MONDAY 01-07-2013

Jan 06, 2013 -- 7:36pm

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Gun control types commonly say "Who needs more than 10 rounds"?  Something to consider: In a little-reported story, (it doesn't fit the MSM "agenda") the Georgia woman, who on Friday, hid her two daughters, then shot the burglar/invader 5 times in his face.

She shot 6 times, hitting him 5 times. The average home invasion is 3 people. Police on average say they need 6 shots to put down a dirtbag. (based on the average 50% "hit" rate) A typical home invasion needs at least 18 rounds to protect life and limb. Say NO to ANY additional gun control laws. (Have you called your congress critter today?)

I must say the above story make me like my XDm 9mm, with it's 19+1 round capacity, even more. A good home invasion protector!


6:35 Steve Pociask, the president of the American Consumer Institute, we talk about online privacy, and how the feds are rolling over, and not pusuing Google on its privacy shredding policies.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present" Valley history today about the caves!

The Oregon Caves

By Dennis Powers

Elijah Davidson discovered the Oregon Caves in 1874 while bear hunting deep in the Siskiyou Mountains. After shooting a deer, he followed his dog to a large hole in a mountain (now renamed Mount Elijah after him). With the sounds of fighting echoing from the inside, he waited until hearing his dog howl weirdly. Making his way carefully into the black darkness, Davidson lit match after match to find the silhouettes of caverns, stalactites (hanging down like icicles) and stalagmites (from below, sticking up).

Forced to leave when out of matches, his dog soon followed--but unhurt. With the sun setting, he spent the night at his camp; before doing so, however, he set the deer by the cave entrance to bring the bear out. Returning the next morning, Davidson found a “monstrous” black bear lying by the carcass. Telling others about his discovery, the labyrinth of caves, chambers, and connecting passageways became fairly well known, but its remote location kept exploration of the caves by only the adventurous.

In 1907, Joaquin Miller--the fabled “Poet of the Sierras”--visited the caves and became so impressed that he wrote an article highlighting its unique beauty. Published by Sunset Magazine and entitled “The Marble Halls of Oregon”, the publicity gave the caves nation-wide exposure, and experts determined that rainwater from the ancient forest above had dissolved the underlying marble to create one of the world’s few marble caves. As a result of the continued advocacy, President Taft designated the 480-acre Oregon Caves in 1909 as a National Monument.

The completion of a road there in 1922 allowed the general public to visit. The road (Highway 46) also brought about the formation of “Caves City,” later incorporated as Cave Junction in 1948, at its junction with the Redwood Highway (or 199). With access so established, the U.S. Forest Service granted a concession to the Oregon Caves Company for accommodations and cave guide services that is still in effect.

Grants Pass businessmen financed the lodging and staff to run the resort, while the Forest Service (later the National Park Service) provided oversight and infrastructure, including cave lighting, trails, and a water system. During this venture, the “Oregon Cavemen Inc. of Grants Pass, Oregon” formed with their exploits of “imprisoning” women in a rolling cage during parades, imitating U.S. Presidents, and cavemen “appearances” at official functions.

Located 20 miles east of Cave Junction on Highway 46, the rustic-style structures include a chalet (1923, rebuilt in 1942), seven cottages (1926), a dormitory for cave guides (1927 with additions in 1940 and 1972), along with the magnificent six-story Chateau (built in 1934) that spans a stream canyon with one running through its dining room. The chateau is not overly fancy with rustic rooms, but its bark siding and look is unique--as is the entire magnificent park that lies close to us.  

See “The Underworld of Oregon Caves: Human Story” at Oregon Caves; also Mark, Steven R., “Oregon Caves National Monument,” at National Monument.

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