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dsc_0261-copy Ever notice- in some discussions- people who disagree start speaking in group identities and accuse others of being in opposing political parties.

My concerns are frequently related to the federal government and things that stay the same.

Political parties & personalities take turns in power.

What doesn’t change?

Failed wars that never end, the drug war racket, & a secretive, wasteful and ineffective Dept. of Homeland Security.

The press plays along by not asking questions.

 

Failed wars that never end:

The idea of phasing out undeclared/unwon wars didn’t seem to show up anywhere in the recent primary & general election seasons.

If there was a real reason to send The Troops to war- would they need to tell us the wars are for our freedoms?

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?

More here: DOD Maintaining Freedom?

 

The drug war racket:

In the news: 44 pounds of meth seized in South Sound bust

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.

This time next year- will there be any shortage of meth from Mexico? Has any city, county or state jurisdiction been able to cleanup their drug problem using these methods?

 

Seattle media:

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

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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:

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

Welcome Home Troops – We’ll try harder next time

 

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

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?

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

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.”

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

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.”

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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Discussion on local newspaper FB page-

From comments:

“HOMELAND HAS BEEN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TILL JUST SHORTLY WHEN THEY FINALLY APPROVED OF PRES. TRUMPS PICK FOR HEAD OF THE AGENCY…SO ASK OBAMA THAT QUESTION ….”

Response:

The press should be in the habit of asking questions and working to keep the public informed- no matter which party is in power.

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

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

 

Flying the flag upside down:

It happened during the last presidential administration, now it’s happening again:

Why I fly the flag upside down

The discussion contained in the article goes as far as political personalities. That’s about it.

 

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

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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?

More here:

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

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Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

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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High levels of reverence for the flag?

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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DSC_0173 The Troops- “Let us never forget those who bravely gave their life blood or paid the ultimate price so we can have our freedom and the right to vote.”

 

Exercise your right to vote as a way to honor sacrifices of veterans and military families

 

Veterans: It’s Because of You We Have the Freedom to Vote

 

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.

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

 

The Children-

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50 years of federal voting rights?

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

Every vote is equal?

Were the students taught about superdelegates?

How about the caucus system?

2008:

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Skagit Valley

 

DSC_131 Voting & political parties-

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates are OK with ongoing, undeclared/unwon wars overseas, 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.

 

Post 911 security- 

The NFL salutes The Troops while increasing security at stadiums because US wars are keeping us safe?

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Post-911 security protocols kept him safe:

Man dies after car drives off ferry dock

 

War on Terror-

The General needs more troops in Afghanistan:

“If we don’t stay engaged here to build [the Afghan security forces’] capacity to fight [terrorist groups]…it’s coming back to the homeland,” said Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan. “So it’s pay a little bit now, build the capability, and keep this an away game as opposed to a home game.”

The War on Terror is meant to keep bad people from coming to the US?

Seattle media:

DEA-

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

 

US Dept. of Homeland Security-

State-run media update:

“Our nation is safer and more secure because of their leadership and dedication to mission.”

These are the folks who tell us there is “no credible threat” anytime they move to ramp up security.

No specific, credible threat? Would a bank robber threaten to knock off a bank next Tuesday?

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, school & church shootings, child abduction, etc.

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Real ID-

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.

If special ID works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving product into Washington State in 2015?

DEA: ‘Meth … is dark horse riding side by side with heroin’; Mexican cartels operating in Northwest

Out at the airport-

What prevents the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of from causing problems in a crowded airport just short of the screening checkpoint, or in the unscreened area where people drive in to pick up/drop off airline passengers?

 

Public Schools-

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.

More here: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

 

Supporting veterans-

CBS News video: Ex-employee: Wounded Warrior Project conduct “makes me sick”

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

 

Politicians who say they care about green energy, jobs & the economy-

Budget/jobs/economy concerns?

Instant, non-experimental jobs program/revenue generator requiring zero tax dollars-

Allow U.S. farmers to answer the global demand for Industrial Hemp.

 

War on Drugs-

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

More here:

More here: Drug War Racket

 

Newspeople not asking questions-

All of the issues above cry out for investigative reporting while major news outlets use their facebook feed to inform us on favorite coffee drinks, most popular baby names, favorite snack foods, cutest pet photos, and other Ron Burgundy-approved news features.

News tip/story idea:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

 

Similar items posted daily on facebook at:

US Department of Credibility

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Mystery Bay

 

Emily-Cain_age10_4thGrade_CedarhurstElementary_Burien American culture makes a huge issue of voting- but if voters favor the wrong candidate- then the voters are flawed.
Don’t these same voters play a role at all times?

Washington Post: Donald Trump’s surge is all about less-educated Americans

Using children to promote voting/photo credit: WA Secretary of State Blogs

Hey school teachers– who voted for decades of undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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DSC_0184Politics is controlled by majority rule.

The majority of voters will align with one of two major political parties.

Both major parties are OK with ongoing, undeclared wars overseas, the drug war racket, & a Dept. of Homeland Security that can’t keep heroin out of the US.

