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TIME TO CHANGE THE COUNTY CHARTER - NO MORE SECRET AGREEMENTS

(put all the agreements on the website...all of them)

Last week I made a public records request for details surrounding former County Assessor Josh Gibson's departure. As you may know, he resigned effective the end of 2015. Now we know that Jackson County paid Gibson more than $28,000 in severance pay.  READ THE TERMINATION AGREEMENT

This agreement was conditioned on him resigning. More than $28,000 paid to the former assessor after having resigned effective the end of last year. This termination agreement raises more questions than answers.

1) Why did Jackson County agree to pay more money for work not performed by an elected official who resigned?

2) Why the "gag" order? If Gibson did something wrong, be transparent about it. (And I don't think it had anything to do with the "Golf Course Urination" non-event last summer. )

3) If Gibson DIDN't do anything wrong, why did the county appear to push him out of office?

4) If he was pushed out of office, who's doing the pushing, and why?

How convenient that the only people who can answer these questions, Josh Gibson, Danny Jordan, and Jackson County government officials, wrote up an agreement, offered YOUR tax dollars, and agreed to be bound to not say anything about it.

And THIS is "transparency"?

The public elected Josh Gibson, the public deserves to know the whole story about why he resigned.



MAKE A COMMENT OPPOSING THE ROGUE RIVER RESERVE

Mr. X and I discussed this on Monday, recapping last week's Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board meeting, spearhead by the Southern Oregon Land Conservncy. Their plan is to go for a 1.5 million dollar state grant which will be used to purchase private property and place it in a conservation easement. Problem is, these easements usually go on for a few years, then the Greens donate the land to the BLM. Read the attached documents, and note how the goal is to eventually knit all these protected properties together. This will eventually be used to eliminate private property owners on the Rogue River. Fewer private property owners means no resistance to the Green plan to push a WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION for all of the Rogue River.

DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE DOCUMENTS - then make a comment on why you oppose this grant - Mail it to the OWEB address on the first page. THANKS!



Bill's Guests 2-12-16

6:50 Daniel Ribacoff, author of I, Spy , How to be your own private invvestigator.

7:15 Glenn Archambault - looking for legal help due to problems in Phoenix with the ODOT interchange rebuild

7:35 Dennis Linthicum, blogging at Dirt Road Economist, and we talk the Malheur issues.

8:10 Mark Johnson from Grants Pass...gets a visit from the FBI, asking questions about Malheur, other societal "stresses".

IS THE ZIKA VIRUS REALLY THE DANGER? - Great piece from Dr. Jane Orient

The Zika Virus Disease Outbreak: What Should We Do?

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

The latest public health panic is over a disease most Americans (even doctors) have never heard of. Zika virus disease (ZVD) is carried by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti, as other Third World diseases, including dengue and chikungunya.

ZVD is asymptomatic in about 80 percent of infected individuals. In about 20 percent, it causes a mild, self-limited disease with fever, rash, joint pains, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Some 4,000 babies in Brazil have reportedly been born with severe birth defects, including microcephaly (small head), and officials suspect ZVD is the cause.

Mild disease, rash, birth defects: reminds one of rubella (German measles). Viruses can cause birth defects.

On Feb 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the same category as Ebola. American health authorities issued a travel advisory for pregnant women planning to visit Brazil or many other countries in Latin America or the Caribbean

A case of apparent sexual transmission in Dallas led to a warning that men who had been exposed to Zika should abstain from sex with a partner who might be pregnant.          

Zika is by no means new. It was first identified in humans in 1947 in Uganda’s Zika Forest. What is new, and “scary,” according to CDC director Thomas Frieden, is the association with microcephaly and other fetal harm.

There is, however, still no definitive proof that microcephaly and associated defects are caused by ZVD. Some interesting facts:

  • So far the microcephaly cases are all in Brazil, not in the 35 other countries with ZVD, though an earlier cluster was observed in 2014 in French Polynesia.
  • As of Feb 3, only 17 of 404 cases of confirmed microcephaly tested positive for Zika.
  • Brazil had seen an increase in pertussis in fully vaccinated children, so early in 2015 officials mandated immunizing all pregnant women with DTaP (diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis) vaccine, without awaiting proof of efficacy or safety in the developing baby. Only 32 pregnant women were enrolled in a trial of this vaccine, and no results are posted yet.
  • A variable number of months after the vaccinations, the number of microcephaly cases increased from essentially zero in October 2015 to 1,200 in November, and continued to climb.
  • Because of a measles outbreak, there was a major vaccination campaign with MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) in Pernambuco, Brazil, in late 2014. This is a live virus vaccine, and many women likely received it in early pregnancy or shortly before becoming pregnant. Congenital rubella syndrome can cause microcephaly among many other problems, but this was not found in surveillance of American women who inadvertently received MMR around the time of conception.

The complex symphony of human development can be thrown off by many things—even a little alcohol. Some birth defects might be related to ZVD. But all environmental exposures need to be scrutinized, including drugs, agricultural chemicals, contaminated water, and vaccines. Remember thalidomide?

The unfortunate babies are being used to promote political causes: legalization of abortion in Latin America, or the fight against “climate change.”

With warmer temperatures, mosquitoes might be able to move further north, it is claimed. But Aedes aegypti arrived in North America around 1980 in a shipment of used tires, not waiting for a temperature increase. And mosquito-transmitted malaria was prevalent in Minnesota during the Little Ice Age. Climate change or not, mosquitoes will not be inconvenienced if we bankrupt our coal industry or ban SUVs.

Travel restrictions would greatly harm the economy of Latin American countries, especially as Brazil is preparing to host the Olympics. Of course there is no screening at all of illegal entrants to the U.S. The key public health measure is mosquito control. Mosquito-borne diseases, after a time when it was thought that even malaria might be wiped out, began increasing worldwide when the U.S. banned the most effective public health weapon of all time: DDT. If Zika causes rethinking of this disastrous decision, even though other deadly threats like malaria have not, it will save millions of lives—and even help us win the war on bed bugs.

The damaged babies are a terrible tragedy. How can we prevent more? Instead of waiting for some future vaccine against a virus that may prove innocent, we could stop transmission now with effective mosquito control in affected areas. We could also immediately stop deliberately exposing women who might be pregnant to medicines or vaccines without thorough safety testing.

 

Bill's Guests 2-08-16

6:35 Bad County.com's Dale Matthews

7:35 Medford City Councilman Kevin Stine

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - Visiting Past and Present

8:40 Brad Fay from Southern Oregon Public TV, along with Daniel Egbert and Doc King, two veterans who put together a documentary PROJECT 22 which details how 22 veterans a day die from suicide.

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 one with 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, mainly 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 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: “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; Sanne Specht, “Beekmans re-creation comes alive,” Mail Tribune, March 2, 2003, at Robby Collins; “National Park Service: Nomination, Jacksonville Historic District,” at Jacksonville Historic District Nomination.

 

 


2-1 to 2-5-2016

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MAKE A COMMENT OPPOSING THE ROGUE RIVER RESERVE

Mr. X and I discussed this on Monday, recapping last week's Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board meeting, spearhead by the Southern Oregon Land Conservncy. Their plan is to go for a 1.5 million dollar state grant which will be used to purchase private property and place it in a conservation easement. Problem is, these easements usually go on for a few years, then the Greens donate the land to the BLM. Read the attached documents, and note how the goal is to eventually knit all these protected properties together. This will eventually be used to eliminate private property owners on the Rogue River. Fewer private property owners means no resistance to the Green plan to push a WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION for all of the Rogue River.

DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE DOCUMENTS - then make a comment on why you oppose this grant - Mail it to the OWEB address on the first page. THANKS!


WAITING FOR MORE EVIDENCE...

Been peppered with folks sharing and sending along various LaVoy Finicum shooting death analysis videos and commentaries. It's always interesting, but I have to admit that the video evidence released by the FBI doesn't exactly prove their side of the events beyond a reasonable doubt, nor does it confirm eyewitness statements of cold-blooded murder. There's tons of wiggle room in both directions. So, I'm left here wondering why the aerial shot was released without any accompanying dash cam video? (Which would have had audio)

Is it all about stirring up the patriot peeps so they can study just how seriously teed-off they can get, and monitor the networks of future dissidents? (My conspiracy theory thinking) Or does the dashcam video and audio up close not exactly support the official story we've been told? I don't know, and don't know if we will be allowed to know. It's my hope that we will know, and soon.


Bill's Guests 2-05-16

6:35 Mark Meckler, Convention of the States Project - Go there to sign the petition and learn more about reining in the fed government.

7:15 Congressman Greg Walden talking the fight against the Crater Lake Wilderness.

7:35 Republican candidate for Oregon governor Dr. Bud Pierce.


Bill's Guests 2-04-16

6:35 State Rep. Duane Stark

7:10 Dr. Peter Osborne, author of NO GRAIN, NO PAIN

7:35 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.com and more on recent county commission candidates.

8:10 War on Cash and NEGATIVE interest rates? It's happening, guest is Will Reishman at Strategic Financial. 541-773-7774


Bill's Guests 2-03-16

6:35 Wayne Allen Root - Iowa Didn't Hurt Trump, but it Destroyed Hillary.

7:10 Commissioner Doug Breidenthal

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt Budreau

Professor Douglas Toomer, professor of geophysics, University of Oregon and U of O principal investigator for Pacific Northwest Seismic Network/Early Earthquake Warning.  More on ShakeAlert.org


Bill's Guests 2-02-16

6:15 Fox News Channel POLITICAL INSIDER host John LeBoutillier

6:35 Dr. Merrill Mathews Institute for Policy Innovation

7:10 Graduation rates at Medford 549C up 10%, we talk about it with Sup. Brian Shumate, board members Mike Campbell and Jeff Thomas.


MUST WATCH - LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTS 2/1, and HERE'S THE TONE DEMS ARE TING


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 02-01-16

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

Medford

By Dennis Powers

Four men, including C.C. Beekman, in October 1883 conveyed land to the Oregon & California Railroad Co. for its depot, right-of-way, and facilities. Mr. J.S. Howard, the government surveyor, and his son platted the new townsite, and Medford was founded on December 20th of that year. Interestingly enough, the Medford Times on December 14, 1883, reported that the station “in the middle of the valley” would be called Medford, supporting that David Loring, the civil engineer and right-of-way agent for the railroad, named it for his home town of Medford, Massachusetts. 

The railroad tracks reached Medford in mid-January 1884. As Ben Truwe wrote, “Medford was a typical little Western railroad town in those days, with a few wooden store buildings and a great many saloons, some of them occupying tents. Frequently one could hear some of the more hilarious men riding up and down Main and Front streets, shooting their revolvers into the air.”

Within three months, the sparse settlement on the unbroken prairie had grown to thirty-six structures. As quickly as supplies of lumber and brick came, houses and commercial buildings rose; by early spring two hotels, saloons, a livery stable, and a dozen businesses “already dotted the muddy streets of this rapidly growing railroad town.” By December, Medford had 110 businesses and residences with a population of 400; the businesses ranged from dry goods, meat markets, and furniture to livery stables, drug stores, and general stores.

Medford incorporated in early 1885, and its first city ordinance was to prevent and punish disorderly conduct, riots and disturbances. The second one was “to prevent minors from loitering about the depot,” and another banned hogs from running wild. After the railroad, the orchard boom was the next significant development.

With access by railroad to faraway markets, the orchard industry flourished; hundreds of thousands of apple and pear trees were planted in the early 1900s, and the Valley’s major export was that of commercial fruit. The Medford Commercial Club (presently the Chamber of Commerce) promoted a very successful, extensive advertising campaign in the early 1900s about the great advantages of the area’s orchard industry: Easy money was to be had. Medford’s real estate agents met the out-of-towners--arriving in numbers--at the train station to sell them on this “easy business.”

By 1909, numerous Medford buildings were under construction or in the planning stages. Buildings with the names of Sparta, the Carnegie library, Woolworth building, and four-story Liberty brick building were there or coming. The newcomers wanted also the new “horseless buggies” to travel from their country homes to the city. A Medford Mail Tribune article on November 28th reported that the city led the world in the number of automobiles per capita in 1909: It had one automobile for every 30 people when there was only one car nationally for every 500.

One year later, more people were in the city than could be housed. Since houses couldn’t be built fast enough, the city erected a tent city and even the railroad put new arrivals up in the train station overnight. By 1912, Medford had a high school, three elementary schools, a city park, new passenger depot, the new Carnegie library, indoor swimming pool, several movie theatres, and an opera house. Mountain water came there by way of 21 miles of wooden pipe; electricity and telephone service was reaching for the outskirts. The streets were paved, the city had four banks, and with fruit packing sheds and warehouses built by the train yard, Medford was Jackson County’s transportation and commercial center.

However, the boom turned to bust. By the mid-teens, Medford’s population had declined and there was a fruit oversupply. World War I blockades had ended the export market, while insect blight, frost, and drought hamstrung other orchards. Medford’s population by 1920 had dropped by 28 percent, all due to the orchard bust, and it took years to recover.

Despite the economic setbacks that came and went, Medford during the Roaring Twenties opened its fairgrounds with five exhibition buildings and racetracks for car, motorcycle, and horse racing. Inside the racetrack was a dirt landing strip that was part of Oregon’s first public airport. With the winning of a post-office delivery contract in 1926, Medford’s airport became the first and only airmail stop in Oregon. One year later, Medford was selected to be the county seat.

World War II finally overcame the last remnants of the Great Depression and its recessionary effects. The round-the-clock building of nearby Camp White brought about such heavy traffic over Crater Lake Highway, it became one-way out of Medford with Table Rock Road heading back in the other. More than 10,000 workers were involved, and many lived in tent cities. Completed in some six months, the camp was officially dedicated on August 15, 1942, and nearly 40,000 soldiers followed for training at a time to bring prosperity back to the city.

After the war, the pent-up demand for housing sparked a boom for the area’s timber. However, the consistent economic cycles of boom and bust continued into the 1980s, the lumber industry falling into long-term stagnation. The services of healthcare, computerization, selling of automobiles, shopping centers (with Californians avoiding their sales taxes), and real estate construction took over, only to be followed by the Great Recession of 2008.

With this recovery seemingly and slowly underway, another boom starts, followed by another ending. Throughout it all, Medford continues to flourish as the center of Jackson County and for those close enough in Northern California.

Sources: “City of Medford: The History of Medford,” at Medford’s History; Ben Truwe, “Southern Oregon History, Revised: Medford Timeline,” at City’s Timeline; Ben Truwe, “Southern Oregon History, Revised: A History of Medford up to 1932,” at History (By Newspaper Accounts); Paul Fattig, “1909: The year that changed Medford,” Mail Tribune, November 1, 2009, at The Orchard Boom (And 1909).


HARNEY COUNTY (Opinion)

What most disappoints me when reading comments in news accounts of the Malheur Occupation is how many anti-American Americans there are. Calls to kill all the occupiers, terming them domestic terrorists, dim bulbs, or worse. In my world every urban liberal should be forced to give up 52.9 percent of THEIR land and personal space to total fed administrative control, (percentage of OR controlled by the feddies) just so they can understand what is quite common in the West. Most of these commenters would've cheered the redcoats back in the day. I disagree with the Malheur tactics, but admire the spirit. Apparently the bulk of America are boot licking statist Borgs. Defy the communist hive mind, and prepare to be assimilated.


HERE ARE THE FBI VIDEOS OF THE ARREST OF THE MALHEUR OCCUPIERS, and the SHOOTING DEATH OF LaVOY FINNICUM

Full Version

 

Edited Version

 

STATEMENT FROM AMMON BUNDY LAWYER

(Note how she mentions "Article III Courts?"...no administrative law tyranny for HER client.)


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MAKE A COMMENT OPPOSING THE ROGUE RIVER RESERVE

Mr. X and I discussed this on Monday, recapping last week's Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board meeting, spearhead by the Southern Oregon Land Conservncy. Their plan is to go for a 1.5 million dollar state grant which will be used to purchase private property and place it in a conservation easement. Problem is, these easements usually go on for a few years, then the Greens donate the land to the BLM. Read the attached documents, and note how the goal is to eventually knit all these protected properties together. This will eventually be used to eliminate private property owners on the Rogue River. Fewer private property owners means no resistance to the Green plan to push a WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION for all of the Rogue River.

DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE DOCUMENTS - then make a comment on why you oppose this grant - Mail it to the OWEB address on the first page. THANKS!


HARNEY COUNTY (Opinion)

What most disappoints me when reading comments in news accounts of the Malheur Occupation is how many anti-American Americans there are. Calls to kill all the occupiers, terming them domestic terrorists, dim bulbs, or worse. In my world every urban liberal should be forced to give up 52.9 percent of THEIR land and personal space to total fed administrative control, (percentage of OR controlled by the feddies) just so they can understand what is quite common in the West. Most of these commenters would've cheered the redcoats back in the day. I disagree with the Malheur tactics, but admire the spirit. Apparently the bulk of America are boot licking statist Borgs. Defy the communist hive mind, and prepare to be assimilated.


