Archives for category: Newspeople Remain Silent

Out this past week to get some clams. First time in many years. Last outings were in the Oak Bay area, where I had a couple favorite spots that were healthy and had an abundant crop of clams.

This past week-

Grays Harbor County

Washington Coast

Good Morning

Around Low Tide

I lived for several years in an area that featured year-round recreational shellfish closures due to sewage treatment outfalls.

Summer 2021 update:

The text “This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.” has been removed by WDFW for beaches at Coupeville, the north side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing and Oak Harbor.

In its place:

“Health status: Closed by Biotoxin and Pollution”

Sewage treatment plant outfall has been changed to pollution. Biotoxin is a seasonal status.

Several Island County beaches remain closed all year for recreational shellfish harvest.

A year-round closure seems significant, but the WA State Dept. of Health does not provide specific info on why each beach is closed. The word pollution is as close as we get to understanding what is going on.

View the closed beach list here.

The WA State Dept. of Health once made more of an effort to tell the story of why a beach was closed by posting red signs at the beach for all to see.

Earlier this year, a sign remained posted at Coupeville and Monroe Landing warning of a sewage drain pipe.

Image above:

Coupeville

Image above:

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

Are the two signs above still in place?

Why was the text changed on the WDFW pages?

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Background and beach links here:

Make Sure Beaches Aren’t Closed Because of Biotoxins?

Local Waters And The Puget Sound Area Press

 

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Photo at top of page:

Jefferson County clams

 

Love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

What we get now is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is. A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Newspeople show a lack of initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Today, it seems as if the press promotes whatever message is handed down by elected officials and government agencies.

Voices of dissent, and their social media accounts, are suppressed.

This whole structure brings government messages into question.

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

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

 

Grew up in the 70s.

Seems like the press was better at asking questions back then.

Today:

We are the very best at militarized pageantry for pro sports events.

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

 

Alternative Media

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

I’m not going to argue with you.

Instead of waiting for school teachers to teach about individual rights and limited government authority, waiting on the press to ask questions or courts to handle cases, these guys go out and update us with a quick reality check:

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

 

Sports Writers

Love to see general public policy, foreign policy, etc. reported on by sports writers.

Sept. 18, 2021 Seattle Times

After two frustrating losses, the dam finally breaks in Washington’s 52-3 win over Arkansas State

“Without a doubt, there is work to be done.

But after eight quarters of catastrophes, this felt like progress.

There needs to be more as Washington enters Pac-12 play.”

 

Regular newspeople don’t seem to have permission to ask hard questions.

Sports writers are OK with being critical of coaches, teams, players, the rule book, the league, referees, team owners, when the season starts and ends, etc.

Are people who work for newspapers and TV news folks given permission to go out and to do interviews related to public policy? If elected officials and people who run government agencies are not available to be interviewed, that should become the story.

Recommendation for newspeople:

Interview people from various sides of any given issue.

If you are a newspaper struggling for subscription and advertising dollars, figure out how to use the web to post videos of these interviews to bring more attention to your media outlet.

 

Related:

Press Needs More Funding?

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Press might need less bailout cash if it was more in the habit of asking questions

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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Early winter morning – Point No Point

Sadly, the Fresnel lens has gone dark.

Local info here.

 

Got into an interesting disscussion here.

Discussion ended after I made the replies below, due to:

“You’re unable to view this Tweet because this account owner limits who can view their Tweets.”

I posted:

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Love to see newspeople asking questions.

What we get now is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

I was told something similar to: The press would be able to ask more questions if people paid for more newspaper subscriptions.

My response:

Has an agreement been made that the local press may not report on or ask questions on some stories?

I will provide a couple of examples below.

 

Not picking on local newspapers here. We are hearing they are the ones who need more funds from subscription and advertising sales, federal bailout cash, etc.

The stories below will not be covered by pubic radio, news radio, local TV news stations, etc. If I have this all wrong, please post in comments.

 

Living on an Island near Puget Sound, there seems to be great concern for salmon, orca, eagles, recreational shellfish and clean water.

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Maybe the press should be better about asking questions if they are going to line up for federal bailout cash.

 

Example Number One

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

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

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Example Number Two

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

Question to newspeople everywhere:

The average person can follow these stories and ask questions, but the press is not able to unless they get more funding?

 

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

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Blaming Misinformation

Information Suppression

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

FDA Approved

Blaming Misinformation

 

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A symbol of newspeople who fail to ask questions.

 

Before the internet and social media-

If different people selected different churches to attend, or they decided to attend no church at all, was this because of misinformation?

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature.

 

Today, it seems as if the press promotes whatever message is handed down by elected officials and government agencies.

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Wouldn’t Real Newspeople Ask Questions?

 

The press tells us that:

A recent heat wave caused a spike in shellfish-related illnesses.

Press asks zero questions:

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

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

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

Port Angeles CBP – Zero Questions From Newspeople

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

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

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

REAL ID

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Show up early to wait in line and squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube at the airport?

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen any member of the press ask questions on this?

Fred Reed December 4, 2015

Security Theater: Customary Federal Pointlessness

“…the intelligence agencies have proved useless. NSA did not prevent the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, nor the successful one.”

“What goes on at airports is not security. It is Security Theater. When the government’s own agents try to smuggle “weapons” aboard airliners to test the system, they succeed ninety-five percent of the time.”

“Further, a terrorist doesn’t need to get aboard an airliner to blow up spectacularly. At many airports, hundreds of people line up at ticket counters during peak hours. A carry-on bag of explosive would easily create enough slaughter to shut down air travel and to make international headlines for weeks.”

Warnings at airports that unattended vehicles will be ticketed, towed, and perhaps destroyed are also Security Theater. By the time the vehicle was noticed, and somebody sent to check it out, an easy five minutes would have passed and the driver would be somewhere else. Boom.”

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

REAL ID & Drug Cartels

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

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

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

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our 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.

 

Local press:

“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?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

Is it possible that over the past 40 years or so, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation?

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

Possibly of interest:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

Leaving Afghanistan – Lies About American Rights And Freedoms

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

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Quality time at Point Partridge

 

Today, it seems as if the press promotes whatever message is handed down by elected officials and government agencies.

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

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

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

 

The press tells us that:

A recent heat wave caused a spike in shellfish-related illnesses.

Press asks zero questions:

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

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

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

Fentanyl

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Questions for newspeople:

Would the DEA be out of work if a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was able to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in reducing opioid/fentanyl overdose deaths?

How do cartels react to opioid lawsuits?

