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Bill’s Guests for: Friday, April 13, 2018: Friday The 13th
6:35: Jim Rafferty, candidate for Josephine County Commission, Position 1, chats with Bill, and is open for questions if you have any. You can learn more at: W4ACG.com.
Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, April 12, 2018:
6:35: Dr. John Zmirak of The Stream talks with Bill.
The Stream’s John Zmirak writes that Christians, who have been in Iraq since the time of the apostles, are literally feeling Iraq because of attacks from ISIS.
Now, the same thing is beginning to happen in Syria to the Christians.
John observes, “The same people who assured us that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat to America are now saying that of Assad. They’re telling us that “moderate rebels” exist who would be America’s allies if they came to power. And they’re braying that we have a profound moral obligation to punish Assad for attacking civilians. Maybe he did.”
You can read more at TheStream.org
8:10: Professor Mark W. Hendrickson, Adjunct Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at Grove City College chats with Bill.
The upcoming “March for Science” in our nation’s capital, as well as Earth Day events across the nation, will spotlight the issue of global warming in the coming weeks ahead. But how much does the American public know about the crucial and controversial science of climate change?
“Not much,” says Professor Mark W. Hendrickson of Grove City College, “and that’s why I wrote my new book called, “The Big Picture, The Science, Politics, and Economics of Climate Change.” http://www.cfactstore.com/product/the-big-picture/
In this book, economist Mark Hendrickson walks the reader systematically through the science, politics, and economics of climate change and shows how interwoven they are. His book provides a needed comprehensive overview of the various aspects of the climate change debate to help the reader better understand what is at stake for all of us.
What are the cost/benefit economic tradeoffs involved if governments curtail the use of fossil fuels? Is it possible that the cure will make the human race worse off instead of better? The book is an easy-to-understand narrative showing the limitations, uncertainties and sometimes even misuses of scientific data and studies, and how the climate change issue is being exploited by ambitious people with political and economic agendas involving centralization of power and the transfer of massive sums of wealth. “Regardless of which side of the climate change issue you are on, the fact is that climate change has become a major battlefront in today’s impassioned political tug-of-war between two opposing mindsets or worldviews.”
Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct professor of economics and entrepreneurship at Grove City College and fellow for Economic and Social Policy with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. The author of hundreds of articles, many published in prominent news outlets both at home and abroad, Dr. Hendrickson is a Contributing Editor of The St. Croix Review and selfeducatedamerican.com. His most recent books are Problems with Piketty: The Flaws and Fallacies in ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ God and Man on Wall Street: The Conscience of Capitalism (co-authored with Dr. Craig Columbus)
Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, April 11, 2018:
7:10: Leonard Krug of Brookings talks with Bill today. Today, we’re discussing the proposed rule change that would make fishing for wild steelhead, catch-and-release only. Mr. Krug is fighting the change, and he’s hoping to raise awareness on the issue today.
7:35: Jackson County Sheriff Nate Sickler drops by the studio, to bring to you the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, April 10, 2018:
6:35: Deborah J. Vagins, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Research at American Association of University Women, talks with Bill today. It’s Equal Pay Day, and Deborah will talk with Bill about equal pay issues.
An analysis by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) finds that on average women working full-time, year-round in Oregon currently make 79 cents on the dollar compared to men, a pay gap of 21 percent, placing them 27th out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
To mark Equal Pay Day (April 10), the symbolic day that demonstrates women, on average, have to work more than three months longer to earn the same amount as men. AAUW is highlighting The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap report, which finds nationally the gap has, on average, remained at 80 cents on the dollar for women who work full-time, year-round compared to men. The gap has only closed by 7 cents in the past 20 years. The inequities are greater among Latinas (54 cents) and black women (63 cents). The pay gap also exists in every state – ranging from 30 cents in Louisiana and Utah to 11 cents in New York.
“Women in Oregon – and all over the country — are sick of unequal pay,” said Kim Churches, chief executive officer at AAUW. “That’s why we’re issuing an expiration date on pay inequity. Pay inequity harms our families and employers, while also robbing our economy of billions of dollars. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to close the pay gap, and do it soon. At AAUW, we’re aiming to eliminate the gap by 2030. It’s ambitious, but achievable, if we all take the right actions.”
