Thursday, March 08, 2012
iReport roundtable: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET

Please join us here at 2:30 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. Today, we're talking about politics  in the roundtable, specifically our latest political assignment.

Since Super Tuesday did not decide the GOP presidential race, we’re asking iReporters why Mitt Romney seems to be struggling to connect with voters. We want iReporters to get on camera and share their perspectives, and we’ll plan to share tips about what makes a good political commentary.

 

We'll also be welcoming Jareen Imam, the newest member of Team iReport. She interned with us last year and started working with us fulltime as an Associate Producer on Monday.

 

Comments will open at 2:30 p.m. ET. We look forward to talking with you.

112 Comments
March 8, 2012
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Hi ALL. If it is politics, then I am in!!!

March 8, 2012
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Hi!  It's me, Jannet Walsh, iReporter from Murdock, Minnesota!

 

March 8, 2012
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Hi everyone and welcome.

March 8, 2012
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Good afternoon! LOL, EWillies.

March 8, 2012
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It looks like it's either 242 or 243 days until election day. I've gotten two different answers online. Either way, time is going to fly.

March 8, 2012
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Hey David and Jannet.

March 8, 2012
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@k3vsDad

Hi buddy!

March 8, 2012
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Ain't that the truth, david.

March 8, 2012
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hi all!

March 8, 2012
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Hi, rachel.

March 8, 2012
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So as I said in the introduction. We launched an assignment about Mitt Romney yesterday. It's already gotten a really good reaction.

It's going to be particlularly interesting to see how Republicans feel about the race.

March 8, 2012
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Hello everyone. It's my first roundtable, excited to be here!

March 8, 2012
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No doubt about it, david.

March 8, 2012
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Hi there, good to see you all! I just wanted to say, there were some great video commentaries this week. I referenced some of them in my Overheard on CNN.com blog posts this week regarding Rush Limbaugh and Iran. Looking forward to more great political conversation.
March 8, 2012
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Hi, Jareen.

March 8, 2012
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hi everyone.    I might be able to do a little video on this topic.    Great idea, by the way!

 

March 8, 2012
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Hi there!

March 8, 2012
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hello, all

March 8, 2012
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The real question is if their hate for President Obama is greater than their disdain of Romney. I think hate trumps disdain so they will be happy to nominate him but independents will drop Romney like a rock.

March 8, 2012
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Hi, nsaidi.

March 8, 2012
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Welcome, Jareen!

March 8, 2012
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Hi Polyrabbit,

Nice to see you here today.

I enjoy your animations.

March 8, 2012
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I disagree, naturally, Ewillies...LOL.

March 8, 2012
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... Super Tuesday as well. There was a lot of thoughtful commentary.

March 8, 2012
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EWillies1961, your argument is logical, but I believe your preference is evident.

March 8, 2012
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Hi, all.  I've been following the presidential race quite closely and have some pretty strong opinions (as usual).  Perhaps, I'll jump in the conversation...

 

Also, I saw that there is a new pie assignment for pi day.  Last year, I memorized and recited the first 100 digits of pi.  This year, I'm up to the first 200 digits.  Is that something you'd be interested in, too?

March 8, 2012
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Hi, k3vsDad!

March 8, 2012
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Hi all - and belated happy birthday to David - you look just the same as last week on your pic, fortunately, no older!

March 8, 2012
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So does anybody have any questions about doing video commentary for an iReport?

We have a couple of tips, but will be happy to answer specific questions

March 8, 2012
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isn't the sun storm hitting sometime around now?

March 8, 2012
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Too often we try to figure out the general election based on intra-party squabbling during the primary season...it seldom reflects that reality.

March 8, 2012
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That's really impressive JoyfulGypsy.

 

March 8, 2012
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@JoyfulGypsy Great to hear you're getting into the issues.

 

RE: Pi day, in addition to eating edible pies, I think it'd be cool if someone would get on camera and start reciting the numbers of pi from memory. It'd be hard to prove that you weren't reading from something, but still would be cool to see.

March 8, 2012
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I'm a geek that way.  So, should I upload the video? 

March 8, 2012
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Hey there, everyone!

March 8, 2012
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Do tell about commentary, please - I'm very interested.

March 8, 2012
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David, I have an assignment suggestion for politicssomething to get us out of our usual biases-how about "what would it take for.......to get elected?" we would conjecture as logically and reasonably as possible what factors would created a victory for such and such a candidate....it's the essence of debate team competition, in which you never know what side of the argument you will get to defend.

