Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cookie Opine's...This really piss's me off!! Is this event a Coincidence?

Grumpy Bear

Last WWI Vet Buckles Will Lie in Basement at Arlington, Not Capitol Rotunda

Mar 11, 2011 – 3:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- The last American doughboy from World War I will lie in honor in a basement chapel of the amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery -- not the U.S. Capitol rotunda -- and then be interred on Tuesday.

In a brief announcement, the cemetery said Army Cpl. Frank Buckles, who died at 110 on Feb. 27, will be "memorialized" and will "lie in honor" at Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater Chapel from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the public to pay their last respects.

There is no ceremony planned in the amphitheater, even though congressional leaders said they had asked the Pentagon to allow a special service to be held there.

He will be buried with full military honors. The burial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. after viewing in the underground chapel ends.

The short news release said nothing about honoring Buckles in the Capitol as his daughter and her supporters have repeatedly requested both before and after he died last month.

The last surviving American World War I veteran, seen here in 2009, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on Tuesday. Susannah Buckles Flanagan had refused to take "no" for an answer after congressional leaders turned down her request to have his remains lie in honor in the rotunda.

A family spokesman told The Associated Press today that it was satisfied with the honors planned at Arlington, which include a presidential order for flags to fly at half-staff at federal buildings on Tuesday.

Just 32 people have been honored in the U.S. Capitol. Most were presidents, statesmen and military leaders.

As AOL News reported last week, the family of the most decorated soldier of World War I turned down an offer to have his remains lie in the Capitol when he died in 1964.

Despite the decision by Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to honor Buckles at Arlington in a special ceremony and viewing, the veteran's daughter waged a relentless public relations offensive to pressure them to reverse course.

She and her backers in the West Virginia congressional delegation marshaled big guns to make their case. Everyone from former GOP presidential nominee and wounded World War II veteran Bob Dole to the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill -- who issued an "urgent statement" that implored President Barack Obama to intervene to allow Buckles to lie in "honour" starting Sunday.

The plea apparently was ignored as officials rejected politically charged barbs and decided there was a limit on the level of honors owed to Buckles.

Visitation has been scheduled in a quiet neighborhood of northwest Washington, far from Capitol Hill. Those wishing to pay respects to Buckles can file past his coffin from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Joseph Gawler's Sons Chapel and again from noon to 9 p.m. Monday.

The more modest visitation will be followed by a special ceremony in Arlington's amphitheater. The venue is usually reserved for official memorial services on Easter, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Families of those interring loved ones at Arlington normally hold services in the cemetery's chapel.

A more low-key local service is scheduled for Wednesday at a church in Buckles' hometown of Charles Town, W.Va.

Cookie's OPINE: **Sigh**, I guess if he had been a black woman like Rosa Parks (who was in the Rotunda) they would have let him into the Capitol Rotunda instead of a "Basement".  In my book they BOTH fought for FREEDOM in thier own ways.

Hmmmm....In light of the recent Japanese earthquake and the resultingTsunami....

Astronomy Weather BlogShare

Extreme Super (Full) Moon to Cause Chaos?
Mar 1, 2011; 7:54 AM ET

Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme "SuperMoon" is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month's full moon, this month's and next month's will all be extreme "SuperMoons".

Please visit Richard's website by clicking here.

I have read several "new age" forecasts that go something like this: "Extreme SuperMoon this month (March 2011) will bring strong earthquakes and storms and/or unusual climate patterns." Google the term 'extreme SuperMoon March 2011' and see for yourself what comes up. The validity of these types of forecasts can be debated ad nauseum.

There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. These years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. Is the Super Moon and these natural occurences a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I'm not here to pick sides and say I'm a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers.

We obviously know that there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. tides). There are also less proven theories that propose that the moon affects the Earth in other ways (i.e. abnormal behavior during a full moon). Can the Super (full) Moon contribute to extreme weather and other natural phenomenon?

AccuWeather Facebook fanpage member Daniel Vogler adds, "The last extreme super moon occurred was on January 10th, 2005, right around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake. That extreme super moon was a new moon. So be forewarned. Something BIG could happen on or around this date. (+/- 3 Days is my guess)"

So what can we expect this time? Earthquakes? Volcanic eruptions? I guess we can only wait and see.

Found this story over at Patricks place!

**BTW mates, althought the 19th of March is not here yet, the moon is still very close and is affecting the earth right now.**

Wunder if'n this is what CCR was talk'n bout in this here song of theirs??


Don'tcha mess with them thar Texans....



"Dapper Dan" said; "Cpl. Buckles passing marks the end of an era. I'm glad he at least got the Arlington ceremony.
That super moon story is fascinating. I'll be watching to see what happens. And I always like CCR and "Bad Moon Rising" is one of their best.
Why did the Muslim group buy the property in the first place, knowing there was a pig farm next door? Sounds like they just wanted to cause problems, stir things up and see how many PC libs will come to their defense."

COOKIE said; Couldn't agree more "Dan the Man".