May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021 –
We pause to remember those who gave to our country!
Caisson enters Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website. Credit: Andrew V. McMaster, May 2006.

This Memorial Day story has been posted annually since May 28, 2007:
This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders.

“Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action,” quoting Wikipedia.

The wars have left their mark on this area, as we are reminded of one of the first from this area to give the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq War, Rainier’s Justin Norton, who was killed in June 2006:

Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton

Justin Norton Scholarship Fund honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.
About Sgt. Norton

Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597

Delta Airlines honors our military on their last flights home (February 13, 2013).
“A group of Delta Air Lines employees has made a commitment to honor and recognize members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A solider and his military canine who both died in action return home, their remains arriving on U. S. soil in Atlanta in this video.
The Delta Honor Guard, which has been operating since 2005, is composed of approximately 30 men and women who volunteer their time to honor fallen troops whose remains come through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport aboard Delta flights, according to Brian McConnell, coordinator of the Delta Honor Guard.
Click here for this moving ceremony, which occurs plane-side in the rain, and all weather conditions.”

May 30, 2021

Last week’s news via America’s editorial cartoonists!

Jack Ohman: The eternal gun question ...
“The eternal gun question”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“Amazon’s Appetite”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
May be a cartoon of 1 person and standing
“Doubling down on stupid”
MTG Doubles Down on Comparing Pelosi to Nazis
Credit: Michael de Adder, The Washington Post
Jack Ohman: Alienation ...
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“Stairway to heaven”
Credit: Michael de Adder, The Washington Post
“The Wuhan lab”
Credit: Steve Sak, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
China covers the eyes and mouth of a virus origin investigator with masks in this Breen cartoon
Credit: Steve Breen, The Union Tribune (San Diego)
“The wizards of AZ (Arizona)”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times

May 29, 2021

* Yelm area ideas for outdoor fun,
* Yelm Farmers Market and Splash Park open,
* Best Outdoor Adventures Along the Thurston Bountiful Byway!

Welcome to Yelm, Washington
Yelm’s Splash Park.
Credit: City of Yelm


+ Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm: The Yelm Splash Pad now open and will stay open throughout summer from Tuesday thru Sunday, 11am to 7pm.

+ Yelm Farmers Market: Season opener May 29, then Saturdays through October 30!

+ Experience Olympia & Beyond: Best Outdoor Adventures Along the Thurston Bountiful Byway

+ Experience Olympia & Beyond: Top 8 Things to do in Yelm

+ Experience Olympia & Beyond: Olympia Area Events

+ Jolt News: Timberland libraries offer free books from their online summer program

+ The Olympian: Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia, previously a private golf course, is now open to the public

+ Airways Magazine: Alaska Airlines to begin service to Belize from LAX and Seattle


The Hill: Senate passes resolution urging probe into COVID-19 origins

The Hill: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an opposition to the Justice Department’s motion to stay a federal judge’s order to block release of Trump obstruction memo

USA Today: UFO filmmaker releases 46-second video allegedly showing swarm of objects hovering near Navy ship

The Hill: ‘DHS secretary: We’re taking a very close look at’ vaccine passports – “The White House has also said there would be no federal mandate for proof of COVID-19 vaccinations….a DHS Spokesperson clarified to The Hill that he was talking about making sure that Americans meet travel requirements for other countries.”

Truthout: U.S. Jews Are Increasingly Breaking With Israel to Support Palestinian Liberation – More American Jews are asserting that support for Palestinians is not incongruous with embracing a Jewish identity.

Salon: Arizona Republicans Move to Strip Powers From Democratic Secretary of State [Ed. note: This could be coming to a state near you!]


Politico: Manhattan DA could pursue racketeering charge in Trump Org probe, experts say

MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber: Sprawling Trump Org. probe hits DC hotel: Report

The Hill: Importance of Trump grand jury probe cannot be overstated

MSNBC: Embattled Trump CFO now tied to inauguration scandal

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Case: New York Prosecutor Known for Aggressive Pursuit of Evidence

Business Insider: New York prosecutors are treating the Trump Organization like it’s the mob

Slate: Biden’s Justice Department Is Walking Into a Trap Set by Trump Appointees

Associated Press: Judge agrees to appoint ‘special master’ in Giuliani case

Washington Examiner: Trump issues rally call after judge cancels meeting to discuss Georgia ballot review

Washington Examiner: DOJ urges judge to dismiss lawsuits against Trump and Barr over clearing protesters in Lafayette Square

TPM (Talking Points Memo): ‘The Sickness Is Spreading’: MAGA’s 2020 Amateur Audit-Mania Is Sweeping The Nation

The Atlantic: Trump’s Supporters Are Getting the Lab-Leak Story Backwards

MSNBC: Jan. 6 defendants continue to struggle as Trump continues to lie – Trump didn’t do his most dangerous followers any favors on Jan. 6. Twenty weeks later, he’s still making their lives worse.

