October 26, 2012

Media-hyped video put in perspective –
by brother of video’s source & a former GOP candidate

The WA Republican Party’s call for area Democratic candidates to return donations from JZ Knight because of a poorly spliced video created by a disgruntled former Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) student earlier this week only presented a wholly unbalanced view. Television media ran the video as a “one-source story,” something viewers rarely see because of the lack of a fair and balanced report.

“The heavily edited video was produced by a former student of JZ Knight and released by the Washington State Republican Party. Now the brother of that former student is coming to the defense of Knight,” quoting Austin Jenkins on Northwest Public Radio (NPR), by far the most balanced media coverage to-date:
Click here for the written report.
Click here for the audio report.

Dave Champagne, in a unique position as the brother of that former student and as a former RSE student himself, issued a statement to the media with the back-story of the video’s source.
Read Mr. Champagne’s letter in his own words

This is an interesting story from a Republican:

“Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s [Indiana] controversial comment calling pregnancy from rape “something God intended to happen.”
Read more from Reuters.

Jim Vaughn, Former GOP Candidate for WA State Senate 2LD, US Army Retired put the attacks on LD 2 candidate Bruce Lachney in perspective because of JZ Knight’s donations, writing in The Olympian on October 25:

“I am not a fan of JZ Knight and understand your position. However, the fact that Bruce gave a speech to a group of JZ Knight Followers should be commended.
What that in mind, I did not hear any complaints or see Bruce Lachney attack Randi Becker for speaking to The League of Women Voters that tends to be extremely liberal. Bottom line is that elected officials represent everyone.

I object to the false presentation that superimposed more than one video to create a distorted and disgusting attack on Bruce Lachney.
I am even more distressed that the Republican Party Paid for and Authorized this attack.
As a Republican, I am embarrassed and offended by this attack. Personally, I am fed up with both parties.
I vote for the person not the party.

Bruce spent 6 years defending our country and has led an exemplary life.
He does not deserve this attack. In my 58 years, I have never seen a more disgusting act of dirty politics.
We have real and serious problems and I want the most qualified person to represent me.
Randi Beckers term as Senator was a disaster.
With a budget deficit, problems with healthcare, education and so on, her only claim to fame in four years was to get a bill passed so all the yellow traffic lights would go on and off at the same rate of speed.
After getting $2400 in campaign contributions from Premera Blue Cross she tried to submit an amendment that would deny citizens access to information on increases in their health insurance.

Randi Becker also tried to get a bill passed that would force nursing homes to use recycled medicine.
After, Federal investigators have raided pharmacies in Seattle and Bellingham looking for evidence that potentially dangerous returned drugs were being resold to elderly and disabled patients without their knowledge Becker retracted Senate Bill 6048.

The fact that someone objects to a candidate willing to represent everyone in opposition to Randi Becker that is a puppet for the special interest groups, willing to screw the citizens of our state amazes me. I vote for the person, not the party.
The fact that we paid her salary for four years in which she accomplished zilch is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Bruce Lachney has my vote.”

Jim Vaughn
Former GOP Candidate for WA State Senate 2LD
US Army Retired

RSE’s Public Relations Representative Rob Wynne of Wynne Communications issued this statement to the media-

(Regarding the video)
“The quotes were taken out of context and not meant to disparage Catholics. The comments were meant to draw attention to the abuses and subsequent cover-ups of the Catholic Church and not intended to criticize any individuals of any persuasion. JZ Knight has always supported the rights of the LGBT community including marriage equality and legal benefits.”

(on campaign contributions)
“JZ Knight is a private citizen and like, all Americans, has the right to support the candidates of her choice. JZ Knight is very concerned about the choices in this election, nationally, statewide and locally. She supports the rights of women, the poor, the elderly, the middle class and the environment. JZ has publicly urged hundreds of thousands of people on the importance of voting this year and she supports an honest and open election where all citizens have the right to vote.”

Blog writer Klein has been a student of Ramtha’s for 27 years and employed by JZ Knight for 9 years.

