Advance notice that Mukilteo/Clinton and Edmonds/Kingston service will be cut in half each weekend in July:

Mukilteo/Clinton and Edmonds/Kingston on 1-Boat Service Each Weekend in July

“Because of a shortage of available crew during the COVID-19 pandemic, service on the Mukilteo/Clinton and Edmonds/Kingston routes must be reduced to one boat on weekends during the month of July. The affected dates include: July 4-5; July 11-12; July 18-19; and July 25-26. On those four weekends, the #1 boat will be the only boat in service.”

3 Hour Wait Times:

June 20, 2020 The Everett Herald

Expect long ferry lines due to crew shortage from COVID-19

“Mukilteo and Edmonds routes will have reduced boat service. Saturday’s wait was 3 hours from Clinton.”

“Ian Sterling, Washington State Ferries spokesman, said a combination of aging workers, vessel maintenance and funding led to the need to limit service.”

We are down 100 to 150 workers just because they are in the high-risk category,” Sterling said. “Previous cuts over the years have us down to where we are a skeleton crew. We are really challenged right now.”

“The Mukilteo-Clinton route was reduced to one boat on Saturday and Sunday. Normally two ferries cross the water with service every half hour from each dock for the 20-minute voyage.”

 

June 30, 2020 KIRO7 News Video:

Ferry wait times spike following staff shortages

Some (employees) are in that high-risk category, either by age, or whether by underlying health conditions, or both, so we want to keep them safe,” Sterling told KIRO 7 News.”

“The wait is pretty awful. Pretty awful. So it makes you resentful of the people coming over who are tourists,” said Don Lane, a resident of Whidbey Island. “As things open up in phases, it just gets worse and worse and worse.”

The High-Risk Category

Would it make sense to have age/physical standards requirements in hiring? The US Armed Forces are one example of where these requirements are in place.

 

UPS

UPS Hours of Operation: Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 

Central Planning

Washington State Ferries is maintaining weekday schedules and reducing service on weekends when fewer people are traveling for essential purposes.

 

Mixed Messages/Opening Back Up

May 18, 2020 KING5 News Video

Casinos in western Washington reopen to big crowds

 

Jun 19, 2020 WhidbeyCamanoIslands
@GoWhidbeyCamano

Whidbey and Camano Islands have received approval to move into Phase III of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” phased approach. Business services and activities listed in Phase 3 of the Safe Start plan are now permitted, if guidelines and safety measures are implemented.”

 

More here:

Not a one size fits all society

Restricted Activities Update

Port Angeles – Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions.

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

Concealed Carry Processing Suspended

 

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

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Photo- Extinct ferry at Kingston

 

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.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Image above: 7/01/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

 

In the news:

June 30, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Project aims to ID source of algae bloom catalyst in lake

“Island County Public Health officials hope to finally get to the bottom of the problem, and hopefully fix it, with money from the state Department of Ecology and cooperation from the county’s Conservation District.”

“At an Island County commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Public Works Director Keith Higman got the chance to talk about something besides COVID-19. Under the project, he explained, the state would contribute $25,000 and the county would kick in another $8,333 from the county’s clean water utility.”

 

March 13, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

“Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea”

School teachers,

Are you teaching your students to look for green colors on the Recreational Shellfish Safety Map?

More here:

Green colors show safe places for recreational shellfish

 

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

Less Pollution at Bellingham and Anacortes?

More Than A Week Since The Big Rains

Saratoga Passage Marine Stewardship Area – Any News Coverage?

Ocean Water in Snohomish County?

Stormwater?

 

 

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I’m with Greg on this one.

Checking IPA Dates

 

Ferry House and Mount Rainier.

Click image twice to see buildings in downtown Seattle.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

What this blog has to offer:

No mention of political parties or personalities.

No mention of group identities.

No labels.

No name calling.

No scolding.

No effort to get people to stop wearing masks.

 

June 30, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

The Safety of Outdoor Air for Coronavirus Is Now Obvious

“There is now powerful observational evidence that outdoor air is extraordinary safe regarding COVID-19, and the recent protests have helped provide it.”

“The protests/riots began in Seattle and other cities on May 26th.”

