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Bill’s Guests for: Monday, November 20, 2017:
6:35: Julio Rivera, Editorial Director for the Reactionary Times, and host of Reactionary Times TV talks with Bill. Today, were talking about the corruption which seems to be prevalent in Puerto Rico.
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7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring you the Monday Outdoor Report.
7:35: Knute Buehler, GOP candidate for Oregon Governor talks with Bill today.
At least $186.4 million misallocated Medicaid funds revealed
Buehler says health care for low income Oregonians suffering from Governor Browns failed leadership and mismanagement
SALEM, Ore.— Bend physician and state Rep. Knute Buehler commented on the growing Medicaid scandal that now totals at least $186.4 million in misallocated funds saying it “undermines health care for Oregonians.”
“The continually growing Medicaid scandal under Gov. Brown undermines health care in our state. The governor is failing to provide leadership, unwilling to seek answers and refusing to provide solutions,” said Buehler.
The Portland Tribune’s Claire Withycombe reported that Allen documented two issues. Withycombe wrote those issues relate, “to $44.5 million in possible payment errors; and issues relating to the allocation of about $67.9 million of funds, which range from charging the wrong section of the state’s budget to claiming federal funds for certain procedures that cannot be paid for with federal money.”
Find out more about Knute and his ideas at: KnuteBuehler.com.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian joins Bill in studio, for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”
By Dennis Powers
The son of a handyman and a homemaker mom, Connie Leslie Sellers, Jr., was born March 1, 1922, in Shubuta, Mississippi. After high school, he enlisted in 1940 in the military and had a seventeen-year career. He married Mary Raineri in 1943 in New Orleans, and they became the parents of two sons, Leonard and Shannon.
Con Sellers experienced combat, primarily during World War II, and was decorated with medals from the United States (Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star), France, England, the Republic of Korea, as well as being awarded the Korean Medal from the United Nations (serving in Korea). While in the military, he began to write. Among other duties, he edited Army newspapers and served as a combat correspondent during the Korean War.
Leaving the Army in 1956, he began writing for a livelihood. In an interview given to Contemporary Authors, he said: “After general discharge from the army for alcoholism, I was thirty-five years old with a wife and two sons, dead broke, and in debt. With some ten years of army PR behind me, writing seemed my only out. I went to school (Monterey Peninsula College: 1957-1958) under the G.I. Bill, mostly to learn how to think like a civilian.”
His passion to earn a decent living started in the sordid trenches of the pulps and men’s magazines. He first wrote macho short stories and articles that were “hairy-chested shoot-em-ups” for men’s magazines, and then moved into the soft pornography, mass-market with quite sexually-liberal content and titles such as “The Business of Wife Swapping” and “Alcoholic Nympho Ward.” He commented that as to those books, there were “no four-letter words but lots of descriptions.”
Con Sellers wrote to make money, not to endear himself to literary critics. In an interview given to the Associated Press, he was quoted: “I can look back and improve on any of them. But I am not ashamed of anything I wrote. If there was a choice between sticking up a grocery store and (not) eating, I’d stick up the grocery store. I had a family to feed.” To Contemporary Authors, he quipped, “Am I ‘commercial’? Damned right; I leave art to the artists—who usually sell insurance or pump gas for a living.”
He and Mary moved to Southern Oregon at Wilderville (ten miles from Grants Pass) in 1961, where under the penname of Robert Crane, he wrote seven suspense books during the sixties about the adventures of a fictional Sargent Corbin during the Korean War. These works were moderately successful. He continued to churn out mass-market pulps to earn the money to live on, earning $750 per book and churning one out every ten days.
It was when he found his agent, Jane R. Berkey, that his writing career turned into real success. Sellers wrote the movie tie-in book in 1970 for the Cliff Robertson and Michael Caine film, “Too Late the Hero,” in which an American Army Lieutenant is assigned to a rag-tag British unit with the mission of destroying a Japanese radio setup on a Philippine island. Eight years later, Sellers was asked to write the tie-in book for the television series, “Dallas,” which he did—and this serialization sold 400,000 copies.
Once his financial fortunes had significantly improved, he could greatly improve their 60-acre ranch named “Bella Maria,” in Wilderville on the Redwood Highway. There, he raised, trained, and showed Morgan horses, and for which he won numerous red and blue ribbons at horse shows that decorated most of one wall in his home office. Having been an Army lightweight boxing champion and an AAU welterweight champion, he also trained and managed boxers in the Tacoma-Seattle area.
