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Henrico Medal of Honor recipient, 90, ordered to remove flagpole
Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 12/2/09 | Staff

Posted on 12/05/2009 1:34:25 PM PST by StarCMC

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor recipient, is under the gun from his Henrico County community's homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

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There is no provision in the community's rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot's daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community.

"Dad sort of feels like this is the end," said Margaret Nicholls, Barfoot's daughter, who lives a few doors away. But she said this morning that she and her husband are attempting to generate support for her father's cause, a flag-raising rite that he has undertaken for most of his life.

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.timesdispatch.com ...


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Here's the man's citation -- looks like they could get a clue and leave him alone. Barfoot received the Medal of Honor on the battlefield during World War II in Italy and fought as well in the Korean and Vietnam wars. A portion of a highway in rural Mississippi, his native state, was named in his honor this fall. A building at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond also carries his name.

BARFOOT, VAN T.

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 23 May 1944. Entered service at: Carthage, Miss. Birth: Edinburg, Miss. G.O. No.: 79, 4 October 1944.

Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.


1 posted on 12/05/2009 1:34:26 PM PST by StarCMC
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Canteen ping — will tick you off to no end.


2 posted on 12/05/2009 1:35:01 PM PST by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: StarCMC

Power can be a terrible thing. I hope that those who voted against this gentlemen get fleas....like several times in the next few years.


3 posted on 12/05/2009 1:37:19 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: StarCMC
Tonight, the Sussex Square Homeowners Association issued a statement reiterating its position that Barfoot directly violated the association board's denial of his request to erect a flagpole.
I can't believe their digging their heels in on this. What disgusting wretches.
4 posted on 12/05/2009 1:38:51 PM PST by samtheman
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To: StarCMC
“...the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate.”

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The board is probably made up of socialist democrats who never served in a war or even personally know someone who has, let alone a Metal of Honor winner like Mr. Barfoot. Since when is a flag ever aesthetically inappropriate?

Douche-bags, all.

5 posted on 12/05/2009 1:40:46 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: StarCMC
This is what happens when we do not bully and mock those children who think that not saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a good idea. They grow up into anti-US @$$holes who want to ban flags.

And yes, that's what they want to do.

6 posted on 12/05/2009 1:41:20 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: fatnotlazy
Since when is a flag ever aesthetically inappropriate?

The commies would probably have no problem with someone burning a flag or flying it upside down.

7 posted on 12/05/2009 1:42:24 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: StarCMC
These are the same type of John Kerry traitors that want Veterans labeled as Baby killers, war criminals and if they can get them in a “flag violation” so much the better for them. My Drill Sargent would call them Whale S***t which is on the bottom of the ocean.
8 posted on 12/05/2009 1:42:54 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: StarCMC

Does anyone know an email address for said Sussex Square Homeowners Association? Maybe a few gentle reminders are in order.


9 posted on 12/05/2009 1:46:02 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: StarCMC

Can’t wait for the defenders of the associations,,,love these threads,,


10 posted on 12/05/2009 1:46:34 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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"“...the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate.”

I find this HOA aesthetically inappropriate.

11 posted on 12/05/2009 1:46:34 PM PST by Behemoth the Cat
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To: eartrumpet

Found this:

Karen S. Peterson
Attorney-at-Law
Coates & Davenport, P.C.
5206 Markel Road, Suite 200
Richmond VA 23230

A letter written to the board by Sen. Jim Webb is here: http://nbc12.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/webb-sends-letter-to-hoa-in-defense-of-barfoot/


12 posted on 12/05/2009 1:49:13 PM PST by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: pnh102

It would be interesting to go person by person through this board and look at the background of each of these folks who are making up this decision. My guess is intitially zero veterans, but I may be wrong.


