Where Are The Anti-War Protesters?I suppose I understand why there were no protests against Peace Prize-winning President Obama’s various bombings and undeclared wars. To protest back then would be like admitting that our two feuding political tribes are no more than a divide-and-conquer scam; and who’d want to admit that?But we’ve got a made-for-TV Caligula in that chair now. And the GOP-dominated central government seems just as gung-ho for the seven unconstitutional wars that are now so routine that the media concentrates on professional sports and going-out-of-business sales.Yet Democrats seem focused solely on side-issues and personal attacks.Why?I know that most people can’t name the nations we’re bombing, droning or starving at present. We don’t know which forces in which nations get our money, our wrath, or both simultaneously. And we certainly can’t name which freedom we’re defending…nor do we seem to care about the ones we’re giving up in fear.We have apparently made war so distant, comfortable and rationalized that it’s not only common but also popular, to proudly encourage entirely-foreign wars that have nothing to do with USA property, liberty or security.But isn’t it equally apparent that we’ve been intentionally deceived by too many people from all sides for too long?How did we let ourselves be divided into two arbitrary, abstract, ever-changing and absurd factions battling each other over quibbles, when we really should be uniting against at least our counterproductive, unconstitutional, and insanely costly wars?We don’t have to agree on everything. But we ought to agree that it’s madness to keep waging wars we can’t even name, for justifications we should no longer swallow.Maybe we’ll argue tomorrow about how to use all the money we’d save.But for now, you and I ought to be working against our global military-industrial monster, together.Liberty or Bust!Andy Horning7851 Pleasant Hill RoadFreedom, IN 47431FOOTNOTE: This letter was posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Allman Brothers Band just recently opened up their archives and pulled out a gem, as the band released Live From A&R Studios, a live radio concert held at A&R Studios in New York, NY on August 26, 1971. The performance featured a number of tributes to King Curtis, who had recently passed away after being murdered, and brothers Duane and Gregg Allman are in top form.Fortunately, the album is available to be streamed in full via Spotify. Tune in to the nine-track album below, which includes a number of classic cuts like “Statesboro Blues,” “One Way Out,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” and more.You can stream it below, or head to Spotify.
Manoj & Madhuri built their home with Ownit Homes, with the focus on creating enough space so their daughters could stay at home as long as possible.They are often labelled “kidults” or “boomerang kids” – adult children who still live at home.But not all parents are so keen for their grown-up offspring to fly the nest.Manoj and Madhuri Vemula are bucking that “grow up and leave” mentality, and have moved in to their new, purpose-built home at Highvale in the Samford Valley.Constructed by Brisbane-based Ownit Homes, the six-bedroom house was designed to allow their two daughters, Mousami, 27, and Mounavi, 22, to stay under their wing as long as possible.“We want our girls to stay as long as they need to,” Ms Vemula, who works in the industrial relations sector, said.“In our culture (Indian), it is common for several generations to live under one roof.”The family recently made the move in to their dream home, leaving behind a four-bedroom house on a small block at Taigum.Their new home has six bedrooms, each with an ensuite, a large entertaining area and media room, a granny flat and two acres of land.Its completion marked the culmination of years of hard work, after the family moved from India 15 years ago in pursuit of the great Australian dream.“We saw Australia as offering so many more opportunities. This is our dream come true,” Mrs Vemula said.“The girls were growing up (Mousami, who works in human resources, recently married, and Mounavi is a doctor) and with real estate the way it is, we wanted to give them the best opportunity to succeed when they do move out.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“I would have them at home forever if I could, and I would welcome any future grandchildren here.“It’s not unusual in our culture to have several generations under the same roof.“I lived with three generations. We look after each other.”But no one gets a “free ride” in the Vemula home. Rent and bills are paid, and chores are shared.Ownit Homes managing director Brad Ganim said his company was seeing an increase in people wanting an extra bedroom or space away from the main living areas.“Grandparents or extended family can live there or it can be used as a teen getaway,” he said.“People are recognising that the kids may be around longer and are building accordingly. We’ve seen it grow in popularity over the past few years.”In October last year, Bold Living director Brett Boulton said the modern family had come full circle, with many grandparents now sharing a home with their children and grandchildren.“This new-age family co-living is making housing more affordable for the younger generation and is attractive to grandparents who get to spend more time with their kids and grandkids and have room to park the caravan when they’re not travelling,” he said at the time.