February 1, 2010

Tonight on LKL

Posted: 07:51 PM ET


CBS rejects an aid for a gay dating site, but accepts one from Focus on the Family featuring quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother.  Is CBS making a political statement by it's ad selection?  We'll have a debate between Focus on the Family president Jim Daly and NOW president Terry O'Neill.


10 Americans remain in prison for trying to take orphans out of Haiti.  They say they were trying to help the kids.  The Haitian government suspects they might have been involved in human trafficking.  We'll have a live report from Port-au-Prince.


Beyonce may have taken home the hardware, but Michael Jackson's kids were the true headliners at a heartfelt tribute to the King of Pop.

And we want to hear from you...

Do you think Michael Jackson's children should make more public appearances?

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Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Of course they stole the show-They are Michaels children...They honored their DADDY last night.
Should they make more public appearances???
What so the public and media can chew them up and spit them out as they did to Michael???
Noway–Not unlee it is something they completely want to do...IMO of course..

777Perfection   February 1st, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Michael should be very proud of them, they are gorgeous.

MJs Tink   February 1st, 2010 8:01 pm ET

Give me an inch and I end up wanting a mile. Yes I want them to make more public appearances. I want to watch them grow as I watched Michael grow. BUT, not if the paps and media do to them what they did to Michael. By the way, Michael is an Amazing father. The children did a wonderful job!

Judie   February 1st, 2010 8:04 pm ET

~Michaels~ children are the extended version of him,the whole world watched them and they were great.The courage they showed is beyond belief. If they want to continue with appearances they by all means,we could never get enough of them.

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 1st, 2010 8:04 pm ET



Maria Copelli   February 1st, 2010 8:05 pm ET

@ALL,I am quite sure Katherine ,is taking the BEST care of the children .This is why Michael entrusted them to her.She will monitor,them and continue to make wise decisions,as regards to their well being. Michael knew what he was doing,look at them and you can see, what a wonderful Daddy he is!!!!!Love to you All,Maria Copelli

gigi   February 1st, 2010 8:08 pm ET

To the Media:

Michael's children represented the father beautifully. And no I don't think they should make more public appearances? Because a lot of people in the media and a lot in the general public don't show Michael or his beautiful children any respect. If there are other times they want to make an appearance whether now or when their older that is their personal choice.

But, these kids don't need to be hounded the way the you the media hounded and hurt their dad.

Another thing I would really like to stress. Those kids did not make an appearance for the king of pop. They went their for their dad and only for their dad.

Maria Copelli   February 1st, 2010 8:09 pm ET

@ALL,I hope this blog will start off peacefully ,and remain that way ,this is my hope,that will be so wonderful...ahhhhhSmile ,Maria C.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 8:09 pm ET

Hi BBFF sounds like the wheels of justice are starting to turn a little,I hope an arrest happens soon. Justice even in the smallest form can do wonders for some.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 8:12 pm ET

I have to agree they were there for their Dad...nicely put.

MJs Tink   February 1st, 2010 8:12 pm ET

@ GIGI "Those kids did not make an appearance for the king of pop. They went their for their dad and only for their dad.


Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Judie Judie-Sure does.....
OMG Weren't those children just wonderful last night??/ Did you check out the outfits...They even dress similar to Michael...
They ahve grown so much in the past 7 months....
Such a devasting way to have to mature so quickly....
I just happened to be skipping through channels and saw Murray's face. Had to watch. It was the regular HLN new. I won't pay attention to NG or JV. those ladie s can take a hike....
They are saying involuntary manslaughter....
I'm on pins and needles now...This better happen....
Or maybe we'll gather and go to Tex ourselves....Hee Hee

maryrm   February 1st, 2010 8:17 pm ET

Gigi – absolutely right – they appears for the Dad.

If the kids feel strongly about honouring their father by appearing at a function, then I will support them.

However, those jackals (the media) had better not start hunting and scarring those children.

Yvard Louis   February 1st, 2010 8:21 pm ET

Hi, Larry! My name is Yvard Louis, I'm an haitian american living in Atlanta, GA. I want to thank CNN, the US military, the american people and the Obama administration for assisting haiti in this crisis.
The 10 people who are being charged for kidnapping acted arrogantly and disrespecfully. They have no right to kidnap those kids, regardless the motives behind their action.

Adoption is not a good thing for the Haitian children. The best way to help them is to go to Haiti and open orphanage for them in their contry
their culture. Provide for them where they are so they won't have to loose their cultural identity by adoption.

David   February 1st, 2010 8:22 pm ET

I Just want to send my recognition to the CNN entire team for this special coverage on Haiti's earthquake. without your support, the world would not be able to know how Haiti was devastaded by this such natural desaster. I want to say thank you once again to all reporters who went the day after the earthquake specially Handerson Cooper who is now in the heart of this such tragedy to bring us coverage from Haiti. Handerson Cooper, is a very dedicated person and ready to go any places despite how degerous the situation is. Your rewards is in heaven.
Thank you all,

Judie   February 1st, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Their arm bands said it all again,the tribute to their father is undeniable.I wonder if we can get any arm bands like that. Maybe Lori can make some and put MJ's initials in it....just a thought.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 8:30 pm ET

Agreed...the media will crush these beautiful children. Why would they need to do more publicly?? They need to be kids!!! And carry on Mike's legacy with the laughter and fun of being kids!!! That is what he would want for them!!

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 8:33 pm ET

I love the outfits...stripes down the pant legs and the arm bands...and Paris' ruffled shirt...they looked adorable!! I didn't get to see pics of little Blanket...he is my little boo!!!!

Marla   February 1st, 2010 8:33 pm ET

I'd honestly love to see them in public from time to time, but I rather let them grow privately, stronger and wiser, until they are really ready to confront with class whatever disrespectful comment any beast throws at them and their father. Love you Michael, your kids are amazing!

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 8:37 pm ET

The taking of the orphans in Haiti...that is so suspect. Were these people there to help those children or to help themselves to those children?? I would like to think they were being genuine...benefit of the doubt...

PKANDP FROM USA   February 1st, 2010 8:37 pm ET


Yvard Louis   February 1st, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Hi Larry! my name is Yvard Louis. I'm an haitian american leaving in Atlanta,GA. I want to thank CNN, the US military, the american people and the Obama administration for assisting haiti in this crisis.
The 10 americans who are being detained for kidnapping acted arrogantly and disrespectfully regardless of their motives.

Adoption of the haitian children out of haiti is not a good thing, because it will destroy their cultural identity.
If a church, or any humanitarian organisation want to help them, they need to go to haiti and open ophanage there for those kids. They need to be helpped where they are, not away from their land and their culture.

Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Carie Yes they will. These children need to be left alone....Let them heal.....
Judie–You are funny..Lori have time to make armbands...Ummm I don't know..She's dancing even when she sleeps right now..LOl

CBS news just had a thing on about the remake of We are The World..
Quincy Jones says they have it all figured out and Michaels voice will be included in the remake....
It is being said today that after the grammies last night , Earth Song is now at # 48 on itunes for downloads. Let's get it to number 1 everyone..
What do you think???

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Oh, they will be using Mikey's voice...OMG...I want to cry. And the singers: Celine, Bono, Gaga, Snoop Dogg (?), etc...that is going to be beautiful. I wonder if the kids will sing too...that is the 'rumor.'
Diane posted something about Firpo Carr stating he did not watch the Grammys' because Mike would never want the kids exposed like that...that Mike was very protective...your thoughts?? I agree...I really don't think he would want that for them, but if they wanted to, maybe he would have let them?? Dunno!!

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

And Rob that man!!! LOL!!!
And Kanye,...wish they would get Pink...that would be heaven!!!

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:10 pm ET

That's what I am saying if MJ were alive those kids would of never been up there.PERIOD!

Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Carie–I saw Dianes post:
I also saw that on HLN just before I changed the channel, don't care for JAne.
I'm going to have to agree with Firpo–Michael would not have wanted those kids exposed like that... He worked too hard every single day to keep them protected and away from all the nastiness the world produces. They need thier childhood and Michael worked his butt off to make sure they were going to have just that...That's what a dad does...
Every single one of us enjoyed every second of seeing those children last night... But in my heart, I do not believe Michael would have wanted them exposed on a globally seen program such as the Grammies... IMO of course 🙂

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

You are so right...and I agree with Paris' haircut...Mike would want her to remain a little girl with her hair in tact!!! You were very observant!!

Patty...agree with you and Judie...I just wonder who allowed it???

Cindy   February 1st, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Michael's children are spectacular and beautiful. He did a great job with them and I'm sure they are in good hands with their grandparents. I heard that Prince wrote himself what he said; that is impressive. It would be great to see more of them but I think it should be totally up to them how much we see them.

Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Judie–My goodness I am sorry did not mean to be so inconsiderate-How is your daughter-in-law doing.?

Cindy   February 1st, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I don't agree that MJ would not have wanted his children to be there. Michael was very private but I believe if something happened to his mother and she was going to be honored, he would be the first one there. Things are a little different now than while he was alive.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 9:19 pm ET

And yet another confirmation that Mike is are absolutely correct!!!!!! They would never have been on a stage other than one in their home...NEVER in front of millions of people.


Patty Anderson   February 1st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Cindy–You could be right also. That's just it we don't know.
I'm betting there's a big part of them inside that really wanted to do this. Michael was "DADDY".
I just hope and pray it is thier choice to make and no one pressure them into going more public...
They need to be children first and formost....

shasta2001   February 1st, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I am hoping that at the age of 11 and 12 you would be allowed to make choices about your self. I can't imagine my Dad telling how I should wear my hair at that age. They are young adults and very mature ones at that. I though they were wonderful.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

@shasta,thank you for that link Lionels face and embrace to Paris says it all to me also.That is genuine.
Did anyone notice how much Blanket looks so very much like Omer?
Look at the link shasta posted the picture is the spitting image of Omer.

@Patty check my FB

Cindy   February 1st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Patty Anderson,
Yes, let's hope it was their choice. I think Prince is someone who will want to carry forth his father's causes and for having lived to sheltered, it's absolutely amazing how well he did in front of all of those people. I think he'll be a natural for the role. Paris is beautiful and obviously was a little nervous but that may change with time. One thing for sure, they did much better up there than I ever could have.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:37 pm ET

@shasta I agree most children would get away with wanting to do what they want, IMO MJ would of never allowed it for Paris,keeping his children as innocent as possible for as long as he possibly could,was his priority.

shasta2001   February 1st, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Why would Blanket look like Omer? I thought Blanket looked like a little Antonio Banderas!

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

MJs Tink,
I said it was my opinion,you dont have to be crude.

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 1st, 2010 9:42 pm ET




babycarie   February 1st, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Patty long as they want to...but they are young and still need guidance to protect them...and Katherine will watch very carefully.
Blanket reminds me of my brother when he was little...even the long hair. He makes me cry when I see him. I adore him!! But my brother had curly long hair...I miss him so much.

MJs Tink   February 1st, 2010 9:43 pm ET

LOL Judie, I posted before you, It wasn't meant for you! xoxo

shasta2001   February 1st, 2010 9:43 pm ET


I don't think I understand what innocence has to do with wearing your hair the way you think it looks best. Paris had a very nice haircut and looked very feminine.I don't think Michael would like her to be unhappy about the way she looks. He knew too well what that was all about.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:45 pm ET

@MJs Tink,
No worries! 😉

Maria Copelli   February 1st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

@ALL,I am sure it was with Much Careful thought and much cinsideration,that Michaels beautiful children ,were on that stage.It wasnt for any other reason ,except to be there for there Daddy.As far as haircutting ,girls sometimes just want a change right?And she still has long gorgeous hair .....They are getting old enough to make some decisions,ontheir own ,with their Grandmothers approval!!!!Katherine has raised 9 children ,and they are always ,well groomed,and most of all well Mannered,arent they?They set a fine example ,in my humble opinion.

Love to you ALL,Maria C

shasta2001   February 1st, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Prince was very well spoken and not childlike at all. He will be a great man in my opinion.
Maturity looks very good on a young man. There were some grown men interviewed that night at the Grammys that acted and spoke like they were 15 years old.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 9:50 pm ET

I loved her haircut, I am just saying I don't think MJ would of approved of it.Most fathers want to keep their little girls "little girls",they grow up to fast as it is.That is the first thing I said is OMG she cut her long hair.

Maggie from Australia   February 1st, 2010 9:54 pm ET

This may have been something the children wanted or even needed to do for themselves and their father and they were great.If Michael was alive i don t think he would want the chidren in the public eye so much and i doubt that he would even receive all these tributes.Hope Prince Paris and Blanket are allowed to grow up away from all this for their own sakes.RIP Michael.

shasta2001   February 1st, 2010 9:58 pm ET


I understand now, I never had long hair as girl myself. My mother made a point of having it cut very short. It was probably because we live in Florida and it was always so hot. As I got older, I had it as long as I could!

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I agree on both counts...where were these accolades when Mike was alive, for the past decade?? He needed to receive more in the past ten years...quite possibly might have saved his life...his heart was broken. And he would not have wanted his kids so out there...IMO.

Eddy L.   February 1st, 2010 10:02 pm ET

hey Larry king this Eddy I' m Haitian, about the ten American haitian gov. Accused is not trugh they do it just for politic if someone need a Idea Email me


Sada   February 1st, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I would love to see more public appearances of Michael's kids, BUT in limited capacities. not front page fodder, but occasionally would be great. I think Prince and Paris would be the BEST ambassadors for Michael's legacy. ♥ them!!!

lola   February 1st, 2010 10:05 pm ET

As long as Michael is being honored, his children have every right to be there and accept the adulation and awards. However, they are children, and I hope the media respects their youth and holds the criticism. They are children and should never be considered adults regardless of their maturity. As long as they are respected and treated with sensitivity and they themselves want to participate without being forced, then it is OK.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:09 pm ET

'BEST ambassadors for Michael's legacy'...I love that! And so true. Unfortunately the media has been so harsh towards Mike and I question how delicate they would handle his kids. At first they would be kind but as the years go on... Lisa Marie had to answer to a lot of garbage the media threw at her...I hope they don't do the same to MJ's children.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 10:12 pm ET

We all sound like very loving mothers,if they ever need any help with those kids we will all be right there with a helping hand. We will all keep our eye on the media and help to protect those children.

Mary from Minnesota   February 1st, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Hi Larry
Your guest just said, "why cannot we have a safe-zone of commercial ads for families" as he opposes the gay ad. I agree with him ... but they are currently NOT SAFE!!! The violence in all ads during sports (typically other television programs like CSI, etc. fire, guns, bombs, dead bodies, evil face expressions, etc.). How are these safe for 8 year olds??

Linda in Arizona   February 1st, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Those Christian "missionaries" belong in jail, and later prison. They kidnapped those children, pure and simple. They got them for nothing! That absurd excuse of "we didn't know they needed papers" is NOT to be believed.They stole those children. When they got caught, they lied about where they had obtained them and how. Don't be fooled by their Christian propaganda, "We're singing hymns to keep our spirits up", "God told us to do it". That is nothing but a front. These people are liars. They even lied about the "swimming pool" they said awaited the children. Who knows what their real plans were, but the more they are investigated, the clearer it will become that these are not good people.

khym Reid   February 1st, 2010 10:15 pm ET

As much as I would love to see more of them, making public appearances should be entirely up to them. However I agree with MJ, they should be briefed on what to expect.

Jean   February 1st, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Having such an advertisement, commercial with two men kissing during the Superbowl, is highly immoral. What are these people trying to prove? As far as I am concerned, it is unbecoming at whatever time of day and on television or in any advertisement. There is a problem with some people as the gay movement. They do not see themselves as going down the slippery slope. Yet they are. They have lost their sense of sin.
CBS is correct. The Superbowl is no place, game to advertise one's sexuality and promotion of the gay lifestyle. It is also upsetting to many people.
Men were not created to be kissing men in such a manner and to enter into a sexual relationship with each other and to get married to each other. They must not expect the entire world and/or all America for that matter, to approve their intrinsic lifestyle. The entire world will never accept them. This type of commercial serves no useful purpose whatsoever. It is also not enlightening or educating. They should keep their feelings to themselves and behind closed doors, if they choose to practice such an abomination.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:20 pm ET

I was wondering about that...were they trying to protect those kids or steal/profit from them. That is scary...poor children.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 1st, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Why dont we just let all the babies be born without mommas and daddys and wind up like Haiti .

Maura   February 1st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Michael...looks as though I've missed you on the other blog. Here's some more quotes for you and some quotes for your children. They made me think of all four of you and I love you all. 🙂

"Our nation's children are our greatest asset and our most precious treasure."
Dodd, Christopher

"Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives."
Angelou, Maya

"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer."
Unknown, Author

"A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude."
– Willa Cather

"All kids are gifted. Some just open their packages earlier than others."
– Michael Carr

"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
– Indian Proverb

"A child's smile is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day."
– Author Unknown

"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back."
– Barbara De Angelis

"If I could have 3 wishes, I wouldn't wish for
the stars, the moon, the riches and this life. But for 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, and 13 months a year to spend a longer time with you."

