January 23, 2021

* Thurston loses progress on covid, remains in Phase 1,
* New report details Washington’s salmon crisis,
* Trump, Justice Dept. Lawyer plotted to oust Acting AG: Report!

A rainbow shines over the Capitol in Olympia during a break in the rain on Jan. 13.
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian.


The Olympian: Entire state [of WA.] remains in Phase 1 of reopening plan as Thurston’s region loses progress

McClatchey News: ‘On the brink of extinction.’ New report details Washington’s salmon crisis

The Olympian: Thurston Superior Court Judge Sharonda Amamilo sets $50,000 bail for man accused of assaulting, threatening reporters at WA. Capitol

JOLT News: Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek “This week I want to focus on the vaccines.”

Thurston Talk: Three Girls from Yelm To Be Recognized as Part of First Class of Female Eagle Scouts by Boy Scouts of America

KING-5 TV: Washington state hotel industry eyes recoveryT

Thurston Talk: Where to Find Soup for Takeout in Olympia and Surrounding Areas [including Yelm]

The Olympian: Merritt Long’s memoir weaves his experiences with U.S. history of racism


The New York Times BREAKS SIGNIFICANT STORY: Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General

The Daily Kos: Trump campaign used shell companies to provide funds and support for Jan. 6 pre-insurgency rally

Politico: Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted

January 22, 2021

* Yelm Community Garden built at City Park,
* Masks now required on U.S. transportation, federal properties,
* The Biden-Harris national plan to beat COVID-19 now public!

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Yelm’s new community garden at Yelm City Park. By Bounty For Families in partnership with the City of Yelm, Thurston Conservation District, GRuB and The Mission Continues, plus considerable financial support from the Nisqually Tribe.
Credit: Heidi Smith, Bounty For Families


JOLT News: County health officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek recommends districts “cautiously phase in in-person learning for K-5 and middle school students.”

KOMO-4 TV: Inslee: Amazon opening pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Seattle, goal to vaccinate 2,000

The Olympian: Washington’s capital city is one of the best to live in, report says. Here’s why

South Sound Business: South Sound Home Prices Continue to Climb – Double-digit percentage gains seen in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor counties

KING-5 TV: GOP needs to do some ‘soul searching,’ says Washington Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman

WaPo: Biden signs order requiring masks on planes, buses, trains and at airports [and national parks]

KING-5 TV: Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore web service to controversial social media site Parler


The White House: The Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19 [Ed. note: Finally, one year to the day after the U.S. recorded the first COVID-19 case, a national COVID-19 plan is publicly released from the top!]

The Daily Kos: QAnon watch parties expecting violence dissolve into horror when Biden/Harris inaugurated“The Storm” never arrived!

KING-5 TV: World leaders hope for renewed cooperation with US under Biden [i.e. China, Mexico, Canada, France, Tibet, European Council, Israel, Palestine, Venezuela, Cuba, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India.]

McClatchey News: Biden moves to fully reimburse states for National Guard, supplies in COVID-19 fight

NBC News: Biden issues executive order expanding LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections

The Daily Kos: Michael Flynn’s brother admits to being part of call where National Guard were delayed on Jan. 6

CNBC: The stock market frenzy feels like 1999 dot-com bubble, global investor Barry Sternlicht warns“[the] less experienced — staying at home and day trading and buying stocks.”

NBC News: Corporate America lines up to praise Biden — and hopes to bend his ear – After years of rule by tweet, business leaders said they welcome a chance to return to an established way of doing business, including strategic, long-term planning.

Reuters: Attorneys call for Giuliani to lose law license over false claims, mob incitement

CNN: Capitol riot investigators narrow in on extremist groups and military-style coordination

Just Security: Gaps in Trump’s Pardons: How the Biden Administration Can Still Pursue Justice by Andrew Weissmann

NYT: The Problem With Trump’s Odious Pardon of Steve Bannon – It is corrupt and a possible obstruction of justice and should be legally challenged. [Bannon “might otherwise have turned against the former president in a potential criminal, civil or impeachment proceeding.]

