Archives for category: Federal Holidays

People in need should be able to get assistance.

Tax money- which some people intend to be used to help others via public assistance programs– also goes for bombing Iraq and Afghanistan. US bombing of Iraq goes back to 1991.

Helping others by donating to churches or private charities, food banks, etc. can avoid these conflicts.

Donors are free to opt out if a charity misbehaves.

People could keep more of their own money to donate to causes of their choosing if the federal government was not taking it to pay for failed wars that never end. The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

 

Are federal public assistance programs working?

Summer feeding programs have been set up to provide meals when school is out.

Summer Meal Program Information

Summer feeding program continues to grow in Peoria

“We’ve gone from 2,000 to 3,000 meals all summer five years ago to 65,000 meals this summer,” he said. The program ends Aug. 4.

Baltimore Co. schools serving free meals this summer:

“From now until July 28, 44 Baltimore County schools will be serving free breakfast and lunch to kids Monday through Friday.”

Coupeville School District

“The district participates in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program, which allows families that qualify to obtain either no-cost or reduced-price meals for their child(ren).”

Love to see newspeople ask: If a family qualifies for free and reduced price school breakfast and lunch- wouldn’t they also qualify for year-round public assistance to provide meals at home? Would this reduce the need for summer feeding programs?

 

USDA Federal School Lunch Program- Virgin Islands:

“…widespread waste, potential for fraud, negligence and overall a program that has not come close to being adequately administered…”

 

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Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Please Dispose of Properly

 

Would it be possible to have HOAs enact rules to prevent the improper disposal of items bearing a likeness of the American flag?

 

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Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

DSC_0001 How about an opt in/out pass to pay for decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands?

U.S. gives Iraq a $2.7 billion credit to buy military equipment

 

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US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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At least there won’t be any guilt trips about just seeing it as a long weekend.

 

Bonus- Free admission to federal lands you paid for the same as the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

 

 

 

Photo- Point Hudson

 

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New group identity for veterans-

Go and see how much free stuff you can get this weekend.

Veteran’s Day 2014:

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

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

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

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

 

The Veteran’s Day federal holiday was signed into law during the Cold War.

The US had then entered into a long period of involvement in undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Hey school teachers– if the wars aren’t won- how can they protect our freedom?

Hey school teachers- whatever happened to the more meaningful Armistice Day?

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Veterans

How Many Wars?

Freedom

Glorifying military service

Upcoming football games-

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

Veteran’s parking spaces?

Hero?

Fought and died to defend our freedom?

Press, military, entertainment industry & big business partnership

Ongoing militarization of American culture: Troops on the street?

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

 

Photo- South Indian Island

 

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Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
Rory Fanning

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz has said of the upcoming Concert for Valor:

“The post-9/11 years have brought us the longest period of sustained warfare in our nation’s history. The less than one percent of Americans who volunteered to serve during this time have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms—but that freedom comes with a responsibility to understand their sacrifice, to honor them and to appreciate the skills and experience they offer when they return home.”

 

Since 911- US military operations have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms?

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

Almost Veteran’s Day again-

Look for folks claiming that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers- where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

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

Don’t look for much in the way of explaining the meaning of Armistice Day & why that was thrown out for the purpose of honoring veterans.

 

More here:

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

Upcoming football games-

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

 

DSC_0008 copyJust days after the nation celebrated Independence- someone gets caught with marijuana at a federal campground inside Washington State.

“A man called KING 5 to say he had pot confiscated and was ticketed while camping with friends. It happened when a ranger came by to check on their campfire. The ranger noticed the group had a small amount of marijuana.
The camper said he purchased it legally, but because he was on federal land the viewer said the pot was confiscated and that he got a $125 ticket.”

“Larry Chambers, a US Forest Service spokesperson says the agency is legally required to enforce federal laws on public lands they manage, even though Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012.”

Click here to view authoritarian comments from people who are all about federal law even though they probably were up for celebrating independence on July 4th.

Favorite comment:

“Its federal land. Just like the Military bases.”

Maybe American culture would be easier to understand if all of the US was one giant military base.

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

Same country where half time sports announcers remind us that The Troops are fighting undeclared/unwon wars overseas in order to defend your rights and freedoms.

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

Photo- Summer on Whidbey Island

 

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

“On this Memorial Day, we pause to honor and remember those — and their family members and loved ones — who have fought and died to defend our freedom.”

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In the 60s and 70s there were war protests. Today, a university tells us that the troops defend freedom.

More here: Glorifying military service

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

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These are the folks who watch the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

These are the folks who listen to TV messages from halftime sports announcers who tell us that overseas military operations are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms.

These are the folks who vote.

 

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Happy Armed Forces Day!

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

A Free Society?

Honor your heroes this weekend

Glorifying military service

 

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Photo- Nordland Transit Center

 

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By being a good consumer-

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and Honor our very own Hometown Heroes!

