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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

When Rep. Peter King Died, Millions Mourned

Oh wait,I was thinking of somebody else.

Let’s see, Peter King, who’s he again? Oh, right, he’s that pathetic dipshit that has nothing better to do than kick Michael Jackson after he’s already dead.

I would’ve thought a member of Congress would have had more important things to do than make nasty comments about one of the greatest pop performers of the last few decades. Since his bloated salary comes out of taxpayers’ money, you’d think his constituents in New York State would want their tax dollars put to better use.

Peter King has his First Amendment right to call Michael Jackson a “pervert” and a “lowlife” if he wants to. He’s perfectly free to announce to the world that he’s a clueless asshole with too much time on his hands.

When Peter King dies, there’ll only be two pallbearers at his funeral. Why only two, you ask? Because a garbage can only has two handles.

cross-posted at Bring It On!



Anonymous Kvatch said...

Oh please... Pete King is a jackass, but MJ was still a freak show who looked like an extra from Cats and who died with all the dignity of Elvis.

It's the media hoopla over MJ that's really...Really disgusting.

July 7, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kvatch: It's too bad Michael Jackson deteriorated into a freak show. But from the late '60s to the early '80s, his music rocked. I hope he'll be remembered for his music and not his wacky behavior.

Pete King probably won't be remembered at all.

July 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

One cannot expect anything less than a freak show from the media about anything--I'm still getting over all the Twilight bullshit.

I'm really sad about Michael Jackson who strikes me as a man who just couldn't live in this world--enormously talented and frightfully damaged. His death has really saddened me.

King is an ass, but he isn't alone--I've heard others say the same thing. Screw them if they have to be so ugly, even at such a sensitive time. Since King is a politician, I wonder if he thought he would get more votes that way.

July 7, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: I'm guessing King is from a redneck part of New York State, and he's probably hoping to get brownie points from his constituents.

I haven't read any of the Twilight books or seen any of the movies, but it's been a huge boon to this part of Washington. The town of Forks, WA, where Twilight was supposed to take place, has transformed itself from a dying lumber town to a lively place full of tourists (who hopefully are spending some money).

July 7, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Jamel said...

Let me get this straight..Pete King says that soldiers, teachers, etc should be honored more than Mike Jackson. That the Mike Jackson coverage has gone overboard. And you people disagree with that? You do not think that the Mike Jackson coverage is bit over the top. He was an entertainer, he was not God..and us Americans need to get our priorities straight. Mike did nothing for people whatsoever..except maybe for his philantropic endeavors..but that is nothing compared to sacrificing your life for the freedom of your country. Keep Mike in his rightful place instead of elevating him to heights that he does not belong.

July 7, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

I haven't seen the Twilight movies or read the books either, but I figure anything that gets a teenager to read a book these days can't be all bad:)

Tom, I agree. MJ has some serious problems - he was certainly tormented by internal demons that he listened to just a bit too much. How many people out there are that damaged, but without the money to make a public display of it? Plenty - most of the assholes I work with, for example (they're all republicans, say no more, say no more).

July 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I've never particularly liked Peter King but I do agree that MJ's pedophilic reputation seems to have been swept away by the public's mourning.

July 7, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jamel: Peter King could have made his point without calling Michael Jackson names. He just strikes me as a redneck politician trying to score points with the voters in his district.

Bee: I hadn't thought of that -- if somebody's reading Twilight, at least that person is reading a book. And after that, maybe another book...

J: I hope Michael Jackson will be remembered for his music. And after today's Hollywood ceremonies, I hope he'll finally disappear from the headlines.

July 7, 2009 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Peter King, discussing the 2004 presidential election-"It isn't over until all the votes are counted and we're the ones counting the votes."
He's a douche, a scum, and a criminal. He probably was afraid Jackson might cut into his turf.

July 7, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: That quote sounds like something Peter King would say. I've heard other YouTube speeches of his; he sounds like a total douchebag.

July 7, 2009 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous S.W. anderson said...

I was brought up to not speak ill of the dead; that if you can't say something kind and positive, keep it to yourself.

That was in part to learn some self-discipline and general respectfulness. But it was more about not adding to the hurt of those who love and miss the deceased at a time when they're grieving and especially vulnerable.

I gather Rep. Peter King never got that message when he was growing up. What he said so publicly is more a reflection on him than on Michael Jackson.

Count me among those who think the media have gone way, way overboard on Jackson's death and the aftermath, just as they did after Princess Diana died. It's disgusting because it lapses into exploitation.

It's also curiously biased exploitation, because the media didn't come close to pulling out all the stops this way when longtime, incredibly popular and accomplished stars like Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra died.

July 7, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

When Peter King dies, there’ll only be two pallbearers at his funeral. Why only two, you ask? Because a garbage can only has two handles.

Oh, there'll be at least three, or have you forgotten about the ragpickers?

July 8, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I think that was the tackiest thing about King's speech -- speaking ill of the dead. Most people agree with King that there's been too much media obsession over Michael Jackson, but he could have made his point without a bunch of namecalling.

Randal: That's still three more pallbearers than he deserves.

July 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a tradition in this Country that we are not to speak ill of the dead, and I always thought both sides have honored that very well. Too well sometimes, If I was a kid who never heard of Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Jerry Falwell I would think they were saints from their Obituaries.

As for Peter King, did he at anytime go over to Mark Foley's, or Larry Craigs office and call them a pervert?

If so why not?

SW you are the first person whom I ever heard agree with me in the coverage of Princess Diana


July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I'll admit I've done snide posts when detestable people died (Jerry Falwell and Henry Hyde among others). But then my daily drivel doesn't go out to millions of people.

That's a good question about whether King ever called Mark Foley those same names, or thousands of child-molesting priests for that matter.

July 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

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