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“I was at a concert this weekend in California to raise money for the National Veterans Foundation. I’m an Air Force veteran, and I have great respect for the military. I like to support the soldiers whenever I can. But I don’t support this war in Iraq.
I was against the war before it started. I always thought it was a terrible decision, badly thought out, badly planned, and then horribly executed.
I want to see our troops come home right away, and so do most Americans. Unfortunately, too many politicians in both parties refuse to listen.
So when will the troops come home? When we won’t put up with it anymore–when we change our government. And how will we do that? By voting the bastards out! On November 7th, you should vote for anyone who’s against the war and vote against anyone who’s for the war. It’s that simple.
When I wrote the song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth” at Christmastime in 2003, a lot of people were for the war, a lot of people didn’t know the facts or the truth. But people are waking up now. They’re learning that they were lied to about the war. They’re feeling lied to about this Mark Foley scandal in terms of who knew what and when. They’re questioning the leadership in this country.
And that gives us new possibilities for November 7th. If we all go out and vote for peace candidates and get our friends to vote, and if our votes are really counted, it’s no contest. There’ll be a change in the Congress, and then we’ll just have to keep building so we can get a president who won’t send our soldiers to fight a war based on lies.
We should have thrown the bastards out years ago. Let’s do it now! Give Peace A VOTE!”
photo: Turk Pipkin
Willie Nelson performed at a private party in Austin, and Ray Benson sat it on guitar.
photo: Janis Tillerson
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by: Leah Garchik
The Seva Holiday Extravaganza, a fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, raised $25,000 for its cause, preventing blindness and restoring sight to people in Third World countries (primarily Asia), mostly by providing cataract surgery (at a cost of $50 per operation). The nonprofit was founded in 1978 by Wavy Gravy, Ram Dass and Larry Brilliant. Headliners at the event were Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) & Promise of the Real, Poor Man’s Whiskey and Corinne West.
This card was designed by Steve Brooks, and I apologize to him and everyone that it’s cut off. Steve kindly gave me this card, and I couldn’t figure out how to scan the entire card, without bending it, which I didn’t want to do. It is so cool.
If you’ve been a fan of Willie Nelson and Family for any length of time, you are familiar with the artwork of Dallas artist Steve Brooks. Steve has been creating WIllie Nelson artwork for years — posters, flyers, cards, matchbook designs, movie sets, etc., etc. I got to visit with him when he was in Boulder over Thanksgiving (more about that to come soon), and it was such fun. To hear Steve talk he was a self-taught graphic artist who was at the right place at the right time. But he is so creative, and he may be lucky, but he’s very talented, too. In addition to Willie Nelson & Family, he also made posters for just about every big touring rock band that came through Texas in the ’70s.
photo: Mariela Moscoso,
Dee, of VA, sent this picture she took of a tombstone from a cemetery in her home town. A final tribute to a Willie Nelson fan.
Lots of fun new Willie Nelson & Family souvenirs at www.WillieNelson.com
by: Lauren Passell
Willie Nelson, Casting Crowns and ZZ Top will be performing at the Bell County Expo Center as part of a 30th anniversary concert series, officials announced Wednesday.
Nelson will perform on March 11, Casting Crowns on April 22, and ZZ Top on May 20.
Ticket sales for Willie Nelson start at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2.
Tickets for all shows will be $30.