October 25, 2012

SE Thurston Fire seeking applicants for starting
Aid Unit/Transport component

The Pride of the S. E. Thurston Fire Authority Fleet
Photo courtesy S. E. Thurston Fire Authority

From the flyer:
For motivated and career – minded volunteers.
(volunteers with at least an EMT cert)


– Individuals with a Washington State EMT certification to help staff our Aid Cars.
– Individuals who also have a FF1 Certification will be able to volunteer on other responding apparatus.
– If you dont have these certifications we can help schedule you into the next available class offered through Thurston County.

Applications are available online at www.setfa.org or at Station 21 709 Mill RD SE Yelm,WA

Serving Yelm, Rainier and surrounding area of 84 square miles with an annual volume of 2800+ calls

October 24, 2012

Flood Awareness Week in Thurston County

From Thurston County Emergency Management:
“The week of October 21 is Flood Awareness Week in Thurston County. Everyone should prepare to deal with the consequences of flooding in our area.

Prepare for disasters of all kinds by stocking up supplies in case of power outages and road closures, make sure your family knows what you expect them to do if an emergency occurs, and prepare to check on and help your loved ones and neighbors if needed. Make sure you have a “go kit” of essential items if you must evacuate. Remember to prepare for your pets’ and livestock’s needs. See our hazard and preparedness links for more information on emergency preparedness.

If you live in an area affected by river flooding, sign up for the county’s telephone alert system to receive flood alerts by phone. Learn how to get river level information and flood watches and warnings online by using the Rivers links on the left side of this web page.”
Read more

October 23, 2012

This Blog endorses Romero, Lachney & Heck

The Yelm Community Blog endorses:
– Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero
– LD2 Candidate Bruce Lachney
– 10th Congressional District candidate Denny Heck

Sandra Romero

The Olympian said this best:
“Wolfe, Romero should be returned to county commission”
“That would be a mistake because incumbents Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero have exhibited great leadership by recognizing the impacts of the coming recession early in 2008 and acting decisively to make cuts in personnel and reorganizing county operations for savings and efficiencies.

While other governments, such as the state and cities such as Olympia, mostly ignored the fiscal warning signs, Wolfe and Romero were leading the charge to reduce the cost and size of county government.

By doing so they restored financial health to Thurston County.”
Read more
Ed. Note: “Wolfe and Romero were leading the charge to reduce the cost and size of county government.
By doing so they restored financial health to Thurston County.”
Absolutely correct!

Bruce Lachney

From The Olympian:
“Bruce Lachney would serve Olympia, 2nd District well”
“Leaders in the state Democratic Party sought out Lachney, 52, to take on Becker, and its easy to see why they consider him the right candidate to buck the odds in this Republican-leaning district.”

“A trustee at Clover Park Technical College and former Eatonville School Board director, Lachney wants to boost the number of school days students spend learning in a typical year. Lengthening the school year would cost the state more money, but Lachney believes a thorough reform of the state tax code, which dates back to 1935 could put the state on more solid financial ground to fund public education.”

“Lachneys career includes a six-year stint in the Marine Corps and 22 years as a Delta Airlines pilot. He has leadership qualities and an understanding of military issues that mesh well with the large population of active and retired military personnel in his district.

Rural land use issues are not foreign to Lachney. Hes served on the Pierce County Planning Commission and is actively engaged in his familys Eatonville area farm, a 94-acre spread that produces cranberries for Ocean Spray, cattle, hay, timber and rhubarb.

While Lachneys bold political reform ideas will meet some resistance in Olympia, the budget crisis facing this state is so deep and broad, it requires politicians with vision and intellect. Lachney fits the bill.”
Read more

Ed. Note: “the budget crisis facing this state is so deep and broad, it requires politicians with vision and intellect. Lachney fits the bill.”
Absolutely correct!

Denny Heck

From The Suburban Times:
“Denny Heck is a strong advocate for the middle class. In Congress, Denny will stand up for working families and provide independent leadership for this new district instead of being just another vote for the extreme Republican agenda that puts millionaires first and ends Medicare for Washington seniors,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the DCCC.

