Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – 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.”

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One Comment

  1. Amanda says:

    It is a slap in the face to every military member and their family to lower the flag for Whitney. She does not deserve it and it should not be allowed!!!!

    1. JoanG says:

      As a military retiree I agree with you Amanda. Since when do we honor drug addicts??? I don’t care how great a singer she was. She only contributed to the moral decay of this country. I’m disgusted with Gov Christie’s decision. Every military person should be up in arms. How low will America fall in decency?

      1. lauraz_bush says:

        >> > It’s one thing to criticize civilians who don’t support a bogus mission (I’m one of ‘em); but it’s not even rational to criticize a flag-tribute to any American, particularly one who was an entrepreneur not dependent on any kind of entitlement.

        Wall Street is at the bottom of all this demagoguery in the name of profit and power.
        I hope everyone is as patriotic when “they come to scapegoat you or worse”.

      2. Jim in Houston says:

        As a fellow military retiree, I agree 100%. Laurz is an idiot.

      3. philip says:

        lauraz, you need to stop hitting the bong when you post. in fact, you need to just stop it all together. clearly your thought processs have been inhibited by your excessive indulgences.

      4. ramsey623 says:

        I am a vet half flag was never meant for sports stars actors singers poets etc.. WEneed to remeber what it is for.

    2. ROCKROCK says:

      SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Dave Smith says:

      Completely agreed with you. Whitney was drug addict, thus, she does not deserve lowered flag of NJ. Whitney is NOT a heroine. DON’T lower flag for Whitney. She does not set good example in life for our children, our youth.

    4. Mike says:

      There is a strict protocol for the American flag. It is only lowered for presidents and some others like V.P., secretary of state, etc. State flag protocols have different criteria and usually are not as strict.

    5. SOKOYAH says:


  2. Texas Aggie says:

    Where do we draw the line? If this keeps up, pretty soon the passing of an American president will be lowered (pun not intended) to the same level as that of some half-baked celebrity. It cheapens all of us. The NJ governor is an idiot!

    1. Larry says:

      Gov Christie is way out of line on this……

    2. azdoug says:

      NJ governor is not an idiot but this was not thought out completely.
      Whitney had a great great voice but she had a drug problem and it killed her, just like other Hollywood stars. We should be sad that they died but not honor a drug addict.
      I never served in the military but my dad was a career USAF and he was in 3 wars. We moved at least every 2 years to some places that were not so nice. The military deserves the highest respect an American can give them.

      1. snapshot says:

        I don’t really think the intent here is to honor a drug addict. It is to recognize a great singer. Yes, Whitney goofed up the later part of her career/life with the drug habit. But we don’t recognize people for their bad choices when a death occurred. We honor them for the good things they did. If we just focused on the bad then none of us should have a flag raised on our behalf–not even soldiers. Romans 3:23 in the Bible says we have all sinned–we’ve all done bad things. I am reminded that the flag is not only for the ones who have fallen on the battlefield but also for those that shown brightly, that lifted America up.

      2. JoanG says:

        Since when do we use our flag to honor celebrities???

      3. Reason 8200 says:

        Snapshot…..She has been doing drugs for 15 years, she was 48. What do you mean later part of life. You look at someones entire life not just the parts you like. Traditionally that is what history does. The Flag being lowered should only be given to those that are the best of us, not a drug addict.

    3. Dennis says:

      anything for votes

    4. Alfred H Dunn says:

      Not only is he an idiot, he is a loose cannon. His statement that it is HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER only means the hell with tradition and the rest of us. His action is an insult to all men and women who have served our country and especially to those families who have lost loved ones. I feel that I MUST say something.. I received the Bronze Star with “V” for valor during combat in Vietnam. I came home alive. Many of my comrades did not make it back and it is for them that this honor should be reserved.

  3. NiteNurse says:

    If New Jersey wants to lower the flag for someone they loved then it’s their call. Do you want to draw up a law now to say when the flag should be lowered or not? Let the people of NJ do what they want. I’m sure Tennesse lowered the flag for Elvis when he died.

    1. tony says:

      totally agree

      1. Donald says:

        If NJ wants to honor Whitney then lower the state flag…lowering the American flag shouold be reserved for those who put thier life on the line in the name of freedom

    2. Chele says:

      Elvis at least served in the military!

      1. Rowdy Boots says:


      2. Kevin Wixom says:

        Elvis was drafted like ALL males between between 18 and 29. Bring back the draft and stop this silly “I’m more of a patriot than you are” BS.

      3. pgd says:

        So what? According to the logic of most of the poster here–who really need to get a life–none of that should matter if he was also a drug addict!

    3. MoodyBlue says:

      No, Tennessee did not lower the flag when Elvis died…even as loved as he was our society didn’t totally worship celebrities yet in 1977…I totally agree with this mom…and think Christie is an idiot for opening this can of worms…

      1. BlueJays says:


        You’re right. What Christie is doing is cheapening the whole meaning of lowering the flag. And Christie is not a conservative (no matter what Ann Coulter says; and I’m a big fan of hers). Houston was a drug addict, plain and simple. Our military are heroes, plain and simple.

      2. David K. says:

        BlueJays: What about drug addicts in the military?

      3. Raswall says:

        According to Christie ,he did it for Clarence ,,,,that was first bad call and now this.It should be reserved for military personnell.Heck next they ll start burying artist at Arlington ?

      4. Seahawks says:

        Read history,
        The flags were lower in two states for Elvis.
        President Nixon even ask fellow Americans to lower their flags in honor.
        He died of a drug overdose and was an addict.
        Yet, his contributions were honor with no disrespect to fallen soldiers.
        If no one complain back then about Elvis, why complain about Whitney.
        As for Elvis military career which was only two yrs. did he participate
        In any action. I sure his singing did keep the troops inspired

    4. Special K says:

      Elvis was from Mississippi.

      1. Realist says:

        He was born in Mississipi, but he died in Memphis at Graceland.

      2. sifi says:

        Elvis Presley was born in Mississippi. He was thirteen when his family moved from Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. So, I would say he was from Tennessee. Graceland makes that statement also.

      3. Fat GOV says:

        and you do it with your sister

      4. Dennis says:

        but Christie lowered the national flag, not the state flag

        it may have been more appropriate to lower the state flag

        but even so, she ended up NOT BEING A ROLE MODEL
        just like the last 20 years of her lie
        and that does not deserve any positive recognition

    5. kykop155 says:

      one big difference about elvis and whitney nite nurse,he served his country in the army,she didn’;s not the people of nj,it’s one man who is doing this.

    6. Jammer says:

      Have them lower the State flag…..If NJ wants to honor “crack-headed” dregs then let them dip their flag and let the rest of the nation see how stupid they are.

      1. marlene klim says:

        This is true. It just denigrates the state of NJ. NJ probably has more crackheads per thousand population than most states. You’ve got Newark, the Oranges, Trenton, Camden, Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Paterson, Neptune., Asbury Park, and other pockets of poverty. Those populations more than likely are over half the state. That’s what being a liberal state leads to.

      2. mike says:

        let’s just put aside the whole drug addict thing. So why should she be given the honor of a lowered flag? That’s right… making political points with her brain dead fans.

    7. Dale Johnson says:
      “Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag. It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference which was attended by representatives of the Army and Navy which had evolved their own procedures, and some 66 other national groups. This purpose of providing guidance based on the Army and Navy procedures relating to display and associated questions about the U. S. Flag was adopted by all organizations in attendance.
      A few minor changes were made a year later during the Flag Day 1924 Conference, It was not until June 22, 1942 that Congress passed a joint resolution which was amended on December 22, 1942 to become Public Law 829; Chapter 806, 77th Congress, 2nd session. Exact rules for use and display of the flag (36 U.S.C. 173-178) as well as associated sections (36 U.S.C. 171) Conduct during Playing of the National Anthem, (36 U.S.C. 172) the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and Manner of Delivery were included.
      This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag law.
      The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possesion, as a mark of respect to their memory.
      GOOD-FAITH MISUNDERSTANDINGS: Although the code is actually pretty clear, confusion continues to occur. For example, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recently ordered the American Flag flown at half-staff on all U.S. Department of Justice buildings, in honor of several DEA agents who had died. While NFF understands this gesture, the Flag Code does not give Attorney General Reno the authority to issue that order. Closer to NFF’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, Mayor Tom Murphy ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of a plane crash. Here again, a well-intentioned gesture, but one for which no authority exists.”

      Please note that in 1923, when the National Flag Code was created, representatives of the military were part of the process, but did not create a provision for the flag to be flown at half-staff for fallen military, or any other fallen government employees.
      It was these rules that were attempting “to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute, and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff” that we now have with the flag being flown at half-staff for pop-stars or band members.

    8. Casper says:

      No law is necessary. I reserve the right to comment on people’s crassness, however.

    9. FMF Doc says:

      There is a law: It’s known at Title 4 of the US Code. She does not meet the requirements of that honor, and as stated previously, the NJ state flag can be lowered, but not the National Ensign.

      -HM2, USN
      Color Guard

    10. lbjusmc says:

      Get your facts straight – this is a decision made by one person- The Governor – and not the people of New Jersey.

    11. RB says:

      I don’t beleive Gov Christy asked the people of NJ?

    12. Marco says:

      The people of New Jersey didn’t decide this, Governor Christie did. I dodn’t believe the people of New Jersey would have made this decision.

    13. John Chalus says:

      The people of NJ have nothing to do with this absurd idea. It is our governor who made the decision to honor a overpaid, drug addicted celeb. She took her own life. She is no hero. We New Jersey residents who care will lower our heads in shame over this.

    14. jar3804 says:

      do not agree at all….it should only be whitney’s city flag or wherever she grew up in new jersey or their state flag…i’m a veteran and this honor should only be reserved for vets and those who served our country…no American flag should be lowered for a celebrity….

      1. USN vet says:

        I will vote for not eligable,also I didnt, see hewr on a USAO tour while we were laying ain arice paddy or fighttying in the middle east.. proabley running with hANIO jANE some where smoking a joint or shooting a line.

    15. TXSwede says:

      Agree w NiteNurse

    16. geoff says:

      Well then following your logic, they should lower their state flag, rather than the Stars and Stripes…right? Since it is a state issue and all.

    17. Brad says:

      Per United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, subsection 175, para m the Governor

    18. Brad says:

      Per United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, subsection 175, para m the Governor does not have the authority to order the flags flown at half staff.

    19. AngryMarine says:

      Elvis was at least in the Army at one point.

      1. De'Arion says:

        Do you remember how he dided?

    20. Reason 8200 says:

      The people of NJ didnt do anything, Gov. Christie did.

    21. Let it Go says:

      I agree NiteNurse!!

      I understand honoring our service men and women. My dad and his two brothers fought in Vietnam, my sister was in the USAF and several other members of my family are/were in the service. We should hold them all in the highest honor. However, this is crazy to be throwing a fit because NJ has chosen to lower their flags.

      As far as her addiciton, don’t pass judgement on someone until you have been there. Addiction is a disease that stays with you for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, people that have never been touched by it have no idea and are ignorant (due to zero knowledge of the disease).

      1. De'Arion says:

        I agree with you and NiteNurse.
        Please remember that Whitney Houston is someone’s daughter and mother and the harse name calling is unwarrented.

    22. George, Dallas, TX says:

      No, actually, they did NOT.

    23. darth says:

      You are a nut case, at least Elvis served our country.

    24. ramsey623 says:

      No they did not I was around to remember if they did

  4. Proud parent of a soldier says:

    I agree this is a disgrace to lower the flag for an “entertainer.” She contributed to the music world and entertained us, but she didn’t contribute to this country as many do as first responders, or military. Also the example she presented in her show, really! you want to acknowledge that as an example of a good role model. If he wants to lower the state flag go ahead, but the flag of the United States, I disagree.

    1. Rowdy Boots says:

      It is not just because she is an entertainer–I would not have a problem if they lowered the flag for BOBE HOPE who contributed many years to our troops in time, money and patriotism. He served in his own way.

      Whitney Houston, RIP, was part of the Lib Establishment, Hollywood–they hate the military and bad mouth it any chance they get.

      that is more to the point

      1. wootdude says:

        Get a clue, Powty Pants.

      2. Get Real says:

        @wootdude–you get a clue. Ever hear of Martha Raye? She entertained troops with the USO in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. She was made an honorary Marine. Special consideration was made to allow her to be buried in Arlington Cemetary because of all she did for our troops. She was buried at Ft Bragg, NC according to her wishes. The flag wasn’t lowered for her. Now, please tell me why Whitney deserves this honor more than Martha Raye or Bob Hope. How many times did Whitney travel to a war zone to entertain our troops?

      3. Joynie says:

        ??? Never heard Whitney badmouth the military and she did perform for the troops. What an ignorant comment.

        I think your problem with Whitney is surface. You need prayer and a life.

      4. jiggle says:

        Whether Whitney supported the troops or not, she was a drugged out celebrity who basically killed herself. She doesn’t deserve the honor.

        Oh, and for the guy who commented about “surface judgements” please don’t pull out your ragged ass race card again.

      5. Leslie says:

        Agree or disagree about the flag protacol is one thing but to only use that Ms. Houston was a drug user should not be the issue as many people at all levels have used drugs. And so many have said what has she done for the military. Go to Wikipedia and see. She donated time, money from her share of proceeds for the Star Spangled Banner (2 times)which sold over a millin copies and she was supportive of the military. She also had foundations that served children. She was a wonderful person and singer that had problems that were known because of who she was. And people screaming about how her funeral and other events were done that isnt done for the military. She had people to araange for this. She had millions of fans. Have any of the bellyachers set up any set up and organized any kind of events for their loved ones that lost their lives?

    2. Nik Boldrini says:

      If a state flag is lowered for every famous entertainer that dies then just put it at half-mast and leave it there!

  5. theresa says:

    I served my country, Don’t believe anyone would lower a flag for me. What has she ever done for this country?

    1. jar3804 says:

      amen to that!!!! i also served for 7 years in the Navy and I won’t get the same honor as her….

  6. kizzi says:

    According to the article, this person’s son was honored in their home state by lowering of the flag. Great! However, that doesn’t happen for ALL of our fallen dead. Some barely get a mention. My pain, grief, anger does not give me the right to choose how another community chooses to honor its own. Whitney’s talent and influence is worldwide. If the citizens of NJ want to lower their flat in her honor, only the offensive will be offended. I would love to see the flag lowerd for the armless, legless, mentally devastated members of all the wounded vets who have returned – many with no hope of ever having normal use of their limbs and mind.

    1. Rowdy Boots says:

      Please spare me.

      “Whitney’s talant and influence is worldwide…”

      Ok, List the positive things she did to contribute to the security of our country, the health of our children or in the cause of Freedom.



      1. Leslie says:

        My goodness! Just go to wikipedia and learn what she did for the military. She sang the Star Spangled Banner better than anyone and it was recorded and sold millin(s). Guess what? She donated her proceeds from the sales to military groups. Actually she did this two times, once for the Gulf soldiers and then for the fiermen and families of 9/11. She also had a foundation that helped children. All of this is very easily looked up but you have to do it. This way when you make statements you can have the back-up in writing. So, she did much for our military. I am sure much more than you and I and the other haters on here. She was a celebrity that had millions of fans. She is being “worshipped” as you say for the singer actress and other good things she did in life not for her drug use as so many think is the reason. I have actually not read a single post from anyone praising her drug use, not a single one. Have you?

    2. MoodyBlue says:

      LOL! Her “influence?” Ok, clueless…

      1. mike says:

        Tragically the entertainment industry has a great influence on many people in this country. And much of that influence leads to “under the influence”.

  7. Dan says:

    If Houston had been white not one black would have even offered a prayer for her. Some Kissa$$ polition was just trying to score votes.

    1. Mario Roman says:

      And your obviously a white that didn’t offer one prayer for this black woman. Dude your an idiot.

      1. JOhnF says:

        And I’m a white man that doesn’t offer any prayers for drug addicts. Especially rich, soiled ones that have access to all kinds of treatments. Good riddance, and please take Lindsey Lohan soon so we don’t have to keep reading about her in the news.

        I agree that lowering flags to half staff for a drug addict is repulsive. Christie noted that it should take away from her accompishments. Character and moral values are far more important that just being in the right place at the right time. We should be honoring people that display true courage, moral character, and unselfish giving for others.

        Not some drug-addled singer who by the luck of genetics had a good voice.

      2. Brewster says:

        Before you call someone an “idiot” … learn to spell. It’s “You’re” as in “you are”. Idiot.

      3. George Kingfish Stevens says:

        Did she ever offer a prayer for ME? Dude, you’re an imbecile. But you right, boyh. I AM a “white”.

      4. Fat GOV says:

        she is with the Dark Lord now

      5. George, Dallas, TX says:

        No he’s not! You’re the idiot for defending this blatant slap in the face to all fallen military men and women.

    2. marlene klim says:

      AGREED. In spades.

  8. Steve says:

    It is so wrong to lower the flag for her. The Govenor does not understand why the flag is lowered. Not only is he overweight but he is stupid. Just looking for the black vote. Whitney does not deserve that honor

    1. LuAnn says:

      Excellent point and you don’t know how right you are. Christie is likely on the “short list” for VP.

