November 28, 2022

Merriam-Webster: ‘Gaslighting’is 2022’s Word of the Year.

Credit: Merriam-Webster, Word of the Year 2022

From Merriam-Webster: Click here for the story: Word of the Year 2022: ‘Gaslighting,’

From FOX News:

Merriam-Webster names ‘gaslighting’ as its word of 2022

Merriam-Webster said lookups for the word “gaslighting” [“a deliberate conspiracy to mislead”] on its website increased 1,740% in 2022

It means downright deceitful. Manipulating. Misleading. Merriam-Webster has named its word of 2022 – “gaslighting.”

The official definition for “gaslighting,” according to Merriam-Webster, is the psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that “causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one’s emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator.”

Merriam-Webster said searches for the definition of the word on its website was up 1,740% in 2022 over the year before.

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November 28, 2022

Now we know what Trump was hiding –
Trump Org. accountant testifies to multi-million $$ losses 2009-2018.
Trump really is a LOSER as a corporate leader!

Donald Trump,
Credit: Mandel Ngan for AFP, © provided by RawStory, via MSN.

Donald Trump once lost $900 million in just 2 years [2009 and 2010], one of his accountants said

  • Donald Trump reported a $900 million loss over 2009 and 2010, one of his accountants testified, per Bloomberg.
  • Donald Bender also said the Trump Organization reported yearly losses from 2009 to 2018, per ABC.
  • Trump himself is not a defendant in the tax-fraud case against his eponymous company.

Former President Donald Trump reported a $900 million operating loss in just two years, one of his accountants told a jury at the tax-fraud trial against the Trump Organization, per Bloomberg.

Donald Bender, who worked on the company’s taxes for 35 years, testified Tuesday [Nov. 22] that Trump had almost $700 million in losses on his personal tax returns in 2009 and $200 million in 2010, the publication reported. Bender was the first defense witness to testify in the trial.

He also said that the Trump Organization reported losses each year between 2009 and 2018, per ABC.

Read more from the full story.

+ Raw Story: They’ve ‘just switched Trump off in their brain’: Former adviser says situation has changed since the midtermsthe impact that the former president had on GOP fortunes in the midterms seems to be the final straw with many conservatives.

November 28, 2022

There will soon be a new sheriff in town –
Derek Sanders set to become Thurston County Sheriff!

“Derek Sanders, left, and John Snaza, right, speak at the “meet the candidates” town hall at Yelm Cinemas on Oct. 10.” Credit: Jacob Dimond, Nisqually Valley News.

Derek Sanders declares victory in Thurston County Sheriff’s race, starts preparing for role

From The Olympian:

Deputy Derek Sanders declared victory over incumbent John Snaza in the Thurston County Sheriff race as his lead solidified as ballot tallies were wrapping up.

On Wednesday, results indicated Sanders earned 55.3% (64,826) of the vote while Snaza claimed 44.2% (51,839) of the vote. With turnout at 64.4%, there were about 600 ballots left to be counted, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, not nearly enough to turn the tide in Snaza’s favor..

Sanders declared victory last week in social media posts. On Monday, he issued a statement thanking voters.

“I am honored by the trust the voters of Thurston County have placed in me as their next Sheriff,” Sanders said. “The celebration was brief, however, as many pressing issues must be urgently addressed.”

Sanders said he plans to introduce his new command staff to the public in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, he has been meeting with them to develop “strategic goals.” He said he handpicked staff who he believes demonstrate selfless leadership.

Read more of the full story.

November 28, 2022

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments begin funding WA. projects!

Image courtesy of The White House via the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

One year later, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments begin to pay off in Washington state

President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law one year ago, the single largest investment in public transit, passenger rail, clean water, affordable internet, or electrical grid resiliency in national history. It’s also the single largest investment in the national highway system since the Eisenhower administration. The legislation was signed one year ago, and now $3.7 billion in federal funds are on the way to Washington state to expand and rebuild critical infrastructure.

More than 1 million Washington households may benefit from the legislation’s affordable internet program. A new $161 million fund is already helping Washington communities remove lead pipes and replace service lines. The state network of electric vehicle charging stations got a boost with $70 million will be invested over the next five years to increase their numbers.

