Overheard on CNN.com: Elephant rescue is uplifting story
Despite efforts from their herd to help, the pair were unable to free themselves.
November 11th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Elephant rescue is uplifting story

Comment of the Day:

"If you see an animal in pain or distressed and you can help, why wouldn't you? Screw non-intervention, I'll intervene every time." -luked

Dramatic rescue of mother and baby elephant

A dehydrated mother elephant and her calf were pulled from a mud pit by a conservation team in Zambia. Previous attempts by the elephant herd to save the pair had failed. This story was a favorite: CNN.com readers said it was a bright spot amongst the usually depressing news stories.

fjrchooser said, "I raise my bottle of the Gods must be Crazy juice in salute to the rescuers!"

hedgehog said, "I think we all need a few positive stories now and again. It sure beats the heck out of the normal, depressing stuff I read."

taffd said, "I'm sure things like this happen all the time around the world–we need to hear about them so that we know the earth isn't just a place of war, criminals, falling economies etc. This story did me a world of good."

RandyinOC said, "This is a great story! I believe there are many great stories around us every day, but they don't make good news so we usually only hear the bad. That's why it seems like everything is always so doom and gloom. It would be great to read more of these and by looking at all the 'Likes' on these comments below, I think most of your readers would agree, CNN!"

doonerist said, "Wait ... this is not a complete story. Was there any aftercare, or were the mother and baby just left to rejoin the herd? I want to know what happened AFTER the rescue."

lidetector said, "Mankind has already negatively interfered way too much with nature, elephants in particular, so, when the opportunity presents itself to help a species, we should do so. Elephants are proven to be especially intelligent and to have a sense of feeling for herd members, so I am really glad to read this article. It is really a great ending."

CWarden said, "I agree that the community behavior exhibited by elephants is really lovely and they are such gorgeous animals that we should be doing everything we can to protect them."

Shelama said, "Wow! It made me cry. Not only primates among the social animals show the evolutionary traits of empathy and altruism."

Laboy75063 said, "I'm so happy to read pleasant news for a change. I love that the other elephants came to help." TechIsReady said, "They always try to help when a herd member is in trouble."

XoriusM said, "I had to read the article twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things. A heartwarming article? You mean no war in the Middle East, a flood in Thailand, or a European financial collapse? *Smile*, thank you elephants."

crackiswhack said, "Well done, humanity. There's hope for us yet."

Blind man uses his ears to see

Daniel Kish lost his sight when he was a baby, but he has since learned to navigate much like a bat–by clicking his tongue and listening for the echoes. He aims to teach others his techniques. In a PopTech presentation, he showed videos of his blind students riding mountain bikes through obstacle courses, playing basketball and skateboarding. Most CNN.com readers were amazed and enthusiastic.

DexterDexter said, "I'd be interested in seeing brain activity. Has he awakened some sectors in the human brain that have long been dormant?" Lokari replied, "He hasn't awakened any dormant part of his brain, he's just learned to pay attention to the minute echoes from his clicks, and interpret what they tell him about his environment. It's very impressive, and no doubt an extremely skill to have, but it's just a question of training and practice."

myslant said, "I am skeptical as to the efficacy of this procedure, particularly outdoors. One would have to possess a superhuman hearing ability just to hear the reflected sound waves." Persuter replied, "Try this as an experiment. Stand near a bend in a hallway. Have your friend stand around the bend where you can't see him or her. Have them make a sound. If you hear the sound, then your assertion is incorrect."

Basil999 said, "When I was in college there was a guy at UofH who echolocated by clapping his hands. He didn't even have a cane. It was absolutely fascinating to watch. He was spot on with locating objects–people, curbs, streets–amazing."

Riggan said, "Hats off to Kish! The blind community has often resisted adaptive technologies. I don't know about today, but not too long ago, many schools for the blind would not allow guide dogs on their campus."

wagn asked, "Why do advocates for the blind rule it out if it could make the lives of blind people easier? What's the hurt? I think that it's silly to just shoot it down when a blind person is successfully using this."

ringobabe said, "There are people trying to figure out dolphin language. Daniel need to talk to these folks; he'll be able to give them some pointers."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

Overheard on CNN.com: How do we protect children?
Most children are abused by someone they know and trust, the American Psychological Association says.
November 11th, 2011
01:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: How do we protect children?

