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Thursday 01-04-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 NumbersUSA Director of Research and Public Relations Eric Ruark
According to new CBP data, a record of more than 302,000 migrants were encountered at the southern border in December 2023, and more than 785,000 migrants have been encountered since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2023.
Also, a new study found illegal immigrants cost American taxpayers $150 billion or approximately $1200/ taxpayer in 2023.
Congress has yet to pass spending bill to fund the wars in Israel and Ukraine. This same bill is supposed to address border security. While Democrats want to spend more money to speed the processing of illegals into the U.S, Republicans want to include elements of HR2, the Secure the Border Act, which will end asylum fraud, closes immigration parole loopholes, mandates E-Verify to ensure legal employment, and prevents “catch and release.”
7:10 Daniel R. Street, is an attorney, legal analyst, and author at Daniel R. Street’s Fake News Exposed! on Substack.
Daniel has over two decades of experience handling civil litigation in State and Federal Court in Louisiana. Street’s three volume book series, Fake News Exposed about Trump, exposes several dozen biased, misleading or outright untrue stories about President Donald J. Trump, his family, his businesses and his Administration.
Street exposes the most recent examples of fake news, lies, and biases promoted by the media each week at his substack, Daniel R. Street’s Fake News Exposed!
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8:15 Sam Anderson, local researcher, in studio with continuing talk of the “15 minute cities” and “20 minute neighborhoods” and educational changes planned for our area that NO ONE VOTED FOR. It’s deep stuff. Sam is putting on additional free seminars with powerpoint presentations explaining the connections and issues.
WEDNESDAY JAN 10 – Phoenix Library Meeting Room starting at 5:30 PM
WEDNESDAY JAN 24 – Central Point Library Meeting Room at 5:30 PM
Wednesday 01-03-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Eric Peters, Automotive journalist at www.EpAutos.com with today’s talk on transportation and politics issues…another “Wheels Up Wednesday”.
7:10 State Senator Dennis Linthicum www.ElectDennis.com. Why is it so hard to attract good people to run for office? We dig into that and other issues.
7:35 Kevin Starrett from Oregon Firearms Federation www.OregonFirearms.org with great news about the Measure 114 case. Harney County judge “shoots down” all the state’s objection to the judge’s order blocking M114. Later, a talk on the state political horizon…THAT isn’t as hopeful.
Tuesday 01-02-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Tim Graham, executive editor for Newsbusters at the MRC
The Media Research Center’s President Brent Bozell is demanding ABC News to apologize to House Speaker Mike Johnson, his wife, and children for smearing them and insinuating that he is indoctrinating his children by attending a purity ball with his daughter. Mainstream media networks are expected to be taken seriously as a news operation yet are acting as mouthpieces of the Democratic Party in attempt to slander Speaker Johnson.
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger responds to the “Jo County Government is Headed in the Wrong Direction Poll” commissioned by someone at the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors.
8:35 Dr. Dennis Powers, Retired Professor of Business Law www.DennisPowersBooks.com and this week’s “Where Past Meets Present”.
New Year’s Resolutions–For 2024
By Dennis Powers
New Year’s resolutions are about self-improvement: Promises to start doing something good or not something bad–starting on New Year’s Day. It can be to improve yourself physically, whether losing weight, drinking less booze, quitting smoking, or exercising more; or mentally as to thinking positive, enjoying life more, or reducing stress by changing jobs.
Yes, New Year’s resolutions are about hopefulness. And it’s been that way since recorded times. The celebration of a new year is the oldest of holidays and dates back to ancient Babylon some 4000 years ago. Around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of their new year on what is now March 23rd, which was when spring began and crops planted. Their celebration lasted for 11 days, as Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay back debts.
The Romans continued observing the New Year on March 25th, but later emperors changed the calendar so many times it became out of sync with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman Senate in 153 BC declared January 1rst to be the New Year beginning. It named the first month after their mythical king of early Rome, Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of entrances. Always shown with two faces on his head–one at the front and the other at the back–Janus could look backwards and forwards at the same time. At midnight on December 31rst, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.
In Medieval days, knights took a “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry; they placed their hands on a peacock and vowed to always live up to this pledge. Over centuries, the practice of resolutions and commitment on this eve continued, and it’s interesting to see what has happened in more modern times. At the end of the Great Depression, about 1/4th of adults formed New Year’s resolutions. By now, some 2/3rds did.
These also reflect the times. At the end of the 19th century, a typical teenage girl’s resolution was on “good approaches”: She resolved to be less self-centered, more helpful, a more diligent worker, and improve her character. By the end of the 20th century, the typical teenage girl was focused on good looks: to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and only wear “faddish” clothing. This can also depend on your age-group (Senior Citizens or Generation X), country, or job (blue-collar or white-collar).
Generally, the top resolutions are (including changing your job):
Eat healthier or change diet.
Spend more time with family and friends.
Be more aware and take care of mental health.
Sort out finances and cut back spending.
Take up a new hobby, sport or other interest.
As to success rates, a study of 3,000 people indicated that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail to keep them to the year’s end, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning. We may not be ready for change, or we don’t see progress quickly enough—which is why some one-half of all resolutions fail in three months. As an expert commented, “Resolutions are a triumph of hope over experience.” Yet, people can be successful.
Men achieved their goal 22% more often when setting small quantitative goals (i.e., losing one pound a week, instead of promising “to lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public with support from friends.
Setting a specific goal can be a winner. Monitoring progress, not being too ambitious, recording what you do, and giving time for success are important. Overcoming bad habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or overeating, can be tough to beat because they’re so easy to return to when stressed out–especially during the New Year. And this can start with your celebrations.
Not to mention ones already discussed, different types can make it: Focus on a positive like-interest, not on what you can’t control; Try random acts of kindness; Go one day, or more, without checking your emails; Work out to feel good, not to be thinner; and Talk to a friend about what makes sense.
So let’s start talking about what our New Year’s resolution will–or perhaps won’t be–and celebrate the 2024 New Year. Hopefully it will better than last year’s.
Sources: “Wikipedia: New Year’s Resolution,” at New Year’s Resolutions; Dove, Laurie L., “Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?”; “How Stuff Works?” (Updated: Dec 20, 2022) at Why Make Them?; Google the topic “Most Common New Year’s Resolutions.”