In 1977, Con Sellers began teaching a writing class to would-be authors at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. He told them that if they wanted “to be heard,” that they had to write what people were reading. Over 12 years, his students sold 27 books with advances from $4,000 to $40,000.
Sellers did this himself, changing titles, plots, and characters to suit even competing publishers in making a sale. Sellers continued to write books, but then began working in the 1980s on mass-market, historical romance novels. By then, he was grossing annually $100,000 at a minimum from his writing.
When he had published his last work, Sellers had authored more than 230 novels—mostly historical romances and steamy love stories—under 94 pseudonyms, both female and male, including many that were under his own. He had written hundreds of short stories and screenplays while using more than 60 aliases, this giving him greater flexibility on what he wrote and regardless of the mores of the time.
Con Sellers died on February 2, 1992. Among other media and newspaper coverage, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Washington Times printed his obituary. He loved this area and lived at his ranch for nearly 25 years until his death. His books were popular in supermarket checkout lines but not literary circles; knowing what it meant to be poor, he wrote for money. And he was quite successful.
Sources: “The University of Southern Mississippi—McCain Library and Archives: Sellers (Con L. papers), at Biography; Jane Seagrave, “Author Con Sellers: The Name Says It All,” Associated Press, January 13, 1983, at 1983 AP Interview; “Author Con Sellers Dies at 69,” Associated Press, The Lewiston Tribune, Feb. 3 , 1992, at Con Sellers Background.
Be sure to grab a copy of Dr. Powers’ new book, “Where Past Meets Present: The Amazing People, Places & Stories of Southern Oregon.”
8:45: Dr. Chris Cannon, Providence Heart Institute cardiologist talks with Bill, live in studio. Today, were talking about new blood pressure guidelines.
High blood pressure redefined for first time in 14 years: 130 is the new high
American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Guidelines
- High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 and higher, reflecting complications that can occur at those lower numbers.
- In the first update to comprehensive U.S. guidelines on blood pressure detection and treatment since 2003, the category of prehypertension is eliminated.
- While about 14 percent more people will be diagnosed with high blood pressure and counseled about lifestyle changes, there will only be a small increase in those who will be prescribed medication.
- By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.
Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, November 16, 2017:
6:35: Revrend Rob Schenk, an ordained evangelical minister and President of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute talks with Bill today. In the aftermath of the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, some pastors and congregation members have resorted to carrying firearms in church. Is this a good thing? Or no?
7:35: Colleen Roberts, Jackson County Commissioner joins Bill, live in studio. The Board of Commissioners issued an order at Wednesday’s meeting, detailing its policies to combat smoke and fire miseries that we endured this past summer. We’ll discuss where this could take us.
8:45: Mary Robsman of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is coming by to talk about the incredible library that we have here locally as well as personnel that can aide the search for what makes you “YOU”. Researching ancestry is a great pastime made easier with more and more online resources and knowing where to look. For a community our size, our genealogical library is quite exceptional, with books on many local families and resources. Volunteers at the library are well versed on the growing number of online research vehicles such as Ancestry.com and Family Search.
JACKSON COUNTY LIGHTS A FUSE in THE FIRE/SMOKE BATTLE
Gotta’ say It’s a great day! – watched the Jackson County Commission issue Board Order 201-17 this morning, and it’s a real “shot across the bow” against the current status quo on wildfire and smoke. This looks like the start toward reasserting county oversight over the failed green-dominated system we’ve endured for far too long. Board Chair Colleen Roberts joins me Thursday at 7:30 on KMED and KCMD with more details and a breakdown of where this could lead us. Here’s the document. Resolution_Wildfires_Order_No_206_17
Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, November 15, 2017:
6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill this morning on the latest goings-on in Mordor on The Potomac. We’ll look at the latest in the Jeff Sessions testimony, and other DC issues affecting you!
Learn more at: NetRightDaily.com.
7:10: Dr. Steven Greenleaf, “Steve The Marine,” retired psychiatrist talks with Bill on pinpointing violent behavior among the mentally ill, and how it could affect gun rights.
7:25: Frank Scarlucci, from the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club joins Bill, in studio to promote this weekend’s 2017 MRPC Turkey Shoot.
When: Saturday, November 18th. 10am.
