October 31, 2020

Yelm’s iconic store says good-by today:
JZ-Rose set to close at 5pm!

The Magic of Christmas came alive in Yelm.
Credit: JZ Knight.com

JZ Rose – For All Things Beautiful
207 1ST Street South
Yelm, WA 98597
website: www.jz-rose.com

  • Editor’s note: To be raised in a small or medium sized city in America in the 1960s, as I was in Louisville, KY., meant going to visit the windows of the local downtown Sears Roebuck & Co. store to get glimpses of the magic of Christmas. Wide-eyed children and eager adults came to see what the designers would craft each year.
  • Yelm’s JZ Rose has provided such a delight here for 3 decades and will be greatly missed.
  • This community owes a debt of gratitude to JZ Knight in providing the same magic here in Yelm!

JZ-Rose set to close today at 5pm:

For 30 years, JZ-Rose and predecessor The Outback Boutique have drawn customers to Yelm from all around Puget Sound and to their award-winning online site from the world over. Click here to read the history.

What will Christmas in Yelm be like without the magic and windows of JZ-Rose?

THANK YOU to JZ Knight for 3 decades of providing Yelm’s shopping pleasure.

Happy Retirement, JZ.

October 31, 2020

* “New NAACP ad encourages young people to vote”
* U. S. notes almost 100,000 infections Friday,
* The Lancet blasted Trump’s pandemic response!

Record high infections Friday = 98,583 cases
And President Trump says U.S. ‘rounding the corner
Credit: The Washington Post

New NAACP ad encourages young people to vote” narrated by Morgan Freeman, debuted on The Rachel Maddow Show, October 30.


3 Thurston County Prosecutor’s office employees test positive for COVID-19

Inslee announces technology investment for Washington students and staff

Olympia Obstetrics and Gynecology Provides Friendly, Professional Care [they have a Yelm office]

JOLT News: Thurston County could reach 90% voter turnout

JOLT News: Voting Center opens tomorrow at South Puget Sound Community College

Elections officials warn last-minute Washington voters could face hours-long lines for in-person voter registration

Trump removes gray wolf from endangered species list. What that means for Washington [will remain listed here]

U.S. judge orders ‘extraordinary measures’ to ensure timely ballot delivery at some locations

In a first, ICE agents are poised to respond to potential Election Day unrest


Once again, U.S. sees new daily high for Covid-19 cases, with 98,583 on Oct. 30th

[The Lancet] One of the world’s oldest and most well-known peer-reviewed medical journals published an editorial Friday [10/30] blasting the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling the response complacent and “disastrous.”

Covid antibodies diminish over time, but that’s not the whole story, experts say

‘Remain vigilant’ — Dr. Scott Gottlieb urges people not to throw away months of Covid sacrifice

JOLT News: Thurston County is hiring (temporary contact tracers to help combat the pandemic”

October 31, 2020

America is worried about Trump inciting chaos if he loses!

a group of people walking down a street: Plywood covered businesses in Midtown Manhattan once again Friday as the city prepares for what lies ahead following the results of the presidential election.
America’s cities securing for election.
Macy’s Herald Square, New York boarded up ahead of post-election violence potential.

Credit: © Provided by NBC New York


Politico: ‘There Are No Boundaries’: Experts Imagine Trump’s Post-Presidential Life if He Loses – From profiting off his lifetime Secret Service protection to trolling the Biden administration by cozying up to dictators around the world, Trump’s stint as ex-president could be as disruptive and norm-busting as the last four years have been.

The New York Times: The Day After Election Day – Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4. [David Laughman: In all of my years of public service in national security affairs, I would never have imagined that US government officials were conducting private threat assessments of the President of the United States regarding the safety of our democracy.]

[Trump sycophant] Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp might not be able to vote because he’s in quarantine after close contact with U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, who tested positive for the coronavirus Friday.

Trump caves to Turkish foreign influence that Biden rejected [a must-see video of both responses.]

CBS News: “60 in 6” gets inside look at QAnon, speaks with a leader in the movement [Click here to also see the full report on “60 in 6” on Quibi.]

Donald Trump Jr. Says COVID-19 Deaths ‘Almost Nothing’ As 5,000 Reported in One Week

Trump rolled back more than 125 environmental safeguards. Here’s how.

Swing-state voters face major mail delays in returning ballots on time, USPS data shows

More voter suppression: ‘No Pandemic Exception’: Federal Court Says Minnesota Must Separate Out Later Ballots

Trump says he’ll ‘probably’ cancel election night party at his D.C. hotel – Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, has imposed a ban in the city on any gatherings attended by more than 50 people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Trump spars with Minnesota officials over crowd limits of 250 ahead of rally due to COVID

Trump adviser Stephen Miller reveals the president’s aggressive second-term immigration agenda to limit asylum, target “sanctuary cities,” expand the “travel ban” and cut work visas.

