MONDAY 10-15-2012 Ed Klein on the Benghazi coverup, entitlement talk, Miner Dave to be sentenced, Jeff Scroggin discusses his candidacy, Dr. Dennis Powers on the 1964 Christmas Flood, and the current business topics.

Oct 13, 2012 -- 6:43pm

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"MINER DAVE EVERIST" Sentenced - Miner Dave Everist called me today - His sentence, just handed down, includes 30 days in the hole, starting November 1st, 3 years probation with no mining on BLM or Forest Service land. $1000 fine, but $800 of it he won't have to pay if he complies. Restitution for the disposal of his trailer, too. He's convicted of "illegal occupation". Funny, that's the phrase which comes to mind as I look upon a sea of alphabet soup agencies and administrative courts eating the seed corn of our land.

One of the challenges facing Dave, and other constitutionalists like him, is we're past the time of working within the system. The constitution is a dead letter, and many Americans give tacit permission, and their silence is purchased with entitlements and benefits. It'll last for a while longer, until the bond markets force disruption upon the status quo which funds this strange administrative state. This is not about the rule of law, it's more correctly termed the exercise of power.

speaking of Constituion - JAMES BUCHAL, at Saturday's "Restore America" Rally.

Imagine - an Attorney General who believes the constitution says what it means, and means what it says.


6:35 Ed Klein, author of "The Amateur, Barack Obama in the Whitehouse". Today Ed breaks down the Benghazi coverup in Libya, and the Clinton/Obama rift in his latest op-ed on the Daily Caller.

7:10 Craig Ward, putting on some senior and non-senior begginer to intermediate firearms courses. Only 5 bucks for the range fee, that's it. Call him at 541-324-2102 and tell him what kind of class interests you.

7:20 Miner Dave Everist (See update at top of post)

7:35 Jeff Scroggin, Jackson County Commissioner Candidate. Much of the conversation is the economy, and what kind of forest work would be most appropriate, in his view.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, and today's episode of "Visiting Past and Present" is the 1964 Christmas Flood. More on the good Dr.'s EXCELLENT books at

The Christmas Flood of 1964

By Dennis Powers

Cutting through the holidays, a major flood occurred in the Pacific Northwest and California between December 18, 1964, and January 7, 1965, named “The Christmas Flood of 1964”. This 100-year flood was one of the worst in recorded history for Oregon and the worst on nearly every river in coastal Northern California. The U.S. National Weather Service rated the flood as the fifth most destructive event in Oregon in the Twentieth Century. An extremely heavy snowpack accumulated in California, Oregon, and Washington that was followed by unseasonably warmer weather, heavy rain deluges, and huge snow melts that caused water to rush down and overwhelm river banks.

Many weather stations throughout the Pacific Northwest and this area measured the rainfall over the five days from December 19th to the 23rd as being the wettest ever recorded. When night came on Dec. 22nd 1964, the Rogue River raged over its banks. The monstrous waters destroyed nearly everything in its path, ripping houses apart, cutting away roads, slicing hillsides in half, and destroying small towns.

The Rogue hit Shady Cove nearly the hardest. A portion of the bridge over the river washed away that night, as tons of heavy mill-logs and rooftops surged to race past and crush houses downstream. The town was totally dark as the power was already out, but anyone along the Rogue River could hear its roar. 

The waters captured freezers, furniture, cars, and anything in its path, floatable or not. Normal placid streams became swollen. Bear Creek rushed into the Rogue, which surged over its banks to submerge much of downtown Medford. In Gold Hill, floodwaters were four-feet deep in the basement of a ranch house that was 600 feet from the river. The river crested at 34 feet—12 feet above flood level—at the City of Rogue River; it crested 15 feet above flood stage in Grants Pass, swamping large areas of the city and damaging homes, businesses, bridges, and the sewage-treatment plant.

Afterwards, recovered possessions were useless, damaged beyond repair or waterlogged. With the flood ripping through septic tanks, sanitation and potable water were priorities. Although no one died in this area, seventeen did throughout Oregon and the total damages were in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Towns and residents then banded together to help each other out; those on dry land took in friends and the Salvation Army and other nonprofits opened their doors. Even without flood insurance, shops reopened and homes were rebuilt over time.

People doubt that the flood-control dams built after 1964, however, can restrain the next 100-year deluge, especially with the countless homes later built by the river and the unaware.

See Fattig, Paul. “The ’64 flood: Raging waters of Dec. 22, 1964, Reshaped the Landscape, Tested the Residents of Southern Oregon.” Mail Tribune, Dec. 19, 2004; at Generally, “Christmas Flood of 1964” at

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