7.08.2009

  • Thought during the Michael Jackson funeral yesterday: Every speaker, any where, in every setting, needs to be limited to five minutes.
  • The funeral was much, much more reserved than I expected.
  • The most touching moment was Jackson's 10 year old daughter, Paris, saying a few words. But that's insane for the Jackson family to do that to her.
  • The crazy Running of the Bulls has begun. Prepare for pictures of bulls goring Spaniards.
  • Michael Jackson and the #7. (That's a reach.)
  • Fort Worth PD arrested 30 people on DWI charges last year over the 4th of July weekend. This year it was 43.
  • "Around midday, we’ll hit 12:34:56 p.m. on 7/8/09." (Credit Bud Kennedy's column for reminding me.)
  • I'm number intensive today.
  • Geek talk: Google announced late yesterday that it will be releasing an Operating System.
  • I think it kind of hit me last night why some people are moved by Michael Jackson's death and others aren't. If you even remotely cared about the guy's music growing up, his death is kind of a slap in the face about your own mortality. During Queen Latifah's remarks yesterday, she recalled buying "Dancing Machine" as a little girl and running home to play it. I did the exact same thing. Those old songs, those old images, reminds us of a childhood that now seems frighteningly long ago. And Jackson's death reminds us of what the future holds. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think that all the nostaliga is about him. It's about us.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michael Jackson will be greatly missed. Especially by the children.The funeral wasn't glorified enough for what a man/woman it really was. I piece of musical history was laid down with him.
RIP yo

Anonymous said...

"...she recalled buying "Dancing Machine" as a little girl and running home to play it. I did the exact same thing."
You bought "Dancing Machine" as a little girl? That would explain a lot

Everybody seems to be assuming that the family pushed Jackson's daughter to speak. Maybe she asked to do it. Or am I missing something here?

The number play thing is waaaaay overrated. Unless you're talkin' 'bout 12/21/2012...that's some serious stuff right there. None of us will be counting after that


I doubt there are that many Spaniards running with the bulls. And if there are, they are probably smart enough to let the dumba$$ foreigners get gored. It's called home field advantage
Mess with the bull, you get the horns
I'm just sayin'

Anonymous said...

On 12-21-12 at 12:21:12 we'll get hit by something.

Anonymous said...

when we leave this body behind and drive our spark far from this planet then all the mysteries that span the
lives of a thousand galaxies will be our revelation to the stars..........whitehorse

What GOD has set into motion let no man fear.


uncle fester 2012

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize you bought "Dancing Machine" as a little GIRL and then ran home to play it! HeHe. Couldn't resist it, Barry.

Anonymous said...

i cant believe a college educated professional would let something that stupid dribbel through his fingers to a keyboard and then publish it.

the would would have never notice if mj was never born, except for his little boy toys rented from pathetic parents.

Anonymous said...

it is always , only, about us. me.
never 'them'.

Anonymous said...

I watched the Memorial as well and have to say that I believe that Paris acted on her own to say how much she loved her dad. It didn't look like a push to me.

I have to agree with you that the passing of Michael Jackson is like the passing of part of your innocence, childhood and teenage years.

Anonymous said...

I watched part of the funeral to listen to the music and watch the videos. MJ was like Elvis when he died of prescription over dose, he was no longer a star.

MJ won't have a Priscilla to make $$$$$$ after his death, but the fight over what is left will go on for a very, very long time.

His daughter, which is not his biological child, should not have talked. It was just a display of emotion.

Anonymous said...

8:46, that is incredibly callous. You're saying adopted or surrogate children are second-class.

Google already has a mobile OS. Android is excellent, and I dumped Windows Mobile for it. I waffle inbetween the iPhone OS and Android as the best mobile OS.

Anonymous said...

For me.. MJ made the soundtrack of my life... Each song was a different time and means something different... not many artists were lucky enough to make that many albums or consistently great records!

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that the ratings for the memorial were through the roof so they are thinking of having another one.

White Coconut said...

I agree with you comment about it being more about our own mortality than it being about Michael's death.

Anonymous said...

I think Paris spoke on her own and it was not planned. It was very touching. I'm sure she loved her Dad very much it seems he was a good father.

Anonymous said...

Paris looks nothing like the alleged father. Did Jackson's wife mess around on him? Or was she his wife?

Anonymous said...

It looked to me like Janet was getting ready to speak and the little girl asked if she could say something. I thought it was touching, and to the person above, ALL funerals are displays of emotion, that's why we have them, dork.

While watching, I was struck with how world wide his appeal has been. Even Elvis wasn't that big.

I agree with what you said. When someone your age or close to it dies it's a reminder of our own mortality.

Someone told me yesterday that one of the kids who accused him of molestation came forward saying his father had made him lie to get money.

Anonymous said...

Was the little girl that read that Michael was a great father the one that he dangled over the balconey 7 floors up that time? I can see why she is going to miss him.

Anonymous said...

I still don't care. Anybody that didn't personally know MJ and that is in mourning over his death has some serious mental health issues.

Anonymous said...

Attention Management:

Please refrain from using the words 'touching moment' and 'Michael Jackson' within the same sentence.

Anonymous said...

We don't care that you don't care 9:19. I would call it morbid curiosity rather than mourning anyway.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with 9:19. Anyone who mourns anyone's death that they don't directly know and live with are nuts, in my opinion. If they don't affect your daily life in a real way, I can't imagine caring whether they live or die. I found the little girl's talk disturbing and somewhat annoying. My youth was not defined by MJ or any other celebrity. It was defined by the people I associated with. Music is great, but those who perform it are just plain old people, and people die...period.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't go as far as 9:35, but it is odd for people to go nuts with grief for someone they didn't know. Plus, I don't think I would have wanted to know him. What a strange person he was. I also agree with BG....Grief is never sadness for the dead, it's sadness for our own loss....The only thing I will miss about Jackson is the posibility of new songs coming out and his amazing dance moves. However, I won't miss the self groaping at all.