Tribune Content Agency: Jonah Goldberg: Anti-Trump sentiment fueled premature dismissal of Wuhan lab theory

Salon: Pollster Frank Luntz concealed his work for GOP in 2020 L.A. Times op-ed: Will media ever learn?

May 29, 2021

The Nisqually Indian Tribe endorses Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm!

May be an image of indoor and office
Nisqually Tribal Council.
Credit: Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm

From the Facebook page of Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm:

“I am proud to announce my first endorsement in my bid to become the next Mayor of Yelm is from the Nisqually Indian Tribe.This is a special endorsement for me and I am so honored to have their support. I have done my best to increase our partnerships and lines of communication since I was elected in 2015. I am also excited to have seen my friend Willie Frank III recently elected as Chair of the Nisqually Tribal Council. He is a great leader with a solid vision for his people’s future. Thank you Chair Frank and the Nisqually Tribe for your support!” Read more

Click here to learn about Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm!

Blogger Klein is a contributor and supporter of Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm

May 28, 2021

Regional news highlights from Thursday:
* AG’s Office criminally charged 3 Tacoma police officers,
* Providence: people can visit hospital, clinic patients!

Manuel Ellis died in Tacoma police custody on March 3, 2020. The Washington State Patrol’s investigation into his death reveals differences in the responding officers’ accounts of what happened that night. 
(Courtesy of The News Tribune)
Manuel Ellis died in Tacoma police custody on March 3, 2020.
AG’s Office criminally charged 3 Tacoma police officers for use of deadly force.
Credit: The News Tribune (Tacoma)

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): For the first time in our state, WA. Attorney General’s Office criminally charged 3 Tacoma police officers for the unlawful use of deadly force.

+ Thurston County Auditor: Office Earns National Achievement Award for Pandemic Response in Elections 

+ The Columbian: New Washington rules on vaccinated employee tracking draw ire – see L&I policy update

+ The Olympian: People can visit hospital, clinic patients starting Thursday, Providence says

+ KING-5 TV: Father and son from Southwest Washington charged in US Capitol riot

+ South Sound Business: Expanded North Satellite at SEA Airport Makes Its Debut

+ The Seattle Times: Boeing hit with $17 million fine over 737 MAX production mistakes

+ Truthout: Washington, D.C. Lawsuit Claims Seattle-based Amazon Violates Antitrust Laws by Inflating Prices

+ The Spokesman-Review (Spokane): Twelve Northwest tribes say they are united to save salmon

May 28, 2021

Select National News from Thursday:
* CDC allows cruising from U.S. ports beginning June15,
*15% of Americans believe central QAnon theory: poll!,smart
CDC to allow big-ship cruising from U.S. ports to restart in June
Pictured: Celebrity’s Edge.
Credit: The Points Guy


+ The Points Guy: CDC to allow big-ship cruising from U.S. ports to restart in June

+ The Points Guy: Don’t be a jerk on a flight; there are no more second chances this summer

+ Associated Press: Earth inches closer to a dangerous climate tipping point in the next five years, scientists say – In a new report released on Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization, scientists warn there is a 40% chance that at least one of the next five years will temporarily reach 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times. This increase would “push past the temperature limit the Paris climate agreement is trying to prevent.”

+ The New York Times morning report: The virus lab-leak theory, WHY NOW? “Two weeks ago, 18 scientists wrote a letter to the journal Science calling for a new investigation and describing both the animal-to-human theory and the lab-leak theory as “viable.” And three scientists who last year dismissed the lab-leak explanation as a conspiracy theory have told The Wall Street Journal that they now consider it plausible.” Read more

+ RAIR Foundation: French virologist and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Luc Montagnier: Did NOT Say Vaccine Would Kill People in Two Years – Here’s What he DID Say (Video)

+ The Hill: 15 percent of Americans believe central QAnon theory: poll [Ed. note: Q stopped posting December 8, 2020. And what happened to the QAnon’s fervor for Support the Children? Yesterday’s news! hmmm.]