      1. George Kingfish Stevens says:

        Word is he’s on the “short list” in the male endowment category, too.

    2. Big Taters says:

      I see texas is still full of stupid people.

  9. Richard says:

    According to US Flag Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 175 (m):The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff 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. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico. The Gov of NJ is in violation of this code and insulting all who served to protect this country and what it REALLY stands for.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      I’m too ADD to read all this. I really don’t care if they lower another flag half mast ever again.

    2. Rowdy Boots says:

      Thank you.

      This Governor, like most public officials, think they are more important then they really are.


      1. LuAnn says:

        You just now figuring that out?????

      2. Over There says:

        @ Rowdy, you talking about idiots like nitenurse??? Hate to have that ‘Nurse” care for you if they are too ADD to assimilate something so simplistic.

    3. j says:

      if you right wing nuts would like to use the above as a guideline, know that any returning soldier would not have the flag lowered in their honor (like this woman’s son). he wasn’t an official, either you see. aren’t there better things to argue about? you drudge folks are whack.

      1. codeman says:

        A living soldier coming home would not have a flag lowered. He is not dead doofus. I find it repulsive though, that NY can give a bunch of overpaid primadonnas (NJ Giants) a parade but not the troops returning from Iraq, now thats whack.

      2. marlene klim says:

        Codeman is absolutely right. A parade for a bunch of football flunkies and not having one for heroic troops returning is positively disgustingly out of line. Shows how idiotic the ‘progressives’ commies have gotten.

      3. Marco says:

        I see that you are also on Drudge.

        You must be a whack job.

      4. weeone says:

        don’t degrade idiots like that!

      5. George, Dallas, TX says:

        Then get off the blogs!

    4. Mike says:

      Do any of the related articles state wand the governor’s prerogative.

    5. IN VIOLATION says:

      that was a great idea to put this up, to let people know when this should be done,
      so they should not put that flag half staff. he can think of something else to honor her , when phillis died it hit alot of us, yes he was a marine and she has 3 sons in the military with 3 more sons who will more lilkley follow pursuit of fighting for oiur country that is falling apart,,,,,,,,,,,,but still have some freedom left…… they go fight for what the goverments and presidents are giving us the freedom we have left, i have his mother on my face book and its based on our high schools, so we have many people on them and it was felt , a moms pain of a lost solider who died for us to live for the freedom that is left for us, we all went thru this with her , it was hard and i give my hat off to this mother who shared everyday what was going on as they waited for her son to make it back and we all felt that pain and he also had a wife, they kept us all up to date of his coming home, pic of them bring it off the plane, the service, we felt that pain, now she has two more out there and another one to follow soon, these soldiers dont get the respect and news coverage of them passing and what the family is going thru,
      i like Whitney Houston, she was a great singer , but to lower a flag is wrong, and is in violation of doing so, they lowered the flag for phillip in az cuz this is where he was stationed, but his home was not in arizona. they dont give these service people enough news of what has happen nor what the family is going thru, this mom is amazing, 6 sons and a daughter, those sons are all falling into each others footprints , is any of this ever was mention, i havnt heard………… i felt this moms grieving of her son, i felt it cuz she shared it as the days went on, i know that was hard for her but she new she had her facebook family behind her, NOW THE GOVERMENT LOOK AT THE LAW THAT ITS IN VIOLATION TO PUT A FLAG HALF STAFF FOR THIS SINGER WHO DIED, ITS A VIOLATION, AS A GOVERMENT STAFF ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW THE LAW OR TURN AWAY AND LOWER IT FOR SOMEONE THAT DIED FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT WE ARE FIGHTING IN THE SCHOOLS TO GET THESE KIDS OFF, CUZ THEY ARE PASSING AWAY TOO, THIS IS NOT A WAY TO HONOR SOMEONE WHO WAS ADDICTED TO PILLS, THIS DOES NOT SHOW ARE KIDS THE RIGHT THING, SHOW THEM THAT YOU HONOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEEN OUT THERE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM THAT WE HAVE LEFT AND THEY DIED FOR A REASON, BUT SHE DIDNT HAVE TO DIE, SHE WAS NOT AT THE FRONT LINE OR IN HARMS WAY, JUST A FOOLISH LADY WHO COULDNT GET AWAY FROM IT, NOW HONOR HER BY USING 20/20 OF HER BEIENG A ADDICT …….

    6. A. W. Broussard LTC US Army (Retired) says:

      This is what I always thought the protocol was, but over the last decade or so the flag has been flown at half staff so often that I thought that the code had been amended. Even as written I was always against a governor being the chief executive to order it’s lowering. It is a “National” color and it should only be ordered lowered by the President under specific guidelines and only for “heroes” of the United States, not a particular state or territory. A W Broussard LTC US Army (Retired)

    7. Leslie says:

      And this is the protacol for the state flag which was lowered for her or the American flag which was not?

  10. Tami S says:

    All you self righteous people who want to slam a sister when she’s dead…need to pray!
    Who are you to say what the state of NJ can do? She was not just an addict, she was a person who contributed alot with her music and she did alot for the city in NJ so stop Hating and get a life….Only God Almighty has the right to judge Whitney Houston or any of us…..

    1. Constance Bell says:

      First of all, Ms Houston was not my “sister.” If she was, I’d be ashamed. Black, white, whatever… the only thing she could be possibly do that is beneficial to society is to serve as a bad example. NO WAY does she deserve to have this kind of memorial.

      1. Joynie says:

        Wow. You must really know her well. I guess her foundation, donations throughout her life, and ability to keep her clothes on in a society that tells women you can only perform naked means nothing. Get off your high horse. You probably have your own addiction. Either food or an addiction to talking trash and being self righteous. I’d like to see your skeletons.

      2. Big Taters says:

        Who is your sister? Who is your brother?

        Matt 25:40
        The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

        Includes hate.

    2. Kathy says:

      No one hates Whitney. I don’t know how I feel about lowering the flag for her. There should be respect for her funeral but I don’t know about the flag. She was beautiful and had talent that few people would even dream about. But, unfortunately she will always be remembered as a star that overdosed. Good Mother? I don’t know about that. I would not allow drugs around my daughter or allow drugs users in my home. Think about the people that supplied these drugs to Whitney about allowed these dealers around her home. Too bad.

      1. Rowdy Boots says:

        Lowering the flag is a politicians lowly act to garner favor with a particular part of the electorate at this point in time.

        It makes a mockery of a great singer and artist and her tragedy.

      2. Fat GOV says:

        I hates her

    3. Mark says:

      Well then god almightily can reach down from heaven and lower the flag. She made a lot of money as a singer. She was a drug addict who died in a tub.

    4. MDWhite says:

      God Almighty judges…true. But that doesn’t preclude me from making choices between what’s right and what’s wrong. Honoring a drug-addicted entertainer is not the same as honoring one who’s sacrificed his/her life for their country. It’s wrong. Sorry if you can’t grasp that.

    5. Marco says:

      While on this earth, we all have the right to judge.

      In addition to reasoning, that is what places us above the animals.

  11. Earl says:

    I agree with Mom. Wonder how many New Jersey service members killed in the sandbox got the flag honor? The governor maybe sniffing for votes.

  12. mike says:

    She’s correct. If you don’t believe me, look her in the eye and tell her she’s wrong.

  13. Joe Bennett says:

    Why does everything have to be about me and my feelings and my grief?

    This mother has a right to her feelings about this, but not everything is about her and her feelings of loss. Respect for any individual: military or not, should be welcomed. I wish someone could explain just how this will demean the sacrifice of her son? How will this make the lowering of the flag in his honor less important?

    For those who choose not to lower the flag in New Jersey, they don’t have to.

    Give respect to the dead of all stripes.

    1. Marco says:

      Because it is an honor reserved for those who sreve.

      That a drug addict that died naked in a hotel bathtub.

      It was her last publicity stunt, offing herself the night before the Grammys.

      OOOhhhhhh poor Whitney.

    2. Fat GOV says:

      We should lower the flag for the terrorist that took down the world trade center next what about their sacrifice?

  14. tgc says:

    I don’t live in New Jersey, I wasn’t a fan of Houston, and I’m not a big fan of Christie…so I really don’t care. Let the people of New Jersey deal with it. If they feel like she deserves the same honor as fallen soldiers, firemen, and cops…then so be it. Personally, I think there are a lot of people in politics that shouldn’t have the flag lowered for them either….but what can ya do.

  15. Rowdy Boots says:

    This is the most pathetic disgusting act of hypocrisy in the history of New Jersey.

    While the gang bangers and drug dealers celebrate, a talented woman caught up in the sickness of their wares, has died.

    However, she does not deserve the honor of half mast flags–that honor is for real heroes…our soldiers.


  16. Eileen Fitzpatrick says:

    Drug abuse, early death-now a daughter at risk. This is what we honor. We are glorifying an abusive lifestyle because she was famous. It is not good for our country, for our children. We have become a codependent nation.

  17. Rowdy Boots says:

    By these LOW STANDARDS,



  18. Burt says:

    Another 1%er getting special treatment.

  19. Bill Worth says:

    Hey CBS News! Half-mast is on a ship. Half-staff is on land. Do some research for once.

  20. JustAGuy says:

    The Gold Star Mother is exactly correct.

    The flag at half staff for Whitney Houston cheapens the honor. She was a REALLY good singer. But that is not service to our country.

    1. Lori says:


  21. Alan says:

    Just what did Whitney sacrifice?

  22. George Johnson says:

    What she should have said is “Fighting on the front lines, and fighting to do lines of coke are two different things”

    So, we’re lowering the flag for a junkie eh? I’m sure that teaches the kids a great lesson.

  23. Charles says:

    It just shows the sad state of our country. We honor celebrities like heros and barely blink an eye for the true heros in our country.

    1. Alex says:

      Neither of these are heroes were the ones who fought and still fight against war. They could have saved this kid.

      1. Alex says:

        Should have been “Neither of these are heroes. Heroes were the ones…”

  24. Alex says:

    I thought the same thing this morning.

  25. Juergensen says:

    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.”


    BS. Does he order the flags in his state lowered for all other “daughters of New Jersey”? No.

  26. Frederick says:

    Hey, this whole society, including the Republicans, love the drug culture. It gives the poor something to do in foreign lands, ambitious people work, provides a source of funds (and keeps them down) for minorities, and relieves the stupid wealthy of their money. Drugs give the police something to do and politicians something to rave about and divert money to their friends. Houston bought into the whole ‘pity me, I’m rich’ life of actors. So go ahead and lower the flag for her; her drug binges kept a lot of people employed, so who cares who gets hurt along the way.

  27. Giovanni Galtiago says:

    So, we lower the flag when the “daughter” of a state has passed and by daughter, we mean someone who has achieved in their lives? So, shouldn’t flags always be at half mast? Or, is it only the “daughters” who have achieved in the eyes of the media which eliminates the daily achievements of grandmothers, mothers and daughters who excel without the need of being famous.

    Mr. Christie, we don’t always agree, but I usually respect your approach and view. This is one instance where I think you are pandering and do not have the courage to admit it. Are you transitioning to the glitterati?


  28. Capt. Ball says:

    Lowering the flag is not for people that abuse drugs and hork down alcohol and die because of it. If it was to me it would only be for Military personal or a dead a President. It not even be for anyone else. Maybe a civilian that did some heroic act. Never for any one in Congress or the Senate unless otherwise noted.

  29. tdrag says:

    I’m with Mom. By the way, has anyone noticed that New York City would not hold a parade for returning Iraq solders but threw a huge public party for the NY Giants when they won the Super Bowl? Mayor Bloomberg, you suck!

  30. Maobama says:

    Why in the world would we lower the flag for another dead drug addict? This country is more and more backwards everyday. She wasn’t a hero, she sacrificed nothing for this country.

  31. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO All
    RE: So Much for Christie

    What a loser, rendering honors of this nature to a dead druggie.

    Talk about political a-hole.


    [The Truth will out…..he’s angling for a position in the Romney administration….]

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      P.S. This governor has cheapened the lives of all the valiant men and women who have given their lives for him to cheapen their sacrifice.

      Christie should do the right thing and fall on his [political] sword.

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        P.P.S. By this action Christie ranks right up there with that monster in the Oval Office who ordered flags to be flown at half-staff after we killed Osama bin Laden.

  32. UpintheOaks says:

    Whitney Houston, the talented, loved singer, died years ago. What died this week was the hope that she would come back. I object to the flag lowered for a drug addict who was only alive because someone prevented this from happening sooner.

  33. John says:

    How do you all feel when CNN crews pass out American flags to angry Muslims so they can burn them for CNN footage……. this goes on all the time!

  34. Mike Hernan says:

    Booze and drugs killed her. So that makes her a hero….? NOT HERE.

  35. ReConUSMC says:

    Praise her singing privately of course . But under every picture or video of her send a message to kids ,This is what happens when you Drug yourself’s to death at the young age 48.
    Her past 15-18 years great career was totally ruined by drugs .
    We are sending kids the wrong messages who to follow today .
    Look how the left scorned those who praised Tebow who is straight as a arrow they all demeaned .

  36. julie says:

    I Hope those Protesters show up for this one !!

  37. potvin says:

    That’s alright, Christie lowers the flag every time he finishes off a 72oz steak.

  38. Alan says:

    I have a trash can with a New Jersey flag on the side and the words Food Drive underneath. Feel free to fill it up. They’ll eat anything!

  39. Incorrect politically says:

    If we start lowering flags for every druggy who overdoes, we might as well leave them at half staff all the time. Mrs. McGrath is right about this.

  40. Kenny says:

    Evan posted…
    Whitney Houston never killed anyone. So she has that going for her, at least
    Except maybe herself.

  41. nugy says:

    another idiot lowering himself just to get votes.wonder if he will have a parade for her too?

  42. ohshutup says:

    Bunch of whiney little troll like complainers here. Get a job and stop posting on internet message boards. Your opinion is worth less than what I can for returning an empty can of Pepsi.

    1. Fat GOV says:

      hang on i’m almost done with your mom

      1. JJ says:

        What are you, the Comment Police? Why don’t you follow your own advice there Zippy?

  43. CMW says:

    So what if they lower the flag for Whitney Houston? All of you American Flag pin patriots – if you are so pro-military then why don’t you join?

  44. doughnut_lover says:

    I am just a dumm immigrant but “if I would be a king” of OLD GLORY lowering to half staff shoul be Presidents priviledge ONLY. No Jill, Kimberly or Jeniffer has business of fidling with our flag. State flag should be in domein of state governer. If some soft hearted “person” has urge to lower the flag she can by duck or dog flag at wallmart and than lower it ten times a day.

  45. BrunoS says:

    “Houston’s substance abuse issues shouldn’t negate her achievements.”

    I’m a little confused. He is saying that society should ignore her continued breaking of laws, since smoking crack isn’t legal anywhere… So does that mean we should lower the flag for rapists and child molesters if they had a pretty voice?

    1. JJ says:

      If Whitney was a convicted child molester or rapist, I’m fairly certain that Christie would not have ordered the flags at half staff for her. At least I doubt it anyway. But, come on, you can’t equate someone addicted to drugs with rapists and child molesters.

  46. tod schwarze says:

    “SNIFF”! a
    All the drug pushers and importers are just a little bit poorer today,
    No wonder gummint that allows it all wants to encourage the youth to take up her banner and start getting addicted to drungs in hopes of fame for themselves

  47. Jim says:

    I would rather honor a good soldier than a good singer who became a drug zombie!

  48. Danny says:

    The flag at half staff for a pop singer who was a druggie? Absolutely pathetic. Well, at least we know where NJ’s values stand.

  49. Kay says:

    Whitney has brought a lot of joy to this country with her beautiful music. The world used her to the fullest to make their millions.

    1. Fat GOV says:

      used her oh PLEASE she was paid more than anyone who works 50 time harder than her do you make 100 million for your work. She was a spoiled pampered crack wh*re

  50. DJH says:

    Absolutely agree! She was an entertainer – nothing else.Being a celebrity means nothing, this is an honor wholly undeserved and though I’ve typically agreed with Christie on many things but this is not one of those decisions.!

  51. CK says:

    Flags at half-mast for a mere celebrity is a great dishonor to those who have die4d serving this nation. Particularly if the celebrity died as a result of substance abuse,

  52. Jim North says:

    Christie – a pop culture pandering silly person

  53. Jim says:

    Christie is just a politician who is seeking the black vote! I would rather he honor a black soldeir who died for our country!

  54. Jack says:

    One correction. Christie in NOT a conservative Republican. More like a moderate Republican. Thus his misquided decision to lower the flag to half staff for Houston.

    1. Wes says:

      I laughed my butt off when I read that phrase, “Christie is a conservative Republican.” NO NO NO… the man sides with Democrats on the global warming hoax and he is a staunch anti 2nd Amendment no guns liberal.

      The full story on people unconstitutionally arrested for owning guns in NJ:

      Lowering the flag for Whitney Houston is a total farce. Christie is a liberal pandering fool. Ann Kardashian-Coulter can have him.

