The official word is out. It appears that Van Halen will be reuniting with David Lee Roth for a 40 concert tour this summer. Is it possible? I have a hard time believing Diamond Dave will be able to "Jump" like he used to. This may be the Geriatric Van Halen but I have to admit that I am tempted to look into tickets. I'd like to see the pre Van Haggar band. Not that I have anything against Sammy because I like the "Red Rocker". There's just something about that Rythmic VH Heavy metal combined with the shreeking rough throaty voice of David Lee Roth that really rips. I hope they spend a couple months in the Gym before they start or they'll never survive it. Ironically, Michael Anthony will not be along for the tour. Eddies' 15 year old son Wolfgang will be providing the Bass action instead.
"American leaders have taken their values so much for granted that they rarely recognize how revolutionary and unsettling the values can appear to others. No other society has asserted that the principles of ethical conduct apply to international conduct in the same way that they do to the individual--a notion that is the exact opposite of Richelieu's raison d'etat. America has maintained that the prevention of war is as much a legal as a diplomatic challenge, especially the use of force. A Bismarck or a Disraeli would have ridiculed the proposition that foreign policy is about method rather than substance, if indeed he had understood it. No nation has ever imposed the moral demands on itself that America has. And no country has so tormented itself over the gap between its moral values, which are by definition absolute, and the imperfection inherent in the concrete situations to which they must be applied."
Venezuelan lawmakers give Chavez sweeping powers - CNN.com "Democracy in Action"
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A congress wholly loyal to President Hugo Chavez approved a law Wednesday granting him authority to enact sweeping measures by decree. The law also allows Chavez to dictate unspecified measures to transform state institutions; reform banking, tax, insurance and financial regulations; decide on security and defense matters such as gun regulations and military organization; and "adapt" legislation to ensure "the equal distribution of wealth" as part of a new "social and economic model.""Adapt" legislation? I think if I were Venezuelan, I would be somewhat concerned about that phrase!! And there's that "equal distribution of wealth" thing again. Maybe it's just me....Maybe it's just my own recent and ongoing experiences with seeing my own "wealth" distributed "equally" that makes me think this is not the best idea since cordless mice.
Vice President Jorge Rodriguez ridiculed the idea that the law is an abuse of power and argued democracy is flourishing. "What kind of a dictatorship is this?" Rodriguez asked the crowd, saying the law "only serves to sow democracy and peace." "Dictatorship is what there used to be," Rodriguez said. "We want to impose the dictatorship of a true democracy."Ah, what a highfalutin' phrase-- the "dictatorship of a true democracy". Beyond the fact that that is one of the stupidest things I've ever read, leaving me just speechless.... Anyway, I did wonder what Chavez' best friend Cindy thinks about these sweeping new powers. Maybe she'd like to see some of those powers vested in our President?? We could have a "true democracy", after all!