Archives for category: Armistice Day

I’ve never been one to say that military benefits are inadequate. Just stick with whatever was offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re good.

Defense Commissary Agency – trying to explain themselves:

Where did my coffee go?

A large number of comments have been posted in response on the Defense Commissary Agency Facebook page. Real people who aren’t paid by the federal government to post articles and comments aren’t having it.

Many comments about Cooper cheese and why it’s gone. The article posted by DeCA says items are removed if they are slow to sell?

View comments here.

The plan is to save money by defunding the commissaries. Less people will want to shop there after the transition, then we’ll have the numbers to show that it makes no sense to continue to support funding for the commissaries.

 

Recommendation for budget savings:

Phase out ongoing undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

 

 

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Photo- A symbol of Support The Troops Nonsense & federal government credibility

 

“Turmoil inside KOMO News as conservative owner Sinclair mandates talking points”

I’d have more respect for local TV news stations if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

Examples:

Zero questions asked Re: the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area. Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

KOMO News “Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish”

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

News links:

News tip/story idea

 

Whidbey Heroin:

“The 29-year-old is homeless and has been a heroin addict for the past six years.”

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

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

More here:

Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Meth:

The script says opiod crisis.

The news tells us that various states cracked down on the availability meth ingredients several years back.

Now- cartels are moving meth into the US:

“Meth’s evolution in Tenn.: From homemade labs to Mexican super drug”

“They are filling the void, Jordan said with super-strength crystal meth produced in super labs in Mexico.”

“Ohio’s largest meth bust: 140 pounds of methamphetamine seized from warehouse in Summit County”

The script tells us that we’re seeing a big law enforcement success story when federal agents swing into action to nab 140 pounds of methamphetamine after product moved past strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security.

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

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

More here: CBP Human Resources update

 

War on Terror:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

Question for newspeople: With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Any newspeople available to ask where the “…7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week…” statistic comes from? Do we need to look for the script?

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

 

The Troops:

TV networks may be prone to emphasize the idea that everyone who shows up is a hero. They’re not about to ask any questions about the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars since DOD was established in 1949.

Tearful reunions and spreading the idea that it’s for your freedoms helps to normalize failed wars that never end.

“These folks paid the price when they go off and defend our freedoms all over the globe. It makes me feel very good to be able to say thanks to the people who will still step up and get the job done and fight for the freedoms that we enjoy here in the united states.”

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

TV newspeople around to question any of this? Not a chance.

 

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State-Run Media Update: Colorado Air National Guard exercises to defend America’s freedom

Military Town-

“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?

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

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

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

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

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

With all this talk of freedom- would it 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?

More here:

Glorifying Military Service

 

Operating a camera in a public place:

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

 

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I’ve never been one to say that military benefits are inadequate. Just stick with whatever was offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re good.

Over the past few months, things have gone downhill.

DeCA can’t keep the shelves stocked. A year ago- things were good. Not anymore.

The plan is to save money by defunding the commissaries. Less people will want to shop there after the transition, then we’ll have the numbers to show that it makes no sense to continue to support funding for the commissaries.

Message sent by DeCA to The Troops:

Not seeing any “this offer expires on” date here.

 

 

DFAS can’t mail out IRS Form 1095. No problem with this a year ago.

Extended time on hold with DFAS to request 1095 form results in being transferred to TRICARE. Message during TRICARE holding time tells us to contact DFAS. After another extended time on hold, TRICARE says they are unable to send out the form because of some sort of problem with their system. No attempt is made to update web sites so people will know what to expect or to reduce phone calls.

Each one of these agencies maintains a Facebook page. It’s easy to post comments there, and people are letting them know how things are going.

Recommendation for budget savings:

Phase out ongoing undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

 

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Photo- A symbol of Support The Troops Nonsense & federal government credibility

 

Thanks for your multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan guys. Sorry, we’re spending so much on undeclared/unwon wars that we can’t pay for the benefits that were in place last time you re-enlisted.

On-base grocery sales are falling rapidly. Can the military keep commissaries alive?

The plan is to save money by defunding the commissaries. Less people will want to shop there after the transition, then we’ll have the numbers to show that it makes no sense to continue to support funding the commissaries.

