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

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Tearful Troops Homecoming Publicity Stunts

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

 

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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

 

Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee,

Please 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 border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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

 

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

In the news:

TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

TSA Failed To Detect Weapons, Bombs During Most Screening Tests

 

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

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

Welcome Home Troops

 

South Dakota:

Hills taking a hit with drug abuse

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

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

No Credible Threat-

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

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

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

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

 

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Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

 

CNN: 5 takeaways from the Democrats’ big night

What stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

The Heroin Racket.

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

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Point Partridge beach day

 

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

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

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

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

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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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- A Northwest IPA on the Oregon Coast

 

JBLM: Just down the road, but light years away

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

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

From Facebook comments:

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

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

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

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

Also did away with Armistice Day.

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

More here:

Veterans Protect Rights?

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

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

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

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

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

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

More here:

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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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- Fog Clears at Hill Road

 

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

 

LA police on ‘heightened awareness’ after Manhattan terror attack, but ‘no credible’ threat found

 

Baker: No threat to Massachusetts following NYC bike path rampage

 

No threat eyed for Bay State in wake of NYC terror attack

 

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

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

 

Best at symbolism update:

“The spire of One World Trade Center is lit in red, white and blue in honor of “freedom and democracy” following a deadly terror attack in New York City.”

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Salt Creek

 

 

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

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

But-what about discrimination?

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

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

America the Beautiful Passes

Regular people- $80 annual pass

Military- free

Annual 4th Grade Pass- free

Seniors- $20 Annual Senior Pass

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

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

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

More here: Celebrate Your Independence

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Please Dispose of Properly

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

Hey school teachers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

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

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

 

16 years past 911-

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

Welcome Home Troops

Green Island forum focuses on heroin addiction

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

More here: Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- unable to keep 575 pounds of meth & cocaine out of Gwinnett County:

Atlanta officials seize 575 pounds of meth, cocaine from Mexican drug ring

Welcome Home Troops

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

Wonder what was happening at border crossing/port of entry inspections during the 7 months 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?

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

 

Americans still do not have access to files related to the 1963 President John F. Kennedy assassination: ABC News: Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers?

In a free society, people should have an honest relationship with their government.

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

The American sports culture is a good example of open access to information.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

In government, it is fully understood that people will not have access to complete information through everyday channels.

Ever hear of a Freedom of Information Act Request in sports? How about a denied FOIA request?

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

Is anything like a Public Records Request needed to learn more about how your favorite team is doing this season?

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to his press secretary for answers? Presidents do so on a daily basis. Professionals are hired to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to a public information officer for answers to questions?

Maybe there would be less in the way of conspiracy theories related to government, if there was an attitude change about keeping people properly informed.

More here: Information Suppression Update

and here: Land of Information Suppression

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

16 years past 911:

Mattis reveals new rules of engagement

Whatever happened to a formal congressional declaration of war?

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

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

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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- Salt Creek

 

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

Would she speak out against failed wars that never end?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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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-

Shopping carts waiting to go home – Oak Harbor, WA

 

What stays the same?

Failed Wars that Never End.

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

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

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

 

The Heroin Racket.

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US.

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Arrest statistics are secret.

Aug 2010

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

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

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

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

Newspeople,

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

 

Wasteful:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

2011-

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

2012-

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

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

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

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

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

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

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Ineffective:

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

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

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

Frequent nationwide updates here.

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Too early for Halloween decorations?

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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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

News video: Youth football team kneels during national anthem

These players are 7 and 8 years old.

From comments:

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

 

Random thoughts:

Why do sporting events include flag rituals?

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

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

 

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

Why do we expect everyone to agree on flag rituals?

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

With all this talk of freedom- would it be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here: Veterans Earn Rights?

 

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In the news-

State-run media update: Border security is tougher than ever, Department of Homeland Security report finds

The US Department of Homeland Security fills out their own report card and tells us all is well.

Same news day:

53 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin moves past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into NY City.

Welcome Home Troops

 

Busy news week:

Telling sign of heroin epidemic: Snohomish County runs out of needle cleanup kits

Methamphetamine use on the rise in southern Illinois

“The region has become a prime destination for Mexican drug cartels bringing cheaper and higher quality crystal meth into the U.S., DEA agent Doug Dorley told the Belleville News-Democrat.”

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence: Mexican meth, called ‘ice,’ hits the streets in Lafayette

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

16 Years Past 911 – Welcome Home Troops

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

The press wants you to tangle over political brands instead of noticing what doesn’t change no matter what political party or personality is in power.

Letter to the Editor: AP story focusing on Aberdeen failed to tell the whole truth

Original article: Trump Won Towns Drowning in Despair — Can He Save Them?

