November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving from the Yelm Community Blog!
Credit: Richard Crowson,
The Wichita Eagle

This Thanksgiving Day message was first published here in 2009:

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, which is as pertinent today as during the Civil War to heal our nation’s wounds:

By the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln
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

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Credit: Hillsdale College YouTube video

– America the Beautiful sung by Hillsdale College’s Choir (Michigan)
“Written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”
Click here for the video.

– America the Beautiful sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Click here

November 25, 2020

Small Business Saturday is November 28th – Shop Local
Credit: American Express
Share joy. Shop Small®. From American Express
This holiday season is a little different, but we can still share joy. Shop Small and support the places you love on Small Business Saturday this November 28 – and all season long. Visit ShopSmall‍.com to find local small businesses, learn ways to back Black-owned businesses, and more! Learn more

+ CNBC: American Express’s 11th annual Small Business Saturday is November 28. Here’s how you can Shop Small and support your local community.

November 25, 2020

* Gift of Gobble fed 150 families, a 50% increase,
* Health workers say state’s hospitals nearing capacity,
* Trump’s post-presidency has potentially serious legal battles!

The 2020 Gift of Gobble feed 150 families
Credit: Bounty For Families


+ AP News: Voter turnout in Washington hit 84.1%, just shy of record, election to be certified Dec. 1st [Thurston County final votes tally on Nov. 24]

+ JOLT News: Thurston County officials reflect on complicated, successful election season

+ NVN: Late Republican Ballots Thwart Democratic Gains in State Legislature, [though] Balance of Power Unchanged in Olympia

+ Bounty For Families: Yelm’s Gift of Gobble Feeds 150 Families in 2020 [Ed. note: A 50% increase over supporting an annual 100 fmailies.]

+ Air Force Magazine: The US is Out of the Open Skies Treaty [with Russia]. What’s Next?

+ South Sound Biz: New Marriott Tacoma Hotel (adjacent Convention Center) Signals Promising Future for South Sound Conventions/Tourism

+ The Olympian: State expands who’s eligible for $1.1 million still left in Thurston’s rent assistance fund

+ Yelm Chamber: $500 Grants Available to small Yelm Businesses

+ McClatchey News: Health workers join Gov. Inslee to warn that hospitals are approaching capacity

+ Common Dreams: ‘Go Big, and Stay Big’: Economists Call for $3 Trillion Covid Relief Package to Stop Nation’s Descent Into Ruin – “The Senate’s failure” to approve funding the cause+ McClatchey News:

+ McClatchey News: Looking to get outdoors after Thanksgiving? Washington, Oregon waive state park fees

+ CNBC: Pennsylvania and Nevada certify Biden wins over Trump

+ AP News: Michigan AG investigates threats against Wayne County Board of Canvassers

+ The Hill: Biden surpasses 80 million votes [a record for any President], eclipsing Obama’s record by more than 10 million votes

+ UK’s Daily Mail: Billionaire Charles Koch says he was ‘horrified’ by extreme immigration and foreign policy views of Republicans HE funded – said he ‘screwed up’ by being too partisan


Thurston County COVID-cases show concerning trends – 135 cases so far this week, with 5 days to go. [patterns of multiple household members getting sick]

Threshold for reopening WA schools could be lowered significantly, draft plan shows

4 in 10 Americans Plan to Defy CDC Guidelines on Thanksgiving

US Coronavirus: US sets record for Covid-19 hospitalizations amid fall surge

CDC to shorten quarantine for those exposed to Covid-19

Of all the people who died of the 1918-1919 flu in Seattle, more than half died after the holiday season [Ed. note: Will Puget Sound learn from history, or set a new record 2020-2021?]

Several Puget Sound hospitals postponing non-urgent procedures amid COVID surge

Washington cell phone and traffic data show slowdown in Thanksgiving travel amid COVID warnings

The Best and Worst Places to Be in the Coronavirus Era


+ The New York Times: Trump Is Said to Plan Pardon of Flynn, one of a string of pardons he plans to issue before leaving office[Ed. note: As if this is a surprise to anyone. Are pre-pardoning Jared, Ivanka, and Trump himself next?]

Former House speaker Paul Ryan calls on Trump to concede

Trump’s post-presidency will be cluttered with potentially serious legal battles

November 24, 2020

The Yelm community of all ages invited to send Season’s Greetings to Seniors at Rosemont!

Rosemont Yelm
Credit: Prestige Senior Living

Send Season’s Greetings to Seniors at Rosemont!