"For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
~Rosemonde Gerard

"A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away."
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)

"A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you."
~Author Unknown

Yvonne   February 1st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Yes, the childen should have been there to honor their father. As they said, We love you. They are probably still working through the loss of their father. They are children.

Anne   February 1st, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Jean – They are trying to prove they are human beings like the rest of us and trying to make people confront their own bigotry and homophobia.

Sharon Radbourne   February 1st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

If there are more Michael Jackson honors to come, then I believe they should be accepted by his children but only if it is their choic. I thought they were wonderful and spoke about Michael as their daddy and how much they love him. I also agree with Sada that Prince and Paris would be the best ambassadors for Michael's legacy. I only hope the media and papparazzi do not destroy them the way they did Michael. Even though it has been 7 months since Michael's death, I still cry everyday at what could have been his biggest dream and success with "This Is It". I am thankful they have Katherine and the entire Jackson family to support and love them through all this.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Acceptance has to start somewhere. By teaching our children that there are various 'relationships' between two people, and by teaching this at an early age, they will not view a gay ad as a negative thing, but just another ad.
Teaching acceptance is important. Homosexuality is not a choice...and it whould not be viewed as immoral.

linda in Reno   February 1st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Isn't there some issue re someone on Focus on Family's "board" ? that has made a ton of anti-gay comments - is Focus on Family anti-gay?

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:26 pm ET


Nelene   February 1st, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Abortion is an unthinkble act. . . and it should be illegal for anyone to be able to kill an unborn baby. It is appaling that 1/3 of women are killing their babies and they can do it legally. I support Focus on the Family and their Choose Life stand.

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 1st, 2010 10:28 pm ET



SD   February 1st, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Terry ONeil could not be more right. These archaic and unrealistic ideas still shoved in our faces as woman is insulting. I dont want to hear a singke man talk about a womens choice for her body and her life again. Think about how far we have come and how hard it is to be a single mother. Jim can say all this because he can still walk away from a preganancy and not have to make the tough decisions. Lets move ofrward and focus on sex education.

Cindy meadows   February 1st, 2010 10:30 pm ET

What's wrong with showing women that one of their choices is to give birth and give a baby a choice to live and use their talents? In this case a baby turned out to be a heisman winner?

nancy   February 1st, 2010 10:30 pm ET

I think it's outrageous that CBS rejected an ad for a gay dating site– as objectionable but they accepted an anti-choice ad. It's a woman's right to choose– it's the law and that should never never change! We are not going to go back to the dark ages regardless of what these conservative groups want.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Abortion should be a choice, but not a form of birth control. A woman's body is hers to decide.

Maura   February 1st, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Hello True my friend.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 10:33 pm ET

I am impressed with that I really am.Rhyme is not as easy as it seems, it has to mean something and yours just did,my respect to you also. Plus the last part about the fight LMAO on that.Thanks for the lift.

Jean   February 1st, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Choose life not death. Thou shalt not kill whether it is a man, woman, child, baby, the unborn. It is murder. These adults who promote abortion are human beings themselves. They also have children. Consider when their loved ones die, do they not cry? Do they not feel the hurt and pain? Do they not wish that they were still alive? Then consider that they are murdering and encouraging the murder of the unborn in their mothers' wombs, denying them the right to life, also denying the country their future citizens. Murdering the unborn should be punishable. There is absolutely no excuse to abort babies. Woe to those who do and who promote, approve and endorse it.

Jim   February 1st, 2010 10:34 pm ET

The KKK changed their message also, we trust them now right? Let’s get religion out from between women’s legs, and let the women decide what’s best for them.

I drive past the abortion clinic several times a week, protesters haven’t got the new message!

gigi   February 1st, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I'm little confused about the emphasis of Paris wanting to get a haircut.

Maybe she just wanted to try a different look. It looked like Prince got another haircut, even lil Blanket probably had gotten a little trim for the special occasion last night. Or maybe Paris decided months ago she wanted to cut her hair. I don't know if Michael would have mind if his daughter wanted to cut her hair or not. For all we know Paris could have asked or told her dad that she wanted to cut her. And her dad could have said sure if your really want to, no, or not right now maybe next year.

As far as, the kids coming out on stage. It's just another thing we really don't know. In that interview Michael did with Geraldo. Michael said that his kids asked him all the time about going on stage with him. It's clear over the years of being asked Michael made a parental decision of not wanting his kids to come out on stage with him. It's also possible that, maybe before Michael passed away. He had planned and discussed with only his kids about letting them come on stage with him at the end of one of his concerts shows. It's just a list of things we really don't know.

I completely understand that everyone is just express their own opinion. I'm just providing another thoughts. :O)

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:40 pm ET

What about killing the aborion doctors?
A woman has the right to is her body.
An unwanted child could mean hell on earth for that child. Educating about birth control is necessary in schools..IMO. And handing out condoms, visits to planned parenthood...all with parent permission of course. Education is the key to fighting all ignorance.

Cindy   February 1st, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Pro-life vs Pro-choice is not always a matter of religion. There are actually atheists who believe in pro-life. I think people make a mistake always connecting the debate to religion. Sometimes it's simply based on an individual's moral compass.

MJs Tink   February 1st, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Babycarie, I agree. Education is key.

Irene Gilbert   February 1st, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Super Bowl should be a family event. There will be NO SUPERBOWL partying at our house! CBS has made this into a "Mature Audience Only" event. Given the inappropriate inclusion of a "Pro-Life" ad, they should just open it up to any and all groups. Let's add in a little nudity and S&M just for fun!!!
Don't get me wrong, I am pro-life, pro alternate life styles. I just don't want to see either using Super Bowl Sunday to advance their causes.

deb rogers   February 1st, 2010 10:42 pm ET

If CBS is airing a 'right-to-life' it should also provide equal time for a 'women's rights ad.'
I wonder if focus on the family knows that after the Super Bowl more women are sexually assaulted than on any other day of the year? A woman needs to have the right to choose what happens to her body.

Sarita   February 1st, 2010 10:44 pm ET

No matter what side one is on, the Super Bowl is no place for Pro-life ads nor any political ads. Beer works, and simple family FUN are the only ads that should be allowed.

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 1st, 2010 10:44 pm ET



James   February 1st, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Thank you Carville, keep pushing the facts and don't let the Republicans off the hook for the mess that we're in. This republican Okie Doke trick is reprehensible, how can the public forget what happened during the Bush administration.

Sarita   February 1st, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Having heard the Jackson kids would speak on the Grammys is the only reason I bothered to watch it!!! They seem to be adjusting well.

RSPatterson   February 1st, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Tell CBS, they either remove all politically charged commercials or I won't be watching the Super Bowl!

Keith   February 1st, 2010 10:46 pm ET

I know to bring jobs back. Lets bribe the rich with billions in tax cuts.

Shane   February 1st, 2010 10:47 pm ET

I'm in California watching LKL right now. Commercial break. My comments in regards to budget deficit. This conservative lady, Andrea Tantaros, is absolutely wrong and the gentlemen, James Carville, speaking to the facts of the recession is absolutely correct. This lady is oblivious to believing the facts, no really "historical facts", and scoffing at his truths as if they are fabricated. This is very common I find when speaking to some of my other conservative friends. They have ignored the Bush era that led to the recession and treat the new administration as if they could just come in and put the brakes on this. They completely ignore the facts when trying to win an argument or position for their platform. It's sad these persons cannot even be explained facts.

Scott   February 1st, 2010 10:47 pm ET

First I am burned on the Conservative/Liberal faceoff. The noise is unbearable. I am not a fan of abortion but I accept a womans ability to choose. I am not a gay man but I really don't care who is. This is not apathy it's called tolerance!!!!! Now all of you go out and get yourself a little. Oh yeah, I don't want to hear about E-Harmony or condoms in the middle of the Superbowl either!!!

mymikej   February 1st, 2010 10:48 pm ET

i absolutely love to see michaels children because i was and still am such a fan of the man as well as the musician.they seem really poised and intelligent ,and they also seem to really support each other........when they want to be seen , i will tune in ,.....other than that it is just people chasing them to make money , put them on a website and have people critique much as i love mj i realize he can bring out some colorful remarks.thats what happens when you are at the top of the heap.i really dont think his children should be subjected to public scrutiny.....that being said they are in my prayers and i wish them every happiness

Jo   February 1st, 2010 10:48 pm ET

While I'm sure Pam Tebow's story makes good fodder for right-to-life groups, I am vehemently opposed to it being aired during the Super Bowl. Moreover, I'm equally opposed to the abortion issue being on any political platform! What a woman does with her body is her business alone – no business of the government, nor of any pro-life group.

As a Christian, I feel a woman answers to one power only. She can answer for herself when it's her time. Until that time comes, leave the issue out of the government and the media!!!

Brenda   February 1st, 2010 10:49 pm ET

They had no affect on me at all. I don't see or feel Micheal when I see them.

CHUCK   February 1st, 2010 10:51 pm ET






Theresa   February 1st, 2010 10:51 pm ET

I think it would be great to see more of Michael's kids, but whatever is best for them, not us. Don't want the media to hound them. They need their privacy too. Love you Michael!!

dennis ross   February 1st, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Micheal jacksons death will forever be a painfull thorn in the sides of those 2 kids. You could still see the pain on their faces when they appeared for their dad at the grammy's. They won't ever get the chance to heal because of the public bond that MJ created during his years as a singer, i would imagine that as years go by the public will be more demanding that the jackson kids make more appearences. But I think all that will do is cause that wound they are suffering from to fester. We as fans need to stay in prayer for the Jackson kids and family members.

Lets leave the kids alone so they can heal and retain their own memories of their father,

MJs Tink   February 1st, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Bye Chuck!

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Boycotting the Superbowl over advertisements...yet soap operas that are aired during the day are okay?? Hmmm. Children need to be taught that lifestyle differences are just that...nothing vulgar, immoral..just people loving each other. Homosexuality is not a choice...once that is understood it will be viewed differently...IMO.
Children are pretty remarkable and capable of processing and of undertsanding, appreciating and's adults who are jaded. Kids just need to hear the truth.

John B   February 1st, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Why waste a catastrophe when you can collect charitable donations and use them to get new converts. Round-up children from the street, ignore their crying pleas, try to sneak them out of the country, claiming stupidity and ignorance of any paper work that was necessary. Pleading that their good intentions and sanctimonious personal understanding of Gods Plan.
This same argument could be used by any criminal trying to procure children for their purposes. This is only a tip of the continuing exploitation of the poor people of Haiti

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Good luck, Chuck!!!!!!

Sada   February 1st, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I wish more shows would do like the grammys and provide a time stamp when certain segments will air, so I will know exactly when to tune in.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 10:58 pm ET

dennis ross
Agreed...and well said.

matt   February 1st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Dear Lary
I am watching the discussion between James and andrea regarding the economy. I think it is wrong to blame the economy on George Bush policies. He was at the helm and has some responsibilities but lets look at what happened to destroy the economy
The attack on the twin towers launched the middle east war. certainly a costly event and it continues to be costly
Katrina was a large economic disaster and still contiues
Sem to me i am missing a storm
Calafornia was having massive problems with fires
Then when had the snow ball effect that started with ENRON have we forgot??
It continued to see the tumble of the major bans like merrill lynch wells fargo ect..
and then we had the colapse of the auto industry obviouly these are not gonverment institutions. This further contributed to the colapse of the econmy. Their failure was not something that happened all of a sudden but had been snowballing over time.
The economic laws that created this disaster were created over time and some were not predictable. Put in combination of the natural disasters I wonder who could have pulled this off. The advise of major banks prior to the collapse further added to the fall . Look at the effect of retirement accounts. Was this at te advise of Bush or was he getting his advise from them..
Seems our brain trust doesnt know what is going on
I find it disturbing that was blame economic disasters on politics when the banks who are supposed to be relaying honest information are doctoring the books and the blame is passed off on politics . I could go on This is fairly obvious.

Judie   February 1st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Wow,we got em all tonight! Good luck Chuck ...carie lmao

Helena Woder   February 1st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Who are we or anybody outside of the Jackson family, especially the media to say what his children "should" be doing?

Valeria T   February 1st, 2010 11:00 pm ET

The Haitian government is being *ridiculous* fretting about documentation and paperwork when children's lives are at risk. If they had any sense they'd be shipping every child they could find out of there, Every effort should be made to get those church workers out of jail so they can get back to helping other children be relocated to places they can get food, clothing, and decent medical care. In the aftermath of a disaster such as this, is not the time to be worrying about whether anyone has 'the proper papers'. Lives matter more than bureaucracy.

Sally   February 1st, 2010 11:03 pm ET

@ Larry King,

Stop making these child traffickers look like Matyrs. They break the law , plain and simple. They knew exactly what they were doing. That make you wonder how many kids they kidnapped and sold before.

I can't believe you asked whether they fit the profile of child tracffickers. This is what child trafficking looks like Larry children are bought from poor third-world families under coercive circumstances or simply snatched (especially in the chaos of a crisis), so that they can be adopted by fee-paying first-world families who look the other way and feel oh-so-smug about the good deed they've done. The majority are hiding

Larry this is growing issue in third world countries that you need to investigate more.
I hope they prosecute these criminals.

D. mason   February 1st, 2010 11:03 pm ET

comments on Super Bowl ads- I'm glad that the gay ad will not be advertised. I think that parents have the right not to have their kids exposed to the sickness of gays (men or women). I think that gay men are an insult to me as a female. Men will never be women even though they try to portray women. Even a sex change will not make a gay man a women, no more than women will be men. I will never understand the logic of men kissing men or women . Especially in public. Seeing same sex kissing in public is one of the nastiest and nausiating things to see in public.

Pamela Almond   February 1st, 2010 11:03 pm ET

Personally, as a working woman over the age of 50, with a medium family income of over $100,000 I will sit with a pen and paper during the Super Bowl and jot down the name of each advertiser who, along side the Tebows, chooses to diminish a woman's right to choose. I will then boycott their products, soliciting the ear of any contemporary who will listen.

Shane   February 1st, 2010 11:05 pm ET

I thought the debate on the controversial super bowl ads was great. Well done on both sides. I think it's ok CBS pulled the gay match dating site, but also wish no political ads (even if masked as what I imagine to be a truly inspirational tale/ad) would be allowed to be aired. Let's not muddy the waters by interfering with an entertainment event. Let's leave the political messages for election times and out of athletic championships.

Also to touch on a possible tangent, the gay match ad could be construed by CBS and the NFL as a pun, poking fun at the male comradeship that goes along with athletic competitions such as football, wrestling, etc.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 11:06 pm ET

I think Bush needs to harbor some of the responsibility for the economic downfall IMO. Those natural disasters were of no fault of his obviuosly, however his response to Katrina was ignorant...IMO. Katrina was a failure...and an embarassment. We reacted quicker for Haiti than Katrina. That was shameful...
Yes, the banks need to be held accountable but they also need to be monitored more closely/carefully...IMO. Kind of like who's watching the cookie jar??

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 11:09 pm ET

Pamela Almond
You go Pamela!!! I am right there with you!!

Harry Higgins   February 1st, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Mr. King, on your Larry King Live program that aired this evening–Monday, Feb 1, 2010–how many times was any part of the Man Crunch ad (by the homosexuality advocacy organization) presented on your show that was removed from the upcoming Super Bowl TV program scheduled for this weekend?

Patrick Ledoux   February 1st, 2010 11:14 pm ET

It is time for the American to understand the separation of church and gvt. The global wordl do know how to inter-react based on their education. Whatever you are in China, India, Brez. or EU, you do know how to handle it. US of A seems to be way to much involved in uncontrolled structures, who are interferring with the rest of the regular world. It is time for the good US of A to come with reality. What's happening today in the US remind me to much of what was happening in germany in 1937.


Cindy   February 1st, 2010 11:18 pm ET

@Pamela Almond
As a single working woman with a significant salary, I would just say you won't have to boycott much; the majority is pro-choice. But wouldn't it be a better spend of your time to do something constructive to further the philosophy of birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy? I agree with those who feel it is a personal matter and I regret we need to blog about it. As for the ad, I have a feeing it's been blown way out of proportion; we shall see Sunday.

gigi   February 1st, 2010 11:25 pm ET

dennis ross at 10:53 pm

I completely agree.

MourningMJ   February 1st, 2010 11:30 pm ET


I swear, what a mixed bag in here! Loving it, but I have to give you both the Ponch from C.H.I.P.S. flashy smile with the two thumbs up, Carie "Good Luck Chuck" OMG, LMAO, when I first read it.. Then I went on to see that Judie was LMAO too which made it even MORE funnier! LMVAO!!!