+ Common Dreams: Environmentalists Warn Biden Not to Abandon Climate Plans to Appease Republicans

+ McClatchy News: Facebook won’t remove posts claiming COVID-19 is human-made

+ AARP: 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System – Science-backed tips for strengthening your immune response quickly and effectively

+ AARP: 5 Key Ways to Lose Weight After 50

+ McClatchy News: Nearly half of COVID patients left hospital with loss of physical abilities, study finds

+ Associated Press: Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?

+ US News: QAnon Slogans Disappearing From Mainstream Sites, Say Researchers

+ The New York Times: QAnon Now as Popular in U.S. as Some Major Religions, Poll Suggests


The Hill: Federal prosecutors probing if Ukraine meddled in 2020 election: NYT [“and influence it in favor of former President Trump through his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.]

CNN: Trump appointee on West Point Board spreads conspiracy that Biden is replacing White people of European ancestry

The Washington Post: Trump, Giuliani, Oath Keepers ask judge to dismiss Capitol riot lawsuit

Salon: Trump Org. witness says she faces eviction for speaking out about alleged crimes

The Daily Kos: Trump’s legal time bombs primed to explode on Republicans just in time for 2022

Politico: Team Trump sees a political upside to his mounting legal troubles – They will cast doubt on the investigators, deflect to other issues, and claim it is all a partisan “witch hunt.”

The Daily Kos: Proud Boy tries to downplay role in Jan. 6 riots, mourns loss of government benefits while in jail

Los Angeles Times: Former House Speaker Paul Ryan to urge GOP to return to Reaganism, end Trump fixation

MSNBC: How pro-Trump extremists are planning to take over the country, state by state

MSNBC: Republicans are behaving like ballots belong to them now. That’s dangerous for democracy.

May 27, 2021

* Thurston’s Planning Commission Wireless Code update June 2,
* Adopt-a-Highway sponsorships are available on SR510,
* Biden asks US intel officials to investigate COVID-19 origin!

Thurston’s Planning Commission Wireless Code update Public Hearing – Wed, June 2nd, 7pm.
Credit: Thurston Citizens for Sensible Wireless Code


+ JOLT News: County health officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek provides details about the ongoing pandemic

+ South Sound Business: The Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee is Looking for Representatives

+ South Sound Business: Thurston Economic Development Council Plans Awards-Focused Hootenanny

+ McClatchy News: New WWU report cites these key threats to the Salish Sea ecosystem

+ WSDOT: Adopt-a-Highway sponsorships are available on SR510:

Credit: WSDOT


Associated Press: Biden asks US intel officials to investigate COVID-19 origin

The Atlantic: Other Regimes Will Hijack Planes Too

KING-5 TV: FAA warns of spike in dangerous passenger behavior ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

McClatchy News: Traveling this summer? TSA’s screening tips can help you zip through packed airports

CA. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the San Jose shooting: “There’s a sameness to this and I think a numbness that we’re all feeling.” … “It begs the question, ‘what the hell is going on in the United States of America?’”

Politico: ‘Powerful signal’: In a single day, Big Oil suffers historic blows on climate

KING-5 TV: ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’: Re-watch yesterday’s total lunar eclipse

May 27, 2021

Trump in the cross-hairs on so many fronts,
Politico: ‘Cloud of nerves’ hovers over Trump land after grand jury report!

Donald Trump
In Trump world, this latest news feels different than the typical barrage of legal issues surrounding Trump because of pressure on Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg to flip.
Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images via Politico


+ Politico: ‘Cloud of nerves’ hovers over Trump land after grand jury report

+ CNN: Prosecutors investigating Trump tell witness to prepare for grand jury testimony

+ Mediaite: Trump Aide Says Mar-a-Lago Proprietor is ‘Missing Being President Terribly’

+ NBC News: Corporations are funding Trump-supporting, anti-democratic Republican lawmakers again“Remember all those righteous corporate statements from January?”

+ Mediaite: Trump Tried to End 2008 Investigation Into Patriots by Bribing Former Senator With ‘A Lot Of Money’: Report

+ CNN: Judge says Trump’s ‘steady drumbeat’ of the Big Lie could continue to inspire his supporters to take up arms

+ Time Magazine: How Distrust of Donald Trump Muddled the COVID-19 ‘Lab Leak’ Debate

+ The Washington Post: The special grand jury used in Trump’s case, explained

+ NBC News: Trump calls reported convening of grand jury in NY probe ‘purely political’ [Ed. note: Same boring comment!] “The move is a sign that the investigation into the former president’s company has entered a new phase.”