Washington state has 416 bridges and 5,469 miles of roadway in poor condition. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide $5.3 billion in guaranteed formula money over the next five years to address aging infrastructure. The state has already received $2.2 billion in formula and discretionary grant awards from the legislation, and is putting that to work.

Major projects supported by the legislation include:

  • Repairs to the Grays Harbor north jetty, a critical navigation channel
  • Terminal replacement at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport
  • Post-wildfire habitat revitalization and sagebrush conservation in Douglas County
  • Replacement of an obsolete ferry with a hybrid-electric model to serve the Lummi Island community
  • Repairs to the Salmon Bay Bridge to extend its lifespan by 50 years

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November 28, 2022

Thurston County and Port of Oly set hearings on new boundaries –
Voters approved increasing size of both commissions to 5 members.

“County Manager Ramiro Chavez said election data as of press time shows that 55.1% voted to increase elected county commissioners from three to five, while 44.9% voted against the proposition.”
Credit: JOLT staff photo via YouTube

County and Port set public hearings on new district boundaries

Voters approved increasing size of both commissions to 5 members

The Election Certification date is Nov. 29th

From The JOLT News:

The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) set a public hearing for the proposed five County Commissioners District boundary lines on Wednesday, December 7, waiving the 20-day public hearing notice requirement.

County Manager Ramiro Chavez said election data as of press time shows that 55.1% voted to increase elected county commissioners from three to five, while 44.9% voted against the proposition.


Community members may share their insights on district boundaries during the hearing at the Thurston County Courthouse Thursday, December 8, in person at  Building 1, Room 280, at 3:30 p.m. or participate online.

Meanwhile, the Port of Olympia will have its public hearing on Monday, November 28, at Percival Plaza – Olympics Room, 626 Columbia Street NW. Attendance and public comments can also be done online.

Formal action on approving the district boundaries would be on December 13, said Chavez.

November 27, 2022

Every American should see the movie Till,
Based on the story through Emmett Till’s mother’s eyes!
A truly American epic!

Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley in ‘Till.’
Photo credit: Lynsey Weatherspoon/Orion Pictures

‘Till’: Facing an Unspeakable Murder Through a Mother’s Eyes

Chinone Chukwu’s retelling of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till focuses on the private grief and public action taken by his mother, Mamie

* Editor’s note: I watched this movie last night, and growing up with grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, I can relate to the culture of racism that is exhibited is this historic story, and still permeates The South and elsewhere across our nation today.

Actress Danielle Deadwyler deserves an Academy Award nomination for her role as Mamie Till-Mobley!

This movie demands your attention to take the 2 hours to watch! Click here

From Rolling Stone:

Chinonye Chukwu’s new movie Till, which is now out in theaters, is a difficult prospect. The basis for its story is the brutal 1955 lynching of the teenager Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi, an event that has endured in the public consciousness largely because of the actions of his mother, Mamie, who took the vital step of arranging an open casket funeral for her son and wielded the power of the Black press to disseminate images of his unrecognizable body far and wide. Till is a movie about Mamie, more so than Emmett. It’s about white supremacist violence, of course. But its more immediate concern is the aftermath of that violence for a woman whose grief becomes a public, historical fact, a pivotal episode in an ongoing fight which, from where she’s sitting, often feels completely beyond her. It’s about the murky politics of image management, and “perfect” victimhood, and other concerns that would seem tangential to the bare reality of a mother’s unimaginable loss — problems that would seem beyond the point — and how, for the public, these problems risk becoming the point. It’s about that mother’s grief. And it’s about justice, too, of course. Though, if you know this story, you know that justice is not promised here. That, too, is the point.

