Archives for category: Armistice Day

In the news:

Brady among several New England Patriots players set to skip White House visit

Any team that cannot fully participate in White House events should suffer a loss of DOD funding for giant flag rituals, halftime ceremonies honoring decades of failed wars that never end, etc.

 

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In the news:

Commentary: National service narrows military-civilian divide

“Less than one-half of one percent of Americans currently serve in uniform, while the 99-plus percent realize the benefit while bearing none of the burden.”

Mark Shields: Now More Than Ever, America Needs Mandatory National Service

“And mandatory two-year national service — civilian or military — is imperative to help us understand the responsibility, as well as the rights, of citizenship and build our connections with our fellow citizens.”

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

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

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

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

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

More here:

Vietnam-Style Body Counts

A Land of Make Believe

Glorifying Military Service During Failed Wars That Never End

Nasty Notes & Veterans Parking

 

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Beach Day – Ebey’s Landing

 

In the news:

Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by ‘Mother Of All Bombs’

We should have this all mopped up in another 16 years.

Very similar videos posted Re: 1991 Desert Storm.

During decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas- newspeople are here to remind us that we have the upper hand.

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Wonder what these guys think about failed wars that never end?

 

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Photo- New Day at Port Hadlock

 

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.

On the East Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom. On the West Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom: “That BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF FREEDOM….Our Angle’s are watching over us…”

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.

It’s tricky business.

Small military town Veterans Day parade– canceled due to lack of interest:

“But, despite Oak Harbor’s deep military roots, drumming up interest and support for the parade, held since 2012, has been difficult. Parade coordinator Terry Lacey said he won’t be holding the parade this year because of a lack of interest.”

The parade is canceled, but here is a reminder of what it was all about:

“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.

 

A Land of Make Believe

The American Legion:

“American military is still fighting and dying in wars so that we have the freedom to choose our leaders and protect our freedoms.”

The Troops are fighting for the right to vote?

Nonsense.

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

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

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

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 US 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?”

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

More here: Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

Maybe people are quietly loosing interest in Veterans Day parades because they realize The Troops are not being honored in honest ways.

More here:

A Land of Make Believe

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

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

 

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Photo- Deception Pass from the Lighthouse Point trail

 

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.

Voting-

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion:

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

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.

Voting-

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

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

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

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

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?

 

Things have changed over the past 40 years- even though we’ve had a modern & powerful military force this entire time.

I grew up in the 60s & 70s- back in the days when veterans were not seen as a separate part of American society.

Veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing.

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

These guys didn’t have separate parking places at the grocery store or over at the hardware store.

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

Meet a veteran who isn’t shy about going out & grabbing a couple free meals- it’s a proud thing:

The cultural move towards glorifying military service may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

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

 

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Late Winter – Whidbey Island

 

Thanks for your service.

In the news:

“Top Navy officials charged in ‘staggering’ bribery scheme involving classified information, officials say”

“…charged with trading classified information in exchange for travel, dinner and prostitution services from a foreign defense contractor…”

 

“Marine Corps Officials Struggle to Explain Photo Scandal to Senators”

“Gen. Neller responded by acknowledging that the Marine Corps needs to change, while offering few further details.”

“This is a problem with our culture…I don’t have a good answer for you,” Gen. Neller said, stumbling over his words. “That’s a lame answer ma’am, but that’s all — that’s the best I can tell you right now.”

 

American culture is weak-minded.

Some believe that all who wear uniforms are heroes. It’s always good as part of a marketing and advertising campaign.

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who did time in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who did time over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.
Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

Reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy makes more sense than “Thanks for your service.”

 

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

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

These guys didn’t have separate parking places at the grocery store or over at the hardware store.

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

Veteran’s Day 2014:

Huge number of comments Re: what sort of ID is proper to get free & discounted stuff-

Meet some veterans who have become disgruntled Re: discount availability:

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

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

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

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Maybe it’s time to start thinking of people as individuals, rather than as members of a group.

It’s not just The Troops. Stories of police misconduct are easy to find, along with former school teachers convicted as sex offenders after engaging in sexual encounters with their students, Border Patrol fraudulent overtime requests, corruption, etc.

More here: The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

 

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Photo- Coupeville waterfront

 

In the news: Navy’s wrongheaded approach to Whidbey Island Growler jets

Frequent updates here.

