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8-26 to 8-28 2015

Aug 26, 2015 -- 3:21pm


 

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VIRGINIA SHOOTING - IN CONTEXT

Yes, it's tragic how 2 members of the exalted media class were murdered by their racist, disgruntled former colleague. Now that same sainted media class and political sycophants wish to incessantly drum "More Gun Control" in your brain, for it's "All About Them", and you will be forced to care.

Meanwhile, said murdering racist dirtbag passed numerous background checks. There's the rub: Future violence can only be predicted by past violent behavior, so what they want is "Minority Report" pre-crime tyranny on the 74,999,999 American gun owners who DIDN'T murder anyone yesterday.

For the purpose of illustration, remember how I said on the morning show that if you had every American gun owner stand shoulder to shoulder, the line would stretch 42,000 miles, almost TWICE around the earth. Were the large numbers of firearms and owners truly a problem you'd think we would be drowning in blood, but we're not. The truth is firearms deaths are at historic lows, 3.6 per 100,000 Americans, which includes cops shooting perps. (Look it up at the CDC)

Meanwhile, deaths by motor vehicle are around 16 per 100,000, almost 5 times the firearms death rate, and your motor vehicle isn't a constitutional right. Yes, the TV shooting is sad, but the lib media and political tyrants want to "play" your emotions, and strip everyone's liberty for their benefit. You're smarter than that - Put it in context, and don't buy the spin. It's NOT as bad as they want you to think. Liberty lives only if you defend it.


EMAIL OF THE DAY - PATRICK COWDREY

Hi Bill,
It seems to me that this tiff between Trump and Ramos shows the
immigration problem in profile.
Here we have Ramos cutting to the head of the line with an attitude of
entitlement.
Trump demonstrated his view of immigration policy under his
administration by deporting him, but letting him back in later.
Albeit at the end of the line.
I think it is very interesting when put into that perspective, how the
lame-stream media is spinning this event.
Patrick


8-28-2015

6:35 - Owen Strachan - Four Americans in France Show the World what it Means to Be a Man.

Owen Strachan is an Associate Professor of Christian Theology and the Director of the Center on Gospel & Culture at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also serves as President of the Council for Manhood & Womanhood and is a contributing writer to The Stream.  He is a husband, father, and author of seven books, including The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

7:15 Dale Matthews from the excellent non-commercial video site BadCounty.com

8:10 Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts talking water, dams, communicating with the Governor about protecting our infrastructure.


8-27-2015

6:35 Michelle Minton is the Director of "Sindustry Studies" at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where she promotes Liberty by defending the likes of gamblers, smokers, drinkers, junk food eaters, & insurance agents (basically one and the same). We talk about who is winning the "Sheldon Adelson Primary" in the GOP presidential candidates fold.

7:45 Joe Hicks from Project 21. Interesting commentary - Are Spurious Claims of Police Racism Fueling Ideological Attacks Upon Whites by People With Troubled Psyches?

8:10 Larry Pratt - Gun owners of America more analysis on the  VA shooting.



BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-26-2015

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com - We discuss Dale's experience in court last week trying to get a judge to change the sales tax ballot initiative, there's the Gold Hill marijuana tax recision, and of course the County Commission always makes news.

7:10 Ruth Broadman, Jackson County Republican Women. Click here for info on buying tickets to the big REAGAN BBQ, Saturday 9/19 at Hanley Farm. I'll be your humble fundraising auctioneer! (Lots of fun)

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:35 Ann Rutherford, one of the contestants at this Saturday's Northwest Tall Tale Challenge, a fundraiser for the Medford Senior Center. I'll emcee this event, join me Saturday evening at the Lithia Commons. GO HERE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION

 

8-20 to 8-21 2015

Aug 20, 2015 -- 9:29am


RED ALERT!! GET YOUR COMMENTS IN TO THE BLM TODAY

PLEASE HELP -  Share this with friends, get your comments into the BLM TODAY opposing expansion of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue.

Buried in the RMP is a suitability study recommending Congress add 63 miles of Wild and Scenic, all the way to Lost Creek Lake and Dam. This is a massive rape and regulation of private property rights, as BLM lands are only a tiny fraction (less than 4%).of the property on the river. The vast majority is private.

Jo Co Commissioners resolved against this Wednesday, but GET THOSE COMMENTS IN TODAY, as today's the dealine for comments. Gang Green counts on you not commenting on this. Don't let them win. 

1) Here's the link to the BLM comment page  - http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/comments.php  

2) Here is the Mail Link to comment on this RMP.  

3) Here's that same email address printed out:  blm_or_rmpwo_comments@blm.gov

HERE IS THE COMMENT PERIOD NEWS RELEASE

You'll need to give them name, address, etc. and tell them you oppose the RMP, and give them a few thoughts of your own regarding over regulation and how this would destroy property rights. 
 
Here's a letter I sent, DON'T COPY AND PASTE,  as they'll count it as one comment. Gang green and government are very sneaky, but maybe it'll help as an idea starter on your own.
 
_________________________________
Dear BLM,
 
I oppose your draft resource management plan and its suitability study which recommends that Congress expand the Wild and Scenic designation of the Rogue River another 63 miles. It's yet another affront to taxpayers and citizens who have the right to use and own property free of BLM abuse. Besides, you administer a small sliver of these lands, but you want to grab control of it all via the administrative process?
 
I also object to your policy consensus stakeholder system, which seems especially designed to strip the U.S. constitution from all consideration in such management plans. In addition, this stakeholder process creates an undue influence for environmental groups who don't even live and work in the area. Your process is flawed, and an affront to the Constitution and rule of law.

I'm saying "Start Over", and invite EVERYONE to the table, and that includes property OWNERS, not just the designated "stakeholders".
___________________________________
 
Once again, feel free to use it for some ideas, but put it in your own words.  GET THOSE COMMENTS IN TODAY, thanks!

 


 

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H/T to Americans for Limited Government


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-20-2015

6:35 Yovel Badash - educatior, author of "No Child Held Back".

7:10 Jim Ludwick, Oregonians for Immigration Reform - discussion is Birthright Citizenship, Trump's plan...is it really so crazy?

7:35 Local tech guru Julian Cordle breaksdown the latest Hillary Clinton email scandle news in ways we non-techy types can understand.

8:10 Will Reishman at Strategic Financial on the dollar, financial situation of the world. Don't buy fear, he says.


IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 



8-10 to 8-14-2015

Aug 10, 2015 -- 2:16pm


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RULE OF LAW

I believe when you have too many laws, or many ridiculous laws, or tyrants with an agenda, respect for the rule of law suffers. Cases in point:

1) Trib reports that the Jac Co GMO-Free law isn't being enforced. (but it's still doing good, according to supporters)

2) The state doesn't really enforce open meetings law.

3) Obama doesn't enforce immigration law.

4) No one in power seems to want to respect or enforce the 4th amendment. (except Judge Napolitano, Rand & Ron Paul, and John Whitehead).

5) Various counties don't want to. or can't enforce the Dem's gun owner's registration bill, SB941.

6) The first amendment is on life support, thanks to some candy-ass college Millenials afraid for their "feeeeeeelings",

AND, 7) We tend to ignore many of the arbitrary traffic laws on the books, as most don't make sense...it's more about gov getting your money.

On the upside, I think it's healthy for freedom loving folks to ignore ridiculous or unconstitutional laws....Yes, EVEN if the courts claim it's constitutional. (They were never supposed to be the final authority on such matters) But scratch the surface of we typical 'Muricans and you'll usually find someone who thinks the solution to all societal ills is yet ANOTHER law.

How's that working out for us?


BILL's GUESTS FOR 8-14-15

6:35 Dr. William Briggs - Climatologist, What's True and What's False about Obama's Global Warmining Plan.

7:35 Charles Connor, legendary drummer for Little Richard and James Brown - His story in "Keep a Knockin': The Story of a Legendary Drummer".

8:10 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.com, and we discuss Dale filing a lawsuit against Grants Pass over the title of the sales tax initiative.


BILL'S GUESTS for 8-13-15

6:35 Matt Philbin, MRC director of culture - Anchors refuse to use term "baby" when reporting Planned Parenthood story. (If they report it at all)

7:35 Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, (Follow on Twitter @HealthAndCents) And she discusses with Bill  Is Donald Trump Right About Single Payer?

8:10 Dane Wigington from GeoengineeringWatch.org talks of his big event tomorrow, free, in Redding - Presenting Evidence of Geoengineering/Chemtrails, spraying.


LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-12-15

6:35 Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government - We discuss Fox's move to the left.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Jillian Melchior writes in National Review of the mining disaster - Will the EPA take responsibility?

8:35 Business segment with Meghan and Margaret from the Springs at Anna Marie


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-11-15

6:35 Professor Stephen Halbrook, author of Gun Control in The Third Reich.

7:35 Julie Gunlock, Independent Women's Forum - Unfair to rip Coca Cola for anti-obesity studies.

8:10 Michelle Minton, is the Director of "Sindustry Studies" at the Competitive Enterprise Institute - Candidates push online gambling ban, backed by Casino owning mega-donor.


SECRET DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESIDENTIAL POLL

(H/T to Mark Johnson)

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-10-2015

7:10 Dr. William Forschten, author of "One Year After" (Coming out 9/15) This is a sequel to the best-selling "One Second After", detailing America's response to a devastating EMP attack on American soil. VERY thought-provoking.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present"

Jim Belushi Comes to Town

By Dennis Powers

If you've seen actor Jim Belushi in town—whether at a restaurant, or even at the Pear Blossom Parade—then be ready for more. He's here, building community ties and completing his house complex on the Rogue River “in time for summer”.

Jim was born in Chicago in 1954—the third of four children--to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, who ran a restaurant. His father was an Albanian immigrant and his mother was of Albanian descent. His brother, John, was born five years before and the family moved one year later to Wheaton, Illinois.

Both with strong interests in an acting career, the older John started off. He performed in summer stock, worked improv comedy, and became part of the famous ensemble, Second City in Chicago where he perfected his “gonzo” style of comedy. Later, he moved to New York City where he had his big break on the TV variety series, Saturday Night Live (1975), which made him a star.

During this time--and after Wheaton Central High School—Jim transferred from a small college to Southern Illinois University, where he earned a degree in speech and theater arts. After graduating from college, Belushi in 1977 also joined the Second City comedy troupe, which proved to be a major launching pad for his career.

In 1978, producer Gary Marshall saw one of his Second City performances and hired him for his first TV role: a part on the NBC sitcom, Who's Watching the Kids? A year later, Jim landed a part on a second sitcom, the CBS show Working Stiffs.

That same year, his brother John stole the spotlight with his role as the notorious, beer-swilling “Bluto” in the box-office hit of National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). With Dan Aykroyd, he hit more fame in John Landis’ The Blue Brothers (1980), with following films such asContinental Divide (1981) and Neighbors (1981). John tragically died from a drug overdose in 1982.

In 1983, still reeling from his brother's fatal drug overdose, Jim followed in John's footsteps and joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Audiences roared with laughter at Jim's impersonations of popular celebrities like Hulk Hogan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. His popularity on SNL led to additional roles in films, as About Last Night (1986), “Jumpin' Jack Flash” (1986), “K-9” (1989) and “Curly Sue” (1991). From there, he continued with more TV and film (now more than a dozen movies), including sequels to K-9 that went directly to video.

Belushi was the star of According to Jim--a popular prime-time TV sitcom about a suburban father--that appeared on ABC from 2001 to 2009 and has been internationally syndicated. Since then, he has been quite active on Broadway, his blues band, and TV.

Trips to visit a friend here and his love of fishing brought about the connection. The construction of his house also became the feature of a reality TV series, Building Belushi, on the “Do It Yourself” network. The six-episode series follows Jim and his team as they built on the 13 acres with 1800 feet of river frontage of the former 1930s-era Elks picnic ground off Agate road, some two miles north of White City. The six-episode series aired in July.

Belushi bought the land two years ago and constructed a 1200 sq. ft., two-level “main house”, 650 sq. ft. “master suite and bathroom”, and a 1600 sq. ft. “bunk house” that by itself has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths—all with sweeping views of the river or surrounding countryside—not to mention 7,400 sq. ft. of raised decks with walkways. The grounds include a rebuilt stage, garage, barbeque pit, benches and tables that date back to the Elks summer picnics. The foundation was designed to meet the “100-year flood requirements” and 600,000 pounds of concrete were poured into building one thick, continuous retaining wall and foundation.

Through subcontractor connections also involved in the Holly Theatre renovation, Jim toured the facilities, became fascinated by it, and was named honorary chairman of the Holly Theatre Restoration Project. Built in 1930, the 1,000-seat Holly is being restored by Jefferson Live!, which also operates the Cascade Theatre in Redding. Roughly half of the $4.3 million needed for the restoration project has been raised with $300,000 already spent in restoring the facade and roof beams. 

Joining the restoration funding efforts, Belushi and his TV crew were in this year’s Medford’s Pear Blossom Parade for the theatre, along with performing a benefit concert with his blues band, “The Sacred Hearts,” at EdenVale (Eden Valley) Winery taking place on August 29th.

Yes, we are glad that Jim Belushi has come here--and joined us.

Sources: Damian Mann, “Actor Jim Belushi joins in Holly Theatre drive in Medford, will appear in parade,” Mail Tribune, April 7, 2015 at Holly Honorary Chairman; see John Belushi’s biography at John's Biography; see Jim Belushi’s Biography at Jim's Biography; Mail Tribune, “Belushi reality TV show features his Rogue River cabin,” April 7, 2015 at Building Belushi (DIY) Reality Series; and see Building Belushi Info on the “Do It Yourself (“DIY”) Network.  

 


IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 



8-3 to 8-7 2015

Aug 04, 2015 -- 5:52pm


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SALES TAX IN GP?

Grants Pass voters to decide whether to accept a 2% general sales tax. Bad idea, imo. It doesn't help merchants be more competitive, plus it's going to be a bait-and-switch. We'll relieve property taxes under the guise of making sales pay for public safety. Meanwhile, count on it that soon there'll be the push to require all counties to have some minimum property tax amount, say $2 per thousand, and then you'll have sales AND your property tax right up again. PLUS you can better believe all our enlightened cities and towns looking to backfill THEIR bad PERS investments will scramble to go all sales taxey on you.


NATURAL BORN DISASTER...

A listener this morning says she wasn't keen on Trump's Obama birth certificate adventure a few years back. I agree, but for different reasons. To me, it was NEVER about the birth certificate, but rather about Obama's dual nationality and loyalties. Candidate "O" had an American mother and Kenyan citizen father. He's disqualified because of THAT, and the birth certificate is a red herring. I also believe that Ted Cruz and many other GOP types aren't eligible. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mom, but a Cuban national father. Marco Rubio was born here to two Cuban Citizens. Bobbie Jindal has both parents as Indian citizens. Even Rick Santorum's father was an Italian national, even though his mother was an American citizen. All these men I've mentioned are American citizens, under that fuzzy 14th Amendment, but I don't believe they meet the "natural born" requirement for the presidency, which is (or was, in our post-constitutional era) about ensuring there were no dual loyalties.

Now then, back to Obama's situation....His dad was Kenyan. Consider what if his dad instead had been Vladimir Putin? Same American mom, but this time with a Russian national as father. See what I mean? The implied problems of serving, via blood, two national masters.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-04-15

6:35 Heidi Ganahl - Co-chair of rthe Carly for America Campaign in Colorado.

7:35 Scott Lively, pastor of DefendTheFamily.com. He's touring the country speaking out against the homosexual agenda.

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-03-15

6:35 Dale Matthews from Bad County.com - pot posession ONLY indoors?

7:35 Kevin Starrett at Oregon Firearms - Bloomberg's peeps trying to film anti-gun PSA's in Oregon gun stores.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - Visiting Past and Present

Rooster Crows and More

By Dennis Powers

Since 1953, Rogue River has held its National Rooster Crow Championship on the last Saturday in June; the weekend affair was started to publicize the city, and by 1958 a record 263 roosters had been entered. The city’s festival kicks off on Friday with a dinner and ends on Sunday with its antique and “sporty” car show. Over 10,000 people attended the 2012 Rooster Crow weekend, which was the city’s 100th-year celebration.

Saturday morning starts off with a 5-K run and 2-mile walk. After the “Rooster Crow Parade,” where nearly anyone can participate, there is a whirlwind of activities, arts and crafts, food booths, exhibits, a special kids’ play area, and (of course) the Annual National Rooster Crow Contest that afternoon.  

There are three crowing contests: for young people, then adults, and followed by the one for the real roosters. Audience applause selects the winners of the human crowing contests. The question is always, however, which cock-a-doodle-doo fowl will crow its way into Animal Farm’s hierarchy--and be the national winner. The competition is over which rooster can make the greatest number of crows within 30 minutes.

The winner of the first event was Hollerin’ Harry, a bird that crowed 71 times and won $50 for his owner--which was great deal of money in the early 1950s. A second contest was held that September (when two contests were then held) with $100 to the winner Beetle Baum, that managed a staggering 109 crows and setting a record that lasted for 25 years. In 1978, White Lightning won with a new course record of 112 crows.

Owners of first-place roosters receive $150, and cash prizes are paid out for the top five rooster-crowers. The placers in 2012 included names such as Red Ryder (46 crows), El-Ron (38), George of the Jungle, and Mordecai. In 2015, Crow-Darr (52 crows)—owned by a Rogue River Elementary School sixth grader--beat out Slim Field (21 crows).

Nearly every town in Southern Oregon puts on its own “stand out” annual event: Grants Pass (Boatnik), Gold Hill (Gold Dust Day), Central Point (July 4th), Medford (Pear Blossom Festival), Ashland (July 4th is the big one), Shady Cove (Spam Festival) in addition to other weekend and holiday events. The Jackson County Fair, held in mid-July, brings about a number of events with usually 80,000-plus attending over the six-day event.  

Years ago, nearly every other town in Oregon held logging contests--now there are only three. Today, the third week of August finds the town of Prospect on Highway 62 (past Lost Creek Lake, towards Crater Lake) conducting its annual Jamboree and Timber Carnival, which it has put on for over 60 years. From chain-saw and buck-saw contests to ax throwing, log rolling, and pole climbing, the lumberjacks keep rolling on.

Sources: Laurie Heuston, “Rogue River’s got something to crow about,” Mail Tribune, June 29, 2012, at Rogue River Rooster Crow; see Randy Johnson, “You Tube: 2012 Rooster Crow.”


IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 



7-27 to 8/1/15

Jul 27, 2015 -- 5:43pm


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IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 


 


 

 

SAAAAAAAAFETY

Interesting video from Bad County dot com where Dale Matthews interviews GP chief Landis extolling the virtues of their new surveillance cameras. It's correctly noted that we have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public places. However, are we now supposed to to take this lack of expectation and force taxpayers to fund (at the barrel of the government gun) a system which GUARANTEES that there is never privacy anywhere?

Certainly we see the value of high crime areas and high tech. However, I fear that over time a continuously watched and databased "free" people will behave more like caged and cowed inmates, rather than engaged citizenry.


BILL'S GUEST INFO 7-29-15

6:35 Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly - They moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too. Their book - Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away.

7:10 Dr. John Zmirak of the Stream, his latest - The Third Planned Parenthood Video, Outrage is Insufficient.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Sara King Cole from Brittfest - Classical fest starts Friday.

8:45 Business interview with Meaghan Walkup from the Springs at Anna Maria on Golf View Drive in Medford. They now have 3 apartments open at this all-inclusive senior living facility.


