The 2007 Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth is edging closer toward reality. Eddie Van Halen was just interviewed in Guitar World Magazine, and said, "I'm telling Dave. 'Dude get your ass up here and sing, witch! Come On!' As it stands right now, the ball is in Dave's court. Whether he wants to rise to the occasion is entirely up to him, but we're ready to go." Van Halen also confirmed that his son, Wolfgang is currently playing bass in the band instead of Michael Anthony.
There is a serious concern being raised about religious proselytizing throughout the US military. It seems a group called The Christian Embassy is openly endorsing converting military members to Evangelical Christianity. A new video has surfaced that shows numerous top US Commanders in uniform talking about their religion, and seeking converts. There have been a number of accusations from military personnel that senior officers are attempting to force conversions among the military to their radical religion, and stalling the careers of those who refuse. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is seeking an investigation into this situation. This is an issue that should cross party lines. I don't see how this is a right vs. left issue -- it's a constitutional issue. But that usually does not stop the far right from advancing its agenda - Constitution be damned.
In a related issue, another prominent Evangelical leader has resigned from his post due to a gay sex scandal. Paul Barnes, founding pastor of the 2,100-member Grace Chapel near Denver, sent a videotaped message to his congregation explaining why he had to leave. "I have struggled with homosexuality since I was a 5-year-old boy. ... I can't tell you the number of nights I have cried myself to sleep, begging God to take this away," he said in the video. Five years old! How can anyone make the claim that Barnes "chose" to be gay at 5!? When will the Evangelical community drop the ridiculous contention that homosexuality is a choice. It is clearly biological. I think it is beyond debate, just like gravity and just like global warming.
Courtney Love is free! A judge has dropped her probation and all pending charges because she successfully completed her drug rehab program. Now she can get back to her job of ruining the Nirvana legacy.
Pamela Anderson is featured in Playboy AGAIN! Haven't people grown tired of this woman yet? She's not even that good looking, especially now. I know Playboy airbrushes everyone in the magazine, but they went above and beyond the norm for this new photo shoot with the former Mrs. Kid Rock. See the pictures here and here.
Porn queen Jenna Jameson has probably been getting airbrushed a lot more lately than she used to. Frankly, she is many years past her porno prime. Regardless, Jenna is now a free woman! She has officially filed for divorce from her husband of three years. Unfortunately for her, the couple never signed a pre-nup. Jenna, obviously, is worth way more than her ex. She recently sold her business, Club Jenna, to Playboy Enterprises for a boatload of dough.
DePaul University Professor Norman Finkelstein is among the scheduled speakers at the Holocaust denial conference this week in Iran. Finkelstein is a controversial professor whose writings on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have brought him some notoriety. However, his frequent associations with anti-Semitic organizations and conferences, plus his referral to the Jewish "holocaust industry" has made him a hated man by many Jews. Appearing alongside David Duke in Iran will not help his image in that regard.
The reunited Iggy and the Stooges have come up with a name for their new album. It will be called The Weirdness, and is scheduled for a March 20 release on Virgin Records.
Approval for President Bush's handling of the Iraq War is at a record low of 21%. This hasn't stopped him from meeting with "new" advisers who are essentially advising "stay the course." The people he met with this week have all publicly criticized the Iraq Study Group, and are proponents of escalating the war, rather than figuring out a way to end it. It seems there is nothing short of removal from office that will make the president end his reckless and disastrous course in the Middle East.