A short trail takes you to the beach at Fort Ebey.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Google maps shows a route that completely avoids the beach and crosses through private property.

Nonsense.

Check the tides and maybe go when you can enjoy a cool and foggy outing. Listen to the surf, sea birds and fog horns along the way. Listen for the Point Partridge bell buoy on days with any wave action.

When the time is right, look for surfers at Point Partridge.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

I thought Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best might have resigned when she was told to pull her officers back from the CHAZ/CHOP police-free zone, or when she was told to do her job without the tools needed to protect the safety of her officers, the general public, and protestors.

Why no resignation from Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste when his agency was told to pull back and place public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5?

Any reporting or investigation from the local press on this?

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Seattle: A City in Fear Can Be Restored

“Seattle has experienced a summer of fear and failure, with criminal activities reminiscent of Nazi Germany during the 1930s. During that time, thugs broke the windows of Jewish businesses throughout Germany, painted offensive statements on walls, and threatened all those who opposed them.”

Related:

The idea is to eliminate police abuse, not eliminate police.

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to National Guard deployments to foreign lands?

The people of Delaware need services in support of an ongoing NATO peace operation in Kosovo, which dates back to 1999.

As usual, it looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions at this event.

Aug 9, 2020 The News Journal

Delaware National Guard honors more than 50 set for deployment to Kosovo

“The soldiers, assigned to the A&D companies of the 238th Aviation Regiment, will support an ongoing NATO peace operation in Kosovo, which dates back to 1999.”

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

“Carney said Timmons looked down at the soldiers Sunday morning “bursting with pride” as an aviator herself.”

Everyone at the ceremony wore masks and sat spaced apart in the open hangar.”

Thanks newspeople.

Possibly of interest:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Photo- Nordland Transit Center

 

Aug 6, 2020 The News Tribune

Letters to the Editor

Car tabs: My obscene bill comes due again

“Once again it is vehicle registration time. Washington voters have passed a $30 car tab law three times, but each time it gets tied up in courts and we lose.”

WA needs the cash to pay for reduced ferry runs and a Washington State Patrol that allowed public safety to be placed at risk by yielding to protests on I-5.

Related:

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Why no resignation from Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste when his agency is told to pull back and place public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5?

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

 

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Keystone Ferry – Inbound

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island-no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

Possibly of interest:

Occasionally Looking for the Coupeville Ferry

Washington State Ferry Ride

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

About a mile south of Deception Pass.

 

South of Deception Pass.

 

Why not have more debates more often?

The format above can happen at any time without regard to COVID-19 related issues and concerns.

The two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Related:

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Journalism needs your support

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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About a mile south of Deception Pass.

 

About a mile south of Deception Pass.

 

South of Deception Pass

 

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

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

Billions of dollars are spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

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 $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth and heroin from arriving in Kitsap and Island Counties.

Kitsap County

July 31, 2020 Kitsap Sun

Federal agents were watching Port Orchard residence when man was shot

“…on Tuesday, 15 alleged members of the drug-trafficking organization linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Mexico were arrested, and 19 have been charged in connection to drug trafficking in U.S. District Court.”

“Over the course of the 18-month investigation, authorities seized more than 100 pounds of meth and 10 pounds of heroin.”

Gun Crimes

Newspeople fail to report on results from enhanced background check requirements.

“On April 20 agents monitoring communications between suspects listened to conversations about a dispute over an unpaid debt for a pound of meth. One of the men said he had gone to a house in Renton and fired three “warning shots” in the air. Renton 911 dispatchers confirmed to federal investigators they had received multiple calls for a “shots fired” and a GPS tracker on the man’s phone placed him in the area.”

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

 

People need to carry a special ID to go have lunch in Canada, then return home. Have these ID requirements helped to keep cartel product from entering the US?

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

The Dept. of Defense gets in on the act in April of 2020.