March 8, 2012
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thank you David

March 8, 2012
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Bonjour et Bonne fete David

yes the sun is blasting the effects can take some time tho

March 8, 2012
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nsaidi - I'll do it blindfolded again.  :o)

March 8, 2012
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@JoyfulGypsy Go for it!

March 8, 2012
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Hi, zdan.

March 8, 2012
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I've got to go, but will put together a video!   Best wishes,Jannet

March 8, 2012
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they're saying the sun storm is a dud so far, but there's still hope for epiphony

later

March 8, 2012
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@wjoreilly

If you are looking for an fact base political or with people from every spectrum consider CoffeePartyUSA.com . Everyone there has to sign a civility pledge.

March 8, 2012
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yes yes, i have specific questions ...i'm always hesitating if i should put any comments to my animated news reports, lead it with a story or just leave the subject open?

March 8, 2012
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So I want to show you an example of a webcam video that could have used a little help:

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-710946

1)the background was really cluttered. Having a bookshelf and Christmas tree in the back is really distracting.

2) The audio is really low. I felt like I was talking loudly, but it sounds like a whisper.

3) The lighting is okay, but a little dark.

4) The pattern on my shirt sort of crawls on camera.

5) I have a giant head (Can't do anything about that)

 

March 8, 2012
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@EWillies1961 a civility pledge, now that's something we all should sign--all except anonymous iReporters, that is.

March 8, 2012
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@wjoreilly That's a very interesting idea. How would you defend a candidate you disagree with?

March 8, 2012
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Regarding the solar flare...My GPS lead my into a dead end this morning and started speaking in a different voice.  Could that have been due to a solar flare interruption or maybe I've just dropped it one too many times?  :oP

March 8, 2012
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Now let me share an example from Katy Brown. She did a much better job:

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-758394

 

1) Lighting looks nice. It's bright, but not harsh.

2) The sound is good. She's speaking loudly enough that it picks up well on the mike

3) The background is plain, but it doesn't look like she's at the DMV.

 

 

March 8, 2012
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Perhaps you can bring an issue that you really care when it comes to politic and report about it. For example, in my province it took me 16 hours to see a doctor this week-end this is a political issue for me and all of us in Canada.

You could do the same in regard to your countrie, state and report it: hospital, eldery, homeless, green actions... bring some pictures and even tell what party do what to get involve. wishful thinking.

March 8, 2012
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Very good points and observations, david.

March 8, 2012
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The other great thing about Katy's post is that she made her point, but she kept it short.

March 8, 2012
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@nsaidi you would have to enumerate the factors that would cause a critical mass of, say independents, to vote for Romney--it would really make us predict the kinds of factors that we are all too often at the effect of. you don't need to defend a candidate you disagree with, but you need to be responsible for the vagaries of life that will bump this or that candidate upwards in the polls.

March 8, 2012
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Hi Everyone

March 8, 2012
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i think we should be more flexibly detached from our political tendencies...and be able to predict the future, to an extent, whether or not it is the future we would like in the best of all possible worlds.

March 8, 2012
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In the general, that is much easier, wjoreilly. During the primary season it really depends on which state, which region of the nation, the demographics in that particular state...it can be all over the map.

March 8, 2012
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I have a suggestion. When an Ireport is pulled then restored it should go to the top of the queue.

March 8, 2012
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@wjoreilly That's a good explanation. I'd like to see someone give that a shot. It would make for a good video commentary. Is that something you'd like to try?

March 8, 2012
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it's usually obvious what we would LIKE to happen in politics--but if we can detach and more objectively note cause and effect relationships that can spawn particular results, that's powerful analysis because it's not all tied in with our AGENDAS, and believe me, we all have one.

March 8, 2012
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Good point, Nu.

March 8, 2012
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Hi NuYwk,

That is a good suggestion, but I don't think that is technically possible.

March 8, 2012
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nsaidi, I would like to try my hand at it. It could even become jumping off point for others to post.

March 8, 2012
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I have to go now but will be back later to read everyone's comments.  Have a great weekend. :o)

March 8, 2012
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wjoreilly, are you talking though of objectively looking from the general election or are you talking in the primary process which would have to be assessed state by state?

March 8, 2012
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@wjoreilly I think that's a great attitude. We're all going to bring biases to the table, no denying that, but it's important that we make an effort to put objective reporting before our personal preferences. Go for it!

March 8, 2012
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Going back to airnation's suggestion. If you have an issue you feel strongly about, we would love for you to post about it.

