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Dear Mr. President Obama by Joey Lugassy


My good friend Joey Lugassy shared his letter to President Obama and Obama’s response with me… I asked permission to publish here… Joey and I park our hybrids in the same garage! With friends like him I know I am not alone… Thank you Joey for representing!

Much Love,

Arthur

Mr. President and barackobama.com,

I have stood by and with you from the beginning. But please answer this – Why aren’t there 30,000 troupes along the shore making sure that this doesn’t hit beaches and marshland? Why do I see locals with a 5″x 5″ napkin wiping single blades of grass? Why do I see someone with a kitty litter rake trying to rake up oil from the sand?

  • I AM COMPLETELY DISSAPOINTED AND DISILLUSIONED BY OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION!!!
  • 56 DAYS AND WE’RE STILL TALKING AND LETTING THESE PIG LIARS RUN THINGS IN THE GULF?
  • WHY AREN’T THE BEST ENGINEERS, MARINE CORP AND NAVY TAKING OVER??!!??

You mean you can’t devise a wide vacuum suction to skim the water at 200′ wide? Hell, I KNOW people that can do this!!!

YOU CAN’T HAVE TRACTORS WITH 100′ RAKES???
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???

GET TO WORK!!! IT’S ALREADY WAY TOO LATE!!!!!

OUTRAGED!

Joey Lugassy


RESPONSE FROM OBAMA “PEOPLE”

In a message dated 6/14/2010 8:56:43 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, info@barackobama.com writes:

Joey —

The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast is the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation’s history. I am returning to the region today to review our efforts and meet with families and business owners affected by the catastrophe.

We are working to hold BP accountable for the damage to the lands and the livelihoods of the Gulf Coast, and we are taking strong precautions to make certain a spill like this never happens again.

But our work will not end with this crisis. That’s one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.

Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month — including many in dangerous and unstable regions.

In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.

Please stand with me today in backing clean energy. Adding your name will help Organizing for America create a powerful, public display of support for making this change happen.

The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything — from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks — more energy-efficient. It means rolling back billions of dollars of tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energy research and development.

Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy — and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.

There will be transition costs and a time of adjustment. But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf — we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean-energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come.

The House of Representatives has already passed a comprehensive energy and climate bill, and there is currently a plan in the Senate — a plan that was developed with ideas from Democrats and Republicans — that would achieve the same goal. But this is an issue that Washington has long ignored in favor of protecting the status quo.

So I’m asking for your help today to show that the American people are ready for a clean-energy future.

Please add your name to mine:

http://my.barackobama.com/CleanEnergy

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President you are losing the people who put you in office

Dear Mr. President,
sent to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Your presidency of, by and for the people; is quickly slipping away and it is your own fault for becoming a centrist instead of representing the people who elected you… You get a salary and many of us out here have no clue how we will afford the rest of you lives. Main Street is headed for disaster. After bailing out Wall Street there is a big question every time Unemployment benefits need to be renewed and after 99 weeks we are only left to welfare while you and big business continue to receive you paycheck like clockwork at our expense.

It would seem that you have become a corporatist and have abandoned Main Street … what a shame we had such hope for change and you have not lived up to your contract with us, your constituency.

How sad that you have no balls to make things right. Look you have even alienated James Carville and that is a big statement in itself…

IMHO you have changed from a Statesmen to a simple self serving Politician. How sad that you don’t live the words that you say and as a result of that all of us on Main Street continue to suffer… I held such hope for your presidency and it saddens me to see it fall apart based on your lack of authenticity and your inability to follow through on your promises.

In Sadness,

Arthur Klein

Also posted at http://pursuitofHappinessYOGA.com

Dear Mr. President, The Truth Will Set You Free!

Dear Mr. President,

Winston Churchill said, “Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.”  Please read the following and do the right thing.

