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August 9th, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Are England's riots a sign of things to come here?

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Firefighters battle a massive blaze at the Sony distribution center in Waltham Abbey, north of London. (PHOTO CREDIT: LEON NEAL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

London is burning - along with many other parts of England - and the United States may want to take note.

More than 560 people have been arrested in London alone after the past three nights of violence. The city's jails are full.

And when you look at these pictures, it's hard to believe this is London, one of the world's great cities, and not some third world country with a ragtag government.

Looting, fires, rioting, attacks on police officers: Residents say it's like a "war zone" and that there's a "carnival atmosphere" among the gangs of hooded youths.

This all started after the shooting death of a 29-year-old black man at the hands of the police in London last week. It's still under investigation. But it's almost like that was the spark that ignited an explosion of anger and frustration from Britain's young and unemployed.

There are reports of children as young as seven participating in the violence and looting. Seven years old.

Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his Italian vacation short, and he's recalling Parliament. He's vowing tough action to stop the violence. Critics say the police have been missing in action so far, but 16,000 will report for duty on the streets of London tonight.

And the violence isn’t just in London. It has also broken out in cities like Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.

There are many culprits for what's going on here - including ethnic tensions and absence of law enforcement.

But make no mistake - it's no coincidence that these riots are happening as the global economy hangs off the edge of a cliff. Income inequality in England is greater than at any time since the 1920s. And this rioting began in one of the poorest parts of London - Tottenham, where unemployment is devastating.

Here’s my question to you: Are England's riots a sign of things to come here?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: London • United Kingdom
August 9th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Is another religious, conservative Republican governor from Texas the answer to our prayers?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The great Yogi Berra said, "it's like deja vu all over again."

What we have here apparently is another religious, conservative Republican governor from Texas who wants to be president.

Only this one's last name isn't Bush.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to strongly signal his intention to run for president in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday.

Perry's announcement is timed perfectly to upset the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames which is also on Saturday. Although Perry's name isn't on the ballot in Iowa, supporters are waging a write-in campaign.

After the speech in South Carolina, Perry is off to New Hampshire and then to Iowa to headline a fundraiser Sunday night.

The tea party favorite already has a certain appeal among conservatives who are looking for more options in a pretty sad Republican field. Working in Perry's favor, the Texas economy is doing better than most. Almost 40% of all the new jobs created in the U.S. since the recession started are in Texas. The state also has a balanced budget.

But Haven't we been here and done this? We already lived though eight years of a Christian evangelical governor from Texas in the White House... and we're still in therapy from the trauma of that little experiment gone awry.

This past weekend, Perry addressed believers at an all-day prayer vigil in Houston. Perry asked God to help comfort Americans stung by the troubled economy. He also prayed for President Obama.

He did all this in a stadium that was less than half full. And what about that separation of church and state thingy?

Here’s my question to you: Is another religious, conservative Republican governor from Texas the answer to our prayers?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Conservaives v. Liberals • GOP • GOP Ticket • Religion • Republican Party • Republicans