January 16, 2018

Yelm Cinemas runs epoch movie on freedom of the press, “The Post”
With the assault on the media, EVERY American should see this story!

“Tom Hanks, left, stars as Ben Bradlee in The Post, a movie about the
Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers [1971-1972].”
Photo credit: Niko Tavernise / TNS

– Editor’s Note:
I was a senior in high school when the government sought to stop the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Daniel Ellsberg worked on the project and became the first modern era “whistle-blower” who gave The New York Times and Washington Post (WAPO) a collection of studies on the Vietnam War dating back to 1952 when President Truman occupied The White House. The top secret documents detailed what was hidden from the public – the Vietnam War had been determined to be unwinnable.

A year later in August 1972, I was a guest at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach the night before beginning college at the University of Miami (FL), when President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term to be the Republican Party candidate for President. Yes, I saw Ron Kovich and his fellow war veterans in protest outside the hall. Kovic was the author of his 1976 memoir Born on the Fourth of July, made into the Academy-Award winning 1989 film with Tom Cruise as Kovic, directed by Oliver Stone.

In the middle of my Freshman year, a third-rate burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at The Watergate Hotel/Apt. complex in Washington, D. C. became more newsworthy prominent, leading to Congressional hearings, and eventually the resignation of President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974. Those two years were the best front-row seat a late-teen could ever have witnessed about the value of the U. S. Constitution, a free press, and the right of protest, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently described in his April 12, 1963 letter written while incarcerated in the Birmingham, AL. jail.

After those formidable years of my college education and world events, I added Daniel Ellsberg to my list of heroes that lived during my lifetime, which then included Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. In the same spirit as Ellsberg, I added Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, who both took an oath to defend the Constitution and this country from all enemies, foreign AND domestic, and did what they thought was best to keep their word and their oath to our country. And WAPO Executive Editor Ben Bradlee and CBS News ’60 Minutes’ creator Don Hewitt have long been on my list of heroes.

At the end of watching The Post at Yelm Cinemas opener last weekend, I was the first one to applaud, and several in the theater added to the cacophony with their clapping. This movie should be seen by EVERY American, followed by renting at home All the President’s Men, and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House. And remember when you leave the theater, that Manning and Snowden both gave major acknowledgements to Ellsberg for his courage almost 50 years ago, and Ellsberg credits them today for their heroics, as well. We live in a Constitutional Republic, not a Monarchy with a King or Queen, and not a Dictatorship.

Do not miss The Post at Yelm Cinemas!

Steve Klein

– Selle’s op-ed: “‘The Post’ reminds us of journalism’s responsibility, legacy”
By Charles Selle, former News-Sun reporter, political editor, editor in the Chicago Tribune.

“If you wonder what the lamestream media is all about, go see “The Post,” the film about the Washington Post squaring off with the Nixon administration nearly 50 years ago.

“As the media has come under increasing attacks, this movie is for budding journalists, old timers in the news biz, media darlings, journalism students and those befuddled over one president’s definition of ‘fake news.'”

“This cinematic call to arms hit a nerve with the audience at the packed screening I attended the other day. As the credits rolled, so did rounds of applause.”

“I seldom have been in a cinema showplace where the audience applauds for film. Live stage plays, yes. Film, no.”
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January 15, 2018

MLK, Jr. Day – Honoring the legacy of an American icon –
One of my ten all-time heroes!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Unveiled in 2011. Photo credit: AARP

This story has been posted here annually on MLK, Jr. Day since 2009.


– MLK’s letter from the Birmingham, Alabama jail penned April 12, 1963 still resonates today
By Martin Luther King, Jr.
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– “Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon: King is recognized as a martyr by two Christian churches. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986,” quoting Wikipedia.

– The Seattle Times has a fabulous 2011 expose on the civil rights giant.
Click here

– The full version of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
August 28, 1963, posted on YouTube.
Click here

– UPDATE: For the 2017 King Holiday:
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures and events”
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
Click here

“MLK Memorials Across the U.S.
“Sculptures and monuments honor the civil rights icon”
By Brandon Gobel, AAR”
Click here

– “The Color of Surveillance”
“What an infamous abuse of power teaches us about the modern spy era.”