This Equal Pay Day, AAUW calls for every state to adopt comprehensive equal pay laws. While 48 states and the District of Columbia (all except Alabama and Mississippi) have some form of an equal pay law, they differ significantly in their scope and strength. Currently, Oregon has strong equal pay protections in place. A comprehensive breakdown of strong pay equity laws is available at https://www.aauw.org/resource/state-equal-pay-laws/
7:10: Gary Lake, former member of the Karuk Tribal Council talks with Bill. Today, we’re discussing the Ruffey Rancheria, that is pushing for federal recognition in California. There have been some concerns the if the tribe becomes federally recognized, that there would be the potential for a casino to be built in Ashland. But, Gary says that there is something else afoot with this particular move. And, it may have an impact on Southern Oregon resources.
8:10: Clay Bearnson, Medford City Councilor from Ward 2, talks with Bill, live in studio. Today, we’re talking about the proposed “Livability Team,” and other issues facing the City of Medford.
Bill’s Guests for: Monday, April 9, 2018:
7:20: Sam Carpenter, Oregon GOP Gubernatorial candidate calls the show.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian joins Bill, live in studio, for this week’s edition of: Visiting Past & Present.
Brandon Drury: Baseball Standout
Born in August 1992, Brandon Drury lived in the Rogue Valley and went to Grants Pass High School. He played shortstop for the Grants Pass Cavemen, hit ten homeruns as a junior, and was a first-team all-state selection in his senior year (2010). The Atlanta Braves most pursued him in the weeks leading up to the draft that year—and drafted him in the 13th round straight out of high school. Drury needed to decide whether to play baseball for the perennial nationally-ranked Oregon State baseball team, or to go with the Atlanta Braves. He chose Atlanta.
He made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Braves and had to learn to adjust in playing as a teenager. He finished the year hitting .198 with three home runs over 192 at bats. The following year, in 2011, he played for the Danville Braves of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. In 63 games, he hit .347 with eight home runs in 265 at-bats—and was named the most valuable player of that league. In 2012, while playing for the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League, he hit only .229 in 445 at-bats (an off-year, where he adjusted his batting approach).
Drury was shipped to Arizona in 2013 in a blockbuster trade involving different players and three-time All-Star outfielder Justin Upton (to Atlanta). He played his first season in the Diamondbacks organization with the South Bend Silver Hawks. In 134 games, he hit .302 with 15 home runs. He started the 2014 season for the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League, and in August was promoted to the Mobile Bay Bears of the Class AA Southern League. He had a .299 batting average, 23 home runs and 95 RBI.
During these years, Drury was on different minor-league all-star teams and in 2011, 2013, and 2015 was an all-star on MLB.COM’s list. In 2015, the Diamondbacks invited Drury to spring training and assigned him to Mobile to begin the season. In June, he was promoted to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The Diamondbacks called Drury up to the major leagues on September 1, 2015, and he made his debut that day for the remaining short season.
In the following year, the Diamondbacks occasionally started Drury in the outfield as well as second and third base to keep his bat in the lineup. He hit for a .282 average with 16 home runs in 134 games. Drury then hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 135 games last year (2017).
Arizona sent Drury, an infielder, to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade in February 2018 that included five players (plus two to be named later). The deal was announced one day after former Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez agreed to a $110 million, 5-year contract with Boston. Arizona moved quickly to fill that outfield hole, signing Jarrod Dyson ($7.5 million, 2-year contract) before trading for Souza.
Souza will be the starter at one corner outfield position, with Dyson subbing at all three spots. Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second base, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies. He’s now playing as a regular on that team.
8:50: Megan Flowers, Executive Director of Sanctuary One talks with Bill, live in studio for today’s segment of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Check out more at: SanctuaryOne.org.
Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, April 5, 2018:
6:35: Tim Winter, President of the Parent’s Television Council talks with Bill today.
