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Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Why the ACLU should be condemned
"President Obama did the right thing by listening to his generals and refusing to release photos of American military people abusing prisoners. Many of the abusers are now in prison themselves, but the ACLU is not satisfied with the convictions - it wants to damage America further and put the lives of American service people overseas in even more danger. The ACLU doesn't care about these brave men and women at all. ACLU chief Anthony Romero is the big villain here, but he's not alone. The publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Eddy Hartenstein, saw his paper editorialize for the release of the photos. And radical left George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley is promoting the release of the pictures. Anyone who wants those pictures in the hands of our enemies is no friend to America or the military, and it is time that clear-thinking people hold the haters responsible. Lives are on the line, and this time the enemy is not just the terrorists - it is some of our fellow Americans themselves."

The Factor invited professor Marc Lamont Hill and radio talk show host Mike Gallagher to voice their opinions of the incendiary photos. "I don't believe that preventing these photos from being released is going to keep our troops safer," Hill said. "What it does is make our president look weak and like someone who will succumb to the campaign of terror being prosecuted by Dick Cheney. It makes us look like we have something to hide." But Gallagher reluctantly credited President Obama with making the right decision. "The president shamefully released the CIA interrogation documents, so now he's hedging his bets. But he has a mess on his hands because of people like Marc who are the radical branch of the Democratic Party. They squawk about transparency and put the lives of our soldiers in danger." The Factor agreed that releasing the photos would harm the nation. "The American military did bad things, but to release pictures when people have already been prosecuted serves no purpose."
Did Nancy Pelosi lie about interrogation?
In a rambling and awkward press conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi again tried to explain her prior statements about what she knew about harsh interrogation. The Factor asked Fox News correspondent Bill Sammon about Pelosi's assertion that she was misled by the CIA. "That's a very serious accusation to make," Sammon reported, "and it's fraught with political peril. This is the Speaker of the House accusing the CIA of lying. If you don't think the CIA is now going to find a way to disclose all the notes about her briefings, you've got another thing coming." The Factor revealed that the CIA has entered the battle with Nancy Pelosi: "I've already gotten a call from the CIA. They say Ms. Pelosi is not telling the truth and the agency will correct the record."
Farrah Fawcett documentary: The right thing to do?
Actress Farrah Fawcett and her companion Ryan O'Neal bare their emotions in a documentary that follows Fawcett's battle with terminal cancer. The Factor asked psychological experts Keith Ablow and Robbie Ludwig about the wisdom of going public. "This may bring relief to Ms. Fawcett," Ablow observed, "but I'm not so sure whether it's good for the rest of us. Some things are private and are meant for family, and I'm worried about the intrusion of cameras everywhere. This can blur the boundary between fiction and reality and it is potentially toxic for people to watch." Ludwig suggested that Fawcett herself may benefit from the program. "We know that art therapy can be a way for patients to process what they're going through and make sense of their pain. This may be her form of creativity, she is documenting her life. Some people may find this traumatic to watch, but others may find it interesting and fascinating."
Gov. Schwarzenegger's comments on medical pot
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now says he would welcome an open debate about legalizing and taxing marijuana. Former cabinet member Joseph Califano, a crusader against substance abuse, argued that pot should remain illegal. "Marijuana is a dangerous drug," Califano declared. "It is addictive and it can lead to serious damage to the brain. We also know that people who use marijuana are statistically much more likely to use cocaine or heroin or other drugs. And most important, legalization will make this drug more available to kids. When people start advertising marijuana, they're going to target kids." The Factor added that legalization of "medical marijuana" has led to unintended consequences: "Heroin addicts are going to the clinics, getting the marijuana and selling it to 14-year-olds on the street. This is an industry in San Francisco right now, and that's what would happen if it were legalized."
Craigslist pulls "erotic services" ads
After some highly publicized crimes linked to its site, Craigslist has agreed to clean up some of its classifieds. FNC anchor and legal analyst Megyn Kelly applauded the move. "The 'erotic services' section of Craigslist is out of control," Kelly said. "It's filthy, it's like XXX porn filthy, and several state attorneys general have said to Craigslist that we could charge you with solicitation of prostitution. Craigslist has now voluntarily said that it's pulling that section of its web site and that someone will monitor the ads to make sure they're legitimate." The Factor made this forecast: "I predict Craigslist will get indicted, there's enough evidence that these people are really walking the line."
Reality Check: Gay leaders defend Miss California
Earlier this week The Factor promised to mention any gay leaders who are defending Miss California Carrie Prejean. The Factor's Check: "We found two in the whole country - Andrew Sullivan in 'The Atlantic' and Kevin John Sowyrda, writing in the gay newspaper 'Bay Windows.'" Meanwhile, gas prices are again on the rise, and The Factor offered this Check: "Speculators are back in the markets so watch out. If the feds really want to control the economy, they should start looking at the oil markets, which are being manipulated." Finally, MSNBC's Chris Matthews ridiculed Sarah Palin for enlisting a "collaborator" to help write her upcoming book. The Factor's Check: "Most famous people have other people write their books. Do you think Hillary Clinton sat there at the computer banging out her book? She did not. And by the way, I do write every word of my books, and it's painful."
Carrie Underwood & Mets streaker
Thursday's Patriot: Singer Carrie Underwood, who traveled to Africa and distributed mosquito nets to combat malaria. And the Pinhead: The New York Mets fan who scampered onto the field naked.
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Dr. William Jarvis, Loma Linda, CA: "O'Reilly, thank you for educating viewers about Saul Alinsky's tactics. His book was the bible for radicals when I was attending Kent State."

Ned Bartlett, Atlanta, GA: "Bill, your talking points was great. Alinsky's theory of ridicule has Republicans chasing rabbits in response."

Gini David, Novato, CA: "The White House also uses Alinsky's rule eleven: 'Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it."

Missy Snelling, Arlington, VA: "Ted Koppel is a respected and superb journalist, Bill. You and Bernie Goldberg will never reach his status."
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