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November 17, 2009

Digging Deeper-Daniel Kopans and Kimberly Gregory

Mammogram Controversy.  The US Preventive Services Task Force has changed the regulations for mammograms.   Kopans, who started his segment by tooting his own horn, thinks that that the change, which suggest reducing the number of screenings, is too risky.  Gregory, rocking some sweet yellow glasses, was quite capable at reciting the recommendations, while Kopans was great shooting back with facts.  Gregory’s basic idea is that the largest jump is at age 50 and not age 40.  The Task Force’s key reason for reducing screenings, according to AC, is stress caused over false positives.

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diggingdeeper

It’s about health.  Why is the government involved?

Killings at the Canal – The Army Tapes

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Alpha Company 118 in Iraq.  Totally missed the ball on this one and didn’t catch much.  Would post a video but the audio isn’t synced up.

Three men have been arrested for murder.

 

Digging Deeper – David Bellavia, Scott Silliman, Abbie Boudreau

Bellavia said that the detention facility had a reputation for being a catch and release program for terrorists.  He also said interpretating.  No kidding.  Silliman added that a prisoner taken on the battlefield must be treated humanely and not killed.  It’s very difficult to keep a detainee, Abbie added, due to the extensive paperwork necessary to prove guilt.

Bellavia kept recalling his own experience in the field.  Infantrymen, he said, sometimes think about taking matters into their own hands.  AC asked Silliman for his opinion on the difficulty of detaining prisoners.  He said it creates undue pressure for the soldiers.

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killings

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

More info about Hasan

President Obama in China

Hunger in America

Unfriend  is word of the year

Keeping them Honest – Tom Foreman

Palin interviewed Barbara Walters and expressed unfettered support for Israel.  Walters asked her what the US mission in Afghanistan should be.  Palin’s answer: listen to McChrystal.  She gave Obama a 4 out of 10 and twice used the word dithering.

So she’s got a book coming out.  Why does that lend her any additional credibility.  Of course, there were some minor flipcflops.  On Oprah, she said she didn’t asker her kids about running for VP, but in the campaign she said she polled the kids.

360 Raw Politics – Bill Bennett and Donna Brazile

AC asked Bill, yes I call him Bill, about the rampant fact checking that is going on with Palin’s book.  Donna commented on the pettiness of the minor fact checking.  “A little Lexis Nexis is good for all of us.”

Palin HOTNESS!!!!

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hot palin

Palin called Newsweek putting the picture on the cover a wee bit degrading.  I call it a wee bit great.

Donna added that Palin should not try to be Hillary Clinton or Ronald Reagan, but only Sarah Palin.

Crime and Punishment

Evidence that Hasan might have had a breakdown in the days before the Ft. Hood massacre.  He wanted to get his patients arrested for war crimes and he spent some extra time on the firing range.  Eugene Fidell spoke on the military version of patient/therapist confidentiality.  While there is a code of silence, imminent threats must be reported.

military psych

military psych

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Guilty Plea in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping

Same-sex marriage in Buenos Aires

Co-ed dorms = risky behavior (THIS IS NEWS?)

Gaddafi’s in Rome and invited a bunch of Italian women to his house.  He gave them religious lessons

The Shot

Goats on a bus

goats on a bus

goats on a bus

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November 11, 2009

Carrie Prejean on Larry King, “Young women can learn from my mistakes.”  This was after she refused to take a phone call because of a deal that Larry King supposedly had with her “publicist.”  Poor Larry King.  He kept stretching for good questions, but Carrie kept shooting out lame answers, but at least she looked good doing it.

Breaking News – Suzanne Malveaux

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intro

President Obama rejects all current proposals on Afghanistan.  He’s simply not satisfied with them.  He wants a plan that transfers authority back to the Afghan government.  The problem could with Karzei, who is not acting like a good political partner.  Lastly, the President wants a plan with an inbuilt exit strategy.  Troop increases are not off the table, but specifics are necessary.

The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, is arguing against those increases.

OH NO IT FINALLY HAPPENED.  BERGENGERGEN IS ALIVE!!!!

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gergenbergen

They spoke very briefly about the troop level increases.  I was too taken aback by the sheer  power of the BergenGergen.

Inside the Massacre

Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who ended the Fort Hood massacre, spoke to Oprah today.  Saanjay Gupta interviewed a few more shooting victims.  One guy described bullet holes in the back of a friend’s head.  Then he fell silent.

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woundedvet

Spc. Logan Burnette, the first speaker, said that Hasan said Allahu Akbar before opening fire.  Burnette is expected to make a full recovery, but with a good deal of rehab.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Alleged Blackwater pribes.  The company may have paid for image protection

Dow up to 10,291!

Lou Dobbs is leaving CNN.  THANK HEAVENS!

Homegrown hate – Up Close – Nic Robertson

This seems like the same clip from last night, but in a different country.  Now it’s a group in London whose plan is to turn Buckingham Palace into a mosque.  Anjem Choudary, leader of Islam4UK, listed off all of the things that would be banned.  Whew.

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islam

Roberston said that the tactics employed in the UK and Europe are bound to end up on America’s shores.  They’re using the Internet to recruit new, young Muslims for terrorist training.

Peter Bergen was back on to discuss this phenomenon.  He called these groups Al Qaeda support groups.  Bergen said that current radical Islamists might have been memebers of the Weather Underground in a former  life.  I’d argue that religious terror is a great deal different from political terror.

Keeping Them Honest – Randi Kaye

Steven Burton is a bank employee who has been pretending to be a marine.  He’s going to confess to the crime tomorrow.  The crime is the unauthorized wearing of military medals.  He had a purple heart, a bronze star, and a navy cross, ALL AT ONCE.  These cases are called “Stolen Valor” cases.

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stolenvalor

Randi Kaye said that Burton might have stolen valor in order to get better parking spaces or preferential treatment at a VA hospital.

Raw Politics

Sarah Palin, who loves Facebook, said that she had a good chat with Oprah today.  Seriously, are we going to have to listen to this nonsense for the next 3 years.  If she gets elected President, I’m going rogue.  Seventy-one percent of Americans find Palin unfit for the Presidency.

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palin

Two young authors, Shushannah Walshe and Scott Conroy, have written a book about Sarah Palin.  Shushannah said that she resigned because she couldn’t take the daily grind of state politics.  It makes a presidential bid unlikely.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Follow: US Airlines pilot who was pulled off the plane for being drunk is sued

AIG  Chief claims poverty

Roadside Rockslide in Tennessee

The Shot

Whoa, it’s deja vu.  Carrie Prejean almost walking out on Larry King is tonight’s shot.

And the aftermath

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November 10, 2009

 

AC Intro

AC Intro

Motives for Murder – Drew Griffin

The first family was in Fort Hood today for the memorial service.  About the killer, Obama said that no faith justifies murderous acts.

 

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Obama

 

 

The question is whether or not this is an individual act of violence or a jihadist terror attack.  According to a federal source, most terrorists hide their religion to try to blend in with their environment.  Pat Brown, a criminologist, likened him to a mass murderer.

In his classes, Hasan (the shooter) argued against the United States and was found to possess a Powerpoint presentation with jihadist inklings.

Griffin commented on the thorough investigation.  People are digging through dumpsters to find any shred of evidence.

Upclose – Drew Griffin

 

Griffin and Hasan

Griffin and Hasan

 

 

Radical Islam in the United States in New York City.

Outside of a mosque in New York, a radical sect called the Brothers of Revolution Muslim (or something like that) is trying to recruit people for terrorist activities.  The leader of the group said that the Quran requires that Muslims terrorize non-Muslims.  He quibbled over the definition of terrorism. Younes Abdu

llah Mohammed, this leader, was born and raised in America, lives in New York, and hates America with a passion.

Drew Griffin spoke with Yousef Al Khattab, a member of Brotherhood Muslim, said that he loves Osama bin Laden with a passion.  He also says he would love to see Israel wiped off of the face of the planet.

Digging Deeper – Jeffrey Toobin and Peter Bergen

 

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Bergen

 

 

Toobin began by talking about the line between free speech and inciting violence.  AC brought up the fact that the Brotherhood Muslim is being watched intensely by the FBI and local police.  Toobin talked about how the Justice Department is now in the buisiness of preventing crime.

“Leaders of terrorist group have a track record of not carrying out suicide attacks.”  Another wonderful statement of the obvious, but even Bergen isn’t perfect.

Yowzers, that was a short digging  deeper.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Clinton presses lawmakers trying to get health care passed before next year

Nowak, the ex-astronaut, makes a plea deal

Michael Jackson’s mom drops her court case re: Michael’s will

Facebook hacked

AC’s already plugging tonight’s shot.  Yikes.

DC Sniper Executed

 

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AC

 

 

John Muhammad was executed at 9:11 EST.  His killing spree lasted 3 weeks back in the autumn of 2002.

For those who don’t remember, this guy drove around Washington D.C. in an old car randomly killing ordinary citizens.

OMG.  AC on AC.

Jeanne Meserve spoke about her interview with Muhammad.  Muhammad apparently tried to intimidate her with random bits of knowledge.  She called it intellectual bullying.  The one thing that he refused to talk about in the interview was the murder.

The Shot

I missed most of it.  A drunk woman fell in front of a train and the train stopped.  Nothing like Wesley Autrey, however.

AC Follow – Randi Kaye

So sick or Randi Kaye.  So sick of Carrie Prejean.  Prejean has a book out now.  Prejean dropped a suit against the Miss America pageant due to the “coming out” of her sex tape.  In the book, Prejean wrote about how mainstrream pornography has become.  “Outer beauty can only get you so far in life.”

 

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Kayejean

 

 

Lisa Bloom came on to talk about it!  What does a legal analyst have to do with Carrie Prejean.  AC only asked her about the allure of Prejean.  Lisa Bloom, socialite!!  The question now is whether or not Prejean’s privacy was violated.  Be careful before you track down Prejean’s tape, she was only 17 at the time.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

United Airlines pilot pulled from a plane for being drunk on duty

A Florida judge finds against two teens arrested for burning another boy

The Letterman extortion plot begins to unravel!

Madoff’s personal belongings are being auctioned off on Saturday, including an $87k watch

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November 4, 2009

What better way to get ready for AC than listening to Larry King serenade the voluptuous Mariah Carey?

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mariah carey

Raw Politics – Tom Foreman

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

Nancy Pelosi claimed that last night was a win for the Democratic Party, clearly focusing on the house election in northern New York.  Michael Steele, on the other hand, hailed the dawning of the Republican Renaissance.