 

We didn’t plan for this.

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949. This would be the time to look hard at how much all this costs.

A giant flag ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

 

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Photo- A symbol of checks and balances & federal government credibility.

 

School teachers, Congress, the press, and people in general have taken a vacation from asking questions.

Checks and balances are gone.

School teachers-

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea that The Troops are in distant lands- fighting for American rights and freedoms.

 

Congress-

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

In the news: Trump orders U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay kept open indefinitely

“Other officials favor trial for terrorism suspects in federal courts. Since 2001, federal prosecutors have obtained hundreds of convictions in international terrorism cases.”

In previous undeclared wars, how did the US deal with prisoners without a Guantanamo Bay prison facility?

School teachers- whatever happened to Armistice Day?

More here: Glorifying Military Service

 

Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?

More here: Land of the Free Nonsense – Marijuana

 

The press-

The press is meant to function as a form of checks and balances- no matter who has been elected to public office.

MSN News: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

CBS Philly: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

Posting a press release from a federal agency is all there is to reporting the news. Reporters asking questions? Not a chance.

No Credible Threat?

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

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

The folks who can’t keep Heroin-Trafficking Cartels from moving product into local communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe.

CBP Public Affairs Officer interviews CBP Supervisory Office of Field Operations Officer.

Federal employees creating the news:

Did sending The Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan make US more safe?

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More here: DHS Creates its Own News Reports for the Super Bowl

 

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

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Photo- Shallow water – Fort Casey

 

Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

“William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council, told state lawmakers in December that people who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes should be required to have a designation on their driver’s licenses.”

“That would make it easier, he said, for police to enforce the ban.”

 

Medical marijuana came to Washington State in 1998.

What have our US Senators and Congresspeople done to resolve the federal conflict here?

 

Local history:

In 2008, Washington was one of several legal medical marijuana states.

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint:

At a checkpoint- away from any border crossing or port of entry- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

Suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry were later shut down. Details here:

Saying No to the federal government

 

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?

 

No need to worry about losing gun rights if you are on federally approved meds that come with chronic side effects. Ditto for the overprescribed opiates we hear so much about and any of the “do not drive or operate heavy machinery” meds out there.

0:24 May cause suicidal thoughts or actions:

0:07 Hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions:

How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

All this from a country that makes a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence each July 4th.

Same country that makes a big deal of thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms.

 

“We respect the rights of those who choose to protest as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for.”

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.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

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

More here: Glorifying Military Service

 

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Photo- Please Dispose of Properly

 

In the news: The VFW, American Legion and the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department tell us that people who did time in uniform are heroes who protect our freedoms:

Hometown heroes recognized for service to country; banners to be displayed in Santa Maria

“The purpose of this program is to remind the public of the vital service given and sacrifice made by our neighbors through their military service, and to thank them for their service protecting our freedoms,” Posada said”

Each hero, or his or her family, received a plaque Tuesday night and soon will be recognized with a personalized banner to be displayed above South College Road near Bradley Square for the next six months.”

Doing time in the US Armed Forces & living in the community are the two qualifications for being a hero and protecting our freedoms.

More from the VFW:

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

Veterans give rights?

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.

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- 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?

“If “Men died for your right to vote!”, how did we manage to elect politicians after the Fall of Saigon in 1975?”

 

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.

 

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

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

Good luck to today’s youngest generations. The indoctrination levels are higher now than when I grew up during the Cold War.

If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Sports has tended to be a more honest part of American culture. Lately, well known players are involved in a marketing campaign featuring Salute to Service TV ads to fix the glorification of military service messages in our minds.

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

More here:

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Smaller/Limited Government update-

In the news: “Sessions, who has assailed marijuana as comparable to heroin and has blamed it for spikes in violence, had been expected to ramp up enforcement.”

“Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use…”

Attorney General Sessions,

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Medical Marijuana- now at 29 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC

Looks like people prefer alternatives to federally approved prescription drugs.

How about using legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Same country that makes a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence each July 4th.

Same country that makes a big deal of thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms.