“You want more evidence? No problem. About a month ago, there was a huge media commotion about “irresponsible” outdoor parties at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks (see picture below from the famous “party cove”. Several media outlets promised a huge uptick in COVID-19 cases.”

What actually happened? Nothing. No spike of COVID-19 cases in the neighboring counties. Outdoor air is safe.”

“The other day I was biking down the Burke Gilman trail and an older women saw me coming and fled off the trail, pushing her mask tight around her mouth as she turned to face away from me. There was profound fear in her eyes and it was completely unnecessary. Really bothered me.”

“And such fear is being stoked by local politicians and governments. The City of Seattle parks STILL has many of the parking lots closed and threatening signs everything.”

 

In a free society, you will find situations that are not set up to try to please everyone. Several examples are described below.

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here and people who opt out on attending services.

Some churches do not allow women to be clergy members, or require women to dress in a certain way or keep their hair a certain way.

Should they be forced into compliance?

Some churches operate a pre-school, daycare, kitchen, shelter, youth program, summer camp, substance abuse program, high school, etc.

Should they be forced into compliance?

 

Must wear a mask?

June 23, 2020 KING5

Snohomish County nursery bans masks for staff during the coronavirus pandemic

Sign of a free society:

Postema said if it bothers customers, they can take their business elsewhere.”

Just because the governor says so, that doesn’t mean anything to me.”

“We have acres out here. We can do six feet of social distancing. So, we will keep it how it is,” he said.

 

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.

When do the people in charge answer for all this?

More here:

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

What others are saying

Alternative media:

 

Not alternative media:

June 25, 2020 WUSA9

VERIFY: Why a face mask box says it provides no protection to the wearer

Not alternative media:

 

June 7, 2020 The Everett Herald

Snohomish’s rogue barber can still be sanctioned, state says

“Barber Bob Martin keeps cutting hair and brushing aside attempts by the state to get him to stop.”

“He continued serving patrons after the state Department of Licensing suspended his cosmetology operator license and served him with a cease-and-desist order for doing business without a salon shop license.”

 

Florist shop and bakery refuse service to gay customers

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.

 

Recommendation for a free society-

Stay away from one size fits all mandates.

Let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

But, does that mean a business could refuse service to people of a certain faith or people of color?

Yes.

As soon as such a policy was announced-mainstream news and social media networks would put the word out & the business would suffer immediate consequences-unlike legal action that may take years to develop.

Duff Goldman, ‘Ace Of Cakes’ Chef, Offers To Bake Rejected Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake For Free

 

No indoor smoking?

Many Washington State casinos have expanded in recent years and added lodging facilities.

“Many of Washington’s larger casinos offer a range of gaming, entertainment, lottery, and dining options. Some are even full-service resorts, complete with hotels, spas, dining, and attractions.”

Many WA casinos have added lodging facilities since the 2005 ban on indoor smoking in WA.

In 2005, casinos in WA allowed indoor smoking. The state said no.

Casino customers enjoy boozing, gambling, staying out late and smoking indoors.

The casinos continued to allow indoor smoking and expanded their operations as the years went by.

More here:

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Florist refuses to serve gay customer

One Size Fits All Society

Podcast 6 Fake July 4th Freedom

Podcast 7 Racial Grocery Product Labeling & Bikini Barista Jet Noise Freedom

 

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Photo-

Looking toward the west end of Crescent Beach.

Vancouver Island in the distance.

 

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

June 22, 2020 The Detroit News

Inmates run international drug ring out of U.P. prison, feds say

“A federal search warrant affidavit outlines a years-long investigation, identifies the accused drug kingpins and reveals ties to Mexico, where former inmates paroled by the Michigan Department of Corrections are allegedly coordinating large-scale drug shipments to locations including Alger Correctional Facility in Munising.”

Prison security protocols, staff & supervisors failed to prevent large-scale drug shipments from entering the facility?

“The affidavit makes no mention of how drugs entered the prison and whether any corrections officers were involved in the conspiracy.”

“Crystal meth imported from Mexico has proliferated in Michigan because it’s considered an inexpensive, safer alternative to heroin, according to the Michigan State Police.”

Wonder what was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during this “years-long” investigation?

Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Imagine LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for years.

What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

How long before a $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security with the world’s most powerful DOD out front, is able to keep large-scale drug shipments from arriving at Alger Correctional Facility?

