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Wednesday 02-14-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist from www.EpAutos.com and today’s “Wheels Up Wednesday” segment!
7:10 Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Andrew Quinio https://pacificlegal.org/staff/andrew-quinio/ An Eagle Point, Oregon high school teacher has filed a federal lawsuit challenging racial discrimination in the State’s Diversity License Expense Reimbursement Program.
Like every teacher in Oregon, Tyler Lynn has to renew his teaching license every five years and welcomed the opportunity for reimbursement. Despite Tyler’s significant contributions to promoting diversity in his classroom and enhancing his students’ appreciation for other cultures, the State denied him the benefit solely because he has the wrong skin color.
“Tyler Lynn has spent his public school career teaching foreign language to willing students. His career exemplifies the value of learning from diverse perspectives. It is preposterous that Oregon has decided he is less valued as a teacher because of his skin color. Tyler is standing up for what is right: that all people should be treated equality under the law, regardless of race,” said Joshua Thompson, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation.
Oregon cannot use race to disfavor individuals for government benefits. The fact that it is only a modest reimbursement makes the State’s decision to discriminate all the more baffling. Represented by Pacific Legal Foundation at no charge, Tyler is fighting back.
The case is Lynn v. Goff and it was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
7:35 State Senator Dennis Linthicum on Skype reports on the latest legislative news at the session.
8:10 Capt. William E. Simpson – Is the Klamath Dam removal project creating a “Superfund” site?
TRUMP AND THE MEDIA – ANOTHER LIE OF OMISSION
Something didn’t smell right about the news I heard early this morning when I woke up to multiple variations of “Donald Trump ‘s claim that he once told a NATO ally that he would encourage Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to “delinquent” members of the group sent shockwaves through Europe over the weekend.” <snip>
This didn’t make sense to me and It ended up being the typical media “lie of OMISSION”. They cut off the earlier part and the later part of the campaign speech where he was essentially bragging about getting more NATO countries to pay up and share the burden. Media distorting a story is often through what is NOT said or reported. Here’s a link to Sean Ring of the Daily Reckoning who did a great job of sussing out the truth of the story: https://rudeawakening.info/posts/trump-to-nato-no-pay-no-play
Tuesday 02-13-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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7:10 State representative Dwayne Yunker with the latest from the state legislature. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/yunker
7:35 Josephine County Commission Herman Baertschiger discusses the strong odds of big tax hikes in SW Oregon’s near future.
8:10 Trial Attorney, author, pundit, Colonel Kurt Schlicter, his latest book is “The Attack”, read more
Kurt is author of the bestselling Kelly Turnbull People’s Republic series of action novels comes his latest thriller, THE ATTACK. Set in the very near future and ripped from today’s headlines, THE ATTACK is a terrifying novel that describes in frightening detail exactly how America’s enemies could launch a massive terrorist assault here at home. From the White House to the Middle East, from the blood-stained streets of America’s suburbs to the cockpit of a B-2 bomber that will initiate the first blow in America’s merciless vengeance, THE ATTACK blends vivid realism with stirring action.
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Monday 02-12-24 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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7:10 Mr. Outdoors, Greg Roberts at www.RogueWeather.com with today’s outdoor report.
7:35 State representative Kim Wallan – https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/wallan with the latest on the legislative session, the proposed fixes for Measure 110 and other issues.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of business law from SOU – www.DennisPowersBooks.com with today’s “Where Past Meets Present” historical post.
Jason Hardrath: Overcoming Adversity
By Dennis Powers
Jason Hardrath, now in his mid-thirties, has been an athlete most of his life. He started running in middle school after his parents told him skateboarding was too dangerous. Jason became the fastest miler at high school in his Baker City hometown. From there he ran cross country and track for Corban University in Salem, graduating in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology and physical education.
He rode his bicycle across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic, taking 50 days to do it, in celebrating his graduation. Soon after, he was into marathoning and Ironman triathlons. Hardrath moved to the Klamath area in 2012, and the Bonanza Schools hired him to teach PE and health to elementary children. He also coaches there.
