Archives for category: Armistice Day

Nov 12, 2019 Sioux City Journal

PHOTOS: Freedom rocks in eight Iowa counties

 

If undeclared/unwon wars continue over the next 50 years, will Americans still believe these wars are for freedom?

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

 

November 13, 2019 The Future of Freedom Foundation

America’s Soldiers Did Not Fight or Die for Freedom

 

Why do we speak of the US Armed Forces as if they 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.

 

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.

 

More here:

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

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

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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Port Townsend scene

 

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Veterans in uniform salute themselves:

More here:

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 Global Sport Matters

Opinion: Sports helping prop up ‘plastic patriotism’

I served to protect the rights of Americans, the freedoms, including the right to freedom of speech contained in the very Constitution I took an oath to support.”

 

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.

 

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?

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

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

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 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?

1965

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

Was it the Viet Cong that restricted rights to freedom of speech or expression in public schools?

JUNE 10, 2019 TIME

High School Students’ Graduation Speeches Keep Getting Censored. But They’re Seen by Millions Anyway

“In 1965, a young Iowa middle schooler named Mary Beth Tinker decided to wear a black armband to school to protest the war in Vietnam. She was suspended for doing so, eventually leading to 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In a 7-2 decision, the court found that students at public schools maintain their First Amendment right to free speech.”

More here:

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

We’re the best at giant flag rituals.

Newspeople promote the latest marketing strategy developments:

Do the folks who honor veterans also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

More here:

Armistice Day Is Gone – Propaganda Takes Its Place

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

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

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Why are flag rituals part of routine sporting events?

August 7, 2019 The Future of Freedom Foundation

Welfare-Warfare State “Freedom” and “Patriotism”

“…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.”

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

Can we honor The Troops in honest ways?

 

November 12, 2019 Peninsula Daily News

‘Determination and indomitable spirit’: Veterans honored in Port Angeles ceremony

Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty” Gray of the U.S. Navy:

“Whether you have led a platoon, driven a tank or commanded an artillery battery, it is your determination and indomitable spirit that has led our nation to victory since the establishment of our country…”

Rear Adm. Gray,

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

 

Looks like people who did no time in uniform are seen as second-class citizens:

“Gray told the veterans in attendance they are “1 percenters,” adding they have done more for their country than the other 99 percent of citizens.”

“…folks in our country who completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that you have underwritten with your blood and sacrifice. Thank you for that, for being part of our great country.”

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

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.

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

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

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.

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

The people in our country completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that are somehow linked to the US Armed Forces?

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars that never end. When do we get to vote on all this?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Do the folks who honor veterans also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

The freedom talk brings questions related to credibility.

If the troops are fighting for American rights and freedoms- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

 

Rear Adm. Gray,

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?

 

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 the U.S. Armed Forces protect the 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?

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.

 

Did you serve?

This is a question I see often when reading comments on the web. This question may be directed at those who question US foreign policy.

The vibe from some veterans seems to be:

Don’t say things that I disagree with. If you didn’t do time in uniform you have no right to speak out. If you did time in uniform- you should see society as a group of first & second-class citizens. Those who never wore a uniform are second class citizens and their commentary should be supervised by those who once wore a uniform.

My answer to the question:

I did some time in the Marines. It did not serve to prevent 911.

 

More here:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

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

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

 

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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Photo- A frosty morning at Mystery Bay

 

 

People might be able to do a better job of voting if newspeople were more in the habit of asking questions.

Basic public policy questions seem to go unasked:

Much Talk of Freedom

 

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

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

Newspeople remain silent:

Drowning in Meth

 

Independent/alternative media.

Out asking questions:

November 4, 2019 ClutchPoints

Jets coach Adam Gase is not worried about his job security

Why doesn’t this style of reporting cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, or the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars?

Any War on Terror Generals getting fired for failed efforts?

Any Homeland Security people getting fired for failing to keep bad guys from moving meth & heroin into the Puget Sound area?

Do public schools still teach Armistice Day lessons?

Any newspeople asking questions?

 

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About this time of year – Fort Ebey

 

Much talk of freedom.

Voting is highly emphasized.

Basic public policy questions seem to go unasked.

