2-25 to 3-1-2019
THERE IS STILL TIME TO COMMENT AGAINST THE CARBON CAP AND TRADE BILL. COMMENTS TAKEN UNTIL 3/1 – INFO HERE: CapAndTradePoints BTW, page 14 of the cap and trade points above has the address link to get the emails to the proper officials.
Video of the Saturday hearing in Medford: My testimony is about an hour in.
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Bill’s Guests: Friday, March 1, 2019
6:10: The Weekly Swamp Update with Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.
We’ll talk about the possible aftermath of the North Korea summit, the Michael Cohen hearings and much more. You can get more great content, all over at: DailyTorch.com.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report.
7:35: Tyler Flaming, Grants Pass City Council Member from Ward 1, and Vice Chair of the Josephine County Republican Party talks with Bill, live at the KCMD studio in Grants Pass. We’re talking the gas tax proposal and other issue facing the city.
8:10: Kevin Starrett with the Oregon Firearms Federation, chats with Bill from the lion’s den, Portland. We’re talking 2nd amendment issues, which Kevin and the OFF keep a sharp eye on.
You can get more great information over at: OregonFirearms.org
8:40: Dr. Donna Givens MD from Grants Pass Family Medicine joins Bill in the KCMD studios today to tell us what Grants Pass Family Medicine is all about.
Fine out more at: GrantsPassFamilyMedicine.com Or, you can call: 541-476-3000.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:35: Court Boice, Curry County commissioner talks with Bill today. We’ll be discussing the county’s storm damage, and the current state of Highway 101, 12 miles north of Brookings where the Hooskanadan Slide is causing the highway to sink into the earth.
7:10: Dr. Bob Sears M.D. author of “The Vaccine Book” and seven other books, talks with Bill.
Today, we’re digging into the Measles epidemic issue, and the fast-tracked hearing that would strip all personal exemptions from vaccine requirements for school and daycare.
“Dr. Bob,” as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995 and did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He continues to practice pediatrics at his office in Dana Point, CA, where he provides a combination of alternative and traditional medical care. He has a passion for healthy natural living and incorporates this knowledge into his style of disease treatment and prevention by limiting antibiotic use, committing to breastfeeding success for his little patients, using science-based natural treatment approaches whenever possible, and focusing on good nutrition and immune system health.
By having one of very few pediatric offices in Orange County, CA, that accepts families who don’t follow the CDC schedule of vaccinations, Dr. Bob has had the unique opportunity to observe how these naturally-minded families grow and thrive in today’s world.
With the new threat of mandatory vaccination laws, Dr. Bob’s new mission is to ensure that all families worldwide receive complete, objective, and un-doctored informed consent before they choose vaccination and that people everywhere retain the freedom to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their children.
Dr. Bob is the co-founder of the Immunity Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing balanced and complete information about vaccines, infectious diseases and public health issues. He is also co-host of the Vaccine Conversation podcast.
8:10: James Hirsen, New York Times Best Selling Author of “Tales of The Left Coast,” and “Hollywood Nation,” talks with Bill today.
Well, the Oscars are over, and the ratings continue to sink. Why? Well, that’s why James Hirsen is here. We’re going to tell you why. And, what does this say about today’s entertainment culture? We’ll talk about it.
And, you can get more great content over at James’ website: JamesHirsen.com.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:35: Gregory Wrightstone, author of “Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know,” talks with Bill today. Gregory has released a new app for smartphones that can actually help you to do battle against the Green Hordes and their lies and distortion on the climate.
7:10: Brad Bennington, from The Homebuilder’s Association of Jackson County chats with Bill in studio. We’ll be talking with Brad about how government increases the cost of your home, and how solar farms may be taking up a good chunk of buildable land.
7:35: It’s the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
8:10: Melissa Cano, Emergency Manager for the City of Medford talks with Bill. We’ll be talking with Melissa about the importance of water storage and purification in your emergency preparedness plans.
8:45: Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp Inc and Sofia Benton talk with Bill today, for the latest edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
7:10: Mr. X, research oracle, activist, Green Mafia expert joins Bill in studio this morning. We’ll be talking about what happens next in the fight to stop HB-2020. You can now check out more from Mr. X over at his website: MrXFiles.com.
