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I’M WITH HIM (opinion)
Given a choice between Judge Andrew Napolitano vs. blatherskite Shep Smith re presidential surveillance, it’s Napolitano EVERY time. They’re throwing the Judge under the bus right now via Shep and the NYT: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary, Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, any way. Full stop.”
Folks, the deep surveillance state takes it all. How many Edward Snowdens, Amaryllis Fox types, or William Binneys (former NSA who says they now record at least 80% of all calls) does it take before we get it? The level of surveillance we live under would’ve had our founders overthrowing THIS government. To push that there is nothing to see here is nothing less than promoting willful ignorance.
Bill’s Guests For: Friday, March 17, 2017: St. Patrick’s Day:
6:35: Ryan Mauro, with the Clarion Project talks with Bill. Ryan Mauro is a national security expert with degrees in several intelligence areas. He and Bill talk about President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, which Ryan is an expert. Read Ryan’s piece on the subject: “10 Points You Won’t Hear About Trump’s Revised Travel Restrictions.”
You can learn more at: ClarionProject.org.
8:10: Mr. X, the crack researcher, expert and foe of all things Gang Green Commie, policy consensus shenanigans, leaves his bunker and joins Bill, live in studio. What kind of things are going on behind the Oregon Livability Survey?
If you want to defend your rights against a Gang Green Commie, policy consensus takeover, do as Mr X says and call our congresspeople and let them know your opinion.
Alan DeBoer R-Ashland
Herman Baertschiger R-Grants Pass
Sal Esquivel R-Medford
Pam Marsh D-Ashland
Duane Stark R-Central Point
Carl Wilson R-Grants Pass
Bill’s Guests For: Thursday, March 16, 2017:
6:35: Eric Peters, libertarian car enthusiast and the force behind EricPetersAutos.com. talks with Bill. Eric says in a new piece that President Donald Trump thinks that your car’s gas mileage, is your business, and nobody else’s. Read the article:
And, that’s not all. Check out EricPetersAutos.com for reviews on the latest cars, and more libertarian thought.
7:10: Sheriff Nate Sickler, newly appointed Sheriff of Jackson County joins Bill, live in studio. We’re talking about the jail and other issues that may affect you.
7:35: Senator Alan DeBoer, Oregon State Senator checks in from Salem for a legislative update.
8:40: Burgess Owens, retired Super Bowl Champion with the Oakland Raiders, and author of the book: “Liberalism – How To Turn Good Men Into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps,” joins the show. Burgess is going to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Jackson County Repbulican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, with Bill himself emceeing the event.
WHEN: This Saturday, March 18, 2017. Check-in begins at 4:30pm, with dinner served at 6pm.
Tickets are still available. Just go to: Jcrpcc.com.
Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
6:15: Dr. Alieta Eck, M.D. a New Jersey physician, and co-founder of Affordable Health Incorporated talks with Bill, about how Obamacare subsidies are robbing the middle class blind.
Read Dr. Eck’s op-ed piece on the subject:
“ObamaCare Subsidies Rob The Middle Class,” at TheConservativePundit.net.
7:10: Brian Alexander, author, talks with Bill about his new book: “Glass House: The 1% Economy and The Shattering of The All-American Town.”
7:35: Lt. Justin Ivers of the Medford Police Department joins Bill, live in studio for the Crimestoppers Case of The Week.
8:35: Lee Greene & Tom Lowell from JCConcerts.org join the show, live in studio, to promote this Friday’s concert.
JCConcerts.org presents Derik Nelson & Family in concert.
When: This Friday, March 17, 2017, starting at 7:30 in the evening.
To get tickets online, click HERE.
Bill’s Guests For: Tuesday, March 14, 2017:
6:35: Daniel Zene Crowe, fmr JAG and Oregon Attorney General candidate joins the show. Is there a Republican resurgence happening in Oregon after so many years of hard-left Democratic rule? Daniel will give us his thoughts. Also, Daniel will be speaking at this Saturday’s Jackson County Republican Party, Lincoln Day Dinner.
When: This Saturday, March 18, 2017. Check in begins at 4:30 PM. You can get ticket information and register for the event at: JCRPCC.com.
7:35: Sal Esquivel, Oregon State Representative, District 6 calls the show with the latest going on in the legislative session.
8:10: Terry Baker, Phoenix City Councilor joins Bill live in studio to talk about the firing of the city manager, and what lies ahead for they city.
Bill’s Guests For: Monday, March 13, 2017:
6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans For Limited Government talks with Bill about the Obamacare replacement brought forth by congressional republicans. What exactly is going on with it? Rick will give his take. See more at: GetLiberty.org.
7:20 Carolyn Birch, General Manager of the Medford Rogues Baseball Club joins Bill, live in studio. Carolyn is announcing the newest member of the Rogues’ front office, former Major League Baseball player Freddy Sandoval of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Kansas City Royals. For tickets and so much more, go to: medfordrogues.com.
7:35: Kim Wallan, Medford City Councilor from Ward 4, talks with Bill about the latest going on with Public Works and other city issues.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law joins Bill in studio for this week’s “Visiting Past & Present,” segment.