 

Wars-

Winding down because US officials have declared victory and are ready to get out of the undeclared wars business- or leaving because host governments take up the welcome mat?

US not welcome to stay in Iraq

US not welcome to stay in Afghanistan

 

Marijuana-

Take a look at the first states to approve medical marijuana. These states authorized medical use of marijuana based on voter initiatives-not action taken by elected officials. Ditto for both states that have said yes to recreational use of marijuana.

Is there anything written into a state or national party platform by either of our major political parties indicating they are interested in marijuana legalization or ending The Drug War?

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine-why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

Related:

Both major parties on marijuana policy-

 

Heroin & The US Dept. 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.”

Heroin use on the rise.

Heroin traffickers are frequently successful at what they do. If terrorists were just as interested in entering the US- it appears that federal departments and agencies would have no way to stop them.

DSC_0001More here: Puget Sound Heroin

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

Discuss on facebook here, or here.

 

 

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Crescent Beach/Salt Creek

 

– a control freak society that brags about freedom anytime federal holidays and overseas military operations are in the news.

After playing make-believe during federal holidays, it’s back to reality and living in a world of authoritarian mandates on personal behaviors that harm no one.

Possession laws, paraphernalia laws, open container laws, sales restrictions linked to location, hours, day of the week, holidays, prohibition laws for adults age 18-20, suspicionless roadblocks and checkpoints away from border crossings, etc.

In Washington State- we’re all set to divide adults up into groups of first and second class citizens then see what the majority thinks about them smoking marijuana for fun or marrying their lover.

In the case of marijuana- prohibition will remain in place for adults age 18 to 20 no matter what voters have to say.

 

The White House position on ballot initiatives in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington that would legalize marijuana can be seen here.

The freedom talk from politicians is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

America is a land of freedom that struggles to control peaceful & voluntary adult behavior.

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

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

Pay to camp here overnight- but don’t get caught drinking a beer during your stay-

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.

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

Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.

 

You are free to do as we tell you.

Bill Hicks

 

 

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In just a few weeks- you won’t have to listen to this any more:

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Unless you:

Are an adult age 18-20-

Possess more than an ounce-

Grow a plant-

Or possess marijuana from other than state sanctioned outlets.

Looks like there will be plenty of arresting to do.

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

Marijuana laws don’t work so we’ll go with tight regulatory control-

 

Related:

I-502 is heavy on arbitrary pre-crime mandates

I-502 leaves the smaller government Drug War fully in place

Freedom Fetish

 

 

 

Photo- Drinking beer on public property

 

Sky-high stakes in Obama-Romney presidential debate on Wednesday

Get ready to watch candidates from both major parties agree on serious public policy issues-

 

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.

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

Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.

Both major parties on marijuana policy

 

Question that will not be asked at the debates:

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Both major parties promote the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

I am fascinated by this concept.

Rather than repeating the phrase “Thanks for your service“- how about spending some time reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

Today- most Americans can repeat the “Thanks for your service” slogan and move on without having to involve themselves or family members in decades of undeclared wars in distant lands. This is just the way politicians want it.

If there is any quiet sense of guilt among politicians or people who never did time in uniform about all that- it can be cleared up by thanking The Troops for protecting American rights and freedoms, supporting The Troops, giving them discounts, being cool with them wearing field uniforms in public, not questioning wars that aren’t won, etc.

 

Both major parties have had a turn at the wheel since 911. Both support a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

Both parties benefit from rules that keep third parties away from the debate stage. No distractions from candidates that are ready to question the system.

 

 

 

 

Photo- Old dock at Fort Flagler

 

Insists on dividing people up into groups– then assigning a separate value to each group.

 

Cheers on military forces that are not in the habit of winning decades of undeclared wars in distant lands.

Credits The Troops with defending American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Stopped supporting a draft a long time ago.

 

Spends money on gunboat escorts for ferries on Puget Sound while terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry.

 

Spends months promoting the idea of buying stuff to celebrate Christmas.

 

Brags about freedom- then goes with a control freak approach on individual liberty.

 

Lies about the stories associated with federal holidays.

Celebrates independence from a powerful central government.

Tries to make people feel guilty for not properly observing some federal holidays.

 

Talks about legalizing marijuana while including restrictions that leave prohibition and the drug war in place for adults age 18-20, those who want to grow a plant at home, possess more than an ounce, or possess marijuana from non-state sanctioned outlets.

 

Talks about placing high taxes on legal marijuana.

Dealers, traffickers and cartels are good with this idea.

 

Supports a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

 

Tolerates reporters who do not ask questions.

 

Tolerates politicians who lie about clean energy.

 

Supports a Drug War that places us all at risk.

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Study: State spent $200M on pot enforcement

After I-502 passes-

How much will be spent on prohibition Re: adults age 18-20, those possessing more than one ounce, those growing a plant, and those who obtain marijuana from other than state sanctioned outlets?

 

How much will be spent on DUI testing and enforcement?

