Overheard on CNN.com: BlackBerry outage not all bad
BlackBerry customers around the world are experiencing a service outage, but some CNN.com readers say they don't see that as a problem
October 12th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: BlackBerry outage not all bad

Comment of the day:

“In other news: person to person contact is up for the first time in years.” - columbridae

Outage hits North America

As the BlackBerry service outage continued into its third day, it hit North America, prompting massive complaints from customers. Some said the outage has disrupted their business and personal lives.

But most CNN.com commenters took the outage in stride; some even said they could see the positives of people being unable to access their BlackBerrys.

Rock2 said, “Good spend some time talking face to face again; it’s a lost art.”

DarkMarcsun said, “In unrelated news, automobile crashes caused by distracted driving are down 15 percent since Monday.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Terror plot a Saudi issue, not a call to war
U.S. officials are determining how to handle relations with Iran after a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States was foiled.
October 12th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Terror plot a Saudi issue, not a call to war

Comment of the morning:

"When we kill foreign citizens on foreign soil, it is patriotic. When they do it, it is an act of war." - AlpaChino

Plot to kill Saudi ambassador foiled

After details were released about a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Washington is grappling with how to handle relations with Iran. More sanctions appear likely and Rep. Peter King is calling Iran’s alleged involvement an act of war.

CNN.com readers reacted to news of the disrupted plot with much speculation and, regardless of just how involved the Iranian government was, they say action should be taken by Saudi Arabia, not the United States.

hoppinMad1 said, “More false-flag nonsense. Did they ever find WMD's in Iraq? Let's make up some crap about Iran to avert attention away from Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal. The sheeple will eat it up. Baaa.”

goodyweaver responded, “So, so happy your comment is at the top - suggests that maybe, just maybe, Americans are sick to death of this crap. Even if it's not a false flag, this is certainly not worth going to war over. I don't personally care about a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. They're both oppressive nightmares. Let them have each other.”


Overheard on CNN.com: More of the ‘no jobs’ blame game
A jobs bill Obama has touted in a series of campaign-style speeches across the country is likely facing defeat in the Senate.
October 11th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: More of the ‘no jobs’ blame game

Comments of the day:

"’Senate likely to be defeated in next election.’ Story at 6 o'clock. Want change? Vote out the scumbags and vote in people that will represent YOUR interests.” - IdahoJ

“And liberal morons everywhere will still blame the GOP for this.” - CitizenXXX

Defeat on the horizon for Obama’s Job’s bill?

The Senate will likely reject President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill Tuesday — legislation that includes a $265 billion extension of the payroll tax cut and a 5.6 percent surtax on people earning more than $1 million.

About the failure to pass the bill, CNN.com readers posted comments largely pointing fingers at a number of sources: Congress, the Republicans and Democrats and the President.

Coloradan said, “The GOP will keep trying to run out the clock and do nothing until the next election. That's a long time for the American people to wait for help. Too bad the money isn't going to Halliburton for phony construction that never gets completed in Iraq. Then it would be fast tracked by our Republican congressmen and women. Rebuild our own country though? Naaah. That might help Obama.”

sunsudo said, “Yes, yes. Blame the GOP even though Odummer and the Democrats had a supermajority for his first two years and NEVER had a passed budget. But please blame the GOP. I need a good laugh this a.m.

USATheFree responded, “sunsudo: I keep hearing people use that excuse ‘the Democrats had supermajority, why didn't they pass this and why didn't they pass that then.’ Two things: First, Republicans broke the filibuster record right out of the park during that time so it was amazing that anything got done at all. Second, why should it take one party's supermajority to do anything in this country? Shouldn't doing the right thing be the only thing that matters?” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Dear NBA: Keep squabbling; you won’t be missed
Not all NBA players make megabucks like LeBron James, respondents noted; some have to get by on the $300k minimum.
October 11th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Dear NBA: Keep squabbling; you won’t be missed

Comment of the morning:

“What do you call canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season? A good start.” - YodarCritch

NBA deadlock continues

Players and management have yet to reach a deal on a new labor agreement. But, CNN.com readers said they’re tired of complaints from people who make millions of dollars. They also said they have plenty of other sports options to fill their time. Some said they wouldn’t mind if the NBA disappeared entirely.

