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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Racism, Murder, and The Great Race
Series’ White Advance Man/Producer Jeff Rice, Murdered by Racist Black Ugandan Thugs; Production Assistant Remains in Coma
By Nicholas Stix


Murder victim Jeff Rice

"Amazing Race" Advance Man Dies After Being Poisoned in Uganda
Assistant hospitalized in a coma

9:10 a.m. PST, February 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- An advance man for "The Amazing Race" is dead, after he was allegedly poisoned in Uganda following a run-in with a gang of local thugs.

Jeff Rice was found dead in his hotel room.

He helped make arrangements with local officials for "Amazing Race" competitors in Africa.

Rice's production assistant remains hospitalized in a coma.

They were apparently poisoned after refusing to give up their belongings to the men.

Rice was a freelance producer. He's being remembered as a true adventurer and a wonderful father to his two children.

Maverick Entertainment is Rice's production company.

Rice and his assistant had worked on Season 20 of the show, which premiered on CBS on Sunday.

Rice had also worked on Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" and the South African version of "The Biggest Loser."

[Thanks to reader-researcher “W” for this story.]


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10:34 PM

Like Wearing Mismatched Socks? Since When Do Repeated Instances of Attempted Murder Count as “A Mistake,” for which One Should Escape All Punishment?
By Nicholas Stix

Original title: In Today’s Criminal Justice Zoo, You Can Commit First-Degree Murder While Escaping All Punishment, If You’re from the Right “Herd”
June 31, 2011
Nicholas Stix, Uncensored



African-American Family Values

Mshairi Alkebular, 16, has pleaded guilty to leading a gang beating of a 14-year-old boy, then personally stabbing the victim repeatedly in two separate attacks at the National Zoo on African-American Family Day. But Kevin Price, a “mentor” in the racially segregated, federally-funded [read: illegal] “Future Leaders” program believes that Alkebular just made a “mistake” and can learn from it, without paying any debt to society.

Alkebular “pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon.” I theory, he could do up to 20 years in prison, but he has been “ordered to undergo counseling” prior to sentencing, and if he refrains for that brief time from attempting to murder anyone, he will get sentenced to probation, i.e., he will get off scot-free. And as we have seen in countless previous cases of violent black felons of all ages, such as racist Jena, Louisiana attempted killer, Mychal Bell and Anthony Ferrell, who allegedly murdered Samuel Irick in Houston, if Alkebular violates his probation, he will again likely suffer no punishment.

The skirmish broke out inside the zoo, which filled with around 25,000 people for African-American family day. Authorities said a group led by Alkebular beat the victim, then the defendant stabbed him twice in the arm.

When the victim was leaving the zoo, he was again attacked by Alkebular, who stabbed the victim four times in the torso. The second attack made it tough for Alkebular to plead self-defense, his attorney said.

“There was a break in the fight and then a retaliation. It was the retaliation component that forced the plea,” said Rudasill.

The teens knew each other from their Southeast neighborhood, according to the attorney. Kevin Price, a mentor with the future leaders program, says the attacks are indicative of a broader problem. He argues that in the short term, better security is needed. Long term, he says children need to be steered away from violence while they’re young and everyone deserves a second chance.

“Everyone deserves a chance. That's just how life is. You mess up one time, you gotta learn from your mistakes,” Price said.

[“Teen charged in zoo stabbing pleads guilty,” by Ben Eisler, WJLA/ABC7, June 20, 2011.]

There are at least six things wrong with the above passage.

• There was no “skirmish”; there was a case of attempted murder.

• WJLA “reporter” Ben Eisler is either illiterate, or is trying to confuse the reader, by using different terms to describe the assailant, and create an illusion of moral equivalence, which he then underscores with an improper use of the term, “retaliation.” But since the report tells of Alkebular variously assaulting and attempting to murder the same victim three times at the Zoo, but no instance of the victim having attacked Alkebular, the term “retaliation” has no business in the article.

• This was no “mistake,” Part I; see #1. (A “mistake” is when you do something like put on mismatched socks.)

• This was no “mistake,” Part II: As a gang-banger, Mshairi Alkebular had likely already committed hundreds of crimes.

