The BIG question going forward: Should the U.S. engage an outlaw government, and if so, do we risk legitimizing a fragile regime?
Deep in the bowels of the Reagan White House, the future chief justice of the Supreme Court argued against co-opting the dignity of the office. It’s refreshing to see a public official stand up against corporate interests — seriously. Too bad we have to go back 25 years to find an example:
I hate to sound like one of Mr. Jackson’s records, constantly repeating the same refrain, but I recommend that we not approve this letter. Sometimes people need to be reminded of the obvious: whatever its status as a cultural phenomenon, the Jackson concert tour is a massive commercial undertaking. The tour will do quite well financially by coming to Washington, and there is no need for the President to applaud such enlightened self-interest. Frankly, I find the obsequious attitude of some members of the White House staff toward Mr. Jackson’s attendants, and the fawning posture they would have the President of the United States adopt, more than a little embarrassing.
Just a reminder: June 29 is Ashford and Simpson Day — despite John Roberts’ objection.
Sorry, Iranian reformers, but we’ve moved on. Cap’n Crunch is dead, and we can only handle one big story at a time. And don’t bore us with arguments about relevance and freedom — we’ve lost the man who wrote “Childhood,” and we’ll never be the same.
A tragic, pathetic figure? Yes. A victim? No.
“He shouldn’t have died so young. It’s so sad. I’m just hysterical,” said Deborah Canton as she sobbed inconsolably near the late 50-year-old pop singer’s star.
Canton, 46, grew up in Jackson’s home state of Indiana and listened to him since he was a child star in the Jackson 5. She blamed society for treating him cruelly.
“The guy would never hurt a fly but all of these evil people would do everything to destroy him just to get his money,” she said. “I don’t think he wanted to live anymore.”
If only Corey Feldman had returned his phone calls.
For those who take Deepak Chopra seriously — what the hell is wrong with you? For those on the fence, here’s conclusive evidence that the motivational speaker/spiritualist is nothing more than a cheesy opportunist.
Writing on The Huffington Post, the US news and commentary website, Chopra said that Jackson had called him in an “upbeat, excited mood” on Tuesday.
“The voice message said, ‘I’ve got some really good news to share with you.’ He was writing a song about the environment, and he wanted me to help informally with the lyrics, as we had done several times before,” he said.
“When I tried to return his call, however, the number was disconnected. …
“So I never got to talk to him, and the music demo he sent me lies on my bedside table as a poignant symbol of an unfinished life.”