May 31, 2022

Grand Jury finds Sussmann not guilty of lying to the FBI,
Can taxpayers finally stop funding former AF Barr’s special prosecutor?
Peter Navarro subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury!

“Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who represented the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016, leaves federal courthouse in Washington, Monday, May 16, 2022.” Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP via CNBC.

+ CNBC: Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann acquitted on charge of lying to the FBI

  • Editor’s note: After three years and millions of dollars expended, former AG Barr’s special prosecutor expanded a mysterious review into origin of Russia investigation, and has been dealt the first courtroom blow. But John Durham’s three-year-long probe has not uncovered explosive evidence of wrongdoing by the FBI. Instead, in this case, “the FBI was cast as a victim.”

From CNBC:

“A federal jury in Washington on Tuesday found Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann not guilty on a charge of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors from special counsel John Durham’s office had contended that Sussmann misrepresented himself during a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel in 2016 in hopes of orchestrating an “October surprise” against rival Donald Trump.

“The two-week trial was the first arising from Durham’s three-year investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.”

+ CNBC: Former Trump aide Peter Navarro says he’s been subpoenaed by grand jury for Jan. 6 documents

“Former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro said he has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury later this week and turn over documents related to the Jan. 6 riot, including “any communications with formal President Trump and/or his counsel or representative.”

“Navarro made the claim in a draft copy of a lawsuit he’s planning to file this week against the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The suit, which Navarro shared with NBC News, says the committee’s own subpoena to him is “unlawful and unenforceable” and should be thrown out by a judge.

“The House voted to refer Navarro to the Department of Justice on a criminal contempt of Congress charge last month after he snubbed the House committee’s subpoena for testimony and documents.

“In his 88-page draft lawsuit, first reported by The New York Times, Navarro said that last week “two FBI special agents banged loudly on my door in the early morning hours to present me with a fruit of the poisonous tree grand jury subpoena” commanding that he testify before and hand documents over to a grand jury on Thursday.”

May 31, 2022

Rainier High School Athletics: Boys Track and Field STATE CHAMPIONS!

Rainier High School Boys Track and Field STATE CHAMPS!
Credit: Reaching Out: Yelm and surrounding areas Facebook post

Rainier High School Athletics

Boys Track and Field STATE CHAMPIONS!!!

Congratulations to Jeremiah Nubbe for placing 2nd in the javelin

Congratulations to Dylan Davis (2nd) and Ryan Doidge (State Champion) pole vault.

Congratulations to Thomas Ronne(4th) and Chase MacFarland (State Champion) in the triple jump!!

Congratulations to Harbor Lees for placing 4th in the 100 meter dash!!

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In other reporting

+ The Chronicle (Centralia) via Yahoo!: Rainier’s Nubbe Wins State Shot Put Title With Record Toss

+ NVN: Nubbe Wins Discus, Mountaineer Boys Win Team Title

+ KING-5 TV: Prep Zone: Rainier High senior breaks state discus record – Jeremiah Nubbe, 18, is a senior and throws the hammer, shot, and javelin. But his best event is the discus.

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): These South Sound athletes and teams won track and field state championships in 2022


Team — Rainier

3,200 — Asher Ingram, Northwest Christian of Lacey, jr. (9:50.37)

110 hurdles — Moses Moody, Chief Leschi, sr. (15.84)

Shot put — Jeremiah Nubbe, Rainier, sr. (2B meet-record 56-10)

Discus — Jeremiah Nubbe, Rainier, sr. (overall meet-record 195-0)

Pole vault — Ryan Doidge, Rainier, sr. (14-0)

Triple jump — Chase MacFarland, Rainier, jr. (43-2 1/2)

May 31, 2022

Thurston County’s Liv Coverdale becomes PLU’s youngest female graduate

Liv Coverdale, PLU graduate.
Credit: Facebook post

PLU’s youngest female graduate earns 2 degrees at age 16

Thurston County’s Liv Coverdale was in MENSA at age 3 and began taking community college math classes at age 11.

From KING-5 TV, Seattle:

“Liv Coverdale, 16, will be the youngest female student to receive two degrees from Pacific Lutheran University.

“‘It all went by really fast,’ said Coverdale, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in business.

“At three she was in MENSA, the “High I.Q. Society.” At five she enrolled in second grade. Coverdale started taking math classes at South Puget Sound Community College at age 11.”

“Coverdale does plan on going to graduate school to get a master’s in computer science, but like a lot of teens, she likes the idea of taking a gap year to enjoy a break away from school.”