  55. Ron Dimitrov says:

    This is wrong in my mind. I don’t have any respect for someone that had everything in this life and simply chose to throw it away like Whitney Houston did. This young marine is a hero in every sense of the word. His answering the call to defend the nation cost him his life and his mother her son. Shame on those who give honor to “whom honor is not due.”

  56. JOHNTHEBAPTIST11 says:

    I am ashamed to be called american today for now dumb american politicans use the life of a drugged out once great singer to announce the loyality to the new black voters of NJ to emphasize they are with them in their grief? Great play christi fbut it won’t gain you anything but scorn from the fallen you did’nt mention in your excuse? YOUR COMPASSION IS SHOWING CALLED VOTES?

  57. Jim says:

    I would rather see this state honor a good soldier in lieu of a good singer who was a drug zombie!

  58. astralweeks says:

    Thank you Governor Christie, for showing our children that if they take drugs and binge on alcohol, they will attain greatness.

  59. tod schwarze says:

    exactly how many drugs addicts and general reprobates are in the official sanctioned pantheon of media heros?
    Too many to count/
    How many are decent self sufficient honest reliable folk that keep their hands out of the pockets of others?

    NOT A ONE.

    Dont you wonder why that is?

  60. samuel madison says:

    Christie has sunk to a new low. Honoring a drug addict and alcoholic by flying the flag at half staff only diminishes the act itself. It is no wonder we no longer bat an eye or even bother to ask who when we see the flag lowered, if we notice at all. It has been cheapened and this only cheapens the act more.

  61. Jim says:

    Everyone in this state should bow their heads,but not for Whitney. They should bow their heads in shame for honoring a drug addict and ignoring their military men and women. .

  62. frogman says:

    This is one example of how we’re getting things wrong. There is no comparison between these two lives. One was lost in service to our country and one was lost through drug abuse and excess. And yet we honor them the same?

    Another example. We celebrate MLK’s birthday with a national holiday. But George Washington and A. Lincoln’s birthdays have drifted into oblivion. What’s the message there?

  63. susan says:

    Shes a “National Treasure”? No.. she was an American with a Job.. She Sang …. for which she got Paid handsomely.. Not Everyone liked her style of Music.. but her “Profession” was NOT a Service to this Country! I find Mr. Christie continues to disappoint with His continued liberal bias on issues such as this.. He does;t seem to want to stay within the confines of common sense.. This Mother of a brutally Murdered Son in the Line of Duty is correct in her Statements. He GAVE His life.. He didnt take his own life under the influence of drugs and alcohol like Ms Houstan did according to the Coroner. Instead of flying a flag to comemorate her death.. He should ask Hollywood to play reruns of her Reality Show with co drug user Bobby Brown This would Educate youngsters on how Not to behave as a wife and mother.. Also, Thankyou, Mrs McGeath for your Sons’ Honorable Service .

  64. Kver says:

    Just plain WRONG. One Marine is worth 30,000 Whitney Houston’s and about 3 x 10^26 Michael Jackson’s. No singer is worth lowering a flag for. I served as a civilian instructor in a combat zone and I stand in awe of what those men and women went through. She’s no Hero, she’s a performer that made some extremely bad choices. She destroyed herself. No HONOR there, in any way.

  65. ablecynic says:

    Gov. Christie stepped on his own wanker on this one. Like several others who have commented before, I served in four wars and for 31 years but also know that when a politician sees a chance to do a publicity stunt, he will do it. I wouldn’t expect flags to be lowered for me if I were KIA, but I know that I am always moved when they honor a young service member who died.

  66. John says:

    Whitney sang the Anthem many times; she loved the song, respected our servicemen and women. When she sang the lyric “home of the brave” she many times pointd to the military in the audience, honoring them. Because of them it’s a still a free country so New Jersey can do what they want. However, lowering the flag seems not appropriate. If the MILIARY wanted to pay their respects with a small honor guard of some sort, that’s up to them. But lowering the flag should be reserved for persons who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

  67. emma says:

    You have got to be kidding. I enjoyed WH’s music but a half-mast flag while our fallen boys and girls come home to Dover with bearley a whimper? I was hoping Christie would run for president – am sure glad that didn’t happen now.

  68. JenS says:

    Maybe if she died while singing for troops with the USO in afghanistan they would do that…but od’ing in your bathtub…give me a break…thats as bad as naming a US military ship after Murtha

  69. Post American says:

    You all have a good point, but you destroy it by discounting the life of a fellow human being! Whitney Houston wasn’t perfect, but who is? She also sang the best rendition of the US National Anthem, I’ve ever heard. That deserves respect.

  70. geniejean says:

    Just plain stupid lowering the flag for Huston. Is no one left with any brains? What did she do for our country?

  71. Yolie says:

    Many soldiers return from war and sadly become drug addicts. Often because of the horrific things they saw in war. These addictions should not demean all that they have done for our country. I sympathize with this mom and appreciate all that her sons have done for our country but I do think it is hurtful to pose these comments. The Houston family is also experiencing a loss and aren’t there enough hurtful comments out there already? I have much more to say but I will leave it at that given that this mom lost her son just four weeks ago.

  72. Momofthree says:

    I am disappointed in the decision also.

  73. Wake up says:

    We shall only honor murders for Goldman Sachs et al. will flag demonstrations.

  74. Wake up says:

    Rule: We shall only honor murders for Goldman Sachs et al. with flag demonstrations.

  75. MrNiceGuy says:

    I was offended when the did the half mast for Joe Paterno. This is just as as bad.

  76. Ellie Light says:

    “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.


    I agree with her as a disabled veteran the flag at half staff for a drug addicted pop singer is a insult to the fallen — bad decision by the Guv

  77. RICHIE says:



  78. geocinat says:

    The flag is a symbol that belongs to every American regardless of their service . This women was an icon and larger then life figure who fell pray to her drug supplying husband. Her weakness was her fault but that is why people fall victum to their faults. Half mast for her is fine with me since it honors her gifts to the world not her weakness in life. Compassion seems to be lost on many of us today.

  79. boB says:

    I actually agree with the mother. Isn’t everyone residing or born there a “daughter” or “son” of NJ? Flying at half-staff should be reserved for the military, police, fire, and high level politicians servicing the state.

    That said, the writer used this statement “Christie is a conservative Republican”. As much as I like Christie, he is NOT a conservative. Just look at a lot of his positions, and you’ll see he is a moderate.

  80. TVcritic says:

    state Capitol lowered flag to half staff for a dead Junkie washed up singer.

    I just hope they did likewise over at the Charles Manson School for Girls

  81. Christine says:

    Christie is NOT a conservative Republican. Just had to get that out.

    My condolences to Mrs. McGeath on the loss of her son. I appreciate his service.

    1. VietNam Vet says:

      You got that right.

  82. David Moore says:

    This hero’s mom would be 100% correct
    and Gov. Christie would be 100% wrong

  83. Dale Johnson says:

    “Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag. It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference which was attended by representatives of the Army and Navy which had evolved their own procedures, and some 66 other national groups. This purpose of providing guidance based on the Army and Navy procedures relating to display and associated questions about the U. S. Flag was adopted by all organizations in attendance.
    A few minor changes were made a year later during the Flag Day 1924 Conference, It was not until June 22, 1942 that Congress passed a joint resolution which was amended on December 22, 1942 to become Public Law 829; Chapter 806, 77th Congress, 2nd session. Exact rules for use and display of the flag (36 U.S.C. 173-178) as well as associated sections (36 U.S.C. 171) Conduct during Playing of the National Anthem, (36 U.S.C. 172) the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and Manner of Delivery were included.
    This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag law.

    The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possesion, as a mark of respect to their memory.

    GOOD-FAITH MISUNDERSTANDINGS: Although the code is actually pretty clear, confusion continues to occur. For example, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recently ordered the American Flag flown at half-staff on all U.S. Department of Justice buildings, in honor of several DEA agents who had died. While NFF understands this gesture, the Flag Code does not give Attorney General Reno the authority to issue that order. Closer to NFF’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, Mayor Tom Murphy ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of a plane crash. Here again, a well-intentioned gesture, but one for which no authority exists.”

    Please note that in 1923, when the National Flag Code was created, representatives of the military were part of the process, but did not create a provision for the flag to be flown at half-staff for fallen military, or any other fallen government employees, like police or firemen.

    It was these rules that were attempting “to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute, and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff” that we now have with the flag being flown at half-staff for pop-stars or band members.

  84. gringo says:

    They will want to name a ship after her next . Should be a Submarine, since she died underwater——- How about USS “WHITNEY JUNKY HOUSTON”

  85. Sara Cofresi says:

    Mr. Christi,

    How many other nono-military”daughters of New Jersey” have died before Ms. Houston…did you ever lower the flag for them? And what about the non-military “sons of New Jersey” have had the flag lower when they died? Pretty lame reasoning.

    A disappointed citizen

  86. Elihu Wygant says:

    Quite sadly, that is what this country has become; all entertainment, shopping, sports, music videos & social networks. It won’t go on for long; this is a large part of what happened in the decline of the Roman Empire. It’s been pathetic watching it…

  87. Fly says:

    It’s sick.

    Another death in the entertainment industry from drugs. The people who work so hard to make drugs cool lead millions of young people to use drugs. As a direct result too many of our inner city neighborhoods are more dangerous than Iraq.. There are no opportunities for young people as business have been driven out of the area.

    In summary – another entertainment dies of drug abuse – that’s the message that should be highlighte.

  88. James says:

    NJ is lowering the flag to half-staff to honor a DRUG ADDICIT!!! I am surprise that the DEMs in the US Senate has not declared Saturday as WH day in American and Obumma does not order the nation’s flags lowered…What an insult to the real American Heroes!

  89. mitch says:

    So, we are lowering the flag for crackheads? America is losing the game.

  90. Debbie E says:

    Since wen do we honor drug addicts

  91. The Girl says:

    Why would the flag of the United States of America be lowered for a drug addict? Makes no sense.

  92. ADM says:

    This is why I call myself a conservative, instead of a Republican. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of this party, from the Big Government RINOS, to the Weeper of the House, to this fat clown.

  93. vomitoriam says:

    Christie has proven those who call him trash to be correct. Christie, you are filthy trash.

  94. The Girl says:

    Why would the flag of the United States of America be lowered for a drug addict? It makes no sense.

  95. Marcus Porcius says:

    LOL only to a reporter is Christie a “conservative” Republican. Christie:

    Supports gun control
    Supports amnesty for illegals
    Refused to join court fight against Obamacare
    Appointed an Islamic radical as a judge
    Attacked people against the Ground Zero victory mosque
    Campaigned for liberal Mike Castle

    Christie is a pandering weasel RINO. And that’s why the flag got lowered.

  96. Mike A says:

    From the angle the Governor is arguing this, the flag should go to half mast for every citizen of New Jersey.
    I like the guy, but this is insane. This great honor and ceremony with our beloved flag is slowly being turned into a joke.

  97. Edward says:

    Obviously alot of people have their priorities mixed up. W. Houston did not deserve the lowered flag.What kind of example is she for anybody, especially our youth. Is she who we want our kids looking up to. I hope Jane Fonda does not get a flag half mast when she dies. I am a VietNam Veteran, and all we got was a kick in the butt.

  98. Expressing says:

    What a joke, like so many before me have already said, this overweight Jersey trash Fake Conservative Gov is doing this for the black vote. Simple as that, to easy people, what is there to argue over this? They’re lowering the freaking flag for Houston? Really? Just because she was from there, so is he going to lower the flag now everytime someone dies in Jersey? Someone dies everyday in Jersey yet the flag isn’t lowered everyday. It’s all about gaining some political points by snagging up some black votes for his next election.

  99. glenp says:

    let’s go out ot skid row and find a dead BUMSICLE crack ho and lower the flag for them!!!!

  100. Gimme A Break says:

    So Christie is flying the flag at half mast to honor Houston as “a daughter of New Jersey?”

    Since when does New Jersey fly flags at half mast to honor New Jersey women when they die? Or how about New Jersey sons when they die?

    Give me a break! Christie is behaving like the rest of the media/Commiewood/political machine; treating spoiled, corrupt drug addicts like gods and showing them deference while REAL heroes die unnoticed.

    And Christie is NOT a conservative Republican. He’s just another RINO.

  101. ReachRenee says:

    So, NJ is lowering the flag for a dead junkie because she was famous, but doesn’t do so for real American heroes, our fallen soldiers. What next, a holiday for Chris Brown?

  102. DonnieK says:

    According to Flag Etiquette, Official U.S. Flag Code,

    “By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at Half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory of possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.”

    Houston DOES NOT qualify to be honored by half staff.

  103. GRANDMA says:


  104. Rochelle W says:

    We lower the flag for anything and everything anymore it seems. I wake up some days, drive to work, see flags at half staff and most of the time don’t even know why.

    Sad that it’s become too common place making it no sign of honor.

  105. Odins Acolyte says:

    Whitney Houston gave her life for herself. Amy half-staff flag is a statement bout what the ethics and morals of that area and peoples are. Ignorance reigns in America. So much for government mandated education. I suppose the average IQ is now less than 100. Average IQ is 100 by definition so many us are making great gains with no physical or mental change in our abilities. Mine must be near 150 by now from what I see in our elected “rulers” and their cronies in media (both printed and otherwise). I note with interest there are any with advanced language talents and no analytical mind behind it.

  106. Bob says:

    A crack head…a G-Damn crack head!!! And service Men fall everyday. Gawd I hate politicians of all colors….

  107. JS says:

    Flags at half-mast for a drug-addled loser…shameful.

  108. Angela says:

    The lowering of the flag should only be for the military. GOD bless this woman who lost her son. It could have been me but my son came home. She absolutely has the right to be upset. GOD bless Ms, Houston as well but the flag should not be lowered in her honor unlessof course she was a Vet.

  109. Biff Henderson says:

    Lower the State’s flags for a crack ho?

  110. Kinnison says:

    No one is denying Whitney Houston’s talent, but she died of a drug overdose mixed with alcohol, and according her the same honors as our fallen military personnel is ludicrous. It is almost as bad as naming a U.S. Naval vessel for Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was an obscure Arizona Congresswoman until one of her crazed leftist constituents shot her at a mall.

  111. Chris says:

    Whitney Houston was a drug addict and alcoholic who just incidentally happened to have a fantastic singing voice. That voice did not make her a good person…she was not. She was another overpaid idiot who killed herself on the installment plan. She deserves no honors other than to be remembered as someone NOT to emulate.

    As for Govenor Christie, he is NOT a CONSERVATIVE Republican…He’s a rather effective east coast liberal Republican who drops the flag in order to gain favor with the voters.

    And finally, my respects to this woman who’s son’s have honored her with their service. God bless her, and her sons.

    1. Dennis says:

      I agree, I seen many interviews of her and her words and attitude was disgusting. She might have gotten that from Booby Brown, but it was her choice to behave and talk that way.

      A great portion of her life was NOT spent as a role model – period.
      Unless it was meant for us to do the opposite.


      Why didn’t Michael Jackson get flags at half mast?
      Seriously, lowering flag for entertainers is ridiculous and pathetic!

  112. Roger says:

    The state should have a moment of silence and leave the flag out of it.
    Well meaning people should do alittle homework and read up on the
    guidelines for having the flag lowered to half staff – these guidelines
    are clear and meant to keep this honor more that a trivial tribute.

  113. DW says:

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. –John Donne (1572-1631)

    The work, wealth, and happiness of mankind embraces everyone. Illusions about the way of all flesh are the public trials and private tribulations of humanity.

    “American Icons” as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Huston showcase a parade of the unknown and struggling, the gifted and talented, the rich and (in)famous, the troubled and the deceased.

    “Stars” are held up and glamorized by society through entertainment, financial enterprise, and organizational systems that promote a spectrum of possibilities and probabilities.

    Military recruiting advertisements present the opportunity for the pursuit of a better life in uniform through education, discipline and training, organization and service. A military life is a hard life and a potentially dangerous one. Lasting military memorials are provided in a variety of means and ways for those who served and those who fell in battle.

  114. Dennis says:

    So we should have lowered the flag for Janis Joplin ?
    For Heath Ledger? he was awesome in Knights Tale
    Amy Winehouse? Her rehab song ties in nicely with Whitney Houston !
    Why didnt the flags get lowered for those people?

    I agree, lowering the flag for a drug addict and washout singer is HORRIBLE!
    Lowerig the flag for any hollywood or singer is insane.

  115. chuck hogan says:

    I am so tired of hearing how great she was. If she was so great, why didn’t she get the help she needed? Why did she feel it was okay to destroy herself with drugs and booze.?
    No, I do not feel any remoprse when I say, “find another way to honor this woman. but do not stand her honor side by side with those who gave their lives for our freedom.” It doesn’t even compare.
    Thank you.

  116. Bob Tarasiak says:

    Life is about choices. Whitney made a choice to take all the prescription pills and mix it with alcohol, basically committing suicide. The same old issue of sin, a person cannot face the reality of knowing that there is a need inside each person that is empty. People will use drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, fame, power, idolatry, etc. to fill the void, and yet the next morning there is a reality check again? I was a touring sex, drugs, and Rock and Roller for many years and almost died for this! I had it all! But inside my soul there was something missing? It was the peace that only can come from Christ in a relationship with Him! Now I know that the missing need in me was Christ and His true peace one only gets from Him, the perfect love we all need! If only many of these famous people would seek God then maybe thy would not seek other bad things to escape reality of who we are truly; sinners in need of redemption! As for the flag, she does not deserve it lowered to half staff, her death has nothing to do with defending our freedom nor Country. God bless and help the USA!

  117. Dan L says:

    I am with this marine mother. Seriously, Whitney Houston? The fawning over this drug addict is RIDICULOUS.

  118. Buzz says:

    Houston’s death is sooooooo insignificant compared to those who serve in our military, especially those who have given their lives. This is an insult to them.

  119. mike says:

    Mike, how dare you consider Whitney Houston a role model or any thing close. She is nothing but a drug addict who became famous. She was attractive and had a great voice but I think Mr. Christie you are using this to pander the black vote. Would you do this if she weighed 400 lbs. and say that she had a food addiction?

  120. J Johnstone says:

    next they’ll start naming War ship after celebrities.. *Barf

    1. George Kingfish Stevens says:

      Kool!! The USS Madonna. The C-Litoral Combat Ship Lady Gaga. The USS Barge Whitney Houston.

  121. Bill says:

    Lowering of the flag is a sign of respect that she does not deserve. It’s is that simple.

  122. BillyBob117 says:

    A really really bad move by the NJ Gov. Once again the NE part of our country has lowered the bar. I have lost respect for that person.

    For God and Country

  123. p3orion says:

    Christie is a Republican, as the story states. Conservative? Not so much…

  124. AlbertG says:

    Regarding the “Whitney never killed anyone” point – in fact, she has contributed to killing – lots of it. Anybody using drugs is in partnership with the violence of the drug traffickers.

  125. Rowdy says:

    Let’s see… Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Rock Hudson, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, etc.. If we start doing the Chris Christie thing, our beloved flag will be lowered to half staff every other day. Talk about trivialization of an important honor! Next thing you know, they’ll want to bury these drug saturated pop stars in the national cemetery alongside our Medal of Honor winners. Think of it!

  126. Jacob says:

    Where does it say that only soldiers can be honored?

    I’m so sick and tired of people claiming they’re heroes for going to war and then expecting lifetime benefits for it. If you’re a hero you go to war and then shut your mouth about it, not beg for people to salute you the rest of your life to feel good.

    God bless all the people who fought and died for this country, but the fact that they were heroes doesn’t mean we can’t honor anyone else!

    Are we going to start honoring North Atlantic fishermen who have a higher mortality rate than US soldiers? And only them because they technically give their lives in service of our country at a higher rate than soldiers.
    Is holding a gun really more valuable than catching a fish?

    Cops and firemen are even worse. 95% of them have a safer job than truck drivers yet they all want to be treated like heroes for fighting over pension money and avoiding real criminals?

  127. GVW says:

    The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United Sates Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former officials of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress.

  128. matinva says:

    I disagree with lowering the flag for Houston. She was a drug-abusing entertainer who abused herself to death. That is not an act deserving of having the national or state flag lowered. There are lots of very successful people in this country who, when they die, will not have any flags lowered. This was an absurd decision.

  129. cmartines says:

    I am the mother of a US Marine that served with Cpl MCGeath and I stand behind Phyllis McGeath .. No one is saying whitney was not an Icon to be cherished BUT if we spent half of the time remembering our fallen who was not at a hotel partying but in the deep cess pool of the warring sandbox then our veterans wouldnt be in the mess they are . How many others in this country have drug issues that die daily , some alone , on the streets . yes Whitney Houston was an Icon and her voice was as close to heaven as you can get but she was paid handsomely for her voice by all her platinum and gold awards and the lifestyle she was paid dearly for took her life in the end ,. Yes other Nj residents have passed away , flags lowered , it was quiet for ordinary people , no news mention , no glorification , hoopla but let me say this , Military Men /Police/ Firemen THEY are the deserving ones they put their life on the line . Lets start appreciating all Military/police and fire as we do these people who end up dying because of addiction , Lets give them the homecoming they deserve .

    oh and yes Military personell are paid , let me say many of us make more then they do even in the line of duty

  130. GVW says:

    Most of you have your “facts” wrong about this issue. Easy enough for any of you (even Gov Christie or his staff) to review the real protocol. “In the event of the death of a present or former officials of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.” Nothing in here about pop culture or even military personnel. BTW, I’ve served 34 YEARS and those of you who want to kick the military around ought to try it out. Might build some real character for all of you.

  131. bill says:

    This is how far the USA has fallen. The flags to half staff for a drug abusing singer. The honor should be saved for real HEROES. The American Idol, pop culture garbage is ruining this country. It s only going to get worse.
    >Hand salute< to our real heroes serving America.

  132. sammy says:

    I will BET my KIDS that this woman who is OBJECTING is WHITE, Give me a break , Miss Whitney Houston is NOT just some anybody, She was raise in that AREA and meant ALOT to many People of COLOR and beyond .The flag flying half staff is NOT just RESERVE for SOLDIERS, It can go to any significant individual of that community

    So to make this a issue is quiet shameful and begs this woman need for attention and AIR TIME.

    Also they are MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS SERVING in our ARMY; ASK them if they have any problems with miss Houston getting a flag fly half staff and i bet they don’t.

    1. Marcus Porcius says:

      Then they are just racists like you.

  133. Doug Glass says:

    Dope heads should be honored. So should fat azz gubners when they drop dead of a heart attack.

  134. Pink Floyd Fan says:

    When is Elvis Day going to become a national holiday?

  135. Mark says:

    She was just a drug addicted singer with a good voice. Not worth the honor of lowering the flag.

  136. 1forAll says:

    Don’t try to make this into a “racial” issue. It has nothing to do with it. I’m tired of the “race card” being played at will. Now, to the point. Flying the Flag at half staff should be reserved soley to honor our fallen heroes, or death of national dignitary, such as death of a President, etc. Whitney was neither. She was a Hollywood personality who had great talent… nothing more, nothing less. As a role model she failed miserably. She does not deserve to be elevated to the same level as that of a soldier who gave his life for his country, or a President who led our country. No comparison. Where has the U.S. moral comapss gone?

  137. Pink Floyd Fan says:

    Still time to reverse your decision Governor.

  138. donttreadonme says:

    Whitney who??

    1. George Kingfish Stevens says:

      Did you mean “Whitney Who-uston”?

  139. H. Johnson says:

    Whitney Houston may have been a great performer at one time, but that was quite a few years ago. She was an abuser of drugs and alcohol and ultimately killed herself…intentionally or accidentally…who knows. At any rate there is no reason for flags to be lowered to half staff for a dead junkie.

    According to United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag
    ” By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff 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. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.”
    The late Ms. Houston simply does not qualify for this honor.

  140. MikeMaz says:

    Not for anything but honoring one person doesnt negate the honor of a serviceman. Just because we honored a serviceman doesnt mean we cant honor someone else

  141. 1forAll says:

    Someone mentioned this being a racial issue. I’m tired of the “racial card” being used about everything. That has nothing to do with this issue. The lowering of our Flag to half staff should be reserved soley for honoring our fallen heroes, or the death of a national dignitary, such as a President. Whitney Houston was neith. She was merely a Hollywood personality who had great talent… nothing more, nothing less. She doesn’t deserve to belevated to such stature. Where has the moral compass of the U.S. gone? The loss of Whitney to her family is the same as the loss of any loved one. We can all appreciate that.

  142. MikeMaz says:

    The lowering of the Flag to half staff is NOT reserved just for people in the service. You are all making up these non existent rules. They are lowered when someone of note has passed. It has happeed a ton of times for sports figures, etc. It is not just for servicemen…it is just a sign of mourning. However she died, Christie did it because she was a native of NJ, came from humble beginings and was successful, and she was known to go back and visit the area she grew up in. Nothing wrong at all with what he did.

  143. Turk182 says:

    I understand why many believe that the flag should not be lowered for a celebrity. But, remember she didn’t make the decision. Speaking ill of the dead is just low, try showing some class and restraint. The rational arguments have much more sway than the mean-spirited, incoherant diatriabs about a dead person who never did anything to you.

  144. holly says:

    sorry to say but last time I checked we are all Americans so how are you to deny us our flag who cares who it is

  145. Kim says:

    I think this was a terrible dishonor to the men and women who serve our nation admirably even until the death. It is my firm belief that there are honorable and sacred tributes. The flag being flown at half mast should be reserved only for those fallen in the line of duty and for respect to our government officials, i.e,. President. Whitney Houston was a fabulous singer and remarkable entertainer….that is all…

  146. go_figure7722 says:

    As symbolic as a half-staff flag is, my head, heart, and prayers will always be with military members (and their families) who make sacrifices of any degree. That flag only goes up/down/half solely due to them.

  147. Marilyn says:

    I agree with Phyllis McGeath. Gov. Chris Christie is wrong on this one. Whitney Houston (R.I.P.) had a wonderful singing career but an unfortunate personal life. Why should the American Flag be lowered for her?…because she was “a daughter of New Jersey” as Christie expressed…..With this reasoning, the flag should be lowered for everyone….

  148. holly says:

    last time I checked we are all American the flag belongs to all of us

  149. reconphil says:

    Christie is not a conservative. He is pragmatic about the budget, otherwise, he has no conservative instincts.

  150. Shannon Pendergrass says:

    As a marine mom I am extremely offended by the half mast request for Ms. Houston…yes she was a talented singer but she did not do ANYTHING to deserve that much respect. She was no more than a JUNKIE and that should NOT be applauded when so many young men put their lives on the line everyday who actually DESERVE the honor. That honor is reserved for people who actually do GREAT things for this country and she does NOT qualify!!!!! Shame on them for even suggesting such a thing for a low life DRUG ADDICT!!!!!!!!!!! It really doesn’t matter how talented a person is when they throw it all away for drugs!!!! This is NOT the example that America needs to see…with this as an example it is no wonder this country is falling apart!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People have forgotten the TRULY important things.

    1. Turk182 says:

      You will not elevate your son’s service by bad-mouthing a dead person. She didn’t make this decision. You will sway more people to your opinion if you calm down and stop emoting all over the place and presuming to be the authority on who qualifies for what.

  151. Darrell says:

    Next time some singer od’s, Christy will want to bury them with honors at Arlington. And here’s a note to Christy…I was wondering when your crown would fall off. Well it happened, all over a drug addict and a governor who will bend over for anything.

  152. AnimalFarm says:

    It is shameful to lower flags at half mast for the death of a drug addict. To put her on the same level of heroes who gave their lives selflessly, while she squandered 100 million dollars on her vices, it’s just wrong. Just because Houston had a good voice and knew how to sing, doesn’t make her worthy of a half-mast flag. What kind of message does this send anyway? You’re a hero for throwing away your life on crack? This is sickening.

  153. P. Edmonds says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiments expressed by this grieving Mom. Lowering flags for Ms. Houston is unwarranted and disgusting. The CBS news clip attached to this story is a pathetic attempt to justify these actions. To suggest Ms. Houston is deserving of such an honor [lowering flags] merely because she sang the National Anthem so beautifully is repugnant!

  154. Lorraine says:

    The lowering of the flag is a call to the vast citizenry to mourn and is not to be taken lightly. It should be an event of great solemnity, an honor, and should be reserved for those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country. PERIOD. Anything less serves only to trivialize and cheapen.

  155. Ron says:

    Yeah, its too bad that fine upstanding people who put it all on the line and often give their lives get little or no recognition. Houston was a great singer and a self abusing worthless drug addict. She had it all and wasted it. I have NO respect for anyone like that Lets celebrate her death with one thought, she’s dead, GOOD

  156. Flyoverman says:

    Given politics today the Secretary of the Navy will probably want to name a ship after her.

  157. Rich says:

    I can see both sides here. Whiyney sure as heck was no role model, but she was a great talent & daughter of NJ. I still wonder why her family couldn’t force her to get help. Maybe only lowering the state flag would honor Whitney, or find another way to honor her. Lower the US & state flags to honor our brave soldiers. God bless our military!

  158. bpbiv says:

    Whitney was from New Jersey, and during her life brought entertainment to millions around the world. She is being honored for that achievement from the state of her origin. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    This mother of a fallen soldier is just being selfish and vengeful because she is in grief. The half staff flag salute is just not for military service, its for all people who make an impact on the lives of others.

    Its not meant to compare sacrifice.

    If she was being buried at Arlington then this would be a valid point from a mother of a fallen soldier.

    Soldiers do not own the flag, we are all citizens.

  159. Cpl T says:

    Why didnt they lower the flag when the beautiful singer but crackhead Amy Winehouse died?

  160. Wat Tyler says:

    What is she offended about? This collective, petty celebrity worship that defines this plastic culture is exactly what her son was fighting for.

  161. Tim says:

    There might be some artists and entertainers who warrant such an honor, but I don’t think Whitney Houston is one of them. She was famous, sold a lot of records in her time, and was a talented singer but she was also a very poor role model and likely won’t even be remembered years from now. I look at her passing more as a sad lesson to be learned from. We can hang our heads but let’s not lower our flags.

  162. Ranger01 says:

    This is much like British knighting of Elton John, and other famous people. The half staff flag is being reduced to nothing. All you have to be is famous and rich, and it does not matter about honor. There is nothing honorable about Whitney’s death. The half staff is meant for the 911 tragedy, a fallen soldier, a dead President.

  163. Snyder says:

    Please stop saying that the flag should not be lowered because Houston was a drug abuser. And please stop acting as if all our military members are heroes.

    Many military members, combat decorated or not, are not very good citizens at times. Many military members are drug users, alcoholics, adulterers, etc. Some of them do not care for their children either.

    We need to stop acting as if our military veterans are the best people in the world. It is not good for anyone! Military veterans are human and make many mistakes.

    Let us leave the debate at did the person do service for our entire country, which Houston would not have qualified.

    Name calling really lowers the argument to levels not flattering to veterans and/or civilian citizens.

    Yes I am a veteran, married to a combat veteran (Infantry), daughter of Vietnam veteran (Bronze Star), daughter-in-law of Vietnam veteran (Bronze Star), sister of veteran, sister-in-law of veteran, aunt of veteran, cousin of veteran.

    Go Army!

  164. me2 says:

    HOOray for Hollywood! Disgusting, politicians are no better than actors!

  165. bsrga says:

    I thought lack of character, good judgment, and lack of respect were reserved for adolescents or thugs. Which category does Christy fit int?

  166. METfan Lou says:

    I can’t say for sure bvut I bet Whitney Houston gave her time and talents to entertain our men and women and their families in unjform, Most stage performers, regardless of their npolitices love our servicemembers. I saw a lot of USO tours while in Vietnam and many stars came to visit us. I bet Whitney Houston was no different.

    1. Marco says:

      She did not serve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. Richard from Keppel says:

    I am a Personal Friend of Phyllis and a former service member and as such i agree with her that the honor of the NATIONAL FLAG at half staff should only be for heads of state, fallen police or fire fighters and fallen service members. to me it is quite simple. you only see the flag over the coffin of the above mentioned people you will never see it over the coffin of an entertainer unless that entertainer was also one of the above.

  168. Ruth says:

    Thanks to those of you who know the difference between half mast (on a ship) to half staff (on land).
    My son is a funeral director and he buries the fallen heroes all the time be they military or police or firemen.
    I don’t think John Q. Average Citizen should have a flag flown at half staff for any reason except dying in the line of duty. Certainly not for honoring them for wrecking their bodies with drug addiction. She had it all, beauty, talent, admirers, money, supportive family and flushed it down the toilet because she couldn’t say NO.

  169. Terry says:

    The decision was made by the head of your state the Governor. Being a former Marine Corps Vietnam combat vereran, I disagree with the state leader. God is control of all and hopefully will impress on the Governor’s heart and mind that in future decisions that all fallen military men and women and their families are considered first, when to fly the American flag at half-mast.

  170. MadTom says:

    I’ve been a New Jersey resident for the last 42 years. I voted for Governor Christie, and agree with him on most things (although as a retired public school employee he still owes me money!) but, especially as a retired Army reserve components officer with the largest chunk of my service with the Jersey Guard, this decision is not one of them.

    My displeasure with Governor Christie is not as severe, however, as that with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s similar treatment of Joe Paterno. Whitney Houston may have battled demons most of her life, but she wasn’t complicit in causing dozens of preteen boys to battle demons probably for the rest of THEIR lives, and yet Paterno was buried like a Head of State.

    Politicians have turned the half-staff flag into a joke!

  171. David says:

    This is wrong in so many ways. Houston is no hero. No half flag for Houston! The Gov is making a huge mistake.

  172. David from San Diego says:

    Gov. Chris Christie is a loser. He honors a “fallen” singer, who “gave her life” to alcohol and drugs, but he affords no such honor to a brave, wholesome young man who gave the last full measure of devotion to our nation.
    By the way, I also think he’s a dlck for vetoing gay marriage. If he want’s to protect marriage, he should work against divorce and illegitimacy.

  173. NickM says:

    It really is not anyone in Texas’ business. For example if Nolan Ryan died, the flags in TX would be lowered…….and he was a steroid freak

  174. Michael says:

    “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.”
    So was this a personal thing for the Gov? They make it sound like she would do the same for her family dog passing away.

    I agree that Whitney, no matter how talented, did not live a life of honor, did not contribute to the common good, infact, she failed as a role model and in doing so probably did more harm than good. i’m not aware of any philanthropy work she had done at any point in her life either. So, I agree, the flag should just go back up to the top of the flag pole and the Gov can say a prayer for Whitney or send flowers or something rather than abusing her power and calling for the half mast flag for personal sorrow. My father was a dedicated missionary, building Gospel radio stations all over the world, gave of himself, and he didn’t get an honor like this when he passed away.

  175. Dixon says:

    Other than singing a song what has she sacrificed? Nothing…. she threw it away. He died for his country. They have lowered the meaning of half-staffed.

  176. Marco says:

    Obviously, this fat slob of a governor has never served his county in the United States Armed Services. I am a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. My wife has served and I currently have two daughters on active duty, one in the Army and the other in the Air Force. I feel for this mother. How did we as a nation ever get here?

    1. David from San Diego says:

      God bless you and your whole family. You are a remnant of the great nation that we once were.

  177. bosfob says:

    Email Christie – I plan to. Although I enjoyed Whitney’s music and recognize she was not in control, I do not believe the flag should be lowered due to her premature death. No sir. Priorities are wrongly placed.

  178. David says:

    Maybe Christie worried he would be called a racist if he didn’t lower the flag.

  179. Argh says:

    Some people are idiots. What does this article have to do with liberal or republican? The woman was African American, so it’s a liberal agenda? Who said she was a democrat and since when she was in politics? I understand the mother’s comments, but some of these comments are irrelevant and laden with hate. If she were a saint you’d still be talking trash. Know that the venom you speak will come back to haunt you. It’s cute to rant on the computer, but one day someone’s gonna do the same to your face 10x worse.

  180. Jack says:

    I think it’s bad enough that the media glamorizes these folks (entertainers, sports figures, etc) as some sort of heros and great contributors to society. They are definitely influential but for the most part they achieve their “greatness” through self-interest and self-promotion. They are paid well and live well beyond the means of most Americans. There are plenty of opportunities for them to be recognized….just take a look at how many awards shows there are, hall of fames, all-star games, etc, etc. They definitely don’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. It’s the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guard, and others (like policemen and firemen) that truly serve in service of others because they put themselves in harms way for the betterment of society. Things like half-staff flags or burial honors are small tributes for these common men/women who would otherwise not be recognized. It’s a small showing of appreciation from the community to them, something special that should be just for them. Granting those honors to famous people just cheapens the whole thing in my opinion. I felt the same way when I saw a naval ship used to spread the ashes of Kennedy’s son and his famous wife. Was the three months of TV and magazine covers not enough??

  181. Bob Miller says:

    Ir continues to be a SAD DAY in America.. when any America Flag is flown at half mast to Honor a DRUG ADDICT that KILLED themselves with drugs.

    While I enjoyed her music.. Once she continued to do drugs… I did not follow her career.

    By no means could she be a HEROINE.

    Flying Flags at half mast in honor is an insult to all our true fallen heroes.

  182. NickM says:

    If you sell over $100 Million records, your state should lower the flag. She is an icon. Elvis deserves flags lowered also…..
    Soldiers deserve it to, but of course they are volunteers. I know when I volunteer, I don’t expect anything in return….gratitude is great, but not expected. Everyone in the work force or in charity work “serves” their country… Teachers, firemen, garbage men, preachers, bankers, lawyers, truck drivers, traveling salesmen….ect….ect..ect..

  183. lahewet says:

    Houston should not receive the same honors as military personnel who have served and given their lives for this country.

  184. Gonzalez says:

    F her and her son!!!!!

  185. Leonard says:

    What’s next? Burying Pop stars in Arlington? The tomb of the unknown Jazz Singer?

  186. ren says:

    When I pass a flag at half-staff I will be thinking of all our heroes who have died for our Country and not Whitney Houston……

  187. Leonard says:

    What’s next? Pop stars buried at Arlington? The tomb of the unknown Jazz Singer?

  188. DirtyDave777 says:

    Whats next They gonna name a NAVY Ship after this Has been Junkie.
    This Administration will Honor Any thing But an American.

  189. Galinda says:

    Why the hell are we flying flags at half-staff for a drug addicted singer? Have we all gone mad?

  190. Mary says:

    The fallen Marine mom is absolutely correct. Flag-lowering is an honor due to fallen soldiers and servants of America – – not to a pop singer, no matter how good her voice was. This is not to mention the huge scandal to our youngsters her dissolute life represented.

  191. Gary Simpson says:

    Gov. Cristie committed a serious error of judgement – one that will have serious consequences should he decide to run for higher office. He is pandering to voters who would otherwise not consider voting for him- it won’t work! Christie is finished as a serious Presidential contender.

  192. Lew says:

    @Realist Totally agree with your comment.

  193. Michael says:

    When you lower the flag at half mast for any reason, you are also defining the meaning of that honor. It should not be lowered everytime someone popular meets an untimely end.. especially at their own hands. That defining action also is retroactive to everyone else that had the flag lowered in respect. eg if you lower it because your family dog died, it then has AND never has had any real meaning. ‘Cheapens’ the honor basically.
    There are laws governing how the half-mast is handled.. for who it should be lowered and for how long it is kept there. The laws exist to protect the integrity of this important honor.
    I’m pretty sure Whitney does not fall within the requirements. Honor her if you wish, but don’t mess with the flag… don’t make a national holiday, don’t erect a statue on public property.. she could however have a stamp made by the post office.. shoot, they made a stamp to honor ‘Owney’.. the post office DOG. So, having a stamp is not they meaningful of an honor… see what I mean?

    1. Michael says:

      For all of you here that are serving this country in the armed forces I would like to personally THANK YOU for your service and my freedoms. Please don’t let this issue make you think we honor you any less. The people leaving negative comments about the protest of the mother on this forum are obviously not as grateful for the freedom that you and the other service men and women are fighting for but they are just unaware of the significance of the half-mast flag. Please pay them no mind… the rest of us thank you and honor your service.

  194. Amadeus393 says:

    Totally agree with the mother. Houston was a multimillionaire coke head. The Marine died serving his country.

  195. Tom says:

    There are police dogs that are more deserving of the honor than any entertainer, addicted or not. Ms. Houston was not self-sacrificing, she was self-indulgent.

  196. alf514 says:

    Gonna go way out on a limb here and take a wild guess that at some point we just may have honored a soldier or two who also happened to be an addict.
    Exactly what is the point being made here? Nothing creates controversy like comparing something, anything to deceased war veterans. Has anyone actually said Whitney Houston deserves more recognition than one of them?
    Enough with the manufactured outrage you phony patriots.

  197. Vinny says:

    She hooked up with a loser, allowed drugs to take control of her life, family and career. To me her death wasn’t a shock it was always a question of when.

    Just because she comes from NJ there is no reason for flags flying flags at half staff. Honor her life, but to pretend this is unforeseen given how much she allowed drugs to dominate her life is not living in reality.

  198. J.T says:

    Mrs. McGeath, there are many, many Americans who view your son as a true American hero. Do no let this incident bother you. You and your family along with the many others who have lost loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Please be strong.

  199. JoJo says:

    Have to agree with the Marine Mom on this, and shake my head at Christies decision. Houston was a very talented singer, however let her fellow Hollywood friends honor her. To lower the U.S. flag for this drug user is an insult to the men and women who served and died for this Country and did not receive the same honor.

  200. rcm says:

    wow ! i used to liike gov “crack” christie!

  201. Ken says:

    One glaring error in the article. Governor Christie is not a conservative. His questionable decisions, of which there are many, are a testament to that reality. This decision just raises the awareness level for many who are just realizing what many of us all ready knew.

  202. rtrainco says:

    This is a disgrace to all who have served in our services and a slap in the face that a celebrity drug addict gets this honor. I feel sorry for her daughter’s lost but sorry she does not deserve this honor. This is also a slap in the face to the great folks of the state of N.J. that there Governor is an idiot that doesn’t understand etiquette of the united states flag.

  203. arnoldripkin says:

    altha thinks that the only reason people enlist in the military is to “kill kill kill”. Unfortunately this is a view shared by millions of Americans who are not taught history or responsibility by their parents, teachers, or community. And ignorance is bliss.

  204. sean says:

    lets see!! FLAGS was flown half-staff for the likes of frank Sinatra.. Count Basie along with Bruce Springsteen saxophonist , Where were the offended back then,, but how dare Gov Christie put that BLACK WOMAN in who is a worldwide treasure along with being that area DAUGHTER.

  205. WilliamPenn says:

    Fair is fair; let’s go half-staff for EVERY crackhead who OD’s. Christie has lost his freakin’ mind!

  206. whitneyWho says:

    She was a crackhead that squandered away a God given talent and 100million bucks that could have done so much good. in the end she was just a POS and a disgrace to her race

  207. jack says:

    this site is garbage. they only print the comments they want you to see.

  208. Fat GOV says:

    The Gov is a fat stupid person that cant even control what he shoves in his fat mouth.

  209. Benson says:

    You are a racist if you criticize a boozing, druggie celebrity that happens to be in a minority group! Where is your political correctness?

  210. MarineMom98 says:

    This breaks my heart! God Bless you Phyllis and your family, know you’re in our prayers always! Your son’s are OUR HEROES….. We will NEVER forget what your family has sacrificed for US…..What is going on for this singer makes me absolutely sick!!!!!!!! I will make a very BIG issue out of this!!!!! Starting right now… watch the news……We have your back on this!
    My son/Marine is coming up on a deployment, 14 days and a wake up…. 😉
    Almost 15 yrs of service so far! Semper Fi…..

  211. PresidentObama says:

    Only in America could the state honour a crack addict. Sure some countries honour terrorists – like how the Israelis celebrate the King David Hotel Bombing – when the Zionist terrorists Irgun dressed up as Arabs and killed the British consulate members in a cowardly hotel bombing – but at least those people fought for something. Whitney had the misfortune of finding out she could sing. Then getting rich and then addicted to crack. Seems like someone to honour. America proud of the crack head!

  212. Major Variola says:

    She got her flag, and her star, now she can shut up. She let her offspring be mercenaries. How many did they kill, btw?

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      A mercenary by definition is a soldier for hire who pledges no allegiance to any country, MORON.

  213. Capt-Dax says:

    Only the President can order the flag lowerd..

  214. John C says:

    According to, the Flag Code says, “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff 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.”

    Flying the flag at half staff for Houston’s funeral is an illegitimate display of the flag by people who are either ignorant or have no respect for the flag or the nation it represents.

  215. G'Vegas Dawg says:

    1 less crack head. Just sayin….

  216. deedee says:

    I agree with this MOM… However, remember we have to pander to the black community , and if it wasn’t done, Christie is a Conservative, we wouldnt want them to bad mouth Conservatives and think bad of us. (even though they already do because they have been brainwashed by Liberals all these years)

  217. Wat Tyler says:

    Why is she upset? This petty celebrity worship from this plastic culture is just what he was fighting for.

    And if you sniveling hypersensitive liberal control freak censors don’t like this you can kiss my @ss.

  218. Maluka says:

    The man gave his life serving his country. She gave her life snorting dope for her own pleasure while men and women were dying to ensure she had the freedom to kill herself. There is a big difference and legally the governor does not have the authority to lower the flag.


  219. J says:

    reading through some of these comments truly saddens me. where is the compassion in this country? the bottom line here is that someone extraordinary has passed away and the state of NJ is honoring that person. Whitney’s passing has nothing to do with this womans son dying while serving our country. She is obviously still upset that her son has been taken away from her (4 weeks ago) and she is using this as a way to vent her anger any way she can.

    1. Richard from Keppel says:

      you are missing the point the mom does not care if the state honors whitney what she and most of us object to is HOW they honor her. flying the flag at half staff has ALWAYS been for soldiers, politicians, police and fire fighters NEVER for an entertainer YES this has been done before i admit that but it was just as wrong then. if they want to honor Whitney declaire a day in her memory, name a street for her, do things like that but do not lower the flag for her she did not serve under that flag in anyway so she should not be honored with it.

  220. Owl Creek Observer says:

    Christie has every right to have New Jersey flags lowered for any deceased resident of the state. The fame (and notoriety) of Ms. Houston certainly make this an appropriate move on his part. I don’t see where it tarnishes the memory of any of our brave men and women who have died in combat.

    But for the writer of this article to describe the governor as a “conservative” is a bit of a stretch. Though he is famous for not taking cr*p off anybody (especially union screamers), and he has brought his state’s budget into line, I don’t think most folks would call him conservative…unless of course it’s a writer for a CBS News affiliate.

  221. Huuf Arted says:

    My heart aches for that Mother who’s son gave his all for us, thanks Mom and our Prayers go with you and yours.

    Thanks to all those who have served in Uniform or out to keep us free, we owe you a debt we cannot repay!

    Shalom to all, David

  222. Kelvin says:

    While it is sad that someone in the military died you no EXACTLY what you are signing up for. Noone’s death is more important or sacrificing than another…. EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT. Celebrity or Marine.

  223. joseph says:

    Sorry you are not from Jersey leave us alone.

    1. NYC4EVER says:

      Don’t worry, Joseph. EVERYONE wants to leave that cesspool of a state alone. Garden State… LOL… yeah, if the “garden” is a Petri dish!

  224. Kelvin says:

    Everyone’s life is equal and is just as important Marine or Celebrity… Get over it people!

    1. MarineMom98 says:

      you are a true IDIOT!…….

      1. Kelvin says:

        Please explain to me what makes one life more important than other??? Every life is precious. And to resort to name calling shows your mentality.

  225. J.R. says:

    For those who are not aware of it a U.S.Marine Lance /Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca age 20 of North Arlington N.J. was killed in action on 2/10/12 by sniper fire in Helmand Province he will be waked in his hometown on Friday 2/17/12.His name was never even mentioned by the governor during this whole outragous disscusion about Whitnet Houston.His twin brother and older brother are active duty Marines serving in combat zones.Both had the option of leaving the combat zones but declined.What a disgrace!To Mrs McGeath Thank You for raising 3 American Heros!Your son Philips sacrifice will never forgotten by a greatfull nation.The good American people stand beside you Always!

  226. Annette says:

    This Mom has every right to be upset. Son dies protecting our freedom. Whitney takes that freedom to take as many drugs as money she makes to end her life and Whitey gets the honor? So wrong.

  227. Dennis D says:

    Christie has to keep the natives happy

  228. TX GOPer says:

    Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christie is a buffoon and an embarrassment not only to the GOP, but to the nation. F–K him and the U-shaped horse he rode in on!

  229. Larry Fyne says:

    This lady should be offended along with everybody else in America. Christy is just playing politics. I’m in disbelief he did such a thing.

  230. Mac1978 says:

    I agree with the Marine’s mother. It was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news that Gov. Christie requested the flags at half-mast. I feel it should be an honor for those that lost their lives in service to their country. No offense to Houston, but it didn’t go over to well with me either.

  231. Roland Larson says:

    What kind of a “moron” (Gov Christie-New Jersey) would stoop to such low levels of comparing a US service member killed in defense of his or her country to a drugged up pop star? Yes, Whitney Houston had a beautful voice and nearly unreachable talent. BUT————she defininitely was no role model for young people (or anyone else) for the life she lived———and died. What Gov Christie is doing (lowering flags to half-staff), is A SLAP-IN-THE-FACE TO ALL US SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. SHAME ON YOU GOV CHRISTIE!! I think that you brains have been misplaced with the bottom-side of you anatomy that is dependent on toilet paper!! Roland Larson, USMC, USA, RET, Wisconsin

  232. Mark Cask says:

    Agreed that lowering our flags for Houston is disgusting. Although talented, she chose a later life of drugs and excess. She deserves no respect.

  233. weneedarevolution says:

    Christie.. i hope your fat ass chokes on a chicken bone. I am appauled by this… what has the world come to? Whitney Houston was a crack head that had the world by the balls, living the American dream.. and squandered away 120 million dollars and died a crack head… didn’t care about her family, her fans, or herself… How DARE you give her the same honor as our men and women who’ve died serving this country…By doing this you devalue the honor and you equate the underserving with the deserving. Shame on you Christie…there is no valid excuse for this other than you being politically correct.

  234. Nancy says:

    incrediable! The mother is right. Whitney was a great entertainer but a drug ddict.
    How sad to honor her addiction.

  235. Baron VOn Richtofen says:

    Put her on the street and make her earn it back the hard way. Twenty five cents a shot. If she can get it.

  236. jason says:

    Don’t they lower the flag for different types of occasions? If so, I don’t think it’s a slight on Phyllis’s son. I can understand Phyllis’s grief but perhaps it’s not really a slight as much as it is a sign of respect for a woman who brought a lot of joy to people’s lives with her singing.

    1. Kelvin says:

      Finally an intelligent comment among this sea of Texas Hillbillies!!!

  237. WarVeteran9 says:

    all i have to say is the american flag being lowered half staff for whitney is like lying it upside down for distress for us invading another country……state flag is their business but the american flag is a federal level…..there will be a serious issue because of this and this wont be taken lightly by the american public…..therefore it is not the people of new jersey’s fault it is the governor….she isn’t that important of a figure for this to happen in my opinion….

