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April 21, 2009

TONIGHT: Crime, Cars and Controversy

Posted: 05:07 PM ET

It's another multi-topic LKL tonight.  We'll start with the mysterious Craigslist Killer.

DO YOU THINK PHILIP MARKOFF IS "THE CRAIGSLIST KILLER?" Some of our guests do, some don't.  Watch and decide for yourself.

Then, Perez Hilton is back, and this time he's debating conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager.  As Larry would say, this, folks, will be good!

Next, a shocking story coming out of India.  Did the father of a Slumdog Millionaire star try to sell his child?  We'll explore this disturbing story.

And finally, Ford chairman Bill Ford is here to answer your questions, and hear what you have to say.  So we pose this question:

WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DOES FORD NEED TO DO TO GET YOUR BUSINESS?

Sound off, and we'll be looking for the best comments to use in the show tonight!

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rob capp   April 21st, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Wow. I thought Perez Hilton was sensational last night. Articulate, Consise, and i agree with everything he said regarding Miss California. If you want to be Miss America, then you cannot offend a minority groiup like gays who just had their equal rights taken away by people like her who don't support same sex marriage. But overwhelming support rights for chickens!


sonia britton   April 21st, 2009 6:39 pm ET

dear Larry i have been reading about the craiglist killer it is very sad but larry untill you know how the brain works it would make you consider why am here. this youngman sufferes with schizophrenia, i am not a professional . but i have suffered with schizophrenia for my whole life my mother commited suicide when i was i year old. i was adopted by my grandparents mother side my father was a captain and a devoted christian a seventh day adventist he taught me the value of life. i have always and dream to be on your show to explain the invisible mind we are all energy rule by the sun moon and stars when some commit such a crime that is considered in simple term cancer with a specific name i will not go into that we are very sensitive to someone with cancer whatabout the brain. schizophrenia disordered thinkng distracted unable to focus attention and still unable to cordinate what is happing i was there i am an ex student of union college seventh day adventist my story is ver sad but not enough time to tell it on this comment i have been writing a book about the brain it is called th Invisible mind i would love to explain to the audience the brain love and peace sonia britton


Rose   April 21st, 2009 7:05 pm ET

RE: The controversy concerning Miss California's answer about gay marriage and her answer of being raised in a family that would not support it. I'd like to ask her what is so "moral" about objectifying herself by parading around nearly naked and participating in a "competition" that sets women back decades? If this is her choice on how to get ahead in life then she (and those of her ilk) are not in any position to comment about denying others their rights in society. There is so much hypocrisy. Boo-hoo, the crown-of-abasement was lost!


Kevin Kane   April 21st, 2009 7:06 pm ET

The Gay marrage question is such a red herring throun out for a gay agenda . Perhaps the question shouldbe hoe do you feel about marrage knowing thast half end in divorce? Perhaps they should be outlawe


Kevin Kane   April 21st, 2009 7:07 pm ET

The Gay marrage question is such a red herring throun out for a gay agenda . Perhaps the question shouldbe hoe do you feel about marrage knowing thast half end in divorce? Perhaps they should be outlawe


Kevin Kane   April 21st, 2009 7:07 pm ET

The Gay marrage question is such a red herring throun out for a gay agenda . Perhaps the question shouldbe hoe do you feel about marrage knowing thast half end in divorce? Perhaps they should be outlawe


Kevin Kane   April 21st, 2009 7:07 pm ET

The Gay marrage question is such a red herring throun out for a gay agenda . Perhaps the question shouldbe hoe do you feel about marrage knowing thast half end in divorce? Perhaps they should be outlawe


Susie Towers   April 21st, 2009 7:31 pm ET

Stop production. There are enough vehicles damaging our environment. They won't get any business but this is a case where no business is in the best interest of everyone.

Susie
Maryland


Deirdre Cavener   April 21st, 2009 7:34 pm ET

Enough about gay marriage. If gay people aren't allowed to get married because of religious reasons then we need to come up with a whole list of other people that shouldn't be able to marry – atheists, murders, abusers, drug addicts, alcoholics, liars, cheaters, scam artists, sexual abusers, felons (and the list goes on and on) ... if we are going to "judge" people we have to "judge" everyone. Considering the fact that a very large percent of Christians talk the talk but don't walk the walk maybe their marriages should be annulled. Another option of course is to do away with tax breaks for married people making marriage a union under God only (I wonder how many people would actually stay married if that happened). Our society has become so judgmental – can’t we all be friends and stop this nonsense. Women, African Americans, Gay People, etc. … hmm the only thing that is missing from the discrimination mix are “straight white guys”. We are all God’s children. Do people have nothing better to do than put their nose in other peoples lives?


shannon   April 21st, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Give me a break! you want her to lie about how she feels, She lost because of of the stupid question that was asked by a gay obsessed wanna be celebrity, and it makes me sick that Donald Trump even had him on there, he has know qualifications, not to mention he called her a stupid B-h, on You Tube what a Looser!!!!


Dan Nelson   April 21st, 2009 8:23 pm ET

Miss California is a beautiful lady and if she wants to show it that is her right just as gay and lesbians have the right to have sex but I would think that the abomination of gay and lesbian sex would anger God much more! We are setting up the abomination that God/Jesus said would happen in the end times where it should not be, in the new world based on Christian values, with liberty and justice for all!


marilynn - montgomery, tx   April 21st, 2009 8:25 pm ET

regarding phillip markoff.....
Seldom do I get involved with this kind of rhetoric; primarily because I don't trust the media, and believe our opine doesn't help the cause, and only used if it draws interest "for" the media. However, for some unexplained reason I don't believe this young man guilty. It's a "gut" feeling; that simple. I haven't read much on this, other than I don't feel comfortable with how this was handled. I feel uneasy about "the people" involved with the arrest. I believe there should be a thorough investigation around the people claiming he's guilty.


Mike Deist   April 21st, 2009 8:30 pm ET

The only way Ford will get my business is offer a warranty comparable to their competitors. I have owned Fords in the past, and their mean time to failure is quicker and costs more than competitor vehicles. They need to build a vehicle and offer a 10 year or 100 thousand mile warranty. If they can't stand behind their product, how can they expect Americans to buy it?


Jo Ann   April 21st, 2009 9:06 pm ET

It is always the "unexpected" guys who do this. Something tells me if Markoff is the guy they might find that he has "moral issues" with these types of "services."


Cathy   April 21st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry... to me and my husband , Miss Prejean spoke from her heart and to us ...this makes her OUR Miss America.


Jo Ann   April 21st, 2009 9:12 pm ET

liars, grandiose personalities? it sounds like every politician in washington d.c.!


JuneW   April 21st, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Has anyone else noticed his resemblance to Jeffrey Dahmer?


Stephanie   April 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Two big shocks in one week. First, we have an "ugly" woman who's a gifted singer. Now, we have a handsome and wealthy alleged killer. When will we wise up and realize that superficial appearances have nothing to do with talents, abilities, or character?


T Lewis   April 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

If blondes have more fun, would they know it? I think Miss California's loss in the Miss USA pageant is a case of TMI, too much information. She should have cut her reply short while she was ahead and saved the evangelism until AFTER she won the crown. As it is, she still gets a stage and spotlight, but it'll be for far shorter than the winner's reign.


Angelina   April 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Kudos to your guest that is the friend of the killer. He is completely right, this society is all about sensationalized female killing. Just turn on the TV and see the ads for shows, mostly always beautiful women lying face down.


Elie   April 21st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Interesting! double life!. we need to see facts. not a preconsive notion. Just because he is blon, polo shirt,tall,skinn,the prototype of nice goodlooking people society said, and rich!. How did he manageto do so much harm? being wealthy may it help not to be catch.


Samantha Fox   April 21st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I am so upset with Mr. Perez. You took years off the postive media same sex marriages have been getting. You asked a fair question, Miss. Calf. answered it true to herself and your faced on camera showed pure hate. You also took the beautiful moment from Miss North Carolina who won! Her answer could have upset the rep. party.

You should NEVER be allowed to judge a pageant again. These young ladies have sent themselves to college on the scholorship money they win. This is there dream. I hope Mr. Trump did say "Your Fired" twice last night, once on the show and second to you.

Thanks a lot Perez, you should just stay in your coffee shop and keep your thoughts to your website.

Samantha Fox
North Carolina


Arty Vazquez   April 21st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

In regards to the the Miss America controversy, I thought the audience reaction was quite telling. If you listen to their reaction, as Perez Hilton was asking the question, you will hear some shouts of approval when he mentioned Vermont voting to allow same sex marriage. However, after Miss California stated her opinion, the audience overwhelmingly approved by much louder shouts of approval. I think that this could be viewed as a pretty good sampling of how America feels about marriage. By the sound of the audience's reaction, I would say that the majority feels that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman.

Arty Vazquez
Dunedin, FL


ckelly   April 21st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

While I believe that gay people should be entitled to civil (legal) unions affording two adults the same rights to benefits, wills etc as married couples. Marriage which is first and foremost a union between a man, woman of legal age and God, is a cultural and historical institution which has stood for the blessing of a man and a woman in a natural and socially saanctioned reglious arrangement. This is then recognized under the law. The politics behind the institution has changed over time but its foundation has not. Perez Hilton is wrong in using the Miss America pageant as a political platform and Miss California should never been penalized during the competetion or insulted after. She spoke her truth! Most of the population of the America, Canada and the world agree with her. She said nothing wrong or offensive.


Jim   April 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Ford CEO: Today my f-350 truck had a powersteering belt that was coming apart. I go to the Ford dealership 1/2 mile away. I get to the dealership and tell them I need the belt replaced, and they want to charge me a $95 diagnostic fee. How riddiculus!!! Please explain how that customer service encourages the consumer to buy a Ford?


sigi chang   April 21st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Re Craiglist killer: This kind of crime is as old as time, older than the book, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." People are more than skin deep–look at Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, the BTK killer, to name a few.They all looked "normal," and hid their dark dark side for a long time. All Dr. Jekylls and Mr. Hydes. Sigi


Gerald   April 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

how dare they ask such a divisive question in this arena, Perez Hilton only displayed not being qualified to come up with an appropriate question for the event.

Gerald


fabiola   April 21st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

If he is the killer? Who knows! However, killers come in all forms...remember the "preppy killer" Robert Chambers!


Suzanne   April 21st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Hurray for Miss California! She said what she believed in and that is a freedom we all should have no matter what the politically correct thing is to say. She is very brave and I admire her. We all need to stand up for our beliefs.


kathy   April 21st, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Miss Clalifornia's claim that she lost "because she spoke from her heart" is insulting. If you choose to voice your opinion, please do not cry foul when you are held accountable for it. Starting your response to the question with "that's how i was raised" is completely inappropriate for an adult. You lost not because you spoke from your heart, but for the garbage that is in it.


Dorothy   April 21st, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Perez Hilton is just toxic and has always been. He is always trying to stir up anything and start trouble. He just needs to shut up!


Mitch   April 21st, 2009 9:24 pm ET

the question of legalizing gay marriage should not be a religious one but a civil one. It is about equal protection under the law. Or we should just level the field and take away the protection marriage affords heterosexuals and make it a religious institution.
I would love to hear Dennis's opinion on this


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

In regards to the Perez Hilton/ Miss Usa interchange, I don't understand why the point is that she did not answer the question. Perez finishes with "Do you feel the other states should follow suit?' She chose not only to NOT answer his question, but very awkwardly answers 'We live in a country where you can choose to marry the opposite sex or marry the same sex'–which is obviously untrue, as well as ignorant. She then goes on, adding, her personal opinion. He did not even ask her that question: SHOULD OTHER STATES FOLLOW SUIT?


Samantha Fox   April 21st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Mr. Hilton – You don't want to feel like a second class citizen and treated equal. You didn't do that with Miss Calf. and Miss North Carolina! You took Miss North Carolina's joy away and have treated Miss Calf. horrible.

Samantha Fox
North Carolina


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo tired of the christian religion dictate to everyone their values.


Kirby   April 21st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Marriage is from God and so is His judgement on sin, so why do gays want marriage from the bible but not recognize their sin from God's Word. It isn't a human rights issue, it is a sin issue. Those against same sex marriage aren't intolerant of the gay community, they are intolerant of sin.


C. potts   April 21st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I think it is pretty obvious that the question Perez asked the contestant was meant to further his own agenda and had nothing to do with the reasons someone is elected Miss USA. It is a Beauty Pageant, not a political agenda pageant.
I think Perez got his feelings hurt at her answer and therefore marked her down so low she could not possibly win


LisaMarie Norris   April 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Sure we all should be treated equal Perez, which includes the right to free speech. If I were raised believing a marriage is between a man and a woman, why should I change my principles and values to pacify those that are gay?


JuneW   April 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The question was fine...the answer was not. As a woman who will be representing the US for the next year she should have known how answer. Whether you like it or not the job is small P political and you have to be able to think on your feet.
What this young woman doesn't realize is that the whole of America may not worship HER God and she is going to be representing ALL Americans.
My personal opinion is that is that marriage between a man and a woman hasn't proven to be the by all that successful (divorce statistics show), so maybe God should go back to the drawing borad?
I'm not afraid of it so I can't understand the fear.