HERE ARE THE FBI VIDEOS OF THE ARREST OF THE MALHEUR OCCUPIERS, and the SHOOTING DEATH OF LaVOY FINNICUM

Full Version

 

Edited Version

 

STATEMENT FROM AMMON BUNDY LAWYER

(Note how she mentions "Article III Courts?"...no administrative law tyranny for HER client.)


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1-28-2016

635 Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. FBI no longer investigates gun owners unlawfully denied in their background check.

7:10 Sheriff Corey Falls discusses Harney County help, jail overcrowding, other Law Enforcement issues.

8:10 Patrick Wood, author of TECHNOCRACY RISING: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. This book is a must-read, you can see this technocracy playing out in the green tyranny in Oregon. Latest news on Patrick's site - Technocracy.news


BILL'S GUESTS for 01-27-2016

6:35 Joseph RIce, Pacific Patriots Network

7:10 Commissioner Doug Breidenthal - Marijuana policy public meeting this coming Monday, 6pm at the Medford City Council Chambers

8:10 Ed, "Mr. X" breaks down the roots of what's destroying property rights in Harney County,, and the state.

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-25-2016

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com - Recall or not to recall?

7:15 Mark Henkel, polygamy advocate for  NationalPolygamyAdvocate.com and we discuss the state of polygamy, why he wants government out of marriage, and the latest court news, including Sisters Wives Polygamy Case Heads for Appeals Court

7:35 "Mr. X" with a recap of last week's Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board's meeting, wanting to spend more than a million dollars of taxpayer money for a conservation easment onthe Rogue River. It looks more like a stalking horse to lock this land up, donate it to the feds, and help speed the way for a Wild and Scenic designation for ALL the Rogue River. Here's the meeting: (H/T to Kevin G)

8:10 Dr. Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

Ashland

By Dennis Powers

During the 1850s, gold-seeking miners didn’t find much gold in what’s now Ashland; the best were located in the Gold Hill and Jacksonville areas. Abel Helman and Eber Emery were the smart ones: They decided as other bright ex-miners did (i.e., C.C. Beekman and his Jacksonville bank; Michael Hanley and his Hanley Farm) that it was easier and more profitable to supply the miners with what they needed. Staking a claim on a creek, the men built and started in 1854 a saw and flour mill. Calling the stream, Mill Creek, the site began called as Ashland Mills, later to be renamed as Ashland Creek and Ashland respectively.

Helman one year later donated twelve building sites around the mill to create a central business district. Merchants soon constructed wooden buildings to house their businesses, ranging from a blacksmith and livery to a meat market and cabinet shop. The place became a gathering spot for its residents and became known as the “Plaza,” which is the name that continues today. The settlement had an advantage as the main wagon-trail to Jacksonville passed through it, as did the stagecoach line, the Oregon-California wagon trail over the nearby Siskiyou Mountains, and as the later district headquarters in the mid-1880s for the Oregon & California Railroad.   

In addition to Abel Helman, leaders appeared who greatly supported the town, such as John McCall. In 1852, the 27-year-old McCall settled in Jackson County on a mining claim along Jackson Creek. After spending two rough winters, “subsisting a good portion of his time on venison alone,” he bought an interest in the Ashland Flour Mills. After the Civil War, he became Ashland’s mayor in 1886, after also being elected as a state legislator. His business interests flourished to include owning the Ashland Flour Mill, Ashland Woolen Mill, and the McCall Mercantile on the Ashland Plaza. McCall ran the newspaper, the “Ashland Tidings,” and helped found the Ashland College and Normal School in 1872, which later became Southern Oregon University. 

With its hosting of Southern Oregon’s annual Chautauqua festival, the town in the 1890s became a cultural center for the area. Presenting programs in what is now Lithia Park in politics, art, literature, music, and other subjects for several days during the mid-summer, this nationwide program of lectures, seminars, and entertainment had started in New York as the New York Chautauqua Assembly. Well-known personalities such as Susan B. Anthony, William Jennings Bryan, and John Phillip Sousa were among those over the next two decades who came to Ashland to lecture or perform.

Despite this, Medford’s orchard boom in the early 1900s (and its strong downtown building spree that started in 1909) brought it to prominence in the Valley; Jacksonville had greatly tapered off when the railroad in the mid-1880s bypassed it in favor of Medford. Ashland continued, however, with its development of what would become the 93-acre, exquisite Lithia Park in the heart of Ashland in the 1900s. Its mineral springs with promoted medicinal properties also brought in the tourists.

Despite its cultural and location significance, Ashland suffered economically over the years. The Southern Pacific Railroad’s opening of its “Natron Cut-off” from California to Eugene, by-passed the town and its passenger rail traffic dropped. After the Great Depression’s financial woes, even World War II’s economic impact lessened afterwards as the timber industry with its mills and employment stagnated--even in Ashland.   

Its transition to a tourist destination was greatly assisted by the growth of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University. It took Elmo Stevenson and Angus Bowmer to save the town. Stevenson was hired in 1946 to actually close the campus (named then Oregon State College) if he couldn’t increase enrollment. After arriving, he thought that the setting was unique and began his passionate goal of saving the institution. He was successful. Southern Oregon University now has some 300 faculty members with 6,000 students and its numerous buildings are spread over 175 acres. 

While staring at the old Chautauqua ruins in Ashland’s Lithia Park, Angus Bowmer got an idea about the possibility of producing a Shakespearean work there. By 1935, his idea caught on with other residents and with volunteers, city, and state help, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival began with a two-play production on July 2, 1935. From there, the festival has grown to an annual attendance of 400,000-plus with over 700 performances.

Ashland is home to 20,000 residents today. Although it isn’t the county seat, it has become a destination tourist and retirement town. With additional cultural activities from the Ashland Independent Film Festival to the Oregon Cabaret, the former mill on Mill Creek has come a long way.

Sources: “Ashland Chamber of Commerce: Ashland History,” at Ashland History (With Images); Jeff LaLande, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Ashland,” at Ashland (Including Images); Ryan Pfeil, “A Most Useful Citizen,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013 at On John McCall (Ashland).      

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LIVE AT SHOT SHOW WEDNEDSDAY AND THURSDAY this week at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. HUGE Thanks to Apex Machine Shop, manufacturer of the APEX Handguard GATOR Grip for your AR-15 (Great grip, btw) in White City, Welburns Weapons, Highway 62 just south of White City, and Medford Rifle and Pistol Club.

 

 



1-11 to 1-15 2016

Jan 11, 2016 -- 3:17pm


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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1-13-16

6:15 Curtis Ellis of the American Jobs Alliance. Where are the jobs, Mr. President. Go to the website, and email your congressional rep, make sure an Obamatrade vote is NO.

7:20 Wendy Leigh, author, BOWIE: The Biography

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Eric Peters, automotive journalist - EPAutos.com, great site, we talk the ups (and downs) of the "Connected Car" trend.

8:35 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation, AMAZINGLY bad gun law planned in Salem. Read the Draft Bill\


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1-12-16

7:10 Constitutional Expert Michael Badnarik - Introduction to the Constitution Class this Saturday at the Medford Library. all 512-461-0995 or 514-660-2169 to register More information HERE

7:35 State Rep. Sal Esquivel discusses upcoming prep for the legislative session.

8:10 Will Reishman at Strategic Financial - 541-773-7774


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1-11-2016

6:35 Dale Matthews, latest from BadCounty.com

6:50 Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino - "The Fight: A Secret Agent's Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine"

7:15 Roy Wright, local appraiser, talks some amazing home sale numbers in the valley.

7:40 Joseph RIce - Pacific Patriots Network and the latest fromt the Burns, OR standoff.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present"

The Record Powerball Win

By Dennis Powers

In October 2005, Bob Chaney was a 72-year-old, retired security systems owner, and living with his wife, Francis, in Jacksonville. The Chaney’s daughter, Carolyn, and their 48-year-old, son-in-law Steve West--a Medford landscaper--were living in a modest ranch house in Medford. As some noted, “They were very much your average folks.” On October 19, 2005, Steve West and Bob Chaney bought a $40 lottery ticket that hit the largest single-ticket Powerball jackpot in history then of $340 million.

If they wanted, the $340 million in total could have been paid over thirty annual payments. Instead, they took a lump-sum cash award, which was $164.4 million. This amount was next allocated: Robert and Frances each received $34.1 million; Steve and Carolyn received $39.4 million each, all before state and federal tax withholdings. Other family members receiving amounts were Robert and Frances’ son, Steven Chaney, $3.5 million; daughters Brenda Green, Robin Whitzel, and Sue Krammer, $3.5 million each; and Steve West’s brother, Gary, $3.5 million. All prize amounts were before withholdings for state and federal taxes—and the total received by everyone after these taxes was $110 million.

In early 2006, Steve and Carolyn West moved four miles away to their new home. This was a much bigger place: It was located on six acres, the house totaled 6,400 square feet, and the grounds were complete with a hot tub, pool, and 30-foot water slide. When the astounded moving-van driver spotted the estate, he asked, “What did you do? Win the Lotto?” Carolyn West admitted, “Yes, we really did.”

Their five-bedroom, five-bath expansive house cost “well over $2 million”; the expenses of an interior decorator and new, cherrywood furniture was extra, although they did keep their old house as a rental. Steve also built a 31-foot by 12-foot greenhouse for his “orchids and tropical” plants. Plus they bought a few new cars, such as a GMC Yukon for carpooling kids, along with a new champagne-colored convertible BMW 650i (for him) and a silver BMW (hers). 

With his some $20 million after taxes, Bob Chaney’s first big purchase was a $50,000 canary-yellow Hummer, which he always wanted and purchased days after receiving his winnings. Another large Chaney purchase was that of a French country-style house down the road from the Wests’ new home. Steve and Carolyn took trips to Italy and Switzerland with their two daughters, while Bob and Frances headed away on vacations with their grown children.

Their joy was tempered by the death of Bob Chaney on October 2nd, 2006, from a brain injury he had suffered after falling off a roof and hitting his head. He had lingering weakness after the fall, along with breaking his pelvis two years before, and then badly burning one of his feet. Other complications ensued and he died at age 73, nearly one year after receiving the news of the grand lottery win.         

The families still seemed, however, to keep their centering. One year after receiving their money, Steve said that he still clipped coupons. He remembered back to the “embarrassing” bankruptcy he had to file in 1999 after losing his job at a lawn-care center. Liking her friends at work, Carolyn continued to work 30 hours a week as a bookkeeper, bringing home then “$500 to $600” every two weeks.

Although he hired a gardener to help mow his estate and gave his lawn-care business to his brother Gary, Steve worked with Gary to help with the fall plantings. The Wests noted that their friendships with others had basically stayed the same, although there were a few who didn’t talk to them. Their newly-found wealth had changed how some of their friends saw them.

What stands out is that both families established substantial foundations that are within the top ten of Southern Oregon’s largest, standing along with long-time ones such as the Carpenter and Smullin Foundations. Chaney’s funding efforts included Missouri’s Barry County, where they lived before moving to Jacksonville, and areas surrounding his hometown in Cabell County, West Virginia--along with Jackson and Josephine Counties. The West Foundation contributes to numerous nonprofits also in Jackson and Josephine County. These foundations together have been donating generally some $700,000 annually.

The Chaney and West lottery win is still the largest Powerball jackpot in Oregon history. On May 19, 2013, the single winning ticket in Florida hit a Powerball lottery jackpot that was worth $590.5 million and is now the largest. The greatest jackpot so far in U.S. history is $656 million, split between winners in Maryland, Kansas, and Illinois, and won in the March 2012, Mega Millions lottery.

With the actual stories of how others squandered their winnings (and see the links below), what these Oregonians won and subsequently did with their winnings truly stands out. They remembered where they had been and wanted to improve the lives of others. They did--and certainly weren’t average.

Sources: Vicki Bane, “Lottery Winners, One Year Later!” People magazine, March 26, 2007, Vol. 67, No. 12, at Background on Winners; See generally, “Robert & Francis Chaney Family Foundation,” at Chaney Family Foundation; see generally, “The West Family Foundation,” at West Family Foundation; Sarah Lemon, “Giving Back,” Mail Tribune, May 31, 2007, at Giving Back; Mandi Woodruff and Michael Kelly, “19 Lottery Winners Who Blew It All,” Business Insider, May 19, 2013, at What Could Happen; Geetkia Rudra, “Powerball Record Winner Is 84-Year-Old Woman,” ABC News, June 5, 2013, at Record Winning.      


 

BILL'S GUEST for 01-08-2016

 6:35  Attorney Gayle Trotter breaks down O's executive orders and more in Where Tyranny Thrives: History Shows Obama’s Push To Limit Gun Rights Is First Step To Genocide And Oppression on the Daily Caller.

7:10 Ken Ivory, American Lands Council - We discuss the root of the Harney County standoff, and that's the effort to get public lands under STATE, not fed control.

7:35 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation - discusses Obama's CNN propaganda pony show.

8:10 Ilana Mercer, libertarian columnist for WND.COM, her latest you should read now: RANCHERS HAMMOND AND BUNDY: THE BEST OF AMERICA

BTW the struggles of the Bundy, and Hammond, and other productive U.S. families are similar to the destruction of the Afrikaner farmers in Ilana's native South Africe. Read more in her book "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid Africa".


1-04 to 1-08-2016

Jan 04, 2016 -- 5:56pm


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BILL'S GUEST for 01-08-2016

 6:35  Attorney Gayle Trotter breaks down O's executive orders and more in Where Tyranny Thrives: History Shows Obama’s Push To Limit Gun Rights Is First Step To Genocide And Oppression on the Daily Caller.

7:10 Ken Ivory, American Lands Council - We discuss the root of the Harney County standoff, and that's the effort to get public lands under STATE, not fed control.

7:35 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation - discusses Obama's CNN propaganda pony show.

8:10 Ilana Mercer, libertarian columnist for WND.COM, her latest you should read now: RANCHERS HAMMOND AND BUNDY: THE BEST OF AMERICA

BTW the struggles of the Bundy, and Hammond, and other productive U.S. families are similar to the destruction of the Afrikaner farmers in Ilana's native South Africe. Read more in her book "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid Africa".


 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRESSMAN WALDEN SPEAKS ON THE HARNEY COUNTY OCCUPATION

TODAY (Thursday) Ammon Bundy and Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward Meet to try and bring the standoff to an end.

 

 


BILLS GUESTS for 1-07-16

6:35 State Rep. Duane Stark, breaking down last night's town hall meeting, what's in store for the upcoming session.

7:10 Josephine County Airport Manager Larry Graves - Erickson backs away from leasing space at the Illinois Valley Airport due to public outcry.

7:35 Kirsten Tynan, Fully Informed Jury Association - how an informed jury could have saved the Hammonds.

8:10 Rebecca Bander, sex trafficking survivor,  and Caleb LaPlante from the Greater Grants Pass Rotary. Rebecca told us an incredible story of surviving this huge problem. Read more, see the photographic exhibit raising awareness of sex traficking, and join Rebecca as she gives talks on the subject at http://mtas-roguevalley.com/


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1-06-2016

6:35 Luke Adler is currently a weapons instructor and gun rights advocate, but is also a retired U.S. Deputy Marshal and former member of the JTTF.  We talk on the ramifications of the President's executive order.  His latest book is a great story of his career in tracking down fugitives, entitled."CHASING BANDITS".

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau.

8:10 Dr. Frieda Burnbaum, research psychologist, discussing the mental health suggestions of president Obama's executive orders.


BILL'S GUESTS for 01-05-2016

6:35 Rachel Alexander, Senior Editor for the Stream, we talk prosecutorial abuse in the Obama administration - and her latest article about the Harney occupation.

7:10 Ed, "Mr. X" on how Oregon's Policy Consensus ("Gang Green Kumbaya") style of governance, instead of rule of law, actively colludes with the Federal government, rather than defending citizen property rights. Perfect example is what's going on in Burns.


SOMETHING WHICH REALLY COULD HAVE HELPED THE HAMMOND FAMILY?

Fully Informed Juries - Remember our talks about Fully Informed Juries? It sure could've helped the Hammonds. I figure most would agree that the use of a TERRORISM law to send the Hammonds to jail for 5 years was not the intent of the law. This is a BIG example of how a fully informed jury would have some people on the jury saying "Uh, yep, they did commit arson, by the letter of the law, but the law's application is inappropriate, so I vote to acquit." ‪#‎FIJA‬


OBAMA AND GUN CONTROL

Got my Obama propaganda email release on all the gun control changes he'll make, background checks, etc., including pushing "Smart Gun Technology". Watch out for THIS one, folks. Smart guns are all about making firearms useable only by the registered owner. Biometrics, wear a watch or chip to make the firearm work, etc. Will the dems ultimately say only smart guns can be sold? You bet they will if they can. Let's turn it around and support smart guns...ONLY for police and soldiers to start. Get back to me with how that works, okay O'Barry? Imagine being in a home invasion, husband is shot, and a wife or other relative has a useless club instead of a firearm. These proposals are incremental evils, don't stand for it, or the politicians pushing these lies.


