Ann Coulter Writes An Open Love Letter To The Grateful Dead

first_imgPolitical pundit Ann Coulter has never been shy about her love for the Grateful Dead, but Billboard recently made her take that love to the next level by publishing what is essentially an open love letter to the grateful group. She explains that she probably saw 67 shows, though her count was imprecise, and mostly between 1991 and 1995.“Other than a few shows in high school and college, I mostly followed them as a practicing lawyer from around 1991 to August 1995 when I had a bunch of Deadhead friends and we all had plenty of disposable income, so I saw a lot of shows in those four or five years.”She explains that there was a faction of Deadheads within her community growing up, which is how she became familiar with the group. “Contrary to some people’s image of the Dead, they were huge in my very affluent WASP hometown of New Canaan, Conn. There was a faction in favor of making “Truckin’” our prom song, but the sense of the senate went for some schmaltzy rainbow song instead. I bet no one from my high school class can remember what it was.  We would have remembered “Truckin.’””“But still – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Deadhead dancing,” she writes in the article, putting her love for the Dead on full blast. She continues to talk about Deadheads, saying, “I like Deadheads because they’re very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people — not fake-open-minded and not a “mob of individualists.” Sometimes they’d ask why we’d decline the joints friendly Deadheads would pass around, but they were so charming about it. They weren’t offended or snippy, just genuinely interested.  Deadheads are intellectually curious individuals.”Then she goes back to the band and starts naming some of her many favorite tunes:I can never pick a “favorite” song, just as I can’t pick a favorite Scalia dissent, but among the ones I love are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Althea,” “Stagger Lee”, “Eyes of the World,” “Loose Lucy,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Ripple,” “Casey Jones,” “I Will Take You Home,” “Passenger,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Good Lovin’” and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of “Fire on the Mountain.”It breaks my heart that the band never played “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert.  That would have been as big a story as Brexit and probably would have rocked the stock market just as much. She recalls one final Grateful Dead concert experience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, saying, “The Dead’s best venues were the outdoor concerts.  I’ve been to a few, including one outside of Kansas City on the Fourth of July, but my fave was Shoreline Amphitheatre — a beautiful outdoor arena built on a landfill.  The weather was great, you could buy California chardonnay by the glass and I had a bunch of Cornell deadheads out there. By day, we’d go around San Francisco or go sailing, and, by night, we’d go to see a psychedelic rock group.”And there you have it, an inside look at Ann Coulter’s love for the Grateful Dead. Read the full letter here.last_img read more

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Palm Cove luxury penthouse wowing rural property chasers

first_imgUnit 11, 11 Colonel Cummings Drive, Palm Cove – The PENTHOUSE at SantaiA PRIVATE sanctuary right at the top of one of Palm Cove’s most iconic and tightly held complexes will go under the hammer on Saturday. The three-bedroom property labelled The Penthouse at Santai is a luxurious and sophisticated apartment offering breathtaking and uninterrupted panoramic views of the ocean in all directions.From the main balcony, it’s views of the mountainous coastline towards Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and Double Island, and from the second balcony facing south, it’s uninterrupted views of Palm Cove, Trinity Beach and Cairns City. With two large balconies, the views are endless at unit 11, 11 Colonel Cummings Drive, Palm Cove — The PENTHOUSE at Santai.The Industry Estate Agents’ Sean Thorpe said the unit was only one of 11 in the complex and wasn’t showing its age.“It’s 15 years old but it looks brand new because it was built to a very high quality and the management there have done a great job looking after it,” Mr Thorpe said. “At over 200 sqm, there’s not many apartments with the space on the market. “We’ve had interest from people who were looking for rural properties (initially), and they were worried about the size when we told them about this apartment, but even they were impressed.” The Balinese-themed unit has recently had its interior updated with fresh paint and replenished hardwood floors. At 15 years old, Unit 11, 11 Colonel Cummings Drive, Palm Cove is certainly not showing its age.It includes multiple living areas and provides a vast sense of space with an open-plan design and seamless access through sliding glass walls to the balconies.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“It really is for owner-occupiers and even works well for families,” Mr Thorpe said. “It was sold to the previous owner 18 months ago for about $1.35 million and we’ve already had 47 inquiries on it now.” The apartment includes a galley- style chef’s kitchen, modern appliances and granite benchtops and ocean views from the dining area. The views can also be enjoyed from all three bedrooms which all have access to the balconies. The complex includes gated underground parking with lockup storage space and elevator access to the apartments. The Penthouse at Santai will go under the hammer at 10.15am on Saturday, July 4.last_img read more

