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katie and i are really good friends. she started -- well, one of her major beginnings was at cnn around the same time i started there. so we've known each other for more than 20 years so it's been great. >> christiane, it's been a great pleasure. you've been one of my journalistic heroines. i've been instructed by everyone to say if you want to stay like permanently. >> you know how i feel about cnn. >> i do, and they feel about the same about you. that's all for us tonight and now "a c360. " >> we miss her indeed. piers, thanks very much. we begin tonight with breaking news. president obama tonight announcing what he called the beginning of america's effort to wind down the war in afghanistan. america's longest war, nearly 10 years, nearly half a trillion dollars spent, $2 billion a week, more than 1,500 americans killed, thousands more wounded. tonight the president praising their sacrifices and talking of bringing the troops home. >> thanks to our extraordinary men and women in uniform, our civilian personnel, and our many coalition partners, we are meeting our goals.
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as a result, starting next month we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from afghanistan by the end of this year. and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge i announced at west point. after this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace, as afghan security forces move into the lead. our mission will change from combat to support. by 2014, this process of transition will be complete. and the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. we're starting this draw down from a position of strength. al qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. together with the pakistanis we have taken out more than half of al qaeda's leadership. and thanks to our intelligence professionals and special forces, we killed osama bin laden, the only leader that al
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qaeda had ever known. this was a victory for all who have served since 9/11. one soldier summed it up well. the message, he said, is we don't forget. you will be held accountable no matter how long it takes. >> president obama saying the surge is working and by 2014 the afghan people will be responsible for their own security. but for the first time the majority of americans want u.s. troops home sooner in fact as soon as possible. look at the two lines in this graph. the yellow one for keeping the troops there until the situation has stabilized, the red one for getting them out as soon as possible. look at the change over time. 56% now say get the troops out as soon as possible. that's 67% of democrats, 57% independents, 43% of republicans. and the pivot point coming right around the time of the killing of osama bin laden in neighboring pakistan. a lot of americans seem to see that as a good enough reason to declare victory in afghanistan and get out. but it wasn't the only objective when president bush took the country into afghanistan or when president obama escalated the war there. here's mr. obama in december of
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2009 at west point. >> we must deny al qaeda a safe haven. we must reverse the taliban's momentum and deny it the ability to overthrow the government. and we must strengthen the capacity of afghanistan security forces and government so that they can take lead responsibility for afghanistan's future. >> tonight president obama credited america's involvement over the last ten years with strengthening afghan security forces and improving afghan laws while devastating al qaeda. but keeping them honest, look at this map showing taliban influence in afghanistan today. province by province. only three provinces in light yellow ten years into the war are free of taliban control. when it comes to strengthening the afghan government, american taxpayers are sending $323 million a month in foreign aid to afghanistan. $323 million, most of it for so-called stabilization projects. yet a new majority staff report say, and i quote, the evidence that stabilization programs promote stability in afghanistan is limited. some research suggests the
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opposite. the report also quotes a pretty stunning world bank figure, 97%. that's how much of afghanistan's economy comes from international military spending and foreign aid. just about the entire economy depends on foreign aid, if you take even a chunk of that away, the economy collapses. what's even more alarming is that a lot of money is apparently being wasted. new report from the commission on wartime contracting in iraq and afghanistan lays it out pretty clearly. quote, potential waste from unsustainable projects exceeds $11 billion for just one program in afghanistan. examples of the report include a $300 million power plant that barely runs because the cost of operating and maintaining it is too high for afghans when it's cheaper to buy power from uzbekistan next door. building schools without supplies or teachers requires millions of dollar by an audit by one inspector general of one single project falling into the hands of the taliban, and there are a lot more. and despite efforts to win over the afghan people, the afghan government is now accusing americans of being occupiers, triggering this angry response in kabul from america's departing ambassador.
