Hello everyone. Hope you are having a great one. All I can say is thank God it is Friday. And speaking of which, where did September go??? Time is marching by and to quote one of my favourite movies Steel Magnolias “One day you realize time is marching on and it is marching right across your face”. Next weekend is Thanksgiving up here in Canada and I know some might not like this but before you know it, it will be Christmas (yipes!!!)
Well after Cyn’s delicious post (thanks Cyn)…on to tonight’s show(a big thanks to Book Asylum for the caps). The breaking news of the night was the good news that Madison, the girl that the nation had been looking for has been found safe and sound today.
Kara Finnstorm has been covering this story all week when the investigators of this case released a picture and the name of Madison to the media in hopes of finding this young girl. The photo which was taken from a video that was found by a man who said he found the video in the desert 5 months ago of this beautiful little girl being repeatedly attacked. Today Madison’s mother called the police and a positive identification was made. The media has been asked to no longer show the photo of Madison as she has now been found and has now shifted focus to Chester Arthur Stiles, the suspect in this case.
The last 15 minutes of the first hour of 360 tonight was the live press conference from Nevada about the Madison case. The saddest thing for me to come out of this press conference was the news that Madison was 3 years old when these attacks took place. She is now 7 years old. I am sure more will come out as the investigation continues.
The other main story covered on 360 tonight was the continuing conflict coming out of Burma (which is also known as Myanmar). Today the government cut phone lines and internet throughout of the country. Details are now very sketchy as it is now even more difficult to get information out to the rest of the world as foreign media is not allowed into the country. The number of dead in this protest ranges anywhere from 9 to several hundred. The protest in Burma began over high fuel prices and escalated when the Buddhist monks joined in on this protest for democracy.
Dan Rivers reported from Thailand and spoke on the protests that were held in Thailand in support of the people of Burma. He also stated that Burma is ranked 164 out of 168 repressed countries in the world in the media according to reporters without borders.
Anderson spoke with Derek Mitchell about the situation in Burma. They discussed the last time a violent upraising happened in Burma which was 1988 where more then 3000 people died. Anderson also asked Mr. Mitchell about President Bush wanting to meet with leaders of Myanmar. At the end of this segment, Anderson talks about Burma being the first story he ever told. I personally have never been to Burma, I have been to China which to me felt very repressive but when I think of how much more of a strangle hold the government of Burma has on the people of that country; it is a very sad story all around. Hopefully the members of the global community will be able to help in the horrific situation happening in Burma.
With such heavy news it is always nice to have a great dose of Raw Politics. Tom Foreman’s comment of contenders and pretenders gave me a good chuckle. It’s time for the candidates to show us the money honey and the number of dollars raised is going to be huge!!!!! As you all know I am Canadian and can not vote but I seriously don’t get why the Republicans candidates are continuously not showing up for these debates. They need all the help they can get to help their party and their parties image. They need to get a clue and start showing up or maybe Americans should start looking at the ones that are showing up to these debates (I like Obama find Mike Huckabee to be the most interesting of the Republican candidates). And last but not least for a good laugh during Raw Politics - Breast not Bombs….enough said (although that is legal in Toronto so it would be no big deal but no one actually does it thank goodness).
You know there are just some things I know for certain. I know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. I know snow is cold, leafs change color and I know that I will always have a good time when I watch Anderca banter. So tonight Erica gave Anderson a very mini citizenship test that may be used in the future for immigrants trying to obtain citizenship. Well Erica asked Anderson two questions and how well did Anderson do??? He got 1 out of 2 questions right. 50/50 but Anderson was way to cute in getting the second and more difficult question wrong. Now all of us ladies have different ways we put our posts together, for me I take notes and write up things later. Well as I was watching Anderson try to answer his second question and Erica hum the Jeopardy theme song I wrote down “Anderson is a Jeopardy champion”, not even two seconds after I finished typing my thought up Anderson said that he was a Jeopardy champion. It is like I read his mind……not really I am sure we all thought it but still I like to think there is some sort of mental connection there since it happens all the time.
Randi Kaye did a story on a crime fighting tool that would help in solving a lot of cases if actually used. Randi spoke with the parents of Katie Sepich a young lady who was raped, murdered and set on fire. Before she died, Katie fought back and got her killers DNA. The law right now is that DNA is only taken from criminals convicted of crimes. Katie’s parents Dave and Jayann want to introduce Katie’s Law nationwide – which would make it mandatory to conduct DNA testing on suspects arrested in violent felony cases without convictions. Seems like a good idea to me. We will see what will happen with the law as I am sure that Randi will keep up on this story as it progresses.
No more Great Lakes?!?!?! Anderson you could have said Michigan and Ontario to make me happy. Miles O’Brien did a report on the Great Lakes. I don’t believe this is part of the Planet in Peril series but still very interesting piece. Seems like everything is disappearing. I am getting so excited, PIP is getting closer people…..25 more days!!!!!!!!!!
I know it has been a while but is was really nice to have Anderson on for the full two hours. It has been far too long and most likely only because of the breaking news so we will have to wait and see.
Don’t forget this weekend's Special Investigation Unit is Anderson's piece Homicide in Hollenbeck.
Well after a long week and some heavy news, I want to treat you all with a piece of comedic gold featuring our own Anderson Cooper. I came across this video on YouTube and it is one of the best Anderson interviews I have ever seen. It is Anderson being interviewed by Jiminy Glick (done so masterfully by Martin Short) who was sitting in for Larry King. I must tell you there is a whole lot of Andergiggles in this one and I have to agree with Jiminy, I think Anderson is wonderful.
Courtesy of: revolutionnine
Have a great weekend all with the sweet words of Anderson “I will see you Monday night” in your ears and I will see you in two weeks.