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).
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...
It’s long past time to dismantle the most hated agency in the federal government, the internal revenue service. Consider the agency’s problems. They’ve been implicated in political targeting of tea party groups. Those connections reach all the way back to Washington DC according to Congressman Darryl Issa of California…putting the lie to the President’s claim that this is just rogue IRS agents from California. Have any of them been fired by the president? No. And it appears top IRS managers have lied to congress and the people. And now we’re hearing about 50 million dollars in crazy spending for conferences, art seminars, and video spoofs of star trek and Gilligan’s island. I have a simple idea. Lets replace the 90-thousand pages of IRS rules, the billions that taxpayers and business spent complying with those rules and adopt a flat tax. 18 percent or so…everyone pays the same…no deductions. Implement that and most of us can do our taxes on a post card. Other countries have found that voters don’t cheat as much with a flat tax. And we can put most of this hated agency out to pasture
We can, and it's done through genetically modifying those foods to give them those traits. That can be done through old school breeding and pollination, or it can be done in a science lab the way a company like Monsanto does it.
The problem, is that the majority of the world rejects these types of advancements in bio-agriculture. Today, the wheat market was shaken because of a crop of GMO wheat found growing in eastern Oregon.
Here is more on the subject from the Daily Mail:
Unapproved genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the United States. The revelation is threatening the outlook for U.S. exports of the world's biggest traded food commodity, with importers keenly aware of consumer sensitivity to gene-altered food. The European Union is preparing to test incoming shipments, and will block any containing GM wheat. Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell 0.5 percent on Thursday. Major importer Japan has cancelled a tender offer to buy U.S. western white wheat, while other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation. 'We will refrain from buying western white and feed wheat effective today,' Toru Hisadome, a Japanese farm ministry official in charge of wheat trading said. GM wheat was discovered this spring on a farm in the west coast state of Oregon, in a field that grew winter wheat in 2012. USDA officials said yesterday that when a farmer sprayed the so-called 'volunteer' plants with a glyphosate herbicide, some of them unexpectedly survived. Scientists found the wheat was a strain field-tested from 1998 to 2005 and deemed safe before St. Louis-based biotech giant Monsanto withdrew it from the regulatory approval process on worldwide opposition to genetically engineered wheat. No GM wheat varieties are approved for general planting in the U.S. or elsewhere, the USDA said.
Dr. Henry Miller from Stanford University joined me on the program today to clear up some common myths about GMO food, and the wheat scandal in eastern Oregon...
Here in Portland, syphilis is making a big comeback in the gay community. Here is more from our friends at Willamette Week:
The sexually transmitted disease known for ravaging figures from Al Capone to Charles VIII of France is staging what public health officials call an astronomical comeback: Cases of syphilis in Multnomah County have increased tenfold in the past five years. Public health officials thought they were once on the brink of eradicating the venereal disease that—until the 1970s—was the dominant infectious danger of having sex without a condom. Reports of syphilis in the county have jumped from 22 in 2008 to 208 last year. While the numbers seem relatively low—the county has a population of 748,000—the increase in the Portland area is far steeper than in most U.S. cities. And here’s what is even more worrisome for public health officials: Virtually all cases involve men who have sex with other men. “I’ve seen more syphilis in the past two years than I have in the last 20 years,” says Mary O’Hearn, clinical director of the HIV clinic at Oregon Health & Science University. “This is really something quite out of the ordinary.”
30 years of telling the gay community how to avoid disease....and they still don't seem to get the message.
We talked today with WW reporter Andrea Damewood, who went a little deeper on the issue...
We spoke with Christopher's stepson Isaiah, as well as one of his close friends, and they say that the man being portrayed in the news does not exist. They say the real Christopher Warren is a good man who does nothing but love his friends and family.
Today, we had the chance to speak with Christopher's stepdaughter who says that, not only is he innocent, but this entire saga was set in motion by her mother as a way to exact revenge on him...
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