The O'Reilly Factor
A daily summary of segments aired on The O'Reilly Factor. A preview of the evening's rundown is posted before the show airs each weeknight.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Talking Points Memo
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Factor Follow Up Segment
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'Is it Legal?' Segment
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Freedom of Speech under Attack from the Left
"The American Civil Liberties Union was set up to protect freedom of expression. But now some other very liberal people are trying to shut down free speech and the ACLU is silent. Writing in the Harvard Crimson, editorialist Sandra Korn called for a 'framework of justice' instead of academic freedom. Isn't that swell? She wants to stop academic research with which she disagrees. Harvard is about as left-wing as it gets, there are few conservative professors. But overwhelming numbers are not enough for Sandra Korn, who wants to shut down opposing points of view. So do many others on the far left, and the technique in play is the smear. If you criticize people of color, including the president, you're labeled a 'racist.' Call for a stronger border with Mexico and you're 'anti-Hispanic.' Oppose gay marriage and you are a 'homophobe,' and if you want responsibility in welfare programs you are 'anti-poor.' Those labels are designed to shut folks up, and it's working to some extent. If you are a conservative in Hollywood, you will be denied jobs. If you are conservative at the New York Times, you will not get good assignments. And if you are a fervent believer in God, you will not be invited to the swell cocktail parties in Manhattan and Georgetown. Oppressing free speech is not unusual in far-left precincts, but it's not going to work. This program will make sure of that."
Global Warming Debate
Guests: Charles Krauthammer
On the subject of speech restriction, some left-wingers are urging the Washington Post not to run a column by Charles Krauthammer in which he expresses skepticism about "global warming." Dr. K entered the No Spin Zone, where he always speaks freely. "I was objecting to Obama's saying that global warming is 'settled science,'" he said, "when there is no such thing as 'settled science,' particularly with something as unsettled as climate studies. I'm a skeptic, I'm open to empirical evidence, but there are people telling us that this is a closed issue. The petitioners have made my case - the whole point of declaring it 'settled science' is to deny debate."
Downsizing Defense
Guest: John Bolton
The Obama administration proposes a reduction in forces that will leave the Army smaller than it's been since prior to World War II. The Factor welcomed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who has accused the president of intentionally reducing U.S. power. "This budget follows a succession of dramatic cuts in defense," Bolton declared, "and I think it's consistent with his ideology. He's trying to downsize our military capabilities to make the United States less provocative. This is a reflection of his ideology that we're too strong and our very presence invokes animosity." The Factor theorized that President Obama is engaging in the old "guns or butter" question: "He wants to take money from the Pentagon and give it to 'social justice,' but I don't think his 'soft power' strategy is good for this country in the long run."
Welfare $$ for Pot
Guests: Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley

Welfare recipients in Colorado are using their welfare cards to obtain cash in the state's marijuana shops, and Democratic legislators rejected a bill that would have removed cash machines from pot shops. The Factor invited Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley to react. "You should not be allowed to use welfare cards to buy pot," Colmes declared. "They have the cash machines there so that law-abiding citizens can get cash, but the Democrats were wrong in this." Crowley was perplexed by the legislature's action. "The only thing I can think of is that pot is now taxed in Colorado and it is generating a huge amount of revenue. So perhaps the legislators think that if they put cash in people's hands, they'll buy pot and the revenue will come into the state." The Factor concluded with a lament, saying, "This is just insane, and this is what's going on in Colorado."
Rep. Michele Bachmann on her Controversial Comments
Guest: Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

The Factor was joined by Republican Minnesota Congressman Michele Bachmann, who recently opined that some Americans are not enthused by the idea of a female president. "I ran for president," Bachmann said, "so obviously I think that a woman can, should, and will be president. I think it will be a conservative woman and I want to encourage young women to get involved. My personal experience is that there are some people in the United States who don't see that a woman should be president, but the overwhelming majority do." Bachmann suggested that Hillary Clinton has two major disadvantages. "Her case will be difficult because she has to answer the question about being commander-in-chief, which will be very difficult in light of her failures with Benghazi. She has another question to answer about health care, and her version of 'Hillarycare' was far more complex and difficult than ObamaCare."
Outrage in Minnesota
Guests: Eboni Williams & Lis Wiehl
47-year-old Gary Hegna, despite repeatedly raping a 7-year-old girl, was sentenced to probation by a Minnesota judge. Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Eboni Williams elaborated on the case. "The prosecutor let Hegna plea down from multiple rape charges to a third-degree sexual misconduct," Wiehl reported. "They're not answering our questions, they won't tell us specifically why they did this." Williams turned to New York, where police were sued by an Islamic mosque. "The Muslims claimed that they were under surveillance," Williams said, "only because of their race and religion. If that were true it would be unconstitutional, but the judge dismissed this suit because there was nothing unconstitutional about this."
American Kids Today
Guest: John Stossel
Are American kids better off than they were fifty years ago? Fox Business host John Stossel answered affirmatively and without equivocation. "Violence is down, teen pregnancy is down, and things are getting better," he declared. "They have Facebook now, which by itself makes life better because they can communicate. The lonely kid wasn't able to communicate before, but now he can on all these wonderful websites." The Factor's rejoinder included some sobering statistics: "Children back then had a much better time because the social problems they encountered were much fewer. 72% of black infants and 36% of white infants are now born to single mothers, so we start with millions of American children being worse off because they are not in an intact family! Kids read less and they have sex earlier."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Jeff Johnson, Fort Worth, TX: "As a high school teacher, I believe the biggest issue in the classroom is student apathy. It is driven by the self-indulgent use of phones."

Michael Schumacher, Houston, TX: "Bill, your impassioned but simplistic assertion that apathy and ignorance is due to the rise of the machines makes you sound like a modern day 'Luddite.'"

Carolyn Money, Orange Park, FL: "O'Reilly, yes you are Paul Revere. Apathy is all over the place and could lead to the downfall of our nation. Ride on!"

Sandy Maynard, Muskegon, MI: "How sad it is that our government will supplement able-bodied citizens like the surfer-dude, but we have to privately fund high tech track chairs for wounded vets?"
Time Management
If you really want to accomplish things in life, take a few minutes each morning to write down your plans for the day and when you'll execute those plans. And don't forget to include a few fun things along the way.