Anonymous said...

The Jackson family sees this as an end of the money they mooched for decades off MJ. Fear is setting in.

Anonymous said...

8:46 I totally agree. I want to be the first to thank you for putting all non-biological children in their place.

Your statement made me realize that I should be ashamed of myself as well for even attending my adoptive parent’s funerals. Someone should have just locked me up in a room during those times with duct tape across my mouth. How dare I think I was worthy of attending, or even being recognized as a child of theirs.

Anonymous said...

The only thing the MJ tsunami does is reinforce my belief that there are A LOT of stupid people in the US.

Or maybe I'm still pissed I didn't have MTV growing up.

Anonymous said...

I don't think 8:46 was saying the kid shouldn't have spoken b/c she isn't his biolo. child, but because she IS a child. At least that's my take on it. A child has no place speaking or bawling in front of a crowd. I don't want to watch anyone, old or young, publicly weep. It's annoying.

Anonymous said...

Well, everyone's got an opinion. I loved the old MJ music and it does bring back memories of my childhood.

I do find it amusing that one of the fathers of the kid that accused MJ of molestation and got a fortune for it, decides today or yesterday to say that he pushed his kid to make the allegations. Hmmm, now THAT was a cash cow.

Anonymous said...

anon 9:35 - his music over the last 40 years is more than enough to tough peoples lives. so yes, he did have a directeffect on lives.

just like when pee wee herman dies, you will be sad - fag.

Anonymous said...

Well, since I am a woman, the greenie bikini clad pic does nothing for me, but boy that greenie drinkie looks dang good.

Whee!

Anonymous said...

Just because I listened to someone's music (which I did NOT grow up listening to MJ's...I'm older than that and didn't like his style), doesn't mean they "touched my life" or that I'm going to cry when they die. Again, just because I listen to music doesn't mean I give a rat's *ss about the individual.

Adolf Oliver Bush said...

At 6 seconds after 5 minutes after 4 this morning (and later this afternoon) it was 04:05:06 07/08/09.

Anonymous said...

11:24 - I'm old and grew up with Elvis' music. I didn't like the guy (thought he was vulgar and ugly), but the music was ok.

Didn't like Jackson's music either, felt sorry for the poor man and thought he was highly talented.

I'm kinda choosy about hero worship. Jackson and Presley - just not gonna worship them.

Why should I? They were both about as screwed up as any two people could be.

Not good role models in my book.

Anonymous said...

why did mj only molest little white boys and mexican boys..?? why didn't he ever molest little colored boys ?

Anonymous said...

LOL Im amused that u rednecks still say "colored"

Anonymous said...

The kid was flawed!
The kid was a musical genius!
The kid was a dancin fool!
The kid gave more to charity than any other Hollywood star!

Can't say any of those things about me but the "flawed" part.

Think I will just give him credit for what I know he did and leave it up to God to exercise judgment on what some think they know he did.

Anonymous said...

The "Kid" was like fiddy!

Anonymous said...

12:22, for the same reason that his alleged children are white. For the same reason that his lips and nose were changed. The guy was as crazy as crazy gets.

Anonymous said...

So lets get back to reality here.
The Decatur School Board will hear a presentation from the " Stadium Committee" Thurday night regarding Field Turf, and other renovations.

Anonymous said...

12:58...totally agree!

I did enjoy hearing about all the good things MJ has done for other people. Those things were never talked about while he was alive. The press seems to just hone in on the bad! That seems to be what most of us want to hear or read about! Sad for us!!
May he finally rest in peace!!!

Francine Fishpaw said...

Hey Fogforn....Nice shot of me drinking vino on the boat, don't you think?

chupacabra said...

I loved The Jackson 5 when I was a little kid of course but, I never even heard of anyone buying his later stuff.
I just thought all his sales were in LA, New York and France.

Anonymous said...

If MJ was a Fast Food resturant he would be... a fifty year old piece of meat between two ten year old buns....

Anonymous said...

Well said, 12:58 - I also agree.

Anonymous said...

Let's talk about something that really matters, like, who's going to win the battle of Big Sandy this year, or what are the new speed limits on 380 this week, or B'port becoming the official Stage Coach Capital of Texas?

You know, important stuff. Stuff that matters. Stuff we care passionately about.

Double Fake Puff n' Stuff

Anonymous said...

12:53......NAACP calls it "Colored" too.

Jarhead said...

"We all know that cash rules everything around us; cash, green, get the money, dolla dolla bill ya'll. That's why its time to enter the 36 chambers, and step to the Wu." ~ Wu Tang Financial

msmaureen said...

Did anyone notice her drink matches her swim suit? I thought that was kinda cool!

Anonymous said...

Speakin' of Big Sandy, I happened to land on that Duggar Family show on TV last night, and they were going to a home school get-together in Big Sandy. Is y'all's Big Sandy their Big Sandy? If so........weird, weird, weird........Quiverfull and all that jazz just really creeps me out.

Anonymous said...

didn't notice that msmaureen, but I did notice her boobs aren't where they're supposed to be while she's lying on her back.

Anonymous said...

8:07, the funeral was not a man or woman. Funerals do not have a vagina or penis. And we actually get to keep the musical history, it's not gone. In fact I heard a Michael Jackson song on the radio today.

Anonymous said...

ok then why didn't mj molest little nappy-headed nigger boys..??

Anonymous said...

11:08 pm......he didn't like dark meat !!