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Bill’s Guests: Friday, April 12, 2019

6:20: Daniel J. Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector talks with Bill.

According to a  NEW REPORT  from Independent Sector – in OREGON, every hour a volunteer contributes to their community is worth $26.22 and that’s up 5.3% percent from last year’s figures.

Unfortunately, federal law hurts nonprofit organizations’ ability to attract this valuable resource by severely limiting how much they can reimburse volunteers for donated mileage. Businesses can reimburse their employees at a rate of 54.5 cents per mile, but volunteer mileage has been fixed at a mere 14 cents per mile for over two decades.

Background:

  • In OREGON, every hour a volunteer contributes to their community is worth $26.22 and that’s up 5.3% percent from last year’s figures, according to Independent Sector.
  • Multiply that by thousands of schools, clubs, places of worship, shelters, museums, and health centers all across OREGON, and you start to realize just how valuable volunteers are. These nonprofits improve the quality of life for everyone, but they can’t do it without volunteers.
  • Unfortunately, federal law hurts nonprofit organizations’ ability to attract this valuable resource by severely limiting how much they can reimburse volunteers for donated mileage. Businesses can reimburse their employees at a rate of 54.5 cents per mile, but volunteer mileage has been fixed at a mere 14 cents per mile for over two decades.
  • It is vital for residents in OREGON to not only learn about the value of volunteer hours and the impact of volunteers, but to also support federal policies the strengthen the nonprofit sector and volunteers’ ability to build communities where all people thrive.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the authority to regulate volunteer mileage rates for business and medical/moving purposes, but not for charitable activities. The charitable rate can only be adjusted through the legislative process, and has remained unchanged since 1997.

Previous legislative proposals would have both given the Treasury Department authority to change the volunteer mileage deduction rate and raised the volunteer mileage deduction immediately to the medical/moving rate while ensuring it doesn’t fall below that rate in the future.

Independent Sector is monitoring ongoing Congressional efforts to pass legislation addressing this issue, and supports increasing the mileage reimbursement rate.

You can read the entire report right here.

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update.

Find more great content over at: DailyTorch.com.

7:10: Mr. Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from Rogue Weather, calls in to bring to you, the Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report for Friday, April 12, 2019.

7:35: Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of numerous books, including: “Silent No More,” chats with Bill today.

After the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Dr. Jerome Corsi took to Twitter:

“If I had lied & connected Stone to Assange, Deep State would have had what they needed to pull Trump out of the Oval Office in handcuffs the way Assange was pulled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London today – by the London police with Assange in handcuffs.”

Dr. Corsi was pulled into the Mueller investigation in the Fall of last year regarding his alleged involvement with Julian Assange. Mueller’s team believed that Dr. Corsi had served as an intermediary between Trump advisor Roger Stone and Assange in the release of 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s e-mails, a charge Dr. Corsi denied. Charges against Dr. Corsi were eventually dropped due to an overwhelming lack of evidence, but Dr. Corsi is still fighting back after his privacy was compromised as he was subjected to over 40 hours of interrogation.

Dr. Corsi details his experience with Mueller’s prosecutors in his new book Silent No More: How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller’s “Witch Hunt.”

8:35: Bronwen Ericson and Therese Holliday from Origins Functional Wellness join Bill in studio for today’s business interview.

Origins Functional Wellness focuses on root cause resolution.  Rather than simply treating the symptoms of a disease process, we seek to identify the underlying cause of your illness using your medical history, your origins, and your life story combined with specialized testing.

With this information, we create a highly effective, proven, and personalized protocol that allows you to take control of your health and wellness.

Find out more at: OriginsFunctionalWellness.com.


Bill’s Guests: Thursday, April 11, 2019

6:35: Curtis Houck with Newsbusters.org talks with Bill today.

According to leaked documents obtained by the Daily Caller, Google does act upon its bias against conservatives in the most pernicious ways possible.  Daily Caller reported on April 9, that Google described two different policies in those documents which, if broken, might lead the search engine to blacklist certain sites from search results. It found information about Google’s “XPA news blacklist” which is updated by Google employees on the Trust & Safety team as needed. That blacklist included Matt Walsh’s blog, Gary North’s blog, American Spectator, the Conservative Tribune, and the Gateway Pundit.

Even before this allegation, research showed that Google’s algorithms were biased in favor of the left. An academic study from AllSides noted that Google was biased towards the left in its news searches 4 to 1. The Free Speech Alliance (FSA), a coalition of more than 40 conservative organizations, released the following statement Wednesday in response to reports that Google “blacklists” conservative news and opinion websites – preventing those websites from appearing in search results.

READ: Free Speech Alliance Demands Answers from Google

7:10: Christopher Friend, Oregon Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Action Network talks with Bill today.

