COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I guess I personally don't care if someone sees me in a body scan or even pats me down. I'm more upset that we are forced to do it." –cjb21980
Editor's note: This post was written by Kristine Griggs, a member of our comments staff.
Sex-crime victims who opt for pat downs instead of full-body scans at airports face more than inconvenience and blushed cheeks. They might have disabling traumatic flashbacks that can last for days or weeks. And while survivors of sex crimes generally understand the need for safety regulations, many CNN readers think all fliers' rights are being violated by the new regulations and that they simply don't work. Still others are sympathetic both to the victims of sex crimes and the Transportation Security Administration agents who have to perform their duties.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Man, I wish the Pokemon crew would have done that for me!" - ShutYoTrap
Katie Goldman is an adorable 7-year-old from Evanston, Illinois, who wears a patch over her one lazy eye and loves "Star Wars," despite being teased for her interests by some classmates who said it was a movie for boys. She received an outpouring of support. Her story captivated the hearts of readers in faraway states and perhaps galaxies. She-geeks everywhere wrote in to say that they could relate to her youthful conundrum.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The only thing in this article that catches my attention is that it costs $18,500 to promote Christ and $20,000 to denounce him!" - BetweenTheLines
An atheist billboard that calls Christmas "a myth" has sparked a growing controversy. The billboard is near the Lincoln Tunnel, a 1.5-mile-long twin tube that connects New Jersey to New York. The full message, which appears with a nativity scene, reads: "You know it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason." A pro-Christmas billboard was erected in response.
Readers were largely incensed by the billboard, with commenting atheists debating the particulars of their views and joining the oppositional chorus over the sign's content and cost.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I think we should circumcise San Francisco from the union. Just cut the whole city off and dump it in the ocean. Bet we wouldn't even feel it." - stonecrow
A man named Lloyd Schofield wants to add a new law to the books in San Francisco: A ban on all male circumcisions. Those who violate the ban could be jailed (not more than one year) or fined (not more than $1,000), under his proposal. Circumcisions even for religious reasons would not be allowed. Schofield and like-minded advocates who call themselves "intactivists" seek to make it "unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis" of anyone 17 or younger in San Francisco.
Discussion was, as you might expect, passionate.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I give America 75 to 100 years before it falls apart. It started in the mid-80s and has now progressed full force by the division between those who are educated enough to see this downfall and those who are not educated enough to even think critically. ... Goodbye America, it was nice while it lasted." - unsigned commenter
MTV's "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood faces felony domestic violence charges in her Indiana hometown because of incidents on her reality TV show where she is seen shoving, punching, slapping and choking her boyfriend, a police spokesman said. Several comment threads emerged, with a lot of frustration expressed in regards to this story.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The Greenless Lantern?" –bbare89
The authors of a satirical graphic novel, "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," wrote an opinion piece for CNN explaining that they created the character because the "country needed a dose of emergency comic relief."
We received an extremely interesting response to this story, with some readers coming up with their own superhero ideas, and a great many others feeling that the story was unfairly attacking capitalism.
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "My cat does not agree with some of the findings of these researchers. The following is a statement from Teddy the Cat: 'Meow meow meeeow meow. Meow meow. Meow? Meow meow meow. Barf.' I think the hairball speaks for itself." - Sildemark
Our four-legged furry friends have made a few headlines as this week comes to a close. Stories about how cats drink and a Veteran's Day "Garfield" cartoon created a stir in our comments area, so we'll start off the roundup with them.
Check out what readers had to say about these and other top stories in the news on iReport
COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I really need to start printing T-shirts that say, 'My grandparents went on a Carnival Cruise and all I got was this T-shirt and a box of Pop Tarts.'" - MaryLandMom
Imagine being stuck at sea on a luxurious boat and eating Pop Tarts. Toilet problems and power outages notwithstanding, a few readers said the stranded cruise ship passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor couldn't really complain given all the suffering that goes on in the world. Others sympathized with the passengers' harrowing holiday, while still more imagined many of the passengers would have a great horror story to tell at cocktail parties.
A system of rain and thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes continued to pound the Southeast on Monday, leaving at least 19 dead in its wake and displacing or stranding thousands of people. Below are some iReports from some of the affected areas.
- Audie Osborn interviewed sons Sam and Jeremy about witnessing a family of four being rescued from a flooded road.
- Brionna Watson took this video of a putting golf facility under a few feet of water. She says families have been asked to limit their water usage.