August 27th, 2012
08:15 PM ET

Mash-up: Isaac, Armstrong and earthquakes

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

With Katrina in mind, NOLA gets ready

The Donald on business and politics

Donald Trump - you've heard of him, right? - told Republicans they need to be "mean as hell" against the Democrats in this fall's campaign. He also talked about the challenges business titans such as himself and Mitt Romney can face when they wade into politics:

They've been tough. They've been competitive. They work. They built their business. And honestly, they have left people in their wake, and they've made enemies. ...
They can't really go out there. They can't put it together because all of those people that they beat consistently over a lifetime ... all of those people come back to haunt (them).

Strangers pay bill for sick baby's family

The parents of 4-month-old Paul Sennert must keep an oxygen machine running to keep him alive, but the Woodward, Iowa, family fell behind on their electric bills. When viewers of CNN affiliate KCCI in Des Moines got wind of the Sennerts' dilemma, they stepped up big-time. The family's account with the electric utility has gone from $270 in the red to $1,400 in the black, with that much more on hand to help defray medical bills.

Over the moon over Neil Armstrong

CNN iReporter Mike Black shared a table with astronaut Neil Armstrong.

CNN iReporter Michael Black met space pioneer Neil Armstrong at a NASA celebration in April. He describes Armstrong as humble, funny and informative.

"One of the people at my table asked him, 'What are your thoughts about your fame?' and he said, 'I don't deserve it,' " Black recalled.

Black said watching Armstrong's Apollo 11 moon landing inspired him to become a science teacher.

"When I was 10 years old, everyone wanted to be firefighters, policemen or astronauts. Apollo gave teachers the opportunity to say, 'This is what is possible' to students," he said.

Black said he is sad that Armstrong's death faded quickly from the headlines.

"He is one of the most famous people who will ever live," Black said. "Five hundred years from now, so much of history will be forgotten, but people won't forget about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon."

Earthquakes shake up the conversation

A "swarm" of hundreds of small earthquakes near the California-Mexico border Sunday didn't do much harm, but it did inspire some spirited exchanges among users, including this amusing one aimed at comment-thread trolls:

Quick!! Relate this to politics and blame a political party!

These earthquakes are clearly being caused by the massive debt (illustrated by a large bag of money) that California owes, sitting on the left side of the state and therefore causing the earthquakes.

No, saving the hurricane heading to New Orleans for that!



On the horizon: Republican convention, consumer confidence

The weather-shortened Republican National Convention will get under way in earnest Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. Tuesday's schedule includes the nomination of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, and speeches by former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney.

The Conference Board will release its latest assessment of consumer confidence at 10 a.m. How confident are you feeling?

August 28 anniversaries

1955 - Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered by a group of white men in Mississippi after he supposedly whistled at a white woman.

1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

1990 - Several weeks after invading Kuwait, Iraq declares the occupied country its new 19th province.

1996 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially divorce.

2006 - Fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is captured after a routine traffic stop near Las Vegas.

2008 - Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president.

August 28 birthdays

LeAnn Rimes

– Baseball player/manager Lou Piniella, 69

– Baseball pitcher Ron Guidry, 62

– Poet Rita Dove, 60

– Figure skater Scott Hamilton, 54

– Singer Shania Twain, 47

– Actor Jason Priestley, 43

– Singer LeAnn Rimes, 30

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  1. talkic social change

    Is an endorsement from Trump just as harmful as one from George W.?

    August 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Mr. Trump (Your Fired!), is right. There are many new convervatives that understand that this party is not about "right vs. left", but "right vs. wrong". And I think he would like to see a little more assertiveness out of people, that make up the G.O.P. To wake up "the I could care less" people to the damage being done to this country and the rights of taxpaying individuls being stripped from thier lives by liberal and communist parties masquerading as democrats. This country needs a serious change, and not the kind of change that Marxist tactics lend themselves do. We are no longer moving ahead economicaly with cronie capatalism at the helm.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    For extra fun, Frank, go to and look at the President who has spent the *least* since Eisenhower.
    Hint: he's the sitting POTUS now...

