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U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York’s 1st Congressional District:

“Pat Tillman would have been a better choice for @Nike’s new “Just Do It” promotion. Pick a former NFL player and Army Ranger who died for our flag and national anthem rather than @Kaepernick7, a former NFL player who protested it.”

A large number of interesting comments follow the tweet linked above.

Congressman Zeldin,

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

Is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to die for our flag and national anthem?

Do the planners verify 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?

Congressman Zeldin,

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

 

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.

 

Possibly of interest:

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

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

Glorifying Military Service

 

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

Tomi Lahren video 0:11

“I’ve got loved ones overseas right now fighting for your right to sit on a bench…”

If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, kneel, etc.- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?

Tomi Lahren at 2:37

We have the freedom to enjoy a backyard BBQ because of undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Military Town – Letter to the Editor:

“Enjoy the sound of freedom, and if that happens to sound like war to you, I suggest you travel to a real war-zone and see how it’s different because I assure you, you aren’t qualified to describe what a war zone is.

The electronic attack community, the Growlers, and men and women of the U.S. Navy make sure of it every day.”

Every day except on 911.

I am indifferent to jet noise on Whidbey Island. I reject the idea that it is linked in any way to American rights and freedoms.

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?

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

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.

 

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

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

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, federal minimum drinking age, interracial marriage, gay marriage, voting rights, etc. None of these have anything to do with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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

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

Just Be Honest.

Stop with the glorification of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

The NRA tells us that contacting elected representatives and voting is the way to protect gun rights. What role do The Dept. of Defense & The Troops play here?

A Pro-Gun Majority in U.S. House Will Preserve American Freedom

“While the ins and outs of America’s electoral system might conjure memories of high school civics classes, knowing the details will do more than help you dominate trivia contests. They are fundamental to protecting your most cherished rights.

So- thanking The Troops for freedoms will not advance gun rights objectives? What role do overseas military operations play here?

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

Possibly of interest:

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

Glorifying Military Service

 

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

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Kitsap Sun:

Navy sewer line blockage spills an estimated 80,000 gallons of wastewater into Sinclair Inlet

Temporary Kitsap status gets a report.

Routine status over at Penn Cove – newspeople remain silent.

Photo at top of page

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

Whidbey Island

Monroe Landing

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

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

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Coupeville

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Looks like the sewage treatment plant issue may be seen as routine or ongoing. Any sense of urgency in reporting details or background on this?

Routine or ongoing? So much so, that WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

Image source: Photo posted by WDFW here.

More here:

NW Beach Water Quality

Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

 

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Seattle Times August 3, 2018

Sen. Maria Cantwell faces 28 primary challengers, including Republican Susan Hutchison

Cantwell/Hutchison – Which one will work to shut down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Cantwell/Hutchison – Which one will work to end federal marijuana prohibition?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

The struggle:

Candidates do not represent the views of voters.

The voter is not part of the majority that controls politics.

Politics is controlled by majority rule. The majority of people who vote will align with one of two major parties. These parties agree in some key areas.

Question for the left and the right:

Any talk of shutting down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

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

Failed Wars that Never End.

The Heroin Racket.

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

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

Guantanamo prison.

“…they swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

Are there more?

 

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Looking toward Fort Ebey, just north of Perego’s Lagoon and just off the Bluff Trail.

 

 

Background:

July 13, 2017 South Whidbey Record

Be safe when clamoring for clams, health agency advises

“Penn Cove has a waste water treatment plant in Coupeville and another on the north side at Monroe Landing.”

“Anything west of those outfall pipes is marked ‘Conditionally Approved’, meaning as long as the treatment plants are operating as they should, it’s fine,” Crandell said. “If there is a problem with either treatment plant, shellfish harvesting will be closed immediately.”

“Crandell encourages people to refer to the Shellfish Safety Map on the state Deaprtment of Health website before harvesting shellfish. The interactive map lets people zoom in on beaches.”

“Biotoxins like paralytic shellfish poison can make you sick or even kill you, so always check the Safe Shellfish Map before you go harvest shellfish,” Crandell advised. “In really hot weather, put shellfish on ice immediately. Cook them thoroughly and then throw out the ones that don’t open.”

“Shellfish harvesting tips from the State Department of Health:

For beach closures or warnings, check the state’s website Shellfish Safety Map or call the shellfish hotline.”

