Talking Points

Bill O'Reilly: Death Threats in Wisconsin

By Bill O'Reilly

The attorney general's office in Wisconsin is investigating a number of death threats against some Republicans who voted to diminish union power.

A radio station obtained this e-mail: "Please put your things in order because you will be killed, and your families will be killed due to your actions in the last eight weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families, then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell."

Wisconsin authorities are taking this stuff seriously. They have a suspect. He has not been charged as far as we know.

Now, the situation is symptomatic of the bitter nationwide war going on between Republican cost-cutters and Democratic pro-union forces. There are hard feelings on both sides.


REV. JESSE JACKSON, ACTIVIST: These maneuverers are inciting more anger and more pain and more fear. Our people -- our people are governed by deliberation and governed by reconciliation and not by ramrodding politics. It's going to create a rebellion. So now it's revolt and recall.


Well, I don't know what revolt means. Recall is fine if proper procedures are followed. But death threats and the destruction of property have to be prosecuted. The media is partly at fault here, particularly the left-wing press, which has whipped up its crowd into a fury.

Remember, Governor Walker's law diminishing union power can be overturned, and the governor, as Jesse Jackson said, can be recalled. We have ways in our system to deal with unjust laws.

"Talking Points" does not think the new union rules in Wisconsin are unjust, but they are tough, and workers are going to get hurt in the quest to bring costs under control. However, if new jobs aren't created, if the Wisconsin budget doesn't improve, then Walker should be voted out.

But this violent stuff is troubling and should be condemned by all loyal Americans. We'll see if the left-wing press does that. I doubt it.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

Singer Kid Rock is not shy when talking politics.


KID ROCK, SINGER: I think I'm like the majority of people who are tired of the -- we don't want a bunch of Bible-thumpers running the country, and we don't want a bunch of pot-smoking hippies running it. You know, there's a -- there's a middle ground that I think most of us around the world are.

Hey, chill out, man. Let's just try to, you know, figure this out and give people the opportunities and the tools to, what we say, live the American dream.


All right. So is Mr. Rock a pinhead or a patriot for that assessment? And should I wear a hat like he has on "The Factor"? Please vote on

Thursday night, we showed you Miley Cyrus waling on a paparazzi who intruded upon her mother.


MILEY CYRUS, SINGER/ACTRESS: What the? Are you serious? You just hit my mom with your camera.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn't hit your mom. I would never disrespect your mom.

CYRUS: Don't you ever do that again. You just almost hurt my mom. Don't you ever even think about it.


Well, it seems Miss Cyrus is a patriot: 67 percent of you -- 67 percent say yes. Thirty-three percent believe she is a pinhead.