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

In the news:

Video of San Diego police dog biting man in handcuffs creates stir

San Diego Police Defend K-9 Mauling Handcuffed Man

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People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

Lies & Propaganda of the Post-911 Era

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Oak Harbor, Seaside, Lynden, or Leavenworth?

 

In the News: World War II veteran finally receives his high school diploma nearly 80 years later

“Henry’s dedication to his family, community and country is what Superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms says they’re trying to teach the students as East High.”

He brings so much to our school and to our students about perseverance and pushing through and never giving up on your dreams,” said Dr. Nelms.

WWII ended in 1945.

Yes, Dr. Nelms, great lesson for the rest of your students- go ahead and blow off getting your diploma. Looks like it wasn’t really relevant to his success since he was able to earn a two year degree- no high school diploma required.

Wonder what he and other WWII veterans think about failed wars that never end?

 

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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

 

 

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.

 

Military town update:

Show support by attending base open house

“Which its public record requires some bravery … bravery which I was honored to exercise on behalf of the real heroes who give civilians that right — our troops!

People in uniform give rights?

 

Left the above comment here and here. Both comments have been deleted- though they contained no hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacks on other commenters, etc.

Wonder how many other comments were deleted?

 

Voting-

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion:

“Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told”

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

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

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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A Land of Make Believe

Lies & Propaganda of the Post-911 Era

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

Seattle Times- AP WAS THERE: Supreme Court legalizes interracial marriage:

June 12, 1967

“…an interracial couple who had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races.”

1967- not 1867

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?

 

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

Freedom may be penalized, though we are told it is the primary theme of overseas military operations & several federal holidays.

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

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

 

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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A Land of Make Believe

Lies & Propaganda of the Post-911 Era

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Watching the waves at Fort Casey

 

New page: Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

 

Retail marketing strategy update:

Veteran hassled over veteran parking spot at the grocery store.

Veteran reports incident to store manager.

Veteran returns to store to get thanks for his service, a cake and $100 in gift cards:

“On behalf of Harris Teeter I know we’re happy to have you as a customer and protecting the country for us,” Roy Bunn, store manager, told Boyle on Thursday evening. “For the incident, we deeply apologize for that.”

“This person who wrote this note on my car was given that right to be able to do that because of what I did.”

People in uniform give rights?

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End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

In the news:

Loyalty Day: Crowd gathers in Brinnon to express patriotism

“Loyalty Day was designated a holiday in 1958 by then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is meant to celebrate loyalty to the United States and the heritage of American freedom.”

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

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

More here: End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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In the news:

Commentary: National service narrows military-civilian divide

“Less than one-half of one percent of Americans currently serve in uniform, while the 99-plus percent realize the benefit while bearing none of the burden.”

Mark Shields: Now More Than Ever, America Needs Mandatory National Service

“And mandatory two-year national service — civilian or military — is imperative to help us understand the responsibility, as well as the rights, of citizenship and build our connections with our fellow citizens.”

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

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

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

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

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

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

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

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

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Vietnam-Style Body Counts

A Land of Make Believe

Glorifying Military Service During Failed Wars That Never End

Nasty Notes & Veterans Parking

 

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Beach Day – Ebey’s Landing

 

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

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

On the East Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom. On the West Coast it’s The Sound of Freedom: “That BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF FREEDOM….Our Angle’s are watching over us…”

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.

It’s tricky business.

Small military town Veterans Day parade– canceled due to lack of interest:

“But, despite Oak Harbor’s deep military roots, drumming up interest and support for the parade, held since 2012, has been difficult. Parade coordinator Terry Lacey said he won’t be holding the parade this year because of a lack of interest.”

The parade is canceled, but here is a reminder of what it was all about:

“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.

 

A Land of Make Believe

The American Legion:

“American military is still fighting and dying in wars so that we have the freedom to choose our leaders and protect our freedoms.”

The Troops are fighting for the right to vote?

Nonsense.

