Thursday, October 07, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com

armstong and whitman

 

Comment of the day:

 

100 mother-in-laws...D@MN.!!!!!!!!!!!

 

kommoncentz1 had the CNN.com readers vote for comment of the day. His reaction to news that a Kenyan man with 100 wives died in his 90s   got more than 140 "Likes." Many readers had fun with the story and congratulated the man for his enthusiasm, but it also sparked a lively discussion on family and overpopulation.

 

Readers also were talking about Anderson Cooper's interview with a gay University of Michigan student who is the subject of an anti-gay blog  run by an attorney in the state attorney general's office. Many people are congratulating the young man for standing up for himself, and also speaking out on behalf of bullied gay teens.

 

Reuben Navarratte’s opinion piece on California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s maid problems is getting a lot of responses.

 

Interesting conversations

 

Kenyan polygamist with 100 wives dies

303 comments and 1,555 FB shares

 

xxnickxx

This guy probably invented most of the pick up lines out there.

 

KPD051

He's not dead... He's HIDING!

 

Guest

100 wives = 160 kids, do the math, each wife had 1.6 kids. Not bad. What's new here? American men have kids with many women, difference with Danger he didn't run away from his kids and shorties.

 

SYBILZ

The 160 children is more shocking than the 100 wives part. Third world nations will remain that way until they stop out-reproducing their resources. I'm all for foreign aid, if it goes to birth control

 

Olya

"I'm all for foreign aid, if it goes to birth control" - Cannot push "Like" button enough. Amen to that.

 

Targeted student: 'It's hard not to say something'

1,736 comments and 1,662 Facebook shares

 

jeffreyroot

This guy is very classy. After all he has been through I didn't hear one word of hate come out of his mouth. Great interview.

 

ItsAllJokes

I personally think that a person who sits up at   night and thinks "Oh dear. Men are sleeping with Men right now! I have to do something!" That person has more problems than any gay person out there.

 

Chongno

Lets be honest. Straights aren't changing laws to take away your rights, so stop spewing that falsehood. It is simply not true. Gays are changing laws to allow them new rights.

 

CEO Whitman flunks home economics

773 Comments and 235 Facebook shares

 

Fixer2010

I find it mildly ironic that those individuals who would support the Republican agenda of stopping illegal immigration would not find it offensive that this woman would hire an illegal, know she is illegal, and then fire her just before her big campaign push. Instead they push it back to the worker. Was the housekeeper wrong? Absolutely, her employer of 9 years was just as guilty!

 

jeh1

No one is defending the maid. But like all Republicans, they have to turn the story away from Whitman and throw it onto the maid. It is Whitman's responsibility, like all businesses, to ensure all workers are legal. If all the Republican candidates want to 'act tough' on illegals, why isn't it fair to call them when they employ illegals? Whitman had a legal responsibility to ensure all her employees were legal.

 

directinfo

Maybe I'm confused, the women shows up with paperwork from an employment agency where she showed drivers license etc. Show she was legal. What was Whitman to do - hire a detective to verify?

 

What's on your mind?

 

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30 Comments
October 7, 2010
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Articles about comments from other articles? Please tell me this is automated and no one gets paid for this.

October 7, 2010
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@Chongno.  Which "new" rights are Gays asking for? 

 

Since when is the ability to marry or have one's marriage recognized in all states a new right?  Where is it a new right to ask for an end to employment or housing discrimination?  

 

If, for arbitrary reasons heterosexuals make or change laws to keep homosexuals from having a right, that's de-facto taking away a right. 

 

So please exercise your rational thinking processes and recognize your statement was the dishonest one. 

 

October 7, 2010
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@libproud - Since gays cannot marry in most states, and often face employment and housing discrimination, any law changing that would be, by definition, new.  The fact that Chongno correctly states that is irrelevant - the question is why do heteros have more rights than gays in a land where we allegedly enjoy equal rights?

October 7, 2010
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why not publish the dissenting comments as well, but CNN is a bigot, it erases anything it does not agree with.

October 7, 2010
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Gay marriage is not a right, it is a union and a contract, at one time is was the sole domain of the church as agreement for 2 people, male and female to live together and have childern, since gay and lesbian can't have kids together unless by other means, they are not a union of in its orginal form NOT married, under the eyes of the church, BUT like all things, the government has interfered with nearly everything and wrecked it, so now we have the government civil union, a government marriage contract, not a church original sanctioned marraige before the eyes of god, even if not believing in god, it was a place to have something special, now it a piece of worthless paper as it is treated today, by some and scorned, or worse. So civil union, fine, it is not equal to the true definition of a marriage no matter how much gays and lesbians try tell you that a whale can fit into the eye of a needle, its a LIE, right, if you wish to live in a pretend sham of a marriage setup house and play with your barbie and ken dolls go right ahead. It still not a marriage any way, thank you

October 7, 2010
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I can understand what it is like to be bullied, as I am someone who is different. I understand how these kids talk out on cnn.

October 7, 2010
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Why is CNN pushing the gay agenda so hard? CNN seems like it's completely biased.

October 7, 2010
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@Whiteram: Actually it works both ways - if there are actual laws on the books discriminating against gays and lesbians, no new laws are enacted if those laws are repealed. Contrary-wise, if there are laws defining marriage, unions, etc. as "between one man and one woman," laws incorporating homosexuals would in fact be new. So it can go either way.

