Archives for category: Voting

Looking back towards the Cold War Era there were several memorable people who were elected to office as members of the Democratic Party.

 

John F. Kennedy, WWII veteran and President.

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

 

John Glenn, Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. First American to orbit the Earth. Democratic United States Senator from Ohio.

 

Jimmy Carter, Navy veteran, Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 1967, the 76th governor of Georgia and President. Active in church and volunteer work.

 

Jim Webb, Marine Vietnam veteran.

Awarded the Navy Cross for heroism, also awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.

United States Senator from Virginia, Secretary of the Navy.

Presidenttial candidate:

“On October 20, 2015, after failing to gain substantial support for his campaign ahead of the primaries, Webb announced that he would be dropping out of the Democratic presidential race in favor of a possible independent presidential run citing his “frustration with party leadership“. On February 11, 2016, he ruled out making an independent presidential bid.”

 

2020

Today there is a perception that democrats may be OK with rioting. They hate the police, or maybe they are just OK with a political party where some do. They want to get rid of cars powered by internal combustion engines. They predict worst-case scenarios related to climate change. They believe you should turn in your guns. A bbq grill, like a Weber probably isn’t a good idea because it will add to a carbon footprint. Ditto for campfires.

 

The race issue.

I feel like racial tension is higher today than at anytime in my life.

I did some time in the Marines. One of the best parts of it was living and working with people from all 50 states, some foreign countries and every color under the sun.

Interracial marriage was quite common. People were family oriented and loving their kids.

Head over to the daycare facility at any military base. You will see kids of all colors playing together without any regard for what color they are, or what color their Mom or Dad is.

This good news about loving families will not show up on the TV.

Those Moms and Dads will not be interviewed for a TV news story related to any of this.

Random thoughts:

Is President Obama speaking out now on race issues?

America now seems very much about identity politics. Do black mayors and chiefs of police have a better record for controlling violence and police abuse in their cities?

Do women who are mayors and chiefs of police have a better record?

Has there ever been any news reporting on this?

 

Voting

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

Newspeople need to step up their game.

Cartel Moves Product Past General Milley, CBP & Into The Puget Sound Area – Newspeople Remain Silent

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

TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

I’m not going to argue with you.

 

Both major parties are good with:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

 

Possibly of interest:

Democrats – A Generalization

People Function As Individuals

TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

One Size Fits All Society

Losing The Original Message?

Racial Hatred

If We Hear The Sound of Freedom…

If The Troops fight for your right to sit, stand, or kneel…

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Inslee Deal Breakers

 

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Much talk about The Constitution and a Supreme Court vacancy coming just before election day.

Dave Smith isn’t trying to please everyone:

 

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

 

The two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

In some of these areas, The Constitution doesn’t seem to play a big role.

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

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

We haven’t won a war since.

DOD had a September 11th message for us. Instead of a catastrophic military failure, state-run/DOD social media accounts told us that the Sept. 11th attacks are somehow linked to supporting and defending the Constitution and defending freedom.

 

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

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

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

We’re often told that The Troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms, and that we should thank them for defending our freedoms.

The reality is that freedoms may come and go.

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

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

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

 

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?

 

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

 

The NRA has been big on supporting The Troops.

If The Troops are fighting to protect American rights and freedoms-why does the NRA emphasize domestic politics instead of overseas military operations to preserve gun rights? Where does The Constitution play in all this?

Joint Chiefs of Staff Defending Gun Rights?

 

Claims about freedoms that cry out for questioning:

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

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

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

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

Mayor Day,

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

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

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

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

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

The US Armed Forces are overemphasized in American culture.

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

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

 

Hometown Pride

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

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

 

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I’m thinking back to maybe the 1980s. I am thinking of a guy who is a Democrat. He works in an auto plant somewhere in Ohio, Michigan or Indiana. He is a member of a union. His union supports the Democratic Party and the party supports his union.

When he is not at work, he enjoys towing his boat to the lake to go fishing. He enjoys deer hunting, camping, and tailgating at college & pro football games. He is a family man. He likes to fix up old cars.

Sounds like somebody I could get along with.

2020

There is a perception that democrats today may be OK with rioting. They hate the police, or maybe they are just OK with a political party where some do. They want to get rid of cars powered by internal combustion engines. They predict worst-case scenarios related to climate change. They believe you should turn in your guns. A bbq grill, like a Weber probably isn’t a good idea because it will add to a carbon footprint. Ditto for campfires.