People might be able to do a better job of voting if newspeople were more in the habit of asking questions.

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

Freedom

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

 

“For now, the skies above the Olympic Peninsula belong to the Navy’s mission of defending freedom. What that sounds like is up for debate.”

 

Voting is highly emphasized

WA Secretary of State:

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

 

Local elections matter! With paid postage, every mailbox is a drop box — mail your ballot envelope before Election Day or use a Snohomish County drop box.

 

Basic public policy questions related to the drug war, war on terror, and Homeland Security funding and performance seem to go unasked.

Vibrant comment section in local paper:

October 23, 2019 Kent Reporter

16 indicted for trafficking large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine in Seattle area

 

October 30, 2019 Reason

Rep. Dan Crenshaw:

It’s necessary to protect America from “an ideology that truly wants to kill us.”

Terrorists must not be trying very hard. Can’t they come to the US the same way cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, or meth does?

 

In the news:

$200 million worth of meth somehow enters the US after getting past US Troops at the border and federal agents manning $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security. Product not discovered until after arriving in Australia.

Zero questions from newspeople:

October 31, 2019 KING 5 News

Australian police find $200 million worth of meth hidden in sriracha bottles

 

October 23, 2019, Q13 News video:

‘The Pacific Northwest is drowning in methamphetamine:’ 17 arrested in major drug trafficking operation

Drowning in methamphetamine?

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:

 

Representative Crenshaw,

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.

 

Oct 30, 2019 The Guardian

Baghdadi raid video released as US general warns of Isis reprisal attacks

Why admit to taking out a bad guy if it may result in reprisal attacks?

 

Pentagon aerial footage of US raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

With this type of vigilance in place, why are cartels able to move product into Hometown, USA?

 

Why are Border Patrol arrest statistics secret at Port Angeles, if it is appropriate to release video of a terrorist takedown?

Port Angeles CBP arrest statistics are secret:

March 19, 2014 Sequim Gazette

Agent counters allegations of ‘boredom’

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

Go and ask the FBI for Chicago bank robbery statistics. You’ll get the numbers. They won’t tell you that statistics/public records must be withheld because stats would assist bank robbers if they were shared with the public.

What other law enforcement agencies, anywhere in the US maintain secret arrest statistics?

Washington State Patrol shares DUI arrest statistics on social media here:

“Our #WSP District 8 troopers removed 1,429 impaired drivers from the roads in 2018.”

“Here is a breakdown of what it looks like in each of our 7 counties.”

Elsewhere, when CBP has something to brag about- the public is promptly notified:

Border Patrol K-9 Sniffs out Cocaine Hidden in Dashboard

Border Patrol Stops Drug Smuggler on I-8

Border Patrol Agent’s Public Safety Check Turns into Heroin Bust

 

Oct 30, 2019 Seattle Times

Multiple marijuana businesses licensed by the state are reporting their shipments of glass jars and other packaging are being seized as drug paraphernalia at the port of entry in Tacoma. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is denying the reports.”

Is the freedom talk just for federal holidays and overseas military operations?

If CBP is good at locating inbound contraband- why is there no shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth anywhere in the US?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

More here:

Drowning in Meth

Border Wall update:

 

Zero questions from newspeople:

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Plenty of questions here:

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

Port Angeles Drug War Covered By Press Release

Press Plays The Role of Armed Forces & Homeland Security Public Affairs Staff

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

Other issues too:

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

Guns in Washington State

 

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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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.”

 

If the U.S. Armed Forces protect the 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?

 

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?

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.

 

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.

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

 

More here:

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

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

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Photo- Big driftwood at Fort Ebey

 

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

 

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.

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

 

WA Secretary of State:

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

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect a Washington State citizen’s right to vote?

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

Congressman Kilmer,

If wars are fought for democracy- 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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

In the weeks ahead, public school teachers will host Veterans Day (not Armistice Day) assemblies, where young students will be told that The Troops, and veterans before them were sent to distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

This idea does not stand up to questioning and mostly will not be questioned by traditional veterans groups, public school teachers, moms, dads, students or the press.

“The Story of Veterans Day presents all of us with an excellent opportunity to show our appreciation for the tremendous contributions veterans have made, which enable so many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy every day.”

