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On the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, June 25, the San Diego County Fair celebrated the pop icon by hosting the “Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band,” Who’s Bad.

By 7:00 p.m., the Paddock’s stage area was filling up for the 9:00 p.m. show. At 7:30 p.m., to the surprise of the crowd, 400 zombie-dressed dancers entered the Paddock to perform Jackson’s song “Thriller.” Each of the dancers had gory face makeup and bloody clothes.

Christopher Estrella, owner of C-Star Productionz in San Diego, was hired by the Fair to organize and choreograph the dance. He put out an open casting call to studios around the county and included kids and senior citizens.

“The group had been practicing for the past six weeks — one day a week for about two and half hours — in a field in Mira Mesa,” said Estrella. Each participant received a free fair admission and parking pass.

“Only the Fair staff knew about us coming,” said Estrella, who performed the role of Michael Jackson onstage.

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drewsd June 30, 2010 @ 6:24 p.m.

I was there when the zombies staggered in. It was awesome!!! I hope they do it again next year.

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thestoryteller July 1, 2010 @ 9:53 p.m.

These videos are insulting to the memory of MJ. What did he ever do to deserve this?

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MsGrant July 2, 2010 @ 1:47 p.m.

A better question might be "what didn't he do?"

"Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson child molestation case want to use 'erotic materials' at his trial that were seized from the singer's Neverland Ranch in 2003. Prosecutors say the books, magazines and videos prove that Jackson's motive in touching a young boy was sexual."

Although many idolize Michael Jackson, the entertainer, there are many that still believe that Michael Jackson, the man, may have had some disturbing private proclivities.

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thestoryteller July 3, 2010 @ 2:18 p.m.

In his book, "The Michael Jackson Tapes," Rabbi Schmuley, says Michael didn't have an interest in all children, just certain ones.

Michael wasn't interested in children per se, he was interested in children who were "losing their childhood," because he felt he had lost his childhood too. He tried to be the person to them, that wasn't there to rescue him. A therapist once said I rescue dogs for the same reason.

As a boy, Michael's tutor would give him warm milk and read to him in bed. It was the most wonderful time of his childhood. He tried to do the same thing for the boys, but it backfired on him. With all the sychophants surrounding him, and virtually no parenting, he didn't know boundaries. He also thought he was above the rules--why wouldn't he?

People said much the same thing about Gene Page--the person who arranged "Never Can Say Good-bye," when he offered to get me an apartment and a job. People thought he was out to take advantage of me. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was about the only man in Hollywood who wasn't.

He and Michael had hearts that people just don't see every day, thus they assume these men were up to no good. That's what they are accustomed to seeing.

Gene paid Barry White's rent, and then went on to arrange all of Barry's music for him. He wasn't out for sex. He had lost his own dream of being a star due to his color, and made up for it by giving stardom to others.

Michael had Corey Feldman stay with him, and Corey insists Michael didn't molest him. Why? Because Corey Feldman was rich and famous in his own right. He wasn't out to make a name for himself, get attention, or make a quick buck. He had no motive to destroy Michael, and probably didn't want to.

Both Gene and Michael were special, and that's what made their music so special. It wasn't the other way around. I grieve for the loss of both of them.

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MsGrant July 3, 2010 @ 5:13 p.m.

This occurred to me as well, that some were out to systematically destroy Michael Jackson by appealing to his childlike nature and using their own children as agents of fortune, so to speak. But, why then, the discovery of pornographic material? It was obviously a source of interest to the prosecutors, due to its content. And innocent people do not possess such material, let alone distribute payoffs to multiple sources.

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thestoryteller July 8, 2010 @ 3:26 p.m.

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SurfPuppy619 July 8, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.

"But innocent people do get acquitted."

So do guilty ones, especially when they have the resources most people don't.

By lifesbeengood 12

I'm sorry, but MJ was not guilty of anything except being an eccentric nut case from a pretty violent childhood-that was a witch-hunt in the same fashion as the Dale Akiki witch-hunt.

I saw the evidence and it was garbage. The only thing they had was one kid, out of tens of thousands that had been to the ranch, and the kids mother. The mothers testimony was garbage, and every juror said so, she was a certifiable gold digger.

This was one of the most heavily prosecuted cases I have ever seen and the prosecution came up with zero, nothing, not a SINGLE conviction on a single count.

The rule in prosecution is simple, you ONLY bring cases you can PROVE beyond a reasonable doubt, if not then you don't waste the time money and costs. This witch-hunt cost SB County millions. All wasted.

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SurfPuppy619 July 8, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m.

Everyone is free to have an opinion about MJ, and in the end no one knows for sure, but will base their opinion on the things we do know.

From everything I know, there is no doubt in my mind, none whatsoever, that MJ was NOT a child molester and was just a weird guy that was an easy target b/c of his weird & eccentric life (come on, a chimp named "Bubbles" and a hyper-baric chamber!!).