BILL'S GUEST INFO FOR 7-27-2015

6:35 Linda Royall, investigative reporter for the Stream - Big Business and Bad Government: Washington has Known about the Abortion Aftermarket for 15 Years, but has Failed to Fix it.

7:10 Julia Schopick, author of HONEST MEDICINE -Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

 

The Vintners and their Wine

By Dennis Powers

Oregon has consistently ranked within the top four wine-producing states behind California, Washington, and New York. Although Southern Oregon has the warmest growing condition in our state, it receives considerably less rainfall than the northern wine-growing regions (i.e., 40 % less than the Willamette Valley). The different climates in our valleys, however, allow both cool- and warm-weather varietals to be grown.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms designates regions as American Viticultural Areas (“AVA”), which allows defined geographic areas to label their wines as produced from that region. As the southern-most of Oregon’s sixteen approved AVAs, the Rogue Valley AVA (created in 1991) includes the Applegate Valley AVA (established in 2001) with four main growing areas: the Bear Creek Valley, Valley of the Rogue, Applegate Valley, and the Illinois Valley.

The region has approximately 150 vineyards growing over 40 different varieties on roughly 2500 acres and producing annually over 7000 tons of grapes. The production is roughly 65-70% red varieties and 30-35% white. These three valleys differ in territory and climate; for example, Bear Creek Valley to the east (running parallel to the I-5 corridor) is warmer and dryer. Its climate is deemed similar to the Bordeaux region of France with varieties including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, malbec and syrah.

The Applegate Valley (south of Grants Pass) follows the Applegate River, but is not as warm and dry as the Bear Creek Valley—its vineyards are planted as at Bear Creek Valley but includes more zinfandel. Being generally wetter and cooler than the others, the Illinois Valley (following its river) with its coastal mountains produces different varieties as pinot noir, gewürztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris (along with chardonnay and pinot blanc).

Coming to the Rogue Valley in 1852, pioneer photographer Peter Britt two years later planted the first vineyard in the Rogue Valley with Mission grapes from California that were purchased from an Italian peddler. Britt began experimenting with different grapes and fruit trees. He developed a 20-acre orchard and expansive grape vineyards on a ranch one mile outside of Jacksonville.

Having named his business the “Valley View Winery,” he had experimented by the 1870s with over 200 varietals to determine grape growing suitability. Conducted first in his basement, his winery is believed to be the first established in Oregon. By the 1880s, Britt had planted numerous varietals, from cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel to riesling, sauvignon blanc, and merlot. More than a dozen grape growers were reported in 1890 in the Jacksonville area (including Ashland and Phoenix) with over 100 acres planted. Upon the death of Peter Britt in 1905, his winery ceased production.

Pioneers in the different valleys planted a variety of grapes, but the advent of pears, apples, and peaches (and early 1900’s Orchard Boom) overshadowed everything. Prohibition shut the industry down entirely. Although the 21st Amendment in 1933 ended national prohibition, the depression, World War II, and other industries as timber and farming put a crimp on any further development of vineyards and wineries.

The planting of vineyards finally started up again in the 1970s as people looked at earning a living by selling the grapes to wineries outside the area. Valley View Winery (in the Applegate Valley) and Siskiyou Winery (the Illinois Valley) in 1978 became the first wineries to operate and sell wine again to the public. Wineries and vineyards began to sprout up throughout Southern Oregon during the next 15 years.

The industry experienced fine growth from 1995 to 2008, as grape acreage greatly increased in Jackson County (300 acres to 1400) and Josephine (300 to 600 acres), and the number of Rogue Valley wineries jumped from 9 to then 42. Due to the effects of the great recession, the increases for the next few years weren’t substantial—that is, until 2012 - 2013. As of the last report, the total wineries in Southern Oregon is 108 (75 in the Rogue Valley; the number of vineyards in the Rogue Valley is now 140, up from 126 in the previous year.

In 2013 the Rogue Valley saw grape production grow by 45% over 2012, and for the entire region, harvested acreage climbed 48% year-over-year. By comparison, the statewide growth was 20 percent or less. Our area produced 450 tons of cabernet sauvignon (43% of the state’s total), 540 tons of merlot ((50% of the total), 815 tons of syrah (60% of the total), with significant acreage planting since then.

Regardless of the valley or place, the interest in converting rural acreage or farmland into vineyards strongly continues. Very much like the Orchard Boom of the past, real estate agents look to sell undeveloped land to “gentleman farmers” and especially those from California, due to Oregon’s state tax breaks and lower acreage cost. Vineyards and wineries now dot the region--a far cry from when Peter Britt created the first vineyards and winery well over 150 years ago. 

Sources: Carolyn Kingsnorth, “Father of Southern Oregon’s Orchard, Wine& Horticulture Industries,” Jacksonville Review, July 2014, at Peter Britt; “Wines Northwest: Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley,” at The Three Valleys; Greg Stiles, “Southern Oregon Wines Barrel Ahead,” Mail Tribune, December 13, 2012, at Recent Production; Janet Eastman, “Californians find vineyards intoxicating,” Mail Tribune, July 8, 2013, at Increasing Vineyard Interest; Greg Stiles, “Southern Oregon wine industry had a robust 2013,” Mail Tribune, December 1, 2014, at Wine Industry: Dec. 2014 Report.   


IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 

 


7-20 to 7/24 2015

Jul 20, 2015 -- 5:37pm

 

 

LOUISIANA SHOOTING

Prayers for the dead and hurting in the Louisiana theater shooting, this all happening at the same time they're deciding James Holmes' fate.

Sadly, some common themes - Once again: 1) Gun Free Zone 2) Known Mentally Ill shooter 3) Mentally Ill shooter violates numerous of 20,000 or so fed gun laws.

PREDICTIONS: 1) No doubt another law will be proposed. 2) Laws proposed will undoubtedly create more victims and killing zones. 3) Our own Gov Brown will talk of us "mourning victims of gun violence" and propose more "common sense gun laws" stripping constitutional rights from non-mentally ill, law abiding normal folks....and 4) Will NOT dismiss armed government gun guards protecting HER as she goes about "doing the people's work".


CONGRESS KNOWS...THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW

The U.S. House voted 275 to 150 to ban any mandatory labeling of GMO foods, even if a state's citizens were to vote it in. Meanwhile, shares of Monsanto fell 1.23% today. That will probably change tomorrow when they roll out their self-aware sentient line of GMO corn.;-)


TRUMP...

Was on the border Thursday...Now he's making noise that he might go 3rd party if the GOP doesn't "give" him the nomination. That 1992 Perot Gland in my brain is starting to twitch.


Dim Bulb of the Day award goes to....Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Kevin Starrett notes that upon ordering flags lowered to half staff in honor of the military men murdered in Chattanooga, she lets loose with this gem: "It is becoming all too frequent that we mourn lives lost to gun violence within the borders of our country". Oh, so this was just common everyday guns jumping out and murdering people, no terror drive, no jihad bloodthirstiness, merely the presence of the gun was all that matters? She's not fit to serve a dog's dinner, much less be our Governor.


MEET CEO MENGELE

We'll have more analysis of this ghoulishness on tomorrow's show.


TRUMP-McCAIN

Early this morning I discussed the Trump/McCain dust-up. I still believe Trump was stupid to go to the "he got captured" direction in criticizing McCain. The Senator's record is such a "Target Rich" environment...His attacks on conservatives, his corruption in the Keating Five Scandal, his border stance (Remember the "lettuce speech" how Americans wouldn't pick it for $50 an hour?) More importantly, look at what McCain did AFTER the Vietnam war as a Senator, and look at this deeply-researched piece by Sydney Schanberg about McCain's actions to bury the evidence of soldiers "left behind" in 'Nam. Ron Unz (publisher of the American Conservative) first ran this a number of years ago, and the media quickly flushed it down the Memory Hole. Ron has republished it, and it's worth your time: http://www.unz.com/article/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/


 

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7-23-15

7:10 Retired Lt. Bob Sergi and Deputy Sheriff Gordon Crisp discuss a fundraiser raffle for a sweet AR-15 and ammo, in order to help Deputy Tim Kennedy's cancer treatment, plus there's a 3-gun contest in September, also helping to raise money. Go to their Facebook Page for more!

7:35 Keving Starrett at Oregon Firearms Federation - gun grab of Social Security seniors? And Governor Brown sees no terror, the Chattanooga shooting was only about gun violence.

8:10 Ed, Mr. X, and former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, more on Gang Green, ABA, and the takeover of land and resources. It's going to take banding together to battle this long-running conspiracy. Be with them at the Medford Library, 8/11, when we talk solutions.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 07-21-2015

7:10 John Casey, retired NASA scientist, author of DARK WINTER - How the Sun is Causing a 30-year Cold Spell.

7:40 Elijah Wald talks of this Saturday being the 50th anniversary of Dylan "going electric" at the Newport Folk Festival. He's written a sweet book documenting it all - Dylan Goes Electric.

8:10 Mark Hutto, Grants Pass businessperson, proposed GP city sales tax issue.


BILL'S GUEST INFO FOR 7-20-2015

6:35 Paul O. Lopez, is a director with the South Florida law firm of Tripp Scott and the chair of the firm’s litigation department, and we discuss the big federal data breach, and tips to protect yourself, and potential legal fixes to the problem.

7:10 Ward 3 city councilman Kevin Stine talks marijuana policy and more.

8:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, his latest op-ed on Rare.us -  Could the Iran deal cost Democrats the Jewish vote in 2016?

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

Willie Illingworth’s Driftboats

By Dennis Powers

Willie Illingworth was a fishing guide on the Rogue River and thought that an aluminum driftboat would certainly be easier to work with. Maneuvering a twenty-foot, heavy boat made of cedar or plywood was tortuous to row or handle in the rapids, not to mention the constant maintenance due to splintered wood, rot, and leaks. The design in use then was from the McKenzie River near Eugene with a pointed bow at both ends.   

His design of a high flared bow, squat stern, and steep curves would work well in the Rogue’s swift, shallow rapids--but welding aluminum together was a difficult task at best. Willie asked the acclaimed Glenn Wooldridge, then building his boats with wood, to make an aluminum one. Wooldridge said “no”. Although he had no money, no welding experience, and only one hand (due to an accident as a child), Willie decided to do it himself.

He convinced Jim Parsons--an Ashland sawmill owner and fishing client--into loaning him $4,000 to build six driftboats. Illingworth then spent the first three months in 1971 in shearing out patterns and welding the first aluminum boat in his Medford shop. When the prototype proved to be a success in being lighter and easier to handle on the Rogue, Willie set up in White City his boat-building company, Alumaweld, just as the name implies. He had figured out how to leave cedar planks behind and use welded aluminum.   

He sold his interest six years later and in 1981 formed Willie Boats that continues to the present. Illingworth was as much a maverick in person, as he was in coming up with the idea that he could build an aluminum boat with nothing in his favor. Bill Monroe--for the Oregonian and whose article is linked below--wrote that Willie was: “A loud, mischievous, party-hearty, hard-drinking and often profane exterior (that) masked a private generous, caring and delightfully intelligent personality.”  

When Willie knew that he was dying from brain cancer, he held his own living wake in January 2007. Passing around a signup sheet for vials that would contain his ashes, he said then, “I don’t want to miss my own party.” More than sixty friends signed up. After he died two months later, his friends took the vials of his ashes for when fishing on the Rogue, guiding clients, traveling outside Oregon, or even halibut fishing in Alaska.

Willie Illingworth is credited with being the first among the many aluminum boat manufacturers of the 1970s. His determination and approach created a huge boat-building industry in the Pacific Northwest with Medford still being a center of the aluminum driftboat and powerboat industry. Willie Boats now manufactures 250 driftboats with near 100 powerboats annually at its Central Point facility—and Willie would still be proud.     

Sources: See generally, “Willie Boats,” at Willie Boats; Mark Freeman, “Willie’s Legacy,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2010 at Background on Willie; Bill Monroe, “Where’s Willie? Everywhere, and always with us,” The Oregonian, May 29, 2010, at Willie’s Vials (and Image). A fine driftboat article is Bob Woodward, “The Oregon Driftboat,” Oregon Magazine, October 1, 2010, at Driftboats (With Images).

 

 


7-13 to 7-15 2015

Jul 13, 2015 -- 7:02pm

HUMAN LIFE - CHEAP AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD

You always wonder "where did they find people to do those concentration camp experiments in WWII?" Then you read about the Planned Parenthood "selling body parts" story....and recoil in horror. It's not a perfect moral equivalent, but it sure is ghoulish.


INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS ARE ONLY FOR "US"?

Interesting how our friends on the left are pushing a new claim that the first amendment (free speech, religious freedom) only grants religious freedom to churches and not individuals. Earlier the left loved the 2nd amendment but only IF it's for the collective army/militia. Taken to its logical conclusion, abortion rights would only be applicable for citywide populations or organizations, would it not? Or would the left magically discover "individual" rights at that time. Collectivisim....one of the most oppressive "isms" there is.


HACK WAS "MUCH WORSE"

Surely you are shocked, SHOCKed, SHOCKED that the federal data hack at OPM, stealing millions of ID's and banking and medical data, is MUCH WORSE than originally reported. Of course the obvious solution will never be discussed...What is that you say? Simple, quit gathering and storing so much information on people. If it's electronic, it's hackable, period. The globalist control grid wants it all.

For example: Consider your medical records. What is more secure? 1) Having files scattered in paper folders at numerous doctors offices around the country you may have done business with. (or) 2) Everything that's EVER happened to you medically in one, neat, hackable Obamacare data lump on a government or private computer server hooked to the "cloud".

People are "stupid" for "conveeeeeeeeenience".


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IT'S FINISHED!!

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GUESTS FOR 7-15-15

6:35 Former Congressman John LeBoutilier http://leboutillier.blogspot.com - Co-Host of Fox Political Insiders - Why is The Donald dominating the POTUS race? Can it last?

7:10 Robert Romano at Americans for Limited Government - The Iran Deal makes it more likely we'll go to war.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau.

8:10 Chris Bridgens - Parents Rights in Education - We delve into the taxpayer funded sex changes for minors issue. All due to school based health centers festooned throughout the Oregon school systems.

8:40 Butch and Christina Martin - Romancing The West encore performance this Sunday.

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 7-13-15

7:10 Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present".

The Shasta Valley Stone Circles

By Dennis Powers

Mysterious stone circles lie in the Shasta Valley off Highway 97 from Interstate-5, located between the tiny town of Tennant (41 people discovered in the 2010 census) and Mt. Shasta’s base. These odd earth foundations are set over 600 acres of the flat prairie near the northwestern foot of the peak. The Shasta Valley is randomly strewn with volcanic stones.          

Each concentric mound is the same, 60 feet in diameter, with the dirt rising in an almost perfect circle to a crest approximately 2 feet above the level of the surrounding plain. A stone path, or mosaic, surrounds each ring; and the rocks were obviously gathered from the countless stones surrounding the area. The circular paths start from pebbles with smaller ones at the bottom working into larger sizes and boulders at the top.

Constructed of “pure” dirt, the mounds rest on the hard pan surrounding the area. Appearing smooth surfaced--as if to make it easier to walk over--the rock rings are smooth surfaced. This is far easier to walk over then the scatterings of rocks nearby where only sage brush and weeds can grow.

The trenches and mounds are man-made--not natural--and it was first thought that the stone circles were the result of human agricultural activity. Anthropologists have discounted this idea, since virtually no other artifacts have been discovered in the area, and the Native Americans who lived here subsisted primarily on fishing and hunting.

The Indian elders of the region just shrugged their shoulders and said that they had no idea where the mounds came from. This certainly looked like the work of many men, but no tools, no relics, no artifacts nearby were ever discovered. A few of the theories attribute the mounds to upheaving by frost, gopher activity, or erosion by wind and water. The origin of the stone circles remains a mystery to this day--and several of the mysterious mound clusters are at different locations around the mountain.

With Mt. Shasta famous (or notorious) for its numerous UFO sightings, the underground Lemurian city of Telos, its Bigfoot sightings, and the supernatural, these mounds add to its allure. An interpretive sign off U.S. Interstate 5 (at the Weed Airport Rest Area) notes that archaeologists and geologists are in conflict over what brought about these mounds--but that they are man-made.

Sources: Brad Olson, “Discovering Forbidden Archaeology,” Perceptive Travel, at Images and Text on the Mounds; see Bruce Walton, editor, Mount Shasta: Home of the Ancients, pages 32-35, at Background and Mound Descriptions; see the following page for two images. 

                                                               

The mystery continues to today!



CHECK OUT THE FUN WE HAD ON THE WATER! (It's going to be 108 degrees this weekend - time to hit the lakes or river, huh?)

 


7-06 to 7-10-2015

Jul 07, 2015 -- 6:07pm

HACK WAS "MUCH WORSE"

Surely you are shocked, SHOCKed, SHOCKED that the federal data hack at OPM, stealing millions of ID's and banking and medical data, is MUCH WORSE than originally reported. Of course the obvious solution will never be discussed...What is that you say? Simple, quit gathering and storing so much information on people. If it's electronic, it's hackable, period. The globalist control grid wants it all.

For example: Consider your medical records. What is more secure? 1) Having files scattered in paper folders at numerous doctors offices around the country you may have done business with. (or) 2) Everything that's EVER happened to you medically in one, neat, hackable Obamacare data lump on a government or private computer server hooked to the "cloud".

People are "stupid" for "conveeeeeeeeenience".


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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 7-07-15

6:35 Peter Jedick, historian and author of "How Democrats Bankrupted America".

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel with a legislative wrap up!

7:35 Dale Matthews from Bad County.com, Hemp moratoriums,  and the Jo Co Commission!

8:10 Joe Guzzardi from Californians for Population Control and a talk about the illegal alien murdering a woman in San Francisco.

8:45 Business Interview with the folks at Advanced Air and Metal. Make sure and watch DIY this Saturday for "Building Belushi", where a bunch of local contractors are helping Jim Belushi build his Eagle Point retreat. Advanced Air and Metal installed the Water Furnace brand heating and cooling system.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 7-06-15

7:10 Paul Prinsen discusses with Bill his father, Hessell Prinsen, and his experience as a member of the Dutch Resistance in WW2.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present".

The Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure

By Dennis Powers

Creating a business from a dream, Lindsey Rice-Meilicke rode her first zip line in Maui in February 2010 and decided one could be built on her and her husband’s property in Southern Oregon. Her husband, Jason Meilicke, liked the idea.

He didn’t join her on the Maui zip line, as Jason has been paralyzed from the waist down after breaking his back in a four-wheeling accident his high school senior year. However, his excavation-construction expertise and business with Lindsey’s planning were assets.   

The zip line would be constructed on the couple’s 80-plus-acre property in a wooded area located high above Gold Hill, off Old Stage Coach Road when first driving to Jacksonville. On a clear day, one can see the Table Rocks and Crater Lake Rim from the property.

Eight months later the land use permit was approved, and the life-long Rogue Valley residents ran with their idea. Jason began the construction of the course and lines. Without outside capital, the couple built it and a business. Once completed, Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure had five zip lines, four of which are accessible to those in wheelchairs with the use of one arm.

Having such ADA-friendly zip lines is, of course, unusual. However, the course is quite adventurous, given its 2,700 feet of zip lines and the fifth one being the longest in the Pacific Northwest at 1,300 feet. The Meilickes worked with a national-consulting firm in training their guides. 