Spiff59 said, “Cancel the whole season as far as I'm concerned. Crying that an average salary of 5 million a year is not enough is disgusting. What? Making a hundred times more than an average American isn't enough?”

stevenabb500 responded, “You try supporting two kids on less than seven million a year! I just can't imagine a family living on ONLY five million a year or something ... eggs and gas are expensive.”

anon123421 responded, “The $5 million or so average salary is a mean average. The median is far less. Just because a few stars are making $30 million does not mean others are making less than 80k.”

But 1121234 responded, “@anon123421. That's not accurate, the bare minimum, the BARE minimum that an NBA player will make is $300K a year. All NBA players make at least that. It's part of their bargaining agreement.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Banks aren't getting the message
Citi announced new banking fees for its midlevel clients Wednesday, which was not popular with CNN.com readers.
October 5th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Banks aren't getting the message

Comment of the day:

“How ironic that this story sits next to a story about Occupy Wall Street. Someone did not get the memo.” - BillyRyan

Citi raises checking account fees

Citi announced Wednesday that they are slapping customers with another fee — this time on midlevel checking accounts — for members who do not maintain minimum balances of $15,000 on their combined accounts.

And for CNN.com readers, the announcement seemed like the straw that broke the camel's back: they were livid and encouraged Citi clients to withdraw their funds. Others shared their positive experience with credit unions and said people should follow in their footsteps.

RogerBlatto said, “How completely arrogant and greedy can these banks get. They likely know that 99 percent of people cannot afford to keep $15K in cash in their accounts. So charge them $20 while you let the rich get a free ride? Maybe these Wall Street protesters have a point after all.”

tstorm9200 said, “Credit unions are about to explode in growth!”


Overheard on CNN.com: The cost of recent wars too much
In a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, only one-third of post-9/11 veterans say the wars have been worth the costs.
October 5th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: The cost of recent wars too much

Comment of the morning:

“I don't want to be a country of war anymore...” - Allisoncares

We love our troops, but not prolonged wars

As America marks the 10th anniversary this week of the Afghanistan conflict, a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center demonstrates low-level support for the continued conflict — but strong support for U.S. troops.

Many CNN.com readers shared their frustration about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that the costs have been too high. Other readers simply said the time to bring home troops is long overdue. And some readers said they still believe the wars were just.

minguey said, “All the health services those wars could have paid for. All the things we could have spent the money on like a crumbling infrastructure.... Just a few days ago CNN reported how the US military is GIVING AWAY most of its equipment in Iraq simply because it is cheaper to give it away than to bring it back home. MASSIVE waste, the lives of not only 4.5K US soldiers but an additional 1.2K soldiers from allies....and (according to the Armed Forces own report leaked by Wikileaks) 105K dead civilians.

Meanwhile, the jobs go to China, the richest get richer and we are infected with a Tea Bagger cancer that has poisoned the nation with the worst of the worst America has to offer.

Bring the boys and girls home, shut down the bases, save the CASH and start taking care of the OTHER WAR....the one on the poor, the unemployed and the future.”

LukeO27 said, “If we cared about American lives, we'd be putting trillions into preventative health care, not wars. Wars are about profits and power. Power for the government and profits for the Military Industrial Complex.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Williams and ESPN got it wrong
Hank Williams Jr.'s recently said on a Fox news show that the pairing of President Obama with House Speaker John Boehner for a golf game against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich was "one of the biggest political mistakes ever."
October 4th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Williams and ESPN got it wrong

Comment of the day:

"The analogy might have been a bit over the top, but hey, the man has an opinion; in my opinion ESPN overreacted." - Geckowise

ESPN drops Hank Williams Jr. from Monday Night Football

For the first time in years, "Monday Night Football" viewers did not hear Hank Williams Jr.'s intro "Are You Ready for Some Football?" after ESPN pulled the song from the broadcast following remarks Williams made about President Obama.

In an appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Monday morning, Williams referred to a June golf game with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner playing against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by saying the pairing was “like (Adolf) Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. Not hardly."

