April 14th, 2008
07:08 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...Happy Monday...

The story unfolding at the Polygamous' YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch continues to dominate the headlines... The mothers of children removed are appealing to Gov. Rick Perry for help, saying some of their children have become sick and even required hospitalization. In the letter, they say the children are "horrified" by physical examinations they have undergone while in state custody. A few of the women actually spoke to local journalists...AND the invesitgation moves into a San Angelo courthouse this week as the state argues to retain custody of 416 children removed from their parents. Texas bar officials say more than 350 attorneys from across the state have volunteered to represent the children for free...David Mattingly has been pounding the pavement all weekend and will bring us the latest.

Gary Tuchman will be LIVE tonight from Colorado City - where hundreds of FLDS community members gathered last night - then blocked our cameras from seeing which "male" leaders were present...who was there? and what were they discussing? a Gary Tuchman will have all the details...

AND we sent Dan Simon north of the border to Bountiful, British Columbia where FLDS leader Winston Blackmore lives. Winston split from Warren Jeffs years ago, but he spoke to Dan about the raid in Texas among other things. Our cameras were also granted rare access to Blackmore and his family at what they call the "rodeo", a corral where the family rides horses and just kind of hangs out.

ALSO tonight SIU reporter Abby Boudreau introduces us to Richard Sonnen - Richard grew up in rural Idaho. When he was a junior in high school, he’d had enough being bullied and became obsessed with the Columbine massacre, and started planning a shooting at his own school. But he confessed his plans to his mother, who immediately had him committed to a mental hospital. When he got out, he went to college. But it happened all again. Police then took him into custody over alleged threats to blow up his college and local high school. Now almost 19, he’s on his own. Abby talks to Richard and his mom - it is a rare look inside the mind of a would-be school shooter.

OF COURSE, Candy Crowley will get you up to speed on the latest Hillary vs. Obama rift... At a campaign stop in Steelton, Pa., Obama said "shame on her...She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment. She's talking like she's Annie Oakley," Clinton responded last night, at a CNN televised forum on faith and politics, that Sen. Barack Obama's remark about "bitter" small-town voters clinging to religion and guns raised legitimate concerns about his character....There are ONLY 8 days until the PA primary...the gloves are coming off...

AND speaking of gloves....the NY Yankee/Boston Red Sox rivalry hit a new all-time high. A construction worker, an obvious Red Sox fan, tried to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium....Well, the curse was foiled Sunday when after a tip jack hammers dug up the offending shirt from its burial spot....how great is that? YOU CANNOT make this stuff up...

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  1. Mary

    I don't think have earned lots of money is a crime or wrong. Only a fool would turn away honest money. We should be trying to find ways to earn more money as individuals, and stop worrying or complaing about our former President and his success. Don't envy anyone's success, you will only defeat yourself. I am proud that their or people in this country who have learned how to make an honest dollar. Sale a book, sale more books, draw a pension ..a big fat pension. These are the kind of people I would like to give me some advice. The blind cannot lead the blind or both will fall into a ditch. I think people who have noting to do all day but hate..GO FISHING...........................

    April 14, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  2. Mike Kimbrough

    When will america stop believing everything they hear in the news. for the last 5 years we have heard people dehumanized and killed but it was okay they were "insurgents" now we have seen that same methodlogy used against American citizen. in Texas, These people are a cult,poligamist or a sect. Its time Americans understand the pile of crap they are eating. This community of American citizens are just that citizens deserving of all that once meant. the freedom to pursue thier happiness and the Freedom to practice their owm religion. They like many others of our common ancestery. braved the seas in sailboats to establish a land where they could do just that. It is time the media gave equal time and unbias look at what it suppose to mean to be American.

    April 14, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    This is so sad that they keep them away from the world and don't let them see what is truly going on.

    They tell them scary stuff to keep them from going out into the world, when where they are is far worse than what the world would do to them. Actually the opposite.

    They found cyanide or some notation of it I heard. Did anyone think to check the dairy? Just a thought.

    I hope sects like this cease to exist.

    April 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
  4. Slater

    I think the media is really getting a rise out of blowing this out of proportion. The truth is, there is no 16 year old girl, which means there is no evidence that can substantiate their probable cause to remove these children. Even if they get evidence after the raid, it all goes down the toilet if due process is not followed.

    the public is going to be incensed when these kids go back to the custody of their parents because the have the presumptive Constitutional right to custdoy. The authorities just did a poor job at securing this case by not following due process.

    It's a shame; one other indications of our poor choices in this country, both socially and financially.