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Any word on how large-scale drug shipments arrived at Alger Correctional Facility in Munising?

Any newspeople available to ask for clarification on these wild CBP claims?

 

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, public affairs, and CBP social media posts will be safe:

More here:

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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Parked near the cemetery before heading towards the Bluff Trail.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Never understood the concept of:

Packing along a bag to cleanup after the dog.

Using the bag to cleanup after the dog.

Setting the bag down next to the trail & walking off.

Starting the Bluff Trail:

Arriving at the beach near Perego’s Lagoon and looking back up the trail:

Image source:

Google Images

Related:

Leave No Trace?

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

 

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Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

 

Jun 18, 2020 Ladysmith News

Wisconsin Guard aviation unit departs state for Middle East

“The deploying Soldiers will conduct medevac missions in the Middle East in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield.”

Gov. Tony Evers:

“It is your service and sacrifice that helps ensure the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans. It is you that helps ensure that the freedoms we all enjoy are secured and passed on to the next generation.

Gov. Evers,

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

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

 

Maryland too:

Mayor Day tells us that sending Maryland National Guard troops to Africa is linked to keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland, and all Americans safe and free:

National Guard To Africa

 

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.

 

Related:

Various states have recently sent National Guard troops to distant lands. Each one claims that military operations overseas are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms:

How did Rhode Island freedoms get over to the Middle East?

Maryland Freedoms Found In The Middle East?

West Virginia Freedom Found In The Middle East?

How did our freedom and liberties get over to Kosovo?

 

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

 

Is the below food packaging label negative in any way?

Stubb’s Sauce in the Grocery Store

 

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go-completely unrelated to military operations/US Troops in distant lands, or the Sound of Freedom:

June 16, 2020 The Everett Herald

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Everett bikini barista argument

The many examples:

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.

 

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.

 

More here:

Podcast 6 Fake July 4th Freedom

Port Angeles – Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions.

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Why Do Americans Celebrate Pretend Freedom and Independence on July 4th?

A Fictional Militarized Version of Freedom

National Guard To Africa

Liberty And Justice For All?

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

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.

 

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

 

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

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Newspeople seem to avoid asking questions related to big drug busts. Posting the latest press release is typical. Our questions appear in bold type.

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

How long before a $51.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security with the world’s most powerful DOD out front, is able to keep methamphetamine from entering Bucks County?

Will there be less need for a Drug Strike Force if General Milley’s plan takes hold?

Jun 12, 2020 Bucks Local News

Bucks County Joint Drug Task Force nets leader of meth trafficking empire, 16 others

“The Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force and the Bensalem Township Police Department have charged the leader and 16 employees of a methamphetamine trafficking “empire” that operated for at least three years in and around Bucks County.”

“…the drug ring moved about 20 pounds of methamphetamine every week, supplying distribution amounts of the drug to individuals throughout the region.”

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

Sort of like a giant jobs program. Does General Milley want to kill off all this?

“The Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force and the Bensalem Township Police Department also were assisted in this investigation by the Bristol Township Police Department, Falls Township Police Department, Middletown Township Police Department, Bristol Borough Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.”

“The Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA is one of 33 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas nationwide supported by funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Nine counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware comprise the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA region, with Bucks County being designated in 2019. Along with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, over 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies partner through HIDTA to reduce the availability of drugs in the region.”

“This case has been assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Christopher W. Rees and Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly.”

Wonder what was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during the last three years, while these folks were moving about 20 pounds of methamphetamine every week.

Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Imagine LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for years.

What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

 

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Any word on how 20 pounds of methamphetamine every week was moved into Bucks County over the past 3 years?

Where were those CBP K9 units? Any newspeople available to ask for clarification on these wild CBP claims?

 

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:

More here:

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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Photo-

Militarized parking lot over at the grocery store.

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Jun 7, 2020 The Free Press

DUTY CALLS: Local National Guard unit heading to Africa

Life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns.

Operation Enduring Freedom:

“Both deployments are part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the now-19-year-old attempt to quell terrorism launched in response to the 9/11 attacks.”

Mayor Day,

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

Can you 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.”