The tour starts with a shuttle picking up guests presently at the Laurel Hill Golf Course outside the Gold Hill Exit 40, who are then driven three miles up to the Meilickes’ private property. The guides use a “4x4” named the “Dirt Taxi” to transport those guests that want to skip the hike between zip line platforms, and the complete tour lasts about three and a half hours.

A fascinating aspect of the Meilickes’ property is its being the location of the historic Braden gold mines. One of the largest gold mining claims in Southern Oregon, these produced more that $300,000 in gold in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At today’s gold prices this would be approximately $25 million, and a short briefing at the entrance of a mine shaft is given.

The Meilickes’ ZipLine Adventures in its first 1-1/2 years of operation had over 8000 guests that zipped the course. The views from above the tree tops are spectacular from lower Kane Creek to Mt. McLaughlin, Mt. Thielson, and our region--not to mention the thrills.  

Sources: Teresa Ristow, “Zip, with a little extra: Gold Hill adventure course includes lines for those in wheelchairs,” Mail Tribune, July 16, 2011, at Rogue Valley ZipLine (With Images); Rogue Valley ZipLine at Website.  


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 7-2-15

6:35 Eric Baxter, Lead Counsel for the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Atheists go after WW2 memorial in Montana named "Big Jesus Mountain". Legal arguments are next week in Portland.

7:10 Dr. John Hardin, from the Charles G. Koch Foundation. Discussing how you get more free-market programs and institutes in higher ed.

8:10 Les Beckstead, new board chair of Oregon Connections Academy. Good talk about online schools, advantages, etc.

8:35 Eric Peters, Libertarian "Car Guy", (great site - EpAutos.com) and we talk cars and reviews - and check THIS monster of a car which you can buy this weekend!

 

CHECK OUT THE FUN WE HAD ON THE WATER! (It's going to be 108 degrees this weekend - time to hit the lakes or river, huh?)

 


7-1 to 7-2-2015

Jul 02, 2015 -- 3:28pm

 

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 7-2-15

6:35 Eric Baxter, Lead Counsel for the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Atheists go after WW2 memorial in Montana named "Big Jesus Mountain". Legal arguments are next week in Portland.

7:10 Dr. John Hardin, from the Charles G. Koch Foundation. Discussing how you get more free-market programs and institutes in higher ed.

8:10 Les Beckstead, new board chair of Oregon Connections Academy. Good talk about online schools, advantages, etc.

8:35 Eric Peters, Libertarian "Car Guy", (great site - EpAutos.com) and we talk cars and reviews - and check THIS monster of a car which you can buy this weekend!

 

CHECK OUT THE FUN WE HAD ON THE WATER! (It's going to be 108 degrees this weekend - time to hit the lakes or river, huh?)

 


6-22 to 6-26-2015

Jun 22, 2015 -- 4:53pm

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-24-15

6:15 Dr. Jay Richards, Stream.org - We kick around Pope Francis and the global warming rant.

7:10 State Rep. Duane Stark

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-23-15

6:40 Journalist Jim Marrs, author of Population Control.

7:1o State Rep. Sal Esquivel

7:35 Dale Matthews and Mike Jones from BadCounty.com

8:10 Will Reishman from Strategic Financial - 541-773-7774


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-22-15

7:10 Captain Dan Penland with Jackson County Sheriffs - Topic is the jail!!

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, Visiting Past and Present - Wild and Scenic River history - post is below.

8:35 Ann Coulter, author of "Adios, America, The Left's Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hellhole". Autographed copies available at AnnCoulter.com, and you can send a copy to your CONGRESSMAN, too!


The Wild and Scenic Rogue River

By Dennis Powers

Our nationally-known Rogue River has three distinct regions: the Upper Rogue, Middle Rogue, and Lower Rogue. Originating from the Cascade’s snowmelt and springs (including Crater Lake’s Mt. Mazama), the Upper Rogue flows to Prospect with the lake’s main tourist route winding with it. The Middle Rogue sweeps from Prospect to past Grants Pass. Located northeast of Grants Pass, tiny Merlin is close to the Lower Rogue that’s designated as the Wild and Scenic.

One of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, the Lower Rogue’s protected boundaries start at the Applegate River mouth (7 miles west of Grants Pass) as the east boundary and Lobster Creek (11 mile east of Gold Beach) as the west boundary, a total of 84 miles. This congressional act protected the designated sections by prohibiting development and leaving them unchanged for future generations. As a designated Wild and Scenic river, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) jointly manage it. 

There are distinct sections within this boundary: the Hellgate (Applegate River to Grave Creek, 27 miles), the Wild Section (Grave Creek to Watson Creek, 33 miles), Recreation Section (Watson Creek to Blue Jay Creek, 10 miles), Scenic Section (Blue Jay to Slide Creek, 7 miles), and another Recreation Section (Slide Creek to Lobster Creek, 7 miles), all with different regulations.

The natural beauty of the Lower Rogue predominates: Sheer canyon cliffs meld with towering spires; Class IV rapids with huge boulders and boiling whitewater stretches; old growth firs and pines mix with oaks and maples; old miner cabins and remote ranches are seen; wildlife predominates. Elk, black bears, deer, and cougars are spotted on the hillsides, as eagles, blue herons, wood ducks, osprey, geese, and hawks fly overhead. Chinook salmon, steelhead, native cutthroat, and trout flourish underwater. Meanwhile, popular activities—but depending on the section--include fishing, scenic driving, picnicking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and even jet boat tours.

Featuring 33 miles of rapids, one of the most popular whitewater runs in the country is the Wild Section of the Lower Rogue. Most boaters take 3 to 4 days to float this part that from Grave Creek to Foster Bar, the take-out. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest manages the Wild Section, and due to its popularity, floating this requires a prior, special-use permit during the high period from May 15th to October 15th.

The usage is regulated to protect the river corridor from overuse and provide a wild river experience. Approximately 120 daily visitors are permitted to enter the wild section. During the non-regulated season from October 16th through May 14th, boaters need to fill-out an “off-season” permit to be on the Wild Rogue. Nearly 13,000 people on average float this section during its five-month summer permit season.

The sights are unique and spectacular. After the Grave Creek put in, the first difficult rapids met is at Rainee Falls. At later Whisky Creek, a cabin built by placer miners around 1880 still stands. The Black Bar Lodge was named after a gold miner, William Black, and this site was actively mined until the early 1930s; built in1932, Zane Grey entertained his guests here. Continuing onto Foster Bar, his cabin is near Winkler Bar, midway through the Wild section.

Built by the Billings family before the turn of the century, the historic Anderson Ranch is at Mule Creek and operated by the BLM as a museum. Passing through various rapids, including Coffee Pot and Blossom Bar, different lodges as Paradise and Half Moon Bar are present. After more rapids and sights, there’s the Foster Bar takeout with Gold Beach some 35 miles away.    

The early pioneers named Blossom Bar due to the many azaleas that grew on the river’s north side. It has a deserved reputation as being the riskiest Class IV rapid over this section. While the great majority navigate this huge-boulder-strewn part, seven people have died since 2007--and all were wearing life jackets. Given the numbers of people who run the Rogue’s wild section, those with limited experience, and the potentially serious result from a mistake, one thanks the “river gods” that this number is not higher.

This part was impassable until the historic guide, Glen Wooldridge, began blasting away the boulders starting in the mid-1930s and for “many years” throughout the Rogue’s rapids, so that boaters could even pass through. As to Blossom Bar, Wooldridge first worked on the lower boulders, then onto the upper ones, by exploding large bundles of dynamite. With a friend to light the fuse, he rowed his boat up to a targeted rock, some as “large as a house.” The bowman then reached over and tossed the bundle above the boulder, where the current was slow and pushed against the rock. With the dynamite against it and underwater, Glen quickly rowed “the hell” away. To create a large hole in Blossom’s middle, he used a 50-pound box of powder to eliminate three.

Glen Wooldridge, of course, couldn’t do that now, and the currents sweep different rocks into the rapids in an ever-continuing remake. Even with the reasons to respect Blossom Bar, however, all of the rapids in this section--from Rainee Falls and Coffee Pot to past Blossom Bar--need to be navigated carefully. For that matter, one has to respect and be careful with the entire Rogue River to have a long life in enjoying its use.

Sources: “U.S. Forest Service: Lower Rogue River,” at Lower Rogue; “Bureau of Land Management: Rogue River Wild Section,” at Wild Section; Marta Yamamoto, “Rafting down Oregon’s Rogue River: Still wild,” Mercury News, July 11, 2013, at Lower Rogue (With Numerous Images); See “YouTube: Floating through Blossom Bar,” atBlossom Bar;Mark Freeman, “Another reminder of river’s dangers,” Mail Tribune, July 19, 2013, at 2013 Fatalities.     

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-17-2015

6:35 Fox News Political Insider host John LeBouttilier, and he breaks down the Bush and Trump announcements, could Hillary implode?

7:10 Tori Richards from Watchdog.org, and she brings forth news of more gang green cronyism, this time in New Hampshire.

7:35 Lt. Budreau with Crimestoppers

8:10 Dennis Linthicum, the Dirt Road Economist, analyzes the secrecy of the Trans Pacific Partnership.


BILL'S GUEST FOR 06-15-2015

7:10 Wayne Allen Root RootForAmerica.com, author of The Murder of the Middle Class. We talk about What Just Happened in Las Vegas Could Destroy the GOP.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers and Paul from Talent break down the 800th Anniversary of The Magna Carta!

The Magna Carta

By Dennis Powers

The Magna Carta's 800-year-anniversary is June 15, 2015—on that date in the year 1215, King John of England issued the “Great Charter” as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215. This decree established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, the Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British and, in turn, through the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution.

Most of the 63 clauses granted by King John dealt with specific grievances relating to his rule. Buried within them were a number of fundamental values, however, that challenged the king's autocracy and continued for future generations. Most famously, the 39th clause gave all “free men” the right to justice and a fair trial. Some of the Magna Carta’s core principles are not only in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) but in many other countries' constitutions.

King John had to grant these rights. He had lost in 1214 the War with France (in France); his relations with the Church were in shreds, having been even ex-communicated by Pope Innocent III; and the barons had captured London in a civil war against the King. To keep his crown, he had to negotiate with the barons and that ended up with his decree of the Magna Carta.

Although King John agreed to the Magna Carta and the barons renewed their oaths of allegiance, this truce didn't last long. King John refused to implement the terms; the Pope declared it to be “illegal”; and the barons kept London. The Magna Carta was effectively dead, but it gained new life in the early years of the reign of the next king, Henry III. Henry was just nine years old when he succeeded to the throne. In 1225, on reaching the age of 18, Henry reissued a much revised version of the Magna Carta which was later enrolled on the statute book by King Edward I (his reign: 1272-1307) in 1297. 

Although the Magna Carta contained 63 clauses when it was first granted, only three of those clauses now remain part of English law. One defends the liberties and rights of the English Church; another confirms the liberties and customs of London and other towns, but the third is the most famous:

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

 Although England, of course, maintains the great importance of the Magna Carta, constitutional experts are not that sure as to this country. The four surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta are held by the British Library (two) and one each by Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals. It did  established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial. However, experts maintain that these rights would have happened anyway and point to how long the Magna Carta was never in effect.

Others argue about our 1791 Bill of Rights (in which a 1297-year Magna Carta copy is in the National Archives in Washington DC) and that its basic principles are in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created in 1948 just after World War II.

The first amendments to the Constitution were proposed by James Madison, one of the Framers, just 18 months after the Constitution was written and just barely a year after it was ratified (1787). Several states had called for greater protections for individual liberties. This was done, as the Constitution, by state conventions. It’s interesting to note that the Constitution (before the Bill of Rights) centered on the establishment of the U.S. government, its different branches, elections of senators and representatives, the powers of that federal government and branches, but did NOT go into the freedoms that we take for granted—now in the Bill of Rights (1791).

However, some 100 years before our Bill of Rights, England’s Parliament passed the 1689 English Bill of Rights that declared the rights and liberties of their people and created the present constitutional monarchy where the King or Queen largely only has a ceremonial position. Legal scholars argue that this 1689 Bill of Rights had as much an influence on the U.S.’s Constitution and Bill of Rights as the Magna Carta (in addition to continuing Parliamentary laws). The most important Articles of the 1689 English Bill of Rights are as follows:

A frequently summoned Parliament and free elections;

Members should have freedom of speech in Parliament;

No armies should be raised in peacetime;

No taxes could be levied, without the authority of parliament;

Laws should not be dispensed with, or suspended, without the consent of parliament; and

No excessive fines should imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

As one source stated: “Are the Articles of the English Bill of Rights sounding familiar?” In viewing our Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments), there is the following, amending the U.S. Constitution:

Amendment I: Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II: Right to bear arms:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III: Housing of soldiers:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV: Search and arrest warrants:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V: Rights in criminal cases:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Amendment VI:Rights to a fair trial:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII: Rights in civil cases:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII: Bails, fines, and punishments:
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX: Rights retained by the people:
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X: Powers retained by the states and the people:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Sources: “Magna Carta: An Introduction” at The Magna Carta; The Independent, “Magna Carta: What is it, why is it still important today – and where can you see it?”, June 7, 2015, at Its Importance; see U.S. Constitution at  U.S. Constitution; see U.S. Bill of Rights at U.S. Bill of Rights. As to England’s Bill of Rights, see England's Bill of Rights.

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NEWS FROM THE LEGISLATIVE CLOWN CAR (Opinion...and some sarcasm)

It passes "Ban the Box". Means you can't ask an applicant if they're a felon on the job application, but can ask if they're a criminal during the interview. I understand the drive to get felons off the dole and at least "in the door" for a job interview, especially since the state and feds are SO creative at coming up with NEW felonies...like the one in the SB941 gun background check bill. Lend a gun to your neighbor with no background check, it's a felony. Yep, we're going to need ban the box in the People's Republic, as eventually Al Bates wants all gun owners registered as felons. :-0

Meanwhile another bill passes to allow self serve gas at night in super-rural (under 40,000 people) counties. This is to make sure that rural folks can still get gas when the pumps close. Makes sense. When Linda and I stayed in Cedarville, CA at the hot springs, we were able to get gas at night at the card lock station on the corner downtown (Cedarville only has 300 or so people) Just for the record, I didn't set the pump, PT, or town ablaze.


MAKE THE CALL

Please call Cong. Walden's office today & tell him NO on Trans Pacific Partnership Fast Track Authority for President Obama "Obamatrade" - 541-776-4646, and his DC office is 202-225-6730, Thanks, because this isn't about "free trade", it's global governance on steroids.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-11-15

6:35 Professor Anthony Esolen, author of Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity in Your Child.

7:10 Dr. Chuck Baldwin, pastor at Liberty Fellowship. We discuss the 501c3 church, why he went without the tax-exempt status, also the "Clergy Response Team", true or remor? He also has strong opinions on the "God wanted Jo County to Pass The Public Safety Levy" controversy.

8:10 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government - Say NO to Fast Track Authority!


THE VANAGON PAINTING AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT BEGINS!!

 

This is going to look SO good!

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 06-10-15

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Kevin Starrett with Oregon Firearms Federation

8:20 Sara King Cole from Britt Festival

and 8:45 Local Financial Expert Joe Spurgeon - He's written a great new book on finance: Everything I Know About Financial Planning I learned From Fairy Tales.


HISTORIC WOLF CREEK IN TO REMAIN CLOSED

Grants Pass Daily Courier reporting that the historic Wolf Creek Inn will stay closed, probably until next spring, and they'll have to find a new company to run the hotel for the state. What a beautiful place, but during this renovation they need to do some improvements. 1) Replace the mattresses. Worst sleep of our lives was on those historic mattresses, they're overdue for an update, and people expect a decent bed. Also: 2) The night manager needs to live at the inn. When we stayed there, obnoxious drunks were up and rowdy at all hours from the bar down the street, and there was no adult supervision overnight on site. Given that you have minimal security there (a historic old fashioned skeleton key type door lock) you have to increase management presence in order to increase guest comfort, and make it more attractive for tourists.


TELL 'EM HELL NO!

Obamatrade.com, go there and tell Greg Walden, and the rest to VOTE NO on fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership. How dare this President require Senators to sign non-disclosure statements to view a far-reaching global governance and trade agreement. About the ONLY papers Congress should sign for this President are Articles of Impeachment.



BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-09-2015

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel talks the Salem Legislative "Clown Car" Session.

7:35 Larry Pratt, Gunowners of America, Obama's minions want to strip free speech away from firearms.

8:35 Anthony Sacarro of Providence Financial Inc, we talk retirement savings, and be careful about how much help you give your kids going to college.

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-08-2015

6:15 Curtis Ellis, WND columnist and runs Obamatrade.com. Head there, sign the petition and (like above) tell 'em no way to fast track trade authority. Read More: Even More Surprises Within Obamatrade

7:10 Medford City Councilmen Chris Corcoran, and later, Councilman Kevin Stine discuss the firing of the Medford City manager, Travel Medford, and other issues.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present:

The Lady of the Woods

(The Stone Woman of Crater Lake)

By Dennis Powers

During the winter of 1917 and following spring, reports of a discovered stone woman filtered into Crater Lake park headquarters. The naked figure sat against a large lava rock in near “full relief,” legs bent, one arm placed over her head as if shielding away danger. Surrounded by trees, the figure was located on the lake’s rim, 1.7 miles from the lodge. The media was incredulous at this find with story leads such as “Mummy woman found in woods” and “Ancient figure of woman discovered.”  

The discovery of the “Lady of the Woods” during the following years brought about remarkable theories as to how she had been created. Park workers speculated in 1919 that this was an effigy or petrification that could be older than the Egyptian mummies. Some thought this to be a natural formation. One legend explained the carving, or form, as the response to the loss of a loved one.

The true origin was revealed first to the general public in 1921 by a newspaper article. This account wrote that Dr. Earl Russell Bush--the official surgeon for the U. S. Engineers in 1917 and stationed in Crater Lake National Park during that summer--was the sculpturer. One year, Dr. Bush substantiated this in a letter.

He had time on his hands that October with “diminished responsibilities” toward the end of the 1917 season. Dr. Bush had persuaded the park blacksmith, William Ivy, to make a set of rock-sculpting tools. With some stonemason experience, he began his work. From Oct. 4th to Oct. 19th, the metallic sounds of “Clink! Clink! Clink!” penetrated the usually quiet hemlock forests on Mt. Mazama’s slopes.

He didn’t tell anyone about his work or visits into the woodlands. Curiosity and the persistent tapping of hammer and chisel against volcanic rock, however, eventually led a few to seek out the site. Although he was reassured by their praises, Dr. Bush pledged all to secrecy. The good doctor left for the East and his secret was well guarded. Park Superintendent Alex Sparrow was alone granted permission to let William Steel, the U. S. Park Commissioner, know the following summer about this. Thus, in 1918, Sparrow covered the stone chips with pine needles and took Steel out to see it. Told the truth later, he joined the others in their secret--that is, until four years later, when someone gave the story up and Bush later verified it. 

The truth concerning the “Lady of the Woods”--or “The Stone Lady of Crater Lake”--didn’t gain traction after the first revelation. A lengthy 1923 article--among other written stories--wrote that Samuel Hubbard (the then curator of archaeology at the Oakland Museum) thought the lady was the cast of an actual woman, engulfed by a volcanic mud flow that had poured down Mt. Mazama. He reasoned that the mud wouldn’t have been hot enough to destroy the body and quickly solidified. After a period of time, the body’s disintegration left a perfect mold, and a later volcanic mud eruption flowed into this mold, filling it completely and solidifying. Five months later, the Fresno Bee on October 24, 1923, broke the story of what had actually happened through Dr. Bush’s efforts.