Foreman said that the deciding issue is the economy.  People are scared, angry, scared, and stressed about the economy.  A large number of voters in Virginia and New Jersey shifted from independent to Republican.  Tom Foreman’s quote of the night regarding elections: “Turnout can make a huge difference.”  I used to like the magic wall, but tonight made me hate it.

Liz Cheney, GOP strategist, commented on the loss in NY-23.  She blamed the defeat on the Republican candidate, who withdrew from the race and threw her support behind the Democratic candidate and not the “conservative” candidate.  According to CNN, Conservative is now a political party.

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liz cheney

Anderson asked Cheney about the big tent and the supposed purge of moderates in the Republican party.  AC kept calling Cheney out, saying that the policies that her idealized conservatives cry out against in the current administration were upheld by her father’s administration (she’s Dick Cheney’s daughter).

Health care reform came onto the table.  AC mentioned the fact that the governor of Virginia is for reform, and Cheney countered by saying that the governor wants tort reform rather than systemic change.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

11th body found in Ohio

H1N1 vaccine slow to reach troops

Fed keeps key rate steady

A 56-year old lady in PA held up a sign to get shamed for stealing from a 9-year old

Interview – David Plouffe

David Plouffe was Obama’s campaign manager and has written a new book called The Audacity to Win.  He said that the NY-23 win was good in that it might be indicative of a move to purge moderates from the Republican party.  Wow, they’re replaying the SAME part of the interview they played 15 minutes ago.

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david plouffe

Plouffe also inserted the point that the economy will not reform without health care reform.  Eeeeeenteresting.  AC said that Plouffe created the grassroots movement that got Obama elected.  Plouffe replied that the grassroots movement didn’t get as much coverage as the teabaggers because the teabag leaders were loud and irresponsible.

Nation Divided – Evan Wolfson and Tony Perkins

Oh god.  The pro-marriage equality guy has a lisp.  Maine, as we all now, passed a bill that forbids gay marriage.  Perkins called gay marriage a special-interest agenda.  I’m afraid that I can’t write about this.  They’re arguing about the definition of marriage and applying to unseen authority.

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nationdivided panel

If I had a dollar for each time Evan said actually, I’d have a lot of dollars.  Perkins said that he wanted to preserve the right to teach his children his values.  Evan called him out for trying to make himself the victim.

Beautiful question from AC: Do you think the tide of history is moving against your position?

Keeping Them Honest – Randi Kaye

Phillip Garrido was on parole for ten years but was largely left alone during that time.  AC called damning the new report on the Garrido case.  Seems like the parole officers even saw a 12-year-old girl on his property when he was visited.  Agents ignored malfunctions in his ankel bracelet more than 200 times.  Had agents paid more attention to his transponder, they might have noticed that he spent a great deal of time in the concealed compound.

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randi kaye for some reason not talking about education as promised

Digging Deeper – Jeffrey Toobin and Lisa Bloom

Toobin commented on the ankle bracelet, saying that “you can have all the technology you want, but if people can’t use it then the technology is worthless.  As to legal ramifications, Blooms says the cops are covered.  The parole officers weren’t trained for home visits.

toobin bloom

toobin bloom

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Help for jobless and home buyers

Presidential event cancelled

Carrie Prejean dropped her lawsuit against Ms. California after a sex tape surfaced.

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prejean

The shot

Animal massages

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the shot

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November 3, 2009

It’s a special election night show, but there’s a few non-political items on the agenda (I hope).  On another note, my video is back!!

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OK, maybe not the most flattering pic of Anderson Cooper

New York – District 23

John King is at the big wall showing Virginia.  It’s a red sea unlike in 2008 when Barack  Obama fared reasonably well there.  The question is: could this be a referendum on Barack Obama.  Midterm elections are never a good measuring stick, in my opinion, because none of the regular people show up; it’s just the extremists.

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john king at the wall

New Jersey is still up in the air.

The House seat in New York is leaning Democratic, but just by a narrow margin.  The margin is razor thin in the New York mayoral race.  Bloomberg is up by only 4,300 votes.

Digging Deeper – David Gergen, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Pamela Gentry

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the panel

James Carville opened up by saying that he really has his eye on New Jersey, but the NYC mayoral race is particularly surprising, especially considering how much money Bloomberg put into this campaign.

Fleischer said that the Democrats’ 3-year cycle is at an end, but that it’s too early to look forward to 2010.  He called this a significant check on Obama’s 1st year in office.

Gergen called many of these votes “against the incumbents.”

Pamela Gentry, political analyst for BET, thinks that tonight’s results might deflate Obama’s influence on the hill.

AC asked Gergen about the possibility that there won’t be a health care bill until next year at the soonest.  Gergen expressed disdain for such dallying.

Gentry brought up the very obvious point that this was not a national election night so the younger voters, who largely vote democratic, aren’t coming out.

Soledad O’Brien showed some startling numbers.  While now only about 37% of people say that they think the country is going well, a little less than twice that amount think that the country will be going well one year from now.

After the break, the Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey is winning.  Bloomberg has inched farther ahead in the NYC mayoral race, and Bill Owens is pretty soundly ahead in the House 23 race.

360 Bulletin

Bones in Ohio

Madoff’s accountant pleads guilty

The Louisiana judge who didn’t give a marriage to an inter-racial couple has resigned

Swine Flu hits Boys 2 Men…making him miss the Soul Train awards.

Politics

CNN projects that Chris Christie will take the gubernatorial election in New Jersey.  This is a strong blow to the Democrats, as the president himself campaigned in New Jersey.

With five political minds on the ball, nobody seems to sense that people might vote for president differently than they vote for governor.  Maybe it’s just me.

Oh no!  Roland Martin.

the martin

the martin

John King was back at the wall playing with the states again.  Rather than comment on what the colors represent, he frames everything in terms of red and blue.

There’s a referendum in Maine about gay marriage.

Sorry, snoozed off there for a minute.  This really is a snooze fest.  I feel like CNN has been running the same stuff all day.  Sorry, AC, but I’m just not feeling you.

Next Tuesday, we’ll have a special report about an army murder.  Sweet, sweet next week when midterm election madness will be at an end!  Hey, at least we’re not talking about Nicolas Cage.

Bloomberg is projected to win the mayoral race.  I can see why this is important to AC, but what about the rest of the country?  Bill Owens is still a few inches ahead in the NY-23 race.

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results

Back at the wall with John King.  Third time this hour.  I’m so glad this thing exists.

360 Bulletin

A 23-year old woman in Iran has died.  Her father ran her over with a car because she was too Westernized

7th suspect arrested in after-dance gang rape

Phoenix baggage bandits!!

World’s sexiest accent: Irish

The Shot

Vodka implosion and AC calls all Russians alcoholics!  I’ve only got the vodka video for you, though, straight from the source.  Youtube

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October 20, 2009

A little pre-show twitter action:

BoniniGirl: And also… I have to admit it -> #igottacrushon @andersoncooper ! ;0)

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anderson

Breaking News – Gary Tuchman

James Arthur Ray is still on CNN.  Danielle and John, two former Ray followers, gave details of their experience in the sweat lodge.  This was a quick intro segment that got pushed down the agenda because Danielle, the would-be interviewee, decided not to show up.

Keeping them Honest – Joe Johns

joe johnsBank officials gave themselves raises: AC holds them accountable.  The subtitle was “Bailouts and Bonuses; We’re naming names.” These are in ascending order, so the best is last.

3.  Jeffrey Peek – CEO CIT Group

2.  Ken Lewis – CEO Bank of America – most of his perks were private airplanes

1.  Alvaro De Molina – CEL GMAC – 5 million in “perks”

All of these firms received TARP funds, so the salaries were ostensibly cut, but compensation was transmuted to “perks.”  AC asked about capping executive salaries, especially when big banks are considering handing out big bonuses these years.  Johns reported that we ought not expect a maximum wage.

Digging Deeper – Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Fmr. Comptroller David Walker

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Kaptur, a democratic representative from Ohio, blamed the excess on the culture of greed.  I think she actually used those words.  Thankfully, she shifted from the soft liberal to a hard-nosed accountability maven.

AC pointed out that the major tragedy here is not that the banks received TARP funds, but that they cut down on mortgages while taking in extra funds for themselves.

Some audio problems with Walker, so AC shot to a quick commerical.

Whoa, AC is kicking butt.  He called Obama out by saying that he’s trying to get support from execs while blasting them at the same time.   Here’s a clip:

I’m officially getting sick of the word “perk.”  Walker said that the government needs to create a better system of oversight to ensure that there are no loopholes through which those dreaded perks can travel.

Oh Kaptur.  Don’t be so soft and if you’re going to be hard, be staunch about it.  AC asked her why she thought current leaders should abide by a regulation that wasn’t in place when they took the money, vis a vis a new proposal of hers.  Her reply, “Because America needs it.”  Kaptur then added that she would support legislation that banned any current bank CEO from dealing with the federal government everyday.  I think she was bullied as a child.  “I’m taking my ball and going home!  Nyah nyah nyah!”

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Follow – Eugene Bailey cleared in Derrion Albert beating

Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister, says he will withdraw combat troops by next August

College cost up 4.4 percent!

Indianopolis cops say that Gregory Smith, the praying robber, has been caught

Raw Politics – Michael ware

Karzai agrees to a run-off election.  The big question is whether or not the run-off will have any more legitimacy than the original election.  In the last one, there were 7,000 observers…and it was still effed up.  There’s a herculean feat to organize an election before the snows come, which gives them about two weeks to get it together.

Ware, speaking for the Afghan people as only an Aussie can do, equated both Karzai and Abdullah as a bunch of crooks.

Paul Begala and Kevin Madden

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Begala comes right out of the box calling Karzai corrupt and inept.  Obama is looking for a political partner in Afghanistan, and probably won’t wait two weeks to make any decisions.

Madden agreed that the government has been corrupt from day one.

Afghanistan needs a credible government in order to survive and America needs a credible government in Afghanistan in order to support and eventually complete our mission there.

The Iraq troop surge in Iraq came in the wake of the Sunni Awakening, which made the troop surge viable.  Both Ware and Begala agreed that no such event has occurred in Iraq.

Here’s a tweet I found on the subject:

wluce: @andersoncooper While Obama is waiting for whatever he’s waiting for, it’s costing the lives of our solders.

Crime and Punishment – Gary Tuchman

Danielle (last name withheld) is a former sweat lodge participant.  She had a picture of herself standing next to Ray, while he was wearing a “Death to Death” t-shirt.  Ray told the people in the lodge that they wouldn’t die, but they would feel like it.

This Ray character is something between a charlatan and a false prophet.  I wonder what kind of person would actually give their money to him.