 

Summer 2018

Seattle area:

Kirkland closes popular Juanita beach due to sewage pollution

“Juanita Beach Park will remain closed while officials try to determine the source of bacteria.”

“The beach will remain closed until Wednesday, and possibly longer if bacteria levels don’t return to a safe range, the statement said.”

Clearly, this is seen as a temporary closure. Looks like the source of the bacteria will be investigated.

Whidbey Island:

Monroe Landing

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

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

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Coupeville

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Looks like the sewage treatment plant issue may be seen as routine or ongoing. Any sense of urgency in reporting details or background on this?

Routine or ongoing? So much so, that WDFW has posted a permanent sign indicating a dark shaded area in the eastern part of Penn Cove:

Image source: Photo posted by WDFW here.

More here: Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

 

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Photo at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

Still using June 16th, 2018 image because status has not changed.

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

 

8/3/18 Update:

Looks like the WDFW pages for Penn Cove may no longer be showing the Shellfish Safety Information map. That map can still be found here. And here.

References to “sewage treatment plant outfall” also appear to have been removed.

EAST SAN DE FUCA still shows:

“Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatement plant outfalls.”

Screenshot:

Link to page here.

 

 

Detailed reporting and meaningful comments here:

Gamble backfires as Mariners lose to Angels 4-3 in 10 innings

“It was a risky play made by a desperate team that is well aware of its run-scoring issues over the past month and the current fight for a postseason spot that felt like an inevitability in June.”

What to do about Felix Hernandez after the Angels thrash the Mariners 11-5?

Reporters are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches in sports.

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?

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?

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality.

Big drug busts

News video:

I-Team Exclusive: Inside Coachella Valley raid Operation ‘Narco Navigator’

The story is always reported as a big success. Zero questions asked about why cartels are somehow able to move product past National Guard Troops, strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- before the drugs end up in Hometown, USA.

US Dept. of Homeland Security

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

2011-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions.

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

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

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

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

More here: News tip/story idea

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

The Troops

Local paper in a military town-

About two years ago, 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?

War on Terror

The people of Connecticut need services in Kuwait and Afghanistan:

CT National Guard Members Deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan

The people of Arizona need services for a year in “…Kuwait, which is near Iraq…”

Girl who cried ‘dada’ reminder of sacrifice at ceremony for 400 soldiers deploying to Kuwait

Did any newspeople show up to ask questions about undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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

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

 

17 years after 911- we see that life wasn’t meant to change after the big Saddam Hussein/Osama bin Laden takedowns.

September 1st, 2018 The Washington Post:

Why you might soon undergo a body scan to ride the subway or bus

“An added layer of protection like this makes terrorists think twice about strapping a bomb to themselves,” Denver-based security consultant Autumn Harris said.

Ms. Harris has the final word. Zero follow up questions from the press.

Newspeople fail to ask:

What stops suicidal bombers from blowing themselves up just short of the crowded screening checkpoint?

Local water quality

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

Image above:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

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

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

More here:

Temporary Kitsap Wastewater Spill

NW Beach Water Quality

 

Sports has tended to be a more honest part of American culture. Lately, well known players are involved in a marketing campaign featuring Salute to Service TV ads to fix the glorification of military service messages in our minds.

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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Photo- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

In the news:

I-Team Exclusive: Inside Coachella Valley raid Operation ‘Narco Navigator’

Always reported as a big success

The story is always reported as a big success when federal agents swing into action after large amounts of meth & heroin move past strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents manning a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security- then, on into local communities.

Press Release-Style News Reporting

Love to see newspeople go off script and ask if big drug busts like this one have ever caused any shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US.

“The DEA operation was assisted by personnel from the following agencies: United States Border Patrol; the Palm Springs Police Department; the Palm Springs Fire Department; the Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force; the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshal’s Service; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the California Highway Patrol; the Riverside County District Attorney’s Gang Impact Team; and the Nebraska State Patrol.”

Newspeople play the role of law enforcement agency public affairs staff

The big success theme is preserved by newspeople who ask zero questions. We’ll ask a few of our own questions here.

What was happening at border crossing inspections during the two years these folks were under investigation? Do the good guys who made the local busts notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

Homeland Security agents at the border have almost unlimited authority to screen, question, detain, and inspect vehicles. What steps are being taken to address the weak links that allow cartels to move product into the US?

