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Thursday, January 3, 2013
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Is Al Gore a hypocrite?
Guests: Bob Beckel

"Back in 1948 Al Gore was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father, an oilman and U.S. Senator, raised Al in privilege and comfort. He became a champion of the left as an adult, cashing in big time on the 'global warming' issue. The former Vice President used some of that money to invest in a far-left cable network that has been a colossal failure. And so Al and his merry men decided to sell that network and, according to the New York Times, they wanted to close the deal last week to avoid the higher capital gains tax this year. It sounds like good business sense, but just two months ago Al said we should 'ask the most fortunate in our society to do our fair share.' So, what is our fair share? I guess that means selling assets at the lower capital gains rate. And it even gets worse: Al Gore sold his network to Al Jazeera, the anti-American network out of Qatar, which recently ran a documentary sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden. This is really stunning, a former Vice President of the United States selling his far-left cable operation to anti-Americans and trying to avoid taxes. Talking Points believes Al Gore has shamed himself by selling to Al Jazeera, which will now have access to 40-million more American homes. I'm not for censoring Al Jazeera, that's what they do in the Islamic world, but this is just sleazy, Al."

The Factor was joined by "The Five" co-host Bob Beckel, who defended Al Gore's wheeling and dealing. "Of course they're going to try to make more money," Beckel said, "and I don't think it's hypocritical. Should Al Gore have said, 'let me wait until January 2nd so I can pay more taxes?' I don't know many people who would do that. He'll wind up paying his fair share." Beckel also opined on Gore's decision to sell to Al Jazerra. "Do you think for a second they're going to run anti-American programming here? Would anybody watch that? I don't mind him selling to Al Jazeera or to anyone." Finally, Beckel predicted that President Obama will soon take on immigration reform and gun control. "People will be able to stay here, get to the back of the line, and pay a fine. It'll pass because if it doesn't the Republican Party will cease to exist. And he's going to bring back the assault weapons ban."
Immigration, guns, and Al Gore
Guests: Laura Ingraham

For a different take on Al Gore's windfall, The Factor welcomed conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "Big Al Gore is now 'Big Oil Gore,'" Ingraham joked. "After all the hot air he has emitted about the oil and gas industry, he ends up making a boatload of cash off of a Qatar-based company. The dirty money that is oil money is now fueling his 10,000 square foot home in Tennessee and his home in Virginia." Ingraham also opined that President Obama will propose immigration reform that resembles outright amnesty for illegal aliens. "He just tweaked the rules regarding illegal immigrants who are here, they don't have to go home and reapply for visas. So he's already done a lot and he now thinks he has Republicans on the defensive, so he'll go for as much as he can go for on the amnesty front."
Update on former Marine Jon Hammar's medical condition
Guests: Dr. Tomas Villanueva

Former Marine Cpl. Jon Hammar, who spent four months in a squalid Mexican prison after being arrested on a flimsy gun charge, is back in the U.S. But, as Dr. Tomas Villaneneuva revealed, Hammar is suffering from serious health problems. "After he was let go by the prison," Villaneuva reported, "he started experiencing fever, diarrhea, and headaches. He was immensely dehydrated and was treated in Louisiana. His symptoms started seven to ten days before he was let go. He has improved and, fortunately, his prognosis is positive." The Factor added, "All this stuff happened because he was treated so poorly in the Mexican prison."
Should armed guards be stationed in schools?
Guests: Jeanine Pirro and Uma Pemmaraju

Following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, some people have suggested that armed guards would help prevent school violence. Culture Warriors Uma Pemmaraju and Jeanine Pirro opined on the idea. "There absolutely should be armed guards," Pirro declared. "When I was a district attorney I worked with the state police to bring officers into the schools. They deal with gang violence and they become friends with the kids. A lot of kids have no problem with it, it doesn't affect them at all." Pemmaraju agreed that heightened security, including armed guards, could save lives. "After being a journalist covering these stories for so many years, I have really seen this thing become so big and out of control. I have a daughter in school where there are armed guards and they are now training teachers to better protect themselves."
NY newspaper publishes names of gun owners
Guests: Megyn Kelly

Attorney and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly explored the controversy surrounding the suburban New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of local citizens who have handgun permits. "This paper is way to the left of the New York Times," Kelly reported, "and they have the legal right to this information. But when this happened in Tennessee, the effect was that burglaries increased at homes without guns. Burglars are not stupid! And what about people who are domestic violence victims or who have another security issue? The person who is targeting them need only consult the map provided by the newspaper to find out whether they have a gun." The Factor condemned the newspaper's action: "This is an invasion of privacy and everyone is upset at this except the far-left loons who want to terrorize law-abiding people who have guns."
Watters' World: Why is Hawaii so liberal?
Guests: Jesse Watters

The ever-intrepid Jesse Watters recently went on a junket assignment to Hawaii, where President Obama is vacationing. When he asked some residents why their state is so ultra-liberal, he elicited these explanations: "I don't really realize it's so liberal" ... "You have to explain what 'liberal' means first" ... "It has a history of government dependence" ... "Everybody's stoned and drunk and they don't work" ... "People are saying they want things given to them rather than earning things." Watters returned to the studio with his own conclusion. "Native Hawaiians and Hispanics outnumber whites by two-to-one, and then you have all the rich liberals from California rolling into Hawaii. It's just a perfect storm for liberalism, it's like Amsterdam."
Suffering fools gladly ... kind of
Whenever someone says or does something dumb, find a mechanism that will enable you to avoid an immediate and angry reaction.
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Gary O'Boyle, Chicago, IL: "Bill, while talking to Charles Krauthammer you avoided discussing Germany and Scandinavia where taxes and spending are high but the economies are good."

Fred Borman, Pattaya, Thailand: "Why didn't the celebrities calling for restrictions on guns get angry about 500 murders in Chicago, which has tough gun laws? Is it because gun control doesn't work?"

David Garrett, Houston, TX: "Did someone put a gun to the heads of those actors and demand they appear in violent films?"
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