Optimist Daily: Pink seesaws at US-Mexico border wins Design of the Year 2020

January 21, 2021

Federal Judge rules, FOX News admits Tucker Carlson is not always accurate!
Viewers beware and do your homework!

Close-up of the Fox News Channel website seen displayed on a smartphone. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, Forbes
  • Editor’s note: With the FOX News staff shake-up as Trump left office, coupled with a federal judge’s ruling AND FOX News admitting Tucker Carlson is not always accurate with the acts, the curtain has been pulled back on the unreliability of the news at that network, as many have known for years.
  • With The White House focused on transparency and facts, FOX News will become even more irrelevant without their mouthpiece Donald Trump.
  • FOX News viewers should read these two magazine reports below and be forewarned!

+ Salon Magazine: Federal judge rules that Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s viewers don’t expect him to tell facts – Fox News admits in court that Carlson is not always accurate when he discusses the news on TV

+ Forbes Magazine: Fox News Lays Off Staffers As Trump Leaves Office

“Fox News has dealt a major shakeup to its staff, laying off more than a dozen staffers after falling behind in the ratings, as some of the departing employees told media outlets the move might be in response to backlash from President Donald Trump and his supporters over how the network handled its coverage of the 2020 presidential election” by Nicholas Reimann, Forbes Staff. Read more

+ Brian Tyler Cohen: Chris Wallace goes megaviral praising Biden’s inaugural address ON FOX NEWS [Ed. note: Chris Wallace is one of the few left at FOX News that has maintained credibility.]

+ On Tuesday, January 19th, Shepard Smith, a Fox News Channel (FNC) reporter for a quarter of a century until 2019, who now has a show on CNBC, was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour why he left his job at the FNC.

He replied, “I believe that when people begin with a false premise and lead people astray, that’s injurious to society, and it’s the antithesis of what we should be doing. Those of us who are so honored and grateful to have a platform of influence have to use it for the public good.”

“I don’t know how some people sleep at night because I know there are a lot of people who have propagated the lies and have pushed them forward over and over again, who are smart enough and educated enough to know better. And I hope that at some point, those who have done us harm as a nation — and I might even add as a world — will look around and realize what they’ve done. But I’m not holding my breath.”

January 21, 2021

* How to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine this week,
* WA. AG Ferguson won 39th lawsuit against Trump Admin,
* Yelm Community unites to tackle hunger year round!

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris applauds as President-elect Joe Biden arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, via the AP


JOLT News: Vaccines: You might be eligible now, due to expanded rules

The Olympian: Here’s how you can schedule your COVID-19 vaccine this week

San Juan Islander: WA. AG Ferguson [announced]: Federal court blocked Trump Clean Power Plan rollbacks [Ed. note: This was the 39th lawsuit AG Ferguson won against the Trump Administration, and on the day before they left power.]

South Sound Business: State Turns to Text Messaging to Speed Up COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

South Sound Business: New Round of Commerce Grants to Aid Struggling Small Businesses

The Olympian: Bill would require schools to reopen during COVID-19 once certain metrics are met

KING-5 TV: All quiet in Olympia, Washington State Patrol could start ‘drawdown’ at Capitol – The patrol’s increased presence at the state Capitol cost more than $1.5 million.

Thurston Talk: Yelm Community Unites to Tackle Hunger During Holidays and All Year Round

Chicago Tribune: Albertsons experiments with automated pickup kiosks as online grocery shopping soars [Albertson’s owns Safeway]


NBC News: Pope Francis calls on God to help Biden’s efforts at ‘reconciliation and peace’ [Ed. note: President Biden is tghe 2nd Catholic U.S. President.]

MSNBC: Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama joined together to discuss the importance of a peaceful transfer of power.

NBC News: ‘After four long years’: World leaders congratulate Biden – “It was a sigh heard round the world”

The Daily Kos: President Biden signs series of executive orders to move nation forward

CNBC: President Joe Biden rejoins the Paris climate accord in first move to tackle global warming

Market Watch: Vice President Kamala Harris delivered the oath of office to the new Democratic senators — Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock [both of Georgia] and Alex Padilla [California] — just hours after taking her own oath at the Capitol alongside Biden.

