March 28, 2009

Saturday's LKL: Ed Norton and "Border Terror"

Posted: 12:39 PM ET

Tonight: Can turning off your lights save the planet?  That's what actor and activist Edward Norton, the World Wildlife Fund and others are saying!Ed Norton And they're asking people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour tonight to make a global statement about climate change.  Singer Alanis Morissette also joins the conversation at the desk in LA.  Will YOU participate?  Can this REALLY help?

But first, terror at the border! Murder, kidnapping and threats grip Mexico as the drug trade takes over – and threatens the U.S.!!  Can it be stopped?  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to the region this week to get a firsthand look at the problems there.  Anderson Cooper, Edward James Olmos, Tom Tancredo and others join Larry to talk about the battles that have claimed more than 6,000 lives in the past year alone.   Plus, Larry talks to the family of someone who was kidnapped in Mexico.

For more information on the EARTH HOUR project Edward Norton talks about tonight, check out:  earthhourus.org

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Dodie from Irvine, CA   March 25th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

The dollar’s 41 percent drop against the euro during Bush’s term writes the economic epitaph.
Bush represents the worst-performing economy in the G-8 after Italy.
America’s dependence on imported capital to finance a $9.5 trillion debt — up from $5.7 trillion when Bush took office — has driven down the currency.

The G20 summit meeting in London on 2 April will be discussing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the weak American Dollar.
With the above information, which is shown in a number of articles, how can anyone see Obama as the one crippling the USA?

And for the Republicans to want President Obama to fail, you are as foolish as you were when supporting Bush, unless you made a billion dollars in off shore accounts!!!

I live 60 miles from the Mexican Border and I am not happy about this situation.


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

To Republicans: Frist: I am a vet, and when I think about the fact that I signed up to die for people like the luxury addicted financial sociopaths on Wall Street and AIG I could vomit.

Second: this Mexican border thing is NOTHING new, it has been going on for 8 yrs.- and why did you allow this? Cheap labor...again I say thanks Republicans...you are capitalistic swine.

Hi Dodie, FL invitation is open anytime.


Elizabeth from Ohio   March 25th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

If they wanted to do some thing with the drugs in this Country it would have used are Millatary long ago , again some ones palm was getting greased ,and I will be changing my politcal party as soon as I can!!!!
I voted for this President , but I have had enough all ready! He does have a good line on tv tv tv so now he should get to work or go have a drink with our last President. I think both party,s should go packing ,Im not falling for this TALK again!!! No one in Whashington talks about the seniors or the very poor! What a disgrace to this good Country


David   March 25th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

The violence in Mexico has been largely attributed to the reported flow of weapons into Mexico from the US. However, the criminals in Mexico routinely use modern fully automatic weapons, hand grenades, and rocket-propelled grenades; none of which are legal in the US. In fact, some of these weapons have been traced to thrid countries. Of course, there are severe gun control measures in place in Mexico, that arguably prevent law-abiding citizens from defending themselves against the criminals. Is the Mexican example an illustration of the failure of the same kind of gun control programs that the Obama Administration advocates now, in response to the violence in Mexico?


Vanessa, El Paso, TX   March 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Hi Larry, so glad to hear CNN finally doing a report from the border, shedding light in this mes..I gotta tell you, El Paso is one of the safest cities..Its sad to hear that the most murderous city is right next door..I feel safe, so I really believe Anderson is safe...BTW...you can tell Anderson while in El Paso to eat some Chico's Tacos..good food, if he needs help...


tom kaneb   March 25th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Larry

Why is there not more being said about where these drug cartels are getting their weapons fom – including and esp. their automatic weapons? This is the source of their power to intimidate. The weapons are coming from the US !!

We know from history that we cannot stilfe demand. So why is the US not doing anything to prevent the weapons from getting to these cartels? THis is grossly hypocritical and stupid public policy.


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Oh please, Bush allowed this, it has been happening for years- just esculating now, because all the cheap labor jobs are gone- all they have left is to sell drugs. People have been screaming for yrs. for troops on the border and REPUBLICANS DID NOTHING!


Vanessa, El Paso, TX   March 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Hi Larry, I'm from El Paso...and it is quite safe here on this side..I know Anderson is in good hands..Its hard to believe that El Paso, one of the safest cities along the border, is a sister city to one of the most murderous in North America..but law enforcement is doing a great job, so glad to have CNN here reporting on this mess..and thank you for shedding some light on this issue..
BTW you can tell Anderson, he can't leave El Paso without eating
Chico's Tacos..best tacos in El Paso..if he needs help let me know..lol


Danapop   March 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Want to know how to cut the head off the drug cartels? LEGALIZE THE DRUGS!! What the United States has to learn is that a certain percentage of its citizens WANT NARCOTIC and OTHER DRUGS-and if they have to, will obtain them from from illegal sources-including Mexico.

Is our sense of self righteousness worth the lives of all these people?

Legalize the drugs, sell them in liquor stores and be done with it! The consumer will get a higher grade of drug to consume (no Paraquat to rot out his lungs in the marijuana), we'll get tax dollars and the cartels will be put out of business.

Isn't it time to do this? Haven't too many died already (and I'm including US citizens who have died from impure drugs here)?


Leanne Greene   March 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

We cannot expect to eradicate the drug problem in Mexico because it originates in the United States. Until we can stop the demand, the supply will keep flowing–if not from Mexico, then from somewhere else.

Leanne
Ashland, Oregon


Jeanine   March 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I would like Americans to not go to Mexico for anything including tourism. Let's keep them out of our country and we will stay out of theirs. That is the only answer there is. Border Control? yeah right.


Connie Michael   March 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

My son is in Cancun on spring break. It worries me when I hear these reports.I can only pray that he will return home safely.I am under the assumption the violence is along the border rather than at the resorts.Is that so?


Marianne from Utah   March 25th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

There are almost 7,000 gun shops along the U.S. – Mexico border. Someone can walk in most of these shops and purchase a weapon within 5 minutes. So what is the surprise, here?


Raul   March 25th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

i live in el paso and i have been following the violence in juarez. ever since the military has arrived, crime has gone down. the military presence is very strong; you cannot go through juarez today without seeing military units around almost all large avenues.


Sharon   March 25th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

It is the lawmakers who have created the drug war situation with their stupid, stupid, myopic laws. Those stupids laws is what has made this a multi-billion dollar business, and it is the huge sums of money that is the root cause of the problem. This can so easily be permanently turned around. Meanwhile the legal drugpushers are among the biggest advertisers on television.

This is insane.


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Mexico has nothing I want, and I would never let my son go there on Spring Break.


Miriam   March 25th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

The current situation in Mexico reminds me of the situation in Colombia in the late 80s and 90s. Drug traffickers will continue to look for safe-havens to run their illegal business, which brings along unspeakable violence wherever it goes. This is a call for a coordinated effort amongst leaders of the worlds to stop drug use, and decrease armament flow to our countries, and increase our standards of living, so that our authorities are not so corruptible by dirty money.


Jeanine   March 25th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

We sould warn the young adults to stay out of that country. There are too many others that are friendly and safe. I would be in support of my tax $$ to go toward s tough border control. Keep our agents doing their jobs safe. Please get those two in jail out for doing their job to keep us safe


Antonio   March 25th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

It is devastating that Mexico is currently going through so much violence. The U.S government unfortunately is acting rather late in the game. The U.S. is the leading consumer in drugs in the world! The cartels have noticed how much money they have been able to get out of us Americans and now they have taken over the border cities. One thing we need to understand is that immigration has nothing to do with drug cartels, nice way of making an excuse but it’s not the real answer!


Jeff Bundy   March 25th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

The violence and corruption could be reduced greatly by the legalization of marijuana. I'm not for breaking the law but we are losing lives and the quality of life, not to mention a great source of income because of a plant is illegal.


Vanessa, El Paso, TX   March 25th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

@Jeanine..since the Mexican military has arrived, violence has decreased..basically, what you hear in sound bites and short clips are stuff that happened probably 1-2 mo ago..I agree, ppl should not go,I've got family living over there..even I don't want to go over there


jim ewing   March 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

i live in cozumel,and this island is safer than miami.


John O'Neal, Miami   March 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Instead of playing the blame game, how about just doing something to help. Write your congressman. E-mail your senator. Call the White House. Demand that both the legislative and administrative branches of our federal government require the Mexican government to bring Felix Batista and the other Americans home today if they want another dime of assistance. Be a part of the solution, not a bigger part of the problem.


Steve   March 25th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry,
Do any of the people on the panel believe the USA will send troops into Mexico to assist the Mexican Federalies?


Jeremy, Nelson BC   March 25th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry,
It seems like drugs are flowing over the borders from the south and from the north. Is Canada's slack drug laws a worry to the US ?

ps. I'm glad to see the US government under O'Bama is finally focussing attention on issues from home soil rather than just fighting wars in foreign lands.


Marianne from Utah   March 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

The battles ensuing along the border is a result of the Bush administration's unashamed catering to the NRA gun lobby, a lack of critical vigilance along the U.S. border, and the trickle down effect of this government's own hideous policy to simply resort to conflict to satisfy greed.

We taught them well.


Cynthia Zehm   March 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

As an American who has loved, lived and owned property in Mexico, I can only say that the United States must accept equal responsibility for this problem. We are the market! Legalize, regulate and tax drugs and eradicate the criminal element. Control the quality, quantity and generate billions in revenue. It's simple.


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Exactly CONTROL THE BORDER! Bush should have done it and he did not.


bernadette coppola   March 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I was kidnapped in Acapulco some years ago. Seems that the cluprits were those supossedly protecting us! Not so. it was the police that got paid to TAKE ME!!!!! I remember one of the kidnappers specifically by the gun and his height and a long mustache.....needless to say, I thought that this can't be happening; after all I'm no one! Little did I know....that I was someone......


Juan, Santa Cruz, CA   March 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Its time for regular americans to begin taking personal responsibility for this viscous war in Mexico. Cut the demand and end the supply. We must focus our attention at the root of the problem, in many of the homes of suburbia and middle-america which perceive drug use to be recreational and harmless.


Vanessa, El Paso, TX   March 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Larry, we do have troops..we have Ft Bliss..were are safe at least in El Paso...can you clarify that w/ your guest?


Steve Wood   March 25th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am an American who has lived in Mexico for nearly 15 years. I frequently travel within the country. The comments by Tom ?? are so far off base as to be laughable. He has no concept of the Mexican culture.

The problem is in fact our money, our drug use, our guns! Everyone knows it. Olmos has it right.


Roger Johnson   March 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Yes, Larry, I'm traveling to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for sixteen days in April. I have no fear about going there! Besides my beautiful, lovely wife whose there taking care of her sick dad, will protect me if there's trouble hahaha


Joanne   March 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

This boils down to the same old culture of heads-of-states, law makers, and greed and coruption. These are intelligent people who are making a way for this to continue. THE GOVERNMENT.......... from both sides. Wake up people......


Dennis Wheeler   March 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Why don't we fight the drug war based on the demand side of the conflict. Will defeating the cartels stop the demand? Won't someone else jump in to supply the demand?


Patricia   March 25th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The one thing that comes to mind pertaining to the increase in security in the border towns is what about the corruption that already exists in these border towns. I live in Mcallen, Texas we are 35 minutes from Nuevo Progresso and 30 Minutes from Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The corruption in he law enforcement along this area is something that needs to be cleaned up first on the U.S. front with these drug cartels dealings. How can we ask that are border areas be secured when our very own law enforcement entitiies are involved with the drugs, money and gun trade.


jackie farrell   March 25th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

We have traveled to the tourist attractions in Mexico for the past 13 years and never had a problem. When we asked the police that we encountered there why that was the case, they said it was because of the value of the tourist dollar to the mexicans that worked there. They said that bad press would eliminate most of their jobs so they were very helpful when a problem with violence did occur. Most of the Mexicans we met were wonderful and very helpful and spoke excellent English. Never once did we have a problem and we travelled from Puerta Vallara, Cancun, Cabos San Lucos, Central and Northern Mexico. However, we are afraid to go to Acupalco.


lJo Ann, Ohio   March 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

They are never going to control illegal drugs without completely controlling the border on both sides, but the Mexican government is corrupt and it does not want to discourage the illegals from crossing into the US so they won't help.

Legalizing drugs won't work because these types of drugs have to be distributed through prescriptions and I doubt drug addicts are going to be satisfied with their "fair share."


Theodore A. Johnson   March 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Shame on Mr. Olmos for blaming the U.S. for the drug problem in Mexico. Ultimately Mexico is responsible for the violence, and is guilty of not doing enough to control it.

As far as Juarez, it's part of a Province (Chihuahua) who prints Poncho Villa's image on their license plate – Mexico's version of Saddam Hussein and who terrorized all Mexicans, not only his opponents, much in the same way the drug cartel does today . That says a lot.


Jennifer   March 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry,

The Drug War was started with Marijuana Prohibition primarily during
Nixon. I was born during his reign. All I have seen is the growth in my generation's interest in marjiuana smoking. Why can't we bring down the high price by legalizing marijuana, regulating it as a commodity to be traded, sold and regulated in the U.S., and eventually lower the price of a prohibition whicn has sky-rocketted the price throughout my lifetime? This war will get worse unless we legalize marijuana in the U.S.

Jennifer


Anne   March 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Want to know how guns get to Mexico just ask the cops in El Paso who deal with the cops in Juarez. What do the cops in Juarez do with guns they no longer use or who do they get rid of them to when they upgrade????????


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out... who do you think these builders and bankers here in the US were using to build the millions of houses that now sit empty?...cheap Mexican labor...now there are not any jobs...so all they have left is to sell drugs or starve to death. Control the border, and Mexican's take down your own corrupt government too. It is time to CLEAN house on both sides.


Karen Owcar   March 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I agree with Edward Olmos when he said not to travel to Mexico. If I understood him correctly he said the resort areas are probably safe to go to but not anywhere else. Personally, I wouldn't feel safe at all going to the resorts either.


Clarissa   March 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

to admiral Adama So say we all...


Anne   March 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Drugs go where there is money to pay for them. If those in Honduras or Guatemala had money that is where the drug trade would go. Instead of spending $800 million to MX for aid give the money to the inspectors and add more K9s. Dogs do more to stop drugs than any other tool. Never enough of them.


L Farrow   March 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Of course I plan to travel to Mexico. These problems are over 3,000 miles away from Cancun and Riviera Maya. It is a shame what you are doing to the Mexico tourism with your lack of geography..you report the problems like it is everywhere. These are border towns no one vacations in in the first place. The people of Cancun are some of the nicest, warmest people in the world and they don't deserve to pay the price for the American media's thirst for sensationalism. With the economy in the poor state that it is, why on earth would you want to hurt yet another industry..tourism??? I would also travel to Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos....and I would feel perfectly safe. I would NOT go to Acapulco, any of the border towns or Mexico City. Those "are" places experiencing problems.


Kelly,Fort McMurray,AB,Can   March 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Hi Larry
My Husband and I just spent a great month in Feburary in Mazatlan, Sinoala and can't wait to go again.While we were there we did notice more of the army and police presence. But I would have to blame a lot of the problems on the U.S. We all know that the guns that drug cartel have is from the U.S! Any polititian and Gun Avocates is going to tell you different. Quit blaming the Mexicans it is time to look into the mirror.


Anonymous   March 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I have dual citizenship. I lived both in the USA and Mexico for over two decades, each.

Why are we calling these MEXICAN cartels if they operate on both sides of the border. Do the Mexican cartels drop the drugs off at the border and leave tip jars to get paid. Of course not! There is a long net of distribution in the USA and most probably people are getting paid off to enter the USA and others are paid off to get permission to distribute drugs.


G. Villacreses   March 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I applaud James Olmos courage to speak up and stand firm on the issue of the drug war in Mexico. These drug cartels would not be as powerful if someone was not enabling them with high demand of drugs and easy access to weapons. James Olmos, you are right on target!


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   March 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Larry,

2 illegals in MI yesterday arrested, 25 yo raped a 11 yo and a 19 yo had sex with a 15yo. Both working for an employer. Pay no taxes, send all their money back to mexico and dont care about our country or the people. Im sick of it!


Cynthia Zehm   March 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This is a fabulous idea! It's a positive, proactive act! We'll be turning our lights out! Thanks, Edward Norton, for your time and attention to this. What a wonderful way to demonstrate world unity and commitment to our sacred Mother Earth.


