Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility
Nadya Suleman (center) is mom to 14 children, including the world's first known surviving set of octuplets.
July 1st, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility

Comment of the Day:

Someone should have taken the reins away from this woman ages ago. I'm not saying that she has no personal responsibility here, just that she may not be as able to control her impulses as a healthy person. People around her have been enabling her loon ball behavior for years.—Al

Magazine: Babies 'disgust' Octomom

Nadya Suleman (more commonly referred to in some circles as “Octomom”) is no stranger to the criticism surrounding her use of in vitro fertilization to conceive eight children. In this week’s edition of In Touch magazine, Suleman reportedly commented that babies disgust her and that she is having difficulties raising her six older children. CNN.com readers had a mixed reaction to the reports.

T Colber said “After hearing the 'Howard Stern' interview, I believe the press has in some cases exaggerated things she says or does. We all have meltdowns and try to cope with stress, etc. One statement does not make a person or show their behavior.”

Mark felt that Suleman has little reason for complaint. He said, “What really disturbs me is how she portrays herself as the 'victim,' as if these children magically appeared in her life, and now she's stuck with them. Excuse me, but who sought in vitro fertilization, despite already having six children, whom you can't support? Was this immaculate conception? DOUBT IT!!”

User QS says Suleman should have expected this type of backlash. “Simply having the right to say anything you want does not exempt you from the consequences of the things you say.”

Austin said, “Yes, she needs to be quiet! Every mother has regretted inappropriate thoughts about their own children when stressed, but none should actually voice them and especially never to a reporter!”

Aquallama said, “Well, I think we all knew she wasn't emotionally stable to begin with. This sounds less like a cry for help and more like a cry for attention and handouts. Child investigative services needs to be visiting this home weekly, if not more.”

Judge releases Dominque Strauss-Kahn

Although a New York judge released former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn from house arrest today, many CNN.com readers believe that decisions by both the prosecution and the judge were biased in favor of the wealthy and powerful defendant.

Dapzy said, “As usual, the voiceless, faceless poor woman from the Third World country without the best prosecutors that money can buy, is the victim. Kahn would still be brought to justice. It's just a matter of time.”

Guest said, “Hey, court case is battle for survival, if you got money spend it for freedom.”

Some users, however, believed that Strauss-Kahn’s accuser was motivated by money. Reguest said, “too many things didn't add up - It looked like a setup all along.”

Zungnyaj said, “She's a poor immigrant services worker; she'll get paid to keep quiet now and the charges will be dropped. The nobility reign again.”

What’s wrong with eating dog meat?

In Seoul, South Korea, eating dog meat is part of their culture — so much so, in fact, that they recently held a dog meat festival. Foods like barbecued paws are considered delicacies.  However, despite this cultural tradition, many Americans have protested the consumption of dog meat. On CNN.com, most commenters expressed revulsion.

DrewNT said, "The problem is that dogs are literally connected to humanity's social evolution. (Long story short: this precedent leads to dogs developing a quasi-human role as social partners, which is why they can be distinguished from other animals.)"

Libby said, "I cannot imagine eating a dog or cat for that matter! And yes, I do eat meat! That is just not right!"

LeeATL said, "This story freaks me out! Eating a dog for me, would be like eating a human being. It's all cultural I understand, but it just seems so backward."

Not everyone drew the line between pets and livestock, though. Tim said, "An animal is an animal is an animal. I raise my own food – pigs, chickens, etc., and there is NO difference between killing a pig for food, and a dog."

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Violet,
    I'm allowed to look.
    And flirt.
    I've had great times in Louisiana, especially New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
    Nice to meet you.
    We're all having lobster for lunch, with pinot grigio.
    I can eat the whole thing without making a mess.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |

      liar!! everyone knows it is impossible to eat a lobster without squirtting some juice or butter all over..

      July 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Impossible for whom?

    July 2, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • anita

      Someone needs to remove everyone of these children (older ones included) from her custody b4 she kills everyone of them. It has happened b4 - then, she needs to be sent to the Looney Bin and locked away for good! She is a nut case!

      July 4, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
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    July 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JESUS

    she almost cause a glitch in the "well of souls"

    July 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruffnutt

      probably like trying to swallow 8 peanut m&m's at the same time right?

      July 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUS

      YES SIR. AND RUFFNUTT. dont exploit the powers of the three wolves t-shirt.

      July 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john the baptist

    Good Grief! You can't even say c oc kroach on here without getting gonged. Anyhow Ruffnutt I can because I wouldn't eat lobster even if someone paid me, it's a very close relative of the c oc kroach you know.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. troll papa

    The headline ought to read "Octomom should be sterilized".

    July 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |

      i wanna marry her and move in next to the duggars...i already would have a headstart on them...

      July 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. smilin jim

    Hey I've been away for awhile. Does anyone know what happened to the Where's my army nurse guy?

    July 3, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. jake

    CNN stop covering this idiot. The only reason she said such outrageous things is to keep up the media coverage. If the media and tabloids stop covering this attention seeking maniac, perhaps she would do the right thing and put her kids up for adoption. The only reason she had so many was to be famous.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo


      July 8, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. I'm just saying

    wow the Octomom is Optimum nuts... she has no sense of responsibility towards anyone but herself...no job no profession, no credentials but wants 14 kids.. take away her children and give them caring homes in foster care or up for adoption .. sterilize her, give her a lobotomy and make her a judge on America's got Talent where she will at least be as useful as Sharon Osbourne

    July 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I'm just saying

    .. although, admittedly, a lobotomy may leave her over qualified to judge on America's Got Talent...

    July 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. toatsmagoats

    Mark, How about you do some research before you throw out immaculate conception. You might want to understand what Immaculate Conception truly means before you post it online for the world to see. Mary was perfectly preserved by God from the stain or "macula" i.e., (flaw, blemish, fault) of Original Sin. Mary's immaculate conception should not be confused with the Incarnation of her son Jesus Christ. It's called Wikipedia or the site for the ignorant and uninformed.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lou50

    could they photoshop two paper bags over her head to spare the public when they display her pictures?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ajay

    Octomom? The world is going crazy and you guys are still talking about Octomom? Jeez. It's like CNN can't see past old news. Thumbs down for CNN, again

    July 8, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ladz

    can't help but laugh, and i thought havin 4 kids is tough?

    July 13, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kristen

    Guess what people? You may not like it, but it's a woman's right to have as many kids as she wants. This may make some people uncomfortable, especially planned parenthood freaks. But guess what. If I want to have, say, 20 kids, I can do so. And you can't do anything about it. So keep running your mouths, you obviously have nothing better to do.

    July 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brie

      Kristen, I agree with you on that it's a woman's right to have as many kids as she wants, BUT she should be able to support them as well, and not leave it up to us the taxpayers! So as long as she is getting gov't support, we have every right to talk about her!

      July 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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