  238. GGof3 says:

    Everyone who is taking the time to post here should be taking the time to send an email to Gov. Christie! What a complete dishonor to our military men and women and others who deserve the honor. I think Whitney Houston herself would be embarrassed, as big as a diva as she was, at this ridiculous display of lowering the flag.

  239. john says:

    None of you complainers get it……… Houston is/was a negro and negroes are special.

    Welcome to New Africa, formally known as the United States.

    1. HansJurgen says:

      They are special. Revisit Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and you’ll see that some of still look and act like apes.

  240. Mike says:

    This is a representation of the new values of this country and a sad one. Drug loving singers are more valued than our military. We are going down the slope of ethics at an alarming rate.

  241. Gail says:

    I whole heartedly agree with this mother her son is gone. All she is given in return is a flag & her solemn memories.Whitney Houston had a lovely voice, still it isn’t in the same league as a active duty marine who fought against vile cold blooded enemies to defend our freedom & it cost him his life. Not at all in the same league. Sadly she forfeited necessarily her life because of a drug addiction, addiction to Fame. Military deserves our respect.

  242. Bob says:

    The lady is right. These governors are way out of line lowering the flag for entertainers. It diminishes people who make the utltimate sacrifice for our county. Stop doing it now for entertainers or a real stupid*** precedent will be hard to overcome

  243. Rudey says:

    Some people live to be offended. You don’t even live in New Jersey lady. You don’t get a say in it. This might be hard for you to understand, but not everything is all about you.

  244. Steve says:

    This is an insult – While she may have been a good performer, her lifestyle and contributions in NO WAY warrant the level of honor that is RESERVED for those who sacrificed for our country or CONTRIBUTED in some way in public service to the betterment of the COUNTRY.

  245. Mike W says:

    She is absolutely right, Why in the minds of some liberal idiots does the death of a crack head singer equate to the death of a service man or women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country. IT DOES NOT

  246. Sally says:

    My condolences to the McGeath family. I can’t imagine losing one of my children. My heart goes out to you. The service by your sons is highly appreciated. And now….regarding Christie…..I used to like him. So, what I would do (or maybe somebody that lives in New Jersey can help do this for the McGeath family)……I would look at the obituaries each day. I know AT LEAST one person has to die in New Jersey each day. I would find out if that person was born and raised in New Jersey, and then make the call each day to the appropriate person-in-charge to get the flag lowered to half-staff. Because I mean according to Christie’s logic, everyone that’s born and raised there is a “daughter of New Jersey” or a son of New Jersey. So, then the flag will end up at perpetual half-staff. It will become meaningless and monotonous. Maybe then the guidelines will be changed to only lower it half-staff for important officials and military members.

  247. HansJurgen says:

    Well, we know that black should get “special” treatment since they can’t seem to make it compared to any other race. Why is it that major global charities have most of their focus on blacks more than any other race? Why is it that countries that are dominated by black or so poverty and violence stricken? Why is it that blacks create the greater percentage of crime in any country? Maybe Darwin’s Theory of Evolution needs to be revisited since there are some of us that still look and act like apes. I’m sick of them demanding a preferred treatment and we give it to them. That’s what has contributed to their low-class stereotype and continues to fuel the fire of racism – they are the racists!

  248. Darcy says:

    I really disagree with this. There are many sons and daughters of New Jersey. Whitney Houston was a singer, she did not lay her life down for her country. This is celebrity worship and misapplied honor.

    No disrespect to Whitney, this is not personal.

  249. Jo Ann says:

    There is no profit to be made in honoring a fallen sailor or soldier. Relatively few people knew them and even fewer cared. Instead, we circulate millions of dollars for the media circus that surrounds the death of people like Anna Nichole, Michael Jackson, and now Whitney Houston. It would be one thing if these events were presented as opportunities to teach and change lives. Instead, the message they send is that the more outrageous your behavior the bigger legend you will be. No one is satisfied with “15 minutes of fame” anymore, dead or alive. Sad. God bless those who served, and the anonymous families who grieve for them.

  250. Delia says:

    Ms McGreath, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. In the hearts of our Marine Family, he will always be honored and remembered. Thank you for raising exceptional sons. Not one but three is very remarkable! Courage and sacrifice is what our servicemen and woman face daily..they are the true rock stars.

  251. rositaCA says:

    This mother is right! How dare NJ Governor can agree with that. Yes Houston was a great singer, SHE DID NOT GIVE HER LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY, she gave it TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, PARTIES, FUN, MEN Shame on you governor shame on New Jersey!

  252. Rich says:

    It is an honer that she does not deserve. Saying that he is doing it to show that she was a daughter of New Jersey is ridiculous. So god forbid something happen to my wife, they should fly the flags at half staff again since she was born in New Jersey as well. She had a beautiful voice I will admit that, but her life when she died was about alcohol and drugs, This was not a case of an accidental death. Her abuse of drugs and alcohol caused it, but hey lets still honor her as an upstanding citizen. She has done nothing to deserve this honor, and unless Gov CHRISTIE is willing to fly it at half staff for every member of the armed forces/ police officers/ fire fighters, etc killed in the line of duty then it should not be done for her. Why is her death more of a loss than the loss of Mrs McGeaths son? CHRISTIE does not have the nerve to legalize gay marriages, but will give one of the higher honors that can be bestowed on someone to a drug addict. Thank god I do not live in New Jersey.

  253. Joe says:

    This article states the following, “Christie is a conservative Republican.” Please stop referring to Christie as a Conservative Republican, he is far from being Conservative. If anything, he is a Moderate. And like Bloomberg in NYC he could change his party label at any time and be very comfortable as a Democrat or an Independent.

  254. Norm Balog says:

    21 year disabled veteran here and I’m offended as hell that the flag would be lowered for some burned out crack head who OD’d. Did this happen for Kurt Cobain? Janis Joplin? Jimi Hendrix? No. Not even for Elvis. This is an affront and is indefensible.

  255. meeester says:

    gee what a shame, that this mother is so blinded that she doesn’t see the heroism in being a wealthy non-white person living in our racist world.Poor Whitney had to reach out and identify with her people and be a no-good drug addict even though she had cultivated a talent and made a sucess of herself. This thoughtless mother is so insensitive.

  256. Gary says:

    Liked Christie’s straight talking, seemed sincere and down-to-earth. But’s he’s really lost me on this one. Looks like he’s just another politician who will do anything for a vote and pander to a certain segment of the population. The real statesmen are a vanishing breed.

  257. Madonna says:

    She was merely a citizen who did nthing for her country and nothing for herself. She played in dirt and it paid her back. She deserves nothing.

  258. Terrence says:

    It is a sad day in America when the flag is flown at half staff for a drug addict and not each time a soldier dies. Maybe we should start giving drug smugglers Grammy’s too.

  259. olegunny says:

    The flag should not be lowered for the death of a drug addict.

  260. olegunny says:

    The flag should never be half-masted for the death of a drug addict. Drug addicts do not belong in the company of heroes.

  261. joeyb says:

    I don’t know which is more amusing/repugnant, the part about Christie being a conservative or his remark that “there but for the grace of God go I” For Pete’s sake, Whitney Houston didn’t get struck by lightning or fall in a hole governor, what she did to herself didn’t just happen, with no input from her, she brought it on herself. Sympathize, grieve, that’s fine, but make her out to be a hero? She was an addict, and died of her addiction, and that’s very sad, but If a homeless drug addict OD’s, we don’t lower flags for that person. This mother is right, it was a bone-headed idea to lower the flags in honor of Whitney Houston, and even though on balance I like Governor Christie, I suspect he now knows it’s a mistake but is just too arrogant and/or stubborn to admit it.

  262. gutz22 says:

    Get use to it people, entertainers are Obozo’s spine.Not people of real value.

  263. gutz22 says:

    Get use to it people, entertainers are The current POS in charge spine.Not people of real value.

  264. Jackson Griffin says:

    WE are not doing enough for our veterans/our heroes. In NM, the state is fighting a veteran for his job. FIVE years of litigation. He wins. The state appeals:

  265. Robert Addkison says:

    Today is the 3 year anniversary that I lost my platoon sergeant SFC Raymond Munden. He died serving in Afghanistan in the paktika province. I gurantee none of you have ever heard of this man. As far as I know he never had the flags fly at half-staff. Our priorities in this country are backwards. To celebrate the life of a crack head higher than many of our service members is an embarrasment.
    SPC Robert Addkison

  266. Jackson Griffin says:

    We aren’t doing enough. DEMAND MORE!! DEMAND RESPECT FOR OUR HEROES!!

  267. comprof says:

    A rich druggie getting more honor than any killed soldier is ridiculous.

  268. SunnyR says:

    I have to agree with the Mother of the fallen hero. Unfortunately, the Governor of New Jersey has never served his country in the military and is not sensitive to the reasons the U S Flag is flown at half-staff. It is unbelievable that a druggie would warrant the same honor. This is a TRAVESTY!

    Nice move, Mr. Christie! Pfft!

  269. Richard says:

    There are many ways to honor individuals who have performed brilliantly in the field of arts and entertainment …. but …. lowerisg the flag is not one of them. While Whitney possessed a rare talent she also unpossessed a drug addiction that took her life in a sudden and tragic way. This is the wrong message to send young people by honoring an individual who overdosed on drugs an alcohol. I am no longer a fan of Chris Christie.

  270. Malcom says:

    look at all you racist. You can’t stand for a african American singer to be honored. I’m so glad your race is dying out and we are breeding you out.

    1. Jim in Houston says:

      One word to describe you – IDIOT!

    2. bullrider says:

      Lowering the flag is not intended to honor singers of ANY color, nitwit.

  271. Radner says:

    Don’t know why everyone is so upset and surprised about this. Don’t you people know what Gov. Christie is just trying to keep race relations warm and fuzzy? He’d have been accused of being racist by not lowering the flags at half staff in Houston’s honor and there would be race riots all over. And you better be prepared for just that when Obama gets voted out this November.

  272. Jenny Armstrong says:

    governor Christie should order just the state flags ordered if he wants to honor a “daughter of New Jersey.” NOT the US flag. I think less of Chris Christie now.

  273. Sterling Headset says:

    Well the woman is right. If you don’t understand that, you’re a complete idiot.

    How does it feel to be a complete idiot?

  274. Thom says:

    First, my condolences to the mother of the fallen Marine. Your son’s sacrifice is not lost on those of us who have served. May God grant you peace. Secondly, it is also sad that Whitney Houston passed despite the fact that her lifestyle contributed to her passing. I hope that her daughter will find peace in her life.

    When I was growing up the flag was only lowered to half-staff a the death for the death of a President or a very senior and distinguished senior government official or senior military officer with a long record of exceptional service to the country (MacArthur for example). Over the years we have seen that watered down to the point where we are now talking about it for a woman who admittedly had a great talent; however, in my opinion, she does not deserve the honor that comes with lowering our national symbol to half-staff. Sports figures do NOT deserve that honor, musicians do NOT deserve that honor, business people do NOT deserve that honor, nor do I deserve that honor despite my 24 years of service to this nation. I believe that it should be reserved only for those who have served in the highest positions and who clearly have demonstrated a long and distinguished career of service and sacrifice to the United States of America. This in no way diminishes the sacrifice of our troops who give their lives in war and peace.

  275. garyh says:

    The author should read United States Code Title 4 regarding use of the flag. The flag does not fly at half mast for non-service or non-public officials.

  276. grnma moses says:

    I am going to say it like it is..hitney houston a good singer that got paid big bucks she made to the top..however she does not deserve to have our flag fly halve our soldiers do.what did she do to deservs such honor..she got paid for singing..enough ..why will she get this honor..because she was a singer..or because the black community is demanding it…it is not right…what other singer has had this honor paid? she was a drug addict that distroyed herself..and didnt appriciate the talent given to her by our bad as I feel about the families loss..however this is going over the top..and I hope some will protest and not dishonor our military and diserving pariots by doing demians the the flag..and our fallen soldiers..loses its meaning..please..someone intervine and stop this insanity,. ….

  277. egbert says:

    lower the flag for shnookie

  278. Cats Rule says:

    So we give a rich, drug addicted entertainer who ‘had it all’ the same that we give a soldier who died for our country so someone who just happened to be able to sing could be honored in an equal manner as a fallen hero? This country has lost it’s moral compass.
    As the wife of a Marine all you people who are starting to make this a race thing need to walk a mile in that mother’s shoes. Better yet, shut the Hell up and join the military and do the same job this fallen soldier did. I’d be surprised if one of you has the guts to go to war but you sure don’t mind taking advantage of what these HEROES are fighting for. FREEDOM.

  279. John Galt says:

    Again, Christie shows he’s not a conservative. Why should a crack-head get a flag at all, much less at half mast?

  280. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

    Christie’s despicable dishonorable action comes from him and millions like him who either never learned or chose not to learn about certain traditions.———What he’s done, too, reflects the very small percentage of the population who’ve ever worn an Armed Forces uniform.

    1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      I meant to say that what Christie’s reflects the general population’s ignorance because so very few people now seem to have served in the Armed Forces.

  281. A REALPatriot says:

    Hey, Phyllis, get over yourself. It’s not all about you.

  282. no says:

    Shouldn’t she be MORE offended that her son was sent off by a bunch of old men to die in a war to further their corporate interests?

    1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      You have no idea why she’s offended. And with your attitude, you won’t.

  283. Weassle says:

    The Iraq Vets can’t even get a parade… Yet we worship a drug addicted singer…

    The American media is SICK.

  284. Robert jordan says:

    I AM PFC Jordan Robert,a Cav Scout out of Fort Campbell Ky, 3rd brigade Rakkasans. 1st sq 33cav. Everything this women is saying is soo true. pictures with Whitney Houston next to some fallen soldier are silly. I understand that my brothers in arms often go forgotten but everyone has to know that being remembered isn’t why we do it. I’ll never meet 90% of the people I joined to defend and I’ll never be on tv or in a magazine. I don’t care about that stuff. We dont do it for the glory. We don’t do it for the fame. We just do it. For freedom not fame. I leave for afghan this year in september, Remember us we are still fighting

  285. Robert jordan says:

    My name is PFC Robert jordan a cav scout with 101st airborne Ft. Campbell Ky, 3rd brigade Rakkasans. 1st sq 33 cav. The pictures with Whitney Houston next to some fallen soldier are silly. I understand that my brothers in arms often go forgotten but everyone has to know that being remembered isn’t why we do it. I’ll never meet 90% of the people I joined to defend and I’ll never be on tv or in a magazine. I don’t care about that stuff. We dont do it for the glory. We don’t do it for the fame. We just do it. For freedom not fame. i leave for afgan this september, pray for us ty

  286. Transparent Blackness says:

    Whitney Houston may deserve a flag at half mast. PC will see to it though that no white singer will ever be bestowed such an honor. Christie’s advisers would do better by keeping race in check, as if they stood a chance at securing minority votes for the right when it comes time for minorities to vote for a black man again.

  287. Clay Newberry says:

    You flunked this one, Chris Christie. Just admit you’ve been wrong, lowering the flag for celebrities, but not our heroes. That’s conservatism 101 and you flunked big.

  288. Max17 says:

    Ma’am, please don’t pay attention to the media and politicians. They are by no means the best of us. You and your son are the BEST of us. Thank you both for the sacrifice you paid to protect my wife, my three children, and me. I know my words are not enough for you and the hero you raised. They could not possibly be. You paid too much. God bless your son. I wish there were words.

  289. A REALPatriot says:

    Hey, Phyllis, get over yourself. Not everything is all about you.

    Semper Fi

  290. schatzi says:

    “Christie is a conservative Republican.”
    Well, that’s painting with the BIG brush, ain’t it?

    1. bullrider says:

      He’s not particularly a conservative Republican, he’s more an economically conservative Republican with some free-thinking of his own (for better or worse). I think he’s a straight shooter and means well but in this case I totally disagree with him.

      Maybe all the drug clinics should have lowered their flags.

  291. Shane Murphy says:

    Very disgusting to lower flags for a drug addict. An insult to all fallen service men and woman. Well when you put a FOOL in the White House this is what you get.

  292. roadsterred says:

    Flags flown at half-staff for a drug addicted hero? Ms. McGeath is correct in being offended. She may have been a great singer with a gifted voice, but being a celebrity is not being a hero.

  293. jazbond007 says:

    Governor Christie, this is valuable feedback. I think the flag should be at half mast in New Jersey for a day for every Garden Stater who has given her or his life for our country. I think you should announce each morning who is being honored that day by New Jersey, with a tribute, respect, and gratitude. Thank you.

  294. Just Me says:

    Amazing Seems everyone is more concerned over the issue of flying a flag at half mast, then they are over the actually war America has become a strange country.

  295. Charlie Brown says:

    You , people should thank the democrats. If it wasn’t for dems you would not be posting your hate angry opinions on this board. Who hasn’t served our military or lost a loved one in war. Many of us has. To this lady get over it and move on. When severed and we died in vietnam no one lowered any flags for us because that was a unpopular was that was inacted bt a neocon in the WH. This lady just want something to complain about. No sympathy here lady and I use that term loosely.

