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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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Setting sex offenders free
Guest: Dr. Michael Welner, NYU School of Medicine

"New York Governor George Pataki has ordered twelve violent sex offenders held by the state after their prison terms were completed, citing the state's involuntary commitment law. Pataki says the men were evaluated by state officials and found to be too dangerous to walk the streets. The ACLU, predictably, wants the men released and yesterday Judge Jacqueline Silbermann ordered the sex offenders to be set free pending more evaluations by court-appointed doctors. This situation is troubling because many of the twelve are brutal individuals who received little jail time for their crimes. One of the men raped a 3-year old boy, inflicting internal injuries on the child, and served three-and-a-half years. Most of these convicts are dangerous and didn't receive fair sentences. If any of the twelve felons Judge Silbermann has ordered released hurts any child, I will hold that judge responsible and report the case to you immediately."

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Psychiatrist Michael Welner, who evaluates sex offenders for New York State, described a typical psychiatric examination as extremely thorough. "You look at the person's history, the offense, and the person's sexuality. What's at stake is the public safety, and we have the responsibility to do a diligent job." Dr. Welner stressed the importance of early treatment of potential sex predators. "The most important thing to recognize is that there are voyeurs, exhibitionists, and 'pre-rapists.' Those are the ones who need treatment because if they don't get treatment, they will rape. And once a person gets to two or three offenses the chances of another offense skyrockets." The Factor reiterated that New York is far too lenient on sex offenders. "What troubles me is that the state of New York gives child rapists two years. If I were you I'd have to recuse myself because I'd never let them out. I think this judge is taking an awful chance."

Double murder in Pennsylvania
Guest: Dr. Debra Prothrow-Stith, author

18-year old David Ludwig has been charged with killing the parents of his 14-year old girlfriend Kara Beth Borden. Both teens fled the murder scene, and authorities are trying to determine whether Kara Beth was involved in the crime. Author Debra Prothrow-Stith asserted that violent behavior in children is often apparent long before the teen years. "What's important for parents to realize is that early on, if a child is still hitting at five or six years old, that is the time to get help. In most instances parents have to reach out and get the professional community involved. It could be clergy or teachers or counselors." The Factor advised parents to seek help before it is too late. "There has to be early intervention, and I agree that you have to bring in outside people because parents are too emotionally involved. You have to bring in people to analyze exactly where the emotional disturbance is coming from."

Education for children of combat
Guests: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) & Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)

Last week The Factor urged Congress to pass a law providing college tuition benefits to the children of military personnel killed in the war on terror, and legislation to that effect was introduced Tuesday in the Senate. Senators Chuck Schumer and Mike DeWine expressed their enthusiastic support. "We have a moral obligation to get this done," Senator DeWine declared. "This will provide a college education for every child of a service man or woman who has been killed." Senator Schumer added that the cost will be small and well worth it. "When you talk to moms whose husbands have been lost, inevitably they mention college. Nothing will undo the loss these families have undergone, but this will help people sleep easier to know that the child's college will be taken care of." The Factor pointed out that this is a rare initiative on which all sides can agree. "In this war on terror where everyone is at risk, this bill could bring people together. We applaud you for coming through on this and we've got to get it passed."

Checking out charities
Guests: Trent Stamp, Charity Navigator & Matthew Kauffman, Hartford Courant

On the subject of veterans, investigative reporter Matthew Kauffman uncovered incredible fraud in some self-proclaimed veterans charities. "Veterans charities behind other non-profits in the percentage of dollars that actually make their way to services," Kauffman reported. "We found a charity in California that spent about a penny of every dollar raised, and we found charities like that all over the country." Charity watchdog Trent Stamp added that scam artists often prey on the most gullible and generous Americans. "It's absolutely disgusting and it's happening every day. These charities are calling our elderly and most patriotic citizens asking for donations, and making you feel like a traitor if you don't give." The Factor advised Americans to avoid donating to charities that solicit money on the phone. "We have always said do not give money over the phone to any charity. We want you to give money to charity, but be very careful."

Too much sex on TV?
Guests: Tony Perkins, Family Research Council & Robin Bronk, Creative Coalition

According to a new study, the prevalence of sex scenes on television has doubled over the past seven years. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Robin Bronk of the Creative Coalition debated the impact of sexual activity on the tube. "We have children watching these shows," Perkins complained, "and kids are doing what they see on television. There are clear guidelines for indecency, and some of this material goes over the line. The FCC has a responsibility to make sure that this indecent programming is addressed." Bronk claimed it is mom and dad, not Hollywood or Washington, who need to be vigilant. "This is a travesty of the American family, not a travesty of entertainment. It's parenting that we need to be worried about, and I am terrified about where the parents are. We need to begin training parents." The Factor countered that it is unrealistic to put the onus on parents. "There are children at risk who don't have responsible parents. There are millions of parents who don't give a hoot what their kids watch on television."

Jeff Foxworthy
Guest: Jeff Foxworthy

Comic and self-proclaimed "redneck" Jeff Foxworthy has written a book poking good-natured fun at his southern heritage. Foxworthy defined a redneck as someone with a "glorious absence of sophistication," and explained his humor as self-deprecating. "I got called a redneck my whole life and never took offense to it. It doesn't have geographic or economic boundaries. Elvis had a billion dollars and he was a 100% redneck. I've never had one person come up to me and say they were offended." The Factor complimented Foxworthy for his ability to elicit laughs without offending people. "Your observations are right there, and people identify with you. The way you handle it is funny and the lines are very good."

Books Mentioned


Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary: Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning Of
by Jeff Foxworthy

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Murder Is No Accident: Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America
by Deborah Prothrow-Stith & Howard R. Spivak

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