BILL'S GUESTS 1-04-2016

6:35 Dale Matthews with Bad County Dot Com, a recap of the 2015 "Lowlights" in JoCo. I'm sure there will be plenty more this year! ;-)

7:10 Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, discusses the President's massive change - President to give work permits to foreign college students.

7:45 Joseph Rice with the Oathkeepers of Josephine County. The latest from the Burns standoff, chance for a peaceful resolution?

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, Visiting Past and Present - Today, SOU'S football coach!

 

Craig Howard: SOU’s Premier Football Coach

By Dennis Powers

Craig Howard has been the SOU head football coach since 2010. In his first year, he led the losing Raiders to a record of 5-5, and the next year they made their first appearance in the NAIA quarterfinals in a decade. That year (2012), his team was the Frontier Conference champions in their first year as part of the circuit. In 2014, the team won the NAIA football championship, becoming the first one to win its last three games away from home. For his efforts, he was named the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year. 

As the Raiders headed in mid-December 2015 into the second consecutive NAIA championship game, his record was 45 – 16 for the last four seasons, impressive to say the least. Although the team lost to Marian (the team they beat in 2014 for the championship), it was not expected to even reach the finals—having lost three All-Americans, including Austin Dodge, the quarterback who set all-time records and is playing in the Canadian Football League. Under Howard, the Raiders led the NAIA in offense in 2012 and '13 and were second in ‘14.

He grew up in Grants Pass and played football at Grants Pass High School as a linebacker; he once had 35 tackles against Medford High. Heading to Linfield College in Portland, Craig continued as a 165-pound linebacker, playing from 1970 to 1973. He was named three times as Linfield’s Most Inspirational Player.

His coaching career started at Roseburg High School and he was in Oregon until 1993, with defensive coordinator (“DC”) positions at Oregon Tech (1978-1981) and Portland State (1982-1983), interspaced with high school head coaching (“HC”) positions at Bend and Jesuit High School (a private Catholic high school in Portland). He was the DC at Oregon Tech (1987 – 1989)--coaching under then football coach, Danny Miles--but as the HC in 1992, he lost that position when it dropped its football program due to budgetary problems.  

Loving his profession, Howard left for Florida and coached there for nearly twenty years. He coached primarily at Nease High School (Ponte Vedra Beach/Palm Valley area), where he was the HC for eight years (2002-2007), and then at Columbia High School (Lake City, Florida) from 2008-2010. He then left for SOU.

Prior to SOU, Howard went 76-23 over his last eight years as the Nease and Columbia High Schools. He led the Nease squad to the state title game three times, winning a state championship in 2005. His star pupil during his run at Nease was Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and during a five-year stretch he not only coached Tebow, but 45 players who went on to play Division I football. Over his last three years at Columbia High, Howard's teams broke 30 school records.

Although Howard knows football, he wins over players, parents, and everyone with inspiration. Howard spoke at a banquet prior to last year's (2014) NAIA championship game against Marian (Indiana) in Daytona Beach, Florida, fans from both teams, were so moved by his words, that they rose and gave him a standing ovation.

During SOU’s first-round playoff game in 2015 against Kansas Wesleyan, Howard was so impressed with a play by wide receiver Jeremy Scottow, he took Scottow into the stands to his parents -- during the game -- and told them what a great play their son had made. Then Howard returned to the field to coach.

Legendary Oregon Tech basketball coach Danny Miles, who coached football with Howard at OIT during the 1980s, said that before games, Howard would often dim the locker-room lights, turn on "Rocky" music at a high level, and then introduce the starting lineup to the team. "The kids would leave the dressing room crying," Miles said.

"He could have been Billy Graham if he wanted to be a preacher. He can fire people up," said Gary Mires, Howard's high school football coach at Grants Pass. "He should be a preacher, in fact, the way he can really get a lot of people behind him.”  

Sources: Nick Daschel, “Southern Oregon's inspirational coach Craig Howard: 'He could have been Billy Graham'“, The Oregonian/OregonLive, December 18, 2015, at Craig Howard; Nick Daschel, “Nearly dead as a program four years ago, Southern Oregon rallies to play for NAIA championship,” The Oregonian/OregonLive, December 19, 2014, at SOU Football; “SOU Football Coaching Staff--Greg Howard” at SOU Biography.

 


12-21 to 12-23-2015

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TAXPAYER ALERT

It's a big 4-day series  in the Mail Tribune detailing the "Powers That Be" push for a convention or conference center, naturally with taxpayer involvement. All this to chase a declining convention business model. (Depending on who you talk to, convention center business peaked in the early to mid 2000's.) There are numerous centers around here that can hold several hundred conventioneers, but to be fair, many need rebuilt and freshened.

The new owners at the Inn at the Commons, for example, are working on a freshening right now, and it's centrally located.
I figure when their convention business is bursting at the seams with little to no availability, maybe there's room to talk about need. Until then, count me as a skeptic to this crony capitalism plan.

If southern Oregon's investment capital class thinks a convention center "pencils", have at it, and make a killing. It's been demonstrated that Medford government can't bring a police and 3 fire stations (now 2) in on time and at or under budget...Imagine the cost overruns and taxpayer drama a convention center will bring us. Great for talk radio subject matter, but not necessarily good for the city.

Here are a few links to stories fleshing out some of my concerns. http://www.citylab.com/.../stop-building-convention.../2210/ And here is another http://www.hotel-online.com/archive/archive-13544 And Still another - http://www.post-gazette.com/.../Conv.../stories/201312150174 And one more, just for fun. from the Dallas area - http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/.../the-convention.../ And Dallas is a major hub city!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 12-22-2015

6:35 Dr. John Zmirak, Senior Editor at The Stream - Five Page Turner Conservative Novels That Predicted The Mess We're In

7:35 State Rep. Sal Esquivel discusses state issues.

8:10 Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform - Topic is how last week's big omnibus spending bill continues to damage border security.


BILL'S GUESTS 12-21-2015

6:35 Dale Matthew, reporting from  BadCounty.com Ethics, Ethics, and more Ethics, and we talk of Simon Hare's issues, too.

7:10 Logan Albright, researcher at Freedomworks, The Sharks Are Circling Around Internet Freedom

8:35 NYT Author James Rollins, author of the EXCELLENT "The Bone Labyrinth".

 

8:10 Dr. Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

Christmas Day: Past and Present--2015

By Dennis Powers

 

Christmas Eve and Day during our pioneer days were simpler and important, but difficult. Winters in cold cabins were tough, as storms and snow banks weren’t that merry. Nor driving in a “one-horse-open sleigh.” Remote families cut down a small fur tree or decorated their small cabin with freshly-cut boughs. If a small tree fit inside, strung popcorn, small wax candles (a bucket of water kept handy), and red Madrone berries decorated it; the families sung Christmas carols or read from the Bible.

Starting days ahead, women cooked their special Christmas Day meal. They brought out preserved fruits and vegetables, cooked up fresh meat (ham, beef, or venison), and even made a plum pudding to age. Gifts could be homemade, such as carved wooden toys, sachets, footstools, and even corn-husk dolls. If the family had a good year, their children might find that Santa had left candies, nuts, or cookies in their stockings.  

If living in a small town like Golden or Gold Hill, the community came together. Children helped decorate the town Christmas tree at their church or gathering place. They cut out cardboard stars, wrapped them in silver tinfoil, and hung them to join the strung popcorn, dozens of tiny, different-colored wax candles, and small gifts on the tree. Larger gifts were underneath. 

On Christmas Day, the families attended church, returned home for the traditional meal, and spent the day visiting with friends and neighbors, one of the most important aspects. A larger “city” like Medford could have a “Grand Christmas Ball.” One newspaper advertisement read: “A Grand Ball will be given in Byers' Hall, Medford. On Christmas Night—December 25, 1885. A fine Supper and the best of Music will be provided. The services of a first-class caller have been engaged...A good time is anticipated. Come one! Come all! Tickets, $2.50.”

When we fast forward to modern times with the constant bombardment of carols, no matter where we go, today’s holidays have a commercial feeling. Although many families enjoy the festive and religious times, the stress of jobs, family responsibilities, Christmas parties, and how much to spend can lessen this. But have no fear, let’s look at the spirit of giving—and receiving—in a bigger, modern way. 

For example, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus continues its tradition of fantasy gifts for 2015. Among these is the “Arch Motorcycle & Ride Experience,” at a cool $150,000. Keanu Reeves (riding for over 25 years) and Gard Hollinger (custom bike creator) make up the Arch Motorcycle Company, and the KRGT-1--hailed by one reviewer as “the Zen of motorcycle design”--is their first production bike. Framed of steel and aircraft-grade billet aluminum with carbon-fiber fenders and front cowling, it has a 124-cubic-inch v-twin engine that produces 121 horsepower. This limited edition (three) includes an exclusive two-day ride for two along the California coast with Reeves and Hollinger.  

At $90,000 per person (limited to six), there’s the “World View Exploration at the Edge of Space.” This gift starts in 2016 with a behind-the-scenes viewing of the World View test flight of the balloon that will lift its luxury pressurized capsule (complete with a bar and lavatory) 100,000 feet above Earth for your five-hour flight. Including three nights at the Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona, you’ll experience the actual flight to the edge of space in 2017.

For $400,000 is the “Dream Trip to India” for two. You and a guest will travel for 12 days in private planes and “vintage” cars to the “finest hotels, restaurants, and experiences (guided historic tours, private cricket lessons, and a dance lesson on a private Bollywood movie set). From legendary Delhi and the Taj Mahal, to artistic Jaipur, romantic Udaipur, and finally Mumbai, you'll explore this fascinating country in luxurious style.”

For car enthusiasts, there is the Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Mustang convertible at $95,000. This commemorates Mustang's 50th Anniversary with a 700+ supercharged horsepower engine that hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. A unique chassis and suspension tuning, race-inspired dual exhaust system, lightweight forged 20” wheels, and an exclusive livery-covered Aero-enhanced body complements this gift—limited to the first 100. The price also includes an exclusive two-day Ford Racing School course with delivery by March 1, 2016.

As an aside, this gift matches last year’s “100th Anniversary 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4,” (same $95,000 price tag), then for celebrating the Italian car company’s centennial anniversary. For 2013, it was the limited-edition, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante at a “cool” price of $344,500. Hand-built in England, this rear-wheel-driven, sports-car was only one of ten made in the world, available in cobalt-blue, zipped from zero to 60 in 4 seconds, and topped out at 183 mph. 

For this year, how about a custom-made guitar for $30,000? And commissioned by a Texas music legend. Built to the specifications of Steve Miller, Lyle Lovett, or Billy Gibbons, this gift not only includes the guitar, but also receiving it backstage at the particular musician’s concert (in person by either Billy Gibbons or Lyle Lovett)—and two tickets to that concert.

There are always less expensive gifts: for example, the Couture Diary for $10,000. “Artist Abigail Vogel will hand paint 20 of the recipient's treasured ensembles. Each work of art includes 40 custom-made, hand-bordered diary sheets from “The Printery” (an Eastern custom-printing stationary house) to record the story. “Renowned craftsman” Paul Vogel will bind the book in Scandinavian calfskin and personalize it in hand-tooled 24-karat gold. The result? A personal fashion history, housed in a custom-made case.

Or for $5,000 each ($10,000 in total), there is: the “His and Hers Costume Trunk.” Each MacKenzie-Childs trunk features the child's hand-painted initials with a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boys' version includes five Marvel Super Heroes costumes (from Spider-Man and Thor to Captain America), while the “little ladies holds Disney favorites (i.e., the Cinderella Ball gown).

For the rest of us, we are simply happy to buy that new iPhone, Apple watch, or even a power saw and pay it off over the next 12 months. Plus enjoying the holidays with football games, great food, and the family, while everyone says to all, “A good night.”      

Sources: See “Legends of America--A Pioneer Christmas” atA Pioneer Christmas; see also “Neiman Marcus 2015 Fantasy Gifts,” at Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts

 

12-14 to 12-18-2015

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SIMON HARE

Dale Matthews and I were musing earlier on the show about a Lane County Mugshots post indicating JoCo Commissioner Simon Hare was popped for a DUII Friday, and sad to say it's confirmed. The other day the commissioners were discussing how to improve the image of the BoC, even going so far as to consider using economic development funds to pay someone to write favorable stories. Hmmm, looks like their hired spin doctors will have to be pretty skilled.


BILL'S GUESTS 12-14-15

6:35 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com, Commissioners want to hire PR types to better sell the Josephine County Commission.

7:15 Congressman Greg Walden talks KBRA deal, the

7:25 State Rep. Sal Esquivel calls back with more information on the needy elderly family we discussed on Friday's show. Sal says drop a donation off at Evergreen Federal Bank.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

The Architects Who Changed the Towns

By Dennis Powers

In the late Nineteenth Century, the towns of our region were basically comprised of saloons, churches, stables, dirt streets, and perhaps three-story buildings, but nothing resembling what we see today. Plans weren’t really needed, and an experienced “tradesman” could construct basic structures by just drawing ideas down. Over time, professional architects located here and drew the detailed plans that became residences, theatres, and buildings that exist even today.  

One was a Canadian expatriate, Arthur weeks. An experienced architect in Portland, Weeks moved to the Valley in 1882, to start an orchard that eventually became Bear Creek Orchards. Although he didn’t design buildings for a period, he had created the design plans for a few of Medford’s earliest structures, such as the Joseph Stewart mansion and Medford Bank Building, still existing on the northwest corner of East Main and Bartlett.

William J. Bennet (pronounced “Ben-Nay”) had a major impact and moved to Medford in January 1895, but only after working in Roseburg for a short 1-1/2 years. Bennett designed mainly residences, and one of his built designs--named now the Curry Manor Residential Care Facility on Quail Lane--was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. When given the contract to design the Hotel Medford, Bennett decided to set up his office in Medford.

Quickly making contacts, he began drawing plans for clients to build residences and more buildings. That year, Bennet was one of several architects asked to submit plans to construct the state capitol at St. Paul, Minnesota, but didn’t win the bid. With steep-pitched roofs, high ceilings, dormers and windows, gables, and Queen Anne or Swiss-chalet looks, his residences were widely known and with charm. Ones such as the Sophenia Ish-Baker House at Jackson and McAndrews and the Shone-Charley House at Fourth and Grape were also later placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the spring of 1896, he was the architect for a new courthouse for Siskiyou County in Yreka. Bennett moved his offices there, and designed structures in that county. By 1898, he was in LaGrande and creating plans and specifications throughout that region. Owing to financial failures, W.J. Bennett died from an alcohol and morphine overdose on June 1, 1898. In a very short time, however, his accomplishments in this region and throughout Oregon were legendary.

Frank C. Clark is the most prominent architect of the times. After learning his drafting trade in the East and practicing architecture in Los Angeles and Arizona, the 30-year-old Clark was awarded the contract to design two new buildings in 1902 for the Ashland Academy (now SOU). He moved to Ashland and for 40 years was a major architect in Jackson and Josephine counties.

While in Ashland, he designed residences, the Elk’s Building, and the Enders Building. When the Orchard Boom of the 1910s arrived, he was well positioned and moved to Medford. Clark designed stylish orchard homes, colonial-style residences, and major buildings such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Sparta Building, Medford Elk’s Club, Medford Airport/Newell Barber Field, the Swedenburg House (at the entrance to SOU), and many others.

After World War I and into the early 1930s, a second phase of his long career was underway. During these years, prominent Medford residents commissioned his sought-after residences in styles ranging from Craftsman and Period Colonial to English Tudor; buildings such as Medford Senior High School, Washington School, the Holly Theatre, and Hillcrest Orchard buildings were designed in different styles and built.

Clark continued on with an associate, Robert Keeney, in 1931. Six years later, the firm became known as Clark and Keeney. After World War II and with Kenney returning from service, Clark turned over the bulk of his design work to him. Continuing with his design work, Clark’s career spanned over 60 years as he worked past his 80th birthday. He died in 1957 at age 84.      

Frank C. Clark arrived in Ashland well over a century ago, and he was responsible for designing and creating several hundred structures. From 1910 Craftsman bungalows to the exquisite 1930 Holly Theatre and 1937 Art Deco “Harry and David” Packing House, numerous ones are still standing. And a testimonial to the times that continue into the present.

Sources: Bill Miller, “Something to Draw On,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013, at Early Medford Architects; Ben Truwe, “Southern Oregon History, Revised: Who Was W. J. Bennet?” at W. J. Bennett (With Images); “Shone-Charley House” at  Bennett National Register Designed Residence; Kay Atwood, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Frank Clark (1872-1957)” at Frank Clark.

12-7 to 12-11-2015

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GOOD ONE, MINER DAVE!

Dave Everist calls today (Friday)  with a good idea. Many poor homeless folks on SNAP benefits can't cook, so they end up going for more junk/convenience foods, expensive and not very good for you, because you can't purchase hot prepared food. He suggests changing rules to allow a homeless person with SNAP to transfer the SNAP benefit to a qualified non-profit such as St. Vincent de Paul. They purchase food with the benefits, at the quantity discount that they're able to leverage. Homeless person is then able to get higher quality hot meals prepped by the charities and volunteers. Sure, the details and legislation would need worked out, but I think there's the germ of a good plan there!


