Peter, Paul & Mary – If I Had A Hammer
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aura write; Sixties singing phenomena with the voice of a nightingale, Mary Travers, passes. Godspeed to you Mary. Your gorgeous voice and amazing legacy will not soon be forgotten. Peace be with you always as you journey through God’s heavenly realms.
aura writes; Patrick, you were a special soul, so gentle and dear, bold and unafraid. Your work moved us in so many ways. You were truly one of the great actors of our time. We grieve your passing, yet celebrate the work, wisdom and artistic gift you gave us on your brief sojourn through this world. During your last interview, you said rightly, “Love is the only thing you can take with you in the end.” You understood and spoke this ultimate truth. All the love you gathered onto yourself will illuminate your path through the realms of paradise, where your libertine soul will dance like a twinkling star. We love you Patrick. Peaceful journeys to you in the afterlife. You were and always will be great!
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aura writes; WE WILL NEVER FORGET. The fight for justice for the victims of 9-11 goes on. The truth will be uncovered. Rest in peace brothers. We will fight on until the criminals within the US government and their foreign accomplices are brought to justice for this murderous crime. On our knees we pray we don’t get fooled again. I pray each day for the peaceful repose of your precious souls in their journey through the heavenly realms. The heartbreak never fades, the loss never gets easier, and the sorrow never dies. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
~ Steve Aoki
aura writes; Godspeed to you Adam. May the tearful prayers of those that desperately loved you surround you with a light so brilliant it dispels the darkness that took you from this world so suddenly. Your memory will forever be cherished by the many who loved and admired you. God bless you sweet soul. May the prayers and positive thoughts of all your loved ones, friends, fans and many admirers protect you in the afterlife on the unique journey of your sacred soul. This song is dedicated to honor your memory and your courageous struggle to overcome the challenges you bravely faced in this turbulent world.
Dr. Arnie Klein reminds us of Michael Jackson’s true legacy of compassion on July 9th episode of Larry King Live
Gone Too Soon ~ by Michael Jackson
Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon
Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night
Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon
Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon
Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon
Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night
Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon
Gone too soon
aura writes; During Larry King’s interview with the late GREAT King of Pop’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein, on his July 9th show, Dr. Klein speaks about Michael Jackson’s struggle with Lupus and Vitiligo and reminds us of the late King of Pop’s true legacy of compassion. It is important to remember the many acts of kindness that truly comprise the lasting legacy of the late GREAT Michael Jackson’s exalted life. Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans are now trying to reclaim that legacy for him – one that was tragically marred by the greed of those that exploited the kind star to extort his riches. In the wake of the beloved King of Pop’s untimely and tragic passing, his family, friends and fans alike are now understandably reacting angrily to the ugly unfounded charges and trial that tarnished the compassionate superstar’s illustrious image and demanding that his name now be cleared. Michael’s fans also felt the pain he suffered during his trial, and ruefully witnessed the deep discouragement that drove Michael from the U S and into isolation in the Middle East and Ireland following his complete exoneration.
On Larry King Live Wednesday night, Dr. Arnie Klein, spoke to Larry about the love and respect Michael demonstrated towards Ryan White by publicly embracing him and inviting the nation to do the same despite the sense of dread, fear and bewilderment they felt about his disease. Giving true meaning to his melody, It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White, Michael crossed racial barriers, risking his reputation to reach out to Ryan White and teach the world the meaning of selfless love and compassion. Michael nobly offered himself in the service of Ryan White, sharing life’s joys and sorrows with him, and setting himself up as a shining example for others of love, understanding and acceptance, so that people would set aside their fears and prejudices and no longer ostracize the teen. But courage was just one of the many bonds Michael and Ryan shared.
Ryan White was a hemophiliac who tragically contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion he received to medically manage his disease. Court documents filed in Chicago revealed that the National Hemophilia Foundation found out in the early 80’s that AIDS was a blood borne disease, and did nothing to pressure the drug companies at the time to isolate the virus and eliminate it from the blood they used to manufacture clotting factor for hemophiliacs. The FDA was also aware of the etiology of AIDS, but according to the NYT, the FDA’s co-medical director, Louis Aledort, “asked an advisory committee of the Federal Food and Drug Administration not to require drug firms to neutralize viruses in clotting products by using processes available at the time, the newspaper said. Mr. Aledort said it would make the medicine unaffordable…” Due to the ignoble actions of people like Louis Aledort, the drug companies followed the flawed recommendations of the FDA advisory committee, and chose to pursue profits over the lives of patients, and Ryan White along with many others wound up paying the price for it.