7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department drops by the studio to bring you the Crimestoppers Case of The Week.
Check out more cases on Crimestoppers’ Facebook page.
8:10: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill today. The shootings in Corning, California have brought forth the question, “Were the signs ignored?” We discuss it.
Learn more at OregonFirearms.org.
(Something tells me Gov. Brown hasn’t seen this)
Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, November 14, 2017:
6:35: Jeff Kanter, Co-founder of My Academy of Health Excellence talks with Bill today.
What would Amazon, entering the Pharmacy world mean for healthcare? Bill and Jeff discuss.
Read the article on the subject: “Top Healthcare Analyst on How To Play Amazon’s Encroachment on the Industry.”
Learn more at: HealthExcellencePlus.com.
7:35: Oregon State Representative Sal Esquvel calls to bring you a legislative update.
8:10: Dr. Carole Lieberman, Board Certified psychiatrist and author of many books talks with Bill today about how distrespect for the flag and the national anthem, is causing the Army to fill spots by recruiting the mentally ill.
PSYCHIATRIST WARNS: RECRUITING MENTALLY ILL INTO ARMY IS DANGEROUS!
Renowned psychiatrist and terrorism expert, Carole Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H., has treated countless veterans and helped them get benefits for service-connected mental disabilities. She knows the psychological toll that serving in the army can take – especially for those troops who have pre-existing mental problems.
According to Dr. Lieberman, “Disrespect for the American flag and our national anthem has provoked a culture of anti-patriotism and is causing people to dismiss the idea of volunteering for the armed services. The Army has just announced that they are going to try to fill the gap by lifting the ban on waivers for recruits with a history of mental health issues. But, this is a very BAD IDEA.” She continues, “People with pre-existing mental problems are more vulnerable to battle fatigue, PTSD and the exacerbation of their underlying disorders. This makes them a danger to themselves and those who serve with them.”
8:50: Sage Taylor from Wamba Juice & Deli drops by the studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”
Bill’s Guests for: Monday, November 13, 2017:
6:35: Kirsten Tynan, of the Fully Informed Jury Association talks with Bill today. CBS Sunday Morning included a story about a group of people, known as the Ungers, who were convicted in trials that included a flawed, pre-1980 jury instruction given by judges to jurors.
They became known as the Ungers, after a 2012 Maryland Court of Appeals ruling overturning a conviction based on an instruction from the judge to the jury that read, in part:
“[A]nything which I may say about the law, including any instructions which I may give you, is merely advisory and you are not in any way bound by it. You may feel free to reject my advice on the law and to arrive at your own independent conclusions.”
Rather than accurately informing jurors of their right of conscientious acquittal-a right that is explicitly stated in Maryland’s state constitution-this flawed wording suggested to jurors that they were equally free to ignore the prosecution’s burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
University of Maryland law school professor Mike Millemann characterized it by saying the implication of the instruction about the constitution was that “It was ‘advice.’ That really nullified the rule of law. So these, in effect, were lawless trials.”
What is conspicuously missing from the report is what Maryland’s constitution actually said-and still says today-in Article 23 of its Declaration of Rights:
“In the trial of all criminal cases, the Jury shall be the Judges of Law, as well as of fact, except that the Court may pass upon the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain a conviction.”
What undermined the rule of law in the instruction was, in fact, not the part about jurors judging the law as well as the facts, but rather the Courts’ failure to “pass upon the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain a conviction” by instructing jurors properly regarding proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Whenever possible, I try to use the term “conscientious acquittal”, introduced to me by Nkechi Taifa some years ago. It stresses the unidirectional nature of jury nullification to protect individual rights as opposed to ignoring the law in order to throw people willy-nilly in jail who have done nothing wrong. I would love to see more people adopt this language, as I think it is a bit more clear on what we advocate.
For Liberty, Justice, and Peace in Our Lifetimes.
Learn more at FIJA.org.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian, drops by the studio for this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Dr. Powers’ new book:
“Where Past Meets Present: The Amazing People, Places & Stories of Southern Oregon,” at Hellgate Press.
