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Here Comes the Would-Be Bride...

Here comes the would-be bride: that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

Many Americans were deeply concerned when 32-year-old Jennifer Wilbanks (search) disappeared last week in Georgia. We felt for her fiance, her family, and her friends who had traveled to the hometown for her wedding. After she vanished, the situation had the look of a crime. At least I thought so...

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O'REILLY: A woman like that with a long history of responsibility, she had a steady job, as you said, good friends who traveled to be with her on her wedding day, a fiance who looks like, you know, he's an ordinary, regular kind of guy. She just wouldn't bolt and not tell anybody.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST, ON THE RECORD: In the minds of all her friends and her family, it would be bizarre to think that she got cold feet, but it is not — you know, it's not something that the police aren't looking at. It's a possibility.

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Well, Greta turned out to be right. Your humble correspondent was completely snookered. I still can't believe any sane person would hurt so many people. Notice the word sane.

There is a good chance Ms. Wilbanks has psychological problems. The question then becomes, should authorities charge the woman with a crime? And we would like to know your opinion on that. Our brand-new billoreilly.com poll question is, do you think Jennifer Wilbanks should be charged with a crime? Do you think Jennifer Wilbanks should be charged with a crime? Go to billoreilly.com and vote yes or no.

Now, my vote is yes. You can't allow people to disrupt the police like that. The state of Georgia, Jennifer, would be charged with a misdemeanor. That's fine. Putting her in jail accomplishes little. Holding her accountable by a fine and probation sends a clear message to anyone else dumb enough to do something like that.

Now Ms. Wilbanks is 32, long past time to behave irresponsibly. The system needs to evaluate her mental competence and hold her accountable for her actions. Even in the new America where few judgments are made, this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated. Book her, Danno.

And that's "The Memo."

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...

As you may know, First Lady Laura Bush may replace Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" after her performance at a press dinner Saturday night. I thought you might like to see some of the zingers one more time.

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LAURA BUSH, FIRST LADY: I am married to the president of the United, States, and here's our typical evening. 9:00 o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep. And I'm watching "Desperate Housewives" with Lynne Cheney.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife.

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He's learned a lot about ranching since that first year when he tried to milk the horse. What's worse, it was a male horse.

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People often wonder what my mother-in-law is really like. People think she's a sweet, grandmotherly Aunt Bea (search) type. She's actually more like Don Corleone (search).

(LAUGHTER)

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Ridiculous? Only for Whoopi Goldberg (search). — That's how it's done, Madam, good-humored barbs.

I—You can watch Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" and "Most Ridiculous Item" weeknights at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the FOX News Channel. Send your comments to: oreilly@foxnews.com

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