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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters, the automotive journalist over at EPAutos.com chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Wednesday Transportation Update. We’ll talk with Eric about all things automotive.

Here’s a couple of his latest articles over at: EPAutos.com

The New Performance

Here’s his latest review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

As always, you can see more over at: EPAutos.com

7:35: Dave Workman with the Second Amendment Foundation talks with Bill today.

Is a Civil War brewing over the 2nd Amendment? We’ll talk with Dave about it.

Read his article: Will Virginia be ‘Ground Zero’ in ‘Second Civil War?’

Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist and senior editor of TheGunMag.com (formerly Gun Week). He also writes for Liberty Park Press, Conservative Firing Line and several firearms periodicals. He is also the communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

He has authored Op-Ed pieces in several major newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also co-authored seven books with Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Workman’s beat is firearms, from politics to the outdoors. He is widely considered an authority on firearms, concealed carry and gun politics.

8:10: Will Reishman joins Bill in studio this morning. We’ll talk foreign policy and financial issues that you need to know.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

6:35: Keisha Russell, an attorney with the First Liberty Institute chats with Bill this morning.

The true meaning of Christmas has been under attack for decades by the secular Left. Now, First Liberty has taken a case in New York, involving a student who is being blocked from forming a Christian Club at her school.

Ketcham High School student Daniela Barca has repeatedly requested to form a religious club at her school, but has been rejected each time. First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious liberty for all Americans, sent a demand letter to the school yesterday.

Read the story for yourself right here: High school blocks student from forming club deemed too Christian, not ‘generic’ enough

7:10: Professor Eric Fruits, Vice President of Research at the Cascade Policy Institute chats with Bill. Today, we’re digging into 2 topics in our segment, one is: Can cap and trade legislation be “tweaked?”

Why Cap-and-Trade Can’t be “Tweaked”

The second one is the homeless court action:

Supreme Court lets stand ruling that protects homeless who sleep on sidewalk

7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger checks in with Bill. We’ll be chatting with the Senator on the Cap-and-Trade issue.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, December 16, 2019

6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform chats with Bill today.

Today, we’ll get a report on their latest border visit, an update on wall construction, and this latest amnesty bill passed last week by the House.

Just When Border Begins to See Relief, House Passes Massive Amnesty Bill

Sending a clear message that violating U.S. immigration laws will not be automatically rewarded deters people from violating our laws. This truism is borne out by the steep decline in illegal border apprehensions over the past six months, as the Trump administration has acted to prevent people from abusing our asylum and detention policies.

While illegal aliens may be getting the message, the House of Representatives is not. Last week the House, in a rare display of bipartisanship, approved the ironically named Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) that rewards the illegal aliens, their scofflaw employers, and actually impedes modernization of our agricultural industry.

H.R. 5038, which was approved 260-165, gives amnesty to an estimated 1.5 million illegal alien farm workers (but not before having to serve a decade or more in indentured servitude to their employers). In addition, the bill expands an already massive guest worker program, and add thousands of green cards, while doing nothing to reform our broken immigration system, or deter still greater illegal immigration in the future.

And, at a time when the future success of agriculture, like every other vital industry depends on adapting technology and mechanization, the “modernization” act enshrines low-wage manual labor as the backbone of this industry for years to come.

If approved by the Senate and signed by the president, this mass amnesty would likely encourage more illegal immigration. The 1986 amnesty, which included a special provision for agricultural workers, triggered record levels of new illegal immigration. Moreover, the amnesty proposed in this bill, like its predecessor, will do nothing to ensure the agricultural industry a stable workforce so long as they resist improvements in wages and working conditions.

H.R. 5038 ensures that the American agricultural industry remains mired in the 17th century, while also incentivizing illegal immigration at a time where border apprehensions are beginning to return to normal levels.

Foreign Tourists, Illegal Aliens Among Groups Contributing to
Nearly 400K Births in U.S. Annually

There are roughly 372,000 births annually to illegal aliens, tourists, and temporary visa holders in the United States, according to a new study released by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). To put that figure in perspective, the number of children born each year to people who are either in the country illegally, here temporarily, or who entered under false pretenses, is roughly equivalent to the populations of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, or Cincinnati. Under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment, all of these children are granted automatic U.S. citizenship, despite the fact that their parents have no allegiance to our country.

Below are key findings from the analysis:

  • There are 39,000 births a year to foreign students, guest workers, and others on long-term temporary visas in the United States.
  • Tourists in the United States give birth to an estimated 33,000 children annually. Most of them entered the country for specific purpose of securing U.S. citizenship for their children.
  • Roughly 300,000 illegal aliens give birth to children in the United States annually.
  • At least 90 percent of the fathers born to children of non-immigrant (illegal or temporarily legal) women are not U.S. citizens.

The United States remains one of only 30 countries that grants automatic birthright citizenship. Many constitutional scholars, based on the wording of the amendment and the statements of its framers, question whether the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment applies to the offspring of illegal aliens and temporary visitors. The courts have never ruled on the matter.

