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Friday, December 5, 2008
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Justice and fairness in America
"According to our new poll, about 70% of you have already been hurt by the recession. The vast majority had nothing to do with this economic calamity. It was caused by corrupt finance people and the federal government that stood by and allowed chaotic lending practices. But it is the folks who are suffering, not President Bush, not Senator Dodd, not Congressman Frank. They're fine, even though things collapsed on their watch. Same thing with guys like Stan O'Neal, former CEO of Merrill Lynch. O'Neal was fired after approving the irresponsible lending scam that ruined his company, but crafty old Stan took home $161 million as he walked out the door. More than 10-million Americans are currently unemployed, even as Stan O'Neal lives large in his lavish homes. Obviously, none of this is fair, but that's how the real world works sometimes. Enter O.J. Simpson, sentenced to prison for a low-level beef. Does any sane person feel sorry for Simpson? No, because the man got away with murdering his wife and Ron Goldman. There was no justice thirteen years ago in L.A., but things to tend to balance out in this world. Simpson is through, his life pretty much over. I'm sure he has no idea what really got him. It was karma, because what goes around comes around. Lots of good people are getting hammered in America right now, but if we continue trying to do the right thing in our lives, trying to help others, standing for justice, chances are there will be better days ahead."
O.J. Simpson sentenced to at least 9 years
The Factor welcomed Geraldo Rivera, who agreed that Simpson was done in by karma. "I totally believe it's spiritual," Rivera said. "He was clearly guilty of the double homicide, and now he's going to spend basically the rest of his life in prison for a rinky-dink crime. He'll have no human contact other than the corrections officers." The Factor criticized Simpson's legal team for not having Simpson testify in his own defense. "I would have put him on the stand. The trial was going against him from the very beginning and the evidence kept mounting."

For a first-hand reaction to Simpson's tearful plea for leniency, The Factor spoke with two men who prosecuted the case. "His words really rang hollow," said District Attorney David Roger "We listened to hours of audio tape of him laughing and carrying on after the robbery, laughing about what he had done." Deputy D.A. Chris Owens theorized that Simpson has little genuine remorse. "I contrast what he said today with what I saw in the hallways during the trial, when he was signing autographs and slapping people on the back. He seemed to be disconnected from the proceedings in the courtroom."
Latest details on anti-religious plaque in Olympia
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is defending her decision to allow atheists to display an anti-religious sign next to a Nativity scene in the state capitol. The Factor spoke with Fox News correspondent Dan Springer, who was in Olympia to cover the story. "This thing has turned into a zoo," Springer reported. "Every Tom, Dick and Harry now wants to put up a sign of their own, including one group that wants to display a 5-foot pole saying 'Festivus to the rest of us,' a nod to the Seinfeld series. Another guy was in the rotunda dressed up like Robin Hood. It's gotten out of control." The Factor put the blame squarely on Christine Gregoire. "The governor is directly responsible for this, she's just incompetent."

The Factor next welcomed two prominent Washington State citizens who object to the atheist display. "There was no plan in place," State Senator Pam Roach complained, "for how you site different displays in the capitol building. We believe in free speech, but all you had to do in this case was separate the Nativity scene and the offensive sign." Reverend Ken Hutcherson condemned the atheist sign as totally inappropriate. "Our state and our governor are absolutely out of control and there have to be some people who will stand up. I'm sick and tired of Christians and religious people talking without ever doing anything about it. We are going to stand up, and it is time for this state to stop being the armpit of America."
Bigotry, gay marriage and traditional Americans
A popular and slickly-produced Internet video implies that all opponents of gay marriage are hateful and bigoted. The Factor debated the issue with radio talk show host Mike Gallagher and professor Marc Lamont Hill "This is a brilliant satire," Hill said. "The bottom line is that so much of the impulse to challenge gay marriage is linked to the hatred of gay people in America." But Gallagher accused gay marriage proponents of alienating mainstream Americans. "The gay and lesbian movement has turned this into a hateful campaign against all people who believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. They've harmed their cause more than ever in the history of the so-called gay rights movement. When is the left going to understand that citizens are not ready for gay marriage and probably never will be?" The Factor agreed that some same-sex marriage advocates have been intolerant. "There is bigotry toward gays, but what I object to is the arrogant Hollywood pinheads who say anyone who votes against gay marriage is a bigot. That is McCarthyism!"
American Television Icon
The Factor welcomed TV Icons Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen, who have been friends ever since they played the two children on "The Donna Reed Show." "The feeling on the show was that we were really a family," Fabares said. "It engendered these strong familial feelings." Petersen credited the show's two adult stars for fostering a positive atmosphere. "Donna Reed and Carl Betz were aware of the fractured television families that were around, and they promised us that would not happen. They remained true to that commitment to their dying day." Petersen also revealed that he had difficulty adjusting after the show ended in 1966. "When a career comes to an end as it did so abruptly for me, you think to yourself what should I do? I didn't handle it well and I wouldn't wish anyone to have my 20's."
Knut & Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt
Friday's Patriot: The once-adorable polar bear Knut, who is now a 450-pound carnivore who needs more space. The Berlin Zoo is searching for a new home that will provide Knut with all the bear necessities. And the Pinheads: Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt, who debated the merits of sending Chippendales dancers to George Clooney's home.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Chris Graves, Independence, OR: "Mr. O, your debate with Megyn Kelly over the atheist sign was one of your best. She stood her ground against you."

Laura Polakowski, Washington, DC: "Megyn is right, Bill. Christians are not the only ones entitled to express their beliefs."

Pastor Paul Clark, Connell, WA: "I have no problem with an atheist sign. I do have a problem with their attack methods."

Naj Mohammed, Dubai: "Bill, thanks for pointing out that the sign insults Muslims and Jews as well as Christians. God bless you."
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