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).
We've been building to the climax. Will the U.S. strike Syria, or won't they?
It's been a question for weeks, and now it gets even muddier.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the lead in the crisis, and has gotten the Syrians to agree to give up their chemical weapons to the international community.
This leaves the President in an odd position. He planned to speak to the American people tonight and lay out the case for striking Syria. Now that Syria has, in principle, agreed to give up their weapons, what will the President do tonight?
Will he still lay out the case to strike Syria? Will he take credit for the deal brokered by Russia? (probably)
We talked with Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar today on the show, who says that the Syrian crisis is a prime example of the President leading from behind...
Cogen's political and personal world came crashing down in July when he admitted to an extramarital affair with county employee Sonia Manhas.
Good riddance. Cogen should have realized the damage his actions caused to his past and future county endeavors, the moment he went public with the affair.
We're still awaiting the results of the criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. power. In the resignation statement today, Jeff writes that he still expects to be cleared. Yet his actions are not those of an innocent man. Time will tell.
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's full statement:
Today, I am announcing my resignation as Multnomah County Chair effective September 16, 2013. In accordance with the county charter, my appointed designee, Marissa Madrigal, will serve as Chair until the election of my replacement next May. I am confident that the county is and will remain in good hands, and that its successes will continue.
Earlier this summer, I acknowledged having an affair with a county employee. My actions were heartbreaking for my wife, Lisa, and my children. And I know my behavior was disappointing for my staff, county employees and the people of Multnomah County who entrusted me with this important leadership position.
I am deeply sorry that I failed to live up to that trust, and for the pain my actions have caused.
After the affair was revealed, media reports were filled with unfounded allegations suggesting that I had abused my position to advance Sonia Manhas’s career and that I had misused county resources to carry out our affair. These baseless charges are being investigated by the Attorney General’s office. I welcomed the investigation and remain confident that it will clear me of these charges.
I am truly proud of our achievements at Multnomah County during my tenure: from forging important new partnerships like the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence and the Mental Health Crisis Center, to finally tackling long-overdue projects like the Sellwood Bridge and the Gresham and downtown courthouses. Together, we secured stable funding for our libraries, saved the Oregon Historical Society and built and grew innovative, cost-effective services like the CROPS farm, SUN Schools, and our anti-obesity and community healing initiatives. These, and a host of other, actions have elevated community trust in county government.
But leadership is about more than a set of accomplishments. It is also about accountability.
I’ve always told my children that we must face the consequences of our actions. It is time for me to follow my own advice. Over the past several weeks, I have been reflecting both on the mistakes I have made, and on the best interests of Multnomah County government and the people that it serves. People want to move on from this distraction. They deserve to.
Continuing in my job as county chair runs counter to the higher standards I have espoused for my almost seven years of elected service. I can’t demand more of others than I expect of myself. The most important work I can do now is healing and repairing my bond with my wife and my family. It’s time for me to give that job my full attention.
This is a community with a long, inspiring history of community engagement and I intend to continue serving this community that I love. But now, I need to do so as a private citizen rather than county chair.
It’s been an honor to serve my fellow Multnomah County residents. Thank you for the privilege.
If you're a pregnant woman trying to decide which way you'd like to give birth, who should decide?
Should it be a decision between the pregnant woman and her doctor, or should it be legislated?
If some get their way, it won't be a choice.
Dr. John Braddock from Sendant Health joined me on the program tonight, and he weighed in on the subject...
The F-35 stealth fighter jet has been in development for quite some time, and is supposed to be the future of flight combat for the American military. But after years of testing and tweaking the design, and nearly $1 TRILLION in taxpayer dollars spent on development of the jet, it still isn't capable of meeting all of The Pentagon's performance standards.
So do we go back to the drawing board? The Pentagon says no. Instead, they've decided to re-write the rules to make it easier for the jet to pass their tests.
Here's more on this from Vice:
The Pentagon's pursuit of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet has been a heartbreaking one. If you're a taxpayer, the program's estimated $1 trillion price tag probably breaks your heart a little bit. If you're an aviation enthusiast, the constant whittling away of the do-it-all aircraft's features, which in many cases actually amounts to adding weight and taking away maneuverability, must hurt a little bit too.
If you're just an everyday American, though, you should be downright shattered that after a decade and a fortune spent, the F-35 will actually be more vulnerable than the aircraft it's replacing. At this point, the Pentagon is literally rewriting its rule book so that the dumbed-down superjet will pass muster.
The Defense Department's annual weapons-testing report reveals that the military actually adjusted the performance specifications for the consistently underperforming line of F-35 fighter jets. In other words, they couldn't get the jets to do what they were supposed to do, so they just changed what they were supposed to do.
"The program announced an intention to change performance specifications for the F-35A, reducing turn performance from 5.3 to 4.6 sustained g’s and extending the time for acceleration from 0.8 Mach to 1.2 Mach by eight seconds," reads the report drafted under J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation. (The F-35A is the standard model, so to speak, that the Air Force will use. The line also includes the F-35B, the Harrier-like vertical-landing version built for the Marines, and the F-35C, a Navy version that's optimized for aircraft-carrier takeoffs and landings.)
Aviation expert Ty Rogoway joined me today on the show to break down exactly what is going on with this jet, and why it's not the right decision to move forward with it...
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