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NJ flags to fly at half-staff for Gandolfini
MSN ^ | 6/22/2013 | AP Staff

Posted on 06/22/2013 7:51:58 AM PDT by IbJensen

Edited on 06/22/2013 7:57:03 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday in memory of "Sopranos" star and New Jersey native James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini died Wednesday in Rome at age 51. A family spokesman says he suffered a heart attack.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: christie; gandolfini; hollywood
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How utterly stupid on the part of the two-ton guv!

I never watched Gandolfini's program, but I know what it was about: mafia and murder! Great stuff on which to stuff your brain.

It seems the nation's emblem flies for so many stupid reasons these days. Whitney Houston comes to mind. Did they lower the flag for Michael Jackson?

1 posted on 06/22/2013 7:51:58 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Bada Bing....


2 posted on 06/22/2013 7:53:03 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: IbJensen

who the hell is Gandolfini

never heard of him

except once he croaked I heard he was a TV actor

ridiculous


3 posted on 06/22/2013 7:53:34 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen

They can fly their own stupid state flag at half staff if they want, but they better not fly the flag of The United States Of America.


4 posted on 06/22/2013 7:53:36 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Vendome

Da flag gonna fly for da mobstah.


5 posted on 06/22/2013 7:53:48 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
Its a concession to the low information crowd...


6 posted on 06/22/2013 7:54:06 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Texas Eagle

Da article usa da plural goombah.


7 posted on 06/22/2013 7:54:37 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

When Springsteen goes, they’ll be in a state of mourning for a month.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 7:54:44 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: IbJensen

I wonder how many times the flags in NJ flew at half-staff for soldiers killed in the middle east.


9 posted on 06/22/2013 7:55:20 AM PDT by grania
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To: IbJensen

The sad thing here...is that if you asked a hundred Americans about New Jersey....they either relate it to this MTV character...Snooki....or Tony Soprano.

I always thought that Gandolfini could have run for Senator of New Jersey and likely won.


10 posted on 06/22/2013 7:55:28 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Texas Eagle
They can fly their own stupid state flag at half staff if they want, but they better not fly the flag of The United States Of America.

Wanna bet? Anything to distract the nation...

Hey! Hey! Look at the shiny thing over here!

11 posted on 06/22/2013 7:56:13 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: IbJensen

Did they fly their flags at half staff for Orson Welles, who made Grover’s Mill, NJ the talk of the Nation in 1938?


12 posted on 06/22/2013 7:57:25 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: IbJensen

Aww c’mon. This is getting ridiculous.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 7:58:20 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: IbJensen

NJ sure has a perverted perception of Honor...but then again they are not alone.

I would like to know what sacrifice this man made, to bring Honor to the state and/or country...perhaps I missed something.


14 posted on 06/22/2013 7:58:44 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: yldstrk
who the hell is Gandolfini

never heard of him

It always cracks me up that whenever a celebrity dies, people on this forum try to be the first to chime in claiming they never heard of them as if this is some badge of honor.

I've never seen an episode of The Sopranos in my life but I'm not so clueless and out-of-touch to not have known that during it's heyday, it was the most popular show on television.

15 posted on 06/22/2013 7:59:12 AM PDT by Drew68
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How often does the Garden State fly half-staff for the troops KIA?


16 posted on 06/22/2013 7:59:19 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: IbJensen

FAT BASTARD ordered NJ state flags to fly at half-mast for Whitney Houston, too.

Snopes:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/chriskyle.asp


17 posted on 06/22/2013 7:59:52 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: IbJensen

If you never watched the show, why would anyone take your opinion seriously about this matter? I know I don’t.

BTW, if someone proposed lowering the American flag to half mast, I would agree that was inappropriate.


18 posted on 06/22/2013 8:00:55 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Drew68

I really don’t give a hoot if you believe me, I am telling you I never heard of this idiot until he croaked. I have heard of the show, but never partook of a single episode. The most recent thing I watched on TV is Nashville. Italian criminals don’t interest me, I am not from the East Coast like you.


19 posted on 06/22/2013 8:02:53 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Texas Eagle

Maybe someone knows this but does the rainbow flag signify anything in addition to homosexual sex? I ask because at a recent flight into Boston’s Logan Airport, I saw what appeared to be the state flag, the U.S. flag and the rainbow flag displayed. Has it come to that? Even in Massachusetts?


20 posted on 06/22/2013 8:06:01 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: IbJensen

I didn’t know who he was and had never watched an episode of the show.

Christie trolling for votes.


21 posted on 06/22/2013 8:06:37 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: IbJensen

I won’t watch the depiction of mob activity for leisure enjoyment. The victims of mob activity, deserve more than that from me.

It’s not the slightest bit entertaining. No character is going to be entertaining enough for me to watch. If they were, it would in part humanize them. There is no humanity in these people.

I have nothing against Gandolfini. I am sorry he died so young.

It is amazing the level of deification that is gifted to people who learn lines, repeat them, and make faces on television or the silver screen.