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>> when we hear ourselves being called occupiers and worse, and our generous aid programs are being dismissed as totally ineffective and the source of all corruption, our pride is offended and we begin to lose our inspiration to carry on. >> from a diplomatic language, that is strong stuff. joining us now, world affairs analyst fareed zakaria, host of cnn's "fareed zakaria gps" and political analyst. also gloria borger and peter bergen, author of "the oral history of the osama bin laden i know." first of all, what do you make of the president's announcement tonight? >> i think it's in keeping with his basic strategic rationale from the start. he did announce the surge. part of that was i think the military boxed him in. you remember stan mcchrystal leaked his recommendation. it became very difficult for a democratic president to overturn it. but obama has started his presidency saying we are too committed overseas, we are too
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militarily engaged, we have too large a footprint, we've got to rebalance, we've got to focus on nation building at home. we've got to focus on asia. and he sounded all those themes. it was a remarkable speech for an american president in the caution, the strategic emphasis rather than the idealistic emphasis. he says things like, we must be as pragmatic as we are passionate, as strategic as we are resolute. people would have america overextend itself, confronting every evil that could be found abroad. this is reminiscent of a very different strain of america, in many ways a strain that goes back before the cold war. >> he also talked about building international partnerships for military action a la libya as opposed to going it alone. david, i want to play a little bit more of what the president said tonight. >> already this decade of war has caused many to question the nature of america's engagement around the world. some would have america retreat
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from our responsibility as an anchor of global security and embrace an isolation that ignores the very real threats that we face. others would have america overextended, confronting every evil that can be found abroad. >> we have to chart a more centered course to fareed's point. >> well, he has chosen i think what was aptly called earlier the goldilocks strategy. that is there's some people that want to move out rapidly, some people that want to stay a long time. i'm going to choose the middle of that. and i think overall, i think fareed is right, i thought that this speech did bring into focus -- it was a very good speech -- brought into focus his overall philosophy. you have to say he promised as a candidate early on in his presidency he would wind down the wars in iraq and afghanistan and try to do that successfully. and his white house aides were pointing out this afternoon when he came into office he had 196,000 troops deployed in afghanistan and iraq. by the end of this year we'll have less than 100,000 so he's winding down.
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i think there's substantial disagreement on how he's winding down in afghanistan. >> do you think this is movement away from the mcchrystal counterinsurgency and more to a counterterrorism type operation? >> i think that it is. i think it is clearly a movement in that direction. it may not happen in the next few months because they will clearly want to show the taliban they are not drawing down. but there are two signs of that. the first is of course the nature of the troop withdrawal. the second is who is going to prosecute the counterterrorism strategy for the united states over the next three or four years? david petraeus. the movement of david petraeus to become head of the cia is very significant in this respect. because what he is doing is saying to petraeus you make counterterrorism work as well as you have made counterinsurgency work in iraq and afghanistan. >> yes, but in the process he got undercut. let's face it. >> you see this as a victory for joe biden? >> there's no question about that. general petraeus and secretary clinton and bob gates all have been reported tonight to have reluctantly accepted this outcome.
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they wanted a more robust. i frankly must say, what i'm clearly puzzled about when you're trying to wind down a war -- everybody agrees you have to wind it down in afghanistan -- you've got a general who's turned around two wars. the most successful general of modern times. he comes to you with a recommendation on how to do it. you say no thank you, i'm going to do it a different way. i find that puzzling. >> every general always wants more troops. and i think the job of the president is to say i have concerns beyond just afghanistan and iraq. i've got to look at america's strategic and i've got to look at how much we've spent on these wars in blood and treasure. >> he's got the best defense secretary in decades. he's got the best general in place in a long time. and he did not accept their recommendations. >> i want to bring in gloria. obviously the white house will say this is first and foremost a military decision, not a political one. but you can't separate what we heard from tonight the president was speaking to a war-weary public mired in a tough economy facing re-election. >> absolutely. this is a president who
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understands that 56% of the american public does not want to be in afghanistan. and the white house advisers i spoke to today said to me, look, if you go back to his speech in december of 2009, this is a president that people will view as steady. because he told us what he was going to do when he announced the surge in december 2009. and that is exactly what he has done. he is claiming some success in diminishing and defeating al qaeda. obviously killing osama bin laden helps him with that narrative, and so i think he believes that now he can make the case to the american public that he can draw down having had some success. but given the fact that we're spending all this money on this war, that it is usually unpopular, i think it's very difficult, anderson, to separate what is a military decision from what will become a political
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decision, you know? it's just -- it's all part and parcel of the same thing. >> peter, i want to talk strategy a little. you and i have traveled together in afghanistan a number of times. i want to play another clip from what the president said earlier. >> we do know that peace cannot come to a land that has known so much war without a political settlement. so as we strengthen the afghan government and security forces, america will join initiatives that reconcile the afghan people, including the taliban. >> you've been talking to white house sources. how significant is it that the president acknowledged the taliban as being part of the afghan reconciliation? >> well, we've known this has been going on for several months, but certainly as far as i can tell this is the first time the president sort of officially acknowledged it. bob gates did a few days ago. president karzai was the person who kind of first outed it officially. i think it is a big deal that white house officials i spoke to said that they're aware of somewhere between 10 and 20 different what they call leads into the taliban. they're sort of doing detective work is what they're saying, trying to work out if these
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leads, how legitimate are they. is somebody coming forward as sort of a free agent who really doesn't represent senior leadership of the taliban, or is it something deeper? they are saying they are not starry eyed about these discussions with the taliban. they don't expect some treaty of versailles or some peace agreement on the deck of the "uss missouri," but they are looking at some sort of leads that appear to be very substantial that might lead to further negotiate. so i think this is news worthy. >> fareed, it's interesting because you have an article in -- a piece in the "washington post" tomorrow that i read that's really fascinating and very scary about -- and i think one of the things -- i don't want to misquote you -- you say what happens in afghanistan, the future of afghanistan may not rest so much of the level of u.s. troops but actually on a pakistan military. and the pakistan military seems to be moving away from the u.s. rather rapidly and heading toward islamic extremists. >> it's important to look at the speech.