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

A Wall?

DEA:

“Hard drugs—cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and now fentanyl—are usually brought in via concealed compartments in passenger vehicles and trucks, Coleman said.”

 

Trump’s wall won’t stop heroin from coming into the US

As the DEA concluded in 2015, drug traffickers “transport the bulk of their goods over the Southwest Border through ports of entry (POEs) using passenger vehicles or tractor trailers.”

 

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

Snohomish County:

2018

8 people a day overdose on opioids in Snohomish County after tightening of prescription rules: survey

“…may be due to doctors observing tighter guidelines on opioid prescriptions, leading their patients to turn to heroin or to illegal opioid vendors.”

A Racket?

2015

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

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Report: Montana meth use up 375 percent from 2011-2017

 

TPD: Meth Produced In OK Labs Being Replaced By Mexican Drug Cartels

“Cartels identify need, and they know there’s a need for methamphetamine here because of the addiction rate in Oklahoma,” said Capt. Wolmershauser.

 

Special Report: Crystal Comeback

“Meth production in Mexico is making it easier for drug cartels to expand their markets, allowing for deeper penetration into nearby cities like Louisville and Nashville.”

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Slow speed mayhem – Oak Harbor

 

Took a ferry ride and went to see my sister yesterday. At the end of our visit she pointed out the new flag she had placed at the front of her home and asked why she didn’t see one when she came to visit us on July 4th. I was able to provide her with some answers.

Bait and switch on incentives used to get people to stay for 20 years in the US Armed Forces

No matter what political party or personality is in power, there are ongoing moves to modify what people thought they were earning in exchange for 20 years of unrestricted worldwide service.

I’ve never been one to say that military benefits are inadequate. Just stick with whatever was offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re good.

 

Undeclared/Unwon Wars That Never End

No matter what political party or personality is in power, the wars roll on.

Recommendation for budget savings:

Phase out ongoing undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

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

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

 

The Heroin Racket

We’re told that we are in a life and death struggle in the War on Terror. Bad people will come here to destroy our American way of life if we don’t send The Troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2009, we need a special ID to go have lunch in Canada and then return home.

Seems like strict post-911 security protocols, the War on Terror, and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security would be a drug cartel’s worst nightmare.

No matter what political party or personality is in power there is no shortage of cartel-sourced meth or heroin anywhere in the US.

July 26, 2018 Seattle Times:

Opioid overdoses jump in Snohomish County after tightening of prescription rules

“The health district said the dramatic increase in reported overdoses may be due to doctors observing tighter guidelines on opioid prescriptions, leading their patients to turn to heroin or to illegal opioid vendors.”

Old news- local LE agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

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Oak Harbor

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

Oak Harbor

Fooling Visitors to Oak Harbor

 

Coupeville

Whidbey recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish

Coupeville waterfront WDFW page

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

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

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

 

Coupeville

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

Don’t book a bed and breakfast stay in Coupeville and plan to walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations.

Traffic leaving ferry advised to take a fuel-efficient double the distance route to get to downtown Coupeville.

 

Island County

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

$225,000 federal grant goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

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?

What impact has Homeland Security grant money had in keeping heroin and meth away from Island County?

 

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Waiting on a wave – Fort Ebey

 

In the news: Washington driver’s licenses change July 1 to comply with REAL ID

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of the US?

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

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 8 years.

New, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility is unable to keep heroin away from local communities:

Federal, local officers make drug arrests in Port Angeles

Forks Father and Son Arrested For Heroin Sales

What role does Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure play in keeping heroin and meth away from the Olympic Peninsula? (Not asking if they react after product arrives in local communities.)

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin? Even one time?

 

If special ID works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving product into US communities in 2018?

Seems like strict post-911 security protocols & the War on Terror would be a drug cartel’s worst nightmare. What does our a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security have to say about all this?

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

So critical to the safety of America- the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of have until Oct. 1, 2020 to make use of a weaker standard:

Homeland Security Establishes Enforcement Date for Real ID

 

Ohio

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Forced separation of migrant children from their parents, National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Ohio:

June 20th, 2018 NPR: A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

“…Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth.”

“What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore,” says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.

“They are more violent,” says Ryan Cain, the lead detective on counternarcotics for the county. He says in a rural county with a culture of hunting, it’s not uncommon to encounter meth users who are hallucinating — and carrying a gun.