The Story and History of the Railroads
By Dennis Powers
The railroad’s path made hamlets into cities and caused others to wither or die along the way. Owing to the heavy capital requirements needed to build the tracks, bridges, stations, and infrastructure, individuals and their rail companies went out of business, reorganized, or were bought out. Backroom politics was the norm.
The Oregon story begins in 1861 when Joseph Gaston of Jacksonville incorporated a company to raise the funds for a preliminary survey to build a railroad from the Rogue Valley to the Columbia River. Passionate about constructing an Oregon railroad that would connect with a northern one coming from California, he then was practicing law and the editor of Jacksonville’s Oregon Sentinel.
With funding and capital requirements being a continuing problem, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1866 that made large grants of public land to the railroad company that built the railroad between Portland, Oregon, and Marysville, California. The Oregon Legislature would decide who was to build the railway through the state, and the incentive of acquiring large parcels of land galvanized forces into action.
Two years later, Joseph Gaston was in Salem to lobby the legislature for his company. His main rival, powerful shipping mogul Ben Holladay (who owned a stagecoach empire throughout the west including the Pony Express), however, received the legislature’s blessing. Gaston accused Holladay’s award as due to his having caused “judges, legislatures, and attorneys to betray their clients.” As the California railroad began to build north from Marysville, Holladay took over Gaston’s company and sold $10.5 million in bonds to German investors to finance the southern route.
During the early 1870’s, different railroad companies came and went, as reorganizations became the norm. Although Holladay was able to cause his railroad to reach Salem, Eugene, and then Roseburg from Portland, he ran out of money in 1872, some 145 miles from Ashland. If he had followed his planned route, the railroad would have run through Eagle Point—not Medford—and that city would never have existed. The venture stopped at Roseburg, and one year later Holladay couldn’t meet the required interest payments on his bonds. The company went bankrupt.
Henry Villard represented the German investors and took control four years later of Holladay’s Oregon and California Railroad Company (“O&C”). Joseph Gaston did have the last laugh when his competitor became bankrupt and lost control. It took years to reorganize the company with new debt, and the work to extend the railroad to the California border couldn’t begin again until mid-1883, due to a bad economy, the high costs, and politics being difficult obstacles.
Having restarted construction, Villard’s O&C track was extended from Roseburg through Josephine and Jackson County, finally stopping at Ashland on May 4, 1884, a total of 310 miles from Portland. Villard’s company, however, couldn’t meet its debt obligations either, and further building to meet California’s track coming from the south then ended.
In 1887, the once-again, reorganized O&C was now under control of the Southern Pacific Holding Company, and it began to connect the two states. As part of the agreement, the control and stock of the O&C passed to Southern Pacific. The completion of the railroad over the Siskiyou Summit was then completed from both sides. On December 17, 1887, Charles Crocker, the vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, drove in the golden spike in Ashland that formally connected the two tracks.
The passage of the railroad through Josephine and Jackson County created new towns and left others in the wind. Towns such as Grants Pass, Rogue River, Gold Hill, Central Point, Medford, and Ashland were made. When Thomas Chavner offered concessions to the railroad, he ended up platting and creating in 1884 the town of Gold Hill with its train station and stop. A few miles down the Rogue River, neighboring Rock Point and its stage stop was by-passed and it withered away. Landowners in the Central Point area made a right-of-way deal with the railroad to build its tracks over their land. In return, they relocated Central Point to the rail-line and that township flourished with its stop.
The story of Jacksonville took another turn. Its leaders assumed that the railroad would come through there, especially since the first surveyors came from the town. Despite its rich history and the assumptions, the cost of building one mile of track was estimated at $30,000 per mile, and a detour from the straight line through Bear Creek Valley would have been too expensive. The railway continued from Gold Hill through Tolo on the river with its nearby Gold Ray Dam and direct to eventually reach Ashland.
Four property owners in Jackson County, including Cornelius Beekman, had donated 260 acres to the railroad in late 1883, and this land was platted for a new town named Medford. As the railroad came there, dozens of businesses were created, including two hotels, saloons, and the railroad depot. The depot building was replaced in 1900, and in 1910, the brick station was constructed where Porters Restaurant and Bar on North Front Street now is in operation. Jacksonville shriveled away until Robbie Collins and others with their vision brought about its designation in the 1960s as the first National Historic Landmark Town in the country. With the railroad, property values substantially increased and new county seats were born at Grants Pass and Medford. The fast movement of crops, freight, and goods—compared to the days and weeks taken by wagon train—brought the two counties and Southern Oregon into a new prosperity.
8:35: Dr. John Hyatt of the Retina & Vitreous Center of Southern Oregon comes into the studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway” segment. You can check out more at: RetinaandVitreous.com
SOUTH COUNTY GOES NEO-BOLSHIE?
Ashland City Council agrees to a climate change plan, not binding – yet. Money quote of the night came from a high school student: “60 percent of middle schoolers are more afraid of climate change than cancer”….Sigh. The south county continues to sleepwalk into addle-brained climate change Bolshevism. Apparently they’re not trained in gov schools that “carbon” isn’t a pollutant, but rather the building blocks of life on a carbon-based life form planet. Plant food, folks. We should WELCOME a warmer earth and the ability to feed people more easily. Given the decreased solar activity these recent years, we better hope there’s some warming, because extinction events usually occur when it’s cold