Sheila Jackson Lee Honors Michael Jackson, At Incredible Length

Via The Hill's blog, we've learned of our own Sheila Jackson Lee's epic attempt to immortalize Michael Jackson (who is being celebrated as we speak; check out the twittering/liveblogging at the music blog of our sister paper LA Weekly).

Amazingly, Lee's bill declaring the House of Representatives "recognizes Michael Jackson as a global humanitarian and a noted leader in the fight against worldwide hunger and medical crises" is a bit....long-winded.

It contains no less that 44 "whereas" clauses, including these:

-- Whereas in December 1991, Michael's office MJJ Productions donated more than 200 turkey dinners to needy families in Los Angeles

-- Whereas, on February 7, 1989, Michael visited the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, a site of playground violence where 5 children had been tragically killed and 39 had been wounded

-- Whereas, on March 1, 1988, at a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael presented a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund

-- Whereas in the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as `Beat It', `Billie Jean' and `Thriller'--widely credited with transforming the music video from a promotional tool into an art form--helped bring the relatively new channel to fame

And on and on and on and on.

We're sure Republicans will balk at this. If they ever take the time to read it all.

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