DEA/Homeland Security Wasteful Spending Partnership – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Opioid lawsuits

Four companies on verge of settling U.S. opioid lawsuits

Zero questions from newspoeple Re:

A $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Questions for newspeople to ask:

Has local CBP been able to reduce access to fentanyl in WA or the Puget Sound area?

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in reducing opioid/fentanyl overdose deaths?

How do cartels react to opioid lawsuits?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

TSA

More than 1.87 million people traveled through airport security checkpoints yesterday.”

Zero questions from newspeople.

In the USMC, the War on Terror started well before 911.

1983 Beirut bombing.

Show up early to wait in a long line out at the airport?

What keeps the terrorists we are meant to stay scared of from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen the press ask questions on this?

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

Puget Sound ferries and the GWOT

Another round trip ferry crossing last weekend. No security screening at either terminal.

Ferry thoughts here:

Occasionally looking for the Coupeville Ferry

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

Question for newspeople:

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

More here:

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security

Recent fatality at Anacortes Ferry Terminal:

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

Port Angeles CBP – Zero Questions From Newspeople

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

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

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

 

REAL ID

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Show up early to wait in line and squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube at the airport?

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen any member of the press ask questions on this?

Fred Reed December 4, 2015

Security Theater: Customary Federal Pointlessness

“…the intelligence agencies have proved useless. NSA did not prevent the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, nor the successful one.”

“What goes on at airports is not security. It is Security Theater. When the government’s own agents try to smuggle “weapons” aboard airliners to test the system, they succeed ninety-five percent of the time.”

“Further, a terrorist doesn’t need to get aboard an airliner to blow up spectacularly. At many airports, hundreds of people line up at ticket counters during peak hours. A carry-on bag of explosive would easily create enough slaughter to shut down air travel and to make international headlines for weeks.”

Warnings at airports that unattended vehicles will be ticketed, towed, and perhaps destroyed are also Security Theater. By the time the vehicle was noticed, and somebody sent to check it out, an easy five minutes would have passed and the driver would be somewhere else. Boom.”

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

REAL ID & Drug Cartels

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

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

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

 

Grew up in the 70s.

Seems like the press was better at asking questions back then.

 

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

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Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Enough time now to look back and ask a few questions. The fact that the press has never been in the habbit of questioning the GWOT, by itself, seems a little odd.

Think about American culture and sports. Americans know and care about the rules in sports. The rules are critical. Missed calls by NFL officials may be discussed for weeks on end. Sports writers have permission to be critical of coaches, teams, players, the rule book, the league, referees, team owners, when the season starts and ends, etc.

Are people who work for newspapers and TV news folks given permission to go out and to do interviews related to public policy? If elected officials and people who run government agencies are not available to be interviewed, that should become the story.

 

March 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

First lady Jill Biden talks to families at NAS Whidbey

The press was not permitted to attend that portion of her visit or ask the first lady any questions.”

Did the press attempt to ask questions at a more appropriate time?

If I was a member of the press I would ask public policy-related questions at an appropriate time. If questions were not answered, that would become the story.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Visits Whidbey

General Milley – No Questions From The Press

 

Today, we see a press release style of news reporting, where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Recommendation for newspeople:

Interview people from various sides of any given issue. Use the web to post videos of these interviews if you are a newspaper struggling for subscription and advertising dollars.

 

Americans were told that they faced a life and death situation after 911. If certain actions were not taken, terrorists could come to America to disrupt our way of life and attempt another 911.

If all this was a life and death situation that required sending the troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, wouldn’t it be important to ask a few public policy questions about what was going on?

 

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

Below, are some random thoughts and questions newspeople will not ask. Our questions appear in bold type.

If the CIA (est 1947) serves as an advantage to the US, why does the Department of Defense have such a poor record of winning undeclared wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

 

American Rights and Freedoms?

Love to see the press, school teachers, sports announcers and politicians come clean on how any of this was linked to American rights and freedoms or defending the constitution.

Several federal holidays feature a theme related to the idea that the troops are sent to distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

Leaving Afghanistan – Lies About American Rights And Freedoms

Because We Said So

 

April 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

Letter to the editor:

“There are so many people here on the island who complain about jet noise, but I like it and to me it truly is the sound of freedom and so I thank them for all they do to keep the rest of us safe.”

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

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

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

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Puget Sound Ferry Ride

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

Maybe security personnel are present at some specific terminals each day. Over the past 20 years, dozens of round trip crossings from various terminals indicate that in many cases- no security screening takes place prior to boarding ferries.

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

 

REAL ID

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Show up early to wait in line and squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube at the airport?

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen any member of the press ask questions on this?

Fred Reed December 4, 2015

Security Theater: Customary Federal Pointlessness

“…the intelligence agencies have proved useless. NSA did not prevent the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, nor the successful one.”

“What goes on at airports is not security. It is Security Theater. When the government’s own agents try to smuggle “weapons” aboard airliners to test the system, they succeed ninety-five percent of the time.”

“Further, a terrorist doesn’t need to get aboard an airliner to blow up spectacularly. At many airports, hundreds of people line up at ticket counters during peak hours. A carry-on bag of explosive would easily create enough slaughter to shut down air travel and to make international headlines for weeks.”

Warnings at airports that unattended vehicles will be ticketed, towed, and perhaps destroyed are also Security Theater. By the time the vehicle was noticed, and somebody sent to check it out, an easy five minutes would have passed and the driver would be somewhere else. Boom.”

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

REAL ID & Drug Cartels

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

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

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

 

Strict Post 911/Global War on Terror Security Protocols No Match For Cartels

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

July 8, 2021 The Chronicle

‘Every Day Is a Struggle’: Coeur d’Alene Family Struggles With Loss After Teenage Son Falls Victim to Surge in Fentanyl Overdoses

The problem isn’t just in Eastern Washington, but North Idaho. Notably, Kootenai County was added to the Idaho/Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area last year by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, allowing the region to receive grants focused on helping law enforcement agencies coordinate and share information.”

Would the DEA be out of work if a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was able to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

DEA/Homeland Security Wasteful Spending Partnership – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars.

 

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Quality time at Point Partridge

 

Well done to any newsperson who is willing to take personal risk and show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Those who do not are like paid actors performing in a scripted play or advertisement.

April Moss

Ivory Hecker

The norm:

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government

 

Staged news scene to make hospital look busy:

 

May 6, 2020 The Washington Post

Opinion: CBS News edits testing story after Project Veritas exposes clinic’s line-stuffing ploy

“…Project Veritas revealed that the clinic packed a line of patients waiting for tests. The story aired last Friday on the franchise program “CBS This Morning” and was reported by Adriana Diaz.”