  296. TDYEarth says:

    Gov. Chris Christie, Whitney Houston quite possibly died from the consequences of her bad choices. Our fallen soldiers die from making the utmost sacrifice, giving their lives for another. Please, please reconsider and do not lower the bar on this honor. You will only dishonor her memory in the process.

  297. Karen Prince says:

    I am a Whitney Houston fan, but in no way, does she deserve the honor of having the United States flag flown at half staff. I am a 100% disabled Army veteran, and that honor should only be for those how have honorably served our country in service of our country, either in the military or as a representative of the government. Ms Houston’s was a talented and loved entertainer, but she also, suffered from a tragic personal life that included an abusive relationship and an addiction to drugs. I certainly will pray for her family and friends, and am so sorry that such a talented entertainer died so young. But I was not any more surprised by her death, than Anna Nicole Smith’s.

  298. Charlie Brown says:

    You , people should thank the democrats. If it wasn’t for dems you would not be posting your hate angry opinions on this board. Who hasn’t served our military or lost a loved one in war. Many of us has. To this lady you need to get over it and move on. We served and we died in vietnam and no one lowered any flags for us because that was a unpopular war that was enacted by a neocon in the WH. This lady just want something to complain about. No sympathy here lady and I use that term loosely.

  299. RetiredParatrooper says:

    The law is clear, a state governor can only order the lowering of the US flag for a past or present state official, or for a member of the military, or EMS worker. Houston was none of these. I am a HUGE Clarence Clemons fan, and had no idea Christie did this before. I called his office today and took him to task. I encourage all of you to do the same. Houston does NOT deserve this honor. As a retired and disabled soldier, I am highly offended, and hurt. Christie can kiss his national aspirations goodbye, as REAL conservatives will never forget this.

  300. ardvaark1965 says:

    Christi has just told the world what kind of daughters are in NJ! And, he’s supposed to be presidential material? Not in my world!

    1. uniroo says:

      Yahhh, the daughters of the world could learn from the Bush girls and their cousin forging narcotic prescriptions. Arse!

  301. james says:

    Governor, you have just stepped into a large pile of poo, one that you will never get out of, at least with the military. You have nno idea how much you have disrespected the military and the memories of those gave the ultimate sacrifice. Houston may have been a “daughter” of New Jersey, but a very rotten oone to say the least.

  302. Jack B. Nimble says:

    May I say something? It was a right and privilege for Christie to lower the New Joysey flag for Whitney Houston. He is the governor, is he not? Have you all been saintly? Then cast the first stone. So what she may have been a drug addict, do you not have your own ‘addictions’? She was a daughter of the garden state. Would President Obama have lowered the flag at the White House, then it would be an outrage. I believe Whitney would agree. Peace out.

  303. retiredsoldier says:

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

    Your son invaded a foreign country and the people took up arms agaoinst the invaders as is their right.

  304. retiredsoldier says:


  305. Laurene says:

    Half staff for what? She was not a victim of war or had served in the military or gave her life for her country. This honor should be for the ‘honorable’. They gave tribute to her at the grammys. Let it lie there. I wish her family peace in the face of the controversy. Let her lie in peace. She had a beautiful voice and shared it with the world. The song is over..

  306. JandJ says:

    Dumb move by Christie…lost favor with him……The young marine is a hero who protects what little freedoms we have left which includes Whitney smoking crack and influending young women to be druggers and to sleep with thugs and be brainwashed by anti-white racist cult leaders like Jesse Jackson and Ben Ammi

  307. hml says:

    I wonder why Christie thinks burned out stars are worthy of that kind of recognition?

  308. maggie Haines says:

    I am offended that our Flag is lowered at Half Staff for a Singer.
    Where are the Facebook cries for our fallen heroes? Where are our heroes faces in front of flags waving? Where are the lowered flags for our Heroes as thier bodies come home to Mothers, Sisters, and love ones in coffins~

  309. Dave says:

    I was gonna give this a pass because Houston was born in NJ, until Christie said “there but for the grace of God, go I” in relation to drug addiction. I’m sorry Governor, but you just lost my vote forever. What a foolish thing to say. I respect religious beliefs but I do NOT subscribe to the idea that ONLY God controls our lives. He gave us Free Will, and ever since we’ve been striving to find ways to avoid the responsibility of what we do with it. Facilitating that is not a good way to gain respect sir, I’m disappointed in you.

  310. whoswatchingme says:

    I have read both sides of this argument, and I have to agree with Gov Christie. The other side of this argument is trying to put forth the idea that the Flag should only be lowered only for true military heroes, and they give no room for any varying degrees of this display with the Flag. Of course it is true that Houston, Clemmons, or any other entertainer gave up their life for their country, they did make a huge contribution to our society, whether you agree with it or not.

    Lowering the Flag for an entertainer does not cheapen the same gesture for a fallen soldier. Each instance stands on it own. Was Whitney Houston a hero? Of course not. Did her contribution to our society have positive meaning to a large portion of our people? Yes, of course it did.

    All the mothers, fathers, and other loved ones of fallen soldiers who may be offended by this need to concentrate on the life of their soldier. And, I also believe that if one were able to ask each of those fallen soldiers if they would agree with Gov Christie on this, I believe they would agree nearly unanimously. After all, aren’t they fighting for the freedom to make that choice?

  311. Mark Christopher says:

    Krispie Kreme Kristie should be ashamed. Dishonoring the flag that way for a drug addled singer, glorifying her in a way that should be reserved for people making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    She made her choices in life, and she was a poor example for our children.

    See what the left has done with our principles? Shameful…

  312. Judy K. says:

    How much did it take, to grease your hand,to let the flag slip to half mast???? Someone rich and famous dies from an overdose and you dare to put her on the same level, as our fallen soldiers!!! !!!! What an insult to their memory.. No wonder other countries hate us… “

  313. InTheBubble says:

    Did everyone in New Jersey love Mrs. McGeath’s son like they did Whitney? I don’t think so. His death as cannon fodder for the US military-industrial complex and for the oil companies and for US hegemony was no honor, and he certainly did not die “protecting” the citizens of the USA. Whitney gave us 30 years of beautiful music that will last forever. This poor Marine died a terrible death for nothing.

    1. Rich says:

      In the bubble, you are a piece of work. First off, turning this around to show your opinion of the war is disgraceful, second of all saying that he did not die protecting the citizens of the United States is also inflammatory and disgraceful. Oil keeps our country running, without it, our nation could collapse very quickly. Yes, gas is expensive, but without your “US military-industrial complex and for the oil companies and for US hegemony ” there would be no fuel, or it would be $20 and up a gallon. She did not give us 30 years of beautiful music, it was only a few years before she became a crack addict. She set poor examples for children in this world, lied to the public, and to the best of my knowledge never wrote a song of her own. McGeath’s son made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and should be honored as a hero. I can tell from your statement alone that neither you or anyone in your family has ever been in the military and with your attitude I pray that none ever are. It really is too bad that we cannot pick and chose who we fight for and who we can let fend for themselves. It is always the people who criticize the goverment the most that want the most from that same goverment.

  314. richmondtommy says:

    So called celebrities do not deserve to be honored by the lowering of the American flag. That honor should only be bestowed on those that have contributed greatly of themselves selflessly for our country. It should be for Heroes or other people that make great contributions.

  315. nwo says:

    They gave Barry the Peace Prize ,and a million bucks!….So why are you all surprised?

  316. Barb Upstate New York says:

    Lighten up everyone. Marine mom is hurting big time….otherwise this wouldn’t be an issue. Leave it alone…we need to stop hating each other….good grief.

  317. Fred Sherman says:

    Thoso wear this nation’s uniforms know the value of life and freedom. They believe in it with such fierce conviction, that they have signed a check over to the government, paying up to and including their own life to protect the live and liberty of others. We have traditionally called this The Ultimate Sacrifice. If is fitting to acknowledge this sacrifice by medals and lowering our flag, not just in tribute but out of saddess over the loss of a patriot. No man has greater love than to lay down his life for another, and to that love of country, a coutry responds.

    Whitney Houston cared little for life and liberty. Through her lifestyle and her addiction, she surrendered her freedom to the slavery of addicition and fame. She sold her soul for 13 silver pieces and what it could buy – things she could smoke, drink, swallow and inject.

    Some will argue that addiction is a disease. But she had the financial means to cure herslef of that disease. She had a daughter to provide the motivation to do so. However, she remained enslaved to the culture of fame, the trappings of success and the grip of addictions. She not only refused to cast off those shackles, she embraced them.

    In the end, she threw her life away. She sacrificed nothing. She died not out of an act of selflessness, but out out shallow selfishness. To honor her in this way is reprehensible. It is not fitting to honor her lifesytle with the same tribute our fallen soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen receive.

    1. Rich says:

      Thank you Fred Sherman, I dont think anyone could say it any better

  318. Sergeant Pepper says:

    Hey lady. Your son volunteered to become a trained killer. He knew the risks he was taking and there was nothing in there about a flag at half staff. Ms. Houston brought joy and comfort to millions through her music. Get real.

    1. Rich says:

      Sergeant Pepper, That is the difference between selflessness and selfishness. She died a pennyless crack addicy who left her daughter nothing. It was not her music, but music that someone else wrote that she became popular for. She chose to die the way she did, Mrs McGeaths son put himself in harms way, but he did not chose to die. You cannot compare the two. Also your screen name confuses me, if you are so disgusted with the military, why have a screen name with a military rank in it. Even if it is stolen from the Beatles, with your disgust with the military, then you should also be disgusted with any reference to it.

  319. mackle says:

    That’s Right, You Go Mom

  320. csmi says:

    Well, Lets not leave out WH’s most famous quote and the one she’ll be remembered for , “Crack is wack!”

    1. uniroo says:

      Let’s not leave out you only have half a brain, and can’t think of any better argument except to repeat yourself.

  321. Rich says:, she got paid to do that show and more than likely was wacked out on drugs and alcohol during the show, you cannot possibly compare singing to the troops as the same as a willingness to give your life for our country. get your priorities straight. She also did the concert to promote herself and her career, there was absolutley nothing self less in her doing the concert, it was a selfish act on her part to further her career.

  322. Oberon123 says:

    Well, let’s see. Whitney Houston was a lovely, talented singer who brought joy to millions. This woman’s son was a trained killer who on his own, because there is no longer any draft, chose to go to Afghanistan where there is a history of US military people killing innocent women and children by the hundreds. I agree. It is a shame to put them on the same level.

  323. Ethel says:

    What can you expect from a Rommey supporter? Stupid is, stupid does. Newt is my choice.

  324. ineedabeer says:

    “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.”

    Everyone is acting as if this is the first time this honor has been given to someone who wasn’t a member of the military. As the article points out, it isn’t the first time and it has nothing to do with the military. It is an expression of sorrow on the part of the state. New Jersey was proud of her and the day of her funeral is a sad day for them. The Governor’s gesture is appropriate. People who don’t like him are just going out of their way to express outrage.

    1. uniroo says:

      It’s because she’s black they’re mad. If it was a redneck country singer these yahoos would have no problem with it.

  325. tommy says:

    Chris Christie is a complete IDIOT for even thinking such a thing. Someone should tell this Ba$@*^ that lowering a flag to half mast is reserved for heads of state and military hero’s. GAWD, can you imagine this guy was going to run for president…. LMFAO….

  326. Ken says:

    Christie goofed on this one, but you do have to recognize her talent. It’s a tragedy she lived her life the way she did. Maybe lessons can be learned????

  327. Desert Storm Vet says:

    As a Vet, I am dismayed by this action. Whitney Houston does NOT deserve the US flag to be lowered to 1/2 staff. She has not served in the military. The post office can portray her on a stamp but that’s about it.

    PS. Whitney Houston supporters can thank Bobby Brown for her mess.

  328. Dave says:

    She didn’t serve a moment in the military, nor was she a public official. If you want to lower a flag, lower the NJ State Flag.

  329. CRLS73 says:


  330. Rosalee says:

    Did you all know that Whitney Houston donated all the profits and royalties for the Spar Spangled Performance she did to Gulf War Veterans and their families? She had a heart for our servicemen, and when she sang that song you could see she had pride and every bit of her soul put into it. Yet, you perfect people can only remember her downfall and call her names. I don’t like my fellow conservatives at all sometimes. You all think it’s okay to be cruel to other living creatures, and really don’t have respect for anyone who really supported our troops.

  331. fantum says:

    Christie overstepped, he should have lowered the STATE flag only.

  332. Texas Eskimo says:

    Lets see if NJ stays consistent with lowering the Flag, using the “Favorite Son or Daughter” argument.I’m sure some one on the Jersey Shores T.V. show is on the same path Ms.Houston was on

  333. pitter43 says:

    Maybe next Christie will advocate going to skid row with a bagfull of Medals Of Honor and handing them out to the bums there because they’re NJ residents too.

  334. Jim in Houston says:

    lauraz_bush : What a stupid comment. She was a druggy has been who had some talent and then threw it away. Why should we honor her? It sets a very bad example for the youth of the nation. Wake Up!

  335. uncle_sam says:

    What this woman doesn’t realize is that Whitney Houston was more of an American hero and brought more joy and freedom to this country than her dead marine son ever could peeing on corpses or throwing puppies off a cliff.

  336. andrew says:

    I do like Gov. Christie, however this is idiotic. Are we also going to give her a 21 gun salute? She had a great voice no doubt, however she was also a crack head drug addict. She does not deserve this honor

  337. RA says:

    I’m okay with it. Whitney Houston was a strong supporter of the troops. NJ has done the same for other celebrities. No one complained when they lowered the flags for Frank Sinatra or that musician with the E Street Band. I’m sure Whitney Houston would herself, agree that she is not worthy of that honor. But Whitney didn’t have anything to do with that decision. All the name calling and hateful remarks about Whitney Houston is uncalled for. It shows weak character to speak ill of the dead. RIP Whitney Houston. Thanks for the music.

  338. Barry Soetoro Eats Krap says:

    Half staff for a drug-addled crack ho? Up yours Christie.

  339. I. M. Legion says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the mother. Another marine was also killed in NJ recently–and no flag lowering for him. This is a disgrace. Christie and Whitney both lived in Mendham, NJ–& not near each other–both have multi-million dollar homes. Whitney didn’t make her neighbors happy when she moved in–her bodyguards didn’t want others in the area driving by. They had expensive homes, too, and she didn’t own the development–despite the way she acted.
    My sympathy to this mother and may her son RIP.

  340. Commandrea says:

    And I know through the media how Ms. Houston lived,” she said.

    This is the problem with our society- we see addicts as in full control of their decisions, when addiction itself is a brain disease that takes over body and mind and forces its victim to continue feeding the addiction. We send drug users to the same jails we send murderers.

    If it makes you feel like a better person to condemn someone for their vices, then so be it. But also know that you are living a life of ignorance and we only have a little while here. Addiction is a disease. If Houston had died from cancer it would have been equally tragic but society wouldn’t be judging her the way they are now.

  341. Tracy says:

    Everyone objection seems to be that she had a substance abuse problem and that is why she should not be honored. Everyone knew of her substance abuse because she was a public figure. The fact remains that there are people in the military that have the same problem. So they should not be honored either. If that is the case then everyone’s past should be scrutinized before deciding if the flag should be flown at half-staff. No one is perfect and I am sure she would not like someone going into her sons history to find something that he may had done in the past that someone would not like and to say he should not have been honored because of it. I am truly sorry she lost her son and I’m sure she would not have appreciated negative comments made about her son in her time a grief so, she should remember Whitney has a daughter.

  342. AlexU says:

    There should not be honors for anyone who dies by their own hand.

    1. Commandrea says:

      She died by your hand and your lack of compassion and your quickness to judge and your ignorance. Addiction is a disease. Go hate on a cancer patient if you really want to feel better about yourself.

  343. LHardy says:

    The flag means nothing to politicians today and Chris Christie is no exception.

    The US flag is only to be lowered to Half staff by order of the POTUS.
    Even then it is not to be lowered without good reason. A singer is not a good reason at all. The US flag represents all citizens of the US. At half staff it represents a grieving nation of citizens. I certainly do not grieve for Whitney.
    It cheapens the meaning of our flag and our nation.

    Today many Mayors and Governors take it upon themselves to lower the National flag. When they have no real authority to do so.
    Lower your States flag if you wish but not the US flag.

  344. Jiml says:

    Seriously, Gov. Christie?!?.

  345. MTB says:

    Lowering the flag for a drug-abuser is ridiculous. The governor’s decision to do so diminshes what I thought of him.

  346. theJackal says:

    Whitney Houston is a piece of excrement, she had it all, and tossed it for her own selfindulgent wants and needs. She had a great voice, her music sucked completely. The marine deserved a half staff, the loser, druggy filth does not.

  347. Eve says:

    I agree with this mother. I adore Whitney Houston’s voice and performance abilities, and her glamour. Our younger performers should take notice! But, the lowering of the flag is out of line here. That honor is extended to very few people, usually heads of State and military personnel. And that is for a very good reason. We have to stop making every famous perons’ demise a national event. Yes, it’s a sad event from the entertainment world. I’m seriously sad she’s gone (what a voice!). NJ should adopt a law that is more restriictive in who they lower the flag for. This is not on the same level as a Marine who gave his life on the battlefield.