13 posted on 12/05/2009 1:51:48 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: StarCMC
Thank you for posting this.
FWIW, Mark Alexander did a nice write-up in the Patriot Post.
Were it not for my current physical limitations, I would already have video and whatever else I thought appropriate uploaded.
Col Barfoot is reportedly the most decorated living veteran in America.
14 posted on 12/05/2009 1:52:27 PM PST by concretebob (Because someone has to say it!!!!!!!!!)
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To: eartrumpet

There’s a little info toward bottom of this thread - there have been multiple threads on this (good!), so I don’t know what the others contain:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2398884/posts


15 posted on 12/05/2009 1:54:33 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: StarCMC

I heard about this story the other day. These “associations” are nothing but greedy power trip filled commies if you ask me. I laugh in their face and tear up their letters when they try to tell me I painted my door the wrong color or didn’t get permission to trim my tree that short.

EAT S-HIT! I tell them. I make them spend a bunch of money on lawyers to send out letters and then wind up winning on votes in the quarterly meeting anyway :)


16 posted on 12/05/2009 1:55:33 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: StarCMC
HOAs are de facto government bodies, and should be subject to constitutional restrictions.
17 posted on 12/05/2009 1:56:43 PM PST by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: eartrumpet

Found this too: ( http://www.nissanoffroad.net/messageboard/index.php?topic=7831.msg91799 )

Call and or fax Coates & Davenport, the law firm representing the home owner association.

FLOOD THEM WITH CALLS!!

Coates & Davenport
5206 Markel Road, Suite 200
Richmond VA 23230
Toll Free: (800) 450-8311
Local Phone: (804) 285-7000
General Fax: (804) 285-2849
Real Estate Fax: (804) 285-3426

You can also visit their site and send them a message http://www.coateslaw.com/CM/Custom/Contact.asp.

Please spread this around like wildfire!

If anyone has the contact info for the homeowner association please put it up and I’ll put it in the post directly.

In closing, I’ll leave you with a quote from the Colonel’s daughter Margaret:

“Dad sort of feels like this is the end.”

Copyright © 2009 Common Sense from a Common Man - All Rights Reserved

More Info:

The Colonel’s address if you want to thank him for his service:
Van T Barfoot 11815 Coat Bridge Ln, Richmond, VA 23238

The Home Owners Association if you want to call them:
SUSSEX SQUARE SERVICE HOA at 804-740-8795


18 posted on 12/05/2009 1:57:42 PM PST by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: StarCMC

I’d say burn down the Homeowners association President’s house ... but that wouldn’t be right either.


19 posted on 12/05/2009 1:57:52 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: StarCMC

One wonders what the real issue is here.

(It sure isn’t about a flagpole.)

IMHO


20 posted on 12/05/2009 1:58:02 PM PST by ripley
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yeah, Levin was all over this story a coupla days ago. Said he planned on getting involved..I sure hope he can do something.


21 posted on 12/05/2009 1:58:32 PM PST by coloradomomba (BO stinks!)
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To: StarCMC

It would be a great privilege just to shake the hand of a Medal of Honor Man!

Better never to have been born than to be the sort of loathsome ass that would demand this old soldier remove his flag.


22 posted on 12/05/2009 2:01:53 PM PST by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: StarCMC
I'm honored...2nd LT Barefoot (Tech Sgt. May 23 1944) Congressional Medal of Honor recipient executed his gallantry under fire on the day I was born. I just found I have the honor of a connection... to a true American Hero.

God Bless You 2nd Lt. Van T. Barefoot... Thank you for your selfless efforts guaranteeing Liberty and freedom for me, my children and my grandchildren.

23 posted on 12/05/2009 2:04:19 PM PST by Bob Eimiller (appeasement "it's the idea that if you feed the alligator he will eat you last." Winston Churchill)
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To: StarCMC

I’d like to help this man. Does anyone have names and addresses for the members of this disgraceful homeowners association? Do we have the email for this association? Local people could put American flags on their lawns. Calls and letters inviting them to show this man his due respect and reconsider their position. Can we get any pro bono help for him. These people aren’t worthy to shine this mans boots let alone tell him he can’t raise the American flag on his own property.


24 posted on 12/05/2009 2:08:20 PM PST by mistfree (The man who does not make any mistakes does not usually make anything.")
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To: StarCMC

Well, I hope these two men (with voting records nearly identical to Barbara Boxer) are not outflanking their Republican counterparts.