After squandering DOD credibility for decades in distant lands, a new WWII style uniform look and a pledge to clobber the cartels:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger resulted in any shortage of meth or heroin, anywhere in the US?

 

Island County

July 31, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Suspect crashes car while trying to flee State Patrol

“An Oak Harbor man is accused of leading a Washington state trooper on a brief chase in a car full of drugs before crashing into a field and then being Tased, according to court documents.”

“A trooper wrote in a report on the chase that it started when he saw a Ford Explorer traveling 66 mph in a 55-mph zone on State Highway 20 near Coupeville. He attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it continued at speeds up to 110 mph.”

“After obtaining a search warrant, investigators seized 291 grams of suspected meth, 134 grams of suspected heroin, 61 grams of suspected cocaine, pipes and a scale, the trooper wrote.”

The trooper wrote that the amount of illegal substances suggested that it was for sale and distribution since “the average user consumes approximately 1-2 grams per day.”

Homeland Security Grant Program 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 the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

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?

Newspeople remain silent.

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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

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

Even one time?

 

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, rare and mysterious cross-border arrests, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats 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

 

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:

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Welcome Home Troops

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

What I Like About Local Government

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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Early winter morning at Point No Point, Washington.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

“Meth is making a comeback, with cheap, mass-produced quantities from beyond our borders flooding the U.S.”

Jul 31, 2020 KIMT News 3

MASON CITY NARCOTICS RAIDS SHOW ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE STILL A PROBLEM

 

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

 

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:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger resulted in any shortage of meth, anywhere in the US?

After squandering DOD credibility for decades in distant lands, a new WWII style uniform look and a pledge to clobber the cartels:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Has a $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security resulted in any shortage of meth, anywhere in the US?

 

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

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

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Related:

Always Reported as a Highly Successful Team Effort – The Big Puget Sound Drug Bust

Cartels Responding to General Milley – Newspeople Remain Silent

The Big Drug Bust – Always Reported as a Highly Successful Team Effort

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Port Angeles Drug War Covered By Press Release

What I Like About Local Government

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Puget Sound area newspeople play along by not asking questions:

Drowning in Meth

Alger Correctional Facility – Drug War Racket

What Happened to General Milley’s Drug War?

Border Wall Update

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

Cartel responds to General Milley by moving more product into the US

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

Multilayered Drug War Scam

A bold pledge from DOD, and CBP social media posts fail to keep fentanyl and black tar heroin away from Seattle

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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A symbol of bold claims from DOD and CBP.

A symbol of newspeople who don’t show up to ask any questions.

 

 

The big drug bust is always reported as a real success.

Newspeople show up to ask zero questions about why cartels are somehow able to move product past US Troops at the border, strict post 911 security protocols, REAL ID verifications and a $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security before meth and heroin show up again in the Puget Sound area.

July 29, 2020 Q13 FOX

DEA-led task force in Puget Sound targets violent drug trafficking organization linked to Mexican cartel

” Fifteen people were arrested on Tuesday throughout the Puget Sound region and in California following an 18-month investigation of a drug trafficking organization tied to the CJNG cartel in Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.”

Question for newspeople:

If General Milley’s bold pldege to clobber the cartels was ever to shut down cartel traffic, would the agencies below be out of work?

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Thurston County Narcotics Team (TNT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In addition, to the agencies listed above, these law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation and/or with arrests and search warrants executed today: DEA Seattle Special Response Team, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team, Valley SWAT, Pierce County SWAT, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bremerton Special Operations Group, King County SWAT, King County Sheriff’s Office Metro, Burien Police Department, Auburn Special Investigations Unit, FBI Seattle, FBI SWAT, FBI Portland Tactical and TNET, which is comprised of Tacoma, Lakewood, Auburn, Kent, Bonney Lake and Puyallup Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Department of Corrections. The investigation was supported by the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).”

After squandering DOD credibility for decades in distant lands, a new WWII style uniform look and a pledge to clobber the cartels:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Question for newspeople:

What was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during the 18 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?

