it can be finally controlled by Afghan government forces.

When will that level be achieved? Nicholson says it will take about five years.”

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense since it was established in 1949.

During this process, top generals would testify before congress and lay down realistic expectations and requirements for success.

 

16 years past 911-

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- fail to keep heroin out of local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Green Island forum focuses on heroin addiction

“Apple says the county has already confirmed 25 fatal overdoses this year, with at least 65 more waiting for toxicology reports.”

More here: Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- unable to keep 575 pounds of meth & cocaine out of Gwinnett County:

Atlanta officials seize 575 pounds of meth, cocaine from Mexican drug ring

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Wonder what was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during the 7 months these folks were under investigation.

Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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

 

More info here: Pacific Northwest Painted Rocks

The beach at Fort Ebey

Fort Ebey

Site details here.

Americans still do not have access to files related to the 1963 President John F. Kennedy assassination: ABC News: Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers?

In a free society, people should have an honest relationship with their government.

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

The American sports culture is a good example of open access to information.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

In government, it is fully understood that people will not have access to complete information through everyday channels.

Ever hear of a Freedom of Information Act Request in sports? How about a denied FOIA request?

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

Is anything like a Public Records Request needed to learn more about how your favorite team is doing this season?

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to his press secretary for answers? Presidents do so on a daily basis. Professionals are hired to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to a public information officer for answers to questions?

Maybe there would be less in the way of conspiracy theories related to government, if there was an attitude change about keeping people properly informed.

More here: Information Suppression Update

and here: Land of Information Suppression

 

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Day after Las Vegas shooting: Homeland Security: No ‘specific credible threat’ to other public venues in US after Las Vegas shooting

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.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time. Do they ever question any of this?

 

Military Appreciation Day adds to pageantry of NC State pregame (photographer’s view)

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

We’ll just go ahead and act like everything is OK.

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

 

16 years past 911:

Mattis reveals new rules of engagement

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense since it was established in 1949.

During this process, top generals would testify before congress and lay down realistic expectations and requirements for success.

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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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The big news is that Oprah may consider running for President.

Would she speak out against failed wars that never end?

She did an anti-war series in 2002, but some say that she is not anti-war.

To be fair to Oprah, there doesn’t seem to be much of an anti-war voice coming from anywhere in the US.

During the long presidential primary season of 2015 and 2016- shutting down failed wars that never end didn’t seem to be one of the big issues.

What do students at colleges and universities think of all this? Shutting down the draft was political genius. No more protests & more wars than ever.

 

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.

Some believe that The Troops are in distant lands defending American rights and freedoms. The recent attention to flag rituals at football games brings out comments along these lines.

How are we going to win failed wars that never end when high school cheerleaders won’t properly honor the flag at sporting events?

 

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.

Are both of our major political parties OK with undeclared/unwon wars overseas?

 

In the weeks ahead- it will be time to celebrate Veterans Day.

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

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Shopping carts waiting to go home – Oak Harbor, WA

 

What stays the same?

Failed Wars that Never End.

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

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

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

 

The Heroin Racket.

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Arrest statistics are secret.

Aug 2010

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

 

Wasteful:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

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.”

2012-

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin among drugs driving up Peninsula home burglaries, law enforcers say

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

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.”

Have these Port Angeles based Homeland Security patrol boats made any arrest related to the US/Canada border?

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Ineffective:

Meth and heroin continue to move past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into local communities.

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq and Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Frequent nationwide updates here.

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

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.

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

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 were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Until July of 1971, 18 year old adults did not have full voting rights. Why didn’t US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s get the job done on this?

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

Why, in 1967 was an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races? Where were The Troops?

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?

With all this talk of American rights and freedoms 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?

More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

Was fan enthusiasm resting on some sort of patriotic house of cards?

There might be more respect for the We’re supporting veterans by standing for the National Anthem folks if they seemed to question decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas. The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Maybe the best part of the games was the military and flag appreciation rituals, fighter jet flyovers promoting the urban legend that The Troops are defending American freedoms, surprise reunions for Troops returning from undeclared/unwon wars overseas, etc.

WTTV News video:

Indiana men film themselves burning Colts gear, season tickets in response to national anthem protest

“I’m for free speech because that’s what our men and women of the united forces have fought for.”

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?

 

WATCH: Steelers fan burns team jersey over National Anthem protests

 

Ravens Fans Burn Gear, Swear Off NFL After Anthem-Kneeling

 

Angry Veteran Donating His Broncos Gear

“Every person I see standing up there, I believe is saying, ‘thank you Jerry. I appreciate your time serving.’”

 

Restaurant owner to stop showing NFL games because of National Anthem protests

 

‘Not watching!’ Seahawks fans en masse boycott team on Facebook Live

 

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence from a powerful, central government on July 4th:

Trump administration calls for NFL owners to rule on anthem

 

Marketing partnership update:

1st Special Forces Group Accepts “Big Honor” From Seahawks During USAA “Change of Command”

Giant insurance company creates publicity stunt to increase sales.

DOD and NFL dive in to show support:

“It was a great honor and privilege for the Navy to be responsible for the 12th Man flag,” said Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest, the Seahawks’ adopted military unit last season. “We did have the flag under the seas on submarines, we had it on aircraft carriers, so we’ve had it under the sea, on the sea, and also over the sea. Again, it was a great pleasure, and now we will turn it over to the 1st Special Forces Group — don’t screw it up.”

Don’t screw it up? Was there any 12th Man flags aboard the 2 Navy ships that crashed this summer- resulting in the loss of 17 lives?

More here:

If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, or kneel…

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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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?

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?

More here:

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

Find us on facebook:

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Sound of Freedom

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Photo- A symbol of federal government credibility and school teachers not asking questions.

 

News video: Youth football team kneels during national anthem

These players are 7 and 8 years old.

From comments:

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

 

Random thoughts:

Why do sporting events include flag rituals?

Public schools make small children memorize and recite a pledge to a flag. Young children are vulnerable. Why are they the focus here?

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

 

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here.

Why do we expect everyone to agree on flag rituals?

 

Should all of the US function like one giant military base?

 

Flag, anthem, veterans, overseas military operations, the constitution- all claimed to be giving rights depending on what comments you read on flag protest/pledge of allegiance posts.

The Constitution does not give rights. It places limits on government.

Which overseas military operations have been conducted in order to defend the constitution?

Which overseas military operations have been conducted in order to defend free speech rights?

How do decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) work to defend the constitution?

 

Many comments on pledge of allegiance and national anthem posts like this one:

“…our soldiers fought for the right to choose whether you stand for the anthem or not.”

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

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?

 

Do Pledge of Allegiance/National Anthem groupthink/obedience/conformity drills get in the way of people 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 16 years of war that came after 911?

 

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?

More here: Veterans Earn Rights?

 

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In the news-

State-run media update: Border security is tougher than ever, Department of Homeland Security report finds

The US Department of Homeland Security fills out their own report card and tells us all is well.

Same news day:

53 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin moves past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into NY City.

Welcome Home Troops

 

Busy news week:

Telling sign of heroin epidemic: Snohomish County runs out of needle cleanup kits

Methamphetamine use on the rise in southern Illinois

“The region has become a prime destination for Mexican drug cartels bringing cheaper and higher quality crystal meth into the U.S., DEA agent Doug Dorley told the Belleville News-Democrat.”

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence: Mexican meth, called ‘ice,’ hits the streets in Lafayette

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

16 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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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