Politico: Germany to talk to Biden team over securing changes to vaccine distribution

KING-5 TV: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew’ | Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, recites work at Biden-Harris inauguration. Read the poem’s full text here.

Heather Cox Richardson Newsletter: January 19, 2021 [Ed. note: One of the best summaries I have read of the last 4 years to today.]

CNN Business: QAnon believers are in disarray after Biden is inaugurated

January 20, 2021

IT’S OVER! Trump relinquishes power,
Biden sworn-in as President!
Trump adherents did not get their laundry list of expectations.
Biden returns America to grace, civility, and humility!


Trump supporters hung-on to expectations he would deliver for them, yet Trump did have the wherewithal to accomplish these:

* Disbanding The Federal Reserve, return the U.S.to the Gold Standard

* UFO Disclosure by end of 2017

* NESARA to pay by Nov. 4, 2020 election day

* Revealing JFK, Jr. was alive and supporting Trump for re-election

* Unredacted JFK Assassination files publicly released

* Cancel debt with China [UK’s Independent: China bans Trump cabinet officials from ever doing business with country]

* 9-11 files released

* 540,000 pedophile arrests

As Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY.) tweeted: “The omission of Snowden, Assange, and Ulbricht, from the pardons and commutations list speaks volumes. The President went 0 for 3 in his final round with the swamp.” [Ed. note: Trump was always for himself, and merely used his supporters and adherents.]

And a last good-bye to President Trump on his last day as President:

+ CNN: The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp that dogged the President for years will live on in a museum

+ NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: The Trump ‘concession speech we all deserve’

+ The Daily Kos: Bye bye. Adios. Arrivederci. Ciao. Tschüss. Sayōnara. Paalam. Zàijiàn. Zōi Gīn

Bottom line:

The Trump Administration now ends exactly where it began 4 years ago today, having promulgated over 30,000+ lies since January 20, 2017, the first lie about Inauguration crowd size:

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January 20, 2021

* Trump set to leave The White House, Biden to be # 46,
* Biden/Harris led the first national covid mourning,
* Obama, Bush, Clinton join Biden for wreath-laying after Inauguration!

200,000 Field of Flags on the National Mall
Credit: Eric Baradat, AFP via Getty Image via Yahoo
Incoming second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming first lady Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden watch as a Covid-19 Memorial is lit at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Tuesday.
Credit: Jim Watson, AFP – Getty Images via NBC News
  • Editor’s note: This is a landmark day, so the numerous headlines below are also for historical and archival purposes.


The Olympian: Here’s where you can get a COVID-19 vaccination in and around Thurston County

JOLT News: County officials memorialize the 61 Thurston County residents lost in pandemic

McClatchey News: A 51st state? Washington officials introduce bill to create state of ‘Liberty’

South Sound Business: ‘We’ll Come Out of it Stronger’: Thurston County Officials Talk 2021 at State of the Community Event

Kitsup Sun: Two aircraft carriers were named for ardent segregationists. Could they ever be renamed?

KING-5 TV: As part of nationwide memorial Tuesday to honor lives lost to COVID-19, the Kobe Bell at Seattle Center was rung and buildings in downtown Seattle are illuminated.


KOVR-13 TV/CBS Sacramento: California Urges Stop To 300K [Moderna versions] COVID-19 Vaccines After Some Fall Ill

Mercola: Informed Consent for COVID Vaccine

CNBC: Flight attendants play ‘babysitter for adults’ as bad behavior onboard spikes; FAA threatens hefty fines [about not wearing masks]


NBC News: Joe Biden consoles country as U.S. tops 400,000 Covid-19 deaths – 400 lights were turned on along the perimeter of Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, each one representing a thousand people lost to the coronavirus. [Ed. note: the country’s first recognition for the loss of fellow citizens!]

USA TODAY: Obama, Bush and Clinton to join Biden for wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery after inauguration

CNBC: Trump provoked deadly Capitol riot, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says [Ed. note: As Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial looms, is McConnell signalling he might convict this time?]