25 posted on 12/05/2009 2:09:28 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: ripley
One wonders what the real issue is here

control freaks with a little power

26 posted on 12/05/2009 2:10:11 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: B Knotts

IMO you are absolutely correct. They are locally elected representatives who conduct community business including levying taxes.


27 posted on 12/05/2009 2:17:38 PM PST by Eagle Eye (3%)
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To: My Favorite Headache

So why would anyone buy an apartment and call it a house and follow someone else rules? I don’t get it?


28 posted on 12/05/2009 2:20:31 PM PST by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: StarCMC

You know, we could learn a few things from the left when it comes to things like this. Such as...

Everyone in the neighborhood who supports this guy puts up their own flagpoles.

Have a march through the neighborhood, with lots of flags and chanting and so forth.

File nuisance lawsuits based on vague civil rights complaints... hey, the guy is 90 years old. There’s got to be age-related discrimination somewhere in there.

Stand quietly on the street in front of the board president (or whoever is in charge of the group making the decision) holding up American flags.

Have a sit down strike. Since we’re talking seniors here, maybe lawn chairs would be in order. Some nice brownies. A cooler with iced tea.

Do it anyway.

Use the media. Play the media. Put up a website.

Create and sing humorous songs about the group banning the flag, then broadcast it on YouTube - and include the media, too.

Start letterwriting campaigns.

Hang little American flags everywhere.

Take out ads on television or the local paper. Be dramatic and floral, a la global warming and the deaths of the polar bears.

Make him a national hero. Speak highly of his record, always.

And never, ever, ever give up until that guy can get his flag put up every day as he wants to.

You know, the Alinsky rules for radicals can be used on behalf of this guy the same way that Obama and his minions uses them for themselves. When the left has gained power, those of us who are proudly American are the radicals. Carpe diem.


29 posted on 12/05/2009 2:25:13 PM PST by redpoll
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To: StarCMC

“I’m glad the law firm of Marchant, Honey & Baldwin, is representing Barfoot at no cost.” (found on this site)
( http://www.nissanoffroad.net/messageboard/index.php?topic=7831.msg91799 )

Good on them, I pray they are successful


30 posted on 12/05/2009 2:25:20 PM PST by mistfree (The man who does not make any mistakes does not usually make anything.")
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To: StarCMC

Where are the Virginia Patriots???

Do you stand by this man??? Will anyone help this Hero repel anyone who steps upon his property to remove a symbol that he honors every single day???

Is this enough, or does he have to accept this???

Or will this just be another example that will be thrown upon the trash-heap of those who oppose those of us who value, protect and personify what America (used to be) is???

Where are the Tea Partiers??? Where is the Governor-Elect???

Lessee who is able and ready to step up???


31 posted on 12/05/2009 2:25:35 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: StarCMC

Tommy gun.

Homeowners Association.

I need to stop thinking what I'm thinking.

32 posted on 12/05/2009 2:26:53 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: mistfree

Post #18 had some contact info that I found. HTH


33 posted on 12/05/2009 2:37:03 PM PST by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: fatnotlazy
"The board is probably made up of socialist democrats..."

It appears that in each of most threads about HOA property rights violations, there are usually at least three or four Freepers who agree with the HOAs. Here's another one about Barfoot. See some of the pro-HOA comments on the first page and the ongoing arguments on the second page.

Virginia Homeowner’s Board Orders 90-year-old Medal of Honor Winner to Remove Flagpole, or Else!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2400027/posts


34 posted on 12/05/2009 2:42:35 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: StarCMC

Stifle, shunt and/or kill anyone that has a memory of America.


35 posted on 12/05/2009 2:54:23 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: cameraeye
So why would anyone buy an apartment and call it a house and follow someone else rules? I don’t get it?

that makes two of us.

