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Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo
Campaign 2016
Truth Serum
Is It Legal?
Weekdays with Bernie
What the Heck Just Happened?
Factor Mail
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President Obama's Last Stand
"In just 40 days Barack Obama becomes a lame-duck president, and Wednesday night he participated in a town hall among friendly folks. The president dealt with many issues, but two of them caught my attention. First, why he doesn't say the words 'Islamic terrorism?' The president said, 'When you start calling these organizations Islamic terrorists, the way it's heard, the way it's received by our friends and allies around the world is that somehow Islam is terroristic.' With all due respect, that is a naive view of the world. Everybody knows most Muslims are not violent people. However, many Muslim nations contribute heavily to terrorism. The jihad is not an aberration, it is a well-financed, well organized movement that has gained support among a significant number of Muslims worldwide. By being soft on the jihad and by failing to confront the worldwide evil, President Obama has allowed ISIS and other groups to gain strength. No rational Muslim is going to take offense at the words 'Islamic terrorism.' The enemy needs to be defined, Mr. President, and if some people get their feelings hurt, that's too bad. The second thing that caught my attention was disrespect toward the USA. Some Americans believe this is not a noble country and that blacks, for example, are treated harshly by the system simply because of their skin color. The football player Colin Kaepernick believes that and so he is disrespecting the National Anthem. Mr. Obama said this: 'I want Mr. Kaepernick and others ... to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat, and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing. But I also want people to think about the pain that he may be expressing about somebody who's lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.' That is a false equivalence. The overriding nobility of America far outweighs individual bias and terrible mistakes on the part of a few police officers. Colin Kaepernick and others who despise their country have a right to vent, but they insult us by taking things out of context and diminishing the proud history of this country. President Obama should not equate personal disenchantment with mistakes, even fatal ones, when it comes to respecting the legacy of this country. Mr. Obama did redeem himself somewhat by saying, 'Honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation.' Mr. Obama understands that diminishing America is a bad choice, but he always equivocates and does not make his points with certainty. There are not two sides to this story. America is a noble nation, period. Those who dissent have to be tolerated, but we don't have to applaud that dissent if it is misguided and uninformed. As for the jihad, it should have been defeated a long time ago. A strong leader would have done that. Or am I wrong?"
Trump & Religious Leaders Meet
The Factor welcomed Pastor Robert Jeffress, who led a group of religious leaders who met with Donald Trump Thursday. "These were mostly Catholics and evangelicals," Jeffress reported, "and we were talking about the diminishing of religious liberty due to the pursuit of the secular-progressive agenda, which we feel is being crammed down our throats. There is an out-of-control court system and government, and Donald Trump believes the remedy is conservative Supreme Court justices. He believes we should have justices who interpret the law based on the Constitution." Jeffress added, "I am not going to choose Donald Trump to be my child's Sunday School teacher, but we are looking for someone who can reverse this country's death spiral."
Investigating Our Failing Infrastructure
During Monday night's debate, Donald Trump lamented that our roads, bridges, and airports are crumbling. Coincidentally, a commuter train crashed Thursday in New Jersey, killing one and injuring more than 100. The Factor asked Shannon Bream and Eric Shawn to administer some truth serum. "New York has the highest state and local taxes in the country," Shawn explained, "and we also pay one-third of the tolls of the entire country. The authorities say the money is going to fix the infrastructure, but half the roads in Manhattan are in fair or poor condition." Bream turned to the national picture. "We spend about $415-billion a year on infrastructure, but things are crumbling faster than we can fix them. The money does not keep up with basic maintenance. Mrs. Clinton says she wants a $250-billion allotment for infrastructure and Donald Trump wants to double that! He says it will make America great."
Police Shooting Protocols
Legal analysts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl tried to clarify just what makes for a 'good' police shooting. "Police can shoot," Wiehl explained, "if they reasonably believe someone is going to harm them or someone else, and that shooting someone is the only reasonable way to keep them from escaping." Guilfoyle looked at the specific case in Charlotte, where Keith Scott was shot and killed by an officer. "The presence of a gun and the suspect's refusal to comply to police commands dramatically escalated the situation. There were repeated commands and no compliance, so I think there is a high likelihood that this will be deemed a justifiable shooting."
More Media Bias Against Fox News
Many mainstream media outlets lashed out at FNC's Brit Hume, who described Hillary Clinton's demeanor as "not necessarily attractive" when she was not talking during Monday night's debate. Bernie Goldberg entered the No Spin Zone to respond. "Here we go again," he groused. "The hyper-sensitive liberal speech police are out there on patrol protecting Hillary Clinton from a horrible human being like Brit Hume. He is a Southern gentleman and there is no way that when he said 'not necessarily attractive' he was implying that she is ugly. He's not insane! These are the liberals who start yelling 'sexism' when they hear anything that offends their sensibilities. Liberals see women as fragile flowers who need protection." The Factor concluded, "I see this not as an attack on Brit Hume, but as an attack on Fox News, and it never works!"
PC Culture on College Campus
Gutfeld and McGuirk, first names not necessary, chimed in on the University of Michigan, where P.C. madness is at a fever pitch. "They unveiled a new web page," Gutfeld stated, "to give students the opportunity to choose their own pronouns. It's an exercise in inclusiveness, because 'he,' 'she,' 'him,' and 'her' are exclusive. You need something more general neutral like 'ze.'" McGuirk groused that Michigan is not the only school to fall victim to the pronoun foolishness. "This is not just political correctness," ze said, "it's lunacy and madness. College campuses used to be fun places, now they're indoctrination camps with thumb-sucking 'cry-bullies' looking to be victims, looking to be offended by somebody."
Viewers Sound Off
Factor Words of the Day
Deborah Burden, Sarasota, FL: "Hey, Bill, you went on and on about Kaepernick in the Trump interview. No one cares. Wasting time."

Dr. Alexander Marks, Newport, RI: "Mr. O, it's always interesting to see you interview Mr. Trump. It's sort of two alpha males going at it. I suspect you are trying to out-alpha Trump."

Dick Meyer, Charlotte, NC: "Bill, you are getting worse with Trump. Trying to get him to say things that make headlines is a disgrace."

John Ferguson, Dublin, CA: "Good job with Trump, O'Reilly. You held his feet to the fire."
Persons of Interest
You know the term 'bucket list,' meaning the those things you want to do before you kick the bucket (hopefully not for a long time!) One thing you should have on your list is to spend as much time possible talking with interesting people who are really good at what they do.
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