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Military Father Burns New Jersey Flag In Protest Of Governor Chris Christie Half Mast Tribute To Whitney Houston

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A Michigan father of a fallen soldier is NOT a fan of New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

The governor ordered all flags to be flown half-staff for Whitney Houston and John Burri protested his disagreement in a big way.

Burri burned New Jersey's state flag, caliing his protest "a little drastic" but he believed the right should be reserved for soldiers. His son was killed in Iraq and he called Christie's gesture a "slap in the face."

Check out the video (above) for the full story.

A little drastic?! Yeah, perhaps. He is entitled to his opinion, but maybe he shouldn't have taken things this far.

What do U think?

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67 comments to “Military Father Burns New Jersey Flag In Protest Of Governor Chris Christie Half Mast Tribute To Whitney Houston”

  1. 1

    soo sick of whitney whitney who shes nothing lets do all this for a drugie but a fallen soldier we dont do nothing like what we did for her pfft this worlds pretty sad when we mourn someone like her when she did nothing for are country ohh opps sorry her music big fricking deal people need to fucking wake up

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    i think it is disgusting that the governor had the flags at half mast for an entertainer.

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    I don't get why they would fly the flag at half mast for Whitney Houston. She wasn't part of the military or a public official who served her country in any way. A not very bright move on the part of the New Jersey governor. However, what this man did in retaliation is ridiculous.

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    So to show his dispute on flying a flag at half staff, he burns a flag?? Good job moron!! How about just NOT flying the flag at half staff!!! We have bigger things to worry about then a flag being flown at half staff. I think what he did is a much bigger disgrace to your son than flying a flag at half staff for Whitney Houston!!

  5. 5

    I agree honor our slain heroes not entertainers who didn't have enough respect for their own bodies by using drugs

  6. 6

    I agree with this guy, I don't get why the flag was lowered for her. She basically killed herself and is getting honored for it

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    There's nothing honorable about fighting and dying

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    Theres nothing honorable about fighting and Dying in iraq, this war was for oil and nothing else. No Americans were ever in danger of Iraq.
    Whitney Houston was an American icon, obviously most of u ppl were born yesterday to not know Whitney's legacy
    I stand with the governor on this.

  9. M.... says – reply to this


    So sick of hearing about Whitney Houston, who gives a shit? I didn't know her personally, she had a good voice and now she's dead, too bad so sad, that's what you get for being irresponsible, focus on people who don't kill themselves with drugs.

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    Typical American tools. First, the video clearly states that Christie has had the flag blowing at half mast for every soldier who has died in active duty from the state since he's been in office. I'm sorry for the loss of this father but really what's the issue? That others have the flag flown at half mast too? That's just American nuttiness. Only "fallen soldiers" deserve respect in your country? Weird. If you really respected them btw, you'd be on the streets demanding they get decent health/mental health care, housing etc. but that's another point.
    Also, these "heros" are not protecting you from anything. Y'all still haven't noticed right? It's an illegal and stupid war. You dumbasses should've saved the money and used it to feed and house yourselves instead of blowing up innocents in a foreign land to appease your rampant blood lust (and by innocents I mean both American and Iraqi). Anyway bring on the semi-literate insanity, yokels. There was nothing wrong with flying the flag at half mast for Whitney, so relax. I'm glad Christie's not sorry, too much bending over for rabid yokels in your country.

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    The Governor should have displayed the flag half submerged.

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    But there's something honorable about killing yourself with drugs? This isn't about the war in Iraq. And only an idiot would put a druggie "american icon" over an American soldier

  13. peghb says – reply to this


    I TOTALLY agree with him. She had a magnificent voice and lived a luxurious life, which is fine. She chose to do drugs and die young…..her choice. I am confused and my Uncle who is buried in France from WW11 would be confused too. I am amazed at you Perez …….for not being offended too.