Comment of the morning:

"People prefer the stereotype of the bush-dwelling, candy-waving, trench-coat-wearing, ... van-driving pedophile because it is far safer than the reality." - Stitches77

News stories such as the Penn State sex-abuse scandal raise questions about how to identify a sexual predator or to know if a child is being secretly abused. Two CNN.com reports on those concerns prompted some readers to suggest ways to protect children and even to tell their own stories of sexual abuse.

Warning signs of sexual abuse often overlooked

The myth of the 'monster' pedophile

BethTexas1 said, "Parents have a responsibility to teach their children to listen to that nagging feeling that tells them something is not right with a person or situation. In most cases, they're right. Also, times have changed, and those meek little mommies who teach their children to worship adults and be good little boys and girls are setting their kids up for this kind of thing."

DeathStalker said, "I often instinctively like or do not like a person from the first five minutes of meeting them. I have ignored that instinct in the past and been burned by it. I now pay much closer attention to that instinct. I use this not only at a personal level but at a professional level as well."

KtinME said, "Tell your children that it's not OK for anyone to touch them if it makes them feel uncomfortable, and that includes all family members, including yourself. Tell them that if someone does make them feel uncomfortable, that you will believe them without question if they tell you."

johnsole said, "Very few offenders are so-called strangers. Children must be taught early in an age-appropriate manner about what is acceptable touching and what is not and to be taught the nonacceptable touching is still nonacceptable even (if) it comes from someone they love. Stranger danger is as much a myth as the boogeyman."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Local honey is better
No pollen was found in 100 percent of samples from drugstores including Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy.
November 10th, 2011
06:19 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Local honey is better

Comments of the Day:

"And out goes the bottle of honey in my kitchen. Thanks, but I'm not eating sketchy food with a 1-in-3 shot of being smuggled in from China."–M.E.

"Imagine that, the Chinese doing something else illegal. Nice moral compass they have going over there."–Too Wang Dependant

Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name

At least one-third of all honey consumed in the U.S. was likely smuggled from China and could be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals, according to a Food Safety News investigation. Most honey samples from grocery stores and all from drugstores lacked any pollen, indicating the presence of other sweeteners or an ultra-filtration process that makes it impossible to source the product.

CNN.com readers discussed the benefits of buying local, raw honey - for taste, for health, and to support American farmers.

sbk said, "Another fine example of unregulated capitalism at work. Who says the free market will govern itself? You are naive if you think the free market cares about the well-being of its consumers."

Denise said, "I am so glad that they finally put out an article like this. I have been eating locally grown honey to keep me from getting symptoms of allergies for the last few years. Locally grown honey is the real stuff, and it tastes different and better than regular commercial honey."

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Overheard on CNN.com: What's behind the 'oops' is worse
Two of the three agencies Texas Gov. Rick Perry wanted to eliminate were the Departments of Education and Commerce.
November 10th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: What's behind the 'oops' is worse

Comment of the Morning:

"How can an entire lineup of candidates start at point zero and continue to dig themselves into a hole? They need to call in the anomaly scientists on this one."–JustTruth1

An 'oops' that could mean 'over' for Perry

Responding to a question about working across the aisle with Democrats, Texas Gov. Rick Perry introduced his own agenda - cutting three federal agencies - and then blanked out on the third. Debate expert Todd Graham says his gaffe will do major damage to his presidential bid, reinforcing earlier bad impressions. Most CNN.com readers said the gaffe was less important than his policies.

thadea said "His policies, not his 'oops moment,' should have been his ruination." barbie1311 said, "I totally agree. I would never judge him based on that alone." TheRealist20 said, "Keeping this ignoramus out of the presidency is what really matters."

bardfast said, "Sorry Rick, but it’s not your 'oops' that has sunk you. You deny evolution. We deny your bid for the White House."

tmch4006 said, "I will vote for Obama, regardless of the GOP candidate that is selected. However, I do feel bad for Perry. I've had my moments where something I know very well slips beyond my ability to speak about. It simply means I've had a temporary brain fart. I always recover and hate the idea that people would think I'm dumb because of it. I doubt Perry is dumb ... ignorant, perhaps."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Murray was a scapegoat
Dr. Conrad Murray listens in court.
November 7th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Murray was a scapegoat

Comments of the Day:

"Justice has been served. Assisting a self-destructive man in destroying himself is a crime."–TonyWestover

"American justice system sucks. Casey, who killed Caylee, goes free; and Jackson, who was walking dead when alive, died and Murray goes to jail.–PeterDesai

Verdict reached in Conrad Murray trial

Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The prosecution, in closing arguments on Thursday, argued Murray was responsible for Jackson's death because his reckless use of propofol to treat Jackson's insomnia in his home was criminally negligent.