And while some CNN.com readers thought Williams comments went too far, many supported his right to freedom of speech and even said ESPN got it wrong.

shades1202 said, “Hank Williams didn’t call anybody Hitler, or compare anyone to Hitler. It's called an analogy, an analogy of a situation, situation being Boehner and Obama playing golf together.. ’it would be like Hitler and Netanyahu playing golf together.’ Why do liberals have to make up a story to feed an argument. When you make up a story, you BECOME the story.”

therational1 said, “It’s a bit of an overreaction by ESPN; it's fairly commonplace these days for people to immediately go to the ‘that's like Hitler...’ comparison for dramatic effect. The real stupidity is in his follow-up. It seems 1) that he doesn't want the speaker of the House and the president to try and resolve some of their differences and 2) he wants ‘policies to change,’ but he apparently has no idea exactly what that means.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Cheers and gripes for Apple’s latest iPhone
Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, a faster, more enhanced version of its best-selling smartphone.
October 4th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cheers and gripes for Apple’s latest iPhone

Comments of the day:

“At the risk of dating myself: ‘Where’s the beef?!?’” - DBAwhosaysNI

"’S’ for Savings.” - Newsunworthy

Apple unveils the iPhone 4S

Apple on Tuesday unveiled the iPhone 4S, a faster version of its best-selling smartphone that includes a virtual "personal assistant" you can talk to. And, for the first time, the iPhone will be available on the Sprint wireless network, as well as AT&T and Verizon.

Like with many Apple-related stories, news of the release drew comments from  Apple lovers and haters either singing the phone’s praises or pointing out what the phone lacks.

Mjj09 said, “You know, if they just put a Steve Jobs’ cutout holding an iPhone4S on stage... I bet Apple would sell 12 million phones tonight.”

Professorjaz said, “I am in. To all you nay-sayers, you don't have to buy one.”

Prle said, “What a joke. Well, at least I m not disappointed that just two weeks ago I bought the iPhone 4, but a friend of mine didn't want to buy; He was waiting for iPhone 5, oh well.”

madchadley responded, “At least he'll be able to buy the iPhone 4 cheaper than you though. Oh, well.” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Knox innocent, readers say
Amanda Knox's murder conviction and eventual exoneration on appeal have stirred strong opinions in the U.S. and abroad.
October 4th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Knox innocent, readers say

Comment of the morning:

“Justice prevailed and Amanda Knox is free. Enough said.” - Guest

Knox free and coming home

After nearly four years, Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were dramatically cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher on Monday in Italy. While Kercher’s family is still seeking the truth, Knox is already on her way back home to her native Seattle.

Thousands of CNN.com readers posted comments about the overturned convictions. Most say they believe Knox is innocent - mainly pointing to evidence against Rudy Guede, who was convicted separately of involvement in the killing and already is serving 16 years in prison.

jimmy009 said, “The strange thing is this is actually a pretty straightforward case. Every sign points to a drifter with a violent past, who is now in jail for the crime.”

Plainlogik said, “The guilty person whose DNA was ALL over the BLOODY crime scene is already in prison. How do you conclude that if three people are involved, two people wipe down their bloody prints, DNA, hair fibers, semen and come out with no marks ... and perfectly leave the third person's DNA all over the room. Rudy Guede is CLEARLY the guilty person. How much more clear does it need to be?”


Overheard on CNN.com: Cain is wrong about black Dems
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain says black people have been brain washed into not considering a conservative point of view.
September 29th, 2011
07:17 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cain is wrong about black Dems

Comment of the day:

Let's see if Clarence Thomas and Cain can get a support group going. - The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)

Is the black community politically brainwashed?

Herman Cain, the only African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community is "brainwashed" for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.

"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Herman Cain said on CNN's "The Situation Room.”

But most CNN.com readers who posted comments said Cain was way off base.

Moderate Sean said, “The ‘Black Community’ is not brain-washed into voting for Democrats, they vote in their best interest since the Republicans do absolutely nothing for this community, minorities in general, and the middle-class at large!”

Straight Shooter said, “Yah, brainwashed into thinking for themselves. If they would only just let Republicans make their decisions for them, life would be so much better...”


Overheard on CNN.com: Turn off the TV and give your kid a book
Author James Patterson says it's up to parents, not schools, to find books to get kids reading.
September 29th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Turn off the TV and give your kid a book

Comment of the day:

“Two words: HARRY POTTER - Unknown22222

A love of reading begins with the parents

Award-winning author James Patterson ("Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," "Maximum Ride," "Daniel X" and the "Witch & Wizard" young adult series) is encouraging parents to instill a love of reading in their children. He says it’s up to parents, not schools, to find books kids like to get them motivated. Patterson is the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards author of the year, and in 2008, he created http://www.ReadKiddoRead.com, a site dedicated to helping parents find books that will get their kids reading.