22 posted on 06/22/2013 8:07:03 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kennedy: Today I am a Berliner / Reagan: Gorbachev tear down this wall / Obama: I can't read this...)
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To: IbJensen

“Gandolfini died Wednesday in Rome at age 51 fighting the NAZI army.”

A war casualty. At least it makes sense now.


23 posted on 06/22/2013 8:08:06 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Drew68

To get an idea of the range that Gandolfini had as an actor, check out the movie: The Mexican.

The movie also has Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in it. Two people that we can learn about at a later time.


24 posted on 06/22/2013 8:12:06 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: IbJensen
NJ can do what it wants but I am tired of King Putt lowering the US flag for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. Every natural disaster, every explosion, etc.

A dozen troops can die in combat and nadda....

25 posted on 06/22/2013 8:12:28 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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I don't think that US Flags should not fly at half staff for him but......James Gandolfini did have a love of our troops.

James Gandolfini: Our troops are some of the brightest and bravest men and women I’ve ever met. Sadly, they don’t always get the appreciation and recognition they deserve. The USO allows me the privilege to meet them in person, show them my gratitude and thank them for their service.

26 posted on 06/22/2013 8:14:27 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: IbJensen

Flags at 1/2 staff for a frigen boozer movie star.
Flags at 1/2 staff for kids massacred in a school shooting.

All this flags at 1/2 staff business is getting a bit much.


27 posted on 06/22/2013 8:15:14 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: yldstrk

same here


28 posted on 06/22/2013 8:15:36 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Drew68

The Sopranos? I’m surprised a show about opera singers was that popular but if you say so.


29 posted on 06/22/2013 8:17:51 AM PDT by DManA
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To: yldstrk

I never heard of the AH either and like you never saw one second of the sopranos.


30 posted on 06/22/2013 8:19:04 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: IbJensen

I understand they also lowered the flag for Clarence Clemons.

Note: They did not lower the flag for Sinatra.

James Gandolfini appeared on Broadway. Broadway has a nice tradition of Dimming the lights for one minute before a show for every play on a certain date, they make an announcement on the PA that the lights are off for a moment of silence and it is quite a nice gesture to a great thespian.


31 posted on 06/22/2013 8:20:32 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: IbJensen
This from the State that gave us Jon Corzine, MF Global and the RINO Christie.
32 posted on 06/22/2013 8:21:16 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: t1b8zs

I guess the cool crowd can’t believe we aren’t pressed up to the glass on the outside looking in wishing we were part of the deal. yech.


33 posted on 06/22/2013 8:21:45 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: carriage_hill

I prefer FAT-RAT Bastard.


34 posted on 06/22/2013 8:22:15 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Delta Dawn

From your post, I’m not sure if you’re a fan of Gandolfini. I did not see “The Mexican.” But he was brilliant in “The Sopranos.” A very fine performance. He also appeared in a recent B’way play that I missed but in which he was supposed to be great. As an actor, he’ll be missed. Now whether we should be flying flags at half mast for actors, I don’t know.


35 posted on 06/22/2013 8:27:08 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: IbJensen

I’m not sure why some Freepers can’t criticize Christie for doing this, without trashing James Gandolfini. He didn’t do anything but die.


36 posted on 06/22/2013 8:27:48 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: IbJensen

I’m surprised Obama didn’t beat him to it.


37 posted on 06/22/2013 8:28:42 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: PoloSec
"I would like to know what sacrifice this man made, to bring Honor to the state and/or country...perhaps I missed something."

Gandolfini went on a couple USO tours when his show was at its peak popularity. He returned with a lot of respect for our wounded veterans and used his celebrity to highlight some of the issues they were dealing with: Remembering James Gandolfini and his work with military veterans

Now, I'm not sure if all that merits half-staff recognition or not, but certainly, I have a lot less heartburn with Gandolfini being honored in such a manner than I did with Whitney Houston.

38 posted on 06/22/2013 8:29:56 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: IbJensen

Has Mr. Creosote lowered the flag for fallen NJ soldiers?

I can’t imagine what will be done when “The Boss” dies.


39 posted on 06/22/2013 8:31:55 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Drew68

Yep, I never saw the show either, and would not have recognized the name alone, in fact didn’t know which Soprano character he was when he died until the death articles described who he was, but everyone heard of the show and him, Rush loved the show and talked about it a lot.

In modern America, even adult men can’t help but see the names of the celebrities, pop culture is our only culture and the only news treated as truly important.

Flags at half-mast for an HBO actor as a nation mourns, yet men like Charlie Beckwith die without any attention or tale to be told.


40 posted on 06/22/2013 8:33:54 AM PDT by ansel12 (Libertarians, Gays = in all marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws.)
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To: Polyxene

He’s that and more.


41 posted on 06/22/2013 8:34:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: IbJensen

He was born in Westwood, New Jersey. Native son. Fair enough.


42 posted on 06/22/2013 8:36:39 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: miss marmelstein

‘The Sopranos’ was about as good as television can get. I could not imagine another actor playing Tony. Having said that, I don’t believe that we should be lowering any flag to half staff for any actor.