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

Hey school teachers– If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

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

“If “Men died for your right to vote!”, how did we manage to elect politicians after the Fall of Saigon in 1975?”

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

More here: Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

Maybe people are quietly loosing interest in Veterans Day parades because they realize The Troops are not being honored in honest ways.

More here:

A Land of Make Believe

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

Goodbye Armistice Day – Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Deception Pass from the Lighthouse Point trail

 

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

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

Voting-

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion:

“Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told”

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.

Voting-

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

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

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

 

Things have changed over the past 40 years- even though we’ve had a modern & powerful military force this entire time.

I grew up in the 60s & 70s- back in the days when veterans were not seen as a separate part of American society.

Veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys didn’t have separate parking places at the grocery store or over at the hardware store.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Meet a veteran who isn’t shy about going out & grabbing a couple free meals- it’s a proud thing:

The cultural move towards glorifying military service may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

DOD Gets a Pass on the Freedom Nonsense

Goodbye Armistice Day – Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Late Winter – Whidbey Island

 

Thanks for your service.

In the news:

“Top Navy officials charged in ‘staggering’ bribery scheme involving classified information, officials say”

“…charged with trading classified information in exchange for travel, dinner and prostitution services from a foreign defense contractor…”

 

“Marine Corps Officials Struggle to Explain Photo Scandal to Senators”

“Gen. Neller responded by acknowledging that the Marine Corps needs to change, while offering few further details.”

“This is a problem with our culture…I don’t have a good answer for you,” Gen. Neller said, stumbling over his words. “That’s a lame answer ma’am, but that’s all — that’s the best I can tell you right now.”

 

American culture is weak-minded.

Some believe that all who wear uniforms are heroes. It’s always good as part of a marketing and advertising campaign.

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who did time in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who did time over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.
Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

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

 

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys didn’t have separate parking places at the grocery store or over at the hardware store.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Veteran’s Day 2014:

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

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

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

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

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

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Maybe it’s time to start thinking of people as individuals, rather than as members of a group.

It’s not just The Troops. Stories of police misconduct are easy to find, along with former school teachers convicted as sex offenders after engaging in sexual encounters with their students, Border Patrol fraudulent overtime requests, corruption, etc.

More here: The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

 

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Photo- Coupeville waterfront

 

In the news: Navy’s wrongheaded approach to Whidbey Island Growler jets

Frequent updates here.

I have never complained about jet noise- on the web or otherwise. I’m not interested in shutting down the Navy on Whidbey, but it’s time to stop glorifying military service.

Almost every article related to NAS Whidbey features at least one comment that repeats the old, Cold War-era slogan- telling us that It’s The Sound of Freedom!

 

Sound of Freedom?

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

 

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

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

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

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

 

A Land of Make Believe

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

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

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

 

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

 

Veterans are in the very best position to know that their time in uniform is irrelevant in terms of American rights & freedoms. Very few seem to speak out.

More here: Coupeville Questions The Sound of Freedom

 

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Platoon 3049, MCRD San Diego

Jun-Sep 1979

 

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Questioning failed programs and wondering why newspeople remain silent.

More reporting please.

15 years past 911:

The US is in a life-and-death struggle with some folks in Yemen, while heroin trafficking cartels move product into local communities.

In the news:

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The Cartels Next Door: Mexican drug lords corner meth market

“Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border.”

Washington State:

The US spends about $41.2 billion each year on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

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

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

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

Tracking the issue on facebook here:

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

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

 

Terrorists don’t seem to try very hard.

What prevents the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of from blowing themselves up in a crowded airport just short of the screening checkpoint?

Ditto for hundreds of events nationwide each year at rock concerts, baseball games, basketball games, pro sports events, college events, etc.

Heroin traffickers lead the way.

We know that the people who move heroin into the US do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, paperwork reviews, etc.

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

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

What keeps terrorists out while heroin comes in?

A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras

 

Macho Swagger update:

LE agencies share information, tools & techniques.