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    It's sad that Whitney Houston had to die. She did entertain people, she did have a family(which right now should be coming together for her child instead of trying to blame Whitneys drug taking on Bobby Brown-she took the drugs) but it is true only fallen soldiers should have flags flown half mast. Our politicians now days are too mixed in with entertainers. Entertainers are usually very emotional, dramatic people. Most are not educated as they drop out of high school to become famous. Celebrities are celebrities and government is government.

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    Re: LowsGirl – we don't know the cause of death yet. but Whitney had an amazing talent! mebe you should watch her video of singing the national anthem.
    and i see no honor about soldiers going overseas and occupying and killing innocents civilians!

  16. 16

    Crackhead getting honored…Only in America

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    Re: suckitracistscum – LOVE IT!!! Thank you!

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    Re: HAWTSTUFF – LOL Like we need to know the cause of death to know she's abused drugs for MANY years, you think she died of natural causes at 48? But that's still honorable right? And I've seen that video of her singing the national anthem a million times, I never said she couldn't sing so it's not relevant. And there are more good soldiers than bad, you should stop stereotyping. And you can sit behind your computer and bitch about them all you want, but they're doing more for this country than you are, keyboard warrior

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    Re: suckitracistscum – Even if you don't agree w/ the war we have to have a military or it would be 9/11 everyday til we were no longer the US, you get that right? The military protects our boarders land, air and sea. I pay taxes that is my extent to my involvement to my protection to this country. There are people who are willing to die so that I am safe. I think we went into Iraq on a lie and it was wrong. I also know that people would invade America if we had no military and that makes these men and women noble not the liars. I need them to be safe and economically sound. They and their families need it to mean s/thing, to be acknowledged that they pledged their life for their countries (on a lie or not YOU AND I HAVE MORE TO DO W/ THAT THAN THEY DO) freedom. You SUCKIT. So you could write your opinion. So a drug addict could be adored. You take power and respect away from the whole half mas when you throw it down for a singing drug addict.

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    Re: LowsGirl – yeas there doing so much more than me, cuz Afghanistan and Iraq just wanted freedom and peace so badly they wanted us over there!!
    lol turn off fox news and read a book for once

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    I side with the father. Why should we fly the flag at half staff for someone that is stupid enough to take drug and alcohol and kills themselves after hearing about other entertainers in the past doing the same thing. I am so tired of hear poor Whitney this and poor Whitney that. She's gone. Get over it!!

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    *halfRe: ThIsIsFaLSe – ***half staff…I have nothing against drug addicts, good singer, I hope what she visited upon her daughter doesn't become her legacy. ****

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    Re: HAWTSTUFF – Sorry to disappoint you but I don't watch Fox News, and those soldiers are still doing more than you ever will. And this is about Whitney Houston, not the Iraq war, my point still stand but keep avoiding it because you know I'm right :)

  25. 25

    Well soldiers should not be treated like gods, especially for this fake non war that really pose no threat to us or our military..But the dead soldier dude aside, he's right. People really need to stop treating these twats like their tears cure cancer. People wait outside in the cold and rain just to get a glimpse of someone leaving then they start screaming their name. They get to cut in line, they can get you kicked out of your table. If something happens in a business establishment they will always take their side and not yours, being able to get out of trouble with the law and court system easily…Despite being overpaid they get everything for free. People constantly kiss their ass..and for what? being attractive and pretending to be someone else? Give me a break. Whitney was a drug addict that killed herself. I don't feel sorry for entitled idiots that end up killing themselves with drugs. We're hearing more about some druggie dying than more important issues in this world…People really truly are ass backwards, and its getting worse..sad sad

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    Let me say this. So fucking what? Last time I checked, she was an American. So you have to be a soldier and die to be honored? I've known many soldiers. They're the same as you and me. What makes them any better than the doctors saving lives? Nothing. If those bastards who pissed on the Afghans died, and someone flew a flag at half mast for them. Then we'd have a problem.