What:  Prestige Care invites the Yelm community members of all ages to send positive notes, warm wishes and fun artwork to its residents to spread cheer and uplift spirits.
With the holidays just around the corner, Prestige Care is placing an emphasis on bringing extra joy to its residents during times of social distancing and other safety measures due to COVID-19. Rosemont is welcoming cards, letters and other paper gifts such as drawings and homemade artwork and asks that community members keep the following recommendations in mind:  
Messages should be handwritten and in large, easy-to-read print. Keep the messages positive. Prestige encourages writers to make their letters kind and heartfelt. If including a drawing or painting by a child, please consider having them sign with their name and age at the bottom.
Please don’t date your letters, as items can take up to three days to disinfect.   Prestige is taking extra precautions and will sort and disinfect all items prior to them being delivered to residents. All items will be opened and screened unless it is a private message sent from a family or friend of the resident.  

Community members can mail their season’s greetings to the address below. Those who wish to drop off items in person may call Prestige and meet a staff member at the entrance.
Where:   Prestige Senior Living Rosemont 215 SE, Killion Rd SE, Yelm, WA 98597

November 24, 2020

* Polar Express Train Rides reduced due to COVID-19,
* Biden’s environmental agenda could have big effect on NW,
* Trump clears way for transition process to begin!
The Polar Express™ Train Ride
Credit: Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum


+ The [Centralia] Chronicle: Polar Express Train Rides Have Reduced Number of Rides After New State COVID-19 Restrictions

+ The Seattle Times: Biden’s environmental agenda could have big effect on Northwest [with John Kerry’s appointment as Climate Czar]

+ JOLT News: Public invited to comment tomorrow on long-term vision for Thurston County’s Comprehensive Plan

+ JOLT News: Climate plan designed to curb Thurston County’s greenhouse gas emissions

+ JOLT News: Physicians, P.A.s and A.R.N.Ps struck MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care Clinics today

+ MSNBC: Obama says it’s hard to bring country together while Trump continues to ‘fan division’


CDC Director Says All Schools Should Remain Open to In-Person Learning

‘Close to 1,000’ Cleveland Clinic caregivers infected with Covid-19, says hospital official

Cleveland Clinic Identifies Melatonin as COVID-19 Treatment

Yes, the Sturgis motorcycle rally did result in COVID-19 cases across state lines, according to CDC

While Republicans play politics with American lives, Ben Carson was close to death

Survey: More Young Adults Thinking About Suicide and Death


Trump legal team disavows association with lawyer Sidney Powell

What line did Sidney Powell cross that Rudy Giuliani didn’t?

Almost no Trump voters consider Biden the 2020 election winner, poll says [Ed.note: It’s going to be a rough 4 years with Trump and his 1 million Twitter followers trolling the Biden Administration with disinformation. The Divided State of America!]

‘Iran in the Crosshairs?’ Reports of Secret Meeting Between Netanyahu, MbS, and Pompeo Spark Fears of War Plot – “It is extremely alarming that the warmongers most reliant on Trump’s blank checks are secretly meeting in the middle of the night as the clock nearly runs out on the Trump administration.”

Trump quits treaty allowing US to fly reconnaissance missions over Russia – will destroy planes

Trump plans to veto defense bill that strips Confederate names from military bases

Michigan AG warns on election fraud claims: A false claim of criminal activity is a crime

Rep. Bill Pascrell is going after Bar licenses of Trump lawyers in Fed. Court!

Carl Bernstein reveals which 21 Senate Republicans have ‘expressed extreme contempt for Trump’

Putin weighs in, says that US elections were flawed and that Biden is not the President-elect [Ed.note: As if this was a surprise. Putin lost with his boy being a loser!]

The Daily Kos Op-Ed: The AGs of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania should immediately empanel grand juries

All the president’s ‘Guys’

November 23, 2020

Groundbreaking movie by Yelm-area producer debuts,
“EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation” by Paulina Amador –
Available on Amazon beginning November 27, 2020!

“EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation”
Credit: We Genius Minds

Introducing the debut of “EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation”

To Yelm Community Blog readers: As the creator and director of EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation, I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have supported this project. It has been an amazing journey, and a pleasure to work and to share with so many of you along the way. And, really, it’s just the beginning! With Gratitude and Seasons Greetings to You and Yours — Paulina Amador

A visual masterpiece narrated by legendary actress, Linda Evans, EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation creates a new paradigm for our understanding of GENIUS, presenting brilliant interviews with experts in A.I., neurology, quantum physics, art and much more, reaching from the archives of antiquity to contemporary, cutting edge science.

SYNOPSIS: EVOLUTION: The Genius Equation inspires us to think for ourselves and to explore our unlimited potential. One has to ask, does everyone have access to GENIUS? What is the Secret? EVOLUTION will leave you with questions you didn’t know you had.