Is a Netflix youth series encouraging teen suicide?
The Parents Television Council has commended Netflix for adding some viewer protections for its second season of “13 Reasons Why,” but says Netflix must do much more to protect children from the demonstrably harmful, graphic content.
“The impact of season one of ’13 Reasons Why,’ which culminated with a graphic suicide scene of a high school-aged character, was powerful and intense: millions of children watched; the Google search term for how to commit suicide spiked 26 percent; and there were news reports of children literally taking their own lives after the series was released,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“We may never know the full extent of how grave the influence was, but we do know it was enough for Netflix to commission a research report on how the show has impacted the lives of its viewers – especially young viewers – in positive ways. The report was produced by the prestigious Northwestern University School of Communication, and was led by the respected scholar, Dr. Ellen Wartella, whose work in the field of violent media’s impact on children is highly regarded. The report proved just how powerfully the program impacted its viewers, and how much stronger the emotional connection to the series’ characters was for children aged 13-18 than for young adults or adults – likely one reason Netflix added some viewer protections for its upcoming season of the series.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you today’s special edition of the Outdoor Report.
7:20: Tom DeWeese, Founder of the American Policy Center talks with Bill. Today, we’re talking about the American Planning Association, and how it’s various chapters, including Oregon’s, pushes green and “leftist” policy as official government policy. We’ll touch on Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and more.
And you can find out more at: AmericanPolicy.org.
Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, April 4, 2018:
6:35: Chris Chimielenski, Director of Content and Activism with Numbers USA, joins Bill by phone this morning.
On March 25th, a caravan of some 1,350 of Central American migrants began a journey from the city of Tapachula on the Mexico/Guatemala border to the United States. This journey is being organized by Pueblos Sin Fonteras, (aka People Without Borders), although migrants are responsible for their own food and water. According to Telesur TV, the migrants are demanding from Mexico, and the United States, “open borders and asylum access, and end to deportations that destroy families and a continuation of vital migrant programs such as the Temporary Protected Status.”
BuzzFeed reports that, thus far, the migrants have crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases and police without being stopped. Immigration reduction groups had warned the Trump Administration and Congress that discussions about amnesty, without serious reforms, could produce another surge. When the caravan reaches the U.S. border, the Trump Administration will have to deal with a huge surge of people arriving simultaneously.
7:10: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill this morning. Today, we’re talking about the additional gun restrictive ballot measures being considered this year.
Learn more at: OregonFirearms.org.
7:35: Lt. Kerry Curtis with the Medford Police Department drops by the studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
Two cases this week. You can click here to learn more.
8:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in, but for a different purpose today.
Greg happens to live in the Medford neighborhood where the officer involved shooting happened last week, and he’ll give you his take on what went down that evening.
Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, April 3, 2018:
6:15: Joe Gomez with the Federation for American Immigration Reform calls, and is reporting live from the California/Mexico border near Tijuana. Joe will give you a first-hand rundown of what is going on at the southernmost point of the U.S. West Coast.
Learn more at: FAIRUS.org.
7:10: Curt Ankerburg, local CPA and GOP Candidate for Oregon State Senate District 3 Seat drops by the studio. Any questions can be emailed to Curt
8:10: Marisa Maleck, an attorney specializing in the FDA talks with Bill about her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the FDA and regulation.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a chance to stop many abusive lawsuits by returning to administrative-law basics. Agencies should regulate industry by issuing a proposed rule, seeking comments, and then promulgating a final rule that reflects stakeholders’ input and applies clearly and across the board. At the very least, the FDA should make clear that courts should no longer rely on subregulatory guidance in evaluating whether consumer class actions should proceed.
Marisa is also a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a contributor to the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project.
8:40: Brent Homan of Advanced Air & Metal joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” You can find out more at: AdvancedAirandMetal.com, or give them a call for a free quote at: 541-772-6866.
