Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com: Craving Slurpees


COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The only thing coming out of the Slurpee Summit is brain freeze." --pmichner


President Barack Obama held a political summit with congressional leaders Tuesday, which yielded further talks on how to extend Bush-era tax breaks and an acknowledgement from Obama that he needs to reach out more to Republicans. Some have dubbed the meeting a "Slurpee Summit." The story was one of our most popular for much of the day and received more than 1,500 comments.


'Slurpee Summit' makes readers thirsty


Got a sudden urge to run to the 7-11? The term was coined after President Obama gave a stump speech describing Democrats working to "dig the car out of the ditch," while Republicans sat back "sipping on a Slurpee." When Obama originally proposed the aforementioned meeting, White House reporters immediately called it a "Slurpee summit." He got a response from Michael Steel, a spokesman for Rep. John Boehner of Ohio: "Let's hope the president will be willing to work with us to cut spending, stop the tax hikes, and get our economy working again. Then we can all go get Slurpees together."


We heard a lot of political discussion, and a lot of frozen-drink discussion. truth4u2c said, "Of course, now Obama says he should have worked with the GOP. Maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't have to in his second term had he done so in the first. But ooops." NewTrends wrote, "Obama is not about to bow down to the Republican menace. He must show that he's willing to compromise. The Republicans will stonewall again and Obama will get re-elected." Of course, talk kept going back to the slushies. justanother1 asked, "The better question is, which moron decided this was a good name? 'Slurpee summit'? Really?" ShaneB said, "I agree, let's all be derisive and name meetings based upon past ignorant statements. That is so not helpful." A lot of our commenters were craving the drink, like Freeman3000. Jigsaw3Dxxx wanted the blue flavor, while thadea wanted a Pina Colada. Commenter DrMengele wrote, "I like Slurpees and the head rush." Duuude theorized, "If the country keeps going like it is, Slurpees and Slim Jims are soon to become the national foods." Militia wrote, "This just in ... Willie Nelson was invited to the Slurpee Summit but was too stoned and arrived a day after it was over."


'Don't ask, don't tell' report reaction


Another heavily commented story was the latest in the ongoing "don't ask, don't tell" saga. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday the long awaited Pentagon report on the policy indicates that over two-thirds of service members do not object to gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces. Putting an end to "don't ask, don't tell" would have "some limited and isolated disruption to unit cohesion and retention," the year-long study found, but the effects would not be long-lasting or widespread.  Our commenters seemed to follow the ratio of the report.


TheVoices said, "I could have told you that. We had gays in my unit when I was in the Marines and nobody really cared as long as they did their job." judeluke2000 responded, "Every job has a job description, so this 'I'm willing to fight' argument is illogical. Lots of people are denied entry into the military. Moreover, gay men and woman are not denied entry into the military. They can't be 'open' about it. It is totally opposed to military cohesion to have a small percentage of men and women identifying themselves based on their sexual desires -- 'I'm gay, look at me!' " cmxsmitty said, "They can be fired for saying 'my partner and I went to the movies last weekend.' Straights can't. Get it?"


'Star Wars' vs. 'Star Trek'


The eternal debate continues. Not Yankees vs. Red Sox, not PC vs. Mac, but "Star Wars" vs. "Star Trek." Responding to the news that filmmaker Irvin Kershner had died, we heard lots of memories of the iconic science fiction trilogy. Kershner directed the 1980s "Star Wars" sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back." mikevnj wrote, "Rest in peace, Mr. Kershner. Thank you for making the best Star Wars movie out of the six." And then ... we also saw some other things come up.


jb5150 got the party started: "'Star Wars' is the kiddie version of 'Star Trek.' " dwight wrote, "The difference between 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' is the Star Wars universe revolves around the acclumation of wealth that derives into planetary empires. 'Star Trek' is mix of different planetary philosphies ranging from purely exploratory scientific notion's of finding ones self in the Universe while other's still use different forms of capital to find their way through the Universe." NoResponse said, "No, the biggest difference between 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' is the story vs. the tech. Consider this: Star Trek spends half the show telling you what a Jeffries' Tube does, or what a tachyon pulse should do. 'Star Wars' tells you a hyperdrive makes you go really fast, and that's all you need to know- Then they get to shooting!" And xZSx taunted, "I very seriously doubt that the Federation fleet could destroy the Imperial fleet when the Empire's capital ships start at 1.6 km in length up to 8 km long on a Super Star Destroyer."


YOUR TURN: Now that you've read what other people are saying, do you find that your views align with theirs? Think of this as a wishing well in need of your 2 cents. Post a comment below or sound off on video.


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