Overhead on CNN.com: Give us the leftovers and no one gets hurt
People love their Thanksgiving leftovers and know how to get creative with them, too.
November 25th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Overhead on CNN.com: Give us the leftovers and no one gets hurt

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comment of the day:

“Turkey clubs, turkey noodle soup, turkey salad, turkey ala king, stuffing sandwiches ... the list goes on.” -Barb

Loving leftovers

This year’s Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, but the food, for many, hasn’t. Half a turkey, mounds of potatoes and bowls of gravy are sitting in fridges all over the United States just waiting to get freaky with a foodie.

Enter CNN.com readers. Some shared their love of the leftovers and the creative ways they make sure not to waste any.

Kara said, “Here in New Orleans we often use leftover turkey to make gumbo. Yum.”

Tom said, “Hey, I just bought a pre-cooked turkey breast from Publix so I could have nothing but leftovers. Every last bit has become turkey sandwiches so far (but I may be starting to get tired of turkey sandwiches."

MikeD said, “Turkey is particularly good for tetrazzini.”

Ben said, “Green chili turkey enchiladas and turkey noodle soup.”

Brian said, “I'm making a stock out of turkey carcass.”

Tim said, “Sandwiches...both hot with gravy or cold with cranberry...soup, or something akin to stew with everything thrown into a pot. Thanksgiving is terrific, but the after Thanksgiving leftovers officially kick off the Christmas season. It doesn't get any better than this!”

Ed said, “Hot or cold, as-is or as sandwiches, are all really good to me. My favorite thing to do with the leftover turkey is to boil the carcass and make homemade turkey noodle soup. A bit of a pain I'll admit but it beats anything you'll find in a can by far!”

Will said, “I prefer foods like potatoes or green beans warm. We make enough for a serving on Thanksgiving and one more meal later on. The main challenge is turkey – I can't stand the amount of room it takes up in the fridge and don't want it getting bad in there and ruining other foods. The trick is to slice it up, package into storage containers, and not buying a bird that is so large we have to eat it five days in a row.”

Michelle said, “I usually get a large turkey and use the leftovers in anything that would normally require chicken. I can't wait to make turkey enchiladas tomorrow!”

Gomo said, “That’s the best thing about after-Thanksgiving: the delicious leftovers.”

Martini said, “Forty years of cooking turkeys did us in. No more turkeys. It's chicken from here on in. Enough with the gobblers. We're still good with the cornbread dressing, cranberry goo and sweet potato casserole. Anymore we're cooking with one goal in mind....leftovers. Hot or cold.”

BCS mess

Many college football fans have long been frustrated by the BCS selection system that chooses which teams will play in the major bowls. And with losses from every top ranked team except LSU (prior to today’s game against Arkansas), things have gotten particularly complicated this year. If LSU loses today, every top team will have a loss and the arguments about which team should be in which bowl will begin.

CNN.com readers shared their frustration and suggestions:

TallinOK said, “The BCS is a joke. At the beginning of each season, large Division 1 schools flat out stomp smaller schools and run up the scores for BCS points. If you don't believe me, look at the scores of the major Division 1 schools. My alma mater (about 8,000 students) got the privilege of playing three top 10 schools in their first four games. The scores were obscene. I think the BCS is not only a joke, but is obscene when it rates by computer these kind of pairings.”

Matt said, “I'd like to hear more about the anti-trust suit brought against the BCS. This whole system is ridiculous and needs to be replaced with a playoff system.”

Smooth responded, “College already has a playoff. It just starts the first game of the season.”

Henry said, “Eight-team playoff is the answer.”

drp146 said, “The BCS is a joke. No chance of a Cinderella story. It's rigged to a certain extent to favor the large schools and conferences.”

Raymond Peters said, “Let's face it. As long as colleges and universities as well as coaches are making big money the BCS will continue to be played as is. It's all about the Benjamin's, gentlemen! Incredibly enough, I don't see why we don't have a playoff season like the NCAA basketball season. Let the best team standing win!”

Sean said, “The BCS blows and ruins college football. Long live the NFL.”

Brock275 said, “Let's be very clear. Installing an eight-team playoff will only change the NCAA into something very near to the NFL. Is that what we really want? I understand the heartache, particularly if your favorite team is locked out. However, this type of controversy is the unique quality to NCAA football that draws everyone's attention. We want each and every game to be important (unlike NFL when they sometimes sit their second string and throw the game for playoff purposes). With all that said, I think the computer scores are suspect – but they are balanced out somewhat by the human factors.”

bobcat ( in a hat ) responded, “@Brock275 It may not be exactly what we want, but it would be a step in the right direction. There have been a lot better teams eligible to be in these games. But instead, they base it on the opinion of a few people. I never have agreed with that.”

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.