BILL'S GUESTS 12-10-15

7:10 Gene Pellham, Rogue Credit Union, Grand opening at the East Medford branch, N. Phoenix and E. Barnett!

8:10 Ed, "Mr. X", we discuss the WYSE project, Integrated Water System issues, is this going to help? Ed doesn't think so. Here are numerous documents worthy of your study. Plenty of "Policy Consensus" gang-Green "Kumbaya".

Corps of Engineers Integrated Water

How We Got Here - Shifting To Good Jobs, Rethinking Economic Development in Jackson County

Mobilizing Oregon Clusters - Economic Development

Oregon's Economic Development Districts

U.N. - Big One Here 'Toward A Green Economy'

International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management


BILL'S GUESTS 12-09-15

6:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Should food stamps only pay for Healthy Food?

8:10 Dan Stein, President of Federation for American Immigration Reform - Responds to Donald Trump's "Muslim" policy controversy.


COL. RALPH PETERS SUSPENDED FROM FOX NEWS FOR THIS ONE...


INTERESTING ISLAM STATS 12-9-15

Pew Research reports Islam as the world's fastest-growing religion, will eclipse Christianity by the end of this century. 100,000 Muslims a year are granted U.S. residency, about double twenty years ago. There's a political bent to these immigrants...70% support for the Democrat Party, only 11% support for the GOP, and they love having MORE government services.

No wonder the DNC and weak-minded GOP types are wetting their collective panties over Trump's desire for a pause in immigration from such groups...even as research indicates one fourth of these imports polled support violent action against the United States government.

Yeah, I know, nothing to see, move along, seize all the other citizen's guns, and it'll work out fine?

 


TAX THE BUSINESSES, NO PROB? 12-8-15

Getting peppered with propaganda from some think tanks indicating Oregon has "really low business taxes". No, not getting fooled by this. Public employee union folks are trying to grease people's brains to mindlessly vote for a 2.5% gross receipts tax on businesses taking in more than $25 million a year. That's not a 2.5% tax on PROFITS, merely a tax on just the raw sales going through the business.

Public employee unions know there's a giant sucking sound coming soon in the state budget, and it's the PERS unfunded liabilities. Unions figure the only way the state is going to keep unsustainable hiring and retirement benefits going for a bit longer is to screw over businesses again...but remember, no corp pays taxes...You, the CUSTOMER pay it. Whatever you tax, you get less of, so apparently the unions want less business. Fools, all of them.


BILL'S GUESTS 12-08-15

6:35 Bad County.com's Dale Matthews - Transparency in Jo Co? Now when there's a bunch of executive sessions and no one reports on it.

7:35 State Rep. Sal Esquivel talks the 2.5% corp tax proposal, fight for $15, other ways to totally screw up this state with Salem's unionized help.

8:35 Larry Pratt, take no prisoners head of Gun Owners of America. (You're a member, right?)


SAN BERNARDINO STORY "FISHY" (Opinion)

I don't know fully what happened at San Bernardino, but I'll bet you don't, either, even if you think you do. Carly Fiorina overhears ATF telling an MSNBC reporter that one of the weapons purchased in last week's terror attacks was "police issue", which was why it was legal. Scarborough ignores it, and that story goes down the memory hole.

CBS News interviews witness describing THREE shooters, tall athletic white men. This corresponds with other eyewitnesses. Down the memory hole for that one, too, because they have the two Muslims (Who were DEFINITELY involved, btw) dead.

Escaping Muslims throwing pipe bombs with inert fuses stuffed with cloth at the police during their attempted getaway? Down the memory whole for that, too, as no one is suspicious. Other witnesses describe our two Muslim shooters as looking "scared and nervous", but that needs to go down the memory hole, too. Oh, and the reports of that THIRD person taken into custody needs to go down the MH.

(Addition) Oh, and the Muslim apartment is OPENED UP TO THE MEDIA TROMPING AROUND?? Really? Crime scene protocol anyone?

Meanwhile, the President says we need to not discriminate against Muslims, because that would be bad, and in effect adding that it's time for tons more gun control. Yeah, you bet I smell a rat. Is this another one of those standard "FBI grooms a Jihadi program" (link to the PDX Jihad) that someone helped or let happen? I don't know, but the fact that the only real "solution" pushed by the elite is gun control, and lots of it, has my "Spidey Sense Bell" clanging loudly

 


BILL'S GUESTS for 12-07-15

6:35 Jude Eden, Iraq War Veteran, we discuss one of her op-eds on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's order requiring integration of all military combat units. Women in Combat, What repealing the Combat Exclusion means for the military.

7:10 Joel Skousen, editor of WORLD AFFAIRS BRIEF. I'm a subscriber, and Joel will send you the latest issue for a sample. Email Editor@worldaffairsbrief.com. Today Joel and I discuss the anomalies in the San Bernardino Terror Attack, including the CBS interviewI note in today's commentary above.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers and I discuss Obama's speech, the gun grab, policies.


 

 


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11-30 to 12-04-15

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LATEST COMMISSION NEWS (12-01)

Jackson County Commission votes unanimously to remove Commissioner Doug Breidenthal as Board Chair, Rick Dyer is the new chair, Colleen Roberts is Vice Chair. Vote was unanimous, and this happened due to the ongoing ethics probe.

What hasn't been answered to my satisfaction is whether the the campaign donations exposed the county to the appearance of an undue influence. It may be legal, but is the current practice good? 

I'm glad it's getting an airing out. We'll know in mid-January whether or not the Oregon Government Ethics Committee thinks there's merit to the ethics complaint. Commissioner Breidenthal's actions may be found perfectly legal. No matter the outcome, I imagine at the very least that these Association of Oregon County contributions will probably be made more transparent in the future. Current state political contributions are easily viewed on OreStar. These non-state election expense funds are not that easy to find.


BILL'S GUESTS for 12-01-15

6:35 Dr. Matt Briggs, Climatologist, and we discuss the UN global warming conference. Read his latest: There's Big Money in Global Warming Alarmism.

7:10 Sheriff Corey Falls, talking law enforcement, jail reduction, taking calls on the isssues.

8:10 Mark Johnson, on a sterring committee for the State of Jefferson group, which is putting on a meeting at the Redwood Grange, 1830 Redwood Avenue in Grants Pass, this Saturday noon to three.


JAC Co ETHICS ISSUE...

I believe is FAR from over.  I spoke with Commissioner Dyer after my ethics issues talk with Comm. Breidenthal this morning (7am podcast for today). Dyer takes issue with Breidenthals' assertion that he (Breidenthal) made it clear in conversation that the $1000 donation to Dyer's campaign through "Friends of Doug Breidenthal" was from the Association of Oregon Counties, and NOT a "Personal" donation, as was indicated on the state's OreStar account, which is used to track political donations.

Dyer tells me (to the best of his recollection) that neither he, nor anyone on his campaign staff ever discussed the sources of funding (Btw, he'll discuss more on tomorrow's show, 8:10a) Update - Dyer had to back out, the DOJ ethics probe lead to that change.

Whether these donations violate the state's $50 gift limit, or this is much to do about nothing is still an open question only the government ethics board will answer. I'm still troubled by the appearance of soliciting campaign funds from groups having direct business before the county. Will this get to the point of forcing new looks at recent board actions, such as votes on the Casino ads in the airport, or land use involving Avista, or Pac Power, GMO issues? More questions...more questions


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-30-15

6:35 BadCounty.com's Dale Matthews - Arsenic and Josephine County in the news.

7:10 Jackson County Commissoner Doug Breidenthal - discussion topic is late October's ethics compllaint.

8:45 BUSINESS INTERVIEW SEGMENT - Adrienne Weiss from CostLessTarps.com -

  • Costless Tarps
  • 255 Rogue River Hwy
  • Gold Hill, Oregon 97525
  • Adrienne (Sales): 541-951-2861
  • Rick: 541-951-2862
  • Jeff: 541-951-9707
8:10 Dr. Powers, "Visiting Past and Present"

Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport

By Dennis Powers

Located at the former fairgrounds on Medford’s south end and bought for use by the U.S. Forest Service, the City of Medford and Jackson County in 1922 purchased the Medford field known as Newell Barber field. This was the first field in Oregon bought to be used as a municipal airport, and its gravel runway was 1500-ft. long and 25-ft. wide. Pacific Air Transport Company was granted an initial 4-year lease for one dollar and built its hangars and administration building; Standard Oil Company received the exclusive contract to sell gasoline and oil.

Granted a U.S. Post Office air-mail contract in 1926 to carry mail from Los Angeles to Seattle, Medford was the only stop between San Francisco and Portland on the first airmail route over the Pacific Coast. This contract meant financial stability for a new venture such as Pacific Air, but it also meant regular deliveries through all weather, good or bad.

A passenger waiting list was in use since the open-cockpit airplanes only had room for the pilot and one passenger, who sat on the mailbag in the front seat while wearing goggles and a helmet. As these planes didn’t have radios, all flying was done visually. The airport radio operator kept track as the planes landed or took off and relayed these times along with the weather conditions.

But Barber Field was so small that aviation officials threatened to close it if the adjoining fairgrounds continued running its auto racetrack. Passenger service was in the planning stage, and a larger field at least one mile long with a rotating beacon for night-time flying was needed. In the largest bond issue at the time, residents passed a $120,000 measure to buy 288 acres of land three miles north of the town’s center on Biddle Road and construct runways, a terminal, and hanger building. Located on the present site and opened in late 1929, it featured a 2.5-million candlepower beacon, new radio station, weather bureau, pilot quarters, a restaurant, and the headquarters of the Rogue Valley Gun Club.  

Charles Lindbergh visited Medford as part of his cross-country tour the year after his famous solo flight to Paris; photos show him examining his plane and then leaving Medford Airport on August 29, 1928. In 1931, Pacific Air Transport merged with three other pioneer airlines to form United Airlines. And over time, nearly every major or smaller airline served Medford.

The City of Medford approved bond issues and accepted grants that increased the acreage, landing field, and improvements so that by 1940 the runway was 6,700 feet long and 75 feet wide. During World War II, the War Department took control of the airport and its acreage increased to 550-plus acres. In August 1944, Medford fruit, flowers, and fish flew on a United Air Lines cargo-liner to New York City, the first full cargo of perishables flown coast to coast.

In January 1971, the voters approved transferring ownership of the airport from the City of Medford to Jackson County, which accepted all bond issues and liabilities, relieving the city from these obligations. As the years passed, the airport added more acreage and facilities to reach its present 925 acre size. In January 1995, the U.S. Department of Commerce designated Jackson County as foreign-trade zone. This allowed it to be a legally secured area outside the United States for customs entry procedures, duties, and quotas--thus becoming an international airport.

A new passenger terminal and air traffic control tower were constructed during 2009 and the runway extended to allow larger jets. Serving the Rogue Valley and seven counties, it is now the third largest commercial airport in Oregon. The grooved asphalt runway is now 8,800 ft. long and 150 ft. wide with nearly 60 flights which arrive and depart daily--a far cry from Barber Field all those years ago.  

See: Hattie B. Becker, The History of Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Gandee Printing Company: Medford, Oregon, 1995 at Airport History. Bert and Margie Webber, The Lure of Medford: An Oregon Documentary, Oregon: Webb Research Group Publishers, 1996; Truwe, Ben. “Jackson County Looking Back: The Early Years--1800s through 1939.” Canada: Pediment Publishing, 2011, pg. 26-27.  


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11-23 to 11-25-2015

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NO MORE $$ TO "GANG GREEN"

I've decided I can't in good conscience renew my Smithsonian or Scientific American magazine subscriptions - Both are "in the tank" for total Climate Change. They push crony cap and trade, Gang Green Communism. I open one of them today, and the first three stories were all Green and climate. "Alberta imposed cap and trade, and their economy grew 2% a year...WE should impose cap and trade while gas prices are low...and reduce production of dangerous carbon pollution." Story after story with similar slants.

For a magazine calling itself Scientific American, you'd hope they wouldn't fall for declaring CO2 (the output of ALL living things & food for plants) a dangerous pollutant. I grew up during a time when pollution was dangerous, when the rain around a steel mill corroded the paint off your car, when the Cuyahoga river caught fire several times, when the typical idling car had that acrid smell of raw, unburnt gasoline coming out of the exhaust pipe. That's gone now, and a good thing.

But it's never enough, as so-called "Science" and their government Green cronies are all about criminalizing the chemicals of life itself. These U.N./government stenographer shills, including Scientific American and Smithsonian, will not get an additional penny from me. Yes, I'm telling them why I'm cancelling.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-23-2015

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com, and Gold Hill's meeting rules in the crosshairs.

7:10 Commissioner Colleen Roberts - Association of Oregon Counties conference, and "policy consensus" is part of its brainwashing.

8:40 Faye Isaak, author of Vision with a View; How Rogue Valley Manor Evolved through Grace and Gumption , Email Faye to get your copy!! ($35)

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

Jack Elam: A Character’s Life

By Dennis Powers

Jack Elam was born in Miami, Arizona (a small mining town outside Phoenix) in 1920--but lived with different families after his mother died. As a child, he earned money picking cotton, and, at the age of 12, lost the use of his left eye. At a Boy Scout meeting, another boy in a “scrape,” grabbed a pencil, threw it, and that jabbed his eyeball. With his bulging eyes and weird, immobile left-eye, this look became part of his sinister Hollywood roles.

After high school, he left to live with his father, a California accountant. Jack attended Santa Monica Junior College and subsequently also became an accountant, including at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. He later lied about his age to get a job as an auditor with Standard Oil, which is why some bios show his age as four years older. After two years in the US Navy in World War II, Elam worked as a bookkeeper for Samuel Goldwyn Studios, and then joined William Boyd’s Hopalong Cassidy Productions as an office controller (and with outside clients).

Staring at small figures on ledger sheets for hours strained his good eye, and doctors told him he risked losing all sight if he continued his lucrative accounting business. When a movie director was finding difficulty in arranging financing for three western scripts, Elam told him he would help him without charge, in exchange for roles as a “heavy” in all three pictures. His first role then was in the 1949 short-movie Trailin' West, in which he played a killer. The first major role was The Sundowners (1950), starring Robert Preston, which helped launch his long career.

In short time he became one of the most memorable supporting players in Hollywood, thanks not only to his near-demented screen persona but also to his out-of-kilter eyes. He appeared in Westerns and gangster films alike, and in later years played in comedic roles with the same talent. He appeared in a supporting comedic role alongside Frank Sinatra in the comedic Western Dirty Dingus McGee (1970) and with Willie Nelson in Where the Hell’s that Gold? (1988).

He moved to Ashland in 1987 and lived there until his death in 2003 at age eighty-two. He worked on movie sets from here, including different TV series (Lonesome Dove, Guns of Paradise, with other appearances as on Home Improvement), along with over 40 other credits.

In 1994, Elam was recognized for his significant career in Westerns when he was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His career was more than four decades long and ended in 1995, when he made his last appearance on Bonanza: Under Fire (with over 200 TV and film career credits)--aided by his uncanny ability to read a script once and remember all of it.

A gregarious man who enjoyed “cigars, Cutty Sark, and a good poker game,” he once described a character actor’s career: “Who’s Jack Elam? Get me Jack Elam. Get me a Jack Elam type. Get me a young Jack Elam. Who’s Jack Elam?” He was married for 22 years to his first wife (who passed away) and then 42 years to his second wife when he died.

Sources: Mann, Damian, “Friends Recall Jack Elam’s Humor,” Mail Tribune, October 23, 2003, at Jack Elam; IMDb, “Jack Elam: Bio” at More on Jack; Exshaw, John, “Jack Elam,” The Guardian, October 28, 2003, at Additional Background.

 

 


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11-16 to 11-20-2015

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H/T to Americans for Limited Government

BTW, the U.S. House votes to pass legislation to block the ressettlement of most Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Congressman Walden votes yes, including Democrat Kurt Schrader...wow...all the other Democrats in Oregon voted no, except for Peter DeFazio, who is recovering from eye problems. I would imagine Dems in the Portland area are having a hissy fit over Schrader's defection from delusion. 


 

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-19-15

6:35 Dr. Betsy McCaughey, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Uncle Sam's Pathetic Screening of Syrian Refugees is a Pathetic Joke.

7:35 Franklin Center’s Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow, Jillian Melchior, spent weeks in the late summer and early fall traveling Eastern Europe and reporting on the refugee crisis. Her Latest - The Immigration Crisis that made Paris Possible.

8:10 Eric Peters, epautos.com, automotive journalist breaks down the failure of "OreGo", the spy chip on your car program.


CHARLIE SHEEN "BRAVE"?

