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  1. Random Thoughts v.3

    Obviously you are not very well versed regarding James Madison's own explanation and definition of the 2nd Amendment...which he himself wrote. I suggest you look that up buddy (Federalist Papers) because the 2nd Amendment, according to Madison himself, was specifically referencing a well regulated militia, and, to counter potential slave revolts. Also, if you really want to be nitpicky, it was only referencing muskets, swords, knives, and any other "arm" which existed in 1789. Regarding Millennials, they said the same shit about the Baby Boom Generation (degenerate, lazy, hippy scum), the Gen X'rs (whiny, disillusioned dopes). Every generation slams the succeeding generations and every time it is complete and utter bullshit. BTW, I like how you avoided my post regarding Japan NOT being a dictatorial fascist state despite it's extremely strict gun regulations. Regarding the EU, you are showing signs of being a "stable genius" there Steve. I have been to Europe many, many times and the very last phrase I would use to describe the counties within the EU would be "lack of freedom and government control." That is the statement of a ...what is that word again? Oh yes, Dotard. The citizens within the EU enjoy just as much, if not more freedom than the US, that is except for gun rights and the rights of religious nut jobs to seize control of the government.
  2. He sold out Phoenix in a week. I guess the Phoenix fans must not have received your memo. If you don't like his musical direction that is your right, however, good or bad Robert is doing EXACTLY what he wants to do. No one could ask for a better epitaph than that right there, the freedom to take chances, follow your muse, and to hell with everything else. Believe me, I too wish he would kick up the actual rock a bit but the fact remains I respect the hell out of him for his decisions and the chances he has taken. You know who I do not respect? Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, etc. talk about beating the cash-cow to death and then dragging around it's corpse.
  3. Random Thoughts v.3

    Steve, that whole diatribe you wrote is just ridiculous. First off, gun regulations do not work on a town by town, state by state basis. The reason being is if you live in a place which does not allow guns (City of Chicago), you just drive 7 miles south on I-55, exit La Grange Rd west and drive less than 2 miles to the nearest gun store selling legal firearms of all shapes and sizes. Second, Noah Webster could not envision a modern military force. I will take 40,000 trained soldiers over a million untrained, uncoordinated rabble any day and that is excluding the use of tanks, aircraft, artillery, etc. If we armed, quite literally, every human old enough to wield an AR-15 in the US, the military would still kick the ever loving shit out of us and the US would become Afghanistan with an armed insurgency at best. Also, by your claim, that would mean all of those European countries would be fascist states controlling its citizenry when the opposite is true. Plus, what about your beloved Japan Steve??? Are you being oppressed by a wicked, fascist government over there? According to you you sure as hell should be. Every argument you present is a straw man at best, a balloon with no air. Not to worry though as the now quite ironic biblical statement, "...and a child shall lead them" is indeed the case. These kids are fucking screaming mad and they are not going to take it anymore. Let's see how these bought and paid for by the NRA politicians are going to stand up to millions of kids and young adults who are sick and tired of wondering if they will make it home from school, church, or a concert alive. These kids, with perseverance, tenacity, strength, and courage are on the cusp of curb-stomping the NRA and any politician who refuses comprehensive gun regulation and legislation. Maybe with luck Steve we can have gun laws just like your beautiful Japan, then we too can reap the benefits you so callously enjoy.
  4. Random Thoughts v.3

    I was referring to countries other than the US where gun regulation works astonishingly well. As there are pretty much no gun regulations in most states and cities, you cannot claim the non-existent regulations are not working. The FBI knew about this jackass yet did nothing...why? Well, because we have no gun regulations that's why and since Minority Report is still fiction, a person cannot be arrested for potential future crimes. The FBI did not drop the ball as there was no ball to begin with. Our politicians who continue to cow-tow and accept bribes (I mean "donations") from the gun manufacturers and lobby are to blame. After all, if a mentally ill person cannot gain access to a gun, he / she cannot shoot up a school. I was born in 1968, served in the Marine Corp and never felt the need to carry a gun in civilian life...under ANY circumstance. When I was growing up in the 70's if some guy wanted to walk around strapped all of his friends would have considered that guy a complete pussy. Men handled a beef with their fists, not with a gun. Only pussies and cowards use guns in civilian life and I still hold firm to that belief. Anyone who feels the need to go strapped who is not a cop or a soldier is a pussy and a coward, plain and simple. Real men and women do not need a gun to have power, they already have it. I have walked alone down 12th & Cicero back in the 1980's after midnight and never felt the need for a gun. I walked down Crenshaw in LA at 11pm unarmed and never had an issue. Better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. BULLSHIT! I could try a similar argument with my wife, "Baby, I really need a McClaren. You know, better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have it." Any argument which uses this is complete crap and the fact we continue to let our children die, daily, yet do jack shit will go down in history as a criminal conspiracy of the highest order.
  5. Random Thoughts v.3

