Up for Debate: Councilman arrested for prostitution

Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:31am

What is your reaction to Councilman Brady Bank's arrest for allegedly patronizing prostitution?

23 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 2/17/12 at 4:28

"Brady Banks patronizing prostitutuin..." Too many constanants.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/17/12 at 6:10

I wonder what else my be hidden behind that political smile?

“The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the future is.”


By: Captain Nemo on 2/17/12 at 6:15

To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it.
-Cary Grant

By: dargent7 on 2/17/12 at 6:17

Or have a crisp new $100. dollar bill on the bed.

By: govskeptic on 2/17/12 at 6:19

I'm sure if his defense is just attempting to buy a future vote.
the charges will be down graded to wide applaud by his fellow

By: Loner on 2/17/12 at 6:44

Good morning, Nashville!

Schlepped over from the main article:

By: Loner on 2/17/12 at 6:38

Didn't the cops just bust a football coach using the same sting? Banks must not have gotten the memo.

Didn't Teddy Bart beat the rap, when he was caught in a similar sting a few years ago?

Is the purpose of these stings to embarrass the "Johns", or to make the cops look like they are doing something? These are not noble ends.

Is this crackdown on "sin" part of somebody's ministry?

People are getting shot, assaulted and beaten nearly everyday in Nashville, but the cops are working prostitution stings?

Where are the priorities?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/17/12 at 6:45

I don’t think his biggest worry is the council; if he is married there could be divorce. I wonder if there will be a recall mounted.

By: Loner on 2/17/12 at 8:16

Ron Paul wants to legalize prostitution...why not? Why should the federal office-holders be the only guys to legally prostitute themselves? Everybody should have the same rights as their Congressmen....legalize the prostitution.

As for these Nashville stings; this is entrapment...I thought that stuff was illegal...but hey, after 9-11, the police acquired all sorts of additional powers.

Maybe this is being funded by Homeland Security? If just one Muslim is caught in the sting, HS may pay for the whole operation....it would make for a nice headline: "Sex-crazed Jihadist(s) Screwed by Police Sting".

By: global_citizen on 2/17/12 at 8:25

Brady Banks has been seen as a promising young up and comer in the Nashville Democrat circles. This may derail that trajectory, but it may not. Ronnie Stein successfully reshaped his image after being arrested for petty shoplifting at Target.

In any case, stories like this reinforce my opinion that making prostitution illegal, especially the kind that's conducted through online postings instead of street walking, is just silly. Whose business is it if Brady Banks, or anyone else, wants to exchange money for sex? As it's said, this is the world's oldest profession.

By: Kosh III on 2/17/12 at 8:29

"Whose business is it if Brady Banks, or anyone else, wants to exchange money for sex? "

Indeed. A woman can sell her physical services for entertainment and it's illegal; Peyton Manning sells his physical services for entertainment and gets paid millions. No difference.

By: PKVol on 2/17/12 at 10:31

and all the women who choose prostitution as a profession do so willingly without coercion from a pimp or anyone or anything else.

Until we realize that the sex industry is an affront to women because they often feel like they have nowhere else to turn. People who support that industry are the source of the problem, therefore, this is why this type of sting is operated.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/17/12 at 10:42

I hope he is recalled. This kind of stuff should NOT be condoned by anyone.

By: Kosh III on 2/17/12 at 10:50

Do you mean football or consensual private contracts between free individuals?

O wait!
Of course conservatives love to talk about freedom, as long as it's not really practiced; anything a conservative doesn't like is automatically wrong and should be subjected to the full coercive power of the state to compel a person to conform to someone else's opinion.

By: girliegirl on 2/17/12 at 10:58

Sorry, but if politician commits an "illegal act"....well, that's a sign of other issues, usually. Generally speaking, if you're willing to break one law, you're more than likely to fudge on the others. It's a slippery slope.

By: girliegirl on 2/17/12 at 11:00

Poor Ronnie got caught doing a desperate act, and most parents can relate to that frustration he was suffering from. Having said that, Ronnie paid the ultimate price, and thus, so did Nashville. As I recall, that special election (to fill his vacated seat) cost the tax payers $300,000.

