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Bill’s Guests: Friday, August 24, 2018
6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans For Limited Government talks with Bill. It’s the weekly Swamp Update. We’ll talk about the Trump/Sessions issue, and more.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself calls in to bring to you, the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report. We’ll also talk with Greg about the latest wildfire situation here in Southern Oregon.
Get more great information on the weather, and fires, head over to: RogueWeather.com.
7:35: Jim Ludwick, with Oregonians for Immigration Reform talks with Bill today. The Western States Sheriff’s Association has endorsed Measure 105. The measure will eliminate Oregon’s Sanctuary State Laws.
See more at: OregonIR.org.
8:10: Congressman Greg Walden stops by the studio for a chat. Congressman Walden is in town today to meet with the Southern Oregon Smoke Committee, and what else needs to be done with wildfire prevention.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:35: Jim Rafferty, the owner of Hardwoods Plus in Grants Pass chats with Bill. Today, we’ll be discussing lease agreements with Josephine County. Is it fair treatment? We’ll talk about it.
7:10: Greg Newburn, Director of State Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums talks with Bill.
President Trump accused China of sending opioids to the United States by mail and urged the Senate to act without “delay” to pass legislation that would cut off the drugs.
“It is outrageous that Poisonous Synthetic Heroin Fentanyl comes pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. “We can, and must, END THIS NOW! The Senate should pass the STOP ACT – and firmly STOP this poison from killing our children and destroying our country. No more delay!”
The House by a 353-52 vote passed the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act in June that would prevent the shipment of such drugs to the US via the international mail system.
Days later it was introduced in the Senate by a group of bipartisan lawmakers, but a vote hasn’t been taken yet.”
Learn more over at: FAMM.org.
7:35: Herman Baertschiger, Oregon State Senator from Grants Pass calls the show.
Today, we’ll be catching up with Herman on forest fire policy in the state.
8:10: Bob Russell, Mayor of Eagle Point, and former owner of the Butte Creek Mill talks with Bill. We’ll be talking about funding for restoration of the mill, and how the foundation is going about getting it.
New Developments on the Restoration of the Butte Creek Mill
Yesterday, the Butte Creek Mill Foundation asked the Jackson County Board of Commissioners for $100,000 to help with restoration efforts. Should it be the job of the taxpayers to help restore this old historic mill? Or, is it a job, solely for private donation?
Listen to what transpired at the board meeting: Click here.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:35: Dr. Keith Smith, Medical Director, CEO and Managing Partner of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, and Member of the AAPS talks with Bill this morning. Today, we’ll be talking with Dr. Smith about “Medicare for All,” and the “real” racket behind the whole ordeal.
August 21st, 2018
Prohibition and “Medicare for All”
by G. Keith Smith, M.D.
Alvin Lowi, writing in 2008, made a compelling case that Prohibition was never repealed, but rather, that Al Capone and Uncle Sam merely traded places. Without a doubt, brutal consequences await anyone who attempts to skirt the taxes and tribute demanded by the D.C. mob with regard to the sale and distribution of alcohol-containing beverages. This tight control of commerce, from which “juice” is extracted, pervades the medical industry, as well, as the D.C. syndicate currently controls half the sale and distribution of medical commerce in this country. Viewed in this way, it is clear that the “Medicare for All” (Prohibition of Choice) initiative represents a shameless attempt to completely control the funds flowing through this industry, a move that would make even Mr. Capone blush.
Think this is too harsh? That Prohibition made mobsters rich differs in what way from how Obamacare made D.C.’s medical cronies rich? The sad truth is that each and every time a new law is passed and the regulators appear (almost always connected with the industry ostensibly regulated), another chunk of commerce passes through the inefficient and corrupt toll booth of the D.C. “outfit.” In addition, industry consolidation predictably materializes with each new law, so fewer and richer “captains” will remain to kiss Uncle Sam’s ring.
