A Dept. of Defense that was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

 

A Dept. of Defense with a truly poor track record for winning wars since DOD was established way back in 1949.

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Nov 14, 2019 Stars and Stripes

Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost American Taxpayers $6.4 trillion, Study Finds

 

A $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that was nowhere to be found on 1/6/21.

Another big crackdown featuring various restrictions on the land of the free has begun.

Standby to find out how you will be impacted.

 

911 brought special ID requirements.

People need to carry a special ID to go have lunch in Canada, then return home.

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

Still trying to figure out if REAL ID plays any role in keeping cartel product from showing up in various parts of the US.

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

 

State-Run Media/CBP Social Media Posts

CBP tells us:

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.

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

 

Department of Defense news/social media posts

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

A/SD Chris Miller speaks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how the DOD continues to build an environment honoring his legacy.”

We are honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by forcing people to pay for bombing Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, then lying and telling them that this is all to protect American rights and freedoms.

Will the press show up to ask any questions?

 

U.S. Central Command

B-52H crews conduct second Middle East presence patrol of 2021 as key part of CENTCOM’s defensive posture.”

Questions we’d love to see newspeople ask:

Did the advantage of US air power or DOD social media posts allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

 

Related:

DOD Nowhere To be Found On 911 – US Dept. of Homeland Security Missing on 1/6/21

Lawbreakers, Dissenters, Observers and Group Identities

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Press might need less bailout cash if it was more in the habit of asking questions

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

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?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

Veterans Day Nonsense

 

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Two Bluff Trails

 

$49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security nowhere to be found on 1/6/21.

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

Jan 6, 2021 The Texas Tribune

“Find a place to hide or seek cover”: A harrowing day at the U.S. Capitol for Texans in Congress

 

Back in September, DHS tells us they are ready with this state run media update featuring paid spokespeople.

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

 

We’d love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

State-Run Media/CBP Social Media Posts

CBP tells us:

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.

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

 

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Press might need less bailout cash if it was more in the habit of asking questions

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

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Taxpayer funded message seen on local ferry ride.

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system not to leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile-on the car deck-cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

On occasion, the press will do a story on a ferry security drill.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry-how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

Here is another clamshell beach. This one is on the eastern shore of Rat Island, near Kilisut Harbor.

 

 

North side of Penn Cove

 

Island County

June 19, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Island County enters Phase 3

“The county’s rate of new infections continues to be very low. In the three-week period following the move into Phase 2, only two new infections were reported and both those were the result of people in the same family visiting another county, according to Island County Public Health.”

“For the county, entering Phase 3 means restaurants and taverns can now have 75 percent capacity and tables with up to 10 people. Movie theaters can open at 50 percent capacity.”

 

July 14, 2020 The Seattle Times

Inslee pauses reopening of Washington’s counties through July 28 as COVID-19 cases spike

 

November 15, 2020 KIRO 7 News

New COVID-19 restrictions announced: Indoor dining and social gatherings prohibited

Indoor dining at bars and restaurants will stop on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Outdoor dining will be allowed but no more than five people at one table.”

“The restrictions will stay in place until at least Dec. 14.”

 

0:29

Nov 16, 2020 ClarkCountyToday.com

Counties are best suited to work to improve the situation:

Whatcom County

Jan 14, 2021 KGMI

Whatcom County COVID-19 infection rate highest in state

“The Health Department reports cases have skyrocketed in the Lynden and Nooksack Valley areas, with the case rate doubling in Lynden and tripling in Nooksack Valley over the previous week.”

 

Island County is now in the North Region (San Juan County, Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties)

Jan 17th, 2021 San Juan Journal

State’s new two-phase plan and what it means for SJC

The week before last, Gov. Jay Inslee released details on what is being called the “Roadmap to Recovery.”

 

Roadmap to Recovery

Island County is now tied to Whatcom County.

Sort of like rooting for your hometown high school football team to win the championship, but they can’t do it if other teams in other counties do poorly.

Related:

WA – Dining Outside While Sealed Inside A Tent Is Legal

If I was Governor

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

 

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Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

Looking towards Port Hadlock from below the bridge at Indian Island.

A wonderful clamshell beach.

 

Decades of politics and life in America leads us to the realization that both major parties are OK with 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, forced charity and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end

A Dept. of Defense that was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

 

A Dept. of Defense with a truly poor track record for winning wars since DOD was established way back in 1949.

 

Nov 14, 2019 Stars and Stripes

Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost American Taxpayers $6.4 trillion, Study Finds

 

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals Re: lessons learned on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949.

