December 31, 2013

Bill’s Towing Free “Tipsy-Tow” for New Years Eve

Bill’s Towing & Recovery is offering Tipsy Tow service on New Years to provide a safe alternative to drinking and driving on Yelm area roads.

The service will be available in the greater Yelm, Rainier, and McKenna area from 9:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, December 31st to 3:00 a.m. New Years Day, January 1st.

Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver can call 360-458-5963 between the hours above and request a free tow home of up to ten miles. Callers simply tell the dispatcher, ‘I need a tipsy tow,’ to receive the free tow and ride home.

Callers need to keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver, and the destination is limited to the drivers residence. Reservations are not accepted, and tows over ten miles are subject to normal rates,” quoting Bill’s Towing & Recovery.
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December 30, 2013

Frequent Yelm visitor David Klein dies
David Klein
Photo credit: Jill Mangold

Yelm visitor & prominent Kentucky citizen David Klein passed away. Honoring the life of my younger brother –

KLEIN, DAVID NATHAN, 57, died December 29, 2013 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX.

He was born and raised in Louisville, a 1974 graduate of Waggener High School in Louisville and attended Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Kentucky.

David was a an employee of Bank of Louisville from 1978-2002 and in 1998 was appointed the bank’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Executive Board Director until the company’s sale to BB&T in 2002.

David is the most recent past Board Chair for the Jewish Community of Louisville, a Board Member of Gilda’s Club Louisville, and a Founding Board Chair of the Louisville, KY. Metro Parks Foundation (2005) and their Chairman Emeritus.

He was a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Jewish Community Center of Louisville, LiveStrong, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program, Advisory Board volunteer of Meghan’s Mountain Charitable Foundation, Inc., and a local cycling enthusiast who served on the Eva Bandman Community Park Steering Committee of the Louisville Sports Commission.

He was also a former member of the Advisory Council of Actors Theater of Louisville, Jewish Hospital of Louisville Foundation Board, 1994 Leadership Louisville graduate, 2001 Corporate Campaign chairman for the Louisville Fund for the Arts, funded the Patient Navigator program of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Past President of the Louisville Visual Arts Assn., and was the 2013 keynote speaker at the KFC Yum! Center as the Kentucky Derby Julep Ball honoree.
Click here for the television interview prior to his presentation.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Elaine Klein, on July 31, 2013.

David is survived by daughters Erin Hilsenrad and Kathryn Klein with former wife Jodi Redmon Klein, grandson Luke Hilsenrad, father Bertram Weiss Klein, brothers Stephen (Yael) Klein of Yelm, Washington and Richard (Beth) Klein, former wife Jill Mangold and stepson Will Pfeffer all from Louisville and a number of nieces and nephews, and his two dogs Porsche and Ridley.

The family would like to extend a thank you and gratitude to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Dr. Michael Kommor and team at Kentucky Baptist Hospital
[see video below of David with Dr. Kommer].

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014 at The Temple, with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery, Louisville, KY.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to:
Gilda’s Club of Louisville,
– Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter,
Elaine & Julia Klein Landscape Memorial Fund at The Temple,
Jewish Family Career Services,
Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

– David Klein’s Obituary published in the Louisville newspaper
Read more in the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal (A Gannett Company).

– “David Klein’s Obituary published in the Yelm, WA newspaper”
Read more from the Nisqually Valley News.

– “Cancer survivor David Klein shares his personal story, in support of the new Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center at Baptist Health.”
Click here for the Summer 2013 video.

– David Klein’s Obituary in the Voice-Tribune (Louisville, KY.)
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December 29, 2013

“The peculiar history of the Pledge of Allegiance”

“Southington, Connecticut school children pledge their allegiance to the flag,
in May 1942” Photo credit: CNN

Editor’s Note:
This is an important story for all of America that we never forget our history, lest we are to repeat the same mistakes, since the Pledge is a part of the curriculum of our schools.

“Seventy one years ago — December 22, 1942 — Congress got the United States out of what had turned into an unexpectedly embarrassing situation.