Many CNN.com readers said Murray was a scapegoat, but others disagreed. Before the verdict was announced, Bremen said, "Whether he is innocent or not, I would almost bet this man is gonna be found guilty. When people like Michael Jackson die like that, someone is taking the blame, no matter what the case."

bjj said, "Jackson was a propofol addict for years, according to his plastic surgeon, and Murray was his doctor for two months? I find it hard to believe he was convicted. This is sad."

foxxyredd28 said, "I disagree with the verdict! Dr. Murray only did what MJ really wanted him do. However he did violate medical codes and deserves to lose his license, but I feel he should not have to go to jail. I love Michael Jackson, but truth is he was a drug addict and he was going to die from drugs regardless whether it was Dr. Murray or whoever!"

AndyDaniel said, "Definitely a tough call for me. Negligent, probably, but criminally so? That's tougher. Murray obviously did not want Jackson to die. Did Murray push the boundaries of safety because he didn't want to be fired by his world-famous client? Possibly."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Penn State head coach should have done more
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno calls sex abuse allegations against ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky "shocking."
November 7th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Penn State head coach should have done more

Comments of the morning:

"Sounds like Penn State and the Catholic Church have the same kind of cover-up talents." - CommDecker

"Please, if you saw this happen on the street you'd call 911. So because it happens at work, telling a supervisor is adequate?" - WatAnon

Penn State coach calls sexual abuse charges against colleague 'shocking'

2 Penn State officials tied to sex abuse case step down

A child sexual-abuse scandal swirling around the Pennsylvania State University football program had many CNN.com readers venting their shock that head coach Joe Paterno did not follow up after reporting a "locker-room incident" to university administrators in 2002. The "incident" was the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year old boy by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly.  Sandusky, who retired from coaching in 1999, maintains his innocence. Two university administrators are facing perjury charges connected to an alleged cover-up.

Just43242 said, "I can't believe that a 10-year-old boy was molested, and the coaches basically said, 'Just don't bring boys here again!' What a message. And Paterno didn't follow up?"

Guest said, "Yes, Paterno alerted the Penn State administration back in 2002. But, why didn't he follow up when it became clear the PSU administration was sitting on the allegations? Didn't he find it odd that Sandusky was never charged with a crime?"

OvrHyped said, "And it's very late 2011; how is it possible the authorities have taken almost five years? Lots of questions, too few answers."

guest1guest2 said, "Paterno's hands aren't clean. Regardless of what 'specifics' were left out when he heard about it, the words 'coach,' 'boy' and 'shower' warrant a little more than reporting the incident to administrators and going on with your life."

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Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards
Mississippi votes on a "personhood" initiative this year. Similar measures in other states have been soundly defeated.
November 4th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards

Comments of the Day:

"Why is it that everywhere I turn the religious people are trying to destroy civil rights in this country?"–shockerwhoa3

"GOP legislating morality again, I thought they were for small government?"–TheMFTruth

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he decided life does begin with conception, an issue Mississippi voters will vote on this Tuesday. Most CNN.com readers said the state amendment to define when life begins was regressive and poorly thought out.

Mississippi voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person

Norps asked, "What right have the voters to decide such a question? Most of them are uninformed on the medical or scientific facts and are voting by their gut feelings: completely inappropriate to put such a question to the voters."

new2wi said, "This type of primitive thinking is not surprising; after all Mississippi public schools rank 50th in the nation."

discofever21 said, "This is a philosophical question as much as it is a question of science or religion. It needs continued debate so I applaud the measure on its merits at least. I personally go back and forth on the issue." CedarRapids replied, "I'm not sure making state constitutional amendments based on philosophical questions is a great idea."

rfulle12 said, "And so it begins. The attack on Roe v. Wade will be a big issue this coming election. The conservative right does not look too different than the mullahs in Iran. They want to control every aspect of our lives based on their view of religion. Scary stuff indeed!"