CNN: The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp that dogged the President for years will live on in a museum

CNBC: Biden plans immediate executive actions to roll back Trump era after inauguration speech

Newsweek: Jill Biden Urged to Reverse White House Rose Garden Changes Made by Melania Trump [Ed. note: to restore Jackie Kennedy’s grandeur that Melania removed in 2020.]

Slate: Trump Has Quietly Hollowed Out the Government [Ed. note: Inexperienced Trump loyalists installed with little to no experience running government has meant disasters on so many issues.]

Business Insider: 12 National Guard troops were pulled off security for Biden’s inauguration over concerns including suspected ties to far-right groups

The Hill: Society of Professional Journalists asks Biden to end restrictions on agency personnel speaking to press

Reuters: Oath Keepers militia members arrested for role in U.S. Capitol siege


CNN: Steve Bannon pardon: Trump tells people he’s decided to pardon Bannon as one of his final acts in office

WaPo: Trump grants clemency to 143 people in late-night pardon blast

WaPo: The Trump presidency was marked by battles over truth itself. Those aren’t over.

George Conway: What I really believe Donald Trump is an enemy of truth. Joe Biden will serve America well.

David Bier: Because I couldn’t find anything comprehensive, I’m just going to post everything I’ve seen in the news/Twitter about Trump’s activities related to the Jan 6th insurrection. I think the timing & context of his actions/inactions will matter a lot for a senate trial. [Ed. note: This is instructive and historically relevant.]

WaPo: Dominion threatens MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with lawsuit over ‘false and conspiratorial’ claims

CNBC: MyPillow’s CEO, a Trump supporter, says Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s stopped selling his products

NBC News: Trump’s spectacular fall from grace could have serious financial consequences

Rolling Stone: Trump Is Officially the Least Popular President Ever Polled

The Wrap: SAG-AFTRA Board Moves to Expel Donald Trump

The Hill: Poll: Majority of voters want Trump barred from running for office again

McClatchey News: Trump ends historically unpopular presidency with 34% approval rating – weakest average approval rating of any of his predecessors since the survey began in the 1940s

Axios: Jonathan Swan’s “Off the Rails” series documents his coverage from 4 years of Trump

Wall St. Journal: Trump Has Discussed Starting a New Party

CNN: Some Trump supporters think he’s about to declare martial law — and they’re excited.

WaPo: Trump sowed divisions until the bitter end. It may have been his biggest success.

AP: The Latest: Trump declassifies Crossfire Hurricane material [Ed. note: Will the FBI, NSA, CIA get this declassified under Trump by the time Biden takes office, which will be rescinded?]

January 19, 2021

Loren Culp’s WA. election challenge requires the disinfectant of sunlight!

Loren Culp, Republican gubernatorial candidate, seen at a rally in Bellevue on Oct. 10, 2020. Credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

  • Editor’s note: As a footnote to Trump leaving office tomorrow, the challenges to the Washington election, including to Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, require a perspective and our attention.
  • Culp followed President Trump’s roadmap to challenge election results in this state by following the most loyal allies and listening increasingly to conspiracy theories, which echoed his own views and offered an illusion, and an alternate reality.
  • To impinge the credibility of certain county auditors, including Thurston’s Mary Hall, without any credible evidence, was an attempt to undermine our election process by causing voters’ doubt.
  • The more educated voters of the state, conversant with facts, saw right through such a charade. Culp lost by 545,177 votes.
  • The disinfectant of sunlight and transparency is required so this does not occur here again!
  • We just can’t pretend this was the proper manner of elections in a Constitutional Republic!
  • WA. Democrats filed a Bar Complaint against Culp’s Campaign Lawyer.
  • And Culp put Yelm in the spotlight by violating Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 regulations in conducting rallies with large crowds, few masks, and no social distancing.
  • Excerpts from these stories below reflect the assault on democracy in our state and are posted here for historical and archival purposes:

+ Seattle Times: Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp drops election fraud lawsuit after Washington state threatens legal sanctions

“Culp’s lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court last month, tried to sow doubts about his 545,000-vote loss to Gov. Jay Inslee. It claimed “intolerable voting anomalies” in an election “that was at all times fraudulent.”

