Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid
April 8th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Saddam statue falls; Arthur Ashe's announcement; FLDS raid

The end of Saddam's regime – The video is a look back at the day the Iraqi people pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein.  It happened on April 9, 2003.  You can see people cheering and waving flags as they carry bits and pieces of the statue around central Baghdad.  Someone even shouts "Goodbye Saddam" as you watch him fall. This symbolized the end of the Iraqi leader's regime.  

Arthur Ashe's big announcement– This day in 1992, tennis legend Arthur Ashe went public with the fact that he had AIDS.  In a shaky voice, he told the media he contracted HIV during a blood transfusion after heart bypass surgery. Ashe died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993.

2008 polygamist sect raided – The controversial raid of the Yearning For Zion ranch had everyone talking when dozens of women and children were removed from a Texas compound. The ranch, run by Warren Jeffs, had been under scrutiny by the surrounding community after a complaint was made of sexual abuse. This weekend marks three years since the raid.  CNN's Gary Tuchman took a trip to the ranch in 2009 to find out what some kids had to say about the raid.

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    Here's one event that has been belly-hooed to no end. How proud these right-wing fanatics are of defeating a small country like Iraq!!! It must do them quite proud and inflate their egoes!!! How disgusting!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Be funny if one of your relatives was one of the Kurds wonderful Saddam gassed. Loser.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ma Shid

      All in the name of Allah!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Richard, it would be funnier if one of your relatives died fighting this war because a gasbag (your mother's lov3r BUSH) did not know which country carried out the attacks. Oops, someone just did – is it still funny, you loser?

      April 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herbert

      Godd post,RUFFNUTT. Thank you. Richard,how do you know that it was the Iraqis who gassed those Kurds? It could just as easily have been the Iranians who were at war with Iraq back in 1988. Both sides were bombing the other then.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. smiley1727

    We read all these articles about soldiers fighitng overseas and doing there job daily for a country they love, but now it seems those same people who send us to fight don't think that we deserve a paycheck for shedding our blood for this country. As a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan it is not fair for those that do this job to be told we will either only receive a half a paycheck this month and than no payceck next month. If soldiers are not paid why shoud we continue to fight and risk our lives for free. If soldier's are not paid than I think that those who failed to agree on abufdget should not recieve their paychecks wither. This shoudl include all the congressman and senators that make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and can't agree on one simple thing, the safety and national security of our country. What will this country do if like any other job, if a person did not get a paycheck they did not show up to work. How will this country handle it when service members protecting our boards refuse to do so and simply not show up to work? I recieved a purple hear tin Iraq back in 2008 and I can honestly say that if i was not paid I owuld have not choice but to not come to work and attempt to find a local job to support my family. I am a single income family with two small children and a at home wife who takes care of them. We have financial obligations that need to be met and if this country does not want to support it's troops than why should we support it for free. make the children of those who servie in elected office take up a post overseas and see if they want to go out on ap trol and get machine gun fire or risk being killed by an IED every tiome you leave the camp. It's just not worth it for free. Stop all the spending by politicians who travel around the world and call it work related exspecnces while they visit foreign countries. Take away all governemtn vehicles for politicians and make them use their own cars and pay for thier own gas and take away their big exspence accounts that allow them to eat at tax payer exspences and even give them thousands of dollars to by suits and cloths. The same people who can't agree on a budget are the on'es that are single handedly responsible for bringing this country to where it is today, vulnerable even more to attack because we risk exsposing our boarders and allowing terorists free movement because when the next paycheck comes out and we don't get one, I can honeslty say that allot of soldiers will probably not come into work until we get paid.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      Paragraphs please...