CAFE STANDARDS – THE LYING IS JUST BEGINNING (opinion)
Watch for a full court press lying media and politician reaction to Trump rolling back the CAFE standards for cars and trucks. You will see such headlines as “West Coast governors and several mayors are expressing their opposition to the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back vehicle pollution standards”. That’s a LIE. CAFE stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy. That’s ALL it is, mileage standards, no cars are allowed to pollute more. Not even the sainted Toyota Prius, darling of eco-freaks, is capable of meeting the mileage standards that Obama was going to force on us. These tyrants want you out of all independent transportation. Blow Trump a kiss on this one, and call the liars on their lies. Even Senator Jeff Merkley lies by calling this “An Attack on Public Health”. This comes through them conflating “pollution” with “CO2”. Don’t let them get away with the Big Lie.
Bill’s Guests for: Monday, April 2, 2018:
6:35: Matt Whitworth, the director of the “The Swamp,” documentary project talks with Bill.
District Productions has launched a documentary series called “The Swamp” which follows around four members of the Freedom Caucus: U.S. Congressman Rep. David Brat, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. Tom Garrett, and Rep. Ken Buck. It is a raw and inside look at how Congress operates – it is unfiltered and will make waves in Washington D.C.
The first episode will be released Monday, April 2nd– and will be streamed for free on the Facebook page for The Swamp.
You can check out the trailer HERE.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers drops by the studio for today’s edition of Visiting Past & Present.
Southern Oregon’s John Day: Larger Than Life
Our John Day is not the frontiersman who was part of the 1811 Astor Expedition and died in 1820, with a river, dam, small town in eastern Oregon, and fossil bed named after him. Southern Oregon’s one graduated from Medford High School, lived in Sams Valley, was larger than life, and passed away in 1986.
His father, Earl, had been a concert pianist, Oregon state senator, judge, and rancher. Born in 1910, John Stuart Day showed an early liking for exercise and taking risks. His father’s motto was that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing well. In father-son ax-throwing contests, he applied this. While in his late teens and early 20’s, John worked as a forest-fire fighter and ranger (at Crater Lake National Park), also holding the ax-throwing title at five Northwest national forests.
Educated at Oregon State, University of Oregon, and Harvard Business School (1937), Day returned to Medford and married Mary Parsons, the daughter of a well-connected Medford family. He was a rancher (the Blue Moon Ranch near Central Point), along with real estate development in East Medford and a large area off Highway 234 towards Sams Valley (Gold Ray Estates).
On top of a high hill overlooking the Rogue River (and then, Gold Ray Dam), Day built a spectacular home in 1956 that reflected his life. His ranch included 4,000 acres of land, five miles in one direction and one in the other. Deer multiplied there with herds of buffalo. He built a landing field on the neighboring Table Rocks to fly in his Hollywood friends. Liking to be different, he kept an African cheetah instead of a cat and drove a Volkswagen with a supercharged engine, instead of a Ferrari.
Featured in a 10-page, House & Garden story, a long-winding road led through his lands to his estate. A heated swimming pool, peacocks and wildlife, and a cheetah cage were outdoors; full-grown trees, a large waterfall, and a huge mounted Kodiak bear greeted visitors in the entry way. A spacious living room and 2,000 square-foot entertainment room followed. Bedrooms, laundry, and a small kitchen were located to the sides, a mirrored gymnasium downstairs. A big-game hunter (with several listings in the Boone & Crockett Club record book), Day mounted different trophies—from goats and big-horn sheep to polar bears—throughout the house.
He played as hard as he worked. Often accompanied by his wife, Nan, and son, John P. (Jack), he traveled throughout Europe, South America, New Zealand, Canada, and the Arctic Circle. He hunted bear in Alaska, pursued jaguars near the Amazon headwaters, and was elected to membership in the Explorer Club, Adventurers Club, Boone and Crockett Club, and Polar Society. Photos of his were on the front covers of nine national magazines.
But it was his inordinate embracing of the outdoors that set him apart. Smoking four packs of cigarettes a day, the then 40-year-old man was diagnosed with arthritis and ulcers. He changed his lifestyle overnight, quit smoking “cold turkey”, and began long walks. From an unhealthy lifestyle, his conditioning became extraordinary: Running four miles each morning, sprint-swimming in his pool, and doing 60 push-ups at a time were just a day’s start.