“The FBI has a lead. A prominent religious leader and community advocate is in contact with a suspected sleeper agent of foreign radicals. The attorney general is briefed and personally approves wiretaps of his home and offices. The man was born in the United States, the son of a popular cleric. Even though he’s an American citizen, he’s placed on a watchlist to be summarily detained in the event of a national emergency. Of all similar suspects, the head of FBI domestic intelligence thinks he’s ‘the most dangerous,’ at least ‘from the standpoint of … national security.’

“Is this a lone wolf in league with foreign sponsors of terrorism? No: This was the life of Martin Luther King Jr. That FBI assessment was dated Aug. 30, 1963—two days after King told our country that he had a dream.,” by Alvaro M. Bedoya, Slate.com.
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“Trump designates Martin Luther King Jr. birthplace a national historic park”
“A week shy of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and King’s burial site have all been upgraded from a national historic site to a national historic park.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump Monday [Jan. 8] aboard Air Force One, is one of the highest designations within the National Park Service. Trump said in a Tweet Tuesday [Jan. 9] it was “my great honor” to sign the bill,” by Mashaun D. Simon, NBC News.
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Blogger Klein is a founding donor to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

January 14, 2018

WA. cities lead Northwest in stopping big oil projects –
Gov. Inslee’s State of the State calls for clean energy sector growth action

“Communities throughout the Northwest, often led by Native American tribes,
have been stopping one project after another.” Photo by Joel Rogers/Getty Images.

– Editor’s Note:
Washingtonians do not want oil-by-rail in our ports and now, led by Gov. Inslee, have requested our state be exempted from the Trump Administration’s plans to open our coastal waters to offshore drilling.

– “How Northwest Communities Are Stopping Big Oil Projects”
“Last week [early Dec. 2017], a Washington state energy panel voted unanimously to oppose what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal.”

“The state agency in charge of reviewing the application voted unanimously to oppose the terminal—a vote that could spell the end of the project.
First proposed in 2013 by Vancouver Energy, the terminal would have been built along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington; 360,000 barrels of oil a day were to be brought by rail and then loaded on ships for transport to West Coast refineries. But the project quickly ran into local opposition,” by Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine.
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– “World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas extraction”
“Bank announces in Paris it ‘will no longer finance upstream oil and gas’ after 2019 in response to threat posed by climate change”

“The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas extraction within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change,” by Larry Elliott Economics editor, UK’s The Guardian.
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– “Inslee’s State of the State calls for action this session to act on climate and grow our clean energy economy”

“Following the Legislature’s successes tackling transportation and education, Inslee says it’s now time to turn attention to acting on carbon pollution”

“Gov. Jay Inslee today [Jan 9th] delivered his 2018 State of the State address, a speech that highlighted Washington’s strong economy and best-in-the-nation business climate saying ‘our economy is strong, our future is bright, but there are always new heights to reach, new challenges to overcome and persistent wrongs to right,'” from the Washington State Governor’s Office.
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Blogger Klein is a contributor to Gov. Jay Inslee’s support group.

January 13, 2018

Very proud of Rep. Heck’s public stand for his constituents this week!
Even though this passed House, Heck voted to kill a surveillance bill – on US!

– “Members of Congress Just Voted to Give the Trump Administration Greater Spy Powers”
“House leadership today [Jan. 11] once again caved to irresponsible fearmongering from the intelligence agencies and succeeded in jamming through a hastily drafted surveillance bill.

In a 256-164 vote, the House passed a bill that would extend, or in many respects possibly expand, a controversial spying authority known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This law is used to spy on the emails, text messages, and other electronic communications of Americans and foreigners without a warrant. The bill now goes to the Senate,” by the ACLU’s Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU Legislative Counsel & Elizabeth Beavers, Foreign Policy Manager, Indivisible Project.
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Click here to send your comments to Rep. Heck.

Blogger Klein is a long-time member/contributor to the ACLU and stood behind them in 2005 when they publicized worldwide that Yelm’s city council voted unanimously to restrict public comment in their meetings.
Klein is also a contributor to Rep. Denny Heck’s re-election campaigns.

