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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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Attacking Dick Cheney
"A suicide bomber attacked the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, killing more than twenty people. Vice President Cheney was on the base, but nowhere near the explosion. The Taliban took credit for the attack, and that should remind everybody that the global war on terror is still underway and things are not going well. There are a few key reasons for this. First, most nations are sitting out the war, and a good many are rooting against the USA and our allies. The terrorists also understand that the far left in America doesn't want to fight the war and will frequently undermine it. We're talking about organizations like the ACLU, far left Internet sites, and some mainstream media outlets. Also, Iraq has clearly been a setback in the terror war. New York Times correspondent John Burns recently said everyone 'miscalculated the impact of 30 years of violent, brutal repression on the Iraqi people and their willingness ... to stand up for themselves.' The USA tried to do something noble in Iraq, and at the same time put pressure on Iran and other terror enablers. It hasn't worked out. But there are more battles to come, as we saw Tuesday, and America must stay strong in the face of a clear and present danger."

News Link: Taliban bomb blast targets Cheney
New information on Border Agent case
Guest: Communications director Tara Setmayer

Two former Border Patrol agents are in prison after being convicted of shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, an illegal alien drug smuggler who was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony. But congressional aide Tara Setmayer revealed that the jury may not have known all the facts about Davila. "Documents have revealed that Davila was caught again with a second load of drugs while he was still under the immunity agreement, and clearly they could have chosen to prosecute him. The ruthlessness with which the U.S. Attorney went after these two agents is unconscionable." The Factor described these new allegations as potentially significant. "The whole case against the agents depended on this guy, and while he was under the immunity deal he brought back 750 pounds of marijuana. This is troubling if this guy was involved in more drug smuggling and the jury didn't know. This could be the basis for an appeal."

News Link: Border Patrol agent update
Wild stock market drop today
Guest: Fox News business analyst Terry Keenan

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 400 points Tuesday and other markets suffered similar losses. Fox News' Terry Keenan explained why the markets were spooked. "This selling began in China, and the overseas markets could continue to sell off. Why that matters to a lot of Americans is that international funds have been the number one destination for 401K money." Keenan advised individuals to maintain their composure. "You don't want to sell your best blue chip stocks, and be careful that you're not in too many of the speculative areas."

News Link: Stocks have worst day since 9/11
Questions raised about Clinton charity
Guest: Attorney Cleta Mitchell

Senator Hillary Clinton has repeatedly neglected to mention a charitable foundation she and her husband set up, and attorney Cleta Mitchell elaborated on what the Clintons may have done wrong. "There's nothing wrong with charitable foundations, and the Clintons' foundation has done a lot of good. But there is a requirement in the Senate ethics rules that every senator fill out a financial disclosure report. Her spokesman said it was a clerical error."
Updates on Jessica's Law
Guest: Montana State Senator Gary Perry

Montana is among a handful of states that have not passed some version of Jessica's Law. State Senator Gary Perry accused The Factor of misrepresenting his state's progress. "You've offended a lot of Montana citizens," Perry declared. "You've said Montana doesn't care about their kids, but we've been working on this for a long time. The legislature only meets every two years for 90 days." But The Factor insisted that Montana's legislators can do more. "I'm sorry you were offended, but in the four years you've diddled around hundreds of kids have been hurt. You could have had a special session, there has to be some sense of urgency."

News Link: Montana moving towards Jessica's Law
Lis Wiehl on the battle of the sexes
Guest: Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl

FNC legal analyst Lis Wiehl has written a book that she described as a practical guide for American women. "This is a handbook for every woman to know her rights. My own personal story made me write it - I was a law professor running the largest program at my school in Seattle. I learned that a fellow a year behind me was being paid $5,000 more for running the smallest program. That's an inequity." The Factor questioned whether Wiehl's experience is evidence of widespread oppression. "Let me try to break this to you not so gently - you got hosed, and that's the world. This is a good book, but the flaw is that you want the government to do all this. There are inequities in every system."
Body language at the Academy Awards
Guest: Body language expert Tonya Reiman

Tonya Reiman joined The Factor with her weekly interpretation of body language, in this case focusing on celebrities at the Oscars. Reiman's first subject - Al Gore, who was asked whether he will appear on The Factor. "You can see how he got very serious," Reiman said. "He felt like he was being challenged to a duel, and I got the impression he will come on." Reiman complimented host Ellen DeGeneres for her composure, and also scrutinized newcomer Jennifer Hudson, who won the Oscar for supporting actress. "She was truly shocked. You can tell by how tightly she's gripping the award. She's very proud and was definitely astonished."
Attacking Girl Scout cookies?
Guest: Meme Roth, National Action Against Obesity

The "food police" have a new target on in their sights - Girl Scout cookies. Meme Roth of National Action Against Obesity complained that the cookies are laden with empty calories. "We don't want a civic organization using junk food as a fund raiser. This is an era of obesity, and just because Girl Scouts are as American as apple pie doesn't put them beyond reproach." The Factor argued that health activists are going too far. "You're talking about a fascist state that says you can't eat cookies, you can't have ice cream or cake. A couple of Girl Scout cookies are not going to hurt you." Roth also commented on the case of Connor McCready, an 8-year old British lad who weighs in at 218 pounds. After investigating the mother's fitness, authorities decided to let Connor remain in his home. "The outlook for that kid is grim," Roth predicted. "20 years from now that child will be tremendously overweight, and they should have intervened a long time ago."

News Link: Anti-fat folks target Girl Scout cookies
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you wrote about the press coverage of Charles Rust-Tierney, the former ACLU official arrested for child porn. Some excerpts:

Cheri Bell, Houston, TX: "The [Houston] Chronicle also ignored the story, Bill. But did a full page on date rape."

Joey Favata, Syracuse, NY: "Bill, this is a non-story. It's only important to you because you don't like the ACLU. You're the dishonest one."

Bonnie Faulkner, Roanoke, VA: "Tierney was the ACLU attorney who stopped the Loudon County library from using filters against porn. Now he's caught with child porn? You're winning the Culture War, Bill."

Mal Laifer, Savannah, GA: "O'Reilly, your reporting shows the lengths that liberals will go to pursue the destruction of the country through their defense of child predators and illegal aliens who commit terrible crimes against Americans."
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