Are teachers planning any lessons or discussions to learn more about how American rights and freedoms are enabled by wars in distant lands?

Here is a question I’d like to see asked by a 5th grader:

Why do we speak of the US Armed Forces as if they function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

More here:

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

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

Photo- October Sun

 

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

 

Oct 21, 2019 The Daily Beast

Video: ‘The View’ Doubles Down on Hillary Clinton’s Tulsi Claim: She’s a ‘Useful Idiot’

The View hosts clash on Clinton attacks against Gabbard:

Foreign policy disaster update:

 

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.

 

More here:

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

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Icicle Canyon

 

Detailed reporting and a large number of meaningful reader comments here:

Oct. 19, 2019 The Seattle Times

Instant analysis: Three impressions from No. 25 UW Huskies’ loss to No. 12 Oregon

When a sports team falls short, hometown loyalty does not stand in the way of questioning players, coaches, referees, team owners, league rules, etc.

No similar open & honest discussion seems to exist Re: the Dept. of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars.

If the US Armed Forces were an NFL team, or a top 25 college football team, sports talk radio would feature comments like: DOD was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Glorifying Military Service

No similar open & honest discussion seems to exist Re: the idea that undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms.

Both major political parties, sports announcers, public school teachers, and the press promote the idea that wars are for freedom. This idea does not stand up to questioning and mostly will not be questioned by traditional veterans groups, public school teachers, the press, or readers commenting on news-related web sites.

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

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

 

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks not only shy away from asking questions, they promote urban legends about freedom.

“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?

Veterans protect freedom of speech?

1965

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

Was it the Viet Cong that restricted rights to freedom of speech or expression in public schools?

JUNE 10, 2019 TIME

High School Students’ Graduation Speeches Keep Getting Censored. But They’re Seen by Millions Anyway

“In 1965, a young Iowa middle schooler named Mary Beth Tinker decided to wear a black armband to school to protest the war in Vietnam. She was suspended for doing so, eventually leading to 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In a 7-2 decision, the court found that students at public schools maintain their First Amendment right to free speech.”

 

Urban legends about freedom

A popular slogan around here: Jet Noise is the Sound of Freedom

Maybe the sound is the reminder of a Dept. of Defense that is not good at winning, preventing, or shutting down wars.

 

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- 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:

Both Major Parties

Liberty And Justice For All?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Goodbye Armistice Day

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

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A symbol of a culture where voting and giant flag rituals at sporting events are highly emphasized, while asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

 

Both major parties are OK with controlling people while telling us that wars are for freedom.

Freedom

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

 

“For now, the skies above the Olympic Peninsula belong to the Navy’s mission of defending freedom. What that sounds like is up for debate.”

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

April 14th, 2019 Press Release from the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Senator Collins Attends 286th Combat Service Battalion Hero Send Off Ceremony

70 Bangor-based Maine National Guard soldiers are deploying to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve

“There is no cause more noble than preserving America’s freedom…”

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?

 

Controlling People

Is the freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations?

Canadian baby boomers being banned from U.S. for admitting they used pot years ago, lawyer says

Pledge of Allegiance

Making small children recite a loyalty oath indicating Liberty and Justice for all.

When they get a little older, they will see that they are pledging allegiance to a system where adults are divided into groups of first and second-class citizens.

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

Are veteran’s organizations working to restore these freedoms?

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to take a stand against dividing adults up into groups of first and second-class citizens?

More here:

Liberty And Justice For All?

One Size Fits All Society

Adult Products May Be Harmful To Children?

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

TV helps us to think by offering up contained choices:

 

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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Photo- Port Hadlock scene

 

 

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

 

Oct 10, 2019 MyNorthwest.com

Fight for quiet in Olympic National Park pits Navy versus nature

“For now, the skies above the Olympic Peninsula belong to the Navy’s mission of defending freedom. What that sounds like is up for debate.”

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

 

Hometown Pride

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

Recent Seattle Blue Angels Air Show event:

KIRO 7

“The moment we hit 7.5 Gs in the Blue Angel’s Jet & I passed out!”

 

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.

 

If the US Armed Forces were an NFL team, newspeople might ask:

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

The press and the American people have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the Dept. of Defense.