  27. Wrenn says – reply to this


    This man is right. Whitney Houston was nothing more than a street junkie with a talent that enabled her to become rich and famous. Please tell me how and why she is worthy of such an honor??

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    Please! I'm glad he did what he did. There was no reason for the flag to be flown at half-staff for Whitney Houston. Yes, she was a great singer but she was not worthy of that. Flags are be flown half-staff for military, government or in a tragedy such as 9/11.

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    Re: SophiaT – Really? It's not like her burned the American flag. I was a Jersey flag.

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    Re: HAWTSTUFF – Who the fuck do you think you are? No Americans were ever in danger? Tell that to all the soldiers who died over there. It's not like the chose to get sent over there. Our country sent them. Why don't you go over there and tell me how it's not dangerous, Asshole!!!

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    Re: Christik – ACTUALLY, Governors of states can have the flags flown at half mast for a resident of the state if they choose. Look it up.

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    Re: LowsGirl – I still do see how killing innocents is "doing more than me"
    and obviously I am talking to a beiber fan who doesn't know that there was a time before beiber, Whitney Houston was an amazing singer who was known internationally, and for her to have her funeral back in her childhood church obviously meant alot to those in new jersey, so much so they lowered the flag for her, your not a Whitney fan nor a resident of New Jersey, so why you complaining?

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    Re: SophiaT – I replied to the wrong person. Sorry!

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    Re: Christik – I said no americans where in danger of Iraq, did iraq send the planes into the twin towers????
    what did iraq ever do to us that we just had to invade them?????
    tell me why we are in Iraq??
    i wanna hear your answer

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    well, he should blame herself for the death of his son as well. as a father, i would and will do everything within my power in order to protect my son!

  36. 36

    btw, they're not slain heroes. they're brainwashed, lied to, scammed young people who were swept away because their parents, and society, are too stupid to protect them!

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    Re: HAWTSTUFF – It is not fighting and dying you dumbfuck….

    It is protecting our country from people who want to destroy us….

    You suck…..go live in another country and get the fuck out of mine.

  38. 38

    Re: HAWTSTUFF – We are protecting our country you loser….go live in Iraq if you don't like the way our country is run.

  39. 39

    Re: HAWTSTUFF – she was a druggy…..stop being in denial……

  40. 40

    It's a slap in the face to give Dionne Warwicks privileged niece such an honourable send off.

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    Re: triple M
    1st There was never a threat from Iraq, turn off fox news, and as someone posted before, a governor can lower a flag for a resident of the state,
    And I feel more sorrow for the innocent ppl of Iraq than I do the the troops that die over there!
    We are just fighting bush and cheneys war, it's pretty pathetic that you think those two idiots are a better person that Whitney Houston

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    A little drastic? FUCK NO. How does she deserve a half mass flag when she was a crackhead and had a hand in her own death. I'm sorry but no. She is no hero she was only a singer nothing else. We have soliders giving their life for our freedoms, where are their half mass flags?!! Where are their thanks or news coverage??? She was nothing but a singer, people need to stop worshpping these entertainers who do nothing. And applaud the heros that actually do something. So I applaud John and fully 100% agree with him.

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    It is always sad when a human life is lost. However, as a military wife of a man that just served in Afghanistan for a year and lost 4 men in his company, this is a damn shame. This is an honor for those whose bodies have been riddled with bullets or destroyed by IED's, not riddled with drugs and destroyed with alcohol. I hope her family can pull together and grow from their tragedy, but it is the tragedy of a family, not that of a nation, as it is when a soldier lays down their life. They are not getting millions of dollars for what they do, and in the sad event that they do pay the ultimate sacrifice, there are people that actually protest their funerals and make their families greif worse. I recognise that she was a great voice, and an inspiration to singers everywhere, but the real inspiration should be the 21 year old kid that goes to a foreign country to fight for all of our rights and never comes home, because of what he believes in. That is why a flag flies at half mast.