By 1930, the interest in the "Lady of the Woods" had increased so greatly that it became necessary to construct a trail there from a point near the old office building. Marked by simple signs, the trail passes the south end of the Ranger Dormitory, over the creek crossed by a small bridge, and westward a few hundred feet to the actual site. Ask park rangers for the directions.

Over the years, the story has inspired poems, articles, and feature stories--something now to keep in mind if you see this symbol of the inspiration that one man discovered within the wilderness. Even now, she sleeps in the woods for those who can find her.

Sources: “Stone Woman of Crater Lake No Longer Mystery: Carving That Baffled Party from Bay Was Work of Dr. Earl R. Bush,” Fresno Bee, October 23, 1923, at Historical Background; see also, Richard M. Brown, “The ‘Lady of the Woods’ Revisited,” Nature Notes From Crater Lake: Volume 21, 1955, at Facts and More of the Story, and Peter Faris, “Rock Art Blog” at 2015 Blog on the Lady.

 

8:45 Brad Fay from Southern Oregon Public TV, and Viet Nam era local vet Dan Pinkham promoting the new series "My Story of Service", all about local veterans and their experiences. It's tonight, 9pm, and evern Monday night at 9pm for the next 16 weeks on KSYS, Channel 8.

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SO YOU JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS ARE SO SMART, HUH?

 

 

 

Though to be fair, how long has Loretta Lynch been the A.G.? Around 6 weeks, that's all. If they had put Joe Biden's face up there? That's another story. 

OUR FAMILY VANAGON PICTURE UPDATES (From Lithia Body and Paint!)

Lithia is getting all the primer and block sanding done, getting a few more body parts in, and then that beautiful burgundy goes on the surface! Can't wait to go camping.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-02-2015

6:35 Watchdog.Org Reporter Eric Boehm - New Report on how Washington State places restriction on those Fed Stingray fake cellphone towers.

7:10 Supreme Court decision on free speech discussed with Rutherford Institute President and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People.

7:35 Dennis Linthicum, former Klamath County Commissioner, and blogs at The Dirt Road Economist website about liberty and freedom issues. Today he's talking about that new EPA water rule.

8:10 Britt Festival intern Tyler WIlliams tells all about their intern program, what he's learned, and Thursday they put on a show at Britt, the Portland Cello Concert. $20 tickets, available at the Britt office.

8:45 BUSINESS SEGMENT - Brent and Randall from Advanced Air and Metal.


WIKILEAKS GOES FOR THE BIGGEST SECRET OF ALL

BTW, I made several requests to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley's office for the citing of the law and authority for Congress not telling us about the "secret" pages. Not a WORD...and yet the Senator is against this TPP fast track authority.


EAST MEDFORD SHOOTING

The identity released of the officer-involved shooting victim in East Medford last night. 40-year old James Anthony Morris of La Loma Drive. MPD responds Sunday night to reports of a suicidal man with a handgun in his home. They say he threatened to hurt himself and cops who tried to stop him. Anyway, Morris left the house on foot, and ended up shot by an MPD officer a distance away from the house out on La Loma street. Morris died later at RRMC. We don't really know much about who shot first, and other details. Chief George (in today's press conference) indicates he's frustrated with a lack of help in mental health treatment. Don't know if it would've helped here...a reported relationship breakup. It's one thing if you have several days or weeks of deterioration, but in a "snap" situation, all bets are off. We'll see what the Grand Jury has to say.


SUMMERTIME FUN

Great time last week out on Lost Creek Lake Thursday. Waterworld Boat & Powersport invited us up to play on their "toys", and videotaping it for a future TV/Web commercial.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-01-2015

6:35 Brian Walsh - Civil Rights Research Center, Brian Walsh has a new piece in today’s Washington Times in support of the bi-partisan move in the Senate, led by Senator Grassley, to address over criminalization and serious deficits with justice in the doling out of criminal charges. 

7:35 Kirsten Powers, FOX News contributor, columnist for USA Today and the Daily Beast. We're talking her new book (A GOOD read, btw) The Silencing:How The Left is Killing Free Speech.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - "Visiting Past and Present"

The New Baseball for Kids: Extreme Sports

By Dennis Powers

Southern Oregon has its share of extreme sports enthusiasts from snowboarding and bungee jumping to extreme kayaking, such as 26-year-old Rogue River’s Chris Korbulic. He has launched over the thundering, tallest waterfalls in Oregon and California to finding the tallest falls ever boated, or most difficult whitewater, whether in Chile, Brazil, or Pakistan--and on film. (Tyler Bradt dropped 18 stories (186 feet) over eastern Washington's Palouse Falls in 2009 to break one of his “firsts” on the highest waterfalls kayaked over.) One of Korbulic’s closest calls was when he and two others were kayaking the Lukuga River in the Congo to be the first to boat this wild, uncharted river. A 15-foot crocodile bypassed Korbulic underwater and snatched the third man, all kayaking within mere feet of one another. The man’s body was never found.

BMX Champion, 14-year-old AlexSteeves (a freshman at No. Medford High School), has been riding since he was 2 and racing since he was 5. In 2014, he won the cruiser title for his age group at the USA BMX Grand Nationals, the largest BMX race in the world. The title came with a 7-foot trophy. Most riders average between 18 and 26 mph, depending on the size of the start hill, the length of the track and the size of the jumps—and he’s gearing up to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team.

Dating back to Roman gladiator times, high-risk sport events have been around for centuries. Every decade it seems that a new extreme sport raises the standard on what’s perceived as dangerous. In the 1970s, running a marathon seemed extreme, but now millions do it. The triathlon became the next, new extreme, followed by countless others, such as skateboarding, base jumping, kite surfing, huge-wave surfing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, bungee jumping, street luging, and even one inspired by Spain’s running of the bulls.

The impact of televising the “X Games” with the “Extreme Sports Channel”--plus social media--has increased the popularity of X-sports. Energy-drink company Red Bull has popularized events as the Red Bull Cavemen triathlon (mixing running, mountain biking, and kayaking) and the Red Bull Stratos (a space-diving event that in October 2012 featured a skydiver who jumped from nearly 130,000 feet).

At the same time, team sports as baseball (down 28% in 20 years to 10 million players in 2008), basketball (down 17% from its 1997 peak), softball (off 37% from 1987 levels), and volleyball (down 36%) are way down. In their place, skateboarding surged 49% to 14 million U.S. participants (2008); snowboarding now claims 7.2 million participants, up 51% from 1999; and mountain biking has an estimated 8.6 million participants, now the 2nd-most popular extreme sport.

Also increasing substantially is the severity and numbers of accidents. At the Mountain Bike World Championship in Scotland, 30% (52) of the 173 competitors in cross-country, downhill, and 4-by-4 events were injured--two serious enough to require hospitalization. A recent study reviewed data collected by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between 2000 and 2011. Within this, the researchers looked for accidents from surfing, mountain biking, motocross, skateboarding, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and skiing. They found that more than 4 million cases fit the description--and one out of every 10 injuries linked to these seven sports were to the head or neck. About 2.5 % were classified as severe (involving fractures) and skull injuries were the most common.

Skateboarding produced the most injuries (nearly 130,000 head and neck injuries over the studied 11-year period) with snowboarding next at 97,000 cases. Skiing and motocross were third and fourth with respectively 83,000 and 78,000 injury cases. And these figures will continue to rise with the increasing popularity of extreme sports. For example, now more than 14 million kids are skateboarding, which has grown nearly 50% since 1999.

Reaching for records also continues. For example, the world’s tallest bungee jump presently is 764 feet at the Macau Tower in Hong Kong--but this is only because jumps from the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado are no longer possible. Only allowed at the “Go Fast Games” of 2005 and 2007, the Royal Gorge Bridge is 1,053 feet high--and the highest suspension bridge in the world. Add rickety wooden planks with cracks that one sees straight down for over one-thousand feet. Then there’s the Stratosphere-Las Vegas Hotel jump--at 829 feet and costing a mere $199.

According to insurance companies, the most dangerous sports on earth are: street luging, heli-skiing (from helicopters), bull riding, big wave surfing, cheerleading, whitewater kayaking and rafting, among others. But if you want the latest extreme sports, try these:

. Xpogo: Modern pogo sticks now allow a rider to bounce upwards of 10 feet in the air and at the same time perform acrobatic maneuvers. There are a few thousand people in the international Xpogo community who even have an annual event, Pogopalooza.

. Street Luge: Now at the Winter Olympics, participants rocket down an icy track at tremendous speeds. Kids now do this on land, stretched out mere inches above the pavement.  

. Skishing: This unique sport is where the fisherman is swimming at the same time. If one hooks a sizable fish, you could easily be dragged a long, risky distance--unless it turned to you.

. Mountain Unicycling: If mountain biking isn’t enough of a challenge, try this with only a unicycle and rip up and down steep rocky tracks.

. Parkour: Participants run, roll, jump, climb, and vault themselves over obstacles--all while in continuous motion. There’s no equipment required besides decent shoes.

. Kite Skating: Similar to kite surfing, people fly with a large parafoil kite but wear a set of inline skates for off-road use; they sail over beaches or parking lots at speeds as high as 60 MPH.

. Extreme Ironing: Participants carry their ironing gear to risky places--just to set up and iron clothes! They iron on mountain tops or even while water skiing. It’s crazy, but true.  

Sources: Lauren Etter, “Extreme sports are more popular than ever, prompting questions about legal liability,” ABA Journal, June 1, 2014, at Background and Liability; Lola Jones, “Extreme Sport Growing in Popularity,” Extreme Sport, May 20, 2008, at Growing Popularity; John Erickson, “Extreme Sports Cause 40,000 Head And Neck Injuries Each Year: How Can Organizers And Parents Improve Safety?”, Medical Daily, March 16, 2014, at Increase in Severe Accidents; Jeff Barnard, “Kayakers recall moment of horror on calm waters,” Mail Tribune, December 22, 2010, at Crocodile Attack; Teresa Thomas, “BMX Champion: North Medford freshman brings home national BMX title,” Mail Tribune, December 29, 2014, at Max Steeves, BMX Champion.   

 
 

 

5-25 to 5-29-2015

May 26, 2015 -- 5:42pm

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SUMMERTIME FUN

Linda and I had an OUTSTANDING day on Lost Creek Lake Thursday. Waterworld Boat & Powersport invited us up to play on their "toys", and videotaping it for a future TV/Web commercial. We drove and rode on a Benington pontoon boat (our fave), Wakeseter, & a fishing boat. But I gotta' tell you, this SeaDoo personal watercraft was as much fun as I've ever had burning fossil fuels.


5/29 HASTERT'S STORY...

NYT reports former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying off a man to keep quiet regarding sexually abusing him decades ago. Not good, if true. However, the MUCH larger issue (which mindless "it's the law" Uh-Merkan types will gloss over) is this: A free people should NEVER have to tell Big Brother why they're taking THEIR money out of THEIR bank account or spending THEIR cash no matter WHAT the denomination. This is the crime Hastert was popped for. This government gang-created fiction crime of "structuring" around the $10,000 reporting limits should be abhorrent to "free" people. It's why they want the surveillance state, it's why they want to ban cash. They want it all, AND the control. Call your lawmakers on this B.S. and


BILL'S GUESTS 5-29-2015

7:10 Bernard Cornwell, author of "Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles.

7:35 Eric Peters, Libertarian Car Guy - Read His EXCELLENT website, EPAutos.com - Topics today include the airbag recalls, how the safety features cost you a lot of money in cars, and threaten their early retirement.

8:10 Ed, "Mr. X" analyzes the BLM meeting earlier this week, (County Administrator Danny Jordan calls, and adds clarity to the issues) and we discuss how the BLM has made some missteps with regard to coordination. Needless to say, the Resource Management Plan alternatives presented don't respect the O&C act, and shortchange the Jackson County people and government. Download this form, and submit YOUR comments to the BLM.


GO AHEAD, CALL ME "CYNICAL"

SB964 passes the Senate 29-1, reducing OMMP plants allowed at grow sites, and lets cities and counties ban medical dispensaries without a vote of the people...Which I thought was contrary to the earlier intent that the PEOPLE could vote to ban dispensaries, but not have to vote to overturn a vote of the Government first. Alex Rogers of Ashland Alternative Health is beside himself over this one. But it's not a done deal, could be kept bottled in committee, or die in the house.

But still, be honest (and in my case, cynical). You KNOW that once legal recreational weed (taxed) was coming, the poobahs were going to pull out the stops to screw the lid down on OMMP (untaxed) weed, right? It's not about medicine, it's not about your rights, it's not about the law, it's ALWAYS about the money.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-27-2015

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com, and it was suggested that some of the money be take from the roads reserve fund and used  for sheriffs patrols, now that the safety levy has failed....This was not well received.

 

7:10 State Rep Duane Stark updates the Salem Session craziness.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau.

8:10 Loma Wharton and Rae Kopitka of the Liberators. They're asking for help in fighting the lawsuit that Sheriff Richard Mack has filed against them.

CAN YOU HELP??
Here is the info for donations; Please reference "Mack case" LOMA AND RAE WILL ALSO look into gofundme.com. Thanks again!
 
Thomas P. Carnes
Attorney & Mediator
Agarita Creek Farms
968 Braeutigam Road
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624  
830.997.7790
 
 BUSINESS GUEST FOR TODAY - MY HEARING CENTER,
712 East Jackson Street
Medford, OR 97504
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or

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(541) 226-3337

My email to Sen. Merkley, since I couldn't make it to his event today. (I'll tell you what he has to say when/if it comes in)

Senator,

I wanted to go see you at Crater today, but couldn't break away from the radio station work. My question is a serious one. You are against the fast track authority for President Obama on TPP, which I'm happy about. You and I don't agree on many issues, but we do on this one. Now then, could someone please cite the LAW and authority which has all you Senators scurrying around saying "We can't tell you what's in it, but it's bad"? What's the law and constitutional authority silencing you? Appreciate your help on this, as I know of NOTHING that can shut a Senator up from telling his constituents the truth.

Thanks in Advance,


 

THE FULL SERIES OF PROFESSOR JOEL MARKS' CONSTITUTIONAL SERIES IS HERE!

Thanks to KevStir

 

 

05-18 to 5-22-2015

May 18, 2015 -- 6:37pm

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THEY WANT IT ALL

Salem and your money is akin to the NSA and your information...THEY WANT IT ALL. Case in point: Rep. Tobias Read introduces bill to eliminate the kicker, put it in a rainy day fund. He should title it a "Bail Out PERS and our Union Cronies, PLEASE". You can guarantee with Dems running the show, we're going to have a lot of financial rainy days these coming years. Rep. Mike McLane, House Republican Leader has some choice words:

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-21-2015

6:35 Curtis Ellis is a political communications consultant and writer for WND, his website (where the anti-fast track petition is located) is OBAMATRADE.COM.

7:10 L.A. goes for a 15 buck minimum wage, Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of ADDO Worldwide and author of the book 8 Essential Exchanges says this is a boneheaded idea.

7:35 Professor Joel Marks, tonight wraps his "Restoring America" event at the Medford Library starting at 6:30 tonight. Read his notes on this website.

Here's an example of what Joel's been doing. Thanks to KevStir

8:10 Joseph Rice of the Jo Co Chapter of the Oathkeepers - BLM stands down, what's next?


BILL'S GUESTS 05-20-2015

6:35 Bad County's Dale Matthews and Mike Jones -  Public Safety Levy goes down...AGAIN.

6:48 Jan Gaye, Widow of Marvin Gaye, AFTER THE DANCE: MY LIFE WITH MARVIN GAYE, A riveting cautionary tale about being in love with a legend, AFTER THE DANCE: My Life With Marvin Gaye is a searing memoir of love, drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the widow of soul and sex icon Marvin Gaye.

7:10 Devora Zack author of  Singletasking: Get More Done — One Thing at a Time.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau


ONCE AGAIN, THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM???

Much hand wringing comes from Governor Kate Brown, who wishes to attack the "housing crisis" in Oregon. What is the crisis? The fact that you need $16.61 an hour job to rent a typical 2-bedroom apartment. Her solution is to have you taxpayers borrow $100 million dollars to build "affordable housing" and raise the minimum wage to $15.

Note how centralized state land use planning, which restricts available land, and Gang Green's enviro policy, which destroyed natural resource wealth, aren't mentioned as contributing to a lack of housing and economic vitality.

How does the governor figure that by her command, a clerk handing out Wetzel's Pretzels (for example) is automatically worth $20 an hour in wages and benefits? Well, it's NOT worth it, so if the Grand Poohba gets her way,  expect an Oregon with even FEWER opportunities for gainful employment.



THIS JUST IN: Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights. (Yes, I'm Serious) What's next, all scouts have to pee sitting down???

LEGAL WEED leads to SHORT MEN?

Yep, that's what a study seems to indicate.  The basics: Early pot smoking prior to puberty stresses the body, which leads to early puberty, which leads to stunting a boy's ultimate height up to 4 inches. So, is the Oregon future one of short boys shaving in 4th grade, but feeling "okay" with it?


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 5-19-2015

6:35 Martin Yate, author of KNOCK 'EM DEAD 2015: The Ultimate Job Search Guide. This man knows his stuff about getting your resume' to the top of the heap. 

7:10 Liz Peek, TheFiscalTimes.com and FoxNews.com columnist. Regulating Bitcoin Legitimizes a Treacherous Business.

7:35 Will the public safety levy pass in Jo County? We talk with Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com.


BILL'S GUESTS for 05-18-2015

6:35 - Dr. NZinga Harrison, psychiatrist and medical doctor, and we discuss whether the Amtrak engineer could have "faked" the memory loss before the crash.

8:40 Frank Scarlotta from the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club. Sunday is another 200-yard "Varmint Shoot" at the historic Camp White Rifle Range in White City, behind the drag strip. be there Sunday at 9:30 for orientation, shooting starts at 10am!  BTW, this Wednesday, 5/20, 5pm, same location, is the practice shooting for Sunday's competititon.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present" - today it's the history of "spirits".

Ghosts, Spirits, and other Apparitions

By Dennis Powers

Ghost stories and spiritual adventures have been part of mankind dating back to the caves. This belief--or concept--is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from ones body with a continued existence after death. Haunted locations typically connect with a happening in the ghost’s past, often where one died or a former home. Aside from actual sightings, signs of their presence range from strange noises, lights, odors or breezes to objects that move, windows that slam, and doors that open.

The Roman author and statesman Pliny the Younger recorded in the first century A.D. one of the first notable ghost stories in his letters, which became famous for their vivid account of life during the height of the Roman Empire. Pliny wrote that an old man’s ghost with a long beard and rattling chains was haunting his Athens home. Southern Oregon is no different.

A few of the memorable ones--and you will have yours as well--start with the Plunkett Center in Ashland. Southern Oregon University acquired the old structure in 1966 and uses it for alumni and development functions. It is also known as the Swedenburg House for the doctor who lived there from 1919 until his death in 1937. Several believe that a ghost resides there, including a professor, a group of students, their teacher, and the head of campus security.