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

DOD was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

 

Detailed reporting and meaningful comments here:

Oct. 5, 2019 The Seattle Times

Stanford stuns No. 15 Washington in merciless, methodical thrashing

Why doesn’t this style of reporting cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, or the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars?

Possibly of interest-

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

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

Related:

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

Sept. 27, 2019 Q13 News

‘You are lying’: Store owners spar with legislators after Gov. Inslee calls for ban on flavored vaping products

“Make no mistake they`ve chosen to use flavoring to addict a whole new generation to nicotine,” Rep. Gerry Pollett said.

“Governor Inslee acknowledged the huge impact a ban would have on thousands of businesses but he says public health comes first especially when it comes to protecting children.”

 

Oct. 9, 2019 The Seattle Times

Flavored vape products temporarily banned by Washington state board of health, to chants of ‘shame’

We are losing another generation” to nicotine, said John Wiesman, Washington’s secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), before casting his vote in favor of the ban.

 

Sept. 19, 2019 The Seattle Times

Vaping is big, but so are risks and unknowns: A look at the issues

It’s also illegal for minors to vape. (A growing number of states have even raised the vaping age to 21.) And using e-cigarettes may make teenagers more likely to smoke real cigarettes in the future.”

No word on the banning of real cigarettes so far.

 

Oct. 9, 2019 Reason

Muddled Message About Vaping Causes Costly Confusion

When there’s an outbreak of food poisoning, the federal government does not issue general advisories about the hazards of eating. It tells people which products have been implicated so they can adjust their behavior to reduce the risks they face.”

 

Here at Oak Bay Starfish, we prefer managing rather than banning.

Possibly of interest:

One Size Fits All Society

 

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Now that the John Wayne generation is gone, you’ll find peach, honey, cinnamon, apple, vanilla & cherry flavored whiskey over at the liquor store.

Should adult products be banned because they may be harmful to children?

 

Are you a veteran? This is a veteran park.

Possibly of interest:

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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A symbol of freedom and people who do, or did time in uniform moving to divide Americans into groups of first and second-class citizens.

Please Dispose of Properly

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

I question the ongoing glorification of military service and undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

November 17, 2017 Peninsula Daily News

Defending freedom: Marine Corps veteran urges telling of military history

“He said that civilians don‘t understand.”

“None of them have gone on long overseas tours away from family. They don’t realize what it’s like,” he said. “Think about that.”

“Stand when the National Anthem is played. Winning wars is the backbone of our history — be proud of the part you played in that.”

 

If only you youngsters were facing more long overseas tours away from family, then you’d get it. Because freedom comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

Veterans Day was stolen from Armistice day in 1954.

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

 

Public schools make small children memorize and recite a loyalty pledge indicating liberty and justice for all.

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

September 27, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: Freedom doesn’t come free, and it’s sometimes noisy

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

Same country that divides adults into groups of first and second-class citizens as they move towards enjoying their freedoms.

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

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

Veterans Defend our Freedoms

Where did this idea come from?

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Veterans are in the very best position to know that 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.

 

Lies About Freedom

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?

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?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

If The Troops fight for American freedoms, why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

 

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?

June 12, 1967

“…an interracial couple who had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races.”

 

Hometown Pride

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

 

Possibly of interest:

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Watching the waves at Fort Casey

 

 

Politics. Us against them. All or nothing.

Smoking bans, plastic bag bans, gun bans, federal toilet regulations, bottled water bans, mandates on what sort of vehicle you may drive.

In God We Trust in public schools.

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

A live and let live attitude seems to be fading.

All this, while we are told that US military operations in distant lands are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms.

More here:

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

Re: local environmental concerns, we’d love to see more in the way of newspeople out asking questions about what is going on in the Saratoga Passage Marine Stewardship Area.

Island County Beaches Within A Recreational Shellfish Closure Area For A Sewage Treatment Plant Outfall

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Happy Hours – South Indian Island

A local occasion

Port Townsend Farmers Market

 

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

Sept. 16, 2019 Kitsap Sun

Whidbey Island residents sue over expansion of Navy training flights

Related:

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Just Be Honest

Jobs Programs For Your Freedoms Update:

US Navy on Whidbey Island

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

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

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

 

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

Foundational principles update:

Sep 13, 2019 Rapid City Journal

Local billboard challenges ‘In God We Trust’ legislation

The governor believes that it is important for students in our schools to remember the foundational principles our country was founded on.”