In the same way that many mob-related terms disguise their true meaning (made, juice, family), the titles chosen for many laws serve as decoys for their intended effect. Just as there was nothing Affordable or related to “care” in the Affordable Care Act, the deceit attached to the phrase “Medicare for All” belies the fact that if enacted, the purchase or sale of medical services outside of this system would necessarily be unlawful, or this gangland attempt to coopt the industry would get nowhere.
And while the purchase of medical services outside of this new system would be prohibited for you and me, rest assured that our “representatives” in D.C. would exempt themselves from this restriction, just as they did with Obamacare and just as they did during Prohibition. President Wilson was given a special exemption for his private wine cellar, FDR was known to keep “stocks of gin, rum, and scotch in a closet of his New York home,” and not to be outdone, Congress had its own bootlegger. Remaining true to this tradition and for our own good, the D.C. protection racket managed to remain immune from Social Security taxes until 1984 and continues to have special access to benefits apart from Medicare. Rest assured, “Medicare for All” rationing would not apply to them.
Two of Medicare’s flaws deserve special attention, both highlighting the syndicate-like mentality that pervaded Prohibition days. First, in 1992, Uncle Sam’s “outfit” achieved complete control of those doing business with them, when during a Republican administration, the price-dictating Resource Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) was inflicted on the industry. It is important to understand that true prices emerge from competitive activity, fluctuating around a market-clearing price. Prices are, after all, signals that connote the presence of surpluses or shortages and serve the purpose of minimizing resource misallocation. Top-down prices, like RBRVS prices are always wrong. They are either too high or too low with predictable results. If doctors or hospitals are paid a very lucrative amount for one service and a paltry amount for another, surpluses and shortages of care will predictably materialize. This “soft rationing” is a powerful budget-balancing tool for government programs like Medicare, which has recently forecast its own bankruptcy by 2026.
Second, the payroll taxes of those currently working are the primary source of revenue benefiting those receiving Medicare’s benefits, most of whom are no longer working. Charles Ponzi, just like Bernie Madoff, utilized this ploy to lure individuals into their designs, benefitting early investors with funds from newer investors. These schemes, once discovered, disintegrate without the muscle of the government outfit to force future “contributions.”
Finally, for those who believe that the D.C. gang has had our best interests in mind, remember that in an effort to enforce Prohibition, the government deliberately poisoned spirits they knew were destined for consumption, resulting in the deaths of thousands of individuals and the blinding of many more. “The welfare of the masses is always the alibi of tyrants,” Albert Camus’ famous quote, should embolden our skepticism for those who would inflict “Medicare for All” on the rest of us, a scheme that will undoubtedly prove more deadly and tragic than Prohibition at its peak.
7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department joins Bill, live in studio, for today’s Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
8:05: Royal Standley, President & CEO of Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors, calls in to bring to you the Wednesday, OPFA Financial Report.
Give Royal a call at: 541-772-1116, or go online: OPFA.com
We’ll be talking today with Ilana about the rising tide of White Genocide in South Africa. You can read one of Ilana’s articles on the subject by clicking below:
Ilana is a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in South Africa.
You can read more from Ilana at her website: IlanaMercer.com.
8:45: Mike G, Marketing Director of the Britt Festival checks into the studio, to tell you what’s coming next for Britt.
Get show information and tickets, all over at: BrittFest.org.
Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
6:35: Richard McCarty, Director of Research at Americans For Limited Government Foundation chats with Bill this morning.
Americans for Limited Government Foundation released a study entitled, “Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid.” The study points out the problems with solar energy from taxpayer-funded subsidies and increased costs for utility customers to grid reliability concerns. We’ll discuss it with Richard.
Get more great information at: ALGResearch.org
7:10: Martin Cothran, author at: IntellectualTakeOut.org talks with Bill this morning. Today, we’ll be talking with Martin about what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing right, and what the West is not doing at all.
You can read Martin’s piece on the subject right here:
8:10: Tom Kelly, President and CEO of ID Experts joins Bill this morning. We discuss today, security issues with Smart Speakers.
