Yet another new controversy to report, and I'd like your reaction.
About two dozen people have been caught in a federal child pornography bust (search) — many of them people who have direct contact with children. A doctor. A campus minister. A teacher. A youth church counselor. This bust has only begun, and it stretches all the way from Eastern Europe to the U.S. Here's the controversy: In New Jersey (search) alone, 24 people have been arrested for downloading this child porn (reportedly footage of a little girl being raped).
But the defense attorney for at least two of those arrested claims they've been unfairly targeted and that they may have "inadvertently" downloaded the images while they were viewing adult sites. He says, "To go after en masse tens of people, all of whom have led law-abiding lives throughout their history, and to seek them out and to put them in jail, I think is overkill."
The police, however, defend arresting these individuals because they all worked with childen. What do you say? Is it possible to "inadvertently" download a child porn video? E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll use some of your comments Tuesday on the air.
Also, Tuesday we're watching what happens in Iraq, two days after the elections that made history. And yes, we'll be at the Michael Jackson trial (search).
On the lighter side, we'll have with Dr. Neil Clark Warren (search), the founder of E-Harmony.com (search), with us live in the studio. If you've ever visited that website, it seems to have a real track record in helping people find their "soul mate." Dr. Warren will talk about certain things you should look for (or run from) when on your first date — he'll also explain how to tell what kind of person is right for you. He's willing to take questions and comments from viewers, so feel free to e-mail them to me.
Finally, here's some feedback on our segment today about Weyco (search), that Michigan company that is banning employees from ALL tobacco use — not just at the office, but ANYWHERE, even in the privacy of their own homes. Four employees have been shown the door after refusing a breath test.
There were way too many e-mails to print in this blog, but here's a sampling:
E-mail No. 1:
I really don't understand. We are in Iraq fighting to give them freedom, while we who live in the USA are having our taken away. How dare a company dictate what you can and cannot do in your own home... — Anonymous, Lanai City, HI
E-mail No. 2:
I agree with the employer in this case. As the cost of health insurance escalates at such a rapid pace it is impossible to pass it all along to the employee, so the employer has to absorb much of the cost... It is about time we stop treating smoking like a disease and more like a decision to commit slow suicide... — John Fezell, Oneonta, AL
E-mail No. 3:
[I] worked for many years in Human Resources, and on a personal note, lost a mother and brother to lung cancer — both were smokers. I feel as though I can view this issue from both the personal and employer's standpoint. Although I hate cigarettes, I think this company is totally out of line... this is way too Big Brother for me... — Janice Dressler, Dublin, CA
E-mail No. 4:
Linda, I quit smoking 2 years ago and I can guarantee that a smoker's brain is as clouded as a hung-over alcoholic's or as slow as a stoned pothead's. Cigarettes are a drug! — Jeremy Stotler, Oldtown, ID
And finally, one man offers Weyco another way to handle this:
E-mail No. 5:
The better solution would be to increase the premium that smokers pay for their portion of the healthcare cost.
Also, more to come on that Colorado University professor — we've offered him a chance to defend his assertions on “DaySide,” but so far he's not talking.
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