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Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Talking Points Memo
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Unresolved Problems Segment
Personal Story Segment
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Saying no to coerced interrogation
"28 Democratic senators have voted against coerced interrogation of captured terror suspects and warrantless surveillance of overseas phone calls made to suspected terrorist locations. That means that these senators want only Army Field Manual interrogation procedures, which would allow only psychological interrogation. Do you feel safer because of that? The president should have the authority to order waterboarding and other coercive measures in an urgent situation. And in this high tech world, if U.S. intelligence can not zero in on communications immediately, crucial information will be lost. Reasonable people understand that fighting fanatical terror killers requires speed and resolve. So why are these 28 senators so opposed? All of them are liberal thinkers, and they believe the war on terror has been used to erode your civil liberties. I believe their point of view is dangerous and is not backed up by the facts. The left often lives in a theoretical world, but I live in a real world. Winning wars required discipline and tough action. Pass the word to the left."

News Link: Senate passes waterboarding ban
Romney endorses McCain
The Factor was joined by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who explained why her former candidate Mitt Romney stepped up and endorsed John McCain Thursday. "Romney has been a pragmatist his whole life," Ingraham said, "and the pragmatic approach now is to say we want to defeat Obama or Clinton in November and I'm going to do what I can to help out. That is the right play for him." Ingraham dismissed the possibility of a McCain-Romney ticket. "I would be very surprised. Temperamentally, I don't see that John McCain would want Mitt Romney next to him. I kind of think McCain is going to go more left than right."

News Link: Romney endorses McCain
Jane Fonda, the C-word and the FCC
During an appearance on "Today" Thursday morning, actress Jane Fonda let fly with an obscenity that is taboo in polite company. Attorney Anita Kay brushed off Fonda's use of the "c" word. "Everybody's making too much of this. It is not a big deal, let it go. It's not like she called somebody the "c" word, it was in context. On live TV you want people to be able to speak freely." The Factor completely disagreed with Kay's indifference. "You're saying Americans are not entitled to any protection at all on the public airwaves, as long as the word is in the context of the discussion. That is perhaps the most vile word in the lexicon of obscenity, and if that is okay, then you have no standards at all. No one would never dare do that on my program because I'd call them on it and they'd be humiliated."

News Link: Video: Jane Fonda drops c-word on live TV
Sex offenders go to the circus
In Massachusetts, where mental patients and sex offenders go on supervised field trips, a group of pedophiles were actually taken to the circus and seated near young children. The Factor welcomed Boston TV reporter Mike Beaudet, who investigated the outing and aired a scathing report. Beaudet revealed that many viewers were outraged by his findings. "There were people who said if it's going to happen anywhere, it's going to happen here in Massachusetts because of the culture here that seems to favor the rights of sex offenders over the rights of kids." Beaudet added that Massachusetts officials have been less than forthcoming. "We know there have been ten field trips already this year, but the state won't tell us where the destinations are. Governor Deval Patrick is not saying anything."
Religion and the afterlife
The Factor spoke with author Patrick Swift, who has studied how different religions view the prospect of life after death. Swift began with Roman Catholicism. "There is a day of judgment, there is a heaven and hell. Catholic teaching says there is a heaven, which is a spiritual place. The Jewish faith looks at the question of life after death as a distraction from the importance of living a Godly life now. As for what happens after death, devout Jews leave that to God as a mystery. And for Muslims, there is life after death and there is a day of judgment when you are held accountable. There is an expectation that you need to be a Muslim in order to get to heaven."
Amy Winehouse and the Grammys
Media analysts Bernie Goldberg and Jane Hall looked back at Sunday's Grammy telecast, which showered awards on drug-addled Amy Winehouse. "You give out awards based on artistic ability only," Goldberg began. "If they think the song is worth an award, that's okay with me, unless you're a convicted killer or a pedophile." But Hall speculated that Winehouse actually benefited from her bad-girl reputation. "Her notoriety and the drugs, and the idea that this is somehow 'hip' and out of the mainstream played a role." Turning to Jane Fonda's use of the "c" word on the "Today" show, Hall chastised NBC's Meredith Viera for laughing it off. "She should have said 'whoa, that's not really appropriate.' Last time I checked, the word Jane Fonda used was a derogatory word." Goldberg accused Fonda of being intentionally provocative. "Are we supposed to believe that Jane Fonda thinks this kind of language is okay when she's speaking on television? I'm not buying it. This is about people in their 60's saying 'I'm still hip, I'm still cool.' They're adolescents."
The Dhue Point
One viewer wrote to ombudsperson Laurie Dhue, complaining because Bill is partnering with John Kerry to promote a new and expanded GI Bill. The Factor's response: "I don't really care about any politician in the country, all I want is to get benefits for the military. John Kerry is very powerful and you need Democratic support." Another viewer suggested that the daily "Patriot" award is handed out too frivolously. The Factor: "It's an entertainment device and we have fun with it. Do not take everything we do here too literally." Anyone with questions or complaints can write to
Who's helping, and who's hurting?
Wednesday's Patriots and/or Pinheads: The Obama and Clinton supporters who produced songs to promote their respective candidates. The Factor left it up to viewers to decide whether the tunes are patriotic or pinheaded. Nominate a Pinhead or a Patriot by sending an email to

News Link: Obama video

News Link: Hillary video
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
A sampling of your recent e-mails:

Vivian Torres Blanco, Orlando, FL: "Bill, I am disappointed in your rude body language towards Governor Huckabee."

Sandra Santiago, New Mexico: "Thank you, Mr. O'Reilly, for your fair and balanced interview with Huckabee."

William Swift, Berkeley, CA: "I am a AFROTC cadet who attends UC here. This is definitely an anti-military city."

Barbara Dadam, Lafayette, CA: "I completely boycott Berkeley. I won't even drive through it."
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