According to Tech Crunch, nearly 20% of American adults have access to a smart speaker, and sales are projected to increase by 50% in 2019.
But are Americans aware of the potential privacy concerns of smart home technology? For example, not long ago, an Amazon Alexa device in a private home recently recorded a couples’ private conversation and sent it to their contacts without their knowledge.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Tom Kelly, president and CEO of ID Experts, recently pointed out the risks that smart speakers pose both to businesses and consumers if not handled wisely.
8:45: Kirk Mickelsen of Taz Fabrication joins Bill, live in studio, for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway.”
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08-20-18 Bill Meyer Guests
6:35 Community Activist Mark Seligman discussing what he considers a “bait and switch” regarding law enforcement in Josephine County.
7:10 Outdoor report with Greg Roberts
7:35 Ann Coulter – Since the day Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, the left has waged demented war against him. In her latest book, Resistance is Futile: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, (set for release August 21) Ann Coulter illustrates the composition of the Trump-hating leftist lunatics and their consistent discourse against American democracy.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers “Visiting Past and Present”
Chris Korbulic: Kayaking the World
By Dennis Powers
Southern Oregon has its share of extreme sports enthusiasts–but Chris Korbulic stands out. He has launched over the thundering, tallest waterfalls from Oregon and California to searching for the tallest falls ever survived (or most difficult whitewater) throughout the world–and on film.
The 2004 Grants Pass High School graduate is a full-time extreme kayaker, earning a living from sponsors that include clothing giant Eddie Bauer, and from six years of appearing on the Brazilian adventure television show “Kaiak.” He and kayak partner Ben Stookesberry (Mt. Shasta, California) in 2015 were named two of the 50 most adventurous men by Men’s Journal magazine.
Chris’ parents, Mary and Paul Korbulic (then of Rogue River), are lifelong kayakers. Mary Korbulic paddled the remote Wild and Scenic section of the lower Rogue while pregnant with Chris. He continued rafting through infancy, but didn’t try hard-shells until taking a summer kayaking class. By the time he was at Grants Pass High, he was kayaking Class V rapids on the upper Rogue. An interest in microbiology brought him to Oregon State University, but his growing love of surviving massive waterfalls took over.
His fame grew with the size of the waterfalls he ran, from a 70-footer on Butte Creek outside Salem to an 80-footer in the Salmon River Canyon. This talent earned him a sponsorship with Eddie Bauer to explore the world’s most remote rivers. One of Korbulic’s closest calls was in 2010 when he and two others were kayaking the Lukuga River in the remote Congo to be the first to boat this wild, uncharted river that was fraught with crocodiles and hippos.
Korbulic and his kayaking partner (Stookesberry) watched in horror as a crocodile snatched their South African guide from his kayak. This Eddie Bauer-sponsored expedition into the source of the White Nile was led by guide Hendrik Coetzee. A 15-foot crocodile bypassed Korbulic underwater, launched into the surface, and snatched the third man, all kayaking within mere feet of one another. Coetzee’s body was not recovered.
In 2013, his highest-ever waterfall jump was over 120-foot Rainbow Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii. He has kayaked 400 miles north of Norway over glacial ice. Armed with only a WWII-era rifle, he and Stookesberry encountered polar bears and did “glacial kayaking”: kayaking glacial waterfalls thundering over the glaciers. Over time, he continues with Eddie Bauer, endorses products, profiled in magazines, and travels globally in search of unexplored, “inhospitable” raging rivers/waterfalls (most recently in British Columbia, Chile, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and the Amazon.) He calls these adventures, “Perfect.” His one complaint: “My back consistently hurts from years of paddling and bouncing down low-volume creeks and waterfalls in general.”