"Good Luck Chuck"

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 11:58 pm ET

Gotta love Chuck!!! LOL!!
This is wonderful!! Intelligence without the clues and curtains and nonsense!!! OMG!! If we could have this all the time!! I am working on my masters thesis, so the computer has been attached to my hip. The blogs were a pleasant release, but now they are just a gisgrace. Poor Michael.
Sad really.

babycarie   February 1st, 2010 11:59 pm ET


MourningMJ   February 2nd, 2010 12:06 am ET

@BABYCARIE, LOL- I think you came up with a new word "gisgrace", a new code word, LOL- Carie, I am still LMAO about Good Luck Chuck- That is hillarious- just so dry and off-the-cuff. It was just so simple, and probably wasn't even intended to be so funny, that is what is so funny!
Congratulations on your Masters!! That is really awesome, Carie. "Studying for two", lol. I know how much studying and time is involved with such a project and with BC on the way, your energy must be drained... (btw, there is a new theory on the other blog that this one was open to widen MJ's audience regarding his death hoax (due to the multiple topics); those were not the exact words but I believe that is the interpretation). Anyway, I'm just ready to put that one to rest because it's literally beating a dead horse. I'm hopeful that an arrest will come soon then there should be more relevant MJ issues to discuss (well, everything pertaining to MJ is relevant of course) but perhaps this will be more difficult to argue. I'm not encoded in blue; forgot to sign in, lol- Won't be back tonight but happy blogging, I'll catch you tomorrow. Hugs to you and BC!

IHMJ xoxo

John H   February 2nd, 2010 12:09 am ET

I am not a MIchael Jackson fan (not my generation) but he has two very impressive children and I can see why he was so proud of them and went to such lengths to protect them. I would leave it up to them how often they will come out in public. Perhaps they might enjoy a little privacy and not want to be constantly on display. Also, with all the very fervent fans of MIchael out there, there are certain to be a few who do not have good intentions toward them. Oh yes! I was not an Elvis Presley fan either. My impression an exceedingly good person but not particularly talented either in the music or motion picture industries. He did seem to mellow in his later years though and I did enjoy some of his later music.

As for CBS refusing the Gay Oriented commercial during the Superbowl, I feel they are doing the right thing. I am also not all that excited about the football player who wears bible references on his face although I find it just a little less offensive than the Gay Commercial. I am uncomfortable having to watch anyone, Gay or Hetrosexual demonstrate their sexual affection to excess in public. Now that you mention it, I am offended by all the sexually oriented commercials for things such as Viagra, Cialis, etc. during prime time TV when I will often have my granddaughters sitting there watching television with me. There are some things best left private. If there is someone out there suffering from impotence, I am sure, by now, that they know what is available and are perfectly capable of discussing it with their doctor. Please stop throwing this kind of thing in our faces. I know, if I don't like it, I can always change the channel. Point is, I shouldn't have to.

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 12:18 am ET

John H.
I have to agree with both positions. With regard to MJ kids, they are older and should be able to voice their opinions as to what they want to do, with the guidance of their guardians...but there are some twisted 'fans', and the media can be harshly critical. I just hope they enjoy their childhood...that would be very impostant to Mike.

As for the sexual content in commercials, I agree. Why do Viagra and tampons have to be advertised??? We all know if/when we need these things!! Now fried chicken and ice-cream...bring em on!! I am not a fan of PDA either...homosexual or hetero. But we as a society need to accept and understand that homosexuality is not a choice...and this will help with acceptance. And then we can just go 'yuck' whenever we see anyone kissing!!!

Tom Joyce   February 2nd, 2010 12:19 am ET

Jackson's kids should do what they want to do in regards to their father's legacy – this one is easy.

The Tebows should mind their own business. I mean good for them but it certainly does not work out for every woman. I won't watch the game because of the double standards CBS is applying.

Those people with the kids in Haiti are either extremely stupid or guilty.

Tatiana   February 2nd, 2010 12:24 am ET

@ Hello friend.........

We are trying to keep our heart safe, but we have missed you and we need you! Hugs and much love.

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 12:27 am ET

And an arrest wont end the bs...Murray's blog is a chat room.
Disrespect goes on, from his 'fans.'
Love to you!!

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 12:29 am ET

I have my MS in Spec. Ed. and am going for the dual...but I wont say any more on here...I have decided to be more private.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 12:36 am ET

I think Michael made a great decision in allowing his children to accept the award and spread his message via his "reflection" – his children. We are listening Michael and your message will continue on.

We love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And YES, we will be there!


Ralph   February 2nd, 2010 12:39 am ET

The Incapacitation of Haiti

A devastating earthquake, the worst in 200 years, struck Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, laying waste to the city and killing untold numbers of people. The quake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, and detonated more than 30 aftershocks, all more than 4.5 in magnitude, through the night and into Wednesday morning.

The earthquake toppled poorly constructed houses, hotels, hospitals and even the capital city's main political buildings, including the presidential palace. The collapse of so many structures sent a giant cloud into the sky, which hovered over the city, raining dust down onto the wasteland below.

According to some estimates, more than 100,000 people may have died, in a metropolis of 2 million people. Those that survived are living in the streets, afraid to return inside any building that remains standing.

Around the world, Haitians struggled to contact their family and friends in the devastated country. But most could not reach their loved ones since phone lines were down throughout the country.

WHILE MOST people reacted to the crisis by trying to find a way to help or donate money, Christian Right fanatic Pat Robertson stooped to new depths of racism. He explained that Haitians were cursed because they made a pact with the devil to liberate themselves from their French slave masters in the Haitian revolution two centuries ago.

The corporate media at least reported that shifting tectonic plates along a fault line underneath Port-au-Prince caused the earthquake–and that Haiti's poverty and the incapacity of the Préval government made the disaster so much worse. But they didn't delve below the surface.

"The media coverage of the earthquake is marked by an almost complete divorce of the disaster from the social and political history of Haiti," Canadian Haiti Solidarity Activist Yves Engler said in an interview. "They repeatedly state that the government was completely unprepared to deal with the crisis. This is true. But they left out why."

Why were 60 percent of the buildings in Port-au-Prince shoddily constructed and unsafe in normal circumstances, according to the city's mayor? Why are there no building regulations in a city that sits on a fault line? Why has Port-au-Prince swelled from a small town of 50,000 in the 1950s to a population of 2 million desperately poor people today? Why was the state completely overwhelmed by the disaster?

To understand these facts, we have to look at a second fault line–U.S. imperial policy toward Haiti. The U.S. government, the UN, and other powers have aided the Haitian elite in subjecting the country to neoliberal economic plans that have impoverished the masses, deforested the land, wrecked the infrastructure and incapacitated the government.

The fault line of U.S. imperialism interacted with the geological one to turn the natural disaster into a social catastrophe.

During the Cold War, the U.S. supported the dictatorships of Papa Doc Duvalier and then Baby Doc Duvalier–which ruled the country from 1957 to 1986–as an anti-communist counter-weight to Castro's Cuba nearby.

Under guidance from Washington, Baby Doc Duvalier opened the Haitian economy up to U.S. capital in the 1970s and 1980s. Floods of U.S. agricultural imports destroyed peasant agriculture. As a result, hundred of thousands of people flocked to the teeming slums of Port-au-Prince to labor for pitifully low wages in sweatshops located in U.S. export processing zones.

In the 1980s, masses of Haitians rose up to drive the Duvaliers from power–later, they elected reformer Jean-Bertrand Aristide to be president on a platform of land reform, aid to peasants, reforestation, investment in infrastructure for the people, and increased wages and union rights for sweatshop workers.

The U.S. in turn backed a coup that drove Aristide from power in 1991. Eventually, the elected president was restored to power in 1994 when Bill Clinton sent U.S. troops to the island–but on the condition that he implement the U.S. neoliberal plan–which Haitians called the "plan of death."

Aristide resisted parts of the U.S. program for Haiti, but implemented other provisions, undermining his hoped-for reforms. Eventually, though, the U.S. grew impatient with Aristide's failure to obey completely, especially when he demanded $21 billion in reparations during his final year in office. The U.S. imposed an economic embargo that strangled the country, driving peasants and workers even deeper into poverty.

In 2004, Washington collaborated with Haiti's ruling elite to back death squads that toppled the government, kidnapped and deported Aristide. The United Nations sent troops to occupy the country, and the puppet government of Gérard Latortue was installed to continue Washingotn's neoliberal plans.

Latortue's brief regime was utterly corrupt–he and his cronies pocketed large portions of the $4 billion poured into the country by the U.S. and other powers when they ended their embargo. The regime dismantled the mild reforms Aristide had managed to implement. Thus, the pattern of impoverishment and degradation of the country's infrastructure accelerated.

In 2006 elections, the Haitian masses voted in longtime Aristide ally René Préval as president. But Préval has been a weak figure who collaborated with U.S. plans for the country and failed to address the growing social crisis.

In fact, the U.S., UN and other imperial powers effectively bypassed the Préval government and instead poured money into NGOs. "Haiti now has the highest per capita presence of NGOs in the world," says Yves Engler. The Préval government has become a political fig leaf, behind which the real decisions are made by the imperial powers, and implemented through their chosen international NGOs.

* * *

THE REAL state power isn't the Préval government, but the U.S.-backed United Nations occupation. Under Brazilian leadership, UN forces have protected the rich and collaborated with–or turned a blind eye to–right-wing death squads who terrorize supporters of Aristide and his Lavalas Party.

The occupiers have done nothing to address the poverty, wrecked infrastructure and massive deforestation that have exacerbated the effects of a series of natural disasters–severe hurricanes in 2004 and 2008, and now the Port-au-Prince earthquake.

Instead, they merely police a social catastrophe, and in so doing, have committed the normal crimes characteristic of all police forces. As Dan Beeton wrote in NACLA Report on the Americas, "The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), which began its mission in June 2004, has been marred by scandals of killings, rape, and other violence by its troops almost since it began."

First the Bush administration and now the Obama administration have used the coup and social and natural crises to expand the U.S.'s neoliberal economic plans.

Under Obama, the U.S. has granted Haiti $1.2 billion in debt relief, but it hasn't canceled all of Haiti's debt–the country still pays huge sums to the Inter-American Development Bank. The debt relief is classic window-dressing for Obama's real Haiti policy, which is the same old Haiti policy.

In close collaboration with the new UN Special Envoy to Haiti, former President Bill Clinton, Obama has pushed for an economic program familiar to much of the rest of the Caribbean–tourism, textile sweatshops, and weakening of state control of the economy through privatization and deregulation.

In particular, Clinton has orchestrated a plan for turning the north of Haiti into a tourist playground, as far away as possible from the teeming slums of Port-au-Prince. Clinton lured Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines into investing $55 million to build a pier along the coastline of Labadee, which it has leased until 2050.

From there, Haiti's tourist industry hopes to lead expeditions to the mountaintop fortress Citadelle and the Palace of Sans Souci, both built by Henri Cristophe, one of the leaders of Haiti's slave revolution. According to the Miami Herald:

The $40 million plan involved transforming the now quaint town of Milot, home to the Citadelle and Palace of Sans Souci ruin, into a vibrant tourist village, with arts and crafts markets, restaurants and stoned streets. Guests would be ferried past a congested Cap-Haïtien to a bay, then transported by bus past peasant plantations. Once in Milot, they would either hike or horseback to the Citadelle...named a world heritage site in 1982...

Eco-tourism, archaeological exploration and voyeuristic visits to Vodou rituals are all being touted by Haiti's struggling boutique tourism industry, as Royal Caribbean plans to bring the world largest cruise ship here, sparking the need for excursions.

So while Pat Robertson denounces Haiti's great slave revolution as a pact with the devil, Clinton is helping to reduce it to a tourist trap.

At the same time, Clinton's plans for Haiti include an expansion of the sweatshop industry to take advantage of cheap labor available from the urban masses. The U.S. granted duty-free treatment for Haitian apparel exports to make it easy for sweatshops to return to Haiti.

Clinton celebrated the possibilities of sweatshop development during a whirlwind tour of a textile plant owned and operated by the infamous Cintas Corp. He announced that George Soros had offered $50 million for a new industrial park of sweatshops that could create 25,000 jobs in the garment industry. Clinton explained at a press conference that Haiti's government could create "more jobs by lowering the cost of doing business, including the cost of rent."

As TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson told Democracy Now! "That isn't the kind of investment that Haiti needs. It needs capital investment. It needs investment so that it can be self-sufficient. It needs investment so that it can feed itself."

One of the reasons why Clinton could be so unabashed in celebrating sweatshops is that the U.S.-backed coup repressed any and all resistance. It got rid of Aristide and his troublesome habit of raising the minimum wage. It banished him from the country, terrorized his remaining allies and barred his political party, Fanmi Lavalas, the most popular in the country, from running for office. The coup regime also attacked union organizers within the sweatshops themselves.

As a result, Clinton could state to business leaders: "Your political risk in Haiti is lower than it has ever been in my lifetime."

Thus, as previous U.S. presidencies have done before, the Obama administration has worked to aid Haiti's elite, sponsor international corporations taking advantage of cheap labor, weaken the ability of the Haitian state to regulate the society, and repress any political resistance to that agenda.

THESE POLICIES led directly to the incapacitated Haitian state, dilapidated infrastructure, poorly constructed buildings and desperate poverty that combined with the hurricanes and now the earthquake to turn natural disasters into social catastrophes.

While everyone should support the current outpouring of aid to help Haiti, no one should do so with political blinders on. As Engler said:

Aid in Haiti has always been used to further imperial interests. This is obvious when you look at how the U.S. and Canada treated the Aristide government in contrast to the coup regime. The U.S. and Canada starved Aristide of almost all aid. But then after the coup, they opened a floodgate of money to back some of the most reactionary forces in Haitian society.

We should therefore agitate against any attempt by the U.S. and other powers to use this crisis to further impose their program on a prostrate country.

We should also be wary of the role of international NGOs. While many NGOs are trying to address the crisis, the U.S. and other governments are funneling aid to them in order to undermine Haitians' democratic right to self-determination. The international NGOs are unaccountable to either the Haitian state or Haitian population. So the aid funneled through them further weakens what little hold Haitians have on their own society.

The Obama administration should also immediately lift the ban against Aristide's return to Haiti, as well as the political ban on his party, Fanmi Lavalas, from participating in the electoral process. After all, a known drug criminal and coup leader, Guy Philippe, and his party Front for National Reconstruction (FRN) has been allowed to participate in the electoral process. Aristide and his party, by contrast, are still the most popular political force in the country and should have the right to participate in an open and fair vote.

The U.S. should also stop deportations of Haitians who have fled their crisis-torn country and grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitian refugees. That would allow any Haitians who have fled the political and social crisis since the coup, the hurricanes and now the earthquake to remain legally in the U.S.

On top of that, we must demand that the U.S. stop imposing its neoliberal plans. The U.S. has plundered Haitian society for decades. Instead of Haiti owing any debt to the U.S., other countries or international financial institutions, the reverse is the case. The U.S., France, Canada and the UN owe the people of Haiti reparations to redress the imperial plunder of the country.

With these funds and political space, Haitians would be finally able to begin shaping their own political and economic future–the dream of the great slave revolution 200 years ago.

G   February 2nd, 2010 12:44 am ET

With regard to pro-gay ads, more power to 'em! Americans dual and conflicting messages with regard to sexuality is confusing for everyone! Isn't it better to just know that sexuality – all forms of sexuality- are just a part of life? If we didn't have bigots and people afraid of their own sexuality – perhaps our children wouldn't get such a skewed view and this topic wouldn't even be up for discussion.

On another note, I hope that Michael Jackson's children can have a private life without the media chasing them down everywhere they go, but it seems that if that is just a pipe dream as well. I worry about the people influencing these children, and wanting to make money off of them. I would hope that while they do represent Michael, and millions of dollars (btw) that those entrusted with their care will be ethical and responsible in their decision making.

G   February 2nd, 2010 12:45 am ET

oh, and btw – Michael obviously did not make this decision for his children to be there. I rather agree with Judie that he probably wouldn't have wanted that – based on his past decisions about his children. And of course, because he is deceased, and would IMPLORE everyone to respect that. At least, for the children's sake, since it seems they are not believers.

Brenda S   February 2nd, 2010 12:59 am ET

Hello All–Post Early was not me. I have never question MJ'S being there father. And I have A Brother with the same name I do no how to spell his name. But back to peaceful blog, left early and was thinking about how friendly it was in the neighborhood and reminded me of Mr. Rogers–look him up on wiki under Fred Rogers.
I for one would like to see Michael's Children represent him on his behalf, because he will get more awards.
Haiti children not being adopted, and worried about keeping culture, it is much safer for them to be adopted then sex-trafficing.
Commericials–Truthfully, they need to go by the way side. But any how any one that knows my blogging knows–I don't do one liners. Peace & LOVE.

Ellie   February 2nd, 2010 1:04 am ET

For anyone still wondering who the father of Michael Jackson's children are,, we have the answer for Prince.. Rod Blagovich!

ropu   February 2nd, 2010 1:06 am ET

>>Do you think Michael Jackson's children should make more public appearances?

2 bad question!!
evil media must not any longer abuse innocent people like MJ!!

helen   February 2nd, 2010 1:11 am ET

When checking the Grammys website, they had posted this article "11 reasons to watch the Grammys" and they mention the "in memoriam" segment in the 11 reasons to watch. They were purposefully bringing attention to it and the fact that Michael IS NOT IN IT! It is listed as reason #8.