“Large national broadcasters stand by their on-air work if at all possible. So the fact that CBS News is removing the Cherry Health portion of the Diaz story amounts to a significant concession that something went awry in Grand Rapids.”

 

Welcome Home Troops

 

Much concern these days about spreading misinformation on the web while newspeople tell us The Troops are sent to distant lands to protect American rights and freedoms:

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Some people are OK with opting out on COVID vaccines. The government is trying their very best with lottery giveaway events, to pull people in.

June 17, 2021 KING 5 News video

Washington launches COVID-19 vaccine incentive for military members, veterans

“…Washington is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive called “A Heroes Thanks” for the state’s military members and veterans.”

People who do or did time in the US Armed Forces and staff and veterans and their families are assigned the bulk identity of heroes.

Hero?

“Staff Sgt. Chazz Newbill found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine at a clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday.”

He found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine? 

News cameras were rolling to promote the “A Heroes Thanks” program, but the people being interviewed by KING 5 TV and getting their vaccine didn’t know about the “A Heroes Thanks” program?

Got it.

“I feel pretty good about it,” said Newbill.

“He said one of the reasons he was getting the vaccine to set a good example for the soldiers he supervises.”

Now, it’s a good example to participate in the lotto prize game of chance scenario crafted by Governor Inslee.

Sorry, no time for KING 5 to let us know how many military supervisors were fully vaccinated before the lotto incentives were rolled out.

“Newbill thought the chance at winning cash might convince skeptics in the military to get vaccinated.”

I feel like money can help anybody convince anything,” said Newbill, “My wife is not vaccinated, so this is a convincing point with her too.”

Way to go Newbill.

The value of the meds does not stand on its own. A carnival game will help people to make up their mind.

The press is not available to interview people who still opt out over at the military base? Thanks newspeople.

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

It looks like both Whidbey papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

 

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Early winter morning – Point No Point

Sadly, the Fresnel lens has gone dark.

Local info here.

 

Would the DEA be out of work if a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was able to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

All 50 states:

DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions Re: federal efforts to control drugs.

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

June 21, 2021 Oil City News

CASPER PD: TRAFFIC OPS USING DEA ‘CANNABIS SUPPRESSION’ FUNDS NOT JUST ABOUT DRUGS

“…a March 29-30 “drug interdiction operation” in Natrona County which was paid for using U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration grant funding for cannabis eradication/suppression.”

Federal funding for traffic stops to look for marijuana:

“The Casper Police Department said on Wednesday , April 7 that a “drug interdiction operation” with funding support from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program was carried out in the Casper area last week.”

During the March 29-30 operation, various law enforcement agencies made a total of 389 traffic stops.”

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?

 

Hard to tell what the major political parties believe in. They get a pass during long Presidential primary seasons, because the press shows no initiative or curiosity in asking questions.

Are Biden voters OK with federal prohibition of marijuana?

Are Biden voters OK with using federal funds for traffic stops to look for marijuana?

Are conservative/GOP voters OK with using federal funds for traffic stops to look for marijuana?

Are conservative/GOP voters OK with sending US troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things and spending $49.8 billion (every 12 months) on a  US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

Are voters who support both major parties OK with newspeople who don’t ask questions?

 

DEA Drug Take Back Day

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs to people who did not need them.

April 20, 2021 Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA to hold 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

“Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.”

“With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24th.”

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Questions newspeople will not ask:

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in reducing opioid overdose deaths?

How do drug cartels react to opioid lawsuits?

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

 

June 22, 2021 Global News

Toronto police seize $61M worth of drugs in takedown of alleged international drug-smuggling ring

“A six-month investigation dubbed “Project Brisa” looked at the importation of cocaine and crystal meth from Mexico to California and then into Canada through tractor-trailers.”

“The investigation began in November 2020 and police alleged tractor-trailers were equipped with hydraulic traps capable of smuggling as much as 100 kilos of drugs in one trip.”

Looks like a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security played zero role in preventing product from moving into the US and later into Canada.

What role do US fusion centers play here?

US press remains silent.

 

Deep into the GWOT – No CBP inspection of rail shipments entering the US?

US Troops at the border, big El Chapo takedown, opioid lawsuits, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911/GWOT security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep cartel from moving meth into the US and on into Canada:

Feb 27, 2019 The Canadian Press

Police find meth smuggled into Canada through new Ford cars built in Mexico

“Police say they have busted an alleged drug smuggling operation where methamphetamine was being hidden in new cars built in Mexico that were then transported by rail to Canada.”

“Ontario Provincial Police say employees at four Ford dealerships discovered the drugs stashed within spare tires that didn’t match the cars.”

“Police say they found 180 kilograms of meth during the investigation.”

More here.

 

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

 

Any word on how the more than $50 million worth of methamphetamine was able to move past federal agents staffing a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security before showing up in Polk County?

Polk County Florida “…Our Partnership With Homeland Security…”

If the big meth shipment was prevented from crossing into the US, we’d have no big news of a big bust in Polk County?

Polk County Florida

No border with Mexico.

No coastal borders.

Any word on why the highly controlled environment that exists inside a federal prison in Georgia would allow a federal inmate to be an active drug trafficker?

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Related:

Cartels open for business no matter who is in the White House

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

List of Things the Government is Good At – TV News Avoids Asking Questions

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

A Free And Honest Society?

General Milley – In The News

Fake War on Terror and Glorification of Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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A symbol of a culture that seems mostly OK with whatever they are told.

A symbol of a culture that is more about political brand names than finding out what the major political parties believe in.

A symbol of newspeople who do not ask questions.

 

As time goes on, we can see that there is a list of things the government is not very good at. Is this list bigger than a list of the things government does well?

Alternative media is OK with asking these sorts of questions. Mainstream media seems to avoid reporting on various topics.

 

Some people are OK with opting out on COVID vaccines. The government is trying their very best with lottery giveaway events, to pull people in.

June 17, 2021 KING 5 News video

Washington launches COVID-19 vaccine incentive for military members, veterans

“…Washington is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive called “A Heroes Thanks” for the state’s military members and veterans.”

People who do or did time in the US Armed Forces and staff and veterans and their families are assigned the bulk identity of heroes.

Hero?

“Staff Sgt. Chazz Newbill found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine at a clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday.”

He found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine? 