Already I'm seeing the "Caitlyn Jenner" treatment applied to Charlie Sheen's HIV announcement. Tweets and other social media referencing how "brave" he is. WTH? He banged insane numbers of sex partners and hookers like cheap gongs, debauched with drugs, drink, irresponsibility, and we call it brave? What, is he now going to be a hero, too?. It's a sign of cultural decline when this behavior is considered brave, rather than shameful, while using too much water opens you to real "public shaming"


CONVENTION CENTER AGAIN...

Mayor Wheeler writes an Op-Ed in Sunday's Mail Tribune saying It's time Medford "got serious about a conference center". Translation: We have to get serious about convincing the tax slaves to be on the hook for what the "good ol' boys club" wants, but won't finance themselves.

A convention or conference center could be great fun, but If there's so much wealth to be made and generated by running a convention center, what's stopping well-heeled business types from getting investors and going for it? (Nothing).They'd finance it, build it, own it, staff it, and reap their well-deserved profits from their risk, and the area (if they're successful) would experience a justified economic boost spilling off from the businesses wanting to do business with the "Center". If they did this, I would applaud and cheer them on.

HOWEVER...

I can tell you why the "club" wants taxpayers on the hook for this...because it's risky. Here's just one of several stories you can search out detailing the peril of civic owned or built convention centers, and the crony capitalism "public-private partnership" scams used to hoodwink us.

We're in a time when everyone is pushing webinars and digital delivery means of connecting people. Meanwhile, Medford hopes to tap a revenue stream from a declining bricks and mortar convention pie? Oh...and then there's that pesky 2 or 3 flight connections to get in and out of here from everywhere. It's not a complaint, but merely the reality of why Medford has never been a convention or conference powerhouse in the past.

It's understandable why the government folks are looking at every way possible to put more economic "lipstick" on downtown, but if the wealthy around here don't see it as a good risk for their investment capital right now, then the taxpayers should be DOUBLY concerned about getting sheared in the process.

Wheeler himself admits as much in the Op-ed - "Most civic centers require some subsidy, and even established centers requires ongoing financial support".

It means YOU pay.

Ultimately what the council and chambers of commerce are fighting is this: The characteristics that make southern Oregon such a wonderful place to live...the beauty, the relatively wide open spaces, the lack of urban traffic, and pressures, the "unhipness",  also makes us an unlikely convention center hub city.


"Conversation: Analyzing the Bomb Making Skills of the Paris Attackers is republished with permission of Stratfor."  

 


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-18-2015

6:35 Joseph Castleberry, author of The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants Are Renewing America's Faith And Values.

7:10  Drew Johnson is a Senior Fellow at Taxpayers Protection Alliance. Topic - PDX council bans any new fossil fuels infrastructure.

8:45 Doug Stone, host of REAL MONEY, Saturdays at 8am on KMED. 5th year anniversary!


6:10 Dan Gainor VP of Media and Culture at the Media Research Center - Bias in the terror coverage?

7:10 State Rep. Bill Post, district 25, wants details from Governor Brown on the Syrian refugees coming to Oregon.

7:35 Kevin Starrett with Oregon Firearms Federation - Thoughs on tactics after the Paris attack, also, there's a group working to stop the abuse of the Emergency clause. Go here for more

8:10 Dr. Jerome Corsi - WND columnist, and we drill into the Climate Change Fraud.

8:35 Tami Michaels from the USO. MEDFORD CASINO NIGHT THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (I'm M.C.) Fundraiser for the USO NW! Go here for all the info on this great event.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-16-15

6:35 Dale Matthews with BadCounty.com

8:40 BUSINESS GUEST Ramsey Allred with Rogue Valley Cannabis Connection

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present - We discuss the net, and its effect on shopping, and area business.

 

The Internet’s Effect on Retail (and other Businesses)

By Dennis Powers

Dead or Dying:

. Video (i.e., Blockbuster), Electronic (Radio Shack’s bankruptcy—Amazon to buy some stores), Record stores (online streaming), News Agents (i.e., newspapers and downturn in classified advertising), travel agents, small retailers (shoes, apparel, dry goods, sunglasses, office supplies, etc., due to Walmart and the Internet). 

Downsizing (consolidations)--Or Not Thriving:

. Banks (online banking), financial investing/brokerage offices/financial products (Internet information/online brokering/emails), cable companies (Netflix, Hula, and others that stream product), ESPN and other entertainment TV channels (people want to see on their time schedule and don’t want the entire enchilada—unbundling by the TV and CATV companies), game and software retailers (buy online). Malls are becoming Amazon showrooms and need technology to compete.

Thriving:

. Large store chains where information/bulk buying/or specialized information needed: Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy (whatever someone wants in electronics, plus information, shopping experience, but inventory levels are kept low for online buying at the store).

. Restaurants (where the food is convenient and/or the dining experience): From Burger King and In-and-Out Burger to Omar’s and the Texas Roadhouse, as just a few examples. But Uber-like online delivery services are forcing restaurants to adapt to mobile-phone ordering.

. Shopping experience (women do like to shop together): Macy’s, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor—however, these chains are sliming inventories, have online buying at the store, and sales are slowing in apparel owing to online ordering, non-seasonal weather, and the like.

. But specialty stores like the Gap could be in trouble, as younger Millenniums use their mobile phone to buy and don’t have the time to shop.

Note: Overall e-commerce is 7% of total retail sales, but (as seen above) if the Internet grabs 20%, or more, of a certain businesses sales or inquiries, then it is in big trouble. Traditional retailing are having to “enhance value, shrink the box, and transform” owing to the Internet’s challenges. Google: “Internet Challenges to Retail and Services”.

The Internet and a Changed Planet

By Dennis Powers

. We multi-task more.

. There’s no such thing as “down time”.

. Political campaigns are won or lost on-line.

. We no longer send telegrams. (And what about letters…) Western Union closed in 2006, blaming the Internet and cellphones.  

. We are our own doctors. (Online checking.)

. Entirely average people can become celebrities.

. No one needs or really uses phone books. States are informing telecom companies that they no longer have to print them.

. Watches serve no real purpose. People can easily check the time on cell-phones or computers.

. It’s really easy to cheat at trivia (especially at bars).

. We don’t need video, book, music, or other “non-experience” retail stores.

. We can watch TV or videos any time we want.

. Many languages are dying out. Only 5 percent of the world’s 7,700+ languages have migrated to the Internet, leading some scholars to believe they’ll fade out entirely within the next 100 years.

. We don’t bank at banks.

. We don’t buy or use encyclopedias or other reference works. The “Encyclopedia Britannica” went out of print in 2011.

. We don’t need to meet in bars: Internet dating has the new risks and rewards.

. Privacy is being lost faster and faster.

. Reality is not what it used to be.

What do you think are the greatest changes—and to your life?     

Sources: Caitlin Dewey, “Thirty Six Ways the Internet has Changed Us,” Washington Post, March 12, 2014, at The Internet Change; plus, Google the subject “Ways the Internet has changed us.”

 

11-9 to 11-13 2015

Nov 10, 2015 -- 6:15pm


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MY FAVORITE TV COMMERCIAL RIGHT NOW

Whether the KIA is built for football families, well, test drive one and tell me. But the anti-PC sentiment is welcome. Dad and his son leaving a pee wee football game, and the trophy reads "Participant". He thinks "Why are we getting the same trophy as every one else, we beat'em all". He pulls off the "Participant" label, and writes "CHAMPS" on the trophy, hands it to his son. The PC army shall be vanquished, the sooner the better. ‪#‎ManUp‬.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-11-2015

6:35 Tim Graham, Media Research Center with debate post-coverage

7:10 John LeBouttilier, co-star of Fox News Channel's POLITICAL INSIDERS

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Jennifer Burke, editor of Politistick.com, Homosexual Father and "son" now want to marry.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-10-15

6:35 Robert Romano Americans For Limited Government, Why The TPP is a BAD DEAL

7:20 Dr. Scott Parazynski, retired NASA astronaut, will be featured on the Science Channel's "Secret Space Escapes".

7:35 State Rep. Sal Esquivel talks the lawsuit against Measure 88, which stopped drivers permits for illegal aliens.

 

 

 

11-2 to 11-6-2015

Nov 02, 2015 -- 5:32pm


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CAMILE PAGLIA CONFRONTS OUR CULTURAL DELUSION


HYPOCRITE OF THE DAY - SENATOR MERKLEY

Received an email from Sen. Merkley's office: "It’s simple. To avert a climate crisis, we need to cut back on carbon pollution. Where do we start? I recently asked you to weigh in: End all new leases for coal mining, oil drilling, tar sands extraction, and fracking on our public lands? Stop all new leases for drilling off coastlines of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico? Prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic? A lot of people told me it was too hard to decide – they’re all so important. And I agree. That’s why, yesterday, I introduced an aggressive proposal in the U.S. Senate that does it all."

Yes, folks, your mental midget junior Senator wants all fossil fuels kept in the ground. Next time he gets off a jet, call him the hypocrite that he is. That jet didn't get here on Gang Green unicorn and fairies energy. Any plastics on his person, in his car, home, appliances? They were all brought to fruition through hydrocarbon tech. Most of his food, all of the metals and high tech, in fact everything in civilization that keeps us alive is a gift from the carbon fuels he so thoroughly detests.

When he divests his life of all the fruits of this, and demonstrates how threadbare, hungry, and cold his life has become by sticking to his "principles", then he has room to talk.

Until then, I'd consider him a carbon-based Gang Green gas bag, unworthy of the title "Senator".


TIME TO PAY THE MAYORS AND COUNCILS

Yes, I say pay the city councils and mayors. We need to raise the bar on what's expected of local elected officials. The longer we rely on time and/or cash-strapped volunteer councils and mayors who try to do a professional's job within a volunteer's limitations, the more we fall prey to permanent "professional" bureaucracy. That's the bureaucracy pushing us into policy consensus green agendas, and grant stream funding band-aids dangled before us.

The excuse often given for bad decisions, or lack of thought regarding policy is "We're just a volunteer Council". Tolerating and enabling that excuse is a surefire recipe for more undue federal and state control of local governments.

The professional organizations which the planners and administrative types belong to (planning.org just one example) are snake pits of "progressive" U.N. sustainable development policy. Only an informed citizenry in combination with a informed, fully-engaged professional city council and mayor (treating it like a JOB) can ensure we retain our property and civil rights.

Volunteers do the best they can, but we need better


LATEST ON THE STOP-N-GO SHOOTING

53-year old Douglas Mitchell Spaur of Central Point is ID'd as the man killed at this morning's shooting in front of the convenience store on Table Rock Road. The alleged shooter is 29-year old Robert Kahlil Davies-Calhoun of Central Point. He's in Jackson County jail on outstanding warrants, and additional charges are coming. Jackson County Sheriffs say the shooting happened around 9:30 this morning, with the accused shooter firing several rounds at a blue Ford Ranger, where the victim was sitting. Spaur died at the scene, Davies-Calhoun was arrested a short distance away. The case is still under investigation.

Shooting Suspect Robert Kahlil Davies-Calhoun


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-02-15

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com, and here's a report Dale and Mike did re violation "issues" in JoCo.

 

7:10 Political Operative Roger Stone - you MUST read this book:

MORE AT ROGERSTONE.COM

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present. Mostly "Present" today:

The State of Drones

By Dennis Powers

 

Drones are unmanned aircraft, are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and can navigate autonomously without human interior control and beyond line of sight. With multiple horizontal rotors, a battery as the energy source that powers the rotors (12 – 25 minutes of flight), and controlled onthe ground, drones come in many shapes and sizes. The controllers can be gamepad-like controls to smartphones and tablets, and typically run drones on 2.4 gigahertz radio waves. Many drone controllers use Wi-Fi, which can be transmitted on this 2.4 gigahertz spectrum, so that smartphones and tablets can control them without the need for accessories.

The positive uses of drones are many, especially in the realm of commercial business. Amazon is testing the use of drones to deliver packages direct to ones doorstep; Facebook moved to acquire Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to research providing wireless Internet to third-world countries. Drones are used by hobbyists and news reporters alike to zero in on breaking news developments. UAVs can be used to monitor crop growth for farmers and in search and rescue operations; lifeguards can fly them over suspected shark movements. This is only a few of the possibilities.   

The problems lie in the military and terrorist use of drones, not to mention the abundant privacy issues and how individuals push the limits. Pilots report drone interference when approaching landings--and this is a real danger; an 18-year-old is in trouble for posting a video of a drone firing a gun; California firefighting planes were grounded during fighting a Santa Clarita fire when a drone interfered with their flight paths; unwanted fly-overs of private property are abundant; and the U.S. Navy has even launched a drone from underwater. One drone dropped drugs into an Ohio penitentiary that sparked an inmate fight.    

When the FAA began granting waivers for commercial use, companies lined up, even though the regulations presently are sparse and in conflict. As in other regions, commercial photography--especially in real estate--has sprung up in Southern Oregon. The expensive drones in use employ top-of-the-line cameras and two in this area are Rogue Aerial Productions and Southern Oregon Drone. Other than for real estate brokers, those in the business film footage from weddings and boat regattas to surfers.

At this time, the FAA requirement for UAV commercial use is to hold a valid pilots license (or an expensive and time-consuming exemption process). Hobbyists or recreational drone operators must fly drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, below 400 feet, and within line of sight for non-commercial purposes. The problem, of course, is how to enforce this. The FAA is pushing more regulation and quickly: Registration for all users, including commercial operators needing to pass a test on their use instead of obtaining a pilot’s license, among other regulations to come.

More legislation is a certainty. The Oregon legislature should soon pass a law banning the use of drones while fishing or hunting (an unfair advantage in spotting distant herds), including any interference with lawful fishing or hunting activities. State forestry officials have given notice that people should keep their drones five miles away from any smoke plums, so as not to bring down firefighting helicopters and planes. Last year, a flying drone actually grounded firefighting operations near one Bend fire until the UAV was on the ground.

Oregon state law passed in 2010 permits property owners to bring a lawsuit against drone pilots who fly less than 400 feet over their private land without permission. The owner must notify the drone pilot of his desire before starting the lawsuit with damages allowed for any future trespass and injunctive relief. 

Drone can bring about lawsuits. A group of tourists accidentally crashed a drone into the roof of a venerable cathedral in Milan, Italy, and caused damage. Negligently operating anything that causes damage--including a drone--is well established law. Locally, law enforcement officials have said that unless the drone is operated recklessly to directly endanger someone (as in I-5 traffic), criminal charges won’t be filed. It’s doubtful that the U.S. Department of Justice would ever get involved unless terrorism was involved.

Despite this, drones are here to stay with their advantages and their problems. It will be interesting to see what happens over time.

Sources: Thomas Moriarty, “The Drone Age?” Mail Tribune, July 19, 2015, at Drones and Southern Oregon; “Seven Commercial Uses for Drones,” Boston.com, at Some Applications; “Drones Take Over,” CBS News, at Drone Problems.


RANDOM ACT OF PASTA IN GRANTS PASS

Was great getting to meet the folks at Clouser Drilling in Grants Pass, and deliver them pasta meals from the Olive Garden. Left to right - Darin Williams from Joe's Place, Helen Gill (winner) and Chris Crum, who nominfeeds homeless yated Helen. Helen does a lot of community work for Joe's Place, a ministry which feeds homeless youth in Grants Pass.

Congrats to all, and you can nominate someone you think deserves a Random Act Of Pasta HERE!


KITZ TRIED TO FIND $$ for CYLVIA

The Oregonia newspaper publishes an email showing disgraced Gov. Kitzhaber trying to find foundation money for First Shack-up Cylvia Hayes. He didn't get the money, but instead brought her enviro Gang Green views into state policy. He envisioned her work on regional clean economy efforts "converging with the education/social service transformation I am counting on."


Kitz appointed Cylvia to the state task force, and she helped write the state's 10-year energy plan. Corrupt crony gang green grifters, each and every one of them. And we still have to root out his corrupt "policy consensus" process in the state university system designed to bypass the people, while empowering "stakeholders"...meaning everyone in 1000 Friends of Oregon, and NOT you and me.



10/26 to 10/30/2015

Oct 27, 2015 -- 5:34pm


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RANDOM ACT OF PASTA IN GRANTS PASS

Was great getting to meet the folks at Clouser Drilling in Grants Pass, and deliver them pasta meals from the Olive Garden. Left to right - Darin Williams from Joe's Place, Helen Gill (winner) and Chris Crum, who nominfeeds homeless yated Helen. Helen does a lot of community work for Joe's Place, a ministry which feeds homeless youth in Grants Pass.

Congrats to all, and you can nominate someone you think deserves a Random Act Of Pasta HERE!


KITZ TRIED TO FIND $$ for CYLVIA

The Oregonia newspaper publishes an email showing disgraced Gov. Kitzhaber trying to find foundation money for First Shack-up Cylvia Hayes. He didn't get the money, but instead brought her enviro Gang Green views into state policy. He envisioned her work on regional clean economy efforts "converging with the education/social service transformation I am counting on."