It concerned the Pledge of Allegiance — specifically, something called the Bellamy Salute.

Most people today have likely never heard of it, but the Bellamy Salute was once a constant part of the country’s life,” quoting By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor.
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December 28, 2013

Good News: Meat labels to show sources

Photo credit: Dr. Mercola

Editor’s Note:
Our area is so fortunate to have local small farmers, a quality farmers market, and a food co-op, which are the best outlets to track the origins of our foods.

– “Good News: Meat Labels Will Now Show You Where Your Meat Came From”
“Meat in your supermarket will now be required to label where the animal that provided your meat was born, raised, and slaughtered.

This is an improvement from the original Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, which required only the country of origin to be listed on food labels.”

Buying your food from a local small farmer, farmers market, or food co-op is still the best way to track the origins of your food,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
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– “Realizations From Killing and Eating An Animal We Raised Ourselves”
“A few years ago, we didnt put too much thought into the meat wed buy at the grocery store. Sure, wed try to pick the packages with labels like organic or pasture-raised, but the full connection to the reality that those little lumps of pink flesh were recently living, feeling, breathing animals with unique personalities just wasnt fully there in our minds.

How could it be?

The way we used to source our meat had the same desensitizing effect that many people in our society have developed towards violence. Those arent real animals were buying and eating, theyre cheap chunks of protein. Likewise, thats not a real person being injured or murdered, thats just some other video game character, TV actor or unfortunate person being talked about on the nightly news,” quoting By Aaron and Susan von Frank, Tyrant Farms Blog.
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December 27, 2013

“Swearing In Ceremony for Newly Elected Officials”

Thurston County Auditor Mary Mall
Photo courtesy: Re-elect Mary Hall

From the Press Release:
Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall invites the public to the 2013 Swearing In Ceremony.
Date: December 30, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m
Location: Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College
Address: 2011 Mottman Rd SW Olympia, WA.

Auditor Mary Hall will host for this years event. The program will begin with the presentation of colors by the Thurston County Color Guard. State Senator Karen Fraser will be the keynote speaker. Oaths of Office will be administered by Auditor Mary Hall who will also present Certificates of Election to the newly elected officials. Special Guest Washington Congressman Denny Heck will provide closing remarks.

Editor’s note:
Elected officials from South Sound cities, towns, fire districts, school districts and the Port of Olympia have been invited to participate in the event, including Yelm’s mayor and 4 City Council members, all who ran for their seats unopposed.

December 26, 2013

What a gift! Mother speaks out against the NDAA

“Woman Leaves Room Speechless: ‘I’m just a mom!’ – One Of The Most Powerful Speeches Ever Made”

“On Tuesday Nov 5th, 2013 after making her wait 8 hours, the Clark County Commission in Las Vegas decided to hear Daphne Lee speak against the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]. What followed was one of the most powerful public comments in history,” quoting YouTube.

Lee says, “The laws of war do not and can not co-exist with our civil rights, it’s not possible. they are two toally different animals.”
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December 25, 2013

“Snowden urges US to ‘end mass surveillance'” –
A message pertinent locally in Yelm

“Edward Snowden as he appears in the interview for Britain’s Channel 4”
Photo credit: Channel 4 / AFP – Getty Images

Editor’s Note:
NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s recent interview has insight for us locally:
“I believe the cost of frank public debate about the powers of our government is less than the danger posed by allowing these powers to continue growing in secret, he replied, calling them a direct threat to democratic governance.

The Yelm Blogger has always challenged Yelm officials in their decisions that exclude consideration of their constituents, the lack of public process and side-stepping the public’s right to know.

This was highlighted when NVN Editor/Publisher Michael Wagar lampooned in his Christmas Eve Editorial:
“Stories I wish the Nisqually Valley News could have written in 2013”
“Mayor Ron Harding joins RSE, practices remote viewing, hits Lotto. Harding buys all of downtown Yelm, plans to turn it into Prairie Disneyland via partnership with Red Wind Casino complete with massive water park and a few city park upgrades. Local activist Steve Klein protests, says not enough water to power waterslide from Triad Theater to Red Wind Casino. Klein says $1 billion waterparks are fine, but need public input.”

