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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Racism and Witch Hunts
Guests:Deneen Borelli & Richard Fowler
"Writing in Time magazine, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says this: 'The best way to combat racism ... is to seek it out every minute of every day and expose every instance we find. And not just racism, but also sexism, homophobia, and every other kind of injustice.' If his vision were to come true we'd be a nation of witch hunters. Who exactly would be in charge of defining and exposing every instance of racism? Do we set up a tribunal in Salem, Massachusetts? Sadly, this kind of thinking is now permeating the country. Americans are being punished for donating money to causes some people don't like, speakers are being canceled on college campuses if they don't uphold liberal orthodoxy, and race hustlers are branding people with the 'r' label. If you want a divided nation, let's keep this up! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked to write a column on racism because of Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who has been banned from the NBA. As Talking Points said when this story broke, Sterling is just one person, he doesn't reflect anything. A call for all Americans to seek and expose racism is a vigilante situation, which is dangerous. That's what totalitarian regimes do - seek out opinions they don't like and punish them. Political correctness has taken deep root; conservative and Republican students are targets on some campuses and in the media it's more of the same. I think Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a good man, but his call to expose racism, homophobia, and every other form of injustice would only lead to more injustice. Most Americans are good and fair people and the flawed among us will eventually expose themselves. We don't need witch hunters!"

The Factor welcomed Deneen Borelli and Richard Fowler, prominent black observers on different sides of the political divide. "I wouldn't say it's a witch hunt," Fowler said, "but what can we do to put an end to remarks like those made by Donald Sterling or Cliven Bundy or anybody like that? We have to call them out, we have to have to have a societal shift." Borelli denounced Abdul-Jabbar for changing his tune over the past few weeks. "I think he is being attacked by his liberal friends for appearing on your program and for writing an earlier piece for Time. Now he's doing an about face where everything is about race and everyone is racist. His comments are ridiculous and harmful for the country. He doesn't go after the NAACP for taking Donald Sterling's money and giving him a trophy. Abdul-Jabbar's comments are psycho-babble, Americans succeed with hard work and personal responsibility and overcoming challenges."
Obamacare Crisis?
Guests:Monica Crowley & Kirsten Powers
The New York Times is reporting that most Americans "will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network." The Factor invited Kirsten Powers and Monica Crowley to react. "This article wasn't just about ObamaCare," Powers said, "it was about health care in general. They were quoting major insurers who are saying there will be narrower pools of doctors to lower costs. This has been on the horizon for a long time, ObamaCare did not create this!" Crowley contended that even the liberal New York Times can no longer ignore the facts. "At some point they had to start reporting the truth. What precipitated this was the enactment of ObamaCare - in order to contain costs, the insurers have to restrict options, which means fewer doctors and hospitals and cancer centers." The Factor accused the administration of pushing ObamaCare under false pretenses: "As we've said from the very beginning, the law will mean fewer doctors and hospitals and higher costs. But it was sold in a fraudulent manner."
Rethinking What We Eat
Guest:Katie Couric
Katie Couric has helped produce a new documentary called "Fed Up," a scathing indictment of the sugar industry. She entered the No Spin Zone to elaborate on the film. "We took a comprehensive look at the obesity epidemic," she said, "and how we got into such a dire situation. There has been a confluence of factors and sugar is a big problem, people don't realize how much hidden sugar is in almost everything they eat. There are 600,000 products in the grocery store and 80% of them have added sugar." The Factor questioned whether Americans will ever change their dietary habits: "I don't know if you're going to convince anybody. Everybody knows it's not good for you, but it tastes good."
Changing the War on Drugs?
Guest:John Stossel
Republican Senator Rob Portman is advocating more treatment and less incarceration for drug users. Fox Business host John Stossel contended that real solution is full legalization. "Legalized drugs would be unbelievably cheap," Stossel said, " and they might be sold at the 7-Eleven. Most stores have a separate section for cigarettes and alcohol, the free market can do this however it wants. The war on drugs is worse - the legalizers are right and you are wrong!" The Factor insisted that legalizing drugs would create havoc: "The people who get stoned and high don't bother you at all? Did you see what happened to Amsterdam when they went wide open with pot and hash? I don't think your vision is good for the country in any way."
Hot Legal Stories
Guest:Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis WIehl
Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle examined the argument that selling drugs is a non-violent crime. "It's a violent offense," Wiehl insisted, "because dealers sell to users, who then need money to buy more. They assault or rob to get the drugs, so it absolutely is a violent crime." Guilfoyle backed that up with hard facts, saying, "Half of state and federal prisoners reported using drugs in the months leading up to the crime." The legal duo also watched surveillance video showing Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles assaulting Beyoncé's husband Jay Z in a hotel elevator. The Factor asked whether the employee who sold the video to TMZ can be prosecuted. "The hotel can certainly fire the employee," Guilfoyle stated, "and this is a theft. It's not the person's personal property, they're converting it to personal use and profit."
Questioning Common Core
Guest:Glenn Beck
The government's Common Core initiative lays out what students should know as they progress through school. The Factor welcomed Glenn Beck, who expressed his disdain for the curriculum. "You always talk about a culture war," Beck said, "and that's what Common Core is all about. It is about taking our kids and molding them so we can have 'good little citizens' and 'good little drone workers.' I want my kids to have a breadth of knowledge and let them decide, but that's not what's happening in our schools." The Factor reminded Beck that Common Core is championed by some on the right, saying, "Jeb Bush and Chris Christie support the Common Core because they say children will be smarter and better able to compete."
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Factor Words of the Day
Arnold Gerlock, Thornton, CO: "There are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. If just ten percent of them are jihadists, that's 160 million people who are threats."

Betty Betts, Hot Springs, CA: "Bill, the Bolder-Fresher show was good! Your description of your meeting with Nancy Pelosi at the White House was both amusing and revealing."
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