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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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San Francisco values, front & center
Guests: Gerardo Sandoval, San Francisco Board of Supervisors & Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

"The San Francisco Board of Education has banned Junior ROTC in seven high schools, throwing 16-hundred students out of those clubs. This is a direct insult to the U.S. military and violates the civil rights, I believe, of the students. Nobody's required to join, and if a student with parental approval wants to investigate a career in the military every American school should encourage that. We asked Nancy Pelosi what she thought of the ROTC ban, but she's hiding under her desk. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome said he was glad the school board waited until after the national election because 'cheap shot artists like O'Reilly and Fox would have exploited the vote.' Not exploiting, just reporting, Mr. Mayor, and you're welcome here any time to explain the situation. But of course Newsome is not going to appear because San Francisco values don't encourage debate. The whole idea is to go around the folks. In a democracy there's not a lot of value to that approach, but in San Francisco it is how they do business."

The Factor was joined by two San Franciscans on opposite sides of the JROTC debate - conservative columnist Debra Saunders and city supervisor Gerardo Sandoval. Saunders blasted city leaders as intolerant. "People in San Francisco say they're for 'choice,' but they're only for choice if your choice is to be anti-military. There are openly gay students who love this program, and they're going to have it snatched away because the Board of Supervisors doesn't believe in choice." Sandoval defended the ban as being in the interest of children. "Because many are very poor kids with limited educational options, they shouldn't be subjected to the intense pressures of military recruitment. Politicians throughout history have taken advantage of vulnerable young people." The Factor accused Sandoval of demagoguing the issue. "Mr. Sandoval, you say the military is a worthy enterprise, but how can someone be taking advantage of a vulnerable young people if it's worthy? And you're saying the worthy enterprise should not be an option for San Francisco high school students. It doesn't make sense, sir."

Related: School Board Votes to Dump JROTC Program
Gen. John Abizaid testifies
Guest: Columnist Col. Ralph Peters

America's top commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid told a Senate panel that a timetable for withdrawal will hurt efforts to win the war. Col. Ralph Peters evaluated Abizaid's leadership. "He's a good man in a tough job, and I think he does have a plan for bringing the Iraqis along. The most encouraging thing I heard from him is that 4 to 6 months is the window. If the Iraqis aren't willing to fight in decisive numbers, it's not going to work." The Factor agreed that Iraqis have to step up, but was not optimistic. "I would give Abizaid his six months, but I don't have confidence that the Iraqi military or police are going to get better. They've been at this for three-and-a-half years and it's gotten worse. Now we're fighting Iran, which is whipping up its militias to cause as much damage as possible."

Related: Abizaid Remains `Optimistic' U.S. Can Stabilize Iraq
No baby killing charges from Boulder DA
Guest: Dan Caplis, KHOW

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy has not charged anyone for the brutal February murder of 10-week old Jason Midyette, whose wealthy parents have hired high-priced attorneys. Colorado radio host Dan Caplis suggested that Lacy is intimidated. "She is afraid of the high-powered attorneys who have come in. It's an outrage - there is a brutal baby killer walking around because she won't pull the trigger." The Factor declared that something is terribly wrong in the state of Colorado. "The Denver media has not seized on this. Where is the Denver Post? You can kill a baby in this town and we're not going to do anything about it - that's the message coming out of Boulder, Colorado."

Related: Boulder DA Still Mum on Midyette
Fox to broadcast OJ murder special
Guest: Civil litigator Sunny Hostin

The Fox television network will air an interview with O.J. Simpson, who will explain how someone "could have" murdered his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. The Factor condemned Simpson, Fox broadcasting, and everyone involved. "The Fox broadcasting unit has reached a new low point in American culture. O.J. will apparently receive three-and-a-half million dollars for writing a book and talking on television. Here's a man many believe killed two people, yet he is participating in a project that is exploiting the murders." Civil litigator Sunny Hostin was equally troubled. "O.J. is a psychopath who has a God complex. He got away with murder, and now he thinks he's God. If I'm the Goldman attorney or Brown attorney, I would be in court today. I would get a restraining order, a lien against his property, a copy of that book deal, and I might even go after the publisher."

Related: O.J. Simpson to Discuss Killings
Child abuse on the Internet
Guest: Attorney Lauren Lake

A video on the Internet shows young children fighting while adults cheer them on. Attorney Lauren Lake called it an example of a disturbing trend. "There's a breakdown in family, in values, in decency, and in morality. That shows up in this incident and on our TV. Something needs to be done, because the way that tape looks they're going to do it again." The Factor blamed the adults who took part. "If there were pit bulls doing this, people would get arrested. But I don't think they're going to bring charges against the adults who allowed little kids to brutalize one another. I would charge every single adult on that tape with child abuse."

Related: Disturbing video of kids fighting on MySpace
Duckett case update
Guest: Greta Van Susteren

21-year old Melinda Duckett, mother of a missing 2-year old, killed herself in September after CNN's Nancy Grace peppered her with accusative questions. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren reported on a new development in the case. "The police now say the child may be alive. They seem to suggest that Melinda Duckett passed the child off to someone, perhaps because she was involved in a custody dispute. This is no longer a death investigation, but a missing child."

Related: Trenton Duckett probably still alive
"Borat" slapped with lawsuits
Guest: Attorney Oliver Taillieu

British comic Sasha Baron Cohen, who created the hugely successful "Borat" movie, is being sued by college students who claim they were made to look foolish in the film. Attorney Oliver Taillieu, who represents two of the students, explained how his clients were duped. "They were asked to help a Kazakhstan television station produce a documentary. Nobody in the United states was supposed to see this movie. And the producers got them drunk to get them to sign the release, then gave them more alcohol during the filming. This is a violation of the law."

Related: 'Duped' frat boys sue 'Borat'
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you sent e-mails about singer Britney Spears, whose estranged husband is allegedly trying to sell a tape showing them having sex. Some excerpts:

Richard Jakubowsky, Middletown, NY: "Bill, I don't understand why you would waste time talking about Britney Spears and her loser husband."

Roger Lake, Pasco, WA: "Enjoyed the premise of the segment, Bill, but Ms. Spears is not a compelling poster child for sympathy."

Lisa Oliasami, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: "Bill, I was outraged when you showed a picture from the sex tape. How would you feel if Britney were your daughter?"

Other viewers wrote about the 10-year old boy suspended for calling his teacher "sexy" and asking her for a hug.

Sandy Gyetvay, Torrance, CA: "Bill, you were too hard on the 10-year-old who was suspended for wanting to hug his teacher. Young boys will always have crushes and will act silly as a result."

Eileen O'Farrell, Chicopee, MA: "Bill, when you asked Aaron if he was a good boy he replied that he was not a gangsta having sex with his girlfriend. That statement was troubling."

Sandy Cook, Mechanicsville, VA: "Young boys are capable of acting in a sexual manner and a teacher should not have to put up with it."