“This is about our national motto. It points outs our Judeo-Christian heritage that protects our freedoms,” he said. “Our Founders were men of faith for the most part.”

Foundational principles such as: slavery, women & minorities treated as 2nd class citizens, slaughter of Native Americans, etc.

 

Ongoing militarization of American culture update:

September 12, 2019 Sentinel-Tribune

Flyovers are a reminder of our freedom

“As the athletes prepare for the game, and the marching bands as well, we must remember it is only because there are numerous men and women who are serving in the military, protecting our freedoms. We have freedom to attend the football game, or baseball, or a round of golf.”

“Keep in mind we are Americans, living in a very diverse and divided world. But we are fortunate to have the U.S military guarding us and protecting us. Think about that the next time you attend a football game, watch the flyover and thank those who are serving our nation.”

“Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen.”

Herb,

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Veterans are in the very best position to know that 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.

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?

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?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

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?

 

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?

June 12, 1967

“…an interracial couple who had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races.”

 

Celebrate your freedoms folks:

Gallipolis, Ohio

Still six weeks out and 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.”

More here:

Holidays and American Culture

 

Paid spokesperson/State-run media update:

Lt. Gen. Thomas S. James, Jr. tells us:

We have never won a war without the Guard and the Reserve and we will never win one without it,” said Jones.

“A battle-ready National Guard and Reserve are crucial to the nation’s ability to fight and win wars, and the Army is working to keep those forces well-honed and ready to deploy with their active-duty counterparts…”

General James,

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

Did the advantage of a well-honed and ready to deploy National Guard and Reserve allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

 

 

Possibly of interest:

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

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.

 

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

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

 

 

 

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North of Perego’s Lagoon – just off the Bluff Trail.

 

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

Recent Seattle Blue Angels Air Show event:

KIRO 7

“The moment we hit 7.5 Gs in the Blue Angel’s Jet & I passed out!”

My take:

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

Not complaining about jet noise, not trying to put a stop to the air show. Not trying to get the Navy to leave Whidbey Island.

I get the fun aspect of newspeople posting on social media. It would be nice to see more of a balance with newspeople asking a few questions. This is entirely common in sports culture where reporters are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches. After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

If the US Armed Forces were an NFL team, newspeople might ask:

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

The press and the American people have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the Dept. of Defense.

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

DOD was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

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

 

The people of Louisiana need services in Iraq.

State-run media update:

Aug 1, 2019 Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Plaquemine National Guard unit deploys to Iraq

Defending this nation in Iraq:

“…you chose to be one of the ones that stepped forward, raised your right hand and swore to defend this nation.”

The people of Illinois need services in Afghanistan.

JUL 27, 2019 Chicago Tribune

Family and friends hug area National Guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan, some for the first time: ‘I am praying for the best’

Any members of the press available to show up and ask why the people of Hometown, USA need services in Iraq and Afghanistan absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war?

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

Related:

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

 

The US Dept. of Homeland Security

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 9 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent:

Cross-Border Maritime Traffic – Newspeople Remain Silent

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Every 12 months, the US Department of Homeland Security gets another $40 billion in taxpayer funds.

Any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth anywhere in the US since the big El Chapo takedown?

If the excuse now, is that migrant surges are diverting attention away from cartel traffic- remember that heroin was a problem in US communities prior to the recent migrant surges. Heroin is still here and now meth has taken hold.

August 2, 2019 KFOR-TV

Officials seeing increase in meth being brought into Oklahoma

Since 2014, meth is the leading cause of drug deaths in the state of Oklahoma…”

January 31, 2019 WLS-TV

Meth deaths skyrocket as new drug cartel fueled threat hits Chicago area streets

“Thank you @CBP for 16 years for securing our borders and ports of entry!”

Has securing our borders and ports of entry resulted in any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth anywhere in the US?

How do cartels react to DHS social media postings?