Aberdeen WA Heroin-

Hey newspeople: There’s a large US Border Patrol station 143 miles up the road.

Have they been able to intercept any inbound heroin? Even one time?

As always- zero questions from newspeople about how heroin continues to move past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Whidbey Island: Whidbey Paper Offers Contained Choices on Heroin

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

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

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

News links here: News tip/story idea

 

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

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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

 

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

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

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Chicago and western suburbs-

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

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

Welcome Home Troops

Wisconsin-

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

Methamphetamine threatens region’s communities

Texas-

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

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

Ohio-

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

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

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

Welcome Home Troops

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

Happy Patriot Day

Our Epidemic: Fighting The Opioid Problem

Pennsylvania-

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

Welcome Home Troops

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

Oklahoma-

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

Colorado-

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

Feds disrupt meth pipeline from Mexico to Denver and Wyoming

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

 

No Credible Threat-

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

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 shootings, child abduction, etc.

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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In the news:

Federal agents dismantle meth pipeline that had operated from Mexico to Denver and Wyoming since 2007– after product moved past federal agents manning a $42.4 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then on into local communities since 2007.

Welcome Home Troops

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

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $42.4 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

 

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

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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CBS Boston: 42 Overdoses Reported In Manchester, N.H. Over Last Week

“As of Friday afternoon, the Queen City has seen 71 overdoses, two of them fatal, in the month of August.”

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Some “drugs” are domestic, such as marijuana and maybe meth.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

 

Way back on Feb 29, 2016

 

NBC News- Opioid Crisis: The Awful Arithmetic of America’s Overdoses May Have Gotten Worse

“…one of the reasons U.S. officials have been unable to win this war “is the lack of reliable information on the drugs causing fatal overdoses.”

 

More here:

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

Lazy Newspeople and the Drug War

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Whidbey Paper Offers Contained Choices on Heroin

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

Whidbey Heroin – Local Papers Suppressing Comments?

 

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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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

 

 

South Whidbey Record asks in their Facebook news feed:

“What do you think about vigilantism and its popular new weapon, public shaming?”

No thanks on this contained choice.

I reject vigilantism, public shaming or violence as answers to this situation.

 

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

What part of the story is missing?

Newspeople who are allowed to ask questions about the heroin racket.

 

Whidbey newspapers-

It’s clear that local papers are no fans of social media. Here are a couple of examples:

Reject the ‘fake news’ lie, support local journalism

Opinion: Vigilantism isn’t the solution to opioid abuse problem

Whidbey News-Times has not posted on Twitter since 19 Jan 2016.

People turn to social media because they are frustrated. They may feel that they have gone through all proper channels and allowed a reasonable amount of time for things to get better. Things are not better.

Comment sections in the local papers seem to be dying out.

Festivals, high school sports, honoring The Troops & other safe stories seem to be the priority.

I’d be more interested in paying for a subscription again- if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

 

Questions for newspeople:

Is the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat a boondoggle?

Has local homeland security grant money been used effectively?

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

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border? Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local heroin comes from Mexico not Canada. We follow this issue here.

 

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol ever (even one time) been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Love to see some reporting on this.

Overdose Awareness Walk returns next Thursday in Port Angeles

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

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

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

News links: News tip/story idea

 

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

2011-

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

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

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

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

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

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

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

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

We follow this issue here.

 

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

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

If drug dogs are effective at the border- how are large quantities of heroin, cocaine & meth moved into US communities?

Have highly successful drug operations created any shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US?

Why are local law enforcement agencies rewarded when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US?

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

More here:

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

Lazy Newspeople and the Drug War

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

Whidbey Heroin – Local Papers Suppressing Comments?

 

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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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

A big story on an important topic:

Whidbey News-TimesWhidbey struggles with confronting opioid use
Aug 22nd, 2017 2:23pm

Whidbey News-Times: Opinion: Vigilantism isn’t the solution to opioid abuse problem
Tue Aug 22nd, 2017 2:30pm

South Whidbey RecordWhidbey’s war on drugs
Wed Aug 23rd, 2017 6:00am

As of 6:00am on Thursday, Aug 24th- these three articles display a total of zero comments. Neither paper shows these articles on their Facebook news feed.

Whidbey News-Times has not posted on Twitter since 19 Jan 2016.

Later in the day- Aug 24th, 2017

South Whidbey Record asks in their Facebook news feed:

“What do you think about vigilantism and its popular new weapon, public shaming?”

No thanks on this contained choice.

I’ve had comments blocked/deleted/censored in the past by Whidbey papers.

My comments contained no hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacks on other commenters, etc.

Wonder how many other comments were deleted? Some details here.