 

Local history:

In 2008, Washington was one of several legal medical marijuana states.

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint-

At a checkpoint- away from any border crossing or port of entry- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

 

Boder Patrol public forum-

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

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

More here: Saying No to the federal government

 

 

 

Photo- Double Bluff

 

No time to change out of camo prior to this tearful homecoming staged as a booze promotion. Local TV station released the moment as a news video: KUAM News video

More here:

Tearful Troops Homecoming Publicity Stunts

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Zero reporting on where these Troops had been or why. What was their mission designed to accomplish?

No word on why they were unable to change out of camo before arriving at school.

The Asbury Park Press video: “Watching this incredible surprise unfold has us crying tears of joy.”

ABC News video: “Emotional reunion when an Air Force Staff Sergeant surprises his daughter at her elementary school for Thanksgiving.”

KUAM News video turns out to be an ad for booze.

This may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) of undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Possibly related:

Zero reporting on why they were selected for the $10,000 worth of free groceries shopping spree: “They were awarded the prize by an organization that helps military families during tough financial times.”

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

National Guard in Distant Lands

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

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

Checks and Balances-

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

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record since DOD was established in 1949.

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

 

General Frank J. Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau:

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

 

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

Louisiana National Guard citizen-Soldiers to deploy overseas

 

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

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

 

The people of Mississippi need services in Kuwait:

Mississippi National Guard unit being deployed in 2018

 

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

National Guard members return home after 10-month deployment

 

The people of Oklahoma need services in Afghanistan:

Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard members prepare to deploy for Afghanistan

 

The people of Tennessee need services in Afghanistan:

36 soldiers from Tennessee National Guard heading to Afghanistan

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

About a year ago, their hometown pride was running high when they posted:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Until July of 1971, 18 year old adults did not have full voting rights. Why didn’t US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s get the job done on this?

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

Why, in 1967 was an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races? Where were The Troops?

With all this talk of American rights and freedoms can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

In the news:

TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

TSA Failed To Detect Weapons, Bombs During Most Screening Tests

 

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- unable to keep Mexican mafia and drug cartel out of Southern California:

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

Welcome Home Troops

 

South Dakota:

Hills taking a hit with drug abuse

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

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

No Credible Threat-

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

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time. Do they ever question any of this?

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

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

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

Elsewhere- many are good with it.

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

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

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

Military families get surprise $1,300 grocery shopping spree

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

 

Retail marketing strategy update:

Veteran hassled over veteran parking spot at the grocery store.

Veteran reports incident to store manager.

 

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

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

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

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

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

 

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

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

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

Military families get surprise $1,300 grocery shopping spree

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

 

ABC News video:

 

Retail marketing strategy update:

Veteran hassled over veteran parking spot at the grocery store.

Veteran reports incident to store manager.

 

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

More here:

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

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

 

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JBLM: Just down the road, but light years away

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

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

From Facebook comments:

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

The country also did away with a formal congressional declaration of war.

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record since DOD was established in 1949.

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

Also did away with Armistice Day.

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

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Veterans Protect Rights?

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People in uniform give rights?

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Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans- no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

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

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

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

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

More here:

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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

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

But-what about discrimination?

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

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

America the Beautiful Passes

Regular people- $80 annual pass

Military- free

Annual 4th Grade Pass- free

Seniors- $20 Annual Senior Pass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

Hey school teachers,

Do the US Armed Forces really function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Until July of 1971, 18 year old adults did not have full voting rights. Why didn’t US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s get the job done on this?

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

Why, in 1967 was an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races? Where were The Troops?

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

With all this talk of American rights and freedoms can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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With a Cadillac package of additional resources- the world’s most powerful military force will need another five years to see success in Afghanistan.

Five more years brings us to something like a 21 year US war in Afghanistan.

NPR: ‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan

“The key, he says, is not to eliminate all violence, but to bring it to a level at which it can be finally controlled by Afghan government forces.

When will that level be achieved? Nicholson says it will take about five years.”

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense since it was established in 1949.

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

 

16 years past 911-

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- fail to keep heroin out of local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Green Island forum focuses on heroin addiction

“Apple says the county has already confirmed 25 fatal overdoses this year, with at least 65 more waiting for toxicology reports.”

