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Can Anyone Restrain Themselves?

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It's been oodles of time since I posted, and I don't really have much to say today. I'm saddened by the passing of Farrah Fawcett, as no one should have to suffer such medical indignities - at any age, much less prior to 60 years old, as Ms. Fawcett was when she was first diagnosed. And, of course, the death of Michael Jackson is a tragic loss of enormous talent - talent that had been on display far too rarely in recent years.

But, beyond that, is there really much more to say? Perhaps. Perhaps cultural examinations are in order, by those qualified to make them. But, certainly, there are those who are saying far too much. Earlier today, The New York Times quoted Celine Dion as saying to CNN's Larry King, "It feels like when Kennedy died, when Elvis Presley died."

Putting aside comparisons of natural, accidental, or self-influenced deaths of pop stars to assassinations of political leaders (because that's not the primary point I'm interested in making today), Ms. Dion was born in 1968 -- five years after the murder of John Kennedy. If she was referring to Robert, she would have been all of two months old. How could this feel to her like something she never experienced? Really, couldn't those who've got nothing intelligent to say keep their mouths shut?

I'm going to close mine now.

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