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Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston
cbs ^ | 2.15.12 | staff

Posted on 02/16/2012 9:21:43 AM PST by Eyes Unclouded

Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve.

When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her.

“I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.”

McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines.

Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25.

“They killed my son.They took his body away from me,” she said, overcome by emotion.

Arizona, the McGeath’s former home state, lowered their flags in his honor.

“That honor meant a lot to me,” McGeath said.

McGeath says Houston is not deserving of that same honor.

“Nothing against Ms. Houston because she was a beautiful singer and I was a fan for years,” McGeath said.

But, “It was like putting them on the same level. And I know how my son lived. And I know through the media how Ms. Houston lived,” she said.

New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie, defended his decision to lower the flags in his state saying he wasn’t honoring Houston as a role model but as “a daughter of New Jersey.”

Christie is a conservative Republican. He’s also a former U.S. Attorney who recently called for mandatory drug treatment for non-violent offenders. But he said Houston’s substance abuse issues shouldn’t negate her achievements.

“There but for the grace of God go I,” he said.

Federal law authorizes governors of American states to order flags lowered to half-staff for state officials or residents who’ve died.

There is no law or rule that requires the person being honored to have been a politician or a service member.

Christie approved a similar order when Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Clarence Clemons died last June.

Thinking about the recent death of her Marine son, McGeath said, “It frustrates me all the attention this one lady is being given for dying. When our son died, it was initially a one liner in the newspaper.”

Houston also sang the National Anthem in 1991 to returning Gulf War service members. But for Phyllis McGeath singing and fighting on the front lines are two very different things.

“My son gave his life,” she said. “He gave his life.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; chrischristie; christie; culture; fallen; halfstaff; hollyweird; hollywood; houston; marine; marinecorps; marines; newjersey; nj; oldglory; semperfi; tribute; vfw; whitney; whitneyhouston; wot

1 posted on 02/16/2012 9:21:52 AM PST by Eyes Unclouded
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Gov Krispie Creame is a Left Wing Loon !

2 posted on 02/16/2012 9:24:50 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

A young Marine from Jersey died in Afghanistan the day before Whitney Houston did. Did Christie lower the flag for him?


3 posted on 02/16/2012 9:26:33 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Americans have tuned out of the war on terror it seems. I wonder if the next terror attack kills some celebrities then we might see Hollywood and the zombies that worship them support the war.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 9:27:33 AM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

With this sort of stuff happening I think we are truly lost as a country....


5 posted on 02/16/2012 9:28:10 AM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

[ Christie is a conservative Republican ]

No he isn’t.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 9:28:52 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: UriÂ’el-2012
No...he is a fat RINO POS....

They are even more disgusting then the run of the mill commie leftist.....

Calling him a left wing loon just doesn't go far enough......

7 posted on 02/16/2012 9:29:28 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Lowering the flag for a drug addled entertainer is an insult. No matter how popular she may have been it is inappropriate.


8 posted on 02/16/2012 9:35:43 AM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I also liked Whitney Houston but she certainly doesn’t deserve this “honor”. By doing this he is showing kids that it’s okay to live and die the way she did.

She had the choice as a responsible adult TO NOT DO THE DRUGS in the first place knowing she would become addicted. She did them anyway. Way to many people WORSHIP these false idols and put them on pedestals. She made her choices and they were wrong.

The best thing they can do is put a picture of her on a billboard with:

Gone before her time because she had money and used it the wrong way. Drugs kill.

The flag should remain full.


9 posted on 02/16/2012 9:38:15 AM PST by mardi59
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To: KansasGirl

I am more than disappointed to hear Christie has lowered the flag for other NJ “cultural icons.” Yikes!!!


10 posted on 02/16/2012 9:39:12 AM PST by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Can’t wait until they name the next ship the USS Whitney Houston.


11 posted on 02/16/2012 9:42:39 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2847262/posts?page=17#17


12 posted on 02/16/2012 9:53:06 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Old Sarge
USS Whitney Houston.

Nickname it the "Screamer"

Once the enemies ears start bleeding, it'd be a whole lot easier to kick their @ss

13 posted on 02/16/2012 9:53:41 AM PST by digger48
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To: Old Sarge

Gag.


14 posted on 02/16/2012 9:57:25 AM PST by Not The Other One
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To: Eyes Unclouded
“I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.”

She is absolutely correct

15 posted on 02/16/2012 10:02:38 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: digger48; Not The Other One

USS Whitney Houston would be a new class of ship: the self-destroyer.


16 posted on 02/16/2012 10:06:05 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

There’s no way around it for Christie. How can you honor a self-destructive celebrity over a fallen marine? One gave her life for an addiction, the other for his country. Is it not enough that high profile entertainers make millions, have huge fan clubs, have more “highs” (in every sense of the word) and receive more honors in a single month than the average person in a lifetime? Do we really have to start lowering our flags for them every time one of them dies now? Why not start erecting shrines for them too while we’re at it?

Ay yi yi.