From the beginning, the campus security guard in the 1980s had a strong sense that he was being watched when inside and decided to announce himself before entering. Later driving by the house, he and another guard spotted a woman that the porch light illuminated. She was sitting beside a window in a first floor office, but the apparition suddenly vanished. The men searched for her inside but found nothing. The building was empty and all of its doors locked.

The Oregon Caves is the setting for another famous presence. Couples who have stayed in or beside the infamous Room 310 report being awakened at night by the sounds of someone walking in the hall--or from actually inside the room. The tale goes that a young couple in 1937 was spending their wedding night at the hotel. After the bride caught her husband in an embrace with a hotel employee, the bride (named Elizabeth) took her life. Employees tell of strange occurrences in room 310: the room’s furniture will be rearranged, or on rare occasions, even placed out in the hallway. Guests have reported unpacking--and on returning from dinner--find that their bags have been repacked. On occasion, the baby grand piano in the lobby plays by itself.

The Oregon Vortex is another site for continued paranormal investigations. John Lister arrived in the early 1900s to conduct mining surveys, only to discover the strange anomalies in the magnetic fields at this Sardine Creek location. Famous for its strange effects--for example, two people can change place, and then become taller or shorter simply by that--Lister became obsessed with the place. Brooms seem to stand upright at an angle and balls roll uphill inside an old assay shed. After Lister’s death in 1959, numerous visitors tell of seeing him standing at the top of the sloping floor of the House of Mystery, the assay shed that rests at weird angles. Tour guides report the same sightings, but no one is around.

Gold Hill’s Beeman-Martin house is another ghost center. The wealthy Josiah Beeman built this fine home in 1901, and it still is standing, now as the center of operations for the Gold Hill Historical Society. Volunteers insist that the sounds they hear in an upstairs attic, the cupboards that slam, or furniture that changes is owing to the apparition of a friendly ghost that they named “Willie”. The spirit is either that of Bill Hay, who spent time there, or a handyman of the same name who died in a room.

From the green mists of the nearby Rock Point Cemetery to old structures in Grants Pass and the mining ghost towns of the present, the stories are abundant.   

Sources: “History.com: History of Ghost Stories” at Ghosts and History; Jeff Davis’s “Ghosts and Critters,” at Plunkett House and Oregon Vortex Stories; “Gary Swanson: Ghosts in Southern Oregon’s National Monument,” at Oregon Caves Ghost Story. See also: Dennis Powers, Images of America: Gold Hill, Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2010, pp. 42, 56.  

 

 

 

 

5/11 to 5/15 2015

May 11, 2015 -- 4:58pm

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OATHKEEPERS AT SUGAR PINE

Interesting the internet rumor "spin" out there regarding the Sugar Pine Mine security operation, where the Jo Co Oath Keepers, with help from outside the area, are keeping BLM action away from the mine, pending the owner's hearing. There was a story out there that some oath keepers had threatened BLM officers. I would say to those people "put up your evidence", otherwise STHU. The Oath Keepers/Three Percenter types seem to be a pretty careful bunch. I ran into a couple of them at Welburn's the other day. If you want to know what's going on there, or offer help, go to oathkeepersjoco.com. I can imagine they must be disciplined and avoid provocateurs trying to stir things up. We're talking government agencies here, and you can figure they're not keen on people standing up for rights....and really meaning it.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-15-2015

6:35 Dr. Jay Richards, founder of The Stream. We discuss a lot of "social justice, anti-capitalism global warming bias" from some Catholic cardinals.

7:10 Katherine Paul - Organic Consumers Association -New plan for feds to take over labeling

8:20 Don Hurley, Kool 103.5 radio personality, and a juror on the Simonson murder trial this week.

8:35 Joseph Rice, Josephine County Chapter of the Oathkeepers. Update on Sugar Pine Mine security operation.

 

 

 

 

 

FREE-DUMB!

Congress passes the "Freedom Act" which officially enables the phone spying shot down by the court challenge to the "Patriot Act", but they're telling us it's actually lessening the spying. (they're lying) I've said many times that whatever the government name for the bill is, it will be the exact opposite. Patriot Act = Tyrant Act, Freedom Act = Slavery Act. Robert Romano has the straight story from Americans for Limited Government.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-14-2015

6:35 Charles Murray, author of BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. Charles talks with Bill about how the system is broken, and the political process won't restore constitutional law. HOWEVER, the federal government has a fatal weakness: It can get away with its thousands of laws and regulations only if the overwhelming majority of Americans voluntarily comply with them. Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable, through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do. Americans have it within their power to make the federal government an insurable hazard like hurricanes and floods, leaving us once again free to live our lives as we see fit.

7:10 Jim Welsh, from Parents Rights In Education, the latest scandal from the Gervais School District, Condoms for 12-year olds? Yep!

7:35 Lt. Budreau with Crimestoppers.


SOME "BEFORE" AND "IN PROGRESS" VANAGON PROJECT PHOTOS AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT

Here's how the side looked when I first brought it in...I asked them to eliminate the RV ports underneath the stove chimney, since I don't use these.

So the ports are gone, patched, sanding continues.

Here's the front "Before", lots of damage, including one dent from a power pole hit.

Bumper removed, dents in the frame gone, and the dent is "like it never happened".

It's going in for paint, we're painting it a deep burgundy, with an off-white cream stripe, replacing the original white decal. It's going to look SWEET.


HELP ME UNDERSTAND....

I have so many questions, help me out. Ted Cruz votes for cloture to give Obama Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership monstrosity, so does Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, and all the other Republicans in the Senate other than McConnell. Dems vote no to kiss up to unions. Questions: Why would republicans give this power, "living document" power to this president, or ANY president? Why are we supposed to believe "Free Trade" is negotiated in secret with tens of thousands of pages and rules and regulations of anything and everything BUT trade? Why should we be considering for president anyone from this sorry group so eager to sell out to world government and corporate masters? Finally, why should we be surprised?


BILL'S GUESTS for 5-13-2015

7:10 Rep. Duane Stark

7:35 John Whitehead, constitutional attorney for the Rutherford Institute, author of Battlefield America, War on the American People.

8:10 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government. He breaks down that monstrous abuse of power known as "Trans Pacific Partnership", and why Wyden, Merkley, and yes, Walden, all our congress folks need to just say no to this power. 


BILL'S GUESTS for 5-12-2015

6:35 Jilian Melchio, writing for National Review about "Why Is An Israeli BIllionaire Pouring Millions into the Clinton Foundation".

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel - SB941, other issues and news.

8:35 Chuck Tatlebaum, Director of Tripp Scott PA law firm in Florida, and chair of the bankruptcy and creditor's rights department. Chuck discusses a huge increase in retail bankruptcy filings.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-11-2015

7:10 Sam Barnam - Building Safety Director and Chris Reising - Deputy City Manager for Development Services.

7:35 Kim Wallan, Medford 549C School District board candidate for position 5.

8:35 Mike Jones and Dale Matthews of BadCounty.com, - are the public safety levy proponents "buying" Facebook support?

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present".

Wildlife Images

By Dennis Powers

J. David Siddon grew up in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley in the 1940s when it was still rural country, and he was able to bicycle to near wilderness and see everything from condors and hawks to snakes and lizards. Siddon later pursued a career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker that typically centered on his fascination with wildlife, as he traveled the world filming for television productions that involved Disney or “Wild Kingdom.”

Loving the outdoors, he and his wife left the Southern California “rat race” in the early 1970s when they heard about seventeen acres of wilderness property outside Grants Pass and near Merlin on the “Wild and Scenic” section of the Rogue River (on Lower River Road). They bought the land sight unseen and later acquired seven more acres. With this land, they could do more than raise baby owls in the laundry room or golden eagles in a backyard, as done before moving to the Rogue.   

Obtaining the needed permits from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he could care there for numbers of sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. In no time, the public and law enforcement were bringing wounded animals to his place. Siddon found himself taking care of hundreds of animals each year and having to fund everything by himself.

With varying injuries, the wild animals treated included species from baby squirrels, raccoons, jack rabbits, bear cubs, and badgers to songbirds, hawks, bald eagles, herons, and owls. In addition to the yearly hundreds of baby animals brought in, the permanent “residents” augmented this when their injuries made them unable to return to the wild. In fact, two eagles--named Duchess and Phoenix--were there for over 30 years.          

With a flair for public speaking, Siddon appeared at places from television shows to school assemblies throughout the Pacific Northwest in telling his story. To help with finances, many of the animals appeared in commercials and films, including the Buick automobile series with his red-tailed hawk named “Happy” who flew over the cars.  

In 1981 J. David established it as a nonprofit facility with two important purposes: first, a place to provide critical care and rehabilitative services for injured wildlife; second, to provide education to the public. Wild Life Images accepts animals, birds, raptors (birds of prey), and even reptiles. Animals not accepted are opossums (a non-native species), coyotes (governed by livestock management regulations), and mountain lions (a risk to rehabilitate and release after developing human-comfort levels). 

In 1996, J. David Siddon lost his battle with cancer. His son, Dave, left his job of twelve years in Portland at the Oregon Zoo to take over the management and ensure the continuation of these dreams. With a limited paid staff, its 80 dedicated volunteers and local vet-donated services, the facility cares annually for more than 2,000 animals.

Over a period of 30 years it has released over 35,000 animals back to their natural habitat. Its release rate of intakes is near 50% each year--far above the national average of 33%. Wildlife Images doesn’t receive any local, state, or federal funding, but relies instead on individual donations of time, money, and services. It is a story that needed to be told.            

Sources: “Wild Life Images: A Message from Dave Siddon, Director” at History; “Wild Life Images: About Us,” at Background

05-04 to 05-08 2015

May 04, 2015 -- 7:44pm

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HOW'S THE VANAGON DOING AT LITHIA BODY??

Dropped by Lithia Body and Paint, and the work is progressing nicely! Dents all gone, side holes filled in, working on the new side sliding door, too. Almost ready for paint!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 5-08-15

7:10 Captain WIlliam E. Simpson II, preparedness expert, author of "The Nautical Prepper". We discuss prepping for a Cascadia subduction zone quake.

8:10 Michael Campbell, candidate for Medford 549C School Board position.

8:45 Phillip Yates, ACCESS Inc, Talking about the Stamp Out Hunger Drive, just drop a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox tomorrow, and it'll go to help feed the hungry in southern Oregon!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-07-15

7:10 Larry Graves, Airport Manager for Josephine County. Update on the Drone program/lease issue.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau.

8:10 Libertarian Car Guy/Journalist Eric Peters. Do you really own your car? Well, Maybe Not So Much.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-06-2015

6:15 Dale Matthews, Bad County.com with discussion of Sugar Pine Mine's troubles. Oathkeepers say BLM is destroying records.

6:35 Hadley Heath Manning,Health Policy Director at both Independent Women's Voice and Independent Women's Forum.

7:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation - SB941 reaction

8:10 Retired educator Diane Anderson and Lisa Crume, concerned mom, both fighting Common Core in southern Oregon.


SB941 GUN BILL PASSES

(Heavy Sarcasm ON) Time for another episode of "Know Your Communist Oppressors" starring State Senator Alan Bates, and Representative Peter Buckley. I'm your host, Bill Meyer, and Judy, you may ask the first question. "Thanks, Bill. If Islamic terrorists were to show up at SOU, like what just happened in Texas, and they wish to murder students drawing pictures of the prophet Mohammed,...According to SB941, which you both just voted for, how can a gun owner on campus help his fellow students avoid being murdered?

(Bates) "Judy, we're glad you asked. The gun owner can wait until the terrorist shows up with his firearm. Since there's an imminent threat clause in the bill, the gun owner can legally hand his extra firearm to the potential victim, who may then shoot the terrorist, but he must then immediately transfer the firearm back to the owner to avoid becoming a felon. Oh and he can NOT leave the area where the firearm owner is, as that would also make it an illegal felony transfer...Peter?"

(Buckley) That's right Alan, but I'd add that we'd prefer there not be guns on these campuses anyway...since we Comm-, er I mean Democrats are all about keeping you safe. I'd suggest the gun owner and the potential victim immediately leave the killing zone, visit the closest gun store, pay the 40-50 dollars for a legal background check and transfer, and then re-enter the campus after the medical examiner finishes tagging and bagging the other victims."

Stay tuned for future episodes of "Know Your Communist Oppressors"! (Heavy Sarcasm OFF)

Now that the bill is passed, the clock is no longer ticking and we can take our time in planning responses.

But one thing won't wait. As you know there are recalls underway for three of the supporters of this bill. There may be more in the future.  Please do all you can to support these efforts.

Val Hoyle Recall

Chuck Riley/Susan McLain Recall


AFTER THAT HORRID VOTE, SOME COMIC RELIEF

Texas Councilman leaves his microphone on while he goes to the bathroom, here's what happened next:


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-04-2015

6:35 Investigative reporter M.D. Kittle of Watchdog.org - Over a year and a half ago, Watchdog.org reporter M.D. Kittle launched a now 197-part series about Wisconsin’s John Doe scandal entitled “Wisconsin’s Secret War.” The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office, led by a Democrat, launched a so-called “John Doe” investigative probe targeting conservative groups in Wisconsin, who were unable to defend themselves against leaks from investigators due to “strict penalties” for violating the terms of the secret proceedings. Essentially, the state prosecutorial team was launching a “tax-payer funded opposition-research campaign.”

7:10 Ed, "Mr. X", USFS "Listening Session" 5:30 to 7:30 today at the BLM building on Biddle. They're presenting timber "alternatives". It's about learning from your enemies, and demanding YOUR representation, rather than Gang Green Commies such as 1000 Friends of Oregon CLAIMING to be your representative.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present

Drought and Southern Oregon

By Dennis M. Powers

 

Oregon's worsening drought triggered the SBA's federal disaster loan program in 13 Oregon counties, including Jackson and Josephine, with low-interest loans available for small, nonfarm businesses. Farmers are eligible for emergency aid under existing U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. California also recently declared a 25% cutback on all water usage, but exempted agriculture although this sector uses 80% of the water, contributes less than 5% to the economy, and is not restricted.

While Jackson County's precipitation total is slightly above normal for the water year, warm temperatures mean little rain has been stored in the form of snow. Mt. Ashland continued its infrequent openings this season after being closed during last year's drought. Disaster zones nationwide shows California, Nevada, and Arizona also are completely engulfed in drought.

As the fourth straight hot, dry summer is underway, Oregonians need to prepare for more acres on fire, less salmon, and more smoke-filled days. Environmental groups argue that this is due to climate change, compliant media writing: “From 1895 to 2011, average temperatures in the Northwest increased 1.3 degrees. Temperatures are predicted to climb 3.3 to 9.7 degrees (increase) by 2070 to 2099, as compared to 1970 to 1999, according to a 2014 National Climate Assessment produced by hundreds of experts guided by a federal advisory committee. 'The average temperature goes up and down, but the trend over the last 100 years has been up. We are in global warming,' states a Medford-based National Weather Service meteorologist. 'Ocean levels are rising and ice is melting. Globally, there are signs warming is occurring.'"

Okay, but is this due to Mother Nature or as environmentalists claim: fracking (ban it), industry (need more rules), fossil fuels (the country must quickly switch to electric cars and solar electricity), and private enterprise (which needs more governmental overview). As to agriculture, businesses and individuals will bear the brunt; for example, farmers should not be able to sell their rights to water in a drought, nor should reservoirs be constructed. The Snail Darter must be preserved. 

As to Oregon and here, our state has had milder winters than normal apparently due to an unusually persistent ridge of high pressure that causes air to flow around us to the north, where it cools off and then pummels the Midwest and East Coast with cold temperatures and snow. Normally high pressure ridges dissipate after a few weeks. No one knows exactly why this one has stuck around for so long, according to meteorologists.

Experts do maintain that the region's two years of back-to-back low snow years can't be specifically blamed on climate change. This has also been the warmest on record in most of the western United States, where climate change models are predicting that our region should have more rainfall and less snowfall. Thus, our water races to the ocean and not on the snowpacks of Mt. Ashland, Mt. McLaughlin, or other peaks.

Rainfalls have been heavy: Ashland this year recorded 4 inches of rainfall over 48 hours--its third-highest two-day total since 1892. Similar deluges in 1964 and 1996 triggered historic floods when rain fell on snow, causing rapid melting. The lack of a heavy snowpack kept the early February storm from producing another major flood.

Ashland's low snowpack forced the city to connect to Medford's water by completing the Talent-Ashland-Phoenix water line. Medford's water is from the Big Butte Springs system of Mt. McLaughlin, whereas Ashland relies on Mt. Ashland’s snowmelt flowing into Ashland Creek and collecting in Reeder Reservoir.

Meanwhile, we read: “If temperatures rise by 2.2 degrees (within 75 years), the Rogue Valley and mountains straddling the Oregon and California border will see a 300 to 400 percent increase in areas burned by wildfire, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment. The Cascade Mountains to the east will see a 400 to 500 percent increase in acreage burned, the assessment predicts.” In the Pacific Northwest, this is to result in warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers. However, if you want this administration's funding, you better not go against this “collective wisdom”. And forget that we've had devastating forest fires before, such as the 2002 Biscuit fire.

We've had years of Mother Nature's climate fluctuations, dating back to the ice age.  Our area sustained record breaking heat in 1923--way before there were multitudes of cars and industries. The coldest year ever in Oregon was in 1916; the coldest temperature ever was at Seneca, Oregon (-54, on 2-10-1933), and the next day, it was nearly 100 degrees higher (when the arctic air flowed out of Oregon). 

Although Oregon's rainfall has been at 30-year averages this winter, the warm air kept snowpack averages far below the 30-year norm, as the precipitation did not become snow. The rain raced to the Pacific Ocean or seeped into the ground, gone before we need it most--now. Hydropower generates 45 percent of Oregon's electricity, so if the rainfall decreases now, this could become another issue. 

Notwithstanding the environmentalist mantra, Southern Oregon and this state has to manage its water differently. Rather than capturing snowmelt in the summer, we need to capture more rain in the winter and reserve it for the summer. Banning fracking, for example, only keeps us dependent on the oil-flows of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Russia. Wasting more money on government-sponsored “drought preparedness plans” (we already are in one) leaves one shaking their head. Will Oregon make the right decisions--or keep special interest groups in control, as our water flows less and right into the ocean, when we most need it?

Sources: Associated Press, Jackson among counties in drought program, March 23, 2015, Mail Tribune, at Drought Programs; Vickie Aldous, “The new normal under climate change?” Mail Tribune, March 1, 2015, at Climate Change?; Kelly House, “Oregon waits — and hopes — for more precipitation; Forecasters say we're likely in for third year of high fire danger, The Oregonian, March 28, 2015, at More on Drought.

04-27 to 5/1 2015

Apr 27, 2015 -- 3:51pm

JUST LIKE OBAMA, YOU HAVE A PEN AND A PHONE, TOO - CALL THESE DEMS NOW, TELL THEM YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE NO ON SB941 - The Gun Background Check Bill, which is really a "Gun Owner Registration Bill".

UPDATE: THE VOTE ON THIS BILL IS MONDAY - LIGHT 'EM UP in SALEM.

Rep Brent Barton  503-986-1440  Rep.BrentBarton@state.or.us   
Rep Deborah Boone  503-986-1432  rep.deborahboone@state.or.us

Rep Brian Clem  503-986-1421    rep.brianclem@state.or.us

Rep Betty Komp   503-986-1422 rep.bettykomp@state.or.us

Rep Caddy McKeown  503-986-1409 Rep.CaddyMcKeown@state.or.us

Rep. Brad Witt 503-986-1431 Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us


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6:20 NYU Professor Jon Freeman discusses the season premiere of Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman tonight, 10pm on the Science Channel. The premiere tonight  asks, Are We All Bigots?