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    The flag is lowered for any person that has done any type of significant contribution to a state or the nation. We lower flags for congress people…do they EVER deserve it? Entertainers, especially ones the caliber of Whitney, are deserving of such an honor if the govt see's fit. And why does everyone care so much about her personal issues? Yes, drugs and alcohol did kill her but she is being honored not for her personal life but for her achievements as an icon. Just because we knew too much of her personal life doesn't mean that she didn't give a lot to America and the world in the form of entertainment. And for that, she deserves the honor that she earned.

  45. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Who? – Tell it, Lady Who. That's about the fifth brilliant, witty post in a row.

  46. @v@ says – reply to this


    He lost a son. I can understand his feeling this way right now.

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    Re: HAWTSTUFF – Wow! I'm incredibly impressed by your ignorance. You're obviously the person who needs to turn off FOX and read a book. Whitney was once a great talent but I hardly believe that her untimely death was reason for flying the American Flag at half-staff. It does say that Governor's of certain states can order the flag to be flown at half-staff for "residents", but was Whitney still considered a "resident" of New Jersey if she lived and died in California? I just hope we show the same respect to Flava Flav when he passes away because he also had an amazing talent… Idiot.

  48. 48

    as a military girlfriend i completely understand and agree with is behavior. where is our respect and morning for those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedoms? when is see more that i will be more empathetic for drug addicted celebrities who threw their life away

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    oh and HAWTSTUFF. my boyfriend fights for your write to think it was just a war over oil he fights for ability to be so naive and so rude towards the military. they don't agree with why they fight they are given the orders and they go and do their job. what do you do work 7 8 hours behind a desk or flipping burgers. why don't you fight for freedom and stop being such brat.

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    you need to watch yourself.
    do you even know what when down in iraq… NO because you weren't there you where sitting at home online bitching about something that you know NOTHING ABOUT. my best friend is over in afghanstan my boyfriend is activity duty marine and i have 42 other friends who fight on a daily basis for you to be an arrogant asshole about topics you know nothing about. what do you do all day plop on make up around noon drink your self stupid till 3 am. you know what they do they wake up at 3 am to run for 3 hours so they can keep in shape incase something goes down on home grounds so they save your ass. they work 12 hours a day as 25 cents a day to keep their skills sharp to they can be effect in their actions. and when they go over to another country they do is so you don't get drafted. so shut your fucking mouth and be grateful they are men and woman out their doing something you will never have the balls to do and being more of a person than you will ever be.

    ps. they don't agree with the wars they just are given orders and go so you wanna say no one over their died for a good reason THEY DIED SO YOU DIDNT HAVE TO.

    you are an arrogant prick you has royally pissed me of to say anyone's death little alone a military death is not in vain makes you the fucking most outright dumbest bitch i have never heard speak words

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    Re: HatesTheSnow – bigger things to worry about? i think the tip of the iceberg is lowering the flag to half mast for a drugged out SINGER instead of an american soldier who died for our country! you have your priorities crossed and further more to call a man whos military son died a moron is disgusting in itself. Also to say that this man did more of a disgrace to his son by burning a state flag than the governor did for lowering it for Whitney Houston are you out of your mind? no really are you? this state has been ridiculed for far too long and the governor just lengthened that ridicule and ridiculous image further by doing what he did Bigger things to worry about?? really?

