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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 15, 2019

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill. It’s the weekly Swamp Update, and we’ll talk about all the latest goings-on in Washington D.C.

Check out more great content at: DailyTorch.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors, calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

See the latest weather, and other great content over at: RogueWeather.com.

7:20: Brett from Batteries + Bulbs the new store in Grants Pass joins Bill, live for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway,” segment.

Batteries + Bulbs

200 NE Terry Ln Unit B, Grants Pass, OR 97526

(541) 622-3233

7:35: Roy Lindsey, Mayor of the City of Grants Pass talks with Bill about several issues facing the city, such as the proposed 3 cent per gallon gas tax, and other such topics.

8:10: Dan DeYoung, Josephine County Commissioner talks with Bill today. We’ll be talking with Dan on the smart meter ordinance, and more on The Law Enforcement Stability Act – HB 2382, states that qualifying counties will be able to tax marijuana production sites at a maximum of a $1 per square foot for its recreational farms. It will also allow counties to tax up $50 per plant for residents growing medical marijuana.

8:35: David from Kelly’s Automotive talks with Bill about the final day of the Peanut Butter Drive for hunger.

8:45 Sharon Young from the Asante Family House, The Family House is located at 407 SW Ramsey Avenue within walking distance of Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.  The 7,400 square foot facility opened its doors in the spring of 2008.  This is a temporary guest residence for out-of-town patients and family members of those receiving care at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.


Bill’s Guests: Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill today.

Today we’ll be talking with Dave about an apparent “Thin Gruel,” border wall deal. And, we’ll touch on a new study, detailed here:

Study Reveals Illegal Aliens Incarcerated at Much Higher Rates Than Legal Residents

Illegal aliens are on average three times more likely to be incarcerated than legal residents, according to a new FAIR report. The study analyzes the most recent data available from the federal government’s State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which reimburses states for a small portion of the costs of incarcerating criminal illegal aliens. The report includes states that account for 65 percent of the nation’s illegal alien population.

For far too long, the open borders lobby have peddled the talking point that is the exact opposite of the truth. They were able to arrive at this argument by purposely omitting crucial data, such as drug, identity and document fraud offenses, which most would agree is a considerable oversight. Some of the key findings of the study include:

  • In all SCAAP-reporting states – that together account for the vast majority of the nation’s illegal alien population — illegal aliens are incarcerated at a much higher rate than citizens and lawfully present aliens. In some cases, the rate is five times higher.
  • In California, the state that has the largest illegal alien population, illegal aliens were 3.3 times as likely as legal residents to be incarcerated.
  • In New Jersey, illegal aliens are 5.5 times as likely to be incarcerated as legal residents; in Arizona, they’re 4 times as likely; in Washington, 3.5 times as likely; and in Oregon, the nation’s first and oldest sanctuary state, 3.7 times as likely.

See more over at: FairUS.org.

7:10: Patrick Wood, of Technocracy.news and author of: “Technocracy Rising: The Hard Road to World Order,” talks with Bill today.

We’ll be talking with Patrick today about the upcoming Carbon Reduction Committee meeting next Saturday, and how to fight it.

Check out more great content at: Technocracy.news where you can see Patrick’s books and so much more.

8:35: Terry Welburn of Welburn’s Weapons and Summer Whitlatch of Blinging Bullets joins Bill in studio. Today we’re talking about the Guns & Roses Valentine’s Day Shopping Event.

Where: Welburn’s Weapons @ 6785 Crater Lake Hwy, Central Point

When: Today

Admission is free.

8:45: Brad Bennington from the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon talks with Bill. This weekend in the Annual Home Show, and we’ll tell you all about it.

2019 Southern Oregon Home Show

HOME SHOW DATES AND HOURS
Friday, February 15 • 10 – 5 pm
Saturday, February 16 • 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, February 17 • ­10 am – 4 pm

Location: Jackson County Expo | 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502
Cost: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $5

Friday is Free from 10am-12pm
Kids under 12 Free: Cash Only : ATM on site


Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Happy Hump Day!

 6:35: Ethan Garr, Vice President of Product with Robokiller chats with Bill today.

Don’t pick up that phone!

Americans have been plagued with an increasing number of robocalls — and the government can’t do anything about it.

RoboKiller, the call blocking app that gets revenge on telemarketers by countering spam calls with Answer Bots, today released the latest data from its RoboCall Data Tracker showing that there was major spike in Robocalls in January breaking the record monthly number. Robokiller directly attributed this substantial increase in spam calls to the “Do Not Call” National Registry being suspended do to the shutdown. “This allowed spammers and scam artists to directly bypass the “Do Not Call” list that was designed to keep them at bay. Many businesses were affected as their phone systems being inundated with robocalls stretching their infrastructure thin. said Ethan Garr, RoboKiller’s VP of Product. “Our Answer Bots were fighting back against this wave; answering these calls, engaging the live operators and wasting the telemarketers’ time. Since August, 2018, Robocalls nationwide were tracking at around 5 Billion per month. In January, the newly released data showed a spike to nearly 5.5 Billion calls.

