What is the deal with the people of California?
Michael Jackson was arraigned earlier today, and hundreds of his fans turned out in a boisterous show of support for the singer turned hideous freak of nature. They were cheering, clapping, waving signs, and chanting "Michael, we love you." Jacko should be more careful about who he loves back, however, since that's how he got into this situation in the first place.
More importantly, who knew Jackson even had fans?
Jackson may or may not ultimately turn out to be innocent of these latest charges. But making a mockery of the legal system is not going to change whatever the facts of the case may be. This is not some sort of popularity contest in which the general public votes on the next American idol; rather, it's about determining whether a man (and I use the term loosely) is guilty of some rather serious charges. And quite frankly, that multi-million dollar out of court settlement from a few years ago says a lot, too.
But back to the public displays of support: Who the hell are these people? Are they the same ones who stood along the highway cheering O.J. when he was accused of double murder? Hell, let's bring Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini back from the dead and parade them down the Santa Monica Freeway. The people of California would probably die of giddiness.
And what to make of the scene where Jackson climbed on top of his limo to wave at his supporters? Not bad for a guy who was supposedly left crippled by a brutal police beating.
What a miserable, depressing day....
I've come across two disturbing news items in the past 24 hours or so. First, Carole Moseley Braun has dropped out of the presidential race and announced she is endorsing Howard Dean. And while I have nothing against the former governor, I just don't see any way he can beat George W. Bush in Florida this November, regardless of how many recounts he demands.
At the moment my loyalties are torn between the two candidates I deem to have the best chance of winning: Dennis "Big Head" Kucinich and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
Seriously: Have you ever looked at a photo of Kucinich? His head is too big for his body. Stature wise, he's a little shrimp. Maybe 4'7" tops, if he's wearing stiletto heals. Yet proportionally, Kucinich has the cranial structure of a man who is 6'5"! I find that just vaguely disturbing.
But enough about politics and the future of the free world. The other, far more serious news item is that Fannie May candies is closing.