Wild At The GRAMMYs: 11 Reasons To Watch
January 28, 2010 – 2:52pm

8. Because there will be an in memoriam segment during the show, and unless things go very badly for any of us this weekend, we probably won't be in it. 😉

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink!

Let the SHOW continue! I love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂

shasta2001   February 2nd, 2010 1:18 am ET


You are too funny.

Dr Laurel Mehler   February 2nd, 2010 1:19 am ET

Interesting "shares" regarding the rejected Super Bowl Ad.... Truthfully, some of us are more offended by football... in the interest of protecting our youth!

Laurel Mehler, MD

LELE   February 2nd, 2010 1:20 am ET


Tina Rice   February 2nd, 2010 1:21 am ET

How did parents explain the random Carls' Jr. ad with the girl riding the bull? This is a sexually provocative ad that goes beyond the boudaries of "safe, clean programming". Advocating or not.

carebear   February 2nd, 2010 1:22 am ET


Awe, Helen, thanks I concur with your statement.

" Long Live the King" ... "Love Lives Forever."

shasta2001   February 2nd, 2010 1:25 am ET


You wil catch h**l here for that, maybe not.

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   February 2nd, 2010 1:30 am ET

Should Michael's children make more public appearances?


Prince, Paris and Blanket's daddy wanted them to enjoy their childhoods.

Lord willing, there will be plenty of time for the spotlight. We already know that they will be scrutinized for the rest of their lives.

Leave them alone, Hollyweird!


Sada   February 2nd, 2010 1:34 am ET

We Are The World: Stars Prepare for All-Night Recording (video)
02/01/2010 — Steve

History is being repeated tonight in a Los Angeles recording studio under heavy security and high anticipation. Hundreds of today’s top recording artists and entertainers will be gathering shortly to re-record the song “We Are The World” to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Make no mistake, this is no easy task. The participants will arrive sometime this evening, begin several hours of rehearsal, followed by endless takes of individual, as well as solo performances. In 1985, the last artist left the building at 8 a.m.

Speculation has been mounting since last night’s Grammy Awards, as to who will, or will not take part. Much has been said about updating the song for a modern audience, while retaining the original feel and flow of the song that Lionel Ritchie co-wrote with Michael Jackson. The challenge lies with producer Quincy Jones, who also produced the original single, and the mix of new and not-so-new talent he assembles. But the true secret to success, as it was in 1985, will hinge on ego.

Do the young stars of today have that level of determination and commitment? Can they step outside of themselves and perform for something bigger than themselves? As he did 25 years ago, Quincy Jones has asked only one thing of all those participating: “Check your egos at the door.” We’ll see.

At the time of this posting, here are the celebrities who have committed to the project:

* Prince and Paris Jackson
* Lady Gaga
* Eminem (ego)
* Jay-Z
* Justin Timberlake
* Barbra Streisand (her ego prevented her from singing on the ‘85 version)
* Celine Dion
* Fergie
* Wyclef
* Enrigue Iglesias
* Beyonce’
* Miley Cyrus (yuck)
* Sugarland
* Bono
* Jason Mraz
* Akon

shasta2001   February 2nd, 2010 1:36 am ET

I was not able to watch the Grammys at work so I just thought I would check out Beyonce's song of the year. The video was gross. I think I will stay away from the Grammys.

NehemiYah   February 2nd, 2010 1:41 am ET

Terry O'Neill sounds like such a self-righteous hateful woman. I feel like she represented her organization terribly on Larry King. She hasn't even seen the commercial. And what a hypocrite. She claims she is for women's rights, but doesn't want a woman to talk about how glad she is for not having an abortion.

shasta2001   February 2nd, 2010 1:42 am ET

The video looked like it may be good for a Viagra commercial.

Brian (Houston)   February 2nd, 2010 1:45 am ET

It would be a breath of fresh air if Mr. Daly and his organization "Focus on the Family" would really focus on families. His organization strongly supports Republicans who time and time again have legislated against families. When Obama talked about taking away tax breaks for companies that export jobs out of this country, NOT ONE Republican applauded. Why? Because Republicans think its just fine to allow companies to take jobs away from Americans for cheap labor under unfair trade agreements that only benefit CEO's and shareholders of greedy corporations. It's policies like this Republicans hold dear to the GOP's heart that destroys families.

How many families have we seen on the news be evicted from their homes by banks who have not seen true regulation because Republicans like George W. Bush was against regulation and allowed these companies to put this nation in a financial hole. So, Mr. Daly would best show his care for the family if he used the influence of his organization to tell Republicans to STOP legislating for the filthy rich, and put the average Joe American and his family first. Just because these people are already born into this world, there are many out there who are as helpless as a fetus (unemployed, uninsured, homeless, etc..). So Mr. Daly, if you really give a damn about life, then understand this. Protection of life shouldn't stop at the womb, and your support for politicians who support policies that are destroying families, sending families out on the street hungry and stripping them of self worth and then taking away any healthcare they may have had because of Republicans support GREED over the average American family!

Mr. Daly, if you really want to make a difference and support families, then tell Republicans to stop supporting trade agreements that promote slave labor, slave wages, child labor and tell your Republican friends to stop supporting policies that are putting Americans out of work and the exportation of good paying American jobs in favor of cheap slave labor. If your a true Christian, you would do this, if you don't then your no better than a murderer of an unborn baby just as as you support politicians that legislate and support policies responsible for the murder and destruction of millions of American families in this country!

Finally, you may think I'm a Democrat, HELL NO! They are just as much to blame for the huge mess our nation is in today. PROUD INDEPENDENT!

bobbie   February 2nd, 2010 1:52 am ET

I believe it should be the childrens decision, however they appear to be very intelligent. Maybe with the LOVE they shared with MJ they can continue to heal the world.

calimjfan   February 2nd, 2010 1:54 am ET

When MJ's children are ready to make more appearances, if they want, then they should. They have no obligation whatsoever to do so, especially at their ages.

It was a beautiful tribute and they look very much in command, especially Prince. What 12 year old do you know of today, that walks to a microphone, speaks 2 words, and silences the entire Staples Center in 2 seconds? Now, THAT is commanding your audience. GO PRINCE!

Paris did a beautiful job of explaining their daddy could not attend last year (probably because of the upcoming O2 concerts and contracts), so he promised for this year. *sniff* His presence was felt ever so strongly in those children's voices and the love they shared with us all.

Blanket looked so adorable backstage, and the 3 of them together are a vision of Michael personified in innocence.

Much L.O.V.E. to Michael's children and to his family. Thank you for sharing Michael with the world, and for protecting that closest to his heart– those beautiful beautiful children.

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium   February 2nd, 2010 2:02 am ET

WOW, Michael, you can be very proud about your children especially PRINCE and PARiS who came to accept the GRAMMY award for you. Prince speech was excellently in front of the audiance as well as Paris, remind you what you always done in this real world that you will never seen what happened anyomore by all disaster and others destrying the globe. Prince has a very well speeches as about you also Paris, just like what you do during your lifetime with really true love and well respect to you. On their young ages they grown up maturaly very well, they have a great dignity, however we knew that their life became very hard without you. We are very happy to see them very well, since the day you're gone, since that tragic day. However, protecting your kids for not oftenly being on the public eye are much better, as you always done, as they needed to be just kids at the moment, growing up normaly between the families, studies and going to school succesfully, as what they need, without any impressed or sensation by the media, which could disturbed their normal way of life as long as they are still just kids. Michael, as great as you are, no one would never replace you in the heart of the people in this whole world, not event BEYONCE who perhaps well kown and very very rich. As no one has riches heart like Michael Jackson and no one having the richer heart as the same as you. People were standing and applauses in front of your children while they speeches, including Beyonce, because the people knew that Michael Jackson is unique, amazing, incomparable, indistructible, and the only ONE. You are the only One Michael, the only Michael Jackson. We love you Michael, always more.VIVA Michael 4ever. Thanks Larry, we love you too. GBU.

diva dru   February 2nd, 2010 2:09 am ET

Prince Michael and Paris obviously caught the world's eye and captured our hearts by accepting the honours for their father Michael Jackson, and they did so with such grace and professionalism. Prince Michael is also a master himself, just as is father was – He was – IS a Master Michael, a creator son. They, all of the children, are raised and groomed for greatness and good works. I do believe they are of sound minds to make choices with guidance from the many advisers and from their grandparents. These choices should always prevent them from being exploited and not put out as spectacles and for show only. They shall need protection from the Paparaz and the press, and should be left to represent and protect their fathers image, his rights, and to stand up for themselves. They still need time to grow, to be young and carefree. We hope the press and media moguls will not bend the characters of the children to anything except what they want to be or to say. It seems they are under the goodness of guide of Mr Lionel Ritchie, asking the children to participate in the new remake of "Heal the World". This should be a proud experience for them, and for their chance to 'carry on the messages", as their father desired. Their chance to work with other such great artists will be a great blessing to the world, for the people of Haiti. I feel that Prince Michael, the true gentleman that he is, said it all very well last night. He and his siblings should be respected completely for loving their father, for being able to carry on in his name. God Bless all 3 of MJJ's children and thanks to all the artists who did the tribute to Michael, to the Grammy's for the fantastic presentation. It was great, loving, real and very "right on" according the current tragedies and falling apart of the planet. As Michael has said before and even in the movie "This is It", " there is only about 4 years to go before it is irreparable. Look what we've done. " The shifting of the continental plates is not only geographical.

diva dru   February 2nd, 2010 2:38 am ET

I agree with an earlier posting that scrutinized the question itself–should Micahels's children make more public appearances?? this question is already leading and misleading at the same time –already setting up controversy. As it ws not clear till the hour during the show that the children would be there, why not just leave it to ask "'did you enjoy to see MJ's children there?""... Don't under estimate the genius and talent of his children, but DO NOT MAKE THEM the center of scandal and controversy..they do not deserve it..When presented with the choice to receive the awards, it was the only thing to do – no doubt with the advice and guidance of the family and their representatives. I agree also with comments about many other children of the famous, Lisa, Liza M, Brooke, Chastity, Prince Harry and William, oh so many, well–let's pray and hope thye will have learned very very well how to protect themselves from the press, the cameras and trivial onlookers, instead will appear only in the right occasions and reasons, only for the proper pomp and circumstance. Just as their father did. His majestics (MJJ's) show already to have been imparted to his children, let them live it well and in respect. While we say allow them their youth and innocence, and they should have this, they are also rather mature already, through the lives they had already, they had to be rather wise to the way of the world. Let's hope the wisdom of their Dad will also remind them of being young at heart, always.

Maura   February 2nd, 2010 2:45 am ET

Goodnight cris. Love you...

diva dru   February 2nd, 2010 2:47 am ET

alright, gracias, muchos gracias for the Earth song Video en espanol..

Please explain more– where is this version available// Is this footage unique to the Spanish version only... this was not in the movie "this is it" nor on the Grammy's.. was the Earth Song adapted differently to different regions? will appreciate the info.

cris   February 2nd, 2010 2:59 am ET

cami romania   February 2nd, 2010 3:16 am ET

I cryed when I saw the children! They are wonderful kids! Yes! I would like to see them more!

butterfly   February 2nd, 2010 3:19 am ET


Thanks for the above vd! Great sense of humour here (yummy, another bone!) lol. I just cant beLIEve that our Man in the Mirror could possibly be dead. BTW Michael's three kids certainly do him proud. They obviously have a role model of a daddy! Be well and enjoy the L.O.V.E. 🙂

"None so blind as those who will not see; and none so deaf as those who will not hear!" Jesus

A. Smith, Oregon   February 2nd, 2010 3:19 am ET

Several of the kidnapped children told Haitian authority's they had living family members and were NOT orphans. They also stated they were LIED to when they were told they were simply being taken to a day-care school by their kidnappers.

Keep those bible thumping child traffickers in JAIL. It would be a travesty of justice to not charge and convict those Baptist bible thumpers of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit child trafficking.

Keep those perverts in Jail and convict them of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit child trafficking.

The US State Dept. should STAY OUT of interfering with the Haitian Justice Dept. and let them issue a JUST and LEGAL finding of GUILT against each of those bible thumpers.

cami romania   February 2nd, 2010 3:23 am ET

But only if they want it.

wydan   February 2nd, 2010 4:21 am ET

I am a father of three. There is not a wide variety of media on the air that does not involve at least some sex or reference to it. The Superbowl is and should be a family event. In years past I have seen ads with women and men that are inappropriate for family viewing. Let's keep this clean! FOR OUR FAMILIES!

Lori - Justice For Michael   February 2nd, 2010 4:26 am ET

Of course Michael's children stole the show...and for good reason. Should they make more public appearances? I would love to see more of them...but they are still just young kids. And I think their father would have wanted to protect them for as long as he could. However, this decisions is not up to us, the public, thank goodness. These decisions should be made by their family members.


Lori - Justice For Michael   February 2nd, 2010 4:28 am ET

@Judie...I will get right on those with the initials in know how I love me some bling..


wydan   February 2nd, 2010 4:33 am ET

Larry King said himself that 99% of Americans know how they feel about abortion and right to life. Then why is there advertisements about it? I would say that they are advertising to children. It is about time we realize that much of the media and advertising is geared toward a future market. WAKE UP!

Lori - Justice For Michael   February 2nd, 2010 4:34 am ET

@G....two nights in a row on the LKL bloggy? Pretty soon you will be like us...blogging, bloggin day and night.... 🙂


BERTHA CECILIA URDINOLA ALJURE   February 2nd, 2010 4:43 am ET

His children are a real credit to the wonderful and incredible human being Michael was.

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 4:44 am ET

cris- I just love the info you show us. Way to go!!! Michael IS Alive.

Lori - Justice For Michael   February 2nd, 2010 4:50 am ET

@Nicole....thanks for the heads up....I have a plan and I am gonna work it 🙂


Emmy Lalonde, Belgium   February 2nd, 2010 5:01 am ET

Rock with youHorsegirl   February 2nd, 2010 5:13 am ET

It would be pleasant to see these kids in more public appearances and I did enjoy seeing there radiant faces yesterday. I am sure that there daddy would have been very proud of them, but I do believe that they need some time away from the spotlight, and mature at there own level.

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium   February 2nd, 2010 6:02 am ET

Michael I am crying to sing that # Heal World Song # to remind myself that you're gone too soon. I am just wondering what might you've done when you're still alive among all other artist's friends as you had always some best ideas for doing something for this planet which is suffering more and more, mosly for the children. Your son Prince was great, has own style and wonderful on his speech in front of people of the audiance without any hesitation just like his Daddy, as also Paris, just simply the best but very well just like you and what they said were absolutely rigth about you and your love. As LOVE is the only arm to do anything we can whenever we wanted too. Your heart the richer one for all the people who needed the most. May Lord blessing you and your kids, VIVA Mj 4ever.

This is it!   February 2nd, 2010 6:22 am ET

The precious two,
took to the stage,
received the award,
in their small age!
For their daddy it was,
and a pleasure to see,
a speech was given,
from the hearts of thee!
So tender and small,
are their little lives,
heart felt love,
from Michael,
..he strives!

Bless Prince, Paris & Blanket~

maggie   February 2nd, 2010 7:17 am ET

I agree with patty anderson whole heartedly. The children should only make more public apparances if they want to do it,
Prince, Paris and Blanket your a credit to your father and you did him proud. Love you all and Larry i love your show

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 7:41 am ET

The only reason anyone would want to have the children participate in public events is for profit...look at the Grammy viewership. Leave Mike's children alone to live their lioves and if 'they' decide it's right, then Kate or their guardians will have to assist them in determining what's best. My fear is who will be their guardisn whn, God fobid, Kate dies. For now, let them be kids.

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium
Absolutely...gone far too soon.

RIP Mike

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 8:08 am ET

Michael Jackson was a strong man...he fought when necessary like he fought against Sony. Mike did appreciate love and the kindness of humanity, but he was not to be underestimated.
His death deserves his life did, but was something he did not always receive. His children need to know we are respecting his death and will carry on his legacy of love and of helping to clean up this planet of ours. THAT was/is his message!!! The Earth Song speaks to this message!!!
Respect MJ!!! Respect our planet earth!!

RIP Mikey

EnjoyMJ   February 2nd, 2010 8:22 am ET


I hope the children won't live the same things their father lived... Michael's life has been ruined by the media. I really hope they won't live the same... they don't deserve it, neither did their sweet father.
The media must leave them alone.
For God's sake, they're just kids !!! Isn't it already too hard for them to lose their father, the media always remind them how hard was his life. I hate this awful behavior ! They're trying to make money by ruining lives. I'm ashamed by this world...
They should remind the whole world how great Michael was as an entertainer, humanitarian, father. –> Michael you're the greatest man the world could dream to have.
I love you always and forever.
God bless you

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 8:35 am ET

Yes...profit will be a key element when looking at those children. I hope they are protected from the evils their daddy had to face...poor Mike was ripped apart and spit out too many times during his lifetime. He would want his children protected from that...he would want them to play and have fun and be children. We can only hope the world will be kinder to them and they will be left to live their lives.
Love to those beautiful children and all the children of the world.