7:10 Rep. Duane Stark, 4th District, updates a slew of bills and legislative actions.

7:35 Crimestoppers

8:10 Kim Wallan, Medford 549C school board candidate, position 5.

8:40 National Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans Gregory T. Angelo  discusses the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-28-15

6:35 Sid Leiken, Lane County Commissioner and considering running for Governor as a GOP nominee.

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel discusses legislation, gives an update on the action.

7:35 Steve Richardson of Central Point, has a problem with a dog citation. Does he have a case?

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation - Gun Bills are moving SB941 to be voted on MONDAY.


DON'T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO RIOT WITH THE GUYS....AND THEN MOM SHOWS UP?


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-27-2015
6:35 Dale Matthews and Mike Jones of BadCounty.com, raise taxes, because God tells you so? Here's the video in question:
 
7:10 Professor Phillip Hamburger, Columbia Law School, and we talk about how much of the tyranical impulse of state, fed, and local government is often coming not from constitutional law, but through the insidious "Administrative Law", which Professor Hamburger says is not law at all. His book is "Is Administrative Law Unlawful".
7:35 Mike Campbell, candidate for Medford 549C school board. Read more about Michael.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"
8:35 Antiwar.com editor Justin Raimondo discusses his column "We'll Never Limit Government Unless We Ditch Foreign Interventionism".about how
 
DR. POWERS COLUMN FOR THE WEEK

The Water System of Medford (and Other Towns)

By Dennis Powers

Whether for drinking, washing, or cleaning, having sufficient potable water is vital to living regardless of era. Ashland relies on Ashland Creek that’s fed from the snow melt and watershed rain runoff from Mount Ashland. Cities such as Grants Pass rely on the Rogue River; living in an unincorporated area usually means depending on a well. Mt. McLoughlin is the water source for over 130,000 people today in Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, White City, and four rural water districts--all served by the Medford Water Commission.

Area residents first relied on wells for their water needs, but Medford in 1888 excavated a ditch from Bear Creek and built a storage tower as its first water system. Although a pumping station was added four years later, it was clear that Bear Creek water wasn’t clean enough for use. It was dirty, foul, and so unusable--owing also to dumped sewage from Ashland to Phoenix--that some residents preferred whiskey and forgetting about bathing. 

The question was whether Fish Lake or Big Butte water would be better. Unfortunately, the 31-mile pipeline from the Big Butte watershed would cost $400,000. Since the 22-mile, gravity-fed system from Fish Lake would be considerably less expensive, this alternative won out. In 1910, the wooden-stave pipeline was constructed for $254,000; but after the orchard-boom building frenzy of the 1910s and system inadequacies causing algae and near-putrid water (flowing in open flumes without filters or settling tanks), it became clear that Fish Lake was not working out. The city purchased the water rights at Big Butte Springs in 1915 for $15,000 after enduring water shortages and contaminated supplies.

In 1922, the voters approved the five-member Medford Water Commission as a city charter amendment. Three years later, the Oregon Legislature granted Medford the rights to all of the unappropriated waters from Big Butte Creek and its tributaries. Given this, the city’s voters approved a $975,000 bond measure to build the 31-mile pipeline from Big Butte Springs to Medford’s 10,000 residents. The commission decided to use high-quality steel coated inside and out with a very thin layer of a hot asphalt to prevent rust, instead of the unreliable wooden pipeline and flumes. On July 1, 1927, the 2-foot diameter pipeline began carrying water by gravity flow to the city.

The snowmelt on Mt. McLoughlin (9,494-foot elevation) percolates through the porous, volcanic soils to emerge again at Big Butte Springs (2,700-foot elevation) near the town of Butte Falls. The watershed consists of 56,000 acres of private and publicly-managed land with 75% managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The springs discharge high quality water that is consistently cold, clear, and low in mineral content. Collected underground, the spring flows require only minimal treatment for disinfection in meeting current water-quality standards. Consequently, the slogan of “A mountain spring in every home” came about to note the purity of the city’s water.

The Medford Water Commission in 1952 completed a 52-foot high, earth-fill dam of the Big Butte Springs water that created Willow Lake and stores the waters of Willow Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of Big Butte Creek. On land owned by the county, Jackson County developed the Willow Lake Recreation Area. There are facilities for camping, overnight stays, picnicking, and fishing with a paved boat ramp and a small, private resort located on the shore. Covering some 925 acres, the lake has nearly 4-1/2 miles of lake frontage.

Over the years, the commission signed agreements with the surrounding cities mentioned above to provide water to them. In 1952, a second pipeline from Big Butte Springs was built with the dam construction, and ten years later, chlorine added when bacteria traces were discovered in the water. The commission also obtained water rights to the Rogue River to supplement its needs during the higher requirement months of May to September. Built in 1968, the Robert A. Duff treatment plant near TouVelle State Park draws the Rogue River water.

The two, original pipelines still carry the important water, and the commission maintains the entire pipeline, including repairing small sections when needed. The question is still out as to when this 85-year-old-plus system will need to be replaced. For now, when the great majority of Jackson County residents turn on their faucets, they are drinking Big Butte Springs water from Mt. McLoughlin. 

Sources: “How Does Medford Get its Water?,” Mail Tribune, April 22, 2007, at Medford (and other Towns) Water Source; Bill  Miller, “From worst to first: The history of the City’s water system,” Mail Tribune, May 31, 2009, at History of System; “Medford Water Commission: Big Butte Springs” at Big Butte Springs; Damian Mann, “Pouring it on,” Mail Tribune, March 12, 2013, at Other Towns; Damian Mann, “Good to the Last Drop,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013 at Additional Background; “Atlas of Oregon Lakes: Willow Lake (Jackson County),” at Willow Lake.  

4-20 to 4-24-2015

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:04pm

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-24-2015
7:10 Greg Roberts wtih the Outdoor Report
7:15 Joseph Rice of the Josephine County Oath Keepers
8:10 Terry Welburn of Welburns Weapons, discussing the evils of SB941 on how it works in the real world.
8:35 Eric Peters, libertarian car guy, read his amazing posts on cars, freedom, big bad government on EPAutos.com.
 
JOSEPH RICE of the JOSEPHINE COUNTY OATH KEEPERS
Speaking in support of the Sugar Pine Mine demonstration of support
4/23/15 at the BLM parking lot in Medford.
 
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-23-2015
6:35 Dan Reed, NRA Lobbyist for Oregon, SB941 gun grabbing fight efforts.
 
7:10 Rick Barclay, co-owner of the embattled Sugar Pine Mine in the Galice Mining District.
 
8:10 Kevin Jackson, author of The BIG Black Lie, and Race Pimping; the Multi-Trillion Dollar Business of Liberalism.
 

 
 
TESTIMONY in the house on SB941 going on all day. Get Your Testimony in. Meanwhile, even the supporters admit this idiotig gun owner registration bill will do NOTHING to deter crooks, but they'll strip YOUR liberty.
 
 
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 4-22-15
 
7:10 Hal Anthony from Behind the Woodshed, (his broadcasts are available at the link)  and Hal's with the Jefferson Mining District. We talk about the law issues in conflict with the BLM attack on the Sugarpine Mine.
 
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
 
8:10 Kevin Starrett - Oregon Firearms Federation, get involved on SB941...the fight isn't over.
 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 4-21-15

6:35 Former Police Commissioner, City of New York (ret.), Bernard Kerik. His book, and a great talk about From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054".

7:10 Former Councilman John Michaels in studio - Download your FREE copy of Lobbying Local Government With Effectiveness.

7:35 Dale Matthews, Mike Jones from BadCounty.com with the latest on the Sugarpine Mine/BLM conflict. 

8;35 Liz Peek from the FiscalTimes.com, and we discuss Rubio's chances. Why Marco Rubio Just Might Beat Hillary Clinton.

 


4-20-15 BILL'S GUESTS
6:20 Chris Malagisi, editor of the Conservative Book Club
7:10 Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal talks pot tax policy, and why no tax for now.
7:35 John Whitehead, Rutherford Instute, Constitutional attorney and our talk is his new book "Battlefield America".
 
8:10 What's up with Sugarpine Mine? Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com updates.

4-16-15
HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE DAY 2 - PODCAST LINKS ARE ABOVE!
 
After today's broadcast, Linda & I dropped by Congressman Walden's office, talked issues, and toured the Capitol. Very nice meeting the staff and congressman.
 
This picture is a shot through  Greg's office window.  Wednesday a protestor pushing campaign finance reformed landed his gyrocopter out on this lawn. It's where the tire tracks in the grass are located. A few days earlier, another man committed suicide nearby. Sheesh!
 

 
4-15-15
 
LIVE FROM D.C. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY!
 
It's the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire Event", and we're talking immigration, illegal crossings, border security, and how the fight's not over. It's put on by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and thank you to our local sponsors - Innsbruck Ridge at Vista Point, and Drakes Paint and Supply in Medford.
 
Lots of great guests today, including Peggy and Fred Davis, ranchers from Arizona, bring a real world look at the horror of being 25 miles from the South border.
 

 
OUR BELOVED VANAGON BEGINS ITS JOURNEY!
 
Dropped my '82 Vanagon Diesel off at Lithia Body and Paint recently. It's been a faithful member of the family for some 22 years, but is extremely tired, dented, and faded. Lithia will start on the bodywork, and we're thinking about a dark blue, with an orange stripe to match the interior stock color. Pretty exciting to get this done...Of course the engine is still the 1584cc straight four watercooled Rabbit style diesel with a thundering 48 hp. Yeah, it's gutless, but gets us there!
 
 


4-06 to 4-16-2015

Apr 06, 2015 -- 7:16pm

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4-16-15
HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE DAY 2 - PODCAST LINKS ARE ABOVE!
 
After today's broadcast, Linda & I dropped by Congressman Walden's office, talked issues, and toured the Capitol. Very nice meeting the staff and congressman.
 
This picture is a shot through  Greg's office window.  Wednesday a protestor pushing campaign finance reformed landed his gyrocopter out on this lawn. It's where the tire tracks in the grass are located. A few days earlier, another man committed suicide nearby. Sheesh!
 

 
4-15-15
 
LIVE FROM D.C. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY!
 
It's the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire Event", and we're talking immigration, illegal crossings, border security, and how the fight's not over. It's put on by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and thank you to our local sponsors - Innsbruck Ridge at Vista Point, and Drakes Paint and Supply in Medford.
 
Lots of great guests today, including Peggy and Fred Davis, ranchers from Arizona, bring a real world look at the horror of being 25 miles from the South border.
 

 
OUR BELOVED VANAGON BEGINS ITS JOURNEY!
 
Dropped my '82 Vanagon Diesel off at Lithia Body and Paint recently. It's been a faithful member of the family for some 22 years, but is extremely tired, dented, and faded. Lithia will start on the bodywork, and we're thinking about a dark blue, with an orange stripe to match the interior stock color. Pretty exciting to get this done...Of course the engine is still the 1584cc straight four watercooled Rabbit style diesel with a thundering 48 hp. Yeah, it's gutless, but gets us there!
 
 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04/13/2015
 
6:35 John Tamny, editor at Forbes, author of the VERY good new book Popular Economics; What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics, Forbes editor John Tamny uses pop culture to teach basic economics principles in a fun, straightforward way.
7:15 City Councilman Kevin Stine talking pot smell issues, Travel Medford, other City Issues.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, Visiting Past and Present. 

Dogs for the Deaf

By Dennis Powers

Roy Kabat worked with exotic and domestic animals in Hollywood for the movies and television. He trained the animals, for example, in “Dr. Doolittle,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” Elsa the lioness in “Born Free,” and the cougar for the Mercury automobile commercials. He also produced syndicated children's TV shows as “Chucko the Clown” and “Circus.” In 1971, Roy retired from the entertainment industry.                     

After moving to the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon, the American Humane Association (“AHA”) in Denver contacted him for his help. A Minnesota deaf woman had had a dog that had trained itself to let her know what was happening around her. As she lost more hearing, the dog alerted her to more events. After her dog died, the woman realized how much she depended on the dog for help and needed someone to train a new one. The AHA wanted Roy's advice. After spending two weeks in Denver, Roy returned to Oregon and started “Dogs for the Deaf.”

Beginning initially outside of Jacksonville, Roy began training 20 or more dogs of all sizes and types at a time, most saved from nearby Humane Societies, saying, “They're the dogs that otherwise might be put to sleep.” He trained “Hearing Dogs at Home” to alert an owner to important household sounds: buzzing fire and smoke alarms, ringing telephones, oven timers, alarm clocks, doorbell/door knocks, and name calls (sometimes even a baby’s cry). Once placed with their deaf partner, the dogs learned to respond to other sounds--a microwave, tea kettle that boiled dry, or washer/dryer--and take their hearing-impaired owner to the problem. For a “Hearing Dog in Public,” additional training was given for specific sounds such as a siren or honking horn, and to react so that the dog’s deaf partner was aware of the danger. 

Dogs in training initially are given food when they react properly to the noise of an alarm clock or telephone. But over the four to six months of training, they gradually are weaned from food to a kind word or pat on the head. By the 1980s, his nonprofit organization with the help of volunteers was delivering hearing dogs to deaf people throughout the United States. As the operation grew, Roy died in 1986 at age 65, but his daughter, Robin Dickson, succeeded him as its CEO/President.

In 1989, the facilities moved to its current 40-acre site at the base of lower Table Rock on Wheeler Road in Central Point. Placing hundreds of dogs over time free of charge to the hearing-impaired, the investment in just one is approximately $25,000. This includes the dog’s selection, initial veterinary care, training, placement, and follow ups for the team’s life. Dogs are also trained to watch out for autistic children, as well. “Career Change Dogs”--happy and healthy but not suited as a program dog--are adopted out as regular pets to area homes. Our region can be justifiably proud of his and this nonprofit’s accomplishments.  

Sources: “Dogs for the Deaf” at History (With Images); “Animal Trainer Roy Kabat Dies,” Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1986, at Roy Kabat's Life; Pet Meds Blog: Interview with Vaughn Maurice, General Manager, Dogs for the Deaf,” October 17, 2012, at More On Programs.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-10-2015
7:15 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com
7:35 Steve Buckstein from Cascade Policy Institute. "Government Imposed Minimum Wage Increases Don't Work For Small Businesses".
8:45 Steve Lightman, the new President of Harry and David.

REP. CARL WILSON talks ethics on the house floor!
 
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-08-15
 
6:35 Dan Gainor, VP of Culture and Media at the Media Research Center - Mainstream media editorial pages lambast RFRA at a 10 to 1 ratio.
7:10 Board Chair for the 549C School District Jeff Thomas - We discuss the controversial AP history text issue.
7:50 Crimestoppers with Deputy Chief Brett Johnson
 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-07-15
 
6:35 - Roger Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, OH. In a nationally syndicated Op-Ed,  argues that teachers are being mistakenly blamed for U.S. high school students' pitiful understanding of our American history and unique form of constitutional government. Without this knowledge, he asks, how can we expect today’s students to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship as adults?
 
7:10 Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal talks timber payments, and all sorts of other county issues.
 
8:35 - Joel Marks Adjunct Professor, Southern Oregon University(SOU), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) & Rogue Community College Presents “AMERICA AT THECROSSROADS- A Constitutional, Economic and Cultural Exploration” starting This Thursday at the Medford Library–205 S. CentralLargeConference Room 6:30 to 8:30. Here's the lineup of classes Joel is putting on. 

April 9, 2015 - Making of America 

April 16, 2015 - Capitalism vs. Socialism 

April 23, 2015 - Principles/Philosophies of the Founders 

April 30, 2015 - Washington Creates America 

May 7, 2015 - Father of the Constitution 

May 14, 2015 - Founding Presidents 

May 21, 2015 – Restoring America


INTERESTING COMMENTARY FROM BILL WHITTLE - Whaddya' Think?
 
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-06-2015
6:35 Sen. Kim Thatcher talks the amendment she wrote to the SB941 gun bill.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present".

Chuck Butler and the Auto Dealerships

By Dennis Powers

 

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in business management, Chuck Butler was a partner or owned automobile franchises in Southern California. Deciding that the opportunities were even better with a centering family environment in Southern Oregon, Chuck, his wife Linda, and children moved to Ashland. In 1976, he acquired Pitchford Sales, a small Ford dealership in town on Siskiyou Boulevard (where the Stratford Inn is now). The business had a tiny Ford showroom, two lube bays, and thirteen employees.

From that time on, he showed an ability--which he had to in order to survive, then thrive--to determine where trends and customer taste were heading in the highly competitive Southern Oregon car and truck market. Within three years, he brought in Peugeot and Alpha Romeo lines and moved his headquarters to just outside the Ashland city limits on the complex now on Highway 99 North. He acquired an Acura franchise and in 1988 built its facilities next door.

Knowing that Medford was the center of the regional car market, his next step was to establish a used truck center in 1993; after different locations, he moved this facility in 2001 to Crater Lake Highway. By 2002, his operations in Ashland and Medford had 150 employees and were selling 250 cars a month, nearly twenty times over the 13 cars sold in his first month at Pitchford Sales.

Chuck decided that he needed to diversify his product lines to include lower-priced imports. The quality of the Korean Hyundai and Kia lines in the mid-1990s were so low with declining sales volumes that Lithia Motors later relinquished these local franchises to Butler. He decided to take the gamble that these products would be improved, feeling also that the repair business would be a solid safety net. He was right.

He opened new Kia and Hyundai dealerships, initially pairing Kia with his Acura Ashland operation and establishing Butler Hyundai in Medford. As sales grew, he relocated Kia to Crater Lake Avenue with Hyundai. Owing to positive quality and warranty changes, the sales of Kia and Hyundai outpaced those of Ford and Acura, as these import brands became equals in the import field.

The severe economic decline in 2008 affected everyone’s business--and especially car dealerships. Butler’s operations continued, however, and are again flourishing. At the same time he was working his business, he spent considerable time volunteering in the community. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Southern University Foundation, and others, not to mention the San Francisco Region and Seattle Region Ford Dealers Advertising Association. He also has been in real estate development, property management, and numerous other businesses.

To succeed and grow his once small business, Chuck Butler had to visualize markets before they occurred and then navigate with them, just as other successful entrepreneurs have done in our Valley. He has also given back to his community for years.

Sources: Greg Stiles, “Butler Expands Presence,” August 6, 2002, Mail Tribune, at Different Dealerships; Greg Stiles, “Kia, Hyundai make unlikely titans,” Mail Tribune, August 26, 2011, at Relocations and History; See “Butler Auto Group: About Us,” at Operations and “Butler Auto Group: About Us,” at Community Involvement.

3-30 to 4-03-2015

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-03-2015
6:35 Former Congressman John LeBouttilier, co-host of Fox News Channel's Political Insiders. (Must watch - Sundays 4:30 on FNC)
7:10 Sheep Farmer Glenn Archambault - talks land use challenge he's had with Jackson County
8:10 Mark Baird, President of a Water Rights Group in Northern California called 'Scott Valley Protect Our Water.' He is also the leading grassroots advocate and spokesman for The State Of Jefferson. soj51.netjeffersondeclaration.net
 

 
GUN VOTE DELAYED - SEN. THATCHER'S BRILLIANT MOVE

Excellent move on the expanded gun background check bill in Salem! - The vote is delayed until Monday, Kim Thatcher submits amendment, Oregon Firearms says:

The amendment would eliminate the proposed expensive, intrusive and inaccurate background checks that would be required for private transfers, and replace them with a system whereby only prohibited persons would be identified.

