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“…a massive fire at the district garage damaged 28 school buses, including 20 brand new ones.”

Another source:

“All the damaged buses were new.”

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016-

“…cost estimates for new buses are between $90,000 and $130,000.”

“Arson has been ruled out as a cause, but officials have not yet released information about how the blaze started, Fox said.”

 

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dsc_0261-copy I am OK with your choice. Whatever political party or personality you support- I’m OK with that.

I was a faithful voter for 25-30 years. It’s been years since I voted.

I’m not part of the majority that controls politics. More voting will not change that.

Three specific Washington State examples:

Gay marriage- Natural rights should not be subject to majority rule. Not interested in using the force of government to control others.

Recreational Marijuana- Natural rights should not be subject to majority rule. My version of legal would mean you could grow a plant in the back yard- like a tomato, or an apple tree.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens. Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20. No thanks.

Complicated rules exist- marijuana can not be sold to adults within arbitrary zones that may be in areas that include a daycare facility. (toddlers will enter a legal marijuana retail outlet & make a purchase?)

Alcohol is sold in minimarts directly across the street from public schools. Examples can be found in Quilcene and Coupeville. Haven’t heard of any problems.

Two basic rules for marijuana:

Do not furnish to minors.

Do not drive while impaired.

Private liquor sales- The Washington State version is way too complicated. When private sales of hard liquor became legal- any outlet that was licensed to sell a six pack of beer should have been instantly approved to sell hard liquor.

Two basic rules:

Do not furnish to minors.

Do not drive while impaired.

Any business applying for a license to sell hard liquor should face no restrictions above those required to sell beer & wine. No restrictions Re: floor space, lighting, open hours, distance to the nearest park, school, church, daycare facility, next business with a liquor license, etc.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens. Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20. No thanks.

 

On the national scene-

Voting & political parties:

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end, the drug war racket, & a secretive, wasteful and ineffective Dept. of Homeland Security.

Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

The majority of voters will align with one of these two parties.

The US has been in Iraq for 26 years– several Presidents have had their hands on the wheel.

No thanks.

 

But The Troops died for your right to vote?

Nonsense.

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed to vote at the end of WWI?

 

Newspeople have stopped asking questions. How are people to decide on voting when journalists lay down?

Example: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Hey veterans, school teachers & newspeople- Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if WWII military operations somehow secured voting rights?

More here: Voting Myths

 

Not sure how much faith should be placed in this system:

He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.

 

Besides voting- what else did I do to participate in the system?

Volunteered in 2010/11 to collect more than 1000 signatures for marijuana legalization.

Volunteered for a political campaign.

Attended public meetings & spoke/asked questions during public comments.

Attended public protests with unique protest sign- not a look-alike sign handed out by organizers.

Held unique protest sign as an individual in public.

Wrote to elected officials.

Wrote letters to the editor.

Did time in the Marines.

Did volunteer work in the community.

Was interviewed by a couple of papers.

 

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Dunford confirms Islamic State fired mustard agent at US troops

Sept. 27, 2016-

Chemical weapon wasn’t used near U.S. troops in Iraq

 

 

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DSC_0084 Stand and show proper respect for the freedoms provided by decades of undeclared/unwon US wars in distant lands:

Video below:

“Runnels admitted that he violated the teenager’s civil rights during the arrest by intentionally dropping him face first on the ground while Masters posed no threat.”

“As his mom and dad moved in to take a closer look, he spat out little pieces of his teeth. At least three were sheared in half and several others badly chipped.”

Salute your freedoms & all the lies & propaganda used to support unwon wars that never end:

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

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dsc_0020_002 The post-911 surveillance state (fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc.) appears to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

NJ Marine Corps charity run canceled after explosion along 5K route

At least 29 people injured after ‘intentional’ explosion in New York City, officials say

Source: Minnesota attacker asked victims if they were Muslim

Washington mall shooting: Manhunt underway after gunman kills 5

Kind of a weak link for the folks who tell us there is no credible threat prior to major events taking place.

FBI: No threat to Houston after recent U.S. incidents

Any credible threat prior to the last bank robbery?

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, school & church shootings, child abduction, etc.

Elsewhere on the crime scene, authorities need your help to track down violent criminals:

Washington’s Most Wanted

 

Why does the surveillance state indicate they know enough about future acts of terror to tell us there is no credible threat– while asking for assistance in tracking down a bank robber?

Tacoma Police detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for a bank robbery.

 

NFL thanks The Troops while increasing security at stadiums because US wars are not keeping us safe:

SECURITY ON HIGH ALERT AT SOLDIER FIELD AHEAD OF BEARS GAME

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dsc_0015 I have been learning about composting for about two years now. This has been a very helpful book: Composting (Bob’s Basics)

DSC_0002_005 “I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

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?

Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Random thoughts:

National Anthem protests-

Over the past couple weeks I’ve seen many comments stating that The Troops have fought four your right to sit or stand for this groupthink obedience/conformity ritual. Where did this idea come from?

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.

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

When we return from an undeclared war or military conflict without a victory- what becomes of American rights and freedoms?

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

You wouldn’t be able to enjoy your freedoms if it wasn’t for decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

Newspeople keep it about symbolism.

Zero questions asked about a catastrophic military failure and the 15 years of undeclared/unwon wars that followed.

 

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

(Key word is Perhaps- followed by a question mark- as in: this is up for discussion. Saved means all planes landing safely)

 

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

TV news video: Soldier arrives during school day for another surprise reunion.

 

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas- why would you be scolded for doing so?

 

Fragile national image update:

Will Megan Rapinoe kneel in game at Georgia Dome?

If someone skipped church- would it shake the entire organization?

 

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

Boy Scouts protest planned marijuana facility near Ann Arbor-area office

 

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Legendary SEAL leader: National anthem protests disrespect the military

“I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

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? Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Law enforcement officer/911-

Dallas police officer’s plea to Seattle Seahawks player goes viral

The officer asked that the Seattle Seahawk’s QB not “sit down for the star spangled banner on this coming Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September Eleventh… To do so would be a slap in the face to millions of fans… millions of public servants, millions of Americans that were involved and impacted by that terrible day.”

 

Mayor/retired Army Colonel/911-

DuPont mayor cancels Seahawks rally over potential anthem demonstration

Mayor Mike Courts, a retired Army colonel, wrote a message on the city’s website on Friday, “Freedom of speech is a tenet of our community, and not honoring our flag is our right. But free speech is not without cost: words and actions mean things and are often times interpreted in a way not intended.”

“I had four combat deployments and I was at the Pentagon on 9/11,” he said. Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Why do sporting events feature groupthink obedience/conformity drills like standing for the national anthem in the fist place? Do giant flag rituals get in the way of asking questions about undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers

Some say that they will quit watching NFL games if National Anthem traditions are not enforced- almost as if the traditions are seen as a sort of religious ceremony. People of faith do not agree on religious ceremonies- that’s why there are so many different churches here. Why would people from all walks of life be expected to agree on honoring a flag?

 

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September 8th 2016

About 450 More US Troops Arrive in Iraq to Back Mosul Drive

“Vietnam syndrome” ended 25 years ago.

September 8th 2016

FBI, Homeland Security issue warning of ISIS-inspired extremists targeting sports venues

 

NFL salutes The Troops while requiring clear plastic bags out at the stadium- because US wars are keeping us safe.

Welcome Home Troops

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

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DSC_0002_005 As much as possible- 911 observances will be about symbolism, heroes, victims, first responders, The Troops, giant flag rituals & B-2 bomber flyovers. Anything but- questions about a catastrophic military failure and the 15 years of undeclared/unwon wars that followed.

 

Random thoughts:

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

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First responders question crime scene protocols:

Conspiracy Theory?

Asking for clarification/better info is not the same as offering up any sort of conspiracy theory.

More information is better- this is how science and medicine works. Over the years some people have been freed from prison based on new DNA evidence becoming available.
Are the people who took steps to discover that new evidence conspiracy theorists?
Apply this same curiosity and desire for knowledge to some controversial topics and you’ll be labeled a conspiracy theorist.

Why the effort to suppress information?

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security boondoggle:

As of 2013: ‘Homeland security’ has received $791 billion since 9/11

Still not enough cash to keep heroin-trafficking cartels out of the Seattle area:

DEA- 2015:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

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

2015: Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the US?

If special ID works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving heroin into the Puget Sound area in 2015?

Love to see newspeople schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of the US?

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

 

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

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

State-run media update:

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

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DSC_0084 From comments:

“Your welcome Jeremy Lane for the right to be able to protest… and you need to thank every other veteran who gave you that right.”

Veterans give rights?

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from?

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 did not have full voting rights at the end of WWI.

When the US Army– on US soil- rounded up Japanese Americans in WWII- was that a case of veterans giving rights?

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The Troops are Defending Free Speech?

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

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

“Loyalty oaths were common during the Cold War era. Between 1947 and 1956, 42 states and more than 2000 local jurisdictions adopted laws requiring such oaths from public employees.”

 

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DSC_0108_002 In the news: LETTER: Fly the flag, please

15 years ago- I would fly my flags anytime it wasn’t raining. No more.

The aftermath of 911 & a steady flow of propaganda killed it for me.

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end- no thanks.

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The Troops are Defending Free Speech?

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

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DSC_0005 Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas- why would you be scolded for doing so?

 

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.

 

A Land of Make Believe

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

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

If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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Voting Myths

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

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