Here are the point to point links to what was discussed today. It involves some reading, but makes the case that the legal foundation for the cap and trade bill is based on a fraudulent take on the law.
1:44 in “…there will be some changes to the way the economy functions in order for there to…in order for those greenhouse gases to be reduced, and there may need to be assistance provided to households, businesses, and workers that may be impacted by that in a financial way.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJA35MfXfgM
search Maureen McGee (The Legislative Counsel)
It all leads here https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/ENR-ctp
this is where our legislative council draws here opinion from https://law.uoregon.edu/images/uploads/entries/Atmospheric_Recovery_Concept_Paper_FINAL11.10.17.pdf
On page 22 of this, note the CONSTITUTIONAL barriers https://law.uoregon.edu/images/uploads/entries/environmental_decision_making_-_EK_edit.pdf
Definition of the Legislative Counsel’s Job https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1883129/deputy-legislative-counsel?department=Legislative%20Counsel&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
8:35: “Sam,” a local resident that was at Saturday’s Carbon Reduction Committee hearing chats with Bill. Sam sat behind the lady at the meeting, who claimed she felt afraid because she was Muslim, and that there were some cars at the meeting that had Confederate flag stickers. One of the committee members recognized her, leading some to believe that the woman could have been a plant from out of the county. We’ll hear what Sam has to say.
Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 25, 2019
6:35: Christina Martin from the Pacific Legal Foundation and lead attorney on Timbs v.s. Indiana talks with Bill.
Today the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being excessively fined by all levels of government in this country—not just the federal government. The decision in this case, Timbs v. Indiana, is a significant victory that limits the abusive use of fees and fines by state and local officials—abuse that frequently targets the most vulnerable in society.
This case, litigated by our friends at Institute for Justice, started when the State of Indiana tried to take Tyson Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover, on top of other punishments, for his violation of a drug law. Yet the maximum fine in cases like Timbs’s is $10,000 in Indiana.
Recognizing this obvious disparity, the trial court and court of appeal found that the confiscation of Timbs’s vehicle would violate the Eighth Amendment’s protection from excessive fines. But the Indiana Supreme Court reversed those decisions, holding that the U.S. Constitution does not protect individuals from excessive fines imposed by state or local government actors.
Today, the Supreme Court unanimously held that because the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause is a fundamental right, with deep roots in American history, that it restrains all levels of American government.
Writing for eight justices, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained that those deep roots extend to at least 1215 England, at the adoption of Magna Carta, which “required that economic sanctions ‘be proportioned to the wrong’ and ‘not be so large as to deprive [an offender] of his livelihood.’”
In his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that English courts for hundreds of years enforced the same principle that a financial punishment must fit the crime. And in fact, the right was recognized even before even Magna Carta.
The English Bill of Rights, adopted in 1689, reiterated that historical ban on excessive fines, by providing that “excessive Bail ought not to be required, nor excessive Fines imposed; nor cruel and unusual Punishments inflicted.”
This protection carried over to the colonies and into the founding of this nation. The Eighth Amendment cemented the prohibition. Likewise, most state constitutions at the founding (and all state constitutions today) forbade excessive fines.
Nevertheless, the Eighth Amendment itself only restrained the federal government from violating individual rights. It was not until the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, shortly after the Civil War, that the constitutional protection (along with most of the Bill of Rights) also restrained state governments.
One of the major reasons for the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment was that some southern states were imposing excessive fines on freed slaves. Plainly then, the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted to ensure that states could not impose excessive fines.
Unfortunately, as we explained in our amicus brief, despite the historical protection, many state governments today impose outrageous fines, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, for small offenses—with the burden frequently falling on citizens who can least afford to pay. Consider the following examples:
- One Missouri city fined a homeowner $180,000 for choosing to plant flowers instead of grass.
- A Florida homeowner faced municipal fines of $58,000 for failing to register a burglar alarm with a local bureaucrat.
- PLF clients faced fines of $100 per day—exceeding $10,000 in just a short time—for their home’s Van Gogh style mural
- In California, PLF clients Henny and Warren Lent face over $4 million in fines for blocking an unusable public access easement.
Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important step toward ending the kind of fines presently imposed for even non-criminal offenses by many states. All Americans, especially our friends at Institute for Justice who fought this battle, should be proud.
Get more great information over at: PacificLegal.org.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.
7:35: Julie Wheeler, Executive Director of Divide Camp, talks with Bill this morning. We’ll be talking with Julie about the upcoming, Divide Camp Benefit Dinner and Auction event.
Find out more, and get your tickets over at: DivideCamp.org.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian, joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great!” Check out more great stuff over at Dr. Powers’ website: DennisPowersBooks.com.
Mattie’s Nugget – and The Currency of Gold
By Dennis Powers
Throughout the country—and especially in Southern Oregon—gold nuggets, bars, and even dust were used as currency until the 1930s. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt made the private ownership and use of gold as a currency to be illegal. Before then, gold was used to pay debts and anyone, whether a resident or not, could buy gold nuggets at any local bank, from Grants Pass to Ashland.
In 1859, a small, nervous Irishman—one Mattie Collins—was working through the tailings around Althouse Creek in Josephine County’s Illinois Valley. Althouse Creek winds its way from the Siskiyou Mountains and flows over fifteen miles into the Illinois River. The area had been a fine place for placer gold discoveries. Although the great finds were largely over, Mattie was ever hopeful. On one of the tributaries, he looked up the bank and spotted a large stump with exposed roots. Hoping he might find something, he began pulling out rocks—and came across a huge nugget.
It weighed 17 pounds, the largest gold nugget reportedly discovered in Southern Oregon. Terrified that someone would rob him, or con him, if they heard about his good fortune, Mattie hired a fellow Irishman by the name of Dorsey to help him bring the nugget to a San Francisco bank. Collins and Dorsey jumped at every noise or strange shadow; they checked every side trail to avoid an ambush. They were able to get to arrive safely in San Francisco, and he sold the nugget for $3,500, which would be worth $500,000 today. When word was out about his find, miners flooded into the area—but didn’t find anything close to this.
Mattie kept the money in the San Francisco bank and worked for wages, first in California, and then in Nevada, Idaho, and Montana. The frugal man deposited his earnings into the same bank. The years passed by and at age 65, however, Mattie Collins fell in love with a younger woman. She succeeded where everyone else had failed: skimming the money away and then leaving him. Collins died near penniless, despite his good fortune and years of hard work.
Although the great majority of prospectors never came close to Mattie’s good fortune, gold for all those years was a currency—and preferred. Banks weighed the gold nuggets, accepted them, and gave gold coins in return. The coins were in five-dollar, ten-dollar, and twenty-dollar denominations. One problem was that the five-dollar gold coin was nearly the size of and appearance of a penny. Mistakes were made when passing out a five-dollar gold coin as change for a penny, the loss not equal to ones chagrin when later discovering this.
Whether Gold Hill or Jacksonville, prospectors came to town and exchanged their gold or nuggets for whiskey, women, clothing, food, or whatever provisions that were needed. When they needed more money, the miners trudged back into the hills. Disdainful of banks, they carried or hid their nuggets. If big enough or armed, some held them in public, including one who would set his quart glass jar of gold nuggets on the counter when ordering his meal.
The ones who owned the general stores and sold provisions to the miners were usually the ones who became prosperous. One local prospector, Lester Foley, wrote in 1931: “After seventeen years, I’m a little weary, hungry. I’m reduced to Spartan austerity. Have a depressed feeling. Am on a diet of beans. After 17 years, my pocket averaged $2.30 a year, excluding expenses–but included frost-bite, fly-bite, and rattlesnake bite, with bleeding fingers, an aching back, a frosted lung, and pain.”
With the quantitative easing seen and enormous U.S. and worldwide fiscal deficits, we might need to head back to those times.
Sources: Kerby Jackson, “OregonGold.Net: Great Gobs of Gold Abound in Southern Oregon,” at Mattie’s Nugget; Ben Truwe, “Althouse Creek in the Early Days by William MacKay,” at Gold Mining Days (first published in the Medford Sun, June 18, 1911, page B4); Dennis M. Powers, Gold Hill: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, South Carolina, 2010, pp. 7-8, 21, et al.