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Halloween still seven weeks out.

Local authorities dictate a 1.5 hour window for trick-or-treat time 2017:

Trick-or-treat in city limits Oct. 31

Your family will start at 6:00 and be done for the year at 7:30 p.m.

Who gets to make decisions on how your family will behave? Not parents? Not you & the others who live in the cul-de-sac? Not the people who planned the block party last summer? Not the people who have created and enjoyed Halloween traditions in the neighborhood?

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence early in July.

When did government authorities take on the role of deciding when families/kids go out to trick-or-treat?

No such effort when I was growing up.

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Parental roles update:

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Photo- Phone booth at remote campground with no camp host or cell reception.

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Halloween still seven weeks out.

Local authorities dictate a 1.5 hour window for trick-or-treat time 2017:

Trick-or-treat in city limits Oct. 31

Your family will start at 6:00 and be done for the year at 7:30 p.m.

Who gets to make decisions on how your family will behave? Not parents? Not you & the others who live in the cul-de-sac? Not the people who planned the block party last summer? Not the people who have created and enjoyed Halloween traditions in the neighborhood?

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence early in July.

 

In the news:

Kids go back-to-school with law enforcement at their side

Law enforcement authorities instead of parents assist kids with back to public school shopping where free breakfast and lunch awaits.

All set to raise up another generation of independent thinkers.

More here: Raising another generation of independent thinkers?

 

Parental roles update:

Edwards-Knox Wants All Students To Enjoy Free Meals

“…free breakfast and lunch for everyone.”

Looks like the federal free and reduced breakfast and lunch program may not have been getting the job done.

Now taxpayers will fund the federal program along with the Edwards-Knox school district program.

The school district moves to fade incentives for parents to pack a lunch. Get your free school breakfast and lunch- otherwise you may become part of some sort of worst case scenario that goes like this: “When a student is hungry, they can’t learn,” said Ronald Burke, district superintendent.

 

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.

More here: Celebrate your Independence with Free Federal Breakfast and Lunch

 

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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

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Photo- Kalaloch South Beach

 

 

dscn4435 Remember the old tradition of having your Halloween candy X-rayed?

It is still a good idea.

Before the kids are allowed to eat any candy- round them up and carpool with neighbors to the hospital to get the loot X-rayed.

The X-ray will reveal any needles, razor blades, or metal filings in the treats.

Is there a test for weed killer or rat poison? Ask about it.

Cold War era ritual lives on:

Harrisburg, PA

Free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy

 

Chesapeake, VA

Patient First offering to X-ray your child’s Halloween candy for foreign materials

 

Central Park & Garrisonville, VA

Patient First offering candy X-ray’s for Halloween

 

Ilwaco, WA

OBH helping ensure candy is safe

“Ocean Beach Hospital is offering to x-ray Halloween candy on Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

No screening until Tuesday- so tell your kids to keep their hands off the candy until then.

 

Hampton Roads

Free Halloween candy x-rays offered in Hampton Roads

 

New Cumberland, W.Va.

Sheriff’s office offering candy scanning for Halloween

 

More here: Halloween Safety Tips 2016

 

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DSC_0115 Columbus never set foot on what is now the 50 states and I’m not here to defend the holiday- just wondering- are school children taught that some spirit of adventure is connected with Columbus Day?

Why do Americans celebrate independence from a powerful central government each summer?

Why celebrate the spirit of adventure on Columbus Day?

Your American reality 2016-

Ottumwa, IA:

“The Ottumwa Police Department has announced the officially sanctioned hours for trick-or-treating will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.”

Manchester, NH:

“For decades, Manchester police mandated that trick-or-treating take place on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween, answering the annual complaints by saying a Sunday afternoon was the safest time for children to trick-or-treat.”

Cumberland County, NJ:

“Trick-or-treating will be restricted to this day and times only in these communities.”

Stop thinking for yourself.

Wait for further instructions.

 

Controlling Halloween-

Lake County, Illinois:

“Trick-or-treating in the Village of Gurnee will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 2pm-5pm.”

Ohio:

If you live in Coshocton- your kids will go out four days prior to Halloween for a grand total of 90 minutes: 10/27 4:00-5:30

In Edison- you get to go on Halloween & you are done for the year, one hour later: 10/31 5:00-6:00

Milwaukee County, WI:

In several locations you will go out the day before Halloween & be done by 4 PM.

Looks like controlling Halloween is mostly an East Coast/Midwest thing.

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Stop thinking for yourself.

Wait for further instructions.

 

“As Halloween approaches, many towns in the area are starting to post and enforce curfews and rules for the holiday.

Many towns are enforcing strict curfews and trick-or-treating hours. Area hours and rules are listed below.”

Seems like law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for arbitrary crackdowns on people who have done nothing wrong.

 

Watch the TV for further instructions:

2014 Local Trick Or Treat Times

 

Why do Americans celebrate independence from a powerful central government each summer?

Why celebrate the spirit of adventure on Columbus Day? (Ok by me to throw it out- Columbus never set foot in what is today the 50 United States.)

Here is your reality- don’t function as an individual. Don’t place parents or neighbors in a position to think for themselves.

“Citing issues in years past, trick-or-treating must end by 7 p.m. on Halloween, Middletown officials said this week.”

If you live in parts of Ohio- Halloween is under tight control:

Tri-State trick-or-treat times 2013

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

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The kind of scary that comes from telling ghost stories around a campfire.