People are always uncovering interesting stories that haven't quite made it on our radar yet.

 

March 8, 2012
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@airnation1 We of course, welcome political iReports from other countries as well. Oh hai everyone

March 8, 2012
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No one has any reason to hate Mr.Obama! And they do not hate Obama .. it is very sad  people are turning it around to hate of Obama ! It is more a Disappointment with Mr Obama!  That the American people now are feeling .. and also with all who are running for office in 2012 ..A catch 22? They all are no better or worse then Obama in 2012  ..So why the change ?

March 8, 2012
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@nsaidi I'll shoot one in the next 24 hours and send you a link. I'll give it some context so others can see it as a template an post their own "objective take on the upcoming presidential election."

March 8, 2012
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Hi Michael and Hank.

March 8, 2012
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@jmsaba, thanks, I'll give it my best shot.

March 8, 2012
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Hi Polyrabbit

I think the answer to your question is probably "It depends."

I would encourage you to think like the reader. If you think that someone seeing your story will understand what you're trying to say then it can probably stand alone.

 

In other cases, you might want to add a bit of context.

March 8, 2012
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Can it be political satire?

March 8, 2012
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@wjoreilly Yeah, that'd be fantastic! If people see you do it, they may also follow suit.

 

That also makes me think, you know if you see a video commentary and it affects you in some way, video responses are definitely encouraged. I think we'd all love to see more of that here. (I always follow threads when I study text comments.)

March 8, 2012
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Political satire is always good, Sherbien.

March 8, 2012
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@Sherbien Political satire, eh? That could be cool. What were you thinking?

March 8, 2012
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I'm enjoying reading everyone's assignment ideas.

I'm curious about one other thing.

Do any of you comment on stories on CNN.com? Do you ever find yourself reading a story and saying "I'm going to do an iReport about that?"

March 8, 2012
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I at times comment, david. I also do get some ideas for my iReports from CNN both the web site and televised coverage amongst others.

March 8, 2012
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Watch both videos. See your point. I will Let you with your predictions and will go on passing the nuclear informations. I find it is more important to know what you will be breathing shortly on the Californian coast than politic predictions. Cesium. Pu and tr...is not my cup of tea when it comes to O2. 

It is better to get involve,act,do things than to sit and watch who is going in or not. Have you ever went to your political party office, sit down,call people, bring some donut and talk to people about it? Get involve you have many more days to do it.  Let's see if you can change my opinion who I think will be your next president.

I follow him a lot on twitter.

March 8, 2012
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@nsaidi - thinking of how candidates will impact asean countries. Will do a cartoon sketch but still threading my thoughts.

March 8, 2012
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Hello!

 

March 8, 2012
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@Sherbien Cartoons, eh? We like cartoons ... it would be interesting to get the Asian perspective on candidates. Keep us posted on how that goes. Even if you don't do a cartoon, it would probably also be a good topic for video commentary or an iReport/Man on the Street type of thing.

March 8, 2012
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@davidw

About 25% of my iReports are based on my objection to or expansion of someone else's report.

March 8, 2012
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nsaidi  Nice looking cupcakes you made

 

March 8, 2012
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@david -i'm reading articles at CNN.com and if im interested, i share it on my fb wall. I love North Korea articles. How about iReport welcoming Amanpur

March 8, 2012
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HI

March 8, 2012
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Those conversations are interesting @EWillies.

March 8, 2012
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Hi Respier and Donnell.

March 8, 2012
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@NuYwk My colleague Jareen made those cupcakes. They were tasty!

March 8, 2012
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@davidw

You are so right. What is interesting is those that follow my iReports stay engaged with every iReport and we agree and disagree with passion (sometimes too much). But that is what it is all about.

March 8, 2012
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@nsaidi - try also to do man on the street thing

 

ill be using the cartoon maker i downloaded at android store.

March 8, 2012
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@Sherbien Cool! What's a cartoon maker?

March 8, 2012
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one of yours is looking for 55 volunteers just call him up

March 8, 2012
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Have a great weekend to all

March 8, 2012
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One thing I've learned over the years is that our Republican and Democrat iReporters have a lot in common. You're all passionate about the news and what's going on in this country.

Plus a lot of you seem to have similar taste in music, movies, TV etc.

March 8, 2012
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@nsaidi - the application is called "mobile cartoon" i downloaded at android market. Im thinking it'llbe interesting if i use this apps in political satire. Hope this is a friendly app. And ill gonna do man on the street later this afternoon.