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you'll notice the one place where it's very soft and very vague is obama's discussion of pakistan. he says we won't tolerate safe havens in pakistan, but that is not the problem. the pakistani military has huge equities as they describe them in afghanistan. they support the pakistani taliban. they support various militant groups. and increasingly you have evidence that this is a military riddled with islamic extremists. they themselves have just arrested a brigadier general as we discussed on this program. you look at the attack on the naval base which was an inside job. you look at the way in which they have had -- they've killed a journalist who was exposing the increasing infiltration of extremism within the pakistani military. the pakistani ambassador to washington, a moderate democrat, went to the national defense university and did a poll. he asked the audience, how many of you think india is your biggest strategic threat? small number. how many of you think the militants, the terrorists are your biggest threat? small number. how many of you think the united
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states of america is your biggest threat? a majority of hands go up. >> and these were pakistani military officers. >> these were colonels in the pakistani military. think about that. these guys think that a country that has allied with them and given them $20 billion of aid over the last decade is their principal threat. >> fascinating article going to be in the "washington post" tomorrow. david gergen, fareed zakaria, gloria borger as well. i'll be tweeting tonight @anderson cooper. late word on a vote in new york state on same-sex marriage. there has not been a vote tonight. we're going to talk about the likelihood of it. there had been some talk late tonight or maybe tomorrow and the following day. details on where things actually stand. and the big question, why are lawmakers taking so long to say yes or no on a vote on the floor? also to the trial of casey
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breaking news in the casey anthony trial. george and cindy anthony do not think their daughter's innocent according to their lawyer but do they want casey to get the death penalty? we'll have the answer to that. first randi kaye with the
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in crime and punishment, a "360" exclusive. today the lawyer for george and cindy anthony told us the anthonys do not believe their daughter is innocent. now, the anthonys have been in the courtroom for virtually all the testimony, much of it pretty gruesome, supporting casey who's charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. cindy at one point whispering to casey "i love you". but george anthony also brings a badge with caylee's picture on it to court every day. the anthonys have said they want justice for their granddaughter who they last saw alive three years ago. she would have turned 6 this august. gary tuchman joins me again. gary, we haven't known what the anthonys have felt about whether or not casey is guilty or not. you've learned exclusively some information. what did you learn and how did you hear it? >> reporter: well, they kept it very private. but today i talked to their family attorney, mark lippman. mark hasn't wanted to talk about that, citing attorney-client privilege.