Capercorn said, "I'm a Roman Catholic. However, it only takes a trip to your nearest closet to be reminded that coat hangers exist. And everyone and their grandma agrees that those are bad. This is one of those many instances where something looks like it works on paper, but in practice, works horribly."

soporifix said, "It's easier dealing with stupid stuff like this than any actual problems. That's why Republicans love abortion."

MOrsini said, "We can assume that the state will take care of all the unwanted children then, meaning taxpayers will pay for each and every single one of them that is given up for adoption yet does not end up adopted ... talk about poorly thought-out propositions."

NuttinWrong said, "If people don't want kids, they don't have to have them. I'd rather hear about 2,000 abortions than 2,000 unwanted children."

MET100 said, "When men start having babies, as in being pregnant, it would be an appropriate discussion as to 'Choice.' Until then this is a woman's decision and the state has no right to interfere."

waldenu08 asked, "So does this mean that 1) child support begins at conception, and 2) corporations are NOT persons in Mississippi?"

toth88 asked, "When does America get to vote on whether Mississippi is a state?"
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November 4th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Family court judge should not be beating child

Comments of the Morning:

"Gotta run. Time to beat the kid and kick the dog." - sickciety

"Attention Lawyers – Never, never, never spank your disabled 16-year-old child. Have you no decency?" - babyBoomers0

DA: Statute of limitations prevents charges in judge's beating of daughter

Now 23 years old, Hillary Adams has released a videotape of her father, William Adams - a family court judge - strapping her when she was 16. Thousands of CNN.com readers responded to the story, many sharing stories of similar beatings. While some questioned the daughter's motives, others said there was no excuse for her father's behavior, as a family man and a professional.

SDN said, "I think it safe to say that if you were videoed doing this to anyone else, you'd be arrested and charged with assault. The video/audio would go a long way in convicting you, and sending you to prison. I condemn this man for beating his child. Simple."

fredwolf said, "I hate to admit it: beatings do set some people straight. I had a cop stepdad who beat me often, once because I got a 'A' in science and he thought it made him look stupid. He beat my mom too and she wanted to leave him. He threatened to put our neighbors in jail if they reported it. Few years later when I returned on leave and he was retired, we went for a beer, and I beat the living ##&* out of him, partly with his own gun, in an alley. We threw his stuff in the street. The beating worked! He never returned. I never beat my kids, all it does make 'em figure out ways to get away with it next time."

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Overheard on CNN.com: We need a better grid
Early snows accumulate on leaves still on the trees in Armonk, New York. Photo by iReporter Amazingpics.
October 31st, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: We need a better grid

Comment of the Day:

"The British economy is so much more efficient than the U.S.: we get the same results from 1 inch of snow that you do from 2 feet!"–aleximor

Nearly 2 million without power as Northeast recovers from storm

An unusual October snowstorm buried parts of the Northeast United States under more than 2 feet of snow and left about 1.8 million people without power Monday. The early snow caused excessive damage because it accumulated on trees that had not yet lost their leaves, said CNN.com readers. Some pointed to climate change as the culprit and some called for an improved energy system.

Sparkster said, "Because the deciduous trees all still have their leaves and the snow was very heavy, we lost a ton of trees here in Pennsylvania. Never saw this many trees go down before due to a snowstorm, windstorm, or even ice storm. Every yard in my neighborhood either has one or more trees down or very large limbs hanging off their trees. Sad."

Surfstud31 said "Never seen or heard anything like it. I live about 30 miles north of NYC and we got more than a foot of snow with big tree limbs down everywhere. Could hear the limbs cracking and falling all over the place during the storm. Worse than Irene was."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Let Cain's accusers come forward
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain says he has been "falsely accused" of inappropriate behavior toward female employees.
October 31st, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Let Cain's accusers come forward

Comment of the morning:
"Don't blame the Dems for this one. The Republicans are starting to eat their young." - Nevis

Cain denies harassment allegations

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told Fox News he had "never sexually harassed anyone" in response to a Politico report alleging that two women employees settled with the National Restaurant Association after complaining about him when he led that group in the 1990s. The women's names were not released. John Avlon, a CNN political contributor, said Monday that while Cain needs to address the allegations, the story may "smack of opposition research" by another campaign.

Many CNN.com readers said Cain had a right to know his accusers and others said he should just come clean if the story's true. MotherLodeBeth said, "Unless the women come forward and can be grilled on the facts and why they settled, it's all hearsay to me."