“But, facing a threat of legal sanctions for making meritless claims in a court of law, Culp’s attorney, Stephen Pidgeon, withdrew the lawsuit Thursday night [Jan. 14], according to a copy of his motion supplied by the state Attorney General’s office.

“The lawsuit was withdrawn “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled.

The about-face by Culp occurred after Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office warned Pidgeon that the state intended to file a motion to dismiss the case, and intended to take the unusual step of asking a judge to impose sanctions unless Pidgeon withdrew the case by noon Friday.

“The notice, which Ferguson personally signed off on, said the claims made by the Culp campaign were “‘factually baseless.'”

“Culp’s tactics — and resulting defeat — are reminiscent of the post-election flailing by President Donald Trump, who similarly leveled debunked fraud claims in an unsuccessful effort to overturn his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

“‘Rather than concede gracefully, Mr. Culp has used this lawsuit to distract from the magnitude of his loss and to sow confusion. Mr. Culp also fundraised off his baseless allegations [AG Ferguson’s notice said],'” by Jim Brunner and Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times. Read more

+ Seattle P-I: Former Washington gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp drops election lawsuit

“The lawsuit challenged the results in King, Pierce, Thurston, Clark, Skagit and Kitsap counties and demanded audits of voting machines, paper ballots and results. All six counties were won by Gov. Jay Inslee and Culp lost the state by 545,177 votes, according to a SeattlePI analysis of election results.

“‘These unsubstantiated allegations were without merit and created confusion among Washington voters,’ said Wyman in a statement Friday [Jan 15]. ‘Today we finally have an opportunity to shed light on some of the misleading and inaccurate assumptions made in this lawsuit, and can continue working to restore confidence with a swath of Washington’s electorate.'”

On Friday [Jan 15], the Washington State Democratic Party announced they have filed a bar complaint against Pidgeon for “violations of his oath to defend the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions” and are seeking disciplinary action.

“The newly-filed complaint claims that Pidgeon used the courts for ‘desperate and legally unjustifiable attempt to undermine the electoral process on behalf of his defeated client’ and imposed costs on Washington taxpayers,’ by Callie Craighead, Seattle P-I. Read more

+ Secretary of State Kim Wyman: Culp for Governor campaign lawsuit against Wyman, election officials, dismissed

“‘As I have said before, I welcome anyone who has questions about Washington’s elections processes or who has substantive evidence of fraud to reach out to my office. I publicly invited Loren Culp to do the same, and he never contacted me or my office to share his concerns,’ Wyman said.” Read more

+ Washington Democrats: Washington State Democratic Party announced they have filed a bar complaint against Pidgeon [Culp Campaign Lawyer]

“The complaint seeks an immediate investigation into Dr. Pidgeon’s multiple violations of his oath to defend the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions and impose appropriate disciplinary action. 

Specifically, Dr. Pidgeon has repeatedly advanced meritless allegations of unspecified election fraud in his representative capacity for the Culp for Governor campaign in the case of Culp for Governor vs. Wyman et al., (King County Superior Court Cause No. 20-2-17720-2 SEA). His use of the judicial system to advance these frivolous claims undermines both public confidence in the democratic process and has contributed to the spread of disinformation that has resulted in threats of violence against election officials — including Washington’s own Republican Secretary of State.” Read more

+ NVN: Washington Governor Candidate Loren Culp Draws Hundreds for Rally in Yelm [July 2020]

  • Editor’s note: Culp violated state COVID-19 regulations right here in Yelm by conducting rallies with large crowds, few masks, and no social distancing. Where was this man’s leadership in taking precautions caring for his constituents’ health?
  • Culp did not earn this state’s trust to be a leader!

January 19, 2021

* WA. starts COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1B with lower age threshold,
* Misinformation dropped 73% a week after Twitter banned Trump,
* U.S. hits 400,000 COVID deaths today, Trump’s last full day!

