Wednesday, December 05, 2007
An early new year's resolution
So, I know, I know, I haven't been blogging nearly enough. I'm sorry. My new year's resolution is to blog at least once a day. Let's hope I show more resolve this year. I think my resolution last year was to learn a new language, but so far that hasn't happened. Though I did learn some Japanese phrases from "What were they thinking?" last night. Did you see it?

It was an aerobic style video to help Japanese people learn English phrases. Last night's phrase was "I have a bad case of diarrhea." We may air some more of them tonight. Also tonight's "What were they thinking?" comes from "The View." I don't want to give it away, but it will definitely have you scratching your head.

Today has already gotten off to a busy start. I did some affiliate interviews for the CNN Heroes special which airs tomorrow night. We've already had our morning meeting to discuss what will be on tonight's program. We're not sure what the lead is going to be, usually no matter what we think it is at this time of day, it ends up being something else.

So much usually happens throughout the day. Mike Huckabee has been on the defensive because a convicted rapist he supported paroling as governor of Arkansas, murdered and raped a Missouri woman less than a year after his release. It's something that has been brought up today on the campaign trail, and is not really a surprise since he is moving up fast in Iowa and the other campaigns are targeting him much more aggressively. We'll talk to the mothers of both victims tonight.

Drew Griffin is working on another investigation into earmarks. He was awarded an Emmy yesterday for one of his "Keeping Them Honest" pieces on earmarks, and tonight's is another one of those stories that you sort of have to see to believe. Not all earmarks are bad of course, but we just think politicians should be open and honest about how they want to spend taxpayer money. If they are proud of their spending requests, why are they trying to keep them secret?

Do you think politicians should have to make their earmark requests public? Let me know. We always love to hear from you.

If I am able to I will try to blog something more later today. I'm going to be rehearsing a little bit of the "Heroes" program this afternoon, but will be in the office most of the day. See you tonight!

--By Anderson Cooper
Posted By CNN: 1:24 PM ET
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Anderson Cooper.....welcome back to the blogging world!!! You have been sorely missed here on the blog and I hope this is one New Year's resolution you keep :)

I am so looking forward to the Heroes special tomorrow night. Every person or group that will be honored tomorrow night is so absolutely deserving of this fantastic honor. Good luck with the rehearsals.

I will be watching tonight. Can't wait to see What Were They Thinking tonight. And blog about being on Regis and Kelly next week!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 3:02 PM ET
Anderson, Who knew that blogging and reading blogs in cyberspace would become so important in our lives? It is now part of my daily routine.
As for your blogging, don't worry about us viewers, we love you blogging or no blogging.
See ya' tonight.

Judy Stage/Brooklyn MI
Posted By Anonymous : 4:27 PM ET
As they say, somedays you're the bug and somedays you're the windscreen..Such is the topsy turvy world of news..
As far as my opinion on earmarks?
Well, I guess if you're going to break the piggy bank open for every pithy project, then you better be prepared to be a pretty penny short when the big pork chops of life come calling...take care
Posted By Lorie Ann : 5:53 PM ET
Hello Anderson.

I'm glad to see you back blogging again. I'm looking forward to the CNN Heroes special tomorrow night it should be very good. Tonight's on "What Were They Thinking" should be good :-)

I enjoyed your interview with Mike Huckabee the other night on 360.

When the politicians numbers in the polls starts climbling they always try to do something to knock the person down this is what I call it war in polictics. I think that politicians should have to make their earmarks known, I think if they don't want to they hiding something.

See you tonight.

Jennifer, Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 6:09 PM ET
Welcome back. You are missed, but it is pretty clear you are working. I definitely feel for federal money, earmarks should be very clear. The requests seem to be of local or, at best, State level benefit so why someone things that Federal funds should be used must be clearly articulated. If it benefits the nation and a local area, great. But honestly, in a time of deficit, nothing extra should be done. I think there should be no earmarks requested at all when we run a deficit.

Leigh, North Carolina
Posted By Leigh : 6:26 PM ET
Hi Anderson, you're right...it's been a while since we heard from you. I know you've been extremely busy, so I can totally understand. Thanks for the apology and the New Year's resolution.

Yes, I was really in stitches over that funny Japanese video! I needed the laugh...I was sad because all day I've been hearing about the flooding here in the Pacific Northwest and the lives and properties that were lost and devastated. I'm actually pretty lucky...my house isn't flooded, it is still standing, and we still have electricity. Some of my neighbors weren't so lucky. Cleanup is underway.

And yes, politicians should make their earmark requests public. If their request makes sense and it's for the good of the public, they have nothing to hide, right?

Thanks, Anderson, for blogging again!

:)
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington

P.S. The replay of the carp video with David Mattingly was funny, too! Thanks for showing that again! I don't know why, but I love to see David get beat up by giant fish! Over and over! (ha, ha, ha)
Posted By Lilibeth : 6:34 PM ET
Welcome back to the cyberworld Anderson! We've been waiting!
The Japanese video was great. I didn't really learn any Japanese, but I'm a lot fitter ;)
See and read you later!
Posted By Kristien : 6:41 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Glad to see you blogging again. I always enjoy reading your posts.

As for making earmarks public... Heck yes I think they should be. We're trillions of dollars in debt, if it's not something vital it needs to be shelved until we can afford it.

Mindy Ogden/Surprise, Arizona
Posted By Anonymous : 6:42 PM ET
Should politicians make their earmarks public? Of course! Don't they work for us? My tax dollars, I deserve to know. Frankly I am getting tired of paying for bridges to nowhere. I have worked for the government for the past 12 years and my salary/job duties is public information so shouldn't they have to do the same?

Also, thanks for including the question on the YouTube debate concerning farm subsidies. If you put on your thinking cap I am sure you can guess what government agency I work for. I feel that many Americans have the wrong idea as to what farm subsidies are. The majority of subsidy payments made to farmers are for crop losses/disaster and not paying them "not" to grow something as many think. We have to realize where our food comes from and remember that we need to support our farmers the best way we can. They are not just standing at their mailboxes waiting to receive their subsidy checks, they work hard and deserve the help we can bring to them when they suffer a disaster/loss.

On another note thanks for the video clip. If I am ever in Japan and I am suffering from diarrhea I am set!! LOL
Posted By Rhonda : 12:49 PM ET
Of course earmark requests should be made public. Honestly, other than politicians, are there any American citizens who think differently?
Posted By Amy, Philadelphia, PA : 2:12 PM ET
Anderson, You talked with Brian Jordan about the Mitchell Report and he mentioned how the players were under stress to earn money for their families, Just how much does it take to support a family these days, there are millions of families that live on $300 - $400 dollars a MONTH, all athletes are grossly OVERPAID, NOBODY is worth that kind of money.
Posted By Anonymous : 10:59 PM ET
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