News cameras were rolling to promote the “A Heroes Thanks” program, but the people being interviewed by KING 5 TV and getting their vaccine didn’t know about the “A Heroes Thanks” program?

Got it.

“I feel pretty good about it,” said Newbill.

“He said one of the reasons he was getting the vaccine to set a good example for the soldiers he supervises.”

Now, it’s a good example to participate in the lotto prize game of chance scenario crafted by Governor Inslee.

Sorry, no time for KING 5 to let us know how many military supervisors were fully vaccinated before the lotto incentives were rolled out.

“Newbill thought the chance at winning cash might convince skeptics in the military to get vaccinated.”

I feel like money can help anybody convince anything,” said Newbill, “My wife is not vaccinated, so this is a convincing point with her too.”

Way to go Newbill.

The value of the meds does not stand on its own. A carnival game will help people to make up their mind.

The press is not available to interview people who still opt out over at the military base? Thanks newspeople.

Love to see TV news reporters interview people who might give an alternative viewpoint.

 

A man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Much has changed.

Over the past 50 years or so, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation. A wide variety of political personalities have occupied the White House.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Some may have become skeptical along the way.

Since WWII, information is now available on:

USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste, using GIs in mustard gas experiments, using GIs to test nuclear weapons, Agent Orange, MCAS El Toro and Camp Lejeune water contamination & Gulf War Syndrome.

Sources/links here:

JBLM – US Armed Forces Vaccine Hesitancy

 

Some things the government is not very good at:

Reaching COVID vaccine goals without lotto prize giveaways.

 

Using a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

 

Getting the story straight on REAL ID.

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement/deadline for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Being able to stay out of or win undeclared wars in distant lands.

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

 

Fixing Daylight Saving Time

Almost two years after state lawmakers passed a bill to keep the state in Daylight Saving Time permanently, the wheels are turning yet again to ensure that measure finally gets enacted.”

 

Getting away from treating 18-20 year old adults as second-class citizens.

Certainly, Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

American culture is good for dividing adults up into groups of first and second-class citizens.

Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms restrictions are in place for 18-20 year old adults. Is there any state where recreational marijuana laws remove prohibition for adults at age 18?

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

Lifting federal prohibition of marijuana.

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?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in this area.

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

 

The Troops are often sent to distant lands to fight people who:

“…had never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so.”

May 27, 2021 Jacob G. Hornberger

The Lies of the National-Security State

 

Some things the government is very good at:

We are the very best at militarized pageantry for pro sports events.

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government

 

Promoting the idea that The Troops are fighting in distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

Getting TV newspeople to promote their programs.

Much concern these days about spreading misinformation on the web while newspeople tell us The Troops are sent to distant lands to protect American rights and freedoms:

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Local press:

Hometown pride running high. High enough to stop asking questions?

“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?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

School Teachers, Please Help Out With Lessons About Where Freedom Comes From

Veterans Day Nonsense

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

A Free And Honest Society?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

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The Pacific Coast at Indian Beach, OR

 

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Our questions appear in bold type.

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-

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.”

2019-

Jail staff are now using medication to help addicts detox from heroin while in custody.”

 

Feb 27, 2019

Cartel Moves 180 Kilograms Of Meth From Mexico To Canada by Rail

The Canadian Press

Police find meth smuggled into Canada through new Ford cars built in Mexico

“Police say they have busted an alleged drug smuggling operation where methamphetamine was being hidden in new cars built in Mexico that were then transported by rail to Canada.”

“Ontario Provincial Police say employees at four Ford dealerships discovered the drugs stashed within spare tires that didn’t match the cars.”

“Police say they found 180 kilograms of meth during the investigation.”

No CBP/GWOT inspection of rail shipments entering the US?

 

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Will any investigation be conducted to learn why a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep meth originating in Mexico from arriving in Hawaii?

Hawaii Meth – Lessons Learned?

 

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in improving the situation?

Has a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security been able to reduce access to fentanyl in the Puget Sound area?

Zero questions from newspeople:

 

Always reported as good news when your county is designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Zero questions from the press about spending $49.8 billion every 12 months on a US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Questions for newspeople:

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Related:

November 11, 2019 Fred Reed

Let’s Invade Mexico!

Send DOD to fight the cartels:

“…America starts its wars by overestimating its own powers, underestimating the enemy, and misunderstanding the kind of war on which it is embarking.”

More here:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Looking towards the Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

 

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

 

Will any investigation be conducted to learn why a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep meth originating in Mexico from arriving in Hawaii?

Associated Press May 17, 2021

Drug-Related Deaths in Honolulu Hit a 5-Year High in 2020

A lot of methamphetamine comes from Mexico…”

“U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Honolulu police officers are also finding fentanyl in counterfeit oxycodone pills manufactured in Mexico and transported to Hawaii from California.”

:…methamphetamine remains the largest drug threat in Hawaii…”

“Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Director Gary Yabuta said methamphetamine has been the state’s main drug threat for 30 years.”

It comes in from the Mexican cartels through the West Coast to Hawaii. It’s no longer manufactured in Hawaii,” he said.

 

The press has moved away from asking questions.

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

Related:

Polk County Florida “…Our Partnership With Homeland Security…”

Press Release Style of News Reporting

A Free And Honest Society?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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A symbol of newspeople not asking questions.

 

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

A life and death update:

May 10th 2021 KOMO News

Fatal drug overdoses skyrocket in Washington state amid COVID

“…more people died of drug overdoses in 2020 in the state than any year in at least the past decade.”

“In December the Centers for Disease Control had reported more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in May 2020 — the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.”

“According to published reports, fatal drug overdoses in Washington state increased by more than 30% last year compared to 2019.”

 

Newspeople have moved away from asking questions. Our questions appear in bold type.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

 

What We Have Now

A $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

All 50 states:

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

Billions of dollars spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

 

KOMO,

What sort of drugs were involved here?

Did opioid lawsuits or a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security play any role here?

Has local CBP been able to reduce access to cartel product in the Puget Sound area?

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Some drugs are domestic, some drugs, must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & REAL IDs before they arrive in local communities.

People can learn to protect themselves and their families if they are informed on which drugs are causing fatalities.

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, meth or fentanyl?

 

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

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

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

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

 

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

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

A Free And Honest Society?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

A society that sends the guys and gals to be ground up in unwon wars that do not involve any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

A society that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking the troops for freedoms, fighting wars for freedoms, staging military jet flyovers at sporting events for freedom, etc.