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Family First fights to remain tax-free charity

first_img3News 8 December 2014Family First NZ says it’s continuing to fight to remain a tax-free charity.The group was advised in 2013 the Charities Commission intended to deregister the charity, citing Family First’s traditional view of marriage being one man and one woman as one of the reasons.Family First is appealing the decision and it will be heard in the High Court at Wellington early next year.The group had hoped the issue would be resolved after a Supreme Court ruling in favour of Greenpeace in August.The court ruled that Charities Act didn’t limit advocacy from a charity unless it was no more than ancillary to its charitable purpose, and also found that a political purpose could also be a charitable one.The commission is arguing the issue is about public benefit, Bob McCoskrie, national director of Family First NZ, says.“When a group who promotes the natural family as a fundamental social unit is deemed of ‘no public benefit’, you know a country is in deep trouble,” Mr McCoskrie says.The group is disappointed it’s received a final notification of the intention to deregister.The commission is ignoring the precedent set in the Supreme Court with the Greenpeace case and is spending taxpayers’ money on continued legal action, says Mr McCoskrie.“It is now evident that any charity that speaks up on issues which are deemed incorrect by the political elite are in danger of being penalised.“An easy way for opponents of a point of view is for them to use the Charities Commission to muzzle that opinion. That should concern everyone.”Family First is a non-profit organisation which receives no Government funding. It has been registered as a charity for eight years.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/family-first-fights-to-remain-tax-free-charity-2014120805Family First could be knocked off Charities RegisterNewstalk ZB 8 December 2014A controversial lobby group is hitting back at plans to remove its status as a charity.Charities Services has notified Family First it intends to de-register it, due to its political views not being in the public interest.National director Bob McCoskrie believes it’s due to their opinions on marriage – which he defines as one man and one woman.He says when a group is deemed to be of no public benefit because they hold that view, then the country is in deep trouble.Bob McCoskrie says while many people don’t agree with Family First, they should have a right to exist as a charity.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-could-be-knocked-off-charities-register/last_img read more

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Mrs. Mildred Marie “Mickey” (Craig) Whitham

first_imgMrs. Mildred Marie “Mickey” (Craig) Whitham, age 87, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on March 20, 1929, in Dearborn County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Lloyd Edward and Catherine Elizabeth “Lillie” (Ahaus) Craig. She was raised in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where she attended the St. Lawrence Catholic School. Mildred was united in marriage on November 20, 1948, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to William Milburn Whitham and to this union arrived nine children, Donald, Dennis, Michael, Robert, James, Kevin, Karen, Steven and Barbara to bless their home. Mickey and William shared 35 years of marriage together until William passed away on January 27, 1984. She was employed for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for several years. Mickey resided in the Switzerland County community since 1958. She was a member of Our Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Mickey was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed raising her family, reading, crocheting, fishing, bowling, playing poker and keeping a meticulous lawn. Mickey passed away at 6:03 am, Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Mickey will be dearly missed by her sons: Michael Whitham of Rising Sun, IN, Robert Whitham and his companion: Hazel of East Enterprise, IN, Kevin Whitham and his companion: Winnie of East Enterprise, IN and Steven Whitham and his wife: Sherri of Florence, IN; her daughter: Karen Morton and her husband: Donny of Pleasant, IN; her daughter-in-law: Jane Whitham of Cincinnati, OH; her son-in-law: Harold “Joe” Covington of East Enterprise, IN; her grandchildren: Chris, Craig, Aaron, Stacey, Renee, Kendra, Tony, Bob, Christy, David, Chelsea, Blake, Rachel, Kyle, MacKenzie, Mason and Myles; her great-grandchildren: Zoe, Asher, Cooper, Trenton, Gage, Wade, Grant, Tristan, Victoria, Daniel, Enya and Keegan and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Lloyd Edward and Catherine Elizabeth “Lillie” (Ahaus) Craig; her husband: William Milburn Whitham, died January 27, 1984; her sons: Donald Eugene, Dennis Ray and James Whitham; her daughter: Barbara Jane “Barb” (Whitham) Covington; her sisters: Ruth Browning and Freda Childers; two-infant sisters; her brothers: Thomas and Lloyd Craig and her infant brother.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10:00 am, by Father Christopher Craig at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, by Father Christopher Craig, at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church or a Form of a Mass. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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