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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's MiJac Resolution Faces Nasty GOP Battle (Video)

There are 38 comments on the eurthisnthat.com story from Jul 8, 2009, titled Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's MiJac Resolution Faces Nasty GOP Battle (Video). In it, eurthisnthat.com reports that:

*The memorial service for Michael Jackson was warm and fitting for a king. The testimonials and beautiful acknowledgements were heartfelt, but none more important than the acknowledgement that the federal government has decided to put in a form of a resolution.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Texas) gave a strong speech about the charitable life that Michael Jackson led that earned him Resolution 600 that she said will be debated on the floor of the House and in her words “claims him as an American legend, and musical icon a world humanitarian someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever.”

However, to get the resolution to be completely legit, it must first get past some opposition. In particular, opposition from a certain GOP a-hole congressman from New York.

Click over for MORE and to view Jackson Lee's stirring speech at Tuesday's memorial for Michael Jackson.

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progressive

Lamoni, IA

#25 Jul 10, 2009
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
I am the last person to side with Republicans on most anything, but I think if congressional resolutions honoring late entertainers were appropriate, a lot of names would belong on that list in addition to Michael Jackson.
On the other hand, I see nothing wrong with any individual representative standing up to pay tribute to whomever she or he wishes.
Exactly correct. However, I do not know what the record of Republicans is in resisting all such congressional rsolutions. If you want to see ah honorable conservative Republican, without a double standard, who is cheerful and makes good points on ethics, watch Jeff Flake of Arizona. Unfortunately his good reputation sometimes gets used for partisan purposes by Boehner. He needs to find a good Democratic co-sonsor - a Russ Feingold type, and make the issue one of interest to political scientists and good government types. But it appears he is after Murtha - not for personal reasons, but because of the indictment against someone who is a contributor to Murtha, and from whom Murtha got campaign contributins. and Murtha is an old friend and ally, for whom she even risked violating prpriety to not support Steny Hoyer for Majority Leader - guess Murtha must have supported her at a key oint in her House career. and Murtha is a target for the right-wingers, becasue he turned aginst the war, and ws supposed to stay hawkish. Flake has never seemed to have a double standard, that I saw. My theory is that he became cheerful and likeable and honest early in life, as a way of coping with teasing about his last name!
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#26 Jul 10, 2009
Murtha is an old friend and ally of Pelosi, I meant. Whereas, Leon Panetta is not. Panetta would not lie or spin anyting to help her, believe me! He is a good guy, and was even when he worked for Kuchel and the Nixon Administration. It is not evil to have GOP liberal connections in one's background. Sestak and Specter are both not life-long Democrats. I prefer Sestak - never will forgive Specter for trashing Anita Hill on behalf of Clarence Thomas - but I personally would like to see two new Murphy's in the Senate - one from Pa. and one from Ct. By the way, did you see the good news that Burris is not running in 2010? and Madigan won't run. My sentimental choice would still be Tammy Duckworth, but she got trashed the last time, with dirty gOP campaign tactics. Why put her through it, again, and even worse, when she had a good appointive job. Do you know any good Democat in Illinois who could run for the Burris Senate seat? Oh how wonderful Paul Douglas, Charls Percy, Adlai Stevenson III, and Paul Simon were. I like Durbin, but he is too close to the top at the Senate (espeially if Reid is defeated in Nevada) and does not dare be a crusader against the corrupt ones in the Democratic machine in Chicago. So it makes him look almost complicit, when it is a combination of realistic, wimpy, and ambitious - I think it is normal to be that way, and I forgive him. Political suicide is not necessary to prove one is a good guy. Bill Fulbright would not do it. I never blamed him for being cautious. Illinois does not have to have an African-American Senator. The best one lives in Florida! And I might someday suggest something heretical - that Teddy Kennedy resign if he cannot make it to key votes in the Senate when his vote is needed to make 60. I suppose Deval Patrick would get into trouble for apointing himself, however. Unless Kennedy made it clear that was the only reason that he resigned ---If necessary, Byrd should rsign in W. Va., too, assuming a loyal Democratic Governor, with the right to appoint the new Senator. A Governor with no wildly maverick tendencies, and the right to appoint the replacement. Look how silly things have become in New York, with the tie vote and the swinging Majority Leader!