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but i explain today him we doesn't want to sensationalize this. but there's a big question. george could be in a lot of trouble if the jury ultimately believes what the defense is saying, that the child accidentally drowned. and george had something to do with disposing of the child's body. so mark litmann has told me this. i asked him a very specific question. i said do, your clients, george and cindy anthony, think that she is not guilty? and his answer was, they do not think that. he said they want to see justice done. they want to see the truth come out. and then he added to me, he said, they do not believe she is innocent. that being said, okay? this is very important. he wanted me to stress this, and it's important i do stress. this they love her, they support her and they do not want her to get the death penalty. they will do all they can to avoid her getting the death penalty in this case. so that's what we found out. they do not believe. george and cindy anthony. that their daughter casey is innocent with regards to the death of their granddaughter caylee. now, in the 25th day of testimony today, we expect after this opening statement in which they said it was an accidental
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drowning and that george had something to do with disposing of the body, we expected to hear evidence about that. but that still hasn't happened one week after the defense began its case. >> reporter: casey anthony is often very expressive with her attorneys before the jury walks. in, but once the jurors arrive she puts on a poker face. her attorney jose baez has his own routine every day when the trial begins. he tries to turn on the charm. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. >> and he waits until the jury says it back. then he launches his effort to help save casey anthony's life. >> can you tell the ladies and gentlemen of the jury what you tested, where it came from and what your results were? do you recall receiving items of evidence to test? sir, i'd like to direct you to your -- a report you did in this case. >> reporter: almost a week into casey anthony's defense case, jose baez has yet to explain his shocking allegations against casey's father george that he sexually abused casey for years. instead, he's presenting a
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forensic case just like the prosecution did. regarding possible decomposition in the trunk of casey's car, a scientist testifying for the defense said after testing the car trunk -- >> i cannot conclusively determine that those -- the presence of those compounds indicated that there had been human remains in the trunk of the car. >> reporter: but two weeks ago, jurors heard this from a prosecution scientist who said he believes there was a dead body in the trunk. >> i can find no other plausible explanation other than that to explain all the results we found. >> reporter: today's defense witness said he did detect chloroform in the car which the prosecution believes was used to poison caylee. but he said it was a very small amount. >> the main thing that was there was gasoline. the predominant profile was associated with or identified as gasoline. >> reporter: but there was earlier prosecution testimony in the case that, quote, shockingly high amounts of chloroform were
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found, particularly on fibers in the trunk liner an spare tire cover. so today the prosecution got the scientist testifying for the defense to acknowledge this. >> so your air sample would have been from the trunk four days after the trunk liner and the spare tire cover had already been removed, if in fact it was removed on the 17th as the evidence shows? >> that would be correct. >> reporter: the conflicting evidence from the trunk could be confusing to jurors. but defense attorneys have yet to make headway with something much more basic and potentially troubling for the defense. and that is five different people, casey's father, two police officers, one scientist and one tow truck driver, have testified they smelled the distinct odor of a dead body in that trunk. but the defense still has days of testimony left. the judge has told casey anthony's attorneys they need to tell him by friday how much more time they need. >> so gary, yesterday we learned the defense may call a woman who says she had an affair with george anthony and that he had told her caylee's death was some sort of accident.
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what's the reaction of george and cindy anthony to this? >> reporter: okay. i did talk to mark lippman, the family attorney about that, too, george and cindy's attorney. he tells me that george and cindy believe that krystal holloway is, quote, disturbed. totally denies the affair. they say they know krystal holloway because she was one of the volunteers looking for caylee's body. but they say none of this is true, that she is disturbed and they are very unhappy that she's come forward claiming this. >> well, also it is a telling point that apparently she said to police that she did not have affair with george anthony, but she did say to the "national enquirer" which i'm guessing paid her or maybe they didn't even need to pay her, but she told the "national enquirer" that they did have an affair. that certainly speaks to her credibility. >> reporter: right. and that's something the attorney cited, too. she told police one thing, she told the "national enquirer" something else.
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but either way, he stressed to me, they feel she is truly disturbed. that's their allegation. >> all right. good to know. gary, appreciate it. a lot more forensic testimony today plus the bombshell from george and cindy anthony's lawyer. joining me now jean casarez, a crime reporter and the chief pathologist in orlando. what do you think of what gary tuchman is reporting tonight that anthony's attorney told him they do not believe their daughter casey is innocent? >> what your stellar correspondent gained i think is huge. i guess my question is guilty of what? because he did not say that. another thing that strikes me as an attorney is the attorney-client privilege. because mark lippman and his clients do have that attorney-client privilege. they hold the privilege, though. and if they allow it to be waived, it can be. and this was told on the record. i think this is huge. and anderson, i have confirmed my sources close to the defense that cindy anthony will be called to the stand tomorrow. and so i think this is a critical witness for the prosecution, but the defense may try to make her into their witness to actually help casey who we now know they believe is
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guilty of something. >> so that's interesting to hear that she's going to be called to the stand tomorrow. do we know what she's or what the defense is hoping she's going to say? >> i think they're going to look for things in her deposition that was done several years ago when she was really, really siding with her daughter. i think what we need to look for are those computer searches because they were done at home on chloroform, how to make chloroform, and could someone other than casey have admitted back then that they did those searches on the family computer? >> there was also conflicting evidence, jean, entered today about the trunk and the presence of chloroform. how does that work to the defense' strategy? >> this is getting very confusing. this is the whole point of the defense. they want to raise the reasonable doubt. and so the expert that took the stand today from the university of florida said that he did an air sample testing and found
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basical basically the chemicals of gasoline in that trunk. although he did say three other chemicals he found were also found in decomposition but at very, very low levels. but then you have cross-examination by jeff ashton who says, well, wait a minute. the trunk liner and the spare tire cover had already been removed. and anderson, we know that fibers inside that carpet sample, that's what held the majority of the chloroform. >> yeah. and dr. hunter, so as jean just said, this defense witness was casting doubt on the prosecution's witness who claimed there had been abundance of chloroform, unusually high levels, shockingly high levels of chloroform in the trunk of casey's car. what did you make of his testimony? >> well, i mean, the testimony today -- it's sampling error. the reason why he's not getting that high level of that was testified to earlier is because the specimen that you want to have to test is going to be that saturated mat. it's not even in the vehicle when he takes his air sample. it's just simple error for sampling.
