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Bill’s Guests: Thursday, July 2, 2020

6:35: Curtis Ellis, Policy Director for America First Policies, which is President Trump’s only official Super PAC.

We talk with Curtis today about the latest job numbers and much more. The last jobs report blew everyone away, so this one is sure to make news.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you an early week Outdoor Report, so you can hear what you can do over the long Independence Day Weekend.

7:20: Scott Anderson, a concerned citizen and critic of Medford’s plan to approve the creation of a “Temporary Urban Campground,” just off Biddle Road. This will be decided at tonight’s City Council meeting. 

7:35: Rick Martin, a Constitutional lawyer and Director of the Constitutional Law Group chats with Bill. Today, we’ll talks of the difference between Rick, and a conventional lawyer and how he files legal actions, holding public officials accountable.

Most recently, he has gone after Washington Governor Jay Inslee over business shutdowns.

Rick Martin and the CLG fights for WE THE PEOPLE, regardless of their ability to pay. There is never an up front fee, or retainer charged by any of our lawyers. We will accept whatever people are able and willing to give.

If you’d like to contribute, thank you.

Your contributions help to get businesses open, and pay for the filing of suits against government officials that are TREADING on we the people.

Support the CLG via gofundme: Reopening America Fund

8:10: John M. Ellis, author of the book: The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, the Damage It Does and What Can Be Done chats with Bill.

Today, we’ll discuss the book, from which there’s this exerpt:

“What I’m talking about is the fact that the public sees the shout-downs and the near riots with regard to visiting speakers, but it doesn’t think about how that could happen. And the reason it happens, of course, is you’ve got students largely doing it in those cases, but they’re taught by radical professors. The real source of the problem is not the shout-downs; the source of the problem is in the classrooms where those kids learn their contempt for ideas that don’t fit with what their professors are teaching them. So, you’re seeing a superficial symptom. The real problem is way behind the scenes in the classrooms, which the public never sees.”

John M. Ellis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught at universities in England, Wales, and Canada before joining UCSC in 1966, serving as dean of the Graduate Division in 1977–86. He is the author of ten books, including Literature Lost (Yale), awarded the Peter Shaw Memorial Award by the National Association of Scholars. He founded the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics in 1993, and served as president of the California Association of Scholars in 2007–13 and chairman of its board since then. His articles on education reform have appeared in prominent national publications.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy talks with Bill.

Today, we talk with Eric about “Face Diapering.” Read the article below to learn more and to check out more great content.

The New Party Overalls

Head over to, to read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks SUVs and bikes.

8:10: Kevin Starrett with the Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill.

Today, we’ll talk with Kevin about the story of the homeowners who were defending their life and property. Because of that, we’ll discuss where you should be with regard to self-defense.

Head over to for more information.

Guest List: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

7:35: Herman Baertshciger, Oregon State Senator calls in to bring you the latest from the Legislative session.

8:10: Donna Jackson, accountant and member of Project 21 chats with Bill today.

Members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. 

Noting that black women are disproportionately at risk of unnecessary harm during abortion procedures, Project 21 had appealed to the justices through a legal brief that argued against throwing out “a substantial medical benefit that justifies any minimal burden” and  thus allowing abortionists to escape oversight and safety requirements. 

“It’s a sad day when the Supreme Court rules against the preservation of life. With this decision, it is signaling that not all black lives matter,” said Project 21 member Donna Jackson.

“The abortion lobby’s fight against the most reasonable health and medical standards shows that its priorities lie with killing unborn black babies at any cost. This decision reveals the radical left’s willingness to make unsafe, back alley-style abortions mainstream, without regard to the health and welfare of black mothers.” 

Black Lives don’t matter to supreme court justices?

Another sub-topic is the Green agenda push hurting poor communities:

Black vs. Green: Black Americans Fight Climate Measures That Increase Energy Costs, by Donna Jackson

Guest List: Monday, June 29, 2020

6:35: USAF Col. Scott Caine (Ret.), foreign policy expert talks with Bill this morning.

The U.S. Department of Defense has determined that 20 top Chinese firms, including Huawei, are either owned or backed by the Chinese military. We’ll discuss it.

Huawei and all Chinese firms are indeed backed by the Chinese Military

  • The People’s Liberation Army (the Chinese Military) has access and tentacles into all Chinese firms in order to utilize their resources as they see fit
  • The PLA is actually subordinate to the Communist Party of China (CPC) in practice and not the State itself
  • All Chinese firms are required to have CPC representation on their boards to ensure they comply/follow CPC principles and directives
  • EVERYTHING revolves around the CPC sustaining power and maintaining control
  • Ultimately, the CPC goal is for China to supplant the USA and take its rightful place as The World Leader 
  • Huawei is a key strategic asset with its drive towards 5G and therefore is an essential asset for the PLA and the CCP in order to achieve the goal.

The bottom line is that every Chinese asset is available to the Chinese Communist Party in order to achieve its goals, to include Huawei and any Chinese firm.  As such, the PLA has direct access into these firms and provides them backing to achieve their military goals & requirements. 