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.

 

West Texas counties:

San Angelo Car Salesman Pushed a Pound of Meth a Day

 

Minnesota:

Immigration is not the only border issue

“Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall Noon Rotary Club that the Mexican drug cartel is flooding Minnesota with methamphetamine.”

 

Fayette County, Texas:

Local authorities swing into action after $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine moves past National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Fayette County.

Fayette Co. K9 sniffs out major meth bust

 

Western Wisconsin:

‘Beyond An Epidemic’: Meth Abuse Skyrocketing In Polk County, Wis.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

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.

State-run media update:

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Photo- A symbol of federal government credibility and newspeople asking questions.

 

In the news:

NYPD ramping up 4th of July security, but no credible threats

No credible threat to Esplanade fireworks celebration, officials say

D.C. police chief: ‘No credible threat’ of attack on Fourth of July

Los Angeles Police say no threat to July 4 celebrations after Ohio terror plot

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.

Elsewhere in the War on Terror:

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

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Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system not to leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

Another round trip ferry crossing the other day. No security screening at either terminal.

On occasion, the press will do a story on a ferry security drill.

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

More here: Washington State Ferries Security

Recent fatality at Anacortes Ferry Terminal:

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

 

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen: Jan 24th, 2018

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

The press asks zero questions about where this statistic came from.

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Forced separation of migrant children from their parents, National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Ohio:

June 20th, 2018 NPR:  A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

“…Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth.”

“What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore,” says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.

“They are more violent,” says Ryan Cain, the lead detective on counternarcotics for the county. He says in a rural county with a culture of hunting, it’s not uncommon to encounter meth users who are hallucinating — and carrying a gun.

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 $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

West Texas counties:

San Angelo Car Salesman Pushed a Pound of Meth a Day

 

Minnesota:

Immigration is not the only border issue

“Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall Noon Rotary Club that the Mexican drug cartel is flooding Minnesota with methamphetamine.”

 

Fayette County, Texas:

Local authorities swing into action after $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine moves past National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Fayette County.

Fayette Co. K9 sniffs out major meth bust

 

Western Wisconsin:

‘Beyond An Epidemic’: Meth Abuse Skyrocketing In Polk County, Wis.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

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.

State-run media update:

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June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

 

Photo at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

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

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

The beach above (MONROE LANDING) is on the north shore of Penn Cove. Here is another beach on the south shore with the same status:

Public Clam and Oyster Beaches: COUPEVILLE

More here: Penn Cove – Treated Water Not Safe?

 

 

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In the news: Pence warns Coast Guard graduates of the perils facing US

“At this very moment, the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations are working to gain a foothold across the Western Hemisphere, to threaten our people and our very way of life.”

Defending against the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations results in no shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US.

Michigan meth supply not yet cut off by National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security:

Crystal meth, marijuana seizures rising in Ottawa County

“This crystal meth is coming across from Mexico and it’s a huge influx,” he said.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Meth is making a comeback in the Dayton region: 5 things to know

“But most meth available in the United States is produced in Mexico and smuggled across the southern border, the DEA said.”

 

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine out of NC:

Judge upholds $3 million bonds following $90 million meth seizure

 

Wichita man planned to get a house ‘exclusively’ for storing meth

Much of the meth sold in South Dakota is 100 percent pure, suggesting it is brought to the U.S. from Mexico and is produced and controlled by Mexican drug cartels, the news release said.”

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 $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Women hassled 30 miles from US/Canada border as heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product over the real border- no questions asked.

Vast enforcement powers- applied nowhere near any border crossing or port of entry- are still no match for the heroin-trafficking cartels that continue to move product into US communities.

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

Welcome Home Troops

 

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison

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

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

 

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The Island’s Weekly Apr 16th, 2018: Town Hall meeting covers drug crisis

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions- so we’ll ask a few here.

“Anacortes law enforcement has agreed to provide the use of their drug dog at Anacortes Ferry Terminal when San Juan officers request it.”

What would be screened? Walk-on passengers? Commercial vehicles? Private automobiles?

“Krebs has requested Washington State Patrol to reinstate a drug dog on the ferries.”

Reinstate? Any history of the Washington State Patrol using drug dogs to make any arrest or drug seizure at Washington State ferry terminals?

