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|Guests: Fox News military analyst Col. Bill Cowan & Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ)
"Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, has sent more than a hundred national guardsmen to help the border patrol stop illegal immigration in her state. The governor wants the department of defense to pay for it and she says she may send more soldiers to secure the border. As you know, Talking Points has been calling for that action for years.
Predictably there is opposition from the open border people but clear-thinking Americans understand that security dictates the military get involved in securing the border. If that happens in all four Border States there is no need for an expensive fence, which would be used to embarrass the USA worldwide. With the military backing up the border patrol most illegal immigration and narcotics smuggling would cease, as the risk of being caught would become too great. So we urge secretary Rumsfeld to help the state of Arizona and the other border and we urge governors Perry, Richardson and Schwarzenegger to do what governor Napolitano has done: send the guard to the border now."
Fox News Military analyst Colonel Bill Cowan noted that the presence of the Guard could deter illegals. "The mere presence is a major deterrent, as you were suggesting, to people coming across the border. They look up and see a military unit and a striker or some remote piloted vehicles or something. It's a deterrent without a doubt."
Congressman Trent Franks, Republican from Arizona, applauded the move. "I think if illegal immigrants know that there is a presence on the border of our National Guard, and they understand that this is no longer an option, that it's actually going to decrease the number of those trying, and I think it'll save lives on the south of the border. And it ultimately may save this country a devastating attack at some point." The Factor encouraged other states to follow Arizona. "I believe this is a turning point. We'll see if the Pentagon is going to go ahead and help the states. Governor Schwarzenegger in California, Richardson in New Mexico, and Perry in Texas should do exactly the same thing as Governor Napolitano did."
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|Guest: Costa Mesa Mayor Allen Mansoor
In Costa Mesa, California the city council and the mayor have ordered police officers to begin enforcing immigration laws. Costa Mesa mayor Allen Mansoor explained why. "The citizens of Costa Mesa have been demanding it. They're seeing the impacts of illegal immigration. And they're asking for the very least that they should be expecting from their elected officials and their law enforcement to enforce the law when someone is here illegally, and is breaking a major offense or a major law." The Factor clarified how local police would be assisting. "You're going to get some of your guys, your police officers to be liaisons to the federal officers and work with them. So that means you're going to detain in Costa Mesa Jail."
|Guest: Author Laurence Leamer
Once again today Senator Edward Kennedy grilled judge Samuel Alito, implying the judge is not sympathetic to the folks, and a shill for the President. Laurence Leamer, author of the book "Kennedy Men," said of Kennedy: "He's the great standard bearer of American liberalism. His colleagues in the Senate get along with him very well; when books in the Senate in the last hundred years have been written, he will be the outstanding senator. Nobody has had more legislation in his name. Nobody's been involved with more issues." The Factor complained that Kennedy never changed course. "You see him on the air. And you know what he's going to say. You know where he's going to go. Everything the Republicans do and I mean everything is bad. Everything the Democrats do is good. Every social program is good. Every restraint of government is bad. It's almost like a caricature out there. He's almost like a giant puppet. You know exactly what he's going to say."
|Guest: Fox News host Greta van Susteren
A federal grand jury in Connecticut is now investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old George Smith, who was on a cruise ship honeymoon when he vanished off the coast of turkey. Smith's blood was found outside his cabin, his new wife said she doesn't remember what happened, and there are all kinds of conflicting reports. Greta Van Susteren, host of "On the Record" felt the cruise ship was in the clear. "I don't see that the cruise ship has done anything wrong. They pulled into port. They found two of the three people who were missing. They didn't find George Smith. They notified the Turkish authorities, who then boarded the ship, and did an investigation. The FBI was also notified. At some point later in the day, about seven or eight hours later, the Turkish authorities released the ship, released what could be a crime scene or an accident scene, and the ship then sailed off into the sunset." The Factor said the story was very odd. "It's a very strange story. Some blood found outside his cabin. His new wife says she doesn't remember anything. And there are all kinds of conflicting reports about their behavior."
|Guests: Criminal defense attorney Geoffrey Nathan & Ed Ryan, Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Judicial Independence
Judge Edward Cashman is the Vermont judge who sentenced confessed child rapist Mark Hulett to sixty days in prison. Hulett admitted to raping a 6-year-old girl for four years until she was 10. Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Judicial Independence, Ed Ryan, said Cashman was out of line. "The reported remarks of the judge during the course of the preceding indicate to me that he clearly strayed into an area of his own personal opinion and injected his own personal views with respect to the sentencing of this individual. And frankly and to be quite candid, I think that's inappropriate. The judge's personal views, his personal philosophy, whatever agenda he's advancing, is not an appropriate sentencing factor in any case." Criminal Defense Attorney Geoffrey Nathan blamed the system, which does not allow for treatment of incarcerated offenders, instead of the judge. "The judge said correctly that there's nothing to do for this person in jail, this defendant. And therefore, the judge felt, because the system stinks, he had to give him a slap on the wrist and let him go." The Factor said that treatment was not the issue and that the offender Hulett deserved to be punished. "Whatever happened to punishment fits the crime? If this is your daughter or my daughter and she's 6 And for four years she gets raped by a 34-year-old man and the man gets two months in prison. We're not real interested in his treatment. You know what I'm talking about? Because our daughter is ruined for life. Ruined for life."
|Guest: Author Bob Kohn
The Factor wondered how the mainstream media missed the entire Christmas controversy. Bob Kohn, the author of the book "Journalistic Fraud," said the media sided with the liberals in the culture war. "There's a small vocal group of people out there who will complain about anything. And they started with nativity scenes on public property. The press has been there; they're the megaphone for these people with this problem. And this suits the agenda of the press. Most of the press, most of the mainstream media, is either liberal or Democratic. So anything that squeezes out the religion from society suits the agenda of the liberal media." The Factor was also curious about why the media seemed to be dragging out the Christmas war, even after the holiday had passed. "We stopped our reporting on the war on Christmas about three weeks ago. Yet some of the press is still attacking the Factor for its analysis. Why? Why does NBC News, for example, care about what I think about Christmas? I can't figure it out."
|Tons of mail on Judge Cashman in Vermont:
Judy, OR: "As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I was horrified to tears by your report on the judge who sentenced the child rapist to 60 days. The effects of the abuse will last a lifetime for the little girl. The judge needs to be thrown out of office. My prayers are with the girl and her family."
Corey Citrin, Glen Oaks, NY: "Judge Cashman has every right to sentence any way he wants to."
Admir Perleka, Lezhe, Albania: "Bill, much appreciation for advocating 'Jessica's Law.' Vermont's case is a disgrace and so are politicians who stand by and allow this to happen."
Norman Turner, DeFuniak Springs, FL: "Bill, as a former criminal courts judge, I'd sentence the judge to 25 years if it were in my power."