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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Parchments
What the bizarre kidnapping case in Ohio says about America
"Yesterday police in Cleveland received a 9-1-1 call that led them to a small home, where they discovered 27-year-old Amanda Berry, as well as two other women who were kidnapped about ten years ago. The man mentioned in the 9-1-1 call, Ariel Castro, owned the home; his two brothers are also involved in the abduction, according to police. The story is amazing because the girls were held captive in the middle of a dense neighborhood. These kinds of kidnappings are rare, but the impact of children and young people disappearing is enormous on the public psyche. Chances are that when you were a child your parents let you go out to play unsupervised, but today American children are constantly under supervision. Parents are simply frightened, they believe children are at risk in public. The big mystery in Ohio is this: How could three women be held against their will in a suburb for all that time? The heinous crime will reinforce the perception that, although America is a free country, we are also a dangerous nation. There are some very bad people walking the streets and this is another cautionary tale."

The Factor was joined by FNC anchor Bill Hemmer, who reported the latest on the bizarre case. "These girls were all abducted," Hemmer said, "no more than four miles from the home where they were found. In the first abduction the police told the family she was a runaway, but the mother never believed it, she never thought her daughter would run away. The police at first also thought Amanda Berry was a runaway, but that was quickly dismissed because someone called her mom using her cell phone." Hemmer added some new and disturbing details. "Multiple police sources are saying the three women were pregnant multiple times, and the first abducted woman says she was struck over the head and she may have damage to her face." The Factor added that the three suspects "have all been picked up, and I think there will be murder charges if there were multiple babies involved."
Nation awaits a verdict in the Jodi Arias murder trial
An Arizona jury has spent three days deliberating in the case of Jodi Arias, accused of brutally killing her boyfriend. The Factor asked attorney Monica Lindstrom why the decision is taking so long. "This is a death penalty case," she stated, "so the jury is going over a lot of evidence, as well as 22 pages of jury instructions." Lindstrom predicted that Arias will almost certainly be found guilty of some crime. "She admitted that she killed Travis Alexander and she knows there is no way she's going to walk, so the defense wants the jury to concentrate on a manslaughter charge. The defense says this was not a premeditated murder, it was a case of her snapping. But the prosecution has the stronger case, it has so much evidence."
What can we expect from the Benghazi hearings tomorrow?
Three State Department officials will testify about the Benghazi attacks in front of a House Committee Wednesday. The Factor asked Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to assess the possible ramifications. "Based on what we know so far," Crowley said, "I believe Hillary Clinton is a central figure in this scandal. She or her department turned down repeated requests for added security leading up to the attack, and on the night of the attack one of these whistle-blowers says she actively eliminated the State Department's counter-terrorism unit from the chain of information. Also, the State Department and White House altered the facts to eliminate all references to Al Qaeda and Islamic terror." Colmes had a far more benign explanation for the obvious failures. "Thomas Pickering, the ambassador who co-chaired the accountability review board, told me there was absolutely nothing untoward here. This seems like a partisan witch hunt and it seems like there were underlings involved, but not Clinton and Obama themselves."
Should all gun crimes be federalized?
The Factor has frequently recommended that all crimes committed with a firearm be handled by federal authorities, with tough minimum sentences for any conviction. Fox Business anchor John Stossel vehemently disagreed. "It's not going to make any difference," Stossel protested, "and you can't make policy based on crazy people. There are too many federal laws already, we can't even count them, and you are arrogant to think that you can design a better system from here! Judicial discretion is better than mandatory minimums." The Factor insisted that the feds are better equipped to prosecute gun crimes: "The founders clearly wanted Americans to have the right to defend themselves, but we have to stop people from getting arsenals and shooting innocent people. If you federalize gun crimes it's easier to control."
Is Al Gore richer than Mitt Romney?
Dennis Miller began his weekly observations with Benghazi and the fact that many Americans have not embraced the story. "The reason people don't know Benghazi from Ben Gazzara," Miller said, "is that we are not a culture that deals in consequences any more. Nobody holds anybody accountable, and the press isn't going to go after this story. If you're the reporter that brings down Barack Obama or goes after Hillary Clinton, you'll be out of the game!" Miller turned to the news that Al Gore has about $200 million in his personal war chest. "I think Gore's such a detestable cat. He might be rich, but as far as his karma, his account is bereft, he has gone into deficit. Al Gore jammed 'global warming' down everybody's throat, then he tried 'climate change,' then he got Current TV up and running and made a mint when he sold it to Al Jazeera, which is owned by big oil. Everyone should shun Al Gore because he's a phony."
Watters' World: Why did Columbia University hire a cop killer?
FNC's Jesse Watters paid a visit to Columbia University and confronted former terrorist and convicted cop-killer Kathy Boudin, who has been hired to teach at the Ivy League school. The former Weather Underground radical tried to elude Watters, but eventually said this: "I have nothing but regret for the suffering that I caused, and I've attempted to lead a life that would express that remorse and regret." Watters also spoke with retired police officer Arthur Keenan, who survived the shootout in which Boudin and her fellow radicals killed three cops. "She has showed no remorse for this crime," Keenan declared, "and she's using the college as a soapbox to promote her mission to get her husband and other co-defendants out of jail."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Kate Failor, Belville, OH: "Many of us who attended President Obama's speech at the Ohio State graduation were appalled. As a recipient of a master's degree in social work, I want smaller government."

James Donna, Brewerton, NY: "Perhaps President Obama should take a look at how much good the nanny state has done Native Americans."

Amy Thompson, Council Bluffs, IA: "The success of Iron Man is simple. When times are tough, folks want to go to the movies to escape and watch the good guys win."
Happy Birthday, Mrs. O
The secret to living a long and happy life, as exemplified by Bill's mother Winifred Angela O'Reilly, is to be unselfish and help others, even if it inconveniences you.
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