Kitz appointed Cylvia to the state task force, and she helped write the state's 10-year energy plan. Corrupt crony gang green grifters, each and every one of them. And we still have to root out his corrupt "policy consensus" process in the state university system designed to bypass the people, while empowering "stakeholders"...meaning everyone in 1000 Friends of Oregon, and NOT you and me.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-29-15

6:35 Rep. Duane Stark of Grants Pass - Just back from a China economic development trip.

7:10 John LeBouttilier of Fox News Channel's "Political Insiders", and we kick around the 3rd debate.

7:35 - Ed, "Mr. X", and I talk about the struggle to keep public land roads open, discussing going back to the founding documents of the state for law that would help counties fight back against arbitrary r oad closures by BLM, USFS, other federal agencies. It's VERY important to get your thcomment into the USFS regarding their travel management plan. HERE'S THE LINK which takes you to their comment page, or you can comment at the office on Biddle Road. It would be good to put it in your own words how you travel these roads, and don't want any closed, etc.

8:35 Michael Daugherty, author of "The Devil Inside The Beltway", true story about his cyberbattles with the feds, and he details how the Senate sold us out this week on online privacy over CISA.


 

 

BACK TO SQUARE ONE WITH MARIJUANA TAX

Remember that Jac Co marijuana tax peeps voted for last year? The county commissioners move to repeal it - as it doesn't work with state law. Now they're thinking of re-submitting a tax for you to vote for allowing a sales tax up to 3%. Ostensibly this was to help defray enforcement costs of legal weed. Problem is 3% won't raise much, but there are more problems with grows than retail sales issues. Translation: Big cities with lots of dispensaries get more $$ for fewer problems, while Jac Co stares down the long bong hole of troublesome grows, and fewer retail sales tax bucks to deal with it. Perhaps we'll muddle through, but judging from the folks squealing at last week's townhall, these will be "interesting times".


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-27-15

6:35 Gray Delaney and Zach Werrell, two young political upstarts who ending up "taking out" Rep. Eric Cantor in a primary challenge. What PASSION they show for going after non-conservative GOP. They're book and story is HOW TO BAG A RINO, and a great read. \

7:45 State Rep.Sal Esquivel - We talk about "Where are all the GOP candidates".

8:45 Colleen Martin and Linda Bradley from The Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, they're against the sales tax measure 15-67.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-26-15

6:35 Bad County Dot Com's Dale Matthews - more controversy involving the County Fire regulations the JoCo Commission is putting on them. And it led to this "He Said, She Said" encounter.

7:10 Mark Johnson of Grants Pass - Steering Committee setting up to bring Jo County into the State Of Jefferson movement?

7:35 Ed Klein, author of the (delicious) UNLIKEABLE: The Problem With Hillary

8:10 Mark Meckler - co founder of the Tea Party movement and President of Citizens for Self Governance – THE GROUP BACKING THE ONLY REMAINING CLASS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE IRS FOR THEIR TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS has issued the following statement regarding the latest on today's decision for the DOJ to not charge Lois Lerner:
 

“Lois Lerner made an entire career out of attacking conservatives and Christians starting with her time at the FEC.  There is a reason the majority of Americans fear their government, and Lerner is the poster child for that reason.  She has been rewarded for abusing her government positions to attack her fellow citizens.   And until the Department of Injustice once again becomes the Department of Justice, Americans will live in fear.

“Today’s decision by the Department of Justice is a whitewash and miscarriage of justice at the highest levels of law-enforcement where they put political interests over the First Amendment, the Constitution and the American people.  It’s no wonder why so many Americans have had it with Washington and the elite political class who can get away with something like this. We will continue to press our case in the courts to bring justice and to defend or protect our First Amendment rights and to preserve our democratic republic.”


 

 


10/20 to 10/24/2015

Oct 20, 2015 -- 11:39am


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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-23-15

6:35 Ira Mehlman with Federation for American Immigration Reform, and we disuss sanctuary cities and other immigration hot buttons.

8:10 Dr. Calvin Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation talks with Bill regarding how "Climate Change Alarmism Threatens Liberty and increases Abortion, Human Trafficking, Government Debt, and Poverty.


RANDOM ACT OF PASTA!

Vincent Comerchero, teacher at St. Mary's School, wins today's "Random Act of Pasta" from KMED and Olive Garden. Kevin Keating nominated him and says "Vincent is one of the nicest people in the world. He's been teaching at St Mary's for over 20 years, constantly giving of his free time to help kids learn. He is an extremely healthy and active person who has just contracted a severe foot problem and it hurts to walk. Still comes to work! This guys needs some pasta!!!"

Happy to oblige, Kevin. Nominate someone you know to win on KMED dot com.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-22-15

6:35 Dr. Andrew Bostom breaks down the spate of knife attacks in Israel. He Blogs on this topic on AndrewBostom.org, and is author of "Iran's Final Solution for Israel".

7:10 Captain Tim Snaith of the Jackson County Sheriffs Office, new commander of support services.

8:10 2nd Amendment attorney and radio host Alexandria Kincaid (more on AlexKincaid.com) She has a practice in Medford and Idaho defending 2nd amendment rights, and helping keep people OUT of firearms trouble. Go to her site and pre-order her upcoming book "INFRINGED". Lots of good info there.


PASTOR JON COURSON/BENGHAZI CONNECTION?

Brand new documents released on judicialwatch.org detailing how the Obama administration went to Applegate Christian Fellowship Pastor John Courson FIRST, when they were looking for a fall guy to pin the blame on for the deadly Benghazi attacks.


COOS COUNTY TO VOTE ON SB941

Coos County folks vote next month on whether to enforce the new ‪#‎gun‬ owner registration, uh, er, "Background" check law, SB941. It would also direct the sheriff to figure which state and fed gun laws are unconstitutional. Naturally, liberal intelligentsia are wetting panties over this. They're okay defying state or fed law when it involves immigration or marijuana, as THAT's different. wink emoticon

The founders didn't design the constitution to be interpreted by a priestly lawyer class. We were ALL supposed to figure this out. Obviously we've endured a judicial despotism due to ceding our brains to read a simply-written founding document.

You wonder if all the tyrants voting for SB941 and all the other crazy firearms laws and regulations have read Oregon's "2nd Amendment"? Here it is, Article 1, Section 27

Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power.

The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]

Interesting how that simple right gets translated to background checks, gun free zones, proposed taxes on ammo,, you name it. ‪#‎Resist‬


Is OSF Pushing "Black Lives Matter" Propaganda?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival is co-producing "Every 28 Hours", which they claim is how often a black person is killed by police, vigilantes, or security guards. It's a series of short plays that producer Claudia Alick says is inspired by Michael Brown, and the events of Ferguson, MO. What's more than troubling is the play's whole premise is based upon a lie...that Michael Brown was targeted for violence by police for reasons of his race, instead of his criminal behavior. I know good art is designed to provoke, but this smacks more of divisive "Black Lives Matter" propaganda.

Here's the Politifact debunking of the "28 Hours" lie

A black person being shot by police, like most (not all) being shot by police, is often involved in criminal or violent criminal activity. Even the inflammatory term "vigilante" used in the Mail Tribune article really means "Private Citizen protecting life and property". "Security Guard", once again translates as a private employee stopping criminal threats or activity.

Oh, and if the "vigilante" or "security guard" is wrong, they're usually facing BIG time criminal trouble. I have noted many cases where SOME are given way more deference than they should get, but to paint the entire issue as some equivalent of "See U.S. Black person = Kill Them" is irresponsible.


Check this out - PAUL RYAN - JULY 2013 in WISCONSIN, at a Hispanic "listening session"

"PUT YOURSELF IN ANOTHER PERSON'S SHOES"


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-21-2015

6:35 Retired Navy SEAL Clinte Emerson, great book he's written  "100 Deadly Skills", The DEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation. Good read, and a great addition for anyone's preparedness training.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Jim Ludwick with Oregonians for Immigration Reform, we talk the Senate failing to defund sanctuary cities, and other immigration news.

8:45 Business interview with Marko from Professional Roof Maintenance, the "Roof Rescue Team". It's a great time to call them at 541-944-8015, free evaluations, and his crews really take care of roof cleaning, gutter maintenance and more...everything you need to extend the life of your roof. They did it to our J'Ville home a couple years back, and it REALLY helped.


BILL'S GUESTS 10-20-15

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com

7:10 Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, pot regulation summit is WEDNESDAY night, 6:30p at the Medford Library Meeting Room.

7:35 Irrigator Larry Nicholson, who has property in the Upper Klamath Basin. He's in favor of the KBRA.

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation. Big gun grab legislation is in the works. GO TO HIS WEBSITE, and donate to the federation.

 


10-12 to 10-16 2015

Oct 12, 2015 -- 5:47am


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SPEAKER WALDEN??

What would you think about a Speaker of the House Greg Walden? Congressman Greg Walden reportedly says he'd accept being Speaker of the House if Paul Ryan says no,  and the votes are there. Ryan says he doesn't want the gig, it's still up in the air at this point. Greg's a moderate Republican choice, and it certainly wouldn't hurt Oregon's legislative pull. The conservatives revolted, so Boehner's out, then McCarthy bows out, but a full blown conservative Speaker is a tall order. Understand I'm speaking of practical politics, which is the art of the possible.

BTW, I can't help but think that part of McCarthy taking himself out of consideration was Kevin going on the talk shows and throwing Gowdy's Benghazi Committee under the bus a few days back. He alluded that the Committee was formed to squash Hillary's chances, which had Gowdy FUMING, given Gowdy had worked his butt off to keep politics out of it


ARE THEY TRYING THE JEDI MIND TRICK IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY??

H/T Dale Matthews at BadCounty.Com


IGNORING THE CONSPIRACY IN PLAIN SIGHT

I interviewed Jesse Ventura for a few minutes on Friday's show, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. He writes a book "American Conspiracies" rightly pointing out the many hidden in plain sight government abuses and conspiracies. However, he's a total lay down  on climate change, completely drinking the Kool-Aid.

In his book he claims that the push back against human-caused global warming alarmists is strictly a function of the oil companies and the Koch brothers. Granted, they'd have an interest in not demonizing their industries, and pay for people and organizations to counter the green agenda..

But then I pointed out to Ventura what I think is the biggest conspiracy of them all...the technocrats pushing everyone into the Gang Green administrative state one-world centralized command and control of people, land, energy, and resources...Transforming the economy from capitalism to sustainable development, controlled by U.N. agreements. Their only solution to climate change is destroying property rights, individual rights, and ceding sovereignty to a one world super state.

Ventura said that he wasn't advocating this, but said that maybe this is just part of humans evolving. Are you SERIOUS, governor? You think a human is born today not wanting or needing freedom, but is born only to lick the boot of an Orwellian super state? That's what we've evolved to?

Human history is filled with our continual struggle against bullies. Whether it was warlords of old, to struggling against the monarchies, millions murdered by big fascist/communist governments of the 20th and 21st century. A handful of governments, United States certainly the "star", had the right idea about the respect for the individual, freedom, and property rights. But now we're supposedly born to be ruled by the enviro SUPER kings and their green corporate bullies?

We are truly fools if we fall prey to this scam.


OUR FIRST "RANDOM ACT OF PASTA WINNER!"

Congratulations to Ralph Browning, our latest winner of  "Random Act of Pasta". Dropped of 4 yummy dinners including breadsticks from Olive Garden Italian Kitchen! Chris Erno nominated Ralph on KMED.Com and adds that Ralph volunteers every day at St. Vincent de Paul. Nominate someone that you think deserves a great meal on KMED.Com and we could be deliverin their meals this Thursday!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-12-15

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com - No Matter What You Think You Hear, True Believers
Demand You're Wrong and Nothing Like This Was Said

7:10 Michael Schmidt, Raw Milk Activist from Ontario, Canada. Now he's about to be charged by the government for "stealing" cameras found near his farm. Watch the Clip for more
 
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present
 
8:35 Clason Whitney, and Sam Saruk, the builder from Innsbruk Ridge,Grand opening WEDNESDAY 4-7pm at this exclusive gated community. Turn left at Vista Point off E. McAndrews and follow the signs.

 
DR. POWERS POST FOR THIS WEEK
 

The Drill Doctor

(and Darex Corporation)

By Dennis Powers

The creation of the company name, Darex, by itself indicates a family-oriented business--and one that has continued to grow due to innovation.

Started in Illinois in 1973, the “D,” “A,” and “R” in Darex represent the then three generations of the Bernard family: David, Arthur, and Richard. Dave and his father Richard (Dick) founded Darex. Grandfather Arthur Bernard had before started the Bernard Welding Company and contributed his backing and guidance. It began by manufacturing industrial drill-bit sharpeners, and after six years, the family in 1979 moved the operations to Ashland.   

Having earned a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dick Bernard was technically astute for the company’s market. With son Dave, they worked hard at the business and also in their commitments to the community. By 1994, the company employed a full-time staff of 100 and another 20 temporary workers during its peak fourth-quarter production.

In 1996, its industrial drill-bit sharpening equipment was selling very well, both domestically and overseas, and Darex added 20,000 square feet to double the size of its plant at 20 Hersey Street in Ashland. Oregon Business magazine listed it that year in 17th place among the 100 top places to work in Oregon. Although its sales were $9 million in 1996--up 10% from the previous years--the company believed it needed to diversify into the do-it-yourself or home market and was actively developing a product to accomplish this.

That same year, the company donated $55,000 to the campaign to build a seasonal ice-skating rink in Lithia Park. When the rink opened that winter, they were the principal benefactors: Having skated during the cold Midwest winters, they liked the idea of continuing this in Southern Oregon. The rink was then named the “Darex Family Ice Skating Rink.” The Ashland Rotary Club in 2008 donated $50,000 to the city to upgrade the ice-skating rink, and the facility became the “Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink,” to acknowledge its centennial. The family supported the gift and name change.

In 1997, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce honored Dick Bernard as its Citizen of the Year for his community work. Among those civic commitments were being on the boards of the Ashland Chamber, Ashland YMCA, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Rotary Foundation. His wife, Marge, and daughter-in-law, Jean, accepted the award on his behalf, as he and his son, company president Dave Bernard, were headed to Germany for an international trade show.  

One year later, Darex released its famous Drill Doctor, a drill sharpener for the home market. Over the next five years, this product became a household name throughout the country, aided in part by a million-dollar advertising campaign on Paul Harvey’s radio show, “News and Comment.” The sales for this tool by itself surpassed $3 million in 2003. Darex continued to develop new products, including for the manufacturing of knife sharpeners for outdoorsmen.

Dave Bernard was active as well in community affairs. He and his wife teamed up as co-founders with Sharon and John Javna to bring Ashland’s ScienceWorks to a reality. Opening in December 2002, ScienceWorks is called one of the country’s best small science museums with nearly 100 interactive exhibits on different scientific principles. He also became involved in boards, including receiving in 2008 the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, for his services to the hospital and foundation. In 2000, he had been elected to the Ashland Community Hospital Board, was Board Chairman, and served for nine years.

While the Bernards were active civically and business-wise, the nation’s economy crumpled in 2008 and on with home-building and improvements especially hurt. Darex’s industrial sales were adversely affected and the company had to tighten its belt, including cutting its employment. After five years of research, the company introduced its “Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener” in 2010, marketed primarily to outdoorsmen, which was also successful. Workers were hired back and bonuses again paid.  

As Darex moved ahead with its different sharpening products, the company proudly announced in 2013 that Dave’s son, Matthew Bernard, was running the company’s operations. The then 31-year-old Matt was the fourth generation to lead the firm. It is rare to continue a business for generations as this family has. Matt began learning the business during his middle-school years by sweeping floors and taking out the trash. Continuing through high school and while studying at Southern Oregon University, he worked in marketing, sales, and product development, learning the business from the ground-floor up. He was ready. (Matt Bernard is also on the Ashland YMCA’s board of directors.) 

Over time, Darex has grown to manufacture the world’s best-selling industrial drill sharpeners, as well as a full range of commercial and consumer sharpening products--and for over 40 years.    

Sources: See Darex, generally, at Darex and “Darex: About Darex,” at Background; Peter Wong, “Chamber honors Darex co-founder,” Mail Tribune, September 12, 1997, at Dick Bernard Honored and Background; Julie French, “Rotary donates $50,000 to ice rink,” Mail Tribune, November 21, 2008, at Ashland Ice Rink;Mail Tribune, “Every Little Bit Helped,” April 14, 2010, at The Drill Doctor; Greg Stiles, “Sharpener lifts Darex out of slump,” Mail Tribune, December 22, 2010, at New Products; Greg Stiles, “All in the family: 4th generation takes over Darex,” Ashland Daily Tidings, February 22, 2013, at Fourth Generation.

 


TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)





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OUR FIRST "RANDOM ACT OF PASTA WINNER!"

Congratulations to Ralph Browning, winner of today's "Random Act of Pasta". Dropped of 4 yummy dinners including breadsticks from Olive Garden Italian Kitchen! Chris Erno nominated Ralph on KMED.Com and adds that Ralph volunteers every day at St. Vincent de Paul. Nominate someone that you think deserves a great meal on KMED.Com


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-08-15

7:10 Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and we kick around her REALLY interesting Op-Ed Are GOP Candidates Wrong on Vaccines and Climate Change?