After being diagnosed with AIDS, Ryan White was ostracized and persecuted because of the general public’s ignorance and irrational fear of the disease, many of whom were only concerned about their own welfare. The community put Ryan and his family through hell when they learned he had contracted AIDS, yet the Whites confronted this injustice with uncommon valor, earning the respect of the King of Pop, who helped them promote understanding of the disease among the public, which enhanced a collective capacity for compassion and acceptance. With the love and support of his family, and with Michael standing behind him, Ryan White was able to successfully transform the hatred directed towards him for having AIDS and turn it into a positive force for change in our society. Michael helped Ryan do that by carrying some of the burden for him and absorbing or deflecting some of society’s cruelest blows. It was a match ordained in heaven. A friendship forged by the divine hand of God for the benefit of mankind. And because of it, Ryan was able to transcend the limitations imposed upon him by society with the grace of God and the help of his family and friends, giving the once beleaguered teen a magnificent achievement in his short lifetime.
Michael set an important precedent by reaching out to Ryan at a critical juncture when the spread of AIDS was rapidly increasing throughout the population, alarming the public. Michael’s open embrace of Ryan and his family not only neutralized the stigma of AIDS, but demonstrated to the world a means by which to bridge racial barriers. These invaluable contributions of Michael Jackson are part of a legacy worthy of being honored by a foolhardy Congress that has not yet done so. Michael’s heroic efforts to aid Ryan White and his family provided crucial guidance for the public and helped instill in them the courage to face the AIDS epidemic with hope of someday curtailing it.
Michael Jackson took Ryan White under his wing and brought him to Neverland for some well deserved fun. Dr. Klein told Larry King that Michael wanted to take Ryan with him into his hot tub, but one of the pop superstar’s doctors advised him against it, warning the King of Pop he might contract AIDS himself if he did. After receiving assurances from Dr. Klein that this was not the case, Michael and Ryan did some hot tubing together at Neverland. This bold step by Michael must have given Ryan a serious confidence boost when he needed it most, since an open display of fearlessness by a high profile person was essential in helping the public overcome the stigma of AIDS. Michael risked his own health by taking to the hot tub with Ryan at a time of great uncertainty about the disease and high public anxiety. His actions went a long way towards changing collective attitudes of people towards the disease. Michael’s powerful show of solidarity with Ryan White and his family is worthy of the highest praise.
Ryan, your willingness to forgive and uplift those who persecuted you was a Christlike act of love for humanity and a gift only God can repay. You were truly an instrument of His courage, and Michael an instrument of His love. Together you forged a friendship that dispelled an atmosphere of fear, educated and informed, bridged barriers and fostered acceptance. May you ever be rewarded for it with eternal rest in the light of God’s divine grace.
Michael, your graciousness and compassion was a generous gift that brought Ryan some much deserved happiness in the face of great sorrow. May God bless you forever for it. Your selfless actions marked a milestone since they came at a crucial time during the progression of this terrible disease. It helped change the public’s perception and understanding of AIDS and brought about greater acceptance of those suffering with it, earning you even greater name and fame worldwide. The artistry, joy and love you shared, the racial barriers you surpassed, the hope you inspired and the heartfelt compassion and countless acts of kindness you offered to others are brilliant facets of your treasured legacy to which we will always aspire. You are truly a radiant soul, whose spirit reflects the light of truth that will lead all who see it toward enlightenment. Thank you Michael, and as Stevie Wonder said In Memoriam, we can’t help but love you forever. You were one of the most illuminated souls the world has even known.