One of the sweat lodge victim was admitted to the hospital as a Jane Doe, meaning that Ray didn’t have the courtesyy to even take her to the hospital and sign her in properly.  He’s still giving seminars, meaning that some people in this country are extremely oblivious.

Interview – Eva Longoria Parker

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Since Latino in America is coming on tomorrow, every show is inviting latinos to speak.

AC said that Eva is one of the only latino superstars in Hollywood.  She said you couldn’t name 3 latino (or latina) superstars in Hollywood.  Longoria took on immigration reform.  She believes that states should not be able to enfore their own border/immigration laws.  Why should anybody from Kentucky have a say in what goes on down at the frontier, I want to ask her.

Something woke me up when AC and Longoria talked about her upcoming documentary about latino children doing agricultural labor.  Many of these kids are politically American, and are still treated awfully.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Steve McNair’s mistress was stressed before killing him

Palin and Oprah!!

Carrie Prejean needs to pay back her boob job
they're fake!Balloon Boy 911 call (even though he called the FAA first):

The shot

The agony.  I’m giving you photos AND a video:

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are we still on

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October 15, 2009

I thought I would title this one, “24 minutes of balloon boy, and some other news,” but I decided to stick with convention.

anderson cooper

anderson cooper

Breaking News

Balloon boy.  AC called the dirigible a love child of a helium balloon and a jiffy pop.  Richard Heene, Falcon’s dad, from Wife Swap, seemed genuinely concerned about his son’s welfare and on Larry King got very angry when asked if the balloon ride was a publicity stunt.  Enjoy this clip of Heene (who is not at all defensive) :

In case you weren’t paying attention to the news today, the world held its breath while a makeshift inflatable craft drifted across the great plains of ….., seemingly with 6-year-old Falcon on board.  When the craft landed and was found empty, Falcon was found hiding in a box in the attic, prompting this trending tweet:

“Hey Balloon Boy, I’m real happy for you and Ima letchoo finish, but Anne Frank had the best attic hideout of all time.”

balloonboy fam

balloonboy fam

Digging Deeper – Marc Friedland and Garry Haruska

balloonboy panel

balloonboy panel

Friedland, Heene’s neighbor and deathly afraid of national television, commented on the nature of the aircraft.  Haruska commented on the technical nature of the balloon, saying that it was built from a kit.

Fifteen minutes in and the story is still running.  AC just asked the Haruska, a balloon expert, whether or not the balloon could possibly carry a 6-year-old child in it and he said it wasn’t likely.  Now, for a break, a clip of Heene on Wife Swappers:

Eighteen minutes and it’s time for the media analysis.

Now they’re playing the footage where Falcon said, “We did this for a show.”  Now, unlike the Twitterverse that hinges on every word on television, I don’t ascribe a great deal of truth to what kids say.

Please, no, no, no.  They’ve brought the big wall into the story!!  This is the same wall that got Obama elected.  Now it’s analyzing homemade flying saucers.  Thankfully, the wall brought some numbers.  Looks like the rescue mission cost about $28,000.

balloonboy wall

balloonboy wall

TWENTY FOUR MINUTES OF BALLOON BOY

360 Bulletin

Pakistan attacks kill dozens

Murder probe in sweat lodge deaths

The stimulus is working, according to new jobs data

A justice of the peace in Louisana refused an inter-racial marriage license

Developing Story-Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye

Randi spoke with a juror in the Cameron Todd Wilingham case.

Randi Kaye spoke with one of the jurors, who was friends with the lead investigator in the case.  Lawyers today say that her friendship with the investigator is enough to claim a mistrial.  Randi Kaye rubbed salt in the wounds by reminded the juror that arson science has evolved drastically in the past 10 years or so.

Perry again defended his choice to remove four members from the panel investigating the case.  Perry suggested that the former member who issued a report on the case was pursuing a political agenda.

David Martin, Wilingham’s attorney, believes that Wilingham was guilty.  AC asked him about the arson evidence.  Martin, with an affected drawl, read from the report into the case.  Martin read passages not related with the science, but with the writer’s prose.

Steve Mills, an investigative reporter from the Chicago Tribune, spoke more about the arson evidence.  Furthermore, he reported that fire experts have turned their opinions around.  Unfortunately, David Martin couldn’t shut his trap.

Martin said that a defense attorney’s job is to test the prosecution’s evidence.  Even if the defendant is guilty, he said, he can be proclaimed not guilty.  How guilt is ascertained, initially, is apparently a matter of interpretation.  Martin, for a lawyer, has shaky logic.  He said that if you pour lighter fluid on a carpet and light it, it will look like the carpet in Wilingham’s house.  If A, then B.  He goes on to say that if B, then A.  My last word on this guy: whenever he heard something he didn’t like, he cocked his head to the side and groaned loudly, sometimes saying, “I don’t know about that,” or, “I’m absurd.”  “I WAS THE TRIAL ATTORNEY!”

Raw Politics-Candy Crowley

President Obama visited New Orleans today for the first time as president.  Residents of New Orleans are unhappy and frustrated with Obama for spending only four hours on the ground.

Candy Crowley

Candy Crowley

The administration has sent lots of people to New Orleans, but the president is aware of the power of his own presence.  He heard some of the local frustrations, including the red tape necessary to receive funding for building projects.

Gupta Book Plug aka Up  Close

Swank Norweigan

Swank Norweigan

Sanjay Gupta reported on Anna Bagenholm, who was dead for 2 hours and found frozen.  Dr. Mads Gilbert, whose English is amazingly idiomatic (doubled-edged sword), spoke on the resuscitation.  Anna is now a doctor, herself.

What what what what what?  No Shot?  No Politicians Behaving Badly?

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October 14, 2009

Wow, Ben Stein and Arianna Huffington were on Larry King tonight.  Whoa.  Their conversation ran the gamut and they mostly agreed lamely.

huffington and stein

huffington and stein

A sleepy AC360 tonight.  Literally, I zonked out for a few minutes in the middle.  Just not enough news, I guess.  Looks like Chicago is all but forgotten and nobody is playing their race card.

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Breaking News

Limbaugh not in the football market anymore.  “I’m not even thinking of caving.  I am not a caver,” he says in desperate response.  Limbaugh was not alone in buying the Rams.  He was part of a consortium that dropped him because his presence was causing complications.  I’ll let the video speak for itself.

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Stephen Smith said that Limbaugh should have been allowed to bid for the team, but he should also have been allowed to have been denied.  Al Sharpton (!) was on the show talking about the letter he wrote to the NFL.

A few video problems on the show with queuing up some Rush Limbaugh footage.  AC looked a bit peeved when he didn’t get the clip he wanted!  AC gets what AC wants!!  Limbaugh defended, poorly, his bloods and crips comment.

McGraw Milhaven called the Limbaugh scandal a high-tech lynching (though in this case the rope is made of Limbaugh’s own words).

AC asked Sharpton if Limbaugh is being punished because his opinions are known.  Sharpton’s reply was that Limbaugh was not being punished, but being held accountable for his words.

limbaugh panel

limbaugh panel

Keeping Them Honest- Randi Kaye

randi kaye

randi kaye

Back to the Rick Perry potential execution cover up.  Perry spoke out today on his having removed panel members investigating the decision to execute Cameron Todd Willingham.

Kaye spoke with an arson scientist, Craig Beyler,  who said that the scientific evidence is pointing away from arson.  “Willingham was a monster,” Perry said in Texas.  I wonder if he’s ever heard of ad hominem.  Perry retorted that the case was seen in several federal courts.  He completely ignored the fact, though, that he was given some contradictory evidence right before the execution.

AC spoke with Wilingham’s stepmother, Eugena.  She said that Willingham was a peaceful man.  Colleen McCain Nelson, a reporter from Dallas, doesn’t think that the governor has sufficiently explained the dismissal of the panel members.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Obama meets with advisors about Afghanistan

Record pay on Wall St.

The Dow rises above 10,000!

Mass wedding in South Korea

mass wedding

mass wedding

Politicians Behaving Badly – Joe Johns, Candy Crowley, Stan Brand

Nevada Senator, John Ensign.  Remember, this is the guy who slept with a staffer, then helped her husband find a job.  The husband was a lobbyist, and there are rules that dictate the relationship between politicians and lobbyists.  Frankly, I’m shocked that the focus here is on the lobbying ban and not on the affair.  Is this a new politics?  They’re actually paying attention to pertinent issues.

I was not pleased with this segment.  I feel like I’ve written about it already.

Up Close-Erica Hill

jaycee dugard

jaycee dugard

Jaycee Dugard emerges from the headlines and speaks out about her time in captivity.  She also shows photos of her and her daughters, fathered by their collective captor Phillip Garrido.

Judith Cohen spoke about horse therapy, which Dugard is using.  The purpose of the therapy is to reunite families in a natural environment.  Ed Smart, whose daughter Elizabeth was also kidnapped, spoke about how he felt when his daughter was returned to him.  Not much to do with Dugard, but they needed someone to fill the screen, I guess.

Crime and Punishment – Gary Tuchman

Gary Tuchman gets some answers regarding the sweat lodge deaths in Sedona, AZ.  James Arthur Ray  convinced 60 people  to pay $10,000 to invest in a week-long healing ceremony.  Ray is currently drumming up more business in a no-media environment.

Some unidentified native Americans invited Tuchman to a sweat lodge to see what it’s really like.  Big news: it’s dark and hot.

Vernon Foster, one of the nondescript native Americans,  called Ray’s actions a desecration.

What, no Shot?  Again?  What’s wrong with these two?

AC and Erica

AC and Erica

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October 13, 2009

Raw Politics – Candy Crowley

he Senate passed its version of the healthcare bill.  It has a total cost of $829 billion and does not contain a public option.  Crowley beleived that “this is not the final victory” for President Obama and his healthcare plan.  Only one Republican voted aye on this bill.

AC and Crowley

AC and Crowley

Crowley was quick to remind us that we are “many moons away” from the end of this debate.  There are still many steps to go through before we see these efforts come to fruition.

Tom Foreman came on and stood in front of the magic wall in order to discuss the opinions of “average” Americans.  The number one fear is loss of coverage.  The second is overgrowth of government.  The third major fear is a regular fear of failure.

Foreman on the big wall

Foreman on the big wall

Digging Deeper – Paul  Begala and Ari Fleischer

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BegalaACFleisher

Paul said that Olympia Snowe, the lone Republican to vote for the bill, ought to be made immortal by Madame Tussaud.  She’s the last moderate Republican in government.  After a question by AC, Fleisher said that Republicans of course had a healthcare counterproposal, but that they weren’t allowed to speak about it (and by speak he meant that they didn’t get any amendments added to the bill).