 

 

By reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

 

By waiting until the TV isn’t talking about federal holidays, overseas military operations and football halftime ceremonies– then asking yourself if you live in a free and honest society.

 

By waiting a few months- then asking questions at public schools about those who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers- where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

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Happy Armed Forces Day!

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Photo- Low tide

South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

Insists on dividing people up into groups– then assigning a separate value to each group.

 

Cheers on military forces that are not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars in distant lands.

Credits The Troops with defending American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Stopped supporting a draft a long time ago.

 

Spends money on gunboat escorts for ferries on Puget Sound while terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry.

 

Spends months promoting the idea of buying stuff to celebrate Christmas.

 

Brags about freedom- then goes with a control freak approach on individual liberty.

 

Lies about the stories associated with federal holidays.

Celebrates independence from a powerful central government.

Tries to make people feel guilty for not properly observing some federal holidays.

 

Talks about legalizing marijuana while including restrictions that leave prohibition and the drug war in place for adults age 18-20, those who want to grow a plant at home, possess more than an ounce, or possess marijuana from non-state sanctioned outlets.

 

Talks about placing high taxes on legal marijuana.

Dealers, traffickers and cartels are good with this idea.

 

Supports a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

 

Tolerates reporters who do not ask questions.

 

Tolerates politicians who lie about clean energy.

 

Supports a Drug War that places us all at risk.

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Veterans Day is for honoring veterans. Memorial Day is for honoring those who died in wars. Sept 11th is for honoring the victims and heroes of 911- a time to remember how the nation pulled together in the days following the event.

 

Commenting on newspaper web editions-

The story has to do with the tenth anniversary of 911, a large number of troops lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, or a federal park ranger gunned down in Washington State. Many comments asking for or offering prayers for the families who have suffered a loss, etc. (praying to the same god who watched over as the tragedy unfolded?) Someone posts a public policy question or comment related to the story-

“This isn’t the place for your political views, we don’t want to hear your comments about the war, or gun control, have some respect for the families, this is not the time”, etc.

Hey folks- this is a news site- not a church service. I would never scold anyone for offering prayers- why the effort to suppress ideas?

 

Troop suicides.

Multiple National Guard deployments to distant lands- absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

A Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

Grand opening of a $9.8 million, 50 agent US Border Patrol station at Port Angeles- access restricted “only to media with credentials and invited guests

The time never seems right for answers to serious public policy questions.

 

Photo- Kitty litter scoop for popcorn at dive bar.

 

 

 

Letter printed in the Kitsap Sun:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Join federal workers in celebrating the Fourth of July

Letter printed in the Bellingham Herald:

Federal worker proud to serve 

If you take the second sentence and enter it in a search engine- you can see that the same letter appeared all over the U.S.

Source of form letter-

“Will you take three minutes to write to the editor of your local newspaper and share your thoughts about the contributions of federal workers?”

The first letter prompted me to post this:

Celebrate your independence by honoring federal workers- 

 

 

Photo- pre-tsunami debris scene on the Washington Coast

 

BBQ Safety Crackdown-

Check out the overly dramatic intro on this video designed to prevent backyard mayhem-

 

Worst case scenarios of fireworks abuse may result in severe injuries and property damage-

Stray bullet in Belfair wrecking yard ignites 2 cities’ worth of fireworks

 

First responders forced to pose at dumbed-down fireworks safety photo-op-

 

Family thrown into instant war zone-

 

Lit firecrackers in your pants at 0:21

If the video demonstrated the most dangerous things we could do with a gallon of gas- would that mean we should stay away from gasoline?

 

Lesson- Don’t duct tape an M-80 to your hand. Don’t stiffen your body and hold it over an aerial device for an extended period of time-

 

Scare tactic video featuring a simulated human head- held for an extended period of time over a fountain.

No option or possibility that fireworks might be used responsibly. All risk taking is bad- guaranteed to result in worst case scenarios.

Dr. Poindexter recommends attending professional shows only. There is no possibility that your family could safely use fireworks- got it?

 

Expect more injuries, death and maiming-

 

Setting off firecrackers on the ground sends a convincing message of doom-

 

Don’t do this-

 

Blowing up your own watermelon could be deadly-

 

Use glow sticks-

 

Bonus retro page I created a couple years ago here.

 

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US Department of Credibility

 

 

 

Photo- Summer sunset at Fort Flagler

 

A local letter writer suggests sort of a Thanksgiving Day for federal workers on July 4th this year-

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Join federal workers in celebrating the Fourth of July

 

A salute to federal workers out at the airport:

Grandpa’s ashes scattered at TSA checkpoint

 

A salute to a federal Drug Czar & all subordinate employees-

Federal Marijuana Policy

 

A salute to federal workers who monitor family farms and dairies-

 

A salute to all federal employees associated with The War on Terror-

War on Terror?