Operating a camera in a public place:

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to show up and do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

Operating A Camera In A Public Place – Positive Interaction

 

Newspeople have moved away from asking questions. Our questions appear in bold type.

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the end of the screening line?

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement/deadline for domestic air travel has been extended how many times now?

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can elected officials of any party or any member of the press help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Media Platforms And Misinformation

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

Selecting A Vaccine

Fully Vaccinated

2020 PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Delegate Count

 

Requesting Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government update-

A businesslike response to questions:

Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

Puget Sound Gun Crimes

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

Enhanced Background Checks Update

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Nordland Transit Center

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

May 3, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Feds take over investigation after $7 million in drugs found

Federal authorities have taken over the investigation into the early April discovery of 400 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine worth $7 million on a Joyce-area beach after no local-area connection with the drugs was established, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.”

Local press:

April 15, 2021 The Bellingham Herald

Duffel bags packed with over 400 pounds of meth found near beach, Washington cops say

“Days before one resident reported finding several duffel bags filled with what they said were drugs near a beach in Port Angeles, another resident alerted police about a bag packed with a similar substance near the same beach, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.”

“On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

 

State-Run Media Update:

April 15, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents seize methamphetamine near Port Angeles

WTF?

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Port Angeles Station seized a significant amount of methamphetamine west of the city of Port Angeles during a joint-interagency effort.”

“On April 11, after receiving information that suspicious bags were observed near the beach, a Border Patrol agent arrived and deployed his K-9 partner.”

If, on April 7th: “On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

Why did Port Angeles USBP not seize the meth using a K-9 until April 11th?

“The Border Patrol K-9 led the agent to multiple bags and alerted to the presence of narcotics.”

Wait- local people found the drugs and told local LE. Your “K-9 partner” played zero role in discovering the stash.

Agents seized the contraband and further coordinated with all partner entities to include the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

If Port Angeles US Border Patrol agents used a K-9  to seize a significant amount of methamphetamine on April 11, why did federal agents not take over the investigation until May 3rd, three weeks later?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Related:

Sept 11th, Afghanistan And Port Angeles CBP

Port Angeles CBP – Newspeople Remain Silent

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Salt Creek – West of Port Angeles

 

Apr 29, 2021 WFTS

More than $50M worth of meth linked to Mexican drug cartel seized, Polk County Sheriff’s Office says

Through our partnership with Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies in Florida and Georgia, our detectives took a huge amount of meth off the street and shut down an active drug trafficker operating out of a federal prison,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.”

“Approximately 1,500 pounds of methamphetamine seized…”

 

Zero Questions From Newspeople

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Our questions appear in bold type.

Any word on how the more than $50 million worth of methamphetamine was able to move past federal agents staffing a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security before showing up in Polk County?

If the big meth shipment was prevented from crossing into the US, we’d have no big news of a big bust in Polk County?

Polk County Florida

No border with Mexico.

No coastal borders.

Any word on why the highly controlled environment that exists inside a federal prison in Georgia would allow a federal inmate to be an active drug trafficker?

 

Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Will any investigation be conducted to learn why a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security failed to keep approximately 1,500 pounds of methamphetamine from entering the US?

Will any investigation be conducted to learn why federal prison protocols allowed an inmate to operate as a drug trafficker?

 

Possibly of interest:

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Related:

Fake War on Terror

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Always Reported as a Highly Successful Team Effort – The Big Puget Sound Drug Bust

 

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South entrance- Port Townsend Ship Canal

 

Possibly of interest:

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

Updated daily: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Related:

Local Waters

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

More here:

Local Waters And The Puget Sound Area Press

Stormwater, Untreated Sewage and Puget Sound

Last year:

Whidbey Earth Day

 

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When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Local press:

Locals stumble across large quantities of meth and cocaine. Locals call in report to local (not federal) law enforcement officials:

April 14, 2021 KING 5 News

$7 million in meth and cocaine found on Port Angeles beach, police say

Passers-by found methamphetamine and cocaine in bags on the beach near Port Angeles on two different days, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.”

These guys are the very last to find out what is going on:

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, US Border Patrol Air and Marine Unit, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police and OPNET. These agencies are asking for any information from the public that may assist in the investigation.”

Large quantities of meth and cocaine were able to get past a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats?

CBP land and air based staff were unable to detect and prevent deliveries of meth and cocaine found on local beaches?

 

Local press:

April 15, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Authorities estimate nearly $7 million in illegal drugs found west of Port Angeles

“More than 400 pounds of tightly wrapped bricks of methamphetamine and cocaine were likely waiting for pick-up and a quick boat trip to Canada when area residents found the drugs in eight duffel bags on two Clallam County beaches, Undersheriff Ron Cameron said Thursday.”

 

Local press:

April 15, 2021 The Bellingham Herald

Duffel bags packed with over 400 pounds of meth found near beach, Washington cops say

“Days before one resident reported finding several duffel bags filled with what they said were drugs near a beach in Port Angeles, another resident alerted police about a bag packed with a similar substance near the same beach, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.”

“On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

 

State-Run Media Update:

April 15, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents seize methamphetamine near Port Angeles

WTF?

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Port Angeles Station seized a significant amount of methamphetamine west of the city of Port Angeles during a joint-interagency effort.”

“On April 11, after receiving information that suspicious bags were observed near the beach, a Border Patrol agent arrived and deployed his K-9 partner.”

“The Border Patrol K-9 led the agent to multiple bags and alerted to the presence of narcotics.”

Wait- local people found the drugs and told local LE. Your “K-9 partner” played zero role in discovering the stash.

Agents seized the contraband and further coordinated with all partner entities to include the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Way to go guys!

Local press is weak for not demanding an interview with the Port Angeles Border Patrol and requiring them to explain themselves.

Earlier, we were told that Port Angeles Border Patrol arrest statistics must be kept secret:

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

The secrecy policy is instantly lifted if USBP can take credit for local beachcombers finding cartel product and making a report to local (not federal) LE authorities?

Local USBP history:

Secret arrest statistics are un-American

 

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

April 8, 2021 MyClallamCounty.com

2 PA DEATHS IN ONE DAY APPEAR TO BE OVERDOSES

“Preliminary police investigations suggest two men who died in separate incidents Wednesday in Port Angeles were both victims of heroin overdoses.”

 

April 11, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula overdose deaths seem to be on the rise

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

Possibly of interest-

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

Related:

Sept 11th, Afghanistan And Port Angeles CBP

Port Angeles CBP – Newspeople Remain Silent

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Photo- A symbol of newspeople failing to ask questions

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

 

April 15, 2021 Bracing Views

More Afghan War Lies

“Recall that it was Al Qaeda, not the Taliban in Afghanistan, that was behind the 9/11 attacks on America.”