Begala shot back by saying that the Republicans had several years in power to make any changes they wanted.  Furthermore, he added that several amendments were in fact considered.

Fleischer got very peaceful very fast.  He also said that “young people don’t want health insurance; they don’t want to pay the premiums.”  Great logic, Ari.  Of course they don’t have health insurance because it’s too expensive or simply not accessible to them unless they are in college.  They just choose not to have it.  Wasn’t that the idea behind the public option?

AC360 also has a glossary of healthcare terms to aid those who are struggling to keep up.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

2 teenagers killed in a drive-by in Washington DC

The military is meeting its recruitment

Ford recalls several vehicles due to faulty cruise control switches

President and Michelle Obama celebrate Hispanic Musical Heritage.  President again shows his lack of dancing skill:

Obamadance

Obamadance

100-year-old athlete sets record in shotput

Keeping them Honest – Randi Kaye

Is Governor Perry of Texas trying to cover up the murder of an innocent man?

Cameron Todd Willingham has been potentially exonerated by six forensic experts.  Governor Rick Perry has removed half of these men from their jobs.  Willingham was executed in 2004.

Two weeks ago, the governor removed three members of the commission that was studying the case.  One of the removed committee members is speaking out.

AC mentioned that in 2004 evidence was brought  to Governor Perry’s office that said the arson that Willingham was purported to have committed may have really just been an accident.  There is no proof that the governor actually read the report.  Willingham proclaimed his innocence with his last breath.

Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye

Samuel Bassett, the exiled committee member, was on the show.  He said that his committee was established to examine bad forensic evidence.  In a discussion with the governor’s aides, Basset said that he was told that the commission was heading in the wrong direction, after they had found evidence that possibly exonerated Willingham.

Michael Hall, editor of Texas Monthly, argued in favor of a cover-up.  Governor Perry apparently has no sense of how bad it looks for him to have fired several experts from the commission that would have cast serious doubts on the governor’s credibility.  Hall said that the governor’s motive was to eliminate all institutional memory of the event.

Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly

AC, of course has tried to contact the governor for an interview.

Politicians Behaving Badly

This is the first in a week-long series about scandalous politicians.  There have been so many this year, that this series is certain to please.  Tonight, it’s Mark Sanford.

Keeping them Honest – Joe Johns and Candy Crowley

Sanford is trying to block the report of the ethics investigation into his affair.  Some of his trip ran up to $400 thousand.  Joe Johns reported that while Sanford initially claimed to waive confidentiality on the ethics probe, he has since pulled a reversal.    Crowley said that while Sanford had a decent base of support after the initial confession, he has since lost most of that base. Also, Ms. Sanford is writing a book about the affair.

Johns AC Crowley

Johns AC Crowley

Crime and Punishment – Erica Hill

Erica Hill

Erica Hill

Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on the paparazzi.  He has signed a bill that holds reporters accountable for their actions.  She quoted the grossly negligent driving that is cited as the cause for Princess Diana’s death.  Erica Hill said that none of the major magazines were available to speak about the paparazzi.

Someone from X17online.com, a celebrity photo site, said that the new bill will not affect her at all.   She doesn’t go onto celebrity’s properties, nor does she invade celebrity’s privacy.  The speaker, who wished to remain anonymous, said that while her agency has been sued for some of their photos, they haven’t invaded celebrities’ personal space since.  She admitted, under heavy questioning, that sometimes her company hires photographers without photographic experience.  The speaker got a bit defensive.  AC called out her anonymity since it is her job to eradicate anonymity.  His animosity grew throughout the phone call.  Check the video.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

5 Florida teenagers are in custody for burning a child

The owner of the Indy Colts vows to vote against Rush Limbaugh

Maine couple wins the wife carrying championship

No shot tonight, so here are some wife carrying photos.  Sorry they’re a bit messy.

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AC360 10 10 09: GOP Jealous, Inspiring Others Matters, and it’s never easy to be popular in France? ?

Welcome to the daily AC360 recap. News Machine here. (Strange name I know)

First off explanation of the title: The jealous part you get, the “it’s never easy to be popular in France” was a mistake made by Fareed Zakaria when speaking to Anderson Cooper about President Obama’s Nobel Prize win. I think he meant to say “It’s never easy to be popular in the U.S.” But I’m not complaining, I like France. Or maybe Fareed meant to say: “It’s never easy to be popular in France and since Obama is popular there it tells you something”…I just don’t know. So that intrigues me.

Moving on.

I’ll save you the gory details of my personal life but for what it’s worth, I am healed. Hallelujah. God’s healing power healed me so you won’t have to listen to my  boring rants about the way I cough and sneeze.

I’ll also include just a little bit of Anderson Cooper being on Regis & Kelly, the best parts, later on in a new post. We usually don’t do this but I watched R & K and there were some great parts in it. If you want the whole thing, I’ll get you a link.

Moving on.

I’m also glad I got to cover today as the main news is about President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. I always get to cover the things I like…I find this great. I can’t wait to see what the panel has to say about that. Paul Begala is here tonight and I LOVE Paul.  Needless to say, I don’t agree with Nile Gardiner from the Heritage Foundation. He sounds British. I may live in England (for now) and love it, but I so don’t agree with Nile but I respect his Ph.D. (ha ha) Worth mentioning too is that 82% of the British public approves of President Obama against 17% for George Bush so let’s not stereotype all the British people thinking that Nile Gardiner is their spokesperson.

You know about this award? It’s really not about Obama’s achievements but about giving momentum and attention to some causes. It’s a “call to action” as Obama himself said. About how he’s inspired people and put issues on the table that were before avoided. It’s about the fresh way he sees things. How his new style will move the country forward. Something about International Cooperation…remember that one?

The Nobel Peace Prize was never meant to only recognize someone’s achievements per se but to reward those who inspired others and brought causes on the fore front of the political agenda. It’s always easy to critize someone until you walk in their shoes and see the mess they need to deal with. Patience is a virtue.

And although I’m not making this a race issue at all since we’re all human beings and the same, I love covering big stories on Barack Obama as he is a ‘mutt’ like me. (No disrespect to the Multiethnic community,  know this is a derogatory term but here used unoffensively)

OK I’m done talking, on to the pure raw hard core AC360.

PS: I’ll add daily ‘Photo News Galleries’ from now on (I do recaps for Fridays and Mondays)

STORIES TONIGHT ON AC360:

FIRST UP/360RAW POLITICS President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and Conservatives are Outraged and say he doesn’t deserve it and should give it back.

KEEPING THEM HONEST How easy is it for criminals to buy guns without a background check? A camera video filmed everything

DIGGING DEEPER How really dangerous is the H1N1 virus? 19 American kids have died this past week alone. AC360 talks to Doctor Sanjay Gupta about the vaccine and about being inocluated.

UNCOVERING AMERICA How underground tunnels in Las Vegas have become a home for the homeless.

360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETINS See stories below

MY ACTJ NEWS PHOTO GALLERY (At the very end)

First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

FIRST UP/360 RAW POLITICS – Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner

FIRST UP

Tom Foreman reports on the reaction of the GOP to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama accepted the prize and said it was a “call to action” to confront the global issues of the 21st century. Some conservative had to ruin it a little for him, saying that he does not deserve this prize and should not accept it. Luckily, President Obama did accept it and said the prize was also about the inspiration you bring and not just the achievements. The Nobel Committee says the prize was awarded because the President has given hope for better world relations and fewer nuclear arms. INSPIRATION MATTERS.

PANEL: Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner joined Anderson to discuss and said that the world really sees this prize as an award for America more so than for Obama.  The United States’ role in the international community is shifting as President Obama took office, and the foreign policy landscape is making some sharp turns for the best. They explored further whether this prize would make it easier or harder for the President to make foreign policies at home in the U.S. and the effect the award will have on him on an international scale.

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nigel

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & David

Anderson & David

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Nile on President Obama

Nile on President Obama

FIRST 360 BULLETIN – Erica Hill

1- A deadly suicide attack in Pakistan killed at least 49 people

2- In Haiti 11 died in a UN plane crash

3- A PA mom who brought a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game last year was killed by her husband

4- GM signed an agreement to sell Hummer,

5- The mission to crash into the moon to search for water was successful.

Keeping Them Honest – Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

A report on how people and even criminals can buy guns without having their background checked. Sellers at gun shows aren’t required to run background checks but are also not allowed to sell guns to anyone they find suspicious. An undercover video was taken at a gun show showing investigators as buyers admitting to not being able to pass a background check and being sold guns anyway. Mayor Bloomberg called for this investigation to try to encourage Congress to act on two bills that would force a background check on all gun show purchases.

Discussion: John Feinblatt

DIGGING DEEPER – Sanjay Gupta

Anderson speaks with CNN’s chief doctor Sanjay Gupta about the effect of Swine Flu on kids. 76 kids have died from Swine Flu since April and 19 this past week alone. 30% of the kids had been healthy prior to getting the flu. Sanjay said that the vaccine will help to stop the rise in children’s death from the H1N1 virus. Younger kids will need two shots to build up their immune systems. Kids over 10 will only need one. They also talked about the difference between the shot and the spray. http://www.ac360.com

UNCOVERING AMERICA – Ted Rowlands

Ted Rowlands reports about underground tunnels in Las Vegas that have become a home for the homeless.Matthew O’Brien, author of the book “Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas” speaks with Ted. http://www.ac360.com


Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Las Vegas Mystery

Las Vegas Mystery


SECOND NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN – Erica Hill

6- The knife was found that was used to attack a UCLA student who is now recovering

7-Flooding and landslides in the Philippines have killed at least 137 people

8-Video of the tsunami that hit American Samoa

9- A former tv host and politician who is accused of ordering killings has surrendered to police

10- Marge Simpson is now on the cover of the November issue of Playboy.

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill

BEAT 360 + THE SHOT

Didn’t like either ones.

ACTJ GALLERY: NEWS PHOTOS AC360 10 10 09

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October 8, 2009

Anderson is back in New York after yesterday’s great show in Chicago.  Daytime TV watchers will want to check in with Regis and Kelly tomorrow, as AC will be on!

Intro

Intro

Raw Politics

Problems for Charles Rangel.  He owns a house in the Dominican Republic and has been renting it out, while not submitting that income for taxation.  His reason: he couldn’t understand his Spanish-speaking real estate agent.  Oh, by the by, Rangel writes tax laws.

Rangel rangers

Rangel rangers

Dana Bash, AC’s ear in Washington, reported on secretive conditions in the Congress right now.  She used some very colorful language when she described Rangel’s democratic support as without “visible cracks.”

Peter Flaherty read off a laundry list of Rangel’s misdeeds, including a Caribbean “junket” that Flaherty “crashed.”

