Earning the block:

Thanks newspeople-

Many issues cry out for investigative reporting while major news outlets use their social media feed to inform us on favorite coffee drinks, most popular baby names, favorite snack foods, cutest pet photos, and other Ron Burgundy-approved news features.

Please consider asking more in the way of questions on various topics.

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.

Here it is:

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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Image above: NRA midterm elections 2018 literature.

If The Troops are fighting to protect American rights and freedoms- why does the NRA emphasize domestic politics instead of overseas military operations to preserve gun rights?

NRA War Propaganda video:

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?

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

Maybe all of the US should function like one, giant military base.

Freedom of individual expression could be fully controlled. No distractions. No dissent.

More here:

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

Honest US Foreign Policy?

 

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Found and left in place.

Local group: Whidbey Island Rocks – WIR

 

I’d like to think that purchasing a Washington State Parks Discover Pass means no further hassles as long as the pass is not expired and displayed while parked.

Enforcement and over supervision are the first impressions of an afternoon getaway.

Driving over to the local state park these days is like asking permission to enter a military base.

Old policy:

People who need to register to camp must stop at the guard shack to sign in & pay.

People who are in the middle of their camping stay & people who have already purchased a valid daytime parking pass use the lane provided to bypass the cars, RVs and camp trailers waiting in line to register.

New policy:

A portable stop sign has been set up to get both lanes of inbound traffic to stop and show the pass before entering the park.

Twice now, I have stopped to show the pass and then I have been reminded to remember to display the pass properly after parking so that I do not receive a citation. Elementary school field trip levels of supervision are in place. I am an adult. If I have done nothing wrong, please let me travel along without any forced interaction with parks staff. The parks are where we go to get away from the grind of everyday life. Let’s go with innocent until proven guilty sorts of protocols here.

In Washington, you may use your discover pass for two vehicles. Vehicle license numbers must be recorded on the pass for the pass to be valid.

Down in Oregon, you are free to enter state parks without being stopped and asked to show your parking pass.

In Oregon, there is no requirement to enter any vehicle license number on the pass. Driving a new car? A rental car? The church van? A borrowed car? Aunt Mary’s car on family reunion weekend? No problem. Enjoy your day.

People who are willing to purchase a parks pass should face a very minimum in the way of hassles. Oregon comes out way ahead of Washington on this.

Related:

Enjoy Washington’s Natural Heritage

Another Season – Another WA State Parks Checkpoint

 

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Photo- Indian Beach, Oregon

 

 

Local info here.

 

Local info here.

U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York’s 1st Congressional District:

“Pat Tillman would have been a better choice for @Nike’s new “Just Do It” promotion. Pick a former NFL player and Army Ranger who died for our flag and national anthem rather than @Kaepernick7, a former NFL player who protested it.”

A large number of interesting comments follow the tweet linked above.

Congressman Zeldin,

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

Is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to die for our flag and national anthem?

Do the planners verify 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?

Congressman Zeldin,

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.

 

Never Forget:

The US Armed Forces were irrelevant in defending American rights and freedoms, our physical security, & The Constitution on 911.

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Possibly of interest:

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

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Watching the fog clear on a Fort Ebey walk with Olivia. Later, back home for Harvest Fest 2018 with friends and family. The rain left us alone for the day.

From the generation that uses things until they wear out.

Training ordnance got away from us:

Sep 5th, 2018 Port Townsend Leader

Navy investigation of mine complete

“Murray explained that it was unknown at the time if the mine was inert, so it could not safely be towed to shore for further assessment, although she added the mine was towed to a location “determined to be safest to the immediate population” for this operation.”

 

Urinals and toilets routed into Sinclair Inlet:

Sept. 7th, 2018 Kitsap Sun

Navy reports 450,000-gallon sewage spill over two years in Bremerton

Urinals and toilets routed to stormwater system rather than wastewater system. Sewage then “…flowed through the underground pipes to an outfall and into Sinclair Inlet, Leppard said.”

More here.

Possibly of interest: Temporary Kitsap Wastewater Spill

 

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

Tomi Lahren video 0:11

“I’ve got loved ones overseas right now fighting for your right to sit on a bench…”

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?

Tomi Lahren at 2:37

We have the freedom to enjoy a backyard BBQ because of undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Military Town – Letter to the Editor:

“Enjoy the sound of freedom, and if that happens to sound like war to you, I suggest you travel to a real war-zone and see how it’s different because I assure you, you aren’t qualified to describe what a war zone is.

The electronic attack community, the Growlers, and men and women of the U.S. Navy make sure of it every day.”

Every day except on 911.

I am indifferent to jet noise on Whidbey Island. I reject the idea that it is linked in any way to American rights and freedoms.

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?

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

Never Forget:

The US Armed Forces were irrelevant in defending American rights and freedoms, our physical security, & The Constitution on 911.

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

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, federal minimum drinking age, interracial marriage, gay marriage, voting rights, etc. None of these have anything to do with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, 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 NRA tells us that contacting elected representatives and voting is the way to protect gun rights. What role do The Dept. of Defense & The Troops play here?

A Pro-Gun Majority in U.S. House Will Preserve American Freedom

“While the ins and outs of America’s electoral system might conjure memories of high school civics classes, knowing the details will do more than help you dominate trivia contests. They are fundamental to protecting your most cherished rights.

So- thanking The Troops for freedoms will not advance gun rights objectives? What role do overseas military operations play here?

In many cases- public policy stands in the way of freedom- no foreign enemy required.

Possibly of interest:

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Indian Beach, Oregon

From Indian Beach

Local history here.

Astoria

The Story

More here: Local family takes over Custard King in Astoria

Family owned since 1892

Astoria

Fishing boat above: M.V. Estevan

Albacore Tuna info here.

Merchant Vessel above: DESERT MOON

We enjoyed our first visit at the funky Inferno Lounge. Nice music, great views and staff with personality. Good Stuff.

Astoria-Megler Bridge history here.

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