Exchange of the Day:
"The only normal looking person in this whole drama is the bride; the rest of them look like Martians or characters from a science fiction movie."–poulose
"You have to think of it like 'Star Wars' without the light sabers."–politauk
William and Catherine marry in royal wedding at Westminster Abbey
Two events shared center stage today: Prince William and Catherine‚Äôs wedding in London and the aftermath of a string of tornadoes that killed nearly 300 across the American Southeast. Some CNN.com readers argued over whether the coverage was balanced or appropriate, while others shared their feelings and experiences about the separate events.
alexjones999 said, ‚ÄúHow wonderful. All of the problems in the world but the world is focused on this trivial nonsense.‚ÄĚ bilbo0s said, ‚Äú300 fellow Americans dead in Alabama. Countless lives of fellow Americans blown away in Alabama. What makes the front page? Will and Kate are getting married!!! That explains a lot about America.‚ÄĚ
LaserMan72 said, ‚ÄúWhich should have more priority? Over 300 people died in Storm (In USA) or Royal Wedding (Not even in USA). Give me a break.‚ÄĚ
But mr60233¬†argued that ‚Äúthis is an international event. Look at a map. Do you see those other pieces of land? They are called countries, and believe it or not, people that are not American live in them. I am sorry 300 people died. However, tornadoes happen all the time in the USA, and people die every day. This kind of event (the wedding) happens once every 30 years or so.‚ÄĚ
barbie1311 said, "There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a few moments out of one's life to get lost in a fairy tale. It does not take away anything from the tragedies of the world. It's all about balance."
chitown27 said, "I'm in London right now, went to Westminster this morning and it was unbelievable. Most Americans have no sense of history whatsoever, which is why the trolls keep complaining on here. It was awesome watching the procession, the history and the pomp."
Savannah416¬†said, "With roots in India, I am the last one to argue against comments against British colonization; however, given the state of the world today, I'm also able to set aside negative thoughts for a morning and relish the beauty of a wedding of two people who have been in love for quite awhile."
GuestColin said, ‚ÄúWhat a bunch of cranky people the lot of you are! I've bought a ring, planned it out and will be getting engaged this summer after a 3-year courtship. Best to Wills and Kate. The rest of you need to go take a nap!‚ÄĚ
TreeTop said, ‚ÄúBeautiful dress. Happy couple. Awesome news!‚ÄĚ Mjollnir said, ‚ÄúThis seems as good a reason as any to have some gourmet food and a toast tonight. We need more reasons to celebrate. There are still good things in this world.‚ÄĚ Ealdwulf said, ‚ÄúThey do certainly seem to be in love.‚ÄĚ
Shaken, dazed residents recount tornado horrors
One UK resident, checking news on both sides of the pond, wondered why there were concrete bomb shelters in British gardens but no concrete tornado shelters in the South. Other CNN.com readers shared what it was like during and after the storm.
scrubbed¬†said, ‚ÄúHell came to visit us here in Alabama on Wednesday. It was absolutely terrifying, especially once the power went out and even cell phones didn't work. All you could do was listen for the tornado sirens and pray you wouldn't be killed. We still have a house. Thousands don't. We've lost our food in the freezer, but so many lost their lives. Those of us who survived will be here for the families of those who didn't. I want my kids to understand that they have survived a very dark day in history. ln2dablue replied, ‚ÄúI feel for ya bro. I'm glad you made it.‚ÄĚ crackiswhack said, ‚ÄúGod bless and hang tight.‚ÄĚ
BlogBlogger said, ‚ÄúI went out into my front lawn and removed tar paper and roofing shingles from the massive Tuscaloosa, AL, tornado and others. I live hundreds of miles away from the event. Amazing just how powerful a suction it had to put the debris into the jet stream.‚ÄĚ
pccoder said, ‚ÄúUnfortunately the death toll is only going to rise. My brother-in-law is a police officer in Tuscaloosa. He saw¬†six dead on one street late Wednesday. Once all the rubble is cleaned and the final tally is done, we're going to find that many more died than have been stated so far.‚ÄĚ
gdcox¬†said, ‚ÄúI am mystified. Over here in the U.K , where I am checking in to understand the scale of this disaster (despite the wedding), we built concrete shelters in our garden when Hitler's bombs became a threat. So how come houses are built in your area with no cellars or buried shelter when you know your lives will be occasionally threatened by a tornado? It seems all in Birmingham knew this monster was coming, but in the many stories, no one talks of running for the shelter/cellar. ‚Äú
ArmanX,¬†from Kansas, wondered the same thing. ‚ÄúI used to live in Kansas, and everyone had a storm cellar (or basement). Even after we filled ours in (it was falling apart), we would still go down the street to the neighbors who had a basement.‚ÄĚ
pkt1153¬†replied, ‚ÄúThe water table for many places in the south US is too high for underground basements or cellars: they would flood. An aboveground cellar made of steel or concrete is cost prohibitive for most when you consider the chances of being hit by a tornado are about 1 in 2 million (about 7 times less than being struck by lightning).
