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).
Wildfires are running wild all over America, and all you seem to hear on the news is how sad it is that there aren't enough planes to put out all the fires.
If you had the biggest and best tool for fighting fires at your disposal, would you use it, or would you let less efficient, smaller tools try and do the job?
Evergreen Aviation is fighting this fight right now as their 747 Supertanker sits on a runway in Arizona collecting dust because the government refuses to use their aircraft.
We had Bob Soelberg, the VP and Project Manager of Supertanker Services for Evergreen Aviation, on the show today, and he talked about where they stand with the government, and what their tanker could be doing right now to help put out these wildfires.
In the Obama Nation, we've seen a huge jump in reliance on welfare. We found out today that a record 23 MILLION households are receiving food stamp benefits.
Nearly 80 percent of the Farm Bill that is about the be passed represents funding for food stamps. But it doesn't stop there. We've also had record numbers of Americans sign up for Social Security Disability benefits.
When you sign up for government disability benefits, you are saying that you are absolutely incapable of performing or obtaining work to support yourself. But, as we've seen with other forms of government assistance, some Americans are less than honest with their disability claims.
Jillian Kay Melchior is a fantastic reporter for National Review, and did a fantastic story on some of the outrageous examples of this type of fraud. She joined me today on the program to talk about it, and you'll be shocked when you hear some of these tales of Social Security Disability Fraud!
The Obama Administration says that the NSA's collection of phone data, approved by a federal court, is needed for national security.
I want to give you a couple of pieces of information on this because some of the arguments against this are not based in fact.
1. It is NOT the Patriot Act that approved this. It was a 1979 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, in which the Supreme Court decided that when you dial your phone, you are giving the information about your call to a third party. Hence, making it not private. Now, you and I can gripe about that. We don't like the intrusion into what we think of as a private transaction. But the fact is, the Supreme Court says that, under the constitution, it's not a private transaction.
2. They're not listening in on calls. Again, I'm not defending this. I don't like the idea of the NSA scooping up the records of 100,000,000 phone callers, and then using them in this fashion. I don't think that getting my phone records, or your phone records are going to get them any closer to people like the Tsarneav brothers in Boston. But, that being said... is it legal? Yea. It's legal.
Should they make it illegal? That's a problem as well.
I want these agencies to be able to go after the people who really are the problem. I think the CIA and other agencies should have done a better job of keeping track of the Boston bombers and their activities. Tap their phones based on the fact that you've identified that these people, or others, may be a problem.
To me that's no more complicated than a cop who goes down the road, and doesn't pull over all the cars that are going normally down the road; but when he gets behind the guy who's weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, or looks like he might be weaving because he's drunk, that guy gets pulled over.
What do you think of that?
I beg to differ...
Driving is a right. I'll compare it to voting in the same way.
If I want to vote, I have to be legally qualified. I have to be 18 years of age, I have to be an American citizen. I have to prove those two things, and then I have to register so that I can vote.
I can have my voting rights taken away. I live in Washington State, and if I'm a convicted felon, I can have my voting rights taken away.
Compare that to driving.
If you're old enough to drive, if you take the test, and if you prove to the state that you are capable of driving, and that you understand the rules and regulations, the state has to give you a driver's license.
In the same way that voting is a right, driving is a right. It can also be taken away for committing certain kinds of crimes. Every time I get into a discussion with people about this they say "Lars, I know it's a privilege, and not a right because the state puts that in the driver's manual."
The state, whether it's Washington, Oregon, or some other state, will tell you all kinds of things cockamamie things that aren't true because they're interested in controlling you!
But if you think driving is a privilege, then voting is also a privilege. They're so comparable, it's not even funny...
BUSH DID IT! BUSH DID IT! We're almost 6 years removed from G.W. Bush, and the democrats are still finding ways to blame him and his administration for the problems in today's government.
The latest example is courtesy of Washington Congressman Jim McDermott. Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post:
At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said, "The mistake here was that the staff organizing the organizations used the names of the organizations rather than the work they do and asked improper questions to figure that out," McDermott said. "It's clearly wrong. It was inept, stupid and a whole lot of other things. But let's not get lost. During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted without any concern by Mr. Issa or anyone else on this committee. The Republicans were looking for a conspiracy where there isn't one. Mr. Issa says 'he can feel it in his gut' that someone's broken the law." "Just ask yourself which is more likely," McDermott continued. "That mid-level employees overwhelmed by four-times as many applications as before made stupid, irresponsible shortcuts? Or that there is an administration-wide plot to take down community organizers. Let's not forget that this happened under an IRS commissioner appointed by George Bush and was investigated by a Republican inspector general." McDermott went on to say that while what happened was an "unfair" and "incredibly inconvenient" mistake, he reaffirmed that he had not "heard a single word" about which questions should be asked regarding tax-exempt requests. "Anything else like the circus that's happening in the Oversight committee or here is simply political theater," McDermott said. "It is diverting attention from what we ought to be doing on this committee is re-writing the law if it's wrong."
As Paul Ryan said in his rebuttal immediately following these comments, it's YOU that's wrong because you decided to apply for tax exempt status...go figure!
Congressman Greg Walden joined me to talk about this, and more...
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