Wilbur Ross Remained on Chinese Joint Venture Board While Running U.S.-China Trade War – Chinese documents show that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce did not successfully step down from all his corporate commitments.

Salon: Mark Meadows apparently used taxpayer funds to help wife’s friend raise campaign cash

Equity firm forgave 130,000,000 Trump loan in exchange for LNG rail cars up the SE Coast of Florida.

In 3 A.M. Tweet [Oct. 30], President Says Opponent Will Only Win Election if Supreme Court Helps

October 30, 2020

Rare Halloween Blue Moon tomorrow,
Set clocks back one hour Saturday night!

Daylight Savings Time sends Sunday, 2am.

– Daylight Savings Time ends in Yelm this Sunday, November 1st, 2am.
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour prior to retiring Saturday night.
Read more from LiveScience.com, Read more from Time and Date.com.

A Rare Halloween Blue Moon Will Be Seen This Year – For the first time since WWII, people all over the world will see the Oct. 31 display.

Credit: Norman Rockwell

October 30, 2020

* Give these local Halloween happenings a try,
* AARP webinar for veterans or transitioning from active duty looking for employment,
* WaPo: Trump ponders becoming one thing he so despises: A loser!

Credit: The Washington Post


KING 5: Boeing CEO says some Everett production will be shutdown for ‘quite a while’

Officials: COVID-19 activity intensifying in Washington – If not brought under control, the spike could jeopardize progress toward reopening schools, strain the health care system and increase risks during the holidays.

The Olympian: Still looking for the right fright night? Give these local Halloween happenings a try

JOLT News: Medical providers should watch out for scams

JOLT News: Bus service at Olympia Transit Center resumes Sunday

Thurston official extends recommendation for schools as 25 more COVID-19 cases announced

Moses Lake Republican Dent recovering from COVID-19 after trip to ICU, second known Washington lawmaker to have tested positive for the virus after House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, last August.

Still looking for the right fright night? Give these local Halloween happenings a try

Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to discuss Biden’s “ambitious plan” to fight climate change and President Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail. [Ed. note: Will Inslee be in the Biden Cabinet?]

Hundreds of dogs, cats flown from Hawaii to Seattle to find homes“Pet shelters in Hawaii are in a COVID-19 crisis,” due to the coronavirus.


What’s Inside Your Bottled Water? Consider using your own bottle with filter when away from home

Mercola: What You Need to Know About ‘the Great Reset’

Gay couples race to wed over fears for future of same-sex marriage

Advocates fear Barrett will strip away gay rights. It could begin next week.

Exxon announces additional job cuts amid ongoing Covid-19 hit to oil demand

WaPo Opinions: It’s up to John Roberts to save his court

AARP: “If you’re a veteran, or transitioning from active duty looking for employment or trying to help a military family member find a job, don’t miss our free webinar.


The Economist Endorses Joe Biden, Says Donald Trump ‘Must Be Soundly Rejected

‘We are submerged’: Europe faces new lockdowns as outbreaks spiral [while Trump does little here]

82% of Hospitalized COVID Patients Had Vitamin D Deficiency


Politico: Never before in modern presidential politics has a candidate been so reliant on wide-scale efforts to depress the vote as Trump.

As Election Day nears, Trump ponders becoming one thing he so despises: A loser

‘A family endeavor’: Emails show how the Pompeos mixed personal, official business

Trump Openly Voices Hope That Courts Will Intervene in Ballot Count

Supreme Court rejects 2nd GOP effort to stop ballot deadline extension in North Carolina

Kayleigh McEnany’s New Shadow Role With Trump Campaign Riles Ethics Watchdogs

Trump Admin to Give $1.4 Billion to Try to Revive the Nuclear Power Industry [Ed. Note, No more nuclear waste dumped in Washington please!]

Trump admin considers branding Amnesty International, other human rights groups [i.e Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Oxfam] as ‘anti-Semitic’ because they oppose Israel government polices towards Palestine.

Agency that cares for migrant kids was not told Trump admin was separating families, says report

How Ivanka and Lara Trump drained ’empowerment’ of all meaning in 2020

What happens to Fox News if Trump loses? Rupert Murdoch is prepared.

How Trump waged war on his own government

October 29, 2020

BREAKING NEWS from The New York Times:
Trump, Barr interfered in Turkish bank investigation, impeachable offenses!
America does not do this!!!!

