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Walk a mile in Michael’s moccasins before casting your stones at him

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Michael Jackson, who died unexpectedly last month at the age of 50, is memorialized today in Los Angeles. First, millions of people lived through him as though they had his talent, too,  and then millions felt better about their own sins by castigating him for the sins he was accused of, but now, hopefully, he is at peace. 

OK, so I will admit, it has been hard for me not to view Michael Jackson as having been pretty creepy. He apparently had enough money to create and to live in his own little alternate universe — and he did so.

Unfortunately, I probably will remember Michael Jackson more for his unfortunate morphing of his appearance over the years (from a young black man to a white woman, apparently) than for anything else.

But I’m not on board with calling him a “child molester” or a “pervert” or the like.

Fact is, I never saw Michael Jackson molest anyone of any age, and you didn’t, either.

Fact is, he never was found by a court of law as being guilty of having committed a sexual crime, and in this nation you are supposed to be presumed innocent until deemed otherwise by a court of law.

Even if Jackson had been found guilty by a court of law, this is supposed to be a “Christian” nation, and Jesus Christ said interesting things like “The one among you who has never sinned may cast the first stone [at the accused sinner].”

So when the likes of Repugnican Rep. Peter King of New York calls Jackson things like a “low-life,” a “child molester,” a “pedophile” and a “pervert,” and adds, “and to be giving this much attention to him … what does this say about our country?” — and when even leftist columnist and editorial cartoonist Ted Rall jumps on the dog pile on Jackson with this rather vile cartoon*:

— it makes me ponder:

Indeed, what does it say about our country that an individual who never was found guilty by a court of law nonetheless is deemed guilty by so many (most of whom have tiny lives and can only feel better about themselves by beating up on others)? What does it say that in a “Christian” nation Michael Jackson is judged so harshly? What would Jesus say about Michael Jackson?

I never walked a mile in Michael Jackson’s moccasins. I wasn’t raised by his reportedly abusive, apparently egocentric father who apparently used his own children for his own selfish gain. I don’t know exactly what Michael Jackson went through, although I have read hints, such as how when he was an awkward, painfully self-conscious teenager, people told him that they missed the cute, little Michael Jackson.

I don’t know exactly how lonely Michael Jackson apparently was, even when he was on top of the world, before he was called such things as a “pedophile” and a “pervert.”

Speaking of which, I don’t know what did and what did not happen in the privacy of Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

Because there is so much that I don’t know, I’m not ready to condemn Michael Jackson, and I hope that he rests in peace, that in death he finds the peace that he apparently never found in life.

P.S. To those I’ve heard questioning the cost of Michael Jackson’s memorial service to the taxpayers, I have to ask you: how much money in sales taxes and income taxes did he contribute to the local and federal governments over the many years? More than his memorial service is costing, I’m pretty sure. (And indeed, his memorial service is good business for Los Angeles, is it not?)

And why do people worry themselves over the cost of Michael Jackson’s memorial service but just allow their government to spend billions and billions and billions of their tax dollars on bogus wars? Um, yeah.

They strain out gnats but swallow camels, to quote Jesus once again. (Funny how “Christians” not only don’t follow Jesus’ teachings, but they don’t even know them.)

*Ted mostly redeems himself with this one:

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Dr. Jesse to the rescue — again

Rev. Jesse Jackson, from left, and his son Rep. Jesse Jackson ...

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Jesse Jackson, left, accompanied by his son, Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (center), speaks to Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, yesterday in Encino, a suburb of Los Angeles.

I used to respect Jesse Jackson.

I saw him once, in the late 1980s, when he came to my university as part of his tour for his seeking of the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination (which he lost to Michael Dukakis).

He excited me back then.

Not anymore.

I can’t call him “reverend” anymore, since he knocked up one of his staff members, who bore his child in 1999. Hey, that was between Jackson and his wife, but you can’t use the title of respect “reverend” after you knocked up your employee.

Then, Jackson, who I didn’t know went to medical school, injected himself into the Terri Schiavo debacle in March 2005, which I wrote about at the time. Terminating Schiavo’s feeding tube was tantamount to murder, a crusading Dr. Jackson proclaimed, but Schiavo’s autopsy confirmed what neurologists already had confirmed: Schiavo’s brain damage was such that no, there never was any chance that she ever would come back, but that she always would remain a vegetable (or, as we used to call them in my nursing days, a gork).

Now, Jackson, a spotlight whore, has injected himself into the death of Michael Jackson (no relation, I’m pretty sure). Here he is below, surrounded by members of the media outside of the home of Michael Jackson’s family in Encino, a suburb of Los Angeles, yesterday:

The Rev Jesse Jackson address the media outside the family home ...

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Dr. Jackson, because he is such a medical authority, insists that a second autopsy is necessary in order to rule out foul play in Michael Jackson’s death; the first autopsy, conducted by Los Angeles County, apparently wasn’t good enough, and so now a second, private autopsy is necessary, you see.

“It’s abnormal,” Jackson told the The Associated Press today after he visited with the Jackson family. “We don’t know what happened. Was he injected and with what? All reasonable doubt should be addressed.”

This is what the once-respectable Jesse Jackson has been reduced to: being a media whore over other people’s misfortunes, injecting himself into a family fight as to whether or not a brain-dead woman should be allowed to die a natural death and injecting himself into the unexpected death of Michael Jackson.

Jesse Jackson, like Michael Jackson, should have quit while he was ahead.

Michael Jackson, unfortunately, probably will be remembered more for the sad and pathetic latter portion of his life than for his accomplishments, and, I suspect, so will Jesse Jackson.

P.S. I should add that actually, Jesse Jackson has a long history of using others’ misfortunes for his own personal/political gain. Notes Wikipedia:

When [Martin Luther King Jr.] was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennesee, the day after his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech at the Mason Temple, Jackson was in the parking lot one floor below.

Jackson’s appearance on NBC’s “Today Show,” wearing the same [MLK-]blood-stained turtleneck that he had worn the day before, drew criticism from several King aides; some King associates also dispute Jackson’s description of his personal involvement and also of the sequence of events surrounding the assassination.

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On the death of Michael Jackson

I don’t really have anything to say about the unexpected death of Michael Jackson yesterday at age 50 that hasn’t already been said everywhere else except that it’s rather sad that he very apparently believed that the Anglo look was the gold standard of beauty.

I mean, he went from this:

Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, poses ...

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— a fine-looking boy — to this:


Reuters photo (taken March 2009)

Had Jackson lived to continue his facial evolution, I guess that eventually he would have looked something like this:

But seriously, take it from this blue-eyed, thin-lipped, pinched-nosed Anglo that really, you are beautiful just the way you are. (I’ve said that before and I’m saying it again.)

Don’t be a Michael Jackson. At least where your face is concerned.

P.S. I see that now some more thoughtful and more analytical news pieces regarding Michael Jackson are coming out, now that the initial shock that he died has passed.

This piece, although perhaps a bit morbid, makes the case that Jackson is probably worth more dead than he was alive; his California homestead, Neverland, is anticipated to become a tourist attraction like Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

This piece talks about Jackson’s issues with race, noting that Jackson’s 1991 hit “Black or White” (probably my favorite song [and music video] of his) seemingly was a personal statement, and quoting an associate of Jackson as having said that if Jackson could have done it over again, he probably wouldn’t have changed his appearance so drastically over the years…

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