As I drove home from work at 3 am this morning coming from a freelance job for which I receive no health care, no pension and no guarantee of future work; I got the following email message from Michael Moore. After reading this reflection of truth, I knew I would forgo sleep for a while longer so I could post his important words to my blog.  His message is the truth and we all need to hear it, especially you President Obama.

Tonight while working this 7pm to 3am shift on the new Paris Hilton show, which I was lucky enough to book and just happy to have a little work after a long time of unemployment, I was listening to a bit of your voice, reading the audio book, Audacity of Hope.  I wish your thoughts from this book were still in your heart and your actions as our leader reflected the following intention of your words that describe the central motivation of why you wanted the job of president, and why we the people gave you that privilege.

I quote :

“The simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart and if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.”

Please read Michael’s honest letter and consider his words, as well as, giving him the job he requested you consider him for at 1$ a year.

The Green They Steal, The Greed They Wear …a St. Patrick’s Day lament by Michael Moore

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Friends,

It was amazing. Every story on the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times told the story of the Age of Greed during which a system known as capitalism is slowly, but surely, killing us:

Insurance company greed: “Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care”

War profiteers: “Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants”

There’s no profit in repairing our infrastructure: “Repair Costs Daunting as Water Lines Crumble”

China, the bank: “China Uses Rules on Global Trade to Its Advantage”

You mean NAFTA didn’t improve life in Mexico: “Two Drug Slayings in Mexico Rock US Consulate”

What happens when Big Food profits from hurting kids: “Forget Goofing Around: Recess Has New Boss”

There’s now a daily parade of news like this — well, not really “news,” more like the media division of large corporations shoving your face into the dirt that is your life. You already know the schools are a disaster and the war is a boon for the Halliburtons and a bust for you. You don’t need a newspaper to tell you the roads and electrical lines and the local sewage plant is in miserable disrepair.

And by now you’ve figured out that you don’t really have any say in this, that what we call the “democratic process” is mostly a sham, pretty words that get repeated in the hopes we will all still fall for it. But the fix is in and we don’t fall for it anymore. Admit it: Wall Street owns “our” Congress lock, stock and big barrel o’ campaign cash. You want a say in this? Well, I don’t see you on the Forbes 400, so shut the f@*& up and go fetch me another bottle of bubbly.

Within days, the House of Representatives will vote to pass the Senate health care “reform” bill. This bill is a joke. It has NOTHING to do with “health care reform.” It has EVERYTHING to do with lining the pockets of the health insurance industry. It forces, by law, every American who isn’t old or destitute to buy health insurance if their boss doesn’t provide it. What company wouldn’t love the government forcing the public to buy that company’s product?! Imagine a bill that ordered every citizen to buy the extended warranty on all their appliances? Imagine a law that made it illegal not to own an iPhone? Or how ’bout I get a law passed that makes it compulsory for every American to go see my next movie? Woo-hoo! Who wouldn’t love a sweet set-up like this windfall?

Well, the insurance companies — get this — don’t like the Democrats’ bill! That alone should be reason enough to vote for it.

Now, you would think these thieves would love this bill — but they are actually fighting it. Why? Because it doesn’t give them ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the what they want. It only gives them… 90%! YOU SEE, pure greed demands all or nothing.

The insurance industry hates this bill because it puts a few minor restrictions on them. Six months after its passage they won’t be able to deny children coverage if they have a pre-existing condition. How awful! Government interference! SOCIALISM!

But, hey, they’ll still be able to deny these children’s parents coverage until 2014! So if a parent gets sick and dies in the next four years, I’m sure someone will step in and raise these already-insured orphans.

And how big will the fines be if the insurance companies do deny someone coverage for having a pre-existing condition? Are you sitting down? A hundred dollars a day! That’s it! So if you’re the insurance company, and Judy is a customer of yours, and Judy needs an operation that will cost $100,000, what do you do? You take the fine! Let’s say Judy lives another year after you’ve sentenced her to death, your $100-a-day fine will only cost you $36,500! That’s a savings of $63,500! And trust me, my friends, that’s EXACTLY what’s going to happen.

