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).
The certainty of rain in Oregon is only eclipsed by the certainty that state government will never get enough money out of taxpayers pockets.
The last session of the legislature had an extra two billion dollars to spend over the previous budget. A billion dollars of that increase went straight to schools. Yet Governor Kitzhaber insists that Oregon has been defunding its schools. I wish my boss would defund me that badly.
There are half a million kids in K through 12 schools. One billion divided by half a million…two thousand dollars per student more. Guess where most of that money goes. PERS pensions. Tell me this, does your kid know more if his teacher knows that twenty or thirty years from now his pension will be bigger?
The Governor brags that some schools will add a day or two to the class calendar, only if they get more money. I’m sure that you’ll hear plenty of lawmakers and the governor brag that Monday’s special session is “all about the kids” but the truth is, it’s all about the money.
Solo power is back in the news. The company owes the state thirty million dollars for loans it took out…with promises of a solar power industry in Oregon. The state even allowed solo power to renegotiate its loans this year after defaulting on payments…the kind of thing the state isn't likely to do for you and me.
And my bet is Oregon won’t get its money back. Because solo power is also building a brand new plant in South Korea.
It’s been Asian solar cells that have dominated the market. And get this…we’re hearing news of the plant in late September and reports say solo power South Korea will be open in April of next year.
That’s a great example of why industry doesn't come to Oregon or doesn't stay.
Oregon would take years to sign off on a site for an industrial plant. Korea gets it up and going in months. and your money…consider it burned…and Governor Kitzhaber says he needs more.
But is there hope?
There's a brand new report out from a group that really believes in solar power. Their report optimistically says it will probably pencil out (meaning that it will provide the same amount of electricity for a comparable amount of money spent on any other source of electricity) by about 2025.
THAT'S 12 YEARS FROM NOW!
We've been pumping billions of dollars into the solar power industry. It's a terrible boondoggle, costs the taxpayers a ton of money, and it's not going to save the planet from global warming.
And they want us to wait until 2025 for the solar industry to be able to stand on their own two feet without subsides?
We can't afford to wait that long. We don't have that much money...
Todd Meyers, Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center, joined me on the program tonight to discuss it further...
This was an upscale mall. When you look at the mall and the stores in that mall, they were every bit as nice as any mall you might find here in America.
It might make you want to ask a question that I've been asking: How well protected is your local mall?
I'll bet the average American shopping mall in your neighborhood is only as well protected as the one that was attacked this weekend in Nairobi.
That's a big problem.
You'll notice if you walk into a bank, they're protected by men with guns. You walk into the local courthouse? Men with guns. You walk into any federal facility? Men with guns.
But when you walk into an American shopping mall, which usually has thousands of Americans inside shopping?
Can you imagine what would have happened if that attack had happened at an American shopping mall? The response likely would have been as slow as it was in Nairobi.
Here is something else to be concerned with: As you monitor what goes on in the American media when this story is told to you, notice how they will fail to say Islamic terrorists or Muslim terrorists. The will say Al Qaeda, but they'll leave the rest for you to figure out on your own.
But consider this...from the Times of India:
An Indian man was shot when he failed to answer a question on Islam asked by Somalian terrorists who were holding hostages after killing 68 people at an upmarket mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The heavily armed gunmen belonging to al Qaida-linked Somali militant group al Shabab, reports said, were trying to weed out non-Muslims for execution by interrogating people on their faith or asking them to recite the 'Shahada'. On the second floor of Westgate, Nairobi’s swankiest shopping mall, Joshua Hakim saw gunmen, some of whom looked to be teenagers, strapped with ammunition belts, carrying AK-47 assault rifles. "They were firing indiscriminately, they shot a lot of people," he said. During a lull in the firing, the attackers called out for Muslims to identify themselves and leave, British newspaper The Guardian quoted Hakim as saying. Covering the Christian name on his ID with his thumb, Hakim approached one of the attackers and showed them the plastic card. "They told me to go. Then an Indian man came forward and they said, 'What is the name of Muhammad's mother?' When he couldn't answer they just shot him."
These are the folks that the American news media, for the most part, are not identifying as Islamic terrorists.
Because, of course, we've got a Muslim Brotherhood guy in the White House who doesn't care very much about going after those people...
Imagine this: You're watching the news coverage of the murders at the Washington DC Navy Yard.
Suddenly, your phone rings. It's ABC News. They ask if anyone at your house knows you because you are the supposed shooter at the Naval Yard.
Then the FBI shows up at your door wondering why you're at your house, and not lying dead on the ground at the DC Naval Yard.
Sound crazy? It happened to Rollie Chance. He was falsely identified as the shooter at the DC Naval Yard, and his life hasn't been the same since.
He joined me tonight to talk about the whirlwind that has been the last few days...
In the last 5 years, the number of people on food stamps has nearly doubled.
I understand that we've had a bad economy, but President Obama says that the economy is on the mend. The jobs are coming back, the income is coming back...
If that's true it's a great reason for the House of Representatives to vote to roll back food stamp costs by just FIVE PERCENT!
That's $4 billion per year that the American tax payers shouldn't be paying, and it's about time we did it.
There is too much food stamp fraud, waste, and abuse.
And, frankly, food stamp benefits, based on testimonials from people who call in to my show, are just too darn generous.
A five percent cut in food stamp benefits?
That's not a big deal at all...
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