Motley said, "Anyone can make allegations of any nature; it does not mean they are true, nor does it mean that if two women did receive separation packages that it was due to harassment. Sorry, I prefer facts to judge someone other than rumors and allegations."

Mr. America said, "He should just say, 'Yes I did it, let's move on.' Now they will get him on lying. Same problem Clinton had."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Pipeline benefits worth the risks?
Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline protest Tuesday near a San Francisco fundraiser attended by President Obama.
October 28th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Pipeline benefits worth the risks?

Comment of the Day:

"It's getting harder and harder to like President Obama. But the Republican candidates are way too scary to support. What's a Progressive to do?"–IBON4IT

Green donors warn Obama: 'Do the right thing' on Keystone pipeline

Frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama's failure to honor his environmental promises, former campaign donors are threatening to withdraw financial support if he fails to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline. CNN.com readers talked about their political choices, and argued over whether the economic benefits of the pipeline were worth the environmental risks.

longtooth said, "The choice is clear. You can support Obama, who at least admits the possibility of global warming and our role in it, or you can abandon him, and give the White House to Romney, Perry, Cain, or one of the others in the Flying Republican Circus."

757Matt said, "Given the current global economic issues and our continued dependence on foreign oil - unless the government is going to buy everyone a hybrid - it makes sense to sign this bill."

No9 said, "I am a Democrat, with solar panels on my roof, wind power for the rest of my electric, and a high mileage car. I support this pipeline. The product will be sold to someone. Why not us? Don't you want to buy from a friendly country? This is crazy, build it now."

mgcanmore, who identified as a geologist, said, "Protesting this pipeline is irrational. Transporting hydrocarbons has a small inherent risk regardless of how you do it: tankers, trucks, rail or pipeline. Here we have a huge source of North American oil - second only to Saudi Arabia - and these protesters want to shut it down."

But TruthToTell said, "It's not just the threat from the pipeline itself, the oil will be dirty oil from tar sands, the production and then the refining of which produce a double whammy to the environment. Clinton's State Department out-sourced its "review" of Keystone XL pipeline this year to a corporation that is a close business associate of Keystone. The results were predictable - 'the project is simply peachy.'"
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Overheard on CNN.com: King Henry must be 'spinning in grave'
The laws would apply to any future children of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who married this year.
October 28th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: King Henry must be 'spinning in grave'

Comment of the Morning:

"Do they still have to pull the sword out of the stone?"–4thwright

Girls given equal rights to British throne under law changes

Girls born to the British throne can now be crowned before their younger brothers, according to changes approved by the Commonwealth of Nations summit in Australia. Future British monarchs will also be allowed to marry a Catholic, under the proposed changes. CNN.com readers explored what these changes meant and why the monarchy was still important to the Commonwealth.

Sgtgismo said, "Katie and Bill with equal billing." KellyinBoston replied, "Not quite. Kate can't be queen–She isn't an heir. She married into the family. If they have a daughter before they have a son, however, the daughter could assume the throne before the son (assuming the law is approved in all 16 countries for whom the monarchy is formal head of state)."

musings2 said, "An important move: given smaller families, all girls for William and Catherine would be a distinct possibility, and she certainly does not want to be having babies until there is a son. It would set a bad example for the zero population-growth forces. Camilla was apparently raised Catholic, so this would remove any impediment to her being Charles's queen consort."

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Overheard on CNN.com: 'So many haters'
Occupy Wall Street protesters in Greensboro, North Carolina, left, and Seattle, Washington.
October 27th, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'So many haters'

Comment of the Day:  "You folks bashing the occupiers, shame on you! It is a fundamental right to stand up for what you believe in."
- goaheadnjump

In connected stories, iReport photographers around the world highlighted the images, stories and aims of Occupy Wall Street protesters, while a backlash movement claimed to speak for the 53% who pay federal income taxes and do not support the movement. CNN.com comments, although apparently previously balanced, now seem overwhelmingly negative, often suggesting that OWS supporters took useless courses in college and are unwilling to take any job available. Many OWS supporters are employed, however.