I'd rather live in a tipi in the woods than live in under the thumb of a HOA...I'd be in trouble daily as I'd go against the grain just to assert my Independence

I DO live in the woods - my house hidden from road. I can get a tan without lines (not that anyone would take a chance on seeing that twice - I'm a great granny) ;o)

36 posted on 12/05/2009 2:56:06 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: eartrumpet

Mark Levin exposed this travesty on his program on Wednesday, and said he wanted the names of the bottom feeder lawyers who are involved in threatening Col. Barefoot with litigation...he wants to get one of these lawyers on his program, and he said that he wants to read out loud the names of the lawyers involved. Mark said he will take these slip and fall lawyers on.

We are being attacked at every turn, and we must fight back...soldiers in war cannot let up, and neither can we.


37 posted on 12/05/2009 2:57:10 PM PST by itssme
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To: stevie_d_64
"Where are the Tea Partiers???"

In my area, most or all of them live on HOA-controlled subdivisions of large acreages. They defend and support HOAs, big federal funding for public schools, funding from the federal VAWA (anti-Second-Amendment, anti-family), "smart growth" zoning ordinances, and the like. They're pretty good people in some ways. Among them are small business owners/debtors, west and east coast construction moguls, retiring corporate officers, folks who became wealthy in eastern Europe before the 1990s, government employees and labor union attorneys.


38 posted on 12/05/2009 2:59:41 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: stevie_d_64
BTW, where I wrote, "They're pretty good people in some ways," a little local irony was intended there. You'll see in this thread that I disagree with legal immunities and other powers given to HOA bosses by the states.


39 posted on 12/05/2009 3:04:50 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: StarCMC

I think that the neighborhood association may be backing down.


40 posted on 12/05/2009 3:09:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: StarCMC
How long has he been living in this home and why are they just now saying to take down the flag pole?
41 posted on 12/05/2009 3:30:24 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Romak 7.62X54MM, AK47 7.62X39MM, LARGO 9X23MM, HAPINESS IS A WARM GUN BANG BANG YEA YEA)
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To: pnh102

i bet it’s the flapping in the breeze of the flag that’s bothering those people in that community. SHAME ON THEM and the HOMEOWNER’S ASSOC.


42 posted on 12/05/2009 3:32:14 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Stop Muslims Training on American Soil NOW)
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To: StarCMC
Obama voters almost always object to the flag ... with only one exception that I'm aware of:

43 posted on 12/05/2009 3:45:46 PM PST by TurtleUp ([...Insert today's quote from Community-Organizer-in-Chief...] - Obama, YOU LIE!)
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To: StarCMC

Thanks. I sent them a little note. I also included his Medal citation to remind them what he has given for his country.


44 posted on 12/05/2009 4:20:51 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet
"Does anyone know an email address for said Sussex Square Homeowners Association?"

I'd like to know their physical address...I'd like to send them a bucket of spit.

45 posted on 12/05/2009 4:37:53 PM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: StarCMC; HiJinx; beachn4fun; AZamericonnie; LUV W; MS.BEHAVIN; HopeandGlory; TASMANIANRED; ...

This is disgusting!! Discounting all the logic, this hero is 90 years old. Makes one think the HOA is just beating its chest and making sure everyone understands that they are the boss and must be obeyed. I hope to heck that the locals, a senator or two, and others are able to make a big enough issue that the HOA will back off this dumb edict.

And the ruling that “free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate” is a sorry excuse for this action.


46 posted on 12/05/2009 4:47:21 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Disgusting and disrespectful of the flag, this hero AND
our country! What a sad time we live in!


47 posted on 12/05/2009 4:50:02 PM PST by LUV W (Obama, the job-killer, has presided over the loss of 4.6 million jobs...and counting! RL)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
The HOA should cease and desist from persecuting this American Hero and go back to the subterranean realm where it belongs!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
48 posted on 12/05/2009 4:50:47 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I lived in an HOA once and only once


49 posted on 12/05/2009 4:51:02 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: StarCMC

Makes me want to cry at the slap in the face to this hero.


50 posted on 12/05/2009 4:51:38 PM PST by LUV W (Obama, the job-killer, has presided over the loss of 4.6 million jobs...and counting! RL)
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