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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
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Are you being gouged by Big Oil?
"Gas supplies are at an 8-year high; gas prices have doubled since 2004. Talking Points has been saying for more than a year that US oil companies are exploiting uncertainty in the world by raising prices they don't have to raise. It has nothing to do with supply and demand; it's all about exploiting fears about terrorism, Iran, and what might happen down the road. There are Americans that believe that private companies have the right to do whatever they want, no matter what. But remember the oil industry operates with the cooperation of the government, it's not a free market. The announcement that Exxon-Mobil will pay its retired CEO Lee Raymond a $400 million package was really the kicker. Exxon-Mobil has insulted its customers once again. Does Exxon-Mobil remember the French Revolution? There's a limit to what the public will accept, so I am never, ever buying a drop of oil from Exxon-Mobil again. They've crossed that line and are hurting the country. And finally, the country of Brazil will stop importing oil next year - they're completely free of OPEC because the government in the 1970's ordered that every car sold in that country run on ethanol. Brazil made that happen, the USA will not. We the people are paying dearly for that dereliction, and we will continue to pay."

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Arrests made in Duke lacrosse case
Guest: Rev. Al Sharpton

Two Duke lacrosse players, 20-year old Reade Seligmann and 19-year old Collin Finnerty, have been charged with raping a 27-year old stripper at a party. Because the players are white and the alleged victim is black, Rev. Al Sharpton framed the case as a racial issue. "When you look at the racial atmosphere and the allegations of racial statements being made, there's a lot of racism in the air. Having said that, I commend the blacks and whites who stood vigil and stood up for that girl. People need to know this young lady, no matter her profession, is a mother of two and a student." The Factor urged Sharpton and others to let the justice system do its work. "Why don't we all pull back and let the authorities investigate the case? There is evidence that the DNA doesn't match the kids, and we have a police officer who found the alleged victim drunk in a car. If you were a lawyer for the kids whose lives are in the balance, you would certainly try to tell the jury that this woman has a questionable past."
Newt Gingrich on immigration
Guest: Roy Beck, Numbers USA

During a segment about immigration on Monday's program, Fox News analyst Newt Gingrich claimed Senate legislation could lead to citizenship for more than 30-million illegal aliens. After analyzing Gingrich's math, Roy Beck of the organization Numbers USA concurred. "The McCain-Kennedy bill would add 30 million permanent green cards for foreign workers and their dependents over the next ten years. And then you've got more enticement for the next 15 or 20 million aliens to come as well." The Factor laid out exactly what this would mean for America. "I want to be very precise so that everyone understands - in the next decade, 30 million green cards will be given to foreign nationals to come here to the United States. The bill does not secure the border, so we would presume more people would be pouring in. We're looking at 10 percent more people than we have now."
Jessica's Law updates
Guests: Attorney Wendy Murphy; Ed Ryan, Massachusetts Bar Association on Judicial Independence & parent "Jane"

First, the good news. Two more states, Arkansas and Nebraska, are passing versions of Jessica's Law. That is in stark contrast to Massachusetts, where Glen Wheeler admitted to molesting seven young children, but served just five years in prison. "Jane," the mother of three of Wheeler's victims, explained how he operated. "We allowed our children to play at their house, and apparently it started with our oldest child being fondled over and under her clothing. He did the same thing with our middle daughter, then it escalated and became more severe." There is more to the story - after Wheeler served his five years, he violated probation by fleeing to Florida. But when he was returned to Massachusetts, Judge John McCann refused to send the predator back to prison. Child advocate Wendy Murphy condemned that decision. "There were 22 counts of indecent assault, and Wheeler actually raped a lot of these kids. Here's a guy who should have faced life in prison, but only got 3 to 5 years. And then McCann said we're just going to give you more probation." The Factor called this one more example of judicial arrogance. "This is so egregious it's off the chart. This guy Wheeler is walking around with an electronic bracelet. Massachusetts has no judicial accountability and no Jessica's Law."

On the other side of the argument, Judge John McCann was defended by Ed Ryan of the Massachusetts Bar Association. "Judge McCann's only alternative was to give Wheeler a 10-year minimum sentence. He's on a GPS locator, which means that wherever he goes they know exactly where he is. It's a reasonable sentence." The Factor again argued that McCann was far too soft. "Let's strip away the legal mumbo-jumbo. This guy Wheeler molested seven little kids. He got five years for molesting seven children. Ten years added on to the five would have been a fair sentence. The judge had the power to give him ten years, and he should have."
Busy news week
Guests: Fox News analysts Juan Williams & Tony Snow

Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Tony Snow dissected the news of the past week, beginning with lofty oil prices. "This is where you get to call me a pinhead again, Bill," Snow declared. "Prices are high because people are jittery about the stability of the Middle East. It doesn't matter who is running these companies." But Williams blamed executives such as Exxon-Mobil's Lee Raymond. "Raymond and his like are making millions by gouging people. He got that money not because he created some new product, he simply managed to drive up the price of oil." Moving to the Duke case, Snow implied that the young men may wind up walking. "This prosecutor is up for reelection, and everything I'm getting indicates that this is a very shaky case. My guess is that the prosecutor is hoping that after the election these charges will go away." Like Al Sharpton, Williams stressed the case's racial aspects. "How can it not be racial when the girl is black and you have all these white, fraternity-boy lacrosse players. If it was your daughter, and I don't care if she's a stripper, you would want some kind of justice."
Joe Klein's new book
Guest: Author & Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein

Veteran political observer Joe Klein has written a new book lamenting the decline of American politics. He predicted that Americans will seek political courage in 2008, which may spell bad news for Senator Clinton. "Because Hillary Clinton has so much trouble being spontaneous," Klein said, "I think she's going to have a big problem and she may not win this nomination. The issues we are facing are too serious right now, and I think people will demand politicians who will tell them inconvenient truths. I'm saying it's about time politicians began trusting us and trusting themselves."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you commented on the O'Reilly-Neil Cavuto debate over oil prices. Some excerpts:

Bill Arnold, Sarasota, FL: "O'Reilly, once again Neil Cavuto has made you look like a dunderhead. What did they teach you at Harvard?"

Rebecka Monez, Turlock, CA: "Mr. O'Reilly, nice job sockin' it to Cavuto. There is no question the former CEO of Exxon-Mobil is greedy and I hope everyone will follow your lead and not buy Exxon."

Robert Porter, Saskatchewan, CA: "O'Reilly, for every gallon of gas you don't buy at Exxon, I'll buy two."

Steve Potter, Chubbuck, ID: "Mr. Cavuto is wrong when he says the oil companies are part of the free market. Consumers don't have a choice as all the stations out here price the same."

Naomi Conroy, Homer, AK: "If Neil Cavuto knows so much about Exxon, I'm sure he knows that after 17 years the company has not settled the lawsuit with Alaskan fishermen. More than 2,000 fishermen have died waiting for compensation for the oil spill."
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid
by Joe Klein

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