I have never complained about jet noise- on the web or otherwise. I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service.

Almost every article related to NAS Whidbey features at least one comment that repeats the old, Cold War-era slogan- telling us that It’s The Sound of Freedom!

 

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.

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

 

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

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

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

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

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

 

A Land of Make Believe

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

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

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

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

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

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?

 

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Veterans are in the very best position to know that their time in uniform is irrelevant in terms of American rights & freedoms. Very few seem to speak out.

More here: Coupeville Questions The Sound of Freedom

 

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Platoon 3049, MCRD San Diego

Jun-Sep 1979

 

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Questioning failed programs and wondering why newspeople remain silent.

More reporting please.

15 years past 911:

The US is in a life-and-death struggle with some folks in Yemen, while heroin trafficking cartels move product into local communities.

In the news:

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The Cartels Next Door: Mexican drug lords corner meth market

“Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border.”

Washington State:

The US spends about $41.2 billion each year on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

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

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

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

Tracking the issue on facebook here:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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

 

Terrorists don’t seem to try very hard.

What prevents the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of from blowing themselves up in a crowded airport just short of the screening checkpoint?

Ditto for hundreds of events nationwide each year at rock concerts, baseball games, basketball games, pro sports events, college events, etc.

Heroin traffickers lead the way.

We know that the people who move heroin into the US do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, paperwork reviews, etc.

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

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

What keeps terrorists out while heroin comes in?

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

Macho Swagger update:

LE agencies share information, tools & techniques.

The good guys have the upper hand and plenty of cocky confidence in these made for TV scenarios.

In the real world of crime fighting- Houston Space Center mission control-style HQs fail to keep cartels from moving product into US communities.

Newspeople remain silent.

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

Drug War Racket

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the almost 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Imagine that LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for almost 3 years. What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

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DSC_0081 copy In the news-

Extensive discussion & many comments follow this article: Town takes hard stance against increased OLF flight operations

More here: Commissioners deny grant, calling Coupeville ‘anti-Navy’

Related article here: New group seeks to find balance between community, Navy

My take:

I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service. Lose the macho swagger. Lose the all caps comments, multiple exclamation points, & multiple ellipsis. Lose the group identity speak. Don’t tell us that our rights and freedoms come from people in uniform, or that we wouldn’t be able to post comments on the web if not for military operations in distant lands.

More here: DOD Maintaining Freedom?

Local scenes:

Ebey’s Landing

Bluff Trail

Fort Casey

Hill Road

 

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Coupeville Wharf & a sunny/foggy morning on Penn Cove

 

dsc_0125 US foreign policy can be hard to explain & understand.

Freedom isn’t free?

If a house is prevented from burning, is it because firefighters protect our rights and freedoms?

Think of your local fire dept.- it serves a clear-cut purpose, no need for people to repeat phrases or slogans in order to justify its existence.

We don’t claim that firefighters protect our rights and freedoms- as if they are part of some kind of civil rights organization. No need for a parade of fire trucks at the next football game to maintain the proper attitudes of support for the work these people do.

State-run media update:

Air Force Leads DoD Support of Super Bowl LI

“This year, it’s the 70th anniversary of the Air Force, so they will lead the way, said Christine S. Thompson, a sports outreach specialist in the office of the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs.”

“The Air Force turns 70 this year, and what better way to celebrate our birthday than to have the Thunderbirds do the flyover for the Super Bowl?” said Katie Spencer, the sports outreach program manager for the Air Force.

Sports outreach specialist, sports outreach program manager? It’s a full-time job at the Pentagon to craft & send the right messages through military pageantry at major sporting events.

Love to see newspeople ask:

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

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

Marketing partnership/strategy update:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘We’re all about patriotism’

We celebrate those who keep us safe.

Meanwhile- A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

“Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras”

More here: Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Heroin-trafficking cartels move product into local communities while we’re in a life and death struggle with some folks in Yemen? Maybe our sports outreach professionals can help to make sense of all this?

Five Presidential Administrations have had their hands on the wheel in Iraq. The US has been bombing there- going back to 1991. Certainly, the current refugee/travel restriction situation is tied to a post Desert Shield militarized foreign policy.

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

Pregame update: 2017 Super Bowl: Houston weather means stadium roof closed for Patriots-Falcons

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beers require the least advertising.

Related:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

DOD Maintaining Freedom?

