Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells
April 29th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells

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’s 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, “How wonderful. All of the problems in the world but the world is focused on this trivial nonsense.” bilbo0s said, “300 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.”

LaserMan72 said, “Which should have more priority? Over 300 people died in Storm (In USA) or Royal Wedding (Not even in USA). Give me a break.”

But mr60233 argued that “this 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.”

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, “What 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!”

TreeTop said, “Beautiful dress. Happy couple. Awesome news!” Mjollnir said, “This 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.” Ealdwulf said, “They do certainly seem to be in love.”

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, “Hell 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, “I feel for ya bro. I'm glad you made it.” crackiswhack said, “God bless and hang tight.”

BlogBlogger said, “I 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.”

pccoder said, “Unfortunately 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.”

gdcox said, “I 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. “

ArmanX, from Kansas, wondered the same thing. “I 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.”

pkt1153 replied, “The 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, “Additionally, 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.”

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.

soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Mary

    William is a nice boy and he is Diana,s son of whom most people love as the princess of hearts Kate is wonderfull but have not been at the eyes of the midia fo long so we ar waiting to notice who she is the wedding was amazing congratulations l wish poor Diana could have been around to enjoyit Diana did not have good advicers or she did not listen because she made mistakes soo much that l wondered if she really had loved ones . l shall always love her till l die

    April 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob R

    Two people in love. They're young....have their health and have the world by the ass. Who couldn't be happy for them!

    April 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ronnie, New Orleans!!!

    I could give a good fugg about that royal wedding, if you did not invite the President of the United States of America, President Barrack Obama and the First Lady of the United Statews M

    April 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Russ Germain

    ya no kidding. What do you want the Media to do? report nothing but death and destruction and terrorism and murders and natural disasters 24×7??? We have to have some happy news one in a while to counteract the hell this world suffers!!

    you guys should give it a rest!!

    April 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronnie, from New Orleans,LA

    I could give a good fuge about that past royal England BS, if you did not invite The President of the United States of America President B Obama, and the First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, then the hell with the English wedding, and England!!! GO TAKE A FLYING LEAP OF THE NEARST CASTLE TOWER!!! Ohhh hail to the King and Queen of nothing!!!

    April 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow..

      thats ignorant.

      April 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow..

      said nicely by Leonore-

      " Leonore H. Dvorkin

      Also, they explained on CNN yesterday why Pres. and Mrs. Obama were not invited. It's because this was not a state event in England. William is merely in line for the throne. After his grandmother dies, William will not be king until his father (Prince Charles) dies or possibly abdicates. According to normal protocol, it would not have been appropriate for the Obamas to be invited. However, Pres. Obama is generally respected in England, while DUHbya was most assuredly not."

      April 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AC Summers

    May GOD BLESS this couple and union..
    I may get heat for stating this but I'm glad that they choose not to invite US President Obama and Ms Obama.
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a memorable day.... ..
    while here at home we have had a worst storm that have wiped out towns and claimed many lives. I think the Obamas would have done a last minute cancel if they had an invitation. It just shows GOD has a reason...

    April 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Here in Denver, Colorado, basements are typically dry as a bone. Our water table is something like 25 feet down. We have a wonderful workout room in our basement, which is very well lit and brightly painted. I teach three exercise classes a week down there. There is no mold here, at least not in our house, where we have lived for 40 years. Here in Colorado, a LACK of water is a problem. We just had the driest fall and winter in over 100 years, with 22 inches of snow all winter vs. the usual 60 inches plus. Rain is a rarity here, as are tornadoes.
    We are very sorry for all those who suffered and are suffering from the recent tornadoes, but their tragedy should not keep us from feeling happy for these two young people who are obviously very much in love and who had a lovely ceremony, any more than it should make us feel resentful of any other people the world over who got married on the same day. After the tragedy of Diana's death, I think that William, especially, deserves a very happy married life. I wish them and all other young marrieds in the world all the best!
    Leonore H. Dvorkin - married to the same wonderful man for 43 years as of 4/9/11. We also met in college years ago. 🙂

    April 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    Hey Peter. Guess you never got hit with shotgun beanbags fired by policemen at citizens peacefully protesting these illegal wars have you? They hurt, a lot. So save your "we have free speech and they don't" crap for the BS file.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rach

    Honestly, I think it's ridiculous how people just can't take the time and appreciate history in the making. Yes, it's awful about what happened in Tuscaloosa, I even have a friend there and checked to make sure he was ok, but it just seems like we as americans complain tremendously if we're not focusing on tragedy and problems all the time. I don't understand why being happy, and watching something beautiful can't be appreciated. Why is everything in this country so negative? Why do we focus on all the bad problems? Yes I get that things need to be resolved but it wouldn't hurt to enjoy some positives every once in a while. Have a little more than national pride and enjoy some worldly pride.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Also, they explained on CNN yesterday why Pres. and Mrs. Obama were not invited. It's because this was not a state event in England. William is merely in line for the throne. After his grandmother dies, William will not be king until his father (Prince Charles) dies or possibly abdicates. According to normal protocol, it would not have been appropriate for the Obamas to be invited. However, Pres. Obama is generally respected in England, while DUHbya was most assuredly not.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    So invite the Obamas to your family weddings.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. neta

    For the sake of keeping history alive, I would love to be educated in this subject: What the Royals ancestors had to do with the ruling and,,,,, of India? Any info on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    See Google.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    For those of you fortunate enough to be invited to Harry's wedding, pick up a copy of Debrett's.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    Also, don't reach out and put your arm around England.

    April 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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