Overhead on CNN.com: Tired of North Korea’s threats
North Korea reacted with threats after South Korea marked the first anniversary of the Yeonpyeong Island attacks November 23.
November 25th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Overhead on CNN.com: Tired of North Korea’s threats

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comment of the morning:

“What a sad situation. They are all Koreans with family on both sides of that once one nation.“ -isallwon

North Korea threatens South Korea

Another round of threats from North Korea came a day after South Korea staged exercises near Yeonpyeong Island, marking the anniversary of the North's deadly shelling that killed two marines and two civilians. In response to the South’s exercises, the North's military threatened "a sea of fire" upon the South's presidential office.

CNN.com readers had plenty to say about the ongoing conflict in the region.

Some readers said the North’s response was predictable.

TheEZD said, “Every so often, North Korea must think ‘Hey, I have not been in the news lately, time to send another warning to the south/world for (rolls dice) military exercises!’”

GODis responded, “Then the following week, they are asking for handouts again to feed their starving people, and then the food, medicine goes straight to the military. Enough is enough, 60 years of this BS. The Generals in the North Korean military don't even talk to each other, they are only concerned with the state of their own little kingdom, within the larger kingdom.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Bachmann deserved an apology
NBC apologized to Rep. Michele Bachmann for a song that was played during her appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
November 24th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Bachmann deserved an apology

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comment of the day:

“Did NBC [also] email the apology to both of Fallon's viewers?”
- Max17

Bad song choice

When Rep. Michele Bachmann recently appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” she probably didn’t expect the band to play Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as she walked out. But that’s exactly what happened. And now, NBC has sent the congresswoman an apology letter, and host Jimmy Fallon has apologized to her over the phone and via Twitter.

CNN.com readers said the band’s song choice was clearly inappropriate at best.

MiketheMike said, “No matter what anyone thinks of Bachmann, she was invited to the show as a guest and should have been treated as such. It's really sad that the concept of civility is being sacrificed by many for the sake of political animosity.”

Guest said, “I don't know all that much about Bachmann but her point is well taken. Had the recipient of this ‘humor’ been Michelle Obama there would have been hell to pay.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Black Friday is for suckers
This year's Black Friday is expected to be a big one.
November 24th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Black Friday is for suckers

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Comments of the morning:
“How sad. I wish people would boycott this absurdity. Next year are we going to have ‘Black Wednesday’?”
- wordswords

“Let's hope it is a big Friday for shopping. The market could use the boost.”
- bdyftns

Shoppers ready for Black Friday

Despite a struggling economy, it seems Americans are still in the mood to dole out dollars to ensure a merry Christmas. According to a recent report from the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, an estimated 152 million people will shop over Black Friday weekend, up 10% from last year. And thanks to some stores opening Thanksgiving evening, that number may be even higher.

But most CNN.com commenters said they would be skipping Black Friday for various reasons.

Fallowt was among those who were critical of stores opening on Thanksgiving and for people wasting their time camping out for bargains.

"’Black Friday’ should be called ‘slave-driver’ Friday. Retailers now won't even let their employees have that one freakin’ day to enjoy with their families. It sucks, it's wrong and it needs to stop. I can't have any respect for someone who feels that they need to camp out in front of a store for a bargain. Those actions just speak volumes about the state of our society. Laziness, materialism and just plain low-class. I hope somebody steals your damn tents while you’re busting down Best Buys’ doors.”

But SmartIrish responded, “Did you not ever care to think that these people come from low income backgrounds and they never had an amazing Christmas? So if sleeping overnight might just let them splurge enough to make this Christmas special so be it. I hope someone steals your car while you sleep in!”


Overheard on CNN.com: 20 is too many
Stars of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" Jim Bob and MIchelle Duggar are expecting their 20th child in the spring.
November 9th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 20 is too many

Comments of the day:

“Seven Billion people on this planet and counting.... just sayin'.” -VTCitizen
“If you have 20 cats you get an episode of Horders – If you have 20 kids you get your own show..... nice. –Guest

Duggar No. 20 on the way

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of the TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” said Wednesday that they are excited to be expecting their 20th child this spring (their oldest is 23 and their youngest is 2).

But CNN.com readers weren’t ready to celebrate with the Duggars. Instead they took issue with the older children having too much responsibility, bringing more children into an overpopulated world and TLC continuing to support the burgeoning family.

jpv said, “These people are insane. He is doing this to prove his manhood or something. If they wanted these many kids why not adopt? Many [kids] out there need homes. If this guy ever loses whatever job he has we will all be paying for those kids via welfare (if we aren't already). Enough already. “

heresme responded, “They are not hurting anyone. They are not living off your tax dollars. The kids are well behaved and educated. They are living in a loving, intact family. To me, this is far more sane than those women who just can't keep themselves in control and keep having babies from different fathers while living in the projects, not working.”

enevoldsen responded, “Did you ever think that maybe they just really like having kids and being parents? Or is that somehow impossible? Why is it that every person who wants to have more kids than ‘the norm’ in North America is instantly labeled insane.’”

cyclingpete said, “OK! We get it. You can procreate. So do mosquitoes! I think this is an addiction. I’m disgusted! If you are that hip on raising that many children why not adopt or foster and help kids who need a loving home? But, nooooooo. Just keep popping them out. “

evdanker said, “It's a uterus, lady, not a clown car.”

austingrrl said, “If I had 20 cats I'd be called an animal hoarder. What's sad to me is the children are not encouraged to go to a higher learning institute and are stuck in the same cycle as their parents. Marry young, stay ignorant and have baby after baby. Jim Bob is a con artist, declaring his home a church for tax evasion purposes.”