James31   April 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I think the panel is not an expert on cases such as the Craiglist killer. To say, if Mr. Markoff is guilty, that it was not about burglary but rather control doesn't make sense. Unless I missed it somewhere, I have heard nothing about these women being raped. If they had been, perhaps one could say this was about control. If it's true, perhaps it was about burgulary as he needed the money to pay his casino debt, particularly since he was planning to be married. That itself would be sad as I am sure he could have received financial help.

Also, the one guest Mr. Coe (I think) made some good points about men being abusive to women. But he said nothing about women posting erotic services on the internet. Unfortunately and very sadly, they put themselves in harm's way. I wish the lady on the panel who mentioned this in the same sentence with the little girl named Cantu would not do that. The child did not put herself in harm's way. These are very different situations. Craigslist should not be allowed to list these types of service offerings. How could anyone think that it would not lead to undesirable outcomes.


fernando on new york   April 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

prager's position on same sex marraige is wrong, the issue is equality???? its totally simple equality, equal rights,,,,,, MR PRAGER,
open your mind and soul......SIMPLE


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Sorry to say, but the origin of marriage predates recorded history.


Carroll   April 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Kudos to Miss California for having the courage of her convictions and speaking her mind. She may have lost the crown but she gained the respect of a lot of people who are in total agreement with her.


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

How would they react to the GOVERNMENT removing ALL vestiges of religious connotation to "civil unions" (because let's face it, that's what all of them are where the GOVERNMENT is concerned) in our SECULAR LAWS and treating them all the same, calling them ALL "civil unions"...removing the word "marriage" form our SECULAR LAWS completely? After all, we strive for separation of church and state and by their own argument, "marriage" is a religious institution. So, let religious institutions decide who they "marry"...that's fine...but when it comes to the granting by our GOVERNMENT thru SECULAR LAW of LEGAL benefits, such as tax relief thru joint filings, religious dogma plays no role and should hold no sway...at all...period.

They wouldn't like that though, would they? Gotta cling to whatever codified bases for perceived superiority they've got, eh?


Joe   April 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Why is no one asking the obvious question on this issue?

"Why is a gay man judging a female beauty pageant ??? "

Frankly, I think he made this entire mess on purpose to progress his own agenda at the cost of the pageant. They need to have rules in place to combat this type of abuse.

Think about it...First of all if he's gay...so in reality he has absolutely no business being involved in a female beauty pageant. For example wouldn't it seam odd to you if a lesbian was judging a Mr America pageant? Neither has any interest in the opposite sex, duhh. In my opinion he is unqualified to be in a position to judge what female beauty is. Further, more if he is not interested in females or if they "turn him off" then why is he there in the first place?.. To ruin it out of hatred for the opposite sex, and out of hatred and revenge that he has focused on the heterosexual community.

They can't know what heterosexual people think is female beauty obviously or they wouldn't be gay in the first place. Or is his gayness a choice and not a genetic abnormality?

IMO he is a kook and a troublemaker and should never been considered for that position in the first place.


Jo Ann   April 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Praeger walked right into that one! Ha!


Christina Olheiser   April 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry:
My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years now. We live as a married couple with 5 children and a long list of debts! 😉 I am very intrigued by the issue of gay marriage because I believe that our situation fits in the same as what a "gay marriage" would be characterized as. Neither of us are religious and we both feel very strongly about not getting married because of the fact that, even though they offer non-denominational ceremonies, it is still religious based. Even if we went in front of a judge in civil court it would be considered "under god." We are considered a domestic partnership and don't get the same rights as a married couple would. I look at the situation with gay marriage and I really feel for those who are going through the same predicament as we are. Whether male or female everyone deserves a civil union outside of religious factors!
Christina Olheiser Sweet Home,Oregon


ian   April 21st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Don't ever invite that idiot Dennis Prager back again....sheesh


JuneW   April 21st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

By the way Ms Calirfornia was not the winner....so why are we even continuing to discuss this???


David   April 21st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Larry King and Mr Perz are right. People should be penalized for their beliefs – that is if they are different from the prevailing liberal view. Miss California paid the price for being honest which should be a critical qualification for being Miss USA. But in this day and age, being "politically correct" is more important then being honest. Being fair is no longer an American value. Being liberal is the only "politically correct" answer.


Zoltan Ranosztay, Ontario   April 21st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I don't think old books should give straight people the right to deny homosexual people marriage! I'm a straight Atheist.


Jean   April 21st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Men and women are not alike. They are totally different. Gays and lesbians should never be allowed to get married. There can never be any equality. It is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard that gays and lesbians want same rights as a man and a woman to get married. They should never be allowed to married, be it a civil union. We are once again, residing in the era of Sodom and Gomorrah which warrants the wrath of God and His fair and just punishment – His justice. It will come when we least expect it.

Jean


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Religion does NOT have an exclusive on the idea and term Marriage. So stop trying to dictate to the gay population that they cannot get married. They are NOT asking to be married in a church. I am sure most do NOT want anything to do with churches.

I am heterosexual who believes in the freedom of everyone getting married, especially because our laws favor marriage over living with one another.

Christian Religions... (((( STOP THIS CRAP ))))


Joyce Jacoby   April 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Dennis Praeger is a conservative jerk. I believe every citizen has the right to marry whether they are gay or straight. I am not gay but believe every person has that right. By trying to stop gay marriages you are taking away basic human rights. If you dont like gay marriages dont go to them but dont take away a persons basic rights to equality. As always Dennis Praeger sees only what his conservative value structure allows. Yet another reason why Republicans are not in power right now.


Cindy   April 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Perez and Praeger did not talk of the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, which is why Miss Cali has to lose a chance to the crown because all she did was just stating her believe/opinion.
And she was being asked, it's not like she announced that to the world.

Why can't someone has an opinion based on what they believe?

That's what this country is all about,... RIGHT ??!


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Gotta love the guy's reliance on ancient tradition. We could list the various forms it's taken, noting specifically that early philosophy regarding racism dictated that there were, in fact, physical and psychological differences between blacks and whites (for example) that mandated different treatment of the two. That he relies on the same argument while citing "tradition" does not bode well for his argument that our society should cling to such archaic belief systems and forgo proper social evolution. Of course, they don't quite like the whole concept of evolution do they?


JuneW   April 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

It's ONLY a beauty contest folks.....lighten up. Now if she was running for office she might have a chance LOL


John Donaway   April 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Concerning The gay issue: God said Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve !


Rickey   April 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I don't understand something: Moses said that he or she whom divorces and then takes spouse is living in sin, he also said women should not cut their hair, should not have a voice in the home etc. Yet Newt Gingrich divorced his wife, does he live in sin? Do women who cut their hair live in sin and this brings me to who really cares who marrys whom as long as a loving commitment is maintained? I don't get the controversy at all, neither do I get why straight people are so afraid of gays?


linda c   April 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I love your comment on Gay Marriage. Love your honest answer on how 99% of the real American feels. You do not walk around walking on egg shells like most do. We should not have to be afraid of what we truley feel and what we really want to say.. YOU ROCK LADY. Keep up the great work and maybe we will all get the insanity of this world put behind the wall they need to be in untill they can live like NORMAL PEOPLE and not be afraid to hold up their end of the life's cycle God put us here to do. Gays are just coping out on what God put them here to do. God never invented the Gay person. Besides if gays are not to go in a certain place because they are gay, now they know how the smokers feel about not being able to smake in public. join the insanity, It is a weird bunch maybe gays should be put out of the public places too.


Evelyn   April 21st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The United States does not have the privilage to restrict the rights of a particular group. Our constitution says that all men are equal...does that mean equal for just the culturally correct issues or equal to the right of liberty and the pursuit of happiness in every area of life. I don't like the idea of having to explain to my kids the concept of gay marriage, but I certainly despise the idea that there would be a demographic of people who are not entitled to the "same state issuing permission" to unite and receive the benefits thereof. Obtaining a marriage license is the same as obtain a business license. There should be no respect of person, to do so is nothing short of discrimination. This comment is from a born again minister.


John Donaway   April 21st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

God said Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve !


Gerald   April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry, How dare he such a divisive question in this arena, Perez Hilton only displayed ignorance unable to come up with an appropriate question for the Venue.

Gerald


Ben   April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Question for Perez: If the world would chose to be gay and lesbian, then how would society reproduce?


carol   April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

i am tired of having this gay marriage stuff , shoved down my throat . most of my friends are gay . The people that are push this , are trying to have their way and they think that if it is legalized it will make it right . I like to tell them right now , that it won't .


Pat   April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I am so upset with Perez Hilton. I'm tired of his stye of "in your face" to express his views. He is entitled to his opinion and straight people are entitled to theirs. Miss California gave her honest opinion and it should be her opinion – not what she thinks others want to hear. I want to know who she is and how she thinks. She was polite by saying she didn't want to offend anyone. I live in California and the majority of the people I talk to are against gay marriage. I have no problem with civil unions but if you believe in God you should not approve of same sex marriages. If the subject is raised again in California for a vote I will do everything in my power to get my friends out to vote against same sex marriage.


Gerald   April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

April 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry, How dare he ask such a divisive question in this arena, Perez Hilton only displayed ignorance unable to come up with an appropriate question for the Venue.

Gerald


jim   April 21st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Although, Dennis Prager uses the argument of the existence of boyscouts/girlscouts, I want to ask him what benefits does the government grant through these organizations as it does with marriage which leaves so many individuals without the same access to equal benefits?


Chris   April 21st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Ok people let's get it together, today one guy marries another, tomorrow he marries two wives and then his donkey, all in the name of equality? Why not.


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

@ Jean, who said "We are once again, residing in the era of Sodom and Gomorrah which warrants the wrath of God and His fair and just punishment – His justice. It will come when we least expect it."

Yeah, likely one of our own psycho neocon militia-wannabe countrymen who worships at the altar of St. McVeigh and believes he's received coded instructions from God in the form of soap box rants from GOPers such as Romney, McCain, McConnel, Boehner and his pet Cantor, who've done everything they could by spouting nonsense about "soshulizm," 2nd Amendment fear mongering, states' rights to override the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution and veiled threats of secession, to rile such people into a terminal foaming-at-the-mouth rage.


LNort   April 21st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Nice guying CNN?Larry King Live-You FORGOT to tell the public the whole story such as Perez penalized Miss California for her right to give an opposing opinion during the competition and FURTHER you forgot to inform your audience that PEREZ went on you tube and called Miss California a studpid bleep and he went on and on. Why did intentionally withhold this information from your audience? I will tell you why, because CNN is not fair and balanced and selectively tells people the information THEY want you to know. For fair and balanced journalism watch FOX!


linda c   April 21st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Miss California will never be a loser for speaking the truth. At least UTAH DID NOT WIN.


Perry   April 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The way Miss California is behaving is so distasteful. She lost, period. Miss North Carolina won the contest, and she was the best contestant, by far. It's a shame that Miss California is telling people that she would have won if she'd answered the question differently. Bottom line, she came in second, she didn't win. It's a shame that we're even talking about this. Let's give credit where credit is due and celebrate the winner, not the loser.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Regarding Dennis' concern over children being curious/confused, as a gay man from a large southern Baptist family, and as an uncle to some amazing nephews and nieces, my capacity to love another human being has never been denied. They love me all the more for it, it's never been treated as a fault or something to be scared/confused of. It's just that 'some men love other men, and sometimes women love other women, just like Daddy and Mommy love each other. And do you love Uncle Roger?' Of course, every head has smiled and nodded in affirmation. Try it, Dennis. Love actually can be a good thing.


Mike Leon   April 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Being a young gay man, let me just say that PEREZ HILTON DOES NOT REPRESENT the gay community in any way shape or form... in fact it is disappointing that Larry had him on his show. Perez is all about the drama and thrives on it. He doesn't represent the gay culture by any means.


Mitch   April 21st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

jean,
I do not belong to your church nor do I beleve in your unjust god. What does your argument have to do with civil law. we are not all Christians, but we are Americans


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

@ Jean That is a very foolish statement. That is like saying that Christians should NEVER have children. Good Grief

No wonder this country is in such a mess


Betty H.   April 21st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

perez hilton's entire demeanor is ultimately disgusting. I truly enjoy your show each night and the last two segments with such a character has been nauseating.!!! how dare he equate America's history of interracial marriage with the abomination of men marrying men. I think there should be an outcry form our african american citizens about his insulting comments to compare that historical issue with the repulsive idea to allow same sex marriage. It is quite obvious how each gender's body is designed to function in intimacy.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

@ Jean!

My people were getting married 10 thousand years before christianity can into existence.


PJ Vella   April 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

MISS CALIFORNIA - HOOORRRRRAAAAAY FOR YOU !!!!!!

Since when do we, heterosexuals, no longer have the right to speak our opinion? What is wrong with everyone?

Miss California spoke her opinion and has the right to her own opinion just like everyone else. She is a TRUE AMERICAN for defending her opinion and beliefs. SHE IS NOT A FAKE!!!

The question should be deemed INADMISSABLE!!! Doesn't the committe pre-screen the questions that are going to be asked?

This was a gay AGENDA and the gay judge USED the opportunity to USE the media to CREATE publicity for himself.

He should ask that question of his state representative, not a beauty contestant at the Miss America beauty pageant. It's bad enough how degrading the gay parade is in Manhattan, but please do not make a mockery of our traditional Miss America pageant. This person should have never been allowed to judge in this pageant.

This guy wants to see a guy in a bathing suit not a girl, how is he supposed to be a judge of WHAT A REAL MAN WANTS?