January 13, 2018

FFA evolution sought by state adviser, former Yelm teacher Denny Wallace

– “Washington FFA state adviser looks to evolve program”
“Denny Wallace, Washington state FFA adviser, says he is looking for ways for the program to evolve to help members develop skills, pursue careers and become leaders.”

“Wallace started in FFA as a student in 1967 and served as a state officer in his senior year of high school. He became an agriculture teacher in 1976 in Eatonville, and taught in Yelm until 2010.

“Wallace became state FFA adviser in July, replacing his daughter, Rebecca Wallace. He is also program supervisor for agricultural sciences in career and technical education in the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia,” by Matthew Weaver, Capital Press.
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January 13, 2018

Deputy McCartney vigil held in his hometown –
Obituary released: ‘An innate desire to seek justice

Deputy Daniel McCartney
Photo credit: KOMO TV 4 News, Seattle

– “Fallen WA. deputy remembered in small N. California hometown as hard worker, leader”
“A Washington sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty earlier this week was remembered by people from his Northern California hometown as a hard worker and selfless leader.”

“Around 100 people in Loyalton, California gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember Deputy Daniel McCartney Friday night [Jan. 12],” by Ben Margiott, KRNV TV 4 News, Reno, Nevada.
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Deputy Daniel McCartney
Photo credit: Obituary photo

– “Obituary for Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney: ‘An innate desire to seek justice’”
By Craig Hill, Tacoma New Tribune.
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January 12, 2018

Deputy McCartney’s murder makes news in London

– In London, England’s Daily Mail.
Man, 32, and his ‘getaway driver’ girlfriend, 52, charged with murdering father-of-three Washington sheriff’s deputy who was shot dead while responding to an armed home invasion

* Frank Pawul, 32, and Brenda Troyer, 52, have both been charged with first-degree murder
* Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney, 34, was killed on Sunday night
* He was responding to a break-in at a mobile home in Spanaway around 11.30pm
* Police believe McCartney chased one of the suspects and was shot when a gun battle ensued
* A third suspect, Henry Carden, 35, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound
* McCartney was a US Navy veteran and is survived by his wife and three sons
By Associated Press and Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com
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January 12, 2018

From Yelm –
Deputy McCartney’s family makes first public statements

Credit: Pierce County Sheriff

– “Deputy’s death ‘ripped a gaping hole in our lives,’ family says”
“The family of a slain Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney is experiencing almost unbearable grief but is gratified by the love and support it has received.

“Kory Honea, the uncle of McCartney’s widow, appeared before the media in Yelm [Thursday, Jan. 11], where the deputy lived with his wife and their three sons.”

“Honea said the family has been overwhelmed by the support it has received from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement and the community,” quoting KOMO TV 4 News, Seattle.
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– How you can help Deputy McCartney’s family
CrossFit Yelm, McCartney work out site, organized a fundraiser for his family set to raise $10,000.
Click here to contribute, which is now closing in on raising 250% of the $10,000 goal.

The only fund supported by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is the legacy fund at the Tapco Credit Union. You can contribute at any branch or online at www.tpcrimestoppers.com.

Donations are also accepted in an account at Twin Star Credit Union.

January 11, 2018

City of Yelm conducts Open House – Tues, Jan. 16 4-7pm,
Public invited to get informed, comment on 2 city plans

– City of Yelm holds Open House – Tues., Jan 16 4-7pm Yelm Community Center
This will provide information and opportunities for questions and comments on both plans:

1. Design of the new Playground and Splash Park
• proposed design and layout for the new Playground equipment at Yelm City Park,
• proposed design for the new Splash Park,

2. City of Yelm Hazards Mitigation Plan
• proposed draft of the Community Hazards Mitigation Plan, which identified risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and establishes long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.

January 10, 2018

Deputy McCartney’s Memorial is Jan. 18th, 1pm –

Credit: Pierce County Sheriff

– From the Pierce County Sheriff Tweet:
“Please join us in remembering the life and service of Deputy Daniel A. McCartney, a loving father of three, husband, son and loyal friend, who lost his life protecting the residents of Pierce County. Jan 17, 1pm, Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium.”
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