      April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohhiya

      So you support McCains proposal to continue federal troops pay checks through this fiasco then I take it.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Soldiers are still going to get paid. Please tell me you are not actually in charge of something important? Like anything that deals with security. They are shutting down non essentials and I am glad of it. You have two kids? Do you want them to have a future? I think you are plant on here and have not served one day. Me US NAVY Iraqi Freedom. Do your job and quit worrying, if you are who you say you are, you will get paid.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Magic Johnson

    If only Arthur Ashe had slept around and had a wicked behind the back pass he might be alive today. Too bad he got AIDS through no fault of his own, so of course he suffers. Maybe he should have made a deal with Satan like me. Only the innocent suffer.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    that statue was not pulled down by the Iraqi's, it was pulled down by an American tank; just a little different than the people themselves doing it. fail.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobo

    Magic Johnson, not true. You only notice the suffering innocent more. Although the deal with Satan might've been a good idea.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ole lady

    The pay checks of our congressmen and senators should go to our military troops. The military should get paid first. And any campaign contributions go directly to the deficit period.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bobo

    Sure the Statue of Saddam fell, but they quietly resurected it a few months ago.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      Is this true?

      April 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OJ

    Or that HIV/AIDS aren't real and just used as another thing to scare us.
    Testing of HIV comes down to White Blood Cell count so if your white blood cells reach below a certain level you are told that you have HIV. Did you know that you could be tested for HIV in New Zealand and be told you are HIV negative and then go to the USA and produce that same test result and be considered to have HIV becuase of both countries differening laws on white blood cell counts when it comes to HIV.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jesse

    What you see in this video of the statue falling was staged for the camera. Look into it yourself.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. expatlv

    Regarding the story of Saddam's statue being brought down, please see these 4 photos and judge for yourself whether this was a huge cheering crowd of Iraqis or a stage-managed photo-op:

    You will note in the first two photos, how empty that square really was, and also how many U.S. tanks were around the square.

    It is shameful when we cannot trust our news media to report truthfully. It is doubly shameful when, years later, the same news media tries to recycle the old lies.

    Shame on you, CNN, for repeating the lies. Your reporters KNOW the truth and yet you persist in presenting comforting lies to the American people, so we cannot be informed and make decent judgments for ourselves. Somewhat like the government-run press in the old USSR, only nowadays in the US it is the corporate-run press that feeds us pap and doesn't give a hang about the effects on our democracy.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AK

    SHAME! One party is so power hungry (SHAME! REPUBLICANS) that they will bankrupt the very country that made them rich and the other party has no clue about what to do with the power and responsibility given to them (SHAME! DEMOCRATS). Send all the politicians home to earn an honest day's wage – this senate and house is chock full of losers and haters. SHAME!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. V-s wfr yt 666 OOO r-6 xaxt r-2 659

    U guys are all stupede idiots what planet are u all from ? Planet X or something ?

    April 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Please Practice Safely

    @OJ: Testing for HIV is looking for antibodies in the blood from the HIV. You either test reactive/non reactive. The white cell blood count your talking about, is to determine whether you have AIDS, or are just HIV positive. If your T cell count goes below 200 you are considered to have AIDS. Being HIV positive and having AIDS are 2 different things. I am an HIV/AIDS councelor, and I cant believe the misinformation still being spread by uneducated people. This is 2011 and we should know better. Pls be safe!

    April 9, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Please Practice Safely

    @OJ: Where in the world did you get that information? Just curious b/c Ive been doing this for close to 20 yrs now, and Ive never heard that. I wk closely with the health care field, and that information sounds incorrect. Please let me know so I can look into it. In the mean time, please check your facts before spreading information that may/may not be correct. Education is a key factor in stopping the spread of this terrible virus.

    April 9, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sunshine Girl

    My sister in law died due to complications from AIDS. It is a sad and devastating disease. Please use condoms and be safe with your behavior! Although my sister in law did'nt do things carefully, she did'nt deserve to die that way. Prevention goes a long way. I would hate to see anyone else die that way.(I know people are dying everyday, sadly.) It'll be a great day when they can find a cure. Does'nt look like it's gonna be any time soon, so in the mean time we'll just have to be more careful. EDUCATE!

    April 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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