Angela S.   March 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This really is more about the "Dirty Hands" in both American and Mexico. Many people are aware that the dirty hands cross over to people in power even the government itself that is responsible for drug trade. I remember when it was advertised tha6t poor people mostly Blacks were addicts and or sellers of drugs. No help was available for the communities that cried out for their children under attack until the false misconception of addiction exploded in middle American and even the elite (children). Then and only then programs that assited their families became available...even classifying addiction as a health problem/disease. Now American is reaping what we sowed because greed again is at the forefront. The economy is making this an issue because of the lack of sales...look to the top where all the dirty hands who are responsible sit. Ask Rush L. what is his opinion...he sould know about the double standards....


Karen Owcar   March 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I plan on turning our lights off for the one hour at 8:30 pm this Saturday March 28th. It may seem like it won't really help the climate change itself persay and it won't solve the climate problem, but it's a start. I think it could help get people in a good mind set about the importance of joining together for any good cause in our country.


lJo Ann, Ohio   March 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Olmos is an oddball and a trouble maker..


Paul Sancedo   March 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry,
Why is it that nobody is talking about drug treatment programs to help addicts stop using drugs? It seems that the most positive way to fight drug traffiking would be to help people stop using drugs yet nobody even mentions it

Paul

Santa Barbara, Ca


Ana lopez   March 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

my name is Ana, I´m 25 and I live in mexico, I really don´t think it´s fair to say "Don´t go to mexico at all", because you can not generalize the problem to the whole country, this war affects mostly people that are in the drug business or politics, not regular citizens, and telling people to stay out of mexico is not going to solve anything, all those horible crimes and murders that you talk about involve people that were somehow in the business, or have you heard from an american citizen that was on vacatoion in can -cun being murdered??

in mexico we all know that most of the drug capos live in the US so you don´t need to be in mexico to be in danger, I also don´t think that closing the borders to people is going to solve the problem, close the borders to drugs and weapons, and that might help.


Melanie   March 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

How ignorant for people to blame the guns in America for the drug problem coming from Mexico. We have had guns in our society for many many years and until drugs became such a social problem, guns were not a problem. When we didn't get along with someone in school we never thought about shooting and killing them. You learned how to work out your problems the right way. Our parent's taught us how to handle a fire arm the correct and safe way. These people on drugs and selling drugs for their way of life are just crazy. They are the ones to blame for the drug problems and the gun problems that accompany their bad habits. Take all the guns away from the normal people....then you will see who has the guns and who gets killed with them. How about just closing the border completely? That would be to easy of a solution.


Ren Kitto   March 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I think a great way to save alot of power instantly is to reduce the amount of lights in Las Vegas. If they were to limit the lightbulb count on each sign it would be an amazing amount saved. There have been a few who have switched over to LED but many who are still spinning over their power metres at an obscene rate. Lets start this Green movement with turning off the most useless waste of power there is...advertisment signs!


bill mcdannold   March 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry

Edward Almos is exactly right about corruption at the top on both sides of the drug trade. Never in the history of human government has an illicit trade flourished unless powers in charge collected either taxes or personal kickbacks. Overall, I was somewhat amazed at the level of unanimity among your guests over the extreme need, and yet criminally inadequate effort of our nation to control our borders. Again, certain powers that be have a financial stake in the continuation of drug smuggling – or it would have been arrested long ago.


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   March 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Drugs are also part of our military and police, FBI , CIA, etc... Border patrol, many on the take, also used for bribes, payouts etc... Where is the real crack down on evidence, most never makes it into the evidence rooms, especially cash and drugs of every kind!

USA is just as corrupt as Mexico, If we were serious all shipments into mexico and out of mexico would get inspected. Trucks !!! Airliners!! you name they use it!! Store it in food, empty cans , these guys got it down !!


Karen Owcar   March 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hi, I'm Karen Owcar, I sent two blogs, one on Mexico and one on Earth Day. I forgot to include my city, it is Pittsburgh


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Yes and I promise you the people that having the $ (and definately do drugs) are some of these creeps on WallStreet...just ask my friend who is a craps dealer in Vegas...she will tell you ...no one spends more money on drugs than WallStreet (Drowning out their guilt maybe?)


Mandy Lippman   March 25th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Does Edward Norton wish his grandfather, James Rouse, had built more sustainable buildings and projects? His projects include Columbia, MD, Baltimore's Inner Harbor,etc.

Mandy Lippman


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   March 25th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Im not a fan of Global Warming, yes it is happening so it seems, but I think we are in a cycle, that we can not stop!


Olive Fadda   March 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think Earth Hour is a powerful vote for the Earth and for conscious living


Jonathan Lobato   March 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What do think we (ordinary people) could do in order to help saving our planet??


A.Y. Grant   March 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Close the USA/Mexican border. Let our drug users go to Mexico and buy their stuff directly from the suppliers and eliminate everyone in the middle. They can use it there......they CANNOT return to the USA.
CASE CLOSED.


Peggy Pearson   March 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why do actors think they are that we should follow their lead? They are not scientists! They are being used by the WWF...they are "acting a part" for them. They go to a dinner with one person from WWF and then become specialists on the issue. Has Mr. Norton even checked into the other side of this issue? Has he ever even visited a coal-fired power plant? For that matter, has anyone from WWF? And, why doesn't your show have someone on who will promote the other side of the issue...that global warming is just a hoax cooked up by the environmentalists...and this carbon emission thing is part of the scam.


jane   March 25th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

We must save our beautiful earth. We must cherish all life. I will gladly turn off my lights Saturday night. Also, may our President succeed on his energy plans. Let's come together, America! Let's get it done before it is too late.


Mars   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I have sent out emails to my entire address book asking for participation; Whether this changes things or is a symbolic gesture, at least by participating we jointly show we care about our Earth.
Let's not criticize; Volunteer to turn off your lights for 1 hour. Not hard to do. God Bless us all.


jane   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you Ed Norton!


Judy Scheppach   March 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Larry, Please urge people to be careful when turrning off lights in their home. I am a Registered Nurse and during the last event, I cared for 2 people in the recovery room who were both elderly and both fell in the dark!! One 87 year old woman broke her hip and the other fell and broke a wrist, both required emergency surgery. I am all for using less electricity whenever possible. Thank You!


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   March 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Green House gases are be eliminated and when $4 a gallon gas comes back and it will, thats all you need to slow it up!


Kermit Pearson   March 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

How about this? Let's all commit to a "carbon-free" day! Then when all the electricity/factories/conveniences are off for 24 hours...we'll then see how many are "truly committed" to the cause as opposed to a 60 minute lights out campaign!


Brian Tourville   March 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

It's Time to Rethink Recreational Drug Availability in the USA.

Mexico is reporting "Success" with their having sent in 10,000 Military into Juarez – murders went from 36 a day down to 1 a day.

The Drug War is a Turf War between Gangs and these Gangs are Smart enough to know when to Quit fighting each other and remain Quietly dealing Drugs for Profit into the USA.

So, all it takes is 10K Military Troops per border town kept on permanent
deployment to quell the Turf War Murder Rate.

Still doesn't address the New Mexican Cartel Mafia – the largest organized crime network in the United States.

Here's what I know is Street Fact :

When the Dealers Dealers dry up the Marijuana supplies – they do it to
initiate Parties into Cocaine.

Meth Amphetamines started up as 'Bath Tub Crank' – home grown –
over the Road Truckers used this stuff decades ago to stay awake.

House wifes still mix this up & sell it to locals in many mid western transportation town crossroad hubs.

Mexican Meth shows up as it is cheap to produce yielding a huge profit.

The Dealers dry up the Cocaine supplies & pump in Mexican Meth.

Should the entire shipment be lost – it's 'so what' – cost a few hundred
dollars to make – unlike Cocaine.

When Cocaine supplies are dried up – in comes Heroin – the Hands Down Worst Human Spiritual Blight Straight from Hell – and Afghanistan.

To summarize:

Marijuana is popular – better than Beer for many.

Dry up Marijuana – in comes Cocaine and Meth Amphetamines.

Dry up Cocaine – in comes Meth Amphetamines and Heroin.

Dry up Cocaine or Meth – in comes Heroin.

Solution:

Legalize Marijuana .

Register Cocaine Users – they can Buy their Supplies @ their Local Pharmacy.

A large percentage of Cocaine & Marijuana Sales will go towards paying for Universal Health Care.

This way when the Cocaine Party is over for the user – they can get cleaned up & back to work all the wiser.

With these two Party Substances being available –
Meth Amphetamine usage will drop off the chart.

Heroin use will drop off the chart.

Drug Trafficking will cease to cost us Billions upon Billions each year
fighting the Drug War.

Kids caught smoking a joint won't have their working careers ruined by over
zealous Law Makers .


MAGGIE   March 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Im Mexican Lived in Mexico for 24 years.. currently in traveling around the USA and i have noticed that the US is as dangerous as the mexican borders.
USA is the main Drug consumer!!
In the States you have guns fairs.!!!.. you can just show up to a fair and buy a gun just the same way you can buy a car.

The USA is practcally inviting every mexican mafia just to cross the border and come and buy any powerfull gun they need. Also they even trade guns for drugs!! I saw how Much publicity they have for gun fairs that is ridiculous!
I've been in South America, Mexico and the states and i've never feel so insecure than the way i feel here in USA.. not even in Tijuana which is the worst mexican border.
I just lived a horrible experience here on the states and all because young people are so free to have a gun and drugs! THere is so maNy homeless with guns and drugs around Atlanta that not even in Ciudad /Juarez you feel so insecure!

Telling the audience not to go to Mexico at all is like if i said to all the mexicans and europeans do not go to Atlanta, Blaltimore , NY or Washington DC because the crime there is horrible you can hear gun shots , you can see gangs on the street you can see racism.

Mexico is safe if you stay on the nicest areas you can go to the small towns, the touristic beaches and you are ok if you are not involve with drugs but if you are is like anywhere else.

I know Mwxico has a problem and Felipe Calderon has to take action just the way he is doing it rigth now using the militars.


Kelli from Tampa   March 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I have the light bulbs everywhere I can...and will participate in Earth Hour. What time is lights out?


Jeremy Taylor   March 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Why kind of legislation is Edward Norton proposing? What we need is less legislation. Legislation limits freedom.


James   March 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I think it would make a strong statement if the TV stations would go dark at 8:30 as well instead of staying on the air and talking about how everyone else is doing their part.


Tim Clear   March 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Do you understand that global temperature has been declining, based on satellites which are the only objective measuring device, for this entire century? This is not an emergency.


JRadical   March 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Get this old fart and elite retard off my tv; Ill be sure to turn all my 500 watt flood lights on during that hour.

Oh wait, I dont even watch CNN (aka/LSD TV)!
Have a nice Day!


Jeanine from Southern. Cali   March 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I will never go to Mexico. Ask the Secretary of State to inquire about Mexico's underground tunnels. That's where it is all at I hear.


Mary from Omaha   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Would it help if everybody advoided going to get gas for one day,on Saturday?


rexx jackson   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

everyone should change their lightbulbs compost and recycle 100%


Suzanne   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I am going to turn on all my lights, plug in Christmas lights, and turn on all the spot lights I have during Earth hour. I am voting with my lights, hopefully someone will turn a light onto this global conspiracy that ignores a wide range of scientists who have debunked global warming.


Chris   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I've heard that lights are kept on in high rise buildings often at the request of environmentalists, to help migrating birds from flying into them.


Robert Diaz   March 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I'm in charge of promoting Earth Hour on my campus, Texas Tech and I am getting an overwhelming support. I think my university along with several others are among the first to promote this event on a massive scale. Question, what do you recommend I do to reach commuters and the community other than the campus. I'm only one person with a small group and getting the school on board is great but now I want to get others involved. Any suggestions?


Flash   March 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Legalize the drugs, regulate and tax. No more Cartels or prison time or backed up courts .In short if there wasn’t a market here in the US there would be no reason to kill to get in the country. Legalize and Tax and remove the criminal element completely. We wont win a war when the drugs are being paid for by Americans.


Patricia   March 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

There is too much greed and too much corruption in the border towns and the increase in governmental monies will not solve the drug war problems. They need to remove the dirty cops as well as the dirty feds before things get resolved


Christine Wright   March 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I am going to mexico this year, i have a timeshare in Rosarito....they are not killing tourist, they are killing each other, they do not want the US authorities coming into their country snooping around investigating US murders, i am not afraid, i have noting to hide from authorities, i love going down here, I have been driving down here for 5 years with no problems. US is part of the problem so they must be part of the solution.


Mitch   March 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Go people....turn 'em on!


Carmen   March 25th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

A great way to conserve is to be vegetarian. That's my contribution to the Earth since 1991.


sittingstill   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

not to be too weird, but what do you have to say about the idea that the way to minimize one's impact on the environment is to cease to exist aka die.?


Ren Kitto   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry,

Would it ever be conceivable that a law would come into existance to establish a curfew on any non-necessary power usage, ie exterior signage, lights in multi-storey buildings after hours...etc

if we are to take "global warming" serious, this would be an ideal time for our gov'ts to act now and take control before its too late.


Mitch   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

How do you put a price on carbon? This is too Algorian for me.


Anonymous   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

To L Farrow, FYI if you read Revista El Proceso, you will find that the person in charge of the security of AMLO lives and operates in Cancun and is implicated with operations of the Zetas in Cancun and also coordinated with Zetas capo "El Canicon" in the high profile assassination of a retire army General who was part of an anti-organized crime task force in the State of Yucatan. Cancun may "feel" safe to you. I lived in Mexico for more than twenty years and left due to the climate of violence and lack of safety. Also, I was generally tired of corruption. It is sad, because most Mexicans are honest, hard-working, and do not enter the USA illegally and have made the country work despite low wages and corrupt authorities.


richard10516   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Perhaps they could ask their hollywood friends to put down their bongs and coke spoons for cinco de myo to save lives now!


jane   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

WHAT ANGRY WORDS ARE BEING SPOKEN ABOUT SUCH A WORTHWHILE INITIATIVE! If there were no global warming wouldn't caring for our earth and preserving our world be a lofty goal in and of its self. Conservation is a wise and respectful way to conduct our lives. Remember, we have responsibilites as stewards of God to take care of our earth. Why are so many of you so negative about trying to preserve our planet?


mark   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

How many homes and private plans do these people have....


Calvin   March 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I reside in Houston, Texas. I did not see my city on the list. Call mayor Bill White and ask him to participate. I will turn my flood loghts off during earth hour.


Bonnie Az   March 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Shame on you – we are so tired of these celebrities lecturing us on the "right" way to live. As we sat there watching Larry King Live tonight listening to Ed Norton asking people to turn off their lights, we "reflected" on the number of lights we had on in the house. A family of 4, we had exactly three lights on – two table lamps (both of which have the new CFL lights) and one over-the-sink light (also with a CFL light).

I think we, like many families in the country, are doing a far better job of reducing our carbon footprint than many celebrities who live for the spot "light". Give us a break.


Cynthia Z   March 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Edward James Olmos is brilliant, sensitive, compassionate and wise. He is correct when he says the U.S. has to take some responsibility for the Mexico "drug war" – after all, we're the market and the majority of the weapons come from north of the border.


Willie   March 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Yes it is possible, if you can get the people that login onto Facebook, Myspace, Twitter,Utube,Craigslist,Etc,Etc Etc, and give them a given time to turn the lites off. It will work.


****** ********   March 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I just cancelled my trip to Mexico. Going to Puerto Rico instead, keeping my money in the U.S.


Jerry Gordon,,,,,, Chicago   March 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

How can we make any individual impact, when the developing countries such as China,, India,,,, and the US have uncontrolled coal mine fires that have burned for decades,, One coal mine fire alone in China is documented of emitting more toxic gases daily then all the cars in the USA driven on a daily basis,,, Please investigate and report on the damage of uncontroled and extinguished coal mine fires around the globe.


Shan   March 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

One hours turning the power switch off, will not save the earth or will not make any difference. For example, if you dip a bucket of water from Atlantic ocean or dump a bucket of water it will not make any difference.

The only way to save the earth from polutions is to control the CO2 gas from automobile, industries from all over the world. And the last not the least is using trash/garbage we use everyday and through them on open ground.

I can pray and seek mercy from God for all us the citizen of the great planet called Earth.

and enjoy life.


James from New York   March 25th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Thank you Hillary Clinton for stating the obvious. Individuals who buy illegal drugs fund the cartels. It's a simple case of supply and demand. Stop buying drugs and put these dirt bags out of business!


Mitch   March 25th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Never again....no more Ed Norton movies for me !!!


Rich Denoo   March 25th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

You need to have cameras at the star's homes and millionair's homes around the country filming their lights on or off.

CNN is apparently taking this seriously in dimming the studio lights, so on Saturday night for Earth Hour you need to stop broadcasting across the nation through all the time zones to show you really support this.

In Reno, Nv, if you are going to have candles in a public place, you have to get a permit from the fire department, so the big venues won't be able to cut thier lights and go to candles.

If you talk the talk, you must walk the walk.


Texas Coach   March 25th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Hey everyone I'm starting a new idea... Since someone invented electricity a long time ago....it's ok to turn your lights on and use them. This is not the 1800's we are an advanced nation so turn on the lights everyone and let them shine!!!!!!! While your at it drive your SUV's around for that hour as well. Turn your lights on to show how ignorant global warming is. Note to all celebrities, when you work a real job and are middle class which is the backbone of this nation then maybe I'll listen to anything you have to say until then just shut up and act and sing.


jane   March 25th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Americans fiddle (consume) while the world burns up!


Viviane Van Giesen   March 25th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I was appalled that neither Norton or Morrissette could give any concrete suggestions on how to help the environment. Come on, guys, do you think everybody lives in Hollywood and is designing gold jewelry? Most of people are living on 50 k /yr and still can do something for the planet: you can recycle everything in your house, compost (by the way, you cant throw all your food there, the worms will eat everything), Have a vegetable garden and use your compost as fertilizer, have a rainwater catchment system, have a gray water system,dry your clothes in the sun, turn your ac up a couple of degrees (that's a big one), turn your heating down a couple of degrees, dry your clothes in the sun, bake your own bread, use cloth napkins, abolish paper towels, abolish bottled water... Ok these are some of things that normal folks can do without investing in a solar panel!!


Anonymous   March 25th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I believe in the right to bare arms, I agree that peace and "pot" smoking can co-exist as seen in Europe, however, there is terrible bloodshed in Mexico with arms, including arms legally purchased in the USA, and the "peace and love" crowd are fueling the people firing these weapons towards each other and towards innocent people as well.

I do not preach that we stop the right to bare arms in the USA or that people with cancer stop smoking "pot", but Americans funding and selling weapons illegally to cartels should be held accountable.

Mexico: stop crying about the wall. Build your own to keep weapons out!


Suzanne   March 25th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Comrade Jane –
If they wanted to have everyone turn off lights for an hour to reduce energy consumption because they wanted to reduce our dependance on foreign oil, then they'd have more support. But by pressuring people through guilt and their own brand of morality in order to propogate a lie, they succeed in turning people who think for themselves against them. I am not following the herd on this one. People better wake up to what's going on, as we are losing more and more of our freedoms everyday.


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Edward seems to think that by turning the lights off that it will help. It won't do a thing as the power plants have to keep running to remain efficient. They can't just shut down as the power demand drops. They just take generators offline. That's it. They pretty much keep the burn rate (coal or nuclear) constant....
You want to cut CO2 emissions then send 16 billions a year to Brazil to prevent the cutting and burning of the amazon which creates more CO2 than the USA and China combined....


Ricardo   March 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I believe it would be great to see pictures of the earth taken from Space as the Turn off happens along the time zones in the US and World. Surely we have some Satellites or the space station that could get this done. They would be awesome pictures and would have an unprecedented impact on all of us.


marc   March 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I would like to know when was the last time each of these celebs rode in a private jet? Private Jets are one the largest contributors to green house gases in terms of carbon gas per passenger mile


Paul Plumer   March 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

This is offensive. Just have Norton and Morissette cut a check for 1/2 mil $ each for the starving children in the USA and lets stop this charade once and for all.


Scott Christesen   March 25th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am a farmer and cattle rancher in Utah. I have always considered myself as an environmentalist in that myself and all the ranchers around me watch over and protect the land. We watch range conditions, vegetation and weigh what the land can provide.
I looked at a photo history book where the author took old photographs and went back to shoot current pictures from the same location 50 to 70 years later. It is amazing how much better the mountain and range conditions are better but still we are being accused by environmental groups as destroying the land and they want us to remove cattle off the range. Why is it "Green Groups can't see that we are not here to rape the land! we love it and depend on it so why would we be stupid enough to destroy it? This is one of the key reasons we need to manage each area locally because management from Washington or "Green groups" think the answer is to take man out of the picture.


SANDI CORSI   March 25th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I will be one more citizen of the U.S. who will participate in earth night anything to help our country!!!!!!
sandi


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

As far as the drug problem is concerned the US should legalize drugs and simply drug test everyone randomly once a week at their work place. (Obama, Larry King, Alanis...ect) No exception
Every person using any kind of drugs in the US is the root cause of the problem. Not the Mexicans or the Mexican government.


Charlie B   March 25th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Living on the border (El Paso) I have watched the City of Juarez become gradually more violent in the last 2 years. Today the violence has been subdued significantly due to the action of President Filipe Calderon sending the exrta army troops to secure the city. The governmental officialsof the state have acted apprpriately to assist with what they could. Why are the news medias just now passing this information on to the people beyond the border? Until now its almost as if the problem never existed in most of the US.
In my opinion.
The violence in Mexico is not a suprise. The enormous amounts of money made by the cartels allow them to continue. The cartels will get the product to the willing customers to buy it in the US. There will always be someone who can be bought . The increased cost of doing buisness will just be passed on to the customer just like any other buisness. Mexico has an equal chance of stopping the cartels as the US does in stopping the users.

It is becoming more apparent that history does repeat itself. Just look back in history to prhibition and the efforts made to control alcohol. The US government could not control that either. Is there a difference?


Suzanne   March 25th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

The only way to bring our military in is if you declare the border a war zone. Otherwise, our troops will be subject to second guessing by lawyers who'll want to sue them, or leftist prosecutors who want to criminalize them if they have to kill anyone. If the military comes in, their hands can't be tied by civilian laws.


sittingstill   March 25th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

we don't need a cure .... we need a final solution.


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Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   March 25th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Certainly I will try to reduce my energy, It is only right but the amount of energy I use is nothing compared to the rich and powerful celebrities/ Ask the celebrities to live in a home not over 2000 square feet - see if they will all agree to do that - or pass a law that calls for that. It will save energy for real and not just symbolically. The rich celebrities, powerful and sports figures live big style lives every day all day, and they pat themselves for turning off their lights for an hour. Tell them to get real! Also ask the "Hollywood Set" to have DRUG FREE PARTIES!


Kermit Pearson   March 25th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

The recent volcanic eruption probably emitted more pollutants into the atmosphere than all the power plants in the US!


Rick Fairley   March 25th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

First of all legalizing marijauna will end much of the cartel. Total cargo of weed is the vast majority of the traffic in pounds.

Secondly on the EARTH HOUR promotion. Absolutely ludicrous! We cannot nor will we ever be able to prevent "climate change". I am all for reducing our pollution effect, but this lights out for 1 hour is worthless in my mind. And potentially dangerous for many unsuspecting victims. This March 28th is 2 days after a New Moon. Nearly the "darkest" night of the month. Last I heard many lights at night have to do with a "security factor" in mind? I would like to see some journalist "track and report" how many "crimes" will be commited worldwide by thugs who have every intentions of using this time during their hour to do some dirty deeds. But then I guess we would need to find an "unbiased news group" to actually tell the true story and the combined true effect of Earth Hour?


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Kermit that is true. But also the constant burning and cutting of the Amazon forrest. It produces more CO2 in a year the the US and China combined


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Rick Fairley that is totally correct. The power plants will not shut down, they will simply take generators offline to meet the reduced demand, but will keep on burning to maintain maximum efficiency


Kermit Pearson   March 25th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Marc,
I agree with you on the burning of the rain forests. The US trade policies that encourage out-sourcing and uses of resources in South America need to be reviewed and changed. Our trade policies are more about multi-national corporations making money than any concern for the environment.


Samantha   March 25th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Thank you for covering the border. We need to secure our southern border immediately with troops and an effective double fence. If you have ever tried to spot illegal crossers, you would know that cameras have limitations. If you'd like to see what "fencing" has actually been built, you may want to check out the American Patrol web site; every inch is documented by an experienced border pilot. Please keep up the coverage on this issue.


Cynthia Z   March 25th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Hurray for Hillary! I just saw her on Anderson Cooper. She understands that America has to take responsibility for our insatiable appetite for illegal drugs. She is so smart, I'm thankful and grateful she's our Sec. of State.


Michael Gabriel   March 25th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

The cartels in Mexico battling for turf and killing to protect their supplies can be eliminated by using the same exact methods we used when Al Capone and his criminal cohorts were using violence to maintain their strong hold on illegal sales of alcohol ... we ended prohibtion. Alcohol is 100 times more deadlier than marijuana. The fantasy that marijuana is a gateway drug is incorrect. The simple fact is that we will never be able to stop adults from using marijuana in the privacy of their homes nor should we. Instead of wasting billions of dollars trying to arrest marijuana users ... it should be a controlled substance, sold to adults and taxed. We could rebuild ever school in America for what we have spend with our failed war on drugs. To the people who say "You can't legalize drugs." ... I say " Drugs are already legal" ... I can pick up the phone and have my doctor give me a legal prescription for the strongest narcotics known to man. I can go to the grocery store and buy liquor so strong it is flamable. Cigarettes kill more people than all of the other drugs combined. But we continue to act like children and prohibit marijuana, a plant that doesn't need anything done to it make it work. A plant that can take away the nausea that cancer patients suffer with. The next time you hear about the violence going on in Mexico just remember that our prohibition against marijuana is the reason why.


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Smantha that is stupid and will never work. Just drug test every American (including Obama) and see who the guilty people are.
All you have to do is to legalize drugs, and randomly drug test people once a week at their work place


noworriez   March 25th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I am no tree hugger but I am willing to cut off a light or two for a hour to benefit our planet. Conserving energy and utilizing alternative energy resources is always good


Marc   March 25th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Cynthia Z...you are ignorant..Hillary is probably a big drug user. It is such a big problem because everyone does it ! (not me I get drug tested randomly at work)


Mary   March 25th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

While the US does have an 'demand ' for drugs, per Secretary Clinton, it's also important to acknowledge that 'drug pushers'–push drugs amoung American youth- the youth then become 'addicted' to drugs. The way it's being discussed, it sounds more like simply an appetite that Americans must curb-it's far more complex.
I don't know what the solution is, but we've got to be realistic in discussing the problems, for starters.


Carolyne Richard   March 25th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I'm a fifth grade teacher from Quebec, Canada. I'm trying hard to form eco-cytizens with my 10-11 years old students. I believe that every drop in the sea is good. Shotting down the lights in every cities on the planet for an hour can look not that mutch but it's a step ... If every person , at that time, think of wath they can do for Earth, its a step on the good road.... Sorry for my english writing, i'm a Quebecer


Bettelou   March 25th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

Unfortunately, this issue is not limited to the U.S. and Mexico. In Vancouver BC and the lower Mainland, there are targeted shootings almost every day here. They are directly related the the export of BC bud to the US and guns coming into Canada, as well as cocaine and meth and ecstasy. Here they are run by many, many gangs. Our borders are all affected. This is all of North Americas problem.


noworriez   March 25th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

For you positive thinking impaired individuals, turning off your lights is a symbolic measure however, i don't know about an hour but i most certainly will try to get as close to an hour as i can


mike quade   March 26th, 2009 12:06 am ET

cocaine is a product of south america!!! not mexico, the problem is supply and demand!!! to many users in the good old usa!!!clean up the states


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:07 am ET

@ Danapop

I completely agree on all accounts. People are going to use drugs whether they can get it legally or illegally. That will NEVER change unfortunately. No amount of threatening, scaring, educating, prodding, will change the minds of some of these people.

The only way you can STOP the drug cartels is by legalizing drugs. Prohibition never worked. And the same with drugs. The only other solution is to kill all drug addicts which is outrageous. There is NOT a wall high enough, a river wide enough to stop the traffic.

And if you are able to stop the drugs from entering the USA, these individuals will either sniff gasoline, glue, bleach or what ever.

I realize what I am saying is very strong statements, but I have been working in the field for many years....


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:09 am ET

@ Marc

you are incorrect. Hillary Clinton does not have enough knowledge about drugs... I can tell from her statements


Brandon   March 26th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I recently just got back from my Spring Break trip to Mexico. While I was there I noticed no difference than prior trips. This mostly likely due to I travelled to the resort area (Cancun, Cozmel, Playa Del Carmen). I did have concern before leaving the States, but after the first day I was very comfortable and never felt threaten or in fear for my safety.


mike quade   March 26th, 2009 12:16 am ET

the problem is at the border, not all of mexico is in this same state! I have lived in this country for 30 years and its a good life.the president of mexico is the first president to do anything to stop drug lords!


Vonia Serakos   March 26th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Larry,
lving in San Diego, Ca for 26 years and watching the whole drug scene escalate, why not make the drugs legal and tax it at the same level we do acohol and tobacco!! Where is the accountability for gun sales from this country to Mexico. Anyone paying attention when they rob gun shops? Guess where they are going..?!!
Thanks;, Vonia


thomas white   March 26th, 2009 12:19 am ET

no i would not go to mexico i might as well pack up the family and go to iran [same results]


Ant (Atlanta)   March 26th, 2009 12:20 am ET

At the age of 30, this has always been an issue in my community, since my birth. Formerly scum of the earth, I am an ex-dealer, and have known of these cartels first hand since middle school. In the 80’s it was the Cuban, Dominican, Colombian presents here, with the increase in immigration the connections became Mexican. I know of cartel members on the bottom of the totem poll who deal with millions of dollars daily, and who payoff govt officials including high brass military to smuggle drugs for them. These are the street level thugs with this power, imagine the leaders.

I hate to say chickens coming home to roost, but our govt was once in bed with these cartels,maybe not these, but others who's power and tactics have trickled.


Jeff Baird   March 26th, 2009 12:20 am ET

Larry,
I have returned from a vacation Playa Del Carmen Mexico 5 weeks ago and had such a great time I am going back this sunday for another week! I have traveled extensively in the USA. and consider large parts of the states very dangerous. much more so than Mexico!


Rahul   March 26th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Hey Larry, I am going to be visiting Mexico in this upcoming summer, and I want to if it is safe for me to go or not. I am going with my school for an immersion trip and we are going to be there for about a month, living with families there. We will be in the city of Cuernavaca, it is about an hour southwest Mexico City. Please, I would like to know if it safe for me and my 20 friends to go and study in Mexico. Thanks


mike quade   March 26th, 2009 12:23 am ET

the drug cartel is people from south america, this is the orign of the product ,no mexico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


arturo banderas   March 26th, 2009 12:24 am ET

hola , soy mexicano vivia en tijuana tengo 22 anos y ahora estoy en edmonton canada como refugiado. llegue a canada el 24 de octubre del 2008 .tube que salir de tijuana por que naci ahi , hoy es un campo de vatalla ,me toco vivir el secuestro de mi padrastro el cual aun no aparece,ya tiene 2 anos que lo secuestraron , me toco ver valaceras en la calle gente muerta tirada reportar y ver cosas que no se las deceo a nadie ..la policia en mi ciudad esta en acuerdo con los narcotraficantes ,o secuestradores . con dinero todo puedes hacer .compras a la policia credenciales .visas para ir a estados unidos .drogas , tengo miedo muchas personas inocentes estan muriendo o quedas traumado de todo lo que miras ..
creo que aunque el gobierno actue primero tienen que cambiar a directores de la policia, del gobierno por que son los mas corruptos ..


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:27 am ET

The problem is our desire for drugs!!!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:29 am ET

@ Vonia Serakos

I completely agree. Prohibition NEVER worked. Why does everyone think keeping drugs illegal will work.


Perry Osieczonek   March 26th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Whether our government wants to admit it or not “the so called War on Drugs” is lost and has been for over two decades. As your show tonight indicates these cartels are heavily armed wealthy and ruthless. It is only going to get worse! The multi billions of taxpayer dollars spent during those decades fighting this drug war has not even made a noticeable dent in the availability of these drugs on our streets. That old nonworking stale policy has been nothing more then an expensive dismal failure! Today, these illegal drugs are stronger cheaper and more readily available then ever before.

America has systematically hurt our citizens by treating drugs as a crime problem instead of a personal health issue. This would make it possible for us to effectively address drug abuse and societal addiction.

Because of our government leaders flawed ideology untold millions of lives have suffered greatly! Our prisons are filled to capacity with low-level non-violent people caught multiple times for possession or minor distribution. Drugs are not going away and the facts bear witness that America has never been drug free and never will be!

It is time for our government to address and rethink our countries failed prohibitionist policies and put an end to this drug war. After all cartels and these gangs don’t do well with legal products!

If we don't change our failed direction then hold on because we haven't seen anything yet!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:30 am ET

@ mike quade

I agree. I have been to Mexico city many times, and its just like L.A.

WE NEED TO LEGALIZE DRUGS... THAT WILL STOP THE CARTELS


annie   March 26th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I live outside of El Paso, but commute there daily for work. Am I safe? Are the Americans living on the border near Cuidad Juarez safe?


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:31 am ET

ITS AMERICANS DESIRE FOR DRUGS THAT IS FUELING THE WAR


arturo banderas   March 26th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Hello, I am a Mexican vivia in tijuana have 22 anuses and now I am in edmonton canada as refugee. October 24, 2008 comes to canada .tube that to go out of tijuana for that naci there, today it is a battlefield, I touch myself to live through the kidnapping of my stepfather which even does not appear, already it has 2 anuses that kidnapped it, I touch myself see balaseras in the street dead thrown(shot) people to bring(report) and to see things that I do not wish anybody .. the police in my this city in agreement with the drug-traffickers.
Or abductors. With money everything you can do. He buys credentials the police .visas to go to USA.. He. drugs, I am afraid many innocent persons this dying or you stay trauma of everything at what you look..
I believe that though the government to act first they have to change the directors of the police, of the government that are the corrupt mas..


Perla   March 26th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I live in the Deep South Texas border area; otherwise known as the Rio Grande Valley. It is amazing to me how long it has taken the government to take action on securing our borders and take notice of the crime infiltration in border cities. It was this bad back when Bush took office, but it was always passively recognized but not addressed and fixed! They (the government) believe they know the severity of the problem these drug cartels pose, but it isn't until you immerse yourself in the border culture that you come to realize the grandiosity of the situation. Growing up with a constant feeling of fear shouldn't be acceptable, but it was been for many years in "The Valley" where I grew up and chose to flee for a better life and pursue an education.


Sarah C. From El Paso   March 26th, 2009 12:33 am ET

I’m from El Paso and an innocent family member was murdered this past summer, it’s just sad that this problem wasn’t addressed sooner when these murders have been going on for so long. Although, it is comforting to know that President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton are finally getting things done. As this war continues to spread into the United States, it’s just sad that as a young El Pasoan I no longer feel safe in my own hometown.


arturo banderas   March 26th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Mexico is nice you can go his beaches and historical places the problem this one in the border tijuana low california city juarez.sinaloa


Isabel, Santa Monica, CA   March 26th, 2009 12:37 am ET

I will go to Mexico this year. I feel safe when I go. I've traveled just about everywhere, like in any place, every tourist should respect and avoid looking for trouble. If you don't do it at home, don't do it in a foreign country. I went to Tijuana three times this year, I love going for a day and plan on going many more times this year.


bb   March 26th, 2009 12:38 am ET

i believe that not all mexicans are coming to the U.S. to commit crimes. Ask your self who cleans your toliets,and your yard or does all those jobs no one wants to do. And they get paid very little money,and treated badly.


Jeff Baird   March 26th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Makes me wonder how much money the fat cats In Vegas & at Disney, where the resorts resorts are empty. paid the CEO of CNN to run tis smear campain on Mexico. Tu pac was shot on the Vegas strip after a Tyson fight! and they never said don't go to vegas. there are murders in Florida every day and the dont say stay away from florida. the Wizzard of oz is alive and well and lives in Atlanta!!!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 12:40 am ET

@ Kelli from Tampa

You go girl!!! I just love your description of the "greedy jerks who can not get enough money at the top... you are capitalistic swine.

That is GREAT!!!

Thanks for the offer. You are just too kind!


Debbie Perkins   March 26th, 2009 12:40 am ET

This whole border problem is as much the US's fault as it is Mexico's because the borders should have been secured years ago. If the borders had been secured & our immigration laws enforced as they shoiuld have been, this would not be happening now. The military should be sent down there & take control. If our government cared as much about us as they do Iraq & afghanistan, this would not be a problem. This is a form of terrorism against us.


Mike Belecky   March 26th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Larry,

I loved your interview with Edward James Olmos. He was right on challenging that politician. I was very dissapointed that person would not give respect to the Mr. Olmos's statement. It was very valid and holds a lot of credence. Politicians are so out of touch some times and can not handle the emotional impact of these issues because they are at the top of food chain and I guess we are to blame also because we keep on electing them. Of course we also only get to elect those with money and power in the first place so I suppose we have to keep on accepting this system. The best system in the world but so out of reach for the 90% of most of us. Can you do a piece on how it appears Mr. Obama is showing his stripes on being another one of those rich and powerful people who keep getting elected. I am now feeling I was a little duped. I still feel President Obama is the best choice we have had in a while but I just now realized he is also one of the rich and powerful becoming more rich and powerful. Like his advance on his book he got for the book he will writing after office. I bet Obama has as many houses as McCain by the time he is his age. And what about the top 10% getting taxed more. Now I hear it is going to happen, maybe, later on. That was the main reason I voted for him. Now he is giving me a maybe. And with that non true statement I still feel he was our best choice for President. These guys will say anything to get elected. I know McCain would have lied less than Obama, but his plan was still worse than Obama. I hate analyzing all this now. I am suddenly depressed. Thanks Larry, I happy you get so many different people on your show. You are the Carson of News. And that is good thing to me.


CEB   March 26th, 2009 12:45 am ET

The crisis on the border is similar to the drug war era in the 1980's in Colombia, South America. History repeating it self, just like the cycle of addiction. It is a combination of abject poverty, greed, exploitation that have caused this crisis.

The people in Mexico are too poor to turn drug money down or stand up to the dealers and the users in the US (not just American) are too high to stop using drugs. Treat the addicts, parents pay attention to your kids and if the use can be stemmed and lowered, I guarantee, they will take their product elsewhere. As we have recently learned in the US, it's all about supply and demand... no matter what the product.


Paul Munoz   March 26th, 2009 12:46 am ET

we have been working on earthhour here in San Diego getting the word out i have felt the climate change here in San Diego we want change. keep up the good work San Diego and lets get the mayor on bord. thank you larry king and Edward Norton and every one that is taking part. Lights out
Paul


Barbados   March 26th, 2009 12:46 am ET

The drug problem needs to be stopped. Legalizing drugs will only lead to more drug use and demand for these cartels to sink their teeth into. Enhancing border security is the only way.


James   March 26th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Larry,

It is evident from 9/11 we are unable to protect our home land, so why would I venture off to another land, country, continent, etc. to risk being a part of someone's holy/social/terrorist, or whatever you want to call it, war? We tend to become complacent b/c we are the "greatest nation," while others prepare diligently for their cause, no matter the outcome. It is sad so many countries despies what we represent and rejoice in times of our hardship(s). I am proud to be American, but won't be leaving our soil for SOME TIME to come...

Thank God for National Geographic...


Tony   March 26th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Earth hour doesn't make a difference. We have already replaced appliances with energy efficient ones. Switched out all our lightbulbs. We turn off the lights that we don't need. Just to save money.
What we need is for the government to pump some money into the development of *affordable* solar panels and wind towers.

Still to date it makes no economic sense to install a solar panel array because by the time it pays for itself, the panels have reached their end of life. We'd love to help, but we don't have Jay Leno's money to do so.


Maggie Hegyi   March 26th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I think this is a great moment to start doing something for our home... The Earth. I hope everyone that cares for the planet, do something.
I live in Mexico City, and my family and friend are going to join this movement.


Irais   March 26th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Ok so these drug cartel problems have been happening for a very long time now & no one ever talked about it, humm... I wonder why? Spring break is just right around the corner and millions of Americans fly south to spend millions. The U.S can really use those millions to help our very poor economy and their trying to scare the you no what out of us so we don't fly down there and spend it there. And for the mother who has a son there for spring break, don't worry alot of it is on the border. I travel to a state just below Cancun and it's peaceful every year that I travel there.


Jaime Catsro   March 26th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I'm form El Salvador and we're also joining the movement turning off the lights from my nightlubs and restaurants...

My question is...How does one become an ambassador for the movement for a country?


Navis   March 26th, 2009 12:58 am ET

On Saturday evening at 8:30, about 11 friends will gather for their monthly Supper Club. We have met for over 35 years. I will suggest having our dessert and coffee by candlelight instead of having lights on. We will sit around talking anyway, and why not do two things at once for an hour........visit, and conserve.


Cristin   March 26th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Hi Everyone,

Larry, Ed, Alanis:
I've been trying to figure out a way to get my cardboard and plastics recycled but lower- and mid-income apartment complexes never rarely offer the option. I live near 3 recycling companies but none will accept individual drop offs. Any ideas about what I can do?


John from San Francisco   March 26th, 2009 12:58 am ET

I question why you put a marijuana leaf as your "war on drugs logo" when Mexico's marijuana is actually the worst on the market. It's wrong to use the safest, most beneficial drug on the planet as a representation of the most destructive and highly addictive drugs being imported from Mexico (Meth, Heroin, and Cocaine).


CEB   March 26th, 2009 12:59 am ET

You have to remember that these guys are handling shipments for international cartels. They have people to answer to as well, NOT DEFENDING THEM!!! Just making sure everyone knows exactly where they are coming from. And explaining the reason why they are so adamant about getting their drugs into the US. Unfortunately, all roads lead to the US and right up addicts' noses.

Secretary of State Clinton is right, the blame rests on our shoulders. We must treat addiction. We must remove the stigma attached to addition. It is in that stigma that the disease of addiction lives and thrives. I we can help addicts get out of the shadows of addiction and provide them the tools to combat cravings, we are doing our part in the drug war and in a much more peaceful and rewarding way.

While, there will be those that even with help will die from addiction, we should try to save those we can. I mean we are saving banks right now... why not people?


jemmy   March 26th, 2009 1:00 am ET

This is a nice gesture but I doubt it will help any polar bears. Why can't we just collect every polar bear we can find and keep them in preserves in Alaska. This would help provide jobs for Alaskans and protect the bears until we can find a long term solution.


Dan Johnson   March 26th, 2009 1:02 am ET

The war on drugs continues. I remember 1980. I thought then: "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Furthermore, wouldn't you think that Americans of all people would respect the need and power of freedom and free enterprise. And if all these cliches haven't struck you yet by the fundamentalness of error in our present policies, "common sense is not all that common". When we finally are tired of allowing evil to profit and to grow, we will accept the inherent social physics and inevitability of this, and return to our principles of individual freedom and individual responsibility and individual consequences for our own decisions, and completely destroy these drug cartels with basic decision to legalize and regulate recreational drugs. Legalization will happen, its just a matter of how many involved innocents will get kidnapped, assassinated, and erroneously jailed, and how much more tax money is flushed, before it does.


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Arthur Couture   March 26th, 2009 1:04 am ET

Hey – how about if we get a wee bit more aggressive? Drive your car into your city/town and celebrate earth hour by turning off the electiricty in your car: in the middle of the street – or in the middle of an intersection. If a large number of us did that, the statement would be quite pronounced ... and would definitely be heard.
Best,
Art Couture


Sabrina Johnson   March 26th, 2009 1:06 am ET

A question for Edward Norton. Edward, Cuba was declared by the WWF as the only self-sustainable country in the world and it can teach a lot about energy conservation and about the ways that can lead to saving our planet and, yet, because of the huge amount of propaganda lashed out against Cuba in the U.S. and Canada, most people are not even aware of the wealth of valuable information that may be learned from Cuba. Is it part of your work as an Ambassador for the WWF, to inform people, organizations and governments about Cuba's role at this pivotal moment of our planet's precarious status, in order to encourage the rest of the world to engage in making a concrete difference for the environment? I really hope so. I am glad that you are the WWF Embassador as I am sure you will do a wonderful job. Thank you, Sabrina


Clifford Lillo   March 26th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Before asking people all over the United States to participate in turning off lights at 8:30 pm, you must give us a reason for doing so. Just saying the word "carbon" is not enough. Larry, you must schedule a panel of scientists who have studied global warming and climate change. The panel should include those who claim that the efforts of humans can effect a reversal of global warming as well as those scientists who claim that human activities have a miniscule affect on global warming and cooling. Then, those who are swayed one way or another by the scientists can, if they wish, turn off their lights at 8:30 pm on a given night or leave the lights on. Allow this to be a scientific decision and reason, not a political one.


Shayne Holloway   March 26th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? ABSOLUTELY!!!! Obviously, you are not going to go to visit a border town – they have never been a big draw for tourists anyhow so no loss.
Keep in mind, Mexico is a BIG country! I am Small Business owner / Travel Agent specializing in Villa Rentals in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and my business has evaporated thanks to the sensationalist coverage on the "War Next Door". Puerto Vallarta (like many other resort towns and other cities south of the border) is so far removed from the border cartel backlash that is coming out on the news....it really breaks my heart to see our beautiful town and the beautiful, warm people who make Vallarta special fall apart over news that is not an accurate portrayal of the whole of Mexico. Our lives, my family and small kids, are living the same peaceful lives we have been for the past 6 years.

PLEASE understand that your commentary is attributing to the culture of fear that will destroy toursim in this beautiful country. Puerto Vallarta is 1000 miles south of the affected border towns. Once again, GAIN PERSPECTIVE, Mexico is a huge country – it would be like saying don't go to Seattle, WA because there is gang violence and shootings in East LA. It's absurd!!

I am absolutely APPALLED that Edward James Olmos says don't travel to Mexico – not even to the resort cities – AND he had the last word in the discussion!!! Unbelieveable – heartbreaking – and he obviously didn't do his homework before coming on the show....
PLEASE clarify the REAL facts and look at the REAL crime rates in Mexican resort cities like Puerto Vallarta before allowing someone who doesn't understand the real situation in other parts of the country to have the last word on traveling to Mexico. Communicate and report the FACTS!! Anyone who does just a bit of deeper investigation on the crime rates (in Puerto Vallarta) for instance and you will see our crime rate per capita is a DROP IN THE BUCKET to any city in the US. Apart from the border towns, I can guarantee your life is safer in Mexico.
Get real – understand that the problem starts with the demand from the US...if the US doesn't step up to the plate to combat the corruption and increase in organized crime ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER this issue will never go away.
The warmest and most hospitable people in the world you'll ever meet are Mexicans....and many in Puerto Vallarta are being severely affected by your show and the news....losing jobs and dreams....
When will you be coming to cover an average day in Puerto Vallarta? The warmth of the people, the food, the sun and beaches are waiting for you.


Martin   March 26th, 2009 1:07 am ET

The borders must be contained. The only way they can make money is to get the drugs over the borders. Stop everything coming through, maybe for one day. Just as we wish to have the Earth Hour. Close the border for one(1) hour, one(1) day, or one(1) month. Nothing comes through. If we are serious about the problem, really serious about it!
Not making comments on the News Media and getting paid. I think a lot of people are just scared.


rita ferrara in new orleans   March 26th, 2009 1:08 am ET

i will be participating in earth hour but will be keeping my lights, computers, and tv's off for the entire evening as i have done on several nights in the past. as an urban dweller one wish i have is for the street lights to be regularly shut down so we can all see the stars in our galaxy – what a treat that would be! thanks to edward norton for promoting these great ideas.


Chuck McGuire   March 26th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Do I get credit for the power outages that are a regular part of life in SW Montana? I'm sure that I enjoy more than an hour a month of no electrical consumption whatsoever thanks to our highly efficient "deregulated" power monopoly.


Ron   March 26th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I think the idea of saving on power is a great idea and have all the respect in the world for the people and celebrities willing to give their time and money to help. My only question is what will happen when all of the lights and computers and appliances are turned back on at the same time. Some equipment requires more power at power up than usual. This could be a huge surge on the power plants.
Ron


Marilyn Mc Ateer   March 26th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Members of Congress will begin debating President Obama's budget and renewable energy this week, with a vote likely set for next week.
What you do now will decide what kind of debate they have - one that's dominated by special interests and partisan voices intent on keeping the status quo, or one that reflects the priorities of citizens like you.

Take your message to Washington.

Call your representatives in Congress and let them know that you want renewable energy included in the President's Budget.


Carla   March 26th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I heard a lot of questions about what we, as individuals can do, to help the planet, but not a lot of answers. We, as John Q Public do the following to help:

* bring our own resuable bags to the store for shopping made from recycled materials, reducing plastic refuse and savings trees.

* reuse water bottles

*take batteries, old paint, plastic bags to local electronic and/or home improvement stores for proper disposal.

* recycle all paper board – including paper towel/toilet paper rolls, shredded paper, boxed food containers. We overload our recycling bin every week and put an average of 1 garbage bag out per week. Almost everything we consume can be recycled. We are so hopeful, due to your show, that we can all make a difference. Great show!

PS – we loved Alannis on Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm!)


George   March 26th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Legalizing drugs will not lead to more drug use any more than legalizing alcohol led to more people drinking. We might consider studying the 10 years of prohibition and the gang wars that went on during that period of time. Do you suppose we might find a solution someplace there?

We've been conducting a long drawn out war on drugs for years. We've expended millions of dollars and are no closer to victory than we were when it started.

Tom Tancredo needs to open his eyes to what is going on and acknowledge that the guns are coming from the USA. Mr. Tancredo's comment that the President wants to take guns away from Americans is just a parroting of the so-called conservative mantra. The constitution speaks of "a well regulated militia". That does not sound to me like "anyone who wants a gun just step up to the counter and show me the money and you can have one".

Edward James Olmos hit the nail on the head. We need to take control of our border. American teenagers being recruited by the cartels to be their executioners is frightening to hear. It's lucrative-$500 / week retainer and $50,000 for each execution when needed.


Margarita   March 26th, 2009 1:15 am ET

I live in New Mexico and Mr. Olmos is right about so much that he said. The corruption is not only in Mexico, it is in our communities, with corrupt police, sherrifs, judges, wealthy ranchers and farmers who have been exploiting illegal Mexican workers for years, many of whom begin as mules for the drug cartels. The majority of the wealthy farmers and ranchers are Republicans who have been cheating the labor laws and the special worker laws. This is not just the fault of demand for the drugs.

This is the fault of so many corruptions at every level of our society. Blame the outsourcing of jobs, poverty, addiction. Many of the Americans covering the traffickers with so-called 'legit' jobs are getting a huge and generous cut of the money. Are you people so blind or just deliberately so? Tancredo you are a racist and a xenophobe. As a woman whose family dates back 350 years in this state, Tancredo's statements are infuriating.


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:27 am ET

With all the liberal pot-smoking politicians in office now (they all admitted it in an open forum), the legalization is probably coming soon. Hillary Clinton is just laying the initial groundwork now..."...we have an insatiable appetite for drugs..." it will be presented as this is what we "have" to do to stop the violence and make a profit by taxing it....thus "pufffing up" our economy! So, be prepared people! And be careful what you wish for!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:28 am ET

@ nancy

You stated: All the users want to legalize it.

I have been working in the field for 25 years and I can tell you.. if they do NOT use illegal drugs... they will snort gasoline, glue, or what ever they can get their hands on. I work with people just out of prison and they can NOT stay sober for one day on the outside. Keeping it illegal will NOT change anything.


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:31 am ET

@nancy

I can only speak for Orange County. We are now in our 3rd generation of drug addicts... meaning all the mothers that were children of drug addicts now have huge families of children still using drugs... well these kids grow up and guess what... they start using drugs. It is escalating and because these women have 5 – 9 children each... you can do the math. This is why!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:32 am ET

Your idea of pot smoking politians holds NO water. Its the women who continue to use drugs while being very active sexually without any birth control...

We now have a huge population of BORN ADDICTED CHILDREN!!!!!


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:34 am ET

But will it help to open the door to so many "new" users; like teens who try their first cigarette? But, you're right; those who can't help themselves hate themselves so much that they will do anything to try to kill themselves. We can't really stop them from doing that. Since you have worked with them for so long, don't you think the main problems they have lie deeper psychologically than the drug use? Not everyone is pre-disposed to that level of self-hurt.


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:34 am ET

I do not know if we can turn this around. The only way I can see is either legalize drugs... or all drug using women during the child bearing years have to be sterilized. Which do you think would be easier to carry out???


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:38 am ET

Nancy! Just like Alcohol... you would need to be a certain age... like 21. No driving... just like DUI.

I am not happy about legalizing drugs... especially the hard ones... but I do not know of any other way that would really work to stop the Cartels. They are there because of us and our desire for drugs.

Yes, I worry about this country. This is exactly how Rome, Greece and Egypt fell. from within....


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:39 am ET

Nancy... Many were born addicted!! They never had a chance


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:41 am ET

I guess I don't understand, Dodie. Are you suggesting that if pot is legalized, that this trend will stop in these mothers? How is that the answer?


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:44 am ET

You're talking about the move from soft to hard drugs because the availabilty of soft drugs is not there? Babies being born addicted to coke and heroine....I understand. It is hard to foresee any good coming from it though.....human nature being what it is.


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:45 am ET

Because we are in our third or possibly 4th generation of drug users... and each mother has a bunch of born addicted babies... you can do the math. Drugs have always been around. There was always a small population of people on hard drugs. The difference now is that we have a huge population of born addicted children.

I think the difference was.. in the 1920s – 1950s most of the hard core drug addicts were men. Now there are as many women as men. When a baby is born addicted, it really does not have much of a chance. Maybe one out of 200 will not use drugs. The rest of the 199 will. To watch a newly born addicted baby shake and go through withdrawals... its intelligence is lowered, etc. is very sad...


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:49 am ET

The age restrictions and DUI' s don't work with alcohol either. They will not help with drug legalization. We will be on a sure path to destruction. I guess we already are. I feel bad for those who have no faith at a time like this.


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:49 am ET

Nancy... Most pot smokers who really enjoy pot may try other drugs but go back to pot. If a person is looking for harder drugs... not aware they are but when they are young and feel really good with alcohol they will seek harder stuff.

Did you know that Heroin and Alcohol run down the same neuro-peptides? meaning... that there are drugs that do not let you get high when you shoot heroin... and that same drug will take away alcohol cravings. This tells us that Heroin and Alcohol act on the body in a very similar fashion. Heroin is 1,000 more addictive because it is much more pure. If we drank pure alcohol, it would kill us....


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:53 am ET

Yes, I am really worried about this country. I can not tell you how many drug addicted babies I have seen. over the 25 year period... maybe 10,000 or maybe 50,000. It really is terrible.


nancy   March 26th, 2009 1:53 am ET

Well, Dodie, I will pray for you and your work. Maybe there are just enough of the unaddicted people to help turn this around....I think I need to go to sleep now to make sure I am doing the best with my kids tomorrow and every day to help them stay clean in the midst of this haze we find ourselves in. I'm happy to have talked to you. God Bless!


Dodie from Irvine CA   March 26th, 2009 1:55 am ET

Good night Nancy! Sleep well!


ed,vancouver canada   March 26th, 2009 2:22 am ET

drugs are almost as evil as wall street.
without all the money there is no support mechanism
where are the mexicans getting the drugs from?
you got it.
terrorists.
if the u.s. takes out afghanistan,the mexicans will get even.
I think tanks and 200 F18 fighter jets at the border would do.
the world is going to trash.


ed,vancouver canada   March 26th, 2009 2:28 am ET

actually,the weapons that the mexicans are using are supplied by terrorists .
mexicans are buying drugs,and supporting the taliban.
the mexicans are going to use the weapons to attack the united states.
the taliban is behind this.
they want it to look like a drug war first


JerryMerry   March 26th, 2009 2:32 am ET

I will turn off my lights Sunday night out of respect. But, since my lights are solar powered and the big appliances like the refrigerator and pressure tank run on geothermal power, so I guess I have already made a statement.


ed,vancouver canada   March 26th, 2009 3:04 am ET

supposedly 9/10 of the crime scene guns are from the u.s.
is that right eh?
the smart ones that have not been caught are fed by afghanistan,pakistan,and the like
the real problem is the reduction of the use of drugs because of the depression in the united states.
to get a bigger share they are killing each other.
drug dealers want the money they got ripped off by madoff.
soon they are knocking on the door


Mavi   March 26th, 2009 3:04 am ET

Hello Larry:
While the heavy violence at the border with USA is a sad reality and that definitively there is a lot of things that both authorities have to do to secure it; I want to let your audience know, that Mexico is not only a border town. We have a wide, broad nation, that since the Revolution era – at the beginning of the 1900`s – has always been peaceful and friendly to everybody. The Mexico that I have seen protrayed in the news in almost every single network , very single day and every single hour, is not all of what Mexico is about. At times it seems to me that somebody has a double agenda ..... I just wonder what would that be?

I am a mexican mother of 4 young adults, three of them already finished college and are living on their own and my youngest is a High Scholl senior and will be attending college in US this September. My husband is an american citizen and we have lived in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta since 1985. This city depend so much on the tourism coming from USA and Canada, that all these "news" that your audience is hearing will probably damage our economy a lot more than already is with the world economic situtation as it is.

I believe this is the time that everybody in both countries, take a little bit of responsability in our participation or lack of it in this horrible problem of drugs. Too many people, families and entire communities have been destroyed by drugs. Parents that don`t pay attention to their children and do not care who they hang out with, government officials being paid for not seeing things or for actively participating on it, people looking for what they think is a "fun or trendy" thing to do, Neighbors looking the other way when they see something really wrong going on at the neighbors house. Gun retailers that do not care who is purchasing their guns or that are active in the black market, we all have something to be blamed for.

Let`s do something about it. It is frankly ignorant to believe that everything is black and white – there are so many shades in between.
Let`s open our minds to other ideas and proposals. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, we should – as good neighbors do – try to help each other. Education is key to the betterment of the human being, therefore, we must try to educate our children about the dangers of drugs, we should also pay attention to the games they play, the music the listen to. Let`s stop glorifying violence and let`s work towards having a better world, one where we can feel safe, where we can be free respecting the freedom of others.


jm   March 26th, 2009 3:33 am ET

I recently went to Mexico at the end of February 2009 (Playa del Carmen). Two days before, everyone told me not to go. As a woman traveling alone to meet my boyfriend and friends, I was started to get very worried. I had traveled to Mexico many times before, but didn't realize how extreme the situation had become.

Despite it all, I had a great time and felt very safe (in this area). I saw no signs of violence nor did I feel unsafe.

I would suggest researching the area you are traveling to, and checking with the US Dept of State website, which is very insightful.

Travel safely - meaning, be aware, be respectful - the Mexican people are very generous and kind. This issue affects very specific areas.


ed,vancouver canada   March 26th, 2009 3:40 am ET

just a thought.
there is no serial numbers on the weapons because they are seized guns re sold by border gaurds.
no problem getting thema cross thee border senor.


js   March 26th, 2009 3:41 am ET

Americans take control of your lives, stop giving your children ever thing they want,without question, SPRING BREAK!!!!! You ve got to be kidding, In Mexico none the less,whats wrong with your kids spending (YOUR) money in american???? Or better yet come home & help the family out. Never let any of my kids go on spring break,let alone out of the country. Americans craving for drugs & the money it brings is killing our children & our way of life ,when our we as a people going to start taking some kind of common sense over our own lives??


Roberto C. Tijuana, Mexico   March 26th, 2009 4:09 am ET

Extremely damaging the ignorant comments coming from Edward J. Olmos about advising viewers "not to visit Mexico...anywhere".
How stupid and irresponsible of him to gain a spot on the show by way of his "mexican-american heritage" and end up extending fear and false perceptions of this current situation that only damages the tourism industry, foreign trade and overall image of the country.
Sorry, "Ed", but this being the case, you simply remain a "pinche pocho pendejo" and a 'persona non grata' in Mexico.
You certainly owe an explanation and apology for you comments.


Gayantha   March 26th, 2009 6:01 am ET

I believe it is quite an impressive work that they have done and we would like to give our fullest support to the "Earth Hour" from our country Sri Lanka as well.

Just a suggestion; wouldn't it be much effective if the organizers can send official letters to the other nations requesting them to support with the Cause as well??


Ann from Utah   March 26th, 2009 7:18 am ET

Larry, I do appreciate your program. I've listen to you for years.
How can anyone deny the war at our borders? I was born in
El Paso. As a child I remember walking over the border to buy
whatever specially mangos without my parents. Many things have change, I visited my brother in El Paso in 1980 then they were
having problems with safety. They loved to hit the cars on purpose,
you had to pay or you went to jail. My last visit was in 1980, my brother didn't enjoy the trip because he knew the danger. They say legalize
drugs that's the answer. No it isn't! If you think we have too many
DUI's just wait our streets will never be safe!!! YES Americans you are
fueling the war on drugs and the killing. Think about that next you
want to get High, stroned, crank up or any thing else!!!!!


Sally Harris`   March 26th, 2009 8:26 am ET

Dear Larry,

PLEASE RETRACT LAST NIGHT'S STATEMENT regarding DO NOT GO TO MEXICO.....This is hurting so many INNOCENT businesses and people in towns like PUERTO VALLARTA. We are NOT having the problems that the borders towns and Mexico City are having. This kind of comment REALLY negatively affects each of us – Americans and Mexicans. You will drive away the ONLY BUSINESS that keeps our little town ALIVE. WE NEED TOURISM and we NEED PEOPLE TO KNOW IT IS SAFE to fly directly into our airport and enjoy our beaches and our precious city. PLEASE MENTION THIS ON TV TONIGHT. MANY THANKS TO YOU FOR SO MANY YEARS OF GREAT DISCUSSIONS. I have NEVER written anyone on TV before last night. Sally Harris, Dallas, TX


Brenda   March 26th, 2009 8:57 am ET

This is a wonderful idea of turning off the lights to prove a point. However, when all of us were younger, most of our parents taught us to conserve and were telling us to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, probably after WWII to save money.
Nowadays everyone has a very cavalier attitude about energy and electricity. It's what they expect and are used to. Many of these younger people probably haven't traveled outside of the US and don't know how poor some other countries are.
Thanks for doing this to bring more awareness to everyone who likes to leave their lights on...including my husband!


Yvette   March 26th, 2009 11:31 am ET

Edward James Olmos could possibly be the worst person to interview about the issues going on in Mexico. Mexico has plenty of academics and non-corrupt officials who would be very willing to be interviewed on this topic. I ask that Larry please have more accurate representation on on his show regarding this topic. Edward James Olmos lives far from the day to day struggle that people in Tijuana, Monterrey, Juarez, D.F., and Culiacan live though each day. For his ignorant Chicano, reformed cholo speaking acne scar ridden self to say not to go to Mexico is a crock. There is so much more to Mexico than it's border towns, and even those are not as horrendous as the media portrays them to be. People always need to use common sense when traveling.
Also, a wall will never stop the flow of drugs. Drugs are transported by tunnels, jet skis, boats, submarines, planes, and cars. A wall will only make Americans feel safe by providing a visual barrier.


Belinda   March 26th, 2009 11:32 am ET

Turn OFF the lights! Do you really think that will save our Planet? The only thing that will save our planet is God. God will not put up with all the nonsense that is going on in the world today for very much longer. Read your Bibles, everything is falling in place, per Revelation, for the end of time.


Arturo   March 26th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

Shame on Mr. Elmos for his intensely damaging comments about not traveling "anywhere" in Mexico. I think you should come back to the show to retract that statement. Outside of the border towns, you are safer in Mexico than your own backyard.

Everything that you were saying was making a lot of sense, and I couldn’t agree with you more that the drug problem is a mutual problem and both countries have to fight it together… it is completely absurd that the drug problem is Mexico’s problem only… Americans are the number one consumer and the demand is huge so it is definitely a profitable business.

The one thing that completely turned this interview into a disaster were your last comments about not traveling to Mexico… you told the audience not to come to Mexico, not even in the resort towns… Are you aware of the potential impact of your last comments???

My family and I live in Mexico right now, in Puerto Vallarta to be specific. This is a tourist town and everyone that lives here makes their living off of tourism. I am an American and so is my wife and your last words of not traveling to Mexico went very very far… more than you can imagine… They will impact our income tremendously and if you want to help the “Latinos” and Hispanic population, PLEASE DO NOT tell Americans not to travel anywhere in Mexico. You have no idea how ignorant your comment came across and how damaging it was to this community as well as the other hundred communities that live off of tourism. We have been living here for many years and we live a nice and peaceful life with no violence and we are not exposed at all to the drug problem, in fact the only drug problem that we know about is when Americans come down here and want to buy it.

I am completely irrate about your words, please think before saying anything on the subject and please tell Americans that it is OK to travel just to be careful and don’t do anything stupid while they are on vacation such as trying to buy cocaine or marijuana.

Please know the facts and understand the ramnifications your comments have on the innocent lives of the friendliest people in the world. Your ignorance is shameful.


Amy   March 26th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

Turn off the lights and your cynicism. Every effort contributes to keeping our planet and us living a little longer.

Look at Bali in Indonesia. Despite millions of tourists, Bali remains one of the most beautiful and culturally unspoilt islands because the Balinese have been practicing Earth Hour for centuries.

The Balinese celebrate their New Year with the “Day of Silence” or “Nyepi” where lights are turned down to the minimum and all activities come to halt for 24 hours. Nyepi is the day of self introspection on human values and living in harmony with nature, a harmony which has helped to preserve the island.


M L Beckham   March 26th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Larry,
It's clear to me that Republican Tom Tancredo is completely out of touch with what is going on in Mexico! WHERE has he BEEN?!! I was shocked and stunned to hear him say that American weapons were not part of the problem! I lived in both Denver, CO and the Phoenix (AZ) Metro area for many years. I know that kidnapping, murder and other violence in major US cities has escalated because of the Mexican drug cartels. WHY doesn't Mr. Tancredo know what's going on? It would have been a good idea to brush up on these things before embarrassing himself on Larry King! Get out of your dream world Mr Tancredo!


Bernadette coppola   March 26th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

This is to address Ana Lopez and others who think it's a "joke"i.e.
show me an ordinary american who's had any problems going to Mexico. As I stated last night I thought I was just an ordinary person who just happened to live in Acapulco, Gro. ANA, I WAS KIDNAPPED.
Two police came to my door wanting to see my passport (so I thought).
Instead, while I went to get it, they PLANTED some drugs on a table,all neatly packed like a gift. Then, (a so-called amigo) appeared at my home and said that I'd have to go along with the three of them.
I won't go into the rest it would take forever......and as I stated b4; even thinking of that whole scenario to this day, is another nightmare I have
to relive! When I DO allow myself to bring up my ordeal (which isn't very often) it's to TRY and get thru to any lady, woman so it won't happen to them...............this would include Ana Lopez & Sally.


Amy from Indonesia   March 26th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Turn off the lights and your cynicism. Every effort contributes to keeping our planet and human beings living a little longer.

Look Bali in Indonesia. Despite millions of tourists, Bali remains one of the most beautiful and culturally unspoilt islands because the Balinese have been practicing Earth Hour for centuries.

The Balinese celebrate their New Year with the “Day of Silence” or “Nyepi” where lights are turned off to the minimum, all activities stop for 24 hours. Nyepi is the day of self introspection on living in harmony with nature, a harmony which has helped to preserve the island.


Tony Nocito   March 26th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

Last night I watched your program on Earth Hour, which I enjoyed very much. The emphasis was on energy conservation, and rightfully so.

The Senate has passed resolution S.Res.57 designating the week of April 1st as National Asbestos Awareness Week.

But one of the most important issues we seem to forget to emphasize as much is land conservation. We have had massive housing development over the last 15 years or so, creating large amounts of waste going into our environment. Everyday we dump multimillions of tons of municipal waste, as well as hazardous wastes. The municipal waste is dumped in landfills and belongs to the landfill. On the other hand, the hazardous waste is not dumped, but stored in a landfill and still belongs to the owner or generator. The Comprehensive Environmental Resource Compensation and Liability Act or Superfund by law makes the owner or generator liable through perpetuity for clean-up of the hazardous waste when the landfill becomes a superfund site. An example of this is the Combe Fill South Landfill, Morris County, N.J. where major corporations are paying out over $100,000,000.00. Also, by law it is the owner or generator’s responsibility to permanently and significantly reduce volume, stop mobility of a hazardous substance, and stop the toxicity.

Asbestos at one time was considered a miracle industrial product, because of its strength and ability to resist heat, has become the largest serial industrial killer. In the Northeast alone more than 300 million pounds (conservative estimate) is stored in landfills on a yearly basis.

The financial burden borne by the taxpayer due to asbestos containing materials (ACM) that have been installed throughout the 20th century in American factories, power generating plants, schools, homes and military ships and bases, constitute one of the largest environmental and health challenges facing our country today and in the future. It is estimated that 100,000 individuals die each year from the diseases, asbestosis and mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos, known as the deadliest work place tragedy in American history. Our courts have been flooded with asbestos related litigation that further strains our already overburdened judicial system. The medical and legal expenses resulting from these diseases cost American industry and government multimillions of dollars annually and have resulted in a record number of corporate bankruptcies. The stockholder, the customer and the taxpayer has had no relief.

I am an expert in asbestos destruction. I have the only non-thermal, Federal EPA approved asbestos destruction process that complies with all government regulations, including Superfund.

I would like to discuss the effects asbestos has had on our citizens, corporations and its employees and stockholders, and the role it has played in the economics of our country.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Perla   March 26th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

I'm a Mexican American and to Ed of Vancouver, if you had ANY legitimate knowledge of the Mexican culture you would know there’s almost no correlation with the drug war happening at our borders and the Middle East. Yes, the terrorists would be smart to seek Mexico as a port of entry into the US, which I’m more than sure they have by now, but the Hispanic cultural character is not likely to join Muslims to somehow target the US anytime soon. Also to those complaining about their loss of business from tourism due to the comments made earlier in the show, seriously? People are not safer in Mexico that the US as the situation stands. You don’t know where these reckless people are and when they will choose to attack. They are not just on the border. If you have seen the map of where the different cartels are located, you would know the entire country is divided among them. Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they are not there watching people. Why do you think they’re successful with kidnappings and assassinations? You should be advocating the education of tourists traveling to Mexico possibly by the government or consulate. That would probably be more effective on your part to regain business.


Nadine   March 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Legalizing marijuana could mean the drug cartels would have no one to sell to...except in their own country.


B&B BLAIR   March 26th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Man , I am a 51 year old. I remmber way back in 1965. They ask about earth day. We got out & clean up the school yard. It felt great to pick trash. But , it only a little movement. Now , here we're going through it again. I;ve always paid attention to where I put trash, etc. Why is the world so bull headed? Why , can't we all go solar power , etc!!! Because of money cqst!! Well, I am sad to see our earth is in such ruins. This is the Lord's fallen earth. We need to turn to Our Lord Jesus & ask to do now. We really need to have everyone to stop for one hour & pray to God & see what come if this world then? Alone with turning the lights off too.

In GOD , PRAYER & FAITH WE STAND ALWAYS!!!


ge   March 28th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

the war on drugs was ajoke starting with reagan itwas amoney maker for the military supply company


Herb Skew   March 28th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

In relation to EarthHour: no, it can't save the world. Great publicity stunt, though. I thought all the experts said it was too late anyway – aren't we are already in damage limitation mode? I suppose it can't hurt, but it won't do anything now. I get particularly annoyed by how tepid green politics is; there is no pragmaticism behind it, and they tend to hijack the most naive/"trendy" Old Left [even anarchist] causes purely for publicity and nearly the majority of the participants are complete bandwagon chasing sheep! Whereas the so-called "green" practitioners[who tell you how it is and how it can be done] can usually afford to pay out more to be "eco-friendly", as they're appropriately minted [surely this elitist practice should end? Like the millionaire anarchists, doing an 'Oliver', over here in the UK!]. The publicity all these groups will get heightened during bad times [as no-one really cares when the majority of people are not out of work; history is always happening again, right?] – but the real random thing is this attachment to a celebrity [or celebrities] to "sell" a political cause – is this Clooney Effect? It's a sad sign for our age to be honest.
In further response to your past debates on the drug conflict in Mexico: Danapop is spot on – and I agree with other comments placing your Republican party as the cause for inaction on numerous fronts. More laterally, also in relation to the economy, they are definitely hindering Obama now, as the Republicans political capital is zero. But, in comparison to the Tories [Conservatives] in the UK, who might as well be part of a coalition as they've basically merged with Labour, they really only play empty words games with each other now. They might as well be the same party now, as both have no real policies and criticize the other for doing exactly what they would do anyway if in the same position [unfortunately, there are no other real alternatives in the UK, despite the pretence of a modernized constitutional monarchy!] I doubt this will happen, as explicitly, within the American political spectrum – but from some responses here and the friends I have in your great country – I sense it will take a long time for the Republicans to repair the damage already done.


Brian, Ont Canada   March 28th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Larry, this Mexican drug issue has far reaching effects, from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Vancouver BC is just ripe with the effects as well; it’s either a murder or some kind of gang violence daily. Our RCMP (not the ones dressed in red on horse back) have had their hands full with this, while also coping with the upcoming 2010 Olympic games. This Larry is not just a problem with the US/Mexican border; it has become a North American problem that is going to take all countries in this hemisphere to tackle.


LOLA M SMITH   March 28th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

Larry, the president will never legalize any ilegal product, never. Cocaine, heroine and marijuana should be legalized and controlled by state governments just as alcohol was. Put the profit in the legalized open market on wall street. Honestly, the killing would stop. What we are doing did not work for alcohol and is not working in the dope market.


Joe G. (Illinois)   March 28th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

If you voted for Obama.. You voted for abortion.. What’s the matter? Is abortion not trilling enough? Not mouth watering enough to talk about? Perspective.. Perspective.. You scared about violence crossing the borders and making its way to a home near you? Hohh..!! Fear God..


Julie Webster   March 28th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

My husband and I took 2 of my kids to Cancun last week for Spring Break. We never once felt afraid. We traveled by bus to the Myan ruins, and another time to a zip line. The Mexican people were so friendly and treated us like royalty. We didn't go out at night, or to any area not advised by our hotel. I know the staffer's in Cancun rely heavily on the tourist dollars that come through, and I would urge anyone to go down to Cancun. It was the best vacation we have ever been on. Gracias to Mexico!


Steve Black   March 28th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Concerning Earth Hour....every little bit helps and i am personally all for this, but why just one hour ? Shouldn't it be Earth Day or even more ? I was raised to turn off lights, etc. when not in use. I think we are at the "tipping point" as far as global warming and time is short. We need to stress to every person on this planet to conserve on everything daily. Earth hour is not nearly enough.


John   March 28th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Im American living in Mex... in one of the towns which is a passage to juarez for the drug cartels.... this problem has been going on for years its just now being brought to light... what i know and see and makes me mad is EVERYONE knows where the main cartel people.. Chapo can be found but the corruption is as big on the us side i think as it is on the mex. side... so what are we really trying to accomplish here?


Beulah Yalkut Schiller   March 28th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Regarding the drug war in Mexico and elsewhere...
'Each of you, young and old, who take recreational drugs are an accomplice to mass murder.
You are just as guilty as the ones who are
pulling the trigger,
executing,
be-heading,
torturing,
forcing poor farmers to grow narcotic plants
If you did not take drugs
Cartels would not sell."
The time to stop taking drugs is now." Help make it a better world.


James   March 28th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Larry,
I don't think everybody understands the problem, I've been to Mexico and although people say that most of the police is corrupt there, there is a lot of things that the federal goverment does to help the problem and that is with the army, this is something that we don't see in the U.S. When you go to Mexico by car on the way in and out there are several check points run by the army to try to stop drugs and guns but if you drive thru the U.S. there is only one check point on the way in other than the border to stop illegal immigration, there is nothign that the US goverment does to stop guns and money coming from the US. I think that it's only fair that the US does the same, not only say that the violence is coming this way and is Mexico's fault!


Rita OConnor   March 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry my husband and I also my children lived in Mexico (Pacific Coast) for 4 yrs. Let me talk to you. Its not at all what people know.
We owned a resort down there in La Majahua, state of GUERRERO.
Totally corrupt not only the federales, policia, and the statees.
I have so much to share about this country that bcame a second home to me and my family. I hope to hear from somebody soon.
Sincerely,
Rita OConnor


Beulah Schiller   March 28th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Re: the drug wars


Greg Davies   March 28th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

As a Brit living in Mexico for more than 4 years now, I can honestly tell you that i have NEVER EVER exerienced any of this voilence that you report on your show.

I live in Guadalajara, Mexicos second largest city and it is safe and well policed. Of course the violence is only in certain parts of Mexico- such as the borders and it is entirely caused by the drugs that are beiung transported to the USA.

The USA is completely responsablie for these problems


Pam   March 28th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Our light are out 🙂


Corey Hayes   March 28th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

One Thing i never heard mention was the need for these drugs to the American economy. How many jobs would be lost with out these crimes, police, prison gaurds, state criminal justice workers. Also lets not forget the money made and spent by drug dealers, i highly doubt the goverment really wants to win the war on drugs.It is just too big of buisness.


Jhonatan F. (Michigan)   March 28th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This drug cartel problem has been years if not decades in the making, a weak economy in Mexico and Latin America has not helped the problem. As the economy in these countries has deteriorated, working for these drug cartels has become a viable way to make end meets. As this continued in the past more people gave into corruption which furthermore deteriorated the quality of life in these countries. Having no other way to make a living in those countries many honest hard working people were driven to the United States by the demand for cheap labor from us. As this continued the cartels realized that they could use human smuggling as a way to fund their operations. This in turn allowed an increased in the undocumented immigration into the United States. Of course many of this individuals were families who had more kids in the united states. These parents because of their undocumented status in these country were unable to provide sufficient economical support for their children (they make less money than the average citizen). These US citizens(children) of course having no other way to get out of the slump they were born into, found in gangs a way to make some money. Of course these gangs are funded by the Drug Cartels which in turn get their recruits from these poor families, and the cycle of life continues. How can we solve this problem, well the solution is not easy and it won't fall from the sky. However if we can secure the border, provide a legal pathway to citizenship for the million of undocumented parents and children in these country, streamline the immigration process and control the demand for cheap labor in this country, as well as provide a legal way for foreigners to come to this country to work in unskilled jobs, then at that point we are closer to a solution then we have been for the last 100 or so years.

The problems are of course more complex than i was able to describe above, however, what i tried to do is simplified the issue as much as possible.


Liliane from Canada   March 28th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I can't believe your guest Tom the ex-congressman. Where does he live. I am a canadian citizen living 6 months a year in Mexico. The war
with the cartels is exactly what your two other guest were saying.

The guns coming from the states.... is helping the cartels make war on the Mexican Government. And by the way why do Americans need automatic gun like the AK'S and the rest. Isn't that creating a more violent world.

Who has the money to pay for the drugs? I am sure the Americans have more than the ordinary mexican.


Tom   March 28th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I've joined Earth Hour!!! Every single light inside and outside of my house is ON!!! When will people stop being idots thinking man can control things... folks, God is in control and to be so arrogant to think we can ruin it shows just how stupid some have become.
We do have a responsiblity to help keep our earth clean but we were created to rule over the earth not be held hostage by it.


paul   March 28th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The problem isnt drugs but rather drug laws. would violent drug cartels exist if the drugs were legal? I do not think so. I figured we learned as a nation back in the 30's that prohibition does not work and only CREATES violent crime. when alcohol prohibition was repealed, the people at budweiser didnt go out and try to kill people who worked for coors did they? drugs will follow the same lead. sure some drugs are horrible ie; herione, cocaine, crack, but creating laws to make them illegal hamr even more innocent people then if they were legal. ciggarettes contain the most addictive drug on earth, nicotine, yet it is completely legal for use for ADULTS, sure kids still smoke but it is incredibly hard for them to obtain them as is with alcohol. it was easier for me to get cannabis in high school then a 5th of jack daniels, why? because the government created the market and regulated it. this is what needs to be done in this nation and the world as a hole.


Lili   March 28th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Yesterday, my mom and aunt decided to visit my grandma who is very ill in Chihuahua via a bus ride. They were dropped off in El Paso and waited until the delayed bus from Denver arrived to continue their journey to Mexico. At around 1 am the bus made a stopped at a Villamuada restaurant. As the passengers ordered and ate their food, they were surprised with robbers walking in with machine guns. Everyone was ordered to the ground and asked to put all their valuables in front of them. The robbers made out with jewelry, cell phones, and money from all the passengers inside the restaurant and inside the bus. The police was never informed because of fear and they arrived in Chihuahua a few hours later. I'm counting my blessings right now that nobody was injured, but my family is all trying to book the first plane out of Mexico for my mother and aunt to return safely to El Paso, Texas. It is not just the drug cartel being affected, it’s everyone... its sad to say, but most likely after this experience nobody from my family will be traveling to Mexico for emergencies or vacations.


Sid   March 28th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think this can help in supporting our troops and saving our mother nature from catastrophic global warming.


Steve Phillips WI.   March 28th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry.
Why is every one even our Gov. keeps skirting around the fact that legalizing drugs is the only answer to the drug war. Michael Ware said in his report 2 days ago that this is a war for profits, and legalizing drugs takes away the the profits , No profits No war, No Profits, No need to grow produce drugs. Yet even Michael was mum on the topic of legalization tonight. Did someone have a lil talk with him? Your Guest is right the corruption on both sides fuels this war, The D.E.A., Police ,etc. would no longer find rooms stacked to the ceiling with untraceable drug money ! So they let 1000s of people die to continue this war for profit.


Kevin   March 28th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry,
Edward James Olmos is clearly prejudice against Americans. Does he really believe that the majority of weapons that these killers in Mexico are using have come from the United States? In reality, I don't care if Mexicans want to kill Mexicans, or chinese people want to kill chinese people. What I worry about is Americans; first and foremost. So, seal the border, and them kill each other.


Frank & Ann,   March 28th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Just finished our second annual Earth Hour and our grandson's FIRST!!. Feels great to be participating in something worthwhile. Greetings from Toronto, Canada at 9:52 p.m.


Patrick   March 28th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

If we are getting power from a Nuclear Power Plant, how will me turning off my lights help on Earth Day? If it does not help, what can I do to help?


Jan from Michigan   March 28th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Will CNN shut down all their wold wide operations in support of this issue?


Mary Deanovic   March 28th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

There are 48,000,000 babies murdered every year by abortionists, thousands of murders at the hands of criminals, bankers and Wall Street stealing our hard earned money and investments, a president who wants us to spend a trillion dollars for the next ten years and people losing their jobs and homes and you want us to turn off our lights for an hour because you worship the planet instead of the Creator God? Get outta here! Your eyes are so glazed over in your fenaticism you can't even prioritize hardships and immorality.

The Bible says the seasons will not cease til all is fulfilled and He hasn't come back yet. Focus on the things that matter!

Mary


R. Salinas   March 28th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Why don't you think the Mexican government doesn't give America the serial numbers on weapons used by the cartels? How can Mr. U.S. Senator be so ignorant. Hello! Because they are corrupt !Mexico "behaves" (emphasizes an arrest and safe tourism) when it needs to. I've lived in Brownsville, TX for 45 years. We are the experts you should be interviewing. Our night out to eat tacos includes preparing to bribe Mexican police or soldiers just in case they stop us for no reason, or preparing to have our vehicles taken from us by Mexican police or soldiers for no reason. The stolen cars end up driven by the cartels. Olmos is right. I know for a fact people that have called the authorities with information on cartel members living in Brownsville – I guess the authorities don't investigate them if they go to church. Border Patrol agents are in more danger now because the money (our tax money) the US will give Mexico WILL end up in the pockets of the corrupted officials and the cartels. Mr. Olmos call me.


Jason Johnson   March 28th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hello Larry King, I Just Wanted To Say Im In Florida And I Turned Off My Whole Circuit Breaker and Felt good About It.
In All Honesty, I Wish I Had Solar Panels.
Good To See Some Change In People Awareness
Keep Up The Good Job Edward Norton, Glad To See Ya Back In The LimeLight.
Im Watching Your Show Now


Greg   March 28th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry, it doesn't matter how many hollywood stars try and sell this farce to the American people. The only "saving" this planet needs is to be spared the wrath of a global governance controlled by the elite's whom plot the enslavement of all of the people of the world. Cap & trade is just another way to keep everyday people struggling to pay their rent (taxes)to the govt. which keeps us forever in debt.


Eric   March 28th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It is a scientific fact that the earth temperture increased 8-10 degrees a little over 13,000 years ago, It seems more reasonable that the earth changes are more associated with solar flares and a general warming cycle of the planet that has occurred over thousand of years. I think being green is a good thing but I am not interested in paying more costs to be green, Green needs to be cost effective without putting an artifical charge to the cost of carbon.


Steve Phillips WI.   March 28th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The ONLY answer to the drug war is remove the HUGE profits. Making drugs illegal drives up prices by 650%, Now the drug cartels have a product worth killing over. Problem is, Now the U.S. Gov. has enjoyed sharing in these profits too. So, to legalize drugs would mean no more rooms stacked to the ceiling with UNTRACEABLE CASH!


Yair   March 28th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

"Earth Hour" where ? Yes the Empire State Building wasn't light but, unfortunately downtown New Yorkers couldn't care less about this amazing effort. I was stunt to walk on 7th & 6th Ave and witness how businesses run as usual, not to mention all the fancy residential buildings in Chelsea. What ashame so NOT New Yorkers.

Yair, W. Village.


Brad   March 28th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Is it just me...or is global warming the biggest lie ever forced onto the american people...second only to the assasination of of John F. Kennedy??


John in Atlanta   March 28th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Did someone suggest the power company give people who turn their lights off credit for one hour of power? Well, I have an electrical meter, so I don't have to ask for a credit, my meter will reflect less power used, and therefore a lower bill. Who doesn't know this?


Gloria Plata   March 28th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

From a paradise as beautiful as Colombia, from the city of Pereira to me a very special and important hours

It is wonderful to see that people are waking up.
Although my city is not completely dark, my whole family turned off the lights in their homes.
Thanks to Mother Earth..


Joan Winsor   March 28th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Until Earth Hour, and all the other pro-planet groups have the courage to openly address the core problem, over-population, they are spinning their wheels.


Kate   March 28th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

The international war on terror will never be won and by going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and where ever it moves to has cost the US alone more than $610,731,190,000 to date. You can though win the war on drugs and protect your country at the same time. If that money had been used instead to deploy the military at home by air, land and sea to fight the war on drugs, which is the very root of most crime at all levels, by now you could not only have significantly reduced the trafficing in drugs, guns, people and most other contraband, as well eliminated so much of the other crime, pain and suffering which is a direct result and at the same time protect against terror threats.


JORGE A. LUNA   March 28th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

JORGE LUNA FROM: SAN JOSE . COSTA RICA, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE COUNTRY, COSTA RICA, BUT I`LL WOULD TURN THE LIGTS, AND I HOPE THAT CABLE WILL BE TURN OUT AS WELL. GREAT IDEA , COSTA RICA NEEDS SOMEBODY TO REMAIND US, NOT TO THROUGH THE GARBAGE TO THE STREET.


Vegas Dan   March 28th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Lights out for an hour is a nice symbollic gesture, but, there are millions of folks that experince Earth Hour daily from sunset to sunrise. I recently visited many "suburban" areas in Veit Nam, China Thailand and Phillipines, where the only source of light, heat and cooking fires for millions of people in their individual home is a smokey-burning chunk of charcoal. Their homes are dark and smokey – all the surrounding ambient air is smokey and acrid. What are you going to do to shut down this source of air polluiton which covers most of Asia and indonesia? It seems any improvements we can make in the 'advanced' countries, is more then undone by our less developed third world brothers and sisters.


Neal   March 28th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

TRIGGERS ADD AND ADHD? bs california just came out with a study saying it helps add and adhd patients!!!


Greg   March 28th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Larry, Hillary paved the way for Holder's announcement that he wants to begin taking guns from the law abiding citizens of the US.- Blaming Americans for the insanity in Mexico is a sad example of leadership. It's a scam to reach the real goal of disarming American's so that we will have no way to resist what the Govt./Bilderbergers plan for our future. Illegal immigration/drugs/weapons problem would be solvec by finishing the fence on the border. But that makes to much sense!!
The Govt. ALWAYS goes to extremes in the opposite direction.


Neal   March 28th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

OH GREAT YOU ARE TEACHING OUR TEENS TO USE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION INSTEAD OF THE SAFER ALTERNATIVE, MARIJUANA! THANKS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!


jm   March 28th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

The -um–a–speaking --um ability--of –um–a–Edward Norton,-–in your interview-a–um,--is -a-really-um-a-um--a display of incompetent speaking-–a um-ability-a--um.

Mr. Norton should take, and pass, a public speaking course.
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David Ellis   March 28th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Rita and James,
I have been traveling into Mexico for a decade getting H2B workers. I agree with both of you. We should be checking cars and the people in them as they leave the U.S. We should also assist Mexico in reforestation and carbon sinking so they have resources other than pot.

I see our failed immigration policy showing the undocumented underworld that they have no fear of our legal system and with no fear they have little respect. In Mexico the average person has their paperwork in order, and respect the law. We will not pay coffee tips and travel for us is much more respectful than in years past.

D


David Ellis   March 28th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

An argument for Carbon Cap and Trade, as a corner stone to economic recovery. We are designing a forestry stewardship plan for a private landowner who owns a 300 acre tree farm. Her land is capturing approx. 750 tons of carbon/yr. At $30 per ton she would be getting paid $22,500 per year in carbon storage fees.

She is already in a high income bracket, (retired teacher who lived cheap and saved) so 39% will go to the Government unless she spends some of that income and expenses it. So she hires us to established nest for the endangered woodpecker named the Red Cockaded Woodpecker. So our project cost $8K to setup and we now have an endangered species expanding habitat. That 8K moves across our small town economy. Next we establish 5 acres of native wildflowers under powerline right of ways to support song bird and butterfly habitat. This pays Americans who gathered wildflower seeds some $4,000 sowing dollars in depressed rural economics. We spend another $8,000 building a 5 acre wetland pond for water fowl to have new habitat.

Now if Obama sets it up so that the source producers pay the tax ie oil producing nations and nations that consume natural resources means dollars will be paid directly to private landowners from the middle east countries and China. This is one farm owned who is forward thinking conservative investor. Her cap and trade income would directly into our economy stimulating a wide range of small business interest.

This action will build jobs, restoring the environment, across the entire spread of America. So please enjoy this simple example of what Cap and Trade can do.

You pay to have someone pickup your trash, right? Cap and Trade is that simple. Polluters at the source will pay to have their pollution cleaned up and pay it in a way that employs Americans.

David Ellis


Greg in PA.   March 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

We send more troops to the border to protect us, but they'll be arrested if they fire a shot. GIVE ME A BREAK!! Another scam to make us believe the govt. cares if we live or die. Open your eyes America!! Never forget the arrest of Ramos and Compean. It speaks volumes of how little the Govt. wants to protect us. The drugs are too profitable to almost all govt. officials whove got the hand in the cookie jar.


sleep4ever   March 28th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

Larry. You have got to have Jacques Fresco back. Maybe even Peter Joseph. Please!


Celia   March 28th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

This is the first time that Guatemala officially participates on the Earth Hour event..Too bad that this event was not supported by the goverment , I could make more people to know about it through the country.. but anyway, it was a very good way to start...


Lulin   March 28th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

Put Jacque Fresco back on Larry King Live!!!


Remo.............Austin   March 28th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Larry, help me out here. Mexico claims that firearms are coming from the U.S. Yet they won't supply serial numbers. From the photos that I've seen, they showed: AK-47's, RPG's, grenades, and eastern block assualt rifles. Now here is where I get confused. Where does one go to buy these in the U.S.?
I do know that to buy a firearm in the U.S., you have to be 21. You must fill out a lenghty form, correctly, and have a background check run. Upon passing the background check, you may purchase. Ont the form a serial number is recorded.
So if the serial number has been recorded, if Mexico supplied serial numbers, we would have the means to find a supply cycle here. Why won't the government of Mexico, who is working with us, supply serial numbers?
Frankly these cartels work on profit. If they wanted to buy firearms, and they have a very established ocean smuggling operation, it would seem to me that they could buy automatic firearms directly from overseas sources and buy a case of fully automatic AK-47's for the price it would cost to smuggle one semi-automatic from the U.S.
I also question if the Mexican Army has taken a complete inventory of their firearms? Wouldn't it be prudent to know where all of their firearms are? Since their government is porous, could they be part of this supply issue.
CNN has claimed that 2,000 firearms are crossing daily? I'd ask from where. From the reports and stories that I've seen, U.S. suppliers are not quick to deliver quantities to support this. Most manufacturers are involved in keeping our troops equiped. So where is the production capacity? Where is the point of sale for 2,000 a day?
I'm certainly not saying that some are getting across, but I'm sure any Federal Firearm Licensed establishment would not risk running afoul of the strict laws and regulations that pertain to the sale of firearms.
Now saying all of this, being a Texas native, yes the drug problem is serious. We have a hard time stopping Columbia shipments. We certainly have a hard time stopping Mexico shipments. Our border is vast and under patrolled. We catch a small percent daily and in a week or two the same individuals reappear again.
Mexico needs to address there problem from the ground up. We need to help them. But it is there problem.
We also need to address the demand of drugs on our side. Which we all know has been ongoing since the 1900's. If there is demand some smuck is going to figure out how to defeat the system.
We also need to stop throwing the issue of firearms out as a U.S. problem until Mexico step up to the plate and say's HERE, could you run a serial number check on these.


Michelle   March 29th, 2009 12:04 am ET

I contributed to earth hour last week, when my power was off for a day and a half. My bill is now apparently $650 a month. I will try to make sure my candles are green.


Jim   March 29th, 2009 12:09 am ET

Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.


Luis Aguilar   March 29th, 2009 12:10 am ET

i will still travel to mexico as it is where my family live and i go there every summer after school lets out. besides its only in the border and i traavel deep into the center of mexico. and the popular tourist places like acapulco, cabo, and cancun are not dangerous.

just don't do anything that will get you shot at is my advice to most non-mexican tourists


lily   March 29th, 2009 12:11 am ET

I fly down to Cancun every year and take local bus's down to Belize. I always break up my trip overnight in Chetumel. In Nov 2007, the Chetumal cops put a pistol to my head and told me I could disappear. I have always found that the cops were alot more dangerous than the locals.
Lily


France Tucker   March 29th, 2009 12:26 am ET

I believe it is time that US High Schools and Colleges took the initiative to seriously educate their students about the unintended consequences of their recereational drug use. I believe marijuana should be legalized just like alcoholic beverages are; however, until that happens, everytime a student takes a toke, a hit... they are adding to the coffers of narcoterrorists as well as El Qaeda, Taliban, etc. Today's HS and College generation needs to take their head out of the sand and face these facts. This alone will not eliminate the US drug addiction however it is a start with a level of society that cannot claim ignorance due to lack of education. They see enough violence on daily TV to handle some of the raw coverage of the carnage, from Mexico to the Stans,in part caused by this country's partying.


Thomas   March 29th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Why are we so focused on Mexico, Mexico and Mexico Cartel. I have news for you. Everyday in our own country we have drug lords their called pimps, drug dealers, drug pushers and over 40,000 gangs throughout the united States engaged in murder, drugs, solicitation of minors murder contracts and are prisons are filled with monsters! I challenge anyone to walk in the lowest poverty sections of our country in the inner city at 10:00p.m. at night...you wont last one hour in Richmond California, Compton California and just recently four police officers Killed in oakland California. Whats reaslly the news agenda about Mexico? I have friends who just returned from Mexico City..Beautifull food people and culture. The cartels are killing other drug cartels and people involved in the industry just like here. What About the 1400 black male adults murdered killed in south central in 1998? Where was the news about that. We are just as bad if not worse than Mexico Jeeeezzzz more racist news crap hyping up some agenda. Go walk at night in the Tenderloin in San Francisco my friends...Ya thats what I thought I dont feel any safer in Richmond california than Mexico...Racist crap!!!!


Judy   March 29th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Why have we become a nation that needs drugs so badly? Maybe it has to do with stifling God and the Bible principals out of our priorities?


Lisa Gonzalez   March 29th, 2009 12:36 am ET

No, I would not go back to Mexico...I have a relative that's a dentist in Tijuana and I'm suppose to go back and have more work done on my teeth but I'm very scared to go back. When I was their last March, our dentist told us that they fired all of the cops and employed new ones but the old cops kept their uniforms and they are stopping people and robbing them. I was born and raised here and my parents are U.S. Citizens....Mom's has European back ground, Dad is Spanish, so I am not an anchor baby or anything like that! They need to close our borders and get these people who are not suppose to be here OUT OF HERE!!! I'm afraid if they give the Mexican government weapons, the drug cartel will get a hold of them and use them on us.
Let's hope that this situation gets taken care of.


Andrew   March 29th, 2009 12:38 am ET

The NRA has prevented meaningful gun laws, like the assault weapon ban. These guns make it to Mexico for the cartels. People like Ted Nugent and NRA leadership have insured the war accross the border a very long life. The NRA is so extreme that in effect it supports drug trafficking into the US by arming the cartels with incredible weaponry.


Michelle   March 29th, 2009 12:39 am ET

In our country, you can't seek help to stop using drugs without being prosecuted. This doesn't stop people from using, it keeps people from being able to stop.

If drugs weren't illegal, then people wouldn't have to be afraid of coming forward for help. There is your break in the supply and demand chain.


Paul Tidemann   March 29th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Leave it to latinoes to blame the USA if they don't like it here go and take a lot of illeagles with you.


Greg in PA.   March 29th, 2009 12:43 am ET

If America is to blame for the assault weapons getting in the hands of Mexican Drug cartels, then who is to blame for arming the FARC in Colombia? The truth is that Mexican officials are being paid to allow cargo ships filled w/ weapons to be delivered to the cartels. Last time i checked, the US didn't manufacture AK47's. But Venezuela has allowed the Russians to build a factory in their country since there is such a strong market between Colombia and Mexico for these weapons. But the Obama anti-gun squad cannot resist the opportunity to put the blame on America since it would help them to fullfill their agenda in disarming Americans. GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!!


Michael Sands Kelly   March 29th, 2009 12:44 am ET

An assault rifle: a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use. You cannot walk into a gun shop and just buy one, go through the ATF 4473, NICS check and walk out the door.. It requires, ATF forms under the National Firearms Act od 1934, a special license, 15 day waiting period for intense FBI check and then you may be able to have this registered weapon after the police are notified too. The guns in Juarez are not from this country when you hear automatic fire on TV. They are probably American weapons given during the Regan era for use in Central America. I'm a old gun dealer since 1975 and prior military and have a college education. Try reading a dictionary for the definition of an assault rifle... i know what an assault weapon is and I've used one.


Daniel Ortega   March 29th, 2009 12:45 am ET

With all due respect, Larry should choose who he invites to his show due to the impact and relevance of the comments that are heard all over the world. That being said, I'd like to say three things:

1-Mr. Tancredo has the facts wrong when he says that American guns are not a cause of violence. The truth is that there are more than 12,000 armeries along the Mexican border and, we all know, that it is fairly easy to buy guns in the US. Moreover, Mr. Tancredo should know that crossing the border to Mexico is extremely easy. What would Americans soldiers do?

2- Mr. Alamos, an actor, says that Americans should not visit Mexico. He mentioned that the Mexican government should get the message. Please Mr. Alamos, read a newspaper! Read the facts! One of the reasons of the rising violence is precisely the fact that the Federal government decided to go after the capos. And people like him only make the situation worse by creating a sense of paranoia. Mexican tourist spots are perfectly safe and he should know that. The problem is that silly tourists, or locals, looking for drugs go to dangerous streets and then get mugged. A responsible tourist will never have a problem.

3- I applaude Secretary Clinton's new discourse. The fact is that Mexico's drug consumption is increasing but everything revolves around the American demand on drugs.

Please Larry, as a Mexican and someone that is informed I ask you to invite people that are at least a minimum knowledge about what is going on. The consequence of having misinformed people on your should could be extremely negative.
Thanks,
Daniel


Eliza   March 29th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I just got back from Puerto Penasco last night. Our church usually goes to Juarez Mexico every year at spring break to build houses with Amor Missions. This year our trip got switched to Puerto Penasco because of the drug violence in Juarez. I have been to Juarez twice to build houses and my heart is with my brothers and sisters that are living in terror there. I have found the Mexican people to be welcoming, hard-working and of deep faith in God. Drug dealers- you are a disgrace to your people. You will reap what you sow. I pray for peace to come to Juarez and all of Mexico. God's hammer of justice will come down on you. You can't hide from Him who sees all.


lily   March 29th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Edward, i have no idea who you are, but I will turn off my gen set . A little late, but never too late.

lily


Larry   March 29th, 2009 12:50 am ET

It saddens me to think of all of the guys that died during World War II to maintain our freedom and see sp many so called Americans stomp on this freedom by using drugs. Wake up America and boycott durings until this mess on the boarder stops.


Jonathan Yarbrough   March 29th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Why is it never pointed out that if the DEA or other Drug Enforcement agencies were actually successful in ending the "War on Drugs" that they would be effectively putting themselves out of business? Given their knowledge of this information, is it not possible that they have an interest in keeping the drug trade going at least at some level?


Karla   March 29th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I grew up in Baja and from experiance, I can tell you the guns come from America. Tom must get money from the NRA.


Antonio, Chicago   March 29th, 2009 12:54 am ET

This is a problem that I don't want for my kids, for any kid, so all we should push both governments, USA and Mexican to work together on this problem they should do all they need to do.


Fernando   March 29th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I agree with Mr. Olmos, and I think americans are making the same mistake we mexicans did thinking that nothing wrong is happening in our country and that is other countries problems


Ben Hadley   March 29th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I have an important question. I've heard a lot from many Hollywood actors and actresses about conservation, but I still watch them fly in their private jets and power their 20,000 square foot homes while lecturing the rest of us. Why do you bother if you can't walk the walk?


Dottie   March 29th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I haven't heard ANYONE mention the famous Book of "Revelations." People better wake up and smell the roses. It truly blows my mind that people don't see that our Country's problems started back in the 80's when Reagan was voted into office, if not before.

CONSERVATION–what a joke. How many millions of Federal dollars were spent on driving the nationwide speed limit down to 55 mph only to put the States back in control. I can appreciate what is trying to be accomplished with turning out lights for an hour, but without consistency, participation, and a firm commitment by everyone, nothing is going to change.


Bobby Green   March 29th, 2009 12:56 am ET

The Greenest American supports earth day 2009


Chase in OKC   March 29th, 2009 1:02 am ET

This has to with the drug issue and I was wondering what is done with the money that is taken in a bust. I have heard when millions of dollars were seized but never what happen with all that money. Also with the drugs, what happens to it? Corruption has been a roll in all of this and I have never heard a story about the drug money being put to good use or anything for that matter. Why do I not hear about what happens with all that money? I am sure it is a lot and could do some good.


jack   March 29th, 2009 1:07 am ET

It is obvious to even someone with any knowledge of history, that Prohibition does not work. Prohibition is what is fueling the terrible violence in Mexico that is spreading into this country. Because of the herb's illogically illegal status, gangs are fighting over territory. Same thing happened with alcohol . Legalize and the prices will be very low and the cartel's will not be fighting to control it's sell. That would take away their power. Plus the huge crops that are currently produced in our country could be taxed and help the economy.
And a huge bonus would be to benefit from the herb's many positive uses, as well as free up prison cells for violent criminals, Add to this the wasted cost of investigating and prosecuting people for a victemless crime,and the issue for legalization becomes a "no brainer."
Only those who have not honestly studied this issue would consider this a laughing matter. And many people who voted for social progress and a resurgence of science and reason,will feel betrayed and take their vote elsewhere, if this is not addressed in a serious manner. I have read many comments on this, and there is a lot of disappointment that a common sense approach isn't being examined or even taken seriously.
A parting thought: would the very people treating the subject as a joke be laughing if they had been apprehended when they admittedly used the drug, and instead of going on to a high political office had a conviction on their record for a "crime"?


carlos   March 29th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Am a Mexican and I can see why a lot of people in the U.S.. Is concern about the drug related violence and afraid to come to Mexico but let me tell you , if you are not involved in drugs there is nothing to be so afraid of, violence happens everywhere , you don't have people walking into a MCdonalds and start shooting at everyone like you have in the U.S every now and then , when your government starts dealing with the drugs in your country and start really doing their job on that there would be no market for the drugs coming from anywhere , so it is not just Mexico's problem , and for all that drug go into your country, there is for sure corruption in your side of the border in a high level, on the other hand , NOT everyone wants to go to the U.S , don't be so arrogant, (some of you , not everyone).
Am married to an american for over a year, been together over 6 years and I haven't been in the U.S in all that time , she has been back and forth many times , anyways have a good night.


Ro H   March 29th, 2009 1:26 am ET

Great idea! It is most effective I believe, when the grassroots get involved in such endeavors. This is more intentional, specific, and becomes a universal effort. Way to go folks.

For those naysayers, and negative people, shut up! Why can't something good, just be good?


Nicole   March 29th, 2009 3:28 am ET

Lets not be ignorant. Weapons are illegal in Mexico. The U.S. has supplied Mexico with what weapons they have. America has given billions of $$ to Mexican government to fight this so called "War On Drugs". We are the problem. I recently went to Baja. While I was gone, there were 3 murders, 4 robberies, and 1 stabbing in my home town. Needless to say, I was more terrified to come home, than I was to be in Baja for a week. To those who are afraid, go to Mexico and see how "dangerous" it is for yourself. Mexico, I'll be back next month.


Nicolas M   March 29th, 2009 3:50 am ET

Legalize marijuana. That's all the government has to do to improve the situation. Marijuana is the best sold narcotic by the cartel. Its easy to cross over the border, its cheap to grow, it basically sells itself and of course due to large amount of consumers it makes a lot of money. Even with all the drug enforcement Marijuana can be home grown as well, so its pointless to even prohibit its use. Legalizing marijuana, i believe, would be help on both the war on drugs and the problems with the economy. Just look at California's income on this crop.


Martin Altizer   March 29th, 2009 3:54 am ET

Seems like all of CNN's usually un-biased journalists are sucking up to Hillary Clinton and our President, whom I HAD a positive regard for his intelligence. I refer to the claims that the arms used by the Mexi-cartels are 'flowing' from the US...what a bunch of political MANURE!

The types of weapons favored by the cartels are military category full auto weapons, except for the axes or machetes for head chopping. I've seen those common items in hardware stores and lunberyards in Mexico- and also in the US. I haven't seen MAC 10's, or UZI's or Skorpions in Big 5 or Walmart.

Hilary lies through her teeth (or is a lot stupider than she claims to be!), and Pres. Obama seems to be learning too fast for the welfare of the American people. $80 mil for Blackhawk helos for Mwxico? Let's see how much dope comes over our borders in those multi-ton transports!

The 1st Amendment and all the others are guaranteed by the 2nd. A legitamately armed man is a CITIZEN, an unarmed one is a SUBJECT! Think about it.


Robert Faltysek   March 29th, 2009 3:57 am ET

Its good to see actors getting up to plate to support something that is important as this is. We need to evolve with technology to conserve our resources for the future generations. I hope we can be a leader in this world as technology leaders. We can conserve at the same time.


Sylvia   March 29th, 2009 4:04 am ET

Because most cars dont require warming up before moving, what about putting on your seatbelts before starting your car. I know many people including myself that start their car, then buckle up. Sometimes, i even talk on the cell phone while idling my car. Maybe this could save on oil consumption?. I am going to make an effort to try this. thank you.


Lana Sue Sawyer   March 29th, 2009 4:04 am ET

It is great to see stars like Edward Norton involved in this global cause. I listened to him on Larry King Live and thought he was an excellent spokesperson. We participated here in Oxnard, CA. I have to admit, out of habit, I turned on a light to see something better during the hour, then realized Earth Hour was still on and turned them off right away. We do our best not to waste water or electricity at our house, not only because of the cost, but also thinking about the environment.


Trevor Montavon   March 29th, 2009 4:11 am ET

It feels amazing to watch two people who have an impact on every day people in America show support for a cause bigger than themselves. I have always been a fan of both Edward Norton and Alanis Morissette. I think that you are using your influence to its utmost potential. Obama is also part of the system that produced him. This is the same system that I am relatively sure assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. While I know that these types of staments are radical, I still look at the evidence and come to the same conclusions. The United States of America still has amazing potential, but most of this lies in the words wrtiten in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. People are looking to Barack Obama for several reasons. I am white, but I have never been truly racist in my entire life. I have always believed in the equality of all races, as the Constitution guarantees. Obama is doing and planning for a lot of tasks that are very expensive and requires a great deal of zeal and diligence from the people of our country. I pray that no matter what the outcome is, we move forward as humanity, void of prejudice from both the color of our skin and the nationality we claim. Thank you for the opportunity to express my views.


Wajini   March 29th, 2009 5:30 am ET

What's going on in mexico did'nt start overnight , it's the result of long neglected small time issue. Because Mexico and indirectly United State did not see the potential of this exploding to this and nipping it on the bud this is what they have to contend with. United State will have to infact put in more than Mexico to fight this war. US is the eventual destination of this war. Let it be known. When the cartels win the turf war in Mexico, they will come to US to fight for the turf there.


Wajini   March 29th, 2009 5:40 am ET

In Nigeria, no body is going to switch out any lights... and believe me when I say this...because there's no power to switch off in the first instance.


Omar I   March 29th, 2009 5:42 am ET

My wife is from Mexico. We have argued because she wants to visit her mother who lives in Chihuahua – one of the states suffering from the drug trade violence – and I have steadfastly refused. I agree with former Congressman Tancredo. As he stated during the show, 500K Americans are losing their jobs each month, and the USA is legalizing 140K people each month. This has to stop! Our southern-border must be secured. Almos has lost me as a fan, forever! I will boycott anything that he does.


Mike   March 29th, 2009 5:51 am ET

It is not just the Illegal guns gonging into the Mexico from the United States. This is a Much bigger Problem. I understand the drug wars in Mexico are out of control, But I am a legal, Law abiding Citizen of Canada. I am a gun owner. The laws in Canada keeps getting tighter, and thighter. Why, the shootings and murders in places like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and other cities across Canada. It is not the leagal owners that cause this. It is the guns that come in from the United state, primarily, and else where. The smuggling of guns Should be a priority!!!!!!!!

Just a observation!!


Mike Fairless   March 29th, 2009 6:04 am ET

Earth Hour is a JOKE! It does nothing but promote false hope that humans can have a measurable impact on the climate. And all the talk about "cap and trade" and "greenhouse gasses" is just BS to convince people to pay exorbitant taxes on EVERYTHING they do. Gasoline will be more expensive, electricity, manufacturing, even just being alive. Alanis Morissette and Ed 'Bebley aren't worried; they have plenty of money. But the average person will feel the green drain from their wallets if this TAX ON EVERYTHING is allowed to occur.

Last year, the Supreme Court, in another example of it's Supreme Stupidity, declared carbon dioxide a pollutant. So some day everyone will have to pay a tax (buy a carbon offset) just to exhale. You will literally be taxed until you exhale your last breath!


Jerry   March 29th, 2009 6:12 am ET

I'll be happy to shut off my lights. Too bad my state of California does not care that some of us have already tried a cleaner fuel in our vehicle.
I, converted my pickup to propane. State of California makes me remove the conversion to pass their DMV smog check. They are more interested in the money a smog test brings in!
I, have written to all my state reps and none have ever replied back.
Funny, this very pickup was" smog test exempt" when it was owned by the Navy.and, driven on California roads. Government vehicles are smog test exempt! It failed smog check when I became the owner of this pickup 8 years later! Vehicle emissions is about money a vehicle brings in sales taxes and, smog test fees.


Martha Gelnaw   March 29th, 2009 8:58 am ET

I was informed about Earth Hour by my block association's emailing (NYC) and by my Buddhist community email. It was a blissful hour of peace and rest – by lovely candlelight. I welcomed the change and the time offf from "plugged in". I sent the message around to my family and they all joined in – some across time zones. I would welcome more Earth Hours at a greater frequency. Thank you. Martha


Oscar Zagreus   March 29th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

I live here in the United States and it seems like every day there is a drug-related shooting (usually involving meth), a police officer gets shot at, in addition to the occasional mass murderer and the frequent traffic fatality.

So please tell everyone to stay out of the United States, don't go there whatever you do. It's too dangerous.

Wait a minute, I live in America, where can I go? where can I go? Larry King says to stay out of Mexico too.

OK so everyone we need to all move to Canada, there's lots of room up there and not much drug warfare. Yet.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 30th, 2009 1:33 am ET

No, the problem is, you are all missing the point...

You claim to want to legalize marijuana, so far, for these reasons...

1. Medicinal purposes
2. Hemp cultivation and use
3. recreational use

You say taht these are the reasons you want it legalized

1. Medical benefits
2. Textile and other similar benefits
3. Because it makes you feel good
4. To help aliviate the violence from the cartels that traffic in the illegal drug
5. To help our recessive economy recover
6. It helps you have a closer relationship to nature/god

Here's what you'll get...

1. Medical Marijuana will be researched and what can be takebn from it will
2. Hemp cultivation and use will one day be accepted as a legitimate commodaty, in the cases that it already hasn't
These two ideas have merit...

Here's why the rest will fail
1. Drinking makes you feel good, walking makes you feel good, skiing, jumping playing, reading, etc. all make you feel good. That you want one more thing to make you feel good is something the federal and state governments have no interest in. The detriments of the drug also outweigh the benefits.

2. The cartels are interested in money and power and even if marijuana were to be legalized they would simply put all their money into the crop, and legally charge you for it, only it will be taxed, and still kill others when those people get bigger than them. IF oyu were really interested in stopping that, you would stop buying the product, at least long enough for their power to dwindle and for the cops to do the job that is already hard for them to begin with without your help.

3. Medical marijuana is still in it's infant stages and the tax revenue from it would be negligable, and the same goes for hemp... the only thing left would be the recreational use. We already know that the consequences of marijuana use for recreational purposes far exceeds the benefits; so, that won't happen, and therefor no tax revenue exists. Your only real claim in that regards that might help the economy recover would be in the situation that the money over the war on drugs would stop being used on marijuana, however, it would then be used to clean up the cartels, be moved to the war on heroine, cocaine and opiates and methamphetamines, as well as the rising insurance costs to pot smokers and the certainly inevitable growing number of Marijuana related DUI cases, your pety and unfounded paranoia's over the cops just talkin smack to keep their jobs aside.

4. There is no indication in the bible or Quran or torah that indicates that your imaginary friend, aka 🙄 god 🙄 wants you high, requires you to be high or indicates that you need to be high in order to worship him. the only exception [debatable] being the rastafari religion.


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