The 'adoption' situation in Haiti is scary...taking advantage of those poor children...God be with them, and if they have family somewhere may they be safely reunited with them. Shame on those trying to take advantage of that situation in Haiti.

MJs Tink   February 2nd, 2010 8:36 am ET

Cris, Great Video. Thank you!

loraottawacanada   February 2nd, 2010 9:00 am ET

Hi everyone!

No I dont think MJ3 should make any more public appearances until they are the age of majority then they can make up their own minds and will be more able to accept media scrutiny.

This Grammy appearance was a special one and I believe the children wanted to thank the fans personally for their loyalty and to let the world know that MJ legacy will live on L.O.V.E.!....and to let us know that the MJ3 are doing well with a good support system from Katherine and Joe!

claire   February 2nd, 2010 9:04 am ET

@ cris
thanks for the video you posted at 2.59. It sure puts anew light on the situation. Thankyou 🙂

Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 9:10 am ET

Cris,good morning,how are you doing today on ground hog day?We look forward to spring here in Ny !Love to you Cris,Maria C

claire   February 2nd, 2010 9:10 am ET

As for Michael's children making more appearances:

I think they should stay low for a while. Live their childhood.
We've seen what the media did to their father, they shouldn't have to go through all that as well at such a young age.

claire   February 2nd, 2010 9:15 am ET


And in the end, Its not the years in your life that count.
Its the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 9:21 am ET

Yeas,they steal the show,ofcorse!The tribute and they was the highest point of the show.I am sure,many peaples woched the Grammy just becouse of them and the tribute,like me too.Its shame,they didnt invite nobody from the family.I think,its ok,they did this infront of the publick,if this was them own wish to doo.If they whanted to doo,it would be misstake to take this away from them,but i think,they should not be more infront of bublic cameras.Michael was protect them from this very well,and he hed a very good reason to doo it,if we see his life.The family have to respect Michael wish,and if the childrens whant to be in publick eyes,they can doo,whenn they are grown up.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 9:26 am ET

Judie,yes,if MJ would be alive,the childrens would be never up on stage at Gramy for sure.But Michael is dead,and wouldnt be a big misstake to take away this from the childrens,if they whant to doo this?This is something,that never will happend again,and cant turn back time to fix it.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 9:28 am ET

I think,Kethriene made this distion by knowing,whet the childrend whated...

MJs Tink   February 2nd, 2010 9:43 am ET

Of Course we know that this cris is the Imposter. Not that I care. 🙂

claire   February 2nd, 2010 10:17 am ET

3T's are to join the new WE ARE THE WORLD song.
Its would be great if Michael's voice could be used.
Something to think about Lional. 😉

mary u from ohio   February 2nd, 2010 10:48 am ET


I just heard Janet is to do Michael's part
For We Are The World

kathy 40   February 2nd, 2010 10:58 am ET

I cried so much looking at MJ's kids at the Grammy's. They are just wonderful. Prince's eyes are like his father's, full of hurt and anguish. And Paris cut her speech short, you could see she was getting emotional again. I also loved the way 3T supported Prince during his speech, they really love their cousins like they adored their Uncle Michael. And Larry, about their appearing more often. Of course it's up to them, but when you read the blogs on TMZ with those horrible remarks of some people, not only about MJ but also his kids I would say NO, please let them heal first. RIP ANGEL OF LOVE, YOUR KIDS ARE LIKE YOU WERE, SIMPLY AMAZING!!

Kara   February 2nd, 2010 11:15 am ET

To answer your above question in regards to Prince, Paris and Blanket... I do not feel the answer is up to anyone, but them. I understand that everyone has an opinion, and I sooooo hope that Prince and Paris were asked if they wanted to accept that award before it was agreed to.
These children have so much going on right now. Their entire world has been up rooted and turned upside down. I am sure they are so very thankful for their grandparents and their families support, but everything they have ever known is no more and it will take them longer than 7 months to adjust to this. That is if they ever adjust to this.
I know Katherine has only the complete best intentions for these children and I know she wants nothing else but to protect them, but we all must remember, Michael protected them from what he felt was the death of him. The fame ultimatly did kill him and he did not want this for his children. He wanted them to know what it was to be children, to be free. What I saw 7 months ago were three young kids who were dealing with the lose of the most important person in their lives and sadly, had to do this in their first PUBLIC showing. Sunday, I saw two still very young kids aged by ten years. Just the looks in their eyes and faces showed that they no longer had that care free child spirit. They have grown up faster than they ever should have and if they are placed within the publics view, it will only become worse. This, THIS is not what Michael wanted for his kids.

kathy 40   February 2nd, 2010 11:19 am ET

@Sada. I hope they keep Eminem out of the remake. He isn't worth coming near anything that MJ created. He insulted MJ in the past, remember? I cannot for the life of me understand what people SEE or HEAR in this man!

MarinaneS   February 2nd, 2010 12:07 pm ET

Michael just wonderful, good children. This is just excellent and touching that the Prince and Peris received Grammy for their father. Prince impressed me with his speech to the most tears. He keeps his chin, held on the stage with great courage and fortitude. Peris was very charming, we can say that it is the little lady. It was very touching. But it is certainly the children visibly worried. I myself began to worry. I think that in future they vsetaki need to live your life, a life where children should live.

carie   February 2nd, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Well said. Kate will ensure the children's best interests are taken into account and will protect them on behalf of Mike. As you said their world has been turned upside down.
7 months ago these three beautiful children lost their daddy, who just so happened to be Michael Jackson...the most famous entertainer in the world. But to them he was daddy...and they need to mourn their daddy in whatever way feels best for them. My hope is that the media and the public leave them alone to live the way they wish to live.

carie   February 2nd, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Brian (Houston) February 2nd, 2010 1:45 am ET

Wow!! Great for thought!!! Thank you!!

ordinary   February 2nd, 2010 12:18 pm ET

I love Michael's kids 🙂 I do not know them personally, but I think they are very friendly, honest, loving and honest.


carie   February 2nd, 2010 12:24 pm ET

G February 2nd, 2010 12:44 am ET

We need to educate our children with the TRUTH!! Sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, and homosexuality is as normal as heterosexuality...adults perpetuate the ugliness due to ignorance.

lola   February 2nd, 2010 12:34 pm ET

I hope they use Michael's own voice for WE ARE THE WORLD. He should be a part of it, even in death.

Wanna be startin' somethin'   February 2nd, 2010 12:37 pm ET

I love Michael's kids! I don't know them personally, but I think they are very friendly, honest, loving and honest. 🙂

helen   February 2nd, 2010 12:39 pm ET


He cannot come back until the world "wakes up" and sees the reality of this "dream" and his until his "dream" in reality has been accomplished....healing the world, saving our planet, spreading a message of love and unity for all mankind.

carie   February 2nd, 2010 12:50 pm ET

That is the plan from what I've heard...they will use Mike's previous recording of WATW on the new track. He definitely should be on the new track, as you said, even in death.

Wanna be startin' somethin'   February 2nd, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Michael is alive 🙂

I believe in this! 🙂

Shelli Misoyianis   February 2nd, 2010 1:00 pm ET


About Jodi Gomes's recent twitter... you'd think she'd say "Please, let me wake up from this nightmare of Michael's death!" Nope, she doesn't wanna wake up from this "dream". And she wants everyone to know how great the "dream" is! 😉

Wanna be startin' somethin'   February 2nd, 2010 1:05 pm ET

Michael is alive 🙂

I believe in this! 🙂

helen   February 2nd, 2010 1:08 pm ET

@ Shelli

Jodi is telling it like it is for those reading between the lines. Let's the kids do it, no one knows MJ's intent better! 🙂

A license to dream. Performance art. 🙂

helen   February 2nd, 2010 1:08 pm ET

Correction........let the kids do it. (not let's)

Anne   February 2nd, 2010 1:32 pm ET

This is from Entertainment Tonight
“Quincy is saving perhaps the most touching moment for last. At the request of Katherine Jackson, Maya Angelou penned a poem to be read at the end of the song. Quincy is going to speak to Michael’s children about reading that narration.” 'This latest version of the legendary song has a new "swag," promises Jordin. Producer Lionel said, "It's the new generation doing it." There are no repeat performers. No one from the original recording will be heard on the new track.

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Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Cris,which Cris are you ?Lol .....Thanks for sharing those photos, photogenic!,Maria C

cris   February 2nd, 2010 1:47 pm ET

mary u from ohio   February 2nd, 2010 1:49 pm ET

Are the pictures recent ?
How Are You Today ?

cris   February 2nd, 2010 1:49 pm ET

Hi Maria C. It's the Cris you know. Just posting random you.

cris   February 2nd, 2010 1:52 pm ET

Candy°°   February 2nd, 2010 1:56 pm ET

lol cris, so I guess our murray is now a policeman ...

patucha   February 2nd, 2010 1:57 pm ET

cris – Michael Jackson is so funny 😀

MarinaneS   February 2nd, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Oh, Chris!!! Do you think that the man in the mirror still alive?
If so accept my respect.

mary u from ohio   February 2nd, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Dr. Conrad Murray.
Does not exist
No arrest

Anne   February 2nd, 2010 2:01 pm ET

According to MTV Janet Jackson is singing Michael's parts. Mya hinted "he might make it into this version."

MarinaneS   February 2nd, 2010 2:06 pm ET

@mary u from ohio

Fully support you, most likely that it is the way it really is.

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Alright ~ I'll bite...there isn't any info listed on the site regarding Dr. Murray's "child support arrest."

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 2:08 pm ET

Alright – I'll bite. No arrests for Dr. Murray...not even for "child support."

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Hmmm...the first post disappeared, but now it's here. Strange...LOL

@ helen
Great posts regarding the tweets! LOL

patucha   February 2nd, 2010 2:30 pm ET


Woo Hoo there is SO MUCH LOVE on line tonight! TOY all I'm truly so grateful for your L.O.V.E. Let's spread it around the world Tweet Dreams

NEVER be AFRAID to try SOMETHING NEW. Remember, AMATEURS BUILT the ARK- PROFESSIONALS BUILT the TITANIC. (my 1000th tweet!) Dream Big.

Shelli Misoyianis   February 2nd, 2010 2:30 pm ET

Did you mean: Conrado More?

LOL! 😀

Candy°°   February 2nd, 2010 2:33 pm ET

Now to your question dear Larry ...

The children should be kept away from the media fury for now, they are still much to young and at a very vulnerable age to be exposed to the media sharks. The temptation to use them for ratings is much to big, and you KNOW that very well. They should really stay away from it until they are at least 16.- 18 Think if you would do that to your own children, knowing the danger of having them serve as an easy pray to a bunch of unscrupulous journalists (think Bashir, Diamond, and many others like them).

I understand that the kids might feel the urge to participate in some events to show their love and support for their dad – just like they have done at the Grammys – and as long those appearances are short and rare and do not involve anything like interviews and Co. it might still be OK.

But don't forget the kids are still crude, and they cannot yet take such decisions by themselves, therefore they should be protected and not pushed or influenced to do things that would more likely benefit the others, than them.

Any journalist looking now at these innocent, lovely kids, should REMEMBER and be ASHAMED of how the media (which they are a part of) mistreated their father! Nobody is allowed to forget that!

The past cannot be changed unfortunately, so even more you (the media people) should now show these children LOVE and RESPECT!
Do that by staying away from them, leave them live their lives and enjoy their childhood!
And even if the harm was long done, maybe it's about time you finally write the truth about their wonderful, loving father! You have seen and heard them, their love for their father is immense and just a natural reflection of his love for them. Do justice to Michael, at least now! Michael said it all the time, and Prince reminded us all the other night: it's all about LOVE!

Think of it!

Lori - Justice For Michael   February 2nd, 2010 3:03 pm ET

@cris..LOL....maybe you should change your name to "Random Links cris" ?


cris   February 2nd, 2010 3:13 pm ET

lol Lori...

helen   February 2nd, 2010 3:16 pm ET

@ Connie – IL

In case you missed this one.....

Kenny Ortega tweet on Sunday before the Grammys aired

# It's snowing in Park City So beautiful I'm in a trance I saw a brilliant Doc last night titled CATFISH So original, filled with surprises 11:49 AM Jan 31st from web

The documentary "CATFISH" is a documentary that is a "real-life" movie with many twists and turns that results in the viewer thinking they are living in the reality of a hoax, yet at the same time the characters involved are revealing the truth within the hoax.

Just coincidence that Kenny Ortega posted this? Not a chance.

We love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Let the SHOW continue!

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 3:23 pm ET

@ helen

LOL We sure have to love Kenny O. His tweets are on the same level as his "poker face."

000sarah   February 2nd, 2010 3:27 pm ET

@ helen February 2nd, 2010 3:16 pm ET

INtrestinG stUFF you postED !!!

@ cris

Did YOU ATTEnded thE GRAMMy ????

000sarah   February 2nd, 2010 3:32 pm ET

opps Typo * Interesting *

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 3:49 pm ET

Response to the blog question...

It isn't up to anyone to say if we think Michael's children should make more public appearances. It is up to his children to say.

Sheryl   February 2nd, 2010 3:51 pm ET

OF course I want them to make more public appearances. Of course I do.

BUT it's not about what I want.

It's about what is right for Paris, Prince and Blanket. And right now we shouldn't feel like we have that decision.

Not the way the media destroyed Michael.

cris   February 2nd, 2010 3:53 pm ET

Beverly - Chicago   February 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Very interesting links that Cris has provided. It would seem that LAPD and the LA D.A.'s office doesn't even know who Conrad Murray is. Or at least this would indicate that they're not terribly concerned about him!

cris   February 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm ET

000sarah yes.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 3:57 pm ET

@ Connie – IL

Anne just found out AEG/Randy Phillips is Lionel Ritchie's agent. 😉 And, of course, he was plugging TII on the Grammys and was all SMILES.
🙂 🙂 🙂

eric   February 2nd, 2010 3:58 pm ET


The supposedly well meaning folks from Idaho keep saying "we were just trying to do the right thing". They need to understand, when you are blinded by religion or emotion, the right thing may only be the right thing in your view. Examples, Al Qaeda believe 911 was the right thing. Suicide bombers believe they are doing the right thing. Hitler thought he was doing the right thing. When some crazy person (note "crazy") kills his family then himself, he thinks he is doing the right thing. etc, etc, etc.
World history is full of tragedies started by those "doing the right thing".

cris   February 2nd, 2010 4:00 pm ET

Helen Lionel's agent is Christopher Dalston.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 4:00 pm ET

@ 000sarah

The media is playing right into Michael's hands. 😉

Kristy Lynn   February 2nd, 2010 4:02 pm ET

Hi everyone. I would love to see more of Michael's children but only if and when they are ready. I would hate for the media to put them through what they put Michael through and they are already starting. Did anyone see the other blogs about the Grammy's? They are speculating whether or not MJ is their real father, will this finaly be the last MJ Tribute, and it is tramatic for them to keep attending these sort of things. There have been some very mean comments out there. Like the family is pimping these children out now because we want to see them and they know we'll all be watching. People need to STOP....these are innocent children. It's clear MJ did a wonderful job in raising them. Let them grow and become their own.

About the haircuts. I do believe MJ liked all three kids to have long hair, that is clear to see. I saw on TMZ when Paris got her hair cut they had photos of it and they had a team of 20 bodyguards cleaning up every last drop of hair so NO ONE could test her DNA. Interesting.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 4:02 pm ET

@ Cris

I just posted what Anne had just posted. Haven't verified it. My bad for posting too soon if that information is not correct which is usually not like me.

Kristy Lynn   February 2nd, 2010 4:05 pm ET

Does anyone know if there is somewhere I can watch the clip of Larry King talking about MJ's children? I missed the show last night.


cris   February 2nd, 2010 4:05 pm ET

it's alright helen. 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 4:20 pm ET

@ helen

ahhh I thought Randy was CEO of AEG, not an agent. But he was on the red carpet with Lionel...I did see that. He's a virus!!

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 4:20 pm ET

Kristy Lynn

Interseting about the hair cut...I thought of the hair being taken...not for DNA but to be sold on Ebay or something twisted!! Hmmm. And yes, he liked their hair long...little Blanket's is beautiful.

Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 4:23 pm ET

Cris How are you ?It is snowing a bit here in N.y. state.
Thanks so much for the links ,and all I can say is 'Oh Sssnap'!LOL
Sending Love to you ,and hugs .Maria Copelli

babycarie   February 2nd, 2010 4:23 pm ET

So, Cris...who are you really??


cris   February 2nd, 2010 4:31 pm ET

Hi babycarie!

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 4:58 pm ET

@ patucha
That clearly is "something" moving. And Usher and Jennifer did look to the left a time or two during the performance, almost like they were expecting someone else to walk out. Awesome!!! Thanks

Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 5:04 pm ET

Patucha you have eagle eyes ,it does look like someone ,is singing along and moving?Thanks for showing this.Love Maria C.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:04 pm ET

@ Patucha!!!!