The good guys have the upper hand and plenty of cocky confidence in these made for TV scenarios.

In the real world of crime fighting- Houston Space Center mission control-style HQs fail to keep cartels from moving product into US communities.

Newspeople remain silent.

More here:

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Border Patrol/DHS Irrelevant in Seattle Heroin Reporting?

Questioning Failed Programs – Heroin, Homeland Security & The Press

 

Drug War Racket

Meth – We had to destroy the village in order to save it

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

Imagine that LE authorities observe a shoplifter or bank robber in action. Instead of going in to make an arrest they back off and conduct an investigation that goes on for almost 3 years. What if they applied the same tactic Re: crimes involving arson, terrorism, child abuse, DUI, etc.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

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dsc_0125 US foreign policy can be hard to explain & understand.

Freedom isn’t free?

If a house is prevented from burning, is it because firefighters protect our rights and freedoms?

Think of your local fire dept.- it serves a clear-cut purpose, no need for people to repeat phrases or slogans in order to justify its existence.

We don’t claim that firefighters protect our rights and freedoms- as if they are part of some kind of civil rights organization. No need for a parade of fire trucks at the next football game to maintain the proper attitudes of support for the work these people do.

State-run media update:

Air Force Leads DoD Support of Super Bowl LI

“This year, it’s the 70th anniversary of the Air Force, so they will lead the way, said Christine S. Thompson, a sports outreach specialist in the office of the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs.”

“The Air Force turns 70 this year, and what better way to celebrate our birthday than to have the Thunderbirds do the flyover for the Super Bowl?” said Katie Spencer, the sports outreach program manager for the Air Force.

Sports outreach specialist, sports outreach program manager? It’s a full-time job at the Pentagon to craft & send the right messages through military pageantry at major sporting events.

Love to see newspeople ask:

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

The Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers.

Marketing partnership/strategy update:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘We’re all about patriotism’

We celebrate those who keep us safe.

Meanwhile- A $41.2 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cargo trucks from moving large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Central America into the Bronx:

“Cops: NYC drug ring brought heroin, fentanyl from Honduras”

More here: Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

Heroin-trafficking cartels move product into local communities while we’re in a life and death struggle with some folks in Yemen? Maybe our sports outreach professionals can help to make sense of all this?

Five Presidential Administrations have had their hands on the wheel in Iraq. The US has been bombing there- going back to 1991. Certainly, the current refugee/travel restriction situation is tied to a post Desert Shield militarized foreign policy.

A giant flag ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

Pregame update: 2017 Super Bowl: Houston weather means stadium roof closed for Patriots-Falcons

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beers require the least advertising.

Related:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

DOD Maintaining Freedom?

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Autumn Afternoon – Fort Casey

 

DSC_0002_005 How many of these folks have been available to question failed wars that never end?

Was “The Boss” available to question failed wars the never end?

WDRB News:

“The Boss” is questioning whether President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take office.

How about Rosie O’Donnell?

KBOI 2 News:

Rosie O’Donnell: Donald Trump is ‘mentally unstable’

Have these folks been available to march on failed wars that never end?

Was Michael Moore available to question failed wars the never end?

Michael Moore to Help Lead Trump Inauguration Protest

 

American Sports Culture-

American culture is quick to question sports teams, players, coaches & officials when things do not go well. Some call for firings of coaches and referees.

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end?

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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dsc_0084Popular culture is constantly thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms. The more years of wars that go unwon- the stronger the trend.

Americans are constantly praising & thanking The Troops for keeping us safe.

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

No word on how heroin trafficking cartels continue to move product past strict post-911 security protocols & the US Dept. of Homeland Security at border crossings and ports of entry.

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Meth from Mexico blamed for 4 recent Missoula-area high-speed chases

Welcome Home Troops

The US Armed Forces do not function as some sort of giant civil rights organization:

Safeguarding American rights & freedoms by running prison camps used to house American citizens during WWII:

How Bainbridge Island Japanese were registered, forced from their homes during World War II

 

Firing on unarmed students at Kent State University.

