Welcome to the Anderson Cooper 360 daily summary.
Sorry this is late, the site was down due to maintenance/fixing and I couldn’t post Friday’s show summary earlier.
Before we start, I would like to wish Anderson a speedy recovery. It seems he came down with something as he kept coughing and his voice was hoarse. I’m sick as well since a couple of days and feel completely congested and I can’t stop wanting to sleep, and don’t tell me about those sore muscles…thank God for ‘Nurofen’ (Tylenol/Advil in America)…now that, Miss Prejean, was God ‘choosing’ me to comfort Anderson and all the sick people out there 🙂
MAIN STORIES TONIGHT ON AC360
– Authorities questioning a man who admits having ties to Al Qaeda…was he part of a plot to attack parts of NYC ?
– President Obama trying to focus on healthcare and ‘push past race’
Show tonight not too ‘heavy’ and a very good mix of stories…the Soledad O’Brien piece was really great and eye opening. Last night’s AC360 was really enjoyable and very informative. Anderson, although a little sick, seems rested and very serene.
Let’s get started…
The show opened up with the breaking news that terrorists attacks may have been planned against America. A young Aghan national of 24 has admitted having ties to Al Qaeda and is undergoing his third day of questioning. It is probable but not 100% sure that he was connected to the alleged planned attacks against New York City. There is still a lot not known. Anderson talks to Jean Reserve from Denver, who says there are now 2 pieces of evidence possibly substantiating that the young man is in fact related to the plotted NYC attacks. Najibullah Zazi is at the center of this investigation…CNN’s National Security Analyst Peter Bergen jumps in and talks about what is known in this investigation so far.
Here’s the complete interview…don’t miss it:
DIGGING DEEPER – Joe Johns, Jennifer Palmieri, Tony Perkins
The race discussion again. President Obama wants to get over this ‘race’ debate and finally focus on Healthcare…and how do I agree with him. Although I’m very weary about discussions on ‘race’, I can’t help but feel there is such an enormous subconscious attraction to fit into one race or another for most people today. I don’t think it’s bad and I don’t think it’s good. It’s just how we human beings are…the need to label ourselves…that’s how we form identity…this said…race is so embedded in our cultures that we don’t even recognize when we’re pushing too far. It’s been so common to act a certain way that it’s become the norm and no one should question the ‘norm’, right?
I’ll leave you with the panel discussion of tonight’s AC360’s digging deeper segment…discover for yourself why I’m exhausted of the ‘race’ discussion…and President Obama is very right to want to move on.
By the way, I went to check the AC360 LIVE BLOG and there was some anger over the term ‘mutt’ in there…I totally agree with this. The way multiracial people such as President Obama are viewed and referred to in the Western World is completely retarded. We should take example on places like Brazil when it comes to not forcing people into one race or another…hello…white and black is mixed…and I should be able to fit into anything I choose (whether that’s white, black or mixed)…society’s views on mixed race people comes from the Jim Crow system(yes google that)…One drop of black blood makes you only black…how narrow minded…thus completely denying you of one of your parent’s heritage…but hey…it’s not politically correct to talk about that so I’ll shut up.Some mixed people are seen as white because their phenotypical attributes make them look that…never you’ll hear people call them ‘black’…yet they are in fact mixed ethnically….what does that tell you about us as humans? Yes…we’re very focused on outward appearance.
The term ‘RACE’ is outdated, everyone….MOVE ON !!!
CRIME & PUNISHMENT – Randy Kaye
Very disturbing news tonight again about Annie Le’s murder
The killer was found and is held on 3 million bond. There are still questions surrounding this investigation. Randy Kaye answers them for you:
UNCOVERING AMERICA – Soledad O’Brien
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien talks to a young boy who wants to find his roots and registers in a program run by Malaak Compton Rock (comedian Chris Rock’s wife) called The Angel Rock Project. This program allows you to trace your ancestry by taking a DNA test. Very touching.
360 BULLETIN – Erica Hill
Erica Hill brings us the latest news:
-Bone found on Garrido’s property, maybe linked to other kidnappings in the 80’s.
-Miss California Carrie Prejean says ‘God chose me’…(I won’t elaborate on this, google it)
THE SHOT – Wolf Blitzer on Jeopardy
Wolf Blitzer missed a ‘pasta’ question…ouch!!!
Wolf Blitzer is not so good at Jeopardy it seems…at least not as good as Anderson Cooper !! Enjoy:
Anderson Cooper on Jeopardy…
NEXT WEEK’S SHOW MONDAY:
I won’t tell you it’s creepy but there’s something about hearing voices from other realms. Cool.