Enjoyed working on an October afternoon project.

Thanks for the apples Carl.

Along for the day: Classic Deep Cuts

Thanksgiving – 2018

Oct 24, 2018 NBC 5 News Chicago

Video:

Mayor, CPD Say ‘No Credible Threat’ to Chicago After Apparent Explosive Sent to Obama in DC

If the fusion center good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

More here: No Credible Threat

Elsewhere in the War on Terror:

Washington State Ferry Ride

 

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Photo- Local beach glass

 

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

“Overall, in its 14 previous Take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.”

“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.”

 

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Remember the old tradition of having your Halloween candy X-rayed?

It is still a good idea.

Before the kids are allowed to eat any candy- round them up and carpool with neighbors to the hospital, courthouse or law enforcement HQ to get the loot X-rayed.

The X-ray will reveal any needles, razor blades, or metal filings in the treats.

Is there a test for weed killer or rat poison? Ask about it.

Cold War era ritual lives on:

Washoe County, NV

Sheriff’s Office Offering Free Halloween Candy X-Ray Screening

 

Birmingham, AL

Urgent clinics will x-ray Halloween candy

 

Silver Spring, MD

Free Halloween Candy X-Rays At Patient First Centers

 

Henrico County, VA

“Beginning Oct. 26, Patient First will continue its annual Halloween tradition of offering free candy x-rays at all local centers. Bags of candy may be brought into any Patient First Neighborhood Medical Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 for digital x-ray imaging.”

 

Franklin County, KY

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will also X-ray Halloween candy at the courthouse from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and have extra deputies throughout the county handing out candy.”

 

Williamsburg, VA

“X-Ray machines at several Velocity Urgent Care centers across Virginia will be looking at something other than skeletons for once. They’ll be screening your child’s candy for potentially dangerous items. This free service will be available in select Velocity Urgent Care centers on Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st after the Trick-Or-Treat festivities are complete. Parents can bring their kids anytime between 2:00-8:00pm on those days to have their Halloween candy x-ray’d.”

 

Virginia Beach, VA

“Patient First locations are bringing back the use of their X-ray machines to scan for metals, plastics and other dangerous materials to give parents and kids peace-of-mind.”

 

Norfolk, VA

The X-ray will help detect objects like glass, metal or plastic. However, parents still need to supervise trick-or-treat candy since not all foreign materials will appear in an x-ray machine.”

 

Richmond, VA

“Patient First offering free X-ray of Halloween candy”

 

More here:

Killing Halloween – 2018

Halloween Safety Tips 2018

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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?

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?

 

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:

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

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

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.

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

 

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

October 17th 2018 KABB FOX 29 News, San Antonio

‘Nobody has seen a cartel like this’: DOJ targets Mexico’s most powerful drug organization

“CJNG is responsible for trafficking approximately five tons of cocaine and five tons of methamphetamine into the United States every month, according to the Justice Department.”

Sept. 27, 2018 Nashville Tennessean

As cartel drugs flood Tennessee, meth and cocaine deaths are climbing fast

“As far as drugs on our streets, there has been a significant increase in crystal methamphetamine,” Shaffer said. “The super labs in Mexico are pumping it out by the tons, really.”

October 4, 2018 WTSP 10 News

Mexican cartels driving a spike in local methamphetamine use

“The U.S. government cracked down on purchasing certain ingredients for meth in 2006, which significantly cut the number of meth labs found on this side of the border. That’s when the cartels stepped in to meet the market demand.”

More here: Cartel Meth

Welcome Home Troops

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

 

What works?

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security?

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

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

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

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

 

Operation Macho Swagger at Port Angeles

2011-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions.

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

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

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

2017-

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

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

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

Has anyone ever seen the press question the Port Angeles Border Patrol/CBP on their role in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

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, and zero questions from the press.

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

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

More here: News tip/story idea

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey Surf

 

Local authorities dictate a one hour window for trick-or-treat time 2018.

Your family will start at 6:00 and be done for the year at 7:00 p.m.

This is true in several locations:

Oct 17, 2018 Meadville Tribune

Crawford County municipalities prepare for 2018 trick-or-treating

Blooming Valley, 6 to 7

Conneautville, 6 to 7

Richmond Township, 6 to 7

Townville, 6 to 7

North Shenango Township, 5 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 24, 2018 Green Bay Press Gazette

Halloween in Kewaunee County: Parties, trick-or-treat times

Halloween has been moved to another day in these locations:

Casco: Sunday, Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Luxemburg: Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

October 25, 2018 Connect FM DuBois, PA 96.7 FM – 107.9 FM

Trick-or-treat times for Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk Counties

Several communities have moved Halloween to a different day.

More here:

Oct 17, 2018 The Athens Messenger

A full list of 2018 trick-or-treat times

October 19, 2018 WAOW ABC 9

2018 Central Wisconsin Trick or Treat times

Maybe Mom or Dad can jump through their ass to get off work & commute home for a 2 – 4 p.m trick-or-treat outing mandated by Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

October 22, 2018 ClickOnDetroit | WDIV Local 4

Halloween 2018: Trick-or-treat times in Southeast Michigan

Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions:

Auburn Hills: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bloomfield Township: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clarkston: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Waterford: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Britton: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 22. 2018 Union Leader

Halloween 2018: Trick or Treat Times, Parades and other Spooky Fun

Several locations have decided that trick or treat will take place this year on Tuesday, October 30.

Moms and Dads, the people who set up last year’s block party and the people who live in the cul-de-sac should be free to send the kids out on their own schedule. No one size fits all mandate handed down by some central authority required.

Our Halloween Safety Tips 2018

Scary is OK, this is why people pay to ride roller coasters. Traditional Halloween images are meant to be scary to ward off evil spirits.

Skip the dopey “Harvest Festivals” and Carnivals put on by schools, churches, malls and businesses. Send the kids out in a traditional witch, devil or gargoyle costume. Halloween is meant to be fun. For just one night a year, try to lighten up and enjoy it. Things will get back to normal on November 1st.

Last year:

Local Authorities Work to Crush Halloween

More here:

Parental roles update:

 

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Photo-

Hand raised to ask how a country that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking The Troops for freedoms, staging July 4th events celebrating freedom and fighting undeclared/unwon wars for freedom is not OK with Moms and Dads running the show on October 31st.

 

Riepma Apples

“…gives us a glimpse of the conflicting interests and priorities of the politicians, generals, and citizens inhabiting this theater of war.”

“The only reason Lynn’s unit are being publicly showered with affection and attention is because powerful people in Hollywood are hoping to profit from their story under the guise of reclaiming it for the American people, which represents a fascinating, yet painfully honest portrait of the United States’ reception to and treatment of its veterans — something that is rarely addressed in most mainstream films.”

 

Military Town – Special parking spots marketing strategy over at the grocery store:

This may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas. The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

Related: Victory Celebration

 

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Photo- Fog clears at Hill Road

 

Featuring narration by Willard Scott:

National Victory Celebration Persian Gulf war Parade JUNE 8, 1991

Desert Storm US Casualties

148 U.S. battle deaths, 145 nonbattle deaths

 

2003 Iraq Mission Accomplished

2003 Iraq Mission Accomplished US Casualties

American casualties: 139 killed, 542 wounded

2015 update:

Since the speech, 4,637 military members in the Iraq War coalition led by the U.S. have lost their lives, versus 172 prior, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.”

2016 update:

“As of June 29, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,424 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of the Iraq War.”

2018 update:

“The Pentagon will no longer say how many forces are serving in Iraq, using an unchanged, blanket number of about 5,200 troops when queried.”

 

War in Afghanistan – Operation Enduring Freedom

2018 update:

“If You Forget About a War, It’s Time to End It”

“And a democracy that spends more time debating kneeling before the flag than the justification for issuing folded ones desperately needs to get reacquainted with the Constitution – and its moral compass.”

“Our loved ones didn’t sign up to serve a president. They signed up to serve the American people, most of whom have no idea what they’re fighting for.”

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.

Any chance the midterm elections feature any talk of shutting down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

 

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: 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?

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

 

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Ready for business.

A few towns obviously have people who work together to set priorities and make a positive impression for visitors.

Winthrop, WA

Photo above: Out for an early weekday coffee in Winthrop. We walked from our room and watched the town wake up.

Lynden, WA

Seaside, OR

Family friendly. Pedestrian friendly.

We used to visit Ocean Shores, WA. Ocean Shores is a much less pedestrian friendly town. This works against seeing the sights on foot, walking to dining, shopping, drinking, etc.

Leavenworth, WA

Local info here.

Wenatchee River near Leavenworth

A huge success for the legal drug dealers- they sold more than 2.7 million pounds of prescription drugs to people who did not need them:

October 1, 2018 WTVQ ABC 36 News

EASTERN KENTUCKY TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $3.7 MILLION TO COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

“DOJ expanded on DEA’s Drug Takeback Days and has collected more than 2.7 million pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs since April 2017.”

That’s a lot of product since April of 2017.

 

October 1, 2018 SCV News

Feds Earmark Almost $320M to Combat Opioid Crisis

This is the same federal government that can’t keep cartel-sourced heroin and meth out of Hometown, USA

Welcome Home Troops

Questions that go unasked:

Each year, at the Super Bowl, the US Dept. of Homeland Security promotes their own image Re: preventing criminal activity. Why do these impressive capabilities fail to keep meth and heroin trafficking cartels from moving product into the US?

The script says opioid.

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey beach walk

 

Wenatchee River near Leavenworth

Washington State Parks

Have Washington State Parks been taken over by a culture of enforcement?

Sept. 26, 2018 The News Tribune

Bad guys will be up the river when these cops finish their training

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission provides training to sheriff’s deputies Re: “…a terrorist threat or protester boat was getting too close to a high-value target: A nuclear submarine, commercial boat or cruise ship, among others.”

“…Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The agency is in charge of training all 53 law enforcement agencies in the state that have marine units.”

“An Island County sheriff’s boat was in hot pursuit as deputies on board that boat played the part of, well, themselves.”

On the water/related:

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions:

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Back to Washington 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.

I’d like to think that purchasing a Washington State Parks Discover Pass means no further hassles as long as the pass is not expired and displayed while parked.

Enforcement and over supervision are the first impressions of an afternoon getaway.

Driving over to the local state park these days is like asking permission to enter a military base.

People who are willing to purchase a parks pass should face a very minimum in the way of hassles. Oregon comes out way ahead of Washington on this.

More here:

Less Hassle – Oregon State Parks

 

Meth

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Hometown, USA.

Welcome Home Troops

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

 

Sept. 27, 2018 Nashville Tennessean

As cartel drugs flood Tennessee, meth and cocaine deaths are climbing fast

 

Sept. 27, 2018 Interlochen Public Radio

Imported crystal meth now a ‘crisis’ in Michigan

 

Sept. 26, 2018 CNN

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

“He said the meth problem in Oklahoma is getting worse, and points to Mexican cartels — in particular, the powerful Sinaloa cartel — as the reason.”

While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback

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

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

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

 

Heroes

Ongoing glorification of military service update:

Sept. 27, 2018 Stars and Stripes

Half of Americans Surveyed Say All Service Members Are Heroes

Clearly, these folks have no honest relationship with the US Armed Forces.

No one who has done time in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who have done time over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.

Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

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

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

More here:

Hero?

 

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Photo- Fort Ebey surf

 

 

Thanks for the truck wheel Carl.

Image above: NRA midterm elections 2018 literature.

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?

NRA War Propaganda video:

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

Maybe all of the US should function like one, giant military base.

Freedom of individual expression could be fully controlled. No distractions. No dissent.

More here:

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

Honest US Foreign Policy?

 

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Found and left in place.

Local group: Whidbey Island Rocks – WIR

 

I’d like to think that purchasing a Washington State Parks Discover Pass means no further hassles as long as the pass is not expired and displayed while parked.

Enforcement and over supervision are the first impressions of an afternoon getaway.

Driving over to the local state park these days is like asking permission to enter a military base.

Old policy:

People who need to register to camp must stop at the guard shack to sign in & pay.

People who are in the middle of their camping stay & people who have already purchased a valid daytime parking pass use the lane provided to bypass the cars, RVs and camp trailers waiting in line to register.

New policy:

A portable stop sign has been set up to get both lanes of inbound traffic to stop and show the pass before entering the park.

Twice now, I have stopped to show the pass and then I have been reminded to remember to display the pass properly after parking so that I do not receive a citation. Elementary school field trip levels of supervision are in place. I am an adult. If I have done nothing wrong, please let me travel along without any forced interaction with parks staff. The parks are where we go to get away from the grind of everyday life. Let’s go with innocent until proven guilty sorts of protocols here.

In Washington, you may use your discover pass for two vehicles. Vehicle license numbers must be recorded on the pass for the pass to be valid.

Down in Oregon, you are free to enter state parks without being stopped and asked to show your parking pass.

In Oregon, there is no requirement to enter any vehicle license number on the pass. Driving a new car? A rental car? The church van? A borrowed car? Aunt Mary’s car on family reunion weekend? No problem. Enjoy your day.

People who are willing to purchase a parks pass should face a very minimum in the way of hassles. Oregon comes out way ahead of Washington on this.

Related:

Enjoy Washington’s Natural Heritage

Another Season – Another WA State Parks Checkpoint

 

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Photo- Indian Beach, Oregon

 

 

Local info here.

 

Local info here.

U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York’s 1st Congressional District:

“Pat Tillman would have been a better choice for @Nike’s new “Just Do It” promotion. Pick a former NFL player and Army Ranger who died for our flag and national anthem rather than @Kaepernick7, a former NFL player who protested it.”

A large number of interesting comments follow the tweet linked above.

Congressman Zeldin,

US foreign policy goals and objectives are mapped out at the very highest levels of government.

Is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to die for our flag and national anthem?

Do the planners verify a mission to protect American rights and freedoms?

Does someone make sure the mission is to defend the constitution?

Is there anyone who verifies that the mission is to protect our physical security?

How does the executive branch of government defend the constitution via US foreign policy?

Congressman Zeldin,

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.

 

Never Forget:

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

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.

 

Possibly of interest:

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

The Sound of Freedom is an Urban Legend

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Watching the fog clear on a Fort Ebey walk with Olivia. Later, back home for Harvest Fest 2018 with friends and family. The rain left us alone for the day.