Blog: Documenting a movement: iReport photographers capture Occupy

Meet the 99%

The 53%: We are NOT Occupy Wall Street

EatBabies said, "Wow, so many haters. While I don't fully support these people, I at least see that they have the foresight to see what's coming. Cost of living, inflation, ever-increasing rates/prices are not being matched by wages. In 40 years the American 'middle class' won't be able to afford to live."

goaheadnjump said, "You folks bashing the occupiers, shame on you! It is a fundamental right to stand up for what you believe in."

whoareu61 said, "What do the protesters want? It's easy for the self-righteous and the misled to claim it's all about 'free stuff' but it's not. It's about accountability of politicians, bankers and corporations. The big banks got bailed out and still receive low-interest loans under the premise of lending it to people to start businesses or expand the ones they have, but the banks are investing that money into foreign investments instead of here in the U.S."

InsrtName said, "Major car company goes belly up, the government steps in and bails them out. If MY corporation goes belly up, do you think they will do the same? Nope. It will go down the trash barrel like most every other corporation in America would."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Perry is 'so yesterday'
Texas Gov. Rick Perry may sit out some debates, according to his spokesman.
October 27th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Perry is 'so yesterday'

Comment of the morning:

"It seems to me that Rick Perry has skipped all the debates, although his empty suit has made a number of appearances."–Lenny Pincus

Perry may pass on debates

The Perry approach - campaign first, have ideas later

Citing time constraints, Rick Perry's top spokesman said Wednesday that the Texas governor may sit out some of the Republican debates. Perry and most of the other GOP candidates seem to have decided to run for president with no plans for what they'd do if they won, writes political analyst Gloria Borger. Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan both proposed substantive ideas, she writes - what changed?

Most CNN.com readers said Perry had taken himself out of the race.

optimistica said, "The ugly truth is that he can't perform even adequately and exposes his shallow ideas for all to see."

DakotaKyle said, "All flash and no substance, or for the folksy Texas version: 'All hat and no cattle.'"

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Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation
Libyan and world powers wanted to capture and prosecute Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for alleged war crimes.
October 24th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation

Comment of the Day:

"I'll save my outrage for the untold tens of thousands of victims dead by his regime and terrorism support." - sarcastr0

Gadhafi's autopsy reveals he was shot in head

United Nations and international human rights groups are calling for an investigation into Moammar Gadhafi's final moments after an autopsy report failed to reveal whether the killing shot to his head was from crossfire or at close range. Thousands of CNN.com readers argued over whether a trial was necessary, with most echoing Littleman2, who said, "He died the way he lived."

FiatJusticia said, "I cannot believe there are people who are outraged he was killed without a fair trial. I mean how soft are you, really!? This is a tyrant we're talking about, someone who would have your whole family murdered without hesitation. Someone who would have your whole neighborhood wiped out without a blink. This guy is responsible for a lot of deaths. People like you could never be part of a major change because you are afraid to hurt the bad guys. It's called justice ... true justice."

raustin714 said, "This was their Hitler. How would you feel if a relative of someone exterminated in Auschwitz had suddenly the opportunity to point a gun at Hitler's head? Do you think he would pull the trigger? Would you?"

Kamalarani said, "Thousands of victims of Gadhafi were horribly tortured, executed and buried and the UN and so-called Human Rights watches never said a word, or demanded an accounting of their whereabouts. Now they are jumping onto their high horses and demanding an inquiry of how this evil dictator was killed? Give the man a medal and a million-dollar reward. He did the whole world a favor."
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Overheard on CNN.com: Who teaches kids to hate?
A monument honoring the Civil War confederacy stands in the center of Brandon, Mississippi.
October 24th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Who teaches kids to hate?

Exchange of the morning:

"Where does a 19-year old learn such utter hatred, anyway?"–BronxBomber

"This kid learned this bigotry from his family. A kid is not born with hatred in him."–NNWW

"Looks like an easy lesson with cops and school administrators that Brandon has."–UScitizen99

Teen murder suspect carried 'backpack of hatred'

Brandon police and school officials may say that the killing of James Anderson, a black man, was an isolated incident, but others have a different story. Deryl Dedmon and his friends were known for their racist speech and violence, say community members. Dedmon faces murder and hate crime charges in Anderson's death. Many CNN.com readers blamed the parents and the community, too.

jce3227 said, "The truth is, if the camera hadn't caught it all on tape, it would have been lucky if the teens had been charged with a misdemeanor, if anything at all. Make no mistake about it, the only reason (Dedmon) is charged with murder today is because law enforcement had no choice, after the camera caught it on tape."

