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Michael Jackson's "Friends"

Not that I cared much for Michael Jackson's music or his extremely peculiar lifestyle, and I certainly didn't watch any of the coverage of the million-dollar-plus show disguised as a memorial service. Yesterday, however, while watching cable news, one show unexpectedly popped on a segment about the spectacle. Watching the montage of Jackson's celebrity "friends" laud and cry over him, it got me thinking: If these were true friends of his, where were they all these years! What type of friend lets another intentionally and repeatedly disfigure himself, go into colossal debt, take drugs and lead the most bizarre public life in show business history — which is saying something mammoth, indeed. Who lets a friend squander God given talent to the alter of self?

Where was the intervention by these people during what was a talented but extraordinarily twisted life? After all, interventions are about as left coast a legacy as they come. If anyone should have jumped in, it was these people! 

So, were these friends or people who wanted to stick their faces on camera while about a billion people worldwide, with nothing better to do, watched? Or did they consider themselves Jackson's friends for humoring his horribly odd behavior? Then again, these are people all about self and not much else.

If there is any lesson to be learned from this death, it's that friends aren't always who they say they are, especially ones who place more value in themselves and their indulgences than they do in Godly values, a higher calling, and respect for (a purpose-filled) life that comes from the Creator.

Wake Up Virginia, Part 2: Obama Admits Energy Prices Will Skyrocket Under His Plan

Last night we posted a breaking news story which soon became the talk of cable news and is dominating talk radio today (click here). A tape of an interview Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama gave in January to The San Francisco Chronicle has him saying he wants to put the coal industry out of business. More of the tape has come to our attention since. If you haven't heard, Senator Obama admits that under his "cap and trade" proposal  . . . well, why don't you listen for yourself:

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

So, he doesn't mind mile-high energy prices? Then why was he blaming everyone and their brother for them earlier this year when oil and gas prices reached record levels? This is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind. He clearly has the most leftist agenda in modern American history; perhaps in all of American history. The question is, why aren't people taking him at his word? Senator Obama says he wants to make things fair in America. What's fair about the government targeting an industry vital to our way of life and those who work hard in such an industry? 

Here's an objective source: National Journal. It is regarded by both sides in Washington as non-partisan. (Full disclosure: Obama's press secretary worked there before joining his campaign.) It ranks Senator Obama as the most liberal senator in Congress. The startling aspect of this isn't that fact, because rankings can be relative. However, in this case, it says much that he is rated more liberal than even Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who for the record calls himself a socialist. Sanders is an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats. The third most liberal senator? Joe Biden.

One more quote voters should know about: It comes from Senator Obama's autobiography, Dreams From My Father. Obama wrote, "I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."