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People might be able to do a better job of voting if newspeople were more in the habit of asking questions.

Basic public policy questions seem to go unasked:

Much Talk of Freedom

 

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

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

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

Newspeople remain silent:

Drowning in Meth

 

Independent/alternative media.

Out asking questions:

November 4, 2019 ClutchPoints

Jets coach Adam Gase is not worried about his job security

Why doesn’t this style of reporting cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, or the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars?

Any War on Terror Generals getting fired for failed efforts?

Any Homeland Security people getting fired for failing to keep bad guys from moving meth & heroin into the Puget Sound area?

Do public schools still teach Armistice Day lessons?

Any newspeople asking questions?

 

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About this time of year – Fort Ebey

 

Vote by mail ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day.

Completed ballot travels through the mail in an envelope that is prepaid.

The prepaid envelope will not get a postmark?

How does this work?

If it takes further explanation, why isn’t this explanation included with the ballot instructions?

 

If a WA voter is visiting family in Florida & they mail the prepaid ballot envelope in FL- a day or two prior to Election Day- will it be counted?

 

Tax Day

Any of this going on for Election Day?

Some post offices have extended hours on tax day and offer late postmarking, the USPS says.”

 

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Much talk of freedom.

Voting is highly emphasized.

Basic public policy questions seem to go unasked.

People might be able to do a better job of voting if newspeople were more in the habit of asking questions.

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

Freedom

“…the men and women of the armed forces guarantee our freedom…”

 

“For now, the skies above the Olympic Peninsula belong to the Navy’s mission of defending freedom. What that sounds like is up for debate.”

 

Voting is highly emphasized

WA Secretary of State:

Our right to vote is protected by the extraordinary men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

 

Local elections matter! With paid postage, every mailbox is a drop box — mail your ballot envelope before Election Day or use a Snohomish County drop box.

 

Basic public policy questions related to the drug war, war on terror, and Homeland Security funding and performance seem to go unasked.

Vibrant comment section in local paper:

October 23, 2019 Kent Reporter

16 indicted for trafficking large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine in Seattle area

 

October 30, 2019 Reason

Rep. Dan Crenshaw:

It’s necessary to protect America from “an ideology that truly wants to kill us.”

Terrorists must not be trying very hard. Can’t they come to the US the same way cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, or meth does?

 

In the news:

$200 million worth of meth somehow enters the US after getting past US Troops at the border and federal agents manning $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security. Product not discovered until after arriving in Australia.

Zero questions from newspeople:

October 31, 2019 KING 5 News

Australian police find $200 million worth of meth hidden in sriracha bottles

 

October 23, 2019, Q13 News video:

‘The Pacific Northwest is drowning in methamphetamine:’ 17 arrested in major drug trafficking operation

Drowning in methamphetamine?

Welcome Home Troops

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

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

 

Representative Crenshaw,

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

 

Oct 30, 2019 The Guardian

Baghdadi raid video released as US general warns of Isis reprisal attacks

Why admit to taking out a bad guy if it may result in reprisal attacks?

 

Pentagon aerial footage of US raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

With this type of vigilance in place, why are cartels able to move product into Hometown, USA?

 

Why are Border Patrol arrest statistics secret at Port Angeles, if it is appropriate to release video of a terrorist takedown?

Port Angeles CBP arrest statistics are secret:

March 19, 2014 Sequim Gazette

Agent counters allegations of ‘boredom’

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

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

Go and ask the FBI for Chicago bank robbery statistics. You’ll get the numbers. They won’t tell you that statistics/public records must be withheld because stats would assist bank robbers if they were shared with the public.

What other law enforcement agencies, anywhere in the US maintain secret arrest statistics?

Washington State Patrol shares DUI arrest statistics on social media here:

“Our #WSP District 8 troopers removed 1,429 impaired drivers from the roads in 2018.”

“Here is a breakdown of what it looks like in each of our 7 counties.”

Elsewhere, when CBP has something to brag about- the public is promptly notified:

Border Patrol K-9 Sniffs out Cocaine Hidden in Dashboard

Border Patrol Stops Drug Smuggler on I-8

Border Patrol Agent’s Public Safety Check Turns into Heroin Bust

 

Oct 30, 2019 Seattle Times

Multiple marijuana businesses licensed by the state are reporting their shipments of glass jars and other packaging are being seized as drug paraphernalia at the port of entry in Tacoma. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is denying the reports.”

Is the freedom talk just for federal holidays and overseas military operations?

If CBP is good at locating inbound contraband- why is there no shortage of cartel-sourced heroin, cocaine, fentanyl or meth anywhere in the US?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

More here:

Drowning in Meth

Border Wall update:

 

Zero questions from newspeople:

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Plenty of questions here:

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

Port Angeles Drug War Covered By Press Release

Press Plays The Role of Armed Forces & Homeland Security Public Affairs Staff

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

Other issues too:

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

Guns in Washington State

 

Does hometown pride get in the way of newspeople asking questions?

Tangled Up In Hometown Pride?

 

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WA Secretary of State:

Our right to vote is protected by the extraordinary men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Page 7 of the Washington State Elections Voters Pamphlet for the November 5th, 2019 General Election:

Our right to vote is protected by the members of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

 

If the U.S. Armed Forces protect the 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 overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

 

One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations tells us: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Veterans give rights?

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.

 

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.