    Quite the apples and avocado's comparison there Blue, after all, only the Jews were singled out, everyone else enjoyed very lax gun regulations under Nazi rule.
  6. Dumb question regarding the EC footage

    We have to cut them some slack, it was 75' and most, if not all of these effects were brand new. Zeppelin was one of, if not the first band to utilize effects such as lasers and video screens in a live show. The punters were lucky they did not get a 20" TV mounted on a stand above the stage or a collage of 20" TV's like Warhol used to do at the time. I agree though, a nice wide screen would have been amazing but that screen was amazingly massive for it's time...it's even pretty big by today's standards.
  7. Random Thoughts v.3

    and yet all these other countries with diverse populations "corrupt big governments and FBI," did exactly that. The US stands alone among the developed nations with these outrageously high stats of gun violence and death. The old mantra, "If guns are illegal than only criminals will have guns" was proven the straw man of straw men. As I cited earlier, the goddamned Yakuza hardly has guns anymore and for them to even TRY and get them they have to smuggle them in via frozen fucking tuna. Looks like those corrupt, big government regulations are working pretty damn well according to every single source on the planet...except for Fox News of course, oh and Alex Jones, the retarded man-child and right-wing hero.
  8. Random Thoughts v.3

    I believe the possibility of you procreating is quite likely the most negligent thing I can think of.
  9. Random Thoughts v.3

    Says the man who lives in a country with some of the strictest gun laws on the planet. Which of course results in one of the safest societies as well. Hmmm, who would of thought? Think there could be a connection??? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38365729
  10. Copenhagen 24.07.79 Oh yes!!

    Yes, give us the scoop, the skinny, the 411 !!! From what I have heard this was actually a pretty damn fine show, then again, my sources were likely stoned out of their gourd at the time. Anyway, for a "live rehearsal", 24-7-79 was one of their top 10 shows and the best show post-77'.
  11. Winter Olympics in South Korea 2018

    Yes, much better IMO. Really miss the build up to the winter / summer 1 - 2 punch when they were held every four years, both in the same year. It just seemed more special.
  12. Random Thoughts v.3

    Holy shit Steve, that was one brilliant piece of satire right there. You are truly a comedy god
  13. Random Thoughts v.3

    Good for you Steve, you are man...hear you roar!
  14. Winter Olympics in South Korea 2018

    I agree with Sean on this, plus, it's really become an elaborate money grab more than anything else. Back room deals regarding which city will host. Staggering the olympics every two years instead of four like it used to in an effort to make more money. Advertising, commercial interests, over the top nationalism, and now the abuse scandals? The olympics of today remind me of the mirror universe in Star Trek where everything is twisted and dark, machinations within schemes. If anything, the result of globalization should have us with an olympics focused only on competition between the athletes and the countries should be secondary at best. The only medal counts which matter should be from the athletes themselves, not whatever geographical region fate deposited them. But ya know, I can compromise. I say for the summer olympics we bring back all the traditional events, especially the Pankration. Bring that baby back, in its original form (two naked guys fighting until submission or death), and then you have an olympics. Bonus points if we can have Kim Jong Un & Trump as the contestants...Putin can ref.
  15. Random Thoughts v.3

    Snare...what snare? Nothing to see here
  16. Post A Picture Of Yourself!

    What...no Whole Lotta Love? Meh, what can you do right? Probably Shake it Off by Taylor Swift or some other nonsense. No worries, if your daughter and the other kids liked it that is all which matters. Good for you two
  17. The best "Rain Song" live

    I prefer the live to the studio version in general as the "coldness of my winter" part in studio is just limp IMO, whereas live they really hit it hard. Makes all the difference. Anyway, TSRTS version is my favorite.
  18. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    My vote is titties. There were a lot of random titties flopping about in the 70's and I know that would sure distract me.
  19. BON APPÉTIT! What Are You Eating?