No CBP inspection of rail shipments entering the US?

February 27, 2019 CTV News

Police find meth smuggled into Canada through new Ford cars built in Mexico

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:

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

Whidbey sewage treatment outfall. Zero questions from the press:

Oak Harbor Waterfront

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

Photo- On watch over Fort Ebey

 

Same country that celebrated independence from a powerful central government on July 4th.

The people of Louisiana need services in Iraq.

State-run media update:

Aug 1, 2019 Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Plaquemine National Guard unit deploys to Iraq

Defending this nation in Iraq:

“…you chose to be one of the ones that stepped forward, raised your right hand and swore to defend this nation.”

Any members of the free press available to show up and ask why the people of Louisiana need services in Iraq, absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war?

They did show up. As always, no questions were asked:

Jul 31, 2019 KALB

Louisiana-based National Guard unit to deploy to Iraq

 

Illinois Army National Guard off to Afghanistan to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel:

JUL 27, 2019 Chicago Tribune

Family and friends hug area National Guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan, some for the first time: ‘I am praying for the best’

“Most of these guys probably didn’t think they would get deployed. It’s a good career progression and opportunity for them.”

 

The open attitude on sports reporting from various news sources does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or Island County water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

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

DOD was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

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

Sports can be discussed in honest ways in mainstream media.

The Troops:

Richard T. Gromlich, retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard: “Today, our military members around the world continue to put service before self. They proudly serve to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve today. They are the best of best.”

Possibly of interest:

Navy on Whidbey is a Matter of National Security?

Sound of Freedom?

Jobs Programs For Your Freedoms Update:

US Navy on Whidbey Island

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

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

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About 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.

 

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

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

 

 

 

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A symbol of freedom, federal government credibility, school teachers and newspeople not asking questions and voting to support the political parties and personalities who take turns in power.

 

July 30, 2019 The Seattle Times

Navy on Whidbey Island is a matter of ‘national security’

My take:

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

I am indifferent to jet noise on Whidbey Island. Not complaining, not trying to get the Navy to leave.

“…vital to our national security.”

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

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

Even if NAS Whidbey was shut down, training would continue at other locations. MCAS El Toro is one example of bases that have been closed over the years. Training goes on.

 

Sound of Freedom

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.

More here:

Sound of Freedom?

Jobs Programs For Your Freedoms Update:

US Navy on Whidbey Island

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

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

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Watching the waves at Fort Casey

 

New Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

July 19, 2019 The American Conservative

The Decline of Our Nation’s Generals

“Milley’s understanding of war did come up, if only obliquely, when Afghanistan received passing mention. Milley described that war, the longest in U.S. history and still ongoing, as “successful to date.” U.S. efforts to transform Afghanistan into a stable and functioning state have manifestly failed. So too have U.S. efforts to defeat the militants threatening the Afghan government. But for Milley, all that matters is the absence of any post-9/11 terrorist attacks launched from Afghan soil. Based on that narrow and contrived criterion, he puts Afghanistan in the win column.”

New Defense Secretary:

July 17, 2019 Task & Purpose

Mark Esper wasn’t asked a single question about Afghanistan, where 12 US troops have died this year

“Showing just how far removed the war is from life at home, none of the Senators who questioned Army Secretary Mark Esper during his nearly three-hour confirmation hearing to become defense secretary asked about Afghanistan.”

 

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

 

Possibly of interest:

Sound of Freedom?

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

Jobs Programs For Your Freedoms Update:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Leave No Trace plan in place over at Fort Ebey

 

The big July 4th celebration of smaller/limited government is all over now folks.

July 16, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Letter: AG’s lawsuit against Navy is a political spectacle

“We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the mission of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the largest employer within three counties. NAS Whidbey Island provides over 9,000 military and civilian jobs with a total economic activity generated in this area equalling nearly $1.04 billion. Jets truly do equal jobs.”

Christine Cribb Executive Director Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

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

 

Paid spokesperson update:

July 23, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Soundoff: U.S. Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously

“First and foremost, EA-18G Growler aircraft, and the aircrews who fly them, are a crucial component of our national defense. Navy Growlers provide Airborne Electronic Attack capabilities for all of our armed forces, and without the Growler’s ability to suppress enemy uses of electromagnetic energy, American troops in the air, at sea and on the ground are at risk.”

