US Capitol Dome Jan 2006 Photo credit: Diliff
Okay, let’s not honor the last American WWI Veteran, who died February 27th, 2011, following his 110th birthday, in the Capitol Rotunda, because he was only a “lowly” ambulance driver in England and France? After all, the Capitol Rotunda is reserved for Presidents, and Senators, Civil Rights Leaders, and Capitol Police. Nope, let’s not honor Frank Buckles, by allowing him to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, because he only reached the rank of private, and he only drove an ambulance in the first world conflict back in 1917! President Bush even had to grant Mr. Buckles a waiver so he could be buried in Arlington National Cemetery because of his low rank. WTF
Private Frank Buckles at 106
So maybe Frank Buckles was only a private and he wasn’t a war hero, but he was the LAST surviving veteran from WWI. I think that is qualification enough to lie in honor in the Capital Rotunda. He volunteered to be an ambulance driver because he heard it would get him to the front faster, by the way. And believe me, I wasn’t surprised to see my “esteemed” Senator, Harry Reid, joining right in with the stupid decision not to allow a Capitol ceremony. What difference does it make? Who would it hurt? Do you think the average American citizen, who owns the damn building by the way, is upset that you would allow a veteran of a war hardly any of us can remember, to lie in honor there? Really?
And it’s kind of all about the words “state” and “honor”. See, it might be okay to allow Pvt. Buckles to “lie in honor” but not to “lie in state“. GEEEZUZ. See the request that was received from the House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Jeff Miller, was to hold a ceremony in the Capitol Building where Frank Buckles would lie in “state”. That’s a step up from “honor” and reserved, pretty much, for presidents. So lay him in honor, or lay him in state, but for chrissakes stop the insane bickering over whether it should be allowed or not. Again, I say, aren’t there more important things to worry about. Honoring our Servicemen should be a no-brainer. No discussion.
I don’t care how you pronounce his name, this decision is a Boehner. If J. Edgar Hoover can lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda then surely a private from the first world war should be allowed, especially if he’s the only one left.
And by the way, I think the Frank Buckles bill to create a WWI National Monument on the Mall in Washington, should be reintroduced or pulled from committee and passed in his honor. Damn, sometimes you just wonder.
Okay, heard this on the news teaser on TV last night and there was a local headline on msnbc.com stating “Sen Reid: NV should ban brothels to spur economic development.” I damn near fell out of my chair. My first thought was what the hell does prostitution, legal or otherwise, have to do with economic development? Wasn’t that your first thought?
Senator Harry Reid D NV 2009
The story on MyNews4.com was one sentence, well actually two. The first sentence said he spoke to lawmakers on Tuesday and was advocating a ban on Prostitution statewide. The second sentence said: “Sen. Reid says legalized prostitution gives Nevada a stigma that keeps businesses from coming here to develop.” WTF. Didn’t stop Amazon.com or WalMart. Think they were impressed by the lack of tax on inventory.
So what I’m supposed to believe is that we have the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and the highest foreclosure rate in the nation because eight Nevada Counties with the smallest populations have heavily regulated brothels. Come on, Harry. You don’t have anything better for us?
I heard that Harry Reid, in his hometown of Searchlight, NV, used to go down to the local brothel and swim in their pool in the summer, when he was a kid.
The Famous Bunny Ranch in Mound House
I just don’t get the stigma issue. If I investigated this, I’m pretty sure I would find less sex related crime in those areas, probably in the state as a whole. A license to run a brothel in the counties allowed, those with populations under 400,000, can run upwards of a $100,000 a year, so it’s not like a there’s a lot of them out there. The population threshold eliminates the cities of Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City has its own ban as allowed by state law. So for the life of me, where are these new businesses going to locate in Mound House? And just so you know, there’s not a lot of positive economic impact from brothels in the state because there are so few of them.
But every so often, a politician, will get out there and preach the evils of prostitution, and advocate banning it in Nevada. Usually with the support of the big casinos that say it tarnishes our state’s image. I think we have a hell of lot bigger problems to solve.