Overcoming adversity is the name of his life, beginning with his “ADHD” (“Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”). He’s used running, triathlons, and other endurance sports as outlets. As he explained, “As I kid, I couldn’t sit still. I found athletics where I could be successful.”
In 2013, he devoted his training to Ironmans to become more competitive. These cover 140 miles thru swimming, biking and running competitively against others. One year later, he qualified for the world championships in Calgary, as well as qualifying for the 2015 world championships.
Then a terrible crash changed everything. In the spring of 2015, Hardrath was coaching and teaching in addition to his Ironman training. He’d wake up at 4 a.m., swim, bike to work, teach, coach and bike back home. On May 8th, he had several meetings; driving too fast around a curve, his car caught the road’s shoulder, flipped, and he was thrown thru an open window.
He survived after one week in emergency–but with nine broken ribs, broken right shoulder, collapsed lung, internal organ contusions, torn ACL (which keeps the knee from sliding back and forward) and a torn LCL (keeping the knee from sliding inward).
Despite his doctors concluding his athletic life was gone, Hardrath optimistically completed long, constant physical therapy. As it was easier to walk uphill than to run (he couldn’t extend his knee), he refocused on climbing. Over six months he climbed some of the “smaller” peaks in the Cascades, as McLoughlin and Thielsen. In early November, he summited Mount Shasta, at 14,180 feet (a total of 25 times now). And off he went.
He had to learn technical mountaineering/rock climbing skills and, during the summers, headed to Utah slot canyons, Northern California’s Castle Crags, Smith Rock State Park, and numerous Sierra-Nevada mountains, always increasingly focused on complex, technical routes. Working back into shape, he set a “FKT”, or “Fastest Known Time,” in 2021 by climbing Washington’s 100 highest peaks, known as the Bulger List, in 51 days during his summer vacation. Since climbing Washington’s 100 tallest peaks had never been done in a single season before, Jason had a logistical nightmare. Between finding and memorizing climbing routes, creating peak linkups, making a nutrition plan and a support crew strategy, it took a total of six months just to put the logistics together. The Bulger List’s previous FKT was 410 days—and Hardrath’s journey subsequently was shown in a documentary, Journey to 100. He moved onto scaling California’s fifteen, 14,000-foot-plus peaks in less than a week, and then began planning in 2023 the “Rocky Mountain Slam.”
But another obstacle happened early that May. Racing his mountain bike down a dirt road on Mount Shasta, he collided with a deer that ran into his path. While hospitalized with serious injuries again, he learned he had COVID-19. With grit and determination, Jason kept going. In just under 40 days in summer 2023, he summited 122 Rocky Mountain peaks (all over 12,000 feet) in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, named the “Rocky Mountain Slam”.
Starting on July 24th, the 34-year-old Hardrath took his first step up Culebra Peak, a 14,053-foot mountain in Colorado. At 6:44 a.m., August 3rd–39 days, 23 hours and 44 minutes after that first step–Hardrath completed his run, despite badly blistered feet and Covid-19 effects. To smash the previous record of 60 days and nine hours, Hardrath needed to average three peaks a day, complete elevation gains of some 319,000 feet, and hiking/climbing/running almost 700 miles. He suffered from elevation sickness; the supply truck broke down. But he did it…
He’s considering trying to set FKTs on the tallest volcanoes in South America and Africa; setting another FKT from the lowest point in the continental U.S.–Death Valley at 282-feet below sea level–to the highest, 14,494-foot Mount Whitney; traversing Iceland on foot; and focusing on multi-sport events that combine running, biking, swimming and climbing. For now, however, it’s back to school. “The fun part,” Hardrath said, “will be sharing it with my students.”
Source: Lee Juillerat, “Making the Impossible Possible,” Southern Oregon Magazine, January 10, 2023, at His Story; his website at Different Accomplishments; Lee Juillerat, “Local climber completes Rocky Mountain ‘grand slam’ in under 40 days,” Rogue Valley Times, September 10, 2023.
8:35 Listener “Pete” who has been a professional model photographer for some 4 decades. Last week I spoke of growing obesity in America. He’s observed it, noting that it really started breaking out in the early 2000’s. Interesting talk…