Liz Moser   April 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Can anyone tell me what (if any) these children of Slumdog were compensated for their role in the movie? They were not extras or walk ons. They played major roles in this movie. Why are they still living is slums. Did they not receive compensation to take care of themselves without relying on the charity of others?


Cindy   April 21st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Stupid people,...

nobody tries to stop gay marriage,...

stick with the issue with the Miss Cali,...

DONT WE ALL HAVE THE FREEDOM TO HAVE AN ... OPINION ??
and proud of it and NOT BEING PUNISHED FOR IT ???


Jim Elder III   April 21st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I watched with fascination and disgust as Mr. Prager promoted bigotry with a smile. He is a great spokesman for backward thinking–he sounds so reasonable and looks so nice as he espouses his ideas. They sound so reasonable: give the GLBT community all the same rights, just don't CALL it marriage. However, this is an idea as old as time which the Supreme Court rightly struck down years ago. He is proposing nothing more than the return to a 'separate but equal' doctrine with regard to same-sex marriage. This argument lacked validity with regard to civil rights and it has no validity now. We do not need segregationsist laws for gays and lesbians nor do we need a return to "the bad old day." If we truly believe that ALL MEN (people) ARE CREATED EQUAL then it is time to recognize marriage for all consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation.


James31   April 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Why are people so angry about the political party to which they do not belong that regardless of the topic, somehow they need to post ugly comments about a political party. Miss California's answer had nothing to do with what political party she belonged to. I live no where near California but I think everyone knows just about everyone there is a Democrat and yet they voted against gay marriage.

This will never get posted probably, but Larry you should get rid of the blog. It breeds ignorance.


Nurse1   April 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Great job Dennis Prager. Thank you for saying what most of us feel. Marriage is between a man and a woman and if individuals of the same sex want to start performing unnatural and immoral acts on eachother they should be allowed to be recognized as life partners but my friends, this is not marriage!


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

News flash: Perhaps gays will call it civil unions, and straights will call it marriage. Let's decide additionally to remove all tax and federally mandated privileges that preclude 'marriage'. Imagine the outrage from the narrow-minded far right!!


Canadian follower   April 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Rumour has it that the bailout money was not taken because exec's didn't want the goverment to tell them what they can pay themselves.


Marie   April 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I support gay marriage but applaud Miss CA for actually answering her question. Unlike MY delegate, Miss AZ, who COMPLETELY skated around universal healthcare. Why don't you debate that for 3 days? All this 'controversy' is so unfair to the winner, Miss NC. Let's move on ....to universal healthcare!


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

@ LNort, who said "For fair and balanced journalism watch FOX!"

Wrong venue buddy lol. Seriously, the only people who would believe that tripe is people who already watch it and don't need to be convinced.


Jim Smith   April 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ford’s new product quality is finally catching up with its Japanese competitors. Consumer confidence is the problem, are we going to have warranties and replacement parts two, three years down the road. If Ford is really doing so much better than Dodge & GM explain that the public.


Marty   April 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Prager argues against Gay marriage because men and women are different which justifies not allowing the legalization of Gay marriage. Following this same distorted rationale does he also believe men and women shouldn’t have other equal rights such as the right to vote, equal pay, etc? These are civil rights women had to fight for. Why is Gay marriage not a civil right to him? His argument is based on the fact that men and women are sexually different. Please ask him to explain why men and women should have the same rights because their different, but Gays can’t have the same rights as men and women because their of the same sex. This is a civil rights issue


Alicem   April 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

While I believe gays should be afforded all the rights, they should just find another word to describe what they do because 'marriage' is taken. Marriage is an institution that is ingrained in all cultures across all religions. Arguing that not allowing gay marriage is like racism is ridiculous. No one is denying them the rights, they are just asked to call it something else not marriage. If we continue down this path sooner or later we will lose more of our traditions such as Thanksgiving, Christmass etc, especially considering that the demographics are changing quickly with more and more immigrants from other regions that don't believe in these traditions.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Thank you Perez for all that you've done with opening the minds of some very closed minded people. What an amazing representation of our community. My niece wants to know: Will you marry her uncle?


linda c   April 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

@ Jean

Your are right when the gays started the Devil landed. I can not imagine ever being gay. OMG.


Jo Ann   April 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry should ask Mr. Ford what he thinks the failing car companies did wrong or what advice would he give to them?

What does he think Ford did right that the other companies did not do?


Angela in Atlanta   April 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Thank you (I think your name is Mr.Prager.) I am so worried that America has lost all moral and values in the name of "political correctness". Like it or not. Marriage is between man and woman. We are built that way and intended that way. If gays are not being discriminated from being hired, or banned from a restaurant or something because of their sexual preference, then it should not be compared to racism against minorities. Gays have the right to work anywhere, to eat anywhere, to live anywhere, with the exception of those same evil people who are racist or hate gays. I get tired of hearing that gay rights should be compared to blacks. Blacks wanted to get paid for working, rather than being slaves. Gays don't have that issue. Also, kids want to drink alchohol or smoke cigarettes, that doesn't mean they should have that right. There are some things that you can't just link to your personal agendas. Children have enough confusion with the music, child abuse, molestation and a list of other issues. Forcing the gay agenda on them is just another form of child abuse. Live your life your way, but don't force your lifestyle on something as beautiful as marriage


MikeCanada   April 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I was hesitant to buy a Ford Fusion 2 years ago. I have had no regrets, it's a wonderfully reliable car


Betty H.   April 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

perez hilton met his match in Dennis Praeger. The illustrations regarding scouts were quite fitting. Hurray for Dennis!! perez should live on an island with all the filth he promotes and allow decent dignified people to live in peace and produce offsprings....something he never naturally do sleeping with another man. There you have it–there is nothing natural about same sex marriage.


Mary   April 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Dear Larry

I am so disappointed in this country and what it's coming to. I'm disappointed in this nation and it's morals and values. I am so sick of this gay lesbian and homosexual issue controversy in this country. IT NEEDS TO STOP. God sits on HIS THRONE and grieves over this nation. God did NOT CREATE ANYONE GAY OR LESBIAN. It is mankind's choice to fall into the hands of SATAN's evil devices to give into their own lust of UN-NATURAL DESIRES. I sincerely PRAY that people would read the word of GOD and discover what they were truly meant to be in the eyes of GOD. GOD loves everyone but HE definitely does not condone the SIN. This nation needs to repent and fall on their face before the ALMIGHTY GOD. This nation will come to a BIG DOWNFALL if it continues with the present CORRUPTION. It's already started with the fall in the economy. WHAT WILL BE NEXT. I dread the thought. GET THE MESSAGE IN ALL OF THE PRESENT NATURAL DISASTERS. I rest my case.


henry wiseberg   April 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Ford should develop more fuel efficient cars and fast!


Todd L.   April 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I've just decided. My next car is a Ford!


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

@ PJ Vella, who said "Miss California spoke her opinion and has the right to her own opinion just like everyone else. "

You could've stopped there and had a respectable opinion, but then you had to launch into a diatribe about your personal fears of gay conspiracy, etc. The question does not really belong being posed to a state rep as it's not a question of suppressing their rights. Moreover, I'm pretty sure gay men are real men...I've known quite a few and their appetites are equally voracious and demanding as any straight man I've ever know 🙂


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

@ James31

Where I live in California, is called (republican heaven) because 80% are republican. I don't care what their political affiliation is as I like to think ((out of the box)) and be an independent, thus belonging to neither party. I just wanted to clarify that for you.


Brad Lawrence   April 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Perez Hilton was a poor choice as a judge for the Miss America pagent, as his credentials and qualifications lack any desired or valued expertise that would be of benefit to determine what level of criteria is being met to assess a point value for contestants. This is proven by not only the poor question asked, by this disgusting individual, but further by the more than likely poor score given to Miss California because her answer was not what he wanted to hear, rather than the grace, confidence, and merit of her answer. The pagent should, if it had any backbone, apologize for its poor choice in selecting Hilton


O from MS   April 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Larry,
I am appalled by Perez Hilton tonight. I don't know if he was nervous or just scared, but he should make it clear that he was speaking for himself tonight. He let that man walk all over him. That man contradicted himself many many times. Let me come on your show, and I'll show them a real debate about this issue.


linda c   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

@Roger McKibben

Are you sure of what your family is saying when you are not in the room? Truly.


James31   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Roger, I will ask again in a different way Is everyone in California, a state that voted against gay marriage, a narrow-minded far right? A discussion about one's feelings toward gay marriage really doesn't have to involve politics, just one's personal feelings. But I guess it makes you feel better to take it some other direction where you have a lot of anger. And, no, I am not in the far right.


Lisa   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

One question, if we let gays get married is it ok now to say you can marry your cousin? I don't think either is right ...it is not my religion- it is my faith. We were put on this earth as Men and Women... can't reproduce without the other...If God wanted no reproduction he would of just had one or the other. If the gay community believes they should marry then they believe you can marry your cousin/sister/brother!


carol   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Oh and another thing . I'm tired of the gay thing being compared with being black . I have gay friends that can act Butch in a New York minute . Black people can't go white , when they want to .


regina burse   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

hello I get so angry when gays want to revent marriage, what you do in your own home is your business. But to me marriage wasn't dean't for the same sex, and now to say it is alright. That is just crazy!! We all do things that we know is not right, if they can say this is right then, what is next!! what is our country is coming to. It is not right!!! So I guess if you wine enough you will get your way. For the ones that disagree with this same sex marriage I am with you all the way!!!!


Denis   April 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Perez Hilton definitely doesn't speak for all gay Americans. If the judges of the Miss USA contest were going to allow him to ask such a a politically loaded question then the least they should have done was ask that same question to every one of the top five. Perez Hilton's derogatory comments about Miss California make him appear to be more bigoted and close minded than the people he complains about.


Mitch   April 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Angela in Atlanta
you can be fired in the state of Georgia just for being gay. Check your facts before you shoot off your big mouth
Mitch in Atlanta


Mrs. Patricia Brito   April 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

No two men, nor no two women can naturally produce children. Procreation was the basis for marriage. Two of the same sex cannot reproduce. This is a religious issue which was the premise from which marriage was established., as it was ordained by God. So how ones cannot see the absurdity of gay marriage seems unbeliveable. Marriage was not ordained by men, but by God and thus should be governed according to God's standards.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

For many years I used to purchase Mustang made by Ford. They lasted around 60,000 miles. I was given a 260Z by Datsun, now called Nissan and that car lasted 300,000 miles with out any major engine work. Needless to say, I have never looked back at American cars.


Pastor Keith Anthony   April 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Mr. L. King.

I have been watching your program and am a bit taken back as to how no one has been able to tell you that the Bible addresses the matter concerning same sex relationship. It gives specific answers as to why there is such a campaign for such relationships to be legally recognized. So it is not surprising that that this has become such a heated issue.

Thanks for reading my comment.
Pastor Keith Anthony
Ontario, Canada.


steve   April 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

ford dealerships always treated me like dog poo.


James and Crystal Toney   April 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My husband and I just bought our first Ford. It is an Expedition. Never thought that would happen. We were Dodge product only until this bail out. We felt like that we was not going to support a company that could not hold up their end of their end of the bargin. If they need help from the government , where would we be if we needed help from Chrysler, Dodge.


Lisa   April 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Ford will always have my business – best service ever and love the style!! I've worked with the same sales rep for years now!!


Julie   April 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Let's see, Only a mother can give what a child needs. I guess that means in a divorce the father can not have custody?

Also, women are still not treated equal to men such as pay and status.

Both Women and Gay/Lesbian should be equal. We are still fighting for equal rights. Gay Right Are Civil Rights


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Family company ha. That you've engendered indentured servitude along family lines does not a "family company" make. How much were those exeutive "fathers" making while everyone else took home just enough to survive on again?


Mona Morin   April 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

What if the roles were reversed and the person who asked the question were "straight"? Would the straight person be offended if the gay person said that all marriages should be of the same sex? I think that people are getting too sensitive about their preferences. I don't care one way or the other, I am secure in the way I think. I don't critisize other people and theie opinions.


Penny Coppedge   April 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Once again I want to give the media the ol' open handed slap to the back of the head for giving voice to Perez Who?


Raj   April 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I would buy a Ford if I get a good Trade Value for my 2003 Ford.


James31   April 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine, thanks. I saw your name but not the rest of your title at first but knew it had to be Orange County. I love California and have lived in southern California and visit it quite often. Actually, I agree with you. On the subject of gay marriage, I am still confused as to why people want to drag in political parties they hate. People from both Dem and Rep party support gay marriage, and people from both parties do not support it. Perhaps the reason the country is a mess is because no one can have a rational discussion; they seem always to bring in their anger about something irrelevant.


Pat   April 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Just love the new Mustang – check out the tail lights!!!!


deb in oregon   April 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

So sad about Slumdog millionaire star. I am not surprised by her father's action if it proves to be true. He's from the slums of Mumbai having the wealth of Hollywood dangled like a carrot in his face.


David   April 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Look at the new 2010 Ford Fusion!! Better MPG than any other Hybrid.

Don't believe everything you read in Consumer reports, they are biased against the Big Three. My family has bought Fords for over 50 years and never once had a lemon.


Becca   April 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dennis Prager is clueless and blinded by his own bigotry. He has this "Leave it to Beaver" idealized notion of life that isn't realistic.

