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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Missing Malaysian Plane
Guest: James Hall
"The whole world wants to know what happened to the Malaysian jetliner that disappeared 12 days ago. I can tell you what we know for sure, which will negate about 90% of what you have heard in the media. On March 8th the flight departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 AM, and at 1:19 AM the co-pilot said good night to Malaysian air traffic control. NBC News is reporting that was 12 minutes after the jet turned west, but NBC used an anonymous source and there is no way to confirm that. Six hours later, the last signal from the plane was received by a satellite. However, nobody knows where the plane was when that final signal came in. Using this factual data, the jet is either on land in south Asia or at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. South Asia is a densely populated region full of spy satellite monitoring and radar, so it is almost impossible that a huge jet could have snuck into an airport. The data points to a crash in the Indian Ocean. The factual content of the memo is now complete; enter the lunacy! Singer Courtney Love claims she has discovered the jet somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but there is no truth to the rumor that CNN immediately hired Ms. Love to anchor one of its broadcasts. To say this whole media situation is out of control is the understatement of the century. One more note: The Malaysian government has been disgraceful in reaction to this tragedy and its citizens know it. Once again, the odds are that one or both of the pilots crashed this plane into the ocean."

For further analysis, The Factor welcomed James Hall, former head of the National Transportation Safety Board. "Your facts seem correct," Hall said, "and my concern here is with the lives of the flight crew and passengers. I think we have to be very careful, and I don't think we have been able to identify who was in control of the aircraft. The plane certainly made some strange movements, so was anyone in control of the aircraft other than the flight crew? Also, with the cyber warfare that exists, was the aircraft being remotely controlled? I've never seen a mystery like this in aviation." The Factor challenged the notion that Flight 370 could have been taken over by remote control: "That seems to be something out of science fiction, I've never heard of any airliner being hijacked remotely. Everything points to the pilot."
Can we Stop Their Nuke Plans?
Guest: Dr. Michael Rubin
How are the world's villains looking at America? The Factor posed that question to former Pentagon official Michael Rubin, just back from Syria. "The people who tend to be pro-American in Syria are frustrated because we don't seem to care," he lamented, "and our enemies seem to be emboldened. Assad has no reason to believe we're going to abide by any red lines we set." Rubin also contended that the deal to limit Iran's nukes is inadequate. "Some Arab states don't think Iran will need to cheat because the loopholes in this deal are so big. While Iran is letting inspectors in to some facilities, other facilities are outside the parameters of the deal." Finally, Rubin predicted that Russia's Putin has an appetite for more conquests. "His economic situation at home isn't good and he's discovered that it's easier to pick on his neighbors than to address the flaws in the Russian economy. The real danger is with the Baltic states."
How to Handle Putin
Guests: Carl Cameron & James Rosen
Fox News correspondent James Rosen reported the latest on the administration's response to Vladimir Putin's hostile actions in Ukraine. "We've learned that the U.S. and Great Britain will conduct joint military exercises with Ukrainian forces," Rosen said. "Vice President Biden was in Lithuania today and he said that NATO will respond to any act of aggression against any NATO member. He also said President Obama will use the upcoming NATO summit to rally other countries to take collective action. The only problem is that that summit isn't until September. It shows the administration is preparing for a long crisis." FNC's Carl Cameron looked at the political ramifications of Putin's aggression. "Republicans have been pounding on this, you hear them talking about a 'feckless' foreign policy. But both parties think the sanctions announced by the White House this week need to be tougher. Only seven Russian individuals actually face direct sanctions, and those individuals have responded with absolute mockery."
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients
Guest: Rep Dennis Kucinich
Mississippi is the latest state that wants welfare recipients to be tested for drugs. The Factor was joined by former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, one of many liberals who oppose that idea. "It is unconstitutional," he declared, "a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure. If you're going to have this kind of a system, it should apply to bankers getting government bailouts and corporate executives whose companies are getting government handouts. Apply it across the board, don't just go after poor people." The Factor put forth the other side of the argument: "Nobody forces anybody to apply for welfare, and Mississippi wants to ask people whether they are using drugs. I think that's a reasonable question for people getting something from the taxpayer."
Miller's Theories
Guest: Dennis Miller
The Factor warily asked Dennis Miller to solve the mystery of the vanished Malaysian jet. "I think the airplane is on Kucinich's home planet," Miller quipped. "If I had to bet, I'd say the weird Muslim pilot with the dent in his head did something. He's bald, Muslim, and he's got a dent in his head, so he's shaky to me. I'm not making light of this, but I don't know anything." Miller also revisited the story of the 22-pound-cat that cornered its owners, who called 9-1-1 for help. "That's where we've come to in America, there's a 22-pound cat attacking me and I'm not allowed to pick up a bat and hit him! I'm surprised this cat doesn't go into a New Jersey courtroom and sue his cat parents for tuition. I'm surprised this cat doesn't take over Crimea. Geopolitically speaking, my president is now the guy behind the door afraid of the cat!"
Missing Malaysian Plane Speculation
Guest: Jamie Colby
FNC anchor Jamie Colby, after watching coverage of the missing airplane, reported that CNN's Don Lemon may have asked the week's dumbest question when he brought up the possibility of a supernatural occurrence. "He probably wouldn't have asked that question," Colby surmised, "if it wasn't a Sunday, a day of church and the supernatural. It wasn't the best fact-based question." Colby also watched tape of two California anchors who dove under their desks when an earthquake hit. "They have these every day, that week alone there were 45 tremors in the area. But give them credit for doing the right thing - you're supposed to duck, cover, and hold on."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Jim McCarthy, Cleveland, GA: "Bill, please start telling the truth! The reason the media is overcovering the missing jet story is to distract Americans from what's really happening in Ukraine, and that includes Fox News."

Lari, Chazy, NY: "Mr. O'Reilly, I'm very surprised that you and Bernie laughed at the possibility of alien involvement with the missing airliner. Many brilliant scientists believe we are not alone. What's it going to take for you to believe?"

Janet West, Long Beach, CA: "Sometimes you're such an idiot, Bill O'Reilly. Cigarettes vs. pot is not a legitimate comparison. Cigarettes have no redeeming qualities while marijuana relaxes people and can help medically."
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