8:10 (INCREDIBLE BOOK) Patrick M. Wood, author of "Technocracy Rising: The Dark Horse of the New World Order isn't Communism, Socialism, or Fascism, it's Technocracy". Patrick and I talk more about the history of this movement, and its connection to the green/climate change agenda. Read This: U.N. Climate Change head says for the first time we're intentionally transforming the world's economic system.


CARSON WAS RIGHT - RUSHING THE SHOOTER CAN WORK


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-07-15

7:15 Fred Kelly Grant, Constitutional Attorney, discusses Montana miners being abused by the feds. Asks for your help and donations. Go to STANDANDFIGHTCLUB.com to donate!
 
7:35 Crimes Stoppers
 
8:15 - Alan Korwin, author of "Gun Laws of the United States", and we discuss real ways of fighting mass murder violence. Alan's site is EXCELLENT - GunLaws.com

YEAH, THEY LIE ABOUT THE GUN LAWS, TOO
The Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence LIES while calling for the Douglas County Sheriff's resignation. Their statement: "The citizens of Oregon voted for the expansion of Brady background checks in a law this May. Pledging not to enforce the new law, John Hanlin has clearly demonstrated his political ideology trumps his responsibility to his community".

The Brady people lie through their teeth to you. The citizens of Oregon didn't vote for those background checks, the DEMOCRAT PARTY-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE DID. In fact they added an emergency clause to keep the people from being able to vote on this.

And as they get up on their high horse about "enforcing the law", know there is all sorts of nullification of laws. Every time a cop uses discretion to not enforce a law, every time the D.A. chooses not to charge or prosecute, or every time a fully informed jury chooses not to convict, even if the evidence indicates guilty, people are going against enforcing the law.

It's why we have judgement. Using the Brady Campaign's logic, were the Dems to pass a law calling for the torture and imprisonment of all white people, should no one question this? After all, "it would be the law". Sure, and it was once a crime not to return runaway slaves, too. Wake up people...It's as if many of the 60's generation, which always preached "Question Authority", have turned into the biggest authoritarian tyrants since grabbing power.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 10-06-15

6:35 Robert Romano - Americans for Limited Government - Are Obama's Actions killing people?
7:10 Eric Peters - automotive journalist, EPAutos.com and more on the VW emissions scandal. Read: It's Not Just VW's problem now
 
7:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com
 
8:10 Will Reishman of Strategic Financial in studio, talking the dollar, and are NEGATIVE interest rates coming to the U.S., too?
 

TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)





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YEAH, THEY WANT THE GUNS

Ron Wyden speaking in Roseburg (late Friday morning) says it's time "For Compromise". Adding "Gun Owners Have rights, but also responsibilities".

I'd ask what "compromise" will Senator Wyden propose regarding a constitutional right, not a privilege? The murderer purchased arms legally over a number of years, had never been violent until now. You and I follow the law and are peaceful, and are not the problem.

What magical rule or law could these tyrants propose that works? Especially important, knowing that the liberal's favorite siren song is the failed policy of "Gun Free Zones", which really translates as "Criminal Free-Fire Zones".

I'll bet you they don't have an answer, because all that matters is their political anti-second amendment agenda. Wyden, DeFazio, Gov. Brown, and Merkley obviously operate from the concept that you are "too free". Don't fall for the lie...Set them straight, as you know their only "reasonable gun law" is confiscation and disarming the people.

By the way, all four lefties (Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio and Gov. Brotn) spoke the "code words calling for gun control.


SOMETIMES YOU CAN SAY A LOT...BY SAYING NOTHING

 

UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHOOTING

Tragic day at UCC with 10 dead and 7 hurting in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.

26-year old Chris Harper-Mercer is identified as the shooter. One woman whose grandma was in a writing class there tells the NY Post "The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset."

Now the distortions and lies begin. President Obama naturally calls for more gun control. (Didn't wait for the bodies to cool) Meanwhile, I've noted that UCC's policy was gun free "without written authorization". Here's a copy of what was on their website:

“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited.

Possession of knives with a blade longer than 4” is prohibited.

Brandishing weapons is prohibited.

Misuse of personal defensive weapons – e.g., pepper spray, etc. is prohibited. The owner is responsible and accountable for any misuse of these devices.”

This is being used by some lefty sites to claim that UCC "wasn't gun free", because state law bans college from banning concealed carry firearms. This is true, but deceptive. The Oregon University System policy is gun free. You're not thrown in jail or in LEGAL trouble if it's discovered that you're carrying on campus, but students have been hassled and threatened with suspension or expulsion, or if you're a teacher, you could be fired for violating "pollllllllllicyyyyyy". Kevin Starret joins me tomorrow at 7:10 as we break this down.

Meanwhile, say LOTS of prayers for the victims this evening



DR. DENNIS POWERS "VISITING PAST AND PRESENT" from Monday

The University Club

By Dennis Powers

The Medford Commercial Club--now the Chamber of Commerce--promoted a long advertising campaign in the early 1900s that heralded the great advantages of the area’s orchard industry. It was very successful. Out-of-towners in numbers arrived in Medford, and real estate agents met the trains to hawk the orchards. The newspapers reported that newcomers were jamming the hotels and even Southern Pacific Railroad needed to set up tents on its Medford station property to bed down up to 200 potential investors.  

With this boom background, wealthy Easterners and Mid-Westerners flocked to the Valley. From bringing about the city’s main water supply and Sacred Heart Hospital (later Providence Medical Hospital) to building Medford’s historic downtown, the out-of-towners strongly contributed to the area. By 1909, numerous Medford buildings were under construction or in the planning stages. Buildings with the names of Sparta, the Carnegie library, Woolworth building, and four-story Liberty building were there or under development.    

The newcomers discovered, however, that their social circles were limited. Leaving the educated professionals they knew back home for the rural Valley had limitations. Some came together and in 1909 began discussing the need to form a club. In mid-October 1910, the first Rogue River Valley University Club board meeting was held. Its charter explicitly set down that its purpose was to increase social contacts and boost community development.

The average age of the 47 charter members was 30, and the list of represented universities was impressive: twelve were from Yale, eight founding members from Harvard, and six from the University of Minnesota, as a start. Stanford had four members, while the University of Oregon, Williams College, Michigan, Cornell, and Columbia had three each. All were graduates, although the charter required just that a member had attended college.  

Over time, the club met in different facilities before moving into a former telephone building after World War II, adjacent to the Holly Theatre at 218 West Sixth Street in downtown Medford. The owners of the building, Alfred and Helen Carpenter, transferred ownership in 1958 to the University Club. Until the early 1990s, the club had over 200 members, but presently some 100, reflecting the changing times.

The makeup of colleges represented is still mixed, although Oregon universities are now the majority. Professionals as doctors, lawyers, and business executives make up most of the current members. An applicant for membership must have two sponsors. With no objections (including the board of trustees), the new member is welcomed in. In 2010, it was noted that Jackson County’s leading citizens had been gathering at the University Club for a century, continuing their tradition of playing cards, discussing the topics if the day, and at times formulating local policy—plus granting scholarships to local Valley high school graduates.  

Sources: Ben Truwe, “Southern Oregon History, Revised: The Orchard Boom,” at The Orchard Boom; Greg Stiles, “University Club turns 100,” October 30, 2010, Mail Tribune, at University Club History; see University Club website at Club Website


 

TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)


 

INSPIRING SONG

 


9-21 to 9-25-2015

Sep 21, 2015 -- 6:57pm


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"THE MEMO"

Wow, watching O'Reilly and seeing other cable shows over the weekend, and the memo was definitely sent out that Fiorina is the "it girl", and Trump has peaked and onto a slow steady decline. Carly's a big war girl, so no wonder the establishment loves her. Plus she'll need contributions, which means she'll be owned by all the K Street, lobbyists, much like the others.

You see, THAT's why Trump must be destroyed by the system, as he's not owned by them. Not being controllable is far more dangerous than any "Muslim" comment or non-comment, or ideology to the establishment.


KEVIN STINE TO CHALLENGE SENATOR WYDEN

Interesting that newly elected city councilman Kevin Stine says he wants to challenge incumbent Senator Ron Wyden in the Democratic primary. Hmm, Stine is 29-years old, has had one job, and is part of a city council that wasted $375,000 on the Sustainable Cities Initiative, and they haven't found a way to bring the fire station projects on or under budget. I guess that makes him perfectly qualified to overspend in D.C., since they don't stick to budgets either.  ;-)


DR. DENNIS POWERS "VISITING PAST AND PRESENT"

The Athletes Who Give Back to Home

By Dennis Powers

Our area has been blessed with athletes who went onto prominence in the “Big Leagues” and made a name. Sonny Sixkiller (Ashland High School, UW grad, and WFL player), Les Gutches (South Medford High and world wrestling champion), Dick Fosbury (the “Fosbury Flop” and Olympic gold medal high-jumping champion), Marshall Holman (Medford High, bowling star, and owner of a Medford tax services business), Jonathan Stark (South Medford High and tennis championships), and others.

Some have continued to stand out by their contributions to our area, after retiring from their professional sport. For example:

Chad Cota played football at Ashland High, the University of Oregon, and as an NFL strong safety for different teams: the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Rams over eight seasons before retiring in 2003. He was named to the Carolina Panthers, 10-Year Anniversary Team as a safety. Living in Medford after his retirement, Chad established a nonprofit foundation that raises moneys for different nonprofits involving local kids, including an annual golf tournament. He also is part owner of Prime Time Ventures with its dba of InfoStructure, an Internet/communications company with offices in Talent and Roseburg.

Jeremy Guthrie played basketball, football, and baseball at Ashland High School, where he also was the 1997 class valedictorian. After high school, he attended BYU and Stanford, where he was a starting pitcher. He started in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 2004. Through the middle of the 2015 season with the Kansas City Royals, his record is 90 - 107 (wins-losses) in 10 full seasons with a 4.32 ERA (earned run average per nine innings) with over 1,000 strikeouts and continues to play in the Majors. Jeremy in 2015 led the fundraising for Ashland High’s drive to raise the moneys in converting its athletic field from grass to synthetic, including pledging $650,000 of the $1.2 million conversion price tag.

Kyle Singler was a four-year letter winner in basketball at South Medford High School, where he also was all-conference first-team as a tight end and defensive back (2004), and an all-state quarterback (2005). South Medford won the 2007 state basketball state championship, and he was named the 2007 Oregon Class 6A Co-Player of the Year (sharing that with Lake Oswego’s Kevin Love, now with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers). He was a first-team, Parade All-American and All-USA Today selection.  

            Playing four years for Duke, his team won the national NCAA championship in 2010, and he was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and the 2010 Sporting News College Athlete of the Year. Singler helped Real Madrid defeat FC Barcelona to win the 2012 Spanish King’s Cup and is now playing full-time for the Oklahoma City Thunder. For his three full NBA seasons ending in 2015, he has averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game (26 minutes).

            Kyle for the last nine years with Kids Unlimited (KU) has put on an annual Southern Oregon Open, a basketball tournament (for girls varsity, 5th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys) with all proceeds benefiting KU, an organization that runs after-school programs and a charter school.

Jason Allred attended Ashland High School, and he and his brother were national whitewater rafting champions. He worked as a whitewater raft guide after college (Pepperdine) and golf. His biggest thrills in golf included winning the 1997 U.S. Junior Championship and competing in the British Open and U.S. Open. Out of 125 golf tournaments, he has had 9 top-ten finishes and has made 25, top 25 cuts. The charities that he supports include Compassion International (third-world child sponsorship program), Young Life (Christian Youth Ministry), and College Golf Fellowship.

Andy Maurer played football for Prospect High on the Upper Rogue River, for the University of Oregon, and then eight seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL for different teams (Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos). He played in two Super Bowls: Super Bowl IX for the Vikings and Super Bowl XII with the Broncos. A coach for years with Cascade Christian High School in Medford, his football team won the Class 2-A State Championship in 2006.

Sources: See Wikipedia on different personalities; for example, “Wikipedia: Kyle Singer” at Kyle Singler. Facebook pages also exist, for example, with Jeremy Guthrie. “Googling” the name brings the latest news.


 

TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)


 

9-14 to 9-18 2015

Sep 14, 2015 -- 5:40pm


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9-18-15

OPINION: MORE ATTACKS ON TRUMP

You know the establishment stooges in government and media have it in for Trump. He's outside the RNC's controlled primary system, so he must be brought down. Would he be a good president? I don't know. Could he stop another globalist RINO (like Bush) be nominated for President? Quite possibly, which is why he must be "taken out".

Now they attack him for not defending Obama's religious honor over the supporter's town hall "Muslim" question. I don't think it was Trump's duty to correct him...for all we know it could have been one of those "let it go" moments. Still, isn't it fascinating that we have a President raised and schooled in a Indonesian madrasa, who is on the record stating how beautiful the "call to prayer was" when he was a young boy, but no one can dare be allowed to even THINK that he is anything but a bible-toting Jesus freak now? I don't know what the president really believes, but his actions as president have been overly solicitous of this one particular faith, imo, to the detriment of the country's interests. One could be forgiven for not being totally in line with what the left says about the President's religious sympathies. Double Down, Donald, okay?

Oh, and time for more Trump conspiracy FACTS: The PWH (pants-wetting-hysteria) over the Trump vaccine controversy debate is laughable. The media keeps repeating the lie that there's NO link between vaccines and autism or other trouble, even though this is a clearly listed side effect on many if not all the vaccine packaging inserts. However the media NEVER mentions the CDC whistle blower doctor who says the government falsified its own data to downplay the connection with MMR shots and autism in young black male babies/toddlers.

Dr. David Brownstein M.D. has a natural health bias, but he connects the dots quite well - It's worth a read. http://w3.newsmax.com/…/issues/l…/brownstein_lies0915_89.pdf

Of course you know why the media belittles this story - Ever notice how much PharmaGov money flows on to TV? I watch a lot of cable news, and if they were forced to give up boner, and bladder, and depression, and dry eye, or toe fungus, or acid pump drug ads, most of the networks would be bankrupt within a week.

 


GUESTS FOR 9-17-15

6:35 State Rep. Duane Stark talks the minimum wage issue, sex change operations for minor children.

7:10 John LeBouttilier, former congressman FOX News Channel's "Political Insiders" (Sundays, 4:30pm on FNC)

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation, are reports of the "Gun Lobby" on the ropes accurate.


BILL'S GUESTS 9-16-15

6:35 Dale Matthews at Bad County dot Com - Fire subject here:

7:10 Eric Peters EPAutos.com - The Want Your Cars - What They're After...And What's Coming

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Jim Ludwick, Oregonians for Immigration Reform - We talk how the state is messing with the ballot titel language of OFIR's make English the official state language ballot measure.

8:45 Nicholas Nachbur, Reinhart Champlain Wealth Management  and we discuss their business model, how they help clients, Nicholas' RCC classes he teaches on returement planning.


BILL'S GUESTS 9-15-15

6:15 Jennifer Burke, reporter for The Politistick - Another Billionaire (Mark Cuban) Threatens to Challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

7:10 Commissioner Doug Bredienthal discusses the long process of writing the marijuana rules.

7:35 Anne Marie Gurney, Oregon Republican Party - The Republicans have not been deterred by the opposition Party's rejection of transparency and will propose a more comprehensive set of laws in the next session.  Currently the ORP leaders are touring the state to solicit our input.  They would like to hear of experiences from voters where greater access to information would have both improved lives and made situations easier. A Listening Tour session will be held in the main meeting room of  the Medford Library at 7:00 pm on September 23rd.  Party leaders will be present, including several of our state representatives from Jackson County.

8:10 "John" talks with Bill about what REALLY happens when the feds push the Wild and Scenic River designation over your property. It ain't pretty.


B17 at the Medford Airport through Sunday! (Dr. Dennis Powers went up in it today, Monday)

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 09-14-2015

6:35 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com discusses last week's mineral withdrawl meeting in Joco...a real circus.

7:10 Medford City Councilman Clay Bearnson, and Larry Masterman, emergency manager for the city of Medford.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - Visiting Past and Present

The Largest Chinook of All Time—Caught On a Fly

(And other Rogue River Stories)

By Dennis Powers

In 2002, Grant Martinsen of Grants Pass was fishing for salmon on the lower Rogue River with flies, when he hooked and fought a huge fall chinook salmon. Owing to excellent feed conditions and controversial cutbacks in Pacific Ocean commercial harvests, a number of salmon caught that year were in the 50- to 60-pound range, including a 66-pound fall chinook that was brought in that August by a bank angler who was casting a spinner.

A retired biology teacher and football coach, Martinsen waited for his fly to sink after a cast, and then “felt a bite and a few head-shakes” before setting the hook. The fish surged downstream and the contest between fish and man was on. As he fought the salmon, it quickly became apparent that this one was huge and he only had a standard-sized net. A fly-fisherman nearby yelled to Martinsen that he had an oversized boat net and could help out. The two fishermen worked together and finally brought the salmon in.