 

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Autumn Afternoon – Fort Casey

 

dsc_0261-copy In the news: Mayor Severns is headed to DC in March to support NAS Whidbey. A local petition tells us that “maintaining freedom” is part of what the base is about.

Maintaining freedom?

I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

 

A Land of Make Believe

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Hill Road

 

dsc_0091 I’d have more respect for traditional veteran’s groups if they were to question or advocate for shutting down failed wars that never end.

New from DAV:

Many veterans were excited to see retired Marine Corps General James Mattis become the Secretary of Defense. This is how he spent his first full day in office.

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Whidbey surf- Fort Ebey

 

DSCN3049_003 If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

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

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

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.”

More here: Armistice Day becomes teach children Wars are for Freedoms Day

 

The Press is ready with a military solution to the unsecured portion of the airport:

ABC News: More Armed Officers Could Help Prevent Airport Shootings: Expert

“They have become a common sight at many U.S. mass transit hubs since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — armed officers, such as National Guard members in camouflage and with weapons visible.”

It’s all a normal thing in NYC-

State-run media report:

The New York Times:

Away from home- failed wars that never end:

Obama Says He Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Than Planned

U.S. to Send 600 More Troops to Iraq to Help Retake Mosul From ISIS

US Sending 200 More Troops to Syria to Battle ISIS

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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One of the locals- Port Hadlock

 

dsc_0162 No mater if big busts happen here or at the border- the press promotes the idea of success.

Local bust: 44 pounds of meth seized in South Sound bust

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the almost 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

“Starting in February 2014, a DEA agent began investigating a drug ring that was sending large shipments of methamphetamine from Mexico via Arizona and California to Western Washington.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If 44 pounds of meth was seized in South Sound last month- how much meth did these folks move into the Puget Sound area since February 2014?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

Did the meth traffickers get fast track screening at the border so as not to disrupt this ongoing investigation?

If the meth traffickers were given a pass at the border- would that have tipped them off as to the investigation- or would that have been seen as standard protocol?

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

More here: Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

 

At the border: Suspected drug smuggler caught with meth taped to legs, belly

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

 

Well done men.

Any word on why prison staff failed to detect heroin as product moved into the facility?

Prison workers save inmate’s life after overdose in Groveland

More here: Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

2017 Super Bowl: “Perrye Turner, the FBI special agent in charge for the Houston division, said that at this time there are no credible threats connected to the Super Bowl.”

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

 

War on Terror: The press is busy with giant flag rituals at football games and telling us that The Troops are away fighting for our rights & freedoms. The reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

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

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

How does it make sense to send The Troops to distant lands- while heroin-trafficking cartels move product into the Puget Sound area?

Welcome Home Troops

2015-

DEA:

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

 

Military solution to unsecured portion of the airport update:

More Armed Officers Could Help Prevent Airport Shootings: Expert

 

War on Terror update: More U.S. troops are being wounded in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon quietly acknowledges

 

A big part of what we do on the pages below is to point out that newspeople are not asking questions.

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

The Pompous Veteran

 

 

 

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DSC_0002_005 How many of these folks have been available to question failed wars that never end?

Was “The Boss” available to question failed wars the never end?

WDRB News:

“The Boss” is questioning whether President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take office.

How about Rosie O’Donnell?

KBOI 2 News:

Rosie O’Donnell: Donald Trump is ‘mentally unstable’

Have these folks been available to march on failed wars that never end?

Was Michael Moore available to question failed wars the never end?

Michael Moore to Help Lead Trump Inauguration Protest

 

American Sports Culture-

American culture is quick to question sports teams, players, coaches & officials when things do not go well. Some call for firings of coaches and referees.

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

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

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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dsc_0084Popular culture is constantly thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms. The more years of wars that go unwon- the stronger the trend.

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

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

No word on how heroin trafficking cartels continue to move product past strict post-911 security protocols & the US Dept. of Homeland Security at border crossings and ports of entry.

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Meth from Mexico blamed for 4 recent Missoula-area high-speed chases

Welcome Home Troops

The US Armed Forces do not function as some sort of giant civil rights organization:

Safeguarding American rights & freedoms by running prison camps used to house American citizens during WWII:

How Bainbridge Island Japanese were registered, forced from their homes during World War II

 

Firing on unarmed students at Kent State University.

 

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands:

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984

Each of the 50 states was stripped of the freedom to set their own minimum drinking age.