Conversations about election fraud dropped across several social media sites in the week after President Trump was banned from Twitter, an analytics firm found. Credit: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images via The Washington Post


KING-5 TV: Washington to consider proposal to make Juneteenth an official state holiday – commemorates the end of slavery in the United States

Seattle Times: ‘Powerhouse duo’ of Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell gain clout as Biden era begins

Washington Examiner: WA. GOP Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler who voted for Trump impeachment faces backlash and possible primary challenges [Ed. note: Herrera Beutler’s District 3 encompasses rural Yelm, Rainier, Tenino]

JOLT News: Amid heightened security, calm on the Capitol Campus in Olympia

KING-5 TV: Washington starts COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1B with lower age threshold and adds more mass vaccine sites

Airliner Watch: Emirates president says Boeing 777X entry to service may slip to 2023 ‘or even longer’ [Ed. note: This aircraft is to be assembled in Everett and any delay affects Puget Sound’s workforce.]


WaPo: QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing

Common Dreams: Feds Are Vetting 25,000 National Guard Troops Ahead of Biden Inauguration

Law&Crime: FBI Charges Woman Believed to Have Stolen Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop During Capitol Riot, Saying She May Have Tried to Sell Device to Russian Intelligence

WaPo: Proud Boys, other fringe groups find refuge – and money – on Christian fundraising website

NBC News: New Jersey reservist, with Navy base clearance, charged in connection to deadly Capitol riot

The Daily Kos: Trump team orders installation of notorious pro-Trump saboteur into top NSA position [Ed. Note: to be sworn in with one day left in the Trump Administration.]

CNN: Pelosi demands acting Pentagon chief halt his order to NSA to install Trump loyalist as general counsel

Common Dreams: Biden Plans to Rescind Keystone XL in “Huge Victory” for Indigenous-Led Movement


WaPo: 400,000: The invisible deaths of covid-19 [Ed. note: Trump leaves office with 400,000 COVID-19 deaths on his watch!]

NY Daily News: ‘Dark weeks ahead’: Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February

Mercola: Could Most COVID-19 Deaths Have Been Prevented? [by optimizing Vit. D]

Zero-Hedge: Peer-Reviewed Stanford University Study “Did Not Find Evidence” Lockdowns Were Effective In Stopping COVID Spread

Wall St. Journal: Does Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine Stop You Spreading It? Scientists Don’t Know Yet.


WaPo: Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump – Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president

Business Insider: Capitol rioters say Trump told them to do it, which some legal experts say could open him to criminal charges

WaPo: Attorney Roberta Kaplan is about to make Trump’s life extremely difficult [represents clients in high-profile cases against Trump]

The Hill: Scarborough says he’s considering legal action against Trump over conspiracy tweets [targeting him falsely]

Snopes: American Thinker joined the likes of Newsmax in issuing a correction to various claims it spread during the 2020 election. [their voter fraud claims were false]

NBC News: Capitol riot exposed flaws of Trump’s DHS, focused on immigration and not extremists, say ex-officials

ABC News: The Trump letter his lawyers said should never see ‘light of day’

Deadline: Donald Trump Faces Possible Expulsion From SAG-AFTRA As Union’s Board Sets Special Session

WaPo: The Trump presidency was marked by battles over truth itself. Those aren’t over.

January 18, 2021

MLK, Jr. Day honors the legacy of an American icon!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Unveiled in 2011. Photo credit: AARP

This story has been posted here annually on MLK, Jr. Day since 2009:


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

– MLK’s letter from the Birmingham, Alabama jail penned April 12, 1963 still resonates today.
By Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read more

– “Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon: King is recognized as a martyr by two Christian churches. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986,” quoting Wikipedia.

– The Seattle Times has a fabulous 2011 expose on the civil rights giant.
Click here

– The full version of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
August 28, 1963, posted on YouTube.
Click here

– “The Color of Surveillance”
“What an infamous abuse of power teaches us about the modern spy era.”

“The FBI has a lead. A prominent religious leader and community advocate is in contact with a suspected sleeper agent of foreign radicals. The attorney general is briefed and personally approves wiretaps of his home and offices. The man was born in the United States, the son of a popular cleric. Even though he’s an American citizen, he’s placed on a watchlist to be summarily detained in the event of a national emergency. Of all similar suspects, the head of FBI domestic intelligence thinks he’s ‘the most dangerous,’ at least ‘from the standpoint of … national security.’