    August 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    It should be right AND left vs. wrong...
    NO lobbying in Washington!
    Term limits!
    Start representing the will of the *people* and not the corporations that will fill the pockets of the few, be leave the majority hungry...
    What in the *heck* is the definition of crony capitalism?
    Putting needs of big business before the needs of the consti tuents!

    August 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I double-checked, just o make sure I was correct in what I thought crony-capitalism is.
    Just as I thought it was: and the ones who are guilty of such is exactly who I said:
    The Koch Brothers....if they aren't directly connected and influential individuals....please.
    Wasting your time?
    Nay, my friend; you just solidified an opinion that the KB's are the living, breathing definition of the term.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I was also replying to the first poster, u/n "Frank", lest you thought I would be so disrespectful as to call you by your surname with adding a "Mr." to it...

    August 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I bad.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You funny.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I also realized that I talked about the Koch Brothers on another thread, and not this one; that is who I meant in my original post as the definition of crony capitalism, although I didn't write that.
    banasy© regrets the error.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ken turner

    oh god. heard it all now. Banz you are so misinformed! Perhaps you should take up stock in solyndra. Oh that's right. They no longer exist. Five hundred million wasted on a pathetic dream. That's your guy that did this. Meanwhile I'm working two jobs eating hot dogs while the blood suckers of this country on food stamps are eating sirloin steaks while watching tv on their flat screens. That's what your pathetic man represents. Now banz a question directly to you: explain to me why that is fair... Don't beat around the bush. A simple question begs a simple answer... Unless of course you are part of the problem, then I would see the appropriate pathetic response...this is jay jay

    August 28, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Have you looked it up?
    No, you have not, Ken.
    I suggest you look up the Forbes article before you say anything further...misinformed?
    Look. It. Up.
    Obama Mama and I both have asked you this before.
    Lool it up.
    Then get back to me.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenney

    @ken turner what is your problem ? Yo ak someone to state their oppinion on a topic and you come back and attack ? One word for you,,,,,,,,ISSUES within your self if you do not ike it here go to el salvador and live you will be very welcome there they like your kind very much and would most certainly make a meal out of you ,,,,,,,,,that is shot and feedng the worms ,,,get a life

    August 28, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kenney

    @ken turner,,,better yet there is someone that lives in texas and a lot of others that might have an answer for you in texas its bushes , and in the rest of the us you find those that are in your little group and you all can find the answer within just remember that you will not like the conclusion of your research into anything regarding capatilism , if you cant get on the band wagon and figure out how to make GOOD MONEY TO then just be silent im my own boss 95% of the time and so can you so just become self sufficient or get left behind thats how it is done ! Oh did i let the secret be known ? On how easy it is to become successful financialy through your passions oh dang i just revealed another secret to you,,,,,you see thats how easy it is so either you join the party and do what you must or you get left behind ! Now do you understand?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    And here's your simple answer:
    My father was complaining about the same thing in the 60's.
    Of course the number is larger, being there are a jillion more people living here now, and a jillion jobs that have been lost since then, but...
    Seems not a lot has changed, huh?
    And I answered you question on the other thread...
    I have worked since I was 14 years old, sometime 3 jobs, to raise my children and have never taken any sort of aid whatsoever.
    Sorry you don't like my opinions, but your reticence to see any other opinion other than one YOU personally agree with is getting quite tiring.
    I get it.
    You hate Obama.
    Vote his ass out!
    You seriously think you're going to be eating any better once Romney gets in?
    Hope you do!
    I'll be working and paying my taxes just as I have been doing all along, and respecting other opinions; even if I don't agree with them.
    Good night, Ken.
    Lovely chatting with you.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    A jillion people? Is that a number? Jillion hmmm, another word i like thanks banasy. *A jillion people, very few with sagacity, something some would take umbrage to! lol I think i got em all.

    August 28, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |