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January 26th, 2011
09:52 PM ET

9/11 Coin Scam?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, accusations that a company is selling bogus 10th anniversary 9/11 commemorative coins. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus the uproar over a theme park planned in Kentucky that will feature a full-size Noah's Ark. The state is reportedly giving tax breaks. The governor says it will create much needed jobs, but critics want to know where is the separation of church and state. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Edwin, it's even more unfortunate that consumers are so gullible.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  2. CHARLIE

    If bullying is illegal of course the police should be called. Teachers are not law enforcement officers. If it is not illegal it should be.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    Would the local government be just as willing to assist a Muslim theme park? Freedom of Religion applies to all religions,Christians don't get off the hook for everything.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Sue from Syracuse

    Truth in advertising standards need to be improved DRASTICALLY. Enough innuendos and escape clause languages while implying all kinds of things. Implications – direct or in third party language (which is worse) – should be disallowed. Let ads give it STRAIGHT UP with "Just the facts"!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yay!!!! No more red codes!!!!!!! 🙂

    I love "The shot" suspect escapes out of the window, he vomited and brought to hospital.... OUCH!!!! LOL!!!!! Funny shot, Thanks Anderson!!!!!! 🙂

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Helen

    Hello Anderson and the AC 360 team. Sorry, that I am viewing the program late. The burgular's escape from the police car. It a bit horrifying. Ooh, that's gotta hurt. That is not the worst kind of escape. The burgular did not have a safety plan.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Kevin

    I'm sure that the Ark Park will be just as successful as Heritage USA.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  8. lisal -canada

    just a thought – but that is perhaps why women seem so "catty" about another attractive woman – they actually listen to what they say and judge them on what comes out of their mouth instead of just how they look – just a theory

    January 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Emily

    What do you all think of Homeland Security no longer using the color-coded terrorism warning system?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The shot: That's someone who really needed to get to freedom. Really not smart, lucky they weren't killed.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am glad they are doing away with that stupid color coded threat system. That thing did not make any sense!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  12. Sue from Syracuse

    What frauds! Unbelievable.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  13. lisal -canada

    so does that imply if one wants to be taken seriously [and actually have someone hear what you actually sy] as a female, that one should be slightly less attractive?

    or does that suggest that if one is overly attractive, they can say just about anything and no one really cares because no one really hear it?

    ??? really

    January 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Rod

    Unfortunately you'r not alone...The coin adds are on the air ways in Ont. as well,for both coins. I look forward to the day they shut these low life;s down. A Canadian heart felt to all of 911.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, she went too far! Call the parents before calling the police officers!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Lisa in Louisville

    As a Christian I'm not thrilled about this park as it only depicts a fundamental theology, not to mention the separation of church and state...

    January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Kim

    So will they be open on Sundays? Would that really be appropriate? How to make the profits they expect to and still honor the theme?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Emily

    @Gloria,
    "Let the congregation pay for it."
    I agree with you! I don't understand why this group feels like it deserves a financial break from the Gov. I liked that one remark was made.."The first Noah's Ark made it off the ground with government help, this one can do the same..."

    January 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  19. randy

    if someone WANTS to go Why not? Who are we to interferewith someonenes belief. Tolerance and true love and caring will prevail... always:I.E.Gahndi, Mandela

    January 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My goodness!!!!!! I have shocking news teacher tried help girl against bullies at school!!!!!! They have no right teacher suspend from school, I think school made big mistake being control bullies!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Edwin

    My understanding is that all the gold and silver stored under Ground Zero was recovered, accounted for, and remains the property of the bank that owned it on 9/11. Therefore, the representation about the origin of the gold and silver in these coins is fraudulent and, consequently, legally actionable by the FTC. It's a shame that someone can make a profit through deception from suffering of those whose lives were tragically affected by what happened on 9/11.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  22. rose

    what percentage of the theme park is teaching religion?...if it's 99 then they should get the money from their worshippers thru collections...i don't think there's going to be any dumbo rides from the ark...

    January 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Miriam

    Hmmm... what if there was a reason they could not put a line like "Bought from Bank of NS" in the commercial...

