John Burri was not happy with half-staff Whitney Houston tribute. How could he be when half-staffs aren’t done for soldiers killed in Iraq action?
‘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.
‘While the move might spark patriotic furor, it isn’t illegal…’
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Woman Attacks Drive-Thru with Car
Jennifer Lynn Betterly wasn’t pleased with the speed at a KFC/Taco Bell
‘Jennifer Lynn Betterly was angry at how long the woman in front of her was taking to order food in the drive-through lane Saturday evening.
‘So after screaming at her, police said, Betterly repeatedly rammed her Ford Focus into the woman’s car, then drove off…’
Youngest Case of Gender Identity Disorder
‘With his blonde pigtails and purple tutu, Zach Avery, now five, has been living as a girl for more than a year – after he first refused to live as a boy when he turned three.
‘Little Zach was just three when he began refusing to live as a boy, instead choosing to wear pink dresses and ribbons in his long, blonde hair – because he has Gender Identity Disorder (GID).
‘And the primary school he attends in Essex has even changed the kids’ toilets to gender-neutral Unisex in support of Zach since his official diagnosis last year, aged four.
‘Zach is one of the youngest in Britain ever to be diagnosed with GID – meaning he feels like he’s a girl trapped in a boy’s body…’