Friday, January 11, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo
The unintended consequences of a more liberal America
"I am not an ideologue; in fact, some of the people who attack me the most are far right people on talk radio. If there is a solution on the left, we'll endorse it. But now we're seeing a move to the left that does not bode well. Nearly 50% of American households have someone receiving some kind of social assistance. In order to pay for the entitlements, the nation's yearly deficit is now more than $1-trillion. We simply can not sustain that kind of government spending, yet President Obama and his liberal allies don't seem very concerned. On the social front, the latest stats available show there were 1.2 million abortions performed in the USA in 2008. Should the country be proud of that? Yet we see wild applause when pro-abortion zealots speak at the Democratic Convention. On the drug front, it's a fait accompli that marijuana will be accepted, yet we have a tremendous substance abuse problem here and some people are happy that another intoxicant will be widely available. As far as children are concerned, they can now see and hear the lowest forms of depravity on the Internet, yet public schools are virtually mandated to ignore religion. Should we be celebrating this move to the left? You make the call."
Top Story
Aloha to liberalism
In an ever more liberal nation, Hawaii may rank as the most liberal state of all, with high taxation, unsustainable debt, declining religious influence, and widespread prostitution and drug use. Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa entered the No Spin Zone and objected to The Factor's characterization of her state. "A major part of our Asian and Pacific Islander culture," she said, "is that we cherish our elders and we move together. We are a culture that really cares about each other, but if you want to pick on certain things in Hawaii, I'm sure you can find them." The Factor maintained that Hawaii's liberalism has fostered a culture of dependence: "I know Hawaii as well as any journalist and I love Hawaii, but you have the highest food stamp rate and the highest homeless rate in the country. You've set up an entitlement system that encourages people to get food stamps and be homeless."
Impact Segment
Does President Obama have his own War on Women?
President Obama's recent cabinet picks have been uniformly white and male, angering some of his supporters. Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham suggested that the President is being hoist on his own petard. "We're in this perpetual mode of bean-counting in Washington," she groused, "and the President brought this criticism on himself because he is in bed with all these far-left groups that use bean-counting to make themselves invulnerable to criticism. He makes such a big deal of diversity, but how about just having excellence? It doesn't matter if they're straight or gay, women or men, white or black, we deserve excellent nominees. As least Mitt Romney had a 'binder' and he wanted to hire more women."
Factor Follow Up Segment
Pot clubs opening in Colorado
Two months after Colorado citizens voted to legalize marijuana, pot clubs are opening around that state. The Factor welcomed Robert Corry, co-owner of one of the largest clubs. "The voters of Colorado have spoken," Corry said, "and we want to treat marijuana like alcohol. It is much safer to treat it that way and regulate it. There are hundreds of thousands of 'alcohol clubs,' and we are just like those except we're a marijuana club. Science would say that alcohol is more detrimental to your health and your functioning. This is about freedom and we as Americans have the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness." The Factor worried that Colorado's legalization will inevitably lead to more traffic deaths: "Everybody in Denver has a car. People go to your club and then they have to drive home stoned."
Personal Story Segment
Is the USA becoming too permissive with drugs and alcohol?
The Factor continued the discussion of intoxicants with psychologists Wendy Walsh and Bonny Forest. "I've seen CAT scans of both," Walsh said, "and the red wine that you and I like to drink is far worse on our brains than marijuana. But you're right, they shouldn't be getting into cars until we have breathalyzers that can detect that there's marijuana in their systems." Forest advised people to steer clear of intoxicants, but not because of some government edict. "We are becoming too permissive in our society and too many people are doing that. But should adults be able to go out and have a joint if they want to? I say absolutely yes!" The Factor worried about the effects of legalization on children: "Marijuana is an intoxicant and now children are being told it's just like a beer, it's okay. But if a child smokes marijuana, their childhood vanishes and they're altered forever."
What the Heck Just Happened Segment
Did Time magazine make Chris Christie look like a mobster?
Bernard McGuirk had a new running partner on Friday's show, with John Gibson sitting in for Greg Gutfeld. They scrutinized Time magazine's cover illustration of a menacing-looking Chris Christie. "Time Magazine is a dead mag walking," McGuirk said, "it's about as relevant as Mother Jones magazine or Phil Donohue. But as far as the picture goes, it's amusing. He looks like he's sitting in a small room with Al Roker getting gastric bypass advice." Gibson theorized that Time's editors are trying to boost Christie. "This is part of the East Coast Christie love-fest that's going on. Everybody loves Tony Soprano, so why wouldn't they love Chris Christie looking like Tony Soprano? This is all part of making him even more popular as he runs for reelection." The boys turned to Lance Armstrong, who is expected to come clean about his drug use in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. "There's no reason to go on Oprah except to admit, apologize, and ask for forgiveness," Gibson said. "He's going to say, 'It was my drive to win and I had cancer and I'm so sorry.' Oprah's going to forgive him." McGuirk joked that Armstrong may try flattery. "He's going to tell Oprah how thin she looks and tell her that Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, and Anderson Cooper together couldn't carry her jock."

Returning for a second segment, McGuirk and Gibson talked about ESPN sportscaster Brent Musberger, who gushed over a beauty queen in the stands during last week's college championship game. "This is vastly overblown," Gibson said, "and there was no reason for ESPN for apologize. This is 'age-ism,' an old guy like Musberger shouldn't be seen lech-ing out about young girls." McGuirk cited it as another example of media hypocrisy. "The culture is so hyper-sexualized, vulgarity is celebrated and embraced, and these thumb-sucking, spineless ESPN executives should be ashamed of themselves."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Ron Yates, Champaign, IL: "Bill, your Talking Points perfectly summed up the current status of our country. The president is accumulating more power and the people are not paying attention."

Betty Santos, Albuquerque, NM: "Where does it all end? We have military people coming back home with serious injuries and the taxpayer is being forced to pay a million dollars to give a convicted killer a sex change operation? I am shocked and disgusted."

Tim Kelley, Rapid City, SD: "Bill, you stated that you would like to dine with Jesus. Would you tell him your thoughts on hair length and ponytails on men?"
Tip Of The Day
From the feet of babes
If you need a dose of laughter and good cheer, take a look at the Internet video showing a 17-month-old toddler joining his father on stage and dancing up a storm.