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Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Florida failing children
Guests: Andrea Moore, Florida's Children First & professor Charles Rose

"It seems like every week another child is brutally abused in Florida. This time 13-year old Sarah Lunde is missing and police are questioning 36-year old sex offender David Onstott. This terrible situation comes right after 9-year old Jessica Lunsford was brutally murdered by convicted sex offender John Couey. Meanwhile, the AP has run an article about the three people who protected Couey. They knew he was hiding and refused to tell the cops anything about it. State Attorney Brad King has not charged the three, saying it is not against the law to lie to police. King told AP he wouldn't charge someone "just to make the public feel better." Can you believe this guy? Brad King is off-the-chart misguided and Americans have to do something, but what? The only person who could possibly influence King is his friend Governor Jeb Bush. So if you'd like to speak to the governor about this, there's information on about how to do that. The time has come for the folks to appeal personally to those in power. The only way for society to stop this horrendous epidemic of violence against children is to stop the nonsense and prosecute the criminals to the utmost. Florida is experiencing a judicial meltdown that is obvious for everyone to see. The question is whether anything will be done."


The Factor was joined by two guests who deal with the Florida justice system on a regular basis. Andrea Moore of Florida's Children First said part of the answer is more money. "We don't fund our courts well, we don't fund our police well, and we don't fund child welfare very well. Where people put their money shows where they put their priorities, and children are not a priority in Florida." Professor Charles Rose contended that while the situation is bad, it's not quite as chaotic as the headlines indicate. "If you look at crime statistics across the board, we've done well. But we've had a series of high-profile events that catch everyone's attention and wrench everybody's heart." The Factor concurred, but argued that Florida can still do far more to protect children. "Every week I have to report another brutal murder of a little girl at the hands of a sex offender and watch slugs who protect these offenders not be prosecuted. It's disgraceful."
LAPD & Special Order 40
Guests: Brian Doherty, Reason Magazine & John Eastman, Chapman Law School

Under legislation called "Special Order 40," Los Angeles police are forbidden from cooperating with federal immigration authorities or asking criminals about their immigration status. Law professor John Eastman said the policy has been a disaster. "We have violent felons who have been deported and then returned, and the police are still unable to challenge their immigration status. It really is unbearable. We're spending millions of dollars housing illegal immigrants in our prisons and handicapping our police from even asking if they're here illegally." But Brian Doherty of the libertarian magazine Reason defended Special Order 40. "Local police should be concerned with local criminal issues, not enforcing federal immigration law. While it is true that these illegal aliens are technically outlaws, they're not outlaws that citizens of LA should care about. They're not necessarily committing crimes against our person and property."
Jordan Chandler & Michael Jackson
Guest: Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist

Jordan Chandler could hold the key to convicting Michael Jackson. Now in his mid-20's, Chandler claimed he was molested by Jackson when he was thirteen and received a $20 million settlement from the pop star. But Chandler is refusing to testify against Jackson in his current trial, and The Factor previously portrayed him as a "villain." Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig proposed that Chandler is not a villain, but a victim. "He needs to protect himself. It would be ideal if every victim could be an advocate, but some people are not psychologically strong enough. Especially with male victims, who are raised with this notion that they should resist being seduced." The Factor again condemned Chandler for endangering other young children. "Maybe instead of calling Chandler a villain, I should have said he is a weak-kneed wimp. You have to testify or other people will go through the same thing. You have to think about others."
Newt vs. Hillary?
Guest: Fox News contributor Dick Morris

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich may be contemplating running for President, while Hillary Clinton seems the obvious front-runner on the Democratic side. Fox News analyst Dick Morris said a Newt vs. Hillary match up would be no contest. "If he ran it would be a free ticket for her to be elected. It's hard to imagine a candidate who could alienate people more than Hillary, but Gingrich might. He couldn?t be elected dogcatcher in the United States. There are three people who could defeat Hillary Clinton--Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Condoleezza Rice. Anybody else and Hillary is the next President."
Newspapers and the culture gap
Guests: John Avlon, New York Sun & Dan Gerstein, Democratic strategist

The much-discussed culture gap is apparently affecting major daily newspapers. Circulation is down and there seems to be a growing disparity between the people who produce papers and their customers, the readers. Democratic strategist Dan Gerstein worried that many journalists are out of touch with mainstream Americans. "If you look at the people writing and editing newspapers, they are largely secular professional, and well educated. So there really is a disconnect from the rest of America. With the New York Times in particular, they are catering to one audience, but it's driving away much of the rest of the country." John Avlon of the New York Sun suggested papers may be returning to bad old days. "Politics and media are becoming more polarized, and with newspapers you get something that is dangerous. I think we're actually devolving back to the 19th century when political parties owned newspapers."
Gay prison marriage
Guest: Steve Rones, civil rights attorney

Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, and two male sex offenders imprisoned in that state wish to tie the proverbial knot. State corrections officials have denied the request, but civil libertarians believe that is a violation of the inmates' rights. "They should be allowed to marry like anyone else in Massachusetts," argued attorney Steve Hrones. "If you do allow marriage, then you do have to apply it across the board based on fairness. Why are they denying permission to these gays?" The Factor told Hrones he is advocating chaos. "If these reprobates were allowed to marry, every prisoner would want to get married. You know this is insane. They're criminals and they don't have any rights other than water, food, shelter, and protection. Denial of intimacy is one of the punishments you get for being convicted."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
There were many passionate e-mails regarding The Factor's story about 5-year old Tia Hernlen, who called 9-1-1 after discovering her parents' bodies. They were killed by a man after trying unsuccessfully to obtain a restraining order against him. Some excerpts:

Dawn Higgins, Washington NJ: "Your segment on Tia was one of the most moving ever. Our family will help her and I hope all Factor viewers do the same."

Michael Grimler, Santa Fe NM: "The police can not protect everyone. People have to learn to protect themselves and sometimes that means getting a firearm."

Heather LePage, Marshfield WI: "I questioned your motives when you first ran the little girl's 911 call. Now that I see you following through to help her, I admit I was wrong."

Mary Parker, Orlando, Florida: "Central Florida is going to hell in a handbasket. I appreciate your exposing the corruption, Bill."

J.J. Henry, Huntsville TX: "Mr. O'Reilly, how utterly arrogant of you to suggest that a DA in Florida owes you an appearance on The Factor."

Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Independent Nation: How Centrism Can Change American Politics
by John P. Avlon

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