Tuesday, January 15, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
The Culture War goes world wide
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

"I have been reporting that America is moving to the left very quickly; President Obama's reelection has emboldened many committed liberals and they are pressing their advantage in areas like taxpayer-funded abortion, legal narcotics, and gay marriage. Overseas, the same thing is going on. In Rome on Sunday, a group of gay activists stripped off their shirts to reveal the words 'in gay we trust.' The Pope was in the middle of a public prayer as the protesters tried to shout him down. In France, the new socialist president has vowed to enact gay marriage. That has angered some traditional French citizens, including the sizeable Muslim population, and French protesters took to the streets saying they want traditional marriage upheld. Here in the USA, traditional forces are scattered while the left is better financed, better organized, and more motivated. If traditional Americans want to stop the trend, they have to do it at the ballot box and they have to convince younger Americans, minorities, and apathetic people that the country is heading for disaster. If you look at American history, some of our greatest accomplishments were driven by liberal leaders, but now we're looking at an emerging nanny state, libertine social policies, the decline of religion, and incredible selfishness. If traditional people don't begin standing up, we will become Sweden, No question about it."

The Factor invited Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley to evaluate the state of traditional America. "There are some leaders in the churches," Crowley said, "and there are individual leaders, but we don't have any national leadership, either culturally or on the religious side. The left has been much more organized and well-financed and they've been chipping away at traditional America." Colmes theorized that traditional Americans are literally dying out. "A lot of this is generational because people are aging out of traditions. The younger generation doesn't dislike the idea that gays can get married. And there is no central figure on the right." The Factor bemoaned the lack of leadership among conservatives: "Traditional Americans outnumber liberal Americans in every poll, but there's no go-to guy, no organization, while liberals have centralized under Barack Obama."
'Is it Legal?' Segment
How badly will doping admission hurt Lance Armstrong?
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl

Now that Lance Armstrong has finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs, what legal issues cloud his future? The Factor posed that question to legal analysts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl. "He stands to lose tens of millions of dollars," Wiehl declared. "Several lawsuits have already been filed, including one by his former teammate Floyd Landis, who he defamed. And that's just one of the suits." Guilfoyle agreed that Armstrong faces years of expensive litigation and other financial woes. "There are allegations that he threatened people who tried to expose him, and that he pressured his teammates to take these blood-boosting drugs to enhance their performance. Armstrong may have to pay back $35 million because he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, and it's estimated that he has already lost $150 million in future earnings."

Returning for an encore segment, the legal duo scrutinized a lawsuit involving "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Indiana. "Lindh was precluded from joining a prayer group in prison," Guilfoyle said, "because the prison considered it a security risk. Intelligence authorities know that prayer meetings are a means by which terrorists spread information." Wiehl added that Lindh and some other Muslim prisoners claim they are the victims of religious persecution. "They are demanding that they can pray together every day. The prisoners claim that their religious freedom rights are being violated and a judge has initially agreed with them. I think the government should appeal."
Stossel Matters Segment
Will President Obama issue executive orders on gun control?
Guests: John Stossel

President Obama may use his executive authority to enact gun legislation, a tactic that doesn't sit well with Fox Business host John Stossel. "This executive order idea can be really abused," Stossel said. "Think what prior presidents have done - Nixon enacted wage and price controls and JFK started the Peace Corps with executive orders." Stossel insisted that gun bans, which tend to be popular among liberals, are totally ineffectual. "Nothing tells the left that banning things won't work, they say, 'Congress must do something!' But the Centers for Disease Control looked at 51 studies of gun laws and could not find anything that worked." The Factor agreed that bans don't work, but added, "I favor background checks and the government knowing who has certain rifles."
Impact Segment
Is President Obama trying to damage the Republican party?
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

President Obama has been ridiculing Republicans for their stances on the debt ceiling, taxes, and gun control. Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer theorized that the President is hoping to permanently damage the GOP. "He's been doing this ever since Election Day," Dr. K asserted. "His entire strategy for the 'fiscal cliff' was to split the Republicans, his offers had nothing to do with solving the fiscal issues. He's shown no interest in reducing the debt since the day he was elected in 2008, he's never talked about any structural cuts in entitlements. If you want a European-style entitlement state, you need European-style taxation, and that's all he's interested in. His strategy is to split, fracture, and neuter Republicans in the House because they are all that stand between him and total dominance of Washington in his second term." The Factor concluded that President Obama has two tremendous advantages: "The media will generally support everything he does, and there is a lack of anyone in the Republican Party who can stand up to him."
Back of Book Segment
French troops fighting Al Qaeda in Mali
Guests: Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Col. David Hunt

France has dispatched fighting troops to its former colony Mali, whose government is under attack from Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels. The Factor analyzed the situation with Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Col. David Hunt. "While we bogged ourselves down in Afghanistan," Peters lamented, "Al Qaeda has been spreading around the world. And nowhere have they had more success than Mali, where they control an area larger than Texas." Hunt added that the French need and deserve American assistance. "We were in there training Mali special forces for a couple of years and we are there helping with communications and logistics. The French can not do this operation in an area that large without our help."
Tip Of The Day
Nature's power
When you're out enjoying our natural surroundings, whether on the water or in the woods, be ultra-aware of what's going on around you because Mother Nature can be a powerful force.
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
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Edward Devenpeck, Smyrna, GA: "Al Gore's actions (private jet, big mansion) tell me he indeed does care about global warming. As long as he can make money from it."