by Larry Simons
January 18, 2008
On the January 4, 2008 telecast of the #1 FOX comedy show, The O’Reilly Factor, Billo stooped to a new low (even for him)….denying the undeniable, that there are as many as 200,000 homeless vets in America.
During a concession speech in Iowa on January 3, John Edwards said this, "And tonight, 200,000 men and women who wore our uniform proudly and served this country courageously as veterans will go to sleep under bridges and on grates. We're better than this."
Of course, the natural reaction from Billo is to immediately deny that anything bad happens in America, despite the fact that Edwards’ facts come directly from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The actual figure is roughly 195,000, but I’m quite sure Edwards was just rounding off. Billo’s problem isn’t the rounding off. This asshole is even denying there’s that many at all. Of course, Billo doesn’t care to share with his sheep the actual number of homeless vets he personally believes there are, but I’m quite sure that even if Bill "America does no wrong" O’Reilly would shoot off a number (say 1,000) he would blame THEM for not getting a job, being lazy or that it's THEIR fault they have no legs or arms.
Never to let FACTS be a "factor" on his stupid show, Loofah boy wouldn’t stoop so low as to actually research and get the facts. Why would he? He doesn’t have to. He knows that his sheep will tune in faithfully every night so they can be injected with the day’s propaganda, spin, lies and unresearched opinions. He knows his sheep will never research themselves. They will never fact-check. They will never question and never doubt. His sheep will listen, obey and worship at the altar of O’Reilly.
His sheep will not only NOT research out of their blind adoration of Mr. Falafel, but when someone gives them PROOF that O’Liar is dead wrong, they will deny it. Why? Simply because O’ Liar said it. BUT, contrary to the delusions of Loofah boy, here are the FACTS, straight from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website:
About one-third of the adult homeless population have served their country in the Armed Services. Current population estimates suggest that about 195,000 veterans (male and female) are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. Many other veterans are considered near homeless or at risk because of their poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and dismal living conditions in cheap hotels or in overcrowded or substandard housing.
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So, John Edwards was absolutely CORRECT. Of course, when the faithful O’ Reilly sheep see this they will say one of two things: Either the Department of Veterans Affairs numbers are wrong or that Billo was taken out of context. They will say ANYTHING but "he was wrong". Or, if by some miraculous turn of events they actually admit their Lord and savior was (heaven forbid…..WRONG) they will say "who cares anyway, it doesn’t matter".
One has to wonder why the Department of Veterans Affairs would even lie about this. It is something they must be embarrassed to admit. The shocking thing here is not the number of homeless vets, but the fact that the DVA admits it! But these pesky little facts don’t matter to the Lord of Liars O’ Reilly. If he said his shit didn’t stink, his faithful would accept it as truth. If he put a picture of his shit on a bumper sticker, his sheep would buy it.
Here’s Billo getting the gold on Worst Person on January 8
Then, on January 15, O’Reilly was at it AGAIN. This time with radio host Ed Shultz, O’ Liar said, "We're still looking for all the veterans sleeping under the bridges, Ed. So if you find anybody, let us know. Because that's all the guy said for the last.." When Schultz told O'Reilly, "Well, they're out there, Bill, don't kid yourself," O'Reilly replied, "They may be out there, but there are not many of them out there, OK? So if you know where one is, Ed ... if you know where there's a veteran sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it, is not there." Shultz concluded with, "I will do that. I will do that. You have my word on that."
Here’s the clip:
Homelessness of veterans of this magnitude has been an issue for decades and has never been denied, until FOX News came along. Now black is white, right is wrong and lies is truth.
Here is a link to the facts:
There is also a new documentary out called "When I Came Home" detailing the hard truth about homeless vets. From those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight to receive their benefits from the Veterans Administration.
Watch the trailer:
Click to watch the latest story on Olbermann about the O’ Reilly denial of homeless vets
O’ Reilly then said if any vets are found, he would make sure they are taken care of. Well, Billo, there’s roughly 200,000 of them, and if you give them each $15,000 to live on per year, that would be 3 BILLION dollars! Someone needs to get about 15-20 homeless vets together on the street and confront O’ Reilly and ask this prick to fork over some money. Somebody get the group "We Are Change" to confront this prick!
On the January 17 telecast of the O' Reilly Factor, Billo contradicted himself (shocking) when he was speaking to National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse president Joseph Califano. Billo said, "Certainly there are homeless veterans, but it's not because of the economy. It's mostly because of addiction and mental illness, something politicians can do little about." First of all, when did John Edwards ever mention it was because of the economy? Califano then said, "the real tragedy here is most of those veterans have had combat experience that are suffering from drug and alcohol problems and mental health problems. And we are not taking care of them," in which Billo replied, "And that is something that should be addressed."
Addressed by WHO Billo? Hmmmmm. Addressed by POLITICIANS? The very people you just said can do "nothing about" this issue? OK, Billo, if you didn't mean politicians, who DID you mean? Who would be the ones addressing this? Notice how after Califano says, "We have 200,000 homeless vets..", Billo says, "Right" (in agreement, when previously he DENIED it was this many). Later in the interview Califano says, "There is enormous denial about this", in which Billo says, "Who's denying it? I'm not denying it". Billo, I bet 10 minutes after you left the studio that night, you denied you had an interview with Joe Califano!!
See, the issue here is that Billo knew he dug himself a huge hole by denying there was a vast number of homeless vets. So, in order to save face, he knew he would have to "fix" this. Since Billo will never ever say "I'm wrong" (at least about things that matter), his way of addressing it is to say, "Yeah, there's vets, of course.....but NOT because of this reason or that reason". This is Billo's way of diverting the issue of him denying the existence of homeless vets to now make it appear as if he was denying because of a particular reason for it (when a reason was not given previously). And this is the "NO-Spin Zone"? Are you fucking kidding me? Billo should teach classes on how to spin!
The AMAZING thing about all of this is, Billo continually says that John Edwards is demogoging this issue and exploiting homeless vets by using them in his lectures about how bad the economy is. The FACT is, is that BILLO himself is the one exploiting the vets by using them to attack John Edwards. When is the last time you heard Billo talk about homeless vets and wanting to help them when the issue was focused primarily on that? I'll tell you when.....NEVER! Billo first attacks Edwards about the NUMBER of homeless vets. Then, when Billo is proven wrong about the number, he attacks Edwards about the REASON for veterans being homeless. This is all about attacking Edwards...nothing else.
This is what assholes like Bill O' Reilly do. They get on the air every night and shoot off their opinions based on NOTHING. They don't know facts. When the facts come back to bite them in the ass, they attempt to worm out of it by doing exactly what I just mentioned above. When you lie as often as Bill O' Reilly does, you can't keep track of the lies. You have to lie to cover up the previous lie. O' Reilly doesn't even know what he believes. He's a parrot and is controlled by the people writing his checks. Since you make 10 million a year Billo, why don't you help these vets instead of waiting on the issue to be addressed? YOU address it asshole! Take care of them!
BILLO, YOU ARE A SHAMELESS, LYING FRAUD. GO FIGHT THIS WAR YOU LOVE AND TELL US ALL HOW YOU FEEL WHEN YOU COME BACK!