Joe Johns echoed the popular question: “How is it possible that the chairman of the tax committee was so murky about his own numbers?”

Shifting Support

Tom Foreman reported on shifting support in the nation.  Voters, perhpas, may be “souring on Democrats.”

The effects of Obama’s reforms just aren’t VISIBLE enough for the average American.

John King looked towards the future.  He also highlighted the mathematical problems facing the Democrats: younger voters tend not to show up for midterm elections.

Nicole Wallace, former Republican advisor, compared the situation to being ahead in a marathon after mile 2.  She was quick to make the Republicans the protagonist of this story.  When asked by AC whether or not the Republicans are pursuing a scorched earth policy against Obama, Nicole replied with John McCain and Jeb Bush, whom AC referred to as straws.

Errol Louis, CNN political contributor, focused on the political division in America. Several of the places where Obama won the presidency gave the Rep’s seat to the Republicans.

Shifting Support

Shifting Support

360 Follow

Chicago

Chicago

Back in Chicago.  Gary Tuchman reported on a meeting of the Chicago City Council that addressed the stop snitching problem.  Some young children from the neighborhood brought up a very new point: kids won’t tell the police because, due to police brutality, they don’t trust police.

360 Bulletin

Erica Hill is back!

Several dead and wounded in Kabul.

Economy upswing

Nasa to bomb the moon.  They’re crashing unmanned ships into the moon to collect dust particles.

La Luna

La Luna

Keeping Them Honest

AC called gays and lesbians some of Obama’s core supporters.  President Obama campaigned on a promise of being a fierce advocate of gay and lesbian rights.

Gay rights

Gay rights

Promises made and not yet kept:

1.  Ban Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

2. Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

3.  Make gaybashing a federal crime

4.  Pass the employment nondiscrimination act

Pam Spaulding called this disappointing.

Cleve Jones, co-founder of the National Equality March (coming up this Sunday) thinks that Obama wants to do the right thing.  The most important rights, according to him, are granted by the federal government.  The federal government needs to protect their rights because, as history has shown us, gay rights can seemingly be granted and taken away at a whim.

Barny Frank, a high ranking gay member of the House, disagrees with the march.  He said that it will be useless.

Many will come to the march on Sunday, according to Jones.

Crime and Punishment

Horrorcore the cause of murder?  AC promises to take us into the world of horrorcore.

Horrorcore

Horrorcore

Gary Tuchman, now in Virginia, showed pictures and played music from “Psycho Sam.”  Richard Samuel McCroskey, his real name, blamed the murders on Jesus.  Wow, I’m having flashbacks to the Marilyn Manson days.  Or the Eminem days.  Now it’s the Insane Clown Posse days.

Digging Deeper

Psychologist and Director of the Center for the Study of Violence Alan Lipman said that the fact of the matter is that most kids can listen to the music and not become violent, but if you take the 2% who have a predisposition to violence and put them in front, then they might have a problem.

James Zahn, a chubby horrorcore specialist, was absolutely quick to turn the focus away from the music.

Lipman cited a scientific study that showed that kids with rage will act on that rage in whatever way is presented to them.  The Columbine killers, had they listened to different kinds of music, might have acted out differently.

Zahn, Zahn, Zahn.  He called McCroskey an underground, independent artist.  “The norm would be not to go out and bludgeon people.”  Thanks, James.  Your insight is appreciated.  Where do they find these people?

Separated at birth?

Separated at birth?

360 Bulletin

An 85-year-old might go to prison for convincing Brook Astor to hand over her estate

Michael Vick is getting a TV show on BET

Levi Johnson is more Johnson and less Levi

The Shot

Basically, there are two shots tonight.  One is Anderson’s guns.  The other is a redneck.  As if I needed another reason to avoid Georgia

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Special from Chicago

Anderson reported from the exact site where Derrion Albert was beaten to death.  The memorial of stuffed animals and wilted flowers still limps along now, days after the murder.  Ninety-four kids have been killed in Chicago in the two years since Anderson was last in Chicago.

Some of the kids

Some of the kids

Arne Duncan visited Chicago today, saying that something has to change.  It took a video, he said, to wake the country up from complancency.  Anderson played Steve Perry’s

Keeping them Honest

Gary Tuchman reported on a new strategy funded by stimulus dollars.   Chicago plans to spend tens of millions of stimulus dollars on the toughest 3% of kids in Chicago Public Schools.  Ron Huberman, Chicago’s superintendent, spoke on the plan.  Each kid will receive a mentor and an offer of a part-time job.  Ten thousand kids are targeted.  He promised that the kids receiving intervention will not be stigmatized for their involvement.

The Back of the Yards, once a hotbed of European immigration, is now a Chicago gang hotspot, with three gangs competing for dominance.  Kids in the area don’t feel safe walking home from school.

Digging Deeper

Steve Perry is back.  Rather than throwing the burden back on the vague and amorphous community, Perry now thinks that the schools need to fundamentally restructure the role of the teacher.  He advocated a charter school approach, where teachers are educators, mentors, and coaches (or some other triad).

Personally, I believe that no matter how comfortable it is to draw amply from the charter format, the rules of the game are fundamentally different in the public system, which does not have the luxury of turning students away.

A few audio problems tonight.  AC was wearing a very funny earpiece.

After the break, AC had Janice Allen speaking.  She’s local to the area in which Albert was killed.  Anderson asked her what she thinks need to happen.  Work study programs,  jobs, and places to utilize idle time were her answer.  She drew attention to the 4-5 hours that pose a majority of problems (the time between the end of the school and the end of work).  AC asked if it has something to do with the schools.

Allen

Allen

AC: “Is bad schools the key?”

Both Perry and Cooper were quick to blame the schools.  Ms. Allen, too, blamed the schools.  I’m amazed that there aren’t any teachers in on this discussion.

They’re repeating themselves now, so I digress.  Why are we trying to deal with criminal isssue with community centers and classrooms?  Of course, education

Raw Data

Mayor Daley has been in office since 1989.  He refuses to give an interview.

Raw Politics

Charles Rangel, head of the House Committee on tax regulation, has been accused of hiding his income and other sorts of tax fraud.

Dana Bash and Peter Flaherty

Rangel, a Democrat, apparently owns a rental property that generates at least one thousand dollars per night.  He also hid his assets for years.  For years, Rangel had been 0nly reporting half of his assets.

Dana Bash spoke with Rangel.  She asked him his opinions.  He said that it is for the Ethics committee to decide and not the media.  Nancy Pelosi called Rangel one of the most experienced people in the Congress on health care.

360 Bulletin

Tsunami warning in Hawaii

Congressional Budget office says the health care plan could be $829 billion

US mortgage applications spiked last week

Nasa astronomers have discovered an 8th right around Saturn

Raw Politics

President Obama and his security met today to discuss the direction of the war in Afghanistan.  James Carville and Bill Bennet came to us via a recorded interview.

James Carville: “I know what we’ve been doing for the past eight years isn’t going so well.”

Bill Bennet: “No.  I don’t think so.  Yes.”

Bennet argued that we should trust our veteran military commanders who served in Iraq.  Carville said it’s time to reassess.

Carville

Carville

AC said that he understand that the change in Iraq came not from the surge, but from cooperation and collaboration with the locals.  Bennet then said that “history will show” that the surged works, as per his discussions with quite a few marines.

Crime and Punishment

David Letterman.  Wow, this story has moved from the Bulletin to Crime and Punishment.  This is Polanski territory.  While his ratings are up, the National Organization of Women (NOW)  has accused Letterman of creating a hostile work environment.

Lisa Bloom agreed, vociferously, with NOW.  Howard Kurtz contributed that he thinks the boost in ratings might only be temporary.  Lisa admitted that extortion is worse than anything that Letterman has fessed up to.

It was hard for me to pay attention.  I kept thinking that Lisa Bloom was going to come after my neck with her fangs bared.

She looks like a zombie.

She looks like a zombie.

Back to Chicago

Anderson expressed his disgust at the fact that things have not improved in Chicago.  This is a particular issue for

US. Atty General Eric Holder said that school violence is not a Chicago problem, but an American problem.

The Big Interview

With Arne Duncan.

Anderson quoted Perry when he talked about this crime being ignored by the media because it was black-on-black.  Duncan replied that the solution is not guns or cops, but fundamental education.  Again, it’s the community.

What did it take to bring the issue of school violence into the forefront of the very fickle American consciousness?  A video.

Albert Vaughn Sr., whose son was beaten to death, believes in change, but thinks the mayor hasn’t done enough.

Sonya Williams, said the schools need increased security.

Rod Moyer, says that it really is a cerebral shift.  Rather than focus on the community centers a la Steve Perry, why not train the kids to become doctors?    Go Rod!!

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After so much talk about not blaming anybody and local accountability, everybody on the show was extremely quick to point the finger at Mayor Daley. The mayor isn’t setting educational policies, so what can he do since the change must happen at the local and educational level?  All Daley can do is send in more cops.

360 Bulletin

Undercover sting operation finds that dealers sold guns to people who said they wouldn’t pass a background check

Swine flu vaccine!

Walla Soza, Brazilian TV host, vanishes

The Shot

What?  NO SHOT?

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Heated Debate: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”…Thanks Anderson

Lots of debating concerning the segment below. I heard lots of people say they did not like Anderson’s style of moderating the discussion. Listen to it to know what I’m talking about. It’s late at night and I don’t have the energy to give you all the tiny details. Or just see last night’s AC369 summary. Don’t be lazy…scroll down 🙂

After listening to this part, I really cannot understand who in their right mind would think Anderson did anything wrong in this segment. I mean, did you hear that woman Elaine speak? She doesn’t need ‘moderating’ but mouth shuting. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, obviously, and Anderson and Choi’s ‘approach was justified. If I had so many crazy words coming out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds, I’d want someone to put me in check. I have zero tolerance for people like Elaine, she should not even be given a platform. Freedom of speech what? Excuse me. She greatly ANNOYED me and I cannot believe Anderson didn’t shut her up sooner. The LGBT community must be tired of getting discriminated against on a constant basis and be portrayed as savage beasts ready to prey on anything that moves. There is just so much one can take. At some point, some people need to shut up.

Anderson, your approach was GREAT, if you and Choi weren’t so tough on her maybe she would have had the last word but she didn’t…to tell you the truth all I heard coming from her was blah blah blah blah blah after awhile…I cannot believe that it is okay to discriminate against a whole group of people like this and use such nonsensical and old cavemen’s rhetorics.

What happened to respect and tolerance? This is beyond me.

I’m sure Elaine will have a lot of thinking to do after this little encounter on AC360.

