May 26th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Who would Republicans be better off listening to?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Republicans making the most noise seem to be attracting the fewest followers. According to a CNN opinion research corporation poll 70% of Americans favor former Secretary of State Colin Powell while 30% favor right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Let's factor in a previous CNN poll which found 37% of Americans favoring former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has had no loss for words lately. After being virtually silent for eight years he can't, or won't stop talking.


If you narrow it down further and look at the responses of only Republicans, 66% favor Cheney, 64% favor Powell and 62% favor Limbaugh.

At a time when the GOP is trying to rid itself of the legacy of the Bush administration, two former government leaders and a talk show host are the ones making headlines, and two out of three for the wrong reasons.

These three have been butting heads lately. Powell has said Republicans need to stop listening to Limbaugh while Cheney and Limbaugh have proclaimed that Powell is no longer a Republican, which Powell has denied.

Here’s my question to you: Who would Republicans be better off listening to Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, or Dick Cheney?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Colin Powell • Dick Cheney • Rush Limbaugh
May 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Are you willing to change your diet to combat global warming?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The headline reads: "Burping of the lambs blows roast off the menu." In one of the more bizarre articles on global warming, the London Times reports that government officials are urging people to give up lamb roasts and save the planet. And it's not just lamb. Government advisers in the U.K. are taking steps to remove other so-called "high carbon" foods from menus as well.


We're used to doctors and nutritionists telling us we need to change our lifestyle and diet to combat obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Well, now climate-change experts are singing the same tune, saying a change in our diets is a crucial step to cutting carbon emissions.

Lamb, alcohol and tomatoes are among the biggest carbon-producing foods, while those that produce fewer carbon emissions include potatoes, seasonal vegetables, pork and chicken.

But what are we really talking about here? Well, according to a study on greenhouse gases that was sponsored by the British government, producing 2.2 pounds of lamb releases the equivalent of 37 pounds of carbon dioxide.

As The Times points out, sheep and cows burp a lot and that produces the greenhouse gas methane.

When it comes to tomatoes, 2.2 pounds generate more than 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. Compare that to just one pound of carbon dioxide produced by 2.2 pounds of potatoes.

Like I said...bizarre.

Here’s my question to you: How much are you willing to change your diet to combat global warming?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Global Warming
May 26th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

What can be done about North Korea's nuclear weapons?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test near the Chinese border yesterday - an explosion roughly equal to the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War Two. But this was more than just a test of a nuclear weapon. It's also a test of the Obama administration, and for that matter the rest of the civilized world. Can our new President orchestrate an international response that will successfully pave the way for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program? Previous administrations have failed at this, and judging by the bellicosity of Kim Jung Il, there's no reason to hold out a lot of hope.


President Obama clearly plans to act more aggressively than his predecessor after North Korea's first nuclear test more than two years ago. Yesterday he called it a blatant violation of international law and vowed to take action.

Russia and China also condemned the nuclear test, as did the U.N. Security Council. But we've been here and done this before when it comes to North Korea. It remains to be seen if they will be on the same page as President Obama when it comes to taking a next step - whatever that is. And there are other countries to consider as well, like Japan and South Korea, who could be in danger of a direct attack. North Korea is a rogue nation that continues to prove it is undeserving of a seat at the table of civilized nations.

Here’s my question to you: What can the international community do about North Koreas nuclear weapons program?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: North Korea