These are the guys who believe the war in Afghanistan is some sort of success.

 

July 19, 2019 The American Conservative

The Decline of Our Nation’s Generals

“Milley’s understanding of war did come up, if only obliquely, when Afghanistan received passing mention. Milley described that war, the longest in U.S. history and still ongoing, as “successful to date.” U.S. efforts to transform Afghanistan into a stable and functioning state have manifestly failed. So too have U.S. efforts to defeat the militants threatening the Afghan government. But for Milley, all that matters is the absence of any post-9/11 terrorist attacks launched from Afghan soil. Based on that narrow and contrived criterion, he puts Afghanistan in the win column.”

Back on Whidbey Island:

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

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

 

July 21, 2019 The Herald

Commentary: Bob Ferguson’s war a threat to Whidbey’s Navy base

State Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, represents the 10th Legislative District.

“But it’s very unusual for an elected official to attack one of the largest employers in their state when the thousands of people who depend on that employer are veterans he has claimed to support. This short-sighted approach is what Ferguson is doing through his lawsuit against the United States Navy on Whidbey Island.”

“Our state is key to national defense. We have multiple military installations located around Washington, resulting in more than a $30 billion economic impact. Each one of us is affected in some way. NAS Whidbey alone accounts for nearly 90 percent of economic activity on the island and almost 70 percent of the county employment.”

The cash required to bring in these jobs and economic activity comes out of the pockets of taxpayers. It’s not based on any sort of honest demand for these services.

“What’s next? Shutting down Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Station Everett, or any of the other bases in our state? Not only would this cripple our state economically, it would undermine our national security, putting us all at greater risk from enemy attack and greatly reducing our ability to respond to threats.”

I am indifferent to jet noise on Whidbey Island.

Most people are probably not asking for the Navy to leave. Concerns seem to be about adding more flights and jets.

Even if NAS Whidbey was shut down, training would continue at other locations. MCAS El Toro is one example of many bases that have been closed over the years. Training goes on.

More here:

US Navy on Whidbey Island

 

July 19, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

State Sen. Barbara Bailey

Sound Off: ‘Litigator-in-chief’s’ lawsuit hurts economy, defense

I moved here 29 years ago and built a life in the shadow and earshot of the Intruders, Prowlers and Growlers that made and continue to make their presence known by what I like to call “the sound of freedom.”

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.

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, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, voting rights, 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.

More here:

Sound of Freedom?

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

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

Glorifying Military Service

 

Goodbye Armistice Day

JULY 24, 2019 ConnectingVets

Vets to get their own parking spaces in West Miami City

The spaces will be designated by signs that read “Veterans Only Parking” and contain the seals of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.

More here:

Group identities, head of the line privileges, dividing people into groups of first & second-class citizens away from military bases, civilian-military divide, etc.

The Best Parking Spots

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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

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

 

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, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, voting rights, 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.

More here:

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

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?

 

Hometown Pride

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

1965

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

Was it the Viet Cong that restricted rights to freedom of speech or expression in public schools?

JUNE 10, 2019 TIME

High School Students’ Graduation Speeches Keep Getting Censored. But They’re Seen by Millions Anyway

“In 1965, a young Iowa middle schooler named Mary Beth Tinker decided to wear a black armband to school to protest the war in Vietnam. She was suspended for doing so, eventually leading to 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In a 7-2 decision, the court found that students at public schools maintain their First Amendment right to free speech.”

 

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?

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?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

Possibly of interest:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

US Navy on Whidbey Island

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Watching the waves at Fort Ebey

 

From comments:

“If we break these people, we should try to fix these people. Better yet we should stop breaking them to begin with.”

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

Congressman Kilmer,

If wars are fought for democracy- 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?

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?

 

Need more people to stay for undeclared/unwon wars that never end update:

July 8th, 2019 Marine Corps Times

The Corps is offering big bonus bucks for ground combat Marines in 2020

“…some Marines may be eligible for bonuses and extra kicker payments totaling nearly $90,000.”

“The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller has spent the past several years overhauling Corps’ ground combat element by equipping the force with new automatic weapons, rocket launchers, drones and tablets.”