    January 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  24. CHARLIE

    I have always wondered why the police are not ordinarily called to deal with school premises behavior issues.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Ranjit Singh

    What happens if this was a Islamic organization with a "theme" park...how would people feel about it?!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Barbara

    About this "Ark" project in Kentucky – George W. Bush opened the floodgates by deciding that "faith-based" organizations could apply for and receive government money. Now they are so entrenched in every aspect of the federal budget that it will take a super-human effort to disentangle all this mess. What a miscarriage of the Constitutional right to freedom of religion! You are free to have your own religion, but you are not free to expect the government to finance it! Period.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  27. lisal -canada

    if the government puts money into it, would it have "a say" in how it was run? what if they told them what kind of light-bulbs to use in the theme-park – would THAT be a show-stopper?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  28. ian

    It's very simple, would the government support this theme park if was a muslim theme park? Then it shouldn't sponsor it for Noah's ark either.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Casey! Thanks for your comment!!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Emily

    Hooray for this teacher!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Scott

    So, there's a problem with supporting a theme park that is bibically based, but no problem supporting a theme park based upon cartoon characters?

    Even if you mock the theology and don't believe anything based upon Biblical history (unicorns and all, as the sarcastic fellow said), it's no more ridiculous that supporting mickey mouse, yosemite sam and the like.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Let the congregation pay for it.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  33. CHARLIE

    @ Paul
    So the 911 fund is making money out of this.
    Calling it fund raising does not change that.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Emily

    I am listening to the comments and I really do not see a problem here.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  35. randy

    ALL cultures have this in thier history!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Off the top of my head I'd say I don't have a problem with this. I wouldn't go but then if many want to it's fine with me. I can think of worse things that might get incentives to build or operate in a given location. Aren't these folks capitalizing on the new "vocal right"?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I don't think it's fair to other religions that something like this is being built. I also don't think it's fair if they have the tax payers pay for it; not everyone is a christian, so why make the people who are other religions pay for something that is not representing their beliefs

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  38. molly

    I see no controversy with the theme park. People choose whether of not they want to visit the park and determine for themselves what they want to think. State Universities offer Religion courses, state schools – not private. There have been far more state subsidized programs that could be considered questionable. It is creating jobs. It's fine.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Edward

    church and state(Kentucky) are the same

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It sounds like the state investment will create more job for less average cost than the Stimulus

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Starr...very good analogy

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Mike - Las Vegas

    Oh Kentucky, are you really still that ignorant? Let them build their fantasy park, just don't make taxpayers pay for it. Raise the funds in your churches if it's such a legitimate operation.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Kelly - PA

    With states under crippling budget deficits – in PA there's even been debate about the state not providing funds to state and private colleges – how can a state afford to pay for a bible theme park?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Emily

    This might be more difficult than we think.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Steven Moore

    Anderson, The theme park is just another business and creating jobs. If other businesses get tax breaks why should this theme park not get them?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    Perhaps, Will also will shut down this companies........... I think should have investigation against this companies as well.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Gene ODonnell

    Can we ban ads until they submit credible proof of their claims? Maybe something like the FDA which requires at least peer review of the claims made instead of the subtle discalimers.

    It also applies to political ads regardless of affiliation. Fact check before publication.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    All religious-based (which includes biblical history) businesses, which includes churches, should be taxed, period.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  49. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    A Bible Park? Aside from the very good questions about financing, does it also mean that we can have an Islamic Park, Atheistic Park, Jewish Park, on and on?

    And, if we have all of these other parks, how will they be acceptably financed? Will they get subsidies too?

    I support separate church & state!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  50. terry knight

    hi anderson just watching your show how interesting to see that at one time i almost bought this said coin from a shopping channel show here in canada but for some reason i did not however now seeing the fine print that you displayed i now see why attention is the focus of what you buy buyer be aware
    my heart goes out to all the people who bought a coin as they thought they were supporting the familys and freinds of the terrible tradgity that took place years ago i hope your goverment puts these people behind bars for scamming so many people truly love your show terry knight

    January 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
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