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TINY HOUSES MISSION CREEP (opinion)

Yesterday the Medford city council votes 6-2 to approve the latest extra-expanded version of the Hope Village project. I don’t believe this urban camping with tiny houses plan will lead to many rejoining civil society sans homelessness. One listener told me today that this is another example of a ministry appearing to do something about a problem all while plugging into the non-profit organization grant stream funding racket. No wonder there’s been mission creep at the half-assed version of a mission. Councillors Tim Jackle and Kim Wallan wisely voted no, while 6 others approved the expanded plan.Tim D’Alessandro said “I do feel like I’m walking into this (vote) with a gun to my head”. C’mon city poobahs, this was supposed to be a limited in scope project. When it tries pushing outside the original agreed to concepts, you have a duty to VOTE NO.


Bill’s Guests for Friday, August 4, 2017:

6:35: Dr. Keith Kantor, advocate of nutrition and healthy living, and author of the new children’s book: “The Green League Book of Nutritious Justice,” talks with Bill. Today, we’re talking about Marijuana Moms, and how marijuana today is stronger than it was back in the day.

Learn more at DrKeithKantor.com, and to see more on this particular issue: NamedProgram.com. You can also find Dr. Kantor’s books right HERE.

7:10: The Outdoor Report, with Mr. Outdoors himself, Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.

7:35: Rachel Alexander, Senior Editor at The Stream joins Bill. We’re talking about the court case, where a U.S. District Court Judge found “America’s Sheriff,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of contempt of court, even though Sheriff Arpaio had requested a jury trial three times.

Read Rachel’s article:

Judge, Not Jury Finds Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Guilty of Criminal Contempt.”

Read more from Rachel at TheStream.org.

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Bill’s Guests for, Thursday, August 3, 2017:

6:50: Mike G. from the Britt Festival talks with Bill, in studio, to tell you about the latest from Britt’s Orchestra Season. Learn more, and get tickets at Brittfest.org.

7:10: Scott Shepard, a legal scholar from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University talks with Bill, this morning.

Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System board voted unanimously Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on the pension fund’s investments from 7.5 to 7.2 percent a year–increasing their projected liabilities by 2.2 billion dollars. In a new paper released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, author Scott Shepard discusses how Oregon would neither violate constitutional norms nor face any lingering objection from the U.S. Supreme Court if it reformed the pension benefits for prospective work done by current and future employees. 

You can read Scott’s paper for yourself:

A Lost Generation but Renewed Hope.”

7:35: Oregon State Senator Alan DeBoer calls the show to bring you a legislative update from the Senate side.

8:15: Chris Wick from Hunter Communications joins Bill, live in studio, for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?

You can find out more at: HunterFiber.com.

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Bill’s Guests for, Wednesday, August 2, 2017:

6:35: Kendra Arnold, General Counsel at the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, aka FACT, talks with Bill. On Monday, FACT filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D-FL), for continuing to employ and compensate House IT aide, Imran Awan, though he was barred from the House computer systems, and is under criminal investigation.

You can read about FACT’s complaint at FoxNews.com and TheHill.com. Also, be sure to check out FACT’s press release.

7:35: Lt. Kerry Curtis from the Medford Police Department joins Bill, live in studio, for the Crimestoppers, Case of The Week.

8:10: Congressman Greg Walden joins Bill, live in studio to give an update on his work for our area in the House of Representatives.

8:40: Michael Shaw, of Premiere Packaging & Shipping stops by the studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Michael will tell you how to protect yourself from shipping theft and fraud. You can check Premiere Packaging & Shipping online, or give them a call for a free estimate at: 541-618-8370.

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MEDFORD’S “COOL FACTOR”

Enjoyed the talk today about whether it’s important for Medford to be “cool” like Ashland or Bend. I would caution the council and various poobahs against searching for some solution to throw against the wall. Much about the places we think of as “cool” today evolved organically, and are not products of the fevered brains of Agenda 21-Sustainable-Development-addled urban planners. Usually if someplace tries to be cool, they fail.

All sorts of solutions are being discussed…more people living downtown (besides homeless) being one. Another listener suggested changing Medford’s name…the “vibe” isn’t uplifiting. Who knows? I love the city, cool or not. Most importantly, let’s have a city that’s usable and prosperous. Getting tougher on blight and derelict structures (and derelict people) is a good thing, while a lighter regulatory hand on business couldn’t hurt. Oh, and in spite of all the traffic calming B.S. the planners foist on us, folks want to drive downtown and park. Is that too much to ask?


Bill’s Guests for, Tuesday, August 1, 2017:

6:20: James Fotis, President for the National Center for Police Defense talks with Bill this morning.

Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “America’s Sheriff”, was found guilty of contempt of court for enforcing existing illegal immigration laws. James Fotis and the National Center for Police Defense, have set up a legal defense fund for Sheriff Arpaio, and have blasted U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton’s decision in the case, in which Sheriff Arpaio has, three times, asked for a jury trial, but was denied.