Heck is running in the newly created 10th Congressional District. The 10th is a Democratic district that gave President Obama 58% of the major party vote in 2008.

Denny Heck, 59, is an entrepreneur, former State Representative and co-founder of TVW, a statewide public affairs TV channel in Washington State. Denny attended and graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1973 and has lived in Olympia for the past 26 years with his wife Paula and their two children, Bob and Trey. Denny and Paula, a retired middle school principal, have been married 36 years.”
Read more

Ed. Note: “Denny Heck Named One of the Top Democratic Candidates in the Nation”
Absolutely correct!

October 23, 2012

Let’s get to the truth about Proposition 1 –
Vote YES for the Public Power option

Mayor Harding’s public comments about Proposition 1 demonstrate his lack of knowledge about this issue.
Let’s get beyond such a “low information” public official’s diatribe.

From the Thurston Public Power Initiative (Prop. 1) web site:
– YouTube PUD League of Women Voters Forum
“This is the Chair of the THURSTON PUBLIC POWER INITIATIVE for Proposition #1, PUD vs. PSE.
John Pearce, opening statement summarizing what Proposition #1 is all about. 7 minutes,” quoting YouTube.
Click here

– PSE Disinfo Campaign Tops $Half-Million
“To no ones surprise, PSEs campaign has distinguished itself, not only for the sheer brazenness of its misinformation, but also by its unprecedented spending.

Prior to this campaign, the most expensive ever run in Thurston County was Kevin OSullivans failed bid for a County Commission seat. He spent around $110,000. PSEs front group, the Alliance to Protect Thurston Power (APTP), will have spent more than five times that amount be election day.

PDC reports as of Oct. 18 show that APTP has amassed a warchest of $538,877, and has already spent well over $400,000 of that,”
Read more

– This is THE fight. This is Damascus.
“Grays Harbor PUD Commissioner Tom Casey was interviewed at the Sept. 27th League of Women Voters forum at the Washington Center. He very succinctly and powerfully explains the historic importance for the entire state of the Thurston Public Power Initiative.

As Thurston County reels under an unprecedented onslaught of campaign advertising and misinformation, one remark Commissioner Casey makes is especially timely. When surveyed about the effect of bringing public power to Grays Harbor, a commissioner in Grays Harbor in the Fifties answered simply, ‘We got the SOBs out of our politics. They no longer elect the city council, the county commissioners, the state legislators.’ Casey added, ‘See how powerful that is?’
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From The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:
“Before Tom L. Johnson became mayor in 1901, he declared: “The public utility corporations are a bunch of thieves. I ought to know. I was one of them.” As mayor he believed that privately owned utilities were bastions of privilege that would destroy democracy if not controlled. Johnson made his most quoted declaration at one of his famous tent meetings: “I believe in municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them they in turn will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties.”
“I believe in municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them they in turn will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties.”

Read more

– Vote YES! for Public Power options!
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October 23, 2012

“Tenino could cut police department to balance budget”

“Tenino’s mayor said cutting the city’s police department could be the “game changer” to help Tenino out of its financial problems.

The police chief thinks it will make the town less safe.

‘I believe crime will go up,’ said Chief John Hutchings.

Under the proposal, to be introduced by Mayor Eric Strawn Tuesday night [Oct. 23], the city would contract out law enforcement support from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office,” quoting Drew Mikkelsen of KING-5 News.
Read more

October 22, 2012

OP-ED: Pastor Jeff Adams’ diatribe was out-of-line

Pastor Jeff Adams, Paramount Christian Church
File Photo from Lacey’s College St. Christian Church website,
now Paramount Christian Church


Several people have contacted me to say how taken aback they were that a Christian Pastor, Jeff Adams, should have written the intemperate remarks he published recently in his Nisqually Valley News column, which professed his love of Yelm while disparaging a local group. He said, I know there are those who make fun of Yelm and its residents. I’m . aware of Yelm’s reputation for hosting people who are so gullible they follow weird New Age stuff (I don’t see them as gullible, rather misled, unfortunate souls).