NateDawgUM agreed, ‚ÄúAdditionally, the South is very wet and humid, so mold becomes a huge problem in basements. If you don't have a basement and you know a monster storm is on the way, it never hurts to hit up the local mall or Wal-Mart.‚ÄĚ
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.
The royal wedding is nothing more than the celebrating of the invasions and occupations of other nations that Great Britain is famous for. GBs staunchest ally, the USA(who currently owes GB around one trillion dollars...roughly the same amount the uS owes the caymen Islands) while also being famous for invading/occupying/plundering many countries, did not send their leader nor his wife to the celebration. Not invited you say? Since when does the USa need an invitation.
In response to a comment above:
The Duchess of Cambridge does not appear anorexic to me.
She is "in shape."
Those who are unwilling to work at being in that condition quickly describe attractive bodies as anorexic.
"Pleasantly plump" women frequently describe thin ones as anorexic.
It is the fat who provide bad models for our obese youngsters.
congratulations !!!! forever n ever...
@ L. Rodas:
(Boom boom boom boom)
Everywhere you look there's some kind of drum.
LIFE HAPPENS and DEATH ALSO HAPPENS.
These things happen in such a huge variety of ways that our brains couldn't possibly fathom it. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to be on this thread at all, alive, with homes, or without. We are able to connect, to complain and celebrate, and possibly even learn or be inspired by something. But for all of our technology, we tend to forget that the force as well as the beauty of nature are a part of our existence. We might do well to harmonize with one another and nature. There ARE ways to build so that we might be insured of greater safety in these events, but we choose instead to isolate from one another in square houses that wind can catch on and destroy easily. In our fear and selfishness, we each have to have his own place, overlooking the value of community and cooperation. Without harmony with these unavoidable cycles or connection with one another, we have been reduced to debating which is more 'important' to focus on, life or death. Let me tell you, there are two things we do NOT have a choice in, and those are LIFE and DEATH. They happen simultaneously. Whether you perceive the joy or the fear is pretty much up to you. "What you focus on expands" and equally "What you resist persists". So celebrate or complain, it's your choice. Or you can even take it all.
For those who think it is easy to outrun or hide from an EF5 ...its not. Not everybody has a storm shelter or the money to buy one. Some people are renting or living in apartments. Many didn't have power from the storms that morning and didn't know what was coming, but many that did were in tubs or closets and still died. Don't be so critical like people didn't protect themselves, in many cases they did the best they could. It was a beautiful wedding. I turned the generator on so my daughters and I could watch it and was grateful I had them and a roof over our heads to do so. A friend lost his daughter and while that is on my mind it was nice to see something so sweet and happy like a real life fairytale. Life is a balance of good and bad. Bad things make you appreciate the good even more.
Criticising Americans for not being interesed is a little harsh considering I'm in the UK and this is the first I've heard of these tornadoes. If we're not interested in American issues why should they be interested in European ones. Which kind of confuses me why Americans seem to get so worked up about a royal wedding, you shouldn't be angry at the Royals or Britain you should be angry at the American Press for forcing it down your throat.
There is no such thing as a wedding that isn't boring. They all are.
Wateverrrr...I watched it to and I pray for both of them and also for everyone who are unfortunate in this whole world...
They looted the whole world and now they are looting their own people tax money. Royal, my foot. Could this guy afford this marriage with his own money. It's an insult to all hard working people. Wake up world!
I would have been very happy and ecstatic to watch this "wedding" if it was done with their own money – I mean isn't that what we all do – spend our hard earned money to get married . What puts me off is that its the tax payers money that should have been spendt better for education and other more important things. I am sue no one begrudges their happiness and I wish them all the luck in their married life and hope that they stay this way till the end – but it should have been with their own money. Just as I do not condone this immense spending behind elections , the same way I think this was a waste of resources that at this time could have been out to better use.
ūüôĀ so lucky is she to live out her little princes dreams and be prince charmings wife. im depress.
Did anyone but myself notice that Prince Harry looks just like Scott Farkus, the bully from "The Christmas Story" that gets his a– kicked by Ralphie????