 

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands:

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984

Each of the 50 states was stripped of the freedom to set their own minimum drinking age.

Where were The Troops?

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

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DSC_0084 Just getting started on a new facebook page where we are taking a look at The Pompous Veteran.

This person is quick to proclaim that they defended your rights and freedoms.

 

Thanks for taking a look.

dsc_0069-copy Public schools make small children memorize and recite a pledge to a flag. How many make it to high school graduation without ever being taught about their right not to participate in interviews with law enforcement personnel, prosecuting attorneys, etc.

Brendan Dassey had a right to remain silent.

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dsc_0001-2 In the news: Veterans inspire youths with memories, ceremonies at Port Angeles Coast Guard base

Richard T. Gromlich, retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard:
“Today, our military members around the world continue to put service before self. They proudly serve to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve today. They are the best of best.”

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Why the constant support for The Troops defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

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

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DSCN8231 When did Armistice Day turn into Discounts And Freebies Day?

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

Hey major restaurant chains & traditional veteran’s organizations– I know a veteran who would have more respect for a marketing strategy that made Armistice Day donations to food banks. Maybe you guys could work together on this & start to phase out this image of veterans clamoring for head of the line privileges & free chow.

Don’t be shy- go & get yourself a couple of free meals- it’s a proud thing:

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

 

Hey school teachers– do you still teach lessons about the more meaningful Armistice Day?

Here are a few questions to discuss with your students: How Many Wars?

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards shutting down failed wars that never end.

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dsc_0001-2 American culture is quick to question sports teams, players, coaches & officials when things do not go well. Some call for firings of coaches and referees.

Referee Walt Anderson So Bad In Bills-Seahawks That Even NFL’s Dean Blandino Couldn’t Defend Him

Why the constant support for “The Troops” defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.

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

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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?

 

But- The Troops died for your right to vote?

Nonsense.

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed to vote at the end of WWI?

“If “Men died for your right to vote!”, how did we manage to elect politicians after the Fall of Saigon in 1975?”

 

People are in no mood to ask questions. They’re even ready to slip off into a world of make believe, where:

Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Hey veterans, school teachers & newspeople-

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

“Remind the voters that somewhere overseas right now, men and women are fighting so that we can have a voice in the political process.”

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

Can we find an honest way to honor The Troops?

 

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

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

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

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

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DSCN8231 Uncle Sam had a supply & demand problem. Not enough California National Guard troops wanted to re-enlist and leave the state they had signed up to serve so they could go to fight in failed wars that never end.

Maybe bonus money would help?

“A scandal over the California National Guard’s use of bonus money was first unearthed in 2010, when the Sacramento Bee reported that its incentive program had misspent as much as $100 million. The program’s onetime leader, former Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe, was later sentenced to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to making $15 million in false claims.”

More to pledge allegiance to:

“But investigators uncovered rampant fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials trying to meet enlistment targets.”

Effort to take back bonus cash is now on hold:

“Citing a duty to keep promises to service members, Carter said he’s ordering the Pentagon’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service to “suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from affected California National Guard members” until he’s satisfied that the process has become more efficient and fair.”

This means The Troops will find out later if they get to keep the cash or get back any of the money they have already returned:

“Christopher Van Meter earned a Purple Heart for his sacrifice in Iraq, where he was hurled from an armored vehicle. But he, too, is making enormous sacrifices for the state Guard’s mistake.”

“We were paying upward $1,300 a month back to that recoupment,” he said. “We weren’t able to afford everything — food for the kids, a day care.”

 

With all that extra incentive cash- was the war in Iraq or Afghanistan ever won?

Here in the next few weeks- school teachers will again make arrangements to instruct small children Re: US foreign policy.

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

Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

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

Will any of the students ask questions?

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

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

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

 

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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DSCN8231Oct 17, 2016

Precision US Airstrike Video: US-led Airstrike on ISIS ‘Car Bomb Factory’ in Iraq

We’ve been seeing videos like this out of Iraq since 1991 Desert Storm:

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

More here: Decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas lead up to Operation Macho Swagger- Operation Macho Swagger

 

You wouldn’t be able to enjoy your freedoms if it wasn’t for decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

 

Still unable to keep heroin-trafficking cartels out of WA State-

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

Welcome Home Troops

 

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DSC_0001 “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.

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

Maybe people are quietly loosing interest in Veterans Day parades because they realize The Troops are not being honored in honest ways.

 

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dsc_0261-copy I am OK with your choice. Whatever political party or personality you support- I’m OK with that.

I was a faithful voter for 25-30 years. It’s been years since I voted.

I’m not part of the majority that controls politics. More voting will not change that.

Three specific Washington State examples:

Gay marriage- Natural rights should not be subject to majority rule. Not interested in using the force of government to control others.

Recreational Marijuana- Natural rights should not be subject to majority rule. My version of legal would mean you could grow a plant in the back yard- like a tomato, or an apple tree.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens. Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20. No thanks.

Complicated rules exist- marijuana can not be sold to adults within arbitrary zones that may be in areas that include a daycare facility. (toddlers will enter a legal marijuana retail outlet & make a purchase?)

Alcohol is sold in minimarts directly across the street from public schools. Examples can be found in Quilcene and Coupeville. Haven’t heard of any problems.

Two basic rules for marijuana:

Do not furnish to minors.

Do not drive while impaired.

Private liquor sales- The Washington State version is way too complicated. When private sales of hard liquor became legal- any outlet that was licensed to sell a six pack of beer should have been instantly approved to sell hard liquor.

Two basic rules:

Do not furnish to minors.

Do not drive while impaired.

Any business applying for a license to sell hard liquor should face no restrictions above those required to sell beer & wine. No restrictions Re: floor space, lighting, open hours, distance to the nearest park, school, church, daycare facility, next business with a liquor license, etc.

The law should not divide adults into groups of first & second class citizens. Prohibition remains in place for adults age 18-20. No thanks.

 

On the national scene-

Voting & political parties:

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end, the drug war racket, & a secretive, wasteful and ineffective Dept. of Homeland Security.

Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

The majority of voters will align with one of these two parties.

The US has been in Iraq for 26 years– several Presidents have had their hands on the wheel.

No thanks.

 

But The Troops died for your right to vote?

Nonsense.

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed to vote at the end of WWI?

 

Newspeople have stopped asking questions. How are people to decide on voting when journalists lay down?

Example: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Hey veterans, school teachers & newspeople- Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if WWII military operations somehow secured voting rights?

More here: Voting Myths

 

Not sure how much faith should be placed in this system:

He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.

 

Besides voting- what else did I do to participate in the system?

Volunteered in 2010/11 to collect more than 1000 signatures for marijuana legalization.

Volunteered for a political campaign.

Attended public meetings & spoke/asked questions during public comments.

Attended public protests with unique protest sign- not a look-alike sign handed out by organizers.

Held unique protest sign as an individual in public.

Wrote to elected officials.

Wrote letters to the editor.

Did time in the Marines.

Did volunteer work in the community.

Was interviewed by a couple of papers.

 

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DSC_0014 Sept. 22, 2016-

Dunford confirms Islamic State fired mustard agent at US troops

Sept. 27, 2016-

Chemical weapon wasn’t used near U.S. troops in Iraq

 

 

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DSC_0084 Stand and show proper respect for the freedoms provided by failed wars that never end:

Video below:

“Runnels admitted that he violated the teenager’s civil rights during the arrest by intentionally dropping him face first on the ground while Masters posed no threat.”

“As his mom and dad moved in to take a closer look, he spat out little pieces of his teeth. At least three were sheared in half and several others badly chipped.”