For more reading: Trump administration claims Huawei ‘backed by Chinese military’

Find out more about Col Caine at his website: and back his bid for Congress in the State of Florida.

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

7:50: Peggy Hall with “The Healthy American” talks with Bill today.

We’ll talk about Peggy’s story, and what the research says about the efficacy of masks against COVID.

Click here to learn more about Peggy and her story.

And, head over to to see more fantastic content.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill for today’s edition of: Visiting Past & Present.

Check out more from Dr. Powers, over at his website, and see more of his books at local publisher, Hellgate Press.

The Hop Fields of Southern Oregon

by Dennis Powers

Used as a flavoring and stabilizing agent in the brewing of beer, hops were first grown on the East Coast and ultimately brought to the Pacific Northwest as farmers migrated westward. The female flowers of the hops are used, and these help prevent spoilage by retarding bacterial growth while imparting a taste depending on the type of hop vine.

The Rogue River Valley between the Cascades and Coast Range was found to be fertile with mild temperatures and just right for growing hops. The industry in this region centered in Josephine County, dating back to 1875 when hops were first grown; by 1905 a total of 365 acres of hops were under cultivation. Some 600 acres by the early 1930s were being grown in Josephine County.

It takes at least two years for hop plants to mature–the vines are worked upwards on wires strung between poles, sometimes ten feet high, like roses grown over a trellis. One to two inches long, the conical fruit are light as a feather and turn into a yellowish-green color once ripe. Pruning of the vines typically began in January, followed by repairing the trellises. The vines are cultivated, twined, and the fruit picked when ripe during the short summer season. The hops are then dried and processed.

Picking hops was hard work, and workers had to get used to the tedious work of “dust and sweat, scratchy vines, and sand in your shoes; dirty hands and the bitter taste that remains, even after washing one’s hands; filthy outhouses and community drinking cups.” Locals mainly worked in the hop yards, stripping the pungent flowers off the vines into a hamper, a heavy canvas bag hung on a round metal frame. It was estimated in the 1930s that an average picker made $1 per day, based on the number of pounds picked.

Weighers worked through the field to hang sacks on a scale and recorded the weight on a ticket. The sacks were then thrown onto a trailing truck, which transported the hops to kilns for drying; air blasts of 140- to 180-degrees Fahrenheit with a sulfurous acid gas fumigation then followed that killed the plant lice, pests, and blue mold. The dried hops were then cooled, compressed into large bales, and stored in a cool, dry place for future shipment to the breweries.

Since pickers were not paid by the hour, laborers could choose when to work, such as in cooler hours and stop to eat or take a “potty” break when they wanted to. Thus, kids on summer vacation could pick hops to earn money for themselves or to help out the family.

In Josephine County in 1946 alone, framers harvested over 2,050,000 pounds of hops; at the industry’s peak in the 1950s, nearly 5,000 acres of hops were being cultivated in this region. Most of the hops were being grown in the states of Oregon, Washington, California, and New York, with the Willamette Valley being a competitor to Josephine County. The hop industry in Southern Oregon, however, dramatically decreased over time by the eighties, due to the mechanization of farms in other locations, overproduction with low hop prices, and the changing tastes of beer drinkers into preferring light beers that didn’t utilize the types of hops then grown here.

The 250-acre Sunny Brook Hop Yards by Grants Pass was the last, large hop grower outside of the Willamette Valley. In the late 1980s, it stopped production; the property was sold in 1989 to the Naumes family’s Wild River Orchards, who planted the site with pear trees. The City of Grants Pass purchased the property in early 2006 for a future park ($2.7 million purchase price), and this place is now called the River Road Reserve.

Hops are now trained on low trellises, and technology has replaced the hand pickers with hop machines. As every agricultural product has cycles of low and high prices, hop costs tripled in a short time during the late 2000s. Oregon with its Willamette Valley was still the second-highest commercial producer of hops in the country behind Washington state, and this price increase caused different farms to consider going back into the business. Hop prices then declined.

On Bear Creek Ranch in Ashland–next to the southbound lanes of Interstate 5—is one of the larger hop farms presently south of the Willamette Valley. The owner of Base Camp Brewing Company in Portland, Justin Fay, installed hops in 2018 on 4 ½ acres of land on the 236-acre ranch owned by his parents, Mark and Rebecca Fay. The majority of the fall 2019 harvest of hops was earmarked for Base Camp Brewing, and once in full production, the harvest is to be sold to other brewers. Alpha Beta Farms off I-5 near Ashland recently ended its production of hops.

As with hops, we will have to see what the current hemp and marijuana production works out to become over time–a boom or a bust. There is a cycle for everything and this region is no different.

Sources: Michael Oaks, “Hops: A One-Time Thriving Industry in Josephine County, Grants Pass, Oregon,” Josephine County Historical Society: June 2002; Harriet Smith Guardino, “Of Hops and Men”, Josephine County Historical Society, June 2002; Andi Prewitt, “Where Did the Southern Oregon Hop Farms Go?”, Oregon Beer Growler, Sept. 23, 2017, at Alpha Beta Hops; Greg Stiles, “Base Camp Brewing hops in,” Mail Tribune, July 5, 2018, at Base Camp Brewing.