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).
Let me explain.
In the DOMA case, a New York lesbian wasn't happy about 300-thousand dollars in federal taxes she had to pay because the federal government didn't recognize her marriage to her late wife.
This is about taxes and money and benefits.
There’s nothing in the law in America that forbids gay couples from living together, sharing a bank account, or producing children. But marriage has been an exclusively heterosexual institution for thousands of years of human history.
Now, it means whatever the government orders that it means.
The California case decided by the supreme court demonstrates that. California voters outlawed gay marriage. Then a court overturned the voters decision. Voters appealed…and today, the Supreme Court decided they had no right to appeal the decisions of the courts.
Bow down to your government masters former citizens…or bend over…whichever seems more appropriate.
You remember climate change...
That's the new term they started using for global warming when they found out the globe wasn't actually warming. The actual temperature measurements show that over the last 15 years we've had flat temperatures.
The increase over the last 15 years? Very near ZERO!
Yet, in the last 15 years, people around the world have added 25 percent more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Wasn't carbon dioxide supposed to WARM the globe? It hasn't been doing that.
But that's not going to stop the President from pushing an agenda that he can't get past our representatives in congress.
Instead, he's going to force draconian, job killing, cost increasing rules on Americans.
We've got a dictator on our hands...
But the curious thing here, is that there may not be a side worth choosing in this conflict. There's an old saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend; but this really doesn't apply in a the Syrian conflict.
Here's an excerpt from a fantastic article written by my good friend Andy McCarthy:
Three noteworthy things here. First, Obama probably has concluded that voters will go no further than supplying insignificant arms. This, however, is not to say that voters affirmatively support such a policy. Rather, it means that this is the most Obama believes he can get away with given that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to any U.S. military action (almost 3-to-1 according to Gallup).
Second, notice the joint position of McCain, Graham and Clinton (as I’ve arguedrepeatedly, the transnational progressivism that steers U.S. foreign policy is abipartisan phenomenon). It is reminiscent of the same arguments made by theGOP’s McCain wing and the Obama administration in connection with the Libyan debacle: No need for the president to go to Congress for authorization to launch an unpopular war; he should just order it and the public will come along.
This is how we get into, and double down on, so many failed foreign policy experiments: The president unilaterally orders them and then those who favor them say, regardless of the naysayers’ misgivings or the objective foolishness of the policy, that we are now obliged to support it because presidential (and thus, American) credibility is on the line. This is especially the case when American troops are put in harm’s way — even those who oppose the commitment of our forces do not want to undermine them, no matter how wayward the mission.
The answer to this is to go to Congress. If there is a congressional debate – such as the ones President Bush 41 and President Bush 43 wisely encouraged rather than unilaterally using force against Saddam Hussein’s regime – the interventionists can make their case and, should they prevail, rally crucial political support for their cause. As I noted elsewhere over the weekend, GOP Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee have joined two Democratic counterparts, Senators Chris Murphy and Tom Udall, in offering legislation that would block direct or indirect aid for military or paramilitary operations in Syria. The debate is thus already on – the one we should have had over Libyan intervention.
Third, John points out that even if McCain & Co. were correct that public support would materialize once the president ordered aggressive intervention, support would evaporate unless it appeared the rebels would win reasonably rapidly. John may be right that this conclusion is supported by past experience. I respectfully submit, however, that public perceptions have changed in a manner that renders past experience less useful than usual.
For one thing, not only the Benghazi massacre but the slew of controversies engulfing the Obama administration – the scandals involving abuse of bureaucratic power and public outrage at the extent of government monitoring of Americans – are prompting a backlash. A unilateral presidential ordering of force in this climate is more likely to harden and increase opposition than to result in grudging support.
Relatedly, there is the growing sense – in the country if not in the Beltway – that Obama is on the wrong side in the Middle East. This is not to say there is a “right side” in Syria. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there is not – the conflict pits anti-Americans against anti-Americans.
Andy joined me on the program tonight to explain his point...
Let's take a trip back to September 2012.
It's the first Presidential debate.
Mitt Romney had the President right where he wanted him. He has the President backed into a corner and is grilling him on Benghazi. Enter Candy Crowley, who incorrectly fact checks one of Romney's statements on the President's speech the day after the attacks.
After the interruption...Romney appeared to just let the issue die.
Why do I bring this up? I sometimes fear that this will be the way things end up playing out with these scandals in the Obama White House. I fear the GOP will lose interest in trying to get information out of people who claim they know nothing. I fear that they may decide the fight in front of them may be too daunting, causing them to give up.
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus joined me today on the show, and said that the GOP will NOT let this issue die.
I hope he's right...
Gary Haugen deserves to die. He knows it. And the people of Oregon have voted for the death penalty for people like Haugen. He’s two times a killer. Once outside prison and the second time inside the walls. The people of Oregon have refused to remove the death penalty despite the best efforts of opponents. Yet Governor John Kitzhaber apparently doesn’t care what the law says, nor what he said in his oath of office.
I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties…to the best of my abilities.
Executing convicted killers is one of the duties of the Oregon Governor and Kitzhaber refuses to do it. That’s deadly for innocent Oregon citizens since all the best evidence shows each death penalty execution deters a minimum of ten murders in the future. Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support this penalty for a few hundred of the most heinous murders. The Governor apparently thinks his personal morality should substitute for the rule of law. Today, the court should set him straight.
Of course, their also hell bent on making sure that it can be used for partisan political purposes.
So now we find out that millions of dollars from ObamaCare, is now going to partisan political groups who are going out and door knocking, the same type of activities that they would normally do before a political campaign, to talk to people about ObamaCare.
Not to sign them up for insurance. Just to talk.
Here's a bit more from our good friend Betsy McCaughey:
This is the best example lately of the Obama Administration finding a way to divert taxpayer dollars for partisan political purposes, and republicans ought to stand up and shout loud and long against it.
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