Salute your freedoms & all the lies & propaganda used to support undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

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DSC_0002_005 “I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms. How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Random thoughts:

National Anthem protests-

Over the past couple weeks I’ve seen many comments stating that The Troops have fought four your right to sit or stand for this groupthink obedience/conformity ritual. Where did this idea come from?

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

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

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

You wouldn’t be able to enjoy your freedoms if it wasn’t for decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

Newspeople keep it about symbolism.

Zero questions asked about a catastrophic military failure and the 15 years of undeclared/unwon wars that followed.

 

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

(Key word is Perhaps- followed by a question mark- as in: this is up for discussion. Saved means all planes landing safely)

 

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

TV news video: Soldier arrives during school day for another surprise reunion.

 

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas- why would you be scolded for doing so?

 

Fragile national image update:

Will Megan Rapinoe kneel in game at Georgia Dome?

If someone skipped church- would it shake the entire organization?

 

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

Boy Scouts protest planned marijuana facility near Ann Arbor-area office

 

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DSC_0084 Retired Admiral and former head of U.S. Special Operations Command-

Legendary SEAL leader: National anthem protests disrespect the military

“I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms. How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios? Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Law enforcement officer/911-

Dallas police officer’s plea to Seattle Seahawks player goes viral

The officer asked that the Seattle Seahawk’s QB not “sit down for the star spangled banner on this coming Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September Eleventh… To do so would be a slap in the face to millions of fans… millions of public servants, millions of Americans that were involved and impacted by that terrible day.”

 

Mayor/retired Army Colonel/911-

DuPont mayor cancels Seahawks rally over potential anthem demonstration

Mayor Mike Courts, a retired Army colonel, wrote a message on the city’s website on Friday, “Freedom of speech is a tenet of our community, and not honoring our flag is our right. But free speech is not without cost: words and actions mean things and are often times interpreted in a way not intended.”

“I had four combat deployments and I was at the Pentagon on 9/11,” he said. Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Why do sporting events feature groupthink obedience/conformity drills like standing for the national anthem in the fist place? Do giant flag rituals get in the way of asking questions about undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers

Some say that they will quit watching NFL games if National Anthem traditions are not enforced- almost as if the traditions are seen as a sort of religious ceremony. People of faith do not agree on religious ceremonies- that’s why there are so many different churches here. Why would people from all walks of life be expected to agree on honoring a flag?

 

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dsc_0162 In the news:

September 8th 2016

About 450 More US Troops Arrive in Iraq to Back Mosul Drive

“Vietnam syndrome” ended 25 years ago.

September 8th 2016

FBI, Homeland Security issue warning of ISIS-inspired extremists targeting sports venues

 

NFL salutes The Troops while requiring clear plastic bags out at the stadium- because US wars are keeping us safe.

Welcome Home Troops

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DSC_0006Defending your freedoms:

 

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DSC_0002_005 As much as possible- 911 observances will be about symbolism, heroes, victims, first responders, The Troops, giant flag rituals & B-2 bomber flyovers. Anything but- questions about a catastrophic military failure and the 15 years of undeclared/unwon wars that followed.

 

Random thoughts:

Never Forget-

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

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First responders question crime scene protocols:

Conspiracy Theory?

Asking for clarification/better info is not the same as offering up any sort of conspiracy theory.

More information is better- this is how science and medicine works. Over the years some people have been freed from prison based on new DNA evidence becoming available.
Are the people who took steps to discover that new evidence conspiracy theorists?
Apply this same curiosity and desire for knowledge to some controversial topics and you’ll be labeled a conspiracy theorist.

Why the effort to suppress information?

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security boondoggle:

As of 2013: ‘Homeland security’ has received $791 billion since 9/11

Still not enough cash to keep heroin-trafficking cartels out of the Seattle area:

DEA- 2015:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

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

2015: Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the US?

If special ID works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving heroin into the Puget Sound area in 2015?

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

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of the US?

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

 

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

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

State-run media update:

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

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