Sources: Mark Freeman, “Kayak Krazy,” Mail Tribune, August 7, 2009 (Updated), at Background; Mail Tribune, “Horror in Congo,” December 10, 2010, at Crocodile Attack; Jeff Duewel, “Paddling the Globe,” Daily Courier, May 3, 2015, at Adventures. For more, see his Facebook page.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:10: Jim Campbell, Senior Counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom talks with Bill.
Following his stunning 7 – 2 Supreme Court victory in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, owner Jack Phillips was hoping to get back into the wedding cake business, but the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had other plans. Recently, Jack was asked to create a cake, celebrating a gender transition for a transsexual individual, which Jack refused to create – as he did in the original Masterpiece case – on grounds that it conflicted with his religious beliefs. The Commission is now planning a second place against Jack, in the hopes that another round of harassment will force him to comply. Last night, Jack and his Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, filed a lawsuit against the Commssion, for it’s “anti-religious animus.”
Get more great info at: ADFLegal.org.
7:35: Matthew Hennessey, Wall Street Journal Associate Editor, and author of: “Zero Hour for Gen X: How The Last Adult Generation Can Save America From Millennials,” chats with Bill today.
America stands, anxiously, on the cusp of an unknown future. Culturally, politically, socially, technologically and economically, the torch is being passed from Baby Boomers to Millennials. But, what about Generation X? You know? They are the relatively small cohort of 66 million Americans, sandwiched between the twin generational behemoths?
Will Generation X get its chance to lead? Or, is America doomed to be prematurely governed by Millennials, a perpetually adolescent, tech-obsessed generation, indifferent – if not hostile – to our nation’s heritage of freedom? We’ll talk with Matthew about it.
Get your copy of the book at this link: “Zero Hour for Gen X: How The Last Adult Generation Can Save America From Millennials.”
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
6:35: Dr. Merrill Matthews, Resident Scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation talks with Bill.
The latest Gallup Poll is quite disturbing. The poll confirms what has been obvious to many observers for some time. The Democratic Party is slowly shifting toward socialism.
According to the poll, which you can see by clicking this link:
- 47% of Democrats view capitalism favorably. That’s down from 56% in 2016.
- 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively. No real change from 2010.
- Republicans are very positive on capitalism: 71%, only 16% are positive on socialism.
7:35: Sgt. Julie Denney of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office joins Bill in studio to bring you the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
Would you like to know more? You could get up to $1,000, and help, ahhh, take a bite out of crime!
8:05: The Oregon Pacific Financial Planners Financial Report with Royal Standley. Give Royal a call at: 541-772-1116, or head on over to OPFA.com.
8:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors calls in to bring you the latest fire report.
Get the latest weather, fire and outdoor news all over at: RogueWeather.com.
8:20: Curry County Commissioner Court Boice talks with Bill. We’re talking fires and other issues facing Curry County, and the surrounding area.
8:35: Steve Johnson from Premiere Jewelers in Medford (541-779-2097) comes into the studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Give Steve a call for an appointment: 503-871-0235, or you can message him on his Facebook page.
8:45: Mike G, from the Britt Festival joins Bill live in studio. Mike’s going to tell you what’s next for Britt. Get tickets and show information over at: BrittFest.org.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
6:35: Mary Rice Hasson, Co-Author of the book “Get Out Now: 7 Reasons Why You Should Pull Your Children from Public School Before It’s Too Late,” talks with Bill.
We’ll be talking about a, sort of, change in culture in America’s public schools, and what we can do to stop it.
Mary is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. She earned her Undergraduate and Law Degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Mary speaks and writes frequently on the subjects of women, sexuality, culture, family and faith.
7:10: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy talks with Bill. Today, we’ll be chatting with Eric about the latest shenanigans from Tesla owner, Elon Musk, and how his manipulation of stocks may actually be burning the company to the ground.
READ: “Elon’s First Fraud Suit.”
Get more great content, and read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUV’s and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com.
7:35: Sal Esquivel, Oregon State Representative and John Ivey join Bill in studio today. Are you prepared for a major, Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake? Well, according to Sal, neither is the state government, and if you would be looking to the state for emergency help in the case of a major catastrophe, you might be disappointed.
8:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors, checks in with a Tuesday Fire Report.
Get more great information, including the latest fire news, the best places for fishing and hunting, all over at RogueWeather.com.
Bill’s Guests for: Monday, August 13, 2018
6:20: Eli Dimitru of Freedom2SayNo2SmartMeters.com, and the latest news on the smart meter front.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor and Fire Report.
Get more of the latest weather and fire updates over at: RogueWeather.com.
7:35: Randall Barrett, with NoSmartMeter.org, joins Bill live in studio.
Activists from NoSmartMeter.org are joining with other activists to form a non-political, peaceful protest march to force PP&L to drop the extortion fees.
WHEN: Saturday, September 1, 2018. Starting at 10AM.
WHERE: The march will begin at: Fichtner-Mainwaring Park in Medford
Get more information, all over at: NoSmartMeter.org.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”
Take a look at more of Dr. Powers’ works over at: DennisPowersBooks.com.
The Golden Ghost Town of The Valley
Near forgotten and desolate, the ghost town of Golden lies a few miles east of Wolf Creek in Josephine County. Its weathered-brown, old clapboard structures stand in mute testimony to a long-ago era. At its peak in the late Nineteenth Century, the town originally known as “Goldville” was home to some 200 folks: Most of whom were earning their living from the gold took out from Coyote Creek directly across from the settlement.
Prospectors had worked the creek since the 1850s, but it took the Reverend William Ruble and his wife Ruth in 1890 to establish the town. Ruble had purchased nearly all of the mining claims east and west of Golden; his sons, Schuyler and William, mined the shallower ground and leased the deep portions of the creek to other miners.
The town sprung up with a general store, post office, homes, two churches, a school, orchards, and mills to pulverize the rock and extract gold. Owing to the activity, the Oregon-California Stage Company detoured there to deliver mail, passengers, and goods; the town was a center for miners who didn’t live there but worked the surrounding area. With religion a major theme, no saloons were allowed; imbibers traveled to nearby Wolf Creek where they built a dance hall. The church-minding folks also came there to picket the place and its rowdiness.
The miners worked the deposits until the gold finally played out. By the 1930’s, the easy-to-mine gold had been exhausted and the town rapidly declined. What’s left now are a deserted residence, the church, general store, carriage shed, and other structures, but the old buildings still exude their charm, including the weathered church with its exquisite bell tower. The story, however, doesn’t end here.
A minister’s son, Melvin Davis, built a 2,800-square-foot lodge in 1930 on four acres located one mile from the now deserted town; he moved an 1880s guest house and the historic school from Golden to there, and mined the nearby wetlands. An African-American–Mr. Ivan St. John–purchased the holdings in 1989 after the site had traded hands several times. St. John was a homeopathic doctor, a trance medium, and alchemist who had co-founded the Philosopher’s Stone, an occult bookstore in San Francisco. (Alchemy is the “science” of turning base metals, such as lead, into gold or silver.)
When St. John in 1988 sold his bookstore interest, he bought the Davis property, known for its precious gold holdings. St. John died in 2005, but he didn’t leave any known heirs. The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation owns and manages the town as a Heritage site. The ghost town was placed in 2002 on the National Register of Historic Properties.
To see this nostalgic place with its deep Oregon history, drive on Interstate 5 to the Wolf Creek (Exit 76), approximately 25 miles north of Grants Pass. Wind back to the right and drive up Coyote Creek Road for 3-1/2 miles through the forests. You’ll find the cluster of old buildings on the left; the mined Coyote Creek area and wetlands are to the right (across the paved road). The small cemetery next to the church was in an episode from the TV.
8:35: Kim Wallan, Medford City Councilor from Ward 4, and candidate for State Representative chats with Bill, live in studio.
Check out more information on Kim and her campaign for the state House over at: VoteKimWallan.com