MONDAY 10-01-2012 PERS getting more expensive, Damon's movie funded by oil-producers, Romney can win in IL? Really? The history of "State of Jefferson", and more of your calls.

Oct 01, 2012 -- 3:16pm

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6:35 Lachlan Markay, Heritage foundation investigative reporter. How about THIS: Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Funded in Part by the oil-producing country of UAE. Hmm, a country with a vested interest in keeping American fuel scarce.

7:10 Dr. Jerome Corsi, senior columnist, and author of "The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Government Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People". We talk today about the skewing of the polls, how Romney can win even on Obama's home turf, and more on the real nature of the mis-named "fossil fuels".

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present". ( Today's segment discusses the history of the "State of Jefferson":

The State of Jefferson

By Dennis Powers

Dating back for years, the residents of the border mountain counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California felt neglected by their respective Salem and Sacramento legislatures. Especially burdensome was that this region needed roads and bridges in the area for access to their great supplies of timber, gold, copper, and other resources; however, their capitals weren’t interested in repairing or building such access, but instead were funding campgrounds and infrastructure in the large cities where there were more votes. The solution: separate from their respective states and form a new one to stand on its own.   

With different tries, the one of greatest attention was the 1941 attempt to form their own state. Although the U.S. Constitution states that no new state can be formed from an existing one without the consent of both state legislatures and Congress, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors started this one off with a grant of $100 to create the 49th state. The goal was to finally gain federal aid for the repair and building of roads and bridges.

The Yreka newspaper held a contest to name the new state, and the winner entered the name of “Jefferson”--after the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson--for which the winner received $2. Delegates from the border counties met in Yreka on November 17, 1941, to discuss their approach and Yreka was agreed upon to be the temporary state capital.  

Outside of Yreka, the State of Jefferson Citizens’ Committee erected every Thursday roadblocks on Highway 99 and handed out their “Proclamation of Independence”. These efforts made national headlines, including that of the San Francisco Chronicle which ran stories that competed with Germany’s war on Europe. A young reporter, Stanton Delaplane, headed to the proclaimed State of Jefferson, and his articles on the movement earned him the Pulitzer Prize. 

The committee elected Judge John Childs of Crescent City in Del Norte County on December 4th as the new state’s governor with a torchlight parade in Yreka, followed by his inauguration on the courthouse lawn. National media and newsreel companies were on hand to record this, as well as the highway barricades.  

Before the newsreels could run nationally, however, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, and war was declared. Everyone went to work for the war effort and the “State of Jefferson” secession movement came to an end. Owing to the World War II mobilization, roads and bridges were finally built to retrieve the area’s valuable minerals and timber--but at times we still feel the need for the freedom of the State of Jefferson.    

See “History: State of Jefferson” at  and “The State of Jefferson secession movement of 1941” at



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