American Flag an Eyesore Around Richmond

By Yul

When Virginia makes national news, it’s usually over something embarrassingly stupid, and the current flagpole stink is no exception.

If you missed it, we have this 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient named Colonel Barfoot who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He flies the American flag from a flagpole in his front yard. But his subdivision, Sussex Square, has a no-flagpole rule.

Apparently, they deem flagpoles unsightly, offensive destroyers of property values. Looking at Barfoot’s house, all they see is that filthy flagpole with its garish stars-and-stripey rag flapping at the top. The sight burns their eyes and makes them want to vomit.

I’m betting a lot of people there keep monstrous SUVs sitting in their driveways that could be mistaken for their houses when parked near the mailbox. But that’s OK.

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch (which supports Barfoot) used ink it usually devotes to complaints about Garrison Keillor to run letters from Illinois, Maryland, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas, all supporting Colonel Barfoot. Virginia’s governor, Tim Kaine, thinks the controversy is “ridiculous.” Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has said he thinks it’s “silly” that a veteran of 3 wars can’t have a flagpole.

The 2 local letters the RTD chose to print both said (and I paraphrase): Screw Barfoot. We don’t care how many times he risked his life to defend the country. Rules are rules and he should obey.

Since the Civil War, some Virginians seem to think it’s their duty to always fight on the wrong side.

Cats Working applauds Colonel Barfoot’s cat-like refusal to conform. We hope he sticks to his guns.

And here’s a little something for Sussex Square to show them how to herd cats:

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6 Responses to American Flag an Eyesore Around Richmond

  1. Bob says:

    Give the man his due, if nothing else a veteran of 3 wars should be granted an exemption.
    Anyone that feels he has not earned the right to fly his colours proudly, given his service, should report directly to the nearest recruiting office…

    And that’s coming from a Canadian

  2. Adele says:

    Yul, thanks for showing the cat herding ad. I loved it the first time I saw it, and I played it twice today. I’m really pretty surprised that with Virginia’s reddish hue, any subdivision would be averse to a decorated veteran flying the flag. I can see where flag-burning would be a problem, but flag flying?

  3. Zappa says:

    Hi Yul!
    Perhaps a great,big,patriotic SUV painted red,white and blue sitting in his driveway?

    Zappa

  4. catsworking says:

    Zappa, if Barfoot had a big red, white, and blue SUV sitting in his driveway, they probably couldn’t have touched him.

    John, your petition has been signed, and we hope anyone else who reads this will follow the link and sign as well.

    Bob, Col. Barfoot is 90 years old and one of only 92 remaining Medal of Honor recipients, according to one of the letters I read this morning. You’d think the homeowners’ association time would be better spent going after an actual deadbeat.

    And for the record, the American flag has flown every day since September 11 on the front of our house here at Cats Working. As the flag has worn out, Karen has seen that it was properly disposed of by veterans’ groups. And this last one she bought was accidentally too big and it hits her in the face every time she walks out the door, but we never hear her complaining.

  5. catsworking says:

    Thanks, Adele. It was a stunning technical achievement and a first for us to get the video actually inside the post.

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