MaryMoe responded, “But he does have a large congregation right there at home!”
Missmannered said, “Hey Duggars. Here's a novel idea! Adopt a kid instead of pumping them out. Since you guys are so good at parenting, why not raise a child that is not from your baby-making machine, who needs a loving home? TLC, stop giving these wackos airtime and money, enough already!”

LisetteQB said, “Vulgar. Selfish. Grotesque. Unethical. Wrong on EVERY level. I wonder how Jim would feel if his wife and this new baby both died during delivery because she ‘submits to him as a godly wife should’ despite the fact that no woman's body should be subjected to the cruelty he's put upon her!? Oh, right, he'd probably just say it's God's will or something moronic like that. They should be ashamed of themselves and their blatant disregard for others.”

MaryMoe said, “I wonder how many kids they would have if HE was birthin' those babies.”

kiste said, “The best contraceptive for them would be probably canceling their show on TV. As long as it runs, they will get enough money to afford even more children and if they were responsible they would consider that our world is terribly overpopulated. Why don't they adopt some more children instead?“

LaceFace said, “Hmm … another baby for the older siblings to raise and take care of. So ridiculous.”

momarer said, “TLC lost it when they aired Jon and Kate. As far as the Duggars, well, just look at the oldest son.....seriously....I bet like father like son. I don't watch the show anymore but have been told that his family is part of almost every episode. I love kids too, but I don't think it’s fair to bring them into the world to say "OK, your 'jurisdiction' (as Michelle puts it) is to do family laundry all day, every day." That's not what a kid deserves when they are brought into this world.” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Paterno witch hunt?
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2011 football season.
November 9th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Paterno witch hunt?

Comments of the morning:

“What a sad day for PSU.” - redleg
“So, Joe wants us to pray for the victims. I have to wonder if he has been doing this for the past 12 years.” - bear
“Sad way to end a great career, but sadder still that he did not call police.” - Vic

Paterno set to retire

Longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno announced his resignation Wednesday, as a sex-abuse scandal, involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, rocked the university.

Days after details of the scandal broke, furor over Paterno’s inaction increasingly led to demands for his dismissal. But CNN.com readers have been torn. Some say the focus should be on Sandusky and that calling for Paterno’s demise amounts to nothing more than a witch hunt. But other readers strongly disagree.

Jeff said, “You people need to give it a rest...don't you read the news? The majority of the students and alumni are standing behind Paterno. He has done more for the university and more for athletes than you will ever do in your life. He has earned our support and the benefit of the doubt. Thousands of students gathered in support of him at this home. You are hardly hearing anything about Sandusky in all of this. The headlines should be about him not Paterno.!”

David said, “This whole situation is STUPID! If I hear an allegation of misconduct at a place of work, I would report it to my superiors - which Mr. Paterno did. It is the responsibility of the person who witnessed criminal activity to report it to the police. The sports radio talk show hosts have been grilling him about not doing more about these allegations, ALLEGATIONS! They have used this for their own personal gain, the selfish slobs that they are. A respectable gentlemen like Joe Paterno deserves far better than this.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Readers weigh in on Paterno
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is facing calls to resign amid a sex abuse scandal.
November 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers weigh in on Paterno

Comments of the day:

“JoePa needs to GoPa.” –Peter
“I always thought we were innocent until proven guilty?” -Flipturn

Penn State coach under fire

Amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused young boys in a Penn State football facility – one incident was reported to coach Joe Paterno – some are calling for the 84-year-old head of the Nittany Lion’s resignation or firing.

But CNN.com readers were torn. Although many said Paterno should have done more than report the incident, others said they believe Paterno did what he thought he was supposed to do.

Withpeace said, “Sadly, it comes down to choices. Joe Paterno chose to set the standard of excellence – a code of honor – for Penn State. Yet, when a true test of moral and ethical judgment was put to him ... he failed and betrayed every honorable thing he ever did. In the end, all we have is our honor and Mr. Paterno is not an honorable man for allowing children be put in harms way to save a monster.”

Joan said, “He should admit that he didn't do enough, and apologize at the very least... then at the end of the season he should retire. He's had a great run... leave with dignity but leave none the less. His reputation will always be scarred by this and rightly so. How would anyone feel if their child had been victimized and it could have been stopped if he had been more forceful and followed through with making sure there was an appropriate investigation? Very disappointing to say the least.”