Dead Indian Memorial Road
By Dennis Powers
First built as a wagon trail from near Ashland to past the Howard Prairie Lake area, Dead Indian Road is one of the oldest routes through Southern Oregon’s Cascades. An Indian agent with Klamath Indians built the pathway from there to the eastern base of the mountains and Wood River valley, to meet up with the wagon trail connecting with Fort Klamath and other points. This dusty wagon road was impassable during the winter, but it was an important connection between Bear Creek Valley and the Upper Klamath Basin, supplying the fort and the settlers in the region. It passed by Dead Indian Creek and Dead Indian Mountain on its way.
How this name came about is not entirely clear, but one account is that local settlers in 1854 discovered the bodies of two Rogue Indians in summer huts (or “wickiups”) in a meadow near the creek’s headwaters. Although it wasn’t known how they died—whether by another tribe, disease, or settlers—the name was given to the creek and mountain.
Another account held that one Fred Alberding was returning to the Oregon Territory and camped off the Applegate Trail in the Siskiyous. Waking up, he discovered that one of his horses was missing. He decided that Indians from a neighboring village were the culprits. He made his way to Ashland and found men who would help him take back his horse and give the Indians a “licking”.
Riding to the area, they intended to attack, but the Indians with their rifles shot first and quite accurately behind the trees. Two settlers were wounded and one died. The next day, soldiers from Fort Lane came to recover the body. Ironically, Alberding’s pony then appeared as it dragged a large tree branch caught in its harness—the same one he had tied the horse to before it disappeared. Buzzards in the air drew the contingent to an abandoned camp where they found at least two, perhaps more, dead Indians. It wasn’t clear who was responsible.
Regardless of which account is accepted, it is clear that in the early- to mid-1850s, the discovery of dead Indians gave rise to the name. The area became known as Dead Indian Prairie, and the when the settlers were working to build the road over the Indian trail, they named it Dead Indian Road.
As the Southern Oregon region developed and Crater Lake discovered, tourists got off the train in Ashland and hired a wagon driver for the ride over Dead Indian Road; traveling northerly (over what is now Highway 140), the visitors headed to the rim for its stunning views. The ride on this road was difficult and tortuous with tight curves, steep side slopes, and a long, rocky ride—even when paved much later. Owing to this, other roads developed over time that were easier to travel, such as Highway 62 from Medford to Crater Lake, or Highway 140 to Upper Klamath Lake.
Despite this, the present road was detoured to avoid the most difficult parts, including being moved as much as one-fifth of a mile away. The thoroughfare now starts from Highway 66 out of Ashland and ends at Highway 140 at the Lake of the Woods.
The name has been controversial for decades. When road markers began to be cut down in protest, the Jackson County Commissioners held hearings and decided in 1993 to change the name to Dead Indian Memorial Road. The commissioners recently decided to leave the name along after the issue was again brought to their attention. A marker has been erected in a gravel turnoff at its intersection with Highway 66 that explains some of the history.
Indians once graced the trail into the mountains, followed by settlers and wagons taking goods into the Klamath Valley. Visitors and tourists followed, as the road became a two-lane, paved highway that heavy log trucks barreled over before such logging was heavily curtailed. It is still a beautiful ride through pristine forests and lakes with history seen along the way.
Sources: Ann Staley, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Dead Indian Memorial Road,” at ; Bill Miller, “Legend of Dead Indian Memorial Road,” February 20, 2011, Mail Tribune, at ; Associated Press, “Dead Indian Road a Step Closer To Becoming More of a Memorial,” Seattle Times, March 14, 1993, at ; Associated Press, “Jackson County opts not to rename Dead Indian Memorial Road,” The Register Guard, Nov. 3, 2017, at .
Bill’s Guests for: Friday, November 10, 2017:
6:35: Bruce Tedesco, CIO at BGT Data Science in Chicago, a data scientist who specializes in AI (Artificial Intelligence), joins Bill today. Will the emergence of AI create, or kill jobs for flesh and blood human beings?
And, you can also read, from RealClearMarkets.com: “Robots Won’t Kill Capitalism, They’ll Rev It Up.”
Like this subject, or have a question for Bruce? Follow him on Twitter: @BruceTedesco.
8:10: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, emergency preparedness expert and journalist with MyOutdoorBuddy.com and The Western Journal, talks with Bill. Today, we’re going to talk about a unique, household item, that just may save you if the power grid goes down.
Read the article: “An Awesome Survival Tool – The Rat Trap,” at MyOutdoorBuddy.com.
8:35: Timari Davis from Rogue Auctioneers, joins Bill, live in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”
See more at RogueAuctioneers.com.