Port Angeles, WA

Big July 4th celebration update:

June 15, 2020 Peninsula Daily News

Port Angeles to livestream fireworks July 4

“Fireworks will burst in the air above Port Angeles Harbor on the Fourth of July this year, but the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to view the show online or from their yards rather than in a large gathering downtown.”

“But this year’s new normal will include a never-before-seen addition: a Heroes Appreciation Wall in front of the shuttered Lincoln Theater at 132 E. First St.”

“However, the committee has found that contingency plans must be invoked to conform to safe practices guidelines and has updated its plans and activities that would have involved large gatherings are cancelled.”

 

Interesting how different communities plan similar events.

Jonesboro Arkansas

June 15, 2020 KAIT

Freedom Fest fireworks display set for July 4th

A pandemic will not prevent KAIT and the Jonesboro Radio Group from celebrating our country’s independence.

The annual Freedom Fest Fireworks Display will be held Saturday, July 4, at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro.

The event, according to a news release, has been described as “the biggest free fireworks display in the state” of Arkansas.”

 

Who are the Patriots on the Fourth?

by Jacob G. Hornberger

“On the Fourth of July, American statists will be praising the troops, glorifying their exploits in foreign countries, thanking them for defending our rights and freedoms, and expressing thanks to federal officials for taking care of them with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, farm subsidies, drug laws, and the myriad other programs that come with America’s welfare-warfare state.”

“First, let’s get one thing clear: contrary to popular opinion, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not great and courageous Americans. That’s an important fact to keep in mind. The reason? They weren’t Americans. They were British citizens, no different from British citizens today. The only difference was that they were living abroad, much as many American citizens live abroad today.”

“Thus, the people who were fighting in the Revolutionary War were not supporting the troops. They weren’t thanking and glorifying them for defending their rights and freedoms. Instead, they were shooting at them and killing them. They had taken up arms against their very own government.”

 

 

More here:

Port Angeles – Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions.

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Why Do Americans Celebrate Pretend Freedom and Independence on July 4th?

A Fictional Militarized Version of Freedom

National Guard To Africa

Liberty And Justice For All?

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

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.

 

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

 

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

About time to get back out there.

Rainy and cooler here today.

Went out in the rain earlier and collected some beach wood for a 4th of July fire.

A better day for a darker beer with more flavor and alcohol content.

Related:

Checking IPA Dates

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

All over the US, faux July 4th celebrations of freedom & liberty were the norm, even before the current news Re: COVID-19.

Since last July 4th:

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

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

Can you 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.”

Port Angeles

In the news:

June 15, 2020 Peninsula Daily News

Port Angeles to livestream fireworks July 4

“Fireworks will burst in the air above Port Angeles Harbor on the Fourth of July this year, but the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to view the show online or from their yards rather than in a large gathering downtown.”

“But this year’s new normal will include a never-before-seen addition: a Heroes Appreciation Wall in front of the shuttered Lincoln Theater at 132 E. First St.”

“However, the committee has found that contingency plans must be invoked to conform to safe practices guidelines and has updated its plans and activities that would have involved large gatherings are cancelled.”

 

Since last July 4th

Halloween too:

In the news:

Gallipolis, Ohio

Local authorities dictate a one hour window for trick-or-treat time 2019. For some reason, Halloween will be observed exactly one week in advance of October 31st.

Your family will start at 5:30 and be done for the year at 6:30 p.m.

“The Gallipolis Police Department recently announced times for Trick-or-Treat set for the Gallipolis.”

“The annual event will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. All drivers are reminded to be cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.”

Much of the article above includes detailed safety tips such as dressing the kids up in reflective gear so they look like a county road maintenance crew. It’s clear that most of the WWII generation is gone now.

When I was a child in the 1970s, local authorities and elected officials played no role in telling families when trick or treating would begin or end.

 

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

 

More here:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Why Do Americans Celebrate Pretend Freedom and Independence on July 4th?

A Fictional Militarized Version of Freedom

Liberty And Justice For All?

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Photo- Please Dispose of Properly

 

June 15, 2020 The Conversation

Crystal meth: Europe could now see a surge in supply and use

“…a new potential alliance between Mexican drug cartels and illegal European laboratories.”

“A number of reports from the Netherlands also suggest that well-established laboratories which had been manufacturing large quantities of MDMA (ecstasy) are now switching to meth production.”

