Wednesday, January 31, 2007

My Psychic Predictions May or May Not Come True!


Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I realize that there are some of our readers who believe in Sylvia Browne’s psychic powers. I will, of course respect those beliefs in my post tonight but I will state upfront that I am not a believer. Now, I’m not saying that there aren’t people out there with psychic powers. I very much believe in, shall we say “forces of nature” or “being in tune with the universe.” And with that thought in mind, I’d like to talk about Anderson’s interview last night with Browne’s business manager, Linda Rossi and psychic debunker James Randi.

Alright, I’m sitting here rewatching this interview segment and one thing is for sure; these kinds of debates just hurt my head. Make no mistake, I thought Anderson was awesome for taking that ridiculous Linda Rossi to task. This woman dug Sylvia Browne a much deeper hole, I’ll tell you. I was actually screaming at my TV last night for that woman to shut the heck up! (I really didn’t use the word "heck" but I’ll let you think I’m kinda classy!) Lord, Anderson’s responses to her were just awesome! I love when he gets all riled up! Who could blame him for being unbiased when this woman who was supposed to be presenting credible predictions was basically spouting inconsistencies and untruths. When asked about Browne’s predictions regarding Shawn Hornbeck, this woman said “Because we still don't have the body of this case. We don't know....” (see AC360 transcript 1/30/2007) Um, hmm… Idiot, Shawn Hornbeck is ALIVE! Thank goodness Ms. Browne was incorrect on this one.

And when Anderson addressed Ms. Browne’s fee for readings, Rossi had this to say:

ROSSI: She does make $700 -- she doesn't make $700. The $700 that she charges, unsolicited. She never asks for anyone to do that. The same with, you know -- the same with our religious beliefs. People come to us seeking our help.

If you go on her website under the About Your Reading section this is what you will find:

Finally, Sylvia and Chris have very strict ethics about their work. At no time do they discuss your reading with anyone. You have complete privacy, which is never violated. Also, they do not publish or in any way distribute a list of their clients.

Fees
Phone reading with Sylvia - $750
Phone reading with Chris - $450
A phone consultation with Sylvia or Chris lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.


I don’t know about you but it seems that Ms. Browne asks for her fee upfront. And by the way, her “psychic by birth son” gets a whole boatload of money for a ½ hour session as well.

Again, I’d like to reiterate that I do believe in psychic powers. I have had readings done in my life and I have actually stumbled upon one or two very accurate readers. But the readers I’ve had only charge $50 per ½ hour at most. And I think I’ve stated this here at ATA previously, it’s completely unprofessional to tell a person on air or in private that their missing loved one is dead. If you have admitted yourself, on your website, that you are not 100% accurate, you should not be proclaiming anyone’s death as if it is fact. There are ways to state this so-called spiritual vibe in a less harmful and dramatic fashion. Yes, people come to Sylvia Browne and others like her looking for closure because they are desperate and hurting. They are willing to pay any amount of money for answers. It should be the reader’s moral compass not to prey on these grieving customers for monetary gain. I’m thinking her spiritual link to God would tell her that. No? Alright, I’ll drop the snark. Sorry about that.

I’ve read in the comments section where people are saying that Anderson was showing his bias last night. No, Anderson was reacting to a woman who was just not giving him the clear evidence he was looking for. You cannot blame him for getting peeved about her debating tactics either. My lord, I wanted to strangle the woman, myself. I’m quite surprised Anderson Cooper remained as calm as he did! Kudos to him!

Here is my psychic prediction for tonight’s show: Anderson Cooper will be looking mighty fine somewhere in America or maybe outside the country. Could be wearing pinstripes or not. Maybe a red tie or not. Maybe his field shirt or not. The picture’s a little cloudy but one thing’s for sure, he’ll look awesome!

Dude, sorry! I couldn’t resist!

Okay, enough of this psychic stuff for now. I think I’ll end this post on a more interesting note. These screencaps are for my friends who requested Michael Ware and the imfamous Otay Mesa, CA tunnel.




And here is one courtesy of bcfraggle of the tunnel from last year:

If it's Tuesday it must be NYC




I really wasn't convinced that we'd get live AC tonight. As always his stamina never ceases to amaze me. Monday in Texas, Tuesday in NYC, where do you think he'll be on Wednesday?
I didn't get a lot out of tonight's first hour. I did find it curious that Sylvia Browne was again a topic. The first time I ever remember hearing of Sylvia was when she popped up recently on The Young and the Restless. What I find curious is Anderson's need to "keep them honest" with Ms. Browne. The whole subject tends to bore me and I wish 360 would move on to more interesting issues.


Tuesday's second hour more than made up for 360's slow first hour. Michael Ware's primer on the war in Iraq was such a gem. Breaking down the history of the war from someone who's been on the ground since the beginning couldn't have been more riveting. Anderson just sat back and let Michael tell his story, with a few focused questions to clarify points. I don't know if this type of segment would ever be considered for an award but to definitely top notch reporting.

I wanted to post this Nth degree last night because I felt it meshed so well with the focus of Monday's 360. The Blogger Gods didn't cooperate but tonight, thanks to Quitty I'm giving it another shot. It's one of the most powerful Nth Degrees Anderson ever did and in my opinion one of his best. It dates from April 15, 2004, but the message is as relevant today as it was almost 3 years ago.











Tuesday, January 30, 2007

AC360 - The Toughest Battle: Healing Heroes

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Last night’s show was truly moving. I sat there with a lump in my throat watching these soldiers’ stories. I started out the night wondering which would be better for our soldiers, US backed medical facilities like our Veteran’s Hospitals or privately funded facilities such as the newly erected Center for the Intrepid. By the end of last night's show, I got my answer.

Anderson opened last night’s program with this statement: “Combat medicine has improved to the point that more than 90 percent of the wounded now survive. They survive, though, to fight the toughest battle of their lives.”

I don’t know if many of you watched the CNN Presents documentary Combat Hospital which has been shown in the past couple of months. It was a hard documentary to watch, for sure. But it was incredible to watch the dedicated military medical staff of the 10Th Combat Support Hospital try to save each and every wounded soldier that passes through their doors. From that hospital in Baghdad many severely wounded soldiers are transferred to places like Walter Reed Medical Center and Brookes Army Medical Center. The Brookes Army Medical Center specializes in amputees and severe burns. Their staff is truly amazing at what they do. I was stunned to see the research that is performed at Brookes as well.

And just one look at this new privately funded Center for the Intrepid, tells you that our soldiers will be receiving the best care imaginable to help them on the journey to recovery. The rock wall, the shooting simulator, and the many other high-tech rehabilitations are truly remarkable. The best part of this facility was that it was built from donations from the American public. What a wonderful show of support to our brave heroes!

(credit: Stillife)

As I watched last night, I wondered if the US government could provide, thru federal funding, a facility of this magnitude. Time Magazine writer, Michael Weisskopf answered my question in his article today. Mr. Weisskopf was severely injured while embedded in Iraq three years ago. He was sent to Walter Reed Medical Center for long term medical care. Although he doesn’t say it in this article, I’m sure that Weisskopf is grateful to the medical staff at Walter Reed who helped him recover. But he does point out the pitfalls of this aging facility.

He also answers the question I had last night as to why Walter Reed is scheduled to close. As Weisskopf says, “The exercise equipment we had at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was old, the therapy wards and gyms overcrowded. There was no "flowrider" to help rebuild abdominal muscles in a water slide, nor laser gun studio to regain digital function by firing M4 replicas against video images. We made do with the best the government had to offer.”

The one thing that I was struck by, that Anderson did not cover last night, is that in the courtyard of the Center for the Intrepid, there is a sculpture called “The Broken Circle.” Weisskopf’s imagery says it all, “The circular object is jaggedly linked at its bottom, a symbol for those who will go through life imperfect but complete. “

Bob Woodruff: One Year Later
Another embedded reporter who fought a long hard battle at Walter Reed Medical Center has been showing up for work quite regularly lately! One year ago yesterday, Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were also severely wounded while embedded in Iraq. According to TVNewser, Charlie Gibson closed his program last night reminding viewers of the one year anniversary. He also gave an update on his colleague, Woodruff's health. Both Charlie Gibson and a close source of mine have said that Bob Woodruff has been working on a documentary about his injuries and his recovery which is due to air in February. Its wonderful to hear that Woodruff and Vogt are doing well.

Fisher Houses help comfort families
A few days ago, Phebe covered the auction of the CNN Hummer for the Fisher House Foundation. Over the weekend, I did some research on these Fisher Houses. The Fisher family has made a wonderful philanthropic dedication to our soldiers and their families. Several Fisher Houses, spread out over the United States, provide housing for families of wounded soldiers for less than $10 per day and their amenities are first class! I popped on the site for one of the Fisher Houses in San Antonio, Texas (the one featured I the program, I believe). Guests of the house have only wonderful things to say! And I found the sweetest of amenities, The Medi-Teddy! How adorable is this teddy bear? It's given to children who stay at the facility to help them adjust to their new environment. Kudos to the Fisher family for opening their hearts to our wounded heroes and their families!

