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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Parchments
A travesty of justice in Norfolk, VA
Guests: Megyn Kelly

"The Factor has been investigating a terrible crime in Norfolk, Virginia. On April 14, 2012 two reporters for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper were driving in a tough part of town. While stopped at a light, someone threw a rock at their car. The man in the car, David Forster, got out to confront the rock thrower. He was then attacked by a group of African American teenagers; police say a crowd of approximately 30 surrounded the car and five thugs were involved in the assault on Mr. Forster. The woman in the car, Marjon Rostami, was also attacked but managed to call 911. Authorities would not release that 911 call but finally gave it to The Factor yesterday after we filed a Freedom of Information Act request. A few weeks after the attack, police arrested four teens, but eventually charges were dropped against three of them. Only a 17-year-old was convicted and his sentence was probation! While investigating this story, it became apparent that the city of Norfolk did not want to aggressively pursue the case. And even more troubling, the editor of the Virginian-Pilot said the story 'was blown out of proportion.' Bull! There is no question this was a mob attack; whether it was based on race is debatable. For a group of assailants to beat up and terrorize two innocent Americans with dozens of witnesses watching and virtually nothing happens to them, this is a true travesty of justice. The city of Norfolk depends on tourism and it's obvious they don't want this story in the public arena. But my job is to tell you the truth and expose wrongdoing. This whole case is shameful!"

Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly elaborated on Norfolk attack and aftermath. "The two victims filed a complaint against the police department," she reported, "for the way in which they handled this investigation. And how could the editor of the Virginian-Pilot say this was not a mob? I've listened to all the 911 tapes and you hear the terrified victim and you hear other people describing it as a mob action. So why is the editor saying it was not a mob action?" The Factor promptly answered Kelly's rhetorical question: "The editor of the Virginian-Pilot isn't interested in the news, he's interested in protecting the image of the city because the money there is made in tourism. This is a huge stain on the city."
Will women in combat be good or bad for the U.S. military?
Guests: Pete Hegseth and Col. Martha McSally

The Obama administration has lifted a ban that prevented women from filling direct combat roles in the military. The Factor explored the wisdom of that decision with former fighter pilot Col. Martha McSally and Army veteran Capt. Pete Hegseth. "This is long overdue," McSally declared, "and women are already serving in combat operations. They've been out patrolling in Iraq and Afghanistan, engaging with the population, killing the bad guys, getting wounded, and coming home in body bags. This is about having the most effective fighting force." But Hegseth worried that strength requirements will be relaxed to include more females. "Many women are not physically capable of doing what a man can do if you've got a wounded soldier on the battlefield who needs to be dragged off. If we look at women in combat, we have to make sure standards are not eroded. The combat role of sustained offensive combat operations is something that males together in the dirt are collectively qualified to do."
Factor Investigation: What happened to the money raised for Hurricane Sandy victims?
Guests: Ben Smilowitz

The Obama administration has lifted a ban that prevented women from filling direct combat roles in the military. The Factor explored the wisdom of that decision with former fighter pilot Col. Martha McSally and Army veteran Capt. Pete Hegseth. "This is long overdue," McSally declared, "and women are already serving in combat operations. They've been out patrolling in Iraq and Afghanistan, engaging with the population, killing the bad guys, getting wounded, and coming home in body bags. This is about having the most effective fighting force." But Hegseth worried that strength requirements will be relaxed to include more females. "Many women are not physically capable of doing what a man can do if you've got a wounded soldier on the battlefield who needs to be dragged off. If we look at women in combat, we have to make sure standards are not eroded. The combat role of sustained offensive combat operations is something that males together in the dirt are collectively qualified to do."
Does Facebook make people unhappy?
Guests: Dr. Bonny Forrest and Wendy Walsh

A new study says one in three people feel worse about themselves after using Facebook. We'll have details.
VIDEO: Shocking new ad celebrates Roe v. Wade anniversary
Guests: Laura Ingraham

The pro-abortion group Center for Reproductive Rights has produced a disturbing Internet ad featuring an actor uttering romantic phrases about the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion forty years ago. Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham found the spot absolutely offensive. "Since Roe, there have been 55-million human lives terminated," she lamented. "These were children who never got a chance to live in America or to be part of this great system. When I first saw that ad I thought it was a twisted spoof." The Factor agreed that the ad is thoroughly indecent: "No matter how you feel about the issue, this is celebrating the destruction of a fetus. This was way over the line, nobody should be celebrating this."
Golfer Phil Mickelson apologizes over controversial tax comments
Guests: Adam Carolla

Phil Mickelson, who earns about $50 million a year through golf and endorsements, hinted that he might leave California because of the state's confiscatory taxes, then apologized for his comments the next day. The Factor invited Adam Carolla to tee it up. "It's sad that successful people have to apologize for their success," Carolla said. "And by the way, Phil, all your fans and the folks at the country club are rich, so don't worry about offending your core audience. Also, I want to tell people on the left that people who want to make money also want to keep their money, so they're going to move. That's whether you're producing movies, making cars, or being a professional athlete."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Joe Carrafa, Burlington, CT: "Bill, it is so obvious Fox News is trying to help liberals. You feature smart, attractive liberals like Kirsten Powers and Juan Williams."

Gabriel Guess, Fort Worth, TX: "Kirsten Powers thinks Texas is a conservative destination? Dallas, Houston, Austin and El Paso are all liberal areas."

Phil Sherriff, Novato, CA: "Here in Marin County if you disagree with a liberal they go ballistic."

German Alonso Martinez, Cali, Colombia: "Mr. O, you and Miller should not rule out that we are the happiest people in the world here. Many of us appreciate the simple things like family and friends."
Dennis the non-menace
It's really not productive to get angry at Dennis Miller, whose mocking is done in the spirit of humor and satire.
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