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Congratulations to Ms. Coverdale!

May 30, 2022

Alaska Airlines planes “Honoring Those Who Serve”

Alaska Airlines planes painted with “Honoring Those Who Serve” at Sea-Tac.
Credit: Brandon Farris Photography

“Honoring Those Who Serve” aircraft together at @flySEA

From Brandon Farris Photography:

So I’ve been holding off on really posting these couple pics I got recently of two of the


“Honoring Those Who Serve” aircraft together at @flySEA.

Let us never forget the brave and honorable who died for our freedom in the US.




Alaska Airlines 737 painted with “Honoring Those Who Serve” at Sea-Tac. Credit: Brandon Farris Photography

May 30, 2022

Memorial Day 2022 –
We pause to remember those who gave for 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, June 24, 2006.
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.”

Memorial Day 2022

+ The Olympian: Memorial Day Ceremony: Hosted by the Thurston County Veterans Council, this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda on the state Capitol Campus, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia. The Olympia American Legion Band will perform.

+ KING-5 TV, Seattle: Yes, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day – The holiday originated with tributes for soldiers who died in the Civil War.

+ AARP: How Much Do You Know About Memorial Day? Take our quiz and find out

May 29, 2022

Report: “There is a sickness in America”
Plus last week’s stories that got over-shadowed,
And truth closes in on Trump’s world!

Credit: Rep. Swallwell’s Twitter feed

Source: Jason R. Silva via The New York Times

News you may have missed last week

+ Al Jazeera via MSN: There is a sickness in America – There is a sickness in America that is unique to America. No other country convulses with such premeditated violence so often against so many innocents at school, at work, at church and what seems like just a moment ago, at a grocery store in Buffalo.

+ The Washington Post: What rational society lets children buy guns? “Why do we let children buy guns? They can’t purchase alcohol or cigarettes in this country until age 21. But deadly weapons?

+ CBS News 60 Minutes: What makes the AR-15 style rifle the weapon of choice for mass shooters?

+ 60 Minutes Overtime: [Children in school] Learning how to “Stop the Bleed” [Editor’s note: This story reflects why “There is a sickness in America,” that our children must be taught how to “Stop the Bleed.”

+ George Conway Tweet: Nothing to see here. Just a former president of the United States sharing a social media post advocating or predicting civil war in the United States. No biggie.

+ The Washington Post via The Boston Globe: Pope Francis’s refusal to condemn Putin spurs debate within Catholic Church

+ Daily Kos: ‘Perverse. Illogical.’ Sotomayor blasts extremist Supreme Court colleagues for latest ruling

+ Daily Kos: Here’s a reminder of the GOP senators taking the most NRA money to turn a blind eye to dead children – Precisely because of such people, the United States actually is at risk of civil war — more than at any point in recent history. As I have noted, the Trump presidency and the Capitol insurrection caused the country to lose its status as a “full democracy” for the first time since 1800, according to an index used by the CIA to track instability and political violence abroad. A partial democracy, which the United States now is, faces three times the risk of falling into civil war. Read more

+ NBC News: Texas bar sues AG Ken Paxton over efforts to overturn 2020 presidential election – The State Bar of Texas alleges Paxton “misrepresented” facts to the Supreme Court in a Trump-backed suit seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.

The truth closes in on Trump’s world

+ CNBC: Trump must answer questions under oath in New York AG probe into business practices, appeals court says [Editor’s note: What else will Trump attempt to do to delay, deflect, and dodge giving testimony? He can’t go to “his” Supreme Court with this because this is a State of New York state case, not a federal case.]

+ CNBC: McCarthy, GOP lawmakers escalate standoff with Jan. 6 panel [Editor’s note: The hiding out means they have something significant to hide!]

+ Truthout: In a Different World, Mark Meadows’s Evidence-Burning Would Be Shocking [Editor’s note: I am sure Meadows’s former very good friend in Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD.), would not recognize his friend Meadows were he alive today.]

+ Mediate: Trump Said to Have Reacted Approvingly to Jan. 6 Chants About Hanging Pence – The House committee investigating the Capitol assault has heard accounts of the former president’s remarks as he watched the riot unfold on television.

+ MSNBC: Sure seems like Jim Jordan suddenly has something to hide from the Jan. 6 committee – This week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., and indeed anyone alive can be barred from holding certain public offices if they tried to overthrow the U.S. government. This may fall under the category of “We shouldn’t need a court ruling to tell us this.” [Editor’s note: Then this should be applied to Rep. Gym Jordan, and the others.] Read more

+ Raw Story: The federal government has found no evidence that flaws in Dominion voting machines have ever been exploited, including in the 2020 election, according to the executive director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. [Editor’s note: I always said this is the one case that had plenty of evidence to indict Trump – tapes!]