College players dad said, “There is no way in hell I would want any of my sons currently playing for other teams to be recruited by any college team with a coach that lacks moral grounding such as Paterno is showing now. Parents with sons that have committed to this program should think twice about sending them to Happy Valley this fall. FBS, the NCAA and college sports in general are a mess. This is just another example of it all.”

Calijoe said, “On the story as I have it so far, Paterno should definitely NOT quit. He was given a single unsubstantiated, uncorroborated report. He reported it to the athletic director. His actions were correct. That said, America and its press love vengeance, so he'll probably be forced out.” FULL POST

November 8th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Personhood’ measure stirs heated debate

Comment of the morning:

“Wouldn't creating a life through in vitro fertilization be ‘pro-life?' ” - centrisright

Mississippi amendment taking heat

Voters in Mississippi on Tuesday will face one of the most controversial measures on ballots nationwide. Mississippians will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, which would eliminate abortion, including in the cases of rape and incest. Initiative 26 would define "personhood" as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." The measure would also outlaw certain forms of birth control and the destruction of embryos in laboratories, putting in vitro fertilization procedures in question because of the resulting unused fertilized eggs.

CNN.com readers were largely against the measure.

EurekaJim said, “Yup. The party of ‘less government" except when they want the government to do something they want it to do.”

ovipconsult said, “Mississippi being the poorest (or at least one of the poorest states) with one of the highest unemployment rate in the country, and many still live in poverty ... and abortion is what they really care about? My goodness. Politicians should just go hide in the cave. Judges ...  should just be removed if they want to control women's productive organs.”

BubbaJ said, “Eliminating abortion, Social Security and Medicare are their primary goals. They have become the party of ‘100% support for life ... when it's a fetus. Once it's out, it's on its own."


Overheard on CNN.com: OWS is already a success
Occupy Wall Street protesters hold signs showing their frustrations with the economy.
November 2nd, 2011
04:53 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: OWS is already a success

Comment of the day:

“The movement is stimulating national discussion on important issues. It is a success … ” – evensteven

Open Story: Occupy Wall Street protests

Without clear leadership and a specific set of demands, it may be difficult to deem the Occupy Wall Street movement a success. Jeffrey D. Sachs, an expert in economics, visited the Occupy Wall Street crowd in New York's Zuccotti Park early in October and says the key to long-lasting change will include electing officials representative of the 99%.

But many CNN.com readers said the movement is already a success, while others gave the specifics for what an OWS victory might look like. Other readers said OWS is already on the losing end.

PersonOfPallor said, “Since they have no tangible objectives, they will fail by definition.”

GeorgeBos95 responded, “Will fail? This is an ongoing failure.”

Steve said, “Actually the objectives are extremely clear to anyone who can read.”

U.S. Citizen said, “There are some specific preliminary objectives and grievances but it is still a work in progress. They weren't organized by corporate reps with money and specific objectives in mind like the Tea Party. Anyone who has half a brain and knows what's going on in this nation knows that their basic purpose is to protest corporate greed and control of our government (both parties).”

Steve said, “The dialogue about who pays what and whether or not it's a fair share is all over the news. That in itself is success, and just the beginning.”

GeorgeBos95 responded, “Yes, you're right. We have to get the word out that 47 percent of the people currently PAY NO FEDERAL INCOME TAX ... that the top 1 percent pay 40 percent of the tax and the top 10 percent pay 75 percent.
I think the top 10 percent are paying way too much and it's about time the 47 percent got off their butts and started producing like the rest of us. I'm not going to keep pulling the weight for the 47 percent. I'm sick of their whining.”

Bill responded, “George. Why don't you factor in state, local, sales and property tax? Those bottom 47 percent pay plenty.” FULL POST

November 2nd, 2011
01:16 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Right to reduce time for crack-related crime?

Comment of the morning:

“When you have the most prisoners of any other country in the world and the majority of them are nonviolent drug offenders, it's time to make changes.” - whoaaadude

Crack sentences reduced

The large disparity between crack and cocaine sentences was largely reduced (from 100-1 to 18-1) last year by the Fair Sentencing Act, which means that thousands of prison inmates convicted of crack cocaine charges will be getting out early. Critics of the sentencing disparity say the old system unfairly penalized African-Americans.

CNN.com readers were divided about the reduction: Some said crack-related crime did not fit the time, while others said the drug often leads to other more dangerous behavior and believe the reduction sends the wrong message.

turbosub said, “The bottom line is: People are going to use drugs whether it's legal or not. Addicts don't need jail time. They need help beating their addictions. The crimes and violence that come along with drug prohibition would go away if the government allowed and taxed it. Read the news. In Portugal, they decriminalized drugs, and there's 50% less drug use than there was before. Let's use this money for helping addicts, not throwing them to rot.”

