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LINDSAY SAYS “BUILD THE WALL” (Bill’s Opinion)Sen. Graham says the President needs to declare the emergency and get on with border barrier construction. (From the AP) ‘Graham says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate the wall “virtually ends” Congress’ ability to pass a bill to fund it. Now, he says, “it is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction” of a border wall or barrier.’ <snip> It’s pretty clear that our Dems really aren’t all that concerned about health, safety, and welfare of the people who are SUPPOSED to be here. Note how the system covered up the illegal alien status of Enrique Solis-Garcia, who murdered his estranged girlfriend (in Medford) by stabbing her 40 times. Was that a “manufactured crisis”? You think the Mail Tribune Editorial Staff believe this to not be a problem? Nothing to see, move along southern Oregon Serfs?
Congressman Greg Walden is coming to town soon as part of a series of 16 Town Hall Meetings.
Here’s the informationFriday, January 18, 2019 What: Josephine County Town Hall Meeting When: 8:30a.m. PT Where: Grants Pass High School Auditorium, 830 NE 9th St., Grants Pass, 97526 What: Jackson County Town Hall Meeting When: 11:00a.m. PT Where: Central Medford High School Auditorium, 815 S Oakdale Ave., Medford, 97501
Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 11, 20196:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update from Mordor on The Potomac. Today we’ll be discussing the latest in politics straight from Washington D.C. with Rick Manning. For more good information go on over to: DailyTorch.com. 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you, the Friday Outdoor Report. 8:10: Charles Sauer, President of the Market Institute and author of: “Profit Motive: What Drives the Things We Do,” talks with Bill today. Charles Sauer, president of the Market Institute is out with a new column in the Washington Examiner outlining why he, and many conservative leaders, oppose President Trump’s plan to have the federal government set the price for prescription drugs. Mr. Sauer writes: “The problem for the president is that the healthcare system, drug-pricing included, is definitely broken. However, smart people have come up with a lot of solutions that could work — that don’t import socialism. “ Mr. Sauer argues for reforming our failing healthcare system but using free-markets and consumer focused models and not looking for more government control is the best way to truly solve the problem. READ: “If only Nixon could go to China, could only Trump import socialism?” You can also check out more over at: MarketInstitute.org.
H/T to Greg for this VERY FUNNY comment:
It Snowed Last Night.
8:00 am: I made a snowman.
8:10 – A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.
8:15 – So, I made a snow woman.
8:17 – My feminist neighbor complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest saying it objectified snow women everywhere.
8:20 – The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snowmen instead.
8:22 – The transgender man..women…person asked why I didn’t just make one snow person with detachable parts.
8:25 – The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.
8:28 – I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.
8:30 – I used food coloring to make one of the snow couple a different color and be more racially inclusive.
8:37 – Accused of using a black face on the snowman…snowpersons.
8:39 – The middle eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be covered up.
8:40 – The police arrived saying someone had been offended.
8:42 – The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.
8:43 – The council equality officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.
8:45 – TV news crew from ABC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I replied “Snowballs” and am now called a sexist.
9:00 – I was on the news as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe, and sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.
9:10 – I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.
9:29 – Far left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding for me to be arrested.
9:45 – The boss called and fired me because of the negative association with work that had been all over social media.
10:00 – I cry into my drink because all I wanted to do was build a snowman…
Moral: There is no moral to this story. It is what this world has become because of a bunch of snowflakes.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 10, 20196:35: Melissa Henson, Program Director of the Parent’s Television Council talks with Bill. If you’ve heard of the “Bird Box Challenge,” where people blindfold themselves doing different and sometimes dangerous activities in order to mimic characters in Netflix’s Bird Box film, perhaps you also heard that Netflix took to Twitter to warn against taking this challenge. What this ultimately means is that Netflix finally acknowledged that its programs can and do influence viewers. But the Parents Television Council responded, asking Netflix to show real concern about 13 Reasons Why and other harmful shows the company creates and markets to impressionable young viewers. Read more over at: ParentsTV.org. 7:10: Rachel Alexander of The Stream chats with Bill. Today, Rachel points out that while Democrats claim to be horrified at the idea of Russian influence in the 2016 election, the Democrat party employed similar tactics in last year’s Alabama’s special senate election. Democratic activists carried out a secret project last year they called “Project Birmingham.” Emulating the Russians’ disinformation campaign, they directed the Twitter and Facebook campaign at embattled conservative Republican Roy Moore. He ended up losing by a slim margin. Doug Jones became the first Democratic senator elected in Alabama in 25 years. He won by only 21,924 votes out of about 1.35 million cast. Rachel notes, “Moore’s loss surprised many. Despite a scandal about his alleged involvement with younger women in his earlier years, he remained popular. Famous for insisting on the public placement of the Ten Commandments against the courts, he was a national favorite among many social conservatives.”