There are some good things in this bill. Parents will be able to keep their children on their policy until the kids turn 26. A few things like that. So, yes, pass that.

But don’t insult me and 300 million Americans by calling this “health care reform.” At least you’ve stopped calling it “universal health care.” We will not have universal health care or anything close to it. I wish the president and the Democratic leadership would just stand up and say, “We’re sorry, America. We didn’t get the job done you sent us here to do. We’re weak and scared and unable to communicate the simplest of messages to the American people. Therefore, our bill will guarantee that 12 million of you will still have NO health insurance. And that’s because we have decided to leave the greedy, private insurance industry in charge of our system. Forgive us for this and for continuing to allow profit to be the determining factor as to whether a patient gets the help she or he needs.”

Please, Democrats — just say that — then pass this poor excuse of a bill. Pass it because, if President Obama takes a fall on this one, I don’t know if he’ll be able to get back up. And then NOTHING will get done. We can’t have that. (And thank you Dennis Kucinich for hanging in there right up to the end and being the only one out of the 435 members to speak the awful truth.)

On the front page of yesterday’s New York Times, the dateline was, sadly, once again, “Flint, Michigan.” The story was about how doctors are no longer accepting Medicaid patients. Which means tens of thousands of poor can no longer go to the doctor. Last year, the State of Michigan also prohibited doctors from accepting Medicaid patients who had anything wrong with their vision, their hearing, their feet or their teeth. In a 16-county area northwest of Flint, there will soon be not one single hospital that will allow you to give birth there if you’re on Medicaid. The official unemployment rate in Flint is 27% (unofficially, closer to 40%).

This is an American tragedy. And, as I’ve warned you for years, this tsunami is heading your way — if it’s not there already.

I’ve just turned on my new iPhone and it informs me that it has “apps” it would like to suggest I buy. One is called “Scanner.” It will allow me to listen in on police scanners anywhere across the country. I buy the app. I see that the Flint police scanner is part of this. I turn it on out of curiosity. And this is what I hear, at one in the morning: A woman is being beaten by her husband… A home invasion is taking place (“16-year-old black male, wearing a white skull cap”)… A child has been missing since noon today… Another woman is being beaten by her boyfriend… A diabetic, obese man is having trouble breathing and needs to be rushed to the hospital (there will be three more of these obese diabetics in the hours to come; the entire town is ill)… One more woman calling, screaming for help, “officers urged to use caution…”

…And on and on and on. This is what I have listened to before going to bed. I am filled with despair and helplessness as I hear my former neighbors crying out for help. I hate it. I have to turn it off. I start to cry. Thank you, iPhone. Thank you, Democrats. I’ll sleep better knowing that you’re looking out for all of us.

Bastards.

Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. I’ll continue my jihad today on Dylan Ratigan (MSNBC, 4pm ET) and, for the first time together in the same studio since our, um, 2007 debate, I’ll join Wolf Blitzer live in his CNN Studio (5-8pm, ET). I’ll also be on live for the entire 11am hour this morning on the wonderful Diane Rehm Show on NPR. You can listen live online here.

The rest of the day I’ll spend wandering the halls of Congress with my shillelagh and shamrocks, doing my best impersonation of St. Patrick as I try to drive the snakes out of Capitol Hill. Wish me luck…

Michael I wish you all the luck in the world and I will personally support you in this fight for life liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Thank you Michael for your authenticity, honesty and hope, thank you Mr. President and all my readers for reading this post.

As I go to sleep and the world of capitalist greed unravels the American dream for us all, except the few entitled,  I wish us all a good night and good luck…

In Love Light and Peace,

Arthur Klein

99 Club: a question of happiness

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YYM Still Frame: Ghandi in Union Square Park, Manhattan NY

An age old concept called “The 99 Club” that explores a secret of being happy!  Thank you Nithya Shanti for bringing this to my attention:

The 99 Club

Long ago, there lived a King. This King should have been content with his life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the case! The King always found himself wondering why he just never seemed content with his life. Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he went, attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt something was lacking and he couldn’t put his finger on it.