America314 said, “Hey, if they don't hurt anyone what's the point of jailing people for something they do to their own body? Prisons are overcrowded as it is.” FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: Road rage is alive and well
CNN.com columnist, LZ Granderson says slower drivers need to be aware of people who need to pass them.
November 1st, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Road rage is alive and well

Comment of the day:

"'Anyone going slower than me is a moron...anyone going faster than me is a MANIAC!' George Carlin.’” - skipbt

Slow drivers should get out of the way

This week CNN.com’s LZ Granderson, who is also a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com, made the case for faster drivers frustrated by slowpokes. He says that by refusing to move over to the proper lane, people driving at or below the speed limit are infringing on the rights of others who are in a hurry.

Most CNN.com commenters agreed with Granderson, but a few said obeying the speed limit was important, too.

jazzy1224 said, “Can I just say LZ Granderson you are my hero! Well stated!”

tpartypooper responded, “You must have a rough life if your hero is someone who drives impatiently.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Stop keeping up with the Kardashians
Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage.
November 1st, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Stop keeping up with the Kardashians

Comments of the morning:

“’The Couple made a reported $18m from their August wedding (that's $250,000 earned every 24 hours).’ Sounds like she knew what she was doing.” - Kumbaya

“This is what happens when your life is sponsored by E!” –KD

Kim K calls it quits

On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband of 72 days, professional basketball player Kris Humphries. Their wedding, which E! aired in a two-part special, cost a reported $10 million and netted the newlyweds $18 million. As news broke of the divorce filing, CNN.com readers heavily mocked the reality TV nuptials and had harsh words for what they see as a money-obsessed Kardashian clan.

Missy said, “Didn't see that coming, did ya! I wonder why it lasted so long! Lol”

Leslie said, “It lasted so long because they had to stay married until after it aired – duh!”


Overheard on CNN.com: There’s no P.C. in Halloween
Ben Stiller, left, and Bill Hader, as Derek Zoolander and Stefon, share their flamboyant, non-P.C. Halloween plans on “SNL.”
October 26th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: There’s no P.C. in Halloween

Comment of the day:

“I'm going as Mr. Clean. Should bald people be offended?” - sbruce89

Some Halloween costumes offensive

This year, students from Ohio University decided to take a stand against dressing up as racial stereotypes for Halloween, or at least open a discussion about the unsavory costumes.

Mission accomplished. The story about their campaign certainly sparked a response from CNN.com readers, nearly all of whom said the students were taking themselves too seriously.

Mai2Cents said, “I'm Irish, so maybe the leprechaun costumes and all the St. Patty's Day stuff should be thrown out the window too. Oh, I forgot, I'm white. I'm not allowed to feel offended by anything negative said about me. My bad.”

Helena22 responded, "If people have been killed and persecuted because of the misconception of leprechauns, then please feel free to file a grievance.”

WoodlandEDU said, “If you can't understand the larger and deeper ramifications of these costumes and personas, then go back to school! You were scammed - you learned nothing!”

rojo1284 responded, “You are a fool ! I am Hispanic and I found the burro costume hilarious. I highly doubt that people are judging the worth of an entire race by wearing a Halloween costume. Political correctness has gone too far.”

GawdAwful said, “Whew. I'm going to wear a XXXL suit and stuff it full of pillows, draw some fake beard on my face, add some extra chins, shuffle around dancing badly and go as Chaz Bono. But I'm white, so this is not offensive.”

DelishusCake said, “I'm a ginger, and I get offended when other people dye their hair red. Ban red hair dye!”

thatrix said, “I find this article offensive and stereotypical. Just because I'm white doesn't mean that I take my Halloween costume as anything more than a costume. Get a life Ohio University.”

humn said, "’No pervasive stereotypes for whites?’ Apparently Cobb has never heard of rednecks.”

Rainbow512 said, “Oh I live in Texas and I love it when Europeans wear cowboy hats!”

ksig162 said, “Would it be offensive if a Nazi dressed up as Hank Williams Jr.?”

GawdAwful said, “Lighten up ALREADY America.”

skady said, “Will I offend the Japanese by dressing in an anime-inspired costume?”

NHLisdope said, “I’m Indian and my buddy is Asian; we are going to be Harold and Kumar for Halloween. If not he was going to be a ninja and I was going to dress up in a 7-11 uniform.”

heyitsmebob said, “I attend Ohio University and I am going to wear whatever the hell I choose.”

CaptainJack1 said, “I am deeply offended when anyone goes out dressed as a pirate. I ask that everyone remember that we have feelings too and want to be treated with respect. Thank you."

TracyLF said, “If someone asks you nicely ‘please don't make fun of my race on Halloween’ the polite civilized person says ‘Ok. I will respect your wishes.’ Only D-bags make a big deal about it.”

Is adulation promoting a sort of sainthood for Jobs?

CNN asked four experts on religion and technology to weigh in on whether former Apple chief Steve Jobs is achieving a kind of secular sainthood. Their collective answer: yes and no. But most CNN.com readers said that while they appreciate Jobs' contributions to society, they don’t view him as a saint.