Here, in the US it was a heroin problem, then, a problem involving opioid lawsuits, then it’s a meth problem, then meth making ingredients are restricted at local stores, then it’s a cartel meth problem, then a border wall must be built, then the US Armed Forces are going to stop traffic at sea, then we hear of fentanyl-laced heroin involved in fatal overdoses in the Seattle area.

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

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 claim.

 

June 12, 2020 The Seattle Times

King County health officials warn of fentanyl-laced heroin after fatal overdoses

“Public health officials in King County have issued a warning about an increasing number of overdoses caused by fentanyl found in black tar heroin.”

 

June 11th 2020 KOMO News

Public health officials warn of fentanyl in black tar heroin

We have already seen an increase in overdose deaths due to fentanyl in counterfeit pills,” said Brad Finegood, Strategic Advisor, Opioids and Other Drugs, Public Health – Seattle & King County.”

“Last month, King County reported its highest number of fentanyl overdose deaths in its history.”

 

Is Port Angeles CBP at all relevant in keeping fentanyl-laced heroin from entering local communities?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Federal jobs program update:

June 14, 2020 KRGV

Starr County HIDTA loses federal funding

“A task force dedicated to dismantling drug trafficking organizations in Starr County will lose federal funding on June 30.”

“The Starr County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments depend on HIDTA funding to pay officers assigned to the task force.”

Without HIDTA funding, they may be reassigned or lose their jobs.”

Will there be less need for federal grant money related to the drug war if General Milley’s plan takes hold?

Did General Milley show lack of confidence in DEA’s ability to keep cartel product out of US communities when he made his bold pledge 10 weeks back?

 

Related:

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

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

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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South entrance-Port Townsend Ship Canal

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

 

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

If the CIA (est 1947) serves as an advantage to the US, why does the Department of Defense have such a poor record of winning undeclared wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

Related:

DOD Symbolism vs. Track Record

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

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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A 50-star flag.

No such thing when the Department of Defense was established in 1949.

 

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

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 claim.

 

June 12, 2020 The Seattle Times

King County health officials warn of fentanyl-laced heroin after fatal overdoses

“Public health officials in King County have issued a warning about an increasing number of overdoses caused by fentanyl found in black tar heroin.”

 

June 11th 2020 KOMO News

Public health officials warn of fentanyl in black tar heroin

We have already seen an increase in overdose deaths due to fentanyl in counterfeit pills,” said Brad Finegood, Strategic Advisor, Opioids and Other Drugs, Public Health – Seattle & King County.”

“Last month, King County reported its highest number of fentanyl overdose deaths in its history.”

 

Is Puget Sound area CBP at all relevant in keeping fentanyl-laced heroin from entering local communities?

Newspeople remain silent.

Related:

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

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

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.

 

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

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Keystone Ferry – Inbound

 

Possibly of interest:

Occasionally Looking for the Coupeville Ferry

Washington State Ferry Ride

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

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About time to get back out there.

Today’s beer glass comes to us from Big Block Brewery & Taproom.

Looking good guys.

 

Mixed messages running strong.

Island County

June 9, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

County may ask to move to Phase 3 next week

“Island County Public Health Director Keith Higman told commissioners at a meeting last week that the county can make the request as early as June 13.”

“Under Phase 3, restrictions meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be further loosened. Gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, restaurants can move to 75 percent capacity, bars can open at 25 percent and movie theaters can open at 50 percent capacity.”

“Higman said camping in the county will need to be addressed in Phase 3. The state would have allowed it under Phase 2, but officials were worried about overuse since camping in adjacent counties was still closed at the time.”

 

I went to the US Post Office in Oak Harbor earlier today to take care of some business inside at the customer service desk. Only 7 people are allowed in that part of the building, so the waiting line begins out in the area adjacent to where the PO boxes are located. When it was my turn to go in, I was asked if I had a mask. I said I did not have one. A nice lady in line ahead of me gave me one.

Never saw anything in our local paper about masks being required at the post office. Did I miss it?

 

Jefferson County

Over in Jefferson County, they got the word out:

May 29, 2020 Port Townsend Leader

Masks now required in public

“Public Health Officer Tom Locke issued a masking directive May 28 requiring all individuals in Jefferson County to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are at indoor and outdoor public locations and cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others.”

