Thursday, November 04, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com

 

COMET, ER, COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Wouldn't it be kinda funny if the comet started to fire back at the spacecraft . I mean it does kinda seem like it's taunting the comet." --Player63 (b2x2 responded and called the comet a "galactic Trojan horse.") 696 comments and 2,115 Facebook recommendations.

 

At least one commenter on today's story about a spacecraft that survived the closest encounter ever with a comet referred to Bruce Willis' appearance in the asteroid flick "Armageddon." Willis was also a part of the conversation about the blurry mugshot from 60-year-old David Cassidy's DUI arrest, sparking a spirited debate about the actors' resemblance to one another. 4thegood noted, "Imagine that, David Cassidy is 60 and Bruce Willis is 55, and David could star as him at a younger age!" The story overall got 2,826 Facebook recommendations and 354 comments, including several parodies of Cassidy's sugary hit song, "I Think I Love You." One such tune was "I Think I'm Busted" from DougHodges.

 

In other news, a story from last night, "Boehner says Obama health plan on the block after GOP wins," received nearly 10,000 comments and over 4,400 Facebook shares in the wake of the midterm election. It continues to receive comments, the majority of which appeared to be in support of President Obama's health care plan. "This plan does so much good, to completely dismantle it would be heartbreaking," said lmmmr. "My brother was diagnosed with cancer at 24. He was only able to receive treatment because this plan allowed him to remain under my parents' coverage."

 

Plenty of people were against it, though. Ianhatcher responded, " I'm happy for your brother and all that, but why should I have to pay for him having cancer? My premiums go up just so others can have insurance?"

 

We also heard about the now-smaller font used for Facebook statuses. Some people are having a hard time reading it. Many commenters said it wasn't a big deal and even shared tips for making the font bigger. Simply hold down the CTRL key and move your scroll wheel on your mouse. But jhl531 wasn't fully satisfied: "Yes you can do CTRL +, but you shouldn't have to. As a programmer myself, I find it mind-boggling that Facebook enforces a change like this and alienates a large part of their audience. Where is the user-friendliness in that?" Others commenters pooh-poohed location-based social media sites such as Foursquare after reading a story saying few people use them. In the words of RezPause, "Why do I want to share my location every few hours? And why are people so arrogant as to think everyone cares where they are?"

 

So ... does David Cassidy really look like Bruce Willis? What should happen with health care? Can you read that Facebook font? What do you think about the comments we're seeing in the news? Respond to these stories in the comments area below or sound off on video at CNN iReport.

 

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Conversation snapshot:
Today's most-commented stories have focused on politics and drug enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California. The outcome of the midterm election continues to be a hot topic, specifically the GOP's gains in Congress.

 

-- Obama: Move American people's hopes forward (4214 comments / 432 Facebook recommendations)
-- Authorities discover 30 tons of marijuana, border tunnel (2315 comments / 10,081 Facebook recommendations)
-- Poll: GOP candidates top Obama in hypothetical 2012 race (1,239 comments / 803 Facebook shares)


Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

7 Comments
November 5, 2010
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Liberal: "My brother was diagnosed with cancer at 24. He was only able to receive treatment because this plan allowed him to remain under my parents' coverage."

 

Conservative: "I'm happy for your brother and all that, but why should I have to pay for him having cancer? My premiums go up just so others can have insurance?"

 

Sighs.

 

Half the country cares only about money and their own personal success, while the other half cares mainly about civil liberties and ensuring everybody succeeds. I truly don't think there will ever be a day both sides are happy.

November 5, 2010
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Vsaxena -- What is so difficult to understand here?  When you pay your electric bill or rent, do you also cover your neighbors as well?  Will you pay my electric bill or rent next month?  Probably not.  What you don't get is that everyone is responsible for themselves.

 

Just because someone has health insurance and another doesn't, it doesn't mean the person who does should cover them.  I constantly read statements like this and they're typically from low-life dems who are looking to be supported on someone else's dime. It's unbelievable.  When will people start taking responsibility for themselves?

 

Prioritize.  If you want health insurance but can't afford it, well, quit turning to the government to fix YOUR problems and cut something less important from your monthly expenses.  You see these same people all over the mall, buying expensive clothes and new wheels for their Escalade - yet they start blaming the Republicans when it comes time to step up to the plate and start paying some real life bills.

 

Sad, to the say the least.

 

November 5, 2010
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Here is how I see it, demotards want to help people out. Repubitards only care about themselves. Either way both parties are a bunch of idiots who don't know what the hell their doing and can't even tie their own shoes but wanna help every other country in the world before fixing our own damn problems first. The day I the government trying to fix our nations problems first is the day Ill actually vote again. By the way your vote does not count for s*** when voting for a president because the electoral houses chooses the president.

November 5, 2010
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bn24 wrote:What you don't get is that everyone is responsible for themselves.

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Remember that the next time you call the fire department when your house is burning, or call an ambulance when your father has had a heart attack or call the police when you hear gunfire outside at night or when you depend on the military to defend our country.

