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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 8, 20196:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, talks with Bill. We’ll talk with Rick about the latest goings-on in The Swamp. We’ll talk about the Green New Deal, State of The Union aftermath, and more. Get a good dose of good stuff, over at: DailyTorch.com. 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors, from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you, the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.
8:05: Royal Standley, President and CEO of Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors, calls in to bring you the daily stock report. If you’d like to know more, go to: OPFA.com, or give Royal a call at: 541-772-1116.8:10: Juan Carlos Ordenoz Communications Director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with Bill today. We’ll be talking with Juan today about a new research report that they have just released on income tax rates: Raising State Income Tax Rates at the Top a Sensible Way to Fund Key Investments As the Oregon legislature considers how to raise revenue to invest in schools and essential services, a new report makes the case for states enacting a “millionaires’ tax.” The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains that such an approach can generate substantial revenue for public investments that boost a state’s productivity in the long run, without harming economic growth in the short term. The report examines the experiences of eight states that raised tax rates on high-income earners since 2000 — a group that includes Oregon. It explores the questions:
- How does the economic growth of these eight states that raised taxes on high-income earners compare to that of neighboring states?
- What does the academic research say about the impact of personal income tax levels on state economic growth?
- What can a millionaires’ tax do for a state’s long-term economic prospects and racial equity?
LET IT BURN EMAIL FROM Jac Co Commissioner Roberts to Merve George at the USFS (Next time some reporter clown references “So-Called Let It Burn” Policy, remind them of this exchange): Dear Supervisor George, You state in this phone interview with the MMT (http://mailtribune.com/news/top-stories/jackson-county-commissioners-fire-suppression) that you do not have a shelf where you can go find a policy to let it burn, and there isn’t a “let it burn” policy. However, when you search on your own USDA Forest service page, and scroll down to fuels management and then click on Fire Use Amendment, you will see the shelf that this policy does, indeed, sit on…It is a 2010 Record of Decision and fully implements the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Policy which states the same, documenting the importance of wildland fire, with the absence of any notable consideration of “Fire Season”, and gives guidance to manage wildfires to meet prescribed fire’s objectives. This document mentions “let it burn” several times; it obviously seeks to rename, redirect or redefine this USFS philosophy to garner public acceptance. And the intent of this philosophy cannot be denied. Our Board does not imply that “let it burn” means no response; “let it burn” means a managed fire for prescribed fire management resource plans, which is fully outlined in this decision, and referenced as such on page 3. https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/projects/rogue-siskiyou/landmanagement/projects?sortby=3&archive=0&ss=110610. In a Board of Commissioner’s Work session with the you, Dave Larson (DOF),and Elizabeth Burghard, (BLM), on Oct. 2, 2018, a statement was made (by you) that if a fire that would occur today in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, it would probably get a light suppression and be managed. (at about 57 on the recording), which is not “full suppression”. http://jacksoncountyor.org/Board-of-Commissioners/Meeting-Audio-Recordings?EntryId=45921&Command=Core_Download October was still in the thick of fire season in Southern Oregon, and in fact the Klondike fire blew up later on in the month after this meeting. And it is this “discretion”, “tool in the tool box” or “let-it-burn” policy during fire season that we seek to limit. I am delighted that there have been many occasions you at least state that you agree with full suppression, and I couldn’t agree with you more. Our Board’s stance is not in argument of your experience, history, and performance with the RR Siskiyou National Forest, but with your superiors and those at the highest level of policy makers, who create these decisions, without consideration of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens we serve and represent. We have had enough devastating and hazardous smoke during fire season, as was evidenced by the public’s testimony at our Dec. 11, 2018 public hearing on smoke and wildfires. And I hope you can support our effort to change this harmful policy which allows discretion for prescribed fire management during wildfires that will ”let it burn” during the State’s officially declared “Fire Season”. Sincerely, Colleen Colleen Roberts Jackson County Commissioner 10 S. Oakdale, Room 214 Medford, OR 97501 541-774-6117 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, February 7, 20196:35: Tim Snowball, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation chats with Bill this morning, Tim has penned an article over at PacificLegal.org, that tells about the 1,016 new laws in California in 2019. Its what he calls “Legislative Overkill.” Socialism has already begun, just look at California. Just this year 1016 new laws will go into effect in the Golden State. These laws range from the sad, to the ridiculous, to the surprisingly but rare, beneficial. Although for the state as a whole, residents are hammered annually with the latest, greatest laws sure to make you feel part of a nanny state and less a part of a place where you can enjoy your personal freedoms and liberties. Read the full article over at: PacificLegal.org. 7:10: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill. We’ll delve into, and analyze President Trump’s State of The Union Address, and proposals. See more over at FairUS.org. 8:10: Capt. Bill Simpson, Retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, emergency preparedness expert, and outdoor journalist talks with Bill today. Capt. Bill is here today, to tell you about a study by the NIH: “Assessing the economic trade-offs between prevention and supression of forest fires.” Read more from Capt. Bill over at: MyOutdoorBuddy.com. 8:35: Mike G, with the Britt Festival joins Bill live in studio. We’ll talk about what’s new, and what we can expect at Britt this year. Get tickets and show information over at: BrittFest.org.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 6, 20197:10: Randal Barrett, a local anti-smartmeter activist sits and chats with Bill in studio. A Town Hall style meeting will be held by NoSmartMeter.org, which will be discussed today. When: Thursday, February 7, 2019, starting at 6PM Where: Medford Library, 205 S. Central Avenue in Medford. The event will begin with a 30 to 40 minute presentation by Randal, followed by a Q&A. It is free to attend. You can learn more about it over at: NoSmartMeter.org. 7:35: Deputy Noah Strohmeyer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office comes into the studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week. Bridget Barton, Political Consultant with 3rd Century Solutions talks with Bill today. We’ll be discussing her article at OregonCatalyst.com, about how it seems that Oregon just gets bluer and bluer politically. Read her article here: “Blue, Blue Oregon: Where To Go From Here?”