Thank you Port Townsend Leader, for keeping your comment section open.

 

Island County

June 5, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Commissioner says governor’s new mask rule defies basic science, logic

“…beginning June 8, nearly all employees in the state will be required to wear a cloth facial covering or face mask, except when working alone in an office, vehicle or job site.”

Commissioner Jill Johnson pointed out that masks were not a requirement during the peak of the pandemic and that it’s not health officers calling for the rule, but a politician.”

 

Jefferson County

June 10, 2020 Port Townsend Leader

Ferry schedules on reduced service until further notice

My understanding is that the Port Townsend Keystone route runs only one boat in the winter and two in the summer.

Island county is now headed towards Phase 3?

How does it help anyone or any situation to stay on a winter/one boat schedule?

 

Related:

Whidbey Island

Over at the State Park: Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

 

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

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

 

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

 

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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

 

Image above: 6/10/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

 

In the news:

June 9, 2020 South Whidbey Record

Cost of septic pumping to increase in Island County

They have been talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville about the possibility of a temporary sewage-related partnership. The proposal is for the town to treat the county’s supernatant, which is a clear liquid byproduct of sewage treatment that requires further treatment before it can be discharged.”

 

Looks like two sewage treatment plants are already sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

Number one:

Coupeville – just west of Captain Thomas Coupe Park

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Number two:

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

Several Island County beaches are now closed for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

This appears to be a routine/ongoing situation.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville site visit 4/2/2020:

Back in 2017, Island County Public Health posted a sign at the Coupeville Wharf about restrictions on recreational shellfish harvesting.

Why no warning sign on 4/2/2020?

Three reasons why it looks like a warning sign should still be posted:

1  On 4/2/2020 the Washington State Department of Health tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest: Shellfish Safety Map

Image above: April 2nd, 2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

2  WDFW tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest:

This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

3  The sign posted at the west end of Penn Cove by WDFW tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest.

 

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Coupeville

Another Month With An R at Captain Thomas Coupe Park – Site Visit

Love to see newspeople provide updated reporting on this:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Image above:

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

Site Visit – Another Month With An R at Monroe Landing

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Is the sewage treatment plant sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

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

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I found this sign posted on 4/2/2020 at the west end of Penn Cove. The sign has been there long enough to become faded from the weather.

WDFW has posted this permanent sign showing a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove. The dark shaded area indicates a location that is unsafe for clam & oyster harvest.

Interesting that the part of the cove farthest from open waters is the part where the water is cleaner.

This sign remains in place even during the driest months of the year.

 

March 13, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

“Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea”

School teachers,

Are you teaching your students to look for green colors on the Recreational Shellfish Safety Map?

More here:

Green colors show safe places for recreational shellfish

 

Distance learning idea:

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

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

Related:

Whidbey Signs of Water Quality

Whidbey Earth Day

When Things Get Back To Normal

Ready To Purchase A Subscription – Whidbey Water Quality

Less Pollution at Bellingham and Anacortes?

More Than A Week Since The Big Rains

Saratoga Passage Marine Stewardship Area – Any News Coverage?

Ocean Water in Snohomish County?

Stormwater?

 

 

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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.

 

What happened to officer Anderson?

Discussion of the role of law enforcement in a free society

 

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?

 

“…from the time the United States was founded, through the entire 19th century, and until the early part of the 20th century, the American people did not have a national anthem or a Pledge of Allegiance.”

August 7, 2019 Jacob G. Hornberger

Kneeling during ball game flag rituals was frowned upon

 

More flags, military jet flyovers, and an increased use of the word hero will make it all good.

Operation Macho Swagger

 

Mayor Day tells us that sending hometown troops to Africa is linked to keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free.

Mayor Day,

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

Can you 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.”

National Guard To Africa

 

Open container laws

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

 

I understand that people are patriotic. I understand that people are proud of their time in uniform. I understand that elected officials want to generate support for overseas military operations.

Making claims that these deployments are linked in any way with American rights and freedoms is fiction.

A Fictional Militarized Version of Freedom

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Liberty And Justice For All?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

US Funds The Armed Forces As If We Are A Socialist Country?

Why Do Americans Celebrate Pretend Freedom and Independence on July 4th?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Initiation of Violence

 

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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

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.