Love to see local papers encourage more discussion on important topics.

Love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions and doing investigative stories.

 

More here:

Lazy Newspeople and the Opioid Crisis

Lazy Newspeople and the Drug War

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

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.

 

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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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- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Oak Harbor Chamber:

“Have you heard!? Oak Harbor won for Best Summer Day Escape!”

Seattle Refined:

The Best Summer Day Escape is…

Oak Harbor!

“…home to beautiful views of the water, campgrounds, B&B’s, city parks, county parks, national parks, RV parks, state parks, farmers markets, fishing, scuba diving, golfing – all of the things!”

Yes, be sure to plan to enjoy the national and state parks you’ll find situated in Oak Harbor.

The Welcome to Oak Harbor sign is located miles south of Deception Pass State Park. Why not move it north to the Deception Pass Bridge so visitors will know that Oak Harbor includes a stunning state park?

National Park? Really more of a Coupeville thing.

Welcome sign placed way down by the shore of Penn Cove:

People who live here pay property tax into the Coupeville school district.

Oak Harbor is several miles in the rear view mirror by the time you arrive at this point.

 

There is no possibility that I would tell curious family members, friends, visitors, etc., that Oak Harbor is home to a state or national park.

Yes- I would recommend a visit to Deception Pass State Park and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. I would also recommend AnacortesLa ConnerSkagit Valley and Coupeville. I’d let them know that you’d need to get away from Oak Harbor to visit these locations.

Photo above- Looking for the Coupeville ferry

More here:

Looking for the Coupeville ferry

Proper Geographic Names

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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In the news: From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

Let’s get away from the politician talk-

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $40.6 billion- how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin away from local communities?

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

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?

The basics:

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

Prescription drugs may become more restricted, but cartels will ship more product.

Meth is a good example here. It used to me made with ingredients people could obtain locally. Those ingredients became restricted- now cartels move meth in from Mexico:

As meth arrests dropped in Mobile County, ice moved in

“A July 2015, intelligence report released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency showed the connection of Mexican Drug Cartels in each U.S. state. The report linked the Sinaloa Cartel, Cartel Jalisico Nueva Generacion-Los Cuinis and the Beltran-Leyva Organization with drug trafficking ties in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.”

Police: meth seizures climb in Springfield

“Police said the Mexican drug cartel is bringing in a purer form of meth which is why officers said people in Springfield are making less meth at home.”

Welcome Home Troops

 

We’d like to see more from newspeople who are up to asking questions. Get away from posting the press release handed down from whatever agency was involved in the latest big bust.

More than 52 kilograms of cocaine and 45 kilograms of heroin:

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

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

Questions that go unasked:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

If drug dogs are effective at the border- how are large quantities of heroin, cocaine & meth moved into US communities?

Have these highly successful drug operations created any shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US?

Why are local law enforcement agencies rewarded when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US?

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

Has local homeland security grant money been used effectively?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

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

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

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

2011-

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

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

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

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

2017-

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

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

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

 

Newspeople,

Please 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.

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

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- Oak Harbor Traffic Patterns

 

In the news: Kilmer says jet warfare range vital at town hall meeting

Here is what I’m not understanding:

A few months back there was a discussion about NAS Whidbey jets training over the Olympic Peninsula.

A question came up:

Why are NAS Whidbey jets not doing their training over a military reservation in Eastern WA, California, Nevada, etc. The federal government has set aside huge amounts of land for this purpose.

Answer:

It would take too much jet fuel to move aircraft back & forth over a long distance.

But wait:

Jet fuel available for round trip flight to Indianapolis to “wow race fans.”

Whidbey aviators wow race fans

I have no problem with the US Navy on Whidbey Island.
No problem with hearing jet noise on Whidbey Island.
Please- just don’t stroke me about budgets for jet fuel or claims that decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas are somehow linked to American rights and freedoms.

Recommendation for budget savings: Phase out failed wars that never end.

 

Huge amounts of cash already spent on these facilities:

Naval Air Facility El Centro

Yakima Training Center, WA

National Training Center, Fort Irwin

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms 

China Lake, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division 

Barry Goldwater Range Complex

“The range complex is the nation’s second largest military reservation and has been used by military pilots since September 1941.”

White Sands Missile Range

NEVADA TEST AND TRAINING RANGE

UTAH TEST & TRAINING RANGE

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

In the news:

There was a gunfight, car chase and SWAT standoff. They found him in the attic

“Police said they found a large amount of drugs and two rifles inside the vehicle.”

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Some “drugs” are domestic, such as marijuana and maybe meth.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

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Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

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Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

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Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

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Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

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Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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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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Photo- Looking for the Coupeville ferry

 

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

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

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

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

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