- cake artists and by acting with hostility toward him and his faith.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 9, 20196:35: Dave Ray, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill this morning. We’ll be breaking down last night’s address from President Trump on illegal immigration, the border wall and other issues. Read more, all over at: FairUS.org. 7:10: Jim Campbell, Senior Counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom chats with Bill. Jim is one of the attorneys representing Jack Philips, who is the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips continues to prove the law is on his side. Following a historic 7-2 victory at the Supreme Court, the State of Colorado continues to harass Jack, this time asking him to create a cake celebrating a gender transition. Jack is suing the state for their unfair treatment of him and his shop. State officials tried to kill his lawsuit but a federal court recently sided with Jack, saying that his lawsuit can proceed due to evidence of “bad faith” attempts to discriminate against Jack based on his faith. Jim and Bill will discuss the latest regarding this religious freedom and property rights case. 7:35: Sgt. Julie Denney of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stops by the studio to bring you the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week. Would you like to know more? 8:10: Arthur Firstenberg, a member of a group that is suing the federal government as well as the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico over the roll out of 5G wireless technology, and its potential health concerns. Read more about this issue: “Lawsuit Contests Constitutionality of the 1996 Telecom Act Which Doesn’t Allow Opposing Cell Towers Due to Health Risks” over at ActivistPost.com. You can also find out more about 5G and the movement to curb it at: CellphoneTaskForce.org, and also, 5GSpaceAppeal.org.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 8, 20196:35: Mark W. Smith, a Constitutional attorney and Second Amendment expert talks with Bill. Today we’ll discuss why Mark believes that the Supreme Court needs to stop being gun-shy, and start ruling on issues that have to do with the 2nd Amendment. In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Ilya Shapiro makes the argument that the Supreme Court has been too hesitant to take up cases involving the Second Amendment. The last case that the Supreme Court heard involving guns was in 2010. What this has then created is confusion in the lower courts and gives license to judges around the country to rule that constitutional rights mean different things in different parts of the country. 7:35: Jim Ludwick with Oregonians for Immigration Reform talks with Bill. We’ll be having a discussion about President Trump’s border address, which will be taking place this evening. Check out more at: OregonIR.org. 8:10: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, wildland journalist and emergency preparedness expert talks with Bill today. Is there a “Trump” card that could stop the KRRC from removing the Klamath Project Dams dead in its tracks? Capt. Bill says that there just might be. “Endagered Species Losing to Klamath River Dam Removal?” Read more from Capt. Bill over at MyOutdoorBuddy.com. 8:45: Brent Homan & Randal Lee, the fellas from Advanced Air join Bill, live in studio, for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Check out some of their great deals, including saving up to 30% to start the new year. Just go over to: AdvancedAir.com, or give them a call at: 541-772-6866
Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 7, 20196:35: Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform chats with Bill this morning. Today, we’ll be talking with Grover about the 116th Congress, and how unhappy they are with the Trump tax cuts. The 116th Congress hasn’t been in session for a week and already the new majority is laying the groundwork for higher taxes on working families. It begins with changing the rules in the House: READ This: “Dems to Change House Rules to Make Tax Hikes Easier.” See more great content over at: ATR.org. 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors joins the show to tell you about what you can do in the outdoors this week. It’s the Monday, Outdoor Report, brought to you by Water World Boat & Powersport. See more from Greg over at his website: RogueWeather.com. 7:35: Professor Eric Fruits, Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and Oregon economist talks with Bill today. Could we save money using an Uber rideshare instead of building expensive transit systems? More on the report here: “Press Release: Report shows ride-hailing services would be a viable solution for TriMet’s high-cost bus lines” 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill for this week’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great.” Don’t forget to check out more from Dr. Powers, and check out his other books, all over at: DennisPowersBooks.com.