At first Christie seemed like a breath of fresh air but this and other things have shown him to be a typical pandering politician who just happens to have a talent for witty retorts. What a disappointment he has turned out to be. But that can be said for most Republican politicians of late.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 10:18:02 AM PST by Humbug
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Christie’s action on this issue is disgusting, yet it is consistent with his RINOism.

This unpatriotic act and blatant insult to our fallen, just adds to understanding of why this large piece of lard has endorsed his RINO brother, Romney.

Whitney Houston was a wonderful singer and she had been a beautiful woman, but she was certainly not an American hero.

I loved her “voice”, just as I loved the voice of Elvis, and still do. They, like many others, were entertainers, very talented and gifted entertainers.....but that is all.

We live in a mad world, being lead by corrupt morons.


18 posted on 02/16/2012 10:20:06 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--itÂ’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

This is an abuse of power and degrades our flag.

Do we have a public memorial every time some pop star over doses just because we like their music?

Did we lower the flag when Michael Jackson died?

This bizarre decision destroys Christie’ credibility.

It is an insult to the men who sacrificed their lives to give us our freedom.

We really could be losing it. It could be over.


19 posted on 02/16/2012 10:20:32 AM PST by garjog
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To: Eyes Unclouded
But he said Houston’s substance abuse issues shouldn’t negate her achievements.

Here is the problem. In our upside down society there are no consequences. Sports star baddies are heroes, impeached Presidents get reelected, and children are in charge.

20 posted on 02/16/2012 10:22:48 AM PST by lula (Newt 2012! We need him now more than ever because the establishment is scared.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Christie is a conservative Republican.

Say what?!

21 posted on 02/16/2012 10:23:54 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

Christie is as given to ethnic pandering as most politicians are, as evidenced by his recent judicial nominations.

Hey ho, business as usual in the swamp.


22 posted on 02/16/2012 10:57:04 AM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood

To be fair, Christie would probably put the flags at half-mast if Bruce Springsteen died. But probably not if Springsteen had been a train wreck for years and died of a probable overdose.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 10:58:58 AM PST by heartwood
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To: rightwingextremist1776

“Calling him a left wing loon just doesn’t go far enough.....’’< How about ‘’fat-assed Lou Costello-look-alike f’ing RINO’’?


24 posted on 02/16/2012 11:04:31 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: paul51; All
“I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.”

She is absolutely correct

No, you are both wrong. The honor was given by Arizona where she and her son lived. Only last year, flags were half-staffed in NJ for a member of Bruce Springsteen's band. If she doesn't like how NJ does things, I say get the hell out like a sane person.

Her view reflects the dangerous liberal grand central government thought, that each state is interchangeable with any other and needs uniform laws, values and practices.

This ex-Zonie feels entitled to tell NJ how to do its business much like illegal immigrants feel entitled to tell Americans how to feel about the erosion of common language and cultural values.

25 posted on 02/16/2012 11:26:53 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has baggage too! Demand an inspection!)
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To: proud2beconservativeinNJ
I am more than disappointed to hear Christie has lowered the flag for other NJ “cultural icons.” Yikes!!!

It's not a practice I would follow but it's NJ. It didn't surprise me.

Since it is common practice there, the sudden moral outrage on this thread and from the Zonie-transplant mom illicits a bit of an eye-roll.

Evidently Whitney Houston has been earmarked as the latest "two minutes hate" among a shameful group of freepers. What happened to not speaking ill of the dead? What happened to having a morsel of respect? They're savages.

26 posted on 02/16/2012 11:40:19 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has baggage too! Demand an inspection!)
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To: garjog
Did we lower the flag when Michael Jackson died?

Actually, in some places like his hometown, they did.

Buffalo's mayor wanted to do it for NBC's Tim Russert but their law didn't allow it.

27 posted on 02/16/2012 11:48:03 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has baggage too! Demand an inspection!)
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To: jmacusa

I LIKE it! Spread the word!


28 posted on 02/16/2012 11:50:15 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Twitterism Truth:
29 posted on 02/16/2012 12:03:53 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

“Spread the word!!’’< Thanks, I have been.


30 posted on 02/16/2012 7:11:35 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Christie likely recognizes that a majority of Americans are celebrity infatuated entertainment addicts and he will gain good will with them for loudly honoring a widely known singer.


31 posted on 02/16/2012 9:17:56 PM PST by wrencher
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To: newzjunkey

BS. It’s has nothing to do with states rights. Let NJ fly it’s state flag half mast if they want


32 posted on 02/16/2012 10:58:14 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: mardi59

Maybe their another way to look at it like Jesus would...

Who is without SIN cast the first stone...

Today on all the Cable News Networks, people went to church as they heard about Jesus today...

No one said the woman is perfect or that she did not have her troubles and struggles we all do..

She loved the LORD... Yes Jesus loves her...GOD’s love and Mercy is far bigger than anyone’s Sin and Struggles....


33 posted on 02/18/2012 6:26:58 PM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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