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Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

6:20: Curtis Houck, Managing Editor for Newsbusters.org for the Media Research Center talks with Bill. Today is Tax Day, and the major networks have not covered protests by liberals the same way that they covered conservative Tea Party protests during the Obama Administration. An article from 2009 on MRC Newsbusters tells you all about that. Fast forward to today, Curtis’ article on the same site, compares the two.

7:10: Dr. Brian Shumate, Superintendent for the Medford 549C school district joins Bill, live in studio, to discuss the budgeting and other educational issues facing the district.

8:10: Mr. X, crack researcher and expert on all things, Gang Green, policy consensus, sustainability “kumbayah” shenanigans talks with Bill in studio. Today, we’re looking at an Ashland church that is becoming something of a lynchpin for the Indivisible group.

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Bill’s Guests for Monday 04-17-17

 6:35 Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victimes of Communist Memorial Foundation.

It’s official! ‘Communism for Kids’ has made its debut on Amazon’s bestseller list. Marion Smith, the Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and a frequent guest on Fox News, discusses the rising phenomenon of millennials and communism and this latest outrageous example of historical illiteracy. According to Marion, in no way should this book’s popularity be taken lightly. His talking points: 

  • Communism for Kids whitewashes an ideology which has cost more than 100 million people their lives. This book is devoid of any awareness of politics and history.
  • History, as well as current events in countries such as Venezuela, has proven that collectivist policies must always be coercively implemented and enforced.
  • We should be educating people about the truth of communism, rather than furthering the efforts of communist ideologues to spin a tale of false hope and dream-like utopia.

 

7:10 Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com, sponsored by Waterworld Boat and Powersport on Crater Lake Highway

7:15 Curt Ankerberg, candidate for Medford 549C school board

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, DennisPowersBooks.com, Today’s Visiting Past and Present segment:

Frederick Schilling: Dagoba Chocolate and More

By Dennis Powers

Frederick Schilling was born in 1971 in Minnesota, and his father had been an IBM corporate manager, but who retired later at age 49 to live life non-corporately. His son followed the example. Frederick left Ohio Wesleyan while on a lacrosse scholarship, intending to study religion and satisfy his spiritual needs. He attended a music festival in Telluride, Colorado, however, and then decided on a music life. Playing the guitar, he wrote songs and became the lead singer in a band. He moved to Boulder, where he could ski and live the life. To make ends meet, Schilling became a chef in a high-end restaurant and discovered the joys of using cocoa and the best bean selection.

He learned that the early Mayans revered cacao as a drink of the gods, and that Aztecs used cacao beans for currency. In 2001, Shilling became intrigued by this and started making his own organic chocolate. The first ingredients included Chai tea spices, chilies, and dried rosehips.

After experimenting extensively in his home kitchen, Shilling quit to start his own business.    

With his girlfriend, Tracey Holderman (whom he later married and divorced), Frederick traveled in 2001 to New York City to attend the Fancy Food Show and launch Dagoba, his organic-chocolate company. (The name is derived from the Sanskrit word for “temple”.) Although Dagoba didn’t have employees or orders, it did have a small industrial building lease, wrapped organic bar samples, and the financial backing of his family (an initial $20,000 investment).     

Making cold calls to sell his chocolate, it took time to build the reputation. He hand-poured the chocolate into molds and wrapped the bars for the first two years. An East Coast distributor later ordered 10,000 of the chocolate bars. Schilling poured each one (over ten 18-hour days), and his mother, who lived in Minnesota, flew in to help with others.

In the summer of 2002, the company made its first million dollars in sales. As the business grew, he decided to move its operations from Boulder to the Rogue Valley (after looking at other areas), due to the area’s lower costs, less congestion, and close-by outdoors. From a 3,000 square-foot, Central Point space, they moved to Ashland in 2005 and nearly 40,000 square feet (on Benson Way). They added new machinery and employees; product lines expanded to cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, truffles, bars with different tastes and ingredients, and more.

The awards flowed in: “Best Chocolate,” CNN-Money, 2003; “Tops the List,” Money magazine, 2004; “Best Dark Chocolate, Organic Style,” San Francisco Chronicle, 2004;