The O'Reilly Factor
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Personal Story Segment
Barack and a Hard Place Segment
Stossel Matters Segment
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Back of Book Segment
Pinheads and Patriots
Factor Mail
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Is our freedom in danger?
"Some tea party people, along with commentators like Glenn Beck and other radio guys, believe the Obama administration and progressives want to curtail individual freedom. There is now a case before the Supreme Court where the right to bear arms is in play. 76-year-old Otis McDonald wants to keep a handgun in his home on Chicago's South Side, a very chaotic neighborhood, but the city says McDonald has no right to have a handgun. I predict the court will rule 5 - 4 that McDonald can own a handgun, but the four justices who would violate McDonald's rights are troubling. Because they don't like guns, they don't like the Second Amendment. That is an assault on individual freedom. Talking Points is not ready to say the Obama administration wants to deprive us of rights, but there is a movement in this country, led by so-called 'progressives,' that would restrict individual liberty. These people want the government to run the economy, to tell you how much you can have, to force you to buy things like health insurance, and to take away things they don't approve of. This is a serious situation and the Supreme Court case will be a big indicator of which way things are going to go."

The Factor explored the conflict between individual freedom and government-mandated health insurance with Democratic strategist Penny Lee and liberal attorney Mark Levine. "Progressives aren't against freedoms," Lee affirmed. "What we're saying is that with freedom comes responsibility for the government to step in when we're facing a crisis. Putting everyone into the health care system will lower everyone's cost, so it's a good thing." Levine concurred that forcing citizens to buy health insurance is consistent with the Constitution. "Health care is for everyone, and a lot of states force you to buy car insurance. Everyone lives or dies, everybody needs health care." The Factor reiterated that many "progressives" want to impose their will on everyone: "The Obama administration wants to force people to buy health insurance or they'll fine you. It's authoritarian!"
Racism, anti-Semitism & Louis Farrakhan
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan recently accused the "white right" and "Zionists" of undermining President Obama, even praying for his assassination. Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell tried to explain Farrakhan's appeal. "Any African American in this country who is over the age of forty," Terrell claimed, "can personally attest to some form of discrimination or racism, so they can relate to what Farrakhan is saying about the hatred towards Obama. We can not ignore the history of racism against African Americans." The Factor denounced Farrakhan for stoking the flames of racial hatred: "There was vitriol directed at George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, so it seems to go with the territory of being president. Farrakhan is trying to stir up racial hatred, and I would say most African Americans think Farrakhan is despicable."
The best and worst of Pres. Obama this week
Obama-watchers Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley entered the No Spin Zone with their assessments of the President's past week. Crowley began with a denunciation of President Obama's deficit commission. "It's totally bogus, it's all a setup like the health care charade. You can tell the President is fundamentally unserious about deficit reduction by the people he has appointed to sit on this commission, including Andy Stern, president of the SEIU, who has no incentive whatsoever to cut spending." Colmes defended the commission as "fair and balanced," and predicted that President Obama will again try to convince Americans that health care reform is beneficial. "He's going to say that jobs are tied to health care - if you make health care cost less for businesses, they can hire more."
Should the feds regulate insurance prices?
Few Americans are defending health insurance providers these days, but Fox Business Network's John Stossel argued that insurers have every incentive to be fair. "A contract is a contract," Stossel asserted. "If an insurance company breaks a contract, you'll sue them and win. And if an insurance company gets a reputation for doing that, they'll lose all their business. There are 1,300 insurance companies in America, so there is competition and they can not run wild." The Factor disputed Stossel's contention that insurance companies are competitive. "They all say we'll charge this amount and if you have a pre-existing condition we won't take you. I want federal oversight that says to the insurance companies, here are the rules."
17-year-old Calif. girl missing, sex offender suspected
A body believed to be that of high school student Chelsea King was found near San Diego Tuesday. The primary suspect is 30-year-old convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner, whose DNA was found on King's clothing. FNC legal wizards Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle elaborated on Gardner's prior arrest. "Ten years ago he took a 13-year-old girl into his mother's apartment," Wiehl said. "He started fondling her then started hitting her on the head. She escaped and there was no rape, but he was convicted of lewd behavior with a child and served five years." Guilfoyle argued that Gardner should have served more time because "there is an obligation to protect children." The lawyers turned their attention to Wisconsin, where 19-year-old Anthony Stancl used subterfuge to collect nude photos of young men, then tried to blackmail them into having sex. "He posed as a young woman on Facebook," Guilfoyle explained, "and got thirty boys to send compromising videos and photos of themselves naked." Stancl pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old boy and was sentenced to 15 years in jail, which Guilfoyle called "not enough."
Justice won't explain controversial lawyer hires
Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer entered the No Spin Zone to comment on the report that at least nine Justice Department attorneys previously helped defend suspected terrorists. "You don't have to be a psychiatrist to figure this one out," said Dr. K, himself a psychiatrist. "This is 100% ideological affinity. These attorneys are radical civil libertarians who did free defense work for people at Guantanamo Bay, and Attorney General Holder chose at least nine people who did this work on the side. That's very troubling and it tells you why the Justice Department has made some absurd decisions in the war on terror. Holder himself was in a law firm that devoted more than $1 million worth of free work in defense of Guantanamo detainees. He wants people around him with an ideological affinity and that's what he got."
Justin Bieber & Michael Calderone
Tuesday's Patriot: 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber, who delighted a 3-year-old fan by paying her a surprise visit. And the Pinhead: writer Michael Calderone, who accused Bill of using Fox News to promote John Kasich's candidacy for governor of Ohio. Calderone's "evidence" was a long-ago quote that he took completely out of context.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Susan Bakewell, Fayetteville, AR: "I heard Nancy Pelosi say that Democrats in the House should vote for Obama-care even if they lose the upcoming election. If the bill is so good, why would they lose?"

Dr. J. Richard Jaconette, Battle Creek, MI: "Mr. O'Reilly, I agree with your assessment that Obama-care might bankrupt the nation. I happen to believe it would also destroy the best medical care system in the world."

Terrence Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ: "O'Reilly, I am proud that you are focusing on federal spending. Americans are counting on you!"