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).
In Japan, they marked the moment with sadness. It was somber, and they suggested that the rest of the world should get rid of its nuclear weapons.
President Obama is well on his way to accomplishing that. He has voluntarily downsized our nuclear arsenal, and he refuses to spend money to modernize it.
And yet, Japan and some of our other allies absolutely depend on the fact that we have those nuclear weapons.
The fact is World War II ended quickly in Japan because we dropped those two atomic bombs. 1 MILLION casualties were avoided on America's side.
The Japanese can continue to act like victims, but the fact is they started the war with the United States, and the nuclear weapons ended the war.
It was the right thing to do...
Do you feel a whitewash coming? I mean on the Jeff Cogen scandal involving sex with a subordinate and the diversion of hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the County Chair’s girlfriend in a job?
Cogen clearly violated the county’s prohibitions on having sex with subordinates and likely violated the law when he used taxpayer dollars to pay for “hooking up”. Cogen’s colleagues demand his resignation and he simply refuses. An investigation is underway.
The public is hearing about bits and pieces of information about it as it oozes out of this sleazy situation. But now the Attorney general has ordered public agencies to stop releasing information during the investigation. There are times when police agencies clamp down on information during investigation. But in this case, it appears that the AG is trying to help Cogen brazen this out and keep his six figure job. That’s wrong.
The AG should investigate…but in the meantime, the public should hear every scrap of information that’s available in public records. This is a potential criminal matter…but its also a political decision and keeping the public in the dark is wrong.
While the majority of the mainstream media has stopped talking about this story, or has dismissed it as another “phony" scandal, we have continued to keep it at front of our minds.
Tonight, a bomshell story came out, courtesy of my friend Jake Tapper from CNN:
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out. Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings. The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress. It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career. In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well." Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation." “Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that," said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer. In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare. “If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it’s called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they’re looking for something, or they’re on a fishing expedition. But it’s absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly," said Baer. The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. “I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it’s an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way," said the Republican. “We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn’t any national security issue involved with regards to that," he said.
If this story proves to be true, this could bring down the Obama Presidency. I had a lot to say about this story tonight…
If you live in some major American cities, your last trip through the drive through may have taken a bit longer. That's because a large group of fast food employees are taking a stand against what they call "low wages."
These people think that there should be a minimum wage for fast food workers of $15/hr or roughly $30,000/yr. Are you kidding me? There are people who spend four years in college and make less than $30,000/yr at their first job after graduation.
Why would we want to reward these low skilled workers with a wage that doesn't fit their skill set. Working at a place like McDonald's should be a stepping stone. A place to gain valuable work experience, and then either move up in the company, or move on to a better job.
If you're choice of career is to flip burgers, and you have no other skills to offer to an employer, you deserve minimum wage.
But there are those who think otherwise. A study was conducted that says that if you were to raise the minimum wage of a fast food worker at McDonald's to $15/hr, the cost of a Big Mac would go up a mere $0.68. But the author of that study made a VERY large error when calculating that figure.
Michael Saltsman, the reseach director at the Employment Policies Institute, joined me today on the program to give you the real scoop on what that higher wage would do to an all-American classic...
I'm sure that there are exceptions, but I would say all of those things accurately describe most car dealers. So, I found it interesting that the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has chosen Hillayer "Hill Dog" Clinton to be the keynote speaker for their convention in 2014. But not everyone is happy about this choice. Here's more from our friends at AutoBlog.com:
is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
AN spoke to one dealer that not only cancelled his trip to the NADA conference, but revoked his dealership's membership outright over the association with Clinton. In defense of its choice, NADA Chairman David Westcott argued that the dealer advocate wanted "somebody well-known, with a name – a draw."
Still, NADA members aren't pleased with the choice, with dealers delivering a barrage of angry messages since Clinton's selection, according to . Some of the angry messages relate to the former secretary of state's politics, no doubt, but some might just be upset about the expense of such a big-name speaker – AN cited media reports that Clinton commands about $200,000 per speech.
NADA isn't backing down, though, with its president, Peter Welch, delivering a level-headed response to AN's inquiry about the choice: "Our job is to provide our members with exposure to all facets of business and government that can affect their dealerships. Like her or not, Senator Clinton is perhaps the most prominent woman of modern times."
Ed Tonkin heads one of the most successful groups of car dealerships in Portland, OR. He is the former President of the National Automobile Dealers Association(NADA), and currently sits on their board of directors.
He talked with us today about the NADA's decision to ask Hillary Clinton to be the keynote speaker at the NADA Convention in January 2014.
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