Dennis Walker: Sports Memorbilia King
By Dennis PowersIn 1980, 37-year-old Dennis Walker was living a good life in Medford. He had a family, a business, and was teaching political science courses at Southern Oregon State College. That year in June, however, Walker started an overseas investment company. He created grandiose investment schemes in “offshore banking” and even opened a bank on a south Pacific island. Named the “International Bank of the South Pacific” and based in the Kingdom of Tonga, he was listed at its president. More than 140 people gave Walker several million dollars to invest over the years. His employees trusted him and also invested with him. Walker began buying rare and expensive sports memorabilia, starting with baseball cards, and soon went to rare expensive items, including that of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Pete Rose–apparently with his investor’s money. Walker purchased a number of valuable items from Rose, including the diamond-studded Hickok belt Rose received as athlete of the year in 1975. This included the bat Rose used when breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record, along with jerseys worn on the night of his record hit. (Note: It was determined later that Rose wore several jerseys on that night, and one newspaper photo taken that night shows him with three of the shirts.) Leasing a 4,000 square-foot building in Medford, he opened a sports memorabilia museum, the “National Sports Hall of Fame.” Housed in a former bank building at 81 E. Stewart Avenue, Pete Rose was a special guest/master of ceremonies at the February 1985 opening. (In two later books on Rose, the authors wrote about their business dealings.) Walker owned by then millions of dollars of cards, rings, and uniforms, many of which were on display at the museum and representing different sports. According to the news release, the museum objects included Muhammad Ali’s gloves; the uniforms of such greats as Babe Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain, and O.J. Simpson; several of the rarest baseball cards in the world (including a 1910 Honus Wagner); and a huge collection of sports rings and silver bats. Also stated: “Walker’s impressive selection of rare coins and precious gems is also here, including a 117-carat diamond, a 6,100-carat topaz, and several gold nuggets–one weighing 40 ounces.” It remains to be seen whether these objects were loaned by others, as there is no other mention of their whereabouts. The fabric pulled apart when Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer in early 1986 accused Walker and four others with selling $2.3 million in International Bank of the South Pacific CDs to investors in the Pacific Northwest between November 1984 and July 1985. He said the investors were promised a 25% to 35% return on the securities, which were not registered in any state or with the SEC. The AG called the operation a “Ponzi” or pyramid scheme whereby a few beginning investors get big payoffs to lure others into investing. The investment programs were held by the Tonga bank. A Jackson County judge issued a temporary injunction freezing several accounts at Western Bank’s Ashland branch. The accounts belonged to the Tongan bank, Walker, and his Sports Hall of Fame. State investigators maintained investors deposited $2 million-plus at the Ashland bank with “much of the money going to pay Hall of Fame expenses.” Walker denied the charge, saying investors made their transactions directly with the Tongan bank. In 1986, Medford police obtained a search warrant for Walker’s office and charged him with fraud and racketeering. The authorities, however, had trouble with this case as his investors didn’t believe that he was cheating them out of anything. None had ever complained to the authorities. Walker even counter-sued the police; he had a number of summons–but never appeared in court. Believing the police would seize his collection, Walker and a co-worker packed everything into a van. He left Medford in April 1986 and vanished. Sixteen months later, on July 5, 1987, a man by the name of “Charlie Lee” was found dead in the bathroom of a Las Vegas strip hotel room. Authorities discovered a pill bottle on the counter with the name “Dennis Walker.” Dental records confirmed that the dead man was Walker. A cause of death could not be determined; it is still unknown if his death was an accident, suicide, or homicide. And his collection had disappeared. The case was aired on “Unsolved Mysteries” as a part of its October 12, 1988 segment. In 1989, the FBI reopened the investigation into his death when Babe Ruth’s 1924 baseball shirt (one of Walker’s collectibles) was located and stated that $7 million worth was still missing. A total of $120,000 has been located since his death, including Babe Ruth’s shirt and World Series ring; however, the rest has never turned up, nor the circumstances of his death. Sources: “Babe Ruth in Medford?” Fairlex/The Free Library at Sports Museum; United Press International, “An attorney representing a bank based in the Kingdom…” February 10, 1986, AG Charges; “Unsolved Mysteries: Dennis Walker,” October 12, 1988, at Unsolved Mysteries; Associated Press/Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1989, “FBI Reopens Sports Collector Investigation,” at Case Reopened.