 

Mixed messages:

ABC News Nov 2000: Justices Strike Down Drug Checkpoints

“The court was not swayed by the argument that the severity of the drug problem in some city neighborhoods justified the searches.”

KSN News Jul 2015: Drug check lanes pop up north of Wichita

“I can’t comment on the checkpoint being run by the Kansas Highway Patrol,” said Dehning. “But our deputies still need reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle just as they would for any other vehicle stop. Participating in an operation like that does not relieve our deputies of that responsibility/requirement.”

“Dan Monnat explains, if you get pulled over in a drug check lane, you do have rights. He says you do not have to consent to a search of your car.”

 

Reason May 2015: The Border Patrol’s Unconstitutional Drug Dragnet

In City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, the Court said that city’s police violated the Fourth Amendment when they set up checkpoints aimed at catching drug traffickers. “We have never approved a checkpoint program whose primary purpose was to detect evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing,” the Court said. “Because the primary purpose of the Indianapolis narcotics checkpoint program is to uncover evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing, the program contravenes the Fourth Amendment.”

 

Alaska-

Juneau Empire March 25, 2018: Coast Guard, partners, search ferries for drugs, explosives

“Dykens said the opioid epidemic has been a motivating factor in wanting to do these searches, as it’s a nationwide issue that has reached Alaska. This search, he said, is one of the ways to see how much the ferry system is used to traffic these drugs.”

“These kinds of searches happen from time to time, and Dykens said they keep the timing of them as random as they can.”

 

Washington State-

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State. Check other states here:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

 

Washington State Ferries-

“Washington State Patrol teams, or teams of officers, may be walking among vehicles in the holding lanes for the purpose of ensuring illegal explosive materials are not taken aboard. These teams may be accompanied by explosive-detection canines. The dogs are trained to detect explosive materials only.”

 

Lawyers.com:

“First Things First: What’s the Reason for the Stop?”

Dog or no dog, police must have a legitimate reason for pulling you over. In other words, police need to have reasonable suspicion that the driver—or someone else in the car—has violated the law. A minor traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light will normally suffice. Traffic stops without valid justification, however, are illegal. Typically, all evidence police find following an illegal detention will be inadmissible in court—including drugs discovered by a drug-sniffing dog. (Learn more about how the “exclusionary rule” applies to illegal police searches.)”

 

Nolo: Can the Police Use a Dog to Sniff a Car for Drugs Without a Warrant?

Police dog sniffs during lawful traffic stops are legal under the Fourth Amendment to the federal constitution (though state constitutions might provide otherwise). (Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U. S. 405 (2005).)”

 

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound.

 

“Turmoil inside KOMO News as conservative owner Sinclair mandates talking points”

I’d have more respect for local TV news stations if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

Examples:

Zero questions asked Re: the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area. Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

KOMO News “Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish”

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

 

Whidbey Heroin:

“The 29-year-old is homeless and has been a heroin addict for the past six years.”

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.”

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?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

More here:

Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Meth:

The script says opiod crisis.

The news tells us that various states cracked down on the availability meth ingredients several years back.

Now- cartels are moving meth into the US:

“Meth’s evolution in Tenn.: From homemade labs to Mexican super drug”

“They are filling the void, Jordan said with super-strength crystal meth produced in super labs in Mexico.”

“Ohio’s largest meth bust: 140 pounds of methamphetamine seized from warehouse in Summit County”

The script tells us that we’re seeing a big law enforcement success story when federal agents swing into action to nab 140 pounds of methamphetamine after product moved past strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security.

Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process? Check the script.

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

More here: CBP Human Resources update

 

War on Terror:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

Question for newspeople: With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Any newspeople available to ask where the “…7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week…” statistic comes from? Do we need to look for the script?

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

 

The Troops:

TV networks may be prone to emphasize the idea that everyone who shows up is a hero. They’re not about to ask any questions about the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars since DOD was established in 1949.

Tearful reunions and spreading the idea that it’s for your freedoms helps to normalize failed wars that never end.

“These folks paid the price when they go off and defend our freedoms all over the globe. It makes me feel very good to be able to say thanks to the people who will still step up and get the job done and fight for the freedoms that we enjoy here in the united states.”

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

TV newspeople around to question any of this? Not a chance.

 

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Port Angeles quality of life update:

“We know there are beds available at night, but I think people for whatever reason, be it mental health issues, opioid addiction or other addictions, people would rather camp out,” he said.