  348. flick says:

    I guess the only people in America worthy of commemoration are “kids” who allow themselves to brainwashed into murdering pawns amid the government’s perpetual strategy for world domination.

    Kill women and children in America = criminal. Kill women and children outside the US border = Hero. Yeah, America.

  349. MARG says:


  350. jb says:

    We all found the U.S. Flag code online. The reporter is too lazy to do research and Christie proves he doesn’t know the things a patriot and leader should know. Maybe he is an expert on some other flag?

    Whitney was not a leader or protector of our nation. She deserves her Grammys, but she did nothing to earn the respect symbolized by a half-staff flag.

  351. Larry says:

    You can’t compare any professional singer with our heroic men and women fighting for America. Their deaths should be recognized and honored.

    The suicide of a drug addicted alcoholic isn’t worth our attention. So many Americans have no idea what is really important.

  352. Paolo says:

    The only tribute should have been leaving a bottle half open.

  353. ModerateLeaning2theRight says:

    I am glad that I turned down that offer for the gig in Texas. Too many mean people.

  354. MikeMaz says:

    If anyone disputes that there is no racism in this country just needs to read the posts in here. Whether you agree with the issue or not, to write such ignorant thinsg shows that this country has a long way to go. Very sad

    1. VRK says:

      Agreed, amigo…

  355. ken says:

    Some of you are just ridiculous and pathetic . The national is not lowering every flag to honor Whitney Houston the Governor of her home state is doing so to honor a great person from that state who has contributed a lot more than just singing .

    Some of you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves and that lady in the interview talking about how she knew how she lived through the media …..really ?

    These are some of here charity works

    The Whitney Houston Intensive Care Unit is a thirteen bed multidisciplinary unit which provides high technology intervention for children who have experienced trauma or other life-threatening illnesses. The Newark, N.J.-based hospital named its Pediatric Special Care Unit after Whitney Houston due to her giving. Children in respiratory failure can be managed with conventional or high frequency oscillation. Additionally, the unit is capable of providing non-invasive ventilation for patients with neuromuscular ventilatory failure, invasive hemodynamic monitoring for those requiring cardiovascular support and the monitoring and treating of patients with raised intracranial pressure. The PICU supports the only pediatric liver transplantation program in the state of New Jersey as well as the state wide trauma center of University Hospital. Air and ground transport teams are available to children in need of specialized intervention who are brought to University Hospital from throughout New Jersey.

    The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children: Formed in 1989, the WHFC aids sick and homeless children, and works toward the prevention of child abuse, teaches children to read, and has built inner city parks and playgrounds. In past years, the foundation also has hosted a Christmas party for homeless children.

    The United Negro College Fund is a favorite Whitney Houston charity. She raised a quarter of a million dollars for the UNCF at a 1988 Madison Square Garden concert, appeared on at least two “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” telethons to benefit the UNCF, and has been honored by the organization for her consistent giving with the Frederick D. Patterson Award. One of Whitney Houston’s first gigs was a benefit concert for the UNCF in which she sang “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.”

    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Whitney Houston regularly attends their “Carousel of Hope” charity gala and was honored for her giving in 1996 with the Brass Ring Award.

    St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: Founded by the late actor Danny Thomas, this hospital helps critically-ill children without asking for money from their parents or guardians. It is subsidized completely by charitable giving. Whitney Houston has given so much to the hospital over the years that the founder’s daughter, Marlo Thomas, honored her at a charity banquet in 1994.

    South Africa: The announcement that Whitney Houston would participate in the 1988 Freedom Fest concert event (for a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela) drew other artists and much media attention. In 1994, Whitney also toured in South Africa, giving concert proceeds to numerous children’s charities including two children’s museums, the President’s Trust Fund (for the freed Nelson Mandela), the Kagiso Foundation and several orphanages. In the 1980s, when Whitney was an up-and-coming fashion model, she also refused to work for any company that did business in then-Apartheid South Africa.

    American Red Cross: Whitney Houston donated all of her proceeds from the single and home video sales of her Superbowl XXV rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” to benefit Gulf War troops and their families. Whitney’s record company followed suit. Whitney was elected a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors in 1991.

    New York Firefighters and Police: Whitney Houston re-released “The Star Spangled Banner” charity single to benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. She waived her royalty rights to the single, which went on to top the U.S. sales charts in October 2001 and raised more than $1 million.

    The Children’s Defense Fund: All of Whitney Houston’s proceeds from her two “Classic Whitney” concerts in Washington, D.C., totaling a quarter of a million dollars, were donated to this charity.

    The National Birth Defects Center: The Boston area center named its Hearing & Language Disorder Clinic after Whitney due to her giving.

    UMDNJ University Hospital: The Newark, N.J.-based hospital named its Pediatric Special Care Unit after Whitney Houston due to her giving.

    Hale House: Whitney Houston donated enough to this Harlem-based charity that they were able to build a Learning & Recreation Center.

    Rainbow House: Whitney Houston has provided financial assistance to this shelter for adolescent mothers and for children with HIV and AIDS.

    Russian Aid Fund: In February 2004, Whitney donated 1 million rubles to the Aid Fund for victims of a bomb attack in the Moscow subway. The funds were raised by her performances in Moscow.

    T.J. Martell Foundation: Whitney Houston has supported this foundation, which funds research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

    Harlem Boys Choir, New Jersey State PBA, and The Youth of Atlantic City: Whitney donated proceeds from her only 1990 U.S. concert appearances to these three charities.

    Debt Relief: Whitney supported a cyber petition by international debt relief campaign Jubilee 2000 to persuade world leaders to erase debt owed by 40 of the world’s poorest nations.

    Wyclef Jean Foundation: Whitney Houston participated in a Carnegie Hall benefit that earned about $250,000 for this foundation in January 1991.

    Welcome Home Heroes: Whitney’s Easter Sunday 1991 concert in Norfolk, Va., was free for returning Gulf War veterans and their families. HBO, which televised the event live, encouraged cable systems to descramble their signal so everyone could enjoy the show for free.

    1994 Rainforest Benefit: Whitney Houston made a surprise guest performance at this event, notable for Whitney’s singing a bit of “La Donna e Mobile” from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto.” She also performed “If It’s Magic” and “I Will Always Love You.”

    For the 1992 movie premiere of “The Bodyguard,” proceeds went to The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children and to the Magic Johnson Foundation for pediatric AIDS research .

    For the 1996 movie premiere of “The Preacher’s Wife,” proceeds went to The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Denzel Washington’s choice) and a third charity chosen by director Penny Marshall.

    Kurdish Refugee Relief 1991: Whitney performed at the “Simple Truth” concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and allowed MTV to simulcast her performance of “Miracle” at her Oakland, Calif., concert during a telethon held for this cause.

    Fighting AIDS: One of Whitney Houston’s favorite causes, highlights include her performance at the Arista 15th Anniversary AIDS Benefit in 1990. She also flew to Los Angeles for the “Commitment for Life” AIDS Benefit in 1994 from her South American tour, and then immediately flew back to resume her concert tour.

    Fighting Cancer: Another of Whitney Houston’s favorite causes, Whitney performed at a Cancer Research Benefit at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

    Michael Bolton Foundation: This charity honored Whitney for her giving in 1995 with a fund-raising gala. In 1997, Bolton’s foundation joined forces with Whitney’s foundation to honor other charitable artists at a fund-raising gala.

    Emmanuel Cancer Foundation: Whitney was unable to attend a 1990 benefit held in her honor, so she turned it into a food drive to benefit this New Jersey chidren’s organization.

    Special Olympics: Whitney performed at the Opening Ceremonies in 1987 and recorded “Do You Hear What I Hear” for free for their first “A Very Special Christmas” benefit album in 1989.

    1988 Olympic Games: Whitney Houston recorded the song “One Moment In Time” for an album of the same name to benefit Olympic athletes.

    Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities: The South Florida arm of this organization honored Whitney for her giving.

    The Bronx Zoo: Whitney Houston donated two lion cubs to the Bronx Zoo in New York City in 1989.

    For her 1992 wedding, Whitney asked attendees and fans to contribute to the Whitney Houston Foundation For Children in lieu of gifts.

    Yet some of you here basically spitting on this women who despite flaws tried to help people when ever she could and the Governor saw fit to honor here for that

  356. reblstevn says:

    Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy
    –Henry Kissinger

    yes, THAT Henry Kissinger.

  357. VRK says:

    Get a life, naysayers! Across the pond in bloke-land they knight some outstanding singers like Whitney was (Sir Paul and Sir Elton for instance). She was a national treasure in spite of her faults and won’t ever have much of an equal in our times. NJ has never been known to neglect respect for their warriors, so respecting her is not disrespecting anyone else.

  358. Jumpsbilly says:

    This is nothing more than a cheap trick to gain support from those poor people who choose to use drugs and then when its time to pay up (die) ! the world sudenly drops to their collective knees and beats their breast and says what a wonderful person he/she was…She does not deserve this honor!!

  359. marie says:

    Why are yall still talking about it , its done and over , move on to something else. If you dont like it tell it to the Govenor of NJ..

  360. mac says:

    Comments aside LOWERING of the FLAG should be for the military and president ONLY!!!! I have contributed money for the military should i get the flag lowered no! Our men and Women die overseas for the freedom to watch Whitney Houston sing her songs but yet all they get is a mention of death if lucky and then thats it no Tv coverage internet invading their death its just crazy to me its a spit to my marine husband and to all the men and women who serve to have someone who didnt serve or change the world her drug addiction has nothing to do with it she was an inspiration to those pursuing singing but thats all she was an entertainer NJ gov is an idiot to use Whitney and military to gain publicity he knew what he was doing,.

  361. Charlotte Cherry says:

    Fact: Flags were flown at half mast for Elvis Presley, another drug addicted, alcoholic, who had lost his voice, entertainer. Flags are not exclusively flown at half-mast for military deaths or loss of life in the line of duty. It is also a sign of mourning and respect. Look it up. Mississippi and Tennessee honored Elvis at his death and New Jersey honored Whitney. All of you need to get over yourselves and your hate. Keep judging because YOU will be judged.

  362. WHITNEY FAN says:


  363. TheRealDeal says:

    So we glorify men that go to war?

  364. loveyouall says:

    It is not always the Law to fly a flag half mast even for the military in all States and Towns,, Why does there have to be a comparison, Does this make her son any better than any other person who has died in a war zone or served in the military and I want to know if she felt this way before she lost her son. . Remember, the military was very segegrated for some people. I am so sorry that this lady has lost her son, but to detract the meaning of his life by negative words of someone else’s death is not fair. Lady please let your son rest in peace. Please let the Governor celebrate the life of one of his citizens the way he see fit. Maybe she should get the flag flown for other service men and women instead of being negative towards whitney houston. ps. I am a military brat.,

  365. jw says:

    This may shock a lot of people but we in Texas do not have the right to decide what people in New Jersey do. If the governor in New Jersey decided to lower the flag for someone who represented his state, then so be it- states rights. Respect New Jersey’s rights and mind your own business and handle your own affairs. I feel sorry for Mrs. McGeath, but it doesn’t give her the right to give her the right to decide what a governor of another state does. Enough of the PC nonsense.

  366. Nympn says:

    Are they going to lower the flag for snooki too? I honestly feel that she didn’t contribute enough to deserve the honor which is mostly reserved for people in the military. How many lives did she save? Music is wonderful, but it’s not like she was Lata Mangeshkar. her voice isn’t everywhere to the point where it’s absence will truly effect our country. In fact I haven’t heard one of her songs on the radio in a LONG time. It was a pointless move, following the pointless amount of media attention her death received.

  367. Phyllis McGeath says:

    My hope is that Americans refocus and really see what a HERO is!! Thank you Carol Cavazos for helping me tell my story.

  368. Phyllis McGeath says:

    Thank you Carol Cavazos for helping me share my story…I hope that Americans will refocus and see the true recognition that most feel when the flag is lowered to half staff…PLEASE READ.
    VIA a couple of our nation’s Gold Star Moms: Kei LaFleur Torres

    I wanted to share this very moving explanation about what half staff means…borrowed from another military mom!

    Some people need to be reminded as to what HALF-STAFF means. I’ll para-phrase, a lowered flag in battle signals defeat, our flag remained aloft at Fort Sumner at HALF-STAFF, still visible above the walls, thru-out the night giving proof that we were not defeated. Why only half way? Because a torn and bleeding patriot clung to the rope, holding it as he died, using the last ounce of his strength…… to keep the flag up. That is why the flag is raised completely to the top and slowly lowered to HALF-STAFF to HONOR a FALLEN HERO, symbolizing the deeds of a dying man who refused to allow the flag to fall and a NATION that would not be defeated

  369. rocky says:

    anyone who doesn’t like flags lowered for whitney houston, i will SEE YOU IN THE STREET!

    1. bullrider says:

      With her drug dealer?

  370. charlotte says:

    Are you kidding me?? Can’t have Bibles in schools, or mention God cos people are offended…but your gonna lower the flags for someone that “sings”??!! They don’t do that for all the thousands of military that died defending this country!! But for a singer… that was addicted to drugs…great example to follow…..great statement….omg…this country is really starting to suck….

  371. bullrider says:

    This is one of the few times I’ve disagreed with Christie.

  372. Al Fungal says:

    governor Christie is well aware of how many African – Americans live in New Jersery.


    Thanks to all the troops and Military that have worked hard and saved our lives while risking their own.
    Those that have fallen should be honered and I have seen them honored on the news and in papers., yes perhaps the flag should be lowered for those that have fallen. That is not Whitney Houstons fault! The anger should not be taken out on her.She has done many great things as well as Ken pointed out.

    I am sorry for the lady that lost her son, he did a great job and should have been honored.She needs to release the rage and bitterness so he can rest, him being a great soldier and all I am certain he did not have this type of hate in his heart…at least I hope not! Let him and Ms.Houston Rest In Peace Now.

    Some of you on here really need to back away from the keboard and do not hit send. I never knew there was so much hate, not like this.I wonder if some of you are surrounding me, do I work with you? Have you treated me at a Hospital? Have you tought my children? This is very scary.
    Some of you are very mean hearted people and have a mean soul, and you spit out your venom on Whitney, I just wonder where else you spit your venom?

    For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
    1 Peter 3:10

    “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
    Matthew 12:33-37

  374. trudatta_wellz says:

    Whitney fell in the battle against drugs and vices that can mislead any of us when we give in to weakness. Her other accomplishments deserve rewards and honor; lifting up how she fell may be a tap on the shoulder for others.She shouldn’t and won’t get family benefits like those honored for military sacrifice.

  375. allenegg says:

    the above link stipulate as to the rules governing the dislay of the flag at half-staff. Ms. Houston does not qualify.

  376. v says:

    And she should be, as should ALL of us!!
    Ms Houston, while being a wonderful singer, had NO RIGHT to the flag being flown at half staff!
    That honor should be reserved ONLY for Military, Heads Of State, those lost in 9/11, NOT an entertainer.

    And as for it being lowered for ANY other Performer/Entertainers, yes, I do believe that was wrong also, I don’t care who it was, even though Bob Hope performed for USO, in that case, maybe, just maybe for him, cause he entertained troops, but I really frown upon it for ANYONE except whom it is appropriate for, not just whom ever the Governor or whom ever feels the need.
    Unless the person has made SIGNIFICANT sacrifices or helped this nation. It should be reserved for ONLY those who has in their lifetime, (except for those who lost their lives 9/11, I do agree with that).

  377. george says:

    A total lack of understanding and a mistake on the part of the Gov. I do not live there so no reason to say anymore in reference to him. No doubt Whitney Houston was a Wonderful, Fantatstic Singer with a voice only God could have given her. But at the same time she was a Horrible role model to ALL young women no matter what race. She married a wife beating 2 bit wannabe thug boy, (beat her, spit in her face in front of their daughter) Almost Continual use of Illegal drugs, Crack Cocaine and pot her favorite combo. The only difference in her and a million others was an unlimited supply of any drug she wanted as her bank account was almost unlimited or could have been. NO we do Not honor her with a 1/2 mast flag as it is a disgrace to the military boys who died so that she could get rich and do all the drugs she wanted to do and probably killed her but she made the choice no one forced her. Oh we dont understand her problems, we all have problems and most wish they had hers and wouldnt waste it on drugs.
    Comparison to Bob Hope – No way to compare the 2 as they were not in the same league, Hope was Major league as a person, No better role model and is only entertainer in the world to receive an Honorary soldier.
    1941 to 1991 he spent 48 Christmas’s on Foriegn soil entertaining and building moral for our troops. link . We No longer have those type Men in this country as we have yet to have a depression or serious war that teaches ALL people there is more important things in life than figuring out how to abort babies at will or voting for the idiot that promises us the most freebies as long as we vote for them. Or elect an official strictly because of skin color not knowledge and experience. We Americans not Irish American, Mexican American or African American just Americans seem to get our priorities all messed up at times and this is one of those times.

  378. Andy says:

    There was d drug head die down the road , he sang as people walked by , should he be honered with 1/2 mast flags? NOOOOOOOOOOO same as her all she was is a drunk and drug head.

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