The O'Reilly Factor
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Impact Segment
Factor Follow Up Segment
Unresolved Problems Segment
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Stossel Matters Segment
Tip Of The Day
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America in Danger
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
"The blatant violation of international law by Russia puts all of us in jeopardy. Because Putin is getting away with seizing land that belongs to Ukraine, other bad people are taking notice. Putin is going to do exactly what he wants to do, and that includes taking over countries; he well understands that Western democracies are weak, debt-ridden, and selfish. Therefore, we can expect the following unintended consequences: North Korea will most likely get more aggressive with South Korea; the Syrian butcher Assad will most likely regain control of that country; China will most likely seize a small island chain currently governed by Japan; and Iran will most likely ramp up its nuclear weapons activity. President Obama has announced that the G7 will meet to discuss punishing Russia. If the G7 does impose harsh sanctions, Putin will align himself with Iran, thus knocking out the nuclear weapons negotiations. So you can see what a big mess this is, and you can also see that President Obama has little power to do much about it. The truth is that President Obama tried a 'soft power' policy and it has failed dismally. We're living in a dangerous world where killers rule, intimidate, and inflict massive damage on innocent people. So while many Americans are obsessed with a missing jetliner, they are totally missing the danger that confronts this country. Make no mistake about it - Vladimir Putin is out to destroy Barack Obama and badly damage the USA."

The Factor invited Charles Krauthammer to critique the Talking Points Memo. "You're giving too much credit to the supposed Russian help to us in negotiations with Syria and Iran," Krauthammer said. "The Russians were never on our side, they have blocked real sanctions against Iran all the way through and they have been completely behind Syria's government that is killing its people. The real area where the Crimea invasion and annexation will have an effect is in Eastern Europe. This unsettles every country on the frontier of Ukraine, especially the Poles, Hungarians, Slovakians, and Romanians. Even more nervous are the Baltic states in the north, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. They were actually part of the Soviet Union, and Russia looks at Estonia the way it looks at Ukraine." The Factor issued another warning, saying, "Putin sees weakness across the Western world, and he's going to ride roughshod."
Missing Malaysian Plane
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
Returning for an encore segment, Charles Krauthammer turned to the enduring fascination with the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. "This is a story with a lot of fantastic fiction elements," Dr. K observed. "It's got Agatha Christie mystery, it's got David Copperfield magic, and it also has a James Bond feel because people are imagining that there's a secret island somewhere with a long runway. What annoys me in the coverage is the way it's become a game, when in fact it's a terrible event with people suffering." The Factor ridiculed some of the more outrageous theories being put bandied about: "Watching some of this coverage is painful. Today somebody did five minutes on a possible electrical fire on the plane and another dopey pundit put forth the idea that a stowaway might have hijacked the plane."
Missing Malaysian Plane
Guest: Dan Hampton
Author and pilot Dan Hampton entered the No Spin Zone to help sort fact from fiction in the Malaysian mystery. "The simplest explanation," he stated, "is that the pilot or somebody who could fly the plane did this. A big clue nobody is talking about is that this plane carries emergency locator transmitters. There would have been a signal if the plane had crashed on land or in the water unless the transmitters were deliberately disabled. It would have to be one of the two pilots or someone else who showed up with the proper credentials and got in the jump seat." The Factor, brandishing Occam's Razor, opted for the simplest explanation: "I believe the plane is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, which is an opinion based upon the facts we have covered. It looks like this pilot took the plane and crashed it."
No Tobacco, but Yes to Marijuana?
Guests: Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes
Dozens of states are encouraging stores to stop selling tobacco, even as other states are legalizing marijuana. The Factor asked Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to opine on the seeming contradiction. "The government should not be telling a store that it shouldn't sell tobacco," Colmes said, "when they're selling marijuana. It is a contradiction." Crowley urged states to discourage the use of both substances. "We know tobacco use can be deadly, I lost somebody close to me to lung cancer. And to be consistent, marijuana is usually smoked, so you are introducing toxins and doing damage to your lung system." The Factor mocked the Denver Post for hiring a columnist devoted to reviewing marijuana: "You have a major newspaper telling you which plant is best! Are they doing that for cigarettes? No! It's so hypocritical and so ridiculous."
Hot Legal Stories
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl
Legal aces Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle scrutinized a case in Texas, where a man shot and killed his daughter's 17-year-old boyfriend, who was in the girl's bedroom at 2AM. "He is not being charged," Wiehl reported, "because of the 'castle doctrine' in Texas and other states. It says that if you are in your home, that is your castle, and if you feel an imminent threat or danger to you or someone else, you have the right to use lethal force." Guilfoyle pointed out another twist in the case. "The daughter said she didn't know who the boy was, so the dad thought he was an intruder. The law gives the presumption to the defendant, meaning the father, if he reasonably believed that he or one of his family members was in imminent danger." The Factor blamed the teenage girl, saying, "The daughter is the deceiver, she let the boy in and lied to her father, who thought his daughter was being raped."
Wasteful Spending
Guest: John Stossel
John Stossel, host of an eponymous show on the Fox Business Network, never tires of identifying government waste. He came armed with a couple of especially egregious examples. "The government spent $100,000 to purchase and ship an outhouse from Oregon to Alaska. We found that you can buy an outhouse for $700 on the web." Stossel then looked east to Arlington, Virginia. "The government built a bus stop with heated floors for $1-million, and they plan on building 24 more of them. That's what government does, it wastes money."
Lessons From a Truly Evil Man
Fred Phelps, the loathsome "preacher" who founded the despicable Westboro Baptist Church, is reportedly near death. It's a reminder that true Christians are taught to love their neighbors, and that redemption is always possible, even for a hate-filled man like Phelps.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Kimberly Ballard, Huntsville, AL: "I agree that cable news is off the charts with speculation about the jetliner but I love a mystery. So when news shows get boring, I opt for the mystery."

Chris Nelson, Tampa, FL: "You report the news, O'Reilly, while everyone else is bloviating. Enough with the speculation."

Nelson Gomes, Rio Vista, CA: "Come on, Bill. Do you not see a connection between President Obama's tepid reaction to Putin and his comment on an open mic that he would be more flexible after reelection?"
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