Fear is a different thing, it’s not really about a mummy, vampire or a ghost.

Fear is more about an evil person in real life who does not look like a monster. Someone who blends in. Someone you might not even notice at the grocery store or at a campground.

Here is one such person:

Insane killer escapes on field trip to county fair

Ever think about this stuff when you go tent camping?

Maybe you are out for a couple nights camping. This guy who escaped from the state mental institution is out there too. He is watching you, but you don’t know it.

For tent campers, there’s just a thin layer of nylon between us and the outside world.

Some of these guys might have to register when they establish a new address. No special requirement if they just want to wonder through a remote campground with no camp host or cell reception

Out at that lonely campground there’s no waiting in line to show ID as is the practice at the border or the airport…

Want to get a good night’s sleep while tent camping? Don’t think about an escapee from a loosely administered State Hospital for The Criminally Insane.

If you are prone to these sorts of thoughts- just keep them to yourself. Don’t stay up and tell stories around the campfire that may turn out to be disturbing. Don’t remind your friends that the escaped psycho would have to fill out paperwork and wait on a background check in order to buy a gun, but that no screening is required for someone who just wants to gather up a few common items to use in creating a night of mayhem.

Don’t mention that no paperwork is required over at the hardware store to pick up a gallon of drain opener, a few road flares, or a propane tank.

Don’t mention that the fugitive could wait until everyone is asleep, silently open the valve on a propane tank and set it next to a tent. He could walk 30 or 40 feet away, catch his breath, then light and toss a standard road flare over towards the tent. There wouldn’t be time to get out.

Don’t remind your friends that they are far from any gated community with alarm systems or security patrols. Don’t remind them that people sleeping in tents make a soft target for escaped killers.

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Google Halloween Safety and see millions of pages set up to warn of Halloween dangers.

Anyone with a web site or blog- even remotely connected with communities or families is obligated to create their own Halloween Safety Tips page offering exactly the same tips covered on any other page on the web.

Too bad our culture has changed so much since the 60s and 70s. Back then we really had fun with Halloween. How did we make it trough those years without the constant safety overkill?

It’s clear that most of the WWII generation is gone now. They were self-reliant people who would have had no use for the dumbed-down messages of our modern culture- like this one-

A message to teach you and your family how to put candy into a bowl so you can pass it out to trick or treaters:

 

Just the ticket for the mindless drones of our modern American culture.

The fun of old school Halloween is just one of pleasures of our former popular culture that has become almost extinct.

 

My tips:

Halloween is meant to be fun. For just one night a year, try to lighten up and enjoy it. Things will get back to normal on November 1st.

Here are some tips to add enjoyment to this special holiday:

Consider relaxing bedtimes, curfew times and attitudes towards truancy.

Scary is OK, this is why people pay to ride roller coasters. Traditional Halloween images are meant to be scary to ward off evil spirits.

Skip the dopey “Harvest Festivals” and Carnivals put on by schools, churches, malls and businesses. Send the kids out in a traditional witch, devil or gargoyle costume. Don’t rule out oversized costumes that drag the ground and may trip the wearer. Consider the use of black or dark fabrics, some of which may be flammable. Cut homemade eye slits that quickly become misaligned and block the wearer’s vision. Real knives, axes or hatchets can add a chilly touch to homemade costumes. Running with a sharp object in the dark can be dangerous. Running can also be a great way to blow off some steam. Some may want to challenge each other to a race- just be careful.

It is against the law for kids to drink. It is against the law for stores to sell alcohol to kids. Don’t have a cow if you see an Elvira cut out poster near the Coors Light display. Have booze on hand to share with neighbors and any adult trick or treaters who may stop by.

Go with traditional, non factory wrapped, homemade treats like caramel apples, popcorn balls, cookies and cupcakes.

Teach the kids responsibility and maturity by letting them use large, sharp knives to carve their Jack-o-lanterns. Always use traditional candles to light the Jack-o-lanterns. Have the kids carve small, portable pumpkins to carry while trick-or-treating. Instead of flashlights, have the kids attempt to light their way with real candles in their pumpkins. Be carefull while riding in cars to avoid starting a fire with a candle which may come in contact with loose-fitting, flammable costumes. Be careful when entering homes, or moving around dry leaves or landscaped areas so as not to start a fire.

Earlier in October, we celebrate Columbus Day. Continue this spirit of adventure by allowing kids to visit unfamiliar neighborhoods, knock at darkened dwellings, or enter the homes of strangers. Cutting across lawns and landscaped areas and darting suddenly from between parked cars may be the fastest way to get from door to door.

Send the kids out on an empty stomach- this way they will have more room for candy before they get sick.

Remember the old tradition of having your Halloween candy X-rayed? It is still a good idea. Before the kids are allowed to eat any candy- round them up and carpool with neighbors to the hospital to get the loot X-rayed. The X-ray will reveal any needles, razor blades, or metal filings in the treats. Is there a test for weed killer or rat poison? Ask about it.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

I love Halloween.

It seems that a secret international treaty has been signed- scary jacko’ lantern images are now outlawed.

Almost 100% of decorations available are kind of a Hallmark/Barney the Dinosaur sort of a theme designed for families and 4 year olds.

Not here to take those away- just wish that some of the retro themes were still available. The images were meant to be scary in order to ward off evil spirits.

Still searching…

 

Too early for Halloween decorations?

I insist on waiting until Christmas merchandise goes up in stores.