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

 

More here:

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

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

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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I tried to interact with Tea Party folks a couple of times. I collected signatures for WA State legalization of marijuana in 2010 and again in 2011. This was a much simpler proposal than what we have now, (remove all penalties for adults age 18 & up) and never made it to the ballot. I asked a Tea Party member if the group supported legalization of marijuana. The answer was No.

On another occasion I asked a different Tea Party member about their views on shutting down undeclared/unwon wars. The answer was that the group does not take positions on specific issues. I wondered how they could attract new members without taking a position on issues.

 

Jul 30, 2019 SCNOW Morning News

CLARENCE PAGE: Trump budget deal shows the tea party is very dead

 

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What I find interesting about politics:

Taking a look at what does not change no matter what political party or personality is in office.

People who are willing to question their chosen political party.

Also a big fan of alternative media.

2020 Democratic Debate Train Wreck & Review

Found it here:

Abby Martin

More here:

No Matter What Political Party Or Personality Is In Office

 

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

Found it here: Lew Rockwell

 

June 27, 2019 Patrick J. Buchanan

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

“For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.”

“At the end of the Cold War, we were the lone superpower. Who forfeited our preeminence? Who bled us of 7,000 U.S. lives and $6 trillion in endless Middle East wars? Who got us into this Cold War II?”

“Was all this the doing of those damnable isolationists again?”

 

Possibly of interest:

TV Helps You To Think

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Liberty And Justice For All?

U.S. Senator Susan Collins – More Lies About Freedom

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

The Best Parking Spots

Glorifying Military Service

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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Fort Ebey Bluff Trail

 

Update:

August 31, 2019 The Washington Post

In Trump country, a group of coal miners rebel over lost jobs, missed paychecks

Last time around, President Trump may have benefited from an anti-Obama/Hillary energy that is gone now.

People sold on his positive potential have had time to find out if Mexico would pay for a wall or if The Troops would be coming home from undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Farmers have felt the impact of trade tensions.

Various companies, their employees and families too.

 

June 25, 2019 The Bulwark

The Haley-Trump Trial Balloon Is Pitiful

 

June 25 2019 Fox 56

Pence launches ‘Latinos for Trump’ coalition

Looks like there’s some selling to do.

American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group. Surely, members of a specific group would think, act & vote as one.

More here:

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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Wars that don’t end. Wars that aren’t won.

Veterans Day – we’re told to thank The Troops for our freedoms. Straight out of a land of make believe.

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

 

One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations tells us: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

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?

 

Anacortes honors veterans in annual celebration:

“…if you can read English, you might consider thanking a veteran, for you do not salute the ancestry of the Third Reich…”

The free and well armed people who populate the North American continent could be forced to speak a language not of their choosing? Some invading force wearing military uniforms could dictate events without facing resistance?

Doubt it.

Please see Operation Sea Lion.

US Armed Forces:

The world’s most modern & powerful military force has had their hands full for years now in Afghanistan.

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.

More here: National Guard in Afghanistan

 

Port Angeles Veterans Day event:

“It’s called taking care of the country and taking care of the Constitution,” he said. “That’s the most important thing we do and we have done.”

Where were The Troops on 911?

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

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

 

How do The Troops defend The Constitution?

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

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

More here: How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

 

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.

 

Alternative media hosts a veteran who is asking questions:

Related:

Is A Free Society An Honest Society?

National Guard in Afghanistan

Glorifying Military Service

 

 

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Think back to the long 2016 primary season. Think of the recent midterm elections. Some issues just don’t show up for debate or discussion.

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

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end:

Not on the Agenda – America’s Wars Are a Non-Factor in Today’s Midterm Elections by Maj. Danny Sjursen Posted on November 06, 2018

“…on the profound issues of war and peace, there is precious little daylight between the two parties. That, right there, is a formula for perpetual war.”

Is post-Vietnam guilt OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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

 

The Heroin Racket:

Homeland Security Meth/Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community, no cross-border USBP arrest in more than 8 years, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

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

More here:

News tip/story idea

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

 

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

 

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

Newspeople Ask Questions If It’s A Sports Story

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

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

 

Guantanamo prison.

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

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Promotion of Corn Ethanol

What is ethanol fuel and why is it bad for your small engine outdoor power equipment?

2 STROKE VS 4 STROKE: AVOID ETHANOL IN SMALL ENGINES

Mechanics see ethanol damaging small engines

 

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Seattle Times August 3, 2018

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

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

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

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

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

The struggle:

Candidates do not represent the views of voters.

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

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

Question for the left and the right:

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

 

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

Failed Wars that Never End.

The Heroin Racket.

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

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana.

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

Guantanamo prison.

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

Are there more?

 

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

 

 

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

Would she speak out against failed wars that never end?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Too early for Halloween decorations?

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Shopping carts waiting to go home – Oak Harbor, WA

 

What stays the same?

Failed Wars that Never End.

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

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

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

 

The Heroin Racket.

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

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

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

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Arrest statistics are secret.

Aug 2010

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

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

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

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

Newspeople,

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

 

Wasteful:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

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

2011-

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

2012-

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

2013-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

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

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

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

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

Have these boats been used to intercept any inbound heroin?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Ineffective:

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

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

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

Frequent nationwide updates here.

 

The ongoing glorification of military service.

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

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

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

How does this work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

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

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

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Too early for Halloween decorations?

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

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

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

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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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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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_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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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.

 

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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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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

 

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– 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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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?

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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?

 

 

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