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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.

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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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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 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 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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Facebook Obama Poll is Disgusting BUT…

 

Facebook users who participated in the recent Obama polls that inquire whether President Obama should die probably took the polls as one of those things that some nut starts at Facebook. It’s stupid however, if not downright hateful. It tells me that someone wishes Obama dead and wishes to express that rather wicked wish by coming up with a POLL on Facebook.

Is something like this covered by the First Amendment and freedom of speech clause? I would say yes.

That also means that the Secret Service have every right to investigate anyone wanting the President of the United States dead. Yet, it frankly does NOT amaze me because .. well, it’s Facebook.

It’s the same social networking network anyway that also allowed sites such as “Israel is NOT a Country”; “I Hate Jews”; “There is NO Israel”, “F**ck Israel” but I didn’t hear any reportage against these groups. There was even a Holocaust denial site at Facebook. That’s exactly what keeps the Jewish Internet Defense Forces busy these days. The JIDF founder , David Appleton (probably not his real name), makes damn sure that every anti-Jewish website is taken noticed by the Facebook community so that those who have some sense of decency can, at least, FLAG and report the group as promoting terrorism, racial conflict and hate.

Personally, I completely support that JIDF after it found out that plans of terrorism are actually being planned by Hezbollah in a Facebook group. Violence is not covered at all by the First Amendment and so is the oppression of any group — be they women, Jews, blacks and gays. Thus, it isn’t surprising that someone wants to kill Barack Obama at Facebook. There are millions of Facebook users and there are terrorists, plain crazies, killers, or plain psychos. The JIDF discovered that there are groups of terrorists who even meet and exchange ideas over at Facebook.

Sure, we should care about Barack Obama. We support the Secret Service in investigating those behind the “polls” asking people if they want him dead. On the other hand, we suggest that these groups be deleted too : * F**k Israel And Their Holocaust Bull**** – 838 members * F**k Israel And Their Holocaust Bull***** – 128 members * Holocaust Revisionists – 52 members * Holohoax – 24 members * Holocaust: A series of lies – 31 members * Holocaust is a Myth – 42 members * How Many People Hate Israel? – 68,000 members * i bet i can find thousands who hate israel, we hate those child killers – 55,000 members * I Wonder How Quickly I Can Find 1,000,000 People Who HATE Israel…- 27,437 members * Invite your friends if u hate “ISRAEL” – 15,228 members * I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who hate Israel -14,051 members * We bet we can find 1.000.000 person hate “Israel” – 11,119 members * We Hate Israel – 4,717 members * Zgnječi Izrael!Destroy Israel!- 1,584 members * I Hate Israel – 1,322 members * HATE ISRAEL – 823 members * Hate Israel! – 416 members * HATE ISRAEL – 337 members * God Destroy all of Israel -172 Members * how to help Gaza = how to destroy Israel ( Join us to Act in your Field ) – 24 members

Isn’t it amazing how one group even has a Do It Yourself group on ways and means to destroy Israel? Okay, we can also please the First Amendment but then again, I am NOT one who wishes to discuss the death and destruction of a people or nation – or a person. Even if it was George W. Bush during his days and there were about a thousand anti-Bush Facebook groups. Or maybe George W. wasn’t sensitive or easily offended. Or it would have cost the government more than two wars to send the Secret Service to investigate every Facebook group that attacked George W.Bush.

For some reason, I miss that guy today and wish him well.

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