The formal congressional declaration of war would also be the time for a careful review of important issues such as: PTSD, suicide, GTMO/torture, use of contractors, war crimes, a $6.4 trillion price tag, lies about freedom, propaganda, dressing women to look like men, exit strategy, mission creep, nation building, reduction of traditional military benefits offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who should register for the draft, etc.

 

Wasteful Homeland Security spending

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?

What We Have Now

A $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

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

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

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?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

The Drug War

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

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

 

Zero questions from newspeople:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Any shortage of cartel product anywhere in the US since General Milley launched his big DOD crackdown?

Any questions from newspeople?

Tried to stay out of it. Posting news-related items

Cartel Moves Product Past General Milley, CBP & Into The Puget Sound Area – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Federal prohibition of marijuana

A society that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking the troops for freedoms, fighting wars for freedoms, staging military jet flyovers at sporting events for freedom, etc.

Freedom Re: marijuana?

Still controversial.

 

Treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens

Certainly, Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

American culture is good for dividing adults up into groups of first and second-class citizens.

Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms restrictions are in place for 18-20 year old adults. Is there any state where recreational marijuana laws remove prohibition for adults at age 18?

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

An ongoing glorification of military service

We’re often told that The Troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms, and that we should thank them for defending our freedoms.

The reality is that freedoms may come and go.

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our 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.

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

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?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

Veterans Day Nonsense

 

Forced charity

Tax money-which some people intend to be used to help others via public assistance programs-also goes for failed wars that never end.

Helping others by donating to churches or private charities, food banks, etc. can avoid these conflicts.

Donors are free to opt out if a charity misbehaves.

People could keep more of their own money to donate to causes of their choosing if the federal government was not taking it to pay for wasteful programs.

Helping others by donating

 

Newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Ready to purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper that will show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Stormwater, Untreated Sewage and Puget Sound

 

Related:

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Not A Democrat Or A Republican

What does the Medal of Freedom have to do with freedom?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Hill Road

 

Is an effort being made to avoid thinking of all present as law breakers?

 

Jan 12, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

In Our Opinion: Oak Harbor pro-Trump rally during Capitol siege poorly timed

“And only one of the protesters was seen wearing a mask. The county’s Public Health director confirmed that the unmasked people packed together on the side of the highway were violating the state’s COVID-19 rules.”

Should decent people be placed on hold because bad people were doing bad things at the same time 3000 miles away?

The mask rules apply to individual people no matter what political causes they may support.

 

Jan 14, 2021 CBS News

Passengers banned from U.S. airlines top 2,700, with dozens added in wake of Capitol riot

“Some of the people who traveled in our planes yesterday participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today,” she said. “Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area. Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

How do you separate these people from those who were not involved in any illegal activity?

Causing disruption on commercial aircraft is not to be tolerated no matter if you represent the Girl Scouts, the KKK or no group at all. The article offers no explanation.

 

Jan 13, 2021 The Intercept

SCHUMER’S INSURRECTIONIST NO-FLY LIST IS A CIVIL LIBERTIES NIGHTMARE

“In the years following the September 11 attacks, tens of thousands found themselves on the no-fly list without any specific allegation against them, after having been targeted without due process, based on classified criteria.”

 

Jan 13, 2021 CNN Business

Airbnb says it will block reservations in DC area during inauguration

“Airbnb says it will cancel all short-term reservations in the Washington, DC area next week, an escalation of its efforts around safety and the presidential inauguration.”

People of good will, who have attended the parade in the past, where the President may step out and wave to the crowds are not able to book a reservation because bad people did bad things?

 

What happened to the strict post 911/GWOT security protocols meant to maintain order on Jan 6th?

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:

 

Restricting Access To Social Media

1:35

Sill OK to question results of 2016 election:

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

Is gathering at the US, or any state capitol to hold a rally for any cause or to observe government in action now in question?

 

Related:

Discrimination is common – Government is OK with much of it

Post 911 Faith In Government Update

Washington State Patrol – Professional Law Enforcement

Terror Threat/US Credibility/One Size Fits All & Random Thoughts

What Failed On Wednesday at the United States Capitol?

In sports, newspeople are free to ask hard questions

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Not A Democrat Or A Republican

What does the Medal of Freedom have to do with freedom?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

Ready to purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper that will show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Stormwater, Untreated Sewage and Puget Sound

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

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?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

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Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Port Hadlock

 

 

Jan 13, 2021 KOMO News

Mail semi nearly blown off Deception Pass Bridge during windstorm

“And the relentless wind gusts clocked as high as 64 mph at the nearby Naval Air Station continued to slam against the passenger side of the cab, making it too difficult to open the door. So the 60-year-old driver had to climb through the passenger side window.”