 

Seattle area

Another big team effort:

October 23, 2019 Kent Reporter

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

“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.”

 

Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, 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.

 

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

 

Newspeople are good about posting a drug bust press release. Newspeople remain silent when it comes to asking questions about Homeland Security funding and performance.

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Related:

Cartels Responding to General Milley – Newspeople Remain Silent

The Big Drug Bust – Always Reported as a Highly Successful Team Effort

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Port Angeles Drug War Covered By Press Release

What I Like About Local Government

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Puget Sound area newspeople play along by not asking questions:

Drowning in Meth

Alger Correctional Facility – Drug War Racket

What Happened to General Milley’s Drug War?

Border Wall Update

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

Cartel responds to General Milley by moving more product into the US

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

Multilayered Drug War Scam

A bold pledge from DOD, and CBP social media posts fail to keep fentanyl and black tar heroin away from Seattle

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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Watching the surf at Fort Ebey

 

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

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

Billions of dollars are spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things. People need to carry a special ID to go have lunch in Canada, then return home. Have these ID requirements helped to keep cartel product from entering the US?

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

 

After squandering DOD credibility for decades in distant lands, a new WWII style uniform look and a pledge to clobber the cartels:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

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 $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep cartel-sourced product out of US communities.

Cartels respond to General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger by moving more product past border crossings, ports of entry and into the US:

 

July 29, 2020 WBZ | CBS Boston News

Massachusetts State Police Seize 500 Bags Of Heroin After Holyoke Traffic Stop

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

15 people from Puget Sound indicted in Mexican drug cartel trafficking conspiracy

“Authorities announced indictments Tuesday of 15 people from the Puget Sound region connected to a “violent and prolific” Mexican drug cartel trafficking conspiracy.”

“The United States Department of Justice arrested 19 people following an 18-month investigation of a drug trafficking organization tied to the CJNG cartel in Mexico.”

Wonder what was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during the 18 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?

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

Lynnwood couple busted after being found with up to $23M worth of illicit fentanyl

 

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:

 

The Drug War is one of several stories the Puget Sound area press will not question.

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

Are fraudulent CBP overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

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

Even one time?

 

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin, meth and fentanyl from entering the Puget Sound area?

 

Why are Border Patrol arrest statistics secret at Port Angeles?

Elsewhere, when there’s something to brag about-the public is promptly notified:

Border Patrol K-9 Sniffs out Cocaine Hidden in Dashboard

 

Related:

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

What I Like About Local Government

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Puget Sound area newspeople play along by not asking questions:

Drowning in Meth

Alger Correctional Facility – Drug War Racket

What Happened to General Milley’s Drug War?

Border Wall Update

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

Cartel responds to General Milley by moving more product into the US

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

Multilayered Drug War Scam

A bold pledge from DOD, and CBP social media posts fail to keep fentanyl and black tar heroin away from Seattle

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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Fog clears at Hill Road

 

I have always had an appropriate and healtly respect for law enforcement people, firefighters and paramedics. Still do.

Extreme/Heroes

I have never been a person to refer to these groups as heroes. Ditto for members of the US Armed Forces or any other groups of people based on their employment.

Dressing up your baseball team in militarized camo to honor The Troops.

No thanks.

 

For sure, there are people in LE who have done things that look to be abusive Re: people who do not appear to be resisting.

Shot while hands were in the air.

Video of San Diego police dog biting man in handcuffs creates stir

Falsifying documents about drug payments to informants – botched raid at home on Harding Street that left two dead.

Even after George Floyd was killed:

Looks like a disoriented man who may have lost his way and requires the use of a cain in order to walk. Operation Macho Swagger clears him out.

Faced with split-second decisions:

Neutralizing the threat.

 

Back before George Floyd was killed:

Honesty/Willing to risk his career to take a stand

Update:

Extreme/Defund Police

The idea is to eliminate police abuse, not eliminate police.