Most CNN.com readers agreed and shared their tips on how to get kids reading.

Melissa0307 said, “Here's a thought: shut off the TV and make your kids read instead. It's that simple.”

frogprof said, “Maybe if less emphasis were put on sports than on academics, reading would be more important to kids than it is. But every kid in America seems to think he's going to be the next Shaq or Kobe or Manning or whatever, and academic scholarships come second to people's minds AFTER athletic ones. I'm all for 'mens sana in corpore sano,' but NOT at the expense of actual LEARNING. Give the kids recess and PE, let them work off some steam, but don’t make sports the end-all and be-all. Make READING and LEARNING the aim of schools.”

Kathleen59 responded, “I agree with you as my son was 5'2" at the age of nine and the school kept insisting I ‘make’ him play football. In the same breath, they told me that at nine years of age that Stephen King was too advanced for him to read and I should not allow him to read above his age and/or grade level. How ridiculous is that? The teachers were telling me I should not allow him to expand his vocabulary and his knowledge based on his age.”

mary8711 said, “Also if we weren't so ready to buy that new video game, kids would read more. When the kids were growing up, they were read to until they learned to read, and then they read to us. And they observed their parents reading on a daily basis. As a result, they both read avidly. Reading is my primary source of relaxation, because it takes me away from daily worries and plops me down somewhere else. And I get to choose where.” FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: The Iranians are coming? Not likely
An Iranian state-run news agency reported that Iran is planning on sending ships to the Atlantic coast of the United States.
September 28th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: The Iranians are coming? Not likely

Comment of the day:

As a U.S. Vet, I see no problem with them traveling near the East Coast as long as they are in international water, they are free to do so. If we go close to their country, they should be able to come close to ours. To say any different would not be fair and would be wrong. -MichDude

Iran may send ships towards the U.S.

According to a state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran plans to send ships near the Atlantic coast of the United States. The story’s headline read: "The Navy of the Iranian Army will have a powerful presence near the United States borders.”

But the news didn’t rattle many CNN.com readers. Instead, most questioned or made jokes about Iran’s naval capabilities and commented about how they thought the U.S. would respond. A few readers said they were concerned.

USNavy818 said, “This is going to be pretty funny when they are thousands of miles from any friendly port and need to refuel, resupply, or get repairs and realize how expensive that will be. By the time they get to outside the U.S. they'll need more supplies unless all they bring are cargo ships.”

hopalong responded, “@usnavy, Where were you posted in the navy, in Utah? There is an island called Cuba 90 miles to the south of us, Venezuela is in northern South America and with money involved the nearest Exxon would probably be glad to help.”

SarahDerp said, “Upper atmosphere EMP attacks and low level sub torpedoes are the only things Iran could ever even dream of doing to us and those are limited enough to where they would only provoke us into stomping their country into the ground.” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Presidential primaries needs overhaul
GOP candidates may be facing a more hectic nomintating process if Florida moves their primary date to January 31.
September 28th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Presidential primaries needs overhaul

Comment of the morning:

“Why don't we eliminate primaries and just have presidential elections every 3 days. One day to campaign, one day to vote, and one day complain about why the person we just elected sucks. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.” - try2evolve

Florida may move primary date

Although the state may receive limited delegate seating at the GOP Convention, Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped.

The expected change had CNN.com readers debating how the U.S. presidential primaries should be run.

GetRealDudes said, “It's time for a change in the primary process. There should be a round robin assignment for all states so that no one or two states are always at the start of the campaign season. Iowa and New Hampshire have too much influence on every presidential campaign.”

sunpacific responded, “This is the most sane thing I have heard. But in our ‘me first’ culture, this will be readily rejected.”

wyckette said, “We should follow the UK and have a one month campaign calendar and then a vote. The money being spent on campaigning is embarrassing. Voter fatigue is rampant just before the elections. And none of this puts the right people in office as we are experiencing now. Let's put the money to work for people who need jobs and take a chance that even in a shortened campaign season, we can elect some good (better) people to govern us.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Will the New York Yankees lose intentionally?
By losing their next two games, the New York Yankees could help keep their rival out of the 2011 MLB playoffs
September 27th, 2011
03:48 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Will the New York Yankees lose intentionally?