This writer asked for a response from Dr. Miceal Ledwith L.Ph., L.D., D.D., LL.D (h.c), who served as a Catholic priest, Professor of Theology and College President for over 25 years in Ireland and was an adviser to The Holy See, Pope John Paul II on theological matters:

“Despite the hand of friendship having been extended to him several times, apparently Pastor Adams never felt it worth his while to visit his neighbors in the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. Nor did he ever even agree to meet informally with members of the School to clarify the serious misconceptions he has obviously held about the School’s members for several years.

If someone insists on living inside a box, of course we should not be surprised that he considers all those who do not live in that same box to be weird, gullible and misled. But this goes even further, for if there is anything more dangerous than ignorance, ignorance deliberately sustained against the facts is even more misguided. This is not acceptable in a person who holds a senior position of public responsibility in our local community. Indeed the only ones who could correctly be described as gullible and misled would be those who swallowed his misguided utterances.

The great being who is revered by the majority of the worlds population today had a lot to say about the mindset towards his neighbors so clearly displayed in the pastors letter.
Among them was:
– Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. (John: 8:7)
– Judge not and you will not be judged, (Mt. 7:1 and Luke 6: 37)
– Do not judge according to appearances, (John 7:24)
– Love your neighbor as yourself stated multiple times throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

Should there be anything absolutely guaranteed to cause people to make fun of Yelm, most assuredly a Christian Pastor who apparently doesnt bother to pay even lip service to the foundational teachings of Jesus Christ would be at the top of the list.”

Bottom Line:
Senior Minister Adams says on his church’s web site:
“Paramount Christian Church is very focused on pleasing God in every way possible.”
How is turning a blind eye & penning ridicule of a faction of neighbors, while writing a column about loving Yelm, “pleasing God in every way possible?”

And last, this quote is very pertinent:

“Oh, I dont reject Christ. I love Christ.
Its just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.”

– Mahatma Gandhi
Stanley Jones, a missionary who met with Gandhi

Blog writer Klein has been Ramtha’s student for 27 years and employed by JZ Knight for 9 years.

October 21, 2012

Unique weather reported yesterday

Credit: Sharon Wandler

“Several people reported seeing waterspouts and funnel clouds over Puget Sound waters on Saturday afternoon,” quoting Susan Wyatt of KING-5 News.
Read more

Click here for the video on Weather.com.

“Snow arrives in the Washington Cascades”
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October 21, 2012

In Remembrance:
George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012)

“Former Senator George McGovern Dead at 90”
“McGovern, who lost a 1972 presidential bid to Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, died early Sunday.”

FILE – In this June 1960 file photo, U.S. Rep. George McGovern, joins Sen. John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“In his 2011 book, ‘What It Means to Be a Democrat‘ he summed up his credo:

‘Above all, being a Democrat means having compassion for others. … It means standing up for people who have been kept down …,'” quoting Walter R, Mears for the AP.
Read more

October 20, 2012

“Build family traditions in autumn”

Yelm, Stevens St, Oct. 11, 2012

I loved this story by Lisa Pemberton in The Olympian:

“This is one of my favorite times of the year.

I spent last Sunday decorating our house with many of the Halloween and harvest-themed items weve collected through the years, from the trio of pumpkins I painted in ceramics class about 20 years ago to the glow-in-the-dark, construction-paper bat that our son made in child care last year.

But its not just about decorations, pumpkin-scented candles and figuring out Halloween costumes.

Autumn is when we try to participate in some of our familys favorite traditions, such as searching for the perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze and competing against each other with a target and a pumpkin sling shot.

Here are seasonal activities to try with your family:”
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“Lisa Pemberton is one busy mama, raising three children while working as a reporter at The Olympian.”
Read more

Ed. Note:
Mrs. Pemberton is the ONLY reporter to ever attend a class (that was not a speaker) at the Yelm-based Ramtha School of Enlightenment and report her experiences.

Blog writer Klein has been Ramtha’s student for 27 years and employed by JZ Knight for 9 years.


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