43 posted on 06/22/2013 8:40:23 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: IbJensen

A tabloid gesture for a tabloid nation.


44 posted on 06/22/2013 8:41:02 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: t1b8zs
All this flags at 1/2 staff business is getting a bit much.

Been saying the same for years. It takes away from the true intent and meaning of a lowered flag. I really believe it's another outward sign of the death of American culture.

45 posted on 06/22/2013 8:50:30 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: DoughtyOne
I won’t watch the depiction of mob activity for leisure enjoyment. The victims of mob activity, deserve more than that from me. It’s not the slightest bit entertaining. No character is going to be entertaining enough for me to watch. If they were, it would in part humanize them. There is no humanity in these people. I have nothing against Gandolfini. I am sorry he died so young.

Thank you for your post. I've never seen the Sopranos or the Godfather-type movies for just those reasons...I don't like the glamorization of evil. I used to listen to a talk show host here in Massachusetts for politics but got tired of his incessant plugging of his books and gleeful stories of Whitey Bulger and his mafia brethren, even going so far as to tease the "gruesome crime scene photos" of their victims on his web site. I'd hate to see Bulger's name kept alive in history like Bonnie & Clyde's are. The names of those killers are forever (in)famous, but the names of their victims and the sufferings of their families are hardly an afterthought...or worse, entertainment. That type of moral compromising has done nothing to benefit our nation.
46 posted on 06/22/2013 8:58:32 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: vetvetdoug
This from the State that gave us Jon Corzine, MF Global and the RINO Christie.
Don't forget "The Torch" ...
47 posted on 06/22/2013 9:04:21 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IbJensen

Cablevision’s local news 12 continuously spews mind-control material.

It’s quite simple: krispy kreme agrees to be a RINO, and oppose everything good and decent while doing all he can to promote everything globalism wants. So he has a truce with all unions, etc., (they being a globalist front), he puts some lipstick on the NJ budget, blusters how much he’s opposing the teachers union but in reality it’s business as usual.

In exchange, news 12 goes all-pro-Christie, 24/7. There’s a stinking rotten commercial about ‘stronger than the storm’ that’s enough to make anyone barf.

News 12 beats the dead horse of the sandy storm continuously, 24/7.

News 12 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to “connect” with the people who live in the urban areas of NJ, and keep brainwashing all the others to begin to think like those in the urban areas.

Realizing that there are a lot of people of Italian descent in the state, news 12, like all other NYC-metro channels CONSTANTLY slobbers all over anything Italian-American. After a while, it must make Italian-Americans barf, cuz it’s so overdone and superficial.

I’ve personally never liked the Jersey Shore because it’s been mostly disgusting and sleezy, with the few decent areas simply being too crowded with too many of the urbanites that one goes on vacation to get away from. Same old boardwalks, snack food, thongs, etc. Walk up and down, seeing what there is to see, and there’s nothing to see. Now get back in the car for the two hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic to go home.

It’s amazing how millions of people get the idea, but really don’t get the idea, that a show like Sopranos glorifies crime. Think about that. Glorifies crime.

Anyone who wants to glorify crime - don’t complain about anything, ever, cuz you’re causing your own problems.

Ex-mobsters will go on about old stories - mostly it’s the comraderie they reminisce about fondly. Simply recounting their former days, the people they worked with and crazy things they did. I’ve never heard of one that says that crime is right or good though; they all acknowledge that it’s wrong, and the lifestyle is one that eventually bites those that partake in it. And so they’ve graduated to being in normal businesses and investments, and they leave the street crime to other gangs.

So news 12 continues to glorify: the platform of the Democratic party, globalist causes (big medicine, etc.), and any goofy thing they can latch on to that they think will ingratiate themselves with most New Jerseyans. This is what “local New Jersey news”, even on the other stations, means. Shameless flattery and propaganda, direct from the sewer of corruption that is the Statehouse in Trenton.


48 posted on 06/22/2013 9:04:36 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: yldstrk; Drew68
I am telling you I never heard of this idiot until he croaked. I have heard of the show, but never partook of a single episode. The most recent thing I watched on TV is Nashville. Italian criminals don’t interest me, I am not from the East Coast like you.

Well, aren't you special. Had you watched the show, you would have seen a Shakesperean drama set in present day in a well-to-do suburb of New York, and all the machinations of power, lust, money, violence, fear and love, played by a superb cast -- Gandolfini the most subtle and intelligent actor among them -- especially so since he was not about violence in real life and was known for his kindness and generosity, including to wounded troops.

The point of the show was very much about the futility of power, money, violence, fear and lust, and the parent-child relationships that form us or warp us.

But maybe you folks don't have those issues out West? If you do, now who's the "idiot"?

49 posted on 06/22/2013 9:06:24 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: PLMerite

I wonder if they did this for Sinatra?


50 posted on 06/22/2013 9:08:22 AM PDT by xp38
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