You can learn more about Bridget at ThirdCenturySolutions.com.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 5, 20196:35: Julie Gunlock, Director of the Center For Progress and Innovation at the Independent Women’s Forum talks with Bill. The New York Times reports that a yearlong, randomized trial conducted in the UK shows that e-cigarettes are nearly twice as effective as smoking cessation products like patches or gum, which in the United States are the only two smoking cessation products approved by the FDA. In other words, e-cigarettes save lives. Last year, Julie testified before the FDA about how women in particular don’t respond well to patches and gum as nicotine replacement therapies. Studies show that women smoke for reasons other than the nicotine—mainly the habits that go along with the smoking. Therefore, when the FDA only approves nicotine replacement therapies (gum and patches) and not products that help smokers mimic the physical habits of smoking (deep breathing, hand to mouth contact, social rituals, having to go outside and taking a break from work), women don’t find as much success with these products. Right now, Gottlieb and the FDA are standing in the way of millions of people switching to safer products that might actually work to help them stop a deadly habit. That’s a public health crisis worth addressing. Get more information over at IWF.org. 7:10: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy chats with Bill today. We’ll be talking with Eric today on two topics: How electric cars are more expensive to run, and about China’s push to sell cars directly in the U.S. Read the articles right here: “The $70 Million ‘Investment’.” And also: “Chinese Take Out…” Check out more from Eric, and you can read his reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com. 8:35: Brent Homan and Randall Lee from Advanced Air join Bill in studio today for “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment. Check out Advanced Air at their website: AdvancedAir.com. Or, you can give them a call at: 541-772-6866.
INTERESTING POT STATS (We’ll have to discuss this Tuesday) Josephine County 11th Graders are #1 in the state for trying pot, while Jackson County 11th graders are a close #2, accoring to the 2017 Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. If the stats are to be believed, 52 percent of Jo County 11th graders have tried pot, with 51 percent of Jackson County 11th graders having done so. 31 percent of Jo County 11th graders are current users of marijuana (#1 in the state) while Jackson is #3 at 26.4%. Safe to say this is due to our counties being such prolific producers. https://www.oregon.gov/…/Documen…/2017/2017OHT11thSurvey.pdf
Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 4, 20196:35: Dr. Alexandre Muns Rubiol, Professor at OBS Business School, author and consultant talks with Bill today. Dr. Muns Rubiol is the author of “Globalism vs Nativism: How to Bridge The Digital Divide,” and we’ll discuss it with him. When it comes to the digital divide, tech is now replacing people and jobs are lost. Is technology helping or hurting this generation is the direction he would like the conversation to go. Dr. Alexandre Muns Rubiol analyzes the causes of populism/nativism, describes the main international, US & European political, economic & technological developments through a light-hearted conversation with a resurrected Milton Friedman. It also provides specific policy measures that can narrow the divide between the winners of globalization (have technical degrees or skills) and the nativists, who have turned against immigration & trade because with Artificial Intelligence, robots and technology they fear they will not be able to make a living. 24 VIPS (professors, presidents of business associations) from most of the top 25 economies in the world also furnish their insights and ideas on how to narrow the Divide. The Government Shutdown reflects the divide between the globalists and the nativists. The stock market volatility, fed guidance, reasons for slowdown of international economy, US-China trade talks As a professor of International Economics and Trade, can comment, analyze and predict stock market/economy. Grab your copy of his book right here. 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: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill this morning. It appears that, somehow, your tax dollars are being used to indoctrinate today’s youth, into being anti-firearm. Kevin will tell you how this is being done, and what you can do to help stop it. Find out more great information over at: OregonFirearms.org. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author of numerous books, and local historian joins Bill, in studio, for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great.” Check out more from Dr. Powers over at his website: DennisPowersBook.com.