“Attorney General William P. Barr proposed a ‘global settlement’ that would end the inquiry into Halkbank. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan objected. [Ed. note: Then, the lead prosecutor was relieved of duty. This requires Barr to be impeached]
Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

“Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump”

Special by Eric Lipton and Benjamin Weiser, The New York Times:

“New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.”

Ed. note: Trump discussed an active criminal case with the authoritarian leader of Turkey, a nation where Trump has business interests. Attorney General Barr then interfered with his own DOJ prosecutors. These are impeachable offenses for both President Trump and AG Barr!


The president’s apparent eagerness to please Mr. Erdogan has drawn scrutiny for years. So has the scale and intensity of the lobbying effort by Turkey on issues like its demand for the extradition of one of Mr. Erdogan’s political rivals, a Turkish religious leader living in self-imposed exile in the United States. Mr. Erdogan had a big political stake in the outcome, because the case had become a major embarrassment for him in Turkey.

At the White House, Mr. Trump’s handling of the matter became troubling even to some senior officials at the time.

The president was discussing an active criminal case with the authoritarian leader of a nation in which Mr. Trump does business; he reported receiving at least $2.6 million in net income from operations in Turkey from 2015 through 2018, according to tax records obtained by The New York Times.

And Mr. Trump’s sympathetic response to Mr. Erdogan was especially jarring because it involved accusations that the bank had undercut Mr. Trump’s policy of economically isolating Iran, a centerpiece of his Middle East plan.

Former White House officials said they came to fear that the president was open to swaying the criminal justice system to advance a transactional and ill-defined agenda of his own.

‘He would interfere in the regular government process to do something for a foreign leader,’ John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, said in a recent interview. ‘In anticipation of what? In anticipation of another favor from that person down the road.'”

Read more

Daily Kos: Some of the mystery around why Barr was so anxious to fire U.S. Attorney Berman has been solved

October 29, 2020

* Boeing struggles, as more cuts coming,
* WA. Health: ‘We can head this off before it’s out of control’,
* To Trump on the economy, “It’s the virus, stupid!”

Boeing’s struggles amid more cuts.
Boeing 777X airplane takes off on its first flight with the Olympic Mountains in the background at Paine Field in Everett, Jan. 25, 2020.
Credit: © AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
  • Editor’s note: “‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was the phrase that James Carville, Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign director, coined to explain his strategy to convince the public to change presidential leadership in the middle of a recession.”
  • Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George H. W. Bush, making him a one term President. Will that occur again in 2020?
  • “It’s the virus, stupid,” Trump ignores to his peril!


WSDOT: Utility Tree Trimming Brings Daytime Delays to SR 510 in Yelm [Weekdays Nov. 4-12, except Veterans Day Nov. 11]

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Pregnant woman’s killing haunts family 24 years later – the family now lives in Yelm

Studded Tires Allowed in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31

Teen trivia night at library next week

🎃Virtual Pumpkin Carving Competition sponsored by Yelm Cinemas

SW Washington Food Hub Providing Multi-Farm Produce Boxes to Region

JOLT News: A shower of support — Donate to Build a Bus Home owns a 53-foot trailer equipped with 17 shower for homeless.

Report: Timberland Bancorp One of Best-Performing Small Capitalization Institutions Nationwide


As Boeing struggles to stay competitive, top jet buyers describe daunting outlook and ‘The market has spoken’: Jet buyers see a grim Boeing future

Boeing Announces More Cuts, Citing Pandemic Losses

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly: “The Ship is Taking on Water”

Idaho hospitals near capacity as Covid-19 cases surge [Ed. note: Seattle and Portland being used as alternates]

Millions of ballots unreturned as time for reliable delivery passes

More than half of Washington’s voters have returned ballots

Washington State Department of Health Deputy Secretary of Health for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach: ‘We can head this off before it’s out of control’

Researchers at the University of Kansas report counties with mask mandates thwarted significant escalation in transmission of COVID-19 and counties operating without a requirement people wear a face covering suffered steady infection rate increases. — A new article by researchers at the University of Washington published in the journal Nature Medicine estimated a near-universal adherence to mask wearing throughout the United States could save 130,000 lives by the end of February.


Covid cases, hospitalizations continue to surge as U.S. reaches ‘critical point’ in pandemic

Millions of ballots unreturned as time for reliable delivery passes

Dow sinks more than 900 points for its worst drop since June amid rising virus cases globally [Ed. note: Wall Street does not mirror Trump’s talk-up on the economy. The old slogan should be updated for Trump, “It’s the virus, Stupid!”]

Exclusive: GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago

Americans fear rising cost of working from home as pandemic continues

October 29, 2020

Trump drops the guardrails to the country’s peril!
Opens up protected Alaskan pristine forest to logging!
No longer needing his base, will he trash the country after Nov. 3rd?