So, the state wants to raise taxes on a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products by $2.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) urges Oregon lawmakers to support a proposed tobacco tax increase that will help reduce tobacco use, save lives, lower health care costs and raise revenue. At a public hearing on April 10 and April 11, cancer advocates will share personal stories and testimony about the devastating impact of tobacco use on their families, including losing fathers and other loved ones from tobacco-related cancers.

Lawmakers are considering House Bill 2270 to raise the price of cigarettes by $2 per pack and increase the tax on electronic cigarettes by an equal amount. The tax will help fund the state’s Medicaid program. Revenue will also help fund critical tobacco prevention and cessation programs in the state.

“Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in our state,” said Christopher Friend, Oregon government relations director for ACS CAN. “This year alone, 7,500 Oregonians will die from smoking, which also causes about 28% of cancer deaths in the state. We know that one of the most effective ways to help people quit and keep young people from starting is by making all tobacco products significantly more expensive with regular tax increases.”

According to projections from ACS CAN, a $2 per pack cigarette tax increase would help 31,300 adults quit smoking. It would prevent more than 19,000 Oregon kids under age 18 from becoming daily smokers and reduce overall youth smoking rates by nearly 21%. Additionally, 13,700 lives would be saved from a premature death.

The revenue from the $2 cigarette tax increase would also be significant, generating nearly $173 million in new annual revenue while reducing health care costs. In fact, as smoking rates decrease from a $2 cigarette tax increase, the state would see about $1.02 billion in long-term health care cost savings.

“Oregon’s current cigarette tax is ranked 32nd in the nation and falls below the national average,” Friend added. “We also don’t tax e-cigarettes, which are rampant in our schools, and we have not raised the tobacco tax by a large enough amount to reduce smoking since 2002. It’s time we reestablish ourselves as a leader in the fight against tobacco.”

Following this week’s public hearings, House Bill 2270 will be scheduled for a vote in the House Revenue Committee before being considering for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org

8:10: Ernest Roets, author of the book: “Kill The Boer” talks with Bill.

SOUTH AFRICA’S SOCIALISM BEGAN LIKE CURRENT AMERICAN SOCIALISM…COULD IT HAPPEN HERE?

“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

-DJT ON TWITTER

SOUTH AFRICA ANALYST: Ernst Roets, author of Kill the Boer: Government Complicity in South Africa’s Brutal Farm Murders. Roets is the deputy CEO of AfriForum, CEO of Forum Films , a civil rights activist, and scholar of Constitutional Law in South Africa.

White existence is crime, says SAfrica party leader…

The Hitler Of South Africa Tells White People,

He Won’t Kill Them — Yet!

‘Your time is up’: SAfrica sets date for

white farmer land grabs…

UPDATE: White farmers flee South Africa

in fear of land grab…

SOUTH Africa radical opposition leader says

white farmers should leave for Oz…

SAfrica white farmer land grabs will be LAW…

Understand the brutal reality of farm murders in South Africa. Grasp the true extent of the problem, and the complicity of the South African government in the crisis. Equip yourself with the facts.

Kill the Boer highlights why these attacks are different – in their disproportionate frequency, the extreme brutality, the crucial role that farmers have to play in uplifting South Africa, and the unique circumstances they find themselves in.

To what extent is the South African government complicit in these attacks? Learn about the history of land ownership and the extent of hate speech and racism in South Africa, particularly targeting white farmers.

If you enjoy books about crime, history, and politics then you will find this book fascinating, because it illuminates for the first time the true extent of a crisis from which the world should learn.

Get your copy of the book right here.


Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

7:10: Greg Reeser, a Vietnam Veteran, joins Bill live in studio today. Today, we’ll be discussing his recent “Bucket List,” trip back to Vietnam where he served in the 1960’s. Greg will tell you about the places he was when he was there, and what the country is like now.

8:10: Curt Ankerburg, Retired CPA and Candidate for Medford 549C School Board, Position 7, joins Bill in studio today to pitch to you his ideas for if he should win the position.

Curt’s Pamphlet Statement:

“Great educational systems are the foundation for every successful community, yet, despite intentional lying and deception promoted by the dishonest local media and the school district, the Medford School District has grossly failed you, the students, parents, and community that funds them.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the entire Medford School District had a miserable 43% math pass-rate on state standardized test scores, while North High had a 41% pass-rate, and South High had a 30% pass-rate.  https://schools.oregonlive.com/district/Medford/

That means that the majority of students within the school district have failed annually.  Medford has experienced these same poor results for more than a decade. It’s not a coincidence that the Rogue Valley has high levels of unemployment, the high need for social services, and high drug usage. Poor schools have contributed to this. 