The D’Autremont Brothers and The Old West’s Last Train Robbery
By Dennis PowersThe completion of Tunnel No. 13 beneath the Siskiyou Pass in 1887 allowed Southern Pacific to connect California and Oregon by rail. Located a short distance east of the historic pass, the grades on both sides of the Siskiyou Summit are steep. Some thirty five years later, the D’Autremont brothers saw this as the ideal location to pull off what’s considered to be this country’s last Old-West-style train robbery. On October 11, 1923, the train was traveling from Seattle to San Francisco and cresting the Siskiyou Summit after its Ashland stopover. Awaiting the lumbering train was 19-year-old Hugh D’Autremont and his twin, 23-year-old brothers, Ray and Roy. They had heard rumors that the train was hauling nearly $500,000 in gold. They decided to stop the train at the 3,107-foot-long Tunnel 13, because it would be easy to get onto as it slowly chugged its way to the crest. The grade to the north of the summit is 3.67%, the steepest one on this trip. Roy and Hugh jumped onto the train when it slowed to test its brakes, while Ray waited at the tunnel’s other end with the dynamite. They jumped onto the baggage car and climbed over the coal tender. Leaping down into the engine cab, Hugh with his gun drawn ordered the engineer to stop, which he did at the south end of the tunnel. As coal smoke began to leak into the cars, the passengers were upset, of course, but didn’t know what was going on. When the postal clerk locked himself inside the mail car, the twins packed their dynamite against one end and ignited the explosives. Not knowing what they were doing, the immense explosion destroyed the car, ripped open one side, and killed the clerk. Hearing the explosion and choking in the dense smoke, the passengers staggered towards the end of the tunnel and away from the wrecked track and train. The unfortunate brakeman managed to make his way out through the thick smoke, but his appearance startled the brothers. Ray with a shotgun and Hugh with a .45 semiautomatic opened fire and killed the man. Knowing that they didn’t have time or any money or gold in sight, the D’Autremonts shot and killed the train engineer and fireman, the only witnesses they believed had seen them. Wiping their feet in creosote to keep the bloodhounds from their scent, the brothers fled into the woods. Despite an extensive manhunt by local posses, angry railroad workers, Oregon National Guard troops, and even federal personnel, the brothers had managed to disappear. With four men murdered and mangled car remains, it was maddening to the authorities that this crime couldn’t be solved. It wouldn’t have been, but for a forensic scientist by the name of “The Wizard,” Edward O. Heinrich, who was pioneering in the use of forensic science to solve criminal cases. A scientist in a University of California-Berkeley laboratory, he received from law authorities the scant evidence left behind: a single pair of coveralls and inconclusive passenger testimony. In a few weeks, Heinrich informed them that their “coverall man” was white, light complexioned, had light-brown eyebrows, a mustache, medium-brown hair, and was near 5-feet, 10-inches tall. He was a logger in the Pacific Northwest, left-handed, and very meticulous about his appearance. The man smoked and when caught, Heinrich said he would probably be wearing a new jacket and a bowler hat. When Roy D’Autremont finally was caught, he was smoking a cigarette and wearing the jacket and hat. Wizard Heinrich, also called the “Edison of Crime Detection,” determined that the “dirt” discovered on the overalls was not oil or grease, as the police had thought, but fir pitch from Douglas fir needles peculiar to the Northwest. The man with the coveralls was left-handed, since in swinging with his left hand, his right-side pocket would face the tree and collect wood chips, as found in that pocket. In a breast pocket, Heinrich discovered fingernail clippings, rolled-up cigarette butts, and mustache wax that indicated that this person was a vain man. The definitive clue found was a crumpled up, mail receipt, deep in a pencil pocket, and signed by Roy D’Autremont. The address was in “Lakewood, N.M.,” where the brothers and their divorced mother had lived in 1920. Although the D’Autremont brothers had left the area, assumed new identities, and started new lives, they were eventually caught. In 1927, Hugh was arrested while in the Philippines with the military; he had been fingerprinted when joining the Army. The twins were soon arrested in Ohio. The brothers were tried in the Jackson County courthouse in Jacksonville, convicted, and each one sentenced to life in prison. Paroled in 1958, Hugh died from cancer a few months later. Roy had a mental breakdown in prison and was given a frontal lobotomy; he died just a few months after his 1983 parole. Ray’s sentence was commuted in 1972 by Governor Tom McCall, and after working years as a part-time janitor at the University of Oregon, he died in 1984. Sources: Finn J.D. John, “13 was unlucky number for train passengers, robbers alike,” Offbeat Oregon, April 5, 2009, at Train Robbery (With Image); Jeff LaLande, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Siskiyou Pass,” at Siskiyou Pass; Bill Miller, “The ‘Wizard of Berkley’ & the D’Autremont brothers,” Mail Tribune, August 30, 2009, at Forensic Scientist Heinrich. 8:35: Pat Hurley, from Hurley’s Tax Service, comes into the studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment. See more over at: HurleysTax.com.