“Is this a lone wolf in league with foreign sponsors of terrorism? No: This was the life of Martin Luther King Jr. That FBI assessment was dated Aug. 30, 1963—two days after King told our country that he had a dream.,” by Alvaro M. Bedoya, Slate.com.
Read more

“6 Leaders Who Carry On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy”

“With King’s dream only partially achieved, they work to ensure civil and other rights,” by Pamela K. Johnson, AARP. Read more

– “11 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that will inspire your soul”

“At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love,” by Bethanni Williams, KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more

– “‘Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope’ | MLK Memorial brings famous speech to life”

“Here’s the history behind the monument in Washington, D.C. which pays homage to the life of one of the greatest civil rights leaders,” by Megan Yoder, KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more

Blogger Klein is a founding donor to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

January 18, 2021

* Bill giving former felons the right to vote introduced in WA.,
* Police turn in off-duty police in the Capitol mob,
* Trump spent four years destroying two brands: The GOP’s and his!

Grocery Workers Seek Return of Hazard Pay
A sign on March 23 near the entrance to Yelm Safeway tells another tale of COVID-19, this one to help shield seniors and other at-risk shoppers from crowds that could pass on the virus. Credit: Paul Dunn, The Chronicle, Centralia.
  • Editor’s note: Regarding Big Tech’s crackdown last week, Reporters Without Borders crafted an excellent observation:
  • We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players
  • “After overlooking the fake news and hate speech that Trump posted throughout his four years as US president, Twitter unilaterally decided on 8 January to permanently close his @realDonaldTrump account and then, a few days later, 70,000 other accounts linked to the pro-Trump QAnon movement. Facebook, Instagram and Twitch also suspended the presidential accounts for an unspecified period, while Amazon then suspended the pro-Trump social media Parler.
  • All of these decisions were taken by private-sector companies without any democratic or judicial control!
  • “The laws of the public arena used to be established by parliaments and enforced by judges, but private-sector corporations are now in charge. Their norms are not defined within a democratic framework with checks and balances, they are not transparent and you cannot appeal to any court before they are carried out. The organization of the online public arena should not be left to market forces or individual interests.”
  • “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players”
  • Click here to read the full story.
  • I agree – and this is an important issue for all to be educated and a national conversation to begin!


Seattle Times: Bill giving those with felonies the right to vote is introduced in Washington Legislature

KING-5 TV: Washington opens window to indoor dining with new ‘open-air’ rules

Tacoma’s News-Tribune: ‘We’re Getting Sick, and We’re Dying’: Grocery Workers Seek Return of Hazard Pay

KING-5 TV: Seattle-based Alaska Airlines increases security on flights to DC ahead of Inauguration Day [joins Delta, American, United]


Newsweek: Senator Sasse Blasts Republicans Who ‘Wink’ at QAnon, Urges Them to Reject Conspiracy Theories [Click here for Sen. Sasse’s full op-ed In The Atlantic.]

Rep. Eric Swalwell: This is what a real hero looks like

Gizmodo: Leaked Parler Data Points to Users at Police Stations, U.S. Military Bases

MSNBC: Riot reckoning: See how GOP leaders were complicit in Trump’s scheme

WaPo: Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own.

WaPo: Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI

BBC News: Wilmington 1898: When white supremacists overthrew a US government

Truthout: We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live

CNN Business: Tim Cook: Why I kicked Parler off Apple’s App Store

Politico: Poll: We have met the enemy and it is us


WaPo: In Trump’s last days, a spree of environmental rollbacks – Rules affect oil and gas drilling, mining and logging, along with energy efficiency standards and restrictions on toxic chemicals

ABC News: Ahead of inauguration, government contracts reveal White House deep clean – More than $200,000 will be spent on additional cleaning services. [“After three COVID-19 breakouts within the White House in recent months”]

MSNBC: Trump spent four years destroying two brands: His own and the GOP’s

NYT: Trump Ignites a War Within the Church – After a week of Trumpist mayhem, white evangelicals wrestle with what they’ve become.

WaPo: ‘Trump said to do so’: Accounts of rioters who say the president spurred them to rush the Capitol could be pivotal testimony


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