RoboKiller collects data for its tracker through its award-winning mobile apps for iOS and Android. As the app identifies and blocks hundreds of thousands of phone numbers to protect its users from ringing spam calls, it silently answers those calls with Answer Bots. These bots stole back nearly 60,000 hours of telemarketers time in December alone. The tracker showed over 5 billion robocalls being made on a monthly basis for the second half of 2018 which was already at record proportions.

Check out more from Ethan and learn more about Robokiller at: Robokiller.com.

7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department joins Bill in studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Mr. X, crack researcher, activist, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy, joins Bill in studio today.

We’ll be discussing how will we are in search of “Climate Common Sense.”


WORTH A READ

It’s a deep, thorough, and chilling article about the state of our U.S. Navy. Imagine REAL future battles with a Russia or China under current conditions. Chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.” won’t fix these systemic issues. I also wonder if their military and navies are focused on satisfying “diversity” agendas, or erring on the side of battle readiness? https://features.propublica.org/…/us-navy-crashes-japan-ca…/


Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6:35: Eric Caron, former U.S. diplomat and special agent talks with Bill today.

Eric has recently released his first book: “Switched On: The Heart and Mind of a Special Agent,” and he’s here to talk about it today.

“Switched On” delves into Eric’s past cases, in which he shares his experiences, and passes on to the reader the skills that he learned as a special agent and diplomat, as well as the lessons he learned from his father, Edmond, a police sergeant and former marine, to help you deal with issues that may rise in your life. In short, Eric offers insights on how you can become “Switched On.”

Former U.S. Diplomat  & U.S. Special Agent Eric Caron has spent his life successfully conducting and managing covert operations related to national security, transnational crime, terrorism, and money laundering. He has held senior positions within Homeland Security and INTERPOL. Eric recently released his first book, “Switched On – The Heart and Mind of a Special Agent.”

You can get your copy of his book, right HERE. And, you can find out so much more over at Eric’s website: SwitchedOnLife.com.

7:10: Hayden Ludwig, an investigative researcher at Capital Research Center chats with Bill today.

Today, we’ll discuss, the “New Green Deal,” brought about by, self-proclaimed democratic socialist, and newest Democrat Party darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes.

Here’s an article you can read on the subject: “Filthy Dirty ‘clean energy”

And here’s one by Hayden on our subject today: “Sunrise Movement Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On ‘New Green Deal’.”

You can read more from Hayden over at: CapitalResearch.org.

8:45: Kena Sampson of Sparrow Clubs  and Danica & Ula, South Medford High School student coordinators joins Bill, in studio.


Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 11, 2019

6:35: Jeff Reynolds, a northern Oregon researcher and author of the upcoming book: “Behind The Curtain: Inside the Network of Progressive Billionairs and Their Campaign to Undermine Democracy,” talks with Bill.

Behind the Curtain takes a look where the Leftist billionaire’s club doesn’t want you to go—into the world of dark money and influence that has only one goal: to stop conservatives and Donald Trump by any means necessary.

You’re probably familiar with George Soros. You may be familiar with Tom Steyer. You may even know who their other billionaire buddies are on the Left, and which foundations they use to exert political pressure. But do you know how they organize their dollars and their organizations to have maximum impact, while shielding themselves from voter scrutiny and criminal charges? Behind the Curtain is a look into the murky world of dark money—massive amounts of it aligned to push a far-left agenda that would make even mainstream liberals shiver.

Behind the Curtain reveals the sordid web of limousine liberals and subversive billionaires in a chilling tale of power, greed, envy, and the politics of personal destruction. It is also the story of the lengths to which the organized Left will go to overturn the results of the 2016 election using the courts, a shadowy network of nonprofit organizations and consulting firms, and an increasingly compliant media.

Basically, I connect the dots between the far left agenda, corruption in the federal (and state) government, and the hundreds of billions of dollars being moved around to facilitate it all.

“Behind The Curtain” is due to be released on February 26th, and you can pre-order your copy. Just click here.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the latest weather, and the Monday Outdoor Report.

7:20: State Senator Dennis Linthicum calls in to talk with Bill. Senator Linthicum is here to respond to a smear story, that targets his comments on taxation and Eric Garner’s death in New York City.

Read the articles here: “House Democrats Demand Apology From Oregon Senator Over Eric Garner Comment.”

7:50: Adam Higginbotham, author of “Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story of The World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster,” calls the show today.

We’ll be talking about his book today

In 2006-the twentieth anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl-Adam Higginbotham, then a reporter on assignment, traveled to Russia and Ukraine, searching for surviving witnesses to the accident. He discovered that the version of events widely accepted in the West was incomplete, often incorrect, and colored by misinformation and propaganda. The real story, he found, was more complex, human, and terrifying than the myth.

