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Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Is America in Decline?
"While stories like the Zimmerman trial, the IRS scandal, and Obamacare are important, they do not define the nation. But the economy does. The most important story in America is our declining economic power. America's debt and the fact that we cannot provide jobs for millions of people who want to work is a direct threat to our power, and all over the world folks know it. The Russian tyrant Putin has no problem jabbing us over NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Same thing with Iran, that country doesn't fear us, and China certainly does pretty much what it wants. There's no way that America will remain the most powerful nation in the world if we continue to promote weakness - the 'nanny state' mentality embraced by the Democratic Party is a direct and dire threat, and the Republican Party didn't solve key problems when it was in power. Illegal immigration is one of the big examples of that, dangerous speculative bank investments is another. The GOP failed to deal with those situations, so the country elected Barack Obama and his liberal philosophy has taken deep root. The result is economic chaos and a change in the most important mindset this country once had, self-reliance."
IRS Investigation
Guests: Alan Colmes & Monica Crowley
The House Oversight Committee has resumed hearings on the IRS' targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. The Factor asked Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to evaluate Thursday's session. "Two things came out today," Crowley said. "First, the targeting originated out of Washington, not out of some rogue agents in Cincinnati. The second point is that Carter Hull, who has been with the IRS for nearly 50 years, testified that Lois Lerner ordered him to send the reviews of conservative groups to the IRS chief counsel, which is one of only two positions in the IRS that the President appoints." Colmes argued that half the story has not been told. "J. Russell George, the Inspector General, said that he was quite disturbed that information was kept from him by the IRS about the targeting of progressive groups. I believe this is an important story, but I don't know that it was politically motivated." The Factor criticized the committee's ranking Democratic member, saying, "Elijah Cummings has done everything he can to block the investigation, he is not looking out for the United States."
Rolling Stone Controversy
Guest: Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera sounded off on Rolling Stone magazine, which adorns its latest cover with a photo of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. "It is creepy and in bad taste," Rivera began, "but it's not unprecedented - in 1970 Charles Manson was on the cover and Time magazine has had Hitler and Osama bin Laden on the cover. It's an attempt to sell magazines, it's a bold merchandising ploy." On another subject, Rivera lauded Al Sharpton, who has been omnipresent during the Trayvon Martin case. "I've known him for 30 years and I think he is the premiere civil rights activist of this century. He expresses the fear felt by minority parents about the peril their children face when they encounter the cops." The Factor was taken aback: "You want me to sit here and believe that he wants to solve black-on-black crime! And you believe that his motives in the Trayvon Martin case were pure!"
Obamacare Critic
Guest: Donald Trump
The Factor welcomed Donald Trump, who has been a fierce critic of the health care reform law. "Many businesses are closing up," he said, "many are hiring part-time workers, many are hiring fewer than 50 workers. There are a lot of tricks to Obamacare and it is affecting unemployment and businesses very seriously." Trump also urged America to get tough with China and other nations. "China is manipulating their currency better than anyone has ever done. And OPEC, even though there is so much energy and oil around, is setting new price records. OPEC is laughing at us and how stupid we are. So we have to attack China and other countries economically and we have to get back to making products."
Fort Hood Outrage
Guest: Judge Jeanine Pirro
Major Nidal Hasan, who carried out the massacre at Fort Hood, is still receiving his military salary as he awaits trial. The Factor asked Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro to explain. "Under the Code of Military Justice," she reported, "he has to be paid, but if he's found guilty his pay will be suspended. Unless they change the code, he gets every benefit of the doubt even though he's the shooter." The Factor urged the military to consider amending the UCMJ, saying, "They should change the code somewhat so there is a power to suspend pay." Pirro, a former judge, also evaluated George Zimmerman's two lead attorneys. "Mark O'Mara is one smooth lawyer, he's comfortable in the courtroom and he knows the law. On the other hand, Don West didn't come across as well, he was very combative with the judge."
Porn Lawsuit
Guests: Greg Gutfeld & Bernard McGuirk
Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk scrutinized the case of the Tennessee man who is suing Apple because he is addicted to Internet porn. "It is outrageous when people start suing a piece of fruit," Gutfeld quipped, perhaps unaware that the Apple in question is the computer maker. McGuirk let loose on the litigious lecher. "What is this guy, the accidental pervert? You don't get addicted to pornography or donuts, you get addicted to heroin, and even then it's self-inflicted." The boys also opined on Kate Middleton's royal pregnancy. "We hope the kid doesn't get grandpa's ears," McGuirk said, "and this is anachronistic nonsense, it sends the wrong message." Gutfeld mocked the extraordinary amount of attention paid to the impending birth. "I'm extremely thrilled and I hope it's a boy or a girl. I love it when the media asks, 'Why does the public care about this?' The public can ask the same question, "Why does the media care?"
Lap Dance Tax
Guest: Jesse Watters
Jesse Watters took his crew and questions to Philadelphia, where the city is raising money by taxing lap dances at strip clubs. "You're just trying to make a guy a little happier and have him go home in a slightly better mood," said one exotic dancer. Meanwhile, one man summed up the opinion of many lap dancees, saying, "These girls are shaking their asses for a dollar, they gotta be left alone." Watters also spoke with the Mayor's press secretary, who explained, "This is an amusement tax, everyone needs to pay their fair share."
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
John Dendahl, Littleton, CO: "Mr. O'Reilly, I was surprised to agree with George Stephanopoulos when he declined to answer your question about whether America holds black men in 'contempt.' The social pathology in some black families invites contempt."

Karen Guglielmo, Davidsonville, MD: "George was afraid to answer your straightforward question, Bill. What is going on?"

Michael Froats, Fenton, MI: "Bill, you say the Rolling Stone story did not glamorize the Boston killer but the cover shot did. They have the freedom to do that but the free market will also speak on this."

Mike Mapes, Omaha, NE: "We went on the Rolling Stone website and canceled our subscription. $19 is headed our way."
Calm ... But Just Bearly
Finally, The Factor aired a local television reporter's advice for dealing with a bear. Among her tips - "Avoid direct eye contact with the bear, back off slowly, don't yell, and stay calm." Easier said that done ... unless you're the bear!
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