One day, the King had woken up earlier than usual and decided to stroll around his palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when he heard someone happily singing away… following this singing…he saw that one of the servants was singing and had a very content look on his face.

This fascinated the King and he summoned this man to his chambers. The man, his servant, entered the King’s chambers as ordered. The King asked why he was so happy? To this the man replied: “Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I make enough of a living to keep my wife and children happy. We don’t need too much, a roof over our head and warm food to fill our tummy. My wife and children my inspiration, they are content with whatever little I bring home. I am happy because my family is happy.”

Hearing this, the King dismissed the servant and summoned his Wise Minister to his chambers.

The King related his personal anguish about his feelings and then related the story of the servant to his Wise Minister, hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some reasoning that here was a King who could have anything he wished for at a snap of his fingers and yet was not contended, whereas, his servant, having so little was extremely contended.

The Wise Minister listened attentively and come to a conclusion. He said “Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club.” “The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?” the King inquired. To which the Minister replied, “Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, you will have to do the following… place 99 Gold Coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep, you will then understand what The 99 Club is.”

YYM Still Frames Audrey's Day

YYM Still Frame Audrey's Day

That very same evening, the King arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed in bag at the servant’s doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant and he thought he should have put 100 Gold Coins in the bag, but since his assistant had advised him to put 99 that is what he did.

The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and opened the bag. When he opened the bag he let out a great big shout of joy…Gold Coins…so many of them. He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to show her the coins and they were besides themselves. He then took the bag to a table and emptied it out and began to count the coins. Doing so, he realized that there were 99 coins and he thought it was an odd number so he counted again, and again and again only to come to the same conclusion…99 Gold Coins.

He began to wonder, what could have happened to that last 1 coin? For no one would leave 99 coins. He began to search his entire house, looked around his backyard for hours, not wanting to lose out on that one coin. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to make up for that 1 Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100 Gold Coins. He got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most of the night up conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough money to buy himself that gold coin. He went to work as usual only not in his usual best mood, singing happily and whistling all day. He didn’t even seem to notice that the King was watching him as he grumpily did his daily errands.

Seeing the man’s attitude change so drastically, the King was puzzled. He promptly summoned his Wise Minister to his chambers. The King related his thoughts about the servant and once again, his assistant listened. The King could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been singing away and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden change of attitude, even though he should have been happier after receiving the gold coins.

To this the Wise Minister replied “Ah but your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.” He explained: “The 99 Club is just a name given to those people who have everything but yet are never content, therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra 1 to round it out to 100! We have so much to be thankful for and we can live with very little in our lives, but the minute we are given something bigger and better, we want even more! We are not the same happy contented person we used to be, we want more and more and by wanting more and more we don’t realize the price we pay for it. We lose our sleep, our happiness; we hurt the people around us just as a price to pay for our growing needs and desires. That is what joining The 99 Club is all about.”

Hearing this the King decided that from that day onwards, he was going to start appreciating all the little things in life. Striving for more is always good, but lets not strive so hard and for so much that we lose all those near and dear to our heart, we shouldn’t compromise our happiness for moments of luxuries!

YYM Still Frames Santa Monica Beach

YYM Still Frame Santa Monica Beach

As We Flush the Toilet on the Bush Cheney Legacy…

Y Yoga Movie Production Still of Earth from Apollo

As we flush the Toilet from the last 8 Years of the Bush Administration please consider the following thought from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.”

Love, Life & Peace as we toast a new day dawning!!!

Arthur

meditation video ~ the essence of the practice

A fly  on the walls view of meditation…. Great video i found on facebook which illustrates meditation in a fun, funny and compelling way… Kudos to the creator…  I love this short video and hope you do to…

LL&P
Arthur