Indiana meth:

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out: “…meth is flooding into the United States from cartels south of the border.”

Border Wall update:

“…none of the officers WFIU/WTIU spoke to believe President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would have a large effect on the amount of methamphetamine, or other drugs, entering the US.”

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 $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Did newspeople and politicians swear an oath to call it opioids instead of heroin?

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?

Interesting that the heroin problem seems to have grown after 911, the addition of The US Dept. of Homeland Security and the requirement for passports/enhanced & Real IDs.

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

More here: Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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March 28th, 2018

Washington Post: After a long wait, World War II spy service honored for daring acts that helped secure Allied victory

“Since at least 2013, advocates of the OSS veterans have been seeking to ensure the service would be recognized as a keystone of the modern U.S. intelligence operation. A bill to that effect, originally introduced in 2013, was stalled for several years in the House. It was introduced again in 2015, and passed in the fall of 2016.”

 

Florida school shooting:

US Army accelerates process for awarding heroism medals. United States Military Academy accelerates process for awarding admissions.

Feb 20th, 2018

Washington Post: JROTC members killed in Florida school shooting receive Medal of Heroism; one is admitted to West Point posthumously

Feb 20th, 2018

Army Times: Florida Governor Rick Scott orders National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by attending funeral services and paying respect to the JROTC members lost in the recent school shooting.

Do we know the complete story on the school shooting in Florida?

Feb 26th, 2018

CBS12 “Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this type of review can take up to a year to complete.

 

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In the news: Fusion Center marks 10-year anniversary

“…an array of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies as well as private sector partners now share information, resources and expertise…”

Big smiles & photo ops:

The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center honored for tenth anniversary

Governor Justice wrote. “During the past decade, the Fusion Center has been nationally recognized countless times for its accomplishments.”

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions for the two news items above.

Fusion Center partners, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security are still unable to keep heroin-trafficking cartels from moving product into local communities.

Meth:

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

 

Meth use surging locally, nationally

“The new streams bring in a higher-grade, more expensive crystal meth driven by cartel activity through Mexico, Johnson said, citing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports, along with greater pushes by organized crime to sell heroin and fentanyl across the country.”

 

Heroin:

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

WHY WEST VIRGINIA’S HEROIN OVERDOSE RATE DOUBLED AFTER IT MANDATED DOCTORS USE THE STATE DRUG-MONITORING DATABASE

“After West Virginia required doctors to use its database, overdoses from heroin among 18- to 34-year-olds actually went up, more than doubling in just three years.”

 

Heroin Highway: Part 4 – West Virginia, a ‘sun up to sundown battle’

The governor, who is leading a statewide fight to save lives from the deadly drug, told us, “We have cracked down on pill mills, on the illegal use of prescription drugs, but what that has gone to now is the street drugs. Heroin.”

 

NBC News video: Heroin epidemic takes over West Virginia town

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Special IDs and background checks-

In the news: Mexican migrant, 37, worked as US Border Patrol agent for SIX YEARS after falsely claiming he was born in Texas

More from several sources here.

How many other botched background checks are in the system?

The rest of us need to have special IDs to go have lunch in Canada and return home. Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

Cato podcast: “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is imbued with vast powers, and evidence shows those powers are used without many of the checks that exist in other federal agencies. Alex Nowrasteh and Matthew Feeney comment.”

 

Indiana:

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Indiana.

“It’s a common mode of transportation of illegal narcotics from the southwest border directly to Central Indiana,” Westfall said. “The majority of our methamphetamine now comes from the southwest border.”

“Last year, the DEA alone seized 191 pounds of meth in Indiana. Nationwide, nearly 41,000 kilograms, or 90,000 pounds, of meth was reported seized by law enforcement agencies.”

 

California:

Ventura Combined Agency Team swings into action after US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2 pounds of both heroin and cocaine out of local communities.

 

Wisconsin:

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

“The meth that now comes into the state mainly originates in Mexico and is transported from California and other major states in the Southwest, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.”

 

Washington State:

$40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to prevent monthly delivery of about 60 to 70 pounds of meth from Mexico north to Eastern Washington, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Welcome Home Troops

 

More here:

Whidbey Heroin

Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

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.

 

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Please Dispose of Properly

 

July 28, 2017 Whidbey News-Times: New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

“Brazier’s only been on the job three months and another code enforcement officer was just hired.”

