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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
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Opposing Bush on the border
Guests: Fox News analysts Juan Williams & Ellis Henican; Jonah Goldberg, National Review; John Kasich

"The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Rocky Mountain News - among others - support moving the National Guard to the border. The San Diego Tribune, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle - among others - oppose that action. But the New York Times really opposes it, calling it 'a model of stark simplicity, one sure to hearten the Minuteman vigilantes ... English-only Latinophobes, right-wing radio and TV personalities.' So if you support securing the border, you are either a vigilante, some kind of 'phobe,' or a right-wing whack job media person. But a funny thing happened on the way to that editorial - a CNN poll says 75% of Americans support putting the Guard on the border. That's a lot of 'phobes.' Back in 1986, President Reagan thought he could solve the immigration problem by granting about 3-million illegal aliens amnesty. The New York Times was in heaven, saying the new law would 'slow the tide.' Of course, just the opposite happened, but the Times hasn't learned a thing. That's because the newspaper and many far-left thinkers believe white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multi-cultural tide. This can only happen if demographics change in America. An open border policy and the legalization of millions of Hispanic illegal aliens would deeply affect the political landscape in America. That's what the New York Times and many others on the left want. They might get it."

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President Bush's immigration plan came under fire from both sides of the political spectrum. Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Ellis Henican joined The Factor with the liberal objections. Henican explained why the Times and others on the left are opposed to militarizing the border. "They're not against border security - they're doubting whether 6,000 National Guardsmen will secure the border. They're saying that is not the solution." Henican advocated a "program that involves border security as well as a path to citizenship and some way to deal with the 12-million who are already here." While avoiding specifics, Williams also endorsed a "comprehensive" solution. "We want a secure border so we can have a rational, comprehensive immigration policy. The President is saying the same thing - let's look for a real solution."

Moving to the right, Fox News host John Kasich laid out conservative objections to the plan. "People really wanted to hear the President talk about securing the border. But instead, we heard some 'comprehensive' speech with talk about amnesty. People who broke the law getting here now have the right to become citizens, and the public doesn't want that." Columnist Jonah Goldberg also questioned whether the President will follow through. "Conservatives who are mad at Bush are those who have actually paid attention to the issue of immigration and to what Bush has said. There's not a lot of action behind the nice rhetoric. We have to get control of the border." The Factor emphasized that mass exportation is unrealistic. "Do we really want the authorities to be dragging people from their homes - children, women, elderly - so the whole world can see this and say, 'it's Nazi Germany over there'? That's what's in play here."
Pentagon 9/11 videos released
Guest: Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch

Nearly five years after American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, the Defense Department has released previously unseen video of the incident. Tom Fitton, whose conservative organization Judicial Watch sued to have the video released, explained why. "We wanted to help put to rest conspiracy theories out there that were suggesting that a cruise missile hit the Pentagon, that the government murdered the passengers on Flight 77, and other outrageous stuff. Just having the videos released is one more leg of the conspiracy theory that has been knocked out. This also reminds Americans of the evil we are facing."
Jessica's Law updates
Guest: Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute

Kansas is the latest state to pass a version of Jessica's Law mandating harsh penalties for convicted child predators - about half the states have or are close to having similar legislation. But in New York, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to block the law, and is even opposed to eliminating the statute of limitation for sex crimes. He is, in The Factor's words, "a sex criminal's best friend." Steve Malanga of the Manhattan Institute reported on the situation in New York. "This is a tradition of the Democrat controlled Assembly - they rarely make laws tougher. Their orientation is to make laws lighter. And part of the deal in New York State is that every piece of legislation has to help a certain special interest, and Silver has spent a lot of time courting trial lawyers." The Factor pledged to keep pressure on Sheldon Silver and other politicians. "All we can do is shine the light on Silver so people in the United States know that one guy is blocking all of this reform to protect children and the people of New York."
Warren Jeffs on FBI's Most Wanted list
Guests: Vicky Prunty, Tapestry Against Polygamy & Flora Jessup, former polygamist

Polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs, who reportedly has 50 wives, is now on the FBI's most wanted list - he stands accused of having sex with a minor and fleeing prosecution. Former polygamist Flora Jessup, whose father also had multiple wives, revealed more about the practice. "These groups are made up of guys who decided they were going to have a bunch of wives, and it spiraled into having sex with children. My father was married to my mother and her younger sister. I do not know of any girl I grew up with who was not being molested by her father." Vicky Prunty, who also shared her husband with other women, depicted the cult as hard to resist. "We believed we had to do this to get to the highest degree of the celestial kingdom. I believed that if I didn't go along with my husband I would be destroyed."
Northwestern suspends women's soccer
Guest: Author Dr. Susan Lipkins

Northwestern University has suspended the women's soccer team after team members took part in a hazing ritual that included scantily-clad players engaging in degrading behavior. Author Susan Lipkins, who has written about hazing, explained the mentality behind it. "Hazing is part of a group process, and it has humiliation and demeaning behavior, things that could be psychological or physically dangerous. It has become much more violent and sexualized - kids can end up in jail, in the hospital, or in the morgue." The Factor agreed that hazing has apparently grown worse. "I've seen a meanness come into this kind of thing, and no boundaries. Because we don't have any boundaries as a society any more."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of your emails dealt with President Bush's immigration initiative. Some excerpts:

Rhonda Roseto, Westminster, CO: "You're a fool, Bill. The National Guard will be on the border for a year. Amnesty lasts forever."

Penny Tracy, Temecula, CA: "O'Reilly, your military victory is a joke! Six thousand National Guard on the border with no authority? Please."

Kyle Riedel, Tampa, FL: "National Guard on the border? I wonder who's been saying that for the last five years?"

Brad Scott, Thailand: "I am a British ex-pat living here legally. If you enter this country illegally - they put you in jail."

Andres Anton, Mexico: "The problem here is that 4% of the population controls 88% of the money. Something needs to be done."

Paul Rodriguez, Houston, TX: "After so much failure, how can you trust the Bush administration to do anything, Mr. O?"
Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers, and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation
by Susan Lipkins

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