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#28 Jul 10, 2009
progressive wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly correct. However, I do not know what the record of Republicans is in resisting all such congressional rsolutions. If you want to see ah honorable conservative Republican, without a double standard, who is cheerful and makes good points on ethics, watch Jeff Flake of Arizona. Unfortunately his good reputation sometimes gets used for partisan purposes by Boehner. He needs to find a good Democratic co-sonsor - a Russ Feingold type, and make the issue one of interest to political scientists and good government types. But it appears he is after Murtha - not for personal reasons, but because of the indictment against someone who is a contributor to Murtha, and from whom Murtha got campaign contributins. and Murtha is an old friend and ally, for whom she even risked violating prpriety to not support Steny Hoyer for Majority Leader - guess Murtha must have supported her at a key oint in her House career. and Murtha is a target for the right-wingers, becasue he turned aginst the war, and ws supposed to stay hawkish. Flake has never seemed to have a double standard, that I saw. My theory is that he became cheerful and likeable and honest early in life, as a way of coping with teasing about his last name!
I guess names CAN hurt you. Interesting theory.
progressive

Lamoni, IA

#29 Jul 10, 2009
and apparently it was not clear whether Paterson had the right to appoint a Lt. gov. How can a state Constitution omit that possibility in this day and ag? probably was written before the era of Palin, spitzger, and Sanford - or Napolitano or Sibelius. I don't even know whether the Iowa Constitution provides for an appointed Lt. Gov., in case a Governor got himself appointed to a Cabinet position, for example. Culver has national administrative ambitions, but he'd best do a good job in Iowa first, thank you! the right-wing Republicans are falling all over themselves and each other to get in line to run for Governor agaisnt him in 2010. Interesting to atch - even nationally, as indicator of how nutty iowa Republicans are, in a plurality race. A similar plurality will win the delegates in a winner-take-all caucus in January of 2012. If Christopher Rants wins, watch out for Palin to do well in Iowa. Equally right-wing nuts and indebt to big intersts (tobacco in Rants case). If VanderPlatz (sp) wins, huckabee looks good - showing good organization and influence, since he ws Huckabee's campaign manager in the Iowa caucus campaign in 2008 (wh8ch huckabee won, with a pluality) and Huckabee comes here to campaign for him. So a sort of surrogate battle is going on. Pawlenty would be wise to be neutral and jsut do fund-raising and campaigning for legislative and lesser state-wide gOP candidats. Let the folks who aren't crazy, and the ones who aren't already or still for Huckabee, come to him slowly, as safe and plainvanilla candidate (not meant as racist remark - I like many colors of ice cream, sad to say - no that's a lie - glad to say!)Organization and money and appeal to conservative Christians who are nuts but not nasty, could help the big three that I see in the gOP - Romney, Huckabee, and Pawlenty. I thnk all three are sane. What a relief! I did not think McCain could have been counted on not to "lose it" under stress. I even thought his possiility of acute nuts was worse than Palin's chronic nuts. as in insane.
Nostrilis Waxman

Freeport, ME

#30 Jul 10, 2009
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>I guess names CAN hurt you. Interesting theory.
You should be friends with her. She is the same class as you.
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#33 Jul 11, 2009
JDinTX wrote:
<quoted text>I sadid RESOLUTION not stamps and dumbass is spelled with a "B"..DUMBASS!!
ROFL, this is what text messaging has done to our language.

Since: Jul 09

Pensacola, FL

#34 Jul 11, 2009
Zombie Corpse Rental wrote:
<quoted text>Or she could honor Bill Cosby with no complaints from anyone.
MJ's just got too much "weirdo" baggage attached to his name.
Only in this instance it appears to be OK to block a resolution just because it could "raise contrary views". The People's House wasn't concern with "contrary views" when it held a moment of silence to mark the passing of Michael Jackson.

There were no concerns about "contrary views" in the People's House when passing H.R. 41 recognizing National tartan day or H.R. 185 recognizing Jews in the middle east. I guess these resolutions just HAD to be done in order for this country to survive?