The school district and media deceptively boast about graduation rates that have been manipulated, yet diplomas are being granted to unqualified students, and a Medford diploma has become a worthless measure of competency. Did you know that 50% of all incoming students at RCC require remedial classes, which means they didn’t acquire the needed basic skills in high school?

The school board oversees the school district’s complex $150 million annual operating budget. It’s not a job for an amateur, yet both of my opponents have zero financial or management experience. Conversely, only I possess the skills required to cut through the district’s waste, and better allocate resources in order to improve student performance. 

I advocate for:

  • Reduced class sizes.
  • Increased hiring of more teachers.
  • Increased classroom days.
  • Increased parental involvement.
  • More prudent and efficient allocation of district resources.

The current incumbents (including my opponent) have done a poor job, and guarantee four more years of student failure.

Medford 549C deserves stronger leadership, which only Curt Ankerberg will provide.”


Bill’s Guests: Monday, April 8, 2019

6:35: Bob Barr, former Congressman (R-Georgia) chats with Bill this morning.

We’re talking with Bob about an op-ed he penned over at TownHall.com.

“Red Flag Laws: A Solution in Search of a Problem?”

Barr states, “The new red flag law proposals now being enacted by several states, and aided by proposals being pushed in the Congress by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others, take the concept of a judicial restraining order to a new, and problematic level. These proposals create a new category of restraining orders applicable to owners of firearms, and would permit virtually anyone at any time to enlist local law enforcement and a judge to issue ex parte orders (sometimes by phone) directing law enforcement to seize a person’s firearms based on fear that they might in the future commit a bad act with a gun.”

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

7:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director from Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill.

We’ll get an update from Dave about issues on the border and thoughts on DHS Secretary Kierjsten Neilsen’s sudden resignation over the weekend.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill today for the latest segment of:

What Made Southern Oregon Great!!!

Be sure to check out Dr. Powers’ other books and content over at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.

Jacksonville

By Dennis Powers

Two mule packers–John R. Poole and James Cluggage–were hauling supplies in January 1852 from the Willamette Valley to Sacramento. They camped by a foothill and began digging a hole to find water for their mules. As they dug, they noticed a gold color in the hole; they had accidentally discovered a rich gold deposit. The two men quickly filed claims on the land on Daisy Creek and named it, “Rich Gulch.” The two also filed claims along Jackson Creek, where large quantities of course placer gold were discovered. Once the news shot out, hundreds of men flocked there to find their share of the precious gold. Cluggage and Poole filed donation land claims, named their town “Table Rock City,” and which was soon renamed as “Jacksonville.”

Oregon was still a territory, Indian conflicts were commonplace, food was scarce, and all of the supplies came by mule train from faraway Crescent City. The gold-driven town grew by the winter of 1852, however, from a mining camp to over 2000 people in the area, complete with a bank, shops, businesses, saloons, and gambling halls. A few months later in January 1853, it became the county seat for the newly created, Jackson County. That same year, a destructive fire destroyed most of the wood-framed structures, but these were quickly rebuilt, primarily in brick.

Jacksonville’s fortunes seemed assured, but by the late 1870s much of the easy ore deposits had been taken. The railroad in 1884 then decided not to connect with Jacksonville, but to head directly to Medford. The expense of building the track did not justify sweeping down to it, but to angle on a straight line through Bear Creek Valley. Once this happened, Jacksonville began to lose residents and businesses.

Agriculture supplanted mining in the 1890s, and a privately-owned railroad spur connected Jacksonville with the main line. In 1927, however, the county seat moved to Medford with its airport, previous building expansion from the orchard boom, and location. Jacksonville’s economic decline continued into the 1960s.

In 1962, the proposal to re-route a new four-lane Highway 238 directly through the town’s middle brought its residents together to fight the project. Robby Collins had moved that year into Jacksonville and with others led the successful opposition against the highway project. This movement galvanized these groups to begin efforts to preserve the historic, remarkable 19th century buildings and residences.

Their efforts met with success when the town’s core in 1966 was designated a National Historic Landmark, the first time a town was so honored by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Approximately 326 acres in size and including nearly 890 structures, the Landmark District is large, but not the same size as the city limits. More than 100 individual buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1977, the National Landmark Advisory Board adopted a larger formal boundary, which included the supporting residential neighborhoods.

Located some five miles from Medford, residents and tourists alike flock now to Jacksonville and have given it a real vitality. Its historic vintage is now its gold, not to mention the Britt Festival and other attractions.

Sources: Dennis Powers, Where Past Meets Present, (Hellgate Press, Ashland, OR, 2017), “Jacksonville” at pp. 391-393; “Mining Artifacts: Oregon Mines,” at Gold Discovered in Jacksonville; “Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: History of Jacksonville,” at History; “National Park Service: Jacksonville National History District,” at National Historic District;