Anderson, great that you said:”have you been to Afghanistan”…and you see there lies the sad secret of people who discriminate against others: They will never walk in your shoes yet tell you how to live.

Listening to people like Elaine makes me want to scream…

Feelings. The fact is that after all the facts are said and re-said, people have FEELINGS. You cannot put a fact ahead of someone’s human and normal feelings. (not talking about petty, arrogant or immature feelings here I don’t have time to give you a course in human relations…so don’t start attacking at me).

So much for freedom of speech…people are dying, lives are lost. And all that some people do is talk and talk utter nonsense without any conscience at all for the suffering that’s happening. “As long as I’m right, who cares about the rest because after all I am saying all this to stroke my ego and not to help others

People should stop analysing things so much they lose all touch with their own inner conscience. Intellect is powerful but if you use it to discriminate against others, you are putting God’s gift into bad use.

Anderson, next time just shut her mic, will ya ?

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October 6, 2009

Back in the saddle again with Anderson Cooper.

Intro

Intro

Keeping Them Honest

Senator John Ensign, admitting an affair.  I’m getting sick of political affairs!

In June, the senator admitted that he’d had an affair with a staffer.  Ensign is alleged to have helped his mistress’s husband, Doug Hampton, find a job as a cover-up.

Dana Bash reported that the senator has not spoken publicly about the affair since today.  The senator purports to have recommended him for a job, but not to have overstepped legal boundaries.  He repeated that he will cooperate with official inquiries, but gave Bash a very cold shoulder.

Melanie Sloan said that the allegations against the senator are very serious.  He may have violated lobbying laws in order to cover the scandal.

The plot thickens with Joe Johns.  Hampton wrote a letter to Ensign saying that since he’d left his job as per an implied agreement and that Ensign wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain.

with Joe Johns

with Joe Johns

Anderson asked how difficult it is to prove lobbying violations.  Sloan read off a laundry list of Ensign’s proven violations.

Bash reported that Senate Republicans are absolutely silent about this affair.

Raw Politics

Job losses are still rising in the US and President Obama is looking for solutions, including a possible second stimulus, though, as Anderon was quick to point out, it may be called something else.  Ed Henry brought us the view from behind closed doors, saying that this package could take a few different forms.  Nobody is going to call this second package a stimulus package, because the rhetoric would soon flow that the first stimulus package didn’t work.

James Carville and Ari Fleischer were on the show to duke it out.

Carville and Fleischer

Carville and Fleischer

Raw Data

Ali Velshi was at the big wall with the numbers.  The stock market has risen 43% since the stimulus  package.  Home prices have also risen due to low mortgage rates.  Job loss has slowed, but we’re still not in the positive numbers.

The Big Wall

The Big Wall

Carville, in true form, said that it’s not important what you call it, but something must be done with unemployment numbers.

Fleischer said that the second plan would just be more spending and that the first package was no stimulus at all, as if it had not stimulated anything in the economy.   Carville came back quickly by comparing the job loss numbers at the end of George W. Bush’s term and those now.  Fleischer whipped back by saying that Carville was just whining about the past instead of thinking about the future.

Carville reframed the new plan by saying that rather than a general stimulus, the new plan could be targeted towards those who are suffering from prolonged joblessness.

There was a math problem in defining job loss.  Fleischer in the Republican camp used the unemployment rate, which as risen, as his key indicator.  Carville in the Dems’ corner used the job less per month number as his key indicator.  Being no statistician, I can still see that job losses are bound to drop as that unemployment is bound to rise.  The question, however, is not whether the first package was going to reduce unemployment, but instead if it could slow it.

360 Bulletin

Randi Kaye today.

Obama meets to discuss Afghanistan strategy.

Four American soldiers who were killed on Friday have returned home

FTC is cracking down on bloggers who are paid to endorse a product

Best and worst places to live.  The worst: Niger, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone.  Best, Norway, Australia, Iceland.  USA: 13

Digging Deeper

A new article in the Joint Forces Quarterly reported that there is no scientific evidence that open homosexuality hurts the military in any way.  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) Pennsylvania, told the House that over 13,000 troops have been thrown out of the military since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was passed.

Don't Ask...

Don't Ask...

Elaine Donnelly, when asked why the other panelist, Dan Choi, shouldn’t be allowed in the military, reverted to the law.  Anderson pressed her really hard to say what harm Choi would do to the military.

Dan Choi said that the harm of kicking gay soldiers out of the military is the drastic loss in troop numbers.

Elaine was extremely rude!   She talked over Anderson several times. This whole thing was a talkover fiesta.  Anderson jumped in saying that it “turns viewers off.”

Choi is an Arabic linguist.  His skills are in high demand and he is not allowed to serve because of his sexual orientation. When he asked Elaine about that, she answered that Arabic linguists are available elsewhere.

Elaine believes that the harm of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will be the retirement of long-term soldiers.  Also, allowing gays in the military is tantamount to men and women living together, which she argued just doesn’t happen.

Quote of the night.  Anderson to Elaine: “Elaine, have you been to Afghanistan?”

Crime and Punishment

Anderson is going live in Chicago tomorrow.  He said that they’ve been following the Chicago beating story has been going on too long.

Kids in the Crossfire

Gary Tuckman reports.  Martrell Stevens is a brave young man (first grader) who was shot in May 2008 while sleeping in the back seat of his mother’s car.  His mother is certain that several people saw the shooting.  She said that she in fact sees the shooter every day.

Martrell is doing very well today.  He is a fast wheelchair rider and he can walk on his own with a walker.

Chicago Violence

Chicago Violence

Steve Perry talks again.  Anderson asked him if this could be the result of turf wars caused by some sort of forced relocation.  Perry fell back on the community, like he did last year.  Perry referred to urban centers as “our communities.”  I have trouble believing he lives anywhere near the communities he is lashing out at.

Perry said that had Derrion Albert been killed by a white person, then the streets would run with blood. When the violence is black-on-black, however, the media turns a blind eye and nobody speaks up.  Neither spoke up about what would have happened had the crime been perpetrated on a white person by a black person.

I like how Paulo Freire framed class violence.  In any society, there are those with power and those without.  This is easy to see at the national level, but a little sneakier at the municipal level.  In any multicultural area, the line is almost always drawn by race.

360 Bulletin

Swiss Courts have denied Polanski’s plea to be released from prison

US courts have accepted Mel Gibson‘s plea to purge his records

Elizabeth Taylor has heart surgery

Spinach and lettuce are risky foods!  They can cause illness or death!  Eck!

The Shot

5-year old acting sensation.  Mash-up courtesy of AC360’s hip producers.

AC360: Screw ’em!

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Not Covering Last Friday

Sorry guys but I’ve been in bed for the past 3 days. Coughing, swollen eyes, weak, sore muscles, headaches. Who gave this to me? I’m going to the doctor on Monday again. Me typing this is a real miracle and I just need all my energy to just drag my fingers through the keyboard.

I had all the shnapshots ready but now I’m not feeling up to it…can’t push myself, sorry.

Monday will get covered if I’m better and the other days for sure since Aaron is doing them.

Until next time, you know the drill: Go to AC360 or CNN  for all the most recent news.

Also, just for your info Anderson didn’t have Swine Flu, he told so to a politics website just recently, either Politico or Daily Kos I don’t remember.

Cheers

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October 1, 2009

Many apologies if I come across as a bit snarky tonight.  I’m really exhausted.  It’s a good thing I’m not blogging the Heroes show.

Intro

Intro

Breaking News

David Letterman the victim of blackmail.

Letterman

Letterman

David Letterman “dropped a bombshell” during his show’s taping today, reported Randi Kaye.  Letterman admitted that he has been the victim of blackmail, and he further admitted that he’s had sex with members of his show’s staff.  This was a very bold way of defeating blackmail.   Questions still abound whether or not he was having an affair with his new wife.  This is a late-breaking story, so the coverage cut off for a bit.

Keeping Them Honest

Joe Johns reports from Chicago on the beating death of Derrion Albert.  As of this moment, not one person has come forward with information about his death, even though there were dozens of witnesses.  Anderson thinks that this has something to do with the “no snitching” movement, as mentioned in yesterday’s show.

I get really riled up about education, as I myself am a teacher.  In urban school districts, there is an unwritten code of behavior that dictates that students can not share information about crimes they witness.  As an urban teacher myself, I can attest to the verity of this claim.  I have often walked up on fights of all sorts and the hardest thing to do is to get information from anybody, even the kid getting beaten up.

Steve Perry, CNN Education contributor, says that when a kid in an urban school district can’t make it home safely, urgent action needs to be taken.  Steve Perry has activated his pseudo-urban dialect in order to appear authentic.  Epic failure.  Almost as bad as when Anderson Cooper tries to connect with hip hop by saying that he likes a variety of artists, while trying to either justify or ingratiate himself.

The artist, Common, was on the show.  AC asked him why Tyson Beckford would record a video telling kids not to talk to the police.  Common, of course, is not Tyson Beckford.  Common replied by going back to the roots of hip hop, to the time when it was about emancipation and self-improvement.  Common said that kids need to know that they’re being listened to and loved, which sounds great, but is this the best thing he can say?  Fighting war with love sounds great, but the 60’s are over.  We need to think of something a bit more concrete that involves both positive and negatives for all stakeholders.

AC brought parents up.  There’s nothing more comfortable than blaming parents. Teachers, especially, love to blame parents.  Anybody who doesn’t have a real solution loves to blame parents.

AC got off the parent train and brought up Busta Rhymes, who didn’t snitch when his bodyguard was shot.  Perry responded by saying that ignorance has no zip code. What these two things have in common, I just do not know.

This was all a great deal of carping.  Urban education is such an exasperating cause that people find it difficult to do  anything else.  I find it amazing that nobody mentioned the threat of retaliation that runs strong through many urban gangs.  Not snitching becomes a matter of self-preservation.

360 Bulletin

Indonesia earthquakes

Samoan islands picking up the pieces after Tuesday’s tsunami

Ken Lewis is leaving Bank of American with $53 million

Communist China marks 60 years.  Not one person cracks a smile in Tiannamen Square

Breaking News

For some reason, the WWF has been running polar bear commercials on AC360 all week long!  Look how cute they are, though…

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Breaking News

Back to LettermanLisa Bloom was on the phone.  Her legal definition of extortion is the threat to reveal embarrassing information and the demand of large sums of money to keep that information secret.  AC said that Letterman did the right thing.  Bloom answered that he did the write thing in terms of the extortion, but not in his personal life (Letterman slept with at least 2 staff members).

Howard Kurtz, of the Washington Post, said that Letterman did the right thing by telling the authorities.

