Justice Prevails, Twice In One Week

I’m loving this challenging exchange I’m getting from Melissa and as a result, I have a few figures to share with her and everyone else. According to the American Cancer Society website, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, which works out to about 17%. Averaging out the figures from two different counts of the male population (all ages) in 2009 (151 and 155 million) we come up with 153,224,749 which equates to approximately 26,048,207 men who run the chance of being diagnosed. Prostate cancer makes up about 10% of cancer deaths among men and 1 in 35 men will die from it.

Let’s move on to something else. Who has heard the name Colonel Van Barfoot in the news over the last few days? He’s the most highly decorated WWII and Vietnam veteran alive, with more than 20 medals, including the Medal of Honor, The Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded that many times in both wars. When his story first broke, the homeowners association in the Sussex Square housing community in Richmond, Virginia, where he’s lived since July of this year, was ordering him to take down the flagpole on his front lawn which held his flag on Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. It’s not that the association altogether forbids flagpoles, as long as they are short enough to fit on a porch and be aesthetically appropriate, but that’s now how Barfoot says he was brought up to respect the flag. While the association insists it’s not an issue of the American Flag, but rather about the flagpole and that he knew he was not allowed to have one without permission when he moved in. A lot of people, including Senator Mark Warner have risen up in support of the Colonel and the issue was even discussed at length at a White House press conference earlier this week. The housing association has given Barfoot the deadline of December 11 to remove the flagpole.

After intense public pressure and extensive media coverage, Colonel Van Barfoot, as of yesterday, has won the right to keep his 21-foot free standing flagpole and this decision has set a precedent to allow all Medal of Honor recipients to have flagpoles regardless of community regulations. Homeowners associations may have the authority to regulate the color of your home or even the way your garden looks, but in a case like this, where someone of such stature elected to fight (yet again in another type of war) to fly the American Flag the way he saw fit and has earned that right through his military career, should realize if it weren’t for the American Flag, there might not be a neighborhood they could rule over. Yes, Virginia…

No charges will be filed against Donna Jackson who shot and killed an intruder who attempted  to break into her home while she was on the phone with a 911 operator and waiting for the police  to arrive. “I don’t want to have to kill this man,” she whispered into the phone, “but I’ll kill him graveyard dead, ma’am”.

So, here’s something that caught me by surprise last night. We were watching the Ellen show and Marie Osmond was one of her guests and she introduced her as “entertaining you for the past 45 years…”. I just about fell out of my chair to think how that could be possible. But when you consider she’s only a year older than I am and she first appeared on The Andy Williams Show as part of her brothers’ act when she was three, 45 years fit. When you think Marie Osmond, you don’t think 50 years old. Do you? But I guess it happens. We all stay the same age as we get older.

Anything else? Let me take a look around…nope, that’s all for today.

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2 Responses to “Justice Prevails, Twice In One Week”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Thanks for the statistics 🙂

  2. Rainman Says:

    The article I am referring to proves what I have been saying for several years that the minority want to rule the roost regardless of the subject matter and in this case I wonder what is more stupid the people griping about the flagpole specs as opposed to something really important like how do we get this country back on track. I salute Colonel Barfoot and his flagpole and his determination to right a wrong.

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