  52. 52

    Re: HAWTSTUFF – i am a resident of New Jersey born and raised and BELIEVE me we did not want this and not one person that i know wanted this- they lowered the flag for a fucking drunk and druggie and PUHLEASE the woman was at number one for a long time and yes she was a great singer but excuse me for being PISSED that they lowered the flag for her what has she done for the country? what bullets has she dodged? what war wounds can she show? NONE heros deserve that flag being lowered not washed up drug addicts that suddenly became important because they went and cried in a bathroom about how fucked up their life was and "accidently" OD'd we have men and women giving their lives for that bitch to sit there and drink her pain away and she gets that salute? are you fucking kidding me

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    To all the bitches on here that have a stick up their ass about the flag being at half mast…please SHUT THE F&@$ UP!!…Truly it isn't that big of a deal..it's not as if this was an event that was done nationwide…please give me a damn break..if that's how they felt like showing honor so be it…stop acting like its the end of the world..there are MILLIONS of other things that you should be complaining about that actually mean something …this idiot that burned a flag has some nerve..burning flags is ten times more of a disrespect then this could ever be..so please get over it..stop losing sleep over what they did in this town..and get a life..what's done is done..move on!.i swear people are not happy unless they are bitching about something..

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    Re: Wrenn – Lmao…such an honor?..some of you sound like a bunch of kids..really!…was this a world wide event?..even nationwide?..no..this lil town felt like lowering a flag..woopdie dooooooo!..holy shit..you people need to concentrate on things that are actually relevant..

  57. 57

    Fighting over whether some guy was right or wrong again.

    My 2 cents:
    We turn our celebrities into gods and goddesses. We put them on pedestals and worship them. We pay through the teeth just to watch and hear them perform.
    As a society, we have billions of dollars. Billions. We sit here in our cozy little apartments and homes and we eat our food and we turn on our TV's and we go shopping in our malls and boutiques and we drive our cars and our vans and our bikes and we vote for our rich dumb-ass politicians depending upon their personal agendas and we kiss the asses of those rich celebrity "gods" and "goddesses" whether they deserve it or not.
    And we defend our right to do so.
    We defend our right to have all of those wonderful things while others do not.
    We sit on our thrones and we arguely insensitively and stupidly over things like whether or not a piece of material (a symbolic one, but a piece of material just the same) should have been halfway up the pole.
    And we continually wonder WHY THE FUCK people in poor countries, in countries with no freedom, in countries with no cozy homes or apartments or - for crying out loud, no god and goddess (ahem) "CELEBRITIES" (lucky bastards)… we continually wonder why the hell they HATE US SO MUCH.

    It's because we sit over here in our cozy little apartments and homes in our chairs by our computers and we argue over THIS BULLSHIT.

  58. 58

    Last I check Whitney Houston volunteeraly performed for the soldiers returning home from the Gulf War in 1991!!! She gave a two hour concert that was televised !! I remember being a young girl watching and being so proud because my father, uncle , aunt and cousin were in the military at the time. She even visited the Uss Saratoga the ship my uncle was stationed on. This ment alot to the Soldiers and their families at that time and it is still a very honorable and memorable thing for me and my family as well. That guy is bitter and bitterness is not going to bring back his son!! She deserved that honor as much as any other prominent citizen if for no other reason than the one I mentioned. Elvis died of an overdose but he is still considered the KING. Regardless of her perosnal demonds she is and will always be an American Icon!

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    Why don’t we ask ourselves instead:
    WHY does "America" (and btw, America is a CONTINENT, and not a country) continually get itself caught up in wars like this?
    1. Is it oil?
    You're fooling yourself if you believe THAT.
    2. Is it religious differences?
    Possibly, except the U.S. itself can't agree on religion. And for fuck's sake, the one thing we DO KNOW for sure is that we have a planet right here in front of us to live upon. WHY do we argue over what happens when we die? In other words, what we DON'T know? When did we become so stupid and ungrateful? Was it when they told us God was a Man, Jesus was THE Man, and women were the “whores” They saved? What the fuck are we smoking? Does any woman even QUESTION this anymore?
    3. And speaking of, It is how other countries treat their women?
    Hardly, or we would have attacked the Middle East DECADES ago. "America" doesn't care any more about the women "over there" than it does in its own damn cities. THEY treat them like slaves and chattel; we're raising ours to be man-oriented hoes & bitches who believe they’ll only be popular if they’re skinny big-breasted babes who defer to the men around them, pretend to be stupid, and look good in back-crunching stilletto heels and frozen foreheads.
    (Watch your commercials, music videos, movies and soap operas. It's disgusting, and it's everywhere. But we're so damned busy fighting over flagpoles that we can't see it.)