FEATURING EXPERTS: Michio Kaku, Paris Reid, Norman Doidge, David Gelernter, Sam Sternberg, Poppy Crum, Feryal Ozel, Chiara Marletto, Stanley Krippner, Philippa Gregory, JZ Knight and Ramtha, Margaret Starbird, and Jason Padgett.

Click here for the trailer.

Click here to watch beginning November 27, 2020.

  • Director Paulina Amador remarks, “Do we really think for ourselves?
    It’s important that people have the freedom to dig deeper and follow
    their curiosity. Many feel they are not allowed to think for themselves. It is the biggest problem in our current society that people don’t value their
    own thoughts.”
  • Ask yourself – “What if everyone woke up to their own unique capacity for inspiration and innovation? What if genius is a state of mind that anyone can access?”

Blogger Klein is a contributing supporter of Paulina Amador’s movie.

November 23, 2020

* NVN: JZ Knight called for Trump to engage a ‘Military Coup’ – FBI aware,
* Culp follows Trump in refusing to concede,
* Plenty of ventilators, not enough staff to mind them!

JZ Knight
JZ Knight relaxes with her dog at her pool inside her home on the grounds of the Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment in this 2014 file photo.
Credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News
  • Editor’s note: Key stories in the news over the weekend:
  • The NVN story on JZ Knight leading her school from the spiritual into the political,
  • Losing gubernatorial candidate Culp follows Trump in refusing to concede,
  • The U. S. has plenty of ventilators, yet too few specialists to mind them.
  • Bottom line: take care this holiday to not get sick, as hospitals face capacity and staffing challenges.


+ NVN: JZ Knight Called for ‘Military Coup’ After Biden Took Lead in Presidential Bid

+ NVN: Culp Campaign Jabs at State Republicans, Tells House Minority Leader Wilcox to ‘Grow a Pair’ [Ed. note: Defeated governor candidate seems to take a page from Trump’s playbook.]

+ The Seattle Times: Loren Culp, refusing to concede Washington gubernatorial race, turns on top Republicans

+ NVN: Timberland Libraries to Limit Services to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

+ The Olympian: Better Business Bureau warns if an online deal seems too good to be true, it likely is

+ KING-5 TV: Apple Cup between UW, WSU canceled this year due to coronavirus

+ The Olympian: Thurston County ends week with 334 COVID-19 cases, the second highest weekly total

+ News-Tribune: 10 reasons why Western Washington gardeners can be grateful this Thanksgiving

+ McClatchey Retailers are putting purchase limits on these items as coronavirus pandemic surges to prevent stockpiling

+ NVN: Yelm Prairie Christian Volunteers Weather Storm to Distribute Food

+ Story of Stuff: Buy Nothing Day is an active protest against Black Friday, the holiday of waste and overconsumption.

+ American Express: Small Business Saturday®, November 28, and all season long. [Registered Trademark of American Express]


The CDC Called on Americans to Avoid Thanksgiving Travel. Millions Are Ignoring That Advice.

The U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Mind Them

No lockdowns, no downturn: Taiwan attracts skilled expats with (mostly) COVID-free life

Doctors and nurses want more data before championing vaccines to end the pandemic

300-person wedding in Washington state leads to at least 17 coronavirus cases

Mental Health ER Visits Increase 31% for Teens During Pandemic

Trump vaccine chief has had ‘no contact’ with Biden transition team

The Truth About COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’

November 23, 2020

Trump busy from his golf resort over the weekend!
As his election interference plans fizzled!
President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on November 21, 2020, in Sterling, Virginia.
Credit: Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images
  • Ed. note: Last weekend, outgoing President Trump was busy causing chaos in our election system, highlighted in section one.
  • The 2nd section below details Trump’s legal woes effective January 21, 2021, the day after he leaves office, all published last weekend.
  • In the 3rd section, Michigan’s Attorney General considers criminal probes into election interference, plus South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham has been called out by fellow lawyers for committing a felony with his Georgia election interference.


First: Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Says Georgia Election Lawsuit ‘Will Be Biblical,’ Suggests GOP Governor Helped Biden [Ed. note: Her PA. case was thrown out for lack of evidence.]

Second: Trump Dumps Sydney Powell, Lawyer Who Promised to ‘Blow Up’ Georgia, As Legal Strategy Unravels [Ed. note: Who’s on First?]

Trump advisor Chris Christie tells Trump to end election lawsuits, calls his legal team ’national embarrassment

After meeting with Trump, on Saturday Michigan lawmakers said they see nothing to overturn Biden’s win

‘Without merit’: Trump loses court case that sought to block Biden’s Pennsylvania win

Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge

Trump suffers twin defeats in his effort to overturn Biden’s victory in key states

Trump legal team planning to file election lawsuit in Georgia

Georgia governor calls for audit after state certifies election results

Trump tries to drum out GOP election officials who won’t play his games


Neal Katyal: All of Trump’s criminal immunity expires in about 60 days

What Trump faces on Jan. 20, 2021 – As soon as he becomes a private citizen, Trump will be stripped of the legal armor that has protected him from pending cases both civil and criminal.