Driving while impaired testing/legal limits for marijuana-

The concern is that bodily fluids may test positive for residual evidence of marijuana use (not abuse) unrelated to driving while impaired.

This is not to defend operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana– the concern is to avoid wrongful DUI arrests for people who are not impaired.

Medical marijuana has been here since 1998.

Has I-692 caused problems on the highways?

If this is an honest concern- what has the state been waiting on?

People have been able to get behind the wheel after using marijuana for decades.

This will remain so- even if recreational use of marijuana never becomes legal.

Maybe the Washington State Patrol sees this as a non-issue.

Some will say there is no reason to be concerned about being forced to submit to a marijuana impairment test because in order to be stopped for impaired driving- you have to show impairment?

This leaves out the possibility of being involved in an accident through no fault of your own- rear ended, hit a deer, etc.

During the accident investigation you are asked to submit to a test- maybe you appear to be stressed out, nervous, in shock, emotional, etc.

Perhaps you’ll be forced to prove your innocence at a DUI checkpoint?

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.

 

Democrats are A-OK with the violent SWAT raids too- they just talk less about personal responsibility, individual liberty, constitutional principles, smaller, limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, etc.

He got paid to say this-

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

 

Photo- Calm, warm day at Deception Pass State Park

 

General McChrystal recommends bringing back the draft.

 

No draft folks.

The all volunteer military is the politician’s best friend.

 

No draft means less war protests & more undeclared wars in distant lands where the National Guard is doing multiple tours.

Today- most Americans can repeat the “Thanks for your service” slogan and move on without having to involve themselves or family members in decades of undeclared wars in distant lands. This is just the way politicians want it.

If there is any quiet sense of guilt among politicians or people who never did time in uniform about all that- it can be cleared up by thanking The Troops for protecting American rights and freedoms, supporting The Troops, giving them discounts, being cool with them wearing field uniforms in public, not questioning wars that aren’t won, etc.

 

Spending just a few moments at major sporting events honoring the troops covers for cutting benefits for those who hung in for multiple tours in Iraq.

 

Troop suicides are less of a big deal if everyone is a volunteer.

Discuss on facebook here.

 

 

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Veterans support all candidates 2012!

American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group-

 

Washington State Governor’s Race:

Veterans support Rob McKenna

But wait- veterans are supporting the opposing candidate too:

Veterans Endorse Jay Inslee for Governor

What about bus drivers- who do they endorse?

 

For US President:

Veterans & Military Families for Obama

Veterans for Romney

 

My sense of identity is not very much linked to being a veteran- or a member of any group.

 

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.

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

Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.

 

Most of the public policy issues I care about will not change no matter which major party is in power.

War on Drugs, Fake War on Terror, ongoing, undeclared wars in distant lands, a costly and ineffective Homeland Security Police State, federal alcohol prohibition for adults age 18-20, violent SWAT raids on the homes of peaceful people who may casually use marijuana, etc.

 

Hey veterans-

How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

 

 

Photo- Mystery Bay residents

 

-or influence the behavior of others.

 

 

I have been a faithful voter over the past 25 or 30 years. Over the past 9 months or so, I have been shredding my ballot.

I am not part of the majority that controls politics in my local area. Ditto at the state and national level.

I don’t think I want to be. I’m not interested in using the force of government to control others.

 

Dividing people up into groups- then deciding via majority rule- who will get government approval to marry? Not interested.

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

 

Should adults be able to smoke marijuana for fun? Should Joe’s Bar & Grill be able to allow people to smoke indoors?

I believe in freedom beyond my own personal choices, so I am OK with all that- but why should I be able to control others?

 

But many have fought and died to protect your right to vote?

Let us never forget those who bravely gave their life blood or paid the ultimate price so we can have our freedom and the right to vote.

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?

 

I did 20 years in the Marines- no part of that had anything to do with defending American rights and freedoms.

Both major parties promote the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

I am fascinated by this concept.

Rather than repeating the phrase “Thanks for your service“- how about spending some time reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

 

The public policy issues that concern me are not going to change- no mater which major political party is in power.

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.

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

Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.

Preserving a free society, free markets, free trade, private property rights, & a minimal bureaucracy where violent SWAT raids are used to go after adults who want to peacefully grow a marijuana plant in the back yard.

 

Democrats are A-OK with the violent SWAT raids too- they just talk less about personal responsibility, individual liberty, constitutional principles, smaller, limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, etc.

He got paid to say this-

 

Law enforcement resources should be used to go after individuals who are harming others- not for policing arbitrary pre-crime scenarios.

 

The issues-

War on Terror/ongoing, undeclared wars overseas, War on Drugs, a Homeland Security Dept. that can’t keep heroin & cocaine out of the US, suicides surging among US troops, prohibition for adults age 18 to 20, lies about jobs, clean energy, hemp, etc.-

It will all continue no mater which major party gathers the most votes.

Don’t take it from me:

Non-voting

Not Voting and Proud

Possibly of interest:

The Vote for Nobody Campaign

 

 

Photo- Foggy morning at Port Hadlock