Wagar “gets it” about my convictions involving the public!
My point on the Yelm Park Bond was identical to Snowden’s,
“I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Bottom line here in Yelm:
Not enough of our local society voted to “change itself” on two failed Yelm Park Bond ballots.

– Christmas Day: “Snowden urges US to ‘end mass surveillance'”
“NSA leaker Edward Snowden urged the United States and other world powers to “end mass surveillance” Wednesday in his first televised interview since arriving in Russia to avoid prosecution by authorities.

The whistle-blower compared modern surveillance techniques to George Orwells novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and said that ‘a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.’

‘…today’s children will grow up never knowing what it means to have a private moment to themselves. An unrecorded, un-analysed thought.
…and that’s a problem, because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are, and who we want to be.’

The pre-recorded interview was broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 for its annual “Alternative Christmas Message” to coincide with the queens formal Christmas Day public address,'” quoting Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor.
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– Snowden: I defected from the government to the public.
“NSA leaker Edward Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished'”
From Alastair Jamieson, NBC News:
“National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” and spoke of having personal satisfaction at the revelations about U.S. surveillance policies in an interview published Tuesday.

The former intelligence contractor, who exposed extensive details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency, said he was not being disloyal to the U.S. or to his former employer.

[It is commonly said of Snowden that he broke an oath of secrecy, a turn of phrase that captures a sense of betrayal. NSA Director Keith B. Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., among many others, have used that formula.

In his interview with The Post, Snowden noted matter-of-factly that Standard Form 312, the classified-information nondisclosure agreement, is a civil contract. He signed it, but he pledged his fealty elsewhere.

‘The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy,’ he said. ‘That is an oath to the Constitution. That is the oath that I kept that Keith Alexander and James Clapper did not.’

People who accuse him of disloyalty, he said, mistake his purpose.]

‘I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA,’ he told The Washington Post. ‘I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.’

“He also told the Post: ‘There is no evidence at all for the claim that I have loyalties to Russia or China or any country other than the United States,’ he said. ‘I have no relationship with the Russian government. I have not entered into any agreements with them.’

‘If I defected at all,’ Snowden said, ‘I defected from the government to the public.’
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– “Edward Snowden, Person of the Year”
“I can’t think of any individual who had more influence in 2013 than Edward Snowden,” quoting Eugene RobinsonWashington Post Writers Group.
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– “Freedom Rider: Edward Snowden: Person of the Year”
“Edward Snowden is vilified as a traitor by politicians of the American political duopoly, and hunted like Public Enemy Number One by the global imperial apparatus. However, for a large proportion of Earthlings, Snowden has made the singular contribution to humanity of the year 2013.”
By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist
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December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

“Every Day A Miracle” – Photograph by Rory Sagner
Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, Yelm
Taken in Yelm October 30, 2013, at sunrise

“Christmas in the Northwest – Brenda Kutz White”
“Post production opening clip taken from The Christmas in the Northwest Christmas special that aired on KOMO TV in Seattle back in December of 1987 featuring Brenda Kutz White’s song “Christmas in the Northwest” All proceeds from the Christmas in the Northwest project go to Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.”
Copyright 1987 Fisher Broadcasting Inc
Click here for the video.


December 24, 2013

“NASA re-creates iconic Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ 45 years later”

‘Earthrise,’ as photographed by the Apollo 8 crew, laid over the recreation using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.”
Photo credit: NASA

“It is one of the most famous photos ever taken the Earth rising over the moon’s horizon as seen firsthand by the 1968 Apollo 8 crew. And yet, more than four decades later, details about the how photo was captured are still being uncovered.

Four days shy of the photo’s 45th anniversary, NASA on Friday released a new simulation of the events that led to the creation of the image known as “Earthrise.” The new video was created using topographic data from the space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been circling the moon since 2009.

