December 18th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/18/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're tracking the massive storm that could cause a big mess along the east coast this weekend. Plus,  a Mexican  drug cartel leader is killed and law enforcement is on alert for reprisal attacks. We take you inside the war next door.

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  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Casey Jones, the population of China would be 300-400 million more today than it is without the one child policy. That's more than the US total population. 300 million fewer polluters.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. gisela g.l.

    we must legalize all drugs, there is no other way to control them, let history speak for that, imagine what we could do with all of that tax money...health insurance for instance, the drug dealers are the most vested in keeping drugs illegal.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Emily

    Sorry, I missed the start of this story....someone shot that dog?!


    was it a seeing eye dog, or therapy dog, or something like that?

    or a pet dog?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  4. lisal .canada

    @nigel canada
    i am not saying that one is any less harmful than the other "soft/hard" (i did use the double-quote thing to indicate that is how it is often phrased!). i guess the underlying question was if the so-called street drugs market were to disappear, would the cartels merely move over to taking over the prescription drug trade. it's a difficult subject to cover in 30 words or less!!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Ivanka

    I hope that the family wins the case. This isn't a misdemeanor!!!!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  6. nigel canada

    My daughters would love a dog. I am deathly allergic, and it is painful that I can't let them have a puppy for Christmas.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  7. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    You can't replace your best friend! This is maddening!
    I absolutely love all the 360 dog children!
    Tweet your woofers!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  8. Kathryn

    Creating a diminished demand for drugs goes beyond drug prevention programs and drug treatment centers- which are absolutely important to have. The need for drugs is not just from recreational users, but many use them to excess- to escape and try to manage the pressures created from an extremely complex web of cultural, societal and religious expectations and norms. I do not know how to untangle that web, but it will need more than the approach being applied now.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Dodie

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracus

    Yes, China has implemented the one child family. And I agree with you that each person creates a 'footprint' on our planet. The people have agreed because they number 2 billion. However, their pollution far out weighs the US. You only need to go to Beijing to see the terrible pollution. They have no mechanism to decrease transportation or factory pollutions. It is really terrible over there.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree all of you, Michael Ware is doing great job reporting the next door on war... Also I agree with Michael!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  11. Karen, MN

    Love a great winter storm. Making snow angels and drinking hot chocolate

    December 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  12. charlie

    My Son having been bitten by a neighbors dog in the UK, it is perfectly logical to have a healthy fear od dogs. The fact that in this case the dog got shot is the fault of the US lack of gun control.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    David Gergen. that just got me to lol but even so an agreement.

    We need to staunch the demand for illegal drugs.

    Gary Tuchman's intvw w Melinda Martin does reveal upsetting innerworkings of those seminars. If the breakdown breakthrough thing was what he was doing, it would be wildly negligent to leave one of his seminar participant walking around alone experiencing being homeless. How is the legal investigation going at this pt?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Patricia

    Hello Erica,

    I thought I heard Anderson say a few days ago that you are pregnant and wanted to express my congratulations! Very happy news! All the best with the pregnancy.


    December 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. lisal .canada

    @erica – the dog pictures on the blog were all so adorable - what a sweet idea! there are a lot of dog-lovers at ac360... 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Rand spokane, wa.

    I beleive a dog is legally personal property, and emotionally a member of the family. My wife is legally my wife.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Will, I know how you feel re. shoveling snow!
    A snow blower was a great investment! 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Gary Tuchman- another eye opening piece on the Ray story.

    Mr. Ray's record, so far, does not seem to qualify him as ANY kind of spiritual teacher.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Karin

    I would hope the followers of Ray, if not literally, are now snake bitten

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  20. nigel canada

    please don't confuse prescription vs street drugs as soft vs. hard . The prescription opiods that people abuse (oxycodone etc.) cause just as much destruction to peoples lives as some of their close street relatives (heroin)

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  21. Chaney, Louisiana

    Janeh . John McCain is hoping we forgot, he did the same thing.My how they do preen and posture.....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  22. James

    Hey Dodie you hit the nail on the head the biggest problem isn't the drug lords its the people who use them .... think about it during our great depression/recession or what ever you want to call it the illegal drugs lords are making millions ..... it all about the money .....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike...Isn't China kind of like the Wal-Mart of world population? They're so far ahead I'm not sure the "one child" policy really makes a different at this point.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  24. Emily

    Obama should try and focus on getting the Mexican Gov to hold more responsibility for their actions there!
    Michael Ware has provided plenty of evidence that much is going on that they are ignoring!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  25. Craig Wilson

    Re: drug war, Mexico. Yes, reduce the demand for drugs. No 2, kill all the drug lords, cartels, use flame throwers to destroy the crops and the finished product. Use flame throwers and drone planes to kill the drug sellers.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  26. A. Smith, Oregon

    Melinda Martin has repeatedly stated she gave CPR to a sweat lodge victim that repeatedly vomited back into her mouth. That has occurred to me when I worked as a paramedic, you really are giving it 200% of all you have when you work under such difficult conditions trying to save someone's life.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Will

    @Erica – Yes, have the snow shovel on the ready and the icy/hot for the back pains to follow. Hah!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Dodie

    Very tragic that one would want to terrify the truth out of people! You never know how the person will respond. Especially if they are fragile.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo David Gergen,
    I agree complete with you. I think it is very interesting Pres. Obama was there at Copenhagen, Sweden with leaders, I hope he will fly back to Washington D.C. safely home due snowing!!!!!! Yes David..... Erica is doing great job fill-in for Anderson!!! 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This "insider" seems credible. It will be interesting to see who else will be charged as the story unfolds. If anyone is trying to protect Ray by not speaking up, that's kind of like blind faith, isn't it?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  31. james

    I feel that no matter what the government does to stop the drugs from mexico wont help. The government program D.E.A.R really doesn't work either because at that age NO kid wants to listen to adults and they only care about getting out of school or going to lunch. The best way to end the war on drugs is to legalize drugs and limit the amount of us. Also get out of the wars we are in and take a full attack on the mexican cartel taking it completly out of power.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Has anyone considered that by implementing a 'one child' policy, China is doing more to control emissions than anyone else? Studies show more people mean more emissions. We should be driving toward zero population growth.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  33. Martin Pennington, Psy.D.

    I work in recovery. It amazes me that since Viet Nam when our government was bringing drugs into Saigon and then to United States that nothing has changed. The English have legalized drugs and that removes the middle man and the Cartels. It is time in America that we stop putting our heads in the sand and make the drugs legal which then stops the illegal activities.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    ray will find out that actions have consequences.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  35. Karin

    After all the years the US has been fighting the Drug War, no one really has a solution that would a put a stop to it. Just "Say No to Drugs" certainly didn't do it. While Calderon is trying his best to put a dent in the business dealling of the Cartels, he alone cannot stop them. By now the Cartel has infiltrated the States and in the general the situation has from bad to worse.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Dodie

    The sweat lodge was made from man made materials. It does Not breathe. This is very dangerous.

    Very sad that Ray was only interested in money. He did not even care about people's lives. Hopefully this will be a good lesson for other followers.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Emily

    @David Gergen,

    That's not a surprise....not even Obama could get these countries, esp. China, to agree to make changes re. the environment.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  38. James

    here on the east coast will be battered by snow storms this weekend

    December 18, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Chaney, Louisiana

    hello everyone, We have a lot of people that think man made Global warming is bunk.... they are tea-party, conservative? spooky ideas.....they also have a profound distrust of President Obama, they believe Becks lunacy, he should be ashamed of taking advantage of ignorance......the GOP did agood job "hi-jacking" healthcare reform....they told enough lies about it, to scare the h### out of our seniors,I know because my Congressman was is one of them....I am really upset with Congress, all of them, President Obama ran on a platform of ideas, and they dont get it.....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Rick

    I think Copenhagen fell short. We need to fight global warming

    December 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Dodie

    @ A. Smith, Oregon

    you are absolutely correct. The only way we can control this is by decreasing our appetite for drugs. And that is difficult when you have generations of born addicted babies....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  42. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Michael Ware has tried consistently to say that the drug war is

    1. A result of American greed/need for drugs.

    2. The cartels are already in the US and kidnapping and killing.

    I agree with him.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  43. A. Smith, Oregon

    The DEA is imo as corrupt as most cartel members. The War on Drugs is a utter failure. America needs to return control of drugs to the medical community and out of the hands of corrupt politicians.

    The DEA agent stated we can't legalize meth amphetamine. Adderal is 'legal' amphetamines and often prescribed across America.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  44. lisal .canada

    i am curious how the breakdown of prescription-drugs/teens vs adults and street drugs ("soft/hard") in teens vs adults. just wondering how the percentages of prescription vs street breaks down demographically.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  45. nigel canada

    Don't underestimate the power of the individual. If you believe in something, live to that ideal. Democracy is not just something that happens when you vote, its an opportunity to lead by example every day.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Will

    Mexican government need to do more for their people as well. America can't do it by ourselves.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Annie Kate

    @David Gergen – I love the mangy rabbit bit. Looking at what happened at Copenhagen and what did not (mainly what did not) I think we only got a small sniff of a mangy rabbit with no rabbit to go with the smell. We have a lot of problems that for a lot of people are "more important" than climate change but climate change makes all the other things worse – if we go after climate change and try to fix it then we may just find that we will solve a lot of other problems at the same time.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Every time we talk about these stories (Mexico drug dealing and related crimes) I really worry about what's happening on our soil and how soon it's going to get exponentially worse, as they are discussing. It's clear, after all these years, we are never going to get control over drug use in the U.S.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Dodie

    It would be nice if we could break up the drug cartels. Living so close to Mexico, those cartels can easily creep across the borders. I would appreciate if they could really tighten up the borders.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ David, Indiana

    An Agreement on emissions for the whole world is hard to come to, but the leaders seemed so neglectful. I was disappointed!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
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