Are you talking about the video screen to the far right up by the lights? The one that cannot clearly be seen by those in the audience? Is that what you are talking about? I just rewatched it on my 52" TV and by golly, I think that is indeed Michael on that screen singing his part! Is that what you are talking about?

Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Helen and Patucha,Michael Love ,hinted to us ,that there may be something ,potentially controversial during 'Earth Song'?I am sure I am not saying what he said ,exactly so please correct me.Love to you ALL ,Maria C.

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 5:14 pm ET

His voice did sound stinking recording. They were all too in sync for recordings to have been part of that...

cris   February 2nd, 2010 5:17 pm ET

Patucha.... 🙄

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 5:23 pm ET

@ cris

LOL you really like to rain on the parade...

cris   February 2nd, 2010 5:25 pm ET

LOL! Connie...

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:28 pm ET

I was chak this Shannon twitter sins MJ died,i dont see anything,that would make me think,MJ is alive.He sayd happy birtsday,yes,couse MJ live in our heart...

patucha   February 2nd, 2010 5:30 pm ET


Yes! 5:02 to 5:05 Live 7 down and left 😀

Do you see?

Maria Copelli   February 2nd, 2010 5:33 pm ET

Cris,your little unsmiley face says it all! Love you ,Maria C

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:35 pm ET

@ Patucha

It's clear on my TV. Thanks. I would have never noticed that!

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:37 pm ET

What?I can see something litlebit,but how did you guys think,that is MJ?I cant see almost nothing.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:37 pm ET

Shannon Holtz tweets

June 25th = ...

June 26th = This is not it

June 28th = I look forward to the day when the world witnesses his vision.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Its look like somebody walking behinde the stage,but anybody can walk there.

Shelli Misoyianis   February 2nd, 2010 5:38 pm ET

I see it! That explains why the singers were constantly looking over there! lol. 😀 I was like what are they lookin' at, Dude?? lol.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:39 pm ET

Helen,what can you see clear?The person?I cant believe,you can see,who is that....Do you?

patucha   February 2nd, 2010 5:40 pm ET


◕‿◕ lalalalalalala ♪ ♫ ♪ ♥ M.J.♥ ♪ ♫ ♪

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 5:41 pm ET


Clear as mud? LOL This person moving to the beat of the song, arm moves (like snapping fingers) and head turns left, yes?

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

Patucha,i see somebody walk behinde,but i cant say it would be MJ,just somebidy. 🙁

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

@ Shelli

The audience in the Staples Center can't see that video screen but the camera men gave the world a great shot of it. Just a glimpse....that is all Mike is ready to reveal at this point, just a glimpse of himself and his vision....the world has not realized the "dream" yet. lol

You see things the way I want you to see them and when I want you to see them – Michael Jackson – The Master!

Let the SHOW continue! I love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 5:49 pm ET

@ cris

We appreciate you being here and sharing links, etc. Bless you!

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:51 pm ET

@ beLIEvers

It seems that to some tabloid journalists the "dream" is getting fuzzy. I have just run across articles that say "since his death in August" and since his "death in September" and "since his death in the fall of 2009". LOL! 🙂

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 5:53 pm ET

Can you imagen Michael walk out and sing his part?Half world would got heartattack...

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 5:56 pm ET

cris– The three pictures of Michael when were they took? Michael IS Alive.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 5:59 pm ET

@ MJs Tink

I can see it clear on my TV. And he's moving and singing. 🙂 🙂

cris   February 2nd, 2010 5:59 pm ET

Thank you bless you Connie.

Marguerite they are from different times...

Edelweiss   February 2nd, 2010 6:00 pm ET

I am having a very hard time finding what you all are talking about. I must be blind. lol!

Candy°°   February 2nd, 2010 6:01 pm ET

WOW! Can't believe it! My DVD arrived today! happy happy 🙂
(according to amazon, I was expecting it on the end of February ..)

Did you guys saw the intro?

"CHANGE we can believe in ... " ... hmmm ?!?!?

AGAIN? everywhere?

Short recap:
– TII – in the end, the crown + beLIEve
– Chris Angel
– Orianti new album
– SONY new slogan make.believe
– The new Olympics Song (called how else than "believe")
– The Intro Presentation on the TII DVD including the BO stuff + campaign Slogan "CHANGE we can believe in"

Are you awake? Or at least .. awakening? 🙂

I am not through yet, just wanted to "through" this one out 🙂

Making myself comfortable for the show ! Love u all!

Edelweiss   February 2nd, 2010 6:01 pm ET

@ cris
If you were there, did you see anyone in a white t-shirt? 😉

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:03 pm ET

@ Candy

Be sure and catch the disclaimer right after the two previews. It is only there for a few says "the following interviews and commentaries are for entertainment only." LOL! 🙂 🙂

Candy°°   February 2nd, 2010 6:04 pm ET

@helen – Thanks 4 the tip, I will 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 6:05 pm ET

@ stuci

LOL But what a show that would be......

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:05 pm ET

Edelweiss,couse all you can see is a white spot for a moment.You can see,somebody walking trough by the placewhere the peaples come in to the stage.You can see,its probably whit shirt,but you can see nothing more.Its can be anybody.This is as much MJ,how the lyirics have canged.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:06 pm ET

Comnie,i think that would be 1 of my happiest day in my life.Ohhh,i would be so happy!

MJs Tink   February 2nd, 2010 6:07 pm ET

Funny how the camera pans that way at MJ's part huh?

We love you Michael!

Long Live the King!

Edelweiss   February 2nd, 2010 6:07 pm ET

@ stuci

Thank you. I've watched it 3 times and I still don't see it. 🙁

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:09 pm ET

@ Stuci

Far right end of top row of lights. It is Michael singing on the video screen. See the still photo that MJs Tink posted at 5:56 p.m.

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 6:09 pm ET

Me too stuci.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:11 pm ET

Helen,on the screen???Godmcan we change eyes? 🙂 I chak this out again 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 6:12 pm ET

@ helen

You were not just happened in a different way!

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:16 pm ET

@ Connie – IL

🙂 LOL! Just between you and me. 😉

@ Cris

Can't wait! 🙂 🙂

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:17 pm ET

Helen,i cant see 🙁 I am blinde.

Shelli Misoyianis   February 2nd, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Hey, put that photo on PAINT, and soften it. It comes out a lil clearer. 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 6:19 pm ET

I got ya helen!! No worries...

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:20 pm ET

@ Stuci

When the camera starts from the side angle at about 4:57 on the video, follow the row of pictures of Michael on the video screen around to the right with eyes, all the way past the row of lights that is in the same row as the still pictures of Michael, and you will see one small video screen at the far right end of the lights. Michael is on that video screen singing.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:20 pm ET

Helen,i cant see it on the pic,but i was woch the youtube klip that patucha posted,and you can see there litlebit.Its the same time,whenn you see the whit shirt person walk over.

Edelweiss   February 2nd, 2010 6:25 pm ET

If Conrad Murray is convicted, I am guessing the punishment will seem rather negligible, all things considered.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:43 pm ET

@ Cris

Last document filed 07/01/09 🙂

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:50 pm ET

Thanks Helen!Now there is just 1 problem left.If you think,MJ is singing live there on that screan,and if you think,the muving whit shirt person is MJ,thenn its cant be,couse the muving whit shirt guy and MJ on the srean is not dooing the same thing.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:54 pm ET

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 @04:02pm CST

(Los Angeles, CA) - The attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray is denying recent reports that his client will be surrendering to authorities sometime this week.

While Ed Chernoff acknowledges that Murray is in Los Angeles, he says Michael Jackson's former physician does not plan on appearing in court.

Chernoff states, quote, "Yes, he's in Los Angeles, he's here to meet with his lawyers and to visit with his family.

But, look, if the cops want him he's not hiding. We'll be happy to surrender him and they know that." is reporting that Murray is expected to surrender on Wednesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the "King of Pop's" death.

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says she's aware of such reports, but declined to discuss their validity.

She states, quote, "We've got nothing pending right now." If Murray does in fact surrender, the charges will have to be filed before he can appear in court.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 6:55 pm ET

2009 jan. 7????

cris   February 2nd, 2010 6:55 pm ET

Michael Jackson doctor not due to surrender: lawyer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson's doctor is in Los Angeles for meetings with his lawyers but has not been asked to surrender to authorities or appear in court in connection with the pop singer's death, his lawyer said on Tuesday.


Speculation about possible charges against Dr. Conrad Murray has been brewing for months after the county coroner's office ruled that Jackson's death in Los Angeles on June 25 was a homicide by drug overdose.

Murray, a cardiologist with offices in Houston and Las Vegas, was hired to care for Jackson while the entertainer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in London.

Ed Chernoff, Murray's lead attorney, confirmed that the physician was in Los Angeles but said that, contrary to reports in the media, no court appearance had been ordered or scheduled for this week.

"Yes, he's in Los Angeles, he's here to meet with his lawyers and to visit with his family," Chernoff told Reuters. "But, look, if the cops want him he's not hiding. We'll be happy to surrender him and they know that."

Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, said that she was aware of the stories in the media but declined to confirm them.

"We've got nothing pending right now," Gibbons said.

The coroner determined that propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the main drugs that caused Jackson's death at age 50.

Chernoff said that he asked Murray to travel to Los Angeles for a meeting with members of the defense team, but had not been asked by prosecutors or police to surrender his client and could not say if charges were imminent.

"I don't think they should be filing charges at all," he said.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 6:56 pm ET

@ Stuci

You need to upload a picture for me and circle it because I actually don't see anyone in a white maybe I'm the one who is blind. 😉 I can only see the small video screen of Michael singing. On my 52" TV it's clear. Somebody tell me where is the white shirt guy walking on the stage? I don't see anyone? I'm feeling lost.... ;( But I clearly see Mike on the small video screen singing..... ????

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:00 pm ET

Oh my goodness, Mike is making such an ass out of the media and I'm lovin' it!

We love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:02 pm ET

ABC news reported it as FACT again 37 minutes ago. That's TWICE for them! HAHA! Anxiously awaiting their retraction. LOL! Way to go, Mike!

Maura   February 2nd, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Hi dear cris. 🙂 Will you get your name in blue today?

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 7:04 pm ET

helen- What? You have lost me? Michael IS Alive.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:08 pm ET

@ Marguerite

Just read over the blog for the last'll catch up! 🙂 🙂

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Helen,It is the same time,whenn you see MJ on the screen.Some of the singers looking back at the dore or what is that,where thy come in to the stage.Somebody walking troug behinde thet dore of whole.You can see just for 1-2 sec a person in whit shirt walking over that place,where they come in to the stage.Tight side behinde the stage.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:14 pm ET

Ohh Patucha,i love Queen!

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:16 pm ET

Helen,i am sorry,i dont know how to doo upload the pic and circle... 🙁

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 7:17 pm ET

helen– If you are talking about Murray handing himself over to the LA cops, that won't happen. Michael IS very much Alive.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:18 pm ET

@ Stuci

I'm sorry. I can't see anyone. I only clearly see Michael on the small video screen. I guess I'm blind. 🙁

@ Patucha

Michael is making a "circus" out of the media. Jacksons not invited. Right....

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:21 pm ET

Helen,this is down,not up.The right back corner of the stage.At 5:02 somebody in wight shirt walk behinde thet corner.You cant see who is it.Its can be anybody.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:23 pm ET

@ Stuci

Oh, Okay. You're right. That could be anybody but Michael is on the video screen. 🙂

Maura   February 2nd, 2010 7:23 pm ET

I'm very tired. I must take a nap. I'll chat with you later buddies!

John   February 2nd, 2010 7:24 pm ET

I am getting a funny (sad kind of) feeling that Haiti is doing irreparable harm to the generosity of the world. Not Haiti per se', but The generous outpouring of aid that is being squandered so lavishly, and ineffectively. Then along comes the missionaries scooping up children to repatriate to the United States without any clearances or authorization from anyone. The parents of these children that handed them over so willingly, what were they thinking? They should be charged with child abandonment, and the missionaries charged with human trafficking. What is to say those parents (and I use the term loosely) won't just go and produce more discards to ship off at a later date? There are ample orphaned kids that actually do need a family to raise them. I would submit that those with the need should trump those with merely a want. What is so wrong with the people of Haiti? Why do they just feed off of any nipple that presents itself, and make little or no effort to better themselves? That country has the potential to be an ideal cruise and tourist destination, except for the fact that it is just plain dangerous to visit there. It has been that way for decades at least, maybe longer. If Haiti can't rebound from this latest disaster, given the massive amounts of aid generated for them, they never will.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:25 pm ET

Helen,yes,but why do you think,on the screen that would be live?

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:26 pm ET

Cris,Dirty Diana????woowwww!

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:26 pm ET

Are you the realy Cris,or the believer cris? lol

loraottawacanada   February 2nd, 2010 7:27 pm ET

Marguerite February 2nd, 2010 7:17 pm ET

helen– If you are talking about Murray handing himself over to the LA cops, that won't happen. Michael IS very much Alive.

What will you say when it does happen Marguerite?

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 7:30 pm ET

They cannot charge Murray for murdering/killing Michael when Michael IS very much Alive.

Maura   February 2nd, 2010 7:30 pm ET

cris please come by again. I would love to chat with you later. I really mis it. 🙁 Maybe we can get your name in blue. Love you Much!

Maura   February 2nd, 2010 7:32 pm ET

typo... miss it I mean.

stuci   February 2nd, 2010 7:32 pm ET

Realy,not being rude,but i am corious,what you gonna believe,id Murrey would be charged?

Pam   February 2nd, 2010 7:33 pm ET

Yes...f THEY want to appear. saw an ntervew wth Mchael and he sad that f hs chldren want to go nto show busness he would tell them the ptfalls and f they stll want to do t he would say go rght ahead.
Sorry...My and ey s not worng.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:34 pm ET

Reuters and AP have conflicting stories, yet again. AP "Murray surrendering." Reuters "Not true." DA's office "no comment." Involuntary manslaughter REQUIRES grand jury indictment. Cannot be filed without it. Stories now surfacing about "charges being filed of involuntary manslaughter without a grand jury." HOAX, HOAX, HOAX!

We love you, Mike! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Let the SHOW continue!

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 7:34 pm ET

So, first Dr. Murray is going to surrender, then he isn't? LOL Those dizzy spinners are at it again...

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 7:39 pm ET

Secure your seat belt and shoulder harness because this coaster ride is about to have more twists and turns. Michael IS Alive.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 7:46 pm ET

@ Patucha

According to Randy, grandmother wasn't invited. LOL!

Let the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH continue.

And thank you to the ENTIRE Jackson family for making an ass out of the media and finding JUSTICE for Michael with your performance art privileges and licenses....a LICENSE to dream! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Connie ~ IL   February 2nd, 2010 7:47 pm ET

Perhaps CNN realized they needed more than one blog going at a time to elimnate some of the nastiness. Comments worth a toilet flushing are on the other one...although Michael LOVE is working hard to convince them. Too funny!!!

loraottawacanada   February 2nd, 2010 7:48 pm ET

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!

christine canada   February 2nd, 2010 7:49 pm ET

Michael would not approve of his children giving up their childhood to entertain or to become tabloid fodder. However, as they grow up and demonstrate strong convictions about certain issues I think he would be proud that they occasionally take a low-key stand to make the world a better place. No pressure, however!!

Shelli Misoyianis   February 2nd, 2010 8:04 pm ET

OMG, I had to get off the other blog! The comments are vicious! It's like being in a high school forum. 🙂 No need to dwell in a hell like that! lol.

Marguerite   February 2nd, 2010 8:08 pm ET

The thing to do is to ignore the posts that you do not agree with. The word of the day is LOVE. Michael IS Alive.

helen   February 2nd, 2010 8:15 pm ET

I'm off for a while. Got a college basketball game to watch! Carry on, beLIEvers!

Vee   February 2nd, 2010 8:32 pm ET

I think the reason the press want Paris and Prince to be silent is every time they speak in public they put to shame all the liars in MJ's life. The children disprove every horrible filthy thing said about Michael when he was alive! The press comes on with phony concern for the children. They claim to be concerned the kids are being exploited. The truth is the kids make them look bad. They tried to make Michael Jackson an abnormal monster and unfit father! Michael’s children are well-adjusted poised exquisite kids and proof Michael was a wonderful father! That's why they want them to shut up and be silent. Keep taking kids! God bless them.

Lori Quebec Canada   February 2nd, 2010 8:57 pm ET

Yes Michael's kids stole the show after all they are Michael's kids..... should they make more public appearances.........NO......we saw enough what the media and some public did to Michael.......don't want to see that happen to his kids.....let them be what they

Joan Schurbon   February 2nd, 2010 10:25 pm ET

What part of adoption paperwork is hard to understand?! How did the
group from Idaho not know they needed the necessary paperwork completed before they could take the children out of the country? Haiti
is certainly facing an enormous crisis, but they in no way deserve to have
their children stolen. If people did that to the United States, we would
consider that kidnapping!

patucha   February 2nd, 2010 10:30 pm ET


TII missed the Academy cut off for Docs this year Maybe next

New Video PianoGames (Youtube)
Michael Jackson knows You've Got the Love 😀

NICOLE   February 2nd, 2010 10:35 pm ET


Matt Simecek   February 2nd, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Allowing MJ's children to be involved with the media is a giant red flag of poor parenting. Whoever is taking care of these kids now should keep them away from the "circus" at all costs.

