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COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I hate to admit that this story made me chuckle. I'm just gonna go off to hell, now ..."
--Tomoyo (in response to incidents in Celebration, Florida)
Today's conversations were about a very diverse array of topics, from a new crop of Hanukkah songs appealing to younger generations to the recent incidents in Celebration, Florida. We also saw lots of chatter surrounding former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's reality show and the future of high-speed rail. Check out what CNN.com readers had to say about these topics.
For decades, school children performing in holiday concerts have droned on about that dreidel, dreidel, dreidel they've made out of clay. But not to fear; there's all kinds of alternatives out there. For example, Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" was given the eight-nights treatment in the "Candlelight." The search for a decent Hanukkah song has inspired a few notable works, and more than a few interesting comments.
Jewpants said, "This is the coolest thing to happen to Hanukkah since the Rugrats special and Adam Sandler's song. I applaud these guys for putting a hip and positive spin on the story." Mark said, "I am Jewish, and I don't feel 'sort of depressed' walking around hearing Christmas music. Christians should not feel guilty they are living in a Christian country – if someone like Jews or Muslims or whoever are not comfortable with it – they can move to another country. This country is a democracy, which implies that it is ruled by majority." civilioutside wrote, "I'm of the impression that Hanukkah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday, significantly lower in importance on their calendar than Christmas is on the Christian one." Izzisgirl responded, "Yes, I do want to be heard in the clamor of Christmas songs. I would like people to acknowledge that not everyone celebrates Christmas. I would like store clerks to at least say 'Have a nice holiday' to me (if not notice the Jewish star around my neck and say nothing if Hanukkah is finished or 'Happy Hanukkah' if it's yet to come) instead of assuming I celebrate as they do. Hanukkah is 'minor,' but it's still important, because it's another chapter in our endless story of 'they tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.' "
Celebration, a Disney-developed community in central Florida, saw its second instance of deadly violence this week when a resident turned a gun on himself during a standoff with a SWAT team, authorities said Friday. Many commenters were cynical about the idea that a utopia exists anywhere. Others couldn't resist making Disney jokes or comparing the town to a "Stepford Wives" situation.
NYC4Ever wrote, "You can't create a picture-perfect utopia -- even if it's Disney. That would called denial." dosadai said, "Death around Disney is nothing new; Bambi's mom shot and killed, Nemo's mom gets eaten by a barracuda, Littlefoot's mom died from a sharptooth attack, Mufasa in 'The Lion King' died, and at least six human characters have died in Disney movies ... so why is this surprising again?" MikeSurf said, "Forgetting about the recent violence, which could happen anywhere I guess, the town itself seems a little weird and Stepford Wives-ish. Who would ever live there? Just seems odd to me, but then again I think most of Florida is slightly off."
The December 5 episode of Palin’s TLC reality show features an appearance by Kate Gosselin and her eight children. In a promo released on UsMagazine.com, Palin comments that "our ruggedness is really a mystery to people in the lower 48." That clip in particular set commenters on fire, with several of them determined to show that ruggedness is a complex matter. Aside from a few calls for bears, we also heard from lots of Alaskans.
meed said, "Hitting a clay pigeon does NOT make you 'outdoorsy' nor does living in Alaska make you rugged. Maybe people in the lower 48 don't know what it's like living in Alaska, but guess what? I don't know know what its like to live any of the other 48 States or U.S. Territories and I bet Sarah doesn't either." Corey wrote, "As a Alaskan I will never watch or support that woman. How can any Alaskan support a quitter?" Luna said, "I ask myself that same question every time I hear someone go on about how great she is. The Mighty Wizard of Ozaska hiding behind a curtain." Matt wrote, "Oh get over yourself Palin. ... I live in Minnesota. I hunt, I fish, I shoot guns, I ski, I snowmobile, I hike, and I'm even a liberal. Stop acting like Alaska is some frontier and everyone there is an expert on wilderness survival." That's not to say everyone hated the idea. kwilliams wrote, "I love the Palin Alaska show, but I can't stand Kate Gosselin's show. Too much screaming and crying. I love learning about the great state of Alaska. I love learning about the life so far away from the rest of us. By the way, Sarah Palin, I'm writing this for the halibut, lol."
A Chinese high-speed train broke a world record Friday for fastest unmodified commercial train, reaching speeds of up to 481.1 kph (298.9 mph), state media reported. The trial run took place on what will become the country's rail line between Beijing and Shanghai. Commenters toyed with the idea that America could be losing to China on the international stage.
misspiggy5 said that "meanwhile, governors are rejecting the Obama administration money for high speed rail in the U.S." juesq2 said, "The U.S. is getting behind the rest of the world little by little, and Americans don't even notice it. Wake up." Several commenters responded saying they wanted the rail. Others said the United States is different from China and doesn't have to compete tit-for-tat. TomInTexas noted, "China has an incredible number of huge public works projects under way. When you don't have to have any public discussion, you can do a lot. Having only one political party helps, too." wakeeup said, "So what's possibly good for China means it's automatically good for the U.S.? You are aware of the huge differences between the two countries, right?" gboox opined, "That's so sad. We need high speed rail. Imagine leaving from one downtown and arriving to another. You save the hours spent driving and waiting at airport from the destination and the arrival. Maybe if this train ran on gasoline we'd have it running already."
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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interesting that you would write an article on the comments people have been writing.
While Muslims in USA tryinf everything to please usa leadarship. They forgeting they roots and our faith.
Enornous group of CIA operatives are runnung everything from Baghdad to Kabul. CIA oprative Zoran veljovich the person well known to be one of the strongest agency people. We must stop this and any other attack on our people , faith and culture which is in a great danger to vanish.
I think high speed line would do great in the
united States! It would create jobs and save energy!,but that won't happen as long as gasoline is in demand. People are still buyng gasoline at a average price of 3.09 agallon Speed line system would cost too much money, it would take years to profit from and so we lose agan.