“…America’s Afghan War has always been falsely advertised as both preemptive and preventative, i.e. America went to war to preempt another 9/11-style attack and has continued that war to prevent similar attacks coming from Afghanistan.”

 

Leaving Afghanistan?

At 9:05 alternative media points out that the made for TV press fails to ask questions:

Back in 2012:

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

Post 911 surveillance state (fusion centers, license scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, & social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, etc.) appears to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

April 14, 2021 KING 5 News

$7 million in meth and cocaine found on Port Angeles beach, police say

“Nearly $7 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine found on the beaches near Port Angeles on two different days in the past week, according to the Clallam County Sheriffs Office.”

“The case is under investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, US Border Patrol Air and Marine Unit, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police and OPNET. These agencies are asking for any information from the public that may assist in the investigation.”

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping cartel product from entering local communities?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

Possibly of interest-

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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

Related:

Port Angeles CBP – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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April 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

Letter to the editor:

“There are so many people here on the island who complain about jet noise, but I like it and to me it truly is the sound of freedom and so I thank them for all they do to keep the rest of us safe.”

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

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

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

 

Do the people who operate the local newspaper want us to think of the US Armed Forces as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Hometown Pride:

“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?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our 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, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense 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.

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Where did they go?

Iowa – Welcome Home Troops

April 3, 2021 KWWL News

Modified welcome home ceremonies slated for Iowa Army National Guard units

“The Ironman Battalion supported Operation Spartan Shield in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.”

 

During the Vietnam War, US troops were sent to Vietnam.

Today, the Texas National Guard is sent to the U.S. Central Command Area in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Newspeople post whatever press release is handed off.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Was there any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, linked to this movement of Iowa National Guard troops?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

1967

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

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

The formal congressional declaration of war would also be the time for a careful review of important issues such as: PTSD, suicide, GTMO/torture, use of contractors, war crimes, a $6.4 trillion price tag, lies about freedom, propaganda, dressing women to look like men, exit strategy, mission creep, nation building, reduction of traditional military benefits offered when people signed up to stay on for multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who should register for the draft, planning ticker-tape parades and joyous celebrations, etc.

Do public schools still teach about Armistice Day?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Related:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

Some Veterans See Nonveterans As Second-Class Citizens?

Defending The Constitution With Decades Of Undeclared Wars

Veterans Day Nonsense

18-20 year old adults are seen as 2nd class citizens:

Liberty And Justice For All?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Goodbye Armistice Day

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Militarized Parking Lots

 

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US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, rare and mysterious cross-border arrests, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

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

April 8, 2021 MyClallamCounty.com

2 PA DEATHS IN ONE DAY APPEAR TO BE OVERDOSES

“Preliminary police investigations suggest two men who died in separate incidents Wednesday in Port Angeles were both victims of heroin overdoses.”

 

April 11, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula overdose deaths seem to be on the rise

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

Possibly of interest-

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: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

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

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Another DEA Press Release – Zero Questions From Newspeople

Strict Post 911/GWOT Security Protocols & A $49.8 Billion US Dept. of Homeland Security

Meth, Afghanistan & Made For TV News – No Matter What Political Party Or Personality Is In Power

 

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Photo- Looking towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Salt Creek

 

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

April 11, 2021 KOMO News

Toddler among 4 wounded in Central District shooting

“SEATTLE — Four people were hurt, including a 2-year-old girl, when gunfire erupted near Seattle’s Central District neighborhood Sunday afternoon, police said.”

“We heard at least 12 maybe even up to two dozen gun shots,” said Dustin Cole, who lives nearby.

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the Puget Sound area press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks years after they have been put in place?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

A well regulated militia?

WA 2014 Enhanced Background Checks – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Related:

More Voting and TV News Will Make It Better?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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What do the major political parties belive in or stand for? Over the past 50 years or so, they have taken turns in power. Plenty of voting has taken place. Things are not better.

Long election seasons are not bringing out answers to these sorts of questions. Have newspeople had time to look into all this?

Newspeople have moved away from asking questions. Has anyone noticed?

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

April 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

Letter to the editor:

“There are so many people here on the island who complain about jet noise, but I like it and to me it truly is the sound of freedom and so I thank them for all they do to keep the rest of us safe.”

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

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

 

Do the people who operate the local newspaper want us to think of the US Armed Forces as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Hometown Pride:

“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?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

If the CIA (est 1947) serves as an advantage to the US, why does the Department of Defense have such a poor record of winning undeclared wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our 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, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense 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.

 

1967

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

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

TV Newspeople Are Lazy – Reporting The News By Press Release

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest event. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Where did they go?

Iowa – Welcome Home Troops

April 3, 2021 KWWL News

Modified welcome home ceremonies slated for Iowa Army National Guard units

“The Ironman Battalion supported Operation Spartan Shield in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.”

 

During the Vietnam War, US troops were sent to Vietnam.

Today, the Texas National Guard is sent to the U.S. Central Command Area in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Newspeople post whatever press release is handed off.

Was there any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, linked to this movement of Iowa National Guard troops?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

The press is good for telling everybody to get out and vote.

People could do a better job of voting if they were better informed.

Newspapers are suppressing online comment sections, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

 

Life and Death Scenarios

COVID is a life and death situation for some people. Using or abusing cartel-sourced drugs is a life and death situation for some people.

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

These are the guys who are unable to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US:

Have CBP efforts reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the 50 states?

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

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

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

What We Have Now

A $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

Billions of dollars spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

 

We’d love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

In another State-Run Media/CBP Social Media Post, CBP tells us:

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

Away from any border crossing or port of entry:

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

Giant US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep 1,950 pounds of cartel product from showing up in Denton County Texas, far from any border crossing or port of entry:

Jan 27, 2021 The Dallas Morning News

DEA’s Dallas office announces seizure of $45 million in meth, heroin — its largest bust ever

“The drugs — 1,950 pounds valued at $45 million — were sniffed out by a dog during a traffic stop involving a refrigerated tractor-trailer in Denton County on Oct. 8, the DEA said. They had been stashed inside a secret compartment of the truck.”

“Chávez said the meth was smuggled across the U.S.-Mexican border by traffickers working with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG.”

Way to go guys.

Any Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to save lives by preventing future incidents.

Any investigation to find out how US Troops at the border, the big El Chapo takedown, opioid lawsuits, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911/GWOT security protocols, and a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security failed to keep cartel product from showing up in Denton County Texas?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

April 10, 2021 WXIA-TV

Our area is considered a hub for meth trafficking,” Meadows said. “Interstate 85 is a major route for trafficking between Atlanta and Florida.”

 

Gun Control

Gun control has been here for decades.

President Biden is ready to move forward on this.

President Biden has had a long career in politics. Have previous efforts Re: gun control failed to reduce gun crimes?

Random thoughts:

Has any state, ever in history, required proof of membership in a militia to purchase, transport, or carry, guns and ammo/participate in shooting sports, etc.

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks years after they have been put in place?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Our local press avoids providing updates on the enhanced background checks that came to WA back in 2014.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

A well regulated militia?

WA 2014 Enhanced Background Checks – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

Throw in student loans, healthcare, homeless people camping on the street, housing availability, minimum wage, etc.

Has government intervention helped improve American life in these areas?

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

When I was 18, the WWII generation was in charge

If The Troops Defend The Constitution…

 

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A symbol of newspeople not asking questions.

 

What happened?

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

Today:

A staged and scripted White House news conference. The risk of taking questions from a random group of feisty reporters is completely avoided.

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

Alternative media is good about keeping an active comment section up & running. There’s always something to learn or think about from the points others make in the comment section.

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

People could reject alternative media and be totally good with mainstream media, but it would require the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks to try harder.

 

The Puget Sound area press avoids asking questions.

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks years after they have been put in place?

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Homeland Security is a scam?

Federal agents swing into action after 12 kilos of cocaine move past strict post 911/GWOT security protocols and federal agents staffing a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into the Puget Sound area:

April 7, 2021 Q13 Fox News

Feds charge 24 people in big Seattle-area gun, drug bust; 73 firearms seized

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

$49.8 billion is spent every 12 months on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

The Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

Strict Post 911/GWOT Security Protocols & A $49.8 Billion US Dept. of Homeland Security

 

Local press fails to ask questions:

Local Waters

WA 2014 Enhanced Background Checks – Newspeople Remain Silent

Land of Information Suppression

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Mainstream vs. Alternative Media

 

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Nordland Transit Center

 

Both major parties are good with wasteful and ineffective Homeland Security Spending.

Mar 27, 2021 Montana Senator Steve Daines

Several years back, access to cold, sinus and allergy meds was restricted in order to make it more difficult to produce meth in Hometown, USA.

Cartels knew that politicians spending billions of dollars of other people’s money every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things would not keep them from moving product into all 50 states.

 

No matter what political party or personality is in power.

For years now, CBP has failed to keep cartel-sourced meth out of Montana.

Back in Feb of 2019

Montana – Homeland Security Meth Racket Rolls On

Federal agents swing into action after meth moves past strict post 911/GWOT security protocols and federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Montana:

February 14, 2019 KRTV News video:

Montana’s Drug Superhighway: How traffickers conceal carloads of drugs from police

“Billings serves as the host agency for HIDTA, but it’s a multi-jurisdictional task force composed of local officers from city, county and federal organizations such as the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Homeland Security.”

 

Federal cash for Montana after meth flows past federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then on into local communities:

“The task force is federally funded through grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.”

Oct 25, 2018 Missoulian DOJ awards MHP $1 million for anti-meth operations in Montana

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced its award to MHP Thursday, from its Office of Community Oriented Policing. The grant will fund additional troopers, equipment and training specifically to combat incoming meth trafficking. Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler said in the statement that Montana’s meth is largely sourced from Mexico.”

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

K9 screenings and vehicle inspections for customized switches and compartments are effective when conducted by law enforcement authorities in Montana.

Why don’t these same practices work at the Mexico border?

“Task force officers are also learning that vehicles with aftermarket switches and compartments are also being used to cross the border into Mexico and come back up to Montana, likely several times.”

K-9 Screenings After Meth Moves Past $40.6 Billion US Dept. of Homeland Security

 

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

Hey newspeople,

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out if there is no inspection of rail shipments entering the US?

Feb 27, 2019 The Canadian Press

Police find meth smuggled into Canada through new Ford cars built in Mexico

“Police say they have busted an alleged drug smuggling operation where methamphetamine was being hidden in new cars built in Mexico that were then transported by rail to Canada.”

“Ontario Provincial Police say employees at four Ford dealerships discovered the drugs stashed within spare tires that didn’t match the cars.”

“Police say they found 180 kilograms of meth during the investigation.”

More here.

 

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

The press never gets around to asking what the major parties stand for or believe in.

Both major parties are good with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

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

 

Leaving Afghanistan?

9:05

Alternative media points out that the made for TV press fails to ask questions:

Back in 2012:

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North Cascades scenic drive.

A couple beers and a late lunch in Winthrop.

 

Fusion center swings into action after post 911 surveillance state, $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and fusion centers appear to have played no role in preventing Atlanta shootings:

Mar 27, 2021 KTVQ – Q2 News

Montana crime analysts monitoring hate crimes at home in wake of Atlanta shootings

 

No Credible Threat?

The War on Terror has prompted law enforcement authorities to calm the public by looking into the future and announcing that no credible threat exists.

On the job in Philadelphia after mass shooting in San Bernardino, California:

December 2, 2015 Action News on 6abc video

Police: No credible threat to Philadelphia following San Bernardino shooting

“The head of counterterrorism for the Philadelphia Police Department says there are no specific or credible threats against the city.”

Where was the threat forecast prior to the latest incident?

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.

Post 911 surveillance state (fusion centers, license scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, & social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, etc.) appears to have played no role in preventing these crimes:

Mar 16, 2021 NBC News video

8 dead in Atlanta-area spa shootings, suspect arrested

 

Related:

No Credible Threat?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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A symbol of the press release style of news reporting, where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved or wishing they were involved in preventing the latest incident. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Image above: This really nice sign is posted at the Coupeville Wharf. I took this photo on 4/2/2020.

Unfortunately, the waters immediately adjacent to this sign are impacted year-round due to a sewage treatment plant outfall.

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

Image above: 3/26/2021

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

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

Source: WDFW

 

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

March 13, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

“Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea”

School teachers,

Are you teaching your students to look for green colors on the Recreational Shellfish Safety Map?

 

More here:

Local Waters And The Puget Sound Area Press

 

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WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Local press avoids providing updates.

