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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
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Talking Points Memo
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Paying for illegals' medical care?
"The Bush administration has announced that American taxpayers will provide one billion dollars over the next four years to pay illegal aliens' medical expenses. The feds recognize the magnitude of the illegal invasion, but still won't stop it. Talking Points is not optimistic - there's no serious talk of using the military to back up the Border Patrol, and unless you stop the flood of illegals coming in every day all the other stuff is useless. And Americans will continue to pay for the invasion. It's that simple. So what we have here is an unresolved problem that is likely to remain unresolved. The politicians are simply avoiding the issue and the majority of Americans are okay with that."

Double child murder in Ill.
Guest: Former FBI profiler & author Candice DeLong

Two little girls were stabbed to death in Zion, Illinois - the father of one of them, Jerry Hobbs, has been charged with double murder. Hobbs had a violent criminal history and was recently released from prison. Former FBI profiler Candice DeLong explained what kind of person could commit this kind of crime. "A true sociopath or psychopath is a user and abuser of people. They never feel remorse and are incapable of empathy for other people. People like this can be created by abuse and neglect, and sometimes it can be a genetic defect." The Factor asserted that Hobbs, if guilty, fits any definition of evil. "He's a monster and he leaves the human race because no one rationally could do it."
Punishing child molesters
Guest: Attorney Courtney Anderson

Under a new Florida law, anyone convicted of molesting a child under age 12 faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life. Some liberal observers feel the law is too harsh - the Houston Chronicle, for example, editorialized that the best weapons against sexual abuse are "counseling" and "educating children about healthy and unhealthy touch." Defense attorney Courtney Anderson defended that point of view. "What the editorial is demanding is that politicians come up with real solutions. They're asking for more money for community supervision and probation." The Factor lambasted the Chronicle for promoting "touchy-feely" solutions that simply don't work. "Taking convicted predators off the streets is the best defense - not counseling, not community watch programs. That newspaper's incredible stance is what has failed in this country for years."
Protecting the unborn
Guest: Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl

Rebecca Mann was arrested in Iowa for prostitution - she was nearly eight months pregnant and drunk. Mann was initially charged with child endangerment, but the charges were dropped because under Iowa law a fetus is not a child. Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl said the prosecutor should have tried to take Mann off the street until the baby is born. "A prosecutor can always find a way - there is some charge. Especially in this case, you've got her for prostitution and you have her being three times over the legal alcohol limit. There are a bunch of different possible charges." The Factor agreed that Rebecca Mann should not be a free woman. "Any regular person would say I have to look out for this fetus, which is going to be born in four weeks. This woman is out of control, and you find a way to protect the baby."
Parents, kids & the diversity agenda
Guests: David Parker & advisor Brian Camenker

A children's book called "Who's in a Family?" portrays same-sex parents as morally equivalent to traditional parents. Massachusetts parent David Parker found the book unsuitable for his kindergartener son, and went to the school to complain - he was arrested for trespassing when he refused to leave the school after meeting with the principal. "I went in asking to be notified when they brought up transgender and same sex issues, and I wanted the option to opt out of those issues. I don't want the school to determine the timing and manner of when this stuff is brought up. I want him making mud pies - I don't want him thinking about same sex unions in kindergarten." The Factor said that school officials were seemingly dismissive of Parker's parental rights. "If the principal were reasonable, they would have acceded to your wishes and called you if there were any discussions of a non-traditional situation."
Considering war with Iran
Guests: Andrew Apostolou, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies & Dr. Rob Sobhani, Georgetown University

There is escalating tension between the United States and Iran, which wants to develop nuclear capabilities and allegedly harbors and funds terrorists. Foreign affairs experts Andrew Apostolou and Rob Sobhani discussed the prospects of an American invasion. " It would be counterproductive if we were to strike Iran," Sobhani said. "What we need to do is send a clear message to the people of Iran that we support their aspirations for democracy." Apostolou worried that Iran may be close to developing a nuclear weapon, but said an attack is not imminent. "It now seems that Iran has three nuclear programs and we are going to reach a crunch point, but we are not there yet. The U.S. is too tied up in Iraq." The Factor put forth a worst-case scenario that could be catastrophic. "I'm very worried about this because there's no question the government of Iran protects high ranking Al Qaeda and funds Hamas. And if Iran develops dirty bomb potential, what's to prevent them from handing it off to these people?"
Catholic church embroiled in controversy
Guest: Mark Franken, U.S. Conference of Bishops

Some Catholic bishops have endorsed a campaign called "Justice for Immigrants," which promotes a more liberal legalization process for illegal immigrants. Church spokesman Mark Franken elaborated on the movement and its goals. "The Catholic bishops are saying there should be a comprehensive program to deal with immigration. Border enforcement has proven not to work. We should create conditions in their home country so people are not forced to come here." The Factor argued that the church's so-called solution is unrealistic. "We understand compassion, but you have no solution to the hundreds of thousands of people who are coming here. With all due respect, I don't think any of the clerics have a clue about what to do."
Viewers Sound Off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of your e-mails dealt with The Factor's segment on United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie. Some excerpts:

Rosie Wilson, Issaquah, WA: "Bill, I am disappointed that you would attack Angelina. She may not be promoting what she is doing, but at least she's trying to do something."

Lynn Jones, Santa Barbara, CA: "Bill, I think Jolie is in it for the publicity."

Jennifer Mears, Pasco, WA: "Bill, you were too hard on Jolie. She has helped the world's refugees far more than you have."

Megan Nyffeler, Philadelphia, PA: "Bill, I can understand your frustration over not knowing what Jolie is doing. It would be terrible if the poor of the world are used for self-promotion."

Jason Kottwitz, Charleston, IL: "Bill, you are just jealous of Angelina."

Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as Woman in the FBI
by Candice DeLong

Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life
by Lis Wiehl

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