See more over at: FairUS.org

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.

7:35: Wild Salmon Steve calls in to talk with Bill about a serious report from the NW Power and Conservation Council that indicates electrical power shortages are coming to the northwest as soon as 2021, especially in the winter. This is due to the forced retirement of coal power plants.

Why not read the report for yourself:

Pacific Northwest Power Supply Adequacy Assessment for 2024

8:35: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present” Check out more from Dr. Powers over at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com, and local publisher: HellGate Press.

The Sams Valley Meteorite

by Dennis Powers

Meteorites are pieces of rock that fall to Earth from space, most coming from the break-up of small asteroids that never formed a planet. At more than 4.5 billion years old, they are the oldest rocks we possess. As seen in Hollywood movies such as the 1998 film, “Armageddon,” among others, the fictional ones could destroy planets. Large ones make craters, however, and if bigger, can cause catastrophes such as the one that exploded over the Russian Urals in 2013, shattered glass windows in buildings, and left some 1,000 people injured.

Since Oregon became a state in 1859, there have been at least six meteorites found so far that have been verified. Discovered in 1902 near West Linn, the largest in Oregon and United States (and sixth largest found in the world) is the gigantic Willamette meteorite, weighing in at 15-1/2 tons and composed of iron-nickel. The meteorite first exploded into Montana or Southern Canada, and then over the millenniums was brought by a glacier that eventually came to what is now the Willamette Valley, all at the end of the Ice Age that ended 13,000 years ago. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City bought the meteorite in 1906 and it is currently on display.

The oldest discovery in Oregon is the Sams Valley meteorite, which was found in 1894 and the first of several rock fragments. The 15-pound rock was cut up and sold to museums throughout the world. Countless tens of thousands of these incandescent rocks have streaked over and into Oregon over history, but the great majority burn up before hitting earth, not counting the ones that haven’t yet been found. (Note: A meteor is the flash of light seen when a small chunk of debris burns completely up in our atmosphere; if any part of the debris lands on Earth, then it is called a meteorite.)

The question is whether a rock is part of a meteorite or just a hoax to part someone from their money. (More on the Sams Valley meteorite will be told later.) Scientists can determine this, but in Oregon, the greatest hoaxor maybe notis the Port Orford Meteorite.

The Department of the Interior had hired John Evans in 1851 to examine the geology and collect rock samples in the Oregon Territory west of the Cascades. Five years later, the geologist traveled from Port Orford northeast through the mountains to continue his research. Evans sent his samples to the East Coast for analysis. In 1859, a researcher wrote him and queried whether Evans could find that meteorite sampleand as taggedonce more.

Interestingly enough, Evans had never said anything before about the meteorite, but said that he knew its precise location near Port Orford. He said that the huge rock weighed 11 tons and was discovered in 1856 on a “bald” mountain some 40 miles east of what’s now Port Orford. He had chipped off a specimen and mailed it to Washington, D.C.

Before an expedition could be made, however, Evans unfortunately died in 1861 and the meteorite was never found. Different institutions call this a fraud; others are non-committal. The main problem is only one person testified to its existence and that was over 150 years ago.

George Lindley discovered (1894) the 15-pound space rock in Sams Valley in the drainage between the mouth of Sams Creek and the canyon. Lindley didn’t know what it was, so he used it as a doorstop. After verifying that it was a meteorite and George had died, his son sold it to a Philadelphia mineral company. The company sliced the meteorite up and sold pieces to different museums, including a 2-pound one to Harvard University and a 2.4-pound slice to the American Museum of Natural History in New York (who had the Willamette one).

Different pieces were discovered later. In the 1920s, a second, smaller rock was found in a hydraulic gold-mining operation on a Sams Creek tributary. That piece has not surfaced since. Another miner (William Payne) in the 1930s, however, discovered three more pieces of the large meteorite while panning for gold on his Sams Valley property. Numerous “slices” were taken from them.

In 1949, a 2-pound rockbelieved to be one of the three found by Mr. Paynewas discovered in a box of rocks in the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s (“SOHS”) museum in Jacksonville. The last report states that this is in SOHS storage. Other meteorite finds have been in Klamath Falls, Salem (debris that hit a Salem home in 1981), Morrow County, and Fitzwater Pass (about 25-miles southwest of Lakeview).

The earliest Oregon discovery of a meteorite was in Sams Valley. Although more will be found over time, it is better to find them in the ground, than seeing one flash close-by.

Sources: Hawaii Space Grant Consortium: Meteorites,” at What are Meteorites?; Paul Fattig, “Messengers from space,” Mail Tribune, January 15, 2012, at On Meteorites; Paul Fattig, “Oregon meteorites: the big, the small, the questionable; West Linn one is largest at 15.5 tons; earliest find is Sams Valley one in 1894,” Mail Tribune, January 15, 2012, at Meteorite (With Image); Bill Miller, “Is the sky falling?,” Mail Tribune, February 24, 2013.