Ryan White’s mother recalls time with Jackson . Chicago Tribune article at LINK
The shameless mayor of LA should stop embarassing the State by begging for money to pay for the late Great King of Pop’s memorial
aura writes; Michael Jackson was not only the most famous entertainer in the world, the only personage more famous than him on the planet was God himself. That might be why the coverage of Michael Jackson’s life is so over the top. He was a totally interesting figure to over a billion fans around the world and in many ways so private that the masses are fascinated now that the mysterious details surrounding his life are starting to unravel. I know I am and will continue to be for as long as I live. Although I am deeply saddened by the passing of the Legend of Legends, celebrating the late GREAT Michael Jackson’s life, and focusing on such a loving personage, is a welcome relief to the Iran coverage and all the fear mongering and hyper scandal that is constantly being churned out by all manner of media platforms. The predominant feeling much of the world has for Jackson is love, which gives a unique angle to much of the coverage about his death that most every other media story lacks. Are you aware that the passing of Michael Jackson has been the #1 story in India and many other countries since he died? In fact when I traveled to India, some of the people there would eagerly ask me about the King of Pop with reverence whenever they found out I was an American.
The tragic story of Michael Jackson’s death knocked the coverage of so called election fraud in Iran and the alleged demonstrations that followed right off the front page of many internet news sites, cable news channels and newspapers, which was a blessing in itself. I don’t give a rats ass about the Iran elections. God might have also been tired of hearing about it too, and may have called MJ home to put a stop to it.
The Iran story itself was nothing more than a manufactured news event designed to drum up public support in America for yet ANOTHER war against Iran and to water down media coverage of the blow up of everyone’s 401K retirement accounts, which were robbed by the crooks of Goldman Sachs (and other now defunct investment banks) and the federal reserve, who have taken over the American government and now run their criminal worldwide ponzi scheme out of the treasury department in Washington, DC itself. I would rather keep hearing about the life and legacy of the late GREAT King of Pop than about all the money the criminal banksters of the federal reserve bank, who now control our federal government, are getting away with stealing right under our noses. If they were being jailed en masse, it would be a story worth watching. But that is not happening and since our p(R)esident and Congress are owned by the bankers of the federal reserve, I doubt it ever will. Since I find the subject of the government banking coup and encroaching police state seriously depressing, and with no institution in our country willing or courageous enough to arrest the criminals responsible for stealing everyone’s money at the federal reserve (not to mention hijacking the American government), I’d rather focus on MJ for the indefinite future. At least he earned his money honestly and wasn’t a crook like fed chairman Helicopter Ben Bernake.
The MJ tragedy is also a better distraction than hearing about all the criminal laws now being debated by Congress, whose sole duty these days seems to be repping banking industry crooks and other corporate lobbyists. It would be nice to see coverage of how the foreign bankers of the criminal federal reserve (and other corporate lobbyists) were able to take over America without a fight and convert it into a corporate fascist police state from a Republic, but since the same corporate crooks that took over America own the the press and mainstream media, that’s not likely to happen. And I am so over hearing about Iraq. I never supported or approved of that war or the wars now being waged by Obama, the Pinocchio prez, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those manufactured conflicts are as big a downer as hearing reports about Obama day in and day out that cover his constant policy reversals and outright lies that go unchallenged by the lapdog corporate controlled press. Kim Jong Il is also not my cup of tea either, nor are Al Gore’s journalists that got themselves arrested in North Korea, perhaps for spying for all we know. My top concern is the hijacking of the American government and treasury by criminal federal reserve bankers and their bought and paid for lackeys than any nuclear bomb Iran might be developing sometime over the next hundred years. Shouldn’t the military be more concerned about the banking coup that usurped democracy in America than the mullahs in Iran? It would be nice if they started making some high level arrests and recouping some of our money.
The steady media drone towards war with Iran and pushing the police state is a real drag that brings me down, which it is designed to do. The late GREAT Benjamin Franklin once said (back in the day when true patriots had brains and balls) that we will either all hang together as Americans or all hang separately. Since the divide and conquer strategy used by the criminal foreign bankers of the federal reserve to take control of America appears to be going challenged by the military and gun owners, nooses may soon be around the necks of individual Americans instead of us banding together collectively and using them to hang the crooked foreign bankers of the federal reserve that stole all of our money (not to mention our country). Its not America anymore. For this reason, covering the life and legacy of the late GREAT entertainer and humanitarian, Michael Jackson, is a welcome exploration of an inspired life of love. Although MJ had his flaws, which led to his untimely death from drug use, I could watch him dance all day on YouTube and never get bored. Ecstasy unfolds as he executes his flawless dance steps that excite, inspire, create joy and give hope to tens of millions of his fans, and makes them believe that they too can attain perfection in reaching their own potential if they too focus with the same intensity on one of their God given gifts.