Although the details would need some fine tuning, how it would work would be this: If you are a prohibited person, your driver's license would include an indicator, just as it does now for corrective lenses or organ donors.

Non prohibited persons would have no change. If you wanted to transfer a firearm you would only need to see the back of the recipients driver's license or state ID card. If there is no prohibitor the transfer is made with no background check, no fee, no registration and no paperwork.

There will be no record of the transfer and no list of guns or gun owners.

Transfers at dealers would have no changes, except a dealer would have the advantage of knowing beforehand that a person was going to be denied and could save himself the time and expense of running the check.

Because of the speed at which bills and amendments are created, there is no question that there will need to be technical adjustments, but it does put the gun grabbers in an interesting situation. It basically gives them everything they have demanded (a way to prevent transfers to prohibited people) but without the registration they claim they were not seeking. (Of course they are lying about that so now what will they say?)

If the background check system is as easy and reliable as the anti-gun crowd claims it is, they should be totally on board with this idea. Monday promises to be interesting.

4-02-15 GUESTS
6:35 Dale Matthews, Bad County.com, is the open meetings law "Optional"?
7:10 William Peter Blatty, famed author of "The Exorcist", screenwriter, and he's written a new final book, "Finding Peter, A True Story of the Hand of Providence, and  Evidence of Life After Death"
8:10 Ed, "Mr. X". delves into the research about why do the cities punish car drivers. (Medford, especially)
 

4-01-2015
7:10 State Rep. Duane Stark of Central Point
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
8:10 Sharael Kolberg, author of "A Year Unplugged". Yep, she tells a fascinating story of having unplugged her family from all high tech. Read an Excerpt, and more info.
8:40 Hailey Ordal, St. Mary's High School Junior, suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and started a support group for this disease. Join her and a slew of medical experts on diabetes this Saturday at the Medford Library main meeting room, 1-4:30 pm.
 

 
3-31-2015
FROM THE "BOY THAT'S A REAL SHOCKER" Department. Peter Buckley wants more of your money!
 

3-31-2015 GUEST INFORMATION

6:35 Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute, an editor for The Gospel Coalition, an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Patrick Henry College and a contributor to The Stream.   G.I. Joe vs. the Pentagon's Crony Industrial Complex.

7:20 James D. Cooper, director of the upcoming documentary "Lambert and Stamp" - Here's the trailer.

7:35 Kevin Starrett at Oregon Firearms Federation talks about the universal background check bill - Fight this by CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATOR.

8:10 Mike Farris an original co-author of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, constitutional lawyer and head of Convention of States Rather than a “right to discriminate,” as some critics charge, Farris argues that the Indiana law is a shield against the government encroachment on freedoms and the practice of our deeply held beliefs.


3-30-2015 GUEST INFORMATION
6:35 Dan Perkins, master writer and author of The Brotherhood of the Red Nile Trilogy, which centers around Islamic nuclear terrorism against the USA.
8:35 Bern Case, Jackson County Rogue Valley International Airport Director
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present". We talk Tsunamis!

The 1964 Good Friday/Crescent City Tsunami

By Dennis Powers

The March 27, 1964, Alaskan (Good Friday) earthquake with an 8.7 Richter-scale (9.2 on the moment magnitude scale) spawned a major tsunami that traveled the entire Pacific Ocean basin. After causing multiples of death and destruction at Alaskan coastal towns, the oceangoing tsunami left for the U.S. coast, slamming with their worst effects into Crescent City. Located 15-miles south of the Oregon border, this small coastal town of 3,000 people suffered losses that exceeded the combined effects of all previous tsunamis on the Continental U.S.

The four main surges at Crescent City threw many people late at night into life-risking jeopardy. In the space of two hours, 11 people died, 15 others were missing, 60 injured, 30 city blocks devastated, 289 businesses and homes destroyed or damaged, as well as 21 large fishing boats capsized or destroyed (plus numerous smaller ones) with incredible destruction wrought under a full moon late at night.

When people thought that the second flooding was the last, sightseers and residents alike headed down to see for themselves. Two more waves caught them unaware, the last one 21 feet high when it steamed onto land. The surges leveled an entire downtown, and the fatalities would have been much worse had this occurred during the summer-tourist season.  

The destruction included ripped-out telephone, sewer, water, and gas lines with the bodies of dead animals scattered over land and sea. The bay was littered at its bottom and near solid in places with destroyed cars, boats, appliances, logs, and lumber, as cars and trucks bobbed up and down with the capsized vessels. Tens of thousands of logs from log farms up to Washington covered the beaches for miles in both directions.   

Owing to downed electrical wires sparking ruptured-oil tanks, a bulk tank farm with five, 50,000 gallon tanks and two adjacent oil and gas stations were ablaze. No food, clothing, pharmacies, banking, gas stations, or any amenities were available. Trees were uprooted, asphalt streets ripped out, and 3 million board feet of lumber strewn over land and sea, along with 1,000 wrecked cars, numerous shattered buildings, and countless fish.     

The tsunami then steamed past California to Mexico and coursed around the world two times before finally expending its energy. After the destruction, the city and coast had to rebuild, starting that next morning when 200 men and women just showed up with their crowbars, tractors, and raw hands to start cleaning up--although no official call had gone out. As the undermanned fire department fought to put out fires, the Red Cross set up facilities that cared for over 500 people.

City and county work-crews, state and federal forest workers, and state-conservation-camp prisoners arrived to help with the cleanup. Across the U.S., individuals donated money; the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and others sent in disaster relief; the military was called in; and President Johnson declared this a disaster area.

The stories of ordinary people who rose to extraordinary heights came out. The ocean surged over two fishermen at the Klamath River mouth, pummeling them 1-1/2 miles up the river; the U.S. Air Force later awarded posthumously the Airman’s Medal, its highest award for bravery under peacetime condition, for the acts of one Sergeant.   

The media nationally lionized others, including Gary Clawson, who swam through the tsunami to find a rowboat and save two drowning people, then rescued six others--including his father, mother, fiancée, and three friends--only to unbelievably be the only one who survived when the raging ocean swept the boat and its group through a 200-foot culvert underneath Highway 101, an iron grate plugged with debris at its end.

The sea rose over unsuspecting people just going about their lives.  One nationally followed tragedy involved a family camping by the sea in Oregon (Beverly Beach State Park, one-third down the Oregon coast from the Washington border). Four small children drowned, while their grief-stricken parents survived.

Food, clothing, electrical generators, potable water, and portable sanitation facilities were trucked in. From banks and supermarkets to newspapers and gas stations, employees and citizens alike joined together to restart these normal but essential services. The S.B.A. soon established an office for flood loans and disaster relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arranged for private contractors to demolish buildings and rebuilt public facilities. Aided by federal disaster relief and urban development funds, new dock, breakwater, and boating facilities were built, along with a new downtown center called “Tsunami Landing.”   

In response, the U.S. Government later constructed its West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska with monitoring devices along the U.S. Pacific Coast. However, experts feel that an offshore eruption of the nearby Cascadia Subduction Zone, or another Alaskan tsunami, could create a disaster of incalculable proportions. Not to mention that tsunamis have hit Crescent City a total of 34 times since 1934.

Although the 1964 disaster was by far the worst, this area is always a target for even the smallest ones. The March 2011, Japanese tsunami--for example--crossed the Pacific Ocean to sink 11 boats in the harbor, damage 47 others, destroy 2/3rds of the docks, and kill one sightseer. Who knows what the future will bring?  

Sources: Willie Drye, “National Geographic News: California Tsunami Victims Recall 1964's Killer Waves,” January 21, 2005, at 1964 Tidal Wave; “CBS News: Tsunami sweeps 5 to sea, rips out Calif. docks,” March 11, 2011, at Japanese Tsunami Effects; Richard Gonzales, “National Public Radio: California Town Still Scarred By 1964 Tsunami,” at The 1964 Crescent City Tsunami; See generally “West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center,” at Warning Center. Also, Dennis M. Powers, The Raging Sea: The Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History, New York: Citadel Press (Kensington Publishing Co.), 2005.     


 
3-27-2015 GUEST INFORMATION
6:35 Amber Smith, Senior Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum AND Former U.S. Army Chopper Pilot, served in combat during deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan. We analyze the latest developments in the plane crash in France.
7:20 Congressman Greg Walden in studio talking timber, budget, sokme of his votes of late.
He's a brave man, sampling the office coffee ;-)
7:40 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com, more interesting developments for the economy. 90 jobs come from puttijng in a roadside marker? Well, that's the claim.
8:10 Eric Peters, libertarian car guy Go to his EXCELLENT site, EPAutos.com and read up on how big brother's cars Won't LET you speed
 
More from BadCounty - Here's a recent video where they discussed bicycle tourism. Is this the right route? Dale wonders, but I figure a lot of these scenic bike paths are pretty narrow. Still, an interesting conversation here:

 
 
MINIMUM WAGE BILL DEAD
Looks like your calls to Salem are working - Minimum wage increase is dead. KMED News learns that Senate President Peter Courtney told The Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, plus the Chambers of Klamath Falls and Grants Pass that he is NOT going to take on a minimum wage bill this session.
 
I figure Oregon legislature Democrats will react to the plane crash in France by writing another law. Look for "Pink" Floyd Prozanski to require Oregon commercial pilots to sign a statement PROMISING to "not intentionally crash the plane before they're allowed to enter the cockpit". Hey, It makes as much sense as low carbon fuel standards, and wage and labor laws that attempt to repeal the laws of economics "because we say so".
 

3-24 to 3-27 2015

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3-27-2015 GUEST INFORMATION
6:35 Amber Smith, Senior Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum AND Former U.S. Army Chopper Pilot, served in combat during deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan. We analyze the latest developments in the plane crash in France.
7:20 Congressman Greg Walden in studio talking timber, budget, sokme of his votes of late.
He's a brave man, sampling the office coffee ;-)
7:40 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com, more interesting developments for the economy. 90 jobs come from puttijng in a roadside marker? Well, that's the claim.
8:10 Eric Peters, libertarian car guy Go to his EXCELLENT site, EPAutos.com and read up on how big brother's cars Won't LET you speed
 
More from BadCounty - Here's a recent video where they discussed bicycle tourism. Is this the right route? Dale wonders, but I figure a lot of these scenic bike paths are pretty narrow. Still, an interesting conversation here:

 
 
MINIMUM WAGE BILL DEAD
Looks like your calls to Salem are working - Minimum wage increase is dead. KMED News learns that Senate President Peter Courtney told The Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, plus the Chambers of Klamath Falls and Grants Pass that he is NOT going to take on a minimum wage bill this session.
 
I figure Oregon legislature Democrats will react to the plane crash in France by writing another law. Look for "Pink" Floyd Prozanski to require Oregon commercial pilots to sign a statement PROMISING to "not intentionally crash the plane before they're allowed to enter the cockpit". Hey, It makes as much sense as low carbon fuel standards, and wage and labor laws that attempt to repeal the laws of economics "because we say so".
 
3-26-2014 GUESTS
7:10 Chris Boucher of the Cannavest Corporation - we talk about the hemp industry, what's
7:35 Kevin Starrett - Oregon Firerams Federation. The Gun Bills are moving, contact the legislature.
8:10 Ken Monk discussing problem with his cousing and a JCSO arrest.

3-25-2015 GUESTS
6:35 Allen Kors is the Founder and CEO of Achieve Lending, the first ever search engine for education loans. Designed to help both traditional and non-traditional students find the best student loans.
7:10 Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams talkin' water bill testimony in Salem, how it affects KBRA.
7:35 Crimestoppers w/Lt. Budreau.
8:10 Melissa Henson, ParentsTV.org, we discuss that $325,000 FCC tv fine, cable choice.
 

03-24-2015
TEN YEAR PLAN? YOU'RE JOKING, RIGHT?
 
Had O'Reilly on when I got home, and he was talking about how Ted Cruz probably won't be the GOP nominee. During the commercial break, a PAC ad was pushing the "Ten Year Republican Balanced Budget Plan". I laughed out loud. Critters think we're still that stupid? Any plan which looks out 10 years to work, will never work, and isn't designed to work. No Congress can lock a future Congress into anything. If you're serious, you balance within your term. No one's serious.
 
REALLY GOOD INFO TO FILE AWAY - HOPE YOU NEVER NEED TO USE THIS!

 
BILL'S GUESTS
6:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at Institute for Policy Innovation. IRS is downsizing, so the tax code needs downsizing. We also talk Ted Cruz's tax talk, too.
7:10 Big week for legislative moves, we get the latest with State Rep. Sal Esquivel.
7:35 Dennis Linthicum, former Klamath Co. Commissioner, blogs on his Dirt Road Economist Site.
8:10 Jackson County Sheriff Corey Falls.

03-16 to 03-20 2015

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03-20-2015
BILL'S GUESTS
6:35 Gary McDougal of the Heartland Institute, co-author of the 2015 Welfare Report Card (Oregon is #45, could be better)
7:15 Marty Rathbun, former 2nd in command of the Church of Scientology, and he's part of an HBO documentary premiering Sunday 3/29 at 8pm "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
8:10 Mischa Popoff, former USDA-contract organic inspector and the author of the self-published book, Is it Organic?  Arctic Apples Could Be Better than Organics. (He has no inter ests in the Arctic Apple nor Intrexon)
8:35 Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association and she has a different opinion of the Arctic Apple, also discusses the state of Maine's GMO labeling issues.

3-19-2015
VOTE OR ELSE?
King Obama floats the idea of mandatory voting in the "land of the free". (to go with your mandatory health insurance) Says it would be "transformative". Hmm, Soviet Union required voting, too. Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Greece, Honduras, and a few others still do. Remember, tyrants and police states LOVE mandatory voting, it's how they claim "legitimacy". e.g. "Uh, yeah, people like our system 'cuz 56% of the whole population voted for Presidential fascist "A" vs 44% for Presidential fascist "B". I doubt you're fooled by this, but count on the plan getting pushed.
 
I, for one, would like to tighten voting requirements. First people I'd disenfranchise? Almost anyone ever making it on "Watter's World" on O'Reilly's show...that segment be damn scary stupid sometimes. ;-0
 
BILL'S GUEST FOR 03-19-2015
6:35 Rachel Alexander, senior editor at The Stream. The Most Lavish Presidential Vacatios Ever.
7:10 James Wallman, Stuffocation: Living More with Less. Great talk w/James. Do you own your "stuff", or does your stuff own you?
8:10 Who's asking the tough questions about protecting humans from the rise of robots? James Barrat is, and he's done some amazing research in his book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

3-18-15
LOCAL ATTORNEY JACK SWIFT - MAKING A LOT OF SENSE HERE
 
CAVEMAN RANT: CENTRAL PLANNING

Back in the 1980s, the brainbirds in Portland developed the idea that
they could manage Oregon’s economy by dictating the use of the
individual’s private property.  For them, it was axiomatic that they
could do a better job of that management than the individual who
happened to own it.  With great fanfare, they proudly introduced the
concept of comprehensive statewide land use regulation to be managed
by a Land Conservation and Development Commission.  (The infamous
LCDC.)  With a great deal of posturing and braggadocio they proudly
proclaimed that in doing so, Oregon was showing the rest of the nation
the way to guaranteed economic success.  They announced that Oregon
was leading the nation.  Of course, as is their wont when proclaiming
their leadership, they never look back to see if anyone is actually
following.  Fortunately for the nation, no one was.

We will skip the issue that such an arrogation of control by the
government is exactly contrary to the conceits of the political
theorist John Locke, and Madison and the rest of the founders that the
primary function of government is the protection of private property.
We will assume, arguendo, that such control is actually
Constitutional.  Our question is how has this worked out?  Is the
managed economy of Oregon leading the nation?

There is not an exact correlation but, in general, qualification for
SNAP (food stamps) is roughly equivalent to income at or below the
federal poverty level.  It follows that measures of SNAP participation
can give one insight as to the overall health of local economies.

According to the data published on the SNAP website, after 30 years of
brainbird guidance, Oregon has the highest percentage of SNAP
participation - 19.4% - of any state in the union.  That means that in
Oregon almost one out of every five people is existing on an income at
or below the poverty level.  (I am aware that the Oregonian has
claimed that two states are actually worse, but I’m running with the
stats published by SNAP.)  These are not exactly results that command
respect for leadership.  It is no wonder that no one is following the
brainbirds.

Moreover, the gameplan announced for the economy was the preservation
of Oregon’s key industries: logging and agriculture.  How has that
worked out?  But for global warming and the migration of vintners
north from Napa Valley, we would have logging dead and agriculture
with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.  The only
upside to the Oregon economy is the success of Intel and Nike,
operating in two areas outside the control of the brainbirds.

After 30 years of trying, the brainbirds’ efforts can only be judged
to be an unmitigated disaster.  It is time to scrap comprehensive
statewide land use regulation.  Dissolve the LCDC.  Allow the counties
to return to localized land use zoning to whatever extent local
communities desire it.  Turn loose the free market and we just might
develop an economy Oregonians can be proud of.

Wouldn’t it be great if Oregon could secede from Portland?
 

3-17-15
FABULOUS TED TALK BY former CBS reporter SHARYL ATKISSON
 
It's a great lesson on how to discern truth in news reporting versus P.R.
 
BILL's GUESTS for 03-17-2015
 
6:35 Fox News Channel's John LeBouttilier, from "Political Insiders". Read more on his blog
7:10 Retired law enforcement crime prevention specialist Ron Kohl, we talk about protecting yourself from scams. He's conducting two FREE anti-fraud seminars, Friday, March 27th, 1:30pm and 6pm, at the Grove, next door to Ashland Police.
7:35 Dale Matthews, Bad County.com - Why do thieves come to Jo County, to spread hate?
8:10 James Hirsen, attorney and media critic. Growth of Streaming has Big Media Worried.
 
 

 
WHITE LIBERAL GUILT ON TRIAL AT LUNCH
 
BILL'S GUESTS for 03-16-2015
735 Mike Wendy, president of MediaFreedom.org, and we talk the 400 page Net Neutrality Monster.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present", (wrestling, below!)
8:45 Lisa Kelly, president of the Greater Grants Pass Rotary. The 9th annual FIRST CRUSH event. Great food, fun, wine, and all for a good cause. Tickets are $40 in advance, and all the info on buying tickets is here.
 

The Most Successful Valley Sport--Wrestling

By Dennis Powers

 

Whether looked at now or twenty-five years ago, wrestling is the most successful sport of this region--whether at the high school, collegiate, or national level--although at times the best kept secret. A prime reason is Southern Oregon University’s (SOU) program that dates back to Bob Riehm, SOU’s head wrestling coach from 1969-1994, and then his successor, Mike Ritchey, who has coached for twenty years since then.

Bob Riehm turned the wrestling program into one of the top ones in the country with NAIA National Championships in 1978, 1983, and 1994. During his 25-year run as head coach, twelve of his teams won NAIA regional championships and 18 finished in the top eight at the national championships. Riehm coached 100 All-Americans and twice earned National Coach of the Year honors; the SOU Sports Arena in 2012 was formally dedicated as Bob Riehm Arena for his successes.

