Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Prayers and well-wishes for American teacher


Comment of the day: “These people are really the Good Will Ambassadors that we need there. Her death is a loss.” --paqrat137


American teacher found dead in Japan


Virginia native Taylor Anderson, 24, who had been teaching English in Ishinomaki, Japan, was found dead Monday. Fellow teachers say Anderson probably tried to bike home after the earthquake. In the wake of their loss, her family is asking people to pray for the missing and for the people of Japan.


Many CNN.com readers left their condolences.


Mcjeffster said, “Teachers in Japan are revered and respected. She will not be forgotten. My college-aged son wants to do what Taylor was doing in Japan when he graduates. May she rest in peace and my heart goes out to her parents and siblings.”  suzann19 said, “My son also teaches in Japan and shares your daughter's love of the people and that country. I am so very sorry that you have suffered this unimaginable loss.” Jpeigosensei said, “As a human, an American and a fellow English teacher in Japan, my heart goes out to Taylor's family.” MrModerate3 said, “The world would be a better place with more people like Taylor Anderson. RIP.”


Stories of tragedy sometimes attract negative comments from people who are looking for a response, but they were heavily outweighed on this one. When MileHigh5280 said, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the families of all the victims” and DoctorDehli said “What are ‘thoughts and prayers’ worth, exactly?” rkt210 responded, “DoctorDehli, I am currently halfway through chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, and I can tell you that ‘thoughts and prayers’ are worth a lot. There are times I can actually ‘feel’ that support. Most of what we see in the media is negative and tends to make us cynical, but you have no idea how many good people are out there until something really bad happens to you.” And Wantitbetter said, “Doc: They are worth more than money.”


Finally, of Anderson’s family, gitana1 said, “This young lady has a lovely family. In the midst of their own, personal tragedy they remind us to pray for those who remain missing and for all the people of Japan. I would like CNN to cover more stories of the people in Japan who lost their lives or who survived.”



Kucinich says Obama’s actions impeachable


During the same week former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle publicly defended President Obama’s golf game, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich was on the attack.  According to Kucinich, Obama has committed an "impeachable offense" in deciding to authorize U.S. airstrikes over Libya without the consent of Congress.


So what did CNN.com readers think? Most disagreed with Kucinich.


Justin said, “We did not declare war on Libya. We are participating in a U.N. ‘no fly zone,’ Had we done this without the U.N. it would have required a declaration of war and congress' approval.” Red79 said, “The President is Commander in Chief. He authorized military action, not war. The President can authorize any military action short of war.” And Moderate Sean said, “As a moderate, I have to say that Rep. Kucinich is so far off the base his head is spinning! Sometimes I wonder where he comes up with these crazy assertions. Breathe a bit slower, sir to allow more oxygen into that brain of yours.”


But some commenters agreed with Kucinich.


Sad day in US said, “Isn't it weird that the only ones making any sense in DC anymore are the ones people call nutjobs? Of course I'm referring to Kucinich, Ron Paul, and Bernie Sanders. Both sides have decided to no longer go by the law of the land. When will this stop? Those laws are there for a reason.” Mark said, “At least some liberals stick to their core values.” And Chris Willett said, “In doing this, Mr. Kucinich fights for principles over party and places the national interest above his own political interest. It's too bad we can't clone him.”


Blues great Pinetop Perkins dies at age 97


Born Joe Willie Perkins in Belzoni, Mississippi, “Pinetop” Perkins went on to become a Grammy Award-winning musician. He played in Muddy Waters' band for 12 years and released 14 albums between 1988 and 2010.


Some of his fans posted comments about the late, great musician.


Marcia13 said, “I worked in Tornado Alley and we were LUCKY to have Pinetop Perkins perform there a couple of times. He was always a great talent, put on a great show, but never put on 'airs'. Always a class act and always a gentleman.” lovelylady6 said, “Pinetop is one of the last great blues musicians and will always be remembered.” DenizenKate said, “Truly one of the sweetest old men ever. Farewell, Pinetop. It was an honor to have met you.” paulhoog said, “RIP Pinetop. Play on.” sunsohot said, “RIP Pinetop, you will be missed....my husband introduced me to your music and I fell in love.”


WallyBalloo said, “I saw him 20 years ago in Maine - a wonderful show. Just goes to show that, if you do what you love, you will live a long life.” txntv said, “Man, he was just signing CD's at Antones over the weekend. RIP Pinetop, a true legend.” And Diskullman said, “Pinetop was still touring until last month. If you do the math, you discover that this man amped up his successful solo career at the age of 74. I was fortunate to have him play for a house party back in 1984, a class act, he will be missed.”


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

March 22, 2011
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I think it speaks volumes about this country, that the first american to be discovered dead gets so much attention. You should be ashamed. There are several thousands dead. More than we lost in the world trade center. We should mourn all of them, and not just a select few.

March 22, 2011
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My thoughts exactly.... they are making her out to be a saint because she taught English in Japan.  I'm sure the 80k-90k paycheck for doing that is just a 2nd thought.

March 22, 2011
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Ashamed, 60AT?  I like that you can express your feelings, but don't be insensitive.  This was someone living her life and hopefully creating more of a bond between two cultures.  I think the media has covered the situation with the Japanese well.  The headlines did not read: "Earthquake + Tsunami = 1 American dead". Have a little class, Boredin602. I am not sure about salaries in Japan, but 90k doesn't do what it used to, especially in the Japanese economy where the cost of living is three times what it is here.

March 24, 2011
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Elizabeth Taylor was an icon. The most famous of all. She was also wise.

"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame." Elizabeth Taylor

April 19, 2012
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My wife and I were in Germany two ago and heard on CNN that the Obama health care has been ruled constitutional.

We returned to the U.S. and reserched this and found it not to be true.

How can they report this false information ? 

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