If you’d like to help out with Sheriff Joe’s legal defense fund, you can go to:

NationalCenterforPoliceDefense.com, or visit their Facebook page. You can also call: (202) 657-0010.

6:35: Tom Giovanetti, President of the Institute for Policy Innovation joins the show by phone. If you have a bunch of emails that you just haven’t gotten around to deleting? Some say that those emails are open game for the NSA to sift through. An article at ipi.org tells more about it.

For A Congress In Need Of Resuscitation, Email Privacy May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered.”

7:10 Jim Ludwick from Oregonians for Immigration Reform talks with Bill. The crackdown is beginning on sanctuary cities. What has become of an illegal alien who sexually assaulted and stole the car of an elderly woman? This particular illegal has been deported 20 times! And, nothing is done about it.

You can check out more and help to overturn Oregon’s sanctuary status at: OregonIR.org. Or you can request a signature sheet at: OFIR@oregonIR.org

7:35: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer and emergency preparedness expert calls the show to give us the latest on his proposal to allow wild horses to help fight wildfires.

You can read more from Capt. Bill on MyOutdoorBuddy.com, or WesternJournalism.com.

(Note from Capt. Bill ) In addition to myself, I know there are over 10-million people in Northern CA and Southern OR who love our forests and shudder at the thought of any wildfire destroying the Klamath / Cascade-Siskiyou forests and the resident flora and fauna.

However, I say this as thousands of acres are ablaze not far away just to the east of us in Modoc County, and to the west in Siskiyou County.

As one professional fire fighter told me, the extreme heat from these new paradigm, highly-fueled wildfires kills even the fire resistant trees, and leaves behind a wasteland akin to ground zero of a nuclear attack.

So when I saw this picture (below) for the first time last year, I was struck by it’s significance to the survival of the forests in our states and beyond:

CaptBillHorse

 When I look at this photo (that was taken in the Cascase Siskiyou National Monument), I see a beautiful fire break that was created by these wonderful wild horses, who are literally grazing over the fossils of their ancestors.

8:40: Brent Homan & Randall Lee, the men from Advanced Air & Metal join Bill, live in studio for today’s edition of “Whose business is It Anyway?”

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Bill’s Guests for Monday, July 31, 2017:

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill this morning, to give us a “swamp,” update from Washington D.C. Also, we’ll talk General Kelly’s takeover for Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff, and the Obamacare Repeal failure.

To read more go to: NetRightDaily.com, and be sure to check out Americans for Limited Government too.

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

7:35 Charile Fisher, from Environment Oregon talks with Bill about the rise of renewable energy over the last decade in Oregon. But, in a new report, Environment Oregon says that despite the growth in renewable energy, Oregon is actually behind all other states.

You can download the report at: EnvironmentOregon.org.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers comes into the studio to bring you this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Get Dr. Powers’ new book, “Where Past Meets Present: The Amazing People, Places & Stories of Southern Oregon,” at HellGatePress.com.

This week:

UFOs

By Dennis Powers

Dating back to the 19th Century, UFOs have been a subject of controversy. An “unidentified flying object” is an unusual anomaly in the sky that’s not readily identifiable to the observer as a known object. It is often associated with extraterrestrial life, government-related conspiracy theories, and especially flying saucers.

The phrase “flying saucer” gained national attention in 1947 when a commercial pilot reported seeing nine objects flying in formation near Mount Rainer. The pilot timed the sighting and estimated the speed of the discs to be over 1,000 mph. He described their movement to be like “a saucer skipped across water,” leading to newspaper accounts of “flying saucers”.

The majority of UFO sightings by independent study are proven to be misidentified natural occurrences; these are usually sights of aircraft, balloons, clouds, and even meteors or bright planets. A small amount of straightforward hoaxeswhere people stage what seems to be a flying saucerare just that; some are so outlandish as to look like they were taken from a 1950’s “B” Sci-Fi flick. 

Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico in 1947 is the site of the most famous incident. A public information officer released a statement that personnel had retrieved a crashed “flying disk” from a ranch near Roswell, sparking intense media interest. The following day, the Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force stated that thisin facthad been a high-altitude radar-tracking balloon that crashed. This set the stage for countless books, articles, and movies about aliens, their huge spacecraft, and government conspiracies, including different scenes at various hangers, from Hangers No. 18 (the remnants were allegedly flown to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio), No. 51, No. 84, and so on.

Most independent investigators agree, however, that between 5% and 20% of reported sightings remain unexplained, and therefore can be classified as unidentified in the truest sense. Trained observerssuch as pilots and the militaryhave reported incidents that are quite credible, some including simultaneous radar tracking with visual accounts.

As to our area, the sightings are like any other location (and Google, “UFO Sightings Southern Oregon” or “Northern California”). A video of a UFO sighting in a few years ago indicated a strange shape at night flying through the clouds that disappeared behind trees (with no identity other than it was taking place in Southern Oregon). Another UFO sighting in Ashland, however, in the graveyard (the center of town) near Southern Oregon University was especially cute. This home video finally zoomed in on a strange green apparition—only to see Kermit the frog!

But who really knows?

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