Riehm turned the coaching reigns over to Mike Ritchey in 1995, a four-time All-American on his teams, who continued the tradition of winning with scholar-athletes and grooming responsible individuals. Mike Ritchey’s Raiders in their 2014-15 season (14-2 in duals) extended their consecutive winning season streak to 45 years, competing against Division I, II, and III teams. During this streak, the Raiders are 431-140 (a 75% winning percentage) in dual meets.

With a fourth national championship in 2001 under Ritchey, these are the most for Raider sports. For the 2014-2015 season, his team achieved 2nd place at the Nationals, 2nd place in the National Duals, with six All-Americans and two national champions. A three-time National Coach of the Year, Ritchey has had ten top-five NAIA finishes, 11 conference or regional titles, and is a six-time Regional Coach of the Year winner. 

What Bob Riehm and Mike Ritchey accomplished, moreover, was setting up a network of past wrestlers, alumni, and coaching connections that continue to bring exceptional student-athletes into this program. For example, Dan Speasl was a three-time All-American under Reihm, and after graduation had a 30-year career at Crater High School. “Speas” was a teacher and not only the wrestling coach (among other coaching responsibilities), but later the Athletic Director and put wrestling on the map there.

Greg Haga followed Speasl, also played for Bob Riehm, and won a national championship in 1985 at 190 pounds. One of the most successful coaches in Oregon history, he guided the Crater High School wrestling teams to eight state championships in 20 seasons (four consecutive years from 2003 - 2006). Other area high schools with excellent wrestling teams (including several coaches who played under Riehm) are Eagle Point, Phoenix, Talent, South Medford, and Grants Pass, to name a few.

Nationally-recognized wrestling names from here start with the name Gutches. Winning three state high school titles at South Medford High, Les Gutches went onto Oregon State and won NCAA titles in 1995 and 1996. He received the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's top collegiate wrestler in 1996, was a three-time Academic-All American, and the 1997 world champion at 187 pounds. An OSU MBA graduate, he now is an executive with USA Wrestling.

Brock Gutches--nephew of Les Gutches--has similarly rose to prominence. He won his fourth consecutive NAIA championship with SOU at 174 pounds recently in 2015, and this was a historical achievement, being the only one at his weight class to win four consecutive ones. Brock won the NAIA Wrestler of the Year award, and the Most Valuable Wrestler at the National Championships. He also won the bronze medal at the 2014 ASICS University National Wrestling Championships in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle competitions, making him the only individual to medal in both styles. In July 2014, he captured third place in the U.S. World Team Trials--all of these matches being against Division I, II, and III levels.  

Nick Amuchastegui is a 2007 graduate of Phoenix (Ore.) High School and a 4-A state champion. He wrestled for Stanford, placed second for two consecutive years at the NCAA wrestling tournament (174 pounds), and won the NCAA Elite 88 Award for the second straight time as the NCAA Championship wrestler with the highest GPA (grade point). The list continues with three-time state champion Eleazar De Luca of Phoenix (Class 4-A) who won a 2013 Junior National Championship. There are more area wrestling successes, but we don’t have the space to name them all.

Sources: “SOU Athletics Hall of Fame: Bob Riehm” at SOU Athletic Hall of Fame; “Mike Ritchey--SOU Wrestling Coach,” at Mike Ritchey Background; see generally “SOU-Wrestling” at SOU Wrestling, as well as the archives at SOU's Wrestling Past;

 

 

3-09 to 3-13-2015

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3-13-2015

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?

Oregon Man In Jail 900 Days but has committed no crime. He's a "material witness" in a murder trial. I had NO idea this kind of stuff went on.

FROM DALE MATTHEWS (H/T)

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 3-13-2015

6:35 Ron Hosko, former Assisitant Director to the FBI, and president of the Law Enforcement Officer Legal Defense Fund. We discuss the Ferguson uptick in violence, policing techniques.

7:35 Fred Starkey, expert on PERS, email me if you'd like a copy of his latest, "Oregon Grand Delusion II".

8:10 Eric Peters, Libertarian Car Guy and journalist. Read more at Eric Peters Autos website. Eric digs into Oregon's Tax By Mile trial program starting July.


3-12-2015 News of Note:

1) Kitzhaber/Hayes stench wafts over Salem as Gov. Brown slobber-kisses Gang Green Cronies, Signs Low Carbon Fuels bill, SB324, into law. Look for the real world to get more expensive in order to subsidize unicorn farts-powered transportation.

2) The Medford City council debated regulating marijuana gardens in Medford, including possibly regulating the smell. Hmm, seems a tall order, but whaddya' think about going into business producing charcoal filter odor-absorbing translucent tarps for the growers?

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-12-2015

6:35 Dr. Angelo Volandes thinks America's end-of-life care system is broken, so he wrote "The Conversation, A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care".

7:10 Dale Matthews with BadCounty.com, where he has a video of Jo Co Commissioners discussing why they don't think they "need to discuss" salaries in public any longer.

8:45 Don Montgomery, Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Coordinator. A week from today, 3/19, they'll start a General Class Ham Radio license class. Free except for the $30 or so cost for the study manual. Great Hobby. Email Kirby Wheeler to find out more and sign up.


3-11-2015

VACCINE BILL DIES IN COMMITTEE

The drive to eliminate vaccine exemptions in Oregon is over. Senator & Dr. Elizabeth Steiner pulls SB442 due to rising public pressure. Had it passed, it would have ended vaccine exemptions with the exception of medical exemptions. Dr. Steiner said "There were very vocal minorities from both parties, and they began to wield some influence. This became much more about who's right and who's wrong rather than children's health."

I see the well-intentioned Doctor's version of "right and wrong" through the lens of individual liberty versus the collective hysterical Borg. You're told to be an informed adult, read the labels, etc. But if you read the vaccine label inserts, and decide the out-in-the-open stated risks are not worth the benefits for your child, then you're branded a "kook".

Government's lawful role is quarantine of infected individuals.

GUEST INFO FOR 3-11-15

6:35 Andrew Bostom, Phd, author of Iran's Final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi'ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran

7:35 Crimestoppers with Deputy Chief Brett Johnson from MPD

8:10 Christine Harbin Hanson from Americans for Prosperity. More American Businesses Closing Than Opening

8:35 Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America - VICTORY - BATFE backs away from Ammo Ban.


HILLARY'S "PRESSER" TODAY (Tuesday)'
 
Heard the Hillary Clinton press conference today. Ooooh, was it one of those slo-mo PR train wrecks which sounded worse the longer it went on. Mitchell tosses a soggy softball, and Turkish Television gets first question. (?) but there was one really good set of questions from a male reporter: "Madam Secretary, State Department rules at the time you were secretary were perfectly clear that if a State Department employee was going to be using private email, that employee needed to turn those emails over to the State Department to be preserved on government computers.

Why did you not do that? Why did you not go along with State Department rules until nearly two years after you left office?

And also, the president of the United States said that he was unaware that you had this unusual email arrangement. The White House counsel’s office says that you never approved this arrangement through them.

Why did you not do that? Why did you — why have you apparently caught the White House by surprise?

And then just one last political question, if I — I might. Does all of this make — affect your decision in any way on whether or not to run for president?"

As to Hillary's answer, it was basically a b.s. version of "the government servers ate/captured my emails".

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-10-15

6:35 Curtis Ellis - Political Communications consultant, writer for WND.com, and he writes that we should tell congress to stop fast track free trade authority for President Obama. Write your congress critter on this by logging on Obamatrade.com

7;10 State Rep Sal Esquivel - Salem update and plenty of bad bills.

8:10 Will Reishman from Strategic Financial talking worldwide money/conditions.


JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY

Interesting weirdness bubbling up. City of Gold Hill meets today to reconsider last week's "install cameras in City Hall" rather than install them to watch over crime-ridden businesses. I'm a simple guy, so I say get rid of gov, or ANY employees who take down their pants in front of other employees, but what the heck do I know?

Meanwhile, a gym in Michigan throws out a "normal" (I know that's a loaded term these days) woman for complaining too much about a transgendered man (who thinks he's a woman) changing in the woman's locker room. How DARE she complain about a man in her locker room...after all, we ALL know that gender comes down to what I happen to FEEL I am today. 

Even more meanwhile, we get to vote on taxing marijuana in Jac Co tomorrow, measure 15-133. Tax the pot, and you enrich the Jackson County parasites. Don't vote to tax the pot, and get set for ALL the growers to vacate the cities which have taxes, and start growing ONLY in the county. Damned if you do, or don't, huh?

I don't smoke this stuff, but after all these stories, I'm ready to start!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-09-2015
 
6:35 Tom Pyle, Institute for Energy Research, and we discuss Harry Reid's Gang Green grease from alternative energy getting spread around.
 
7:35 State Rep Mike McLane, HD 55,
 
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present"

Lisa Rinna: The Medford Actress Who Made It

By Dennis Powers

Born on July 11, 1963, in Newport Beach, California, Lisa Rinna grew up in Medford, Oregon, after her family moved there. Her father, Frank Rinna, had graduated summa cum laude from the California College of Arts and Crafts; after working for the San Francisco Chronicle in the early1950s for five years as a staff artist, he freelanced on agency accounts for Chevron, PG&E, Pittsburgh Paint, and Harry & David. While working on Harry & David, he was offered the job of Executive Art Director, which involved moving to Medford. Frank retired in 1988 with his famed watercolors featured at the Britt and in different private collections.  

A cheerleader from junior high through high school, Lisa attended Medford elementary school, junior high school and graduated in 1981 from Medford Senior High school. While in high school, she acted in shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Hair”. While there, she dreamed of “a more fabulous life.” She studied drama at the University of Oregon after high school, but dropped out after her first term when she was denied entry to the advanced acting program. 

She moved to San Francisco, where she pursued, and found, a modeling career. In 1986,she had her lips injected with silicone on a whim for that “pillowy” look, along with a “real big ‘boob’ job.” In 1987, she switched gears and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, landing early roles on TV commercials, guest appearances on “Baywatch,” and appearing in low-budget movies. In 1989, Rinna appeared on her first TV show, “The Hogan Family,” starring Jason Bateman.

Her career took off in 1992 when she took on the role of Billie Reed on the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” This role earned her back-to-back Soap Opera Digest awards in 1994 and 1995, including “Outstanding Female Newcomer.” Following her departure from “Days,” Lisa moved to Fox’s prime-time soap “Melrose Place” in 1996. On “Melrose,” she played the scheming Taylor McBride; this character was also an instant hit and she soon met her future husband, actor Harry Hamlin.

Hamlin had graduated from Yale University with a BA in Drama and Psychology in 1974. He then attended the American Conservatory Theatre's Advanced Actor Training Program from which he was subsequently awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. Hamlin appeared in the 1976 television production of “Taming of the Shrew” and also had the title role in the 1979 television miniseries “Studs Lonigan”—but his big-screen break was the starring role in the 1981 Greek mythology fantasy epic “Clash of the Titans.”

Afterwards, his career faltered but he returned to television in two miniseries, “Master of the Game” and “Space” (based on the novel by James A. Michener). Following this, Hamlin's popularity skyrocketed when he starred on the highly popular NBC legal drama series “L.A. Law,” as the principled attorney Michael Kuzak from 1986 to 1991, during which time he was voted as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987. He decided to leave the series and tried to revive his movie career; however, this was unsuccessful and so far he has only starred in B movies and direct-to-video features. Lisa and Harry married in 1997.

In 1998, Rinna created a stir when she posed for a nude cover while six months pregnant (with daughter Delilah Belle; she gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Amelia Gray, in 2001) in the September issue of Playboy magazine. She posed again and was again the cover model in May, 2009—this time in a skimpy leotard, suit jacket, lacy peek-a-boo bra, and fishnets.          

After “Melrose Place,” she hosted or co-hosted several TV shows, including “Soap Talk” for which she earned four Emmy nominations in the “Outstanding Talk Show Host” category. In 2006, Rinna joined the cast of the second season of “Dancing with the Stars” as one of the celebrity competitors. The appearance helped her (and Hamlin, who was on DWTS during season 3) land the lead role in Broadway’s “Chicago” in 2007—the same year she began her duties as the red-carpet commentator for the TV Guide Network at such events as the Emmy Awards.

More recently, Rinna has written three books, released a series of exercise DVDs, launched a fashion collection (Belle Gray by Lisa Rinna) on TV’s QVC, had a reality show with her husband (“Harry Loves Lisa”) for six episodes, served as Anderson Cooper’s co-host on his daytime talk show—and now continues as a lead in the “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

There is no question that Lisa has used her exotic looks, infectious energy, and savvy business acumen to become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood—and still visiting her parents who still live in Medford. 

Sources: Wikipedia, “Harry Hamlin” at Harry Hamlin; Clive Twitchell, “Britt-Poster Artist”, at Father (Frank Rinna); Bill Varble, “Medford's Lisa Rinna joins 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'”, Mail Tribune, November 28, 2014 at Overview; “Lisa Rinna Bio” at Lisa Rinna (Bio);and “Bio: Lisa Rinna” at More Lisa Rinna (Bio).      


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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST WEEK, HUNTER'S FAMILY GETS VAN
 
 
Hunter Cmelo's family now has reliable transportation! Hunter is the 6-year old in Grants Pass put in detention because family car trouble was leading to excessive tardiness. I talked about it on my show last week, called up Lisa Kelly, and she and Dave agreed to help fix the family car...it was too far gone. So David Stepp talks to his boss, Ron Sherrard, of Rapid Repo, who donates a beautiful Chrysler Minivan. Kelly's fixes up the van big time, Advanced Tire donates 2 new tires, Advanced Glass of Grants Pass puts in a new windshield, many folks donated funds to help, and voila, they're ready to roll! It goes to show what a caring community we live in!
 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HUNTER'S FAMILY GETS VAN
 
 
Hunter Cmelo's family now has reliable transportation! Hunter is the 6-year old in Grants Pass put in detention because family car trouble was leading to excessive tardiness. I talked about it on my show last week, called up Lisa Kelly, and she and Dave agreed to help fix the family car...it was too far gone. So David Stepp talks to his boss, Ron Sherrard, of Rapid Repo, who donates a beautiful Chrysler Minivan. Kelly's fixes up the van big time, Advanced Tire donates 2 new tires, Advanced Glass of Grants Pass puts in a new windshield, many folks donated funds to help, and voila, they're ready to roll! It goes to show what a caring community we live in!
 
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-06-2015
6:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, Institute for Policy Management resident scholar. More Americans benefit if Obamacare case is lost.
7:10 Matthew Whitaker, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust Director talks the HIllary Email issue.
8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation - Bad stuff in new anti-stalking law. Read more and fight it here.
 

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 3-05-2015
7:10 Dennis Linthicum, former Klamath County Commissioner, and now blogging at The Dirt Road Economist.

8:45 - Great fun coming up this Saturday. Terry Welburn and Frank Scarlotta promote "The Varmint Shoot".  It's happening at the range near the drag strip on Kershaw road in White City. 10 Dollar entrant fee, there's 200 yard pistol shooting, .45 caliber and smaller, Varmint - any rifle in excess of 9.5 pounds, including sights and magazine fired from the bench or prone. Sporing rifle, 9.5 pounds or less, including sights and magazine fired from bench or prone. You have to be there no later than 9:30a to shoot, shooting starts at 10am, BBQ for shooters after the event!

 

 


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6:15 Prof William Jacobson from Cornell University of Law - We talk about Netanyahu's speech from yesterday. More on his Legal Insurrection Blog.
7:10 Rep. Duane Stark of Grants Pass - latest from the session.
7:35 Crimestoppers with Deputy Chief Brett Johnson
7:10 Automotive Journalist Eric Peters - Ya' Gotta head to his site for wonderful posts on cars, tech, freedom. EPAutos.com
 

 

 


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6:35 Dale Matthews from Bad County Dot Com. Hmm, about those Mark VonHolle economic development contracts?

7:10 HD 3 State Rep. Carl Wilson of Grants Pass, Introduces bill to allow districts to opt-out of Common Core Curriculum

7:35 Attorneys William Frances and Pete Carini on why HB2936, which redefines Sobering Centers, could lead to some real civil rights violations.

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How many water baloons to stop a .44 Magnum slug?

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 3-02-2015

6:35 Johnathan Webb, of KI's Active Design - studies indicating sitting at work is killing us, and Johnathan's company designs SIT/STAND desks!

7:10 Cory Crebbin, City of Medford Public Works Director - The mysterious world of underground piping and infrastructure, and their efforts to make sure you don't pay too much to keep it all flushing and draining. A lot more complex than you would think!

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present", and we dig into the Vortex!

The Oregon Vortex

By Dennis Powers

An unusual place rests five miles up Sardine Creek from Highway 234 (which turns two miles later into Second Avenue when in Gold Hill). Calling it the “Forbidden Ground,” Native Americans avoided the area, as apparently did their horses, wild birds, and other wildlife. Despite this, the Grey Eagle Mining Company in the 1890’s built a gold assay office on the site and near their mine. The structure was plumbed level when constructed.

During a heavy rainy season in 1910, a mudslide carried the slanted-wood building down the hill where it slid against a maple tree. No longer plumb or level, the house is still there but rests at a weird angle. Now named the “House of Mystery,” balls inside roll uphill, people stand weirdly, and brooms angle on end. Outside the twisted house, people appear dramatically taller when they shift positions.   

John Lister was a geologist, mining engineer, and physicist. Visiting the area in 1913, the Scottish scientist was intrigued by what he saw. Named the “Vortex”--defined as a fluid or gas circulating around a core with its inside pressure being lower than its outside--Lister later bought the property. He developed it in the early 1920s, conducted thousands of experiments, and in 1930 opened it to the public.

Lister claimed the property was at the intersection of strange forces he named terralines, or energy that causes a repelling (anti-gravitational) electromagnetic field. The story goes that Lister became so frightened by his discoveries that before he died, he burned his notes. After his death, Maria Cooper's family in 1961 left their Gold Hill service station and motel to buy the Vortex. Then in high school, Maria twenty years later quit her job as a social worker to run it when her father became ill. She continued on for years.

The controversy also continues. Balls seeming to run uphill and a pendulum hanging at an angle can be explained by the crazy, skewed building. It’s argued that this effect is caused by the distorted perspective of not seeing the horizon but against the background of converging lines. When visual references are skewed sufficiently, people can actually feel dizzy--which they do. Outside, however, is another story. Photographs of people changing places (one taller than the other) evidence their changing heights, based solely on the new position. Trees grow in weird shapes; people shrink or grow as they walk, one way or the other.

Is this an optical illusion, caused by terralines, or due to a deep metallic core with different influences? The controversy continues today.   

Sources: “The Oregon Vortex” at Vortex; Jeff Barnard, “Woman Seeks Good Family to Take Over Mysterious Vortex,” Associated Press (as published in the Salt Lake Tribune, March 14, 2004) at Oregon Vortex.  


APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION ON A 6-YEAR OLD?

The above picture taken by Hunter's mom, Nicole Garloff of Grants Pass. Due to an unreliable car, Hunter has been late several times for school at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass School District 7. Because of tardies, Hunter had to sit behind the "wall of shame" at school lunch. Probably not the best call by school administrators.

UPDATE: HUGE THANKS to Lisa Kelly and Kelly's Automotive in Grants Pass and Medford for volunteering to donate $500 in car repairs to get the Grants Pass mother and father's car fixed. This is the family with the 6-year old boy, Hunter, who was shamed with lunch detention for being late to school several times. I'm kicking in cash to help, same with other KMED listeners.

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