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and i think that easily explains why there's a discrepancy there. and it's up to the prosecution to comment that and explain it to the jury so they have a good understanding. >> jean, the defense also introduced a gatorade bottle with a syringe that was found at the crime scene into evidence today. is this -- do we know does it have any actual relation to the case or are they just kind of again throwing up whatever might stick? >> you know, the prosecution sure didn't enter it into evidence. and anderson, it was found so close to the skull of caylee anthony. it was a gatorade bottle filled with liquid. there was a syringe. the majority was testosterone in the fluid, but there were miniscule amounts of chloroform. what the defense was able to bring out was that it smelled like a cleaning fluid and that cleaning fluid contained chloroform. but the fact is it was a syringe. what is injected into someone. but they're trying to dissociate casey because her prints weren't found on it, nothing shows that she possessed that.
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>> dr. hunter, a forensic toxicologist who tested caylee's hair mass for 11 drugs, the results were all negative. they didn't test for the presence of form. how conclusive is hair testing? >> hair testing is a terrible toxicology specimen post mortem. it tells you absolutely nothing about what was in her system at the time that she died. where it's useful is asking the question has there been exposure for this child with a drug in the past? and i'm sure that's the reason why it was tested. trying to answer yes, there is a drug identified -- if there was a positive test, that would have been very powerful. a negative test really doesn't tell you much at all. it certainly doesn't say that she hasn't been exposed in the past, but the defense is certainly trying to infer that i think with how they approached it. >> and, jeep, were you critical of the defense's performance yesterday. do you think they did a better job today? i mean, at some point do we know are they going to start to try to introduce evidence which
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according to their whole defense strategy caylee drowned? or evidence of sexual abuse which again was in their opening statement? >> they haven't gone to their personal witnesses yet. so if cindy's going to be called tomorrow at some point, that could be the beginning of the personal witnesses. but today was all about reasonable doubt. and today was all about distancing casey, excluding casey from the crime scene. because none of her hairs were found on the remains of the blanket or the trash bag. 22 pairs of shoes of hers were tested. there was no soil associated with the crime scene. the defense is trying to show that so one juror will say, wait a minute. you can't connect casey with this. and that's what the defense needs. >> it's going to be fascinating testimony. as we saw cindy anthony, the last time she was on the stand when she got off, it seems like she whispered to casey "i love you". and jean, as i remember, casey kind of turned away from that. >> that's right. and because of the camera we can see that. she sort of had a half smile on her face but her eyes showed,
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okay, all right, and then she turned away. you're right. >> interesting day tomorrow no doubt. dr. michael hunter, appreciate it. jean casarez, thanks. >> about 12,000 residents urged to quickly leave their home as fast-moving waters in north dakota threaten to set record flood levels. we have details of that ahead. and the ridiculist, an open mike in the cockpit reveals pilot's views on flight attendants and just about everybody else. find out what he thinks and why it's landing hip and a major airline carrier in tonight's ridiculist. at bayer, we've been relieving pain for over 100 years. and today, we're re-inventing aspirin for pain relief. with new extra-strength bayer advanced aspirin.