 

Thanks

March 8, 2012
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@Sherbien Might as well give it a shot and see how it turns out! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

March 8, 2012
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I've got to run, but it was nice talking with everyone.

If I missed your question, feel free to send me a message.

We'll be back next week, so tell your friends.

Thanks!

March 8, 2012
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My iReport is pretty much dedicated to OWS, but I do insert other themes from time-to-time; but to date they have not reacted to other iReports.

March 8, 2012
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Ok, i will :)

March 8, 2012
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Ciao!

March 8, 2012
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thank u David. I wonder if animated "news" reports from Polyfield (!) in general can be vetted by CNN?

Have a nice day you all!

March 8, 2012

I love politics. Hi all.

March 8, 2012
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I am reading Opinions from the NY Times online that outline in detail the numerous lies coming from the mouth of Mitt and the  insecurity that reveals. 

 

This system gives us a better look at the 'real' candidates than the old convention system did.  However, we need candidates of the caliber of Richardson of NM who are smart, decisive, informed and loaded with integrity. 

March 8, 2012
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Greetz from politically liberal San Francisco, California.

 

Is it possible that people are tired of hearing Mitt Romney 's recycled ideas?

 

March 8, 2012
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The recent Kony 2012 viral video has sprung up a lot a talk in the past two days. I myself, being a teenager, realized how big this was when I noticed my facebook news feed flooded with Kony 2012 links. I watched the video and was inspired. I wanted to go put money into the movement. But recently in the past 24 hours question marks started popping up. Some websites and people on youtube questioned if Kony 2012 was real or a scam. Not wanting to believe it I started my OWN research and figured out these opinions.

 

1. Kony is out of Uganda and is now in the republic of Congo and had been for sometime. He is known to be hiding.

 

2. RUMORS SAY that the Invisible Children Foundation is only spending 31%-32% of the revenue to the actual cause. RUMOR remember MAY NOT BE TRUE.

 

3. A lot of people are saying the incentives of the movement are misplaced. That instead of funding to find and kill Kony, the money should go to the damage to the children that Kony had harmed. A movement to find Kony like this would have been extremely necessary years ago, rather then now when most Ugandans say he no longer a problem.

 

CONCLUSION: I'm not condemning the cause, I do believe this man needs justice, BUT one must be careful towards biased things. At first I was on the bandwagon, but now I'm a little hesitant. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon with ignorance research the topic yourself. Formulate your own opinion, and see what happens.

 

March 8, 2012
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My grand mother passed away at 120 Years of age

March 9, 2012
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Did anyone notice on Super Tuesday Romney's wife thanked all the elite officials that endorsed them from one state to the next, but never once thanked his voters! Americans need to wake up Romney doesnt care about us, and I cant believe no one has reported this? Its a slap in the face!

 

March 10, 2012
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We want to trust them. We hope they will do for the pepole and not just their pockets. P.S. This is a good topic to talk about.         ; Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we have something called the MS SOUND local waters filled with seafood and our own Barrier Islands that are visiable off the Coast Beaches on clear days. For the first time we are going to have Drilling Rig Platforms placed all around the southside of the barrier islands.What do they think ? Is this a good or bad idea ?  2yr anniversary BP  Oil Leak / Spill 4/20/2010

March 11, 2012
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I wathced with amuzed interest the TV commentary last night about the human guinea pig experiments going on at Edgewood arsenal, maryland.

 

I was stationed at Edgewood from 1988 and 1970 working at an operations reasearch facility for munitions production manaement. We were housed at the barracks there just opposite of those housing the men sslected for chemical experimentation.  While a secret operation the chemical experiments being conducted were common knowledge among the troops stationed there.  We knew that thee men usually cam from places with poor duty assignemtns such as Tule, Greenland, fort levenworth prison. and perhaps other similar places, in exchange for a lienient environment and lving conditions. we knew about the padded cell recovery rooms and that these men were givein light doses of nerve gases and other toxins. But did you know that there is also a cemetaery on this base? We know nothing more aout it than its existence but I wondered a the time oif some of our soldiers died at the hands of those administering these experiments.

 

Edgewood also hosted men who assisted in the transport of chemical munitions of which there were amny steel barrels of what we knew were mustard gas. This duty was onsidered among the best because the men could make money on the travel pay they made.

 

My duties did not involve the handling or transport of muntions so I was nover exposed to more than an occasional experiment with Tear gas.

 

I wonder however if more can be found about the souls buried at the arsenal, and the causes of thier deaths.

 

Gary DeSmidt

Toledo ohio

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