(credit: Liberation337)

A Request for the Andergun!

Well, I have to apologize to you for this fangurl moment! Really! Given the somber topic of last night’s program, squee is not very appropriate. But, I’ve done my best to hold it in and it just has to come out!

One of our avid readers asked for a screencap of Anderson and his gun. Well here are a couple caps courtesy of Liberation337. I can only tell you that when this segment came on last night, I got in soooo much trouble! My husband takes only so much and then his patience runs out. Last night he had enough just 20 minutes into the program. I guess my falling on the floor, clutching my heart in awe as Anderson so aptly shot that gun, put him over the top! Sorry, honey! LOL! As one of my friends said, "Anderson…Gun…’nuff said!"

Ah, visions of CIA Andy! (cue the James Bond theme!)

And on that note ladies and gents, I’m going to go have a cool drink! Martini, shaken not stirred! (just kidding!)

Center for the Intrepid


"This is what we've done to scores of young men, so pay attention." John McCain


How poignant these words. If anyone understands the price our service people pay it's John McCain. Although I don't agree with his war strategy I respect where he comes from.
We, as a country, owe such a debt to these brave young men and women who have served our country proudly. I hope we don't let them down the way we let our Viet Nam veterans down. The opening of this world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility, named Center for the Intrepid, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas is a start to repaying that debt.



Kudos to McCain for doing his homework on Anderson. When he predicted withdrawal of troops in Iraq would result in a Rwanda scale genocide, he certainly caught AC's attention. We all know how devastated Anderson found his coverage of the genocide in Rwanda and I'm sure he would never want to witness a repeat.

It causes me such distress to think of the suffering the withdrawal of our troops would cause the people of Iraq, but it distresses me even more to sacrifice our young men and women and to bankrupt our country. It harkens back to Viet Nam and how we were told over and over that the withdrawal of US troops would destroy that divided country. That proved false, but are we willing to take that chance with Iraq? I hate George Bush and what his careless decision making has wrought.



Book Asylum sent us a screencap that was request in Friday's comments. It's from the Anderson interview with Michael Ware. Thanks BA.


I'm in a bit of a somber mood tonight. I thought the show was excellent. AC's interviews with McCain and Clinton were very insightful, but the sacrifices and suffering of the injured is almost too much to comprehend.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Rachel's Smack Down

In case you missed all the excitement last week, Fox News took offense at AC360's investigative report, and smack down, of Insight Magazine's article on the Obama/madrassah story. The story aired last Monday night and Anderson said "Barack Obama's Muslim education in Indonesia -- others are reporting the heat. We are sticking to the facts". When AC introduced John Vause's segment, he said: "Other news organizations ran with Insight's story. They didn't check the facts. We did."And after the package, Cooper concluded: "Well, that's the difference between talking about news and reporting it. You send a reporter, check the facts and you decide at home."
Unfortunately, Fox didn't take the smacks down well and decided to resort to name calling (see the above ad). This has Rachel, our newest contributor, a little hot under the collar, read on:

Well my first post here for All Things Anderson is done out of anger. Oh, MAMA IS PISSED!!!! Here, I'll explain:

If you have not yet seen this totally bogus ad being run on The Drudge Report here is the link to the PDF file. The original runs using Flash and I know a lot of people do not have this program so click here to view.

OK, pissed yet? Well, in true Rachel form which would be wit and charm (hehe).I came up with my own little ad. Now I don't think The Drudge Report will run this one but I know All Things Anderson will. There is no music because, well, I could not think of a song that expresses the anger and rage I was feeling so it is silent. Sometimes silence is all that's needed.

Traveling Man













Last year, Anderson clocked so many miles while traveling that he could have circled the globe over 15 times! He went all over the States from West Virginia to Seattle and everywhere in between. He also went overseas a few times to the Middle East as well as Africa. So I have to wonder where will he go this year? I suppose he'll be headed to the pre election hot spots like Iowa(I know someone that will like that! ;) ) and New Hampshire and other debate spots. I, for one, hope he doesn't go back to Iraq but I suspect he can't stay away from there. I'd also like to see him and 360 head back to Africa to do an update on the progress or lack of progress being made on AIDS and famine. One other place I'd like to see him return to is region effected by the Tsunami. It would be interesting to see what's happening there.

I'm also wondering about Hurricane season and how it will be this year. He and the Gulf Coast hit it lucky this past season with no major storms. Who knows this year, though? I enjoy his coverage of hurricanes but it's also hard to watch knowing that there will be so much destruction.

