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Monday, August 20, 2007
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
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America vs. Elvira Arellano
"For the past year, 32-year old Elvira Arellano was living inside a Chicago church as federal authorities were seeking to deport her. She was already deported once, but snuck back into the country from Mexico, delivered a baby, and used a phony social security number to work cleaning airplanes in Chicago. Over the weekend she traveled to L.A., where she was picked up and deported, while her 8-year old son remains in Chicago. The feds say Ms. Arellano actively broke the law, and allowing illegal aliens to work at airports under fake social security credentials would make it easy for terrorists to plant bombs on planes or do other damage. The pro-amnesty lobby says the feds are cruel, and that Ms. Arellano should be given sanctuary in the USA because her son is an American citizen and has attention deficit disorder. Talking Points feels badly for the boy, who should be with mother. But it was Ms. Arellano's choice not to take him to Mexico. I believe there was no choice but to deport the woman - she and her allies made a spectacle of defying the system. Elvira and her supporters believe she has a right to live in America and to do so with fraudulent credentials. If you believe that, you may be compassionate, but you are also misguided. Do you really want that kind of chaos?"

News Link: Deported illegal alien mother stirs controversy

For more on the Elvira Arellano story, The Factor welcomed FNC analysts Michelle Malkin and Kirsten Powers. "It is this woman's choice," Malkin declared, "to have her family separated. That boy should be with her instead of with total strangers. She entered this country illegally twice, and she defied a deportation order for twelve years." But Powers sided with Elvira Arellano and her supporters. "I have sympathy for anybody who is coming from another country and looking for a better life. So it is hard for me to look at her as this villain or criminal." The Factor suggested that Arellano is being used as a pawn by open-borders advocates. "I think this was a stunt, and that Ms. Arellano is trying to convince Americans that compassion should override the law. I don't know another mother who would leave her 8-year old son behind."
Va. Tech memorial concert to include rapper Nas
Kirsten Powers and Michelle Malkin returned to examine the controversy at Virginia Tech, where the rapper Nas will perform at a concert intended to promote "healing" after the massacre last spring. Even though Nas has recorded numerous songs with violent lyrics, Powers endorsed his appearance. "If he's performing songs that aren't violent, I don't see that it's a big deal. This is an issue of freedom of artistic expression. Everybody is snapping up these tickets, everybody wants to go." In contrast, Malkin said she is "flabbergasted by this boneheaded move." Turning to Michael Vick, Malkin urged a harsh sentence for the dogfighting quarterback. "They should throw the book at him, make an example of him, and show no mercy. I'd give him five years." But The Factor predicted a lighter sentence. "They're not going to give him five years on this beef. I'd give him a year in the federal penitentiary - he's lost about ten million dollars in salary, and he'll lose his freedom for a year."

News Link: Virginia Tech student newspaper vs. Nas

News Link: Vick pleading guilty
Taliban fire fight survival story
The Factor was next joined by retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the only American to survive a fierce fire fight with Taliban soldiers in 2005. "We were a four-man recon team in the Afghanistan mountains," Luttrell recounted, "sent in to look for a high-value Al Qaeda. There were four of us, and a whole militia of more than a hundred Taliban. I fired the first shot and initiated the gunfight, but there were just too many of them and they encircled us. A rocket-propelled grenade came into our position and knocked me out, and when I came to I wedged myself into some rocks and just sat there. Some villagers and Army Rangers and Navy Seals found me and rescued me." The Factor advised viewers to read Luttrell's remarkable book. "It's an amazing story, and the Seals are the best. We appreciate your patriotism."
Reality show now interfering with the news?
Former swimsuit model Lauren Jones anchored the news at a TV station in Texas for a month this summer - her experience was filmed and turned into a reality show called "Anchorwoman." Jones told The Factor she actually aspires to serious journalism. "I didn't have any formal journalistic background, but it's something I am passionate about. I definitely don't consider myself an airhead, I consider myself to be multi-faceted. I want to be a well-rounded journalist, and I know I have a lot to learn." The Factor warned Jones that other reporters are not going to take her seriously. "You know that a lot of people are going to say this is ridiculous, that you have to put in your time."

News Link: Swimsuit anchorwoman throws local news new curves
Can a movie be
The Disney Channel struck gold last year with "High School Musical," a song-and-dance movie about wholesome teens, and now the sequel is also a runaway hit. But some cranky TV reviewers have complained about the film's innocence. "These critics live in a different world," author James Hirsen suggested. "They've seen too many films, and it gets to a point where the only ones they like are edgy or violent or sexual. To them it's okay to say they like rap, but there's shame to admitting you like 'High School Musical'." Entertainment reporter Jeanne Wolf gave "High School Musical" a rave review. "Parents feel thrilled that their children are watching this and they don't have to be scared to death about the images that are in front of their kids. The critics have forgotten what it's like to dance around the living room and sing along with this." The Factor made it a unanimous three thumbs up. "This is good, clean fun, and that's why some of these jaded big-city critics are cynical about it. They don't want the world to be innocent - they want the world to be as screwed-up as they are."

News Link: "Wholesome" show sets cable record
The Great American Culture Quiz
After sitting out a week, "quiz kids" Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum renewed their rivalry in the Great American Culture Quiz. The Factor asked five questions, including these: "What was Jimmy Buffett's first big hit?" ... "What World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winner became a Hollywood leading man?" ... "Which American president is believed to have fathered a child out of wedlock?" After many weeks of nip-and-tuck duels, Doocy - who is suspected of studying over his summer vacation - ran away with an easy victory.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you wrote about the anti-Christian editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle. Some excerpts:

Lisa Bauer, Fernandina Beach, FL: "I emailed the San Francisco Chronicle about the hate Christians column. What else can I do? I used to snicker at the 'culture war' references. Now, I understand."

Louis Tancreto, Ripon, CA: "O'Reilly, you and Bernie Goldberg came unglued over a trivial item in the Chronicle. I thought you were going to pop a gasket."

Rick Morrow, Phoenix, AZ: "Bill, when are you going to get it? Liberals have been the number one hate group in America for the past six-and-a-half years."
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