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Day after Las Vegas shooting: Homeland Security: No ‘specific credible threat’ to other public venues in US after Las Vegas shooting

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time. Do they ever question any of this?

 

Military Appreciation Day adds to pageantry of NC State pregame (photographer’s view)

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

We’ll just go ahead and act like everything is OK.

Veterans Day was established in 1954 after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

16 years past 911:

Mattis reveals new rules of engagement

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense since it was established in 1949.

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The big news is that Oprah may consider running for President.

Would she speak out against failed wars that never end?

She did an anti-war series in 2002, but some say that she is not anti-war.

To be fair to Oprah, there doesn’t seem to be much of an anti-war voice coming from anywhere in the US.

During the long presidential primary season of 2015 and 2016- shutting down failed wars that never end didn’t seem to be one of the big issues.

What do students at colleges and universities think of all this? Shutting down the draft was political genius. No more protests & more wars than ever.

 

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.

Some believe that The Troops are in distant lands defending American rights and freedoms. The recent attention to flag rituals at football games brings out comments along these lines.

How are we going to win failed wars that never end when high school cheerleaders won’t properly honor the flag at sporting events?

 

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.

Are both of our major political parties OK with undeclared/unwon wars overseas?

 

In the weeks ahead- it will be time to celebrate Veterans Day.

Veterans Day was established in 1954 after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?

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What stays the same?

Failed Wars that Never End.

If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Veterans Day was established in 1954 after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

The Heroin Racket.

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

 

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Arrest statistics are secret.

Aug 2010

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

 

Wasteful:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2012-

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin among drugs driving up Peninsula home burglaries, law enforcers say

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

Have these Port Angeles based Homeland Security patrol boats made any arrest related to the US/Canada border?

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Ineffective:

Meth and heroin continue to move past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into local communities.

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

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

Frequent nationwide updates here.

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

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

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

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

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Until July of 1971, 18 year old adults did not have full voting rights. Why didn’t US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s get the job done on this?

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

Why, in 1967 was an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races? Where were The Troops?

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

With all this talk of American rights and freedoms can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

Was fan enthusiasm resting on some sort of patriotic house of cards?

There might be more respect for the We’re supporting veterans by standing for the National Anthem folks if they seemed to question decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas. The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Maybe the best part of the games was the military and flag appreciation rituals, fighter jet flyovers promoting the urban legend that The Troops are defending American freedoms, surprise reunions for Troops returning from undeclared/unwon wars overseas, etc.

WTTV News video:

Indiana men film themselves burning Colts gear, season tickets in response to national anthem protest

“I’m for free speech because that’s what our men and women of the united forces have fought for.”

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?

 

WATCH: Steelers fan burns team jersey over National Anthem protests

 

Ravens Fans Burn Gear, Swear Off NFL After Anthem-Kneeling

 

Angry Veteran Donating His Broncos Gear

“Every person I see standing up there, I believe is saying, ‘thank you Jerry. I appreciate your time serving.’”

 

Restaurant owner to stop showing NFL games because of National Anthem protests

 

‘Not watching!’ Seahawks fans en masse boycott team on Facebook Live

 

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence from a powerful, central government on July 4th:

Trump administration calls for NFL owners to rule on anthem

 

Marketing partnership update:

1st Special Forces Group Accepts “Big Honor” From Seahawks During USAA “Change of Command”

Giant insurance company creates publicity stunt to increase sales.

DOD and NFL dive in to show support:

“It was a great honor and privilege for the Navy to be responsible for the 12th Man flag,” said Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest, the Seahawks’ adopted military unit last season. “We did have the flag under the seas on submarines, we had it on aircraft carriers, so we’ve had it under the sea, on the sea, and also over the sea. Again, it was a great pleasure, and now we will turn it over to the 1st Special Forces Group — don’t screw it up.”

Don’t screw it up? Was there any 12th Man flags aboard the 2 Navy ships that crashed this summer- resulting in the loss of 17 lives?

More here:

If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, or kneel…

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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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?

With all this talk of freedom- would it 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?

