November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to Yelm Community Blog readers

See the 2012 Thanksgiving Day greeting under the 50 year anniversary of JFK’s assassination story!

November 22, 2012

Do you remember where you were that fateful Friday –
49 years ago today?

Dealey Plaza
Photo courtesy of: The Dallas Morning News

“Dallas to mark 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination with memorial ceremony”

Ken Kalthoff reports for
“Dallas is planning a major public memorial ceremony in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination at Dealey Plaza, it was announced Tuesday.

‘The tone is very important,’ Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. ‘We want to mark this day by remembering a great president with a sense of dignity and honor he deserves. The 50th will be a serious, respectful and understated public memorial.’

Rawlings said public donations are being taken to cover the cost and no tax money will be used for the event, which will take place on Nov. 22, 2013.”
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John and Jacqueline Kennedy deplaning at Love Field, Dallas – 22 Nov 1963
Eastern Airlines supplied the air-stairs
Photo by Cecil Stoughton, courtesy of: Mary Ferrell Foundation

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to Yelm Community Blog readers

Photo courtesy Victoria Harper Parsonson,
taken Thanksgiving Eve, November 24, 2010 from Yelm’s Bald Hill Rd area

We have so much in our midst for which to be thankful.

THANKSGIVING DAY has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863 & became a federal holiday in 1941.
President Lincoln issued this proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving on October 3rd, 1863:

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State


November 21, 2012

“Thurston jobless rate falls to new low in October”

Rolf Boone reports in The Olympian:
“Thurston County’s jobless rate fell to an almost four-year low in October, dropping to 6.9 percent last month from 7.3 percent in September, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.”
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November 21, 2012

“Texas Lawmakers Seek To Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detentions, Criminalize TSA Searches”

From Front Page, U.S. Constitution

This week [Nov. 15] two bills were submitted in Austin, Texas by Republican state lawmakers, which would counteract the excessive use of power by the federal government, via Nullification.

Republican Rep. David Simpson filed bill HB 80 to address abuses by the TSA, where it would be unlawful if an airport screener:

Touches the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing;
Removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian of the child or a person standing in the stead of a parent or guardian of the child;
Harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or effectively denies or conditions access to the other person because of the other persons refusal to consent to the actions mentioned above.

Republican Rep. Lyle Larson filed measure HB 149, also called Texas Liberty Preservation Act, that would nullify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 for being inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the citizens of the State of Texas by violating:

The Texas Constitution;
The limits of federal power authorized by the United States Constitution;
The legal doctrine of Posse Comitatus by authorizing the armed forces of the United States to police the United States; and
The following provisions of the United States Constitution:
ensuring the right to seek a habeas corpus;
the First Amendment (ensuring the right to petition the federal government for the redress of grievances);
the Fourth Amendment (ensuring the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure);
the Fifth Amendment (requiring capital or infamous crimes to be brought before a grand jury before charging the defendant and prohibiting deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law);
the Sixth Amendment (ensuring the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury in the state or district where the offense was alleged to have been committed, the right to be informed of the nature and cause of accusations and charges levied, the right to retain legal counsel, and the right to confront witnesses);
the Eighth Amendment (prohibiting excessive bail and fines and prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment); and
the Fourteenth Amendment (prohibiting deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law); and the enforcement of those actions, are illegal within the state of Texas.

Thomas Jefferson said When the federal government takes unconstitutional powers, nullification is the rightful remedy. It is important that our lawmakers use the power vested in them by their constituents to stop the continuous attack on our civil liberties and limit the power of the federal government.
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– “TSA News: One-year anniversary”
“Since 9/11, this country has lost its collective mind. And the denial about that fact is profound. When 1/3 of Americans say theyd be willing to undergo a body cavity search to get on a plane, you know theyve gone crazy. The overreaction to 9/11 has been brutal and unrelenting. Most of us, in fact, have no idea just how brutal and unrelenting. But people like Saadiq Long and Shoshana Hebshi do.

An American citizen who grew up in Oklahoma and a U.S. Air Force veteran, Saadiq Long has been placed on the no-fly list. He doesnt know why; he doesnt know how, when, or if he can get off; his years in the Air Force mean nothing; he cant fly home. Why? We dont know. Were not allowed to know. And hes hardly the only one,” quoting Lisa Simeone in TSA News.
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November 20, 2012

A heart-warming story from right here in Yelm:
“Yelm soldier returns home, surprises his 6 kids”

Photo courtesy of KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle

Elisa Jaffe of KOMO-TV News 4 reports on this tear-jerker!
Click here to see the entire story.

November 19, 2012

Lackamas only SE Thurston district voting all ‘Progressive’

Ian Swenson filed this report in The Olympian:

“Election: How your neighborhood voted”
“These maps show how Thurston County voted on key measures and races in the Nov. 6 election.”

“They are based on returns as of Thursday, which are not final or official results.”
Click here for the map

Ed. Note: If you will click on each of the tabs at the top starting with “Governor,” you’ll notice on each measure that the Lackamas District southeast of Yelm was the ONLY SE Thurston area voting Progressive on all measures.

November 18, 2012

Plastic Bag Outreach Project Report released

From Thurston County, Recycling and Reuse Information:
The report on our plastic bag community outreach has been completed and is posted at the top of

It is 20 pages, with appendix and several active links, so best read online.

The report identifies the concerns related to plastic bag use, the work that was done within our community, and the potential solutions.

The Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Board did make a recommendation for the cities and County to adopt a ban.

Thurston Solid Waste is currently scheduling city council presentations and will be requesting city council recommendations.

The meeting dates and times will be posted at the above address as they become available.”

Ed. Note: The Yelm City Council previously has been unresolved on this issue, as covered here July 17, 2012 and June 10, 2012.

November 17, 2012

“Wilcox elected Floor Leader for House Republicans”

Representative. J.T. Wilcox

“Today [Nov. 16] House Republican members and newly elected candidates voted to make Rep. J.T. Wilcox Floor Leader and a member of the caucus’ leadership team.

As Floor Leader, Wilcox will be responsible for developing and implementing floor strategy during legislative debate. In addition, as part of the leadership team, he will help to set legislative priorities and create a plan to adopt policies supported by the caucus.”

“Wilcox will begin his second term as state representative Jan. 14, the first day of session, which is scheduled for 105 days,” quoting the House Republicans website.
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November 16, 2012

“Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday walkout”

“A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world’s largest retail store.

The walkout builds on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions.”

“The union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, and a watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the nation’s largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

On Black Friday, the organizations expect 1,000 protests, both at stores and online.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the number of workers who are raising concerns is very small and don’t represent the views of the vast majority of its workforce of 1.3 million.

But labor experts say that even a small number of workers could make an impact,” quoting Emily Jane Fox, CNN Money.
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Ed. Note: Will a Wal-Mart strike here affect Yelm’s 4th quarter retail sales data, which continue to show Yelm spending stagnate?

UPDATE: November 16, 2012, 1:36 PM

“Wal-Mart takes legal action in labor battle”
From NBC News.
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