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

 

Possibly of interest:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Low tide and fog at Libbey Beach

 

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

Found it here: Lew Rockwell

 

June 27, 2019 Patrick J. Buchanan

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

“For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.”

“At the end of the Cold War, we were the lone superpower. Who forfeited our preeminence? Who bled us of 7,000 U.S. lives and $6 trillion in endless Middle East wars? Who got us into this Cold War II?”

“Was all this the doing of those damnable isolationists again?”

 

Possibly of interest:

TV Helps You To Think

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Fort Ebey Bluff Trail

 

KOMO News

June 26, 2019 The Seattle Times

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee struggles to get speaking time in first Democratic presidential primary debate

Will Governor Inslee advocate for reducing environmental impacts by shutting down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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

Newspeople- please let us know.

 

More here:

Newspeople Remain Silent – Missing A Chance To Ask Questions

 

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

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

News Tip/Story idea:

Whidbey Island

New sewage treatment plant in operation since 11/15/18.

WDFW:

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

Local Shellfish Aren’t Celebrating

Oak Harbor Waterfront

 

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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

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

 

June 21, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: Anti-jet noise activists’ narrative not rooted in reality

“Navy personnel and their young families are among our most committed and vibrant community members. In addition to ensuring a superlative national defense, they perform countless hours of community service and involvement.”

A superlative national defense?

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

Congressman Kilmer,

If wars are fought for democracy- 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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

 

Hometown Pride

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

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.

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.

 

Possibly of interest:

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Watching the waves at Fort Ebey

 

A Promoted Tweet from the USO frequently reminds us that:

“According to the 2018 Blue Star Families’ Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices. Let’s change that this Military Appreciation Month. Sign the card to help us reach 200K+ Americans thanking our troops…”

Military Appreciation Month was in May. The tweets are still coming in mid June.

I have not attempted to mute these tweets, because I see them as an opportunity to think about the message.

Thoughts for the USO:

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars that never end. When do we get to vote on all this?

Do the folks who honor and support military families also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

If some sort of military/civilian divide has taken hold, here are a few 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 comments are posted below these USO tweets. Most are supportive, something like: My husband did 23 years in the Army and we support your sacrifices.

If you are proud of your time in uniform do you automatically support decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas?

This comment stood out to me:

“The Military and everyone in it are practically worshipped in this country.
I find it deeply disturbing.”

 

I’d have more respect for traditional veterans groups and the organizations that support military service if they promoted more of an Armistice Day message.

We’re not there yet.

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?

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?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

Congressman Kilmer,

If wars are fought for democracy- 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?

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?

 

Questioning undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

June 11, 2019

GI Suicide: Maybe It’s The Job?

by Lawrence Wilkerson

“The U.S. government has told these young men and women that they are killing these people for freedom’s sake, for democracy, for women’s rights, for justice, to protect Americans, and for all manner of reasons that these troops know are just so much hogwash.”

“Lawrence Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel. He is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary.”

 

Possibly of interest:

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

Freedoms Completely Unrelated To Jet Noise Over Coupeville

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

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

 

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.

June 7, 2019 South Whidbey Record

Letter: Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve are not doing right thing

“I agree with Mayor Hughes, so I will spare readers of what I think of factions of citizens booing those who put their lives and health on the line to train to protect our right to protest our government on their accustomed training grounds used by jets since 1967.”

1965

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

Was it the Viet Cong that restricted rights to freedom of speech or expression in public schools?

JUNE 10, 2019 TIME

High School Students’ Graduation Speeches Keep Getting Censored. But They’re Seen by Millions Anyway

“In 1965, a young Iowa middle schooler named Mary Beth Tinker decided to wear a black armband to school to protest the war in Vietnam. She was suspended for doing so, eventually leading to 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In a 7-2 decision, the court found that students at public schools maintain their First Amendment right to free speech.”

 

Do 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.

 

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?

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?”

 

1967

Did the Dept. of Defense play any role in defending American rights and freedoms?

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Hometown Pride

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

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?

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, voting rights, 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.

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

 

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.

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Possibly of interest:

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Lonely beach- just north of Perego’s Lagoon