 

Jan 13, 2021 KING 5 News

Semi-truck partially hanging over Deception Pass Bridge removed; SR 20 now open

Axtman said a tow truck couldn’t tip the truck upright for more than four hours due to high winds and “the possibility of it blowing over again.”

 

Other Bridges

Dec 31, 2019 KIRO 7 News

Hood Canal Bridge reopens after closure for high winds

“According to WSDOT, the bridge will generally close to traffic and crews may open its draw spans during storms with wind speeds over 40 mph that are sustained for at least 15 minutes to relieve pressure on the bridge.”

 

Dec 31, 2019 Peninsula Daily News

Hood Canal Bridge sees several closures due to high winds

“Closing the bridge to traffic by opening the drawspan helps relieve intense pressure on the bridge,” DOT said.

 

Oct 13, 2016 Kitsap Sun

How strong must winds be to close Narrows bridges?

“We don’t have a specific wind speed criterion for closing the bridge; it’s a call we make based on the (following) criteria, and we err on the side of public safety,” she said.

“Staff at our Traffic Management Center monitor the wind blowing across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge decks in three ways, all low-tech and all effective:

1) They monitor the wind socks on the bridges and issuing a warning when the socks are fully extended.

2) They monitor how well motorists, and large trucks in particular, are staying in their lanes.

3) they use input from WSP and other partners to help gauge when winds are getting unruly.

We care more about the safety of drivers crossing the bridges than we do about the nautical correctness of the term or the frequency with which the wind conditions justify the warning. After all, it is not unknown for semis to be blown over while trying to cross those bridges.”

 

Feb 18, 2018 Q13 FOX

Wind and waves close Westbound I-90 floating bridge for 4 hours

“Washington State Department of Transportation says maintenance crews close the floating bridge at 2:18 p.m. when sustained northerly wind speeds reach 26 mph with wave reached at least 2 feet.”

“WSDOT said the closure is necessary in order to prevent damage to the bridge.”

 

Question for newspeople:

Does the Deception Pass Bridge close to traffic during high winds?

 

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Looking towards the Deception Pass Bridge from the Fidalgo Island side of the park.

 

Fort Casey/Keystone Harbor

 

 

American popular & political culture insists on dividing people up into groups-then assigning a separate value to different groups.

 

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

Regular people- $80 annual pass

Military- free

Seniors- $80 Lifetime pass $20 annual pass

Annual 4th Grade Pass
Cost: Free (valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year though the following summer (September-August)

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

 

Selective Service registration for men only.

 

Scholarships that are awarded only to women.

 

Women’s colleges

 

Prohibition of alcohol sales to adults age 18-20.

 

Federal support for Women-Owned Businesses

 

Certainly, Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

Both major political parties are OK with treating 18-20 year old adults as second class citizens.

Sales restrictions on alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms are in place for 18-20 year old adults.

Is there any state where recreational marijuana laws remove prohibition for adults at age 18?

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?

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

I have seen comments saying Twitter is a private business and free to set its own rules. Does that also apply to the florist or bakery that does not want to create a product for a gay marriage ceremony?

Does that also apply to a tavern that wants to allow indoor smoking?

If I ran a bakery-

Store policy:

We do quality cakes for all occasions-no customer application/background check required.

Growing numbers of happy customers and building our positive reputation is our goal.

Please tell your friends & contact us at any time.

In a free and honest society customers would support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

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?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

 

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

 

More here:

What does the Medal of Freedom have to do with freedom?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Watching the waves.

Strait of Juan de Fuca – North end of Fort Ebey

 

Not specific to, or critical of any nominee or recipient, but what does the Medal of Freedom have to do with freedom?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

In American society, freedom comes and goes.

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

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On watch at Fort Ebey

 

Jan 11, 2021 KIMT News 3

FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week

“…FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.”

Where was the threat forecast last week?

 

Jan 11, 2020 NBC News

FBI and NYPD told Capitol Police about possibility of violence before riot, senior law enforcement officials say; FBI visited more than a dozen extremists to urge them not to travel to Washington.”

“The previously unreported details undercut the assertion by a top FBI official that officials had no indication that violence was a possibility, and they add to questions about what intelligence authorities had reviewed before the Capitol riot, which led to the death of an officer and four other people, including a rioter who was shot and killed by police.”