Trump will open up more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development. A waterfall in Red Bluff Bay on Baranof Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Credit: © Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images/WaPo


Top NOAA Scientist Fired After Asking Trump Appointees to Acknowledge Agency Scientific Integrity Policy

Trump is pocketing money from Republican donors, from GOP functions, and from your taxes

WaPo Investigative Report: Ballrooms, candles and luxury cottages: During Trump’s term, millions of government and GOP dollars have flowed to his properties

Trump campaign’s use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns

Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests

Trump’s attacks on political adversaries are often followed by threats to their safety

White House lists ending Covid-19 pandemic as an accomplishment despite cases spiking to record levels

White House COVID-19 task force officials reportedly took personal offense to a Trump admin report that lists ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic’ as one of Trump’s major first term accomplishments

WaPo Opinions: How the idiocy of Trump and Jared Kushner let the pandemic loose

WaPo: Trump’s campaign depends on his supporters putting their health at risk – Election Day is poised to be among the worst days of the pandemic

Kushner bragged that Trump took ‘country back from the doctors’ in early days of COVID-19 pandemic: Woodward

Trump’s Handwriting Analyzed By Expert in 1988 – [predicted the Trump we know today]

Trump leaving supporters out in the cold following Omaha rally is a perfect metaphor for 2020

Ad Launch by Trump Admin Officials for Biden

Trump admin dismantles ‘firewall’ for editorial independence at U.S.-funded outlets

WaPo: White House could have traced and contained its covid-19 outbreak. It chose not to. “It’s only unknowable if you don’t want to know,” former CDC director says.

‘Has he upheld his oath of office?,’ author asks about Trump

October 28, 2020

Former DHS official Miles Taylor says he is author of “Anonymous”

“Miles Taylor, former chief of staff for then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, at home in Washington in 2020.” Credit: David Burnett/Contact Press Images, via The Washington Post

“‘Anonymous’ no more: Former DHS official Miles Taylor reveals he is writer of scathing Trump op-ed

Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who stepped forward in August to blast President Donald Trump’s leadership, said Wednesday he’s “Anonymous,” the senior administration official who wrote a scathing op-ed and book about the Trump White House.

In a post on Medium entitled “Why I’m no longer Anonymous,” Taylor said he wrote the op-ed as a way to get the White House to focus on what he was saying about the danger he thought Trump posed to the country, instead of focusing on him.

“‘The decision wasn’t easy, I wrestled with it, and I understand why some people consider it questionable to levy such serious charges against a sitting president under the cover of anonymity. But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it,’ Taylor wrote.'”Issuing my critiques without attribution forced the President to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling,” by Dareh Gregorian and Hallie Jackson, NBC News. Read more

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” by Miles Taylor, The New York Times. Read more

“Who Is Miles Taylor?”

“A lifelong Republican and a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Taylor took a leave of absence from his job at Google this summer to campaign for Joseph R. Biden Jr.,” by Michael D. Shear, The New York Times. Read more

October 28, 2020

* Do not mail your ballot after today – use a county drop box!
* County’s 2nd-half property taxes due Monday – no extension,
* How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago!

a blue bus parked in front of a building: The U.S. Postal Service has processed 523 million pieces of election mail, including voter information pamphlets, registration information and ballots to date. By comparison, it moved 323 million pieces during the 2016 election cycle.
US Postal Service
© Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters


Thurston County: Second-half property tax payment due next Monday – Unlike the first-half deadline, the Treasurer’s Office says this deadline will not be delayed.

NVN: Looking to Be ‘the City’s Living Room,’ Church Moves Into Wolf Building

NVN: Yelm Police Investigating Another Robbery at Prairie Hotel

NVN: Yelm Chamber of Commerce Announces Cancelation of Christmas Parade

Olympia port approves 5-year deal to bring Ready Reserve Fleet ships to Budd Inlet

Washington Secretary of State says election systems ‘fully secure’ as Election Day nears


Millions poised to lose unemployment benefits in ‘enormous cliff’ at year’s end

“For some Black voters over 65, the national unrest we’ve seen in 2020 is a reminder of civil rights movement they lived through, and how much more needs to be done.” [Ed. note: that’s why they and some White voters may propel Biden to victory!]

How states aim to prevent a surge in mail-in ballot rejections

GOP senators pondering action if Trump loses and refuses to step down, Carl Bernstein says

Kavanaugh Issues Ominous Opinion Regurgitating Trump Mail-In Ballot Lies

Lt. Col. Vindman writing memoir, ‘Here, Right Matters’

NYT: How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago – defaulted on his loans, sued his bank, got much of the debt forgiven — and largely avoided paying taxes on it.


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