The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Unresolved Problems Segment
Impeaching President Bush
Guest: Congressman Charles Rangel
"As you may know the state of Vermont has gone hard-left. That's the reason their politicians voted down Jessica's Law, and a couple of judges gave very lenient sentences to dangerous child predators.
When secular-progressives take over, judgments about personal behavior - even criminal behavior - take a backseat to a holistic approach to life. In Vermont, as far as criminals are concerned, the philosophy is to rehabilitate rather than punish.
But when it comes to judging people whom the S-P's don't like? Bring the judgments on!
A few days ago in the Vermont towns of Dover and Grafton there was debate about impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Now this isn't important, because impeachment talk is nonsense. But it does reflect a growing far-left movement in the USA - a movement that is coming to a town near you.
One of the big problems in Vermont is that the media is dishonest. Newspapers in Brattleboro, Bennington and Rutland have all said that I called for a boycott of Vermont. Those papers know that's not true. I've stated again and again: I am not in favor a boycott. But the newspapers print the lie anyway.
So, the good folks of Vermont can't get the truth from their media. They're being barraged with a philosophy that is unbalanced, to say the least. Here's what the Brattleboro Reformer said about impeachment:
We think the efforts to impeach Bush and Cheney don't cast Vermont in a bad light ... the Bush administration needs to be held accountable for a war it launched under false pretenses, a war of choice that has cost this nation dearly while doing nothing to improve our security.
The Brattleboro paper goes on to call President Bush the worst president in history. Now I'm tempted to say the Brattleboro Reformer is the worst newspaper in history - but that might be overstating things.
However, this impeachment nonsense is disruptive to America while we're at war with Islamic extremists. Fair-minded people can debate Iraq all they want. Talking Points believes that's legitimate because, let's face it, there have been too many screw-ups in this war. But to try to damage a sitting President whose administration has successfully prevented attacks on our soil for five and a half years? That's irresponsible.
I feel sorry for the good people of Vermont they are being held hostage by a bunch of extremists who put ideology over the safety of children and the good of their nation.
And no amount of dishonest reporting can cover that up."
New York Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel dropped in to The Factor to talk about the drive to impeach the President. "From a healthy perspective, people should talk about" impeachment - as a way to vent their anger, Rangel argued. The Factor disagreed with the Congressman, accusing those pushing for impeachment of "irresponsible talk," and pointing out that it's dangerous to undermine "a sitting President in a time of war." Rangel said he thought those angry at Bush had a point, but admitted that it's doubtful that the House of Representatives will move to impeach the President: "No one who knows Dick Cheney is thinking about impeaching George Bush." Rangel maintained, however, that freedom of speech entitled Americans to call for Bush's impeachment. The Factor conceded this point, but The Factor is also "entitled to point out how foolish and misguided they are."
Iraq: Taking the fight to the enemy
Guests: Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis & Fox News military analyst Col. David Hunt
Colonel David Hunt, a Fox News military analyst, updated The Factor on a disturbing story coming out of Karbala, Iraq. Apparently terrorists disguised as independent contractor security forces snuck into a US compound and managed to steal a computer with sensitive information. Even worse, these insurgent forces also kidnapped four US soldiers, eventually killing them execution-style. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Maginnis weighed in: "I think we need to be very cautious how we proceed. I would listen to what our President has said the last couple of weeks."
Col. Hunt also briefed The Factor on the situation in Najaf. He thought that the Iraqi military might be exaggerating the number of insurgents they've killed in recent skirmishes. Maginnis was concerned that we missed some intelligence that allowed the Najaf and Karbala situations to get out of hand, while Hunt called the entire episode "suspicious," saying that we can't fully discount the involvement of Iran.
US airlines on verge of collapse?
Guest: Passenger Kate Hanni
The Factor welcomed Kate Hanni, a woman whose trip with her family turned into a hellish nightmare after their flight was diverted due to bad weather. Hanni's story was harrowing; she and other passengers spent almost ten hours sitting on a tarmac - trapped on a plane with no food and overflowing toilets. The pilot explained to the increasingly angry passengers that the airport would not allow him to pull up to a gate to unload.
When the situation on the aircraft reached a boiling point, the pilot finally felt, according to Hanni, that "he didn't have a choice other than to risk his job and take the plane to the gate," without permission. American Airlines vowed to make it up to the rightfully ticked-off customers, but as of today, Hanni still hasn't received the promised flight vouchers - just a measly post card apology.
Teacher penalized for porn pop-up
Guest: Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly
Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly talked to The Factor about the strange case of the Connecticut teacher convicted of "putting minors at risk." Julie Amero showed - by accident, she claimed - a classroom full of students images of hardcore computer pornography. Kelly did some research into the case, and said that the teacher's claim, blaming the incident on pop-up windows and computer programs called "spy-ware," was credible.
The Factor pointed out, with understandable skepticism, that the woman had had the opportunity to turn the computer off but ended up leaving it on all day. "If you're a teacher in a classroom - and this is really vile stuff that kids are seeing and discussing in front of you" then you have no excuse for not turning the computer off, The Factor argued. Kelly vehemently disagreed: "Look at the implausibility of the prosecution's case. That this woman, who was several months pregnant, would have shown up as a substitute teacher and said 'Hey seventh graders, it's time for porn!'"
The Factor had the always-pithy last words on the matter: "I don't think she'll get any jail time. She'll probably just get probation. And it's too bad it's not in Vermont, because then she wouldn't get anything."
State of the Union / Left-wing actors
Guest: Body language expert Tonya Reiman
Body language expert Tonya Reiman joined The Factor for the weekly body language review. First up, politicians at the State of the Union. Some highlights:
Hillary was bored, Obama was thoughtful, and Ted Kennedy's hand over his mouth indicated that he "did not like what was being said." Cheney's body language, strangely enough, indicated sarcasm towards President Bush, while Nancy Pelosi appeared to have a breath mint in her mouth. McCain was not asleep, but he didn't seem to be paying much attention either.
Next, Hillary's now infamous "evil men" comment: The movement of her upper body indicated nervousness, while a small smirk made it look like Hillary was questioning whether or not to go through with her comment. Reiman thinks that it was not a scripted line, however.
Finally, Jane Fonda at an anti-war rally being pursued by Factor producer Porter Berry: Fonda's downward mouth and refusal to look at Berry shows, according to Reiman, "No respect. That was a definite sign that 'I'm not acknowledging you.'"
CBS Evening News in trouble?
Guests: Fox News correspondent Julie Banderas & host Kiran Chetry
CBS News president Sean McManus said in an interview that the ratings-challenged Katie Couric might be chasing away viewers because she's a woman. Fox News anchors Julie Banderas and Kiran Chetry entered the No Spin Zone to stick up for their gender. Chetry thought that it's Couric's fame - not her sex - that's turning off viewers. The fiery Banderas had a bone to pick with McManus for "selling out his number one anchor, the first female to ever solo." Julie went on to blame gender bias for Couric's woes. The segment ended with the two Foxxy anchors complimenting each other on their respective outfits. The Factor was flabbergasted: "Talk about gender bias! [It's like] I'm not even here!"
Viewers sound off
Jon Hall, Kansas City, MO: "Bill, Porter Berry did an excellent job posing your questions to the celebrities. It unmasked them for the unserious people they are."
Chuck Jansen, Naples, FL: "Bill, thank you for correctly pointing out that Saddam violated the ceasefire 17 times. If Americans understood the Iraq situation, we'd win."
James Tang, Waterville, ME: "I am a senior at Colby College and recently checked 'Culture Warrior' out of our library. It's a nice balance to this liberal campus."