When Martinsen dropped his pickup truck’s tailgate at a Gold Beach outdoor store, passing motorists hit their brakes when they saw the huge tail that was hanging out. People filled the parking lot as they pulled out their cell phones and began taking pictures. Once weighed, the 4-foot-long salmon hit the scales at 71-1/2 pounds, beating the old record for fly-casters set 15 years ago by 8 pounds. When the media frenzy began, Martinsen took off on a hunting trip.

And another huge fish caught on the Rogue for “The Joy of Fishing” show—shown on numerous Pacific Northwest television stations—documented a huge white sturgeon that was caught and released. While fishing for “6- to 7-foot green sturgeon” and admiring the blue herons, sunshine, and black bears, a large fish was hooked. A very rare white sturgeon surfaced within the first ten minutes “to have a look and size them up”, but then headed back down. Wayne Van Burger fought the giant for two hours; his rod snapped in two as it surfaced; and Wayne and his friend, Denny, had to “hand-line” the sturgeon to their boat’s side. It was estimated as being “at least half the length of Denny’s 24-foot boat.” After a quick release, the monster swam away—and pictures of the sturgeon are available at the link provided below.    

There are other tales—some not so verified—on huge Rogue River fish caught, or not caught. And the stories are also there.  

Mark Freeman, “Caught on the Fly”, Mail Tribune, April 17, 2011, at Record Salmon (With Image); “Jessie’s Hunting & Fishing: 71-pound Chinook,” (Associated Press, October 24, 2002), at More on the Record Salmon; “The Joy of Fishing: Giant White Sturgeon Caught On Rogue River,” at Huge Sturgeon Caught (With Images).

 

TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)


 

9-08 to 9-11 2015

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TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME  FUN ON VACATION

Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)


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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 9-10-15

6:35 MRC's VP of Culture and Media, Dan Gainor - Reality Check for Wage Hike Hungry Media: Walmart cuts jobs after raising wages

7:10 Medford 549C Superintendent Brian Shumate, and School Board Member Michael Campbell talking the latest school initiatives and issues.

7:35 Kim Campbell, wife of country legend Glen Campbell, who is down with Alzheimer's. Inspirational documentary out detailing his final performing days. More about the movie "I'll Be Me".

8:10 Pastor Aubrey Shines, is Founder of Glory To Glory Ministries located in the inner city of both Tampa and Orlando Florida. His new book: Homosexuality? Things That the Media Won't Tell You.


GUESTS FOR 9-09-15

6:35 Curtis Ellis, Executive Director of the American Jobs Alliance - European migrant issue a stalking horse for more U.S. open borders?

7:10 Dr. Steven Greenleaf, psychiatrist and local constitutional scholar. We talk about what actual "law" KY clerk Kim Davis may have violated. It's not what you think.

8:10 Legislative aide and reporter Scott Jorgenson, has written a great book detailing the behind the scenes in OR government. On the Cusp of Chaos: Divisions Inside and Outside the Oregon Statehouse


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 9-08-15

6:40 Our resident crack researcher on all things Gang Green, it's Ed, "Mr. X", and we're recapping both the city of Medford's tabling (for now) of the fire station projects, and the Army Corps of Engineer's meeting in Shady Cove from Thursday. Ostensably it was about earthquake preparedness in case of problems with Lost Creek Lake Dam, but we're going to monitor this issue, as Ed and I theorize earthquake "safeeeeeeteeeeeeeey" could be the Trojan Horse that Gang Green groups might use to persuade feds to someday remove this valuable piece of S. Oregon infrastructure. 

7:35 State Rep, Sal Esquivel - any GOP gubernatorial candidates worth a darn at the moment?

8:10 Prof. Kevin Currie-Knight, and he wrote a great article about how he believes "schooling" helps us devalue the nonacademic knowledge in our culture. Interesting read: "Don't Assume I'm Smarter Thank My Contractor".


HEY, FINALLY, A GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIATE IN OREGON

Bud Pierce, an oncologist from Salem, plans to officially enter the GOP race for Oregon Governor. His official kickoff is Thursday. Can't say I know much about him, but we'll get to work on that over the coming days!


APPLE HYPE FOR A NEW UNVEIL ON WEDNESDAY?

Mike Krebs reminds me of a big unveil "Steve" did back during the Bush era. ;-)

 

8-31 to 9-3-2015

Aug 31, 2015 -- 4:50pm


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YOUR MISSION - CONTACT YOUR  MEDFORD CITY COUNCILLOR (OPINION)

Get in touch with your Medford City Council Reps and insist that the 3 new fire houses and police department be brought in at or under budget as promised. If you let them get away with borrowing more money to make up for the 6 million dollar shortfall, or let them cut the number of fire houses built (as Chris Corcoran mentioned as a possible option today) you're permitting incompetence at best, or corruption at worst, to prevail.

It's baloney that prevailing wage labor costs from the subs is the problem, BOLI locked that rate in months ago, and the labor costs were known. Material costs are indeed higher...that's a DESIGN problem, and you redesign and bring it in on budget. If this can't be accomplished with the existing crew, fire the architect, fire the contractor, and start again. The council might not "like" having incomplete iron sticking up at the PD site, but the taxpayers won't "like" increased fees to pay for incompetence. Get on it!

While you're at it, push the council to withdraw from the Sustainable Cities Initiative, stop having architects and journalist students from UO helping design and promote Gang Green's agenda, and start building public projects that function, and are safe, at a reasonable, "sustainable" cost for the taxpayer. You're insane to be on the hook for $340 per square foot fire palaces. BRING IT IN ON BUDGET.


BILL'S GUESTS 9-01-15

6:20 Kathy Garver, "Cissy" on Family Affair. Memoirs are really interesting - "Surviving Cissy".My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood. 

6:35 Shereem Herndon-Brown CEO of Strategic Admissions Advice, - a company that works with parents and students on the college admissions process.

7:10 Mr. X - it's all about the cost overruns at Medford City Hall.

8:35 BUSINESS INTERVIEW - Advanced Air and Metal, and we kick around the amazing advances in technology in the new HVAC systems. 


BILL'S GUESTS 8-31-15

6:40 Anthony Melchiorri, host of Hotel Impossible, premiering tomorrow night, 9pm on the Travel Channel.

7:15 Kirsten Tynan, Executive Director of the Fully Informed Jury Association. Yes, you have the power to vote to acquit on a jury if you seriously disagree with the law, although judges, D.A.'s and the legal profession deny that this power exists. 

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present

The Evolution of InfoStructure

By Dennis Powers

Reflecting the technological revolution and change in the Rogue Valley, InfoStructure began in 1994 as an Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) in Ashland. It was the Valley’s first ISP giving access to the Internet and by 2000 had grown to servicing 3,000 subscribers.

In that year, Internet Ventures Inc. of Los Angeles (“IVLA”) purchased InfoStructure from its owners. IVLA had some twelve ISP systems from Spokane, Washington, to Ventura, California. A relative new company, it intended to build a network of ISP providers in markets of less than 500,000 residents. Its technical expertise was in cable and wireless modems, and IVLA was contracting with cable and wireless providers to use in accessing the Internet.

When IVLA focused on its Southern California market, it decided in 2003 to sell InfoStructure. At that time, Scott Hansen, Jeff Rhoden and Chad Cota entered the picture. All three then were in their late-twenties, had lived in this area for all of their lives, grew up in Ashland, and had been friends since pre-school. They established a company called Prime Time Ventures, LLC, where Jeff and Scott were the operating partners and Chad Cota was the limited or silent partner.

Chad Cota had played football at Ashland High School, the University of Oregon, and then in the NFL for eight years with the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Rams. Jeff Rhoden and Scott Hansen already had over 15 years of telecommunications work together. Founded in 1995, they owned and operated GCW Communications Consultants, an entity that provided managed services in long-distance communications, cellular, and operator services.

InfoStructure was then strictly an Internet provider, but the new owners decided to emphasize commercial accounts, and to evolve from only ISP services to being a competitive local exchange carrier--in short, a telephone company over the Internet. Over time, the business transformed into a competitive one by providing a wide range of telecommunications services to thousands of businesses and homes throughout Oregon, but primarily in Southern Oregon.

It sold its residential-fiber Internet customer base in Ashland to cable TV provider Ashland Home Net, the largest ISP in Ashland owned by Jim Teece and his wife. Having expanded its regional service reach by a carrier partner network, InfoStructure focused on business VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol, a technology for making telephone calls over the Internet) and data solutions. The transfer of its Ashland Internet residential base allowed it to concentrate on its client base of small to medium-sized businesses.

From a local ISP serving only residents in a small college town, InfoStructure changed with the times to serve 5,000 customers, primarily commercially oriented, in telecommunications, and throughout Southern Oregon. Still considered a small business, the company has definitely kept pace through the economic and technological turmoil of the times.

Sources: Greg Stiles, “Three friends run a Talent phone business,” Mail Tribune, May 28, 2007, at Evolution of Company; See “InfoStructure: History” at More Background.


VIRGINIA SHOOTING - IN CONTEXT

Yes, it's tragic how 2 members of the exalted media class were murdered by their racist, disgruntled former colleague. Now that same sainted media class and political sycophants wish to incessantly drum "More Gun Control" in your brain, for it's "All About Them", and you will be forced to care.

Meanwhile, said murdering racist dirtbag passed numerous background checks. There's the rub: Future violence can only be predicted by past violent behavior, so what they want is "Minority Report" pre-crime tyranny on the 74,999,999 American gun owners who DIDN'T murder anyone yesterday.

For the purpose of illustration, remember how I said on the morning show that if you had every American gun owner stand shoulder to shoulder, the line would stretch 42,000 miles, almost TWICE around the earth. Were the large numbers of firearms and owners truly a problem you'd think we would be drowning in blood, but we're not. The truth is firearms deaths are at historic lows, 3.6 per 100,000 Americans, which includes cops shooting perps. (Look it up at the CDC)

Meanwhile, deaths by motor vehicle are around 16 per 100,000, almost 5 times the firearms death rate, and your motor vehicle isn't a constitutional right. Yes, the TV shooting is sad, but the lib media and political tyrants want to "play" your emotions, and strip everyone's liberty for their benefit. You're smarter than that - Put it in context, and don't buy the spin. It's NOT as bad as they want you to think. Liberty lives only if you defend it.


EMAIL OF THE DAY - PATRICK COWDREY

Hi Bill,
It seems to me that this tiff between Trump and Ramos shows the
immigration problem in profile.
Here we have Ramos cutting to the head of the line with an attitude of
entitlement.
Trump demonstrated his view of immigration policy under his
administration by deporting him, but letting him back in later.
Albeit at the end of the line.
I think it is very interesting when put into that perspective, how the
lame-stream media is spinning this event.
Patrick


 

8-26 to 8-28 2015

Aug 26, 2015 -- 3:21pm


 

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VIRGINIA SHOOTING - IN CONTEXT

Yes, it's tragic how 2 members of the exalted media class were murdered by their racist, disgruntled former colleague. Now that same sainted media class and political sycophants wish to incessantly drum "More Gun Control" in your brain, for it's "All About Them", and you will be forced to care.

Meanwhile, said murdering racist dirtbag passed numerous background checks. There's the rub: Future violence can only be predicted by past violent behavior, so what they want is "Minority Report" pre-crime tyranny on the 74,999,999 American gun owners who DIDN'T murder anyone yesterday.

For the purpose of illustration, remember how I said on the morning show that if you had every American gun owner stand shoulder to shoulder, the line would stretch 42,000 miles, almost TWICE around the earth. Were the large numbers of firearms and owners truly a problem you'd think we would be drowning in blood, but we're not. The truth is firearms deaths are at historic lows, 3.6 per 100,000 Americans, which includes cops shooting perps. (Look it up at the CDC)

Meanwhile, deaths by motor vehicle are around 16 per 100,000, almost 5 times the firearms death rate, and your motor vehicle isn't a constitutional right. Yes, the TV shooting is sad, but the lib media and political tyrants want to "play" your emotions, and strip everyone's liberty for their benefit. You're smarter than that - Put it in context, and don't buy the spin. It's NOT as bad as they want you to think. Liberty lives only if you defend it.


EMAIL OF THE DAY - PATRICK COWDREY

Hi Bill,
It seems to me that this tiff between Trump and Ramos shows the
immigration problem in profile.
Here we have Ramos cutting to the head of the line with an attitude of
entitlement.
Trump demonstrated his view of immigration policy under his
administration by deporting him, but letting him back in later.
Albeit at the end of the line.
I think it is very interesting when put into that perspective, how the
lame-stream media is spinning this event.
Patrick


8-28-2015

6:35 - Owen Strachan - Four Americans in France Show the World what it Means to Be a Man.

Owen Strachan is an Associate Professor of Christian Theology and the Director of the Center on Gospel & Culture at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also serves as President of the Council for Manhood & Womanhood and is a contributing writer to The Stream.  He is a husband, father, and author of seven books, including The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

7:15 Dale Matthews from the excellent non-commercial video site BadCounty.com

8:10 Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts talking water, dams, communicating with the Governor about protecting our infrastructure.


8-27-2015

6:35 Michelle Minton is the Director of "Sindustry Studies" at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where she promotes Liberty by defending the likes of gamblers, smokers, drinkers, junk food eaters, & insurance agents (basically one and the same). We talk about who is winning the "Sheldon Adelson Primary" in the GOP presidential candidates fold.

7:45 Joe Hicks from Project 21. Interesting commentary - Are Spurious Claims of Police Racism Fueling Ideological Attacks Upon Whites by People With Troubled Psyches?

8:10 Larry Pratt - Gun owners of America more analysis on the  VA shooting.



BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-26-2015

6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com - We discuss Dale's experience in court last week trying to get a judge to change the sales tax ballot initiative, there's the Gold Hill marijuana tax recision, and of course the County Commission always makes news.

7:10 Ruth Broadman, Jackson County Republican Women. Click here for info on buying tickets to the big REAGAN BBQ, Saturday 9/19 at Hanley Farm. I'll be your humble fundraising auctioneer! (Lots of fun)

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:35 Ann Rutherford, one of the contestants at this Saturday's Northwest Tall Tale Challenge, a fundraiser for the Medford Senior Center. I'll emcee this event, join me Saturday evening at the Lithia Commons. GO HERE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION

 

8-20 to 8-21 2015

Aug 20, 2015 -- 9:29am


RED ALERT!! GET YOUR COMMENTS IN TO THE BLM TODAY

PLEASE HELP -  Share this with friends, get your comments into the BLM TODAY opposing expansion of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue.

Buried in the RMP is a suitability study recommending Congress add 63 miles of Wild and Scenic, all the way to Lost Creek Lake and Dam. This is a massive rape and regulation of private property rights, as BLM lands are only a tiny fraction (less than 4%).of the property on the river. The vast majority is private.

Jo Co Commissioners resolved against this Wednesday, but GET THOSE COMMENTS IN TODAY, as today's the dealine for comments. Gang Green counts on you not commenting on this. Don't let them win. 

1) Here's the link to the BLM comment page  - http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/comments.php  

2) Here is the Mail Link to comment on this RMP.  

3) Here's that same email address printed out:  blm_or_rmpwo_comments@blm.gov

HERE IS THE COMMENT PERIOD NEWS RELEASE

You'll need to give them name, address, etc. and tell them you oppose the RMP, and give them a few thoughts of your own regarding over regulation and how this would destroy property rights. 
 
Here's a letter I sent, DON'T COPY AND PASTE,  as they'll count it as one comment. Gang green and government are very sneaky, but maybe it'll help as an idea starter on your own.
 
_________________________________
Dear BLM,
 
I oppose your draft resource management plan and its suitability study which recommends that Congress expand the Wild and Scenic designation of the Rogue River another 63 miles. It's yet another affront to taxpayers and citizens who have the right to use and own property free of BLM abuse. Besides, you administer a small sliver of these lands, but you want to grab control of it all via the administrative process?
 
I also object to your policy consensus stakeholder system, which seems especially designed to strip the U.S. constitution from all consideration in such management plans. In addition, this stakeholder process creates an undue influence for environmental groups who don't even live and work in the area. Your process is flawed, and an affront to the Constitution and rule of law.

I'm saying "Start Over", and invite EVERYONE to the table, and that includes property OWNERS, not just the designated "stakeholders".
___________________________________
 
Once again, feel free to use it for some ideas, but put it in your own words.  GET THOSE COMMENTS IN TODAY, thanks!

 


 

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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 8-20-2015

6:35 Yovel Badash - educatior, author of "No Child Held Back".

7:10 Jim Ludwick, Oregonians for Immigration Reform - discussion is Birthright Citizenship, Trump's plan...is it really so crazy?

7:35 Local tech guru Julian Cordle breaksdown the latest Hillary Clinton email scandle news in ways we non-techy types can understand.

8:10 Will Reishman at Strategic Financial on the dollar, financial situation of the world. Don't buy fear, he says.


IT'S FINISHED!!

BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

 



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