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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 4, 2019
Today we’ll be talking with Rick about the latest news with the partial government shutdown, and the new Congress.
7:35: “Mr. X” Local activist, crack researcher, Gang Green expert and all around nice guy, joins Bill in studio this hour. We’ll be discussing further on Josephine County Commissioner Dan DeYoung’s modified Oath of Office, and how the conflicts between federal and state law could actually pave the path to fewer unconstitutional intrusions, and we’ll discuss it.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 3, 2019
6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy at EPAutos.com talks with Bill today. We’ll be chatting with Eric about transportation issues and his article on what buzzers your car SHOULD have, but doesn’t have.
Read more from Eric, and check out his reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUV’s and bikes, all over at his website: EPAutos.com.
7:10: Dan DeYoung, Josephine County Commissioner joins Bill, live in studio today. We’ll be talking with Dan about the “modified” oath of office that he took a couple of years ago, that was recently reported in the Grants Pass Daily Courier.
7:35: John Leboutlillier, former New York Congressman rejoins Bill after a couple of years. Today, we’ll be talking with John about his latest article over at TheHill.com, which outlines his predictions for the future of the Trump Presidency, and the outlook isn’t pretty, says John.
John believes that the Trump presidency won’t survive 2019. We’ll talk with him about that prediction.
And, you can read more from John right HERE.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 2, 2019: Happy New Year!!
6:35: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment talks with Bill today, Phil is here today to tell you why he believes that President Trump should let the federal electric car tax credits expire.
And, you can read more over at: AmericanCommitment.org.
7:10: Jim Ludwick, with Oregonians for Immigration Reform chats with Bill today. Today we’ll be talking with Jim about the Breitbart article about the savage murder of a Medford woman, by an illegal immigrant. The fact that he was an illegal was not widely reported by our local media outlets. We’ll discuss it with Jim.
Check out the article for yourself: “Local Media Ignore Immigration Status of Convicted Killer.”
Check out more at: OregonIR.org,
7:35: Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department joins Bill, live in studio, for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
8:10: Capt. William E. Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, emergency preparedness expert and outdoor journalist talks with Bill today.
Capt. Bill is here today to speak on his wife’s battle with wildfire neuro-toxicity. Click here to learn more.
He was also able to speak with Dr. Michelle Block Ph D, an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Indiana University’s School of Medicine on the subject, and a study that she conducted on airborne neurotoxins.
BEWARE: This study is grad school level reading, but us educated-rednecks can wade through it and come away with a better understanding of how screwed we are if these fires and smoke continue….
HAPPY NEW YEAR (Hugh Hewitt fills in for me 1/1/19)
12-31-18 Bill Meyer Show Guests
6:35 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, Year end Swamp and DC update from DailyTorch.com
7:10 Water World Boat and Power Sport Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts from Rogue Weather dot com
New Year’s Resolutions–for 2019
By Dennis Powers
New Year’s resolutions are about self-improvement. These are promises made to start doing something good or not do something bad–starting on New Year’s Day. It can be to improve yourself physically, whether losing weight, drinking less booze, quitting smoking, or exercising more. Thinking positive, enjoying life more, or reducing stress is more mind-oriented. Resolutions can be activities: taking an overseas trip, reading more books, or even changing jobs. They can be to make new friends, discard negative ones, spend more time with family, or spend less.
Yes, New Year’s resolutions are about hopefulness. And it’s been that way since recorded times. The celebration of a new year is the oldest of holidays and dates back to ancient Babylon some 4000 years ago. Around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of their new year on what is now March 23, although they didn’t have a written calendar. Late March was a logical choice, as this was when spring began and crops were planted. Their celebration lasted for 11 days, and the Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay back debts.
The Romans continued observing the New Year on March 25th, but later emperors changed the calendar so many times that it was not in sync with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman senate in 153 BC declared January 1rst to be the beginning of the New Year. It placed their mythical king of early Rome, Janus, at the head of the calendar.
The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of entrances. Always shown with two faces–one on the front of his head and a second at the back–Janus at the same time could look backwards and forwards. At midnight on December 31rst, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. He was the ancient symbol for resolutions, as Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies.
Different emperors again changed the dates. Finally, in 46 BC Julius Caesar decreed what is known as the Julian calendar. He re-established January 1rst as the start of the New Year. To synchronize the calendar with the sun, however, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days. The Romans started a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common gifts.
In Medieval days, the knights took a “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry; they were required to place their hands on a peacock and vow to always live up to this pledge. Over centuries, the practice of resolutions and commitment on this eve continued, and it’s interesting to see what has happened in more modern times. At the end of the Great Depression, about 1/4th of adults formed New Year’s resolutions. By 2018, some 2/3rds did.
Their nature has also changed to reflect the times. At the end of the 19th century, a typical teenage girl’s resolution was on “good approaches”: She resolved to be less self-centered, more helpful, a more diligent worker, and improve her character. Body image, health, diet, and getting new “things” were rarely mentioned. By the end of the 20th century, the typical teenage girl was focused on good looks: to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and attractive clothing.
Conducted for 2018, Statista came up with these: make more money (53%); lose weight or get in shape (45%); have more sex (25%); travel more (24%); read more books (23%); learn a new skill or hobby (22%); buy a house (21%); quit smoking (16%); and find love (15%).
According to a recent YouGov poll, the most common U.S aspirations for the coming year are to eat healthier, get more exercise, and to save more money. Almost one third, perhaps more realistically, said that they wouldn’t be bothering with making resolutions.
As to success rates, a study of 3,000 people indicated that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when setting small quantitative goals (i.e., losing one pound a week, instead of promising “to lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public with support from friends.
Setting a specific goal can be a winner. Monitoring progress, not being too ambitious, recording what you do, and giving time for success are important. Overcoming bad habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or overeating, can be tough ones to beat because they’re so easy to return to when stressed out–especially during the New Year. And this can start with your celebrations.
So let’s start talking about what our New Year’s resolution will, or will not, be–and should we make them this year?
Sources: “Wikipedia: New Year’s Resolution,” at New Year’s Resolutions; Dove, Laurie L., “Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?”; “How Stuff Works?” at Why Make Them?; Blair, Gary R., “The History of New Year’s Resolutions, at EzineArticles.com: More on Resolutions; Statista, “What are your 2018 Resolutions?” at Survey for 2018; Statista, “YouGov Poll” at YouGov Poll.