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Memorex on Memorial Day - 05/29/14

  I was in the office on Memorial Day and had the honor of handling our coverage of some of the local holiday observances.  There were several great observances including on in downtown Old Hickory that was well-attended and complete with a brass band.  One of the other big ceremonies locally was held at the veteran's cemetery in Madison.  The Madison event was also well-attended but instead of a brass band, there was one service member with a bugle.  Instead of being a bugler, he was holding a bugle fitted with an electronic device that plays a recording of taps.
  It's not the first time I've seen this story of thing but seeing that device in use at a large ceremony on a national holiday where we remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service to this great nation, the notes from that bugle device fell flat.
  I know the Pentagon has many priorities it obviously feels are more important than a real bugler being available for events like a Memorial Day observance.  If the decision was mind, I'd redirect a little of the hundreds of millions of dollars our government gives away across the world to influence foreign policy or buy friendships, that are friendships in name only, and teach some of our military recruiters to play the bugle.  They're already stateside.  Using them would not negatively impact any missions.  The men and women who wear our uniforms or have worn our uniforms deserve better.  This is just a small example in my mind of where we as a people have fallen short.

 

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POT IN DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pot is still legal in the nation's capital -- but not in private clubs. The Washington D.C. Council has passed emergency legislation to ban weed in clubs. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the council agreed that the bill was needed to clarify the new legalization law. Pot became legal in Washington last week, following a voter-passed initiative in November. But pot use is only legal for adults in their homes. Public use and selling marijuana are still legal no-no's. The council action adds private clubs to the list of locations where it remains illegal to fire up a joint.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A tea party-backed Texas lawmaker wants to make pot legal in the Lone Star State. Republican state Representative David Simpson says it's time to "reframe" the marijuana discussion. Simpson says his devout Christian beliefs are behind his call for legal pot. Simpson says -- quote -- "God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix."

PET WALKER-MISSING DOG

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a sweet reward for the return of Sugar. A New York dog owner is offering ten-grand for Sugar, his 63-pound pit bull mix. Morgan Bogle was away on business February 23, when a neighbor called to say the dog walker was acting strangely and Sugar was nowhere in sight. Now, there's a "find Sugar" movement on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. Supporters have plastered posters around Bogle's East Village neighborhood and beyond. A friend of the owner says the missing Sugar is sweet, loving and cuddly.

BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST REFUND

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It's a restaurant breakfast for seven cents. But Joseph Nelson didn't have to pay, he got seven cents from the Belmont Hall and Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire. The eatery has a policy of giving birthday discounts, a percentage taken off the bill based on age. Nelson celebrated his 101st birthday there Monday. At that age, the restaurant owed him money. Nelson had scrambled eggs and ham, topped off with a piece of chocolate cake. He tells WMUR-TV he never thought he'd live this long.