So... what places would you like to see Anderson and 360 cover this year?

And as a little treat, since a few people were asking about it. Here's a cute video clip of Anderson back in 2005 with Pete an Penny Penguin. The video is a little fuzzy but it's worth it the cuteness! (Thanks Quitty for the upload)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

New Year's Eve All Access

Cute Cap Courtesy Sheryn

Did you know CNN has Podcasts you can subscribe to? You can subscribe to about 30 different podcasts on everything from Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, to Paging Dr. Gupta, to The Gyrst (satire), and a Racing Report (NASCAR). If you want to subscribe to a Podcast go to http://www.cnn.com/podcasts.

Unfortunately there isn't one for Anderson's show yet, but the All Access podcast caught my eye. Sure enough, there is a behind the scenes look at this year's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson. There are some cute shots of Anderson at different angles as well as showing what he does when the clock strikes midnight - toasts the New Year with champagne and types on his Blackberry. Why does that not surprise me. Also, if you look closely at the monitors in one of the production room shots you can see someone hugging Anderson. I'm jealous of whoever that was. Below is the video for your viewing pleasure. If you can't see the video below you can find it HERE.











Keep your eye on the All Access Podcasts. They have already done videos featuring Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Thomas Roberts, and Soledad O'Brien. Surely they'll do one featuring Anderson soon.

Here are a few more caps from the video all captured by Sheryn.

Nice Profile!
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Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!...Drinkin' on the job?! ;)
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Isn't it amazing how recognizable his profile is even in the shadows?
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Mmmmm! Anderjeans!
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For someone who has a fear of heights he sure is pretty high up!
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Baby it's cold outside. Since we didn't have Anderson to keep us warm on Friday night maybe this wonderful screenart by Lori will heat things up. Enjoy!


Actually, I was so furious at one of John King's leading stories on Friday night's 360 that I had no trouble getting fired up.


How much longer are we going to let the Pentagon lie to us about the deaths of our soldiers, without someone being held accountable? They did it with Pat Tillman and again this week with the ambush in Karbala. If you missed Tom Foreman's report on Friday's 360, here's the jist of the information. Instead of the 5 soldiers being killed instantly, as previously reported, when the enemy convoy (impersonating US military) passed through the Iraqi checkpoints only 1 serviceman was killed instantly. 4 more were kidnapped and killed during the escape. How did it benefit the US military to lie to the families of these soldiers, and the American public, and why did they not learn their lesson from the Pat Tillman case? This just pisses me off beyond reason. I do not like to be manipulated with false information nor do I like to think of any other family going through what the Pentagon put the Tillman family through. This policy of deceit needs to be dealt with now!


Anderson's interview with Michael Ware about his near death experience in Iraq at the hands of El Zarkawi was chilling. I know there are some doubts raised among journalists about Ware's near death experience, but I for one believe his story and admire his courage. Michael is a true treasure and CNN is very fortunate to have him on their team.

I am at a loss for words when it comes to Rick Sanchez's report on the teen from Georgia. I must be a bit of a perv because I did enjoy hearing JK and Jeffery Toobin's discussion of the different legal consequences between underage oral sex and intercourse for the Georgia teen. But I'm not perv enough to tune in this weekend for the extended Rick report.

One more thing before I sign off for tonight. I noticed JK was out of sight for a few weeks in January and I assumed he was taking a much deserved vacation. When he reappeared this week he looked like he had lost a little weight. Something else caught my eye. Here's an older cap on the left and one from tonight on the right. Is there anything different about the very sexy Mr. King?


















Have a great weekend. Monday Anderson is live from Texas, yee haw!

Friday, January 26, 2007

La, la, la, la, la


I couldn't resist captioning the picture from tonight's AC360 opening. If you missed the beginning, AC was reacting to William Hong's singing his new release on, LKL.

Thanks to Ms. Sheryn and Quitty for giving me a night off last night. I'm dealing with an little infection and it's slowed my recovery. Enough about me, on to the important stuff.




I'm not sure if I'm losing my bliss or if tonight's show was sub par, but I found little to get excited about. There certainly was lots of news covered, but nothing that really got my juices flowing.










AC seemed fascinated by the Costa Rica story. I enjoyed the Gary Tuckman piece from Nogales, AZ. We have family in town visiting and my kids took them to Nogales, AZ and Mexico on Tuesday this week. It's an easy journey into Mexico, you just park at the McDonald's in Nogales, AZ and walk across the border (through customs) to soak up a little Mexican culture. The shopping is great, the prescription drug prices are rock bottom and the food is cheap and excellent.

