Skip to comments.Where will Sheila Jackson Lee show up next?
Posted on 07/09/2009 4:07:38 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Michael Jackson's memorial service the latest stop for Houston Democrat known as 'The Funeral Lady' for the stars
Shocked to see Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee join the star-studded memorial tribute to Michael Jackson earlier this week? Probably not if youre from Houston.
The congresswoman, who represents the 18th District, has a reputation in her hometown for, lets say, making herself available to speak at events, occasions, funerals particularly when cameras are nearby.
Just a few days earlier, in her signature braid, Jackson Lee stood alongside Beyoncé at her pre-concert press-conference to address hunger both women grinning for the cameras while holding boxes of Hamburger Helper.
And around here, Jackson Lee is reportedly known as The Funeral Lady, due to her frequent appearances at the farewell services of those well-known or made famous by the manner of their deaths.
Judge Andrew Jefferson died in December 2008, and Jackson Lee spoke at funeral even though it was well known they weren't fond of each other. Congressional Quarterly blogger Taegan Goodard wondered out loud if Jackson was a professional eulogist.
Apparently the congresswoman has a history of making cameo appearances at funerals and even has staffers cull the obituaries to find funerals at which she then requested to speak, Teagan wrote yesterday.
So it wasnt exactly a surprise when she took the stage on Tuesday for Michael Jackson's public memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Still, her presence left some publicly questioning her motives on the Web and on the phone.
The most dangerous place on Earth: between Sheila Jackson Lee and a camera/microphone," wrote blogger Ed Truitt.
Sheila Jackson Lee has never met a camera she didnt like..., posted @arthurjuarez
If there is a mike or television camera Sheila will find it, said one former journalist who...
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
(ducking and running......)
I think she needs to cross the border into North Korea, just to see what is really happening there.
To teach her a lesson... we need someone with photoshop exp ... full body or podium shot of her NEXT to the MOON FLAG in front of the MARS ROVER.
She’s the one, while at Johnson Space center.. asked “Can you move that to see the flag the Astronauts left?”
need to fuel the fire against STUPID LIBERAL TRICKS (and yes F U Letterman)
Between Cro-Magnon and Piltdown Man.
Would be nice is she could join her friend, Cynthia McKinney in Israel. Israeli jail that is.
Probably attempting to have a hurricane named after MJ.
someone will put her next the polar bear or the guy walking in water after Katrina
She also made the brilliant observation that we didn’t need a weather satellite, because we have the Weather Station on TV..
The first Mars landing when we revisit the Moon?
Do devastating hurricanes need help from affirmative action?
A member of Congress apparently thinks so, and is demanding the storms be given names that sound “black.”
The congressional newspaper the Hill reported this week that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, feels that the current names are too “lily white,” and is seeking to have better representation for names reflecting African-Americans and other ethnic groups.
“All racial groups should be represented,” Lee said, according to the Hill. She hoped federal weather officials “would try to be inclusive of African-American names.”
A sampling of popular names that could be used include Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn, according to the paper.
I love it when FReepers have been paying attention!!!!!
And the first time a “black” hurricane unleashed the most devastating weather conditions of all time and caused the most death and destruction, this same dumb broad would be in front of the cameras decrying the racism.
Beyonce is pretty humch human garbage too. Way overrated in every way.
To clarify... on a Mars candy bar (bet she can't plant the flag before she eats the candy bar).
At every State of the Union address since she has been in Congress, regardless of who was President, she made sure she was right on the rail at the entrance, in a red dress, when the President entered.
The strange thing is I think she has a Yale Law Degree, making that certificate equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
Shes the one, while at Johnson Space center.. asked Can you move that to see the flag the Astronauts left?
Thanks, I remember the incident, media buried it. I couldn't remember if that was her or not. There are ways to break her of this, either open caskets or maybe a hearse ride.
Been there, done that.
You're thinking of former Congressperson "aisle-bird" Cynthia McKinney, now most recently released from an Israeli jail after her arrest for violating the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
sjl is like looter guy, she’ll show up where you least expect. And steal your beer.
They expelled her Monday and she is back in the USA with her radical Islamic friends.
They expelled her Monday and she is back in the USA with her radical Islamic friends.
Law Degree? You could knock me over with a feather!
Congresswoman Jackson Lee earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University with honors, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.
Thanks. Any more than a high school education is a surprise in itself.
Critics complain that Jackson Lee has a tendency to volunteer unsolicited on-camera commentary and press statements on a wide range of political issues, such as a 2003 request to use more African American-sounding names when naming hurricanes and tropical storms, feeling the current selections were too “lily white.”  This has caused conservative critics to nickname her “Hurricane Sheila.” Citing the hurricane incident, conservative pundit and former CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg included Jackson-Lee in his book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, ranking her #98.
Jackson Lee volunteered herself as an unsolicited advocate for the father of Elián González in the international custody controversy and reportedly spends hours seeking out prime seating locations in the House of Representatives chamber to increase her camera visibility for special events such as the State of the Union address. She was also one of the few members of Congress to come to the defense of Michael Jackson during an ongoing criminal investigation of the pop star . She also attracted controversy in 2003 by meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and offering to sponsor a visit for the controversial leader to the United States.
According to the gossip columnist of a local free paper, The Houston Press, the congresswoman’s reputation as a “floor hog” has also given rise to a humorous betting game among Capitol Hill staffers in other member’s offices in which quarters are deposited into a jar each time she speaks. The office staff in possession of the jar when a whole day goes by without Jackson Lee speaking wins and gets to keep the contents .
heigmeister, I am pretty sure it was Sheila Jackson Lee I remember hogging the rail during State of the Union addresses. See SwinneySwitch’s post above.
She is dumb enough to try it again.
Is Sheila Jackson Lee the loudmouth who has a hairdo that looks like a snake is wrapped around her head?
Just trying to keep all the whackos straight in my mind.
OK what's an aisle bird? This is someone who makes sure they get a seat on the main aisle of the House chambers in Washington when the president is scheduled to make a speech. They know that the president will walk down that aisle before the speech, and walk up that aisle after the speech and be on every broadcast and cable network while he does it. If you can be sitting right there, you will be seen shaking hands with the president and holding a little discussion with him as he walks buy.
OK, here's the hard part. To get a seat on the aisle you have to show up at the House chamber at lease five hours before the speech begins. That means Cynthia (who is a Democrat from Georgia, by the way) had to show up at around 4:00 Thursday afternoon and just sit there (you can't send an aide) and wait for five hours. As long as you're going to be on Capitol Hill, you could be spending this five hours in your office doing what the taxpayers pay you for. The taxpayers don't pay you to plant your ass in the view of television cameras for a presidential speech. I believe this is about the ninth time the "Cutest Little Communist in Congress" has staked out that seat. That's a lot of wasted hours for a little tube time.
EBONY magazine named her one of the "100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the Century."
Maybe they are twins!