MONDAY 8-19-2013

Aug 19, 2013 -- 12:29pm

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No wonder the President hugs this guy - Gov. Chris Christie signs bill prohibiting NJ people on "No Fly List" from owning firearms. Talk about the perfect path to tyranny - You can't confront your accusers, you can't find out why your on the list, you can't find out how to get off the list, but your 2nd amendment right is stripped with no recourse. He also prohibits people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firerams, too. Same problems. Also, if you're suspected of being a "terrist", why are you on the streets? State apologists never have an answer for this.


Rep. Dennis Richardson, GOP gubernatorial candidate was "on the stump".


7:10 Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, and County Administrator Danny Jordan, we go over library, expo issues and more.

7:353 Daniel Flynn, author of "The War on Football", saving America's Game

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

“Two Bits”: The World War II War Hero

By Dennis Powers

A determined fox terrier by the name of “Two Bits” became a canine war hero during World War II. This wasn’t due to his feats in combat under fire, but instead was owing to surviving his station on Whiskey Peak Lookout in Josephine County during the war efforts at home. The term “Two Bits” then meant 25 cents, or a quarter, and usually described something that wasn’t too expensive.

Whiskey Peak Lookout was an isolated U.S. Forest Service fire-spotting point that was used during World War II to warn about incoming Japanese aircraft. This was before radar could be developed or even installed at such places. A 14- by 14-foot, sparse structure with a pitched roof had been constructed on top of 6,497-foot-high Whiskey Peak, located in the remote wilderness of Rogue River National Forest in southeastern Josephine County. A 600-foot plunge to the valley below was next to it.

During the winter of 1942-1943, Bill Ziegler--the terrier’s owner--and a partner worked for the Army Air Corps and used a crank telephone to report each aircraft that they spotted. Forest Service men skied to the lookout every two weeks to bring in the necessary food and supplies. The men watched for enemy planes in 12-hour shifts during the tough winter conditions owing to the lookout’s high elevation.

Two-Bits loved to chase the chipmunks that persisted in begging for food, scampering around the heavy snows and winter ice that built over the nearby cliff. In January 1943, the fox terrier ran after one with too much enthusiasm and ended up sliding across the ice to disappear over the cliff. Bill Zeigler watched in horror at the tragedy and assumed that his dog couldn’t have survived the plunge. He sadly went about his duties.

One week later, Bill headed down the trail to cut a pole. He had navigated around the first snowed-in curve when--to his total amazement--he watched Two-Bits climbing slowly up towards him, head down and tongue out, but with a happily wagging tail. It turned out that the terrier had fallen into a deep snowdrift that cushioned the fall; after digging himself out, the dog then worked his way up the snow-covered, 2-1/2 mile trail back to his master. After a meal and some rest, Two-Bits went back to his normal habits.

A few weeks later, the fox terrier slid over the cliff again and disappeared once more from view. If that wasn’t enough, the little dog again reappeared later at the top of Whiskey Peak to the men’s amazement.

Once their duties were over, Two-Bits and Zeigler left the mountain in the summer of 1943 and returned to their Jacksonville home. The news of the canine surviving not only one great plunge, but two, and “without physical impairment or loss of morale,” came to the attention of the Medford Mail Tribune that broke the story. This news went national and became a symbol of the home war efforts’ dedication and “winning ways,” as newspapers across the country and even Life magazine ran it.

Two-Bits lived a good life and died a few years after the war ended. The Whisky Peak Lookout was abandoned in the mid-1970s, fell into disrepair, and was dismantled later to use its wood at another location. The story of Two-Bits, however, lives on.

Sources: “Oregon (Forest) Lookouts: Josephine County,” at On “Two Bits”; “Sand Mountain Society: Whiskey Peak Lookout,” at Whiskey Peak Lookout; Jeff LaLande, “Two-Bits, the World War II Lookout Dog,” at Two-Bits, the War Hero (With Images).

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