Comment of the day:

“The Red Sox don’t need any help from Girardi...” –20

Playing Red Sox spoiler

The Boston Red Sox (a team facing one of the worst collapses in baseball history if they fail to make the playoffs) are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League wild card berth. And Boston's fabled foes, the New York Yankees, could play spoiler by taking a dive in their two remaining games against the Rays. But would they lose on purpose?

A Sports Illustrated.com network site, Fan Nation, addressed the “Truth and Rumor” of whether the Yankees would intentionally let Tampa Bay win to help seal the Red Sox’s fate.

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said, "My first objective is to make sure our team is ready and healthy to go on Friday (in the first game of the playoffs). That's what we have to do. It's a tough situation." Seems Girardi thinks the Yankees  - who have already qualified for the postseason with the best record in the American League - aren't obliged to throw their best weapons against anyone.

Comments from readers mainly suggested it didn’t matter what the New York Yankees did, since the Red Sox have been struggling all on their own.

Mongo Alex said, “All the Sox would have had to do was just play .500 ball this month and this subject would be meaningless. If the Sox don't make it, you can't blame anyone else but them.”

Sgt. Schultz said, “Why wouldn't you want to play the Red Sox right now?”


Overheard on CNN.com: $30 a week for food is plenty
CNN.com readers weigh in on whether they could get by on $30 a week for food.
September 21st, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: $30 a week for food is plenty

Comment of the day:

“I feed a family of four for about $100 a week. $30 seems like a lot of money for one person for a week. Yes, I could definitely do that!” - shandaar

Could you eat on $30 a week?

As part of a special report on hunger in America, CNN producer Sheila Steffen challenged herself to a grocery budget of 30 dollars a week—the average food stamp allotment for more than 40 million Americans. She wrote a blog about her shopping experience and asked readers: could you eat on $30 a week?

The answer from commenters was a resounding yes—and plenty of suggestions on how to do it, too.

Hungry Jack said, “I am in grad school and can eat pretty well on $30 week, and I don't mean Ramen Noodles. It is just a matter of planning, using coupons, and buying things on sale. Anyone who has even rudimentary cooking and math skills can get by just fine.”

BrendaS said, “In my household, there are three adults and two teenagers. We spend, on average about $250 a month and we don't get food stamps. All the adults work, but cost of living for utilities, gas to and from work and basic living needs, leaves us very little to buy quality, nutritious foods that are healthy for my family. We do it all the time, but it's not what everyone likes or would want if we had a little more to buy with.”


Overheard on CNN.com: Spare Troy Davis
Death row inmate Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in Jackson, Georgia.
September 20th, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Spare Troy Davis

Comments of the day:

“Killing simply begets more killing ... let's get rid of the death penalty.” - Fielding Mellish

“I'm an extremely ardent supporter of the death penalty but there's just so much doubt here it defies logic that his clemency request was rejected.” - Chris

“The president really needs to intervene on behalf of this man.” - kedmond

Troy Davis denied clemency

Death-row inmate Troy Davis, who has been fighting for years to stave off his execution, was denied clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, a decision that has drawn outrage and protests. Recent evidence casts some doubt on his conviction in the 1989 death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail, including the fact that seven of nine witnesses have recanted testimony that led to his conviction.

Davis is scheduled to die by injection Wednesday night in Jackson, Georgia. CNN.com readers debated whether Davis should be executed and whether the death penalty should be a thing of the past.

TooRelaxed said, “If there is one inch of doubt then the death penalty needs to be stopped. There have been a lot of prisoners put to death only later on in years to be found to be innocent.

KCWildguy responded, “A lot? Can you name one? Exactly. So we know 100% that he shot the guy at the party. We know he pistol whipped the homeless guy, but we're playing games that he didn't also kill the cop? How can anyone reasonably think this thug didn't do it?"