Hope said, “I have always liked Steve Jobs. For years I would pay attention when his name was mentioned. From the first little apple computer I was hooked. He had a very captivating character. Now I see that I wasn't alone. I wouldn't call him a saint but he was a genius. He was certainly complex but I wouldn't think him cruel. Many people who were on the receiving end of his ‘bullying, belittling, and lying’ would have been thrilled to run to the media with the stories. People will do anything for money. Haven't we always allowed passionate people a temper?”

Jim said, “A man is not judged by the quality of what he designs and markets to the world, but rather, the love he had or didn't have for the people in this world. Was his vision to help others?”

Dean said, “Jobs is overrated ... just like the products his company produces.”

Jim said, “Jobs was a technology visionary. THAT cannot be disputed. He was a valuable man to the advancement of technology, but fallible and certainly no saint."

Tony Montana said, “A saint? No. Too much glorifying of the man here. He was a captain of a technology ship but he didn't event the ship. Nobody thought of Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein or even Michael Jackson as a saint. Stop making something out of nothing. Loved his products but that's it.”

RGS said, “Jobs gave the world a beautiful gift and although I concur with all the praise he rightfully deserves, fans are taking it too far. Being compared to Da Vinci or having the word 'saint' thrown around is not only insulting, but scary at the same time. Jobs might have been a different kind of CEO but he was a CEO, none the less.”

Joaquin responded, “What's the matter can't CEO's be saints now?”

james mcneil said, “The more we learned about Steve Jobs the more we see him as an ordinary man, very ordinary. Sure, he is absolutely technologically talented, but as a human being he is rather questionable. Did Steve Jobs love anyone in his life, truly love – God, his adopted parents, his biological parents, his children, his friends and colleagues? Perhaps, his work!"

WB said, “Yes we are [making him a saint], but this has been going on for some time. Look he didn't invent anything. He copied Xerox's GUI. He advanced and the public liked it. His fame is really due to his Hollywood connections and naive users.”

Samantha said, “The man is dead, why are we asking this question? He may not be a saint, but is that really what we are focusing on here? We are missing the point of death and the person. Let's remember him for who he was and let others write what they want. No judging who the man was because there should be no judgment now."

Izzie1 said, “Genious, yes. Fascinating human being, yes. Inventor illustrissimo, yes. Saint, nope. He didn't even believe in God 100 percent.”

Portland tony said, “The media is going a little over the top covering his death and biography. Obviously he was a visionary. He excelled at industrial design and electronic product integration! And he apparently was a financial genius. Yet he was only a man with frailties like the rest of us! You may call him what you choose, I'd call him a man.”

Doug said, “Steve Jobs is more popular than Jesus.”

PDrapala said, “Nope, just a genius in our times.”

MattmarkLukeJohn said, “Jobs is beyond sainthood; He is the Savior. Steve Jobs gave his life so the world could have iPhones."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Iraq not ours to 'win'
CNN contributor William Bennett says President Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq will probably lead to disaster.
October 26th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Iraq not ours to 'win'

Comment of the morning:

“We got bamboozled and stampeded into this war and where’s the lasting gain from the sacrifice made in blood and $3 trillion in public debt?” - Rover2594

Obama is compromising Iraq

William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, author, former U.S. secretary of education and former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says President Obama is making a mistake by withdrawing nearly all troops from Iraq. Suggesting that the president’s decision is politically motivated, he points to U.S. generals’ wishes to have at least 15,000 troops remain in the country.

But CNN.com readers overwhelmingly disagreed with Bennett. Most readers said that withdrawal is long overdue and that attempting to block Iranian influence seems to be putting off the inevitable. Based on readers' feedback, it’s clear that Americans are ready for the troops in Iraq to come home.

Duckyducky said, “The only reason these people are so upset is because President Obama is doing what Bush couldn't. And a lot of them are also upset because money will stop flowing to their corporate buddies for all those military contracts. They would rather see our military die and continue to funnel that money to the defense companies then bring them home. Shame, shame, shame.”

Moorbo responded, “I would add that this is another Republican that will cheer cutting welfare programs for U.S. citizens in the name of fiscal responsibility, but get upset about cutting this massive portion of our budget for this war that is providing security for people who are not U.S. citizens.

If the majority of Iraq is pro Iran who are we to tell them otherwise? Shall we keep soldiers there to intimidate Iraqis into not liking Iran? I wonder how that would influence their opinion of the U.S.”

GeneralDavis responded. “Got to keep the war factories humming. The next-generation drones - a quarter billion dollars each! - and the cool trillion we'll spend on the F-35 fighters - and that's before the usual 300 percent cost overruns.”


Overheard on CNN.com: HPV recommendation sparks debate
A CDC committee recommends vaccinations for HPV for boys and young men age 11-21.
October 25th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: HPV recommendation sparks debate

Comment exchange of the day:

“Bravo! Give the True Believers and other spooky types something new to whine about. We could be back in the 14th century and they would be complaining about radical proposals — like hand washing.” - Eideard

“Or bathing more than once every three to six months…” - epicism

“Oh the government forcing you to hand wash? Oh the humanity!! I would rather die of cholera than listen to scientists, doctors, and microbiologists. - Thoughtocrat

HPV vaccine recommended for boys

A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys and young men, from age 11 to 21, be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV (the No. 1 sexually transmitted disease in the nation).