 

Extreme/Ban SPD from using pepper spray.

Why no resignation from Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best when she is told to do her job without the tools needed to protect the safety of her officers, the general public, and protestors?

 

Why no resignation from Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best when she is told to pull her officers back from the CHAZ/CHOP police-free zone?

June 22, 2020 SeattlePI

How CHAZ became CHOP: Seattle’s police-free zone explained

“People can now freely walk in the area, which has been covered with signs, murals, memorials and different types of art. The day after police left, protesters put up a sign on the East Precinct, now boarded up, that reads: “This space is now property of the Seattle people.” In recent days, protesters have been advocating for turning the precinct into a community center, even as SPD’s police chief has said officers want to return to the building.”

 

Faced with split second-decisions:

Why no resignation from Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste when his agency is told to pull back and place public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5?

 

Extreme/Public Safety Deal Breaker

Washington State Patrol yields the right of way to protests on I-5.

July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

 

After enabling criminal conduct, WSP will no longer enable criminal conduct:

“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”

State Patrol had shut down the interstate 19 nights in a row in response to protests, said Capt. Mead, who oversees the agency’s district that includes King County. For weeks, troopers operated in response to protesters’ movements, shutting down a stretch of the interstate when it looked as if protesters would enter the roadway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

Where are the Washington State Patrol resignations?

 

Governor Inslee looks the other way when WSP allows protests on I-5. Or he directs them to back off?

The Governor makes a priority of telling the people of WA that they may not order a beer after 10 p.m.

 

I would prefer that state and local authorities maintain public safety.

When they fail, or don’t even seem to try, it is understandable that people would want the federal government to get involved.

 

Related:

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

Some are.

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

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

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

Hero?

 

A man on the moon in 1969. Church, Boy Scouts, patriotism, pledge of allegiance, the WWII generation in charge. Signing up for the Marines.

Families with married parents and maybe a stay at home Mom. It was common for your friends to have 3 or 4 brothers and sisters.

It started out with a positive sense of American culture.

Much has changed.

Over the past 40 years or so, both major parties have taken turns in power. A wide variety of political personalities have occupied the White House.

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

1967

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?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Alcohol Sales Must End At 10 p.m.

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

I Can’t Vote For This

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

Public Safety?

Not Complaining – Just Noticing

 

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Looking towards the Bluff Trail

 

July 23, 2020 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Inslee tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars across Washington as cases rise

“Indoor dining will be limited to members of the same household and alcohol sales must end at 10 p.m. For those who want to dine with people outside of their household, they can still sit outside at restaurants. Restaurants will need to close vending games, like pool tables and darts.”

Rules are easier to follow if the reason for them is well understood. What time zone does the coronavirus operate on?

When and how does the sale of alcohol impact public safety?

 

Public Safety Deal Breaker

Washington State Patrol yields the right of way to protests on I-5.

July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

 

Promoting public safety Re: masks should extend to public safety related to protests on I-5.

WSP allowed public safety to be placed at risk:

Protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row, Mead said at a press conference.”

After enabling criminal conduct, WSP will no longer enable criminal conduct:

“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

I Can’t Vote For This

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

Public Safety?

Not Complaining – Just Noticing

 

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Happy Hours

 

July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

 

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Photo- Plt 3049 MCRD SD September, 1979

 

On occaision, I roll up to my favorite fast food drive drive-through for a bite.

The staff is friendly & efficient.

The cashier, who is wearing gloves and constantly handling cash, coins, and credit or debit cards, also stuffs the napkins into the bag before it goes out to the customer.

In this time of increased awareness Re: hand washing, hand sanitizer, constant reminders on TV and on the web, this seems a little odd.

I am not a health inspector, medical professional, restaurant manager, etc.

I’m just the average person who notices.

Seems strange that the people who are paid to notice do not seem to notice.