Where were The Troops?

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

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

More here: DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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DSC_0084 Just getting started on a new facebook page where we are taking a look at The Pompous Veteran.

This person is quick to proclaim that they defended your rights and freedoms.

 

Thanks for taking a look.

dsc_0001-2 In the news: Veterans inspire youths with memories, ceremonies at Port Angeles Coast Guard base

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.”

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

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

More here:

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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DSCN8231 When did Armistice Day turn into Discounts And Freebies Day?

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

Hey major restaurant chains & traditional veteran’s organizations– I know a veteran who would have more respect for a marketing strategy that made Armistice Day donations to food banks. Maybe you guys could work together on this & start to phase out this image of veterans clamoring for head of the line privileges & free chow.

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

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

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

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

 

Hey school teachers– do you still teach lessons about the more meaningful Armistice Day?

Here are a few questions to discuss with your students: How Many Wars?

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

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Veterans

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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dsc_0001-2 American culture is quick to question sports teams, players, coaches & officials when things do not go well. Some call for firings of coaches and referees.

Referee Walt Anderson So Bad In Bills-Seahawks That Even NFL’s Dean Blandino Couldn’t Defend Him

Why the constant support for “The Troops” defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

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

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

 

But- The Troops died for your right to vote?

Nonsense.

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

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

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

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

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

 

People are in no mood to ask questions. They’re even ready to slip off into a world of make believe, where:

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

Hey veterans, school teachers & newspeople-

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

“Remind the voters that somewhere overseas right now, men and women are fighting so that we can have a voice in the political process.”

Because the freedom to vote comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas, a 3rd try in Iraq, a no-show on 911, etc.

Can we find an honest way to honor The Troops?

 

In many cases- public policy stands in the way of freedom- no foreign enemy required.

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

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

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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

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

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Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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DSC_0001 “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.

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

Maybe people are quietly loosing interest in Veterans Day parades because they realize The Troops are not being honored in honest ways.

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms. How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Random thoughts:

National Anthem protests-

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

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

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

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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

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

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

Newspeople keep it about symbolism.

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

 

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

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

 

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

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

 

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

 

Fragile national image update:

Will Megan Rapinoe kneel in game at Georgia Dome?

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

 

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

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

 

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Photo- A symbol of a culture that does not ask questions

 

 

DSCN7306Banners placed in small towns to honor The Troops:

Blue Star Banners go up today near Port Townsend to honor active duty personnel

“We are recognizing those who are defending our freedom,” he said.

As if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Military marketing strategy turns teens into human bumper stickers at graduation. Recruiters providing military sashes to wear at pre-boot camp high school graduation ceremonies:

Mount Ararat senior to boycott graduation over military sash

Students say school wouldn’t let them wear Marine Corps sash

 

Independence Day becomes military appreciation day:

Oak Harbor 4th of July event source of local pride

September is Military Appreciation Month

November is Military Family Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

 

Veteran’s parking spaces-

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

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

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

 

Chaplain’s dream of an Oak Harbor Walk of Honor realized

“Thank you for the freedom.”

Because freedom comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas, a 3rd try in Iraq, a no-show on 911, etc.

 

Militarized Christmas update-

News video: Family honors military with decorative Christmas display

“Medallions sit on her lawn honoring the departments that protect our freedoms around the world.”

 

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

 

Sports events are now military appreciation rituals:

Legendary SEAL leader: National anthem protests disrespect the military

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

 

Each football game features militarized tributes to decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan- “I think it’s a way of showing respect for the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving our country and that’s kind of how I look at it.”

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

From national anthem protest comments:

“I signed on the dotted line to defend his right to peacefully protest what he feels to be an injustice…”

More here: The Troops are Defending Free Speech?

 

The US should maintain a strong & ready military- to be used for defensive purposes- not nation building. The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Our form of government is meant to include checks and balances such as a formal congressional declaration of war prior to engaging in hostilities. This protocol fell out of favor after WWII. How many US wars have been won since then?

Can we find an honest way to honor The Troops? Foreign policy is hard to understand or justify- so calling everyone who shows up a hero covers for that?

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who has served in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who have served over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.

Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

Reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy makes more sense than “Thanks for your service.”

More here:

Military Myths & Propaganda

Glorifying military service

Veterans

How Many Wars?

 

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

 

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