• “Better security” would entail intolerable expense and charges of “racial profiling”; besides, civilized people don't require “better security”; and

• Segregated black mentoring programs, besides being illegal, are a huge part of the problem. The people living off of such programs, which exist as a form of ongoing exortion meant to forestall more black race riots, always claim that the programs steer black youth away from violence, but my experience as a token white in just such a program, before they succeeded at ethnically cleansing all whites from them, is that they steer black kids to violence, and that they teach genocidal racism, in the bargain. When I was in the federally-funded Youth Justice Program, part of a “Community Action Program,” in the summer 1975 program, for which we were all paid stipends, the counselors gave us all Sam Greenlee’s unreadable novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which the CIA’s first black agent, “Freeman” (get it?) organizes black street gangs nationwide, whom he ultimately leads in a genocidal, black revolution. The counselors considered the James-Bond-in-blackface story to be not only great literature but a blueprint for action. (The counselors and teachers in the 1974 summer program were black nationalists, but they did not seek to inculcate in my black classmates support for genocidal black supremacy. The 1975 program was taken over in a coup by a black supremacist named Leroy Weathers. Such coupes long ago ceased being necessary in programs that purport to be steering young blacks away from violence.) The program heads also once invited a role model to give a talk. Convicted racist killer James Graydon, who had founded the local Long Beach program, spoke about the need “to throw some more Molotov cocktails.”

Note that the psychologist or social worker who “counsels” Mshairi Alkebular will almost certainly be yet another black “role model” who, far from steering him away from crime, will be sympathetic to his criminal ways. (Most psychological counseling today is done by people with social work degrees.) The National Association of Black Social Workers’ favorite contemporary “thinker” is genocidal black supremacist Washington, D.C., psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, who maintains that blacks must annihilate all whites out of self-defense.

When violent black criminals commit vicious crimes against other blacks and suffer token punishment or, as is likely in Mshairi Alkebular’s case, none, leftist whites and black supremacists later rage that blacks get stiffer punishment for crimes against whites than for crimes against blacks. Well, yes. If you fight against blacks getting any punishment for crimes against other blacks, then that will be exactly the result you sought, and you should be happy, not angry. Then again, the activists know exactly what they are up to. They ultimately seek to eliminate all punishment for black criminals, whom they seek to transform into an army of racial genocide, just as did the counselors in the 1975 summer Youth Justice Program.

You’re probably wondering why my title referred not to Mshairi Alkebular’s crime of attempted murder, but to murder. Originally, my title did say “attempted murder,” but then I remembered the case of Barry Crawford, who was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Steven Hardin, yet who received only probation.

Crawford had the misfortune to be born black, while Hardin was a privileged white male.

(See my report, “In Harris County, Texas, Over 100 Killers Convicted of Murder Have Received Only Probation; ‘Tough,’ Proposed Texas Law Will Have No Effect.”)

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC.]

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7:49 PM

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Saturday Night in Chicago: 8 Shot, 2 Dead, in 7.3 Hours, as Crime Continues Its Merciless Slide
By Nicholas Stix

Crime Scenes

3400 N Monticello Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA

1400 E 67th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
1675 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
2200 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
5200 W Quincy St, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
1500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60623, USA

One dead, one hurt in shooting outside North Side club
By Peter Nickeas
Chicago Tribune
9:03 a.m. CST, February 19, 2012

One person was killed and another critically wounded in a shootout outside a North Side nightclub early this morning, one of a group of overnight shootings in Chicago that left two people dead and six wounded.

The shooting outside the Krush nightclub, 1675 N. Elston Ave., happened about 3:00 a.m., police said. It's not clear what prompted the shooting, though police are investigating whether it may have followed a dispute inside the club.

A 25-year-old man was sitting in the driver seat of a car with one or two other people when someone walked up and started shooting, authorities said. He was identified at [sic] Asif Memon of the 4800 block of North Winthrop Avenue, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. Memon was pronounced dead at 3:28 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, he said.

A second person was shot five times, authorities said, but it's not known if he was in the car or standing nearby. His age wasn't available but he's in critical condition at Illinois Masonic.

Another man in the car when the shooting started got out and chased the shooter toward the intersection of Elston Avenue and Wabansia Avenue, where the two exchanged gunfire, police said. Neither was hit in the gunfire, and they both fled the scene.

No one answered on the club's telephone number.

Saturday night, a 17-year-old boy died after being shot about 8 p.m. on the 3400 block of Monticello Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood.Police responded to a shots fired call on Monticello and learned the boy had been dropped off at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, where he died, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

A dark-colored car left after leaving the boy at the hospital, police said.

Additional circumstances surrounding that shooting weren't available. The victim lived two blocks from the shooting.