Yes, Dennis and in an ideal world no one would get divorced and their children wouldn’t have to deal with that, so why don't we outlaw divorce or allow each person only one marriage? It’s also backed by religion and by tradition that people are not supposed to get divorced.

And he's wrong when he says that religion wasn’t used against interracial marriage – it most certainly was!! In a Supreme Court ruling on the matter, the justice even quoted the bible as the justification for not allowing interracial marriage, saying that God created the continents and separated the races because he didn’t want the races mingling. Remember when blacks and whites weren’t allowed to attend the same church?

His analogy of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is so inapplicable to equal marriage it’s ridiculous as is his argument that it will confuse children. Are you kidding me? I think it’s funny how so many people cry “the children! the children! what about the children?!” They must not know that children are very accepting and open- and fair-minded unlike many of their adult counterparts and the people who says these things must not be aware that approximately 10% of those sweet, innocent children that they profess to be protecting are gay!

And I wish Perez Hilton would go away. Just because he’s gay doesn’t mean that he’s informed or has an astute understanding of the issue, because he clearly doesn’t. Please Larry, get someone more informed, knowledgeable, and able to express a coherent, well thought out argument instead of the same old, same old.

Not too long ago, marriage was between one man and how ever many wives he wanted and not too long ago in this country, getting married meant that a wife was the property, the legal chattel, of her husband. This is not so today, but you can’t expect uneducated Perez Hilton to know any of these things.

And please Prager, spare us your “I sympathize with you” nonsense.


JoAnn   April 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Larry, I buy a ford if I could afford one. Until this economy gets better I'll be driving my ten year old Chevy!


Tony   April 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I love Fords and all of my family owns Fords. I just traded my Lincoln MKZ for the new Mercury Milian Hybrid. I could not be happier as I am now getting 38-42 miles per gallon. What a car!


Becky Pyle   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

My last 3 cars have been Fords – they've been great! My current car is a 1999 Explorer and it's going strong. But I sure wish I'd hung onto the Thunderbird – loved that car.


Manny   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I love your 2010 product launches – especially the Tauras SHO!!!


susanta   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

i love ford cars..


steve   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

sure i'll buy a piece of junk like ford. i'm stupid enough.


David Krier   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The first Mustang I ever sat in was a 1969 Mustang GT. I was 12 years old then. I would like to buy a 2009 GT someday. It still want to re-live that day in my life.


Sissy Baker   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

wow, what an authentic guy! Yes I would buy a Ford. I don't own one, I have a Tahoe, but I have always admired the company and this nice young man is just an example of his family and their values.


Mary   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Would I buy a Ford?? I owned a Pinto in the early 70's - what do you think?


Raj   April 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Prompt reply to loyal customers when they reach you with a problem with a vehicle and a dealer.


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

@ James31, who said "Perhaps the reason the country is a mess is because no one can have a rational discussion; they seem always to bring in their anger about something irrelevant."

I think it's because some won't accept that there are laws of man and laws of god and that in our system of gov't, it was always intended that ne'er the twain shall meet. You can't have a rational conversation with those that believe the irrational must dictate to reality.


Chris   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I love that Ford Flex!


Joe   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hilton said Miss USA should represent all of the country. She does represent the "majority" of the country and more strinking yet not reported is she also represents the "majority" of California as well.


Chuck in Glen Ellyn, IL   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I want a full-size SUV with a third row seat and 21+ MPG in the city. I suppose most people buy minivans, but I just don't see myself driving one. Is demand too low for Detroit to fill this need?


BenjaminJC   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

FORD NEEDS to get YOUNG, and SAVVY. Think DOT COM vs. GE. THINK YAHOO, GOOGLE, NIKE. I realize the Car business is not the Tech sector, but it is clear that consumers like myself are tired of the domestic car makers putting out cars and designs that DO NOT excite us! Why should we pay top dollar for a domestic made car that pales in comparison to foreign design and value. So that the union workers can make a living? Who cares. Human nature is to want the best product, and best deal. If labor is cheaper overseas and that is going to give us nicer vehicles, then so be it. Maybe the domestic car business is done. Perhaps it is an antiquated model? I'm preparing to lease a mustang convertible and am appalled at the $700ish pricetag, when I can get a bmw or audi convertible for $450!!!!!!!


Richard Miller   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry my comment is: If ford is cares so much about the American worker then why do they build the Ford Fusion Hybrid in Mexico?


Carolyn Bond   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

No I wouldn't buy a Ford. I did in '65, a Mustang and it was a good car. I bought a Ford in '87, it was a lemon... I bought a Ford Bronco in '95 and it was swell... I personally won't buy an American Made Car again.


Ralph   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

If more than 50% of americAN would buy ford/ gm / chrysler.. everything would get back on track... more money spent on autos than anything else.... it drives the american economy up ... foreighn made drive it down


Chris   April 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I will buy nothing but a Ford due to the fact of a few reasons. One being they are the only ones in the Automotive industry keeping are companies doors open, two being there quality and commitment, three being there outlook on the future.

Chris From Auburnhills


John   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I had given you a book outlining welder fixture maching repair. I was wondering why the company wants to do away with this position when we can do the job of five different trades but instead you have 5 different people doing the 5 different jobs that 1 welder repair can do.


Gail Hamilton   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Why can Ford show their face and pretend that they are in the positive position in the auto industry when they are over 140 billion in debt and Chrysler and GM combined do not have that much debt?


GAD   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I will by Ford if they show increasing manufacturing in the USA.


Cheri Lanning   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Larry:

Will my family purchase a Ford product? Our answer is absolutely! Why? We have purchased 6 ford vehicles over the course of our 28 year marriage and raising 3 children. The Ford Vans and Trucks we have purchased were of excellent quality and performance. We consider ourselves a Ford family.


Sandra Spivack   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am very impressed with Ford Motor Company...How they have
handled this economic crisis, etc. I happen to drive a Ford
and love it even if its old...Living in Missouri, having neighbors
that work for Ford plant, I think they are the only car czars that
have a clue...Thanks again FORD !!!!


Lynne   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Perez Hilton is the guy who use to wear pink and yellow hair. I'm so tired of the same old song and dance from the gay community. It is religious people, over and over. These people could use a little religion to teach them right from wrong. Perez Hilton points the finger very easy, but he is the bigot in the mix and a racist, the worst kind, they can't see in front of his gay face. To not let someone who speaks the truth I might add, get points, he is the one who needs to look inside his smug attitude. Why was he even there at the contest. The other's who voted had no backbone, by following his actions. The reason they do it, is they don't want to be blackballed. No to gay marriage, if I'm religious or not. It is an issue. I have many gay friends, they can come over anytime, and I'll help them anytime, I don't hate them because they want to get married, I just don't like it. Mr. Perez!


Brian Dennison   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Buy a foreign car and all the profits go back to the Manufacturer's Country. There are many great American vehicles; they aren't the same as 5 and 10 years ago. Support America and American jobs!!


colleen   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I have always supported US industry.... however, I will go out of my way the next time I buy a car to buy a FORD. It is rare to see the level of responsibility toward your product, your workforce, and the environment that Mr. Ford and the FORD company have demonstrated.


Ronald Yatets   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

He needs to be HONEST and admit they did not take government money as their voting shares carrry five times the weight of my fomer Ford shares and the Ford Family would lose that diferrence. And also drop we starting not to care


maureen wright   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I have a 1996 ford explorer and love it.!! also a 1999 350 ford truck and both are in mint condition..driving great! I hope to get another 10 years out of each..I am a realtor and have been driving customers around for my entire career in this ford edie bauer explorer...thanks and good luck, ford..I will buy another ford, if you develop a hybrid ..


jim cochran   April 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

ford needs to get price inline. to expensive, all manufacturers are not trying to sell cars they offer same old discounts.


Robert Elliott   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Yes, I would buy a Ford. In 2007 I bought a 2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS. Great car. 43,000 trouble free miles so far. I'm looking to keep this car 300,000 miles or at least 10 years. Ford has a great line up now. You better look at Fords. They are very good now.


Denise Christenson   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

In 33 years of marriage my husband and I have owned nine Fords and have gotten more than 200,000 miles off each one. We are proud to be Ford owners and will continue to buy American and with a company that started it all!


MAX   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

DRIVING MY F 150 ITS OVER 225,000 MILES AND STILL LOVEIT.


andy lawton   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Ford makes great cars in Europe ... why can't they do the same here? The Ford Mondeo is superb.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Regard to Joe, 4/21/2009–'gay man' does not imply 'unable to appreciate/create beauty'. Honey, don't you know that most women only go to gay male hairdressers, why? Intrinsically (which means 'generally', Joe) we can appreciate/judge beauty be it female OR male. We are just not sexually attracted to the former. It's pretty cool, Joe. Plus, we ALWAYS are surrounded by chicks, pretty, not so much, thin, not so much, as well as awesome guys and some amazing children. My straight guy friends always admit: Perhaps it would be easier to 'act' gay to get more girls around them. I have often had the boyfriends/husbands of clients and friends who have wondered if my 'gayness' was simply a ruse. I love my life!


Sniffit   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

If they can invent a car that runs on something other than petroleum based gas and makes the put-put sound from the Jetson's, I'll buy a Ford. No sooner...the things are garbage.


Ralph   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I've leased my last 5 vehicles from FORD. The last being a 2006 Fusion. Great car. I lease due to business write-offs, but currently there are no lease offers from Ford. Will this change?


Sue N   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I bought my first ford in 40 years! I was a die hard Chevy fan, and was so disapointed at thier product. I needed gas mileage, as I am a nurse and travel a lot. I bought a Ford Focus, on the advice of a friend, and love it. I just went to Virginia and got 38.4 miles per gallon! Mr. Ford, You have a winner! I would buy another with no question! Keep up the good work!


Shelly   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Prager's arguments tonight had no validity whatsoever. His first argument said that no religious leaders endorse it, and then when Hilton pursued that, he switched to saying that marriages were civil matters and not religious matters. His second argument was that the genders are fundamentally different and compared the issue to that of single gender clubs. While there are times that it is fine for the genders to have their own time separate from each other (yet equal), they still come together in marriage. So what does that have to do with same sex marriage? As Hilton said, it's about equality, and Prager's comments all supported exclusion of homosexual couples and separatism of heterosexual from homosexual couples.


Dan Robinson   April 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Ford should reiterate its commitment to the environment in its marketing efforts. Along with the government initiatives going on, new technology, and the need to buy American, this message is paramount.


Jim   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Would I buy a Ford? Damn right I would!!!! We own three right now and have yet to have a problem out of them. Americans are basing their opinion on the 1970s and 80's Ford is a much different company today and builds a great car.


Jean Trester   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

We have a Ford pickup and a Focus and have had good luck with them. Our bad vehicles were Chev.


a.g.driver   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

i bought a 2008 f250 6.4 powerstroke last friday........i do love this truck.has a 3.55 rearend and the screen shows 22 mp.


s gam   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Way to go miss cali!!! My daughter is 17 and has done pageants all her life and I have alway told her for interview also try to put your heart into your answers.Every judge may not like it be its what you stand for and stand on!How dare a judge in a beauty pageant not want to be judged on his beliefs but scornes her for hers a little two faced dont you think? Sorry to the winner this is bad for her two.Miss cali you did great Stay true to yourself That judge needs to be punished!!!!!!!!!Oh HE WILL IN H_ _ _!!!


Kirk   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I own (2) GM SUV's; my next one will be a Ford Flex – I will not buy a car from a Company that takes bailout money.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

James 31.

Most unfortunately California is full of religious prejudice people.

My people were getting married 10 thousand years before christianity came into existence. They did NOT develop the concept nor did they invent the word marriage. They have NO claim to "marriage" This should be such a non-issue.

Its just stupidity!!!


Tiffany   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I have always been a Chevy person but after the interview with Ford's CEO it makes me think twice about the next vehicle I buy.


Sue   April 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

We tell are children Mr. Perez to speak the truth, and it gets points knocked off, put that on the other foot, you would not like it if points were knocked off a gay person, because they said they wanted to get married. You are the BIGOT Mr Perez.


michele   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I bought my 3rd Ford 10 years ago and still have that Mustang and I have not had one moments trouble out of that car or the previous two. They are obviously quality American made. And I would and will buy another in a heartbeat.


Debbie Goitia   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

We bought a brand new Ford Bronco II in 1987. It still has the original motor, original clutch, and has 170,00 miles on it. Awesome!!


Nancy   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

No, I would not buy a Ford. My parents owned several and they were often in the shop. Years later, after loving all our many Hondas throughout our extended family, my boss and friend bought an Expedition only to take it in for service less than six moths later when it was grinding metal into the automatic steering fluid. I don't think I can ever have a good opinion of them.


April Nelson   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I'm 36 and have owned only Fords- 4 of them. They are the best value for your money–that's the real secret about Fords!


Denise Christenson   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

In 33 years of marriage my husband and I have owned 9 Fords. We have gotten over 200,000 miles off of each one. We are proud to be Ford owners and will continue to buy American cars and stay with the company that started it all!


Joe   April 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Perez Hilton is a mindless idiot. He's defective in so many ways that it's hard to believe that he can itch his nose with out some one showing him where it is. He's just angry with the world because he was born ugly and has to get sex from other ugly fat lonely men.