Someone with awareness of this history may approach Till warily, concerned over how it will handle two crucial aspects of the story in particular. The first is the incident that started it all: Emmett’s brief interaction with Carolyn Bryant, and the maneuvering it demands in showing how to undercut a lie without oversimplifying the truth. The other is its approach to Emmett’s body. We live in a moment that has only made clearer how easily images of racial violence can be circulated, reiterated, and reproduced. Mamie Till’s argument was, of course, that we cannot look away, not because Black citizens (particularly in her time) were in any way naive about the realities of this violence, but because the images might help to render that knowledge into an even more immutable, even more actionable, indisputably public fact. Till is being released in a different moment. This is the age of bodycam footage and social media. The public fact is now omnipresent. The problem we face now is less one of looking versus looking away than it is of unavoidability. These images are everywhere — in part, one imagines, because of the force of Mamie Till’s argument and the ethical pathway it set before us. We are still confronted with a duty to look. But we are now equally confronted with the despair of so much looking and so little change.

Read more of the story from Rolling Stone.

November 27, 2022

Editorial cartoonists making sense of last week’s news!

“Club Q Shooting”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
“The real perversion, from Colorado Springs to Qatar”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times.
“Respect for Marriage Act
Credit: Clay Bennett, The Chattanooga Times Free-Press.
January 3, 2023.
Credit: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit: Steve Kelley, Creators Syndicate
Thanksgiving turkey, 2022.
Credit: Clay Bennett, The Chattanooga Times Free-Press.
Credit: Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons.

“The battle for working-class hearts and minds”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times.

November 26, 2022

Yelm HS beats Bellevue – advances to the state championship game next week!

Yelm’s Isaiah Patterson (from left), Brayden Platt and Nathan Ford lead the Tornados in a post-game cheer to thank their fans following their 28-27 victory over the Bellevue Wolverines in Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state semifinal game at Art Crate Field in Spanaway, Washington, on Nov. 26, 2022.
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian for The Tacoma News Tribune

Yelm runs over, through, past Bellevue in semifinal thriller to advance to 3A championship

From The Tacoma News Tribune:

Facing 4th and goal from the Bellevue 1-yard line, everyone on both sidelines, the crowd — heck, everyone around the state following the game — thought the ball was going to Brayden Platt.

After all, Yelm’s four-star recruit had gashed Bellevue’s defense all game long, racking up 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, carrying Bellevue defenders on his back for extra yards. He was relentless, physically dominant, the best player on the field in a game with no shortage of talent in Yelm’s Class 3A state tournament semifinal game at Art Crate Field on Saturday.

It’s what made the play call — a quarterback sneak — risky, unexpected and ultimately, brilliant. Damian Aalona bowled into the end zone behind an offensive line that had imposed its will throughout the contest, putting Yelm in the lead late in the fourth quarter. Yelm hung on for the 28-27 win to advance to next weekend’s 3A state championship game.


Prior to the 2022 season, Yelm had never advanced past the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Yelm will play for the school’s first state championship, facing Eastside Catholic in the 3A state championship game next weekend at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Eastside Catholic defeated O’Dea in the other semifinal matchup.

Read more

Click here for the photo gallery.

Click here for the KING-5 TV video highlights of Yelm’s 28-27 win over Bellevue in the 3A State Semifinals.

November 26, 2022

Santa photo locations in Olympia and throughout Thurston County!

“Signing Santa will be returning to Chambers Elementary on December 2.”
Photo courtesy: Signing Santa

Where To Get Photos With Santa in Olympia and Throughout Thurston County in 2022

From Thurston Talk:

Photos with Santa are a holiday tradition that gives us a lasting memory to cherish forever. And it’s also a great way for your child to whisper to Santa their Christmas wish. There are plenty of places to get your picture with Santa in Thurston County this holiday season – including Santa Paws for pets and sensory-friendly events so everyone can enjoy this festive experience. …Where to get photos with Santa in Olympia and throughout Thurston County in 2022: Click here.

November 26, 2022

Christmas Island opening night this evening in Tumwater!

“The Maytown Assembly of God Church at 2920 Tierney St. SW in south Thurston County will once again host Christmas Island, a life-size nativity scene that is free and open to the public through Christmas.” Courtesy of Maytown Assembly of God Church, via The Olympian.

Christmas Island’s life-size nativity scene opens tonight in Tumwater

From The Olympian:

The Maytown Assembly of God Church at 2920 Tierney St. SW in south Thurston County will once again host Christmas Island, a life-size nativity scene that is free and open to the public through Christmas.


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