By: Mike Burch on 2/17/12 at 11:05

I really don't care about the sex lives of politicians. It's their hypocrisy that bothers me. Often they create one set of rules for everyone else, moralize in public, then do what comes naturally.

Having sex is not a crime or a sin. That is a religious belief. But the Bible commands and/or condones slavery from beginning to end, along with the stoning of girls for being raped (Deuteronomy 22) and boys for being "stubborn." So we have to question the "wisdom" of the men who wrote the Bible. I have no doubt that after they commanded other people to be stoned to death for having sex, including rape victims, they did whatever the hell they pleased, like most autocratic moralists who lack compassion for other people, and a sense of justice.

I think we don't need laws about consensual sex between adults. But if a politician moralizes in public, then gets caught with his/her pants down, I think we should give him the same sort of public castigation Jesus gave the Pharisees.

I would much rather hang around with an honest hooker with a good heart, than with a moralizing hypocrite. One of my favorite Bible verses is the one that says the prostitutes will enter the kingdom of heaven before the self-righteous.

By: Loner on 2/17/12 at 11:54

See what I mean:

From Fox News:

Global Terror - WORLD
Iranian suspects in alleged terror plot cavorted with prostitutes, Thai police say


Take out "Thai", insert "Nashville"....Homeland Security would love a story like that, they might reimburse Metro for the valuable info obtained as a result of their sting.

By: govskeptic on 2/17/12 at 1:56

As my favorite Pastor would say "he was attempting to ride dirty" !

By: yogiman on 2/17/12 at 4:04

This is an issue I think most us agree on. What a person does in their sex life is no one else' business. Especially the government.

I would think the police have a lot more to worry about than someone buying or selling sex. I guess it really is safer for them to catch the "sexers" than it is the common criminals that are only out there just to rob a bank or shoot someone.

By: yogiman on 2/17/12 at 11:06

The only time a police department should have concerns in sex is rape and pedophilia is involved. What two adults do is their own damn business.

What, except sex, Is it illegal to buy, sell or trade anything that's yours?

By: Rasputin72 on 2/18/12 at 7:19

If it is considered normal for a person who is worthless to receive food stamps and welfare and who just might bring another human being into this world then it should be normal to have sex for hire.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/18/12 at 9:42

LONER.....Your comment of 2/17 at 6.44 AM is the best comment regarding this article.

Stings are easy jobs for cops.

By: Ask01 on 2/19/12 at 8:36

Once again, allow me to opine.

From the start, I will not pass judgement on the moral aspects. Attitudes on morality have swung a wide arc for ages and will continue to change. I believe this legal morass, among others, is a direct legacy of the great moral attack America experienced leading to Prohibition, a failed experiment is legislating morality, and a cautionary tale about the dangers attempting to do so.

Some laws are antiquated and need to be revoked or changed. The problem is many in government and soiciety are experiencing what we once refered to as the 'RCMax' syndrome. A maximum resisteance to change, especially in the face of failure and futility.

You will never eradicate the worlds oldest profession. Fact. If you can disprove that, please do.

All the problems assigned to prostitution can be addressed, not cured by legalizing, licensing, monitoring, and taxing. Organized crime sees a revenue sourced dwindle drastically. Disease can be better tracked and treated by periodic medical chacks and education of the workers. Monitoring the whereabout of licenses, you know where the trade is being plyed. Women who felt forced into the business, believing they had no other options, can be more readily counselled and shown other options. Licensing will allow us to identify, those involved, monitor their whereabout, or at least their territory, keep tabs on their health and treat this as a business collecting taxes on the profits.

That should address all legal and other non religious concerns.

Religious concerns are, in my humble lay mans view, between those involved and their God, and not subject to the oversight, or even a concern of, government.

If husbands are going to cheat, they will cheat, as we have seen. That is between husband and wife, with government intruding if they elect to divorce.

Which is the proper setting for this issue, between the man and his wife. The legal system and society need to remove themselves and allow them to deal with the matter.