I didn't have a chance to comment last night on Wolf's interview with Cheney. It's been interesting to see excerpts popping up on most network news shows today. Even Keith Olberman did an excellent summary of the interview. I particularly liked Paul Bagala's evaluation of our vice president, on TSR. He described Cheney as arrogant, dishonest, and incompetent". Sort of succinctly sums it up, doesn't it?


Did anyone catch 'The View' today? It seems CNN and its anchors have been hot topics there in recent weeks. I watched a few weeks ago when Rosie gave AC a little dig and was very pleased to hear Joy and Barbara Walters defend our favorite anchor. I think Rosie's mini rant had an ulterior motive, but I won't be going there.
Bill O'Reilly is a frequent guest on the show, so it was refreshing today to see one of the good guys make an appearance. CNN's own Lou Dobbs sat on the couch with Rosie, Elisabeth, Joy and guest host Tia Fey. The interview was nothing much, but it was obvious that the ladies had a respect for Lou and agreed with his opinions. All but the resident Republican, Elisabeth, were quite complementary. Lou sidestepped the toughest question of the interview. When asked by Rosie, if George W. should be impeached Lou hemmed and hawed and finally they ran out of time.
Did you catch Anderson's sign off at the end of Thursdays' show? Instead of the usual 'see you tomorrow' we got 'see you later'. Wonder if he's taking a long weekend? Well we aren't, so we'll see you after the show on Friday.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Can I get a martini with my politics please?

Good Evening, All! I hope you are having a wonderful day! So did you watch the SOTU last night? I did. Well, I mostly hurled insults at the TV and listened very little. I learned a new curse word this week and I think I used it very effectively last night! I had no idea how fun it was to watch the SOTU while IM’ing with a friend! We were very effective in e-screaming at Dubya for 50 or so minutes! My husband couldn’t even watch. However, one very positive note from last night was the introduction of the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. How cool was it to see a woman sitting in that seat?

And I must say it was really hard not to have a negative reaction to the TV last night. Not because of President Bush. No, I swear my blood pressure skyrocketed every time they showed Cheney sitting there with that smug, disgusted look on his face. Maybe he didn’t like Ms. Pelosi’s perfume. I don’t know what it is but I have an incredible dislike for our Vice President. (Can you say that without being hauled in by the FBI, nowadays?) Oh who cares, they have probably figured out a way to wiretap our brains now. It might be able stop terrorist threats, you know!

Okay, I’ll stop. I apologize. I do not have the restraint that Anderson Cooper has. I tend to inject my opinions in to everything I write!

Change of subject
So, how many people just adored Michael Ware last night? OMG, how great it was to watch him so animated standing right there with Anderson in Washington D.C. Nice surprise indeed. And was I mistaken or did his face light up when Anderson asked him when he’d be returning to Iraq? I think he misses being in the thick of things. Cyn, if you are out there, I’d love to hear what you thought about last night! I made some great caps just for you! Man, he is expressive when he speaks!

And you gotta love Andrew Sullivan. I thought it was great that he was live-blogging the whole speech. Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall over hearing Anderson, Michael Ware and Andrew talking about the speech? I’d love to hear Anderson’s real thoughts about the State of the Union! If you haven’t read Andrew’s live blogging thread, you must! Its great! Oh, and I sent an email to Andrew today trying to explain the “Baby Frigging Einstein” Corporation. Yeah, something tells me, he could care less about a bunch of baby videos but I felt I must inject one parent’s positive point of view, given the horrid article he sites from TPM CafĂ©. Lord, I’m such a Libra! Justice for All!

I wanted to discuss something that came up in the comments on my post last night. A theory I have really. Everyone seems a bit weary that we are entering into the presidential election season far too early. I think that this is just a burst of activity because people are finally declaring their intentions to run. I think that this talk will die down for a couple of months. Lord, I hope I’m right. Because even though I love a good political debate, I agree with y’all. It’s far too soon to be discussing this stuff! (Yet it is strangely exciting! Sorry!)

Oh and here is my squee for the day: I loved that whole suit and tie combo last night! It was really pretty. Although I do agree with Ms. Faerie, stripes and polka dots do not match. But, I just loved all the blue, very presidential! Okay, here's my bid: Anderson Cooper in 2008! (ah, a girl can dream!)

Okay my friends! I’m off to take care of my very precocious 5 year old. She is making Mommy’s life a bit difficult lately! Someone pass me a martini, please! Toodles!