Okay, I am yet again breaking my promise to not write about Michael Jackson. It seems that there are proposals out there to...
...have a national day of mourning over the passing of Michael Jackson
...honor him with a postage stamp
I find both ideas to be silly at best. Give the guy a stamp in ten years or so, if people still care by then. As for a day of mourning, I find the idea almost offensive. I will not mourn this man's passing. For many, including me, his music has had no impact of our lives. What's more, and his contributions to charity pale in comparison to those of others (such Bill and Melinda Gates, for example), so honoring him as this great "humanitarian" seems ill-conceived.
What was he? He was a talented young man who clearly had a lot of mental health issues. In his case, there were a lot of scars, some of which were physical in nature (the being re-made into a white man part).
If you want, honor Michael Jackson by playing his music. The rest of us can shake our heads and wonder what all the fuss is about.