New York Times Magazine cover story: Trump’s Liability [Jonathan Mahler looks at the extensive kinds of potential liability facing Donald Trump as he leaves office]


Michigan attorney general ponders criminal probes of state and local officials who bend to Trump’s will on overturning election results

DOJ kicked off the docket in E. Jean Carroll’s case against Trump!

Trump slams the Paris climate accord at the G20 Summit, saying it was ‘designed to kill the American economy’ [Ed. note: he was on the golf course and did not attend the G20.]

Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election

Frank Figliuzzi: Trump just made Chris Krebs a martyr for America’s democratic integrity

Trump Is Trying to Force Banks to Continue Financing Arctic Fossil Fuel Drilling

‘What We in the Legal World Call a Felony’: Lawyers Condemn Lindsey Graham, Call for DOJ and Senate Investigations

Judge halts efforts by Trump appointee to reshape Voice of America and related agencies

Trump Skips G20 Pandemic Preparedness Meeting as Covid-19 Cases Surpass 12 Million in US “The president is not only missing from his post, but he’s encouraging a mutiny.”

November 22, 2020

Last week’s news through the eyes of cartoonists!
Plus, a day that lives in infamy to my generation –
57 years ago today JFK was assassinated!
“The latest milestone”
Credit: Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee
  • Editor’s note: Last week’s news really reflected this country will be a house divided for years, as Trump will incite his 100 million Twitter followers to discredit the Biden Administration, becasue he is a sore loser and a bully.
  • Whether with his own digital network or a show on the OAN platform, Trump will always be in inciting chaos.
  • Will a possible 2024 announcement for President ensure Republican leaders in Congress and the states are subservient to him for fear of his tweets endangering their re-elections? YES!
  • All of this while U. S. COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and ICU utilization are at all time highs, with no national plan, and the “Presidential office space” of White house pronouncements vacated while Trump has played golf at his Virginia resort for the third weekend in a row, courtesy of the American taxpayer.
  • Why is America not emulating the Taiwan coronavirus response model – no lockdowns, no downturn?
  • How is America governed when half the country is swayed by a mass disinformation machine?
  • “Jews have thrived in democracies because they thrive off the values that underwrite democracy — respect for difference, pluralist politics, recourse to rights and ideas rather over blood and soil.” Trump not conceding is anathema to that cause!
  • And last, 57 years ago today, most everyone born prior to 1956 recalls hearing the news that JFK was shot and killed. American innocence was lost that day. I was a 9 year old in 3rd grade and remember vividly. This was my generation’s Pearl Harbor, a day that lives in infamy!
  • Key headlines give in-depth reading, more cartoons below:

+ Judge dismisses Trump’Congress and the states stay s Pennsylvania election lawsuit handled by Guiliani

+ After Court Ruling, Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey Says It’s Over For Trump and Transition Must Begin

+ Ali Velshi: How do you govern when half the country is trapped in a disinformation bubble?

+ Senators who rejected impeachment in favor of ‘letting voters decide’ now reject voters’ decision Ed. Note: Unprecedented in American history

+ No lockdowns, no downturn: Taiwan attracts skilled expats with (mostly) COVID-free life

+ Why Jews especially should be terrified by Trump’s refusal to concede, by Ari Hoffman,

+ WaPo: The disinformation system that Trump unleashed will outlast him. Here’s what reality-based journalists must do about it.
COVID-19 virulent, no Presidential leadership
Presidential office space”
Credit: Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer
Scott Stantis | Tribune Content Agency
Trump election challenge losses mount –
“Reality Defeats Trump”
Credit: Scott Stantis, The Chicago Tribune
States that imposed few restrictions now have the worst outbreaks.
The latest milestone”
Credit: Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee
“A House Divided”
Credit: Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

November 21, 2020

Yelm Chamber’s ‘Keep the Cheer Here’

  • From the Yelm Chamber of Commerce:

This holiday season, the Yelm Chamber of Commerce is here to help you KEEP THE CHEER HERE!

Thanks to our sponsors, Steele Clayton – State Farm Agent, Easthaven Villa, and Olympia Federal Savings, your local shopping can be reimbursed!

Simply submit a photo of your local receipt dated November 18-December 22 to, following the instructions listed here:…/uploads/Keep-the-Cheer-Here.pdf
and you could be reimbursed up to $200 for your local purchases!

Then tune in to our Facebook LIVE on Wednesdays at 10 to see if you’ve won!

Click the link above for official rules. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and not to Facebook.


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