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Out of the Fire 11:11 1/11/11

Out of the fire our future will be written and all who have forgotten or who have been in fear to stand up for what is good and right about us; like ethics, humanity, collective consciousness and the truth that all beings should have the right to pursue Happiness. These people who ignore the responsibility to think in… Terms of the next 7 generations into the future rather than a 24 hour news cycle or a business quarter will have missed the opportunity to suck all the juice out of the fruit of living and being here now! We are at a crossroad and I hope we carefully consider the road not taken!

“And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Dear Mr. President – Goldman Sachs is Destroying the Planet… Please Do Something About This!

Dear Mr. President,

As you can read the headlines of the NY Times today your buddies at Goldman Sachs have almost destroyed Greece’s economy based on their too big to fail bullshit attitude knowing that they have the White House and you in their pocket…  Unless you do something to distance yourself from them and break up their organization they will destroy you and us…. What could u possibly be thinking, I believed you to be smart and now i am having my doubts…

How sad for all of us that you refuse get rid of that sleazy self serving and self aggrandizing Geithner.  Maybe you should and read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense essay again, it is in the public domain and on Google books …

You are becoming part of the aristocracy believing politicians that are destroying our country and world…  I am deeply hurt that you are allowing your presidency to become a joke.

No longer is this change I a can believe in.

What now, Mr. President?

Still in hope of change I can believe in!

Arthur Klein
Yoga Activist and filmmaker Y Yoga Movie
emailed to White House February 14, 2010

PS Have a happy Valentines Day while our Republic is sinking fast!

Food, inc. “who knew?!?”

Things we can do to change the system:

  • You can vote to change this system.  Three times a day.
  • Buy from companies that treat workers, animals, and the environment with respect!
  • When you go to the supermarket,

    • choose foods that are in season.
    • Buy foods that are organic.
    • Know what’s in your food.
    • Read labels
  • Know what you buy.  The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to the supermarket.

    • Buy foods that are grown locally.
    • Shop at farmers’ markets.
    • Plant a garden (even a small one).
  • Cook a meal with your family and eat together.
  • Everyone has a right to healthy food.
    • Make sure your farmers’ market takes food stamps.
    • Ask your school board to provide healthy school lunches.
  • The FDA and USDA are supposed to protect you and your family.

    • Tell Congress to enforce food safety standards and
    • Re-introduce Kevin’s Law.
  • If you say grace, ask for food that will keep us, and the planet healthy.
  • You can change the world with every bite.

Hungry for change? go to: TakePart.com/foodinc


(End Credits from documentary film Food, inc.)

Food, Inc. (2008) dvd
Food, Inc. [Blu-ray] (2008) dvd

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest (Paperback)

Ted Kennedy Healthcare Speech 1978

Who are we and what do we stand for.  Isn’t it time to look long and hard in the mirror?   Let’s not drop the torch.

Please pass this clip around till the cows (pigs) come home:

“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.”

~DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.