March 6, 2018 Whidbey News-Times: Island County improves code enforcement

“Even with the 25 years of experience I have in this line of work, I always like to learn new stuff,” said John Brazier, code enforcement planner.

“Brazier said now he is usually able to respond to a complaint within 24 hours.”

“However, among public health and environmental concerns, he said many of the codes are in place to ensure Whidbey Island continues to be a desirable place to visit and live.”

“The codes are here for a reason,” he said. “Let’s face it, we live in a beautiful part of the state.”

Love to see newspeople get out and interview property owners, neighbors, business people, real estate agents, volunteer groups, etc.

Looks like the paper relies only on input from county employees to prepare stories related to junk cars in the community.

 

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We made public records requests and were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

2/19/15

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

A few questions for local newspeople:

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

More here: Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

 

 

 

 

Photos- Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

State-Run Media Update: Colorado Air National Guard exercises to defend America’s freedom

Military Town-

“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?

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.

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

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:

Glorifying Military Service

 

Operating a camera in a public place:

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

 

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In the news:

Feb 15th, 2018

CNN News video: Keeping a lid on emotions and being a great speaker at the scene of the crime School shooting survivor to lawmakers: ‘You need to take some action’

MSNBC News video: 2:11 “18 mass shootings this year at schools”

Washington Post: No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.

Q13 FOX News video: Sales of bulletproof school supplies, like backpacks, jump after shootings

Feb 16th, 2018

New York Times: F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act

Washington Post: The FBI said it failed to act on a tip about the suspected Florida school shooter’s potential for violence

US Army accelerates process for awarding heroism medals. United States Military Academy accelerates process for awarding admissions.

Washington Post: JROTC members killed in Florida school shooting receive Medal of Heroism; one is admitted to West Point posthumously

Alternative/independent media- asking questions: “Is it possible that depressed teenagers are more deadly than the most elite warriors on earth? Does it seem strange that after mass shootings, hundreds who were there give no specifics?”

Are there any images or videos that show evidence of the suspect in action?

Being expelled from school- does that function similar to a restraining order?

Sun-Sentinel: “Authorities answered about 20 calls about school shooter Nikolas Cruz in the past few years, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday.” Sheriff’s Office to investigate earlier calls about confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Feb 20th, 2018

Army Times: Florida Governor Rick Scott orders National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by attending funeral services and paying respect to the JROTC members lost in the recent school shooting.

Feb 21st, 2018

CNBC: Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

Feb 22nd, 2018

Washington Post: Talk of banning all semiautomatic weapons.

First Responder not responding?

CNN News video: Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says

Sheriff says video may never be released. It looks like it may take some time to get this all figured out. This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Problems with school surveillance video:

Sun Sentinel: ‘Communication failure’ led to 20-minute delay in school shooting video, chief says

“In the weeks to come, Coral Springs police will conduct an internal review, the chief said, to discover any mistakes that were made and learn from them.” This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Feb 23rd, 2018

Daily Wire: BREAKING: CNN Reports FOUR Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred

Feb 24th, 2018

CNN: “The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN that it is investigating the claims that, in addition to Peterson, three other deputies did not try to enter the high school after the shooting began.”

Feb 26th, 2018

CBS12 “Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this type of review can take up to a year to complete.

 

Alternative/independent media- asking questions:

 

 

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In the news: CACI keeps $60M Army National Guard media support contract

“$60 million contract to help the Army National Guard develop and deliver marketing messages across media markets…”

 

More from the press: Sequim man sentenced in drug, gun case

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?

 

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In the news: “Langley cop saves man from opiate overdose”

“Evan Thompson / The Record — Langley Police Officer Charlie Liggitt used Narcan to save a Langley man from overdosing on heroin.

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.

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?

More here:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

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.”

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.

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.

 

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

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

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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

KOMO News Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

On the national scene:

Cartels are OK with prescription painkiller restrictions, because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep heroin out of local communities.

Cartels are OK with restrictions on supplies needed to make meth because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep cartels from moving product into local communities:

New York Times: Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

Reno Gazette-Journal: Oregon meth deaths soar as opioid deaths decline

Welcome Home Troops

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

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Homeland Security grant money at work – Port of Anacortes

 

Feb, 2018

In the news: A sensitive DHS report about anthrax got outed — because it was left in a plane’s seat pocket

Another source:

“Recipients of the draft “after-action” reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding.”