+ The New York Times: Federal judge dismisses Trump’s lawsuit against N.Y. attorney general

+ The New York Times via Yahoo: Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility

+ The Washington Post: No evidence of exploitation of Dominion voting machine flaws, CISA findsThe federal government has found no evidence that flaws in Dominion voting machines have ever been exploited, including in the 2020 election, according to the executive director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

+ Mediaite: Mark Meadows Incinerated Documents After 2020 Election, Witness Tells Jan. 6 Committee

+ Truthout: In a Different World, Mark Meadows’s Evidence-Burning Would Be Shocking [Editor’s note: I am sure Meadows’s former very good friend in Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD.), would not recognize his friend Meadows were he alive today

Credit: Response to Bill Kristol Tweet

May 29, 2022

MSNBC’s Joy Reid: “I mean you’ve gotta pick one, people.”

Credit: A response to MSNBC’s Joy Reid’s Twitter feed

“Logical, flawlessly logical,” to quote Star Trek’s Spock

May 29, 2022

Yelm Rotary Club’s 7th Annual Prairie Stampede Virtual 5K, June 19-25!

Credit: Yelm Rotary Club via Facebook

From Yelm’s Rotary Club:

Yelm Rotary Club’s 10 Weeks of Summer food program supporting our disadvantaged school kids, join us for a virtual 5K run/walk, Stampede. Support our “I Run for Food” to help support the youth in the Yelm / Rainier Community.

Click here to register.

Credit: Yelm Rotary Club via Facebook

May 28, 2022

What you can do to help Ulvalde, TX. families this weekend!

Ulvalde, TX. is 83 miles west of San Antonio.
Credit: JOLT News

“How to help families in Uvalde this Memorial Day Weekend”

By Mary Beth Harrington, CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator), for the JOLT News:

“Uvalde is a town of 16,000, smaller than Tumwater, and a low economic area. Before this week, most people never heard of Uvalde unless you were driving Highway 90 between San Antonio and Del Rio, it’s about the halfway mark.”

“The following funds have been established to support the families. [Mary Beth Harrington, CVA,has] worked for or with all of these organizations and know them to be good and reputable.

First State Bank of Uvalde –

  • Make checks payable to “Robb School Memorial Fund”
  • Checks can also be mailed to 200 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801
  • For Zelle donations, send to

Catholic Charities

  • Catholic Charities is providing emergency financial assistance for family members who need to travel to Uvalde. All services provided to those affected by the school shooting are free to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

San Antonio Area Foundation

  • Bexar (pronounced bear) County District Attorney Joe Gonzales announced his office is working with the San Antonio Area Foundation to establish two funds that will turn over 100% of the proceeds to families directly impacted by the shooting or provide long-term assistance to the Uvalde community.

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar

  • The United with Uvalde Fund has been established to support the victims’ families and the community saying 100% of the fund will support the Uvalde community with immediate and long-term mental health resources.

The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill

  • Established the Uvalde Strong Fund to support victims, their families, and others affected by the mass shooting incident.
  • Checks can be made out to Uvalde Strong Fund and mailed to:
    Uvalde Strong FundCommunity Foundation of the Texas Hill Country241 Earl Garrett StreetKerrville, Texas 78028

“All donations to these organizations are tax-deductible and by indicating that your donation is for the families in Uvalde, 100% of your donation will go to supporting them. Thank you for your generosity.”

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May 27, 2022

* Memorial day weekend at the Yelm City Park:
* Fitness Court grand opening, Splash Pad & Farmers Market open,
* Plus a Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest!

The new Fitness Court at Yelm City Park
Credit: Mayor Joe DePinto’s Facebook post.

From Mayor Joe DePinto’s Facebook post:

“Lots of stuff to do this Memorial day weekend at the Yelm City Park!

“Saturday at 10am we have the grand opening of our Fitness Court, season opener for the Splash Pad & Yelm Farmers Market and there’s a Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest going on, all at the same time.

“That gravel parking lot is going is being fixed up but will be open this weekend for use and will be paved most likely on Tuesday May 31st. We are also completing a sidewalk that will finally connect all of Yelm City Park in a big loop.

“Really excited for this weekend at the park, I hope to see you there!”

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