    You forgot to mention the French Toast..Yum!!!
  20. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    As Crimson was politely pointing out, I too believe you are looking at this from the wrong perspective. Guitarists such as Zappa & McLaughlin use similar phrasings and runs and are done so to purposely sound disjointed within a song. I brought up earlier that Page had studied with McLaughlin during the 74' hiatus which is likely the result of Page using a disjointed style phrasing at times in 75' and beyond with varying success. There are times he does this (May 18th & 23rd EC in particular) where it works absolutely brilliantly, NQ in particular. Then there are times where it is simply wrong for the song such as many post-73' Stairway solos as example. It worked in NQ, OTHAFA, NFBM, & TUF but using such a technique in the STH solo was the wrong tool for the job as that solo HAD to flow and pace perfectly IMO for it to sound good. I think the issue here is not that we disagree per se, but that you are seeing mistake where others see purpose. You obviously do not think it worked and that is fair, fusion eclectic jazz type syncopated runs in odd places are not everyones bag. In fact the first time I heard Page do this I thought the same as you. Then I started to seriously study music and guitar and discovered the jazz players had been doing this for years. The whole musical Picasso thing.
  21. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

  22. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    No, you missed the point because you seem to refuse to accept that: A): He was playing with a broken finger, B): Also likely with tendonitis, and C): For someone who is a guitar player you have no clue about what a 45 minute solo can do to ones hands. Did you know that several excellent guitarists can no longer play due to brachial plexus neuritis caused by playing / practicing too much. Ever hear of Vito Bratta? His is a case in point. To my knowledge Page was the only guitarist to solo for such long periods without rest, plus, play 3+ hour long concerts as well. Every "Jam" band who extends songs and have long solos also have multiple guitarists who trade off and generally do not play crazy fast runs and intense deep bends like Page did for up to 15 minutes non-stop. So yes, you are kinda being a dick when you critique a player under such conditions. Are you also critiquing Clapton now because he can no longer play well due to nerve damage? Or maybe when Dave Mustaine fucked up his fretting hand and played like shit for over a year AFTER rehab, would you nitpick him as well? There is nothing wrong with honest critique, but senseless nitpicking is just boorish and obnoxious.
  23. Random Thoughts v.3

    Not true, we still have weed and drag shows. Ever been to a drag show stoned? I tell ya, the first time you go into a bathroom after some sweet herb and a 6'6" Marilyn Monroe look a like whips out a dick bigger than John Holmes...nothing will ever be the same
  24. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    It's not that Gibson, it's how you went about it. The fact is even the most technically proficient of players have off night's where they play like shit for whatever reason, even stone cold sober. Then there is the fact that so many people, for some weird, unknown reason seem to single out Page for this yet I have heard boots from just about every major touring band of the 70's & 80's and they all have these periods. I have a friend who is a huge Yngwie fan and saw him a few times in the 90's. At one show he was so off he made Page's WS/BMS from Bremmen 80' sound excellent. Dude waited backstage for Yngwie and actually got to chat with him for a bit. Yngwie actually apologized to my friend for the poor performance. My friend asked him what happened and Yngwie said, "sometimes when your off your off and the harder you try to get back on just throws you off even more...no excuse but it happens." Yngwie was sober and not complaining of any issues, he was just off. Now regarding Page again. I will be the first one to say WTF regarding some of his live playing from 77' - 83' as at times he was downright embarrassing but I chalk that up to the drugs. I mean, how do you go from playing one of the hardest songs (IMTOD) perfect (it is near impossible to go that fast with a slide and not be either flat or sharp here and there), then fuck up one of the easiest like Misty Mountain Hop? For me it's not a mystery. His 75' playing was at times hampered by the broken finger and possibly tendonitis but for the most part he was still consistently good and even excellent. By 77' he was erratic as hell thus...drugs. Then by 84' he is good to go again, even if you hate his new style with the b-bender he was still in fine form.
  25. Nitpicking Page on 3/21/75

    Like this but with a guitar...