Overheard on CNN.com: Skepticism for Obama’s job progam
President Obama will deliver his job plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday.
September 7th, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Skepticism for Obama’s job progam

Comments of the day:

“So Plan B is the failed Plan A? Awesome.” - Expresss

“The president could be announcing the cure for cancer and the GOP would vote against it.” - bloodawg

Obama’s 300 billion plan

President Obama is set to unveil a $300 billion jobs program in his Thursday speech to Congress that will focus on new infrastructure spending and targeted tax cuts. The president is also expected to renew his push for stalled trade deals with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea, but GOP critics say the plan represents a continuation of what they consider to be failed policies.

CNN.com readers were obviously divided about President Obama’s program. Many said it’s just more rhetoric, while others said the president still isn’t being given a chance.

akjonny665 said, “This is like a band-aid for a shotgun wound, they don't even look at other solutions. Importing too many goods, exporting our jobs. NAFTA should have been scrapped, [for example].”

mikemc1970 said, “What exactly can he do with $300 billion now, that he couldn't do with $800 billion last go around?”

BinaryTruth responded, “’What exactly can he do?’ If corporate America is incapable, unpatriotic enough, and entirely unwilling to hire American workers – then props to Obama for actually caring enough to do so.”

Ramsglen said, “How dumb is the guy. He knows the American people are not going to let him BLOW another 300 Billion. He has a track record of just letting it disappear. Obama Must Go."

sharky66 said, “Oh don't worry, if Congress does not agree to this, and most likely they will not, Obama will just issue yet another Executive order, go around Congress, and put everything into play.”

CB5 said, “Wow, $300 billion MORE to his Big Labor Union Supporters to bribe them into getting out and start campaigning for him... Republicans are fools if they go along with this at all! It is nothing but more favors being handed out to his buddies at our expense, AGAIN! Vote Obama out in 2012!”

Guest said, “Hey, just so you know the 300 billion he plans on enacting 170 billion in tax cuts like the payroll tax cuts, tax cuts for those who hire the unemployed. If it came out of a Republican’s mouth you would be clapping.” FULL POST

September 6th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Remembering Bush’s role after 9/11 attacks

Comment of the day:

“What did you expect? Live video coverage at a Dallas restaurant starring ‘George W. Bush’ dancing in jubilation atop a dining table? - Jeff Frank ( R – Ohio )™ Leave no stone unturned.

Bush documentary to air this Sunday

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001,  attacks, the documentary "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview" will air on National Geographic.

In an interview for the documentary, according to documentarian Peter Schnall, former President George W. Bush says he experienced no pleasure when he heard about the death of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader responsible for orchestrating the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He also recalls his initial reaction to news about the attack and how it changed his presidency.

But should former President Bush feel some pleasure about bin Laden’s death? And what about his initial reaction to the attacks? CNN.com readers had strong opinions and plenty of them, some defended the former president and others said they still resent him for going to war with Iraq.

Southerner01 said, “Gotta love you Bush-haters. I respect him for the fact that he's not happy that we had to kill bin Laden. I personally felt no joy from it, just relief. Bin Laden was a monster. He did need to die. But it is an equally monstrous person who feels elation over it.”

MrLudd responded, “Well, I agree with your basic statements, except where it applies to Bush. Bush has proven himself over his political history to not give a flying fig about human life... especially non-whites and non-Americans. I don't buy for one split second that Bush doesn't feel elation over this because of any moral or ethical stance. More likely he doesn't feel joy of any kind over it mostly because he wasn't involved in killing him... and someone else got the credit.”

factChecker2 responded, “Bush bragged about the executions in Texas. Just saying.”

Guest12234 responded, “Bush is not happy that bin Laden was killed because he nor the GOP can claim credit for the kill. Hell not even Obama nor the Democrats should get credit. The credit should go towards the service men and women that were associated with the mission. If Bush had the respect for human life that you claim then he wouldn't have invaded Iraq as quickly as he did, and he certainly would've acted quicker with regards to Katrina.”

amembername responded, “It would be a totally different story for him if he actually caught him instead of giving up. I guarantee he would have absolutely no guilt for doing it. Maybe he should have ordered the troops to actually pursue him instead of trying to resolve his daddy's prior grudge with Hussein?”

