[couple of updates and stuck to the top of this block for a day] I put “boots on the ground” in Col. Barfoot’s neighborhood, to see what the fuss was all about, and to try to understand why the Board of Directors of the Homeowners’ Association wanted to make this recipient of the Medal of Honor take down his free-standing flag pole because it was not “aethetically pleasing.”
I spoke to one lady who lived in the little neighborhood. She didn’t even know where his home was located. Yes, she was aware that her neighborhood had made national headlines, but she didn’t want to talk about it.
Did the Board of Directors make the right call? I’ll let my pictures do the talking. First, there WERE flags everywhere. I’m not sure if this is to show solidarity with the Colonel, or business as usual. I strongly suspect the former, being familiar with this neck of the woods. Below are some pictures of flags that are deemed by the little Napoleons Board of Directors to be “aesthetically pleasing,” and then photos of the Colonel’s home for contrast.
THIS was the scene of the “crime.” Oh, what wonderful little Nazis the Board of Directors are! See how this is soooo much worse than all those flags that are attached to buildings??!!! Follow the RULES! Submit to our authority! You vill obey us!!!
Oh, and just so that you know that the Board of Directors know “aesthetically pleasing” when they see it, they allow tacky Christmas decorations. For now.
You decide whether these morons, the Board of Directors of the Sussex Square Homeowners’ Association are doing the right thing in preventing a Medal of Honor recipient, a hero of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, from having his own free-standing flag pole. It was a tough call for me. NOT!
p.s. I apologize to all the other patriots in that establishment who were flying the flag but whose house I did not take a picture of. And believe me, there were MANY more in that little neighborhood! Cheers.
UPDATE 12/5/09: Welcome all you Freepers! And GOOD job Mr. Klenk. To tell you the truth, I had not even noticed how secluded it was. I was lost, and drove all through the area and finally found it in about the last place I looked, so I was frazzled a bit by then…
UPDATE 12/7/09: Michael Paul Williams, a (black, hey it will become import in my update) columnist for the Times Dispatch had this to say about Col. Barfoot’s struggle today:
“But it must be said that Barfoot was handed those rules [uh, no he wasn’t–there is no “rule” forbidding flagpoles] when he chose his home in Sussex Square, restrictive covenants and all. That aside, think about it: How many free-standing vertical poles do you see towering above residences? Barfoot’s yard is not the parking lot of a car dealership. [emphasis added.]”
“Barfoot could fly Old Glory to his heart’s content on an angled pole attached to his house, as permitted by the homeowners association. He should stop his fight and do so.”
First, Mr. Williams, if you went to the actual neighborhood, or at least read this blog, you’d know his flagpole doesn’t “tower” above his residence. Second, if “rules” are rules, how come blacks don’t still sit in the back of the bus, and avoid “whites only” eating establishments. Not comparing this fight to segregation, I’m just saying that some rules are so odious that one just has to rise up and fight against them. Williams ought to know that.