About 3:20 a.m. this morning, a man was shot on the 2200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood. His age and condition weren't immediately available, police said. He was shot in the thumb and taken to an unidentified area hospital.

One man, 27, was shot in the North Lawndale neighborhood about 2 a.m. while he was standing on the street in the 1500 block of South Pulaski Road, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. It’s unclear what prompted the shooting.

About 10 minutes before that, a 24-year-old man was sitting on steps on the 5200 block of West Quincy Street in the South Austin neighborhood when someone inside a light-colored passing sedan opened fire, police said. The man was shot in the neck and taken to Mount Sinai hospital in serious condition.

Two others were shot about 10 p.m. Saturday night on the 1400 block of East 67th Street, on the south end of the Woodlawn neighborhood. Police said someone wearing a ski mask was waiting outside a store and opened fire when the two emerged from inside.

A 21-year-old man, shot in the right side and right leg, is in serious condition, and a second man, 33, was shot in both thighs and is in stable condition. Both are at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The two weren't robbed, police said.

Calumet, Harrison and Grand Central area detectives are investigating the shootings, and don't have anybody in custody.
Twitter: @peternickeas

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this catch.

From WEJB/NSU’s Chicago Files:

“Illinois Sentencing Guideline for Robbery + Assault + Attempted Murder by a Black on a White: One Year;

“Chicago: 21-Year-Old Shoots 84-Year-Old for ‘Disrespecting’ Him (with a Surprise Ending!)”;

“Chicago is Enriched by ‘Jaliscan’ (or is It ‘Arizonan’?) and ‘African’ Diversity”;

“Shooting at Whitey: Running the Gauntlet in Chicago Public Transportation”;

“Amish Gone Wild: Chicago Police Brace for ‘Flash Mob’ Attacks”;

“Walter Williams: America's new racists”;

“Chicago: Fifty-Strong, Black Robbery Mob Hits Walgreens on the Magnificent Mile”;

“The Great Chicago Memorial Day Gang Attack Cover-Up”;

“Convicted Murderer to Chicago Tribune’s Dawn Turner Trice: ‘I’m Not a Murderer’”;

“One Act of Memorial Day Weekend Violence That Neither the Chicago Police Department Nor the New York Times Tried to Cover Up”;

“Cognitive Dissonance in Chicago: Last Weekend, 20 People were Shot and 5 Killed of All Ages and in All Situations, Yet Crime is Dropping Like a Rock!”;

Chicago Tribune Editor to Readers: It’s None of Your Damned Business, Who’s Racially Targeting Whites and Asians for All of These Ceaseless, Brutally Violent Crimes!”;

“Speaking Truth to Black Power in Chicago”;

“Edward Vincent Hanrahan (1921-2009): He Helped Kill Fred Hampton”;

“Air Conditioner Attacks Chicago Sister, Causing a Brother’s Murder”;

“Lynch Mob of Seven Blacks Rob, and Try to Stomp to Death Raceless 18-Year-Old in Chicago’s Chinatown”;

“DADT/Due Diligence, Diversity-Style: For Years, Illinois State Program Did No Background Checks, and Paid Black Convicted Rapists to be Baby-Sitters”;

“The Black Wall of Silence: Harvey, IL, Police Department Conspired for at Least 14 Years to Protect Black Rapists; County Prosecutor’s Office Had to Raid Local PD, in Order to Rescue Stashed Rape Kits”;

“Video: In Racist Attack in Chicago, Two Huge, Fat, Black Sisters, 17 and 18, Jump Skinny Spanish Girl, 14, in Bio Class, Beat Her for 6-7 Minutes, Leaving Her with a Concussion and Internal Injuries; Frightened, Helpless,White Teacher Does Nothing”;

“12 Shot in 11.5 Hours, as Violent Crime Continues to Plummet in Chicago”;

“In Chicago: Happy Birthday … You’re Dead!”;

“7 Dead, 3 Injured Out of Ecuadorean Extended Family in Minivan; Van Hit Deer, was Hit by Semi; No One Wore Seatbelts”;

“The Kelli O'Laughlin Slaying: The Crazy Card, Again”;

“Media Alchemy: Sun-Times, Fox News Staffers Transform a Robbery into “a Fight over a Cell Phone”;

“Federal Judges Thwart Justice, on Behalf of Cop-Killers… Again”;

Chicago Tribune Breaks with Policy, and Racially IDs Perps in Home Invasion!”;

“The Gouger II: Exulam I. Holman Allegedly Gouged Out Uncle’s Eyes Over TV Remote”;