figmo said, “There have been many books on this topic and whether you are right or left, it's hard to escape the conclusion from all that's been written that Bush did fine immediately after 9/11 but failed miserably thereafter. He was over his head and manipulated but Cheney/Rumsfeld. The cost to this country has been mind-numbing. Except for the unrestricted greed turned loose during the Reagan era, most of our problems today can be traced back to Bush's total mishandling of domestic and foreign policy. It's shocking and very disturbing that he got elected the first time but the second is beyond comprehension although this election, like the first, may have been stolen. Stolen elections or not, that half the voters still supported Bush the second time is very, very disturbing.”

sju36 responded, “As a Democrat, I honestly don't detest George W. Bush. In fact, I'd like to have a beer with the man. I feel more sorry for him: the man was simply not qualified to be president. He was entirely manipulated by the real, cynical villains in the picture, including Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld.”

MrLudd responded, “He did ‘fine’ basically by doing very little. He yelled into a megaphone from a heap of rubble and then did the one thing I can find in his presidency that wasn't a failure... he discouraged anti-Muslim violence and prejudice because of 9-11.”

bluesharp said, “He put us so far upside down going after the WRONG people after 9/11 – and never got close to capturing or killing Bin Laden – why should he feel good about it? I do remember him strutting across the deck of an aircraft carrier after launching the most useless war in modern history - yeah, mission accomplished, George, mission accomplished.” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: Praise for the government?
AT&T's merger with T-Mobile to significantly expand its faster 4G wireless network and to compete with Verizon is on hold
August 31st, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Praise for the government?

Comment of the day:

“I don't believe it! My government is actually working in my interest!” - Nmdissident

AT&T will remain No. 2, for now

The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile. The merger would have created the largest wireless company in the United States — AT&T is currently second, behind Verizon. Justice concerns about the merger include a market dominated by the top two companies leading to higher prices and fewer choices for customers.

Unlike most comment boards that involve the government lately, CNN.com readers offered high praise:

EssJ said, “Thank goodness. As a T-Mobile customer, I hated the idea of being forced to become an AT&T customer again. There's a reason I switched and I've enjoyed T-Mobile's creative service offerings and great prices ever since.”


Slau said, “Thank you DOJ. I am tired of these companies buying and merging then later laying off employees. That is one of the reasons why unemployment is so high.”

Thinkpad said, “For this round: Main Street wins ... Wall Street loses.”

Libslost said, “The government needs to stay out of other people's business.”

4whtitswrth said, “Just ONE MORE example of federal government control over our very existence. And in the midst of this economic crisis and the search for budget cuts, our federal government is willing to spend millions of dollars in paper alone to exercise a FEDERAL MUSCLE! Wake UP AMERICA!”

Angryman1 responded, “You must be one of those capitalists who is in favor of monopolies and oligopolies.”

CbsSheb said, “Glad this is happening! AT&T service was bad years ago, gave them another try (from Verizon) and they are no better and a merger would not better their service but only up all of our rates. The more choices consumers have the better for us!”

Snarkattack said, “You can say what you want about politics, but strangely, the only thing that's more American than hot dogs, French fries, and the Fourth of July? Sherman Anti-Trust.”

Kazzmedia said, “Makes no sense to me. Last time I checked if I wanted Cable TV my choices were Comcast, Comcast ... and Comcast.”

Coloradom responded, “...and DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as broadband from the phone carriers (in certain areas). It doesn't matter how you get the information (satellite, cable lines, etc.) as long as there's competition for television.” FULL POST

Overheard on CNN.com: We would vote for Huntsman
LZ Granderson says GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman should consider running as an independent.
August 30th, 2011
11:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: We would vote for Huntsman

Comment of the day:

“Huntsman would have been a moderate Republican 40 years ago, now he's a socialist to his own party.” - pus512

An independent Huntsman has a chance

In his column this week, LZ Granderson says GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman should flee his party and run as an independent. He says he’s disappointed by some of President Obama’s choices but can’t support any of the other GOP candidates. Feeling politically trapped, Granderson says an independent Huntsman could help.

And many CNN.com readers agreed:

elperroguapo said, “I would vote for Huntsman. I voted for Obama last election. And I'll vote for him again, because the GOP is going to offer some moron who believes the job of the POTUS is to Evangelicalize the nation.”

slowshow responded, “I'll probably vote for Obama again, but Huntsman and Mitt are the only Republican candidates that don't scare the hell out of me.”


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