All throughout the segment, they showed Letterman at a restaurant with Madonna.  Maybe she’s one of the staffers in questions.  Go Dave!

Maybe I’m just grumpy, but how is this news?  Sure, it stinks for David Letterman, but there’s not much to be gained by dragging this out into the open.

Breaking News

Nuclear talks with Iran and other nations may lead to inspections.

Candi Crowley, Reza Aslan, and Abbas Milani

Reza pointed out that 8 years of giving the cold shoulder to Iran yielded 8 years of uranium enrichment.  Milani cautioned us not to get too optimistic.  AC asked Crowley about whether or not this is a political win for President Obama.  Crowley answered that right now it’s just talk.

Reza reported that there is room for more talks throughout the year.  Milani thought the big issue was the amount of enrichment occurring in Iran.

Crime and Punishment

David Wells, prosecutor in the original Polanski case, is in the studio with AC and Jeffrey Toobin.  In the film, Wells admitted that he never coached the judge in the case to change Polanski’s verdict.

Wells, who appeared on a documentary about the Polanski case, said that he spoke on the documentary because he never thought it would be shown in the United States.  Toobin couldn’t speak to the “psycho drama” that Wells is trying to elicit, but he did say that Polanski pled guilty, full stop.

toobin

toobin

Toobin even questioned whether or not there ever was a plea bargain.

Hero Retrospective

Former CNN Hero, Peter, who started a clinic in Kenya, spoke about how his country plunged into war two weeks after he received the award.  He said that he has received so much support after becoming a CNN hero that he has been able to open an additional clinic.  Some patients walk up to 100 miles for care.

Hero

Hero

360 Bulletin

Chris Savoie gave an interivew to CNN from prison.

Elizabeth Smart, kidnapping victim, testifies in the case against Brian Mitchell

Michael Jackson was relatively healthy when he died.

Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, has a picture of her in a red jacket staring off into what must be the Alaska wilderness, or maybe she’s just squinting to see Russia.

The Shot

New York store owner risks his own life to rescue a boy from a burning apartment.  The apartment is above his store.  He climbed up the fire escape and was in perfect position to receive the boy from a firefighter.

The man, Horia Cretan, found out about the boy from the boy’s grandfather.  Cretan said that he got his first responder skills from watching television.   Riding the rush, Cretan proposed to his girlfriend on Good Morning America.

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September 30, 2009

Back in close-up at the top of the show, Anderson is still at least previewing most of the segments.  It must be lonely in that little box.

Sorry about the shortage of photos/video tonight.  My recorder had a bit of a glitch and I didn’t get to record the whole show.

Breaking News

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake killed at least 100  in Indonesia.  Footage from Padang in Sumatra.  Wayne Ulrich on the phone says that the situation is “not good.”  Thousands may be trapped in the rubble.  Anderson reported that he’s heard about people digging through the rubble with their hands looked for loved ones.  The footage spoke of devastation, catastrophic devastation.  The  Red Cross has established a makeshift refugee shelter.

Intro

Intro

At  least 111 people killed in Samoan islands, Tonga.  A tsunami rode in on the earthquake and leveled several coastal towns.  President Obama has declared the area an official disaster.

Raw Politics

Is President Obama at risk?  Physically?

Thomas Friedman said that conditions in America now are like the conditions that existed in Israel before Rabin was killed.  Republican party leader Michael Steele called Friedman a nutjob on Morning Edition.

William Bennett said that Thomas Friedman was “nuts, just nuts.”  “The middle west is not the middle east.”  Bennett then commented that the last two presidents to dodge bullets were conservatives.

James Carville gave it a little more credence, saying that there is a little bit of a difficult atmosphere out there.  Bennett replied that the atmosphere was difficult for Bush, as well, but nobody said anything about it.

AC asked Carville if things are worse for Obama than they have been for other presidents.  Carville said that it was a “lowball.”  I love the fact that this guy is a sportscaster.  AC asked about Carville’s reaction to Bill Clinton’s “vast right wing conspiracy.”  Bennett was visibly perturbed by the question.  Carville said that it’s not a conspiracy anymore, but that it’s now out in the open.

This whole debate reminds me of the racism talks of a few weeks past.  This is slightly more grounded in real events (the Facebook poll), but ought CNN give credence to the periphery?

Breaking News

6.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia.  There’s a journalist on the scene and they were trying to make contact.

360 Bulletin

EPA going over emissions regulations

GM kills Saturn

Bank of America’s CEO steps down

New Dorm Sex Rules: No dorm sex at Tufts University! No sexiling!!  AC said he’d never heard of sexiling.

During the commercials, we got a shot of Anderon’s CNN Heroes show!

Heroes

Heroes

Keeping Them Honest

Aftermath of the murder of Derrion Albert in Chicago.  People have been talking and talking about solutions, but with all the talk, kids are still killing kids.

Chicago

Chicago

Gary Tuckman reports from Chicago.  There are memorials being erected all over the city (most likely mostly on the south side), in honor of fallen children.  Thirty-seven kids have been killed in Chicago in the past year.  This is more than L.A.  The superintendent (CEO) of Chicago schools said that he’s going to spend stimulus dollars to create programs to help fight violence.

Alderman Carrie Austin, who represents the district with the highest incidence of violence, offers social services and only social services as a solution for youth violence.

Police superintendent, Jody Weis, said that he’s trying to intelligently deploy police officers, not just send them out at random.  AC asked why Chicago schools are particularly violent.  Weis answered by reflecting on the recent tragedy.  Why would an honors student be killed by his peers?  Weis blamed the problem on society and said that the key to changing this attitude is community involvement and conflict resolution classes.

AC pointed out that the first officer on the scene is accused of not intervening in the beating.  Weis deflected wisely by asking why the amateur videographer didn’t call the police.  AC questioned why the  dozens of people who were watching the fight haven’t come forward with the names of the attackers.  Weis said that nobody has called in, but didn’t offer any concrete answers.  He said that there’s a “no snitching” movement that is supported by rappers.

Both the Alderman and the police superintendent said anything they could say that would shift the responsibility from their heads to those of the community at large.  The school superintendent, who apparently calls himself a CEO, said that he’s got ideas for initiatives to fight school violence.  When will someone in the public eye ever stand up for their ideas and own up to responsibility?  All three of the people interviewed completely waffled when it came to individual responsibility for preventing crime in schools, instead shunting responsibility to “the community.”  Yet, we wonder why the crime persists?

Crime and Punishment

Roman Polanski is slowly being reframed as a victim by his Hollywood friends.  Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen have signed a petition demanding Polanski’s release.  Hollywood producer Weinstein said that Polanski is the victim of a judge who did not honor his own agreement.

Polanski apparently cut a plea bargain that included his pleading to unlawful sex with a minor, which is statutory rape.  He would serve no jail time but for a psychological evaluation.  The judge is said to have promised to not honor the plea bargain.

Polanski

Polanski

Joy Behar pointed out that the Hollywood community always comes out and circles the wagons for one of their own.  She maked the obvious Woody Allen connection (and I thought I was being original yesterday).  Lisa Bloom jumped in and said that Polanski received a “sweet plea deal” from the judge.  He had been charged for six felonies.  She was absolutely livid.  Maybe the judge was kin to her?

AC asked Bloom about revisionist history in Hollywood.  She said that the arguments that have come up in support of Polanski were atrocious and disgusting.

Breaking News

Back on the 6.8 earthquake.  This earthquake hit Sumatra Island.

Keeping Them Honest

Given the recent crumbling of the public option, all eyes will now be on private insurers.

Tom Foreman spoke with Yogi Yogan, who tried to get treatment for a broken wrist but was told that she had a pre-existing condition.  She had to go through an insurance jungle to get covered.  Foreman then spoke with a doctor who has chosen to not accept insurance and instead offer a fee for services.  She was sick of seeing her patient lose their wealth and their health.

Robert Zirkelbach, head of America’a Health Insurance Plans (as in, I’ve broken A HIP and nobody will pay for it!) said that insurers, too, are trying to cut through all of the paperwork.

360 Bulletin

John Travolta back in the Bahamas to speak in the extortion trial

Sarah Palin’s book is a #1 bestseller before it’s published

5-year-old kills an alligator

The Shot

Elephant Gone Wild!  I’ll have to link later.

Afterwards, they cued up an older elephant video.  What to do if you don’t have enough material for a full hour because your journalist on the ground in the aftermath of an earthquake isn’t available at the moment?  Funny animal videos!!!

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September 29, 2009

I also find the new opening format refreshing.  I noticed it on American Morning, too.  The show opened with Anderson Cooper standing and providing a preview of what was coming on the show.  It certainly made getting this review ready that much easier.  Maybe people felt that the show was a bit too rushed.

Intro

Intro

Raw Politics – Candy Crowley

Crowley on the death of the public option:  “Nothing is ever dead on Capitol Hill, it just goes away to the next session.”  Then she said not to bet on its resurrection.  Dems have to hold onto the public option on the House side in order to have something to bargain with in the Senate.

Health care

Health care

There do not appear to be the votes to pass any legislation with the public option in the Senate.  Anderson asked if the White House is going to try to pass some health care reform, even if it doesn’t include a public option, as long as their are some options for consumers to drive down prices.

In what is an odd trend to consult Hollywood celebrities for political analysis, Anderson Cooper spoke with Michael Moore on this issue.  Moore was standing on a Washington D.C. street at the time.

Moore has threatened to get rid of any Democrat who gets in the way of the public option.  Michael Moore fancies himself a champion of the public option, one who will lead the voters valiantly into the voting booth, all the while chomping on a Whopper.  AC asked Moore if the public option is the bottom line of health care.  Moore answered in the affirmative.  Moore said that every intelligent nation has either a single payer or a national health care plan.  Moore: “Trust me on this one thing.”  Moore claims to have prophetic vision, referenced his predictions regarding GM and the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I’m only including the first half of the interview.  The second is much the same.

After the break, Moore threatens to campaign against any Democrats who don’t support the public option.  I can imagine he’ll drive around in an ice cream truck.  Seriously, what direct impact has Moore ever had?  He supposedly got a store to stop selling bullets.  I’ve been a hater ever since he digitally edited a copy of my hometown newspaper in one of his movies. Note: I know I just linked to Rush Limbaugh.  I’m sorry, but the truth needs to be told!!!!

Moore to the public: “Turn off Dancing With the Stars.”  Anderson asked why public option supporters haven’t come out with such gusto as the teabaggers.  Moore said that it’s because nobody has rallied the troops.  He plans on using his film’s opening as political leverage.