 

A salute to federal workers serving the US Department of Homeland Security-

The Garage Sale Incident

Video collection- DHS checkpoints

Gunboat escorts on Puget Sound

Suspicionless local ID checks?

Secret arrest statistics & the warehousing of Border Patrol agents at Port Angeles

 

Independence Day essays here and here

 

 


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

People have different ways of observing special days on the calendar.

 

Maybe some of the guys who never made it back would have enjoyed marking the occasion with BBQs, loud music and women in bikinis.

No government recommended protocols or guilt trips required. Isn’t this what freedom is all about?

 

Maybe some of the people who never came back would have wanted Americans to spend some time reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy, rather than repeating the phrase “Thanks for your service.”

Maybe they would wish to live in an honest society.

Maybe they would question individuals who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas on the web, or to have a Barbeque- why would you be scolded for doing so?

 

Think for yourself.

Mark the occasion as you see fit.

USMC ’79-’99

 

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A Land of Make Believe

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Foggy morning at Port Townsend

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

 

American culture is OK with lies told about US foreign policy and where military service fits into our way of life.

Somewhere after 911- many patriotic Americans seem to have embraced the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms– as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Memorial Day 2012-

“Memorial Day used to be held on May 30 regardless, and was moved to the last Monday in May in 1968 to create a three-day annual weekend. Interestingly there are those who oppose the weekend idea and advocate its return to fixed date, including the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW). In the Eighties Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, himself a WWII veteran, introduced legislation (unsuccessful) to return the original date. The idea is that if Memorial Day was not simply a long weekend holiday for going to the beach and grilling, more Americans might actually realize that it has a deeper and much more somber meaning.”

Perhaps less Americans are buying into the idea that overseas military operations are somehow connected to American rights and freedoms.

Perhaps some question a departure from the old tradition of a formal congressional declaration of war prior to sending the troops into combat.

Perhaps some see that Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still are unable to keep illegal drugs out.

Some may have come to the point where they just think of it as a Fake War on Terror.

 

“Let us never forget those who bravely gave their life blood or paid the ultimate price so we can have our freedom and the right to vote.”

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.

 

How about the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984– it stripped the 50 states of the “freedom” to set their own minimum drinking age- where were “The Troops”?

 

Memorial Day 2011-

“…take this time to recognize those currently serving in the Armed Forces as they continue to fight to protect the liberties that we have come to appreciate.”

 

Memorial Day 2009-

Still more than 2 weeks away and here is a letter that reminds us of the meaning of this important day.

The letter writer and several of those who commented made mention of the troops “fighting for our freedom.”

When we were told that our concealed carry permit was void on local, federal National Parks lands– did the Joint Chiefs of Staff send out “The Troops” to restore American rights and freedoms?

Any support from The Department of Defense Re: various state’s efforts to legalize marijuana?

Are The Joint Chiefs of Staff working to reverse a federal ban on online poker games?

Are “The Troops” standing in the way of warrantless searches of homes and apartments?

How about Delayed-Notice Search Warrants?

How about a federal law that requires social security numbers to be submitted for fishing licenses? A totalitarian- guilty until proven innocent scheme to track down dead beat dads– as if digging a bucket of clams has anything to do with child support payments.

 

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

 

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

 

One person wrote: “…spend this Memorial Day honoring those who have defended your right to have an opinion on this matter.”

As if we are wards of the state or mindless drones– somehow dependent on people in military uniforms to enable us to think or to have an opinion.

 

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?

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Many veterans refer to their oath of enlistment Re: defending the constitution- when & how do The Troops act on behalf of the executive branch of government to defend the constitution?

 

If the US Armed Forces are somehow connected to defending the constitution- how did public policy serve up due-process-free assassinations?

 

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.

 

People who question US foreign policy on newspaper websites are told:

“You wouldn’t have the freedom to post your nonsense if people were not giving their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom”, etc.

Some will say people in uniform “give” http://www.iwvpa.net/provincecm/ us our freedoms- totally disregarding the concept of inalienable rights.

Others will say we’d be speaking a language or practicing a religion not of our choosing- if not for veterans:

“Support your troops.  Support all military,” Mowl said. “If it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be here.  It’s the same as the World War II vets – if it weren’t for them, we’d be speaking German now.”

The free and well armed people who populate the North American continent could be forced to speak a language not of their choosing?

Doubt it.

 

The world’s most modern & powerful military force has had their hands full for years now trying to pacify the locals in the Greater Middle East.

We’ve got such a good handle on the situation- National Guard units are doing multiple tours in distant lands– absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

 

We’re not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars overseas– why would we think they have any bearing on the language we choose to speak- or on American rights and freedoms in any sense?

 

Public policy stands in the way of freedom- a situation completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

Military service is honorable. In some cases, it provides 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.

Best thanks for a veteran-

Reach for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

USMC ’79-’99