“Chicago Cops Release Photos of Negro Execution-Killers Celebrating Christmas”;

“Here’s a Mass Murder That Not Only the Nat'l MSM, but Even the Local Chicago Tribune Doesn’t Want Known: Cedric Anderson Murdered 4 Yesterday”;

“Chicago: Spree-Killer Dante Simmons Murders Troy Cameron, 22, Anton Sanders, 15, Shoots Up Chicago Walgreen’s, City Bus, Then Does Taxpayers a Favor”;

“Chicago: Rogers Park Gang Hit at Traffic Light Claims Lives of Dion Miller and Jonathan Bell; Killings Follow Pair the Previous Night.”;

“Six Shot Saturday Night on Chicago’s South Side; One Dead, as Crime Continues to Drop!”;

“Chicago: Murders Exploded in January, While Overall Crime Died”;

“Rub-Out by Hispanic Gang in Chicago Suburb of North Lake Claims James Romero, 18.”]

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3:53 AM

“They Raisin’ Monsters Out Here!” In Detroit, Washington’s Birthday AK-47 Gang Shooting Claims Life of 9-Month-Old Delric Miller IV; Neighbors are Experts at Identifying Weapons by Sound of Gunfire; Chief Godbee: “Street Code”=No Help in Solving Crime

Murder victim Delric Miller IV


He was a baby. He didn’t ask to be here. And he damn sure didn’t ask to be took like that! That’s bald! They raisin’ monsters out here.

Delric’s grandmother, Cynthia Wilkins


An AK-47: Detroiters say, “Don’t leave home without it”



Delric’s mother, Diamond Salter, speaking to reporters

Fatal Detroit shooting of baby gang-related, police say
Shooting leaves baby dead: Family members and Detroit police condemn the attack on a West side home
By Laura Phelps, George Hunter and Steve Pardo
The Detroit News
February 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Detroit — Diamond Salter said she was asleep in her west-side home early Monday morning when shots rang out. As her son, Delric Miller IV, dozed nearby on a living room couch, bullets pierced windows and walls, striking the 9-month-old.

"I grabbed my baby and wrapped him up in a blanket … and ran in the basement," said Salter, 19, who also has a one-year-old daughter who was staying with a relative. "I thought he was asleep because that's how I left him. I thought he was alive … I started feeling for him, and he wouldn't wake up."

Someone fired 37 rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle at about 4:30 a.m. into the home in the 8400 block of Greenview Avenue, near Tireman. Police Chief Ralph Godbee said the shooting was gang-related.

Godbee said police have details about the shooting he didn't want to release to the public, but that investigators have a handle on what happened.

"We know who they are," Godbee said. "This was not a random incident."

Salter said there were eight people in the house, including three children, when the shooting took place. She called the incident "senseless" and said she doesn't know why someone opened fire on their home. [She's lying. She knows full well that gang members live in the home, at least one of whom was the intended victim. "Senseless" is a fig-leaf for the particulars of a murder.]

Salter added that she's no stranger to violence; she was inside her home at a different location years ago when a similar crime occurred: Someone started shooting at the house, and her sister, who was also inside, was killed. [That makes two gang killings that have taken members of her family, making her an expert on the sense behind "senseless" killings.]

"I got to be strong, because I still have a daughter to live for," Salter said.

The boy's maternal grandmother, Cynthia Wilkins, 39, added: "They killed a precious baby."

Delric was rushed to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival following the shooting.

Police believe that shots could have been fired from a van after a witness reported that a light-colored van sped away from the scene.

"It's an act of God that more people weren't killed," Godbee said.

[This passage was in the original version of the this story, but has since been deleted: "I believe that we as a community have to come together to stop this senseless violence," Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens said. "It's going to take everyone in this community to say enough is enough."]

A pink and purple motorized cart sits in front of the home and shattered glass glittered on the front porch Monday morning.

Neighbors said there were usually 10 to 15 people living in the home over the past year, including three to four children.

The boy's father, Delric Miller III, was not at the home when the shooting began. He arrived early Monday afternoon and stayed for approximately 20 minutes. He said his son loved to play with his toy hammer.

The last gift Miller gave his son was a multicolored teething ring for Christmas, he said.

When Miller left the home Monday afternoon he said, "I need some time for myself."

Neighbor Diane Fryst, 67, was coming out of the bathroom when she heard the shots.

Fryst said she was worried about ricochets, so she immediately laid down on top of her two rescue collie dogs to shield them from harm. [N.S.: She loves her dogs so much, she’d die for them!]

"The shooting didn't last more than a few minutes," said Fryst, who has lived in her home (formerly owned by her parents) for 66 years. [It may have seemed like minutes, but probably lasted under 10 seconds. Shot in bursts, an AK-47 burns through 400 rounds per minute. Had the attack lasted “a few minutes,” the weapon would have burned through over 1,000 rounds.]

"It sounded like an AK-47 because of the 'pop, pop, pop' sound that it made. I've heard shots around here before so you get to recognize the sound."

According to Fryst almost a dozen people, including four to five children, lived in the home where the shooting occurred.

"I've never seen any trouble over there before, no violence," Fryst said.

This is the second killing of a youngster in Detroit within the last three weeks.

Twelve-year-old Kadejah Davis was shot to death on Jan. 31 when a gunman fired through the front door of the home in which she was living with her mother.

Police arrested Joshua Brown, 19, and his mother, Heather Brown, in the incident.

According to police, Joshua Brown came to the home of Kadejah's mother, Amanda Talton, on Ferguson Street and demanded the return of a cellphone Talton had found earlier at her tax preparer's office.

Police said he fired shots through the door after Talton told him she didn't have the phone and closed the door.

Brown has been charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm. His mother, Heather, has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Godbee has recently unveiled initiatives aimed at stemming the violence. Earlier this month, he moved his department to a "virtual precincts" model, in which officers who manned the city's police precincts were reassigned to patrol.

Last week, Godbee rolled out an 18-month trial run of the "broken window" model of community policing, in which officers will focus on non-violent offenses like broken taillights or loitering, in hopes of stopping more serious crimes before they happen.

Anyone with information about Monday's shooting is asked to call the Detroit police's homicide section at (313) 596-2260.
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[Thanks to reader-researcher RC, who asks,

How would some old lady know the sound of an AK-47 firing?

Is it because the sound is ubiquitous in the 'hood?

And how can you even begin to lampoon the sergeant (Eren Stephens)?

From WEJB/NSU’s Detroit File:

“Detroit’s Gangster Mayor Reportedly to Accept Plea Today: Kilpatrick Era Over … for Now”;

“White Detroit News Columnist (Almost) Tells the Truth about Former Motor City’s Decline!”

“Justice, Detroit-Style: Is Black Judge Vanessa Bradley a Racist? Do Cows Fart?”;

“Detroit: No-Name Clearances of No-Name Murders”;

“Detroit’s Convicted “Hip-Hop Mayor,” Kwame Kilpatrick, is Livin’ Large While Pleading Poverty”;

“(Kwame) Kilpatrick Enterprise” in Detroit: Most Corrupt Municipal Administration Anyone Had Ever Seen”;

“Carlita Kilpatrick, Wife of Convicted Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Fights Paying One Dime of the $1 Million Restitution He Agreed to, as Part of His Plea-Bargain”;

“Feds Declare War on Detroit’s Gangster Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, Charge Him with Everything but the Murder of Tamara Greene”;

“Detroit: New Crime Stats Fail Smell Test; How Could Crime Go Down 7% Overall Last Quarter, While Homicides Went Up 31%?”;

“Are White Gangs Making It Impossible to Drive City Buses in Detroit? Inquiring Minds Want to Know”;

“Detroit: Buses are So Dangerous and Unreliable That Disabled Mom of 6 Traded Her House for a Minivan”;

“Detroit: Three Men in Their 20s Allegedly Kidnapped and Gang-Raped Girl, 13, for at Least Three Days”;

“Mysterious, Anonymous Detroit News Story About Arrest of Triple Shooting Suspect, Nasir Banks”;

“Happy New Year, Detroit-Style: Club Manager was Killed, Trying to Break Up a Fight; FREEP Writer Knows Facts, but Refuses to Report Them”;

“Detroit: Serial Killer is Murdering Prostitutes Who Advertised Online in Pairs, and Stuffing Them in Car Trunks”;

“Blackberry: Detroit’s Murder Bar—Demesha Hunt, Renisha Landers, and Now, Claudia Benson Last Seen Alive There”;

“Detroit: Family of Murder Defendant Jacob Wells, Threatens to Murder Family of Murder Victim, Claudia Benson—on Camera!”;

“Detroit: Murder Up 12%, but ‘Serious’ Crime is Down; Broken Windows Policing is on the Way”;

The Onion: Detroit Has One of America’s Top 10 Downtowns”;

“In Detroit, to Find the Biggest Crooks, Look to the Highest Offices: Judge Carlos Powell Charged with Being City’s Drug Kingpin”; and

“Detroit’s Ex-(and Future?) Felon Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, is Living Large in Texas, with No Visible Income (but with a Secret Loan), Has Committed Tax Evasion, is Not Paying Back His Court-Ordered Restitution, and is being Represented on the (White) Taxpayer’s Dime (and Trying to Forget Tamara Greene!)”]

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1:55 AM

Monday, February 20, 2012

Eric T. Burri vs. Whitney Houston: Which One was a Bona Fide American Hero? And You Will be Tested!


Army Specialist Eric T. Burri died June 7, 2005 while on active duty in Iraq


A flag at half-mast in Newark, NJ, as per the order of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, February 18, 2012


Did Whitney Houston die for her country?


Johnny Cash: That Ragged Old Flag


February 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Dad of fallen Michigan soldier burns N.J. flag to protest Houston tribute
By Steve Pardo
The Detroit News

Wyoming, Mich. - A Michigan man whose son was killed while on patrol in Iraq in 2005 burned the New Jersey flag on his outdoor grill in protest after learning flags in that state were ordered flown at half-staff for the death of Whitney Houston.

John Burri said lowering of flags should be for those who have given their lives for their country.

"It was a slap in the face. It cheapens the meaning of lowering that flag," said Burri, 60. "They're watering down the meaning of a hero."

Burri traveled to Flags Unlimited in nearby Grand Rapids and bought a New Jersey flag - just so he could burn it.

"It was $12.95 and it was the best money I ever spent," he said.

He purposely slammed it in his trunk and drove it home but at first passing through a veteran's memorial park in Wyoming where there's a brick with his son's name on it, in his honor.

"I didn't do this to offend the people of New Jersey," he said. "If I did and you're offended, I'm sorry. But I did this because it was wrong and it was to show the governor (of New Jersey) how wrong this was."

His son, Army Specialist Eric T. Burri, died June 7, 2005 while on active duty in Iraq. Burri, 21 of Wyoming, just south of Grand Rapids was killed when an improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in Baghdad. Gov. Jennifer Granholm ordered flags to be lowered on June 15, 2005 for one day in honor of his service.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was criticized for his decision to order flags to be flown at half-staff. In published reports on Wednesday, he defended his decision. Christie said Houston was a "cultural icon" who was as source of pride to New Jersey residents.

Granholm absorbed criticism of her own in 2003 after she decreed that flags be lowered for every Michigan soldier killed in the line of duty. Defenders of the U.S. Flag Code said she went too far. The national flag code, adopted in 1942, says the flag shall be flown at half staff by order of the president " … upon the death of principal figures of the United States government and the governor of a state, territory or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.

At the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website The flag should be flown at half-staff when directed by the president or the governor.

President George W. Bush in 2007 signed into a law a bill named after a Michigan soldier killed in Iraq that requires federal facilities to observe a governor's decree for flags to be flown at half staff to honor slain soldiers.

The bill was named after Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks, a 22-year-old Rapid River man killed July 8, 2006 in Ar Ramadi after an explosive device went off near his vehicle during combat operations.

Then-U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, said he learned of "uneven respect" in areas of the state when it came to lowering flags by a governor decree. The legislation would "ensure consistency in how we honor fallen heroes," Stupak said in 2007.
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[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.

Previously, on Whitney Houston, at WEJB/NSU:

“Whitney Houston Dead at 48: Racist Singer Found Submerged in Beverly Hills Hilton Bathtub Saturday; She Struggled for Years with Drug Addiction; Cause of Death Pending”;

“Thou Shalt Not Blaspheme the Diva: Fox Tampa Bay Facebook Censor Deletes Less than Worshipful Memory of Whitney Houston”;

“Hosts of KFI’s John & Ken Show Suspended for Telling the Truth about Whitney Houston; Reconquistas Demand Termination; Prosecution to Follow?”

“Whitney Houston Singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl (1991): Did She Set the Standard?”; and

“Whitney Houston’s Family Refuses to Invite Her Ex, Bobby Brown to Her Funeral Service, Then Invites Him, but (Says Brown) Harasses Him, Until He Walks Out.”]


A Different Johnny Cash Performance: 1990, at Star Spangled Branson

Thanks to Hippekuln!

By Nicholas Stix


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