The O'Reilly Factor
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Friday, February 22, 2013
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Top Story
Lou's the Boss Segment
Fridays with Geraldo Segment
What the Heck Just Happened Segment
Factor Mail
Tip Of The Day
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Is the USA really becoming a nation that embraces barbarism?
"A number of judges and politicians are doing things that harm defenseless children and babies in the womb. To me as an America, that is unacceptable. As you know, we have long advocated Jessica's Law, named after 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was brutally raped and murdered in Florida by a convicted sex offender who never should have been out on the street. After that murder, some states quickly passed laws that sentenced child rapists to prison for decades, but some states were resistant, so we began to move. The Factor's campaign proved to be very effective, with just five states that still refuse to protect their children. They are Hawaii, Colorado, New York, Illinois, and Vermont. Perhaps the most egregious situation is in New York State, where Governor Andrew Cuomo will not get behind Jessica's Law. Cuomo does not seem to care about the safety of children; in fact, he's behind a proposed new law that would allow abortions in New York to be performed at any time for pretty much any reason. That means if a 12-year-old girl goes in for an abortion, New York will not investigate how the girl got pregnant. Obviously she has been the victim of statutory rape, but Cuomo does not care! On we have all the contact information for Governor Cuomo. You can tell him that his behavior is barbaric, because it is. Talking Points does not like to pinpoint Americans in this way, but I do not want my country to be a place of barbarism and I will fight against that!"
Why won't Colorado pass Jessica's Law?
The Factor welcomed Mark Lunsford, whose late daughter Jessica inspired states to pass laws mandating harsh sentences for child molesters. Lunsford was recently in Colorado trying to convince legislators to pass a version of Jessica's Law, but it was to no avail. "I was very surprised," Lunsford said, "that they voted no so quickly. This is very heartfelt for me because this was an opportunity for them to put the worst of the worst away. One person told me they already have tough laws, and my response was, 'If you have tough laws, why are offenders repeating their crimes?'" State Representative Libby Szabo, who introduced Jessica's Law in Colorado, tried to explain her colleagues' recalcitrance. "Their reasoning was that our laws are already strict enough, but some child rapists can get away with just four years. So I have to believe that they would rather protect the perpetrators than our poor, defenseless children." The Factor urged ordinary Coloradans to step up and demand action: "Colorado is a mainstream state, it's not Vermont or Hawaii. We're not going to give up on this and I think the people will rise up against their legislature."
Why didn't Facebook pay any income tax last year?
Despite booking more than a billion dollars in profit last year, Facebook paid no federal or state income taxes. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs explained why. "The law says they can write off their losses from previous years before they went public," Dobbs said, "and they went public last year in the biggest technology public offering in history. They earned $1.1 billion dollars but got a $429 million tax refund." Nevertheless, Dobbs endorsed the law used by Facebook to avoid paying taxes. "Facebook has 3,500 employees and 1,000 of them are millionaires now. Mark Zuckerberg's ideas and entrepreneurial genius made 1,000 people millionaires and all of that money that Facebook as a corporation didn't pay is being paid by those individuals." The Factor added, "If we didn't have these laws it would be much harder to start any business."
Oscar Pistorius granted bail in murder case
South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, has been freed on $100,000 bail. Geraldo Rivera opined on the case that is garnering worldwide attention. "South Africa is a much more violent country than the United States," he began, "and there are very few murder cases cleared. But this is one of the most beloved figures in South Africa, a hero who brought world renown to the disabled. The state says he became enraged on Valentine's Day because his girlfriend was going to leave him and shot her four times through the bathroom door. The case seems to be a slam dunk, but Pistorius says he thought there was an intruder in the bathroom. It is a remotely plausible scenario, but it has just enough credence that I think he will not be found guilty of premeditated murder. I think he will be found guilty of what we call criminally negligent homicide." The Factor theorized that Pistorius committed a "crime of passion" and is lying about the supposed intruder.
Are parents worse today than they were 25 years ago?
It's estimated that 700,000 American children are abused each year, raising the question of whether parents are getting worse. The Factor invited Bernard McGuirk and Greg Gutfeld to opine. "I think we're going to hell in a courtroom," Gutfeld said. "We're living in a relativistic society where distinguishing between right and wrong is seen as 'mean,' which is why you don't spank your kids, you can't punish them. The nuclear family is now seen as the nuclear option - it's no longer seen as something great or grand." McGuirk also lamented the overall decline of civility and standards. "It's obvious that we're living in a stupid, hedonistic, narcissistic, selfish, immediate-gratification kind of society, and the entertainment and dopey reality shows perpetuate all these trends. Parents now want to be friends with their kids, they don't want to discipline their kids."

Turning to a less weighty and far more attractive subject, McGuirk and Gutfeld commented on model Katherine Webb, who has thanked sportscaster Brent Musberger for calling attention to her good looks on national television. "ESPN apologizing for what Musberger said was disgraceful," McGuirk declared, "and this is all about hypocrisy and double standards. The old broads on 'The View' can perv over Channing Tatum, but Musberger only paid this girl a compliment. It was a disgraceful episode and Webb should give him a commission on whatever she's making. He propelled her into the spotlight." When it was his turn to opine on Katherine Webb, Gutfeld took wing on a flight of fancy. "I'm really happy for her, because when I broke up with her in 2005 she was never the same. I'm glad she's bounced back, she has found somebody new, and she still looks pretty good."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
John Crespo, Kearny, NJ: "Watters' piece on the president's uncle was tabloid television. Shame on you, O'Reilly."

Lois Bliss, Greeley, CO: "Bill, thank you for exposing the president's uncle living here illegally and nothing being done about it. I can't imagine what would happen if a Republican president was in that position."

Drew Vinson, Novato, CA: "O'Reilly, if you guys have a problem with his uncle's non-deportation, take it up with the president. Watters looked like a jerk confronting the uncle."
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