“This new simulation allows anyone to virtually ride with the astronauts and experience the awe they felt at the vista in front of them,” NASA said in a release teasing the video.

“It was Christmas Eve 1968, and the first lunar voyagers in all of history Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were emerging from behind the moon for the fourth time. It was then that Anders first spotted it, the Earth, peeking over the horizon,” quoting Robert Z. Pearlman, on NBC News.
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Editor’s Note:
This writer remembers that Christmas Eve earth-rise scene and of Col. Borman reading Genesis to the world upon coming around from the backside of the moon.

Blogger Klein was an employee of of Eastern Airlines from 1976-1985 during time Borman was CEO and President and worked with him on aircraft scheduling in 1984-1985.

December 23, 2013

“Forces of Outrage: Best Military in the World, Really?”

An astute piece by John LaForge in CounterPunch:
“In response to regular reports of atrocities by US soldiers, drone controllers, pilots and interrogators, the White House routinely tries to help. Every president promises to honor our armed forces and says ours is the finest military of all, etc. At last years Veterans Day ceremony, president fill-in-the-blank boasted, ‘America is and always will be the greatest nation on Earth.’ This Nov. 11th, Mr. Obama said that since 9/11 the US is ‘defining one of the greatest generations of military service this country has ever produced,’ and, of course,'[W]e have the best-led, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world.’

Really? On Veterans Day 2001, one headline blared: American Soldier is Convicted of Killing Afghan Civilians for Sport. US aggression, occupation, torture of prisoners, massacres, drone attacks, offshore penal colonies and sexual assaults against our own service members, take the luster from our official self-image of exceptionality.

In a bold invitation, Human Rights Watch has called on 154 parties to the UN Convention on Torture to bring charges against US officials under explicit language in the treaty, ratified by the US in 1994. The treaty requires such action when reputable allegations are not prosecuted by the accused governments, and ours doesnt need any more evidence, just some of which may be found in these mainstream US media stories:

US Practiced Torture after 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes (Apr. 16, 2013)

Afghans Say an American Tortured Civilians (May 13, 2013)

CIA Drones Kill Civilians in Pakistan (Mar. 18, 2011)

GI Kills 16 Afghans, Including 9 Children, in Attacks on Homes (Mar. 12, 2012)

Libya Effort is Called Violation of War Act (May 26, 2011)

NATO and Afghan forces killed 310 civilians over the same period, mostly from airstrikes, the UN reports (Aug. 3, 2009)

100,000 Iraqis killed since U.S. invasion analysis says (Oct. 29, 2004)

U.N. Chief Ignites Firestorm by Calling Iraq War Illegal (Sep. 17, 2004);

Iraq Says Blast in Baghdad Kills Dozens of Civilians: U.S. Blamed (Mar. 29, 2003)

U.S. Presses for Total Exemption from War Crimes Court (Oct. 9, 2002)

Pentagon Says U.S. Airstrike Killed Women and Children (Mar. 13, 2002)

Bombing Necessary Despite Toll on Civilians, U.S. Envoy Says (Jan. 9, 2002);

U.S. helicopters fire on women, children in Somalia (Sep. 10, 1993)

US forces buried enemy forces alive (Sep. 13, 1991)

200,000 died in Gulf War, and counting (May 30, 1991)

The Militarys Dirty War on Women

Atrocities against people of occupied or targeted countries arent the only ones accumulating. According to a July 2012 report by the Pentagon, over 25,000 sexual assaults occurred in fiscal year 2012, a 37 percent increase from FY 2011. About ‘500 men and women were assaulted each week last year,’ USA Today reported July 25. See: ‘Reports of Military Sexual Assault Rise Sharply,’ NY Times, Nov. 7; & ‘Sexual Assaults in Military Raise Alarm: 26,000 Cases Last Year, May 7, 2013.'”
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John LaForge is co-director of Nukewatcha nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group in Wisconsinand edits their quarterly newsletter.


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