Lars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon (75 miles West of Portland, Oregon).
36 years later, he’s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to “the Right”. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best talk radio in America. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm – 4pm on Radio Northwest flagship FM NEWS 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on seventeen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
The F-35 stealth fighter jet has been in development for quite some time, and is supposed to be the future of flight combat for the American military. But after years of testing and tweaking the design, and nearly $1 TRILLION in taxpayer dollars spent on development of the jet, it still isn't capable of meeting all of The Pentagon's performance standards.
So do we go back to the drawing board? The Pentagon says no. Instead, they've decided to re-write the rules to make it easier for the jet to pass their tests.
Here's more on this from Vice:
The Pentagon's pursuit of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet has been a heartbreaking one. If you're a taxpayer, the program's estimated $1 trillion price tag probably breaks your heart a little bit. If you're an aviation enthusiast, the constant whittling away of the do-it-all aircraft's features, which in many cases actually amounts to adding weight and taking away maneuverability, must hurt a little bit too.
If you're just an everyday American, though, you should be downright shattered that after a decade and a fortune spent, the F-35 will actually be more vulnerable than the aircraft it's replacing. At this point, the Pentagon is literally rewriting its rule book so that the dumbed-down superjet will pass muster.
The Defense Department's annual weapons-testing report reveals that the military actually adjusted the performance specifications for the consistently underperforming line of F-35 fighter jets. In other words, they couldn't get the jets to do what they were supposed to do, so they just changed what they were supposed to do.
"The program announced an intention to change performance specifications for the F-35A, reducing turn performance from 5.3 to 4.6 sustained g’s and extending the time for acceleration from 0.8 Mach to 1.2 Mach by eight seconds," reads the report drafted under J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation. (The F-35A is the standard model, so to speak, that the Air Force will use. The line also includes the F-35B, the Harrier-like vertical-landing version built for the Marines, and the F-35C, a Navy version that's optimized for aircraft-carrier takeoffs and landings.)
Aviation expert Ty Rogoway joined me today on the show to break down exactly what is going on with this jet, and why it's not the right decision to move forward with it...
If you're a pregnant woman trying to decide which way you'd like to give birth, who should decide?
Should it be a decision between the pregnant woman and her doctor, or should it be legislated?
If some get their way, it won't be a choice.
Dr. John Braddock from Sendant Health joined me on the program tonight, and he weighed in on the subject...
We've obviously seen the damage he's done with things like ObamaCare and the recent battle over the government shutdown.
But he also appears to be getting pretty close with America's enemies, while alienating some of our closest allies.
Here's more on this from Frank Gaffney from the Center For Security Policy:
The truth is that Mr. Obama has throughout his presidency confused our enemies with America’s friends, and vice versa. A case in point has been his strategically ominous transposing of the character and actual status two of the Eastern Mediterranean’s most strategically important states: Turkey and Israel. Barack Obama has treated Turkey as a reliable partner even though, for the better part of a decade under its Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, this nation that is supposedly a NATO ally has been aligning ever more palpably with our adversaries. By contrast, notwithstanding President Obama’s occasional gestures and rhetoric to the contrary, his administration has behaved towards Israel as though it were, at best, a country in which we have no interests. At worst, Mr. Obama seems to consider the Jewish State as a hostile power. If President Obama is worried about our diminished standing in the world and wants to establish who’s responsible for it, he needs to look in the mirror. And whether he chooses to do so or not, the rest of us had better make it much harder, not easier, for him to perpetrate this sort of reckless and dangerous national security fraud. After all, with friends like Barack Obama’s, America neither needs nor can afford more enemies.
Frank joined me on the program tonight to go into greater detail...
Over the weekend, the Daily Dead FishWrapper ran a story about the numbers behind the Columbia River Crossing bridge proposal Governor Kitzhaber has been pushing. The governor allegedly plans to pay for the bridge from tolls charged mostly to Washington State residents like me. At this point, the toll is estimated at seven bucks a day which is pretty darn steep. But how many will pay. The bridge designers estimate bridge traffic decades in the future at between 107-and 141 thousand crossings a day. But Oregon told the feds it will be closer to 178-thousand per day with tolls. 8 years ago when the economy was booming, traffic was ten thousand cars a day higher than it is today. and just last week we found out that when Seattle put tolls on the 520 floating bridge, traffic volume dropped by one half. and it has the same toll proposed for Portland’s Boondoggle bridge. so even before you get to the question of whether Oregon has the right to build a bridge without Washington’s sign off, or how it’s going to be paid for, or whether 3 billion dollars spent to save one minute in commute time…you have to wonder, how are Oregon taxpayers going to feel about paying the whole bill, when tolling drives away half the traffic and the beaver state gets stuck with the bill....
Here's more from Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon:
Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents,” according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region. The possible acquisition by al Qaeda of these highly dangerous toxins has prompted bio-warfare experts to label the threat a “clear and present danger. Extremist militants and other fighters tied to the terror group al Qaeda have continued to gain a foothold in key sections of Syria as the country’s civil war rages on. Lawlessness has taken hold in many areas that are home to Syria’s biological weapons research hubs and mounting evidence indicates that al Qaeda fighters have capitalized on this security gap by looting the facilities. “The Syrian civil war has left sections of the bio-pharmaceutical infrastructure destroyed and looting of labs has been observed, which could indicate that Assad is losing command and control over one of the most dangerous classes of weapons remaining in his WMD arsenal,” bio warfare and terrorism experts Jill Bellamy van Aalst and Olivier Guitta conclude in a new report. Biological weapons could more easily be obtained and used by terrorist forces, experts warned. “The problem with bio-weapons, unlike chemical or nuclear, is the quality and weaponization for dispersal that counts, not the quantity, Guitta and van Aarst wrote. “You do not need a stockpile and you do not need sophisticated delivery methods, in fact, that is no longer optimal. Bio-weapons are silent, and determining that an attack has occurred can be challenging.”
Investigative reporter Rich Miniter joined me tonight on the program to weigh in...
The Trayvon Martin story has been beaten to death, but it still comes up from time to time and we end up talking about it.
Today we talked about a Portland school PTA that was supposedly encouraging students to wear hoodies to school in celebration of the life of Trayvon Martin. The school confirmed that this was happening, and then denied it was happening, but the subject spawned calls from some listeners who wanted to reopen the debate.
I got a call from a naysayer named Darren. He attempted to convince me that Trayvon is not the thug that I think he is...
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