 

 

 

November 13, 2010
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when my house is burning i expect the fire brigade to be there that what the f*** we pay them for so also the police and the emergency .it not like they are doing the job for free.if they dont like the job they can quit.so i am sick and tired of people and politicians want to get their point across by threatening to fire or lay of police fire department and teachers and the military this is the reason we pay fn taxes.the rest can go fire them.some of them gov emplotes sit on their asses all day long and get paid .some got jobs called patronage jobs.

November 14, 2010
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Susan Smith Reward WANTED! Leave the black man alone " "he's innocent" Union County Sheriffs Deputy Betty Sullivan (rest her soul), AND FBI etc?, owe me for locating Micheal/ Alex Smith, L.D. Long lake(RED!! car) WHILE THE WORLD SEARCHES FOR INNOCENT BLACK MAN IN WHITE CAR with two white kids!!! Remember that one? did you see the white, NO! RED- car pulled outta-the-LAKE? With a complete discription of the event including (Unlocked Doors/door slamed ? by her (defendant)) The Mothers eratic emotional state, the kids crying..etc.. (holding back my own tears) all significant , including 911 house, dirt road, bank of lake....! via Deputy Betty Sullivan. I told her the people up front (who answered the  phone) DID NOT CARE! 3 long distance calls from full time engineering POOR student! I'll Quote Her "the FBI Are the ones you talked to then" "They are, in the FRONT Room" and she knew, that I KNEW they didn't care!? How does a person in engineering class who never went 2 Union sheriff dept KNOW, the term FRONT ROOM? THEY Put down every clue I told Them, (FBI). So I talked to a Woman.. finally.. (BETTY!)Since I Knew There was a NEW Variable...A chance..to resolve. I cried at the thought of water...under water. Having 2 weeks long distance calls on my phone, and I was an engineering student..I'd say>" I'm from Winston-Salem, and I can't afford this call.". <(She Understood)! The Night, approx 10 to 12 o'clock (wednesday?) Before Mrs. Smiths arrest I Called twice. Second Time After the news 11:00. I THEN, confirmed the Identity of MY Truthful understanding. I gave Deputy Sullivan Every DETAIL from 911 house, to the dirt road, (red car!) "reply, "we're looking for a red car!" (MY question,) "then why is the world looking for a white car?" It all made sense at that moment! now to the bank of the LAKE for a red car not imaginary car!not imaginary  BLACK MAN! Also I asked if they have a black man in custody? She replied "We have someone of interest" I said LET HIM GO! he's INNOCENT! Each call began with "I'm from w-s and I can't afford this call IM LONNIE 1419 CAPRI RD. W-SN.C.27103 REWARD IS Due.Tell FBI all my rewards are due.( especially agent Mike Durahm?) whom owes me for eric rudolfs location/ description/Mountains flight 800 pictures, etc!!

November 14, 2010
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Missing children :Susan Smith Reward WANTED! Leave the black man alone " "he's innocent" Union County Sheriffs Deputy Betty Sullivan (rest her soul), AND FBI etc?, owe me for locating Micheal/ Alex Smith, L.D. Long lake(RED!! car) WHILE THE WORLD SEARCHES FOR INNOCENT BLACK MAN IN WHITE CAR with two white kids!!! Remember that one? did you see the white, NO! RED- car pulled outta-the-LAKE? With a complete discription of the event including (Unlocked Doors/door slamed ? by her (defendant)) The Mothers eratic emotional state, the kids crying..etc.. (holding back my own tears) all significant , including 911 house, dirt road, bank of lake....! via Deputy Betty Sullivan. I told her the people up front (who answered the  phone) DID NOT CARE! 3 long distance calls from full time engineering POOR student! I'll Quote Her "the FBI Are the ones you talked to then" "They are, in the FRONT Room" and she knew, that I KNEW they didn't care!? How does a person in engineering class who never went 2 Union sheriff dept KNOW, the term FRONT ROOM? THEY Put down every clue I told Them, (FBI). So I talked to a Woman.. finally.. (BETTY!)Since I Knew There was a NEW Variable...A chance..to resolve. I cried at the thought of water...under water. Having 2 weeks long distance calls on my phone, and I was an engineering student..I'd say>" I'm from Winston-Salem, and I can't afford this call.". <(She Understood)! The Night, approx 10 to 12 o'clock (wednesday?) Before Mrs. Smiths arrest I Called twice. Second Time After the news 11:00. I THEN, confirmed the Identity of MY Truthful understanding. I gave Deputy Sullivan Every DETAIL from 911 house, to the dirt road, (red car!) "reply, "we're looking for a red car!" (MY question,) "then why is the world looking for a white car?" It all made sense at that moment! now to the bank of the LAKE for a red car not imaginary car!not imaginary  BLACK MAN! Also I asked if they have a black man in custody? She replied "We have someone of interest" I said LET HIM GO! he's INNOCENT! Each call began with "I'm from w-s and I can't afford this call IM LONNIE 1419 CAPRI RD. W-SN.C.27103 REWARD IS Due.Tell FBI all my rewards are due.( especially agent Mike Durahm?) whom owes me for eric rudolfs location/ description/Mountains flight 800 pictures, etc!!

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