Only my opinion as a father.
Sorry Stingo (and I don't know if I have been caught in an over-sensitive mood tonight) but I find THIS pictorial joke utterly tasteless. Yes I laugh heartily with other ADULTS at all the 'Jacko' jokes doing the rounds, but for this PR*CK of an American soldier to envagle children into having their picture taken with such a card (which they probably don't know the meaning of -or the basis of the supposed joke) is unforgivable.
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I think you will find that that picture isn't genuine. There are plenty of them doing the rounds, a simple Flash file that lets you type any text into a textbox which is then put onto the sign.
Anyways, Michael Jqackson is innocent - its as plain as the nose on his face...
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Genuine or not the pictorial portrayal, in my personal opinion is in very bad taste.
Ugly as sin from plastic surgery he may be.....and as white/caucasion-looking as he has always wanted to appear......I personally wasn't there and as I don't claim to be God Almighty and all seeing and all knowing......I don't know or have an opinion as to his guilt or innocence.
Hate to say this, but that uniform looks awfully MOD to me and perhaps this statement will prove worthy of an apology in itself.
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As this appears to be (from Conche-Pearl) a reconstructed picture with do-it-yourself caption then of course I retract my earlier statement and apologise to whomever the original picture was plagiarised.
Still doesn't change my opinion about a bad-taste posting.
Joking aside. In answer to your question "will Jacko walk" I doubt it. OJ was accused of killing his wife which, by American moral standards, is an understandable and almost forgiveable offence (for a sports superstar) Scott Peterson made the mistake of having a "bit on the side" Believe me, after 8 years living here I have come to the conclusion that only vengence satisfies the American psyche in any crime that has to do with SEX. The pre-trial media frenzy precludes any possibility of an untainted jury IMOH. To hell with proof "beyond reasonable doubt" lets give the verdict the people want. Although I am a law abiding resident (for the most part) I confess the idea of falling into the hands of the American Judicial System terrifies me. I never even imagined that sort of dread of the police at home.
Newsnight or similar (honestly can't remember when or where) had a feature a day or two ago talking about Jackson trial. Black female US expert brought onto the programme said she'd rather face UK legal system than American, and she was very believable - educated, very intelligent, and quite cutting about both legal systems, but thought UK legal system and integration of other cultures way in advance of US. Slightly simplistic summary as level of debate was high with good knowledge of both legal systems and cultural integration, and main participants were not white.
Try reading some Chrichton novels which involve corruption of jurists, put together that Wacko is one of the richest men in the world, and I wouldn't bet much on justice prevailing, whatever... Last time round, a simple pay-off of a few million dollars did the job "not becuse I am guilty, just to avoid any more silly fuss" - if I might paraphrase Wacko's announcements at the time. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
Re: Money, of course doesn\'t come into it, but...
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Whatever happened to innocent till proven guilty? Hope you never sit on a jury, nothing like being impartial!!! Maybe you read too much gutter press?
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I repeat my earlier statement :
" Ugly as sin from plastic surgery he may be.....and as white/caucasion-looking as he has always wanted to appear......I personally wasn't there and as I don't claim to be God Almighty and all seeing and all knowing......I don't know or have an opinion as to his guilt or innocence."