Yelm Community Blog
Monthly: May 2020

America in crisis: disease, unemployment, outrage at police,
“Trump turns White House into purveyor of racism, death, and destruction,”
“Suggests ‘MAGA’ Fans Gather, Makes Military Threat!”
“A line of almost all white women formed between police officers and black protesters at Thursday night’s rally in downtown Louisville calling for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor.”
Credit: © Tim Druck.
  • Editor’s note: I recall no time since the summer of 1968 after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated and ripped off America’s scab to reveal the puss in the wound of persistent racism.
  • The Washington Post titled 1968 as “The year America unraveled.”
  • The newspaper reported, “Facing off — young against old, black against white — Americans wondered whether they could ever find their way back toward one another.”
  • Now, 52 years later, we approach the summer of 2000, though not gripped by a Vietnam-type war.
  • The eve of summer 2000 finds America in a war of a pandemic without a plan nor national leadership, unemployment rivaling The Great Depression of the 1930’s, and emotional anxiety/depression from months of shelter-in-place.
  • Instead of assassinations, we now find the match was lit by police brutality against our black citizens revealing the underbelly of seething racism, inflaming our national outrage!
  • What is so dangerous is that we have the President encouraging his “base” and MAGA supporters to join with the protestors implying their anger at government is the same, when such is far from the truth. The protestors are marching against police brutality. Trump’s MAGA supporters are all about Trump’s re-election in wanting him to reduce government intrusions in their lives.
  • Beyond the protests, reports of out-of-town extremists causing anarchy persist in many cities.
  • Taylor Swift’s Tweet put Trump on-notice: “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.”
  • All of this while American pandemic deaths keep climbing as we approach 105,000 dead today.
  • The headlines below echo a nation on edge. A long, hot summer seething with tension is ahead!

Trump Suggests ‘MAGA’ Fans Gather, Makes Military Threat

Washington state governor activates National Guard to contain Seattle protests, at Mayor’s request

Viral photo [in Louisville] shows line of white people between police, black protesters at Thursday rally – This IS “We the People!”

Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis

Trump, desperate for distraction, turns White House into purveyor of racism, death, and destruction

Black MSNBC Reporter all but loses it rightfully on air with the truth America must hear

Nike releases ‘Don’t Do It’ ad addressing racism in America – See the ad here

Trump demands Republican convention ‘with no masks or social distancing’ despite coronavirus pandemic – US president does not want to see signs of virus measures in his renomination audience, governor’s office says

The Trump campaign isn’t about winning, but setting the stage for whatever happens after he loses

Atlanta mayor says Trump should ‘stop talking’ about protests: ‘This is like Charlottesville all over again’

Chicago mayor Lightfoot’s response to Trump’s latest tweets ‘begins with F and ends with You’

LIGHTFOOT: “Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous, and we must stand in firm solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who is the speaker. And, folks, we see the game he’s playing because it’s so transparent and he’s not very good at it. He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges, and we can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with ‘F’ and it ends with ‘you.’ I will not remain silent while this man cynically tries to turn this incredibly painful moment into one for his own political gain.”

In a sad week for America, Trump has fled from his duty

President Obama comments on George Floyd’s death,
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal,'”
While Trump makes himself irrelevant!
Credit: @BarakObama

Trump praises Secret Service response to White House protests, warns greater force could have been used

From NBC News:

[Editor’s note: Trump does nothing to call for unity and/or to be a voice of calm. His only thoughts are if protestors would engage The White House perimeter, they would be met with harm and potential death!]

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised the Untied (sic) States Secret Service for their response to protesters outside the White House Friday night, warning that if the the demonstrators had breached the White House fence they would have been “greeted” with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” 

Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. [Secret Service],” Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe.”

“Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence,” Trump continued, adding that if they had they would “have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”

Thousands of people gathered in front of the White House Friday night in protest of George Floyd’s death, prompting the Secret Service to put the White House on lockdown. 

Trump also said that the protesters had “little to do with the memory” of Floyd and were “just there to cause trouble.” Trump said Saturday would be “MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE,” but it is unclear what he is referencing. Read more

As the U. S. West summer fire season begins,
A ‘Megadrought” could become history’s worst,
While Antarctic ice sheets can melt faster than thought.
The view from Agulhas II.
Credit: © Julian Dowdeswell, via MSN

‘Megadrought’ in the West could become worst drought in history, scientists say

“The western United States and northern parts of Mexico could experience a record-breaking megadrought, according to the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

“‘A new study says the time has arrived: a megadrought as bad or worse than anything even from known prehistory is very likely in progress, and warming climate is playing a key role,’ the Earth Institute said.”