He has made the entire gay and lesbian community suffer for his stupidity. He has set them back 10 years at a minimum all by himself. He is a hater and a heterosexual basher. A disgrace to society in it's most basic form.


patty gray   April 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

i would like to say bill ford i have been driving the same truck for over 32yrs. its a ford f-150custom and i love it it has 90000 original miles and my husband car we gave my brother is an 97 ford escort is still running strong. i wont buy anything but a ford.


Ben   April 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

A lot of states have local excise taxes on vehicles. The newer the car, the higher your tax rate. Because of this tax I'm reluctant to buy a new car. How does Mr. Ford feel about regressive taxes like that?


Gary Low   April 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Bill Ford has been an innovative risk taker. His days of recognition are clearly in his future.

Kudos to Mark Fields, and the rest of the men and women in the "trenches" at Ford. The level of quality and performance is finally getting the positive press it deserves.

I am currently in the market for the Ford Flex, or the 2010 Taurus. I plan to buy this year, and look forward to showing off my new example of AMERICAN INOVATION.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Love can not be contained in a box, such as this blog.


Alesia Philips   April 21st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am from California and I think Miss California is very Pretty
I don't think she lost because of her answer though but the ignorance
in the way she answered as it was false the US Constitution doesn't recognize it
nor does the Federal Government the country she described doesn't exist it's the same with mixed
relationships before the 70's My mom was in a mixed relationship and was looked down upon
as was I because of it I supported her though. Miss California
could have voiced her opposition to gay marriage by saying I
personally don't agree but everyone should have the right to make their own choices and not be
condemned by them she may have still lost but her answer wouldn't have been as charged, and we
wouldn't be discussing it now ,it was ignorance in the answer not the opposition to gay marriage.


susan hughes   April 21st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I own a 2002 Ford Explorer and a 2004 F150 truck.

Ford is the first american car company and in my opinion the best.

Oh, I almost forgot we also own a Ford 9N tractor.


John H US citizen   April 21st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

No I would not buy a Ford because I took my van in 4 times for an oil change and I was shorted a quart of oil and I called to complain and got a guy in India. You are closing plants and moving them to mexico. So sell them in Mexico.


Kelly   April 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I would definetly by another FORD. I have driven a Pinto, Cougar, and F150 and I am still driving my little 2004 Mustang, which is paid off. I have had no problems and the Mustang now has 85,000 miles on it. The technology that the Lincolns and Mercury's have in their cockpit really intrigue me. I have a plain-Jane Mustang and would love to have the MP3 and heated/cooled leather seats, plus the great ride that these cars have. I just need to see a lower price before I buy anything. I am in Great Depression mode, which my parents taught me. Love the FORD company's foresight, bravery and independence they show by restructureing early so they don't have to ask the Fed for money.


Ron Nicholson   April 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Re. Bill Ford/ Ford Motor Co. I truly hope that Ford will make it and continue to build the fine cars they are turning out today. I have owned a 90 Taurus, a 93 Crown Victoria , a 96 Mercury Sable and a 98 and 2000 Taurus, plus our current car, a 06 Ford Five Hundred SEL, the best car we have ever owned, trouble free, rides like a dream and delivers 35 mpg highway ( Can. gallon ) Our son is parts manager at one of your Blue Oval dealers, Bob Fines, Fines Ford Lincoln, in Bolton, Ontario, Canada. All of my friends who ride in our Five Hundred for the first time are very impressed, hang in there and look after your employees here and in the US and the good dealers like my friend Bob Fines! Good luck Bill!


Charles Loiselle   April 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I bought a 2008 Ford Fusion. I really enjoy it and recommend it to my children and friends all the time. Move over BMW, here comes the fusion.


Mark Schorr   April 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I would buy any Ford product tomorrow, in particualr any Volvo product. Ford needs to emphasize Volvo, rather than talking about selleing it to the Chinese. volvo is the answer in that they are the safest cars in the World. ford needs to get more vovlvo dealerships so that consumers do not need to drive so far to get service. Volvo is superior to Mercedes and BMW at a more reasonable cost. Mercury is also a great line.


Pat   April 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I purchased a Ford about 10 years ago, still have it. I had major trouble with a brand new car. I complained to customer service. They did nothing, did not want to take any part of a car have 6 flat tires in 6 months. I feel they were also part to blame. Would I buy another Ford, I don't know. A family member says don't the way you were treated. Work on customer service.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

@ James31 (( lol ))

Yes, you guessed that right. Orange County should be the seat of the Republican party. Especially Irvine ~giggle~ So I just have fun with their need to feel more important and worthy. When Obama won, I sent up some firecrackers as I knew that would irritate all my Republican neighbors.


James and Crystal Toney   April 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

On the Miss America debate. I agree with her answer. You think about what our 4 fathers believed. You never seen Washington or Lincoln with another man on their arm. From the first president to the 44th President. It's always been Man with wife. Don't force people that aren't gay to accept what you believe. They have their 4 states and I have my 46 states. And why did a gay man ask such a question and then look like he got ticked off? Gays CAN NOT have children, or grand children. If a man and a woman hadn't concieved Perez Hilton, Perez wouldn't be here.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Per Joe 4/21/2009 at 9:29, I must add!!!


Marcy Vander Tuig   April 21st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I need to by a car very badly. I want to buy a Ford. I wish the rest of the nation would understand that the quality has improved. For so long if you were young and hip you bought a foreign car. Now it is so hard to turn that thinking around. My friends in Chicago can't believe that I feel so strongly about buying American. I live in Michigan I see the reasoning everyday. We need some energy and hope to become part of the future in transportation.


Pat   April 21st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

One more thing BRAVO MS CALIFORNIA for telling the truth and being your own person. Something Mr. Hilton lacks. To me you won big time.


Bobby   April 21st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I worked for a GM Dealership for 22 years and it was good to me, but I believe I would buy a Ford before I buy another GM because of Upper Management. Saturn was never a money maker, they tried to remarket Oldsmobile with the slogan "This is not your father's Oldsmobile" Well thats who bought the car for years, the last car I bought for my father was a Olds 88, then they closed Oldsmobile. Very poor management, the last CEO drove it into the ground. Luckily
the Dealers I worked for sold out a couple of years ago, they were great owners and got out of the market at right time. My home is paid for thanks to GM but I would probably buy a Ford, before a GM. Even though the warranty is supposedly guaranteed by the government, I truly believe they will go bankrupt, ultimately it will be the Unions that shoots them down.
thank you
Bobbya


LINDA FISCHER   April 21st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Ford Motor INVENTED the car and has a rich history of quality and classic automobiles - things you will never see with Japanese cars. Ford has always taken car of it's employees, giving thousands of Americans a good life, they have supported cities and communities in ways you cannot even imagine! All these AMERICAN companies have and that is the key now - to BUY AMERICAN AND SUPPORT AMERICA!!!!! We do have cars that rival the imports - read the reports. If people did, they would see and understand - we are better and safer than any import today. It is about supporting our own country instead of sending profits overseas - people complain about sending jobs overseas - then DO SOMETHING!!!! Start supporting THIS COUNTRY!!! Our country! Without American car companies, this country will die - without a doubt. No question about it. Ford/GM/Chrysler............. nothing will ever match what we can do for this country. Come to Detroit and see all the support - see the Oval, the Star and the GM sign shining brightly in Comerica Park because Mike Ilitch chose to keep the proud American symbols in our ballpark instead of accepting millions of dollars for someone else to advertise there - that says alot. Toyota trucks cannot even touch what an F150 can do - not even close. Our hybrids are just as good and our cars and SUV's - awesome! I have owned Ford's all my life and NEVER have I had a lemon in 30 years. Never. Barely even have to take them in for service - very little. I will bleed blue forever and hopefully people will understand just how important our last American companies are to this country - without them we die - plain and simple. Just give our country over to Japan, China - whoever - because we will have no control and will no longer be in charge of our own future - we will be foreign owned and operated! Good luck!!! BUY AMERICAN!!!


Ben   April 21st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Holy crap your ignorant! (James and Crystal Toney) Please get an education, I'm begging you!


Christine Yarde   April 21st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I owned 3 Ford cars, to me Ford is a very good if I have to bye a car I would buy a Ford God bless the family good luck Christine Yarde


Pat   April 21st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Dennis Prager was great! Perez was like Porkey Pig, not being able to answer, Hey, Perez loose lips sink ships. Go Ms Calif.


Scott Drendel   April 21st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Never will buy a Ford which equals Fix or Repair Daily. Bought a 1999 Mercury Cougar and had to file the lemon law, won the case and got my money back. Bought a Nisian and only had to do oil changes and tires. I am a Nisian car buyer now, money is to hard to put towards a car that is not reliable.


karen guse   April 21st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Just bought a Shelby on Monday; bought an F-150 early January. Love 'em both! Have driven Fords forever and never had a problem, even at 200,000 miles. And what stupid folks don't know about the Fusion hybrid?


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

What country does she live In? 'We live in a country wheres (?) a person can choose to marry the same sex or the other sex, bumble, fumble, trip–' Honey–we do? We can NOT marry the same sex in every state, that was the beginning of your very embarassing (incredibly revealing) departure, leading you to sloppy seconds. Get your dark roots touched up.


Thomas B   April 21st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Larry, I saw that cantankerous look Perez Hilton gave you.I think there is something he likes about you,he just hasn't got his hands on it yet!Or has he?Both of you had a Huge Looking smile on your faces and, twinkles in your eyes.How can you justify that twirp on your show?You beat everything,you know it!


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

James and Crystal Toney

With the world being over populated ... I definitely recommend more gay relationships. At least they leave much less of a carbon footprint than you or your kind!!!

Religion preaches Armageddon and actually it will most likely happen because people belonging to religious cultures are creating it by having so many children.

You should be lucky I am not president. I would push for the same laws as china. A one child family in which the government will foot the education and health bill. Any more than one child, YOU foot their entire cost of education and health care. NO tax deductions for babies or welfare! .


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Angela, 10:40. 'Spueing'? or spewing. Very revealing, as well.


KT.   April 21st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Not to be dirty, but if you look below on a man, and below on a woman, yes Mr. Hilton we are very different. He is a hateful man, who needs to stop being a bigot himself. I don't know about others, but I'm tired of threats from the gay community. They are really going to stab themselves in the foot if they don't stop the kindergarden antics.


Barb   April 21st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Darn...just missed tonight's show. I would have loved to ask Bill Ford what he thinks about NHTSA's new proposed rule on roof strength that is scheduled to go into effect at the end of this month, upgrading the current standard from 1.5 strength to weight ratio up to only 2.5 SWR?

And I'd also like to know why FORD, who's owned Volvo for some years now, owning Volvo's technology, who has been building stronger vehicle roofs for years with 4.0 SWR and higher, why hasn't FORD followed suit, instead of waiting for it to be mandatory through NHTSA's proposed rule?

From what I've read, I understand the cost to make roofs stronger is minimal...something like $60 max cost to consumer.

I'd love to see a 'roof strength' rating system in ALL new cars.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Accepting your innate natural God-blessed 'gay' spirit is not required, but denying it does not make it 'go away'. And yes, one can be 'gay', as well as Christian. I know, I am one. Besides, I've yet to meet any Christian who lives without sin, as well as some gay Christians have!!!


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Oh yes, I forgot to add. People having NO children get a TAX BREAK! As they do NOT drain the system.... as much as those with children.


Bob   April 21st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

We call him a bigot, he calls us religious freaks so to speak, and no one solves anything, but a young woman who spoke the truth gets hammered. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I USE TO LOVE. NOT AT ALL.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

@ Barb

I agree with your statement pertaining to 'roof strength' Great idea


BOB   April 21st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Perez calls us religious freaks so to speak, in his own way, we call him a bigot, because he goes against someone who spoke the truth. The person who should not have been punished for this, AND SHE WAS was Ms Calif. I would demand an apology from Mr. Perez, or I would file charges.


Roger McKibben   April 21st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Alesia Phillips 10:03– You got it girl!!!


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

@ Roger McKibben

Point well taken!


Shelly   April 21st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Prager’s arguments tonight had no validity whatsoever. His first argument said that no religious leaders endorse it, and then when Hilton pursued that, he switched to saying that marriages were civil matters and not religious matters. His second argument was that the genders are fundamentally different and compared the issue to that of single gender clubs. While there are times that it is fine for the genders to have their own time separate from each other (yet equal), they still come together in marriage. So what does that have to do with same sex marriage? As Hilton said, it’s about equality, and Prager’s comments all supported exclusion of homosexual couples and separatism of heterosexual from homosexual couples.


Rob Buller   April 21st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

In reply to the question would I buy a Ford vehicle. I switched to Ford trucks in the 1980s after being disappointed with GM quality. I have purchased two new Ford trucks since. Every time I see a GM vehicle on the road with paint peeling off it is a advertising sign of poor quality that lingers even when I know GM's recent quality has improved immensely. Visual defects are the worst quality defects since they are visible to everyone on the road. I will not buy a Chrysler vehicle due to my view of their quality and reliability even though I like many of their car designs and engineering.

Today I prefer Ford F-250-450 trucks over all other. Quality and performance. I also own a VW Jetta TDI diesel for the fuel economy(wifes car), Mercedes coupe for looks and fun, Nissan pickup for its crew cab, looks and reliability and Toyota RAV4 for its fuel economy with all wheel drive, reliability and simple design. As you can see we like cars.

I believe Ford must produce cars and light trucks to the same leading technology and high quality of their bigger trucks. Quality, reliability and the least complicated design possible ifs key to my buying a vehicle. This applies to all US auto makers and foreign.

I prefer to buy a US vehicle. I will buy the vehicle with the best quality that meets my design and performance requirements. US or Foreign.
The next car I buy will be hybrid or electric. Next truck will likely be a Ford 350-550 crew cab.


BOB   April 21st, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I would say that the way Perez spoke, he actually did not score fairly. I demand a do-over. Cheating!


Tammy Ray   April 21st, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Larry,
Please educate Perez ... Let him know the Crown she will receive someday is far Greater than the one she could of that night... So sad for him he don't get it... All you can do for people like that is ask God to forgive them... He is the one to feel sorry for... Love your show...
Take-Care,
Tammy
Beech Grove, In


family man   April 21st, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Mr. Ford build your product inside the United States with the American work force and they will reward you by purchasing your product; no job security means that I have to hold onto my dollar for food, utilities and medical needs not buy a new car. You open up the plants inside the U.S. to build your product and sales will go up. I refuse to purchase anything made outside the U.S. if I can find something made in the U.S. I will buy pre-owned cars for the rest of my life if I have to because as lonf as the autos are made outside the U.S. I will not buy new.
The auto plants are bankrupting America for profit I see the jobs go to Mexico and Canada yet the prices don't come down on the sales lot.


Mr Stone   April 21st, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Perez stated that Ms California should have left Politics out of her answer to his question regarding Gay Marriage, his question was political, Perez is typical of the gay society,they want to leave politics out until it suits them, they take their gay agenda and place it on the ballot, but if the results are not to their satisfaction, then they throw a hissy fit, I along with millions of God fearing American citizens agree with Ms California, and God's definition of Marriage. Genesis 3:24 " Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. If he does not like this answer, he needs to take it up with God.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ KT. April 21st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Not to be dirty (is what you just said) meaning that a man's and a woman's body is dirty??? Just the typical brain washing I have been referring to...


nrg   April 21st, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I am glad to see that Ford is doing well in this economy in crisis. However, I am a General Motors employee, and we are much larger than ford and chrysler. Ford is doing well, because they would finance people with credit problems, and give a person a second chance (I tried to purchase a Ford, coming out of college). Ford was willing to give me a chance, however, GMAC that financed most g.m. vehicles their credit standards were extreme. The people in our country still have some financial freedom, and could afford monthly car and mortage payments, but can't get past high interests rates and extreme credit standards.


Terry, TX   April 21st, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Another thing....what is with all this vile verbal and physical abuse coming out of Hollywood....we have the homosexual police heinously using profanity because they did not get the answer they wanted from Ms. California.....we had Jamie Foxx attacking a 16 yr old and calling her a white b-- and encouraging inappropriate sex....Chris Brown beating the crap out of his girlfriend. What is with celebrities in Hollywood....you know they only exist on our dime. Us women just might as well be under Sharia Law...because the celebrity shows don't protect us...they protect the male celebrity and trash women. Celebrity men rule... whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. walking... No More.

Larry you can take your share of the blame.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 21st, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Ms. California said what she thought was right! Lets move on to more important things such as global warming, a tanking economy, starvation, murder, the spread of Ebola what will ultimately kill everyone...


L   April 21st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

People need to know that Ford Motor is in fact borrowing money from foreign governments – it's pretty sad when you borrow $180M from the government of Romania...and somehow that was buried in a very tiny article in the news.

While Mr. Ford proclaims his usual spiel about the "family" of employees, it's not entirely true. I was an employee for 15 years and earlier this year, while on family medical leave, I was laid off, with no warning or explanation. (How legal is that?) I even worked hard to sell a hybrid vehicle while I was off! My sincere belief is that in asking the tough questions, I ruffled enough feathers that they decided to shut me up. Be assured, neither I nor my family or my friends will purchase Ford products after the treatment I received.

Before anyone buys another Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, start asking:
1) why should managers get free service for their vehicles? they can afford to pay, and if they had to go to a dealership like the rest of us, they could support more dealers, and also understand what a real service appointment entails.
2) why should managers get free auto insurance on their lease vehicles, and then be allowed to let their teenage children drive those vehicles? again, they can afford to pay, and no-one's tax dollars (from any country) should be covering those higher insurance costs.
3) why don't all the managers and their families live in the area? besides Mr. Fields, and Mr. Mulally's families living out of the state, there were/are other managers that flew in and out. How is that really loyal to the company and to the long-term good of Michigan?
4) who is/will be covering the warranty costs from the defective diesels engines? are the ambulances all finally in good working order? is there a separate fund to cover these escalating costs?
Upon asking these questions I was told to be "back off" and be quiet.


kim Hunsinger   April 21st, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Ford needs to stand behind their product. They need come forward when they know there is a problem with cars and recall them. y husband worked for the Ford/Visteon plant in connersville indiana and lost his job in december of 2007 due the plant closing. He had 5 yrs to go until he could retire and was a 3rd generation ford employee.He had also met Mr. Ford and done a commercial for the company. We have always bought Ford cars and I have an Escape that is sitting on a lot with catalytic converter problems that I have been told Ford is aware of in the Escapes and am unable to pay the 3500.00 to have it repaired because my husband is out of a job. I called the customer service dept. and was told they would do nothing to help me. I still owe about 1500.00 on this car and havent driven it since january...Thank you Mr. Ford . For th


kim Hunsinger   April 21st, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Ford needs to stand behind their product. They need come forward when they know there is a problem with cars and recall them. y husband worked for the Ford/Visteon plant in connersville indiana and lost his job in december of 2007 due the plant closing. He had 5 yrs to go until he could retire and was a 3rd generation ford employee.He had also met Mr. Ford and done a commercial for the company. We have always bought Ford cars and I have an Escape that is sitting on a lot with catalytic converter problems that I have been told Ford is aware of in the Escapes and am unable to pay the 3500.00 to have it repaired because my husband is out of a job. I called the customer service dept. and was told they would do nothing to help me. I still owe about 1500.00 on this car and havent driven it since january...Thank you Mr. Ford . For th


Chris Conte   April 21st, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Shame on you Donald Trump for allowing Mr Perez to crucify Miss California! Everyone should watch that clip over a few times and it will become very clear that this was a set up. Who's the gentleman sitting behind Perez? He seems to be in on it and enjoying it.. I don't see any acceptance, respect, compassion or equality in his actions against Miss California or her freedom of choice. Practice what you preach Mr. Perez.


Carol in Nevada   April 21st, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I Purchased a new Ford Escort in the mid 80's. I only drove a few miles a day to work and home. At 30,000 miles the transmission went out. Ford told me they would give me $800.00 trade in toward another car. I have driven a Toyota Corolla ever since. What a great car, my last one was at 150,000mi., never having any problems other than routine maint. My daugher is still driving that one. I purchased a new one last year. Toyota gave me a great deal and 1.9 interest. I love my Corolla!!!


Carole Frome   April 21st, 2009 11:28 pm ET

I love your show BUT please don't give Perez Hilton any more FREE air time to show off with his offensive personality. I will change the channel.


Patty Kuhner   April 21st, 2009 11:48 pm ET

Perez Hilton is a goon. He should not even be a judge on Miss America.

He should have never asked that question and she gave her opinion, which this is America and she should have freedom of speech.


Jim   April 21st, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,
I am including a newspaper report in this message. It is about a friend of our family who's name is Ronald Scheepstra. Ronald is married to Cindy. Over 10 days ago, Ronald and three other friends went to Xcalak Mexico near Belize. He was fishing with his buddies and decided to move to another spot. He has not been seen since. Local authorities as well as Federal Agents started combing the area but found no sign of Ronald. It appears some information is being swept under the carpet about his disappearance. Ronald's wife asked us to report this to as many high profile individuals who are respected as you are by so many. I am including the newspaper article from the Lufkin Daily News, Lufkin, Texas. Please help us get this information out so that we may find out exactly what happened to Ronald.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Sincerely,
Jim Dunn
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By ASHLEY COOK
The Lufkin Daily News

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Family of a Lufkin man gone missing in Mexico on a fishing trip last week are returning home today — with little clue to what may have happened to him.

Ronald Scheepstra disappeared April 11 while fishing on the Yucatan peninsula at the Mexican border with Belize. He was long-rod fly fishing, later disappearing after having moved away from the others in his group.
Pineywoods Fly Fishers
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Earlier picture of Ronald Sheepstra on a fishing trip to Iceland.

The Scheepstra family has requested media respect its privacy, asking the Rev. Mike Hunter of First Christian Church to serve as family spokesman.

"There's just no sign (of him)," Hunter said Tuesday afternoon.

No one has mentioned whether kidnapping might be a possibility, Hunter said.

Scheepstra's wife Cindy traveled last week to the location where her husband was last seen. There was no evidence of any remains, and Scheepstra's truck and his personal possessions were found intact.

The family is doing the best it can under the circumstances.

"They're trying to cope with the process," Hunter said.

The family has requested the community's help by keeping them in its prayers.

A local grassroots effort has formed to support the search, and family has been in contact with consulates in both countries, Hunter said Thursday.

Scheepstra's fishing hobby is evident in the photos and stories about his trips he has submitted online to the Pineywoods Fly Fishers, including a previous excursion to Iceland.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:04 am ET

The craigslist killer – Very chilling. He looks unassuming.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:08 am ET

I suspect, he did many cruel things, most likely to animals before killing people.


kevin   April 22nd, 2009 12:12 am ET

he has a jeffery dahlmer look about him sitting in that courtroom


jaimie   April 22nd, 2009 12:15 am ET

Buy a FORD HYbrid , the 4 door sedan,,the BEST ! it will be on display in Wash., DC @ the White House ..thank you FORD !


Wade   April 22nd, 2009 12:16 am ET

Ford, I have always bought Ford vehicles. I own a Ford Focus at this time. Gas mileage is better than alot of vehicles, regular maintenance is a pain and perfectly good parts have failed without wear. All the while watching my friends and family go to competitors mainly foreign vehicles because they are a far superior product. Ive bit the bullet with American vehicles thinking they will catch up, has never been the case. I dont agree with the bailouts to the car manufacturers. Protect the unions high wage I guess. You wonder why vehicles cost so much. Last I heard Ford didnt take any bail out money from the feds. If they do, Im buying foreign. Let the failure companies fail instead of rewarding them by shoveling my kids' future money to save them now for just more of the same. I suspect a Honda looking good about now.


karen   April 22nd, 2009 12:16 am ET

there is something wrong with our people. we have some real weirdos in the usa. and why are these woman selling them selves? and one husband interupted the assault? what husband allows thier wife to go out and sell herself? maybe husband lost his job ? so he had a reason to sell his wife be his wifes pimp. we are going down hill quick. what the hell is going on? i guess it is all alright if you lost your job? so sad


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:22 am ET

History of marriage!
In ancient Greece and Rome, there was no division of marriage and only specified a union between two people. Only when christianity seized the concept …. A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) issued in 342 CE prohibited same-sex marriage

My people were getting married 10 THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE christianity came into existence; therefore, christianity did NOT develop the concept nor did they invent the word marriage. They have NO claim to the idea of “marriage” This should be such a non-issue


Alan   April 22nd, 2009 12:22 am ET

Perez Hilton.... who? He asked the question and said "why or why not?" then he slams her for the answer? Lame! And, what is with the pageant having a gay "biased" judge?


sandy   April 22nd, 2009 12:25 am ET

please stop all the footnotes running back and forth across the bottom of the screen. it is very distracting.


dot   April 22nd, 2009 12:26 am ET

re: Miss California

So Mr. Perez is intitled to his opinion but Miss Carlifornia is not!


Robert   April 22nd, 2009 12:30 am ET

Please, Please get Perez Hilton off the news !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am liberal – I am ok with Gay Marriage, and he is still annoying. Please please please no more Perez !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:30 am ET

Perez got burned in the debate. He's just and angry little man. He asked the question during the pageant. He cries about freedom of the gay movement. What about traditional values on marriage. We should have the freedom to express our heterosexuality without repercussions. I think the judges need to be reprimanded on the issue. It was obviously a political question and she was set up......


sergio rambolt   April 22nd, 2009 12:31 am ET

this is really so sad, gay marriage etc ! everyone has the right to be with who ever they see fit ! who ever they love ! i,m gay and no 1 gov will tell me who or who i can not love or marry ! EVER !


Cynthia Gladstone   April 22nd, 2009 12:35 am ET

My understanding is that Gamblers are the worse addicts, steal from their mothers, etc. but don't overuse a drug that could kill or hurt themselves.

Obviously he had several addictions – theft, control & power over woman and he carried a gun. How could that small woman be a physical threat. He shot her in cold blood.

What was he like as a kid ? Did he hurt animals, etc.? His parents will probably never say.


sergio rambolt   April 22nd, 2009 12:37 am ET

WE ARE SO YOUNG , MEANING OUR WORLD IS SO YOUNG AS A CHILD ! WE ALL NEED TO GROW ACCEPT LEARN THAT WE ALL ARE THE SAME AND ALL HAVE THE RITE TO LOVE WHO WE WANT ! LOOK AT OUR POOR PAST , WE ARE STILL LEARNING AND WILL NEED MANY YEARS MORE TO GET IT CORRECT ! SO SAD MANY ARE SO SO CONTENT IN THEIR HATRED FOR OTHERS !


karen   April 22nd, 2009 12:38 am ET

religon isnt that our downfall isnt that why all the wars are fought. and it is just a illision to believe in god? isnt that why we are all going to hell, and the world will end because of religion. because all religions want death so the can get rewards, rather it be virgins or life in heaven etc. religion will be the worlds downfall. i am a good person and teach my children good morals etc, but do not drill god into my children. people that are not christans, are good people and most people that kill and hurt people are christians. musluims, prodestants, catholics etc . they are all at war with another religion. they will all cause death to the world.


chuck zimmermann   April 22nd, 2009 12:40 am ET

regarding the miss california issue,didn't she say that she's happy this country is giving the choice?, and then just add her personal position, all of us can have a personal position without "judging" those who different views, as long as does not hurt anyone else not involved. Nevertheless, mr hilton seems to respect marriage is ultimately a religous entity and is not asking to change that, he seems to only want equal recognition as any couple who endeavor to pursue life in this country as a team, or if its their definition of a family, then that's their right, and i have the same personal view as miss california, i am more comfortable with the man-woman perspective of marriage, yet i don't feel comfortable to deny any one else's rights to co-exist, how close-minded is that in this so-called "progressive" society!


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:40 am ET

I appreciate your thoughts Karen. We all choose our own destiny as to where we will spend eternity. That discussion is for another night. Religion does not kill........ angry people kill.........


Confused   April 22nd, 2009 12:41 am ET

Just watched the gay marriage debate and what exactly do gay couples have that is COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY equal to marriage?...


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:42 am ET

@ karen

I completely agree with you. We have killed more in the name of religion than any other once cause and we are almost in the next war between Israel and Iran due to religious beliefs. Good Grief!

Religion will cause Armageddon due to wars and over population.


Marie   April 22nd, 2009 12:43 am ET

Now !!!! enough is enough...in regards of Miss California

Perez Hilton would like to have equality good for him....Then why is it that if he wants his so called FREEDOM OF SPEACH that the Miss California did'nt get her Freedom of speach. She spoke for them and she also spoke about how she thinks marriage should be. And I agree 100% with her.

I wish they would make a law that gay ppl should get the same advantage as regular ppl .....What I mean is that if they are together as a couple they would get their income taxes as a couple and if one dies they get the same advantage as regular ppl....

Maybe that would end this discussion which I'm so ill to hear.....

They want to be different so be it......
But in the same token quit shoving it down our throat every day opf our lives....We dont care what you do....just like you dont care what we do... The difference is that we dont shove it down your throat all the time ...we do our thing and we're not violent either


Rusti   April 22nd, 2009 12:43 am ET

I am a straight senior female who still finds it unbelievable that in this supposedly enlightened age we still have people who would deny the rights of another human being to commit to another with all benefits entitled. I have to disagree with Mr. Prager. Yes, the sexes are physically different. However, we have one thing in common which he fails to notice, and that is that we are each a human being endowed with the right of free choice.

No citizen, no human being, should be denied the right to commit to another based on gender. He talks about giving to a child what only a mother can do, or a father. Love is not gender specific. I have known many wonderful human beings who just happen to be gay. I have relatives who are gay and lesbian. I love every one of them. I have an ex who is straight and has absolutely no redeeming values, something even many in his own family would attest to.

Sorry, let me cut to the chase. First, parental love is the same whether male or female to either sex. To say that one can give love differently or in different quantities is ignorant. Love is love.

Second, the violence in this country will be controlled only when the ignorance which causes it is dealt with, and homophobia is right at the top of the list of hate-filled issues. You can mask it in a marriage issue, but it doesn't change the facts.

Finally, we have serious issues in this country. We have an economy in the dumper, an illegal war we're trying to end, a global community we must win back, the issue of Americans illegally torturing innocent people, a corrupt financial market, cities remaining in ruin years after being devastated and left behind and the highest unemployment rate in decades. It would seem to me that those are the issues we should be dealing with.

I don't give a plug nickel whether the man down the street from my children and grandchildren marries a woman or another man, nor do those in my family. If he is a good neighbor, that's it. My children figured out their own sexuality as have my grandchildren. If they had chosen a gay lifestyle I would love them no less nor would I want society to deny they their rights based on religious beliefs from a book over 2,000 years old.

The Bible is about love, God is about love. God loves us each equally. We owe no less to each other.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:44 am ET

@ Jim

I would add one more word to your sentence. Religion does not kill. Angry religious people kill!!!


sergio rambolt   April 22nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY SO MANY PEOPLE/RELIGIONS THRU OUT OUR HISTORY HAVE TO HATE SO MUCH ? WHERE IS THE LOVE ? IF WE ALL JUST REALLY WOULD REALLY OUR NEIGHBORS AS IS TEACHED , WOULD WE NOT BE BETTER OFF ? !!!!!! COME ON LETS DO AS WE ARE TOLD OR AS WE MAY BELIEVE ? OR IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD ????


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:46 am ET

@Dodie,

That would be like saying guns kill people. Guns don't kill people. People pull the trigger and kill others. Has nothing to do with religion. I would think that you have been burned badly by religion or some church in the past to make the assertion that all Christians are bad......


matt   April 22nd, 2009 12:47 am ET

i wud never buy ford,, they have junk vehicles,, i have owned 2 of them,, and their warranty is garbage,, FORD SUCKS,,


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:48 am ET

@ sergio rambolt ( lol )

To add one more religious item. 90% of your serial killers come from very strong religious families. Yes, what happened to love and acceptance. Talk to the leader of Iran about love and acceptance of Israel ~giggle~


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

@ Jim

No! Your wrong

Why did they call them Christian wars???


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

@ Dodie,

I would be interested to see where you get the 90% statistics..... just curious..... can you back that up and if so, cite the proof


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

Who are they and cite your proof


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:51 am ET

Jim You will have to study each one and read their life style. There is no one book that incorporated the statistic. So feel free to read away!!!


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

You have not answered my question. Remember Dodie, religion is not the topic tonight, so why are you attacking it


Apparently Irrelevant   April 22nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

I'm a Canadian, living in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor is known as the automotive capital of Canada, and that's what makes me so upset about Ford.

I've been a Ford owner my entire life. I'm only 26, however I owned a Thunderbird at the age of 17, then leased an Escape at 21, and now I'm in a Lincoln at 26.

I come from a family of Ford workers, so I've always wanted to support them.

Unfortunately, here in Windsor, the service at local Ford Dealerships is absolutely brutal. I've been taken advantage by a local Ford dealer, on 4 seperate occasions, totalling somewhere around $4,000.

From only changing 5 spark plugs, and causing me to pay hundreds of dollars in unnessary compression tests, to selling me a vehicle after they promised my brand new $2,000 aftermarket navigation would fit... only for it to not fit.

Local Ford dealers here in WIndsor simply don't care enough. I think that's where Ford has truly dropped the ball.

It's not the lack of quality of the vehicles, it's the blatant disrespect of the service side.

I'll probably never buy another Ford again.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:53 am ET

For many years I used to purchase Mustangs made by Ford. They lasted around 60,000 miles and then the engine blew. I was given a 260Z by Datsun, now called Nissan in 1975 and that car lasted 300,000 miles with out any major engine work. Needless to say, I have never looked back at American cars.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

Jim... read what I said. I already told you


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

I have studied all the major religions and what you are saying is very inaccurate........


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

Ah Jim, you did not watch Larry King from the beginning. They just had a debate between marriage from a religious and gay point of view.


Wally© Belgium   April 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

I would like to correct our COO Bill Ford on the PC issue...

We @ Ford-Genk did not receive a home-pc...

The programm was scrapped just before we were supposed to get ours...

It is still a painful reminder of how much Detroit cares about it's overseas workforce...

Don't they realize that FOE (Ford Of Europe) is keepin' them alive right now ?!


Lori   April 22nd, 2009 12:57 am ET

I bought a ford escape 2006, transmission went out after 3 yrs with 48,000. miles.. I have read this happed before that year and then for the 2007 they proloned the warranty on the trans, I had to lay out almost 3000 to get it fixed, after the shop I took it to had to replace it 2 times, found out it was a defective ford part... not happy with Ford


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 12:57 am ET

I did see it from the start and the individual debating the little man perez didn't really bring religion up at all. He just stated that marriage traditionally in this country has been recognized as a man and woman..... he didnt cite the bible


Kathi   April 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

Ford FTW!! I'm a liberal Democrat who supports the President and his economic policies, but it's a huge thrill to see the Blue Oval standing fast on its own. Ford is the real deal, the true blue American carmaker, you might say. I'm proud to own a Ford that just crossed the 215,000-mile mark this week, and when my car's distinguished service does finally come to an end, you'd better believe I'll be headed straight to the nearest Ford dealer for a new one.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

I come back to, why do they call them the ((( christian ))) wars??? They are not called the white wars, the European wars....


Kathy Smith   April 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

I wouldn't own any other car except a Ford, right now I am driving a 2003 Taurus and have own 2 Mustangs

The first Ford I can remember my father ever owned was 1956 Fairlane it was bought whenI graduated from high school and my father also owned a 1964 Thunderbird (Cool Car)

Thanks for great cars


chuck zimmermann   April 22nd, 2009 12:59 am ET

it is a real shame that someone would risk themselves by putting theirself on this public platform and then get blasted for giving their position, that's why "we" test them in that arena anyway, it took courage for her to do that and she should be rewarded so that it sends a message to those that think they can manipulate any media situation to campaign there personal agenda, the miss america pageant should never be a vehicle for that opportunity, simply the opportunity for those looking to be an active part of our society share their personal views in public and experience that in this country it is this process of sharing differences that supposed make us great!
(obama's cabinet choices ring any bells here folks?)


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:00 am ET

Bottom line........ as gays have a right to their own beliefs, so do traditional families in America. Each should have a right to express their beliefs, but to punish an individual in a pageant for her answer, which by the way was not in any way shoved down anyone's throat. She just answered the question and it ticked him off.......


Barbara   April 22nd, 2009 1:00 am ET

Yes I own a Ford Taurus '96...and I am waiting for the next Taurus to come out.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

Why must you call perez names? Yes, Perez did not bring up religion.


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

dodie,
not all wars are about religion........... get your facts straight.... u are the one pushing religion here


Richard   April 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I have always bought bought ford products, mainly their Truck line and SUV. What i have noticed though is that most dealerships that surround military installations only carry the fully loaded models i.e XLT, LARIAT. Finally I found a model that i could afford and loved. Since then I have had a pay raise and now own a lariat and i absolutely love it. I get compliments all the time. I am truly , true blue.


Brad   April 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

Just to set the record sraight Mr. Ford u did not give youre employees worldwide home computers.I am a ford employee in Canada and we did not get one,which is fine with us but please dont say you did when you didnt.As autowokers we take enough of a beating in the media.


Erik Blais   April 22nd, 2009 1:02 am ET

For Mr. Larry Ling:
Let's see, if a young woman expresses her personal belief regarding gay marrieage, this is unacceptable to all the sheep who want to be seen as following politcally correct rules? Perez's question is from his own personal agenda, bottom line. It's o.k. for gays to continually try to shove their beliefs down everyone's throat (no pun intended), but they have no right to try & force anyone to believe what they believe. Today, everyone gets in a huff if we simply say "I'm against gay marriage" – so what? Am I missing something? Is there a law forbidding us to have a personal opinion? Perez got what he wanted – more media attention. He's just another self-serving jerk who in this case used an innocent young woman who was simply trying her best to achieve a personal goal. And for expressing her own moral values she is chastised. And, for the record I am not against gays (of course it will be assumed I am). For me, harmless personal preferences is not all that defines personal character. Ethics & integrity play a much bigger role. The actions of Perez and of those who booed the young lady is shameful.


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:02 am ET

Amen Chuck


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 1:03 am ET

Ms. California said what she thought was right! She lost. She needs to quit being a sore looser.


Skip Bales   April 22nd, 2009 1:03 am ET

The first American auto maker to produce SUV's and trucks which will run on compressed natural gas will find a huge market. Include a "Phill" home natural gas compressor to allow fueling at home.

Large vehicle buyers aren't able to live with tiny hybrids, they need larger vehicles. $2 gas doesn't scare them away, it is the threat of $4 gas. Natural gas is plentiful and inexpensive.


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:04 am ET

she's not the one crying..... if you read the news, it is perez who is till boo hooing and pushing his thoughts as to why she needed to lose.... its all in the news today.......


Mindy   April 22nd, 2009 1:05 am ET

Are you kidding...Ford would have top answer tothe president and to all the people they ripped off if they agreed to a bailout. Digusted in Ford.....they took me for over 40,000 for a used vehicle that was sold to me as a 2000..I have proof it was a 1995!!!!!! thank you Ford...your father is rolling over in his grave!!!


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:05 am ET

In fact she is giving God all the praise........ she isn't making cutting remarks about perez..... he's the one out there preaching his cause


Michele   April 22nd, 2009 1:05 am ET

I am a former Ford employee who left due to the terror of "Jac the Knife" in 2001 but I find myself in love with my dealer in San Juan Capistrano, CA 8 years later. My dealership treats me as a person, bordering on princess. This is one dealership that has chosen to walk the talk and take care of customers regardless of the product quality. At one one time Ford represented the average American, they just might have a chacne to claim that role again. Don't take the bail out, more hybrids, best in class dealer service, that's what it will take to prove that at our hearts; Americans are all mustangs, bridling at the bit, wanting to run at the front of the pack and lead the next generation of innovation.


Gaurav   April 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

The reporting on the Slumdog kid being sold, is disgusting and it represents tabloid journalism and media sensationalism at its' worst. You pose two people to adopt a kid from the slums, promise a better life, and then when the father agrees, it is alleged that he was trying, to sell his daughter! Can you really blame him for asking money?? really??
If this is not exploitation and entrapment for 'making' news then what is?
I never ever believed that Slumdog, was disrespectful of India and Indians in general. But this incident exposes the western media for what they are: exploitative, sensationalists, willing to go to any lengths for a story.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Jim: and I read that she was upset she lost due to what she said to Perez...


Debbieb   April 22nd, 2009 1:07 am ET

OMG! you have to be kidding this former Ford employee is worried and wondering when her perks, which amongst others, include that their car insurane would be dumped on her second car!

Try not worry too much honey...some of us have no HEALTH insurance.


Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 1:08 am ET

We need to move on to more important things such as global warming, a tanking economy, starvation, murder, bailing out banks, wall street and the auto industry, and the spread of the Ebola virus what will ultimately kill all humans!!!

The Ms. USA contest is such a NON issue! Very unimportant in the grand scheme of things...


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:08 am ET

Sure she is upset........ if a traditional individual would have asked someone the same question and that individual said they felt same sex is ok...... and let's say the judges were traditional in their views, and they do not crown her the winner based on that one question...... I guarantee the gay person would have been contacting the ACLU and other entities as to why they lost and how wronged they were


Tracy   April 22nd, 2009 1:08 am ET

I am a former Chrysler employee, having just taken a buyout to return to school, due to the uncertainty I feel for the future of the company.
I have grown up a die hard MOPAR guy, but anymore, that feeling only relates to the "old" Chrysler.
With the crop of (not-so-ethical) business men running this company today, I can no longer bring myself to give money to them. I am usually an advocate of buying American and buying what I build, but I refuse to enable corruption. I do feel for my former co-workers, but, (for those who say I should be thinking about THEM and buying for THAT reason), they will continue to get treated poorly by the upper echelon of those in power, whose greed and corruption run to deep to see past their nose.
I DO, however, like what Mr. Ford has said on the show, and, for the first time in my life, will seriously consider purchasing a Ford vehicle. If his heart is really in what he was saying, it says a lot for his ethics in business and it truly matters to many, many Americans. I just wish more of those Americans, (including myself), actually voiced their wishes and opinions louder and much more regularly!

Thanks for hearing my rant! And thank you Mr. Ford! I wish FMC all the success it needs to recover and prosper, now that your ethics have shone through, and you have correctly refused "government" "support", which I see as a power play toward socialism, but that's another issue entirely!


Jim   April 22nd, 2009 1:09 am ET

Anyway, I have work tomorrow as others do. This has been fun..... Take care and good night......


BEE SCOTT   April 22nd, 2009 1:10 am ET

WE ARE PROUD OF FORD AND NOT GOING FOR GOVERNMENT BAILOUT. THIS SHOWS THEY HAVE CONCERNED PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW -CORRECTLY-TO RUN A BUSINESS. WE ALSO ARE PROUD OWNERS OF FORD-FREESTYLE-2006yr. WITH GOOD GAS MILEAGE AND COMFORT. WE ALSO HAVE A 1999 FORD ESCORT WITH OVER 112,OOOmi.AND GOOD GAS MILEAGE. BOTH CARS -WE BOUGHT NEW AND HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH THEM-ALSO WE HAVE A 1991 FORD 150 TRUCK WHICH WE ALSO ENJOY. I SAY-THANK YOU FORD AND HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND WORKERS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND LISTEN TO THE CUSTOMER AT ALL TIMES. GO FORD!!!!!!!- FROM: FLORIDA


Carol   April 22nd, 2009 1:19 am ET

Good for Miss California that she exercised her right for free speech.
Last time I checked, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees a person's right to free speech.
Ms. Prejean believes in the biblical definition of marriage, that is, marriage is between a man and a woman. Her opinion should not prevent her
from winning the crown.


Boyd   April 22nd, 2009 1:49 am ET

While I support equal rights for gays , I can't believe perez Hilton. He asks miss California for her opinion on same sex marriage and to answer honestly and she answered honestly. She was raised to believe this way and thats great. She only stated her honest answer and got ripped for it. Then Perez Hilton blasts her for it. Said she should have given the politically correct answer. What is wrong with society today when a person can't state an opinion honestly and then get ripped for it. I applaud Ms Prejean for her answer and Perez Hilton should just go away. Who is he anyway?


David Arakelian   April 22nd, 2009 4:02 am ET

I'd like to comment on two different issues. First off, regarding gay marriage, there's a huge difference between the definition of marriage having been changed to allow marriage between the races. One's race cannot change; however, there is evidence that people have gone from having been gay and have become straight. If one person can and does change, then it proves that gays can change. Therefore, gay marriage is not the same thing.

Secondly, I'd never buy a Ford. Ford's have a reputation for having been poorly made and for having to require many more repairs. FORD=Found On Road Dead.


tajicat   April 22nd, 2009 4:04 am ET

As strange as it sounds the video shows his hair parted in he
middle

however in live shot it is parted near the side ?
maybe I am seeing thing so Unless they have some really
have something heavy duty not sure ?


Tracy   April 22nd, 2009 4:07 am ET

For all the people (especially "Dodie from Irvine, Ca") , regardless of what you choose to think or do, one fact shines through. The FACT that this country was founded on Christian principles and, until recently (about the '60's), flourished and grew stronger as the unified melting pot that it is, regardless of where in the world, the populace originally came from. Most everyone understood that, wherever you go, you live by the ways of the country you're in. If one chose to live in America, you live by the American ways. If you don't like it, you leave.

The choice of the majority should rule, instead, we have a very loud few making choices against what the majority wants. Is there any better definition of socialism or fascism?

Now, we are soooo divided due to the proliferation of these rabid extremely liberal, unethical and immoral "civil rights" special interest groups, (the "very loud few"). I make exception ONLY for the slavery issue, which was an obvious mistake by some of our ancestors, but notice that "some" word. Don't lump everyone, especially in this era, into one category. Not all of our white ancestors agreed, and, moreover, many "non-black" Americans even had ancestors IN this country at that time.

But I digress. The "civil rights" groups today are NOT true civil rights organizations. If they were, they would not be trying to silence the opinions of ANYONE. Yet, they want to stifle the thoughts of ANYONE who does not agree with THEIR points of view (the unfortunately, mainly silent, majority). This, being the same manner of thinking that many of these groups/people accuse their opposition of. Talk about hypocritical thinking!

If one does not like the values this country was built on, then please, expatriate to a country of your choice that is founded on the values that you hold dear, but do NOT try to force me to your ways of thinking.

I agree and am happy with the values this country was founded on, and will defend it against such traitorous actions. I have that right and that obligation. I do not condone such fascist action against my country.

Think what you want, you have that freedom, but when you act, you threaten this country's liberty. And we have a long history of defending against such actions. This is no different.

I'm off my soap box and off to bed.

Goodnight


Demir (Holland Amsterdam)   April 22nd, 2009 5:39 am ET

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Stephen Southard   April 22nd, 2009 5:57 am ET

On the Slumdog child sale story. This is not new stuff: foreign adoptions attract big bucks from celebrities all the time. How do you think they expedite the process? It took my wife and I 4 years to adopt from overseas and a sizeable contribution of funds to the foreign orphanage not to mention fees and expenses probably in the $30K range. Madonna, Brad, and Angelina get this done in weeks. I'm sure they spent a lot more. It is all very acceptable in this space and I have seen not stories from CNN on the money that changes hands in regular adoptions. So, the fact that a guy who lives in a vicious slum wants some cash to allow his daughter to live a better life is somehow different than celebrity adoptions is rediculous. This story has been sensationalized in a way that only the American media can.


danni daniel(Holland Amsterdam)   April 22nd, 2009 6:01 am ET

Hi. Mst. Lary my name ist DANIEL end i have a story for you because i live more den 5 yeare with the trabel ,discriminacion .I end my boyfriend live together end fight about the fridom end the right too bee acept in the normal sociale live !Because in the ass contry was NOT posible to live normal live in (Kosovo) .wi are a Artist people (fashion disinger) end wi move to Slovenia to ask for help end der wi wos a viktim of racismus end Homofobig wi have a facte bleack or whitte .end wi move to Holand again viktim of homofobik .Now wi are in the phsihologig center abaut the PSS trauma end shock. i think i have to protekt GAY end LESBEN comunity . end i whont to speack about thet for the first time just with you Lary ... for mor info dani_daniel147@hotmail.com


frank abraham   April 22nd, 2009 6:06 am ET

i think Ford is a great brand that has not advertised their now products globally

just like the ford edge man that car i wow low fuel , stunning design and more so bad it's even available in Nigeria where i live


D'Souza from Dubai   April 22nd, 2009 6:14 am ET

Why are the dealers in middle east not offering better pricing.
This is not helping Ford sales in the middle east.
I want to buy a ford, but the offers are not as good as offered by other companies in the market.
Let the incentives reach the buyers rather than the dealer trying to withhold and make more money thus restricting sales of a company that needs every buyer to be movitated.
I guess Ford needs to talk to the dealers to transfer the incentives.


frank abraham   April 22nd, 2009 6:22 am ET

i think that tabloid paper news of the world are trying to play CITIZEN KANE if you have seen the movie and in fact should be prosecuted

just picture this a tabloid news paper suffering from low sales see a movie set in Indian slums they thinks since the movie was a world wide success they should set up one of the star's parents in other to make head line shame on news of the world they are more disgusting that the father they are trying to frame how many children has their organisation given scholarship or aid ?


simonsays/Orlando   April 22nd, 2009 8:32 am ET

I bought a new Ford over two years ago. Most trouble free car I have ever owed. I would definitely buy another Ford again. If they keep up that kind of quality they should be successful.


Marvin Modeen   April 22nd, 2009 8:48 am ET

Did the father of a "Slumdog Millionaire" try to sell his daughter? NO! It was a situation set up by a British tabloid to generate sales. Don't all the tabloids do things like this? Of couse they do! To believe otherwise leads to idiocy.


PatB   April 22nd, 2009 9:51 am ET

Makoff is not the first Craigslist killer. Within the last six months in Fresno, CA, a father left home mid-afternoon to meet a potential buyer for his truck. The truck was found and he was dead. His story did not get national media attention, perhaps because he was African-American and his case did not involve sex. CNN must run this story too in order protect the public.


Dave of Detroit   April 22nd, 2009 10:37 am ET

I personally cannot believe than Donald Trump hired and is supporting Perez Hilton and his website and think that Larry should ask his old friend about it. To say that Perez comes off as a trash talker- and as a Detroiter and teacher, I can state definitely that he qualifies-is to say nothing. The man should not be allowed out in Public without a muzzle and as far as appearing on shows like the Miss Universe Contest really demeans a show enjoyed by the general public, The "Don" really needs to take a good look at this sleazebag and say-"You're Fired!!!"


ge   April 22nd, 2009 1:21 pm ET

I always buy northamerican built cars and trucks my truck was built in michigan powertrian from ontario my car was built in ontario powertrian ohio I will never buy anything built in mexico or any other import


Jerry Rutledge   April 22nd, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Regarding your first interview with Perez Hilton: It's almost like he received a "get out of jail free pass"..... maybe one signed by Donald Trump. And your last statement about well stated point of view. Not another backhand at Miss California I hope 🙂


Clare   April 23rd, 2009 8:33 am ET

This Makoff fella and the issue about a Craigslist killer, is interesting because we need to educate this society about the consequences of taking risks, not considering danger, and using technology without realizing the consequences. The whole world needs to realize , recognize, and express verbally to their children, family and friends the dangers in this world and how fragile life can be around us and for us. (in every aspect from ecology to economy). Since we already have several shows that have been doing this, we need to figure out what actually makes a person act out in such a criminal manner . (not just why, we can gather many assumptions) We need to be able to learn to recognize (in a seeming good or bad person) or even in ourselves; signs that we need to get help and as a proper society we must offer (private, personal and/or confidential or non-shameful) places of refuge before these hideous acts are committed. This goes for acts on our children, to our children, family or strangers. Please Help before Hurt....


Mindy   April 24th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

i AM GOING TO LEAVE THE LAST COMMENT ABOUT FORD...MR. BILL FORD, GIVE ME A CALL LETS SEE HOW YOU HANDLE YOUR CUSTOMERS AND HOW MUCH YOU CARE...I WENT BEGGING ON MY KNEES FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO US. 40,000 FOR A USED VEHICLE !!!!! WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. OH CAN'T AFFORD A LAWYER, HAD ONE AND THEY TURNED AROUND AND TOLD US "OH WE HAVE A PROBLEM, WE NOW REPRESENT FORD. THAT WAS AFTER THE 1800 DOLLAR FEE...THANK YOU !


Mindy   April 24th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

i AM GOING TO LEAVE THE LAST COMMENT ABOUT FORD...MR. BILL FORD, GIVE ME A CALL LETS SEE HOW YOU HANDLE YOUR CUSTOMERS AND HOW MUCH YOU CARE...I WENT BEGGING ON MY KNEES FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO US. ... NOT ONE PERSON COULD DID THE RIGHT THING..THANK YOU !


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