    One more comment, then I will have to say that if we do not move on from this shark fest, I will switch to other media, CNN should get "legal analysts" that are current attorneys that know current case law steeped in knowledge of Constitutional rights. Your current legal analysts are mere "laymen" that have no foundation nor credentials to claim they are apprised in in current law and legal theory.

    April 14, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  5. angie tn

    why why why i say every time obama say something out of the box (when he is speaking the truth) alarms goes off??? when he said people were bitter he wasn't lieing they are....not only are they bitter their mad upset sick and tired of being sick and tired how can you make a dollare out of fifteen cent???? he is in touched with the people i wish he would speak more frankly bring it home for people to understand that middleclass is now the poor and the poor is just forgotten. everybody is feeling this thing you think you're making one step forward in reality you made two steps back...so i say u go obama bring the truth and let america see itself as it is.....

    April 14, 2008 at 11:23 am |

    We are starting to see Obama's true colors his Wife’s comments, His defense of Rev. Wrights comments and when he thinks no one is listening except his elite friends he takes a stab at us regular folks . I will never vote for a fake like him I have been a strong vote for the democrats. If the anti American, anti working class racist gets the nomination I will have 100 John McCain’s yard signs in my yard... At least we would know what we're up against

    April 14, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  7. Sylvia Hancock

    Hillary Clinton, McCain and the syndicated news spinmasters berate Obama for saying people "cling" to their religion in troubled times and they claim such a statement is demeaning. The trouble is that neither Hillary nor the vast majority of the media are deep thinkers or have any sincere religious convictions. They probably have rarely attended church and wouldn't be aware of hymns that use this expression. One that came immediately to my mind is "My Life Flows On in Endless Song". "The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart...No storm can shake my in-most calm While to that rock i'm clinging." See Praise publications. It was very natural for Obama to use the phrase cling to your faith because he is a regular church goer and a man of deep faith and compassion. I enjoyed listening to the Compassion Forum but the pundit commentary afterword was terrible. No wonder people call CNN the Clinton News Network. You repeat ad nauseum every rediculous attack she makes on Obama.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  8. C.Graham

    I think that Hillary and Dick need to go hunting together.

    April 14, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  9. Dee Stevens

    i hope Anderson Cooper will be sitting at his anchor desk soon broadcasting live at 10 pm for CNN. Doing his job !!! Comparing the gloves of baseball to the PA primary is a good analogy. Good morning

    April 14, 2008 at 8:23 am |
  10. Diane

    While I can see the children being horrified by the physical exams that they had to endure that is nothing compared to what they probably have been through from their fathers and would have went through after being forced to marry so young. Obviously Texas did the right thing and I hope that they can keep those poor kids away from their families and that cult.

    It is funny that Gary always gets the assignments where they shut doors in his face and don't want him around! Yet he is still so very nice! Can't wait to see what he has in store for us next.

    Another day another big fight between Hillary and Obama it seems. I wish they'd give it up and get back to the real issues. I guess now we are seeing what they both are really made of! And that Obama isn't as squeaky clean as people like to think.

    April 14, 2008 at 8:22 am |
  11. mytasantiago

    Good morning NY!

    Wow, the polygamist issue is really something. I guess it's hard to really ignore it. Polygamy isn't bad, unless violation of human rights are dragged into it, and that's what I see in the YFZ group. Once again, kudos to Mr. Mattingly for doing a good job on helping us understand what's going on.

    @Baseball rivalry: Hmmm... it's just like college basketball... Looks interesting to watch. I guess when it's about sports, the air becomes passionate. 🙂

    Hope to see Anderson on the chair today. Missed him. 😀

    April 14, 2008 at 7:57 am |
  12. linda slatzer

    if people in small towns who have lost their jobs, and with them their hope for a stable future are not bitter then there is something wrong with them.

    If they don't turn to their religion though cling might not have been the best descriptive word then their truly are not religiouis.

    Is hillary now saying that small town blue collar worker is an idiot. It is always being alluded too that they are not very smart.

    Well I have news for hillary we are smart smart enouigh to know she is pulling a con on us.

    YES I AM BITTER about a future I don't see before me because my government let me down. AND yes I cling to my religion because it is the one constant I have at the moment.

    GET OVER YOURSELF MISS HILLBILL OBAMA IS NOT THE ONE PULLING IN 100 million then attempting to play yourself off as understanding MY PLIGHT

    April 14, 2008 at 7:42 am |
  13. kevin

    ...If you can spend 100,000+ dollars on 1 bomb to drop on Iraq, and you cant spend a cent to send our future to college...someone has to stop the madness...if not our politicians, then it is up to the people.

    April 14, 2008 at 7:41 am |

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