Michael was in the Guinness book of record for contributing more than any other celebrity. And, I do not recall hearing about anyone rejecting his money because of "contrary views" or his "weirdo" baggage attached to his name.
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#35 Jul 11, 2009
morphus wrote:
<quoted text>
Only in this instance it appears to be OK to block a resolution just because it could "raise contrary views". The People's House wasn't concern with "contrary views" when it held a moment of silence to mark the passing of Michael Jackson.
There were no concerns about "contrary views" in the People's House when passing H.R. 41 recognizing National tartan day or H.R. 185 recognizing Jews in the middle east. I guess these resolutions just HAD to be done in order for this country to survive?
Michael was in the Guinness book of record for contributing more than any other celebrity. And, I do not recall hearing about anyone rejecting his money because of "contrary views" or his "weirdo" baggage attached to his name.
I don't think this is the last we're hearing of this issue. It'll get brought up again, and eventually when less retarded people are in Congress, it will get passed.

The man was innocent, and there is no real reason to vilify him. Regardless of what the US does though, it seems that other countries will likely honor him in ways similar to this, and when the US doesn't jump on board with that, they're going to look stupid.
Zombie Corpse Rental

San Jose, CA

#36 Jul 11, 2009
morphus wrote:
<quoted text>
Only in this instance it appears to be OK to block a resolution just because it could "raise contrary views". The People's House wasn't concern with "contrary views" when it held a moment of silence to mark the passing of Michael Jackson.
There were no concerns about "contrary views" in the People's House when passing H.R. 41 recognizing National tartan day or H.R. 185 recognizing Jews in the middle east. I guess these resolutions just HAD to be done in order for this country to survive?
Michael was in the Guinness book of record for contributing more than any other celebrity. And, I do not recall hearing about anyone rejecting his money because of "contrary views" or his "weirdo" baggage attached to his name.
Ok, that answer's all over the map.
Thanks for the random sputtering.
SPEARCHUCKER EL MAYATE

Temple, TX

#37 Jul 11, 2009
AMERICA AS AN AMERICAN OF AFRICAN DECENT WISH WISH TO TELL YOU HOW ASHAMED MOST BLACKS ARE OF THAT REP. S. JACKSON FROM TEXAS. how the hell did that nut case ever get elected is it an all black district how did it happen.
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#38 Jul 11, 2009
What makes her a nut case?
SPEARCHUCKER EL MAYATE

Temple, TX

#39 Jul 11, 2009
MJFanEtc wrote:
What makes her a nut case?
she asked in congress once if with the new mars rover would be able to see the flag that neil armstrong planted ( er neil was on the moon hot mars...no hunan has ever set foot on mars) plus the mj speech,even nancy pelosi shut her down she is a very stupid women.
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#40 Jul 12, 2009
Well I didn't think the MJ speech was stupid.
SPEARCHUCKER EL MAYATE

Temple, TX

#41 Jul 12, 2009
MJFanEtc wrote:
Well I didn't think the MJ speech was stupid.
what is so great about mj cause he is black? this chump would not even pay his bills unless you sued him his music was great but it was not as you say black music,black music is on bet and you must wear earrings, drive a benz,wear gold show money be by a pool with a lot of chicks use bad english. i must admitt mike music was american he never took on the bet negro look ever i will give him that.BUT MIKE WAS A BOY LOVER
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#42 Jul 12, 2009
SPEARCHUCKER EL MAYATE wrote:
<quoted text>what is so great about mj cause he is black? this chump would not even pay his bills unless you sued him his music was great but it was not as you say black music,black music is on bet and you must wear earrings, drive a benz,wear gold show money be by a pool with a lot of chicks use bad english. i must admitt mike music was american he never took on the bet negro look ever i will give him that.BUT MIKE WAS A BOY LOVER
Well this was a boatload of assumptions. I personally do not care about MJ's race. I understand that many black people look upon MJ's race as a point of pride for them like "He's one of us and look at all he did." And I think that's fine, but since I'm not a black person I don't have that touchstone.

To me, MJ was an example of both the beauty and tragedy of life. He had a very sad life in many ways, but he also made a difference. Not only did he highly impact music, and not only did he highly impact *people* with his music, but he donated about 300 million dollars to 30 charities, two of which he started himself. Most of these charities were for children, a lot for sick and dying children. Some of these charities were fledgling charities and owe their continued existence and flourishing now to MJ's contributions.

Several of his tours, all of *his* earnings went to charities. He is in the Guiness book of world records for most charities supported by a pop star. He set a bar for charitable giving that started a trend with many other celebrities sharing their wealth.

He also visited many children's hospitals when he went on tours. He brought gifts for the kids and talked with them. There are several children who are alive today due to MJ's direct intervention, like a boy who was 4 years old in Bucharest who MJ found a liver for.