Angie   February 2nd, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Good intentions or not, they had no right to take children away from their parents during the aftermath of a natural disaster. Let them sit in jail down there for a stint to think about things more logically and ethically. I'm glad they got caught. Besides, if it was with the intention of "saving" these kids, why 33? That sounds a bit like ... unecessary overextension if you want to give each child enough attention and resources to truly thrive. Sounds more suspicious and more likely that they were trying to drag along as many as possible in the interest of more profits.

Roger   February 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Re the children in Haiti – Why doesn't the church start a program to assist with the entire village becomming self-sufficient instead of taking their children, their future, and leaving everyone else to live and die in hopeless squalor? Oh, that's right, they wouldn't get to live their own version of "The Blind Side" in America then and show everyone how perfect they are in the eyes of the lord.
Never mind.
Typical arrogance, white people always have a better idea, right?

RachelB   February 2nd, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Whenever there is a big disaster,Tsunami,Earthquake, find these people lurking from the do business with children under the umbrella of christianity..Shame on them...showing up with those leaflets depicting a huge house in paradise with swimming and all...

Linda in Arizona   February 2nd, 2010 10:58 pm ET

@ralph: Thank you for the outstanding summary of our shameful history with Haiti. It is the best I've ever read, and as you say, is never reported. I would be interested to know what you think about the shady christians who kidnapped the poverty-stricken non-orphans from their families out of "compassion"? It seems they have persuaded LK of their good intentions. Good intentions don't change the fact that they kidnapped those children.

Eran   February 2nd, 2010 10:58 pm ET

I find it repulsive that we are allowing Missionaries to go in during this very fragile time. If they don't have a medical degree in surgery or nursing or the like, if they don't have an army uniform that is going to help restore order, if they aren't pilots there to bring provisions. Keep them OUT!

natalie g. kordloui   February 2nd, 2010 11:06 pm ET

I have mixed feelings about Michael's kids out in the spotlight. I think we should respect his wishes,He didnt like his children being exposed to the world.However now that Michael is gone I feel like they should be out there representing for their dad,but only for accepting awards or being involved with humantarian efforts like the new re-made WE ARE THE WORLD. afterall it was their dad who co-wrote it with Lionel Richie. It was Michaels vision and he never stopped giving.So I think Michael would be very proud,because he would be smiling down from the heavens and I like to think he would be saying something like this"those are my kids and I'm so happy and very proud of them because they are continuing to spread my message of LOVE,HOPE&PEACE.

Linda in Arizona   February 2nd, 2010 11:08 pm ET

The shady "christian" kidnappers are on record as being liars. They lied to the Haitians, and they made no attempt to do anything legally. They lied to the parents, telling them they were taking the children to a wonderful place with a swimming pool. They lied about the place being built already. They lied about the children being orphans until they got caught at it. Their plan is to build a big motel complex on the north coast where people can come and buy Haitian "orphans". They are doing this for profit. That "pastor" is a despicable looking character. I wouldn't put anything past him. They are kidnappers and traffickers.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 2nd, 2010 11:23 pm ET

I think for the children of Michael Jackson that less is more...'nuff said.

Gerald Jolly   February 2nd, 2010 11:36 pm ET

Most of you, just dont get it "DO YOU"

Here we go again!

Did they expose Micheals kids for more scrutiny by the press??

You bet your life "THEY DID"

These children have had enough trama over the past 7 months to last them a hundred lifetimes.

What possible benefit could it be for the children to expose them even once again to so as to satisfy most IDIOTIC MORON'S curiosity.


Is it any wonder why Micheal did everything he could to shield them from the "PRYING EYES" of the uncaring masses that want to exploit them for personal purposes.




helen   February 2nd, 2010 11:59 pm ET

🙂 🙂 🙂 LOL! These stories are crazy!

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 12:07 am ET

cris– Come and talk....

Michael IS Alive.

Carlos   February 3rd, 2010 12:08 am ET

Is the U.S. Occupying Haiti for Oil? by Tyson Brown

The mainstream media will never expose that Haiti's poverty, deforestation and instability is the result of the theft and exploitation of Haiti by the world's wealthy countries, their corporations and subcontracting, non-tax-paying Haitian mercenary families

Haiti suffers a devastating earthquake and immediately the U.S. government pledges its support in the relief effort but although the earthquake was simply nature taking its course, is the US aid effort and more importantly the apparent military occupation of Haiti by the US more than just a coincidence

When people think of Haiti, they picture a troubled nation plagued with extreme poverty rates, high illiteracy rates, multiple coup's, government corruption and the AIDS rate in the western hemisphere. They picture a nation that relies almost completely on the aid of industrialized nations and private benefactors.

What they don't picture though is a nation potentially sitting on an oil field dwarfing Venezuela's which is the largest exporter of oil in the western hemisphere, a country teeming with precious metals such as Gold, Copper, Uranium 225 and 238, which can be used to power nuclear reactors and the world's largest supply of a rare mineral used in building spacecraft-iridium. They don't picture a nation that has been visited by multiple Canadian and American firms in regards to mining these precious metals and that according to scientists, a nation whose oil field in comparison to Venezuela is like comparing a swimming pool to a glass of water.

Where is the proof for these astounding claims and If this is indeed true, why is Haiti so poor and why haven't they capitalized on their natural resource wealth. Well, the answer to the first question is rather easily proven but the answers to the second and third questions are rather complicated and involve some digging, no pun intended. But none-the-less I am fully willing to break down the complications and attempt to offer some clarification on my claims.

Is Haiti literally sitting on a (black) gold mine?
Since at least 1908, it has been known within Haiti itself that large untapped oil supplies do indeed exist within the nation. Maps were drawn up by Alexander Poujol and Henry Thomasset that showed a major oil reserve near the mouth of the Thomonde river and according to Dr. Georges Michel, the land on the Dominican Republic side, which is geologically similar to Haiti, was in the 1950's being drilled for oil and producing 60,000 barrels of oil a day with their primitive technology. Dr. Michel goes on to state that during the 1950's, the Knappen-Tippen-Abbet company conducted drillings throughout Haiti, claiming that the drillings were "extremely promising and beyond expectation".

Now one might ask now...why didn't they drill then? Well, the answer is simple. At the time, oil was nowhere near as valuable as it is today and was at the time thought to be almost limitless in scope due to Middle Eastern oil field quantities. Oil was trading for little more than a dollar a barrel at the time and there was no need to start the drilling process from scratch when oil was already plentiful in other regions throughout the world.

It simply wasn't economically feasible to drill in Haiti and make a profit yet. Instead of tapping these resources in Haiti, the company decided to use the wells in the future if needed and went about marking the wells, documenting their locations and then cementing them closed for future usage. Furthermore, naturally to protect their future investment they kept the discovery of oil in Haiti quiet so as not to spur any attention to the region.

Now fast forward 20 years to 1972, when in the November 6th, 1972 issue of Oil and Gas Journal, writer Leo B. Aalund stated within his article that "Finally, Baby Doc Duvalier's Haiti is participating with a group that wants to build a transshipment terminal off Fort Liberte, Haiti". Apparently there had been discussions between American interests and Haitian developers to turn Haiti into a refinery, with deep water ports for Oil Supertankers.

On November 8th, 1973, Martha Carbine of the American Embassy in Haiti, sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Fuels and Energy that stated that "Haiti has before it proposals from eight different groups to establish a trans-shipment port for petroleum in one or more of Haiti's deep water ports and some of the projects include construction of an oil refinery as well." In response, George Bennsky, director of the Office of Fuels and energy stated "U.S. Policy heavily favors deep water ports in our own waters rather than non U.S. locations. There is however some doubt whether environmental and other considerations will permit the construction of domestic refinery capacity on the scale that would be required". Basically he is stating that at the present time we would rather use our own deep water ports but would be interested in building refineries in Haiti as there would be no environmental laws preventing them from performing.

Now go forward another 20 years to 2008 with Scientist Daniel Mathurin stating that "We have identified 20 oil sites" within Haiti. He goes onto say that the oil fields of Haiti are more important than Venezuela and that comparing the two is like comparing a swimming pool to a glass of water, with Haiti being the swimming pool. When asked why those oil fields werent being excavated, Dr. Mathurin stated that "these deposits are declared strategic reserves of The United States of America".

Then in November of 2009, the former president of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery, a Leopolda Espaillat Nanita, claimed that Haiti "shares with the Dominican Republic gold deposits, oil, and iridium" and that these resources could be used to pay off its foreign debt with ease. It has now become apparent that Haiti certainly has in its possession large amounts of untapped oil and as I will now explain large deposits of precious metals as well.

In April of 2009, Marketwire made the following announcement-" Majescor Resources Inc. ("Majescor" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: MJX) is pleased to report that it has signed an agreement (the "Agreement") with SIMACT Alliance Copper Gold Inc. ("SIMACT") and its principal shareholders (the "Principals") whereby the Company will acquire a 10% interest in SIMACT" The CEO of Majescor goes on to state that ""Majescor has an established, ten-year long tradition of exploring emerging mineral districts. The deal with SIMACT and its Principals offers a new and unique opportunity for the Company to participate in the evaluation and development of a key property located in the prospective Massif-du-Nord volcanic complex of north-east Haiti.

We believe that the time is right to invest in Haiti and in projects with gold and copper potential. Gold has remained a steady commodity in this economic downturn while copper has just hit a 6-month high. Not only does the SOMINE Property contain three historical copper and gold occurrences, the mineral rights of which are secured under a mining convention with the State, but it is surrounded by ground recently acquired by Eurasian Minerals Inc. and partner Newmont Ventures Ltd. Majescor intends to fast-track the development of the SOMINE Property through further quantification of the three known prospects and the drill testing of new geological targets and ground showings."

So now it becomes apparent that Gold and Copper deposits are apparently within Haiti but in what quantities? Well, the terms of agreement between Majescor and SIMACT should hint at the substantial amount expected to be discovered as the TOA states that-

"Furthermore, in the event that within a period of two years following the exercise of the Option, a NI 43-101 technical report (the "Report") prepared by an independent and accredited reputable engineering or geological consulting firm determines indicated mineral resources on the SOMINE Property to be between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 ounces of gold, or its equivalent in copper, Majescor shall, within 30 days of the report, issue an additional 3,000,000 common treasury shares to current SIMACT shareholders.

In the event that the indicated mineral resources on the SOMINE Property are determined by the Report to be equal to or greater than 2,000,000 ounces of gold or its equivalent in copper, Majescor shall, within 30 days of the Report and in addition to the 3,000,000 common shares mentioned hereinabove, issue another 3,000,000 common treasury shares to current SIMACT shareholders. These additional issuances of common shares will also be subject to all required corporate and regulatory approvals."

Yes, that's 1 or 2 million ounces of gold or copper and currently gold is trading for $1,100 an ounce and copper trading for $3 per pound, a six month high. So now we have scientific proof of large oil, gold, copper and uranium deposits within this impoverished why hasn't Haiti capitalized on its own resources and why do they remain so poor?

Why Is Haiti so Poor?
So if Haiti is sitting on a gold mine, copper mine and oil field...why haven't they utilized these resources in order to dig themselves out of debt as well as provide for their own country? Well, they have attempted to multiple times but a coalition of entities, mainly the American government and the IMF or International Monetary Fund has blatantly hindered any progress Haiti has attempted to bring into fruition. These entities manipulated and strong armed Haiti by exposing their weaknesses and playing them in their favor.

Haiti less than 30 years ago was much more self sufficient but via "free trade" agreements as well as subsidized foodstuffs, the western imperialists have been able to take Haiti from a self sufficient entity to a nation that relies almost 100% on imports, in a matter of decades.

Tthe fact that the U.S. and other international financial bodies destroyed Haitian rice farmers to create a major market for the heavily subsidized rice from U.S. farmers. This is not the only cause of hunger in Haiti and other poor countries, but it is a major force.
Thirty years ago, Haiti raised nearly all the rice it needed. What happened?

In 1986, after the expulsion of Haitian dictator Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loaned Haiti $24.6 million in desperately needed funds (Baby Doc had raided the treasury on the way out). But, in order to get the IMF loan, Haiti was required to reduce tariff protections for their Haitian rice and other agricultural products and some industries to open up the country's markets to competition from outside countries. The U.S. has by far the largest voice in decisions of the IMF.

Doctor Paul Farmer was in Haiti then and saw what happened. "Within less than two years, it became impossible for Haitian farmers to compete with what they called 'Miami rice.' The whole local rice market in Haiti fell apart as cheap, U.S. subsidized rice, some of it in the form of 'food aid,' flooded the market. There was violence, 'rice wars,' and lives were lost."

"American rice invaded the country," recalled Charles Suffrard, a leading rice grower in Haiti in an interview with the Washington Post in 2000. By 1987 and 1988, there was so much rice coming into the country that many stopped working the land.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 12:36 am ET

Hi all!


You are going great guns there! Love it. Pls keep up with the eye opener stuff. The Man in the Mirror is alive and kicking....

Does anyone know whether MJ previous/new? sound recording will be included in the new We are the World recording?

"None so blind as those who will not see; and none so deaf as those who will not hear!" Jesus

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 12:48 am ET

Hello everyone!

Ralph   February 3rd, 2010 12:48 am ET

@Linda in Arizona

How would anybody think they could go to any country without proper papers and documentation is more than shocking!!! If you have to have documentation to get into the country don't you think you have to have the documentation leaving the county with children.

Good intention or not; they broke the law. If something like this had happened after Katrina in New Orleans or the Gulf Coast, people would be screaming for the heads of the kidnappers! But because this is a poor non-English-speaking country, this must be ok. I hope our government does not bully the Haitian government to let these people go. These folks are not heroes. We Americans need to realize that we are not above other countries law.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 12:49 am ET

cris (real one of course) I really miss you. 🙁

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 1:23 am ET

hi Maura! These blogs have been mighty busy! Our cris has certainly been keeping us on the ball with all those various links. With that Murray stuff I cant work out if its a black or white matter lol...

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 1:24 am ET

Maura– Hi, how are you doing?

Dennis   February 3rd, 2010 1:33 am ET

Let's see, Haities government, what there was of it is shattered. The U.S. State Dept. is up to it's neck in a shattered country, heros from around the world have and are risking their lives to save these shattered people, but all in all they have time to bail out a group of ignorant, self rightous morons. Let this group of fools figure their own way out of this mess.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 1:37 am ET

Yes the blogs have been quite busy. I noticed the links that our cris mouse posted. How are you?

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 1:38 am ET

Hey Marguerite. I'm doing good. Just enjoying the greatest show on earth. How are you?

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 1:47 am ET

Maura– I am fantstic and Michael IS very much Alive.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 1:49 am ET

Maura, Im fighting fit and wondering what next on the great show on earth – never a dull moment! That's life...

hi Marguerite! Im waiting for cris to throw us some nice fresh juicy bones! lol

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 1:53 am ET

butterfly- Maybe if all of us smile real big cris will talk to us.

Michael IS Alive.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:00 am ET

Yes indeed.

I wonder too. It's becoming fun. 🙂

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:03 am ET

real cris please chat with us for just a little while. I miss you. We miss you.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 2:24 am ET

Well those glasses? dont exactly enhance her whole face. Shes staring right at the camera and the others arent. You think she looks shocked?? lol

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:26 am ET

hmm I'm not so sure Marguerite. Is she looking at someone maybe?

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:30 am ET


Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 2:32 am ET

blow up the first picture and look at her eyes. The look at the second link I gave and look at her eyes......

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:35 am ET

oh no , link is gone!

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 2:36 am ET

Brown eyes in the group one and blue ones on her website??
Noooooooo lol seriously??

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 2:40 am ET

Eyes do not change....

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:42 am ET

oh... eyes! WOW!

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 2:48 am ET

What do you guys think?

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 2:52 am ET

Marguerite I can only enlarge a little but I see what you mean now. WOW! 🙂

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 2:53 am ET

So the real Barb. S has prerecorded???? Marguerite did you see my earlier question re whether MJ would be on this record? I read somewhere that none of the original artists would be on this new one.

So we literally have to see it as an EYE opener huh? lol

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 2:58 am ET

IThe eyes of Barbara in the first picture is a lot different from the eyes of Barbara in the second or am I seeing things?

If you use msn to open both pics in the lower right end of the screen you will see 100% and a down arrow after it click the down arrow and you can enlarge the pictures up to 200 to 400%.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 3:07 am ET

@Marguerite no you're not just seeing things. I see it too.
@butterfly eye opener rofl

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 3:11 am ET

Dunno, but compare those eyebrows man! One looks quite bushtail! lol

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 3:14 am ET

Maura– Eyes don't lie and yes it is an eye opener. Michael IS Alive.