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CuddleFish July 8, 2010 @ 8:11 p.m.

Sorry, SurfPup, I am convinced he did molest children, and paid millions of dollars in hush money to some of his victims so that he wouldn't go to prison over what he did. Yes, he was eccentric, but he was not crazy or stupid. I think there were lots of contributing factors and extenuating circumstances that led to him becoming the person he became. Nevertheless, I don't doubt he molested boys.

I like the brilliant comedian Katt Williams' take on the issue: (DO NOT WATCH IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY BAD LANGUAGE)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn_CQKW8Q2w

But, perhaps we should all defer to Mindy The Storyteller's expert views on the matter. After all, she was Michael Jackson's lover and confidant for a number of years, she would know best. :)

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SurfPuppy619 July 8, 2010 @ 8:52 p.m.

Sorry, SurfPup, I am convinced he did molest children, and paid millions of dollars in hush money to some of his victims so that he wouldn't go to prison over what he did. Yes, he was eccentric, but he was not crazy or stupid.

Paying the $20 million was the biggest mistake of MJ's life. He did that, IMO, to try to protect his reputation, of which just the allegations would prove devestating. But it did the opposite-it made him appear guilty, and it made him a target instead.

Katt Williams-funny guy! Yes, he was funny.....Calling MJ a "white woman"!!

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CuddleFish July 8, 2010 @ 9:19 p.m.

You are speaking of that Home Alone kid, Macauley Culkin. I believe him when he says he wasn't molested. I believe Marie Presley when she says he was a normal husband and lover. I believe, like I said, that Michael Jackson was neither crazy nor stupid.

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SurfPuppy619 July 8, 2010 @ 11:36 p.m.

No, not McCauley. There was a kid MJ paid $20 million too, and I am %100 convicned it was a shake down.

Here, this is it-the story said the settlement said it was NOT for molestation;

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0616041jacko1.html

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CuddleFish July 9, 2010 @ 12:18 a.m.

Excuse me, SP, my response was to lifesbeengood's comment. The child he was speaking of is Macauley Culkin.

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SurfPuppy619 July 9, 2010 @ 8:44 a.m.

Excuse me, SP, my response was to lifesbeengood's comment. The child he was speaking of is Macauley Culkin.

Oh.....got it!

Macauley Culkin is another kid that had had a hard childhood with overbearing parents.......

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thestoryteller July 10, 2010 @ 12:41 a.m.

No one knows for sure? How about Caulkin and Feldman? They know for sure. They said he was innocent. Regarding the $20 million--Michael said his attorney couldn't guarantee him that he'd get off (no attorney can), so he just paid the money to make the problem go away, so he'd be assured he wouldn't serve time. Makes sense to me.

What kind of fool would let their child stay over night with a grown man? Perhaps someone who knew the guy was rich and could easily be taken advantage of? Everyone who knew Michael--Lionel Richie, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson--stood behind him without a doubt, and yet some people refuse to see him as not guilty. The only people who accused him were people who had something to gain by it. What a crazy world we live in!

No, I wasn't Michael's lover. I was Gene Page's lover. He thought I deserved a better lot than to be in love with a married man. He wanted me to marry Michael and have a dozen kids. But the truth is, the minute I saw Gene, I couldn't see anyone else. My mistake.

Last sumer, I put on over 25 pounds. I cried all summer. And as often happens when I've suffered for a prolonged period of time, I had to have surgery for skin cancer. I had it removed on my face in the morning, had reconstructive surgery in the afternoon, and had my eye sewn shut for about a week. If you think all this comes as a result of lying, be my guest.

I knew I was contradicting myself last year, and my grief over lsoing Michael was so big, I didn't care. I considered suicide because that was easier than bearing the pain. You can bash me over it for all eternity, and you will never begin to touch that place inside of me that holds all the grief. The pain is bigger than anything you could possibly inflict.

Two days ago, I watched my dad die of cancer. So I'm eating and crying my way through another summer. I figure by fall, I'll either die from diabetes or I'll just plain explode. I probably won't last long enough to have another surgery.

You may have the memories, my dear, wrapped up with a bow. For all the good they did me, to watch people suffer and die through gun fire, and waiting for a kidney transplant, for drinking oneself to death, to dying in one's sleep. Take them all. I'm glad to be done with them.

After watching what my dad went through, and knowing we all have to die, I think Conrad Murray may be onto something, by just letting a patient go to sleep forever.

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CuddleFish July 10, 2010 @ 9:24 a.m.

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CuddleFish July 10, 2010 @ 10:20 a.m.

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SurfPuppy619 July 10, 2010 @ 10:44 a.m.

After watching what my dad went through, and knowing we all have to die, I think Conrad Murray may be onto something, by just letting a patient go to sleep forever.

By thestoryteller

That was intense.

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CuddleFish July 10, 2010 @ 11:11 a.m.

Not as intense as my response, apparently.

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