Another young girl missing in Florida, another convicted sex offender under suspicion: that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."
Seems like every week, another child brutally abused in Florida. This time 13-year-old Sarah Lunde (search) is missing. And police are questioning a 36- year-old convicted sex offender David Onstott (search), who was hanging around Sarah's house in Ruskin (search), south of Tampa.
This terrible situation comes right after 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford (search) was brutally murdered by convicted sex offender John Couey (search). In Sarah's case, her mother, a convicted criminal herself, left her unattended and the girl vanished. The mother is absolutely at fault here. And at this point, we don't know whether Onstott violated any terms of his parole. We do know he was convicted of a violent sexual assault on a woman and served less than six years in prison, not nearly enough time if you ask me, but that's Florida justice.
In the meantime, the AP ran an article today on those three people who protected Couey, the confessed killer of Jessica Lunsford. They knew Couey was hiding and refused to tell the cops anything about it.
As you know, State Attorney Brad King (search) has not charged the three, saying it is not against the law to lie to police. King told the AP, "While we may believe what they did was wrong, legally it's not a crime. To charge somebody just to make the public feel better, I'm not going to do that."
Just to make the public feel better? Can you believe this guy? There's no question these three obstructed justice, and perhaps worse. You charge them to send a message. If they get off, they get off.
Brad King is off the chart misguided and Americans have to do something. But what?
Well, the only person who could possibly influence King at this point is his friend, Governor Jeb Bush (search). The governor was very pro-active in the Schiavo case. And maybe he can be persuaded to take a personal interest in Jessica Lunsford's murder. So, if you'd like to speak to the governor about this, there is information on billoreilly.com about how to do that. And I think the time has come for the folks, you, to appeal personally to those in power.
Also on billoreilly.com, we have information to help 5-year-old Tia Hernlen (search), whose parents were murdered right in front of her.— Florida again.
Now the only way for society to stop this horrendous epidemic of violence against children is to stop the nonsense and prosecute the criminals to the utmost. The state of Florida is experiencing a judicial meltdown. It's obvious for everybody to see. The question, will anything be done down there?
And that's "The Memo."
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...
A political editor at Sky News in London, England, Adam Boulton, has a new nightly news program called, are you ready, "The Boulton Factor (search)."
Now I'm sure the check's is in the mail for your humble correspondent. But more importantly, "The Boulton Factor" better be good. If not it would be ridiculous.
And we have a brand new billoreilly.com poll question for you. As far as teaching sex-ed in public schools which do you favor? Abstinence and prevention education, abstinence only or prevention only?
Pick one of the three, abstinence and prevention education, abstinence only or prevention only?