More here:

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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Photo- A symbol of federal government credibility and school teachers not asking questions.

 

News video: Youth football team kneels during national anthem

These players are 7 and 8 years old.

From comments:

“The kids are too young to form an opinion.”

 

Random thoughts:

Why do sporting events include flag rituals?

Public schools make small children memorize and recite a pledge to a flag. Young children are vulnerable. Why are they the focus here?

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

 

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

Why do we expect everyone to agree on flag rituals?

 

Should all of the US function like one giant military base?

 

Flag, anthem, veterans, overseas military operations, the constitution- all claimed to be giving rights depending on what comments you read on flag protest/pledge of allegiance posts.

The Constitution does not give rights. It places limits on government.

Which overseas military operations have been conducted in order to defend the constitution?

Which overseas military operations have been conducted in order to defend free speech rights?

How do decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) work to defend the constitution?

 

Many comments on pledge of allegiance and national anthem posts like this one:

“…our soldiers fought for the right to choose whether you stand for the anthem or not.”

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

US foreign policy goals and objectives are mapped out at the very highest levels of government.

Ask yourself- is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to protect American rights and freedoms?

Does someone make sure the mission is to defend the constitution?

Is there anyone who verifies that the mission is to protect our physical security?

How does the executive branch of government defend the constitution via US foreign policy?

 

Do Pledge of Allegiance/National Anthem groupthink/obedience/conformity drills get in the way of people asking questions?

Did high levels of reverence for the flag lead to the decades of undeclared/unwon wars that came after the 1940s? How about the 16 years of war that came after 911?

 

With all this talk of freedom- would it 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?

More here: Veterans Earn Rights?

 

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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.

16 years later- still trying to figure out how sending US troops to Iraq and Afghanistan was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Chicago and western suburbs-

Federal agents swing into action after more than 52 kilograms of cocaine and 45 kilograms of heroin move past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into Chicago and western suburbs:

Feds Bust Giant Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Heroin Ring In Chicago And Western Suburbs

Welcome Home Troops

Wisconsin-

“Ten years ago, labs were an issue but now most meth comes from Mexico and Central America, he said. Of all the meth busted in Wisconsin, 5 percent was made here, he added.”

Methamphetamine threatens region’s communities

Texas-

“The growing drug trend in the El Paso region has been the shift by Mexican cartels toward heroin and methamphetamine trafficking, Glaspy said.”

El Paso DEA leader leaving for Houston talks of new drug cartel, meth menace

Ohio-

Federal agents take 29 kilograms of cocaine & 8 kilograms of heroin off the streets of Cleveland after product moves past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into local communities.

“Q: How are illegal opioids coming into the Cleveland area?

A: The most known or common way is the Mexican cartels are bringing it up.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Happy Patriot Day

Our Epidemic: Fighting The Opioid Problem

Pennsylvania-

Local authorities swing into action after strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- fail to keep heroin out of Philly.

Welcome Home Troops

$1.5M Of Suspected Heroin Seized In Sept. 1 Philly Bust: AG

Oklahoma-

With Oklahoma’s war on meth labs, more of the drug is being brought in from Mexico

Colorado-

Federal agents dismantle meth pipeline that had operated from Mexico to Denver and Wyoming since 2007– after product moved past federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into local communities since 2007:

Feds disrupt meth pipeline from Mexico to Denver and Wyoming

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

 

No Credible Threat-

WH: No ‘credible’ threat leading up to 9/11 anniversary

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American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group.

 

“Megan Malia Leilani McClung was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. Major McClung was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq when she was killed. Wikipedia

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Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson

“She is also the first female Airman killed in the line of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

 

Lori Piestewa

“Piestewa was the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military and the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War.

 

Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen

“Vorderbruggen was the first openly gay American female officer killed in combat.”

 

Army Spc. Sarina N. Butcher

“The Oklahoma National Guard says Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and also is the youngest Guard member to die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

 

Emily Perez

“Perez was killed in action on September 12, 2006, while leading a convoy through Al Kifl, Iraq, a mission for which she had volunteered. She was the first female African-American officer in US military history to die in combat.”

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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