Maybe I have it all wrong. Maybe the people who support the Democratic Party fully reject riots, arson, mob violence, causing personal injuries, blocking traffic, property damage, and destruction of businesses and loss of life during protests.

Today, both major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

 

What happened to the press?

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

2013 TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

Possibly of interest:

Good People – Democrats

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

Losing The Original Message?

One Size Fits All Society

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

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Inslee Deal Breakers

 

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Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

I normally do not take much of an interest in who is running for Governor here in WA.

This year is different.

Here is why I will vote against the current Governor:

Pulling the Washington State Patrol back and placing public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5.

Public Safety Deal Breaker

Washington State Patrol yields the right of way to protests on I-5.

July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

After enabling criminal conduct, WSP will no longer enable criminal conduct:

“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”

State Patrol had shut down the interstate 19 nights in a row in response to protests, said Capt. Mead, who oversees the agency’s district that includes King County. For weeks, troopers operated in response to protesters’ movements, shutting down a stretch of the interstate when it looked as if protesters would enter the roadway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

Where are the Washington State Patrol resignations?

 

Governor Inslee looks the other way when WSP allows protests on I-5. Or he directs them to back off?

The Governor makes a priority of telling the people of WA that they may not order a beer after 10 p.m.

 

I would prefer that state and local authorities maintain public safety.

When they fail, or don’t even seem to try, it is understandable that people would want the federal government to get involved.

Related:

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

I Can’t Vote For This

 

Marijuana and telling people they must stay home from work

Governor Inslee also went wrong when marijuana shops in WA were declared essential while people with regular jobs were told to stay home because of virus concerns.

 

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

 

Whidbey Island

Late March, 2020

Pizza delivery, marijuana and booze sales roll on as government agencies phase out access and services.

Concealed Carry Processing Suspended

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

 

Information Suppression

KTTH Aug 30, 2020

Rantz: Gov Inslee refuses in-person debate with Republican Culp

 

Separate from Governor inslee:

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

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

 

Possibly of interest:

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

 

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Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Altenative media:

Good Discussion – More of this:

Related:

Election Season – A Free and Honest Society?

Huge Emphasis On Race/What Color People Are

Racial Hatred

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

Resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

 

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On watch over Fort Ebey

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Welcome Home Troops

Election season is very much about political parties, political personalities and group identities.

The big election season is not very much about discussing and asking questions about things that do not change no matter what political party or personality is in power.

 

Information Suppression

KTTH Aug 30, 2020

Rantz: Gov Inslee refuses in-person debate with Republican Culp

 

The Hill Aug 27, 2020

Pelosi says there shouldn’t be any debates between Biden and Trump

 

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

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

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

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

 

Claims about freedoms that cry out for questioning:

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

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

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

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

Two major political parties continue to promote the idea that The Troops are sent to distant lands to fight for American rights and freedoms.

Local press:

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

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

September 27, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: Freedom doesn’t come free, and it’s sometimes noisy

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

 

1967

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

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

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

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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

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

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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

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

Just Be Honest.

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

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

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

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

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

Mayor Day,

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

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

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

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

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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

 

 

 

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A symbol of newspeople who have stoped asking questions.

Please Dispose of Properly

 

The Freedom Talk is Just for Federal Holidays & Overseas Military Operations

 

Aug 26, 2020 Gray Television Washington News Bureau

0:18

News video – Total dodge by RNC Chair.

Will RNC move to eliminate federal prohibition of marijuana?

I don’t comment on policy.

Related: Reporting by Alana Austin

Virginia RNC delegate shares advocacy for marijuana

 

How are people going to support a GOP brand when their response to issues-oriented questions is: I don’t comment on policy.

Federal prohibition of marijuana remains in place. What does the GOP believe in?

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?

 

Democratic National Committee 

Jul 28, 2020 HuffPost

Democrats Reject Marijuana Legalization In Party Platform

 

Democrats also went wrong in WA when marijuana shops were declared essential while people with regular jobs were told to stay home because of virus concerns.

Whidbey Island

Late March, 2020

Pizza delivery, marijuana and booze sales roll on as government agencies phase out access and services.

Concealed Carry Processing Suspended

 

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

Helping others by donating

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

 

Hey DNC/RNC

How about using legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34)

Fully approved by the federal government.

Welcome Home Troops

Drug Take Back Day

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold 475 tons of drugs to people who did not need them.

“Last April, the public turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,700 of its local and tribal partners nationwide.”

 

More here:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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A symbol of both major parties telling us that The Troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms.

 

We are missing out on a traditional campaign season because of virus concerns.

The press can do live interviews over the web. Let’s see it happen.

 

Biden reading from a script?

More here:

Does the made for TV news media perform like paid actors?

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

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

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Coupeville

Another Month With An R at Captain Thomas Coupe Park – Site Visit

Love to see newspeople provide updated reporting on this:

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

Source: WDFW

 

4:39

Best speech ever:

2:20

0:37

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

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

We haven’t won a war since.

Possibly of interest-

What the two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

 

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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

 

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Nordland Transit Center

 

Democratic Party

The made for TV 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates were only for show. What was said there does not reflect true beliefs and principles?

2:26

Serious issues become outbursts of laughter:

Re: Biden Accusers who claim he touched them inappropriately.

 

Republican Party

Political parties and personalities are not as interesting as what stays the same no matter who is elected to office.

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

 

Aug 16, 2020 Politico

Esper eyes $2.2 billion cut to military health care

“Roughly 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees and their dependents rely on the military health system, which is the military’s sprawling government-run health care framework that operates hundreds of facilities around the world. The military health system also provides care through TRICARE, which enables military personnel and their families to obtain civilian healthcare outside of military networks.”

 

Aug 12, 2020 The Connecticut Health I-Team

As Veteran Suicide Grows, National Guard Highest In Active Military

 

April 28,2020 Military Times

Soldiers and Marines die by suicide 50 percent more often than sailors and airmen, report finds

 

Recommendation for budget savings:

Phase out ongoing undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

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

 

A Dept. of Defense that was nowhere to be found on 911.

We haven’t won a war since.

 

Nov 14, 2019 Stars and Stripes

Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost American Taxpayers $6.4 trillion, Study Finds

Related:

Unsustainable Military Spending

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

 

The Cold War had ended. DOD was happy with their all volunteer military.

Look what they did with it.

The Cold War Had Ended

 

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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Toy ferry boat at Port Townsend

 

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

Political experts have been reaching out to latino, black, Asian American, and women voters. Surely, members of a specific group would think, act & vote as one?

 

Since American culture prefers to identify individuals based on their family heritage & color of skin, do black mayors and chiefs of police have a better record for controlling violence in their cities?

Do women who are mayors and chiefs of police have a better record?

Has there ever been any news reporting on this?

 

28:10

I will pick a black woman for VP:

 

Election season is very much about political personalities and group identities.

Much discussion on the web about Kamala Harris, her family heritage and color of skin. Less discussion about what she or her political party believe in.

Related:

Racial Hatred

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

Resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Platoon 3049, MCRD San Diego

Jun-Sep 1979

 

I thought Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best might have resigned when she was told to pull her officers back from the CHAZ/CHOP police-free zone, or when she was told to do her job without the tools needed to protect the safety of her officers, the general public, and protestors.

Why no resignation from Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste when his agency was told to pull back and place public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5?

Any reporting or investigation from the local press on this?

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Seattle: A City in Fear Can Be Restored

“Seattle has experienced a summer of fear and failure, with criminal activities reminiscent of Nazi Germany during the 1930s. During that time, thugs broke the windows of Jewish businesses throughout Germany, painted offensive statements on walls, and threatened all those who opposed them.”

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

My Firing at KNKX

“…NPR is full of examples of calling Republicans and police Nazis and brownshirts, but if someone suggests the violent left have evinced Fascist behavior, that is reason for termination.”

“My sources inside KNKX tell me that station management went into panic mode after a number of activist folks emailed to complain about my blog. They were desperate to get out a statement immediately that kicked me off the station in order to get the online mob off their back. Putting out a deceptive, hurtful statement was OK if it did the job.”

“A collection of activist folks has been gunning for me for a long time and have energetically tried to get me kicked off KNKX. The reason: the discussions of climate and climate change in my blog.”

Related:

The idea is to eliminate police abuse, not eliminate police.

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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Aug 6, 2020 The News Tribune

Letters to the Editor

Car tabs: My obscene bill comes due again

“Once again it is vehicle registration time. Washington voters have passed a $30 car tab law three times, but each time it gets tied up in courts and we lose.”

WA needs the cash to pay for reduced ferry runs and a Washington State Patrol that allowed public safety to be placed at risk by yielding to protests on I-5.

Related:

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

Why no resignation from Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste when his agency is told to pull back and place public safety at risk by yielding to protests on I-5?

Too Many Extremes – More Honesty – No LE Resignations?

 

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Keystone Ferry – Inbound

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island-no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

Possibly of interest:

Occasionally Looking for the Coupeville Ferry

Washington State Ferry Ride

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

Why not have more debates more often?

The format above can happen at any time without regard to COVID-19 related issues and concerns.

The two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Related:

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Journalism needs your support

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

 

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July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

 

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News out of Seattle a few weeks back and now from Portland Oregon, local authorities yield the right of way to violent mobs.

I think Culp would take care of a situation similar to the one in Portland without involving secretive and militarized federal agents.

July 20, 2020 BBC

Portland protests: Mayor demands federal officers leave city

“The lawsuit said the actions of federal officers violated protesters’ ability to exercise their constitutional First Amendment right to assembly and, by seizing and detaining people without a warrant, also breached the Fourth and Fifth Amendment right to due process.”

I disagree with this statement. Peaceable protest and assembly is much different than violent mobs taking over part of a city.

Culp has gone over this several times now:

Please see 1:48:25

June 30, 2020 KVI Radio

PODCAST: John Carlson’s “And Another Thing…” June30, 2020

Culp describes his approach at 11:51

 

Looking for a little more balance from WA government.

Promoting public safety Re: masks should extend to public safety related to protests on I-5.

WSP allowed public safety to be placed at risk:

Protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row, Mead said at a press conference.”

After enabling criminal conduct, WSP will no longer enable criminal conduct:

“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”

More here:

About Those Spooky Federal Cops in Portland

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

What I Like About Local Government

WA Government Lacks Balance

WA GOP & Loren Culp

Random Thoughts – COVID-19 Concerns

A one size fits all society?

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

 

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# 1 The Drug War

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?

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

Cartel Moves Product Past General Milley, CBP & Into The Puget Sound Area – Newspeople Remain Silent

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Kitsap and Island County Meth & Heroin

 

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

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

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

 

The Dept. of Defense makes a move to get in on the act:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Cartels respond to General Milley’s big DOD crackdown by moving more product into WA

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

15 people from Puget Sound indicted in Mexican drug cartel trafficking conspiracy

 

July 28th 2020 KOMO News

Lynnwood couple busted after being found with up to $23M worth of illicit fentanyl

 

July 13, 2020 KIRO7 News video:

Mexican cartels funneling meth to Washington state during pandemic

 

Meth & heroin update:

July 20, 2020 Spokesman Review

Airway Heights correctional officer charged with smuggling drugs to prisoners

 

July 20, 2020 KXLY

Airway Heights guard arrested, accused of smuggling drugs into prison

“Investigators say the COVID-19 crisis helped their investigation because visitors and outside volunteers have not been allowed in the prison since March. That means anyone bringing in contraband must have been DOC employees, according to the complaint.”

More here:

A bold pledge from DOD, and CBP social media posts fail to keep fentanyl and black tar heroin away from Seattle

Port Angeles/Blaine Drug War Scam – Zero Questions From The Press

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

What I Like About Local Government

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

Even one time?

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

# 2 Enhanced background checks required for guns since 2014

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

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

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

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

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

Newspeople Show Little Curiosity Unless It’s A Sports Story

 

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

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

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

Image above: 7/15/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Distance learning idea:

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

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

Related:

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

Whidbey Signs of Water Quality

Whidbey Earth Day

When Things Get Back To Normal

Ready To Purchase A Subscription – Whidbey Water Quality

 

# 4 An ongoing glorification of military service

Local press:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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

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

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

September 27, 2019 Whidbey News-Times

Sound Off: Freedom doesn’t come free, and it’s sometimes noisy

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

 

 

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20. Can elected officials of any party or any member of the press help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

 

1967

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

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

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

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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

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

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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

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

Just Be Honest.

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

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

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

 

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

 

Related:

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

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

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

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

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

Any 3rd or 4th Party Candidates Invited to the Made For TV Presidential Debate Stage?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

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The made for TV press and both major parties seem to be good with more of the same.