“The study looked at nine states in the western U.S.: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to a map from Science,” by Maddie Capron, The Olympian. Read more

+ Antarctic ice sheets capable of much faster melting than we thought

+ 40 major glaciers in danger of melting

+ Climate change is looming. But America has lost 600,000 clean energy jobs

Thurston Auditor Mary Hall recognized with 2 WA. Auditors Assn. awards!
Mary Hall with her Washington State Association of County Auditors Presidents Award for Outstanding Service
Credit: Mary Hall’s Facebook

“Last week I attended a three day zoom conference [May 19-20] for the Auditors Association annual conference. I was honored to win two awards. One was the heavy hitter award for my work during the legislative session. The second was a total surprise. It was the Presidents award for outstanding service! It was very humbling. It’s nice to be recognized by your peers.” Read more

Drive-Thru Popcorn Event @ Yelm Cinemas this Saturday, 12n-7pm.
Credit: Yelm Cinemas

Yelm Cinemas’ Popular Popcorn Drive-Thru Event this Saturday

  • From Yelm Cinemas:

“In efforts to improve your experience we are extending our popcorn drive thru hours for Saturday May 30th. Our new hours will be 12-7pm. We want to thank you all for showing up and waiting in line, even wait to took a long time. We love our community! We can’t wait to show you movies again.”

“Please invite popcorn lovers! Large popcorn bucket $6 or 2 buckets for $10. Candy $2 each.”

“Customer will stay in their vehicles and may hand over exact cash to limit interaction and money handling. Customers may also use their cards and enter their pin or sign with a sterilized stylus.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone!” Read more

Latest tips and information for the Yelm area, May 28, 2020:
* Thurston requires public face masks as of today,
* ‘Out of control’ Yelm Four Corners party results in child injury,
* Inslee lists religious services guidelines.
Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 WA. jobs. Credit: Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times


+ Happy story right here in Washington: Penny Rescued From Neglect While Pregnant, 6 healthy piglets born at Pasedo’s Safe Haven

+ Thurston County residents required to wear masks in public starting Thursday [TODAY!]

+ Coronavirus deaths top 100,000 in United States. ‘Too big for us to comprehend’

+ Yelm Four Corners “out of control” party on May 23 without social distancing resulted in a 13-year-old child being injured

+ Homelessness Could Rise 45 Percent in One Year Due to Unemployment Crisis

+ Inslee announces religious and faith-based services guidance

+ It’s official: Capital Lakefair has been canceled

+ Get ready for higher prices at the grocery store

+ Will summer weather change how the coronavirus spreads? Here’s what experts know


Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Washington, more than 12,000 overall

Key nonprofits, community leaders, businesses and philanthropies across the state joined together to launch All In WA, a coordinated, statewide relief effort that will support workers and families who have been acutely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Five ways the pandemic may change airports for the better

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

Graphic: See the U.S. coronavirus death toll hit 100,000 with this animated map

Will the World Become a Police State? [because of the virus]

Restaurant Owner Says Employees Won’t Come Back to Work

Sidewalk dining, street closures proposed for downtown Olympia [interesting in light of the hoops Yelm businesses had to jump through just to offer al fresco dining just a few short years ago!]

Thurston County approved to Phase 2 reopening immediately!

“With state’s OK, Thurston County moves to Phase 2 of re-opening. Here’s what that means”

“Thurston County has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to gradually re-open the state from restrictions that have been in place in response to COVID-19, according to a news release from the state health department’s Joint Information Center.”

The approval is effective immediately, and the OK from Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman comes less than 24 hours after Thurston submitted its application.”

“Businesses and activities that can re-open in Phase 2, with social distancing measures and health standards in place, include:

  • Gatherings of up to five people outside a household per week;
  • Outdoor recreation, such as camping, with five or fewer people from outside a household;
  • In-home/domestic services, such as nannies and housecleaning;
  • In-store retail purchases, with restrictions;
  • Hair and nail salons;
  • Pet grooming;
  • Restaurants, at less than 50% capacity, with tables seating no more than five people and no bar-area seating;
  • Office-based businesses, though telework will still be encouraged.

Businesses that reopen are required to comply with specific guidelines set by the state. More about the governor’s gradual re-opening plan is available online:,” by Sara Gentzler, The Olympian. Read more

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