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Friday, November 9, 2007
The Factor Rundown
Do you want us to win the war on terror?
"There are Americans who believe the war on terror is a fabrication. Apparently one of those Americans is actress Merryl Streep, who stars in the Robert Redford film 'Lions For Lambs.' Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, Streep ridiculed me for asking if some Americans want to win the war on terror. Streep said the question 'is completely without an answer ... there's no way to answer it.' Are you kidding me, Ms. Streep? You can't answer a simple question like whether you want your country to win the war on terror? All Merryl Streep would have to say is 'sure, I want America to defeat the jihadist killers, I just don't believe President Bush is going about it the right way.' But saying the question is loaded and failing to address the matter is irresponsible and supremely dumb. Nonsense is nonsense - there is a global war on terror, and if you don't want to win it, you're a moron."
Radio commentator threatening White House?
Far-left radio host Mike Malloy admitted on air that he 'used to have violence fantasies about (White House spokesman) Scott McClellan ... all those feelings are being shifted now to (McClellan's successor) Dana Perino.' Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained when a threat becomes a criminal offense. "When a threat is made against a public official, particularly the president, it's going to be taken seriously by law enforcement. In a case like this, the Secret Service would do some investigating to determine whether this is a credible threat. They would look at his background and his propensity for violence. Whether you'll be prosecuted will be determined by your intent."
Elayne Bennett on Maine birth control controversy
As reported previously, the school board in Portland, Maine voted to dispense birth control pills to girls as young as 11. Elayne Bennett, whose "Best Friends Foundation" mentors teens, told The Factor that giving out birth control is misguided. "11 to 14 year old girls really don't want to have sex, that's not what they're about. They're not emotionally, physically, or cognitively ready to have sex. Let children have their childhood." Bennett pointed out that pregnancy rates in Washington, DC have dropped dramatically, and not because of birth control. "The birth rate in DC public schools has been cut in half, and teen sexual activity has also dropped dramatically. This is the result of abstinence programs, where children are given the right message, where they're talked to about making good choices." The Factor added that, not surprisingly, the ACLU supported the school board in Maine. "This is a major culture war, and these ACLU secular-progressives want kids to have the freedom to do whatever they want."
Catholic priest stalking Conan O'Brien
David Ajemian, a priest in Boston, has been arrested for stalking talk show host Conan O'Brien. The Factor spoke about the bizarre case with Geraldo Rivera, who was stalked himself. "I had some women," Rivera revealed, "who would have 'relationships' with me, psychotically conjured relationships. It can be very dangerous. This guy followed Conan O'Brien on a European vacation, and wrote very threatening, ominous letters. But police have to wait for an overt act that takes it from fan to obsessed stalker." The Factor lamented the fact that threats and stalkers are all too common. "This is off-the-chart dangerous, and anyone in the public eye, particularly if you're controversial, has to take it seriously."
"Bella" wins high praise from filmgoers
The film "Bella," which includes a touching sequence about adoption, has been interpreted by some critics as a pro-life film. One reviewer called it "a barely disguised anti-abortion tract ... simple-minded, heavy-handed." The Factor welcomed Eduardo Verastegui, the leading man in "Bella," who proclaimed the movie's virtues. "This film is about family values, it celebrates life, family, forgiveness and friendship. Some critics seem to not like it, but I'm so grateful that the audience has supported this film. My hope is that people will leave the theater full of hope, and they will leave wanting to love more." The Factor recommended "Bella" and lauded Verastegui for making it. "Some critics are coming after you, and I wonder if it's because of the adoption sequence. All I want is for Hollywood to give this movie a fair shot."
Laura Ingraham: Week in review
Laura Ingraham provided her take on the week gone by, beginning with Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. "I don't know how much of a following Pat Robertson really has anymore," Ingraham said. "But his followers are extremely pro-life and pro-family, and I heard from a lot of them who are not happy." Ingraham also criticized the rash of anti-war movies, which are tanking at the box office. "It's what people have come to expect from Hollywood. Back in World War II we had actors enlisting to help America, and now there are a handful of celebrities who are fixtures on the USO circuit. Most of these movies are not doing well, and are not going to be able to cover their catering bills. Why pay $10 to see someone bash the Bush administration when you can just pick up the New York Times?" Finally, Ingraham opined on Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer, who warned of violent protests if communities pass laws to curb illegal immigration. "He was intimating something akin to a race war. He is a nut, but there is a crazy, far-left anarchist wing of this immigration issue."
American TV icon of the week
The Factor welcomed TV Icon Robert Culp, who starred alongside Bill Cosby in the groundbreaking "I Spy," which debuted in the racially-charged mid-60's. Culp recalled the controversy surrounding his black/white buddy series. "We did know how important this was, and that's why we were so darned careful about the show and each other. We had an unspoken pact that we would never discuss the issue with one another, and the mail was filtered so we never saw the hate mail, we only saw the good stuff. He was the best friend I ever had." The Factor praised Robert Culp as a genuine TV Icon.
Who's helping, and who's hurting?
Friday's Patriot: Parade Magazine, which gave "Kids Are Americans Too" a ringing endorsement. And the Pinhead: Rocker Annie Lennox, who flipped the crowd her middle finger at a concert to benefit Unicef.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
A sampling of your recent e-mails:

Marvin Meadors, San Francisco, CA: "Bill, thanks for that oh-so-predictable war on Christmas segment. I now know it's time to start shopping."

Yale Faylik, Bloomingfield Hills, MI: "Poor Bill, once again people are trying to steal your toys. Get over it."

Jerry Heifner, Cortez, CO: "If Fort Collins bans Christmas decorations, does that mean all city employees have to work on December 25th?"

Bill Boylan, Middletown, CT: "Bill, regarding the Dhue Point: More Dhue, less you."
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