Brational said, "It's interesting that the school and law enforcement authorities all say there's no problem, but the kids, the parents, the NAACP, the local store owner, and former friends of the accused murderer all say there is a problem, and that it was commonly known. I have news for the police officer who told Deryl's friend that Deryl was "a good kid". Good kids aren't on probation and they don't post racist statements on the internet. I hope that the community of Brandon will have some open discussions about race."

EdJunior said, "They still have segregated prom in Mississippi. What did you expect?They are raising little Nazis over there."

LONDONFOG100 said, "Why weren't the other teens charged? They all knew exactly why they were driving somewhere. I've seen many instances when there was only one actual person who killed the person but the whole group was also charged with murder. I don't think they should be charged with murder but they should be charged with assault. They just got off scott free!"

Liutgard said, "There is a sense of victimhood and entitlement denied that fuels this sort of hate. If I'm not doing well in my life and don't have the things and the opportunities I want, it must be someone else's fault, right?"

chieftech714 said, "In the end, it's fear. Fear is weakness. This young boy had little or nothing going for him except the color of skin, as if that's a bonus. He doesn't appear to be exceptional in any way except his extraordinary level of hate. Where does that come from? A culture of fear and weakness. It's high time that we live up to the "home of the brave" part of the national anthem. All of this kind of crime should be punished severely and discussed publicly. No matter what group is the aggressor or the target."

egosum said, "Racism is taught to the young people, they have to learn it from someone regardless of color. Go back to the parents and relatives of the murderer and there you will find the source. Of course if you hold off until Sunday you will find them all down at the church."

LostinSLC said, "Don't be so sure of that. As a parent myself I can tell you that most of us teach our kids better, but they tend to be influenced by other avenues. Granted this kid needs to face the death penalty, but don't be quick to assume his parents were the cause. Seems to me he was old enough to choose his own path."

ChuckFromAL said, "Dedmon appears to be a sociopath. This entire article supports that."

Epidi said, "Not all southerners share these racist views. This disease knows no boundaries and is not confined to hatred towards blacks. I've seen it from and towards every color of the human rainbow. If you have a cure for this plague, please share it with the rest of the world: We need a vaccine."

urangry said, "There are some folks out there that thinks civil rights legislation has run it's course. I tend to disagree when I hear of stories like this one."

libration said, "Glad to be Canadian."

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Overheard on CNN.com: No home on the range
In the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation in North Dakota, restaurant workers can make $15 an hour.
October 21st, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No home on the range

"Buy a yurt."– lizng

Six-figure salaries, but homeless

Double your salary in the middle of nowhere, North Dakota

New technologies for tapping oil in North Dakota's Bakken formation have transformed nearby towns like Watford City and Williston into boomtowns. While the pay can be excellent for the job seekers moving there, finding a place to live may be next to impossible. CNN.com readers thought it was still a good deal, although some mentioned the weather, and others mentioned environmental concerns.

zooni said, "This is not a story, as many people move for jobs and live in cars. With a 6-figure salary you can buy a luxury camper if there are no rooms."

pianobarb said, "What about trailers? And if they have an extra bedroom, people in North Dakota could start renting out rooms: win-win for everyone. So what if they have to rough it for awhile? They're going to be making beaucoup bucks."

andTimmy replied, "Come out here and try it. ... Everything is taken up west of the Missouri."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Are Americans better 'Good Samaritans'?
Wang Yue, 2, is treated at a hospital in China on Sunday after being hit by two cars. She died Friday.
October 21st, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Are Americans better 'Good Samaritans'?

Exchange of the Morning:

"Someone please tell me things are different in the USA."–PointNoted
"Things are quite different here. For one thing, we tend to value human life a lot more."–ShovelingSnw

Chinese toddler dies a week after being hit by cars, ignored by passersby

A Chinese toddler who was hit by two cars and ignored by more than a dozen people before rescue died Friday. The video footage sparked a global outcry about the state of morality in China's fast-changing society. CNN.com readers argued over whether Americans were any better, while some identifying as Chinese or Chinese-American responded.

elfster said, "My heart sank seeing the video in its entirety. The van continued forward upon striking her the first time knowing they ran over a child. It is unthinkable, callous, apathy at its worst. She sustained some serious injuries when the rear wheels rolled over her torso, not to mention the truck that ran over her legs 8 minutes later. To watch passerbys on foot, on motorcycles, and in vehicles look and leave her there is repulsive."