I understand that people are patriotic. I understand that people are proud of their time in uniform. I understand that elected officials want to generate support for overseas military operations.

Making claims that these deployments are linked in any way with American rights and freedoms is fiction.

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

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

Can you 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.”

Local press

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

A while back, 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?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

Voting

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

WA Secretary of State:

Our right to vote is protected by the extraordinary men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Page 7 of the Washington State Elections Voters Pamphlet for the November 5th, 2019 General Election:

Our right to vote is protected by the members of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

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?

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?

One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations tells us: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Veterans give 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?

 

Claims about freedoms that cry out for questioning:

Two major political parties continue to promote the idea that The Troops are sent to distant lands to fight for American rights and freedoms.

School teachers and newspeople are OK with promoting this urban legend.

In the 60s & 70s I never attended a Veterans Day assembly at school.

There were none.

Probably enough veterans around to remove most of the mystique, or maybe those veterans thought it was all just an average thing and did not want to be seen as a separate part of American society, or get head of the line parking spots over at the grocery store.

 

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea to children that The Troops are in distant lands-fighting for American rights and freedoms-as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

In Washington State, these assemblies are mandatory.

The VA tells teachers that The Troops are Defending Liberty and Freedom.

Love to see a student ask: If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, kneel, etc.-why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

Love to see a student ask: If the wars aren’t won-how can they protect our freedom?

Love to see a student ask: Whatever happened to lessons about Armistice Day?

 

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?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Liberty And Justice For All?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

National Guard To Africa

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

 

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

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

We haven’t won a war since.

A symbol of lies told to support undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

A symbol of newspeople not asking questions.

Please Dispose of Properly

 

Absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, the people of Minnesota need services in Africa.

Jun 7, 2020 The Free Press

DUTY CALLS: Local National Guard unit heading to Africa

“Despite their differences in age and experience, Staff Sgt. Truman, 47, and 2nd Lt. Ross, 26, had some common reactions to the yearlong assignment. Both had barely heard of Djibouti, the tiny country that’s home to the only permanent U.S. military base in Africa.”

“If Camp Leonnier and Djibouti sound familiar to Mankatoans, it might be because another Mankato-based military unit is already deployed there. The Army Reserve’s 492nd Engineer Company is scheduled to return this summer.”

Life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden takedowns.

“Both deployments are part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the now-19-year-old attempt to quell terrorism launched in response to the 9/11 attacks.”

“…active duty pay and benefits and go home every night…”

Truman won’t be going home every night — or any night — for the next year. He and the other 700 soldiers reported to Camp Ripley on Monday for additional training and will depart for Fort Bliss, Texas, at the end of June.”

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

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

Can you 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.”

 

 

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?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

Some states have worked to keep the National Guard out of undeclared wars in distant lands:

Idaho

Feb 26, 2020 Post Register

Defend the guard

“As lieutenant governor, I support efforts by Rep. Tammy Nichols — backed by former Idaho National Guard Sgt. Dan McKnight and BringOurTroopsHome.US — to enact “Defend the Guard”legislation requiring that Idaho’s Guard personnel shall not be activated for combat duty overseas unless Congress has first declared war.”

 

West Virginia

Jobs program:

Bill would disrupt West Virginia’s National Guard

February 10, 2020 West Virginia MetroNews Network

“Second, and perhaps more important, the state and the National Guard benefit significantly from the Guard’s federal roles in federal allocations and civilian jobs here. If West Virginia were able to withdraw from its federal role (except in the case of a declared war), it would lose millions of federal dollars, civilian jobs and critical military training and support.”

If small towns all across America had military jobs programs-would they question undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

More here:

US Funds The Armed Forces As If We Are A Socialist Country?

 

Related:

Various states have recently sent National Guard troops to distant lands. Each one claims that military operations overseas are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms:

How did Rhode Island freedoms get over to the Middle East?

Maryland Freedoms Found In The Middle East?

West Virginia Freedom Found In The Middle East?

How did our freedom and liberties get over to Kosovo?

 

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

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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The proud eagle as a symbol of the nation. Chosen to represent the country in a time prior to U.S. service members being stationed in 170+ countries overseas.

Prior to the Department of Defense involving itself in decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

 

Looking towards the San Juan Islands.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails