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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

State-run media update:

Jun 3, 2020 DEA NewYork

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

 

In the news:

Port Angeles CBP fails to keep meth from entering Clallam County.

Newspeople show up to ask zero questions.

August 19th 2020 KOMO

Corrections officer arrested for alleged plans to deliver drugs to inmates

 

August 19, 2020 Peninsula Daily News

Corrections officer accused of smuggling drugs into prison

“We had intelligence to suggest this was not the first time he delivered,” King said Wednesday.

“The 61 grams of methamphetamine found at Cofone’s residence alone would be commonly divided for sale into 0.1-gram amounts, Espinoza said.

That’s a pretty large quantity of methamphetamine,” he said.”

 

August 19, 2020 KIRO

Clallam County deputies searching for armed felon who fled during traffic stop

“The deputy then obtained a warrant and searched the car. He found 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun that had been sawed off and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.”

“When deputies were searching the area where the passenger had ran, they found a bag containing 60 grams of suspected methamphetamine, over $2,500 in cash and a wallet with the ID of Steven D. Goodman.”

“Goodman’s past criminal history includes 9 felony convictions, including robbery, burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm. He also has 5 misdemeanor assault convictions.”

 

Port Angeles CBP is nowhere to be found as more meth shows up in Clallam County:

August 19, 2020 Sequim Gazette

OPNET investigation nets two arrests

“OPNET detectives found that Mahlum was prohibited by court order from possessing firearms and other dangerous weapons.”

“A search of the residence and Mahlum’s vehicle recovered approximately 22.5 grams of methamphetamine (approximate street value of $900), multiple Hydrocodone pills, two rifles, three shotguns, A pistol, ammunition, two hunting bows and three swords, according to law enforcement officials.”

 

Gun Crimes

Newspeople fail to report on results from enhanced background check requirements.

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

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?

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, rare and mysterious cross-border arrests, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats 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

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

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

Even one time?

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

 

CBP fails to keep millions of dollars worth of fentanyl from entering the Puget Sound area:

August 18, 2020 The Everett Herald

Lynnwood couple face federal charges in fentanyl operation

 

CBP fails to keep 10 pounds of fentanyl and two pounds of heroin from entering WA:

August 18th 2020 KOMO

I-90 traffic stop leads to $6.5 million fentanyl, heroin bust

“A traffic stop by a trooper cadet and his training officer led to the discovery of illegal opioids valued at nearly $6.5 million, the Washington State Patrol reports.”

 

After squandering DOD credibility for decades in distant lands, a new WWII style uniform look and a pledge to clobber the cartels:

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Question for newspeople:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger prevented cartel product from entering WA?

 

Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Any similar effort after a big drug bust?

Preventing drugs from entering local communities would kill the chance for various agencies to get publicity for the occasional big drug bust happening in those communities.

Snohomish 2015

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

Seattle media: Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

California

Aug 19, 2020 YourCentralValley.com KSEE24 | CBS47

Sharp rise in Fentanyl related deaths in the Valley

“The Mexican drug cartels have found yet another way to sell their poison in the United States and it takes the form of Fentanyl,” said U.S. Attorney Mcgregor W. Scott.

 

Ohio and Kentucky

Aug 18, 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer

Meth, fentanyl-tainted cocaine surge in Clermont County, following SW Ohio trends

“Meth is back and flooding the streets of Ohio and Kentucky, and it’s uglier than ever”

 

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:

Related:

Kitsap and Island County Meth & Heroin

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

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

Welcome Home Troops

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

What I Like About Local Government

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

Rare & Mysterious Port Angeles Border Patrol Arrests

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

 

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Looking towards the Bluff Trail

 

In the news:

August 18, 2020 South Whidbey Record

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

This article does not link to the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map.

This article makes no mention of checking for green colors on the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map, before heading out for a legal limit of clams and oysters. We talk about that here.

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: 8/19/2020

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

 

Coupeville site visit 4/2/2020:

Back in 2017, Island County Public Health posted a sign at the Coupeville Wharf about restrictions on recreational shellfish harvesting.

Why no warning sign on 4/2/2020?

Three reasons why it looks like a warning sign should still be posted:

1  On 4/2/2020 the Washington State Department of Health tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest: Shellfish Safety Map

Image above: April 2nd, 2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

2  WDFW tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest:

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

3  The sign posted at the west end of Penn Cove by WDFW tells us that this is not a safe location for recreational shellfish harvest.

 

March 13, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

“Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea”

School teachers,

Are you teaching your students to look for green colors on the Recreational Shellfish Safety Map?

 

Related:

Green colors show safe places for recreational shellfish

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

“…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

I will purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper working to inform us on Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

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

 

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8/19/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Why Now?

Young children may not be able to be present in school to memorize and recite their pledge to the flag.

Not much good news from the undeclared wars overseas.

Sporting events have been shut down to fan attendance. Without fans present, thousands of people are not able to witness the routine militarized pageantry that is part of pre-game and halftime ceremonies.

It’s been a while since Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper reminded us that our Service Members are fiercely defending the freedoms we value every day.

This is a great time for an ongoing militarization of non-military events, and we are the very best at militarized pageantry.

Both major parties are good with promoting strong military forces and most people will go along.

 

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:

Soviet Style Military Flyovers

Soviet-Style Militarized Pageantry Update

 

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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

 

Checking IPA Dates

 

 

From Reclaim The Net

Aug 12, 2020 Facebook blocks links to Kamala Harris parody website

You can’t post this. This URL goes against our community standards on spam,” says Facebook.

 

SNL has a fun tradition of portraying elected officials of both major parties.

It’s been going on for decades.

I’m for letting individuals decide on whatever content they are interested in.

More information suppression:

Looks like Sound Publishing has removed all old comments and shut down the opportunity to post new comments on all of their newspaper web editions?

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

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

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

A short trail takes you to the beach at Fort Ebey.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Google maps shows a route that completely avoids the beach and crosses through private property.

Nonsense.

Check the tides and maybe go when you can enjoy a cool and foggy outing. Listen to the surf, sea birds and fog horns along the way. Listen for the Point Partridge bell buoy on days with any wave action.

When the time is right, look for surfers at Point Partridge.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

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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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 National Guard deployments to foreign lands?

The people of Delaware need services in support of an ongoing NATO peace operation in Kosovo, which dates back to 1999.

As usual, it looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions at this event.

Aug 9, 2020 The News Journal

Delaware National Guard honors more than 50 set for deployment to Kosovo

“The soldiers, assigned to the A&D companies of the 238th Aviation Regiment, will support an ongoing NATO peace operation in Kosovo, which dates back to 1999.”

Did the advantage of NATO allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

“Carney said Timmons looked down at the soldiers Sunday morning “bursting with pride” as an aviator herself.”

Everyone at the ceremony wore masks and sat spaced apart in the open hangar.”

Thanks newspeople.

Possibly of interest:

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

 

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Photo- Nordland Transit Center

 

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

 

About a mile south of Deception Pass.

 

South of Deception Pass.

 

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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About a mile south of Deception Pass.