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    And lastly,
    4. Is it political differences?
    Well, that’s what they tell us sometimes, and that’s what we’d like to believe, but give me a fucking break. Attempting to get a country to change over to “your way” when you can’t successfully handle your OWN corner of the world is both extremely juvenile and short-sighted. How you can anyone claim to live in a "free country" if the citizens are constantly expected to subscribe to the beliefs and agenda of the ever-controlling 1%?!

    So, again… WHY does “America” always get itself involved in wars like this?
    Pure, unadulterated, sick-as-it-can-be GREED.
    (Along with a healthy dose of fear and insecurity. After all, we’ve been brought up as “Christians” for the most part, which is one of the most nonsensical, inequal and manipulative religions on the planet. See #2.)
    The thing is:
    For some inexplicable reason, the United States always has to be “right.” It has to be the fattest, the wealthiest, the noisiest toddler in the sandbox. With all of the best toys.
    And for some equally inexplicable reason, the United States seems to think it deserves it. (More so than the other kids.)
    Well, cause & effect is cause & effect. Eventually, the other toddlers in the sandbox are gonna want some of those toys. And they’re gonna attack for it.

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    And yes, it truly sucks when a soldier loses his or her life. It’s even worse when he or she is dying to save a bunch of rich bastards from giving up their power, money or control; bastards who couldn’t give a flying FUCK about what that soldier is doing “over there,” just so long as “America” wins.

    And if we’re wasting time arguing over whether or not a piece of material should be halfway up the damn pole, we’ve already lost.
    Bloody Hell!
    Is it REALLY about flagpoles?!

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    all due respect sir…i am so sorry for your loss. i am thankful for your son's service and grateful for all he did to protect our country. but…stop being someone who just wants publicity. you are NOT EVEN from New Jersey. why would you burn the flag of that state and say anything? you are looking for publicity. and you got it. so shame on you. and all the haters on here about whitney…she had problems…she admitted them. get over it. she gave music that inspired and encouraged people. what do you give? anonymous texts that are mean spirited. she will and always will be celebrated for life and love and THE VOICE. and sweet perez…find some new topics to cover. this one is just shameful.

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    What does Whitney Houston have to do with the American Flag? Oh, she sang the National Anthem? So do I anytime it is played, so does that mean I get a flag flown at half mass? If the governor had such a boner about Whitney Houston she should have flown the NJ flag. Remember Whitney CHOSE the life she had lived and was possibly still living, nothing honorable about that. Yes she was a great entertainer, and mother but thats it.

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    We had this problem in the UK when Princess Diana died, the Queen got a load of shit for refusing to fly the flag at half mast - but that means something very specific and it was not appropriate. She was leaned on by Tony "traitor" Blair until she gave in. Flags are usually for specific purposes and should never be hijacked for popularity, well done John for standing up for your beliefs.

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    Re: LBadventures – It's quite sad that you consider someone getting on stage singing to be a huge accomplishment. That accomplished nothing of any significance that will benefit society. NOTHING. They get pampered and paid millions.

    How about scientist that are discovering cures for diseases and cancers? What about the people that actually to africa and help out not for a photo op but to actually help? What about firefighters? Police? Point is these people do nothing except look pretty, sing and pretend to be someone else. Entertainers and athletes should not be put on pedestals and worshiped. As said, they are treated as if their tears cure cancer while brilliant minds working on cures for cancer go unnoticed.

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    How does being a talented singer or "going back to your childhood church in New Jersey (as Hawtstuff said)" earn you a flag at half-mast in your honor? I just don't get it. She was a talented singer, but does that make someone honorable?