Wednesday, August 21, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Senseless Violence
Guests: Kate Obenshain & Kirsten Powers
"22-year-old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was shot dead in Oklahoma last Friday for no reason at all. He was out jogging when three teenage thugs allegedly murdered him. Based upon known evidence, 15-year-old James Edwards could be the instigator - information on social media indicates that he could be affiliated with the Crips gang and he posed on a website holding a rifle. Police say Edwards was dancing and joking after he was arrested. The civil rights industry has been largely silent, with some liberals blaming America's lack of gun control. Talking Points believes there is a destructive culture in this country; it is apparent that the three boys have no regard for human life, but they have plenty of regard for social media, rap, and Xbox. There will come a point when honest people will begin to see this problem for what it is - a cultural collapse among some very distinct groups. A violent subculture is now in place, fueled by derelict parents, a barbaric media, and apathy on the part of many politicians. Until we acknowledge the source of the chaos, we will not be able to solve the problem."

The Factor asked Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain for their analysis of the Oklahoma murder. "This is obviously a terrible tragedy," Powers began, "but I don't quite understand the expectation that the President or any other group would be speaking about it. Unlike the Trayvon Martin case, the attackers were immediately arrested. Our gun culture is what is behind this." But Obenshain pointed out that President Obama eagerly opined on the Trayvon Martin killing. "The President and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton jumped at the chance to weigh in when a horror would further their political goals. When it served the President's agenda to stir up racial animosity, he compared Trayvon Martin to what his son would look like." The Factor urged President Obama to address the widespread cultural morass: "The President of the United States doesn't believe we have a serious problem. In five years in office he has never addressed the coarse culture and the derelict parenting."
Impact Segment
Bradley Manning Update
Guest: James Carville
After being convicted of espionage, Army Private Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in military prison, although he could be released in as little as eight years. The Factor discussed that sentence with former Clinton adviser James Carville. "I was expecting more," Carville said, "and the judge didn't give a reason. My real outrage at this is how a private in the Army gets all these secrets that cause enormous embarrassment to the country. Maybe he thought he was saving the world, but that shouldn't matter." The Factor contended that Manning should have gotten a far longer sentence: "I don't think he is a threat to society, but you have to send a message to everybody that if you steal secrets and give them to the enemy you're going to be punished harshly. I don't think this punishment was harsh enough."
Washington Beat Segment
Stories from Inside the DC Beltway
Guests: James Rosen & Carl Cameron
FNC correspondents James Rosen and Carl Cameron entered the No Spin Zone with the latest from Washington, beginning with the buzz surrounding Hillary Clinton. "She's getting a lot of attention," Cameron observed, "but it's not really the kind she wants. She's been way more public than she wanted to be at this stage and the headlines may have actually harmed more than helped. Some liberals are starting to dip their toes in the 2016 water, they're already beginning to come out against her." Rosen looked overseas to Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani physician who was thrown in jail after helping U.S. intelligence agencies locate Osama bin Laden. "The Obama administration says it is raising this to the highest level," Rosen said, "but what can they do? They can try to buy this guy's way out of prison or perhaps they can engage in a prisoner swap, which is very unlikely. So in all likelihood Afridi will remain where he is."
Personal Story Segment
Pet Crazy Country
Guest: Harrison Forbes & Joanna Bassinger
A new study indicates that many Americans value the life of their pet more than that of another human being. The Factor analyzed the survey with animal experts Joanne Basinger and Harrison Forbes. "We share so many raw emotions with our pets," Forbes said, "and people feel an openness with their pets that they don't share with anyone else. Social media is partly responsible - we don't go out to meet our friends as much, we're texting or tweeting while the dog is on our lap." Basinger agreed that pets have become more ingrained into the lives of many Americans. "It's not that people are putting equal value on humans and animals, but a pet owner feels responsibility toward their pet. You spend a lot more hours with your family pet than with members of your own family." The Factor reminded both guests that there is a natural hierarchy: "Dogs are animals and human beings, if you're a Judeo-Christian person, have souls. So it has always been that you must protect human beings over animals."
Miller Time Segment
Pay for a Prison Upgrade?
Guest: Dennis Miller
The Factor asked Dennis Miller about the California town that is allowing well-heeled inmates to pay $155 a night to stay at a "smaller, quieter" prison with cable TV and other perks. "I'd probably take advantage of this," Miller said, "I'd use some of my frequent-felon miles. And if my cellmate looked like James Carville, I'm springing for the extra $155. Carville looks like a Muppet accidentally washed on hot." Miller also peered way ahead to a possible presidential race between two heavyweights. "If this is going to be Hillary Clinton versus Chris Christie, they both better start running before they decide to run because they're both looking a little zaftig. I don't think you can trek around the country and not have a heart attack with the shape they're in. If they shoot a debate between Christie and Hillary, they'd better put it in IMAX."
Did You See That Segment
American Hangover
Guest: Heather Nauert
Excessive alcohol use costs the U.S. hundreds of billion dollars a year, at least according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control. The Factor asked Fox News correspondent Heather Nauert to elucidate. "Much of this is lost productivity," she explained, "which means you show up to work and you're falling asleep at the computer because you're hung over. That's why so many large employers are now drug testing employees before they even sign them up." Nauert also examined the recent rash of bear attacks. "They will come after you when they are hungry and this is the time of year that they're starting to collect their food so they can hibernate. Part of the problem is that people are moving closer to the bears' domain. We're closer to them and they're coming closer to us."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Steven Colbert, Dallas, TX: "Mr. O, you are way out of line supporting stop and frisk. It only gives racists a free pass to harass minorities."

Ron Palmer, Chicago, IL: "As a retired police officer here, I know stop and frisk works. Every city with a major crime problem has been run by Democrats for years. They want minority votes but will not solve the problems."

Kevin Field, Woodbridge, VA: "The Fourth Amendment is being eroded by stop and frisk. Where do we stop?"

Anne D'Agostino, East Haven, CT: "As a new mom, I am terrified of the effect America's coarse culture will have on my son."
Tip Of The Day
Arab News Network
A new news network is up and running - check out the Arab-back Al Jazeera America. Although we must say, insulting The Factor as we enter our 18th year might not have been the best start to the network.