What the two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Related:

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

Both Major Parties

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Drug War Scam – Newspeople Remain Silent

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

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

 

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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Lonely beach north of Perego’s Lagoon

 

I think Culp is a very interesting candidate.

I’m reading that he is not supported by WA GOP. Not really sure why.

The WA GOP is trying to elect a Governor for the entire state. The event below begins with a pledge of allegiance, a prayer, the national anthem and cheers for Trump.

More public policy stuff and less in the way of a pledge to a symbol and prayers may be what many voters are looking for. Faith & family values are up to you & your family as individuals. Public policy issues are what everyone must face.

July 10, 2020 ClarkCountyToday.com

Republican candidates for governor square off in Camas

June 18, 2020 Crosscut

The GOP effort for the governor’s office is futile

 

Both major parties are OK with telling us that the troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms.

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

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

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

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

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

More here:

Both Major Parties

 

Related:

WA Government Lacks Balance

Washington State Patrol – Complete Failure

A one size fits all society?

Central Planning and Essential Travel

Shut Off The TV And Get Outside For A Bit

Less Hassle – Oregon State Parks

Wondering if something like 89 cents of each dollar collected for daytime parking fees goes directly towards funding of the manufacturing, installation and maintenance of enforcement related warning signs, kiosks, pay boxes, fluorescent placards, and the manufacturing and distribution of enforcement related literature, blank forms and documentation materials.

Enjoy Washington’s Natural Heritage

 

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Fort Ebey scene

 

We wouldn’t have the freedom to have a campfire if Saddam Hussein was still in power.

Another of many examples where freedoms may come & go-completely unrelated to military operations/US Troops in distant lands, or the Sound of Freedom:

1967

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

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

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

Total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

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

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

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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It’s hard to tell what the major parties believe in.

Both seem to be OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens and an ongoing glorification of military service.

Next First Lady

Here is a 2:11 video of Jill Biden making a recent appearance with Joe.

Jill has a very pained/distant and uncomfortable look on her face. Her enthusiasm is extremely low in this video.

 

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Pentagon Going After Cartels Update

Podcast 2 Pentagon Taking On Drug Cartels

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

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Skagit Valley agriculture

 

On Twitter

 

March 6, 2020 W.J. Astore

Tulsi Gabbard Is Invisible!

 

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Beach walk – South Indian Island

 

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?

Meaningless group identity updates:

Veterans for Biden

Veterans for Donald Trump

Veterans for Bernie Sanders

Veterans for Tulsi 2020

Not just veterans. Political experts will also be reaching out to latino, black, and women voters.

What about bus drivers-who do they endorse?

Carville is a veteran. He won’t be invited to ask questions at the made for TV presidential primary debates:

Will veterans be taking a look at what stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

 

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In the news:

February 4, 2020 South Whidbey Record

Exhibits, parade mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

February 4, 2020 CNN Female lawmakers wear white to continue State of the Union tradition

“Many female Democratic lawmakers arrived at Tuesday’s State of the Union address dressed in white to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women first having the right to vote.”

 

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)

“Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.”

 

World War I

“World War I began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and lasted until 1918.”

 

Promoting the idea-

 

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

 

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.”

 

One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations:

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

 

Any newspeople available to ask:

Congressman Kilmer,

If wars are fought for democracy-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?

 

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.

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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

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

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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

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

Just Be Honest.

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

More here:

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

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

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

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?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Right To Vote is Protected by the U.S. Armed Forces?

 

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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To me, this is the very most interesting thing about politics.

We can learn from this.

February 1, 2020 Bracing Views

Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and the Democratic Party

“But Bernie’s message favored the working classes, not Democratic donors, so he was blocked and then sidelined.”

“Bernie’s message still favors the working classes, not the Democratic donors, so efforts are underway to block him again.”

“Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii says she’s still waiting to hear from CNN about why she wasn’t invited to take part in a series of town halls the cable news network is holding next week in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.”

“We have reached out, I think, more than once, and we received no explanation. I don’t even think we’ve gotten a response to date about why they’re excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, the only woman of color in the race.”

 

1960s

John F. Kennedy

Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy

 

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Crescent Beach – Vancouver Island in the distance

 

Political parties and personalities are not as interesting as what stays the same no matter who is elected to office.

Undeclared/unwon wars

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

January 14th 2020 WCTI NewsChannel 12

Realtor donates to Hug-A-Hero Dolls giveaway

“Dyal Studios will be giving away one Mommy or Daddy doll each week for the next 12 weeks to local families with a loved one deployed! If you or someone you know needs a Hug-A-Hero doll, please message us.”