CaitieLady08 said, "I know, I watched it too. Jaw-dropping. I don't understand at all!" Einstein1111 said, "I wonder if this is a general disregard for life in China or if it was the fact that the child was female. It is well known that females are not as 'valuable' in China. I would like to know the thought process on ignoring a severely wounded child in China."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Siri is fun, but is she really new?
In response to the command, "Download 'Angry Birds,' " Siri says, "I can't download things for you. I'm sorry. I feel terrible about this."
October 20th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Siri is fun, but is she really new?

Comments of the Day:

"There is nothing impressive about an app that just spits back pre-programmed responses to certain key words."–RichieP

"Right, and there's nothing impressive about you either RichieP. You're just a bunch of cells clumped together. But that's how over-simplification works."–jaypef

Snide, sassy Siri has plenty to say

Siri, the new voice-activated "personal assistant" on the iPhone 4S has users laughing at "her" witty comebacks. The app can be used to schedule appointments, send and receive messages and other routine tasks. CNN.com readers traded stories about her replies and argued over whether the new app is really new.

AeroChandan said, "I am starting to love Siri, my new personal assistant. So I asked her, 'Do you love me?.' 'I respect you,' she said. Then I insisted, 'But I love you,' and she replied, 'Do you say that to all smart phones?' "

EASExcalibur said, "Too bad that Majel Barrett Roddenberry has passed on. I'd pony up for a new iPhone just for it to talk like the Enterprise computer."

STW68 said, "When I asked Siri what she was wearing, she said, 'Aluminosilicate glass and stainless steel.' Nice, huh? Love you Siri!"

4L3X said, "Elvis Duran asked Siri 'Where can I hide a body" and Siri responded, 'There are reservoirs, swamps, and dumps near you. Which do you prefer?' "

Bubba01 said, "She told me I needed a shave and that I eat too much fried chicken, and the town where I live isn't on the map. Then she hung up. I think she's cheating on me with an Android."

edmounts said, "Best smartphone ever! And mind you: it's still in Beta. Just imagine how Siri will be after they get her to Alpha!"

jaypef said, "Siri is freaking awesome. Most small-minded people here will not see the big deal here, because they can't see the infinite future applications. Try using it for just one day before critiquing so harshly, and you'll become a fan."

jayscnn said, "The perfect phone for people without friends or those with a psychosis."

Many CNN.com readers compared the technology used in Siri to earlier developments like Cleverbot, Eliza, Google Voice, and, as kissyface said, "an a eightball filled with fluid."

falconbleau replied, "Oh, another comedian! Let's just ignore that this software started life as a multi-million dollar project for the U.S. military and has uses that can go well beyond the practical uses for which Apple has tasked it."
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Overheard on CNN.com: Gadhafi images too violent for viewing?
Moammar Gadhafi, 69, was in power for 42 years before being ousted in an uprising this year.
October 20th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Gadhafi images too violent for viewing?

Comments of the morning:

"Thanks CNN..for ruining my breakfast!"–coolbreeze

"While I respect CNN's right to play the cell phone video of Gadhafi on the ground, bloodied and apparently dead, must we watch the gruesome video over and over on an apparent loop? One play every few minutes would be plenty for most viewers."–LVH0227

Live blog: Gadhafi is dead, interim Libyan prime minister says

Gadhafi killed, Libya's interim leader says

According to Libya's interim prime minister, longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead, along with his son Mutassim. A grisly cell phone video aired on Al Jazeera Arabic showed a bloodied Gadhafi with a wound to his head, while news agency Agence France Presse distributed a cell phone photograph showing what appeared to be a severely wounded Gadhafi. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.

While most CNN.com readers applauded the news of Gadhafi's death, many criticized the airing of the graphic images.

Percy said, "Congrats. NATO mission accomplished!" geoffcalver said, "Glad to see this tyrant gone. Ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103. Killed thousands of his own citizens. Good riddance."

ERG said, "Don't care how bad this guy was, I don't think the world needs to watch a bloodied dead body being jerked around by a crowd. Is this our new Roman coliseum? Gee, maybe we could tweet thumbs up or down next time. Can't we display some humanity even toward a brutal dictator who did not? Watching dead bodies being tossed around is NOT NEWS!"

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