In addition, he opened his Neverland ranch up to thousands of inner city and disadvantaged kids. Contrary to the "salacious" tales of Neverland you have no doubt heard, every few weeks MJ would open his home up to hundreds of kids at a time. His movie theater was specially outfitted with a room with hospital beds for kids too sick to leave the bed, so they could watch the movies too.

You have to really love kids to figure it into the architecture of your home, is what Oprah said, and I agree.

This man had a passion for the world, for the environment, for people in need, and especially for children. A lot of that is because he didn't get a childhood himself. Our culture chose to twist that into something dirty and perverted but it never was.

If you believe MJ was a child molester you haven't read much about the case. I've yet to meet a single person who is truly informed about what went on in that courtroom who believes he was guilty. The only people I've ever met who thought he was guilty are just jumping on a media bandwagon and have no idea what they're talking about.

Here is a list of the highlights of MJ's Humanitarian Efforts:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/14283749/Michael-Ja...

THIS is why Sheila Jackson Lee wants MJ remembered and honored.

Further: http://www.whoismichael.com gives a good overview of the case for MJ's innocence. All the facts on that site can be independently confirmed. The book: "Michael Jackson Conspiracy" is also good and more importantly... factual, drawing from the actual court transcripts to show you the side of the news the media WASN'T reporting. The forward was written by MJ's lead defense counsel.
SPEARCHUCKER EL MAYATE

Temple, TX

#43 Jul 12, 2009
MJFanEtc wrote:
<quoted text>
Well this was a boatload of assumptions. I personally do not care about MJ's race. I understand that many black people look upon MJ's race as a point of pride for them like "He's one of us and look at all he did." And I think that's fine, but since I'm not a black person I don't have that touchstone.
To me, MJ was an example of both the beauty and tragedy of life. He had a very sad life in many ways, but he also made a difference. Not only did he highly impact music, and not only did he highly impact *people* with his music, but he donated about 300 million dollars to 30 charities, two of which he started himself. Most of these charities were for children, a lot for sick and dying children. Some of these charities were fledgling charities and owe their continued existence and flourishing now to MJ's contributions.
Several of his tours, all of *his* earnings went to charities. He is in the Guiness book of world records for most charities supported by a pop star. He set a bar for charitable giving that started a trend with many other celebrities sharing their wealth.
He also visited many children's hospitals when he went on tours. He brought gifts for the kids and talked with them. There are several children who are alive today due to MJ's direct intervention, like a boy who was 4 years old in Bucharest who MJ found a liver for.
In addition, he opened his Neverland ranch up to thousands of inner city and disadvantaged kids. Contrary to the "salacious" tales of Neverland you have no doubt heard, every few weeks MJ would open his home up to hundreds of kids at a time. His movie theater was specially outfitted with a room with hospital beds for kids too sick to leave the bed, so they could watch the movies too.
You have to really love kids to figure it into the architecture of your home, is what Oprah said, and I agree.
This man had a passion for the world, for the environment, for people in need, and especially for children. A lot of that is because he didn't get a childhood himself. Our culture chose to twist that into something dirty and perverted but it never was.
If you believe MJ was a child molester you haven't read much about the case. I've yet to meet a single person who is truly informed about what went on in that courtroom who believes he was guilty. The only people I've ever met who thought he was guilty are just jumping on a media bandwagon and have no idea what they're talking about.
Here is a list of the highlights of MJ's Humanitarian Efforts:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/14283749/Michael-Ja...
THIS is why Sheila Jackson Lee wants MJ remembered and honored.
Further: http://www.whoismichael.com gives a good overview of the case for MJ's innocence. All the facts on that site can be independently confirmed. The book: "Michael Jackson Conspiracy" is also good and more importantly... factual, drawing from the actual court transcripts to show you the side of the news the media WASN'T reporting. The forward was written by MJ's lead defense counsel.
may i ask the flavor of the kool aid you drank? and did you drink the whole 2 quarts.
MJFanEtc

Harrison, TN

#44 Jul 12, 2009
I provided you with facts, you responded with a cheap insult. I think it's clear you can't reply with an intelligent rebuttal.

I find it offensive when I spend the time to write a thoughtful post (whether someone agrees with it or not) and the reply is a one line quip that is meant to show you're smart or cute but shows neither.
Dr Undo

Gower, MO

#45 Jul 12, 2009
not going to happen sheila,lmfwao

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