“It was immediately obvious after the Capitol was seized by a violent mob Wednesday that Capitol Police, whose job is to defend the facility and the lawmakers who work there, had completely misjudged the security threat.”

“The officials said Capitol Police were given a specific and separate intelligence report describing extremist rhetoric and threats of violence that appeared on social media in connection with the rally.”

 

Fusion Center History

Fusion centers were established following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to connect-the-dots between critical information housed in different agencies and share information and intelligence to aid in protecting communities.”

Everything has been under full control:

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:

Away from The Super Bowl

CBP tells us:

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.

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

 

Any similar capability on 911?

Related:

Washington State Patrol – Professional Law Enforcement

Terror Threat/US Credibility/One Size Fits All & Random Thoughts

What Failed On Wednesday at the United States Capitol?

In sports, newspeople are free to ask hard questions

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Ready to purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper that will show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Stormwater, Untreated Sewage and Puget Sound

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

Not A Democrat Or A Republican

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Jan 11, 2021

Washington State Patrol Sergeant Darren Wright says so far 1 person has been arrested: an RV was blocking the road to the Capitol. He says law enforcement will be out as long as necessary and when asked about people wanting to breach the building: “that’s not gonna happen.”

 

Summer of 2020

Fatality during 19 nights of protest on Interstate 5 in Seattle

For some reason, the Washington State Patrol pulled back and placed public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5.

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?

If the Girl Scouts or the KKK enter the interstate and block traffic/risk public safety people must be able to count on elected officials and LE agencies to do their job.

Different groups do appear to be treated differently based on location/whatever elected official has jurisdiction and whatever cause the group may be supporting.

 

Related:

In sports, newspeople are free to ask hard questions

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

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Ready to purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper that will show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Stormwater, Untreated Sewage and Puget Sound

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

Not A Democrat Or A Republican

 

 

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Don’t book a bed and breakfast stay in Coupeville and plan to walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations.

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

 

In sports, newspeople are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches.

Love to see this style of reporting Re: security at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Jan. 9, 2021 The Seattle Times

Overmatched and out: Offensive ineptitude dooms Seahawks in wild-card playoff loss to Rams

Comments are open here, unlike many stories involving public policy.

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 impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

 

KOMO,

Can you report to us on why security failed on Wednesday?

Seems like a post 911 Washington DC would be one of the very most prepared cities in the world to host gatherings and events of a friendly or unfriendly nature.

 

You will see some newspeople questioning the failure of security on Wednesday, but in a general sense, coverage seems to be more about political personalities, political parties and group identities.

Congressman Kilmer,

Please let us know why security failed on Wednesday.

Seems like a post 911 Washington DC would be one of the very most prepared cities in the world to host gatherings and events of a friendly or unfriendly nature.

 

If the Girl Scouts or the KKK enter the interstate and block traffic/risk public safety people must be able to count on elected officials and LE agencies to do their job. Different groups do appear to be treated differently based on location/whatever elected official has jurisdiction and whatever cause the group may be supporting.

 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she wants Pres. Trump to resign, and questions whether she would remain a part of the Republican Party.”

2 major parties are OK with:

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, & newspeople who do not ask questions.

 

By carefully concealing himself, he was able to blend in and slip by strict post 911/GWOT security protocols at the US Capitol update:

“The QAnon-supporting man who briefly took the dais during the storming of the U.S. Capitol — while wearing a fur hat topped with buffalo horns and wielding a spear — has been arrested, the Justice Department announced Saturday.”

 

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

Call in with your tips because security caved.

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:

Love to see newspeople asking questions.

State-Run Media/CBP Social Media Posts

CBP tells us:

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.

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

 

Whether they were Girl Scouts or the KKK, can you please report to us Re: why post 911/GWOT security protocols broke down at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

 

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A symbol of freedom, federal government credibility and newspeople not asking questions.

 

Today was a nice day to work outside.

We had fun with sunflowers last year. Today was the day to pull out the last of them, chop them up and add them to the compost pile.

 

Port Townsend

 

An important component of a free society is that different people believe different things and are able to act on their beliefs.

An example:

Some parents are OK with public schools. Some want to send their children to private schools. Some want to homeschool their kids. People get to move off in different directions. This is a safety valve.

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

People choose different churches to attend, or attend no church at all. This is a safety valve.

Years ago, it was understood that some people preferred to smoke. Some preferred to be vegan. Some preferred to eat meat. Some preferred electric cars, some preferred a powerful truck to pull a horse trailer.

We don’t ask voters to pick the two most popular churches and make plans for government to eliminate the rest because they may be spreading misinformation.

