“While there has been a great deal of coverage, Mr. King is too old not to have a long view of the life of an individual. We have honored a host of womanizers, alcoholics, drug addicted Presidents, mobbed-up entertainers, and no one has complained. So if for a minute we look beyond the allegations (none of which was he found guilty of) and think about the fact that you can not overstate (nor understand, if you are white) the importance of the Jackson 5's ascendence on the nation's black youth and adults in the late 60's. Arriving just after the 64' Civil Rights Bill and the 65' Voting Rights Act, the success and acceptance of the J5 in mainstream America helped begin building a bridge that was long overdue. In 1983 MJ gave us the finest single performance of the time, maybe ever. As the furor over the civil and voting rights initiatives of the previous years waned, and before MTV was commonplace, seeing the J5 on national television seemed to suggest for me, and many other black youth, that this country might be ready and our generation just might have it a little better than our parents. I might add that Michael broke the MTV color barrier and changed the entire music video format with the "Thriller" production. Finally, there was the humanitarian who gave away millions to those in need.”
Congressman Ed on Jul 7, 2009 at 21:41:04
“Gave away millions in need of life time therapy from his abuse.”
“Lets see if we can get Mr. O'Reilly to understand. Since the world wasn't always as wonderful for everyone. While I don't recall my emotions at 16; I do remember being atonished in 1983! It was simply the finest single performance of the time, and maybe ever. What I do recall about 1969, as the furor over the civil and voting rights initiatives of the previous years waned, is that seeing the J5 on national television seemed to suggest that for me, and many other black youth, that our generation just might have it a little better than our parents. I might add that one other time Michael really caught me. Breaking the MTV color barrier was notable, but changing the entire music video format with the "Thriller" production was another atonishing accomplishment. But, its so easy for white Americans to not understand, or simply forget, that things weren't always as wonderful, that opportunity didn't always exist, even though they would make you think there was always a fair rule of law. That's why Black Americans look beyond the obvious personal battles that Michael may have been saddled with...sorta like the way some folks overlooked Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction; or Bill O'Reilly's issues.”
“Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, many of us knew better than to drink the "post racial" Kool Aid being passed out after whites voted for Obama. The constant invection of racial jokes and parodies by the conservatives are not surprising to many and should awaken the younger generation. Many may want to retire Jesse, Al, and others claiming that in 2009 they are no longer relevant. But, as long as we see racist assasins in public buildings, hear radio hosts inflaming racial and ethnic divides, and read crap like we have read out of SC and other places, we shouldn't order those rocking chairs.”
foxbat on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:57:33
“I've posted it before, but racism will finally be a thing of the past in this country when we elect a Black George Bush to two consecutive terms or have a Black Sarah Palin running as VP, complete with unwed, pregnant child. There's really no disputing that if Obama had Bush's background, that there's no way that he could have been elected, much less made it out of the primaries.”
“Well, I guess it would take one who specializes in espousing backwards thought and absolute nonsense would recognize it. BTW, since when do Public Information majors take Econ 101--I guess she tested out of Econ 100. Whew! Go shoot a moose.”
“An intellectual idiot. It's not surprising that he may be disbarred. "Liberals have missed their chance to put on the Court an intellectual leader who will bring about a progressive revolution in the law," Yoo wrote." I think these "liberals" will have at least two, if not three, chances to add to the Court. So placing this George Bush moderate on the Court doesn't cost "liberals" anything...except avoiding a fight with conservatives.”
“Wow, it must difficult when you tell out and out lies, then have to sit before the people you lied on as they play the tape of you lying...then call you a liar to your face. Just another example of where the "Republic Conservative" Party is going.”
“Unfortunately, again we see what is apparently the conservative base whipping up the yahoos. How can Catholics intelligently argue that the President should not recieve a meaningless, but somewhat obligatory degree presented to every former President speaking at Commencement; yet say NOTHING about the Pope naming French President Nicolas Sarkozy a canon of the pope's own church? Sarkozy is not only pro-choice but has been divorced. Some will agrue that making the French President a canon is a tradition...so is awarding Presidents honorary degrees at Notre Dame Commencements.”
StillIRise on May 18, 2009 at 11:09:14
“Very good point.
The inconsistencies are glaring and belies the real motives of those who were protesting against him. Since President Obama's historic election, some people have had a difficult time reconciling tradition with their prejudices.
Some would find nothing wrong with the tradition of the Pope canonizing the French President - in spite of Sarkozy's personal views and choices - but abhor the idea of following the tradition of awarding the President an honorary degree at Notre Dame IF THAT PRESIDENT HAPPENS TO BE BLACK!”
biglover on May 18, 2009 at 10:19:05
“Keith had a spokesman for the Catholic Democrats who was quite informative. He said this was all being pushed by the conservative right wing of the Catholic religion. Isn't this a pattern with right wing extremists of all faiths.”
“At this point, unfortunately, I agree with the President. I really don't think it serves anyone any good to "see" more photos of what the Bush Admnistration supported and condoned. I think we all know what was done; we know how bad it was and the President has moved to stop it from recurring under his Administration. I would hate to think somewhere down the road, our zest to see everything or lay blame on Bush or Cheney or whomever may lead to some zealot, or terrorist being incited to kill more Americans. We know enough already to hold them accountable--if we choose to.”
apduncan1 on May 16, 2009 at 10:01:49
“No, we don't know how bad it was.
You are equating innocence with ignorance. We won't be innocent if we ignore what happened.”
“I thought the lastest unemployment figures showed unemployment slowing down. Hmmmm? Maybe its the Republicans behind the demise of newspapers? If they could simply go on talk radio and never have facts presented to contradict their words, they would be a successful party again??”
“As I said in a previous response...Harvard graduate, Harvard Law Review...I think he can afford to pass up Arizona State University, as well as the darling of college football, Notre Dame...... a legend in their own mind.”
“What would one expect of Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck? When you think about it, how could Arlen Specter be on the same side of the table with fools like this? The one thing we can depend on is that somethng stupid will fall from the mouths of these two--if not these two, then Limbaugh, Hannity, Bachmann, Coulter, Steele, Palin, Levin, or one of the others will step up to the plate. And, please, someone tell Norm Coleman that its OVER!!”
“Is this what is going to happen with all the moderate Republicans...ole Rushbo and the Yahoos are going to have a fit over this!!!!”
BeachBubbaTex on Apr 28, 2009 at 16:09:12
“I heard him today (about that's on in this part of the world, but AirAmerica keeps trying). He sounded quite deflated *snicker* and apparently it wasn't a shock because Specter has "always been" a Democrat. News to me, but anything to shut his pie hole.
I do feel sorry for Snowe and moderate Republicans (er, is that now conservative Democrats?), but she paints a pretty accurate picture of where the GOP is headed.”
Budokan on Apr 28, 2009 at 16:05:15
“They're being forced to watch the dissolution of their own party. And I'm okay with that.
“CNN should not attempt to change for ratings sake. We viewers are very much in need of a middle of the road, none biased presentation of the news. Lou Dobbs is about as opinionated as CNN should be.
Forget Hannity, who drums up evening ratings all day long on his radio show. Forget about the 8:00 time slot unless CNN is prepared to attract a "new" audience. Roland Martin has the ability to do that, Campbell does not--she's a lightweight and will continue to lose to Bill and Keith. Larry King should be moved...some of his recent interviews have been horrible--he's lost it.”