Many CNN.com readers welcomed the news while other readers said the vaccination for boys was unnecessary. Some argued the recommendations would merely help pharmaceutical companies and others said promoting safe sex was a better solution.

deblee7571 said, “Good move by the CDC! It's the boys without visible symptoms who have infected all the girls in the first place! This is an epidemic that plagues a high percentage of our young people under 30. It's about time we take it out of the closet!”

MindFire07 said, “I'd rather be protected than risk exposure and a full-blown infection. I would much rather follow the advice of doctors and scientists than the ignorant and the witless.”


Overheard on CNN.com: There’s more to life than an impressive job
LZ Granderson says Americans ask the question "What do you do for a living?" as a measuring stick far too often.
October 25th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: There’s more to life than an impressive job

Comment of the morning:

"I always try to avoid this question. Not because of where it ranks me and my conversation counterpart against each other and the rest of society, but because for most people, your job isn't the best part of your day to begin with." –Guest

Going beyond what people do

CNN.com columnist LZ Granderson, who is also a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com, says Americans love to ask strangers: "What do you do for a living?" He believes the once-innocent question is now used to judge people more often than not, especially during a bad economy. LZ says, “We should be less focused on the material and more on the worth of people.”

And CNN.com readers mainly agreed with him, but a few defended the question as a means to genuinely get to know someone.

Armymom48 said, “When someone I love became disabled and told me how badly they felt having to answer the question ‘What do you for a living?’ because all they could think of to say was ‘I'm disabled,’ I changed my own behavior and starting asking ‘How do you keep yourself busy?’ This gives people a chance to talk about the things they enjoy most about their lives whether it’s a job or a hobby or family or whatever. It also, for the most part, eliminates making anyone feel like they have to be ashamed or apologize or make excuses for what someone else might see as a shortcoming.”

anon12389211 said, “I was unemployed at one time and I hated it when people asked me that question.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Vegas GOP debate was ugly
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was cut off numerous times during Tuesday night's debate.
October 19th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Vegas GOP debate was ugly

Comment of the day:

“It will be hard to elect candidates that look like bickering children.” - Armon

GOP debate gets heated

With CNN’s Anderson Cooper moderating, the GOP presidential candidates took their gloves of Tuesday night in a presidential debate in Las Vegas. Trading jabs and, at times, speaking over one and other, they mainly attacked Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, “Romneycare” and Mitt Romney's employment of illegal immigrants.

Their attack-first, ask-questions-latter tone didn’t impress many CNN.com readers.

jweller13 said, “This shouting match being called a ‘debate’ is debatable.”

confuztruf said, “The lady really scared me. It was as if she was in another realm or world and someone was asking her questions other than the ones being asked to her on the present stage. And I'm pretty sure that whatever world she was in she was getting standing ovations for answering those questions.”

AItaira said, “Who won the debate? Obama.”

Isocyanide said, “Vote Cain! With each 9-9-9 deal we get free bread sticks and a 2-L of Coke Zero!”

libsrinsane responded, “And a man with experience, unlike the one in the white house now!”

Cityman said, “Romney showed another side to the smooth, always tempered, well trained puppet of the LDS. He was terrible in this debate. The Boston Globe published an article today on the truth about Romney's Illegal help. He knew but didn't fire the firm until the Globe exposed him for a second time. And, the firm was doing landscaping for the son who couldn't go to Iraq because he was serving his country by helping ‘Dad’ become President. Those were Romney's words in 2008.”

james1095 said, “Yawn. Wake me up when it's time to vote. All of the candidates are going to be fighting tooth and nail, and saying whatever they think people want to hear in order to get them elected. Unless they magically learn to have a civilized and truthful debate, it's a waste of our time.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Disgust over animal killings
After exotic animals were released from their cages, authorities in Eastern Ohio had to respond to a dangerous situation.
October 19th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Disgust over animal killings

Comment of the morning:

“Terribly sad in every way. I'm trying to convince myself these magnificent animals are maybe better off than new lives in different cages. Very upsetting.” - StaciBinore

Eastern Ohio reacts to loose, dangerous animals

Officials say Terry Thompson, 62, released nearly 50 exotic animals from his preserve in Ohio — including lions and bears — before dying from a self-inflicted wound. Most of the escaped animals were put down, and authorities are still looking for the few that haven’t been accounted for.

