Family tradition – Turkey on the Weber

The National Guard was never meant to be an enforcer of US foreign policy, or used for nation building schemes or occupational duties in foreign lands.

Checks and Balances-

The US form of government is meant to include checks and balances.

Whatever happened to the 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 track record since DOD was established in 1949.

This would be a time to remind people that the National Guard is  meant to serve the people of their home state or other states and territories in the case of fires, floods, storm relief, etc. This would be the time to discuss ending multiple National Guard deployments to distant lands- absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

 

General Frank J. Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau:

“I visited with Guardsmen forward deployed in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Qatar, and the Sinai…”

 

The people of Louisiana need services at Al Asad Airbase and Taji Military Complex:

Louisiana National Guard citizen-Soldiers to deploy overseas

 

The people of North Carolina need services at a location that can not be revealed:

Staff Sgt. Thomas Herman can’t reveal where they’re going or say much about the mission except it relates to guard duty.”

 

The people of Mississippi need services in Kuwait:

Mississippi National Guard unit being deployed in 2018

 

The people of North Dakota needed services for ten months in Afghanistan:

National Guard members return home after 10-month deployment

 

The people of Oklahoma need services in Afghanistan:

Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard members prepare to deploy for Afghanistan

 

The people of Tennessee need services in Afghanistan:

36 soldiers from Tennessee National Guard heading to Afghanistan

 

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Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

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Photo Credit: Cocky U.S. pilot draws penis in sky, but navy not amused

 

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Fort Casey

Fort Casey

Fort Casey

Here, in this military town, the local paper seems to go with family friendly and patriotic themes.

About a year ago, their 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?

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.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

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

How does this work?

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?

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?

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Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

 

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Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

In the news:

TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

TSA Failed To Detect Weapons, Bombs During Most Screening Tests

 

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 Mexican mafia and drug cartel out of Southern California:

Operation targeting Mexican mafia, drug cartels nets 47 arrests, 200 pounds of drugs in Southern California

Welcome Home Troops

 

South Dakota:

Hills taking a hit with drug abuse

“The majority of meth comes out of Mexico from the drug cartels down there,” Fuller said. “Many states, South Dakota one of them, have made it very hard to find the precursors to make meth locally, so we’re not seeing the manufacturing sites up here. It’s coming from super labs in Mexico, brought in illegally across the border to source cities, like Denver, for example, and from there, it’s transported here. The majority in our area comes from Denver or L.A.”

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

No Credible Threat-

Oct 31st, 2017 NYC terror event: The mayor’s press secretary tweeted there was “NO active threat.”

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?

More here: No Credible Threat – Good Guys See Into The Future

 

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From the west side of Whidbey Island.

Double Bluff

Double Bluff

Double Bluff

CNN: 5 takeaways from the Democrats’ big night

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

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

The Heroin Racket.

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

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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Photo- Point Partridge beach day

 

Pat Tillman and his brother Kevin refused to be interviewed after they enlisted “for fear that their decision will be interpreted as a publicity stunt.”

Elsewhere- many are good with it.

KOMO News video: Nine military vets were treated to a supermarket shopping spree in Lakewood.

Is there a perception that people who did time in uniform are needy or disadvantaged? This news report gives us no hint as to how these veterans were selected. Was this a publicity stunt for the local NFL team? Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Another story with zero information or reporting on how these families were selected:

Military families get surprise $1,300 grocery shopping spree

From comments: “Thank you for supporting our troops. More company’s need to help out our troops.”

 

Retail marketing strategy update:

Veteran hassled over veteran parking spot at the grocery store.

Veteran reports incident to store manager.

 

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Photo- Looking out from the west side of Whidbey Island

 

 

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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Photo- A Northwest IPA on the Oregon Coast

 

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.

 

KOMO News video: Nine military vets were treated to a supermarket shopping spree in Lakewood.

Is there a perception that people who did time in uniform are needy or disadvantaged? This news report gives us no hint as to how these veterans were selected. Was this a publicity stunt for the local NFL team? Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Another story with zero information or reporting on how these families were selected:

Military families get surprise $1,300 grocery shopping spree

From comments: “Thank you for supporting our troops. More company’s need to help out our troops.”

 

ABC News video:

 

Retail marketing strategy update:

Veteran hassled over veteran parking spot at the grocery store.

Veteran reports incident to store manager.

 

Don’t be shy- go & get yourself a couple of free meals- it’s a proud thing:

More here:

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

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

 

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JBLM: Just down the road, but light years away

“With less than one percent of Americans wearing the uniform, this trend is only accelerating. To reverse it, more non-military families must encourage their children to serve.”

Looks like most people aren’t interested in involving themselves in undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

From Facebook comments:

This “disconnect ” is the result of doing away with the draft. A majority of Americans have no connection to the military. With a draft, or required national service, everyone would have to serve somewhere. “service is the rent we pay for living “

The country also did away with 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 track record since DOD was established in 1949.

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

Also did away with Armistice Day.

Also got public school teachers to host annual Veterans Day assemblies where students are told that The Troops are in distant lands defending American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

More here:

Veterans Protect Rights?

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

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.

Stop telling us that undeclared/unwon wars overseas are somehow linked to American rights & freedoms.

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.

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?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

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.

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Hey veterans- do you get special parking spots on base? Why move to divide people up into groups of first & second-class citizens away from the base?

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.

Finally, find some newspeople who are willing to ask questions.

More here:

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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Photo- Fog Clears at Hill Road

 

Oct 31st, 2017 NYC terror event: The mayor’s press secretary tweeted there was “NO active threat.”

 

LA police on ‘heightened awareness’ after Manhattan terror attack, but ‘no credible’ threat found

 

Baker: No threat to Massachusetts following NYC bike path rampage

 

No threat eyed for Bay State in wake of NYC terror attack

 

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?

 

Best at symbolism update:

“The spire of One World Trade Center is lit in red, white and blue in honor of “freedom and democracy” following a deadly terror attack in New York City.”

 

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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 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:

 

Franklin County, Kentucky

Franklin Co. Sheriff Will X-Ray Halloween Candy

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Amid concerns about tainted treats, vet clinic offers free x-rays for Halloween candy

 

Lucas County, Ohio

Lucas County Sheriff Office to screen Halloween candy

 

Chattanooga,Tennessee

AFC Urgent Care offers free candy X-rays for Halloween

“AFC is offering this service at its Cleveland, Ooltewah, Gunbarrel and Hixson locations Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”

 

Reno, Nevada

The day after Halloween, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, the sheriff’s office says it will offer free Halloween candy X-ray screening at the Washoe County District Courthouse and the Mills Lane Justice Center.”

Make sure your highly excitable youngsters do not eat any Halloween candy until after you have transported it to the X-ray screening site- the day after Halloween.

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

Halloween candy X-rays available in East Tennessee

 

Kansas City, Missouri

The Urgency Room will X-ray your child’s Halloween candy for free this year

 

Casper, Wyoming

Community Health to Inspect Casper Kids’ Candy this Halloween

Hurry up and get your trick-or-treating done, because X-ray screening happens on Halloween day from 6-8 pm.

“X-raying the candy ensures there’s nothing inside the candies.”

 

Hancock County, West Virginia

West Virginia sheriff’s department offering to x-ray Halloween candy

“It can detect almost anything including unwanted items like screws or razors.”

 

Norfolk, Virginia

Patient First offers to examine Halloween candy for free

 

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy X-ray screenings

 

Grant County, Washington

“The hospital will also be offering candy safety checks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Community members can bring candy gathered by their children to the Radiology Department where staff will x-ray the candy and ensure safety.”

 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Patient First offers free digital X-ray screenings for Halloween candy

 

More here: Halloween Safety Tips 2017

 

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In the news: Huge fee hike for park proposed; National Park Service seeks rise to $70 for one vehicle, one week

Several comments here, saying that parks need to be better about stopping people as they enter these federal lands to verify that the proper day use permits are in hand. Heading out for your picnic might feel something like trying to enter a military base. Washington State Parks are already on to this. They are now in the habit of stopping vehicles at guilty until proven innocent checkpoints to verify that you have purchased what started out to be a parking pass several years ago. Fort Ebey State Park is good for this.

But-what about discrimination?

The federal government is A-OK with dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group.

Parking pass for federal lands you paid for the same as the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan:

America the Beautiful Passes

Regular people- $80 annual pass

Military- free

Annual 4th Grade Pass- free

Seniors- $20 Annual Senior Pass

Don’t forget- If you are not headed towards a National Park- but want to make a daytime visit to BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands– you may be asked to pay a fee.

How about an opt in/out pass to pay for decades (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands?

If people don’t want to show proper support by paying a special fee- above and beyond April 15th federal taxes- then the wars would have to be shut down.

More here: Celebrate Your Independence

 

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“There’s a stigma that’s often associated with the military, but we should support our veterans, because they help protect our rights.”

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- the Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

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

How does this work?

Hey school teachers,

Do the US Armed Forces really 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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Seaside, OR

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