 

@HarrisonFord: Wrong. Marriage was originally a way to transfer property from one family to another, and in fact if they wished to keep the property in the family they would engage in incest (ancient Egyptians were big into this, and they had no concept of this "church" you ramble on about). And as it seems CNN allowed your bigoted comments proves THAT comment wrong as well. So HarrisonFord seems to equal FAIL.

October 7, 2010
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@JakeInDC - if CNN was completely biased, it wouldn't be allowing outrageous comments from people like HarrisonFord in the first place.

 

@SirCraig - thank you!

October 7, 2010
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Y'all can bloviate all ya want and make things really longwinded...in this country the constitution says we are all equal...you all know darn fine that gay people DO NOT have equal right and laws are structured against them because of RELIGION..which has no place in making laws. Simple as that period

October 7, 2010
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Could you tell me where I can get a copy of the "gay agenda?"  Also, who is in charge of the gay people?  I would like to write to them and get my copy of the gay agenda, so that I will know what and who to fight.  Thank you.

October 7, 2010
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Why are human rights such a difficult thing for some people to accept?

October 7, 2010
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Chongno, gays are changing laws for their rights to BE allowed.  We all have these rights, they are already in place.  These rights are not recognized by our government, and that is fact. 

 

"Harrison Ford", your perspective isn't worthy of my time however, if what you said was true, then even straight couples who either didn't choose to have children together, or couldn't have children together would not be considered married.  lol 

October 7, 2010
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There is no "right" to abnormal behaviour.

 

Any questions?

 

October 7, 2010
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Gays almost destroyed the Boy Scouts until the Supreme Court saved them.  I don't care what statistics are trotted out, no openly gay Scout leader is going to take my boy out on a camping trip.

 

 

October 7, 2010
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Orakel: There absolutely is a right to abnormal behavior, and there isn't a single person in the U.S. who doesn't engage in some behavior that could be seen as abnormal. Normality is completely subjective. Besides, you're presupposing that homosexuality is a choice, which it most certainly is not. Fear the gays all you want, but they really couldn't care less about you.

October 7, 2010
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No, Joy, normality is not subjective.  Everybody knows what normal and abnormal is.

 

October 7, 2010
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Shecky: Really? Then please define normality. Because it seems like the people who most fervently position themselves as being normal are the ones with the most to hide.

October 7, 2010
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JoyGrenade: And I don't care about your snarky, smug, know-it-all comments. You must have a PhD in phoniness.

October 7, 2010
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@Orakel: Your comment about gays almost destroying the Boy Scouts is laughable. As no leaders are allowed to even be alone with a boy, straight or otherwise, and females are still allowed, I question your comments.  How you can equate gay with pedofile is beyond me; they are NOT the same.  Boy Scouts of America is just as bigoted as you are! So glad you are okay with pedofiles, as long as they are straight. And by the way, I am married to an Eagle and my father is an Eagle, and they feel the same.

October 7, 2010
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Alot of your post are just stupid  stupid Americans

October 7, 2010
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That is one of the reasons you did not see 9-11 coming  look what you spend your time and resources debating

October 8, 2010
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godisi- what a dazzling display of colossal ignorance. The reason America didn't see it coming is because we expect rational, decent behavior from others...oh, yeah and Bill Clinton didn't act on the intelligence he had to capture Bin Laden.

October 8, 2010
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"Why is CNN pushing the Gay agenda so hard?"

Actually they aren't look how they are relating it.  Bullied teens that are gay are committing suicide.  Therefore people anti-gay are killing teens (little innocent children).  Republicans are anti-gay marriage.  Therefore Republicans anti-gay agenda are causing teens to be bullied to death.  A little bit of a stretch maybe but remember the summer of the shark attacks the media reported it like crazy but that summer there were actually less attacks.  Made the public go crazy though.  Elections coming up sounds like a good time to put fear into the public by exaggerating the circumstances and making outrages claims.

October 8, 2010
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Hmmm, ireport. Don't like it. If I wanted to read a real report, it wouldn't be filled with BS argumentative comments by dumb and hateful people.

 

Come on CNN. Give me an actual story, not a comment of the day.

October 8, 2010
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Why is it that I can't go a day without seeing 'gay' issues on the CNN home page? I mean, come on...roughly 10% of the nation is gay, right? Is there some reason CNN is pushing these issues so hard?

October 8, 2010

@orakel:  but you would let a priest take your son on a camping trip.

October 8, 2010
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here's a thought for all you dingbats who think CNN is "pushing an agenda" by having gay issues posted on its home page -- if the 10% of discriminated Americans had absolute equal rights which they are supposed to have pursuant to the US Constitution, you would probably not hear a peep about gay issues, gay agendas, gay opinions.  We keep having to bring up the fact that we are gay AD NAUSEUM because we are forced to bring up an element of ourselves which really is only one of many individual characteristics.  As soon as we are treated equally or even on par with the rest of our countrymen as we are SUPPOSED to be, we won't need to constantly raise the lunacy of our government-sanctioned discrimination.   Until then, expect to hear us jump up and down when people say stupid things like "gays are changing laws to create new rights," or when a government official like Senator McCain or the assistant attorney general in Michigan feels comfortable harassing gays or broadbrushing us as being a risk to national security if the military were to let us be open about who we are (an alleged American right).   So while you sit there on your pulpit and have all of your rights in tact, perhaps you should walk in our shoes when you wonder why gay issues are continuously in the forefront -- because we are forced to put them there. 

October 8, 2010
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Jazzpianist: It's really just a Bachelor's.

October 13, 2010
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