Based on research conducted over the course of more than ten years, Higginbotham’s MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster (February 12, 2019/$29.95 hardcover) provides the first complete account of the catastrophe that encircled the world and helped precipitate the fall of the Soviet Union. Higginbotham draws upon recently declassified documents, letters, unpublished memoirs and material from the archives of the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, as well as scores of original interviews with participants in the events of 1986. These include former Soviet ministers, state investigators, KGB officers, pilots, and soldiers, as well as the scientists, nuclear engineers, plant workers, and ordinary citizens whose lives were changed forever. Many of these have never before spoken to a Western journalist. The result is the definitive account that breaks through the propaganda, secrecy, and myth to reveal the truth about one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.

Higginbotham’s exhaustive reporting allows the reader to experience the incident through the eyes of those who lived it, from the ambitious young station director who first envisioned the power station in a snow-covered field in rural Ukraine, to the control room engineers who unwittingly prompted its destruction; from the city officials and government ministers who oversaw the mass evacuation and cleanup, to the ordinary citizens who struggled through it all to keep their families safe. It is a story of heroics and incompetence, hubris and ingenuity, institutional weakness and human resilience.

Higginbotham also positions Chernobyl as a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With an estimated final cost of 18 billion rubles-at the time equivalent to $18 billion-Chernobyl further strained the teetering Soviet economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies.

MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL also carries echoes for our own time. With tensions rising among the world’s nuclear powers, and a vigorous ongoing debate about the role of nuclear power in the world’s energy future, Higginbotham’s account serves as a parable for how we should think about our ability and our will to control the world through potentially dangerous technologies.

ABOUT ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM

Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker,, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ,, and Smithsonian. He lives in New York City.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author of several books and local historian drops by the studio for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great.” Check out more from Dr. Powers, and see more of his books at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.

Bill Patton: A Guiding Light at OSF

By Dennis Powers

Bill Patton was born in Medford in 1927 and was drawn into drama while at Medford High School. After graduating from Stanford University, he served two years in the U.S. Army, worked at CBS radio in Hollywood, and did promotions for the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.

He began working for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (“OSF”) as a part-time lighting designer in 1948, but he did a variety of jobs for the tiny festival, including as a wardrobe assistant. Along with other acting roles, he played Count Paris in “Romeo and Juliet” (1949) and Prince John in “Henry IV–Part One” (1950). OSF”s founder, Angus Bowmer, appointed Bill as its general manager in 1953 and its first full-time employee.

Another Stanford graduate in theatre, Shirley Douglass (Patton) came to Ashland in 1958 to act with the OSF in whatever parts were available. She met her husband, Bill Patton, only minutes after she got off the bus. As she walked up the hill behind the Ashland library looking for the building she would stay in, two men came beside her in an old truck with a mattress in the bed. “The man driving the truck looked rather concerned that I was carrying those suitcases, but he was clearly torn between that and whatever task he had at hand,” Shirley said.

As she approached the house she would share with other young actresses in the company, the two men also stopped and lifted out the mattress. “It’s been fumigated,” the younger man said, she recounted. That man was Bill Patton, the general manager of the company. They were married six months later.

Among the people Patton lured to Ashland was his friend Richard Hay, who became OSF’s senior scenic and theatre designer, with near six-decades of working for it. The team of Patton and Hay brought about much of what is now seen at OSF. They designed and oversaw construction of the present Elizabethan Theatre in 1958 and the Angus Bowmer Theatre, which opened in 1970. They opened the Black Swan in 1977 and the Pavilion surrounding the Elizabethan Stage in 1991.

In 1981, his title was changed to executive director, and he had led the festival as a “guiding light” from 1953 to 1995 when he retired. The OSF under Patton’s helm grew from 29 performances and an annual audience of 15,000 to 800 performances and an audience of 400,000. Taking the tiny festival to where it became one of the largest regional theatres was an achievement. He remained a highly visible presence in Southern Oregon afterwards, attending play openings at the OSF and elsewhere with his wife, Shirley, and supporting live theater and the arts.

Bill Patton passed away at age 83 in 2011. The OSF dedicated the entire 2011 season, its 76th, to him in honor of his leadership. Shirley and Bill had three children and seven grandchildren during their 52 years of marriage.

Afterwards, Shirley carried on. She celebrated 60 years of service with the Tudor Guild in 2019 and is in her 75th year of acting, much of it with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The legacy of her husband, Bill, also continues on as a “great man of the theatre and of Oregon.”

Sources: Bill Varble, “OSF’s Bill Patton dies at age 83,” Mail Tribune, January 14, 2011, at Bill Patton; Caitlin Fowlkes, “OSF legend celebrates 60 years,” Mail Tribune, January 16, 2019, at Shirley Patton.