As far as the cost of the late GREAT King of Pop’s funeral being picked up by the taxpayers of the state of California, I have no problem with it. Michael Jackson undoubtedly paid out much more in taxes to the state of California (and the federal government) during his long and successful career to more than cover for the cost of security at his LA memorial. Its not Michael Jackson’s fault that the state of California chose to squander his tax dollars wastefully, for instance by launching a multi-million dollar four month child molestation trial (based on bogus evidence from a British documentary) against Michael Jackson, during which he was fully exonerated. In fact, it is the least the people of California can do to make up for putting such a revered citizen of their state, the country and the world through such an ordeal. Especially after the way they persecuted Michael Jackson, carrying out an unwarranted search and seizure inside his home at the Neverland ranch that so violated his privacy, he never wished to return there. Then adding insult to injury, the misguided county of Santa Barbara put the King of Pop on trial on unwarranted child molestation charges in a hyper publicized kangaroo court, with complete and utter disregard for his revered worldwide status and the honorable way in which he represented the state of California and the United States to world, spreading nothing but joy and good will wherever he went (unlike Bush, who sowed the seeds of hatred). For this reason, it is just plain tacky for the mayor of LA to get out his begging bowl to solicit donations, especially since his state is the seventh richest economy in the world. Maybe if the people of California weren’t busy footing the bill for free health care, bi-lingual education and other numerous welfare services for their illegal alien population (that’s been steadily streaming in from across the Mexican border for the past four decades), they wouldn’t be in such deep debt, on the brink of bankruptcy and forced to beg like skid row dwellers. It was Michael Jackson’s tax dollars that helped pay for the escalating costs of illegal immigration for decades, which is what put the state of California in the red to the tune of billions of dollars in the first place, therefore the mayor of LA has no business asking Michael Jackson’s fans to pony up the money for the King of Pop’s Staples Center memorial, which was a worldwide event that he rightfully deserved, earned (and paid for) with his tax dollars. The disgraceful married mess of a mayor of LA obviously has no shame, that’s why he got caught in a serious conflict of interest with his pants down bedding a local news reporter.
The late GREAT King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was one of the greatest talents America ever offered up to the world and therefore he deserves great respect and admiration (and love). The outstanding way he represented this country will continue through his legacy, creating an endless source of joy for his worldwide fans. It will also bring a windfall of fiat capital to the bankrupt state of California if they have the privilege of providing a site for his burial place in their bankrupt state. The money generated by tourism to the late GREAT King of Pop’s final resting place will be enormous, as tens of millions of fans converge on it from around the world to memorialize the late GREAT King of Pop and offer prayers for him and for the world there – a spot they will undoubtedly consider sacred.
I hope the Jackson clan decides to bury the late GREAT beloved King of Pop and Legend of Legends in Indiana. Considering the way the state of California treated Michael Jackson during his lifetime, it doesn’t deserve the privilege of becoming his final resting place, or benefiting from the income and tax revenue that will generate for decades to come. Soon the state of California won’t even be able to afford the money required to operate their airports, so how will the fans that need to fly into the country to visit the King of Pop’s grave (exploding tourism in the area) be able to converge on corporate America to pay their respects to the late GREAT King of Pop? Perhaps California will rise again one day like the late GREAT King of Pop, Michael Jackson, but don’t count on it. The politicians of California may soon be begging the government of Mexico to take it over since it doesn’t seem capable of balancing a check book. What a sad state of affairs. Shame on California.
I’ll keep MJ’s fans posted on where his final resting place will be once that’s been determined. Hope this helps answer some of your questions. Sorry some people (like degraceful Representative Peter King – who has admitted openly in the past to fixing votes) – are annoyed about the continued MJ coverage. People that don’t like it can always turn off their TV’s, computers or radio (if you are sick of hearing about MJ) and read a book. Just a thought.