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 3:19 am ET

butterfly- You have that right!!! I also believe there is a little darker color on the tip of the Barbara's nose in the group picture. Plus the shape of the nose in one pic looks different from the other pic.....

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 3:26 am ET

What a prankster! Unbelievable! Now let me think here, is there any resemblance between the woman sitting next to hat man and this gal singing....ummmm lol

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 3:29 am ET

That Michael! rofl

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 3:35 am ET

I bow down deeply to the Genius! Michael Jackson. L.O.V.E.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 3:39 am ET

Yes, Michael you are indeed a genius!

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 3:45 am ET

Michael is The Man Behind The Curtain Pulling The Strings and The Man In The Mirror. Michael IS Alive.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 3:50 am ET

Laughter is the best medicine....

Michael is alive and kicking who?? lol

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 3:52 am ET

You're funny. kicking who? lol

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 4:00 am ET


Keep tuned in...the fun is just keep those eyes opened! lol

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 4:04 am ET

I'll use clothes pins to keep them open. rofl

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 4:17 am ET


We could start a trend here Maura – eyes wide open! lol

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 4:25 am ET

🙂 lol Thanks for making me smile even more.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 4:51 am ET

Im off and will catch up with you somewhere on the blogs. Much love and light to you. 🙂

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 4:52 am ET

I'm gonna go to sleep in a few more minutes. Goodnight. Hugs! 🙂

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 6:41 am ET


those links don't work for me 🙁 I'd like to see the pic

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 6:44 am ET

Ok I got it two different eye colors

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 7:13 am ET

missin mj- Did you see the pictures? If not look at my last two posts.

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 7:22 am ET


Yes I did look at the pictures. I also looked at a biography of her, she has blue eyes. Strange that she has brown eyes in the We Are The World pic. I would have said she was wearing colored contacts, but she has glasses on! Makes you go hmmmm What are your thoughts on it.

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 7:24 am ET

missin mj- Who do you know that has eyes that looks that that.......

Michael IS Alive.

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 7:25 am ET


What did you think of the latest TMZ article on filing a criminal complaint. I thought they were getting ready to CHARGE him not just file a complaint.

🙂 🙂 🙂

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 7:27 am ET


I need to find a way to zoom in on that pic better...:) What a media blitz going on right now. Wish I had an icon for a garbage can to put on here

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 7:28 am ET

missin MJ- It won't happen, they can't charge Murray for killing Michael when Michael IS Alive.

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 7:30 am ET

If you are looking at it on msn in the lower right hand corner of your screen you will see 100% with a down arrow to the right of it. Click on the down arrow and you can go from seeing it at 200 or 400%.

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 7:31 am ET


Yes I know. For 7 months we have been watching as you say The Greatest Show On Earth. I haven't done much else 🙂 What a lesson I hope the world learns from this...

missin MJ   February 3rd, 2010 7:34 am ET

Not looking at it on msn. Will try to find a way to do so. I have to leave for work. Thanks for the links.

Marguerite   February 3rd, 2010 7:36 am ET

missin MJ– You are very welcome. Have a good day.

Michael IS Alive.

Valeria T   February 3rd, 2010 9:01 am ET

The Haitian government is being stupid, and that's putting it nicely (there's other words I could use, but they'd get my message deleted). To be more concerned about paperwork and documentation than about these children's *lives* is insane. Even when they were told that a number of the parents had willingly turned their children over to these people, they are *still* trying to charge them with trafficking, kidnapping, etc etc??

The US government should be doing everything it can to get those church workers out of there, so they can get back to the VITAL work of SAVING not only those thirty three children but as many others as they can.

When you have a country so devastated by disaster, not to mention previously existing extreme poverty, as Haiti is, the thing to do is GET THE CHILDREN OUT. Get them out to places where they can have decent food, clothing, and medical care. I applaud the institutions that
are still managing to function within Haiti at the moment, but from what
I'm seeing on the news coverage, they're having severe problems with
getting essential supplies.

A number of decades ago, there was an airlift program that evacuated dozens of children from Cuba, in the early days of the Castro regime, "Operation Pedro Pan" it was called. We need something like that now for the children of Haiti. We should not be worrying about such things as passports and other bureaucratic issues, not when the lives of the innocent victims of disaster are at stake.

GET THE CHILDREN OUT. NOW. That should be the priority.

irene   February 3rd, 2010 9:24 am ET

As much as I would like to say "yes, would like to see more of them".. they should limit it. They're children....... and been through so much (pressure) already..........................
So, my answer is: in the next couple of years: No.
Keep it special, on rare occasions, and keep the children between safe walls... If you hear what they write about their dad sometimes.........................

Gerald Jolly   February 3rd, 2010 11:09 am ET

Marguerite, Maura, and Butterfly, are living proof that "MORONS" can cause a blog format to smell like what most folks do in theit toilet everyday.

Get a life, for Christ Sake

cris   February 3rd, 2010 11:39 am ET

Feb 3 2010 9:38 AM EST
Michael Jackson's Doctor Conrad Murray: A Timeline
Source: MTV

Early June 2009 — Murray, a physician with offices in Las Vegas and Houston, is hired by AEG Live to serve as Jackson's personal physician several weeks before the pop star's death, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jackson reportedly chose Murray, but AEG Live will pay his $150,000-a-month retainer.

June 22-23 — According to a police affidavit, Murray attempts to wean Jackson off propofol by giving him a combination of anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives, seemingly helping Jackson get some rest without the propofol.

June 25, 2009 — Jackson suffers cardiac arrest at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, California. Murray reportedly tells police he found Jackson unresponsive and not breathing in Murray's bedroom and that CPR did not revive the singer. Jackson's death came after a typically fitful night of no sleep for the chronic insomniac, who relied on a cocktail of powerful sedatives to get to sleep.

June 26, 2009 — Los Angeles Coroner's office officials defer a cause of death in the Jackson case, pending further forensic tests.

June 28, 2009 — Murray, whose car was impounded just days before as part of the probe into Jackson's death, meets with LAPD detectives for the second time, providing information to aid the death investigation.

June 30, 2009 — Coroner's office officials pay a second visit to Jackson's rented mansion to remove additional medical evidence from the residence.

July 2, 2009 — The Drug Enforcement Administration joins the investigation into Jackson's death, reportedly to look into Jackson's doctors and the singer's possible drug use prior to this death.

July 6, 2009 — The Times reports that three search warrants on physicians who treated Jackson have been executed by the LAPD as part of their homicide investigation.

July 22 — Police search Murray's Houston office as part of a manslaughter investigation into Jackson's death, taking away documents and images from a computer hard drive.

July 24, 2009 — Murray's spokesperson denies that he is a subject of a manslaughter investigation.

July 28, 2009 — Police serve a search warrant on Murray's Las Vegas home and office, carting away documents and evidence in their investigation. Among the items police seek in the searches are details about the many aliases Jackson allegedly used to obtain prescription medication.

August 11, 2009 — The Coroner's office completes its autopsy in the case, but puts the results on security hold in order to allow the LAPD to complete its criminal probe.

August 12, 2009 — Officials from the DEA, Las Vegas police and LAPD execute a search warrant on a Las Vegas' Applied Pharmacy, in connection with the Jackson investigation. It is later revealed that Murray legally purchased propofol at the pharmacy.

August 18, 2009 — Murray releases a one-minute video statement in which he addresses fans, friends and family, thanking them for their support and saying that because of the intense scrutiny of the case, he is afraid to return phone calls and e-mails.

August 24, 2009 — Unsealed warrants from the Houston investigation reveal that Jackson had lethal levels of propofol in his system at the time of his death. Police rule the singer's death a homicide.

January 8, 2010 — The LAPD reportedly completes its investigation into Jackson's death and is said to be preparing its case against Murray.

February 2, 2010 — CNN reports that Murray is prepared to surrender to Los Angeles authorities in the Jackson case, if asked to do so.

Maria Copelli   February 3rd, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Gerald ,that is not a nice thing to write to anyone,no matter how you feel about what they write.Maria Copelli

Maria Copelli   February 3rd, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Cris ,Susan ,said on the other blog,with Dr Murray ,that this info wouldnt be available,right now until the case get going.So maybe this is why NOTHING is on the links?She seems to know a lot of legal info,from time to time.So maybe this is something we can consider as well?Love to you my friend.Maria C.

sherry   February 3rd, 2010 2:40 pm ET

It's a awsome responsibility to represent Michael, byt Prince did a wonderful job and I was happy to see Paris too,,, big shoes to fill but they are his chidren and he taught them well,

cindee   February 3rd, 2010 4:15 pm ET








cindee   February 3rd, 2010 4:42 pm ET



Henry   February 3rd, 2010 4:54 pm ET

It is funny how some Americans love to demonize other countries government when we have the most corrupted and evil government in the world. If Haiti is a poor country, who do you think been funding their corrupted governments? Our own good ole US.

Good intentions or not. They broke the law.
I did not see them rallied 100 hungry orphans kids during Katrina and moved them to Mexico. Why? because it’s illegal. But they tried it in Haiti because they felt that they could with their Americans passports.
These people need to be punish because they are opening the flood gate for pedophiles, organs traffickers and all other crazy child traffickers.

This is a case of missionaries hiding behind the bible and lied to the vulnerable people that are uneducated and poor.

Our government should not rescued stupid Americans who are breaking the laws abroad.

Cindy   February 3rd, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Every time I see this picture of Paris and Prince, I just cannot believe how beautiful Prince is. He is going to get a lot of attention in life. And there is something regal about Paris. The way she holds her head really reminds me of her grandmother.

Gerald Jolly   February 3rd, 2010 6:00 pm ET

@ cris,

GEEEEZZZZ! are we ever impressed with you knowledge of the events that led up to Micheals death.

You must be a "SLEUTH" Hu!

How can you live with yourself, with all that knowledge you possess.

WOW! I bet people refer to you as "MISTER KNOW IT ALL" Hu!

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 6:56 pm ET

Gerald Jolly put a cork in it will ya! Leave cris and the others alone. Now I'm not gonna sit here and argue with you but we'll find out whose not paying attention in the end!

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 7:14 pm ET

And to fill in any blanks...BITE ME

babycarie   February 3rd, 2010 8:03 pm ET

Gerald Jolly
Love your posts!!!!!!!!!
Please come more often Mr. Jolly!!!!!!!!!!


Gerald Jolly   February 3rd, 2010 8:05 pm ET

@ Maura, I understand.

People like cris, need another "KNOW IT ALL" to defend them.

Even if that "KNOW IT ALL" is even more IDIOTIC that CRIS is.


All of you dishonor Micheals legacy, by gloating over his children.


Gerald Jolly   February 3rd, 2010 8:09 pm ET

When I look at Micheals children I cant get over how much they look exactly like him.

It's just unbelievable that they look so white thought.


I hope they dont have his skin affliction.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 8:11 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly
Whatever...If we are dishonoring him you're dishonoring him by being disrespectful to his fans. We all deserve to have an opinion. If you're so jolly then go be jolly with someone else! Just don't talk to me or the other people you mentioned! And that is all I'm going to say to you.

Gerald Jolly   February 3rd, 2010 8:12 pm ET

@777 perfection

You sure can tell talent when you see it.


Maura   February 3rd, 2010 8:13 pm ET

And there you go being disrespectful to Michael's children. And you're honoring him?!

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 8:15 pm ET


Maura   February 3rd, 2010 8:19 pm ET

Bully...Now let me get off this blog before I say something I'll regret.

Maura   February 3rd, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Prince, Paris if you're reading this ignore that jolly person. Don't listen to their trash. They're a lonely, bitter soul that has nothing to do but pick fights with people.

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 3rd, 2010 8:34 pm ET




babycarie   February 3rd, 2010 8:36 pm ET

Gerald Jolly
I believe Mike is dead...and his death deserves respect. And Mike's children.deserve respect as well. I would hope all MJ fans can respect his children and keep them out of any disagreements.
They are children...and they need to be left alone.

butterfly   February 3rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly

What you think of me is none of my business; what I think of you is none of your business.

What you judge in others is what you despise about yourself.

Peace reigns within regardless of what is going on outside.

Gerald Jolly   February 4th, 2010 12:39 am ET

@ True-to-you and butterfly

True to, you you should'nt stew.
And make those sounds like BOO HOO HOO
Intelligent people know you are
Definately not a rising star.
Because your rhymes certainly do not shine.

True to you, take my advice
Fly away on a Butterfly
That would be nice.


TRUE-TO -YOU   February 4th, 2010 12:44 am ET


a would be poet i do not think so i just like to rhyme and i wont waste any more on you you are not IMPORTANT i will not encourage you i find you very boring and bitter go overdose on some sugar ITS ALL FOR LOVE


Gerald Jolly   February 4th, 2010 12:44 am ET


Wow! I guess you were real close to Micheal, because he hated people calling him "MIKE" and even chastized people close to him when they called him "MIKE"

But that would'nt apply to you one of his closes confidants.

carie   February 4th, 2010 8:41 am ET

I call him Mike yes...and I call you an ass. I thought you had some sense...obviously you are in need of attention. And you know he hated to be called Mike because???? Oh, you were a personal friend. I guess Janet should have stopped calling him that, and Miko, and, well, everyone who was very close to him...and that was not you GJ!!
Your name is huge and I am sure you are as well!!
Big fat Gerald Jolly!!!!! Oh, I'm you hate that??!!
Attention seeking Gerald Jolly
Has no friends so looks for folly.
Comes on blogs to goat and pick
your attention seeking is just sick.
Needs attention and some love
but your ignorance shows above.
Leave innocent children alone
to you they are like a dogs bone.
Get a life and some real friends
and from me to you this is the end.


Maria Copelli   February 4th, 2010 11:22 am ET

Gerald ,Your ignorant statements @8;09p.m.!I am 'mixed' person ,and you must know soem of us are
lighter.someof us are darker!How dare you imply otherwise!It is well documented that Michael has Vitiligo...where have you been?The bottom lineis this ,despite what you say,these beautiful children ARE HIS!!!!!Michael is there Dad,he has changed their diapers,wiped there noses ,dried their tears,read to them at nite,fed them clothed them,and most importantly he has rasied them to be kind thoughtful children,who Love him endlessly,and their ,grandparents,as well.Please ,THINK BEFORE YOU POST,the Jacksons read these comments,and how much more hurt ,do they need to feel?STOP THE HATRED...NOW.......'DO UNTO OTHERS'..............Love to you Gerald ,PEACE...Maria C

Gerald Jolly   February 4th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

Statement from Doctor Arnold Klien, reported in the ALURE magazine's latest issue.

QUOTE: "I KNOW THAT PRINCE and his sister are mine, but the last child??

Gerald Jolly   February 4th, 2010 2:16 pm ET

Further comment from Dr. Arnold Klien.

Quote: "This is the last time I will comment on the children and why Micheal requested this favor from me"

"What most people did not know was that due to his condition Micheal had become "STERILE" and as we were not only Doctor and patient we were also very good friends, and so he asked me if I would be willing to donate my sperm, and I agreed, and also ventured the name of my nurse, to be the childrens mother, and after signing a number of legal documents that Micheal would be named the childrens legal father, and after recieving the agreed upon funds payable to both my nurse and I, of $5 million dollars we proceeded with the process.
Many will critisize my decision, but in my mind, what more could a child ask for, than being wealthy and well cared for, and I certainly would never have been able to provide for them as well as Micheal could.


TRUE-TO -YOU   February 4th, 2010 2:19 pm ET



Patty Anderson   February 4th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

gerald Jolly Pants–what on earth made you crawl out of your hole and come back to these blogs?
didn't you do enough hurting of peoples feelings before.
Oh wait let me guess you started drinking again. Good God. How dare you. And how dare you insult Michaels children.. YOU LEAVE THOSE CHILDREN ALONE!!!
You are not a fan you are a hater. We don't do well with haters..

Everyone–Gerald Jolly Pants in the beginning use to come to these blogs and spew the most nastiest things about Michael. Things like he plays with little boys Michael deserved to die he was a child molestor.
These are the things gerald was saying. He is a hater not a fan..
Older bloggers I know you recall the things he use to say about Michael and his fans.
he was awful everyone beware of him...

Gerald Jolly   February 4th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

@ Patty Anderson.

Further comment by Dr. Arnold Klien.

QUOTE: " I'm not absolutely sure, but I think Micheal's last child was actually fathered by Dr. Murray.

QUOTE: That would be an awfull situation for that child, given that he is now being charged with manslaughter.

What's that child supposed to do now??

TRUE-TO -YOU   February 4th, 2010 4:00 pm ET

@gerald jolly

if you want friends just ask

vallary   February 4th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

Why should that. Who are we to say they should come out in public or not. Why can't they just live their lives. I think that was a lot of what was wrong with Micheal. People don't know how to seprate the private and public life. Who are we to judge. Give the kids a break and let them group up. I hope very much that one of them will carry on the talent that their dad had. and we as fans can enjoy the music and MOST the dances. Come on people give them a break

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