The story shocked and upset many CNN.com readers who wanted to know why the animals hadn’t been tranquilized rather than shot. Others wanted to know how Thompson, who had recently been released from prison for possessing illegal firearms, had been allowed to own so many exotic animals.

intheaspens said, “How sad that the animals have to suffer because of one stupid human.”

reticular responded, “It isn't because of just one stupid human; this guy wouldn't have been able to do this in most other states. The Ohio legislature deserves most of the blame for this. They've condoned this kind of stupidity for decades.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Can’t people just drive?
Ford's new technology syncs with phones, reading texts out loud.
October 18th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Can’t people just drive?

Comment of the day:

“What the world really needs is a device that shuts down cell phones while the car is moving.” - Bud128

Cars read texts for drivers

Ford has been installing a feature in its new vehicles - and many of its older ones - that can read text messages out loud. The feature, intended to reduce texting while driving, is already installed on all model 2012 Ford vehicles.

Of the new technology, CNN.com readers saw the pros and cons—and some simply praised Ford for their innovation.

IanA1 said, “Ford seems to be getting better every year lately...keep up the good work, and good to see an American-owned company being truly competitive.”

Ethnya said, “Ford continues to innovate to meet consumer demands. Good to see that some companies still do this.”


Overheard on CNN.com: It’s a proud day for Israel
The parents of freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit camped out in front of the Israeli prime minister's office for more than a year.
October 18th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: It’s a proud day for Israel

Comments of the morning:

“This is a great day to be Israeli. We will never rest until we save even one life. We believe in life. We do not believe in murder and killing innocent people. That is the difference. May the Palestinians start believing in peace and life. May we have peace one day between Israelis and Palestinians." - jewishcowgirl

“How many Israeli officials have participated in the planning of operations that killed Palestinians? How many of those Israeli officials are in jail? None.” - timeOday

One for 1,000

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas in 2006, is home now after Israel agreed to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The lopsided number has created some controversy, but there is wide support for the deal in Israel.

What did CNN.com readers think of the swap? Most praised Israel for saving a young man’s life; they said the move demonstrated how much Israel values all human life. Other readers condemned the Palestinian releases, saying they are all terrorists. Some defended the rights of Palestinians.

bigbadbernie said, “The point is not the 1:1000 ratio, it’s that in a professional military force it is good to know that no one is left behind and you can go into harms way with that knowledge and be more effective. That is the stuff that makes a great nation and separates them from their enemies.”

IsraeliStude said, “I do want to say that finding out Gilad could watch TV and knew about the support of his parents and the public shows Hamas had at least some compassion. There is hope after all!”

ModGOP called it “A prime example of how the Israeli government actually cares about their own people!”

AmitAtlanta said, “This deal makes no sense. All talk of how much Israel values a life falls on deaf ears knowing fully well Palestinians are ready to give up their lives/their children’s lives to kill even a Jewish owned mouse! The Israeli action only emboldens the hostile world community to charge that the much maligned Israelis have far more innocent Palestinians rotting in their prisons and emboldens the Palestinians to continue with their kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.”

sugarnspice said, “This deal would not happen in any other nation on earth, ONLY IN ISRAEL does the entire nation consider Gilad to be their own son, ONLY IN ISRAEL would people come to refer to Gilad's parents, Noam and Aviva, by their first names, ONLY IN ISRAEL would people remember a lone soldier, not because of his fame, but simply because he was one of theirs.”

ChefCHEESE said, “It’s a great day for Gilad and all the other prisoners who can go back home after years.”

Guest said, “It's not easy to set free 1,000 terrorists, but one Israeli boy is worth even 100,000 of them! The important point is that Israel will NEVER leave its soldiers behind. and this is why the people in Israel supports this deal.”

oferbz said, “The fact that Israel is swapping one soldier for more than a thousand terrorists, shows the world how much Israel values life itself, unlike the Hamas who sends its people to suicide bomb missions.” AntiZioNazi1 responded, “Caring after 5 years? Wow !”

Anatile said, “Welcome home Gilad. We love you. Only the people in Israel understand how much life is precious . You are definitely worth 1,000 people, even more. I'm very proud to be Israeli citizen today.”

DanJones said, “I wonder how long it will take for Hamas or Hezbollah to kidnap the next ‘Giliad Shalit’ and how many they will kill in the process?”

lho said, “Anytime you trade 1,000 of anything for 1 of the same thing.....whether you know anything about the items in question, there is absolutely NO doubt that the one thing is worth at least a thousand times more than the 1000 things. Sorry. No way around that.”

pupplesan said, “The question remains unanswered within the article. The real answer is twofold: first, Israel knows that many of the people it has imprisoned are innocent and second, obviously, there is an unspoken element of religious elitism involved here.”

silvery1261 said, “Let’s face it. This freed Israeli soldier is not a teenage schoolboy who was kidnapped in his home. He is an Israeli soldier trained to kill, fully armed and in army uniform. He knows the risks and he wasn't in this to distribute flowers to Palestinians or candy to the kids. Why is it so hard for Israeli supporters to admit this fact? Granted that one can take the view that his job was to protect Israeli civilian society, but so were the liberated Palestinians who fight the mightiest army in the Middle East to protect their civilians as well.”

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