May 12, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Seattle Parks without Parking, Washington Beaches without Beachcombers

“What we have here is the threat of collective punishment if a few people “break the rules” created by some misguided elected officials or city/state bureaucrats. Everyone will suffer if a few kids gather too closely or some of the “unwoken” have an illicit picnic.”

This kind of communal punishment is exactly the favored approach of totalitarian regimes, such as in Maoist China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea.”


May 13th, 2020 KOMO News

Impaired teen busted for doing 110 mph on freeway, State Patrol says

“A 16-year-old is facing charges of reckless driving and DUI after state troopers say he was pulled over doing 110 mph on Interstate 182 in Pasco.”

“He also is facing possible additional charges of DUI and driving without a license, state troopers say.”


Reckless driving.


Driving without a license.

Risking the safety of others.

Any plan to restrict travel on WA roads due to these sorts of cases?


Washington State Parks

I have been visiting the parks since the 70s. Today’s parks are much more about a culture of warnings and enforcement than they were in the old days. Driving over to the local state park these days is like asking permission to enter a military base.

This was true prior to the current news Re: COVID-19.

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

Enjoy Washington’s Natural Heritage


May 12, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Blue Fox petitions to avoid becoming pandemic casualty

“The drive-in, located along Monroe Landing Road just south of Oak Harbor, has been family owned and operated since 1988. Last week, the Blue Fox cancelled a free screening of “I Still Believe.” The drive-in’s owners posted online that they were unable to get clarification from Inslee’s office on when drive-in theaters could reopen.”


May 12, 2020 South Whidbey Record

Iconic inn gets new cedar roof thanks to grant

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

Alternative/independent news media in Keene, NH out asking questions about why voluntarily funded projects are non-essential:


Seattle area LE officer reflects on the Bill of Rights:

Discussion of the role of law enforcement in a free society


Whidbey Island

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

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


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