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once-in-a-lifetime offer: book now, save up to 65%. call 1-800-sandals. the ridiculist is just in a few seconds. if you fly at all you want to hear what one pilot was talking about while he was flying a plane. right now we're following several other stories. right now randi kaye has another "360" bulletin. >> reporter: a preliminary magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of japan. a tsunami warning was issued but canceled with know reports of damage or injuries. the epicenter was about 100 miles north of the area hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern japan in march. an arizona jury has found self-help guru james arthur ray guilty of negligent homicide in the deaths of three of his clients during a 2009 sweat
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lodge ceremony. the jury cleared ray of the more serious charge of manslaughter. ray faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced. in minot, north carolina, sirens sounded today warning 12,000 residents to evacuate due to rising floodwaters. the river which flows through the center of town is expected to set a new flood record. and fashion designer john gagliano testified today in a paris courtroom that his addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills kept him from remembering his alleged anti-semitic rants against three people. prosecutors say the incidents occurred before he was fired from christian dior in march when a video surfaced of him praising adolf hitler. french law prohibits public insults based on other origins, race or religion. if convicted he faces six months in jail and a fine, anderson, of about $32,000. >> fascinating. we'll follow that. time now for the ridiculist. and tonight we're adding southwest airlines. why? because a southwest pilot recently brought it to our attention that quality of flight attendants on the airline is in his opinion, well, kind of lacking. by quality he doesn't mean their professionalism which they have or safety training which they have or how they treat
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passengers, which is good. oh, no. this pilot is talking strictly about the dearth of flight attendants who are suitable sex partners for him. how do i know this, you ask? because his mike was open during a flight. and this guy would just not shut up. >> but i had tucson to indy all four weeks. and chicago crews. 11 out of 12, there's 12 flight attendants, individuals, never the same flight attendant twice. 11 [ bleep ] over the top homosexuals and a granny. 11! i mean, think of the odds of that. i thought i was in chicago which was party land. after that, it was just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes. >> gays and grannies and grandes. what a charmer this guy is.
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i take is a grande would be a flight attendant who doesn't measure up to slimness. how does he work under all of these conditions with gays and older people and overweight flight attendants running around. who's he supposed to go out drinking with between flights? >> so six months i went to the bar three times. in six months, three times. >> six months. just three times. unacceptable! why else did this guy become a pilot if it wasn't to hit on flight attendants? listen, airlines, i fly a lot, and i want my pilots happy. i'm putting my life in their hands so i definitely want them to be out drinking in bars as much as possible. how is this guy supposed to do that if you don't provide him with an adequate supply of young attractive female co-workers he can hit on perhaps even pressure into sleeping with in a drunken, sweaty night of drinking and shame-based loving. who did he even go out with these three times? >> once with the granny and the [ bleep ] and i wish i hadn't gone. at the very end with two girls, one of them was probably doable. >> this guy loves his anti-gay slurs.
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does he kiss his mirror with that mouth? you know what? i bet he does. but anyway, things seemed to be looking up. just when i was about to start a telethon for this poor pilot he found one quote, unquote girl who was probably doable. let's hear how it went. >> one of them that was probably doable, but we ended up going to the bar and then to the crew in st. louis. all these two women wanted to do was one wanted to berate her sister and the other to bitch about her husband. for three hours me and the f.o. when that was done, 2:30 got back to my room, i'm like why the [ bleep ] did i stay up? >> our transmitting. better watch what you're saying here. >> that was the air traffic controller stepping in to let our hero in the sky know that -- excuse me -- everyone on that frequency could hear him. so that definitely shut him up. what? oh. that didn't shut him up. >> i still wouldn't want anyone to know if i had banged them. so, i mean, it was a complete disaster for six months. now i'm back in houston which is
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easily one of the ugliest bases. i mean, it's all these [ bleep ] old dudes and grannies, and there's like maybe a handful of cute chicks. >> congratulations, flight attendants in texas. you've just been deemed among the ugliest by the world's most discerning pilot. how did southwest handle the situation? well, the pilot was reprimanded and sent to diversity training. he was also suspended without pay for some undisclosed amount of time. this happened in march, and he's already back to work. so the next time you're in southwest airlines, feel free to say hi to the pilot but only if you're hot and not a dude. because even though he keeps talking about dudes, he's definitely not into dudes, just hot chicks. we need to keep this guy happy. so southwest airlines, would it kill you to go to hooters and maybe recruit some new flight attendants for this guy? they have wings there. same difference, right? i know flight attendants are there for our safety, and i appreciate them just as they are. but the pilot is the captain of the ship. if this guy's work environment doesn't start getting a little more girls gone wild he won't have anybody to get drunk with
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