 

Initiative 594

Nov 4, 2014 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Washington voters choose gun control; huge majority in Seattle area

 

Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases, Initiative 594 (2014)

“The measure was designed to require background checks to be run on every person purchasing a gun in the state of Washington, even those who do so via private sales.”

“Furthermore, the initiative rendered it illegal to hand off a firearm to people outside a person’s immediate family, though exceptions were mentioned, including situations in which people are at a shooting range or hunting.”

 

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

 

Back in 2014 – Initiative 594 – Attempting to comply:

 

Gunfire on the ferry:

January 27, 2020 Kitsap News Group

Man arrested after allegedly firing gun from ferry

“…WSP Vessel and Terminal Security Troopers responded to the MV Kaleetan upon its arrival at Colman Dock. By that time, WSF crews had already secured the suspect, who had boarded the vessel by vehicle.”

WSF Bremerton to Seattle crossing time: ~ 60 min

Not my idea to promote the concept that riding safely on the ferry requires gun boat escorts, SWAT teams and K-9s on the job to detect explosives.

If a guy decides to fire a gun during a 60 minute ferry crossing and WSP waits to respond until the ferry arrives at Colman Dock, how is this security?

Will newspeople follow up and let us know if the guy who purposefully fired his handgun from the ferry had a concealed carry permit?

Did he pass any sort of background check?

Whatever happened to this guy?

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Related:

Newspeople Show Little Curiosity Unless It’s A Sports Story

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Mixed Messages On Transportation Security/Firing Gun From the Ferry Update

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security

 

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Just north of Perego’s Lagoon – Looking north to Fort Ebey

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Mar 19,2021 Fox News

El Paso DEA says there’s an influx of drugs coming from Mexico

$49.8 billion every 12 months for a US Dept. of Homeland Security buys you:

As long as there’s demand in the U.S., the drug cartels will find ways to bring drugs in.”

Welcome Home Troops

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

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Mar 19, 2021 By CBSBoston.com Staff

DEA Issues Warning About Meth Pills Resembling Adderall

“Agents said some of the Mexican drug cartels have shifted focus to making counterfeit pills, and they’re pure methamphetamine.”

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

$49.8 billion is spent every 12 months on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

The Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cartel sourced meth, heroin and fentanyl from showing up all over the US.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Whidbey Island 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 meth, heroin or fentanyl?

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.

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

 

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.

Why have Joe Sixpack and the family line up for REAL ID, when cartels opt out on all that?

 

If there was a school district in Hometown USA, that had a poor record for educating students, or a fire dept. that struggled to get the job done, people and the press would ask questions.

The US Dept. of Homeland Security seems to get a pass from newspeople everywhere.

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Another DEA Press Release – Zero Questions From Newspeople

 

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A symbol of newspeople who avoid asking questions.

 

Requesting permission from a giant federal government to celebrate independence from a giant federal government update:

Mar 15, 2021 Fox News Video

Gov. Kristi Noem to keep fighting for July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore after feds deny request

 

As the months go by, we can see that there is a list of things the government is not very good at. Is this list bigger than a list of the things government does well?

Alternative media is OK with asking these sorts of questions. Mainstream media seems to avoid reporting on various topics.

 

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

We are the very best at militarized pageantry for pro sports events.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

 

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

The Dept. of Defense has a truly poor track record for winning undeclared wars since DOD was established way back in 1949.

 

Who are the Patriots on the Fourth?

by Jacob G. Hornberger

“On the Fourth of July, American statists will be praising the troops, glorifying their exploits in foreign countries, thanking them for defending our rights and freedoms, and expressing thanks to federal officials for taking care of them with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, farm subsidies, drug laws, and the myriad other programs that come with America’s welfare-warfare state.”

“First, let’s get one thing clear: contrary to popular opinion, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not great and courageous Americans. That’s an important fact to keep in mind. The reason? They weren’t Americans. They were British citizens, no different from British citizens today. The only difference was that they were living abroad, much as many American citizens live abroad today.”

“Thus, the people who were fighting in the Revolutionary War were not supporting the troops. They weren’t thanking and glorifying them for defending their rights and freedoms. Instead, they were shooting at them and killing them. They had taken up arms against their very own government.”

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Some Veterans See Nonveterans As Second-Class Citizens?

Port Angeles – Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions.

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

A society that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking the troops for freedoms, fighting wars for freedoms, staging military jet flyovers at sporting events for freedom, etc.

A society where voices of dissent are not authorized.

Listen Up, Sports Announcers

 

1967

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

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

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A symbol of newspeople who fail to ask what the major political parties stand for or believe in.

Even during a long election season.

 

Random thoughts for Thursday:

I often think that the WWII generation, generally did a better job of running a modern society.

The Troops

The US Armed Forces have attracted a lot of good people over the years.

Mar 10, 2021 Military.com

Americans’ Trust and Confidence in the Military Is Decreasing, New Survey Finds

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars that never end. When do we get to vote on all this?

USO: “…82% of military families feel that the public doesn’t understand their sacrifices.”

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

Drug Addiction and Homelessness

Local governments continue to struggle:

March 9th 2021 KOMO

Everett mulls ordinance that would outlaw homeless encampments in part of the city

March 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: State must help with fallout from ‘extraordinary opinion’

“With a 5-4 majority, the Court in State v. Shannon Blake declared Washington’s felony drug possession statute to be void.”

Camping on the sidewalk was already a thing before all this. What now?

Will it be OK to camp on the sidewalk?

 

The AIDS crisis in the 1980s presented Americans with a life and death situation. Society dealt with this through education and advances in medicine.

The homelessness and drug addiction problem doesn’t seem to get better even as large amounts of money go towards it in places like Seattle.

 

A $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

Welcome Home Troops

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

March 8, 2021 KIRO 7 News

Why catalytic converter thefts are on the rise

People need more money for more drugs that a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep from showing up all over the US.

Zero mention of the drug problem by KIRO.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

When the WWII generation was in charge, was every other ad on TV for powerful drugs with life threatening side effects?

Legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Welcome Home Troops

Drug Take Back Day

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

LED Lightbulbs 

We have been using these at home for several years now.

My impressions:

They do not last for years on end. I changed one the other day and used a standard bulb form an old lamp as a replacement. The standard bulb weighed much less. That means that the same number of LED bulbs use more energy when packed in the back of a big smokey truck. The truck picks them up at the Port of Tacoma after they arrive from China, then heads out to some giant distribution warehouse in Atlanta GA.

Light bulbs used to be made in places like Ohio or Indiana. Across the street from where they made TVs.

 

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