When John and his wife were enjoying a 1956 Labor Day weekend at Lake of the Woods, he spotted Mt. McLoughlin one evening from a cabin. Day decided then that he was “going up that mountain before the next day dawned.” By daybreak he was almost to the summit, “puffing and blowing.” He tackled mountain climbing with the same drive.
Deciding that U.S. mountains were too tame, John Day declared that they were open for foot racing and established a new sport. Accompanied by mountaineering friends (such as Jim and Lou Whittaker, nationally-recognized climbers) and his son, he tackled every mountain in reach. In seeing how many Oregon peaks he could speed-climb in one day, he made four. In the summer of 1958, Day climbed six Washington mountains in nine days; between the two months of July 4th and Labor Day, he scaled the West Coast’s seventeen major peaks, from Mt. Baker to Mt. Whitney.
A pioneer endurance athlete, bicycle racing was next. Seeing how far he could bicycle in 24 hours, Day started in Hood River and ended near Roseburg—and held several national age-group records. In 1960, he was severely injured from a fall on Mt. McKinley and had to be airlifted away with serious injuries, ranging from a broken arm to dislocated feet. After two months in hospitals, he knew that his mountain racing days were over. After seeing the 1960 winter Olympics, he decided to try cross-country skiing.
Strapping on a pair of skis for the first time at age 52, he spent the next two winters working to make the U.S. Nordic ski team (and its average age of 25). He spent a winter in Norway learning to race and covered 30 miles each day on skis. When the time came, however, he was selected to be an alternate, but couldn’t race: He hadn’t entered the qualifying races and was judged too old at age 55.
Undaunted, he set up a Medford office to promote Nordic skiing throughout the U.S. and Oregon. Towing a snowmobile and setting tracks for people who wanted to ski cross-country, he drove throughout the state and raced. He and two friends co-founded the Oregon Nordic Club, an organization now with numerous chapters throughout Oregon. When John Day was 74 years old, he won a gold medal in international cross-country skiing.
Magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life, True, Argosy, and the Saturday Evening Post wrote long articles about him. When he died in 1986, he was 77 years old—and nothing seemed to be left to achieve. Beginning one year later, the Southern Oregon Nordic Club held its first John Day Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in his honor at Diamond Lake—and this continues to the present. If John Day was still alive, he would still be competing.
Sources: Huston Horn, “Steps to the Stars,” Sports Illustrated, February 3, 1964, at John Day: Sports Illustrated; Daniel Newberry, “Nordic Skiers Race in the tracks of John Day,” Mail Tribune, February 22, 2013, at Nordic Skiing.
8:35: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer and journalist at MyOutdoorBuddy.com calls in.
Capt. Bill is here today to respond to criticism from the Karuk Tribe of California of the call to remove the Klamath Dams project.
Read more from Capt. Bill’s take on the dams at the two following stories: http://www.myoutdoorbuddy.com/articles/131989/klamath-river-dam-removals-challenge-the-will-of-the-people-and-congress.php
Bill’s Guests for: Friday, March 30, 2018:
6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian thinker talks with Bill. Well, President Trump is considering relaxing CAFÉ Mileage Standards, which may leave the Enviro-commie Hordes wetting their pleather drawers. But, what will it mean for major automotive manufacturers? We’ll also talk about: “The Jeep We Can Buy But Can’t Buy.”
See more from Eric at: EPAutos.com.
7:20: Mark Ciardi, Executive Producer of the upcoming film “Chappaquiddick,” chats with Bill.
“Chappaquiddick,” is the new film that details the scandal involving late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The movie is set to premier on April 6th.
Mark Ciardi has produced several other, big-budget, Hollywood films such as The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, Miracle, Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg, The Game Plan and Secretariat.
Watch the film’s trailer right HERE.
8:30: Congressman Greg Walden, (R-Hood River) joins Bill live in studio. Today, we’ll discuss the new spending package, and how that will affect Southern Oregon issue.