 

Back in 2011 – The Garage Sale Incident:

Charge: Bellingham man tried to sell border security map found at garage sale

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale.

Quite a story about the bad guy & his fate.

Zero reporting on how these sensitive documents left the workplace. Any violation of procedures?

“It’s not known how Rankin got the government documents, as Ellsworth said authorities were told several stories.”

Not known how Rankin got ahold of the documents?

Why try to change the story now?

The embarrassing connection to a garage sale has been out since October 2011.

Question to ask:

How do sensitive DHS documents leave the workplace without being signed out for official business?

Were government officials held accountable in any way?

“We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their hard work, commitment and dedication to this case” said Chief Patrol Agent John Bates of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector.

Chief Bates-

Were procedures violated Re: handling of sensitive documents?

What steps have been taken to prevent a similar event from happening again?

How does the US Department of Homeland Security compare to the US Navy in working to prevent such incidents?

Navy COs get fired for this sort of stuff.

In the DOD/US Armed Forces- sensitive documents/computer disks, etc. are tightly controlled.

These procedures are not new- & serve to prevent misplaced/sensitive documents from being released to the public at garage sales.

People without a proper security clearance & need to know- do not have access to sensitive documents.

We are talking about DHS- an agency tasked with preventing another 911.

Original blog: The Garage Sale Incident

 

Elsewhere on the local scene-

Oct, 2010

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA:

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors.

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Did any government employees lose their job related to the 2010 & 2011 stories above?

Was there any follow-up from the press anywhere in the Puget Sound area related to the 2010 & 2011 stories here?

 

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After bragging about intense security to protect your freedoms, and nearly two years of planning– fans get the word that 40 federal agencies and 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard, are not enough to keep the big game safe enough for the traditional tailgating scene that takes place at similar size stadiums all season long every year:

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

COPS TO EAGLES FANS: NO TAILGATING AT SUPER BOWL

Security on hand to make sure everyone enjoys a happy, safe & fun game day:

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

A Giant Flag Ritual before the game will make it all good.

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beer requires the least advertising.

 

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School teachers, Congress, the press, and people in general have taken a vacation from asking questions.

Checks and balances are gone.

School teachers-

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

 

Congress-

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

In the news: Trump orders U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay kept open indefinitely

“Other officials favor trial for terrorism suspects in federal courts. Since 2001, federal prosecutors have obtained hundreds of convictions in international terrorism cases.”

In previous undeclared wars, how did the US deal with prisoners without a Guantanamo Bay prison facility?

School teachers- whatever happened to Armistice Day?

More here: Glorifying Military Service

 

Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?

More here: Land of the Free Nonsense – Marijuana

 

The press-

The press is meant to function as a form of checks and balances- no matter who has been elected to public office.

MSN News: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

CBS Philly: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

Posting a press release from a federal agency is all there is to reporting the news. Reporters asking questions? Not a chance.

No Credible 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.

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

The folks who can’t keep Heroin-Trafficking Cartels from moving product into local communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe.

CBP Public Affairs Officer interviews CBP Supervisory Office of Field Operations Officer.

Federal employees creating the news:

Did sending The Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan make US more safe?

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More here: DHS Creates its Own News Reports for the Super Bowl

 

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?

 

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When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

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Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Counterfeit goods crackdown:

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking retail items after they show up in Minneapolis? Did the confiscated items make it through any port of entry?

In the news:

“Minnesota opioid deaths rise despite attention, intervention”

“Last year was the first, since the opioid epidemic emerged in the late 1990s, in which heroin was implicated in more deaths (147) than common opioid painkillers (140), the Star Tribune’s analysis found.”

“Meth use is growing problem in Minnesota, North Dakota”

“Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine currently flowing into the Upper Midwest comes largely from Mexican cartels.”

“Falkowski explains how people now get meth from Mexico and Interstate 35 is a direct connection between that country and Canada. Of course, Minnesota is a stop along the way.”

 

Welcome Home Troops. We’re producing public affairs videos and looking for fake sports merchandise after it arrives in retail outlets.

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

A Giant Flag Ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

 

When the press gets a chance to ask questions- they play the role of federal public affairs personnel instead:

Black Hawk helicopters to patrol skies on Super Bowl Sunday

Any similar plan in place on 911?

More here: Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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