Related:

1990 Desert Shield All Over Again

Questions We’d Love To See In The Made For TV Debates

 

Prohibition

January 13, 2020 The New York Times

Lesson of the Day: ‘100 Years Ago, the Booziest January Suddenly Dried Up’

Prohibition for adults age 18-20 remains in place Re: Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms.

We’re often told that The Troops are in distant lands fighting for American rights and freedoms, and that we should thank them for defending our freedoms.

The reality is that freedoms may come and go.

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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.

 

January 4th 2020 WCHS

West Virginia National Guard members return home

“The 821st Horizontal Construction Company returned home after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.”

“During their deployment, the soldiers carried out various missions and tasks in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.”

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was on hand to greet the soldiers as they returned.”

“On behalf of all West Virginians, Cathy and I want to welcome home all the brave men and women who have been overseas defending freedom,” Justice said in a news release.

Defending Freedom?

More discussion please.

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

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

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

 

Love to see newspeople ask:

Governor Justice,

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

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

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

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

Related:

West Virginia Freedom Found In The Middle East?

Liberty And Justice For All?

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

Mainstream Vs. Alternative Media – A Formal Congressional Declaration of War

 

Hard to decide:

January 16, 2020 Los Angeles Times

Undecided and under stress: Most Iowa voters still weighing which Democrat can beat Trump

For me, it’s hard to get excited about voting or watching debates on TV, because it’s hard to tell what the major parties believe in.

 

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

Canadian baby boomers being banned from U.S. for admitting they used pot years ago, lawyer says

Here, in Washington State, marijuana has been legal for years. The senators and congresspeople we send to DC appear to have made zero progress on eliminating the federal conflict on marijuana, but wars in distant lands are for our freedoms?

Got it.

Congressman Derek Kilmer:

Wars are for freedom and democracy.

If wars are fought for democracy-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?

 

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A view of Deception Pass from the Skagit side.

 

It’s hard to tell what the major political parties believe in. This is one reason why it’s hard to get excited about voting.

As the nation heads towards the possibility of more war, the discussion is very much about political parties and personalities and very little about constitutional principles and limits placed on government by the constitution.

Some people get away from discussing politics because things can turn tense and ugly. Comment sections on the web can be like this.

Some families avoid discussing politics.

What about school teachers? Do they have a part in teaching students about government structure and the honest role of the US Armed Forces?

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea to children that The Troops are in distant lands-fighting for American rights and freedoms-as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

In Washington State, these assemblies are mandatory.

The VA tells teachers that The Troops are Defending Liberty and Freedom.

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

Love to see a student ask: If the wars aren’t won-how can they protect our freedom?

Love to see a student ask: Whatever happened to lessons about Armistice Day?

 

Hey school teachers,

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

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

Not here to say that most of what the Dept. of Defense touches turns to crap, but, if The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

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

Related: A Formal Congressional Declaration of War

 

Veterans like to get in on the act:

April 28, 2019 Peninsula Daily News

Hands on hearts: Loyalty Day Parade celebrates patriotism in Brinnon

“Ernie Muir, a lifetime member of the Brinnon VFW Post who served in the Army in Vietnam in 1967-68, said the event is mostly for the kids.”

“It’s good for the kids to get to know some of the local veterans they see around,” Hough said. “It gives them a little understanding of freedom.

Pledge of Allegiance

Making small children recite a loyalty oath indicating Liberty and Justice for all.

When they get a little older, they will see that they are pledging allegiance to a system where adults are divided into groups of first and second-class citizens.

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

Are veteran’s organizations working to restore these freedoms?

A giant flag ritual at the next ball game will make it all good. Will the press ask questions? Will school teachers ask questions? Will traditional veterans groups ask questions?

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

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.

More here:

Loyalty Day – A little understanding of freedom

American culture is good for dividing adults up into groups of first and second-class citizens: Federal Prohibition Of Tobacco Sales To Adults Age 18-20

Four star whistleblowers unavailable to correct generals who lie about undeclared/unwon wars for your freedoms: Lies And Propaganda For Your Freedoms

Questions We’d Love To See In The Made For TV Debates

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Too Many Lies From The Freedom Promoters

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

Liberty And Justice For All?

Wars for Freedom?

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

 

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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Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

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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