Related-

This policy seems to have been phased out:

No Contact Drive Thru – Magic Tray Update

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

 

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Camping at Seal Rock

 

News out of Seattle a few weeks back and now from Portland Oregon, local authorities yield the right of way to violent mobs.

I think Culp would take care of a situation similar to the one in Portland without involving secretive and militarized federal agents.

July 20, 2020 BBC

Portland protests: Mayor demands federal officers leave city

“The lawsuit said the actions of federal officers violated protesters’ ability to exercise their constitutional First Amendment right to assembly and, by seizing and detaining people without a warrant, also breached the Fourth and Fifth Amendment right to due process.”

I disagree with this statement. Peaceable protest and assembly is much different than violent mobs taking over part of a city.

Culp has gone over this several times now:

Please see 1:48:25

June 30, 2020 KVI Radio

PODCAST: John Carlson’s “And Another Thing…” June30, 2020

Culp describes his approach at 11:51

 

Looking for a little more balance from WA government.

Promoting public safety Re: masks should extend to public safety related to protests on I-5.

WSP allowed public safety to be placed at risk:

Protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row, Mead said at a press conference.”

After enabling criminal conduct, WSP will no longer enable criminal conduct:

“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”

More here:

About Those Spooky Federal Cops in Portland

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

What I Like About Local Government

WA Government Lacks Balance

WA GOP & Loren Culp

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

A one size fits all society?

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

 

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Keystone Ferry – Inbound

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island-no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

 

The gray, damp, cool, marine layerish part of the summer seems to be over now.

Went to high school in Kitsap County in the late 70s.

We started drinking when we were about 15.

Fake IDs (completely fake-not made to look like anything real) worked about 50% of the time to buy beer.

We never went without since about age 15.

I notice that beer websites have an honor system these days. You must make up an over 21 birth date in order to study brewery offerings. Underage people who desire to view a brewery web site will be stopped by all this?

We drank underage for years with no help whatsoever from the internet.

Making mention of these memories is not to defend operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana.

There was a special mystique about Coors beer at the time. For some reason, it was not shipped to WA.

“For decades, Coors Banquet was only available in 11 states, none of which were in the East. Despite its limited distribution, presidents, celebrities, and everyday folk alike wanted a taste of the West. In 1991, Coors Banquet finally showed up in all 50 states.”

People would make beer runs and bring back Coors from Idaho.

Back in those days, each state could set their own minimum drinking age. Idaho had a lower drinking age.

We have been enjoying the Yellowstone series. I noticed they are drinking Coors while at the rodeo, out camping with the Governor, etc.

Went looking for some Coors today. The old school beers now have only a small part of the cooler shelf space. It took a little looking to find the right spot. Selection of cans/bottles/16/12 OZ/6 pack/12 pack is extremely limited.

Only original Coors offering was an 18 pack in 12 OZ cans. Brought it home.

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Maybe of interest:

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

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Local government must form a relationship with the people they serve.

July 17, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Fire commissioners place levy lid lift on ballot

“The department is putting together a citizens advisory committee of about six to eight people in order to get input from residents, and a few more members are still needed.”

Working to keep the public informed.

“Information about volunteering for the committee is on the district’s website.”

Working to make their case.

“Under the proposal, the extra funding would be used to replace two aging fire engines, the emergency radios and self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighters.”

Compare to the US federal government:

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, rare and mysterious cross-border arrests, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats 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

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

Even one time?

Why are Border Patrol arrest statistics secret at Port Angeles?

“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.

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

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

Related:

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

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I wear a face covering anytime I enter a business, post office, etc.

I would prefer that business owners be free to set their own policy.

It looks like some would be OK if we were told to wear a mask when we went to bed at night.

 

I don’t trivialize other people’s desires & choices.

 

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

Helping others by donating

 

In two years, individuals in suicidal crisis seeking help will have a number that’s easy to remember and quick to dial to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”

Just hang on for two more years.