+ The Daily Kos: New video seems to contradict Republican’s statements about participation in Capitol riots

+ The Daily Kos:: Flawed court filing produces new revelations about sweeping probe into Rudy Giuliani

+ Business Insider: Fake property evaluations and pressuring officials to ‘find’ votes: All the evidence piling up in the criminal probes of Trump

+ Law & Crime: Federal Judge Dismisses Steve Bannon’s Indictment Due to Trump Pardon, But Not Without a Parting Shot – “Pardon implies guilt.”

+ Truthout: Trump’s Grand Jury Is Fodder for GOP Fundraising But Terrible for GOP Politics

+Truthout: Trump and Gingrich Team Up on MAGA-Style “Contract With America” Ahead of 2022 [Ed. note: Yawn, for the 2 demons of the alt-right movement.]

+ Associated Press: Sleepy estate in Westchester County, N.Y., may play starring role in Trump tax cases [Ed. note: This March 9, 2021 story has come into the limelight with the recent NY D.A. seating a Grand Jury to investigate Trump.]

May 26, 2021

Yelm Farmers Market season opener May 29, Saturdays through October 30!

Yelm Farmers Market
Credit: Yelm Farmers Market, a program of Bounty For Families


From the Facebook post:

“Join us at the Yelm Community Center on Saturday for the grand opening of the 2021 Yelm Farmers Market! We’re happy to announce that we have permission to resume the free Power of Produce Kids Club for children ages 5-12. Visit a mix of returning vendors and new faces for a tasty snack, plant to take home or handcrafted item. Be sure to stop by the new community garden at Yelm City Park on your way out. Yelm Mayor JW Foster and Yelm Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Line Critchfield will be on hand to officially open the new season at 10:15. See you at the market!”

Read more

May 26, 2021

* A year after George Floyd’s murder, what’s changed in WA.?
* Europe’s highest human rights court: UK mass surveillance unlawful ,
* SDNY Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury!
“Washington is the nation’s best state for millennials”
Mt. Baker is seen some 85 miles distant behind the Space Needle under clear skies at sunset Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP


+ The Olympian: Washington is the nation’s best state for millennials, report says. Here’s why

+ The Olympian: Thurston County reports 316 total cases in past week amid high disease activity – The county health officer said a large portion of new cases are appearing among younger age groups.

+ NVN: Yelm Expands Capacity to Help Animals in Need

+ JOLT News: Catalytic converter cutting crook caught, police say, arrested Monday in Yelm on suspicion of criminal trespassing.

+ The Olympian: Port of Olympia’s McGregor set to say farewell after 15 years on the commission – Two people have filed to run for the District 2 seat: Jessie W. Simmons and Bob Iyall.

+ JOLT News: 2021 Thurston County Fair Cancelled – 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants can showcase their work in a closed fair, according to the Thurston County Fair Board.

+ ABC News: US cuts Mexico’s aviation safety rating, curbing new flights. The United States is downgrading Mexico’s aviation-safety rating due to lack of oversight standards of its airlines, yet do not mean that the airlines are unsafe. [Ed. note: Delta Airlines owns a part-interest in AeroMexico with a major marketing/cooperation agreement that will be impacted.]

+ South Sound Business: Olympia Farmers Market Announces Partnerships for Solar Energy Effort

+ JOLT News: A year after George Floyd’s murder, what’s changed in Washington state?


KING-5 TV: No, there is no evidence bamboo fibers were in Arizona 2020 presidential election ballots

KING-5 TV: CDC investigates rare heart problem in young COVID-19 vaccine recipients, some in Washington

The Washington Post: Fact check: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory for pandemic origin suddenly became credible

Big Brother Watch: UK mass surveillance found unlawful by Europe’s highest human rights court – “Human rights judgment follows legal challenge begun in 2013 after Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations [Ed. note: Snowden has been vindicated yet again for his courageous whilstleblowing!]

ABC-15 TV: Appropriations Committee votes to strip Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs of roles


The Washington Post: Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges

The Washington Post: Justice Dept. releases part of internal memo on not charging Trump in Russia probe

MSNBC’s Michael Steele: Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP is a death trap for American democracy

The New York Times: Long After Trump’s Loss, a Push to Inspect Ballots Persists


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