A live and let live attitude is fading.

Safety valves being removed – Forcing a one size fits all society

COVID restrictions, restricting access to social media, talk of getting rid of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and a discussion of prohibiting legal firearms has people feeling boxed in. This is not the free and honest society our elementary school teachers lied to us about.

Play by the rules and we’ll make more rules.

The ugly side of politics may be a reaction that comes from trying to force a one size fits all society.

The idea is to live in a free and honest society.

 

 

 

Gov. Mike DeWine signs into law bill that allows home delivery of liquor, removes some sales provisions

If these services do not create a risk for local communities-why are they restricted under normal conditions?

Watch for the press to ask zero questions in these areas.

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell promotes federal assistance for small newsrooms.

My podcast:

 

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

 

Twitter permanently suspends Trump from its platform

Will this help people to accept a one size fits all society?

I saw a comment somewhere that said Twitter is a private business and free to set its own rules. Does that also apply to the florist or bakery that does not want to create a product for a gay marriage ceremony? Does that also apply to a tavern that wants to allow indoor smoking?

If I ran a bakery-

Store policy:

We do quality cakes for all occasions-no customer application/background check required.

Growing numbers of happy customers and building our positive reputation is our goal.

Please tell your friends & contact us at any time.

In a free and honest society customers would support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

Eric July

@EricDJuly making the case for a peaceful divorce between states before it happens violently

The 50 United States plan means being taxed and forced to pay for bombing Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, then being lied to, and told that this is all to protect American rights and freedoms.

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

Eric July

Y’all crackheads can’t even exist on the same social media platform with folks that differ politically but for some reason y’all think it’s preferable that we continue to share a government.”

 

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Terror Threat

Maybe there is a minimal terror threat these days.

If suicide bombers with concealed explosives packed on their bodies wanted to disrupt American society at the US Capitol, it looks like there would be no SWAT team to keep them out or to have them show ID and pass through the metal detector.

US Troops at the border, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911/GWOT security protocols, a $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, border wall efforts and the Post 911 surveillance state (fusion centers, license scanners, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, & social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, tracking of cell phones, etc.) appear to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

Call in with your tips because security caved.

USA TODAY needs your help identifying the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. View the photos and fill out our form.”

 

The Press

The press tends to avoid asking questions.

No Credible Threat?

The War on Terror has prompted law enforcement authorities to calm the public by looking into the future and announcing that no credible threat exists.

Dec 25, 2020 News 12 Long Island

Long Island residents express concern after Nashville bombing halts travel

“While officials say there are no credible threats following the bombing in Nashville, Long Island residents say they are still concerned.”

Where was the threat forecast before the Nashville event?

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.

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US Credibility

Credibility of LE and elected officials at all levels of government is questionable.

Seattle protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights. Washington State Patrol allows Interstate highway public safety protocols to be suspended until a fatality after dark one night.

Washington State Patrol says protesters on I-5 will face arrest

If the Girl Scouts or the KKK enter the interstate and block traffic/risk public safety people must be able to count on elected officials and LE agencies to do their job. Different groups do appear to be treated differently based on location/whatever elected official has jurisdiction and whatever cause the group may be supporting.

 

Anti Cop?

One size fits all society?

These issues discussed here:

 

One Size Fits All Society

An important component of a free society is that different people believe different things and are able to act on their beliefs.

COVID, along with talk of getting rid of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and a discussion of prohibiting legal firearms has people feeling boxed in. This is not the free and honest society our elementary school teachers lied to us about.

Play by the rules and we’ll make more rules.

Leavenworth COVID And Beer Drinking Oddities

 

Jan 8, 2021 Star Tribune

Minnesota legislators, parents decry mask order as youth sports restart

Let Them Play MN, which has been vocal in support of getting kids back to playing sports, has said it plans to take legal action to fight what it calls Walz’s “absurd decision to harm youth athletes by requiring masks during sports.”

Skip the ID checks/security screening and shut down the US government for a few hours.

 

Safety valves being removed – Forcing a one size fits all society

I do not favor the ugly side of politics. When I was younger, both major parties took turns in the White House. It was routine. It did not involve the TV making claims that this is the most important election in our lifetimes, etc.

I think the ugly side of politics is a reaction that comes from trying to force a one size fits all society.

Not A Democrat Or A Republican

If I was Governor

 

Random Thoughts

Huge amounts of money to send The Troops to distant lands.

You know its a lie when they tell you it’s about American rights and freedoms.

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

 

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?

 

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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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