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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Why is the press attacking Bachmann?
Led by MSNBC, left-leaning media outlets are hammering Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. Laura asked Fox News analysts Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley to opine on the anti-Bachmann vitriol. "I have to laugh when Michele Bachmann says Obama fears her," Colmes said. "The guy who killed bin Laden fears Michele Bachmann! She brings this on herself by saying statements that are not true, she has not adequately answered questions about farm subsidies she received and she continues to make these faux pas." Crowley contended that gender plays a major role in the attacks on Bachmann. "What we're witnessing is another edition of 'conservative woman derangement syndrome.' We saw this go on with Governor Palin, and now with Michele Bachmann. Why? Because you have very strong conservative women who actually walk the walk and live their lives according to conservative principles. They are an existential threat to liberalism." Laura concurred that "if you're a conservative woman in the United States and you are unapologetic about your views, it's going to be open season on you."
Obama offering incentives for fundraising?
Speaking from the White House, President Obama promoted a fundraising raffle in which the winner gets to dine with the President and Joe Biden. Laura asked Cleta Mitchell, an attorney specializing in campaign financing, about the President's use of the White House to raise money. "It is unseemly and I think it's illegal," Mitchell said. "The law is very clear that you're not supposed to raise money on federal property, it's a federal crime. And they filmed this in the White House." But Professor Caroline Heldman argued that President Obama's action was completely proper. "The Justice Department has ruled that you can raise money in the private residence of the White House. President Obama is doing something I do not support because I wish we did not have a $100-million price tag just to be a legitimate candidate, but he didn't make these rules. He is simply playing by a set of rules that he inherited." Legal or not, Laura expressed her undisguised disgust: "This just seems yucky to me - it's not a dignified approach to handling yourself in the White House. This doesn't look like 'hope and change,' it looks like the same old cynical politics that keeps the elites in charge."
Is Greece's fate our own?
Leftists and union members, outraged by budget cuts, are taking to the streets of Greece for violent protests. Could it happen here? Laura posed that question to financial experts Dean Baker and Jonathan Hoenig. "Obviously things can happen here," Baker said, "and we can have civil unrest if we do really foolish policies. Are we on the way there? Well, if we don't do anything about unemployment and don't stimulate the economy, I suppose we could have something like that. We got to this point because we had cutbacks in government, and to blame President Obama for the downturn is to ignore history." Hoenig ridiculed Baker's call for more government spending. "You tend to see civil unrest not in capitalist and individualistic societies, but in societies that have more of a collectivist philosophy. And we have done so much to expand the social safety net and to expand the government's intervention and control of the economy." Laura pointed out that America has been exceptional in that "even during the Great Depression there was not widespread social unrest in the streets."
New trend of violent teen mobs?
Some American cities have been hit by bands of thugs who rush in to loot department stores and food markets. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, explained the miscreants' tactics. "This started in Philadelphia," Sliwa reported, "where wolfpacks started mobbing up. They use Twitter and email and Facebook and it becomes a mad rush - like locusts through the cornfield, they buzz through and they know that most of them will go free. The cops have to give a few 'wooden shampoos' and some attitudinal readjustments so the kids are sucking concrete, then you'll see how quick that anti-social behavior will stop." Radio host Cooper Lawrence advised authorities to focus on the mob leaders. "There's a small percentage of kids who love the crime - they start young and they keep at crime as long as they can. They're the ones who instigate the other kids and it's very important for police to understand who the real criminals are here." Laura added that societal breakdown has exacerbated the problem: "We have a rampant fatherlessness problem and a real problem with family breakdown, especially in inner city and poorer areas. Kids don't have a family structure so they look for a father figure in these gangs."
Georgia's anti-immigration law challenged
A federal judge has suspended portions of a Georgia law intended to cut down on illegal immigration. Laura asked legal aces Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle to analyze the decision. "This is a pivotal ruling," Guilfoyle said, "because this judge said Georgia was trying to do an end run around federal law. He put on hold two controversial elements of the law, including a provision aimed at people who 'willingly and knowingly' help an illegal alien." Wiehl explained why the judge found the law faulty. "This law could be interpreted so broadly," she said, "that if you are a Good Samaritan and want to give medical assistance to an illegal alien, that in itself could be criminal. The judge said that's crossing the line and is preempting what the federal government is supposed to do." Laura denounced the judge for one particular aspect of his decision: "One of the most ridiculous parts of this ruling was when he cited the fact that Mexico was upset by what Georgia was doing. That was the worst example of judicial activism."
Casey Anthony defense wraps up
Casey Anthony's defense team called to the stand the meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony's remains in the woods. Prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi described the testimony as ineffective. "If the defense was hoping for their 'aha' moment today," Nicolazzi said, "they absolutely did not get it. The longer this witness was on, the better it was for the prosecution. He was able to corroborate the prosecution's case about why this body was not found immediately. The prosecution's case is overwhelming and the defense is only making the prosecution's case stronger." Criminal defense lawyer Joey Jackson agreed that Tuesday was another dismal day for the defense. "The reason the meter reader was called was to cast doubt, which is what the defense team has been doing all along. The defense has been arguing that the body had been moved, but at the end of the day I don't think they did that."
Shakira & the State Department
Tuesday's Patriot: Pop singer Shakira, who visited Israel despite demands that she boycott the nation. And the Pinheads: The folks at the State Department who helped convince Lady Gaga to perform at a gay pride concert in Italy.
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