 

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

Mar/April, 2020

Pizza delivery, marijuana and booze sales roll on as government agencies phase out access and services.

Local press responds with reduced coverage and less in the way of asking questions.

Concealed Carry Processing Suspended

Mixed Messages On What Is An Emergency

 

Looks like Sound Publishing has removed all old comments and shut down the opportunity to post new comments on all of their newspaper web editions?

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

 

Recommendations to bring in more subscribers:

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

 

I feel like a man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Since that time, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam to stay safe.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

Related:

A one size fits all society?

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

WA Government Lacks Balance

Never Understood

Restricted Activities Update

Stay-at-home, except when purchasing liquor up until 9 p.m.

 

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# 1 The Drug War

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

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

Billions of dollars are spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Kitsap and Island County Meth & Heroin

 

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 product out of the US?

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

 

The Dept. of Defense makes a move to get in on the act:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Cartels respond to General Milley’s big DOD crackdown by moving more product into WA

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

15 people from Puget Sound indicted in Mexican drug cartel trafficking conspiracy

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

Lynnwood couple busted after being found with up to $23M worth of illicit fentanyl

 

July 13, 2020 KIRO7 News video:

Mexican cartels funneling meth to Washington state during pandemic

 

Meth & heroin update:

July 20, 2020 Spokesman Review

Airway Heights correctional officer charged with smuggling drugs to prisoners

 

July 20, 2020 KXLY

Airway Heights guard arrested, accused of smuggling drugs into prison

“Investigators say the COVID-19 crisis helped their investigation because visitors and outside volunteers have not been allowed in the prison since March. That means anyone bringing in contraband must have been DOC employees, according to the complaint.”

More here:

A bold pledge from DOD, and CBP social media posts fail to keep fentanyl and black tar heroin away from Seattle

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

Even one time?

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

What I Like About Local Government

 

# 2 Enhanced background checks required for guns since 2014

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

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.”

Newspeople Show Little Curiosity Unless It’s A Sports Story

 

# 3 Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

Image above: 7/15/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

Related:

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

Whidbey Signs of Water Quality

Whidbey Earth Day

When Things Get Back To Normal

Ready To Purchase A Subscription – Whidbey Water Quality

 

# 4 An ongoing glorification of military service

Local press:

“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?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

September 27, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: Freedom doesn’t come free, and it’s sometimes noisy

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

 

 

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20. Can elected officials of any party or any member of the press help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

 

1967

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?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, 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?

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops 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.

 

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.

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

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:

 

Related:

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

It looks like both Whidbey papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

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

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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The made for TV press and both major parties seem to be good with more of the same.

What the two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Related:

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

Both Major Parties

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, 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?

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

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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Lonely beach north of Perego’s Lagoon

 

I think Culp is a very interesting candidate.

I’m reading that he is not supported by WA GOP. Not really sure why.

The WA GOP is trying to elect a Governor for the entire state. The event below begins with a pledge of allegiance, a prayer, the national anthem and cheers for Trump.

More public policy stuff and less in the way of a pledge to a symbol and prayers may be what many voters are looking for. Faith & family values are up to you & your family as individuals. Public policy issues are what everyone must face.

July 10, 2020 ClarkCountyToday.com

Republican candidates for governor square off in Camas

June 18, 2020 Crosscut

The GOP effort for the governor’s office is futile

 

Both major parties are OK with telling us that the troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms.

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can elected officials of any party help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

More here:

Both Major Parties

 

Related:

WA Government Lacks Balance

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

A one size fits all society?

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

Less Hassle – Oregon State Parks

Wondering if something like 89 cents of each dollar collected for daytime parking fees goes directly towards funding of the manufacturing, installation and maintenance of enforcement related warning signs, kiosks, pay boxes, fluorescent placards, and the manufacturing and distribution of enforcement related literature, blank forms and documentation materials.

Enjoy Washington’s Natural Heritage

 

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