Democrats who voted no on today’s bill did so out of fear, says Anderson, fear that the bill wouldn’t pass anyway.  “Where is the spine,” asks Moore.  AC asked Moore if he thinks Obama is spineless.  Moore answered that he is rather just a nice guy.

Digging Deeper

Candy Crowley and David Gergen.

Gergen was mystified at Moore’s focus on the public option.  Gergen posited that the dream of universal health care is that every person has health coverage, but not that that coverage is necessarily provided by the government.

Crowley added that President Obama is going to sign a bill that provides universal coverage, by any means necessary.  She said that certain White House aides were surprised that the public option took center stage.

Anderson asked if this new type of reform is health reform or insurance reform.  Gergen answered that the bills major weakness is that it doesn’t do much to bring down care expenses, doesn’t provide preventative treatment, and doesn’t address malpractice issues.  He predicted a health care phase after this insurance phase.

360 Bulletin

Tsunami warning on eastern pacific rim

2 US troops dead in the Philippines

Zazi pleads not guilty to terrorism

Toyota is recalling four million vehichles due to problems with the floor mat

American Girl doll collection adding a homeless doll.  It still costs $95.

Crime and Punishment

Polanski

Polanski

Roman Polanski is under arrest in Switzerland for raping a 13-year old girl 32 years ago.  Woody Allen is campaigning for his release.  I can’t make this up.

Jeffrey Berg, Polanski’s agent, reminded the crowd that Pulanski faced justice 32 years ago.  Polanski fled for fear of not getting a straight deal in court.  Jeffrey Toobin answered that the way to challenge things in the American legal system is in the courtroom.

AC asked Berg that if he thinks Polanski has a leg to stand on legally, then why doesn’t he just come back and face the court.  Berg answered that there are other mitigating factors in the decision.  Toobin shamed the L.A. DA’s office for waiting this long to pick Polanski up.  Toobin “argued” that Polanski has been a fugitive for 32 years, even though he has lived an open life this whole time.

iPhone App plug with Erica Hill

iPhone demo

iPhone demo

CNN is really going nuts with its iPhone App, so much that they’re offering tutorials on the air.  Larry King spelled App out when he mentioned it.  AC, it turns out, does not have an iPhone.  Maybe next we’ll have anchors plugging baking soda.

Up Close

Tonight’s Up Close was about the American man who went to Japan to rekidnap his children, which were kidnapped on the first day of school in Tennessee.  Christopher Savoie tried to reclaim his kids from his crazy ex-wife, Noriko, who stole the children away and took them TO JAPAN.

Mom Thief

Look at those eyes! Vicious!

Japan is not party to an international agreement on child abductions, so in order to get his kids back Chris went rogue and picked the kids up at school in Japan and tried to spirit them away to the American consulate, in an action that closely mirrors that of his ex.

Amy Savoie, Christopher’s new wife, was on the show and said that Christopher has been to the hospital since being incarcerated, but she didn’t say why.

Jeremy Morely, Christopher’s attorney, said that his chances of getting the kids back is slim.  Morely says that Japan”s legal system will by default find in favor of a Japanese mother over an American father.

Ms. Savoie came back on and told stories of several American men who’d married Japanese women and were blackmailed for $10,000 in order to receive a Christmas card.  Morely said that Noriko is likely safe if she remains in Japan.  The minute she tries to leave, however, she is likely to be arrested.

AC asked Ms. Savoie if she would like to say anything to the world.  She asked men who are 24-years old now to consider what life without a father is like.  I guess she is trying to inspire pity in her husband’s  Japanese jailors.

Lesson to American men: foreign women may be exotic and intriguing, but they bring with them a complete dimension of drama that American women thankfully lack.  Date local and take a cruise on your honeymoon.  You’ll get the best of both worlds.

Keeping Them Honest

Big Scam – Arthur Group Executive Search – Drew Griffin

This company targeted former executives in Minnesota.  Mike Myser, former vice president of a tech firm who had left to pursue an independent business,  found the Arthur Group online.  He was then talked out of $3,000.  The directors’ MO was to stoke the applicant’s ego and then offer resume services.

Arthur Group

Arthur Group

A former employee of the Arthur Group said that people who were looking for jobs online were already vulnerable.

The group’s offices are now empty, with a court summons taped to the door.  So is the home of Barry Trimble, owner of the Arthur Group and convicted sex offender.  Barry called Griffin, but declined an interview.  He said that Arthur Group closed down due to severe economic conditions.

360 Bulletin

American Samoa a disaster zone

U.S. High-level talks with Cuba

A man in Toledo, OH climbs a bridge and stops traffic.

Man on a Bridge

Man on a Bridge

Starting in November, Jon Gosslin is dropping out of the show.  AC was crushed.  I’ve never, ever watched this show.

Happy Ending

Happy Ending

The Shot

Naked guy buys a taco World’s fastest nudist.  Wearing nothing but a fanny pack.  Fancy sound bite.

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Sickening: AC360 Monday 09 28 09

Welcome to the daily AC360 review and summary

I love the way AC360 opened up today. Anderson Cooper  stood next to a giant screen announcing the different segments of the night with images of stories on screen. It was well labeled and clear to understand. I don’t know if this is new or if they have done this before (I don’t remember this…) but I’ve heard and seen that in France, the way anchors present the news has now changed since last week. They now sit on their desks as they present the news…not on the chair but on the table…and that for the entire show. Ok not important but I just wanted to mention that just because.

Not so great though, Anderson Cooper  tonight reports about the deadly gangs in Chicago schools. A ‘sickening’ scene about teenagers  fighting has been caught on tape, a 16 year old teenager, Derrion Albert, died as he was beaten to death, and no one did anything about it. This will be one of the main stories tonight.

Tonight’s other main stories:

CRIME & PUNISHMENT (sub segment: digging deeper) :Film Director Roman Polanskiwas arrested in Switzerland over the weekend and now faces extradition. He fled to Switzerland 3 decades ago after being convicted of drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl.

KEEPING THEM HONEST: Teen fighting violence in Chicago: a deadly beating is caught on tape (see above)…is the system failing ???

EXCLUSIVE: Investigation by CNN of a domestic terrorist’s confessions inside the Earth Liberation Front.

360 RAW POLITICS: Iran’s latest challenge to the world: new missile testing…will President Obama be able to stop this before Israel launches a strike

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – Lisa Bloom, Jeffrey Toobin, Joel Brodsky

Film Director Roman Polinski faces extradiction to the U.S. for a crime committed 3 decades ago

Film Director Roman Polinski faces extradiction to the U.S. for a crime committed 3 deacades ago

Film Director Roman Polanski was arrested this weekend in Switzerland while on his way to a film festival to receive an award. He was convicted in 1977 for unlawful sex with a 13 year old girl. He fled the United States for Switzerland more than three decades ago after being accused of drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. His accuser no longer wants to see him prosecuted. He now faces extradition to the U.S., AC360 analysts help us see clear in this story in the digging deeper sub segment of crime and punishment.

Sub segment: DIGGING DEEPER – Lisa Bloom, Jeffrey Toobin, Joel Brodsky

Jeffrey Toobins, CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst, says that it is likely he will be extradited as his crime and situation is covered in the extradition treaty. Furthermore, Polanski had pleaded guilty and needs thus to come back to the States.  Lisa Bloomalso agrees with him and says this is a legal matter (and not a political one as Brodsky states below) and that he is guilty and faces at least one year. Bloom further explains that the Swiss authorities have already done the provisional arrest of Polanski which means they will comply with U.S. authorities on extraditing him. The only one who disagrees in the panel is Joel Brodskywho says that this is a political matter and that the government in Switzerland needs to sign off this extradition approval before it can take place, and that he doesn’t think this will happen. Watch the clip:

 

KEEPING THEM HONEST – Joe Johns, Ronald Holt, Pete Carroll

A very graphic and disturbing video(don’t watch it if you’re very sensitive please…I couldn’t watch more than 2 seconds) was recorded by a student outside a community center. The scene is about a teenager being beaten to death. He was kicked and stomped upon on the pavement until he died. 4 teenagers are now in custody. The victim is a 16 year old sophomore. What should  be done to stop this violence? Why is this being allowed to continue? Why are people responsible for teens in Chicago not doing their part ?

Joe Johns talks to the mother of the victim and reports on this vital issue:

Joe Johns reports on the deadly Chicago teen violence

AC360 has been reporting and doing specials on the ground about this for years…what does the city, the parents and others need to do to fix this? Anderson Cooper talks to Joe Johns who gives us the answer:

Anderson Cooper also talks to Ronald Holt(whose son was killed in 2007) and Pete Carroll (USC Head Football Coach)

What can be done to stop teen violence in Chicago? Anderson Cooper panel

Ronald Holt made a very interesting point in saying that the kids’ violence is to blame on their dysfunctional parents who do not know how to live in society. See video below.

Coach Carroll has an organisation where he walks on the streets of LA and talks to the kids to learn about this issue and also reach out to them…he tells Anderson what he has learned:

EXCLUSIVE – Drew Griffin

Investigation by CNN of a domestic terrorist’s confessions inside the Earth Liberation Front.

360 RAW POLITICS:

I haven’t got the Anderson Cooper 360 segment on this, but here’s the CNN video about this so you don’t miss out on the action. CNN’s Octavia Nasr looks at the Iranian missile launch and how it may affect the region:

 

360 News & Business Bulletin – Erica Hill

Here are the other stories CNN and AC36O are following:

Secret Services are investigating a Facebook Poll which asks people if President Obamashould be killed, they 5secret Services) are taking this serioulsy and Facebook has removed the third party application allowing users to create their own polls. The poll has been taken down on Saturday

Travolta Trial: a video could be played tomorrow (well today now)  in court showing two people trying to extort money from Travolta after his son’s death. They tried to take 25 millions from Travolta.

Sully’s flying again. Remember the pilot who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in NYC back in January? Well, he’s going back to work and is now a manager on top of a pilot.

Sarah Palin Finishes her Memoir that will go on sale on November 25th. Official title: Going Rogue

I know it’s none of my business, but if you want my honest opinion, I don’t like the title.

Palin's memoir 'going rogue' will be sold on November 25th

BEAT 360 + Shot COMBINED:

thanks AC360, I was getting tired of typing…this will lessen my work…I needed to highlight that in bold red because it’s more important than all the other news…(being sarcastic…okay ??)

No Erica, I won’t set my TEVO or whatever else, you’ll only get pictures tonight. I’m too tired now.

Miss Piggy flies through the air during a pig contest

Miss Piggy flies through the air during a pig contest

 

1st winner

Second Winner

The Shot

 pig making waves

 Pig flying through the air

See you tomorrow…(tonight actually)

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